!!Central Europe and Colonialism: Migrations, Knowledges, Perspectives, Commodities
*__September 21-23, 2016, Wrocław, Poland__

*__Institute of Romance Philology of the University of Wrocław, pl. Bp. Nankiera 4, 50-140 Wrocław [{GoogleMap location='pl. Bp. Nankiera 4, 50-140 Wrocław, Polska' zoom='15'}]__
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__Wednesday, 2016-09-21__
*08:30 - 09:00 Registration
*09:00 - 09:30 Welcome Addresses
**__Marcin Cieński__, Dean, Faculty of Philology, University of Wrocław
**__Tadeusz Luty__, Director, Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub
**__Siegfried Huigen__, Faculty of Philology, University of Wrocław; Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub
*09:30 - 10:45 Session 1 | Commodities 1, Session Chair: __Michael North__
**09:30-10:00 __Dariusz Kołodziejczyk__, Warsaw, ''Twisted Ways of Commodities in the Early Modern Era and the Positioning of Poland on the Map of Colonialism''
**10:00-10:15 __Werner Scheltjens__, Leipzig, ''Commodity Flows between Central Europe and the New World''
**10:15-10:45 Discussion
*10:45 - 11:15	Coffee break
*11:15-12:45 Session 2 | ''Central European Export Industries in a Globalized Space and in the ‘Longue durée’ from the 15th to the 20th Century'', Session Chair: __Renate Pieper__
**11:15-11:30 __Torsten dos Santos Arnold__, Frankfurt/Oder, ''Central Europe and the Portuguese, Spanish and French Atlantic, 15th to 19th Centuries''
**11:30-11:45 __Samuel Eleazar Wendt__, Frankfurt/Oder, ''Tropical Raw Materials for New Industries: the Impact of Rubber and Palm Oil in Wilhelmine Germany, 1871-1918''
**11:45-12:15 __Klaus Weber__, Frankfurt/Oder, ''Central European Geography, Foreign Trade, and the Category of Space in German Scholarship''
**12:15-12:45 Discussion
*12:45 - 14:00	Lunch | Bazylia Bar, Kuźnicza 42, Wrocław
*14:00-15:45	Session 3 | Knowledges 1, Session Chair: __Pieter Emmer__
**14:00-14:30 __Maria Leuker__, Cologne, ''Circulation in Spaces of Knowledge between Asia and Europe. Rumphius’ Amboinsche Rariteitkamer (1705) and its Poetics of Knowledge''
**14:30-15:00 __Esther Helena Arens & Charlotte Kießling__, Cologne, ''Locals, Knowledge and Force. Rumphius’ Rariteitkamer and Kruid-Boek as Colonial Contact Zones''
**15:00-15:15 __Damien Tricoire__, Halle-Wittenberg, ''Beňovský on Madagascar: the Self-Fashioning and Knowledge Production of a Central European Actor in the French Colonial Empire''
**15:15-15:45 Discussion
*15:45-16:15	Coffee Break
*19:00	Welcome Dinner | Bernard Pub&Restaurant, Rynek 35, Wrocław

__Thursday, 2016-09-22__
*09:30-11:00	Session 4 | Knowledges 2, Session Chair: __Dariusz Kołodziejczyk__
**09:30-10:00 __Theo D’haen__, Leuven, ''World Literature and the Colonial World''
**10:00-10:15 __Sofiya Grachova__, Washington, ''Physical Anthropology, Medical Ethnography, and Cultural Hierarchies: the Cases of Ukrainians and Eastern European Jews (1890s to 1930)''
**10:15-10:30 __Tamir Karkason__, Jerusalem, ''Ottoman-Jewish Maskilim (Enlighteners) and their Austro-Hungarian Counterparts: A Case Study''
**10:30-11:00 Discussion
*11:00-11:15	Coffee break
*11:15-12:45	Session 5 | Perspectives 1, Session Chair: __Dirk Uffelmann__
**11:15-11:45 __Madina Tlostanova__, Linköping,'' From Resistance to Re-Existence: Postcolonial /Postsocialist Junctures and Decolonial Options''
**11:45-12:00 __Jan Surman__, Marburg, ''Habsburg Postcolonial? Postcolonial Perspectives on Entangled Spaces''
**12:00-12:15 __Anca Baicoianu__, Bucharest, ''Grounds for Comparison: The Postcolonial and the Post-Soviet''
**12:15-12:30 __Kinga Siewior__, Kraków, ''Transfers of Power and Tradition in Polish Resettlement Novel''
**10:30-11:00 Discussion
*13:00-14:00	Lunch | Bazylia Bar, Kuźnicza 42, Wrocław
*14:00-15:30	Session 6 | Perspectives 2, Session Chair: __Theo D'haen__
**14:00-14:15__ Raul Cârstocea__, Flensburg, ''The Unbearable Virtues of Backwardness: Mircea Eliade’s Conceptualisation of Colonialism and his Attraction to Romania’s Interwar Fascist Movement''
**14:15-14:30 __Agnieszka Sadecka__, New Dehli/Tuebingen, ''Reportage from the (Post-)Contact Zone: Polish Travellers’ Take on British Colonialism in India''
**14:30-14:45 __Andrei Sorescu__, London, ''The Many Meanings of “Colonisation” in Nineteenth-Century Romania''
**14:45-15:00__ Benjamin Thorpe__, Nottingham, ''Eurafrica as a Pan-European Vehicle for Central European Colonialism (1923-1939)''
**15:00-15:30 Discussion
*15:30-15:45	 Coffee break
*15:45-17:15	Session 7 | Perspectives 3, Session Chair: __Dorota Kołodziejczyk__
**15:45-16:15 __Dirk Uffelmann__, Passau, ''Tropes of “Central Europe”: Anti-Colonialism and Strategic Realism''
**16:15-16:30 __Rosamund Johnston__, New York, ''Radio Empire? Czechoslovak International Broadcasting to Africa in the 1960s''
**16:30-16:45__ Nikolic Anja__, Belgrade, J''oseph Conrad – The Clash of the National and Imperial''
**16:45-17:15 Discussion

__Friday, 2016-09-23__

*09:00-10:30	Session 8 | Perspectives 4, Session Chair: __Madina Tlostanova__
**09:00-09:15 __Miriam Finkelstein__, Innsbruck, ''Soviet Colonialism Reloaded. Encounters between Russians and Central Europeans in Contemporary Literature about Berlin''
**09:15-09:30 __Róisín Healy__, Galway,'' Reflections on Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Ireland and Poland''
**09:30-09:45 __Mateusz Świetlicki__, Wrocław,'' “If There’s War Between the Sexes Then There’ll Be No People Left” - (Post)Colonial Men and Masculinity in Serhiy Zhadan’s Fiction''
**09:45-10:00 __Jawad Daheur__, Strasbourg, ''«They Handle with Blacks Just As with Us»: German Colonialism in Cameroon in the Eyes of Poles (1885-1914)''
**10:00-10:30 Discussion
*10:30-10:45	Coffee break
*11:15-12:45	Session 9 | Migrations 1, Session Chair: __Miriam Finkelstein__
**10:45-11:15 __Mark Häberlein__, Bamberg, ''The Strange Career of Johann Matthias Kramer – Migration, Language, and the Circulation of Information in Eighteenth-Century Central Europe''
**11:15-11:30 __Jochen Lingelbach__, Leipzig, ''Polish Refugees in Africa – Central Europeans and Their Position within Colonial Society''
**11:30-11:45 __Julia Malitska__, Stockholm, ''The Golden Cage: Imperial Politics, Colonist Rank and Marriage in the Nineteenth-Century Black Sea Steppe''
**11:45-12:00 __William O’Reilly__, Cambridge, ''Out-Sourcing an Empire? German Migration, Colonialism and Discourses of Difference in 18Th-Century Hungary, Russia and North America''
**12:00-12:30 Discussion
*12:30-13:45	Lunch | Bazylia Bar, Kuźnicza 42, Wrocław
* 14:00-15:30	Session 10 | Migrations 2, Session Chair: __Mateusz Świetlicki__
**13:45-14:00 __Helge Wendt__, Berlin, ''Central European Missionaries in Sudan. Geopolitics and Alternative Colonialism in Mid-Nineteenth Century Africa''
**14:00-14:15 __Jagoda Wierzejska__, Warsaw, ''An Eastern European “Sahib” in the Former Colony of the Western Powers: Andrzej Bobkowski in Guatemala (1948-1961)''
**14:15-14:30 __Andrew Zonderman__, Atlanta, ''The “Steel Which Gives Them Edge”: German-Speaking Soldiers and the British East India Company in the Eighteenth Century''
**14:30-15:00 Discussion
*15:00-15:30	 Coffee break
*15:30-15:45	Conference closing
18:30	Farewell Dinner | Pod Fredrą Restaurant, Rynek 1, Wrocław

!__[Programme|Central Europe and Colonialism_Programme.pdf] & [Biograms and Abstracts.pdf]__
!__Full information is available [here|http://acadeuro.wroclaw.pl/seminar/central-europe-and-colonialism-migrations-knowledges-perspectives-commodities].__
!!Central Europe and Colonialism: Migrations, Knowledges, Perspectives, Commodities - Call for Papers!
!The Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław and the University of Wrocław invite young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs), to take part in the Seminar Central Europe and Colonialism: Migrations, Knowledges, Perspectives, Commodities, to be held in Wrocław (Poland) on 21-23 September 2016.

Central Europe has not yet been an object of keener interest in (post)colonial studies.  However, not only did large numbers of Central Europeans migrate to the (former) colonial world, but Central Europeans also provided personnel to occupy, administer and police colonial empires,and reflected on colonial experiences at the levels of high and popular culture. Even if largely excluded from colonial politics at an international level, Central Europeans played an important role in generating new discourses based on data gathered in the colonial contact zone. Publications on exotic worlds circulated widely in Central Europe and inspired new conceptions of world history, world literature, and cosmopolitanism, in conjunction with new concepts of human nature (esp. a division of humanity in races) and ecology, with wide ranging consequences for world history. 

A closer look at the role of Central European actors in imperial domains can contradict the supposed consistency of colonial discourses. Although Central Europeans in colonial territories blended into the colonial ruling class and acted in a transnational capacity as ‘Europeans’, they nevertheless preserved shades of difference. Focussing on these differences might put the supposed sameness of colonisers into perspective. 

In addition, their in-between position brought Central Europeans into contact with both the West European imperial powers and Russia, which made the Central European experiences and perspectives in many ways richer than those of the colonial powers themselves, where close contacts with specific territories tended to marginalise perceptions of other parts of the world. Therefore, an important point to discusswould be the role Central Europe played in developing notions of globalism. 

On the other hand, large parts of Central Europe experienced a similar fate at the hand of the great powers (recently from the Soviet Union) as countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Just as (post)colonial studies examines the colonial past of these areas, scholars have recently started to explore the same processes in Central Europe. 

Finally, increasingly global trade networks, brought about by the expansion of European colonialism, impacted on material culture, whether via the importation of new commodities to Central Europe, or the export of manufactured goods.  The conference also aims at furthering investigations in this field.
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__The themes of the conference will be covered in four panels:__
* __Migrations__ deals with both permanent migration from Central Europe to (erstwhile) colonies of the West European powers and Russia, and with temporary labour migration of colonial soldiers, missionaries, technicians, colonial civil servants and, in the case of Russia, of convicts and political prisoners.
* __Knowledges__ explores the genesis of various discourses that developed in relationship with the colonial world, to which actors from Central Europe made important contributions, such as geography, social and cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, Oriental studies, (world) history, and thinking on cosmopolitanism and globalism. Furthermore, knowledge production relating to coloniality in Central European travel writing and literature will be considered.
* Within __Perspectives__, insights from (post)colonial studies are applied to the history and culture of Central Europe, with a special focus on ambiguities ensuing from complex situations of dependence and domination.  We invite reflection on methodologies of conceptualizing Central Europe (its history, self-identity) vis-à-vis Western Europe (a contentious term as it is) and Russia (and the Soviet Union); the role of nationalism in developing anti-imperial counter-discourses in the region and transitional states (postcommunist, post-World War I and II) as opening up revisionary insights into the past and new visions of the future.
*__Commodities__ examines the exports of manufactures from Central Europe to the New World and the imports of products from the Americas and Asia to Central Europe. In this respect,especially, the reception and the impact of cultural “colonial” commodities on the material culture in everyday life of the region will be considered.

We understand Central Europe as an area stretching from the territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the East and to the German speaking regions in the West. The time range covered by the conference stretches from Early Modernity to the post-World WarTwo period and involves the colonial history of both the West European powers and Russia. 

The conference will be held in Wrocław, Poland, 21-23 September 2016. It is a joint venture between the European Academy of Science / AcademiaEuropaea (Knowledge Hub, Wrocław) and the Faculty of Philology of the University of Wrocław. A selection of papers will be published. The conference is the last in a series of four symposia, which bring together established scholars with early career researchers, particularly from East Central Europe.
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__Invited speakers__:
*[Theo D'Haen|User/D'haen_Theo] (Leuven)
*[Katrin Flikschuh|http://www.lse.ac.uk/government/whosWho/Academic%20profiles/kaflikschuh@lseacuk/Home.aspx] (London School of Economics)
*[Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann|http://artandarchaeology.princeton.edu/people/faculty/thomas-dacosta-kaufmann] (Princeton)
*[Dariusz Kolodziejczyk|http://www.ihuw.pl/instytut/o-instytucie/pracownicy/prof-dr-hab-dariusz-kolodziejczyk] (Warsaw)
*[Mark Haeberlein|http://www.uni-bamberg.de/hist-ng/personen/prof-dr-mark-haeberlein] (Bamberg)
*[Madina Tlostanova|http://rane.academia.edu/MadinaTlostanova] (Moscow)
*[Przemysław Czaplinski|https://amu.edu.pl/szybkie-linki/mediow/be/lista-wg-nazwisk/prof.-przemysaw-czapliski,-wydzia-filologii-polskiej-i-klasycznej] (Poznan)
*[Dirk Uffelmann|http://www.phil.uni-passau.de/lehrstuehle-und-professuren/prof-dr-dirk-uffelmann.html] (Passau)
__APPLICATION__: The registration is available at: [http://www.acadeuro.wroclaw.pl]. Submit a 300-word proposal, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications by __30 September 2015__. All applicants will be notified about the selection of participants before __31 October 2015__.

__REQUIREMENTS__: Presenters are required to submit a 3,000-5,000 word description or excerpt (i.e., chapter, article, etc.) to be circulated among participants by __March 1, 2016__. All workshop participants are asked to read these submissions prior to the workshop. The paper should be an unpublished one. Presenters who do not meet the submission deadline will not be able to present their work.

__THE SEMINAR LANGUAGE__ will be English.

__FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS__: The organizers will cover the conference fee and the costs of accommodation (up to 4 nights), travel (up to a certain maximum: Western Europe – up to 100 EUR; Central and Eastern Europe – up to 150 EUR) and insurance.

__Organising Committee__:
*[Pieter Emmer|User/Emmer_Pieter] (History, Leiden)
*[Siegfried Huigen|User/Huigen_Siegfried] (Dutch and South African Studies, Wrocław)
*[Dorota Kołodziejczyk|http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/index.php/rekrutacja/studia-stacjonarne/oferta-seminariow-magisterskich-na-studiach-stacjonarnych/1351-kadra-dr-dorota-koodziejczyk] (Postcolonial Studies Centre, Wrocław)
*[Michael North|User/North_Michael] (History, Greifswald)
*Aleksandra Nowak (Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub)
*[Renate Pieper|User/Pieper_Renate] (History, Graz)
*[Dorota Praszałowicz|http://www.iaisp.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/katedra-socjologii-narodu-i-stosunkow-etnicznych/pracownicy/praszalowicz] (American & Migration Studies, Krakow)
!All correspondence, including submission of proposals and final papers, must be addressed to: Katarzyna Majkowska - Kołyszko (Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub): [majkowska@acadeuro.wroclaw.pl|mailto:majkowska@acadeuro.wroclaw.pl] or via [http://www.acadeuro.wroclaw.pl] 
![Call for Papers|CFP - Central Europe and Colonialism.pdf]