CfP: Workshop: “Constructing and (Re)Presenting Cultural Heritage. Imperial, National, and International Constellations in Eastern Europe”

The coordinators of EEGA’s Research Area 4 cordially invite you to submit contributions to the thematic workshop “Constructing and (Re)Presenting Cultural Heritage. Imperial, National, and International Constellations in Eastern Europe”, May 4-6, 2023, in Leipzig.

What can be considered as cultural heritage is the result of not only a multitude of negotiations by a broad spectrum of actors that affect self-understanding as well as positioning in the world, but also of changing sociopolitical orders. In reflecting on this perspective, this workshop focuses on the multifaceted history of the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe.

We are guided by the assumption that increasing global interconnections and transfers have played a formative role in the understanding of cultural heritage in the region. Considering the multiple changing and overlapping sociopolitical orders in Eastern Europe, we explore the interplay of imperial, national, and international constellations in debates and practices of cultural heritage under the global condition.

The workshop also addresses the question of how states, nationalities, and smaller social groups in Eastern Europe have represented themselves in the world and thus positioned themselves in global contexts. We will discuss whether the construction and representation of cultural heritage for the region in the 19th century was particularly important for the nations without a state as well as to what extent transnational and global references have (also implicitly) played a role. Delving into the participation of Eastern European countries in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Programme also opens up a central dimension of cultural internationalisation processes.

For more information, please find the full text of the call.

Please send your abstract (300 words max.) and a short biography (1,000 characters) to Katja Castryck-Naumann (katja.castryck-naumann@leibniz-gwzo.de) and Yvonne Kleinmann (yvonne.kleinmann@geschichte.uni-halle.de).

Abstract submission Deadline: 15 December 2022