[CfP] Settling and Unsettling: Towards a “Settler Turn” in the Study of the East of Europe (18th to 21st Century). Annual Conference of the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies

The Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies calls for invites applications for participation in the annual institute conference to be held in Tübingen, Germany, October 12-14, 2023. Online participation is possible in exceptional cases.

The conference has two goals: 1) by employing frameworks and critical perspectives from the field of settler colonial studies, it aims to contribute to a better understanding of the wide range of processes of settling and unsettling in the east of Europe as well as to a better understanding of the place of the east of Europe within the global history of settler colonialism; and 2) by placing the east of Europe on the map of settler colonial studies, it aims to question, refine, expand, and enrich the theorizations on settler colonialism. The conference aims to cover the period between the 18th to the 21st centuries. Papers with a contemporary focus are welcome. The organizers hope to receive submissions from a broad range of disciplines (e.g. history, political science, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, migration studies).

Amongst the topics that the conveners expect to cover are the following:

  • ‘settlerness’ as a category of practice and as a category of analysis;
  • settling, migrating, colonizing: varieties, distinctions and interconnections
  • influences, entanglements and transfer between discourses and practices of (internal) colonization in the east of Europe, visions of external colonization, and transatlantic settler colonialism; parallels, comparisons, interconnections between the east of Europe and transatlantic settler societies
  • land settlement and property rights; appropriations and dispossessions of land
  • ideologies and politics of settlerness and of settler entitlements; constructing settlerness and settler collectives; settler utopias and settler dystopias 4
  • colonial anxieties and settler ambitions
  • (uses of) ‘settlerness’ and ‘indigeneity’: tensions and overlaps
  • the logics of settling, resettling and unsettling; settlerness and displacement
  • settling and urban and rural planning
  • settlerness: identity and memory

Please send your abstracts in English to cristian.cercel@idgl.bwl.de by 12 March 2023. The conveners will make a prompt selection of the papers. The selected participants will be asked to send their (draft) papers by 15 September 2023. A publication of the papers in a collective volume is envisaged and relevant publishing houses will be approached after the selection of the papers. Where this is an option, we kindly ask the participants to apply for travel and accommodation funding at their home institutions. Where there is no such possibility, the organizers will strive to cover travel and two nights’ accommodation in Tübingen. In exceptional cases, online presentations and online attendance can be considered.

Full call on the institutes website