[CfP] The Heterogeneity of Racism and Modern Antisemitism in Eastern Europe, 1880-1945

Joint conference of the Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, Freie Universität Berlin and SFB/TRR 138 “Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitization from a Historical Perspective”

Due to its cultural heterogeneity, East Central Europe became a multi-racist space in the late 19th and early 20th century. Racism, modern antisemitism and eugenics originated in Berlin, Paris and London. It was, however, East Central and Southeastern Europe, especially the multi-ethnic territories of the Austrian, Russian and Ottoman Empires, as well as the eastern provinces of the German Empire, where a variety of Social Darwinism, racism and modern antisemitism spread among segments of the population.

Due to the multi-ethnic setting and the increase of conflicts between nationalities, the rising nationalism triggered racism and vice versa. This interdependence strengthened the discourses and repertoires among the political (and social) elites in terms of securing their dominant positions, as well as within the different national groups, who feared the loss of their own cultural identity.

We are planning a two-day international conference at the Herder Institute in Marburg, Germany on June 9-10, 2022. All participants are asked to give a 20-minute presentation on their perspectives and findings. The deadline for submitting paper proposals (in English, approx. 300 to 500 words) and short (15-line) biography: October 15, 2021. Proposals should be sent on one Word document to: forum@herder-institut.de
Notification of acceptance of the paper proposals: November 30, 2021

Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg)
Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (Freie Universität Berlin)
Ort Marburg

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