CfP: Europe in the 20th century – An Asymmetric Europe?

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At a colloquium held at Grenoble, at the Museum of the French Revolution in Vizille, on 3-5 September 2014, a General Assembly of the CIHRF met to discuss the Commission’s plans for its next colloquium. The meeting was held on the morning of Thursday 4 July between 9 and 11 am.
The Bureau of the CIHRF was tasked with presenting to the assembly its proposal for the theme of the colloquium which the Commission will hold next year in Jinan in China during the International Congress of Committee of the Historical Sciences (CISH). The Congress will be held on 23-29 August 2015.
After a short discussion the meeting unanimously approved the theme: ‘New Directions of Research in French Revolutionary History, 25 Years after the Bicentenary’.
This choice was adopted the more enthusiastically as the colloquium in Vizille preparatory to the World Congress had revealed the richness and diversity of current approaches to the history of the French Revolution, confirming the benefit of studying the Revolution in a global context and of assessing the historical legacy of the Revolution to other revolutions, both inside and outside Europe.
The Commission now issues a call for papers relating to these themes for its meeting in Jinan. Those wishing to offer papers are asked to submit a summary of not more than 400 words by a deadline of 15 November 2014. This will enable the Bureau to establish a programme for the colloquium in time to give those colleagues whose papers are accepted the opportunity to seek funding for their air fare and their stay in China in late August 2015. For more details about the congress in Jinan see the website of the international committee of historical sciences

Please send your proposals at the same time to the following email-addresses;
Alan Forrest (president)/ Pierre Serna (vice-president)/ Matthias Middell (general secretary)

Association internationale d’histoire contemporaine de l’Europe (AIHCE); Polish Academy of Sciences

20.06.2019-22.06.2019, Paris

Deadline: 31.10.2018

Twentieth century European history has been characterised by an alternation of common European projects and their subsequent calling into question, often vehemently, by opposing projects. These vicissitudes have laid bare a distinct difference betweeen the « old » Europe and that which emerged at the end of the First World War, sometimes labelled « Eastern Europe », sometimes « Central Europe » or even « East-Central Europe ». This difference has been visible historically on three occasions:

  1. The Versailles settlement
  2. The Hitlerian project for Europe
  3. European nations during the Cold War

Has this asymmetry influenced interpretations of European history? Was Europe perceived as a differentiated entity? Or does this vision exclusively correspond to a Western European perception?

Reflections on this dualism in history should take the form of comparative visions of the different historiographies. This is the research question which the conference scheduled for June 2019 (the centenary of the Versailles Treaty) wishes to explore around the theme of: the Asymmetry of the Versailles System.

This conference is construed as one of three pre-conferences which will form the basis of the International Association for the Study of Contemporary Europe’s participation in the 23rd World Congress of Historical Sciences in Poznan (23-29 August 2020).

The organisers of the conference, which will be held in Paris at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Centre from 20-22 June 2019, are launching a call for papers on the above-mentioned theme. They invite those wishing to give a paper to present their abstracts around the following issues:

– What place was reserved for Central Europe in the Versailles system?

– Reparations and the German and Austrian successor states

– What did Locarno represent for Central Europe ?

– The Versailles system in Western historiography

– The Versailles system in the historiography of Central Europe (Poland and Czechoslovakia, of course, but also perhaps Rumania and the Baltic States, especially Lithuania given its conflict with Poland)

– The Versailles system in the historiography of Germany and Hungary

– The Versailles system and the USSR

– The decomposition of the Versailles system

Some of these questions may appear banal and far from innovative, but they need raising in order to address interpretations of the principal theme, that of asymmetry. Abstracts should be addressed to: by 31 October 2018. Paper-givers will be expected to become members of the International Association for the Study of Contemporary Europe. (Go to:


Prof. Tomasz Schramm

Ul. Umultowska 89d

61-614 Poznan


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