CfP: "Place and Displacement: The Spacing of History"

3rd INTH network Conference: “Place and Displacement: The Spacing of History”

Stockholm, August 20th–22nd, 2018

Call for papers

The International Network for Theory of History (INTH) is happy to announce that its third network conference will take place in Stockholm from August 20th-22nd, 2018, at Södertörn University. The goal of the conference is to gather theorists and philosophers of history from around the world and to offer a forum for scholars to exchange ideas, questions and resources. 

Recent years have seen a tragic combination of increasing levels of forced migration and a rise of isolationist nationalist and religious identity politics. The 3rd INTH conference will address these issues through the overarching theme of place and displacement and the shaping of the spaces of history and memory.

History is often used to claim the specific identity of places, delimit or contest certain territories, and undergird [K1] politics of spatial in- and exclusion. Spatial politics also tend to orient how and from what perspective the past is represented. Migration and spatial dislocation can profoundly change the way people relate to history and memory. The politics and historicity of space is an emerging domain where theory of history, history and philosophy, critical cultural geography, political science, urban and memory studies come together to explore a common territory. Ultimately, it motivates a critical examination of the fields of knowledge production and transmission: To what extent are particular histories and philosophies of history not only place-based but also place-bound in their truth-claims? How can we capture the transnational interconnectedness and place-making dynamics of histories from migrating, multidirectional memories? And which kinds of history writing and history education are best equipped to respond to the challenges of global migration and multicultural societies? To what extent do histories not just ‘take place’ but also always ‘make place’ by changing these places and the way they are experienced?



The main focus of this conference is on place and displacement and its relevance for the theory of history. But as in the previous meetings of the INTH, we also welcome papers on other relevant topics in the field of Philosophy and Theory of History, including (but not necessarily limited to):

●       Conceptual history

●       Ethics of history

●       Experience/presence

●       Hermeneutics

●       Historical (in)justice

●       Historical time

●       History and mourning/trauma

●       History as science (causation, explanation, lawfulness ...)

●       Narrativism

●       Politics of history and memory

●       Public/popular history

●       Substantive/speculative philosophy of history

●       The history of historiography

●       The relations between history and other academic fields

Through the collaboration with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), there will also be special panels devoted to topics in the Theory of history with connection to Eastern Europe and Russia.


Confirmed speakers:

Joan W. Scott

Jeff Malpas

Victoria Collis-Buthelezi

Jo Guldi

Marek Tamm

Susanne Rau

Michael Rothberg

Yasemin Yildiz


Practical information

Those interested in taking part in the conference are asked to send in abstracts of 300-500 words either in docx or pdf format to, by January 2nd, 2018. Please name your file following this structure: Surname_Title of the abstract

We will consider both proposals for panel sessions and individual papers. Panel proposals should preferably include a commentator and a chair. Please send the overall panel proposal and individual papers in the same application (all following the 300-500 words limit per paper).

Please visit the conference website: for further information.

The local organizing committee is led by Prof. Hans Ruin, and the conference secretary is Phd. Gustav Strandberg. Please use the conference email address for all correspondence. The meeting is made possible with generous support from and collaboration with CBEES and the Baltic Sea Foundation.

Lucie K. Morisset
Communicating World Heritage: International Conference

7-10 October 2017

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, UK

Bookings close: 29th September



The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and World Heritage UK have joined forces to hold special four-day international meeting at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, near Telford, Shropshire. The first two days will bring together academics from around the world to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage Values from 7-8 October. This will be followed by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practitioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences on 9-10 October.

There are just a few weeks left to book for the eagerly anticipated Communicating World Heritage Conference, so don’t miss your chance to join a growing community of professionals, academics and practitioners to explore the many ways of communicating World Heritage to a variety of audiences, and discuss the latest research and global policy in relation to key themes such as World Heritage tourism, communities, education and specialist groups.

With conference tickets and local accommodation selling quickly, it’s best to book early. Take a look at the programme on our website to find out more about the speakers and sessions. Of course, within the programme there will be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues, enjoy informal drinks, conference dinner and walking tours to be announced.

To book your place, please visit Bookings close on 29thSeptember.

Programme Highlights
We are delighted to be welcoming such a diverse and exciting group of speakers from organisations such as UNESCO, Historic England and the Heritage Alliance, as well as leading academics from around the world. Their specialist knowledge and expertise will provide a unique cross-disciplinary perspective on the communication of World Heritage, and a range of interesting talking points for colleagues throughout the conference.

Our full programme is available on the conference website, and particular highlights over the four days include:

Michael Di Giovine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Professor Di Giovani will present “Communicating Sustainability through World Heritage Tourism,” examining the ways in which world heritage practitioners can engage with tourism to communicate sustainability values to a diversity of audiences. (Saturday 7th October).

Dr. Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer and co-Director of the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent (UK). Dr Labadi will present the paper “For Everyone? Communicating World Heritage values and Stake Holders.” This presentation will explore how the World Heritage terminology is difficult to understand, even for specialists, making it even more difficult to communicate to the public. There will be a focus on how communities are increasingly associating World Heritage with exclusions and how these communities have acted upon these exclusionary trends. Finally, Dr Labadi will examine the approaches that aim to bring about solutions to these issues. (Sunday 8th October).

Andrew Stokes, England Director for Visit England will join the join the ‘Heritage Leaders’ session to present the latest information on the value of World Heritage to the tourism market and how this can be communicated. (Monday 9th October).

Mr Bo Jiang, Vice President of ICOMOS-China and Mr Yimeng Zhang, Great Wall Protection Project at the China Academy of Cultural Heritage, will be giving presentations about two icons of World Heritage, the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China. This is a rare opportunity to hear speakers from this country on their specialist subjects and will provide great insight into communicating World Heritage with the wider world. (Tuesday 10th October).


Lucie K. Morisset
CfP: Boom – Crises – Heritage. King Coal and the energy revolutions after 1945

During the Industrial Revolution coal was Europe’s most important energy source for both homes and industries. At the time European coal mining created strong regional industrial identities and mentalities, as well as industrial images and imaginaries in the eyes and minds of external observers. Such identities and ideas of coal, would go on to shape industrial landscapes and communities.
Coal mining in Europe was thrown into crisis after World War II due to competition from external sources of coal, crude oil and natural gas. This incipient transformation of the energy market began accelerating in the 1970s with the emergence of new alternative forms of energy such as nuclear power. Although the regions dominated by heavy industry faced up to these challenges in various ways, they were unable to prevent deindustrialisation which resulted in pit closures in the second half of the 20th century. The remains of coal mining are, in many cases, a clearly visible presence in contemporary environments. Mining is widely commemorated through the creation of heritage, and the continuation of industrial culture and traditions.
Against this background, the Boom – Crisis – Heritage conference will address coal mining in the period after 1945. Our aim is to consider the multilayered processes of social change that were triggered by transformations within the energy market from international and comparative perspectives. Rather than restricting our scope to a study of coal mining, the conference will also cover coal’s competitors as well as the consumers and users of the various forms of energy produced. This broad sweep is designed to enable the presumed existence of unique paths of development to be confirmed and their specific regional and national characteristics to be elucidated.
We welcome a wide range of international case studies, and we are keen to represent transnational perspectives for comparative purposes on the following themes:
Theme One: investigating the economic, social and technological development of the coal mining industry and related industries
In this theme we consider contemporary responses to the upheaval within the energy sector after 1945 and analyse the transformation of the energy market from the point of view of technological, environmental, economic, corporate, social or scientific history. Our broad aim is to trace the developments associated with the energy revolution in the various industry sectors affected by transformation . This theme encompasses coal mining and competitor industries such as the petroleum industry, the nuclear industry and lignite mining as well as the consumers of energy (e.g. the steel industry, railways, private households).
There is a particular interest in papers that address the following topics and questions:
• Forecasts and expectations: to what extent did the relevant decision-makers successfully predict future trends in their own industry and in their competitor’s sectors? What methods and means were used to formulate such predictions, and did expectations or interests stand in the way of a reliable forecast?
• Response to crises: when a crisis struck or if difficulties were envisaged, the main players had a number of options for how to respond. The key issue here is the measures that were taken to prevent crises, mitigate their impact or exploit difficulties facing another industry sector.
• Periodisation: considering the economic development of coal mining, the petroleum sector and nuclear power invites a certain division of the post-war energy revolution into distinct periods. This poses the question of whether alternative divisions based on other structural criteria unrelated to the commercial performance of the individual industries are also possible. In addition, a valuable contribution can be made to the debate regarding a structural shift by looking at the energy sector. Running across these sets of issues is the question of what role is played by certain governmental and social groups of actors.
As well as studying the various decision-makers in the associations and companies, the following actors and institutions are of significant interest, as are the relationships between them:
• Supranational organisations, national governments, regional governments: the key issue here is the interests of the main players in these areas and their links to the private-sector and social actors in the relevant sectors. Another area of great interest is varying understandings at the individual (supra-)national levels in terms of assessing future developments in the energy market or conflicts over what measures to take or the support of different industry sectors.
• Trade unions: we are interested in the positions adopted by the relevant trade unions towards signs of crisis in the various industries and also in potential conflicts with employee representatives in other affected sectors at the level of national umbrella organisations such as the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) and their role in shaping the political and social elements of the energy revolution.
• Science: in this context, it is not sufficient merely to explore the role played by science in developing new technologies for the energy industry; rather, there is also a need to scrutinise science’s influence on organisational and technical changes within the individual industries. It goes without saying that the issue of funding relevant research and the impact of science on gauging the impact of technologies or environmental problems for the individual industries is also closely linked to the role of the state.
In line with the overarching question posed by the conference, the existence of unique regional or national development stories is to be discussed based on these areas of thematic focus.
Theme Two: the tangible and intangible legacy of coal mining. We would like to put a spotlight on culturalisation and touristification processes in relict energy landscapes as well as subsequent reuse.
As regards the conference’s second area of thematic focus, papers are invited that discuss the spatial implications of the deindustrialisation of coal mining regions in order to paint a multifaceted, comparative picture of the transformation of industrialised regions of heavy industry into post-industrial landscapes. We are therefore looking for proposals that address the following issues for the second focal point of the conference:
• Policies of preservation: the discovery/invention of an industrial heritage in the late 1950s and 60s (mainly) occurred outside established institutions. The institutionalization of a preservation policy for the tangible remains of the industrial era and the set up of industrial museums in the 1970s were its first success. The most significant expression is the listing of these tangible remains as World Heritage Sites. We are looking for proposals that explore some of the key players and institutions that had a major influence on these policies of preservation, from grassroots movements and the (technical) preservation of historic monuments through to political parties and organisations. However, critical reflections on (national and international) protection regulations are also welcome.
• Discourses of Culturalisation: the preservation of buildings whose function has been removed by the process of economic and structural change requires plans to be in place for their subsequent use. Whether this has been as an industrial museum or residential accommodation or an example of managed decline, the leftover infrastructure has had to be culturalised in order to determine what form this use would take. This process of culturalised revaluation has been and continues to be underpinned by specific debates on industrial heritage. These discourses need a historical context, thus we are especially keen to receive proposals that address their dynamics and persistences as well as their actors and forms.
• Pracitices of Touristification: the International Building Exhibitions “Emscher Park” and “Fürst-Pückler-Land” are two high-profile examples from Germany of how added (tourist) value has been given to its mining heritage. Touristification of the two former coal mining regions began with the “Route of Industrial Heritage” and the “Lusatian Lake District”. The European dimension to this process is clearly reflected in the “European Route of Industrial Heritage”. We are looking for proposals that explore the transformation of the regions’ image driven by touristification as well as those that address the tensions between the authentic representation of tradition and touristification or the views of locals on this process.
• Cultures of commemoration: remembering and memories of coal mining as an economic success story have a lasting impact on regional identities and mentalities. Organisations such as mining heritage clubs, industrial museums or history workshops preserve, showcase and bring these reminiscences to life, while oral history research projects are unearthing new fragments of a collective memory. We are seeking proposals that explore which kind of topics are being remembered and which are not, and how collective memories are formed out of many different individual ones. We would also be interested in submissions that look at oral history projects and concepts from the history of companies in a methodologically reflected way.
How spaces are put to subsequent use is also to be explored in both thematic areas of the conference:
• Focus 1: the state-supported pit closures throughout the Ruhr region created empty spaces that often remained wastelands for a long time. We would welcome papers that address the role played by closure premiums in the question of subsequent use – something that frequently did not arise until a late juncture – or that compare this process with other regions’ approaches to pit closures.
• Focus 2: industrial wastelands, piles and slag heaps as well as canalised rivers dominate the characteristic landscape of the former coal mining regions. How this legacy is handled wavers between the contrasting strategies of industrial nature, ecological restoration and new energy landscapes. We are keen to receive proposals that scrutinise and contextualise the mental, environmental and economic potency of these models.
The conference is sponsored by the RAG foundation and will be organised in co-operation with the Institute of History, Ruhr-University Bochum, and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
The conference will be held in the city of Bochum, Germany 14- 16th March 2018, with the corresponding proceedings expected to be published promptly thereafter.
The deadline for paper abstract submissions is the 30th of August 2017.
Please send your papers per Email to Juliane Czierpka ( and Torsten Meyer ( Paper abstracts should be no more than 400 words. Please also include a a short biography of around 300 words in PDF format with your proposal. Any travel expenses incurred can be reimbursed.
For further information on the research project “From boom to crises: German coal mining after 1945” visit our website:

Lucie K. Morisset
Communicating World Heritage: 7-10 October 2017. Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, UK

This conference is a special international meeting jointly organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and World Heritage UK. The first two days 7-8 October will bring together academics from around the world to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage values. From 9-10 October, practitioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to a variety of audiences. 

To see the programme, and book your tickets, please visit our conference website at: 

Don’t forget to take advantage of our early-bird booking discount by 31st August!

Lucie K. Morisset
Cultural Migrations: Displacement and Renewal - A Roundtable Discussion and Symposium on Immigration and Resettlement in the Buffalo/Niagara Region of New York


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – On September 8 and 9, 2017, The New York Folklore Society, a statewide non-profit arts organization supporting folklife and traditional arts, and the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, will host a Roundtable Discussion and Symposium to explore issues of immigration and resettlement in the context of Western New York.  This two-day participatory program includes panel discussions showcasing the area’s innovative responses to cultural sharing and accommodation, a workshop for artists, music and dance performances, exhibitions, and participatory art experiences.   Themes of the Roundtable Symposiumincludes micro-enterprise in community settings, place making through food, language, and changing neighborhood identities, responses to migration, and public and community health care.

Events will kick off on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a Curator’s talk by Lisa Catalfamo-Flores about her exhibition, El Sueño de América / The Dream of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants, followed by musical and dance performances by members of Buffalo’s newcomer communities. (to be determine)

El Sueño de América / The Dream of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants is a photographic exhibition that takes us from the milking parlors of surrounding counties to the cinder-block homes of Coyula, Guadalajara, Mexico, and back again. This straightforward perspective asks that we consider without bias or stereotype, the work being done, and the lives and sacrifices of the workers. Hard work and separation are underlying themes of these immigrants’ lives.

The program schedule for Saturday, September 9, 2017 begins with registration from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and the program begins with a traditional Thanksgiving Address by Bryan Printup of the Tuscarora Nation followed by Roundtable sessions examining place making through mechanisms of neighborhood revitalization, food, education, and language.   Panelists include Thaw Yee and Daniel Leong of the Karen Society of Buffalo, Amelia Blake of Explore and More Children’s Museum,  and Bryan Printup of the Tuscarora Nation.  Place making through Food and Language will include presentations by Elizabeth Bloom of Hartwick College, Ramin Ganesram, food journalist, and Julie Tay of the Mencius Society for the Arts.

Christina Pope, Regional Director for Welcoming America will provide a plenary address at 11:30 – 12:30, sharing Welcoming America’s three-pronged model for successfully bridging divides between immigrants and longer-term residents in “receiving” communities.  Launched in 2009, the non-profit Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States, with one in eight Americans living in a Welcoming Community. Their award-winning, social entrepreneurship model is predicated on assisting communities to create and articulate principles for inclusion.

The afternoon sessions beginning at 1:30 will focus upon Micro-Enterprise with panelists Dawne Hoeg of Stitch Buffalo; Ma Theint and Michell Holler of WEDI/West Side Bazaar; and Dr. Mirza Tihic of Syracuse University, providing a glimpse of innovative approaches to entrepreneurship in New York State.  This will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a session on health challenges and initiatives, with participation by Laura Trolio of the New York Department of Health, Gamileh Jahil of ACCESS WNY, Michael Martin of Native American Community Services, moderated by Wilfredo Morel of Hudson River Health Care.

Participants will then be provided free transportation via the Discover Niagara Shuttle to experience art experiences in community venues.   Details to be announced.  The program will end with a closing address by Bryan Printup of the Tuscarora Nation.

To register, please visit the website of the New York Folklore Society at or call (518) 346-7008 for information.

tim winter