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Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) – 2010

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More than 35 scholars and researchers from Europe and the United States gathered last weekend at CEU for the 4th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) to discuss challenges of biographical writing and scholarship. The conference, “Biography and Identity: Identity: Dilemmas and Opportunities,” featured a series of seminars and speakers, including OSA director and CEU professor Istvan Rév and CEU Medieval Studies professor Niels Gaul.

Professsor Rev presented a paper on the relationship of biography and politics in accounts of Laszlo Rajk, top party official executed by Hungary’s communist dictator Mátyás Rákosi in the late 1940’s. Professor Gaul’s lecture, “Of Hands and Souls: Mimesis and the Writing of ‘Byzantine’ Identity,”addressed medieval attitudes toward biographical writing. Professor Biljana Kasic of the University of Zadar and the Centre of Women’s Studies in Zagreb presented a feminist and post-colonial approach to the biographer’s ethical role in writing accounts of oppressed people. Willem Frijhoff, Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, discussed the challenges of writing historical biographies.

The conference was organized by CEU’s history and medieval studies departments and the European University Institute in Florence.

Press release, May 12, 2010

More information about GRACEH 2010.

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mai 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

Announcements: Scholarship and Graduate Conference

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For the readers of this blog, I have two announcements to make. Please circulate the news among your friends and peers.

The first announcement concerns only CEU and Cornell graduate students. It is a new exchange program between the Central European University and the Cornell University initiated by the Telluride Association. Departments to which CEU candidates may apply are the Cornell programs in History, Medieval Studies, City and Regional Planning, and the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs. The deadline for CEU candidates is December 20, 2009. Further information on both legs of the exchange program, here.

The second announcement is a Call for Papers for a graduate student conference in European history, titled „Biography and Identity: Dilemmas and Opportunities,” to be held at the Central European University in Budapest, in May 2010. The Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) is the fourth in a series of conferences organized by the Central European University (Budapest) and the European University Institute (Florence). It is a forum for graduate students to share their research with students and scholars. There will be no registration fee and lunches and coffee will be provided. Funding for travel and accommodation may be available on an individual basis based on request. For further information, please see the GRACEH website.