Culture Call for Papers

The Culture Network, one of the larger networks within the ESSHC, invites you to offer a proposal for a paper or a session for the 2020 biannual conference that will take place in Leiden, The Netherlands, 18–21 March 2020.

This is an open call. You are free to suggest any theme for the 2020 Conference as long as it relates to culture and/or cultural history in its broadest sense. You can propose a session or a paper. The ESSHC is applauded for its open and interdisciplinary character. It is organized in several networks, each of which with its specific scope. The Culture Network welcomes all proposals referring to (but not only) visual culture; news and popular media; tourism; leisure; design history, architecture and town planning; photography in social studies; digital history; the study of emotions; material culture; folklore; human–animal studies; cultural diversity and border culture; death culture; collective memory politics; Cold War culture; utopian visions; as well as innovative approaches to the study of cultures and cultural history.

Session formats can vary between panel sessions, roundtables, meet-the-author sessions, film sessions (a film introduced by and discussed with the makers), debates, a project start-up brainstorm, as well as anything innovative in form that will enrich the conference. Please, feel free to discuss details about the preferred session format with the network chairs.

All creative proposals are welcome, as long as sessions do not last more than two hours and give ample opportunity for the participation of the audience in discussions. Session organisers should make arrangements for the distribution of papers among participants well before the conference, in order to enable discussions.

Note that the deadline for submitting your proposal (April 15, 2019) is fixed. Proposals submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Since the number of sessions organized by each network is limited, preference will be given to pre-organized sessions, as well as to interesting and well-formulated paper proposals. Proposals that come well before the deadline will be also given preference.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss your proposal before submitting them, please contact the Culture Network chairs:

Magdalena Elchinova, New Bulgarian University, Department of Anthropology, (link sends e-mail)  

Heidi Kurvinen, University of Turku, Cultural History, (link sends e-mail)