Symposium 'Women and Body Politics'

14.05.2013 - 09:00
14.05.2013 - 18:30


Symposium 'Women and Body Politics in Twentieth Century Czech Republic and Central Europe

Venue: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Nussdorfer Strasse 64, 5th floor, 1090 Wien

Time: Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 09:00-18:30


Workshop 'The Border Within'

28.04.2013 - 09:00
29.04.2013 - 20:00


The Border Within: The Internalization of Difference in Central Europe and the Middle East

An international workshop, held at Tel Aviv University from 28-29 April 2013

Borders, according to conventional wisdom, are a necessary aspect of any society. On the individual level, they allow for personal autonomy and establish guidelines that regulate daily interaction. On the social level, they often help forge a sense of belonging and community. And, on the political level, borders mark and establish the limits of sovereignty that grant 
polities the justification to act in the name of their subjects.

Call for Papers: Silence and Voices of Dissent

International Conference

Silence and Voices of Dissent. Communist Intellectuals in Societies of the Soviet Type

Venue: Berlin, Centre Marc Bloch 

Date: 14-15 June 2013

Organizers: The Conference is organized by the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin), the CERCEC (EHESS, Paris), the ISP-CNRS (Université de Paris-Ouest) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres (Wien), with the participation of the CIERA (France).

Conference 'Implications of the Eurozone crisis for perceptions, politics and policies of migration'

29.11.2012 - 10:00
30.11.2012 - 15:00


Venue: St Gertrud (, Malmö, Sweden


  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna
  • Malmö University: Department of Global Political Studies (GPS) and
    Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö


The acute and seemingly perennial Eurozone crisis has been front-page news for more than a year now, and shows no sign of receding anytime soon. The current crisis raises several questions of how it should be viewed in relation to previous crises and whether or not it signifies a decline of Europe vis-à-vis other regions in the world. This conference grapples with these questions within one specific field, namely the perceptions, politics and policies of migration.
In this context, questions for the conference are: Who is blamed for today’s negative developments in Europe? Are they attributed to minority groups, to migrants, to politicians in charge, to the EU as such, to individual EU countries or to all of the above? The perspective ushers in arguments about scapegoating, conspiracy theories and political myth-making, but also political strategies of attaining legitimacy, agenda power and the dynamics of mainstream politics. What political strategies are devised to meet popular perceptions of a relative decline? What are the popular responses; do new social movements arise or is increased passivity the most common response? What successes do populist-party strategies obtain in this setting?
However, in dealing with these questions it is important not to lose sight of the historical reference points and make comparisons to other periods in the past of Europe. Among the topics that will be highlighted in this regard are the historically shifting perceptions of migration in Europe, for instance on immigration between European countries from late 19th to mid-20th century, as compared to today’s EU regime of internal movement, labour migration and refugee immigration.


Thursday, 29 November

10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-10:45 Introduction by the organizing committee
10:45-11:00 Welcome by Stefan Bengtsson, Vice-chancellor
of Malmö University (TBC)
11:00-11:45 Keynote by Prof. John Solomos (City University, London)
11:45-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Paper session 1
15:00-15:30 Coffee
15:30-17:30 Paper session 2

  Friday, 30 November

09:00-09:45 Keynote by Prof. Umut Özkirimli (Lund University)
09:45-10:00 Coffee
10:00-12:00 Paper session 3
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:40 Paper session 4
14:40-15:00 Concluding remarks
15:00 Coffee


Paper session 1: Crisis and integration - Thursday, 29 November, 13:00-15:00

  • Sarah Scuzzarello (City University, London): Policy actors’ narrative constructions of migrants’ integration in Malmö
  • August Gächter (Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Vienna): Change of fortune, change of mind? European views on migration 2002-2010
  • Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel): Social cohesion challenges in Europe

Paper session 2: Crisis and migration policies - Thursday, 29 November, 15:30-17:30

  • Peter Kraus (University of Augsburg): Europeanization, complex diversity and the changing frame of migration politics
  • Christos Nikas (University of Western Macedonia): Recession and return emigration: The case of Greece
  • Peo Hansen (Linköping University): Immigration Without Incorporation? EU Migration Management, the Current Crisis and some Lessons from the Past


Paper session 3: Crisis and attitudes towards migrants - Friday, 30 November, 10:00-12:00

  • Lynda Ng (Oxford University): Economic Power and Cultural Prestige: The changing fortunes of Chinese migrants in Europe
  • Phil Triadafilopoulos (University of Toronto): The Economic Crisis and Anti-Immigrant Politics in Greece: The Rise of the Golden Dawn Party
  • Andrea Bohmann (Umeå University): Articulated antipathies


Paper session 4: Crisis and European self-images - Friday, 30 November, 13:00-14:40

  • Gaia Giuliani (University of Bologna): European self-representation(s) in a time of crisis
  • Lars Jensen (Roskilde University): The Localisation and Interconnectedness of Crises in Postcolonial Europe: Denmark and Portugal

Seminar 'Les activités artistiques à travers les dossiers de la Stasi'

28.09.2012 - 14:00
28.09.2012 - 17:00


We would like to draw your attention to the following event:

Les activités artistiques à travers les dossiers de la Stasi: position et prises de positions dans les dossiers de la Stasi

Date: 28 September 2012, 14:00 - 17:00

Venue: Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, Friedrichstrasse 191, 10117 Berlin

Chair: Jérôme Bazin (Université de Paris-Est)

Discussant: Jens Gieseke (ZZF, Potsdam)

Conference 'Everyday Life and Domination Practices in 20th Century Central Europe

19.06.2012 - 09:00
19.06.2012 - 17:45


Conference Theme: Everyday Life and Domination Practices in 20th Century Central Europe

Venue: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Nussdorfer Strasse 64, 5th floor, 1090 Wien

Time: Tuesday, 19 June 2012, 09:00-17:45

Participants: Muriel Blaive (LBI-EHP), Benita Blessing (University of Vienna ), Gerhard Botz (LBI for Historical Social Sciences), Paulina Bren (Vassar College), Ben Frommer (Northwestern University), James Krapfl (McGill University), Mary C. Neuburger (University of Texas), Libora Oates-Indruchová (LBI EHP), Michal Pullmann (Charles University), Philipp Ther (University of Vienna).

More details can be found in the programme.

Conference 'Dissenters and Collaborators: Revisiting Cold War Binaries'

12.06.2012 - 09:00
12.06.2012 - 17:45

Please note that the seminar lectures held by Shawn Clybor (originally planned for 29 May) and Barbara Falk (planned for 12 June) will take place instead in the frame of a wider conference held at our institute on 12 June 2012.

Conference Theme: Dissenters and Collaborators: Revisiting Cold War Binaries

Venue: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Nussdorfer Strasse 64, 4th floor, 1090 Wien

Time: Tuesday, 12 June 2012, 09:00-17:45

Seminar 'Who needs migrant workers?'

15.05.2012 - 19:00
15.05.2012 - 21:00


Seminar 'Who needs migrant workers? Labour shortages, immigration and public policy'

Venue: Bruno Kreisky Forum für internationalen Dialog, Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Wien

Christiane Hintermann (LBI EHP) will take part as discussant. More information can be found here.

Book presentation 'Straddling the Iron Curtain?'

26.03.2012 - 13:00
26.03.2012 - 15:00


Machteld Venken will present her book Straddling the Iron Curtain? Immigrants, Immigrant Organizations, War Memories' at the Dutch Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam.

More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

Book presentation by Machteld Venken

23.03.2012 - 19:00
23.03.2012 - 20:30


Venue: Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium

Dr. Machteld Venken, Lise Meitner Fellow, presents her book "Straddling the Iron Curtain? Immigrants, Immigrant Organisations, War Memories"
recently published by Peter Lang Verlag