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Newspapers and Transculturality – Call for Papers

Oct 15, 2013

Graduate students of the Cluster are organising a conference with the title "Newspapers and Transculturality: New Approaches to Working with Historical Newspapers". The conference will be held at the Karl Jaspers Centre from January 30-31, 2014. Interested scholars are invited to submit panel proposals until October 20, 2013.

The conference aims to bring together researchers who are studying the history of newspapers or else intensively using historical newspapers as their primary sources. Since their first publication, newspapers have been broadly used by scholars in various disciplines to understand history. The application of newspapers as primary sources, however, has conformed to traditional approaches that focus on the political nation-state and geographic boundaries. A transcultural approach to studies of historical newspapers or to those using them as primary sources, looking past national affiliations and focusing instead on editors and readers, is an alternative option to the conventional methodology.

The conference welcomes contributions that reach beyond national boundaries and pose questions to the traditional historiographical application of newspapers as primary sources. This event seeks to bring together scholars who demonstrate innovative methods in studying newspapers and to offer space to discuss different methodological approaches to analysing transcultural elements of newspaper-making. Professor Rudolf Wagner (Harvard/Heidelberg) will deliver a keynote speech.

To submit a proposal, please send a short CV and a 300-word proposal by October 20, 2013 to newspapers@uni-hd.de. Successful applicants will be requested to submit a full paper of 5,000 words maximum by December 31, 2013. Depending on the final budgetary situation, the conference intends to cover full accommodation costs and partial travel expenses.

The conference is organised by the doctoral Students Rudolph Ng (GPTS), Anna Sawerthal (D19 Kalimpong) and Johanna de Schmidt (MC12 Floating Spaces). It is funded in the context of the Graduate Student Workshop. This initiative was established by the Research Areas and the Graduate Programme of the Cluster as an annual competition. It offers funds for an academic event that is conceptualised, organised and implemented by doctoral students. These events enable graduate students to further pursue questions and ideas that develop within their peer groups.


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