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Call for Panels: Annual Conference 2015

Apr 16, 2015

The organisers of the Annual Conference invited scholars to submit panel proposals. The theme of this year's conference is "Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out". The conference will take place from October 7-9 in Heidelberg and is being organised by Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

This year's conference is focusing on the concept of scales. Scales are fundamental for all cultural and historical research, including transcultural studies. The map of a whole country does not show the same places as the map of single city; an assemblage of large numbers of people into a single institution has radically different implications than the actions of scattered individuals; accumulations of big data lead to questions that would be impossible to answer with smaller samples; and conceptual lenses like “culture,” “stratosphere,” or “hospital” enable insights that have little in common with those emerging from studies focusing on the trajectories of a lone person, a single atom, or a particular medical practice. Such examples reveal how, on the one hand, different research objects require different scales of investigation, and on the other, how the various scales of human activity produce disparate effects. For deeper insights into the topic, selected readings are provided by the conference organisers.

The proposed panels should be designed to bring together a range of different perspectives on a focused topic. A panel arrangement that opens up the topic in a structured manner and allows a wide–ranging debate including active contributions from the audience is encouraged. The panel proposal must not exceed five single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. Abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Proposals should be submitted as a document in two parts:

  1. The first part (max. 3 pages) will be used for the evaluation of the proposal and should explain the rationale of the panel design as well as providing a detailed timeline for the various parts of the panel (assume a 90-minute duration for the whole).
  2. The second part of the document (max 2 pages) is the version to appear in the proceedings. This should include a description of the panel theme including details on why the panel will be of interest to conference attendees, details of the panelists (including biographies) and a high-level version of the timeline.

The proposals should include the following information:

  • Panel title
  • Main contact details
  • Panel organisers (including contact details)
  • Panel theme
  • Panel format (including duration)
  • Panel schedule
  • Special equipment needed (a projector and a screen + flipcharts will be available)

Submissions of panels were accepted until April 30th, 2015, and should be sent to

The Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" will take place from October 7 - 9, 2015, at Heidelberg University. It is organised by Prof. Dr. William Sax, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedrich Quack, and Shupin Lang on behalf of Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

Please visit the conference website for detailed information.


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