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Department of History

Call for papers: Sensational Events - Narrative, Material and Visual Expressions

The History Department is accepting papers to the 18th Annual Graduate Conference in European History, taking place on 15-16 April 2024 at the European University Institute (EUI) and online.

01 December 2023 | Event


What constitutes sensible methodologies, and how do we imagine, construct, narrate, and visualise senses and sensations in history?

The 18th Annual Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) focus on sensational events employs the word sense in its broadest possible meaning. With this, the conference invites historians to think about how we understand and perceive the past, what meaning we ascribe to the objects that we study, the role of sensory impressions, the emotions that are evoked in and by our narratives and how we conceptualise normalcy and sensationalism. What even makes an event sensational? How do we imagine, construct, narrate and visualise senses and sensations in history? In short – how do we make sense of history?

The GRACEH series was inaugurated in Budapest in 2007 and has been co-organised since 2010 by Central European University, the European University Institute, the University of Vienna, and more recently, the University of Oxford. Each year, it takes place at one of these institutions.

The central aim of GRACEH is to establish a network of graduate students and early career researchers in the field of European history, covering topics that range from the early modern period to the recent past. Serving as a platform for historiographical, methodological, and theoretical discussions among peers and senior academics, the conference encourages participants to present their ongoing thesis/dissertation projects within the thematic framework.

In addition to students enrolled at the partner universities, students from other institutions can also apply for participation in the conference. 

Learn more in the call for papers. The deadline to submit an abstract is 17 January 2024.

Last update: 24 June 2024

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