11th Annual Graduate Workshop on Comparative Historical Research on Europe

The Research Network on the Historical Study of States and Regimes of the Council for European Studies invites applications for our Annual Graduate Student Workshop. This is a pre-conference workshop to be held in advance of the Council for European Studies 2024 Annual Meeting. 

We seek applications from advanced graduate students working on comparative historical topics within European studies, broadly conceived. The process is open to graduate students working in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences and using any methodology or approach. We are open to work that is concerned both with explaining past outcomes or that looks at the impact of past developments in explaining contemporary outcomes. We also welcome work that broadens the gaze of European studies by engaging with other literatures, perspectives, and regions that shed light on the comparative history of Europe. 

Priority will be given to advanced doctoral students, but all graduate students at any level of preparation of their dissertation will be considered. Candidates may present work from their dissertations (typically a chapter), or other papers on which they are interested in receiving feedback. We anticipate inviting approximately eight students to present their work in an all-day conference to be held on July 2, 2024. Students will be required to provide their written work in advance and to make a short presentation. 

A faculty “mentor” will be assigned as discussant to provide in-depth feedback. Additional time will be available for a general discussion of the work with all assembled faculty and graduate students. Past faculty mentors have included:  Amel Ahmed (UMass Amherst); Michael Bernhard (University of Florida); Volha Charnysh (MIT); Ali Cirone (Cornell University); Ivan Ermakoff (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Tiago Fernandez (UIL-ISCTE, Lisbon); Robert M. Fishman (Carlos III University), Steve Hanson (William and Mary); Philip Howe (Adrian College); Isabel Perera (Cornell University); Harris Mylonas (George Washington University); Jan Rovny (Sciences PO); Ela Rossmiller (Wilson College), and Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus University). 

Participants in the Graduate workshop will receive a $250 stipend to assist in travel costs. The CES will also waive the conference registration fee for all selected graduate students to attend the Annual Conference of Europeanists, which will take place immediately after the workshop on July 3-5 in Lyon, France.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals to present at the conference as well. Please see the CES call for proposals for more information on the conference.

The deadline for applying for the Graduate Workshop is October 20th, 2023. In the application form, you will be asked to include a 250 – 400 word abstract of the research to be presented and a 1-page CV. 

If you have questions about the application process or the workshop, please contact Amel Ahmed aahmed@umass.edu.