Seminar-Call verlängert! To look through court records

Seminar-Call verlängert! To look through court records

bis 30.1.21 einreichen!

Gemeinsam mit der Historikerin Gabriele Hackl (Universität Wien, Institut für Zeitgeschichte) organisiert der wissenschaftliche Leiter des Zeithistorischen Zentrums Melk, Christian Rabl, im Jahr 2021 ein wissenschaftliches Seminar im Rahmen der jährlichen internationalen Konferenz der "German Studies Association", die von 30. September bis 4. Oktober 2021 in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA) stattfinden wird. Interessierte Forscher*innen der relevanten Fachdisziplinen (siehe unten) werden herzlich dazu eingeladen, bis zum 30. Jänner 2021 ein Paper (in Englisch!) einzureichen. Hier geht's zur Einreichung:

Hier alle Details zum Call:


A vast range of research projects routinely draws on court records as a source of juridical, social and historical information. However, the topics discussed, and the methods used may vary heavily from project to project and may come with different challenges. The seminar seeks to bring together scholars from various fields and foster discussion about these challenges, may they be of theoretical or practical nature. We invite participants to critically reflect on the sources and methods they use. We seek proposals for short presentations (15-20 min) of papers from scholars that engage with court records from the 19th and 20th century, from history to social and cultural studies, literature studies, media studies and (critical) legal sciences. We particularly invite researchers who work in younger fields, like disability studies or queer studies, or use newer, i.e. digital tools to handle court records.

We particularly encourage submissions from young, BIPOC and LGBTQIA* scholars.

After seminar participants have been chosen, we will circulate at least three core texts that are to be read before the seminar (participants are welcome to suggest texts). Participants are also required to circulate their paper (approx. 30,000 characters) by July 2021, giving insight in their projects and their presentation. The core texts and papers will be the basis of discussion. Every participant will also be a designated respondent for one of the papers, meaning that (s)he will prepare a short comment and a few questions for the group discussion.

Paper-Upload: To participate you must be a GSA member.
The deadline for submissions is 30th January 2021.

Young scholars who need financial assistance with the membership fee contact