| CALL FOR PAPERS: “Societal Evolution or
Social Ruin? Universities and Elite Formation in Central, Eastern and
Southeastern Europe” International
Cooperation Project of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and
International Affairs and the Karl-Franzens University Graz; Graz,
Austria (Deadline: May 31, 2012). |
the countries in transition have taken innovative paths in catching up the
educational developments of the European Union. Here numerous challenges have
emerged, from the question in which fields highly qualified graduates are most
needed, to whether graduates stay in their country after their studies or
challenges are not new, but have been relevant since the emergence of modern
academia in the 19th century. It is thus only appropriate to take a look back
and to explore these questions in a historical perspective, considering the
period from the late 19th century until today.
been the processes through which elites have been formed in Central, Eastern,
and Southeastern Europe over the past 150 years? How central is the
formation of elites to the respective state and society and which resources
have been made available at different historical periods? Which role have
universities and other institutions of higher education taken, and what significance
have Academies of Sciences and Arts had in creating an elite? How has the interrelationship
between political elites and universities changed across time in different
political systems with divergent ideological orientations? Are there success
stories? If not, why not? What, if at all, are the particularities of these
phenomena in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe? What have been the
consequences of cross-border university education for elite formation?
interested contributing to the project are invited to submit their proposal in
German or English by 31st May to firstname.lastname@example.org <mail
to: email@example.com> and firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal should contain the following:
1. Academic details of the author
2. Email and contact information
3. Title of the proposed paper and abstract
(at least 300 words).
There are two types of papers
1: Longer chapters with a broad perspective on the
above questions, in particular from a comparative perspective (20-25 pages);
2: Shorter chapters on particular case studies
based on the above mentioned questions (ca. 10 pages).
The project coordinators will make a selection of
proposals and determine which of the two categories they belong to and inform
all applicants by 30th August 2012.
The authors of the accepted chapters will receive
editorial institutions and are invited to submit their completed chapters by
30th May 2013. No honorarium for chapters is envisaged.
The volume will be published in 2014 and
subsequent book presentations and discussions on the topics are planned in
Austria and abroad.