CfP: Universities in Central Europe, 29 Sept. - 1 Oct., 2011, Charles University in Prague

UNIVERSITIES IN CENTRAL EUROPE: CROSSROADS OF SCHOLARS
FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

29 September 2011 – 1 October, 2011, Charles University in Prague,
Czech Republic

FIRST CIRCULAR

ORGANIZERS & PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

• European Society for the History of Science
• Institute of the History of Charles University and Archive of Charles University in Prague
• Centre for the History of Sciences and Humanities of the Institute for Contemporary History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
• Czech Society for the History of Sciences and Technology
• Czech National Committee for the History of Science

MAIN THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE

• Mobility of Scholars between Universities since the Age of the Enlightenment

• The „Visiting Professor“ Phenomenon

• The 100th Anniversary of Einstein‘s stay in Prague

Central Europe is a strategically important space, destined by its geography and political history to become crossroads of nations and their cultural and educational traditions. The Habsburg monarchy, the German Empire unified in the second half of the 19th century as well as the region of today’s Poland were seats of numerous universities and technical universities with venerable traditions. In all these institutions, the influence of local teachers intermingled with the impact of experts coming from culturally diverse parts of Europe. The creation of national states in the aftermath of 1918, their subjugation by totalitarian regimes in 1933, 1938/9, and 1945‒48, as well as the dissolution of the Soviet block after 1989, represent turning points in the more recent history of this region. The Charles University in Prague, where the conference will take place, was founded by the Holy Roman Emperor and Bohemian King Charles IV in 1348. Today, it is one of the principal Central European universities both by size and its scholarly importance.

The aim of the conference is to look for answers to the following range of questions:

Mobility of Scholars between Universities since the Age of the Enlightenment
- Why did teachers migrate between universities? Was it mainly to further their careers?
- Can we discern any regularity in the directions of academic migration?
- Which criteria determined the relative importance of universities?
- To what extent could the academic representatives of various scientific disciplines influence, under the given local political, cultural and ethnic conditions, the influx or drain of experts to/from their institutions?
- How did migration influence establishment of institutions and scientific disciplines?

The ‘Visiting Professor’ Phenomenon
- The substance and history of the term ‘visiting professor’.
- What was the importance of visiting professors in the dissemination, appropriation, and circulation of ideas?
- To what extent were such visits seen by the professors as a ‘time off’ or refreshment of the academic routine, and to what extent did they enrich and inspire their scientific work?
- What was the contribution of visiting professors to the universities hosting them and what did they contribute to their home institutions?

Centenary of Einstein‘s stay in Prague
The conference is organised in the year of 100th anniversary of Einstein’s stay at the Prague German Charles-Ferdinand University. Einstein and Prague and Einstein in general is therefore also a subject of the conference.

The conference will follow up on an international meeting dedicated to the issue of Scientists in Exile and the Dictatorships of the 20th Century, which will take place in Prague on May 24‒26 (see http://www.science.usd.cas.cz/cs/aktuality.html)
While the May conference focuses on forced migration, the September conference deals with voluntary migration of scientists.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mitchell G. Ash
Dieter Hoffmann
Petr Svobodný

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Mitchell G. Ash, University of Vienna, Austria
Fabio Bevilacqua, University of Pavia, Italy
Robert Fox, Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford, UK
Dieter Hoffmann, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany
Ivan Jakubec, Charles University in Prague
Michal Kokowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, Poland
Antonín Kostlán, Academy of Sciences of the CR, Prague, Czech Republic
Ladislav Kvasz, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia
László Molnár, Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
Miroslav Tibor Morovics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Erwin Neuenschwander, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Efthymios Nicolaidis, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
Felicitas Seebacher, Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Milada Sekyrková, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Ida Stamhuis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Petr Svobodný, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Soňa Štrbáňová, Academy of Sciences of the CR, Prague, Czech Republic

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Marek Ďurčanský, Institute of the History of Charles University and Archive of Charles University, Prague
Antonín Kostlán, Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
Ivan Jakubec, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
Petr Cajthaml, Institute of the History of Charles University and Archive of Charles University, Prague
Ivana Lorencová, National Technical Museum in Prague
Helena Durnová, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno
Milada Sekyrková, Institute of the History of Charles University and Archive of Charles University, Prague
Alena Šolcová, Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague
Soňa Štrbáňová, Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
Petr Svobodný, Institute of the History of Charles University and Archive of Charles University, Prague

VENUE OF THE CONFERENCE
Charles University in Prague
Ovocný trh 5
116 36 Prague 1
Czech Republic

PRESENTATION and PUBLICATION
The official language of the conference will be English. The length of the contributions will be 30 minutes including discussion. Proposed contributions will be reviewed and approved by the Programme Committee and published as special issue of the series Historia Universitatis Carolinae Pragensis.

CONFERENCE FEES and DEADLINES
Registration and request for economy accommodation: 31 March, 2011
Conference fee: 90 EUR before and including 15 May, 2011
120 EUR after 15 May, 2011
Conference Fee includes: Conference materials, welcome reception, 4 coffee/tea breaks, 2 lunches, gala dinner 30 September 2011

Posting of the abstracts: 31 March, 2011
Notification of acceptance: 30 April, 2011
Abstract on web and conference programme in e-form: 1 June, 2011
Request of financial support: 31 March, 2011

Limited financial support for accommodation and/or conference fee will be available. Requests with explanation should be sent before 15 March, 2011 to milada.sekyrkova@ruk.cuni.cz.

INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFER DETAILS
Bank Name: Komerční banka
IBAN format of KB account: CZ640100000000003064490217
BIC (SWIFT): KOMBCZPP
Account number: 3064490217/0100
Bank´s Address: Na Příkopě 33, 114 07 Praha 1, P.O. BOX 839, Czech Republic
Beneficiary: Ústav dějin UK a Archiv UK, Charles University in Prague
Account Centre: 290 221, Variable Code: 2011,
Payments details: Conference 2011 + Last name

ACCOMMODATION
Prague offers great choice of accommodation of all price ranges in the centre close to the conference venue. The participants should make the reservation themselves, but the organizers will offer economic accommodation in limited amount based on “first come first serve” principle. Information on economic accommodation and recommended hotels, bed and breakfasts and pensions will be available on the conference website before 28 February, 2011.

CONTACT
Dr. Milada Sekyrková
milada.sekyrkova@ruk.cuni.cz
Telephone: +420 224 491 468
Institute of the History of CU and Archive of CU
Charles University in Prague
Ovocný trh 5
116 36 Prague 1
Czech Republic

MAIN WEB INFO
http://udauk.cuni.cz/
http://udauk.cuni.cz/ARCHIVENG-1.html

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