Call for papers for DAAD Postgraduate Conference among masters and PhD-students "What History Teaches Us. On The Social, Political and Diplomatic Relevance of Historical Analogies in The Beginning of 21-st Century"

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Call for applications for The Second UBIAS Intercontinental Academia: On Human Dignity (Jerusalem-Bielefeld) 2016)

The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University Jerusalem (IIAS), Israel’s only institute of advanced study, and the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) of Bielefeld University, Germany’s oldest institute for advanced studies, are joining to organize the Intercontinental Academia 2016 on human dignity. The first session of the Intercontinental Academia will take place in March 2016 at IIAS in Jerusalem (6–20 March 2016), the second in August 2016 at ZiF in Bielefeld (1–12 August 2016).

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Call for papers for International workshop «Current Developments in Central Asia: Politics, Society and (Inter) Regional Cooperation» is open

International Workshop will take place at Bielefeld University (Germany), October 23-24, 2015

Organizers: Chiara Pierobon and Andreas Vasilache

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from the field of sociology, political science, history, law, economics, anthropology and other relevant disciplines interested in the study of regionalization processes and dynamics within and beyond Central Asia.

Proposals for papers at the conference are welcome until June 30, 2015. Applications should include an abstract of the proposed presentation (around 300 words) as well as the author’s short CV and should be sent to:

The workshop is supported by Volkswagen Foundation in the framework of the collaborative research and professionalization project «Exploring Patterns of Regional and Interregional Cooperation: Central Asia, its Neighboring Countries and Europe» (2012-2015)

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The paper submission deadline for workshop "Network Theory and Methods: Combining Structure, Content and Meanings?" has been extended until June 01, 2015!

The workshop is organized by VU University Amsterdam in collaboration with Center for German and European Studies, St Petersburg State University – Bielefeld University. The workshop will take place 31 August ─ 1 September, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Steve Borgatti is Professor in Management at the University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Economics. He can be considered one of the founding fathers of modern social network analysis, and has published over 100 articles on social network analysis, focusing on both theoretical and methodological approaches.

John Mohr is Professor of Sociology at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Department of Sociology. He is an expert in the field of meanings in network theory and research, and has published widely on cultural turn in the social sciences, topic modelling and networks and meaning.

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The 12th Germany Week in St Petersburg, 21-26 april 2015

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New Working Paper available: Eleonora Burtceva, Barriers to the Implementation of the EU-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programs (Cases of ENPI Programs "South-East Finland – Russia" and "Estonia-Latvia-Russia").

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Centre for German and European Studies has announced a call for applications for Interdisciplinary Summer School "Network Analysis of European Urban Landscapes: Communities, Spaces and Meanings", July 1–6, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Center for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University - Bielefeld University) and the Council of Young Scientists of St. Petersburg State University invite motivated BA, MA and PhD students interested in interdisciplinary urban studies to learn basic concepts, methods and techniques of network analysis applied to social, cultural, and technical dimensions of European urban landscapes.

Prior knowledge of key concepts and techniques of network analysis will be an advantage, but is not mandatory.

 Key topics:

  • Introduction to the main concepts and methods of network analysis
  • Analyzing European urban communities: key tools and techniques
  • The basics of mapping and analyzing urban sociotechnical networks
  • Semantic and sociosemantic network analysis of groups and communities
  • Introduction to the analysis of European urban mobility networks
  • An outlook on modeling the dynamics of spatially embedded social networks
Confirmed teachers:
  • Prof. Dr. Beate Volker, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Dr. Johan Koskinen, University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr. Camille Roth, National Center for Scientific Research, France


Applications are due before April 20 2015. Applicants are to e-mail a CV, a letter of motivation and a short description of their related research project in English to:;

Working language: English.

Registration fee: €50.

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Centre for German and European Studies invites to an open discussion "Current Change of Russias Image in Germany: reasons, trends and debates in the German politics and society"

March 18th, at 18:00, in the BIBLIOTEKA space, Nevsky pr. 20, 3d floor.

List of the German experts who will be participated in the event:

Prof. Dr. Siegmar Schmidt (University of Koblenz-Landau), Sebastian Zeitzmann (European Academy Otzenhausen), Goetz Herrmann (University of Bielefeld), Timo Lowinger and Philipp Gieg (University of Wuerzburg).

Moderation: Dr. Elena Belokurova.

The discussion (in English) will cover the factors defining policy of Germany towards Russia, changes of this policy in the past years, as well as reflection of these changes in German media, in political and public debates, in the public opinion about Russia.

For those who cannot attend in-person an online stream will be arranged here:

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The article "Innovative Education Clusters and the Experience of Their Building in Tatarstan Republic" by Artur Sagdatullin, presented at the CGES Conference "Science, Education and Business Cooperation", has been published in the "Innovations" journal

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World Heritage Watch in partnership with CGES, Europa Nostra, Greenpeace, The German Alliance for Nature Conservation, The Forum Environment + Development is organizing an International NGO Conference "UNESCO World Heritage and the Role of Civil Society"

International NGO Conference "UNESCO World Heritage and the Role of Civil Society" will take place on 26-27 June 2015 at the Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bonn, Germany.

World Heritage Watch is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 and dedicated to the support of the UNESCO World Heritage by

-       building a network of civil society actors in order to help improve their participation in the management and protection of World Heritage properties,

-       supporting initiatives of local communities and civil society in or near World Heritage properties,

-       bringing up-to-date and detailed information to the attention of the World Heritage Committee, its Advisory Bodies, and the general public, and

-       lobbying for a stronger voice and a structured role of NGOs in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

 The Conference follows a first International NGO Forum on World Heritage held in St. Petersburg in 2012.


Please send us an abstract (summary) of your paper by 20 March 2015 to in English, French, Russian or Spanish language. 

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