Summer of theory: Bielefeld & Wesleyan Summer School on Theories for Historical Research ( 16 – 21 July 2018)

Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Bielefeld University; Gary Shaw, Wesleyan University
Deadline: 
Friday, 16 February, 2018 (All day)

Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, and Bielefeld University's SFB "Practices of Comparing" invite applications for fellowships at their summer school on historical theory for historical research. The six-day summer school will provide an introduction to theories of history in general and four approaches in greater detail. It will start with a general reflection on the "Theory of History", and then focus on Practice Theory, Actor-Network-Theory, Systems Theory and Discourse Analysis. The master classes will be led by Achim Landwehr (Düsseldorf University), Ethan Kleinberg and Gary Shaw (both Wesleyan University), and Angelika Epple and Franz-Josef Arlinghaus (both Bielefeld University).

Clear introductory sessions to these complex theories will be followed by critical team-taught classes and student-centered, hands-on sessions that try to understand how these theories might actually be used in historical practice and in concrete discussion of historical documents and problems. The history of the practices of comparing will provide some thematic content to unify our discussions.

Classes will be held at Bielefeld University. Student Fellows will be selected upon application. Fellows will need to prepare some of the readings in advance of coming to Bielefeld. There will be no tuition charged and accommodation will be provided without charge. Fellowships also include reasonable travel costs.

Applications for fellowships are welcome from graduate students holding a BA degree and pursuing an advanced degree or planning to do so in any historical field or period. To apply please fill out the application form (available in January 2018) and explain why you are interested in participating, what field you are working in and which theories would interest you most. You might also send an abstract or an excerpt of a thesis or research paper.

Complete applications should be received by February 16, 2018.
Please apply under the following link.