Call for papers

Role of Culture in Times of War and Post-war Reconstruction: The Case of Ukraine

4EU+ Alliance International Workshop

21 - 22 September 2023

Charles University, Prague

The workshop is intended for junior researchers (PhDs and outstanding MA students) affiliated with any of the 4EU+ universities (Charles University, University of Warsaw, Sorbonne University, Heidelberg University, University of Milan, University of Geneve and University of Copenhagen). It will take place on 21-22 September 2023 at Charles University and aims to cover accommodation for workshop participants.

In addition, a limited number of fellowships for Ukrainian junior researchers currently residing in Ukraine is also available. Under special circumstances, these researchers can participate online.

As war once again ravages European country leaving thousands of people with immense trauma, a number of questions arise - What exactly does war mean for the cultural landscape? How does it affect cultural representation(s)? What role does the culture play in dealing with war trauma? What role should it play in post-war reconstruction? Finally, how can we as junior researchers can position ourselves to be of actual use, instead of circulating knowledge among the academic community?

To address these questions, papers are sought that focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Preservation of art and culture in times of war

  • Protection and reconstruction of cultural heritage

  • Role of culture in dealing with war trauma

  • Re-production and promotion of cultural memory

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals, which must include:

  • A title and abstract of their presentation (approx. 250-300 words)

  • A short biblio-biographical note of the candidate (academic discipline/field of study, short academic biography and university affiliation)

Proposals should be sent to Klára Kosová ( ) with the subject line “Role of Culture in War and Post-War” by 12 June 2023. Contributors will be informed by 20 June 2023 and are asked to send their papers (approx. 6000 words) for pre-circulation by 1 September 2023.

Find out more (full call for papers)