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October 24-25, 2013

When: 3/31/2013
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Call for Papers

"Universitas scholarium. The social and cultural history of the
European student from the Middle Ages to the Present”

(„Universitas scholarium. Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte des europäischen Studenten
vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart")

Scientific colloquium (Pre- and Postdocs) accompanying the anniversary
conference of the University of Cologne: "Back to the future? The "old”
University of Cologne in the context of the history of the European university”
(„Zurück in die Zukunft? – Die „alte" Kölner Universität im Kontext der
europäischen Universitätsgeschichte")

October 24th-25th, 2013, University of Cologne, Germany

Organization: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Speer (Cologne), Prof. Dr. Marian
Füssel (Göttingen)

The mediaeval institution of the "universitas magistrorum et scholarium" as a
form of (self)organization of teachers and learners is the origin of the modern
European universities. Despite the Reformation, Enlightenment, Humboldtian
Reform and Bologna-Process, traces of the original mediaeval self-conception
of "universitas” can still be found in both the contemporary higher education
policies and in the daily life of today’s scholars and students. The unique
development of the European university is the topic of the History of

Universities, a partial discipline of constantly growing international importance and cross-

625 years after the foundation of the "universitas studii sanctae civitatis coloniensis" in 1388,
the University of Cologne hosts a scientific conference to present and discuss the current
state of research of the History of Universities. A special focus will be put on the question of
how the "mediaeval” element in the history of the university developed to influence present
and future challenges and perspectives of research, teaching and politics.

The conference will be opened with a two-day colloquium primarily addressing junior
researchers from the disciplines History of Universities and History of Science, but also
Cultural and Social History. Topic of the colloquium is the student as the protagonist of the
history of the European university. The examination of the subject is supposed to be
interdisciplinary, comprise different time periods and especially focus on the European

Possible thematic areas may include:

-Students as individuals and as a social group in written and non-written sources

-Student migration in the European and the extra-European context

-Journey through life: studies, profession, career, social rise and fall

-Student organization(s), the influence of students on research, teaching and politics

-Conflicts, town vs. gown, student protest, authorities and repression

-Minorities, fringe groups, foreigners and outsiders as part of the "universitas”

-Changes and continuities in student life in the longue durèe, from social class to citizen

We would be glad to receive proposals covering those or other relevant topics including an
abstract of not more than 300 words and a significant CV until March 31st, 2013. Please
send your papers to Accepted languages are German and
English. Limited travel grants are possible.


Andreas Berger
University of Cologne
Universitaetsstrasse 22
50923 Cologne

Tel.: (+49) 0221 470 2985

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