Call for papers

Ever since its establishment Transnational History, however loosely defined, has focused on connections, on flows of people, goods, ideas as well as processes, interconnections and exchange of information in its various forms, that stretch over political and territorial borders. This process-oriented perspective challenges the notion of both the nation and the state as a principal historical category. It questions the binary concept between “centers” and “peripheries” with its single-direction relation. Furthermore, European history has become deeply involved in Global History, and expert networks or scientific transfers are there an important topic too.
Following this perspective, the GRAINES summer school 2019 will engage with the multiple and multi-directional entanglements within and beyond the European continent around “experts” and “expertise in motion”. Experts and expertise shape our modern world and societies, from technology to health care, to decision and policy-making around taxation, education, infrastructure or humanitarian action – to name just a few areas. Experts may work directly in or are associated with the state, yet they also operate beyond and below the state level. They may equally shift between the two, as intermediaries between civil society, science and research on the one hand, and the state on the other. Experts often work in specific institutional settings that
produce and provide expertise (e.g.labs, universities, think tanks, academies, learned societies, international organisations). Yet beyond such settings experts form and forge various forms of exchange and cooperation that sets expertise and expert knowledge in motion.
The summer school invites contributions on themes including: the movement of persons, the translocation of objects as well as ideas, the problem of “authority” and “trust” in the establishment
of knowledge networks, the forms and reshaping of transnational spheres of “expert” communication and collaboration. We invite contributions on modern European history with Europe nderstood as an open concept that includes connections within as well as beyond Europe.
Questions we seek to address include, among others: What is the relation between expertise,
authority and identity?
What are the mechanisms of expertiseknowledge exchange in various time-periods and historical situations?
The summer school is organised by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, in cooperation with the Graduate
Interdisciplinary Network for European Studies (GRAINES). The program includes reading and discussion groups, lectures and excursions, as well as room for the presentation and discussion of student projects. While the summer school will have a distinct interdisciplinary and trans-epochal character, potential participants should demonstrate historical awareness and general interest in history.
We invite postgraduate students from a broad range of theoretical perspectives and disciplines to submit their project proposals to the organisers. The working language of the summer
school is English. It is open to PhD candidates as well as MA students. Accommodation costs will be covered, a limited number of travel bursaries may be available. To apply, please send your project proposal of maximum 500 words and a one-page CV by 20 February 2019 to
Summer school organized by: Faculty of Arts, Charles University in cooperation with the partners of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Network for European Studies (GRAINES) For further information on the summer school and GRAINES see or


Wednesday, June 12th

8:30-9:00 Registration (Room 303, Hybernská 3, Prague 1)

9:00 Introduction by Markéta Křížová (Charles University, Vice-Dean for International Relations)

9:10 Keynote Lecture

(Room 303, Hybernská 3, Prague 1)

“Global Engineers: Building Global Capitalism from the Periphery” (Darina Martykánová, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

10:15 Coffee break

10: 45 Workshop

(Room 3D, Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Prague 1)

“Esperanto Expertise. Local Actors – Transnational Knowledge in the Early 20th Century“ (Bernhard Struck and Jordan Girardin, University of St Andrews)

12:45 Lunch break

13:45 PhD-student presentations and discussion, 4 students (Chair: Laura Ritter, University of Basel)

15:45 Coffee break

16:10 PhD-student presentations and discussion, 4 students (Chair: Alexander van Wickeren, University of Cologne)

19:00: Dinner

Thursday, June 13th

(Room 3D, Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Prague 1)

9:00 Workshop

“Motion and Beyond: Experts and Expertise in the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic World” (Jakob Vogel, Sciences Po and Alexander van Wickeren, University of Cologne)

10:30 Coffee break

10:50 PhD-student presentations and discussion, 4 students (Chair: Benjamin Schenk, University of Basel)

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Lecture

“Cars for the East: The Informal Car Market in Poland after 1989 and the Migration of Expertise” (Matthias Kaltenbrunner, University of Vienna)

 15:10 Coffee break

15:30 PhD-student presentations and discussion, 4 students (Chair: Jan Koura, Charles University)

18:00: Dinner

Friday, June 14th

(Room 3D, Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Prague 1)

9:00 Lecture

“Governing Population Growth in Socialist Czechoslovakia” (Jakub Rákosník, Charles University

10:30 Coffee break

10:50 PhD-student presentations and discussion, 3 students (Chair: Bernhard Struck, University of St Andrews)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Workshop

“Hybrid Knowledge in the Archive: Researching Non-Canonical Expertise” (Sarah Easterby-Smith, University of St Andrews)

16:00 Coffee break

16:20 Closing discussion

17:00: Farewell address and end of the summer school (Markéta Křížová)

Registration and Keynote Lecture:  room 303, Hybernská 3, Prague 1

The rest of the programme will take place in room 3D, Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Prague 1 ( )


Faculty of Arts, Charles University in cooperation with the partners of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Network for European Studies (GRAINES)

GRAINES combines the expertise and fields of research from scholars across Europe including Austria (University of Vienna), the Czech Republic (Charles University Prague), France (Sciences Po, Paris), Germany (University of Cologne), Switzerland (University Basel) and the United Kingdom (St Andrews, Scotland).

University of St Andrews

Institute for Transnational & Spatial History School of History, University of St Andrews
St Andrews, United Kingdom



Universität Basel

Basel Graduate School of History
Universität Basel

Basel, Switzerland



SciencesPoSciencesPo. Paris, France


Universität Wien

Institute for Eastern European History, Universität Wien
Vienna, Austria




UniKoelnUniversität zu Köln
Cologne, Germany