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Call for Applications: Eight Academy in Exile Fellowships for Afghans at risk

Academy in Exile invites Afghans at risk to apply for 24-month fellowships at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Universität Duisburg-Essen. Eligible are Afghans working in the humanities, social sciences, law, journalism, and the arts, who are at risk because of their professional work and/or civic engagement in human rights, democracy, and the pursuit of free speech. Academy in Exile fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to reestablish themselves in Germany and to work on their own project in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows contribute to the research agenda and intellectual profile of Academy in Exile and participate in affiliated research projects.

Created in 2017, Academy in Exile preserves and cultivates critical scholarship that is threatened or delegitimized in countries around the world. Academy in Exile is a consortium of the University Duisburg-Essen, the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities / KWI) in Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Freie Universität Berlin. To date, Academy in Exile has supported 56 scholars at risk with long-term fellowships, emergency stipends, and guest professorships.

The eight new fellows, funded by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation, will be affiliated with the Universität Duisburg-Essen, KWI in Essen, Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin. Applications will be assessed by the AiE Council and Advisory Board in consultation with a pool of country experts, and evaluated according to academic merit, risk assessment, and suitability for the research and artistic programs at the Forum, FU Berlin, UDE, and KWI, as well as Academy in Exile. Barring delays due to the COVID pandemic, fellowships may start as early as January 2022. The monthly stipend amounts to 2,500 EUR. In addition, Academy in Exile covers the cost of health insurance. Precluded from applying is anyone (either themselves or via marriage) who has dual citizenship or permanent residency in a safe country. Since this program is intended for Afghans at acute risk, eligibility is restricted to applicants in Afghanistan or who have been out of the country for a maximum of two years.

Please submit your application by 10th November 2021 in the following order:
— completed applicant information form (Available for download here)
— a letter that explains your motivation for applying to AiE, including the current circumstances of your risk and/or exile status. No proof or letter from a third party is required. However, if you are registered with Scholars at Risk Network, IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund or CARA, please indicate so in your letter;
— a short rationale if you would prefer to be affiliated with the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, Universität Duisburg-Essen, FU Berlin or the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin;
— a three-page proposal for work that is to be undertaken during the fellowship;
— an updated curriculum vitae (with a list of publications or exhibitions, as applicable);
— a published journal article or book chapter, work sample or example from a portfolio.

Please submit your application to as one PDF and name the file as follows: surname_first name.

All applications will be dealt with in strict confidentiality. Encrypted communication will be used. For more information, visit:

Application deadline is November 10, 2021.

You can download the detailed call (PDF) here.

Call for Papers: Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th‐21st centuries

Second Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies
Washington, DC, July 13–16, 2022

The University of Duisburg‐Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute in Washington (GHI) and the National History Center of the American Historical Association (NHC), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), are pleased to announce the second International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies, which will be held at the GHI in Washington, DC, July 13–16, 2022.

The purpose of this seminar is to promote the historical study of refugees, who are too often regarded as a phenomenon of recent times. By viewing the problem of refugees from a historical perspective, the seminar seeks to complicate and contextualize our understanding of peoples who have fled political or religious conflicts, persecution, and violence. By bringing together 14 advanced PhD students and early postdocs from different parts of the world whose individual research projects examine refugees in different times and places, we intend to give a sense of purpose to this emerging field of study and demonstrate the value of viewing the plight of refugees from a historical perspective.

We invite contributions from recent PhDs, as well as young scholars in the final stages of their dissertations. In addition to historians, we also encourage applications from researchers working in the fields of sociology, political science, anthropology, ethnic and area studies. Possible contributions include:

  • Studies of refugee movements and exile diasporas in various periods and places;
  • Studies of the ethnic, gendered, racial, religious, and other characteristics of refugee groups and how they impact on reception policies and processes;
  • Studies of reception and aid policies, and on the repercussions of refugees on host states and societies;
  • Studies of the changing inter‐state framework of refugee movements, such as international or inter‐imperial cooperation, the role of international governmental or nongovernmental actors, humanitarian organizations, etc.;
  • Studies of the infrastructures of exile (camps, networks, economies, regulations)
  • Studies of the conceptual history of refugees and exile (legal history, administrative practice, cultural history, etc.)

Papers will be pre‐circulated five weeks before the seminar to allow maximum time for peers and invited senior scholars to engage in discussions on the state of the field. The workshop language will be English. The organizers will cover basic expenses for travel and accommodation. The forum is hosted by Jan C. Jansen (UDE), Dane Kennedy (George Washington University) and Simone Lässig (GHI). The participants will be joined by a group of leading senior scholars in the field of refugee history, including Delphine Diaz (University of Reims‐Institut universitaire de France), Ilana Feldman (George Washington University), Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester) and Susanne Lachenicht (University of Bayreuth).

The seminar is supported by the Fritz‐Thyssen‐Foundation, the University of Duisburg‐Essen, the ERC project “Atlantic Exiles”, the German Historical Institute, InZentIM and the KWI. Please submit a brief CV (max. 2 pages) and a proposal of no more than 750 words in English by October 31, 2021, via the GHI online platform:

Please contact Susanne Fabricius at fabricius@ghi‐ if you have problems with submitting your information online. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2021.

You can find the call as a PDF here.