The conference organized by: CBEES, Södertörn University, Nordost-Institut – Luneburg, University of Hamburg, and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stockholm University, with generous support from Wenner-Gren Foundations

The politically conditioned migration of intellectuals from East and Central Europe during the communist era was a migration on a large scale and with intense mobility, with multiple intersecting networks, to some degree comparable to the burgeoning networking and transnational character of the milieus of scholars and intellectuals we see today.

The conference (the first of three planned symposia 2009, 2010, 2011) will take up questions about how the experience of exile could influence and still influences history writing. Instead of the preserving function, obviously present in the national agenda of this exile, the conference will focus on the processes of the documented "internationalization" of exile. The questions addressed concern both social and epistemic aspects of the production of knowledge:
- the fostering of institutions and transnational organizations in exile and the acceptance of increasingly differentiated perspectives in national history writing;
- the involvement of intellectuals in the new milieus and the transfer of knowledge;
- the possible acculturations and new styles of thought;
- the international encounters of historians and conflict solutions within the entangled histories discussed in exile.
The conference will bring together historians from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and USA.

Location: December 3-4: Södertörn University, Flemingsberg, The F-building, floor 11.
December 5: Sigtuna Foundation, Manfred Björkquists allé 2-4, 19322 Sigtuna
Contact: Maria Zadencka, Rebecka Lettevall, Ann-Judith Rabenschlag (conference secretary)