Call for Papers – 9th Junior Workshop of the German Association for British Studies (AGF)

Date: 14-15 May, 2020

Venue: Centre for British Studies, Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin

Convenor: German Association for British Studies (AGF)

CfP-Deadline: March 6 2020

In times of a fundamental geopolitical reorientation of the United Kingdom, we need research that scrutinises simple truths and investigates the complex character of past and present events and actors. Therefore, we revive the tradition of
the Junior Workshop at the Annual Conference of the German Association for British Studies (AGF). The Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will host the ninth AGF Junior Workshop on May 14 and 15, 2020. The workshop provides an opportunity for M.A.-students, graduate students and Post-Docs working on the history of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the British Empire to present their current research projects and discuss them with other experts. Contributions from all epochs and disciplines are welcome. AGF membership is not required. Workshop participants are welcome to join the AGF Conference “The Politics of Old Age: Old People and Ageing in British and European History” right after the Junior Workshop. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover any travel or accommodation expenses. But the organisers are happy to help you find accommodation. Please send a one-page proposal for a 20-minute presentation in English or German along with a brief academic CV to juniorworkshopagf@gmail.com
. The deadline for proposals is March 6, 2020. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


Simeon Marty

I am a PhD student at the Department of History of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of the research project “The London Moment”. After completing my B.A. in History (major) and Science of Religion (minor) at the Universities Fribourg and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2016, I recently graduated from King’s College London with a master’s degree in World History and Cultures. My M.A. thesis “The mouse that roared: The Anguillan secessionist movement and British policy making in the decolonisation of the Anglophone Caribbean, 1966-1971” explores the interconnection between cultural stereotypes in post-war British administration and policy making in the process of decolonisation. In my PhD Project, I will explore the transnational networks that have been established by non-Europeans, especially anti-colonial and Pan-African movements, in London during the Second World War. This research hopes to uncover to what extent the “London Moment” with its extraordinarily high concentration of political groupings and international political actors offered new perspectives for anti-colonial activists and intellectuals in the formulation of social and political alternatives. In a broader sense, it will examine how this has contributed to the manifold processes of decolonisation that followed shortly afterwards.

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