Call for Papers: Transnational_History_Lab Writing the History of Science and Technology Anew

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International Winter School
February 5–10, 2024


Humanity lives in a transnational world. Recent global events such as the Covid-19 pandemic, major supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine have reinforced this claim and exposed the challenges of that transnational world. Resources, products, businesses, organizations, activists, and other actors, as well as technologies, ideas, and scientific findings constantly cross borders and exert a decisive influence on both national and global affairs. How can we write transnational history in a world in which science and technology become increasingly relevant? For our “Transnational History Lab” we welcome and encourage proposals that cover a wide range of topics, timelines, and different methodical approaches and academic disciplines to further develop the research field of transnational history.


The winter school will take place over 6 days, allowing researchers to fully retreat “into the laboratory” to develop and experiment with ideas in a setting that not only allows for but actively encourages trial and error. It will be an intensive but rewarding experience for scholars to reflect on the ways they conduct research and develop and share new approaches to transnational history in collaboration with renowned senior researchers. The focus is on four main thematic areas that will form the basis for the discussions and presentations:

  • International Organizations
  • Global Histories of Anti-Nuclear Activism
  • Internationalism and Academic Refugees
  • Scientific and Technological Standards and Standard Setting


We encourage all interested parties to apply and to join us in experimenting with new approaches, perspectives, and research avenues through an open and productive learning environment. We will invite up to 20 junior scholars (MAs, PhDs, Postdocs), 5 for each of the main thematic areas.


The deadline for the submission of a cover letter (max 1 page), a CV with selected publications (max 2 pages), and an abstract of your paper (1.500 to 2,000 words) is Monday, June 19, 2023. In your cover letter you must indicate which of the four thematic areas mentioned above you wish to participate in, if not we cannot accept your application. Please include your name and contact information in all submitted documents.

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Applicants will be informed of the result of the review process by Monday, July 10, 2023. The invited junior scholars will be asked to submit a more developed research paper (no more than 8,000 words) by Monday, October 16, 2023. This will form the basis of their presentations during the winter school and can take the form of a chapter, an article, or a paper. These texts will be circulated among all the participants of the winter school.

Following the completion of the winter school, the students will be issued a certificate of participation.


If you have any questions, please write to Dr. Aske Hennelund Nielsen (


When?  Monday, February 5 to Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Where?  Josephs, Augustinerstraße 19, 90403 Nuremberg, Germany.

Who?  Up to 20 early-career scholars (Masters, PhDs, Postdocs) in research fields dealing with transnational history such as History of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Studies, International Relations, Diplomatic History, Sociology and/or Philosophy of Science, or any related fields.

What is covered? Hotel accommodation including breakfast as well as lunch and coffee/tea are covered for all days. Additionally, the organizers can partially cover travel expenses depending on where the students are traveling from. Three dinners will be offered over the winter school.

Who is organizing it?

Prof. Dr. Maria Rentetzi, Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Dr. Aske Hennelund Nielsen, Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Who is funding it?  The winter school is entirely funded by the VolkswagenStiftung.

Important dates?

Deadline for submission of cover Letter, CV and abstract: Monday, June 19, 2023.

Notification of the result of the review process: Monday, July 10, 2023.

Deadline for submission of final paper: Monday, October 16, 2023.