CfP: East Europe and the Middle East
East Europe and the Middle East
Marburg, 11th - 12th April 2019
A symposium run by the Association of Historians working on Eastern Europe (Verband der Osteuropahistorikerinnen und -historiker, e.V., VOH) and the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
Co-organizers: DFG Priority Program 1981 Transottomanica and the Giessen Center for Eastern European Studies (GiZo), in cooperation with the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps University Marburg (CNMS)
The relationship between East European countries and the Middle East was a focus of public interest before the war in Syria, but it has become particularly topical since then on account of Russia’s involvement in the conflict.
It is clear that the Soviet Union’s Middle East policy – including its position against Israel, which was supported by Arab forces – is still existent in present-day politics. However, the historical relationships between the relevant empires, namely the Russian Empire, the Habsburg monarchy, Poland-Lithuania and the Ottoman Empire, have been seldom sufficiently examined, both in terms of historical depth and supra-regional breadth. Equally inadequate has been the research on the stances East European countries took towards the Middle East and “Middle East Conflict” in the 20th century.