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ESSCS/TransHumanities Joint Summer School 2023


The Summer School features keynote lectures and master-classes/workshops by senior scholars, as well as panels in which PhD candidates and other younger researchers present their papers.


Call for Papers
Engaging the future is never more pressing than in uncertain times with a sense of no future. With a conceptual focus on narrativity, scenarios, and transformations in (the study of) culture, this summer school addresses questions of cultural imagination and uncertain futures through a variety of productive lenses, such as planetary futures, resilience-thinking, “imagineering” (Metelmann/Welzer 2020), or notions of time and risk criticism in order to foster discussion on how we – both as a society and an interdisciplinary field of research – can bounce forward or perhaps move in multiple ways and directions to (re-)shape the future. Since future imaginations via their specific temporality as often as not rely on a certain degree of narrativization, we want to put our attention to the scenarios and transformative potential they yield. Our summer school takes a two-pronged approach: We are interested in 1) how future narratives, scenarios and transformations figure within our various research objects and 2) how the urgent and complex problems sketched above prompt us to rethink, recalibrate and renew our very conceptual and methodological apparatuses in the study of culture.
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Information for Participants

All summer school participants are expected to attend the entire week. During the summer school, the GCSC will cover daily lunches, coffee breaks, and a conference dinner. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the participants.

Conference Fee and Funding Options
The conference fee for external participants is €100,-. Fee waivers are provided for members of our network partners (ESSCS and TransHumanities). We have created a solidarity fund for early career researchers who do not have any support from their institution, a research grant, or other funding awards to attend our conference. Those participants can apply informally via email for a lump sum of up to €250,- including a conference fee waiver. Applicants should confirm that they have no access to other funding opportunities or indicate whether they will get any financial support from a third party (and how much).

The applications for the Solidarity Fund (250,-€) including a conference fee waiver (100,-€) have been received and processed. The applicants have been informed about the committee's decisions via e-mail. The funding will take the form of a post-factum reimbursement.


  • February 10, 2023 – deadline for sending paper proposals

  • March 1, 2023 – notification as to whether your proposal has been accepted

  • May 15, 2023 – deadline for submitting conference papers

  • May, 2023 – announcement of keynote lectures

  • June, 2023 – publication of the summer school programme

  • June 19-23, 2023 – the summer school