how to participate


For a general overview, please read the Call for Papers

We offer four different options for those interested in getting involved with the project:

1. Attending the Conference

We are looking forward to welcoming participants with expertise in a wide array of academic fields to the conference. Fields of interest include, among many others, history, law, art history, history of medicine, economics, philosophy, linguistics, etc.

2. Conference Presentation

We invite scholars and experts to submit their proposals for presentations of papers or lectures at our conferences.  

Presentations and lectures will not extend 20 minutes, followed by 10 – 20 minutes of Q&A and discussion. Each lecture will be turned into a written contribution to our planned Handbook “Ideologies in National Socialism”, to be published by De Gruyter Publishers in Berlin and Boston.

Publication of the article will depend on successful academic peer review. For additional information, please check “Call for proposals” in “3. Contributions to the Project Handbook.”

Speakers are expected to submit their manuscript no later than two weeks before the conference. For exceptions, please contact the conference organizers.

The conference language is English. PowerPoint presentations are very welcome but not mandatory.  

Lectures will be recorded (video and/or audio) for internal use only. Subject to speakers’ authorization, the recorded files can be made available to readers in the Handbook’s online version by the De Gruyter publishing company.  

3. Contributions to the Project Anthology - draft

Volume I - People and their Ideology
This volume will focus on the personal ideologies of members of the NS regime and affiliated organizations. Examples include Hitler, Himmler, Rosenberg, etc. as well as other formal and informal stakeholders of the regime, such as business leaders (of leading German companies and industrial conglomerates such as Krupp, I.G. Farben, Topf und Söhne, Maybach, Dresdner Bank, etc.) as well as relevant actors, film directors, authors, philosophers, propagandists, and the scientific community.

Volume II – Institutions and Ideologies
This volume will scrutinize the official ideologies of organizations and institutions within the Nazi state. Examples include such organizations as the NSDAP, SA, SS, NDStB, Napola, etc, as well as government ministries and agencies, and associations such as Reichsstelle für Raumordnung, Reichskulturkammer, Reichsforschungrat, Reichsverband der Automobilindustrie, Reichsverband der Privatversicherungen or Reichsärztekammer. Furthermore, this volume will focus on companies and enterprises that were of systemic importance and/or a typical example for Ideologies in National Socialism. Examples include Mercedes-Benz, Deutsche Bank, Deschimag, Anton Loibl, Bankhaus Mendelssohn & Co., etc.

Volume III – History of Ideas

This volume will focus on of articles on special ideological and intellectual phenomena such as Volkstumsforschung, Westforschung, Ostforschung, Antisemitism, Völkische Theorien, Führerwillen, Aktion Ritterbusch, etc. It will also look at ideological developments in government, universities and the legal system.

Volume IV
The final volume focuses upon relevant ideological Terms and Perspectives, including discussion of general methodological questions of principle and research, as well as more specific  thematic areas that are not included in volumes 1-3: for example, language (from the language of violence and the LTI to the change in legal German), the effects of Nazi ideology on other states and regions 1933-1945 (Franco, Quisling, Mussert, Mosley, etc., Romania, Denmark, etc.), and the aftermath of Nazi ideology in other states (Estado Novo in Brazil, Salazar’s Portugal, etc.).

Call for Proposals
We invite submission of proposals for one or more contributions to the above-mentioned volumes. Proposal should include an abstract (1.000 characters) and a brief CV (one page).

Letters of acceptance will be granted at least twice a year.

The articles should be no longer than 26.000-36.400 characters incl. blanks and footnotes. They should correspond fully to the style guide provided by De Gruyter publishers.

Peer review and editing will be carried out once a year and delivered to De Gruyters publishers.

Submission of finalized manuscripts is expected within six months after the issuing of the acceptance letter. Individual deadline extensions may be granted.

All accepted articles and speakers will be named online.

4. Boards and positions

We will appoint distinguished senior scholars to act as a doyen in their respective fields of research. The doyens will contribute written introductions into their fields to provide readers with a brief overview and to combine accepted articles in thematic clusters.

The project will be accompanied and supervised by both an advisory board and an editorial board. The advisory board will consist of distinguished scholars and members of the project team. It will recommend scholars as well as peer reviewers. The editorial board will ensure the project’s high editorial standards.

Members of both boards will be selected from the group of doyens. Applications and recommendations for such positions are welcome at any time.

Apart from having regular members, both boards will be supported by honorary board members. These will serve the project as consultants and will put their own expertise and network in service of the overall project.