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September 22, 2006

CFP: The Caucasus & Globalization Journal

The Institute of Strategic Studies of the Caucasus (ISSC) was founded in 1999 in Azerbaijan (Baku). The main objective of the ISSC is to analyze and forecast geopolitical and geoeconomic processes in the Caucasus. Basic directions of research are as follows: regional geopolitical and geo-economic processes; national and state building in the countries of the Caucasus; armed conflicts and regional security; problems of economic development of the Caucasian states; integration processes in the region; social and cultural problems of the region's development; and geo-history of the Caucasus.

In association with the Institute of Central Asian and Caucasian studies (Sweden), the ISSC issues periodicals: Journal of Social and Political Studies in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Sweden) and Analytical Annual of Central Eurasia (Sweden). These publications are issued in English and Russian and distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Since 2006, the ISSC has started publishing a new quarterly journal of social, political and economic studies: The Caucasus & Globalization.

The journal has an international status and is issued in Russian and English. The editorial board of the journal includes well-known researchers: F. Starr, S. Cornell, D. Blum, D. Wersch (USA), A. Matsunaga (Japan), M. Esenov (Sweden), A. Rondeli, А. Gegeshidze, V. Papava (Georgia), S. Zhukov, I. Babich (Russia), Ð? . Sanai (Iran), Ð?. Aydin (Turkey), E. Ismailov, N. Imanov, G. Kuliyev (Azerbaijan) et al.

The presentation ceremony of The Caucasus & Globalization took place in September 2006. A demo-version of the first issue can be found on the site:

Basic objectives of The Caucasus & Globalization are as follows:
- Elucidation of the results of the latest studies on geopolitical and geo-economic processes in the Caucasus;
- Publication of expert-analytical assessments and recommendations on political, economic, legal and social problems of the Caucasian region of applied significance for the governments, scientific-intellectual and business-elites of the Caucasian countries;
- Formation of wide network of Caucasian researchers through enabling them to discuss new analytical views on the history , policy, economy, culture and religion of the region.

The journal has four permanent headings: geopolitics, geo-economics, geo-culture and geo-history.

We invite you to cooperation and would be pleased to see your researchers among authors of The Caucasus & Globalization.

Guidelines for Submission of Articles:
Articles are accepted and published in English and Russian. CGJ accepts original articles. Authors should clearly indicate in their application whether an article (or its another version) has been published elsewhere, or is under consideration by another publisher.

If copyrighted material is used in the article, it is the author's responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder.

The typescript should be carefully checked for errors before it is submitted for publication. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of quotations, and for supplying complete and correct references.

Authors should attach a brief biographical data (Names: First, Middle, Last; Affiliation, a Scientific Degree, Position and Contacts).

Manuscripts should be emailed as an attachment in Word to:

Requirements for articles:
Articles should normally be within 4,000 to 5,000 words including all notes and references. An indented and italicised abstract of up to 150 words, which should describe the main arguments and conclusions must precede the main text, and all pages should be numbered. An introduction should follow the abstract and the article should consist of sections and end with conclusion. The author is requested to give a brief personal biography in a footnote at the beginning of the article.

The contributors are requested to use footnotes (not endnotes) and avoid bibliography. Quotations should be placed within double quotation marks ("....."). Titles and section headings should be brief and clear. Names of the authors, places and publishing houses are required to be written in their original forms.

Tables should be kept to a minimum and contain only essential data.
Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles, and their position in the text be clearly indicated. All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be placed under the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented.

The styles of the references in footnotes should conform to the following examples:
- Articles in journals: Schuman, H. & Scott J. Generations & collective memory. In American Sociological Review vol.54, 1998, pp. 359-381.
- Books: Polkinghorne, D.E. Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988.
- Edited volumes: Schudson M. Dynamics of distortion in collective memory. In D.L.Schacter, ed., Memory distortion: How minds, brains, and societies reconstruct the past. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.

For more details please contact: (994 12) 596 11 73; (994 12) 596 11 74
Address: AZ1009, Baku, Azerbaijan, 98 А. Guliyev str.

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September 06, 2006

Crossing Borders - Postgraduate Conference, Brno

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Title: Life in Motion; Shifting Spaces, Transcending Times, Crossing Borders - 8th Postgraduate Conference
Date: 2007-01-31
Description: Held by School of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, 28th - 30th June 2007 and organized in cooperation with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, the conference presents a major opportunity for postgraduate students and young academics to discuss the events in Central and Eastern Europe also including but not limited to Russia, Eurasia, the Balkans, and the Baltic States. We invite submissions and participants from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Proposals should be sent, as email attachments, to: at the latest January 31, 2007.

Seventeen years after the onset of revolutionary changes in 1989, Central and Eastern European societies are still confronted with their histories. Memories and recollections of the past are contested and the past is painstakingly constituted through the interplay of collective construction, political bargains, reversals, rationalizing of refusals to come to terms with it as well as attempts to recognize the past and cope with it. Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have witnessed unprecedented spatial and population shifts and splits which marked the 20th century globally. Many minorities which were often local majorities or equal in number were left in the aftermath of wars as mere memories that quickly faded due to the rapid intrusion of communism. The process of building societies which are not just ethno-culturally heterogeneous but also open to all diverse groups has been contingent on coming to terms with the past. This process became the arena for opening ways to facing current challenges such as migration, borders dissolution and violation of local social and economic balances.

Since 1989 CEE societies have undergone unparalleled social change, however, the expected reforms in the spheres of law, public policy, culture, media, economy and social policies have been substantially delayed and compromised. The simultaneous emergence of free-market economies and pluralist politics led to situations in which the state quickly withdrew or collapsed, and distinctions between state, collective, and private domains became unclear. It has been in the interest of those actors that emerged in this initial phase of change to prolong a specifically post-socialist culture between socialism and the free market. This may have decisively contributed to the Eurosceptic backlash in the ranks of particular mainstream political forces and in specific cultural segments and sections of societies in some CEE countries. What is in this light the meaning of “the big European switch” of 2004 and its upcoming enlargement follow-up? How ‘Central and Eastern European’ have the CEE countries stayed and Western Europe become? What are the reconstituted boundaries?

Possible subjects of conference submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

“Sustaining and Crossing Social boundaries”
- negotiating and symbolizing ethnic identities; European and sub-European identities; multiple identities; spaces and narratives of identity (contestation of space, creation of temporal boundaries)
- exclusion/inclusion of “minorities”; new social and cultural divisions; social exclusion and selective memory; social reproduction, cohesion, identity of the marginalized
- displaced persons, refugees and human rights; reconciliation with traumatic pasts; violence and memory; struggle for recognition
- consuming actors, between desires and disciplines; media culture: from investigative journalism to tabloids

“Time and Society”
- negotiating everyday life under socialism; nostalgia and post-socialism, remembering and forgetting the past; consumption and socialist nostalgia; westernization of life-style
- narration of national memory, textbooks as the spaces of national memory
- cultural trauma and radical social change; cross-generational passage of trauma and memory, narratives of collective trauma
- celebrations and memory (exhibitions, festivals and theatre); new histories of dissent, “stolen revolutions”

“Urban Spaces”
- neo-tribalism in the post-socialist city; differentiation or ghettoization
- post-socialist urban politics and planning, post-socialist time and space; urban visions and life spaces in the era of „laissez faire“
- everyday life in the city between socialism and free-market
- cities between memory, nostalgia and utopias; spaces and sites of memory after communism; symbolical representation of political change in urban environment

“Re-constructing Gender in the New Europe”
- social change and gender; women and men in urban/rural, public/private space; education and gender during state socialism and after: continuities and discontinuities
- politics, memory and gender; new ideologies, old representations of gender
- feminist debates East-West and East-East; gender studies and the production of knowledge
- historical legacies of gender relations; gender and new technologies; gender and consumption; alternative gender/sexual identities

“Language, Literature and the Arts”
- mimetic representation
- documentaries and the representation of the reality; documenting the past, saving memories, documentaries as the politics of memory
- nationalizing the domestic cinema
- globalization and localization of popular culture

“International Relations, Politics and Political Theory”
- lobbying and corruption - business politicians/political businessmen; overlapping politics and economy; rent-seeking
- from second societies to civil society
- CEE in the age of terrorism - remote events as benchmarks in social and political life
- Euroscepticism in CEE - from the periphery to the mainstream; European integration versus national state cleavage in CEE party systems; Europeanization and CEE after a Constitution for Europe

“Individuals, Institutions and Markets”
- from transition to Europeanization/modernization to globalization; global investments - local consequences; economy - time and space, cultural encounters in the European economy
- economy of post-socialism;culture and socioeconomic development; construction of markets
- institutional culture and governance; economic liberty and the rule of law
- Western-European government and economies in the postwar period and post-socialist transition/transformation/state capture

The conference continues the tradition established by the previous annually held conferences: Inclusion/Exclusion (London 2006), Beyond Core and Periphery: Towards A New Understanding of Central Eastern Europe (Warsaw 2004), Four Empires and an Enlargement. States, Societies and Individuals: Transfiguring Perspectives and Images of Central and Eastern Europe (London 2003), One Ring to Rule them All? Power and Power Relations in East European Politics and Societies (Berkeley, 2002), Faith, Dope and Charity: Purity and Danger in East European Politics and Culture (London, 2001), Eastern and Central Europe: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future (Warsaw, 2000), Between a Bloc and Hard Place (London, 1999)

Proposals should be sent, as email attachments, to: /or to: FSS, Sociology Dep., Postgraduate Conference, Joštova 10, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic and they should include: 1) a title; 2) an abstract in English of about 400 words; 3) your name(s), institutional affiliation and position, contact information. Inquires can also be directed to the above.
Marcel Tomasek
School of Social Studies,Sociology Dep.,
Joštova 10,
602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
00420 549497611
00420 549 491 920
Email: tomasekm@fss.muni.czacademics

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