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April 22, 2010

Romanticism and the Tyrannies of Distance, Sydney

Deadline: October 1, 2010

"Romanticism and the Tyrannies of Distance" Conference, Sydney, Australia
10-12 February 2011

We invite submissions covering the full range of possible meanings of “distance” in Romantic studies – including (but not limited to)

* Transportation, travel, exploration, emigration, settlement, and repatriation
* Transport, spiritual and material
* Distances real and imagined: writing the remote in time and place and culture
* The distance between social ranks or classes
* Gender and race and generation distances
* Linguistic distances, and cultural and textual translation
* Generic distances: the hierarchies of art
* Literature and science, literature and religion, science and religion
* Overcoming distance: Romantic correspondence
* The country and the city
* The Romantic period itself as a strange country

Those interested in proposing 20-minute papers, or full panels of three speakers and a chair, should submit abstracts of between 250 and 400 words and a 150-word bio by 1 October 2010. This can be done at http://conference.rsaa.net.au/pages/proposals.php.
Will Christie

University of Sydney


Angela Dunstan
University of Sydney

Email: william.christie@sydney.edu.au

Visit the website at http://www.conference.rsaa.net.au/

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April 19, 2010

CfP Journal: The South Slav Journal

Call for Papers:
The South Slav Journal is now soliciting articles related to the peoples of the former Yugoslavia before, during, or after the existence of the Yugoslav states from the fields of anthropology, economics, history, the humanities (broadly understood), international affairs, and political science.

While continually accepting submissions on the broad themes outlined above, we are also now calling for papers for thematic issues on

Gladstone in the Balkans
Anthropology in the Balkans
Russia in the Balkans
Economic Development in the Balkans

Please note that all articles submitted for the academic section (Features) of the journal will be put through anonymous peer-review.

Submissions and correspondence may be emailed to: southslavjournal@gmail.com

Other sections are in the following categories: Documents, Memoirs, Reports, and Opinion. For these sections we would particularly welcome contributions from authors who have resided in any of the republics of the former Yugoslavia, or in neighbouring countries. We are pleased to publish any rational contributions to the continuing dialogue about the problems still existing in the countries and regions of the former Yugoslavia. You may have some personal experiences to share. All we ask - as the journal endeavours to be factual and objective in its contents - is that you adhere to the same principles.

Editorial note: The South Slav Journal welcomes contributions covering differing historical perspectives, political persuasions and religious faiths. However, and in view of prevailing circumstances, such subjects can arouse strong emotions and the Editor appeals to all contributors to bear this in mind. The Editor also reserves the right to remove or amend offending passages or words should such appear in the text. At the same time the Editor wishes to emphasize that all signed texts reflect the views of the author and not necessarily those of the Editorial Board of The South Slav Journal.

Eric Beckett Weaver
Editor, The South Slav Journal
A'lmos u. 57.
1192 Budapest

email: southslavjournal@gmail.com

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April 13, 2010

biennial Kulczycki Prize in Polish Studies

The biennial Kulczycki Prize in Polish Studies will be a highlight of this November's PSA meeting. The prize is for a first book in any area of Polish Studies, in English.

For 2008, I have a list of six books by first-time authors. For 2009, only two. Now, I suppose this might be normal fluctuation, or it might be a sign of a problem in the market. But if you published a first book in 2009, or know someone who did, now is the time to blow your horn, or someone else's horn. Please feel free to email the whole list - I know we'd all like to know what is out there.

Padraic Kenney
Professor, Department of History
President, Polish Studies Association
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 742
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington IN 47405

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April 12, 2010

CfP Journal: Friends, Foes, and Neighbors: Ascribing Meaning to Imperial Political, Economic, and Social Order

The editors of Ab Imperio invite contributions to the journal's annual program in 2010.

For information on the journal, contact addresses and description of issues, please, visit http://abimperio.net or contact the journal editors directly at office@abimperio.net

Call for Papers:
Ab Imperio 2010: Friends, Foes, and Neighbors: Ascribing Meaning to Imperial Political, Economic, and Social Order For submission guidelines: http://abimperio.net/cgi-bin/aishow.pl?state=portal/contributor&idlang=1

Visions of friend and foe remain focal points for studies of different processes, from formation of individual and collective identities to the making of a state's foreign policy. The "friend- foe" binary pair is immediately recognized as one of the most basic anthropological oppositions that structure the boundaries of individuals and groups. The image of the enemy serves as an important factor in defining the limits of political communities and in legitimizing sovereignty and political independence. For contributions to the four thematic issues of Ab Imperio in 2010, the editors invite prospective authors to shift their attention from the ontology and structuralist symmetry of the opposition of "friend-foe" to the fluctuations of the roles of "friend" and "foe" and these roles' functionality in imperial situation. The editors suggest exploring images and functions of "friend" and "foe" in the multilayered and heterogeneous imperial context. This allows us to discover and describe situations when a "friend" simultaneously appears to be a "foe" (e.g., the Pole as a Slav and the Pole as an enemy of Russian imperial statehood). We can also detect situations in which these very basic dichotomies lose their specific content and their normative component. Consider the category of "neighbor." Is "neighbor" a "friend" or "foe," or is the concept of "neighbor" associated with one of the poles depending on the situation and the intention of historical actors? Is there room for the category of "stranger," a neutral social interlocutor, in the repertoire of social experience? In other words, instead of elusive structural statics we are interested in the historical dynamics of the imperial socio-political, cultural, and economic experience. This experience is reflected in discursive (and not only discursive) attachments and repulsions of groups, societies, and states.

In contrast to the ideals of multiculturalism and tolerance that dominate today's social sciences, historians have done much to show that past experience significantly deviates from these norms. How images of the enemy and of external danger were used for supporting and legitimizing political communities, national distinctiveness, and patriotic mobilization during wars and political crises has all been studied especially thoroughly. One cannot imagine today's nationalism studies without thematic foci on hostility, repulsion, resentment, and perceived dangers of the extinction of political independence and cultural distinctiveness of the national body. While recognizing the importance of these aspects of solidarity and conflict in past experience, the editors of Ab Imperio are proposing that we think about those (not necessarily obvious) important roles and situations that find themselves in the unmarked space between the extreme poles of friendship and animosity. Is there a difference between the experience of perceiving otherness and translating cultural differences into full-blown alienation and orientalization? Which particular levels of understanding of "friendship" and "familial ties" can be seen when we reconstruct developments of pan-ideologies, such as pan-Islamism, pan-Slavism, pan-Turkism? How different are projects of various political unions, commonwealths, and "common spaces?" What is the semantics and functionality carried by the categories of practical political language, such as Stalin's or revolutionary France's "enemy of the people" (and the French "friend of the people" conspicuously absent from the Soviet parlance), American "enemy of the state," Soviet "friendship of peoples" and "community of historical destiny?"

The dynamic and contextual interpretations of the "friend-foe" opposition allow one to overcome the inertia of a research method aimed at "natural" limits of sovereignty and national community. It also allows us to closely explore the historical experience of hybrid, confederative, and consociationist forms of political unions and identities. Despite the fact that the sovereign nation-state continues to be perceived as the main and almost "natural" political form, today's world order is not only composed of the mosaic of monochrome nation-states one sees on the map. Both inside and outside these political spaces there existed and continue to exist complex and mutually untranslatable hierarchies, incongruities, and lines of attachments and repulsions. The discourse of friendship and Hobbesian hostile anarchy that dominates analyses of foreign policy cannot reflect those lines of division and association. Hence, the search for a corrective in the form of analytical language capable of describing processes of encounters, conflict, and cooperation in the imperial situation is on our research agenda.

Consequently, in 2010 the focus of the journal will be on the practices of marking solidarity and differences and on motivations for these practices, from anthropological aspects of social interaction to the sphere of foreign policy.

No. 1/2010 "Ascribing Stance: Making Friends and Enemies in Imperial Contexts"

No. 2/2010 "Political and Economic Unions: Dialectics of Poverty, Wealth, and Political Domination"

No. 3/2010 "Neighbor: Social and Political Encounters in the Imperial Context"

No. 4/2010 "War and Imperial Society: Dynamics of "Friendship" and "Hostility""

For details on topics, see http://abimperio.net/cgi-bin/aishow.pl?state=flyer10_en&idlang=1

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Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science, NJ

Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science Fellowship Award 2011-12 Announcement

New Jersey

Fellowship Deadline: 2010-11-01

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2011-2012 the focus will be Moralities, under the direction of Professor Didier Fassin. The application deadline is November 1, 2010.

Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which can be found, along with more information about the theme, at www.sss.ias.edu/applications.

Donne Petito

Email: donne@ias.edu

Visit the website at http://sss.ias.edu/applications

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April 05, 2010

The Belogradchik Journal for Local History, Cultural History and Folk Studies


Venets: The Belogradchik Journal for Local History, Cultural History and Folk Studies ISSN 1314-0256 is a periodical containing three main sections: Literary Section, Archives Section and Research Section. The profile of the journal (peer-reviewed in its research part) embraces the following topics: Local/Family History, Oral History, Heritage Studies, Rural Studies, Memory Studies, Folk Studies.

Contributors from all over the world are encouraged to send manuscripts
in the above mentioned areas that should be written in a readable and
scholarly manner. Manuscripts (in English or in Bulgarian) should not
exceed 20 standard pages in length including illustrations, tables,
figures and references. Articles must be accompanied by a summary of
size not exceeding 20 lines.

Style should conform to that of the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (APA).

The electronic submission of the manuscript (in word format) is

Available E-Mails:



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April 01, 2010

CfP Journal: New Interpretations of Chekhov's Work

Deadline: December 31, 2010

New Interpretations of Chekhov's Work
Call for Papers

Call for papers: Papers are invited for a thematic issue entitled "New Interpretations of Chekhov's Work" to appear in the peer-reviewed, full-text, and open-access journal CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture (ISSN 1481-4373) http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb. For the aims and scope of the journal please see http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweblibrary/clcwebaims. The issue is guest edited by Vera Zubarev (University of Pennsylvania), author of A Concept of Dramatic Genre and the Comedy of a New Type: Chess, Literature, and Film (Southern Illinois UP, 2002) and A Systems Approach to Literature: Mythopoetics of Chekhov's Four Major Plays (Greenwood, 1997). Papers employing the theoretical frameworks proposed in the books or articles published in CLCWeb are particularly welcome. Of interest are studies on Chekhov's texts in general and papers on stage productions and screen versions of Chekhov's work. Authors whose first language is not English are required to have their texts read and adjusted re style and grammar. Papers should be between 6000-7000 words in the Modern Language Association of America style of parenthetical sources and a works cited (but without footnotes or end notes): for the style guide of the journal link to http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweblibrary/clcwebstyleguide.

The deadline of submissions is 31 December 2010 to Vera Zubarev at vzubarev@sas.upenn.edu.

Vera Zubarev
University of Pennsylvania
430 Williams Hall
(215) 898-8705

Email: vzubarev@sas.upenn.edu

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