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June 14, 2010

CfP Journal: Sextures - Exploring contested terrains of LGBT public activism in Eastern Europe

Deadline: October 15, 2010

"Exploring contested terrains of LGBT public activism in Eastern Europe"

LGBT prides and marches are of crucial relevance to the way in which non-heterosexual lives are imagined internationally despite regional and national differences. In Eastern Europe, the annual Pride events have become a litmus test for the strength of the local LGBT communities as well as for the degree of tolerance of the societies in which they take place. Furthermore, local and national politicians have used the alleged danger of public disorder as a reason for banning marches, after themselves having used language likely to encourage extremist opposition from activists of faith-based or ultra right-wing organisations. Within the past couple of years, prides were banned or attacked in a number of places (including, but not limited to Riga, Chisinau, Moscow, Bucharest and Tallin).

At the same time, the 2010 EuroPride is due to take place in Warsaw, perhaps symbolically marking changes in attitudes and at the same time bringing up questions about ideologies implicated in pride events. In particular, this concerns the discourse of "progress" as well as the inscription of Eastern European LGBT movements into the narrative of victimhood and delayed development when compared to LGBT movements in the Global North. This call for papers invites scholars to critically engage with these ideologies and start answering some of the following questions:
* In what ways is sexuality (de)constructed through public activist events such as prides and marches in Eastern Europe?
* In what way are notions of Eastern Europe challenged/constructed through LGBT public activist events?
* What is the impact of (mostly Western) activist projects, such as the queer project on public activism in Eastern Europe?
* What is the nature of activist networks (both transnational and local) formed in the context of public activism?
* What about more "virtual" networks and engagement with social networking tools and Web 2.0 technology as related to public activism?

These questions are to be taken as an invitation to reflection, rather than prescriptive statements limiting potential submissions. While we focus on Central and Eastern Europe, we also welcome submissions from other parts of the world. We particularly welcome papers crossing/transgressing disciplinary boundaries.

Proposals for the special issue (500 words max.) should be sent by 30th June 2010 to Anna Gruszczynska at a.gruszczynska@bham.ac.uk
Deadline for submission of papers is 15 October 2010. We are planning to publish this issue of Sextures in February 2011.

Submissions of full texts should normally not exceed 8000 words. Please consult our guide for contributors when preparing your manuscripts. The guide can be found at http://www.sextures.net/guidelines-for-contributors.

About the Sextures

Sextures is a refereed international, independent, transdisciplinary electronic scholarly journal that aims to provide a forum for open intellectual debate across the arts, humanities and social sciences about all aspects affecting the intricate connections between politics, culture and sexuality primarily, but not exclusively, in the Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe. It is published in English once to twice a year. Sextures is dedicated to fast turnaround of submitted papers. More information about the journal can be found on its website: www.sextures.net.

Anna Gruszczynska
Email: a.gruszczynska@bham.ac.uk
Visit the website at http://www.sextures.net

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June 04, 2010

CfP Conference: Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations from Antiquity to the Present

Deadline: November 1, 2010

LUICD Graduate Conference 2011
Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines
January 27-28, 2011

Call for Papers

Confirmed key note speakers:

Professor Edith Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University


'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'. Of course this is only one of a multitude of different representations. Europe has always signified different things to different people in different places - inside Europe as well as outside. Europe meant, for instance, something different to Voltaire, l'aubergiste d'Europe, at Ferney in the 1760s than to Athanasius Kircher in Rome a century earlier or to Barack Obama in Washington today.

This conference explores the different ways in which Europe has been imagined and represented, from inside as well as outside Europe and from classical antiquity to the present day. This wide scope reflects the historical range of the LUICD's three research programmes (Classics and Classical Civilization, Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Modern and Contemporary Studies) as well as the intercontinental focus of many of the institute's research projects. The conference aims to present a diachronic perspective of some of the many images of Europe, with particular attention to the historical, cultural and economic contexts in which these images were created and the media and genres in which they have been presented.

Although the emphasis of the conference lies on different and changing perspectives, perceptions and representations, it also wants to explore the notion of similarity - are there any aspects that keep recurring in the different visions, aspects that might even be said to be intrinsically European?

The conference aims to provide a platform for graduate students in the humanities, from Leiden as well as other universities in the Netherlands and abroad, to present and exchange their ideas in an international and interdisciplinary environment. The organising committee is honoured that Professor Jonathan Israel and Professor Edith Hall have accepted our invitation to act as keynote speakers and participate in discussions during the conference.


The LUICD Graduate Conference aims to reflect the institute's interdisciplinary and international character and as such welcomes proposals from graduate students from all disciplines within the humanities, from universities from the Netherlands as well as abroad. The conference wants to present a variety of different perspectives on Europe (from within as well as outside the European continent) and those working in fields related to other continents are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal.

Subjects may include historical events, processes and discourses, textual and/or visual representations, literary or art canons, colonial and post-colonial relations, philosophical developments and political issues. Questions that could be raised include: how did (and do) oppositions such as barbarism versus civilization, Christianity versus paganism or old versus new worlds relate to the conceptualization of Europe? What role does (perceived) cultural superiority play in these oppositions? What ideas might be regarded as predecessors of or alternatives to the concept of Europe? In what ways did (and do) forms of universalism and regionalism compete with identity formation on a continental level? How have individual artists represented Europe? How do different (literary) genres, such as travel literature, historiography or letters, construct a particular image of Europe or Europe's relations with other cultures? Is it possible for art collections to imagine Europe or to question existing perceptions of Europe? How do migrant literature and cinema reflect the changing identity of Europe today?

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper to C.Maas@hum.leidenuniv.nl. The deadline for the proposals is 1 November 2010 - you will be notified whether or not your proposal has been selected before 15 November 2010.

After the conference, the proceedings will be published either on-line or in book form. More information on this will follow in due course.

If you have any questions regarding the conference and/or the proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us at the above e-mail address. More information about the conference will be published on the conference webpage, which will go online this summer.

The organizing committee:

Drs. Thera Giezen
Drs. Jacqueline Hylkema
Drs. Coen Maas

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June 02, 2010

CfP Conference: Religious Coexistence and Tolerance: Challenging Borders in a Global Context

Deadline: October 1, 2010

The second IFSSR (International Forum for the Study of Society and Religion) conference: Religious Coexistence and Tolerance: Challenging Borders in a Global Context, Kolkata December 11 - 13 2010.

The conference aims at bringing together scholars from various parts of the world to discuss the issue of how to promote religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence in a global context. Imagined and real borders challenge processes of cooperation and mutual understanding among various religious communities leading to conflicts, terror and anarchy. The conference invites scholars to reflect over both local and global contexts and identify issues that may facilitate or impede religious tolerance and cooperation on a variety of levels such as social, theological, psychological, cultural and political.

Paper from Indian contributors, including titles and abstracts (max 250 words), should be sent to:
Prof. Ruby Sain for scholars in India: rubysain@yahoo.co.in

Papers from scholars from outside of India, including titles and abstracts (max 250 words), should be sent to:
Dr. Ferdinando Sardella, ferdinando.sardella@lir.gu.se

Application dead line: 1 October 2010

About IFSSR see: http://www.ifssr.net/Contact

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Ulbandus XIV -- Andrei Platonov and the Collective

Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2010

Ulbandus XIV -- Andrei Platonov and the Collective

The next issue of Ulbandus, the Slavic Review of Columbia University (to be published in print in 2011 and then electronically on JSTOR), will be devoted to Andrei Platonov and the role of the collective in his work and its interpretation. We welcome submissions that explore Platonov's oeuvre in light of various philosophies of collective enterprise, as well as those that examine its relationship to collective bodies like the USSR, the Writers' Union, collective farms, and the contemporary reading public.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
-- The origins and evolution of Platonov's social thought.
--The depiction of collective (and collectivized) Soviet spaces, bodies, and institutions in Platonov's poetry, prose, and journals.
--Platonov's representations of collective consciousness.
-- Platonov's relationship to the Soviet literary establishment.
--Platonov as Soviet thinker, Soviet engineer, Soviet poet, Soviet prose writer.
--Platonov and his audiences (e.g., the comprehensibility of Platonov's language, whether in Russian or in translation, Platonov's recent canonization as Russia's "greatest prose stylist of the 20th century").
--Platonov and Voronezh, Platonov and Moscow, Platonov and the Soviet Empire.
--Platonov's reading of the collective across and transcending history.
--Platonov's "socialist realism" and its relationship to his 1920s texts.
-- Platonov and the Russian literary tradition.
-- Platonov and artists with shared sensibilities (e.g., William Faulkner, Aleksandr Medvedkin).

In addition to scholarly articles, ULBANDUS encourages submission of original poetry, fiction, translations, photography and artwork. Contributions from outside of the Slavic field are warmly invited. The deadline for submissions is OCTOBER 1, 2010.

Manuscripts should be in MLA format, double-spaced and not exceed 25 pages in length. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and may be sent to kmh2135@columbia.edu in .doc or .rtf format. (Artwork should be submitted in TIFF format at a resolution of at least 600 dpi. )

Interested applicants may also submit 2 hard copies of the paper to:
Columbia University
1130 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail code 2839
New York, NY, 10027

After acknowledging receipt of your paper, we will prompt you to also send an electronic copy. See "How to Submit Work" link at the Ulbandus website for further details, including a style guide. For inquiries or questions, please check our website, or write to kmh2135@columbia.edu for more information.

ULBANDUS is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles and notes submitted for publication are reviewed anonymously and should be prepared so that the author's identity is not revealed either in the body of the manuscript or in bibliographic references. Manuscripts are read by at least two evaluators, who recommend acceptance or rejection.

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Russian utopianism (collected vol.), 1.10.10

Deadline: October 1, 2010

Call for Contributors:

The Russian Institute for Cultural Research (Moscow) seeks articles for a collected volume on ‘Russian Utopianism in the International Context’ to be published by the publishing house ‘Progress-Traditsiia’ in 2011. We hereby invite papers on any aspect of Russian utopianism, but pieces with a focus on the interrelationship of Russian and Western utopias are especially welcome.

In particular, this volume will be organized around themes of the mutual influence of Russian and Western utopian traditions, representations of the Self and the Other in utopias, and the intercultural context in which utopian ideas evolved.

Depending on financing, there might be a possibility to organize a workshop prior to the publication.

Articles may be either in Russian or in English (other European languages might also be considered) and must be accompanied by abstracts in both languages. Papers should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words. For the inclusion of illustrations written permission must be obtained from the relevant institutions.

Potential contributors are encouraged to send brief CVs with a description of their specific area of specialization. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010.

Queries regarding submissions should be addressed to the volume editor Viacheslav P. Shestakov: vpshestakov@migmail.ru
Manuscripts can be sent by post or electronically in MS Word to

Professor Viacheslav P. Shestakov,
Russian Institute for Cultural Research
Bersenevskaia nab. 18-20-22, str. 3, 119072, Moscow, Russia
Tel.: +7 (495) 959 09 08
Fax: +7 (495) 959 10 17
e-mail: vpshestakov@migmail.ru

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