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October 22, 2012

CFP Conference: Cultural Cross-currents between Russia and Britain in the Long Nineteenth Century

Deadline: March 1, 2013

From Tolstoy's reading of Trollope and Ruskin, to the world-wide influence of Pushkin, the Western outlook of Turgenev and the influence of Dostoyevsky on James Joyce, Russian and English literatures influenced one another in the nineteenth century. This conference aims to explore these cultural and literary cross-currents, and welcomes papers on aspects of literature and history which explore this influence.

Two conferences will take place: one at Tomsk State University on Friday/Saturday 20-21 September 2013 and one at Birmingham City University on Friday 19th July 2013. Participants are welcome to attend either or both of these events. The conferences are organised by Dr Irina Gnyusova (Russia) and Dr Serena Trowbridge (UK).

We invite 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, to be submitted to culturalcrosscurrents@gmail.com by 1st March 2013. Papers may consider a range of topics, including but not limited to:
* The influence of Russian literature on English writers
* The influence of English literature on Russian writers
* Cultural links between Britain and Russia in the nineteenth century
* Literary, social, political or artistic movements
* Anglo-Russian relations, from personal friendships to national relationships

All papers will be considered for an edited collection of essays on the subject, to be published in English and Russian. The final essays will need to be around 6,000 words, and more information will be circulated after the conferences have both taken place.

When submitting your abstract, please let us know which conference you wish to attend.

More information can be found on the conference website: http://culturalcrosscurrentsconference.wordpress.com

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October 16, 2012

CFP Conference: Fashion, Consumption and Everyday Culture in the Soviet Union between 1945 and 1985

Deadline: February 28, 2013

October 24-25, 2013
University of Salzburg, Austria
Project: Needle and Thread: Transformations of the Soviet costume as a mirror of the change in values of the Soviet Union between 1953- 1985, with special reference to the example of individual clothing production


In the middle of the 1950's, a turning point in political and social norms can be witnessed in Soviet consumption trends. The conference will focus on the role of these trends in promoting tensions between individually made clothes (at home or by a tailor) on the one hand, and the State propagated dress code on the other, as well as on the resulting impact on the relationship between the individual and the State. This opens new perspectives for the analysis of social, economic and political developments in the late Soviet Union, and how these developments relate to the (de)stabilisation of Soviet ruling structures. The conference will also aim to uncover new facets of everyday Soviet life to illustrate the behavior patterns of Soviet citizens (individual appropriation and demarcation processes) and to consider how these manifest in both individual longings and needs and wider consumption trends.

The central question is how the form, sense and consumption of everyday items transform under changing political, economic and social conditions. The starting point is to investigate the history of material culture in the Soviet Union and explore its effects on social and cultural life. There will be a focus also on the duality of clothing fashion in the Soviet Union with the dichotomy between individual clothing production and the State propagated dress code being explored.

On the basis of this exploration, we anticipate speakers from academic fields including but not limited to the following items: fashion and clothing, women's and gender studies, political science, history, and economics. We will attempt to address the following questions: What specific features are recognizable in Soviet clothing fashion between the post-war period and perestroika? What, if any, "western" trends can be observed? What were the driving forces (i.e.: political, economic, ideological or cultural circumstances) that contributed to these developments? What was the effect of individual production of clothing on the identity of the Soviet woman? What role did this play in the transformation of social norms?

We are interested in all contributions which will help address these diverse questions. We welcome studies based on literature, film, photography, periodicals, visual arts, and other sources.

The organizers warmly invite researchers to participate in the conference and ask for a speaking title, abstract (approx. 500 words), and a brief personal summary by the 28th of February, 2013. Please submit the above to: julia.hargassner@sbg.ac.at.

The estimated speaking time is 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute open discussion period. The conference will take place at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Travel expenses, overnight costs and expenses will be partially compensated. The publication of a conference volume is planned.

Organisation: Department of Slavonic Studies (Paris-Lodron University, Salzburg)
Research Team: Dr. Eva Hausbacher (Salzburg), Dr. Elena Huber (Salzburg), Mag. Julia Hargassner (Salzburg)

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October 12, 2012

CFP Conference: Society for Socialist Studies, empire@the.edge

Deadline: January 30, 2013

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
June 5 – 8, 2013
Victoria, BC

Gone are the days when capitalist triumphalism celebrated cheap credit, computers, and venture capital as the building blocks of a new economy. The empire of capital that was going strong and global after the fall of Soviet communism now is on the edge of collapse, too. Its economy weighed down by piles of bad loans and junk bonds, its politics stuck in unwinnable wars oversees and faced with rising discontent at home, and its natural basis shaken by ecological destruction and climate change. The only reason it hasn’t fallen off the cliff is that nobody pushed it. The forces of opposition are disoriented. Some think their imagined communities of nations, races, or religion could shelter them against the hardships inflicted by empire’s efforts to preserve its accumulated power and wealth. Others say that another world is possible but avoid naming it. They are weighed down by the failures, horrors, and disappointments that statist socialism had produced in the 20th century. Not surprisingly, political upsurges remain short‐lived and fragmented.

More generally, we invite proposals for papers, roundtables, and session addressing any aspect of the theme of “empire@the.edge”.

You can submit proposals for an individual paper at this point. The Programme Committee will try to find a place for it. Sessions open for individual proposals will be posted to our website as soon as they are accepted by the Programme Committee. Abstracts (maximum of 100 words) for paper proposals should be submitted before January 30, 2013.

More information at http://www.socialiststudies.ca.

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October 02, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Manoogian Fellowships in Armenian Studies, U of Michigan

Deadline: February 1, 2013

The Armenian Studies Program (ASP) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is pleased to announce the 2013-14 competition for the Manoogian Simone Foundation (MSF) Fellowships for Postdoctoral Scholars, Visiting Scholars, and Predoctoral Students to foster teaching and research in Armenian Studies.

The purpose of the post-doctoral fellowships is to offer research and teaching opportunities to candidates who have been awarded Ph.D.s during the past three years, or advanced PhD students who will complete their PhD by the time they arrive at the University of Michigan. Applicants must have the PhD degree on hand before the start of their potential tenure as a fellow in order to qualify.

Post-doctoral fellows will be asked to participate in ASP sponsored events, to present two public lectures, and to teach one course per semester or one course per year. Post-doctoral fellowships may be awarded for one academic semester or one academic year to recent graduates whose dissertations are closely related to Armenian studies. The scope and number of fellowships awarded is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Application materials should include;
1. Current CV
2. Copy of dissertation in hard copy, digital or electronic form. If dissertation is not complete at the time of the application, applicant should forward completed parts with a detailed outline of the rest of the work. If dissertation is not in English, please provide a chapter in translation and other writing samples in English.
3. Statement regarding proposed research during tenure as Fellow (maximum 2 pages)
4. Description of two possible courses the applicant proposes to teach (maximum 1 page per course)
5. Three letters of recommendation

All Applications must be received by February 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified in early March.

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