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October 09, 2012

CFP Conference: Complaints: Cultures of Grievance in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Deadline: December 1, 2012

Interdisciplinary Conference
Organized by the Program in Law and Public Affairs & Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies
March 8-9, 2013
Princeton University

Complaints are one way that the powerless and the dispossessed communicate their disagreement, dissatisfaction, and resentment to the powerful and the dominant. As a legal genre, a communication tool, and a narrative structure, complaints have a long history in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, from the peasants’ petitions to the Russian tsar to the dissidents’ letters to the party committees and from the complaint books in Soviet grocery stores to denunciation reports to the secret police. This conference plans to examine the genre of complaints in the public culture of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

The conference Complaints: Cultures of Grievance in Eastern Europe and Eurasia will build on a diverse scholarship on public criticism and dissatisfaction by bringing together an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers. We invite proposals from scholars in a range of disciplines including law, history, anthropology, sociology, politics, philosophy, psychology, art and literary criticism that would explore the ways through which frustrations and discontent were expressed in Eastern Europe and Eurasia and that would examine what happened to those grievances. In particular, we are interested in interdisciplinary studies that trace the emergence and development of cultures of grievances – those ritualized discourses in which responses to the authorities are merged with their interrogation.

Please send your abstract (300 words) and a short CV (2-3 pages) to lapa@princeton.edu by December 1, 2012. Those selected to give presentations at the conference will be contacted by the end of December 2012. Final papers will be due no later than February 21, 2013, and they will be posted on the conference’s website. We will be able to offer a number of travel subsidies for participants of
the conference.

More information at http://culturesofgrievance.wordpress.com/

Posted by sarayu at October 9, 2012 10:31 AM

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