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November 28, 2012

CFP Conference: Still Postsocialism? Cultural Memory and Social Transformations, Kazan

Deadline: February 4, 2013

Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University Institute for Comparative Studies of Modernity KFU Center for Cultural Studies of Postsocialism is inviting participants to take part in The International Interdisciplinary Conference, "Still Postsocialism? Cultural Memory and Social Transformations" in Kazan, April 19-20, 2013.

More than twenty years have passed since the breakup of the Soviet Union but we are still living in the so-called epoch of ‘postsocialism’. Rejecting the preceding political order, its long afterlife paradoxically keeps this order alive because of its inability to produce new, more relevant terms of self-definition. In this precarious sense, ‘postsocialism’ is similar to, but also different from, ‘postcolonialism’ and ‘postmodernism’.

The conference aims to discuss these similarities and contrasts. It will present a broad spectrum of empirical research focused on the ‘postsocialist’ processes in the countries and regions that share the socialist past and its memories. In contrast to the optimism of the reformers of the 1990s, postsocialism does not seem to comply with a linear model of ‘transit’ to a universal endpoint. Does this mean that postsocialism is cyclical and tends to return to a starting point in a regressive repetition? Or is it an open-ended process of trials and errors, in which the routes and results are variegated and unpredictable? The conference will focus on the complex, multi-dimensional models that are related to cultural memory, generations, hybridizations, contact zones and, finally, trauma and catastrophe.

We are inviting researchers who are working on the topics of cultural, political, and social aspects of postsocialism. We look forward to receiving submissions that examine the empirical cases and also make theoretical and methodological generalizations. The papers should relate to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

Applications are due by February 4, 2013. A limited number of travel grants are available. Those who are interested in applying for travel grants must send the application form and СV by January 20, 2013, and indicate their interest.

For application form and further information, visit http://www.kpfu.ru/main_page?p_cid=19889&p_sub=12621

Posted by jychai at November 28, 2012 12:03 PM