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January 08, 2013

CFP Conference: "Constructing the Soviet?" Graduate-student conference, EUSP

Deadline: March 1, 2013

The European University at Saint Petersburg
April 19 – 20, 2013
7th Annual Conference
"Constructing the 'Soviet'?" Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities"

Since 2007 the conference "Constructing the 'Soviet'? Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities" has been held annually upon the students’ initiative at the European University at Saint Petersburg. The mission of the event is to provide an international discussion of the problems of Soviet history, to develop scientific links and to find fresh approaches. The conference gives young researchers from Russia and abroad an opportunity to discuss different aspects of Soviet everyday life, politics, economics and art; to receive comments of well-known academics: anthropologists, historians, sociologists and philologists on their research.

At the conference in April 2013 we would like to discuss inter alia the following topics:
- The Soviet economic system: beyond effectiveness? Plan and competition. The hidden economy.
- War and society. The phenomenon of the “Soviet” in the context of the Great Patriotic (World War II) and Cold Wars. Military and “peaceful” hardware and technology.
- Postwar repressions. The fight with dissidence.
- Soviet childhood: Utopia and reality. Pedagogical theories. Toys and games.
- Foreigners in the USSR and Soviet people abroad. Migration, tourism, espionage. The image of “The Other”.
- Social, political and cultural borders: the history of soviet concepts and practices.
- The language of official Soviet art: from socialist realism to deideologization.
- Memory and oblivion of the “Soviet”.

We invite undergraduate and PhD students specializing in the humanities and social sciences to send us their short papers to participate in the conference. No remote participation is possible. The conference languages are Russian and English.
A collected volume containing the papers will be published by the beginning of the conference. The electronic version of last year’s collection is available at: http://eu.spb.ru/history/projects/constructing-the-soviet

Requirements for papers: no more than 15,000 characters (including spaces and footnotes); MS Word (versions 1997 to 2003), automatic footnotes. Please also include your contact information, university, department and year of education.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 1, 2013 at: constructing2013@gmail.com

The European University at St. Petersburg can pay for transportation and accommodation only for a part of the conference participants.

Posted by jychai at January 8, 2013 04:17 PM