April 25, 2013
CFP: Workshop and publication: 'Dropping out of Socialism': Alternative Cultures in the Soviet Bloc, 1956-1991
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Call for Proposals
Workshop and publication: 'Dropping out of Socialism': Alternative Cultures in the Soviet Bloc, 1956-1991
Much emphasis has been placed in recent years on questions of conformity and everyday ordinariness in socialist societies. This project aims to look at increasingly forgotten elements in these societies: those who did not conform, did not live the ordinary life, yet were also part of the late socialist everyday. Ranging from teddy boys, hippies and punks to non-conformist artists, Buddhists, yoga teachers or lesbian and gay communities, the list of 'drop-outs' is long and varied, yet in danger of being buried by histories that left better documentation and more archival traces. We intend to write these individuals and groups into the newly emerging history of late socialism and examine both their internal functioning as well as their complex relationship with mainstream society and socialist authorities. Was it possible to drop out from socialist society? How far could one distance oneself from the realties of late socialist life? What does the existence of alternative cultures and their
daily practices say about the last three decades of socialism in Europe? Did they hasten its decline - or were they indeed a factor in its longevity?
We are calling for proposals for articles relating to subcultures, drop-outs and the underground in late socialist societies. Any group and any time period between 1956 and 1991 will be considered.
The workshop and subsequent publication of articles in a special journal issue is part of the AHRC sponsored project 'Dropping out of Socialism', which examines a variety of drop-out cultures in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. We are planning to hold a workshop in Bristol, UK in the spring of 2014, when authors present their articles for discussion. A final manuscript will be expected by the summer of 2014.
Please send a short proposal (max 500 words) and a CV to email@example.com by 1 June 2013.
For further questions please consult our webpage or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CFP: Post-Dissident Studies: Between Collaboration and Dissent in Central Europe, Graduate Student Conference, September 20th – 22nd, 2013, Harvard
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Post-Dissident Studies: Between Collaboration and Dissent in Central Europe
A Graduate Student Conference, September 20th – 22nd, 2013
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
In the years since the fall of Communism in East Germany, Central Europe, and the Soviet Union, a new space has opened for critical approaches to oppositional, dissident, and unofficial literature. Not only do new historical sources such as state archives contextualize the process of creating literary texts within Communist states, but the twenty years since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc provide necessary critical distance. Defining writers exclusively in terms of their opposition obscures nuanced views of the philosophical, aesthetic, and political constructions offered in their texts. This conference sets out to establish a new vision of evaluating official, unofficial, and semi-official authors, texts, and media that challenges the rhetoric of a dissident and non-dissident binary.
Panels will be organized around time periods or on thematic bases grouping scholars who work on similar concepts in different national literatures. Papers establishing connections between East German authors and writers located beyond the GDR’s borders are especially encouraged.
Possible topics include:
· Reimagining the history of official, non-official, and unofficial literature in the Communist space
· The responsibilities of the writer to various publics and audiences
· Is dissident literature a reliable historical source?
· Representation of dictatorship in experimental fiction e.g. Herta Müller, Monika Maron, or György Dragoman
· Creative collaboration amongst groups of writers such as the Prenzlauerberg poets in Berlin or the Lianozovo poets near Moscow
· Post-1989 literary representations of the Communist era from within the Eastern Bloc
· New perspectives on the institutions of censorship
· Reappraisals of author collaboration with governmental cultural regimes
· Engagement with Socialist Realism, Marxism-Leninism, and revisionism in the Eastern Bloc’s cultural sphere
· Projection of a history of dissidence onto earlier writers, e.g. Heine, Kafka, or Dostoevsky
Abstracts of 200 – 250 words and a paragraph-long biography including expected date of PhD should be sent to PostDissidentStudies@gmail.com by June 1st, 2013
FUNDING STILL AVAILABLE FOR SWSEEL: THE SUMMER LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
The priority deadline has passed, but applications for admissions and funding are still being accepted. Late funding applications will be considered after the first round of applications has been reviewed and pending the availability of funds.
ALL participants pay IN-STATE TUITION
Undergraduate Indiana residents qualify for an ADDITIONAL 25% TUITION REDUCTION
Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards now available for undergraduate students of Russian (third year and higher) and for graduate students of Russian, Tatar, Georgian, Polish, Romanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Yiddish
Classes meet June 3-July 26, 2013. Level 1 Russian and all levels of Arabic start May 28, 2013.
Please see http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/ for more information and to apply.
CFP: "Conceptualizing the Human," Student Conference, Princeton Univ, Oct 18-19, 2013
Deadline: June 14, 2013
Conceptualizing the Human is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the changing concept of the human in Slavic and Eurasian culture. While scholars, including Slavicist Mikhail Epstein, have recently devoted much attention to the “crisis in the humanities,” our conference will turn to the many ways in which “the human” has been perceived, re-imagined, interrogated, and critiqued.
The 1917 revolution induced a radical re-evaluation of what it meant to be human among Russian intellectuals. In the Soviet Union, writers like Platonov, Bulgakov, and Zamiatin envisioned how the human being might transform itself under changing social conditions. New technologies influenced Gastev’s and Vertov's close scrutiny of the mechanics of human action. In the first Czechoslovak Republic, Karel Čapek posed the question of what it means to be human in physical and cognitive terms in his science-fiction prose, as well as in terms of ethical judgment and the pursuit of truth in his mid-1930s trilogy. Earlier, thinkers such as Fyodorov, Chernyshevsky, Dostoevsky, and the Decembrists incorporated fantasies or critiques of the “new man” into their thought, while contemporary writers like Sorokin and Pelevin have used images of physical violence to challenge traditional notions of human dignity.
In keeping with the wide-ranging possibilities of this topic, we will accept proposals from scholars working in all relevant sub-fields of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, such as literature, anthropology, history, political science, cultural studies, film studies, philosophy, and theology.
Paper topics could include, but are not limited to:
− Humans, animals, and the environment
− Humans, machines, cyborgs, and biomechanics
− Encounters with the non-human, e.g., in Stanisław Lem’s Solaris
− The influence of gender on human identity
− The New Soviet Man
− Human development: experiences of childhood
– Central and Eastern European depictions of 20th-century history as narratives of the failure of humanity
− 19th-century philosophies of freedom, individualism, and human dignity
− The problem of the human in Russian religious thought
− Psychiatric narratives of mental illness; the sick body
− Embodiment in the theater; “playing” human onstage
– Deconstructing the human; posthumanism
The goal of the conference is to provide graduate students with the chance to present their work to senior scholars in the field and to receive as much constructive feedback as possible. All papers will be made available prior to the conference through the conference website. At the conference each presenter will be given 5-10 minutes to introduce his or her paper, followed by commentary by the panel discussant and open discussion.
Submit abstracts (500 words or less) to email@example.com. In addition, please include your CV, departmental affiliation, name, email, and the title of your proposed paper. The deadline for submissions is June 14, 2013.
We will be able to provide travel subsidies for the conference presenters, as well as lodging for the nights of October 17 and 18.
CFP: Collaboration in Eastern Europe during World War II and the Holocaust (December 5-7, 2013, Vienna, Austria)
Deadline: June 2, 2013
International Conference: Simon Wiesenthal Conference 2013
Collaboration in Eastern Europe during World War II and the Holocaust
December 5-7, 2013, Vienna, Austria
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)
Call for Papers
The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invite applications for an interdisciplinary conference on complicity and collaboration in World War II and the Holocaust in the eastern part of Europe. The conference will be held December 5-7, 2013 in Vienna. This three-day conference will bring together scholars from all disciplines working on complicity and collaboration in a number of Eastern European countries to share their research with each other and the public. The conference will consist of two and a half days of presentations and roundtable discussions open to the public, and one half day of workshop sessions.
The conference seeks to highlight new research on the complexity and dynamics of complicity and collaboration in such areas as mass killing and other atrocities; forced and slave labor; everyday life on the front and under occupation; plunder, robbery, and expropriation; the radicalization of local politics during Nazi occupation; and understudied victims.
Applicants interested in presenting a paper should be currently researching or completing projects exploring the topics and issues listed above, broadly understood. Proposals on new, previously unpublished research are welcome from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their presentation in advance of the conference for circulation among commentators, other panelists, and conference participants.
The conference will be conducted in English and German.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 2, 2013. Participants will be selected and notified in June. To propose a paper for this conference, please send:
(1) a cover letter addressing your specific interests in the study of complicity and collaboration;
(2) your curriculum vitae; and
(3) an abstract of no more than 500 words for your proposed paper
in a pdf file to Éva Kovács and Béla Rásky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must include the speaker’s name, contact address, and email.
Travel and accommodations
The conference organizers will provide lodging for the duration of the conference and a stipend
to partially defray transportation costs for conference participants. Any necessary visas will be
the responsibility of the conference participant. The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute can provide
invitation letters for the purpose of visa applications
Travel awards for junior scholars
A limited number of junior scholar stipends will also be available to partially defray costs for graduate students and junior scholars from post-communist countries to attend the conference.
Applicants must be advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients no more than three
years beyond conferral of their degree, and must reside in one of the countries in the regions
covered by this CfP. Scholars enrolled in graduate programs or teaching at universities outside
of these countries are not eligible for junior scholar travel stipends. Please note that these
awards are not for panelists presenting papers, but for junior scholars who wish to attend the
conference as part of the audience.
To apply for a junior scholar travel stipend, please submit (1) a curriculum vitae that indicates your current academic affiliation; (2) a statement of interest of not more than 750 words addressing your specific interest in attending the conference, background in the area of study, and how attendance will benefit the candidate’s research, teaching, or future publications; and (3) a supporting letter from an academic advisor, department chair, or dean that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and research as well as his/her potential as a scholar to Krista Hegburg, Ph.D., Program Officer, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at email@example.com.
Statements of interest and CVs must be submitted in English; the supporting letter may be submitted in either English or one of the languages of the applicant’s country. The deadline for receipt of application for the junior scholar travel stipends is June 15, 2013. Participants will be notified in July 2013.
Postdoc positions: Russian Language Technology and Russian Linguistics, University of Tromso, Norway
Deadline: May 30, 2013
The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences andEducation, has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the CLEAR (Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian) and Giellatekno (Center for Saami Language Technology) research groups in the Department of Language and Linguistics.
The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of three years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in a senior academic position. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.
Further information about the position is available by contacting the Department Chair Endre Mørck, tlf. 776 44238, e-post: firstname.lastname@example.org and Professor Trond Trosterud tlf. 776 44763, e-post: email@example.com.
Further, applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in the form of documented practical competence as ateacher, university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through having developed a teaching portfolio, refer to the website about teacher training courses.
The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no.
In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following shall be sent directly tothe Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø:
Letter of application
CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
Certified copies of diplomas and references
Form for documentation of teaching qualifications
List of works and description of these (see below)
The list of works shall contain the following information:
· author(s), the work’s title
· for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
for books or other publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
The applicant may submit up to 10 works that are central to his/her production. The applicant’s doctoral thesis is regarded in this context as one work. The works must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete sets. In addition, applicants may submit one copy of the additional listed works.
In addition, theapplicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.
The works shall be sent, by the closing date for applications, directly to:
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
University of Tromsø
Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Language Technology:http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=92981 (Follow this link for the online portion of the application; see also further information below) Ref. no.: 2013/1640
Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Linguistics: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=92982 (Follow this link to the online portion of the application and see further information below) Ref. no.: 2013/1703
Call for Papers: Food for Thought, Culture and Cuisine in Russia and Eastern Europe 1800-the present, Symposium at the University of Texas
Deadline: May 30, 2013
Symposium at the University of Texas – February 7-8, 2014
The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies in cooperation with the Department of History and the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas at Austin are hosting a one-two day symposium on the culture of food in the Russian Empire (and Soviet Union) and its successor states as well as “Eastern Europe” broadly defined. Drawing on a wide range of sources and disciplines, speakers will explore how patterns of food cultivation, preparation, and consumption are embedded in local, national, and trans-national cultural configurations. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome to apply, but organizers especially welcome contributions from history, literary and cultural (including film and media) studies, and anthropology. We hope to reexamine the history and culture of the region through the lens of its food—that is, cultural attitudes, marketing and packaging, memories and representations of particular foods, patterns of eating, cultural dietary restrictions, or local cultural difference that were expressed through divergent patterns of food preparation and consumption. How was food as “tradition” experienced, how was its cultivation and production gendered, how was it tied to religious or ethnic differentiation, in what ways was it processed, “packaged” or otherwise modernized—for example, tied to global patterns and flows. How was it tied to private and public socialization—the kitchen versus the restaurant or cafeteria and what did this mean for local or national cultures? How was food depicted in film and literature, described in cookbooks, marketed at home and abroad?
Featuring Dr. Ronald LeBlanc as Keynote Speaker
“From Russian Vegetarians to Soviet Hamburgers: Tolstoy, Mikoyan, and the Ethics/Politics of Diet.”
Ronald D. LeBlanc is Professor of Russian and Humanities at the University of New Hampshire and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. The author of "Slavic Sins of the Flesh: Food, Sex, and Carnal Appetite in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction" (2009), Professor LeBlanc has written numerous “gastrocritical” studies on food and eating in the works of such writers as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Goncharov, Bulgakov, and Olesha.
University of Texas
Department of History
University of Texas
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
University of Texas
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Please submit the following by May 30, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org :
2) One paragraph abstract
3) 3 page cv
4) Request for funding. – Specify requested dollar amount, and whether participation is contingent on funding.
Limited funds are available for travel and accommodation costs. We will try to partially (or in some cases completely) fund as many speakers as possible, but we ask that participants also draw on their own conference funds if possible.
April 19, 2013
CFP: Institute for Linguistic Studies "Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian"
Deadline: June 1, 2013
The Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, announces the 3rd conference "Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian" to be held in St Petersburg, September 12-14, 2013.
This conference central theme focuses on the relation between formal properties of various syntactic constructions in the Russian and their semantic, pragmatic and discourse properties.
The aim of this conference is to gather researchers who are interested in the topic of the conference irrespective of their official status; the participation of young researchers, including students, is very welcome. Abstracts based on work in progress are also welcome, provided there are already some empirical findings to be presented at the conference.
Abstracts should no be longer than two pages (3600 characters, including examples and references) and should be sent as .pdf or .doc attachments to the address email@example.com. The deadline for abstract submission is June 1, 2013 please indicate the following information in the body of the letter:
The working languages of the conference are English and Russian, abstracts can be written in either language. Participants will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.
April 16, 2013
CFP: Call for applications for MEEUC Visiting Research Fellowships 2013-2014
Deadline: May 31, 2013
The Research Fellowship Programme supports visiting fellows at the Monash European and EU Centre (MEEUC) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. This initiative enables noted international scholars, Australian and international postgraduate students to undertake research on EU themes at the MEEUC and to participate in its research, teaching and outreach activities.
For International Research Fellows, grants of up to A$6000 are available to assist with travel and accommodation, for periods of one month or more.
For Domestic Research Fellows, grants of up to A$2000 are available, for periods of up to one month.
Themes to be addressed include:
EU external relations;
The EU, developing countries and emerging powers;
Regional organizations and global governance;
The EU and global challenges.
Applications closest to these research themes will be privileged above others.
Visiting Fellows take part in the activities of the Centre, including seminars, conferences and outreach initiatives.
For application forms and further information: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/europecentre/research-fellowship-program/
CFP: Journal of Labor and Immigration
Deadline: May 30, 2013
The Journal of Labor and Immigration is now looking to publish exceptional academic papers that exemplify the Journal’s purpose! The Journal of Labor and Immigration aims to shift the immigration discussion to a systemic level by exploring the intersections between labor and migration. The Journal hopes to highlight the causal role of policy in creating the conditions for migration.
Drawing from a variety of disciplines, the Journal encourages applicants of all academic levels to submit papers in the Social Sciences and Humanities and on a range of topics across all geographic regions. These might include: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economic Development, Ethnic Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, etc. In an increasingly globalized world, it is important to draw upon a broad array of expertise in order to advance our knowledge of the role of borders, labor, and migration will play in the upcoming years.
Email articles as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) in double-spaced, 12 point type. Articles should include a cover page with the following information:
1. Full name
2. Contact information (email, phone)
3. Article title
4. Brief abstract
5. Short explanation of when and why paper was initially written
6. College / university
All submissions are due by May 30th. Please send your papers or any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit our website at jolandi.org
April 15, 2013
CFP Masterclass: The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Russia and China in Comparative Perspective
Deadline: 1 June 2013
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences invites applications for the Masterclass “The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Modern Authoritarian Regimes in Comparative Perspective”, which will take place at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam on 26-27 November 2013.
The Masterclass is targeted at doctoral students and candidates and recent doctoral graduates who study the contemporary political regimes of China and Russia. The Masterclass precedes the Academy Colloquium “The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Russia and China in Comparative Perspective”, equally hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The idea behind the Masterclass is to identify and bring together early career scholars who work on China and Russia. At the Masterclass, you will have the opportunity to present your research and receive comments and feedback from peers as well as senior scholars in the fields of area studies and political science who participate in the Academy Colloquium. The Masterclass welcomes both empirical (single-case and comparative) and theoretical research.
Questions that will be addressed in the Masterclass include (but are not limited to):
-What is the impact of cultural, political, and economic legacies on the nature and form of authoritarian rule in China and Russia?
-How should we understand the concept of legitimacy in an undemocratic context? What forms of legitimacy can be distinguished in such a context?
-What forces strengthen and undermine the hold on power of authoritarian regimes such as China’s and Russia’s?
-To what degree do modern authoritarian regimes learn from each other?
-Do today’s authoritarian regimes challenge the democracy-dictatorship dichotomy and existing theories of political regimes?
-How can scholars of authoritarianism who work on different regions and cases benefit from each other’s insights and findings?
If you are interested in participating in the Masterclass, you are welcome to submit a short CV and an outline of your research project before June 1, 2013. Accommodation in the city center of Amsterdam is arranged and paid for by the organizers. Send your application to Dr. Max Bader at email@example.com
April 12, 2013
CFP: 13th Aleksanteri Conference: Russia and the World (Oct 23-25, 2013)
DEADLINE: May 15, 2013
RUSSIA AND THE WORLD
The 13th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
October 23 -- 25, 2013, University of Helsinki, Finland
The conference will address several themes related to Russia's foreign
and security policy as well as the nexus between domestic and
international factors. Can we talk about modernization of Russian
foreign policy? How has Russian foreign policy changed? How is Russia
developing its relations to major international power centres? How is it
dealing with its neighbours? How does it address new global issues? Is
Russia's global role on the rise or in decline? Is it possible to
develop a reliable theory of Russia's foreign policy?
We are inviting submissions for papers and panels on diverse dimensions
of Russian foreign and security policy across different disciplines.
More information on the preliminary conference program, paper and panel
submission and other practical matters:
** Deadline for the proposals is May 15, 2013 **
The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary,
international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the
Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and the Academy
of Finland Centre of Excellence on Choices of Russian Modernisation,
affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have
attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a wide
variety of disciplines interested in the development of post-socialist
April 05, 2013
CFP: Post-Soviet Order & Revolution ('Ideology & Politics', 15.10.13)
Deadline: October 15, 2013
The Ideology and Politics Journal is dedicated to the analysis of
ideologies in its political, social and conceptual forms. Devoted to the
advancement of understanding of socio-political processes in post-Soviet
Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine – and wider former Soviet Union’s
space, Journal deals with the ideological and intellectual issues arising
in the course of formation of new societies. The Ideology and Politics
Journal encourages discussion of the
historical, cultural and ethical dimensions of political action, with the
intention to contribute to both the advancement of interdisciplinary
research of contemporary ideologies, and the promotion of a good politics
in countries of the region.
The Ideology and Politics Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary
journal issued two times a year. The Journal is published in electronic
The upcoming fourth issue is dedicated to the Visions of Order, Protest,
and Revolution in Post-Soviet Nations. The Ideology and Politics Journal
is seeking articles for its issue, which will focus on how new identities
and evolving collective memories influence political processes in the
Post-Soviet countries. The Journal welcomes, but does limit submissions to
the following topics:
* dreams/memories of Order in Post-Soviet societies
* the right to rebel in Post-Soviet thought
* color revolutions and reaction in the region
* international integration, external governance and a hope for Order
* ideological function of memories on USSR in understanding political
* political implications of dreams of Order and fear of 'wild 1990-ies'
Please send your articles (min 4,000 words, max. 25,000 words) by October
15, 2013 to the editor’s e-mail address [firstname.lastname@example.org]. To
enhance international dialogue on the regional issues, IPJ accepts the
submission of articles in languages of the region (Belarusian,
Russian and Ukrainian) and English. The selected articles will be
published in the original language with abstracts in English, Russian
The texts should be arranged in accordance with the Instructions for
authors that are specified here: [http://ideopol.org/node/2]. The decision
on publication will be made based on peer reviews. All authors who
submitted their articles will be notified on Editorial Board’s decision by
December 1, 2013.
CFP Conference: International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europe, Minde, Portugal, October 2013
Deadline: May 31, 2013
The online registration for the International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europe that will take place in Minde (Portugal) in October 2013 is now open: http://www.cidles.eu/events/conference-ele-2013/registration-fees/.
The early fee registration will end on the 30th of August. The deadline for abstract submission is May 31st.
For further information please consult http://www.cidles.eu/events/conference-ele-2013/
Call for Papers: ASPASIA/ 9: Rethinking Empire from Eastern Europe
DEADLINE: September 15, 2013
The /ASPASIA/ Editors invite submissions on the theme of gender and
empire in Eastern Europe for /ASPASIA/ vol. 9, with Susan Zimmermann
(CEU) as guest-editor.
Gendered imperialism within Eastern Europe has received little
attention from scholars. We hope this theme section will address this
omission and inspire exciting new perspectives on gender and empire in
Eastern Europe. We see several particular lacunae in the existing
literature. First, while scholars have investigated the entanglement
of nation, nationalism, nation-building and gender in Eastern Europe,
there is hardly any research on how actors identifying with dominant
communities have silently or visibly related to gender, in view of
their own and other communities. Second, integrative research into
gendered imperialism has been rare in relation to both competing and
parallel imperialisms within the region, as well as regarding the
consequences of the secondary global status of Eastern European
Empires for rethinking empire from Eastern Europe. Third, while there
has been an interest in counter-hegemonic intellectual (populist,
socialist, "third-worldist" ...) traditions in East European history,
this research has not focused on the gendered dimensions of these
intellectual traditions nor on the politics positively related to
these intellectual traditions. The history of state-socialist thinking
and politics of course forms one important exception, although also in
this case the "anti-imperial" dimension of the related gender project
has been rather neglected. Fourth, post-empire has more often than not
been investigated in terms of national histories or unspecified
"entangled" national histories, with ongoing imperial relationships
exiled into "context" or altogether absent. Hence, another research
lacuna is the gender of post-empire political settings in both
national and imperial, and more recently unequally globalized
Legacies, the continuities and transformations of, as well as
challenges to empire, will be an important contribution to the ongoing
endeavor to re-think the gendered history of Eastern Europe into more
critical perspectives on global history.
Particular foci for contributions to /ASPASIA/ 9 could include:
-The invisible politics of domination (for example, the silences in
the politics of women's movements identifying with dominant nations;
imperial constructions of the gender order; gendered occidentalism;
gendered imperial international law; ongoing inequality in East/West
- Entangled constructions of gender in the relationship between
several communities of different status (for example. legal pluralism;
mutual gendered constructions and ascriptions; the difference the
- Periphery as center---decolonializing approaches (for example, the
gendered dimensions of anti-capitalist and "populist" thought from
Eastern Europe; gender beyond the nation in nationalist settings;
gender in peripherialized economies; gender without the state, and so
- Comparative and entangled imperialism (for example,
Habsburg-Ottoman-Russian comparisons; Eastern European vs./in relation
to Western empires; the Soviet "empire" in the global order;
borderlands; comparative engendering of area studies, etc).
- Imperial orders of post-empire (for example, post/imperial politics
of knowledge production; gender order and unequal development, and so
In addition to contributions on the theme of gender and empire in
Eastern Europe, the /ASPASIA/ editors welcome submissions on all
topics related to women's and gender history in Central, Eastern, and
Southeastern Europe on an on-going basis.
Submissions of up to 8,000 words (including notes) can be sent to
Francisca de Haan (Aspasia Editor-in-Chief) at email@example.com or to
Melissa Feinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
information, please write to one of the editors or visit
http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/asp/, where you can also download
the /ASPASIA/ Guidelines for Authors.
April 02, 2013
Courses: New Master of Arts Degree Program in Central Asian Studies
The American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and its Central Asian Studies Institute are happy to announce the opening of a new MA program in Central Asian Studies in Fall 2013. The program will provide students with a critical understanding of past and present social, political, economic and cultural processes in Central Asia and a proficiency in a local language at a level allowing them to conduct independent research or professional work. Students enrolled in the program become part of a vibrant academic and research community and are offered the possibility, through the ongoing series of meetings, lectures, seminars and round tables, to meet key political actors and experts and to get in touch with a variety of visiting scholars.
The M.A. program is four-semesters long, but motivated students could also be given the option of completing it within two semesters. On request, and with a prior approval by their home universities, foreign students can be admitted to the program for a single semester, combined or not with summer field work, internship, or with AUCA Summer Language School (see http://www.auca.kg/en/sls/).
To learn more on the program, visit: http://www.auca.kg/en/masters_of_central_asian_studies/
Further enquiries can be addressed to Svetlana Jacquesson at email@example.com
April 01, 2013
Announcement: Wilson Center Launches a New Digital Archive of declassified official documents
The Wilson Center has launched a new Digital Archive of declassified official documents from nearly 100 different archives in dozens of countries that provide fresh, unprecedented insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.The new website features uniquely powerful new search tools, an intuitive user-interface, and new educational resources such as timelines, analysis from leading experts, and biographies of significant historical figures.
Topics include the Cold War, Sino-Soviet relations, etc.