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June 11, 2013

CFP Conference: ‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and Culture

Deadline: August 15, 2013

‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and

International Conference

Organiser: The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of
Edinburgh, in partnership with the Russian State University for the
Humanities (Moscow, Russia).

Dates: Friday 25th-Saturday 26th October 2013

Since the turn of Millennium, Russia has experienced a period of deep
social transformations. One of the key developments is the emergence of
the educated urban social cluster engaged in entrepreneurship, knowledge
technologies and the creative professions. Loosely defined labels such as
‘creative class’ and ‘educated citizens’ have been coined to refer to this
group, along with the use of a more general notion of ‘middle class’.
These emergent socio-cultural groups and networks entail shifts in
communication codes, repertoires and practices as they actively seek
strategies and lifestyles to describe, perform and reflect their newly
perceived identities and values, and to distinguish themselves from other
parts of society. As members of these groups are employing various means
to negotiate their own belonging, solidarity and identity, outside
observers are also searching for adequate linguistic and cultural
vocabularies to define, describe, represent and conjure up a stance
towards this new social phenomenon. In particular, many cultural
industries have developed a fascination with the ‘creative class’ as the
representation of its lifestyles, values, agency and other features have
become a prominent theme in contemporary Russian literature, cinema,
theatre, visual arts and the media, and have shifted the agenda of Russian
blogs and social networking sites.

The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary investigation of
the linguistic and cultural forms, codes and practices associated with the
Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’. Approaches including socio-cultural
linguistics, discourse studies, media and new media studies, cultural
anthropology, theatre, film, visual studies and related disciplines are

The conference will focus (but not exclusively) on the following themes:

• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as an object of contemporary discourse
• Linguistic representation and self-representation of the
‘creative’/‘middle class’
• Practices and styles of communication associated with the
‘creative’/‘middle class’
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as reflected in practices of work, leisure
and consumption
• Representations and counter-representations of the ‘creative’/‘middle
class’ in film, literature, theatre and the media
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ and civil society
• The internet domains of Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’

We invite proposals for full paper panels, individual papers and
roundtables. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied
by a short CV to be submitted by no later than 15 August 2013 to
Dashkova.Centre@ed.ac.uk . Authors of accepted papers will be expected to
register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline of 15
September. All participants are expected to submit a full version of their
paper by 1 October 2013; the papers will be posted on the conference's
The conference will take place at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre,
the University of Edinburgh.
It is expected that the conference participation will involve a £60
registration fee which will include lunches, coffee breaks and a
conference pack.

Posted by sarayu at June 11, 2013 03:27 PM