CFP: 11th Annual Slavic Forum; Travel Grants Available

Deadline: (extended) February 21, 2020

Call for Papers
The University of Virginia Slavic Society of Graduate Students is delighted to
announce a call for proposals for its 11th annual Slavic Forum. The conference will
take place March 20-21, 2020 in Charlottesville, Virginia and will feature scholar
and professor Myroslav Shkandrij from the University of Manitoba as keynote
A reception will be followed by a day of presentations and discussion.
This call for papers aims for a broad range of proposals from undergraduate,
graduate, faculty, and independent levels of junior and advanced scholars in the
Humanities and Social Sciences and with a focus on contexts inside or outside
the Russian-speaking world.

“Hindsight (Is 2020)”
Hindsight is an inescapable element of the human experience, but defining it
leads to its own world of questions: is it knowledge? or is it the process and its
forces that change our present and future? What relationships do people have
with the past? Individuals, groups, and states have long faced these quandaries;
now, is humanity as a whole capable of hindsight in the information age? If so,
what can we hope to get out of hindsight in our future?
At the 2020 Slavic Forum “Hindsight (is 2020)” these questions and more are open
to investigation and comment. Some possible topics for presentation include:

  • Literature: nostalgia, historical revisionism, anniversaries and centennials, memory, confusion, recollection and reflection, second chances, mistakes and clarification, heritage. 
  • Linguistics: evolutionary linguistics, etymology, semantic change, linguistic shift, computational research. 
  • Cultural and social studies: tradition, ritual, disaster, adaptation, power, reform, revolution. 

The deadline for proposals is February 21, 2020. Please send proposals with full
contact information to as a one-page PDF document
containing a presentation title, keywords, and an abstract (150-300 words). An
explanation of the paper topic’s relation to the general theme is welcome, but not
required. Travel grant applications will be made available to applicants after submitting their materials. 
The annual UVa Slavic Forum is sponsored this year by the UVa Department of
Slavic Languages and Literatures; the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies; and the Graduate Council.