Category Archives: Conferences/Seminars

Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Russo-Kurdish Approaches (

Dates of Conference: June 5-6, 2018

Workshop on Tribes and Imperial Policies
Comparative Perspectives and Russo-Kurdish Approaches

‘’Tribes’’ – both as a concept and a highly diverse reality – loomed large in the policies of the empires and imperial assemblages that shaped world politics in the last two centuries. Across Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia, they became a key element in imperial, notably colonial, strategies of domination. From the Maghreb to India, they were used for their ‘’martial’’ qualities, but also served the ‘’management of difference’’ so central to the imperial mind. Yet, imperial attention to the tribal question was in itself indicative of modern evolutionary conceptions, which ranked socio-political structures in time and space.

As part of new project on the place of the Kurds in Russian imperial strategies in Eurasia (hosted by the EHESS), this workshop aims at providing critical insights into the historiography of relations between empires and tribes (5 June), before exploring the specificities of the Russo-Kurdish nexus (6 June). Historically focused, this workshop will draw on scholarship from disciplines such as ethnology, anthropology, historical sociology and imperial history in order to understand the features of these relations. The very concept of tribe and its numerous derivatives (clans, confederacies, nomads, etc.) will be discussed from the point of view of concrete imperial strategies.

More specifically, in a time when Russia’s presence in the Middle East has been the focus of much international attention, the second day of this workshop will explore Russo-Kurdish relations as a test case for the relevance of tribal perspectives on imperial role. Through an examination of their evolution across two centuries, it will set out potential directions for further research.

CFP: Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices? (U. of Helsinki)

Deadline for Submissions: May 14, 2018

“Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices?”

24-26 October 2018, University of Helsinki

The Russian Media Lab is organising its concluding conference within the framework of this year’s Aleksanteri Conference. For this thematic stream, entitled “Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices?”, we invite submissions of panels, roundtables and individual papers that explore emerging (digital) media practices in relation to the question of freedom of expression and independent journalism. In addition to studies of Russia, we look forward to receiving proposals examining Central and Eastern Europe, as well as comparative studies.

Digital services are one of the most flourishing areas of Russia’s media economy, creating opportunities for new entrepreneurial and creative networks to emerge. As seen from the viewpoint of the latest media developments, many Russian regions are invigorated in the communication sphere through innovative online publishing, and hyper- and trans-local new media practices of social engagement and urban culture. At the same time, the Russian government continues to tighten its grip on online communications, as well as on the traditional media sphere. Continue reading

CFP: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence (Krakow, Poland)

Deadline for Submissions: May 11, 2018

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities; as places of both presence and absence.  The touristic presentation of Jewish heritage in many cities belies long and difficult histories but nevertheless recognition through the protection, conservation and interpretation of this heritage is of increasing importance.  However, within their wider context of urban heritage, many sites and narratives of former, and existing, Jewish communities face a number of issues that require deeper examination and policy/practical responses.

Being held during the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this Conference is dedicated to addressing Urban Jewish Heritage and the multi-layered issues it faces.

Its aim is to examine, discuss and explore pasts, presents and futures for cities and towns with Jewish heritage. The Conference recognises that the threats to Jewish heritage are complex and dynamic and there is a need to identify new thinking to preserve and sustainably manage both the tangible and intangible aspects of Jewish culture and to communicate this to a wider audience.  In doing so, it seeks to address the following indicative questions:

  • What are the pressures upon Jewish heritage in the urban context and what levels of protection and conservation are in place to deal with such pressures?
  • How can new and sensitive uses be found for Jewish heritage in towns and cities?
  • What management models can be applied to Jewish heritage to ensure its sustainability?
  • What forms of relationships exist between Jewish heritage sites and urban tourism?
  • What are the touristic experiences with Jewish heritage?
  • To what extent is the interpretation of Jewish heritage effective and geared to an increasingly cosmopolitan and younger audience?
  • What is the role of the museum in the mediation and representation of Jewish heritage?
  • How is the intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish community communicated?

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CFP: “Jewellery Art of the 19th and Early 20th C” (Faberge Museum)

Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2018

The call for papers for the International Academic Conference “Jewellery Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries”, to be held September 20–22, 2018 at Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, will soon be over. The final paper submission deadline is May 15, 2018.

In the period from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries, jewellery art tread the path from the Empire style to Art Nouveau, saw the appearance of a constellation of brilliant jewellers, got itself noticed at World’s Fairs, contributed to the revival of old jewellery techniques, and began to be collected by both connoisseurs and museums.

  • What changes occurred in the typologies, style, and techniques used in the jewellery art throughout that period?
  • What role did the personal preferences of royals, nobles, bourgeois play in the evolution of the jewellery art?
  • How were political and military cataclysms, socio-economic changes, and the technological progress reflected in the jewellery art of the time?
  • How did collectors’ tastes change, and what part did jewellery art play in private and museum collections?

These and other questions will be among the topics discussed at the Fabergé Museum conference dedicated to the history of the jewellery art worldwide from the early 19th century to 1917.

Fabergé Museum is expanding its range of topics, covering a very wide geographic area. However, Russian jewellery art will remain the center of its focus and research.
To apply for the conferece, please submit a 300-word abstract with a short academic CV to conference@fabergemuseum.ru. All participants will be also asked to fill out the registarion form.
Papers must be original. Reviews of published books, chapters, articles, or any other previously published material will not be considered.
The conference languages are English and Russian. A publication is planned.

Conference Secretary: Maria Kosheleva
Tel.: +7 (812) 333 26 55
E-mail: conference@fabergemuseum.ru

Fabergé Museum International Academic Conference
“Jewellery Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries”
September 20–22, 2018
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg

CFP: Annual Conference in NOLA (AATSEEL)

Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2018

The AATSEEL Call for Papers is now available

In addition to regular conference panels and events, the program will now include panel streams. These streams will promote greater cohesion among conference panels and foster a broader dialogue throughout the conference. The result can be a series of mini-conferences within the framework of our larger conference. There will be two stream sessions (“A” and “B”). The panels in each session will meet simultaneously, so members may apply for no more than one “A” stream and one “B” stream. All conference attendees are welcome to attend stream panels, but participants in a stream are expected to attend all of the panels in their stream.

The stream topics for 2019 are:
Friday Streams
1A: Acquisition of Vocabulary at the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency
2A: Issues in teaching lower-level language courses: strategies and practices
3A: Moscow Conceptualism
4A: Corpora Based and Corpora Driven Research and Language Instruction
5A: Platonov
6A: AWSS Sponsored Stream: Gender and Sexuality within Slavic Studies
7A: Monopolifonic/polimonologic Tolstoevsky or Spirited in Flesh

Saturday Streams
1B: Approaches to Teaching Slavic Languages: Connecting Forms and Functions and Creating Meaning
2B: Mimesis in Russian Art and Aesthetic Theory
3B: Supporting Characters in the Soviet Cinema of 70s-80s
4B: Inclusive Pedagogies in Slavic Languages
5B: Red Migrations: Marxism and Mobility in the early 20th Century
6B: Spontaneity, Negativity, Anarchism in Russian Culture
7B: The Russian Medical Humanities

Complete descriptions can be found at: https://www.aatseel.org/program/2019-streams/

All AATSEEL members are eligible to submit paper proposals to any one of the streams listed above.
Proposals should be submitted through the regular submission website as an “Individual Paper” with the title of the stream selected in the drop-down menu on the proposal form.
Please do not send submissions directly to the stream organizers.
Please submit your proposals by April 15, 2018 (for early consideration) or July 1, 2018.
For more information, visit the AATSEEL website.
All proposals must be made through the online submission process – no emailed proposals will be accepted.

CFP: Bobby R. Inman Award (UT Austin)

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2018

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the fourth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2018.

The Intelligence Studies Project was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project’s mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.

The Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security.

Additional information about the Inman Award competition and the Intelligence Studies Project is available at www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/inman-award.

Funding: Tucker-Cohen Dissertation Prize (ASEEES)

Deadline for Nominations: May 15, 2018

The Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize, established in 2006 and sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation, is awarded annually (if there is a distinguished submission) for an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen. The dissertation must be defended at an American or Canadian university, and must be completed during the calendar year prior to the award. The prize carries a $5,000 award intended to help the author turn the dissertation into a publishable manuscript. The prize is awarded at the ASEEES Annual Convention.

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY
Rules of eligibility for the ASEEES Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize are as follows:

  • The dissertation must be written in English and defended at a university in the United States or Canada;
  • The dissertation must be completed and defended during the calendar year prior to the award (for example, the dissertation must have been defended in 2017 to be eligible for the 2018 competition);
  • The dissertation’s primary subject and analytical purpose must be in the realm of the history of domestic politics, as broadly understood in academic or public life, though it may also include social, cultural, economic, international or other dimensions. The dissertation must focus primarily on Russia (though the topic may also involve other former Soviet republics) during one or more periods between January 1918 and the present.

NOMINATING INSTRUCTIONS

A nomination will consist of a detailed letter from the dissertation’s main faculty supervisor explaining the ways in which the work is outstanding in both its empirical and interpretive contributions, along with an abstract of 700-1000 words, written by the candidate, specifying the sources and general findings of the research. A faculty supervisor may nominate no more than one dissertation a year.

Faculty supervisors should send each committee member listed above their letter and the 700-1000-word abstract. (Candidates may also initiate the nomination, but it must come from their advisers.) The committee will read this material and then request copies of the dissertations that best meet the criteria, as defined in the statement above. Nominations must be received no later than May 15.

CFP: X International Virtual Forum (Dangguk Uni.)

Deadline for Submissions: July 15, 2018

Call for conference papers and participants.

Deadline July 15, 2018

The X International Virtual Forum, IMAGES OF RUSSIAN STUDIES IN VIRTUAL INFORMATIONAL SPACE, will take place September 28-30, 2018 at Dangguk University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea. The aim of the forum is to unite the linguists, methodologists, cultural experts, literary experts, and teachers from different countries in order to identify and analyze cutting edge issues in the humanities, search for the ways to increase efficiency of the international cooperation, and cultural communication in person and virtually. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Sections will address:

  • New horizons in Literature.
  • Innovations in Philology.
  • The increasing role of Bilingualism in Modern Society: Bilingual Education.
  • Translation and Cross-cultural Communication.
  • Foreign Languages and Teaching Methodology, Cross-cultural Aspects of Pedagogy.
  • Sociocultural Problems of the International Migration and Demography
  • Information Technologies and Smart-Technologies in Education.
  • Methodology of the Digital Education, Multimedia.

The forum languages: English, Russian, Korean.

The forum will be held via ADOBE CONNECT PRO MEETING and Skype with the virtual participants. Papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

The forum will offer seven discussion panels via a connected communication infrastructure, which will facilitate discussion on innovative developments in theory and practice of education, cross-cultural and migration problems, bilingual education and translation, smart-technologies, problems in philology and literature. Each discussion panel will consist of co-chairs, forum participants, and teachers from leading universities, and the virtual participants.

The participants of the forum will be awarded certificates.

The deadline for submitting the application is 15 July 2018.

For registration and further information visit: https://forum-korea2018.bsu.ge/

CFP: Europe in Discourse II: Agendas of Reform (Athens, Greece)

Deadline for Submissions: May 25, 2018

The 2nd Europe in Discourse Conference Agendas of Reform invites papers from a broad range of fields and perspectives on the following topics:

  • Values-based Reform, from Enlargement to Legitimization
  • Completing the EMU
  • EU Security and Defense
  • The Franco-German Relationship
  • The Transatlantic Dimension
  • The European Union and Islam
  • Greece and the European Union

Since Agendas of Reform follows the 1st Europe in Discourse Conference, contributions on the so-called “poly-crisis” of the EU, the refugee crisis and European populism on the right and the left are also welcome.

We also accept papers on the following topics:

  • Historical, geo-cultural, geo-economic and geopolitical aspects of European identities
  • Europe: super-diverse and globalized
  • Images of crisis and recovery in Europe
  • Conceptual blending, discourse and metaphors about Europe
  • Populist discourses and the EU
  • The Refugee crisis in EU discourses
  • European diversity through religion and culture
  • Discursive constructions of borders
  • Political discourse in the European Union
  • Media constructions of European identities

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CFP: Original Research on Slavic Languages and Cultures (Poljarnyj Vestnik)

Deadline for Submissions: June 20, 2018

The editors of Poljarnyj Vestnik – An International Journal of Slavic Studies, have announced an invitation for paper submissions. Poljarnyj Vestnik was earlier the working papers of the University of Tromsö, but has been upgraded to an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research about Slavic languages, literatures and cultures. Submissions for the fifth volume after the reorganization are now welcomed. Contributions from Slavists from any country and institution are welcome. Articles are published in English or Russian. The homepage of the journal is: http://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/vestnik/index

Editors:
Ingunn Lunde (University of Bergen, ingunn.lunde@if.uib.no)
Tore Nesset (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, tore.nesset@uit.no).

Editorial board:
Jan Ivar Bjørnflaten (Oslo)
Stephen M. Dickey (Kansas)
Alexander Etkind (Cambridge)
Michael S. Flier (Harvard)
Karen Gammelgaard (Oslo)
Laura A. Janda (Tromsö)
Ilya Kukulin (Moskva)
Martin Paulsen (Bergen)
Vladimir Plungian (Moskva)
Ellen Rutten (Amsterdam)
Yngvar Steinholt (Tromsö)
For more information, do not hesitate to contact the editors.

Deadline for submissions this year is JUNE 20, 2018.