Conference/CFP: In the Dark Spaces of Language. Negotiation of Unintelligibility in Slavic Literatures (Humbolt University, Berlin)

Deadline for papers: February 1, 2020
Event Date: March 26-27, 2020

In Ciemność (Darkness, 1866), the Polish poet Cyprian Norwid replied to his readership, which regarded his poetic language as ‘dark’ and ‘unintelligible’ (Uffellmann 1997; Kasperski 2009). The complex rhetoric structure of Darkness shows that the poem was not intended as a poetological explanation, but as a play with the readers’ uncertainties. The readers lose themselves in a labyrinth of enigmatic rhetoric questions and metaphors, ellipses and dashes; the awaited definition of ‘darkness’ and ‘unintelligibility’ is not delivered. Norwid’s Darkness presents reading as an anti-hermeneutic act: reading is not a straight path towards clearness and understanding, but a process in which the readers get lost in the dark spaces of language. A similar idea can be found in Juraj Briškár’s Sprievodca nezrozumiteľnosťou (A Guide to Unintelligibility, 2015). The instrumental case of nezrozumiteľnosť allows two different interpretations and translations of the title. On the one hand, Briškár’s book presents itself as a guide which aims to help readers find a way out from their incomprehension; on the other hand, the book can be interpreted as an invitation to a journey together with unintelligibility: in this case, unintelligibility itself becomes the aim of every hermeneutic process. In both cases, however, the hermeneutic act is presented as a difficult journey through (dark) spaces. Inspired by Norwid’s and Briškár’s poetic strategies, we would like to investigate how the concepts of ‘unintelligibility’ and ‘obscurity’ are (re)presented, performed and negotiated in Slavic literatures. We welcome abstracts dealing especially with following themes:

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CFP: The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev (University College, Oxford)

Deadline: February 13, 2020

Paper proposals are invited for the workshop The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev, to be held at University College, Oxford on July 20th 2020, co-organised by Dr Polly Jones (Oxford) and Dr Miriam Dobson (Sheffield). This one-day workshop, funded by the John Fell Fund of the University of Oxford, will explore the social and cultural consequences of the Soviet-era legislation barring various categories of the population (notably, many Gulag returnees) from settling closer than 100km to Moscow and Leningrad (50km from Kyiv). More details here:

The workshop is the first, ‘pump-priming’ stage in planning a major international project comparing 101st kilometre communities, and we hope that participants in the workshop may wish to collaborate in the subsequent phases of the project. The workshop will feature intensive discussion by leading UK scholars of migration and marginality of pre-circulated papers by invited participants. Papers should be approx. 4000 words and submitted to discussants by mid-June 2020. The working languages of the workshop will be English and Russian.

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CFP: Folklore Panel Proposals (ASEEES Convention)

Deadline: February 5, 2020

The Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association [SEEFA], an ASEEES affiliate, issues an annual call for papers for the ASEEES convention to be held in Washington DC, 5-8  November 2020. 

Participation in our panels does not require SEEFA membership. We welcome participation not only from folklorists, but also from specialists representing all fields of study, including literature, anthropology, and history.

We will consider any proposals submitted that relate to folklore and will try to form panels and / or roundtables from these submissions.

The ASEEES deadline for submission of panels is 15 February 2020.  SEEFA will accept proposals until 5:00 CST on 5 February 2020.

CFP: 3rd Annual Constructivist Criticism Workshop (NYU and Columbia University)

Deadline: January 14, 2020

February 21-22, 2020
NYU and Columbia University

A workshop for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, studying Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus to present work-in-progress.

This workshop is organized by a group of graduate students working in the broader Eurasia region, spread throughout the Comparative Literature, History and Anthropology departments at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Columbia University. Our goal is to build community with colleagues along the East Coast (and beyond!) and to create a forum for sharing and workshopping research in progress. Graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania have been holding similar annual workshops for over 5 years. This year, we will be holding the event in New York City for the first time, a collaborative effort between graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, NYU and Columbia University. The workshop is intended to bring together graduate students with an interest in the region, in order to familiarize ourselves with each other’s work, and to speak across disciplines.

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Conference/CFP: 2020 AATSEEL (Arizona State University and The University of Arizona)

Deadline for papers: February 14, 2020

2020 AATSEEL–Arizona Conference
Hosted by Arizona State University and The University of Arizona
Department of Russian and Slavic Studies
April 4-5, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday)


The Arizona Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AZ-AATSEEL) announces a call for paper proposals for the annual conference that will take place on April 4-5, 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. This year’s conference is hosted by the Russian Program at the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University in collaboration with the Melikian Center (ASU) and the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona. The AZ-AATSEEL Conference will take place concurrently with the 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore. Attendees of AZ-AATSEEL are encouraged to take part in both conferences being held at ASU.

Abstracts for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Slavic, East European or Eurasian culture (literature, film, music, visual arts, etc.), linguistics, second language acquisition\teaching, digital humanities, queer studies, gender studies, and history are invited for the AZ-AATSEEL conference. Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged! Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are encouraged to submit proposals.

Audio\visual technology will be available. Registration is free for all attendees and presenters.

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Conference/CFP: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, we will sponsor the annual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pitt. Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Europe, Russia and/or Eurasia to discussants and an audience. Please encourage your outstanding undergraduate students to apply to participate in the Symposium. Limited travel grants are available to help defray expenses for accepted participants located outside of the Pittsburgh region. The application form and further information can be found at

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 15, 2020.
2) Selected students will be notified by February 2020.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2020.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 27, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact REEES Engagement Coordinator Susan Dawkins at

CFP: Slavic Humanities Forum (University of Virginia Slavic Society)

Deadline: February 10, 2020

The University of Virginia Slavic Society of Graduate Students is delighted to announce a call for proposals for its 11th annual Slavic Humanities 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 speaker. 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, and independent levels of junior scholars in the Humanities and related fields with a focus on contexts inside or outside the Russian-speaking world.

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Call for Proposals: 52nd Annual ASEEES Convention: Anxiety and Rebellion

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Call for Proposals  – 52nd Annual ASEEES Convention
Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC

Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8, 2020 [Please note the dates are earlier than than usual]Convention Theme: Anxiety and Rebellion

The Proposal Submission is now  panel, roundtable, individual paper, lightning round presentation submissions are due by February 15, 2020.

All film screening submissions and meeting requests are due by April 1, 2020.

  • The 2020 session categories are the same as 2019.
  • Panel proposals may have minimum of 3 to maximum of 4 paper presentations.
  • Gender diversity on panels and roundtables is strongly encouraged.
  • If your individual paper submission was accepted in 2019, you cannot submit another individual paper proposal in 2020. Please form/join a panel.
  • Starting in 2020, we are accepting film screening submissions online (deadline April 1, 2020)
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CFP: Bulgarian Studies Journal

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Bulgarian Studies (ISSN 2638-9754) is an annual online peer-edited journal that includes content related to the study of Bulgaria and its culture. 

For the next issue, we welcome contributions that focus on any aspects related to Bulgarian history, culture, and literature, from the perspectives of the humanities, arts, and social sciences. 
Book reviews and review articles of newer publications related to Bulgaria are also welcome. 

We especially encourage manuscripts that engage with comparative analysis of Bulgaria and other countries from the region and the world.

Submission information
Manuscripts should be sent in Word document (.doc or .docx) to, by February 15, 2020.
Texts should follow the guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.
Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes and appendices, and reviews should be 500 to 1,500 words in length. 

Please contact the Editor, Sanja Ivanov at with any questions. 

Conference/CFP: (0ver)Indulgence: Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Princeton)

Deadline for papers: February 16, 2020
Event Date: May 6-7, 2020

(Over) Indulgence Conference:Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia A graduate conference sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University

Location: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Keynote speaker: Eric Naiman (UC Berkeley)


Transgression against societal norms has long been elevated to transgression against the divine. Yet vice and virtue are not always mutually incompatible; morals and societal norms are not always black and white. Nor is transgression the only way to move from virtue to sin (or vice versa). In Crime and Punishment, it is Sonia who becomes Dostoevsky’s guiding star to redemption – despite her “fall from grace” into prostitution. (Over) Indulgence aims at exploring such virtuous acts of sin; our graduate conference is interested in tracing various entanglements of the virtuous and the sinful across the Eastern European and Eurasian landscape. We invite submissions that address three major thematic clusters. The first, most literal, interpretation of our conference theme deals with the subversion of dominant norms. We are interested in papers that explore the “negative translation” through which chastity is mutually referential with promiscuity, heterosexuality – with homosexuality, sobriety – with alcoholism, and restraint – with gluttony (to name a few). What are the protocols of such translation, and what types of dialogue between the virtuous and the sinful does it require?

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