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

Deadline for papers: February 16, 2020
Event Date: May 7-9, 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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Conference/CFP: Central Slavic Conference (St. Louis, MO)

Deadline for proposals: December 20, 2020
Event date: February 28-March 1, 2020

Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its annual meeting at the historic Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Friday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Scholars from outside the region and from around the world are welcome.

Proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should be submitted by email to program chair Charles Allen at no later than December 20th, 2019. Early proposals are encouraged. All proposals should include:

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Conference/CFP: 58th Annual Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Greenville, SC)

Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2020
Event Date: March 12-14, 2020

Special Events

Professor Donald Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will give the keynote address at the Friday banquet. The title of his talk is “GenSec: The Brezhnev You May not Know”

The Saturday “Beach Party” will be a good ol’ timey hoedown AND a hootenanny! Featuring live bluegrass music by the Mountain Bridge band and square dancing guided by the Southern Junction Cloggers! Local barbecue will be served (including vegetarian options)!

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CFP: Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: December 20, 2019

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researches, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

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CFP: Borderlands | Graduate Student Conference (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Call for Papers
17th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA)
University of Pittsburgh, February 28-29, 2020

Borders—whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise—are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation—the “borderlands”—often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of “borderlands,” whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic or of another type altogether.

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CFP: Ulbandus XX: (re)writing history

Deadline: January 15, 2020

ULBANDUS, the Slavic Review of Columbia University, invites short abstracts (200-300 words) for submissions (of no more than 8,000 words) to be published in our next (and twentieth!) issue, (RE)WRITING HISTORY.

Please send your abstract to by January 15, 2020.

Ulbandus is catalogued on JSTOR and the MLA International Bibliography. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars in any field. Though faculty members sit on the advisory board, the production, editing, and management of Ulbandus is carried out entirely by the graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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Symposium/CFP: Language, Power & Identity, SALSA Conference (UT Austin)

Deadline: January 25, 2020

Texts in Circulation: Language, Power, and Identity
April 10-11, 2020
The University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Arienne Dwyer (University of Kansas)
Dr. Monica Heller (University of Toronto)
Dr. Patricia Roberts-Miller (University of Texas at Austin)
Dr. Maria Sidorkina (University of Texas at Austin)

The annual Symposium About Language and Society, Austin (SALSA) is now accepting submissions for April 10-11th, 2020. 2020’s theme Texts in Circulation: Language, Power, and Identity continues SALSA’s tradition of promoting the study of language and its intersection with society. Originally created through the joint efforts of students from the departments of Linguistics, Anthropology, and Communication Studies at The University of Texas, SALSA grew as a transdisciplinary conference through presentations from a variety of fields, including foreign language education, educational psychology, media studies, and the language departments of French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, German, and English. SALSA’s annual proceedings appear in special editions of the Texas Linguistic Forum.

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CFP: Performance Studies and Language Pedagogy (Kentucky Foreign Language Conference)

Deadline extended: November 25, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the abstract submission deadline for the 2020 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 16-18 in beautiful Lexington, KY) has been extended.  Abstract submission will remain open until Monday, November 25th at 11:59pm EST.

We particularly welcome abstracts related to:
 Innovations in Teaching Language and Culture 
 Literature, Folklore or Digital Culture 
 Visual Arts, Cinema Studies or Performance Studies 
 Historical, Social and Political Contexts  
More information and the submission portal can be found at

Conference/CFP: Midwest Slavic Conference “Science & Fiction(s)” (Ohio State University)

Event Date: April 3-5, 2020
Deadline for Papers: January 13, 2020

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science & Fiction(s) to be held at OSU in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other? 

The conference will open at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on Saturday morning. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to by January 13th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted. 

More information is available at the Conference website


Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13
Notification of Acceptance: February 7
Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 11
Panels Announced: February 21
Final Papers to Chair: March 20
Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20

Students: $35
Faculty/Public: $50

General Attendees: $25

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