Category Archives: Conferences/Seminars

CfP: Contested Bodies: Identities and Spaces in Post-Soviet Territories (U of Pennsylvania)

Deadline for application: December 20, 2017

Contested Bodies: Identities and Spaces in Post-Soviet Territories
March 15-16,2018 (University of Pennsylvania)
Submission Deadline: Dec. 20, 2017

What does it mean to be a ‘post-Soviet person’ today? The Soviet Union was created and held together on the premise that the power of class consciousness could create a community that transcends the limitations of ethnicity and language. The events of 1991 shattered this illusion. As the USSR dissolved, newly created states and people across the post-Soviet space were left with the task of figuring out who they were and to what country, body politic, language, and culture they belonged. In the early post-Soviet years, this process was manifested in social violence in the form of armed conflicts in Georgia and Moldova, the expulsion of Russian nationals from Central Asian states, and criminal infighting over the privatization of former Soviet industrial complexes. As time passed, however, it began to seem that the people and states of the region were embarking on an era of peaceful co-existence, built on shared recognition of their common history and present situation in the world.

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CFP: Slavic Studies Conference (WSSA)

Deadline for application: December 1, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Western Association for Slavic Studies Conference in San Antonio, TX —April 4-7, 2018.

Plan to join the annual Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) conference. This year our host organization, the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), will be welcoming its 2,000+ members and participants to the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, always a great site for a conference!

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CFP: Performing Europeanization (Center for Social Sciences)

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2017

The Center for Social Sciences announces a call for international conference “Performing Europeanization: the Case of Georgia and Other EaP Countries”

Conference Dates:  January 22-23, 2018

Conference Venue:  Tbilisi, Georgia

Conference Language: English

Deadline for application: December 15, 2017 ​

The conference will focus on the three interconnected topics, which consist of (though are not limited to) the following themes:

EU’s enlargement strategy – Opportunities and Challenges

  • EU integration and enlargement: EU’s structural diplomacy
  • EU-Russia contested space and securitization of EU’s foreign policy
  • EU enlargement and Europeanization: conditionality vs. socialization

Eastern Partnership – Current Developments and Future Expectations

  • Europeanization and a new way of doing politics in the EaP countries
  • Impact of Europeanization on national public spheres
  • National identities in the context of Europeanization: ambiguity and perceived threats

EU-Georgia Relations

  • EU-Georgia Association Agreement: Lessons learned and opportunities created
  • Visa Liberalization and its impact on education, culture, and economy
  • Performing Europeanization in Georgia at the political and popular levels

The conference is organized within the framework of “Raising Awareness on Georgia’s Europeanization in Academia” [RAGEA] with the co-funding of Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities.

F​or additional information, please visit the website.

CFP: Constructivist Criticism Workshop (U. of Pennsylvania)

Deadline for Applications: December 05, 2017

Call for Papers: Constructivist Criticism Workshop

 
Jan 19 2018, University of Pennsylvania 
3-6 PM, College Hall 209

A colloquium for graduate students in social sciences and humanities, studying Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus to present works 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. Our goal for this workshop is to build community with colleagues along the Eastern seaboard and to create a forum for sharing and workshopping research in progress. We’ve been holding similar workshops (under the heading of Slavics without Borders) for 4-5 years, and these events have typically drawn graduate students and faculty from COML/Slavic, History, Anthropology, Art History and Annenberg, as well as junior and senior faculty from the greater Delaware Valley community.

The topic of the workshop is open, and the meetings are informal, workshop format, typically running for 2-3 hours, at which we spend 45 minutes per paper. We welcome future conference papers, dissertation prospectuses, and early-stage dissertation chapters. If you’re interested in presenting, please write to Helen Stuhr-Rommereim (sthelen@sas.upenn.edu) by Dec. 5, 2017 with a brief description of the paper topic, and the stage of your research. The papers will be pre-circulated a few days before the event to Penn department list-servs.

CFP: 15th GOSECA Graduate Conference (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Submissions: January 12, 2018

“Establishing (In)dependence”
15th Annual Graduate Conference
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe & Central Asia (GOSECA)
March 23-25th, 2018 — University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

The year 2018 marks the passing of a century since Europe’s political map was reconfigured with the end of World War I and the breakup of its continental empires.  It also marks the fifty-year anniversary of the Prague Spring and the cultural upheaval of 1968.  In the past one hundred years, nationalities across Eurasia have gained independence and lost it and won it anew, while still others remain under the sway of larger political entities.  The passing of this centenary prompts us to ask questions about the role of discourses of independence – and of dependence – in shaping the history of Eurasia.

How have hegemonic power structures fostered cultures of dependence or movements towards independence?  How have tensions between political sovereignty and economic interdependence played out at regional or national levels?  How has the interplay between civic and ethnic nationalism manifested itself during crucial moments of transformation in the region?  This year, GOSECA invites conference participants to reflect on these questions and others, especially in the context of the transformative political moments of 1918 and 1968.

Though the conference is anchored in a retrospective of the centenary, the cultural and social changes across Eurasia that precipitated, accompanied, and followed these events are very much present in the region today. Participants whose research engages with historical periods prior to 1918, or with contemporary trends and developments in the region, are also encouraged to apply.

Submissions are accepted from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to:
–       Literary and Cultural Studies
–       Medicine and Public Health
–       Military and Security Studies
–       Environmental Studies
–       History
–       Sociology
–       Gender and Sexuality Studies
–       Public Policy & Law
–       International Affairs
–       Anthropology
–       Political Science
–       Economics
–       Religious Studies

***Comparative or interdisciplinary research is not only accepted, but encouraged***

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Please submit a 300 word (double-spaced) abstract and 2-page CV through our website.
The submission form is available at goseca.ucis.pitt.edu/submissions-form
Accepted papers will be notified by Sunday, January 21st, 2018.
Please contact info.goseca@gmail.com with any questions.

CFP: Czech Studies Workshop (Columbia U)

Deadline for applications: January 8, 2018

The eighteenth annual Czech Studies Workshop, which will be held at Columbia University in New York City on April 20-21, 2018, welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Since the year 2000, the Czech Studies Workshop has brought together scholars from the United States and abroad to explore Czech-themed topics from such diverse fields as anthropology, architecture and art history, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format, and junior faculty and advanced graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

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Conference: Doing Business with the Eurasian Economic Union (The Eurasia Center)

Date: December 4, 2017

The Eurasia Center in cooperation with
Nations of The Eurasian Economic Union and their Representatives
Invite you and your Colleagues:
4th Annual Conference:
DOING BUSINESS WITH
THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNIONImproving East-West Relations
Washington, DC
Monday, December 4th
9:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Special Reception 5:30-7p.m.)
THE RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
1825 Phelps Pl. NW, Washington, DC 20008

This year, The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition will organize a very special Conference which will highlight the new opportunities of ‘Doing Business with The Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)’. The Eurasian Economic Union was officially established on January 1, 2015. They are convening this Conference, given the  importance of this integrated into one of the largest single markets in the world, which comprises over 183 million people, spans 15% of the world’s landmass, and generates a gross domestic product of over 4 trillion U.S. dollars.A number of Fortune 500 companies are already trading in some or with all of these nations. Belarus is accelerating its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), whereas Kazakhstan has just acceded to the WTO on October 1, 2015, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have recently joined the EAEU as well.

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CFP: St. Gallen Symposium (St. Gallen University)

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2018

We live in times where healthy debates driven by tomorrow’s generation are needed more than ever. 600 Leaders of Today will join 200 Leaders of Tomorrow at the 48th St. Gallen Symposium from 2–4 May 2018 to debate «Beyond the end of work» in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Compete for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.

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CFP: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: January 26, 2017

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly “Europe: East and West”) is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics.  The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

2018 Dates:

  • Students submit an application that includes a 250-300 word abstract and a draft of their entire paper by January 26, 2018.
  • Selected students notified by mid-February 2018.
  • Final revised papers due by March 23, 2018.
  • Presentations made at the Symposium on April 13, 2018. View the 2017 program.

Please email gbpeirce@pitt.edu for more information.

CFP: “Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia” (Tartu, Estonia)

Deadline for Submissions: February 20, 2018

You are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Third Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies on 10-12 June 2018, Tartu, Estonia under the theme “Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia.”

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. Inaugurated in June 2016, this forum brings together scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond. As in previous years, the organizers expect the number of participants to reach or exceed 200.

The year 2018 marks a century since the introduction of nation-statehood as the main frame for political, cultural and economic life for the peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia. While the discursive and cultural roots of nationhood go back at least another one hundred years, until the First World War the region was dominated by three multi-ethnic empires. Their collapse was a decisive moment which established popular sovereignty as the key organizing principle. Its implementation, however, took decades and, in more than one sense, is still incomplete. While remaining the principal foundation for democracy, nation-statehood continues to present a broad range of intellectual challenges until this day. Please find the full details of the Call at the conference website. Continue reading