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
Accepted papers will be notified by Sunday, January 21st, 2018.
Please contact 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:
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.)
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.

In addition, they are forming a panel that will provide solutions that will contribute to better, peaceful and productive East-West collaboration… Continue reading “Conference: Doing Business with the Eurasian Economic Union (The Eurasia Center)”

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

CFP: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality (UT)

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017

Spring 2018 Call for Presenters: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality is looking for graduate students and faculty members to present their works for the spring semester. The Gender Symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of historical approaches to gender and sexuality. We aim to build a community of scholars working together to explore the benefits and challenges of incorporating these issues into their research. Gender and sexuality are not topics that we see as narrowly defined. We therefore seek presenters who engage with a variety of subjects, methodologies, and approaches. Our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.

We encourage diverse styles of presentation, including: informal presentations about research experience and/or primary sources, workshops that focus on a work-in-progress, critical discussions of a selection of readings, and formal presentations of conference papers or dissertation chapters.

Past presentations have exhibited a diverse range of topics. Last academic year included presentations on:

  • “Rebellion in the General Hospital: Medical Experimentation, Sterilization, and Revolutionary Doctors in Mexico City, 1932”
  • “Invading Ethnography: A Queer of Color Approach”
  • “Woman Fighters, Sentiment, and Female Subjectivity in Chinese Martial Arts Narrative, 1895-1945”
  • “Quiet Storms: African American Women Senior-level Administrators at Predominately White Institutions as Tempered Radicals for Social Justice”
  • “The Young Within Thy Walls: Petitioners, Spanish-Indian Offspring, and the Origins of the Terms ‘Mestiza’ and ‘Mestizo’ in the 16th Century Spanish Empire”
  • “Spirit Queens: Gender, Play and Possession in Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat”
  • “Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late  nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory”

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by​ December 1, 2017 at midnight. The Symposiumon Gender, History, and Sexuality meets every other Friday​ ​from 12-2 pm in the conference room of Garrison Hall .

CFP: Journal of Romanian Studies (The Society for Romanian Studies)

Deadline for applications: Ongoing

The Society for Romanian Studies is pleased to launch a new biannual peer-reviewed journal in collaboration with Ibidem Press. The new interdisciplinary journal examines critical issues in Romanian Studies broadly conceived, linking work in that field to wider theoretical debates and issues of current relevance, and serving as a forum for junior and senior scholars.


The journal considers manuscripts that draw on various theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives as understood in disciplines ranging from history, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, anthropology, sociology, ethnography, and education to literature, linguistics, economics, business, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, and music. It considers theoretically informed manuscripts that examine political, socioeconomic and cultural developments in Romania and Moldova, the situation of their ethnic minorities and their relations with the ethnic majority, as well as the position, culture, and history of Romanians and Moldovans living outside the shifting boundaries of those countries. The journal also welcomes articles that connect Romania and Moldova comparatively with other states and their ethnic majorities and minorities, and with other groups by investigating the challenges of migration and globalization, changes and opportunities in international relations, and the impact of the European Union. Both articles with a historical focus and studies dealing with recent events will be considered.

The journal editors will consider the following types of manuscripts:
• original research articles (of up to 10,000 words, including bibliography)
• review articles (of up to 3,000 words, commenting on 2-3 books on a common theme)
• book reviews (of up to 1,000 words)

All submissions are subject to peer review. Special issues that group research articles on a common theme in Romanian Studies are welcomed. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. The first issue will be published in 2018. Continue reading “CFP: Journal of Romanian Studies (The Society for Romanian Studies)”

CFP: Conference on Language, Interaction and Culture (U. of California)

Deadline for application: January 15, 2018

The Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture GSA at UCLA and the Language, Interaction, and Social Organization GSA at UC Santa Barbara present the 24th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Culture.

Submissions should address topics at the intersection of language, interaction, and culture. Potential topics and methodological approaches include, but are not limited to: conversation analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology, interactional sociolinguistics, language ideologies, language socialization, and linguistic anthropology.

Date: April 5th – 7th, 2018
Location: University of California, Los Angeles
plenary speakers:
Anne Charity Hudley, University of California Santa Barbara, Linguistics
Barbara Fox, University of Colorado, Linguistics
Third speaker TBA

Abstracts for presentations and posters are welcome from all students, both graduate and undergraduate. Presentations that include video and/or audio recordings of naturalisticinteraction are encouraged. Speakers will have 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. A subset of papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, Crossroads of Language, Interaction, and Culture.

Abstracts are due no later than Monday, January 15th,  2018, by electronic submission only. The submission guidelines are provided on the attached Call for Papers as well as on the CLIC-GSA website:

Please email: clicgsa2018@gmail.comwith questions and/or comments.

CFP: Graduate Conference: “The End of the World: Tragedy | Catastrophe | Apocalypse.” (Indiana U.)

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2017

Call For Papers:
Student Advisory Board for the Department of Comparative Literature
Indiana University Bloomington
Graduate Conference
March 2-3, 2018 

The End of the World:
Tragedy | Catastrophe | Apocalypse

“The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions
needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.”
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

In January 2017, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock to two and a half minutes before midnight, signalling that we are the closest we have ever been to destroying our world. Speculation about the end of the world has been a part of human thought, art, and culture since the beginning of recorded history, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s Twitter feed. Mass violence, war, institutional violence, economic collapse, disease, and despair define our current media landscape. More and more, catastrophe is refigured in terms of individual narratives, while personal tragedy is reimagined on a global scale.

This conference aims to explore manifold representations of the end of the world across time and space. What is a “world”? What does it mean for one to be created or destroyed? Where is the line between tragedy and catastrophe? When does a catastrophe become an apocalypse? When does suffering become world-ending? How do these distinctions blur the lines between the private and the public, the personal and the global? How do such considerations change throughout history and across cultures? What does it mean to be “post”-apocalyptic? How are questions like these impacted by apocalypse as an unveiling? Are all unveilings necessarily catastrophic? Why has modern popular culture adopted the term as a catch all for major, mass destruction?

We encourage interdisciplinary and global approaches to the field of Comparative Literature. We welcome proposals from any branch of the humanities including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History and Historiography, Postcolonial Studies, Eco-Criticism, Folklore, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Classics, and Art History.

Please send an abstract (maximum 300 words), a title for your presentation, and a short bio (maximum 50 words) including your name, email address, degree level and institutional affiliation to: by December 15, 2017. Please submit all materials both as an attachment and as text in the body of your email. Final decisions will be made no later than mid-January.