CFP: REE Jewish Cultures Jr. Scholar Workshop (U. of Illinois)

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2017

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois invites submissions for the Russian and East European Jewish Cultures Junior Scholar Workshop, to be held in Champaign, Illinois, on May 21 and May 22, 2018. The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and early career scholars (in their first three years after the PhD). Abstracts and papers should highlight the critical methodologies used in the work. Selected papers will be pre-circulated among the participants, to maximize opportunity for discussion. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with the Slavic Reference Service.

To be considered, please send your 400 word abstract and CV by December 15, 2017, to and We will then inform participants who have been selected and ask you to develop a paper of no more than 8,000 words (excluding notes). The workshop will pay for participants’ hotel expenses and meals. Modest travel subsidies may be available, if participants are not able to obtain funds from their home universities.

CFP: Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied Europe (Yale U.)

Deadline for application: December 15, 2017

Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied Europe, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference sponsored by the Memory Studies in Modern Europe Working Group at Yale University, Monday April 2nd, 2018. Keynote speakers: Marci Shore and Timothy Snyder (Yale University)

The Yale University Memory Studies in Modern Europe working group invites doctoral students from all disciplines to share their research in a conference devoted to the topics of resistance and collaboration in Europe in the long twentieth century. While the title of the conference was conceived with the Nazi occupation in mind, presentation proposals addressing other instances of resistance and collaboration are welcome as well. The conference will offer a forum to discuss methodology and work in progress as well as to connect with fellow scholars at various stages of research. Selected participants will have 20 minutes to present their paper, followed by a 10-minute discussion with the audience.

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Conference: Lost Experiments in Soviet Art (U of Chicago)

Date of event: October 5-7

Those in the Chicago area are invited to attend the Lost Experiments in Soviet Art conference and music festival, both with wonderful lineups. With the exception of the last concert (at Pianoforte, tickets $15), all events are at the University of Chicago, and are free and open to the public. For more information see the UC website, or contact Julia Vaingurt (, Miriam Tripaldi (, or William Nickell (

Found in Time: Lost Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

University of Chicago, October 5-7, 2017

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CFP: Asia in the Russian Imagination (U of Utah)

Deadline for applications: October 15, 2017

Please consider submitting a proposal for Asia in the Russian Imagination, an interdisciplinary conference to be held in Spring 2018 at the University of Utah. UoU encourages graduate student submissions and hopes to have some funding to support participation.

Asia in the Russian Imagination

The University of Utah’s Asia Center and Russian Program are hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Siberia, Central Asia, and the Russian Far East and North Pacific, organized around the theme of “Asia in the Russian Imagination.” The conference will be held at the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on March 23-24, 2018. Over the past three years, the Russian Program’s “Siberian Initiative” has sponsored talks on anthropology, environmental studies, history, film studies, and linguistics, and we are continuing this interdisciplinary approach to Russia in Asia/Asia in Russia at our conference.

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CFP: Women and Tech in the post-Soviet Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression (Digital Icons)

Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2017

‘Women and Tech in the post-Soviet Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression’

Call for Papers: Studies in Russian, Eurasian, and Central-European New Media (

The development of the internet as a democratizing tool fostering freedom of information, grass-roots activism, and peer-to-peer support is closely related to and engrained in hacker communities. In the early days of the internet’s development, these groups consisted primarily of young white men from privileged backgrounds and with access to higher education and technology. In popular culture, the image of the successful programmer, software developer and ‘hacktivist’ remains predominantly male and is based on such well-known examples as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Edward Snowden, and Pavel Durov. Meanwhile, there are few if any stories or representations of women who have led the hacker revolution. As access to computer-programming-based technology becomes democratized on the user-end, gender (and other) inequalities on the developer side continue to persist with women drastically underrepresented in tech professions. Continue reading “CFP: Women and Tech in the post-Soviet Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression (Digital Icons)”

CFP: Western Social Science Association Conference (WSSA)

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017

Plan to join us for 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!

WASS invites proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable presentations in all areas of studies concerning Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia. Topics related to our conference may include any aspect of culture, economics, history, literature, or politics with a broad chronological span from the Middle Ages to present. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, archeology, architecture, arts, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environmental studies, ethnic and minority studies, film, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, Jewish studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, theatre, and travel.

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Conference: Reading Race in Cold War Cultural Internationalism (UCLA)

Dates of the Conference: March 29-April 1, 2018

Reading Race in Cold War Cultural Internationalism
An ACLA Seminar (UCLA, March 29-April 1, 2018)
Organized by Cate I. Reilly, Duke University

This seminar looks at the intertwined Soviet and Eastern Bloc legacies on race, cultural solidarity, and geopolitics. It moves beyond the extensive body of prior scholarship on regional ethnic minorities within Central and Eastern Europe and related questions of religious conflict. The seminar instead focuses on how writers, artists, and filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe and across decolonizing regions during the Cold War, conceived of and negotiated race in the context of newfound, transnational aesthetic commitments.

The seminar asks: How did the epistemic effort to think internationally (by intellectuals from the USSR, GDR, Africa, and the Americas) interface with questions of racial identity? How did such concerns play out when the rough ideological alliances between the Eastern Bloc and emerging nations were challenged by writers and thinkers who were critical of the Soviet Union? In what ways did the early political framework of international solidarity in the USSR, conceived under the heading of the “Friendship of the Peoples,” contain a racialized dimension later played out in the global power struggles of the Cold War? How should frequent claims to racial equality in the Eastern Bloc be treated when occurring in the context of anti-imperialist (and anti-U.S.) propaganda?

The seminar invites literary-critical and interdisciplinary reflections on the conflicted history of race in Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, as situated against a backdrop of changing ideological and national alliances.  It pays specific attention to a gap within postcolonial theory related to Soviet ideologies and cultural influences. Building on recent conferences that have addressed the legacy of Bandung humanisms, “translating” race in Eurasia, and performances of difference in Central and Eastern Europe, it moves temporally forward from the abundance of research on the role of minorities in the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to: Eurasia’s place in postcolonial theory; literature and national autonomy movements of the Cold War; the conflicted relationship between the Communist and non-Communist intellectuals (Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Léopold Senghor, Cheikh Anta Diop, among others); negritude and internationalism; translation and the circulation of texts/media between Eastern Europe and Africa; the influence of Socialist realist literature on African writers.

Interested applicants should submit a 250-300 word proposal.

Conference: Business, Trade and Investment Opportunities on the New Silk Road (Washington DC)

Deadline for early registration: September 15, 2017

The Eurasia Center & The Eurasian Business Coalition in cooperation with The Silk Road Nations and their Representatives (Europe & Asia) Present The Silk Road Summit – 2nd Annual Conference:  Exploring Business, Trade & Investment Opportunities on the New Silk Road with participation from representatives of U.S. Government Agencies and the U.S. Congress, Multilateral Development Banks, Corporations and Trade Associations, Policy Centers and Foundations Washington, DC .

WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017  9:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
AM Panels: The US Capitol Building
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20515
PM Panels & Reception: The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004

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CFP: AATT Graduate Student Pre-Conference (Georgetown University)

Deadline for Submissions: September 20, 2017.


The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual “Graduate Student Pre-Conference” for graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at institutions in North America. This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The Pre- Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies and AATT.

The thirteenth annual Pre-Conference will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Georgetown University in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, taking place in Washington, D.C., November 18-21, 2017. Pre-Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the MESA conference.

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at academic institutions in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the Pre-Conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines.

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Conference: Russian Revolution: What’s Left? A Century in Revolution (Durham University)

Event date: September 29 – October 8

Durham University curatorial team is pleased to announce the special program of films, art-projects and discussions, titled What’s Left? A Century in Revolution, which is taking place at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, between Friday 29 September and Sunday 8 October 2017.

The program is produced as part of the Cross-Language Dynamics (Open World Research Initiative Project) and is curated by a team of Durham scholars (Dušan Radunović as lead curator) and Tyneside Cinema Newcastle (Una Henry as curator).

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