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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CFP: Varieties of Russian Realism – ACLA (UCLA)

Deadline for Applications: September 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. EST

The University of California at Los Angeles writes to invite CREEES affiliates to submit brief abstracts to its ACLA seminar, to be held at UCLA March 29-April 1. Abstracts are due September 21 at 9:00 EST. Please see the website for more information.

Seminar proposal: Varieties of Russian Realism: Medium, Genre, and Form in the Nineteenth-Century Russian Arts

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CFP: Nature/Culture: Environmental Narratives in the Contemporary World (ACLA)

Deadline for Submissions: September 21, at 9 a.m. EST.

The American Comparative Literature Association is looking for participants in the panel “Nature/Culture: Environmental Narratives in the Contemporary World”

This seminar focuses on the intersection of ecology and environmental studies with literature, film, culture, politics, and religion in the contemporary world. We aim to explore the ways in which writers, cultural producers, thinkers, politicians, and non-governmental institutions produce a wide range of discourses on nature and ecology to formulate and shape ideas about national and religious identities, literary production, and social belonging. The 2015 awarding of
Svetlana Alexievich with the Nobel Prize in Literature brought international attention to the confluence of environmental catastrophe with literary narrative. What is more, the rhetoric of “natural disaster,” and its subsequent genres (sustainability narratives, ecotourism, disaster tourism, studies of climate injustice and climate refugees, etc.) often go hand in hand with both foreign and domestic politics, as well as regional identity building. In his recent study of the oil industry in Perm, Russia, for example, Doug Rogers reveals how the regional politics of the Lukoil corporation have played a key role in the revival of local non-Russian cultural identities (The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism 2015).

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CFP: Reclaiming the Swamp (Thing): Popular Culture and the Public Academy (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2017

Call For Papers
Reclaiming the Swamp (Thing): Popular Culture and the Public Academy
The 14th Annual
Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature
In Association with the “Barbara Harlow, The Sequel” Conference
27th-28th October 2017
The University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Speaker:

Richard T. Rodriguez
Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and English
at the University of California, Riverside
on “Latino/U.K.: Postpunk’s Transatlantic Touches”

When the DC comic Swamp Thing debuted in 1971, the border between human and vegetal was crossed.  This conference hopes to bridge the gap between the comic and the novel, the art film and the vine, Occupy and Gramsci, the poetry slam and the classical stage, that is to say, between the popular and the academic, so as to allow the academy to occupy a public space.  The Graduate Association of Comparative Literature Students presents the 2017 Graduate Student Conference, “Reclaiming the Swamp (Thing): Popular Culture and the Public Academy.” Focusing on the role of Popular Culture in the Humanities today, and remembering the contributions of Dr. Barbara Harlow to education and to the world as a public intellectual, this conference considers how academic scholarship has evolved in its relationship to popular forms of human expression, in whatever medium in a world that has always been filled with cultural objects and discourses.  It also imagines what future directions in such work might take.

Often dismissed as an insignificant, transient form, popular culture plays a persistent and powerful role with political and social consequences. In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” as the international word of the year, insisting that the affective had supplanted the analytical and that popular culture and media had erupted into the political sphere. Reality-TV, comedy skits, social media posts, and memes became the vehicle for public discourse in a historical moment that demands an understanding of how and why popular culture and media operate so effectively across borders and across spheres. Continue reading “CFP: Reclaiming the Swamp (Thing): Popular Culture and the Public Academy (UT-Austin)”

CFP: Russian Jewelry Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in a Global Context (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2017

International Academic Conference
“Russian Jewelry Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in a Global Context”

9–11 November 2017
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg

Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg invites you to take part in the International Academic Conference, “Russian Jewelry Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in a Global Context”, to be held 9-11 November 2017 at Fabergé Museum.

With one of the largest collections of Russian jewelry art in the world, Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg considers it its duty to study the topic from all angles and in a broad historical and cultural context. We hope to include in our conference contributions from art historians and critics, museum and archive professionals, collectors, and jewelers.

In the period from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries, Russian jewelry art tread the path from the Empire style to Art Nouveau, saw the appearance of a constellation of brilliant jewelers both Russian and foreign, got itself noticed at World’s Fairs, contributed to the revival of old jewelry techniques, and began to be collected by both connoisseurs and museums. Continue reading “CFP: Russian Jewelry Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in a Global Context (St. Petersburg, Russia)”

CFP: Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Charlotte, NC)

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2017

56th Annual Meeting
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
Charlotte, NC
March 22-24, 2018

The Fifty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlotte, March 22-24, 2018. The meeting will be hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals.

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. We encourage participation from scholars of all Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. Papers can be on any time period and any topic relevant to these regions.

The program committee is accepting panel and paper proposals until January 15, 2018. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) or roundtables (chair, three to five participants) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers will also be accepted. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (email address and institutional affiliation) for all participants. Roundtable proposals should include a title and identifying information for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include paper title, identifying information, and a one-paragraph abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels.  If any AV equipment will be needed, proposals must indicate so when they are submitted.  AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Email your proposals to Emily Baran at

For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Steve Sobol For questions regarding the program, please contact Emily Baran at

CFP: International Interdisciplinary Symposium in Caucasian and Eurasian studies “Ilia Chavchavadze-180” (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Deadline for Submissions: October 30, 2017

Tbilisi, Georgia
December  12-13, 2017
ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
I. Chavchavadze Ave., N1, Tbilisi, 0179

The International Symposium in Honour of the 180th Anniversary of the Birth of Ilia Chavchavadze is organized by the Faculty of Humanities at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. 

The Symposium is planned within the frames of marking the 180th anniversary from the Birth and 110th Anniversary from the death of Ilia Chavchavadze. TSU Faculty of Humanities has planned the following events: 

1.   International Academic Symposium –  December 12-13, 2017;

2.   Students’ Regional Academic Symposium – December 14-15, 2017;

3.     Essay contest for students: Ilia and Georgia – December 15, 2017;

4.   “We Read Ilia” –  December 14, 2017;

5.   Presentation of the bilingual collection of Ilia’s translations –  December 15, 2017;

6.   Photo exhibition “Ilia’s Legacy” – December 12-15, 2017;

7.   Exhibition: “Ilia Chavchavadze in Fine Arts” – December 12-15, 2017;

8.   Film Show –  December 12, 2017;

9.   Cultural event: Visiting the Ilia Museum (Tbiilisi) – December 12, 2017.

The two-day Symposium will present the outstanding keynote speakers. Abstracts on Ilia Chavchavadze’s legacy or related topics are welcome from all over the world. 

Please submit your abstracts by October 30, 2017 using the registration form.

For more information visit their site here.

Conference: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Deadline for applications: September 15, 2017

Seminar to take place January 8-12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for the international seminar “A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.” This seminar will be held January 8-12, 2018, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

This seminar will acquaint undergraduate, MA, and early PhD students with the central topics, issues, and sources related to the study of Jewish life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, including prewar life, evacuation, mass shootings, rescue, forced labor, and issues of commemoration and memory, with a prominent geographical focus on Ukraine. Mandel Center scholars will lead discussions, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the types of primary source material available in the Museum’s collections. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s extensive library, archival, and other collections. Continue reading “Conference: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)”

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

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2017

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. We welcome proposals exploring political, economic, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives.

We foresee extended discussions on Russian-Asian connections and networks, as well as policies, processes, and populations in “Russian Asia,” within the imperial, Soviet, or post-Soviet eras. We hope that this conference honors the interdisciplinary tradition established by the British Universities Siberian Studies Seminar, last held in 2007. Following the conference, the organizers intend to publish a selection of the essays either as a special issue of a journal or as an edited volume.Please submit proposals for individual papers no later than 15 October 2017 to the Events Coordinator of Utah’s International Studies program, Rocío Torres

Please include a subject line of “Asia-Russia 2018” to make sure you receive full consideration. Submissions should include a 250-word abstract as well as a brief (1-2 page) C.V. The organizers will make their decisions by early December.

CFP: Slavic Graduate Conference (Princeton U.)

Deadline for Submissions: September 2, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Grafting the Self

Princeton University, October 19-21, 2017
Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Princeton University
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sponsored by the Princeton Program in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies

Keynote Speaker: Lilya Kaganovsky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Grafting the Self is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore instances of experimentation with individual and collective identity within the context of Central and Eastern Europe. From the iPhone to prosthetic limbs, from globalism to localism, the early 21st century faces new shifts in the paradigms of personhood and of traditional forms of subjectivity. High tech objects and the manufacture of identity have become grafted onto each other. New media and technologies are giving space to new forms of agency and have, more recently, aided the rise of new understandings of identity. The assemblage nature of the app revolution, the palimpsestic phenomenon of globalization and the prosthetic world of bio-mechanics all give rise to new ways of composing the Self. Continue reading “CFP: Slavic Graduate Conference (Princeton U.)”