Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2018
Late Soviet Village: People, Institutions, and Objects Between “Rural” and “Urban” Life Styles
The aim of the conference is to make the developments in the rural Soviet Union as well as a decline and disappearance of “traditional” rural life but as a specific modus of entanglement between the city and the countryside, and as a product of simultaneous “ruralization “Urban life styles and urbanization” of rural life styles.
By declaring the submission or indifferent “homo sovieticus” or by “performative practices that eroded” the sense of ideological commitment.
We welcome contributions by historians, anthropologists, ethnographers and social scientists addressing the issues of late Soviet rural development, but in particular on rural subjects in discourses and practices, focussing on:
- Family networks and structures / Generations / Gender
- Work / leisure divide
- TV and other media
- High / popular culture
- Materiality and objects
- Late Soviet rituals
- Youth sub-cultures
- Rural / urban networks
- Ideology and propaganda / representations in arts
- Party and state institutions in rural areas
- Expert’s projects / discussions on rural development
Conference languages wants to be English and Russian. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by the convenors. The conference is part of the research project “Late Soviet Village: People, Institutions, and Things between the Socialist Cult of Urbanity and Ruralization of Urban Life Styles” at the History Department of the University of Zurich. We plan to publish a volume of collected essays based on conference presentations. Please submit paper proposals of 300-500 words and academic bio information to firstname.lastname@example.org by January, 15th, 2018.
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Katzer, DHI Moscow
Prof. Dr. med. Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller, University of Zurich