CFP: How to Study the History of the Slavic World Today? (St. Petersburg State Univ.)

Deadline for Papers: October 30, 2016

In September of 2017 St. Petersburg State University proposes to hold an International Congress of Historian-Slavist dedicated to the following theme
How to study the history of the Slavic World today?

The message of the congress.
The origin of Slavic studies as a special field of scholarship on the border of the  XVIII–XIX century was closely connected with genesis and development of national сonsciousness of Slavic nations in the modern period. Intellectuals of Central and Eastern Europe offered a new understanding of the fact of Slavic linguistic community and raised to the principally other level Slavic identity. To a certain extent It was   connected with development of nationalism among Slavic peoples as a special multidimensional ideological trend and at the same time a complex social phenomenon

The idea of Slavic studies as a special field of knowledge was developped in following periods. Slaviс studies were much required field of scholarship in the second half of the XX century due to the Cold War and withstanding of Great Powers. By will of the Fate the majority of Slavic people were included in one of the antagonistic military political blocks.
The end of the Cold War and serius geopolitical changes caused by it seriously affected Slavic countries. The Slavic identity started to play rather modest part in new integration  processes in the modern Europe. One Slavic countries became members of the EU and NATO. Other feel the threat to their identity and cultural and spiritual heritage, so they find alternative in attraction to Russia.
All these facts and processes put a question before a researcher about consequences, which the  present  position of the Slavic world would have for Slavic studies as a scholar discipline. Slavists meet following questions.
1. What is the Slavic identity now?
2. What is its role int context of modern social political processs?
3. How should we study the history of the Slavic countries?
4. What is its place in infrastructure of scholarship and University teaching?
5. Do Slavic studies have perspectives as an independant discipline and a field of research?


In order to find answers to these questions, St. Petersburg State University  St. Petersburg State University proposes to hold an International Congress of Historian-Slavist, teachers of the history of Slavic countries and publishers of historical journals on the Slavic Studies.
Following problems are proposed to be regarded.
1. Slavic world and its history: problems of interpretation and studies.
2. Idea of Slavic unity in the past and the present and scholar Slavic Studies.
3. Slavic identity in historical retrospective and perspective from the Middle Ages to Contemporary History.
4. Slavistic education and its application in the contemporary world.
5. The Slavic world and globalization.

6. Russia and the Slavic world from the Middle Ages to our time.
• The origin and development of the Slavic studies as a scholar discipline in the XVIII-ХХ centuries.Scholar  institutions and personalities
• Priority directions of scholar research and education in Russian and foreign Slavic studies in the  XIX century.
• Russian and Slavic cultural, scholar and scientific contacts in the XIX-ХХ century.
• Achievements of the Slavic Studies in the XVIII-XIX century. Slavist scholars and their  heritage.
• Titans of the Slavic Studies in the XIX – first  half of the XX century. Russia and Slavdom abroad.
• The Slavic Congress in 1867: the event and its consequences.
• The Slavic Studies and the crisis of historical methodology. The solution of the problem.
• The Slavic Studies in the Soviet Russia. Fates of scholars and the countries.
• The Slavic Studies between two World Wars. The statement of national souvereignity and fates of scholarship.
Recovery of Slavic Studies in the Soviet universities and Academic Humanities (1939 – 1950-е гг.).
• The Slavic Studies. The problem of center and periphery. Moscow and the USSR. Moscow and Russia. Moscow and the countries of People’s Democracy.  Mutual influences and collaboration of the Center and its «Environment»
• The Soviet Academic Slavic Studies. Problems, directions of research, achievements.
• Transformations of сontemporary history. The way from Soviet to Post-Soviet Slavic studies. Traditions and innovations.
• The place of Slavic studies in the High School on the border of the the XX – XXI вв.
• Learned journals on the Slavic Studies — past, present, future.
• Edition of book series on the Slavic Studies – past, present, future.

The section for young  slavist scholars will be also organized. It will include students and post-graduate students and magisters up to 30 years.
Working languages of the congress are Russian, English, German and all the Slavic languages.
In order to take part in the Congress it is necessary to send the request  to the address slav_congress@spbu.ru before 30 October 2016. The form should contain the full name of a participant, his place of work, his scholar position, his scholar degree, the topic of his paper, his section and annotation of the paper (up to 300 words).
The participation in the Congress supposes arrangement fee. The form and conditions of payment will be placed on site soon.
A wide cultural program with visits of historical places and museums of St. Petersburg is planned.

Sincerely, Alexander Filyushkin

St.-Petersburg state university

a.filushkin@spbu.ru