CFP: 3rd Annual Constructivist Criticism Workshop (NYU and Columbia University)

Deadline: January 14, 2020

February 21-22, 2020
NYU and Columbia University

A workshop for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, studying Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus to present work-in-progress.

This workshop is organized by a group of graduate students working in the broader Eurasia region, spread throughout the Comparative Literature, History and Anthropology departments at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Columbia University. Our goal is to build community with colleagues along the East Coast (and beyond!) and to create a forum for sharing and workshopping research in progress. Graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania have been holding similar annual workshops for over 5 years. This year, we will be holding the event in New York City for the first time, a collaborative effort between graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, NYU and Columbia University. The workshop is intended to bring together graduate students with an interest in the region, in order to familiarize ourselves with each other’s work, and to speak across disciplines.

This 2-day workshop is designed to highlight student in-progress work and provide a range of feedback to one another, without necessarily forcing a thematic or period coherency. The topic of the workshop is open, and the meeting will be held in an informal, workshop format, running over the course of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. We will spend about 45 minutes on each paper, and will invite several New York-based faculty members of relevant fields to participate as fellow discussants. We welcome future conference papers, dissertation prospectuses, and early-stage dissertation chapters. If you are interested in presenting, please write to Sam Finkelman ( by January 14, 2020 with a brief description of the paper topic, and the stage of your research. The papers will be pre-circulated before the event.

Please submit applications with a description of your work of about 1-2 pages, double spaced. The description should explain whether what you want to present is part of a longer project, a stand-alone paper, and what kind of feedback you are hoping to get from our group and attendees.

We promise thoughtful questions, ample refreshments and food, and will host a dinner for participants on Friday night. We can also provide funds to cover some bus or train fare from nearby, and can put up visitors who wish to stay overnight in New York with graduate student hosts. Please come and join us!