CFP: AATSEEL Stream: Othering and Authority in Slavic Studies

Deadline: August 15, 2021

From what scholarly position is the Slavic world studied? The Cold War bifurcated scholarship into pro- and anti-Soviet stances. Then and later, scholars in the Anglo-American world tended to imagine scholarship produced in the region as offering simply data, to be theorized by scholars elsewhere (perhaps after it has been dissociated from the theoretical frame in which it was presented, which is imagined as naively politicized). This attitude is hard to sustain given the increasing scholarly interaction between scholars who speak English and those who speak the languages of the region, the rise of scholars from the region in English-speaking academia, and the calls throughout the academy to “decolonize theory” and acknowledge that Western European and North American epistemologies and ontologies are not necessarily universally valid. Papers in this stream consider the conflicts and conversations in Slavic studies between methodologies and theories from varied locations.

We envision two panels: one with papers and one in the form of a roundtable. Either may take the form of structured theoretical inquiry or discussion of professional experience and encounters at the boundaries and intersections between scholarly worlds.

To participate, please submit a proposal by August 15 to: (on the submission portal, choose “stream-related” in the drop-down menu and indicate that your proposal is intended for our stream).

Stream organizers:
Serguei Oushakine, Princeton University
Kevin M. F. Platt, University of Pennsylvania
Gabriella Safran, Stanford University