CFP: “Eurasia Decentered: Internal and External Souths from the Medieval Period to the Present” (Columbia University)

Deadline: October 1, 2023

An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the journal Kritika and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, to be held at the Harriman Institute in New York City on April 19-20, 2024.

The conference Eurasia Decentered builds upon recent scholarship that casts the differences between the internal souths of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, on the one hand, and the external souths of India, Persia, China, the Ottoman Empire / Turkey, Latin America, and elsewhere, on the other, as both blurred and critical. Kritika editors are soliciting analyses that show the symbiotic nature of north-south relations through economic exchange, political modeling and rivalry, migration, and cultural forms. We seek to highlight the ways the north was transformed by its contacts with the tricontinental south. We intend for the conference to be multi-perspectival across space and time. For instance, how was the Russian Empire perceived from Tehran in 1829 or the Soviet Union from New Delhi in 1946? How did the Soviet Union theorize the existence of its internal south, which was sometimes imagined in racial terms, amid its support for anti-colonial movements in Africa and Asia? We invite the consideration of experts in the histories of the medieval East Slavic states, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union, as well as scholars of the external south who engage these topics “from the other shore.”

Kritika editors are drawn to this topic by two related developments in the field of Imperial Russian and Soviet history. The first is the growing prominence of comparative, transnational, and trans-imperial approaches, which have situated histories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union amid the global circulation of ideas, practices, peoples, and commodities. It bears emphasizing that transnational and comparative thinking and, more broadly, efforts to de-exoticize Russia and the Soviet Union have been part of Kritika’s agenda from its very first issue.

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Conference: “Hills and Hollers: The Challenges and Kinships of Academic Life off the Tenure Track” (West Virginia Univ.)

Event Date: June 29-30, 2023

Please join us June 29-30 for our virtual conference, “Hills and Hollers: The Challenges and Kinships of Academic Life off the Tenure Track.”

Registration is open now with a discount for those who register before June 15. We have a vibrant set of participants from across US institutions, including our keynote speaker, Adrianna Kezar from the University of Southern California. Inquiries may be directed to

More information and registration links can be found at

This conference offers a great opportunity to share ideas for advocacy, collaboration, and career advancement for faculty, as well as for graduate students who may be considering jobs off the tenure track.

CFP: Body and Embodiment in Slovak Poetry (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Deadline: August 31, 2023

Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, PRI, kindly invites you to attend the conference Body and Embodiment in Slovak Poetry held on 26 September 2023 at the Institute of Slovak Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, Bratislava, Slovakia.

In her The Forms of the Affects (2014), Eugenie Brinkema draws a line from Spinoza to nineteenth- and twentieth- century philosophical trends to show how the body, “[l]ike the needling of gray lard through a slab of lean” (Brinkema 2014: 123), was reinserted into the centre of European theory and philosophy. In this line of thinking, the body is not thought of as a metaphysical concept, but as a body in its materiality, including its “rotting odors, viscous substances, and dark, damp regions” (ibid.). To distinguish the metaphysical concept from the reality of messy, visceral bodies, research in this direction employs the notion of embodiment to signal that it does not wish to address the body “as part of our ‘animal’ nature or, in accordance with a Cartesian approach […] as a physical mechanism” (Weiss and Fern Haber 2014: xiii). The emphasis on bodily experience has been embraced by such areas of critical inquiry as feminism, gender and queer studies, critical race theory, or disability studies and corporeality of human experience has also been explored within literary studies. An exciting prism for the interaction with literary phenomena has also been presented by crip theory which links disability studies to queer theory.

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Deadline: July 1, 2023

The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) would like to remind colleagues about the Call for Papers for the 2024 conference in Las Vegas, which is available here:

In addition to regular conference panels and events, the program also includes panel streams. The streams promote greater cohesion among conference panels and foster a broader dialogue throughout the conference. The result is a series of mini-conferences within the framework of our larger conference.  All conference attendees are welcome to attend stream panels, but participants in a stream are expected to attend all of the panels in their stream.

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CFP: Graduate Student Conference “Future Nostalgia and Present Utopia: Reimaging Futurism in Film and New Media” (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: July 20, 2023

The University of Pittsburgh Film and Media Studies Program is pleased to announce the twelfth Annual Graduate Student Conference“Future Nostalgia and Present Utopia: Reimaging Futurism in Film and New Media,” which will be held virtually on September 23–24, 2023. Keynote speaker: Dr. Diana Flores Ruíz (University of Washington).

The contemporary cultural landscape is notably marked by the failure of the modernist avant-garde utopia in art and politics of the twentieth century. While all sectors of cultural production have seen melancholic or alarmist responses to this crisis, new utopian imagination and futuristic projects might promise constructive alternatives. From Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) to the margins of global filmmaking and film-thinking, artists use their craft to project a future of infinite possibilities while tapping into the craft and mood of older media. This conference will explore how aesthetics and community shape our contemporary understanding of futurism and utopia in different cinematic practices from all over the globe.

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CFP: “Empathy VS Empire. How (Not)Understanding of Imperialism Shapes Discourses and Decisions in and about Ukraine, Europe, and Beyond”

Deadline: June 8, 2023

We are pleased to share a call for papers for a Special Issue “Empathy VS Empire. How (Not)Understanding of Imperialism Shapes Discourses and Decisions in and about Ukraine, Europe, and Beyond,” to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia (TBD). We are looking for contributions from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, political science, history, cultural studies, international relations, linguistics, literature studies, etc.

The abstracts of max. 250 words, including its methodology and data to be used, and a 50-word author biographical statement should be submitted to Kateryna Zarembo at and Mariia Shuvalova at until June 8, 2023. Papers should be original works that have not been submitted for publication or published elsewhere. Successful applicants invited to submit their manuscripts for double peer review will be notified by July 8, 2023. Full manuscripts are expected to be ready by January 1, 2024.

For more information, see the call of the paper published at Academia.

CFP: 17th International Congress of Slavists

Deadline: March 15, 2024


for the XVIIth International Congress of Slavists

Paris, France

August 25–29, 2025

The American Committee of Slavists (ACS) hereby issues a second call for papers for the XVIIth International Congress of Slavists in Paris, France, August 25–29, 2023, to determine the composition of the American delegation. *If your application has already been accepted for the postponed 2023 Congresss date, you do not need to reapply.* 

*Please read carefully, since the eligibility criteria and requirements have changed significantly since the last Congress.*

   1. Eligibility. To be considered, a new applicant must, without exception, have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline in hand by March 15, 2024, the deadline date for the submission of abstracts. It is no longer required that an applicant hold regular positions at U.S. academic institutions, but all applicants should be either based in the U.S. or affiliated with a U.S. institution. 

   2. Application. Qualified new applicants must submit (a) their current c.v. and (b) a one-page (1,800 characters, including spaces) abstract of their paper, roundtable, or poster proposal, as a PDF, by **March 1, 2024,** to the ACS President, Cynthia Vakareliyska, by e-mail at vakarel@uoregon.eduThis is a FIRM deadline.The cover e-mail text must provide the title of the paper.

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CFP: Culture, Infrastructure, Mobility Conference

Deadline: June 20, 2023

Conference date: Sofia, 09–11 October 2023

The history of modern technological infrastructure spans over two centuries and includes
heterogeneous phenomena: from railroads, sewerage and water pipes, to telecommunications and digital networks. Its construction resembles a techno-world where modern humans live free from the natural constraints of their existence. This is an environment with very different possibilities, problems, freedoms and dependencies. Large infrastructure projects have a decisive influence on social, economic, technical, societal and administrative processes in modern societies. They shape the relations between sedentariness and mobility, define the rhythms and styles of life, consciousness, self-esteem and identity of individuals and groups.

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CFP: 2024 International Research Workshop Program

Deadline: June 16, 2023

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invites proposals from individuals and institutions to co-organize international research workshops in conjunction with the Mandel Center in 2024. Proposals are due Friday, June 16, 2023.

The Mandel Center’s Division of International Research Programs (IRP) promotes the vitality of research in the field of Holocaust studies around the world. Our international research workshops seed research networks and produce new scholarship. We welcome proposals for workshop themes from scholars at universities and research institutions in all relevant disciplines, including (but not limited to) history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, Romani studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, genocide studies, and law.

Successful applicants will collaborate with Mandel Center staff scholars to design and co-lead a workshop at the Museum. Applicants may apply as individual co-organizers or on behalf of an institutional co-organizer. Participants for the workshop will be selected through an open Call for Applications drafted by the co-organizers in cooperation with the Mandel Center’s International Research Programs staff.

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CFP: Dmytro Shtohryn International Ukrainian Studies Conference (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Deadline: June 19, 2023

We are pleased to share a call for proposals for the upcoming Dmytro Shtohryn International Ukrainian Studies Conference (October 5-7, 2023) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The theme of this year’s conference is Ukrainian Studies Today: History, Memory, Representations, and Collections. For more information, please visit Graduate students, emerging scholars, and scholars based in the region are especially encouraged to participate. Please submit a 200-word abstract by June 19, 2023.