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.

CFP: Re/Framing Eastern European Cinema Conference (Princeton University)

Deadline: August 1, 2023

Event Date: October 28-29, 2023

Abstract Submission Date: August 1, 2023


A two-day international conference, Re/Framing Eastern European Cinema, will focus on the re-conceptualization of Eastern European cinema and its master narratives before and in the aftermath of the Russian-Ukrainian war of 2022. We will particularly welcome contributions discussing media cultures from the zones of passive and active conflicts in the former communist states constituting the Eastern Bloc.

Participants will interrogate the principal cultural canon, challenge common historical interpretations, and reflect on the visual experiences of displacement and violence in light of the largest military crisis in Europe since WWII. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference will situate the project in relation to the humanities by exploring traditional aspects of the filmmaking (production, distribution, exhibition and reception) and the new regional cultural politics. The main research goal is to shift the optics of our understanding of the essence of Eastern European cinema and conflicts reflected both in its past and present. 

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CFP: Edited Volume on Africa and the Socialist Europe during Decolonization and the Cold War

Deadline: August 15, 2023

We are seeking contributors to an edited volume on Africa and the socialist Europe during decolonization and the Cold War.

This collective volume seeks to explore in much closer detail various forms of collaboration (technical, educational, political, security-related) between the European Socialist countries (mainly but not only Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, etc.) with Africa in the era of decolonization and the Cold War, roughly from 1948 to 1991.

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CFP: SEELRC Summer Workshop, Duke University

Deadline: May 31, 2023

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center (SEELRC) will host a summer workshop from June 14 – 16, 2023 on Diversity and Equitable Teaching and Learning of Languages and Cultures: Pedagogy, Research, Curriculum, and Community Building. We are pleased to call for papers by interested scholars, graduate students, and professionals on workshop-related topics and that focus on teaching/learning ANY language.

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CFP: Princeton University Graduate Student Conference

Deadline: June 23, 2023

Call for Papers
Princeton University Graduate Student Conference, October 6-7, 2023
 *To Be Held In-Person*

The Art of Self-Obsession? Interrogating Slavic Ego-Documents and Auto-Fiction

Interrogating his own diaristic output, the young Leo Tolstoy wrote that the “motto” of  his diary “should be ‘not for proof, but for a narrative.’” As this suggests, autobiographical texts – letters, diaries,memoirs, etc. – can possess a poetics all of their own. Now, in the Internet age, such forms proliferate more than ever, radically expanding the remit of what can constitute an ego-document. Spanning
numerous figures and media, from Avvakum, to TikTok, Slavic cultures are saturated with content about the self. Moreover, ego-documents and their poetics form the foundation of seminal scholarly works from the likes of Boris Eikhenbaum and Yuri Tynianov. The “ego-text” in the broadest sense is – perhaps most importantly – a vehicle for self-articulation for those at both the center and margins of culture and society.

We invite submissions that interrogate the boundaries of what constitutes the autobiographical mode, and its poetics, in the Slavic context. How have specific political conditions across Eastern Europe shaped the production of ego-documents, and are there distinctive national and historical forms that emerge from these contexts? What can frameworks that have long been associated with autobiographical writings, such as trauma studies and ideas of postcoloniality, do for readings of Eastern European texts? To what extent can we speak of an ego-document’s formal devices or structure? When, how, and why do autobiographical readings fail? What critical possibilities do such approaches foreclose? We hope to develop and discuss these questions at our conference. 

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