CFP: North American Dostoevsky Society Student Essay Competitions (Undergrad and Grad)

Deadline: June 3, 2024

The North American Dostoevsky Society (NADS) invites nominations for our biannual undergraduate and graduate essay competitions. The submission deadline is June 3, 2024; submissions are welcome on a rolling basis. Please see the details for both competitions below. For questions about the undergraduate competition, contact vladimir.ivantsov@oberlin.edu. For questions about the graduate competition, contact chloe.kitzinger@rutgers.edu.

Undergraduate CFP

The North American Dostoevsky Society (NADS) invites IDS/NADS members in good standing to nominate outstanding undergraduate student essays on Dostoevsky-related topics for our biannual competition. (If you are not a member of IDS or NADS, you can join at https://dostoevsky.org/). Students are also welcome to nominate their own work, in which case IDS/NADS membership is not required. The topic is open; however, Dostoevsky and his works should be the main focus of the essay. The winner of the undergraduate contest will receive free membership in NADS for one year and a Dostoevsky-themed swag. The winner will also have the option to include their work in a proposal for an online undergraduate research panel. To submit a nomination, please send an email containing the student’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and the title and level/number of the course for which the essay was written (e.g. BIOL 322 “Dostoevsky and Spiders”) to Vladimir Ivantsov at vladimir.ivantsov@oberlin.edu. Please attach the essay to the email as a .pdf file containing no identifying information about the author.  The essay (in English or Russian) should be written for a course taken in the academic years 2022-23 or 2023-24. It should be no more than 4000 words, including footnotes and bibliography; 12 font size, double-spaced; it should consistently follow either MLA or Chicago style and contain full bibliographical information on the used sources, either in the footnotes or as a separate list of references. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 3 2024, 11:59 PM EST.

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CFP: Religion, Human Dignity, and Human Rights: New Paradigms for Russian and the West

Deadline: June 1, 2024

A Conference in Honor of Nikolai Berdyaev at 150

November 1-3, 2024

Keynote speakers:

November 1: John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory University

November 2: Samuel Moyn, Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and History, Yale University

The Hamilton Center at the University of Florida and the Northwestern University Research Initiative in Russian Philosophy, Literature, and Religious Thought are calling for paper proposals for a conference on human rights and human dignity, held in honor of the 150th birthday of Nikolai Berdyaev, a Russian émigré who brought to Europe a Russian religious philosophy of freedom, dignity, and rights. The conference intends to bring together scholars from multiple regional and disciplinary perspectives to investigate the question of religion and rights, East and West. Conference participants should consider the option to produce papers suitable (in their final form) for publication in an eventual edited volume.

For more information, please see https://hamilton.center.ufl.edu/call-for-papers-religion-human-dignity-and-human-rights/ or https://rprt.northwestern.edu/.

Please send paper proposals of approximately 250 words to Ana Siljak (ana.siljak@ufl.edu), Randall Poole (rpoole@css.edu), or Brad Underwood (bradleyunderwood2025@u.northwestern.edu). Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2024.

CFP: Volume on Literary Journalism/Creative Nonfiction in East-Central Europe

Deadline: April 30, 2024


Call for Abstracts

Proposals for Book Chapters for a Volume on Literary Journalism/Creative
Nonfiction in East-Central Europe:
https://ialjs.org/cfp-proposed-volume-on-literary-journalism-creative-nonfiction-in-east-central-europe/

Abstracts are invited for a proposed collection on Literary Journalism/
Creative Non-Fiction in East-Central Europe. The volume takes as its central
concern the current shapes and forms of what is variously called literary
journalism, creative non-fiction, creative documentary narrative, or reportage
(among other terms) in the region. We have already received preliminary
interest from an academic publisher.

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CFP: What keeps Ukraine together? Continuity and Change as Interrelated Forces in Ukrainian History and Culture (Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies )

Deadline: May 30, 2024

The Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies (AISU) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its second international conference, which takes the idea of “Continuity and Change” as its theme. The University of Cagliari will host the event on January 15-16, 2025.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has caused many to reconsider Ukraine’s place on their mental maps, spurring reflection on what makes Ukraine a nation in its own right. Until February 2022, the notions that Ukraine is historically a part of Russia, and that Ukrainian identity has only emerged as the result of foreign interference, were deeply ingrained not only in the minds of Russian leaders but also in large sectors of Western public opinion. However, Ukraine’s fierce and spontaneous resistance in the face of Russian aggression conveyed an image of a remarkably unified nation despite a past of incomplete statehood and an internal landscape rich with ethnic, linguistic, religious, and regional differences. What, then, keeps Ukraine together across ethnic, linguistic, and confessional lines?

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CFP: Gentry, Nobility, Aristocracy: The Post-feudal Perspectives (Warsaw)

Deadline: May 19, 2024

The conference will take place in Warsaw at the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw (ul. Dobra 55) on 25-27 September 2024 in a hybrid format with possible online participation.

The vital and complex role of the landowning elites in the political, economic, and cultural history of Europe has been extensively researched, resulting in a wealth of literature. However, the question of how this role has been remembered since the dissolution of these elites as a social class, and what the implications of this memory and legacy are for contemporary European societies, has only recently been addressed by sociologists, historians, and anthropologists.

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Call for Contributions: Anthology: Soviet Cultural and Education Policy 

Deadline: April 28, 2024

Anthology: Soviet Cultural and Education Policy | H-Soz-Kult

After 1989, the Western narrative of the triumph of free-market capitalism and liberal democracy spread rapidly, along with the promise of prosperity for more and more people. However, since the global crises from 2007 onward, it has become clear that the liberal vision of the end of history has not been realized. The economization of the former socialist states did not lead to an increase in living standards, on overage, these have declined significantly and were largely deindustrialized to the advantage of the leading economies. This has in many cases been associated with political crises and the rise of right-wing governments. Therefore, a renewed thinking about alternatives to the present organization of society gains once again actuality.

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CFP: Belarusian Visual Culture in the 21st Century

Deadline: June 1, 2024

We are inviting essay submissions for an edited volume on contemporary visual culture of Belarus. The volume is projected to have 12-14 chapters (5000-6000 words each) on Belarusian visual culture divided in three parts: early 2000s, 2010s, and post-2020 visual culture. The volume is expected to have color illustrations and to feature interviews with contemporary artists, filmmakers, and cultural figures.

Submissions on all aspects of Belarusian visual culture are encouraged, including, but not limited to: art history; all aspects of visual arts and art spaces; photography; visual aspects of social media; television and media studies; theatre and cinema studies; dance studies; street art and folk art; protest visual culture and visual art as testimony; independent and official art. 

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CFP: Geopolitics of Eurasian Crossroads? Transformations, Challenges and Development Paths (Yerevan State University, Armenia)

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Call for Abstracts 

YSU Conference on Politics and International Affairs
Geopolitics of Eurasian Crossroads? Transformations, Challenges and Development Paths

10-11 October, 2024, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia

Deadline for abstract submissions: May 31, Yerevan time (GMT+4)

The Faculty of International Relations at Yerevan State University launches its annual conference on politics and international affairs. The 2024 conference is titled “Geopolitics of Eurasian Crossroads? Transformations, Challenges and Development Paths”. Over the last several decades, Eurasia has undergone a tremendous transformation. It witnessed, among other things, the collapse of a superpower and the emergence of new states, nation-building endeavors and integration initiatives, consolidation and fragmentation of sovereignty, the rise of regional powers, financial crises and economic miracles, wars, establishment and development of regional organizations. The conference aims to bring together scholars specializing in Eurasian studies. It will serve as a venue for academic discussions and a meeting point for scholars to present their current research, discover common academic interests and discuss ideas for potential joint research projects?

Applications from all fields of political science are welcome. Presentations can be related, but not limited to the following topics:

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CFP: “Defining Soviet Antisemitism: Everyday Jewish Experiences in the USSR”

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Call for Papers for an Edited Volume

Edited by Paula Chan (All Souls College, University of Oxford) and Irina Rebrova (Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University, Berlin)

Antisemitism was a thread that ran through the entire fabric of the Soviet Union. During the interwar period, Bolshevik ideology condemned the persecution of Jews as an evil relic of Imperial Russian rule. Meanwhile, Westerners as prominent as Henry Ford accused the USSR of being a Jewish institution, and Adolf Hitler’s opposition to “Judeo-Bolshevism” drove his vision for a new order in Europe. Upon the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, local antisemitism collided with hostility toward Stalin’s regime, with catastrophic consequences for Jews on Soviet territory. After the end of World War II, the USSR was the first country to recognize the state of Israel. Yet in the years that followed, Soviet leaders embraced discrimination against Jews like never before, even as they insisted that the USSR remained a bastion of anti-antisemitism. Scholars have grappled with the contradictions that surround antisemitism in the Soviet context in different ways. Events such as the prosecution of members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee and the Doctor’s Plot have loomed especially large, as have sweeping statements on Soviet responses to what we now call the Holocaust. Much of the literature tends to take Soviet antisemitism for granted – when the victim is Jewish, the repression is antisemitic. Intellectual siloing of Jewish, Soviet, and post-Soviet national studies perpetuate existing gaps in knowledge.

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