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: 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: 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: 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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CFP: Lessons & Legacies 2024: “Languages of the Holocaust”

Deadline: December 4, 2023

Call for Papers

Lessons & Legacies 2024:”Languages of the Holocaust”

14 – 17 November 2024 Claremont and Los Angeles, California 

Submission Deadline: 4 December 2023

The Seventeenth Biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference, sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, and hosted by Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California, invites proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and seminars. This conference will focus on languages of the Holocaust and its history, representation, and memory. We aim to bring together scholars working in different languages, disciplines, discourses, and methodologies for intellectual exchange.

We encourage proposals that interpret the theme “languages of the Holocaust” from a wide range of vantagepoints and disciplines. The conference theme refers both to the specific languages in which people have spoken and written—during and about—the Holocaust, as well as the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented in a wide range of discourses (documentary, archival, testimonial, judicial, academic, artistic, non-verbal, photographic). We are interested in proposals that explore different phases of the vast and ever-expanding range of postwar discourses by survivors and their descendants, scholars, artists, filmmakers, journalists, and so forth. Further, we invite proposals that take up issues of translation in both its literal and figurative meanings in the field of Holocaust Studies.

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