CFP: Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference

Deadline: November 15, 2023

The annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC) is pleased to invite scholars from all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for individual papers and panels at its annual meeting, to be held this year from Thursday, April 18th through Saturday, April 20th. The Thursday session will feature virtual panels, while the Friday and Saturday sessions will be in-person.

Founded in 1948, the KFLC is one of the country’s longest-running literary, linguistics, pedagogy, and technology conferences, and we host over 650 participants annually. The KFLC has a tradition of attracting scholars from a broad range of languages and specializations. This year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic Studies, East Asian Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Neo-Latin Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Italian Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, Translation Studies, and all fields of Linguistics. Plus, April is a fantastic time to visit the Bluegrass State (horse races, pleasant weather, and bourbon!). 

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Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture Conference

Deadline: December 11, 2023

The Ohio State University | February 1-3, 2024

Theme: The Body

The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Inc. (ASEC) announces its tenth biennial conference to be held at The Ohio State University, February 1-3, 2024 (with a banquet on February 3rd). The theme is the body and Eastern Christianity, broadly conceived to address the relationship between faith and the corporeal, particularly regarding personhood, ability/disability, and healing.

Papers are also welcome that do not explicitly address these topics. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate.

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CFP: Central Slavic Conference

Deadline: September 15, 2023

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars from all disciplines working in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies to submit proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables at its annual meeting to be held at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri (virtual option available), from Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5, 2023. 

Founded in 1962, the Central Slavic Conference is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). The CSC welcomes participants from the region, outside the region, and around the world.  

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CFP: “Per Aspera ad Astra: The Making of Soviet Jewish Selves” (Columbia University)

Deadline: August 15, 2023

“Per Aspera ad Astra: The Making of Soviet Jewish Selves”

October 5th, 2023, Columbia University, New York

In his new book How the Soviet Jew Was Made, Prof. Sasha Senderovich (University of Washington) examines Soviet Jewishness through a series of literary and artistic representations. On October 5th, 2023, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, the Harriman Institute, and the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University will co-host a one-day graduate conference that is inspired and informed by Senderovich’s book. This conference will examine, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the implicit question of the title: How, indeed, was the Soviet Jew made?

We encourage interested participants to address the construction of Soviet Jewishness from a variety of scholarly perspectives, including, but not limited to: literary studies, history, anthropology, film studies, social studies, and visual and plastic arts. The
conference does not seek to replicate a traditional panel of research papers, but rather aims to interrogate, collaboratively, topics such as: 

  • Transnationalism 
  • Multilingualism and Translation 
  • Marginality / Liminality 
  • Ambivalence
  • Transit and Mobility 
  • Borders and Adversity
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CFP: “Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: Adapting to the Post-Pandemic World”

Deadline: September 30, 2023

Call for Papers: Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: Adapting to the Post-Pandemic World 

NeMLA 2024 panel (March 7-10, 2024, Boston, MA) 

This panel is looking for presentations about innovations that college instructors of Central and Eastern European languages have been implementing in order to make language and culture courses relevant and meaningful in the era of post-Covid and the war in Ukraine. How has the pandemic changed our methodology and pedagogy? What approaches and techniques do we take with us? What practices do we discard? In what areas do we innovate and what are successful innovations? How do we adapt to different student expectations and experiences in face-to-face, remote or hybrid courses? What has the pandemic made obsolete, a “surplus”, in our courses? How has the war in Ukraine influenced our curriculum? 

Abstracts focusing on any less commonly taught language that is spoken in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc will be considered, including but not limited to: Albanian, Bosnian / Croatian / Montenegrin / Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian. 

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Conference: Language Learning and Language Competencies for Field Research in Eurasian Studies (Slavic Reference Service, University of Illinois)

Event Dates: June 15-16, 2023

As part of the Summer Research Lab at the University of Illinois, the Slavic Reference Service is hosting a hybrid workshop:

Language Learning and Language Competencies for Field Research in Eurasian Studies

June 15 – 16, 2023

In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore a range of questions related to language acquisition, technological assistance in conducting language-based research, the distortions of interpretation and translation, and more in order to gain a greater familiarity with the intersection of language learning and field research in Eurasian studies. 

We invite you to attend the workshop virtually. Registration is required:

Please see the program in its entirety below. We hope to see you there. 

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Seminar: 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress Series

Event Date: June 14, 2023; Ongoing

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 11th talk of the Spring/Summer 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

***The talk will take place in hybrid format in-person at CRRC Georgia and online through Zoom***…/tZAkc-ippjIuGdKCz-LC1h…

“Tensions of Colonializing and Federalizing Empire: The Debates in the Constitutional-Democratic Party and the State Duma of the Russian Empire, 1905-1911”

Alexander Semyonov, Amherst College and Ab Imperio

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 18:30 Tbilisi time (10:30 EST) 

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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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