The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held virtually at the University of Pittsburgh on March 18-21, 2021. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.
The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.
Digital Humanities in the Slavic Field is pleased to present the ASEEES 2020 pre-conference workshop:
Shredding the Map: Poetic Geographies of Revolutionary Russia (1914-1922)
Thursday, Nov 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. EST Virtual Convention Platform, Room 1 (link available via ASEEES program or see below)
Edith W. Clowes, Anna Gomboeva, Aaron Thomas (Slavic, U. Virginia)
Cynthia Girard, Susanna Klosko, Worthy Martin (IATH, U. Virginia)
What do you imagine when you think of “home” and “homeland?” Join us to learn how our new website investigates Russian writers’ “mapping” of their war-time homeland. Around 1917, as Russia itself crumbled, older ways of thinking about the country gave way to fresh, more vibrant images and feelings of place. “Poetic Geographies” is creating a literary topography of Russia during the years of war and revolution, based on an innovative concept of place and grounded in our expanding database of more than 600 works by writers, both famous and unknown, who lived and wrote in these tumultuous years.
The Twentieth Meeting of the Texas Linguistic Society will take place February 19–20, 2021. The conference will be hosted virtually by the University of Texas at Austin and will feature a special session on the role of language in perpetuating and dismantling social inequality.
This year’s conference will feature keynote presentations from:
In a 1947 article titled “Byzantine Art and Scholarship in America,” Kurt Weitzmann examined the history of collecting Byzantine art in the United States. “…The combination of formal beauty and material splendor, coupled with great technical perfection and an aristocratic spirit which gives to even the smallest object a rare distinction…” renders these works particularly attractive to private collectors, wrote Weitzmann. Our conference takes this statement as a starting point and focuses on the history of collecting Christian Orthodox objects in the West from the nineteenth century to the present: a topic replete with spectacular objects, profound questions and captivating narratives. This international conference, organized and sponsored by the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA (USA), considers why, how, where, and by whom these objects have been and continue to be acquired. Once obtained, how are they classified, conserved, displayed, and described? How and by whom is their value, whether symbolic or monetary, determined? What is the relationship between their original purpose and the newfound one? From Marjorie Merriweather Post and Henry Walters to modern day collectors such as Gordon Lankton, small private museums to major public institutions, there has been a sustained interest in owning architectural remnants, manuscripts, liturgical objects, enkolpia and, of course, icons.
Socialist Culture Recycled (Eastern Europe: from Disillusions to Nostalgia and Beyond)
Conference: June 25–27, 2021, St. Petersburg, The Institute of Russian Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House)
Moved from June 2020, due to COVID-19.
The popularity of Soviet ‘retro-culture’ in post-Soviet society is a passionately debated topic in current studies addressing the situation in Russia of the 1990s – 2010s. But equally impressive is the fact that a comparable fascination with the socialist past is observed even in those European countries that had the socialist order imposed upon them immediately before or after World War II.
In the specialist literature, which grows ever larger, such admiration is typically interpreted in terms of revanchism, trauma or nostalgia. We believe, however, that these well-established approaches are not able to exhaust the problem. Indeed, their very familiarity can produce predictable outcomes.
The Research Centre for Russian Studies and Methodology invites you to participate in a series of symposia on The First Wave of Russian Emigration, the opening event of which will take place on November 13, 2020, online.
The aim of the opening symposium“The First Wave of Russian Emigration: Focal Points of Research” will be to explore the range of research topics regarding the first wave of Russian emigration with an interdisciplinary approach.
Experts studying the first wave of Russian emigration face a multifaceted set of phenomena, which can be approached from various angles. Besides researching the lives of individual émigrés and personal decision-making strategies, it is possible to group émigrés by geographic, professional, and ideological factors. The examination of these groups, as well as emigree institutions, scientific schools and press may help exploring the dynamics and collective identity of émigré communities.
Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido University (http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html) is pleased to inform that the 16th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS-16) will take place at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.
**** Online Conference: March 26th 2021 **** This one-day conference aims to explore how classic works of “foreign” literature were experienced by different groups of readers in the Soviet Union from the 1920s to the 1980s. For many Soviet citizens, regardless of their social status and political views, fictional worlds from bygone centuries and alien cultures formed an alternative reality that allowed them to escape the difficulties of everyday life. The translation and publication of classics helped those intellectuals who did not toe the party line to survive, both physically and morally. By attempting to use the concept of world literature for propagandist aims the state unwittingly created a zone of intellectual autonomy that it could not penetrate. We are particularly interested in papers that interrogate ideological positions and interpretative models, regardless of whether they aim to address institutional or individual aspects of literary reception.
This conference aims to bring together multidisciplinary approaches, including in the fields of religious studies, cultural anthropology, archaeology, history among others, to sacred landscapes, religious sites, and spatial dimensions of religion. The conference is dedicated to any set of themes, regions, religious traditions, methodologies and technologies that advance the theoretical and analytical paradigms of space and place. The conference will be attended by researchers in humanities and social sciences from such countries as Kazakhstan, Russia, China, USA, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, Singapore, who use new methodologies in studying the role of space and place in religious traditions. The conference will feature projects with a digital humanitarian or the social component, including technologies such as photogrammetry, electronic atlases, cartography, and GIS in the field of pedagogy, tourism and cultural heritage preservation.
The working languages of the conference will be Kazakh, Russian and English.
Recognizing Relationships The 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa March 4-7, 2021
Due to COVID-19, ICLDC 2021 will be held virtually. The ICLDC 7 organizers are excited about this year’s theme, and the possibilities for broad international discussion that an online conference can offer.
We are currently investigating what technologies we will use and how the conference will take shape and how we can accommodate time zone differences for presenters, as well as family and work obligations.
We look forward to your participation. Please “join” us!