Category Archives: Conferences/Seminars

CFP: Central Slavic Conference (St. Louis, Missouri)

Deadline for Submissions: September 01, 2018

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its annual meeting to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, October 19-21, 2018.

Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Scholars from outside the region and from around the world are welcome.

Proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should be submitted by email to CSC Vice-President Dr. Michele Leigh at CentralSlavic@outlook.com no later than September 1, 2018. Early proposals are encouraged. All proposals should include:

-Participant name, affiliation, and email contact information;
-For individual paper presentation: title and brief description (limit 50 words);
-For panels: panel title + above information for each participant and discussant (if applicable);
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CFP: The Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective Symposium (U. of Arizona)

Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

THE POWER OF THE POWERLESS: A 1968 RETROSPECTIVE

An interdisciplinary symposium on the global events of 1968

Friday, November 2, 2018
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Keynote Speaker: David Danaher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), author of _Reading Vaclav Havel_ (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the global events of 1968 (such as literature, film, theatre, music, the visual arts, politics, history, sociology, etc.) are invited for the symposium. Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged.

Supported by the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities, Dept. of French & Italian, and Dept. of Russian & Slavic Studies, the symposium “The Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective” seeks to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines and perspectives on the 50th anniversary of the important global events of 1968. The one-day symposium is book-ended by keynote speakers and organized into three panels; each panel will be organized around a particular theme (i.e., “Roots,” “Media, Performance & the Arts,” “Legacies,” etc.) rather than by country, in order to better explore issues connected with 1968 that are common around the globe and across cultural lines. For those in the Tucson area, three free, hosted film screenings will be held in the days preceding and following the symposium.

To present a paper at the symposium, please submit a proposal by *September 15, 2018.*

A complete proposal consists of:
1. Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email).
2. Paper title
3. 250-500 word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to: Benjamin Jens, bcjens@email.arizona.edu

Please include “1968 Symposium” in the subject line of your email. All submissions will be acknowledged and considered. All applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than September 30.

CFP: “Teaching of Folklore and Teaching with Folklore” (Foklorica)

Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2018

Folklorica, the peer-reviewed journal of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Society (affiliate of ASEEES), is seeking submissions for a thematic issue on the “Teaching of Folklore and Teaching with Folklore.” Folklore courses are some of the biggest draws to our departments. Yet many departments have no folklorists. This issue will address the challenges and successes of folklore classes. Folklore also plays an important role in language, culture, or literature classroom, and papers addressing its role in those contexts would also be welcome. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2018.

You need not be a member of SEEFA to submit papers to the journal.

More information on the journal, including back issues, and submission guidelines may be found at: https://journals.ku.edu/folklorica

Information on membership may be found at: http://www.seefa.org/

Conference: Governing Science, Governing by Science. Science and Technology in the Soviet Union 1945-1991 (DHI Moskau)

Conference Dates: October 5-6, 2018

International Conference
Governing Science, Governing by Science. Science and Technology in the Soviet Union (1945-1991)

Moscow 5th & 6th October 2018
Venue: DHI Moskau, Vorontsovskaya street, 8, b. 7

Friday 5th October

09.30-09.45. Arrival of participants, welcoming coffee

09.45-10.00. Grégory Dufaud (Sciences Po Lyon/LARHRA) and Larissa Zakharova (EHESS/CERCEC/CNRS/CEFR de Moscou). Introduction

Session 1. From Theoretical to Applied Science

Chair: Marc Elie (CNRS/CERCEC)

10am-10.20am. Paul Josephson (Colby College/CERCEC) – “Soviet Research Institutes and Big Industry: Branch Industrial Science in Metallurgy, Mining and Transportation, 1930-1980”

10.20am-10.40am. Andrey Indukaev (IDHES ENS Paris-Saclay/University of Helsinki) – “The Power of the Academy of Sciences in the Late Socialist System: The Role of Applied Projects”

10.40am-11.00am. Ksenia Tatarchenko (Université de Genève) – “Passing the Torch: Youth, Civic Virtues, and Spaces of Innovation in Novosibirsk Science-City”

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Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Russo-Kurdish Approaches (

Dates of Conference: June 5-6, 2018

Workshop on Tribes and Imperial Policies
Comparative Perspectives and Russo-Kurdish Approaches

‘’Tribes’’ – both as a concept and a highly diverse reality – loomed large in the policies of the empires and imperial assemblages that shaped world politics in the last two centuries. Across Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia, they became a key element in imperial, notably colonial, strategies of domination. From the Maghreb to India, they were used for their ‘’martial’’ qualities, but also served the ‘’management of difference’’ so central to the imperial mind. Yet, imperial attention to the tribal question was in itself indicative of modern evolutionary conceptions, which ranked socio-political structures in time and space.

As part of new project on the place of the Kurds in Russian imperial strategies in Eurasia (hosted by the EHESS), this workshop aims at providing critical insights into the historiography of relations between empires and tribes (5 June), before exploring the specificities of the Russo-Kurdish nexus (6 June). Historically focused, this workshop will draw on scholarship from disciplines such as ethnology, anthropology, historical sociology and imperial history in order to understand the features of these relations. The very concept of tribe and its numerous derivatives (clans, confederacies, nomads, etc.) will be discussed from the point of view of concrete imperial strategies.

More specifically, in a time when Russia’s presence in the Middle East has been the focus of much international attention, the second day of this workshop will explore Russo-Kurdish relations as a test case for the relevance of tribal perspectives on imperial role. Through an examination of their evolution across two centuries, it will set out potential directions for further research.

CFP: Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices? (U. of Helsinki)

Deadline for Submissions: May 14, 2018

“Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices?”

24-26 October 2018, University of Helsinki

The Russian Media Lab is organising its concluding conference within the framework of this year’s Aleksanteri Conference. For this thematic stream, entitled “Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices?”, we invite submissions of panels, roundtables and individual papers that explore emerging (digital) media practices in relation to the question of freedom of expression and independent journalism. In addition to studies of Russia, we look forward to receiving proposals examining Central and Eastern Europe, as well as comparative studies.

Digital services are one of the most flourishing areas of Russia’s media economy, creating opportunities for new entrepreneurial and creative networks to emerge. As seen from the viewpoint of the latest media developments, many Russian regions are invigorated in the communication sphere through innovative online publishing, and hyper- and trans-local new media practices of social engagement and urban culture. At the same time, the Russian government continues to tighten its grip on online communications, as well as on the traditional media sphere. Continue reading

CFP: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence (Krakow, Poland)

Deadline for Submissions: May 11, 2018

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities; as places of both presence and absence.  The touristic presentation of Jewish heritage in many cities belies long and difficult histories but nevertheless recognition through the protection, conservation and interpretation of this heritage is of increasing importance.  However, within their wider context of urban heritage, many sites and narratives of former, and existing, Jewish communities face a number of issues that require deeper examination and policy/practical responses.

Being held during the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this Conference is dedicated to addressing Urban Jewish Heritage and the multi-layered issues it faces.

Its aim is to examine, discuss and explore pasts, presents and futures for cities and towns with Jewish heritage. The Conference recognises that the threats to Jewish heritage are complex and dynamic and there is a need to identify new thinking to preserve and sustainably manage both the tangible and intangible aspects of Jewish culture and to communicate this to a wider audience.  In doing so, it seeks to address the following indicative questions:

  • What are the pressures upon Jewish heritage in the urban context and what levels of protection and conservation are in place to deal with such pressures?
  • How can new and sensitive uses be found for Jewish heritage in towns and cities?
  • What management models can be applied to Jewish heritage to ensure its sustainability?
  • What forms of relationships exist between Jewish heritage sites and urban tourism?
  • What are the touristic experiences with Jewish heritage?
  • To what extent is the interpretation of Jewish heritage effective and geared to an increasingly cosmopolitan and younger audience?
  • What is the role of the museum in the mediation and representation of Jewish heritage?
  • How is the intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish community communicated?

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CFP: “Jewellery Art of the 19th and Early 20th C” (Faberge Museum)

Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2018

The call for papers for the International Academic Conference “Jewellery Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries”, to be held September 20–22, 2018 at Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, will soon be over. The final paper submission deadline is May 15, 2018.

In the period from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries, jewellery art tread the path from the Empire style to Art Nouveau, saw the appearance of a constellation of brilliant jewellers, got itself noticed at World’s Fairs, contributed to the revival of old jewellery techniques, and began to be collected by both connoisseurs and museums.

  • What changes occurred in the typologies, style, and techniques used in the jewellery art throughout that period?
  • What role did the personal preferences of royals, nobles, bourgeois play in the evolution of the jewellery art?
  • How were political and military cataclysms, socio-economic changes, and the technological progress reflected in the jewellery art of the time?
  • How did collectors’ tastes change, and what part did jewellery art play in private and museum collections?

These and other questions will be among the topics discussed at the Fabergé Museum conference dedicated to the history of the jewellery art worldwide from the early 19th century to 1917.

Fabergé Museum is expanding its range of topics, covering a very wide geographic area. However, Russian jewellery art will remain the center of its focus and research.
To apply for the conferece, please submit a 300-word abstract with a short academic CV to conference@fabergemuseum.ru. All participants will be also asked to fill out the registarion form.
Papers must be original. Reviews of published books, chapters, articles, or any other previously published material will not be considered.
The conference languages are English and Russian. A publication is planned.

Conference Secretary: Maria Kosheleva
Tel.: +7 (812) 333 26 55
E-mail: conference@fabergemuseum.ru

Fabergé Museum International Academic Conference
“Jewellery Art of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries”
September 20–22, 2018
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg

CFP: Annual Conference in NOLA (AATSEEL)

Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2018

The AATSEEL Call for Papers is now available

In addition to regular conference panels and events, the program will now include panel streams. These streams will promote greater cohesion among conference panels and foster a broader dialogue throughout the conference. The result can be a series of mini-conferences within the framework of our larger conference. There will be two stream sessions (“A” and “B”). The panels in each session will meet simultaneously, so members may apply for no more than one “A” stream and one “B” stream. 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.

The stream topics for 2019 are:
Friday Streams
1A: Acquisition of Vocabulary at the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency
2A: Issues in teaching lower-level language courses: strategies and practices
3A: Moscow Conceptualism
4A: Corpora Based and Corpora Driven Research and Language Instruction
5A: Platonov
6A: AWSS Sponsored Stream: Gender and Sexuality within Slavic Studies
7A: Monopolifonic/polimonologic Tolstoevsky or Spirited in Flesh

Saturday Streams
1B: Approaches to Teaching Slavic Languages: Connecting Forms and Functions and Creating Meaning
2B: Mimesis in Russian Art and Aesthetic Theory
3B: Supporting Characters in the Soviet Cinema of 70s-80s
4B: Inclusive Pedagogies in Slavic Languages
5B: Red Migrations: Marxism and Mobility in the early 20th Century
6B: Spontaneity, Negativity, Anarchism in Russian Culture
7B: The Russian Medical Humanities

Complete descriptions can be found at: https://www.aatseel.org/program/2019-streams/

All AATSEEL members are eligible to submit paper proposals to any one of the streams listed above.
Proposals should be submitted through the regular submission website as an “Individual Paper” with the title of the stream selected in the drop-down menu on the proposal form.
Please do not send submissions directly to the stream organizers.
Please submit your proposals by April 15, 2018 (for early consideration) or July 1, 2018.
For more information, visit the AATSEEL website.
All proposals must be made through the online submission process – no emailed proposals will be accepted.

CFP: Bobby R. Inman Award (UT Austin)

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2018

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the fourth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2018.

The Intelligence Studies Project was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project’s mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.

The Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security.

Additional information about the Inman Award competition and the Intelligence Studies Project is available at www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/inman-award.