CFP: Cultural Biopolitics in Modern Russia (Russian Literature Journal)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

We invite proposals for a special issue of Russian Literature dedicated to Cultural Biopolitics in Modern Russia.

The term “biopolitics” was coined by Michel Foucault to describe a historical shift that took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, when an earlier concept of sovereignty, grounded in the power to decide when “to take life or let live,” was replaced by one determined by the state’s power “to foster life or disallow it to the point of death.” With the emergence of liberal democracy and modern capitalism, new forms of governmentality appeared that centered on the administration of bodies at the level of the population. From government funded programs to increase birth rates to prohibitions on smoking, euthanasia, and certain kinds of sexual behavior, natural life began to be included in the calculations of the state. Sovereign power increasingly became identified with the management of life. Politics assumed the form of biopolitics.

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Conference: 7th International Conference on Language Documentation (online, University of Hawai’i)

Event Date: March 4-7, 2021

Registration is now open for the 7th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation: Recognizing Relationships, to be held virtually March 4-7, 2021. We look forward to seeing you there.

Information about pricing, payment, and deadlines for registration can be found at: 

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CFP: Contagion and Conflagration in Literature

Deadline: February 1, 2021

“During the war people avidly read Tolstoy’s War and Peace as a means of testing their reactions.” So begins Lydia Ginzburg’s The Siege of Leningrad: Notes of a Survivor. Now that the very fiber of our social life has been upended by the pandemic, whose reverberations will be undoubtedly with us for many years to come, the journal Russian Literature proposes to again turn to books for insights on our common predicament. In the Petersburg of Osip Mandelstam’s The Egyptian Stamp, library books “are inhabited by measles, scarlatina, and chicken pox.” Indeed, classics of Russian and East European literature are swarming with infection and more often than not contagion mixes with political conflagration in their fevered collective consciousness. And, even before the era of Covid-19, contemporary literature and film became infested with scenarios in which viruses, both biological and digital, are unleashed, either intentionally or accidentally, by either the West or the East upon the world with catastrophic consequences.

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CFP: Junior Scholar Workshop in Russian and East European Jewish Cultures

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Working Group in Russian and East European Jewish Cultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite submissions for a Junior Scholar Workshop in Russian and East European Jewish Cultures, to be held via Zoom on May 24 and May 25, 2021. The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and early career scholars (up to five years after the PhD). Abstracts and papers should highlight the critical methodologies used in the work. Selected papers will be pre-circulated among the participants, to maximize opportunity for discussion. Note that circulation-ready papers will be due April 26.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with a panel of invited archivists and reference librarians in the field of Jewish and Slavic Studies.

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Submissions Wanted: RLJ Special Issue: COVID-19 & Online Teaching Pedagogy in the Times of a Global Crisis: Research, Practices, & Solutions

Deadline: December 23, 2020

Editors: Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona), Jason Merrill (Michigan State University/Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian), Shannon Donnally Spasova (Michigan State University).

The sudden global outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019 has led to an abrupt transition of Russian and Slavic programs to emergency remote, hyflex, and synchronous online modalities as a then-thought-to-be temporary alternative to face-to-face and hybrid instruction delivery modes. The transition disrupted established educational practices and put unprecedented pressures on administrators, program directors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, and students. While online instruction traditionally offers a great deal of flexibility in teaching and learning, the speed with which this move to remote teaching took place was staggering, and the need to continue with remote teaching beyond one interrupted term was unexpected. In addition to administrative and emotional challenges, and a severe lack of technical and methodological support associated with this transition, faculty and instructors in university programs found themselves unprepared to lead interactive classes in a video conferencing environment, to design suitable digital materials and evaluation instruments for remote teaching modalities, or to develop new pedagogies of remote language teaching for regular and immersive programs, often having to improvise quick solutions in less-than-ideal circumstances. 

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CFP: Graduate Student Conference (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Change, Conflict, and Dissent
18th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA)
University of Pittsburgh, February 12-13th, 2021

Modern history in Eastern Europe and Central Asia has been punctuated by waves of intense social, political, and cultural change. While it can be tempting to divide the issues of the past and the present into temporal and spatial categories — ‘Soviet’ vs. ‘Post-Soviet,’ ‘Eastern Europe’ vs. ‘Central Asia,’ or by marking symbolic and era-defining years (such as 1848, 1917, or 1989) — for the majority of affected people, these changes in label, time, and place have not always been immediately accepted. Large-scale disruptions and transformations in daily life, prompted by climate change and environmental disaster, paradigm shifts in thought and perspective, and sweeping political revolution have molded individuals, nations, cultures, languages, and fields of study, and provoked intense dissent and opposition. For our 18th annual conference, GOSECA invites presentations which explore change and/or resistance to change, whether political, economic, linguistic, social, cultural, artistic, paradigmatic, or of another kind altogether.

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CFP: Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

Extended Deadline: January 8, 2021

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.

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CFP: Undergraduate Research Symposium (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications from undergraduate students for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Research Symposium in European and Eurasian Studies to be held online from May 11-13, 2021.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is usually held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

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Call for Submissions: SLOVO Journal

Deadline: December 6, 2020

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies is requesting submissions from postgraduates of book reviews (700 words), film critiques (700 words), and research papers (7000 words) for its SLOVO Journal.

For submissions and inquiries, email:

CFP: Edited Volume on D’Annunzio as World Literature

Deadline: August 30, 2021

In the last two decades, there has been a renewed interest in Decadent literature, and a reassessment of the Decadent movement in relation to a poetics of circulation and reception. Scholarship of Decadence have been especially productive in unveiling the crucial role of translation, the extent to which Decadent authors read, cited and plagiarized one another. Novels previously judged derivative or stylistically lacking have been re considered in light of their participation in a network; moreover, scholars have demonstrated that Decadence’s focus on style did not preclude engagement in socio-political issues. Most importantly, while studies of Decadence were until recently focused on France, or at the most on French-Anglo relationships, recent scholarship has highlighted how Decadence functioned as a transnational, cosmopolitical movement that found disciples across and beyond Europe.

This project builds on these developments to examine the work of the Italian author Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) within a world literature framework, from his own engagement with translation and multilingualism to the international circulation and reception of his work.

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