Category Archives: Conferences/Seminars

CFP: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality (UT)

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017

Spring 2018 Call for Presenters: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality is looking for graduate students and faculty members to present their works for the spring semester. The Gender Symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of historical approaches to gender and sexuality. We aim to build a community of scholars working together to explore the benefits and challenges of incorporating these issues into their research. Gender and sexuality are not topics that we see as narrowly defined. We therefore seek presenters who engage with a variety of subjects, methodologies, and approaches. Our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.

We encourage diverse styles of presentation, including: informal presentations about research experience and/or primary sources, workshops that focus on a work-in-progress, critical discussions of a selection of readings, and formal presentations of conference papers or dissertation chapters.

Past presentations have exhibited a diverse range of topics. Last academic year included presentations on:

  • “Rebellion in the General Hospital: Medical Experimentation, Sterilization, and Revolutionary Doctors in Mexico City, 1932”
  • “Invading Ethnography: A Queer of Color Approach”
  • “Woman Fighters, Sentiment, and Female Subjectivity in Chinese Martial Arts Narrative, 1895-1945”
  • “Quiet Storms: African American Women Senior-level Administrators at Predominately White Institutions as Tempered Radicals for Social Justice”
  • “The Young Within Thy Walls: Petitioners, Spanish-Indian Offspring, and the Origins of the Terms ‘Mestiza’ and ‘Mestizo’ in the 16th Century Spanish Empire”
  • “Spirit Queens: Gender, Play and Possession in Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat”
  • “Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late  nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory”

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by​ December 1, 2017 at midnight. The Symposiumon Gender, History, and Sexuality meets every other Friday​ ​from 12-2 pm in the conference room of Garrison Hall .

CFP: Journal of Romanian Studies (The Society for Romanian Studies)

Deadline for applications: Ongoing

The Society for Romanian Studies is pleased to launch a new biannual peer-reviewed journal in collaboration with Ibidem Press. The new interdisciplinary journal examines critical issues in Romanian Studies broadly conceived, linking work in that field to wider theoretical debates and issues of current relevance, and serving as a forum for junior and senior scholars.


The journal considers manuscripts that draw on various theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives as understood in disciplines ranging from history, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, anthropology, sociology, ethnography, and education to literature, linguistics, economics, business, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, and music. It considers theoretically informed manuscripts that examine political, socioeconomic and cultural developments in Romania and Moldova, the situation of their ethnic minorities and their relations with the ethnic majority, as well as the position, culture, and history of Romanians and Moldovans living outside the shifting boundaries of those countries. The journal also welcomes articles that connect Romania and Moldova comparatively with other states and their ethnic majorities and minorities, and with other groups by investigating the challenges of migration and globalization, changes and opportunities in international relations, and the impact of the European Union. Both articles with a historical focus and studies dealing with recent events will be considered.

The journal editors will consider the following types of manuscripts:
• original research articles (of up to 10,000 words, including bibliography)
• review articles (of up to 3,000 words, commenting on 2-3 books on a common theme)
• book reviews (of up to 1,000 words)

All submissions are subject to peer review. Special issues that group research articles on a common theme in Romanian Studies are welcomed. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. The first issue will be published in 2018. Continue reading

CFP: Conference on Language, Interaction and Culture (U. of California)

Deadline for application: January 15, 2018

The Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture GSA at UCLA and the Language, Interaction, and Social Organization GSA at UC Santa Barbara present the 24th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Culture.

Submissions should address topics at the intersection of language, interaction, and culture. Potential topics and methodological approaches include, but are not limited to: conversation analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology, interactional sociolinguistics, language ideologies, language socialization, and linguistic anthropology.

Date: April 5th – 7th, 2018
Location: University of California, Los Angeles
plenary speakers:
Anne Charity Hudley, University of California Santa Barbara, Linguistics
Barbara Fox, University of Colorado, Linguistics
Third speaker TBA

Abstracts for presentations and posters are welcome from all students, both graduate and undergraduate. Presentations that include video and/or audio recordings of naturalisticinteraction are encouraged. Speakers will have 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. A subset of papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, Crossroads of Language, Interaction, and Culture.

Abstracts are due no later than Monday, January 15th,  2018, by electronic submission only. The submission guidelines are provided on the attached Call for Papers as well as on the CLIC-GSA website:

Please email: clicgsa2018@gmail.comwith questions and/or comments.

CFP: Graduate Conference: “The End of the World: Tragedy | Catastrophe | Apocalypse.” (Indiana U.)

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2017

Call For Papers:
Student Advisory Board for the Department of Comparative Literature
Indiana University Bloomington
Graduate Conference
March 2-3, 2018 

The End of the World:
Tragedy | Catastrophe | Apocalypse

“The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions
needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.”
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

In January 2017, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock to two and a half minutes before midnight, signalling that we are the closest we have ever been to destroying our world. Speculation about the end of the world has been a part of human thought, art, and culture since the beginning of recorded history, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s Twitter feed. Mass violence, war, institutional violence, economic collapse, disease, and despair define our current media landscape. More and more, catastrophe is refigured in terms of individual narratives, while personal tragedy is reimagined on a global scale.

This conference aims to explore manifold representations of the end of the world across time and space. What is a “world”? What does it mean for one to be created or destroyed? Where is the line between tragedy and catastrophe? When does a catastrophe become an apocalypse? When does suffering become world-ending? How do these distinctions blur the lines between the private and the public, the personal and the global? How do such considerations change throughout history and across cultures? What does it mean to be “post”-apocalyptic? How are questions like these impacted by apocalypse as an unveiling? Are all unveilings necessarily catastrophic? Why has modern popular culture adopted the term as a catch all for major, mass destruction?

We encourage interdisciplinary and global approaches to the field of Comparative Literature. We welcome proposals from any branch of the humanities including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History and Historiography, Postcolonial Studies, Eco-Criticism, Folklore, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Classics, and Art History.

Please send an abstract (maximum 300 words), a title for your presentation, and a short bio (maximum 50 words) including your name, email address, degree level and institutional affiliation to: by December 15, 2017. Please submit all materials both as an attachment and as text in the body of your email. Final decisions will be made no later than mid-January.

Conference: Commemorating the Revolution: October 1917 (Woodrow Wilson Center)

Date of Conference: October 23, 2017

The Kennan Institute will be hosting its final event marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Speakers will focus on the policies of the Provisional Government, the Bolshevik victory, and the political and military consequences that followed in its immediate aftermath. The seminar will be followed by a book talk from 4:00 – 5:30 by William Taubman, who will be discussing his new biography on Mikhail Gorbachev. Thus, the day’s proceedings will cover the beginning and the end of the Soviet Union.

The seminar has been generously supported by the editorial board of the book series Russia’s Great War and Revolution, a multinational scholarly effort that aims to fundamentally transform understanding of Russia’s “continuum of crisis” during the years 1914-1922. The book talk is an event in the Washington History Seminar series, sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. Continue reading

CFP: REE Jewish Cultures Jr. Scholar Workshop (U. of Illinois)

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2017

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois invites submissions for the Russian and East European Jewish Cultures Junior Scholar Workshop, to be held in Champaign, Illinois, on May 21 and May 22, 2018. The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and early career scholars (in their first three 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. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with the Slavic Reference Service.

To be considered, please send your 400 word abstract and CV by December 15, 2017, to and We will then inform participants who have been selected and ask you to develop a paper of no more than 8,000 words (excluding notes). The workshop will pay for participants’ hotel expenses and meals. Modest travel subsidies may be available, if participants are not able to obtain funds from their home universities.

CFP: Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied Europe (Yale U.)

Deadline for application: December 15, 2017

Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied Europe, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference sponsored by the Memory Studies in Modern Europe Working Group at Yale University, Monday April 2nd, 2018. Keynote speakers: Marci Shore and Timothy Snyder (Yale University)

The Yale University Memory Studies in Modern Europe working group invites doctoral students from all disciplines to share their research in a conference devoted to the topics of resistance and collaboration in Europe in the long twentieth century. While the title of the conference was conceived with the Nazi occupation in mind, presentation proposals addressing other instances of resistance and collaboration are welcome as well. The conference will offer a forum to discuss methodology and work in progress as well as to connect with fellow scholars at various stages of research. Selected participants will have 20 minutes to present their paper, followed by a 10-minute discussion with the audience.

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Conference: Lost Experiments in Soviet Art (U of Chicago)

Date of event: October 5-7

Those in the Chicago area are invited to attend the Lost Experiments in Soviet Art conference and music festival, both with wonderful lineups. With the exception of the last concert (at Pianoforte, tickets $15), all events are at the University of Chicago, and are free and open to the public. For more information see the UC website, or contact Julia Vaingurt (, Miriam Tripaldi (, or William Nickell (

Found in Time: Lost Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

University of Chicago, October 5-7, 2017

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CFP: Asia in the Russian Imagination (U of Utah)

Deadline for applications: October 15, 2017

Please consider submitting a proposal for Asia in the Russian Imagination, an interdisciplinary conference to be held in Spring 2018 at the University of Utah. UoU encourages graduate student submissions and hopes to have some funding to support participation.

Asia in the Russian Imagination

The University of Utah’s Asia Center and Russian Program are hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Siberia, Central Asia, and the Russian Far East and North Pacific, organized around the theme of “Asia in the Russian Imagination.” The conference will be held at the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on March 23-24, 2018. Over the past three years, the Russian Program’s “Siberian Initiative” has sponsored talks on anthropology, environmental studies, history, film studies, and linguistics, and we are continuing this interdisciplinary approach to Russia in Asia/Asia in Russia at our conference.

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CFP: Women and Tech in the post-Soviet Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression (Digital Icons)

Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2017

‘Women and Tech in the post-Soviet Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression’

Call for Papers: Studies in Russian, Eurasian, and Central-European New Media (

The development of the internet as a democratizing tool fostering freedom of information, grass-roots activism, and peer-to-peer support is closely related to and engrained in hacker communities. In the early days of the internet’s development, these groups consisted primarily of young white men from privileged backgrounds and with access to higher education and technology. In popular culture, the image of the successful programmer, software developer and ‘hacktivist’ remains predominantly male and is based on such well-known examples as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Edward Snowden, and Pavel Durov. Meanwhile, there are few if any stories or representations of women who have led the hacker revolution. As access to computer-programming-based technology becomes democratized on the user-end, gender (and other) inequalities on the developer side continue to persist with women drastically underrepresented in tech professions. Continue reading