Conferences

Symposium Three Revolutions – Portraits of Ukraine

28 February (Tuesday) – 1 March 2017 (Wednesday)

(the languages of the conference: English, Polish and Ukrainian)

 

The conference program is here. >>>>

 

The 41st Annual and International Conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies Moore Institute, NUI Galway 4–6 May 2017

The 41st Annual and International Conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies will take place at the National University of Ireland Galway, 4-6 May 2017. Scholars from any relevant discipline, including linguistics, literary studies, sociology, history and political science, are invited to propose papers or panels which address the theme for 2017, “Journeys”. See the full cfp at: http://www.iarcees.org/upcoming.php

 

The BASEES 2017 Annual Conference will take place Friday 31 March - Sunday 2 April and will be based at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for its 2017 Annual Conference. The conference will be held 31 March – 2 April and will be based at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The 2016 conference attracted more than 400 delegates.

Panels, roundtables and papers are welcome in the following areas: Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Economics. The conference especially welcomes participation by postgraduate research students and young scholars. The 2017 conference coincides with the centenary of the 1917 revolutions in Russia. We will mark the occasion with special key notes and roundtables reflecting on the legacy and study of the Russian Revolution. Delegates are also invited to propose panels and roundtables on related topics.

To propose a panel or a paper you will need to fill in a proposal form. There are separate forms for panels/roundtables and papers, which can be download from the conference website (www.basees2017.org). You should download the appropriate form, fill it in electronically, and return it via email to the appropriate subject stream email address AND to the conference email address.

The deadline for panel/roundtable proposals is 30 September 2016, and 16 September 2016 for individual paper proposals.

For more details please consider the following link.

 

The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink?, Iaşi, Romania, 20-21 May, 2016

The 5th anniversary edition of EURINT will mark an important milestone for our conference series and focus on the latest political, economic and security developments from the Eastern Partnership area and the broader eastern neighbourhood region. The 2016 conference is co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme.

Description of the Conference

The 2016 EURINT international conference series reaches an important milestone, its 5th edition. In this regard, this anniversary edition aims at drawing some of most relevant scholars, researchers, experts, civil society activists into a constructive exchange of views on the effectiveness of the Eastern Partnership in the light of the events in Ukraine. EURINT 2016 seeks to be one of the most visible and relevant international events in the academic year 2015-2016 dealing with the EaP region.The conceptual framework of EURINT 2016 is centred on the EU ‘actorness’ topic. The ongoing turmoil from Ukraine is seriously testing the EU’s capacity to effectively stand up to these regional challenges. It is perhaps not surprising that in some circles the EU’s approach towards the EaP region is perceived today as being not entirely comprehensive. The EU seems not fully capable of delivering meaningful results which could negatively impact, on the long-run, the EU’s credentials in the region. Concurrently, in post-Soviet Eastern Europe, the EU has still not been able to fully accommodate the large spectrum of expectations stemming from the EaP states, instead vacillating in its discourse between exclusion and inclusion, between limited vs. potential full integration, move which has puzzled many of its observers. Last but not least, the pressing security concerns from the EaP region having the Ukrainian crisis as centrepiece are still unsettled which could damage the EU’s presence in the neighbourhood as an important player for the near future. Hence, we believe time is ripe for a detailed reconsideration of the EU’s neighbourhood instruments (particularly the EaP). In our view, a lack of in-depth inquiry into the factors at play might irreversibly sap the EU’s role in the region. EURINT 2016 ties to fill a visible gap in the current debate and, thus, provide novel answers and raise awareness of the intrinsic and extrinsic challenges the EU faces when conceptualizing its strategy towards the eastern proximity.The conference will be held at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania, the oldest institution of higher learning in Romania. Iasi, “the city on the seven hills”, “just like Rome”, as an old local poem depicts, it will serve – especially in the month of May – as the perfect background and host for flourishing discussions for the 5th anniversary of EURINT.EURINT 2016 is co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme within the frame of Jean Monnet Project “The Eastern Partnership under strain - time for a rethink?” (EaPpeal). The EaPpeal project aims at assessing the implications of the latest events from the eastern vicinity on the resilience and the viability of the Eastern Partnership.

For more details please consider the following link.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 29 February 2016

 

4th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe, London, United Kingdom, 20-21 February 2016

Thinking beyond “the national” is here to stay. Though recent events in Central and Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space have brought the continued relevance of borders into stark relief, we are more than ever in need of a toolkit that makes sense of processes, events and patterns occurring and recurring beyond the nation-state. At the same time, when dealing with the already-ambiguous and contested limits of “Central Europe”, “Eastern Europe”, “the Balkans”, or “the Caucasus”, thinking transnationally may also transform previous notions of “region”. As such, the overarching aim of our conference is to debate both the concrete and the theoretical issues that stem from de-centring and re-contextualising both the nation-state, and other sub-ordinate and super-ordinate levels of analysis.
We look forward to submissions that are cross-cultural, cross-national, and multi-disciplinary: historical, cultural, political, economic, social, linguistic and beyond. We are particularly interested in papers addressing the conference theme but also welcome other research dealing with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as papers exploring the relationships between these regions and actors outside them. Topics can include but are not limited to the following areas:
›  research methodologies and (inter)disciplinary challenges in a transnational context; 

›  networks of knowledge, ideologies and in uence: regional versus transnational; 

›  migration: global issues, transnational patterns, national responses; 

›  making sense of “ ows”: what gets transferred – ideas, objects, people, and how going beyond/across borders 
transforms their interrelationships; 

›  institutions and economies: inter-, supra- or trans-national? 

›  recontextualising “nationalism” in light of the transnational turn; 

›  cosmopolitanism and the transnational: ideals and practices of global citizenship; 

›  aesthetics of transnationalism: visual culture and cultural critique; 

›  the politics and linguistics of CEE languages: national entanglements, regional and local perspectives.

 

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 09 December 2015

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XVI International Congress of Slavists, late summer 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia

The International Congress of Slavists will be held in late summer 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The general plan will contain a day of arrival (August 19), a day of departure (August 27), and six working days for the Congress split into 3-day segments separated by a free day (August 23) for excursions organized by the host Serbian Committee of Slavists.

During the six working days, papers are presented in a variety of formats in a series of simultaneous morning and afternoon sessions, each session moderated by a chair.

The International Congress of Slavists has five formats in which contributions are presented: (1) plenary papers, (2) session papers, (3) block papers, (4) round table presentations, and (5) written submissions (scripta).

 

  • Plenary papers are typically longer contributions presented in plenary sessions by a small number of eminent specialists selected by the Presidium following nominations from the chairs of the various national committees. Plenary speakers are given 40 minutes each.
  • Session papers are single papers grouped into sessions by the host committee according to broad theme. Speakers are given 20 minutes each.
  • Block papers are single papers grouped into a thematically linked block panel composed of five members, all coordinated by a single individual. The block panel typically has a chair functioning as moderator, two speakers who present papers, and two discussants who comment on them. Each participant is given 10 minutes. The moderator and the two speakers on a block panel must represent at least three countries (i.e., three different national committees of Slavists), at least one of which should be a Slavic country. Membership on a block panel does not count against the quota of any member country. Accordingly, the number of block panels allowed at the Congress is limited.
  • Round table presentations are shorter reports on a narrowly construed theme with considerable audience participation anticipated. They are coordinated by a single individual. Speakers are given 10 minutes each. The Composition of a round table panel must also be international, representing at least four countries. The participants on a round table do not count against the quota of any member country. Accordingly, the number of round tables allowed at the Congress is limited.
  • Written submissions are individual papers published along with those of the active delegates of a particular national delegation, but not presented orally at the Congress because the author has alternate rather than delegate status.

 

For more informations pleas visit the website.

Call for Papers: Peter Chaadaev: between the love of fatherland and the love of truth, Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, Poland, June 5–8, 2016

Description of the Conference

This is the next Krakow conference on Russian philosophy. In 2015 we dealt with the links between Post-Secularism and Russian religious philosophy, previous editions have focused on the relation of Christianity and culture, the reception of Russian thought in Europe, Russian symbolism and other topics. Each year our conference brings together many scholars from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Spain, and other countries. Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in a book in English.

Eligible topics for the conference

Peter Chaadaev, one of the first Russian religious thinkers, wrote in his Apologia of a Madman: “I have not learned to love my fatherland with my eyes closed, forehead bowed, mouth closed. I find that one can be useful to one’s country only on the condition that one sees things clearly; I believe that the times of blind loves are over, that fanaticisms of any kind are no longer in season, that now we first of all owe the fatherland the truth”. These words seem to be of particular importance nowadays and not only in Russia, but in countries around the world. We are going to study Chaadaev’s personality and works and investigate the relation between the love of fatherland and the love of truth, analyzing the links between philosophy, theology and nationality, and tracing the tensions between the universal and the particular in Russian thought. After all, as Chaadaev subsequently wrote, “we are called upon to resolve most of the problems in the social order, to accomplish most of the ideas which arose in the old societies, to make a pronouncement about those very grave questions which preoccupy humanity.”

Talks and discussion will be held in either English or Russian.


PUBLICATION
Unlike previous years we are not going to publish all of the presented papers. After the conference, selected participants will be asked to prepare chapters for one edited volume in English. The requested papers will be reviewed and may not be accepted for publication. Please send the paper only after the explicit request of the organizers.

Guidelines for submission

Please complete the Application Form available here before January 15, 2016. You will be asked for personal data and information about your proposed talk, including an extended English summary with bibliography. No submission will be accepted after that date. By February 15, 2016 they will announce the final list of accepted applications.
It is also possible to take part in the Conference without giving a talk. In such cases the Application Form will be accepted until May 15, 2016.

Deadline for Application Form: January 15, 2016

For more informations please visit the webiste.

21st Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA, 14-16 April 2016

AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers, ASN Harriman Joseph Rothschild Book Prize
 
The Nationalities Papers Opening Reception
 
The ASN Convention, the largest international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in regional sections on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece, as well as thematic sections on Nationalism and Migration/Diasporas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, geopolitics, area studies, economics, geography, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields.
 
The Convention is also inviting paper, panel, roundtable, or special presentation proposals related to:

  • "Insurgency and the State,” on the rise of ISIS, the resumption of conflict in Turkey, civil wars, self-determination, international law;
  • “The Conflict in Ukraine,” on the events/international crisis unleashed by “Maidan,” the fall of a regime, the war in Donbas, Russia’s role, NATO;
  • “Refugees and Migrants,” the refugee crisis in Europe, the rise of the far right, labour migration (gastarbeiters), securitization of borders, migration and civil rights;
  • “Memory Politics,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in sites, symbols, discourse and research;

Popular topics have also included ethnic violence, language politics, religion and politics, EU integration, nation-building, energy politics, and post-conflict reconstruction.
Nationalities Papers, the ASN flagship journal, will present the consistently popular roundtable “How To Get Your Article Published”, which features the editors of some of the leading journals in the field. It will also sponsor the opening reception.
 
For several years, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers. The ASN 2015 Doctoral Student Awards were given to:

  • Aleksandra Zdeb (Political Science, Jagiellonian U, Poland) and Jelena Dureinovic (Art History, Justus Liebig U, Germany), Balkans
  • Kyle L. Marquardt  (Political Science, U of Wisconsin Madison, US), Central Europe
  • David R. Stroup (Political Science, U of Oklahoma, US), Caucasus/Eurasia/Turkey
  • Scott Weiner (Political Science, George Washington U, US), Nationalism
  • Maria Tagangaeva (Sociology, U of St. Gallen, Switzerland), Russia
  • Daria Mattingly (Slavonic Studies, U of Cambridge, UK), Ukraine
  • 2015 Best Doctoral Student Papers Awards

Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2016 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2015, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards. Each award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.
In 2010 the ASN Convention inaugurated an annual ASN Harriman Book Prize—the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. At the 2015 ASN Convention, the prize was awarded to Madeleine Reeves for Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Proposal Deadline Reminder: 29 October 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

 

Special Issue Call for Papers: Informality and symbolic power in the Caucasus

The vast literature on informality that has emerged in the past ten years can be regarded as supporting two opposite positions. One approach tends to condemn informality or at least classify it as a transitional phenomenon given its alleged negative effects on a number of aspects of public life (Acemoglu & Verdier, 2000; Bhattacharyya & Hodler, 2010; Johnson, Kaufmann, & Zoido-Lobaton, 1998; Kaufmann, Kraay, & Mastruzzi, 2010; Rothstein & Teorell, 2008). The second one concentrates on dynamics and mechanisms to understand and explain it, while also debating its relationship with the market and society (Gudeman, 2001; Hann & Hart, 2011; Sahlins, 1976).

Recent writing on informality has gone beyond both a mere economic view and, drawing on early works of Granovetter (Granovetter, 1985), and rediscovered its interconnection with social phenomena (Gudeman, 2001; Yalçın-Heckmann, 2014) to propose a more holistic interpretation of the meaning of informality and its influence in various spheres of life (Helmke & Levitsky, 2004; Isaacs, 2011; A. Ledeneva, 2009; A. V. Ledeneva, 1998; Misztal, 2000; Morris, 2011).

The post-socialist world has provided one of the largest empirical contributions to informality (Giordano & Hayoz, 2013; Morris & Polese, 2014, 2015; Polese, 2014, 2015; Polese, Morris, Kovács, & Harboe, 2014; Round & Williams, 2010). However, in many respects the Caucasus region has remained largely underexplored. While sporadic chapters and articles have engaged with a broad informality framework (Aliyev, 2014; Rekhviashvili, 2015), a larger body of research has tended to take a normative stance against informality in the region, primarily focusing on corruption (Engvall, 2012; Kupatadze, 2012), nepotism and the lack of bridging  social capital (CRRC, 2011). In this context, we feel that the specificities of the region are such that more efforts need to be devoted to a debate on local issues, before or while engaging with a broader audience. 

Deadline: 31 October 2015 

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Generation on the move. Children of the 90s in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia, Rijeka, Croatia, October 9-10, 2015

Description

The 1990s had a long lasting impact on the children and youth of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia, that can be seen nearly a quarter of a century after the outbreak of the Yugoslav wars. The experiences as well as the social and political view points of this generation will become the foundation of their roles performed in society and guide their decision-making process. Therefore research studies about the children from the last decade of the former-Yugoslavia will be an important task due to their effect on actual and prospective politics in this region.

The aim of the workshop is to get a broad idea of the generation that lived their childhood and youth through the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s.

Having now reached adulthood, the question of how this generation deals with their past, present and their future is raised. Though the organizers of the workshop focus on interdisciplinary studies, the essential target is to collect a variety of different approaches towards the generation's identities, memories, attitudes and values, hopes and needs. We are investigating the generation's opinions and habitus in terms of their individual and collective political, socio-economical and cultural situations, as well as towards Europe, the European Union and their neighbouring countries.

Eligible topics

In order to discuss these issues we are looking for researchers and other studies concerned with following topics:

  • How exactly do these young adults define themselves today – culturally, socially and politically?
  • What personal, psychological and/or collective difficulties is this generation confronted with?
  • What about their social infrastructure and how it affects social security and their education?
  • Which role does family, religion, customs and traditions play for this generation and are there any other influencing factors? How do these young adults feel about starting a family?
  • Which customs and events (e.g. sports) are important for their communities? What occurrences and experiences are important in their everyday life? Did they change in the last 25 years?
  • What influence does the media and the internet have regarding young people communicating naturally within global spaces? Which different media channels are used in what way?
  • What are their feelings, attitudes and habits towards their own and others’ mix of national and international identities? What are the images this generation cultivates of themselves and others?
  • What does being European and sharing European history, values and customs mean to this generation? Which influence did European or other countries have on them during the last 25 years?
  • What happend to the migrants and returned migrants of this generation?

Please understand the questions listed as an inspiration, but by no means limiting. We look forward to receiving a wide variety of submissions related to the overall topic „Generation on the move. Children of the 90s in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia“ and gladly welcome related subjects.

 

For more Informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities, Kaunas, Lithuania, June 30-July 2, 2016

Vytautas Magnus University in cooperation with the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) is pleased to announce the joint conference "Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities". The Conference will be held on 30 June – 2 July 2016 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The panels of the conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to the political and economic situation in all regions of Europe. A serious consideration will be given not only to the persistent problem of state aggression and ethnic conflicts, but also to the newly emerging threats, challenges, and insecurities. These new uncertainties create serious threats for world stability and over the past years have become the only certainty in the modern world. Due attention will also be given to contested and challenged identities, ranging from Baltic, Nordic Eastern, Central and other European to all world’s regions and nationalities, be these identities state-controlled and manipulated or sporadically emerging and self-asserting. Programmatic themes encompass Nationalism Studies, Memory and Culture Studies, Migration and Diasporas, History, Politics, Gender Studies, Ethnicity and Violence, Minority Rights, Energy Security, Language, Literature and Education, Public Diplomacy, etc.

Eligible topics

Conference panels will be organized according to the national and regional foci:

  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • The Baltic region
  • The Balkans
  • Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and the Caucasus
  • Middle East and Central Eurasia

Prospective applicants can get a sense of the broad thematic scope of ASN conference papers by looking at the Programs of past conferences here.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30, 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Europe of Regions and the Mediterranean. Where is Croatia heading?, International Public Discussion, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, Croatia, October 23, 2015

We believe that both Croatian and European discussion on the theme are devoid of a scientifically based, historical and political science reflection upon notions of the region and the Mediterranean. The notion of the region is multidimensional and it can refer to: (1) geographic area with a strong/unifying natural identity and homogeneity, (2) territory with significant economic identity, (3) political and administrative unit or (4) area of distinctive cultural identity. Historical and culturological definition takes into account geographic, cultural and mental criteria, and uses the word ''Mediterranean'' to denote the area around the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean as the origin of both Croatian and European culture, is nowadays primarily perceived as a tourist destination, as a symbol for certain life style described as sunny and rhapsodic, without taking into consideration, or only occasionally doing so, its role in the core of the European culture and in formating local identities, including Croatian too. Moreover, Mediterranean area is currently mentioned mostly in the context of very dramatic news about refugee boats and asylum seekers risking their lives to reach European soil, so-called promised land of the currents. In that sense, Mediterranean sea is today rather the one to divide us, than to bring us together. It acts as a protector of us from them, turning nature into the matter of interest.

How identifiying Mediterranean is complex can been seen on very local level: while we can not argue geographic and cultural influence, climate and special focus in productive activities (fishing, salt production, etc), people rarely consider Croatia to be part of the Mediterranean. And that is not just a question of description but rather this one: can Croatia today also and even think in Mediterranean terms?
Can Croatia today, besides being an asylum for refugees and a firm South-Eastern frontier, play its role, especially in the years to come, in connecting Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the whole EU with the eastern part of the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and the Middle East?

A well-informed discussion about the contemporary discourse in political science, in which the notion of the region and its role within national states and the EU is becoming more and more present, seems important in reflections on the Mediterranean component in the Croatian politics. What region today stand for and what is their role in contemporary Europe?
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Split) with its Mediterranean interdisciplinary cultural studies, the centre Studia Mediterranea and already traditional international scientific conference on the 'Mediterranean Roots of Philosophy' seems as an adequate place to discuss important questions about modern regions as well as about the role that Croatia could (and should) play within the European Mediterranean political basin. The aim of this international scientific conference is to re-think and re-consider the concept of the region taking into consideration available European examples and to publicly debate on complex challenges awaiting Europe and Croatia in the 21st century.
The conference will put together prominent political scientists and historians in order to discuss, analyze and define a pro-active politics of Croatia as a member state of the EU with regard to the problems Mediterranean is facing.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: September 15, 2015
Deadline for submitting full papers: December 31, 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - BASEES 2016 Annual Conference - Cambridge, UK, April 2-4, 2016

The British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for its 2016 Annual Conference. The conference will be held 2-4 April and will be based at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The 2015 conference attracted more than 450 people.
Panels, roundtables and papers are welcome in the following areas: Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Economics. The conference especially welcomes participation by postgraduate research students and young scholars.

Guidelines for submission

To propose a panel or a paper you will need to fill in a proposal form. There are separate forms for panels/roundtables and papers, which can be download from the conference website. You should download the appropriate form, fill it in electronically, and return it via email to the appropriate subject stream email address AND to the conference email address.

The deadline for panel/roundtable proposals is 2 October 2015, and 18 September 2015 for individual paper proposals.
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Postgraduate members of BASEES who present papers are eligible to apply for financial support towards their conference costs. They should download and complete the application form available on the website and return it to the appropriate subject stream email address by 2 October 2015.
The congress also welcomes proposals for postgraduate posters. These posters will be displayed prominently throughout the conference. Please fill in the proposal form (available from the website) and email it as an attachment to the conference email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND the conference organiser, Dr Matthias Neumann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 December 2015.

Deadline for submitting panel/roundtable proposals: October 2, 2015
Deadline for submitting individual paper proposals: September 18, 2015

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Call for Papers - Scientific Utopias in Soviet Union: Fiction, science and power (1917-1991), Paris, France, September 23-24, 2016

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, history of science has made significant progress. One topic however was disregarded: scientific utopia, fascinating and intriguing, because situated on the border between literature and science. Nikolai Krementsov is one of the few historians to deal with this topic. In Revolutionary Experiments, on the basis of several literary works, he focuses on medicine in the 1920s, further extending the reflections exposed in his book on Aleksandr Bogdanov. Unsuccessful rival of Lenin, Bogdanov abandoned political life to devote himself to writing. Through science fiction, he did not only expose his vision of socialism, but also theorized the role of medicine and blood transfusion in the transformation of the social world. As suggested by the example of Bogdanov, scientific utopia, as social utopia, offers an imaginary model for a new type of society and wishes to facilitate its realization.

This conference aims to understand how fiction, thanks to its heuristic function, managed to participate in the transformation of scientific activity and reconfigure science and power relation. First of all, we will focus on the relation between fiction and science, in order to explore how literature and film have taken over and readapted some of the concepts based on scientific discoveries and, conversely, how science used the imagery proposed by fiction to sustain its discourse, challenge its findings or launch the brand new experiments. This double movement is clearly mediated by power. This is why we will be attentive to the social command and the mechanisms of censorship at work.
Through this relation between fiction, science and power we also wish to explore the idea of progress and its meaning during this period. If Soviet authorities made of science mother of progress, the belief in the impending communism started fading in the sixties. To what extent have scientific utopias reflected this evolution? What kind of imagery did they offer to the public? Utopias are rooted in the reality of their time and reveal its concerns. Then, what are the concerns they convey? Have they developed a discourse on risk that scientists would then reappropriate? For what reasons?

This conference addresses all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (history, sociology, philosophy, literature studies, etc.). Every field of Soviet science, the best known as well as the most marginal, are to be examined. All works of fiction can be analyzed, as long as they fall within literature or cinema. Our focus is not one genre in particular (utopia, fantastic or science fiction), but a body of works of different status, whose common feature is the use and the reappropriation of scientific discoveries in order to imagine the future.

Scientific committee: Anna Åberg (FMSH/CERCEC), Korine Amacher (Geneva University), Catherine Depretto (Univeristy Paris-IV), Leonid Heller (Lausanne University), Alexei Kojevnikov (University of British Columbia), Nikolai Krementsov (University of Toronto), Valéry Pozner (CNRS), Egle Rindzeviciute (SciencesPo-Paris), Alexandr Dmitriev (Higher School of Economics - Moscow)

Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30, 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

15th Annual Aleksanteri Conference: Culture and Russian Society, Helsinki, Finland, October 21-23, 2015

Description

After the initial surge of new artistic and institutional experiments in the post-1991 years, many Russians involved in cultural production became disillusioned with the prestige and role of culture in the emerging social and political order. Meanwhile, the Russian state was struggling to reform and maintain cultural and educational institutions and their infrastructure. The vocabulary of modernisation re-entered Russian political discourse during Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency. Technological and economic innovation was to be in the forefront of the country’s political agenda.

With Vladimir Putin’s third re-election, the creative class gathered political momentum, and cultural and intellectual practices in Russia regained social and political relevance. At the same time, culture and its traditional institutions became increasingly integrated into state policies in order to reconstruct a uniform national and geopolitical Russian identity. Official views of the country’s future draw from an understanding of Russia as a unique civilization separate from the West.

In keeping with the Aleksanteri Institute’s multidisciplinary research agenda and the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence ‘Choices of Russian Modernisation’, the 15th Aleksanteri Conference invites proposals that focus on the cultural challenges and intellectual choices Russia and its diverse population face today. We welcome scholars from all fields of humanities, social and political sciences to contribute to the investigation of the role of cultural analysis in enriching our understanding of Russia’s recent developments. We encourage panel proposals with three presentations, discussant and chair, but will also review individual paper proposals.

Keynote speakers

  • Michael Gorham, Robin and Jean Gibson Term Professor, Russian Studies University of Florida, USA: ‘Russia’s Digital Revolution: Language, New Media, and the (Un)making of Civil Society’
  • Catriona Kelly, Professor of Russian, University of Oxford, UK:  ‘Russia and Europe, 1991-2014: La grande disillusion’
  • Vlad Strukov, Associate Professor in Digital Culture, University of Leeds, UK: "The Conservative Turn: Culture as Politics in Putin's Russia"
  • Vera Tolz, Sir William Mather Professor of Russian Studies, University of Manchester, UK: ‘Ethnicity and Nationhood on Russian Television during Vladimir Putin's Third Presidency’
  • Elena Vartanova, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University, Russia: "High or Mass Media as a Driving Force of Contemporary (Russian) Culture’
  • Evert van der Zweerde, Professor in Political Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands: ‘Democracy in Russia - Perspectives, Expectations, Concepts’

For more informations please visit the website.

 

Conference - Financial development and economic growth in South-East Europe – a historical and comparative perspective, Vienna, Austria, October 1, 2015

Description

The relationship between finance and growth is an evergreen in economic history, at least since the seminal work of Alexander Gerschenkron. In particular, the role of the financial sector for growth and development of emerging countries has been in the focus of quantitative and qualitative research. The purpose of the 10th Conference of the SEEMHN “Financial development and economic growth in South-East Europe – a historical and comparative perspective” is to gather scholars working on financial development (e.g. development of banks, central banks and financial markets) and economic development (e.g. growth and structural change) in Southeastern Europe to get new, challenging and exciting insights into the links between the financial sector and the real economy. Quantitative and qualitative research as well as national case studies and cross-country comparative work can be presented at this conference.

The conference is being organized by the Oesterreichische Nationalbank and the University of Vienna, Department of Economic and Social History. The conference will take place at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna, on October 1, 2015 and will be followed by a workshop on “The central bank balance sheet in a long-term perspective” on October 2. Conference participants are invited to also attend the workshop.

Guidelines for submission

Scholars interested in presenting new research at the conference are requested to send a one-page abstract and a short CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 14, 2015. Accepted speakers will receive an invitation by June 26, 2015.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in a special issue of the Financial History Review (FHR) subject to fast-track review procedures. When submitting an abstract to the conference please indicate whether you would like to have your paper considered for the FHR. Papers submitted for the special issue shall be made available shortly after the conference.
Participants have to cover their costs of travel and accommodation.

It is also possible to attend the workshop as an observer only. If you wish to make use of this option we kindly request that you register your attendance, as the number of participants is limited.

Organizer

  • Universität Wien, Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte; Österreichische Nationalbank


Deadline for submitting applications: June 14, 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

Conference - Russian Formalism & Eastern and Central European Literary Theory: A Centenary View, Sheffield, UK, May 15-16, 2015

 

One of the most successful transnational European projects in the 20th century was Formalism and its heirs - Structuralism and, as some would argue, literary theory as such. Formalism profoundly affected intellectual trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, well beyond literary analysis and linguistics. This conference will explore how the various local political, social and cultural contexts influenced the development of formalist thought, and how Eastern and Central Europe contributed to its, ultimately, universal career. 

The conference marks the centenary of Russian Formalism, commemorating the publication of Victor Shklovsky's "The Resurrection of the Word" (Voskreshenie slova, 1914), which was not only a milestone in the emergence of Formalism, but arguably also the beginning of the whole project of literary theory. However, in contrast to some other similar endeavors, this interdisciplinary conference focuses on the multinational and multicultural nature of Russian Formalism, and its interactions with/transformations into/influences upon the Prague Linguistic School, Polish Formalism, the Czech and Slovak forms of structuralism, as well as its subsequent Hungarian reconsiderations.  

In this context, the interrelationship between constructions of national and intercultural identities, between expert knowledge in one subject and transmutations of this knowledge into an interdisciplinary enterprise are not just abstract categories, but specific aspects of cultural practices. Shared, contested, disputed and migrating intellectual movements of this kind form an integral part of Eastern and Central European cultural memory - no history of the region, no modern history of ideas can be complete without it. 

Topics for discussion will include the emergence of Russian Formalism with reference to the general intellectual context of the time; the migration of the theory beyond the borders of Russia and its integration and involvement into the dialogue with, local intellectual circles of Eastern and Central Europe; subsequent transformations of Russian Formalism into what later became the basis for structuralist theory in the humanities and social sciences, and for literary theory in general.

For more informations please visit the website.

Deadline: 15.05.2015 

 

Call for Papers - Sex and Sexuality in East-Central Europe, Past and Present, Budapest, Hungary, October 16-17, 2015

Description

Sex and sexuality in East-Central European contexts are relatively new topics of academic inquiry. While the past five years have seen a growing academic interest, from histories of queer life, prostitution and sexology to ethnographies of lgbtq movements and queer literary representations, forums for scholars working on sex and sexuality in East-Central Europe have often remained fragmented and disciplinarily bound. This conference strives to contest and bridge these boundaries by bringing together scholars from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives to ask: What are the driving questions, theoretical and conceptual issues, and social and political realities that have shaped research agendas in this area? How can we work together to expand our understandings of these issues and realities and their consequences? How can the site of East-Central Europe, past and present, challenge us to theorize and politicize sex and sexuality in new ways?

Eligible topics

We invite proposals for papers and pre-organized panels addressing historical and contemporary aspects of sex and sexuality in the East-Central European context within the following broad themes:

  • State, trans/supra-state, and civil society institutions, discourses, and practices
  • Political economies
  • Religion
  • Markets (i.e. commodifications, consumptions, tourisms, sex work, pornography, prostitution, trafficking)
  • Science, medicine and public health (i.e. HIV/AIDS, medical-scientific knowledge and expertise, etc.)
  • Normativities, non-normativities and queerness
  • Disabilities
  • Mainstream, marginal, and alternative social movements
  • Reflection on the above in literature and the arts as well the media (including, new media, social media)

We welcome proposals from the humanities and the social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, literary studies, history, political science, sociology, science studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Guidelines for submission

Paper proposals should include:

  • contact information (name, email and academic affiliation of the applicant);
  • a 300 to 400-word abstract that includes the title of paper;
  • a short biographical statement.

Pre-organized panels should consist of 3-4 papers. Panel organizers are welcome to suggest a discussant for their panels. If you wish to organize a panel in a different format, please contact the conference organizers.
Panel proposals should include information about proposed papers as listed above and a 300-400-word panel description.
Please send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The deadline is June 30, 2015. All proposals and papers must be in English.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Joanna Mizielinska, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Josie McLellan, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

 

Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 30, 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review

Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review welcomes original contributions in English, French, Italian or Romanian in political science, political theory, political sociology, comparative politics, European studies or international relations. All the texts submitted for publication are peer reviewed by at least two referees.

The calendar for submission is the following:
Vol. XIII, no. 2: May 15, 2015
Vol. XIII, no. 3: July 15, 2015
Vol. XIII, no. 4: October 15, 2015
Vol. XIII, no. 1: February 15, 2016

Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review also welcomes reviews of political science books recently published (no more than 3 years old).

Guidelines for submission

Manuscripts should be submitted as word documents sent via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Manuscripts will be accepted on the understanding that their content is original and that they have not been previously published in a different form or language. No manuscript will be considered for publication if it is concurrently under consideration by another journal or press or is soon to be published elsewhere.

Manuscripts will include the full name and contact information of the author.

Manuscripts will include an abstract of up to 200 words and 5 keywords.

Manuscripts will comply with Studia Politica style in matters of punctuation, capitalization and the like. References should conform to the following format:

    references to books should list author(s), title, publisher, place of publication, year;

ex.: Giovanni SARTORI, Theory of Democracy Revisited, Chatam House, Chatam NJ, 1987.

    references to journal articles should list author(s), title of article, journal name, volume, year, and inclusive pages;

ex.: Giovanni SARTORI, “What is ‘Politics’?”, Political Theory, vol. I, no. 1, 1973, pp. 5-26

    references to works in edited volumes should list author(s), essay title, volume editor(s), volume title, publisher, place of publication, year, and inclusive pages.

ex.: Mauro CALISE, "Presidentialization, Italian Style", Thomas POGUNTKE, Paul WEBB (eds.), The Prezidentialization of Politics, Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 2005, pp. 88-106.

Manuscripts submitted for review are evaluated anonymously by two scholars, one of which will be often a member of the Advisory Board. However, the Editors alone are responsible for every final decision on publication of manuscripts. The Editors may suggest changes in the manuscript in the interest of clarity and economy of expression. Such changes are not to be made without consultation with the author(s). The authors should ensure that the manuscript is submitted in final form.

Deadline for submitting full papers: May 15, 2015

For more informations please visit the website.

5th Conference For Young Slavists In Budapest (BUDAPEST, 23-24. APRIL 2015) Call for participation

The 5th Conference for Young Slavists in Budapest will be held on 23th and 24th April 2015 in the Institute of Slavonic and Baltic Philology (Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities). The conference is an opportunity for young students and researchers in the fields of Slavonic languages, literatures, history and culture to meet and present their new findings in these topics. For this reason we are inviting students and members of Slavonic departments in Hungary and from abroad. The working language of the conference is any Slavonic language. Presented works will be published online in a scientific journal.

From this year we will need confirmation only from one reviewer. Each presenter in his/her application form has to specify the name of the reviewer (at least in rank of associate professors) who is going to confirm that he/she has read the presentation and recommend it for publication. Applications without reviewer’s recommendation will not be taken into consideration. 

Likewise, from this year a conference fee of 5000 HUF (approximately 15 EU) will be charged for the participation in the conference. Conference fee must be paid in Budapest at the registration.  The application form must include two abstracts, in the language of the presentation and in English language.  The application form must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than 25th March 2015.  The applicants will be informed whether their topic and application have been accepted by 1st April 2015. The participants will receive the official and detailed programme of the conference by 15th April 2015. 

The final versions of conference presentations intended for publication in the conference proceedings should be submitted in electronic form on the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 31th May 2015.  We would like to declare that we do not possess the capacity to reimburse any travel, accommodation and food related expenses. The participants and the organizers will have a common meal on the first day of the conference. 

We remain with our best regards on the behalf of the organizers: 

Head organizer György Rágyanszki 

President of Organizing Committee Prof. Dr. István Lukács 

Organizing Committee Prof. Dr. István Lukács

Dr. habil. Katalin Kroó

Dr. habil. Zsuzsanna Ráduly

Dr. Aleksander Urkom

György Rágyanszki

Anett Varga  

Application Form

International Conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies - Memoria et Cultura 2015 Historical memory, the politics of memory and cultural identity: Romania, Scandinavia and the Baltic, Constanta, Romania, May 22-23, 2015

The 6th International Conference of Nordic and Baltic Studies in Romania will be held at Ovidius University of Constanta, one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities on the Black Sea coast. The university bears the name of the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, who lived the last years of his life in Tomis, a former Greek colony later to become the city of Constanta. The university is an institution in the service of regional community and has a profound international impact in the Black Sea area and beyond. Some of the values that guide the university are inspired by the life and works of Ovid, who proved creative freedom and desire to leave a permanent and unique cultural trace, capable of enduring the passage of time.
The conference is organized by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies in cooperation with the International Summer School of the University of Oslo, Norway and the Faculty of History and Political Sciences of Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania and in partnership with the Nordic and Baltic embassies and consulates in Romania. The conference is sponsored through the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 within the Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level.
The meeting will focus on historical memory, the politics of memory and cultural identity in Romania, Scandinavia and Black Sea Region seen in comparison, but is open to contributions from other areas of interconnection between Romania and the Black Sea region, and Scandinavia and Baltic Sea Region such as energy, geography and environment, the role of women in shaping the society, economics and trade, international relations and political science etc.
Many of the leading international figures in Scandinavian, Baltic and Black Sea studies will be attending this meeting and we strongly stimulate the formation of new networks of cooperation as well as re-invigorating existing collaborations. The conference will include a roundtable on historical memory, the politics of memory and cultural identity: Romania, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region in comparison as well as other meaningful cultural and social events.

In order to facilitate your participation at our meeting in Constanta, the participation fee is waved for all speakers and attendees.
The conference dates are May 22-23, 2015 and we cordially invite you to the beautiful ancient colony of Tomis and today’s culturally rich city of Constanta to enjoy a most inspiring meeting of our Nordic, Baltic and Black sea community.

Honorary Chair of the Organizing Committee:
H.E. Ms. Ulla Vaisto, The Ambassador of Finland in Bucharest

Chair:
Prof.Dr.Hab. Silviu Miloiu, The Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies & Valahia University of Targoviste

Co-chairs:
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Emanuel Plopeanu, Dean of the Faculty of History and Political Sciences of Ovidius University of Constanta
Dr. Crina Leon, Al.I. Cuza University of Iassy
Mr. Einar Vannebo, Director of the International Summer School of The University of Oslo, Norway

Chair of the Scientific Commitee:
Prof.Dr. Florin Anghel, Ovidius University of Constanta

Organizer

  • Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies

For futher informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - After Memory: Conflicting Claims to World War Two in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures, Berlin, Germany, November 6-8, 2015

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The question as to how we ought to and even how we are able to think about this event are just as relevant today as ever. Representational practices and commemorative rituals fluctuate throughout history, and in the last few decades we have seen fundamental shifts in how World War II is dealt with. The reasons behind such shifts are diverse. In particular, the current “post-memorial” constitution of a kind of commemoration, which no longer primarily depends on the personal memories of historical eyewitnesses (Marianne Hirsch) [1], is bringing with it new approaches to the topic. Post-memorial, aesthetic products no longer have the same degree of involvement that had previously defined the contributions of eyewitnesses when it came to conveying norms based on content and ethics. Quentin Tarantino’s film “Inglorious Bastards”, which brings the aesthetics of the splatter film to the German hinterland, Jonathan Littell’s novel “Les Bienveillantes”, which gives imaginary form to German SS officers’ fantasies of violence, and Stefan Twardoch’s novel “Morfina”, in which a Polish fighter in the underground resistance gets to share in the intoxicating thrill of power enjoyed by the German “master race,” are all examples of post-memorial war stories that reinvent the past and by doing so render it more appealing in terms of affect and the imaginary of the present.

In Eastern Europe, this radical, new adjustment of perspectives on the Second World War in the arts and belletristic literature in particular goes hand in hand with literature’s loss of standing as a central medium of communication, a status it held well into the 1990s in the societies of this region, which were very much centered on literature.

This state of affairs has to be considered against the backdrop of the surge in cultural and artistic thought that took place in Eastern European countries after the breakup of the Warsaw Pact, which has taken on enormous relevance in light of current controversies that amount to something like a “war of remembrance.” These conflicting claims to an authoritative memory of World War II evoke the Soviets’ role in Eastern Europe as well as national resistance and emancipation movements, some of which worked closely with German National Socialists. [2] These often irreconcilable positions have become even more entrenched with the crisis in Ukraine, where both Russians and Ukrainians constantly instrumentalize the pathos formulas of World War II that were used in warfare conflicts and in demarcating identity politics.

The recent boom in historical-political debates can be traced back to the aftereffects caused by the change in systems in former state socialist countries, for this change brought with it the end of a politics of remembrance and history regulated by the state, which had formerly involved the victory against Nazi Germany as the central legitimizing moment behind the Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe. With the fall of the Soviet system memories and narratives of the past that were long forbidden, repressed and marginalized have resurfaced in the last few decades. They have subsequently been appropriated in different historical-political ways as part of the newly claimed, or reclaimed, independence of certain nation-states. In reassessing the treatment of the Second World War and the Holocaust, one phase of the prescribed politics of memorialization and partial forgetting necessarily loses its hold in Eastern European countries (Marszałek, Molisak). [3]

The conference takes this situation as its point of departure, a situation characterized by a double sense of afterwardsness on the one hand, with regard to the dwindling numbers of historical eyewitnesses and, on the other hand, concerning the suspension of the monopoly on how history is interpreted and given meaning. From here we take a comparatist perspective and inquire into how the engagement with World War II has taken shape in recent years in East-European literature. The conflicting claims to these events, one might argue, are not mirrored in the literature of Eastern Europe as one-dimensional representations of reality according to cultural politics, but instead they are dealt with in complex and diverse ways as part of a reflection on the post-socialist and post-memorial configurations in a given region.


Deadline for submitting abstracts: February 28, 2015

For futher informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Jews and ‘small nations’ in Eastern Europe: cultural autonomy and nation-building in the western borderlands of Russia (1905-1939), University of Southampton, UK, July 1-2, 2015

The Parkes Institute and the University of Southampton are hosting an international workshop on a particularly understudied area of Jewish/non-Jewish relations in Eastern Europe: the relations between Jews and so-called ‘small nations’. The participants will investigate the contribution of these former ‘peasant nations’ – Belorussia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia – to Jewish history and culture.

This workshop is the first exploratory step of a larger international research project. The aim of the latter will be to question the persisting ‘imperial model’ that underlies much Jewish historiography and has led historians to focus primarily on relations between Jews and only the most dominant social and cultural groups – the Poles and the Russians.  This project aims to scrutinize how the ‘small nations’ and the Jews related to each other before and after the creation of the new nation-states post-1918.

Eligible topics

Some possible topics might include:

  • The position of the Jewish, Lithuanian, Belorussian, Ukrainian and Latvian nationalists and intellectuals on the minority question before 1914.
  • The representation of national groups after 1905 in emerging national literatures, the press and the arts.
  • The strategic and political alliances of each national group.
  • The impact of the war and the impact of the German occupation on these alliances and on national projects.
  • The legal rights of national minorities in the new republics between 1918 and 1939.
  • Institutional opportunities for collaboration in culture, education, scholarship.
  • Cultural transfers and mutual representations.
  • The shortcomings and limitations of the national experiment in each republic.
  • The results of national-cultural autonomy and minority rights.
  • Local factors and different periodizations, in particular, a comparison between Soviet and non-Soviet temporalities and contexts

 

Guidelines for submission

To apply, please send a short proposal (no more than 300 words) and a CV by the 1st March 2015 to Dr Claire Le Foll This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Accommodation will be provided. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for funding for your travel expenses. Papers will be published in a special issue of Jewish Culture and History.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 1, 2015

Call for Papers - Oral history in Central-Eastern Europe: current research areas, challenges and specificity, Łódź, Poland, 17-18 September 2015

In the past several years, oral history has become increasingly popular in Central and Eastern Europe, both in academia and beyond. It is impossible to overstate the importance of various local initiatives aimed at recording history and propagating knowledge about a region’s past. At the same time, oral history is becoming more institutionalised: in several countries, archives and scholarly associations are being created, and international cooperation in the field intensifies.

While the popularity of oral history is a very positive phenomenon, it does raise multiple questions and issues. In contrast to Western Europe and North America, where oral history has been present for a long time, scholars from Central and Eastern Europe are still developing ethical, methodological and legal standards for their field. These standards are necessary for the recording, storing and editing of interviews, as well as their publication.

Thus, our conference seeks to pose questions regarding the specificity of oral history in our region. Does it exist and what does it look like? We are interested in the aforementioned ethical and legal challenges, but we also want to inquire about whether oral history in Central and Eastern Europe requires a particular and unique methodology and sensibility in comparison to its Western equivalent. In the West, oral history was a response to the need of recording the fates of groups heretofore disenfranchised by traditional historiography – ethnic minorities, women, workers, etc. So far, the obvious trend for oral history in Central and Eastern Europe has been to record the accounts of groups that had previously been marginalised by the undemocratic regimes of the Soviet bloc, and whose histories had remained outside of the officially approved historiography – the victims of repressions and deportation, the political opposition, members of the postwar anti-communist underground, Holocaust survivors, etc. The preeminence of these themes has left a clear mark on the oral history of the region. Faced with a change of generations, we should ask questions about the themes and types of interviewees that will shape the future of oral history in our region.

Eligible topics

We would like to focus on oral history in countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine and Belarus. We invite both academics and non-academics who deal with oral history professionally to send us proposals for presentations. Possible topics can include, but do not have to be limited to:

  • the specific methodology of oral history in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • ethical and legal problems regarding the recording, gathering and publishing of biographical accounts;
  • archives and archiving interviews;
  • the institutionalisation, financial framework and relations between various research groups;
  • the important themes of today and the themes of the future – a discussion about the future of oral history in the region.

We are interested in presentations focused on specific (national, local, thematic) case studies, as well as those that take a comparative approach. Papers concerning theoretical issues should be clearly related to the Central and Eastern European context.

Our confirmed key-note speakers are Alexander von Plato (FernUniversity in Hagen) and Miroslav Vaněk (The Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic).

Deadline for submitting abstracts: February 28th 2015


For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - International Conference In the Shadow of the Cold War. Domestic and International Terrorism in the Former Communist Countries, Warsaw, Poland, October 8-9, 2015

International terrorism paralyzed the societies of Western Europe in the 70's and 80's. Aircraft hijackings, bombings, and assassinations were part of daily, brutal reality. The hostile acts were organized by separatist movements, leftists, rightists, and Middle-Eastern terrorist organizations. The Communist mass media propaganda often alleged that international terrorism was a result of social inequality and instability in capitalist states. In contrast to Western Europe, the countries ruled by Communist parties were presented as oases of calm where the threat of terrorism did not exist.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain several former Soviet bloc countries declassified their records from the security apparatus archives. The new sources proved that most of the Communist Secret Service agencies had maintained informal relations with various terrorist and extremist organizations, such as for example Abu Nidal's Organization, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Carlos ("The Jackal's") group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Red Army Faction and the Red Brigades. The Communist authorities allowed them to conduct terrorist activities, gave them safe transit and visas, supplied them with arms, and turned a blind eye to their business ventures. Hence, the platform of their cooperation was quite wide. In return, the Communist Secret Services benefited from these contacts by getting access to embargoed goods, and used terrorists as arms brokers or for gathering intelligence information. The declassification of former security apparatus files has also demonstrated that the Communist states were in fact not free from domestic and international terrorism.

Eligible topics

The 25th anniversary of the Autumn of Nations (1989) provides a great opportunity to analyze the phenomenon of international terrorism during the Cold War period.

Why did countries ruled by the Communists cooperate with terrorist organizations? Were their secret ties based on ideological, geopolitical or economic grounds? What was the role of the USSR in such collaborations? Did the authorities in Moscow recommend contacts with terrorists, or was it left as an individual matter for every government? Was terrorism perceived as a useful tool to destabilize Western countries? The least known aspects are related to the extreme manifestations of social resistance to the Communist authorities, which could be interpreted as domestic terrorism.

The conference will give the floor to researchers specializing in Eastern European archives. We also welcome abstracts that combine archival research with the analysis of such data. We are particularly interested in a broader perspective and comparative studies. How did Communist countries (including Cuba, PRC and North Korea) cooperate in the matter of international terrorism? Which elements of this activity were common to Communist countries, and in which respects did they differ? The networks of Cold War terrorism spread across the globe, beyond the borders of Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We would like to compare the approach towards terrorism from Western and Eastern perspectives. We would also welcome analysis of the role of intelligence services in counterterrorism policy and examination of the roots of Special Forces which were formed to combat the terrorist threat.

The conference is organized by the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation.

The language of the conference will be English.

Conference venue will be announced later.

All those interested are encouraged to participate. In the case of the presenters, accommodations, meals, and travel expenses will be covered by the conference organizers. Conference participation is free of charge.

Guidelines for submission

Deadline for the submission of proposals is March 31, 2015. Please enclose, along with the proposal, an abstract of your paper of 500–700 words in English, and a copy of one published academic text (no less than 5000-6000 words with footnotes) or a link to it, if it is available online. The text can be in English, French, German, Polish, Slovak, or Czech. The conference program will be made available by April 30, 2015

We are planning to publish selected papers.

Submissions should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or:

Przemysław Gasztold-Seń
Instytut Pamięci Narodowej     
Biuro Edukacji Publicznej
ul. Wołoska 7, 02-675 Warszawa    
POLAND
"Conference Domestic and International Terrorism in the Former Communist Countries"

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 21, 2015


For futher Informations please visit PECOB.

Call for Papers - Second International Forum for doctoral candidates in East European art history, Berlin, Germany, April 30, 2015

East European art history has recently been enjoying a surge of academic interest, however, within art historical research it remains a marginal area. Accordingly, there are only few suitable platforms for young academics to discuss issues focusing on this subject area.

With the first “International Forum for doctoral candidates of art history of Eastern Europe” in May 2014 we have initiated such a forum and provided a platform for presentations of current research projects. We would like to build on the great response to this initiative. From this point onwards we will establish the forum as an annual event, with the aim to give a regular opportunity to discuss conceptual, methodical and practical problems regarding their dissertations, to network, and to share competences.

Doctoral candidates dealing with a topic in East European art history (or a neighboring discipline) are cordially invited to submit a conference proposal. We also expressly welcome papers from those who participated last year. If you are interested in taking part in the event, please send us a conference proposal outlining the issue as well as possibly the sources and methodology of your dissertation project. Dependent on the thematic focuses resulting from the proposals submitted we will select 8 to 10 contributions for twenty-minute presentations. The other participants will have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and their topics (5 minutes). Plenty of time will be left for discussions and the exchange of the ideas. The languages of the conference are German and English.

All proposals will be available for the participants as printed copies, and subsequent to the event will be published with basic contact details on our website.

Guidelines for submission

Please submit your proposal of ca. 4000 characters (including blanks) and some personal information as well as contact details by January 30, 2015 to:
Prof. Dr. Michaela Marek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė, M.A. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Upon request, contributors will be granted a travel allowance. Other participants are requested to bear their travel and accommodation costs.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 30, 2015

For program informations please visit the website.

BASEES Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge 28-30 March 2015

The BASEES 2015 Annual Conference will be held 28-30 March in 2015 and will be based as usual at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  Building upon the increasing successes of past BASEES conferences the BASEES Annual Conference continues to attract scholars of Slavonic and East European Studies from a wide range of disciplines from across the world.  The 2014 conference attracted more than 430 people and over 380 papers in Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Economics. 

Registration for the conference is now open

For program informations please visit the website.

Conference - Serbia Round Table Dialogue 2015, Pristina, Kosovo, February 20-22, 2015

Description

This is a diplomatic simulation for academics from all around the world, about the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia. From this Conference we’d like to achieve more peaceful diplomacy for next generations of Kosovo and Serbia’s youth. It will be held in two rounds, the first round will take place in Pristina (Kosovo) on 20-22th February 2015 in Hotel Sirius. Next round will take place in Serbia in April. It mainly aims to provide people between the ages of 16 – 30 years with more insight and knowledge on how this conflict can be solved. All participants will be assigned as representatives of a country which will be assigned by Organization committee after applicants will complete all registration procedures.

There will be 70 representative countries , mainly all European Countries and also the involvement of USA and CANADA as observer states.

With 2 days intensive debates, with over 70 participants from all around the world , accompanied by guests speakers from Kosovo and Serbian Government , First round of the dialogue will be held in Sirius Conference Center , Pristina , Kosovo.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • be between the ages of 16 and 30 years old ;
  • be citizen of European Countries + USA, Canada;
  • Students, Researchers, Diplomats, Politicians;
  • possess upper-intermediate English proficiency.

Costs

Registration fee for first wave will cost 125€ with accommodation and without accommodation 70€ , second wave fee will cost 135€ with accommodation and without accommodation 80€

Participation fee includes:

Accommodation for two nights in Hotel Sirius
Meals ( Dinner on 20 February , Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner on  21 February
Breakfast on 22 February 2015.
Coffee Breaks
Conference Materials ( Files , Badges and Placards )
Certificates ( If you miss 2 sessions , you will be not certificated)

Application Procedure

1st Wave of Registration: 23 November 2014 - 23 December 2014
2nd Wave of Registration: 10 January 2015 - 5 February 2015

For more informatins please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Traditions, Transitions, Transfers - Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe, CBSE, Marburg, Germany, September 6-10, 2015

Description

We are pleased to announce the upcoming 11th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe “Traditions, Transitions, Transfers”, September 6-10, 2015.

The Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) generally aims to bring together representatives of academic communities who share the interest of exploring the Baltic region from multiple perspectives and fields of research, because the Baltic region provides a particular historical, political, linguistic, social, cultural and ideological contact zone where the meanings of identities, languages and relationships are (re-)negotiated.

Every second year in between the conferences of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies which take place in North-America, the Conferences on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) invite scholars researching on Baltic topics to an European place in the Baltic States or where research on Baltic States is concentrated. The CBSE started in Scandinavia at the beginning of the 1970s and became a regular event in the 1980s. Since then, it unites several hundred scholars from different scientific fields who want to present and discuss their results of research with colleagues. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, scientists from the Baltic states have been able to participate. In 1995, the CBSE could, for the first time, take place in one of the Baltic states themselves (Riga, Latvia).

Why Marburg? Whereas the Herder-Institute’s work is generally focused on the history of the East Central European States, its archival collection focuses on the history of the Baltic, especially on Latvian and Estonian history. It contains the most important archival collections on the Baltic States outside themselves. The Department of History at Philipps-Universität Marburg addresses questions concerning problems of transition and transfer in a wider context, especially questions on security problems and foreign relations, while the Giessen Center for Eastern European Studies focuses on the transition of states as a whole.

Ten years after the entry to the European Union, we now want to discuss the challenges for societies which result from political and economic transitions and transfers, but which are rooted in traditions. Not only in the epochs of political changes, but also in all phases of political stability and hegemony, the people within the Baltic states experienced different crises which have become turning points for the political, societal, cultural, economical and environmental changes which challenged their societies to find new solutions.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: December 31, 2014

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Call for Papers - Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives - Charlottesville, USA, March 26-28, 2015

Description

Contemporary Russia has been described as a “country of broken links,” where much of the financial and intellectual wealth of the country is centered in Moscow and Moscow Region (with a population of nearly 20 million), while the rest of the country (another 123 million people) remain unheard and underestimated. At first glance, Russia’s regions often appear to mimic Moscow in all sorts of ways—politically, visually, architecturally, and intellectually… Until they don’t—for example, in the 2010 census thousands of Siberians protested the impact of the center by self-identifying as “Sibiriak.” Blogs, tweets, as well as conventional hard-copy writing, challenge overly centralized power and resources. Legal challenges to maltreatment from Moscow have arisen in the South Russian-North Caucasus region. Ethnographers, literary scholars, cultural historians, political scientists, anthropologists—all are finding that many people in Russia’s regions are taking initiative and articulating their particular identities and interests.

Proposals for “Centrifugal Forces” will resist “Moscow-centric” perceptions of Russia and, through various disciplinary approaches to studying the Russian provinces, strive to hear voices from the regions instead of allowing views and opinions from Moscow to dominate. They will consider ways in which people on the peripheries engage in cultural, economic, and political processes; how they represent themselves culturally, artistically, and socially; how self-perception is developing in various regions; and, importantly in the 21st century, how the Internet impacts the very notions of center and periphery.

“Centrifugal Forces” will be a three-day conference offering broad interdisciplinary perspectives on approaching regional study. Panels will blend historical and contemporary perspectives on being peripheral. Talks will deal with a broad array of regional experience, in relatively “hot” regions such as the North Caucasus, as well as other areas in European and Asiatic Russia; and addressing activity in rural areas, as well as regional cities.

Eligible topics

Themes might include but are not limited to contemporary or historical themes that characterize aspects of regional cultures that show local and regional initiative:

  • Distinctive cultural groups, organizations and institutions (museums, theaters, film-making and music initiatives, literary groups)
  • Political organizations that support regional rights and interests
  • Religious organization and expression showing regional initiative
  • Defining or distinctive regional/local rituals and events
  • City or rural regional “branding”
  • Uses of the Internet (e.g. to help regional people communicate, bond, and organize)
  • Distinctive local/ regional imagined geographies

For more information please visit our website.

Guidelines for submission

The organizers invite 20-minute papers from scholars from all relevant disciplines. Please submit a 250-word abstract by December 1, 2014 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for submitting abstracts: December 1, 2014

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - "Memories and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe" 2015 Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies, Dublin, Ireland, May 8-9 2015

The conference is organized by the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Trinity Long Room Hub, and the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies.

 The categories ‘memory’ and ‘identity’ have enjoyed significant scholarly attention in the past few decades. The upsurge of interest in memory and identity studies has affected a wide range of disciplines, including history, cultural studies, sociology, political science, and so on, and has inspired academic ventures of a truly interdisciplinary character. The ‘memory boom’ in the humanities triggered the bourgeoning of collaborative research projects, and resulted in numerous publications on the subject. Memories of traumatic events of the recent past—the Holocaust, World War II and Stalinist terror—and their impact on the transformation of individual as well as collective identities have been in the limelight of research, especially since the collapse of communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. Still, there are many possible ways for raising new questions, and there are several themes that could be explored further, including memories of normality and their impact on the shaping of identities; the influence of postcolonial criticism on memory/identity studies; the transnational circulation of narratives; or the ramifications of the transformation of memory studies. 

The main aim of the conference is to contribute to the growth of the field by opening up new avenues of research and encouraging further academic collaboration. The conference hopes to provide a forum where both established academics and young scholars would have the opportunity to present the results of their research. While all paper proposals will be considered, the organisers would like to encourage applicants to address one—or more—of the more specific themes listed below.

  • The changing contours of memory, and memory/identity studies since the collapse of communism. Plurality, hybridity and contestation.
  • The politics of memory in post-communist(?) Eastern Europe: institutions and practices of mastering the past.
  • The impact of EU integration and the recent Euro-crisis on identity formation and memory politics.
  • Memories of normality and everyday life. The polarization of ‘everyday memories’ (nostalgia, oppression, deprivation, etc.) after the dissolution of authoritarian regimes (empires, totalitarian regimes, etc.).
  • Shifting memories and transforming identities in early modern Central and Eastern Europe. Religion, imperial expansion (Ottoman, Habsburg, German, Russian), and the origins of national identities.
  • Memories of modernity. Modernisation, empire and identity in 19th century Central and Eastern Europe.
  • The linkages between ethnic memories and (minority) identities.
  • Postcolonial narratives of memory and identity in Central and East European literature and art.
  • The transnational circulation of memories/identity narratives.
  • Reflections and approaches to memory and identity in psychology and psychiatry.

 Researchers from all related disciplines are invited to apply. The organisers are committed to ensure the interdisciplinary character of the event therefore, every attempt will be made to maintain a balanced representation of different disciplines. IARCEES members and academics from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are particularly encouraged to apply. It is envisaged that a selection of the best papers will be published, either as an edited volume, or as a special issue of the Irish Slavonic Studies.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 14 November 2014. The maximum length of the proposals is 400 words.

Please send your proposals to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information please contact Dr Balázs Apor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that IARCEES members, located in Ireland, may submit proposals that are not related to the conference theme. They will be given the opportunity to present their research in the framework of separate panels.

For futher informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - The Holocaust in Southeastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania, May 25-26, 2015

The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invite applications for an interdisciplinary regional conference on the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe. The conference will be held May 25–26, 2015 in Bucharest.

Eligible topics

This two-day conference will bring together scholars from all disciplines working on the Holocaust in the Southeastern tier of Europe to share their research with each other and the public. The conference seeks to stimulate discussion and debate on current research on the Holocaust, and to foster interdisciplinary and transnational cooperation among scholars of the topic in the region. It will highlight new research in such areas as:

  • atrocities, mass killing, and mass graves;
  • the radicalization of local politics during Nazi occupation;
  • forced and slave labor; the dynamics of complicity and collaboration;
  • everyday life on the front and under occupation;
  • plunder, robbery, and expropriation;
  • refugees and displaced persons;
  • understudied victims;
  • gender; the cultural politics of representation and commemoration in the aftermath;
  • contemporary Holocaust revisionism and denial, and manifestations of antisemitic and anti-Romani prejudice;
  • communities and identities forged around the experiences of war and genocide.

The organizers particularly encourage proposals that address Romania and Ukraine in comparative perspective, as well as applications that consider the specificities of the Bulgarian and Hungarian cases. Proposals from scholars working on these topics who reside in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine are especially welcome.

Guidelines for submission

Applicants interested in presenting a paper should be currently researching or completing projects exploring the subject matter described above, broadly understood. Proposals on new, previously unpublished research are welcome from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. While full-length papers may be prepared in any language, successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of the conference version of their paper in English in advance of the program for circulation among commentators, other panelists, and conference participants.
The conference will be conducted in English and Romanian. Romanian-English language translation services will be provided for the audience.


Proposal submission
The deadline for receipt of proposals is November 28, 2014. To propose a paper for this conference, please send (1) a cover letter addressing your specific interests in the study and teaching of the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe; (2) your curriculum vitae; and (3) an abstract of no more than 500 words for your proposed paper in a single Word document to Krista Hegburg, Ph.D., Program Officer, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Submissions must include the speaker’s name, contact address, and email.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 28, 2014

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International Conference - Hands on the Balkans, Belgrade and Skopje, April 2-12, 2015

Hands on the Balkans is a blend of skill building and field experience seminars set to take place in April and the summer months in the Belgrade-Skopje and Belgrade-Kosovo regions. The seminars are geared to provide emerging professionals, students and graduates of political science with on-site educational experience in international development in the Balkans. Each group will consist of a maximum of 14 participants. Along with a unique and one of a kind experience, students and young professionals will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals to enhance their networks and further their careers.

The HoB seminars are run with the support of the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences. The seminars will build off of the structure established with the two Belgrade-Kosovo programs that took place in July and August of 2014. Both programs were attended at full capacity and included participants from Macedonia, the UK, Germany, the United States, Portugal, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Armenia, France, Australia, and Greece. Lecturers included Professors Jovan Teokarevic and Filip Ejdus from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, independent foreign affairs analyst Srdjan Gligorijevic, and Professor Branislav Radeljic of the University of East London. Field meetings were conducted with the OSCE, USAID, civil society organizations including the Center for Cultural Decontamination, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and media outlets including Radio Television Belgrade and B92, BETA news agency and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. The two-day visit to Kosovo included meetings with the Institute for Development Policy, KosovaLive, the Center for Community Development, EULEX, and the Kosovo MFA.

Application deadline: February 28, 2015

For futher informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Contemporary Hungarian Studies Postgraduate Conference: Multidisciplinary European Perspectives, Glasgow, UK, Period: February 12-13, 2015

Description

Hungary is a dynamic political and cultural space that has been in constant transformation since 1989, and where political developments since 2010 in particular have attracted considerable international attention. Although the country’s current political trajectory has already invited a great deal of commentary from within as well as beyond its borders, further critical analysis is still required. At the same time, Hungary’s social and cultural present also deserves further scrutiny by the international scholarly community.
 
Since the 2010 election victory of Viktor Orbán’s nationalist Fidesz party, Hungary has undergone radical and sweeping changes to its political and economic order, provoking debates on the limits of democracy and the rule of law within the European Union. Furthermore, due to an increased role for the far right within mainstream government and shifts in spheres of interest in both domestic and international politics, Hungary has emerged as an important case study for reflections on post-socialist states in the 21st century. Therefore, increased scholarly attention is essential for understanding Hungary’s current social, political and cultural landscape. The broad themes of post-socialism, nation and identity, and contemporary Hungary’s place in the wider European political and socio-economic context are of particular importance.
 
This need for a renewed discussion on Hungary that compliments or critically reflects on existing discourses forms the basis of this postgraduate conference. The term ‘Hungarian Studies’ can encompass a range of multidisciplinary perspectives and contemporary critical frameworks through which Hungary can be examined. Therefore, submissions to the 2015 Contemporary Hungarian Studies Postgraduate Conference are invited from a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Eligible topics

We welcome papers on the following topics, among others:

  • Europeanisation, integration, and public policy
  • Post-socialism and Neoliberalism
  • Nationalism, identities, Minority Studies (e.g. Roma Studies)
  • Gender, sexualities, and Queer
  • Language change, translation, literature and literary criticism
  • Human geographies
  • Cultural (re)construction and management
  • Ethnography and Folkloristics

Guidelines for submission

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and accompanied by a short biographical note and details of institutional affiliation. Submissions and queries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2014.

For more informations please visit the website.

Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) Conference, Portland, Oregon, period: April 8-11, 2015

 

Plan to join us for the annual Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) conference. This year our host organization, the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), is holding its 57th annual conference in Portland, Oregon on April 8-11, 2015.

We invite proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable presentations in all areas of studies on Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia. The topics may include any aspect of economy, politics, and culture with a broad chronological span from the Middle Ages to present. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, archeology, architecture, arts, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic and minority studies, film, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, Jewish studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, theatre, travel and tourism. Graduate student proposals will also be considered.

For Papers: Please include the following Title of Presentation/Panel, Name, Affiliation, and Email Address, other authors and contact information, Abstract (not to exceed 200 words)

For Panels: Submit the title of each paper. If you do not have a chair or discussant, we will work with you to find one.

Please indicate if you would like to serve as discussant.

Please submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014.

All participants (presenters, moderators, discussants, etc.) are required to register for the conference prior to March 1, 2015

For more information regarding the conference site, registration and submitting a proposal, go to the website.

 

Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies 2015, Cambridge, UK, Period: March 28-30, 2015

Description

Proposals are invited for panels, roundtables and papers for the 2015 Annual Conference of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). The conference will be held 28-30 March and will be based at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The 2014 conference attracted more than 430 people and over 380 papers.

Panels, roundtables and papers are welcome in the areas of Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Economics. The conference especially welcomes participation by postgraduate research students and by young scholars.

To propose a panel or a paper you will need to fill in a proposal form. There are separate forms for panels/roundtables and individual papers. You should download the appropriate form at www.basees2015.org and fill it in electronically, and send it electronically to the appropriate subject stream email AND to the conference email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The deadline for panel/roundtable proposals is 3 October 2014, and 19 September 2014 for individual paper proposals.
Proposals should be submitted to the appropriate subject group:

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Guidelines for submission

Postgraduate members of BASEES who present papers are eligible to apply for financial support towards their conference costs. They should download the application form and fill it in, and send to the appropriate subject stream email by 3 October 2014.

The congress also welcomes proposals for postgraduate posters. The poster will be displayed throughout the conference. Please fill in the proposal form and email it as an attachment to the conference email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  AND the conference organiser, Dr Matthias Neumann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 December 2013.

Deadline for paper/roundtable proposals: October 3, 2014
Deadline for individual paper proposals: September 19, 2014

 

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - The Great Transformation? Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War, Geneva, Switzerland, Period: November 31, 2014


The Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with the support from the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l'Histoire du Temps Présent, will host an international conference on the end of the Cold War in Geneva on September 24-26, 2015.

The conference seeks to bring together different perspectives on the end of the Cold War. The main aim of the conference is to move beyond identifying individual protagonists, while focusing on processes and
interactions. At the moment, the state of research on the causes and consequences of the end of the Cold War - necessarily still at itsinitial phase - seems to have focused on isolated themes, largely independent and detached from each other. The conference seeks to act as a forum for bringing many of these strands together. We expect the main focus of the conference to be on the events, transformations and processes that took place in the 1980s. However, we also welcome proposals that interpret the end of the Cold War in a broader temporal context. Moreover, the conference will seek to open a window on the post-Cold War era, by searching for the roots of some of the issues that have dominated the international scene since the 1990s.

While not excluding proposals on any aspect related to the end of the Cold War, we particularly welcome proposals on the following broad themes and issues:  

- United States foreign policy (e.g. towards the USSR, the Third World, Europe, arms control, human rights);

- Soviet foreign policy (e.g. towards the USA, the Third World, Europe, arms control, links with domestic challenges);

- The developments in and between Western and Eastern Europe;

- The impact of regional conflicts (e.g. Southwest Asia, Latin America, Africa);

- The role of high-level diplomacy and personalities;

- The influence of technology and information exchanges;

- The relationship between the Cold War and international, non-state and transnational actors and movements (e.g. terrorism, peace movements).

The deadline for submission of proposals (one-page abstract and one-page
biography) is October 31st, 2014.
Proposals should be emailed to
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Selected participants will be notified by February 1st, 2015
Final papers should be submitted no later than August 31st, 2015

Organizers: Jussi Hanhimäki, Barbara Zanchetta, Bernhard Blumenau

 

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Popular geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe, University College London, UK, Period: February 19-20, 2015

Description

 

We call for papers for a workshop on 'Popular geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe', to be held at University College London on 19-20 February 2015.

This workshop is intended to advance research into the societal or ‘popular’ dimension of geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe.

 

Eligible topics

 

Participants are invited to tackle the following interrelated questions:

 

  • How do citizens (‘the public’) in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other post-Soviet states perceive ‘the West’ and its constituent parts (the European Union, the USA and other individual countries), their regional neighbourhood and their place on the geopolitical map?

  • How are geopolitical narratives sustained and/or challenged by domestic and transnational media, popular culture, government policies (including education and public diplomacy) and processes outside state control (such as travel and increasing internet use)?

  • How do public attitudes reflect, contradict and/or shape official geopolitical rhetoric and policy choices?

  • How might theoretical approaches and evidence from different disciplines and geographical areas be combined to further our understanding of such issues?

 

Contributions are invited from all relevant disciplines, particularly Political Science and International Relations, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Education and Media/Communication/Cultural Studies.

 

Guidelines for submission

Some funding is available to assist the strongest applicants with their travel and accommodation costs. To apply, please send an abstract of 250–300 words to the workshop convener, Dr Joanna Szostek, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 17, 2014

Further information about the event can be found here.

 

Call for Papers - Subversive Practices and Imagined Realities in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1945, Norwich, UK, Period: April 9-11, 2015

Description

In communist Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the building of socialism had as its final endpoint a utopia that provided the ultimate motivation: sacrifice now, reward later. In its sheer impossibility, it was an elusive and illusory dream that formed the foundation for everyday life under totalitarian regime. Within this visionary world, artists such as Alexander Mlynarcik (Slovakia), Marko Kovacic (Slovenia)or Mark Verlan (Moldova), created their own parallel worlds, utopias, dystopias, and fantastic domains. In many cases, alternative and nonofficial artists’ works served to carve out a unique space in the so-called “grey zone”of Europe, which offered an alternative not only to state-sponsored socialism,but also to Western capitalism, both of which many artists and dissidents viewed with equal suspicion.

This panel will examine a range of artistic ideas, participative strategies, subversive practices, networks and projects(imaginary or real), which demonstrate an alternative sphere of thinking and modes of creative living, and which possibly attempt to move beyond the classical binary systems of West and East – all from within an everyday world order that seemed to be set in stone. We also invite papers that offer a more differentiated view, even extending to the post-socialist period, aiming to re-evaluate the nexus of aesthetics and politics and produce new interpretations and analytical approaches regarding counter culture and censorship, which explore the relational aspects of following binaries: official and unofficial, political and apolitical, permitted and prohibited –under totalitarian rule.

Guidelines for submission

If you would like to offer a paper, please email BOTH session convenors directly, providing an abstract of aproposed paper of 30 minutes. Your paper abstract should be no more than 250 words, and include your name andinstitution affiliation (if any). You should receive an acknowledgement ofreceipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.
Unfortunately no fee is payable to speakers; all speakers must register and pay to attend the conference.

Session Convenors:

  • Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Andrea Euringer-Bátorová, Academy of FineArts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for abstracts is November 10, 2014.

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Twenty Five Years Later. History and Memory of Communism, Bucharest, Romania, November 20-21, 2014

25 years after the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, its history and memory are still controversial. On the one hand, the scholars of the region are still denouncing communist crimes. Their research is mainly concerned with repressive aspects of the communist period. On the other hand, in some left wing circles, researchers aim at studying the „modernity” of communism.

The memory of communism is even more divided than its history. Nostalgia is haunting society as well as irony and dennouciation. For instance, recent polls on the memory of communism show that the former regime kept a rather positive image among Romanians. Furthermore, young people born after 1989 consider communism a period of security and steadiness. Reflecting a postmemorial turn in remembering communism in Romania, this approach might be encountered in other countries of the region.

If those who experienced communism are nostalgic or struggle to denounce the communist crimes and abuses, those born in the late 1980s remember communism with irony. Their approach to communism tends to become mainstream as this generation came to power in many sectors of the social, cultural, and political life of Romania. The ironic generation shift found its expression in literature, cinema and arts.

After 25 years, the time to make a point of trends and evolution concerning the memory and history of communism has arrived. Therefore, we invite scholars and young researchers to attend our international conference, „25 Years After. History and Memory of Communism” organized by the Memoria Cultural Foundation, CEREFREA on 20 and 21 November 2014, at Bucharest University.

Eligible topics

We welcome papers in Romanian, English, and French as well as audio and video presentations, documentaries, posters and artistic installations on the following topics (any other objects of research are welcomed):

  • Historiography of communism
  • Everyday life
  • Memory and history of the repression
  • Memory trends
  • Postmemory generation

Languages: Romanian, French, English

Guidelines for submission


Abstract proposal and deadline: Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words together with a short biographical statement by 1st September 2014. Abstracts will be selected by the academic committee. We will notify you about the acceptance of your proposal by 15 September 2014. We plan to publish selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal or in a volume.

Please send your abstract and a biographical statement as well as all other inquiries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: September 1, 2014

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Transformations in Europe 25 years later - Public perception of the 1989 transformation, Lublic, Poland, September 25, 2014

Institute of East-Central Europe together with Institute of Political Sciences and International Affairs of the Catholic University of Lublin have an honor of invitation to participate in international conference devoted to public perception of the 1989 transformation. The conference will take place in Lublin in the Institute of East-Central Europe, on 28th of November 2014.

The disintegration of the Eastern Block accompanying decline of monocentric regimes centered around the Soviet Union was welcomed by the population and the new, democratic elites with a huge dose of enthusiasm and hope for a better tomorrow. The failure of more than 50 years long communist project was marked by increasing poverty, decreased level of health- and social-care, and of life's quality in general. The crisis of the 80's was accompanied by a further development of the police state repression against citizens and opposition elites.

Crisis of the communist regimes and the subsequent changes of the 80s and 90s led to a serious reevaluation of the international situation in the former Eastern Bloc, which has been gradually integrated into the transatlantic structures (EU, Council of Europe and NATO ). Also, as a result of the transformation, a new internal order has been introduced in politics and the economy. It manifested itself primarily in the democratization of political life, the introduction of free elections, the “marketization” of the economy, but also in changing the very nature of the labor market, employment structure, broadly defined public policy and public services, i.e. these social and economic elements, which are the decisive factor for the quality of people's lives. For the transformation has had also its price: large segments of the population have experienced serious problems, mainly of economic and social nature.

Quarter of a century has passed, the lifetime of almost a generation, since the transformation in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe began. It has therefore become a historical event, which can already be perceived and assessed from the perspective of its effects, both positive and negative. One could argue whether its most important stage, which is the consolidation of the new political regime, has been successfully accomplished or still continues. According to various theories, the most important factor of the last of these phenomena considered to be not so much the appearance of new (democratic) institutions and rules of the political game  but most of all their acceptance by the main political actors and the majority of the population ( i.e. political change should be done in parallel to changes in collective and individual mentality). In addition, one must also remember that the transformation does not have to mean democratization, since it could stay in the middle of the road or not occur at all - from one monocentric regime arose another ( eg, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Coratia until end of 1990s).  In addition, it is worth noting that the transformation taking place in the former communist countries have a much wider character than, say, similar changes in Spain and Portugal. There has been not only to transform the political institutions, social structures, but also of the economic system ( for the latter process can be adopted to define privatization).

The "Transformations in Europe. 25 years later" aims at exploring changing perception of the transformation which took place in the early 90s of last century. Conference will have comparative and multidisciplinary nature, embracing societies in Central Europe ( Poland , Hungary , Slovakia, Czech Republic , Slovenia, former Eastern Germany), the Baltic republics (Lithuania , Latvia and Estonia) , the Balkan countries outside the European Union (Serbia , Macedonia ) as well as being its Member States ( Bulgaria , Romania, Croatia). Therefore we invite researchers interested in the described above topic of political transformation in Europe to participate in the conference.
 Limited founding for travel and accommodation will be provided for participants.
Guidelines for submission

Paper proposals (250 words abstracts) should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before September 25, 2014.

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - The First World War and the Balkans - Internationale Hochschulwoche 2014, Tutzing, Germany, October 6-10, 2014

From October 6-10, 2014 the Munich-based Southeast Europe Association (SOG) organizes its 53st „autumn school“ (Internationale Hochschulwoche / International University Week HSW) for Master’s students and PhD students from various European countries.

All students specializing in Southeastern Europe within their own discipline (political science, anthropology, history, social sciences, literary studies, etc.) are welcome to apply for participation.
The theme of this year is: Balkan Wars and First World War. The program, however, focuses on aspects of these wars that have come to dominate recent studies in most European countries, but that are underrated in the relevant studies for the Balkans. These aspects include: wartime experiences, war crimes and cultures of violence, propaganda and images preparing citizens for war, the consequences for society and the state as well as the cultural memories. Keynotes include Gerhard Hirschfeld (Stuttgart University); Maria Bucur (Indiana University, Bloomington); and Tamara Scheer (Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute, Vienna).

Guidelines for submission

Applications are invited for paper presentations by young academics. In the program, the plenary sessions in the morning are followed by two or three break-away sessions of some fifteen participants on specific topics. Each of these sessions builds upon one or two paper presentations by young academics. We welcome proposals linked to the aspects mentioned in the program as well as other topics of the general theme.

You are kindly asked to further distribute the call for papers among your colleagues (especially from Southeastern Europe) and Master’s students. Deadline for the applications (a 200 words outline and a short CV) is 20 July 2014 and to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Good knowledge of English and at least basic knowledge of German are indispensable.

Travel and accommodation for young scholars
Successful applicants from Southeast European countries (domicile) will receive reimbursement to a maximum of a train ticket (2. class) to and from Tutzing. Those who won’t be able to use trains or busses are kindly requested to contact the SOG office in Munich.

For all accepted applicants the SOG covers accommodation and meals for the autumn school in Tutzing. As a general rule we assume that the young scholars participate in the HSW during the entire conference week, i.e. from 6-10 October 2014.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: July 20, 2014

For more informations please visit the website.

Call for papers - An International Scientific Conference Commemorating the Hungarian Holocaust, Budapest, Hungary, November 12-14, 2014

An International Scientific Conference Commemorating the Hungarian Holocaust

The Institute for the Holocaust & Christianity at the John Wesley Theological College in cooperaton with the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College of Rochester present a joint conference in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hungarian Jewry.

We are pleased to invite interested scholars and the public to share their historical, cultural and scholarly interpretations and analyses of this tragic event.

Presentations can address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- The history of anti-semitism between 1920 and 1944
- The first chapter of the Hungarian Holocaust: the 1941 deportation to Galicia
- The Final Solution in Hungary: 1944
- The Roma Holocaust
- Jehovah Witnesses, homosexuals, political opponents of the regime
- Comparative analysis of the Holocaust
- Rescue and Resistance
- The Holocaust and the Church
- Personal narratives about the Holocaust
- Post-Holocaust in Hungary: from 1945 to the present

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French, and German.

The John Wesley Theological College views as its mission the commemoration and perpetuation of the historical memory of the Holocaust. It is engaged in the evaluation and re-evaluation of the various manifestations of the Holocaust. It dedicates special efforts to the study and commemoration of a unique chapter of the Hungarian Holocaust: the 1941 deportation of Jews to Galicia and the subsequent massacre of many of them in Kamenetsk-Podolsk and elsewhere.

As the co-sponsor of this international conference, Nazareth College and its Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue is dedicated to the power of religious understanding and the promotion of interfaith dialogue for students and members of the local and global community for a peaceful and religiously diverse world.

Please make sure to include your abstract in an application form that you can find on oktatas.uni.hu/APPLICATION.doc.
Please send this application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to apply for the conference. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2014.

For additional information, please communicate via email with Dr. Tamas Majsai: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +36-1- 210-5400, ext. 137.

In the United States you may contact Dr. George Eisen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 001-585-389-2370.

Deadline is August 1, 2014

For further informations please visit the website.

Call for papers - Balkan Worlds II: Balkan Perceptions of War and Revolution (1789-1918), Thessaloniki, Greece, November 27-30, 2014


The "Long nineteenth century" ended with the First World War and the War ended with a Revolution, in an exact reversal of the way this age opened. In 1789, a Revolution prompted a massive realignment of international power relations through the Napoleonic Wars, while in 1914 the international state system created by the Holy Alliance a century earlier collapsed and a new alternative arose from the destruction of Tsarist absolutism.

The Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia in collaboration with Association Internationale d'Etudes du Sud-Est Europeen participating in commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War and aiming to repeat the successful experience of the first "Balkan Worlds" conference in 2012 is organizing a follow up event entitled “Balkan Worlds II: Balkan Perceptions of War and Revolution”, scheduled for November 27-30, 2014 at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.

The Conference will be dedicated to ways of perceiving the Great Wars and Revolutions which marked the history of Europe and the world by Balkan intellectuals, politicians, writers, activists etc. The Conference Scientific Committee is especially interested in presentations focused on how intellectuals of the major ideological movements of the Enlightenment and Romanticism perceived relationships between war and revolution in the Ottoman Balkans and their connection with the emergence of nation-state building.
Eligible topics

More specifically, the topics of the Conference will be focused on:

   - the relations between War and Revolution
   - the different conceptualizations of War and Revolution
  - the transformation of political, national and religious identities in relation to War and Revolution
   - the social change and social mechanics motivated by War and Revolution
   - the problem of utopias and dystopias
   - the idealization of violence
   - the technology of violence
   - the militarization of society and state
   - the modernization under the light of War and Revolution
   - the War and the Revolution as means of political elites transformation

The working language of the Conference will be English.
Scientific Committee

    Tom Gallant (University of California, San Diego)
    Rossitsa Gradeva (American University, Sofia)
    Molly Greene (Princeton University, Princeton)
    Mark Mazower (Columbia University, New York)
    Dimitris Stamatopoulos (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki)
    M. Hakan Yavuz (University of Utah, Salt Lake)

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Prof. Jonathan Israel (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton). His lecture's title: "The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era as a decisive Transition for Europe (1789-1815)"

Deadline for submitting abstracts: July 31, 2014
Deadline for submitting full papers: October 31, 2014

For further informations please visit the website.

Call for Papers - Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania and Moldova (1989/1991), Bucharest, Romania, June 17-19, 2015


Anniversaries represent opportunities to reflect on past events, re-assess their impact on the present, and draw lessons for the future. Together with other 20th century historical events – including World War I, World War II, and the communist take-over – the overthrow of the communist regime represented a watershed event for Romania and Moldova, the most recent great transformation it is seen as having led to the end of the communist dictatorship, democratization of the political system, the introduction of market economy, cultural liberalization, the opening of borders, and a re-alignment with the West. At the same time, given Romania’s and Moldova’s persistent problems with political instability, pervasive corruption, slow economic growth, populism, and nationalism, the significance of the 1989/1991 regime change and its outcomes remains a source of contestation.

The aim of this conference is to take a fresh look at the transformative events of a quarter century ago. We wish to examine their significance for the two countries’ post-communist trajectories, past, present, and future both domestically and in the wider European and Eurasian contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.
Keynote Speakers: Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University) and Mihaela Miroiu (SNSPA).

We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtables from junior and senior scholars working in a variety of disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, literature and linguistics, economics, business, international affairs, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, music, and education, among others.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: August 1, 2014
Deadline for submitting full papers: October 15, 2014

 

For further informations please visit the website.

 

Call for Papers: Histories of 1914. Debates and Use of the Origins of World War One in Southeastern Europe, University of Graz, November 20-22, 2014

The annual conference of the Centre for Southeast European Studies "Southeast European Dialogues" will be devoted this year to the centenary of the beginning of World War One. Rather than looking at the war itself and its causes, the conference will explore the way the war is remembered in Southeastern Europe. The narratives of the causes and origins of the war have been subject to reinterpretation and renewed interest over the past year and the conference will map out the debates over how to remember the beginning of World War One, the way in which these narrative fit into existing national historiographies and how larger historical debates fit into the regional context, as well as how these debates have evolved over time and interrelate with the present.

Thus, the conference will reflect on the origins of World War One and the war itself in three fields: Firstly, the conference will innovatively reflect the historiography on the outbreak of the war, its causes and the impact of the war in Southeastern Europe. Secondly, the conference will explore the ways the war is remembered in Southeastern Europe. And thirdly, the conference will offer insights into the ways in which the war and its break out have become subject to ideological and political interpretation.

As recent Western historiography has shifted the origins of World War One more to Southeastern Europe, focusing on Gavrilo Princip and the role of Serbia, the conference seeks to explore how this has partially fuelled anti-Western/victimization narratives in the region and also risks furthering an Balkanist view of the region.

For further informations please visit the website.

Deadline for submission of paper is May 31, 2014.

Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki, October 22-24, 2014

The Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki) and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, "Choices of Russian Modernisation" will hold the 14th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 22-24 October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.
 
This year the conference, entitled "Restructuring State and Society in Russia" aims to examine the intersections of and interrelationships between state and society in Russia and other post-Soviet and post-Communist countries in diverse theoretical and comparative perspectives - with the focus on critical issues of political, economic, and societal developments and in-between macro and micro levels of analysis.
 
The keynote speakers of the conference are:
*Professor Alexander Etkind, European University Institute, Florence (Italy);
*Professor Steven Hanson, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg (USA);
*Professor Oleg Kharkhordin, European University at St. Petersburg (Russia);
*Professor Alena Ledeneva, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London (UK)
*Editor-in-chief Maria Lipman, Pro et Contra, Moscow Carnegie Center (Russia)

For further information, please consult the conference webpage.

The deadline for the proposals is May 15, 2014.

 

All Quiet on the Eastern Front? World War I in Central and Eastern Europe in the experience of soldiers, social groups and local communities (23-25 October, 2014 — Krakow, Poland)

For several years succeeding 1914, the world went through the first global military conflict. Undoubtedly, this experience left its mark on the population of Central and Eastern Europe too. However, both historiography and popular idea about WWI is heavily dominated by the perspective of the western front. At the same time, research on the realities of eastern front was, to some extent, neglected by scholars, especially in the fields of social and cultural history. Reconstructing a more detailed picture of Central and Eastern Europe in the times of the Great War can therefore significantly contribute to the better understanding of this unprecedented conflict and its aftermath, as well as the Europe’s contemporary history.

The “All Quiet on the Eastern Front?” research workshop aims at an exchange of practical and methodological experience between scholars form the different fields of historical studies who focus on social history of WWI in Central and Eastern Europe.

The main research problem that should be addressed by the workshop participants is the question how WWI influenced the lives of individuals, social groups and local communities. This interaction, should, however, be deeply rooted in the specific (cultural, religious or familial) characteristics of the investigated subject. We are interested particularly in research projects capturing the phenomenon of WWI in broader cultural and chronological context, dealing with the war-connected aspects of social continuity and change, as well as comparing and contrasting the experience of groups and individuals across different regions of Europe.

Our research workshop will create the opportunity for the young scholars in different stages of research to present their projects to colleagues and experts as well as to obtain hints, criticism and feedback. The workshop proceedings in form of several papers are going to be published in a special issue of “Prace Historyczne” Zeszyty Naukowe UJ (‘Historical Works’ Academic Journal of the Jagiellonian University). The workshop is going to be accompanied by keynote lectures delivered by experienced scholars in the field, as well as a source studies seminar.

The deadline for abstract submission is May 5th, 2014.

Please find the CfP here: PECOB

CBEES Annual Conference: "Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe: A new generation on the move" (4-5 December, 2014 — Södertörn University, Sweden)

1989 is an important date in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of state socialism this date has become a marker for a break in historical continuity and a starting point for a whole range of research on processes and developments labeled as 'post-socialist', in 'transition' or 'transformation'. The point of departure for this multidisciplinary conference is the different processes—economic, social, cultural, political and  ecological—that have been taking place in the area since the collapse of state socialism.  In particular, it seeks to focus on the present, by looking closer at the past and forward to the future.

A striking feature, 25 years after 1989, is the persistent diversity of political systems, cultural norms and social values right across the region. Alongside adaption to EU norms and standards, for example, nationalist, chauvinist and xenophobic sentiments continue to flourish.   Civil society itself has become a major social actor in this period, with different constituencies mobilizing and operating in different ways and toward different ends.  Environmental problems, such as the protection of ecosystems in the Baltic Sea, have become ever more complicated and continue to resist solution.

The overall theme of the conference is to draw attention to contemporary processes and challenges, and to the role of the new generations that have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea area 25 years after the systemic change.   We seek to shift the emphasis from 'post-socialist' development or 'transition' as such to a concern with shared experiences and memories of socialism among the new generations.  What changes are to be observed in the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental processes of today's 'post-socialist' societies?  Can we still speak about socialist legacies, and in what way? Is there a generational change underway and what role does the emerging new generation have for the processes studied?

Keynote speakers soon to be announced. Please check on this site.
The organizers welcome proposals for:

  • Single papers.
  • Panels consisting of 3-4 panelists and one chair (maximum time for individual papers: 20 min).
  • Roundtables of 4 to 5 participants (5 minute opening statements from each participant followed by a discussion with the audience).

Prearranged panels are given priority in the planning of the program and receive earlier notification of acceptance. Individual papers will, upon acceptance, be arranged into suitable panels by the organizers.

We welcome contributions from scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds on following topics:

  • Kinship.
  • Cultural expressions and freedoms of speech.
  • Environmental sustainability and survival.
  • Geopolitics, international security and political identities.
  • Democracy and political development.
  • Demographical changes.
  • Collective action and social movements.
  • Feminism and women's rights.
  • Nature/Culture interfaces.
  • Minorities, migration and the Roma.
  • Imagining regional futures through prognostication, planning and branding.

Deadline for submission of paper or panel proposals: April 20, 2014.

Please see the CfP here.

"Entangled Transitions: Between Eastern and Southern Europe 1960s-2014" (8-10 December, 2014 — Leuven, Belgium)

In under two decades, authoritarian political systems collapsed across Europe – in the south of the continent in the 1970s, and then in the east between 1989 and 1991. Although much work has been done on these processes in each region, and comparative work carried out on post-authoritarian transitions and memories, there has yet to be any sustained scholarship that examines the ‘entangledness’ of these processes in the context of broader European and global processes of the late Cold War and its aftermath. Taking a longue durée approach, this conference will explore these inter-relationships between the 1960s and the present day. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of state socialism and the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the transition from dictatorship on the Iberian Peninsula and in Greece: an ideal time to consider the relationship between these processes that have been central to modern European history.

The deadline for submission is April 7, 2014.

Please find the CfP here.

"Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Relations in Russia: Zones of Collaboration, Competition and Conflict" (19-21 September, 2014 — Durham, UK)

International conference, funded by Durham University's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and its School of Modern Languages and Cultures, taking place in Durham on 19-21 September 2014 at the Institute of Advanced Study.

Professions and sciences form a complex, highly differentiated yet closely interconnected, field of expert knowledge and labour, vital to all modern states and societies. The focus of this conference will be on the dynamics of this field in Russian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The conference will re-examine the history of Russian professions and sciences from a new vantage point – that of interprofessional and interdisciplinary relations. This is a neglected aspect of this history, yet vital to understanding how Russian professions and sciences created, defined and legitimised their work, expertise and jurisdictions. The topic is particularly timely given the importance currently accorded to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in matters of academic and technological innovation, and the purported potential that this has for solving complex challenges, including those relating to the environment, healthcare, changing demographics, and the way new technologies affect society.

For further details see the conference website.

"New Perspectives in the Transnational History of Communism in East-Central Europe" (16-17 October, 2014 — Poznan, Poland)

The fall of communism in East Central Europe threw into question many politically imposed schemes of history in this part of continent. The unfettering of historical research from political and ideological limitations made it both possible and pressing to begin to rewrite the history of the East-Central European countries. This task includes not only the analysis of newly available sources, but also new interpretations and explanations of the post-war history of East-Central Europe. The latter goal demands new interpretative and theoretical notions that frame historical narratives. It is worth considering, alongside the familiar normative categories that have underpinned national identities in East-Central European societies (such as ‘the nation’ and ‘the state’), other paradigms that shape historical narratives and offer potentially useful explanatory tools, such as that of modernization and backwardness, postcolonial studies, gender, civic society, and totalitarianism.

The conference will consist of five different panels dealing with the following topics:

  • new perspectives on the historiography of post-1945 East-Central European history. How could one write a global history of the Soviet Bloc?
  • cooperation and competition among East-European state security services;
  • between shortage economy and consumer society: East-Central Europe and the globalizing world;
  • ethnic conflicts in South-East Europe at the end of the Cold War: 19th century paradigms in a post-modern context;
  • postwar generations and the emerging global movements and ideas, the impact of New Left theories, social Catholicism, life-style movements and anti-technological or ecological ideologies.

The goal of the conference is to analyze:

  • the status of concepts of ‘the state’ and ‘the nation’ in east-central European historiography, their explanatory strength and social functions;
  • the role of alternative theoretical categories in new empirical research, modes of explanation and organization in historical narratives;
  • perspectives on comparative studies (East-Central European societies, East-Central and Western Europe, and other regions of the world e. g. Latin America in comparison to East Central Europe).

Deadline: 30.03.2014

Please find the CfP here: H-Soz-u-Kult

14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference: "Restructuring State and Society in Russia" (22-24 October, 2014 — University of Helsinki, Finland)

The Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, Choices of Russian Modernisation will hold the 14th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference, 22-24 October 2014. The conference will bring together scholars, experts and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to social and political sciences, cultural studies, the arts and humanities, law and economics.

It will aim to examine the intersections of and interrelationships between state and society in Russia and other post-Soviet and post-Communist countries in diverse theoretical and comparative perspectives; with the focus on critical issues of political, economic, and societal developments; in-between macro and micro levels of analysis.

To stimulate topics for debates and the formation of panels, the programme committee suggests, for instance, the following sub-themes for consideration:

- Political regimes and patterns of governance
- Public administration and the (un)rule of law
- Social policy, welfare and human development
- Religion, nationalism and migration
- Civil society, collective action and the state
- Media, communication, and the public sphere
- National developments and international experience

For further information, please visit the conference website.

 

International Scholarly Conference: "National Minorities in the Soviet bloc after 1945" (October 22-25, 2014 — Vilnius, Lithuania)

A great deal of attention has been paid in the past to how Soviet ethno-federalism was formed and functioned. Many so-called post-revisionist historians (T. Martin, R. Sunny, Y. Slezkin and others) have been central in this trend. They asked questions such as how "the centre" encouraged the formation of non-Russian national identities on the periphery of the Soviet Union, what the impact of this policy was in 1920s, and why this policy was abandoned.

There has been less interest with regard to nationality policy in the last decade of Stalinism and the post-Stalinist period. Until recently, little research has been done on relations between “centre” and “republics”, between titular nations and minorities, the so-called process of Russification etc in this period. One more aspect which will be addressed in the conference will be how the outcome of WWII affected the situation of different minority national groups (Germans in Latvia and Estonia; Poles in Lithuania, Belarus or Ukraine, etc.). These questions are relevant not only to the Soviet Union but also to other countries in the Soviet Bloc and will be addressed in the conference.

The three organising institutions, the Lithuanian Institute of History (Vilnius), the Herder-Institut (Marburg), the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e.V., Lüneburg), invite up to 15 young scholars (up to the age of 35) from various disciplines to discuss their projects.

The organisers of the upcoming conference cordially invite young scholars to present and discuss their case studies. Possible papers could include, for example, topics like:
- Soviet policy in regard to ethnic minorities during and after Stalinism
- Poles in Lithuania, Lithuanians in Poland etc. and their representations and interdependencies
- Russification in the periphery of the Soviet Union
- The Sorbs in the GDR
- Ethnic minorities in 'Soviet' literature
- Minorities and dissident movements
Any proposal in these and other themes relevant to the topic of the conference is highly welcome. Keynote speakers from the region and other European countries will provide an introduction to the topic.

Please find the CfP here: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

 

"Balkan and Baltic States in United Europe: History, Religion, Cultures II" (October 1-3, 2014 — Sofia, Bulgaria)

The Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences invites you to participate in the international conference “Balkan and Baltic States in United Europe: History, Religion, Cultures II” which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 1 – 3 October 2014.

The conference continues the discussions, which began in Sofia at the Institute of Folklore, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, dedicated to the processes of Euro-integration in the regions of the Balkans and the Baltic during the conference “Balkan and Baltic States in United Europe: History, Religion, Cultures” (October 2009). The recent developments that occurred in the fields of history, culture, migrations and identities in the new EU member states have turned out to be important research topic in the European Research Area. Both the region of Eastern Europe, defined as Balkans, and the Baltic, consist of diverse states with a great variety of ethnic and religious communities and cultures. The study of the dynamic national, ethnic, religious and migration processes in the mentioned above regions is of a particular interest for scholars coming from these regions, as well as for researchers in other EU-countries. We have been observing processes of national consolidation, on one hand, and of revealing of ethnic and religious diversity, on the other. While there have been endeavours for maintenance of “the most conservative” elements of the national, ethnic and religious cultures, at the same time dynamic processes of innovations and emergence of new “foreign” elements and cultures occur.

Considering the specifics of the various communities and cultures, we believe that there are certain commonalities in the processes and developments in the individual nation-states that allow us, on one hand, to talk about regions (based on common historical heritage and recent developments) and, on other hand, about comparison of the two regions in the course of state-building and Euro-integration process after 1989.

The conference aims at attracting researchers interested to present their investigations concerning these processes. Moreover, it hopes to provoke discussion and encourage the scientific contacts between researchers from both regions and the European Research Area as a whole, as well as with USA, Russia and counties from the post-soviet space, and thus enlarging their theoretical, methodological end empirical approaches.

The conference is targeted at scholars and researchers from all disciplines and background who are interested to present papers, related to the topic of the conference. Recent PhDs and other young researchers are also encouraged to participate. The themes of the presentations may vary, without being limited to:

- History and its interpretations;
- Religion and religious communities’ diversity;
- Culture and all its aspects: traditional, contemporary, cultural heritage, sub-cultures, etc.;
- Migrations: historical and contemporary dimensions;
- Identities and their transformations.

Working languages of the conference are English and Russian. Applications and presentations could be done in either of both languages. We intend to publish conference papers (after editing and peer-review) in a special issue.

The deadline for proposals is 30 January 2014. Please send a title of your paper, an abstract (not more than 500 words), your first and last names, academic degree, academic affiliation, address and e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please note that only selected participants will receive e-mail with a confirmation of their abstracts. Response with acceptance of the papers: 31 March 2014.

Please find the full CfP here: PECOB

"Climax or Beginning? Modernity, Culture, Central Europe and the Great War" (October 24-25, 2014 — Prague, Czech Republic)

The year 2014 will inevitably be a year of remembrance and offers to look back at the origins, course and consequences of the First World War. Contemporary reflections, however, tend to oscillate between two poles. One of the classic interpretations is the thesis of the Great War as the "seminal catastrophe of the 20th century." (G.F. Kennan) In this view, the First World War was the end of a golden age, as described in many memoirs and works of art, and a critical foreshadowing of the catastrophic 20th century with its wars, genocides and gulags. According to this point of view the First World War significantly changed the understanding of individuality, which could in certain contexts be reduced to a means of limitless achievement of collective goals.  

On the other hand, there is an opposite view that emphasizes continuity instead and sees the First World War as albeit catastrophic, but nevertheless as the result of a deep spiritual and cultural crisis of western modernity. Fin de siècle, according to this thesis, did not represent the "golden age," but an era in the sway of decadent artistic visions, scientific and political irrationalism. First World War was just a climax of a long existing crisis, unfolding in nationalist and chauvinist movements, the repositioning of power centers within the western world and deepening conflicts between western culture and the rest of the world.

The conference will try to analyze and capture these conflicting interpretations from various points of view. Geographically it will focus on a broadly defined central European space, i. e. on the German speaking areas of Europe together with other parts of the Habsburg Empire. Since none of the above-mentioned theses was formulated purely on the basis of classic political history, the conference will strive to connect the perspectives of political science, cultural history, the history of science, historical anthropology and the history of literature, art, psychology and sociology.

Organizers welcome proposals for papers on some of the following thematic areas:

Social sphere:
-  Politics of activism: closing the spaces for national, class and political indifference
- Mobilization of the masses: from mass politics to mass armies
- Migrations within great empires and beyond during and after the war
- Role of women in war related/stimulated activities
- Youth in wartime

Cultural sphere:
- The ideal of the individual self in science, literature and art
- The emergence of the culture and philosophy of decay
- Popular culture and entertainments before and during the war (theatres, vaudeville/operettas, movies, concert hall etc.) in urban and rural context
- War as an event that made people "travel" (as soldiers or refugees), write (changed forms of communication) and read

Political sphere:
- Military thought and planning at the eve of the war and changes during the war
- Changes in political leadership during the war, the birth of a new type of charismatic leader

Religious Sphere:
- Situation of religious practices in urban and rural areas before and during the war
- New role of the various churches (Catholic, Protestants, various
Orthodox denominations, Greek Latin, Islamic etc.) or their representatives before and during the war

Economic Sphere:
- Kriegswirtschaft re-considered

To read the full CfP, please visit: HSozKult

 

International Conference: “Postcolonial Slavic Literatures after Communism” (October 15-18, 2014 — Greifswald, Germany)

The conference will discuss postcommunist Slavic literatures from a postcolonial perspective, with an emphasis on Russia, Ukraine and Poland. The main areas of focus will be:

1) the study of parallels between the postcommunist and postcolonial situation as negotiated on the symbolic level of literature;
2) the applicability of postcolonial scientific tools to postcommunist literature: Edward Said's concept of "travelling theory", or "the journey of terms in Eastern European contexts" (Sproede / Lecke, 2011), will be discussed in relation to this; and
3) the specific postcolonial dimensions of different branches of Russian, Ukrainian and Polish contemporary literature.

In 2001, almost concurrently with Ewa Thompson's monograph Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism (2000), David Chioni Moore characterised the post-Soviet sphere as being postcolonial, and at the same time diagnosed the absence of a (post)colonial perspective in current Eastern European Studies. The debate that followed highlighted the transfer of (post)colonial models into the regions of contemporary Eastern Europe and gave rise to an awareness of the consequences of communist power and exclusion discourses for culture and literature. After the collapse of the "grand narratives," the legacy of the communist past is particularly palpable in the changed cultural constellations of the self and the other, i.e. the problem of cultural alterity: in the renegotiation of the cultural relationship between periphery and centre; in the oscillation between an attempted return to a stable self-definition (by means of national mythologies) and plural reorientations; and in the (de)construction of the historical past with the particular problematisation of its "colonial" patterns of interpretation.

The appropriation of postcolonial models is becoming more complex and productive due to the fact that Russia and Poland have been perceived both as colonisers (of marginal regions such as the former Polish borderlands (kresy), the Baltic countries, Ukraine or the Caucasus region) and as colonised (Russia in relationship to the West, or Poland in relationship to Russia, the Soviet Union or Germany). Thus, the postcolonial approach can highlight ambivalent and divergent perspectives on these areas. The perspectives of both the coloniser and the colonised are dealt with in literary texts and often overlap with controversies about perpetrators and victims. Liter-ature thus approaches, on the one hand, national self-images as a possible conse-quence of heteronomy (Russia and Poland as objects of power and/or hegemony), and, on the other hand, the Russian and Polish cultures’ own attempts at suppression and indigenisation of others, whether with regard to Russification, Polonisation or the Sovietisation of minorities and neighbouring countries (Russia and Poland as agents of power). In this context, Ukraine’s "imagined community" will be examined through the prism of literary texts as an external projection, ambivalent (self-)reflection and cultural construct of Polish and Russian hegemonic narratives.

Regardless of region, the focus of debate will be on the particular features of the Soviet-communist "affirmative action empire" (Martin, 2001), i.e. disguised colonial aims, and its repercussions for the crisis mentality of postcommunist intellectuals.

For more than 20 years, literature in contemporary Russia, Ukraine and Poland has placed itself in the context of postcolonial liberation, uncertainty and pluralisation and contributed impulses to these processes. As has been noted repeatedly in the wake of the postcolonial turn in Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies predominantly rely on literary texts for their own critical insight: it is literature in which “the most prominent forms of defiance, self-empowerment and ‘agency’ on the part of postcolonial nations and subjects have emerged". A common denominator of similar texts is their ability to make "displacements", "margins, border areas, contact zones and 'in-between-spaces' [...] culturally productive", i.e. effective as literature (Bachmann-Medick, 2006). The contact zones are projected onto the structure of fictional characters, as well as onto narrative structures: the marginality and dividedness of the figures is accompanied by various techniques of subversive "rewriting".

At this conference, special attention will be paid to phenomena of alterity, marginality, hybrid identity and language patterns, stereotyping, Orientalisation and mimicry as performed by literature. This opens up the possibility of both political and poetic readings of the works as well. Particular consideration will also be given to the literary poetics of (post)coloniality, with topics such as the fictional constitution of identities, the fictionalisation of the subject of speech (for example, the relationship between the authorial voice and that of the protagonists), linguistic hybridisation, stylistic mimicry, constructions of space and time etc.

The scope of the conference includes the problem of migratory literary identities. Due to the related questions of transculturality and multilingualism, we will consider texts by Slavic authors in non-Slavic languages. By the same token, contributions referring to authors writing in Russian from any of the (former) Soviet republics are also welcome.

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"Bridging the Baltic: Transfer of medical knowledge in the Baltic Sea region 1850-2000" (October 8-10, 2014 — Lund, Sweden)

In autumn 2014, the Department of the History of Medicine at Lund University, Sweden, is organising an international symposium in collaboration with the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center in Göttingen, Germany, on aspects of the history of medicine in the Baltic Sea region from 1850-2000. The aim is to deepen and broaden knowledge of the development of medicine in the Baltic region by illuminating currents of ideas and traditions, contact zones and areas of conflict.

The countries around the Baltic Sea share a history. The sea has long served as a means of contact for the inhabitants of coastal regions. The Baltic Sea has served to unite and facilitate communication, both in practical terms and in relation to identity. However, the points of view have never been identical. The geographic proximity has also given rise to cultural conflicts, contradictory currents of ideas, and politically constructed boundaries; barriers that have had an isolating effect and cracks that have enabled migration, both of individuals and of ideas and opinions.

From the mid-19th century, experimental medicine began to take a more distinct form. The quantitative and systematic study of medicine established itself. The methodology of measurement became dominant and the new approach resulted in progress. Medicine became a powerful science. However, the progress was accompanied by a new sociology of medicine, an altered view of the participants in health care. The dramaturgy of health care took on newforms, with increasing objectification of the patient and glorification of the doctor. Around the turn of the century, patients' voices began to make themselves heard at the large medical institutions - sanatoria and mental hospitals.

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