Call for Papers: In the Dark Spaces of Language. Negotiation of Unintelligibility in Slavic literatures
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020
Please find an invitation to the conference “In the Dark Spaces of Language. Negotiation of Unintelligibility in Slavic literatures”, which we organise at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin on March 26-27 2020. People working outside Germany can apply for travel grants.
In Ciemność (Darkness, 1866), the Polish poet Cyprian Norwid replied to his readership, which regarded his poetic language as ‘dark’ and ‘unintelligible’ (Uffellmann 1997; Kasperski 2009). The complex rhetoric structure of Darkness shows that the poem was not intended as a poetological explanation, but as a play with the readers’ uncertainties. The readers lose themselves in a labyrinth of enigmatic rhetoric questions and metaphors, ellipses and dashes; the awaited definition of ‘darkness’ and ‘unintelligibility’ is not delivered. Norwid’s Darkness presents reading as an anti-hermeneutic act: reading is not a straight path towards clearness and understanding, but a process in which the readers get lost in the dark spaces of language. A similar idea can be found in Juraj Briškár’s Sprievodca nezrozumiteľnosťou (A Guide to Unintelligibility, 2015). The instrumental case of nezrozumiteľnosť allows two different interpretations and translations of the title. On the one hand, Briškár’s book presents itself as a guide which aims to help readers find a way out from their incomprehension; on the other hand, the book can be interpreted as an invitation to a journey together with unintelligibility: in this case, unintelligibility itself becomes the aim of every hermeneutic process. In both cases, however, the hermeneutic act is presented as a difficult journey through (dark) spaces. Inspired by Norwid’s and Briškár’s poetic strategies, we would like to investigate how the concepts of ‘unintelligibility’ and ‘obscurity’ are (re)presented, performed and negotiated in Slavic literatures. We welcome abstracts dealing especially with following themes:
· Terminological and theoretical problems: Which literary epochs are regarded as particularly ‘dark’ and why? Which terms are generally used in relation to ‘incomprehensible’ literary texts? Can literature help us to find new concepts and categories?
· Performing unintelligibility: How is unintelligibility constructed in literature? Which are its main forms and motives (e.g. crypt, labyrinth, forest, dark places) and how do they function?
· Material unintelligibility: How does unintelligibility relate to the visual materiality of a text? Which graphic and typographic signs are considered to be particularly ‘dark’? How are they used to perform a sort of ‘visual unintelligibility’?
Short abstracts (max. 300 words) are welcomed until February 1, 2020. For further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Call for Papers: The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev
Deadline to Apply: February 13, 2020
Location: Oxford, Juy 2020
Paper proposals are invited for the workshop The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev, to be held at University College, Oxford on July 20th 2020, co-organised by Dr Polly Jones (Oxford) and Dr Miriam Dobson (Sheffield). This one-day workshop, funded by the John Fell Fund of the University of Oxford, will explore the social and cultural consequences of the Soviet-era legislation barring various categories of the population (notably, many Gulag returnees) from settling closer than 100km to Moscow and Leningrad (50km from Kyiv).
More details here: https://provincialmarginality.eventcreate.com/
The workshop is the first, ‘pump-priming’ stage in planning a major international project comparing 101st kilometre communities, and we hope that participants in the workshop may wish to collaborate in the subsequent phases of the project. The workshop will feature intensive discussion by leading UK scholars of migration and marginality of pre-circulated papers by invited participants. Papers should be approx. 4000 words and submitted to discussants by mid-June 2020. The working languages of the workshop will be English and Russian.
Project and Paper topics
The popular shorthand of the 101st kilometre (sto pervyi kilometr) designates (and simplifies) a large and complex territory made up of small provincial towns between the distant periphery and metropolitan centres. The 101st kilometre zone was shaped by multiple and diverse waves of migration: kulaks and social marginals in the 1930s, Gulag returnees of the Stalin and post-Stalin eras, and non-conformist writers, religious believers and dissidents in late socialism. Comparing these migrants’ decisions on how and where to settle within the 101st kilometre, and their subsequent practices of ‘place-making’ and community building, will enrich the growing strand of refugee studies which emphasises agency over passive victimhood. 101st kilometre towns also challenge conventional understandings of Russian and Soviet imaginary geography as defined by a dominant centre and a far-flung periphery with a drab and homogeneous ‘province’ in between. Broadly, we are concerned with the following questions:
- What agency did ‘marginalised’ citizens bring to bear on their choice(s) of locale around the 101st kilometre; what were the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors in deciding between towns?
- Was life on the 101st kilometre sedentary or itinerant? What was the nature and extent of interactions with the metropole?
- What types of communities and collective action resulted from this migration?
- How did local populations react to, and participate in, these ‘marginal’ cultures?
- How did Soviet authorities respond to these communities and activities, and with what effects?
More specifically, papers might concern the following (this list is non-exhaustive):
- The cultural and social history of individual towns or regions on the 101st kilometre.
- Gulag returnee settlement in 101st kilometre towns; comparison of communities of ‘criminal’ and ‘political’ former prisoners.
- The Soviet authorities’ response to social and cultural phenomena produced by the 101st kilometre legislation, including rising crime rates; civil unrest; formation of non-conformist religious and literary communities.
- Re-conceptualising Soviet migration and marginality in light of the social and cultural history of the 101st kilometre.
- The post-Soviet ‘101st kilometre’: legislation; social practices; popular attitudes.
- Depictions of life on the 101st kilometre in literature, film and art
How to submit proposals
Paper proposals of 300 words max. should be submitted to polly.jones at univ.ox.ac.uk by 13 February 2020. Applicants will be informed whether their paper proposal has been accepted by the end of February 2020. We anticipate being able to cover the costs of participants’ travel and accommodation (up to two nights in Oxford).
Call for Papers: Bulgarian Studies Journal
Deadline for submissions: February 15. 2020
Bulgarian Studies (ISSN 2638-9754) is an annual online peer-edited journal
that includes content related to the study of Bulgaria and its culture.
For the next issue, we welcome contributions that focus on any aspects
related to Bulgarian history, culture, and literature, from the perspectives
of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Book reviews and review articles of newer publications related to Bulgaria
are also welcome.
We especially encourage manuscripts that engage with comparative analysis of
Bulgaria and other countries from the region and the world.
Manuscripts should be sent in Word document (.doc or .docx) to
email@example.com, by February 15, 2020. Texts should follow the
guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Articles
should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes
and appendices, and reviews should be 500 to 1,500 words in length.
Please contact the Editor, Sanja Ivanov at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
Call for Papers: Princeton University Slavic Graduate Conference
Deadline to Apply: February 16, 2020
(Over) Indulgence Conference:
Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
A graduate conference sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University
Date: May 6-7, 2020
Location: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University
Keynote speaker: Eric Naiman (UC Berkeley)
Transgression against societal norms has long been elevated to transgression against the divine. Yet vice and virtue are not always mutually incompatible; morals and societal norms are not always black and white. Nor is transgression the only way to move from virtue to sin (or vice versa). In Crime and Punishment, it is Sonia who becomes Dostoevsky’s guiding star to redemption – despite her “fall from grace” into prostitution. (Over) Indulgence aims at exploring such virtuous acts of sin; our graduate conference is interested in tracing various entanglements of the virtuous and the sinful across the Eastern European and Eurasian landscape.
We invite submissions that address three major thematic clusters. The first, most literal, interpretation of our conference theme deals with the subversion of dominant norms. We are interested in papers that explore the “negative translation” through which chastity is mutually referential with promiscuity, heterosexuality – with homosexuality, sobriety – with alcoholism, and restraint – with gluttony (to name a few). What are the protocols of such translation, and what types of dialogue between the virtuous and the sinful does it require? How are “sinners” stigmatized or marginalized within this process of translation? What types of emotional regimes or havens does it generate? What kinds of entanglements within the physical, the psychological, and the symbolic does it produce?
We are also interested in the ways that the shifting norms surrounding sin and virtue can be seen as a constantly evolving process of acceptance and rejection in the field of aesthetics. For instance, the literary and artistic debates in the early Soviet Union could be easily seen as a reflection of a larger societal attempt to render the conflict between the virtue of the proletarian and the sin of the decadent bourgeois as an argument over the correct orientation toward literary and artistic form. Radical, form-focused avant garde projects of the 1920s presented themselves as the sole viable path forward to a truly proletarian culture. Yet by the mid-1930s this rhetoric was turned against them, as Socialist Realism became the sole proper, virtuous aesthetic orientation. This transformation of the prior virtue into a sin was neither simple nor complete, producing a variety of hybridized approaches, liminal forms, and ambiguous devices. We are interested in proposals that focus on such aesthetics and poetics of entanglement, illuminating the convoluted coexistence of the dominant and its opposites.
Another application of the conference theme deals with institutionalized settings in which norms (and their opposites) are created, taught, and propagated in society. The institutions that determine and enforce these standards range from schools and governments to ideological parties and religious structures, but this process—and resistance to it—can also happen through homes, emotional communities, and literature. We are interested in understanding practices and regimes that turn moral, aesthetic, emotional, or political entanglements into clear-cut choices and models. How does the establishment, affirmation, and evolution of what is considered positive and negative take place? What are the tools that ensure “streamlining of norms,” and who defines “moral clarity?” In short, how does one untangle these knots to navigate sin and indulgence?
By expanding and collapsing the borders of sin and virtue, we hope to open a space for discussion, intervention, and scholarly experimentation. We invite proposals from graduate students working in literature, film, history, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, cultural studies, music, art, and gender studies. At the conference, each presenter will have 10-15 minutes to give their paper, followed by the discussant’s commentary and open discussion.
Please send your abstract (approx. 300 words) and a brief bio (approx. 50 words), along with any questions to email@example.com by February 16, 2020 (we will notify the selected finalists by February 23, 2020).
We may be able to cover some transportation and lodging costs, depending on the availability of funding.
Call for Applications: NEW ASEEES Internship Grant Program
Deadline to apply: February 17, 2020
Thanks to the generous support of the US-Russia Foundation, ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program: www.aseees.org/programs/aseees-internship-grant-program
This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside of traditional academia. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities, lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee during their internship. ASEEES is also working to secure funding for a similar program to support internships related to non-Russian aspects of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.
*Please help us disseminate the information about this new program by sharing this announcement with any interested graduate students and recent graduates.
Deadline: February 17, 2020
Call for Submissions: Journal of Women's History Graduate Student Essay Prize 2020
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2020
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Women’s History is proud to announce the fourth biennial prize for the best article manuscript in the field of women’s history authored by a graduate student. Article manuscripts in any chronological and geographical area are welcome. Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, including endnotes, and should follow the University of Chicago Manual of Style. Please also submit an abstract of no more than 150 words that summarizes the argument and significance of the work. We seek work that has broad significance for the field of women’s history in general, addresses issues that transcend the particulars of the case, and breaks new ground conceptually or methodologically.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, along with a cover letter specifying the author’s graduate advisor, program, and status (i.e., year in program, ABD, etc.), by March 1, 2020 to the committee chair: Lessie Jo Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winning author will receive a $500 cash prize, and the article will be considered, after a further process of review and revision, for publication in the Journal of Women’s History. The prize will be awarded at the 2020 Berkshire Conference of Women’s History.
Call For Papers: Workshop on sexual violence in modern southern European history
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2020
Since the publication in 1975 of Susan Brownmiller's pioneering Against our
Will, historians have continued to challenge biological narratives which
espouse the 'inevitability' of male sexual aggression. Scholars such as
Joanna Bourke and Georges Vigarello have shed light on the historically
contingent myths, stereotypes, and assumptions which have shaped societal,
legal, and medical attitudes towards the victims and perpetrators of sexual
violence at different points in time.
In the modern period, medical specialists have played a particularly
important role in shaping popular and legal perceptions of the victims and
perpetrators of sexual violence. More recently, scholars such as Ngwarsungu
Chiwengo have invited us to reflect on the western gaze within public
discourse and scholarship on sexual violence, challenging narratives which
mask the implication of western actors in sexual violence, at home and
abroad. Such scholarship forces us to question the positioning of the
western subject in historical narratives of sexual violence, which have
hitherto focused on the anglophone western world.
This workshop, co-hosted by the Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters (SHaME)
project at Birkbeck College, London, and the Research Centre for the
Humanities (Greece) seeks to problematise the western subject through an
exploration of sexual violence in the "European south", broadly defined.
Early social anthropologists reported a certain "cultural unity" within the
European south and the Mediterranean (Pitt-Rivers, 1963). According to such
perspectives, the social values of "honour and shame" in southern Europe
were grounded in deeply gendered understandings of family honour, in which
men were cast as its holders and protectors, while female honour was more
directly linked to sexuality, experienced and expressed as shame. Yet, more
recent scholarship has highly criticised this notion of "cultural unity"
(Herzfeld, 1980, 1998; Gilmore 1987), highlighting the diverse
manifestations of honour and shame within the European south, and stressing
the existence of this "culture of honour" in other geographical areas of the
Southern European gender models and the implications of these on the study
of sexual violence in the western world are relatively under-theorised
within broader narratives of the western subject.
This workshop seeks to address this lacuna through an exploration of the
intersection of southern European culture-understood through the prism of
"unity in diversity" (Horden and Purcell 2000)-and sexual violence in the
modern period. A thorough comparison of sexual violence within the diverse
localities of the European south will allow similarities and differencesto
emerge, and will help to decentre current emphasis on the English-speaking
world within the current historiography on sexual violence.
The event will take place at Birkbeck and will adopt a workshop format.
Participants will be invited to submit a 4000-5000-word draft by 31 October
2020, and will present a 15-minute version of this paper on the day of the
workshop. In addition, each participant will be paired with another
attendee, and will be expected to provide a 5-minute discussion of their
partner's written work during their session. Selected papers will be invited
to submit an extended full paper for a peer-reviewed publication or a
Proposals are welcome from any area relating to sexual violence, but those
focussing on sexual violence in relation to medicine and public health would
be particularly welcome. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- The influence of southern European models of masculinity, femininity, and
the family on legal, popular, and medical discussions of sexual violence;
- The role of religion and the Church in shaping attitudes and experiences
of sexual violence;
- The legacies of war, civil war, communism, and fascism on popular, legal,
and/or medical discourse and practice linked to sexual violence;
- The role of psychiatric discourses in shaping public and legal discussions
surrounding the victims and perpetrators of sexual violence;
- The social, medical and/or psychological aftermaths of sexual violence.
Proposals consisting of a 500-word abstract and a one-page CV should be sent
to Dimitra Vassiliadou (Research Centre for the Humanities and the Hellenic
email@example.com) and Stephanie Wright (Birkbeck,
firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 March 2020.
Participants will be notified of the outcome of their submissions by
mid-April 2020. Some funding will be available for those travelling to the
workshop from abroad and areas outside of London - please let the organisers
know via email if you wish to be considered for this.
Call for Papers: 15th ANNUAL MEETING of the Slavic Linguistics Society
Deadline to apply: April 10, 2020
Where: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
When: September 4–6, 2020
We invite you to submit an abstract to the 15th annual meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, September 4–6, 2020.
Joanna Błaszczak (University of Wrocław)
Małgorzata Ćavar (Indiana University)
Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)
Papers dealing with any aspect of Slavic linguistics and within any framework are appropriate, as well as those that represent cross-disciplinary approaches (sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, etc.). This year submissions in SLA are particularly welcome. All talks are for 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
We encourage all to participate and ask you to share this announcement with as many colleagues and students as possible.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: 10 April 2020
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS:
We appreciate current visa issues, as well as the need to plan your travel, and so we will make an effort to accept abstracts on an on-going basis. What this means is that at the beginning of December and February, as well as after the official April 10 deadline, we will review all newly-received abstracts. Your abstract should:
•Be submitted in PDF format, with all non-standard fonts embedded
•Be no longer than two pages including references, figures, and data (single-spaced with 1 inch margins, 12-point text, preferably Times New Roman)
As appropriate, identify the framework, describe the methodology, explain how the data are analyzed—in other words, please be as concrete and specific as possible in describing your work.
Abstracts should be submitted using EasyAbs: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/sls15in2020. If you are a student, under the “Institution” field please also include that information (in order to be considered for a student travel grant and/or the Charles E. Townsend Award).
•An individual may submit at most one single and one co-authored paper
•Up-to-date SLS membership is required for presenting at the annual meeting
CONFERENCE WEBPAGE: under construction at http://www.slaviclinguistics.org/
Call for Papers: Digital Humanities Special Issue of Russian Language Journal
Deadline to apply: May 1, 2020
The Russian Language Journal invites submission of articles for inclusion in a special issue dedicated to Digital Humanities, co-edited by Thomas Garza (email@example.com) and Robert Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org), to be published Dec 2020.
Submissions should relate to the intersection of any treatment, field, or methodology of Digital Humanities with any topic that falls under the stated scope of the RLJ, including Russian language, culture, and the acquisition of Russian as a second language. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Digital and computational approaches and applications in literary and linguistic fields, including computational text analysis, stylometry, authorship attribution, digital philology or textual scholarship;
- Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL), including automatic exercise generation, automatic readability/complexity analysis, grammatically intelligent information retrieval or web search, automatic error correction, or intelligent tutoring systems;
- Automatic assessment of second-language reading, writing, speaking, or listening proficiency;
- Creation and maintenance of large digital corpora, treebanks, dictionaries, or other digital linguistic resources;
- Digital approaches in music, film, theatre, and media studies; electronic art and literature, digital activism, etc.;
- Cultural heritage, digital cultural studies, and research undertaken by digital cultural institutions;
- Social, cultural, and political aspects of Digital Humanities including digital feminisms, digital indigenous studies, digital cultural and ethnic studies, digital black studies, digital queer studies, digital geopolitical studies, multilingualism and multiculturalism in DH, eco-criticism and environmental humanities as they intersect with the Digital Humanities;
- Theoretical, epistemological, methodological or historical aspects of Digital Humanities;
- Institutional aspects of DH, interdisciplinary aspects of scholarship, open science, public humanities, societal engagement and impact of DH;
- Digital Humanities pedagogy and academic curricula;
- Any other theme pertaining to the intersection of Digital Humanities and the Russian language.
Contributions may be written in either English or Russian, and should generally be no longer than 7000 words. More detailed explanations regarding submission policies and procedures can be found at http://rlj.americancouncils.org/policies. Submissions should be sent by email to either of the co-editors no later than 1 May 2020.
This competition is dedicated to the memory of IU Slavic Department alumnus, teacher, scholar, and administrator, Professor Daniel Armstrong (1942-79). Awards are presented to students for papers written for a class in Russian, East European or Central Eurasian Studies taken during the current academic year (Fall ’19 – Spring ’20). The award is given in three categories: graduate student paper (dissertation chapters are notpermitted), Master of Arts Essay/Thesis, and undergraduate papers. Winners receive a modest monetary prize and REEI certificate of recognition.
The papers are read during the summer by a panel of REEI affiliate faculty. The identity of the students submitting the papers will not be shared with the panel. Papers are submitted directly by students who may submit only one entry per year. Papers must be submitted by the third Friday after the Spring semester final exams week. This year that Friday is May 22th.
Awards are presented to the authors of the winning papers in September at the annual REEI Fall Reception (Only winners will be notified).
How to submit:
Submit clean copies without comments electronically in .pdf format to Elliott Nowacky, REEI Student Services Coordinator, email: email@example.com no later than 5pm on Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
Paper copies will not be accepted. The author’s name should be omitted from all pages.
In addition please include a single cover sheet with the following information in .pdf format:
- author’s name & student ID number
- paper title
- course information (number/title, instructor, semester)
Students or faculty may submit student papers for consideration.
Please Note: Papers awarded the Eva Kagan-Kans Memorial Award (Office for Women’s Affairs) are ineligible.
Call for Papers: International Conference: "What They Brought/What They Changed: Material Culture and Polish Chicago"
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2020
This conference concerns Polish Chicago from the perspective of immigrants’ possessions and their material legacy. The majority of Polish immigrants arrived to the Windy City from a land of economic hardship and extreme political oppression, thus they brought very little: common things limited in quantity that answered basic travel demands (trunks, travel documents) and everyday necessities such as clothes or bedding. At the same time, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chicago Polonia built a number of monumental eclectic churches (the so-called Polish Cathedrals)—the major and lasting intervention in Chicago’s urban space. Thus among the questions the conference addresses is the striking initial disparity between the Polish immigrants’ conditions of labor in the Yards (combined with a simplicity of material ecology at their homes) and the churches’ splendor; in particular, we wish to examine how this incongruence has diminished over time to reflect larger developments in social class (gentrification), aesthetic sensitivities,, technology (photography, automobiles, etc.), ethnicity, faith, notwithstanding generational differences.
With their tangible belongings, Poles also brought some intangible values—their physical strength and energy to be translated into the city’s work force—including almost ethereal hopes and expectations, memories and anxieties that connected their past with their future, their old home with the new world. Therefore, this conference will discuss how the objects that were brought over or construed here, regardless of their scale and material, either devotional, educational or utilitarian, negotiated the past and the future through a perspective of national identity to forge it anew as a Polish-American iteration of political struggle and economic inequality.
Please send your abstracts to the conference organizers: Professor Bożena Shallcross, the University of Chicago (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Agata Zborowska, Warsaw University (email@example.com). Deadline for abstract submission: May 31, 2020.
CALL FOR PAPERS – Leo Tolstoy and World Literature
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2020
On August 11-15, 2020 the State Museum-Estate of Leo Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana is going to host XII International Academic Conference Tolstoy and World Literature. Problems of Tolstoy’s work and art in the context of Russian and World Literature, philosophy, and religion are to be discussed at the sessions of the Conference. Traditionally the Conference is organised on the basis of Tolstoy’s personal library, which preserves the books and periodicals in 39 foreign languages. The Book of Proceedings will be published.
The registration fee is 50 euro (in Russian currency equivalent). The Museum covers all hotel, meals, and cultural programme expenses.
On August 11th, at 3 pm, at the metro station Akademika Yangelya there will be a bus to Yasnaya Polyana for the participants. August 15th is the departure day.
The deadline for applications is June 1st, 2020. The application includes the information about the participant and the abstract of the paper. For those who need an invitation for visa, the following information is to be sent before February 15th: the copy of the front passport page, institution, address, telephone, place of issuing visa. Please forward your application to Dr. Galina Alekseeva: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com