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 Applications: ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2020
Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring up to 16 grants annually, at a maximum of $6,000 each, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships. The grant is for primary dissertation research, not for dissertation write-up.
- Applicant may be a graduate student of any nationality, in any discipline currently enrolled in a PhD program in the United States
- Applicant must have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel
- Applicant must have language proficiency to conduct the proposed research
- Applicant must be a student member of ASEEES at the time of application
- Applicant must plan to conduct research in one or more of countries within the region covered by ASEEES, including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
- Applicant must plan to start the research travel by no later than January 31 of the subsequent year (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the summer of 2020, the grant recipient must start his/her research travel no later than January 31, 2021)
- Applicant must not hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships for the same research project
NEW GRANTS AS OF 2019
Thanks to the generous gifts from ASEEES members and other donors to the Future of the Field campaign, we are able to offer:
- Dissertation Research Grant in Women and Gender Studies- open to all disciplines and geographic foci in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (as described under Eligibility)
- Dissertation Research Grant in LGBTQ Studies- open to all disciplines and geographic foci in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (as described under Eligibility)
- Joseph Bradley and Christine Ruane Dissertation Research Grant in Russian Studies- open to all disciplines and any aspect of Russian studies broadly defined
The grant amount is maximum $6,000, which must be spent on expenses outside the US conducting research in the eligible country or countries, listed above. NOTE: The fellowship does not support tuition and fee payments to the applicant’s US home institution.
Applications must be submitted by April 1 (Notifications will be made by May 15)
Complete the online application, which includes:
- a two-page, single-spaced, 1000-word (excl footnotes, bibliography) description of the research scope, analytical framework, methodology, budget, and timeline;
- a CV no longer than two pages;
- Graduate transcript(s) (unofficial copy allowed);
- two letters of professional reference due April 8 (one must be from the main dissertation/thesis adviser);
- a section on the status of all grants to which one has applied for the research period and/or a statement of ineligibility for key funding opportunities. (Prior to disbursement of funds, ASEEES will contact the home department to verify candidate’s standing and funding levels.)
All files are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel that values clarity of argument to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Please contact email@example.com with any further questions.
Call for Applications: Civil Society in Russia Research Grant
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2020
Thanks to a grant from the US-Russia Foundation, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring grants with stipends of up to $6,000 for the purposes of conducting graduate research related to the rule of law, governance, economy, business, and civil society in Russia. These grants are intended to provide opportunities for young scholars to make connections with Russian peers and senior specialists, promoting long-term professional relations, and to foster the next generation of Russia experts.
Graduate students in MA programs and professional schools are strongly encouraged to apply. PhD students at the predissertation level may apply for pre-dissertation research.
The grants may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF, and other similarly fully-funded dissertation research fellowships.
- Applicants must be M.A., Ph.D., and professional school students enrolled at a US university
- Applicants may be of any nationality
- Applicants who are Ph.D. students should be at the predissertation level (those who are Ph.D. candidates [ABD] should instead apply for the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant and/or the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship)
- Applicant must have language proficiency necessary to conduct proposed research
- Applicant must plan to conduct research in Russia
- Applicant must be a member of ASEEES at the time of application
- Applicant must plan to start the research travel by no later the January 31, 2021
The grant amount is maximum $6,000, which must be spent on expenses outside the US conducting research in Russia. NOTE: The fellowship does not support tuition and fee payments to the applicant’s US home institution.
Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020 (Notifications will be made by May 15)
Complete the online application, which includes:
- A two-page, single-spaced, maximum 1000-word (exluding footnotes, bibliography) description of the research scope, analytical framework, methodology, budget, and timeline;
- A CV no longer than two pages;
- Graduate transcript(s) (unofficial copy allowed);
- Two letters of professional reference due April 8, 2020 (one must be from the main thesis advisor)
All files are reviewed by an independent panel that values clarity of argument to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
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: 2nd Eastern European Student History Conference
Deadline to apply: April 20, 2020
Call for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conference Papers!
JUNE 4, 2020 KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
After a successful first conference last year, it is with great pleasure that I announce the 2nd Eastern European Student History Conference on June 4, 2020 at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York.
This year’s theme will be: Poland and Hungary: It’s History, People, and Diaspora
Therefore we particularly encourage submission of papers which deal with these countries, however we welcome all research papers that deal with East Central Europe.
Last year we had a diverse group of presenters which ranged from high school senior to doctoral student, all while representing four different states. Therefore this is a great opportunity for students to experience a professional conference setting, build their résumés, network, and learn about the work of other students.
If you know of any students who would be interested in presenting their papers please forward this information to them and encourage them to participate.
We are anticipating 10-12 minute presentations followed by questions and answers. Please submit your paper proposals (no more than a page) by APRIL 20th to email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Robert Reynolds (email@example.com), 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.
#DN25 invites you to discuss Global Dispositives – those complex figurations of discourses, technologies, and practices which are expected to reshape the world society in the coming decade: digital, cultural, political, economic, infrastructural and environmental entanglements on a global level. #DN25 includes (but is not restricted to) topics such as digital transformation and data cultures, the New Silk road, the rise of the Arctic region, global media changes, global value chain, policies on issues such as migration, inequality, environment and development.
The point of departure of #DN25 are studies and practices of discourse. For this reason, we invite scholars from various disciplines of humanities and social sciences (e.g. media and communication studies, sociology, linguistics, anthropology, cultural and political studies, philosophy, economy and law), but also activists, artists, journalists, policy makers and policy analysts to join this discussion. Our common goal is to re-conceptualise and/or to make sense of the global processes whose passive witnesses we do not accept to be.
This conference, hosted at Tyumen University will be carried out in cooperation with International DiscourseNet Association, Swiss University of Lugano and Beijing School of Government and Public Affairs.
We are well aware of the Covid19-pandemic. However, we hope and believe that by mid November the danger will be over. Also, we do not want to stop 'doing science'. In case of a different, unwanted, development, we will be able to offer alternatives concerning either the time or the format of the event (e.g. online). We therefore invite you to send in your paper, panel and poster proposals. We will take into account all the recommendations of the authorities and health experts.
The journal “Studi Slavistici” is pleased to invite proposals for a special issue to be published in vol. XVIII, 2021, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Ukrainian poetess, playwright, translator Lesya Ukrainka(1871-1913).
The writer has proved herself a bright modernist, whose influence on the development of Ukrainian literature cannot be overestimated. In her writings, problems of democratization of society, national liberation and emancipation were raised. The writer’s style is characterized by intellectualism, intermediality and a wide range of European literary tendencies.
Methodologies of approach to single works and various genres practiced by Lesya Ukrainka may be different, allowing fresh interpretations and deeper knowledge of the writer, her intellectual world, international literary connections, philosophical and artistic views. Her iconic image, overloaded with social and national mythologization may result in a more equilibrated evaluation in our days.
We invite authors to consider the following topics in Lesya Ukrainka’s works:
- European artistic movements
- Modernism and Classical heritage
- Ukrainian past and present
- Paganism, Christianity, Philosophy
- The Poetical Dramas
- Italy and Italian motives
- Gender issues and feminism
- LU as a translator
- LU and folklore
Please send your title proposal with a short description in English (max 2,000 characters with spaces) and a brief biographical note (300-600 characters with spaces) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: May 15th, 2020.
Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent to the authors by June 30th, 2020.
If the proposal is accepted, authors are required to submit their manuscripts (max 40,000 characters, including spaces, footnotes and references) through the on-line submission system: https://oaj.fupress.net/index.php/ss/about/submissions
Manuscript Deadline: November 30th, 2020.
The editorial board will take in consideration only unpublished papers which contain new approaches, materials or evaluations concerning the literary and intellectual heritage of Lesya Ukrainka. Following the editorial policy of “Studi slavistici”, all submitted papers will be sent for evaluation to two peer reviewers (double blind review).
Manuscripts may be in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish or any Slavic language.
Dates and venue: 21–23 October 2020, University of Helsinki, Finland
The 20th Annual Aleksanteri Conference brings together scholars exploring dimensions of global migration to, from and within the Eurasian space. For the purposes of this conference, the geographic domain of the Eurasian space includes Central and Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space. We discuss migration and the agency of migrants in terms of social, political, cultural and economic processes and flows, which redefine the contours of national boundaries and affect societal development in both sending and receiving societies. Migration to, from and within the Eurasian space has been a part of flows and processes between the Global North and Global South, but also a part of the building of past empires.
Historically, the impact of migration in many fields, such as economy and culture, has been enormous. In addition to these, migration affects national politics, global inequality, urbanization, local communities, travel of ideas, cultural renewal, institutional development, labor markets, innovation, education and social policy, as well as foreign and security policy. Migration also requires transnational solutions as a part of national and regional migration policy. New migration flows and processes can be expected due to political upheavals, environmental degradation and climate change.
In the 20th Aleksanteri Conference, we ask what kind of migratory flows and processes can we detect in Eurasia? What has been the impact economically, culturally, politically and strategically in both sending and receiving countries? What has been the significance of Eurasian migration in other parts of the world? What are the peculiarities of today´s Eurasian migration? What kinds of transnational solutions to migration are required in Eurasia? Who are migrants and how do they live their lives? What has been the contribution of migrants to innovation and development in different fields? How have transnational communities and the travel of ideas changed the Eurasian space?
We invite you to discuss a broad range of migration related topics through these contemporary and historical perspectives. The conference organising committee will also consider other relevant questions related to Russian, Central and Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.
Confirmed keynote speakers and programme:
Ulf Brunnbauer, Professor & Academic Director, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany
Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Associate Professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
Madeleine Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK
Sergey Ryazantsev, Professor & Director of the Institute for Social and Political Studies of the Federal Scientific Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Caress Schenk, Associate Professor of Political Science, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics, University of Helsinki, Finland.
In addition to plenary sessions, the conference features scientific panels, roundtables and a poster session. Complementing academic activity, the conference programme will also include cultural events and discussions with practitioners and public figures involved in global migration. We will organise a guided tour of the Slavonic Library, which is a world-renowned treasure, especially for scholars of Russian history and culture. Conference guests are invited to attend evening receptions hosted by the City of Helsinki and University of Helsinki. This year we will again organise a book exhibition at the main conference venue.
Conference schedule and deadlines:
- Deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals: 15 May 2020
- Notification of acceptance: 17 June 2020
- Online registration and registration fees due by 21 August 2020
- Conference programme published by early September 2020
- Conference: 21-23 October 2020
The deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2020. Please submit your proposal via our website at
Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants 120 €
Graduate students and participants with a yearly income of less than 30,000 euros 60 €
Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference is allowed) 30 €
The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translations can be provided.
Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Costs related to participation are also the responsibility of the participant. Information on hotels will be provided later on the conference webpage. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/info.
Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or roundtable are also welcome to take part in the conference.
Please consult our website for information and discussion:
For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Calls for Papers: Conference ‘Internet Communication: Multiformatity and Multifunctionality’
Deadline to apply: May 30, 2020
We invite you to take part in the conference ‘Internet Communication: Multiformatity and Multifunctionality’ 29 - 30 October 2020 in Arkhangelsk (Russia), held by the Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov in Arkhangelsk with the support of the Lecturate of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Ekaterinburg. Internet-communication today develops in a direction, where different formats and modi are used, which interact with each other and lead to the appearance of new communicative phenomena – Internet memes, live-broadcasting or photo-histories. We propose researchers from different fields of research to think about and reflect on the linguistic, social, psychological and pragmatic kind of similar communicative phenomena on the Internet. Researchers, university teachers, students and young researchers are invited to participate in the conference.
Academic Conference Organisers:
Prof. Dr. Larisa Yuryevna Shchipitsina, Department for German and French philology, NARFU named after М.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk;
Andrea Liebschner, PhD, Lecturer German Academic Exchange Service, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg;
The following thematic areas are planned for panels:
- Multimodality of communication on the Internet;
- Textual organisation on the Internet;
- Social networks and mobile applications: specifics of the communicative interaction;
- New types and functions of advertising and promotion on the Internet;
- Online platforms and services in education.
The list of topics can be extended.
Working languages at the conference: Russian, German, English.
Types of participation: - presence with presentation,
- distance with paper,
- online participation with presentation.
The inviting university NARFU will help foreign participants with invitations for visa applications
Payment of expenses (travel and accommodation) by the sending organisation/university. Based on the results of the conference, it is planned to publish an electronic collection of papers in the conference proceedings with inclusion in the RSCI database and assignment of ISBN.
For the participation in the conference please apply until 30 May 2020 with the registration form to the address of the conference coordinator Larisa Yuryevna Shchipitsina.
Papers for the conference proceedings indexed at the RSCI are accepted until 10 September 2020.
General enquiries about the conference are welcome at: email@example.com
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