The Union of What? Soviet Internationalism Thirty Years After the Fall of the USSR
Call for Submissions to The Russian Review
Deadlne to apply: September 1, 2020
When the Soviet Union collapsed, contemporaries heralded the emergence of fifteen separate republics; yet nearly three decades on, it is still common to refer to the “post-Soviet space.” Important questions remain about what it was that knit the Soviet Union together and why connections across national boundaries forged in the Soviet period remain relevant within and beyond Eurasia a generation after the union’s demise.
Dismissed until recently as an ideological fig leaf concealing the USSR’s “true” regional and global ambitions, Soviet internationalism has received renewed attention among scholars who take it seriously as a conceptual framework and practice that ran through Soviet life and shaped engagement with the broader world. Recent scholarship has unearthed Soviet internationalism’s intellectual underpinnings and traced its influence in a wide range of areas, including foreign policy, education, art, literature, cinema, and everyday life. Scholars have also pointed to its legacies, both among the diverse populations of contemporary Russia and Eurasia and in Russia’s current relations with Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Soviet internationalism offers a way to connect the study of nationality, a subject that has received ample attention in our field, with the study of race, which has been comparatively neglected.
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Soviet Union’s fall, The Russian Review invites submissions for a special issue on Soviet internationalism and its legacies with the goal of furthering the study of the region’s diversity and examining it in a global context. We plan to publish a cluster of articles considering internationalism within the multiethnic Soviet Union, across the socialist camp, and in relations with post-colonial countries throughout the globe. The cluster will consider the ways that Soviet internationalism built cultural, political, and personal connections across national boundaries but also sometimes asserted racial and ethnic hierarchies in an imperial fashion. It will compare and contrast practices of internationalism with manifestations of nationalism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism. It will look at interactions between internationalism and local intellectual traditions, and investigate internationalism as a lived experience in school and university clubs, pioneer camps, and international forums and festivals. Chronologically, it will span Soviet internationalism’s early development, its expansion and operation during the Cold War, and its afterlives in the contemporary world. Finally, the cluster will engage internationalism and its legacies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including history, literature, art, film and media studies, anthropology, political science, and sociology.
To be considered for the cluster, please email a 500-word abstract to email@example.com outlining your argument, methods, and sources by September 1, 2020.
Authors of selected abstracts will be notified soon after and will be expected to submit a complete article manuscript (up to 9,000 words, including endnotes) by December 18, 2020.
The cluster will then go through the journal’s typical process of double-blind peer review, with oversight from the editorial collegium. Authors whose abstracts are not selected for inclusion in the cluster will still have the opportunity to submit their article manuscript for consideration as an individual submission.
Call for Submissions: 2020 AWSS Graduate Research Prize
Deadline to apply: September 1, 2020
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Graduate Research Prize is awarded annually to fund promising graduate-level research in any field of Slavic/East European/Central Asian studies by a woman or on a topic in Women's or Gender Studies related to Slavic Studies/East Europe/Central Asia by a scholar of any gender. Graduate students who are at any stage of master's or doctoral level research are eligible. Only current graduate students are eligible for this prize.
The grant can be used to support expenses related to completion of a thesis or dissertation, as well as travel, services, and/or materials. The award carries a cash prize of $1000.00. Nominations and self- nominations are welcome.
A completed application consists of 1) a 2-3 page proposal that explains the project, how the funds will be used, and why this funding is necessary for continued progress on the project; 2) a CV; 3) a detailed budget and timeline; and 4) two letters of recommendation. Please submit application materials in MS Word or PDF. Winning recipients should submit a report on their use of the funds to the Committee Chair by August of the year following the receipt of the award. Recipients must be members of AWSS; if award recipients are not current AWSS members, they must join AWSS as condition of the award.
Applications are due by September 1, 2020, and must be complete by that date to be considered for the award. Letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the AWSS Graduate Prize Committee Chair directly.
Please direct all questions and send all application materials by email attachment to the Committee Chair, Sharon Kowalsky, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M-Commerce:
Call for Papers: Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History
Deadline to apply: September 1, 2020
seeks articles and other contributions that explore the history of women and gender in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE). We welcome submission on any topic and any time period in the field of women's and gender history in CESEE.
We are currently soliciting submissions focused on the topic of "Queer
Histories of Women in CESEE" that address the histories of queer
femininities and/or queer women. Contributions of research articles and/or
discussions of primary sources focused on any time period or geographic area
within the CESEE are welcome.
Submissions are welcome at any time and will always receive full
consideration. We encourage submissions on the theme of "Queer Histories of
CESEE" by 1 September 2020.
Submissions of up to 9,000 words (including endnotes) can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct any questions to that email, or
contact the Managing Editor, Sharon Kowalsky, at Sharon.Kowalsky@tamuc.edu
For more information, visit www.berghahnjournals.com/aspasia, where you can
also download the Aspasia Guidelines for Authors.
Aspasia is Open Access, published and distributed in print and online by
Berghahn Journals www.berghahnjournals.com/aspasia.
Call for Papers: 175th anniversary of the great Kazakh poet, Abai Kunanbaev
Deadline to apply: September 10, 2020
The Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and Nazarbayev University Library (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) invite all those interested in the literature and culture of Central Asia to take part in an online poetry hour in honor of the 175th anniversary of the great Kazakh poet, Abai Kunanbaev.
The event, to be held on October 8 at 11am ET, will celebrate Abai's writing through readings and musical renditions of his work in Kazakh and in translation. Proceedings will be moderated in English, but participants may read in ANY language. If you wish to participate, please provide the following information by no later than September 10:
1. Your name and institution.
2. The name of your chosen composition and the language in which you will read.
3. How much time your segment will take (up to a maximum of 3 minutes).
The event will be held via Zoom, and a link for those who wish to register to attend (whether as participants or audience) will be sent out at a later date.
Please direct your submissions and any questions to Veronika Trotter: email@example.com
Call for Papers: "Funny Dostoevsky" Conference
Deadline to apply: September 15, 2020
"Beyond Carnival: Funny Dostoevsky"
Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, May 2021
Conference organizers: Lynn Patyk (Dartmouth College) and Irina Erman (College of Charleston)
Has the global pandemic, economic recession, and creeping authoritarianism of 2020 got you down? If it has, then there's one surefire cure: read Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky is chock-full of hilarity in all forms: satire, parody, good old-fashioned vaudeville, the carnivalesque (of course!), and micro humor. Sadly, literary criticism has focused overwhelmingly on "dark Dostoevsky" or "heavy Dostoevsky," in the process saddling Dostoevsky with the partially undeserved reputation of being one of the deepest, darkest, and most depressing writers of European modernity. No doubt this is because the high seriousness of the academic enterprise, following the classical genre system, leads it to devalue the comedic and privilege more elevated styles and themes: the philosophical, the psychological, the metaphysical. Yet in Dostoevsky's novels, many of these themes sound or are manifest in a slyly or raucously comic key, Ivan Karamazov's devil being one outstanding example.
In order to celebrate the full range of Dostoevsky's talent, personality, and artistry for his 200th anniversary in 2021, we are soliciting abstracts for conference papers (form of conference TBA: via Zoom, in person, or hybrid) that will identify, theorize, and above all demonstrate Dostoevsky's prodigious comedic powers and situate the "pro" of his comedic vision vis-a-vis the "contra" of his tragic one to show that the two are in fact inseparable.
We are intending to host this conference at/under the auspices of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, in May 2021. At the very least, we will gather on the most felicitous digital platform, share our papers, and crack each other up courtesy of Dostoevsky. Topics to be explored may include but are by no means limited to:
• Dostoevsky's comic types and tropes
• Comic genres: vaudeville, satire, farce, literary parody, etc.
• Funny words (heteroglossia and humor) and their intonations
• The comedic function: resistance, subversion, provocation, joyful transcendence
• Dostoevsky's comedic influences and contemporaries
• Gender and comedy: subjects or objects of humor?
• Theories of the comic and comedy and Dostoevsky
• The problems and possibilities inherent in Bakhtin's approach to Dostoevsky's comic poetics
Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Lynn Patyk at Lynn.E.Patyk@dartmouth.edu and Irina Erman firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2020. Prospective participants will be notified by October 15, 2020.
The 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
March 4-7, 2021
Due to COVID-19, ICLDC 2021 will be held virtually. The ICLDC 7 organizers are excited about this year’s theme, and the possibilities for broad international discussion that an online conference can offer.
We are currently investigating what technologies we will use and how the conference will take shape and how we can accommodate time zone differences for presenters, as well as family and work obligations.
We look forward to your participation. Please “join” us!
While we especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme, we also welcome abstracts on other subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but are not limited to:
- Archiving and mobilizing language materials
- Ethical issues
- Indigenous language education
- Indigenous sign languages
- Language and its relation to health and well being
- Language planning
- Language reclamation and revitalization
- Language work in the era of covid-19
- Lexicography, grammar, orthography and corpus design
- Multidisciplinary language documentation
- Successful models of documentation
- Technology in documentation and reclamation
- Topics in areal language documentation
- Training and capacity building in language work
How to prepare your abstract proposal
- Content: Proposals should describe the content of your presentation, including the intended audience and how it relates to the conference themes. Successful abstracts will clearly address the proposed topic’s actual or potential social impacts, outcomes or implications.
- Abstract Length: Please limit your proposal to 400 words, not including references.
- Anonymity: To facilitate blind peer review, please do not include your name or affiliation in your abstract or filename. Your proposal should only include your presentation title, abstract, and list of references (if applicable). If you are including references/citations to your own work in your abstract, please be sure to replace your name(s) with “Author.” For example, if you are Ted Smith and you wrote an article in 2009, which you are citing in your file (i.e., Smith (2009) ), you would change it to “Author (2009).” If you are including a list of references at the end, also make sure to anonymize any of your publications similarly as well.
- Format: Please submit your abstract as a PDF file.
- 50-word summary: Please also prepare a 50-word summary of your abstract for inclusion in the conference program. This will be entered in a separate field in the submission form, not in your abstract PDF file.
- Abstracts should describe the content of the proposed paper or poster and clearly address the proposed topic’s actual or potential social impacts, outcomes or implications (400 word limit, not including references).
- Language: Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed.
- Most Impactful Paper Awards: Awards for Most Impactful Paper will be given to the three best abstracts by (i) students and/or (ii) members of an underrepresented language community who are actively working to document their heritage language and are not employed by a college or university. If you or one of your co-presenters is eligible, go ahead and mark yourself as eligible accordingly. The Award will come with an honorarium of US$200, supported by the National Science Foundation. If your proposal receives an Award, we will contact you to discuss which eligible person(s) will receive the honorarium. NOTE: Please be advised that the honoraria are considered taxable income under U.S. tax laws. U.S. citizens and residents can expect to receive a 1099 form to figure into their annual tax return for 2021. Non-U.S. citizens/residents will have the applicable taxable amount (typically 30%) deducted from the scholarship check prior to receipt.
- Proposals for papers and posters are due by September 30, 2020, with notification of acceptance by November 1, 2020. Proposals will be submitted through EasyChair. You will need to sign up for a free account, if you don’t already have one.
- June 2020: Call for Proposals announced
- September 30, 2020: Proposal deadline for general papers and posters
- November 1, 2020: Notification of acceptance for general papers and posters
- November 1, 2020: Early registration opens
- January 31, 2021: Early registration deadline; late registration opens February 1
- March 4 – March 7, 2021: 7th ICLDC
Call for Papers: Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological Journal
Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2020
Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal publishing research into the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), into the influence of the world culture on him and his influence on the world culture in a wide range of areas. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars working in literary studies, history, cultural studies, philosophy, theology, psychology, and art history.
The journal accepts submissions in Russian and English. Articles may be submitted via the journal’s website. Submission deadline for articles to be considered for the 4th issue is September 30. Submissions received at a later date will be considered for subsequent issues.
The journal is published by the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMLI RAN).
Current and back issues are available at:
Call for Submissions: SEEIR Internet column
Deadline for Submissions - October 1, 2020
This is a call for content to be featured in The Internet column of the journal Slavic & East European Information Resources, vol. 22.
Considering researchers’ and librarians’ almost absolute dependence on remote discovery and access during the coronavirus pandemic, there could hardly be a more appropriate time or venue for you to share your experience with colleagues.
How has your work changed by moving entirely online? What new online tools or resources have you discovered? What role is the internet playing in different SEE regions during the pandemic? Maybe you’re part of a new RuNet literacy project or effort to collect online repositories of Central European historical newspapers. What have been the challenges, the lessons, and the outcomes of such projects, and what work still needs to be done?
These are just a few ideas for the kind of content you might submit for The Internet column, and by no means must submissions deal with the pandemic. If you have something to contribute about the state of digitization efforts, digital materials, or digital applications as they relate to SEE studies or information science, please send that contribution in and we’ll gladly consider it.
Keep in mind that, because they are not peer reviewed, the guidelines for column submissions are more flexible than for articles. Please also consult the general instructions for authors for guidelines on originality, style, manuscript preparation, and preparation of illustrations.
Submissions should be sent to Brendan Nieubuurt at email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions OCTOBER 1ST, 2020.
Call For Papers: Special Issue
Folklorica, the Journal of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association, is accepting submissions for a special issue on vernacular responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Deadline to apply: 31 October 2020
The Covid-19 Pandemic has sent a ripple through a fraught and interconnected world, drastically shifting global currents towards stasis and seclusion. Countries have shut-down, hospitals have been overwhelmed, people have been relegated to their homes and the world has ground to a halt in a number of ways. It is in such times of crisis as these that folklore becomes a tool to fill the gaps of indeterminacy, to provide comfort, to attempt to explain how and why these events are unfolding and, in more insidious manifestations, to cast blame for the crisis on various real or imagined parties.
We at SEEFA are interested to hear how various parts of the Eastern European and Eurasian world are handling these events and what productive, vernacular arts and practices are flowering in this unusual yet fertile soil. We invite calls for the submission of original articles and field reports regarding Eastern European and Eurasian vernacular responses to the pandemic for an upcoming special issue of Folklorica. Given the scope of our field and the many angles from which articles could approach the material, we are aiming to receive numerous shorter pieces (theoretical musings, preliminary fieldwork reports, smaller articles on specific iterations, and other short, quality work) that will serve as an expanded forum on Eastern European folkloric approaches to the pandemic.
We welcome proposals/abstracts by 31 October 2020 and completed submissions by December 31, 2020 for inclusion in the special issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Folklorica’s Editor, Dr. Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the guest co-editor, Dr. Dorian Jurić (email@example.com).
For those teaching undergraduates, could you please bring this to their attention. It is a unique opportunity to have their research published - and given this particular situation, a chance for something positive during the pandemic.
Undergraduate students working in any relevant discipline are invited to submit their papers for consideration to the UC Undergraduate Journal of Slavic and East/Central European Studies. All papers will be subject to peer review.
Deadline to apply: October 5, 2020. Late submissions will not be considered.
If you are submitting now, please send your papers to Prof. Roman Koropeckyj, Editor-in-Chief: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are submitting now or later, please also do the following now: email me with your name, preferred email, paper title, and name and email of your advisor so that we have a preliminary headcount: email@example.com
It is expected that you will work with your advisor between now and the submission deadline on revising your paper. Please keep in mind that there is a large difference between a conference presentation and a written article. Your papers should have a well-formulated and well-developed thesis, with plenty of textual evidence to back it up. When citing a non-English language source, please give the quote in English translation in the body and in the original Slavic language in the footnotes. The papers should be a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages and need to include footnotes and a bibliography (the page limit is inclusive of the bibliography/footnotes). For the bibliography, please use the Chicago Manual of Style format.
The call for papers can be found here:
And if you haven't seen the journal, you can do so here: https://www.international.ucla.edu/cwl/slavicjournal/1415
Call for Submissions: Ukrainian Studies Conference at Indiana University
Deadline for Proposals: December 15, 2020
The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University will be holding a
second Ukrainian Studies Conference (Taras Shevchenko Conference) which will
take place at Indiana University, March 19-20, 2021. Taking into consideration
the current uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will announce
later if the conference will be online or on campus (Bloomington, IU).
Our conference aims to bring scholars from all disciplines to explore the ways
in which Ukrainian studies is presented and shaped in the current political
and cultural contexts. In addition to this broad range of topics, we welcome
talks and presentations that focus on the exploration of trauma. The events of
2014 ask for the discussion of traumatic experiences triggered by war,
dislocation, re-integration into society after military actions, social
isolation, sense of lostness, etc. The range of trauma narratives is open
(Chornobyl, WWII, deportations, the Holodomor, collectivization, etc.).
Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not
limited to: history, literature, memory and trauma studies, linguistics,
translation, music, film, religious studies, political science, anthropology,
sociology, gender studies, mass media. Graduate students are welcome to submit
proposals. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions will be peer reviewed.
The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2020.
Please direct inquiries and proposals to Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ani Abrahamyan (email@example.com).