Below you will find links to other relevant conferences, call for papers and events organised by other institutions and organisations:
Thu13Mar2014Sat15Mar2014University of Johannesburg (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture), South Africa
BETWEEN DEMOCRACIES 1989-2014: REMEMBERING, NARRATING AND REIMAGINING THE PAST IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
‘South Africa’ refers to a geographical location as well as to a constructed cultural space. In 1994, new ideological and political shifts in South Africa were entrenched by a neo-liberal democracy. Artists and art historians have in recent years revisited the contestations interconnected with the ideas of a racialised and
gendered political landscape and the renegotiation of constructed social spaces. Post-apartheid South Africa from 1994 to 2014 is marked by the initially jubilant ideals of nation-building strategies such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the notions of the Rainbow Nation and the African Renaissance as vehicles to grapple with the social constructions of identities in a ‘new’ South Africa. These strategies reflected a rationalisation of the post-colonial recovery with a sense of self and place and were premised on the assumptions of interchange, mixing, inter/transculturations, hybridity and creolisation.
Thu20Mar2014Sun23Mar2014American Comparative Literature Association, New York
ACLA MEETING 2014: CAPITALS
Against the spectacular backdrop of New York City — the capital of the world, according to some — we’ll examine the power and privilege that emerge around capitals and what makes a capital relevant in today’s global culture.
Fri28Mar2014Sat29Mar2014Euroacademia Conference, Berlin
RE-INVENTING EASTERN EUROPE: THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Third Euroacademia International Conference “Re-Inventing Eastern Europe” aims rather than asserting to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of the practices of alterity making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and practitioners to locate, discuss and debate the multiple dimensions in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West dichotomies.
Wed09Apr2014Fri11Apr2014Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague
TURNING POINTS IN 20TH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY. EUROPE BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE 1914-2004
In 2014 we mark the round anniversaries of some of the most important turning points in European history: 100th anniversary of the Great World War, 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, 25th anniversary of 1989, and last but not least 10th anniversary of the enlargement of the European Union to include former communist bloc countries. These anniversaries are an excellent starting point for a debate on the Eastern Bloc countries’ transition from dictatorship to democracy and a debate on the integration of the former communist countries ten years after the EU expansion.
COST ACTION IS1203 – IN SEARCH OF TRANSCULTURAL MEMORY IN EUROPE (ISTME)
This Action aims to go beyond the nationally oriented memory studies that tend to reify the bond between culture, nation and memory. Instead we investigate the transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe today. Studying how memories of the troubled twentieth century are transmitted and received across Europe, the Action explores the tension between attempts to create a common European memory, or a unitary memory ethics, on the one hand and numerous memory conflicts stemming from Europe’s fragmentation into countless memory communities on the other.
Working Group 1 Politics of Memory: The memory of Communism in Europe: actors, norms, institutions
Thu15May2014Sat17May2014International Conference, University of Vienna
AUTOCRACY AND MARKET ECONOMY: THE TRANSFORMATION IN EASTERN EUROPE AND EAST ASIA IN COMPARISON
The relation between autocracy and market economy has puzzled scholars ever since the breakthroughs of the 1980s in China and Eastern Europe. The so called “Big Bang Model” of Eastern Europe and the gradual transformation of the PRC (the “Chinese Model”) have been contrasted both by observers from outside the regions as well as by the elites in the region. While initially, the Eastern European post-socialist path was regarded as a success story the booming economy in China later on shifted attention to East Asia. In both regions the question whether or not democracy is needed for sustainable growth is currently heavily debated. This conference therefore aims to compare different paths of “post socialism” in East Asia and Eastern Europe.
Tue20May2014International Doctoral Workshop University of Exeter, The Centre for Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter in collaboration with The Graduate Institute (Geneva) and the CERIC (Aix-en-Provence)
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, MOBILIZATION, AND POLITICAL PROTEST IN NON-DEMOCRATIC CONTEXTS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE
The uprisings that erupted unexpectedly between 2010 and 2011 in the Middle East have propelled social movements and protestors to the forefront of the political and media scenes. Middle East scholars and experts agree that we are witnessing a re-politicisation of the Arab world, which stands in marked contrast to the increasing “depoliticisation” and apathy of recent years. Indeed, the “depoliticisation from above”, promoted by authoritarian or non-democratic states in the last decades had undermined traditionally dissenting milieus such as the university campuses and the “street” as sites of both political socialization and contestation. In particular, students and young graduates demonstrated once again that “depoliticisation from above” had its limits.
Thu12Jun2014Fri13Jun2014American Research Center in Sofia
LIVING AFTER THE FALL (?): PAST-PRESENT IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE
As we approach the 25th anniversary of the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, the era is simultaneously definitively over, and still among us. Ensconced in nostalgia, limned by products, landscapes, and worldviews birthed by party planners, transformed by would-be communist subjects, and wrestled with afterwards, the specter of communism haunts us—for good and ill—through its understood ruins. Creating ruins is both a historiographical project—an issue of how we periodize and understand the past—and a question of how we live through and among those artifacts of eras on the other side of perceived historical ruptures. Southeastern Europe is replete with both: from Buzludzha to Perperikon, from Tsarevets to abandoned collective farms. This conference asks panelists to address the question of ruins – to ask: “what makes the past, past,” and to tease out the implications of these understandings.
Wed25Jun2014Fri27Jun2014University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland
REVOLTING PERIPHERIES: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Since the phenomena perceived as peripheral are recognized today within the whole spectrum of discourses we hope to explore these multiple areas in order to present a truly interdisciplinary view on the subject. We, therefore, invite proposals that address the theme of the conference from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, offering a critical consideration of manifold aspects of both the scope and the limitations of the revolting potential of the periphery.
Mon25Aug2014Sun31Aug2014Summer School for Young Researchers French-Russian Research Centre (CEFR, Moscow) and the Russian State Archives for Social and Political History (RGASPI, Moscow), Moscow
EXTRICATIONS FROM AUTHORITARIAN SOCIALISM, FROM 1945 TO THE PRESENT
After the end of World War II and the collapse of the colonial empires, the second half of the 20th century saw the rise, then more or less rapid fall of authoritarian socialist regimes, in which the state was ruled by a single political party, claiming allegiance to socialism and managing an economic system largely based on state or collective property. The summer school will be devoted to the processes of their demise and to the legacy of this authoritarian and socialist past, which may still persist through various institutions, dynamics, structures and practices. The summer school shall bring together young historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, researchers of literature, arts and culture, working on the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc from 1945 onward, as well as on the Arab, African and Asian experiences, so as to foster fruitful exchanges beyond traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries and to open the way for a global understanding of the phenomena under scrutiny.
Wed17Sep2014Fri19Sep2014European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Torun, Poland
SCIENCE AND TECHNOCRATS IN SOCIALISM AND POST-SOCIALISM: TRAJECTORIES OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION IN A SEMI-PERIPHERAL CONTEXT
The evolution of scientific knowledge in Eastern Europe (EE) is often described, as a belated acceptance of diffusion from the centre, and as a fragmented and discontinuous due to repeated political reorganizations during its history. We intend to go beyond stating these factors as a cause for belatedness or incoherence of EE scientific development, and ask how the content and circumstances of EE science in its various historical forms have developed as an integral part of global interconnection – an analytical frame for understanding the competing and interacting local and global networks of scientific and political and financial elites and organizations. We are also interested in the evolution and current state of global distribution of financial, technological, and human resources required in the process of making science, and the way it determines the quantity and quality of the scientific knowledge.
Fri19Sep2014Sat20Sep2014IFEAC Conference, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
1989, ALSO A KEY YEAR IN CENTRAL ASIA? A NEW LOOK AT THE SOCIOCULTURAL & POLITICAL CHANGES OF 1989
The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989 symbolizes in the collective memory the end of communism. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this historic event, the French Institute for Central Asian Studies and the Kyrgyz National University named after Balasagyn will organize a two day international conference to look at the sociocultural and political changes that occurred in Central Asia during the year 1989.
Wed24Sep2014Fri26Sep2014AISSECO 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
THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION? REASSESSING THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE END OF THE COLD WAR
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 its initial 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.
Thu09Oct2014Fri10Oct2014The Academy of Europe: Wroclaw Knowledge Hub, Poland
REGIMES OF MEMORY II: FORGETTING AS A TRAUMA MANAGEMENT CASE OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The region of Central and Eastern Europe is overburdened with history, centuries-old grudges, rival narratives and ethno-political conflicts. From Poland and Baltic states, through Ukraine and Hungary to the East and West Balkans political cultures are dominated by various grievances, fears and pursuits of amends as a consequence of unprocessed historical traumas. Competing regimes of memory manifest themselves in different interpretations of symbolic dates, places and traditions. Undoubtedly, they are substantial parts of national and communal identities, but at the same time they preserve and in many cases fuel historical traumas, grievances and past resentments. That vicious circle of commemorating history and fueling historical grudges poses questions about the role which is played by collective memory in the processes of trauma management and reconciliation.
Can we keep the memory of historical events alive without preserving historical grievances? What is required for reconciliation: the act of forgiving or the act of forgetting?
The goal of this conference is to assess the various means in which communities and nations could and can overcome historical resentments.
Mon03Nov2014Tue04Nov2014Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena A collaboration between the Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena; the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig; and the Centre of Imperial & Global History, University of Exeter
ALTERNATIVE ENCOUNTERS: THE “SECOND WORLD” AND THE “GLOBAL SOUTH”, 1945-1991
In the post-war period, as decolonization accelerated, new linkages opened up, and existing ties were remade, between the so-called ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the ‘Global South’ (from Latin America to Africa to Asia). Contacts multiplied through, for instance, the development of political linkages; economic development and aid; health and cultural and academic projects; as well as military interventions. Yet these important encounters, and their impacts on national, regional and global histories, have hitherto only played a marginal role in accounts of late 20th century globalization, which have mainly focused on links between the West and former colonies, or between the countries of the ‘Global South’. There is still little study of the interaction between these areas, where commonly shared – and contested – beliefs in the power of socialist modernization and anti-imperial culture opened up possibilities of meaningful transfers during the Cold War and its aftermath. This conference seeks to address this lacuna, by bringing together specialists working on forms of exchange, intervention and subjugation. In doing so, it seeks to provide new insights into the global circulation of ideas during the Cold War, and explore ‘the socialist world’ as a dynamic hub of global interactions during the second half of the twentieth century.
Thu06Nov2014Sat08Nov2014International Conference in Cooperation with the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture, Goethe Institut, Hanyang University
READING 1989 GLOBALLY: ON THE INTERCONNECTIVITY BETWEEN ASIA AND THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL
It is twenty-five years since the Berlin Wall fell. On a grey November night the world was enthralled by the events unfolding in Germany’s largest city. The country and city were still divided and yet to be officially re-united. What did the crumbling of the “iron curtain” signify for the rest of the world, which itself was still mostly divided into an Eastern and Western block? What were the outside forces that might have facilitated the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification? Taking a distinctly Asian perspective, historians and social scientists from Asia and Europe will take a fresh look at the fall of the Berlin Wall and 1989 as a global turning point. A transnational approach will be applied in order to gain new insights.
COLLECTIVE VS COLLECTED MEMORIES 1989 – 1991 FROM AN ORAL HISTORY PERSPECTIVE
The twenty-fifth anniversary of 1989 in Eastern Europe invites us to analyze the gradual transformation of memories of the collapse of state socialism at individual and collective levels. It offers us an opportunity to historicize the ‘memory boom’ that began in 1989/1991 and continues to define the cultures of the region. The Genealogies of Memory program invites scholars engaged in memory studies, oral history, or biographical research to discuss their conceptual agendas, focusing on how the change has been commemorated, remembered, or forgotten in Eastern Europe and beyond.
Wed19Nov2014Fri21Nov2014Seventeenth International Conference and the Eighth International Colloquium, University of Havana, Cuba
SOCIALISM FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: THE INFLUENCE OF PHILOSOPHY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCE ON THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE AMERICAN MEDITERRANEAN
The conference is being organized by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana. The “Political Science from the South” is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of international dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or the Third World. It endeavors to develop insights that are relevant to public policies and political strategies of the nations and social movements of the South.
Thu20Nov2014Fri21Nov2014International Symposium – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
AFRICAN STUDENTS IN THE USSR AND OTHER FORMER EASTERN BLOC COUNTRIES, 1960-1990: FROM NATIONAL HISTORIES TO AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
The Symposium’s theme is “African students in the USSR and other former Eastern Bloc countries — 1960–1990: From national histories to an international context. The main purpose of this two-day symposium will be to put together primarily historiographical research findings on the academic and scientific relationships between newly independent sub-Saharan and Maghreb countries, and the Soviet Union and nations within its sphere of influence. There are still very few interconnected histories of political and academic relations between the USSR and African countries. A more in- depth knowledge of the geopolitical context and its changes is required in order to grasp sometimes highly significant variations in student migratory flows from the same country and the differences between Africa’s sub-Saharan and Maghreb countries, as well as contrasts between the life stories of former students educated in the USSR but coming from different countries.
Thu20Nov2014Sat22Nov2014Transitions Education (TOL), Prague
25 YEARS AFTER: THE CHALLENGES OF BUILDING THE POST-COMMUNIST MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION INDUSTRIES
The 25 Years After conference will address the transition of the media and communication industries in the post-communist countries of Europe and Eurasia since 1989. The conference will take place in Prague on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the sweeping changes that took place throughout the region after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Sat22Nov2014Sun23Nov2014Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Warsaw, Poland
CRISES AND RESISTANCE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The year 2014 marks twenty-five years since the end of Communism in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) and ten years after the enlargement of the European Union into the region. These anniversaries are significant landmarks in the history of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the continent as a whole. However, even more importantly, they occur during a time of intense economic and political difficulties in Europe. The economic crisis has brought a prolonged economic downturn that has worsened the living standards of its populations and brought political uncertainty and instability. The crisis has hit CEE particularly hard, shaking the neo-liberal economic model that has dominated over the past quarter of a century, and sparking a wave of instability as well as resistance that has spread throughout the region. The most notable events have taken place in Ukraine from November 2013 onwards but we have also seen significant unrest in countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina among others. On the other hand, in some countries such as Poland and the Baltic States neo-liberal commentators have claimed that a relatively strong economic recovery has taken place which shows the strength of the region’s economic model.
Wed03Dec2014Sun07Dec2014Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC
20 YEARS OF SOYUZ: THEORY AND DISCOURSE ACROSS POST-SOCIALISMS
This year, in recognition of its 20th anniversary, the Soyuz Research Network for Post-socialist Studies remembers the original purpose that inspired its founding: the creation of a community of scholars working in the field of post-socialism and a space in which knowledge can be made, experiences shared, and new theoretical approaches to post-socialism developed. This invited panel embodies these same values, bringing together scholars from a variety of regions and areas of topical interest to offer new theoretical accounts of what post-socialism actually represents to those living and researching today. In particular, the work presented in this panel presents new and creative answers to long standing questions.
Thu04Dec2014Fri05Dec2014CBEES Annual Conference, Södertörn University
BALTIC SEA REGION AND EASTERN EUROPE: A NEW GENERATION ON THE MOVE
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.
Thu18Dec2014Sat20Dec2014AHDR and the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus
HISTORICAL CULTURE IN DIVIDED SOCIETIES
The AHDR and the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) are co-organizing a 3-day International Conference entitled”Historical Culture in Divided Societies”, that will take place between 18-20 December 2014 at the Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus. The AHDR invites Practitioners of Public History to submit their conference proposals, so as to present completed and/or ongoing Public History cultural products including, but not limited to, movies and documentaries, museums andexhibitions, books or technology supported applications.
Papers from all fields (media makers, curators, authors, journalists, scholars, civil society actors, policymakers) and geographical areas are welcome.
Thu19Feb2015Fri20Feb2015University College London, London
POPULAR GEOPOLITICS IN RUSSIA AND POST-SOVIET EASTERN EUROPE
Submission deadline: October 17, 2014
This workshop is intended to advance research into the societal or ‘popular’ dimension of geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe.
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.
Sun01Mar2015Tue03Mar2015XXIst Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians 6th Berg Institute International Conference, Tel Aviv
LAW IN TRANSITION
Submission deadline: November 1, 2014
The upcoming XXIst Annual Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians aims at a comprehensive discussion of law in transition. A wide variety of transitions of historical significance can be explored: political, economic, social, cultural, and more. “Law”—legal symbols, discourses, players, institutions, theories, and texts—has played a significant role in historical transitions, and legal historians have been crucial in exploring its multiple and contradictory effects. The stakes are not just historical, but current: these studies encourage transitions in the way law itself is conceived, theorised, and researched.
We invite young legal historians to present papers dealing with any aspect of law in transition. (Proposals on other topics will also be considered)
Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, Geneva
TALKING ABOUT ECONOMICS IN THE SOCIALIST WORLD (1920s – 1980s)
Submission deadline: December 1, 2014
In 1989-1991 many countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, formerly constituents of the socialist world, underwent a profound transition abandoning both the socialist economic and political order as well as rejecting the Marxist-Leninist ideological axioms. Crucially, however, the economics of socialism from their conceptualisation and their first implementation after 1917 up to the 1990s had remained challenged and the subject of political and scientific discussion in the socialist states.
The colloquium will focus on the discourses about the socialist economy and their substantial but often unknown or insufficiently explored contents and the multiple ideas about the economy expressed by contemporaries. Thereby the intensity of debates, different conceptualisations and the abundance of economic reflection in the socialist world will be highlighted. The research focus will lie on the history of concepts and the semantics of economics in socialism and on the actors elaborating socialist economic theory, their networks and milieus. This colloquium intends to challenge both the assumption of a monolithic character of the hypothetical socialist economic model, incapable of reform or adaptation to the changing economic environment as well as the disqualification of “revisionist” economists, rejected from the mainstream in the socialist countries at the time.
Fri08May2015Sat09May2015The 2015 Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies, 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, Dublin
MEMORIES AND IDENTITIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Submission deadline: November 14, 2014
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.
Fri15May2015Sun17May2015Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Universität Heidelberg, JRG “Transcultural Justice”; in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
NEW APPROACHES TO TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: THE ROLE OF HISTORICAL NARRATIVES AFTER PERIODS OF TRANSITIONS IN ASIA AND EUROPE AFTER 1945
Submission deadline: October 20, 2014
The history of every country contains periods of transition: from war to peace, from a previous to a succeeding government, from an autocratic regime to democratic representation, from colonial domination to independence. Turbulent transitions are often times of violence and chaos conducive to violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. A recurring demand in many transitions has been the need to establish a historical record of the events leading to the unrest and to document the reproachable actions committed during the period in question. Truth in this context mainly denotes the act of historical record-setting but more often than not, what “the truth” is, is fiercely contested. In the past, various strategies have been pursued to generate historical narratives for transitional periods; each of these strategies, so it seems, comes with certain problematic aspects attached to it. A very salient example is the attempt to set a historical record through criminal prosecution of those responsible for serious crimes.
This workshop seeks to broaden the discussion by placing special emphasis on the processes of transition that have occurred in both Europa and Asia. To contrast transitional processes in different regions will allow for easier recognition of similarities and differences and challenge the often voiced opinion that the particular historical circumstances found in each nation affected by turmoil make every transition unique to the point where it completely defies comparison.
Tue19May2015Thu21May2015Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon
RETHINKING NEGATIVITY 9th International Conference of the Series Iberian and Slavonic Cultures in Contact and Comparison
Submission deadline: February 15, 2015
The main objective of the Conference is to map the expressions of negation and their cultural meanings within the Iberian-Slavonic perspective. While revisiting Studies on Negation/Negation Studies, there will be a particular focus on two leading aspects of negation: ANTI and CONTRA. An additional goal will be to search for the middle ground between these two poles of negativity, i.e. between ANTI, understood as a more aggressive and pro-destructive attitude, and CONTRA, seen as a kind of rationale for the process of negation, more readily ending in a compromise and in a conflict solution. Thus, the transition from ANTI to CONTRA will be our main focus this year.
These two objectives will make our debate complement the current CLEPUL-FLUL international project “Culture(s) in the Negative”, accessible at http://www.culturasemnegativo.net/Ptg/ViewContent/1, so we welcome all Iberian, Portuguese, Lusophone, Hispanic, Ibero-American and Slavonic case studies, above all (although not limited to) Iberian-Slavonic interactions resulting in attitudes of negation and processes of their overcoming.
→ Paper Proposal Form (doc)
Sun31May2015Wed03Jun2015Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University Cuma, Italy
YOUNG RESEARCHERS CONFERENCE – WRITING THE PAST/RIGHTING MEMORY
Submission deadline: Abstracts October 1, 2014; Papers April 15, 2015
This conference will focus on the region of Russia, Eastern Europe and/or Eurasia and will include discussion on memory and history, remembering and forgetting, commemoration, institutionalization and marketing of memory in the context of various social and political processes such as migration and lustration, and comprise genres from memoirs to laws to investigative journalism to textbooks, film, and novels. The conference will feature two keynote speakers, Grigorii Chkhartishvili and Alexander Etkind, and will be organized by panels suggested and put together by the Havighurst Center Faculty.
THIRD EUROACADEMIA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IDENTITIES AND IDENTIFICATIONS: POLITICIZED USES OF COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15 May 2015
Identity is one of the crown jeweleries in the kingdom of ‘contested concepts’. The idea of identity is conceived to provide some unity and recognition while it also exists by separation and differentiation. Few concepts were used as much as identity for contradictory purposes. From the fragile individual identities as self-solidifying frameworks to layered in-group identifications in families, orders, organizations, religions, ethnic groups, regions, nation-states, supra-national entities or any other social entities, the idea of identity always shows up in the core of debates and makes everything either too dangerously simple or too complicated. Constructivist and de-constructivist strategies have led to the same result: the eternal return of the topic. Some say we should drop the concept, some say we should keep it and refine it, some say we should look at it in a dynamic fashion while some say it’s the reason for resistance to change.
WRITING AND SCREENING SOCIALISMS IN AN ENTANGLED WORLD
Submission deadline: February 28, 2015
Socialism is one of the paradigms that shaped the global 20th century. While it is characterized by a transcultural, universalizing utopia, socialism has actually manifested itself in a large variety of local concepts that modify, alter, adapt and localize its universalisms in time and space (e.g.Soviet-style communism, Western socialist movements, African socialism or its North Korean and Chinese versions). Socialism as an idea has been spread all over the world, regardless of whether a given society has defined itself as socialist or not, whether it was a real life experiment in society or a cultural counter concept to local or transnational power structures (such as
imperialism and colonialism).
The workshop aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary contexts such as film, art, literature or intellectual history in order to ask for possible routes of transnational entanglements as a result of socialism.
Leading questions could be:
- How are socialisms formed locally theoretically or discursively and expressed aesthetically?
- Which concepts, texts, aesthetics and discursive formations were exchanged, and which were the routes of exchange? Which local concepts were shaped or reinterpreted such as for instance ‘protosocialist’ ones which are thus brought into a dialogue with the rest of the world?
- What about the vexed question of representation and othering within socialisms and their global entanglements?
- How can we sketch the range of the socialist paradigm not from an ideological point of view, but from one of cultural studies both on transnational and local levels?
- To what degree did the socialist experiment of the Soviet Union and the concepts it developed (e.g., Gor’kijs project of world literature, manifestations of multinationality in literature, film and the arts or aesthetic concepts such as socialist realism) impact global socialisms?
- Which other points of contact, routes of exchange and/or possibilities for comparison can be found (e.g., the non-aligned movement, questions of language and translation or the liberation movements)?
- Which other models can be traced apart from the Soviet Union?
- Where are points of (aesthetic) resistance to be found, either for or against socialisms?
- How is worldwide socialism connected with questions of mediality (cf. R. Debray, who situates socialism in the “graphosphere”)?
- What are the legacies of all these dynamics in contemporary societies?
ORIENTALISM, COLONIAL THINKING AND THE FORMER SOVIET PERIPHERY Exploring Bias and Stereotype Representations of Eastern and Central Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia
Submission deadline: April 10, 2015
The Ukrainian crisis has placed the entire post-communist world back at the very centre of global debates in the media, politics and academia. Concepts such as sovereignty of post-Soviet and post-communist states have been brought into question once again, alongside the historical development, international alignment and aspirations of state actors in the region.
In this context, a narrative of “Russian interests versus Western interests/values” seems to have gained currency in Western media and political discourses. Smaller actors of Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia, the Baltics and the Caucasus see their perspectives ignored or put on a secondary level. This has led some scholars to suggest the existence among Western and Russian commentators of a “colonial”, “Orientalist” bias that favours the former imperial “centre” and sees formerly subaltern actors as passive entities in a greater game, giving a stereotypical and demeaning image of such countries and their people. This in turn leaves countries of the former Czarist and Soviet peripheries unable to influence the mainstream debate and to present a self-centred approach in a world in which perceptions and narratives more and more legitimize actions in international relations.
The purpose of the conference is to provide an academic framework for the discussion of these ideas and put them to the test of peer debate. The goal is to discuss the relevance of Post-Colonial Studies to Post-Communist Studies and hopefully open an innovative chapter in the academic understanding of the Post-Communist World.
Tue01Sep2015Thu03Sep2015University of Winchester
ENCOUNTERING PERPETRATORS OF MASS KILLINGS, POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND GENOCIDE
Submission deadline: March 31, 2015
The 20th & 21st centuries have borne witness to mass killings, political violence & genocide. As we move into the new millennium the people who have orchestrated & participated in such acts remain figures of fascination & of revulsion in Western society. Yet despite this enduring fascination, and the importance of understanding the dynamics of violence, there is a reluctance in the public sphere and in education to address the complexities of engaging with or representing these perpetrators.
This reluctance poses the question of just how much is known or understood about those who commit such acts. This interdisciplinary conference aims to confront difficult questions about perpetrators through an exploration of the topic in a variety of memory spaces including literature, film, museums, education, trials & the media.
Thu03Sep2015Sun06Sep2015International Postgraduate Conference organised by Universities of Basel and Bern Schloss Munchenwiler, near Bern
SITES OF MEMORY OF SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM IN EUROPE
Submission deadline: January 31, 2015
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the history of socialism and communism still presents itself as one of the most polarizing and controversial themes in Europe’s culture of memory. While some countries of the former Eastern Bloc utilise their socialist past in the formation of national identities, others tend to construct nostalgic memories of their lived experiences in socialist times.
This international postgraduate conference will discuss Europe’s diverging cultures of memory of socialism and communism from the late nineteenth until the early twenty-first century in a comparative perspective. It will analyse “realms” or “sites of memory” (in the sense of Pierre Nora’s concept of lieux de mémoire) in Western and Eastern Europe as symbolic representations of the memory of socialism and communism.
Thu08Oct2015Fri09Oct2015The Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, Warsaw, Poland
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN THE SHADOW OF THE COLD WAR: DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM IN THE FORMER COMMUNIST COUNTRIES
Submission deadline: March 21, 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.
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.
Wed14Oct2015Sat17Oct2015International Scientific Thematic Conference, EAHN 2015 Belgrade, Serbia
ENTANGLED HISTORIES, MULTIPLE GEOGRAPHIES
Submission deadline: February 2015
The EAHN 2015 Belgrade Conference: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies aims to explore how different discourses emerged within architectural historiography and have both constructed and reproduced multiple identities, histories and perspectives on culture, nature and society. It also aims to apprehend the complex hierarchic articulation of these discourses, in terms of dominancy and peripherality, normativity and transfers.
The principal aim of the conference is to shed light on how different interpretations of architecture and the built environment have contributed to different readings of history, culture, nature and society, either simultaneously or in alternation.
Special attention will be given to addressing conflicting and complementary views, explanatory systems and theories that stem from understanding and interpreting the past by means of architecture. By “entangled histories” we mean architecture as both a prerequisite to and an instrument in shaping and understanding different or even competing histories of the peoples and places, while “multiple geographies” refers to the roles of the built environment in constructing and interpreting time frames and spatial scales, as well as cultural and political entities in which these histories unfold.