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The Annual Symposium of Soyuz, The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, University of Urbana-Champaid, March 11-12

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New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics

THE ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF SOYUZ
THE RESEARCH NETWORK FOR POSTSOCIALIST CULTURAL STUDIES
MARCH 11-12, 2011 – LEVIS FACULTY CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

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PROGRAM

MARCH 11, FRIDAY – LEVIS CENTER, THIRD FLOOR

4:00pm
Reception

4:15pm-4:30pm
Introduction

4:30pm-6:30pm
Keynote Panel

Katherine Verdery (CUNY)
Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley)

MARCH 12, SATURDAY

9:00am-10:30am
New Geopolitical Imaginaries I: What East-West Directionality?

Neoliberalism, Markets, and Socialism
Johanna Bockman (George Mason University)

Ghosts of ’97: Ponzi Finance as a Living Paradigm of Postsocialist Neoliberalism
Smoki Musaraj (The New School)

Provincializing Neoliberalism through Culture(s)
Manduhai Buyandelger (MIT)

Reinstating International Women’s Day: Communist Relic, Euro-Conformity, or Radical Feminism?
Karen Kapusta-Pofahl (Washburn University)

Discussant: Maria Todorova (University of Illinois)

10:45am-Noon
What Was the Socialist Subject?

Commodity-As-Comrade: The Politics and Practice of Consumption in Brezhnev’s Lithuania
Diana Mincyte (Yale University)

Transnational Epistemic Communities in Socialist Psychology
Tuomas Laine-Frigren (Jyväskylä/Aleksenteri Institute, Helsinki)

From Socialist Internationalism to Contemporary Nomadism
Beth Hinderliter (SUNY, Buffalo)

Discussant: Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University)

1:00pm-2:15pm
New Geopolitical Imaginaries II: The Whiteness of State Socialism and Postsocialism

In the Claws of the Black Crab: Historical Imagination in Postcolonial Europe
Dace Dzenovska (University of Latvia)

From Non-Alignment to EU: the case of socialist Yugoslavia and postsocialist Slovenia
Nina Vodopivec (Institute for Contemporary History, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Whitened Histories: Revision, Reaction and Race in the Post-State-Socialist Politics of History in Hungary
József Böröcz (Rutgers University)

Discussant: Bruce Grant (NYU, ASEEES)

2:30pm-3:45pm
Living in Truth: Making Postsocialist Subjects

“The Power of the Powerless”: Eastern European Socialist Dissent, Western Theories of Civil Society, and their Brokers
Jonathan Larson (University of Iowa)

Secrets and Lies: “Truth-telling” and transparency in Hungary’s informer scandals
Maya Nadkarni (Swarthmore College)

Transparency between West and East
Susanne Cohen (Temple University)

Discussant: Jessica Greenberg (Northwestern)

4:00pm-5:30pm
Postsocialism as a Global Political Condition?

Post-Socialism is not Dead: Re-conceptualizing the Global in Comparative Education
Iveta Silova (Lehigh University)

A Genealogy of (post-)Soviet Dependency: Civil Rights or Redistribution
Cassandra Hartblay (University of North-Carolina, Chapel Hill)

The Politics of Recognition in Post-Socialist Latvia
Alexandre Beliaev (University of California, Berkeley)

Future as a Predicament: Answerable Politics and the Crisis of Youth in Postwar Bosnia
Larisa Kurtovic (University of California, Berkeley)

Postsocialism and/as the Anthropology of Democracy
Jessica Greenberg (Northwestern University)

Discussant: Zsuzsa Gille  (University of Illinois)

5:30pm-6:30pm
Concluding Roundtable

SPONSORS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Center for Advanced Study

European Union Center

Center for Global Studies

Unit for Criticism

Department of Political Science

Department of Anthropology

Department of Sociology

Department of Geography

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