Call for Papers: Weissbourd Conference, The University of Chicago, May 6-7

Call for Papers: Weissbourd Conference
May 6-7, 2011 – The University of Chicago

Keynote Address by John Searle
Response by Robert Pippin

The Society of Fellows seeks paper proposals for the Weissbourd 2011 Conference, which will take place on May 6-7.  Generously sponsored by the Bernard Weissbourd Memorial Fund, this annual event brings together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to present their work in the context of a shared critical problem, debate, or paradigm.

John R. Searle, Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the keynote address on this year’s theme of “Contradiction.”  Robert Pippin, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought and Philosophy at the University of Chicago, will offer a response.  Along with these talks, the conference will comprise a series of panels chaired by faculty, fellows, and visiting scholars.  We are now inviting you and members of your department to be a part of this event.

A few words on this year’s topic:

“Contradiction”–an inevitable term in virtually all areas of critical analysis–describes a fraught relationship between established categories of thought.  Variously signaling a logical impossibility or impasse, an opposing claim or negation, or literally, an act of “speaking against” or speaking otherwise, the notion of contradiction opens up a path toward interdisciplinary examination of the foundations ofcritical inquiry itself.  How does contradiction shape the central problems we address in fields as distinct as history, philosophy, literary and cultural criticism, poetics, politics, psychology, theology, and law?  What is the relationship between such apparently static oppositions as nature/artifice or sacred/profane and dynamic understandings of contradiction such as dialectics?  What forms of coherence and consistency are required for critiques of scientific theories, of artworks and aesthetic practices, of speech acts and texts, or of social and political ideologies?  How do we live with contradiction, in theory and in practice?  And can we live without it?

All who are interested in participating in this conference are encouraged to submit brief abstracts of papers (no more than a paragraph, please) by March 15, 2011.  Paper abstracts may be submitted either for general consideration or for inclusion in one of the following proposed panels:

1. Marx, Hegel, and Modern Philosophy
Chair:  Spencer Leonard, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences (History)
Panel Description:  This panel addresses the question of Marxism’s relationship to philosophy both in terms of Marx and Engels’ own writings, in the tradition of “high Marxism” of the late 19th and early 20th century, and in the deliberate attempt to recover the question theoretically in the writings of Karl Korsch and Georg Lukács in the early 1920s.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

2. Tales of Suffering and Revolution: Victimhood and Agency in Collective Memory
Chair:  Berthold Molden, Mellon Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the Social Sciences (History)
Panel Description:  The French-Italian historian Enzo Traverso recently diagnosed the increasing power that narratives of victimhood have in social remembrance: “The memory of the Gulag erased that of the revolutions, the memory of the Holocaust replaced that of antifascism and the memory of slavery eclipsed that of anticolonialism: the remembrance of the victims seems unable to coexist with the recollection of their struggles, of their conquest and their defeats.” Within postcolonial critique, on the other hand, history itself is often envisioned as a specter haunting the postcolonial subject into self‐victimization. It is the aim of this interdisciplinary panel to discuss narratives of victimhood and political agency and scrutinize their alleged bipolarity. Normative reductions towards either victimizing or purely emancipatory historical rhetoric should be questioned and the dialectics between both highlighted. We encourage papers on specific politics of history and memory as well as on theoretical aspects of this topic.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

3. Poetry and Contradiction
Organizer:  Richard Strier, Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor in English  (Chair: TBA)
Panel Description:  This panel will consider whether poetry can live happily with contradiction, and what types of contradiction poetic form and poetic praxis can or cannot sustain.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

4. Philosophical Contradictions

Chair: Nathan Bauer, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities (Philosophy)
Panel Description:  This panel examines how philosophical inquiry (analytical and social/political) engages with contradiction, whether in moral psychology, in transcendental arguments, in the use of proofs, and in theories of practical irrationality, among other contexts.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

5. Theories of Mass Culture: A Panel in Honor of Miriam Hansen
Chair: TBA
Panel Description:  This panel will honor the intellectual legacy of Miriam Hansen (1949-2011), Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Papers directly addressing and drawing on the influence of Hansen’s work are particularly encouraged.  Submissions are also invited on the topics of the Frankfurt School, media theory, film criticism and the history of cinema and of visuality, and theories of mass culture.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

6. Postsocialism and the Contradictions of Neoliberalism
Chair: Eszter Bartha, Assistant Professor of Eastern European History at the Eötvös Loránd Universityin Budapest and Endeavor Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago
Panel Description:  This panel seeks to explore how we can interpret shifting working-class political identities post-1989 through the lens of “contradictions of neoliberalism,” and in what ways contradiction itself can offer a methodological tool for the understanding of postsocialist change and the challenges that newly established democracies are facing after twenty years of “transition.”
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

7. Social Conflict
Chair: Stefan Kluseman, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences (Sociology)
Panel Description:  Social conflict is a pervasive feature of social life and as such has been an integral element and theme in literature, social science research, and the news. Meanwhile, the news media but also literary work and social science research have played integral roles for conflict. Social conflict involves contradictions on various dimensions, including both, obvious forms such as political power struggles, economic (class) conflict, or war as well as more latent forms of conflict. This panel calls for papers studying conflict in its many forms in social science research and literary works as well as the role of the media and literature in conflict. Presentations on a range of topics are welcome, e.g. on political conflict; social and political movements; revolutions; terrorism and counterterrorism; imperialism and movements of national independence; economic (class) inequalities and conflict; ethnic, racial, and religious conflicts; violence; scientific debates; gender conflicts; generational conflicts; public scandals, etc.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

We invite scholars in all fields to submit abstracts to individual panel chairs and/or to the Weissbourd Conference organizers, who may assemble additional panels in other areas where a substantial shared interest emerges.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions at the following email address:

31st György Ránki Hungarian Chair Symposium, Hungary and the Postcommunist World Two Decades After 1989, April 2-3

31st György Ránki Hungarian Chair Symposium

Hungary and the Postcommunist World

Two Decades After 1989

Saturday-Sunday April 2-3, 2011

Kelley School of Business Graduate and Executive Education Center

Room 1008; 1275 E. 10th St., Indiana University, Bloomington

Over two decades have passed since the democratic transition and the self-liberation of Eastern Europe. Since then democratic institutions and values have stabilized, central command economies have been dismantled, the former members of the Comecon and of the Warsaw Pact are now fully integrated into NATO and the European Union. There are no longer hindrances on artistic and cultural self-expression, borders were opened for goods and ideas, for human traffic. However, success was accompanied by great social dislocation, political and economic difficulties, crisis of values, the rise of political extremism. This conference is meant to take a snapshot where Hungary and the broader region stands after twenty years of democracy. Has the age old dream of catching up with the West politically, socially and economically succeeded? How were these last twenty years reflected in the arts and culture? What was the human experience of the transition? How did societies change? What was the experience of minorities? These are some of the issues we shall be dealing with along with the question: what are the prospects of Hungary and Eastern Europe?

SATURDAY, April 2, 2011

Morning Panel I: The International and Historical Context

National Self-Determination versus Stability and Security: Eastern Europe in the Power Arena, 1918-1990

László Borhi, Indiana University

Mission Accomplished? The Questions of Hungary`s Integration into the Euro-

Atlantic Community

Tamás Magyarics, Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs

Panel II: Economic Challenge

Eastern Europe in the World Economy: Past and Prospects

Iván T. Berend, University of California, Los Angeles

The First Will Be the Last? Two Decades of Transition in Hungary

László Csaba, Central European University

Income Distribution and Social Policy in the Former Soviet Bloc

Mark Kramer, Harvard University

Afternoon Panel III: The Legacy of History

Farewell to Postcommunism

Padraic Kenney, Indiana University

The Past is Not Another Country: Romania Confronts Its Communist Past

Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland

Political Uses of the Finno-Ugric Idea in Hungary and Estonia

Matthew Caples, Indiana University

SUNDAY, April 3, 2011

Panel IV: The Post-Communist Experience in Comparative Perspective

The Challenges of Renewed Independence: The Baltic States since 1991

Toivo Raun, Indiana University

The Political Ambiguities of Solidarity: Value Contestations in Post-1989 Poland

Jack Bielasiak, Indiana University

The Decline of Soviet Space and the Return of History: The Perspective From Asia

Chris Atwood, Indiana University

Panel V: Culture and Society

Aesthetics of Middle-Class Family House Building and Social Change in Hungary

Krisztina Fehervary, University of Michigan

Literature of Transition: Hungarian Literature since 1989

Thomas Cooper, University of Eger

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano: East European Roma Performers Responding to

Social Transformation

Lynn Hooker, Indiana University

The symposium is free and open to the public. The courtesy of advance registration is requested (for seat/lunch counts) but not required. Contact: Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Goodbody Hall 157, 1011 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005; phone 812-855-2233; fax 812-855-7500; e-mail using subject line HUNGARIAN. Abstracts, bios and the final program will be posted at

Free parking is available on weekends in the Indiana University Fee Lane Parking Garage. The Kelley School of Business Graduate and Executive Education Center is connected to that parking garage at the northwest corner of 10th Street and Fee Lane. For a campus map, see

If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact Karen Niggle at

CfP: “Identity and Community after the Cold War Era”, University of Kansas, Proposal Deadline March 1

“Identity and Community after the Cold War Era”
August 25-27, 2011
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

The last two decades have witnessed the confluence of many different kinds of radical change-the demise of communism as a force in politics, the resurgence of religious community, the emergence of global warming as a major challenge to traditional economies and communities, and the innovative growth of technology. Concepts of community have been radically altered. Maps, borders, governments, and alliances have shifted. The World Wide Web came into being, bringing with it major changes in cultural ritual, self-perception, and community-building. The universalist ideologies characteristic of modernity have retreated, replaced by some older concepts of identity and community. In many parts of the world new versions of traditional religions have emerged as mass forces. The arts and architecture have experienced a shift in focus and form.

The combined area and international studies centers at the University of Kansas (African; East Asian; Latin American; Russian, East European, and Eurasian; Global and International Studies) invite 200-word proposals for papers in both Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as History and Sociology of the Natural Sciences, that address issues of “Identity and Community after the Cold War Era.” We seek papers focusing on a specific world area or country; interdisciplinary and trans-regional proposals are also welcome.

The goal of the conference is to describe, examine, and understand the various areas and kinds of shift that have happened since the late 1980s and to attempt a complex model of the world humanity now inhabits.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to concepts of identity and community informing:
* post-communist arts/literature/architecture
* concepts of ideal space/utopia/built environment
* history and memory
* political, cultural, and social implications of the internet
* new states, new alliances
* language and shifts in consciousness
* party formation/deformation
* borders, centers, peripheries
* religious alliances/communities
* meanings and uses of national identity
* censorship

A volume of selected conference papers is planned.

Please send your proposal and updated c.v. by March 1, 2011, to: Put in the subject header of your email: August 25-27 conference proposal

CfP: Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment, Linguistic Society of America 2011 Summer Institute, Abstract Deadline March 31


This workshop will discuss and analyze the major sociolinguistic factors in the process of language endangerment. This will take the form of presentations on particular communities from an insider and outsider perspective, as well as overview presentations on specific types of endangerment factors. We will also attempt to provide some examples of successful language maintenance and revitalization strategies.

SoLE-1 was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies on 27 June 2009, and selected papers from that conference appear in Anthropological Linguistics 52/2 (2010).

The SoLE-2 workshop is sponsored by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes and is organized by the CIPL Professor in the 2011 LSA Summer Institute, David Bradley.

The workshop will comprise invited presentations and a summary panel discussion session on Saturday July 30. The planned list of invited speakers includes David Bradley, La Trobe U; James Cowell, U of Colorado; Pierpaolo diCarlo, SUNY Buffalo; Lise Dobrin, U of Virginia; Arienne Dwyer, U of Kansas; Lenore Grenoble, U of Chicago; Barbra Meek, U of Michigan; and Ofelia Zepeda, U of Arizona. The examples will be drawn primarily from the Americas, Asia, the Pacific and Africa, but talks on languages of other areas are also welcome.

Abstracts are now invited for presentations on Sunday July 31, either in 15-minute talks or in poster form. These should be sent by March 31, 2011 to David Bradley at and speakers will be advised by May 15, 2011 whether their presentations have been accepted.

Panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions,” 2011 MESA Conference, Deadline February 15

Call for paper proposals for the proposed panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the 2011 MESA Conference (1-4 December 2011, Washington DC).

Dear Colleagues,


I would like to invite you to contribute a research/study paper for the panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the coming MESA annual conference. The deadline for submission of panel proposals is on 15 February 2011. Please read the abstract of the panel below.

For a very long time, the Muslim world was regarded as an outsider from the cultural and normative pretext and state relations of the West. Even during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, scholars of International Relations (IR) excluded her as a subordinated non-ally or stealth ally of major European powers. It is now apparent that there is an imperative motivation why Islamic discourses gradually dominate contemporary international relations and events, e.g. Palestinian question, Iranian nuclear issue, Arab oil, gas and Turkish water resources, rise of extremist movements, terrorism, post-war Afghanistan and Iraq, tensions in the Maghreb countries, Sudanese conflict, Muslim rebels in Southeast Asia, and how all of these events affect the West in a theory-praxis spectrum.
If IR scholars and members of the English School of International Relations were able to associate and converge their thoughts on conceptualizing International Relations with Christianity, this is of course majority of them are Christians. Then, it is a precedent and an indication that along the strand of the Abrahamic Faiths Islam is putatively feasible and probable to understand and interpret IR.
The objectives of the panel are to show juxtaposed positions of mutual perceptions between Islam and IR based on conceived notions of sensitive conceptions like sovereignty, state, human rights, gender, and etcetera, to eliminate deplorable and pejorative (mis)conceptions of IR scholars towards Islam and vice versa, and add or put Islam in the epitome of global discourse of international relations as a major causal factor that affects the behaviors of every actors in the international community particularly those which have interest and peculiar relations with the Muslim world. The panel will examine two outstanding inquiries that will guide the panel in hoping to find, discover or create patterns of tangency. Questions below magnify the totality of where the panel will lead at and to what extent it is presented and analyze.
1. How International Relations scholars perceived the field of Islam?
2. How Islamic scholars (Muslims or non-Muslims) perceived the field of IR?
The organizer humbly hopes that through this panel, we may able to add to the realm of literature on how human races and civilizations are linked through intellectual, cultural, economical, and social exchanges particularly on the relations between the East (Islam) and the West (International Relations).

Kindly please send your abstract (200 to 400 words) and a short one-page CV to before 15 February 2011.


Nassef Adiong
PhD student in International Relations
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, University of Chicago, Deadline February 20


— Mutual Perceptions —


26th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference

University of Chicago, May 13–14, 2011

Just a reminder: there are about ten days left to get in your abstracts!

We are pleased to invite graduate students and faculty to submit papers for the 26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, to be held May 13–14, 2011, at the University of Chicago. We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, development, and religion, and dealing with any topic that involves the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.

Those wishing to participate should send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at by February 20, 2011.

We will consider both individual papers and pre-arranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged. More information about the conference and the application process can be viewed at our website: Feel free to email us with any questions you have.

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your submissions!

MEHAT 2011 Coordinators

Cam Lindley-Cross
Feryal Salem
Shayna Silverstein
Mohamad Ballan

CfP: The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) Conference, Abstract Deadline April 8

American University (Washington, DC, USA) and the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association present

October 14-16, 2011
American University (Washington, DC, USA)

The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) announces the Call for Papers for the 2011 annual conference. The conference will be held on the campus of American University (Washington, DC, USA) on Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Keynote speakers:

Gilles Fauconnier, UC San Diego
Jacques Moeschler, Université de Genève
Naomi Baron, American University

Abstracts are invited for presentations addressing issues of significance for cognitive linguistics with some bearing on data from the Slavic languages. As long as there is a cognitive orientation, papers may be on synchronic or diachronic topics in any of the traditional areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, or sociolinguistics. In addition to the Slavic Languages, relevant papers on other languages of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are also acceptable.

Abstracts may be submitted up until the deadline of April 8, 2011 to Abstracts should be approximately 500 words, but strict word limits are not required. Notification of acceptance will be provided by May 31, 2011. The abstract should be submitted as a word or pdf file as an attachment to an email message with “SCLC abstract submission” in the subject headline. Abstracts should be anonymous, but the author’s name, affiliation and contact information should be included in the email message.

Most presentations at SCLC are given in English, but may be in the native (Slavic) language of the presenter. However, if the presentation is not to be made in English we ask that you provide an abstract in English in addition to an abstract in any other SCLA language. Each presentation will be given 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Information on transportation, accommodations, and the conference venue will be forthcoming. Please see the conference website for further information.

Woyzeck Project is Seeking Proposals, Deadline February 14

Woyzeck Project is Seeking Proposals
About Face Theatre, The Hypocrites, and Collaboraction announce The Woyzeck Project

Submission Deadline: February 14th, 2011

Woyzeck Project Description
Woyzeck Project is seeking proposals for artistic projects based on Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, to be a part of the Woyzeck festival at the Chopin Theatre and Collaboraction space in May 2011. Woyzek was left unfinished by Buchner who died in 1837 prior to completing it. Since
then its fragments have fascinated avant-garde artists with a violent examination of what it means to be human. All pieces must be inspired in some way by Woyzeck, but in no way need to be straight adaptations.

For all categories, Woyzeck Project encourages applicants to be as creative as possible. Projects should run the gamut of creative expression in relationship to Woyzeck. Multi-media, video, dance, movement, devised pieces, panel discussions, play readings, street performances, one-person shows are all acceptable forms of expression for Woyzeck Project. Please do not hesitate to propose something, even if it stretches the limits of “traditional” theatre.

The Festival will consist of three types of projects:
1) Very short projects between 5-20 minutes. These will be performed as part of a performance party at Collaboraction. Some pieces may also be selected as curtain-raisers or lobby performances during the festival, leading up to the performance party.

You will be provided a performance space, a short tech rehearsal, rep stage lights, sound equipment and an operator. We will also provide the party. You provide all other production needs for your piece. You will receive no box office revenue.

2) Installation Art and/or Photography. A small group of artists will be selected for a curated gallery show in the Chopin’s lobby. We also encourage visual artists to collaborate with performance artists in the other categories.

3) Full length performance events based on Woyzeck. Events shall be between 60 and 90 minutes. These will have one featured slot in the festival, and will be performed on stage at the Chopin Theater. We will provide performance space, a technical rehearsal, sound, lights
and an operator. You provide all other production needs.

To submit: One Page Project Proposal. In one page please provide a detailed description of your proposed project.

One-Page Bio/Production History
On a second page, please provide bio of lead artists and history of producing organization. Be sure to include specifics regarding any extraordinary technical requirements.

Submission Details: Email with all submission materials. Put Woyzeck festival in the subject line. Be sure to include a primary contact person for your company in both the body of the email and in the attached documents.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the Festival by Feb 21, 2011.

Submission Deadline: Feb 14, 2011

Submit all materials to Please email with any questions.

Postgraduate/Graduate Article Competition for Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (SRSC), Deadline April 1

In 2011 Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema has entered its fifth year of publication. It has established itself as a scholarly journal of high ranking, with a rigorous, anonymous double peer review system.

In the Soviet tradition of the grand public celebration of anniversaries, we have decided to mark the journal’s fifth birthday with an essay competition. Articles on any aspect of Russian/Soviet cinema will be considered, with a maximum length of 6,000 words. The texts should be sent to the Editor, at the address below, with the name of an academic supervisor (including email) who can be contacted to confirm that the author is a doctoral student at a Higher Education Institution. All submissions must be in English, and non-native speakers are advised to have their texts “styled” before submission.

Deadline for submission: 1 April 2011

The jury will be composed of the journal’s co-editors; they will assess the submissions anonymously. Results will be available by 1 September 2011.

First Prize: £150, a year’s free subscription to the journal, and three
Intellect books of your choice. The winning article will of course appear in SRSC, in volume 5.3 (2011).

A style sheet – and a free issue for download – can be found on Intellect’s website

CfP: Conference “Media, Poverty and Social Exclusion”, University of Novi Sad, Abstract Deadline March 15

Conference “Media, Poverty and Social Exclusion”
University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia, 7 May 2011

Deadline for submission of abstracts (250 words): March 15, 2011

This event is organized by the Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad within the project Media Discourse on Poverty and Social Exclusion, funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans of the University of Fribourg and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Mass media have the potential to act either as facilitators of dialogue leading to social change or, in the opposite direction, as a key force for preservation of the status quo. In contemporary societies, the concept of poverty is being replaced by the concept of social exclusion – a complex, multidimensional issue that includes not only economic deprivation but also limitations in access to labour market, educational and health services. Exclusion in this sense is strongly related to the lack of participation and representation, which in modern times is achieved primarily through mass media.

Papers on the following kinds of topic will be especially welcome:
* Media discourse about poverty and socially excluded groups;
* Textual and visual representations of socially excluded groups;
* Cross-discursive analysis of poverty and social exclusion (e.g. Poverty and Globalization, Poverty and Europeanization);
* Ideological layers in discourse about poverty and socially excluded groups;
* Mediated articulations of social inequalities in Western Balkan societies;
* Multiple discrimination and social exclusion discourses;
* The media role in poverty alleviation;
* The potential of Internet to become an alternative channel of articulation of social needs and interest;
* Functions and effects of Internet based campaigns and projects on poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Participation and registration
Please send abstracts of 250 words max. via email to the organizers ( with the subject line “Media and Poverty and Social Exclusion”. Submissions should contain a title page with the title of the presentation, names and contact data of all authors. Please send one document containing title page and abstract in a word file, and be sure to remove all author identification from the abstract itself, as proposals will be submitted into blind peer review.

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.
Participants will be notified about results by April 5, 2011.

There is no conference fee. Participants will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and the organizers will provide lunch and coffee breaks on the day of the conferences.

With the support of the Regional Research Promotional Programme in the Western Balkans, the organizer will provide funding for travel and accommodation for maximum 10 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro.