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CfP: 12th Annual CESS Conference, Ohio State University, Abstract Submission Deadline March 1

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals for the Twelfth Annual CESS Conference, September 15-18, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. The event will be held at Ohio State University, hosted by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the Middle East Studies Center and the East Asian Studies Center. Panels begin Friday morning, September 16, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, September 18.

Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

The program will feature approximately 50 panels. There will also be a supplementary program including a welcome reception on Thursday, a conference dinner and a plenary speaker.

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some preference in the selection process. In forming panels, consider including scholars whose work is situated outside of Central Eurasia but who can speak to the panel topic thematically or comparatively, especially in discussant roles. For complete details, please see the complete Call for Papers ( on the CESS website.

Registration information

The registration fees cover a welcome reception on Thursday and the conference dinner on Friday. The deadline for pre-registration payment (required for all presenters) is August 1.

Fees for 2011 are as follows (figures are in US dollars):

Regular fee members*: $80 $120 (after August 1)
Reduced fee members**: $40 $60 (after August 1)
Non-members: $140 $180 (after August 1)

* “Regular fee members” are those who have paid their annual dues at $60 or $75.

** “Reduced fee members” are those who qualify and have paid for membership at reduced fees.

Panel participants may submit the registration fee at the same time as submitting their proposal form, or at any time before the pre-registration deadline of August 1. We accept payment by credit card (preferred; see the Credit Card Payment Form (; all payments are in US$), or by check or money order. Check and money order payments should be mailed to: Central Eurasian Studies Society, Havighurst Center, Harrison Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA. Please consult the CESS Membership Form ( for full details on methods of payment.

NOTE: CESS does not have funds to support the costs of conference participation, and does not waive the conference fee for participants who cannot afford it. Participants must obtain their own funding — from personal resources, their own institutions, or grant-giving organizations which provide conference travel grants.

Further Information

If you do not have web access, or if you do not find the answer to your questions on the conference website, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at

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Call for Papers: The Late Antiquity and Byzantium Workshop, UChicago, Winter and Spring Quarters

The Late Antiquity and Byzantium Workshop is calling for papers for Winter and Spring Quarter. Submissions from graduate students with dissertation chapters or proposals are especially encouraged.

The workshop has as its focus the Eastern Mediterranean World from 330 – 1453 CE, as approached from a variety of viewpoints, including Late Rome, Byzantium, Early Islam, Slavic Studies, Crusader Periods, and Eastern Church Studies.  The workshop will usually meet Tuesday afternoons in Cochrane-Woods Art Center (5540 S. Greenwood Ave., just north of the Regenstein Library), Room 156, at 4:30 p.m.  Meetings on other days of the week are possible by request.  Sessions typically run for approximately 90 minutes (including the presentation of the paper and a questions and answer session), followed by more informal conversation.

Those who would like to present or would like some additional information should contact Nathan Leidholm by e-mail ( or by phone (701-436-6052).

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CfP: 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago, Abstract Deadline December 27

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 7-9, 2011 at the University of Chicago. This year’s conference will include a general main session as well as a parasession on experimental methods in linguistic research.


This session invites papers investigating linguistic questions using laboratory and experimental methods of various kinds. CLS 47 welcomes research in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and related fields which use and analyze experimental data.

Invited parasession speakers

Yosef Grodzinsky – McGill University
Keith Johnson – University of California, Berkeley
Colin Phillips – University of Maryland

Main Session

Equal consideration will be give to papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks, as well as from related cross-disciplinary areas, regardless of focus.

Invited main session speakers

Juliette Blevins – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Angelika Kratzer – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Norvin Richards – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presentation Format

All talks will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format, with filename Paper Title.pdf (e.g., The Morphophonemics of Robojibwe.pdf).
  • Include title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language, language family, linguistics subfield) in the abstract.
  • Abstract may be no more than 500 words in length, no smaller than 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. Data, keywords, and references are not included in the final word count, but please intersperse data within the main text of the abstract as much as possible. Do not put data on a separate page. Total abstract (including data and references) should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Author name(s) must not appear on the abstract or file name! Submissions are anonymized and the author’s name will be associated with the abstract by the Easy Abstract system. Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 47 will be evaluated under a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal reviewers.


Please submit your abstract at our Easy Abstracts submission site.

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Monday, December 27, 2010.

For questions not answered in this call, please contact us at:

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CfP: Midwest Russian History Workshop, Ohio State University in Columbus, Proposal Deadline January 15

A message from our colleague at the Ohio State University in Columbus:

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the next meeting of the Midwest Russian History Workshop will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus on April 15-16, 2011.  We will send out a schedule and information on accommodations as the date for the Workshop gets nearer.

At this time, we would like to issue a call for papers.  If you would like to present your work, please submit a title and one paragraph description to the members of our program committee: Nick Breyfogle (, Mollie Cavender (, and David Hoffmann (   Proposals are due by January 15th. The normal page limit for work presented is 50 pages.  (If you would like to present a dissertation or book chapter that is longer than 50 pages, please consider summarizing part of the chapter in order to adhere to the 50-page limit.) Accepted papers will be due by March 15th.

We hope to see you at the Workshop.  Please note that it will be held concurrently with the Midwest Slavic Conference, which will open April 14th with a keynote address by Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick of the University of Chicago.  If you are able, we encourage you to arrive by late afternoon on the 14th in order to attend this address as well.

All the best, David

David Hoffmann, Professor
Department of History
The Ohio State University
230 W. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
tel. (614) 292-5576
fax (614) 292-2282

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CfP: “Crossing the Line: Negotiating Borders in the Russian and Soviet Context”, University of Virginia, Abstract Deadline January 12

Crossing the Line: Negotiating Borders in the Russian and Soviet Context

The Society of Slavic Graduate Students at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the Second Annual Slavic Forum, to be held in Charlottesville, VA, on February 5th, 2011, at the Jefferson Fellows Center.  This conference will address the concept of borders – geographical, temporal, cultural, literary, linguistic, and others – from an interdisciplinary perspective.  We invite participants to examine the different ways in which borders have been imagined and treated in such diverse spheres as politics, history, culture, literature, art, language, and philosophy.  How are borders set up, transgressed, negotiated, and dissolved?  What are some of the ways that demarcations change the way we perceive Russia and “Russianness”?  In what ways do borders constitute in-between spaces and thresholds that problematize the notion of clear-cut distinctions?  These are some of the questions the conference will consider.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Russia vis-à-vis the Other: Russia’s relationship with the various groups that constitute the cultural, social, and national Other;
  • Russia’s changing dynamic with its former satellite states;
  • Literary boundaries: the development, canonizing, and blurring of literary systems, genres, and schools;
  • The boundaries of and within language – both literary and nonliterary (verbal, visual, etc.): the limits of language, as well the multilayered structure of language and the crossing of these internal borders in the movement from one layer to another;
  • Watershed events (historical, political, literary, and otherwise) as both constituting boundaries and dissolving them;
  • The transgression of the boundary between private and public sphere;
  • Rites of passages, liminal states, and rituals which mark such events as coming of age, marriage, birth, death, etc.
  • Law and morality: constitution and crossing of legal and ethical lines.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.  Abstracts of no more than one page should be submitted as attachments to John Lyles at no later than January 12th, 2011.

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CfP: 17th Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Northwest Conference, University of Washington, Abstract Deadline January 24

The Seventeenth Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
Northwest Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2011
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington are currently soliciting papers, panels or roundtable presentations for this one-day interdisciplinary conference. Proposals from faculty, graduate students and members of the general public are all welcome.

Contributions are encouraged on literature, the fine arts, the environment, post-Soviet foreign policy, historical research, economics, national identity or any other relevant subjects. Papers related to health and the environment in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia are especially welcome.

Small travel stipends may be available to graduate students and faculty traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Funds are not available for scholars outside of the Pacific Northwest or residing outside the United States.

If you would like to present at the conference, please reply via catalyst survey by Monday, January 24, 2011 with your name and contact information, a paper title and brief abstract, at

If you have any questions, please contact:
Allison Dvaladze, Assistant Director for Outreach
The Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650, Thomson Hall, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195-3650
Tel: (206) 543-4852

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CfP: Graduate Student Conference: “Estrangement”, Brown University, Abstract Deadline January 15

The Slavic Studies Graduate Student Colloquium and the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown University are pleased to announce our upcoming graduate student conference on the subject of Estrangement.  The conference will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011.  We are currently soliciting proposals for individual papers on topics related to the theme of estrangement in Russian, East European and Eurasian literature, history, and culture in any historical period.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-linguistic and ethnic identity

-dialogues between East and West

-self-imposed or forcible estrangement from home/family

-minority religious cultures in Russia and Eurasia

-estrangement as self-preservation

-contemporary Marxism and Communism in the former USSR

-destructive conflicts within literary and artistic movements

-generational conflict

-loss of identity within shifting political and social structures.

This will be a one-day conference comprised of formal panels, informal roundtables, and a keynote lecture by Professor John Bowlt of the University of Southern California titled “Engines of the Russian Cosmos: Art and Astrophysics, 1900-1930”.

Breakfast, lunch, and lodging will be provided for all participants.

The deadline for all abstract proposals is January 15, 2011. Please send a brief abstract (300 words or less) and a bio to or

This conference is part of a year-long experimental interdisciplinary colloquia series, generously sponsored by the Office of International Affairs.  The aim of the series is to provide a forum for young scholars in the humanities to initiate collaborative projects and an opportunity for the development of informal mentorship relationships between faculty and graduate students. The overarching goal of this series is to explore joint interests across the disciplines outside the traditional class-based format and to emphasize the relevance of cross-disciplinary exchange.

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CfP: Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

**Call for Papers**

Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, has returned to the academic world! Vestnik, the world’s first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, was on hiatus for more than two years. However, its editorial staff has again assembled to continue this fascinating and much-needed work. Having recently finished and published our Winter, 2010 edition, we now welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates for another! Research on any subject is accepted – politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc.

If your students have written solid research in the last year, encourage them to send it to!

Deadline for submissions for the next issue: December 15, 2010

**$200 Jury Award**

Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. After publication, the editorial board will select the best (most interesting, original, and well-written piece) submission. The recipient will be sent an official letter of congratulations along with a $200 check. This process will take into account as well how receptive the author was to improving the paper before publication under the guidance of our editorial board. This award has been established for this issue of Vestnik to mark its return to encouraging original research among students.

**Requirements and other Information**

Submitted papers should include, at the top of the first page, the applicant’s name, major, class standing, and a brief description of his/her future plans. Submissions should not be more than 25 pages, should be in double-spaced, 12-point TNR type with one-inch margins, and in MS Word or a capital program. Since we are dealing with diverse subjects, we will accept MLA, ALA and Chicago formats. Submissions should be accompanied with a statement from the author saying where he/she is currently enrolled as a student (or was at the time the paper was written), class (freshman, sophomore, graduate student, etc.; if applicable), their future plans (educational and professional), and the author’s agreement to Vestnik’s policies and procedures. Vestnik’s editor in chief welcomes questions by email at

You can find past issues of Vestnik, as well as more information about the
publication, at

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“(Trans)National Subjects. Framing Post-1989 Migration on the European Screen”, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is pleased to announce the International Conference “(Trans)National Subjects. Framing Post-1989 Migration on the European Screen”, to be held December 15-17, 2011, in Leuven, Belgium. The conference is a joint initiative of the Chair of Slavic Studies, the Centre for Media Culture and Communication Technology, the Institute of International and European Policy and the Associated Faculty of Architecture and the Arts. It is organized with the additional support of the Research Group on Cinema & Diaspora (University of Antwerp and Ghent University) and the Cultural Service of the Polish Embassy in Belgium.

Confirmed speakers include Dominique Arel (University of Ottawa), Dina Iordanova (University of St. Andrews) and Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire). More details can be found at the conference website

“(Trans)National Subjects” – Call for papers

The past three decades have seen the rise of a transnational European cinema, not only in terms of financing and multilateral co-productions, but also in terms of a growing focus on multi-ethnic themes and realities within the European context. Undoubtedly, the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the subsequent (and on-going) enlargement of the European Union have played a major role in this shift from national to European filmmaking. Its most obvious on-screen manifestation is the increased visibility of immigrant groups from former communist countries in recent European film, ranging from Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Blanc” (1994) and Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Last Resort” (2000) to Hans-Christian Schmid’s “Lichter” (2003) and Ken Loach’s “It’s a Free World” (2007).

Through its focus on cinematic representations of post-1989 migrations from the former Eastern Bloc to Western Europe, this conference seeks to examine what these films reveal about the cultures producing and consuming these migration narratives and to what extent these images function as a construction site for new (trans)regional, (trans)national and European identities. In order to do so, we welcome papers that investigate topics and questions such as:

– the particular variety of portrayals of (Eastern) European identities and narratives of mobility, displacement and belonging in specific European cinemas or in European cinema at large;
– the emergence of a European “accented cinema” (as coined by Hamid Naficy, 2001) involving migrant and diasporic filmmakers from the former Eastern Bloc;
– the degree in which the portrayal of newcomers in the cinemas of the “hosting” countries corresponds with or diverges from the representation of migratory practices in diasporic filmmaking and in the respective domestic cinemas (i.e., the cinemas of the postcommunist countries);
– the involvement of diasporic filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe in redefining our understanding of European identity/ies as constructed and narrated in European national cinemas;
– the ways in which the complex narratives and often hybrid identities of the postcommunist immigrant characters intertwine with the ongoing geopolitical processes of intra-European border reorganization (creating a new dividing line between those countries with European Union membership and those without);
– convergences and divergences between post-1989 cinematic portrayals of Central and East European immigrants on the one hand and Cold War representations of “exiles” from the Eastern Bloc on the other hand;
– the extent to which the narratives and identities portrayed in these films share filmic traits and narrative arguments that link them to or set them apart from European and/or diasporic cinema dealing with immigrants from outside Europe (e.g. Beur cinema, British-Asian cinema, etc.);
– the increased visibility of characters from former communist countries in relation to American filmmaking and its long-standing tradition of depicting immigrant characters of Slavic/East European descent (in, for instance, gangster and historic film);
– the link between the filmic image of (mainly economy-driven) migration from former communist states on the one hand and a more general critique of post-1989 neoliberal capitalism and global economic culture (commodification, consumerism, …) on the other hand;
– the (trans)national dynamics that underlie the production, distribution and reception of these immigration narratives and images.

One page abstracts are to be sent to by March 15, 2011. Notifications of the Organizing Committee’s decisions will be sent out by May 15, 2011. We strongly encourage the use of film clips and of modern presentation software, e.g. Powerpoint. The goal of this is to enhance the effectiveness of the presentation and to facilitate discussion afterwards. Laptops and beamers will be provided.

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