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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

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “The Legacy of 1989,” November 2


Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University
J.D. Bindenagel, Vice President for Community, Government, and International Affairs, DePaul University
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Associate Professor of International Security Studies, United States Military Academy
Moderated by Martha Merritt, Associate Dean of the College, University of Chicago

The fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago sent shock waves around the globe. The ensuing rapid power shift resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union, gave rise to new democracies in Eastern Europe, and helped end the Cold War superpower conflict that had governed international relations for nearly half a century. Join us for a conversation about how current leaders in the affected regions view the world in the aftermath of the extraordinary events of 1989, as well as a discussion on what lessons of the legacy of 1989 might offer to current policymakers.

Archie Brown is an emeritus professor of politics at Oxford University and an emeritus fellow of St. Antony’s College. An expert on the Gorbachev era and on the evolution of Communism worldwide, his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Communism, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

J.D. Bindenagel is the vice president for community, government, and international affairs at DePaul University. At the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he was U.S. deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, and helped negotiate the reunification of Germany.

Kori Shake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy. An expert on U.S. national security and European politics, she was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign during the 2008 presidential election, responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.

Martha Merritt (moderator) is a specialist on the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia and Estonia. She was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Notre Dame before joining the University of Chicago in 2006.

This program is supported by


The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60605
Business Attire Required

5:30 p.m. Cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Program adjournment and book signing

Young Professional Members $10
Members $20
Nonmembers $30
President’s Circle, Corporate Members, and Student Members complimentary

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