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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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