• Saint-Denis | Nanterre

    Call for papers - Modern

    1917-2017: Comparative Looks on the Soviet Artistic Avant-Gardes

    The Soviet artistic avant-gardes have been raising a specific interest for a long time. For instance, their multiple practices, their theoretical apparatus, their opuses as well as the influences they exerted have been largely surveyed by the academic world. Ever since the 1990’s a reappraisal of the multiple reuses and reinterpretations of those “avant-gardes” have been carried out. Our international symposium aims to question and put into context that reappraisal and the renewal it induces in the field of scholarly research. The year 2017 as an historical landmark, the centenary of the Russian revolutions, offers a conducive environment for such reflections and thoughts. While evocating various and contradictory narratives, this centenary leads to rethink the vast array of meanings embodied by the revolutionary events as well as to shed a new light on the opuses they produced or lived through.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Europe

    Passé, présent, avenir de l'Islam en Russie : entre la recherche et le discours public

    La situation politique, économique et sociale de la Russie a été marquée depuis le milieu des années 2000 par une remontée de la xénophobie, dans son expression islamophobe en particulier, dont maints observateurs donnent pour raison l’intensification récente des migrations de travail en provenance du Caucase (Nord et Sud) et de l’Asie Centrale anciennement soviétiques. Ces trois dernières années, en outre, les lendemains de “printemps arabes” créaient dans l’opinion russe l’impression, entretenue par le pouvoir politique et les média, d’une coalition d’intérêts antirusses au Proche-Orient alliant puissances occidentales et pays de la péninsule Arabique soutenant l’aile la plus religieuse des mouvements révolutionnaires sunnites actuels.

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  • Call for papers - History

    Communications and media in the USSR and Eastern Europe

    Technologies, politics, cultures, social practices

    In the social sciences, communications are considered fundamental to the constitution of any society. The technologies and infrastructures for communications are also social institutions in their own right, with their own specific historical trajectories.  With this in mind, we can assume that political regimes that abuse their control of communications engender social atomization, the rupture or weakening of social ties, in that attempts to maintain these ties via communications media may be met with repression.  At the same time, however, it is social relations — “useful” connections – that allow individuals to engage in mutual assistance and to exchange goods and services in the economies of shortage typical of many authoritarian regimes.

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