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  • Tartu

    Call for papers - Geography

    Borders and crossings: a transdisciplinary conference on travel writing

    The 2022 Borders and Crossings conference will take part in a unique context: that of a post-Soviet and Nordic country situated in a European geographical, economic and political context. Estonia’s history is marked by successive occupations, which could arguably be considered as a form of travel from the point of view of the occupiers. These occupations have affected travel to and from this area, and generated specific mobility, such as deportation and diaspora. This context brings our attention to restricted travels and the forms of control at work when it comes to travel. Additionally, this conference acknowledges the emergency of the ecological crisis and the pressure that travelling can put on the Earth system. 

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - History

    Televising the socialist body

    Projections of health and welfare on the socialist and post-socialist screen

    Bodies and health on television have not been extensively researched, in particular in the socialist and transition to market-economy contexts.The conference seeks to analyse how television and its evolving formats –contemporary, similar and yet differing in national broadcast contexts– expressed and staged bodies and health from local, regional, national and international perspectives. The conference seeks to better understand the role that TV, as a modern visual mass media, has played in what may be cast as the transition from a national bio-political public health paradigm at the beginning of the twentieth century, to alternative societal forms of the late twentieth century when (supposedly) “better” and “healthier” lives were increasingly shaped by market forces.

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  • Târgovişte

    Call for papers - History

    Cold War East-West divide: conflict, cooperation and trade

    The aim of this event is to bring together established, senior and junior scholars and researchers from a variety of fields and perspectives (Cold War Studies, International relations, foreign policy, political sciences, history, economics, media studies etc.) to foster discussion on East-West contacts, whether they were characterized by conflict, competition, mistrust, trade, cooperation or compromise.

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  • Geneva

    Call for papers - History

    Divided memories, shared memories: Poland, Russia, Ukraine

    History mirrored in literature and cinema

    In Central and Eastern European countries, memorial questions appeared right after the demise of the communist regimes in 1989–1991, revealing long-denied processes. The phenomenon of the rise of repressed memories along with the rewriting of history, and the political uses of the past are noticeable in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, three countries whose histories are as often shared as their memories are divided. The “memory wars” in which these three states have sometimes been engaged since the end of the 1980s have been the subject of an abundant historiography.

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  • Lisbon

    Call for papers - Geography

    Post-soviet diaspora(s) in Western Europe (1991-2017)

    Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, millions of former soviet citizens crossed the national borders in search of better lives in new countries, in what was the biggest migration tide since the end of World War II. These Post-Soviet migrants were diverse in origins, strategies and expectations. They often represented a challenge to the orthodox views of migration processes, since in most cases these flows could not be easily described and analysed following commonly accepted theoretical frameworks. Everybody seemed to be on the move: labour migrants, political refugees, cross-border traders, “tourists” planning to forget their return... and in a short period, they spread all over Western Europe.

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  • Monopoli

    Summer School - Language

    Family morphologies: Leone and Natalia Ginzburg in Italian and European literature and culture

    Focusing on the works by Leone (1909-1944) and Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) the Summer School is dedicated to a reflection on the authors’ contribution to the 20th century Italian and European history. Besides a critical analysis of their creative and intellectual activity and their civic engagement, the participants will have the opportunity to debate the role both Leone and Natalia had in the publishing house Einaudi, and to experiment new methods of teaching literature. The program includes 3 plenary lessons and 5 seminars. Special guest: Carlo Ginzburg.Language of the activities: Italian.

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  • Prague

    Call for papers - History

    Beyond the Revolution in Russia

    Narratives – Spaces – Concepts. A 100 years since the Event

    During the conference, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the events in Russia, we would like to consider individual layers of reception, commemo­ration, and performance of revolutionary thoughts, images, and practices in the area of the Central and Eastern Europe.

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  • Esch-sur-Alzette

    Call for papers - History

    Benelux: Europe and the Cold War

    The Power of non-powers and perspectives on the economic, social and political aspects of European Security Strategy in the early Cold War

    What are the historical roots of views of European defense and Europe's role in Western defence? How did the early European Integration movement perceive American involvement in the development of a common security strategy? This conference will investigate these and other related questions by re-examining the early cold war US/European relationship and the role that early Cold War period developments played in the European Integration Movement. In so doing, this conference will also showcase findings which can contribute to the unification of Cold War and European Integration historiographies. 

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - History

    Trajectories of October 1917: Origins, reverberations and models of revolution

    Around the overarching theme of October 1917, we are seeking to foster dialogue between historians of 1917 who can make new contributions to the interpretation and analysis of that revolutionary movement in the Russian Empire, and scholars working on other areas and on later periods who also deal with 1917 in their analysis and interpretation of revolutionary movements. To bring all of this research together, we are holding a conference, from 19 to 21 October 2017, in which scholars from various disciplines and specialists of different areas are invited to participate.

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  • Saint Petersburg

    Call for papers - History

    Third annual international conference dedicated to the 170th anniversary of the birth of Carl Fabergé

    The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg owns the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous imperial easter eggs, and aims to become the main international platform for the study of the art and life of the famous jeweler. In this year marking the 170th anniversary of Carl Fabergé, the museum dedicated its annual academic conference to Carl Fabergé, his firm's activities in Russia and abroad, its place within Russian culture as well as to Fabergé's influence on modern and contemporary jeweler’s art. 

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Political studies

    Post-soviet dis-integration and dis-connections (1991-2016)

    25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, this conference aims at investigating its transversal consequences from two original standpoints: patterns of integration/disintegration combined to logics of connection / disconnection. These issues have various expressions in societal, normative, linguistic, regional or international fields. The conference will hence tackle a general question: how do political choices, economic contingencies or social phenomena foster or disrupt all kinds of links throughout the post-soviet area?

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Co-Ethnics as Unwanted Others

    Intra-Group Tensions After the Fall of Communism: Causes, Consequences, and Contexts

    Much has been written about the intricacies of acceptance and integration of immigrants who are racial, ethnic and/or confessional ‘others’ in relation to host populations. There are many examples of co-ethnics’ interaction which are overtly or latently accompanied by intra-group conflict, tension and misunderstanding, but academic coverage of co-ethnics’ encounters is far less ‘mature’ in terms of conceptualization, and literature devoted to these issues is far less abundant. The pattern of peoples' interaction being studied is usually a result of various kinds of population movement provoked by serious socio-political cataclysms in the 20th and 21st centuries, including the collapse of multi-national states and the intensification of labor migration resulting from post-socialist economic transformation. Our aim is to bring together international scholars who could present results of their latest research on these topics, preferably from a comparative and/or micro-level perspective.

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Europe

    Military Journalism in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, Issue 16 - Spring 2014

    In the sociology of media, the question of military journalism occupies a special place as one carrying significant political and institutional-specific implications. This is particularly obvious in the case of the USSR, where censorship, ideological challenges related to conflicts, and inaccessibility of the army have hindered attempts to gain knowledge of the production process regarding news and information surrounding the military. Since the fall of the USSR, Russian media space has experienced an opening and a liberalization applicable to military journalism. The old Soviet army newspapers have continued to exist (Krasnaia Zvezda, for example) while civil titles dedicated to military topics have appeared (for instance, the military supplement Nezavisimoe Voennoe Obozrenie of the daily newspaper Nezavisimaia Gazeta). At the same time, new independent media have gravitated toward military topics, fed by specialized civil correspondents. This issue of The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies will be devoted to military journalism in the USSR, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) from concurrent historical, sociological and political points of view. It will examine the faces of tension and compromise between freedom of the press and constraints suitable for military journalism.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Sociology

    A political history of techno-scientific governance: the shaping of transnational networks of Cold-War elites

    Le programme ERC Futurepol « A political history of the future » coordonné par Jenny Andersson (CNRS, Sciences Po) organise le 7 juin 2012 de 14h30 à 16h30 à Sciences Po (salle du conseil - 13, rue de l'Université - 75007 Paris) un séminaire intitulé « A political history of techno-scientific governance: the shaping of transnational networks of Cold War elites ».À cette occasion, Egle Rindzeviciute (Sciences Po) et Leena Riska-Campbell (Université d'Helsinky) viendront présenter leurs recherches sur l'International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) et son rôle pendant la Guerre Froide. Elles seront discutées par Marie-Laure Djelic (ESSEC Business School).

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  • Zhytomyr

    Call for papers - Modern

    Violence and its Aftermath in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Context

    Fourth International Social Science Summer School in Zhytomyr (Ukraine), 4-10 July 2012

    Cette année, la question des violences en contexte soviétique et post-soviétique sera au centre des discussions. L’école est destinée à des doctorants ou jeunes docteurs, qui présenteront leurs recherches et participeront aux discussions. Le programme est organisé dans une perspective interdisciplinaire autour de cours, discussions par sessions thématiques et visites de terrain à Zhytomyr (Ukraine).

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  • Paris

    Study days - Sociology

    Radical Youth, between ideology, expressivity and violence: Comparisons around the Russian experience

    Ces journées d'études sur les jeunesses radicales se pencheront sur les différentes dimensions et significations des mouvements de jeunesse radicales, interroger à partir du cas de la Russie, mais avec des comparaisons d'autres pays européens. Plusieurs recherches de terrain seront présentées. Quatre panels marqueront les deux demi-journées, le premier autour du socle idéologique de ces mouvements, le second sur les études de cas empiriques de certains d'entre deux ; Le troisième s'interrogera sur la place et le sens de la violence dans ces mouvements tandis que le dernier laissera voir les dimensions d'expressivité qu'ils peuvent revêtir.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - History

    The Soviet Union and World War II

    Le colloque « l’URSS et la seconde guerre mondiale » entend rendre compte des nouvelles approches de l’URSS en guerre telles qu’elles se sont développées au cours de ces vingt dernières années à l’appui de sources nouvellement accessibles. De multiples travaux attestent en effet d’un défrichement important dans des domaines aussi divers que l’expérience civile de la guerre en territoire occupé ou l'arrière du front soviétique, les figures de combattants, les représentations du conflit, son impact sur le système et la société soviétiques, etc. Ces approches, souvent très spécialisées, méritent d'être resituées dans le panorama plus large de la guerre en URSS et du bilan nouveau sinon plus nuancé qui se dégage des introspections récentes sur cette période. L'intérêt croissant qu'elle suscite confirme la nécessité de procéder à un état du chantier en cours.

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  • Dnipropetrovs'k

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Approaches to post-Soviet transformations

    Summer school in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)

    Two decades after the collapse of the USSR, evolutionary paths travelled by post-Soviet societies are spectacularly diverse - posing analytical challenges for social scientists. In the first post-Soviet years, these societies were expected to “Westernize” and so social transformations were supposedly transitional. Later, it became obvious that genuine evolution observed in the former USSR needed genuine analytical tools. Dramatic change exhibiting a strange (at times conflict-ridden) coexistence of transformation and continuity neither elicits comparison to “normal” social evolution, nor can it be explained as a chaotic or un-analysable specificity. The aim of the summer school is to discuss different approaches / concepts used to analyse post-Soviet transformations and to question their heuristic effectiveness. The Summer School is designed to be interdisciplinary and international.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Europe

    The Legacy and Memory of Communism in Europe

    Cet atelier sur l'héritage et la mémoire du communisme propose une discussion sur l'évaluation de ce qui reste vivant, de ce qui a été oublié ou ignoré de cette expérience centrale du 20e siècle dans les sociétés et les politiques européennes. Il se concentre moins sur l'histoire du communisme en tant que tel que sur sa mémoire et son héritage dans les sociétés européennes depuis 1989. Il analysera la cassure entre les perceptions du communisme à l'Ouest et à l'Est. Il analysera aussi non seulement les traumatismes de la mémoire mais aussi toute forme de souvenirs et de représentation du passé aussi bien la nostalgie que les silences, les révisionismes et et les dénis.

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