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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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  • 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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  • Call for papers - Europe

    Security and Defense Reform in Central Asia

    The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

    Two decades after the Soviet regime's collapse, the military and security institutions of Central Asia play an ever more important role in supporting national regimes and addressing national and regional challenges. After independence, the leaders of Central Asian countries increased their reliance on the military to address the challenges of independence and promote security. This inevitably influenced civil-military and intra-military relations, and society’s perception of the military. This issue will focus on the changes that have taken place in Central Asian military institutions since the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as the lingering continuities of the Soviet legacy. How do changes in Central Asian militaries compare to those of other former Soviet states? How do international actors influence change and continuity of Central Asian power institutions? Are there any signs of a revival of pre-Soviet traditions in Central Asian militaries?

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  • Call for papers - Political studies

    Contemporary Uses of the Second World War in Russia

    The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

    The Second World War gave rise in the USSR to a myth whose beginnings already existed at the time, but which developed gradually, finally taking on institutionalized form after the 1960s (essentially in the sense of commemorative plaques, monuments and museums) in the context of the Cold War and the evolution of the system that followed on de-Stalinisation (N. Tumarkin). We will thus examine contemporary visions and re-appropriations of the history of the war – from local testimony-collection initiatives, school war museums and school textbooks, to representations in films, programmes on Zvezda, and cultural events.

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  • Call for papers - Sociology

    Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia and the Post-Soviet Republics

    Call for Contributors – Pipss.org

    Having in 2005 published a first issue on transformations in the police in post-communist Europe (http://pipss.revues.org/index271.html), Pipss would now like to return to the subject of the police in Russia and other ex-USSR republics, by presenting recent research from a sociological, anthropological and historical point of view on problems the institution is currently facing, with emphasis on corruption and police violence, sociology of police staff and an analysis of current reforms.

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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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  • Almaty

    Conference, symposium - Modern

    The Caucasus and Central Asia, twenty years after independences: Questioning the notion of “South countries”

    Ce colloque clôture un projet ANR mené au Centre d'études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre européen (CERCEC, CNRS/EHESS), intitulé « Caucase et Asie Centrale : un autre Sud ? ». Il rassemblera à Almaty, outre les membres de l'équipe du projet, une cinquantaine de participants venus d'Asie Centrale, du Caucase, de Russie, d'Europe des Etats Unis et du Japon. Pluridisciplianire, ce colloque a pour ambition d’interroger la pertinence des outils heuristiques élaborés à partir de terrains situés au « Sud », mais aussi de la notion même de « Sud(s) » pour appréhender les périphéries méridionales de l’espace post-soviétique. Il entend réunir des chercheurs de toutes les disciplines des sciences sociales (sociologie, histoire, sciences politiques, géographie, anthropologie, démographie, économie). Colloque organisé avec le soutien de l'Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (programme ANR « Les Suds »). Final English version attached below / Русская версия в аттачменте ниже.

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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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  • 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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  • Call for papers - History

    Beyond Brezhnevism: Growing Autonomy for Social Groups and Assimilation of Socialist Values

    Cahiers du Monde russe (special issue 2014)

    L'image du « socialisme réél » comme ère de la « stagnation » disparaît peu à peu des études sur l'Union soviétique. Ce sont bien plutôt les transformations culturelles et sociales manifestes à l'ère brejnévienne qui sont aujourd'hui l'objet d'un renouvellement historiographique. En même temps, les processus socio-culturels qui s'épanouissent pendant les années 1964-1982 obéissent à des temporalités propres qui précèdent ou débordent les bornes chronologiques de la direction brejnévienne. Les CMR souhaitent remettre doublement en cause le « brejnévisme », à la fois comme incarnation de la « stagnation » et comme cadre temporel et spatial strictement borné, inadapté à l'étude des évolutions sociales, culturelles et économiques profondes qui amenèrent les bouleversements de la seconde moitié des années 1980 et l'effondrement de l'URSS.

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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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  • 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

    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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  • Ulan Bator

    Call for papers - Political studies

    Can regions understand each other?

    Europe and Asia: challenges and crisis-management

    Further to the first Europe-Asia conferences exploring regional regime dynamics (France, 2004), policies of regional cooperation (Korea, 2005), interregional competition (France, 2012) and the limits of regional constructions (Kazakhstan, 2014), this 2016 edition will look at the reciprocal understanding of regions and how that is conducive to their capacity (or lack thereof) to monitor crises they undergo, both specific crises and interregional ones. Papers must address original research, in regional dynamics of Asia and Europe, since the end of the cold war and focus on one area among.

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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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  • 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 - 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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  • 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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  • Call for papers - Europe

    History, Memory and Reshaping Identity in Post-Communist Literatures

    CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture Journal, special issue, December 2017

    This volume is intended for both scholars and a general readership interested in contemporary aspects of post-communist literatures from East-Central Europe which witness a special relation between History, Memory and reshaped identity (be it personal or collective). Papers are invited to analyze strategies of remembering communism in different types of discourse, from autobiographical recollections to collective representations which re-define the post-traumatic status of the Eastern intellectuals in relation to the "rediscovered" West and their transition dilemmas.

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  • Call for papers - Europe

    The peripheries of the European revolutionary process(es) 1917–1923

    International conference to be held in Florence, Italy, in October 2017 on the impact of the Russian Revolution on non-conventional, non-Social Democratic groups (anarchists, nationalists, feminists, republicans, etc.) that were also shaken by the events of 1917 and often played an important role in the birth of the international communist movement, but which have tended to fall out of the purview of the historiography, which has traditionally focused on the splits in the big socialist parties and on the German, Austrian, and Hungarian revolutions.

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