Friday, February 27, 2015

Call for Papers:The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference

Deadline: March 15, 2015
Call for Papers
The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference
Re-Inventing Eastern Europe

24 – 26 April 2015
Including a visit to Auschwitz – Birkenau on 26th of April 2015

4* Metropolitan Hotel
Krakow, Poland

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15 March 2015

Conference Description:

The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’ aims to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of practices of alterity making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and practitioners to identify, discuss, and debate the multiple dimensions in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West dichotomies.

Not a long time ago, in 2010, a British lady was considered bigoted by Gordon Brown upon asking ‘Where do all these Eastern Europeans come from?’. Maybe, despite her concern with the dangers of immigration for Britain, the lady was right in showing that such a question still awaits for answers in Europe. The ironic thing however is that a first answer to such a question would point to the fact that the Eastern Europeans come from the Western European imaginary. As Iver Neumann puts it, ‘regions are invented by political actors as a political programme, they are not simply waiting to be discovered’. And, as Larry Wolff skillfully showed, Eastern Europe is an invention emanated initially from the intellectual agendas of the elites of the Enlightenment that later found its peak of imaginary separation during the Cold War.
The Economist, explicitly considered Eastern Europe to be wrongly labeled and elaborated that ‘it was never a very coherent idea and it is becoming a damaging one’. The EU enlargement however, was expected to make the East – West division obsolete under the veil of a prophesized convergence. That would have finally proven the non-ontologic, historically contingent and unhappy nature of the division of Europe and remind Europeans of the wider size of their continent and the inclusive and empowering nature of their values. Yet still, 20 years after the revolutions in the Central and Eastern European countries, Leon Mark, while arguing that the category of Eastern Europe is outdated and misleading, bitterly asks a still relevant question: ‘will Europe ever give up the need to have an East?’
Eastern Europe was invented as a region and continues to be re-invented from outside and inside. From outside its invention was connected with alterity making processes, and, from inside the region, the Central and Eastern European countries got into a civilizational beauty contest themselves in search of drawing the most western profile: what’s Central Europe, what’s more Eastern, what’s more Ottoman, Balkan, Byzantine, who is the actual kidnapped kid of the West, who can build better credentials by pushing the Easterness to the next border. A wide variety of scholars addressed the western narratives of making the Eastern European other as an outcome of cultural politics of enlightenment, as an effect of EU’s need to delineate its borders, as an outcome of its views on security , or as a type of ‘orientalism’ or post-colonialism. Most of these types of approaches are still useful in analyzing the persistence of an East-West slope. The region is understood now under a process of convergence, socialization and Europeanization that will have as outcomes an ‘ever closer union’ where the East and the West will fade away as categories. Yet the reality is far from such an outcome while the persistence of categories of alterity making towards the ‘East’ is not always dismantled. The discourse on core-periphery, new Europe/old Europe is rather gaining increasing ground in the arena of European identity narratives often voiced by the EU.

The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe ~ Europe East and West: On the Persistence of the Division ~ Reviewing Alternative Modernities: East and West ~ Writing About the East in West ~ Writing about the West in East ~ The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union ~ Mental Mappings on Eastern Europe ~ People-ing the Eastern Europeans ~ Geopolitical Views on the East-West Division ~ Post-colonial readings of Eastern Europe ~ Making Borders to the East: Genealogies of Othering ~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses ~ Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe ~ Core Europe/Non-Core Europe ~ Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe ~ Reading the Past: On Memory and Memorialization ~ Eastern Europe and the Crises ~ Assessing Convergence in Eastern Europe ~ Explaining Divergence in Eastern Europe ~ Central and Eastern Europe and the EU ~ Scenarios for the Future of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe and Asymmetries of Europeanization ~ Axiological Framings of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe in Western Literature ~ Re-making Eastern Europe: Pushing the Easterness to the Next Border ~ From the Ottoman Empire to Russia: Cultural Categories in the Making of Eastern Europe ~ Go West! Migration from Eastern Europe and Experiences of ‘Othering’ ~ Lifestyles and the Quotidian Peculiarities of the Invented East ~ Visual Representation of Eastern Europe in Film: From Dracula to Barbarian Kings ~ Guidebooks for the Savage Lands: Representations of Eastern Europe in Travel Guides ~ Urban Landscapes in Eastern Europe ~ Changing Politics and the Transformation of Cities ~ Eastern Europe and Artistic Movements

Participant's Profile
The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Eastern Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Eastern Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution.

Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted based on their proven quality. The submitted paper is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

The 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract, 5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel

The abstract and details can be sent to with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or through the on-line application form available at

We will acknowledge the receipt of your proposal and answer to all paper proposals submitted.

For complete information before applying please see:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Prize: Best Book in the Field of Czechoslovak Historical Studies

Deadline: June 30, 2015

The Czechoslovak Studies Association is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for the biennial Czechoslovak Studies Association Prize for the Best Book in the Field of Czechoslovak Historical Studies.

**In this cycle we are considering books published in the years 2013 and 2014.**

To be eligible for consideration, books must be primarily concerned with the history of Czechoslovakia, its predecessor and successor states, or any of its peoples within and without its historical boundaries. The field of historical studies will be broadly construed, with books in all fields considered for the prize if they are substantially historical in nature. The prize committee will decide whether a book matches these criteria. Books under consideration must be new works by a single author written originally in the English language. The competition will be open to members and non-members of the CSA. Authors are responsible for providing the committee with the book they wish to enter into the competition.

**Books for consideration should be submitted to the review committee at the following addresses as soon as possible and not later than June 30, 2015.**

Call for Papers: Conference “Ethnic Contentions and Policies: Russia's Perspective and Lessons from the West”

Deadline: March 15, 2015

School of Political Science of Saint Petersburg State University in cooperation with Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the 6th Annual Research Conference “Ethnic Contentions and Policies: Russia's Perspective and Lessons from the West” on April 24–25, 2015.

World history proves that ethnic relations often define nation’s and state’s development. The complexity of these issues has always been tied to such factors as culture, religion, values, historical memory and national pride. With this in mind, governments of polyethnic states always elaborate their policies in accord with maintaining stable inter-ethnic relations and reducing contentions.
Ethnic contentions and ethnic issues of modern Russia do not represent an exceptional phenomenon, as they have numerous analogues both in the modern world and in the history of mankind. Thus we suggest reviewing Russia and its analogues in the context of Western experience.

Many Western countries, monoethnic in the past, have faced the need to elaborate new policies to integrate immigrants into society. This is a process of vital importance because different ethnic groups often hold strong separate visions of how the state should be governed and what values should be endorsed in the public sphere. Recent events in Europe show that there are still a lot to be done in this respect.

  • Limited travel grants available through CIEE;
  • Accommodations provided by SPSU;
  • Visa support provided to participants from abroad;
  • Cultural activities and excursions included in the Conference program.

Abstracts requirements:

  • Microsoft Word file (.doc, .rtf attachment)
  • Maximum length of 1000 words
  • Abstracts must be written in English;
  • Please include information about author(s): name, institution, status, major and contacts.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 15, 2015.

To apply please email your proposals to ivasilyeva@ciee.orgThe organizing committee will review the applications and notify all the participants by March 22, 2015.

Call for Papers: 5th Aleksanteri Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland

Deadline: May 17, 2015

Call for Papers for the 15th Aleksanteri Conference "Culture and Russian Society"

With Vladimir Putin’s third re-election in 2012, the Russian creative class gathered political momentum, and cultural and intellectual practices in Russia regained social and political relevance. At the same time, culture and its traditional institutions have become increasingly integrated into state policies to reconstruct a uniform national Russian identity. The annexation of Crimea, the crisis in Ukraine, and the changing geopolitical landscape have highlighted those Russian views that draw on an understanding of Russia as a unique civilization separate from the West.

The 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society will take place in Helsinki from Oct 21 to 23, 2015. The conference invites proposals which focus on the cultural challenges and intellectual choices Russia and its diverse population face today.  Keynote speakers include Catriona Kelly, Vlad Strukov, Vera Tolz, Elena Vartanova, Michael Gorham and Evert van der Zweerde.

We welcome scholars from all fields in humanities, social and political sciences to contribute to the investigation of the role of cultural analysis in enriching our understanding of Russia’s recent developments. We encourage panel proposals with three presentations, discussant, and chair, but will also review individual paper proposals.

Detailed instructions and links to electronic submission forms are available at

The deadline for proposals is May 17. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Please feel free to spread this message.

Conference: Workshop on Kazakhstan's Archeological Heritage

Deadline: February 28, 2015

University College of London is advertising a workshop that will bring together UK and Kazakhstan partners to develop the capacity of early career researchers in both countries to utilise non-destructive techniques for the documentation archaeological heritage, and to use these to underpin strategies of sustainable development, management planning and international tourism. The workshop will use the theme of the management of Silk Roads heritage to focus the discussions on approaches and strategies, although the research outcomes will be of relevance to both countries.
Please see for more information

The deadline for applying is February 28, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Language Program: Summer Language School in Armenia

Deadline: March 31, 2015

The Armenian Association for Academic Partnership and Support (ARMACAD) has announced its second International Armenian Language and Culture Summer School in Yerevan, Armenia to take place from July 18, 2015 to August 8, 2015.

This 21 days summer school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Armenian, reading and interpreting Armenian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in Armenian Literature, History and Arts. During the summer school we also offer cultural trips, visits and meetings, which will transform your stay in Armenia into an unforgettable, academically oriented endeavor.

Participation fee is 2450 USD
Application deadline is March 31, 2015.

Eligibility criteria include intermediate knowledge of the Armenian language.
Lectures will be held in Armenian.
All participants will receive the necessary readings in Armenian and English prior to the summer school dates.

The lecturers invited to teach during the summer school are:
Prof. Levon Abrahamian is a corresponding member of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Head of the Contemporary Anthropological Studies, Institute of Ethnography and Archaeology, NAS RA. He will deliver two lectures on Armenian and Caucasian identities.
Prof. Vahram Danielyan is an assistant professor at Yerevan State University, Department of Modern Armenian Literature. He will teach the whole course on Armenian literature at the summer school.
Mr. Merujan Karapetyan, who is the founder of will deliver a lecture about the history of Armenian printing.
Mr. Richard Giragossian, who is the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) in Yerevan will introduce the modern political issues of the Republic of Armenia to the participants of the summer school.

- Participants may inform the organizers about their particular interests in Armenian Studies and the organizers will find a supervisor of that particular topic during the days of the summer school. - Each participant will be encouraged to write a paper on a topic of interest and consult the supervisor.

This price includes accommodation, all transportation costs in Armenia including from and to the airport, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks), reading and writing materials, tours.

For registration please send the following information to and with Summer school in the subject.

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For questions and inquiries please contact

For a more detailed description please go to:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Internships: Opportunities and Consultation available

UM undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to stop by the Weiser Center at U of M or email if they would like to consult on or seek assistance in finding an internship in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in the Western Balkans.