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  • Popplestone, Ann
    From: Anthro-L [mailto:Anthro-l@listserv.buffalo.edu] On Behalf Of Jarvis, Hugh Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 11:39 AM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU
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      Jarvis, Hugh
      Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 11:39 AM
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      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] Call for papers - 2004 Annual International Young
      Researchers Con ference [fwd]

      [Fyi. Hugh]


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      Subject: Call for papers--please post


      CALL FOR PAPERS
      Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies
      Annual International Young Researchers Conference
      The Problems of the Postcommunist State
      Organizers: Douglas Rogers & Venelin Ganev
      Miami University
      Oxford, OH
      November 5-6, 2004

      The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami
      University invites papers for the 2004 Annual International Young
      Researchers Conference. This conference is intended to give young
      scholars
      an opportunity to present their views with the hope that a sustained
      dialogue on the wide range of issues related to the postcommunist state
      might reveal what we have learned so far, and stimulate the emergence of
      more coherent intellectual agendas and ideas guiding future research.

      Largely neglected during the first decade of postcommunist studies, the
      problem of "the state" now figures quite prominently both in academic
      discoursed in the West and in political discourses in the former Soviet
      block. At the same time, it would be premature to assert that the
      heightened
      interest in various aspects the state building, state society relations
      and
      the transformation of infrastructures of governance has resulted in the
      emergence of coherent research programs and/or a relative consensus
      regarding the conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues
      surrounding
      state related phenomena.

      For some, the problem is primarily one of prescribing policies: what
      role
      should the state play in the large scale processes of transformation
      still
      underway in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union? For others,
      analytical issues are much more important: how should we characterize
      analytically the dynamic ways in which "the state" has changed after
      1989,
      and what factors shaped the course of these changes? Still others
      emphasize
      comparative issues: why is it that various states have followed
      different
      trajectories of development, and what is the best way to think
      conceptually
      about these patterns of divergence? Finally, anthropologists are
      becoming
      increasingly interested in the very meaning of notions like "the state"
      or
      "interacting with the state" in everyday life, with a special emphasis
      on
      how of gender, ethnicity and socio economic status may structure such
      perceptions and experiences.

      Submitted paper topics from a wide range of disciplines (i.e.,
      anthropology,
      international studies, sociology, economics, history, political science,
      etc) will be considered and may include-but are not restricted to-the
      following:

      *How did patterns of reconfiguration of state structures from below
      (through
      the actions of strategically placed local elites) and from above
      (through
      constitution making and legislation) intermesh in a postcommunist
      context?
      *What forces and factors determined how the boundary between "state" and
      "non state" domains would be demarcated, and what are the political and
      cultural implications of the drawing of this boundary? Is this boundary
      subject to strategic modifications, and with what consequences? What are
      the
      most important dimensions of "state weakness" and "state
      dysfunctionality"
      in a postcommunist context?
      *What patterns of relations between state and non state actors are most
      important for understanding the dynamic of transformative processes in
      postcommuinism?
      *How do international influences affect the functioning of state
      apparatuses
      in the former communist regimes?
      *How do public perceptions of what states "do" and "are" shift in
      response
      to the various crises afflicting postcommunist societies?

      We encourage proposals from young researchers who have already completed
      their dissertation research and/or have defended their dissertation
      within
      the last two years. This will be an intensive two-day working
      conference
      during which each of the selected papers will be critiqued by the other
      participants and a team of discussants. We plan to publish the final
      versions of papers in an edited volume. The Havighurst Center will
      provide
      accommodation in Oxford, ground transportation from the airport, and
      partial
      travel funding (up to $250 for domestic travel and up to $500 for
      international travel).

      To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract of approximately
      250
      words and a CV to HavighurstCenter@... by June 18, 2003. Please
      type
      "2004 Young Researchers Conference" as the subject of the email. We plan
      to
      get back to you by July 2, 2004. Final papers, of approximately 15-25
      pages,
      must be in English and submitted by October 1, 2003, at which time they
      will
      be posted on the Havighurst website (www.muohio.edu/havighurstcenter)
      for
      participants and discussants to read prior to the conference.

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