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CfP: Thinking in/after Utopia. East-European and Russian Philosophy before and after the Collapse of Communism, Miami U., Oxford (Oh.), 27-30.10.2005

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      CALL FOR PAPERS: Thinking in/after Utopia. East-European and Russian
      Philosophy before and after the Collapse of Communism

      27-30 October, 2005

      Organizer: The Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies, Miami
      University of Ohio (Oxford, OH)

      The Havighurst Center’s Site:
      http://casnov1.cas.muohio.edu/havighurstcenter/

      Plenary speakers: Mikhail Epstein (Emory University) and Vladimir
      Tismaneanu (University of Maryland)

      The 2005 annual Havighurst young researchers’ conference is dedicated to
      exploring

      • The state of East-European and Russian philosophy today
      • How philosophical ideas contributed (or didn’t contribute) to the
      process of dismantling of the Communist system
      • The effects that the collapse and Communism had on shaping new
      configurations/movements of philosophical ideas in Eastern Europe and
      Russia

      The conference is conceived of as a forum where young researchers in the
      field of East-European and Russian studies/philosophy come, from all over
      the world, and share their views and the outcomes of their research,
      interact with senior researchers in the field, and with Miami University
      faculty and students.

      We are interested in bringing together papers that deal not necessarily
      with philosophical problems/topics taken in themselves, but especially
      with the sophisticated, ever-changing interplay that took place in the
      Communist countries between philosophy and politics, philosophy and
      ideology, philosophy and social life, philosophy and the other
      humanities,
      philosophy and the arts. What role (if any) did various philosophical
      practices (teaching, research, philosophically-informed cultural
      journalism or philosophically-inspired civic movements, etc) play in
      undermining the Marxist ideology in East-Europe and Russia? On the other
      hand, how precisely did philosophy (Marxism included) permeate the
      (societal, intellectual, cultural) life in the Communist regimes? What
      happened with philosophy ­ and with the net of relationships that it had
      established with politics, ideology, social life, etc. ­ when the system
      collapsed? What happens with the life of mind when one school of thought
      (Marxism) becomes the only accepted school of though? What happens with
      that school of thought itself under such conditions? What happened with
      all the Marxist philosophers of Eastern Europe and Russia in the 90’?
      What
      have become of them? What are, in general, the sources of the
      post-communist Russian and East-European philosophy? To what extent the
      “dissident philosophers” (Patocka, Havel, and others) can be seen as
      practitioners of the ancient conception of “philosophy as a way of life”?
      These are only some of the issues to be addressed in the course of the
      conference.

      Call for papers:
      Young scholars (ABDs, Post-docs, Assistant-Professors, etc.) working in
      the field of East-European and Russian thought are hereby cordially
      invited to submit abstracts on these or any other issues related to the
      conference’s topic.

      Funding:
      Those selected to present papers will be provided with accommodation for
      the duration of the conference, ground transportation from/to the
      airport,
      and partial travel funding (up to $250
      for domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel).

      Publication:
      We plan to publish the conference papers in an edited volume with a major
      US academic press.

      Deadline for abstracts: 10 April, 2005. Email submissions are strongly
      encouraged.

      Please send abstracts (no longer than 300 words) and a copy of your CV
      to:

      Dr. Costica Bradatan,
      Havighurst Fellow & Conference Coordinator
      Department of Philosophy,
      221 Hall Auditorium,
      Miami University,
      Oxford, OH-45056
      USA

      Email: bradatc@...
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