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  • Andreas Umland
    NEW DEADLINE! Submit by June 30! CALL FOR PAPERS: Conceptualizing the Human in Slavic and Eurasian Culture Princeton University, October 18-19, 2013 An
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2013
      NEW DEADLINE! Submit by June 30!


      Conceptualizing the Human in Slavic and Eurasian Culture
      Princeton University, October 18-19, 2013
      An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
      Princeton University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

      Keynote Speaker: Prof. Mikhail Iampolski, NYU

      the Human is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the changing
      concept of the human in Slavic and Eurasian culture. While scholars,
      including Slavicist Mikhail Epstein, have recently devoted much
      attention to the “crisis in the humanities,” our conference will turn to
      the many ways in which “the human” has been perceived, re-imagined,
      interrogated, and critiqued.

      The 1917 revolution induced a
      radical re-evaluation of what it meant to be human among Russian
      intellectuals. In the Soviet Union, writers like Platonov, Bulgakov, and
      Zamiatin envisioned how the human being might transform itself under
      changing social conditions. New technologies influenced Gastev’s and
      Vertov's close scrutiny of the mechanics of human action. In the first
      Czechoslovak Republic, Karel Čapek posed the question of what it means
      to be human in physical and cognitive terms in his science-fiction
      prose, as well as in terms of ethical judgment and the pursuit of truth
      in his mid-1930s trilogy. Earlier, thinkers such as Fyodorov,
      Chernyshevsky, Dostoevsky, and the Decembrists incorporated fantasies or
      critiques of the “new man” into their thought, while contemporary
      writers like Sorokin and Pelevin have used images of physical violence
      to challenge traditional notions of human dignity.

      In keeping
      with the wide-ranging possibilities of this topic, we welcome proposals
      from scholars working in all relevant sub-fields of Slavic, East
      European, and Eurasian Studies, such as literature, anthropology,
      history, political science, cultural studies, film studies, philosophy,
      and theology.

      Paper topics could include, but are not limited to:
      − Humans, animals, and the environment
      − Humans, machines, cyborgs, and biomechanics
      − Encounters with the non-human, e.g., in Stanisław Lem’s Solaris
      − The influence of gender on human identity
      − The New Soviet Man
      − Human development: experiences of childhood
      – Central and Eastern European depictions of 20th-century history as narratives of the failure of humanity
      − 19th-century philosophies of freedom, individualism, and human dignity
      − The problem of the human in Russian religious thought
      − Psychiatric narratives of mental illness; the sick body
      − Embodiment in the theater; “playing” human onstage
      – Deconstructing the human; posthumanism

      Conference Format
      goal of the conference is to provide graduate students with the chance
      to present their work to senior scholars in the field and to receive as
      much constructive feedback as possible. All papers will be made
      available prior to the conference through the conference website. At the
      conference each presenter will be given 5-10 minutes to introduce his
      or her paper, followed by commentary by the panel discussant and open

      Submission Details
      Submit abstracts (around 300
      words) to princeton.slavic.conference[at]gmail.com. In addition, please
      include your CV, departmental affiliation, email address, and the title
      of your proposed paper. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.
      will be able to provide travel subsidies for the conference presenters,
      as well as lodging for the nights of October 17 and 18.

      Any questions should be addressed to princeton.slavic.conference[at]gmail.com.
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