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    THE RUSSIAN NATIONALISM LISTSERV A Monthly Newsletter of Opportunities & Events Vol. 1, No. 2(2), 6 August 2008 Compilers: Parikrama Gupta & Andreas Umland C O
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      A Monthly Newsletter of Opportunities & Events
      Vol. 1, No. 2(2), 6 August 2008
      Compilers: Parikrama Gupta & Andreas Umland

      C O N T E N T S

      - Beyond the Racial State, Bloomington 22.-25.10.09 (15.9.)
      - World War II and Ukrainian Memory, Kyiv 3.-6.9.09 (15.10.)
      - Freedom and Democracy, Slovenia 4.-6.12.08 (1.9.)
      - Migration in Europe, Southampton 1.-3.4.09 (1.9.)
      - Imperialisms: New and Old, Ontario 15.11.08 (5.9.)
      - Revisiting Modernity, Berkeley 22.10.09 (15.9.)
      - Balkanization of Europe, Craiova 26.-29.11.08 (15.9.)
      - Representing the Past, Oslo 15.7.09 (15.9.)
      – Theorizing Revolution, Boston 26.2.-1.3.09 (15.9.)
      - Anti-Semitism, Pilsen 6.11.08 (20.9.)
      - Maps, Myths and Narratives, Copenhagen 12.-17.7.09 (1.10.)
      - Historical Use of Images, Brussels 11.3.09 (25.10.)
      - Nationalism and Globalization, London 31.3.-2.4.09 (1.11.)
      - Democracy and Democratization, Connecticut 27.-28.2.09 (15.11.)
      - Conflicts of Mobility (special issue of "subjectivity") 30.9.08
      - Popular Culture & Socialism(s) 15.10.08
      - Alexander Pushkin (special issue of "Ulbandus") 31.10.08
      - Famine and Mass Violence, Ohio 7.-9.9.08
      - Junior Faculty Program, SOE/US 31.8.08
      - DAAD/AICGS Fellowship Program, Germany/US 31.8.08
      - Tenure-Track position Race & Politics, Chicago 15.9.08
      - Ass. Prof. Ottoman/Turkish History, Northwestern 1.10.08
      – Ass. Prof. Central European/German History, Pittsburgh 14.10.08
      V OTHER
      - MA Myth, Literature & the Unconscious, Essex 31.8.08

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      "Beyond the Racial State"
      A conference organized in cooperation with the German Historical
      Institute Washington DC, to take place on 22-25 October 2009, at
      Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

      Devin Pendas, Boston College (pendas@...)
      Mark Roseman, Indiana University (marrosem@...)
      Richard Wetzell, German Historical Institute, Washington DC

      Over the last fifteen to twenty years, an increasingly rich and
      diverse scholarship has identified the importance of racial thought
      in shaping the policy and practice of the Third Reich. Historians of
      diverse forms of social policy have emphasized the degree to which
      racial conceptions and categories came to complement or supplant
      existing norms and models. The attention devoted to racial categories
      has also opened up awareness of different kinds of victims, most
      notably the mentally and physically handicapped and those whose
      allegedly "asocial" behavior the Nazis ascribed to innate weaknesses
      that threatened to undermine the Aryan race. Historians' recognition
      of the discursive power and administrative reach of racial
      hierarchies has led them also to think about racial categories in the
      popular imagination, and to demonstrate ways in which the attitudes
      and outlook of ordinary Germans – be it as reproducers of healthy
      German babies, as foremen over racially inferior conscript workers or
      as perpetrators of Nazi violence – responded to and were refashioned
      by Nazi policy and propaganda.

      Whilst the fruits of this approach have been significant, the
      dissemination of the notion of race has begun to be problematic, and
      to obscure the nature of the Third Reich as much as it illuminates
      it. The "racial state" paradigm risks reifying an epistemological
      category while losing sight of the instrumental and strategic
      function of much racial discourse. It suggests a cohesion and
      consistency to racial thought that was absent even on core questions.
      It blurs the distinction between specifically racial thinking and
      broader traditions of empire and nation-building that retained their
      force and acquired merely a racial discursive gloss. Nazi social
      policy sought to
      address general problems of social organization and class
      relationships that were being faced by other modern capitalist
      economies in this same period. Recent challenges to Foucauldian
      notions of biopolitics in work on the welfare state in the
      Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic are also challenging some of the
      claims of intellectual continuity that analyses of Nazi racial policy
      have relied on.

      Similarly, the emphasis on the racial state has a hard time
      connecting with what happened after 1945. The speed with which a
      whole body of racial ideas was discarded makes little sense if we
      really believe that a consistent and uncontested ideology was
      sincerely applied and implemented across the board in the 1930s and
      1940s. Above all, there is a risk that the notion of the "racial
      state" paints a portrait of the Third Reich that is too coherent,
      homogenous and intellectually driven to be fully persuasive.

      In short, it is time to revisit the notion of the racial state and to
      identify the limits of its explanatory power as a model for analyzing
      state policy, as a description of the Nazi intellectual universe, and
      as a way of describing the outlook and interrelationships of
      different social groups.

      This conference will bring together established scholars from the
      United States, Germany and elsewhere with younger researchers in the
      field. Whilst the final outline will depend on the applications
      received, provisional section headings include:
      * Race, ethnicity and nation in early 20th Century Europe
      * Social policy and biopolitics from the Kaiserreich to the Third
      Reich: continuity and change
      * Racial theory and racial policy: Jews + Mischlinge
      * Racial theory and racial policy: crime and deviance
      * Gender, race and class
      * Racial ideas and practices of violence
      * Race, Volk or nation?
      * The strange death of race after 1945

      The organizers hope to cover travel and lodging for all participants.
      It is expected that an edited collection will follow the conference,
      which will not be a conference proceedings, but take as its starting
      point a selection of the papers. The organizers plan to work with the
      authors to produce a distinctive and coherent collection.

      Please send a proposed paper title, an abstract (max 250 words/ 1
      page) and a short (max. 2-page) CV by email to the three organizers
      listed above. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any

      Deadline: Please submit your proposal by 15 September 2008.

      World War II and the (Re)Creation of Historical Memory in
      Contemporary Ukraine
      September 3-6, 2009, Kyiv, Ukraine


      During the post-World War II period, the narrative created by the
      Soviet Union from the events of the war played a significant role in
      the construction of an ideology of Soviet unity in the struggle
      against and victory over Fascism and in the creation of a new Soviet
      society. A highly-politicized mythology of loyalty and unity amongst
      all Soviet peoples during the great struggle was propagated through
      the establishment of state holidays, celebrations and rituals, film
      and literature, public monuments and public education that emphasized

      In the process, alternate memories and interpretations of Ukrainians'
      relationship to the Soviet state and its policies were forbidden or
      forcibly suppressed. Since independence in 1991,
      Ukraine and scholars of Ukrainian history have only slowly begun to
      address the formulation of a new national identity and the evaluation
      of the ideology and mythology created in the Soviet era. Events such
      as the genocidal famine of 1932-33, forced collectivization, the
      Holocaust, and Stalinist persecutions remained hidden deep within the
      collective memory of most Ukrainians. Among the least studied topics
      to date has been the role played by Ukraine and Ukrainians during
      World War II in the context of the Soviet Union and of Europe in

      The conference "World War II and the (Re)Creation of Historical
      Memory in Contemporary Ukraine," will address these crucial issues of
      Ukrainian and European history through the lens of the Ukrainian
      experience of World War II; the subsequent mythologizing of the war
      and Ukraine's role in it by Soviet authorities; and the politics of
      collective memory in contemporary, independent Ukraine.

      Scholars are invited to advance the broader international dialog of
      Ukrainian historical memory and national identity. Papers will be
      welcomed on topics that include (but are not limited to):

      * philosophy, theory, and politics of historical memory;
      * the creation of historical memory in Soviet and contemporary
      * public commemoration of the war;
      * public education about the war and Ukraine's role in it;
      * representation of the war and its memory in art, film, and
      * and contemporary issues surrounding the politics of historical
      memory of World War II and national identity in Ukraine.

      15 October 2008: Abstracts of 300-500 words and queries should be
      sent by e-mail to the organizers at historical_memory@...

      1 January 2009: Speakers will be notified of their acceptance.

      15 June 2009: Final drafts of papers are due for distribution to
      session chairs, participants, and commentators.

      Conference proceedings will be published following the conference.

      Conference organizers:

      Ø Fulbright Program in Ukraine
      Ø The Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for
      Ø Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U. S. Department
      of State
      Ø I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnonational Studies,
      Ø Ukrainian Institute of National Memory,
      Ø Institute of History of Ukraine, NASU
      Ø Krytyka, Kyiv, Ukraine
      Ø Goethe Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
      Ø Jean Monnet Chair/ Institute of European Studies and
      International Relations,
      Ø Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
      Ø Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam,

      For more information see

      The First International Conference "Freedom and
      Democracy: European Perceptions, European Perspectives"/ "Freiheit
      und Demokratie: europäische Perzeptionen, europäische Perspektiven"

      4-6 December 2008, Faculty of Humanities, Koper, University of
      Primorska, Slovenia


      Abstract submission deadline: 1 September 2008. All abstracts will be
      published in a Book of Abstracts. The Book of Abstracts will be
      available at the conference. Please send abstracts of no more than
      150 words to: tomaz.grusovnik@...

      Organizers: Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities Koper
      (University of
      Primorska, Slovenia), Department of Politics and International
      Relations, School of Humanities (Swansea University, UK), Seminar für
      Philosophie, Philosophische fakultät (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-
      Wittenberg, Germany)

      Sponsors: Thyssen-Stiftung (Germany) and Slovenian Research Agency

      Sections: political philosophy, philosophy od law, political and
      social ethics, political science,
      interdisciplinary studies

      The program committee welcomes original contributions on the
      following topics:
      * Hermeneutics of freedom and democracy in modern Europe
      * Treaties of the European Union: political and philosophical aspects
      * EU institutions (courts, parliaments, executives,
      bureaucracies) and the understandings of freedom, responsibility
      and/or democracy in their respective contexts
      * Eastern Europe (1989-91) and political philosophy
      * Southeast Europe, Turkey and the European Union
      * A European ethos and the concept of European civil society
      * Social solidarity, integration and conceptions of European
      * The European Union as a liberal legal order
      * Freedom, justice, democracy and capitalism(s) in Europe
      * Migration, borders and the new territories of multiculturalism:
      political, legal and social aspects
      * Comparative issues (for example, the EU and the USA)

      Other topics falling under the conference's remit will be considered.

      Student session: graduate and postgraduate students are invited to
      register for the conference with a 10-minute presentation on a
      selected topics. Selected contributions from postgraduate students
      will be integrated into the senior sessions.

      International Program Committee:
      Dr. Sahin Alpay, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Bahçesehir
      University, Istanbul,
      Dr. Samir Arnautović, Prof. of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy and
      Sociology, Faculty of
      Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
      Dr. Mark Evans, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Swansea University, UK
      Dr. Edvard Kovač, Prof. of Ethics and Philosophical Anthropology,
      Faculté de Philosophie, Institut Catholique de Toulouse, France
      Dr. Lenart Škof, Research Associate at the Science and Research
      Centre of Koper and Assist. Prof. of Philosophy, Faculty of
      Humanities, University of Primorska, Slovenia
      Dr. Mirko Wischke, Fellow at the Research Institute of Philosophy
      Hannover and Assist.
      Prof. of Political Philosophy, Martin-Luther-University Halle-
      Wittenberg, Germany

      Faculty of Humanities Koper website: www.fhs.upr.si

      Conference languages: English and German

      Registration: please register by emailing tomaz.grusovnik@...,
      giving your full name, contact address, institutional affiliation,
      academic position, e-mail and telephone, title of your presentation,
      abstract (see below).

      Registration fee: free

      Conference location: Faculty of Humanities Koper (University of
      Primorska, Koper, Slovenia). The University is located in the city
      centre of Koper, 50 minutes from Ljubljana and 20 minutes from
      Trieste (Italy).

      Conference papers: papers should be suitable for a 15-minute
      presentation. All accepted papers will be published in the conference
      proceedings. Papers will be published in Fall 2009 in a special
      volume of journal Poligrafi – International Edition (ISSN 1318-8828).
      For journal information see: http://poligrafi.nova-revija.si.

      Accommodation: for hotel reservation information, please contact
      Tomaž Grušovnik at
      tomaz.grusovnik@.... For information about hotels in Koper,
      follow the links:

      Hotel Vodišek: http://www.hotel-vodisek.com/
      Hotel Koper and Hotel Žusterna: http://www.terme-

      For more information about the conference, please contact Lenart Škof
      at lenart.skof@... or Tomaž Grušovnik at

      An international conference: Coming home? Conflict and
      return migration in twentieth-century Europe
      1-3 April 2009
      Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages, University of
      Southampton, and supported by the AHRC.


      The question of return has long been thought to be central to an
      exilic discourse and yet relatively little is known about how return
      migration is actually experienced and subsequently remembered by
      exiles and also by migrants more widely. In order to mark the 70th
      Anniversary of the 'official' end of the Spanish Civil War and the
      start of the Second World War, events which led to the mass
      displacement of refugees, this conference seeks contributions for
      papers on the broad theme of conflict and return migration in
      twentieth-century Europe.

      We welcome individual papers or panels in English that focus on any
      exile, refuge or migrant return episode that has Europe as its point
      of arrival or departure. We are particularly interested in addressing
      the experiences, memories and conceptual issues of return in relation
      to the following questions:

      What were the motivations for returning? How did institutions,
      political and social networks influence return? How was return
      organised? What strategies did migrants adopt to deal with the
      impossibility of return?
      How were migrants received, perceived and represented by the
      authorities and communities upon their return?
      To what extent were attitudes and post-return daily practices (e.g.
      rituals, cultural practices, language etc.) influenced by the
      experience of migration? In what ways, if at all, did migrants
      re-construct questions of home and homeland upon their return?
      How does return relate to the wider migratory process? To what extent
      does return signify the end of exile, diaspora, and the closure of
      the migration cycle?
      How has return been remembered at an individual and group level? Does
      this vary between different categories of migrants?
      How has return been represented in literature, art and film? What are
      the epistemological and ontological implications of these
      representations? Does an adequate representation or performance of
      return exist?

      Keynote speakers
      Alicia Alted Vigil, Professor of History, UNED, Madrid
      Geneviève Dreyfus-Armand, Historian and Director of the BDIC, Paris
      Franziska Meyer, Associate Professor of German Studies, University of

      Organised with The Exilio Network: Research into Refugees and other
      Migrations, which is supported by the AHRC, and Outcast Europe.

      Submitting a proposal
      A selection of papers will be considered for publication after the
      conference. Please send abstracts (250 words) before 1 September 2008

      Dr. Alicia Pozo Gutiérrez (apg@.... uk)
      Dr Scott Soo (ssoo@...)

      Imperialisms: New and Old

      The Fifteenth Annual Tri-University History Conference will be held
      at the Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) on 15
      November 2008. We welcome proposals for individual papers and
      complete panels from graduate students and established scholars in
      all fields and especially from those examining aspects of
      imperialism, colonialism, decolonization, post-colonialism; power,
      opposition and dissonance in the relationship of regional, national
      and supra-national communities; cultural imperialism and

      The Tri-University Graduate History Program
      (http://www.triuhistory.ca), one of Canada's largest and most
      comprehensive history programs, unites graduate faculty and students
      at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid
      Laurier University.

      The deadline for abstract submissions: 5 September 2008

      Please send paper abstracts (not to exceed 250 words) and queries to
      Dr. Susan Neylan, History Department, Wilfrid Laurier University,
      Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3C5 (sneylan@...)

      Dr. Susan Neylan
      History Department
      Wilfrid Laurier University
      75 University Ave W.
      Waterloo, ON, Canada
      N2L 3C5
      Email: sneylan@...
      Visit the website at http://www.triuhistory.ca/?p=517

      Revisiting Modernity – a conversation across disciplines

      The stakes of understanding modernity have never been higher. A
      phenomenon of global proportions, modernity no longer poses problems
      and questions to a few Western nations. Modernity's dangers are
      spreading just as rapidly as its benefits. As the global imperatives
      to understand modernity increase in urgency, the theoretical
      resources to which the humanities have access seem to diminish in
      proportion. We say we no longer believe in the meta-narratives we
      once used to explain how modernity happens and yet we have no
      adequate alternatives.

      We may never have been modern but the increasing differentiation of
      the epistemological systems we draw on to think about what it means
      to be modern certainly have been. Perhaps, too modern. The resulting
      disciplines, both in the humanities and the sciences, have
      distinguished and developed methodologies to understand modernity
      with increasing finesse. But despite the successes that these
      independent knowledge systems have achieved, each is fraught with a
      serious, internal defect. As research has progressed in each
      individual discipline, the ability to communicate across disciplines
      has become all the more problematic and elusive. Modernity is too
      rich to be described, much less explained, in a single language.
      Isolated disciplines end up distorting human realities by reducing
      them to a particular language.

      Perhaps the simple act of talking across disciplines will open up
      some possibilities. To this end, we propose a conference designed to
      introduce isolated disciplinary concepts, theories and methods to
      each other through empirical illustrations of them. The goal will be
      to make our disciplinary observations mutually comprehensible in a
      way that expands our understanding of the processes of modernity. The
      conference will provide a forum to present current, empirically
      grounded, research on any topic that has conceptual, theoretical or
      methodological implications for how we understand modernity. We would
      be pleased to receive submissions from scholars of history,
      anthropology, sociology, literary criticism, economics and political
      science. The organizers will work to establish panels in which
      participants from different fields can seek common ground.

      Please email a short bio, including your discipline, with contact
      information and an abstract (200 words or less) of your proposal to:
      pennyismay@... by 15 SEPTEMBER 2008, VICE 2009.

      Penelope Ismay
      University of California, Berkeley
      History Department
      3229 Dwinelle

      Email: pennyismay@...

      The Third International Conference in Ethnology and

      Dates: 26-29 November 2008
      Craiova, Romania

      Dear Colleagues,

      It is our great pleasure to let you know that, from 26 to 29 of
      November 2008, the Third International Conference in Ethnology and
      Anthropology "Anthropo-East: The Europeanization of Balkans – The
      Balkanization of Europe" will take place in Craiova, Romania.

      Organized by the Museum of Oltenia – the Department of Ethnography,
      the University of Craiova and the Centre for Studies in Folk life and
      Traditional Culture of the County of Dolj, with the support of the
      County of Dolj Council, our conference's aim is to create a debate
      framework for academics both from Romania and from abroad, who are
      concerned with the (re)defining of the epistemological limits of the
      research field each of them cover.

      Several themes should be taken into consideration:

      I. (Multi)Cultural Europe: Rhetoric and Practice of Diversity
      Migrations and the Construction of Ethnic Groups in the New Europe
      Rituals, Narratives, Discourses and Material Culture
      Negotiating Identity in the New Europe
      Interpreting Religious Diversity: Conversion, Syncretism and
      Religious Practice

      II. A New Europe – A New Anthropology?
      "My Home, Your Country, Our Museum": Migration Flow and Museums
      Poetics and Politics in the New Anthropology

      Without having any intention to cover the entire problems of the
      anthropological research in South-Eastern Europe, the conference we
      organise is intended to be only a simple X-raying of the discipline
      as it looks like at the beginning of the century.

      Papers will be given in English and are not to exceed 20 minutes of

      In order to improve communication, we are going to edit and publish
      the volume of the conference in Symposia. Studies in Ethnology and
      Anthropology, Issue No.1/2008 in advance, so that each participant
      will have it in their conference portfolio. This is why the papers to
      be presented during the conference (the in-extenso copy), should be
      submitted to our editorial board by 15 September 2008.

      Submitters should send the papers to the publisher at the following

      Mihai Fifor, general manager
      Lavinia Coaje, project coordinator
      Museum of Oltenia
      8 Popa Sapca Street, 200422 Craiova

      Tel: 0040 251 411906
      Fax: 0040 251 419435
      E-mail: muzeulolteniei@ yahoo.com

      Papers should be original and should not be under consideration
      elsewhere. Articles should not exceed 15 pages. On a different sheet
      of paper you are to write the author's name and academic affiliation
      and also the title of the paper. All contributions should be clearly
      typed or printed on one side of an A4 paper or American Quarto, one
      and a half spaced and with wide margins throughout (including
      footnotes and bibliographical references). Footnotes should be kept
      at a minimum. Essential notes should be presented in a typed list at
      the end of the article, one and a half space.

      Bibliographical references should be given in parentheses in a
      standard author-date form in the body of the text: (Thomas 1991:
      A complete list of references cited, arranged alphabetically by
      author's surname, should be typed at the end of the article:

      Thomas, K. 1991. Religion and the Decline of Magic. London: Penguin
      Declich, F. 2000. 'Sufi experience in rural Somalia. A focus on
      women', Social Anthropology 8, 3: 295-318.
      Lash, S. and Friedman, J. (eds.) 1996. Modernity and Identity.
      Oxford: Blackwell.

      Quotations: Single inverted commas should be used except for
      quotations within quotations, which should have double inverted
      commas. Quotations of more than 60 words should be set off from the
      text with an extra line of spacing above and below, and typed without
      inverted commas.

      Spelling: British English (not American English) spelling should be
      used in English articles except in quoted matter which should follow
      the original. Use -ise not -ize word endings.

      Participation expenses: All the expenses, excepting the travel costs
      from your country to Bucharest and from Bucharest back home, will be
      covered by the organisers.

      Therefore, we would kindly invite you to take part in our conference,
      your presence being a real guaranty for our reunion success.

      Looking forward to hearing from you,

      Prof. Dr. Mihai Fifor
      Researcher & Manager of the Museum of Oltenia
      8 Popa Sapca Street, 200422 Craiova, Romania
      Tel: +40 251 411906
      Fax: +40 251 419435
      E-mail: mihai_fifor@ yahoo.com

      Globalisierung/ Indentitaet
      17 July 2009
      University of Luxembourg, the Center for Studies of Holocaust and
      Religious Minorities (Oslo), Netherlands Institute for War
      Documentation (NIOD, Amsterdam),

      Deadline: 15 September 2008

      There has been a growing awareness of ongoing processes of
      globalization, economic as well as cultural, over the last years. The
      increasing interrelatedness of social relations and cultural
      expressions and practices appears to have led to a blurring of
      traditional identities, values and orientations. Since these
      processes may be experienced as frightening and alienating, there
      have been serious counter-reactions to and rejections of them. The
      local seems to play an ambivalent role within these ongoing struggles
      for "rooted" identities, as it is connected to direct geographic
      experiences. However, the meaning and functions of the local are
      undergoing dramatic changes in the process of globalization. Local
      memories can represent the attempt to repel the threats of structural
      changes caused by anonymous agents. The local can be figured as a
      guarantee for social, normative and existential reassurance. But
      local memories can also be a mediator, which gives access to changing
      perceptions of the wider world order as well as to discourses of
      global change and their universalistic interpretations.

      This conference will discuss how cultural practices of representing
      and interpreting the past are being reshaped by interrelated
      processes of globalization, de/re-nationalization and localization in
      the long term. It will seek to address historical (dis)continuities
      concerning the connection of local memory cultures and global world
      orders throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

      The relation between the local and the global still awaits further
      theoretical investigation: what is "the local" or the "locality"?
      Likewise, the "global" is very much a container term: what exactly is
      it that confronts the "local"?

      Researchers from all disciplines are invited to participate: women
      and gender studies, museum studies, media and cultural studies,
      political sciences, philosophy, sociology, geography and history.
      Presentations of concrete case studies (especially from Norway, the
      Netherlands and
      Luxembourg) are welcome, as are more theoretical approaches of
      cultures of remembrance caught between the local and the global.

      The conference will be held at the University of Luxembourg, the
      travel expends of accepted speakers will be covered.

      Please send proposals of up to 250 words for 20 minute duration
      papers to sonja.kmec@...

      Accepted formats are Word and PDF. Please include also the following
      information: name, affiliation, contact details, and technical

      Abstract submission deadline is 15th of September 2008. Paper
      acceptance notification will be sent out by 1 October 2008.

      Claudia Lenz, senior researcher at the Center for Studies of
      Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo, Norway
      Madelon de Keizer, senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for
      War Documentation (NIOD)
      Sonja Kmec, assistant-researcher at the University of Luxembourg,
      Research Unit IPSE (Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces),

      Theorizing Revolution: Radical Culture in the Contemporary
      40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
      26 February-1 March 2009, Hyatt Regency – Boston, Massachusetts

      Deadline: 15 September 2008

      Stemming from what can be understood as an absence of and apathy
      toward revolutionary politics in post-modernity, many theorists have
      argued that the committed artist is no longer able to generate
      politically conscious works without being attacked for touting
      propaganda for a leftist agenda or for being accused of what George
      Caffentzis calls revolutionary "wishful thinking." Indeed,
      contemporary Marxist critics like Fredric Jameson have questioned the
      possibility of creating works which might overcome "A fundamental
      structural and ideological limit on our Utopian imagination" and
      could restructure the global project of radical culture while moving
      beyond the conciliation of postmodernist ennui.

      Considering the above characterization, this panel will focus on the
      enduring necessity of historical materialism in literary and cultural
      criticism and the possibility of rethinking collective responses to
      the "new" imperialism, globalization, and neoliberal hegemony. More
      than a simple inquiry into the particular responses to these issues
      by contemporary authors, this panel invites theoretical examinations
      of wide- ranging movements that have moved beyond the nihilism and
      localization of postmodernism with the objective of confronting late
      capitalism and "ensconced" ruling-class ideologies. Some of the
      fundamental questions this panel intends to ask are: What does it
      mean to be a "committed artist" in the contemporary period? How are
      global aesthetic and political movements attempting to move beyond
      the "flexibility" of post modernity and the reification of collective
      organizing? What components of the "classical" period of literary
      radicalism can be incorporated into revolutionary aesthetics and
      politics for the 21st century, as found in the proletarian literary
      collectives of the 1930's and 1960's?

      Send submissions (word attachments) and/or inquiries to John

      John Maerhofer
      Queens College, New York
      Email: jjmaer@...

      The International Conference on Anti-Semitism
      Centre of Middle Eastern Studies Faculty of Philosophy and Arts,
      University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic

      The Centre of Middle Eastern Studies is taking the International
      Conference on Anti-Semitism on 6 November 2008. The threat of anti-
      Semitism is increasingly growing in contemporary world, so it is
      calling for attention not only of politicians. The subject deserves
      scientific and academic scrutiny. The Conference is not only focused
      on contemporary anti-Semitism, but it wants to present its historical
      origins and development.

      The Conference will be held in English but Czech language is
      acceptable too. Historians, anthropologists, religionists,
      theologians, political scientists and other researchers are welcome
      to make their contribution to the Conference. The interdisciplinary
      character of the Conference also implies that the choice of the topic
      is completely up to the participants. The papers must be written in
      English and will be published in a Bulletin.

      We are looking forward to seeing you in Pilsen.

      Mgr. Vera Tydlitatova, Th.D.
      Mgr. Karel Hrdlicka
      Dr. et Mgr. Alena Hanzova

      Under the auspices of:
      Prof. RNDr. Ivo Budil, Ph.D., DSc., Head of Department of
      Anthropological and Historical Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy and
      Mgr. Vera Tydlitatova, Th.D., Head of The Centre of Middle Eastern

      Please send the title and abstract (about 250 words) of your paper by
      20 September 2008 to the following address: alenahanzova@...

      The papers are to be submitted by e-mail as an attachment. The paper
      should be in doc-file and named after the author´s surname. The
      length should be at maximum 35 000 characters including spaces. Pages
      should be A4 size using Times New Roman font, size 12 for the body of
      text and 14 for headers.

      Language used for the papers is English.

      Each paper must include the title, author´s name, institution,
      address and e-mail address. The Papers must be sent to the e-mail
      address mentioned above by 31 December 2008.

      There are no Conference fees, but participants are expected to cover
      their own accommodation and travel expenses.

      Maps, Myths and Narratives: Cartography of the Far North

      The 23rd International Conference on the History of Cartography, 12-
      17 July 2009.
      The Black Diamond, Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark.

      The International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) is
      the only scholarly conference solely dedicated to advancing knowledge
      of the history of maps and mapmaking, regardless of geographical
      region, language, period or topic. The conference promotes free and
      unfettered global cooperation and collaboration among cartographic
      scholars from any academic discipline, curators, collectors, dealers
      and institutions through illustrated lectures,
      presentations, exhibitions, and a social programme. Conferences are
      held biennially and are administered by local organizers in
      conjunction with Imago Mundi Ltd.

      We CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS that propose or demonstrate new
      concepts, patterns, conditions, techniques, relations and
      interpretations. We also welcome contributions on newly discovered,
      important maps or map types as well as examinations of regional
      themes of wide interest. Contributions on a topic from specialists in
      disciplines such as geodesy, tourism studies, linguistics, history of
      science, art history, etc., are very welcome.

      The ICHC 2009 focuses on the four main themes that are briefly
      outlined below. However, contributions on any other aspect of the
      history of cartography are very welcome.

      * Cartography of the Arctic, North Atlantic and Scandinavian regions
      * Cross-cultural cartographies
      * Mapping mythical and imaginary places
      * Maps and the written word
      * and any other aspect of the history of cartography.

      Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2008

      More information and the full Call for Papers is available at

      ICHC2009 co/ BDP Congress Service
      Bredgade 28
      1260 Copenhagen
      PHONE: (45) 3345 4510

      Email: ichc2009@...

      Visit the website at http://www.ichc2009.dk/

      Conference on the Historical Use of Images

      This international workshop addresses the importance, significance
      and value of images for contemporary historical and archaeological
      research and the study of cultural heritage (1880-1980), focusing
      both on the positive insights that might be garnered from visual
      material as well as on the possible difficulties. Photographs,
      posters, drawings, comic book illustrations et cetera will be
      examined on different levels: the author and his/her intentions, the
      representation of a reality, the construction of identities, rights
      and inequalities and the reception of images. The workshop aims at
      debating and evaluating various methodological and theoretical
      approaches to using images as historical sources and interpret the
      images as valuable historical evidence that is equal to and
      supplements other sources available to historians, archaeologists and
      researchers in the field of cultural heritage.

      The morning session consists of a master class, conducted by Dr. Anne
      Cronin (Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster, UK), and a
      lecture by Dr. Marga Altena (Working group Visual Culture) (under
      reserve). In the afternoon, Dr. Kees Ribbens (historian, The
      Netherlands Institute for War Documentation) will talk about his
      experience in the field of popular culture and cultural heritage and
      about how visual sources determine our vision of the past.
      Thereafter, PhD and Master students and other researchers are invited
      to present their research.

      WE INVITE PAPER SUBMISSIONS on a range of topics related to the use
      of images as historical evidence and encourage papers on the
      following themes:
      * aspects of everyday life (e.g. housing)
      * material culture and the cultural life of objects
      * advertising
      * the impact of visual sources on our vision of the past
      * cultural and representational issues (gender, ethnicity, sexuality,
      * consumer culture
      * methodological approaches to visual sources
      * images as cultural heritage

      The format is a 20 minute paper presentation followed by 10 minutes
      of questions and discussion. PhD and Master students and other young
      researchers are particularly encouraged to respond. The language of
      communication is English.

      A selection of the papers will be published (in English) in a special
      issue of the Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire.

      Deadlines for abstracts and papers
      Interested students and researchers are expected to submit a short
      curriculum and an abstract in English of approximately 300 words in
      electronic form to: c-him@... by 20 October 2008. Submission
      should include the author's name, affiliation, address, phone number
      and e-mail.

      Successful applicants will be notified by 25 October 2008 and are
      asked to submit a paper of approximately 6000 words in electronic
      form to the same address by 4 March 2009.

      Joeri Januarius and Nelleke Teughels (C-HIM)
      Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)
      Vakgroep Geschiedenis/Kunstwetenschappen
      Pleinlaan 2
      1050 Brussels

      Email: c-him@...
      Visit the website at http://www.vub.ac.be/C-HIM

      19th Annual ASEN Conference: "Nationalism and

      31st March - 2nd April 2009, London School of Economics

      The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is
      holding its 19th Annual Conference, entitled "Nationalism and
      Globalization", Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 31st March - 2nd
      April 2009, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

      Nationalism and globalization are complex phenomena generating
      vigorous academic debates. Yet, there has been little sustained
      theoretical and empirical consideration of their relationship, and no
      framework devised capable of satisfactorily dealing with the
      interactions between the two, especially as these change over time
      and vary from place to place. Yet nationalism has both shaped, and
      been shaped by globalization. This conference seeks to explore the
      relationship between nationalism and globalization in its various
      forms, primarily focusing on the impact of globalization on national
      identity, national sovereignty, state-formation, and the ways in
      which nationalism has shaped globalizing processes.

      The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars
      in the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various
      disciplines to examine the relationship between nationalism and
      globalization in a series of panel sessions.

      Suggested themes include:
      * Conflicting or complementary phenomena?
      * Nationalism and global political conflict
      * Global migration patterns and national identities
      * Globalization and the emergence of new forms of nationalism
      * The impact of globalization on national culture
      * Nationalism versus supranationalism
      * Pan-nationalism

      The first day will explore the theoretical and historical
      relationship between globalization, nationalism and national
      The second day will examine current issues such as migration, arms
      proliferation, financial crisis, multinational corporations and
      global consumer culture and their impact on the nation-state and
      national identities.
      The third day will focus on the interaction between globalization and
      novel forms of nationalism and regional identities as well as
      nationalist responses to supranationalism, including European

      The conference will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on
      historical, theoretical and contemporary aspects of the theme.

      The 2009 Conference Committee is now CALLING FOR PAPERS to be
      presented at the conference. The application is open to any
      researcher who is interested in the study of nationalism. The
      abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and are
      expected by 1 November 2008.

      Abstracts should make clear (a) the particular focus of the paper in
      terms of evidence and method, (b) its discipline location, © its
      relevance to the nationalism/globalization topic, and
      (d) what specific theme/panel it would best fit into. Only abstracts
      directly related to nationalism will be considered. The Committee
      will notify applicants of its decisions by 30 November 2008. Please
      see the ASEN website (www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/) for more
      information and to submit your proposal.

      Suggestions for panels and additional themes are also welcome. Papers
      submitted to the conference will be considered for publication in a
      special issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN). Please
      note that ASEN cannot cover travel and accommodation costs.
      Presenters are expected to register for the conference. Further
      enquiries are welcome at arsen@....

      Graduate Student Conference on "Democracy and
      27-28 February 2009

      Proposal Deadline: 15 November 2008
      Location: Storrs, CT
      Website: www.polisci.uconn.edu/people/graduate.html

      The Political Science Department at the University of Connecticut
      invites you to participate in the first annual Graduate Student
      Conference on Democracy and Democratization to be held on 27-28
      February, 2009. The conference aims at bringing together graduate
      students from all sub-fields in Political Science, and other related
      fields. Participants will have the chance to present their research
      projects, exchange ideas and create a network of emerging democracy
      scholars. A cash award will be attributed to the best paper. The
      program will include a keynote address given by Sterling Professor of
      Political Science and distinguished scholar Ian Shapiro. Presenters
      will also be welcomed to join a dinner with Prof. Shapiro, faculty
      and invited guests.

      Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

      * democracy and human rights
      * gender
      * migration
      * political representation,
      * global governance,
      * electoral studies,
      * political economy,
      * environmental politics,
      * justice,
      * international security,
      * development, etc.

      The conference will also feature a workshop on Democracy and Human
      Rights led by University of Connecticut faculty.

      Submission Guidelines
      Abstracts should be submitted, along with your contact information
      (name, institutional affiliation, department, e-mail address), to
      uconn.grad.conference@... by Saturday, 15 November, 2008.

      Submissions must be 250 words or less and must be submitted as a
      Microsoft Word document. Conference presentations will be
      approximately 15 minutes. Notifications of acceptance will be sent
      out by 20 December, 2008.
      For more information, write to uconn.grad.conference@... or
      visit our website at www.polisci.uconn.edu/people/graduate.html


      Conflicts of Mobility
      Migration, Labour and Political Subjectivities

      Special Issue of Subjectivity

      Guest editors:
      Dr. Rutvica Andrijasevic & Dr. Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford


      Migration has been and continues to be is a constituent force in the
      production of the modern polity and citizenship. Dynamics of
      migration exceed the pursuit of visibility and rights and urge us to
      re-think the modernist dichotomies that still structure the
      definition and concept of state sovereignty and the political forms
      of belonging. Against the predominant trend to discuss migration in
      the language of inclusion vs. exclusion; labour as a matter of waged
      labour vs. slavery (free vs. forced labour); and migrants in terms of
      victims vs. agents (or aliens vs. citizens), this special issue calls
      for contributions that identify and investigate new forms of
      subjectivity induced by contemporary forms of mobility and labour.

      This issue will open new theoretical and methodological possibilities
      by shifting the analysis of migration away from subjectivity as a
      passive discursive construction towards migration as a site of
      subjectivation understood in terms of a generative/affirmative
      process of subject construction. This issue will therefore attempt to
      theorize on how agency and subjectivity emerge from constraint and to
      recognize the specificity of particular struggles articulated
      across both symbolic and material terrains. The authors are invited
      to address the importance of interrogating the modes of subjectivity
      engendered by the conditions of transnational mobility as well as
      discussing the ways in which migrants practices of mobility
      reconfigure political space for rethinking of citizenship and
      sovereignty and for advancing a more nuanced analysis of present
      configuration of power and its global contestations.

      Papers combining theoretical and conceptual work with a more detailed
      empirical analysis are particularly welcome. Possible topics of

      * migration, governmentality and transformation of sovereignty
      * borders and conflicts of mobility
      * movements of migration and political subjectivities
      * history of migratory subjectivity
      * racial and gendered making of citizenship
      * practices of citizenship
      * affective investments and transnational mobility
      * issues of intimacy, sexuality and the conditions of citizenship
      * genealogies of workers struggles, global and temporal regimes of
      labour, and shifting conditions of labour
      * migration and the politics of cultural (re)production

      Send expressions of interest with short proposal for possible
      contributions to
      Rutvica.Andrijasevic@... the latest by 30 September 2008.
      Once a proposal is accepted authors will be asked to submit full
      papers by 15th January 2009.

      Full papers will go then through the peer-review process.

      Popular Culture and Socialism(s)


      Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the socialist regimes of
      Eastern Europe passed into history, at least two major developments
      have taken place in the realm of Cold War studies, and more broadly
      in our understanding of 20th century history. One was spurred by the
      opening archives in the former Eastern block, which greatly increased
      the opportunities for international and comparative research on the
      Cold War, and gave rise to important reinterpretations of key
      historical events and processes in this period. The other major
      development involves a growing acknowledgment of the role of culture
      in the clash between communism and capitalism. Its proponents argue
      that mainstream approaches have perceived the Cold War primarily, and
      often exclusively, as a military, political and economic conflict, and
      missed the importance of factors such as religion, sports, education,
      literature, film, radio, television and consumerism.

      Over the past two decades, historians, sociologists, art critics,
      anthropologists and media scholars have contributed to a veritable
      outpouring of publications exploring the complex relationships
      between political agendas, economic policies and cultural practices.
      Initially, most studies of Cold War culture have focused on the
      United States (e.g. Whitfield 1991; Wagnleitner 1994; Saunders 1999;
      Schwartz 2000), and to a smaller extent on Western Europe (e.g.
      Duggan and Wagstaff 1995; Nelson 1997; Scott-Smith and Krabbendam
      2003). More
      recently, some scholars have begun capitalizing on the increased
      accessibility of primary sources from former socialist states (e.g.
      Reid and Crowley 2000; Crewe 2003), and developed thought-provoking
      accounts of the cultural Cold War spanning both the West and the East
      (e.g. Buck-Morss 2000; Poiger 2000; Caute 2003; Mitter and Major

      This growing body of work has not only broadened the geographical
      scope of the debate about the cultural Cold War, but also raised a
      number of wider conceptual and methodological issues. To start with,
      it questioned the value of understanding the socialist period as a
      `deviation' from the supposedly normal course of historical
      development, as well as challenged the usefulness of treating the
      Cold War as a distinct historical period. Instead, it highlighted the
      continuities between post-1945 cultural histories and long-term
      historical trends, including the rise of modernity, popular
      sovereignty and mass production. Furthermore, this body of literature
      also highlighted some of the structural similarities between the
      developments in the East and the West, and thereby questioned the
      rigid and often highly value-laden East-West distinction.

      Last but not least, this literature also opened the venue for a more
      nuanced understanding of post-socialist transformation, and for a
      critical engagement with the `transitological' accounts of the
      collapse of socialist regimes. It is becoming increasingly clear that
      the processes of transformation in post-socialist Eastern Europe are
      far from uniform, and instead differ depending on the particularities
      of both pre- and post-World War II trajectories of individual
      countries (Pickels and Smith 1998; Stark and Bruszt 1998). Depending
      on these trajectories, the post-socialist societies are equipped with
      specific forms of economic, social as well as cultural capital which
      all influence their reaction to, or appropriation of, the liberal
      capitalist modus operandi (Blokker 2005).

      The proposed edited collection seeks to further the debate on these
      issues by focusing on the history of popular culture in socialist
      Eastern Europe, as well as its legacies in the post-socialist period.

      We would welcome contributions addressing one or more of the
      following issues:

      1. Politics, Ideology and Popular Culture: What were the key
      ideological attitudes of the political establishment and the
      socialist intelligentsia towards `popular' or `mass' culture? How
      have they changed over time, and how did they differ from country to
      country? To what extent did these attitudes differ from those held by
      the political and cultural elites in the West? How have they shaped
      the cultural and media policies in socialist countries?
      2. Popular Culture and Legitimacy: To what extent did the
      socialist regimes accommodate the increasing demand for popular
      culture and consumer products among the Population, and to what
      extent can this be seen as a (successful) attempt at addressing the
      lack of popular legitimacy? Or, in other words: were popular culture
      and consumerism always inherently subversive, or were they also used
      as a tool of
      internal legitimation and consolidation of socialist regimes?
      3. Negotiation, Appropriation, and Resistance: How did either
      the producers or the consumers of popular culture adapt to the limits
      imposed by socialist cultural policies? How `popular' were the
      popular culture products sanctioned and promoted by the socialist
      regimes? What practices of adaptation, negotiation or resistance can
      discerned (e.g. cynicism/kynism, irony, dialogic farce etc.), and how
      influential were they in undermining the of legitimacy socialist
      4. Cross-border Exchange: What were the major routes of cross-
      border exchange of popular culture, both among the socialist states
      themselves and across the Cold War divide (e.g. transnational film
      and music distribution, co-operation between national broadcasting
      organizations, adaptation of foreign genres, formats and practices of
      cultural production etc.)? How did these exchanges contribute to the
      diversity and similarity of cultural production across different
      socialist states as well as across the Cold War divide?
      5. Western Theories and Socialist Popular Culture: How useful
      are the concepts and theories of popular culture developed in the
      West – particularly those coming from the field of cultural studies –
      in understanding socialist popular culture? What alternative theories
      and concepts can we think of that can better elucidate the role of
      culture in socialist states?
      6. Socialist Popular Culture, Historical Continuities and Post-
      socialist Developments: To what extent were the different attitudes
      and responses to popular culture in socialist Eastern Europe rooted
      in pre-World War II cultural preferences and practices? What is
      the legacy of socialist popular culture today, and how does it figure
      in various nostalgic recollections of the period (Ostalgie,
      Yugonostalgia etc.)? To what extent did the post-communist societies
      inherit the `structures of feeling' (Williams 1961) established
      through the socialist popular culture?

      Ideally, we would like all contributions to be both empirically
      grounded and theoretically informed.

      Please send your proposals (800-1000 words) with a brief Curriculum
      Vitae (1 x A4) to Reana Senjković (Reana@...) and Sabina Mihelj
      (S.Mihelj@...) by 31 October 2008. We will inform you about
      our decision by 15 December 15, and if your proposal is accepted, we
      will expect a first draft by the end of May 2009, and a final
      manuscript by the end of September 2009.

      We are currently in the process of securing funding for a small
      workshop that will allow us to discuss the first drafts and the
      possible ways of weaving them together into a coherent book. The
      workshop will be organized in Budapest, Hungary, in June 2009.
      Further details will follow after the submission of abstracts.

      Reana Senjković
      Institut of Ethnology and Folklore
      Research Šubićeva
      4210000 Zagreb,

      Sabina Mihelj
      Department of Social Sciences,
      Loughborough University,
      Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK.

      Blokker, Paul. 2005. "Post-Communist Modernization, Transition
      Studies, and Diversity in Europe", European Journal of Social Theory 8
      (4): 503-525.
      Buck Morss, Susan. 2000. Dreamworld and Catastrophe. the Passing of
      Mass Utopia in the East and West. Cambridge and London: MIT Press.
      Burawoy, Michel and Katherine Verdery (eds). 1999. Uncertain
      Transition. Ethnographies of Change in the Post-socialist World,
      Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.
      Caute, David. 2003. The Dancer Defects: The Struggle for Cultural
      Supremacy during the Cold War. Oxford and New York: Oxford University
      Crewe, David (ed.). 2003. Consuming Germany in the Cold War, Oxford:
      Duggan, Christopher and Christopher Wagstaff (eds.). 1995. Italy in
      the Cold War: Politics, Culture and Society, 1948-58. Oxford: Berg.
      Mitter, Rana and Patrick Major (eds.). 2004. Across the Blocs: Cold
      War Cultural and Social History. London: Frank Cass.
      Nelson, Michael. 1997. War of the Black Heavens: The Battles of
      Western Broadcasting in the Cold War. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse
      University Press.
      Pickles, John and Adrian Smith. 1998. Theorizing Transition: The
      political Economy of Post-Communist Transformations. London:
      Poiger, Uta G.. 2000. Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and
      American Culture in a Divided Germany. Berkeley, Los Angeles and
      London: University of California Press.
      Reid, Susan E. and David Crowley (eds.). 2000. Style and Socialism:
      Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe. Oxford and
      New York: Berg.
      Saunders, Frances Stonor. 1999. Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the
      Cultural Cold War. London: Granta.
      Schwartz, Rixhard A.. 2000. Cold War Culture: Media and the Arts,
      1945-1990. New York: Checkmark Books.
      Scott-Smith, Giles and Hans Krabbendam (eds.). 2003. The Cultural
      Cold War in Western Europe, 1945–1960. London: Frank Cass.
      Stark, David and Laszlo Bruszt. 1998. Post-socialist Pathways:
      Transforming Politics and Property in East Central Europe. Cambridge:
      Cambridge University Press.
      Wagnleitner, Reinhold. 1994. Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The
      Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria after the Second
      World War. London: University of North Carolina Press.
      Whitfield, Stephen J.. 1991. The Culture of the Cold War. Baltimore:
      Johns Hopkins University Press.
      Williams Raymond. 1961. The Long Revolution ("Analysis of Culture"),
      London: Chatto & Windus.

      Ulbandus 12: Pushkin


      The 12th edition of Ulbandus, the annual journal of the Columbia
      Slavic Department, will be dedicated to the life and work of
      Alexander Pushkin. In particular, this issue will be framed as a
      collective investigation into the many sides of Pushkin's
      personality, taken in the aesthetic and historical contexts of his

      Which features did Pushkin share with his epoch, and which he did
      not? What concerned him deeply, what failed to arouse his interest,
      and for what reason? How did his personal traits figure into the
      Romantic "life-creation" he engaged in? How does Pushkin's "life
      creation" process compare to the creative processes of his
      contemporaries, such as Goethe, Chateaubriand, Musset, Byron, and
      Wordsworth? What was the role played by the seclusion and marginality
      of his formative years?-the role of his poverty, in comparison to
      most if not all of his friends and colleagues?-of his gambling, at
      the card game table and with his life? His relationships with and
      relation to women (in the context of the "Romantic marriage")? His
      knowledge, and lack of knowledge, of languages? His "smirking
      loyalties"; his sense of freedom, and the instances when it failed

      In addition to scholarly articles, Ulbandus encourages submission of
      original poetry, fiction, essays, translations and artwork.

      Submissions may be in either English or Russian. Contributions from
      outside of the Slavic field are warmly invited. The deadline for
      receipt of submissions is 31 October 2008.

      Manuscripts should be in MLA format, double-spaced and not exceed 25
      pages in length. Artwork should be submitted in TIFF format at a
      resolution of at least 600 dpi. Electronic submissions (preferably in
      Word format) are strongly encouraged and may be sent to:

      Interested applicants may also submit hard copies of papers to:

      ULBANDUS (attn: Submissions),
      Columbia University,
      1130 Amsterdam Avenue,
      Mail code 2839, New York,
      NY, 10027

      For mailed submissions, please include (2) two print copies as well
      as a copy in rich text file on CDR. For further details, see our
      website at:

      Ulbandus is a peer-reviewed journal.


      Famine and Mass Violence – an international conference
      Conference date: 7-9 September 2008
      Location: Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.

      Famine and mass violence frequently go hand in hand. Unfortunately,
      scholars of famine and scholars of mass violence often deal with
      different questions resulting in a wide lacuna in research and the
      methodology for analyzing connections between famines and violence.
      Famine specialists mostly deal with socioeconomic questions, with
      people as economic subjects, with the working of markets and
      speculation, food distribution, or deficiencies of state
      intervention. Entangled in the availability vs. entitlement debate,
      they care less for power relationships or war-related situations,
      although famines often occur during wartime or civil conflict.
      Genocide experts view certain famines as state-organized. Such
      scholars are interested in motivations of violence, lack of relief
      efforts, escape prevention, or special policies victimizing refugees.
      They may miss out on the participatory dimension of famines: social
      and economic networks, profiteering, or family relations. This
      conference seeks to bring together both famine experts and genocide
      specialists to engage in a dialogue with each other, first during the
      conference and later in a collective volume resulting from the

      To register for the conference, please send your name and contact
      information to judaic@...

      Conference Program

      2 pm Welcome (Shearle Furnish, Dean of College of Liberal Arts and

      2:15 pm Keynote Address: Famine and Mass Violence (Christian Gerlach,
      University of Berne)

      3:20 pm Break

      3:45 pm Panel I: Famine and Colonial Exploitation

      "Rinderpest", Drought and Scorched Earth: The Relationship between
      Natural Disaster, Famine and Conquest in Germany's African Colonies
      (Dominik J. Schaller, Heidelberg University)

      9:00 am Panel II: Famine as a Weapon: Policies of Famine Famine and
      Violence, Famine as Violence in Russia of the early 1920s (Natalia
      Reshetova, University of London)
      Case study: Food policy and mass crimes: Lithuania under German
      occupation 1941-1944. (Christoph Dieckmann, Keele University)

      10:30 am Break

      10:45 am Panel III: Famine as a Weapon?: The Question of Intention

      Stalin's Terror and the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33: Camouflage for
      Genocide? (Henry Huttenbach, City College of New York)
      On famines, genocide, and jumping to conclusions (Mark Tauger, West
      Virginia University)

      12:15 pm Lunch

      2:00 pm Panel IV: Social Impact of Famine: Violence and Its Absence

      The 1847 food riots in Prussia (Hans Bass, Bremen University of
      Applied Science)
      Fighting Hunger: Food in Wartime Japan (Katarzyna Cwiertka,
      University of Leiden)

      3:30 pm Break

      3:45 pm Panel V: Social Impact of Famine: Survival Strategies

      "Too little to keep them alive and too much to let them die": Nazi
      Starvation Policy and Jewish Coping Methods in the Ghettos of Nazi
      Occupied Europe (Helene Sinnreich, Youngstown State University)

      5:15 pm Break

      5:45 pm Panel VI: Social Impact of Famine: Socialist Rule and
      Political Participation

      Primitive Accumulation, Famine, and Mass Repression, 1937-39 (Wendy
      Goldman, Carnegie Mellon University)
      Hunger and State Violence in the PRC during the Great Leap Forward
      (Klaus Muehlhahn, Indiana University)

      9:30 am Starvation and Structural Violence

      Structural violence and women's survival during famines: gender,
      caste, work and hunger in nineteenth century India (Leela Sami)
      The Daily Catastrophe: Structural Violence and Mass Starvation in the
      20th and 21st century (Andreas Exenberger, University of Innsbruck)

      10:45 am Break

      11:00 am Concluding Roundtable Discussion

      Helene J. Sinnreich
      Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
      Youngstown State University
      Youngstown, OH 44505
      Email: judaic@...
      Visit the website at http://judaic.ysu.edu/conference3.html


      2009 US Junior Faculty Development Program
      United States


      The Government of the United States of America is pleased to announce
      the open competition for the Junior Faculty Development Program
      (JFDP) for the 2009 spring semester. The JFDP is a program of the
      Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States
      Department of State (ECA). American Councils for International
      Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an American non-profit, non-governmental
      organization, receives a grant from ECA to administer the JFDP, and
      oversee each participant's successful completion of the program. The
      United States Congress annually appropriates funds to finance the
      JFDP, and authorizes the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
      to oversee these funds.

      If you are a citizen of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and
      Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo,
      Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, or Turkmenistan, and are
      teaching full-time in an institution of higher education in your home
      country, have at least two years of university-level teaching
      experience, and are highly proficient in English, American Councils
      invites you to learn more about the program and apply.

      JFDP applications may now be downloaded as a print version or
      submitted online at the JFDP website. Additional information,
      including the 2008-2009 calendar, academic field descriptions, a list
      of frequently asked questions, and information about past program
      participants and host institutions can be found at the JFDP website:

      Deadlines: Applications are due for applicants from Eurasia on 29
      August 2008. Applications are due for applicants from Southeast
      Europe on 5 September 2008.

      Email: jfdp@...

      DAAD Fellowships
      AICGS is now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD

      Deadline: The application deadline for Spring 2009 (January 2009 -
      June 2009) is 31 August, 2008.

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