суббота, 29 октября 2011 г.

The Urban Dimension of Cohesion Policy

Joint Conference European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) and Polish EU Presidency – Warsaw, 8-9 December 2011 "The Urban Dimension of Cohesion Policy"

Cohesion Policy is the major instrument of the European Union to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion. It is also one of the instruments to achieve the Europe 2020 Strategy, aimed at sustainable, smart and inclusive growth. But what does this mean in practice? How are cities involved in this European wide strategy? How can Europe assist cities in better addressing local challenges? With the new EU programming period (2014-2020) in sight, EUKN and the Polish EU Presidency would like to stimulate a dialogue on the role of cities. Go to www.eukn.org to register for this conference.

10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Processes, Practices and Performance

10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Processes, Practices and Performance

VU University, Amsterdam, Wednesday 18th July-Friday 20th July, 2012

The biannual Organizational Discourse Conference celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. In the past two decades -discourse analysis' has firmly established itself as a topic of interest, an analytical perspective informing a variety of critical theoretical approaches, and a methodology for organizational research. A discursive approach has been widely adopted in a variety of subfields. In the 10th Conference we take the opportunity to critically reflect on the contribution of organizational discourse to some of these fields in which -discourse' is frequently invoked as a frame of analysis, such as culture and collaborative practices, power and identity processes, discourse and institutional change, diversity and distinction-drawing, and materiality and embodiment.

The substantive theme for the 2012 conference - Processes, Practices and Performance - refracts a range of analytic themes which have come to characterise process approaches to organizational analysis. Discourse analytical approaches are particularly well suited to address repeated calls (i) to develop our understanding of the discursive aspects of organizing or organization as an emergent process and illustrate how such processes sustain, disrupt or transform institutionalized power asymmetries; (ii) to bring everyday work practices and the more mundane, day-to-day aspects of organizing back into organizational analysis in order to illuminate how social action contributes to the creation and re-creation of the institutional realm; and (iii) to explore the relationships between discourse and the material, textual and bodily performances at work and organizational actors' -dramaturgical' presentations of their individual and collective -selves' in different arenas.

Plenary Speakers: Eero Vaara; John Van Maanen; Samantha Warren.

The submission date is 12th January 2012. Notification of acceptance of papers will be given by 1st March 2012. Abstract (1000 words max) should be sent as an email attachment (saved as a Word document) to organizational-discourse@vu.nl.
For full details see conference website: www.fsw.vu.nl/organizational-discourse

Organizers: Ida Sabelis, Sierk Ybema, Nic Beech, Cynthia Hardy, Tom Keenoy, Cliff Oswick, Robyn Thomas

Institutions: VU University, Cardiff Business School, Cass Business School & University of Melbourne

Reconsidering the Stagnation Narrative of the Brezhnev Era

Reconsidering the Stagnation Narrative of the Brezhnev Era - International Workshop

University of Amsterdam,
March 30-31, 2012.


The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars working on the Brezhnev era and rethink the narrative that views it as a long period of stagnation, particularly in the realms of Soviet society and culture.

How stagnant and uniform was “stagnation”? Is it possible to identify social and cultural trends that run counter to the “stagnation” narrative? Did contemporaries see themselves as living through stagnation? And if so, what accounts for Brezhnev’s popularity in present-day Russia and the widespread view of the Brezhnev era as the golden age of Soviet history?

After the conclusion of the workshop we plan to publish an edited volume or an academic journal issue with the workshop presentations.

Prospective participants are invited to explore the following themes:
  • The emergence of the concept of stagnation
  • Alternative periodization for Brezhnev era
  • Social and cultural trends of the Brezhnev era: Aesopian language of cultural products; socialist humor and jokes; the Cult of the Great Patriotic War; cinema, literature, arts and theatre; Soviet science fiction; bard music; tourism; fashion; fascination with the West and foreign consumer goods; the emergence of Soviet rock n’ roll; Soviet intelligentsia; the “double burden” of the socialist woman.
  • Economics and trade: Soviet economic growth; the legacy of the Kosygin reforms; foreign trade; the effect of high oil prices
  • Foreign relations: Soviet conceptions of its international mission; views of the United States and détente; relationship with the Third World
  • Legacies and cultural memory of the Brezhnev era and the idea of stagnation.
The deadline for proposals is December 1st. Respond via email to stagnation.workshop@historylounge.com with your name institutional affiliation, proposed paper title, 150 word abstract and CV.

Pre-circulated conference papers should not exceed 7,000 words and will be due on February 28th, 2012.

Dr. Artemy Kalinovsky Universiteit van Amsterdam Europese Studies Spuistraat 134, k 649 Amsterdam 1012 VB 020 525 2276

Dina Fainberg Rutgers University History Department 16 Seminary Pl. New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

Email: stagnation.workshop@historylounge.com

Visit the website at http://stagnation.historylounge.com/

суббота, 22 октября 2011 г.

Everyday life in the socialist city

European Association for Urban History - 11th International Conference on Urban History

29.08.2012-01.09.2012, Prague

Specialist Session - S 26:
Everyday life in the socialist city

Session Organizers:
Jana Nosková (Institute of Ethnology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic), Slavomíra Ferenčuhová, Barbora Vacková, Lucie Galčanová (Faculty of Social Studies Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Since the 1970s, the notion of ‘everyday life’ in social sciences has been strongly associated with studies and theorizations of the ordinary, routine, daily practices and situations, as Crow and Pope (2008) point out in their editorial foreword to the special issue of the Sociology Journal (Sociology and Everyday Life). In the urban context, such repeated and seemingly insignificant actions and trajectories help to (re)produce or transform urban spaces and their meanings, often in very creative ways. Our session aims at opening the questions about the character of everyday life in the specific context of ‘socialist’ cities in the Central and Eastern Europe (understood as cities/towns in a country with a state socialist regime prior to the transformations following the fall of the Berlin Wall). We wish to discuss examples from various cities and countries, explaining the specific activities, relationships, rhythms and trajectories that the urban users developed in these cities, to reflect the differences and similarities of these patterns with the forms appearing in the cities in the rest of Europe, and to follow the changes in everyday life along the period of state socialism. The main goals of the session are, on the one hand, to discuss the interconnections between the forms of everyday urban life and the economic, political and social characteristics of the period, and, on the other hand, to search for examples of challenging, contesting and disrupting the routine, or defining the everyday situations in creative ways by the urban dwellers.

Although the theme is not strictly new in the field of urban history, the specificity of the socialist everyday urban life and daily (re)production or contestation of urban space, has not been given much attention, especially not in a comparative perspective.

We would like to welcome papers based on archival and/or oral history research, focusing on life in big cities, as well as describing little towns. Topics include (but are not limited to):

- everyday life in the public/private spaces
- urban rhythms and routines and their disruptions
- work, leisure, and consumption in urban environment
- representation of socialist home – dwelling forms for socialist family
- socialist ideology in public/private spaces
- celebrations and festivities (mass public and private celebrations) and their connection to public/private spaces

Please submit paper proposals through the conference website at: www.eauh2012.com/sessions/call-for-paper-proposals/

Deadline: 15 November 2011