пятница, 31 августа 2012 г.

Collective Identity and Practices of Citizenship in Postcommunism


Collective Identity and Practices of Citizenship in Postcommunism - Call for Papers

Conference venue: Wroclaw (Poland)
Period: Feb. 22-23, 2013
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Sep. 30, 2012
Deadline for submitting full papers: Jan. 31, 2013 

Description of the Conference

With the start of the democratic transition, many post-communist countries started institutional changes and state-building processes. Although these transformations touched upon the issue of citizenship, one can ask whether practices have also changed. This conference aims at gathering scholars in order to discuss practices of citizenship in post-communist countries.
The organizers of the conference are specifically calling for works that address practices of citizenship with a comparative approach that takes into consideration changes occurred since the beginning of the 1990s with the dissolution of socialist federations. Other changing factors to be included in the research works are population dynamics as migration and resettlement after warfare, amendments to citizenship regimes, including issuing passports to ethnically kin folks and granting extraterritorial citizenship.
The impact of these factors on practices of citizenship in post-communist countries should be reflected in the proposed papers. Departing from the discussion on the concept of citizenship (e.g. T.H. Marshal, W. Kymlicka), its contemporary relevance (e.g. Y. Soysal, D. Miller) and its application in Central and Eastern Europe during democratic transition (e.g. R. Brubaker, M.M. Howard), we are particularly interested in contrastive analyses of continuities and changes in practices (political participation, civic education, community activities) related to formal criteria defining citizenry (citizenship status, passport).
The role of civic education in framing citizenries during and after democratic transition. Papers reflecting on the role of formal and informal education, cooperation between individuals through social, political and cultural networks are particularly welcome. Social, political and cultural practices as practices of active citizenship will also be analyzed. Papers can deal with policies of education and policy initiatives, with a special emphasis on civil society involvement. Not only local and domestic, but also regional and European dynamics will be discussed by international scholars at the conference. 

Eligible topics for the conference

Selection of key issues to be discussed:
  • Conceptual and theoretical changes of focus in understanding the post-communist citizenship
  • Institutional/legal developments of citizenship in the post-communist countries with a focus on controversies
  • The role of transformation processes for the citizenship practices in those countries
  • Practices of citizenship and social coherence in the countries in question
  • Citizenship and civic education (the role of the education system vis-à-vis citizenship)
  • Post-communist citizenship and nationalism (Is there a ‘crisis of the hyphen’ in post-communist countries?)
  • Power and citizenship in the post-communist countries (the role of inequality and class stratification)
  • The impact of external actors such as the Russian Federation, the U.S. or the EU on the citizenship practices in post-communist countries

Guidelines for submission

Please submit your paper proposal to the organisers via this link.

Organizer

Information & contacts

Prof. Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski
Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw and University of Potsdam
e-mail
karolewski@wbz.uni.wroc.pl

вторник, 28 августа 2012 г.

Shrinking areas: front-runners in innovative citizen participation


EUKN Annual Conference 2012

Shrinking areas: front-runners in innovative citizen participation

Essen, Germany: 7 December 2012

On the 7th of December 2012, EUKN’s 5th annual conference will take place in Essen, Germany. The conference will be organised in close cooperation with the Ruhr Regional Association and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
The EUKN conference is built around an interactive exchange on citizen participation in shrinking urban areas. To overcome the consequences of shrinkage, joint action is needed. Local authorities need to cooperate with citizens to find ways to maintain the quality of life in their city or town.

EUKN will present innovative examples of citizen participation with regard to their daily life in shrinking areas: health, education, employment, mobility, shopping and sports. Interactive on-site debates are an important part of the conference. They provide a deeper insight in successful policy approaches and offer insight into participatory process facilitated by local authorities.

Information 

LocationRuhr Regional Association, Essen (Germany) 
Fee No fee 
InquiriesMariska Aanhane
+31 70 34 49 43 81
mariska.aanhane@eukn.org

воскресенье, 19 августа 2012 г.

Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region


University of Greifswald
7 DFG-funded doctoral research studentships

International Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region"

Starting date: 1st January 2013 (subject to approval from the DFG)

Value of the studentship: € 13,236 p.a. (consisting of monthly: € 1,000 maintenance grant plus a € 103 grant for books and other materials).

The studentship will be awarded for one year and 3 months initially, and can be extended for a further year and nine months after review.

Closing date for applications: 30th September 2012

The University of Greifswald has received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the International Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region" and now invites applications from well-qualified candidates for one of three PhD studentships. This announcement addresses particularly applicants from history, art history, Slavonic and Baltic languages and literature, political science, cultural studies and systematic theology.

The International Research Training Group was initiated by the University of Greifswald, the University of Lund (Sweden), and the University of Tartu (Estonia) to provide a common programme for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers. Currently, 20 PhD students and 5 post-docs are being trained in Greifswald, Lund and Tartu. In Greifswald, the subject areas offered include history, Baltic and Slavonic languages and literature, psychology, political science, and systematic theology. Over and beyond history, theology, and Slavonic studies in Lund and Tartu, there are also offerings in ethnology, geography, and communication studies.

Applications are invited from candidates willing to conduct research relating to one of the following themes:
  1. The emergence and transformation of historical borderlands
  2. The cultural contexts of cross-border action in borderland areas
  3. The economic permeability and persistence of borders
  4. New border regimes: The political dimension of border formation and dissolution

The programme of study within the International Research Training Group includes relevant courses held locally at each university as well as tri-national workshops in Greifswald, Lund and Tartu. Furthermore, it is obligatory that each PhD student will spend 6-12 months as a visiting researcher at the partner universities. The costs of such research visits will be covered by a mobility grant awarded in addition to the monthly allowance.

Requirements:
  • applicants should hold a good first degree and normally have, or be about to obtain, a Masters qualification in a discipline relevant to the PhD topic.
  • exposé for a research proposal relating to one of the five themes of research (max. 10 pages)
  • good written and spoken English. Knowledge of German, Estonian or Swedish is desirable but not essential.
The willingness and ability of the candidate to participate actively in an international research programme is a precondition. The programme of study is compulsory for all PhD students in the International Research Training Group. The University of Greifswald is committed to increasing the share of women and disabled people within the organisation. Women and disabled people are explicitly invited to apply.

Holders of a studentship are expected to take up residence in Greifswald.

Applications (with curriculum vitae, copies of educational qualifications and degree thesis, list of publications, a written reference from a university professor, and a research proposal) should be sent to the speaker of the International Research Training Group, Professor Dr. Michael North by 30th September 2012.

For further details:

Telephone: +49 3834 86-33 09
Fax: +49 3834 86-33 05
e-mail: north@uni-greifswald.de
Homepage: http://www.phil.uni-greifswald.de/bereich2/histin/ls/fnz/borderlands.html
Address:
Professor Dr. Michael North
Speaker of the International Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region"
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Domstraße 9 a
17487 Greifswald
Germany

среда, 8 августа 2012 г.

REGION Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

REGION   Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Region is a new international journal for regional studies of former Soviet bloc countries, published by the Slavica publishers on behalf of the Institute of Russian Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. We are currently receiving articles for Vol. 2, No. 1 and subsequent issues. Here we provide brief information of the journal and submission guideline.

Aims & Scope
Region is a peer-reviewed international journal that explores the history and current political, economic, social, and cultural affairs of the entire former Soviet bloc. In particular, the journal focuses on various facets of transformation at the local and national levels in the aforementioned regions, as well as the changing character of their relationships with the rest of world in the context of glocalization. The following topics are most prominently featured:

•  Regional identities in globalized societies
•  Communication and transmission of information
•  Migration and boundaries
•  Transition: politics, economy, society, and culture
•  Theories and methodologies of regional studies in the context of “glocalization”
•  Imagined territories: cyber space, urban vs. rural, center vs. periphery, etc.
•  Inter-regional cooperation
•  Identities in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, memories, and nostalgia

This journal is distinguished from others in similar fields by its  (g)locally oriented perspective. This journal will regularly give a certain portion of space to articles on concrete local issues written by local Eurasianist scholars.


Editorial Board
Editors-in-chief
Siegelbaum, Lewis (History, Michigan State Univ., USA)
Hong, Wan-Suk, (Politics, Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies, Korea)
Managing Editor
Song, Joonseo (History, Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies, Korea)
Editors
Avdokushin, Evgeny (Economy, Moscow State Univ., Russia)
Clowes, Edith (Literature, Univ. of Kansas, USA)
Dobrenko, Evgeny (Literature and Film, Univ. of Sheffield, UK)
Epstein, Dan (Politics, Colgate Univ., USA)
Goldman, Marshall (Economy, Harvard, USA)
Golosov, Grigory (Politics, European Univ., Russia)
Goscilo, Helena (Literature & Film, Ohio State Univ., USA)
Guihai, Guan (Politics, Pekin Univ., China)
Hong, Wan-Suk (Politics, Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies, Korea)
Kononenko, Natalie (Folklore, Univ. of Alberta, Canada)
Krylov, Mikhail P. (Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
Lovell, Stephen (History, King’s College London, UK)
Petrov, Nikolai (Politics, Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia)
Raleigh, Donald J. (History, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
Ransel, David (History, Indiana Univ., USA)
Sakwa, Richard (Politics, Kent Univ., UK)
Siegelbaum, Lewis (History, Michigan State Univ., USA)
Strukov, Vlad (Culture, New Media, and Film, Univ. of Leeds, UK)
Tangalycheva, Rimma K. (Sociology, St. Petersburg State Univ., Russia)
Vinitsky, Ilya (Literature, University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Wachtel, Andrew (Literature, American Univ. of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan)

Peer Review
All submitted articles go through a peer review process, after initial screening by internal editors. Each article is read by a minimum of two anonymous external referees.

Article Submission Guideline
We are now receiving papers to be reviewed for publication in Vol. 2, No. 1 and subsequent issues. There is no thematic constraint, so we welcome any papers investigating various topics pertaining to the history and current affairs of the Russian Federation, East Europe, and Central Asia. As well as research papers, we also receive reviews/review essays of books on topics falling into the given scope. A brief guideline for submission of research papers/reviews/review essays is given below:

Research Articles:
There is no absolute length requirement for manuscripts but the preferred length is 8,000-10,000 words. An abstract of no more than 150 words should be provided at the beginning of the article. If possible,  manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word using Times New Roman 12 point font. Double-space the abstract, manuscript, notes, and indented quotations. Number pages consecutively. Articles should  be
submitted to Prof. Joonseo Song, Managing Editor (songjoo1@gmail.comsongjoo1@hufs.ac.kr).

Review Articles:
Review essays analyze in depth a discrete body of noteworthy secondary works, should begin with a title and list of books under consideration, with full bibliographical information. The preferred length is 1,500-3,000 words.

Reviews are expected to contain a scholarly apparatus, although it need not be extensive. The preferred length is 750-1,000 words. A review should bear no title and begin with the bibliographic data of the reviewed book.

We welcome suggestions of books to review, as well as book reviews themselves. To suggest a book for review or to volunteer as a reviewer, please contact Prof. Joonseo Song, Managing Editor (songjoo1@gmail.comsongjoo1@hufs.ac.kr).

Although we receive papers year-round, the deadline of manuscript submission for Vol. 2, No. 1 is August 1st, 2012.

Trust and Distrust in the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, 1956-1991

Trust and Distrust in the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, 1956-1991 - London 07/13
School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
04.07.2013-05.07.2013, London; Deadline: 15.09.2012

Trust is an essential part of individual lives and the workings of modern society. Not only democracies, but also dictatorships like the Soviet state and authoritarian regimes like post-war European socialist societies needed trust as a crucial resource for social integration and the stability of the political order. What did this most basic of emotions, a requisite for social relationships, look like in the Soviet Union and other communist European states, which are usually described as a societies of distrust? How did "ordinary people" in these countries act, speak and experience themselves in the insecure, risky, and untrustworthy circumstances of everyday life? And, of course, how did the socialist states manage distrust and produce the trust necessary to legitimate themselves and preserve the existing political order?

These questions are the basic issues for discussion at a workshop that will probe new ways of approaching the history of trust and distrust in studying states and societies in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. More specifically, our goal is to analyse the establishment, functioning, stability and vitality of political regimes and societies in the Soviet bloc through the terms, concepts and meanings of trust and distrust. Our hypothesis is that authoritarian societies in Europe also had their own "habitus of trust" (Barbara Misztal ) and developed their own "culture of trust" (Piotr Sztompka ). Applying sociological concepts of trust to post-war authoritarian regimes in Europe, we may speak about the establishment of socialist cultures of trust based on a mixture of pre-modern and modern forms of trust and distrust: 1) the production of personified, pre-modern form of trust, generated through leader cults and by creating broad categories of friends and enemies; 2) the promotion of modern forms of institutionalized trust that offered more normative coherence and stability to the social order, more predictability as well as accountability of persons and institutions, and the very limited but possible and tolerated possibility of openness,  plurality and mobility.  Taken together, all of this allowed communist regimes, especially in 1960s and 1970s, to mobilise people politically, to energize daily life and to produce generalized trust and manage distrust more specifically. In doing these things, socialist states created a sense of the stability, normality and inviolability of their political orders.

Our starting point is the process of destalinization in 1956. Destalinization marked a break with terror and violence and a move towards a politics of trust and empathy geared to the needs, interests and expectations of the population. In our view, promoting trust ('stavka na doverie') led to the "normalization" of the structures of trust, of everyday life and stabilization of communist regimes in Europe. This normalization developed from the intensification of political communication as a space of negotiation-between people and state, the individual and the system-over the possibilities and limits of collaboration, tolerance and coexistence under a socialist dictatorship.

The workshop will contribute to the development of a cultural history of trust and distrust that can shed new light on several important issues: the stability and acceptance of authoritarian regimes; processes of
social integration and disintegration; practices of inclusion and exclusion; mobilising individual and collective actions. Moreover, the workshop will develop a deeper explanation of two crucial historiographical  questions: How did dictatorship really function and how did the closed society really work?

We are looking for papers that have not yet been published and we invite submission of proposals on various aspects of trust and distrust in the GDR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania,
Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union from 1956 to 1991.

Tentative panels and topics are:

1. Methodological paths and interdisciplinary approaches to the history
of trust/distrust from:
-Historical anthropology, ethnography and visual studies
-Political and social science
-Psychology and psychiatry
-Philosophy and pedagogy

2. Regimes of trust and distrust:
-National traditions and legacies, ideological and scientific roots of
trust/distrust
-State monopolies on producing and distributing trust/distrust
-Scientific roots of trust/distrust (psychiatry, psychology, pedagogy etc.)
-Trust as state honor, distrust as dishonor: giving, withdrawing, restoring trust
-Performative rituals, symbols, myths of trust (elections, demonstrations, assemblies) and creating communities of trust/distrust
-Propaganda in making friends and enemies
-Emotional bonds between people and state

3. Institutions of trust and distrust:
-Heads of state and party leaders
-Communist party and party members
-State institutions (the courts, the army, the police, etc.)
-Education and teaching trust (schools and mass organizations)
-Security organs (KGB, Stasi, etc.)
-Prisons and psychiatric hospitals

4. Public/private spheres, political/apolitical questions:
-Faces of public trust: physicians, schoolteachers, university professors, clergy, factory managers etc.
-Topography of trust/distrust: communal apartments, workplaces, pubs, smoking rooms, the marketplace, the queue etc.
-Private faces of trust: family, kinship, friendship, neighbourhood etc.

5. Mass media and building trust/distrust:
-Scandals, rumors and trust/distrust of the public
-Radio, television, newspapers and their audience(s)
-Idols, celebrities, pop-culture heroes as objects of trust/distrust
-Letter-writing to mass media as a trust building practice

6. Socialist citizens: subjectivity between normality and deviance:
-Individual experience, memory and resources of trust/distrust
-Morality, loyalty, obedience
-Marginal groups, ethnic, sexual and religious minorities
-Hooligans and alternative (a)social groups

7. Consumerism, the market, money: informal practices and unwritten rules:
-Practices of blat, corruption and bribery
-Uses of money
-Socialist goods and services
-Luxury, leisure and free time activities

8. At the boundary of trust and distrust:
-Domestic violence
-Suicide
-Major mental illnesses and neuroses
-Terrorist attacks and hostage-taking
-Natural and man-made catastrophes

Please email abstracts to a.tikhomirov@ucl.ac.uk (with Trust-Conference as the subject). The abstract should include your full name, email address, affiliation, the title of your paper, a short description of your presentation (no more than 500 words) and a very short CV that includes only major publications.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts:  15 September 2012. We will inform you of the selection of participants by 30 October 2012.

Those invited to present a paper should submit an electronic version of the paper by 1 June 2013. The paper should be no longer than 6,000-8,000 words. The papers will be pre-circulated. At the colloquium each participant will have 15 minutes to outline the main points. For each panel, commentary on each paper and then discussion will follow the presentations. After the workshop authors are expected to revise their
papers for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Conference language: English.

We are applying for financial support. Should we be successful, we will reimburse your travel expenses up to 200 £ and accommodation expenses up to 3 nights in London. Please, could you inform us if your institute can cover your travel and accommodation costs.

Contact:
Dr Alexey Tikhomirov, SSEES, UCL
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom
a.tikhomirov@ucl.ac.uk

Collective Identity and Practices of Citizenship in Postcommunism

Collective Identity and Practices of Citizenship in Postcommunism,
22-23 FEB 2013
University of Wroclaw, Poland

Large number of postcommunist countries have undergone institution and state building since the start of democratic transition. These have affected issues regarding formal citizenship, but have practices of citizenship changed? The conference invites interested scholars to reflect on dynamics in practices of citizenship across postcommunist states.

We are specifically interested in comparative studies of societies that saw practices of citizenship changing since early 1990s as a result of border changes (including territorial adjustment and dissolution of socialist federations), population dynamics (both demographic, as a result of in and out migration, and resettlement after warfare) and amendments to their citizenship regimes (issuing passports to an ethnic kin folk and provisions for extraterritorial citizenship).

The conference calls on participants to reflect on the impact such structural factors have had on comparative developments in practices of citizenship across postcommunist region. Departing from the discussion on the concept of citizenship (e.g. T.H. Marshal, W. Kymlicka), its contemporary relevance (e.g. Y. Soysal, D. Miller) and its application in Central and Eastern Europe during democratic transition (e.g. R. Brubaker, M.M. Howard), we are particularly interested in contrastive analyses of continuities and changes in practices (political participation, civic education, community activities) related to formal criteria defining citizenry (citizenship status, passport).

Our focus on practices of citizenship opens the door to consideration of the role civic education plays across the region in framing citizenries during and after democratic transition. Papers reflecting on the role of formal and informal education, cooperation between individuals through social, political and cultural networks are particularly welcome. We are also interested in ways the extant social, political and cultural practices are translated into individual and group activities as practices of active citizenship. Papers relating to these issues might reflect on policies of education and policy initiatives emphasising actions of civil society. All of the above topics could reflect upon domestic, regional and European dynamics of citizen empowerment to make sense of singular initiatives, local practices and case by case interpretations of personal engagement as citizens.

Selection of key issues to be discussed:

X Conceptual and theoretical changes of focus in understanding the post-communist citizenship

X Institutional/legal developments of citizenship in the post-communist countries with a focus on controversies

X  The role of transformation processes for the citizenship practices in those countries

X  Practices of citizenship and social coherence in the countries in question

X  Citizenship and civic education (the role of the education system vis-à-vis citizenship)

X  Post-communist citizenship and nationalism (Is there a ‘crisis of the hyphen’ in post-communist countries?)

X  Power and citizenship in the post-communist countries (the role ofinequality and class stratification)

X  The impact of external actors such as the Russian Federation, the U.S. or the EU on the citizenship practices in post-communist countries

Please submit your paper proposal to the organisers, via http://www.conferencepro.eu/citizenship

If you have any additional queries, please get in touch with us:
Prof. Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw & University of Potsdam (karolewski@wbz.uni.wroc.pl) Dr Timofey Agarin, Queen’s University Belfast (t.agarin@qub.ac.uk )

Timeline:
Abstract submission: by September 30 2012 Authors invited to attend the conference will be notified by October 15 2012 First draft submission: by January 31 2013 Conference in Wroclaw, February 22-23 2013 Final draft submission, March 31 2013

Conference will take place in Wroclaw in February 2013. Conference papers will be submitted to The Journal of Social Science Education and published in a contracted special issue “Post-Communist Citizenship“ in 2013. The special issue will include theoretical/conceptual articles, empirical research articles engaging comparative analyses of selected countries. Here, one of the main points of interest is the role offormal civic education (schools and the universities) vis-à-vis the citizenship practices outside formal settling (NGOs, civil societygroups, transnational activist networks). A pool of selected papers will be additionally published as an edited book with the leading academic publisher in 2014. Details will be communicated to the selected participants only.

Beyond the Subject. New Developments in Life Writing

Beyond the Subject. New Developments in Life Writing. Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association Europe 2013 , Vienna (11.01.2013)

The conference would like to bridge the gap between historical forms of life writing, which have already undermined or questioned constructions of the cohesive subject, and the newest medial transformations in the genre of life writing. Alongside personal websites, blogs and social networks as new spaces in the autobiographical public sphere, increasingly the internet also offers a space for innovative forms of biographical representation. In so doing, virtual life writing goes beyond medial and narrative boundaries, in that it synthesizes image, sound and video, and develops new narrative possibilities in interaction with readers and users, that allow for pluralistic, fragmentary, non-linear conceptions of the subject beyond that of traditional conventions.

For many years theories of postmodernism and their critical engagement with the concept of the subject have also defined the field of life writing. Biographical and autobiographical writing was analysed from the perspective of deconstruction, post-colonialism and gender studies as a constructed performance, as an act of self-construction and construction by others in the context of various discursive settings. The aim of the conference is not to debate these theorems (that have, in any case, frequently been discussed over past decades) in extenso once more, but instead to focus on auto/biographical practices that consciously undermine the traditional Western concept of the subject and develop alternative models of life writing. At the same time the conference will offer a forum for both theoretical and practical approaches that go beyond postmodernism in their treatment of auto/biographical material.

IABA Europe was founded in October 2009, with the aim of encouraging European scholars to participate in the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) by organizing biennial conferences, publishing an e-journal, and facilitating contacts via various means of communication. Following two successful conferences in Amsterdam and Tallinn the next IABA Europe biennial conference will be held 31 October-3 November 2013 in Vienna and hosted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography.

Conference language: English
Deadline for abstracts: 11 January 2013
Notification of acceptance: 11 February 2013
For Registration and abstract submission please visit: http://gtb.lbg.ac.at/de/IABA2013

The Journal of History and Cultures

The Journal of History and Cultures (JHAC) is issuing a Call for Papers for our next issue and welcomes articles on subjects in the fields of history and cultures within a broad geographic and chronological range. We are also accepting book reviews.

JHAC is a peer-reviewed journal and an excellent new publishing opportunity both for postgraduates and established academics. Articles should be 5,000-7,000 words in length. We encourage articles that consider and engage with historical, cultural, political, social, and theoretical research in new and original ways. Reviews should be 750-1,000 words in length. Review essays should be in-depth engagements with recent books which develop an argument to complement the reading of the text. A list of books available for review will be appearing on our website; alternatively, you can contact our reviews editor directly to request a specific book to review at jhac@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2012.

Full submission and formatting guidelines can be found at: http://historyandcultures.com/

submissions/

Finally, we invite you to join the JHAC community on both Facebook and Twitter @UOBJHAC for regular updates.
We are offering a £50 prize for the best article.

Please email all submissions and address any enquiries to jhac@contacts.bham.ac.uk

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES

Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies
12th Annual International Young Researchers Conference

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES

Organizer: Scott M. Kenworthy; Miami University, Oxford, OH
March 28 – 31, 2013

Before the collapse of communism, religion in Russia and Eastern Europe was rarely a topic of scholarly research. The prevalence of the secularization thesis in the West, combined with the dominance of militantly atheist regimes in the East, led scholars to assume that religion no longer mattered in the region. Moreover, long held stereotypes about the Orthodox Church contributed to the dismissal of Orthodoxy’s importance as a factor in Russian or East European history; only a few pioneers in the field challenged this tendency. Since the collapse of communism, however, religion has reasserted itself in the public sphere in the former communist bloc as in many other parts of the world. There has been a renewed appreciation of Orthodoxy’s significance in the history of the region, as well as growing interest among political scientists and anthropologists who study Russia and Eastern Europe.

This conference seeks to tap into a new wave of research on Orthodoxy in Russia and Eastern Europe.  It is intended to be interdisciplinary, so we invite papers from a number of disciplinary perspectives: historical, anthropological, sociological, intellectual, literary, and/or political science. We also seek to cut across geographical lines, so papers can be concerned with the Russian Empire/Soviet Union and its successor states as well as Eastern Europe (former Habsburg and Ottoman empires, Romania, Bulgaria, and the former Yugoslavia). We invite papers that tap into the transnational dimensions of Orthodoxy—ties between Russia or Eastern Europe and the new world, for example, or Orthodox missions outside traditional territories. We also invite papers that explore the relationship of Orthodoxy to other religious traditions in the region.

We encourage proposals from young researchers who have already completed their dissertation research (ABD) or have defended their dissertation within the last three years. This will be an intensive 2-1/2 day working conference (March 28-31, 2013) during which each of the selected papers will be critiqued by the other participants, including all invited presenters, keynote speakers, and a team of discussants made up of Miami University faculty. Papers will be circulated in advance, and participants are expected to be prepared to discuss other participants’ papers. The conference will include two keynote speakers: Dr. Lucian Turcescu (Concordia University, Montreal) and Dr. Gregory Freeze (Brandeis University).

The Havighurst Center will provide accommodation in Oxford, ground transportation to and from the airport, and partial travel funding ($300 for domestic travel and $800 for international travel).

To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract of approximately 250 words and a short CV to havighurstcenter@muohio.edu by October 1, 2012. Please type "2013 Young Researchers Conference" as the subject of the email. Selected papers will be announced by December 1, 2012. If selected, participants must submit completed papers for circulation to other conference participants by March 1, 2013.
Questions can be directed to:

The Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies
Miami University
Harrison Hall, Room 116
Oxford, OH  45056
(513) 529-3303
havighurstcenter@muohio.edu

Українська професійна та етнокультура: нові ракурси дослідження, інтеграція в світовий цивілізаційний процес


Запрошуємо Вас до участі у Міжнародній науковій конференції «Українська професійна та етнокультура: нові ракурси дослідження, інтеграція в світовий цивілізаційний процес», що відбудеться в Інституті мистецтвознавства, фольклористики та етнології ім. М. Т. Рильського НАН України 22 жовтня 2012 р.

Тематикою секційних засідань конференції передбачено розгляд широкого спектру проблем народознавчого, мистецтвознавчого та культурологічного спрямування, зокрема:
- Внесок видатних українських народознавців у європейську наукову спадщину;
- Етнічні та етнополітичні аспекти усної історії;
- Сучасні методи дослідження етнокультури: достовірність фіксації та наукова інтерпретація;
- Проблеми збереження та трансляції етнокультурної спадщини в постіндустріальному інформаційному просторі;
- Традиції та інновації в сфері святково-обрядової культури;
- Міжетнічні та міжкультурні впливи в сучасних етнокультурних явищах;
- Національне, регіональне, локальне у славістичних та фольклористичних студіях початку ХХІ століття;
- Фольклорна свідомість: методологічні аспекти вивчення;
- Українська пісенність та інструментальна музика в регіонально-жанровому вимірі: традиції та трансформації;
- Концепція національного в сучасному мистецтвознавстві;
- Декоративне мистецтво України: взаємозв’язки народного та професійного;
- Світові мистецькі стилі та їх локальні варіанти в історії українського образотворчого мистецтва;
- Творчість сучасних українських композиторів і світовий культурно-мистецький процес;
- Виконавське мистецтво України у міжнародних зв’язках;
- Українська екранна культура: сучасні теоретичні підходи та методи дослідження;
- Стилістичні пошуки в сучасному театральному мистецтві;
- Корпоративні основи сучасних культуротворчих процесів.

Заявку на участь у роботі конференції (назва теми, резюме, ключові слова (укр., англ., рос. мовами); прізвище, ім’я, по батькові, місце роботи, науковий ступінь, вчене звання, домашня адреса, № тел., e-mail) просимо надсилати до 1 жовтня 2012 р., текст статті до 20 листопада 2012 р. за адресою:
01001, м. Kиїв, вул. Грушевського, 4, ІМФЕ, Оргкомітету Міжнародної наукової конференції, тел. 278-12-90 або електронною поштою: konferencia@etnolog.org.ua<
Матеріали конференції будуть опубліковані у збірнику наукових праць.

Вимоги до оформлення статті:
Обсяг тексту – до 20000 знаків.
Вгорі справа: прізвище, ім'я автора, нижче – назва міста. Назва статті – посередині великими літерами.
Текст – Microsoft Word; шрифт – Times New Roman, кегль – 14; параметри оформлення сторінки: верхній і нижній береги – 20 мм, лівий – 30 мм, правий – 15 мм; інтервал між рядками – 1,5. У кінці статті – пронумерований список літератури, покликання в тексті – у квадратних дужках (напр. [1, с. 20]). Можливі посторінкові примітки.
Оргкомітет залишає за собою право відхиляти доповіді, які не відповідають вимогам та тематиці конференції. Учасники конференції вносять благодійний внесок у розмірі 150 грн. (вартість обіду та видання матеріалів конференції).
Проїзд, проживання та харчування – коштом учасників конференції.

ПРОБЛЕМИ РОЗВИТКУ СОЦІОЛОГІЧНОЇ ТЕОРІЇ: КОНЦЕПТУАЛІЗАЦІЯ ЦІННІСНИХ ЗМІН У СУЧАСНОМУ СУСПІЛЬСТВІ


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ІХ Всеукраїнська науково-практична конференція

«ПРОБЛЕМИ РОЗВИТКУ СОЦІОЛОГІЧНОЇ ТЕОРІЇ: КОНЦЕПТУАЛІЗАЦІЯ ЦІННІСНИХ ЗМІН У СУЧАСНОМУ СУСПІЛЬСТВІ»
Місце проведення: факультет соціології Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка

Тематика секцій конференції:
  • Концептуальні стратегії розвитку теорії цінностей в сучасній соціології
  • Ціннісні виміри стилів та способів життя
  • Ціннісні характеристики розвитку та реконструкції трудових практик в Європі та в Україні
  • Розвиток теорії та методів дослідження ціннісних змін в сучасних міжнародних порівняльних дослідженнях.
Робочі мови конференції – українська, російська, англійська.
Заявки для участі в конференції приймаються до 30 вересня 2012 р.

Заявку (форма заявки див. нижче) та тези доповіді (до 400 знаків) надсилати до 30 вересня 2012 року на адресу електронної пошти оргкомітету socioconfKNUTSH@ukr.net .
Заявку та тези слід надсилати електронною поштою окремим прикріпленим файлом (назва файлу – прізвище заявника латинськими літерами). Результати розгляду заявок Програмним комітетом конференції будуть надіслані електронною поштою до 7 жовтня 2012 року. Оргкомітет залишає за собою право відмовити у розгляді заявки та тез доповіді, якщо вони не відповідають вимогам або надіслані після зазначеного терміну.
Матеріали конференції будуть опубліковані окремим виданням.
Учасники конференції будуть мати можливість після проведення конференції здійснити публікацію наукової статті на основі доповіді або виступу у фаховій збірці наукових праць з соціології "Актуальні проблеми соціології, психології, педагогіки".
Організаційний внесок учасника конференції складає 100 гривень (сплачується при реєстрації). Оргвнесок покриває витрати на видання програми конференції та супровідних матеріалів а також кава-брейки. Проїзд, харчування та проживання за рахунок учасників. Учасники на час роботи конференції можуть бути розміщені в готелі університету лише за умови, що потреба в готелі вказана в заявці.
Адреса оргкомітету: факультет соціології, Київський національний університет імені Тараса Шевченка, м. Київ, 01601, вул. Володимирська 60
Тел.: 044-259 02 48
Електронна адреса оргкомітету: socioconfKNUTSH@ukr.net
Контактна особа: секретар оргкомітету Нахабіч Марина Анатоліївна (науковий співробітник факультету соціології Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка).

Заявка на участь у  конференції
1.  Особиста інформація
1.1. Прізвище, ім’я, по-батькові_____________________________________________________
1.2. Науковий ступінь _____________________________________________________________
1.3. Вчене звання _________________________________________________________________
1.4. Посада ______________________________________________________________________
1.5. Місце роботи (організація) _____________________________________________________
1.6. Поштова адреса (службова \ домашня) __________________________________________
1.7. Контактні телефони:_________________________________________________________
1.8. E-mail (обов’язково вказати для можливості листування): ___________________________
2. Сесія, в роботі якої плануєте брати участь: ______________________________________
Назва пропонованої доповіді \ виступу_____________________________________________

3. Чи є потреба у готелі? Якщо є, то вкажіть дату заїзду та від’їзду.
1. так                                     Заїзд  _______, від’їзд _________
2. ні
4. Чи є потреба у технічних засобах для презентації доповіді?
1. так
2. ні
5. Тези виступу (до 400 знаків)