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ICCEES World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, August 3-8, 2015
to 8 Aug

ICCEES World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, August 3-8, 2015

The ICCEES World Congress meeting will take place in Makuhari, Japan, August 3-8, 2015. The Organizing Committee accepts proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014. 

More information on the guidelines for proposals, on registration fees and how to create an account and submit a proposal can be found at

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The brochure for the World Congress can be found here


The International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) is the global alliance of national associations of Slavic and Eurasian studies, composed of the ASEEES (United States), CAS (Canada), BASEES (Britain), DGO (Germany), FAREES (Finland), ANZSA (Australia), CAREECAS (China), JCREES (Japan), KASS (Korea), and MACEES (Mongolia), and other respectable organizations. The ICCEES was created in 1974 and holds a world congress once every five years. The next world congress will be held in Makuhari (30 minutes from the heart of Tokyo), Japan, on August 3-8, 2015. The official languages of the congress are English, Russian, French, and German.

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BASEES Annual Conference
to 30 Mar

BASEES Annual Conference

The BASEES 2015 Annual Conference will be held 28-30 March in 2015 and will be based as usual at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Building upon the increasing successes of past BASEES conferences the BASEES Annual Conference continues to attract scholars of Slavonic and East European Studies from a wide range of disciplines from across the world.

The 2014 conference attracted more than 430 people and over 380 papers in Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Economics.

Registration for the conference is now open

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5:00 pm17:00

CFP: Soviet and Post-Soviet Sexualities

The aim of this one-day workshop is to engage critically with the under-researched topic of Soviet and post-Soviet sexualities. Prompted by the introduction of laws restricting the rights of LGBTQ citizens and the increase in homophobic violence in Russia and other post-Soviet states, there is a pressing need to understand attitudes towards non-normative sexualities,the lived experience of sexual minorities and the ways in which LGBTQ individuals and groups seek/have sought to negotiate/resist heteronormative structures and homophobia in the specific socio-political, cultural and historic contexts of the Soviet and post-Soviet space. The workshop will comprise papers from and debate among both established academics and research students from a range of disciplines and working on various aspects of the study of non-normative sexualities in the Soviet and post-Soviet space. The aim is to publish a special issue and/or an edited volume of the papers presented.

Confirmed speakers:

- Philip Bullock, University of Oxford

- Dan Healey, University of Oxford

- Alexander Kondakov, European University of St Petersburg

- Richard Mole, University College London

- Francesca Stella, University of Glasgow

If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of 200-300 words to Richard Mole at UCL ( by 1 September 2014. Papers from researchers based in the former Soviet Union will be particularly welcome. Funds are available to make a contribution (up to 100%) towards presenters’ travel and accommodation costs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Richard Mole

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

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CFP: The More They Change: Change in the EU and its impact on neighbouring countries
5:30 pm17:30

CFP: The More They Change: Change in the EU and its impact on neighbouring countries

In times of crisis, reform within and beyond the EU has been as pressing as ever. Have the internal dynamics in workings of the EU had an impact on countries in the neighbourhood, particularly those which seek accession? Current five candidate countries for EU accession, as well as further countries in the Western Balkan countries that have been offered the prospect of EU membership are in the focus of monitoring, assessing these countries’ capacity to fulfil economic and political criteria, and ensure societal stability much like countries in previous enlargement waves. Do dynamics internal to the EU impact on candidate and perspective candidate countries and their reactions to changes suggested by the EU? How are those countries sitting in the EU’s ‘waiting room’ interact with the changing interpretation of EU conditionality? Do accession and candidate countries push for reforms even though the nature of conditionality has changed? What role do other international organisations (e.g. Council of Europe, OSCE, NATO) play in drawing candidate states closer to EU? What role do other options available for countries in the European neighbourhood play in variant interpretation of norms projected by the EU upon accession states, candidates and neighbours? Has the nature of the Europeanisation process changed since the start of the economic crisis in Europe? What consequences can we expect for the ability of the EU to deal with future challenges of integration should current accession, candidate or neighbouring states become members? 

Profs Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse (FU Berlin) will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. Selection of the papers presented at the conference will be submitted as a special issue to a journal on European politics. Some assistance (costs of accommodation) will be made available to support attendance for early career researchers/PhD students presenting papers. Meals and refreshments will be available for all participants. 

Timeline / organisation: Paper proposals of no more than 500 words, complete with author contact details and institutional affiliation, should be submitted via by August 22. Successful applicants will be notified by August 31 2014.

The workshop is organised by the UACES CRN Centrifugal Europe jointly with the Atılım University Ankara (Turkey) and Queen’s University Belfast (UK). If you have any questions, please email Timofey Agarin  as well as Gözde Yilmaz

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CFP: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004
5:00 pm17:00

CFP: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004

Conference: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April 2015

University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Ten years since Poland’s EU accession, it seems appropriate to take stock of the current state of knowledge about Polish migration to the UK.  Public discourse in the UK has focused largely on the impact of Polish migration on the British economy and public services. By contrast, scholarly research has tended to explore the perspectives of Poles themselves. The aim of the conference is to draw together some threads from this research, asking:

  • How does living in the UK affect migrants’ perceptions of Poland, Poles and Polishness? How do UK Poles perform their Polish and transnational identities?

  • Can one generalise about ‘the UK’? What is specific about Polish migrants’ experiences in different locations?

  • How comparable are the experiences of Poles and other East Europeans?

  •  How does recent Polish migration research contribute to migration theory and research methodology?

Papers are invited on any aspect of Poles’ life in the UK since 2004.

Please provide a brief description of your research project (including its start and end dates) as well as an abstract of up to 400 words. The abstract should summarise the proposed content of your paper, indicating which of the above questions you intend to address.

Deadline for paper proposals: 31 July 2014

A draft programme and further details about the conference will be made available in September 2014. Participants should expect to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.  A registration fee of £50 will be charged, to include lunches and refreshments.

Please send your project description and abstract to:

Anne White

Senior Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies, University of Bath

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5:00 pm17:00

CFP: Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation

The Leeds Russian Centre (dir. Sarah Hudspith and Vlad Strukov) and Moscow State University call for participants in their 3-day international workshop ‘Russian Culture in the Era of Globalisation’ in Moscow, 12-14 November 2014.

This collaborative, multi-disciplinary project will examine the transformation in / of Russian culture in the era of globalisation, focusing on how governmental as well as independent actors, institutions and media have responded to the collapse of Soviet ideology, the dominance of Russian imperial culture and the challenges of globalisation post-2000. In particular, it will investigate the role of the Russian cultural canon in constructing a new national identity in Russia and in its attempts to forge new relationships with other countries as well as to re-frame the historical past.

The outcomes of the Moscow workshop will be further developed in a follow-up workshop in Leeds, November 2015.

The organisers will be able to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the UK delegation to Moscow. Currently there are three funded places available. Preference will be given to contributors on cultural production in such areas as theatre, performance and dance; other contributions may also be considered.

Please send a note of interest by 25th July, and a brief abstract of around 150 words and short CV by 31st July 2014 to Sarah Hudspith. 

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Children's Literature as a Territory of Conflicts
to 4 Jun

Children's Literature as a Territory of Conflicts

  • Institute of Russian Literature (map)
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Conference Announcement & Call for Papers

The international conference will discuss children's literature as a territory of conflicts: institutional, personal, and textual. Presentations might address issues such as:

Antagonisms between the state and the writer/reader, problems of religious and political censorship, tension between traditional and innovative forms of children’s literature, previously silenced and taboo subjects (gender, disability, race, ethnicity, sexuality, criminality, death, etc.), generational differences and conflicts, shifts in aesthetic norms and values, construction of the canon and mechanisms of canonization of children’s literature, multiple adaptations and translations of foreign texts, historical conceptions of plurality within children’s literature, children’s literature in the school curriculum, etc.

Proposals may also address:

  • Innovative authors of children’s books and their careers
  • Professional, regional, and informal societies of writers
  • History of different generations of children’s writers
  • Problems and conflicts in national children’s literatures
  • Theoretical and critical approaches to children’s literature

Please send us your 300-word proposal and a short bio by September 1, 2013. You will be notified by October 1, 2013, if your abstract has been selected for the conference.

Working languages: Russian and English

Contact information:

Organizational committee:

Marina Balina, Illinois Wesleyan U
Valentin Golovin, Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House)
Mariia Litovskaia, Ural Federal U
Svetlana Maslinskaia, Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House)
Larissa Rudova, Pomona College
Inna Sergienko, Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House)
Valerii Viugin, Institute of Russian Literature, St. Petersburg

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Writing and Reading Russian Biography in the 19th and 20th centuries
to 16 Mar

Writing and Reading Russian Biography in the 19th and 20th centuries

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REGISTRATION OPEN: 'Writing and Reading Russian Biography in the 19th and 20th centuries', University College, Oxford, 14-16 March

Registration is essential for anyone wanting to attend any of the conference events.

Keynote speaker: Jochen Hellbeck

Keynote speaker: Jochen Hellbeck

Other speakers: Andrei Zorin, Nathaniel Knight, Duccio Colombo, Tania Voronina, Page Herrlinger, Ludmilla A. Trigos, Carol Ueland, Angela Brintlinger, Marsha Siefert, Polly Jones, Ben Eklof, Lynne Hartnett, Ivan Peshkov, Jon Stone, Galina Rylkova, Sasha Smith, Lina Bernstein, Julie Curtis, Denis Sdvizkov, Stephen M. Norris, Anatoly Pinsky, Andrea Gullotta, Philip Bullock, Margarita Vaysman, Vicky Davis, Dan Healey.

Funded by: the John Fell Fund, University of Oxford; Overbrook research fund, University College Oxford; CEELBAS

Registration is via the link below, by end of February. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration store:

Conference webpage (with complete program; program also pasted below):


Friday 14 March 2014


5:00-6:30 WELCOME Polly Jones (Oxford)


Jochen Hellbeck (Rutgers): Biographical Clarifications and Reckonings: Soviet Survivors of Nazi Occupation and Their Audiences (1943-1945)


Saturday 15 March 2014


PANEL 1. Biographical genres and narrative forms

Discussant: Samantha Sherry (Oxford)

Andrei Zorin (Oxford), Radishchev's "The Life of Fyodor Ushakov” and the early period of Russian biographical art.

Nathaniel Knight (Seton Hall University), Biography as Archive:  The Genre of Scholarly Biography in Pre-revolutionary Russia Duccio Colombo (University of Palermo), Evil Deeds and Evil Fiction: Russian Criminal Biography from Van'ka Kain to Len'ka Panteleev Tatiana Voronina (EUSPb), Making Socialist Realist stories: the Leningrad Blockade in Soviet memories and reminiscences

11:00 COFFEE


PANEL 2. Changing Biographies over time

Discussant: Simon Dixon (UCL-SSEES)

Page Herrlinger (Bowdoin), Not a Saint’s Life:  Biographical Sketches of the Lay Preacher and Healer, Brother Ioann Churikov, 1910-1963 Ludmilla A. Trigos and Carol Ueland (Drew), Lives of Remarkable People as a Cultural Phenomenon Angela Brintlinger (Ohio State), Pushkin 'Threefold' in the Pages of ZhZL Marsha Siefert (CEU), From Biographical Novel to Biographical Film: “The Lonely Life” of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky


PANEL 3. Revolutionary lives

Discussant: Susan Morrissey (UCL-SSEES)

Ben Eklof (Indiana University) and Tatiana Saburova (Omsk State Pedagogical University), О далёком прошлом. Nikolai Apollonovich Charushin and the Generational Memory of the Revolutionaries of the 1870s Lynne Hartnett (Villanova University), Literary Legitimacy:  Justifying a Radical Life in a Revolutionary Age through Autobiography Polly Jones (Oxford), Reimagining Revolutionary Heroism in Late Socialist Biographies Ivan Peshkov (Poznan University), The Grammar of Revolutionary Flame in the Fiery Revolutionaries biographical series. The Post-Stalinist Usable Past and Russian-Oriented Cosmopolitanism in the Late Soviet Union



PANEL 4. Literary biography from the imperial to the post-Soviet era

Discussant: Julie Curtis (Oxford)

Jonathan Stone (Franklin & Marshall College), Symbolist Works and Symbolist Lives: Ellis and the Return of Russkie simvolisty Galina Rylkova (University of Florida), Living with Tolstoy and Dying with Chekhov: Ivan Bunin’s Liberation of Tolstoy (1937) and About Chekhov (1953) As Two Modes of Auto/Biography Writing Alexandra Smith (University of Edinburgh), Post-Soviet Biographies of Russian Major 20th-c. Poets.


ROUNDTABLE. Writing biographies of Russians

Julie Curtis (Oxford); Lynne Hartnett (Villanova); Lina Bernstein (Franklin and Marshall); Angela Brintlinger (OSU)


Sunday March 16



PANEL 5. Auto/biography

Discussant: Catriona Kelly (Oxford)

Denis Sdvizkov (German Historical Institute Moscow), The diary of a village priest. (Auto)biographies of clerics in Russia in the first half of the nineteenth century (1780-1860) Stephen M. Norris (Miami University, Ohio), Son of the Soviet Century:  Boris Efimov and Soviet Auto/Biography Anatoly Pinsky (EUSPb), The Personal and the Public after Stalin:  The Diaries of Aleksandr Tvardovskii Andrea Gullotta (University “Ca’ Foscari” of Venice), V teni Gogolya: Sinyavsky’s Path to the Self through Biography



PANEL 6. Reading, reception and the uses of biography

Discussant: Steve Smith (Oxford)

Philip Bullock (Oxford), Biography as a Category of Reception: Russian Music in Britain, 1890-1914 Margarita Vaysman (Oxford), Nikolenka’s Childhood: Nikolay Chernyshevsky in Children’s Literature Vicky Davis (UCL-SSEES), The rise and fall of Malaia zemlia: The role of Brezhnev's biography in the construction and deconstruction of the war myth in Novorossiisk Dan Healey (Oxford),“Non-traditional” lives: the dilemmas of queering Russian biography

1:30-1:45 (approx.)



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