IX World Congress of ICCEES
August 3-8, 2015 // Chiba, Japan
All previous ICCEES world congresses have been held in North America and Europe – Banff, Garmisch, Washington, Harrogate, Warsaw, Tampere, Berlin, and Stockholm. This is the first time the congress is being held in Asia. In addition to the traditional participants from the North Atlantic and Russia, the Organizing Committee especially welcomes "newcomers" from Asia, Eurasia, and the global South. To make the IX World Congress a truly transformative event, we propose the catchphrase "Makuhari – Where Many Wests Meet Many Easts."
The Organizing Committee accepts proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers at: https://c-linkage.com/iccees2015/. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014.
International Conference: "Transferring the Soviet New Man: Eastern and Central European Perspectives"
(13-14 June, 2014 — Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Central to the Soviet experiment was the refashioning of man into what had often been referred to as the Homo Sovieticus. In the past decades, a growing body of new scholarship has focused on this very concept, tracking its origins in Russian political thought, cultural history, and aesthetics. Studies of comparative scope have generally confined themselves to considering the parallels and differences between the Soviet and Nazi/Fascist human engineering practices within the realms of Totalitarianism Studies, or the relation of the Soviet case to the Chinese and Cuban cases. Little attention has been paid yet in this context to the Eastern and Central European countries which were closely integrated into the Soviet sphere of interest after the Second World War. This interdisciplinary conference aims to fill this gap of scholarship.
Please find the full CfP here.
Black Sea Link: RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP Program At the New Europe College, Bucharest
The Black Sea Link program offers research fellowships for young, highly talented scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Candidates from the Black Sea Region, particularly from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, are welcome to apply with projects on topics of their choice, for in-residence fellowships at the New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania, an Institute for Advanced Study of international reputation and an important meeting place for scholars from East and West. The Black Sea Link program is carried out in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It is sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung Hannover (Germany).
The host institution New Europe College (NEC) supports scholars (“fellows”) by providing excellent conditions for their research and by establishing a strong and fruitful network among academics in the country and beyond. The institute has acquired a unique position in the region and has meanwhile established itself as research center of international reputation.
To read the full CfA, please visit: New Europe College
Graeme Gill: Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press 2013, 326 pp., ISBN: 978-1-10-703139-5
During the Soviet period, political symbolism developed into a coherent narrative that underpinned Soviet political development. Following the collapse of the Soviet regime and its widespread rejection by the Russian people, a new form of narrative was needed, one which both explained the state of existing society and gave a sense of its direction. By examining the imagery contained in presidential addresses, the political system, the public sphere and the urban development of Moscow, Graeme Gill shows how no single coherent symbolic programme has emerged to replace that of the Soviet period. Laying particular emphasis on the Soviet legacy, and especially on the figure of Stalin, 'Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia' explains why it has been so difficult to generate a new set of symbols which could constitute a coherent narrative for the new Russia.
Read more here.