After each ICCEES World Congress, an important piece of follow-up work is the editing and publication of thematic volumes of collected papers. At Makuhari on 6 August 2015, at a preliminary meeting a number of themes were proposed and since then others have been added:
Raymond Taras (Tulane University) East Asian Perceptions, Images and Constructions of Russia in light of the Ukrainian Crisis Seongjin Kim (Duksung Women's University, South Korea) Migration Issues, Gender Migration R.J. Marsh (University of Bath) 20th-21st century Literature, Women and Gender Suchandana Chatterjee (M.A.K.Azad Institute of Asian Studies, India) Memory and History Writing in Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe Ildiko Asztalos Morell (Uppsala University), Yulia Gradskova (Stockholm University) Gender Issues in post/socialist contexts (Hungary, Serbia, Russia) David Wells (Curtin University, Australia) open literary theme, possible collaboration Georges Mink (CNRS-ISP, College of Europe, France) The Memory of Communism special issue of Nationalities Papers.
Further proposals are welcome. Anyone wishing to formulate a proposal may review the program panels, paper titles and abstracts, which will remain accessible on the Congress website (http://www.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/makuhari2015/program.html) until at least the end of October. All Congress volumes should mention that the
papers are from the ICCEES IX World Congress (Makuhari, 2015), and editors are asked to advise ICCEES once the volumes/special issues are published.
Contact person on Congress volumes: Prof. Andrii Krawchuk
ICCEES IX World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, 3-8 August 2015
Under the slogan “Makuhari – Where Many Wests Meet Many Easts”, the IX World Congress was held in very hot and humid weather. The Congress was a resounding success. There were 1310 delegates from 50 different countries attending 378 panels and roundtables. In terms of national representation, large numbers of delegates came from the immediate geographical region, and the Russian contingent, although reduced at the last minute by funding difficulties, was also substantial. The quality of papers and sessions was generally very high, with the lead being set by the opening session at which former prime ministers of Russia (Sergei Stepashin) and Japan (Yasuo Fukuda) and a former foreign minister of South Korea (Han Sung-Joo) shared candid really interesting thoughts on recent developments. Publication of a series of volumes of papers from the Congress is being organized by Professor Andrii Krawchuk.
This Congress was an exceptionally important one in ICCEES’ history: it was the first held outside Europe or North America, and it symbolizes the drive over the last five years to expand the organization’s scope throughout Asia. Sincere thanks is owed to our Japanese colleagues for organizing such a successful occasion, and we look forward to the next Congress to be held in Canada in 2020.
Prof. Graeme Gill, former ICCEES President
The Ninth World Congress of ICCEES in Makuhari Successfully Closed
We are proud to announce that the Ninth World Congress of ICCEES in Makuhari, Japan, completed its 6-day long program and successfully closed on August 8, 2015. Over 1,300 participants from more than 60 countries explored all the disciplines of Slavic and Eurasian studies in both social sciences and humanities.
We would like to thank all the organizations and individuals for their financial and moral support. Our special thanks also go to the congress helpers whose number reached more than 100 in total.
We hope all the participants will get home safe and sound with a lot of (hopefully good) impressions about Makuhari. Bon voyage! 一路平安！Cчастливого пути! See you all again in Montreal in 2020!
The Organizing Committee for the 9th World Congress of ICCEES in Makuhari
For more informations, pictures and articles about the World Congress visit the website.
Special Issue Call for Papers: Informality and symbolic power in the Caucasus
The vast literature on informality that has emerged in the past ten years can be regarded as supporting two opposite positions. One approach tends to condemn informality or at least classify it as a transitional phenomenon given its alleged negative effects on a number of aspects of public life (Acemoglu & Verdier, 2000; Bhattacharyya & Hodler, 2010; Johnson, Kaufmann, & Zoido-Lobaton, 1998; Kaufmann, Kraay, & Mastruzzi, 2010; Rothstein & Teorell, 2008). The second one concentrates on dynamics and mechanisms to understand and explain it, while also debating its relationship with the market and society (Gudeman, 2001; Hann & Hart, 2011; Sahlins, 1976).
Recent writing on informality has gone beyond both a mere economic view and, drawing on early works of Granovetter (Granovetter, 1985), and rediscovered its interconnection with social phenomena (Gudeman, 2001; Yalçın-Heckmann, 2014) to propose a more holistic interpretation of the meaning of informality and its influence in various spheres of life (Helmke & Levitsky, 2004; Isaacs, 2011; A. Ledeneva, 2009; A. V. Ledeneva, 1998; Misztal, 2000; Morris, 2011).
Deadline: 31 October 2015
For more informations please visit the website.
Job Announcement: Outreach and Programming Coordinator of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Outreach and Programming Coordinator works with the Director and Associate Director in the development, planning, organizing, and implementation of the Center's outreach activities. The Outreach and Programming Coordinator will develop, initiate and oversee projects for REEEC-related outreach programming that includes campus, K-12, community college, business and media communities.
A Bachelor's degree in a humanities, social science, or education field; strong computer skills; strong writing and public speaking/presentation skills; ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision; and an interdisciplinary and creative orientation are required. A Master's degree is strongly preferred. Training in a regional language and in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; and experience in K-12 teaching or programs are also preferred.
For full description and requirements, please see here.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11 September 2015. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Soeren Keil, Bernhard Stahl (eds.):The Foreign Policies of Post-Yugoslav States. From Yugoslavia to Europe, UK 2015, 262pp. ISBN: 1137384123
The post-Yugoslav states have developed very differently since Yugoslavia dissolved in the early 1990s. This collection analyzes the foreign policies of the post-Yugoslav states focusing on the main goals, actors, decision-making processes and influences on the foreign policies of these countries. It demonstrates how internal and external developments help to explain why their foreign policy, and with it EU integration, have proceeded so differently. Country experts analyze the seven states that emerged from the former Yugoslavia and point towards unique developments in these countries that have had a profound impact on their foreign policy. From Kosovo's struggle for recognition to Macedonia's name dispute with Greece, this volume discusses foreign policy from a unique insider perspective, thereby offering an original analysis of decision-making processes and foreign policy instruments in the post-Yugoslav states.
For more informations please visit the website.