IX World Congress of ICCEES
August 3-8, 2015 // Chiba, Japan
Panel, paper, and roundtable proposals for this congress are being accepted at http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/iccees2015/index.html. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014.
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 / SOG (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.
All Quiet on the Eastern Front? World War I in Central and Eastern Europe in the experience of soldiers, social groups and local communities (23-25 October, 2014 — Krakow, Poland)
For several years succeeding 1914, the world went through the first global military conflict. Undoubtedly, this experience left its mark on the population of Central and Eastern Europe too. However, both historiography and popular idea about WWI is heavily dominated by the perspective of the western front. At the same time, research on the realities of eastern front was, to some extent, neglected by scholars, especially in the fields of social and cultural history. Reconstructing a more detailed picture of Central and Eastern Europe in the times of the Great War can therefore significantly contribute to the better understanding of this unprecedented conflict and its aftermath, as well as the Europe’s contemporary history.
The “All Quiet on the Eastern Front?” research workshop aims at an exchange of practical and methodological experience between scholars form the different fields of historical studies who focus on social history of WWI in Central and Eastern Europe.
The deadline for abstract submission is May 5th, 2014.
Please find the CfP here: PECOB
Association Founded in Kazakhstan
In March 2014, a public Association for Eurasian, Russian and Central Asian Studies was registered in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Its initiators and founders are scholars in the L. Gumilev Eurasian National University (ENU), Kazakhstan branch of the Moscow State University, the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and K. Zhubanov Aktobe Regional State University.
One of the main objectives of the Association is to develop the social and academic environment conducive to free expression and dissemination of humanities knowledge.
The Association is founded for the purposes of incorporation of the efforts of scholars - historians, archivists, philologists, sociologists, political scientists, economists, notaries, cultural specialists, philosophy experts, religious scholars, as well as the representatives of other interested professions – for the enhanced study and analysis of actual problems of the development of the Eurasian states in both ancient and contemporary times.
The Association will organize scientific conferences, workshops, and round tables together with interested national and foreign organizations. These will be focused on actual problems of humanitarian knowledge of the studied scientific area.
Support of young scientists and professionals able to develop new research directions is a high priority. Furthermore, to enhance the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s scholarly work, joint research work with international professionals will be encouraged.
Currently, the Association’s members are preparing for the 6th East Asian Conference "Building Eurasian Cooperation Network: Dynamism and Tasks" in Seoul, June 27th - 28th, 2014, and for the ICCEES World Congress 2015 in Makuhari.
Tomasz Zarycki: Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe
London: Routledge 2014, 294 pp., ISBN: 978-0-415-62589-0
This book explores how the countries of Eastern Europe, which were formerly part of the Soviet bloc have, since the end of communist rule, developed a new ideology of their place in the world. Drawing on post-colonial theory and on identity discourses in the writings of local intelligentsia figures, the book shows how people in these countries no longer think of themselves as part of the "east", and how they have invented new stereotypes of the countries to the east of them, such as Ukraine and Belarus, to which they see themselves as superior. The book demonstrates how there are a whole range of ideologies of "eastness", how these have changed over time, and how such ideologies impact, in a practical way, relations with countries further east.