The second Maryland Russian Studies Workshop will be held in College Park on the weekend of March 25-26, 2000 on the theme of "Occupations and Liberations in the Lands Between Germany and the Russian Heartland." Article-length papers will be read in advance and discussed in an informal yet intensive workshop
The results of the Workshop will be published in a special issue of
*KRITIKA: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.* Paper-givers will at minimum be provided with travel and lodging expenses.
For more information and to propose papers, contact Michael David-Fox at email@example.com.
This year's Workshop is concerned with exploring the commonalities among the extraordinary historical moments created by war, occupation, and liberation. The upheavals, regime reversals, mass movements, and trials of daily life bound up with these most traumatic historical episodes provide windows into pivotal moments of rapid historical change, as well revelations about long-term phenomena that might otherwise remain obscure. Such episodes thus can become a laboratory for comparative explorations.
The geographical focus will generally be the lands between Germany and
Russia, with particular attention to the issue of borderlands and to
comparative analyses. The chronological focus will generally be the modern period -- roughly from the Napoleonic Wars through the Two World Wars -- although exceptions can be made for proposals addressing the general problematic outside these chronological parameters. Similarly, proposals treating those cases of internal strife that engage the conference's theme (e.g., the 1863 Polish uprising, or the events of 1848 in Hungary) will also be considered.
Suggested themes will include, but not be limited to:
war as a catalyst for historical transformation
rapid regime changes as a laboratory for comparative studies
revelations of the popular and the national, both to contemporaries and historians
mass movements, mass mobilizations, transformations of states and
cultures and identities in the crucible of xenophobia and patriotism --and the grey areas in between
resistance, collaboration, everyday life: problems of definition
occupation and liberation in memory, myth and memorial
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