REVISITING PERESTROIKA – PROCESSES AND ALTERNATIVES
November 29 - December 1, 2007
The Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order):
Marietta CHUDAKOVA – Professor at the World Literature Institute, Moscow; member of Boris Yeltsin's Presidential Council; member, European Academy.
Boris GROYS – Professor of Philosophy and Media Theory, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe; Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU
Boris KAGARLITSKY – Director, Institute of Globalization Studies, Moscow; former Deputy, Moscow City Soviet; dissident and former political prisoner.
Jutta SCHERRER - Directeur d'études, EHESS, Paris, Centre d'études du monde russe, soviétique et post-soviétique; Centre d'études Interdisciplinaires des Faits Religieux.
Alexei YURCHAK – Associate Professor, University of California at Berkeley, author of "Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More".
Elena ZDRAVOMYSLOVA – Co-director of the Gender Studies Program, Associate Professor, The European University at St. Petersburg.
A WIDE SCOPE FOR DEBATE
The political foundation for the reforms of Perestroika, whose outcome was to seal the fate of the USSR, was laid in Mikhail Gorbachev's "basic theses" of 1987. Twenty years down that road which led to the demise of an entire way of life and the re-constellation of the international system, Helsinki's Aleksanteri Institute is hosting an intellectual forum to revisit this era of dramatic changes, reassessing causes and effects, while considering alternative
perspectives and paths not taken.
This call for papers is an open invitation for panels, papers and suggestions for innovative formats (such as debates on new key publications, round-tables or film presentations). It is addressed to scholars and advanced graduate students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including the social and political sciences, cultural studies, the arts and humanities, law and economics. The direct relation of the perestroika-process to the collapse of the Soviet bloc, leading to the end of the Cold War means that contributions concerning Eastern Europe as well as global repercussions are also very much welcome.
To stimulate topics for debate and the formation of panels, please find below some questions indicating the wide, multi-disciplinary scope aimed at:
• Revolutions and Processes - Was the collapse of the Soviet bloc a result of a series of contingencies, or deliberate political decisions? Was economic collapse avoidable, and if so, for how long? Was the restoration of capitalism inevitable, or were there alternative paths of development? What role did ideas and cultural movements play in perestroika, its pre-history and aftermath?
• Actors and Institutions - Which groups or traditions emerged, which survived and which were neglected or "written out of history" during the perestroika era? Did practices and customs genuinely see a transformation in all fields of life – from the Kremlin to the kitchen table? How was the role of women transformed? Did "parallel" and "underground" cultures cease to exist?
• Generations, Retrospectives and Perspectives - How did different age groups evaluate the changes, and how did people of different "mind-sets" see each other? How do contemporary social formations assess the perestroika era and how does this inflect the future?
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES:
Panel Proposals/Innovative Formats Submissions: June 1, 2007
Individual Paper Submissions (circa 300 words): June 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance: July 2, 2007
Online Registration by November 1, 2007
Conference: November 29 - December 1, 2007
All proposals should be sent via the conference website
<http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2007>, where an
Extended Call for Papers as well as a Conference Discussion Forum for establishing panels is available.
Information on a series of cultural events – artistic, documentary, archival, literary and cinematic – will be found on the website as they are confirmed.
THE ANNUAL ALEKSANTERI CONFERENCE is an international,
multidisciplinary conference organized by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have attracted broad interest among scholars as well as policy and opinion-makers from a wide variety of fields.
Dr. Markku Kangaspuro (Head of Research), Suvi Kansikas (Conference Coordinator), Senior Researcher Vesa Oittinen, Professor Pekka Pesonen, Senior Researcher Aino Saarinen, Ivor Stodolsky (Conference Coordinator)
Ivor A Stodolsky
Researcher, Russian Culture and Theory
Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki University
Aleksanteri Conference Coordinator
Institute: +358 3 191 23631
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