2011 will mark the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet
Union. On 25 December 1991, in the midst of intrigues and political
struggles Mikhail Gorbachev stepped down as General Secretary of the
Communist Party. This event made official a change that leaders of several
Republics - foremost Russia, Ukraine and Belarus - had already agreed
upon: the dissolution of the USSR and the formation of the Commonwealth of
Independent States. Two years earlier, former Eastern European socialist states had already
begun the transition to "democracy" and "market economy."
The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central
Asia (GOSECA) of the University of Pittsburgh has committed its eighth
annual conference to scholarship which seeks to improve our understanding
of the asynchrony of this momentous process.
We strongly encourage submissions from the widest range of disciplines in
the social sciences and humanities, and are particularly looking for
comparative approaches to Europe and/ or Central Asia and across time.
Submissions may focus on any time period, but they should be broadly
relatable to the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Students currently enrolled in graduate programs are welcome to submit
abstracts along with an academic CV to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December
15, 2010. We will contact the authors of accepted abstracts by January 1,
Abstracts should consist of a 250 word, double-spaced, 12 point font
description of the project. All submissions must be in PDF (preferred) or
Microsoft Word format.
A registration fee of $25 is required.
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