A colleague and I are looking to organize two different panels for the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 2011 conference in Washington D.C. (November 17 – 20).
The first proposed panel is entitled “Peace at the Local Level: Microhistories of the Transition from War to Peace.” What was the experience of the transition from war to peace on the local level? After each war in Eastern Europe in the modern era, localities experienced occupation, transfer, annexation and migration at the local level. The proposed panel would explore local experiences. How have local histories been co-opted by national narratives? How did war, then peace, alter local social landscapes? How did local communities use war and peace to pursue their own, local agendas? The envisioned panel would hopefully draw from different conflicts and different localities to provide a comparative perspective.
The second proposed panel is entitled “Recasting War and Peace: Narratives of Continuing Struggle During Peacetime.” The transition to peace has not always meant the end of wartime narratives of struggle. This panel would explore the ways that narratives of continued struggle persisted even after peace was declared. Such narratives might include those of revenge, revisionism, militant revolution or employ the symbolism of struggle for economic or social purposes.
The deadline for ASEEES submissions is in early January, so we’d ask anyone interested to contact us by the end of December, and be prepared to have an abstract and vitae ready by January 7th.
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