Featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Malgorzata Fidelis (Department of History, University of Chicago)
Change and calls for change are constants in the region of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Bolshevik Revolution, the annus mirabilis of 1989, color revolutions and the drive towards EU membership - all were, at least in their time, viewed as massive upheavals which, for many, promised to bring better days. Today, public discourses throughout the region are replete with themes of change: Changes in existing values to more "progressive" ones, regime change in semi-authoritarian states, "modernization" of economies, bureaucracies, political parties, societies and social structures. Wherever one looks in the history of our region, change has come, change is underway, or change is on the horizon, and the promises of change slip ever so easily from the tongues of the status quo's latest opponents.
The theme for this year's conference challenges participants to consider how change, and its antipode stasis, is manifested and/or interpreted in our region. Such a broad theme can easily accommodate nearly any discipline and methodological approach. In addition to research dealing with specific examples of change, we also welcome work which critically examines how the concepts of change, progress, reform, transition and transformation (to name a few change-related terms) have been
used in our part of the world.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS AND APPLICATIONS:
Friday, December 6, 11:59 PM EST
One page, double-spaced abstracts must be submitted through the GOSECA Website Submission Form at: http://goseca.ucis.pitt.edu/submissions-form
Notification of acceptance will occur by January 1, 2014
The conference will take place from February 21-23, 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh..
There is a $25 conference registration fee which covers the cost of catering and conference administration
University of Pittsburgh,
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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