Proposals for “Centrifugal Forces” will resist “Moscow-centric” perceptions of Russia and, through various disciplinary approaches to studying the Russian provinces, strive to hear voices from the regions instead of allowing views and opinions from Moscow to dominate. They will consider ways in which people on the peripheries engage in cultural, economic, and political processes; how they represent themselves culturally, artistically, and socially; how self-perception is developing in various regions; and, importantly in the 21st century, how the Internet impacts the very notions of center and periphery.
“Centrifugal Forces” will be a three-day conference offering broad interdisciplinary perspectives on approaching regional study. Panels will blend historical and contemporary perspectives on being peripheral. Talks will deal with a broad array of regional experience, in relatively “hot” regions such as the North Caucasus, as well as other areas in European and Asiatic Russia; and addressing activity in rural areas, as well as regional cities.
The organizers invite 20-minute papers from scholars from all relevant disciplines. Please submit a 250-word abstract by December 1, 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Themes might include but are not limited to contemporary or historical themes that characterize aspects of regional cultures that show local and regional initiative:
• Distinctive cultural groups, organizations and institutions (museums, theaters, film-making and music initiatives, literary groups)
• Political organizations that support regional rights and interests
• Religious organization and expression showing regional initiative
• Defining or distinctive regional/local rituals and events
• City or rural regional “branding”
• Uses of the Internet (e.g. to help regional people communicate, bond, and organize)
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