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Call for Papers: ‘Sots-Speak: Regimes of Language under Socialism' May 13-15, 2011

Inquiries regarding the conference's topic, organization, or submission process should be directed to Petre Petrov: ppetrov@princeton.edu
Princeton University
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
The attempt to build communism in Eastern Europe was accompanied by the development of a distinctive language paradigm, first in the Soviet Union, then - by a process of cultural translation and local adaptation- in the satellite states of the Socialist Bloc. The official discourse possessed its own 'speech genres' (tied to specific communicative contexts, social roles, and political tasks), easily recognizable rhetorical patterns and lexical peculiarities. It is intuitively obvious that this discourse, which we provisionally label sots-speak, was instrumental in legitimizing and perpetuating the political system, in shaping individual psychologies and cultural expressions. However, our knowledge of its exact nature and practical existence remains sketchy, as the topic stil…

CFP: Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe: Reconsideration

May 10, 11 2011,
University of California, Los Angeles
Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures,
Center for Eastern European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies.
Conference Description:
In recent years, scholarship on the Russian-Jewish nexus both in the 19th and 20th centuries has produced some groundbreaking research that both hypothesizes and furthers new models of Jewish literature or culture across Slavic lands. In a word, a wave of diversity has emerged from beneath old, conservative assumptions, many of which arose as a contrary response to anti-Semitic practice. The age-old issues surrounding the "Jewish Question" have been dramatically problematized - and therefore vivified - by the last few years of scholarship in areas linked to imperial culture(s). The very essence of an "imperial figure" has been complicated – and no more so than with regard to the Jewish persona, one might argue.
With the fall of the Soviet Union, and especia…