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Cfp: Patriotic (Non) Consumption: Food, Fashion and Media.
Patriotic (Non) Consumption: Food, Fashion and Media
Special issues of Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (digitalicons.org)
by Olga Gurova (University of Helsinki), Ekaterina Kalinina (Södertörn
University), Jessie Labov (Ohio State University), Vlad Strukov
economic crises of 2008-present and the recent political confrontations
have shaped patterns of patriotic consumption and non-consumption (a
consume particular types of products, symbols and discourses) in the
countries of the Central, Eastern and Southern Europe as well as Central
Asia, Caucasus and Russia, signaling their participation in the global
economy as consumer societies.
argue that these countries are consumer societies similar to the
western or any other consumer societies, while possessing differences
specific to this particular
geographical region. These differences could be explained by
historical, socio-cultural and political reasons, which often define the
frames of patriotic (non) consumption. For example, the economic
sanctions imposed on Russia by the western countries, following
Russia’s annexation of Crimea, led to anti-western sanctions imposed by
Russia, which resulted in ‘patriotic’ refusal to consume some western
products. These especially have affected producers of food, fashion and
media in the region. For instance, Ukraine
recently applied embargo to a wide range of Russian products as a
response to Russia’s ban on Ukrainian imports, while some Baltic states
have banned Russian television channels. In addition, "buy
local” campaigns are typically motivated by concerns for the ecology or
small business in many countries, but in Hungary and Slovakia they have
developed a distinctly patriotic – and even sometimes nationalist –
are just some examples of patriotic (non) consumption and changes in
consumption patterns. Hence we invite authors to contribute with
empirical studies of similar processes in the countries of the region,
focusing on the relationship between (non) consumption
and media / digital cultures.
we wish to examine the role of (non) consumption and patriotism /
nationalism in a historical context. The relationship between
ethnicity / nationalism has produced a steady stream of scholarship
starting from the 1980s to the present. More recently, there has been a
surge of scholarly interest in consumerism during the socialist era and
how it has affected post-socialist consumption.
Now we would like to explore how all of these factors have led to
changes in consumption in this region during the era of social media.
also want to study patriotic (non) consumption from a theoretical
viewpoint. How can we conceptualise patriotic (non) consumption? How
link with negative self-identification? How do Russians account for
their anti-western stance and their own conspicuous consumption? Is
non-consumption a new form of media rhetoric and cultural denominator
that has supplanted the era of glamour? How do governments,
media companies and users in the region imbue neo-liberal systems of
consumption with their own nationalist agenda?
are particularly interested in media discourses about consumption and
patriotism and in how media influence patriotic (non) consumption in the
has been the role of media, especially digital social media, in
constructing a sense of belonging and patriotism through the discourse
of (non) consumption? How has digital culture impacted our understanding
of (non) consumption? How do users navigate between
the media rhetoric of patriotic boycotting and patriotic ‘buy-cotting’?
How does patriotic consumer capitalism work in the era of accelerated
globalisation and mediatisation of culture? These are some of the
questions we wish to explore in our special issue.
invite a range of submissions: 1) research articles (7-9,000 words,
external peer reviews); 2) essays (4-5,000 words, internal peer
reviews); 3) digital
memoirs (see the journal site for more information); 4) interviews; and
5) image and video galleries documenting the developments and exploring
the topic using audio-visual media.
will consider submissions in English and Russian (for contributions in
other languages please contact the guest editors for an initial
March 2016 – submit an extended abstract / description of your
submission (300-500 words in English); abstracts of research articles
should include an outline
of the contribution, methodological and theoretical underpinnings and
some preliminary information on the findings
15 March 2016 - notification of acceptance 1 June 2016 – submit your contribution Summer 2016 – peer reviews and revisions Autumn 2016 – publication of the special issue Please submit your abstract by e-mail:
Web-comics: Some Links by Liladhar R. Pendse (UC Berkeley)
This exhibit also takes in consideration comics that are born digital. The webcomics represent a unique opportunity for their creators to provide outreach to multiple audiences. Below are some suggested webcomics that can make this exhibition more interesting to our visitors.The list below was adapted for use from Buzzfeed.com, scroll.in and other sites. Some of these comics might be sensitive to their viewers. I would advise viewer’s discretion. This is not a comprehensive list but it provides a meaningful insight into the mysterious world of the webcomics.
A Century of Movement: Russian
Culture and Global Community Since 1917 CFP Deadline: April 7, 2017 October
12-13, 2017 http://centuryofmovement.web.unc.edu University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keynote Speakers: Katerina
Clark and Marina Frolova-Walker Conference Organizers: Jamie
Blake and Grace Kweon, in collaboration with Annegret Fauser The
cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and
uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and
social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security.
This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the
transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an
examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without
will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the
patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. In light of today’s
CALL FOR PAPERSAccelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern EuropeGhent UniversitySeptember 29 – October 1, 2017 http://www.slavistiek.ugent.be/Accelerateddevelopment). In 1964 the Bulgarian-Belarusian-Russian scholar Georgii Gachev coined the term ‘uskorennoe razvitie’ or ‘accelerated development’ in his 1964 monograph Accelerated Development of Literature: On the Basis of the Bulgarian Literature of the First Half of the 19thCentury. The term describes what happened to Bulgarian literature during Ottoman rule. Being a ‘young’ and ‘peripheral’ literature, having started to develop only recently at the time, Bulgarian literature ‘had to’ go through the whole evolution of European literature at a high pace in order to catch up with the latter. One of the side effects of this accelerated development was that characteristics of different style periods could even co-occur. Gachev’s thought-provoking idea has never really received a l…