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Keywords: Slavic Studies, Russian, Central and East European, Eurasian Studies, Academic Librarianship, University of California, Berkeley, UCLA-My Alma Mater, Russian Diaspora, Caucasus, and Central Asia.
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A Reminder about the Second Annual Tartu Conference!
We would like to remind you to
submit your panel or paper proposal for the Second Annual Tartu Conference in Russian and East European
Studies by 20 February. The conference will be held on 4–6 June 2017.
The conference will open with a
keynote address by Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan) who will
speak about Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and
Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution. 1917 was a
turning point for the world. The revolution both destroyed and made worlds,
upended one understanding of historical motion and set out another, shattered
the expectations of many and inspired new longings, ambitions, and opportunities
of countless others. The year 1917 was marked by an euphoria of popular power
and democracy, a dream of utopia that soon would devolve into civil war and
terror, eventuating in the nightmare of Stalinism. Trotsky wrote his
famous essay “Lessons of October” in 1924 in the belief that too little was
known about the October Revolution and that other countries needed their own
October. We might also consider what October has taught us (and might still
teach us today) about the future of democracy and socialism if we begin by
seriously appreciating the ambiguous legacy of Soviet “socialism.” The question
remains: how have we ended up 100 years after October in a global crisis
of democracy and socialism?
Plenary roundtable Soviet
Legacies and De-Sovietization in Russia and Eastern Europe will be held
in the afternoon on Monday, 5 June. The aim of the roundtable will be to
offer a range of critical perspectives on the issue of Soviet and/or imperial
legacies as a factor of post-Soviet development. The idea is to reflect on the
general significance of the concept of legacies and to compare the experience
of different societies in the region in their post-socialist transition, and
the role played by the legacies of the past in the success or failure of
The roundtable will feature the
Kramer, Harvard University
– Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
– Madina Tlostanova, Linköping University
More information about the
conference and the submission forms are available on the conference website: www.tartuconference.ut.ee.
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 PAPERS Accelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern Europe Ghent University September 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…