This blog is dedicated to Slavic Studies, East and Central European Studies and Central Asian Studies librarianship.
This personal blog was created by Liladhar R. Pendse (Slavic & Eastern European and Central Asian Studies Librarian at University of California, Berkeley).
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.
Call for papers
‘Rethinking Revolutions’ - London School of Economics - 26th May 2017
Over the past twenty years, the study of revolution has lost the centrality it once enjoyed. Yet the study of revolutions has never been so important: in thinking through the aftermath of the Arab uprisings, exploring the ideology of ISIS and other Islamist groups, understanding self-proclaimed revolutionary movements in the West, and interpreting the experience of states that continue to see themselves as revolutionary, such as China, Iran, and Cuba. The study of revolution needs to catch up with the actual experience of revolutionary movements and states.
One barrier to this endeavor is the fracturing of the study of revolutions into different disciplines and sub-fields. This workshop seeks to bring together scholars and students working on revolutions from different disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. Sociology, International Relations, History, and Political Science), sub-fields (e.g. social movements…
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