CFP: The Reshaping of Space and Identity

CFP: Twenty Years after 1991: The Reshaping of Space and Identity
Moskau, September-October 2011, deadline CFP: 02.03.2011
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of
Sciences; Centre d’études Franco-Russe de Moscou (CEFR); Russian State
University of the Humanities (RGGU); Association for the Study of
Nationalities (ASN), Moskau
29.09.2011-01.10.2011, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian
Academy of Sciences
Deadline: 02.03.2011

“Twenty Years After 1991” is the sixth European conference co-sponsored
by ASN since 2001. European conferences have been held in Paris (2001),
Forli, Italy (2002), Warsaw (2004), Belgrade (2006), and again in Paris
(2008).

The Moscow ASN 2011 Conference is organized separately from the ASN
Annual World Convention that will take place at Columbia University, NY,
on April 14-16 2011, and whose program will be announced in February
2011. For information on the ASN 2011 NY Convention, please go to
http://www.nationalities.org. The Moscow ASN 2011 Conference will feature
approximately 40 – 50 panels. Its program will be announced in May
2011.

The Moscow ASN 2011 Conference welcomes proposals on a wide range of
topics related to the recomposition of space and identity in the
post-Communist world twenty years after the implosion of the Soviet
Union. Proposals are particularly sought under one of the following
themes:

– Between Enlarged Europe and New Russia: Opposition or Convergence
– Migration in the Eurasian Space: Adaptation, Integration, Rejection
– The Clash of Memory and History: Re-readings of the 20th Century,
Communist Experiences, WW II
– Multicultural and Multi-confessional Societies: Accommodations or
Conflicts
– Frontiers and Sovereignty: Contestation, Recognition, Secession,
Autonomy, Federalism
– Demography and Social Problems: Censuses and Categorizations,
Population, Old and New Social Inequalities
– Political Regimes and Institutions: Human Rights, Minority Rights,
Representation
as are questions raised from the disciplines of political science,
history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, geopolitics,
linguistics, and related fields.

The Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of
Sciences, (IEA RAS) is a leading research center of Russia in a number
of social sciences and humanities – from physical (biological)
anthropology to social-cultural anthropology, history, demography,
gender, conflict and minority studies. Its staff of 150 researchers
produces 30-40 scholarly monographs a year, based on field and archival
research. It publishes a bimonthly journal “Ethnographic Review”, a
series of working papers in urgent and applied anthropology, and
encyclopedic and reference editions in ethnology and anthropology. IEA
RAS has a rich archive of field materials as well as visual
documentation. It has a stable international reputation and rich
scholarly contacts with many countries. The institute is located at the
main building of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with excellent
facilities for meetings. IEA RAS hosted many international conferences
over the years. Its 40 graduate students from many regions of Russia, as
well as its staff and partners, will be in charge of the local
preparations for the event.

The French-Russian Research Center for Social Sciences in Moscow (CEFR)
is one of the 27 French Research Institutes Abroad affiliated with the
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and the CNRS (French National Center
for Scientific Research). Since its foundation in 2001, CEFR stimulates
cooperation in the human and social sciences between French and Russian
research institutions. Besides the Russian Federation, CEFR works with
scholars and institutes from Belarus, Moldavia and Ukraine. CEFR is a
multidisciplinary research center supervised by the CNRS. It hosts
visiting scholars (professors or assistant-professors on sabbatical
years) and PhD fellows on a yearly basis, supports young researchers
with short-term grants for field work and develops extended cooperation
with the main Russian and European research centers. The CEFR organizes
seminars, workshops and international conferences in Russia and France.

The Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) was founded in
March 1991 on the basis of the Moscow State Institute for History and
Archives, which had existed since 1930. The RGGU was the first
university in modern Russia that was titled Russian and the first to
acquire the status of a higher school for the humanities. Today the RGGU
offers more than 70 training programs, including all the branches of
humanitarian and social education, as well as several cross-disciplinary
programs. The university produces the following specialists: historians,
philologists, linguists, ethnologists, anthropologists, philosophers,
economists, managers, IT specialists, art historians, designers,
museologists, culture experts etc. For the past 10 years the Centre for
social anthropology at RGGU, headed by Valery Tishkov, a member of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, has been successfully training
anthropologists and ethnologists.

The Moscow ASN 2011 Conference invites individual, panel or film/book
proposals. There are no registration fees.

To send an individual paper proposal, an applicant must include the
following information in the body of an email and/or in a single Word
attachment:

– the title of the paper
– applicant’s name, email and institutional affiliation
– a preferred postal address
– a 500-word abstract
– 100-word biographical statement in narrative form (one paragraph) that
includes information on the applicant’s last or forthcoming publication,
if applicable. Full CVs are not acceptable
– doctoral students must also indicate the title of their dissertation
and year of projected defense

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

A panel proposal is comprised of three to four paper-givers and a
discussant. (The organizers will subsequently select a Chair of the
panel). To send a panel proposal, an applicant must include the
following information in the body of an email and/or in a single Word
attachment:

– the title of the panel and of each paper
– a 300-word abstract of each paper
– the name, email, institutional affiliation of each panelist
– a preferred postal address for each panelist
– a 100-word biographical statement for each panelist in narrative form
(one paragraph) that includes information on the applicant’s last or
forthcoming publication, if applicable. Full CVs are not acceptable
– Doctoral students – must also indicate the title of their dissertation
and year of projected defense

The Conference is also inviting proposals featuring recent
films/documentaries or recent books. A film/documentary proposal must
include the following information in the body of an email and/or in a
single Word attachment:

– the name, email and institutional affiliation of the author
– a preferred postal address
– the title and a 500-word abstract of the film/video
– a 100-word biographical statement in narrative form

A book panel proposal, seeking to generate discussion on an important
recent book, features the book’s author and three or four discussants.
The proposal must include the following information in the body of an
email and/or in a single Word attachment:

– the names, emails, and institutional affiliations of each panelist
– a preferred postal address for each panelist
– a 500-word abstract of the book
– a 100-word biographical statement in narrative form of each panelist

All proposals must be included in a single attachment sent to two
addresses:

asnmoscou@centre-fr.net and asnmoscow2011@gmail.com.

The Moscow ASN 2011 Conference invites proposals from scholars and
doctoral students. Applicants currently residing in Central Europe, the
Balkans, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia/Eurasia, the Caucasus and China
are eligible to apply for a number of travel and accommodation grants.
Applicants currently residing in Western countries must cover their own
expenses. The working language of the Conference is English, although a
number of panels on the New Independent States will be conducted in
Russian.

Applicants who wish to apply for a grant covering travel and
accommodation must indicate so in their proposals. In order to be
eligible for these grants, an applicant must be residing at the time of
the conference in Central Europe, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine, Central
Asia/Eurasia, or the Caucasus. The reception of all proposals will be
acknowledged electronically.

The Conference is organized by Valery Tishkov, Director of the Institute
of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Efim
Pivovar, Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities
(RGGU), Jean Radvanyi, Director of the Centre d’études franco-russe de
Moscou, and Dominique Arel, ASN President.

The International Program Committee of the Conference is comprised of
Valery Tishkov, Jean Radvanyi, Dominique Arel (Univ. of Ottawa, Canada,
ASN President), Olga Artemova (Deputy Director of the RGGU Center for
Social Anthropology), Florian Bieber (Univ. of Graz, Austria), Juliette
Cadiot (Centre d’études franco-russe, Moscow, Russian Federation),
Dominique Colas (SciencesPo, Paris, France), Elena Filippova (Institute
of Ethnology, Moscow, Russian Federation), Dmitry Gorenburg (Harvard
Univ., US), Alexandra Goujon (Univ. de Dijon, France), Marlène Laruelle
(SAIS, Johns Hopkins, US), Xavier Le Torrivellec (Centre d’études
franco-russe, Moscow, Russian Federation), Troy McGrath (MGU, Moscow)
and Sergei Sokolovsky (Institute of Ethnology, Moscow, Russian
Federation).

Deputy Director Professor Marina Martynova and Dr. Elena Pivneva will be
local coordinators from the IEA RAS.

Applicants will be notified in April-May 2011. Information regarding
other logistical questions (visa, accommodation…) will be communicated
afterwards.

Updated information on the conference will be posted periodically on the
CEFR web site (http://www.centre-fr.net) and the ASN web site
(http://www.nationalities.org).

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