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Shifting Territories: Historical Legacies and Social Change

REMINDER: 2015 Soyuz Symposium - Abstracts due Nov 1
by Jennifer Carroll
Dear all,
The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2015 Soyuz Symposium is fast approaching. This year's symposium will be held on the beautiful UW-Seattle campus. See our call for papers below, and please email me with any questions about the event.
We hope to see you there!
Jennifer Carroll


Soyuz Programming Coordinator
2015 Annual SOYUZ Symposium “*Shifting Territories: Historical Legacies and Social Change”
The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at
the University of Washington.
February 28 – March 1 2015
Call for Papers:
The 2015 Soyuz Symposium seeks to engage scholars in an interdisciplinary
debate about contemporary social, cultural, and political transformations
in socialist and post-socialist regions world wide. In the previous year, a
number of socialist and postsocialist regions have seen significant
turmoil, from the anti-government protests in Egypt, Ukraine, and Venezuela
to violent internal conflict in Syria and Sudan. We have also seen the
creation of new, sometimes fragile, alliances including the formation of
the Eurasian Economic Union, the emergence of unstable, separatist “states”
in Ukraine, and the creation of a new socialist party in South Africa.
These major world events challenge contemporary social and political
boundaries, re-frame historical narratives, and invoke new constructions of
statehood, personhood, and human rights.
 This year, in cooperation with the Ellison Center at the University of
Washington, Soyuz invites papers that address the intersection of
historical legacies and contemporary change in socialist and postsocialist
regions, such as:
 - · Separatist regions and de jure states
 - · Emergent nationalisms or nationalist discourses
 - · Language policy and linguistic differentiation
 - · New forms and narratives of sovereignty
 - · Appeals to and ruptures from historical socialist legacies
 - · Contemporary economic strategies and (in)equalities
 - · New social identities and citizenship claims
 - · The uses and limitations of the politics nostalgia
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to Jennifer Carroll ( Данный адрес e-mail защищен от спам-ботов, Вам необходимо включить Javascript для его просмотра. ) by November 1, 2014.
Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “SOYUZ
2015” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and
notifications made by *December 1, 2014.
For any questions, please email Jennifer Carroll, the Soyuz Programming
Coordinator, at Данный адрес e-mail защищен от спам-ботов, Вам необходимо включить Javascript для его просмотра. .
The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an
interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in
postsocialist countries, ranging from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet
Union to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest
group in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official
unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
(ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an
opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting.