National Identity in Eurasia: Identities & Traditions

Date: March 22-24, 2009
Site: Oxford, UK
Organiser: University of Oxford
Topics: The conference explores the institutions, ideologies, and practices that have shaped identity in the countries that once formed part of the Soviet Union and in the states and cultures that border the former super state. It traces the history of ‘Eurasia’ as a concept, and analyses the role of political interest groups, religious beliefs, museums, education, and everyday experience (whether under direct state control or governed by what are believed to be autonomous ‘traditions’ in evolving concepts of ethnic, national, and transnational culture). Gathering together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and specialists in cultural studies from the Caucasus and Central Asia, Belorussia, France, Germany, and Russia as well as the UK and the USA, it presents a uniquely wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary forum for informed discussion of issues that are of enormous topical significance.
Language: English
Fee: 30 £
Deadline: March 10, 2009
Contact: Dr Andy Byford, European Humanities Research Centre, 99 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6JX, UK

Communicative Revolution? Media and Social Change in Eastern Europe After 1989

Date: May 21-22, 2009
Site: Vilnius, Lithuania
Organiser: European Humanities University, Center for Advanced Studies and Education (CASE), Visual and Cultural Studies Laboratory at EHU
Topics: The aim of the conference is not only to provide mapping of a new media and mediatised space in the countries of the Eastern Europe over the last 20 years but also to provide grounds for a critical reflection with regard to research strategies and methodologies which are being applied to the analysis of new cultural practices and forms of interaction between media, politics and culture. In other words, we hope that in the framework of common discussion of the aforementioned problems, it will be possible to come up with an answer to the question about the analytical models and conceptual apparatus with which the given set of problems is being researched in social sciences and humanities in the countries of Eastern Europe.
Language: English, Russian
Fee: Participants who would need the travel grants for their visit, shall inform organizers in the application specifying the place of departure and indicating the possible (minimal) cost of the trip to Vilnius.
Deadline: March 15, 2009 (please, specify “conference’ in the subject). Applications can be submitted in Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and English languages.

The Politics of Inequality and Difference: Critical Approaches in Anthropology and Sociology

Date: June 12-13, 2009
Site: Budapest, Hungary
Organiser: Central European University, Budapest, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Topics: The main purpose of the present graduate conference is to initiate a critical discussion of the ways in which the acute problems of inequality and difference are currently theorized and methodologically engaged both inter-disciplinarily, in the fields of sociology and anthropology, and extra-disciplinarily, in relation to policy and decision-making. The scope of the conference is thus wide-ranging inviting theoretically informed, methodologically reflexive and politically aware contributions that engage one or both of these major topics. Given the broad research interests of both faculty and students special attention will be devoted to a number of topics clustered in the following four panels: Ethnicization of poverty; Nationalism and its others; The politics of space and the ‘right to the city’; Governance of inequality.
Language: English
Deadline: March 31, 2009
Contact: Mariya P. Ivancheva, Phd Candidate (currently in the field), Dept of Sociology& Social Anthropology, Central European University
Tel.: +58-426-6087262

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