Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (REECA)

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA), invites proposals for workshop papers and presentations for the Fall 2017 quarter.
REECA is a new forum, and we aim to provide an intellectual space for research that comes from a range of academic disciplines and is devoted to insightful, innovative studies of these regions. Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia are fruitful sites of intellectual inquiry, both because of their growing contemporary and global significance, and because of their long and intertwined histories in relation to one another.  One of the forum’s major aims is to discuss what it means, in practice, to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of phenomena, cultures, societies, nations, and states in this region—in short, what it means to do research in area studies. These are concerns that cross disciplinary boundaries, and, therefore, we are seeking contributions from scholars across the social sciences and humanities. 
REECA will be a forum for graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows to present and discuss new work on studies of these regions. We aim to create a multidisciplinary dialogue between scholars interested in the past, present, and future of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. We are especially interested in submissions from the following fields: political science, social thought, sociology, anthropology, history (especially intellectual and cultural history), comparative literature, economics, philosophy, divinity, law, cinema and film studies, environmental studies, gender and sexuality studies, race studies, postcolonial theory, theories of empire, and many other related fields.

Workshop papers may be drafts of dissertation chapters, journal articles, book chapters, and dissertation proposals.

Possible paper topics might revolve around:

·      Legacies of imperialism in the region
·      Sociocultural and socioeconomic experiences of post-Soviet transitions
·      Historical or contemporary formations of ideology in the region
·      Contemporary politics, including dynamics of nation building, party building, and electoral politics
·      National or transnational networks of elites and intellectuals in the region
·      Comparative political, social, or intellectual thought
·      Intersections of art and politics, especially vis-à-vis cultural production as political critique
·      Social movements and protests in the region
·      Problems facing ethnic, sexual, religious minorities and other marginalized communities in the region
·      Problems of economic interdependency and development
·      Varieties of modernity and post-modernity in the region
·      New interpretations of the local or global significance of the works of artists, directors, philosophers, writers, etc. from this region

Please email proposals to by Friday, September 22, 2017. All submissions should include:

·      A title
·      An abstract of 200-300 words
·      An indication of the nature of your paper (article, dissertation chapter, etc.)
·      Any dates you are not available to present

REECA meets on Fridays from 11:00am to 12:30am in Foster Hall 103.

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