Soyuz: The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies

Soyuz is broadly conceived as a group of anthropologists and other scholars working in postsocialist studies. It is formally constituted as the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and is also recognized as an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European Studies and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES, formerly AAASS). We gather at AAA and ASEEES meetings in North America and here on the web to distribute information on our projects.

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TOC: Aspasia (Volume 12)

The thematic focus of the twelfth volume of Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History is women and violence. The articles in this volume discuss issues extending from war and state terror to domestic violence and other manifestations of violence in the personal sphere. An “In Memoriam” section for prominent Turkish feminist scholar Şirin Tekeli follows. The volume concludes with reviews.

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal:


Volume 12


Raili Marling

Theme Section: Women and Violence

Militarizing Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement from the 1930s to the 1950s

Olesya Khromeychuk

Love and Sex in Wartime: Controlling Women’s Sexuality in the Ukrainian Nationalist Underground

Marta Havryshko

General Articles

Modern Women in a Modern State: Public Discourse in Interwar Yugoslavia on the Status of Women in Turkey (1923-1939)

Anđelko Vlasić

Gender Tutelage and Bulgarian Women’s Literature (1878-1944)

Valentina Mitkova

Research Notes

Children Born of War: A European Research Network Exploring the Life Histories of a Hidden Population

Kimberley Anderson and Sophie Roupetz

The Source

Female Agrarian Workers in Early Twentieth-Century Hungary: The Making of Class- and Gender-Based Solidarities

Susan Zimmermann and Piroska Nagy

In Memoriam

About Şirin Tekeli

Sercan Çınar and Francisca de Haan

Feminine Feminist: Şirin Tekeli

Ceylân Orhun

Review Essays

New Feminist Contributions to Serbian Herstory

Željka Janković and Svetlana Stefanović

New Perspectives on Modernity, Nationalism, and Muslim Women in the Late Ottoman Period

Selin Çağatay

Book Reviews

Ayşe Durakbaşa, Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, Ana Pajvančić-Cizelj, Evgenia Sifaki, Maria Repoussi, Emilia Salvanou, Tatyana Kotzeva, Tamara Zlobina, Maria Bucur, Anna Muller, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Lukas Schretter, Iza Desperak, Susan Zimmermann and Marina Soroka

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CfA: USHMM 2019 Summer Research Workshop Program, applications due Oct. 1, 2018

by Krista Hegburg

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invites proposals from Workshop Coordinator(s) to conduct two-week research workshops at the Museum during the month of July in 2019. We welcome proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, Romani studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.


The workshops convene groups of no more than 10 scholars for two weeks of presentations by participants on their particular research projects; in-depth discussions of overarching research issues, priorities, findings, and conclusions; and workshop-based research using the Museum’s collections. Applications that address new research on World War II are particularly encouraged.


The Museum’s resources include approximately 80 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; extensive library; oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; and a Holocaust survivor database. In addition, the Museum possesses the holdings of the International Tracing Service (ITS), which contains more than 130 million digitized pages with information on the fates of 17.5 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement as a result of World War II. Many of these records have not been examined by scholars, offering unprecedented opportunities to advance the field of Holocaust studies.

The Mandel Center will assign to each workshop a staff scholar with expertise relevant to the proposed topic. The Mandel Center will also provide meeting space and access to a computer, telephone, and photocopier.


For nonlocal participants, awards include (1) a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; (2) lodging for the duration of the workshop; and (3) $500 toward the cost of incidental expenses, which will be distributed within four to six weeks of the workshop’s conclusion. Local participants receive a stipend of $200 for the two weeks.


The Summer Research Workshop program has a two-stage application process:

In Stage One, scholars submit a preliminary application, consisting of a one-page single-spaced description of the proposed workshop detailing the research project’s focus, significance, scope, methods, objectives, and expertise required from potential participants. Applications should include CVs for no more than two Workshop Coordinators. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in the second round.

The Mandel Center will evaluate preliminary applications according to their (1) potential contribution to scholarship in Holocaust studies; (2) potential to stimulate work in a new direction or productive area of research; (3) relationship to larger themes or issues in Holocaust studies; and (4) potential for new publications, collaborative research, or research endeavors directly resulting from the workshop.

Stage One applications are due October 1, 2018.


Please address question regarding the Summer Research Workshop program and application process to:

Krista Hegburg, PhD
Program Officer
International Academic Programs
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
[email protected]

New Book: Making Multicultural Families in Europe: Gender and Intergenerational Relations

Crespi, Isabella, Giada Meda, Stefania, Merla, Laura (Eds.) London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

The book is published in three formats:

– Hardback and e-book on Palgrave MacMillan’s website: https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319597546

– Downloadable pdf version (either in one piece or each chapter separately) on Springer’s website:


This edited collection explores family relations in two types of  ‘migrant families’ in Europe: mixed families and transnational families. Based on in-depth qualitative fieldwork and large surveys, the contributors analyse gender and intergenerational relations from a variety of standpoints and migratory flows. In their examination of family life in a migratory context, the authors develop theoretical approaches from the social sciences that go beyond migration studies, such as intersectionality, the solidarity paradigm, care circulation, reflexive modernization and gender convergence theory.

Making Multicultural Families in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including migration and transnationalism studies, family studies, intergenerational studies, gender studies, cultural studies, development studies, globalization studies, ethnic studies, gerontology studies, social network analysis and social work.

New Book: Childhood and Parenting in Transnational Settings

International Perspectives on Migration, vol 15. Eds. Viorela Ducu, Mihaela Nedelcu, Aron Telegdi-Csetri. Cham: Springer, 2018.

  • Discusses children, parents and grandparents as principal and delicate actors of migration and distant lives
  • Explores transnational contemporary dynamics in geographical contexts
  • Focuses on children and young people
  • Provides a complete overview on both hosting and sending countries

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University

The Council on European Studies (CES) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for post-doctoral position at Yale University for AY 2018-2019, conditional on the receipt of budgetary support. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to the study of modern and contemporary Russia from the perspective of a social science discipline (Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, etc.)

All applicants should have knowledge of Russian and fluency in English, and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. The Post-doctoral Associate will teach one course related to his/her interests in each of two terms, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of the European Studies Council. Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, one-page description of research plans; draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; and two letters of reference. Compensation includes an annual salary of $50,000 – $55,000, depending on rank and seniority of the selected individual, and health coverage.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on June 10, 2018 and continuing until the selections are final.Application Instructions

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/50662. Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below.Ms. Marianne Lyden, Program Manager, European Studies Council, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 USA.  Email: [email protected]

New Book Series: North East Asian Anthropologies

This is a call for contributions to North East Asian Anthropologies, a new book series at Amsterdam University Press, co-edited by Caroline Humphrey (Cambridge) and Franck Billé (UC Berkeley).


This series showcases groundbreaking anthropological research on North East Asia, a vast region encompassing the Russian Far East, Siberia, northern China, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea.
Despite the region’s strategic significance, studies of North East Asia remain fragmented and pigeonholed within the academic traditions of Eastern European, postsocialist and Asian studies. The series seeks to address this gap by publishing innovative monographs and edited volumes spanning the region beyond national boundaries. Ranging from migration and crossborder trade to urban development and climate change, the series foregrounds contemporary and emerging issues, and makes critical interventions in both regional studies and in the field of anthropology.
Editorial Board:
– Manduhai Buyandelger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
– Bruce Grant, New York University
– Liu Xin, University of California, Berkeley
– Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester
– Sonia Ryang, Rice University
We invite scholars at any stage of their careers to share their book proposals and draft manuscripts with us on any subject within this region. Please email your proposal and a sample chapter to both Caroline Humphrey ([email protected]) and myself ([email protected]). You may also contact us informally to discuss a book project at an earlier stage of your research.