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.

Soyuz Listserv

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Column in Anthropology News

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Announcements are posted from messages sent to the Soyuz listserv. To post an additional announcement, please email Soyuz webmaster Kate Graber (graberk [at] indiana.edu).

Soyuz Symposium 2018!

To be held at Yale University, March 2–3. Find out more here.

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.