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: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review Volume 43, Number 3 (2016)

by Christopher Ward

Special Issue: The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History

Anna Krylova and Elena Osokina, Guest Editors

Anna Krylova and Elena Osokina, Introduction: The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History

Patryk Reid, Everyday Shipping: A Market in Early Soviet Tajikistan

Mikhail A. Beznin and Tatiana M. Dimoni, Гocкaпитaлизм, Coциaльныe Клaccы, Культуpный Лaндшaфт Coвeтcкoй Дepeвни Cтaлинcкoгo и Пocлecтaлинcкoгo Bpeмeни

Svetlana Rafikova, «Oттeпeль»: экoнoмикa и пoвceднeвнocть

Yury P. Bokarev, Динaмикa экoнoмичecкoгo пpocтpaнcтвa пocтcoвeтcкoй Poccии

Revised CFP: Young Researchers’ Conference

by Emily Channell-Justice

Centennial, Commemoration, Catastrophe: 1917-2017 as Past and Present in Russia and Beyond
Young Researchers Conference, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University
13-16 June 2017. Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy

Discussing the Russian revolution is impossible without addressing the causes, legacy, and echoes of this event. The very phrasing is contentious—was 1917 a revolution, overthrow, or accident? Examining the Russian and Soviet response is complex enough, yet the Bolshevik takeover had ramifications for the world. In literature the image of the revolution and the ensuing changes was polarized from the beginning, both in the new Soviet state and abroad. Those in history and the social sciences have long puzzled over interpreting the USSR, its influence on Eastern Europe (and the developing world), and the aftermath of its collapse. In otherwise disparate regions—from eastern Germany to Central Asia and the Russian Far East—1917 and the USSR defined the twentieth century, whether as horrific trauma, utopian promises, or a confounding combination of the two. How our field responds to the Russian revolution will define Eurasian studies for the coming decades, just as experts continue to debate the significance of other cultural markers such as 1905, 1956, and 1989.
The Young Researchers Conference welcomes papers by scholars of literature, history, political science, anthropology, cultural studies, art history, gender studies, religion, and similar areas, as well as fields not traditionally represented at Eurasian studies conferences (for example, Middle Eastern studies, psychology). Papers should examine how 1917 influenced events in politics, economics, literature, religion, art, or culture, whether in the former Second World or beyond its borders.

Some of the papers presented will be chosen for peer review and possible publication in a special volume on 1917 with the journal _Revolutionary Russia_.

The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:
Catriona Kelly (Oxford)
Boris Kolonitskii (European University at St. Petersburg)

The Young Researchers Conference welcomes papers from those who are completing their dissertation or have received their Ph.D. (or candidate degree) within the past five years.

Form of the Conference:
Participants will prepare a paper to be circulated well in advance and read by all conference presenters, chairs, and discussants. During the conference presenters will have 15 minutes to summarize their findings. The small number of participants and mix of junior and senior scholars make the Young Researchers Conference an excellent venue for both advancing research projects and networking with leading and upcoming figures in a wide range of fields. The working language of the conference is English.

Submitting Abstracts and CVs:
Please submit by December 1, 2016 a one-page, single-spaced abstract (including tentative bibliography) as well as a one-page, singled-spaced curriculum vitae to Benjamin Sutcliffe, Professor of Russian, Miami University: [email protected] Participants will be notified by January 15 if they have been selected for the conference.

Financial Support:
The conference will be held in Cuma, Italy, which is located on the Bay of Naples, one hour drive from Naples, and an hour and a half from Capri. The train ride from Rome’s Termini train station is about 1-1/2 hours.  The Havighurst Center will provide all meals and 3 nights (shared room) at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma. Participants will be responsible for all travel to and from the Villa, including international travel. Scholars are urged to seek support from their institutions.

“Legacy of the Russian Revolution” An interdisciplinary conference

by Margaret E Mitchell

Preliminary Announcement

“The Legacy of the Russian Revolution”

November 16–18, 2017
At Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

The History and Political Science faculty of Chestnut Hill College is pleased to announce the next in its series of “Legacy” conferences —“The Legacy of the Russian Revolution,” an interdisciplinary conference that will be held November 16–18, 2017 on the Sugarloaf campus in Philadelphia.

SHEILA FITZPATRICK (University of Sydney, Australia, and University of Chicago, emeritus), author of  On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet PoliticsA Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia;  Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia; In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War, (ed. with Yuri Slezkine); and Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s.

ALEXANDER RABINOWITCH (Indiana University, emeritus, and Affiliated Research Scholar, St. Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences), author of The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd; The Bolsheviks in Power: the First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd; and Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Soviets and the July 1917 Uprising.

Suggestions for panels and individual papers will be considered. A formal Call for Papers will be sent out early in the Spring semester 2017.
For further information, contact Meg Mitchell ([email protected]).

New Issue: Sibirica – Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

by Young Lee

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Sibirica has been published by Berghahn Journals. The articles within this issue examine topics such as mortuary ritual among the Chukchi of Northern Kamchatka, “clan organization” among Ilimpii Evenki, and the relationship between the terms Pomor’e and Russian North. This issue concludes with a book reviews section.

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal: www.berghahnjournals.com/sibirica

Current Issue: Volume 15, Issue 2


Regenerating Life in the Face of Predation: A Study of Mortuary Ritual as Sacrifice among the Siberian Chukchi, Jeanette Lykkegård and Rane Willerslev


From “Clan” to Speech Community: Administrative Reforms, Territory, and Language as Factors of Identity Development among the Ilimpii Evenki in the Twentieth Century, Nadezhda Mamontova


Pomors, Pomor’e, and the Russian North: A Symbolic Space in Cultural and Political Context, Yuri P. Shabaev, Igor Zherebtsov, Kim Hye Jin and Kim Hyun Taek




Books Available for Review


Previous Issue: Volume 15, Issue 1


Patterns of Evenki Mobility in Eastern Siberia, Karl Mertens


Making Lobsticks: Traveling Trails with Teetł’it Gwich’in, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers


Trickster Lessons in Early Canadian Indigenous Communities, Carolyn Podruchny


Reindeer Herders’ Communities of the Siberian Taiga in Changing Social Contexts, Konstantin Klokov



Siberian Newspapers of the Russian Empire and USSR Periods: Issues of Conservation, Digitization, and Scientific Use, Viacheslav Shevtsov




Be sure to recommend Sibirica to your institution’s library: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/sibirica/library-recommendations/

Free Sample Issue: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/sibirica/sample/

Contact: [email protected]