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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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).

Deadline extended (Feb., 15th 2017) – 4th International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in East European Art History

by Katja Bernhardt

Professur für Kunstgeschichte Osteuropas, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Chair of Art History of Eastern and East Central Europe, Humboldt University, Berlin

Berlin, 28. April 2017 / April 28, 2017
Konferenzsprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch. / Languages of the conference are German and English.

Call for Papers

The Berlin „International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in East European Art History“ is already going in the fourth round. Previous editions of the forum have shown us that young scholars from all over the world working in this field have a strong need for a direct, lively exchange of specific conceptual issues and methodological problems of art historical “area studies” of Eastern Europe across the different epochs. With the forum we have initiated a platform open for these purposes. The annual meetings are intended to offer opportunity and space for a continuous exchange of ideas and experiences, for making contacts and bringing together expertise. Current research projects – and as well their progress and modifications over the years – are documented on the forum’s website (http://www.kunstgeschichte.hu-berlin.de/institut/lehrstuehle/lehrstuhl-fuer-kunstgeschichte-osteuropas/internationales-doktorandenforum/ ). In this way and with a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/773095506060350/ ) it is possible to build networks besides the annual forums.

Doctoral candidates engaging themselves in a topic of art history (or a neighboring discipline) of Eastern Europe are cordially invited – explicitly also those who have come to the Forum in Berlin in previous years. If you would like to participate, please send us your abstract. We ask you to outline concisely the subject and main question of your PhD project. Please discuss your methodological and analytical approach in a separate paragraph and name problems and question you would like to address. Dependent on the focuses resulting from the proposals submitted we will select six to eight contributions for presentations (20 min). All other participants will be given the opportunity to present in brief themselves and their topics (5 min). Important to us is that we will have plenty of time for discussion and exchange.

Please submit your proposal

  • of ca. 4000 characters (including blanks)
  • in a file format that can be processed (no pdf!)
  • indicating your name, working title of the dissertation project, affiliation, e-mail

by February 15, 2017 in German or English to:

Dr. Katja Bernhardt ([email protected] )
Jan Elantkowski, M.A. ([email protected] )

Please include in the abstract the following phrases and delete as appropriate:

“I agree / do not agree that a printed copy of my abstract is available during the forum. I agree / do not agree that my abstract is published on the website of the doctoral forum http://www.kunstgeschichte.hu-berlin.de/institut/lehrstuehle/lehrstuhl-fuer-kunstgeschichte-osteuropas/internationales-doktorandenforum/ .”

Contributors will be granted a travel allowance.

Three New Soyuz Pieces on Anthropology News: Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe

by Deborah Jones

Soyuz has three, count ’em three new pieces up on Anthropology News, all surrounding the theme of “Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe.” Check out Andrey Vozyanov’s “Relics of the Future: The Sociotechnical Functions of Secondhand Trams in Romanian Cities”; Anatolie Coșciug’s “Transnational Motorways: The Secondhand Car Trade in a Country of Migration”; and Elena Popa’s “Fellow Passengers: Roma and Romanian Migrants in France.” Find Andrey’s piece from the Anthropology News homepage (links to the other pieces are in the article), or the whole trio here: http://www.anthropology-news.org/…/romanian-mobilities-ser…/

And in case you missed it in December, Nelli Sargysan’s “Making Sense of Post-Election Realities through Post-Soviet Studies” and some other pieces from 2016 are still unlocked here: http://www.anthropology-news.org/…/soyuz-postsocialist-stu…/

As always, I’m happy to hear your ideas for submissions to AN. You can reach me at jdeborah at umich.

TOC: Sibirica – Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

by Young Lee

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Sibirica is available. This issue explores a wide range of topics, including: digital mapping with the Itelmen peoples, the category of neblagopoluchnaia family in Yakutsk, social pressure and religious practices among indigenous peoples of Siberia, representation of childhood in ethnographic films among the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, and social and demographic development in the Republic of Tuva.

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

Current Issue: Volume 15, Issue 3


Bringing Indigenous Kamchatka to Google Earth: Collaborative Digital Mapping with the Itelmen Peoples, Brian Thom, Benedict J. Colombi, and Tatiana Degai


Family on the Edge: Neblagopoluchnaia Family and the State in Yakutsk and Magadan, Russian Federation, Lena Sidorova and Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

Social Pressure in the Choice of Individual Religious Practice, Tatiana Bulgakova


The Representation of Childhood in Ethnographic Films of Siberian Indigenous Peoples: The Case of the Documentary Film Malen’kaia Katerina (Tiny Katerina), Ivan Golovnev and Elena Golovneva, translated by Jenanne Ferguson


The Socio-Demographic Situation in the Republic of Tuva under Conditions of Social Transformation, 1990s-early 2000s, Zoia Dorzhu, translated by Jenanne Ferguson


Book Reviews


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]