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).

Call for Invited Session at the 2017 AAAs

Soyuz: The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is announcing a call for an invited session at the 2017 American Anthropological Association Meeting in Washington DC. We seek panels that “reflect the state-of-the-art and thematic concerns” in our field. We would like to encourage all innovative panels, and especially those that have cross-regional reach. “Anthropology Matters!” is the broad theme of this year’s meeting.

Please email your session abstract (of no more than 500 words) and presenter names and roles by Friday, March 31st to [email protected]

Thank you and looking forward to reading your work!

SOYUZ board

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]