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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2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium (deadline **December 1**)

The 2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium will be held at the University of Chicago on March 11-12, 2016. Find the call for papers and other information here.

CFP: Music, Political Activism and the State (Southampton, April 2016) (deadline December 1)

Music, Political Activism and the State*

*Wednesday 13 April 2016. University of Southampton, Highfield Campus,
Southampton SO17 1BJ *

*One-day conference sponsored by the IMR and the University of Southampton*

*Keynote Speaker: Professor John Street (UEA)*

In this one-day conference we seek to cultivate a dialogue concerning the intersections between music, political activism and the State, both among scholars from a range of disciplines and practitioners seeking to use music to contribute to social change. Whilst the importance of musical performance to political activism has long been reflected within the scholarly literature, more remains to be said about the ways that practices of protest or activist musicianship emerge in relation to the State, as an entity with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force, as a set of bureaucratic institutions (often with conflicting interests), and as a concept which individuals construct in everyday and official discourse. Particularly deserving of further attention are the ways that States – as legal institution and socially negotiated concept – may condition and create possibilities for creative musical practice.

In this conference, we aim to stimulate a cross-disciplinary debate addressing a number of important questions relating to this topic:

– How do protest musicians represent the State within their performances, and how may this relate to their own sense of marginality in relation to it?
– In what ways may the so-called “conspiracy theories” that often result from State opacity create possibilities for creative responses in music?
– Moving beyond the notion of musical performance as protest, how may the practice of music be seen to contribute to the formation of activist *communities* seeking to undermine State control?
– How has music contributed to, reflected upon and contested historical processes of State formation, and what insights into internal contradictions among State actors may be gleaned from the study of musical practice?
– How have politically engaged musicians used creative practice to challenge, undermine or reinforce State legitimacy, and what kinds of practical relationships between musicians and State institutions underpin these forms of expression?
– Conversely, how may musical performance function as a social practice within so-called “stateless societies”, as well as “failed states”?
– Finally, taking into account the disjunction between the intimacy and exclusivity often adhering to musical performance and the construction of State power as indiscriminate and universal, how can we adequately research and represent the relationships between States and musicians?

Contributions are invited from researchers working in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, anthropology, politics, sociology and related disciplines, as well as from musicians and activists. We welcome 20-minute papers or shorter presentations for panel discussion addressing the conference themes. We particularly wish to encourage proposals involving small-scale live musical performance.

Please submit a 250-word abstract, a short biographical note (including name, affiliation/independent scholar, e-mail) to andrewjgreen5 [at] gmail.com by 1 December 2015.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 5 January 2016.

Funding is available to support travel expenses for contributing Early Career Researchers without access to alternative funding residing within the United Kingdom and Ireland. Please email Andrew Green at andrewjgreen5@gmail.com as soon as possible indicating requirements and interest.

Conference organiser: Andrew Green, Institute of Musical Research

Mentor: Hettie Malcomson, University of Southampton

JOB: Assistant Professor, Political Science, Miami University of Ohio (deadline December 15)

Political Science (Middletown Campus) seeks to fill a nine-month, assistant professor, tenure track position in Political Science to begin the Fall Semester 2016. Further information about the Middletown Campus is available at www.regionals.MiamiOH.edu. Broadly trained tenure-track assistant professor to teach introductory courses in American politics and global politics, as well as a research methods course and upper-division courses in area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to be an effective teacher, develop curriculum, advise students, provide meaningful service to the department, university, and community, and establish program of scholarship and research. Required: Ph.D. in Political Science or related field by date of appointment; demonstration of teaching excellence; evidence of potential for ongoing research and publication in traditional, public, or pedagogical scholarship. Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, student mentoring, curriculum development, and service (department, campus, university, community, professional). Strong candidates will have an interest in or experience with online or hybrid teaching formats. This colleague will play a vital role in a new multidisciplinary regional campus social science department and contribute to the development of a proposed new four-year degree program, Applied Social Research. Submit: cover letter and cv to https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/jobdetails?jobID=1962. Upon your completion of the application, the three professional references will be contacted by email requesting letters of recommendation. Please ensure email contact information is provided in the application system as requested. Inquiries about the position can be directed to John Cinnamon at cinnamjm@miamioh.edu. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2015 and continues until position is filled. Miami University, an EO/AA employer encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami does not permit, and takes action to prevent, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities should be directed to Ms. Mary Jane Leveline at (513) 529-2027. Annual Security and Fire Safety Report may be found at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html. Criminal background check required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free.