Past Symposia

1992  Symposium on Soviet Cultural Studies, Columbia University (pre-Soyuz founding symposium)

1993  Symposium on Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Studies, Columbia University (pre-Soyuz)

1994  Symposium at Columbia University (pre-Soyuz)

1995  “Soyuz: Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Studies,” Columbia University (the year of Soyuz’s official founding)



1998  Soyuz: Post-Communist Cultural Studies Symposium: “Out of the Ruins: Cultural Negotiation in the Soviet Aftermath,” Columbia University

1999  Soyuz: Post-Communist Cultural Studies Symposium: “Peripheral Visions: Views from the Margins,” Indiana University Bloomington

2000  Soyuz: Post-Communist Cultural Studies Symposium: “Views from Within: Ethnographic Perspective on Post-Communist Culture and Society,” Columbia University

2001  Soyuz Post-Communist Cultural Studies Symposium: “From the ‘Internationale’ to the Transnational: Repositioning Socialist and Post-Socialist Cultures,” University of California Berkeley

2002  “New Directions in Postsocialist Studies,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2003  Ethnographies of Postsocialism,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2004 Memory and the Present in Postsocialist Cultures,” Reed College

2005  Post Post Socialism,” Indiana University Bloomington

2006  “Walls and Bridges: Refiguring ‘Socialist’ and ‘Postsocialist’ Spaces in a Deterritorializing World,” Bryant University

2007  Locating ‘Eurasia’ in Postsocialist Studies: The Geopolitics of Naming,” Princeton University

2008  Contemporary Critical Inquiry through the Lens of Postsocialism,” University of California Berkeley

2009  Global Socialisms and Postsocialisms,” Yale University

2010  Old and New Discourses and Ideologies of Power: Postsocialist Perspectives,” Northwestern University

2011  New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics,” University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2012  Affections/Afflictions/Afterlives,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2013  Authoritarianism and Beyond: Lessons from Postsocialism,” Columbia University

2014  “The Topos of Justice,” Miami University of Ohio

2015  “Shifting Territories: Historical Legacies and Social Change,” University of Washington

2016  Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right?,” University of Chicago

2017  “Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity: On Matters of Method in Postsocialist Studies,” Indiana University Bloomington

2018New Stages? Postsocialisms, Postliberalisms, and Performances,” Yale University


The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, ranging from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting.