Symposium

CFP: The 2019 Annual Soyuz Symposium

~~~Beyond the Soviet Slot: Race, Indigeneity & Identity~~~

University of Pittsburgh

March 29-30, 2019

Soyuz, the Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, invites presentation proposals for its 2019 symposium, to be held at the University of Pittsburgh, March 29-30, 2018. Ten years after Sharad Chari and Katherine Verdery’s provocation to “Think Between The Posts” (2009), the 2019 SOYUZ Symposium theme seeks to highlight scholarship carried out at the intersections of postsocialist and post-colonial studies. We invite research papers and multimedia presentations (including documentary/ethnographic/artistic films and performances) on the broad topic of race, indigeneity, and identity. We seek submissions that critically interrogate how these themes have been refracted through the legacies, afterlives, and reproductions of socialist and colonial projects writ large, and how they reemerge with new meanings at the meeting points between postsocialist & postcolonial cultural and political landscapes and imaginaries. Finally, we encourage projects that expand the geographical optic of postsocialist studies to include Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, East/Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, as well as highlight transnational approaches and connections.

How are political categories, official and vernacular classifications, collective performances, embodied experiences, and enterprises of knowledge-making pertaining to these themes maintained, enlivened, and reimagined in the context of changing power relations? What old and new social lives and enactments do they produce? What potential political projects and imaginaries can emerge at the intersection of post-colonial and postsocialist experience and research? We encourage considerations of these questions from a range of disciplinary angles, including, but not limited to anthropology, history, cultural studies, literature, Slavic studies, archaeology, material culture studies, political science and sociology.

We are delighted that Manduhai Buyandelger, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Gender, and Memory in Contemporary Mongolia (University of Chicago Press, 2013) will give the keynote address.

Possible themes include:
· States, taxonomies, optics and technologies of governance
· Imaginaries of civil rights across the Cold War divide, past and present
· Power and sovereignty
· Bodies, health, and inequality
· Mobility, migration, emplacement
· Gender and gendering
· Local ontologies and situated knowledge
· Language politics
· Whiteness and new nationalisms
· Infrastructure, development, ruins
· Power, administrative practice, and bureaucracy
· Invisibility, marginality, interstitiality
· Space and place making
· Self, subjectivity, performance
· Precarity, contingency, resilience
· Ethnofutures, alternative imaginaries
· Material culture
· Maps and other spatial imaginaries
· Altered ecologies and climate change
· Resource extraction/land use/land rights
· Education reforms

Our goal is to foster collegial conversations among generations of researchers in anthropology and cultural studies broadly conceived, with a special eye to building connections across traditional area studies boundaries. We welcome submissions from scholars at all career stages, including graduate students and colleagues in professions outside the academy. As always at Soyuz, other topics of research on postsocialisms that are not directly related to the year’s theme are also welcome.

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to the Soyuz 2019 organizing committee at [email protected] by November 5, 2018. Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “Soyuz 2019” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by December 2018.

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group of 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. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at the website.

The 2019 Soyuz Symposium is made possible through the support of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anthropology, Russian East European and Eurasian Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and Asian Studies Center.

 

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)

1996

1997

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

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

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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.