CFP Conference: “Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present Day”, Slavic Gr

Deadline: December 28, 2011

The Slavic Graduate Students' Association (SGSA) invites all interested graduate students to submit abstracts for our Graduate Student Conference on Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present Day. The conference will take place on February 24th and 25th, 2011 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Constant innovation in communication and media technologies is changing the notions of nation and national identity. We have witnessed how these new technologies can facilitate political and social revolutions. At the same time, these tools can be used to further imperialist and authoritarian agendas. Most essentially, we want to ask, what is a nation and how has this concept shifted in meaning? We want to explore the inherent difficulties in contextualizing historical national traditions, and new ways of looking at the cultural traditions of post-communist nations.

We welcome papers in any discipline that enrich the study of Slavic nations. Examples include, but are not limited to:
· Nationalism, Politics and Identity
· Literature and Imaginary Homelands
· Social Media and the Diaspora
· Film, Art and Transnationalism
· Pop Culture and Language
· National Character and Memory

To present a paper, please submit an abstract (up to 300 words in length) with your full name, institution, contact information (email address and telephone number), major area of study, and the title of the paper. If you need any audiovisual equipment, please include that as well.

Submissions are due on December 28th, 2011 to Katerina Lakhmitko at

We will let you know if your abstract has been accepted in early January. Please submit your final paper by January 20th so that we can publish it online before the conference. If you have any questions, please contact Katerina or Alejandra O. Pires at

Date: 2011-11-04