*The deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2011*
Please send abstracts of 250 words by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your full name, paper title, and academic affiliation, and please write “SOYUZ 2012” in the subject line. Papers will be selected and notifications made by January 15, 2012.
hope to make a limited number of travel subsidies available to graduate
students as well as to presenters from outside the United States.
SOYUZ, the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest group, invites paper proposals for its 2012 meeting. The
symposium has met annually since 1991, and is an intimate forum where
scholars (from graduate students to senior faculty) from across the
world can exchange ideas.
2012 symposium will ponder the sentiments, the failures, and the
successes around making do with those ongoing, productive connections
that are afforded by infrastructures and procedures conceived during (or
in response to) socialism.
How to speak about what lives “after” without abjecting the “remains”?
foci might draw upon themes current in the humanities and social
sciences: biopolitics and biopowers (for instance, bricolage in ways of
dealing with affliction, means of training the body, etc.);
or sentiment-forming (e.g. recombination of religious, ethnic-folk,
scientific, poetic ideologies and resources); material and narrative
repurposing; modes of redistribution or (re)portioning of entitlements.
2012 symposium will feature a keynote address by Judith Farquhar, Max
Palevsky Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences and Chair,
Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago.
SOYUZ began in 1991 as a regionally focused group responding to the fall of the Soviet and socialist states. Since then, it has broadened to include scholars working in any region touched by socialism, by the oppositions of socialism to capitalism, or by those phenomena formerly known as “post-socialist.” The 2012 conference organizing committee includes University of Michigan anthropologists working across regions where socialism has figured in important ways: Kelly Askew (Tanzania), Anya Bernstein (Buryatia), Krisztina Fehervary (Hungary), Alaina Lemon (Russia, Romani diaspora), Erik Meuggler (China), Damani Partridge (Germany).
may work in any discipline (anthropology, history, sociology, literary
criticism and film studies, etc.) and may focus on any aspect of social
life (religion, politics, kinship, sexuality, exchange, performance,
etc.). At the same time, papers must strive to combine ethnographic evidence with theory.
U-M’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; African
Studies Center; Center for Chinese Studies; Department of Anthropology;
Institute for the Humanities; International Institute; College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts; Office of the Vice President for
Research; and Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.