CfP: Second Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies

The Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University are announcing the Call for Papers for the Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies:

The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later
4–6 June 2017, Tartu, Estonia

Scholars working in all subfields of area studies, including comparative politics, international relations, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and related disciplines, are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Second Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies.

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. The First Tartu Conference, held in June 2016, brought together more than 200 scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond.

Participants of the 2017 conference are invited to share their reflections on the Russian revolution of 1917 and the ensuing developments in Russia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere in the world. How are they represented and interpreted today by professional historians, various political actors and the wider public? What was their impact on culture, the economy, political systems, ideologies and social structures? Which legacies and path-dependencies going back to 1917 continue to be relevant today for memory politics, value systems, social institutions, the economy and international relations? What does an analysis of 1917 and its legacies contribute to the comparative study of revolutions? How can the liberating potential of popular struggles against exploitation and oppression be harnessed, and can social orders be transformed without resorting to violence? How do we keep alive the memory of the victims of twentieth-century totalitarianism and defend democracy against mounting challenges?

The Programme Committee will consider proposals addressing the above and related questions as well as other issues relevant to the development of Russia, the rest of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe from any disciplinary angle. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

The programme will include academic panels, roundtables focused on current issues and plenary sessions featuring, among others, the following speakers:
Mark Kramer, Harvard University
Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan
Madina Tlostanova
, Linköping University

Please submit your proposal by 20 February 2017.

For more information and full Call for Papers, please see the Tartu conference website.

Programme Committee
Viacheslav Morozov, University of Tartu
Stefan Hedlund, University of Uppsala
Elena Korosteleva, University of Kent