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.
We therefore invite proposals for research papers that address the politics of difference – broadly understood – in the postsocialist world. How have postsocialist histories driven new articulations of difference and to what effect? How do contemporary politics of postsocialist difference-making resemble, draw on, differ from, or challenge antecedents in the last century? What new political horizons might contemporary articulations of difference – left and right – suggest? Finally, how might the critical analysis of global postsocialism inform the scholarly investigation of the politics of difference more broadly? As always, at SOYUZ, other topics of research on postsocialism that are not directly related to this theme are also welcome.
Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2015.
Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “SOYUZ 2016” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by December 15, 2015.