SECOND ANNUAL TARTU CONFERENCE
ON RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES
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.
Participation rules and guidelines
The working language of the conference is English.
Participants are expected to secure their own funding and make travel arrangements independently, but the organizers will issue visa invitations, if applicable.
Panels entail presentation of prepared papers (distributed in advance to a discussant and co-panelists) on a related topic or theme, followed by structured discussion of those papers. A full panel must have one chair, 3-4 paper-givers; and one discussant.
Roundtables entail structured discussion of a topic/theme, without the presentation of papers. Participants of a roundtable will talk with each other and with the audience about a common topic on which they have diverse experience or perspectives. Discussion and question-and-answer between speakers, and especially between speakers and audience, are key features. Proposals for roundtables should be submitted only when the topic clearly justifies this format. Roundtables must have a chair and 4-5 speakers.
A panel/roundtable should not be made up of participants from only one institution. The presenters on a panel/roundtable must be from at least two different institutions.
Student Participation: Graduate student participants should be at the research-stage in their programmes. All panels must include at least one member who holds a doctoral degree. Graduate students should not, as a rule, be designated as discussants on a panel.
Registration and commitment to attend
Registration to the conference signifies commitment to attend. Should illness or other emergency render you unable to attend, please notify both the organizers (email@example.com) and your session chair. Scholars who fail to appear at their session without giving notice will not be included as participants in future events of the consortium.
Panel Participant Guidelines
- a chair, allotted a total of five minutes for panel and presenter introductions;
- 3-4 panelists, allotted 15-20 minutes each;
- a discussant, allotted 10 minutes;
- followed by 30 minutes for questions and group discussion.
Advance copy of your paper for chair, discussant and co-panelists. Paper-givers will be required to upload their full papers to the conference website by Thursday, 25 May. They will be made available to other members of the panel, including the chair and discussant. Note that the conference charges no registration fee, but requires firm commitment and engagement on the part of the participants. Failure to submit full text by the deadline will result in the paper being removed from both the printed and the electronic versions of the programme.
During the panel sessions, presenters ought to be pro-active and play a role in discussing the other papers in the panel, in addition to presenting their own paper. For panels put together by the organisers, the panelists will be put in touch with the panel chair and each other.
Role of the discussant: The discussant's role is to provide another perspective on the papers presented in the panel. They should have read all the papers - which are shared by the panelists well in advance - before the conference and be able to make some observations on each. They should help to facilitate a dialogue with the audience and stimulate discussion. Should they wish to, discussants can provide more detailed feedback in writing to presenters after the panel.
Roundtable Participant Guidelines
Roundtable organizers and chairs: Make sure that the roundtable addresses an important question. Set clear goals for the session that are achievable within the given time frame (1 hour and 45 minutes). Communicate the goals and format of the roundtable to the speakers very clearly. Be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time to all as you plan and conduct your session. Begin the session by introducing the topic and the speakers and informing the audience about the format. Keep in mind that discussion and interaction between speakers, and especially between speakers and audience, are key features of roundtables. Involve the audience by taking questions and comments.
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