Conf/CfP - Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies, 4-6 June 2017, Tartu, Estonia

Publish Date: Nov 30, 2016

Deadline: Feb 20, 2017

Event Dates: from Jun 04, 2017 12:00 to Jun 06, 2017 12:00


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 conference will begin with the evening session on Sunday, 4 June, and end in late afternoon on Tuesday, 6 June. The programme will include academic panels, roundtables focused on current issues and plenary sessions featuring, among others, the following speakers:

Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan
Madina Tlostanova, Linköping University

The organizers welcome individual paper submissions as well as proposals for full panels and roundtables. The Programme Committee will give careful and unbiased consideration to all proposals; however, panel proposals are particularly encouraged.

Each paper proposal must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Panel and roundtable proposals should list all speakers (as a general rule, 4 per panel/roundtable), along with abstracts and, if available, information about the chair and the discussant (alternatively, these can be assigned by the Programme Committee). Please use this link in the "Further official information" below this announcement to submit your proposal by 20 February 2017.

All proposals will undergo rigorous selection by the Programme Committee. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by email by 20 March. The deadline for registration is 20 April.

There is no registration fee. All presenters will be required to submit full papers by 25 May 2017.

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. The organizers will issue visa invitations, where applicable. Practical information regarding travel and accommodation is available on the conference website. If there are any further questions, please contact the organizers directly:

Programme Committee

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

Important dates 

  • 15 November 2016 Call for Papers opens
  • 20 February 2017 Deadline for proposal submission
  • 20 March 2017 Notification of acceptance
  • 20 April 2017 Registration deadline for panel/roundtable participants
  • 25 May 2017 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 4-6 June 2017 The Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies

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. 

Individual Paper Submissions: The Programme Committee will consider proposals for individual papers that are not associated with a panel. Paper proposals will be accepted only if they can be fit into a coherent panel, and if that panel is then approved by the Programme Committee.
Two-Session/One-Paper Rule: A conference participant may appear on the programme in no more than two sessions (panels or roundtables) and may present only one paper during the conference (however, a participant may appear as a co-author of another paper presented by another participant).

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

All participants on panels/roundtables must register by the deadline of 20 April 2017. Failure to register will result in the participant's name being removed from the Conference Programme and the List of Participants. There is no registration fee. See Conference Registration for more information.

Registration to the conference signifies commitment to attend.  Should illness or other emergency render you unable to attend, please notify both the organizers ( 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

Adherence to time limits: Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time to all as you plan your talk and your session. Conference  panels are one hour and forty-five minutes in length, generally consisting of:
  • 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 chair: The chair should introduce the panelists, field questions from the audience and make sure the panel stays within its 1 hour and 45 minute timeslot. If there is no separate discussant, the chair fulfils this role.

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.

Speakers: Make sure that you understand the objectives of the roundtable and know what is expected from you.  Confirm with the chair on the nature of your role in the session; the type and length of any introductory comments or presentation you should plan to give; and the roles of the other participants. Prepare appropriately.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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