2004 Conference Details

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Association for Women in Slavic Studies Conference

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 24-25, 2004

AWSS invites proposals for individual papers and panels for our first organizational conference at UIUC in June 2004. We welcome proposals in any field of Slavic/Eurasian/East European studies, including anthropology, art, film, history, library science, literature, music, political science, popular culture, sociology, and, of course, any aspect of women's studies. Work that crosses or challenges disciplinary boundaries is very welcome. Proposals for panels -- complete with chair and discussant -- are encouraged, but not preferred. All presenters must be AWSS members by the time they register for the event. The Conference committee is proposing two workshops for the event -- "Career Planning" and "Getting Published" -- but other workshop proposals are welcome.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to Professor Julie Brown, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, jvbrown@uncg.edu, who will distribute them to the multi-disciplinary Conference selection committee. ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE MARCH 1, 2004. Applicants will be notified about their participation in the first week of April.

Proposals for panels/papers must include:
1) A 150-word abstract for each paper
2) A one-page c.v. for each participant

Proposals for workshops must include a brief description of the topic and, if possible, should attach a list of possible presenters/facilitators.

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Conference on Russian and Soviet Eduction

'Study, study and study!' Theories and Practices of Education in Imperial and Soviet Russia, 1861-1991
Wolfson College, University of Oxford
14 May, 2004 (with possibility of extension through 15 May)
ORGANISERS: Polly Jones (Worcester College, Oxford) and Andy Byford
(Wolfson College, Oxford)

Education and '1enlightenment' were consistently near the top of the
political agenda from emancipation to the end of the Soviet period. As
such, they also constitute a vital part of the scholarly agenda for
Russian and Soviet historians. This interdisciplinary conference, which
may be extended over two days depending on interest, will bring together the increasing numbers of scholars whose work concerns the theory and practices of education in Russia from 1861 to 1991.

The rapid pace of modernisation from 1861 onwards generated unprecedented increases in literacy and the provision of basic schooling, whilst higher education expanded exponentially, changing the composition and self-definition of the intelligentsia. These educational developments played an important role in the growth of Russian civil society (obshchestvennost', as teachers and students each sought to define their role and place in Tsarist society.

The advent of Soviet power, itself largely a product of these processes of
modernisation, caused further changes in an already unstable environment.
Soviet pedagogical theories and educational policies were conceived
largely in opposition to Tsarist practices, claiming greater equality of
access to literacy training, basic schooling and higher education, and a
more humane approach to individual development. Soviet policies on
education and enlightenment (prosveshchenie) thus aspired to complete the work of modernising Russian society, through universal literacy and
education, whilst also 'Sovietising' the curriculum and, ultimately,
those people who studied and taught it. However, the often utopian projects of the Soviet leadership played out in complex, 'unorthodox' ways in the schoolrooms and lecture halls of Soviet Russia. Therefore, a thorough comparative examination of Russian and Soviet education will permit us to identify important continuities between the two periods, as well as the more obvious changes in ideological content. We seek papers which address any of the following themes:

--The school in late Imperial Russia: Pedagogical theories; The culture of
the classroom; rural vs. urban schooling; Social stratification in the
provision of education.

--The growth of higher education after emancipation: Curriculum debates; The place of the university in Russian culture; The emergence of an
academic intelligentsia; Student life and student protest in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries.

--The transition to Soviet education: The evolution of Soviet pedagogical
theories; The early work of the Ministry of Enlightenment; Intra-party
debates about education; Economic, social problems of the early years;
Debating, implementing the 'Sovietisation' of the Academy, teaching
personnel; The 'Sovietisation' of the student: education as a way to
construct 'the new Soviet person'

--From Stalinism to post-Stalinism: Images and realities of the Stalinist
school-room; The 'Stalinisation' of education: textbooks, the curriculum
and Stalinist ideology (including nationalism and the cult); Sites of
resistance, sites of indoctrination? Popular response to the regime(s)
amongst schoolchildren, students; De-Stalinising the Soviet school:
education and curriculum reform after Stalin.

Paper proposals, of no more than 150 words, should be sent to Dr Polly
Jones, Worcester College, Oxford, by December 31st, 2003, via email
(Polly.Jones@worcester.ox.ac.uk). Depending on the outcome of funding
proposals, we would expect to make some contribution to travel expenses, especially for scholars from outside of the European Union.

Dr Polly Jones
Junior Research Fellow
Worcester College, Oxford, OX1 2HB
Email: Polly.Jones@worcester.ox.ac.uk; Phone: 01865 515744

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Conference on the works of NINA SADUR

February 6-8, 2004
University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and Ohio State University. Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to both Karin Sarsenov at Karin.Sarsenov@slav.lu.se and Helena Goscilo at goscilo@pitt.edu by December 19, 2003. The conference organizers welcome submissions by faculty and graduate students.

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Landscape and the Arts in Imperial Russian

September 9-11, 2004
University of Cambridge and the National Gallery

A two-day conference to accompany the exhibition of Russian landscape painting at the National Gallery, London, September 9-11 2004

This international conference will be held at the University of
Cambridge and the National Gallery, London, from the afternoon of
Thursday 9th September to the evening of Saturday 11th September
2004. It will include one panel in Cambridge on Thursday, four
panels in Cambridge on Friday, and one panel in London on
Saturday, when there will also be an opportunity to view the exhibition
at the National Gallery. There will be a conference dinner in
Pembroke College, Cambridge on Friday 10th September, and a wine
reception in the National Gallery to conclude the conference at 5 p.m.
on Saturday 11th September.

The conference organisers invite proposals for papers on any aspect
of landscape and the arts in Imperial Russia, and encourage those
which adopt an interdisciplinary approach. Each paper should last for
no more than thirty minutes, and can be delivered in English or

The landscape of imperial Russia has long been a potent site of
individual and collective aspiration in shaping a national identity. Its
celebration in folklore, song and literature as symbol and metaphor
for patriotic sentiment and loyalist pride has been the subject of
considerable research. In contrast, its production and dissemination
within the visual arts has been largely unexplored. The important
Russian landscape exhibition which will take place in London and
Groningen in 2003-2004, the first major show of its kind in the West,
provides a timely opportunity to redress this balance by examining
different readings and visual expressions of landscape in Imperial
Russian culture.

Landscape has been assigned a variety of roles in the Russian arts: it
has carried the burden of representation, it has been promoted as a
vehicle for liberal-reformist aspiration, and it has been appropriated
as an emblem of conservative Slavophilia, to mention just three. At
the same time the genre has been a space of progressive stylistic
experimentation; it has served as the fulcrum for contentious debate
concerning the worthiness of indigenous subject matter, and the
authority and authenticity of the encounter with the 'native'; and it has
been both a forum for national assertiveness, and a testing ground
for academic and progressive trends in Western European art. By
focusing exclusively on landscape or by taking it as a point of
departure, this conference aims to explore these and other ideas,
shedding light on the many ways in which representations of the land
reflected and shaped intellectual preoccupations which ranged from
theocratic, aristocratic and democratic interests to artistic and
aesthetic debates. Encouraging both an interdisciplinary perspective
and interventions from social, political, literary, and philosophical
thought, it will enable internationally recognized scholars of Russian
culture to expose, question and debate the complex and challenging
contribution which landscape has made to the Russian arts.

Abstracts for papers should be no longer than 400 words in length,
and should be submitted to both Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley (nee
Gray), at rpg27@cam.ac.uk, and Dr David Jackson, at d.jackson@leeds.ac.uk by 31st October 2003. Please also let us know if you are not offering a paper but would like to reserve a place on the conference. The organisers aim to respond to all proposals and finalise the programme by the end of the year.

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Rethinking Malevich

Feb. 6-7, 2004

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Kazimir Malevich's birth (1879-1935), The Malevich Society announces a conference with the theme, "Rethinking Malevich". Papers are invited addressing any aspect of this topic. Subjects might include: Malevich and the Ukraine; Malevich and Western Modernism; Malevich as scientist; Malevich's familial biography; Malevich's landscape painting; the historical and philosophical significance of Suprematism; Malevich and revolutionary politics; evaluation of recent publications on the artist; and the historiography of Malevich studies.

The two day conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2004, in the Elebash Recital Hall of the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, located at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street in New York City. The proposal should consist of an approximately 500 word abstract of the paper you wish to present, a brief cv or resume, and your return e-mail or postal address for notification. The deadline for receipt of the proposal is August 1, 2003 Announcement of selected speakers will be made by September 20, 2003.

Postal address: The Malevich Society, c/o Herrick, Feinstein LLP, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Telephone: 1-718-980-1805 E-mail address: malevichsociety@hotmail.com.

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