CALL FOR PAPERS-2005 SOYUZ symposium, "Post
Indiana University, Bloomington
Deadline: October 15, 2004
SOYUZ, the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group of the
American Anthropological Association (AAA), invites paper submissions
for its 2005 meeting, to be held March 4-5, 2005, at Indiana University
The two-day symposium is an intimate forum where scholars (including
graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty) from across the
world can exchange ideas and engage in dialogue.
The theme of this year's symposium is "Post Post-Socialism?" Scholars
have recently begun suggesting that many aspects of social and cultural
life once considered unique to socialist and post-socialist societies
actually have parallels in post-colonial, post-modern, and post-welfare
Just what these parallels are still requires concrete discussion, but in
all cases we sense that old analytical models that anticipate stability
in social organization and relations, centralized systems of political
power, and master cultural narratives - have lost much of their
Empirically, we see societies in transition, states struggling to
maintain authority, citizens who hold diverse hierarchies of values, and
a general fragmentation of order, power, and cultural norms and
expectations. Is this kaleidoscope of social and cultural forms really
a new phenomenon? Has it always been there? Does it really reflect a
transitory moment, to be resolved soon into new patterns of order and
authority? Or will the study of culture and society be increasingly
challenged by these changes?
We would like to develop this line of inquiry as it applies to the post-
socialist societies of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia,
Africa, and Latin America. Participants in SOYUZ symposia have
traditionally been specialists in the study of Eastern Europe and the
former Soviet Union.
In the last several years, however, we have encouraged specialists on
other socialist and post-socialist societies to join our discussions to
better clarify what social and cultural patterns are best identified as
or "post-socialist"; which are local variations of these broad patterns;
and which ought better to be considered under other analytical
categories ("European," "national," "rural," etc.).
Proposed papers should therefore be based on ethnographic research in a
socialist or post-socialist society. Presentations may come from any
discipline (anthropology, sociology, folklore, political science,
history, literary scholarship, etc.), if they strive to creatively and
successfully combine solid ethnographic and/or empirical evidence with
theory. We are also open to multiple topics (including, but not limited
to, such recently popular themes as memory and nostalgia, tourism, new
economic patterns including consumption, advertising, and property
restitution, health and healing, national and transnational identity
processes and politics, the constraints and promises of membership in
the EU or other international organizations, gender and sexuality, youth
and the elderly, minority relations, media, high culture, and the
entertainment industries, and folklore and folklife).
We do, however, request that participants critically reflect on the
significance of post-socialism as an analytical and comparative
category, particularly in the current era of "posts". Papers from
graduate students who are completing or have completed their
dissertation research are especially encouraged and welcome.
We tentatively hope to have travel scholarships available for up to two
Please send an abstract (no longer than 500 words) and a brief CV to
Phillips, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15, 2004. Applicants will be notified
of the organizing committee's decision in December, 2004.
Sarah D. Phillips, PhD
Department of Anthropology
Student Building 130
701 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington IN 47405