CFP: 28th International Conference of Europeanists “The Environment of Democracy”

The Council for European Studies at Columbia University (CES) invites submissions for the 28th International Conference of Europeanists. The theme of the conference, The Environment of Democracy, captures two central challenges facing Europe and the world today: climate change and the future of democracy. The 2022 conference will also be the first time that we meet in person since Madrid in 2019. We are thrilled that our reunion will take place at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | Lisbon, Portugal  where the local organizing team, led by Guya Accornero, and the conference co-chairs Paula Castro, Gökce Yurdakul, and Alison Johnston are working to assemble an exciting, engaging, and innovative program.

Read the Call for Proposals

A central goal of CES as a scholarly organization is the promotion of inclusiveness and sustainability. We know that some members would like to attend the in-person conference but, unfortunately, face financial constraints and/or have concerns about travel. We have scheduled an online conference component for June 20-22, 2022 (the week before the in-person conference in Lisbon) to accommodate these groups. The in-person component in Lisbon (June 29-July 1, 2022) remains the centerpiece of our Annual Conference, with the online component forming an essential feature. Together, the online and in-person conference components add up to a week filled with networking opportunities and scholarly exchange. In-person participants may attend the virtual sessions as “observers” free of charge to benefit from additional intellectual exchange as well as professional development, while virtual participants are able to Zoom into the headline Lisbon events (keynote and presidential panel/plenaries). 

The Submission Portal is Now Open

All proposals may be submitted from 12:00 PM EDT, September 7 to 11:59 PM EDT, October 15, 2021. Participants may present in a maximum of two paper sessions and one book panel/roundtable during the in-person event. In addition, registered in-person participants may act as chair, moderator, or discussant for one additional virtual session. Please note that participants registered for the online conference component may present in one virtual session onlyBeing a discussant, chair, or moderator does not count toward this limit. Scholars will not be able to submit the same paper or panel proposal to both the online and in-person event.

In-person conference participants can join the virtual conference as “observers” free of charge. All virtual conference participants will be able to Zoom in for the keynotes and plenary sessions.

We invite proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers on the study of Europe. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and particularly welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, genders, scholarly career stages, and other pertinent identities. Please note that priority will be given to full panel submissions. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Submit an Individual Paper Proposal Here

Submit a Proposal to Participate as a Book/Roundtable Panelist Here

If you are a chair/panel organizer, please submit in the Paper Panel or Book Panel/Roundtable category. Panel proposals cannot be submitted until ALL panel participants have submitted proposal applications individually. Unfortunately, we are unable to host hybrid sessions. For this reason, all invited panelists must adhere to the same agreed format. Invited panelists should specify that their proposal is part of a panel and should provide the panel organizer’s/chair’s email. The panel organizer/chair will then receive a confirmation email with a paper proposal number for each paper submitted to her/his panel. 

Submit a Paper Panel Here

Submit a Book Panel/Roundtable Here

Visit the Conference FAQs for further information. Detailed information on how to submit proposals is also available on the CES website.

If you have any questions, email us at:

Call for Papers: International Congress “Juri Lotman’s Semiosphere”

Call for Papers: International Congress “Juri Lotman’s Semiosphere”

February 25–28, 2022, Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia

2022 marks the centenary of the birth of Juri Lotman (28 February 1922), renowned Russian-Estonian semiotician, literary scholar and cultural historian. To celebrate this anniversary and commemorate his distinguished contribution to humanities and beyond, the University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Juri Lotman’s Semiotics Repository and the Estonian Association of Semiotics will be hosting an International Congress “Juri Lotman’s Semiosphere”.

The concept of semiosphere is one of the key outcomes of Lotman’s lifelong study of culture. It ties together the copious collection of topics and ideas that run across his works. The semiosphere is the hallmark of Lotman’s holistic and dynamic thinking, of the creative intellectual dialogue he had with scholars from various fields. For Lotman, the semiosphere as a space for meaning generation is the precondition for any act of communication:

Without the semiosphere, language not only does not function, it does not exist. The different substructures of the semiosphere are linked in their interaction and cannot function without the support of each other. This is the sense of semiosphere in the contemporary world, steadily expanding into space over the centuries, it has now taken on a global character, and includes within itself the call signs of satellites, the verse of poets and the cry of animals. The interdependence of these elements of the semiosphere is not metaphorical, but a reality.

(J. Lotman, “On the Semiosphere” [1984], transl .W. Clark. Sign Systems Studies, 33 (1), 2005: 218–9)

The congress is dedicated to Juri Lotman’s semiosphere, his expanding universe of the mind, a space of inspiring and unexpected dialogues that is continuously explored and rediscovered in various areas of research.

The congress aims to celebrate the centenary of Lotman’s birth by bringing together scholars from diverse fields of studies related to the intellectual legacy of Lotman. We wish to discuss his rich work, pioneering ideas and the vitality of new scholarship surrounding them, to trace the trajectories and developments of his ideas and to promote a space for interdisciplinary encounters and new approaches, as well as for commemoration of Lotman as eminent scholar and great humanist.

The congress will take place on 25–26 February at Tallinn University and on 27–28 February at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The official languages of the congress are English and Russian.


  • Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz)
  • Mieke Bal (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
  • Sergey Nekludov (Russian State University for the Humanities)
  • Yuri Tsivian (The University of Chicago)
  • Boris Uspenskij (National Research University Higher School of Economics)


We invite proposals for individual presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion). You
can submit your abstract here on the Congress website (the link for submissions will be opened
on the 1st of March).


If you are interested in organizing a thematic panel involving 3 or 4 presentations, please submit
on the Congress webpage a short description of the panel (ca 200 words) and the abstracts
of each paper in the panel (ca 250 words each).
Please include the following information in your submission:

1. Name
2. Institutional affiliation and academic status
3. Email address
4. Title of submission and abstract in English or Russian
5. A maximum of six keywords
6. Short biography (ca 100 words)

All proposals should be written in English or in Russian. Please specify whether you prefer to
deliver your paper or hold your panel in Tallinn or in Tartu.


Submissions open: 1 March 2021
Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2021
Presenters will be informed of decision by 31 August 2021
Confirmation of attendance by 30 September 2021
Early registration starts: 1 October 2021
Registration closes: 15 January 2022

Call for Proposals: Graduate Student Conference on Late Soviet History (virtual)

April 30, 2021
9 a.m.–3 p.m. EST (virtual)

We invite paper proposals from graduate students (PhD, MA) at any stage working on a topic related to the history of the late Soviet Union (1953–1991). This conference allows graduate students to present their original and ongoing work in a professional environment, and to receive feedback from peers and experts within the field. We also extend an invitation to undergraduate students who have begun rigorous independent research related to the late Soviet Union.

Proposals may include topics related to the political, cultural, social, environmental, or economic history of the Soviet Union between 1953-1991.

Please submit a 300-word proposal by February 19. Submissions must include a working title and brief description of the paper’s central argument. Please include on the cover page the scholar’s full name, institutional affiliation, graduate program of study, and current year in that program.

Notification of acceptance will be no later than March 12, 2021. If accepted, participants must submit their registration form and paper no later than April 9, 2021.

Please send proposals and questions to Danielle Leavitt-Quist ( and Anna Ivanova (

Call for Papers: Pitt’s Virtual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 11-13, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh invite applications from undergraduate students for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium in European and Eurasian Studies, to be held online from May 11-13, 2021.


The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002, designed to provide undergraduate students with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is usually held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus, but will be held virtually in 2021.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics.  The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

2021 Dates:

*Students submit an application that includes a 250-300 word abstract and a draft of their entire paper by January 15, 2021.

  • Selected students notified by early February 2021.
  • Final revised papers due by April 20, 2021.
  • Presentations via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021.
  • Proceedings are published.
  • View 2020 program and proceedings:

For more information, please contact REEES Engagement Coordinator, Dr. Susan Dawkins at

Post-Socialist Memory in Global Perspective: Postcolonialism, Post-transition, Post-trauma

Please note that all start and end times are indicated according to Chișinău time, i.e. Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3:00), and given in 24h format (i.e. 13:30, not 1.30 pm).

Click here for more information and a detailed schedule of events. 

NB. No papers will be presented in regular conference sessions. The purpose of the sessions is to discuss previously uploaded paper presentations. Thus, before participating in a session, please make sure you have watched all the associated paper presentations! Roundtable discussions can be followed without watching presentations, but introductory videos and/or texts will be uploaded beforehand and it is recommended that you view them before the discussion.

The plenary sessions, however, require no such preparation.

Clicking on a panel title will take you to a page where you can watch the presentations and register for the relevant conference session, Unless a session is entirely public, you will need to register for the conference before being able to access that link. Presentations that can be viewed without registration are marked 🟢. Clicking on their title will take you to YouTube.

Unless otherwise stated, all conference events are in English.

Even though the conference has been moved online, every day features at least one panel, paper or plenary event related to Moldova and/or Romania. Relevant events have been highlighted with a Moldovan 🇲🇩 and/or Romanian 🇷🇴 flag. (Please note that some browsers are unable to display these flags and you will see the abbreviations MD or RO instead. In that case, try using a smartphone to view this page.)

Note that you can also use the Google calendar embedded below to import events directly into your own calendar.

Pro tip: to view all the videos for any given session on a single page, simply add the session number to For example, to watch all the video presentations for session 7 on one page (and register to participate in that session), go to This will only work if you are registered and logged in.

The 14th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE)

In 2021, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will mark 100 years of international recognition de jure as modern independent states, and 30 years of recognition of their reestablishment as independent democracies following a half century of Soviet domination. At the same time, it will be 300 years since the Treaty of Nystad ended Swedish rule in the Baltic territories, resulting in the creation of provinces of the Russian Empire with their own particular system of rights and regulations.

Similar to today, however, these rights were not applied evenly across society. Then as now, some voices are suppressed, and some groups struggle for recognition. Thus, the main theme of the CBSE Uppsala in 2021 will be to look at aspects of rights and recognition in their broader meanings, as they pertain to the societies of the eastern Baltic littoral.

How to submit a proposal

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or panels in the following thematic streams:

  • History
  • Politics, International Relations, Security
  • Language, Culture, Media
  • Society (Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Gender studies, etc.)
  • Migration and Minorities
  • Sustainability (e.g. cultural heritage, urban planning, “green” management, higher education policy)

Proposals for papers, panels, and writing workshop participation are to be submitted electronically using the online form (link below).

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2020.

Decisions on proposals will be announced in December 2020.

Due to the fact that a significant number of presentations have been transferred from the AABS conference to be held in Charlotte, NC, in May 2020, which was cancelled due to Covid 19, there may be more slots available for papers/panels in some streams than in others.

In collaboration with Journal of Baltic Studies, there will also be writing workshops for early career scholars (graduate students and postdocs to discuss draft manuscripts for publication in academic journals).

Call for Papers: Migration as a narrative: Russian-speaking identities and communities in space and time International Conference

Migration as a narrative: Russian-speaking identities and communities in space and time International Conference

The University of Edinburgh, 18-19 June 2020

Migration is a constant feature of the current age of ‘liquid modernity’, transforming societies into a collection of diasporas (Bauman). Research in Russian speaking mobility offers a valuable contribution to both the theoretical and empirical aspects of migration and mobility studies. While Russian speakers have crossed state boundaries for centuries, the collapse of the Soviet Union has created an unprecedented environment for mobility and diasporic processes of Russophones, destabilising hegemonic relations between the centre and the periphery and producing emerging conditions including ‘beached diasporas’, ‘Global Russians’, ‘virtual Russophonia’, and ‘transnational Russian cultures’, to name but a few. Currently, the geography of Russian-speaking communities outside Russia is wider than ever with the overall population comparable in size to that of the Russian Federation.

Discourse perspectives have recently marked a theoretical shift in migration research. Mobility is intrinsically discursive as space, communities, identities and belonging are constructed in narratives – those produced by migrants and those about migrants. What do these stories – written and oral, visual and multimodal, fictional and real – tell us about Russian-speaking movers across the world? As the Russian speakers populate the ‘third space’ (Bhabha) of diasporic sites, and as these sites turn to the ‘zones of intense cutting-edge creativity’ (Karim), what are the discursive manifestations and articulations of this condition? And how do the current migration narratives of Russophones compare with those produced in other ‘waves’ of migration from Russia and the Soviet Union?

We invite proposals for individual papers from colleagues who use discourse-based approaches to Russophone communities outside the Russian Federation from a variety of disciplines in humanities and social sciences: sociolinguistics, (linguistic) anthropology, discourse studies, narrative studies, conversational analysis, literary and film studies, communication and media studies, socio-political disciplines and other areas. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV are to be submitted by no later than Tuesday 18 February 2020 to Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke


Abstracts by 18 February 2020
Responses to proposals by 28 February
Dates of the Conference 18-19 June 2020

There is no conference fee. Paper presenters will be offered free tea and coffee, lunch and a conference dinner.

Non-paper giving participants will be asked to contribute to coffee breaks and dinner.

We will be able to offer a modest contribution towards travel for three graduate students on a competitive basis.

2020 Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference

2020 Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference


Utopia and Dystopia in Russian Music








This conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies (IRMS) is hosted in Vipiteno under the auspices of the Orfeo Music Festival and the Municipality of Vipiteno. This year the arrival is scheduled for July 1 and departure on July 6 or later.

Scholars and students of Russian music from around the world are invited to submit paper proposals of new research in Russian music and panel discussion proposals. The committee will select papers of special interest for conference presentations and panel sessions. Papers are planned as 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions. The official languages of the conference are English and Russian (with provided English translation).


Ada Aynbinder (Tchaikovsky State Museum-Reserve, State Institute for Art Studies, Russia)

Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford, UK)

Olga Digonskaya (Shostakovich Archive, Russian National Museum of Music, Russia)

Emily Frey (Brandies University, USA)

Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University, UK)

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston – Downtown, USA; OMF, Italy)

Simon Morrison (Princeton University, USA)


March 1: 1) Deadline for 300-400-word abstract. Include title of proposed paper, the state of research field and the contribution of the paper to the field. 2) Your 100-word biography, digital head shot, name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and your contact information. Email to:

March 15: Paper acceptance notifications are sent out. The committee will finalize the decision on the papers included in the conference and will inform the contributors immediately thereafter.

March 20 – May 31: Registration is open on the website. Fees: $190 for 4 days & includes lunch, Early Registration $150 by 3/20, Student Registration available. Complete Registration Form.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies

You are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian And East European Studies on 7-9 June 2020, Tartu, Estonia under the theme “Post-Socialist (dis)Orders”. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Prof Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia University) and by Dr Ayşe Zarakol (University of Cambridge).

The collapse of socialism was greeted both in the East and in the West as a return to civilization, a resumption of the normal course of history after the communist experiment. The general expectation was that after a period of transition, former socialist countries would become market democracies, rendering obsolete the very notion of Eastern Europe. Thirty years later, it is clear that the post-socialist world has developed as a complex hierarchy of geographic and social spaces, where diverse identities and historical legacies produce specific political, economic and cultural dynamics. Conference participants are invited to reflect on these challenges as they are faced by local communities and entire nations; comparative research focusing on the region and beyond is particularly encouraged. Please find full details of the Call at the conference website.

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. Inaugurated in June 2016, this forum brings together scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond. The Programme Committee will consider proposals addressing the above and related questions as well as other issues relevant to the development of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia from any disciplinary angle. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

Each paper proposal must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Panel and roundtable proposals should list all speakers, 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 to submit your proposal by 20 January 2020.

The 2020 Tartu Conference is organized by the Centre for EU–Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu, in cooperation with the PONARS Eurasia research network. Please find more information the conference website

Call for Papers: 4th Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4)

Due to popular demand and in light of an additional funding opportunity*, the Call for Papers for ConCALL-4 has been EXTENDED until Sunday, December 15, 2019.

This Spring the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the 4th Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4) at Indiana University from April 17-19, 2020.

Keynote Speakers for the conference include leading names in Turkic and Iranian linguistics, as well as second language acquisition and heritage language learning:

  • Gulsat Aygen, Professor, Department of English, Northern Illinois University
  • Matthew Gordon, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Ayse Gurel, Professor, Department of Foreign Language Education, Bogazici University
  • Irene Vogel, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware

We are accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minute post-presentation questions and discussion) on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics, including both the Altaic and Eastern Indo-European languages spoken in the region (among others), a diverse range of languages such as Azerbaijani, Dari, Evenki, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mari, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tajiki, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uyghur, Uzbek, Yugur, and more. Submissions on endangered Central Asian languages, e.g. Buryat and Kalmyk (Mongolic), Shugni (Iranian), Selkup (Uralic), and Chuvash, Baskirt and Yakut (Turkic), among others, are especially welcome.

Submissions can include, but are not limited to:
Formal linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as their interfaces)

Acquisition (first and second language acquisition of a Central Asian language or of other languages by speakers of Central Asian languages)

Language education/pedagogy, as related to Central Asian languages

Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by external reviewers working in the same field and/or same/similar languages and evaluated on a basis of overall quality, as well as interest, originality, timeliness, and relevance to the field, as well as reviewing the methodology and data collection methods and overall clarity and organization of ideas.

Submissions should consist of an anonymous, titled abstract of no more than 500 words (not including examples and references, which can be placed on a second page) submitted via EasyAbstracts ( by Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

*STUDENT STIPENDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. We are now offering several stipends of up to $500 each, to be used for travel and accommodation costs. Stipends will be awarded to the undergraduate and/or graduate students with the highest-rated abstract submissions. If you are submitting an abstract for the conference and would like to be considered for this award, please email Amber Kent ( for more details.

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to Amber Kennedy Kent at

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to Dr. Öner Özçelik (Director, CeLCAR) at

For more information, please visit our conference website at

EXTENDED Proposal Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Acceptance Notification Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2019

Early Registration Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

Conference Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 17-19, 2020