МАГ/The International Association for the Humanities     ЖУРНАЛ МЕЖДУНАРОДНОЙ АССОЦИАЦИИ ГУМАНИТАРИЕВ

Volume 2, Issue 7 (10), Октябрь 2013


Информация о готовящихся конференциях в сфере гуманитарного знания.

Subjectivities after Stalin: The Khrushchev and Brezhnev Eras
Event time: April 25-26, 2014
Event place: European University at Saint Petersburg
Deadline: November 15, 2013

The last decade has witnessed the publication of a number of richly researched studies of the Khrushchev period. Increasingly, studies of the Brezhnev era and late socialism generally are also appearing. Many of these histories focus on the ways in which Soviet citizens responded to the change and continuity that characterized the post-Stalin Soviet Union. Our picture of late socialism has been fleshed out or reframed by investigations of Soviet citizens’ reactions to Gulag returnees, to the growth of mass media, and to changes to official language, among many other social, cultural, and political phenomena. Our conference hopes to build on these investigations by focusing squarely on the Soviet subject her/himself. We aim to examine the manifold personality ideals in circulation after Stalin and above all the ways in which Soviet citizens assimilated, recast, and/or challenged these ideals. In so doing, we seek to combine the above historiographical trends with the turn by historians of the early Soviet era in the 1990s and 2000s to investigation of “Soviet” and other subjectivities.

We hope that our conference will lead to productive exploration of the reception of the personality ideals of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras. The result would be the creation of a picture of the post-Stalin Soviet Union that includes various subjectivities within its frame. We invite proposals from scholars of different disciplines, including anthropology, art history, history, political science, Slavic studies, and sociology. Questions asked in proposed papers might include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ideals in Circulation:
• What personality ideals were proposed in the late socialist era and how did they change over time?
• How did they relate to Stalin-era, Lenin-era, or pre-revolutionary ideas?
• What led to the creation of new ideals or subtle or significant changes to the old? Pre-revolutionary holdovers, resistance informed by alternative readings of Marxism-Leninism, socio-economic modernization, new practices, new discursive regimes, the Cold War and exchange with the West, Eastern Europe, and the Third World?
• Who, both within and beyond Party-state institutions, advanced and monitored the ideals?
• To what extent did similar ideals exist in different cities, regions, or republics? For different age groups, genders, classes, or nations?
• Can we refer to the ideals as “modern” subjectivities?
• What words or phrases were used to describe the ideals? For example, to what degree did the term New Soviet Man persist into the post-Stalin years?
• In what artistic, literary, or other representational forms were they presented? To what extent were some forms considered more appropriate in capturing a particular ideal than others?
• To what extent was the act of putting a personality ideal into circulation constitutive of normative or other subjectivities?

• Theoretically, how should we conceptualize the subject who performs the act of reception?
• How were the various ideals received, reformulated, or challenged? To what extent were normative ideals accepted with ambivalence?
• In speaking of reception, to what degree do we refer to the intentions, beliefs, or inner worlds of our subjects as opposed to the forms of representation to which we have access?
• How should we read their words or representations? To what extent should we read the words themselves and to what extent should we read between the lines?
• To what degree was there space from Party control or involvement?
• By what institutional or social practices were subjectivities constructed? By way of family, friends, school, work, or some combination? By way of consumption and engagement with the material world?
• How was the creation of the self tied to the creation of a community?
• How did the writing of the community’s or another person’s life lead to the creation of one’s own subjecthood?
• To what degree did old subjectivities exist within the same person alongside new subjectivities? How did a single individual’s subjectivity change depending on the context in which he/she found himself/herself or on the genre in which he/she represented himself/herself?
• How did geography, age, gender, class, and nation affect reception?
• How did the urbanization or socio-economic modernization of the late Soviet period affect the nature of reception?

The working language of the conference will be Russian. The EUSP will provide necessary funding for travel and accommodation expenses. The proceedings will be based on pre-circulated papers of 8,000-9,000 words. Papers may be written in English or Russian and should be submitted by April 1. Selected papers, to be revised after the conference, will be included in a Russian-language peer-reviewed volume to be published by the press of the European University at Saint Petersburg. Funding will be available for translation of English-language articles into Russian. Please submit a 300-word abstract and one-page CV by November 15 to Invited participants will be contacted by December 1.

“Karel Kosík and Dialectics of the Concrete”
Event time: 4– 6 June, 2014
Event place: Prague,Czech Republic
Deadline: 31 December, 2013

In 1963 Karel Kosík published his path-breaking book Dialectics of the Concrete. It made an impact on both Marxist and non-Marxist thinkers, in Czechoslovakia and throughout the world. In this work Kosík set for himself an ambitious task – to re-think the basic concepts of the Marxist philosophical tradition and to employ them in the analysis of social reality. In the course of his analysis he touched on a wide array of issues that are still relevant today, including the problem of mystification or the “pseudo-concrete,” the social role of art, the conception of reality as a concrete totality, the conception of the human being as an onto-formative being, the systematic connection between labour and temporality, the relationship between praxis and labour, and the explanatory power of the dialectical method. We would like to explore Kosík ́s seminal work in both breadth and depth. To that end, we welcome papers addressing the following topics:
• Kosík in dialogue with other thinkers, such as Hegel, Marx, Labriola, Gramsci, Lukács, Heidegger, Marcuse, Popper, Gonseth, and Weber.
• Kosík ́s response to other currents of thought, especially phenomenology, structuralism, existentialism, critical theory, and positivism.
• Kosík’s work in relation to other varieties of Marxist humanism.
• Dialectics of the Concrete in the context of Kosík ́s overall philosophical œuvre.
• Dialectics of the Concrete and its influence on political theory, aesthetics, theology, cultural anthropology, sociology, pedagogy, and other fields.
• The reception and critique of Kosík ́s Dialectics of the Concrete in different parts of the world, such as East-Central Europe; in Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia; the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone, and Lusophone worlds; China, Japan, and other countries in Asia.
Papers addressing other topics related to Kosík’s work are also welcome.

The conference will be conducted in English. Proposals – including a title and an abstract of 100 – 200 words – should be sent by 31 December 2013 to Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 30 January 2014. A conference fee of 100 Euros (60 Euros for students) will cover the costs of organising the conference (including conference accessories and coffee breaks). Details about the method of payment will be announced after abstract acceptance. The conference proceedings will be published as a book in 2015.

12-е Иофовские чтения
Время проведения: 20-22 апреля 2014 г.
Место проведения: Петербург, Россия
Срок подачи документов: 15 марта 2014 г.

Чтения «Право на имя: Биографика ХХ века» памяти Венимамина Викторовича Иофе (1938-2002) учреждены в 2003 году. Проводятся ежегодно Научно-информационным центром «Мемориал» при участии Европейского университета в Санкт-Петербурге, Польского института в Санкт-Петербурге и других институтов и фондов. Чтения междисциплинарны, представл…яют все имеющееся многообразие биографических исследования в истории, социологии, антропологии, психологии, политологии, литературоведении и иных дисциплинах и практиках, в различных подходах и их стыках, способах описания и презентациях биографий. Основные темы 12-х Чтений: «Автобиографии», «Агиография», «Биографии биографов», «Источники», «Коллективная биография», «Теория биографики», «Нарративы», «Политическая биография», «Биографические словари», «Биография и миф», «Смерть в биографии» и другие. Все заседания пленарные проходят на русском языке. Предварительный регламент: основной доклад 20 минут, обсуждение 20 минут. Ежегодно издаются сборники докладов чтений (заочное участие не предусмотрено). Организаторы не оплачивают расходы докладчиков на проезд и проживание в Петербурге.

Программа составляется на основе открытого конкурса заявок. Заявку на 12-е Чтения необходимо подать не позднее 15 марта 2014 по адресу: iofe.readings@ Заявка включает в себя в одном файле формата Word абстракт (тезисы доклада – не более 2000 знаков); краткое резюме (ФИО, место работы/учебы, должность, основные публикации – не более 300 знаков). В теме письма писать “12-е Чтения. Заявка … Имя, фамилия”.

Международная конференция “Гендер, сексуальность и власть: квиризируя нормативность”,
Место проведения: Харьков
Время проведения: 2-4 мая, 2014 г.
Срок подачи заявок: 10 ноября 2013 г.

Целью конференции является создание площадки для обсуждения квир-теоретических исследований, анализирующих нормативные режимы гендера и сексуальности, а также проблематизирующих традиционные теории сексуальности. При этом под квир-теорией мы понимаем не ЛГБТ-исследования, а критический анализ разных форм импликаций власти, знания и политик, посредством которых создаются и натурализируются “иные”. Пожалуйста, включите в заявку: 1) Аннотацию доклада 300-350 слов. В заглавии к аннотации укажите: название доклада, в рамках какой панели вы планируете свое выступление, написание своего имени и фамилии латиницей и кириллицей, место работы; 2) CV, максимум 5 страниц. Адрес для заявок на участие в конференции Оргкомитет имеет возможность частично возместить расходы за проезд, проживание и питание для докладчиц конференции. Планируется публикация аннотаций докладов, отобранных для участия в конференции.