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PROG. INFO.- Dissertation Development Workshop: Violence in Eurasia from Past to Present, Apr. 4-6, 2008, SSRC Eurasia Program

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PROG. INFO.- Dissertation Development Workshop: Violence in Eurasia, Apr. 4-6

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Times of Trouble: Violence in Eurasia from Past to Present
Dissertation Development Workshop

New York City
April 4-6, 2008

Application Submission Deadline: December 17, 2007

The Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
invites proposals for a dissertation development workshop focusing on
issues of violence in Eurasia. Graduate students at any stage of their
dissertation process (from proposal to write-up) and from any
disciplinary or interdisciplinary program in the humanities or social
sciences are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage applicants who
propose fresh theoretical perspectives and methodologies, and whose work
speaks to a wide scholarly audience.

Tsarist-era pogroms, the brutalities of the Stalinist period, the fame
of the Russian mafia, contemporary human rights abuses in Central Asia,
and ongoing conflicts across the Caucasus suggest only some of the best
known concerns of the past 100 years. What kind of norms or values have
governed the use of violence in the territory once covered by the
Russian empire and the Soviet Union, now by the Russian Federation and
other successor states? To what extent have scholars focused
appropriately, or at times excessively, on these most sensational
aspects of former Soviet space? What have been the responses from
individuals, groups, and states from within and outside the region to
violence and repression, or to ongoing scholarly and popular renderings
of themselves as violent? Does the region deserve such reputation
relative to other world areas?

These and related questions will shape the discussions of the Eurasia
Program dissertation development workshop, with participants invited
from, but not limited to the fields of anthropology, archaeology,
economics, environmental studies, film and media studies, history, law,
literature, politics, psychology, and sociology.

For detailed information on application procedures and eligibility
requirements, please visit the Eurasia Program online at or contact program staff at

Eurasia Program
Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 377-2700
Fax: (212) 377-2727

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