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CONF./CFP- REMINDER: Cultural, Economic and Political Linkages, GOSECA, Pittsburgh, Feb. 20-22

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CONF./CFP- REMINDER: Cultural, Econ. & Polit. Linkages, Pittsburgh, Feb. 20-22

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GOSECA Conference Organizing Committee
Russian and East European Studies Graduate Student Conference
University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia

Center for Russian and East European Studies present:

Ties that Bind and Ties that Divide: Cultural, Economic and Political
Linkages in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia

Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference
20-22 February 2009

GOSECA outlined in our 2007 conference on globalization, regionalism
and multiculturalism that belonging to a certain collectivity can
bring with it privilege, pride, and power today, but disadvantage,
disrepute and dismemberment tomorrow. This year's conference is
motivated by questioning this notion of linkages. While many
conferences focus on the transcendence of borders and the remapping of
regions, we seek to further this theme by exploring how these
relationships link, yet often simultaneously divide people.

Solidarity, a cross-regional, macro-level phenomenon, also operates at
the local levels between ethnic groups, sub-regions and cities.
Regions may share a recent historical experience that transcends
geographic boundaries and leads to the formation of more permeable
geopolitical landscapes, but the emergence of ideological and
political alliances, as well as economic uncertainties, has frequently
led to exactly the opposite. How do these past and present alignments
influence our evolving understanding of Eastern Europe, Russia and
Central Asia?

GOSECA strongly encourages submissions from the humanities, social
sciences and professional schools in areas such as:
* Literary and artistic movements
* Cultural and religious identities
* Diverging historical legacies and past ideologies
* Emigration and immigration
* The influence of the European Union, NATO, and the Shanghai
Cooperative Organization
* Foreign trade and international finance
* New energy policies

This conference is interdisciplinary in nature and aims to deepen our
understanding of these regions through a broad range of approaches to
examine an intricately woven matrix of issues.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words long. Please submit
abstracts by 01 December 2008 to the following email address:

For more information and submission requirements, please visit:

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