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CONF./CFP- 1989: Then and Now, Havighurst Center, Miami Univ. Ohio, Oct. 15-18

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CONF./CFP- 1989: Then and Now, Havighurst Center, Miami Univ. Ohio, Oct. 15-18

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Call For Papers

The Havighurst Center's Annual Young Researchers Conference
Organizer: Neringa Klumbyte, Anthropology
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

October 15-18, 2009

1989: Then and Now

The 20th anniversary of 1989 is a good occasion to re-visit some of
the grand debates about the meaning of this annus mirabilis and to
re-think the processes that led up to it. We invite paper proposals
that seek to rekindle scholarly exchanges about the precursors of the
events of 1989 through 1991 (e.g. reformist ideas launched by
communist leaders in the late 1950s and the late 1960s, modes of
anti-regime mobilization in both Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union);
about the intertwining of processes of societal transformation and the
evolution of ruling communist parties; and about the main social and
political developments that precipitated the implosion of one-party
regimes. We are also interested in research projects that locate the
late 1980s/early 1990s into analytical frameworks that explore both
broader patterns of political turbulence in the Soviet bloc and the
historical specificity of identifiable moments of crisis. Finally, we
ask what is the cultural, historical, and political significance of
1989. We encourage cross-disciplinary explorations of the relative
significance of various factors - cultural, social, economic,
institutional, ideological, geo-political - that brought about the end
of Marxist regimes in the former Second world.

We encourage proposals from young researchers who have already
completed their dissertation research (ABD) or have defended their
dissertation within the last three years. This will be an intensive 2
day working conference during which each of the selected papers will
be critiqued by the other participants, including the authors, the
keynote speaker, organizer Neringa Klumbyte, Assistant Professor of
Anthropology at Miami University, and a team of discussants made up of
Miami University faculty. The Havighurst Center will provide
accommodation in Oxford, ground transportation to and from the
airport, and partial travel funding (up to $250 for domestic travel
and up to $500 for international travel).

To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract of
approximately 250 words and a short CV to
by May 1, 2009. Selected papers will be announced by June 1, 2009.

Please type "2009 Young Researchers Conference" as the subject of the
email. Questions can be directed to:

The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies
Miami University
Harrison Hall, Room 116
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3303

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