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Area Studies in the 21st Century /Eastern Europe Without Borders – Conference and Workshop

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Date(s) - 09/11/2015 - 10/11/2015
9:00 am - 5:45 pm

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UCL

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Area Studies in the 21st Century

UCL 9-10 November 2015

This conference gathers together scholars of all disciplines, working on a range of geographical ‘areas’, to discuss the contemporary state of Area Studies, the challenges and opportunities facing it, and to develop an agenda for future development. It will reconsider the intellectual foundations of Area Studies; articulate standards of excellence across research, teaching, and public policy; and assess the institutional forms best suited to fostering excellence, innovation, and impact.

Conference organizers:

Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS): www.ceelbas.ac.uk

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES): www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees

Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW): www.casaw.ac.uk

White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC): www.wreac.org

Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES): www.gla.ac.uk/crcees

 

 

Eastern Europe Without Borders

Area Studies in the 21st Century

School of Slavonic and East European Studies,

University College London, 10 November 2015

How can scholars working in the framework of East European studies engage with a world of people, objects, ideas and practices in motion? How does looking beyond geographically bounded nation-states and regions enrich the possibilities of East European area studies? What are the practical implications for research, teaching and training? And how does such work in East European studies speak to scholars in other fields? A workshop will be held in London on 10 November 2015 to consider these issues.

The ‘Eastern Europe without borders’ workshop aims to map, critique and build upon the transnational turn in East European studies by presenting recent research, examining guiding principles, comparing disciplinary responses, and surveying practice in research, teaching and training. Given that much discussion around the transnational turn to date has been abstract and theoretical, the workshop sessions will be framed by three concrete research topics: cities, travellers, and networks. Cities, because contrary to narratives which persist in imagining Eastern Europe in agrarian terms, the region’s past, present and future are lived out on a terrain which is complexly connected, politically tumultuous, economically precarious, and overwhelmingly urban – whether actually located in the region or not. Travellers, because it is the trajectories and practices of people in motion – voluntary or less so – that both define borders and create links across them. Personal and institutional networks/linkages because they trace the connections between the local and the translocal, the entanglements and ruptures between here and there, as well as revealing regimes of power in a world that is scarcely a flat and frictionless ‘space of flows’.

The workshop will take the format of a day of panel discussions, organized around the three themes sketched above, with a separate roundtable devoted to practical problems of funding, publishing, jobs and perspectives resulting from research experience. Speakers come from a variety of disciplines and include scholars from the UK, EU and beyond. Participants have been asked to prepare short written contributions to circulate in advance, and these will be available on the workshop website soon. Presentations will be limited to 10-15 minutes, with time for discussion prioritized. A special issue of the journal East European Politics and Societies and Cultures (EEPS) will be devoted to the results of the workshop. The event is generously supported by funding from the American Council of Learned Societies, the UCL Mellon Programme, the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies, and the journal East European Politics and Societies and Cultures (EEPS). For more information, contact Wendy Bracewell (w.bracewell@ucl.ac.uk) or Michał Murawski (m.murawski@ucl.ac.uk).

 

 

Eastern Europe Without Borders

UCL

10 November

The workshop will ask how East European studies can engage in a world of people, objects, ideas and practices in motion. How does looking beyond geographically bounded nation-states and regions enrich the possibilities of East European studies? The workshop will address the transnational turn in East European studies, with a focus on three topics: cities, travellers, and networks.

Workshop organizers:

Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS): www.ceelbas.ac.uk

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES): www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees

Academic contacts:

Wendy Bracewell w.bracewell@ucl.ac.uk

Administrative contact: Anna Tremain mailto:ssees-ceelbas@ucl.ac.uk

Registration open for Conference ‘Area Studies in the 21st Century & Workshop ‘Easter Europe without Borders

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