Soyuz: The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies

Soyuz is broadly conceived as a group of anthropologists and other scholars working in postsocialist studies. It is formally constituted as the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and is also recognized as an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European Studies and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES formerly AAASS). We gather at AAA and ASEEES meetings in North America and here on the web to distribute information on our projects.

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2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium (deadline November 15)

The 2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium will be held at the University of Chicago on March 11-12, 2016. Find the call for papers here.


CFP for SfAA panel (deadline October 11)

Call for papers for the panel, “Post-socialist Border Crossings:  Destinations, Intermediaries, and New Regimes of Power” to be held at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Vancouver, Canada, March 29-April 2.

Social scientists studying mobility are increasingly asking not only who is able to be mobile, and how, but which groups face impediments to their mobility and in what forms. This panel will consider mobility and immobility in Eurasia. Papers may examine such questions as:

  • How have local histories of colonialism and the Cold War shaped aspirations for mobility?
  • What are the disjunctures between the promises and the realities of migration, and what difference do “legacies” of socialism make?
  • In what ways do gender and generation inflect aspirations for mobility?
  • How do patterns of mobility between Asia and post-socialist locations of Eastern Europe and Russia possibly complicate configurations of power in the realms of gender, family, and kinship?
  • How do post-socialist practices of governance and shifting categories of legality shape mobility?
  • What role do intermediaries such as NGOs, INGOs, and religious organizations play in regimes of im/mobility in the region?
  • What lessons do post-socialist experiences of mobility/immobility have for furthering understandings of border regimes and securitization, including “deportability”?

Send your abstract (**no more than 100 words**) by *Friday, October 11* to Alexia Bloch:      abloch [at] mail.ubc.ca

For more information on the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting see:   https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/