2014 Annual SOYUZ Symposium

“ The Topos of Justice”

February 28 – March 01, 2014

Miami University, Ohio.

Schedule, location, and contact information, available soon here

Keynote speakers: Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University) and Robert M. Hayden (University of Pittsburgh)

Call for Papers:

In 20th- and 21st-century Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia various theories and practices of justice dramatically affected the lives of millions of people.  While states engaged in various experiments from constitutional to moral governance, from People’s Courts to human rights policies, citizens actively contributed, subverted, and renegotiated official regimes of justice. This conference will explore experiments in law and regulations, narratives and theories of justice, translations and material objectifications of justice, and ethic and affective circulations of justice and morality in its local and global forms.

We invite comparative and interdisciplinary research-based contributions on various issues interconnected with the topic of justice in various socialist and post-socialist societies and in the regions affected by socialism and post-socialism. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

·      law, justice, morality

·      justice, nationalism, and the state

·      local, national, and transnational regimes of justice

·      art, science, religion, and justice

·      justice and citizenship

·      philosophical perspectives on justice

·      grassroots moral economies and ethical frameworks

Please send a 300 word abstract and a short CV by November 1st, 2013, to Lynn Stevens at Please include your full name, paper title, and academic affiliation. Write “YRC, SOYUZ 2014” in the subject line. Papers will be selected and notifications made by January 1, 2014. Limited funding will be available to cover local expenses of participants. If selected to participate in the conference, you will be expected to submit a completed paper to the Havighurst Center by February 1st, 2014.

The 2014 conference organizing committee includes Neringa Klumbytė (anthropology, Miami University), Ted Holland (geography, Miami University), Susanne Cohen (anthropology, University of Chicago). If you have any questions, please contact Neringa Klumbytė at

SOYUZ, the Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, ranging from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting.