Category Archives: Allgemein

Everyday Revolutions in Southern and Eastern Europe

Cfp we are applying to. Might be of some interest to others:

The University of Manchester and Whitworth Art Gallery (2015 Museum of the Year), Manchester

Dates: May 19 and 20, 2017

To mark the centenary of the 1917 Revolution we are holding an interdisciplinary conference on the theme of Everyday Revolutions in Southern and Eastern Europe. Rather than treating revolution as a one off or irreversible political change, the event will investigate the revolutionary potential of often-overlooked mobilisations, movements, acts, actions, and practices.  Moving beyond ideas of popular protest and social movement activism, it will focus on phenomena which could be dubbed ‘everyday revolutions’, including but not limited to:

  • ‘slow protest’
  • small-scale resistance
  • counter-culture
  • liberation movements
  • individual acts and actions.

The regional focus on Southern and Eastern Europe will highlight areas on the periphery of the European project which face many of the same challenges. The conference will shed new light on the responses to these challenges. This perspective on social, economic, political, and cultural problems will allow better understanding of everyday ways of coping with, and reacting against, new political-economic situations on the ‘edges of Europe’, both inside and outside the EU. It will help reflect not just on the areas in question, but more broadly on contemporary meanings of Europe and its borders.

We welcome contributions from across disciplines relating to any area of ‘everyday revolutions’.  Examples might include responses to austerity, civil society and NGOs, informal organisations and collectives, parallel organisations (including currencies), trans-border activist co-operations, artivism, digital and sexual revolutions, and post-capitalism.

Proposals are encouraged for conventional papers/panels but also interactive workshops (musical, visual and other), workshops open to the public, workshops for children, films, slide-shows and other visual installations.

As the event will be held at the Whitworth Art Gallery, proposals are especially welcomed for talks or workshops which engage with particular pieces – fine art, sculptures, textiles, wallpapers, etc. – from the Whitworth’s collection (which can be consulted here: ).

The deadline for applications is 16.12.2016. Please send proposals including:

Name & affiliation (if any)

Title of contribution

Type of contribution (paper, film, workshop, workshop for children, etc.)

Abstract (max. 350 words), including explanation of your contribution’s relevance for the topic.

Proposals for panels of 3-4 papers or jointly led workshops are also welcome.

9. DOC-team-Graduiertenkonferenz

Invitation to our presentation in Vienna on Thursday, December 15.

“Im Rahmen von DOC-team werden Gruppen von 3-4 DoktorandInnen aus verschiedenen Disziplinen der Geistes-, Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften gefördert, die gemeinsam eine übergreifende Fragestellung bearbeiten.

 Wir laden Sie herzlich zur 9. DOC-team-Graduiertenkonferenzein, bei der DOC-team-Stipendiatinnen und -Stipendiaten erste Ergebnisse ihrer Forschungstätigkeit präsentieren.


Zeit:  Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2016, 14.00 Uhr

Ort:  ÖAW/Theatersaal, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Wien




14.00 Uhr

Deniz Seebacher, Barbara Stefan, Andreas Streinzer

Wirtschafts-, Politikwissenschaften, Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Universität Wien)

Practicing Values – Valuing Practices. An interdisciplinary Ethnographic Approach to Understanding Values in Practice


15.00 Uhr

David Brown, Evangelos Evangelinidis, Marija Martinovic

Geschichte und Kulturanthropologie (Universität Graz)

Contentious Images – Unruly Practices. An Ethnography of Visual Protest Repertoires in Southeast Europe


Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen und bitten um Anmeldung bei eva.gutknecht[at]”




Call for Papers: Defining Agency…

Sharing this call that may be of interest:

CfP: “Defining Agency, Performing Power”

Dates: March 25-26th, 2017 — University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: Eastern Europe History / Studies, Geography, Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) invites submissions for our 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Issues such as the refugee crisis, relations between EU member and non-member states, and ongoing tensions related to political, economic, and social instability represent sources of division in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These issues have encouraged new discussions not only of the definition – and redefinition – of geopolitical and physical borders, but also cultural, social, ethnic, linguistic, and religious divides. This year’s conference centers on topics of agency and power in the expression of physical and symbolic borders. Agency addresses ways in which individuals, groups, or factions have interacted or currently interact with systems of power as well as how these relationships have been influenced by diverse historic processes. Discussions of power relations and their performance can encompass both institutionalized and individual-based forms of power as well as overt or covert representations of power. How have agents negotiated with or (re)defined institution
 s, persons, or entities? How do mechanisms of power impact relations between nation-states and citizens, “elites” and “commoners”? How do agents negotiate or utilize existing power structures to maintain or redefine geopolitical, social, ethnic, linguistic, or religious borders?

This conference engages with agency and power in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in both the past and present. We encourage retrospective analyses as well as research examining contemporary issues. We also welcome submissions that investigate the influence of geopolitical borders on theoretical traditions and disciplinary practices.

Submissions are accepted from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to:

  *   Literary and Cultural Studies
  *   Medicine and Public Health
  *   Military and Security Studies
  *   Environmental Studies
  *   History
  *   Sociology
  *   Gender and Sexuality Studies
  *   Public Policy & Law
  *   International Affairs
  *   Anthropology
  *   Political Science
  *   Economics
  *   Religious Studies
  *   Linguistics
Comparative or interdisciplinary research is also accepted.

Contact Info:

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Instructions: Please submit an abstract (300-word limit, double-spaced) and 2-page CV through our website. The submission form is available . Accepted papers will be notified by Sunday, January 14th, 2017. Please<> with any questions.

Contact Email:<>

May update

The DOCTeam is finally approaching the official start of the project. Since being awarded the grant on March 20th, we have gone through some changes and been swamped with paper-work. Most importantly, our colleague and co-author of the project, Julia, has taken a fantastic offer from Rochester University’s Visual and Cultural Studies program. While it means we are a player down, we are excited to widen our network and have Julia remain in touch with our project (particularly through this blog).

We spent some time reconfiguring the project and are pretty happy with the new version. Though, to be honest, the changes were not dramatic. Our methodology is to build a tapestry of the complex and beautiful social movements in the region. Our “region” is now focused a little more. In doing so we noted that “transition” is a common experience of all our research sites (check the short abstract on the front page to see more about where we are researching). Transition, to us, means the historical experience of profound political and social change in a state or region, triggered by the collapse of one system and the establishment of a new one. We are looking forward to developing this concept a bit deeper.

Apart from that, not too much had to be tinkered with. Well, for now. I suppose that once we get well and truly stuck in, then much will change! In any case, we are looking forward to June, when we officially start, and developing our thoughts on this blog.


Updates coming soon!

Our blog will become active as the project gets going in the coming months. Stay tuned!