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Call for papers

Russian Studies in the Time of War
7–8 September 2023

The war in Ukraine has led to irreversible changes in Europe. Our society has already had to react to these changes, and we will have to face them in the future. This also affects the future of European Russian studies, a humanities discipline directly dependent on the Eastern European area. At present, we are dealing with limited communication with scholars and a complete lack of contact with scholarly organizations, as well as with the spoken language, or with the entire Russian-speaking world. We are also forced to respond to the rejection of Russian culture as such among some parts of European society. 

The keynote speakers at the conference will be Prof. Dr. Tomáš Glanc (Universität Zürich) and Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Mag. phil. Peter Deutschmann (Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg).

However, when we think about possible options for the further existence of Russian studies, we have to deal with much more difficult questions regarding the development of Russian studies in the post-Communist period and their position within the contemporary humanities and social sciences. The question is not only about the concept of curricula and the prospects for Russian studies, it also involves the question of how to prepare future graduates for the challenges of today’s world, which are not related only to political changes.  

We invite papers from all areas of Russian linguistics, literary studies and culture that relate to the above topics.

The conference will be held in-person from the 7th to the 8th of September 2023 at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
The conference programme will include a panel discussion on current challenges in Russian Studies and a roundtable on crisis interpreting in the context of the Ukrainian refugee crisis.
Russian will be the main language of the conference. Authors are responsible for the content of their papers. Absolute limit of abstract: 1500 characters. Oral presentation is limited to 15 minutes.

On-line form for registration and abstract submission form.

After notification of acceptance by the organizing committee, please pay the conference fee.

Deadline for registration and abstract submissions is May 5, 2023 at the very latest. Notification of acceptance – by May 15, 2023.