Friday, May 29, 2015

ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine, June 26-28, 2016

ASEEES is delighted to announce that its second biennial summer convention in the region will be hosted by the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, on June 26-28, 2016 (updated final dates). The convention will be co-sponsored by the International Association for the Humanities (MAG). Founded in 2007 with the help of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Council of Learned Societies, MAG is an independent association of humanities scholars primarily in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine and an ASEEES-affiliated organization. The ASEEES Board approved MAG’s proposal for the joint summer convention at its meeting in November 2014. 

The convention theme is “Images of the Other”: instrumental use and abuse of the ‘Other’ in politics, cultural and social practices; the role of ethnic, cultural, social and gender stereotypes; representations of the ‘Other’ in memory politics, art, public discourse and media; and scholarship regarding the ‘Other’ as a social construct. We anticipate thought-provoking plenaries on the theme, which will be continuation of a MAG-sponsored roundtable on “How Past Makes Present: Memory Politics and Conflict in Russia, Ukraine, and the ‘Near Abroad’” at the 2015 ASEEES Convention in Philadelphia.

ASEEES President for Year 2016 Padraic Kenney (Indiana U) and MAG President Georgiy Kasianov (Ukrainian Academy of Sciences) will be participating in the conference.

The call for proposals will be forthcoming. The program committee will include four MAG members and four ASEEES members, and chaired by Andrzej Tymowski (American Council of Learned Societies), who is a member of both MAG and ASEEES.

The inaugural ASEEES summer convention in the region, co-sponsored by the Central Eurasian Studies Society, was hosted by Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, May 22-24, 2014.  The 2018 summer convention is tentatively scheduled to be hosted by the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. 

ASEEES will offer a limited number of travel grants for its members to participate in the summer convention.

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