Sunday, March 8, 2015

Following is a list of the calls for papers for the 2016 MLA Convention (Austin, TX, January 7-10) for panels sponsored by the Russian and Eurasian Forum, the Slavic and East European Forum, and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL).  The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 15 for all panels.   Membership in MLA is not required to submit; however, confirmed participants must be MLA members by April 7, or request a waiver.

We look forward to hearing from you!

CFPs:

American Poetry and Eastern European Traditions
What of Eastern Europe remains in Anglo-American poetry by poets born in the former Soviet Bloc? Submissions welcome from poetry scholars, Slavists. CV and 200-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Benjamin Paloff (paloff@umich.edu).

Inventing Literary Language(s) in Eurasia
Explores literary languages and traditions generated within the Russian/
(post-)Soviet empire; their strategies of self-invention, their interactions with neighboring traditions and/or the state. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Stanton (rjs19@columbia.edu) and Gabriella Safran (gsafran@stanford.edu).

Contemporary Art Activism
Explores Russia's recent explosion of politically engaged art; the intersection between art and activism. How (much) can art serve as political protest, social action? Comparative approaches welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julia Vaingurt (vaingurt@uic.edu).

Borders, Words, and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and migration across Eurasia, past and present. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jefferson J. A. Gatrall (gatrallj@mail.montclair.edu).

Crimea and Punishment
Crimea inspired expansionist ambitions in the Russians and the Turks. What unites the literary and the political effects of this place, in their various languages and genres? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gabriella Safran (gsafran@stanford.edu) and Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu).

Slavic Forgeries and Mystifications
Is forgery an essential part of literature? Where would we be without mystifications? This panel offers interpretations and reflections on mystifications and forgeries in Slavic literatures. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Cooper (dlcoop@illinois.edu).

Socialist Childhoods
Growing up under socialism was both a personal and political experience. Recent memoirs convey the humanity and absurdity of a socialist childhood. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu).

Watersheds and Futures: Navigating a 21st Century Danube
Danubian Studies as a productive response to the EU’s contemporary transnational project, the region’s cultural and political pasts, and Danubia’s possible futures. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu) and Matthew Miller (mdmiller1@colgate.edu.).

Monday, December 1, 2014

Here is a complete list of the panels tagged "Slavic and East European Literatures" that are scheduled for the 2015 MLA conference in Vancouver, BC.  Complete panel information is available at the links.  (The panel titles themselves link to the relevant session listing on the MLA website; the "Abstracts" links will open in a new tab/window as Google docs.)



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Slavic Panels at MLA 2015 in Vancouver!

Here is the list of panels at MLA 2015 that are sponsored by the MLA's Division on Slavic and East European Literatures, the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures, and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL).  The 2015 MLA Convention will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, January 8–11, 2015.
NOW UPDATED WITH DATES AND TIMES!


Panels sponsored by the Slavic and East European Literatures Division:



Eastern and Central European Texts in Other Contexts

Friday, January 9, 10:15–11:30 a.m., East 10, VCC East
Presiding: Benjamin Paloff (U. of Michigan)
Papers:
  • Brian Goodman (Harvard): "Turista: Philip Roth and the Writers from the Other Europe"
  • Alissa Valles (Boston U.): "Fake Infernos: Herbert and Wat on Telegraph Avenue"
  • Lilla Balint (Vanderbilt): "German-Hungarian Literary Relations and the Idea of 'Central Europe'"
Responding: Maggie Greaves, Emory University

Socialist Romanticism: Late USSR and the Poetics of Historical Imagination
Sunday, January 11, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., East 19, VCC East
Presiding: Serguei Oushakine (Princeton)
Papers:
  • Elena Gapova (Western Michigan University): "Romantic, National(Ist), And Marxist:  Vladimir Korotkevich And The Invention Of Belarusian 'National Self.'"
  • Kevin M. F. Platt (Penn): "Latvian "Poetic Documentary": From the Socialist Romanticism to the Romance of Soviet Collapse."
  • Jonathan Brooks Platt (Pitt): "Revolutionary Romanticism in Post-Socialist Russian Art."
  • Alexei Golubev (University of British Columbia): "Affective Machines or the Inner Self? Drawing the Borders of the Female Body in Late Soviet Culture."

The Cold War and Experimental Fiction

Saturday, January 10, 5:15–6:30 p.m., in East 10, VCC East
Presiding: Julia Vaingurt
Papers:
  • Derek C. Maus (SUNY Potsdam): “Travels in Hyperreality: Crimea as a Contested Terrain in Lev Tolstoy’s Sevastopol Stories and Vasily Aksenov’s The Island of Crimea.”  
  • Monica Popescu (McGill): “The Temporality of the Experimental: African Writers, the Eastern Bloc, and the Cold War.”  
  • Jessie Labov (OSU): "Jazz as an Alternative Modality of Music, Lifestyle, and Literature in Socialist-Era Eastern Europe."
Abstracts

Rethinking Eastern European Drama and Theater History (collaboration with the MLA Discussion Group on Hungarian Literature).
Thursday, January 8, 7:00–8:15 p.m., in East 18, VCC East
Presiding: Kevin M. F. Platt (Penn).
Papers:
  • Magdolna Jákfalvi (U. of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest): “A Site for Secret Memories: Theater in State-Socialism.” 
  • Zsuzsanna Varga (U. of Glasgow, Scotland): “György Spiró's Chickenhead—Then and Now, There and Here: Canonisation and Theatrical Memory.” 
  • Marcela Kostihova (Hamline U.): “Shocked Shakespeare: Confronting the (Post)Communist ‘Memory’ of Essential Humanism.” 
  • Magda Romanska (Emerson C.) “Postcolonial Approaches to Central and Eastern European Drama.” 
Abstracts



Panels sponsored by the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures:



Nordau in the East: Degeneration Theory in Russia
Friday, January 9, 3:30–4:45 p.m. in East 5, VCC East
Presiding: Devin Fore (Princeton)
Papers:
  • Nina Bond (Franklin & Marshall C.) "(D)Evolution in Tolstoy and Zola"
  • Kate Holland (U. of Toronto) "Reversion or Recuperation? Atavism and Regression in Saltykov-Shchedrin and Dostoevsky"
  • Maya Vinokour (Penn) "Degeneration theory and early Soviet fiction: the masochistic aesthetic"

From Siberia to the Planet Mars: Russian Science Fiction (collaboration with MLA Discussion Group on Science Fiction, Utopian, and Fantastic Literature).
Friday, January 9, 8:30-9:45 a.m. in 7, VCC East 
Presiding: Rebecca Stanton (Columbia), Eric Aronoff (Michigan State U.)
Papers:
  • Amanda Lerner (Yale): “To the Sun! Andrei Bely's Argonavty
  • Anindita Banerjee (Cornell): “The Telescope and the Bioscope: Astrocultural Geographies of Early Soviet Cinema”
  • April Durham (UC Riverside): “Tarkovsky’s Terrain Vague: The Transforming Power of Inter-species Relations in Stalker
  • Bradley Gorski (Columbia): “Blood, Gore, and Shit: The Role of Disgust in Post-Soviet Science Fiction”
Abstracts 



Panels sponsored by AATSEEL:



Translating East-Central Europe: New Directions.
Saturday, January 10, 10:15–11:30 a.m., in East 5, VCC East
Presiding: Brian James Baer (Kent State U.)
Papers:
  • Michelle Woods (SUNY New Paltz): "Ostmodernity: trauma, humor, translation."
  • Sean Cotter (U. of Texas at Dallas): “The English Problem: Mircea C­artarescu’s Orbitor in Translation.”
  • Ellen Elias-Bursac (Independent scholar and translator): “Stepping onto the Stage: Post-Yugoslav Writing in English”
Responding: Benjamin Paloff (U. of Michigan)
Transnational Futurism: Italy, Russia, and Beyond (roundtable).
Thursday, January 8, 1:45–3:00 p.m., in East 18, VCC East
Presiding/Responding: Christine Poggi (Penn)
Participants: Michael Kunichika (NYU), Harsha Ram (UC Berkeley), Oleh Ilnytzkyj (U. of Alberta), Vaclav Paris  (Penn).
Abstracts

Monday, January 6, 2014

MLA 2014 panels organized by the Slavic and East European Literatures Division, the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures, and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

Session 78. Russian Periodical Studies

Thursday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Columbus, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the Division on Slavic and East European Literatures. 
Presiding: Jonathan Stone, Franklin and Marshall Coll.

1. "Tolstoy's Decadent Memorials: Silver Age Writers on Tolstoy's Legacy," Martha Kelly, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia

2. "The Image of Poetry in Soviet Literary Journals after the Second World War," Ekaterina Zamataeva, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia

3. "Sintaksis: Creating a Literary Environment of Samizdat beyond Samizdat," Philip Gleissner, Princeton Univ.

Session 319. Is the Post- in Posthumanism the Same as the Post- in Postsocialism?

Friday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Parlor E, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.
Presiding: Justin Weir, Harvard Univ.

1. "Allobiographies: Transcribing Humanity in Wolfe and Sorokin," Jacob Emery, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

2. "Posthuman Loneliness and the Will to Play in the Work of the Strugatsky Brothers," Julia Vaingurt, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

3. "Postsocialist Platonov between Man and Beast," Jonathan Brooks Platt, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Session 379. Culture and Activism in the 2011–13 Russian Protest Movements

Friday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Parlor C, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the Division on Slavic and East European Literatures. 
Presiding: Katharine Holt, Columbia Univ.

1. "Protest and Digital Aesthetics," Marijeta Bozovic, Colgate Univ.

2. "When the Digerati Take to the Street (and Airwaves): Alexei Navalny, Sergei Minaev, and the Offline Transposition of the New Media Intelligentsia," Michael Gorham, Univ. of Florida

3. "'Address Your Questions to Dostoevsky': On Samosud and the Privatization of Punishment in Russia," Serguei Alex Oushakine, Princeton Univ.

Session 441. Socialist Senses

Saturday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Ohio, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures. 
Presiding: Nancy Condee, Univ. of Pittsburgh

1. "The Materiality of Sound: Esfir Shub's Haptic Cinema," Lilya Kaganovsky, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana

2. "From the Cinema of Attractions to the Cinema of Affect in Early Socialist Realism," R. J. D. Bird, Univ. of Chicago

3. "Ineluctable Modality of the Visible: Gorky's Return and the Onset of Clarity," Petre M. Petrov, Princeton Univ.

Session 569. Socialist Culture in the Age of Disco: Russian (Tele)Visual Media

Saturday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Huron, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages and the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures. 
Presiding: Rebecca Jane Stanton, Barnard Coll.

1. "Transmedial Utopianism in the Age of Disco: Science Fiction and Youth Culture in the Soviet ’70s," Anindita Banerjee, Cornell Univ.

2. "Central Television Game Shows and the Problem of Authority, 1965–75," Christine Evans, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

3. "The Fog of Stagnation: Explorations of Time and Affect in Late-Soviet Animation," Anna Fishzon, Williams Coll.

Session 742. Socialist Culture in the Age of Disco: East European Popular Pleasures

Sunday, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Parlor F, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. 
Presiding: Jessie M. Labov, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

1. "Imperial Disco: Czeslaw Milosz and Science Fiction," Mikolaj Golubiewski, Free Univ.

2. "The 'Movement of Writing Workers' and State Stability in the 1970s German Democratic Republic," William Waltz, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

3. "Flaming Socialist Creatures: Hippies as Auteurs in Soviet Latvia," Mark Svede, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

Friday, March 29, 2013

You can check out the panels and abstracts from MLA 2013 by clicking here; or those from MLA 2012 by clicking here.