Annual ASEEES Convention

From the 10th to 13th of November, the second part of the annual “ASEEES” Convention takes part in Chicago.

Here, the international forum for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies makes a broad exchange of infromation and ideas possible. By that, further work and intelectual vitality in these fields is engaged and sustained.

“The 2022 ASEEES convention invites discussion of the experiences associated with precarity in Eastern Europe and Eurasia as well as in the academic institutions that employ us to study the region.

Primarily associated with unstable, exclusive, and increasingly uncertain working conditions together with the collective cultural and individual psychological experiences that result, precarity, has become a factor on nearly every aspect of life on our planet.

While the effects of precarity are highly diverse, they have a profound impact, beyond the realms of work, on our environment, health care, mobility, social hierarchies of inclusion and exclusion, and the politics and economy of cultural production, among others.

Changes in the global economy have made precarity especially visible in the present, but these are phenomena with long histories and long-evolving cultures. The peoples of Eastern Europe and Eurasia have created and responded to those threats in important, diverse, and instructive ways, in both the past and the present.”

– ASEEES Commitee

Fields of Discourse and Interdisciplinarity

  • Anthropology/Cultural Studies
  • Early Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies until 1800
  • Economic History
  • Geography/Urban studies
  • History: Central and Southeast Europe
  • History: Russian and Eurasian
  • Literature: Central and Southeast Europe
  • Literature: Russian and Eurasian
Discussion Rounds relating to Russian Ecospheres

Over the days of the convention, several panels and workshops are held, where recent publications are discussed. Relating to the topics of our network, members of our networks and other scientists of the serval fields regarding topics around ecology present their papers and take part in the panels and discussion rounds.

You can find a detailed programme with topics of interest and your personalised search by people, topics and organisation via ASEES interactive program:

Relating to our topics within the network, basic theoretical frameworks such as the Noosphere-approach and its 100 years of history are discussed, taken into context and adapted to different fields. Russian Ecospheres’ member Andy Bruno‘s Paper about Environmental Imaginaries is discussed under the topic of Post Soviet Environmental Futures with questions about how to live in zones of catastrophe and areas of environmental transformations and how current environmental governance of the state react shape the topics about nationalist history, sovereignity and developement.

Panels take place about Ecociriticism, with discussing the heritage of Anton Chekhov and its naturalist tradition. Keywords such as biodiversity, deforetation and pollution are discussed and redefined. Mieka Erley, another member of our network, coordinates a panel about Ecocriticism and Russian Literature, considering negative consequences of environmental degradation and the disturbance of human-nature relations. To do so, she takes into account papers of Russian Ecosphere Members such as Philipp Kohls paper about Ecocritique of the Tarto-Moscow Semiotic-School and Coleen McQuillens paper about the Deforestation and Degeneration in the Urals.

The ecological lense is widened, for example by shedding light on the historical context of activism in post soviet cinema, its correlation to culture and heritage, and on key elements in commemoration and education of era defining contexts such as the Chernobyl catastrophe, its depiction and its aftermaths.

Take part in the discussions and register for the plural forms of interdisciplinary exchange via the ASEEES webiste:

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