(Re)thinking Socialism (Re)thinking Socialism. Knowledge, memory and oblivion of the socialist past 2019

Sofia, Bulgaria
7 - 9 November 2019
The conference begins on 07 November 2019

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
15th March 2019
Abstract Acceptance Notification
30th March 2019

About (Re)thinking Socialism

The goal of the international interdisciplinary conference is to discuss various aspects of socialism/communism and its impact on the present, to thematize the state of research on socialism, to illuminate new fields and to add new details to the knowledge of the period. We are looking forward to proposals for papers that address issues related to theoretical approaches and methodological challenges in the research of socialism/communism; the socialist lifestyle in the transnational perspective and in the particular national socio-cultural context of the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe; empirical studies and case studies on everyday culture during socialism.

Topics

Balkan studies, Social and cultural anthropology, European ethnology, Sociology and political sciences

Call for Papers

The goal of the international interdisciplinary conference is to discuss various aspects of socialism/communism and its impact on the present. The emphasis is on (re)thinking - it is our aim to thematize the state of research on socialism, to illuminate new fields and to add new details to the knowledge of the period.

We are looking forward to proposals for papers that address issues related to the following (suggested) themes: theoretical approaches and methodological challenges in the research of socialism/communism; the socialist lifestyle in the transnational perspective and in the particular national socio-cultural context of the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe; empirical studies and case studies on everyday culture during socialism: material culture, labour, leisure, festivity, public and private life, strategies for coping with socialist everyday life, gender regimes; policies of memory and oblivion. 

We invite researchers working in the fields of social and cultural anthropology, social history, European ethnology, sociology and political sciences. An edited volume of selected conference papers is to be published.

Please send us a 350-word abstract along with your paper title and description, as well as a 150-word biography. 

Conference languages: Bulgarian, German and English. 

Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 March 2019 

Deadline for confirmation of accepted proposals: 30 March 2019 

Contact: Yana Yancheva, socialism@abv.bg 

The conference is free of charge. The cost of accommodation in Sofia will be covered depending on the funding received. 

Organizing Committee: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ana Luleva, Ethnology of Socialism and Postsocialism Deprt., IEFSEM, BAS Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Petrova, Ethnology of Socialism and Postsocialism Dept., IEFSEM, BAS Assoc. Prof. Petar Petrov, Ethnology of Socialism and Postsocialism Dept., IEFSEM, BAS SAP Dr. Svetla Kazalarska, Ethnology of Socialism and Postsocialism Dept., IEFSEM, BAS SAP Dr. Yana Yancheva, Ethnology of Socialism and Postsocialism Dept., IEFSEM, BAS 

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