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Nordic Russian and Eastern European Studies Conference
Intentions, Interactions and Paradoxes in Post-Socialist Space
24-25 May 2013 in Helsinki, Finland

The Nordic CERES network organises its final conference in Helsinki in 24-25 May 2013. Since 2010, the CERES network has funded several scientific events that have taken place around the Nordic Countries. More than 200 researchers have participated in the activities and approached the Russian and Eastern European Studies from various angles. The aim of the network – to strengthen the Nordic approach to the Russian and Eastern European studies – is also the goal in the final conference. This conference discusses some of the questions Nordic REES researchers are currently dealing with. The presentations cover a wide range of disciplines in social sciences, humanities and economics. We look forward to a fruitful interdisciplinary discussion!

Themes
- Mainstream vs. Marginality
- Paradoxes and Clashes of Contemporary Society
- Reworking the Communist Past, (N)ostalgia
- Modernisation Processes
- Borderlines and Links Between Fringe and Core
- Energy, Environment and Various Dimensions of Security
- Trust and Mistrust
- Entrepreneurship and Consumption
- Reshaping of Class Structure

Keynote Speakers
- Li Bennich-Björkman, Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science and Eloquence, University of Uppsala, Sweden
- Rustem Nureev, Professor of Economics, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
- Olga Shevchenko, Associate Professor of Sociology, Williams College, USA


Sponsors of the conference
NordForsk is the main financial sponsor of the conference. The Conference is also financed by the Finnish Doctoral Programme for Russian and East European Studies, the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation” and the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Call for panel proposals
Call for panel proposals was open 14 December 2012 - 31 January 2013. The conference committee wishes to thank everybody who submitted their panel proposal for the conference. The organizing committee received by the deadline 31 high-quality proposals, comprising altogether over 110 papers.  This meant much more panels than could eventually be fitted into the two-day conference program.