Nordic Russian and Eastern European Studies Conference
Intentions, Interactions and Paradoxes in Post-Socialist Space

24-25 May 2013 in Helsinki, Finland

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We invite panel proposals for the final conference of the Nordic CERES network! 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. We call for contributions from a wide range of disciplines in social sciences, humanities and economics in order to generate a fruitful interdisciplinary discourse.

The CERES network welcomes presentations particularly on the following 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

The call is open for all interested in the topic of the conference. Please note! Participation is not limited only to scholars from Nordic Countries. The conference language is English.

Only panels with 3-4 paper presenters will be accepted. No individual paper proposals are possible. We hope that you will be innovative in forming the panels and invite researchers at the various stages of their career, conducting research at various universities. Event page at Facebook: NB! This can also be used to contact other researchers to form panel proposals.

Please submit the panel proposals, including a panel abstract of max. 500 words, by 31 January 2013 at:

Support for travel:
The CERES network has some funding to partly cover the travel and accommodation costs of the panelists. Priority is given to doctoral student applicants. Please indicate in the electronic application form if the panelist will apply for the CERES travel support. Participation is free of charge – no registration or participation fee.

The CERES network, coordinated by the Aleksanteri Institute (Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies) University of Helsinki, is a research and research training network, uniting the leading Nordic researchers in Russian and East European Studies. The network was established in 2010 and is funded by NordForsk. More information about the CERES network.

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.

For more information, please contact:
Eeva Korteniemi, Coordinator of the CERES network
eeva.korteniemi[at], Tel. +358 9 191 23645
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Sari Autio-Sarasmo, Head of the CERES network & Chair of the Organizing Committee
sari.autio-sarasmo[at], Tel. +358 9 191 23647
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki