Call for papers

We welcome submissions to the 23rd Annual Aleksanteri Conference. This year’s conference will address the challenges posed by the spread and seeming resilience of authoritarianism in Eurasia in a variety of spheres: political contestation, social movements, political legitimacy, repression, and cultural resistance. The spheres reflect the formation and transformation of solidarities in the turbulent times, disruption of previously existing identities in the context of ongoing war in Ukraine and emergence of new ones.
Schedule and deadlines
  • Call for Papers opens: Friday, 16 February 2024
  • Deadline for submitting proposals: Tuesday, 7 May 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday, 10 June 2024
  • Registration fees due by:
    • Early bird: Sunday, 30 June 2024
    • Standard: Friday, 6 September 2024
    • Non-presenters: Monday, 30  September 2024
  • Conference programme published: late September 2024
  • Conference: 23–25 October 2024
Registration Prices

Early Bird 130 € (available 10–30 June)

Standard 170 € (available 1 July – 6  September)

Non-presenting attendees 65 € (available 10 June – 30  September)

Theme of 2024

RESISTING AUTHORITARIANISM IN EURASIA
Civil Society and New Solidarities

The upcoming conference aims to explore political transformations in Eurasia from the perspective of various actors and institutions, with a particular emphasis on civil society organizations and political resistance. The conference will focus both on developments within authoritarian states and on how democracies have confronted the challenges posed by authoritarianism, including by resorting to armed resistance.

By addressing issues related to authoritarian resilience and spillover in the present and past, as well as themes such as legitimacy, civil resistance in times of war, and oppression, the conference seeks to shed light on the reshaping of political alliances and solidarities in the new era. It also aims to examine the cultural and historical origins of dictatorial as well as pluralistic regimes. Furthermore, the conference aims to explore how cultural, economic, and political attitudes have changed in times of profound crisis.

Individual paper proposals

Complete the form and submit your abstract of maximum 250 words. Abstract structure: aim, methods, and conclusion. Please note that there is no remote presentation possibility for individual paper presenters. The organisers will form a limited number of thematic panels from the highest-rated individual proposals to take place in person at the conference venue.

The deadline for submitting an individual paper proposal is 7 May 2024. Paper proposals will be reviewed by the conference organising committee. Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email address provided in this form by 10 June 2024.

Panel proposals

Submit your panel proposal, including an abstract of 250 words, by completing this form. Abstract structure: aim, background, methods, findings and conclusion/recommendations.

The following panel proposals will be accepted:

  • Chair + three paper presenters + discussant
  • Extended chair (chair and discussant functions combined in one role) + four paper presenters

Panels must aim for an international composition. Contact information is required for each panellist, but their individual abstracts are not required.

Panel sessions will take place from Wednesday to Friday at the conference. One of the speakers on a panel may participate remotely, while others will give their presentations in person at the conference. Chairs should be present at the conference venue.

The deadline for submitting a panel proposal is 7 May 2024. Panel proposals will be reviewed by the conference organising committee. Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email addresses provided in this form by 10 June 2024.

Roundtable proposals

Submit your roundtable proposal, including an abstract of 250 words, by completing this form. Roundtables must have a moderator and three to five speakers. Contact information of each roundtable participant is required.

Roundtables will take place from Wednesday to Friday at the conference venue. One of the speakers of the roundtable may participate remotely, while the others will give their presentations in person at the conference. Moderators should be present at the conference.

The deadline for submitting a roundtable proposal is 7 May 2024. Roundtable proposals will be reviewed by the conference organising committee. Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email addresses provided in this form by 10 June 2024.