Ukrainian Studies Conference (Taras Shevchenko Conference) at Indiana University, March 19-20, 2021

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The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University stays optimistic about our second convention in March. Please spread the word!

The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University will be holding a second Ukrainian Studies Conference (Taras Shevchenko Conference) which will take place at Indiana University, March 19-20, 2021. Taking into consideration the current uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will announce later if the conference will be online or on campus (Bloomington, IU).

Our conference aims to bring scholars from all disciplines to explore the ways in which Ukrainian studies is presented and shaped in the current political and cultural contexts. The conference intends to open an interdisciplinary space where scholars, whose work focuses on an array of inquiries related to Ukrainian studies (of any time period), present their findings and discuss how and what narratives are established to locate and discuss Ukraine locally and globally. In addition to this broad range of topics, we welcome talks and presentations that focus on the exploration of trauma. The events of 2014 ask for the discussion of traumatic experiences triggered by war, dislocation, re-integration into society after military actions, social isolation, sense of lostness, etc. The range of trauma narratives is open (Chornobyl, WWII, deportations, the Holodomor, collectivization, etc.).

Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to: history, literature, memory and trauma studies, linguistics, translation, music, film, religious studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, mass media. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals. Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, translator, artist, etc.).

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions will be peer reviewed. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2020.

Please direct inquiries and proposals to Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed (nshpylov@iu.edu) and Ani Abrahamyan (aniabrah@iu.edu).