Archive for February, 2018

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the first in a series of inter-ethnic and secessionist wars to arise in the final years of the Soviet Union, among others in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Chechnya.  Three decades onwards, most of these conflicts remain stubbornly unresolved: the Minsk Group has not been able to achieve a normalisation of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan; the 2008 Russo-Georgian war has put both Abkhazia and South Ossetia firmly outside of Tbilisi’s control; and part of Moldova’s territory is still governed by the de-facto republic of Transniestria.  Meanwhile, the North Caucasus has been imperfectly ‘pacified’, and new conflicts have emerged in Ukraine. 

This joint CREES/BASEES one-day workshop – scheduled for Thursday, 7 June 2018 at the University of Birmingham – will critically examine the causes and consequences of 30 years of unresolved ethnic conflict in the former Soviet Union from an interdisciplinary perspective, inviting contributions from scholars working across the social sciences and humanities, on the history, sociology, anthropology, and politics of the above. 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

·      Implications for/of theories of ethnic conflict and civil war

·      Evolving nationalisms and national identities

·      The geopolitical context of post-Soviet ethnic conflicts

·      Gender and ethnic conflict

·      Postcolonial perspectives

·      The roles of history and historiography

·      Secession, sovereignty and the status of de-facto states

·      The environmental consequences of ethnic conflict

·      IDPs, refugees and human security

·      The (in)effectiveness of existing negotiating formats and peacebuilding initiatives

·      Religion and ethnic conflict

·      Impacts of territorial conflict on regime politics and interactions with democratization

·      Diaspora mobilizations around post-Soviet conflicts: successes and failures

·      Comparative perspectives on post-Soviet and other regions’ patterns of conflict and intractability

·      …
Those interested in participating are invited to send a maximum 250-word abstract to k.oskanian@bham.ac.uk before 15 April 2018. 

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CfP: Nazioni e Regioni 12 (2018)


The deadline for the delivery of the articles for the “Studies” (Studi) section and the texts for the “Reviews and Debates” (Rassegne e Dibattiti) section to be published in the 12 issue of “Nazioni e Regioni” (December 2018) is set on June 30th, 2018. As regards the book reviews (1.500 words), the deadline for their delivery is October 30th, 2018.

The journal accepts contributions that analyze theoretical questions related to nationalism and regionalism, enquiries on the current situation of the study of specific cases, researches on concrete aspects of national construction analyzed from different scientific angles. The submitted articles, whose length must not exceed 9,000 words, will go through an anonymous peer review procedure.

The “Reviews and Debate” section is a space devoted to the presentation of an ongoing debate (whether theoretical, cultural or political), and to the attendant critique of recently published works which are deemed of particular theoretical or interpretive interest, in order to favour the dialogue and the cross-fertilization of different ideas and opinions on specific issues, articles, reviews, etc. The contributions submitted for this section, whose length must not exceed 4,000 words, will go through a procedure of internal evaluation by the editorial staff.

The journal is published in Italian, but it will accept contributions also in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Catalan. The texts will be translated by the editorial staff. The contributions must follow the editorial guidelines of the journal, which are available on the following link http://www.nazionieregioni.it/?page_id=278

For further information, please contact the editorial staff at the address: nazionieregioni@gmail.com

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