Call for papers

The Language of Power and the Power of Language
Centenary Conference of Slavic Studies at Leiden University
October 9-11, 2013  


The Centenary Conference of Slavic Studies aims to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion of a theme which links the studies of Russian politics, linguistics, and history. With the overarching theme “The Language of Power and the Power of Language”, we would like to inspire a scholarly debate and exchange of ideas about three major topics:

  • Linguistic Voluntarism in Russia and Eurasia (Workshop I).
  • The Linkage of Political and National Identities in Russia (Workshop II).
  • Russian History and the Culture of Remembrance (Workshop III).

General information

As the conference has both an academic and a public character, a wider audience will be present at the opening and concluding sessions. Workshop participation is by invitation only.

This conference invites contributions from researchers in a variety of disciplines: political science, sociology, linguistics, history, cultural studies, and scholars from other fields who share our interest in Russian/Slavic studies. The accepted papers will be presented and discussed during the three workshops.

The outcomes of workshops will be summarized and discussed during the concluding plenary session. The conference organization intends to publish the collected papers in an edited volume or a journal special issue.


If you are interested in presenting a paper at one of the workshops, please submit your proposal to the conference organization by filling out the Application Form by December 1, 2012. Proposals for papers should include the name, affiliation, and contact details (including email address) of the author, as well as the title of the paper and an abstract of 300-400 words, plus a short CV with a list of (major) publications. Proposals from PhD students and young researchers are also welcome.

A maximum of 15 paper presenters will participate in each workshop. There is no registration fee involved and accommodation costs will be covered by the conference organization. Travel costs are at one’s own expense (with the exception of special circumstances). Each workshop will be chaired by one invited keynote speaker. More information about the workshop themes can be found below under the workshop descriptions, or by contacting the following members of the conference organization:

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2012

Announcement of accepted papers: February 1, 2013
Paper submission deadline: September 1, 2013

Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies
Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Last Modified: 24-04-2013