• Phatic communion/communication
  • Comedy, satire, stiob
  • Performativity
  • Interpreting the meaning of embodied performance
  • Enacting bureaucracy
  • Stage, sets, lighting, dramaturgy
  • Scripting and improvisation
  • Characters and social roles
  • Performing and performative gender and/or sexuality
  • Performance ethnography, ethnography of performing arts
  • Reality TV / reality politics
  • Fake news /
  • Performance on social media
  • Authenticity, imitation, and appropriation
  • As always at Soyuz, other topics of research on postsocialisms that are not directly related to the year’s theme are also welcome. We anticipate inviting selected papers for publication as a special issue of one of the relevant journals.

    Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to the Soyuz organizing committee at channee@miamioh.edu by November 15, . Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “Soyuz 2018” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by mid-December, 2017.

    The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at the website.

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