Rethinking Identity in Changing Contexts

20th Graduate Student Conference February 24-25, 2023

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang

Associate Professor of Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures The Ohio State


     Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia are often conceptualized as a single geopolitical unit. The 21st century has challenged these conceptions due to breakthroughs in technology and medicine, new regional conflicts, and the continuing effects of globalization. These transformations have molded individuals, nations, cultures, languages, and disciplines, provoking questions of identity. For our platinum conference GOSECA invites presentations exploring identity today. 

     Potential questions include, but are not limited to: 

What does it mean to rethink identity in research on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia? 

How have institutions of power adapted to reflect changing realities for scholars, constituents, workers, and the general public?How and why have attempts to define identity succeeded or failed? How have failed attempts to define identity shaped individuals, communities, and institutions?

What marks do the processes of rethinking identity leave behind? How are they influenced by the histories from which they emerged? 

     Submissions are accepted from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to: 

Literary and Cultural Studies Public Policy & Law History

Medicine and Public Health International Affairs Sociology

Military and Security Studies Anthropology Economics

Environmental Studies Political Science Religious Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies Linguistics Art and Art History


Comparative or interdisciplinary research is also accepted.


Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM on December 15th, 2022

Intended Format: Hybrid

Please submit an abstract (300 words or less) and a CV (max 2 pgs) to 

Accepted papers will be notified by January 20th, 2023 

Contact GOSECA at with any questions!