13th Annual Conference of the: 

Insiders and Outsiders:
Belonging and Identity in Eastern Europe
Featuring Keynote Speaker

Dr. Florian Bieber

Professor of South East European Studies & 
Director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz
March 18-20, 2016 | University of Pittsburgh Main Campus

Graduate Conference Call for Papers: 

The recent influx of refugees to Eastern and Central Europe created a political and humanitarian crisis that has sparked intense international debate. The varied national responses both within and outside the European Union raise practical questions about asylum definitions and integration efforts, but they also point to larger theoretical questions about inclusion and exclusion, belonging and identity. How do democratic societies deal with cultural difference? What role do religion, gender and ethnicity play in national cohesion? What role should international conventions play in governing the specific actions of states? What are the financial and moral responsibilities of states and national populations? Moreover, how do recent events compare to diaspora and refugee crises of the past? Specifically, how have historical relationships between countries and peoples impacted contemporary responses to political events or shaped narratives and structures related to belonging and exclusion? These questions speak to the intersections of international relations, historical inquiry, cultural politics, and state and international public policy in Eastern Europe and Central Eurasia.

This year's conference theme encourages participants to think critically about the impact that fluid, adaptable conceptions of belonging and exclusion in the realms – past and present – of domestic and international politics, economics, cultural production, social relations, the law, and demography, among others, have had on their specific field of study. Graduate students from all academic and professional disciplines are invited to make submissions.

Deadline for Abstracts and Applications: 

Friday, January 22, 2016, 11:59 PM EST. Accepted panelists will be notified by January 29, 2016.

One page, double-spaced abstracts of no more than 300 words must be submitted through the GOSECA Website Submission Form at:

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