Weekly updated news of interest for this project - announcements, calls for papers, conferences, seminars, round tables discussions, including info on new books, journals, grants, and fellowships.

Pol Stabs: SOCIJALISTIČKA JUGOSLAVIJA, GLOBALNI JUG I POKRET NESVRSTANIH: GRANICE JUGOCENTRIZMA, prdavanje, Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju, 7. decembra 12:00 - 14:00, (Zoom)0

DECOLONIZING AS A VERB: REINTERPRETING COLLECTIONS AND COLLECTING, online seminar by COMCOL, ICOM-South Africa, and the South African Museum Association (SAMA) will jointly organize a seminar, 25 /11 , 01:00 UTC+01 – 26 /11 05:00 UTC+01

On November 25 and 26, COMCOL, ICOM-South Africa, and the South African Museum Association (SAMA) will jointly organize a seminar to explore the different international concepts and practices of decolonization. We will do this in the context of collections and collecting. During these days international guests will join us to share their insights.

Full program and registration will be available this coming week.

SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET HISTORIES OF RACE, online panel with Harold Weaver, Zukhra Kasimova, and Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Monday, 30 November 2020. Time: 19:30 UTC+01 – 21:00 UTC+01


Though “race” was never a category the Soviet authorities used much, their nationalities policy in the 1920s and support for interwar anti-colonial movements made the USSR probably the one country in the world that made anti-racism not only a domestic but an international priority and invested in it accordingly. Late Stalinism, with the collective punishment of whole peoples (and their accompanying racialization), with its antisemitic campaign, and open acknowledgement of Russians as “the first people” of the Union blunted this initial emancipatory thrust. In the treatment of race, the post-Stalin era contained policy elements from both of these earlier periods. And yet, for all of its contradictions, this period seems like a lost utopia compared to the post-Soviet one, which saw the normalization of racist violence and a previously censorable xenophobic language. Covering the last 80 years of Soviet and then post-Soviet Russian history, the three presentations of this panel will take us through this complex trajectory.