Call for Proposals: Wisconsin Russia Project 2022 Young Scholars Conference

In light of the difficult circumstances that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have posed for many scholars who study Russia, we are extending the deadline for submissions to participate in the Wisconsin Russia Project Young Scholars Conference to March 21, 2022.

With funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Wisconsin Russia Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a two-day conference for young scholars in the social sciences to present their research on contemporary Russia. The conference will be held in-person on June 2-3, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. Accepted papers will be organized into panels, where authors will make 15-minute presentations and more senior scholars will serve as discussants.

Abstracts for papers in the following five thematic areas are invited: 1) education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) law and society; 3) political economy; 4) identity, place, and migration; and 5) demographic change. The working language of the conference will be English. Preference will be given to advanced graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or kandidat program and those within 5 years of completing such studies. Those 8 years beyond Ph. D. will not be considered. Proposals from scholars based in Russian universities are especially encouraged. Participants in prior Wisconsin Russia Project conferences are eligible to apply, but they must present new material.

For all participants who are selected to present a paper, conference expenses—including airfare, 3 nights hotel accommodations in Madison (4 nights for presenters located outside the United States), and meals during the conference—will be covered.

To apply to present a paper at the WRP 2022 Young Scholars Conference, please use this link to submit a proposal by March 21, 2022.

Complete proposals will consist of the following (all in English):

  1. Completed online application
  2. 300-500 word abstract (entered in application form)
  3. Writing sample (can be the proposed paper), uploaded in PDF via application form
  4. CV, uploaded in PDF via application form

All submissions will be acknowledged and considered, and all applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than March 31, 2022.

Papers, in English, must be submitted to conference organizers by May 20, 2022.

Notes on visa and travel issues

  • For Russian citizens and others who will require a visa to enter the United States, the Wisconsin Russia Project will issue letters of invitation confirming participation in the conference, which are necessary to apply for a visitor (B1) visa. Beyond that, we are not able to provide any further visa support. Currently, the U.S. Embassy in Russia is not issuing B1 visas, and visa appointment wait-times vary widely at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Therefore, applicants who will require visa to enter the United States for the conference should consider whether it is feasible under current conditions to obtain a visa in time. We ask all applicants to indicate (in the online application) their visa/citizenship status, and also to indicate whether they would participate in the conference virtually, in the event they are unable to travel to the United States for visa-related reasons or any other reason. If we receive sufficient interest, we may incorporate one or more virtual sessions during the conference.
  • Although we plan to hold the conference in-person, changes in the COVID19 pandemic conditions may require us to convert to a virtual (Zoom) format. The Wisconsin Russia Project will comply with any state, local, or University of Wisconsin guidelines regarding in-person events. For this reason as well, we ask all applicants to answer the question in the application form regarding whether you will still participate if it proves necessary to hold the conference virtually.

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