Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991

Concours d’articles : “Transnational perspectives on the Soviet bloc, 1944-1991”

Date limite : 31 janvier 2011

The Department of History at the University of Texas-Arlington is announcing its 46th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Essay Competition. The topic for 2010-2011 is “Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc.” Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and scholars at all other stages are invited to participate. We are looking for original, unpublished article-length essays (maximum 10,000 words plus endnotes) that explore the problem of movements of people, goods and ideas across the Bloc’s internal and external boundaries. Geographically, submissions dealing with any combination of links between the Soviet Union, the East European “people’s democracies” and the broader world are most welcome.

Sample problems may include: scientific interactions, technology transfers, cultural influences, imaginary encounters, social or cultural consequences of transnational economic exchange, migration or displacement, travel, tourism as well as issues of theory and method.

A prize in the amount of $500 will be awarded to the author of the winning entry during the 46th Annual Webb Lecture Series on March 10, 2011 at UTA. The one-day conference seeks to reflect critically on the need—and opportunities—for studying flows of people, objects and ideas across the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. In the spirit of the event, we encourage the Competition participants to engage with the growing body of scholarship that challenges the vision of the Soviet Bloc’s total isolation and internal atomization. The winning entry will appear in an edited monograph, to be published by Texas A&M University Press.

The competition is open to non-US citizens as well.  However, the submissions must be in English.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011 (date of receipt).  Essays should be submitted electronically to the coordinator of the 2011 Webb Lecture Series, Dr. Jennifer Lawrence at further information about the event, please visit our website:

Patryk Babiracki
(Until January, 2011):
Józef Tischner Fellow
/Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
/Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wien

Assistant Professor
Modern Russian and East European History
Department of History
University of Texas-Arlington

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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