Call for papers
THE RUSSIAN BEAR': HISTORY, SEMIOTICS, POLITICS
International workshop Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies Ivanovo
State University May 21-22, 2009, Ivanovo-Plyos (Russia)
The bear has been used as an allegory for Russia for centuries; it is a
popular symbol of the country thus far. This image is embodied in
satirical graphics, political rhetoric, journalism, and literature. In
the XX century it spread widely in Russia, too, especially in the
The workshop will focus on the following questions:
What is the history of the image of the Russian Bear?
What meanings the Russian Bear' receives in the Russian and
How identity politics of Russian nationalism exploits this
How the Russian Bear' is used in the
legitimization/delegitimization of political authority in Russia?
How does the bear metaphor' influence the perception of Russia
in the world and the process of the European integration?
Specialists in such fields of knowledge as history, cultural studies,
sociology, philology, political studies, international relations, and
linguistics are welcome to apply for participation in the workshop.
Languages of the workshop: Russian, English. Number of participants: 25.
Please send your abstract (up to 300 words) and personal details (Name,
Current institutional affiliation, Title/position, E-mail address) by
December 1, 2008 via email to the following address [log in to unmask]
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On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Oleg V. Riabov D.Sc., Professor
Ivanovo State University Ermaka 39 Ivanovo Russia 153025
Fax number: 7-4932-326600
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