On the Move: Migration and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Interdisciplinary conference
April 5, 2013 to April 7, 2013
Washington University, Alumni House

Increasingly, questions of mobility and migration are attracting scholarly interest. Researchers from various fields are working on projects related to the topic, mostly within the boundaries of their own disciplines. To facilitate a cross-disciplinary exchange among scholars focusing on these issues in the Central and Eastern European and Eurasian region, International and Area Studies at Washington University is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop entitled “On the Move: Migration and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The conference workshop will take place April 5-7, 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. Panels will address issues such as technology and technology transfer, tourism, emigration, cultural change promoted by the transport revolution, border crossings, and the impact of migration and mobility on art and culture.

The meeting will begin with student panels in the afternoon of Friday, April 5. Undergraduate and graduate students of Washington University will present their ongoing work related to issues of migration, identity, and the state in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

All events will take place in the Washington University Alumni House.





Conference program (pdf)


 2:00 PM   Welcome

Anika Walke, "MIgration, Identity, State" Research Cluster

 2:10 PM   Undergraduate Student Panel

Chair: Andy Sobel, Washington University
Katie Ayanian, International and Area Studies:
Conflict Management in the Southern Caucasus: National Narratives and Geo-Politics
Erin Humphries, International and Area Studies:
Understanding Russian Decision-Making in Kosovo and Georgia
Matthew Lee, International and Area Studies:
Afghanistan's Bane: The Crippling Legacy of the Durand Line

 4:00 PM   graduate Student Panel

Chair: En Li, Ph.D. Candidate, Washington University
Paula Doumani, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology:
Mobility, Technology Transfer, and Material Culture at the Heart of Eurasia: Prehistoric Nomads of Kazakhstan
Jacob Labendz, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of History:
"In unserem Kreise": Czech-Jewish Activism and Immigration in America, 1939-1994

 5:30 PM   Reception with light refreshments

 6:00 PM   weLcome

Tim Parsons, Director of International and Area Studies
Jan Musekamp, VW Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Area Studies


Leslie Page Moch, Michigan State University:
Repertoires and Regimes of Human Mobility: On the Move in 20th Century Eurasia



 9:00 AM   Welcome

Nicole Svobodny, Eurasian Studies Research Cluster
Paul Michael Lützeler, VW Foundation Liaison at Washington University

 9:15 AM   Panel I: Visions of Mobility

Chair: Lynne Tatlock, Washington University
Jan Musekamp, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (Germany)/ Washington University:
Paris - St. Petersburg: Shrinking Spaces in the 19th Century
Harriet Murav, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign/ Stanford Humanities Center:
Technology, the City, and Literature: Bergelson and Shklovsky in Berlin
Nathan Wood, University of Kansas:
"A main station at one's front door': Bicycles, Automobiles, and Dreams of Personal Mobility in Poland, 1885-1939

11:15 AM   Panel II: Circulating identities

Chair: Lori Watt, Washington University
Chia Yin Hsu, Portland State University:
The Ruble in Manchuria: The Circulation of Money and Conceptions of National Sovereignty at the Chinese and Russian Frontier, 1890s-1920s
Chris Ward, Clayton State University:
Far from Home: Railway Workers' Experiences Abroad during Construction of the Baikal-Amur-Railway (BAM), 1974-1984
Adrian Wanner, Pennsylvania State University:
Recent Post-Soviet Immigrant Writers in Germany: Russians, Jews, or Germans?

 1:00 PM   Lunch

 2:00 PM   Panel III: Bodies in motion

Chair: Hillel Kieval, Washington University
Keely Stauter-Halsted, University of Illinois-Chicago:
Sex-Trafficking as a Migration Problem in Partitioned Poland
Elizabeth Blake, Saint Louis University:
Composition and Authorship in the Manuscripts of Sybiracy from the Interrevolutionary Era
Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University:
Invisible Borders and Missing Migrants: Retracing the Journeys of Russian Subjects through Central Europe and Canada, 1880-1914

4:00PM   Panel IV: Life in Translation

Chair: Derek Pardue, Washington University
Anna Winestein, University of Oxford, UK / Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership, Boston:
Dynamic Bohemians: The Russki Artisticheskii Kruzhok v Parizhe
George Gasyna, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign:
Andrzej Stasiuk and the Myth of the Literary Gastarbajter
Nicole Svobodny, Washington University:
Performance-walks in the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky



  9:00 AM   Breakfast


Moderator: Anika Walke, "Migration, Identity, State" Research Cluster
Conference abstracts are available here.

The conference is sponsored by the "Migration, Identity, State" and "Eurasian Studies" Research Clusters in International and Area Studies and the Volkswagen Foundation.

For more information, please contact Anika Walke or Jan Musekamp.