Aug 20, 2010

CfP: Webb-Smith Essay Competition: Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc

Webb-Smith Essay Competition: Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991
Location: Texas, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2010-12- 15
Date Submitted: 2010-08-09

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 scholars, 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 We are looking for original, unpublished article-length essays (maximum 10,000 words plus endnotes)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 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 goal of this day-long conference will be to reflect critically on the need to—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 deadline for submissions is December 15, 2010 (date of receipt). Essays should be submitted electronically to the coordinator of the 2011 Webb Lecture Series, Dr. Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrenc@exchange.

Jennifer Lawrence
Walter Prescott Webb MemorialLecture Series Coordinator
Department of History
University of Texas at Arlington
Box 19529
Arlington, TX 76019-0529

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