Young Researchers Conference

February 27-March 1, 2014

13th Annual International
Young Researchers Conference

A joint Havighurst Center and SOYUZ* conference

The Topos of Justice 

In 20th- and 21st-century Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, various theories and practices of justice dramatically affected the lives of millions of people. This conference will explore experiments in law and regulations, narratives and theories of justice, translations and material objectifications of justice, and ethic and affective circulations of justice and morality in its local and global forms.

co-sponsored with The Humanities Center, The College of Arts & Science, The Center for American & World Cultures, the International Studies Program, and the Departments of Anthropology, History, and Political Science


5:30 – 7:30pm, Harrison Hall 111

Introduction and Welcome
Karen Dawisha, Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University

Keynote Lecture
Robert M. Hayden, University of Pittsburgh,
Justice as Unfairness

Marcum Center, Rms 184-186

Session 1 9:00–10:40am
Global Legalities: Democratization, the Rule of Law, and Human Rights

Chair: Carl T. Dahlman, Miami University

Discussant: Jessica Greenberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Timothy William Waters, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Digressing towards Europe: Narratives of Moral Transit through Violence

Vera Axyonova, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science, Promoting Justice and the Rule of Law in Central Asia: The European Union Rule of Law Initiative as Part of a Comprehensive Democratization Strategy?

Michelle C. Grisé, Yale University, Liberal Legality in Unlikely Places: Constitutional Debates in Post-Genocide Cambodia

Cristian Capotescu, University of Michigan, Challenging Power through the Power of Morals: The Role of Human Rights and Humanitarianism from Communism to Post-Communism in Romania

Session 2 11:00am–12:40pm
Topographies of Justice: Borderlands, Sovereignty, and Ethnicity

Chair: Venelin Ganev, Miami University
Discussant: Edward C. Holland, Miami University

Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester, In Search of Parity: Historicizing “Contested Territory” and its Regulation at a Central Asian Border

Timothy Alexander Nunan, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Northern Crossings: Development and Sovereignty in the Afghan-Soviet Borderscape

Morgan Y. Liu, The Ohio State University, Uzbek Patronage between Ethnic Particularism &
Soviet Universalism in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Leisan Khalioullina, Institute of Economics, Management and Law, Kazan, Identity and the Rule of Law: Ethnic Profiling in the Republic of Tatarstan

Session 3 2:00–3:20pm
Time and Truths: History and the Politics of Memory

Chair: Stephen Norris, Miami University
Discussant: Serguei A. Oushakine, Princeton University

Tom Rowley, University of Cambridge, Dissident Reburial and Documentary Film in the Soviet Union

Christine Beresniova, Indiana University, Historical Justice, Contemporary Discord: Examining the Rise of Resistance to Holocaust Remembrance in Lithuania

Marharyta Fabrykant, Belarusian State University, Nationalism and Construction of Justice in Belarusian Legal History Textbooks

Keynote Lecture
5:00–6:30pm, Marcum Center 184-86
Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
Constitutions and Counter-Constitutions: Understanding the New Constitutional Revolution
in Hungary

Marcum Center, Rms 184-186

Session 4: 9:00–10:40am
Moral Citizenship: the State and Everyday Justice

Chair: Neringa Klumbyte, Miami University
Discussant: Nancy Ries, Colgate University

Susanne Cohen, University of Chicago, Workers of the World, Connect?: Everyday Justice Online in Post-Soviet Russia

Liene Ozolina, London School of Economics and Political Science, The Tyrannies of Intimacy: Notes on a Post-Socialist Welfare State

Maria Sidorkina, Yale University, Public Resonance as a Method: Seeking 'Hope for Justice and the End of Lawlessness' in Novosibirsk, Russia

Gleb Tsipursky, The Ohio State University – Newark Campus, State-Sponsored Vigilante Justice and Komsomol Patrols in the Soviet Heartland, 1953-58

Session 5: 11:00am–12:40pm
Rights and Bodies: Health, Caring, and Biological Citizenship

Chair: Cameron Hay-Rollins, Miami University
Discussant: Michele Rivkin-Fish, University of North Carolina

Maria Galmarini, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Ability to Bear Rights or Ability to Work?: The Meaning of Justice for the Russian Deaf in the Revolutionary Period

Maryna Y. Bazylevych, Luther College, (Dis)order and Civilization: The Topos of Justice in Post-Socialist Medicine

Larisa Jasarevic, University of Chicago, Justice in a Jar: Biotic Collectives and Fungal Politics in Post-Yugosphere

Rima Praspaliauskiene, University of California Davis, The Envelope: Ambiguity of Care in Lithuania

Session 6: 2:00–3:40pm

Justice Sacred: Authority, Morality, and the Transcendental

Chair: Benjamin Sutcliffe, Miami University
Discussant: John Cinnamon, Miami University

Marc Roscoe Loustau, Harvard Divinity School,
ruggling Towards Moral Selfhood: Conversational Analysis of Post-Socialist Miracle Narratives

Yuriy Koshulap, Central European University,
Cross on the Trident: the fourth path to justice of Andrey Sheptytsky

Elena Bogdanova, Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR) and University of Eastern Finland
Religious Justifications in the Citizens’ Complaints to Authorities in Contemporary Russia

Alexandra Cotofana, Indiana University, Priesthood and Divination or Practicing Magic as a Part Time Job. A Case Study from Bucovina, Romania

Session 7: 4:00–5:20pm
Justice Reframed: New Judges and Juries

Chair: Erin Koch, University of Kentucky
Discussant: Sarah Phillips, Indiana University

Austin Cowley, University of Colorado, Honor among Thieves: Russian Mafia and Prisoner Rights in Kyrgyzstan

Jennifer Dickinson, University of Vermont
The Revolution will be Live-Streamed: Social Media and the Maidan

with Powerpoint

Larisa Kurtovic, DePaul University, In Defense of Populist Reason: Social Justice, Protest and Historical Imagination in Present-Day Bosnia

Roundtable 5:30–6:30pm
Justice and Corruption
Karen Dawisha, Miami University
and Ivan Ninenko, Miami University and Deputy Director,
Transparency International – Russia


*SOYUZ is the Post-Communist Cultural Studies interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European Studies and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Past Young Researchers Conferences:

*Link to Conference Paper Archive*

2011-12 Post-communist Corruption: Causes, Manifestations, Consequences

2010-11 The Gulag in History and Memory

2009-10 1989 Then and Now

2008-09 The Role of Law in the Construction & Destruction of Democracy in Postcommunism

2007-08 Dream Factory of Communism: Culture, Practices and the Memory of the Cold War

2006-07 Orienting the Russian Empire

2005-06 Thinking in/after Utopia: East-European and Russian Philosophy Before and After the Collapse of Communism

2004-05 The Problems of the Post-Communist State

2003-04 Russia in Global Context: Peoples, Environments, and Policies

2002-03 Placing Gender in Postcommunism

2001-02 Social Norms and Social Deviance in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Era

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