Call for Contributions: Moral Dimensions of Economic Life in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, St Antony’s College, Oxford, March 20-21st, 2019.

Challenging the orthodox exclusion of morality from the investigation of economic life, scholars of the region have long documented how the post-socialist experience has reshaped the morality of commerce, working lives, informal economic practices, and even notions of moral personhood. Today, 30 years after the end of communist rule, the region continues to be a privileged site for studying the moral dimensions of economic thinking, practices, and relationships at different scales. As the collective experience of Communism fades, there has been increasing public debate about the social and cultural changes which have come with political and economic liberalization, including labour migration, the rise of identity politics, and the formation of new elites. In some parts of the region, such discussions have articulated contemporary concerns about moral change, crisis and decline, triggering political, social, and religious calls for moral renewal. At the same time, an increasingly vocal set of social movements are contesting existing structures of power, wealth, and inequality, challenging the operations and outcomes of the current political economy, and demanding, amongst other things, stronger redistributive measures and a clean-up of widespread corruption and crony capitalism.


In the face of such diversity, the organizers view this workshop as an opportunity to take stock of the capitalist moral order(s) in the region, and to map the drivers and characteristics of relevant moral changes in this part of the world. We invite abstract submissions (max 250 words) from across the Social Sciences, and particularly welcome papers that use case studies and/or fieldwork material to explore respective issues (see attached for detailed CfP).


Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to by February 1st, 2019. There will be limited funds available for scholars from the region. Please indicate if you will require financial assistance to attend.


Nicolette Makovicky (OSGA, Oxford), Jorg Wiegratz (POLIS, Leeds), and Dimitra Kofti (Anthropology, Panteion University).