International conference 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Deadline:  16 January 2015
Open to: social scholars from post-Soviet and post-socialist countries
Venue: 24-26 April 2015, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), St.Petersburg in cooperation with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung are organizing the international conference “Domestic Workers in the Countries of Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union: Postsocialist Migrations and Inequalities” which will take place in  Saint Petersburg, Russia from 24-26 April 2015.

Keynote speakers will be Elena Zdravomyslova (European University at St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg) and Mojca Pajnik (Peace Institute, Ljubliana) in the conference. The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English. Are you interested in Soviet Countries? Follow us

This conference is aimed to move to different political and economic frameworks and consider how global issues of commercialisation of domestic labour are being solved in the countries of Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union themselves. During the last two decades these countries have developed middle classes, new professional and consumer groups, for whom paid domestic labour became demand and necessity. Migration flows within Europe and beyond have changed sinceCentral Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004 and 2007, and also due to global economic crisis of 2008-2009and current geo-political situation. Many states switched from being exclusively sending countries on the global labour market, and started to accept international migrants who also work as nannies, nurses, cleaners etc. in the middle class households. Everyday life and work of those migrants in the countries of Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, as well as their relationships with employers are expected to be a the focus of discussions of the conference participants.


We encourage social scholars from post-Soviet and post-socialistspace whose research interests correspond to the conference themes. Contributions focusing on empirical qualitative research of domestic workers are particularly welcome, as are papers which analyse everyday practices and strategies of action and resistance of migrants and their families. One of the conference expectations is formation of a new network of scholars focusing on female domestic workers in the countries of Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, regardless of their institutional affiliation and nationality.


No registration fee will be charged. Participants’ travelling (economy class) and accommodation costs will be covered by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Thank you Edu-Active!


Abstracts (200-250 words) and brief biographical notes (max. 100 words) should be sent to Anna Isakova and copied to Olga Tkach by16 January 2015.

Notification of acceptance: by 30 January 2015

In order to organise productive discussions, participants will be asked to submit their papers for presentations (up to 4,000 words, including references) to by 10 April 2015.

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