Monthly Archives: February 2010

Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, March 17-21

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s birth with this internationally acclaimed World’s Stage production. Hailed by Peter Brook as “the finest ensemble in Europe,” Maly Drama Theatre’s Uncle Vanya is performed in Russian with projected English translation—offering American audiences the rare opportunity to experience Chekhov in his native tongue. The Manchester Evening News declares this “definitive Vanya… a soul-searching, spellbinding production,” and it plays Chicago for five performances only.

Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes (includes intermission)

For more information, please visit the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website: http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,46

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2010 Discover Georgia Tour (July 1-11)

Dates: July 1st -July 11th
Where: Caucasus Georgia (Vardzia, Kutaisi, Sighnaghi, Mtskheta, Tbilisi, Qazbegi)
Who: World travelers, spiritual pilgrims, foodies, musicians, adventurers!
Cost: $2100 (eleven day all expenses paid, airfare not included), $4000 for couples

In our fifth season, the Discover Georgia Tour routinely draws an eclectic, motivated, and diverse group of culture tourists. This year a new itinerary takes us to the southern borderlands between Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey, as well as the ancient capital of Colchis in western Georgia.
For a detailed Itinerary, as well as Reviews, Photos, and the Application, visit our website here: www.georgianchant.org/tours/
Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with twelve of the fifteen places still available. Sign up now! Secure your place with a $200 deposit, details on the application form (available for download).

Our advertising is by word of mouth only. Please take a second to pass this message along to those you think may be interested. We appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Tour Coordinators:  John A Graham, Luarsab Togonidze

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Call for Papers: “Imagining Freedom, Negotiating Dominion,” University of St. Andrews, Deadline: March 1

**This is an updated call for papers. The deadline has been extended to March 1 thanks to additional funding from the British Academy***

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE CAUCASUS
UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS: 16-17TH APRIL 2010

THE CAUCASUS: IMAGINING FREEDOM, NEGOTIATING DOMINION
CALL FOR PAPERS

Organised by:
The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies,
University of St Andrews; supported by CRCEES.

The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies at
the University of St Andrews will dedicate its annual conference to the
history, culture, politics, and regional and international security of the
Caucasus.

The Caucasus Mountains mark the transition point between Europe and Asia,
and it is this geographical position that has largely defined the history of
the region. As a meeting place between East and West, it retains many of the
signs of cross-cultural influence, as well as the scars of past conflicts.
Due to its intermediary location, scholarly discussion of the area has often
been overdetermined by the nations and cultural traditions surrounding it.
The aim of this conference is to look at the Caucasus as it appears in the
cultural imaginations of those nations and empires with which its historical
life has been inextricably intertwined, and to compare such views with the
self-understanding and experience of the diverse national traditions of
which it is comprised. By juxtaposing perceptions of the Caucasus from
without with those from within we hope to arrive at a more nuanced picture
of the region in the cultural and political landscape of the twenty-first
century. We invite paper proposals from young and established scholars in
the humanities and social sciences in the following strands:

•        Caucasian self-identity
•        The Caucasus as a place of foreign imagining (particularly in Russia and the Near and Middle East)
•        Geopolitics and the Soviet legacy
•        Imperial history and cultural domination
•        Religion and ecumenical developments
•        Language, translation and cultural exchange
•        Sustainable development and environmental thought
•        Energy and pipeline politics
•        Conflicts and peace negotiations
•        The roles of NGOs and intergovernmental organizations
•        The August 2008 war and its aftermath
•        Prospects for regional integration

Among confirmed keynote speakers:

—His Excellency Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
—Professor B. George Hewitt (SOAS), ‘The Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict: A Non-Conventional View’
—Professor Donald Rayfield (Royal Holloway) on ‘Processes since the end of the USSR: A Pattern since Antiquity?’
—Professor John Russell (Bradford), ‘Peace after Protracted Conflict: Lessons from Chechnya for the North Caucasus and Beyond’

PROPOSALS

Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2010.

(i) Individual proposals
Should be of 300-400 words, and must be in English. Please also supply a
short bio-bibliographical statement. Individual proposals should be
submitted electronically to Dr Claire Whitehead at: cew12@st-andrews.ac.uk.

(ii) Panel proposals
We particularly welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels covering two
or more strands, or more than one Caucasian country. One proposal (in
English) of 400-500 words, and including each paper title, should be
submitted electronically to Dr Claire Whitehead at: cew12@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Please also supply a short bio-bibliographical statement for each proposed
speaker and individual paper abstracts as above.

REGISTRATION (including refreshments and Saturday conference lunch):  £40
graduate students; £50 academics.

There may be a limited number of travel and accommodation subsidies
available for the conference. Participants are asked to contact the centre
directly when registering.

Publication of conference papers. The Centre intends to publish a fully
refereed collection of contributions from the conference. Selected authors
will be asked to expand their conference papers into article-length pieces
for consideration for this publication.

Conference Committee:
Rick Fawn; Emily Finer; Oliver Smith; Claire Whitehead (director of centre)

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (Undergraduates), Deadline: April 6

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Summer 2010 & Fall 2010/Academic Year 2010-2011 Application Open – Deadline: April 6, 2010

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2010 online application with over 1,700 scholarships to be awarded.  A limited number of summer awards will be available to students majoring in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) who meet the program’s standard eligibility criteria listed below.

*        Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
*        United States citizen
*        Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
*        Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks and no more than an academic year
*        Receiving academic credit
*        Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba

Summer 2010 & Fall 2010/Academic Year 2010-2011 applications are now being accepted online and are due April 6, 2010.  For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, application deadlines & timeline, and application process, please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman, contact the Gilman Program at 713-621-6300 ext. 25 or email gilman@iie.org.

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Summer Russian Program at Beloit College, Deadline: Rolling

Since 1983 the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at Beloit
College has offered students a unique opportunity to achieve a
year’s worth of college-level language training in just eight
weeks. Excellent faculty, small class sizes that allow for
individual attention, and twenty-six hours of classroom
instruction per week in a beautiful residential environment
provide an immersive approach to learning that encourages
students to focus exclusively on the target language and culture.

For graduate students who receive FLAS funding, the Center for
Language Studies will provide an additional grant which will
cover the remaining portion of tuition.

Detailed information on our programs can be found at www.summerlanguages.com.

The eight week Russian program begins June 12, 2010. For information on how to apply, please visit: http://www.summerlanguages.com/apply.html

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Moscow Circus at Raue Center (Crystal Lake, IL), February 19

For children and adults alike, each show begins as soon as the audience enters the theatre. The foyer is filled with Russian musicians, clowns, costumed performers and dancers. Theatregoers walk directly from the street into a traditional Russian Folk Festival atmosphere. The show, “A Russian Folk Fair,” is based on centuries-old Russian traditions and fables and is narrated by mythical Russian characters. The production is a dramatic tale told and based on the foundation of the circus arts, and the famed performers of the Moscow Circus, in a theatre-circus format.

Location: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

More information (including how to purchase tickets) can be found at: http://www.rauecenter.org/whats-on/2010/02/moscowcircus/

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Russian Speakers Needed for Web-based Experimental Study

A message to Russian speakers:

Dear fellow Slavic linguists,

I am conducting a study on how native speakers of Russian interpret certain types of Russian sentences in the context of preceding stories, with both visual and auditory sentence presentation. The study is entirely web-based, on survey gizmo, and can be taken on any computer that has internet access (it has to be fairly fast/good-quality internet access, because otherwise the survey pages will take too long to download) and has audio-capability (since part of the study involves listening to audio-files). This study is approved by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Internal Review Board.   I am in great need of native Russian-speaking participants; all native speakers of Russian qualify as long as they (1) currently live in Russia; or (2) currently live outside of Russia, but left Russia as adults (age 18 or older).   For study participants who are local (in Illinois) we pay $10 for study participation. For non-local participants, unfortunately we cannot provide compensation, due to the logistical difficulties of money transfer.   Below, please find the official recruitment emails. If you are interested in participating in this study, please email me at tionin@illinois.edu . I would also appreciate it if you could forward this announcement to any Russian-speaking friends/relatives/colleagues.

Thank you in advance!

Tania Ionin

Tania Ionin
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
FLB 4080
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
tionin@illinois.edu
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/tionin/www/

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Уважаемые носители русского языка,

Приглашаем Вас принять участие в экспериментальном исследовании на предмет того, как говорящие на русском языке интерпретируют предложения на русском в контексте. Мы ищем волонтеров, для которых русский язык является родным, и которые жили в России до совершеннолетия и переехали в США (или в другую, не русскоговорящую страну) в возрасте 18 лет или старше.

Если вы подходите этим требованиям или считаете, что могли бы принять участие в данном исследовании, мы просим Вас связаться с нами по электронной почте по следующим адресам: tionin@illinois.edu или luchkin1@illinois.edu .

Участие в данном исследовании является строго добровольным, и может быть прервано в любое время.  Если Вы примете решение стать участником, Вам будет предложено заполнить короткую анкету на компьютере о Вашем языковом профиле. Затем Вам будет предложено выполнить тест на русском языке состоящий из двух частей. В этом тесте Вам будет нужно оценить ряд предложений на русском языке с учетом данного контекста. Ожидается, что на выполнение всего теста  Вам потребуется около часа. Все задания предлагаются в электронном варианте и  выполняются на любом компьютере, имеющим доступ в Интернет (по адресу, который мы сообщим Вам) и проигрывающем аудио файлы (для ряда вопросов, Вам потребуется прослушать короткие записи, сопровождающие тестовые задания).

Участие в данном исследовании не предполагает получение какой-либо материальной (или иной) компенсации.

Мы гарантируем полную конфиденциальность всей полученной от Вас информации: Ваши данные, так же как и Ваш тест будут храниться в анонимной форме. По любым вопросам об этом исследовании и участии в нём, пожалуйста, обращайтесь к нам.

Tania Ionin и Татьяна Лучкина.

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(For Russian speakers in Illinois)

Уважаемые носители русского языка,

Приглашаем Вас принять участие в экспериментальном исследовании на предмет того, как говорящие на русском языке интерпретируют предложения на русском в контексте. Мы ищем волонтеров, для которых русский язык является родным, и которые жили в России до совершеннолетия и переехали в США (или в другую, не русскоговорящую страну) в возрасте 18 лет или старше. Если вы подходите этим требованиям или считаете, что могли бы принять участие в данном исследовании, мы просим Вас связаться с нами по электронной почте по следующим адресам: tionin@illinois.edu или luchkin1@illinois.edu.

Участие в данном исследовании является строго добровольным, и может быть прервано в любое время.  Если Вы примете решение стать участником, Вам будет предложено заполнить короткую анкету на компьютере о Вашем языковом профиле. Затем Вам будет предложено выполнить тест на русском языке состоящий из двух частей. В этом тесте Вам будет нужно оценить ряд предложений на русском языке с учетом данного контекста. Ожидается, что на выполнение всего теста  Вам потребуется около часа. Все задания предлагаются в электронном варианте и  выполняются на компьютере. Тестирование будет проходить в психолингвистической лаборатории в здании факультета иностранных языков на территории UIUC, или в другом месте, удобном для Вас, в удобное для Вас время. По завершении тестирования, Вам будет выплачена компенсация в размере $ 10 за Ваше участие.

Мы гарантируем полную конфиденциальность всей полученной от Вас информации: Ваши данные, так же как и Ваш тест будут храниться в анонимной форме. По любым вопросам об этом исследовании и участии в нём, пожалуйста, обращайтесь к нам.

Tania Ionin и Татьяна Лучкина.

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“After the Revolution: Youth Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Postsocialist Serbia,” Northwestern University, February 22

The Northwestern University Department of Anthropology 2009 – 2010 Colloquium Series
Proudly Presents:

Jessica Greenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

on Monday, February 22 at 3pm
Anthropology Building (1810 Hinman Ave), Seminar Room 104

Dr. Greenberg will be presenting the following:

After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of
Disappointment in Postsocialist Serbia

On October 5, 2000 the citizens of Serbia staged a mass democratic
revolution on the streets of Belgrade. Hundreds of thousands of people
poured into the capital demanding in signs, songs, whistles and chants
that Slobodan Milošević accept electoral defeat and step down as the
country’s leader. Democratic activists, opposition leaders, and
students had overcome ten long years of authoritarian control of
government and media to bring democracy to Serbia. In the years
leading up to the revolution, student democratic activists became a
symbol of hope, courage and energy in Serbia and internationally.
October 5th marked both the high point and the end of the love affair
with these young revolutionaries. Two years later, when I began my
research with student activists, their image had been tarnished.
Former opposition members, government ministers, and media figures
dismissed student groups as at best irritating and at worst corrupt.
For many people, inside and outside the country, Serbia’s
revolutionary tale was one of hope turned to disappointment, promise
to failure. In narrating their hopes for a democratic future, people
had drawn on the images and discourses of youth protest.  “After the
Revolution”  traces the history and significance of revolutionary and
post-revolutionary political expectations in order to demonstrate how
disappointment shapes Serbia’s emerging democracy. Democratic failure
in Serbia was produced when both local and international actors judged
post-revolutionary democracy in terms of expectations generated in the
crucible of the student-led revolution. Democratic youth
revolutionaries promised positive political transformation and a more
hopeful future for Serbian citizens. But actual democracy delivered
poverty, social unrest and factional struggle. I will demonstrate how
youth and student activists have become metonymic for the movement
from hope to disappointment in newly democratic Serbia.

A reception will follow the event. All are welcome.

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Advanced Critical Languages Institute for Russian Immersion (ACLI); Astrakhan, Russia; Deadline: March 31

Advanced Critical Languages Institute for Russian Immersion (ACLI)

ACLI will be held in Astrakhan, Russia, June 17-August 3, 2010.

The goal of ACLI is Ultimate Attainment (full fluency in a non-native language) in Russian, a Critical Language.

ACLI is not for the faint of spirit. The program requires students to take the Russian Only Pledge, requiring them to speak only Russian for the duration of the 7-week program. Violators will be dismissed from the program. ACLI is especially appropriate for those who have already studied in Russia on a standard Study Abroad Program and want to be challenged further.

ACLI students have 4-5 hours of classes daily with Russian Pedagogy specialists from Astrakhan State University focusing on conversation, phonetics, advanced grammar, public speaking, writing & stylistics, and working with authentic texts. ACLI also includes lectures on Russian history, politics, culture and economics and viewing and discussion of Russian films.

Students enjoy wonderful Russian-speaking homestays, keep a daily journal in Russian, participate in student activities clubs and visit Volgograd and Elista.

ACLI students receive 6-9 transferable credits from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, for which they pay SUNY (public) tuition. Even together with tuition, ACLI is less expensive than most summer programs in Russia (less than either CIEE or ACTR), primarily because of the significant contribution made by our wonderful partners at Astrakhan State University.  FLAS or other external funding can be used toward the program.

For more information please visit: http://www.advancedrussian.org/

To apply please visit: http://www.advancedrussian.org/apply.html

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Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders, April 11-16, 2010

The ‘Europe Meets Russia’-team is pleased to announce the launch of its third program. *Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders*, will take place in Berlin from April 11th — April 16th, 2010.

Europe meets Russia has been designed with the intention of bringing together young individuals (mid-later stage students or with some young professionals – around 1-2 years experience) so that they can gain an insight into cultural diplomacy, exchange ideas and experiences, and learn from influential figures in the given field. Participants will develop contacts on social and professional levels through the participation of lectures, challenging workshops, and discussions. The Forum aims to examine the state of the European-Russian relationship today and to consider the role of cultural exchange in supporting this relationship.

Further information about Europe meets Russia can be found in the link below: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/youngleadersforums/index.php?en_forums_emr_about

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is now accepting applications for participants with an active interest in the issue. Please see the following link for further information, including the application form:

http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/youngleadersforums/index.php?en_forums_emr_next-weeklong-seminar

For specific inquiries into the program, please contact us at: emr@culturaldiplomacy.org <mailto:emr@culturaldiplomacy.org>

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is delighted to have had the possibility of welcoming the following speakers on previous EMR-Events:

Dmitri Molchanov, Third Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Berlin

Dr. Marzenna Guz-Vetter, Representative of the European Commission in Berlin

Martin Hope, Director of Benelux and EU office at British Council; Former Director British Council Moscow

Heino von Meyer, Director of the OECD Berlin Center

Serghey Zhuravlev, Vice-Director of the Russian Haus

Mr. Nikitin, Head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Germany

Enno Harks, Political Advisor to the CEO of Deutsche British Petroleum

Professor Ulrich Brückner, Expert in the field of European integration

To learn more about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, please visit our website: www.culturaldiplomacy.org <http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org>

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