Monthly Archives: November 2010

Graduate Fellowship, The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences and humanities are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the Southern Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and/or living expenses in the Southern Caucasus. During his/her stay in the Southern Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation by January 15, 2011 to info@arisc.org. All information must be received by January 15, 2011 in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

Please see
http://arisc.org/RESOURCES/Funding-Opportunities/ARISC-Fellowships for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

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Various Fellowships and Research Programs, NCEEER

Program Supports Eligibility Application Deadline Maximum Award
Programs for U.S. Scholars
Title VIII National Research Competition Research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union US citizens holding a Ph.D., or U.S. citizens with comparable professional experience, who are not current NCEEER grant-holders February 15, 2011 $70,000 (collaborative project); $40,000 (individual project)
Title VIII National Research Competition/
Research on the Indigenous Peoples of Russia
Research on indigenous peoples of Russia, conducted at Gorno-Altaisk State University (GASU) or another Russian university US citizens holding a Ph.D., or U.S. citizens with comparable professional experience, who are not current NCEEER grant-holders January 1, 2011 $38,000
Title VIII Ed A. Hewett Fellowship Research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, conducted under auspices of a U.S. government agency U.S. citizens holding a Ph.D., or U.S. citizens with comparable professional experience, who are not current NCEEER grant-holders March 15, 2011 $50,000
Title VIII Short-Term Travel Grants for Research in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans Research on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans US citizens holding a Ph.D., or U.S. citizens with comparable professional experience, who are not current NCEEER grant-holders December 15, 2010 AND April 15, 2011 $3,000
James R. Millar Graduate Student Prize Best graduate student research paper in the humanities and social sciences regarding current or former communist regimes Current MA or PhD students February 15, 2011 $500
Junior Scholars Training Seminar Training seminar for junior scholars in East European studies US citizens who are current MA or PhD students or recent graduates in any field of East European studies April 15, 2011 Not applicable
Programs for scholars from the former Soviet Union
Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (including the George F. Russell Fellowship Program) Research in the humanities or social sciences conducted at a U.S. college or university University faculty, researchers, advanced graduate students, and scholars in the social sciences and humanities from the Russian cities of Kaliningrad and Rostov-na-Donu, and from the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine April 30, 2011 Not applicable
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Conflict Resolution in the South Caucasus, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University

CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS

May 27th- June 5th, 2011    3 CREDITS    $3695 w/o Airfare

DESCRIPTION: This exciting new program brings you to the heart of conflict in the South Caucasus. The course will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia with lectures by a variety of specialists, including academics and practitioners.  Formal sessions are complemented by various site visits, governmental and non-governmental, to encourage a more comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted issues affecting societies in conflict.

The program aims to provide context for understanding the change that the South Caucasus has experienced during the past years, opportunities for understanding conflict tensions surrounding inter-community relations, and the aftermath of wars involving South Ossetians, Abkhaz, Russians, and Georgians, as well as the conflict over Karabakh. Related dynamics in the North Caucasus and globally will also be considered.

Dr. Susan Allen NanINSTRUCTOR: Dr. Susan Allen Nan will lead this program.  Dr. Nan is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution whose main focus is on the South Caucasus. She also works on evaluating conflict resolution initiatives and community conflict resolution approaches. She has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in Eurasia, as well as contributing to a variety of initiatives in Eastern Europe.

APPLICATION PROCESS: In order to be eligible for the course in the Caucasus,  participants must submit a CV (or resume), a personal statement of no more than one page explaining why they want to participate  and a photocopy of their passport to Program Director, Bram Houben at ahouben@gmu.edu

PROGRAM FEE & DETAILS:

$3,695.00

Program fee includes double-occupancy hotel lodging; daily breakfast; most other meals; in-country ground transportation; airport transfer; emergency evacuation insurance; pre-departure orientation; cultural excursions; course trainers and speakers costs; Tuition for 3 Credits (CONF 399*/695); but NOT international airfare. 

ELIGIBILITY: Conflict Resolution in the South Caucasus is open to all Mason and Non-Mason bachelors, Ms and Ph.D students as a 3 credit course and to non-students as a professional development seminar.  Mason students can take the course as CONF 385*/399*/695  (Other options may be available – check with your advisor).

*Please check with your advisor

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Master Students graduating in the Spring 0f 2011 are still eligible to walk during the May Graduation Ceremony while enrolled in this class.

Website.

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Two Programs at the National Yiddish Book Center

The National Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for two exciting educational programs: the Fellowship Program for recent college graduates and the Steiner Summer Program for undergraduates.

The Fellowship Program offers talented young college graduates who are passionate about Yiddish language and culture the opportunity to work at the Book Center for a year. As paid, full-time staff members, fellows provide content for existing programs and spearhead new ones, while continuing their education in Yiddish language, literature and culture. Applicants should have strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines and a working knowledge of Yiddish. Application deadline: January 3, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/fellowship-program

The Steiner Summer Program
offers matriculating college students a unique opportunity for a tuition-free, seven-week intensive course in Yiddish language and culture. Beginning and intermediate students will study original and adapted Yiddish texts, as well as the history, literature, culture and music of the Jews of central and Eastern Europe. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program as of January 1, 2011. Application deadline: February 1, 2011. For more information, please visit  http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/steiner-summer-program-yiddish

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2011 Summer Environmental Exchange, Tahoe-Baikal Institute

Study Environmental Science and Watershed Management in California, Mongolia, AND Russia!
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Program Highlights:
  • Immersive place-based education program in California, Mongolia AND Russia!
  • Approximately 8 weeks from mid-June to late-August 2011 (4 weeks in each watershed)
  • Multi-cultural program brings together participants from USA, baikal shore_web 2Russia, Mongolia, and other countries
  • Interdisciplinary and hands-on curriculum focused on watershed management at Tahoe and Baikal
  • Program Fee covers travel between Tahoe and Baikal & all food, lodging and program expenses.
For full details and application materials, read here:
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Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students to apply for its 2011 Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships. Designed for students in the early stages of the dissertation process, each fellowship includes a stipend of $4,000, travel support for attending the CES International Conference of Europeanists, and the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual publication of the Council for European Studies.

More specifically, the Council seeks applicants for the following:

1) Twenty (20) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships for graduate students working on general topics in European Studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2) One (1) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship for a graduate student working on a topic within the field of Portuguese Studies and whose research requires travel to Portugal for all or a portion of the research term. Funded by the Luso-American Development Foundation.

3) One (1) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship for a graduate student working within the discipline of Anthropology on a topic in European Studies. Funded by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.

For more information, please visit the website
(http://ces.columbia.edu/awards/awards.html).

Council for European Studies
420 West 118th Street, MC3307
New York, NY 10027
Email: ces@columbia.edu
Website: http://www.councilforeuropeanstudies.org/

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate
students to apply for its 2011 Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships.
Designed for students in the early stages of the dissertation process,
each fellowship includes a stipend of $4,000, travel support for
attending the CES International Conference of Europeanists, and the
opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual
publication of the Council for European Studies.

More specifically, the Council seeks applicants for the following:

    1) Twenty (20) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships for graduate
students working on general topics in European Studies.  Funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    2) One (1) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship for a graduate
student working on a topic within the field of Portuguese Studies and
whose research requires travel to Portugal for all or a portion of the
research term.  Funded by the Luso-American Development Foundation.

    3) One (1) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship for a graduate
student working within the discipline of Anthropology on a topic in
European Studies.  Funded by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe

For more information, please visit our website
(http://ces.columbia.edu/awards/awards.html).
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CfP: Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

**Call for Papers**

Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, has returned to the academic world! Vestnik, the world’s first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, was on hiatus for more than two years. However, its editorial staff has again assembled to continue this fascinating and much-needed work. Having recently finished and published our Winter, 2010 edition, we now welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates for another! Research on any subject is accepted – politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc.

If your students have written solid research in the last year, encourage them to send it to jwilson@sras.org!

Deadline for submissions for the next issue: December 15, 2010

**$200 Jury Award**

Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. After publication, the editorial board will select the best (most interesting, original, and well-written piece) submission. The recipient will be sent an official letter of congratulations along with a $200 check. This process will take into account as well how receptive the author was to improving the paper before publication under the guidance of our editorial board. This award has been established for this issue of Vestnik to mark its return to encouraging original research among students.

**Requirements and other Information**

Submitted papers should include, at the top of the first page, the applicant’s name, major, class standing, and a brief description of his/her future plans. Submissions should not be more than 25 pages, should be in double-spaced, 12-point TNR type with one-inch margins, and in MS Word or a capital program. Since we are dealing with diverse subjects, we will accept MLA, ALA and Chicago formats. Submissions should be accompanied with a statement from the author saying where he/she is currently enrolled as a student (or was at the time the paper was written), class (freshman, sophomore, graduate student, etc.; if applicable), their future plans (educational and professional), and the author’s agreement to Vestnik’s policies and procedures. Vestnik’s editor in chief welcomes questions by email at jwilson@sras.org.

You can find past issues of Vestnik, as well as more information about the
publication, at http://www.sras.org/vestnik.

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CfP: “Decades of Asynchrony. Europe & Central Asia and the Dissolution of the Soviet Union”, University of Pittsburgh

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 9th

University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia & Center for Russian and East European Studies present:

Decades of Asynchrony: Europe & Central Asia and the Dissolution of the Soviet Union

Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference

February 25-26, 2011

2011 will mark the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. On 25 December 1991, in the midst of intrigues and political struggles Mikhail Gorbachev stepped down as General Secretary of the Communist Party. This event made official a change that leaders of several Republics – foremost Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – had already agreed upon: the dissolution of the USSR and the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Only a few days prior to Gorbachev’s resignation the Soviet Republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as well as Georgia had joined this movement.

Two years earlier, former Eastern European socialist states had already begun the transition to “democracy” and “market economy.” The year 2009 witnessed splendid and highly orchestrated twentieth anniversary celebrations of the end of state socialism in Eastern Europe. These predominantly Eurocentric celebrations tended to reduce the complexity of the change of regimes in Europe and subsequent developments in Central Asia and Russia to a near-teleological “return to the West.”. Such dissociation, at once deliberate and unconscious, falls short of acknowledging the interdependencies and complexities of the societies and cultures of Eurasia. This conference seeks to reverse the artificial separation of the European theatre from the later developments in the Soviet Union, and Central Asia in particular.

The 2009 commemorations of “1989” represent a longstanding estrangement of eastern Europe, the U.S.S.R., and Central Asia in the perceptions both of academia and the public at large. The overemphasis on 1989 willfully separates the interrelated, simultaneous processes in the Soviet Union and Central Asia, which “only” occurred in 1991. We wish to rethink this disjuncture not along the lines of “progress” or “backwardness,” but through “asynchrony”: a concept which rejects linear and normative ideas of development, and which refuses to see temporal differences as innate retardation. The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) of the University of Pittsburgh has committed its eighth annual conference to scholarship which seeks to improve our understanding of the asynchrony of this momentous process.

We strongly encourage submissions from the widest range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and are particularly looking for comparative approaches to Europe and/ or Central Asia and across time. Submissions may focus on any time period, but they should be broadly relatable to the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. They may include:

· social reordering and cultural disruptions: new personal and collective identities; the new face of old “Others”

· “democratization”: expectations and realizations of the role of government and its obligations

· economic disruptions; globalization integration of economies; distribution of resources formerly owned or controlled by the state

· the development of new, and reconfiguration of old, political institutions; the structuring of social institutions both formal and informal

· responses in literature, the arts, music, and “popular” culture

· the renegotiation of rights and freedoms: social crises and violent conflicts; the development of legal institutions and legal controversies

· demography and migration

· geopolitical concerns; state actors and international organizations; the conceptualization of new sovereignties

· public and personal health

· work and leisure

· environment: pollution, protection, and exploitation

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs are welcome to submit abstracts along with an academic CV to goseca.2011@gmail.com no later than December 15, 2010. We will contact the authors of accepted abstracts by January 1, 2011.

Submission Requirements

Abstracts should consist of a 250 word, double-spaced, 12 point font description of the project. All submissions must be in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word format. In order to ensure anonymity during the blind selection process, the body of the abstract should not contain the author’s or authors’ name(s) or other personal identifying information other than the title of the paper. The cover page must include: title of submission, author’s or authors’ name(s), institutional and departmental affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), mailing address(es), and a primary phone number. Although we require all of this information, correspondence will occur mainly via e-mail. An academic CV must also be submitted, but please limit these to two pages.

Paper Requirements

In order to facilitate presentation time limits, and to ensure time for active discussions, paper length will be limited to 8 typed pages, double-spaced, with 12-point font. All accepted participants will be required to submit a copy of the final paper one month prior to the conference.

Registration Requirements

To better promote a meaningful interdisciplinary exchange, participants are expected to attend all panels for the duration of the conference.

Although we cannot provide travel support, we will be happy to arrange housing for the duration of the conference with graduate students.

The registration fee is $25, which includes meals. Registration fee must be paid by cash or check at registration on February 25, 2011.

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“(Trans)National Subjects. Framing Post-1989 Migration on the European Screen”, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is pleased to announce the International Conference “(Trans)National Subjects. Framing Post-1989 Migration on the European Screen”, to be held December 15-17, 2011, in Leuven, Belgium. The conference is a joint initiative of the Chair of Slavic Studies, the Centre for Media Culture and Communication Technology, the Institute of International and European Policy and the Associated Faculty of Architecture and the Arts. It is organized with the additional support of the Research Group on Cinema & Diaspora (University of Antwerp and Ghent University) and the Cultural Service of the Polish Embassy in Belgium.

Confirmed speakers include Dominique Arel (University of Ottawa), Dina Iordanova (University of St. Andrews) and Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire). More details can be found at the conference website http://www.transnationalsubjects.eu.

“(Trans)National Subjects” – Call for papers

The past three decades have seen the rise of a transnational European cinema, not only in terms of financing and multilateral co-productions, but also in terms of a growing focus on multi-ethnic themes and realities within the European context. Undoubtedly, the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the subsequent (and on-going) enlargement of the European Union have played a major role in this shift from national to European filmmaking. Its most obvious on-screen manifestation is the increased visibility of immigrant groups from former communist countries in recent European film, ranging from Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Blanc” (1994) and Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Last Resort” (2000) to Hans-Christian Schmid’s “Lichter” (2003) and Ken Loach’s “It’s a Free World” (2007).

Through its focus on cinematic representations of post-1989 migrations from the former Eastern Bloc to Western Europe, this conference seeks to examine what these films reveal about the cultures producing and consuming these migration narratives and to what extent these images function as a construction site for new (trans)regional, (trans)national and European identities. In order to do so, we welcome papers that investigate topics and questions such as:

– the particular variety of portrayals of (Eastern) European identities and narratives of mobility, displacement and belonging in specific European cinemas or in European cinema at large;
– the emergence of a European “accented cinema” (as coined by Hamid Naficy, 2001) involving migrant and diasporic filmmakers from the former Eastern Bloc;
– the degree in which the portrayal of newcomers in the cinemas of the “hosting” countries corresponds with or diverges from the representation of migratory practices in diasporic filmmaking and in the respective domestic cinemas (i.e., the cinemas of the postcommunist countries);
– the involvement of diasporic filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe in redefining our understanding of European identity/ies as constructed and narrated in European national cinemas;
– the ways in which the complex narratives and often hybrid identities of the postcommunist immigrant characters intertwine with the ongoing geopolitical processes of intra-European border reorganization (creating a new dividing line between those countries with European Union membership and those without);
– convergences and divergences between post-1989 cinematic portrayals of Central and East European immigrants on the one hand and Cold War representations of “exiles” from the Eastern Bloc on the other hand;
– the extent to which the narratives and identities portrayed in these films share filmic traits and narrative arguments that link them to or set them apart from European and/or diasporic cinema dealing with immigrants from outside Europe (e.g. Beur cinema, British-Asian cinema, etc.);
– the increased visibility of characters from former communist countries in relation to American filmmaking and its long-standing tradition of depicting immigrant characters of Slavic/East European descent (in, for instance, gangster and historic film);
– the link between the filmic image of (mainly economy-driven) migration from former communist states on the one hand and a more general critique of post-1989 neoliberal capitalism and global economic culture (commodification, consumerism, …) on the other hand;
– the (trans)national dynamics that underlie the production, distribution and reception of these immigration narratives and images.

One page abstracts are to be sent to info@transnationalsubjects.eu by March 15, 2011. Notifications of the Organizing Committee’s decisions will be sent out by May 15, 2011. We strongly encourage the use of film clips and of modern presentation software, e.g. Powerpoint. The goal of this is to enhance the effectiveness of the presentation and to facilitate discussion afterwards. Laptops and beamers will be provided.

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Film: “Legend of Suram Fortress”, Georgia Movie Night

This quarter’s Georgian Movie Night will be this Wednesday, November 17th, from 4:30-6:00 in Cobb 218. There will be a showing Sergei Parajanov’s “Legend of Suram Fortress” in Georgian with English subtitles. For those unfamiliar with Parajanov — this is a visually stunning and rather surreal film.

Here is a brief synopsis from Kino Film.com: “Based on an ancient legend, this dazzling film by visionary director Sergei Paradjanov (Ashik Kerib, Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors) is a surreal ode to Georgian warriors throughout the ages who died for their country. Repeated efforts by the Georgian people to construct a defensive stronghold continually fail. The building collapses until a fortune teller remembers an old prophecy that the son of her erstwhile lover must be bricked up alive in order for the fortress to stand. The young man is faced with the prospect of sacrificing himself to save his country.”

There will be (non-Georgian) refreshments. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Tami Wysocki-Niimi

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