Monthly Archives: January 2011

Job: RA/TA for Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Human Rights Program at UChicago, Deadline February 4

The Human Rights Program is hiring a graduate student to assist Rodolfo Stavenhagen, the Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights, who will be teaching a five-week course during Spring 2011. The student will work as a Research Assistant for Winter 2011 and as a Teaching Assistant for the course during Spring 2011. The title of the course is “Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples in the New Millenium”.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Sarah Patton Moberg at spmoberg@uchicago.eduby Friday, February 4, 2011.

A brief announcement of the appointment and biography of Rodolfo Stavenhagen is copied below.

The Human Rights Program and the College are pleased to announce that Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen will be the Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights in Spring Quarter 2011.  Professor Stavenhagen represents the sort of mixture of academic excellence and public practice that the Pozen professorship seeks to recognize.  Professor Stavenhagen is a world-renowned authority on the rights of indigenous people.  In addition to his academic activities, in 2001 he was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, a position he held until 2008.

Rodolfo Stavenhagen grew up in Mexico where he and his German-Jewish refugee parents had fled just prior to the outbreak of World War 2.  In the late 1940s he was sent to theCollege of the University of Chicago where he earned an A.B. degree in 1951 and learned to speak English with a Chicago accent.  Professor Stavenhagen has said that his interest in human rights was sparked at the University of Chicago where as a College student he met distinguished visitors Eleanor Roosevelt and W.E.B. DuBois.

Professor Stavenhagen has had a notable career in both the academy and in the protection of international human rights. He has been a member of the faculty of the Colegio de Mexico since 1965 and a visiting professor at Stanford University , Harvard University , and theUniversity of Paris .  He has served as President of the Latin American network of social science research institutions FLACSO (Facultad LatinoAmericano de Ciencias Sociales) and on the board of the Social Sciences Research Council. He has received numerous recognitions for his academic work from institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas .

In the field of human rights, in addition to his period as Special Rapporteur, he has served on various commissions for the United Nations and other international organizations including the International Labor Organization. He has served on the boards of many NGOs and has advised intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, and philanthropic foundations on the rights of the indigenous. He was a founding member and first President of Mexico’s firsthuman rights NGO, the Mexican Human Rights Academy , and has also served on the governmental Human Rights Commission.

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“Deviants Go Away to Berlin!”: Locating Contemporary Poland’s Queer Counterpublic, William Martin, University of Illinois at Chicago, February 2

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites you to a lecture “Deviants Go Away to Berlin!”: Locating Contemporary Poland’s Queer Counterpublic on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM, 1650 University Hall, 601 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

Since Polands accession to the European Union in 2004, the figure of the homosexual has emerged in the countrys public sphere as the primary site of a quarrel over issues not only of civil rights, but of national identity and legitimacy vis-à-vis a mythicized national tradition and the idea of western liberal democracy. This dynamic has been addressed by Polish feminist and queer scholars (in particular Graff, Warkocki, and Uminska), who have both argued for the inextricability of
homophobic discourse from anxieties related to Polands inclusion in the EU and shown how it maps onto the prewar discourse of antisemitism. In this new nationalist dispensation, the homosexual, like the Jew, is regarded as violating the intactness of the Polish nation, even on the territorial level hence the injunction displayed on a counterprotestors placard at EuroPride in Warsaw last July (and circulated in the media): Deviants go away to Berlin! In fact Berlin as Western metropolis, gay mecca, and German capital plays an important symbolic role in this dynamic.

Bill Martin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and is completing a dissertation on film comedy and affect under state socialism in East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. His research interests range across postwar Polish and German literature, film, and public culture; early cinema; postwar lyric poetry; cultural intersections between Western and Eastern Europe
and the Near East; and translation studies. Publications include Slatan Dudow and the Dream of a Socialist Film Comedy (East European Politics and Society, forthcoming 2011), Mozhukhin and His Doubles (Collegium Sacilense Papers 2004), and literary translations from Polish and German, among them Michal Witkowskis novel Lovetown (Portobello 2010), Erich Kästners Emil and the Detectives (Overlook 2007), essays by Günter Grass in The Günter Grass Reader (Harcourt 2004), and Natasza Goerkes short story collection Farewells to Plasma (Twisted Spoon 2002). A former Fiction Editor of Chicago Review, he edited that
magazines New Polish Writing issue in 2000 and co-edited its New Writing in German issue in 2002. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship, a DAAD Research Scholarship, and an NEA Fellowship for Translation. He has taught at The University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Bard College; worked for two years as the Literature Curator for the Polish Cultural Institute in New York; and currently teaches in Bard Colleges Clemente Program in the Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Theater: “Three Jokes by Anton Chekhov” by Arlekin Players, Northbrook Theatre, February 20

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HIAS Scholarships, HIAS Chicago, Deadline February 25

CHICAGO

Информация о Стипендиях ХИАСа Чикаго на 2011 год

Совет Директоров ХИАСа Чикаго  принимает заявления на участие в конкурсе стипендий ХИАСа Чикаго на 2011 год. Регистрация заявлений заканчивается 25 февраля 2011 года.

Стипендии предназначены для студентов следующих категорий:

Стипендии ХИАСа Чикаго, предназначенные для выпускников High School в размере 4000 долларов каждая. Претенденты должны начать своё образование в колледже, университете или технической школе по полной программе.

Стипендии BENTON / BERNSTEIN ХИАСа Чикаго в размере 4000 долларов каждая. Претенденты должны учиться или быть принятыми в учебное заведение по одной из программ в области медицины, образования, социальной работы, юриспруденции.

Стипендии ХИАСа Чикаго для Профессиональной Переквалификации в размере 4000 долларов каждая. Претенденты должны учиться или быть принятыми в аккредитованное учебное заведение: колледж, университет или институт.

Подающие на стипендию должны соответствовать следующим критериям:

  • претендент должен быть евреем-иммигрантом, который иммигрировал в США при поддержке ХИАСа Чикаго, и/или
  • подавал документы на постоянное место жительства (грин-кард) или на гражданство с помощью ХИАСа Чикаго в период между 1 января 2011 года и настоящим временем;
  • проживать в США и посещать школу в период не менее, чем:

Для претендентов на стипендию, предназначенную для выпускников High

School – 2 года.

Для претендентов на стипендию BENTON /BERNSTEIN – 1год.

Для претендентов на стипендию, предназначенную для профессиональной

переквалификации – 1год.

  • продемонстрировать отличные академические успехи, помощь общине, необходимость в финансовой поддержке и хорошо продуманный план дальнейшего обучения.

В связи с ограниченными фондами, стипендиаты – победители прошлых лет не могут участвовать в конкурсе.

Заинтересованных в подаче заявлений студентов просим обращаться в ХИАС Чикаго по телефону (312) 357-4666 по 25 февраля 2011 года. В этот же период форму заявления на участие в конкурсе стипендий ХИАСа Чикаго можно найти на странице Интернета www.juf.org (введите в поисковое окно «HIAS Chicago Scholarships»).

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Scholarship for a Summer Expedition to Rostov, American Friends of Russian Folklore, Deadline March 1

American Friends of Russian Folklore is now accepting applications for a scholarship to join next summer’s folklore expedition to the Don Cossack town of Belaya Kalitva, Rostov province, Russia. The location is famous as the site of the battle between the Russian and Polovtsy recorded in the twelfth-century epic “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” (Слово о полку Игореве). Dates of the expedition are July 20-31, 2011. The scholarship is open to any US citizen, 18 or over, with an interest in Russian folklore. Russian-language skills are helpful but not required. Deadline for applications is March 1. Details, application form, and information about other upcoming expeditions is available at: http://www.russianfolklorefriends.org/.

Please address questions to: info@russianfolklorefriends.org.

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Senion and Postdoctoral Fellowhips, The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Application Deadline February 28

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IERES SENIOR & POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS 2011-12

Petrach Senior Fellowship in Eurasian Studies. The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs announces a competition for one fellowship designed to “top off” the sabbatical/leave salary or another portable fellowship of a senior scholar for the academic year 2011-12. Fellows are expected to be in residence at IERES (http://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/) for the entire period of the fellowship, to conduct research or writing on an academic project related to Eurasia (including in part Ukraine), and to contribute actively to our lively IERES intellectual community through participation in the institute’s seminars, talks, and other events. There are no teaching obligations. Preferred candidates will be widely recognized as leaders in their disciplines, with a strong record of peer-reviewed publication. In the US, this would usually mean a tenured academic appointment, and in Eurasian systems a degree of doktor nauk. While the Fellow’s research does not have to focus on Ukraine, part of the study should relate directly to it. All disciplines are eligible. Fellows will be awarded a shared office at IERES, university affiliation, library access, limited administrative support, a stipend of $3,300 per month for the period September 2011 – May 2012, and one roundtrip airfare to cover their arrival in and departure from Washington, DC. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter (maximum three pages) describing the proposed research/writing activity to be done at IERES and a CV by email to Caitlin Katsiaficas, caitlin@gwu.edu, with the subject heading “Petrach Senior Fellowship Application.” The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 28, 2011. Questions may be directed to Ms. Katsiaficas at 202-994-6342. This fellowship is funded by IERES’s William and Helen Petrach Endowment.

Davis and Hoffman Postdoctoral Fellowships in European or Eurasian Studies. The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs announces a competition for two junior post-doctoral fellowships for the academic year 2011-12. These fellowships are intended to support recent Ph.D. recipients as they bring their dissertation research to publication or embark upon a first post-dissertation research project related to IERES’s areas of coverage (Europe and the part of Eurasia corresponding to the postcommunist world) at the outset of an academic career. Fellows have no teaching obligations, though are expected to be in residence at IERES (http://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/) for the entire period of the fellowship and to contribute actively to IERES’s lively intellectual community through participation in the institute’s seminars, talks, and other events. Preferred candidates will combine strong signs of leadership within their own discipline and area expertise, though comparative social science projects including at least one substantial case from Europe/Eurasia will also be strongly considered. Scholars will be awarded desk space at IERES, university affiliation, library access, limited administrative support, a stipend of $3,300 per month for the period September 2011 – May 2012, and one roundtrip airfare to cover their arrival in and departure from Washington, DC.  To be eligible, the applicant’sdoctoral dissertation must have been defended by the start of the fellowship period, but no earlier than 2007. All disciplines are eligible. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter (maximum two pages) describing the proposed research/writing activity to be done at IERES, two letters of recommendation (sent separately by the recommenders), and a CV by email to Caitlin Katsiaficas, caitlin@gwu.edu, with the subject heading “Davis-Hoffman Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition.” The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 28, 2011. Questions may be directed to Ms. Katsiaficas at 202-994-6342. These fellowships are funded by the Maria H. Davis European Studies Endowment and a gift from A. Michael Hoffman.

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Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Denver, Deadline March 15

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will appoint an Assistant Professor of Russian to begin September 1, 2011. This is a tenure-track position with full benefits. The teaching load is six classes per year on a quarter calendar. Salary is competitive. Area of specialization: Russian Literature of a period from Romanticism to contemporary. The appointed candidate will teach all levels of undergraduate language, literature, and culture in the Russian program, and must also have an active research agenda. The appointed candidate will be the primary faculty member in a two-person major and minor program and will be commensurately responsible for continuing its development and growth.

Minimum Qualifications:

-ABD applicants considered, PhD required by December 2011 in Russian or closely related field with specialization in Russian Literature and Culture in a period from Romanticism to contemporary; or in Comparative Literature with a clear focus on Russian Literature from similar periods.
-Experience teaching Russian language and Russian “content”/culture at the college or university level, with proven, professionally attested excellence and effectiveness.
-An active and ongoing research agenda
-Native or near-native command of Russian in all its aspects (lexicon and idiom, grammar, phonology).

Preferred Qualifications:

-PhD at the time of application in Russian or closely related field with specialization in Russian Literature and Culture in a period from Romanticism to contemporary; or in Comparative Literature with a clear focus on Russian Literature from similar periods.
-Secondary area in another Slavic literature.
-Experience teaching undergraduate Russian language courses in an American university to students of varying abilities and strengths.
-Experience teaching undergraduate Russian literature/culture courses in English for general education requirements.
-Experience in designing courses and sequences of courses, and in working with the assessment of classes, course sequences, and programs.
-Experience managing and coordinating with adjunct and other faculty in a Russian program at the college or university level.
-Experience organizing extra-curricular Russian-related events for and with undergraduate students interested in Russia.
-Experience in Russia and/or one of the Russian-speaking countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver offers the following undergraduate programs: majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; minors in Classics, Japanese, and Chinese.

All applicants must apply online at www.dujobs.org prior to March 15, 2011 and attach a cover letter, CV, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, in addition to having three letters of recommendation submitted electronically through the same site. An official transcript of graduate studies and evidence of excellent teaching at the college level must also be sent to: Russian Assistant Professor Search, c/o Victor Castellani, Chair, Department of Languages & Literatures, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208-0931.

We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please see our extensive benefit package at www.du.edu/hr/benefits

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Postgraduate/Graduate Article Competition for Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (SRSC), Deadline April 1

In 2011 Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema has entered its fifth year of publication. It has established itself as a scholarly journal of high ranking, with a rigorous, anonymous double peer review system.

In the Soviet tradition of the grand public celebration of anniversaries, we have decided to mark the journal’s fifth birthday with an essay competition. Articles on any aspect of Russian/Soviet cinema will be considered, with a maximum length of 6,000 words. The texts should be sent to the Editor, at the address below, with the name of an academic supervisor (including email) who can be contacted to confirm that the author is a doctoral student at a Higher Education Institution. All submissions must be in English, and non-native speakers are advised to have their texts “styled” before submission.

Deadline for submission: 1 April 2011

The jury will be composed of the journal’s co-editors; they will assess the submissions anonymously. Results will be available by 1 September 2011.

First Prize: £150, a year’s free subscription to the journal, and three
Intellect books of your choice. The winning article will of course appear in SRSC, in volume 5.3 (2011).

A style sheet – and a free issue for download – can be found on Intellect’s website

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“The Battle For Prague: The Export of Soviet Culture and Its Reception in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1948,” Rachel Applebaum, Tuesday January 25, 4:30pm

This is a reminder that the next meeting of the Modern Europe workshop is Tuesday January 25 at 5 pm in the John Hope Franklin room (SS 224).  We will be discussing a chapter from Rachel Appelbaum’s dissertation: “The Battle For Prague: The Export of Soviet Culture and Its Reception in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1948.”  This is the first chapter in Rachel’s dissertation, “Friendship of the Peoples: Soviet-Czechoslovak Social and Cultural Relations From the Battle for Prague to the Prague Spring, 1945-1969.”  The paper, as well as an appendix of images of the art exhibit discussed in the paper, is already posted under Current Paper on Chalk.  If you do not have access to Chalk, please e-mail me and I will forward you a copy.

As usual, refreshments will begin 15 minutes prior at 4:45 pm.

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“Confess, Forget, Remember: The Tainted Past as a Moral Resource in Russian Orthodox Anti-Abortion Activism,” Sonja Luehrmann, Tuesday January 25. 4:30pm

“At the Divinity School”
Public Events
Week of January 24, 2011
For calendar updates, please bookmark http://divinity.uchicago.edu
Unless otherwise noted, all events are in Swift Hall, 1025 East 58th Street
Public Lecture
4:30 pm., Swift Lecture Hall

A public lecture by Sonja Luehrmann, Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, on “Confess, Forget, Remember: The Tainted Past as a Moral Resource in Russian Orthodox Anti-Abortion Activism.”  Luehrmann is the author of  Secularism, Soviet-Style: Teaching Atheism and Religion in the Volga Republic (Univ of Indiana Press, forthcoming).

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