Monthly Archives: August 2011

Teacher Workshop: Art and Activism, Smart Museum of Art

FREE Teacher Workshop: Art and Activism
Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago

Saturday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m.

This day-long workshop will serve as an introduction to the Smart Museum fall exhibitions, Vision and Communism and Process and Artistry in the Soviet Vanguard, part of The Soviet Arts Experience, a Chicago-wide series of exhibitions, performances, and other events that spotlight cultural production and propaganda in the Soviet Union pre-and post- World War II.

Join Leah Goldman, Soviet Historian and PhD student in History at the University of Chicago, for an in-depth look at art and politics in the Soviet Union from the 1920s–1980s, in relation to featured posters on view by Viktor Koretsky in Vision and Communism. Erik Houle, former teacher and current PhD student in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Chicago, will lead a discussion on creative ways to integrate themes from the exhibition into interdisciplinary lessons for the classroom. Explore text, image, and activism in a hands-on poster making activity. CPDU credit available. Registration is free but space is limited. To reserve, please contact Lisa Davis via email lisadavis@uchicago.edu or call 773-834-1066.

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), Soviet Arts Experience, Teacher Development

New MA Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin and Dubrovnik

MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Cooperation with Dubrovnik International University

(Berlin and Dubrovnik, October 11th, 2011)

(www.icd-academy.org) Application Form>

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Dubrovnik International University (DIU) are pleased to announce the graduate Master of Arts program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. Offered by DIU in partnership with the ICD, the program will combine the traditional academic components of international relations with a new focus on the role of soft power and cultural diplomacy in contemporary global affairs.

The Degree
While the study of political science has been a cherished tradition of academia, the developments outlined above demand the identification of entirely new theories and models. An understanding of the challenges faced by the contemporary world requires an interdisciplinary approach; International Relations and Diplomacy should not be understood only as disciplines of Political Science or Political Theory, but also be interpreted from the perspective of art and culture, economics, law, and other social sciences.

Further information about the program curriculum is found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/content/articles/maincd/MA_Cultural_Diplomacy_Curriculum.pdf

The Online Degree

In order to provide access to this MA degree to those applicants who are not able to travel to Berlin and Dubrovnik for the MA degree (such as professionals or diplomats with full time jobs) we have developed an online version of the MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. This degree would follow the same structure and curriculum of the on-site Masters Degree offered through the two institutions; however would be completely administered online and offered to those who could not physically come to Berlin or Dubrovnik. This program, like the on-site program, will be facilitated in English. For more information about this online degree, please contact us at: academy@culturaldiplomacy.org

Admissions

DIU and the ICD do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Additional factors, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews are also a vital part of the admissions process. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment.

Further information is found under:

http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_ma_admissions

For further information please contact us under academy@culturaldiplomacy.org\

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The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

www.culturaldiplomacy.org

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)

CFP–AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
21-22 October 2011
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2011 AATSEEL-WI Conference
Abstracts for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, linguistics, and language pedagogy) are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages). Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, 21-22 October 2011.

Recent conference programs are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/7
To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by 31 August 2011. A complete proposal consists of:
1. Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone and email).
2. Paper title
3. 300-500 word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to:
Colleen Lucey
clucey@wisc.edu

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Silk Road Ensemble at Harper College

Chicago Persian Events and the Silk Road Institute
Present
The Silk Road Ensemble’s Premier Performance
In a Concert of Dance and Music of the Silk Road Cultures

Featuring artists Cavit Tebrizli (Turkey), Imamyar Hasanov
(Azerbaijan/USA), Jon Liechty (USA), Behrouz Farrokhi
(Azerbaijan /USA), Mahsa Golzar (Iran/USA) &
Shahyar Daneshgar (USA)

With Music and dance from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, East Turkistan, Iran, Middle
East, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Concert: 8:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Center- Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067

Tickets: $35, $40, $45, VIP $50
Information (312) 437-4726
http://www.ChicagoPersianEvents.com
(812) 322-4702
www.silkroadensemble.com

Posted in: Chicago Events

Kennan Institute Research Assistantships

**The Kennan Institute has several internship positions open starting in September.**

The Kennan Institute (a program of he Woodrow Wilson Center) offers paid research internships for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Each intern works with a scholar in residence at the Institute over a period of three to nine months. Applicants should have a good command of the Russian language and ability to conduct independent research. This internship offers a flexible schedule of 15 hours per week and a metro subsidy for conducting off-site research.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing your availability to work in Washington, D.C. and your research interests and strengths to:

Research Assistant Coordinator
Kennan Institute
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027

By email: joseph.dresen@wilsoncenter.org

For more information, contact Joseph Dresen at (202) 691-4245 or joseph.dresen@wilsoncenter.org. You may also fax your resume and letter to (202) 691-4247.

More information about the Institute can be found at www.wilsoncenter.org/kennan.

Posted in: Job Postings

Call for articles–International Journal of Russian Studies

The eight issue of The International Journal of Russian Studies has come out at the address www.ijors.net We are now calling for articles for the forthcoming issues.

The journal’s goal is to publish orijinal articles related to the history, culture, literature, linguistics, politics, religions, languages and peoples of Russia from its earliest history to the present day. All aspects of Russia’s relations – cultural, political, military and economic – with and influence on the areas of the former Soviet Union, such as the states of Central Asia, fall within the scope of the journal.

Prof. Ayse Dietrich (Editor&Founder)
IJORS
c/o
P.O.Box 7766
Wilmington, DE 19803
U.S.A.
e-mail: editor@ijors.net

Ankara University
Faculty of Letters
Dept. of Russian Lang.&Lit.
Sihhiye-06100
Ankara/Turkey
dietrich@humanity.ankara.edu.tr
dietrichayse@yahoo.com

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Faculty Search, Russian Studies: Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies

Harvard University. The Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Social Anthropology, with a specialization on Russian society and culture. Applications will be considered from scholars whose research is firmly grounded in ethnographic fieldwork, with excellent Russian language abilities, and research based in Russia and/or the former Soviet republics. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a promise of excellence both in research and teaching. We are seeking a scholar whose work is on cutting-edge areas of significance to the discipline of social anthropology and who will make a sustained contribution to Harvard’s program in Russian studies and/or its Central Asian and Caucasus program. Theoretical orientation, area focus/foci of field research, and areas of thematic and topical interest are open. We are looking for candidates whose interests are complementary to those of the current faculty.

Instruction will include courses in the Department of Anthropology, both at the undergraduate and at the graduate levels, and in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at the undergraduate level.

The appointment is expected to begin in the Fall term, 2012. A strong doctoral record is required; ideally, candidates should complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2012. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2011.

Upload application, including CV, cover letter with full contact information (including email address), the names and contact information of three academic references, copies of publications and other written materials, syllabi and teaching evaluations, transcripts, a research statement, and a teaching statement to http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/3698. Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and/or minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Department of Anthropology
Harvard University
11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-5820
FAX: 617-496-8041
www.fas.harvard.edu/anthro

Posted in: Job Postings

CFP–Borders in Jewish Thought

CALL FOR PAPERS: BORDERS IN JEWISH THOUGHT
University of Chicago, February 13, 2012

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies invites paper proposals for a conference entitled “Borders in Jewish Thought,” to take place February 13, 2012 at the University of Chicago. Keynote addresses will be given by Professor Israel Yuval (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Professor Rachel Havrelock (University of Illinois, Chicago).

The conference will explore the ways in which Jews have invoked the borders of the Land of Israel as a malleable metaphor for considering a variety of issues that extend beyond geography. The Hebrew Bible presents several border schemes of the Land of Israel: some extend from the Nile to the Euphrates, while others are limited to the land of Canaan hemmed in by the Jordan; some emphasize natural boundaries while others delineate the borders according to ritual logic. Each scheme represents a different conception of the sanctity of space and the way divine favor is mapped onto the physical landscape. Thus, in biblical references to natural and political borders the landscape becomes a powerful metaphor for defining and upholding cultural and hermeneutical boundaries.

Subsequently, Jews from antiquity to the present day have continued to use the borders of Israel as a broad interpretive category for thinking about a variety of religious, social, and political concerns. Even in their earliest formulations, the borders were not merely geographic markers, but a means of providing spatial representations for discourses of power, legitimization and communal identity with respect to real or imagined neighbors.

The goal of this conference is to look at ways in which thinkers – such as Jewish pilgrims, sectarians, settlers, soldiers, poets, artists, politicians, philosophers, and exegetes – have invoked geographical language to articulate a wide spectrum of concerns. We welcome papers that explore the cultural, social, and political questions that thinkers, both in or outside the Land of Israel, have addressed through the language of borders.

Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

• How do the borders of Israel provide a symbol for other kinds of boundaries?
• How are the borders of the Land of Israel represented in the Bible, and how have exegetes, archaeologists, and historians explained these passages?
• How are borders used as polemical and discursive techniques in encounters with the ‘Other’?
• What kinds of borders preoccupy Jewish thinkers—linguistic, social,
geographic, religious etc.—and how do they grapple with them? What other kinds of boundaries—such as separation walls, urban confinements, ritual distinctions—have been interpreted through the concept of borders?
• Is there a fundamental difference between “natural” and “dogmatic” borders?
• How do borders figure in discourses of pilgrimage, exile and return? How do pilgrims, soldiers, and others record their experience of and relationship to the borders and the inside/outside of the land?

Please send abstracts of under 250 words for 20 minute papers to Jessica Andruss (andruss@uchicago.edu) or Uri Shachar (shachar@uchicago.edu) by October 9, 2011. Small stipends may be available to offset the cost of travel.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

CFP–Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium: “Melody and Meter — Celebrating Six Decades of Work on the Melody and Rhythms of Language”

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium: Melody and Meter — Celebrating Six Decades of Work on the Melody and Rhythms of Language

A giant in the field of Linguistics at large, and at The Ohio State University, was lost late last year as Ilse Lehiste passed away on Christmas Day, 2010, at the age of 88, succumbing to pneumonia. In memory of our colleague and to commemorate and celebrate her long and productive career, the Department of Linguistics is hosting the Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium on November 11-12, 2011.

There will be three invited speakers, representing three of the many themes in Ilse’s research:

Jaan Ross, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne
Linda Shockey, University of Reading

There is room on the program for more papers so we invite submission of abstracts for presentations of 20 minutes (with 10 additional minutes for questions and discussion) on topics relating to

– juncture and grouping prosody of “paragraphs” and larger discourse topic structure
– rhythmic typology
– poetry as the crystallization of a language’s rhythm prosody and music
– prosody of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
– prosody of Finno-Ugric
– language contact and language rhythm

Please send one-page 500-word (maximum) abstracts (with references and key data placed on a second page if needed) abstracts electronically as a pdf file to ilsele@ling.osu.edu. Alternatively, you may send it via post to Lehiste Memorial Symposium, Department of Linguistics, 222 Oxley Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA 43210-1298.

The deadline for receipt of your abstract is OCTOBER 1, 2011. Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information along with the abstract. We will send notifications about acceptances by October 10. For conference information, please consult http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/LehisteSymposium.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Program Now Online for the 26th Linguistics Symposium

The 26th Linguistics Symposium: “Language death, endangerment, documentation, and revitalization” is dedicated to the memory of Michael Noonan, and will be held October 20-22 ‘11, Thursday through Saturday, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The program consists of 45 abstract-based papers from various parts of the world and of talks by nine key-note speakers: Daryl Baldwin, Daniel L. Everett, Carol Genetti, Lenore Grenoble, K. David Harrison, Iren Hartmann, Marianne Mithun, Fernando Ramallo, and Sarah Thomason.

From the CFP:
Linguistics Symposium at UW-Milwaukee
In a globalized world where hundreds of languages are expected to become extinct in the 21st century, it is highly relevant to analyze the viability and continuity of threatened languages. The purpose of the 26th Linguistics Symposium is to discuss this impending loss to humankind from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The full program for the event can be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/conferences/linguistics2011/program.html.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences