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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, May 11

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop, and the Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly present:

“The Soviet Uncola”

A Lecture by Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University

Wednesday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 315
May 11, 2011

Reception to follow

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Workshop: Anthropology of Europe Call for Presenters, University of Chicago

A message from our friends at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop:

Dear friends and colleagues,

Its that time of year when we are soliciting people interested in
presenting at next year’s Anthropology of Europe workshop. At the
moment, we are looking for people who are potentially interested (i.e.,
you are not full committing yourself as of yet) as we put together our
CAS application.  Also, we would love to get feedback on any ideas you
might have for invited speakers from outside the University of Chicago.

If you are available to present and/or have some suggestions about who you
would like to see present, please email Tracey Rosen
(trosen@uchicago.edu) or Eli Thorkelson (eli@uchicago.edu). Hope
everyone is having a good spring quarter, and we look forward to hearing
from you soon.

All the best,
Tracey Rosen and Eli Thorkelson

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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power Lecture Series, May 11

Please join the Anthropology of Europe Workshop for our 2011 Spring quarter series. Please check regularly for ongoing updates. Unless otherwise indicated, workshops will take place in Haskell Hall 101, 4:45-6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

May 11th (Wednesday), Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University
Paper:  “The Soviet Uncola”

The lecture is part of Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

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Workshop: “A Detour to Islam: Popular Health Therapies in Postsocialist Bosnia,” Larisa Jasarevic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 1

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and The Middle Eastern History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) proudly present:


“Three Lights on Queen’s Face:  Ethnography of mêlée” 

by Larisa Jasarevic
Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Discussant:
Noha Forester, Lecturer of Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Friday, April 1st, 4:00-5:30pm
Pick Hall 218
5828 S. University Ave.

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: This text is about therapeutic encounters at Nerka’s, singularly powerful and popular healer in contemporary Bosnia, which has seen an explosion of magical and medical market since the 1990s war and peace. While sorcery and Koranic healing appeal to people in Bosnia irrespective of their religious backgrounds, Nerka’s inventive, irreverent, and inconsistent rituals simultaneously enact and displace the ethno-national and religious differences and passions that are conventionally wedded to the three dominant Bosnian peoples: Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Eastern Orthodox Serbs, and Bosnian Catholic Croats. This essay begins with Jean-Luc Nancy’s reserved handling of identity and ethnicity in his “Eulogy for Mêlée,” written in 1993 for Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, under siege but shifts attention to the ritual spaces where the practice and idea of mixing is far more frenzied but perhaps no less critical or effective. Nerka, whom patients’ have lovingly titled the Queen of Health, offers no easy model of multicultural citizenship but the uncertainty that reigns in her office, gathers followers around the impossibility of belonging.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Workshop: “Salvaging the Space of ‘Normality’: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in postwar Bosnia,” Larisa Kurtovic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 19

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:

“Salvaging the Space of Normality: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in Postwar Bosnia”

by Larisa Kurtovic
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Discussant:
Larisa Jasarevic, Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Tuesday, 4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
April 19, 2011

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: Drawing on the 2008 ethnographic research in postwar Bosnia, this paper chronicles the attempted “banishment” of socialist Santa from Sarajevan public kindergartens and the many acts of political protest this “attack” engendered.  The passionate defenses of this magical children’s figure helped bring into focus anxieties about the crisis of social reproduction caused by infusion of nationalist agendas into postwar pedagogies. Meanwhile, the kindergarten affair also exploded a wave of complaints about the perceived onslaught on ‘normal life,’ an elusive category whose political and conceptual work I trace in this paper across multiple terrains and sites.  Ultimately, his paper argues that in the independent Bosnia, revalorization of certain Yugoslav era values, in particular that of socialist multinationalism, often becomes seen as crucial for keeping alive not only the dream of an inhabitable future, but also of a unified Bosnian state.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, athttp://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, with support from the Soviet Arts Experience are proud to present:

Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Soviet Arts Experience, CEERES presents a lecture series that explores life under communism beyond Soviet metropoles.

Katherine Verdery (CUNY), Thursday, March 31st;
@ 4:30pm in Haskell 315
“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

• Russell Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University), Tuesday, April 12th;
@ 5pm in Classics 110
“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

• Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), Thursday, April 28th;
@ 5pm in the Franke Institute
“The Intimacy of Power: Laughter, Citizenship, and Coexistence in the Soviet-Lithuanian HumorJournal Broom”

Sponsored by CEERES, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.


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Lecture: “There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan,” Russell Zanca, The Soviet Arts Experience, April 12

There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat – A public talk by Prof. Russell Zanca

“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

A public talk by Prof. Russell Zanca (Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
5pm – 6:30pm

Classics Buidling, Room 110
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public

Part of the “Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: The Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia” Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

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Workshop: “Doubtful Experts: Logics of Integration and Embodying Tibetan Medical Knowledge,” Tatiana Chudakova, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, Thursday February 10

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:


“Doubtful Experts: Logics of Integration and Embodying Tibetan Medical Knowledge” 

by Tatiana Chudakova
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Thursday, 4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
February 10, 2011

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: This paper is broadly concerned with the relationship between expert knowledge – of Tibetan medicine, in this case – and processes of hybridization that happen around the deployment of “integrative medicine” in Russia.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center), Anthropology of Europe Workshop, March 31

An Anthropologist under Surveillance – A Public Talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery

180 Verdery Anthro

“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

A public talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center)

Thursday, March 31, 2011
4:30pm-6:00pm

Haskell Hall, Room 315
5836 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Part of the “Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: The Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia” Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

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Graduate Student Workshops’ Calendars

Modern Europe Graduate Student Workshop meets every other Tuesday at 5pm.

Clinical Ethnography Graduate Student Workshop meets every other Tuesday at 4:30pm.

Anthropology of Europe Graduate Student Workshop meets every other Thursday at 4:30pm

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