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Library’s new Slavic, East European & Eurasian web page

A message from our friends at the Regenstein Library:

I am pleased to announce that the Library’s new, completely revised and updated Slavic, East European & Eurasian web page has just been published.  You will find it at: http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/slavic

Please take a look at its various sub-pages and links.  Almost all of the links from the old pages are there, with many new ones added.  In particular, I would like to bring to your attention the “What’s New in E-Resources?” and “What’s New in Print and Microform?” boxes on the main page.  These will be updated on a frequent basis.

And please feel free to send me your comments and suggestions.

Best,
June Farris

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June Pachuta Farris
Bibliographer for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Bibliographer for General Linguistics
Room 263 Regenstein Library
University of Chicago
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL  60637
jpf3@uchicago.edu

1-773-702-8456 (phone)
1-773-702-6623 (fax)

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CEERES Autumn Reception, October 1

The summer is racing by us and we at CEERES are planning for the upcoming academic year. As you know, we have cause to celebrate, thanks to four more years of National Resource Center status, bestowed by the US Department of Education.

Please plan to celebrate with us at our autumn reception on Friday, October 1, 2010 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. here in the CEERES suite in Judd Hall (5835 S. Kimbark Ave.). We will be delighted to see familiar faces and welcome new friends into our CEERES community.

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Damir Imanović Lecture on “Sevdah Changes: The Genealogy of a Traditional Bosnian Music Genre” at Loyola University Chicago, September 24

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), in conjunction with with the Bosnian American Community and Cultural Center and Loyola University, is proud to support the Chicago visit of noted Bosnian musician and ethnomusicologist Damir Imamović.

Wednesday, September 22, 20108:30 PM

Damir Imamović performs Bosnian Sevdah music at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Free ticketed event. $5 suggested donation.
BOX OFFICE: 773.728.6000 for reservations

Thursday, September 23, 20106:00 PM to 7:20 PM
Sevdah Music Workshop with Damir Imamović
Old Town School of Folk Music;  4544 N Lincoln Ave
REGISTER NOW | Seats Available: 25 | Price: $20

Friday, September 24, 2010 | 3:30PM
Public lecture: “Sevdah Changes: The Genealogy of a Traditional Bosnian Music Genre”
Loyola University Chicago; Crown Center Auditorium, 1001 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Description: Sevdah music is the most developed branch of traditional music in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its history is rich and ambiguous, ranging from solitary saz players’ recordings, today almost forgotten, to popular recordings of big orchestras from the 1950s onward.  Damir Imamovic is one of the most important Sevdah performers of his generation. While researching the roots and modes of interpretation in this music, Damir Imamovic discovers a whole new world of wide-ranging influences and creates an alternative history of the genre. This lecture focuses on the historical transformation of key traits of the Sevdah music, its genealogy and its potential for future development. Imamovic’s presentation will be of note to those interested in music, cultural history, anthropology and ethnology, Balkan and Eastern European studies, Slavic languages and poetry, Turkish classical and folk music, and (former) Yugoslav cultures.

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Chicago International Education Conference Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Studies, October 22

The following message comes to CEERES from our friends at The Center for International Studies:

Chicago International Education Conference
Friday, October 22nd
International House, 1414 E. 59th St.
8:30am-9am — Registration
9am-3pm — Program

The 3rd annual International Education Conference is a collaborative effort between Chicago Public Schools – Office of Academic Enhancement, Office of Language and Cultural Education, Chicago Sister Cities International Program, The University of Chicago Center for International Studies, the Mayor’s Office of International Relations and the United Nations Association.

The conference is intended to provide K-12 teachers and administrators with information and concrete tools for internationalizing their curricula. Presentations will be made by Sister Schools Abroad, World Art Chicago, Global Classrooms, World Chicago, the Fulbright Association, and the CPS Office of Service Learning. The afternoon will consist of 2 separate sessions for middle and high school teachers. This event is free and open to any interested K-12 teachers and administrators. Teachers will receive 5 CPDUs for attendance.

CPS teachers/administrators should register at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/InternationalEducationConference2010

Registration for non-CPS affiliated individuals will be posted mid-September.

Registration ends October 15th.  Space is limited. Walk-ins will not be accommodated.

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CEERES E-Bulletin Contact Update and Special Thanks

Many heartfelt thanks to CEERES Student Assistant, Ryan Erickson, whose superb work around our office, including maintaining the CEERES E-Bulletin over the course of the 2009-2010 Academic Year, will be greatly missed. Erickson graduated with B.A. in Chemistry and will be furthering his Persian and Tajik language skills this summer with a Critical Language Scholarship in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Please send any future announcements or news that you would like to see posted on our E-Bulletin to owenkohl@uchicago.edu.

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Pan-CEERES Study Break, April 14

The Pan-CEERES Study Break
Food • Fun • Music • Videos
From Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Hutch Commons
Wednesday, April 14th
8:30pm to 11:30pm

Sponsored by Anthropology Students Association, Armenian Students Association, Central Asian Studies Association, European Students Association, Polish-American Students Association, Romanian Students Association with the generous support of Student Government and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

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CEERES Event: “The Politics of Democratic Performativity: Poland Before and After 1989,” Elzbieta Matynia, April 27

April 27, 2010 (Tuesday).  Elzbieta Matynia (The New School), “The Politics of Democratic Performativity: Poland Before and After 1989.”  Franke Institute; 5:00 p.m.

Bio:Elzbieta Matynia is a professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her research in political and cultural sociology focuses on democratic transitions in Eastern Europe and beyond, and more recently on the concept of borderlands in the emerging “shared Europe”. Her recent book ( 2009), Performative Democracy, was published in the Yale Cultural Sociology Series by Paradigm Publishers. It explores a potential in political life that easily escapes theorists: the indigenously inspired enacting of democracy by citizens. Written by one who experienced an emerging public sphere within Communist Poland, the book seeks to identify the conditions for performativity in public life.

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CEERES Event: Zolotoi Plyos – A Concert of Russian Folk Music, April 20

April 20, 2010 (Tuesday).  Zolotoj Plyos to perform at International House (1414 E. 59th Street); 7:00pm

Zolotoi Plyos – A Concert of Russian Folk Music
A talented and prolific trio named Zolotoj Plyos will perform. Zolotoi Plyos consists of three musicians, Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergeui Gratchev, who met at the conservatory in Saratov and who now are students of the Royal Carillon Academy in Mechelen, Belgium. They perform authentic Russian folk music from the villages in costume, both a capella and with instrumental accompaniment on over 20 authentic folk instruments (dutki, treshchetki, lozhki, balalaiki, garmoshki, etc.). The name of the group refers to a stretch on the Volga River. Co-sponsored with the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
This event is free and open to the public.
7:00 pm, Assembly Hall

Contact: ceeres@uchicago.edu

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CEERES Event: “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafes in Istanbul,” film screening and lecture, April 15

April 15, 2010 (Thursday).  Coffee Futures and “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafés in Istanbul” – A Joint Film Screening and Lecture

By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (University of Michigan) and Zeynep K. Korkman (UC-Santa Barbara).  Film Studies Center, Cobb 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave); 7:00pm

Coffee Futures and “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafés in Istanbul” – A Joint Film Screening and Lecture

By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (University of Michigan) and Zeynep K. Korkman (UC-Santa Barbara)

Speaker: Zeynep Korkman
Director: Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Korkman’s talk, “Reading the Residues”, focuses on coffee fortune telling as a window to reexamine conventional categories used to understand Turkey’s identity in relation to Europe.

The documentary film, Coffee Futures, weaves individual fortunes with the story of Turkey’s decades long attempts to become a member of the European Union. Promises and predictions made by politicians, both foreign and domestic, are juxtaposed with the rhetorics and practices of everyday coffee fortune telling.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies in conjunction with the Film Studies Center, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Turkish American Cultural Alliance.

This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Please call the Film Studies Center to make a reservation at 773.702.8596. If you need assistance accessing the venue, please contact (773) 702-0875 or ceeres@uchicago.edu.

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CEERES Event: “Sociolinguistic Implications of Writing One Language with Two Scripts,” Daniel Bunčić, April 12

April 12, 2010 (Monday).  Daniel Bunčić (University of Tübingen), “Sociolinguistic Implications of Writing One Language with Two Scripts.”  Franke Institute (in the Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th Street); 4:30pm

Paper Abstract: So far linguists have only sporadically reported about a phenomenon variously called digraphia, bigraphism, multiscriptality, multialphabetism etc., where one language is written with two (or more) scripts (or orthographies). Among the most frequently mentioned examples of this are Serbian (which is written in both Cyrillic and Latin letters), Hindi-Urdu (Devanagari and Arabic), Chinese (Hanzi and Pinyin), Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana and sometimes Latin letters), older German (blackletter and roman type) and Old Norse (runes and Latin alphabet), but dozens more can be found in the literature. However, at a second glance all these sociolinguistic situations are so different that they can hardly be subsumed under a single cover term. Therefore I will try to offer instruments for a more detailed classification, drawing analogies to such well-known concepts as diglossia, bilingualism and pluricentric languages. The resulting typology will be exemplified, apart from the cases mentioned above, primarily with Slavic material (coming not only from former Yugoslavia but also from Belarus, 18th/19th-century Russia, early modern Poland and Bohemia as well as medieval Novgorod and Bulgaria).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Department of Lingusitics, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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