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Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference in Ankara, Turkey; July 29-30

Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference
July 29-30, 2010
Ankara, Turkey

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) announces its second regional conference in Ankara, Turkey, July 29-30. Conference registration is open to the public. Non-presenting attendees are urged to contact the organizers regarding space availability.

Conference location: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.
The sole working language of the conference is English.

The program (https://www.cess.muohio.edu/regional_conf_10_program.html) features panels in sessions running from Thursday morning through Friday evening. There will also be a reception for conference attendees on Thursday, 29 July and organized tours for conference participants (for an extra fee).

Registration fees:
For regular fee attendees: $80US for CESS members/$100US for non-members
Registration fee for scholars residing in Central Eurasia:   $50US for CESS members/$70US for non-members.

See https://www.cess.muohio.edu/regional_conf_10.html or write to cessankara@gmail.com for more information.

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Dissertation Development Workshop: Globalizing Eurasia? Impacts on the Region and the World, Deadline: August 15

The Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with Harvard University’s Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, invites applications for a three-day interdisciplinary dissertation development workshop for doctoral students. For more information, please click the link above, or visit: www.ssrc.org/programs/eurasia.

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Call for Papers: VESTNIK, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, Deadline: August 15

The School of Russian and Asian Studies is proud to say:
VESTNIK, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, is announcing its return to the academic world.

VESTNIK, the world’s first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, has been on hiatus for more than two years. However, its editorial staff has again assembled to continue this fascinating and much-needed work.

We now welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject is accepted – politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc. If you have written solid research in the last year, send it to jwilson@sras.org

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

VESTNIK has been created by The School of Russian and Asian Studies in an effort to effectively encourage the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union.  VESTNIK is a scholarly journal which publishes the best in undergraduate and graduate research on any subject of relevance to that geographic region.

VESTNIK is designed to showcase exceptional work by students of all levels, subjects, and backgrounds who are researching and writing about Russia or those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union. If you are interested in submitting material for future issues, have students that should be encouraged to publish, or would like to participate on our editorial staff, contact us at  jwilson@sras.org. All subjects related to Russia and the FSU will be considered. 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 (longer submission will be accepted, but may be edited for length), should be in 12-point TNR type with one-inch margins, and in electronic format (MS Word). Since we are dealing with diverse subjects, we will accept MLA, ALA and Chicago formats.

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

For a free subscription to VESTNIK, send an email to jwilson@sras.org with the words “Subscribe VESTNIK” in the title or body of the letter.

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SRAS Charles Braver Central Asian Language Exploration Grant, Deadline October 1

Students who apply for a School of Russian and Asian Studies language program (http://sras.org/programs) and who have completed two semesters of Russian, Chinese, or the study of any Central Asian language may apply for The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be enrolled full time in an academic program based in North America or the European Union when applying. Application deadline: October 1. For more information, please visit http://sras.org/language_grants_russia.

Please feel free to contact lhorner@sras.org with any questions.

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Call for Panel and Paper Proposals: Eleventh Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Conference, Deadline: March 17

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals for the Eleventh Annual CESS Conference, October 28-31, 2010, in East Lansing, MI. The event will be held at Michigan State University, hosted by the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Asian Studies Center. Panels begin Friday morning, October 29, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, October 31.

Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

The program will feature approximately 45 panels and there will also be a supplementary program including a welcome reception on Thursday, a conference dinner and a keynote speaker.

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For complete details, please see the complete Call for Papers (http://www.units.muohio.edu/cess/CFP_2010.html) on the CESS website.

Registration information

The registration fees cover a welcome reception on Thursday and the conference dinner on Friday. The deadline for pre-registration payment (required for all presenters) is August 25.

Fees for 2010 are as follows (figures are in US dollars):

Regular fee members*: $80 $120 (after August 25)
Reduced fee members**: $40 $60 (after August 25)
Non-members: $140 $180 (after August 25)

* “Regular fee members” are those who have paid their annual dues at $60 or $75.

** “Reduced fee members” are those who qualify and have paid for membership at reduced fees.

Panel participants may submit the registration fee at the same time as submitting their proposal form, or at any time before the pre-registration deadline of August 25. We accept payment by 1) cash, 2) check or money order, 3) credit card (see the Credit Card Payment Form (http://www.units.muohio.edu/cess/utilities/ccard.php); all payments are in US$). Check and money order payments should be mailed to: Central Eurasian Studies Society, Havighurst Center, Harrison Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA. Please consult the CESS Membership Form (http://www.cess.muohio.edu/cesspg_memb_form.html) for full details on methods of payment.

NOTE: CESS does not have funds to support the costs of conference participation, and does not waive the conference fee for participants who cannot afford it. Participants must obtain their own funding — from personal resources, their own institutions, or grant-giving organizations which provide conference travel grants. Some further information about possible sources is available on the conference website.

Further Information

If you don’t have web access, or if you don’t find the answer to your questions there, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at cess@muohio.edu.

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Call for Papers: Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference, Ankara, Turkey; Deadline: February 26

Call for Papers

Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference (2010)

Dates: July 29-30, 2010

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) announces that its second regional conference will be held the summer of 2010 in Ankara, Turkey. Conference registration is open to the public. For more information, see the information on CESS’s website: http://www.cess.muohio.edu/regional_conf_10.html

Those wishing to present a paper at the conference are welcome to submit a proposal in accordance with the guidelines below.

Conference dates: 29-30 July 2010

Conference host and location: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (http://www.kora.metu.edu.tr/index.php).

The program will feature approximately 20 panels in sessions running from Thursday morning through Friday evening. There will also be a reception for conference attendees on Thursday, 29 July and organized tours for conference participants (for an extra fee).

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. However, each panel will take place in a single language and no translation will be provided.

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some preference in the selection process. Panels should take place in a single language, either Russian or English. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant. CESS members wishing to organize panels are encouraged to use the Central Eurasian Scholars Network to make contact with interested colleagues.

Please note that due to a high level of interest in CESS conferences and the small size of the program, we anticipate that the selection of papers will be extremely competitive. We encourage all who hope to attend to consider working with colleagues to arrange a pre-organized panel, as this will improve your chances of acceptance.

Submission of Proposals
The Conference Committee only accepts ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS – please fill out the web form for a panel or individual paper proposal at: http://www.cess.muohio.edu/regional_conf_10.html. Those who don’t have access to the website may contact us at cessankara@gmail.com and we will e-mail the submission forms in MS Word format.

The following information is required for submissions; we suggest that you prepare the text before accessing the website so you can simply paste the information into the form (but do not send it without the form!):

FOR PAPER PRESENTERS: 1) Name, 2) Current institutional affiliation, 3) Title/position, 4) E-mail, 5) Postal address, 6) Telephone, 7) Fax, 8 ) Title of Paper, 9) Abstract of Paper (a summary of the paper of 200-300 words in Russian or English; abstracts longer than 300 words may be rejected) 10) Any audio-visual equipment requests (specify — e.g., overhead projector, slide project, video player), 11) A brief, one-page CV or biographical statement which contains the information which the panel chair may require for introductions, and includes the presenter’s educational background (highest degree, year awarded, awarding institution,
and field of study).

FOR PANELS: Proposals may be submitted for regular panels (with presentation of scholarly papers) and roundtable panels (featuring discussion of a current topic in the field).

Regular panels MUST have three or four paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. In addition to the information for each of the paper presenters on the panel (as indicated above), the following are also required: a) a title for the proposed panel, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair and discussant.

Roundtable panels are NOT for formal papers but for discussion and must have between three and six presenters and a chair (no discussant is required). As roundtables are oriented towards a more informal discussion, no paper proposal is expected from roundtable panelists, but please provide information for each of the presenters on the panel (as indicated above, with the exception of an abstract), as well as a) a title for the proposed roundtable, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair.

Panels should be formed to work in just one language (either Russian or English).

Only complete panels with a full set of panelists, a chair, and a discussant (for regular panels) will be considered for acceptance. If a panel or roundtable as proposed does not include a full complement of panelists, the panel may be wait-listed until it is complete. Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and may be organized/sponsored by a scholarly organization (optional).

The deadline for proposals is February 26, 2010. Please do not submit your proposal until it is complete. In the case of panels, this means having complete information on all panelists. Once your paper or panel proposal information is complete, please fill out the appropriate webform, available at: http://www.cess.muohio.edu/regional_conf_10.html

SPONSORED PANELS: CESS encourages other institutions supporting the study of Central Eurasia, such as regional scholarly associations, to organize “sponsored panels” at the CESS conference — i.e., panels organized by the sponsoring institution, involving their members and receiving their imprimatur.

Commitment to Participate:
By submitting a proposal, you are indicating your serious intention to participate in the conference — including your commitment to take the necessary steps to obtain any required visa or funding — unless prevented by circumstances out of your control. You will be asked to confirm your commitment in May after your proposal is accepted and all participants will be required to have their membership in good standing and their conference registration fees paid by 1 July or they will be removed from the program. Exceptions will be made only in cases where transfer fees make the pre-payment of registration fees prohibitively expensive. All requests for exceptions to the pre-payment rule must be made to cessankara@gmail.com by 1 July.

Please also note that CESS policies do not allow papers to be read in absentia. Presenters who do not attend the conference will have their papers removed from the final program.

Because withdrawal after the program has been put together is very disruptive, harms the quality of panels, and prevents us from including people in the program who would indeed be able to attend, CESS rules stipulate that those who withdraw after 1 July without a good reason are barred from participating in the conference the following year. After 1 July, no registration fees can be refunded. Those who fail to appear at the conference without notice to the Conference Committee will be considered “no-shows” and will be barred from participating for the next two years.

E-Mail Contact:
Since all communication with prospective participants are via e-mail, and we will require your confirmation of participation in April after proposals are accepted and again in June when all of your visa and travel arrangements should be in place, it is vitally important that you make sure we always have an e-mail address that will reach you. If we lose contact with you after your proposal is accepted, you will be dropped from the program, will be counted as a “no-show”, and will not be able to participate in the conference.

Program Limitations:
No participant may present more than once at the conference, including roundtable presentations. A presenter may give one paper and serve as a discussant or chair, however. Without special justification, the program committee will not schedule any individual to appear on more than two panels as a presenter or discussant.

Schedule of Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Friday, 26 February, 2010.
Note: Submissions after this date may be accepted only in the case of special justifying circumstances and at the discretion of the program committee.

Notification of acceptance: by April 30.

The Conference Committee will provide, upon request, mailed or faxed invitation letters to support an application for a visa or travel funds; these will be sent in the second half of June.

Deadline for payment of pre-registration, withdrawal from the program, and notification of audio-visual requests: July 1.

Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants: by 14 July.

Paper presenters will be informed via e-mail in the middle of May of the e-mail addresses of their panel’s chair and discussant, to whom they should send their papers by the deadline.

Conference: 29-30 July 2010

Arrival to Ankara is on the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 July. Registration opens in the afternoon. Panels begin Thursday morning, 29 July, and continue through Friday morning, 30 July. There will be a reception on the evening of 29 July.

Registration:
Each conference presenter is required to have a current CESS membership. To join CESS or check on the status of your membership, go to http://www.cess.muohio.edu/

Payment of registration fees IS REQUIRED in advance for everyone attending the conference. The fee covers a reception on Thursday. The fees are as follows:

Registration fee: For regular fee attendees: $80US for CESS members/$100US for non-members
Registration fee for scholars residing in Central Eurasia:   $50US for CESS members/$70US for non-members

Note: citizens of Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching outside of the region as well as citizens of non-Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching in Central Eurasia are considered regional scholars.

Registration fees for presenters must be paid by July 1. After this date, any presenter who has not paid the fee or has not specifically requested to pay on-site will be REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.

Travel and Accommodations
There will be on-campus accommodation which includes guest houses and dormitories.  On-campus lodging is only 10-15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue. The price for a single room will be approximately 24 USD and for a double room 30 USD.  The place is very clean and comfortable with wireless internet access.  The guest houses also offer breakfast with an extra fee and there are food halls near dormitories. A large food court is available on-campus.

Another option is hotels nearby and at the city center for those who would not like to stay on campus. Ankara has very nice hotels with a wide range of prices.The rates of the hotels are much higher than that of the on-campus accommodation. The average is between 50-150 Euros per nights including the breakfast.

Virtually all informational questions about the conference can be answered by consulting the above-mentioned web pages. If you don’t have web access, or if you don’t find the answer to your questions there, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at cessankara@gmail.com

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Call for Papers: UCLA Graduate Conference on Eurasian Cultural Interactions, Deadline: April 1, 2010

California Eurasian Studies Kurultai
A Graduate Conference
Saturday, April 10, 2010
University of California, Los Angeles

At present, the field of Eurasian Studies is spread across several
traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, within the
discipline of Slavic Studies interest in the broader Eurasian context
has been growing in recent years. As scholars of Slavic-Turkic
cultural contacts we feel that the opportunities for graduate students
and junior scholars to present and develop research in this area are
limited. Therefore we are organizing a graduate conference on Eurasian
cultural interactions in order for graduate students with these
interests to meet and present their current research. The conference
will be held in a workshop format; panelists will submit their papers
ahead of time, allowing for more coherent and productive discussion
during the conference. We are seeking participants who focus on
moments of contact and conflict in Eurasia, beyond the established
disciplinary boundaries.

Our keynote speaker is Alexander Diener, Associate Professor of
Geography at Pepperdine University. In his recent books, One Homeland
or Two: Nationalization and Transnationalization of Mongolia’s Kazakhs
(2009) and Homeland Conceptions and Ethnic Integration Among
Kazakhstan’s Germans and Koreans (2004), Professor Diener has explored
issues of national identity and contact in the multinational context
of present-day Eurasia. Likewise Professor Diener’s theoretical
orientation of geography will be a useful compromise uniting the many
possible directions panelists might take: from linguistics, to
culture, to religion, to history.

Submit abstracts of up to 300 words to ucla.kurultai@gmail.com by
January 5, 2010. Complete versions of the accepted papers must be
submitted to ucla.kurultai@gmail.com by April 1, 2010. Unfortunately
we cannot provide funding for accommodation or travel.

We look forward to receiving abstracts, and to a productive conference in April.

Avram Lyon
Robert Denis
Naomi Caffee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of California, Los Angeles

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Research Analyst/Project Manager for the Eurasia Region with InterMedia Survey Institute

InterMedia Survey Institute—a global research, evaluation and consulting firm specializing in media and communication—is seeking an experienced Research Analyst/Project Manager who will be responsible for the management of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation projects throughout the Eurasia Region. This is a highly multifaceted position with duties including client interface, research design, project management, subcontractor oversight, fieldwork observation, research analysis, report writing, presentations and proposal support. The Project Manager will have primary responsibility for Russia and secondary responsibility for other Eurasia countries. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to pm-eurasia@intermedia.org or via fax: 866-500-4095. Due to the volume of responses InterMedia kindly asks for no phone calls as only qualified candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted. Please visit the website http://intermedia.org/about_careers_ft_ra_eurasia.php for more information.

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American Councils for International Education Senior Program Manager – Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs

The Senior Program Manager for Russian/Eurasian Outbound Programs is responsible for oversight and management of a range of Eurasia-bound higher education programs, program development, marketing, and supervision of program staff. Send letter/resume and salary requirements with the job title in the subject line to:

HR Department, American Councils
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-572-9095 or 202-833-7523
email: resumes@americancouncils.org

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the support of international research, the design of innovative programs, and the exchange of students, scholars, and professionals around the world.

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International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES) Offered by European University at St. Petersburg, Deadline for Spring 2010 Semester: October 30

The European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) is currently accepting applications for its International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies program. Courses fall under two categories: “Politics and Economy” or “Society and History”. Courses are taught in English; there is no language prerequisite whatsoever. However, Russian classes are offered at four levels. A separate teaching model on Empire and Islam is offered in Kazan. For more information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit: http://www.eu.spb.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=163&Itemid=120.

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