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Midwest Russian History Workshop at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 8-9

The Midwest Russian History Workshop will be held in the Lucy Ellis Lounge in the Foreign Language Building at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning at 3:00pm on October 8. For more details about papers and presenters, please visit the workshop website.

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Romanian Author Dumitru Tsepeneag to Do Bilingual Reading at the Conference “How Translation Transforms the Humanities”, October 16

On October 16 at 12:30pm, author Dumitru Tsepeneag will do a bilingual reading in Romanian and English with Jane Kuntz as part of the “Shifting Paradigms: How Translation Transforms the Humanities” Conference. The conference will be held in the Levis Faculty Center at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To read more about the conference, please click here.

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Associate Director Position, European Union Center (Illinois), Deadline: June 8

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND STUDIES

European Union Center

Associate Director

12 month 100% position

Primary Function:

Primary responsibilities are to execute the programmatic activities of the European Union Center (EUC) in a professionally efficient and effective manner.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative management of the European Union Center office including representing Director in his/her absence;
  • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations
  • Prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Director;
  • Coordinate the activities of program faculty;
  • Develop a market for the M.A. in European Union Studies (MAEUS) by fostering relationships with selected UIUC units and educational institutions in the US and EU.
  • Collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and International Programs & Studies (IPS) on clear procedural MAEUS guidelines covering all activities from review of applications to notification of admission decisions.
  • Manage processing of MAEUS applications.
  • Advise MAEUS applicants on admission requirements.
  • Assist students in identifying research opportunities, financial support, and career opportunities;
  • Provide counseling to MAEUS students throughout their enrollment.
  • Coordinate seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Develop and strengthen relations with other European Centers in the U.S.
  • Coordinate preparation of publications.

Reporting Relationship:

The position reports directly to the Director of the European Union Center, who reports to the Associate Provost for International Affairs who reports to the Provost.

Qualifications

Required:

  • A Master’s Degree or ABD in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
  • International experience, preferably in Europe;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing software, or similar;
  • Administrative experience, project coordination, and proven organizational talents;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions;
  • Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university;
  • Ability to work with faculty and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas;
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance;
  • Initiative and creativity in program development;
  • Knowledge of labor market trends and job search methods for graduate students

Preferred:

  • ABD or PhD in an area relevant to international studies and programs
  • Working knowledge of one or more European languages other than English
  • Experience advising university students;
  • Experience collaborating with university faculty;
  • Experience building and managing budgets.

Salary

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Starting Date

As soon as possible after the closing date.

Closing Date

In order to ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile athttp://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by June 8, 2010. Interviews may be conducted prior to the closing of the search; no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Contact

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Programs and Studies

Bryan Endres, Chair

507 E. Green St, Suite 404, MC-417

Champaign, IL 61820

217-333-1828

email: ips-jobs@illinois.edu

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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Russian Speakers Needed for Web-based Experimental Study

A message to Russian speakers:

Dear fellow Slavic linguists,

I am conducting a study on how native speakers of Russian interpret certain types of Russian sentences in the context of preceding stories, with both visual and auditory sentence presentation. The study is entirely web-based, on survey gizmo, and can be taken on any computer that has internet access (it has to be fairly fast/good-quality internet access, because otherwise the survey pages will take too long to download) and has audio-capability (since part of the study involves listening to audio-files). This study is approved by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Internal Review Board.   I am in great need of native Russian-speaking participants; all native speakers of Russian qualify as long as they (1) currently live in Russia; or (2) currently live outside of Russia, but left Russia as adults (age 18 or older).   For study participants who are local (in Illinois) we pay $10 for study participation. For non-local participants, unfortunately we cannot provide compensation, due to the logistical difficulties of money transfer.   Below, please find the official recruitment emails. If you are interested in participating in this study, please email me at tionin@illinois.edu . I would also appreciate it if you could forward this announcement to any Russian-speaking friends/relatives/colleagues.

Thank you in advance!

Tania Ionin

Tania Ionin
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
FLB 4080
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
tionin@illinois.edu
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/tionin/www/

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Уважаемые носители русского языка,

Приглашаем Вас принять участие в экспериментальном исследовании на предмет того, как говорящие на русском языке интерпретируют предложения на русском в контексте. Мы ищем волонтеров, для которых русский язык является родным, и которые жили в России до совершеннолетия и переехали в США (или в другую, не русскоговорящую страну) в возрасте 18 лет или старше.

Если вы подходите этим требованиям или считаете, что могли бы принять участие в данном исследовании, мы просим Вас связаться с нами по электронной почте по следующим адресам: tionin@illinois.edu или luchkin1@illinois.edu .

Участие в данном исследовании является строго добровольным, и может быть прервано в любое время.  Если Вы примете решение стать участником, Вам будет предложено заполнить короткую анкету на компьютере о Вашем языковом профиле. Затем Вам будет предложено выполнить тест на русском языке состоящий из двух частей. В этом тесте Вам будет нужно оценить ряд предложений на русском языке с учетом данного контекста. Ожидается, что на выполнение всего теста  Вам потребуется около часа. Все задания предлагаются в электронном варианте и  выполняются на любом компьютере, имеющим доступ в Интернет (по адресу, который мы сообщим Вам) и проигрывающем аудио файлы (для ряда вопросов, Вам потребуется прослушать короткие записи, сопровождающие тестовые задания).

Участие в данном исследовании не предполагает получение какой-либо материальной (или иной) компенсации.

Мы гарантируем полную конфиденциальность всей полученной от Вас информации: Ваши данные, так же как и Ваш тест будут храниться в анонимной форме. По любым вопросам об этом исследовании и участии в нём, пожалуйста, обращайтесь к нам.

Tania Ionin и Татьяна Лучкина.

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(For Russian speakers in Illinois)

Уважаемые носители русского языка,

Приглашаем Вас принять участие в экспериментальном исследовании на предмет того, как говорящие на русском языке интерпретируют предложения на русском в контексте. Мы ищем волонтеров, для которых русский язык является родным, и которые жили в России до совершеннолетия и переехали в США (или в другую, не русскоговорящую страну) в возрасте 18 лет или старше. Если вы подходите этим требованиям или считаете, что могли бы принять участие в данном исследовании, мы просим Вас связаться с нами по электронной почте по следующим адресам: tionin@illinois.edu или luchkin1@illinois.edu.

Участие в данном исследовании является строго добровольным, и может быть прервано в любое время.  Если Вы примете решение стать участником, Вам будет предложено заполнить короткую анкету на компьютере о Вашем языковом профиле. Затем Вам будет предложено выполнить тест на русском языке состоящий из двух частей. В этом тесте Вам будет нужно оценить ряд предложений на русском языке с учетом данного контекста. Ожидается, что на выполнение всего теста  Вам потребуется около часа. Все задания предлагаются в электронном варианте и  выполняются на компьютере. Тестирование будет проходить в психолингвистической лаборатории в здании факультета иностранных языков на территории UIUC, или в другом месте, удобном для Вас, в удобное для Вас время. По завершении тестирования, Вам будет выплачена компенсация в размере $ 10 за Ваше участие.

Мы гарантируем полную конфиденциальность всей полученной от Вас информации: Ваши данные, так же как и Ваш тест будут храниться в анонимной форме. По любым вопросам об этом исследовании и участии в нём, пожалуйста, обращайтесь к нам.

Tania Ionin и Татьяна Лучкина.

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Conference Announcement, Call for Papers: “Shifting Paradigms: How Translation Transforms the Humanities” UIUC, Deadline: April 15

International Conference Announcement and First Call for Papers

“Shifting Paradigms: How Translation Transforms the Humanities”

October 14-16, 2010

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Levis Faculty Center

Organizers:

•The Center for Translation Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign
•The Université Denis-Diderot, Paris, France

Summary

This conference will convene scholars and practitioners to present state-of-
the-art research on translation and the humanities. In particular, we seek to
assess if, and how, academic disciplines comprising the humanities consider
translation to be constitutive of their practice.

Translation scholars have called for  a paradigm shift in defining the
relationship between translation and the humanities.  While it is acknowledged
that a large share of our common knowledge is conveyed through translation,
too little has been said about the way knowledge itself is built and circulated,
particularly in the domain of interpretive disciplines.

A focus of this conference will be to assess whether and how this shift is
actually taking place, by reviewing:

a) How the shift of translation theory away from a Eurocentric perspective may
impact the various disciplines in the humanities that work on and with cultural
transfer;

b) The ways in which translation itself  transforms the humanities.

The conference will address these questions by focusing on the nexus of
theory, practice, and institutional settings in which translation takes place. The
gathering aims to foster theoretical frameworks through which to account for
the cultural and linguistic determinants of the various humanistic disciplines,
building upon such concepts as, for instance, the dislocation of culture (H.
Bhabha), the ethnocentric violence of translation (L. Venuti), the experience of
the foreign (A. Berman), and the dissymmetry of cultural transfer.  We are
especially interested in papers that bring theoretical sophistication and
historical research to bear on practical issues of writing, reading, and
publishing translations as well as their uses in academic institutions.

Keynotes and Panel Distribution

Plenary Address:

Catherine Porter, President, Modern Language Association and director of the
2009 MLA Presidential Initiative, « The Tasks of Translation in the Global
Context. »

Keynote presentations will frame the topics for thematic panels.

Keynote — A New Geography : Translation and the Dislocation of a Eurocentric
Perspective
Speaker : Jean-Noël Robert, professeur à l’Ecole pratique des hautes études

Suggested topics :

•              Language Domination and New Experiences of the Foreign
•              Recalling the Leading Role of Translation in the History of Sciences
•              Translation and Popular Culture in an Era of Globalization
•              Translation and the Transfer of New Ideas and Concepts
•              Between Languages :  Anthropological and Psychological Dimensions
of Translation
•              Non-European Contributions to Translation Theory

Keynote — « Genealogies of Theory and Practice : Jerome and the Institutions
of
Translation »
Speaker : Lawrence Venuti, Temple University

Suggested topics:

•              Changing Relations between Translation Theory and Practice
•              Pedagogies of Translation and their Conceptual Bases
•              Reading, Teaching and Publishing Translated Texts
•              The Institutional Sites of Translation
•              Translation as a Transformative Factor of Disciplines
•              The Role of Translation in the Understanding of Cultural Transfers

Preliminary Call for Papers

Proposals are invited from scholars and practitioners of translation, whatever
their discipline and academic affiliation,  for individual papers (30 minutes),
20-minute presentations on panels of three speakers (90 minutes), and
performance events. The conference languages are English and French.
Conference papers will be published online.

Please send proposals to translation@illinois.edu and include:

Name/s and academic or institutional affiliations and titles of participants
Paper or Panel Title
Abstract (maximum 300 words)
Contact information (email)

Dates:

Proposal submissions: April 15, 2010
A final conference announcement and program will be published on June 15,
2010

University of Illinois Organizing Committee:
Elizabeth Lowe, Associate Professor and Director, Center for   Translation
Studies (elowe@illinois.edu)
Patricia Phillips Batoma, Lecturer, Center for Translation Studies
(pphillip@illinois.edu)
Reinhard Mayer, Visiting  Professor, Center for Translation Studies
(rmayer@illinois.edu)

Anastasia Lakhtikova, Lecturer, Center for Translation Studies   (Conference
Coordinator) (alakhtik@illinois.edu)

Scientific Committee:

Nancy Abelmann, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois
Fethi Benslama, Université Paris-Diderot, Professeur, UFR Sciences humaines
cliniques
Prof. Antoine Cazé ,Université Paris-Diderot, Professeur, UFR Etudes
anglophones
Wail Hassan, Associate Professor, Comparative and World Literature , University
of Illinois
Claire Joubert, Professeur, Université Paris 8
Jean-René Ladmiral, Professeur émérite, Université Paris X Nanterre
Dr. Rainier Lanselle ,Université Paris-Diderot, Maître de conferences, UFR Asie
Orientale
Jean-Philippe Mathy, Head, Department of Comparative and World  Literature,
University of Illinois
Frédéric Ogée, Université Paris-Diderot, Professeur, UFR Etudes anglophones
Rajeshwari Pandharipande, Professor, Departments of Linguistics and
Religious Studies, University of Illinois
Emmanuel Poisson, Université Paris-Diderot, Maître de conférences, HDR, UFR
Asie Orientale
Joyce Tolliver, Associate Professor, Spanish, Gender and Womens  Studies,
University of Illinois
Lawrence Venuti, Temple University

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2010 Summer Research Laboratory on REEE and other Summer Events at UIUC, Deadline: April 15

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2010 SUMMER RESEARCH LABORATORY ON REEE
WHERE: University of Illinois at Urbana?Champaign
DATE: 14 June to 7 August 2010

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign are pleased to announce the 2010 Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (REEE).  Since 1973, the SRL has provided scholars with access to the university’s Slavic and East European Library (one of the largest REEE collections in the country), the services of Slavic Reference Service (SRS) librarians, and specialized workshops and forums for junior scholars.  Previous SRL participants have called the lab “the best place to do Slavic research outside of Russia.”  Please consult our website for more specific details:  http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/

Housing grants are available via a U.S. Department of State Title VIII grant.  A limited amount of travel grants is available for graduate students participating in the training workshops.  In order to be eligible for grants, scholars’ research much be policy-relevant, and research must focus on the formerly socialist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.  For a full list of countries please see our website, linked above.  Given the Title VIII stipulations, travel grants are only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Though the SRL runs the majority of the summer, scholars rarely stay for more than two weeks.  Therefore it is easy to schedule an SRL visit around other summer plans (e.g., internships, study abroad).

A variety of other events and conferences is held in conjunction with the SRL:

JUNIOR SCHOLAR TRAINING WORKSHOPS:

This summer we will host two interdisciplinary research workshops for junior scholars.  Though the structure of the workshops is the choice of the individual workshop leader, participating scholars usually provide papers which are then critiqued by other participants.  The purpose of the workshops is to share transdisciplinary knowledge and sources on the regions, share knowledge of the region, network with scholars of different fields, and hone current research.  In addition, participants receive an orientation to the SRS and the Slavic and East European Library.  If seeking to do extended research, plan an SRL visit which is longer than the workshop period.

“State, Society, and Modernity in Central Asia” 14-16 June 2010
Moderator:  Ed Schatz, Political Science, University of Toronto

The central aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars in various disciplines to explore changes in the relationships between state and society in Central Asia that have occurred during historical or recent modernization projects (understood variously as ideological, developmental, cultural, political, bureaucratic, or neo‐colonial). The workshop’s objectives are to foster a supportive network of colleagues involved in this field and to explore recent research paradigms and resources.   With specific questions only about this workshop, contact Dr. Schatz at ed.schatz@utoronto.ca.

“Fluid Future: Understanding the Black Sea as ‘Region’” 14-16 June 2010
Moderator:  Charles King, Government, Georgetown University

The Black Sea region has reemerged as a dynamic–but still often troubled–corner of Europe. Security issues, state sovereignty, minority rights, economic competition and integration, and environmental challenges are some of the key concerns of littoral states and of
international organizations such as the European Union and NATO. These policy concerns are matched by a newfound interest among historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and others in the evident “connectedness” of the Black Sea as a body of water. Topics such as the history of
disease and migration, the politics of tourism, and the evident sharing of art forms, religious practices, and folk customs–as well as greater access to archival resources and field sites–have all made the greater Black Sea world into an exciting arena of research. This seminar will allow researchers to share their work with other scholars currently working on the history, politics, and society of the Black Sea region, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Turkey to the Eurasian steppe.  With specific questions only about this workshop, contact Dr. King at kingch@georgetown.edu.

2010 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum, 24-26 June

The 2010 Fisher Forum will be held in conjunction with the 2010 SRL.  This year’s Forum is entitled “The Socialist 1960’s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City in Global Perspective.”  It is being organized by Diane Koenker, History, University of Illinois-Urbana and Anne Gorsuch, History, University of British Columbia.  Scholars from around the world attend the three-day forum.  The purpose of this conference will be to use the Second World, the socialist societies of the 1960s, as the center from which to explore global interconnections and uncover new and perhaps surprising patterns of cultural cross-pollination. This forum will be structured around cities as the units of analysis, and it will focus on the arena of popular culture as played out in these city spaces.

Individualized Research Practicum
Slavic Reference Services

The SRS librarians are phenomenally well-versed in the reference sources of the region.  SRL scholars who are graduate students are highly encouraged to apply for an Individualized Research Practicum.  SRS staff will develop a personalized, project-based program for each participant covering electronic tools and software, print and electronic bibliographic resources and databases, archival sources, vernacular-language search techniques, vernacular keyboard options, vernacular full-text resources, and as needed, online consultations with information specialists located in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.  The practicum is also a wonderful way to learn of research resources available in a REEE country before travelling to that country.

In order to maximize the worth of the practicum, applicants are encouraged to contact the SRS before attending.  Scholars are asked to share the extent of research already accomplished, an abstract of their project, whether they have travelled to the region, and any other relevant information.

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Applications for the SRL are due April 1st, 2010 for international applicants,
April 15th for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Application is at:
http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/

You can keep track of SRL updates via our listserv:  write to sashermn@illinois.edu with “REQUEST TO JOIN SRL LISTERV” in the subject header.

In addition, we have a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Champaign-IL/Summer-Research-Laboratory/121548098810?v=info

For information about the Slavic and East European Library, consult their website: http://www.library.illinois.edu/spx/

For more information about the 2010 SRL, and for the application, consult this website.
http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/

Thank you for your time and concern.  I look forward to seeing some of you next summer, and if you have any questions please write the e-mail address below.

Sincerely,
Stephen Sherman, GA for SRL
sashermn@illinois.edu
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
104 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
http://www.reeec.illinois.edu

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Associate Director Position, REEEC at UIUC, Deadline: December 15

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director. REEEC is a Title VI National Resource Center. The Associate Director provides authoritative, detailed professional knowledge in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; assists the director in fulfilling the mission of the Center; serves as advisor to the director regarding programs and with program development; and acts for him/her as necessary.

An advanced degree (Master’s required) in a humanities or social science discipline with a concentration in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies and advanced proficiency in Russian or another language of the region are required. Those holding a Ph.D. are also encouraged to apply. For qualified, the position allows for teaching one or two undergraduate courses per academic year.

For full description and requirements see http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/about/job.html.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 15 December 2009. Starting date is as soon as possible, but no later than 15 August 2010. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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New Master’s Degree in European Union Studies at UIUC, Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15, 2010

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign administers an interdisciplinary program of language and area courses leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program is intended to serve three constituencies of students: those seeking to combine area expertise with professional training; those proceeding to disciplinary-based doctoral work; and those seeking a stand-alone, professional degree.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts program should have completed at least two years of a language of the European Union and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Admission requirements of the Graduate College also apply. The minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is 550 (213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT). Candidates must write a statement of purpose showing how the M.A. degree in European Union Studies fits into their educational and career plans. This statement must show that the interdisciplinary nature of the MAEUS will serve the student better than a disciplinary degree.

Admission is ordinarily limited to the fall semester, but exceptions are made for spring and summer admission.

Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15 (January 1 for international students)

For more information, please visit: http://www.euc.illinois.edu/academic/program/

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