Call for Papers: Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino – Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions, Abstract Deadline: September 15

Call for Papers
Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino: Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions

The editors of this proposed volume seek papers that look at Kurban Said’s novel Ali und Nino (1937) from a wide range of perspectives and approaches (e.g., literary and cultural studies, linguistics, Jewish studies, gender studies, philosophy and religion) and that reflect on the text’s usefulness in the classroom from linguistic and content perspectives. Our aim is to provide a broad companion to Kurban Said’s text that helps its readers to understand the many different possible scholarly approaches and the heterogeneous readings different frameworks make possible.

Since the publication of Tom Reiss’s 1999 essay ‘The Man from the East’ (The New Yorker, October 4, 1999: 68‐83) and his subsequent book The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (New York: Random House, 2005), much more has come to light about Ali und Nino’s author. ‘Kurban Said,’ an alias of Lev Nussimbaum (1905‐1942), grew up in a Jewish household in Baku, Azerbaijan, converted to Islam and then fled to Berlin to work as a journalist and expert on the Orient under the name Essad Bey in the 1920s and 1930s. Interest in Lev Nussimbaum’s life and texts sparked by Tom Reiss’s journalistic work has led to the republication of Ali und Nino in German and English. Set in Baku around 1917, Ali und Nino tells the love story between a young Arab, Muslim man Ali and a
young Georgian, Christian woman Nino. Not only is the novel a rare example of early Germanophone literature written by a multilingual speaker from outside of the German‐speaking world, but it also takes up cultural constructions of the Orient and Occident long before Edward Said’s seminal Orientalism published in 1978. Yet, despite recent interest in the author and the book’s ability to thematize modern debates and discussions of culture, virtually no scholarly literature on Ali und Nino exists. The proposed volume seeks to change this by inviting scholars from all kinds of different backgrounds to shed their light on Ali und Nino. Themes and topics to explore may include, but are not limited to:

• East‐West dialogues
• Cultural clash(es)
• Tradition and modernity
• Religion and identity
• Love and affect
• Youth and coming of age
• Authorship and attribution
• Multilingualism

The editors envision papers solicited not just as academic exercises, but also welcome approaches that emphasize the text’s relevance for teaching literature in a culturally heterogeneous classroom. For the classroom, Said’s engaging narrative style and the book’s interesting thematic focus make the novel an accessible and relevant text for students of German to engage with linguistically and intellectually. The novel also promises teachers and students opportunities for rich dialogue about modern‐day issues. Please contact us as soon as possible, if you are interested in contributing to this volume so that we can have a preliminary discussion about the scope of your paper.

Deadline for 400‐word abstract: September 15, 2010
Deadline for final version of essay: August 15, 2011

Please e‐mail your materials to both editors:

Cori Crane, Asst. Professor ( & Carl Niekerk, Assoc. Professor ( Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign 2090 Foreign Language Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

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

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 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:

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

A Brief Statement from the CESS Board of Directors in Response to the Events in Kyrgyzstan

Below is a brief note from The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Board of Directors:

As scholars of Central Asia, we are greatly saddened by the recent tragedy in southern Kyrgyzstan. We have all been shocked and surprised by the level of violence and the amount of destruction that took place in the city of Osh and in other parts of southern Kyrgyzstan from June 11-14, 2010.  Although the official number of deaths is listed at 214, informed estimates (including those of the leader of Kyrgyzstan’s Provisional Government) suggest that over 2,000 individuals may have been killed. The United Nations reports that approximately 400,000 Uzbeks have been displaced from their homes, including 100,000 refugees who crossed the border into Uzbekistan.

We express our deepest condolences to all of the families who have lost loved ones, and our concern for those whose lives and livelihoods have been severely disrupted by these events.

We are disheartened by the relative lack of international attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and political instability. We are also troubled by initial media accounts that attributed the violence to age-old ethnic tensions. This story demands much more sophisticated analysis and attention to a wider set of economic, social and political factors. Journalists and scholars must begin to sort out facts from rumors, and to record the lived experiences of those who have been affected by violence and displacement.

We encourage CESS members with expertise in this region to make an effort to contact the media so that this story will continue to get the attention that it deserves. We also encourage CESS members to participate in forums on Kyrgyzstan which will be held during upcoming CESS conferences in Ankara, Turkey (July 29-30, 2010) and East Lansing, Michigan (October 28-31, 2010).

The Central Eurasian Studies Society Board of Directors
June 28, 2010

Please visit the following for a list of organizations accepting donations to support humanitarian efforts in Kyrgyzstan and English-language articles and audio, video, and photos on the situation in Kyrgyzstan:

Call for Papers: Eighth Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics at OSU, Abstract Deadline: August 31

Call for papers

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and the Slavic Linguistics Forum at the Ohio State University are pleased to announce the Eighth Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics.  The colloquium will take place on October 16, 2010, at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, OH.

We invite students and recent graduates working in all areas of Slavic, Balkan, and East-European linguistics, including but not restricted to, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and dialectology, to submit abstracts.

We encourage students working in both formal and functional frameworks to participate in this event.  Interdisciplinary projects from the students in related fields such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and comparative studies are welcome, as far as they are related to Slavic and East-European languages.

Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Please send abstracts of maximum 500 words to Lauren Ressue (

The abstracts should be anonymous. Please include your name, affiliation, mailing address, and email address in the body of the email.

The deadline for abstract submission is August 31st, 2010.

Accommodation with local graduate students will be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers.


Lauren Ressue (
Jeff Parker (
Kate White (

Call for Papers: Canadian Slavonic Papers Special Issue “Slavic Studies since the Collapse of the Soviet Union”

Special issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers:

“Twenty Years On:  Slavic Studies since the Collapse of the Soviet Union.”

In late 2011, Canadian Slavonic Papers will mark the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR with a special double issue devoted to exploring a variety of perspectives—political, historical, literary, linguistic, anthropological, religious studies, film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, folklore studies—on the collapse of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet transformations. Submissions in any of these areas are invited. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

Manuscripts may be in English or French. The normal peer-review process will apply.

Please consult the most recent issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers, inside back cover, for style guidelines. Authors should use the Library of Congress transliteration system and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (3rd. ed.) as a standard form for documentation. For more detailed information, please see the CSP Style Sheet:
Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS).

•          Expression of intent to submit: 4 January 2011. Send e-mail to the Guest Editor, Prof. Heather Coleman:

•          Final Paper with abstract: 1 March 2011 (maximum 25 pages). Please submit manuscripts in three hard copies and by e-mail to:

Prof. Heather Coleman, Guest Editor

Canadian Slavonic Papers
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E6


Numéro thématique de la Revue canadienne des slavistes :

« Ça fait vingt ans… :  Études slaves depuis l’écroulement de l’Union soviétique. »

A la fin 2011, la Revue canadienne des slavistes marquera le vingtième anniversaire de la chute de l’Union soviétique avec un numéro double thématique consacré à l’exploration d’une variété de perspectives sur cet évènement et les transformations postsoviétiques.  Nous invitons des contributions provenant des domaines de sciences politiques, histoire, littérature, linguistique, anthropologie, études religieuses, études cinématographiques, études culturelles, études genre, ou études folkloriques.  Le numéro se veut pluridisciplinaire et interdisciplinaire.

Les manuscrits peuvent être en français ou en anglais.  Le processus normal d’évaluation par  les pairs s’appliquera.

Veuillez consulter le numéro le plus récent des Études canadiennes des slavistes où vous trouverez le guide pour la présentation des articles.  La transcription des langues slaves suit les normes de la translittération internationale utilisée par les slavistes et les références bibliographiques suivent le format du MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (3rd. ed.).  D’autres recommandations pour les auteurs sont disponibles sur notre site:

Tout contributeur doit devenir membre de l’Association canadienne des slavistes (ACS).

Pour toute question relative à ce numéro thématique, les auteures et auteurs sont invités à communiquer avec la rédactrice invitée, Prof. Heather Coleman:

Dates limites:
·       Expression d’intérêt à soumettre une contribution : le 4 janvier 2011.  Envoyez un courriel à Prof. Heather Coleman:

·       Manuscrit complet accompagné d’un résumé : le 1 mars 2011 (maximum de 25 pages).  Les manuscrits doivent être adressés en pièce jointe par courrier électronique et en version papier (3 copies) au secrétariat de
rédaction :

Prof. Heather Coleman, rédactrice invitée

Revue canadienne des slavistes

Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E6

Norwegian PhD research Fellowship in the Anthropology of the Russian and Siberian North

The Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Tromso is offering a fully funded 4 year PhD fellowship to conduct field research in Siberia and/or the Russian North.  The fellow will work in partnership with several funded research projects with indigenous societies  in the region.  Deadline: September 1 to begin work January 1, 2011. Complete details are available at the following website: Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. David Anderson ( with any questions concerning the topic, salary, facilities at Tromso or the application procedures.

Call for Papers: AATSEEL Wisconsin Chapter

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
22-23 October 2010
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2010 AATSEEL-WI Conference

Abstracts for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and
cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, 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, 22-23 October 2010.

Recent conference programs are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by
31 August 2010.  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:
Jesse Stavis


All submissions will be acknowledged.

Discover the Republic of Georgia Tours, Summer 2010

Several tour dates are approaching, including the Discover Georgia Tour, starting July 1st, Tao-Klarjeti (July 14th), Vardzia-Batumi (July 27th), and Svaneti (August 6th). See for more details.

The Discover Georgia Tour
July 1st – 11th:

In our fifth season, the Discover Georgia Tour routinely draws an eclectic group of world travelers pursuing individual interests in religious history, architecture, viticulture, music, linguistics, and other subjects.

This year the new itinerary, will take tour participants through southern Georgia to visit the 12th century cave city of Vardzia that was once on the pilgrimage route from Cappadocia to Bodbe Convent, the Gelati Cathedral in West-Central Georgia, as well as familiar points of interest in Eastern Georgia where the thirteen 6th century Assyrian Fathers first established Christian monasticism.

Please contact the organizers (John A Graham, Luarsab Togonidze) immediately for more information. For the detailed 2010 Tour Itinerary, Reviews, Photos, and Application, visit our website here: