Koc University Ottoman Summer School 2016


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Central Asia in World History 2016 Summer Institute




JULY 10-29, 2016

Explore the history of Central Asia through a three-week Summer Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in Columbus, Ohio. Central Asia in World History will offer middle and high school teachers from all subjects an intensive experience to hear presentations by experts, interact with scholars, work with research materials, view and discuss films, and sample the traditional food and music of the region. Participants will also develop a curriculum resource and have the opportunity to consult with a master teacher about pedagogy and how Institute content articulates with current education standards.

Participants will:

  • receive a stipend of $2,700
  • receive a certificate for in-service credit and/or professional development hours
  • have the option of enrolling for three graduate credits from The Ohio State University

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

Institute Director: Dr. Scott Levi

Questions? Email Institute Coordinator, Eileen Kunkler, at kunkler.10@osu.edu.

Please visit the website for complete information: http://slaviccenter.osu.edu/outreach/training/central-asia-world-history-2016-summer-institute

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“Ringing in a New Year: Balkansky’s Kuker Music as Bellwether for a Bulgarian Spring” a Lecture by Donna A. Buchanan

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street

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Since 2009, the Bulgarian multimedia project “Balkansky,” a collaboration between graphic designer-photographer Ivo Hristov and graphic artist-composer Ivan Shopov, has released two concept albums of electronic dance music, Kuker (2009) and Orenda (2012), on the independent recording label Kuker Music, with accompanying music videos and artwork. As their titles suggest, both albums draw extensively upon nature worship, Christianity, and other belief systems, particularly apropos the mid-winter and springtide Bulgarian mummers calledkukeri or survakari and the bells that are their sonic spiritual weapons. Drawing upon ethnomusicological fieldwork conducted with mummers, artists, bellmakers, and musicians between 2008 and 2013, Prof. Buchanan’s paper explores how Balkansky has cultivated and artistically repackaged key symbols and imagery of older calendrical customs and agrarian rites, communicating them back to the Bulgarian public in a contemporary popular culture format that reveals the artists’ cosmological manifesto for social change. 

Donna A. Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches courses in ethnomusicology and the musical cultures of the Balkans, Russia, and Eurasia. She is the author of Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and two edited collections: Balkan Popular Music and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image, and Regional Political Discourse (Scarecrow Press, 2007) and Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance (Ashgate, 2014). Her scholarly interests include the implication of music in cosmology, sound ecologies, and relations of social power and identity.

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Trans-Siberian summer program 2016

A four or eight-week summer immersion program in Russia with New Hampshire University that takes you from Europe to the Pacific, from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok.

Application deadline: March 4, 2016

Studying Russian culture and exploring the thorny issue of national identity in Russia will give you a profound image of the country, its people and its history.

Exploring  Moscow, founded in 1147 and now the biggest city in Europe, will give you an overview of recent and ancient history and provide you with an opportunity for an intensive dose of authentic Russian culture.  Walk through Red Square, which saw the edicts of Ivan the Terrible, the burning of Moscow by Napoleon, the Communist revolution, all the way to Paul McCartney playing a triumphant “Back In the USSR” to Vladimir Putin and thousands of screaming Russian fans. 

Visiting St. Petersburg, known for its canals as Venice of the North, will give you insight into the east-west conflict within the Russian cultural heritage. Visit the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world.  Walk along the streets of Dostoyevsky’s characters.  Explore where and how the Communist Revolution began in 1917.

Taking the Trans Siberian railroad from European Russia, across the Asian continent to the Pacific Ocean will help you understand the Russian preoccupation with size. See the steppes that brought Genghis Khan to Russia, experience the natural beauty of Siberia and Lake Baikal that holds 20% of the world’s fresh water. See the small towns, large cities, the taiga, the mountains and the steppes.

Today’s Russia is a fascinating blend of a thousand year history with its reinvention as a modern semi-capitalist nation and an almost inexplicable blend of East and West.   To quote Winston Churchill “ Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” –  Experience this riddle first hand, live with Russian families, ride the trains with them, stay in student hostels, study with Russian scholars and under the guidance of experienced UNH faculty. Be a participant in solving this riddle!

For more information see: http://cola.unh.edu/study-abroad/program/russia-moscow

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Visiting Assistant Professor in International Relations

The Department of Politics at Bates College invites applications for a one-year visiting position focusing on international relations starting in the fall of 2016.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed, or nearly complete.  The department seeks candidates who can teach four courses in the area of international relations, and one of these must be in the area of US foreign policy broadly construed. The position also includes advisement of individual senior theses. The politics department has implemented an innovative curriculum that uses concentrations on broad sets of ideas in political science rather than the traditional subfields.  Those applying should show a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarly research. Candidates with teaching and research interest in mixed-methods approaches and experience with quantitative methods and statistical analysis are encouraged to apply. The college and the politics department are committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area 


Ph.D. completed, or nearly complete

Application Instructions

Review of applications begins on March 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application, curriculum vita, writing sample, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

See here to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/33712

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