CEERES Fall Reception, October 13

You are cordially invited to attend the Fall Reception of the University of
Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES).
Please join us in welcoming newcomers to the CEERES fold and in greeting
familiar faces and their tales of summer adventures both near and far.

Tuesday, October 13th
4pm – 6pm
Judd Hall 319-323
5835 South Kimbark Avenue
(Just east of the Booth School of Business)

Refreshments will be provided.
A  DJ set of Macedonian shlageri will set the mood.

The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies is the University’s
federally funded National Resource Center focused on our eponymous world
regions.  Throughout the year we organize a variety of public events, lectures,
conferences and outreach activities that forward scholarly exchange and
education about East Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.  The 2009-2010
academic year promises once again to be an active one.  In addition to our
continued collaboration with departments in the Social Sciences and the
Humanities, we also look forward to building new relationships with our
professional schools.

Please visit our website (ceeres.uchicago.edu/) and subscribe to our listserv
(lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/ceeres) for regular updates on CEERES events and

Films from Poland and Russia at 45th Chicago International Film Festival, Beginning October 9

From Poland:
Case Unknown (Enen) Directed by Feliks Falk. Work is everything to young psychiatrist Konstanty Grot—something his wife often teases him about. But when he brings his patient Pawel home for treatment, Konstanty discovers hidden secrets from Pawel’s past… and endangers his own family in the process. This thoughtful thriller paints a portrait of a man who risks his professional and personal life in the search for justice. Dates: Friday 10/9 4:00pm; Monday 10/12 8:45pm; Thursday 10/15 5:45pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

Little Moscow (Mala Moskwa) Directed by Waldemar Krystek. In the late 1960s, the military moves Russian pilot Yuri and his beautiful wife Vera to the town of Legnica, headquarters for the Soviet Army in Poland. While fraternizing between the Russian occupiers and local Poles is strictly controlled, Vera’s enchanting performance in a singing contest ignites a deep passion in Polish lieutenant Michal and the two must choose between loyalty and love. Seeking truth and redemption in the past, Yuri and his daughter return to Legnica 30 years later. Dates: Saturday 10/10 2:00pm; Tuesday 10/13 8:15pm; Wednesday 10/14 5:45pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

Sweet Rush (Tatarak) Directed by Andzrej Wajda. Treasured director Andrzej Wajda follows up his Oscar®-nominated Katyn with this poignant meditation on nostalgia and loss. A married woman (Wajda regular Krystyna Janda) feels more than maternal affection for a young man who reminds her of the two sons she lost in WWII, only their drama is but a movie being staged within this movie, and perhaps the real story is Janda herself. Dates: Friday 10/9 4:30pm; Sunday 10/11 8:15pm; Monday 10/12 6:15pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

From Russia:
Hipsters (Stilyagi) Directed by Valery Todorovsky. Moscow, 1955. Soviet uniformity is the order of the day, but incurring the wrath of all the grim-faced comrades in Russia isn’t enough to stop a group of young “hipsters” from donning outrageous threads, puffing up their pompadours, pushing up their cleavage, throwing back martinis, and shakin’ their hips. Could this romantic, infectiously fun musical be this year’s Slumdog Millionaire? Director Valery Todorovsky to attend. Dates: Friday 10/9 6:30pm; Saturday 10/10 6:00pm; Sunday 10/11 12:30pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

All films screened at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.). Individual Tickets from $9-12; matinees (before 5pm) for $5. For the complete schedule and more information, please visit http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-332-FILM.

Northwestern University: “Twenty Years of Laughter and Forgetting: Eastern/Central European Literature Since 1989”, October 15

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet in person one of the rising stars of the
Czech literature and her colleagues from Central Europe!

The Czech Consulate General in Chicago and Northwestern University in
cooperation with the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International
Program cordially invite you to a special literary reading and roundtable in
presence of writers Petra Hůlová (Czech Republic), Ferenc Barnas (Hungary)
and Drago Jančar (Slovenia):

Twenty Years of Laughter and Forgetting: Eastern/Central European Literature
since 1989

Moderator: Andrew Wachtel, Dean of The Graduate School, Northwestern

October 15, 2009
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Northwestern University Library
Forum Room
1970 Campus Drive, 2-South, Evanston, IL 60208

Free and open to public

Sponsored by The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago,
Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative
Studies, The Graduate School, The Department of Slavic Languages and

About Petra Hůlová

Petra Hůlová was born in Prague in 1979 and has published five critically
acclaimed novels in Czech. She won the Magnesia Litera Prize in the Czech
Republic in 2002 for ” Paměť mojí babičce”, here released as All This
Belongs to Me. Her prose “Umělohmotný třípokoj” won Jiri Orten Prize and the
novel “Stanice Tajga” Skvorecky Prize 2008.

Ms. Hůlová´s novel All This Belongs to Me translated in English by Alex
Zucker will be published by Northwestern University Press, book series
“Writings from and Unbound Europe”, in early October. This book as well as
Czech originals of Ms. Hůlová´s others novels will be on sale and available
for signing by the author after the reading.

Conference: Western Association for Slavic Studies, April 14-17, 2010

Come take part in the the annual Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) conference. This year the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), WASS’s host organization, is holding its convention in Reno, Nevada, April 14-17, 2010.

Proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable presentations in all areas of studies on Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia are welcome. The topics may include any aspect of economy, politics, and culture with a broad chronological span from the Middle Ages to present.

Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, archeology, architecture, arts, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic and minority studies, film, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, Jewish studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, theatre, travel and tourism.

For more information regarding the conference site, registration and submitting a proposal, go to its website http://wssa.asu.edu/conferences and follow the link. Or, go to the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies website: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~aaass/organizations/wass.html

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2009. Please include the following information:
Title of Presentation
Name, Affiliation, and Email Address
Other Authors
Abstract (not to exceed 200 words)

The WASS encourages graduate students to attend the conference.  The best graduate paper presented will win a $100 prize and will be eligible for the graduate student paper prize sponsored by the AAASS.

Evguenia Davidova, Program Coordinator (2009-2010)
Portland State University,
University Studies Program,
Portland, OR 97207,
Tel: 503-725-8992; Fax: 503-725-5977

Bukhara Cultural Night with Maqam Ensemble, October 14

You’re invited to a free concert and cultural night this coming Wednesday! Maqam Ensemble is coming from Queens; look for their posters on campus bulletin boards.

Event: Bukhara Cultural Night with Maqam Ensemble

Free and open to the public! Join us for an exploration of the cultures of Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Maqam is a Jewish ensemble from the city of Bukhara that plays shashmaqam music, a vocal and instrumental style with roots in the diverse cultures of Central Asia, including Jewish folk song and Sufi love poetry.

The evening will also include Uzbek poetry readings, a presentation of background information on Bukharan culture, and a FREE Bukharan dinner!

Please join us!

What: Concert/ Cultural Night
Start Time: Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, October 14 at 9:00pm
Where: International House Assembly Hall, University of Chicago

Survivor Mitzvah Project Seeks Russian and Ukrainian Translators

Actress & Director Zane Buzby founded the Survivor Mitzvah project for the purpose of helping Russian & Ukrainian holocaust survivors who were forgotten and have not been helped by any agencies nor reparation remedies of any kind. Many of these people have stories to share to the world as their witness and documents which reflect their fate that require translation for the Survivor Mitzvah Project.

The Survivor Mitzvah Project

The Survivor Mitzvah Project
Who saves a life…   Saves the world entire…


New Research Grants for Kennan Institute, Deadline: December 1

The Title VI National Resource Center for Russia and Eastern Europe is pleased to announce exciting research opportunities at the Kennan Institute next year. In particular, there is a new Title VIII 2-month Summer Research Grant that can be used from May – September 2010.  This grant will be available to applicants who hold a MA degree or higher.  In addition, it also will be accepting applications for their Research Scholar program in Washington, D.C., ranging from 3-9 months, as well as for their one month Short-Term grants.

1. Summer Research Grant. Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research grant. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2010, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Grant will provide a stipend of $3,200 per month, support for a summer intern, and access to the facilities of the Kennan Institute, including its library. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Summer Grant scholars.  Travel and accommodation expenses also are not directly covered by this grant.

2. Research Scholar Grants. The Kennan Institute offers resident grants to scholars to utilize the unique resources of the Washington area. The Title VIII Research Scholar program is open to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed, and provides 3 to 9 months of support—including office space, a research intern, and special borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress.

3. Short-Term Grants.  Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide up to 30 days of stipend support and use of Institute facilities to conduct research in Washington, and are open to scholars who either possess a doctoral degree or are doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations.

The deadline for the Research Scholar and the Summer Research grants is December 1, 2009. The Short-Term grant competition takes place on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for Short-Term grants is also December 1, 2009.  Please note that Title VIII awards are limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents upon commencement of their scholarship.  For more information, and to learn about the application process, please visit www.wilsoncenter.org/kennangrants.

Please do not hesitate to contact William Pomeranz at (202) 691-4237 or by email at William.Pomeranz@wilsoncenter.org if you should have any questions.

Fellowship: ARISC Graduate Fellowships for Research in the South Caucasus, Deadline: November 20

The American Research Institute of the Southern Caucasus (ARISC)  announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of  research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia,and/or Azerbaijan).  It anticipates making four to six awards of a maximum of $1500 each.  Projects in all fields in the social sciences and humanities are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential  of the research to strengthen scholarship on the Southern Caucasus. The  purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and/or living  expenses in the Southern Caucasus. During his/her stay in the Southern Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC sponsored presentation  on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried during  the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including  the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work  schedule, budget, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation by November 20,2009 to info “at” arisc.org. All information must be received by November 20, 2009 in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

Please see http://arisc.org/RESOURCES/Funding-Opportunities/ARISC-Fellowships
for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

Call for Papers: Council for European Studies International Conference, Montreal, Canada, Deadline: October 15

Europe has long served as a model for the rest of the world – whether as object of admiration, forced exemplar, foil, or cautionary tale – and the present vacuum of certainty presents yet another moment of opportunity for scholars of “the old world.” Are European experiments in economic coordination the solution to the excesses of unregulated capitalism – is this the moment for the revenge of the European model?

For the 2010 conference (April 15-17), CES welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined. In particular, CES welcomes panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person. Members may also participate in a maximum of two sessions. Proposals must be submitted by October 15 at the CES conference website. More information on the conference will be available in upcoming issues of the CES newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter here: www.ces.columbia.edu/members/indiv_members.html.

Call for Proposals: The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City in Global Perspective, 2010 Fisher Forum, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Deadline: October 15

The 1960s witnessed an explosion of cross-cultural fertilization in a time of world competition for the hegemony of two enduring “systems” – capitalism and socialism. As a moment when decolonization created immense possibilities for liberation movements throughout the world, the 1960s became the heyday of the “Second World” appeals to the newly decolonized societies of the “Third World,” as well as the reemergence of a European “First World” as a postwar consumer society in reaction to American hegemony. This was the moment when the “orderedness” of the three worlds was arguably the most prominent in popular discourse and culture, and a moment when that order was contested and destabilized. 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. The core of the forum will be the socialist societies of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, but the forum would be enriched by participation from scholars who study other socialist societies.

We anticipate that the conference will result in a published volume, so submissions should be original work, not previously published. The conference organizers are Diane P. Koenker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (dkoenker@illinois.edu) and Anne E. Gorsuch, University of British Columbia (gorsuch@interchange.ubc.ca). Please send proposed paper title and abstracts to each of the organizers by October 15, 2009. Proposals should indicate which of the conference themes the paper addresses, and the term “Sixties” or “1960s” should be explicit in the paper title. Selection of participants will be made by November 30, and conference papers should be submitted by April 1, 2010. The conference itself will be held on June 24-26, 2010.