Monthly Archives: November 2009

Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “The Friendship Train Derailed? Soviet-Czechoslovak Tourism, 1955-1969,” December 1

Rachel Applebaum presenting.

“The Friendship Train Derailed? Soviet-Czechoslovak Tourism, 1955-1969.”

For a copy of the paper, please email Rachel: rapple [at]

Refreshments available beginning at 4:00pm.

Time: 4:30 to 6:00pm, December 1. Location: Social Sciences 224 (1126 E. 59th St.).

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Golosa’s End of Quarter Concert with Sparrow Down, December 2

Golosa, the University of Chicago’s Russian folk choir, wraps up 2009 next week with a free evening of music at its home quarters, the warm and convivial Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago.  Guest performers “Sparrow Down,” a new band whose music is influenced by traditional folk, indie rock, and pop will open the concert.

Admission is free. Free refreshments will also be available.

Time: 7:00pm, December 2. Location: Ida Noyes Third Floor Theater (1212 E. 59th St.).

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Champagne Brunch at Crepe Bistro featuring Live Russian Music, December 13

Come out to Crepe Bistro on December 13 at noon and enjoy a delicious three-course brunch with champagne (or Bloody Mary) and hear musical performances by Группа Стоп-Кадр (Gruppa Stop-Kadr) and other local Russian musicians!

Time: 12:00pm, December 13. Location: Crepe Bistro (186 N. Wells St.).

Cost: $45

Tickets can be purchased via paypal from a link found at this site:

Note that the ticket price includes the three-course brunch, live music, and a donation to the Shushkovo Orphanage.

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Language Variation and Change Workshop: “Balkan Sprachbund Features in Samsun Albanian,” December 7

Kelly Maynard (CEERES) presenting.

“Balkan Sprachbund features in Samsun Albanian”

Since Kopitar (1829), Miklosich (1866), and especially Sandfeld (1926/1930) it has been well known in linguistic circles that the Balkan languages share many linguistic features not due to their genetic inheritance as Indo-European languages. This phenomenon is often referred to as the Balkan Sprachbund. Modern linguists believe these structural similarities have risen through convergence, and emphasize that these features arise at the level of the speech community and spread via dialect contact. Thus, there is much interest in exposing the convergence features found in any given variety of the languages which participate. Albanian is one such language. In this paper, I will explain eleven of the most widely accepted features of the Balkan Sprachbund and provide evidence which demonstrates the presence or absence of each feature in Samsun Albanian.

Time: 3:30pm, December 7. Location: Harper 130 (1116 E. 59th St.)

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Language Variation and Change Workshop: “Vowel Harmony Loss in West Rumelian Turkish,” December 4

Andy Dombrowski (Slavic Languages and Literature and Linguistics)

“Vowel Harmony Loss in West Rumelian Turkish”

This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the breakdown of vowel harmony in the West Rumelian Turkish dialect spoken in Ohrid, Macedonia, in which harmony no longer exists as a productive process. Disharmony and variable allomorphy are shown to characterize all levels of the lexicon to a degree that cannot be explained as the cumulative result of known sound changes and the introduction of disharmonic loanwords. The related West Rumelian Turkish dialect of Gostivar, Macedonia, which has partially lost harmony but tends to generalize invariant morphemes to an extent much greater than Ohrid Turkish, is used as a point of contrast to illustrate different paths of vowel harmony breakdown. Grammatical interference from neighboring Slavic, Albanian, and Aromanian, which lack vowel harmony, is posited as a mechanism for the loss of vowel harmony.

Time: 3:30pm, December 4. Location:  Harper 103 (116 E. 59th St.)

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Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Deadline: December 15

Proposals for individual papers or for complete panels are invited for the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, a regional conference of the AAASS (ASEEES), will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Proposals should include:

1. The paper title and a brief abstract;
2. Any requests for technical support;
3. The surface and e-mail addresses of the presenter;
4. Institutional affiliation and professional status (professor, graduate student, independent scholar, etc.).

Undergraduate students may propose a paper to present at the conference if a faculty mentor recommends them and submits this information for them.

The deadline for consideration is December 15. Please send proposals to <> or by mail to:
Dr. Mary Theis, MASC Executive Secretary
Department of Modern Language Studies
Kutztown University
PO Box 730
Kutztown, PA  19530

Dr. Marina Rojavin will serve as President of the Conference.
Keynote Address by Professor Sibelan Forrester, “Reverse Colonialization: Bringing the Other into the Slavic Studies Classroom”

Besides the interesting papers and stimulating discussions of their colleagues, conference participants can enjoy the natural beauty of the Swarthmore College campus and the Scott Arboretum, a  botanical garden situated right on campus. Not far from Swarthmore is an amazing art collection at the Barnes Foundation, including works by artists such as Modigliani, Sautine, Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso, and Renoir. Swarthmore is a fifteen-minute cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport or a half-hour train ride to downtown Philadelphia, with outstanding restaurants, theaters, and the Kimmel Center – home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Swarthmore College is located Southwest of Philadelphia, a short and uncomplicated drive from Exit 3 off I-476, about twenty minutes by commuter train from Philadelphia’s Amtrak/30th Street Station, and a fifteen-minute cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport.

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Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, March 8

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner is scheduled for Monday, March 8, 2010.

Nearly 2,000 people will gather at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to celebrate the opening of the museum and support its important work.  Invitations and opportunities to get involved in this annual gala event coming soon.  Join survivors, board members, and the entire museum family as we honor the first year of operation and look forward to all the years ahead.

For more information, call (847) 967-4504 or email


Honorees this year include:
Jeffrey S. Aronin (President and CEO, Lundbeck Inc.)
Fritzie Fritzshall (Holocaust survivor, educator and activist)
David B. Speer (Chairman and CEO, ITW)

The 2010 Humanitarian Awards Dinner will take place on March 8, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive).
Reception begins at 5:30 PM; dinner at 6:30 PM.

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Call for Papers: “On the Edge: The Long 1940s in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture,” Deadline: January 20

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
A Graduate Student Conference, April 16, 2010

On the Edge: The Long 1940s in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture

Call for Papers

Marked by the social and historic upheavals of such dramatic proportions that
even the decade leading up to the Russian revolution pales in comparison, the
impact of the 1940s on Soviet society and culture is tangible to this day. Like
the twentieth century itself, the decade overstepped its chronological borders.
Beginning on August 24, 1939, with the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact,
it lasted until Stalin’s death in March, 1953. Its crises included the Second
World War, the beginning of the Cold War, mass deportations of various
nationalities, and the notorious campaign against “rootless cosmopolitanism.”
Its anguish gave birth to a generation of thinkers, writers, and artists, who
both monumentalized the “fateful forties” and helped to deflate the
state-generated hyperboles of the era’s sacredness and purifying ethical power
in the post-Soviet years.

“On the Edge: The Long 1940s in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture” will examine the
history of this period through the double lens of cultural analysis and
cross-cultural interpretation. Its goal is to bring together scholars from
various spheres of the humanities and to generate discussion on the subjects
outlined by, but not limited to the questions below:

•    What are the characteristic modes of intellectual, rhetorical, and artistic
expression of Soviet and Western responses to the political upheavals of the
period? How did those original modes of expression differ from post-Soviet
responses to the same events?
•    Which rhetorical devices of the Soviet 1940s were later rejected by Russian
and/or Western culture and mass media? Which metaphors of the Second World War
and the Cold War are still in broad circulation?
•    Did the intellectual and artistic paradigms of the 1940s resemble or depart
from the models generated during the decade leading up to the First World War
and the 1917 Revolution?  How did Soviet and émigré Russian intellectuals react
to the Soviet Union’s new role on the international stage? How did they respond
to the postwar re-interpretation of Russian cultural capital?
•    What is meant by “official” and “unofficial” Soviet culture during this
decade? Through what artistic forms did artists and intellectuals support or
challenge the idea of war-generated national unification?
•    Which literary and artistic responses to the Second World War became
cornerstones of Russian national identity? How did the post-Soviet
re-evaluation of the past affect the appropriation of these responses by
artists and intellectuals?
•    How did the arts register and/or resist the patriotic rhetoric of the decade,
with its frequent changes in tone and direction?
•    What influence did the Cold War have on the Soviet and post-Soviet
understandings of Russian imperial isolationism, cultural “independence,” and
“subservience towards the West”?
•    How can we characterize what can be arguably seen as the recent come-back of
the rhetoric of the 1940s? What can be said about the chauvinistic campaigns
conducted by the current Russian government and disseminated through popular

We invite papers that consider these and other questions using a variety of
methodological approaches, and explore the treatment of war in literature,
music, and film, as well as in ideology and public discourse. The conference
seeks to create an interdisciplinary discussion of the 1940s as a critical
historical moment, recorded in the Soviet culture and frequently referred to in
present-day artistic and political discourse. We also welcome researchers from
adjoining disciplines, including the interpretive social sciences, history,
English, American, and comparative literature, and media studies.

The goals of the conference are to establish connections between emerging
scholars working in the field, to offer a possibility to exchange ideas and
receive constructive feedback, and to create a basis for future collaboration
in panels and round table forums. Participants will be encouraged to make their
papers available to maximize the discussion time and to ensure productive
feedback on their work. Professors Louis Menand (Harvard University) and Laura
Engelstein (Yale University) have confirmed their participation in the
conference as discussants.

Submission Details
Please submit abstracts (up to 500 words) to Olga Voronina and Maria Khotimsky
(; In addition, please
include your contact information, departmental affiliation and a brief CV in
your message. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2010. All
participants will be notified of acceptance by February 10th. To foster
productive discussion and feedback, participants are invited to exchange their
papers prior to the conference, by March 15.  Accommodation and meals are
included in the conference attendance.

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University’s Program in Judaic Studies, Deadline: January 29

Brown University’s Program in Judaic Studies, in conjunction with the Program in Medieval Studies and Departments of Religious Studies and History, seek applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for a term of two years beginning July 2010.

Applicants will have received a PhD within the past five (5) years from an institution other than Brown in the fields of Religious Studies, History, Judaic Studies, or a relevant field.

The successful candidate will study Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.  While the precise area of specialization is open, we are looking especially for candidates whose work cuts across the disciplines of religious studies and history and can place the study of Jews in the Middle Ages within the context of the larger hegemonic cultures in which they lived.

This Fellow will be located in the Program in Judaic Studies and will interact closely with the other sponsoring units and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.  The candidate will participate in weekly fellows’ seminars at the Cogut Center, as well as other relevant activities in a stimulating intellectual environment for interdisciplinary research.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach one (1) course per semester on an agreed topic.

Fellows receive stipends of $52,000 and $54,080 in their 1st and 2nd years, respectively, plus standard fellows’ benefits and a $2,000 per year research budget.  The application deadline is January 29, 2010.

Applicants should send: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of research areas, (4) one short writing sample that is illustrative of the candidate’s research (e.g. an article of a chapter from a dissertation or book), and (5) a statement describing teaching experience, with a few proposed courses (including descriptions and/or syllabi).  Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly.  All materials should be sent to: Chair, Mellon Search Committee, Program in Judaic Studies, Box 1826, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.

Program site:

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Call for Papers: “Urgent Problems of Communication and Culture–10,” Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Deadline: December 20

Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (Russia) is pleased to announce
the Jubilee collection of research articles of international scholars
“Urgent Problems of Communication and Culture – 10” which will be
published in Russia (Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University) in
December, 2009.

We invite scholars dealing with Slavic linguistics to submit their
research papers to be further published. Papers should describe
original work, complete or in progress, that demonstrates insight,
creativity and promise.

All submissions must be sent to greidina [at]
Deadline for submission: December 20, 2009.

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