Monthly Archives: November 2009

Call for Papers: “Polish Studies in the 21st Century,” University of Michigan, Deadline: January 15

Polish Studies in the 21st Century
3rd International Conference on Polish Studies
September 16-18, 2010
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies at the University of Michigan welcomes proposals for papers and presentations at the 3rd International Conference in Polish Studies, to be held September 16-18, 2010, in Ann Arbor.

The field of Polish studies in North America has been utterly transformed over the past decade.  There are now more people than ever studying Polish language, literature, culture, history, society, and politics, and the overwhelming majority of them entered the profession after the fall of communism. With this new generation of scholars have come new forms of scholarship. The broad cluster of methodological and theoretical innovations collected under the rubric of Cultural Studies has brought to light a range of previously unexplored topics and introduced to our work a heightened degree of self-reflexivity. Work on gender and sexuality, for example, has not merely introduced new analytical categories and new themes, but shifted the way we understand the broad narratives of Polish history, culture, and society. Although Polonists have a long history of working across disciplinary boundaries, the vectors of interdisciplinarity have been shifting in recent years to bring together perspectives that were not always in dialogue. The moves towards comparative work and a new focus on transnational processes have not so much eclipsed Polish studies as forced us to critically examine the concept of the “Polish Nation” and to re-conceptualize it in more productive ways.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Novel approaches to Polish Studies, in both theory and practice, will be favored over papers that merely attempt to fill “gaps” in available scholarship. Advanced graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file by email to Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2010.

Upon acceptance, attendees at the conference will be asked to contribute a non-refundable registration fee of USD 100. Limited financial assistance is available as needed, though participants are first asked to exhaust resources for conference travel at their home institutions.

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Assistant Professor of Russian Language and Literature, New College of Florida, Deadline: December 4

Assistant Professor of Russian Language and Literature, tenure track

Tenure-track appointment approved for Russian Language and Literature
beginning August 2010. Ability to teach all levels of Russian language
and broad teaching competence in Russian Literature required;
specialization in nineteenth and early twentieth-century prose. Native
or near-native fluency in Russian and English.   Teaching load four
courses per year (2/semester, January term, no summer session), plus
supervision of tutorials, independent study projects, and senior
theses. New College of Florida, the Honors College of the state
university system of Florida, is an innovative liberal arts
institution with 800 students, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast:

Candidates should show evidence of active scholarship, demonstrated
commitment to teaching undergraduates, and ability to teach courses in
translation that contribute to a strong program in Literature that
spans national traditions. Ph.D. in hand or dissertation completed by
the date of appointment. Salary competitive. Send curriculum vitae,
letter of application, three letters of reference, graduate
transcripts, article-length writing sample, three one-paragraph course
proposals (include one language and one literature-in-translation),
and teaching evaluations and/or teaching statement, as well as a video
of a teaching demonstration of a Russian class if available.

Address to:

Dr. Glenn R. Cuomo, Chair, Search Committee, Division of
Humanities, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
34243-2109: Deadline: December 4, 2009 postmark.
Electronic preferred. Applications will be acknowledged. In accordance
with Florida law, a security background investigation is required as a
condition for hiring.  For disability accommodations, contact Daniel
Hernandez a minimum of five (5) days in advance at (941) 487-4360.

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Funding Opportunities through American Council of Learned Societies’ East European Studies Program

The American Council of Learned Societies is proud to announce that we have
revised the guidelines and application instructions for our Title VIII-sponsored
East European Language, Conference and Travel Grants.

For parties interested in applying, deadlines for our programs are as follows:

Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study—January 15, 2010
Language Grants to Institutions for Summer Courses—January 15, 2010
Heritage Speakers Research Grant—January 15, 2010
Conference Grants—January 29, 2010
Travel Grants—January 29, 2010

For further information and to view our revised guidelines and application
instructions, please visit

The funding of the East European Studies Program is appropriated by the U.S.
Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of State under the
Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the
Former Soviet Union Act of 1983 as amended (Title VIII), whose purpose is
the development of expertise in the United States needed for broad knowledge
and analysis of developments in this critical world area.  Support is once again
available from Title VIII for language study and research related to all East
European Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

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Anthropology Department Monday Seminar Series: “A Jewish Sensorium?: “Material Culture and Embodiment in Germany 1890-1930,” November 23



Leora Auslander

Professor of History, Jewish Studies, and the History of Culture
University of Chicago

speaking on

“A Jewish Sensorium?:  Material Culture and Embodiment in Germany 1890-1930”

Monday, November 23, 2009, 3:30 p.m., Haskell 315

Here is some background information:

PhD        1988     Brown University (History)
MA         1982     Harvard University (History)
BA         1979     University of Michigan (History/Medieval Studies)

Current Book Projects:

Strangers at Home: Jewish Parisians and Berliners in the Twentieth Century

Commemorating Death, Obscuring Life?  The Conundrums of Memorialization



2009    Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France. Oxford, Berg, 2008; U California Press 2009

1996   Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France.  University of California Press


2009  “Archiving a Life: Post-Shoah Paradoxes of Memory Legacies,” in Ludtke & Jobs, eds, Unsettling Histories. Frankfurt, Campus Verlag.

2009  “The Boundaries of Jewishness or when is a Cultural Practice Jewish?” Jewish Social Studies, Vol 8:1:  47-64

2005  “Beyond Words,” American Historical Review, 110:4: 1015-1045.

2005  “Regeneration through the Everyday? Furniture in Revolutionary Paris,” in Art History 28:2  227-247.

2005  “Coming Home?  Jews in Postwar Paris,” Journal of Contemporary History, 40:2  237-259

2003 (w/ T. Holt)  “Sambo in Paris: Race and Racism in the Iconography of Everyday Life,” in Peabody & Stovall, eds., The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, Duke U Press.

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Call for Papers: “Alternative Culture,” University of Pittsburgh, Deadline: December 15

Studies in Slavic Cultures IX
Graduate Student Journal

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Call for Papers: Alternative Culture

Studies in Slavic Cultures is accepting submissions for the 2010 issue.

The theme of this issue is “Alternative Culture,” including, but not limited
to topics related to subcultures, marginalized cultures, culture on the
periphery, dissident literature and culture, underground culture, the
culture of prisons and concentration camps, immigrant culture, queer
culture, anti-Soviet culture, or other non-traditional cultures.

We welcome graduate student submissions investigating any aspect of this
topic in relation to literary, visual, performative, and other areas of
contemporary or non-contemporary culture in Russia and Eastern Europe.

The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2009. Queries and submissions
should be sent to Erin Alpert, Hillary Brevig and Olga Klimova at
sisc [at]

Please visit the following link for detailed submission and formatting


SISC is published by members of the Department of Slavic Languages and
Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh, with support from the Center
for Russian and East European Studies. The journal consists entirely of
analytical articles by graduate students, appears annually, runs to
approximately 120 pages, and is devoted to Slavic culture. SISC is an
image-friendly publication, and the editors encourage applicants to submit
visuals to accompany their work. SISC is indexed in ABSEES.

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American Councils Offering New Summer Study Program in Moscow, “Contemporary Russia,” Deadline: February 15

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to
announce an exciting opportunity for summer study in Moscow, Russia. A
five-week program focusing on area studies, Contemporary Russia offers
courses in Russian economics, politics, and culture; all content-based
classes are taught in English by faculty of the State University: Higher
School of Economics, one of Russia’s most prestigious centers for the study
of social sciences.  Program participants receive ten hours per week of
Russian language instruction geared toward their skill level. No prior
knowledge of Russian is required — we can accommodate students of ALL
proficiency levels. Participants are registered for academic credit at Bryn
Mawr College.

Other program features include room and board with Russian families; a
full-time Resident Direct who oversees the program; weekly cultural
excursions; Russian peer tutors; and pre-departure orientation in
Washington, D.C.

Twelve finalists will be selected to receive program funding from the U.S.
Department of Education under the Fulbright-Hays Act.
Finalists will each
receive round-trip international airfare from Washington, D.C., to Moscow,
Russia; housing with a Russian host family or in the Moscow International
University dormitory, including two meals a day; tuition and fees at the
Higher School of Economics; Russian visa; insurance; and academic credit
from Bryn Mawr College. Participants are responsible for the $850
administrative fee; the cost of domestic transportation in the United States
(to from Washington, D.C.); and for incidentals.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be (1) U.S. citizens or
permanent who are currently K-12 teachers of culture, history, or
literature, or (2) U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are graduate
students or rising juniors and seniors at the undergraduate level, and plan
to pursue a career in teaching.

Program dates: June 22, 2010 to July 28, 2010

Application Deadline: February 15, 2010. Applications are available at:

For more information and an application, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522

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Poetry & Poetics Workshop: “Pindaric Temporality in German and Russian Romanticism,” November 23

On Monday, November 23, please join the Poetry & Poetics Workshop for:

Boris Maslov , Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature

who will present for discussion a paper titled:

“Pindaric Temporality in German and Russian Romanticism”

4:30 PM, Rosenwald Hall (1101 E. 58th St.) Room 405

Light refreshments will be provided.

The paper, to be read in advance, may be downloaded from the Poetry & Poetics website:

For more information, please contact Joel Calahan at calahan [at]

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New Course (Winter 2010): “Staging Feelings: Russian Lyrical Poetry in the first half of the 19th Century,” Daria Khitrova

PLEASE NOTE: The days and time for this class have been changed to Mon-Wed from 1:30 to 2:50pm.


Daria Khitrova:

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Slavic Colloquium: “Projecting Inward: Leonid Andreev and the Monochrome Photograph,” November 30

Reischl Poster

Time: 4:30pm, November 30. Location: Foster 103 (1130 E. 59th St.)

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Program Manager Position, Open World Program

Program Manager
Open World Program

The Open World Program is funded by the Open World Center at the Library
of Congress.  The program, through travel of delegations to the U.S.,
aims to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and the Russian
Federation, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.  The goal of the Open World
program is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation
between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a
network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand
exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its
free-market system.

The Program Manager supervises program staff in the Washington, DC
office and coordinates activities closely with program staff in the
Moscow office, travel agency staff, and database management staff.  The
Program Manager also is responsible for regular communication and
reporting to the Open World Center staff and working in cooperation with
American Councils senior management and partner organizations. The
position reports to a Washington, DC-based Vice President.

*    Oversees day-to-day program activity in the DC office, makes program staffing decisions, and supervises seven program staff;
*    Maintains relations with the Open World Center, partner organizations, and U.S. hosts;
*    Works jointly with the Moscow-based program manager to develop and implement a strategy for participant recruitment, selection, and implementation of the program;
*    Works with the Moscow-based Open World manager to articulate program activities overseas and in the U.S.;
*    Articulates program goals and policy to participants, partners, hosts, the public policy community and contractors;
*    Ensures coordination with partner organizations on development of itineraries and placements for participants;
*    Participates in development of participant tracking tools, including databases;
*    Participates in development and implementation of pre-departure orientations, U.S.-based arrival orientations, and other professional programming for participants;
*    Coordinates and oversees financial management, including developing the budget; authorizing and monitoring expenditure of contract funds; and identifying opportunities for cost savings;
*    Monitoring compliance with the contract issued for the program by the Library of Congress;
*    Oversees compliance through SEVIS;
*    Develops written materials, including annual reports and weekly program reports;
*    Coordinates travel and visa support for participants;
*    Oversees maintenance of interpreter recruitment and database;
*    Develops and implements policies and procedures covering a variety of situations, including emergencies.

*    Advanced degree preferred;
*    Familiarity with the Russian political scene and Eurasia;
*    Excellent writing skills;
*    5 years work experience managing international programs;
*    Proficiency in spoken and written Russian;
*    Experience working with leaders from Russia’s political and economic spheres;
*    Experience in preparing budgets and tracking and projecting expenses;
*    Experience living in Russia or other countries of the former Soviet Union;
*    Effective communication and representational skills; and
*    Demonstrated effective organizational and planning skills.

Send letter/resume and salary requirements to HR Department, American
Councils, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, DC  20036.
Fax: 202-572-9095 or 202-833-7523; email:
with job title in the subject line. Affirmative Action / Equal
Opportunity Employer.

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the
support of international research, the design of innovative programs,
and the exchange of students, scholars, and professionals around the
world.  American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over
370, located the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern
Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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