Department of Education Grants for a) Development of Language Teaching Materials b) Research, Surveys, and Studies Applications, Deadline: January 12

Purpose of Program: The IRS (International Research and Studies) Program provides grants to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.

Priority is given to:

a)Instructional Materials Applications
The development of specialized instructional or assessment materials focused on any of the following seventy-eight (78) languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs):

Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (all dialects), Armenian, Azeri (Azerbaijani), Balochi, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla), Berber (all languages), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano (Visayan), Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Wu), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Georgian, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Lao, Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian), Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Oromo, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (all varieties), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur/Uigur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.

b) Research, Surveys, and Studies Applications.
Research, surveys, or studies relating to current needs for improving internationalization (including foreign language instruction, area studies, and international studies) in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Native American-serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs), or Alaskan Native and/or Native Hawaiian institutions (as defined in Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended).

Deadline: January 12, 2010

For the complete announcement in the Federal Register, please visit: or (PDF)

Golosa Russian Folk Choir Announces First Concert of Season, November 14

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Russian Festival and the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, Golosa (U of C’s Russian folk choir) will perform on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8:00 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The venue will be the Kalamazoo First Congregational Church, a 150-year-old Gothic edifice with a lovely acoustic for a cappella singing.

Golosa will share the bill with Russian Fields, a vocal and instrumental folk ensemble from Pushkin, Russia. Pushkin, a large town outside of St. Petersburg, is best known as the site of the Alexander and Catherine Palaces, one-time royal residences of the Russian tsars. Today, Kalamazoo celebrates its sister-city relationship to Pushkin each fall with a week-long festival of Russian culture. We are proud to be headlining the festival’s opening evening.

Kalamazoo First Congregational Church is located at 129 S. Park Street, on the corner of Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo. Tickets for the concert are $15/adults, $12/seniors, and $5/students, and may be purchased in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket office at (269) 387-2300.

Please visit and for more information and complete schedules for the Kalamazoo Russian Festival and the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

For more information about Golosa, please visit their website:

Money, Markets, and Consumption Workshop: “The World on a Calendar: Coordinating the Global Art Market Through Time, Events, and Location,” November 11

The Money, Markets, and Consumption Workshop presents “The World on a Calendar: Coordinating the Global Art Market through Time, Events, and Location” by Erica Coslor, University of Chicago. The author has provided an abstract which is outlined below.

Time: noon-1:20pm, November 11th. Location: William Rainey Harper Memorial Library (1116 E. 59th St.) Rm 145.


Using the case of the global art market, I suggest the ‘global calendar’ as a way of providing a time and location linked form of coordination. In my research into the contemporary art market, I question how the overall global market is held together: what structures, organizations, events and other elements bring order and coordination to the disparate actors and regions that participate? The answer, I suggest, is a loose form of organization conducted through a calendar of events and happenings, a calendar that runs throughout the world, but is segmented in space and time. Despite the long existence of a ‘global imaginary’ about a world-spanning art market, prior to about 1980, the art market was more of an international, rather than global form, where only a few cities were centers of transnational activity. In the late 1980s, this shifted to a form that spanned much more of the globe, and this ‘market calendar’ is actively growing and recruiting participation from new centers of wealth and artistic activity, such as Beijing and Dubai.  This recruitment of new art market centers is partly strategic, seeking to bring in new money from growing and previously marginalized nations like China, India, and Russia, and there is a corresponding self recruitment as smaller cities attempt to become centers for the arts as a form of economic development. Focusing activity in these new centers for short amounts of time is one way the market calendar is able to accommodate new locations. For example, New York is a year-round center for the art market, but Miami, FL becomes the center of attention for a week in December, during the ArtBasel Miami Beach art fair.  In this paper, I present my theory of the global calendar, with some preliminary results from my initial research, examining the role of art fairs, entrepreneurs, news media, and other coordinating factors.

***Persons with disabilities that require assistance should contact the workshop coordinators: Karen Ellis at ellisk [at] or Craig Tutterow at craigtutterow [at]

Call for Papers (Updated): “Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia,” Deadline: December 15

University of Pittsburgh Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
& Center for Russian and East European Studies present:

Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia

Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference
February 26-28, 2010

Keynote Address: Eagle Glassheim (University of British Columbia)

On the eve of the September 2009 meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, spoke of the “new challenges of the 21st century” as “challenges that have no respect for borders.” Foremost among these Mr. Barroso listed climate change. He prevailed upon the citizens of all prosperous countries to cease gambling over the reality of environmental change and confront this threat with resolve. As he put it: “The time for playing high-stakes poker is over.”

From the city which welcomed the G20 summit, first heard Mr. Barroso’s call for action, and will host the 2010 UN World Environment Day, we raise a call of our own. The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh has committed its seventh annual conference to scholarship which seeks to better understand the complex bonds between human beings and their environments. How have societies imagined the “natural” world and their relationship to it? What role did the environment play in shaping identities and spaces – political, cultural, and social? How have images and conceptualizations of environment shifted and how did such changes affect societies, their economies, politics, cultures, and identities? As sites of dramatic cultural, social and political transformations, Europe and Central Asia offer a vast potential in addressing these questions.

We strongly encourage submissions from the widest range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (and particularly those which cross disciplines) that address the issues of environment, identities, and space, their interplay and the way in which they affect processes in the region. Topics include but are not limited to:
• representations and interpretations in art, literature, geography/cartography, and history
• migration and demography
• policy and controversy
• “alternative voices”: environmentalism and dissident politics
• the shaping of social and cultural identities
• historical legacies of land and resource use
• political violence, war, and ecoterrorism
• energy security, resource management, and cultures of consumption

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs are welcome to submit abstracts, which should be no more than 250 words long. Please submit abstracts, along with an academic CV (limited to two pages) to no later than December 15, 2009. We will contact the authors of accepted abstracts by January 1, 2010.
For the Call for Papers, information on GOSECA, and updated conference information, visit:

ATTENTION: We are pleased to announce that this year we will be offering a limited number of videoconferencing opportunities to confirmed participants who, because of travel limitations, would otherwise be unable to present a paper. Selections will be made at the organizers’ discretion, but participants from Central Asia will receive preference.

Abstract Requirements
Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. All submissions should be in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word format in a standard 12-point font and be double spaced. In order to ensure anonymity during the blind selection process, the body of the abstract should not contain the author’s or authors’ name(s) or other personal identifying information other than the title of the paper. The cover page must include: title of submission, author’s or authors’ name(s), institutional and departmental affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), geographic address(es), and a primary phone number. Although we require all of this information, correspondence will occur mainly via e-mail. An academic CV must also be submitted, but please limit these to two pages.

Paper Requirements
In order to facilitate presentation time limits, and to ensure time for active discussions, paper length will be limited to 8 typed pages, double-spaced, with 12-point font. All accepted participants will be required to submit a copy of the final paper one month prior to the conference.

Registration Requirements
To better promote a meaningful interdisciplinary exchange, participants are expected to attend all panels for the duration of the conference.
Although we cannot provide travel support, we will be happy to arrange housing for the duration of the conference with graduate students.
The registration fee is $25.00, which includes meals. Registration fee must be paid by cash or check at registration on February 26, 2010.

Call for Papers: 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, Deadline: January 15

Meeting Description:

Each Spring scholars with diverse backgrounds and theoretical
perspectives gather for three days of talks and discussion, followed
by our annual CLS banquet. The conference is divided into a Main
Session, comprised of talks on a broad range of linguistic issues, and
one or more Parasessions, comprised of talks on more particular issues
within a sub-field of the discipline. The 46th annual meeting of the
Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 8-10, 2010 at the
University of Chicago. The conference will include a general session
and parassesions devoted to Reevaluating the Semantics-Pragmatics
Interface, Multilingualism, and Probablistic Theories of Grammar.

Main Session
Invited Speaker:
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago

We welcome papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks as well as
from related cross-disciplinary areas. Papers relating to one of the parasession
themes will be given preference.

Reevaluating the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface
Invited Speakers:
Beth Levin, Stanford University
Chris Barker, New York University

This parasession will discuss new approaches to semantics, pragmatics, and their

Invited Speakers:
Anna Escobar, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champagne
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University

This paressesion will discuss multilingualism, including but not
limited to L1 affects on L2, learning in a multilingual environment,
and language contact.

Probabilistic Theories of Grammar
Invited Speakers:
Jason Eisner, John Hopkins University
Jason Riggle, University of Chicago

This parasession will explore issues with probabilistic theories of phonology,
morphology, syntax, and semantics, with topics including parameterization,
estimation, and parsing.

Presentation Format:
Each talk will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for
questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.

Submission Guidelines:
Anyone may submit one abstract as the sole author and a second as co-author, or
two as co-author. All abstracts must be submitted online at

Abstracts must conform to the following specifications:
– PDF format, with filename ”Paper Title” (e.g., The Morphophonemics
of Robojibwe.pdf).
– 12-point font, 1-inch margins.
– Include title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language,
language family, linguistics subfield).
– Abstract may be no more than 500 words in length. Data, keywords,
and references are not included in the final count, but please include
all data in the main text of the abstract. Do not put data on a
separate page. Total abstract (including data and references) should
not exceed 2 pages.
– Author name(s) must not appear on the abstract or file name!
Submissions are anonymized and the author’s name will be associated
with the abstract by the Easy Abstract system.

Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 46 will be evaluated under
a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Friday, January 15,
2010. The authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by late
February 2010.

For questions not answered in this call, please contact us at:

Collegium Civitas: Summer Internship Opportunities in Warsaw, Deadline: April 20

Collegium Civitas is now accepting applications from North American undergraduate and graduate students for the 2010 summer internships (June 1 – July 31). We partner with Warsaw-based organizations seeking ambitious, open-minded, and talented interns. Our unique program offers solid professional experience, optional summer school classes, and many cultural and social events.  If you would like to spend summer 2010 in a dynamic and attractive city, and participate in an interesting and challenging internship, you’ve come to the right place.  Explore the companies on our website, and drop us a line.  If you do not see an institution matching your interests and abilities, we can help.  A professional internship coordinated by Collegium Civitas will make next year’s summer a memorable experience. Internships are in English.

To ensure the quality of your experience, we work closely with your internship mentor at an organization of your choice.  Our staff oversees your placement and progress.  We match the expectations of both parties involved, and monitor the internship throughout its length.  We invite you to peruse our website, and to read about other students’ experiences firsthand.

You do not have to speak Polish to be successful in Warsaw; all our partnering organizations speak English.  While there are no requirements for our program’s participants to speak Polish, we teach it to all interested students to ensure they have greater access to Polish culture, and feel at home while in Warsaw. You can also gain extra academic credits while in the internship program.  Collegium Civitas offers summer school courses in political science, history, sociology and cultural studies.  In most cases, students in our internship program choose to enroll for academic credit, and we finalize the credits’ transfer.

Being a small, private university, Collegium is dedicated to the wellbeing and continuous support of its students.  Join us for summer 2010, and become a member of our community. From the moment you express interest in our program ‘till your departure from Warsaw, we are here to provide support, counsel and company.

To learn more, you can visit our website, and drop us an email with your questions at We invite you as well to visit our US partner’s web-site to learn more about the application process:

Civitas International Professional Internship Programs have a rolling admission policy. Interested students are encouraged to submit their applications no later than April 20, 2010.

Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “‘Surviving’ and the Limits of Experience: Health Anxieties, Obituary Gatherings, and Popular Politics at the Bosnian Market,” November 11

The Medicine, Body and Practice Workshop in conjunction with the Anthropology of Europe Workshop present Larisa Jasarevic (Anthropology):

“Surviving and the Limits of Experience: Health Anxieties, Obituary Gatherings, and Popular Politics at the Bosnian Market”

Discussant: TBA

For a copy of the paper, please email Owen Kohl: owenkohl [at]

Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the coordinators at mbpcoordinators [at] in advance.

Time: 4:30-6pm, November 11. Location: Haskell Hall (5836 S. Greenwood Ave), Rm 101

Grant Funding Opportunity for Dissertation Research on Jewish Studies Topics, Deadline: December 2

Targum Shlishi is awarding four grants of $2,500 each during the 2009-10 academic year for dissertation research on Jewish Studies topics for students based either in the U.S. or Israel. The foundation is now accepting applications for the award.

This is the fourth year that Targum Shlishi has awarded grants for dissertation research. The research subjects of past grantees have included explorations into student satisfaction with day school education, understanding the concept of free will as it relates to a Jewish marriage and get, the philosophy and life of Franz Rosenzweig, and Jewish music literacy.

“Supporting educational initiatives is one of the most important things we do as a foundation. We believe that Jewish education is the key to our future, and to that end, we have funded educational projects across the spectrum over the years, from early childhood to lifelong learning, from programs aimed at students to programs for teacher improvement,” notes Aryeh Rubin, director of Targum Shlishi. “In supporting dissertation research, we are making a statement about the critical importance of Jewish Studies. We believe that funding in this area of inquiry is seriously lacking, and that more dissertations would be produced if there was more financial support for Jewish Studies.”

To apply for a grant, applicants must submit a brief description (up to 1,000 words) of their dissertation topic. The description should include:

* Name, email address, mailing address and phone number
* Name of university presently attending and department of study
* Title of dissertation
* Description of dissertation topic
* Main goal of the research
* Relevance to your field
* Methods used
* Why it is important
* Status of research thus far

In addition to the description of the topic, applicants must also include a paragraph of biographical information describing their educational background, related work, publications, and advisor’s name.

Information should be e-mailed by December 2, 2009 to Judith Dach, Ph.D., education consultant for Targum Shlishi at; any questions should also be addressed to her. After receiving the brief description, Targum Shlishi may contact applicants requesting further information.

For in-depth information about the 2007-08 grants for dissertation support, please visit the initiatives page on Targum Shlishi’s website,

About Targum Shlishi

Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website:

Contact: Judith Dach, Ph.D.
Phone: 954.559.9390
E-mail: judy [at]

“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Film Screening of “After the Velvet Revolution,” November 6

Tom Weidlinger, 1993, 58 mins
This documentary features interviews with seven Czechoslovak ctizens in 1990 and 1991, and again a year or two later to see how they fared after the end of Communism. The film effectively uses the individual stories to give some background on 1968, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the economic consequences of the transition. Because the film was made so soon after the transition, it emphasizes uncertainty. A sense of bewilderment or even betrayal is conveyed by the fact that most of the individuals in the film experienced the idealism and hope of the Velvet Revolution only to find the gritty reality of transition more difficult than they had expected. As Vaclav Havel put it in one of the many pieces of historic footage included in the film, people felt “ambushed by freedom.”

Time: 7pm, November 6.

Location: International House, Coulter Lounge (1414 E. 59th St).

For more information, please visit: