Summer Research Assistantships, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Deadline: March 31


The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum supports scholarship in the field of Holocaust studies; promotes the growth of Holocaust studies at North American universities and the development of strong relationships between American and foreign scholars of the Holocaust; and seeks to ensure the ongoing training of future generations of scholars specializing in the Holocaust.

The Center is now accepting applications for graduate student summer research assistantships. Recipients will participate with the Center’s staff scholars in cutting-edge research and publication projects relating to key areas of Holocaust scholarship. Sample projects may include writing and editing for the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945; research and translating for the Center’s archival source series on Documenting Life and Destruction; and preparing in-depth studies and reports about the archival collections of the International Tracing Service, among others.

Recipients will gain experience in conducting archival and/or library-based research, translating and organizing selected archival sources for publication, and writing and editing texts under the supervision of the Center’s scholars. In addition to their involvement in these research projects, recipients will participate in the broad range of scholarly and public education programs offered by the Museum during the summer months.


Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to a graduate degree program at a North American college or university. The Center is unable to provide visa assistance for non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must have basic knowledge of the Holocaust, experience in conducting archival or library research, and the ability to work as part of a team. In addition to English, fluency in one or more of the following languages is desired: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovak, and Croatian. Each assistantship will last for up to three months during the May-August timeframe. Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,500/month. The Center will also provide funds for one roundtrip airline ticket to and from Washington, D.C. for travel within North America.

Application Procedure

All application materials must be submitted in English and consist of an application form, resume, personal statement of no more than two single-spaced pages, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to his or her qualifications. The personal statement should explain the significance of the assistantship to the applicant’s professional and/or academic goals, and the contributions the applicant’s skills and interests could make to the Center’s research and publication projects.

Visit the Museum’s website at to download an application form.

Application materials must be received by March 31, 2010.
All applicants will be notified of selection results by the end of April 2010.

Application materials should be sent to Traci Rucker, Program Coordinator, Visiting Scholar Programs, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, via e-mail at or fax at 202-479-9726. For inquiries, e-mail or call 202-314-7829.

Information about Museum and Center resources can be found at

Call for Papers: Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference, Ankara, Turkey; Deadline: February 26

Call for Papers

Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference (2010)

Dates: July 29-30, 2010

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) announces that its second regional conference will be held the summer of 2010 in Ankara, Turkey. Conference registration is open to the public. For more information, see the information on CESS’s website:

Those wishing to present a paper at the conference are welcome to submit a proposal in accordance with the guidelines below.

Conference dates: 29-30 July 2010

Conference host and location: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (

The program will feature approximately 20 panels in sessions running from Thursday morning through Friday evening. There will also be a reception for conference attendees on Thursday, 29 July and organized tours for conference participants (for an extra fee).

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. However, each panel will take place in a single language and no translation will be provided.

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some preference in the selection process. Panels should take place in a single language, either Russian or English. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant. CESS members wishing to organize panels are encouraged to use the Central Eurasian Scholars Network to make contact with interested colleagues.

Please note that due to a high level of interest in CESS conferences and the small size of the program, we anticipate that the selection of papers will be extremely competitive. We encourage all who hope to attend to consider working with colleagues to arrange a pre-organized panel, as this will improve your chances of acceptance.

Submission of Proposals
The Conference Committee only accepts ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS – please fill out the web form for a panel or individual paper proposal at: Those who don’t have access to the website may contact us at and we will e-mail the submission forms in MS Word format.

The following information is required for submissions; we suggest that you prepare the text before accessing the website so you can simply paste the information into the form (but do not send it without the form!):

FOR PAPER PRESENTERS: 1) Name, 2) Current institutional affiliation, 3) Title/position, 4) E-mail, 5) Postal address, 6) Telephone, 7) Fax, 8 ) Title of Paper, 9) Abstract of Paper (a summary of the paper of 200-300 words in Russian or English; abstracts longer than 300 words may be rejected) 10) Any audio-visual equipment requests (specify — e.g., overhead projector, slide project, video player), 11) A brief, one-page CV or biographical statement which contains the information which the panel chair may require for introductions, and includes the presenter’s educational background (highest degree, year awarded, awarding institution,
and field of study).

FOR PANELS: Proposals may be submitted for regular panels (with presentation of scholarly papers) and roundtable panels (featuring discussion of a current topic in the field).

Regular panels MUST have three or four paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. In addition to the information for each of the paper presenters on the panel (as indicated above), the following are also required: a) a title for the proposed panel, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair and discussant.

Roundtable panels are NOT for formal papers but for discussion and must have between three and six presenters and a chair (no discussant is required). As roundtables are oriented towards a more informal discussion, no paper proposal is expected from roundtable panelists, but please provide information for each of the presenters on the panel (as indicated above, with the exception of an abstract), as well as a) a title for the proposed roundtable, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair.

Panels should be formed to work in just one language (either Russian or English).

Only complete panels with a full set of panelists, a chair, and a discussant (for regular panels) will be considered for acceptance. If a panel or roundtable as proposed does not include a full complement of panelists, the panel may be wait-listed until it is complete. Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and may be organized/sponsored by a scholarly organization (optional).

The deadline for proposals is February 26, 2010. Please do not submit your proposal until it is complete. In the case of panels, this means having complete information on all panelists. Once your paper or panel proposal information is complete, please fill out the appropriate webform, available at:

SPONSORED PANELS: CESS encourages other institutions supporting the study of Central Eurasia, such as regional scholarly associations, to organize “sponsored panels” at the CESS conference — i.e., panels organized by the sponsoring institution, involving their members and receiving their imprimatur.

Commitment to Participate:
By submitting a proposal, you are indicating your serious intention to participate in the conference — including your commitment to take the necessary steps to obtain any required visa or funding — unless prevented by circumstances out of your control. You will be asked to confirm your commitment in May after your proposal is accepted and all participants will be required to have their membership in good standing and their conference registration fees paid by 1 July or they will be removed from the program. Exceptions will be made only in cases where transfer fees make the pre-payment of registration fees prohibitively expensive. All requests for exceptions to the pre-payment rule must be made to by 1 July.

Please also note that CESS policies do not allow papers to be read in absentia. Presenters who do not attend the conference will have their papers removed from the final program.

Because withdrawal after the program has been put together is very disruptive, harms the quality of panels, and prevents us from including people in the program who would indeed be able to attend, CESS rules stipulate that those who withdraw after 1 July without a good reason are barred from participating in the conference the following year. After 1 July, no registration fees can be refunded. Those who fail to appear at the conference without notice to the Conference Committee will be considered “no-shows” and will be barred from participating for the next two years.

E-Mail Contact:
Since all communication with prospective participants are via e-mail, and we will require your confirmation of participation in April after proposals are accepted and again in June when all of your visa and travel arrangements should be in place, it is vitally important that you make sure we always have an e-mail address that will reach you. If we lose contact with you after your proposal is accepted, you will be dropped from the program, will be counted as a “no-show”, and will not be able to participate in the conference.

Program Limitations:
No participant may present more than once at the conference, including roundtable presentations. A presenter may give one paper and serve as a discussant or chair, however. Without special justification, the program committee will not schedule any individual to appear on more than two panels as a presenter or discussant.

Schedule of Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Friday, 26 February, 2010.
Note: Submissions after this date may be accepted only in the case of special justifying circumstances and at the discretion of the program committee.

Notification of acceptance: by April 30.

The Conference Committee will provide, upon request, mailed or faxed invitation letters to support an application for a visa or travel funds; these will be sent in the second half of June.

Deadline for payment of pre-registration, withdrawal from the program, and notification of audio-visual requests: July 1.

Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants: by 14 July.

Paper presenters will be informed via e-mail in the middle of May of the e-mail addresses of their panel’s chair and discussant, to whom they should send their papers by the deadline.

Conference: 29-30 July 2010

Arrival to Ankara is on the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 July. Registration opens in the afternoon. Panels begin Thursday morning, 29 July, and continue through Friday morning, 30 July. There will be a reception on the evening of 29 July.

Each conference presenter is required to have a current CESS membership. To join CESS or check on the status of your membership, go to

Payment of registration fees IS REQUIRED in advance for everyone attending the conference. The fee covers a reception on Thursday. The fees are as follows:

Registration fee: For regular fee attendees: $80US for CESS members/$100US for non-members
Registration fee for scholars residing in Central Eurasia:   $50US for CESS members/$70US for non-members

Note: citizens of Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching outside of the region as well as citizens of non-Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching in Central Eurasia are considered regional scholars.

Registration fees for presenters must be paid by July 1. After this date, any presenter who has not paid the fee or has not specifically requested to pay on-site will be REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.

Travel and Accommodations
There will be on-campus accommodation which includes guest houses and dormitories.  On-campus lodging is only 10-15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue. The price for a single room will be approximately 24 USD and for a double room 30 USD.  The place is very clean and comfortable with wireless internet access.  The guest houses also offer breakfast with an extra fee and there are food halls near dormitories. A large food court is available on-campus.

Another option is hotels nearby and at the city center for those who would not like to stay on campus. Ankara has very nice hotels with a wide range of prices.The rates of the hotels are much higher than that of the on-campus accommodation. The average is between 50-150 Euros per nights including the breakfast.

Virtually all informational questions about the conference can be answered by consulting the above-mentioned web pages. If you don’t have web access, or if you don’t find the answer to your questions there, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at

Administrative Assistant Position, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of
New Jersey seeks a motivated, highly organized person to assist with
administrative work in its Department of Russian and Soviet Art. The Russian
art holdings of the Zimmerli Art Museum cover the period from the 16th
century to the present, and comprise in total more than 22,000 objects.  The
department is home to 4 to 6 graduate fellows, and is a research facility
accommodating 10 to 12 international visiting scholars each year. The
Department of Russian and Soviet Art maintains active files on more than
1000 artists, and a research library of over 2000 volumes. Each year the
department is responsible for producing up to 4 exhibitions and 2 to 3 major
publications, and supports loans of about 40 objects to the world’s leading

Job Description

Provides administrative support by creating an organized office workflow and
by assisting with coordination of programs, exhibitions, and publications.
Assists with the department’s correspondence, maintains the department’s
library, updates mailing lists, schedules and accommodates visiting
scholars. Coordinates the preparation and distribution of didactic
materials. Collects, verifies, and processes factual data, such as catalogue
and caption information. Coordinates and serves as a liaison with other
museum departments and the general public. Is responsible for logistics of
openings, conferences, and other exhibition-related events. Provides
assistance with finances, budget planning, and monitoring. Prepares and
oversees financial documents, such as invoices, contracts, reimbursement
requests, and purchase orders.

Job Requirements

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field, or an equivalent
combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates knowledge and
understanding of office administration, organization, coordination,
facilitation, bookkeeping, and/or report writing. Requires good
communication skills, computer literacy, and a strong attention to detail.
Knowledge of Russian language and culture is strongly preferred; previous
experience in a cultural or educational institution is desired.

To Apply

Please visit

Call for Chapter Contributors: “Citizenship, Democracy, and the University,” Deadline: March 1

Call for Chapter Contributors
Citizenship, Democracy, and the University: Theory and Practice in Europe and North America

Jason A. Laker, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada
Kornelija Mrnjaus, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Concepción Naval, Universidad de Navarra, Spain

There are a number of issues and debates surrounding notions of citizenship, including how civil society prepares its population or particular sub-populations for engaged democratic participation.  This is further complicated by diverse views about individual and national identities, immigration, and policies and debates of accommodation versus assimilation.  As globalization continues to blur individual, institutional and national boundaries, there are calls from and to multiple sectors to articulate productive methods for achieving the ideals of democracy and social cohesion.

This text is intended to contemplate the role and methods of post-secondary/tertiary sector educational institutions in preparing citizens for meaningful participation in democracies, whether long-standing, young or emerging.  We expect to organize the text in four sections, the first of which contains conceptual frameworks and methods for citizenship education; and each of the other three corresponding with regional issues and practices in Western Europe,  Eastern Europe, and North America.  We are interested in how post-secondary/tertiary sector institutions are implicated in, but not necessarily leading efforts.  As such, chapters may focus on particular approaches within a college or university, or may discuss how the efforts or issues of a different sector (e.g. schools, NGOs, businesses, governments, communities) hold implications for colleges and universities.

This interdisciplinary English-language text is being developed for use within graduate and professional degree programs whose graduates will become the next generation of those tasked with building, strengthening and/or maintaining the institutions and ideals underpinning democratic societies.  As well, the text must be accessible as a useful reference for leaders and policy makers.  Individual chapters are anticipated to be 6000-8000 words.

Interested contributors are encouraged to inquire with questions.  Proposals of 1-3 pages should be sent via email attachment (in Microsoft Word or PDF), in English containing a draft title, abstract, and outline; along with a current CV or résumé to by Tuesday, March 1st, 2010.

European Spring Institute 2010 on the Future of Europe, Final Deadline: March 8

The Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku – CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Spring Institute 2010 (ESI 2010) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

Where? Prague, Czech Republic

When? March 27 – April 3, 2010

Who? Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku – CPVP) has teamed up to organize the tenth institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2010).

Why? The European Spring Institute 2010  is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

What is it about? The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2010 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website to discover all the details about the ESI2010. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

We also suggest students to submit their applications by the Early Bird Application Deadline of February 22, 2010. The Final Deadline is March 8, 2010.

Should you have any questions regarding the ESI2010 and/or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

European Spring Institute 2010
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605
Fax: +420 281 930 584

“New Histories of Modern Art: The East European Avant Gardes”, CEERES Conference, February 4-6

Mark your calendars for CEERES’ upcoming conference, “New Histories of Modern Art: The East European Avant Gardes” to be held February 4-6 at The Franke Institute for the Humanities at the Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th Street).

The keynote address, “Another History of Modern Art,” will be delivered by Steven Mansbach (University of Maryland) on Thursday, February 4 following the opening remarks, 5pm-7pm.

From the conference website (

In light of recent scholarship and new critical methodologies that have invigorated the study of modern and contemporary art from Eastern Europe, the organizers think it timely to reconsider both the classical avant-garde period and the subsequent neo-avant-gardes. Rather than rehearse scholarship from the 1970s through the 1990s that first addressed the interwar period in Eastern Europe, it is important to question the historiographical assumptions (and the scholarship based on them) in light both of the second avant-gardes from the post-1989 era and of the emergent approaches of visual studies that have reconfigured the practice of art history in the museum and the university. Thus we are organizing this symposium to highlight new perspectives and stimulate lively debate. Toward this objective, the program accommodates both informal discussion and a formal set of presentations. The topics suggested and those invited to address them are intended to prompt new thinking and promote vibrant exchange rather than to shore up established positions or consolidate accepted views. Bringing together younger and senior scholars and museum and academic professionals, as well as art and architectural historians from Europe and the United States, to address the varied avant-gardes in and from Eastern Europe will afford a breadth of viewpoints and an exchange of perspectives that can lead to genuinely new histories of modern art.

The conference will be organized in four sessions with adequate time for discussion in each. On the first day, both the morning and afternoon sessions will treat the general theme of “New States, New Realities, New Art” by looking at Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the Western Balkans, and the Baltic States. A broad range of visual media will be covered, including architecture and planning, painting, sculpture, photography, the graphic arts, and visual poetry. The second day begins with a session devoted to “New Avant-Gardes, New Modernisms, New Arts?”, which will treat the neo-avant-gardes that emerged in the wake (or in anticipation) of the political events ca. 1989-91 in Southeastern Europe, Poland, and Russia. Many of these developments reprised, adapted, or explicitly rejected the styles, ideologies, and social implications of the earlier avant-garde movements from various regions in Central and Eastern Europe. The afternoon session will be devoted to a round-table discussion that will range over and attempt to rethink the entire history of the twentieth-century avant-gardes from the region as a whole.

*All sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held at The Franke Institute for the Humanities at the Regenstein Library; 1100 E. 57th St.; Chicago, IL

The agenda can be found here:

Upcoming Russian Cultural Events (January 25-February 1)

January 29, 8pm at the Evanston Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL:

Larisa Dolina Concert (Концерт Ларисы Долиной)
Old favorites, new hits, ballet, orchestra, all LIVE music…Don’t miss the most unforgettable show of the season!



January 30, 6pm, Computer System Institute, 8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL:

An Evening with Yuriy Norshteyn (Вечер-салон с Юрием Норштейном)
Come out for a chance to meet award-winning Russian animator Yuriy Norshteyn. Clips from his work will be shown, including scenes from his current project, Gogol’s “The Overcoat.”
Admission is $20.
For more information, please visit:


January 30, 7pm, Театральная Гостинная, 615 Academy Dr. Northbrook, IL:

Igor Kuzmin Concert (Концерт Игоря Кузьмина)
Tickets $20
For more information, visit:

Screening of “Colonel Wolodyjowski,” January 28

Films on the Ottoman Empire

Pan Wolodyjowski / Colonel Wolodyjowski
Poland, 1969. Director: Jerzy Hoffman
based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz

with an introduction by

Dr. Joanna Kurowska-Mlynarczyk
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Hakan Karateke
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
January 28, 2010; 5:30 pm.

“Chekhov’s Shorts,” Saint Sebastian Players in Chicago, February 19-March 14



CHICAGO—The Saint Sebastian Players invite Chicago audiences to experience the fun side of one of the world’s most respected playwrights with its second production of the 2009–10 season, “Chekhov’s Shorts.” The performances, which include 10 short Chekhov comedies filled with farce, parody and slapstick, including one world premiere adaptation, run February 19–March 14, 2010 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago.

On the program are a range of well-known and rarely performed Chekhov plays, including /The Celebration/, /The Perils of Tobacco/, /The Power of Hypnotism/, /Swan Song/, /The Proposal/, /The Wedding/, /Drama/, /The Man in a Case/,/ The Bear/ and a world premiere adaptation of a Chekhov short story, /The Only Way Out/, by Jack Phillips, who also directs.

SSP company member John Oster, who directed last season’s /The Real Thing/, is producing artistic director for “Chekhov’s Shorts.” In addition to Phillips, directors include SSP company member Renae Stone and David Fehr, Aaron Henrickson, David Knoell, Elizabeth Lovelady, Steven Murray, James Palmer and Ryan Washabaugh. Cyd Smilie is set designer, Mansie O’Leary costume designer, Mike Ashenbach is lighting designer and Al Cerkan is stage manager.

SSP’s 2009–10 season concludes with the musical /Nunsense/ with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, directed by SSP member Kelly Rhyne, April 30–May 23, 2010. **

“Chekhov’s Shorts” runs February 19–March 14, 2010 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield just west of Ashland, in Chicago. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a preview performance on Thursday, February 18 at 8 p.m. Free parking is available in two lots. Full-priced single tickets are $15, $10 for students with valid IDs and $7 for seniors and children younger than 12. Group rates also are available. SSP also is participating in the League of Chicago Theatres’ Theater Thursdays with a special performance in celebration of Chekhov’s 150th birthday on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. Audience members will enjoy dinner, a presentation by producer John Oster, the performance and a post-show Q&A with the actors. Tickets for this special event are $25.

All programming is subject to change. For information and tickets, call 773-404-7922 or visit