Monthly Archives: January 2010

“Circus Palestina,” Hebrew Circle Film Screening, January 21

Hebrew Circle Film Screening
January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Harper 141
William Rainey Harper
Memorial Library

1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Circus Palestina, Directed by Eyal Halfon, 1998

While on tour in the West Bank, a small circus troupe from Eastern Europe finds that one of its featured attractions — its lion — is missing. The search for the beast draws together an unlikely alliance, but the united effort becomes more complicated as it continues. The film offers the circus and its missing lion as an apt – though far from transparent – metaphor for the political situation in Israel/Palestine. This dark comedy collected five Israeli Film Academy Awards (including Best Film and Best Actor, Amos Lavie). A short discussion will be lead by Professor Na’ama Rokem afterward.

This screening is the first of several screenings organized by the Hebrew Circle and cosponsored by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Daniel Hantman ( | 773.702.7108) with any questions.

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Call for Papers: 5th Moscow Student Conference on Linguistics, Deadline: February 14

CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Moscow Student Conference on Linguistics
DATES: April 3-4, 2010
LOCATION: Independent University of Moscow, Russia


The 5th Moscow Student Conference on Linguistics (MSCL 5) will be held on April 3-4, 2010 at the Independent University of Moscow. Abstracts are solicited from all areas of formal linguistics including but not limited to Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. The key topic of this year’s conference is “Scrambling, Free Word Order and Related Phenomena.” While submissions on the conference’s key topic are especially encouraged, all other abstracts will be given equal consideration.


John F. Bailyn
Zeljko Boskovic
Norvin W. Richards


Abstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins. Only abstracts from students (i.e., those not having defended a PhD by the submission deadline) will be considered. Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2010. Note that submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. To submit an abstract send an e-mail to the conference e-mail with a PDF-copy of your abstract attached to the message. Include the following information in the body of the message:

title of the paper
name(s) of author(s)

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the conference e-mail.


Independent University of Moscow
French Russian Poncelet Laboratory
Moscow State University

Please note that the working language of the conference will be English.

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Short-term Travel Grants (STG) Program, IREX, Deadline: February 2



IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program

STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in  up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The STG application is now available online at:

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2010.

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible to apply for the STG Program.
In addition to the pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term Travel Grant also provides:

International coach class roundtrip transportation
A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
Travel visas
Emergency evacuation insurance
Field office support

Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

STG is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

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International Studies Summer Institute (for Teachers), Indiana University

International Studies Summer Institute
Indiana University
July 7-15, 2010   ***NEW DATES***

Indiana University’s 15th annual International Studies Summer Institute for teachers of grades six and above will take place *JULY 7-15, 2010* (NEW DATES!!! One week only!).

What:  U.S. teachers, grades 6 and up, join colleagues from around the world to explore the complex and interrelated topics of global food security, international trade and economics, and global migration issues.  Teachers exchange views with international experts through a variety lectures, simulations, panels, and interactive communication technologies, as well as address methods for integrating global issues into their own classes.  Special events include evening cultural experiences of film, food, and music.   The program concludes with an international banquet.

Why:  As a result of ever-increasing global interdependence and the extraordinary political, economic, social, and technological changes taking place throughout the world, the need for clear, innovative thinking about global issues has never been greater. With major programs for the study of all the major world regions, IU is uniquely qualified to offer international studies institutes of the highest quality.

Details:  Teachers receive free resources on a memory stick, certification for professional education credits, and may elect to earn education graduate credits at in-state tuition rates.  Participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  A $200 registration/technology fee is required and covers all costs – see  website for further details.

For more information:  Visit the International Studies Summer Institute website: , or email

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Avant-Gardes exhibit in Regenstein Library

CEERES is grateful to June Farris, the Regenstein Library’s Bibliographer for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, for mounting “The Historical and New Avant-Gardes of Eastern Europe: Bookends of the 20th Century” exhibit to go along with our upcoming symposium, “New Histories of Modern Art: the East European Avant-Gardes,” which will take place at the Franke Institute from February 4-6, 2010.

Here is an excerpt from Farris’s introduction to the exhibit:

“The political and cultural turmoil of the 20th century’s first decades is mirrored in that of its last. The historical avant-garde, from its myriad definitions and “isms”—Dadaism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Surrealism–to its diverse manifestations in art and culture, as well as its legacy in modernism and post-modernism, has yielded limitless interpretations by the artists and architects, writers and poets, dramatists and filmmakers who have created its works. It has also provided equally infinite topics for discussion and debate among the critics and historians who have attempted to interpret and contextualize its concepts and legacies. Within the vastness of this literature, the discussion of East European avant-gardes in particular is a relatively new, but a quickly growing area of interest.”

The exhibit will run through March 2010.

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Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “Gypsies/Roma in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe,” February 18

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop will host Elena Marushiakova and Veselin Popov of the Bulgarian Academy of Arts & Sciences at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop on February 18.

They will present Gypsies in the region – starting from the question: Who are the Gypsies? Discussion will center on: 1) The multidimensional identity structure of the Gypsies, 2) Characteristics of Gypsy communities 3) Mosaic of Gypsy groups in the region (they will show some visual illustrations of various Gypsy groups with some examples of their musical traditions).

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Call for Submissions: “Between Big Brother and the Digital Utopia: e-Governance in Post-Totalitarian Space ,” Deadline: May 21

Digital Icons no 3 – Call for Submissions
Between Big Brother and the Digital Utopia: e-Governance in
Post-Totalitarian Space

Deadline: May 1, 2010 Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and
Central European New Media
<>’s third issue
invites submissions on all aspects of new media use in the region, as well
as submissions on the topic of e-governance that will form the cluster of
the issue.The use of information and communications technology to overcome
traditional difficulties associated with the interaction of the state and
its citizens represents a double-edged sword in post-totalitarian space. For
many, the coming of digitised governance heralds an end to needless
bureaucracy, countless hours wasted in queues, and access to hitherto
unavailable government services. For others, however, the expansion of the
state into the virtual realm is a harbinger of a dystopian future where the
panopticon is always watching, and even the most private thoughts of
citizens are monitored and recorded by the state. This issue of *Digital
Icons* aims to examine the inherent tension between these two extremes. We
are interest in research exploring the evolution and impact of e-governance
in the Russian Federation and other post-Soviet states; however, we also
invite submissions on digitised government in post-Communist Central Europe
(Poland, Bulgaria, etc.), as well as comparative essays on other countries
(particularly the People’s Republic of China) that include analysis of
states within the former Soviet bloc. While articles on e-governance will
form a thematic cluster in this issue, submissions on other topics are
encouraged, too.

This message serves as a call for submissions – the deadline for which is
May 1, 2010. For more information, including a more extensive thematic
outline, guidelines and contact information, please visit the
on our website <>, or

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Russian Cultural Events in Chicago this Week

Saturday, January 16 at 6pm:
Old New Year Celebration!
Старый Новый Год!

Enjoy a four-course meal plus dessert at Crepe Bistro (186 North Wells Street) and celebrate the (old) new year!
Tickets are $40.
RSVP by January 14 to
More details (in Russian) available at:

Saturday, January 16 at 9pm:
Discoteka Avariya
Congress Theater (2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue)
Call (773)816-1041 for more information or visit:

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Slavic Colloquium: “Religious Poetry, Secular Readership, and Petrine State: (Re)reading Lomonosov’s ‘Ode Paraphrased from Job’,” January 13

Ospovat Poster

Kirill Osopovat presenting.

Time: 4:30pm, January 13. Location: Foster 305 (1130 E. 59th Street).

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Russian Overseas Flagship Program, American Councils, Deadline: January 15

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS would like to
remind all students of Russian that the application deadline for 2010-11
Russian Overseas Flagship Program in St. Petersburg is January 15, 2010.

Russian Overseas Flagship Program, an essential component of The Language
Flagship, prepares U.S. students to be able to communicate in Russian at the
highest levels of functional proficiency.  The Program offers about twenty
hours per week of intensive language training and tutoring as well as content
courses for credit or audit in any major at St. Petersburg State University
alongside Russian students.  The Program features focused instruction in small
groups (5-6 students), classrooms equipped with SMART Boards, and a
comprehensive textbook specially designed for Flagship students by American
and Russian second language acquisition specialists.  Each student is assisted
by a peer tutor.  Two administrative staff provide 24/7 onsite logistical
support to students.  All participants receive academic credit through Bryn
Mawr College.

Russian Overseas Flagship enhances its curriculum through a careful
combination of classroom instruction with language immersion outside of the
academic program.  The Program includes bi-weekly guided excursions in and
around St. Petersburg, and discussion clubs.  All students complete at least
one semester-long internship (one day per week) with local government and
business organizations, charity foundations, NGOs, and cultural institutions.
Finally, all students live with Russian host families where they can become
fully immersed in the language, culture and cuisine of Russia.

American Councils is able to provide partial financial aid to qualified
participants, thanks to significant grant support from The Language Flagship,
the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) and the U.S. Department
of State (Title VIII). In addition, many students also apply Boren Awards and
other academic grants to study on Russian Overseas Flagship Program.

For more information and application form, please contact:
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

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