Monthly Archives: March 2010

Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “The Impossible Vanishing Point: Societal Differentiation in Imperial Germany,” March 30

Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield) will present his paper “The
Impossible Vanishing Point: Societal Differentiation in Imperial Germany” in an
extra session of the Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop on Tuesday 30
March from 4:30-6:00 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (224) of the Social
Sciences Buildin
g (1126 E. 59th Street).

Drinks and refreshments will begin at 4:15pm.

For a copy of the paper, please email Kristy Ironside, ironsidek [at]

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Higher School of Economics Summer School 2010, Russia, Deadlines: April 30, May 24

Higher School of Economics Summer School program 2010

The Higher School of Economics is continuously ranked as the leading Russian university in the field of economics, political science, business and management. HSE currently enrolls more than 17000 students at 18 faculties and schools. The university has branches in the major Russian cities: Moscow, St.Peterburg, Nizhniy Novgorod and Perm.

HSE is delighted to announce the Summer School 2010 as two weeks in Moscow and two weeks in St.Petersburg. Studying in both Russian capitals is a unique cultural experience for international students. The program includes:

2 major and 5 optional courses taught in English. Transcript of records with ECTS credits/US grades provided;

  • Russian language courses (optional) for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners;
  • cultural immersion program;
  • master classes from renowned experts and practitioners;
  • program of visits to government bodies, NGOs, leading business companies and mass media;
  • various social actvities;
  • studying in friendly multicultural classrooms

To find out more information on the proposed program, please visit

1st session – 31st May – 27th June 2010, 4 weeks USD 4.200
2nd session – 5th July – 1st August 2010, 4 weeks EUR 3.000
The program fee includes all educational and administrative costs, program excursions and course related trips, reading materials and dormitory. It does not include: airfare, meals, health insurance, visa fee and personal expenses.

Applications for HSE Summer School 2010 are available starting from February 1st 2010. Applications can be made by downloading a paper application form and posting it to us with copy of passport, transcripts, motivation letter and recommerndation letter. We recommend that students apply well before the deadlines since some courses do fill up before then.
Application deadlines are
1st session – April 30th, 2nd session –May,24th.
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Scholarships available for “Jewish Studies–History of Cultures of the Jews,” University of Graz, Deadline: May 17

Call for Applications
8 CJS Scholarships for

“Jewish Studies – History of Cultures of the Jews”

at Graz International Summer School 2010

The Centre for Jewish Studies at Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria)
is inviting M.A. students to apply for CJS scholarships for the lecture
“Jewish Studies – History of Cultures of the Jews” at Graz International
Summer School. The scholarships are provided by “David-Herzog-Funds at
Styrian universities”.

The Graz International Summer School 2010 (part of GUSS – Graz
University Summer School) is going to take place from July 18 until
August 1, 2010 at Graz and the castle of Seggau (Austria). For further
information see:

Scholarship benefits:
The scholarships cover GUSS student contributions (summer school
programme, meals, housing, social programme, printed report).

Applicants must be M.A. students. Applicants must prove that they have
been accepted to participate in the lecture “Jewish Studies” at GUSS.

Application documents:
copy of application for GUSS (lecture Jewish Studies)
confirmation of admission to GUSS (lecture Jewish Studies, might be
handed in later)

letter of intent (450 words minimum)
confirmation of registration at home university

Application documents must be submitted by post to
Dr. Gerald Lamprecht, Centre for Jewish Studies, Attemsgasse 8, A-8010
Graz, Austria

Applications close: May 17, 2010 (date of postmark)

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CEERES/Slavic Colloquium: “Toyen’s Realism,” Malynne Sternstein, April 5

CEERES and Slavic Colloquium invite you to hear Malynne Sternstein (University of Chicago) present “Toyen’s Realism.”

From Prof. Sternstein’s abstract:

The talk will explore Toyen’s anti-war work and make a claim for a full civic engagement in Czech surrealism that was absent in the French version.  The claim involves a new articulation of what “realism” might be in “surrealism”, the “realismus” in Czech “nadrealismus” and jump off the point of the prefix “nad” as opposed to “sur” in the French.  I would also look closely at Toyen’s narrative silence as a bid for plastic vociferation, a clamor beyond the (closed) dialectic that so many advocates—and critics—of surrealism have seen regnant.  This beyond to the surrealist dialectic I see at work in Toyen’s wartime art is for me recognizable as a return of the repressed of realism or, pace Debord, a “détournement” of surrealism in realism.

Time: 4:30pm, April 5.
Location: Foster 106 (1130 E. 59th Street)

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Call for Panel and Paper Proposals: Eleventh Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Conference, Deadline: March 17

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals for the Eleventh Annual CESS Conference, October 28-31, 2010, in East Lansing, MI. The event will be held at Michigan State University, hosted by the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Asian Studies Center. Panels begin Friday morning, October 29, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, October 31.

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.

The program will feature approximately 45 panels and there will also be a supplementary program including a welcome reception on Thursday, a conference dinner and a keynote speaker.

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For complete details, please see the complete Call for Papers ( on the CESS website.

Registration information

The registration fees cover a welcome reception on Thursday and the conference dinner on Friday. The deadline for pre-registration payment (required for all presenters) is August 25.

Fees for 2010 are as follows (figures are in US dollars):

Regular fee members*: $80 $120 (after August 25)
Reduced fee members**: $40 $60 (after August 25)
Non-members: $140 $180 (after August 25)

* “Regular fee members” are those who have paid their annual dues at $60 or $75.

** “Reduced fee members” are those who qualify and have paid for membership at reduced fees.

Panel participants may submit the registration fee at the same time as submitting their proposal form, or at any time before the pre-registration deadline of August 25. We accept payment by 1) cash, 2) check or money order, 3) credit card (see the Credit Card Payment Form (; all payments are in US$). Check and money order payments should be mailed to: Central Eurasian Studies Society, Havighurst Center, Harrison Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA. Please consult the CESS Membership Form ( for full details on methods of payment.

NOTE: CESS does not have funds to support the costs of conference participation, and does not waive the conference fee for participants who cannot afford it. Participants must obtain their own funding — from personal resources, their own institutions, or grant-giving organizations which provide conference travel grants. Some further information about possible sources is available on the conference website.

Further Information

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

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Annual Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) Conference in Kansas City, March 26-28

The Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) will  hold its annual conference in Kansas City, MO at the Marriott Hotel  March 26-28.  This year’s event features two prominent guests:  1)  Russian Poet Evgeni Evtushenko (Poet in Residence at Tulsa  University), who will read his poetry Friday Evening March 26th,  opening the conference.  On Saturday, March 27th, Academic Kostomarov  from Moscow will be the plenary speaker, addressing issues dealing  with Russian Language–his specialization for decades.  This occasion  yearly draws scholars from across the United States as well as from  many European countries (Austria, Ukraine, Russia etc.).  Workshops,  films, exhibits further highlight this amazing attraction.

On-site registration is available.

For more information, and to pre-register, please contact Prof. Mara Sukholutskaya:
Phone: (580) 559-5293
Fax: (580) 436-3329

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Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (ACTR/ACCELS) in Vladimir, Moscow, or St. Petersburg; Deadline: April 1

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS invites
applications for the 2010 -11 Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies
Program (RLASP) in Vladimir, Moscow, or St. Petersburg, Russia.

Applications for the Fall 2010 and Academic Year 2010-2011 programs must be
postmarked by April 1st, 2010.  Visit for more

For over 30 years, American Councils has offered quality-assured, intensive
language study programs in Russia for thousands of students and scholars.
Participants of this program receive approximately twenty hours per week of
in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and
cultural studies. Students greatly benefit from individual attention in our
small classes of 2 to 6 students, and from interaction with host faculty who
have extensive experience in second language acquisition. Additionally,
qualified participants have the opportunity to take courses with Russians at
the local host university in each city as part of our honors program. All
participants receive undergraduate- or graduate-level academic credit
through Bryn Mawr College.

American Councils emphasizes language immersion outside of the academic
program as well.  During the semester, students may take advantage of
volunteer opportunities or internship placements at sites including local
public schools, charity organizations, international businesses, and
international NGOs.  Cultural excursions, discussion groups, and other
extracurricular activities in Russian are offered in each city.  Students
also meet at least two hours a week with peer tutors recruited from the host
university. Finally, most students choose to live with Russian host-families
where they can become fully immersed in the language, culture and cuisine of

American Councils is able to award substantial scholarships to qualified
participants, thanks to significant grant support from the U.S. Department
of Education (Fulbright-Hays) and the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII).
In addition, recipients of FLAS, Boren, Benjamin A. Gilman and university
fellowships frequently apply these funds to study on our programs.

The Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program is offered in the
Summer, Fall, Spring and Academic-Year semesters. Applications are available
on our website:

Application Deadlines:
Summer Program: March 1
Fall/Academic Year: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1

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

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Turkish Language and Literature Lecturer Position, Stanford University

Turkish Language and Literature Lecturer Position Announcement, Stanford

The Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University invites
applications for a two-year renewable lecturer position in Turkish Language
and Literature, beginning September 2010. We are seeking a skilled
instructor with a commitment to a proficiency-based approach to language
teaching at all levels, and an interest in ongoing professional development
in language pedagogy.

Responsibilities include teaching six courses per academic year (i.e. 2
courses per academic quarter), developing a Turkish language and culture
program, and collaborating with other Stanford units in enhancing Turkic
language instruction. The lecturer will teach Turkish language courses as
well as courses that draw on modern literary, social, political, cultural
and/or sociolinguistic topics related to the Turkish language and that are
appropriate to the appointee’s research and expertise.

Applicants must have: 1) native or near-native fluency in modern Turkish; 2)
excellent command of English; 3) extensive experience in teaching modern
Turkish as a second language in a college or university environment; 4) an
M.A. in Turkish studies or an allied field of the humanities. Ph.D. in the
above-mentioned disciplines is highly preferred. A background in literature
is an asset. Command of Ottoman Turkish and/or Turkic languages is highly

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, statement of teaching
philosophy and methodology, curriculum vitae, three letters of
recommendation, course evaluations (if available) and sample course syllabi
to Turkish Language and Literature Search, Stanford University, Department
of Comparative Literature, 450 Serra Mall, Pigott Hall, Stanford, CA
94305-2031.  Email:

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to
increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and
applicants from women and members minority groups, as well as others who
would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching

Review of applications with begin on April 1st, 2010 and will continue until
the position is filled.

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Prague Summer Seminars, University of New Orleans, July 10-August 7

The Division of International Education at the University of New Orleans will is accepting applications for its Prague Summer Seminars program. The University of New Orleans has conducted the Prague Seminars Program for sixteen years in cooperation with prestigious Charles University.

Students enroll in two courses, earning 6 college credits. Classes in Photography, Literature, Music, History, Architecture, Film, and Czech Language are offered.Classes generally meet Monday through Friday, leaving weekends for field trips, individual travel, and personal discovery. Other planned activities include lectures, walking tours, films, dinners, and excursions, most of which are optional. Participants are accompanied by the academic and program directors, who facilitate the program in Prague and on the weekend trips.

Dates: July 10 – August 7
Program Cost: $4,295 (airfare not included), includes tuition and housing and more.

For more information, visit:

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“Everyday Matters: Embodied Life and Experience,” Univ. of Chicago, April 9-10

“Everyday Matters: Embodied Life and Experience”

April 9 and 10, 2010

Call For Papers

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the upcoming conference entitled “Everyday Matters: Embodied Life and Experience”, which is scheduled to take place April 9th and 10th of 2010.   Outside contributors thus far include philosopher Jonathan Rée, anthropologists Margaret Lock and Elizabeth Povinelli, archaeologist Sarah Tarlow, and visual artist Vesna Jovanovic. In addition, we have space for a few additional presentations from University of Chicago students and faculty.

The conference is envisioned as an opportunity to engage in conversations that will push toward domains and issues related to body, materiality, and experience. While a signifying body has long been presumed in anthropology, new inquiries are shifting attention to material bodies and lived experience. Attending to the clinical, carnal, pharmaceutical, spiritual, technological, biomedical, folk and biopolitical techniques and spaces of everyday lived experience, we call for a reimagination of materiality and the reality of “the human” and “life.” What forms of embodiment can we conceive, in practice, historically or in the contemporary moment? If human essence is not presupposed but assumed to be composed in processes that require explanation, how do we imagine experience, shared or otherwise? Asking questions about biology and ontology, perception and agency, the scholarship we seek to present upsets the binary of culture-nature, locating processes of bodily production in the entangled spaces between classical domains. Starting from the premise that bodies and subjectivities are always local, contingent, and historical forms of existence, and inquiring about the spatiotemporality of the “human” and about “life,” this conference leaves the materiality of bodies open to newly imagined empirical projects and invites a rethinking of embodiment via ethnography, archaeology, history, philosophy, literary and visual culture studies.

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length; no papers will be pre-distributed. If you wish to be considered for the conference, please send a title and a one-paragraph abstract to Aaron Seaman ( by Tuesday, March 9.

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