Monthly Archives: April 2010

Georgian Intensive Language Workshop (Beginning Level) in Borjomi, Georgia, June 14-24

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* The Georgian Intensive Language Workshop: Beginning Level * <>

Started by Brita Ericson, Information and Outreach Officer at American Councils for International Education

A 10-Day Immersion Georgian Language Course in Borjomi, Georgia

Program dates: June 14-24, 2010 (with arrival in Borjomi on June 13, and departure following classes on the afternoon of June 24)

Program features include:
• 5 hours of intensive instruction per day (3 hours per day of grammar and 2 hours per day of vocabulary and conversation – 50 hours total)
• Housing with a local host family and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
• Logistical support from American Councils office and local coordinator in Borjomi
• Round-trip transportation from Tbilisi to Borjomi
• Excursion on the intervening Sunday, June 20
• Certificate of Program Completion from American Councils



Applicants will be required to complete a bio-data form and to confirm participation by making a deposit of $100 by credit card or wire transfer to the American Councils office in Washington, DC by the application deadline date. Final payment should be made by the same mechanisms by the program start date.

For more information and an application, please contact:
American Councils for International Education:ACTR/ACCELS
Chavchavadze Ave. 27/29, Tbilisi, GEORGIA

Telephone: (995-32) 292106
Email: <>
Website: <>
By Brita Ericson, Information and Outreach Officer at American Councils for International Education

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Russian Studies Lecturer Position, UNC-Greensboro, Deadline: May 5

UNCG is looking for a Russian Studies lecturer (PhD preferred) with established classroom credentials, near-native fluency in Russian, expertise in teaching at all levels in a student-centered language program, ability to cooperate in the development of campus-wide Russian Studies program, including the development of large enrollment courses in Russian literature and culture and a strong interest in promoting Russian Studies at UNCG. Starting date:   August 2010. To apply, send cover letter, vitae, teaching portfolio and transcripts by May 5 to:  Dr. Kathleen Macfie, Director of Russian Studies and Search Chair, MHRA 1121, PO Box 26170, UNCG, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

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High School Russian Teacher Position, Noble Street College Prep (Chicago)

Noble Street College Prep is looking for a full time high school teacher to instruct a first year mixed course in Russian language, culture and history. The idea candidate would be able to effectively teach elementary Russian language skills as well as critical thinking skills regarding the history and culture to students of all ability levels. Additionally, the ability to relate positively to teenagers and manage a classroom is a must, as is enthusiasm for all things Russian and the ability to create engaging lessons. The school is a charter, so a teaching certificate for Illinois is not necessary. Noble Street is a non-selective enrollment school. Students would be 11th graders.

Interested candidates should apply online at (select Noble Street College Prep and the position of ‘Russian Teacher’ will be listed). Noble Street’s principal, Bill Olsen, is in charge of hiring.
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One-year Postdoc Position in Jewish Studies, Ohio University, Deadline: May 20

Ohio University invites applicants for a one-year postdoctoral teaching fellowship in Jewish Studies/Jewish History. Research specialization is open. Successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his or her field but covering a broad chronological range, as well as a core course in Jewish Studies. They will also contribute to the development of a growing Jewish Studies Certificate program. Ph.D. expected by September 2010. We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Send letter of application by May 20, 2010, vita, three recent letters of reference and any supporting teaching materials including teaching evaluations, to Professor Marvin Fletcher, Jewish Studies Search, Department of History, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979.

Applicants must submit quick application at

The successful candidate will be required to complete Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Department website:

Original posting:

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Alash Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble performing at UChicago, April 27

Time: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location: Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club (1212 East 59th Street, Hyde Park, Chicago)

Free and Open to the Public
Recommended $5 donation at the door
Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing and the traditional percussion and string instruments of Tuva. What is throat singing? Imagine a booming bass overlain with layers of lyrical melodies and whistling harmonics, from a single human voice! Then, combine that with thumping percussion and string rhythms.

Persons with disabilities should contact the Office of Programs and External Relations at 773-753-2275
Sponsored by the Central Asian Studies Society, the Student Government Finance Committee, the University of Chicago Arts Council, and WHPK.

For more information about Alash, please visit:

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Call for Papers: “Between History and Past: Soviet Legacy as the Traumatic Object of Contemporary Russian Culture,” Deadline: June 1

Call for Papers


Workshop at the University of Sheffield (UK), 30-31 October 2010

The workshop will address the relationship between contemporary Russian
culture and Russia’s Soviet past, the relationship characterized by profound
ambiguity. Almost two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union Russian
society and culture is increasingly dependent on its Soviet heritage, which
is upheld and rejected, often simultaneously, in practically all fields of
symbolic production, from state ideology to architecture, from elitist
literature to mass culture. The aim of the workshop is to navigate the array
of discourses in order to trace the ways in which Soviet past functions not
as a self-contained object, however complex and ambiguous, but rather as a
space of projections, displacements and symbolizations, as a symptom whose
affective charge betrays the urgency of its underlying problematic.

The main impetus behind the workshop is to look at the Soviet past through
the traumatic contradictions of the present. Contemporary Russian culture is
suspended between the unstable historical narrative of the new nation’s
emergence from the ruins of the USSR and the legacy of Soviet culture, whose
models, revolutionary or Stalinist, no longer work. The resultant
impossibility of symbolic structuration creates a tangible traumatic void at
the core of contemporary Russian culture which its subjects try to fill with
their inconsistent, emotional, and ideologically charged interventions.
Whether praised or vilified, likened to the present of contrasted with it,
the Soviet past is influenced by Russia’s current predicament in no lesser
degree than it itself influences Russia’s present.

We invite papers from an open variety of disciplines that will be neither
purely historical (i.e., tracing the actual historical transformation of
Soviet culture into contemporary Russian one) nor purely immanent (i.e.,
approaching the Soviet past as a fantasmatic image pertaining to the Russian
present) but rather address the gap between historical genealogies and
immanent perceptions, the gap conditioned by the traumatic impossibility to
merge narratives of Russian history and the fantasmatic visions of the
Soviet past.

The workshop will be coordinated with Russian Aviation and Space: Technology
and Cultural Imagination workshop that will be held at the University of
Leeds, UK, on 29 October 2010 (for more details please visit Sheffield and Leeds are within a short
train ride from each other.

Please, send your abstracts /300 words/ accompanied by a CV to the workshop
organizers, Evgeny Dobrenko and Andrey Shcherbenok, at
by 1 June 2010.

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The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop: “Mapping Europe, Nation, Self” Marina Mikhaylova, April 28

*The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop presents:*

Marina Mikhaylova *(Anthropology, University of Chicago)
/”Mapping Europe, Nation, Self”/ <>
Discussant: Andrew Graan, Anthropology/

Wednesday, April 28th., 4:30-6:00 pm
Wilder House
*5811 South Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


This week’s paper is available from our website or by email request from the workshop co-ordinators.
Our schedule for the Spring quarter is available on our website:

If you have questions or believe you may need assistance to attend, please contact the workshop co-ordinators:
Yazan Doughan (
Monica Lee (


Politics, Communication, Society is a graduate student workshop at the
University of Chicago tying together diverse strands of research on the
political aspects and social roles of communicative practices. Our
faculty advisors are Susan Gal, Andreas Glaeser, Michael Silverstein,
and Lisa Wedeen.

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Resident Director Position, Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), St. Petersburg, Russia

CIEE is currently seeking a qualified professional to serve as the full-time
Resident Director of the CIEE Study Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.  This
individual is responsible for the management of the semester, academic year,
and summer programs at this Study Center, including in-country operations,
ongoing program evaluation, development, and marketing.  The Resident
Director is responsible for ensuring the highest levels of program quality and
customer satisfaction.  The CIEE Resident Director must be eligible and willing
to live in St. Petersburg full-time in order to oversee the fall, spring, and
summer sessions.

Qualified applicants must have post-graduate education in a discipline relevant
to the mission of this program.  A Ph.D. in Russian Language and 5-7 years’
professional work experience, preferably in an international education-related
position, are required.  The applicant must be fluent in Russian and have an in-
depth knowledge of the host country culture, history, business practices, and
academic environment.  In addition, the individual must have strong leadership
skills and a commitment to customer service.  Preference will be given to
those individuals who are legal residents of the Russian Federation.

Interested Candidates please email a cover letter and resume to  Please put “Resident Director – Russia in the subject
line.  We will contact those candidates we would like to meet with to further
discuss this exciting opportunity. No phone calls please.

Anticipated Start Date:  August 1, 2010

Due to federal regulations a background check will be conducted as a
condition of employment.

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Fully-funded Summer School for Georgian Studies at the Georgian Academy of Sciences in Tbilisi, July 1 to August 15

Event Description:

We intend to have a summer school for Georgian studies at Arnold Chikobava Institute of linguistics (Georgian Academy of Sciences) in Tbilisi. We’ll teach interested applicants the Georgian Language and culture for free from the 1st of July till the august 15th 2010. The program will include the excursions all over Georgia and other type of activities as well. Actually this is a very good possibility for students to learn more about other countries.

Georgian side covers all expenses except foreign traveling (plane). Accommodation, teaching, excursions, food and local traveling will be covered by our grant program.

We need the names of interested applicants as soon as possible. The number of applicants is limited.

Anyone can apply for this scholarship. There are no age or gender limitations.

Please send us personal information:

Your name and surname –

Passport number –

Citizenship –

Place and time of birth –

Contact info

Address –

Telephone –

Email – .

Professor Tamar Makharoblidze

Tel.(99532) 778090
+ 995 99317776

Time: July 1, 2010 at 9am to August 15, 2010 at 5pm
Location: Georgia
Organized By: Arnold Chikobava Institute of linguistics, Georgian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Tamar Makharoblidze <>

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2010 Summer Teacher Institute: WATER, An Interdisciplinary Examination of the World’s Most Essential Resource, June 28-30

2010 Summer Teacher Institute


An Interdisciplinary Examination of the
World’s Most Essential Resource

University of Chicago
International House, Assembly Hall
1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

1 Lane Credit (requires full attendance & development of a classroom lesson by Aug. 2nd)
18 CPDUs for 3-day Summer Institute
CPDUs also available for July 1 & 2
(To receive credit, CPS teachers must also register at CPS University)

This interdisciplinary 3-day institute will explore global water issues, including those that affect the Great Lakes region. Daily topics addressed will include: water scarcity, effective water management, and water issues in politics, sanitation, agriculture, and economics. Faculty and staff from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions from around the world will speak will speak each day, interspersed with discussions of K-12 curriculum development.

Intended primarily for elementary through community college educators (but open to all interested parties), the Institute will address each theme through a series of presentations and group discussions. Attendees will receive suggested instructional resources for curriculum building and K-12 lessons aligned to Illinois State Standards will be developed based on presentations made at the Institute.

For more information and to register, please visit:

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