Monthly Archives: May 2010

Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “The Conundrum of Kurdish Literacy: inscription and population in contemporary Turkey,” Kelda Jamison, May 13

Please join the Anthropology of Europe Workshop for our meeting:

“The Conundrum of Kurdish Literacy: inscription and population in contemporary Turkey”

a paper by Kelda Jamison, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
(a co-presentation with the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies – CEERES)

Discussant: Brian Horne, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Thursday, May 13
4:30-6:00 pm
Haskell Hall 315
Refreshments will be provided

For copies of the paper, please send requests to Owen Kohl ( Individuals in need of assistance in order to attend should also contact

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, University of Chicago Events

Call for Proposals: Campus Competition for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grants, Deadline: June 4

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, June 4, 2010

The Spring/Summer Quarter deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, June 4, 2010. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in early June, 2010.

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video tapes or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

(Open to UChicago faculty only)

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Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship, United States Institute of Peace

USIP-JR Senior Fellowship

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship provides scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, journalists, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges.
Senior Fellowships usually last for ten months, starting in October, but shorter-term fellowships are also available. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
The Institute awards between 10 and 12 fellowships per year.
Priority is given to proposals deemed likely to make timely and significant contributions to the understanding and resolution of ongoing and emerging conflicts and other challenges to international peace and security.
Applications are invited from all disciplines and professions.
Applicants should propose projects with clear policy relevance. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single-case studies will be comeptitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.
Senior Fellow awards may not be granted for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.
  • The program attempts to match the recipient’s earned income during the year preceding the fellowships, up to a maximum of $100,000 for 10 months.
  • The Institute will provide coverage of 80% of health premiums for the Fellow and his/her eligible dependents, with a cap of $500 per month.
  • The Institute will also cover travel to and from Washington, D.C., for Fellows and their dependents.
  • Each Fellows is provided with a part-time research assistant during his/her fellowship.
    The Institute does not provide housing in Washington D.C., but it provides information on housing, schools, and daycare.
  • Fellows are expected to be at the Institute and participate in the daily life of the Institute.
  • Fellows are expected to devote full attention to their fellowship work in order to complete their projects within the period of residency.
  • The Institute requires first right of review for manuscripts produced as a result of fellowship support.
  • An Institute fellowship may not be deferred or combined with any other major award.

Duration of Fellowship
Fellowships are usually awarded for 10 months beginning in October. Shorter-term residencies are also available.

Components of a Successful Proposal
There is no single formula for preparing a sound proposal. However, many successful applications for USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships have certain elements in common. These elements are outlined in the document attached below.
Read “Components of a Successful Proposal” (.pdf)

For more information: contact the JR Program at


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Summer Travel Programs for Teachers, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs professional development travel programs designed for teachers.
GEEO currently has openings in their summer travel programs to Peru, India, Tunisia and China.

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips include school visits and are deeply discounted so as to be affordable to teachers. GEEO also advises teachers on how to find funding to subsidize the cost of the trips.The trips are open to all K-12 and University educators and administrators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can also be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST. To sign-up for GEEO’s listserv, please send an email to with the subject line “subscribe.”

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Technical Writing Position, University for Information Science and Technology, Macedonia

Lecturer position in Technical Writing at the University for Information Science and Technology, “St. Paul the Apostle” in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

The University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle” in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, invites applications for lecturer position at any academic rank in technical writing and communication for the academic year 2010/2011. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, teaching courses, developing and grading tests and quizzes, preparing and presenting lectures, meeting with students outside of class time for additional assistance, and designing and evaluating laboratory exercises. The typical teaching load for this position will be ten contact hours per week.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (in hand by time of appointment) in technical communication, writing studies, composition/rhetoric, or a closely related field. Ability to teach public speaking a plus. Applicants must also have demonstrated documented successful teaching experience at the college level, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to teach with technology, and native or near-native fluency in English. It is also expected that current instructional technologies will be incorporated in course materials on a regular basis.

Applications should include

  • A cover letter
  • Current C.V.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabus
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Copies of Diplomas and any Certificates of Achievement in Higher education,
  • Names of three references with phone numbers and email addresses.

Please submit applications to:

University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle”
Partizanska B.B Dom na ARM – Ohird
6000 Ohrid
Republic of Macedonia

In addition, applications may be submitted electronically as a single pdf file via email to Blagoja Samakoski at

The newly established University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle” ( employs foreign professors who provide a high level instruction to Macedonian and foreign students. English is the language of instruction in all courses. The university is located in the south-west part of the Republic of Macedonia in the city of Ohrid, situated by the beautiful Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

For more information about the position, please feel free to contact:

Rector: Dr. Blagoja Samakoski,

Professor: Dr. George Mitrevski,

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Visiting Professor Position, Mitrovica Summer University (Kosovo), Deadline: May 24

The Mitrovica Summer University 2010 will take place between 16th -31st July 2010. The University is therefore recruiting international professors to teach on the topics listed below.

This year the MSU will take place from 16th July until 31st July 2010. The MSU consists of six two-week courses taught by six visiting professors to approximately 150 students. Visiting professors teach together with local professors and the student group is made up from the local area, south east Europe and Western Europe. During the Mitrovica Summer University 2010 six courses will take place on the following topics:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Marketing in Digital Age
  • Diplomacy and Communication
  • Slavism Studies
  • European Integrations and Western Balkans
  • Sustainable Architecture

Professors teach pro bono and SPARK covers travel, accommodation and food during the two week stay.

Your registration for the MSU 2010 is done with one single click on the following link. After registration click on the link “Participate”. MSU 2010 team will respond you as soon as possible.

Enthusiastic visiting professors who would like to lecture during the MSU 2010 can apply to teach one of the topics listed or propose a new theme. Applications can be made via an online professor registration form. For more information, please visit Once you have completed the simple registration form, you will be able to upload a course proposal under one of the themes listed above. Interested visiting professors are recommended to register and submit their CVs and course proposals before 24th May 2010.

Please note that applications will only be considered with uploaded and completed course proposals.

Posted in: Job Postings

“Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes,” 12th Annual Michicagoan Linguistic Anthropology Conference, May 14-15

Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes
The 12th Annual University of Michigan – University of Chicago
Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

The University of Chicago, May 14th and 15th, 2010

Gordon Center for Integrative Science
929 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Room W301/303

Keynote speech: Friday, May 14th, 6:00 PM
John Singler, Professor of Linguistics, NYU
“Keeping Pace with Space: The Creation and Negotiation of Stigmatized Linguistic Elements”
A crucial element of the social use of language involves the creation and negotiation of stigma, ranging in scope from the single shibboleth to the wholly stigmatized dialect. The present paper assumes that the assignment of stigma to linguistic elements arises from social motivation, but it then examines the specifically linguistic properties of stigmatized elements. It addresses a chain of linked questions, including the following:
• How much control do speakers exert over their production of stigmatized speech?
• Are there linguistic constraints on the creation of stigmatized forms? That is, are there elements of language that are likely candidates for stigma and elements which are not?
• What role, if any, does stigma play in linguistic change?

The focus of the paper is the individual as well as society, and it considers matters of agency, appropriation, and speaker awareness (while incorporating identity, ideology, and indexicality). Evidence is drawn primarily from pidgins and creoles but also from dialects of American English.

Please see the website ( for the conference schedule! (Directions to the conference venue will be added to the website shortly.)

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World Renowned Croatian Classical Guitarist Srdjan Bulat to Perform Live in Chicago, May 16

World Renowned Classical Guitarist
From Split, Croatia


Sunday, May 16th 2010
6:00 p.m.
International House
1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

For additional information on all Croatian Days 2010 events, please call 312-482-9902 or find us
on Facebook at Brought to you by The Croatian Consulate General of Chicago & the Croatian American Days Committee.
Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs
& External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274

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Free Screening of the Movie “Katyn,” Chicago Cultural Center, May 27

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center
cordially invite to the free screening of the movie


directed by Andrzej Wajda.
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Chicago Cultural Center,
78 E. Washington Ave, Chicago, Illinois
This event is open to public and free of charge.
(Doors open at 6.00 p.m.)

Katyn is a story of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD in Katyn during WWII. It is a picture of women unaware of the crime, who were waiting for their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. It’s a film about an invincible struggle for the memory and truth. Katyn was nominated for the Best Foreign language Film for the 80th Academy Awards.

Andrzej Wajda is a film and theatrical director. Born in 1926, he graduated from National Higher School of Film (Directing) in 1953. His movies Generation (1955), Canał (1957) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958) earned him the reputation of a leading director of the new generation in Europe initiated the famous Polish School of film-making. Four of Wajda’s works (The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, Man of Iron, and Katyn) have been nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign language film. In 2000 he received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Katyn- a movie that matters- The New York Review of Books
Katyn nominated for an Academy Award last year, is a powerful corrective to decades of distortion and forgetting- The New York Times.

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The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop Presents: “Public Kurdish and the Politics of Legitimate Language in Turkey,” Kelda Jamison, May 12

The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop presents:


Kelda Jamison
(Anthropology, University of Chicago)
“Public Kurdish and the Politics of Legitimate Language in Turkey”

Discussant: Jonathan Rosa, Anthropology

Wednesday, May 12th., 4:30-6:00 pm

Wilder House
5811 South Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


This week’s paper is available only by email request from the workshop co-ordinators.
Our schedule for the Winter 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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