A Brief Statement from the CESS Board of Directors in Response to the Events in Kyrgyzstan

Below is a brief note from The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Board of Directors:

As scholars of Central Asia, we are greatly saddened by the recent tragedy in southern Kyrgyzstan. We have all been shocked and surprised by the level of violence and the amount of destruction that took place in the city of Osh and in other parts of southern Kyrgyzstan from June 11-14, 2010.  Although the official number of deaths is listed at 214, informed estimates (including those of the leader of Kyrgyzstan’s Provisional Government) suggest that over 2,000 individuals may have been killed. The United Nations reports that approximately 400,000 Uzbeks have been displaced from their homes, including 100,000 refugees who crossed the border into Uzbekistan.

We express our deepest condolences to all of the families who have lost loved ones, and our concern for those whose lives and livelihoods have been severely disrupted by these events.

We are disheartened by the relative lack of international attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and political instability. We are also troubled by initial media accounts that attributed the violence to age-old ethnic tensions. This story demands much more sophisticated analysis and attention to a wider set of economic, social and political factors. Journalists and scholars must begin to sort out facts from rumors, and to record the lived experiences of those who have been affected by violence and displacement.

We encourage CESS members with expertise in this region to make an effort to contact the media so that this story will continue to get the attention that it deserves. We also encourage CESS members to participate in forums on Kyrgyzstan which will be held during upcoming CESS conferences in Ankara, Turkey (July 29-30, 2010) and East Lansing, Michigan (October 28-31, 2010).

The Central Eurasian Studies Society Board of Directors
June 28, 2010

Please visit the following for a list of organizations accepting donations to support humanitarian efforts in Kyrgyzstan and English-language articles and audio, video, and photos on the situation in Kyrgyzstan:

Call for Papers: Eighth Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics at OSU, Abstract Deadline: August 31

Call for papers

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and the Slavic Linguistics Forum at the Ohio State University are pleased to announce the Eighth Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics.  The colloquium will take place on October 16, 2010, at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, OH.

We invite students and recent graduates working in all areas of Slavic, Balkan, and East-European linguistics, including but not restricted to, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and dialectology, to submit abstracts.

We encourage students working in both formal and functional frameworks to participate in this event.  Interdisciplinary projects from the students in related fields such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and comparative studies are welcome, as far as they are related to Slavic and East-European languages.

Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Please send abstracts of maximum 500 words to Lauren Ressue (ressue.1@osu.edu).

The abstracts should be anonymous. Please include your name, affiliation, mailing address, and email address in the body of the email.

The deadline for abstract submission is August 31st, 2010.

Accommodation with local graduate students will be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers.


Lauren Ressue (ressue.1@osu.edu)
Jeff Parker (parker.642@osu.edu)
Kate White (white.1648@buckeyemail.osu.edu)

Call for Papers: Canadian Slavonic Papers Special Issue “Slavic Studies since the Collapse of the Soviet Union”

Special issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers:

“Twenty Years On:  Slavic Studies since the Collapse of the Soviet Union.”

In late 2011, Canadian Slavonic Papers will mark the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR with a special double issue devoted to exploring a variety of perspectives—political, historical, literary, linguistic, anthropological, religious studies, film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, folklore studies—on the collapse of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet transformations. Submissions in any of these areas are invited. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

Manuscripts may be in English or French. The normal peer-review process will apply.

Please consult the most recent issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers, inside back cover, for style guidelines. Authors should use the Library of Congress transliteration system and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (3rd. ed.) as a standard form for documentation. For more detailed information, please see the CSP Style Sheet: http://www.ualberta.ca/~csp/Submissions.html#StyleSheet
Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS).

•          Expression of intent to submit: 4 January 2011. Send e-mail to the Guest Editor, Prof. Heather Coleman: hcoleman@ualberta.ca

•          Final Paper with abstract: 1 March 2011 (maximum 25 pages). Please submit manuscripts in three hard copies and by e-mail to:

Prof. Heather Coleman, Guest Editor

Canadian Slavonic Papers
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E6


Numéro thématique de la Revue canadienne des slavistes :

« Ça fait vingt ans… :  Études slaves depuis l’écroulement de l’Union soviétique. »

A la fin 2011, la Revue canadienne des slavistes marquera le vingtième anniversaire de la chute de l’Union soviétique avec un numéro double thématique consacré à l’exploration d’une variété de perspectives sur cet évènement et les transformations postsoviétiques.  Nous invitons des contributions provenant des domaines de sciences politiques, histoire, littérature, linguistique, anthropologie, études religieuses, études cinématographiques, études culturelles, études genre, ou études folkloriques.  Le numéro se veut pluridisciplinaire et interdisciplinaire.

Les manuscrits peuvent être en français ou en anglais.  Le processus normal d’évaluation par  les pairs s’appliquera.

Veuillez consulter le numéro le plus récent des Études canadiennes des slavistes où vous trouverez le guide pour la présentation des articles.  La transcription des langues slaves suit les http://www.etudes-slaves.paris-sorbonne.fr/IMG/pdf/Translitteration_des_langues_slaves_modernes.pdf normes de la translittération internationale utilisée par les slavistes et les références bibliographiques suivent le format du MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (3rd. ed.).  D’autres recommandations pour les auteurs sont disponibles sur notre site: http://www.ualberta.ca/~csp/Submissions.html#StyleSheet

Tout contributeur doit devenir membre de l’Association canadienne des slavistes (ACS).

Pour toute question relative à ce numéro thématique, les auteures et auteurs sont invités à communiquer avec la rédactrice invitée, Prof. Heather Coleman:  hcoleman@ualberta.ca.

Dates limites:
·       Expression d’intérêt à soumettre une contribution : le 4 janvier 2011.  Envoyez un courriel à Prof. Heather Coleman: hcoleman@ualberta.ca

·       Manuscrit complet accompagné d’un résumé : le 1 mars 2011 (maximum de 25 pages).  Les manuscrits doivent être adressés en pièce jointe par courrier électronique et en version papier (3 copies) au secrétariat de
rédaction :

Prof. Heather Coleman, rédactrice invitée

Revue canadienne des slavistes

Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E6

Norwegian PhD research Fellowship in the Anthropology of the Russian and Siberian North

The Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Tromso is offering a fully funded 4 year PhD fellowship to conduct field research in Siberia and/or the Russian North.  The fellow will work in partnership with several funded research projects with indigenous societies  in the region.  Deadline: September 1 to begin work January 1, 2011. Complete details are available at the following website: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=67845. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. David Anderson (David.Anderson@uit.no) with any questions concerning the topic, salary, facilities at Tromso or the application procedures.

Call for Papers: AATSEEL Wisconsin Chapter

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
22-23 October 2010
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2010 AATSEEL-WI Conference

Abstracts for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and
cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, and language pedagogy) are
invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).
Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.  The
conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and
Saturday, 22-23 October 2010.

Recent conference programs are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/7

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by
31 August 2010.  A complete proposal consists of:

1.  Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address,
telephone and email).
2.  Paper title
3.  300-500 word abstract
4.  Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to:
Jesse Stavis


All submissions will be acknowledged.

Discover the Republic of Georgia Tours, Summer 2010

Several tour dates are approaching, including the Discover Georgia Tour, starting July 1st, Tao-Klarjeti (July 14th), Vardzia-Batumi (July 27th), and Svaneti (August 6th). See www.georgianchant.org/tours/ for more details.

The Discover Georgia Tour
July 1st – 11th:

In our fifth season, the Discover Georgia Tour routinely draws an eclectic group of world travelers pursuing individual interests in religious history, architecture, viticulture, music, linguistics, and other subjects.

This year the new itinerary, will take tour participants through southern Georgia to visit the 12th century cave city of Vardzia that was once on the pilgrimage route from Cappadocia to Bodbe Convent, the Gelati Cathedral in West-Central Georgia, as well as familiar points of interest in Eastern Georgia where the thirteen 6th century Assyrian Fathers first established Christian monasticism.

Please contact the organizers (John A Graham, Luarsab Togonidze) immediately for more information. For the detailed 2010 Tour Itinerary, Reviews, Photos, and Application, visit our website here: www.georgianchant.org/tours/

School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) Research Grants, Deadline September 17

Upperclassmen (juniors and seniors), graduate and postgraduate students in any field of study may apply for an SRAS Research Grant. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.2 or above and must be enrolled in an academic program based in North America or the European Union when applying. The applicant must also apply for an SRAS educational program (http://sras.org/programs) to be eligible.

Application deadline: September 17. For more information, please visit http://sras.org/research_grants_russia.

Please feel free to contact lhorner@sras.org with any questions.

SRAS Russian-English Translation Work-Study Position

Applicants for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) translation position are expected to have both the English writing skills and Russian comprehension skills to be able to produce well-written and accurate English translations of Russian materials. This is a practical academic program offering intensive Russian lessons, professional, hands-on translation experience, and a small stipend. Application deadline: October 16, 2010. For more information, please visit http://sras.org/sras_work_study_translation.

Please feel free to contact lhorner@sras.org with any questions.