Monthly Archives: July 2010

Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) at VIII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES), July 26-31

A message from Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) follows below:

We are glad to let you know that the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) continues to grow, adding new titles and more back issues to the existing titles.

The library now offers more than 100.000 full text articles in 23 languages, provided by 500+ humanities and social science periodicals from Central, East and Southeast Europe.

The documents are accessible via, the library can be used by individual clients who set up personal user account, as well as by universities, research institutes and corporate customers who can subscribe for access.

We invite you to visit the CEEOL library, browse the table of contents and abstracts, use the navigation by country, subject, author, publication. Your search is supported by  options for Boolean, field searching, and the GoogleScholar provided full text search across all articles. CEEOL also provides RSS feeds on country and periodical level.

We will be most happy to welcome you at our stand no 2:3A, Second Floor in the exhibition area Norra Latin during the VIII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) in Stockholm (26-31.July 2010), and talk about our project in more detail if you plan to attend this event.

And of course we invite you to visit anytime.

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“Incised, Bitten, and Gouged” Printmaking Exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, July 30-September 12

Please find a message from the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art below:

Opening Reception Friday July 30, 6-9pm

Incised, Bitten and Gouged:

Anchor Graphics & Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
20 Years of Printmaking
July 30 – September 12, 2010

at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Incised, Bitten and Gouged, three printmaking terminologies, alludes to the numerous printmaking techniques represented in this group exhibition.  Artists from CPC and Anchor Graphics will show works made in intaglio, silkscreen, embossment, woodcut, lithography and various innovations on traditional printmaking techniques.

For a little over two decades, CPC and Anchor Graphics have stood as two of the central printmaking institutions in Chicago.  Both provide a nurturing collaborative work environment, as well as access to the spectrum of equipment and materials necessary to the various printmaking techniques.  Lincoln Square’s Chicago Printmakers Collaborative was founded by Deborah Maris Lader in 1989 as a studio workspace for artist-printmakers to ‘pursue their work and broaden their knowledge of printmaking media’.  What began as studio space has since expanded its activities to holding exhibitions, and offering workshops and classes to the public.  CPC is composed of over 100 members from 14 different countries, working in intaglio, lithography, relief, monotype, screen print, and photo processes.  In recognition of CPC’s innovation and significance among Chicago arts organizations, Lader was recently awarded the Columbia College Chicago Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award.

Anchor Graphics was founded the year prior to CPC, and was established as an independent non-profit in 1990, with the mission of providing printmaking facilities and studio space, and educational opportunities to young people and professional artists.    It has initiated a multitude of partnerships with local arts, educational and social organizations, strengthening its ability to fulfill its mission of education and public access to printmaking arts.  Since 2006, Anchor Graphics has been partnered with Columbia College Chicago, operating out of an on-campus facility.  This partnership serves both the school and Anchor Graphics by providing academic internship opportunities, collaborative projects, classes and a platform for visiting artists and lecturers from across the country.

Incised, Bitten and Gouged offers a terrific opportunity to survey the recent creative outpouring from two of Chicago’s acclaimed printmaking collaborative studios.

Artists in the exhibition

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Deborah Maris Lader, Tony Fitzpatrick, Hiroshi Ariyama, Alex Chitty, Carlos Cortez, Christine Gendre Bergere, Michael Goro, Dan Grezeca, John Himmelfarb, Elise Hughes, Carrie Iverson, Kim Laurel, Alan Lerner, Duffy O’Conner, Dennis O’Malley, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Artemio Rodriguez, Jeff Sippel, Megan Sterling, Anatole Upart, Charlie Can Gilder.

Anchor Graphics: Ed Paschke, Hollis Sigler, Karl Wirsum, Ian Weaver, Fred Stonehouse, Brian Sikes, Louise LeBourgeois, Teresa James, Steve Heyman, Eleanor Spiess-Feris, Steve Campbell, Andries Botha, Paola Boncinelli, Eric Avery, Roland Kulla, Nicholas Sistler, Tim Dooley & Aaron Wilson, Nicholas Conbere, Michael Barnes, Anne Muntges.

Above Image: Christine Gendre Bergere. The Cat of Apollinaire, 2009. Etching, 12 x 18 in.

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Jewish-Muslim Community Building Fellowship, Deadline: August 31

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) is seeking applications from interested candidates with a ‘strong Muslim or Jewish background’ for its 2010-11 year long Jewish-Muslim Community Building fellowship. The fellowship includes a modest stipend. For more information, please read the information from their flyer below:

and here is the second page of the JCUA announcement:

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ACTR/ACCELS Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training, Deadline October 1

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia,
Southeast Europe, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for these awards.

The application deadline for Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Academic Year 2011-2012, and Spring 2012 programs is OCTOBER 1, 2010.

Programs must begin between February 1st, 2011 and June 30, 2012; and must be completed by September 30, 2012.

Fellowships will be offered in three categories:

*Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Provides full support for three- to nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Annual deadline: October 1st.

*Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for three-to-nine months in Russia, Central Asia, the
South Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open
to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Annual deadline: October 1st.

*Title VIII Southeast European Language Training Program: Provides fellowships for graduate students, faculty, and scholars to study language for a semester, academic year or summer in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Open to students at the MA and Ph.D. level, as well as post-doctoral scholars and faculty, who have at least elementary language skills.

For a full list of countries eligible for each fellowship, please see our website:

Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).
All competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability.

Applications are available for download at or by contacting the American Councils Outbound Office. Applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.

For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L St. NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522

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Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference in Ankara, Turkey; July 29-30

Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference
July 29-30, 2010
Ankara, Turkey

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) announces its second regional conference in Ankara, Turkey, July 29-30. Conference registration is open to the public. Non-presenting attendees are urged to contact the organizers regarding space availability.

Conference location: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.
The sole working language of the conference is English.

The program ( features panels in sessions running from Thursday morning through Friday evening. There will also be a reception for conference attendees on Thursday, 29 July and organized tours for conference participants (for an extra fee).

Registration fees:
For regular fee attendees: $80US for CESS members/$100US for non-members
Registration fee for scholars residing in Central Eurasia:   $50US for CESS members/$70US for non-members.

See or write to for more information.

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Applications to Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES), Deadline September 15

The next deadline for applications from EU citizens to the two-year Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) is September 15th, 2010.

This program was launched some years ago by the University of Bologna, Italy together with the Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas; Corvinus University of Budapest; and St Petersburg State University, which awards a joint diploma. The University of Ljubljana is an associate partner that offers additional possibilities for students.

The program is taught entirely in English (120 ECTS) and MIREES students will spend the first year in Forlì (one of the five campuses of the University of Bologna), while in the second year a minimum of 5 months will be spent at Partner Universities (including Ljubljana) and, in particular cases, at other MIREES Associated Universities in the Balkans. A mobility grant is offered to all enrolled students.

More detailed information on the teaching plan and the Faculty, together with the application form, can be found at our web site:

The program is especially recommended for prospective PhD students. The best alumni are currently attending doctorate programmes at the Universities of Oxford, Kent, the New School in New York and other prestigious international academic institutions. Moreover, the program is designed to forge analysts, area experts, consultants and mediators, to meet the needs of research institutes, the European Commission, international agencies, voluntary organizations and NGOs, public administration, managers, corporations and banks located in East-Central Europe and the Balkans or promoting investments in these regions. Most of the alumni have found employment precisely in these fields.

The MIREES program offers specialized, in-depth knowledge of the post-socialist countries in transition, the new EU member states, and the new East-European neighbour countries to students with a BA in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History, Languages (and Slavic languages in particular), agricultural studies and cultural studies generally.

The program aims to develop language skills. MIREES offers courses in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Russian, and Slovak (Hungarian and Lithuanian are also available in the 2nd year), as well as Italian for foreigners as an additional option. The curriculum stresses interdisciplinary studies in the economics of transition; politics and international relations; history and cultural studies focused on Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The international dimension of the program is enhanced through student mobility, by an international faculty composed of prominent scholars of international repute, and a genuinely international student body. (In the previous cycles we enrolled students from 21 countries including the US, Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Albania, Poland, Armenia, Norway, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Slovak Republic, Finland and, of course, Italy.)

The promotional flyer (found at this address) briefly covers all the general aspects of the program, as well as the mission and the profile of the Master of Arts.

Should you need further information, please feel free to contact the Tutor of the course at facscpol-fo.tutormirees@unibo.itor the Faculty Student Office (, phone +39.0543.374100).

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5th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival, August 23-27

The Chicago Sister Cities International Program will host its 5th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival at Millennium Park on August 23 – 27, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (Friday, August 27 – 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.).

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Chicago Sister Cities International, and in celebration, the Festival will transform Millennium Park’s South Promenade into an international village of food, music, dance and merchants. With all 28 of Chicago’s Sister Cities represented, this Festival truly represents the diversity and international spirit that exists in Chicago.

For more information, please visit:

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Hidden Treasures: The Polish Museum of America Graphic Art Collection; July 30-August-29

For the first time in the US – after presentations in Poland – a spectacular exhibition on graphic art will be displayed in Chicago with 120 works by 65 renowned Polish artists.

Call 773-384-3352 ext. 101 for more information.

July 30-August 29, 2010
The Polish Museum of America
984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL

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Exhibits on “Tolstoy’s Final Journey” and “Gulag Art” at Regenstein Library, Now through December

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Regenstein Library Exhibit: “Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, 1828-1910; 1910: The Last Year, The Final Journey”

Novelist—Playwright—Philosopher—Religious Thinker—Educator…

A hundred display cases, a museum, in fact, would be needed to adequately illustrate the works of this literary giant and explore the vastness of his influence. His complete works have been published in 90 volumes (1928) and more recently, in a projected 100 volumes (2000-), while the books and articles written about him number in the tens of thousands. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death, this exhibit, in its minuscule space, attempts only to provide a glimpse into the final year of a tempestuous soul, still searching at the very end for answers to questions he posed throughout his life: What is Art? Truth? God? Love? Death? His political influence was so great, so feared by the Tsarist government, that he was hounded and censored to the very end; his moral influence, giving rise to a worldwide movement, was so contrary to the church establishment that he was excommunicated. And in spite of all efforts by church and state to prevent the event of his death from vitalizing his millions of supporters among the young, the peasantry, and the intelligentsia, his death was turned into a feverish media event.

Much has been written of Tolstoy’s dramatic final days. His dream of a contemplative old age in the shadow of his 80 year-old sister Maria’s monastery walls at the Shamardino convent were short-lived, as he quickly left the monastery when his family discovered his whereabouts. Fleeing to the Caucasus by train, Tolstoy falls ill and dies in the stationmaster’s rooms at the Astapovo station. He was buried, according to his wishes, in the woods of his beloved estate Yasnaia Poliana, without religious ceremonies or addresses. In tribute, crowds of thousands gathered along the route of his journey home, singing the prayer for the dead “Memory Eternal”.

“In the middle of the night of October 28, 1910, Lev Tolstoy closed the door to the room where his wife of forty-eight years was sleeping, packed his things and left his home, never to return. At the age of eighty-two, the most famous living Russian embarked on a final journey that would become one of the great legends of the twentieth century. His disappearance immediately became a national sensation… As he lay dying of pneumonia, he became the hero of a national narrative of immense significance.” (William Nickell, The Death of Tolstoy, Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910.)

The exhibit is located in the Second Floor Reading Room of Regenstein Library and will run through December 2010.

June Pachuta Farris
Bibliographer for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

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Gulag Art

an exhibit running through December 2010 in Regenstein Library

For both the professional artists and amateurs who were able to create artworks within the Gulag, the lack of oppressive Party mandates limiting content and stylistic expression would have meant greater freedom to experiment with style and content. However, due to the limited choice of subjects, materials and inadequate time to complete each work, artworks which were created by prisoners in the Gulag camps can be described as “journalistic” in style, more often than not depicting scenes or elements from the prisoner’s daily life — their immediate surroundings — such as landscapes, portraiture, domestic still-lives and interiors, as well as narrative scenes depicting human torture, the realities of imprisonment and harsh physical labour. Portrayals of landscapes with churches and graveyards point to the high mortality rates of the “revolutionary era” of the Stalinist Soviet Union.

In the Gulag, creativity took on many forms, from written memoirs (such as one work currently on display by Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia), to arts and crafts, paintings and body art. Tattoos were the common marks of identification among the “real” criminals. Professional artists who found themselves in concentration camps were often “employed” by the criminals, drawing tattoos in exchange for food or “protection” from other inmates. The subject matter varied according to every criminal’s past. Tattoos were markings which spoke of the horrible deeds that every vor (“thief”) had performed or where they “did time” for their crimes. Among the most popular tattoos were the images of Soviet leaders. These were often applied to chest right over the heart or at the back of the head in the hope that guards were less likely to shoot a prisoner through the image of a great leader. Other tattoos were of explicitly sexual content, employing anti-Semitic and sexist imagery, swastikas, demonic characters, and allegorical motifs. There were also tattoos which marked a prisoner’s time in the Gulag, explicitly pointing to the horrific death tolls, listing the names of the camps through which the prisoner had survived and various propaganda slogans.

There are currently 290 Gulag museum initiatives on the territory of the former USSR, none of which appear to be state-sponsored. Information relevant to cultural undertakings of the Gulag camps is scarce and the number of visual artists who suffered imprisonment during the Stalinist reign is an elusive figure. Official records, written and revised numerous times, prove to be somewhat unreliable. The Memorial society is the largest organization which is currently working on preserving the memory of the Gulag through its digital database as well as the Virtual Museum. The Virtual Gulag Museum brings together research and archives from the former Soviet Union to record the existence of the Gulag and the suffering of its victims. Its collection of visual artifacts remains the most accessible and significant in the study of Gulag arts and crafts.

The exhibit is located in the Second Floor Reading Room of Regenstein Library and will run through December 2010.

Katya Pereyaslavska, Guest Curator
Master of Information Candidate, M.A. Fine Art History, University of Toronto

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Positions for Two Russian Teachers for the 2010-2011 School Year at Noble Street College Prep

The main campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools is in need of two full time Russian teachers to start this coming academic year. A teaching certificate is not mandatory to apply. For more information, please contact Phillip Stosberg (, or visit the job posting’s website by clicking here.

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