Monthly Archives: October 2010

Call for Papers: Institute of Modern Russia, Panel at ASEEES 43d Annual Convention, Proposal Deadline November 30

IMR is calling for papers to be introduced and discussed at next year’s 43d Annual Convention of Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies on November 17-20, 2011 in Washington, DC.

The theme of the 2011 Convention is “Authorities”.

IMR is accepting submissions on the subject of differential treatment of entrepreneurs and property rights by Russian authorities. Law and business schools’ graduate students and faculty, other scholars and even law practitioners or entrepreneurs are invited to submit papers in the form of an article, analytical research project, etc. using publicly available information on cases such as the one undergoing in the Khamovnichesky District Court of the city of Moscow on the criminal charges brought by the General Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation against Mikhail Khodorkovskyand Platon Lebedev, former top managers of the Yukos Oil Company. Unfortunately, this case is not the only case where the state’s power of law enforcement is used for the purposes other than the administration of justice. There are many others, such as the case of Hermitage Capital Fund and the tragic saga of its lawyer Sergey Magnitsky who died in pre-trial custody at a Moscow prison, or treatment of the principals of Souzplodimport, owners of Stoli vodka brand.

Authors can select any criminal law, criminal procedure, or interdisciplinary aspect(s) of one or more of the cases, provided that an appropriate amount of case materials such as indictments, court records, and verdicts are available for their academic research and analysis.

Please provide proposals for individual papers which shall include your full name, address, phone number, email address and institutional affiliation along with a brief abstract of your proposed paper. Feel free to suggest a discussant.

IMR is prepared to cover travel/accommodation expenses for the panelists and will consider providing a scholarship to the author of the best paper on the subject.

Please email your proposal to Pavel Ivlev at

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Mellon Assistant Professor in Russian at Vanderbilt University, Deadline November 10

Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian, to begin Fall 2011.

The Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a three-year Mellon Assistant Professorship with the possibility in the future of converting this position to a tenure-track assistant professorship. The preferred field of expertise is nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture. A secondary specialization in Post-Soviet Studies, Film Studies, Jewish Studies, European Studies or Gender Studies is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a trajectory of excellence in research scholarship, as evidenced in publication and conference presentations, as well as an ability to contribute to transdisciplinary initiatives at Vanderbilt. The successful candidate must have experience in teaching Russian language, literature, and culture at all levels. Knowledge of methodology in SLA is preferred.

The teaching load is two courses per semester, one of which is a language course, the other is a course on Russian or post-Soviet literature, film, or culture taught in English. Job responsibilities will also include coordinating the language program and the Russian Hall in McTyeire International House. The position requires near-native or native fluency in Russian and English and the Ph.D. degree in hand by the time of application. In accordance with Mellon Foundation guidelines, applicants must have received the Ph.D. no more than four years from the start of the position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, an official graduate school transcript, and three letters of recommendation by November 10, 2010 to: Russian Search Committee, VU Sta. B #351567, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235-1567. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2010 for possible interviews at the AATSEEL Convention in Pasadena, CA.

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted in: Job Postings

Russia Program Director at Pacific Environment, Preferred Submission Deadline November 1


Russia Program Director

October 2010

About Pacific Environment

Pacific Environment is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco
that protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting
grassroots activism, strengthening communities, and reforming
international policies. For nearly two decades, we have partnered with
local communities around the Pacific Rim to protect and preserve the
ecological treasures of this vital region. Pacific Environment’s success
stems from a deep and abiding trust that local people, armed with the
right tools and solid support, are the world’s best hope for
environmental renewal. We see ourselves as a catalyst in a community of
individuals and organizations working to protect the Pacific Rim’s wild
places and wild life. Visit
to learn more about our work.

Pacific Environment has supported grassroots efforts in Russia since the
early 1990s. Over the past 18 years, Pacific Environment has helped grow
an effective environmental movement in Siberia and the Russian Far East
that monitors resource extraction projects, protects endangered species,
strengthens indigenous rights, and builds civil society and public
participation. Pacific Environment facilitates an effective coalition of
partners in Siberia and the Russian Far East and awards over
$500,000/year in grants to grassroots Russian organizations.

The Position

Pacific Environment seeks an experienced and energetic Russia Program
Director with a demonstrated passion for the environment and social
justice. The Russia Program Director oversees the Russia grants
portfolio, supervises a team of four, manages the program budget, and
oversees campaigns to support our Russian partner organizations. The
Russia Program Director must have superior written and verbal
communication skills in both Russian and English. The Russia Program
Director is also involved extensively in fundraising and outreach for
the Russia Program, particularly by working with both institutional and
individual donors. The position involves travel, including travel to
Russia for site visits and meetings. The position requires strong
leadership and decision-making abilities, an ability to work effectively
in cross-cultural settings, strategic insight and professional
initiative, experience in fundraising and outreach, budgeting and
management skills, experience with international grantmaking,
prioritization and time management skills, and a pervasive collaborative
and results-oriented approach to all tasks. This position reports to the
Executive Director and is based in San Francisco, California.

The Russia Program Director will be responsible for:

* Overseeing and participating in development and
implementation of environmental campaigns in Russia;

* Fundraising for Pacific Environment’s Russia Program,
including extensive grant writing and reporting and outreach to
individual donors;

* Publicizing Russian environmental issues and campaigns in the
US through writing articles, public speaking, and working with the

* Establishing media contacts and acting as a spokesperson for
the Russia Program;

* Overseeing a team of four Russia Program staff;

* Overseeing the Russia Program budget and activities;
monitoring expenditures against budget on a regular basis;

* Overseeing effective implementation of a $500,000 per year
re-granting program;

* Researching, monitoring, and analyzing environmental issues
in Russia;

* Maintaining strong connections with Russian partners,
including regular site visits, email, and phone communications;

* Ensuring implementation of an exchange program involving
three exchanges per year;

* Contributing to the production and dissemination of reports
and project and campaign outreach materials, including policy papers,
fact sheets, and web pages;

* Interpreting and translating between English and Russian for
program work when necessary;

* Working as part of a team with the Executive Director,
development and communications staff, and other program staff to further
the goals of the organization; and

* Other tasks as needed.

Skills and Experience:

* MANDATORY: Fluent language skills in Russian and English;

* Superb written and verbal communications skills;

* Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, excellent
attention to detail;

* Able to work under pressure, while being self-motivated and
an energetic team player;

* Excellent interpersonal skills and ease in working
cooperatively and inclusively with people of different cultures;

* Experience with staff supervision, fundraising, campaign
management, and budget management;

* Experience with public speaking;

* Commitment to maintaining an efficient, collaborative and
positive work environment;

* Able to travel extensively nationally and internationally;

* Strong computer skills, including Outlook and MS Office;

* Authorized to work in the United States;

* Commitment to environmental protection and social justice and
a sense of humor are essential!

This position is ideally suited someone with a minimum of a BA or BS and
at least 5-10 years nonprofit experience working for an environmental
organization or in a related field. Candidates with advanced degrees are
encouraged to apply. The position is full time and provides a
competitive salary depending on experience plus an excellent benefits
package. Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply: After visiting our website, please e-mail a cover letter,
resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references

Leah Zimmerman

Interim Executive Director

No phone calls, please. This position will remain open until filled. All
resumes received by November 1 are guaranteed to be reviewed.

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Language, Technology and Politics at Georgetown University, Deadline November 1

Georgetown University
Language, Technology and Politics

The Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) M.A. program at Georgetown University focuses on the relationship between new computational technologies of communication and areas such as science, scholarship, culture, government, media, business, journalism and the arts. The program seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor working on the relationship between language and technologies of communication and associated political issues. Candidates whose research emphasizes technology, internet linguistics, language and politics, intercultural communication, or language and sex/gender, race, class or national identity will be given priority. They should be current in the history, theory, and methodologies of their field. Applicants who demonstrate classroom experience using new media/digital teaching approaches, such as student-developed Web sites, blogs, digital stories, documentary film, and digital portfolios, are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have scholarly publications and teaching experience at the graduate level (or comparable), and be prepared to advise and to mentor M.A. thesis projects. Faculty are expected to contribute broadly to the interdisciplinary research and teaching of the program.

Outstanding candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank. Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates as part of its commitment to professional excellence and diversity. Please send application letter/statement of interest, c.v., and the names of three referees to by 1 November 2010, citing LTPjob.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian at Binghamton University

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian beginning September 1, 2011. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal.

Specialization is open; applicants should demonstrate the ability to teach a broad range of courses in Russian language, literature and cultural studies and indicate how they can contribute to an interdisciplinary program in Russian and East European Studies in an active and collegial Department. A dynamic and engaged research program should support the mission of the Department and Binghamton University.
Candidates for the position should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English is required.

Application Instructions:
Those interested in applying for the position should submit the following materials electronically ( a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy oriented toward an undergraduate Russian Studies program in a liberal arts atmosphere, and sample course syllabi. A writing sample may be requested at a later date.

Also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to: Chair, Russian Search Committee, Department of German and Russian Studies, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000.

Review of applications will begin in early December and will continue until the position has been filled.

Please direct any questions to Donald Loewen off-list (

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“The Weaver’s Tales” at the Chicago Cultural Center, November 16

A message from our friends at the Chicago Cultural Center:

Fifth House Ensemble presents The Weaver’s Tales, a unique, multi-media, theatrical adventure that seamlessly weaves together three storylines by combining fairy tales, physical theatre, dance, high fashion, and music. Based on Grimm’s fairytales, The Weaver’s Tales are inspired by music ranging from Beethoven’s classic Septet to music from post-modern composer Elliott Carter.

This first tale weaves together the story of “Snegurotchka – The Snow Maiden” and “The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was,” and is set to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Piano Quintet, complete), Mason Bates (Red River, complete), David Maslanka (Wind Quintet No. 2, selections) and Mark Fish (Pictures of Miro, selections).

The play will be performed at the Chicago Cultural Center on Thursday, November 16th, at 7pm.

For more information please visit Fifth House website, or Chicago Cultural Center website.

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“A Name is A Name” Chicago premier at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, November 12

Chicago Premiere of A Name is A Name on Friday, November 12, 2010 (7:30p.m. start time) at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.  A Name is A Name is a cross between a documentary and a feature film shot during a period of 7 months within Macedonia.  The Norwegian-Icelandic directors have premiered their film in Toronto, Washington, D.C., New York, Detroit, Sydney, Melbourne and Skopje, among other places.

For a sneak peak of the trailer click

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Umbrella Music Festival: European Jazz Meets Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, November 4

A message from our friends at the Chicago Cultural Center:

“The Umbrella Music Festival features cutting-edge jazz and improvised music from around the world, with a particular focus on artists from the diverse, cooperative, and thriving local scene. The festival opens at the Chicago Cultural Center for two evenings of free concerts dubbed “European Jazz Meets Chicago,” co-presented by Umbrella Music, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and ten European consulates and cultural organizations. The complete schedule for the festival is at”

Thursday, November 4th, 6:30 PM | Arkadijus Gotesmanas Trio (Lithuania)

Mars Williams – saxophones
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Arkadijus Gotesmanas – drums

Thursday, November 4th, 8:00 PM | Waclaw Zimpel Quartet (Poland)

Waclaw Zimpel – bass clarinet
Matt Schneider – guitar
Devin Hoff – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St

all concerts are
FREE to the public

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“K.” (adapted from Kafka’s The Trial) playing at Chopin Theatre, October 21 – November 28

Based on Franz Kafka play. “K.” will play at Chopin Theatre through November 28th, Thursday through Sunday every week. For more information, go to the Theatre’s website.

“K., a harrowing tale of one man’s alienation. One morning, K is arrested for an unknown crime. His attempts to navigate an oppressively dizzying legal bureaucracy prove futile. As his personal life crumbles around him, K must choose to submit to the will of a tyrannical court or to face the dire consequences.”

Posted in: Chicago Events

“Confirming Lenin: Decolonization and Anti-Discrimination (1959-1964)” desertation chapter at the Modern Europe Workshop, October 26

This is a reminder that the next meeting of the Modern Europe workshop is Tuesday 26 October at 5 pm in the John Hope Franklin room (regular meeting space). They will be discussing Jennifer Amos’ dissertation chapter, “Confirming Lenin: Decolonization and Anti-Discrimination (1959-1964)”. The paper is already posted under “Current Paper” on Chalk. If you do not have access to Chalk, please e-mail Kristy Ironside and she will forward you a copy. As usual, refreshments will begin 15 minutes prior at 4:45 pm.

Posted in: University of Chicago Events