Monthly Archives: November 2010

European Students Association Study Break

A message from our friends at ESA:

Hey everyone,

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving dinner, enjoyed Black Friday shopping, and now you’re ready to finish off this quarter!

If you started missing our good old European traditions (or even if you did not :) ), you’re welcome to join us at our Study Break on Wednesday, December 1, at 9 pm at Bartlett Lounge! Come, enjoy some good food, and have fun with your friends before the finals start!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

On behalf of ESA board,


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Undergraduate Student Reception, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Thursday, December 2

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Art: Light of the Winter Star, Vassilen Vasevski and Alexander Telalim, Ukrainian National Museum, December 3-26

Alexander Telalim  & Vassi Vasevski
Opens Friday, Dec. 3rd at 7 pm. Continues through Dec. 26th 2010
The Ukrainian National Museum is pleased to invite you to attend the opening of LIGHT OF THE WINTER STAR Oil Painting and Watercolor by Alexander Telalim & Vassi Vasevski on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7 pm.
Exhibit continues through December 26, 2010.
Vassi Vasevski and Alexander Telalim are friends and have much in common. They are both Bulgarian born and have achieved Masters degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Both have had their works exhibited widely across Europe and have shared their considerable talents broadly in the American art arena. This will be their fourth show together (New York 2007, Sofia 2009 and Chicago 2010.)
For driving instructions, visit our museum website at
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Poetry: Bahyt Kenzheev reading, Chicago Literatry Salon, December 4 [rus]

A message from our friends at the Chicago Literary Salon:

Вечер Бахыта Кенжеева состоится в субботу, 4-го декабря, в 6 часов вечера, по адресу:
310 Melvin Drive, unit 15,
Northbrook, IL, 60062

Стулья! (подушки, коробки, etc.)
$ 15 – и, ура! там тоже есть место для нашей прекрасной большой переменки – приносите угощение!

До встречи!

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Theater: “Steppe”, Tet-a-tet Theatre, Northbrook, December 11

This is not just a story about different people who found themselves in the harsh reality of the Soviet Army. This is not just another tale about “grandfathers” and “newbies.” This is not just a play about random people. This is a story about ‘us’, and it is familiar to us all. It is an unforgettable war of worlds, a battle between what is right and what is in your best interests. It is winning and being beaten, not out on the battlefield, but inside oneself. It is a story about the fate of several completely different people, who happened to be in the same place at the same time.

Tickets are from $15. You can purchase tickets by calling at 847.644.4262 or here.

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Concert: Igor Guberman, Skokie, December 12

Concert: Игорь Губерман

Sunday, December 12 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location Ezra Habonim

4500 Dempster St
Skokie, IL

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More Info Concert: Игорь Губерман

Tickets from $30:

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Rechtskulturen: 7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 2011/12 in Berlin


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars
to apply for seven postdoctoral fellowships for the research project



Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have
obtained their doctorate within the last five years before their
application to the program. We welcome candidates in particular
from the disciplines of law, sociology, political science,
philosophy, history, anthropology, theology, and area studies,
representing a broad range of diverse approaches to the law,
including gender studies, comparative research, law & literature,
critical approaches to international law, administrative sciences,
transitional justice, the law of development cooperation, and
classical problems of legal philosophy. We encourage and welcome
applications from all regions of the world. Fellows are given
the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within
a transdisciplinary and transregional context. During the fellowship
in Berlin, they will be associated with a university institute
(e.g. the Faculty of Law at Humboldt-Universitaet) or an extra-
university research institute. In the overall context of the
project Rechtskulturen and the framework of the Forum Transregionale
Studien, they will be part of a vibrant discursive environment.


begin on October 1, 2011, and will end on July 31, 2012. Shorter
fellowship terms can be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will
receive a monthly stipend of Euro 2.250 plus supplements depending
on their personal situation. Organisational support, regarding
visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful
applicants will be fellows of the project Rechtskulturen at
the Forum Transregionale Studien.


The postdoctoral fellow program Rechtskulturen (‘legal cultures’)
is designed to explore the law in new and innovative ways. We
intend to create a space of reflection and communication where
fundamental and salient questions of the law and its context(s)
can be re-negotiated from a variety of disciplinary and regional
perspectives, and re-connected with jurisprudence and legal
methodology. As a central element of the Berlin research network
Law in Context based at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
Rechtskulturen aims at recontextualizing our understanding of
law by transcending the scope of comparative legal studies and
international law. It is designed to enhance a re-location of law
among its neighboring disciplines – the humanities, the cultural
and social sciences -, and can thus allow affiliated scholars,
fellows and faculty to develop innovative research agendas in
transregional constellations beyond a European or Anglo-American
focus. The program addresses scholars from a variety of disciplinary
backgrounds, regional contexts and academic fields of discourse.
In Berlin, the postdoctoral fellows will work on projects of
their own choice.

The program Rechtskulturen is co-directed by
Justice-elect Professor Susanne Baer (Bundesverfassungsgericht/
Humboldt-Universitaet) and
Professor Christoph Moellers (Humboldt-Universitaet),
and scientifically coordinated by
Alexandra Kemmerer (Research Network Law in Context, Wissenschafts-
kolleg zu Berlin).

Each academic year, the program invites seven scholars in an
early stage of their academic careers to Berlin to pursue projects
contributing to the study of Rechtskulturen: Confrontations Beyond
Comparison. The fellow program’s scholarly environment is designed
to enable and to encourage both fellows and the wider community to
explore and create new orientations in their interdisciplinary
research projects.


To apply, please send the following documents in English, exclusively
by e-mail, as separate word or PDF files:

– a curriculum vitae
– an anonymized project description (no longer than five pages)
stating what you will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
– the titles of three pieces of your scholarly work (incl. biblio-
graphical information) and your favourite one of those as PDF file
– the names and addresses (incl. e-mail) of two referees

The application, to be received by 17 January 2011, should be
addressed to:


The Forum Transregionale Studien is a new research platform
designed to promote research that connects systematic and region-
specific questions in a perspective that addresses entanglements
and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames.
The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and
networks engaged in transregional studies and is supported by
an association of the directors of research institutes and
networks mainly based in Berlin. It started its activities in
2010 by supporting three research projects in the fields of law,
philology, and urban sociology. The Forum Transregionale Studien
is funded by the Senate of Berlin.


Forum Transregionale Studien
Project: Rechtskulturen
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Alexandra Kemmerer
Wallotstrasse 19
14193 Berlin

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Academic Fellowships: American Research Center in Sofia

The American Research Center in Sofia , Bulgaria, offers three programs with accompanying fellowships for the academic year 2011-2012: a Fall term program (September-November 2011) focusing on the history and archaeology of Bulgaria and neighboring countries, from prehistory to the present day; a Spring term program (February-April 2012) focusing on the history of religion in Bulgaria and neighboring countries; and a nine-month program (September 2011-May 2012) which incorporates both Fall and Spring term programs. The programs combine a formal academic curriculum with independent research. ARCS hosts the programs’ lectures and seminars; organizes related study trips; facilitates opportunities for taking Bulgarian and other Balkan language classes; and provides logistical support and access to local libraries, museums, and other educational institutions.

In addition, Between July 14 – August 4, ARCS sponsors a session on Bulgarian history and culture which consists of lectures and visits to sites in and near Sofia and historical and cultural excursions throughout Bulgaria.

The Center engages the participants with eminent local scholars relevant to the field of their study and makes arrangements for specialized research at local institutions. Further details about these programs are available on the ARCS webpage ( and the ARCS facebook group page (


ARCS plans to offer three fellowships for the Fall term program, three for the Spring term program, and one for the nine-month program. The fellowships include a monthly stipend ($550/month), housing in Bulgaria, language instruction, travel expenses within the academic program, and up to $1,000 for travel expenses between North America and Bulgaria.

Graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern Bulgaria or the Balkan peninsula, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible for all three programs. The Fall term and Spring term programs are also open to advanced undergraduate students with similar research interests. Non-U.S. applicants are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the United States or Canada. School and university faculty may apply to be admitted for the Fall term or Spring term program, but are ineligible for ARCS fellowships. The American Research Center in Sofia does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to its programs.

A complete application consists of: the ARCS application form (available at; a project proposal describing how participation in the ARCS academic program will serve your research interests (not to exceed three double-spaced pages); a current cv; academic transcripts; and two letters of reference from scholars familiar with your work. These materials must be submitted by email to Professor Kevin Clinton ( Chair of the ARCS Fellowship Committee, by February 15, 2011. ARCS expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Fellowship Committee by April 1,2011.

Please direct any questions about ARCS academic programs, fellowships, or
application procedures to:

Professor Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS.
American Research Center in Sofia, 75 Vasil Petleshkov St., Sofia 1510,
TEL: (+359 2) 947 9498; FAX: (+359 2) 840 1962

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International & Area Studies Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International and Areas Studies Librarian and Head, International and Area Studies Library and Professor of Library Administration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Position Available:  Position is open until filled.  This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-system faculty appointment.  Rank at the level of Associate or Full Professor of Library Administration with tenure, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected.  The librarian appointment is permanent, but all current unit head appointments in the University Library are five-year, renewable terms. The successful candidate must meet requirements for tenure at the University of Illinois, which includes expectations for librarianship, research and service.

Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the University Librarian, the Head of the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library will provide leadership for, and supervision, of library services to students, faculty, and other scholars using resources in international and areas studies.  This is an opportunity to lead reshaping international and area studies services to users in a major university research library which is involved in rethinking library services through a “new service model” process ( The vision of the IAS Library is to be University’s gateway to the world of information and scholarship about international, global, and area studies which are distinct and complementary scholarly projects. The gateway will connect the knowledge that is crucial to developing global competencies through the study of global concerns and transnational issues as well as the study of distinct nations and regions.

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide leadership for the successful integration of personnel and core activities supporting collections and public services into the new International and Area Studies (IAS) Library;
  • Oversee operations and establish priorities for core services in the IAS Library, including reference service, collection development and management, liaison, outreach, instruction, and support for digital scholarship;
  • Collaborate collegially and cooperatively with other personnel in the IAS Library, other unit heads, the AUL for Services, and the AUL for Collections;
  • Communicate with campus constituent groups such as International and Area Studies Centers, and user communities;
  • Evaluate/coach/mentor personnel;
  • Direct the selection, training, evaluation, and deployment of support staff members and graduate assistants/hourly staff in IAS Library;
  • Prepare regular and on-demand reports for the IAS Library, including but not limited to strategic plans, annual goals, annual reports, and budget proposals and requests;
  • Provide collection development, reference service, and bibliographic instruction for general international areas.  Depending upon departmental needs and qualifications of the successful candidate, duties may also include regional area specialization responsibilities;
  • Coordinate IAS web site management, digital projects, development and management of additional collections, specific library programs and operations, and participate in other projects and activities;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Required: Experience leading and managing in an academic or research environment , particularly in area studies, social sciences, or humanities; Advanced degree in relevant discipline ; Experience providing information and research services and instruction in an academic or research environment; Knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic library services and resources; Evidence of research, publication, and service to meet university standards for tenure Preferred: Progressively responsible professional experience in academic or research library setting, with a commitment to user-centered services; ALA-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent; Experience working with international or area studies programs and services; Demonstrated knowledge of relevant trends in digital libraries, the social aspects of information, and scholarly communications; Experience in building and sustaining library collections in all formats; Knowledge of one or more non-English languages; Commitment to mentoring and training ; Evidence of strong team-leadership skills; Demonstrated excellent communications skills; Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all elements of an academically and culturally diverse community; Flexibility and ability to thrive in a complex, changing environment with competing demands

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience, and will include an administrative component for the five-year renewable appointment as unit head.  Rank at the level of Associate or Full Professor of Library Administration with tenure, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected.  Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, publication, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion.

To Apply: Please complete your candidate profile at Upload letter of application and complete resume, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three (3) references to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: Position is open until filled. Applicant submissions will be reviewed beginning 12/14/2010.  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 12/14/10.


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Slavic Forum, University of Chicago, May 13-14

Slavic Forum
When Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14, 2011
Where Franke Institute for the Humanities
Event type Conferences
Building/Room JRL S-102
Primary Sponsor CEERES
Other Sponsor(s) Slavic Langauges & Literatures
Conference Title Slavic Forum
Presenter(s) TBD
Contact Name Tracy Davis
Contact E-mail
Contact Phone 773-702-8033
Campus Map
Disability Clause Please contact the event sponsor(s) if you require assistance to fully participate in this event.
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