Monthly Archives: December 2010

46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music, International House, March 25-27

March 25-27th

46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

A Folkdancing Extravaganza at International House. Fearured teachers this year include Atranas Kolarovski, Ahmet Luleci, Ventzi Sotirov, Chris Bajmakovich, Ljupco Milenkovski, James Stoyanoff, and others.

International House


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Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center), Anthropology of Europe Workshop, March 31

An Anthropologist under Surveillance – A Public Talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery

180 Verdery Anthro

“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

A public talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Haskell Hall, Room 315
5836 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Part of the “Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: The Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia” Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.

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14th Annual Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop, April 22

Fourteenth Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop
University of Chicago, April 22nd, 2011
Foster Hall, Room 505, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00-9:30 Andrew Dombrowski (University of Chicago)

The Dative Absolute in South Slavic”

9:30-10:00 Pavel Petrukhin (Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow / University of Vienna)

“On the language and Dating of Copy A of the 1229 Smolensk – Riga Trade Treaty”

10:00-10:30 William Veder (University of Amsterdam / University of Veliko Tărnovo)

“An Omission in the History of East Slavic Writing”

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-11:15 Elena N. Boek (DePaul University)

“An Icon for Peter I: Linking Imperial Cartography with Sacred Topography”

11:15-11:45 Quinn Dombrowski (University of Chicago)

“Medieval Slavic Wiki”

11:45-12:15 Valentina Pichugin (University of Chicago)

“A Unique Monument of Medieval Russian BLANK: Rewiring Cultural History”

12:15-1:15  LUNCH  BREAK

1:15-1:45 David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh), Zoe Borovsky (UCLA), James Danowski (UIC), Cynthia Vakareliyska (University of Oregon)

“Orthodox Saints as Facebook Friends”

1:45-2:15 Brian J. Boek (DePaul University)

“The Making of a Miracle: The Life of Metropolitan Filipp”

2:15-2:45 Gail Lenhoff (UCLA)

“Reconstructing the Lives of Russian Saints and Their Textual Histories”

2:45-3:00 BREAK

3:00-3:30 David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh), Matthew Herrington (University of Georgia), Robert Romanchuk (Florida State University)

“Daniil the Prisoner: A Virtual Florilegium”

3:30-4:00 Ann Kleimola (University of Nebraska)

“Donations to the Kozheozero Monastery”

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Concert: Psoj Korolenko [rus], Skokie, IL, December 18, 7pm

CHICAGO: Saturday, Dec 18, 7PM. 8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Computer Systems Institute. Celebrating the new album ‘ПОД ПОКРОВОМ НОЩИ / IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT’, new songs & translations. Концерт проходит в рамках Чикагского Литературного Салона. Please bring chairs и угощение себе и друзьям. Около здания и в…округ – свободная парковка.

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Dance: Nutcracker Suite, Academy of Dance, Joffrey Ballet, December 17-19

Academy of Dance students in the Trainee Program and Pre-Professional Division will be performing in the Black Box Theatre at Joffrey Tower.

• December 17, 7:30pm
• December 18, 4:00pm and 7:30pm
• December 19, 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Contact Academy Reception at or 312.784.4600 to RSVP today!
Limited seats available!

$10 suggested donation per ticket.

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Competition for Jewish Studies Courses, Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, UChicago, Submission Deadline January 26

Graduate Student Teaching Opportunity:

Jewish Studies Courses at the Graham School

2011-2012 Competition

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, in cooperation with the Graham School of General Studies, is pleased to announce its first competition for Jewish Studies courses to be taught at the Graham School (at the Gleacher Center) in 2011-12.   The Graham School offers an array of open enrollment non-credit courses in the liberal arts for adult students; for examples of current courses, see  The Center for Jewish Studies will oversee three such courses on topics in Jewish Studies, to be taught by University of Chicago Ph.D. students, one in each quarter of the academic year 2011-12.

Each course meets for a total of 20 hours per quarter; usually they are taught over eight weeks, each meeting lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are contingent on minimal enrollment (typically six students). Each student teacher will be assigned a faculty mentor who will work with her on her syllabus and oversee her teaching.

Eligibility: University of Chicago Ph.D. students in all Divisions and Schools are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be admitted to candidacy at the time of application.

Topics:  Any subject relating to Jewish history, culture, thought, and language, from the Bible to contemporary Israel studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish literature in translation.  These courses should be geared to lecture and discussion; there is no grading and student preparation is usually limited to close reading of texts.  Courses need not be introductory surveys but they should not be specialized research seminars based on dissertation chapters.

Application: Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of the application. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to

There will be an information meeting for potential applicants with a representative of the Graham School in early January. Details will be forthcoming.

The application materials must include:

1. CCJS Course Cover Sheet

2. Course title, a one paragraph description, and the draft of a syllabus

3. Current CV

4. E-mail from the student’s departmental Chair of Graduate Studies stating that the student is in good standing and has been admitted to candidacy.

5. The names of two faculty referees

Salary: The Graham School pays graduate student lecturers $1300.  The Center for Jewish Studies will supplement this salary with research grants of $700 that can be used for any research expense (from books to travel).

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2011 Eurasian Regional Language Program, ACTR/ACCELS, Application Deadline March 1

American Councils offers intensive language study programs in
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan,Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. For more information on these programs, visit

Application Deadlines:
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester: April 1
Academic Year Program: April 1

Eligibility Requirements:
Graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and working professionals who have completed two years of college-level study in the target language, Russian, or a language related to the target language may apply to the Eurasian Regional Language Program. American Councils may request a telephone Oral Proficiency Interview to verify language level.

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian Studies, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, Deadline January 20

*Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian Studies*

The LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE Department of Foreign Languages invites applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies beginning Fall 2011.

Preferred teaching fields include Russian as a Second Language and specialization in one of the following areas: Jewish Studies, Gender Studies, Post-Soviet Studies or Film Studies.

The Mellon Fellowship position has the possibility of being converted into a replacement for sabbatical leave in the 2012-2013 academic year. Potential for excellent teaching and research at an undergraduate institution are essential. The teaching load in the 2011-2012 academic year will be three courses, one of which is a Russian language course. The two other courses will be taught in English: a Russian topics course in the fall semester and a section of “Exploration & Discovery,” a general-education first-year seminar in the spring semester.

The position requires near-native or native fluency in Russian and English and a Ph.D. degree in hand by the time of application. A complete application must include (1) a curriculum vita; (2) a letter of application, which includes a statement of educational philosophy, teaching experience and research interest; (3) a sample syllabus for an undergraduate course in the area of the candidate’s specialization; and (4) three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover.

Candidates are urged to submit their application by mail or electronically by Dec. 30 in anticipation of preliminary interviews at the AATSEEL Conference in Pasadena, CA, January 6-10. Later applications will be considered, but must be submitted by January 20, 2011.

The address is: Tatiana Osipovich, Foreign Languages Department, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, 97219-7899.
E-mail address:

Lewis & Clark College, an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is committed to preparing students for leadership in an increasingly interdependent world and affirms the educational benefits of diversity. (See We encourage applicants to explain how their teaching at Lewis & Clark might contribute to a learning community that values diversity.

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The Paul Celan Fellowship 2011/2012 for Translators, The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Deadline February 11

2011/2012 – Call for Application.

For more information on this and other fellowships please visit IWM website.


The Paul Celan Fellowship Program of IWM and ERSTE Foundation aims to help overcome deficits and asymmetries in the exchange of ideas and reception of scholarly literature which result from the division of Europe in the 20th century.
Therefore, the Paul Celan Fellowships support East-West, West-East and East-East translations of canonical texts as well as contemporary key works in the Humanities, Social Sciences and in the field of Cultural Studies. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars. A thematic relation to one of the IWM ’s research fields is likewise welcomed.
Please note that no applications for works of fiction and poetry are being accepted.


Paul Celan Visiting Fellows are invited to spend three to six months at the IWM between July 2011 and June 2012 to pursue their translation projects while working in residence at the Institute. Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of EUR 2,250 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna. The IWM provides a personal office with internet access, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna. Paul Celan Visiting Fellows participate in the scholarly community and activities of the IWM.


The application consists of (in English or German):

  • the application form (please download)
  • a curriculum vitae with a bibliography of translations and other relevant publications
  • the name of the author and the work to be translated (from the original language) and an explanation for the choice thereof
  • the exact number of pages
  • a contract or a letter of intent from a publisher
  • proof that the translator/publisher holds the rights to the translation and its publication (or has an option for them)
  • the planned date of publication
  • information on the program of the publishing house

For further details please see:

Deadline for application is February 11, 2011.

Please send the application by mail to:

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Fellowship Coordinator
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wien

Advance copies by e-mail are accepted:
Subject header: Paul Celan Fellowships
Please send your application materials as PDF files.

Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in spring 2011.
The jury is not required to justify its decisions.

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CfP: 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago, Abstract Deadline December 27

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 7-9, 2011 at the University of Chicago. This year’s conference will include a general main session as well as a parasession on experimental methods in linguistic research.


This session invites papers investigating linguistic questions using laboratory and experimental methods of various kinds. CLS 47 welcomes research in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and related fields which use and analyze experimental data.

Invited parasession speakers

Yosef Grodzinsky – McGill University
Keith Johnson – University of California, Berkeley
Colin Phillips – University of Maryland

Main Session

Equal consideration will be give to papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks, as well as from related cross-disciplinary areas, regardless of focus.

Invited main session speakers

Juliette Blevins – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Angelika Kratzer – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Norvin Richards – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presentation Format

All talks will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format, with filename Paper Title.pdf (e.g., The Morphophonemics of Robojibwe.pdf).
  • Include title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language, language family, linguistics subfield) in the abstract.
  • Abstract may be no more than 500 words in length, no smaller than 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. Data, keywords, and references are not included in the final word count, but please intersperse data within the main text of the abstract as much as possible. Do not put data on a separate page. Total abstract (including data and references) should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Author name(s) must not appear on the abstract or file name! Submissions are anonymized and the author’s name will be associated with the abstract by the Easy Abstract system. Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 47 will be evaluated under a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal reviewers.


Please submit your abstract at our Easy Abstracts submission site.

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Monday, December 27, 2010.

For questions not answered in this call, please contact us at:

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