Monthly Archives: December 2010

CfP: Midwest Russian History Workshop, Ohio State University in Columbus, Proposal Deadline January 15

A message from our colleague at the Ohio State University in Columbus:

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the next meeting of the Midwest Russian History Workshop will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus on April 15-16, 2011.  We will send out a schedule and information on accommodations as the date for the Workshop gets nearer.

At this time, we would like to issue a call for papers.  If you would like to present your work, please submit a title and one paragraph description to the members of our program committee: Nick Breyfogle (, Mollie Cavender (, and David Hoffmann (   Proposals are due by January 15th. The normal page limit for work presented is 50 pages.  (If you would like to present a dissertation or book chapter that is longer than 50 pages, please consider summarizing part of the chapter in order to adhere to the 50-page limit.) Accepted papers will be due by March 15th.

We hope to see you at the Workshop.  Please note that it will be held concurrently with the Midwest Slavic Conference, which will open April 14th with a keynote address by Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick of the University of Chicago.  If you are able, we encourage you to arrive by late afternoon on the 14th in order to attend this address as well.

All the best, David

David Hoffmann, Professor
Department of History
The Ohio State University
230 W. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
tel. (614) 292-5576
fax (614) 292-2282

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Conference: Shostakovich Symposium “The Quartets in Context,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 21-22

Shostakovich Symposium

Monday-Tuesday, February 21-22, 2011

Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Leading scholars of Russian music will speak on Dmitry Shostakovich and the string quartets performed by the Pacifica Quartet throughout the Krannert Center season. A keynote address will be given by Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) at Krannert Center prior to the Pacifica Quartet performance on February 22. All talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact

Highlights of the symposium include:

February 21 Afternoon keynote address by Simon Morrison, Princeton University
Evening keynote address by Laurel Fay, independent scholar

February 22 Pre-concert talk by Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Krannert Center; the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; the European Union Center; the Department of German Languages and Literatures; the Program on Jewish Culture and Society; the Program in Comparative and World Literature; and the School of Music.

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Paper: “The Sino-Soviet Romance: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with Russia, Russians, and the Russian Revolution”, Tuesday, December 7

Modern Europe workshop

This is a reminder that the next meeting of the Modern Europe workshop is on Tuesday December 7 at 5 pm in the John Hope Franklin room.  We will be discussing a chapter from Elizabeth McGuire’s upcoming book, “The Sino-Soviet Romance: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with Russia, Russians, and the Russian Revolution”.  The paper is already posted under “Current Paper” on Chalk.

If you do not have access to Chalk, please e-mail Kristy Ironsidek and I will forward you a copy.  As usual, refreshments will begin 15 minutes prior at 4:45 pm.

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Conference: “Changing Roles? Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities”, UIC, February 7

2010-2011 CONFERENCE

The Jewish-Muslim Initiative,
International Studies Program, and
the Institute for the Humanities
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Changing Roles?
Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities

Monday, February 7, 2011
Additional details will be announced.

The traditional religious legal systems in both Judaism and Islam (halacha and sharia) been widely challenged, in recent years, by charges that they are oppressive or demeaning to women. Women committed both to a traditional form of Judaism or Islam and to the gender equality that marks the modern world have responded to this charge in a variety of ways – some of which have begun to change their communities quite radically.  This conference will explore changing roles of women in prayer, study, communal leadership and other aspects of traditional Muslim and Jewish life.

Speakers will include:
Tahera Ahmad
, Northwestern University
Hina Azam, University of Texas at Austin
Ruth Balinsky, Yeshivat Maharat
Tova Hartman, Bar Ilan University
Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University Chicago
Deborah Klapper, Gann Academy
Erin Leib Smokler, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, & University of Chicago
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Claremont School of Theology

Conference organized by Samuel Fleischacker, University of Illinois at Chicago

Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level Stevenson Hall,
701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago

This conference is free and open to the public. It is helpful for us to calculate attendance so please preregister by January 31, 2011. Register here.

For additional information, contact Linda Vavra at 312-996-6354 or <>

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NEIU East Europe International Business Conference 2011, February 28 – March 1



FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1, 2011

College of Business and Management

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

For further information, click on this link or call Nancy Zaitlin, College of Business and Management, 773-442-6102.

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1, 2011
Open to the public

No fee or registration required

Monday, February 28, 2011 Tuesday, March 1, 2011
11:00 – 11:50 am

Marek Michalski

Presentation Topic To Be Determined

Department of Business Economics

Rey Juan Carlos University

Madrid, Spain

9:25 – 10:40 am

East-Central Europe: Opportunities & Challenges for U.S. Business

Martin J. Claessens

International Trade Specialist

U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

12:00 – 12:50 pm

The Balkans in 10 years: Fulfilling Its Potential

John Robinson


Cornerstone International

10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Global Forecast and Focus: Business Strategies for Illinois

Mary Roberts

Acting Deputy Director

Iwona W. Wegrzyn-Bochenska

Senior International Trade Specialist

Office of Trade and Investment,

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Logistics in the European Central Independent States

Paul Jarzombek

Chief Operating Officer

LR International Inc.

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Countries With Potential: Czech, Romania, Turkey

Mona Pearl

Founder & COO


4:15 – 5:30 pm

The European Union, East- Central Europe, and Russia: Twenty Years After Economic Transition

Dr . Robert Donnorummo

Professor Emeritus

University of Pittsburgh

1:40 -2:55 pm

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

Book per Semester Panel

College of Business and Management Students


Cultural Contexts and Management Expectations

Atakan Arica

Arica International Corporation

5:55 – 6:55 pm

Manufacturing Trends in Central and Eastern Europe

Michael L. Hetzel


Northern Galaxy Corporation

7:05- 8:20 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Announced

Dr. Edward Stuart

Department of Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

7:05 – 8:20 pm

The European Union in East-Central Europe: Perspectives of New and Prospective Members

Trade Commissioner Representatives from East-Central Europe

8:30- 9:45 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Announcement

Dr. Christina Ciecierski

Department of Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

8:30 – 9:45 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Determined

Dr. Leszek Cichoblazinski

Department of Management

Czestokowa University of Technology

Czestokowa, Poland

Poland: Destination Country for Foreign R&D Investments

Dr. Edward Halizak

Director, Institute of International Relations

University of Warsaw

Warsaw,  Poland

Asian FDI In Poland: Trends and Perspectives

Dr. Aleksandra Jarczewska-Romaniuk

Institute of International Relations

University of Warsaw

Warsaw,  Poland

(Program schedule subject to change until further notice)
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Middlebury College and Monterey Intitute of International Studies are offering three language-learning opportunities

Middlebury Schools Abroad

Middlebury Language Schools

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)

2011 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium: Gender in the 21st Century Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Deadline December 10

2011 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:


Application Deadline: December 10, 2010

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2011 Regional Policy Symposium, “Gender in the 21st Century Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to examine and discuss gender and women’s issues in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: education, migration, trafficking, women in politics, domestic violence, and economic opportunities, among others.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 5-8, 2011 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:

·         Applicants must be US citizens

·         Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less.  Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:

·         Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site.

·         Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.

To receive more information on the 2011 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to

Application materials are available on the IREX website at:

Symposium Program Evaluation Survey:

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A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University Professional Training Program, Deadline January 4

American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University

A two-year, five-semester professional training program that includes a three-month residency at the Moscow Art Theater School in Russia.

Scott Zigler, Director
Julia Smeliansky, Administrative Director

Financial Aid

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IREX 2011-2012 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program, Deadline February 2

Short-Term Travel Grants (STG)

Applications are currently being accepted. The application deadline for 2011-2012 is February 2, 2011. Applications for US Scholar Grant and Funding Opportunities are made available approximately three months prior to the deadline for each program.

Scholars interested in STG can apply to conduct research in up to two countries for up to eight weeks. As part of the STG fellowship, participants are provided with visa assistance, international roundtrip transportation, a monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, and emergency evacuation insurance.


STG applicants must have a graduate degree (PhD, MA, MD, MBA, MFA, MPA, MPH, MLIS, MS, JD) at the time of application and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

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Summer School 2011, Central European University, Budapest, Deadline February 15

Central European University’s summer school (June 6-July 29, 2011, Budapest, Hungary)

Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and humanities. The summer school draws its student body of around 500 participants annually from more than 80 countries and its faculty from over 40 countries.

In 2011 the summer school offers 19 high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

The general application deadline is February 15, 2011. More information about the application process is available at the relevant course web sites.


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