Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Academy Scholars Program–Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies


The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present. Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard facilities. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of Harvard faculty members, act as mentor to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

For more information on the program visit

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Golem & Eastern Blok Concert–Presented by KFAR

KFAR Jewish Arts Center Presents:

Golem & Eastern Blok
9pm September 3rd
Martyrs (21+), $15
3855 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Contrary to popular belief, Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from “Lord of the Rings.” Golem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-rock band. They’ve become a Chicago area favorite.

Fronted by Annette Ezekiel Kogan – singer, accordionist, and 5-foot powerhouse; and vocalist, tambourine player, crazy-man Aaron Diskin; violin virtuoso Jeremy Brown; trombonist extraordinaire Curtis Hasselbring; elegant upright bassist Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and unstoppable drummer Tim Monaghan, Golem’s sound evokes wisps of old-world elegance filtered through the successes and disappointments of new-world dreams.

Spending nights in Lower East Side immigrant-owned bagel shops and summers in Eastern Europe, Annette collects Jewish, Gypsy, and Slavic folk songs, and, with Golem, rewrites, adds, edits, and rearranges them along the way. These are the songs to which Eastern European grandparents danced over a century ago, and now Golem has its unwrinkled fans moshing to the same pulsing beats. Balkan jazz fusion band Eastern Blok opens.

For more information about KFAR’s Fall 2011 concert lineup visit

Posted in: Chicago Events

Agitation!: A Symposium, October 14

October 14 from 9am-6:30pm at the Smart Museum of Art

Join leading scholars for a daylong public symposium that examines art and political agitation.

The symposium is presented in connection with the exhibitions Vision and Communism at the Smart Museum of Art and Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary at the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library. It is part of a series of academic programs in Chicago devoted to discussing Soviet graphic arts, including a session on October 13 at Northwestern University and one on October 15 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The full schedule for Agitation!:A Symposium is now available online at

The Symposium is presented the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for International Studies, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Special Collections Research Center, and University of Chicago Presents.

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, Chicago Events, Soviet Arts Experience

Alfa Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers accomplished young Americans and Britons the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, Fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, health insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the US/UK.
Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance US/Russian and UK/Russian relations.

The application deadline for participation in the Alfa fellowship program during 2012 is December 12. For more information and to download a program brochure visit

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The Artwork of Valeriy & Marita Vaskov–Ukrainian National Museum

The Artwork of Valeriy & Marita Vaskov Exhibit Opening on Friday, August 26th at 7 pm

A collaboration of art and marriage – Valeriy & Marita Vaskov, two talented artists currently living and working in Lisbon, Portugal, will exhibit their vivid and stunning paintings at the Ukrainian National Museum. Their paintings display their love for the intensity of beauty and color which they share in their united world.

Since 2001, Valeriy Vaskov has had over 33 different exhibitions in many European countries such as Belgium, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands. His art is owned and actively collected by many private collectors and museums worldwide.

Marita Vaskov, Valeriy’s wife, inspires new creative ideas and will delight audiences with the unexpected during this exhibit.

The exhibit continues through September 18, 2011.

While visitng the museum, be sure to explore the permanent collection including traditional folk art, the Pysanka collection and the Holodomor exhibit. Explore your heritage at the Ukrainian National Museum.

For more information visit

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CFP: UChicago Middle East History and Theory Workshop

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is calling for papers for its 2011-2012 calendar year. Submissions from graduate students with dissertation chapters or proposals are especially encouraged.

This workshop serves as a multidisciplinary platform where University students in the humanities and social sciences can discuss a wide array of academic questions related to the history, culture, societies and politics of the Middle East. As an area studies workshop, we accept papers dealing with this broad range of subjects throughout the geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and over a time span extending from the advent of Islam to the present. Participants come from a wide range of fields including Middle Eastern Studies, History, Art History, Film, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Political Science, Literary Studies, and Religious Studies. By tying in these different fields, one of the workshop’s main concerns is to bridge the existing gap between factual and theoretical approaches to studies of the Middle East. Presentations usually include dissertation chapters or proposals, works in progress, and discussions of research conducted abroad. Papers are circulated beforehand to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.

The workshop will meet most Fridays in Pick 218 at 4:30. However if this time doesn’t work, we can seek alternative times. Presentations are usually between 30-40 minutes, allowing another half-hour for discussion. Please let us know in which quarter you’d be interested in presenting, and roughly when in the quarter (early, middle, late).

Those who would like to present or would like additional information should contact us at

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Book Launch of Yuriy Tarnawsky’s Short Tails

Saturday, September 17, at 7PM

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites you to a literary reading on the occasion of the book launch of the Ukrainian/American author Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new book of short stories Short Tails published by Civil Coping Mechanisms/JEF. The author, who will read from his new book, will be accompanied by his American writer friends Jeremy Davies, Eckhard Gerdes, Jim Hugunin, AD Jameson, and Davis Schneiderman, who will read from their own works. A reception will follow the reading.

Cost: Free Admission; Donations are welcomed.
Where: 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL

For more information on this exhibit please visit

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Lab Manager Position, Harvard University

The Polinsky Language Sciences Lab at Harvard University ( invites applications for a part-time position of Lab Manager. PLSL, under the supervision of Prof. Maria Polinsky of Harvard Linguistics (, is an inclusive and inspiring environment for researchers in the language sciences at Harvard and beyond. Areas of research include syntactic and semantic processing, with a unique focus on the psycholinguistic investigation of understudied languages, including Mayan, Caucasian and Austronesian languages as well as heritage languages.

Duties include preparation of experimental materials, scripting and running experiments in the lab and online, preparing experimental data for analysis, visualizing data, and performing statistical analysis. The individual will also be responsible for maintaining the lab website and wiki, recruiting and scheduling experimental subjects as well as managing of funds for subject compensation and equipment maintenance.

The successful applicant will have strong familiarity with R, HTML (ideally also JavaScript), and MATLAB (specifically Psychtoolbox). Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Cognitive Science or Linguistics. Applicants should highlight experience with behavioral methods and demonstrate a keen interest in the study of human language processing. Applicants must be local or relocate to the Boston area.

This is a one year appointment from date of hire with possibility of extension for future years pending funding. Please email a cover letter and a CV (with names of three recommenders included) to This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed starting September 1, 2011. Anticipated start date is early Fall 2011. Harvard University is an equal opportunities employer and committed to affirmative action. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

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SSRC Eurasia Program 2011 Fellowships Competition – Applications Now Available

The Social Science Research Council Eurasia Program is pleased to announce that online applications are now available for its 2011/2012 Fellowships Competition.

Eurasia Program Fellowships are intended for applicants who have completed their dissertation field research and/or data collection, who have made significant progress in outlining emergent, innovative contributions to scholarship, and who are willing to reach beyond the academic community to make their work known and accessible to a variety of publics.

The Eurasia Program offers three types of fellowship support in 2011, providing financial and academic support to graduate students in the early stages of dissertation development, Ph.D. candidates near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities, and young scholars within five years of the completion of their Ph.D.

The funding for this fellowship program is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). One of the goals of the Title VIII program is to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This program also works to support outreach; build relationships between the policy community and the academic community; help build national capability by engaging diverse experts in the exploration of new ideas and perspectives; and create new knowledge and research.

Applications due – November 15, 2011

Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs)

Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs) enable early stage graduate students to perform initial field assessments of up to 4 weeks for archival exploration, preliminary interviews, and other forms of feasibility studies related to their dissertations. The SSRC anticipates awarding 4-6 young scholars the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of their proposed field sites, establish contacts within local communities, meet with local scholars, and gain insight into how their dissertation topic resonates with regional intellectual, political and social currents. Proposals should reflect a clear plan for initial field assessment, require a budget of less than $4,000, and clearly articulate the policy relevance of the proposed project.

Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs)

Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs) are intended to provide one year of support to enable the prompt completion of a PhD dissertation. The SSRC anticipates offering approximately 10 DDAs (with stipends up to $18,000 and $4,000 of possible supplemental funding) to advanced graduate students who have completed their fieldwork. Fellows will participate in professionalization activities and a spring conference, and contribute to the Eurasia Program’s new working paper and policy brief series. Applicants should pay serious attention to the policy-relevant aspects of their research.

Post-Doctoral Research Awards (PDRAs)

Post-Doctoral Research Awards (PDRAs) provide research funds to early-career scholars who have been awarded their PhD within the last five years to support the furthering of the work initiated in their dissertations or the launching of their first post-dissertation research project. The SSRC anticipates awarding 2-3 of these awards (of up to $33,000 each over 24 months), which will provide unique and valuable resources for recent PhDs making the transition into professional research careers. Applicants will be expected to secure overhead agreements from their institution of employment (for no more than 10% of the total award amount). Research funds may be used for travel, data collection, software, research assistance, salary, or other forms of scholarly development. Applicants must present a clear research and writing plan, highlighting their publication strategy and discussing the policy relevance of the proposed work.

For additional details on how to apply, including a link to the online application, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see:

Questions can be addressed to:


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The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) Seeks Communications Officer

The ERRC seeks qualified applicants for the position Communications Officer. Reporting to the Programmes Director, the Communications Officer helps to ensure the highest standards in the delivery of ERRC communications tools, by providing strong drafting and editing skills, strong analysis and effective communication skills.

Areas of responsibility: In consultation with the Programmes Director:

1. Content development: draft letters of concern, press releases, talking points, fact sheets, website content, advocacy submissions and other materials;
2. Editorial support: edit letters of concern, press releases, fact sheets, ERRC website content, the ERRC Newsletter and video messages, advocacy submissions and other materials for publication produced by colleagues;
3. Roma Rights coordination: manage article submission and selection process; supervise development and editing of all articles;
4. Website coordination: oversee the regular updating of the ERRC website content;
5. Schedule management: maintain a schedule for letters of concern, press releases, reports, submissions and publications launches and coordinate with the rest of the organisation to ensure timely development and avoid overlap;
6. Information management: Ensure dissemination and archiving of communications materials, maintain up-to-date contacts lists, maintain and develop ERRC social media presence, respond to requests for information, etc.;
7. Needs assessment and outreach: monitor and provide accurate assessment of Roma rights developments and international and domestic advocacy opportunities, maintain strong relations with colleagues and external contacts and partners (Romani and other human rights activists, journalists, researchers and governmental and inter-governmental representatives, etc) and advise colleagues on communications actions;
8. Establish and monitor individual work plan, and undertake necessary administrative tasks for own work;
9. Help implement ERRC training programmes, as necessary and collaborate with ERRC interns, contribute to their learning and development; and
10. Other tasks as requested.

Required experience and skills:

* University degree in communications, public relations, human rights, or a related field;
* At least two years experience working in a communications environment;
* Strong native-level English language writing, editing and speaking skills required; ability to concisely present ERRC positions; other languages desirable (Romani, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Serbian, Macedonian);
* Proven experience drafting and editing communications materials for a variety of audiences;
* Demonstrated knowledge of relevant issues, structures and contacts; proven ability to cultivate contacts and develop networks;
* Social media and multi-media knowledge;
* Attentive to deadlines, flexible and able to deal with high workload;
* Strong team player; proven ability to work in a diverse team; able to work independently;
* Significant experience living and working in Romani communities is desirable;
* Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of Roma rights; and
* Willingness to travel for work, either alone or with colleagues.

Remuneration: Based at the ERRC office in Budapest, the remuneration level for this full time position shall be commensurate with experience, ranging between 23,000 – 28,000 EUR gross per year (payable in Hungarian forints). In accordance with the annual budget approved by the board of directors, ERRC employees are provided fringe benefits and access to a professional development fund.

Expected start date: The successful applicant is expected to start no later than the end of September 2011.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates should send the following application materials; persons submitting incomplete application packages will not be considered for the position:
1. Maximum 500 word letter of interest
2. Detailed CV in English;
3. Contact details for two present or former employers (from immediate supervisor) and one other relevant referee; and
4. An unedited English-language writing sample by the applicant (preferably human rights focused).

Submit to: Dora Eke – ERRC Communications Officer Search
Fax: +36.1.413.2201

Application deadline: 23:00 on 21 August 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Short-listed applicants will be notified within one week of the deadline; applicants who are not shortlisted will not be contacted.

The ERRC is committed to equal opportunity for all. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

Link:http:/ /

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