Call for Proposals–19th International Conference of Europeanists

Call for Proposals
19th International Conference of Europeanists
March 22-24, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Europe is a zone of tremendous diversity. Migration within and to Europe has generated multicultural societies across the continent. Europe’s citizens are ruled through an intricate maze of multi-level governance structures; its corporations, industries, and states operate in distinct ways in different settings; and its western and eastern regions have often developed along dissimilar trajectories.

Thus, for the 19th International Conference of Europeanists, the Council for European Studies is calling for proposals that reflect on and explore the variety of diversities within Europe: political, administrative, legal, geographic, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and identitarian. CES welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined, in the widest range of disciplines and with configurations that transcend disciplinary, national and generational boundaries.

Important Deadlines

Submissions: The proposal submission period opens August 15, 2011 and closes October 1, 2011. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by December 10, 2011.
Registration: Early-bird conference registration opens October 1, 2011 and ends January 31, 2011.
Accommodations: The cut-off date for res-erving a room at the Omni Parker House at the special conference rate is February 20, 2012.

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Call for Papers–Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop

Polish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago announces a fall workshop for historians of East Central Europe. The workshop is open to faculty and graduate students alike and will be based around pre-circulated papers, chapters, article drafts, etc. Participants are welcome to attend either as paper presenters or as members of the active audience. The program begins the evening of Thursday, October 27 with a State of the Field lecture delivered by Robert Blobaum, Eberly Professor of History at West Virginia University, followed by a reception for all conference participants. Papers will be discussed during panel sessions throughout the day on Friday, October 28.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce scholars working in related areas to one another, to showcase work in progress, and generally to facilitate a sense of community among historians of East Central Europe with easy access to Chicago. Doctoral students are especially encouraged to share completed dissertation chapters. Registration for the workshop is free. The Hejna Endowment at the University of Illinois will support the cost of accommodations for a limited number of graduate student and faculty participants. Doctoral students seeking assitance with housing should provide a brief letter of reference from their dissertation advisors.

Please contact Keely Stauter-Halsted at if you are interested in attending the workshop. Indicate in your e-mail if you would like to circulate a paper for discussion (and a short synopsis of its content) and whether you will require accommodations. Pre-circulated papers should be limited to 25 pages in length. The deadline for proposing a paper topic is September 1. Participants should register for the workshop by October 1 to guarantee a spot. Completed papers must be submitted electronically by October 14. They will be made availalable on-line to all registered participants.

Sixth Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival

The 6th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival will transform Daley Plaza into an international village filled with food, music, dance and merchants, August 8-12.
When: August 8-12
Where: Daley Plaza
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Daily
Free and open to the public

International Food Vendors Include:
1. Kasia’s Deli (Warsaw, Poland)
2. Macondo (Bogota, Colombia)
3. Sandy’s Bakery (Belgrade, Serbia)
4. Shokolad Pastry & Cafe (Kyiv, Ukraine)
5. Stella’s Market (Global)


International Merchant Vendors Include:
1. Amber Treasure (Warsaw, Poland)
2. because I like it! (Galway, Ireland)
3. E & J Designs (Mexico City, Mexico)
4. Global Elements (Global)
5. Jan Lee Design (Shanghai, China)
6. Koru Street (Delhi, India)
7. Marta Skei(Delhi, India)
8. Mata Traders(Milan, Italy)
9. Oriental Arts Center (Shanghai & Shenyang, China)
10. Pallay Crafts (Bogota, Colombia)
11. Ten Thousand Villages (Global)
12. The Realm Co. Ltd. (Global)
13. What the Traveler Saw (Casablanca, Morocco)

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Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life at the Art Institute

Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life at the Museum of the Art Institute
June 11–October 9
Galleries 182–184

From the Art Institute:
Avant-garde artists of the early 20th century were determined to bring art out of academic or bohemian isolation and into mainstream daily life. An international cohort identified with Dada (c. 1916–22), Constructivism (begun in 1921), and the Bauhaus art school (1919–33) worked to revolutionize the everyday in pursuit of this goal. The six artists featured in this exhibition chose a professional identity as designers rather than fine artists, and they rejected brushes and pencils in favor of drafting tools and photography. They took inspiration from urban popular culture and the nascent mass media and also participated in the media stream through advertising, posters, and work for the illustrated press. Everyday life meant communications, and they sought above all to improve the flow and quality of information in society.

Dutch industrial designer Piet Zwart (1885–1977) realized the Constructivist utopian vision in items as humble as a desk calendar and stationery. His Czech counterpart Ladislav Sutnar (1897–1976) brought modernist “good design” to middle-class consumers as the head of a manufacturing cooperative and an applied-arts school. Karel Teige (1900–1951), the leader of the Czech avant-garde, made important contributions to international ideas in literature, architecture, film, typography, and photography. Lazar (El) Lissitzky (1890–1941) worked in Russia and Germany, creating many of the most exciting book and exhibition designs of the time in both countries. Latvian-born Gustav Klutsis (1895–1938) made key innovations in photomontage as a Soviet propagandist. German artist John Heartfield (1891–1968), likewise a photomontage pioneer, was one of the most influential figures internationally in the fight against Fascism.

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Less is More – Bulgarian Artists Abroad

Less is More – Bulgarian Artists Abroad is opening Friday August 5 at the Morpho Gallery with a reception held from 6-10pm. Work from the following artists will be on display: Evgenia Pwetrov, Ralitza Vladimirov, Milena Pramatarova, Jordan Ivanov, Ivaylo Yoshovski, Alex Petkov, Constantine Costa, Kostadin Georgiev, and Vassl Vasevski.

Morpho Gallery
5216 North Damen
Chicago, IL 60625

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Boris Godunov at the Lyric Opera–November 7-29

From the Lyric Opera:

It’s one of the most searing lyric dramas of all time, featuring arguably the greatest bass role ever created.

The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto is Boris, who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar, surrounded by whispers and enemies, and threatened by a pretender to his throne. And not only that — his people are starving.

The score radiates all the grief and grandeur that was Czarist Russia, with thrilling music for the huge chorus. But this masterwork is extraordinary in its intimacy, too — revealing Boris as both the public and the private man, as it peels open the psyche of a tormented ruler who succumbs to his own guilty conscience.

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Call for Papers–BSA-BAN conference

The Ninth Joint Meeting of North American and Bulgarian Scholars (BSA-BAN conference) will be held at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, on May 31-June 2, 2012.

Abstracts are being considered from BSA members in good standing. Individuals wishing to submit an abstract who are not BSA members may register for membership at before submitting an abstract.
The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is **September 15, 2011**. Papers may be in any discipline and on any topic related to Bulgaria. The abstract must not be longer than 300 words, and must not include the applicant’s name or otherwise clearly identify the author. The abstract is to be submitted in PDF form, attached to a cover e-mail giving the abstract title and the applicant’s full name and email address. The e-mail should be sent to the program committee at Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of their submissions once they are received and will be informed of the decisions of their abstracts in early November.

A refereed web-published conference proceedings volume is being planned.

Further information on the conference, which will be regularly updated, is available at

Project Research Associate at the ECMI


The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for two positions as Project Research Associate within the field of “Minority Studies”. Minority Studies at ECMI cover research on national and ethnic autochtonous minority issues in Europe.

The positions

The main task of the two Project Research Associates will be to conduct research in the area of the minority protection regime in Europe with specific reference to the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

The positions are to begin 15 September 2011 or shortly thereafter.
Position A

The position will focus on piloting indicators for the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The successful candidate will participate in the conceptualization and preparation of a major international advisory project currently under development. Prior knowledge of and experience with the Framework Convention is essential. Educational background in law and/or political science or sociology is required. For more on this position, please contact Dr. Tove H. Malloy at

Position B

The position will focus on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the analysis of its impact on the use of minority languages in the public sphere of those states that have ratified the Charter. It relates to education, culture and cultural institutions, public administration, court proceeding, media and trans-frontier broadcasting. A set of comparable indicators will need to be developed. The position refers to an on-going practice-oriented research on ECRML and it is expected to publish the results in the ECMI system of publications or externally. Legal and/sociolinguistic/social sciences background, interest in the European autochtonous, traditional minorities and minority languages is required. Excellent English skills, French is an asset. Other languages e.g. Balkan languages, are most welcome. For more on this position, please contact Ms. Ewa Chylinski at

In addition to the specific project tasks, both positions will entail participating in the ECMI’s professional activities, such as assisting in editorial tasks and other publication tasks, in training and teaching tasks, project management and public relations.

Candidates are required to document a Phd-degree or an ABD in relevant disciplines. Good research skills, the ability to work in a team, and good communication skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Knowledge of German is an asset. Candidates without German language skills are expected to acquire these within a year or two.

Contracts are offered for one year with the option to renew for one more year pending project funds for the second year. Successful candidates are expected to take up residence in the region of Schleswig-Holstein or Southern Denmark. The ECMI is a German-Danish foundation under private German law. Remuneration is comparable to the German TVöD system. The ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men thus explicitly welcoming applications from women as well as from candidates of any social, racial or ethnic background. The ECMI is a non-smoking environment.

Applications are due by August 31.

For more information on the ECMI and application instructions visit

Call for Papers–Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and the
Center for Slavic and East European Studies at the Ohio State University are
pleased to announce the Ninth Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics. The
colloquium will take place on October 22, 2011, at the Ohio State University
campus in Columbus, OH.

We are also very happy to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark
Lauersdorf from the University of Kentucky.

We invite students and recent graduates working in all areas of Slavic,
Balkan, and East-European linguistics to submit abstracts. These areas
include but are not restricted to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax,
semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics,
psycholinguistics and dialectology.

We encourage students working in both formal and functional frameworks to
participate in this event. Interdisciplinary projects from the students in
related fields such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and comparative
studies are welcome, as far as they are related to Slavic and East-European

Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for

Please send abstracts (maximum 500 words) to Kate White (

The abstracts should be anonymous. Please include your name, affiliation,
mailing address, and email address in the body of the email.

The deadline for abstract submission is August 15th, 2011.

Accommodation with local graduate students will be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers.


Kate White (

Jeff Parker (

Monica Vickers (

Alternative Spring Break in Vladimir and Murom

Alternative Spring Break in Vladimir and Murom (March 2012) – Service Learning Volunteer Work in Two Ancient Russian Cities


Help paint and fix-up the Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center, work with at-risk Russian children and teenagers, participate in youth club activities. The Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center works with educational, law enforcement, family, and other community organizations to promote healthy living, positive prevention of harmful behavior, provide psychological and pedagogical help to families and educators, and assistance to handicapped children.


Work with Russian law students at the Murom Institute (Vladimir State University) to improve their English skills, participate in mock trials, share your personal understanding of Western legal systems. Help a new generation of legal specialists build a more equitable Russian judicial system. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.

DATES: March 2012 (March 3-11, March 10-18, March 17-25)

HOUSING: Homestays (with delicious home-cooked breakfasts and dinners)

EXCURSIONS: Excursions in each city and to surrounding sights, for example to Suzdal (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

$900-1,000, depending on the number of participants; Includes room and board, excursions, transportation from/to Moscow, visa invitation, basic Russian language lessons, on-site administrative support; Does not include visa application expenses ($220), airfare, lunches, public transportation in Vladimir ($0.45/ride), health/travel insurance

LEADERS: In Vladimir – David Johnson (Lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University) and/or English language students from Vladimir State University; In Murom – English language faculty and students from the Murom Institute

GROUP SIZE: 5-10 participants (a minimum of 5 participants is required for each group)

Application Deadlines: October 15 and November 1, 2011

To Apply:

1) by October 15 email Dr. Ron Pope, Founder and President, Serendipity-Russia (The American Home),, and David Johnson, Lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University,,

2) by November 1 mail a $500 deposit to Dr. Ron Pope, 1403 Kingsridge Drive, Normal, IL 61761-2860 and

3) Send a scanned copy of the picture and data pages of your passport to David Johnson (for your Russian visa invitation)

Experience the warmth and beauty of ancient, provincial Russia! Volunteer to make a positive difference!

Program organizer: