Monthly Archives: September 2011

CFP: “From the Adriatic to the Sulu Sea: Islam and Identity in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia”

From the Adriatic to the Sulu Sea:
Islam and Identity in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia
Dates: February 10-12, 2012
Location: Franke Institute for the Humanities (1100 East 57th Street)

This conference is the third in a series comparing two edges of the Islamic world. The first “Islam at the Edges: Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia” was held at Northern Illinois University 30 March 2009, the second “Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia: Islam, Mergers, and Margins” at Malaysian National University 4-5 January 2011, and the third “From the Adriatic to the Sulu Sea: Islam and Identity in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia” is planned for the University of Chicago for 11 February 2012. Our choice of Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia for the foci of these conferences is motivated by the fact that in each of these regions at opposite ends of the traditional Islamic world Islam is an important historical and social factor that continues to interact with both previous and subsequent cultural traditions and political realities in ways that are informatively comparable. This third conference understands “identities” in the broadest possible manner, and the papers will examine phenomena from music and literacy to politics and spirituality and beyond.

If you are interested in presenting at this conference, please send a title and brief abstract (1-2 paragraphs) to Meredith Clason, Associate Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) ( by November 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given by December 15, 2011.

This conference is sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. Both Centers are supported by National Resource Center funds from Title VI of the US Department of Education.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, CEERES Events/News, Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Talk: “Post-socialist Changes in Europe and the Roma minority: Importance of Educational Strategies to Future Improvement”

October 18, 2011
Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 E 57th St

The Roma of Eastern Europe have undergone seismic social changes in the last twenty years, brought on by the political changes of 1989 and the admission of most Eastern European countries into the European Union. The advent of democracy has allowed for the Roma community to develop politically and to raise its profile culturally, but for many Roma, this period has been disastrous: the end of state socialism has meant both the withdrawal of a robust social safety net and the end of the limitations on free speech and rigidly enforced state monopoly on violence that hid racial tensions under a veil of oppression. Meanwhile, state policies discriminating against Roma in law enforcement and education persist in both Eastern and Western Europe.
This presentation introduces these issues first through a brief survey of the history of European Roma, with an emphasis on the changes in the socialist and post-socialist periods. Personal histories from Hungary, particularly from the families of the presenters, will be used to illustrate broader trends. This is followed by a discussion of the role of IGOs, namely the EU, and NGOs like the Decade of Roma Inclusion project. Finally, the educational situation of Roma in Hungary both as a locus of problems and a laboratory of potential solutions is analyzed in detail.

Daroczi Gabor, Director of Romaversitas, will be presenting.

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, University of Chicago Events

CFP: AABS Conference — The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years

“The 23rd Association for Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) Conference — The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years — will be held in Chicago, 26-28 April 2012.

Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2011.

AABS welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations in fields related to the Baltic region, its countries, and populations within those countries, including minorities. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including, but not limited to, the following: anthropology, architecture, business, communication and media, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, and advancing Baltic studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative work is welcome. Graduate students, both Master and Ph.D. level, are encouraged to submit proposals. Paper and panel proposals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a one- to two-page curriculum vitae. These materials should be sent to the appropriate division chair.

For additional information please visit:

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After Miłosz: Polish Poetry–Conference and Festival

After Miłosz: Polish Poetry
In the 20th and the 21th Century
Chicago, Chopin Theatre, 9/30 –10/3 2011


The Chicago’s literary festival titled After Milosz: Polish Poetry in the 20th and 21th Century is the largest presentation of Polish poetry in the United States this year. The festival celebrates the year of Czeslaw Milosz and commemorates the centennial anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize winner. The event goes beyond a familiar formula of commenting the work of the poet and offers a broader view on the contemporary Polish poetry. Besides the academic conference dedicated to Milosz’s work, and a panel with the greatest America poets (Jorie Graham, Charles Simic) remembering the artist and discussing his influence on American poetry, the program includes readings of the most talented modern Polish poets of three generations. From the best known (Zagajewski, Sommer) to the most often awarded young writer nowadays, Justyna Bargielska. An important part of the festival will be two concerts: the opening show will present the best Polish rappers FISZ and EMADE whose songs are inspired by Polish poetry; another concert will present one of the best jazz singers in the world, Patricia Barber, who will perform especially for this occasion.
The main organizers of the festival are the Fundation of Tygodnik Powszechny magazine and the Joseph Conrad International Literary Festival in Krakow, for which the Chicago festival is a portion of the larger international project for promoting Polish literature abroad. The co-organizer of the festival is the Head of the Slavic Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor Michal Pawel Markowski, who represents also the Polish Interdisciplinary Program at UIC supported by The Hejna Fund, and also serves as the artistic director to the Conrad Festival.
The festival After Milosz will take place in the Chopin Theater, one of the most independent and vivid cultural centers in Chicago. The festival is financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Complete information about the festival can be found on our website at

For a full conference schedule download the following pdf: After Miłosz Schedule

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Fellowship Opportunities at the Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center is once again offering two exciting educational opportunities: the Fellowship Program for recent college graduates and the Steiner Summer Program for undergraduates.

The Fellowship Program offers talented young college graduates who are passionate about Yiddish language and culture the opportunity to work at the Book Center for a year. As paid, full-time staff members, fellows provide content for existing programs and spearhead new ones, while continuing their education in Yiddish language, literature, and culture. Applicants should have strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines and a working knowledge of Yiddish. Application deadline: January 2, 2012. For more information, please visit

The Steiner Summer Program offers matriculating college students a unique opportunity for a tuition-free, seven-week intensive course in Yiddish language and culture. Beginning and intermediate students will be immersed in language study, and will also study the history, literature, culture, and music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. Application process will be open soon. For more information, please visit

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Study Abroad and English Teaching Opportunities in Vladimir, Russia with American Home

1) ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK IN RUSSIA – Application Deadline October 15, 2011

In Vladimir – Help fix-up the Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center (VYHEC), work with at-risk Russian children, teenagers, and handicapped children, participate in youth club activities. In Murom – Work with Russian law students at the Murom Institute to improve their English skills, participate in mock trials, and share your personal understanding of Western legal systems.

2) INTENSIVE RUSSIAN PROGRAM – 25-30% discounts for those participating in small groups of people with similar language skills.

Program costs: one-to-one instruction group instruction (3+ people)

4 weeks $3,436 $2,248

6 weeks $4,625 $3,047

8 weeks $5,815 $3,869

The benefits of the American Home’s long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – will be provided to group participants:

· experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers;

· program customized to the needs of each group of students;

· flexible scheduling;

· individual home-stay with a Russian family;

· “Russian friend-conversation partner” program;

· on-site administrative support;

· well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere;

· excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo;

· opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians participating in the American Home English Program and others;

· opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an orphanage

We hope to make the Intensive Russian Program more accessible to a broader audience and provide professors and teachers opportunities to send entire groups to Vladimir for intensive customized instruction in the Russian language.

3) TEACHING POSITIONS – American English Program

Applications for teaching positions for the 2012-2013 academic year in the American English Program are due March 1, 2012.

If you have questions about the American Home’s Intensive Russian, Alternative Spring Break, American English Programs or any other aspect of the American Home’s work, please do not hesitate to contact me ( For more information about the American Home, please visit

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IREX Fellowship Opportunities


Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)

Short Term Travel Grants Program (STG)

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program and Short Term Travel Grants Program.

These research support programs offer US scholars and professionals the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Researchers are also able to increase their understanding of current regional issues, develop and sustain international networks, and directly contribute to the formation of US public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the academic and policy-making communities. The fellowships provide logistical support, international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, emergency evacuation insurance, and, in many countries, field office support.


The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to conduct policy-relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

**Eligibility: Master’s students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.

** Information and application:

**Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on November 16, 2011

**Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188


The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a short-term, flexible program for postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct targeted, policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

**Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.

** Information and application:

**Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on February 1, 2012

**Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188
Countries Eligible for Research:

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

IARO and STG are funded by the US Department of State Title VIII Program.

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SRAS Program Home and Abroad: Creative–$7,000 Scholarship possible

The SRAS Program Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship applies to a specific academic program from SRAS lasting approximately nine months with a rigorous internship component included.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home beginning November 1, 2011. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will research and write short, accessible articles and other materials related to Russian art for a general audience. These will be published and featured on as well its partner sites. Students will continue researching and writing once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews, as well as update SRAS’s online city guide and our student university guide.

The Program and Scholarship
The related study abroad program will include a $3000 scholarship which may be applied to the Spring, 2012 semester of Russian as a Second Language (RSL) or The Russians, both as offered in St. Petersburg. The student will then be invited to stay on and attend our summer Art and Museums in Russia program and no additional cost, including housing. The total value of the scholarship is thus worth slightly more than $7,000.

The Student
Applicants must have had at least two semesters of study in art history, studio art, or museum science. Previous Russian study is desirable, but not required for eligibility. Applicants must possess native or near-native English skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. The student must be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore Russia and its art and to excite others about these two subjects.

Program Dates
Applications Due: Oct 15, 2011!
Final Decisions Made: Before Oct 25
Internship from Home Begins: Nov 1
Program Abroad Begins: Feb 6

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS’s regular application procedure, indicating which base program (RSL or The Russians) they are interested in. Students should list the “Home and Abroad: Creative” as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit:

Two academic papers longer than 10 pages.
Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor.

Students will write two submissions of at least one paragraph and no more than a half page describing 1) their favorite painting and 2) their favorite restaurant or café.

All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director. Students indicating interest in Home and Abroad Program are not required to pay the $250 deposit until after acceptance. The deposit will be due on November 1, 2011, or before. All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

The Selection Process
Once students have completed the application process for Home and Abroad: Creative and related programs, they may be asked to revise or edit their writing submissions to test how well they work with an editor over email. A telephone interview may also be arranged. Based on the outcome of this process, students will be informed if they will remain in consideration for the scholarship. Final decisions will be made before October 25th.

Start Your Application!

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Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the sixth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships. These fellowships are to assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences* in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2013.

ACLS will award 65 Fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year. The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend of $25,000 plus additional funds for university fees and research support. These Fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

Applicants must:

1. be Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States.
2. have all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation completed before beginning fellowship tenure.
3. be no more than six years in the degree program; awardees can hold this Fellowship no later than their seventh year.

Interested students should apply directly to the fellowship, via the online application at: by November 9, 2011. Please see complete application requirements at:

* Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to: anthropology; archaeology; economics; geography; history; political science; psychology; and sociology. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political theory). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome.

In the application, students will be asked to list two recommenders, who will be emailed instructions to submit letters of recommendation. Students will also be asked to list an individual who will submit a letter of institutional support. For students in the Social Sciences Division, this should be Dean of Students Patrick Hall (

In order for Dean Hall to write his letter of institutional support, applicants need to email the following materials to Mr. Brett Baker ( by Friday, November 4, 2011:

1. Updated CV
2. 1-page abstract of the dissertation
3. Timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense

In addition, the applicant should also have his or her dissertation advisor email Mr. Baker ( indicating support for the project and the viability of the timeline.

Please note that the letter of institutional support will state the following:
“If [name of student] wins an ACLS Mellon Dissertation Completion fellowship, the Division of the Social Sciences guarantees that it will cover any tuition for [name of student] beyond $5,000, and that it will provide the required Student Life fee. The division will also provide [name of student] with University of Chicago student health insurance for the tenure of the Mellon fellowship.

“In accordance with the terms of the ACLS Mellon fellowship, the university will not support [name of student] with any additional gift financial aid subsequent to the Mellon fellowship.”

More information about this fellowship can be found on the Mellon/ACLS website at:

Questions about the application or about eligibility should be directed to Mr. Brett Baker at or at 773-702-8414.

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Autumn Schedule for the Russian Studies Workshop

The new, interdisciplinary Russian Studies Workshop is pleased to announce its Autumn Quarter schedule!

Oct 4: Brian Horne
Oct 11: Katerina Clark (Social Sciences Tea Room, 2nd floor of SSRB)
Oct 18: Kristy Ironside
Nov 1: Rachel Applebaum
Nov 15: Kathryn Duda
Nov 29: Leah Goldman

All meetings will be held in the John Hope Franklin Room (224) on the second floor of the Social Sciences Research Building at the University of Chicago (except Oct. 11), from 4:30-6:00pm, with snacks and socializing beginning at 4:15.

Workshop participants are asked to commit to regular attendance at all meetings during the quarter, to foster a supportive and cohesive intellectual atmosphere. Papers will be pre-circulated through the workshop’s Chalk site. If you would like to be added to the Chalk site or or the listserv, please email me ( If you don’t have a U of C email address and thus cannot access Chalk, please email me a request before each meeting, and I’ll send you the current paper individually. If you have any comments or questions, please email me! I look forward to meeting old friends and new at our first meeting on Oct. 4.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, CEERES Events/News, University of Chicago Events