Monthly Archives: October 2011

Some Chicagoland Russian Events in November

The legendary Umka (Anya Gerasimova) and Guitarist Borya Kannunikov
Nov 11, 2011 7:30pm
“Krug” Center, 718 Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL

Sergei Konovalov Concert
Nov 12, 7pm
36 Plymouth Dr.
Lincolnshire, IL

Vinyl Band Concert
Nov 18, 8pm
La Mirage Restaurant

Performance of “A Very Simple Story”
Nov 12, 2011 07:00 pm
Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan Rd, Northfield, IL
(847) 446-5252

Posted in: Chicago Events

2012 Committee on Institutional Cooperation and Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship

Fellowships are offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. These one-year fellowships are offered to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.

Application Instructions

To be considered for the CIC/SI Fellowship, applicants must complete the CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Application form.

A PDF of the completed application must be submitted electronically by November 15, 2011 at 5 PM to the graduate fellowship office at the student’s home institution.

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

CFP: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Call for Papers

REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Region is a new international journal for regional studies of former Soviet bloc countries, published by the Slavica publishers on behalf of the Institute of Russian Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. We are currently receiving articles for the second and subsequent issues. Here we provide brief information of the journal and submission guideline.

Aims & Scope

Region is a peer-reviewed international journal that explores the history and current political, economic, social, and cultural affairs of the entire former Soviet bloc. In particular, the journal focuses on various facets of transformation at the local and national levels in the aforementioned regions, as well as the changing character of their relationships with the rest of world in the context of glocalization. The following topics are most prominently featured:

• Regional identities in globalized societies
• Communication and transmission of information
• Migration and boundaries
• Transition: politics, economy, society, and culture
• Theories and methodologies of regional studies in the context of
• Imagined territories: cyber space, urban vs. rural, center vs.
periphery, etc.
• Inter-regional cooperation
• Identities in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, memories, and nostalgia Continue reading →

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Summer Resident Director Positions in Russia, American Councils

Job announcement for summer Resident
Directors in Russia.

American Councils is currently seeking qualified Resident Directors to
work in Russia on a variety of summer programs ranging from five to
eight weeks in length. Individual programs are designed for high
school students, undergraduate and graduate students, or graduate
students and teachers. All programs are focused on the acquisition of
Russian language and culture in an immersion setting. Continue reading →

Posted in: Job Postings

Dean Bell: “Re-Narrating Jewish and Christian Relations: Early Modern Germany through the Lens of Environmental History”

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies announces:

Thursday, 11/3, 5:30 p.m.
Seminar in Early Modern History
Dean Bell, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
“Re-Narrating Jewish and Christian Relations: Early Modern Germany through the Lens of Environmental History”

Find more information on this program at: Printable PDF flyer – please feel free to distribute and post:

This program is free and open to the public; registration in advance is required. The paper will be precirculated electronically to registered participants.

Faculty members and graduate students from member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program. See for details.

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Posted in: Chicago Events

CFP: 18th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore

18th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore


Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2011

The 18th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will take place at The University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA, March 29-31, 2012.

The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, and folklore, as well as culture. Abstracts should be maximum one page, including examples and bibliography if needed (12-point font, at least 1″ margins), and should be anonymous.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format, by email, to Bojan Belic ( The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email.

More information is available at

Questions about the conference may be directed to James Augerot ( or Bojan Belic (

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Terrell Starr: “Being Black and Ukrainian: A Balancing Act”

“Being Black and Ukrainian: A Balancing Act”
Presented by Terrell Starr (New York-based freelance Journalist; M.S. in News-Editorial Journalism, MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, UIUC; and Fulbright Scholar-Ukraine)

November 9, 2011
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Franke Institute for the Humanities.
light refreshments will be served

Co-sponsored by CEERES and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

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

Teacher Workshop: Learning History and Culture through Soviet Children’s Books

Teacher Workshop
Learning History and Culture through Soviet Children’s Books
University of Chicago
Regenstein Library
Saturday, November 12, 2011

The University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center is currently home to an exhibit of Soviet children’s books entitled Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children’s Books and Graphic Art. The exhibit is accompanied by an extensive collection of online resources and pedagogical materials.

During a three hour teacher workshop Claire Roosien will give participants a tour of the exhibit and an introduction to the web resources. She will also provide handouts for use in class and lead a discussion on ways that the material from the exhibit could be used to teach Russian language as well to teach on historical themes such as identity, colonialism, and industrialization.

Teachers will receive three CPDUs for attending.

If you plan to attend this workshop please register by sending an email to Dana Immertreu at

To print a flyer for this workshop, download the following pdf: flyer_Nov12Workshop

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), Soviet Arts Experience, Teacher Development

Polish Carols: The Lira Singers and Symphony

Polish Carols, Song and Dance
The Lira Singers, Lira Dancers, and Lira Symphony
Presented in celebration of the Polish Presidency of Europe

  • Beloved Polish Carols
  • American Carols, too
  • Exciting folk songs and dances
  • Music of the Polish masters
  • Colorful, authentic costumes
  • All narrated in English!

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center
220 South Michigan Ave, Chicago

Sunday, December 11, 2011
St. John the Evangelist Church
St. John, Indiana
(Lira dancers will not appear at this performance)

Posted in: Chicago Events

Kennan Institute Research Grants

The Kennan Institute is now accepting applications for their Title VIII Research Scholar program in Washington, D.C., ranging from 3-9 months, as well as for their one month Short-Term grants. In addition, they will again be offering their Title VIII 2-month Summer Research Grant, which can be used from May – September 2012. This grant will be available to applicants who hold a MA degree or higher.

1. Research Scholar Grants. The Kennan Institute offers resident grants to scholars to utilize the unique resources of the Washington area. The Title VIII Research Scholar program is open to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed, and provides 3 to 9 months of support—including office space, a research intern, and special borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress.

2. Short-Term Grants. Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide up to 30 days of stipend support and use of Institute facilities to conduct research in Washington, and are open to scholars who either possess a doctoral degree or are doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations.

3. Summer Research Grant. Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research grant. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2012, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Grant will provide a stipend of $3,200 per month, support for a summer intern, and access to the facilities of the Kennan Institute, including its library. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Summer Grant scholars. Travel and accommodation expenses also are not directly covered by this grant.

The deadline for the Research Scholar and the Summer Research grants is December 1, 2011. The Short-Term grant competition takes place on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for Short-Term grants is also December 1, 2011. Please note that there has been a change in the eligibility requirements. Title VIII awards are limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens upon commencement of their scholarship. I encourage you to share these exciting opportunities with your students and colleagues, and have them visit our website to learn about the application process: (

Please contact Deputy Director William Pomeranz at (202) 691-4237 or by email at if you should have any questions.

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