Monthly Archives: October 2011

Position in Russian Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Position in Russian Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) plans to establish a new tenure or tenure-track position in Russian literature and/or culture in the Division of Russian and Eastern European Studies, Department of Central and Eastern European Cultures ( during 2013-2014. The position may be adjusted for a young promising scholar at the tenure-track (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer), as well as for a candidate with an established international reputation (Associate Professor, Professor). We are interested in the widest possible international competition in order to choose the best candidate, with research excellence as the main criterion. The candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of courses in Russian literature and culture to undergraduates and graduates (six academic hours per week usually structured as three one-and-a-half hour long meetings per week). During the first two years all teaching may be in English and/or Russian. The candidate is expected to deliver courses in Hebrew starting from his/her third year of teaching at the HU.

Since we wish to give the candidate the opportunity to get acquainted with the HU and learn about local conditions firsthand, we strongly encourage those who consider applying for this position to spend first a period (from a semester to a year) at the HU as a Visiting Fellow. It is possible to apply for one of these or both fellowships:
– Lady Davis Foundation:
– Golda Meir Fellowship:
You can also check if these are relevant for you:
– Martin Buber Society of Fellows (for Israeli or German citizens):
– Mandel Scholars (Jewish Studies):

About the HU. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a leading multidisciplinary institution of higher education and research, which attracts scholars and students from all over the world. The University is justly proud of its position at the cutting edge of the natural sciences and humanities. Its researchers publish widely in leading international scientific and scholarly journals, conduct collaborative research projects with noted scholars from other countries, and compete successfully for research grants from international and national funding sources (NIH, DFG, EU, Human Frontier, ERC, Howard Hughes, ISF). The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked among the top universities in the world in two comprehensive surveys conducted by The Times Higher Education Supplement of London and Shanghai University. In The Times listings of the world’s 100 top universities in specific academic fields, the Hebrew University was ranked 43rd place in the arts and humanities; 4th in the social sciences, 52nd in science, and 63rd in biomedicine. Shanghai University ranked the Hebrew University 65th from among 1000 institutions surveyed. Funding of more than $107 million supports 4,500 research projects in progress. Within the framework of these projects, 45% of all the student body (24,000) are graduate students working toward advanced degrees. The University has educated and trained thousands of students—in 2009, 28% of all doctoral candidates in Israel are enrolled at the Hebrew University. Six Nobel Prize recipients belong to HU faculty or alumni. The Faculty of the Humanities is ranked higher than any other Faculty of the HU (see above). Its academic community is outstandingly international; the majority of the faculty is graduates of the most prestigious universities in Europe and the US. In addition, the Division of Russian and East European Studies at the Department of Central and Eastern European Cultures (previously, the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies) has been home, during the last three decades, to such prominent scholars of language, literature and history as Moshe Altbauer, Viktor Levin, Wolf Moskovich, Moshe Taube (linguistics and palaeoslavica), Lazar Fleishman, Omri Ronen, Samuel Schwarzband, Dmitry Segal, Ilya Serman, Roman Timenchik, Helena Tolstoy, Michael Weisskopf (literature), Jonathan Frankel, Theodore Friedgut, Ezra Mendelsohn (history), and others. Our graduates and former colleagues teach at Brown, Cornell, Michigan, Penn, Stanford, Sorbonne, and other renowned schools.

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The Twenty-First Annual Workshop on
Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics
The Third Indiana Meeting
11-13 May 2012
Bloomington, IN

Invited Speakers:
Zeljko Boskovic, University of Connecticut
Damir Cavar, Eastern Michigan University
Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

FASL 21 will be preceded by a SPECIAL SESSION on

Slavic Computational Linguistics:
Computational Approaches to Slavic Languages
10-11 May 2012

Call for Papers:
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes discussion) on any topic dealing with formal aspects of Slavic syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology,
phonetics, including language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics. Computational talks will be organized into the special session.

Abstracts are limited to TWO PAGES and should be ANONYMOUS. Abstract submissions should be made via the EasyChair Conference System.
Specific instructions will be made available on the conference website:

Authors are advised to re-check examples and glosses with speakers of the languages involved.

Abstracts must be received by 1 FEBRUARY 2012. We hope to make a program available by 15 MARCH 2012.

phone: (812) 855-9906/3272
fax: (812) 855-2107

web page:

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Arts of Non-Sovereignty Discussion Series

The Worlding, Writing Project is organizing a series of discussions entitled The Arts of Non-Sovereignty. Underwriting this project is the sense that being non-sovereign–being out of control–is a profoundly personal and social condition of ordinariness. In three related events over the course of the year we address non-sovereignty from a range of perspectives, using different critical approaches and concepts. The first event addresses non-sovereignty from within the intimate and institutional relations that family life coordinates. The second focuses on the experience of out-of-controledness and is organized around the concepts of risk and chance. The third examines the experience of non-sovereignty, not as disorder but as a felt excess of order.

Losing it: Families, Chaos and the Arts of Attention
November 4-5, 2011
Hailing from anthropology, literature, and media studies, the participating artists/writers in this two-day event are radically experimental in the ways they account for the circulation of control and affective disruption within families. The case is: ill or disabled parents, and the ripple effects of the chaotic present that illness induces–both on the memory of being intimately reliable in the family and on speculative capacity. Illness here is a case of immediate/structural crisis. It is as though the event of the loved ones out of control forces new genres into being.

Part One of this event (Nov 4, 10:00-6:30 p.m. | in the Franke Institute for the Humanities) is a conference involving talks/performances by Lauren Berlant (Chicago), Carl Bogner (Wisconsin), Jennifer Montgomery (Independent Filmmaker), Susan Lepselter (Indiana), Susan Schultz (Hawaii), and Kathleen Stewart (UT Austin).

Part Two of this event (Nov 5, 9:00-11:30 a.m. | in Wilder House) November, is a writing workshop led by Kathleen Stewart that will focus on experimental critical attention. **Please note the change of venue to Wilder House**

Rolling the Dice: The Art of Chance
February 2-3, 2012

Rolling the Dice continues our discussion of being out of control. Also conceived as an experimental event, it approaches the experience of out-of-controledness via the concepts of randomization and chance in both their positive and negative valences (positive, as in something to embrace, negative, as in the absence of any other decent approach). Artists/writers in this workshop will include Debora Battaglia (Mount Holyoke), Yvette Christiansë (Barnard), and Renata Salecl (a Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst). This event will be curated by Bernard Harcourt (Chicago) and Susan Lepselter (Indiana).

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Bauhaus Now at the UIMA

October 14 – December 4, 2011
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents Bauhaus Now: Contemporary Applications, an international group exhibition featuring 21 artists whose work applies the foundational principles of art and design set forth by the Bauhaus school founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919.

Students, alumni, and instructors from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Bauhaus Universitat in Weimar, Germany – as well as artists whose practice has been informed by the Bauhaus foundation – explore the contemporary application of the Bauhaus legacy and ideals.

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

Posted in: Chicago Events

Director of the Slavic Language Program Position, Harvard University

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University invites applications for the position of Director of the Slavic Language Program at the rank of Senior Lecturer, expected to begin July 1, 2012. The DLP will head and coordinate all aspects of the program, which currently consists of Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Czech, including study abroad. Duties include defining program goals and setting curriculum, coordinating and supervising preceptors, and training graduate student instructors. This is a five-year, full-time position with possibility of reappointment in five-year increments. Normal teaching duties are two courses per year.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, and have native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English. The ideal candidate must be able to teach all levels of Russian language and have a record of successful experience in an American college or university setting. Knowledge of one or more other Slavic languages is a big plus. The department is looking for someone familiar with current pedagogical theory and practice, committed to developing courses with innovative content and exploring instructional technologies.

Applicants should apply online at

Please provide a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, research statement, and three letters of recommendation. Recommenders should submit their letters using the online system, and applicants are asked to provide contact information for recommenders on their CV and through the online application. Applications must be complete by December 1, 2011.

Initial interviews will be conducted at the AATSEEL conference this January; finalists will be invited to campus. Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Posted in: Job Postings

Kristy Ironside: “’Cash-and-Goods’: Lotteries from Stalin to Khrushchev,” at the Russian Studies Workshop

Russian Studies Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4:30-6:00 (snacks from 4:15!)
John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224)

You are invited to the Russian Studies workshop’s next meeting of the interdisciplinary Russian Studies Workshop on Oct. 18, when they will discuss a dissertation chapter by Kristy Ironside (Dept. of History, University of Chicago) entitled “’Cash-and-Goods’: Lotteries from Stalin to Khrushchev”. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and discussion will begin at 4:30.

The paper is now available on the workshop’s chalk site under “Current Paper.” If you do not have access to the chalk site, please email Leah Goldman at, and she will be glad to send you a copy. Please also contact Leah if you have any questions, comments, or otherwise need assistance.

Posted in: University of Chicago Events

Adler Planetarium Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight

Join the Adler Planetarium and Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International for an afternoon panel discussion with cosmonauts Boris Volynov and Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. Volynov and Prunariu will discuss the significance of Gagarin’s world changing flight, and their personal experiences and mission accomplishments as part of the international space program.

Following the panel discussion, visitors can view the bronze bust of Yuri Gagarin, a gift to Chicago from its sister city Moscow. The bust will be on display at the Adler alongside Alan B. Shepard’s jet flight suit and helmet, on loan from the personal collection of the Alan B. Shepard Family.

When: Wednesday, October 19
Where: Adler Planetarium – Universe Theater
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: Included with General Admission*
Available on a first-come, first-served basis from the box office.
*Note: General admission for Illinois residents is free on Wednesday, October 19.

Posted in: Chicago Events

CFP: The Third International Conference on Islam



The Third International Conference on Islam
“Islam and Democracy”
April 13-14, 2012
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Abstract submission deadline: November 30, 2011

The Third International Conference on Islam will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, on April 13-14, 2012. The objective of the conference is to create an environment for the discussion of different aspects of Islam in an academic setting and in a non-speculative way. The conference will serve the purpose of bringing together academics, scholars and researchers interested in different aspects of Islam, and will provide an opportunity to share new findings, approaches and research on Islam. Selected papers from the conference will be published as a book.

Keynote Speaker: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Theme: The theme of this year’s conference will be “Islam and Democracy”.

Scope: Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
· Islamic Theological Perspectives on Democracy
· Islam, Liberalism, and Pluralism
· Islam, Secularism, and the State
· Islam and Nationalism
· Muslim Women and Democracy
· Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
· Islam and Democracy in Central Asia
· Islam and Democracy in Europe
· Islam and Democracy: Turkey Model
· Arab Spring


· Call for Papers: October 3, 2011
· Abstract submission deadline: November 30, 2011
· Conference registration starts: January 1, 2012
· Publication of program: March 1, 2012
· Paper submission deadline: March 23, 2012
· Registration deadline: April 1, 2012
· Conference: April 13-14, 2012

If you are interested in giving a talk at the International Conference on Islam, please submit the following to
· Your full name, institutional affiliation and contact information
· 1 page CV/Bio
· The title of your presentation and a 300-word abstract

The submissions will be peer reviewed and accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The file format should be *.pdf, *.doc, or *.txt.

Each participant must register by April 1st, 2012. The registration fee is US $20 for regular participants; there is no fee for UW-Madison students with valid identification. The registration fee covers the expenses for reception and relevant materials (e.g., program, proceedings). For registration, please visit For all questions regarding the conference, please check or contact

The conference will be held at the Union South on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus. For the full address and directions, check

You can stay at the Wisconsin Union Hotel located in Union South where the conference will be held. Here are some other suggestions for other places to stay in Madison:

For more information on the conference please check, or send an email to:

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Picturing Vishniac: A Closer Reading, New Work and Constructions of Jewish Identity

Tuesday, October 18
Picturing Vishniac: A Closer Reading, New Work and Constructions of Jewish Identity
Maya Benton, International Center of Photography
Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Rm. 157
5540 S. Greenwood Ave.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Roman Vishniac’s photographs constitute the most widely recognized and reproduced images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. His photographs shape our memory of that vanished world, yet only a small selection of his images – a very small fraction of his life’s work – has ever been printed or published. The recent donation of Vishniac’s entire estate to the International Center of Photograph (ICP) in New York includes tens of thousands of negatives, contact sheets, prints and a lifetime of personal correspondence and ephemera. Curator Maya Benton will be discussing the process of establishing the Vishniac archive at ICP, and will present recently discovered work, including never-before-seen moving film footage, images of Zionist agrarian training camps in Holland before World War II and Displaced Persons camps in Berlin following the War, photographs made in America in the 1940s documenting the work of Jewish social service organizations, as well as a large selection of contact sheets, negatives, and never-before-seen work from Central and Eastern Europe. She will also discuss the influence of European modernism and avant-garde movements on his most accomplished work. She will share new research focusing on the commission of Vishniac’s photographs by the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), repositioning Vishniac within the broader context of commissioned social documentary photography in the 1930s, and revealing a profoundly versatile artist who belongs firmly in the canon of the great photographers of the 20th century.

Maya Benton is director of the Roman Vishniac archive and adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Her research focuses on documentary photographs of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, Israeli contemporary photography and video art, and Jewish visual culture and vernacular photography. Maya has 15 years of museum experience and has worked at institutions including ICP, the RISD Museum, the Getty, the Harvard Art Museums and the Jewish museum in Florence, Italy.

This event is made possible by the Aronberg Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Lee Cabatingan: “Cuban Disjunctures: Socialist Law in a Post-Soviet Society”

On Wednesday the Law, Culture and Society Workshop will be discussing a dissertation proposal by Lee Cabatingan, of The University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology.

Cuban Disjunctures: Socialist Law in a Post-Soviet Society.

Wednesday, 19 October
at 5:00 p.m.
in The John Hope Franklin Room
(Social Science 224)

Anyone requiring assistance or with questions should contact the workshop coordinators. A pdf of the paper and the workshop schedule are available at the workshop website:

Posted in: University of Chicago Events