Monthly Archives: October 2011

Laura-Zoe Humphreys: “‘All You Need is Love’ and Dollars,” at the Mass Culture Worskhop

Laura-Zoe Humphreys, Phd Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies and Anthropology, “‘All You Need is Love’ and Dollars,” a chapter from her dissertation, Revolutions Within: Criticism and Ambivalence in Post-Soviet Cuban Cinema.

The paper can be downloaded here (password: habana).

Friday, October 21, 10:30am -12:30pm in Cobb 310. Refreshments will be provided.

The Mass Culture Workshop’s full Fall 2011 schedule is now available on the workshop’s website,

Posted in: University of Chicago Events

“Beyonsense”—An Evening of Sound Poetry with Christian Bök and Ilya Kutik

“Beyonsense”—An Evening of Sound Poetry with Christian Bök and Ilya Kutik
Wednesday, November 2, 6 pm
Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, Evanston

Explore connections between early 20th-century avant-garde Russian poetry and contemporary sound poetry through performances by renowned poets Christian Bök and Ilya Kutik. Bök and Kutik will read selected poems, in the original Russian and English translations, related to the Block Museum exhibition Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917, which showcases the collaborative work of Russian Futurist writers and artists. Bök will also perform other historical poems and his own work. Nina Gourianova, associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern, hosts this event.

The Village Voice calls Christian Bök a “jaw-dropping sound poet.” He is a bestselling writer, artist, and associate professor of English at the University of Calgary. See video of Bök performing at

Ilya Kutik is one of the founders of the Russian poetry movement Metarealism. He is a literary critic and an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern.

Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by Northwestern University’s Departments of English and of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Posted in: Chicago Events

Workshop in Slavic Linguistics at Indiana Bloomington

The Slavic Linguistics Society is proud to announce a Workshop in Slavic Linguistics to immediately follow

What: Four days of intensive courses in diverse areas of Slavic linguistics
When: Monday, 14 May 2012-Thursday, 17 May 2012, right after FASL
Where: Indiana University-Bloomington
Cost: FREE!
Registration: Individuals planning on taking part must notify us by 1 April 2012

For more info see the following pdf: SLS_summer school

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)

CFP: “Transnational Crime and Corruption in Eastern Europe and Eurasia”, IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium

2012 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:


Application Deadline: December 9, 2011

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2012 Regional Policy Symposium, “Transnational Crime and Corruption in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to examine and discuss transnational crime and corruption in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: organized crime, corruption, human trafficking, drug trafficking, illicit trade, terrorism, cyber crime, financial crime and environmental crime, among others.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 18-20, 2012 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the dissemination of research results to the policy community through a networking event.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:
*Applicants must be US citizen
*Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less. Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:

*Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site.
*Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium

To learn more about the 2012 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to or visit the program webpage:

Application materials are available on the IREX website at:

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)

Screening of Lowlands at the Gene Siskel Film Center


2009, Peter Thompson, USA, 52 min.

1986, Peter Thompson, USA, 21 min., HDCAM

Effectively combining disparate historical information, a narrative shaped by raw encounters and dreams, meticulously accurate reenactments, and a daring chamber opera/masque, Lowlands explores the domestic life of Catharina Bolnes, widowed by the Dutch painter Vermeer and left bankrupt with ten children. Placing the Bolnes narrative against a background of seventeenth-century wars, and in counterpoint to the 1996 Hague trial of Bosnian war criminals, Thompson makes a profound inquiry into the nature of conscience. In English, Dutch, and Serbian with English subtitles.

The program opens with the world premiere of the digital restoration of Universal Hotel, Thompson’s meditation on eleven photographs and two drawings from an experiment performed on Dachau prisoners in 1942.

Director Peter Thompson will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.
Wednesday, October 19, 8:15pm

Gene Siskel Film Center • 164 N. State St.

$11/General Admission; $7/Students (with I.D.); $6/Film Center Members

Discounted parking at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph St.
Rebate ticket available at Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office
(312) 846-2800 •

Posted in: Chicago Events

Human Rights Minor and Internship Program, Information Session

Human Rights Minor and Internship Program
Information Session

The Human Rights Program offers summer support ($5000) for students who want to work on human rights issues in Chicago and all over the world; applications are due October 28, 2011 for summer 2012 – the program is open to students from all departments and divisions of the University. College students are also invited to minor in Human Rights. The benefits and requirements of both programs will be discussed at this informal session.

Presentation and Q&A with:
Susan Gzesh, Executive Director, Human Rights Program
and Senior Lecturer in the College
Kafi Moragne, Human Rights Internship Coordinator

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Social Science Tea Room, Room 201
1126 East 59th Street
(bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided)

For basic information on the Human Rights Minor and Internship Program, please visit:


Interested in issues of human rights worldwide?
Want the opportunity to pursue a human rights project for a whole summer?

Apply for a 2011-2012 Human Rights Internship!
Application Deadline: Friday, October 28th at 5:00pm

What Human Rights Internships Are:
The Human Rights Internship Program offers a select group of University of Chicago students the opportunity to learn the skills and understand the difficulties inherent in putting human rights into practice. Since its establishment in 1998, the Internship Program has helped place more than 200 students with non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and international bodies around the world. The Internship Program is unique in its flexibility, awarding $5000 grants to afford all interns the freedom to explore their interests at home or abroad.

Internship Program Description:
Interns selected for summer 2012 will be notified in December 2011. The Internship Program provides support during Winter and Spring Quarters to give students the opportunity to identify their ideal host organization and to plan an internship experience that satisfies both the student’s and the organization’s goals and expectations. While we encourage students to further their educational goals by working in organizations or regions that complement their academic interests, this internship program is not intended to fund research.

Application Process and Deadlines:
Applications can be found online at the Human Rights Program website:
Students must complete all essay questions and submit 1 or 2 letters of recommendation, no later than Friday, October 28th and 5:00pm.
All letters of recommendation should be sent to Students are encouraged to find recommenders from employers, research advisers, or professors who can speak to a student’s maturity and capacity to take on independent projects in a working environment.

The Internship Program is only open to full-time University of Chicago students. All first-, second-, and third-year students in the College, and all graduate and professional students are eligible to apply to the Human Rights Internship Program. Students need not have taken a Human Rights course to apply. Priority is given to students who will be returning to campus in the fall. However, students from one-year MA programs are eligible to apply and have been awarded internships in the past.

Additional Information:
Students who want additional information on the Human Rights Internship Program may contact the following individuals:
Kafi Moragne, Internship Coordinator:
Omandra Zamora, Student Internship Coordinator:
Libby Bova, Student Internship Coordinator:

There will be open office hours at the Human Rights Program Office (5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, 2nd floor) for all students interested in speaking in person about the internship application:

Kafi Moragne
Tuesday 11-5:30pm with open hours 12-2 and 3:30-4:30
Wednesday 10-3 with open hours 11-2
Thursday 10-3 with open hours 12-3

Omandra Zamora (all hours are open)
Monday 1-5
Tuesday 3-5
Friday 9-11 and 2:30-5
and by appointment

Libby Bova (all hours are open)
Monday 10-3
Tuesday 1:30-5
Wednesday 10-2
Friday 9-12

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

47th Chicago International Film Festival

Oct 6-20
The Chicago International Film Festival is going right now, with lots of films from the CEERES region being shown. Check the film festival’s website to search for movies by title, director, or country For a full schedule download the following pdf: FilmFestivalFullSchedule.

Posted in: Chicago Events

Lecture by Lina Steiner: “Divine Encounters: William James as a Reader of Tolstoy”

The Department of Comparative Literature’s colloquium series will be featuring a lecture by Lina Steiner titled Divine Encounters: William James as a Reader of Tolstoy on Thursday, 10/20, 4:30pm in Rosenwald 405.

Posted in: University of Chicago Events

University of Michigan International Institute, “New Media/Social Change” Symposium

University of Michigan International Institute to Host “New Media/Social Change” Symposium

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
On the Web: Join via live stream at A link will be posted to the homepage the day of the event.

The “New Media/Social Change” symposium questions the impact new media (social, network, digital) have had on cultural and political formations and practices and how this impact relates to area studies. Leading scholars from across the U.S. and Europe, along with prominent U-M faculty, will address the following:

· How have new media changed the way world regions function and are imagined?
· How have new media reshaped the study of international questions and locations?
· How may news media and other reporters of news be put at risk by changing technologies and practices?


· James Der Derian, Professor, Brown University
· Victoria Bernal, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
· E. Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
· Joe Straubhaar, Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
· Annabelle Sreberny, Professor, Centre for Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

U-M Respondents

· Kelly Askew, Director, African Studies Center; Associate Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican/African Studies
· Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies
· Juan Cole, Director, Center for South Asian Studies; Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History
· Mary Gallagher, Director, Center for Chinese Studies; Associate Professor of Political Science
· Shazia Iftkhar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
· Nojin Kwak, Director, Nam Center for Korean Studies; Associate Professor of Communication Studies
· Malcolm McCullough, Associate Professor of Architecture
· Aswin Punathambekar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
· Paddy Scannell, Professor of Communication Studies
· Atef Said, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology

For a complete symposium schedule, including topics and speaker biographies, visit the International Institute’s website.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

CFP: 48th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society

This year’s CLS officers are proud to announce that the Call for Papers for the 48th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (to be held April 19-21, 2012) is now posted online.

Invited speakers are (in alphabetical order)
-Adam Albright (MIT),
-Sandra Chung (UC, Santa Cruz),
-Marcel den Dikken (CUNY Graduate Center),
-Nausicaa Pouscoulous (University College London),
-Kai von Fintel (MIT),
-Alan Yu (University of Chicago).

The conference will include a general session and three parasessions. Parasession topics will be
-Meaning and Cognition,
-Historical Phonology and Morphology.

For more information, please visit the CLS website ( or Linguist List (

Please feel free to email us ( with any questions or comments.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences