Monthly Archives: December 2011

CFP: Slavic Computational Linguistics: Computational Approaches to Slavic Languages

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

Co-located with:
– Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL 21), 11-13 May 2012
– Workshop in Slavic Linguistics, 14-17 May 2012

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for
discussion) on topics dealing with digital language resources, corpora,
language technologies and computational linguistics for Slavic
languages. With their morphological richness and varying freeness of
word order, the Slavic languages present unique challenges for
computational processing, and we seek submissions investigating these
issues. In particular, we welcome work on (annotated) language corpora
and language technology for any Slavic language (POS tagging, parsing,
WSD, NLP applications, etc.).

Abstracts are limited to two pages and should be anonymous. Abstract
submissions should be made via the EasyAbstracts (The LINGUIST List):

Presenters will be able to submit final papers to a special volume of
the Journal of Slavic Linguistics (JSL).

Abstracts must be received by 15 February 2012. The program should be
available by 15 March 2012.

For questions on the CL session, contact ).

General FASL Organizing Committee:

Muamera Begovic
George Fowler
Steven Franks
Markus Dickinson
Melissa Witcombe
Ksenia Zanon

Additional Computational Approaches to Slavic Languages Organizing

Markus Dickinson
Damir Cavar

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Duke in Turkey, Summer 2012

DUKE IN TURKEY (Istanbul, Summer, July 2-Aug. 10)
Located in Istanbul at the beautiful campus of Boğaziçi University, overlooking the Bosphorus, this six-week, two-course summer Duke in Turkey program introduces students to the cultural, historical and religious issues emerging at the intersection of Europe and the Middle East, with particular attention to the unique position of Turkey within the global context. The program is co-directed by Profs. Erdağ Göknar and Banu Gökariksel who teach the following courses, respectively: Between Europe and Asia: The Geopolitics of Istanbul from Occupation to Globalization and Gender, Politics, and Space in the Middle East. The program offers excursions to regional and national places of interest, as well as many cultural activities in and around Istanbul. Accommodations are provided in Bogazici’s newest residence hall, the Superdorm. Follow this link for the online application:

Summer 2012 APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1

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

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)

The Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program provides a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Applications are now being accepted and are due March 12th, 2012. For application information visit:

TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX. In order to ensure that you receive up-to-date information regarding this professional development opportunity, please join our mailing list.
Teachers Share Their Experiences with TGC

Participants are selected through a national, open competition. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time secondary-level (middle or high school), teaching professionals with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Second Language, English Language or Literature, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science.

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

CFP: 18th Annual REECAS NW Conference

18th Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies NW Conference
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington


The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Evergreen State College will soon begin soliciting papers, panels or roundtable presentations for this one-day interdisciplinary conference. Proposals from faculty, graduate students and members of the general public are all welcome.

Contributions are encouraged on literature, the fine arts, the environment, post-Soviet foreign policy, historical research, economics, national identity or any other relevant subjects. Papers addressing the conference theme: Divergent Paths: Social, Cultural and Political Developments in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, are especially welcome.

Small travel stipends may be available to graduate students and faculty traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Funds are not available for scholars outside of the Pacific Northwest or residing outside the United States.

If you would like to present at the conference, please click here to fill out and submit your catalyst survey by Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Allison Dvaladze, Assistant Director for Outreach
The Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650, Thomson Hall, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195-3650
Tel: (206) 543-4852

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

SWSEEL: The Summer Language Workshop Application Now Live

In 2012, The Summer Language Workshop will offer the following languages*

Arabic 1-3
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1-2
Czech 1
Dari 1-2
Georgian 1
Hungarian 1
Kazakh 1
Mongolian 1
Pashto 1-2
Persian 1
Polish 1
Romanian 1
Russian 1-6
Tatar 1
Turkish 1
Uyghur 1-2
Uzbek 1-2
Yiddish 1

*contingent upon enrollment

Classes will meet June 4-July 27, 2012. Level 1 Russian and all levels of Arabic start May 29, 2012.

Funding available!
FLAS Fellowships
Title VIII Fellowships
Project GO Scholarship
ACLS tuition waivers for all graduate students enrolled in BCS 1, Czech, Hungarian, and Romanian

Apply now:

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

The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads

The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads

Lecture by

January 25, 2012
6:00-7:30 PM
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
Lecture Hall 1103
900 East 57th Street

Mr. Schnöell will discuss the ramification of the current debt crises for the future not only of the eurozone, but also of the European integration process as a whole. The weeks and months ahead of us are crucial for the stability of our common currency. What is needed to rebuild trust and confidence? Do European leaders have the political will and courage to take decisive action? Europe faces one of its biggest challenges since the end of World War II. The outcome will determine the EUs role as a global actor on the world stage.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

Lecture by

January 12, 2012
6:00-7:30 PM
The Law School
Classroom III
1111 East 60th Street

As senior adviser to Madeleine Albright and then as President Clinton’s ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, David Scheffer was at the forefront of the efforts that led to criminal tribunals for the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia, and that resulted in the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court.

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals is Scheffer’s gripping insider’s account of the international gamble to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and to redress some of the bloodiest human rights atrocities in our time.

Cosponsored by the International Human Rights Law Society, the Human Rights Program, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Student Assistant Needed for the Nicholson and Scherer Centers

The Nicholson and Scherer Centers (one office) are looking for a Student Assistant to help with reimbursements, design posters, help with event logistics (order food, working w/vendors, finding venues, etc.), and other similar-type work. The person should be someone who has no future plans of applying for student fellowships from either Center in the next two years (Nicholson does British studies and Scherer does American culture).

If you are interested, would you please contact Judy Mendoza at The center would like to fill the position quickly.

Posted in: Job Postings

CFP: Language and Identity in Central Asia

Call for Papers: Language and Identity in Central Asia

May 4-5, 2012 at UCLA

The UCLA Program on Central Asia is pleased to announce that it will
be holding a conference on language and identity in Central Asia on
May 4-5, 2012. We are seeking the participation of graduate students,
postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty to take part in a two-day
workshop to present and discuss their work in this area. These
participants will be joining a group of four invited established
scholars in the field and faculty discussants. Confirmed invited
scholars are Professors Azade-Ayse Rorlich of the University of
Southern California, Gardner Bovingdon of Indiana University, and
Harsha Ram of UC Berkeley. Other invited scholars will be listed on
the conference webpage as soon as their participation has been
confirmed. Continue reading →

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, Berlin

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies
Berlin, Humboldt University

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, based at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, is open to international applications for the 2012 summer session (July 5 to August 17). The application deadline is January 15, 2012 (with a grace period for applicants outside Germany).

LBSU is accredited through the ECTS system; upon full completion of the program a student is eligible for 12 credit points.

The demanding academic program is composed of three modules dealing with Jewish history in Germany up to and after the Holocaust, as well as contemporary Jewish life in Germany. Morning lectures are augmented by afternoon excursions as well as meetings with local Jewish leaders and guest speakers from the world of art, media, politics and religion. In addition, LBSU offers the opportunity for students to network, exchange ideas with peers and to learn about modern Germany’s confrontation with the Holocaust. In 2011, the program had 24 students with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, coming from the USA, Canada, Israel, Germany, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

The cost for one student to attend the six-week program, including tuition, lodging and excursions, is 2,500 Euro (currently $3,378). We may have partial scholarships available; please ask.

Applicants must send the following as PDF files to by Jan. 15, 2012 (plus a grace period):

1) A brief curriculum vitae (name, age, citizenship, field of study, home university, description of previous experiences, internships, etc.)
2) A personal statement and letter of purpose
3) For non-native speakers of English, a statement from a professor or instructor attesting to your facility to read, speak and write in English
4) A letter of reference sent directly to LBSU by your academic advisor / professor as an attachment via e-mail

For more information, see our website: (we are updating it for 2012). And don’t hesitate to contact our academic director, Toby Axelrod, with questions about the program and your application:

All applicants will be notified by March 15, 2012.

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