Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gloria: A Festive Celebration

a Festive Celebration
Featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, excerpts from Handel’s MESSIAH, works by Bach, Mozart, Adam, Mason, Manz, and carols from around the world

In a performance by:

Members of The Apollo Chorus, St. Benedict Chorale,
And The Romanian Madrigal Consort

STEPHEN ALLTOP, Guest Conductor

Friday, January 6 at 8pm

For tickets and information
Call (773)588-6484
or Email:

2215 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618

$15 in advance through WEDNESDAY Jan. 4th
$20 at the door
($12 Students and Seniors)

All proceeds will benefit the music ministry at St. Benedict Church

Posted in: Chicago Events

Research and Editorial Assistant Position, Washington DC

The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies currently has a job opening for a full-time Research and Editorial Assistant, which may be of interest to some of your recent graduates. We are a small policy research institute affiliated with the George Washington University in Washington DC. More information about the position, including application instructions, may be found here: Questions may be directed to Stephanie Cencula at No phone calls, please.

Posted in: Job Postings

Music and Marginality in the Balkans: The Edginess of Edges

Conference: Music and Marginality in the Balkans: The Edginess of Edges
University of Chicago
January 27-29, 2012

Balkan music is remarkable for its complexity and variety. The preservation of relatively archaic forms such as the Balkan Slavic and Albanian oral epics that gave rise to the Perry-Lord hypothesis is one example, and to date the Albanian oral epic has received much less attention that the Slavic. The rhythmic patterns known as kajda found among Romani musicians in Kosovo also represent an apparently archaic and as yet only minimally investigated tradition. The music of the Gorans—Slavic-speaking Muslims of southwest Kosovo and adjacent Albania whose dialects are closest to Macedonian—has undergone significant change in the past fifty years, but has received very little attention. Similarities among Aromanian, Greek, Macedonian, and Albanian polyphonic vocal music in Epirus and adjacent parts of Macedonia, the rise of Ottoman-folk-Western fusional genres such as tallava among Albanian-speakers, the marginalized but hugely popular genres of chalga in Bulgaria, manele in Romania, and turbo in Serbia (and also Macedonia, Bulgaria, and even Albania) are all in need of investigation, and many younger and more senior ethnomusicologists are working on precisely these topics. Related musical phenomena in Turkey (oriental) and Greece (skyliadhiko) are also relevant. The intersection of traditional and modern, especially beyond the pale or urban elites, is a vital link in understanding both the past and the future of the Balkans. This conference with bring together scholars of these less commonly studied musical genres to both share knowledge and create synergies for new directions in research.

Sponsored by CEERES, the CSRPC, CIS, the Dept of Music, the Dept of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Director, Language Learning Center, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

DIRECTOR, Language Learning Center (LLC), College of Languages, Linguistics,
and Literature (LLL), University of Hawai’i at Manoa (position #82463),
full-time, 11-month tenure-track faculty position, rank S3, pending position
clearance and availability of funds, to begin August 1, 2012, or as soon as
possible thereafter. Rank S3 corresponds to assistant professor. The LLC
advances the use of technology in language teaching and learning. The LLC’s
facilties include open computer labs, technology-equipped classrooms, audio and
video production and teleconferencing facilities, and file and web servers. The
staff includes information technology personnel, video and educational
specialists, and graduate and undergraduate student assistants. The Director
reports to the Dean of the College and is responsible for overall direction of
the LLC. The faculty position is tenure-track; the position of Director is for
a three-year renewable term. Continue reading →

Posted in: Job Postings

CFP: Midwest Russian History Workshop

The University of Chicago will be hosting the next meeting of the MRHW on April 20-21, 2012. This meeting will give us the special opportunity to celebrate Sheila Fitzpatrick’s contributions to the workshop and to wish her well as she prepares to retire and move to Australia.

John Bushnell will be compiling the program for the conference; if you would like to present a paper, please contact him ( no later than February 1, 2012. The organizers ask that paper-givers limit their contribution to 30 pages, and that they be prepared to submit their papers by March 26, 2012 in order to give all participants time to read their contribution.

Whether or not you plan to give a paper, please let Faith Hillis know
( by February 15, 2012 if you plan to attend the conference. If you are a graduate student and would like the organizers to try to match you with a graduate student host at no charge, please let Prof Hillis know that too when you RSVP.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Visiting Assistant Professor Position, Binghamton University

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University
invites applications for a 3-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian
position beginning September 1, 2012.


Applicants should have experience teaching undergraduates and be able to
teach a broad range of courses in Russian language, literature and culture
studies. The successful candidate will contribute to program-building for
our interdisciplinary major in Russian and East European Studies and will
implement a dynamic research program that supports the mission of the
Department and Binghamton University. Candidates for the position should
have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Native or near-native
proficiency in Russian and English is required.

Additional Information:*

Review of applications will begin in January and continue until the
position has been filled.

Application Instructions:*

Applicants should submit the following items electronically to cover letter; curriculum vitae;
statement of teaching principles and methods; list of proposed courses; and
sample course syllabi.

In addition, three letters of reference (electronic submission preferred)
should be sent directly by referees or credential service to: If necessary, hard copies (reference letters only) can
be sent to: Chair, Russian Search Committee, Dept. of German and Russian
Studies, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 13902-6000.

Posted in: Job Postings

English Teacher Needed, Vladimir

Urgent Request–Replacement American English Teacher for Spring Semester 2012

Because an immediate family member is experiencing difficult health problems, one teacher in the American English Program at American Home in Vladimir, Russia will not be able to return after the New Year. American Home is looking for someone with a Russian passport who is qualified to teach American English and is available spring semester, beginning mid January. Please contact the American Home and/or Dr. Ron Pope directly (,

Posted in: Job Postings

CFP: 27th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference


27th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference

The University of Chicago, May 4-6, 2012

The MEHAT ( Conference is celebrating its twenty-seventh year as a leading forum for emerging scholars in Middle East studies. The conference organizing team invites graduate students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers. MEHAT welcome’s a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines (including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, and religion) dealing with any topic that has affected the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.

If you wish to participate, please send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at mehat2012 (at) by February 1, 2012. They will consider both individual papers and prearranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged. Please also email the organizers if you have questions.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive

The Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive (SLI) provides a challenging language immersion opportunity for students who have completed between 2 and 6 semesters of college-level Russian, or its equivalent. Students can choose to enroll for 4 or 8 weeks; the 4 week program focuses on solidifying language concepts already covered while improving langauge skills, and the 8 week program is the equivalent of 1 year at a North American institution.

The 4 week program runs from mid-June through mid-July
The 8 week program is offered from mid-June through early August.

Application Deadline is March 1, 2012. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply early.
To start an application visit http//

Students attend regular Smolny courses side-by-side with Russian student while continuing to work on their language skills during the academic year with the Bard-Smolny program. More information on this opportunity is available at The application Deadline for the Fall 2012 semester/2012-2013 academic year is April 1, 2012.

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

Study Abroad at American University of Central Asia

Bard College, in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), has announced a new study abroad program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1998 on the basis of an American liberal arts style curriculum, AUCA ranks among Central Asia’s most prestigious universities.

The Bard-AUCA Program provides an immersion experience in which students:

  • Take courses side-by-side with students from 25 countries.
  • Choose courses from an array of academic departments, including anthropology, economics, international politics, journalism, law, sociology, and comparative literature.
  • Participate in a rich cultural program, including a trip to another Central Asian state.
  • Explore Bishkek, a modern capital offering a view into Kyrgyz, Russian, and Uighur cultures.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in community service and internships
  • Engage in all aspects of student lief at AUCA, including extra-curricular clubs and activities
  • The Application deadline for the Fall 2012 semester and the 2012-2013 academic year is April 1, 2012.
    For more information visit

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