Monthly Archives: September 2012

Autumn Georgian Courses

Elementary Georgian
This is a three-quarter course that covers basic Modern Georgian grammar and includes writing, reading, listening, and speaking activities. We’ll be referring to Howard Aronson’s textbook (Georgian: A Reading Grammar) and supplementing with additional authentic texts, audio, and video materials that will be provided in class. The University of Chicago is the only university in the U.S. to regularly offer Georgian! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to study a unique and fascinating language!

Intermediate Georgian
This three-quarter course builds speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills based on the knowledge developed during Elementary Georgian. In addition, more complicated grammatical notions are discussed and practiced through a variety of activities and exercises that integrate multimedia materials with traditional translation work.

Advanced Georgian
This three-quarter course emphasizes advanced language skills and vocabulary building through independent reading and writing projects as well as class exercises involving media such as newspaper and magazine articles, video clips, radio programs, movies, and additional authentic recordings and online materials.

Introduction to Georgian History and Culture
This one-quarter course will provide students with a rare opportunity to learn more about the history of the Republic of Georgia and its culture through a selection of literature and poetry (in translation), films, lectures, and class discussions and activities. We will survey Georgian history from its prehistory through its Golden Age in the 12th century up to the present day. Discussions of culture will include music, art (including metalwork and cloisonné), traditional dance, religious and pagan practices, and Georgia’s wine and toasting culture. Throughout the course we will consider issues of Georgian identity and nationhood, especially in relation to
influences from surrounding regions.

Please contact course instructor Tami Wysocki-Niimi with any questions you may have.

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Autumn Course: Twentieth-Century East Central Europe

Twentieth-Century East Central Europe, History 23102/33012, MW 1:30-3:00 PM

This course traces the history of East Central Europe from the Habsburg Empire to the Soviet Empire. Major themes include the rise of nations and nationalism; interwar democracy and fascism; the experience of Total War and Occupation; and the construction of Socialist societies after World War II.

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Autumn Quarter Armenian Courses

Elementary Armenian

Hripsime Haroutunian will be teaching Elementary Armenian at the University of Chicago for graduate students and undergraduates once again this year. The classes are tentaively scheduled TUTH 9:00-10:20 and a lab/practice session.

The course utilizes advanced computer technology enabling the students to master a core vocabulary, the unique alphabet and basic grammatical structures in a fun setting, to achieve a reasonable level of proficiency in Armenian. A language competency exam is offered at the end of spring quarter for those taking this course as college language requirement. A considerable amount of historical-political and social-cultural issues about Armenia and Armenians are built into the course for students who have intention to conduct research in Armenian Studies or related fields or to pursue work in Armenia.

Classical Armenian

This quarter Dr. Haroutunian will be also offering INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL ARMENIAN (ARME 10501) TTH 12:00-1:20 for those who are interested. The course focuses on the basic grammatical structure and vocabulary of the Classical Armenian language, Grabar (one of the oldest Indo-European languages). It enables students to achieve basic reading skills in the Classical Armenian language. Reading assignments include a selection of original Armenian literature, mostly works by 5th c. historians, as well as passages from the Bible, while a considerable amount of historical and cultural issues about Armenia are discussed and illustrated through the text interpretations. Recommended for students with interests in Armenian Studies, Classics, Divinity, Indo-European or General Linguistics.

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Boren Fellowship 2013-2014

See attached for the announcement of the Boren Fellowship competition for funding in the 2013-2014 academic year. The deadline is January 31st, 2013 at 5pm ET.

Boren Fellowships provide graduate students with up to $30,000 to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

More Information:

· Contact Jessica Smith ( to set up an advising session.

· Attend an information session led by a Boren representative on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4-5pm in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club. Boren Announcement 2013

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CFP: The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is calling for papers for
the 2012-2013 academic year.

The workshop has as its focus the Eastern Mediterranean World from 330
– 1453 CE as viewed from a variety of perspectives, including Late Rome,
Byzantium, Early Islam, Slavic Studies, Crusade History, and Eastern
Church Studies. While we primarily treat the history and archaeology of
the Eastern Mediterranean World in this period, we encourage papers or
presentations from other fields or utilizing other methodologies.

The workshop generally meets Tuesday afternoons at 4:30pm. Other
arrangements are possible by request.

Please contact Jennifer Timmons at

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Fanfara Ciocarlia, Balkan Funk Party

When? September 25, 2012
Where? City Winery Chicago
How much? Tickets $18-$25

Use the special promotional code “ROCXCW” to let them know you’re with ROCX!
Come join us dance the night away!

ROCX is partnering with City Winery to present Fanfara Ciocarlia to Chicago audiences. Fanfara Ciocarlia is one of the world’s foremost Gypsy brass band, and they have gone on to create a furious Balkan funk that has set the planet dancing.

Even by world music standards, the success of Fanfara Ciocarlia comes out of leftfield: the band members were peasant farmers and factory workers, men who played at weddings and baptisms for extra lei yet were not lautari (the caste designating professional Gypsy musicians in Romania ). Rooted in the soil of their native Moldavia, the music Fanfare make is relentless in its tempo and ferocious in delivery, music powered by great spirit and a desire to include everyone in the party.

They rave, they roar, they rage! Wherever and whenever Fanfara Ciocarlia blow their cheeks, nobody stands still – no matter how cool they pretend to be! Their instruments, bearing the marks of the previous decades, have lost their shine and gained their own patina. With them Fanfare Ciocarlia set off a musical firework display, displaying an unbelievable talent for intricate rhythms and dizzy tempos. Traditional Romanian dances and rhythms from Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia are played on horns, trumpets, clarinets and timpani.

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Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Application Deadline:
November 7, 2012

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Open for applications, next deadline is November 7th 2012. Apply Now

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences — regardless of citizenship — enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2013 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2013, whichever comes first.

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, about non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals which focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research (in combination with US-based research, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding). All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States.

Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD. For more information on the 2013 IDRF competition, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Selection Criteria

The IDRF competition promotes a range of approaches and research designs beyond single-site or single-country research, including comparative work at the national and regional levels and explicit comparison of cases across time frames. The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, or quantitative data collection.

Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multi-disciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and in other related fields, as well as a bibliography relevant to the research. Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is critical for successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated, and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training to undertake the proposed research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency sufficient to complete the project. For more information on the 2013 IDRF competition, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Language Experts Needed, Lidget Green

Language Experts Needed

Lidget Green is a company that writes language tests. We currently have a contract to review a large number of test items for the Department of Defense. We need a number of reviewers for each of these languages:


Qualified teachers of these languages would be ideal candidates.


Reviewers must have:

1) good skills in the target language: native speakers with tertiary education in target language are ideal, although non-natives with proven ability might be accepted;
2) good English skills; a degree from an English-medium university or standardized test scores are both acceptable
3) experience in language education, or language assessment
4) permission to work in the US;
5) good computer skills, and able to work in an online environment

The DoD will check resumes, and approve all reviewers in advance. Supporting evidence may be required.
Language teachers of target languages will generally meet these qualifications quite easily, as will many native graduate students studying at US universities.


At the start of the project, reviewers would have to attend a three-day training session at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. All travel and accommodation expenses will be paid, along with a daily honorarium (the general location and the hotel itself are very attractive).

Training is held every month. Our next workshop will be October 2-4, 2012, followed by:

February 2013 (dates TBD)
April 2013 (dates TBD)
June 2013 (dates TBD)

After the initial training, all work can be done online, from home, at whatever time is convenient to the reviewer. The time commitment is a few hours per week, for an estimated ten to twelve weeks. The project has begun for most languages. Ability to work to deadlines is crucial.


Payment is on a per item basis, and at normal work rates, the hourly payment will be attractive. Once some experience is gained, efficient reviewers will earn even more.

For more details of the tasks, and the pay rates, please send a CV to Craig Archambault,

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CFP: Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is delighted to solicit your participation for the coming academic year.

This bi-weekly workshop is meant to provide a forum for campus scholars (emerging and otherwise) to present new work, receive feedback, and generate interesting and productive discussions across the disciplines. As an area studies workshop, we are eager to hear from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, musicologists, linguists, philosophers, theorists, and theologians whose work engages with the Middle East, broadly construed to include South and Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and Africa, over a time span extending from Late Antiquity and the advent of Islam to the present. Your dissertation proposals and chapters are especially welcome, along with other works in progress. If you would like to present, or to recommend someone else as a presenter, or to organize a joint workshop, please be in touch at

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences


The Middle Eastern Studies Students’ Association at the University of Chicago would like to extend this opportunity to Master’s students to submit pieces for its journal, Lights. Lights is currently taking submissions for the Autumn quarter. The upcoming deadline is October 5, 2012. You can find the call for papers in the attachment or below.

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