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CFP: “Jews in Image and Imagination: Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Representation”

Call for Papers

“Jews in Image and Imagination: Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Representation”

Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference, Indiana University Bloomington
Thursday, February 7 -Friday, February 8, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Stanford University

Proposal submission deadline: Monday, November 26, 2012

The inaugural conference of the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association at Indiana University Bloomington, sponsored by the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, “Jews in Image and Imagination: Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Representation” will explore the representational relationship between Jews and sexuality, Jews and gender, Jews and physicality, and Jews and the body. How have Jews imagined themselves throughout history and how do they imagine themselves today? Or, how do others imagine Jews or even “the Jew”? Appropriate proposals might explore such topics as the new Israeli masculinity in Hebrew literature, the figuring of queer Jews in film, Jews on stage, representations of Jews in the medical profession, medicine’s treatment of Jews, or Jews in athletics. The conference is designed to encompass a range of academic subjects, while producing a sustained and focused debate about how Jews have appeared in literary and artistic works.

Dr. Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Professor of Religion at Stanford University, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday. Her research on sexuality in Talmudic literature will serve at the centerpiece of graduate panel discussions. These discussions will comprise four themed panels of graduate students grouped according to research interests. Authors will deliver a 20-minute paper, allowing for response and questions.

We invite graduate students to submit proposals for their papers, which should include the following information attached:

1. A paper title
2. An abstract of a minimum of 250, and no more than 350, words
3. Contact information, including name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and graduate institution.

Please send proposals as an e-mail attachment to Joseph Bradley Hayden, conference chair, at with “Jewish Studies Graduate Student Conference Proposal” as its subject. Proposals are due by Monday, November 26, 2012. Final decision will be made no later than Dec 15.

Scholars will provide their own travel and lodging expenses.

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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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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

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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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Program and Registration for Fall Meeting of MRHW

Attached is the preliminary program for the MRHW meeting at Notre Dame next October 5-6. It promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable meeting. If you are planning to come and haven’t registered yet, please do so by filling out this form: Workshop Registration. Having an accurate count of participants will be helpful as we plan meals and other logistics. The program for this season’s meeting can be found below.

Friday, October 5

1:30-2:50 Panel 1: Soviet Culture

Chair: Julia Fein (Rutgers University)

Sergei Zhuk (Ball State University), “The United States in the Soviet Interpretation under Stalin: From Lev Zubok to Aleksei Efimov”

Mike Westrate (University of Notre Dame), “My Address is the Soviet Union!’: Ethnicities and Nationalisms in Postwar Kharkiv”

2:50-3:10 Break

3:10-5:30 Panel 2: Muslim Borderlands of the Soviet Union

Chair: TBA

Ian Lanzillotti (Ohio State University), “Promoting State Interests, Preserving Interethnic Peace and Perpetuating National Animosity in the North Caucasus: The Making of Soviet Kabardino-Balkaria”

Leone Musgrave (Indiana University, Bloomington), Title TBA

4:30-4:50 Break

Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School), “Language Planning and National Development of Turkmenistan in the 1920s and 1930s”

6:30 Dinner at the Martins’

Saturday, October 6

8:30-11:00 Panel 3: Provincial Russian Society in the Imperial Era

Chair: John Davis (Ohio State University)

Mark Soderstrom (Aurora University), Title TBA

Ben Eklof (Indiana University, Bloomington), “The Revolution Betrayed: Nikolai Charushin, Vera Figner, Anna Kuvshinskaia and the Legacy of Populism”

9:50-10:10 Break

Nathan Gerth (University of Notre Dame), “Keep Calm and Carry On: The State’s Use of Soft Power in Tver’ Province during the Cholera Epidemic of 1848”

11:00-11:20 Break

11:20-12:50 Panel 4: Social History of Pre-Reform Russia

Chair: TBA

John Randolph (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “‘The Yammes’: Placing Imperial Russian Transportation Obligations in Comparative Perspective (1450-1850)”

John Bushnell (Northwestern University), “Old Believer Peasant Women Who Wouldn’t Marry: The Steksovo Estate of Sergei Mikhailovich Golitsyn (Late 18th—Mid-19th Centuries)”

1:00-2:30 Buffet Lunch and Planning Meeting

2:30-4:00 Panel 5: Soviet Culture in the Stalin Era

Chair: Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois University)

Julia Fein (Rutgers University), “Between Moscow and the Masses: Redefining the Local-Studies Museum in the 1930s”

Leah Goldman (University of Chicago), “(Over)producing the Work: ‘Ot vsego serdtsa’ at the Bolshoi Theater”

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CFP: AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
12-13 October 2012
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2012 AATSEEL-WI Conference

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures
and cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, linguistics, and
language pedagogy) are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter
of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European
Languages).  Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are

The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on
Friday and Saturday, 12-13 October 2012.

Recent conference programs are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at:

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal
by 31 August 2012.  A complete proposal consists of:

1.  Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address,
telephone and email).
2.  Paper title
3.  300-500 word abstract
4.  Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to:

Sarah Kapp


All submissions will be considered.

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Call for Submissions: 1st Juried Member Exhibit, UIMA

Open Call for Submissions for 1st Juried Member Exhibit

Entry Deadline: MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
Exhibit Dates: December 1, 2012 thru January 27, 2013

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA) is accepting submissions for the 1st Juried Member exhibit from visual artists.

There is no theme. It is open to all media and subject to space (max 48 in. in width). All works must be contemporary in nature completed within the past 2 years.

Only UIMA members may submit proposals.
Become a member.

Please visit the UIMA website more information and submission guidelines.

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Makom Now Soliciting Contributions

Makom: The University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought is currently seeking submissions for its Fall 2012 issue. The deadline for abstracts is July 1st and the deadline for full submissions is August 15th. Submissions and questions should be emailed to, and updates can be found on Makom’s website ( or Facebook page.

Please see the following pdf for details: Call For Submissions Fall 2012

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CFP: Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies

Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies

Proposal Deadline: August 31, 2012

The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages will again hold a “Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies” in conjunction with CESS Conference on Thursday, October 18-21 in Bloomington, IN. The pre-conference will take place in the afternoon of the first day of the conference, Thursday, October 18.

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in Turkish and Turkic Studies in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the pre-conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines. Continue reading →

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CFP: 14th Annual Czech Studies Workshop

at Columbia University in the City of New York

Proposal Deadline: January 11, 2013

The Fourteenth Annual Czech Studies Workshop, which will be held at Columbia University in the City of New York on April 26-27, 2013, welcomes proposals for papers on Czech topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Slovak topics will also be considered.

In the past, our interdisciplinary conference has drawn participants from colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest have included:
anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are especially encouraged to participate. Continue reading →

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