CFP: Ukraine in Global Context

The University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the fifth bi-annual Graduate Student Symposium entitled”Ukraine in Global Context” to be held in Toronto on January 27-28, 2012. This interdisciplinary Symposium will bring together aspiring young scholars for two days of presentations and intensive discussions on the study of contemporary Ukraine. The goal of the Symposium is to present new research and innovative thinking that explores the political, socioeconomic, and cultural dynamics in Ukrainian society. Cross-national and cross-historical comparisons in the wider context of the post-communist space are encouraged. Submissions can focus on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
. Sociopolitical and Economic Development;
. Identity and Regionalism;
. National Security, Foreign Relations, Diaspora;
. Language (translation, bilingualism, etc.);
. Literature, Film, and Media;
. New Approaches to National History and the Politics of Memory.
The Symposium is open to graduate students and recent PhD holders from North America and Europe. Please submit an abstract (maximum 400 words) and the attached curriculum vitae form to by Sept. 20, 2011. Details and updates will be available on the symposium website .

For a printable version of the CFP and for the CV form please refer to the following pdfs:
CV Form – UkrGradSymp

CFP–Slovo Vol 24.1 (Spring 2012)

An inter-disciplinary e-journal of Russian, Eurasian and East European affairs
published by postgraduates of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
anthropology – economics – film – geography – history – international studies – linguistics – literature – media – music – politics – sociology

CALL FOR PAPERS Volume 24.1 (Spring 2012)
Deadline: 11th November 2011
Contributions, including research articles, book and film reviews, and review articles are welcome from all research students and academics. Submissions to the Board of Editors may be sent via e-mail attachment ( All research articles must include a 100-200 word abstract and adhere to the MHRA Style guide in advance of submission (available for download for free at
All manuscripts are refereed and undergo a review process. Contributions submitted must not be under consideration by other publications at the time of submission. The editors reserve the right to make any changes thought to be necessary or appropriate to typescripts accepted for publication. A duplicate should be retained by the author. No disks or hard copies shall be returned. The maximum length for consideration of an article is 6,000 – 8,000 words (including footnotes), and 700 words for a review.

The deadline for article submissions for Volume 24.1 is the 11th November 2011.

If you have any queries about becoming a contributor for Slovo please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via and we will be happy to assist. For more information about Slovo visit:

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Not ready to submit an article? Then why not write a book or film review? Contact Slovo for more details.

CFP: UChicago Middle East History and Theory Workshop

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is calling for papers for its 2011-2012 calendar year. Submissions from graduate students with dissertation chapters or proposals are especially encouraged.

This workshop serves as a multidisciplinary platform where University students in the humanities and social sciences can discuss a wide array of academic questions related to the history, culture, societies and politics of the Middle East. As an area studies workshop, we accept papers dealing with this broad range of subjects throughout the geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and over a time span extending from the advent of Islam to the present. Participants come from a wide range of fields including Middle Eastern Studies, History, Art History, Film, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Political Science, Literary Studies, and Religious Studies. By tying in these different fields, one of the workshop’s main concerns is to bridge the existing gap between factual and theoretical approaches to studies of the Middle East. Presentations usually include dissertation chapters or proposals, works in progress, and discussions of research conducted abroad. Papers are circulated beforehand to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.

The workshop will meet most Fridays in Pick 218 at 4:30. However if this time doesn’t work, we can seek alternative times. Presentations are usually between 30-40 minutes, allowing another half-hour for discussion. Please let us know in which quarter you’d be interested in presenting, and roughly when in the quarter (early, middle, late).

Those who would like to present or would like additional information should contact us at

CFP–AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
21-22 October 2011
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2011 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 welcome. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, 21-22 October 2011.

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 2011. 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:
Colleen Lucey

Call for articles–International Journal of Russian Studies

The eight issue of The International Journal of Russian Studies has come out at the address We are now calling for articles for the forthcoming issues.

The journal’s goal is to publish orijinal articles related to the history, culture, literature, linguistics, politics, religions, languages and peoples of Russia from its earliest history to the present day. All aspects of Russia’s relations – cultural, political, military and economic – with and influence on the areas of the former Soviet Union, such as the states of Central Asia, fall within the scope of the journal.

Prof. Ayse Dietrich (Editor&Founder)
P.O.Box 7766
Wilmington, DE 19803

Ankara University
Faculty of Letters
Dept. of Russian Lang.&Lit.

CFP–Borders in Jewish Thought

University of Chicago, February 13, 2012

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies invites paper proposals for a conference entitled “Borders in Jewish Thought,” to take place February 13, 2012 at the University of Chicago. Keynote addresses will be given by Professor Israel Yuval (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Professor Rachel Havrelock (University of Illinois, Chicago).

The conference will explore the ways in which Jews have invoked the borders of the Land of Israel as a malleable metaphor for considering a variety of issues that extend beyond geography. The Hebrew Bible presents several border schemes of the Land of Israel: some extend from the Nile to the Euphrates, while others are limited to the land of Canaan hemmed in by the Jordan; some emphasize natural boundaries while others delineate the borders according to ritual logic. Each scheme represents a different conception of the sanctity of space and the way divine favor is mapped onto the physical landscape. Thus, in biblical references to natural and political borders the landscape becomes a powerful metaphor for defining and upholding cultural and hermeneutical boundaries.

Subsequently, Jews from antiquity to the present day have continued to use the borders of Israel as a broad interpretive category for thinking about a variety of religious, social, and political concerns. Even in their earliest formulations, the borders were not merely geographic markers, but a means of providing spatial representations for discourses of power, legitimization and communal identity with respect to real or imagined neighbors.

The goal of this conference is to look at ways in which thinkers – such as Jewish pilgrims, sectarians, settlers, soldiers, poets, artists, politicians, philosophers, and exegetes – have invoked geographical language to articulate a wide spectrum of concerns. We welcome papers that explore the cultural, social, and political questions that thinkers, both in or outside the Land of Israel, have addressed through the language of borders.

Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

• How do the borders of Israel provide a symbol for other kinds of boundaries?
• How are the borders of the Land of Israel represented in the Bible, and how have exegetes, archaeologists, and historians explained these passages?
• How are borders used as polemical and discursive techniques in encounters with the ‘Other’?
• What kinds of borders preoccupy Jewish thinkers—linguistic, social,
geographic, religious etc.—and how do they grapple with them? What other kinds of boundaries—such as separation walls, urban confinements, ritual distinctions—have been interpreted through the concept of borders?
• Is there a fundamental difference between “natural” and “dogmatic” borders?
• How do borders figure in discourses of pilgrimage, exile and return? How do pilgrims, soldiers, and others record their experience of and relationship to the borders and the inside/outside of the land?

Please send abstracts of under 250 words for 20 minute papers to Jessica Andruss ( or Uri Shachar ( by October 9, 2011. Small stipends may be available to offset the cost of travel.

CFP–Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium: “Melody and Meter — Celebrating Six Decades of Work on the Melody and Rhythms of Language”


Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium: Melody and Meter — Celebrating Six Decades of Work on the Melody and Rhythms of Language

A giant in the field of Linguistics at large, and at The Ohio State University, was lost late last year as Ilse Lehiste passed away on Christmas Day, 2010, at the age of 88, succumbing to pneumonia. In memory of our colleague and to commemorate and celebrate her long and productive career, the Department of Linguistics is hosting the Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium on November 11-12, 2011.

There will be three invited speakers, representing three of the many themes in Ilse’s research:

Jaan Ross, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne
Linda Shockey, University of Reading

There is room on the program for more papers so we invite submission of abstracts for presentations of 20 minutes (with 10 additional minutes for questions and discussion) on topics relating to

– juncture and grouping prosody of “paragraphs” and larger discourse topic structure
– rhythmic typology
– poetry as the crystallization of a language’s rhythm prosody and music
– prosody of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
– prosody of Finno-Ugric
– language contact and language rhythm

Please send one-page 500-word (maximum) abstracts (with references and key data placed on a second page if needed) abstracts electronically as a pdf file to Alternatively, you may send it via post to Lehiste Memorial Symposium, Department of Linguistics, 222 Oxley Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA 43210-1298.

The deadline for receipt of your abstract is OCTOBER 1, 2011. Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information along with the abstract. We will send notifications about acceptances by October 10. For conference information, please consult

Program Now Online for the 26th Linguistics Symposium

The 26th Linguistics Symposium: “Language death, endangerment, documentation, and revitalization” is dedicated to the memory of Michael Noonan, and will be held October 20-22 ‘11, Thursday through Saturday, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The program consists of 45 abstract-based papers from various parts of the world and of talks by nine key-note speakers: Daryl Baldwin, Daniel L. Everett, Carol Genetti, Lenore Grenoble, K. David Harrison, Iren Hartmann, Marianne Mithun, Fernando Ramallo, and Sarah Thomason.

From the CFP:
Linguistics Symposium at UW-Milwaukee
In a globalized world where hundreds of languages are expected to become extinct in the 21st century, it is highly relevant to analyze the viability and continuity of threatened languages. The purpose of the 26th Linguistics Symposium is to discuss this impending loss to humankind from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The full program for the event can be found at

Call for Proposals–19th International Conference of Europeanists

Call for Proposals
19th International Conference of Europeanists
March 22-24, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Europe is a zone of tremendous diversity. Migration within and to Europe has generated multicultural societies across the continent. Europe’s citizens are ruled through an intricate maze of multi-level governance structures; its corporations, industries, and states operate in distinct ways in different settings; and its western and eastern regions have often developed along dissimilar trajectories.

Thus, for the 19th International Conference of Europeanists, the Council for European Studies is calling for proposals that reflect on and explore the variety of diversities within Europe: political, administrative, legal, geographic, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and identitarian. CES welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined, in the widest range of disciplines and with configurations that transcend disciplinary, national and generational boundaries.

Important Deadlines

Submissions: The proposal submission period opens August 15, 2011 and closes October 1, 2011. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by December 10, 2011.
Registration: Early-bird conference registration opens October 1, 2011 and ends January 31, 2011.
Accommodations: The cut-off date for res-erving a room at the Omni Parker House at the special conference rate is February 20, 2012.

For more information visit

Call for Papers–Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop

Polish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago announces a fall workshop for historians of East Central Europe. The workshop is open to faculty and graduate students alike and will be based around pre-circulated papers, chapters, article drafts, etc. Participants are welcome to attend either as paper presenters or as members of the active audience. The program begins the evening of Thursday, October 27 with a State of the Field lecture delivered by Robert Blobaum, Eberly Professor of History at West Virginia University, followed by a reception for all conference participants. Papers will be discussed during panel sessions throughout the day on Friday, October 28.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce scholars working in related areas to one another, to showcase work in progress, and generally to facilitate a sense of community among historians of East Central Europe with easy access to Chicago. Doctoral students are especially encouraged to share completed dissertation chapters. Registration for the workshop is free. The Hejna Endowment at the University of Illinois will support the cost of accommodations for a limited number of graduate student and faculty participants. Doctoral students seeking assitance with housing should provide a brief letter of reference from their dissertation advisors.

Please contact Keely Stauter-Halsted at if you are interested in attending the workshop. Indicate in your e-mail if you would like to circulate a paper for discussion (and a short synopsis of its content) and whether you will require accommodations. Pre-circulated papers should be limited to 25 pages in length. The deadline for proposing a paper topic is September 1. Participants should register for the workshop by October 1 to guarantee a spot. Completed papers must be submitted electronically by October 14. They will be made availalable on-line to all registered participants.