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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Screening: “Tsar to Lenin”

This Saturday, a screening of “Tsar to Lenin”, the most complete cinematic account of the Russian Revolution of 1917, will be accompanied by a lecture from David North, “The Historical Significance and Enduring Political Relevance of the 1917 Russian Revolution” at Powells Bookstore in Chicago.
David North is the chairman of the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, and a principal leader in the Trotskyist movement. His efforts to clarify the historical record of the life and work of Leon Trotsky, in his book In Defense of LeonTrotsky, were recently recognized in Bertrand M. Patenaude’s review of Robert Service’s Trotsky: A Biography and In Defense of Leon Trotsky, which appeared in the American Historical Review in 2011.

Saturday, September 15, 6pm
Powells Bookstore, 1218 S Halsted, Chicago

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Lecture: Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective

Lecture: Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective

Lecture at Loyola Lakeshore Sept. 17
“Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective”
Barbara Andaya, U. of Hawaii

4 pm
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Free and Open to the public

For information contact: Marcia Hermansen,

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Assistant Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Assistant Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture and Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

Macalester College seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian Studies, to begin September 2013. Candidates may apply for the visiting or the tenure-track position, or for both. Candidates wishing to be considered for both positions should indicate that in their cover letter. Ph.D. by time of appointment and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English preferred. The positions entail teaching five courses per year, two in Russian language and three in literature and/or culture that may include thematic courses, seminars in area of specialization, and courses with a strong interdisciplinary component. We are looking for dynamic, theoretically informed scholar-teachers committed to the study of Russian culture as an integral part of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Candidates can study the program’s innovative curriculum at the department website. We would also encourage candidates to consider collaboration with Macalester’s many interdisciplinary departments and concentrations, such as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, Critical Theory, and Urban Studies.

To apply, submit a letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research plans, and have three letters of recommendation sent to Questions regarding the application should be directed to Dr. James von Geldern at Applications will be considered beginning on October 15, 2012. Interviews will take place at the ASEEES Convention in New Orleans, November 15-18.

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 1900 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.


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Families needed to Host International High School Students

WorldChicago is working this year on a State Department FLEX program which will bring international youth from the former Soviet states to the US to enroll in a US high school for one year. South Shore International College Prep High School has agreed to take two students – Olga from Russia and Polina from Ukraine – but WorldChicago is now looking for host families for these two (English-speaking) young women. More information about the two women is provided below and information about the FLEX program is below and on the attached documents.

Olga, Russia

In her hometown, Olga lives with her sister and parents. She is involved in aerobics and volleyball, and she bikes and swims in her free time. Olga attends an art school, where she plays the accordion and electronic piano. She is passionate about the English language, and she hopes to either be a translator or become involved in international relations. Olga looks forward to sharing her Russian culture with her host family, and she hopes to learn more about American culture.

Polina, Ukraine

Polina lives in Ukraine with her parents, brother, and cats. English, German, and chemistry are her favorite subjects, and she aspires to be a doctor. Polina’s hobbies include gymnastics, reading, cooking, and photography, and spending time in nature. She is devoted to her community service organization, which donates toys and clothes to those in need. Polina is excited to be a part of the FLEX Program as she looks forward to learning more about the history and culture of the United States.

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program

· This is an academic year exchange, so students are in the United States from August-June.
· Students are from Eurasia, including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova.
· Student selection is very competitive and based on excellence in academics, character, and English language.
· Students attend high school and are highly involved in community service activities.
· Students have their own insurance and their own spending money for incidentals and school fees.
· Families are supported by WorldChicago; we will help with any problems, answer questions, and plan events for students/families.

Anyone interested in hosting students can contact Amy at (312) 254-1800 x102 or and host family applications are available here.


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Professional Development Seminar for Teachers of Russian

Join a community of high school Russian teachers and make further connections as you share your classroom culture, communicate across many topics, and compare best practices, creative ideas, innovative techniques and practical solutions.

American Councils, ACTR/ACCEL, will offer a fall weekend workshop which will focus on standards-based and proficiency-based curriculum planning across all levels, with the final goal being the Prototype AP® Russian Program and articulation into college level language programs. Special attention will be made to incorporate local conditions into the design and implementation, while working within the context of online delivery systems and online materials (Russnet).

A special session will focus on the Prototype AP® Russian Program and Examination. Upon completion of this special session, teachers will be certified to administer the Prototype AP® Russian at their home schools.

Where: Washington, D.C.
When: October 5-8, 2012
Registration: $200
Travel and accommodations are participant’s responsibility.
Application Deadline: August 31, 2012
Contact: Camelot Marshall (marshall@americancouncils)


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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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College Fellow in Russian Language Position, Harvard

New College Fellow in Russian language position at Harvard University:

Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is seeking applications for a College Fellow in Russian language, to begin August 27. Teaching duties will include teaching three Russian language courses, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The desire to work on materials development would be a plus. The Fellow may also advise and evaluate senior theses and capstone projects. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree by the expected start date. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Detailed application instructions and a link to the online application are available at Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by August 1, 2012. Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

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