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23rd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS): The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years, Proposals Deadline October 1

First Call for Papers
23rd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS):
The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years

April 26–28, 2012, Chicago, Illinois
The bi-annual Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conference welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations in fields related to the Baltic region, its countries, and populations within those countries, including minorities. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including, but not limited to, the following: anthropology, architecture, business, communication and media, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, and advancing Baltic studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative work is welcome.

Graduate students, both Master and Ph.D., are encouraged to submit proposal.

Paper and panel proposals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a one- to
two-page curriculum vitae. These materials should be sent to the appropriate divisional chair. Interdisciplinary papers can be
sent to one divisional chair according to the author’s judgment:

Divisions and Chairs
Advancing Baltic Studies
Olavi Arens

Aesthetics, Creativity and Culture
Vilius Rudra Dundzila

Neringa Klumbytė

Business and Economics
Kenneth Smith

Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
Randy Richards

Communication and Media
Andris Straumanis

Kara Brown

Environment and Public Health
Robert Smurr

Ethnic Minorities in the Baltic
Mara Lazda

Tiina Ann Kirss

History and Memory
Bradley Woodworth

Dzintra Bond

Kevin Karnes

Daiva Markelis

Political Science, International Relations, Law
Daunis Auers

Dace Veinberga

Sociology, Psychology, Demography
Daina S. Eglitis

Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2011.
Date and place of the conference: April 26-28, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.
Registration information will be available on the website (coming soon). All presenters must be AABS members in good standing.
More information will be coming soon on AABS website:
Questions regarding the conference might be addressed to the Conference Chair Giedrius Subačius (University of Illinois at Chicago) at

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Conference: Jewish City Music, Franke Institute, April 7

Thursday, April 7

Conference: Jewish City Music

Franke Institute, Regenstein Library East Wing

1100 E. 57th St.

9 am – 6 pm

Keynote Address: Jewish Music, Arabic Sounds, and Urban Scenes in Colonial Tunis

Ruth F. Davis, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Yale University


This conference is presented in collaboration with the Music Department and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.


Jewish City Music Concert

The New Budapest Orpheum Society

Fulton Recital Hall (4th Floor, Goodspeed Hall)

1010 E. 59th St.

7:30 pm


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CFP: 6th Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (France), Abstract Deadline April 10

Call for papers

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society
Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I, France
1-3 September 2011

We invite you to submit an abstract for the sixth meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, to be held on 1-3 September, 2011 at the Université de Provence, in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Keynote speakers:
Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)
Paul Garde (Université de Provence)
Marguerite Guiraud-Weber (Université de Provence)
Jack Feuillet (INALCO, Paris)
Vladimir Plungian (Institute of Linguistics, Moscow)
Zygmunt Saloni (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Lea Sawicki (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Daniel Weiss (Universität Zürich)

The purpose of the Slavic Linguistic Society is to create a community of students and scholars interested in Slavic linguistics in its broadest sense, that is systematic and scholarly study of the Slavic languages and of the contact between Slavic and non-Slavic languages. The Society aspires to be as open and inclusive as possible; no school, framework, approach, or theory is presupposed, nor is there any restriction in terms of geography, academic affiliation or status.

Papers dealing with any aspect of Slavic linguistics as understood above and within any framework are appropriate, including sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, etc. The only restriction is that all papers should address an issue pertaining to Slavic linguistics as defined above. We encourage everyone to participate and ask you to share this announcement with as many colleagues and students as possible. In view of the openness of our orientation, all papers are expected to be readily intelligible to other scholars, regardless of theoretical orientation.

Extended deadline for abstracts: 10 April 2011.

All abstracts (“SLS_2011_NAME.doc” or “.docx”) should contain the following
(i) title of the paper;
(ii) name of author(s);
(iii) author’s institution;
(iv) author’s e-mail address;
(v) 3-5 key words;
(vi) abstract of the paper (no required lengh);
(vii) bibliography.

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute slots (20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion).
Selected participants will be notified by the 1st of May 2011.
Conference languages: English, French, and Slavic Languages.
Conference fees: 20 Euros for students (with a valid student ID), 50 Euros for SLS members, 60 Euros for others.
Fees can be payed in cash at the conference registration.

Conference will be held at the Université de Provence, 29 avenue Robert Schuman, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France.
Conference Homepage:
Conference Email: (with a copy to
About Aix-en-Provence (travel information, etc.):

We also invite you to visit the Society’s webpage:

The organizing committee,
Irina Kor Chahine (Maître de conférences de linguistique russe)
Charles Zaremba (Professeur de linguistique slave)

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Quo Vadis III Polish Leadership Conference, University of Toronto, May 13-15

Quo Vadis III is a Polish Leadership Conference organized by the North American Quo Vadis Council, Polish Students Association at the University of Toronto, PISK and YPCPA. The purpose of this very unique event is to create a strong, viable professional and social global network of young Poles.

Quo Vadis III: Tools for Success Conference will take place May 13-15, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. The event is open for students, graduates and yound professionals between the ages of 18 and 35.

More details about this event can be found at QV website:

If interested, please contact Sylvia Badon (



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Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment, Linguistic Society of America 2011 Summer Institute, July 30-31

Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment


This workshop will discuss and analyze the major sociolinguistic factors in the process of language endangerment. This will take the form of presentations on particular communities from an insider and outsider perspective, as well as overview presentations on specific types of endangerment factors. We will also attempt to provide some examples of successful language maintenance and revitalization strategies.

The workshop is sponsored by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes and is organized by the CIPL Professor in the 2011 LSA Summer Institute, David Bradley. The workshop will comprise invited presentations and a summary panel discussion session on Saturday July 30. The planned list of invited speakers includes David Bradley, La Trobe U; James Cowell, U of Colorado; Pierpaolo diCarlo, SUNY Buffalo; Lise Dobrin, U of Virginia; Arienne Dwyer, U of Kansas; Lenore Grenoble, U of Chicago; Barbra Meek, U of Michigan; and Ofelia Zepeda, U of Arizona. The examples will be drawn primarily from the Americas, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Abstracts are now invited for presentations on Sunday July 31, either in 15-minute talks or in poster form. These should be sent by March 31, 2011 to David Bradley and speakers will be advised by May 15, 2011 whether their presentations have been accepted.


  • David Bradley, d DOT bradley AT latrobe DOT edu DOT au


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Call for Papers: Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies, University of California-Berkeley, Abrstract Deadline April 25

Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies
University of California-Berkeley
November 10th, 2011

In preparation for the inaugural Romani Studies Conference at the University of California, Berkeley this November, we seek papers within the burgeoning field of Romani Studies. By examining and exploring the various strategies by which Roma have represented themselves and others, both in dialogue with and apart from the larger societies in which they live, the Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies seeks to support the continued development of this rapidly-growing field. We seek new studies of the uses of Romani images in non-Roma cultures, contemporary social and political issues facing Romani communities across the globe, and Roma-related research in the fields of music, literature, film studies, religious studies, genocide studies, art history, anthropology, history, sociology, linguistics, women and gender studies, and political science, among many others.

This conference is supported by University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies in partnership with the Institute for European Studies through an initiative of the Jewish Studies Program. The conference’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Ian Hancock, Director of the Program in Romani Studies and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Please submit abstracts and any questions to Anna Torres at by *April 25th, 2011*.

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Conference: 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, April 7-9, Registration Deadline March 31

CLS 47 Preliminary Schedule

Pre-registration open! (until March 31)

Main Session

Sharon Inkelas, University of California, Berkeley
Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Norvin Richards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Experimental Methods in Linguistic Research

Yosef Grodzinsky, McGill University
Keith Johnson, University of California, Berkeley
Colin Phillips, University of Maryland

Each Spring scholars with diverse backgrounds and theoretical perspectives gather for three days of talks and discussion, followed by our annual CLS banquet. The conference is divided into a Main Session, comprised of talks on a broad range of linguistic issues, and one or more Parasessions, comprised of talks on more particular issues within a sub-field of the discipline.

The 47th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 7-9, 2011 in the Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. The conference will include a general session as well as a parasession devoted to Experimental Methods in Linguistic Research.

Call for papers


Travel information

Past meetings

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Conference: “What Future for the Less Commonly Taught Languages?” Columbia University, April 30


The Language Resource Center of Columbia University together with the Columbia Global Centers and the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning is organizing a one day conference on the theme of “What Future for the Less Commonly Taught Languages?” This conference is the first in a planned series of conferences exploring topics germane to the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages the Center will host in the coming years.

The conference aims to bring together language teachers, educators, administrators and other stakeholders to discuss, and share research, theory, and best practices on the current state and future of the LCTL as well as initiate a meaningful professional dialogue on this topic amongst those who are interested in sustaining the teaching and learning of LCTL at US institutions.

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Location: Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

PLENARY SPEAKER: Scott McGinnis, Academic Advisor and Associate Professor,Defense Language Institute, Washington Office.

Speakers will include among others (full list to follow shortly):

Dan Davidson – Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition at Bryn Mawr College
Maria Carreira – Professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach
Nancy Ruther – Associate Director, The MacMillan Center, Yale University
Alan Timberlake – Professor of Russian and Chair, Slavic Department, Columbia University

Some of the topics that will be addressed by the speakers will include:

– How do we conjugate the national priority in LCTL with the overall neglect for LCTL at many of our institutions?
– How do we address the systemic lack of funding for LCTL within our academic institutions?
– What structures should we put in place in order to better develop and sustain LCTL?
– What role do heritage learners and bilingual speakers play in reinforcing LCTL programs?
– How can technology help us overcome some of the barriers that prohibit us from achieving critical mass in some LCTL?
– Is the rise of some LCTL (Chinese, Arabic, etc) accomplished at the detriment of other LCTL in terms of institutional support?
– Is the emergence of lingua franca among the LCTL synonymous with diminishing support for other LCTL in the same geographic area?
– How can we better coordinate our efforts to promote the teaching and learning of LCTL regionally as well as nationally?

All are welcome to attend. No registration required but please RSVP.
A full program will follow shortly with an RSVP link.

For more information, contact Stephane Charitos at

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Panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions,” 2011 MESA Conference, Deadline February 15

Call for paper proposals for the proposed panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the 2011 MESA Conference (1-4 December 2011, Washington DC).

Dear Colleagues,


I would like to invite you to contribute a research/study paper for the panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the coming MESA annual conference. The deadline for submission of panel proposals is on 15 February 2011. Please read the abstract of the panel below.

For a very long time, the Muslim world was regarded as an outsider from the cultural and normative pretext and state relations of the West. Even during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, scholars of International Relations (IR) excluded her as a subordinated non-ally or stealth ally of major European powers. It is now apparent that there is an imperative motivation why Islamic discourses gradually dominate contemporary international relations and events, e.g. Palestinian question, Iranian nuclear issue, Arab oil, gas and Turkish water resources, rise of extremist movements, terrorism, post-war Afghanistan and Iraq, tensions in the Maghreb countries, Sudanese conflict, Muslim rebels in Southeast Asia, and how all of these events affect the West in a theory-praxis spectrum.
If IR scholars and members of the English School of International Relations were able to associate and converge their thoughts on conceptualizing International Relations with Christianity, this is of course majority of them are Christians. Then, it is a precedent and an indication that along the strand of the Abrahamic Faiths Islam is putatively feasible and probable to understand and interpret IR.
The objectives of the panel are to show juxtaposed positions of mutual perceptions between Islam and IR based on conceived notions of sensitive conceptions like sovereignty, state, human rights, gender, and etcetera, to eliminate deplorable and pejorative (mis)conceptions of IR scholars towards Islam and vice versa, and add or put Islam in the epitome of global discourse of international relations as a major causal factor that affects the behaviors of every actors in the international community particularly those which have interest and peculiar relations with the Muslim world. The panel will examine two outstanding inquiries that will guide the panel in hoping to find, discover or create patterns of tangency. Questions below magnify the totality of where the panel will lead at and to what extent it is presented and analyze.
1. How International Relations scholars perceived the field of Islam?
2. How Islamic scholars (Muslims or non-Muslims) perceived the field of IR?
The organizer humbly hopes that through this panel, we may able to add to the realm of literature on how human races and civilizations are linked through intellectual, cultural, economical, and social exchanges particularly on the relations between the East (Islam) and the West (International Relations).

Kindly please send your abstract (200 to 400 words) and a short one-page CV to before 15 February 2011.


Nassef Adiong
PhD student in International Relations
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

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26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, University of Chicago, Deadline February 20


— Mutual Perceptions —


26th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference

University of Chicago, May 13–14, 2011

Just a reminder: there are about ten days left to get in your abstracts!

We are pleased to invite graduate students and faculty to submit papers for the 26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, to be held May 13–14, 2011, at the University of Chicago. We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, development, and religion, and dealing with any topic that involves the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.

Those wishing to participate should send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at by February 20, 2011.

We will consider both individual papers and pre-arranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged. More information about the conference and the application process can be viewed at our website: Feel free to email us with any questions you have.

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your submissions!

MEHAT 2011 Coordinators

Cam Lindley-Cross
Feryal Salem
Shayna Silverstein
Mohamad Ballan

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