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University Lectureship in Russian Literature and Culture, University of Cambridge, Application Deadline June 13

University Lectureship in Russian Literature and Culture

Department of Slavonic Studies

Vacancy Reference No: GR08194 Salary: £36,862-£46,696

The Department of Slavonic Studies is seeking to appoint a full-time,
permanent University Lecturer from 1 October 2011, or as soon as
possible thereafter. This post has been created thanks to the
generosity of the Isaac Newton Trust. The post-holder will contribute
to the teaching of the undergraduate tripos in Russian, delivering
lectures on Russian literature and culture, and to the teaching of the
M.Phil in Russian studies. S/he will also be expected to undertake
undergraduate language teaching, assist in Tripos examinations,
supervise MPhil and PhD students, if appropriate, and play an active
role in the further development of the curriculum.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, and will have a record of
research and publication (or clear evidence of potential publication),
in a field of Russian literature and/or culture, and the promise of
making an outstanding contribution to the Department of Slavonic
Studies. Applications will be considered in any area of Russian
studies, from the earliest times until the present, although the
ability to teach one or more of the following may be an advantage: 1.
pre-Modern culture; 2. contemporary culture; 3. Russian and Soviet
history. Native or excellent non-native command of Russian and English
is essential.

Applications can be made by completing form CHRIS 6 form (available at, a cover letter, a
detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a
statement on your research interests, and the names and addresses of
three referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field.
Application materials should be sent by the closing date of 13 June
2011, either by post to the Secretary of the Appointments Committee,
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge
CB3 9DA OR by e-mail to You are requested to ask
your referees to write directly by the same date. You are welcome to
seek further information by contacting Dr Emma Widdis, Head of
Department, e-mail:

Further particulars can be found at

Shortlisted candidates for the post will be notified by Friday 17th
June. Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning June 27th
2011. The interview will involve candidates giving a short lecture of
20 minutes to a mixed group of graduate students and members of the
Department, and a short sample language class, prior to the interview

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a
probationary period of one year.

Closing date: 13 June 2011. Planned Interview dates: week commencing
27 June 2011.

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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, May 11

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop, and the Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly present:

“The Soviet Uncola”

A Lecture by Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University

Wednesday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 315
May 11, 2011

Reception to follow

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at

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Workshop: Soviet Diplomacy and Politics on Human Rights (1945-1977), Jennifer Amos, The Law, Culture, and Society Workshop, March 9

The Law, Culture, and Society Workshop is pleased to announce that we will be discussing a paper by Jennifer Amos The University of Chicago, Department of History

Soviet Diplomacy and Politics on Human Rights (1945-1977)

Wednesday 9 March
5:00 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Room
(Social Science 224)

The paper is attached to this e-mail and available on our website:

Anyone requiring assistance please contact the workshop coordinator John F. Acevedo (

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Lecture: “Preserving Sacred Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia,” Pance Velkov, SAIC, February 28

Pance Velkov Lecture

Mon, February 28, 6pm – 8pm

Where McLean Center Ballroom (112 Michigan Ballroom)
Description Pance Velkov will give a lecture to students faculty and staff.

The lecture will focus on the current problems related to conservations of some of the most important churches and mosques in the republic of Macedonia. The country possesses some of the finest medieval frescoes in the world and the most important Ottoman heritage in Europe after Turkey.

Any person with a disability who would like to request an accommodation for this program should contact Campus Life at 312.629.6880 or email as soon as possible to allow adequate time to make proper arrangements.

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Educator Workshop: Ukrainian Art, History, and Cultures around the World, January 28

Educator Workshop: Ukrainian History, Art, and Cultures around the World

Presented by the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60612

Free with pre-registration; 6 CPDUs Offered!

Chicago hosts a wide-range of cultural institutions, many of whose resources are rarely tapped into by K-12 teachers. Through internationalizing curricula, students obtain a global perspective and think more critically about their surrounding world. In this workshop, the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will serve as models for how you and your teachers might utilize the (more than 25) cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area to help further internationalize your school’s curricula.

This workshop will include a presentation of K-12 lessons on Ukrainian history, art, and culture, as well as tours of the two museums. The professional development day is applicable to teachers interested in thinking about new ways to incorporate world cultures into their curriculum. While the focus of the workshop will be on Ukraine, themes addressed can be integrated into general lesson plans to add cultural content.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies (CIS) and Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). For more information, contact Jamie Bender at

Register on the website.

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Course: Armenian History and Culture Course, Winter Quarter

Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Winter 2011 (NEHC 39500, HIST 27504, SLAV 30902)

Introduction to History and Culture of ARMENIA

TUTH 10:30-1:50

Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian

This 10-week crash-course will survey Armenian history and elements of culture (religion, mythology, literature and music, manuscript illumination and architecture) as well as offer a mosaic of social life, traditions and customs (festivals and feasts, childbirth and wedding rituals, funerary cult) of Armenia. It will also discuss transformations of Armenian identity and symbols of ‘Armenianness’ through time, especially in Soviet and post-Soviet  eras, based on such elements of national identity, as language, religion or shared history.

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Cultural Fellowships in St Petersburg, Russia, The Likhachev Foundation


The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) together with Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg and B. Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia) announces competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in St. Petersburg from May 9 till May 22, 2011.

By January 25, 2011 the Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from professionals in the field of culture and history or arts from the US who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible. Airfare and accommodations in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.

Creative project could be a museum exhibition project, a theater performance, a film, photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. Creative project should be conceived in the US for a broad American audience. Residency in Russia should serve as an important stage in the realization of the applicant’s cultural project.

The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, possibilities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives, and other organizations.

Application deadline is January 25, 2011.
Fellowships take place May 9 – May 22, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by February 15, 2011.

Application should include: CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia and previous visits to Russia). Description of creative project (up to 3 pages) such as museum or exhibition project, theater performance, film, preparation of fiction or research book and other types of cultural projects related to Russian culture or history. It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.

Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at and with the subject line «application for the fellowship».

The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation

The name of the Academician D. S. Likhachev (1906-1999) is symbolic for the 20 century Russian culture. A Russian intellectual, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, a great scientist and thinker, a popular figure, he managed to preserve under the totalitarian regime his integrity, honor and fealty to Russia. In the 90s he has become a moral gold standard for many Russians. During his late years D. S. Likhachev conceived the idea of a humanitarian charitable foundation. The idea has been implemented after his death.

The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation had been founded in St. Petersburg at the end of 2001. The mission for the Foundation was stated by D. S. Likhachev himself as promotion of the Russian culture, education, humanities as well as affirmation of democratic and humanistic values in the society. The foundation supports both regional and international programs, awards grants, promotes seminars and conferences, publishes books, etc.

B. Yeltsin Presidential Center

The Fund of the First Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin was founded in November 2000, as a charity whose main aim is to give the youth of Russia the opportunity to reach their creative potential. The Fund has also taken it upon itself to analyze the various changes that Russia and the world in general went through during the end of the 20th century: to carry out studies on the historical and political foundations of the reforms that took place in Russia. The Fund is working to nurture peaceful and friendly relations between the world’s nations, offering help in the battle against social and religious conflict.

Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg

The executive authority – The City Administration is the superior
executive body of St. Petersburg headed by the Governor of the city and other executive departments – the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments. The St. Petersburg Administration is formed of the Governor, the Government, The Governor’s Chancellery, the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments of the Administration subordinate to him. The Committee on External Relations is responsible for state policy of Saint Petersburg in external relations.

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Two-year visiting lecturer position at Connecticut College

Connecticut College, Department of Slavic Studies: Full-time Visiting
Lecturer Position in Russian Language and Culture, beginning fall 2011. Two-year appointment.

The Department of Slavic Studies invites applications for a full-time visiting lecturer position in Russian language and culture for a two-year appointment. Specialization open, with a preference for Russian language pedagogy and Russian culture (broadly defined, any period). The teaching load of six courses per year includes courses in elementary and intermediate Russian, as well as advanced-level content courses in Russian on such topics as cinema, literature, history, contemporary culture, and Russian culture in emigration. Native or near-native fluency in Russian is required; minimum qualification is an M.A., but a Ph.D. is preferred. All members of the department are expected to engage with students outside of the classroom and to actively participate in the life of the department—e.g., by regularly meeting with students over lunch at Russian table, and planning and attending departmental events.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding teaching and faculty research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body, and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, full participation in the intellectual life of the college, and active involvement in the institution-wide advancement of diversity.

A full-time visiting faculty member’s teaching load is three courses per semester. We value the contributions that visiting faculty bring to our community and encourage their active engagement in all aspects of campus life. Visiting lecturers with appointments for more than one year are participating members of the faculty during their first year, and their presence is welcome at all faculty meetings; they are voting members of the faculty in their second and subsequent years.

Applications received by December 15th will receive full consideration. Candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Andrea Lanoux, Search Committee Chair, Department of Slavic Studies, Campus Box 5301, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320-4196

Questions may be directed to Andrea Lanoux, (860) 439-5148,

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CfS: The Birch, Undergraduate Journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Culture, Columbia University

Columbia University’s The Birch is the nation’’s first undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture, founded in 2004. In an effort to maintain the quality of our journal, we have elected to produce a larger, single issue that will be available for students in the spring instead of two, smaller issues typically distributed in the fall and spring. This decision was made primarily to allow contributors to have more time to develop their ideas and projects so that we can continue to produce a journal that students look forward to engaging with, cherish, and respect.

Our publication retains the same structure. It consists of three sections: Creative Writing (poetry, prose, non-fiction essays), Literary Criticism, and Culture & Affairs (including historical and political analysis). We also welcome original photography, translations, and political cartoons.

For this year’’s issue, we encourage undergraduate students to submit high-quality pieces of 1500-2000 words. We particularly seek writing on less-explored topics as well as articles on current affairs in the region. While most of our content is in English, we look forward to reading submissions written in Russian or other languages of the region and envision an issue that is less Russo-centric.

If your students are unfamiliar with The Birch, we kindly suggest that you tell them to visit our website,, where they can read a selection of past issues, or visit our blog,

We hope some of your undergraduates will take advantage of this opportunity and submit to us at by February 14, 2010. Please note that all submissions should include the writer’s name, e-mail address, and institution.

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