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27th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

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Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival for films for children in North America.
Bellow is a short digest of some of the films from the CEERES regions of the world.
Follow this link to a different post about Russian films.

Saturday, October 23:
Log Jam: “KJFG No. 5” (Hungary) – 9:30am
Ice Master (Latvia) – 11:00am
Head Dwellers Part 2: “Neighboring” (Hungary) – 1:00pm

Sunday, October 24:
Dog and Flea (Croatia) – 9:30am, 3:00pm
Tiger (Latvia) – 11:00am
The Widely Travelled Little Mouse (Hungary) – 11:00am
Correctional Facility for Parents (Croatia) – 1:00pm
Alarm Clock (Croatia) – 3:00pm
In the Attic (Czech Republic) – 7:00pm
Log Jam (Hungary) – 9:00pm

Saturday, October 30
Log Jam (Hungary) – 9:30am, 3:00pm
Shammies: “How Shammies Bathed” (Latvia) – 9:30am
How the Bunny Didn’t Turn to Be Someone Else (Russia) – 9:30am
Two Princesses (Russia) – 11:00am
Cello (Russia) – 1:00pm
Tiger (Latvia) – 3:00pm
The Most Scary Animal (Russia) – 3:00pm

Sunday, October 31
Shammies: “How Shammies Bathed” (Latvia) – 9:30am
Polish Fairy Tales: “Winter Fairies” (Poland) – 9:30am
Blue Magic (Croatia) – 1:00pm

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46th Chicago International Film Festival

Check out various films at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival (October 7 – 20)

All films are being screened at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St).

For more information, go to the festival’s website:

(Information taken from Chicago Film Festival website):

CEERES region is very well represented. Here are most of the films that we were able to identify:

All That I Love (Poland, Jacek Borcuch); Oct 14, 3:30pm; Oct 16, 1:50pm; Oct 18, 4pm

Birthday (Poland, Jenifer Malmqvist); Oct 13, 7:45pm; Oct 15, 4:10pm

Building Manager (Greece, Periklis Hoursoglou); Oct 12, 2pm; Oct 18,6:15pm; Oct 19, 5:30pm

Days of Desire (Hungary, József Pacskovszky); Oct 14, 8:45pm; Oct 16, 4pm; Oct 19, 3:45pm

Devil’s Town (Serbia, Valdimir Paskaljevic); Oct 14, 2pm; Oct 18, 9pm; Oct 19, 6:20pm

Erratum (Polan, Marek Lechki); Oct 14, 8:30pm; Oct 15, 6:05pm; Oct 17, 12pm

How I Ended the Summer (Russia, Aleksei Popogrebsky); Oct 10, 5:40pm; Oct 12, 3:30pm; Oct 17, 12:30pm

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Sweden, Florin Serban); Oct 8, 4:15pm; Oct 9, 1:30pm; Oct 10, 12:30pm

Last Report on Anna (Hungary, Márta Mészáros); Oct 13, 6:15pm; Oct 14, 5:45pm; Oct 17, 12:15pm

Lisanka (Russia, Daniel Díaz Torres); Oct 15, 3:15pm; Oct 18, 5:40pm; Oct 19, 8:30pm

Little Rose (Poland, Jan Kidawa-Blonski); Oct 14, 6pm; Oct 15, 9:20pm; Oct 18, 3pm

Love Life of a Gentle Coward (Croatia, Pavo Marinkovic); Oct 11, 8:30pm; Oct 12, 7:15pm; Oct 14, 4pm

Love Translated (Ukraine, Julia Ivanova); Oct 9, 8pm; Oct 11, 3:30pm

Mamas & Papas (Czech Republic, Alice Nellis); Oct 11, 8:20pm; Oct 12, 5pm; Oct 15, 2pm

Missing Man (Russia, Anna Fenchenko); Oct 12, 3:45pm; Oct 16, 5:15pm; Oct 17, 9:15pm

Mrdrchain (Czech Republic, Ondrej Svadlena); Oct 16, 11pm; Oct 17, 10:30pm

Sasha (Germany, Dennis Todorovic); Oct 9, 7:45pm; Oct 10, 1:45pm

Seed (Czech Republic/UK/USA, Ben Richardson/Daniel Bird); Oct 18, 8pm; Oct 19, 1:45pm

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (Poland/USA, Ruth Leitman); Oct 10, 7:15pm; Oct 17, 2:15pm

Tuesday, After Christman (Romania, Radu Muntean); Oct 8, 7:15pm; Oct 9, 3:45pm; Oct 12, 4pm

White as Snow (Turkey, Kar Beyaz); Oct 16, 6:30pm; Oct 17, 2:10pm; Oct 19, 2pm

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2011 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium: Gender in the 21st Century Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Application Deadline December 10

2011 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:


Application Deadline: December 10, 2010

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2011 Regional Policy Symposium, “Gender in the 21st Century Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to examine and discuss gender and women’s issues in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: education, migration, trafficking, women in politics, domestic violence, and economic opportunities, among others.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 5-8, 2011 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be US citizens
  • Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less.  Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:

  • Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site.
  • Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.

To receive more information on the 2011 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to

Application materials are available on the IREX website at:

Symposium Program Evaluation Survey:

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Call for Papers: The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe, 1492-1700, UIUC, Abstract Deadline November 15

The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe, 1492-1700
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, October 7-8, 2011

In early modern Europe, discourses on and images of the Orient and Islam are inextricably tied to the rise of national consciousness and the formation of a European identity as several Western states were striving for imperial supremacy. The goal of this international and interdisciplinary conference is to explore the dialectical function of early modern Orientalism for the creation of different notions of a collective self: national, European, and/or imperial.

We invite proposals for contributions that analyze the multiple uses of an imaginary Islam and Orient and compare at least two national orientalist discourses and/or the intersection of nation-building and the invention of Europeanness catalyzed through these discourses. Beyond being simplifications, what role do stereotypes play in the complex and often contradictory rhetorical dynamics that served to articulate, implement and promote both internal policies and supranational endeavors of imperial supremacy? To whom are these stereotypical representations addressed and through what media? In what instances does the creation of a fictive homogeneous nation lead to the conceptual “islamization” of minority groups? Is there a competition among European nation-states for the hegemony in the representation of the Oriental, and in which ways does it feed into a transnational rivalry for imperial power? What does the comparison of different national accounts of Orientalism reveal about the supposed homogeneity of the stereotypical Muslim?

Proposals for presentations of 20-25 min that address any of these or related questions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary organizing committee. The conference language is English.

Please send a 250-500 word abstract by November 15 to, along with information about your professional affiliation and a brief cv or a reference to your personal website.

For more information, visit
or contact the organizers:

Marcus Keller (Department of French):
Javier Irigoyen-García (Department of Spanish, Italian and

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Library’s new Slavic, East European & Eurasian web page

A message from our friends at the Regenstein Library:

I am pleased to announce that the Library’s new, completely revised and updated Slavic, East European & Eurasian web page has just been published.  You will find it at:

Please take a look at its various sub-pages and links.  Almost all of the links from the old pages are there, with many new ones added.  In particular, I would like to bring to your attention the “What’s New in E-Resources?” and “What’s New in Print and Microform?” boxes on the main page.  These will be updated on a frequent basis.

And please feel free to send me your comments and suggestions.

June Farris


June Pachuta Farris
Bibliographer for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Bibliographer for General Linguistics
Room 263 Regenstein Library
University of Chicago
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL  60637

1-773-702-8456 (phone)
1-773-702-6623 (fax)

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Chicago Jewish Festival, June 13

Chicago Jewish Festival
11am-6pm Saturday June 13
St. Paul Woods , Morton Groove

The 2010 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival marks 30 years since the first festival.  It continues to feature three stages of music, dance and storytelling; a family stage; a Kosher Food Fair; an Art Fair and Organization Fair. KFAR is an organizational sponsor of the Jewish Festival.
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Funding Opportunities through American Council of Learned Societies’ East European Studies Program

The American Council of Learned Societies is proud to announce that we have
revised the guidelines and application instructions for our Title VIII-sponsored
East European Language, Conference and Travel Grants.

For parties interested in applying, deadlines for our programs are as follows:

Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study—January 15, 2010
Language Grants to Institutions for Summer Courses—January 15, 2010
Heritage Speakers Research Grant—January 15, 2010
Conference Grants—January 29, 2010
Travel Grants—January 29, 2010

For further information and to view our revised guidelines and application
instructions, please visit

The funding of the East European Studies Program is appropriated by the U.S.
Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of State under the
Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the
Former Soviet Union Act of 1983 as amended (Title VIII), whose purpose is
the development of expertise in the United States needed for broad knowledge
and analysis of developments in this critical world area.  Support is once again
available from Title VIII for language study and research related to all East
European Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

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“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Film Screening of “After the Velvet Revolution,” November 6

Tom Weidlinger, 1993, 58 mins
This documentary features interviews with seven Czechoslovak ctizens in 1990 and 1991, and again a year or two later to see how they fared after the end of Communism. The film effectively uses the individual stories to give some background on 1968, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the economic consequences of the transition. Because the film was made so soon after the transition, it emphasizes uncertainty. A sense of bewilderment or even betrayal is conveyed by the fact that most of the individuals in the film experienced the idealism and hope of the Velvet Revolution only to find the gritty reality of transition more difficult than they had expected. As Vaclav Havel put it in one of the many pieces of historic footage included in the film, people felt “ambushed by freedom.”

Time: 7pm, November 6.

Location: International House, Coulter Lounge (1414 E. 59th St).

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“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Film Screening of “Rabbit a la Berlin,” November 5

Bartek Konopka & Piotr Rosolowski, 2009, 52 mins

For 28 years the Berlin Wall “death zone” was a haven for wild rabbits—full of grass, no predators, guards keeping humans out. They were trapped, but happy. One day the walls around them fell, and the rabbits had to abandon their enclave. They moved to West Berlin, formed a few smaller colonies, and as revealed in this tongue-in-cheek “nature film”, are still learning how to live in the free world.

Time: 7pm, November 5.

Location: International House, Coulter Lounge (1414 E. 59th St).

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“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Roundtable with the Consuls General of the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Poland, November 4

A discussion concerning the historic events of two decades ago in Central and Eastern Europe, and the paths taken since then – through personal reflections and recollections of how the process developed, the spirit of the movements, the leaders, the political atmosphere, and the ways in which the transition has resonated through the past twenty years. With Hon. Onno Hückmann of Germany, Hon. Zygmunt Matynia of Poland, Hon. Istvan Mezei of Hungary, Hon. Marek Skolil of the Czech Republic, and Hon. Robert Zischg of Austria.

Time: 6pm, November 4

Location: International House, Assembly Hall (1414 E. 59th St).

For more information, please visit:

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