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Coffee Conversations: Interfaith Dialogue: The European and Eurasian Perspectives, WorldChicago, March 17

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations
Interfaith Dialogue: The European and Eurasian Perspectives
Thursday, March 17, 2011, 8:30-9:30am
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL
1st Floor, Garland Room

Come to hear about interfaith dialogue in Europe and Eurasia from a U.S. Department of State sponsored delegation of religious leaders, educators, community activists and leaders of advocacy groups involved in religious affairs from a variety of countries in that region.  These visitors will be in Chicago to explore this topic as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program and will meet with local experts representing a variety of different religions and initiatives in Chicago.

Continental breakfast provided.

Cost: WorldChicago Members, Free

Non-members, $10

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“America Engages Eurasia, 19th Century-Present: Studies, Teaching, and Resources”, Columbia University, Application Deadline March 1

A National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Institutes Program

America Engages Eurasia, 19th Century-Present:
Studies, Teaching, and Resources

Monday, June 13-Friday, July 1, 2011

Columbia University

Co-Director Edward Kasinec, Research Scholar, Harriman Institute
Co-Director Robert Davis, Librarian for Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies
Principal Investigator: Timothy Frye, Director, Harriman Institute

For more information about the program, please visit their website.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Deadline March 15

The application deadline for students has been extended to Friday, April 29.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are proud to announce the inaugural session of the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI). Instruction in intensive first- and second-year Kazakh and Uyghur, intensive first-year Uzbek, and intensive second-year Tajik will be offered this year.  CESSI 2011 will also feature lectures  (in English) on Central Eurasian history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia. CESSI 2011 will run from June 13-August 5.  Information and application materials are available on the CESSI Web site:

The priority deadline for admission and the fee remission grant is March 15, 2011.  The application deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships at UW-Madison is February 15, 2011.  More information about FLAS fellowships at UW-Madision is available at

CESSI is a joint initiative of 22 U.S. Department of Education-funded National Resource Centers at 12 U.S. universities, along with Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan).

For further information about CESSI 2011, please contact Nancy Heingartner, CESSI program coordinator,, 1-608-262-3379.

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CfP: 12th Annual CESS Conference, Ohio State University, Abstract Submission Deadline March 1

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals for the Twelfth Annual CESS Conference, September 15-18, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. The event will be held at Ohio State University, hosted by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the Middle East Studies Center and the East Asian Studies Center. Panels begin Friday morning, September 16, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, September 18.

Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

The program will feature approximately 50 panels. There will also be a supplementary program including a welcome reception on Thursday, a conference dinner and a plenary speaker.

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some preference in the selection process. In forming panels, consider including scholars whose work is situated outside of Central Eurasia but who can speak to the panel topic thematically or comparatively, especially in discussant roles. For complete details, please see the complete Call for Papers ( on the CESS website.

Registration information

The registration fees cover a welcome reception on Thursday and the conference dinner on Friday. The deadline for pre-registration payment (required for all presenters) is August 1.

Fees for 2011 are as follows (figures are in US dollars):

Regular fee members*: $80 $120 (after August 1)
Reduced fee members**: $40 $60 (after August 1)
Non-members: $140 $180 (after August 1)

* “Regular fee members” are those who have paid their annual dues at $60 or $75.

** “Reduced fee members” are those who qualify and have paid for membership at reduced fees.

Panel participants may submit the registration fee at the same time as submitting their proposal form, or at any time before the pre-registration deadline of August 1. We accept payment by credit card (preferred; see the Credit Card Payment Form (; all payments are in US$), or by check or money order. Check and money order payments should be mailed to: Central Eurasian Studies Society, Havighurst Center, Harrison Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA. Please consult the CESS Membership Form ( for full details on methods of payment.

NOTE: CESS does not have funds to support the costs of conference participation, and does not waive the conference fee for participants who cannot afford it. Participants must obtain their own funding — from personal resources, their own institutions, or grant-giving organizations which provide conference travel grants.

Further Information

If you do not have web access, or if you do not find the answer to your questions on the conference website, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at

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CfP: Graduate Student Conference: “Estrangement”, Brown University, Abstract Deadline January 15

The Slavic Studies Graduate Student Colloquium and the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown University are pleased to announce our upcoming graduate student conference on the subject of Estrangement.  The conference will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011.  We are currently soliciting proposals for individual papers on topics related to the theme of estrangement in Russian, East European and Eurasian literature, history, and culture in any historical period.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-linguistic and ethnic identity

-dialogues between East and West

-self-imposed or forcible estrangement from home/family

-minority religious cultures in Russia and Eurasia

-estrangement as self-preservation

-contemporary Marxism and Communism in the former USSR

-destructive conflicts within literary and artistic movements

-generational conflict

-loss of identity within shifting political and social structures.

This will be a one-day conference comprised of formal panels, informal roundtables, and a keynote lecture by Professor John Bowlt of the University of Southern California titled “Engines of the Russian Cosmos: Art and Astrophysics, 1900-1930”.

Breakfast, lunch, and lodging will be provided for all participants.

The deadline for all abstract proposals is January 15, 2011. Please send a brief abstract (300 words or less) and a bio to or

This conference is part of a year-long experimental interdisciplinary colloquia series, generously sponsored by the Office of International Affairs.  The aim of the series is to provide a forum for young scholars in the humanities to initiate collaborative projects and an opportunity for the development of informal mentorship relationships between faculty and graduate students. The overarching goal of this series is to explore joint interests across the disciplines outside the traditional class-based format and to emphasize the relevance of cross-disciplinary exchange.

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CfP: Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

**Call for Papers**

Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, has returned to the academic world! Vestnik, the world’s first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, was on hiatus for more than two years. However, its editorial staff has again assembled to continue this fascinating and much-needed work. Having recently finished and published our Winter, 2010 edition, we now welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates for another! Research on any subject is accepted – politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc.

If your students have written solid research in the last year, encourage them to send it to!

Deadline for submissions for the next issue: December 15, 2010

**$200 Jury Award**

Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. After publication, the editorial board will select the best (most interesting, original, and well-written piece) submission. The recipient will be sent an official letter of congratulations along with a $200 check. This process will take into account as well how receptive the author was to improving the paper before publication under the guidance of our editorial board. This award has been established for this issue of Vestnik to mark its return to encouraging original research among students.

**Requirements and other Information**

Submitted papers should include, at the top of the first page, the applicant’s name, major, class standing, and a brief description of his/her future plans. Submissions should not be more than 25 pages, should be in double-spaced, 12-point TNR type with one-inch margins, and in MS Word or a capital program. Since we are dealing with diverse subjects, we will accept MLA, ALA and Chicago formats. Submissions should be accompanied with a statement from the author saying where he/she is currently enrolled as a student (or was at the time the paper was written), class (freshman, sophomore, graduate student, etc.; if applicable), their future plans (educational and professional), and the author’s agreement to Vestnik’s policies and procedures. Vestnik’s editor in chief welcomes questions by email at

You can find past issues of Vestnik, as well as more information about the
publication, at

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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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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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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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ACTR/ACCELS 2011 Eurasian Regional Language Program, Deadline October 1

The following message comes to CEERES from ACTR/ACCELS:

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS invites applications for the 2011 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Ukraine.

Applications for the Spring 2011 program are due October 1st, 2011 (sic?). See for more information.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and working professionals intensive individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs. Courses are designed to strengthen speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in the language of study.  Program features include: core language courses focusing on grammar and lexical studies, phonetics, vocabulary development, and conversational skills; area studies, literature, and culture classes for advanced students; classes conducted in small groups of three to six students or in private tutorials; native-speaking faculty with extensive experience teaching foreign students; homestays with local families; undergraduate or graduate credit from Bryn Mawr College; pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.; and logistical support provided by local American Councils offices. Students with at least two years of college-level instruction in the target language, Russian, or a language related to the target language are eligible to apply to the program.

Languages offered:
*Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia
*Azeri in Baku, Azerbaijan
*Chechen or Georgian in Tbilisi, Georgia
*Kazakh in Almaty, Kazakhstan
*Romanian in Chisinau, Moldova
*Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajiki) or Uzbek in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
*Turkmen in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
*Ukrainian in Kyiv, Ukraine

Fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants have also received substantial fellowship support from the National Security Education Program (, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).

Application deadlines:
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1

For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L St., NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522

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