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Best European Fiction 2010 Reading, Chicago Humanities Festival, November 6

Information taken from Chicago Humanities Festival website:

The next Gustave Flaubert, Franz Kafka, or Thomas Mann awaits your discovery. Published to rave reviews last fall, Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment in an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. The collection, edited by MacArthur “Genius Award” winner Aleksandar Hemon, gives American readers dozens of literary gems from many still-unfamiliar writers from across the pond and provides a window into the European literary scene. Join the artistic team behind “Stories on Stage” for live dramatic readings of stories from both the 2010 anthology and the soon-to-be-published 2011 volume.

This program is presented in partnership with the Dalkey Archive Press.

Where: Harold Washington Library Center – Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (400 South State Street)
Tickets: General: $10.00, Teachers & Students: $5.00
When: Sat, Nov. 6 2:30 – 4:00 PM

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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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Call for Papers: Council for European Studies International Conference for Europeanists, Deadline: October 10

The following message comes to CEERES from CES at Columbia University:

Council for European Studies
18th International Conference of Europeanists

Today the intertwined forces of globalization and political integration are remaking Europe by transforming or transcending existing national institutions, cultural patterns, agendas, and allegiances. This process oftransnationalization is key to understanding the contemporary political,economic, social, and cultural experiences of Europeans.  Yet, it is also a recurring phenomenon that has contributed historically to the repeated re-organization of European life and institutions.

Therefore, for its Eighteenth International Conference of Europeanists, the Council for European Studies (CES) welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that deal with the causes, consequences, and meaning of transnationalization in Europe broadly defined. The conference will be hosted by the Institut Barcelona de’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and held at university venues in Barcelona, Spain from June 20 to June 22, 2011.

Deadlines and Submission Procedures: All proposals must be submitted between September 1, 2010 and October 10, 2010. Moreover, every panel proposal must include abstracts for each paper, as well as a general description and the name of one chair and one discussant. The Program Committee also invites participants to create their own “mini-symposium” by submitting up to four panel proposals clustered around a given theme. CES encourages proposals from a wide range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in interdisciplinary and multinational proposals. Click here to submit a proposal.

Please visit for more information.

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Call for Papers: Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino – Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions, Abstract Deadline: September 15

Call for Papers
Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino: Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions

The editors of this proposed volume seek papers that look at Kurban Said’s novel Ali und Nino (1937) from a wide range of perspectives and approaches (e.g., literary and cultural studies, linguistics, Jewish studies, gender studies, philosophy and religion) and that reflect on the text’s usefulness in the classroom from linguistic and content perspectives. Our aim is to provide a broad companion to Kurban Said’s text that helps its readers to understand the many different possible scholarly approaches and the heterogeneous readings different frameworks make possible.

Since the publication of Tom Reiss’s 1999 essay ‘The Man from the East’ (The New Yorker, October 4, 1999: 68‐83) and his subsequent book The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (New York: Random House, 2005), much more has come to light about Ali und Nino’s author. ‘Kurban Said,’ an alias of Lev Nussimbaum (1905‐1942), grew up in a Jewish household in Baku, Azerbaijan, converted to Islam and then fled to Berlin to work as a journalist and expert on the Orient under the name Essad Bey in the 1920s and 1930s. Interest in Lev Nussimbaum’s life and texts sparked by Tom Reiss’s journalistic work has led to the republication of Ali und Nino in German and English. Set in Baku around 1917, Ali und Nino tells the love story between a young Arab, Muslim man Ali and a
young Georgian, Christian woman Nino. Not only is the novel a rare example of early Germanophone literature written by a multilingual speaker from outside of the German‐speaking world, but it also takes up cultural constructions of the Orient and Occident long before Edward Said’s seminal Orientalism published in 1978. Yet, despite recent interest in the author and the book’s ability to thematize modern debates and discussions of culture, virtually no scholarly literature on Ali und Nino exists. The proposed volume seeks to change this by inviting scholars from all kinds of different backgrounds to shed their light on Ali und Nino. Themes and topics to explore may include, but are not limited to:

• East‐West dialogues
• Cultural clash(es)
• Tradition and modernity
• Religion and identity
• Love and affect
• Youth and coming of age
• Authorship and attribution
• Multilingualism

The editors envision papers solicited not just as academic exercises, but also welcome approaches that emphasize the text’s relevance for teaching literature in a culturally heterogeneous classroom. For the classroom, Said’s engaging narrative style and the book’s interesting thematic focus make the novel an accessible and relevant text for students of German to engage with linguistically and intellectually. The novel also promises teachers and students opportunities for rich dialogue about modern‐day issues. Please contact us as soon as possible, if you are interested in contributing to this volume so that we can have a preliminary discussion about the scope of your paper.

Deadline for 400‐word abstract: September 15, 2010
Deadline for final version of essay: August 15, 2011

Please e‐mail your materials to both editors:

Cori Crane, Asst. Professor ( & Carl Niekerk, Assoc. Professor ( Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign 2090 Foreign Language Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

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Chicago Premiere of Polish Film “Zero” at the 13th Annual European Union Film Festival, March 21, 25

13th Annual European Union Film Festival (March 5-April 1), held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, is the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union (EU) nations. All 27 EU nations are represented in this year’s festival, which includes 59 feature films, all Chicago premieres. The festival features the most provocative film entertainment Europe has to offer, including European blockbusters, edgy avant-garde, escapist comedies, thoughtful documentaries, films by acclaimed directors, and new discoveries.

* Poland *

* ZERO *

2009, Pawel Borowski, Poland, 110 min., with Robert Wieckiewicz, Bogdan Koca

Sunday, March 21, 7:30 pm & Thursday, March 25, 8:00 pm

This marvelously inventive thriller scrambles its way through a densely packed twenty-four hours in an unnamed European metropolis, where the lives of more than forty characters fatefully intersect. A CEO, a hospital worker, a peddler, a gigolo, a duplicitous wife, a short-tempered taxi driver, and scores of others are introduced in absorbing mini-dramas; then, like relay runners, each hands the narrative on to the next, until one sprawling tale encompassing adultery, espionage, murder, child pornography, extortion, and robbery takes shape. In Polish with English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of Opus Film.

Please visit the Gene Siskel Film Center’s site,, for a schedule of all screenings and to purchase tickets.

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Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders, April 11-16, 2010

The ‘Europe Meets Russia’-team is pleased to announce the launch of its third program. *Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders*, will take place in Berlin from April 11th — April 16th, 2010.

Europe meets Russia has been designed with the intention of bringing together young individuals (mid-later stage students or with some young professionals – around 1-2 years experience) so that they can gain an insight into cultural diplomacy, exchange ideas and experiences, and learn from influential figures in the given field. Participants will develop contacts on social and professional levels through the participation of lectures, challenging workshops, and discussions. The Forum aims to examine the state of the European-Russian relationship today and to consider the role of cultural exchange in supporting this relationship.

Further information about Europe meets Russia can be found in the link below:

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is now accepting applications for participants with an active interest in the issue. Please see the following link for further information, including the application form:

For specific inquiries into the program, please contact us at: <>

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is delighted to have had the possibility of welcoming the following speakers on previous EMR-Events:

Dmitri Molchanov, Third Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Berlin

Dr. Marzenna Guz-Vetter, Representative of the European Commission in Berlin

Martin Hope, Director of Benelux and EU office at British Council; Former Director British Council Moscow

Heino von Meyer, Director of the OECD Berlin Center

Serghey Zhuravlev, Vice-Director of the Russian Haus

Mr. Nikitin, Head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Germany

Enno Harks, Political Advisor to the CEO of Deutsche British Petroleum

Professor Ulrich Brückner, Expert in the field of European integration

To learn more about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, please visit our website: <>

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European Spring Institute 2010 on the Future of Europe, Final Deadline: March 8

The Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku – CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Spring Institute 2010 (ESI 2010) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

Where? Prague, Czech Republic

When? March 27 – April 3, 2010

Who? Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku – CPVP) has teamed up to organize the tenth institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2010).

Why? The European Spring Institute 2010  is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

What is it about? The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2010 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website to discover all the details about the ESI2010. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

We also suggest students to submit their applications by the Early Bird Application Deadline of February 22, 2010. The Final Deadline is March 8, 2010.

Should you have any questions regarding the ESI2010 and/or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

European Spring Institute 2010
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605
Fax: +420 281 930 584

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New Master’s Degree in European Union Studies at UIUC, Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15, 2010

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign administers an interdisciplinary program of language and area courses leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program is intended to serve three constituencies of students: those seeking to combine area expertise with professional training; those proceeding to disciplinary-based doctoral work; and those seeking a stand-alone, professional degree.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts program should have completed at least two years of a language of the European Union and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Admission requirements of the Graduate College also apply. The minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is 550 (213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT). Candidates must write a statement of purpose showing how the M.A. degree in European Union Studies fits into their educational and career plans. This statement must show that the interdisciplinary nature of the MAEUS will serve the student better than a disciplinary degree.

Admission is ordinarily limited to the fall semester, but exceptions are made for spring and summer admission.

Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15 (January 1 for international students)

For more information, please visit:

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Call for Papers (Updated): “Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia,” Deadline: December 15

University of Pittsburgh Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
& Center for Russian and East European Studies present:

Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia

Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference
February 26-28, 2010

Keynote Address: Eagle Glassheim (University of British Columbia)

On the eve of the September 2009 meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, spoke of the “new challenges of the 21st century” as “challenges that have no respect for borders.” Foremost among these Mr. Barroso listed climate change. He prevailed upon the citizens of all prosperous countries to cease gambling over the reality of environmental change and confront this threat with resolve. As he put it: “The time for playing high-stakes poker is over.”

From the city which welcomed the G20 summit, first heard Mr. Barroso’s call for action, and will host the 2010 UN World Environment Day, we raise a call of our own. The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh has committed its seventh annual conference to scholarship which seeks to better understand the complex bonds between human beings and their environments. How have societies imagined the “natural” world and their relationship to it? What role did the environment play in shaping identities and spaces – political, cultural, and social? How have images and conceptualizations of environment shifted and how did such changes affect societies, their economies, politics, cultures, and identities? As sites of dramatic cultural, social and political transformations, Europe and Central Asia offer a vast potential in addressing these questions.

We strongly encourage submissions from the widest range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (and particularly those which cross disciplines) that address the issues of environment, identities, and space, their interplay and the way in which they affect processes in the region. Topics include but are not limited to:
• representations and interpretations in art, literature, geography/cartography, and history
• migration and demography
• policy and controversy
• “alternative voices”: environmentalism and dissident politics
• the shaping of social and cultural identities
• historical legacies of land and resource use
• political violence, war, and ecoterrorism
• energy security, resource management, and cultures of consumption

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs are welcome to submit abstracts, which should be no more than 250 words long. Please submit abstracts, along with an academic CV (limited to two pages) to no later than December 15, 2009. We will contact the authors of accepted abstracts by January 1, 2010.
For the Call for Papers, information on GOSECA, and updated conference information, visit:

ATTENTION: We are pleased to announce that this year we will be offering a limited number of videoconferencing opportunities to confirmed participants who, because of travel limitations, would otherwise be unable to present a paper. Selections will be made at the organizers’ discretion, but participants from Central Asia will receive preference.

Abstract Requirements
Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. All submissions should be in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word format in a standard 12-point font and be double spaced. In order to ensure anonymity during the blind selection process, the body of the abstract should not contain the author’s or authors’ name(s) or other personal identifying information other than the title of the paper. The cover page must include: title of submission, author’s or authors’ name(s), institutional and departmental affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), geographic address(es), and a primary phone number. Although we require all of this information, correspondence will occur mainly via e-mail. An academic CV must also be submitted, but please limit these to two pages.

Paper Requirements
In order to facilitate presentation time limits, and to ensure time for active discussions, paper length will be limited to 8 typed pages, double-spaced, with 12-point font. All accepted participants will be required to submit a copy of the final paper one month prior to the conference.

Registration Requirements
To better promote a meaningful interdisciplinary exchange, participants are expected to attend all panels for the duration of the conference.
Although we cannot provide travel support, we will be happy to arrange housing for the duration of the conference with graduate students.
The registration fee is $25.00, which includes meals. Registration fee must be paid by cash or check at registration on February 26, 2010.

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