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Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, with support from the Soviet Arts Experience are proud to present:

Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Soviet Arts Experience, CEERES presents a lecture series that explores life under communism beyond Soviet metropoles.

Katherine Verdery (CUNY), Thursday, March 31st;
@ 4:30pm in Haskell 315
“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

• Russell Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University), Tuesday, April 12th;
@ 5pm in Classics 110
“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

• Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), Thursday, April 28th;
@ 5pm in the Franke Institute
“The Intimacy of Power: Laughter, Citizenship, and Coexistence in the Soviet-Lithuanian HumorJournal Broom”

Sponsored by CEERES, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.

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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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Romania at the Festival de la Francophonie, Alliance Francaise – Chicago, March 4

Romania at the Festival de la Francophonie

Friday, March 4, 2011 @ 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Alliance Francaise – Chicago
54 W. Chicago Ave entrance
Children $5, Adults $15

Djembé, raclette, grio, gauffre, tourtière, poutine, thiou… Don’t know what these words mean… or taste like? Come and find out!

ROCX is proud to have Romania represented on the kick-off evening of a month-long festival organized by Alliance Fracaise, celebrating French-speaking people from over 50 different countries. Come to sample delicacies from Romania, Belgium, Canada, France, Morocco, Québec and Switzerland, meet people from all over the world on the dance floor with DJ Lady D spinning La Francofonie, a mix of classics, hits and techno-ethnic. And… pourquoi pas? Belt out your own version of La Vie en Rose and let your inner Céline Dion loose during the Karaoke de la Francophonie. Prizes for the braves! The Romanian pavillion will be sponsored by generous local Romanian businesses.

Pre-register early with Alliance Francaise! Places are limited and this program sells out every year.

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Soiree Roumanie at Alliance Francaise, March 23

Soiree Roumanie

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
Alliance Francaise – Chicago
54 W. Chicago Ave entrance
Free admission

Alliance Francaise in partnership with ROCX invites you to the Romanian Soiree as part of the Festival de la Francophonie. Join us for the screening of Nae Carnfil’s “The Rest Is Silence”, described by Variety as “an intelligent crowd-pleaser made with affection for its characters and era”.

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Romanian Film Festival at Chicago – Third Edition, Skokie Theatre, May 27-29

Romanian Film Festival of Chicago – 3rd Edition

Romanian Cultural Exchange (ROCX) is hosting the 3rd Romanian Film Festival in Chicago, scheduled for May 27-29, 2011 at the Skokie Theatre. This event draws the highest population of people with Romanian heritage in the Mid-West, and hundreds of film lovers. The Romanian Community in Chicago alone accounts for over 100,000 people. The event will include an opening cocktail party to honor lead Romanian film industry players and our elite sponsors.

As the L.A. Times quotes, “Romanians can’t make a bad film. It’s like, illegal in their country.” We invite you to join the Romanian community, and foreign film enthusiasts alike in discovering the cinematic phenomenon that left a fierce impression on film festivals all over the world. Help ROCX make that impact in Chicago.

Highlights include:

– Chicago Premiere of Silent Wedding (“Nunta Muta”) directed by Horatiu Malaele, Winner of the Grand Prix at Umbria International Film Festival, Italy 2009

– Chicago Premiere of Megatron directed by Marian Crisan winner of the Palme d’Or for a Short Film at the Cannes International Film Festival 2008

– US Premiere of The Red Gloves (“Manusi Rosii”) directed by Radu Gabrea, Official Selection of the Cannes International Film Festival 2010

– Romanian Film Festival of Chicago Short Film Awards Ceremony

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Scholarships at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Application Deadline April 15

Scholarships at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

General conditions:

Number of scholarships: 85 scholarships for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania, by means of selection of application files organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports (MECTS), in keeping with Romanian current legislation.

Who can qualify : citizens ofnon EU countries (irrespective of their country of residence). Priority is given to citizens from non EU states with which Romania does not have cultural cooperation agreements. Mention should be made that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova benefit from other scholarship programmes.

The scholarships are granted for three levels of study:

  • for the first cycle (licenta): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of high schools or of equivalent pre-university systems, as well as to candidates who require the equivalation of partial studies and the continuation of their studies in Romania. The complete cycle of university studies lasts for 3 to 6 years, according to the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and ends with a final examination (licenta);
  • for the 2nd cycle (master): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of university/post graduate studies; it lasts for 1,5 to 2 years and ends with a dissertation;
  • for the 3rd cycle (doctorate) this scheme is dedicated to the graduates of university/postgraduate studies (i.e. master); it lasts for 3-4 years, in keeping with the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and end with a doctor’s thesis.

Priority fields: priority will be given to the candidates applying for: political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, veterinary medicine, architecture, art. Requests for other fields will also be taken into account.

Languge of Study: In order to promote Romanian language and culture, the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports has decided that the beneficiaries of the scholarships should study only in the Romanian language. The candidates who do not know Romanian are offered one supplementary preparatory year to study the language.

The scholarship consists of :

  • free-of-charge tuition
  • free-of-charge accommodation (depending on availability, accommodation will be offered free-of-charge in students hostels, in keeping with the higher education regulations)
  • financial support – a monthly amount representing :
  • the equivalent in Romanian currency of 65 EURO per month, for the under-graduate students (1st cycle)
  • the equivalent in Romanian currency of 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization) 2nd cycle
  • the equivalent in Romanian currency of 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree) 3rd cycle

These scholarships do not cover international and local transport. The candidates must be prepared to support personally any other additional expenses.

Calendar of financial support :

The monthly amount mentioned above is granted to the students of the 1st (licenta) and 2nd (master) cycle throughout the whole academic year, the winter and spring vacation included, but not during the summer vacation.

For full-time students of the 3rd cycle (doctorate), the monthly amount is granted throughout the whole calendar year.

Important for all scholarship holders (under- and post-graduate): The scholarships will be suspended if the student in any education cycle repeats a year due to poor results. It may be resumed in the following academic year, after the student has successfully graduated the repeated year. The students who repeat an academic year must pay the full study fees. The number of scholarship years will not be bigger than the respective education cycle.


To get all necessary information about the scholarships (conditions, necessary documents, enrolment calendar) and to submit their application files, the candidates should apply directly to :

  • the Romanian diplomatic missions accredited to the candidate’s country of origin or of residence or to
  • the diplomatic mission of candidate’s state of origin accredited to Bucharest

Application files submitted directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) or to the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports (MECTS), as well as application files received after the announced deadline will not be taken into consideration.

If the application files contain documents in other foreign languages than English or French, they must be accompanied by authorized translations in one of the following languages: Romanian, English or French. Generally, Romanian universities may require that all enrolment documents should be accompanied by authorized copies and authorized translations in Romanian.

It is of utmost importance to fill in correctly all forms.

Enrolment Calendar

The deadline for submitting the application files is established by each diplomatic mission. The candidate should enquire at the diplomatic mission about the enrolment calendar, starting 15 November 2010.

All application files should be sent by the Romanian diplomatic missions through the diplomatic courier in such a way that they can be registered at MAE UDC by 15 April 2011.

Foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Bucharest must send the application files with a Verbal Note to MAE UDC by 15 April 2011, at the latest.

Incomplete files are not taken into consideration and will not be submitted to the MAE selection board.

Rejected application files are not returned.

List of documents necessary for the application file

  • Cover letter issued by the diplomatic mission of the country of origin accredited to Bucharest or of the Romanian Embassy in the respective country
  • A dully filled in MAE application form (Annex 1.1 – Romanian language / 1.2 – English / 1.3 – French) for a scholarship to study in Romania.
  • MECTS application form (Annex 2) for the Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania. In case the applicant’s file is selected by the MAE and the MECTS selection boards, MECTS issues and sends to the applicant the Letter of Acceptance to study in the Romanian system of education, based on this application form dully filled in. The Letter of Acceptance is necessary for the registration at the university and for the application for the long stay visa.
  • authorized copies of the study documents (baccalaureate and university diplomas if necessary) and their authorized translation in Romanian, French and English if necessary
  • authorized copies and authorized translation of the diploma supplement transcript for the studies done so far
  • authorized copy and authorized translation of birth certificate
  • authorized copy of passport
  • Medical certificate attesting that applicant is not affected by any transmissible disease or by illnesses incompatible with the future profession.
  • The candidate’s CV.
  • 4 recent passport-type photos.

The file will be submitted to the diplomatic mission in two copies:

The first file will contain the authorized copies and authorized translations of the requested documents.

The second file will contain the simple copies of the documents contained in the first file.

Applications Evaluation and Selections

MAE checks the documents in the files and submits the valid candidatures to the MAE Selection Board. The files selected by this Board will be sent to the MECTS Selection Board. The selection criteria are: the candidates’ competence (former scholar performances, mentioned in his/her study papers) and the chosen priority field of study.

Announcement of results

The selection results will be announced on 15 June 2011 to the diplomatic missions that submitted the application files.

Compulsory Steps after Acceptance

  • MECTS will issue a Letter of Acceptance to Study in Romania for the successful candidates. This letter will mention also the supplementary preparatory year compulsory for learning the Romanian language (if applicable).

In case the candidate does not specify two options in the application form and the chosen university cannot offer a place, MECTS may make another offer of university (same faculty), according to the availabilities of the Romanian higher education institutions. If the letter of acceptance to study in Romania contains another equivalent offer, the candidate is free to reject it.

The candidate will receive the original Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania from the diplomatic mission that submitted the file to MAE/UDC, approximately between 15 and 30 June 2011.

Until 15 August 2011, the diplomatic missions that received the selection results have to send to UDC (by fax or e-mail):

  • the confirmation of each candidate’s decision to use the scholarship granted by the Romanian state through MAE for which he/she has applied;
  • where applicable, the copy of the diploma or of the authorized translation  of the diploma or of the certificate attesting that the applicant has graduated high school or an equivalent institution, issued after the submission of the application file.
  • The successful candidates must come personally to register at the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports MECTS,  Department of International Students (General Berthelot Street No. 28 – 30), until 1 October 2010.

They will have to present a file with:

  • all original documents contained in the application file
  • Letter of Acceptance to study (original and copy).
  • Passport (original and copy) containing a valid study long stay SD visa

The scholarship holders will receive a Minister’s Matriculation Order to be presented upon registration at the university that accepted them, together with the above-mentioned documents.

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Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center), Anthropology of Europe Workshop, March 31

An Anthropologist under Surveillance – A Public Talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery

180 Verdery Anthro

“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

A public talk by Prof. Katherine Verdery (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Haskell Hall, Room 315
5836 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Part of the “Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: The Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia” Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.

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Film: Reenactments, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 18

Information from our friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center:

1959-2010, Various directors, Poland/Romania/USA, ca. 75 min.
November 18, 6pm

“Artistic reenactments do not ask…what really happened…instead, they ask what the images we see might mean concretely to us.” —Inke Arns

Artistic reenactments do not aim to affirm or glorify the past, but rather to examine an event’s relevance in the present. They call into question our very understanding of this present–along with its social, political and cultural potential. This program, curated by artist and SAIC faculty member Irina Botea, proposes a trajectory of reenactment that cycles through highly mediated events and famous works of art, from a propaganda film made by the Romanian secret police in 1959 to Sharon Hayes’s Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds (2003), in which the artist attempts to recite from memory Patty Hearst’s infamous tapes to her parents after being kidnapped in 1974. Also featuring work by Ion Grigorescu, Ciprian Muresan, Mathew Paul Jinks, Kerry Tribe, and Artur Zmijewski, among others. Various formats. (Irina Botea)

Curator Irina Botea will be present for audience discussion.

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“An Evening of András Visky”, Theater Y, October 29

‘AN EVENING OF VISKY’ – Theatre’s Y fundraising event

Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
1837 S. Halsted in Pilsen

For one night only, Theatre Y is taking over the Chicago Art Department gallery space to create an immersive evening of theatre, dance, visual art, food and drink, merriment and conversation in celebration of their friend from Transylvania András Visky. Based in Chicago with roots in Romania, Theatre Y creates spaces for international dialogue through theatre. Your presence is cordially requested for Theatre Y’s annual fundraising event.

Performing their way from one corner to the other, up the stairs, up the walls, upside down and all around AND accompanied by a live gypsy band, the Theatre Y ensemble will present an audacious and transcendent collage of excerpts from Visky’s plays Disciples, Juliet, I Killed My Mother and Backborn throughout the evening.  Join them to dance, talk and break bread with them. Tickets are $25 at the door. Reserve in advance by emailing

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Mahala Rai Banda from Romania Performs at Chicago World Music Festival, September 24

On September 24, the renowned ensemble, Mahala Rai Banda, will perform at Martyr’s (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.) at 8:00pm.

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