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Call for Papers: Canadian Slavonic Papers Special Issue “Slavic Studies since the Collapse of the Soviet Union”

Special issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers:

“Twenty Years On:  Slavic Studies since the Collapse of the Soviet Union.”

In late 2011, Canadian Slavonic Papers will mark the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR with a special double issue devoted to exploring a variety of perspectives—political, historical, literary, linguistic, anthropological, religious studies, film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, folklore studies—on the collapse of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet transformations. Submissions in any of these areas are invited. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

Manuscripts may be in English or French. The normal peer-review process will apply.

Please consult the most recent issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers, inside back cover, for style guidelines. Authors should use the Library of Congress transliteration system and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (3rd. ed.) as a standard form for documentation. For more detailed information, please see the CSP Style Sheet:
Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS).

•          Expression of intent to submit: 4 January 2011. Send e-mail to the Guest Editor, Prof. Heather Coleman:

•          Final Paper with abstract: 1 March 2011 (maximum 25 pages). Please submit manuscripts in three hard copies and by e-mail to:

Prof. Heather Coleman, Guest Editor

Canadian Slavonic Papers
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E6


Numéro thématique de la Revue canadienne des slavistes :

« Ça fait vingt ans… :  Études slaves depuis l’écroulement de l’Union soviétique. »

A la fin 2011, la Revue canadienne des slavistes marquera le vingtième anniversaire de la chute de l’Union soviétique avec un numéro double thématique consacré à l’exploration d’une variété de perspectives sur cet évènement et les transformations postsoviétiques.  Nous invitons des contributions provenant des domaines de sciences politiques, histoire, littérature, linguistique, anthropologie, études religieuses, études cinématographiques, études culturelles, études genre, ou études folkloriques.  Le numéro se veut pluridisciplinaire et interdisciplinaire.

Les manuscrits peuvent être en français ou en anglais.  Le processus normal d’évaluation par  les pairs s’appliquera.

Veuillez consulter le numéro le plus récent des Études canadiennes des slavistes où vous trouverez le guide pour la présentation des articles.  La transcription des langues slaves suit les normes de la translittération internationale utilisée par les slavistes et les références bibliographiques suivent le format du MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (3rd. ed.).  D’autres recommandations pour les auteurs sont disponibles sur notre site:

Tout contributeur doit devenir membre de l’Association canadienne des slavistes (ACS).

Pour toute question relative à ce numéro thématique, les auteures et auteurs sont invités à communiquer avec la rédactrice invitée, Prof. Heather Coleman:

Dates limites:
·       Expression d’intérêt à soumettre une contribution : le 4 janvier 2011.  Envoyez un courriel à Prof. Heather Coleman:

·       Manuscrit complet accompagné d’un résumé : le 1 mars 2011 (maximum de 25 pages).  Les manuscrits doivent être adressés en pièce jointe par courrier électronique et en version papier (3 copies) au secrétariat de
rédaction :

Prof. Heather Coleman, rédactrice invitée

Revue canadienne des slavistes

Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E6

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Call for Papers: AATSEEL Wisconsin Chapter

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
22-23 October 2010
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2010 AATSEEL-WI Conference

Abstracts for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and
cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, and language pedagogy) are
invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).
Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.  The
conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and
Saturday, 22-23 October 2010.

Recent conference programs are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by
31 August 2010.  A complete proposal consists of:

1.  Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address,
telephone and email).
2.  Paper title
3.  300-500 word abstract
4.  Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to:
Jesse Stavis


All submissions will be acknowledged.

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Thirteenth Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop, U of Chicago, April 23

The following is a preliminary program for the 13th Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop and is subject to change.

Thirteenth Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop

University of Chicago, April 23rd, 2010

9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Preliminary Program


Valentina Pichugin

“Medieval Russian Literature in Post-Soviet Russia”


Bill Darden

“Ungrammatical sentences in original East-Slavic religious writing produced by imitation of bad translations from Greek”


William Veder

“There is a Rift in Likhachev’s Textology”


David J. Birnbaum, Quinn Dombrowski, Predrag Matejic

“Adventures in Digital Filigranology”


Andy Dombrowski

“Orthography and the Jer shift in the Novgorod birch-bark Letters”

12:00-1:00  LUNCH  BREAK


David Miller

“The growth of everyday literacy reflected in land documents of the Trinity-Sergius monastery 1400-1600”


Christian Raffensperger

“Russian-Polish Dynastic Marriages: A Consanguineous Mess”


Brian J. Boek

“Congenital Cruelty or Hereditary Curse: The Divorce of Vassilii III and the Origins of Ivan the Terrible”


Elena N. Boek

“Trials of the Three-Handed Mother of God: Framing and Reframing the Miraculous from Serbia to Russia”


Ann Kleimola

“Convent, Cossacks, and Local Community: A Tangled Social Relationship”

Contact: Valentina Pichugin,

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Workshop on Language Variation and Change: “The Origin of Accentlessness,” Jay Jasanoff (Harvard), February 26

Workshop on Language Variation and Change
Sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies
This Friday we present the 4th talk of Winter Quarter for the Language Variation and Change Workshop at the University of Chicago.  We are very excited to announce :
Diebold Professor of Indo-European Linguistics and Philology
Department of Linguistics, Harvard University
Friday, February 26th at 4 pm, in Harper 103 (1116 E. 59th Street)
*this is 30 minutes later than our usual time*
The Origin of Accentlessness, or Balto-Slavic Mobility without Tears

*Stick around for a reception after the talk to eat, drink, and chat with Jay and the other workshop attendees.*
Start planning now for the last of Winter quarter’s LVC presentations:
Friday, March 12th at 3:30 pm: April Grotberg (University of Chicago) “The development and distribution of Coptic case morphology”
See details on our website here:
This talk is part of a year-long workshop on Language Variation and Change, with a focus on the motivations and consequences of language change from diverse perspectives (incl. linguistic, historical, social, cognitive, and computational). Meetings are held bi-weekly on Fridays.  Each meeting features a presentation, followed by discussion.
We have a number of exciting speakers lined up for this series, both local and from abroad. The current list and meeting schedule, together with further information about the workshop, can be found at:
If you are interested in presenting recent research as part of this series, please email one of us (listed below). Graduate students of any department are especially invited!
Any persons with a disability who believe they might need assistance in attending the workshops are asked to contact Alice Lemieux in advance at
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Call for Proposals: The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, Deadline: April 30

Call for Proposals:

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society
University of Chicago
29-31 October 2010

The purpose of the Slavic Linguistic Society is to create a community of students and scholars interested in Slavic linguistics in its broadest sense, that is, the systematic and scholarly study of the Slavic languages and the contacts of Slavic with non-Slavic languages. The Society aspires to be as open and inclusive as possible; no school, framework, approach, or theory is presupposed, nor is there any restriction in terms of geography, academic affiliation or status.

Papers dealing with any aspect of Slavic linguistics as understood above and within any framework are appropriate including sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, etc.. The only restriction is that all papers should address an issue pertaining to Slavic linguistics as defined above. We encourage everyone to participate and ask you to share this announcement with as many colleagues and students as possible. In view of the openness of our orientation, all papers are expected to be readily intelligible to other scholars, regardless of theoretical orientation.

-500 word maximum
-2 page maximum (the second page may be used for tables, figures and references)
-Word doc or PDF format
-Place the title at the top of the first page; do not include your name, institution, or any identifying information on the abstract



We are also pleased to announce a special workshop on contact linguistics & Slavic languages in connection with the conference:


Jouko Lindstedt (Professor of Slavonic Philology, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki)
Aleksandr Rusakov (Professor, Department of General Linguistics, University of St. Petersburg & Researcher in Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences)

We invite paper proposals on all aspects of contact and Slavic, diachronic and synchronic, including such topics as
contact and the development of the Slavic languages, contact between different Slavic languages, and contact between Slavic and non-Slavic languages. [Note: if you have already submitted an abstract and wish to have it considered for the workshop, please send a message to us at]


For millennia, speakers of Slavic languages have expanded over a considerable territory, coming into contact with speakers of other languages, both Slavic and non-Slavic. These contacts have left their imprint on the Slavic languages and have played important roles in their differentiation over time. By the same token, many of the Slavic languages have had a significant impact on the other languages they have come in contact with. The introduction of writing in the late first millennium brought yet another vehicle for contact influences, in particular from Greek in the early period, but continuing as a vehicle for change with the development of the literary traditions of the different Slavic languages.
The range and extent of contact-induced phenomena vary according to time and language and are often difficult to assess. Cases of lexical borrowing are generally clear, in terms of what is the source and what is the target, but in other areas of potential contact-induced change, it can be difficult if not impossible, to prove without question that a given phenomenon or feature is the result of contact and not independent innovation or shared inheritance. This is perhaps
particularly true for the impact of one Slavic variety upon the other, where the genetic and typological properties of
both are extremely close to one another. Additional ambiguities are introduced by the fact that some important contact phenomena occurred during the prehistoric period.***

The organizing committee:
Victor Friedman
Yaroslav Gorbachov
Lenore Grenoble

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Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Deadline: December 15

Proposals for individual papers or for complete panels are invited for the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, a regional conference of the AAASS (ASEEES), will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Proposals should include:

1. The paper title and a brief abstract;
2. Any requests for technical support;
3. The surface and e-mail addresses of the presenter;
4. Institutional affiliation and professional status (professor, graduate student, independent scholar, etc.).

Undergraduate students may propose a paper to present at the conference if a faculty mentor recommends them and submits this information for them.

The deadline for consideration is December 15. Please send proposals to <> or by mail to:
Dr. Mary Theis, MASC Executive Secretary
Department of Modern Language Studies
Kutztown University
PO Box 730
Kutztown, PA  19530

Dr. Marina Rojavin will serve as President of the Conference.
Keynote Address by Professor Sibelan Forrester, “Reverse Colonialization: Bringing the Other into the Slavic Studies Classroom”

Besides the interesting papers and stimulating discussions of their colleagues, conference participants can enjoy the natural beauty of the Swarthmore College campus and the Scott Arboretum, a  botanical garden situated right on campus. Not far from Swarthmore is an amazing art collection at the Barnes Foundation, including works by artists such as Modigliani, Sautine, Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso, and Renoir. Swarthmore is a fifteen-minute cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport or a half-hour train ride to downtown Philadelphia, with outstanding restaurants, theaters, and the Kimmel Center – home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Swarthmore College is located Southwest of Philadelphia, a short and uncomplicated drive from Exit 3 off I-476, about twenty minutes by commuter train from Philadelphia’s Amtrak/30th Street Station, and a fifteen-minute cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport.

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Call for Papers: “Urgent Problems of Communication and Culture–10,” Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Deadline: December 20

Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (Russia) is pleased to announce
the Jubilee collection of research articles of international scholars
“Urgent Problems of Communication and Culture – 10” which will be
published in Russia (Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University) in
December, 2009.

We invite scholars dealing with Slavic linguistics to submit their
research papers to be further published. Papers should describe
original work, complete or in progress, that demonstrates insight,
creativity and promise.

All submissions must be sent to greidina [at]
Deadline for submission: December 20, 2009.

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Conference: Western Association for Slavic Studies, April 14-17, 2010

Come take part in the the annual Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) conference. This year the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), WASS’s host organization, is holding its convention in Reno, Nevada, April 14-17, 2010.

Proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable presentations in all areas of studies on Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia are welcome. The topics may include any aspect of economy, politics, and culture with a broad chronological span from the Middle Ages to present.

Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, archeology, architecture, arts, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic and minority studies, film, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, Jewish studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, theatre, travel and tourism.

For more information regarding the conference site, registration and submitting a proposal, go to its website and follow the link. Or, go to the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies website:

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2009. Please include the following information:
Title of Presentation
Name, Affiliation, and Email Address
Other Authors
Abstract (not to exceed 200 words)

The WASS encourages graduate students to attend the conference.  The best graduate paper presented will win a $100 prize and will be eligible for the graduate student paper prize sponsored by the AAASS.

Evguenia Davidova, Program Coordinator (2009-2010)
Portland State University,
University Studies Program,
Portland, OR 97207,
Tel: 503-725-8992; Fax: 503-725-5977

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