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Discussion: “Shostakovich, Prokofiev and their Audiences, East and West,” Gerard McBurney (Director of CSO’s Beyond the Score), Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (History), Prof. Robert Bird (Slavic), May 9


Gerard McBurney on Shostakovich and Prokofiev

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“Shostakovich, Prokofiev and their Audiences, East and West”
A Conversation with Gerard McBurney (Director of CSO’s Beyond the Score), featuring Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (History) and Prof. Robert Bird (Slavic).

May 9, 2011
4:30 pm – 6pm

Franke Institute for the Humanities
At Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Soviet Arts Experience, the Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

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


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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, May 11

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop, and the Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly present:

“The Soviet Uncola”

A Lecture by Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University

Wednesday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 315
May 11, 2011

Reception to follow

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at

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Concert: Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union, St. Josaphat Parish, Golosa Russian Choir, April 30


Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union

GolosaConcert and multimedia presentation

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 pm, pre-concert lecture at 7 PM

Founded in 1997 at The University of Chicago, Golosa is a Russian choir using folksongs, dance, stories, images, and traditional instruments to tell the story of the peoples who evolved and persevered through the Soviet era, including the Old Believers. The performance will describe cultural exchange between Moscow, Siberia, and the Americas, focusing on the use of sound in heralding regional identity within the context of larger unions. It will also explore folksongs and lore known by Russians and former Soviet citizens from all places, which were maps to navigating through and past the Soviet world.

Pre-concert lecture, 7 PM. Speaker: linguistic anthropologist and choir alumna Kate Graber, University of Michigan.


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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power Lecture Series, May 11

Please join the Anthropology of Europe Workshop for our 2011 Spring quarter series. Please check regularly for ongoing updates. Unless otherwise indicated, workshops will take place in Haskell Hall 101, 4:45-6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

May 11th (Wednesday), Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University
Paper:  “The Soviet Uncola”

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

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Workshop: Soviet Diplomacy and Politics on Human Rights (1945-1977), Jennifer Amos, The Law, Culture, and Society Workshop, March 9

The Law, Culture, and Society Workshop is pleased to announce that we will be discussing a paper by Jennifer Amos The University of Chicago, Department of History

Soviet Diplomacy and Politics on Human Rights (1945-1977)

Wednesday 9 March
5:00 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Room
(Social Science 224)

The paper is attached to this e-mail and available on our website:

Anyone requiring assistance please contact the workshop coordinator John F. Acevedo (

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Choral Evensong: Russian Music for Vespers, Rockefeller Chapel, February 6

Choral Evensong: Russian Music for Vespers


Music on the cusp of and during the Soviet era in honor of the Chicago-wide Soviet festival: Alexandre Gretchaninov “Phos Hilaron,” Sergei Rachmaninoff “Magnificat” and “Bogoroditse Djevo,” Pavel Chesnokov “We Sing To Thee.” Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Rockefeller Chapel front desk at 773.702.2100. This event is part of the city-wide project, The Soviet Arts Experience

Rockefeller Chapel Choir, conducted by James Kallembach
Thomas Weisflog, organ
Elijah Mueller, Chaplain for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at the
University of Chicago and St. Makarios the Great Orthodox Mission, reader

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Recycling Shostakovich, Department of Music Visiting Committe Colloquium Series: Simon Morrison, February 11

Visiting Committe Colloquium Series: Simon MorrisonFriday
February 11, 2011, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Location: Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E. 59th Street
Building/Room: Goodspeed Hall, 4th fl.
Primary Sponsor: Music
Presenter: Visiting Committe Colloquium Series: Simon Morrison, Professor of Music, Musicology, Princeton University
Lecture Title: Recycling Shostakovich
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: 773.702.8069
Campus Map:
Disability Clause: Please contact the event sponsor(s) if you require assistance to fully participate in this event.

As the most regular occasion for all-departmental intellectual dialogue and an opportunity for outside professional contact, the Visiting Committee Colloquium Series is an important part of academic life at Chicago. Colloquium lectures are usually given by scholars and composers specially visiting for the purpose, who also meet with students for lunches and socialize with the entire Department at a reception. The Colloquium is taken for credit in years 3 and 4 of a graduate student’s career (or exceptionally in later years), but most members of the Department, including both faculty and students, attend.

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Postgraduate/Graduate Article Competition for Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (SRSC), Deadline April 1

In 2011 Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema has entered its fifth year of publication. It has established itself as a scholarly journal of high ranking, with a rigorous, anonymous double peer review system.

In the Soviet tradition of the grand public celebration of anniversaries, we have decided to mark the journal’s fifth birthday with an essay competition. Articles on any aspect of Russian/Soviet cinema will be considered, with a maximum length of 6,000 words. The texts should be sent to the Editor, at the address below, with the name of an academic supervisor (including email) who can be contacted to confirm that the author is a doctoral student at a Higher Education Institution. All submissions must be in English, and non-native speakers are advised to have their texts “styled” before submission.

Deadline for submission: 1 April 2011

The jury will be composed of the journal’s co-editors; they will assess the submissions anonymously. Results will be available by 1 September 2011.

First Prize: £150, a year’s free subscription to the journal, and three
Intellect books of your choice. The winning article will of course appear in SRSC, in volume 5.3 (2011).

A style sheet – and a free issue for download – can be found on Intellect’s website

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CfP: “Crossing the Line: Negotiating Borders in the Russian and Soviet Context”, University of Virginia, Abstract Deadline January 12

Crossing the Line: Negotiating Borders in the Russian and Soviet Context

The Society of Slavic Graduate Students at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the Second Annual Slavic Forum, to be held in Charlottesville, VA, on February 5th, 2011, at the Jefferson Fellows Center.  This conference will address the concept of borders – geographical, temporal, cultural, literary, linguistic, and others – from an interdisciplinary perspective.  We invite participants to examine the different ways in which borders have been imagined and treated in such diverse spheres as politics, history, culture, literature, art, language, and philosophy.  How are borders set up, transgressed, negotiated, and dissolved?  What are some of the ways that demarcations change the way we perceive Russia and “Russianness”?  In what ways do borders constitute in-between spaces and thresholds that problematize the notion of clear-cut distinctions?  These are some of the questions the conference will consider.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Russia vis-à-vis the Other: Russia’s relationship with the various groups that constitute the cultural, social, and national Other;
  • Russia’s changing dynamic with its former satellite states;
  • Literary boundaries: the development, canonizing, and blurring of literary systems, genres, and schools;
  • The boundaries of and within language – both literary and nonliterary (verbal, visual, etc.): the limits of language, as well the multilayered structure of language and the crossing of these internal borders in the movement from one layer to another;
  • Watershed events (historical, political, literary, and otherwise) as both constituting boundaries and dissolving them;
  • The transgression of the boundary between private and public sphere;
  • Rites of passages, liminal states, and rituals which mark such events as coming of age, marriage, birth, death, etc.
  • Law and morality: constitution and crossing of legal and ethical lines.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.  Abstracts of no more than one page should be submitted as attachments to John Lyles at no later than January 12th, 2011.

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2011 Webb-Smith Essay Competition “Transnational Perspectives”

The University of Texas in Arlington announces the 2011 Webb-Smith Essay Competition
as part of the 46th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures March 10, 2011
$500 each for the best research essays on

on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991

The winning essays will be published in a forthcoming volume of the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series,
published by Texas A&M Press, along with essays by the lecturers:
Michael David-Fox & Marsha Siefert
Volume edited by Patryk Babiracki and Kenyon Zimmer with an introduction by Vladislav Zubok

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2011
Send submissions to: Jennifer S. Lawrence (, Chair of the Webb Lectures Committee

We invite students and scholars to submit essays that explore the problem of movements of people, goods, and ideas across the Bloc’s internal and external boundaries. Essays should be no more than 10,000 words plus endnotes and should be original unpublished, and in English. Geographically, submissions dealing with any combination of links between the Soviet Union, the East European “people’s democracies” and the broader world are most welcome. Sample problems may include: scientific interactions, technology transfers, cultural influences, imaginary encounters, social or cultural consequences of transnational economic exchange, migration or displacement, travel, and issues of theory and method. Traditionally, this lecture series has brought together scholars, members of the UT Arlington community and the broader public to engage in thinking and discussion of salient historical topics. The one-day conference seeks to reject critically on the need—and opportunities—for studying flows of people, objects, and ideas across the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. In the spirit of the event, we encourage the Competition participants to engage with the growing body of scholarship that challenges the vision of the Soviet Bloc’s total isolation and internal atomization.


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