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Workshop: History of Prostitution in Poland, Prof. Keely Stauter-Halsted (UIC), Modern Europe Workshop, May 10

A message from our friends at Modern Europe Workshop:

Dear all,

Please join us on Tuesday, May 10 in the John Hope Franklin Room for the next meeting of the Modern Europe Workshop: refreshments at 4:45, discussion starting at 5:00. We are pleased to welcome Keely Stauter-Halsted, the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications include The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Cornell, 2001). Professor Stauter-Halsted’s paper, from an in-progress work on the history of prostitution in Poland, is currently available on Chalk. If you do not have access to the Chalk site or have any questions, please contact Eleanor.

Immediately after the workshop, everyone is warmly invited to a workshop dinner at Tara Zahra’s house.

Address: 5445 S. East View Park #2, Chicago 60615
Phone: (773) 484-7616

If you plan to attend dinner, please RSVP to by Sunday May 8 so that we have enough food.

We hope to see you there!


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Visiting Lecturer in Russian literature, language, and film, University of Illinois at Chicago, Application Deadline April 30

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a Visiting Lecturer position. The appointment begins August 16, 2011. This is a 9-month appointment and is renewable on an annual basis.

The candidate should be able to teach courses in Russian literature and film as well as language courses at all levels. Teaching load is three courses per semester and we offer competitive salary and benefits.

Candidates with a PhD in hand preferred, although ABD candidates will be considered.

To be considered for this position please complete an online application and submit a cover letter, CV, sample of scholarship, and three letters of recommendation at Close Date: Apr 30, 2011.

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“Deviants Go Away to Berlin!”: Locating Contemporary Poland’s Queer Counterpublic, William Martin, University of Illinois at Chicago, February 2

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites you to a lecture “Deviants Go Away to Berlin!”: Locating Contemporary Poland’s Queer Counterpublic on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM, 1650 University Hall, 601 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

Since Polands accession to the European Union in 2004, the figure of the homosexual has emerged in the countrys public sphere as the primary site of a quarrel over issues not only of civil rights, but of national identity and legitimacy vis-à-vis a mythicized national tradition and the idea of western liberal democracy. This dynamic has been addressed by Polish feminist and queer scholars (in particular Graff, Warkocki, and Uminska), who have both argued for the inextricability of
homophobic discourse from anxieties related to Polands inclusion in the EU and shown how it maps onto the prewar discourse of antisemitism. In this new nationalist dispensation, the homosexual, like the Jew, is regarded as violating the intactness of the Polish nation, even on the territorial level hence the injunction displayed on a counterprotestors placard at EuroPride in Warsaw last July (and circulated in the media): Deviants go away to Berlin! In fact Berlin as Western metropolis, gay mecca, and German capital plays an important symbolic role in this dynamic.

Bill Martin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and is completing a dissertation on film comedy and affect under state socialism in East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. His research interests range across postwar Polish and German literature, film, and public culture; early cinema; postwar lyric poetry; cultural intersections between Western and Eastern Europe
and the Near East; and translation studies. Publications include Slatan Dudow and the Dream of a Socialist Film Comedy (East European Politics and Society, forthcoming 2011), Mozhukhin and His Doubles (Collegium Sacilense Papers 2004), and literary translations from Polish and German, among them Michal Witkowskis novel Lovetown (Portobello 2010), Erich Kästners Emil and the Detectives (Overlook 2007), essays by Günter Grass in The Günter Grass Reader (Harcourt 2004), and Natasza Goerkes short story collection Farewells to Plasma (Twisted Spoon 2002). A former Fiction Editor of Chicago Review, he edited that
magazines New Polish Writing issue in 2000 and co-edited its New Writing in German issue in 2002. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship, a DAAD Research Scholarship, and an NEA Fellowship for Translation. He has taught at The University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Bard College; worked for two years as the Literature Curator for the Polish Cultural Institute in New York; and currently teaches in Bard Colleges Clemente Program in the Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Conference: “Changing Roles? Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities”, UIC, February 7

2010-2011 CONFERENCE

The Jewish-Muslim Initiative,
International Studies Program, and
the Institute for the Humanities
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Changing Roles?
Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities

Monday, February 7, 2011
Additional details will be announced.

The traditional religious legal systems in both Judaism and Islam (halacha and sharia) been widely challenged, in recent years, by charges that they are oppressive or demeaning to women. Women committed both to a traditional form of Judaism or Islam and to the gender equality that marks the modern world have responded to this charge in a variety of ways – some of which have begun to change their communities quite radically.  This conference will explore changing roles of women in prayer, study, communal leadership and other aspects of traditional Muslim and Jewish life.

Speakers will include:
Tahera Ahmad
, Northwestern University
Hina Azam, University of Texas at Austin
Ruth Balinsky, Yeshivat Maharat
Tova Hartman, Bar Ilan University
Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University Chicago
Deborah Klapper, Gann Academy
Erin Leib Smokler, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, & University of Chicago
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Claremont School of Theology

Conference organized by Samuel Fleischacker, University of Illinois at Chicago

Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level Stevenson Hall,
701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago

This conference is free and open to the public. It is helpful for us to calculate attendance so please preregister by January 31, 2011. Register here.

For additional information, contact Linda Vavra at 312-996-6354 or <>

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