Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The climate change report 2014 was released by Pentagon.

Finally there is an acknowledgement that the Climate Change is here to stay and how to deal with it in the context of the extended security situation for the nations like the United States does acquire a special character. A report entitled,  "2014 Climate Change: Adaptation Roadmap" can be read here.

The DOD's report cites three major goals and enumerates them as follows,
  1: Identify and assess the effects of climate change on the Department.
  2: Integrate climate change considerations across the Department and manage associated        

 3: Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on climate change challenges.     

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jobs: Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language and Culture

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington, announces an opening for a lecturer position in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language and culture, starting in Fall 2015. Initial three-year appointment, renewable annually. 

The successful candidate should have native or near-native BCS, fluent English as well as BCS language teaching experience. Standard course load is three courses per semester, and while we anticipate language instruction to be the primary responsibility, the successful candidate should also be able to teach introductory courses in culture and literature. We expect the lecturer to take the lead in extracurricular BCS programming. 

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or be ABD in a relevant field. Familiarity with the American university system is preferred. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, three sample syllabi (two for language courses and one for a culture/literature course), and a list of extracurricular programming ideas to: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: iuslavic@indiana.edu, subject line: BCS Search Committee, or via postal mail to BCS Search Committee, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave - BH 502, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. The application deadline is November 15, but candidates will be considered until the position has been filled. We plan to conduct initial interviews at AATSEEL in Vancouver, after which we hope to invite finalists to Bloomington for on-campus interviews. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Call for edited volume essay proposals “Eastern Europe Beyond Contiguity”

The edited volume "Eastern Europe Beyond Contiguity" aims to introduce an Eastern Europe that resists the cartographic mandate as much as other contiguities: linguistic, temporal, intellectual, ethnic, and religious. Instead, the contributors will uncover and reflect upon alternative categories, images, histories, and self-designations, which Eastern Europeans and their non-neighbors devised or borrowed to situate the region in a new set of coordinates, tacitly or quite explicitly resisting the traditional ones.

History has born out that more than many other world regions, the area to the east of Western Europe and to the west of Russia, with the Baltic Sea to the north and the Adriatic, Aegean, and Black Seas to the south has been defined by its location on the map. For centuries, rulers, politicians, and military strategists partitioned its expanses among neighbors. Since the “long nineteenth century,” ideologues relied on borderland-derived toponyms to justify the changes, as Ukraine’s case demonstrates. Generations of present-day intellectuals, for their part, conceptualized the area in terms of adjacency (Edward Said), continental centrality (Milan Kundera, György Konrád, Andrzej Stasiuk, Yuri Andrukhovych), or betweenness. But how imperative are such geographic conventions, we ask? Can we get away from the notion of Eastern Europe as "the lands between" (Prusin)? Can we think beyond geography even as it resonates in the region’s very name—Eastern Europe?

Likely, these new models won't be easily mappable in either geographical or historical terms. That is to say, they will outline cartographic chasms (engagement with non-Western European and non-Russian actors; cultural, political, or intellectual traditions; populations, etc.) as well as chronological discontinuities (ruptures in historiographies, memory cultures, religious worship, etc.). Frequently, these chasms asserted themselves against the intentions of the "powers that be" or "were." The resistance to contiguity thus often shaped political struggles over a diverse set of issues, from self-determination to internationalism. What kind of struggles were these and why do they matter?

In part, the volume will draw on invited contributions. With this call we would like to reach out to scholars who can add to the conversation. Working title, abstract of 200-300 words (max; in English), one page c.v. or statement of interest in/qualifications for this topic, due to both editors by November 4:Irene.kacandes@dartmouth.edu and yuliya.komska@dartmouth.edu

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