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On the Fringes of the Center: East-Central Europe and the Western Other

ACLA, Cambridge, MA, 26-29 March 2009 On the Fringes of the Center: East-Central Europe and the Western Other/

Seminar Organizer: Joshua P Beall, Rutgers University, Monica Filimon,
Rutgers University

The post-1945 Cold War grouping of Communist-bloc countries under the banner of "Eastern" Europe often obscures the fact that the region's cultures and literatures were often Western in orientation. This panel examines the manner in which the East-Central European imaginary created and managed its own space of the (Western) Other. We are hoping for a dialogue about how these different cultures adapted, reproduced, subverted, or redefined the West and reinvented themselves in the process. To what extent have the conventions of different literary or filmic genres been subverted in East-Central Europe? How has capitalism as a global (Western) "language" been domesticated in this part of Europe? How have the different countries in…

Call for Papers: KINOJUDAICA


From February 27 to March 15, 2009, for the 5th edition of "Zoom arriere ", the cinmatheque of Toulouse (France), together with Russia's Gosfilmfond, will be hosting a wide-ranging retrospective of films on Jewish themes (films whose subject matter, story, characters can be identified by the target viewer as being Jewish) produced between the 1910s and the 1960s, in the geographic area corresponding to the Russian, and later Soviet Empire (not including Poland). A scientific colloquium will be organized in conjunction with this event with a view to providing a historical perspective on this production. The aim of the colloquium is to explore the reasons for the recurrence of this theme, its political significance, and establish links between different periods in the history of Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union and their representations in film. The colloquium also hopes to shed light on different perceptions of Jewish identity, and how these are reflected i…

CRS Reports The Cost of Government Financial Interventions, Past and Present and Proposal

Dear Colleagues: I wanted to bring these reports to your attention from the Congressional Research Services. These reports do not have may be a direct relationship to the Slavic Studies Librarianship, but they provide us with an insight on the measures that are currently being implemented by our US government to prevent possible financial melt-downs that would have their impact on the world economy.

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library has recently added two timely
Congressional Research Service (CRS) research summaries to its Special
Collections & Digital Projects collection. The Cost of Government
Financial Interventions, Past and Present and Proposal to Allow Treasury
to Buy Mortgage-Related Assets to Address Financial Instability have
been written in response to the financial turmoil occurring in the
United States financial markets.

The Cost of Financial Interventions, Past and Present attempts to answer
questions about the recent financial interventions by the government in
the business o…

Czech Republic Events on Preserving Digital Objects - Principles and Practice

DPE/Planets/CASPAR/nestor Joint Training Event: Starting out: Preserving Digital Objects - Principles and Practice

13-17 October 2008 Prague, Czech Republic

This training event will introduce participants to a number of key digital preservation principles and provide them with an opportunity to apply this knowledge through a number of practical, hands-on exercises. Participants will leave with:
• an awareness and understanding of key digital preservation issues and challenges,
• an appreciation of the range of roles and responsibilities involved with digital preservation activity,
• knowledge about the reference model for Open Archival Information System (OAIS),
• a familiarity with file formats currently considered beneficial for preservation,
• a developed understanding of the role and use of metadata and representation information,
• knowledge of the preservation planning process and its benefits to overall digital preservation strategies,
• an ins…

Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums

I am posting this report for informational purposes of the Slavic Studies Librarians overseas.

"Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums ," is now available on the Research Libraries Group Programs Web site.

The report highlights lessons learned from five LAM workshops held at RLG Partner institutions in the US and the UK, and contains information about inspiring collaborative projects in campus environments. The bulk of the report, however, is dedicated to the catalysts which allow collaboration to thrive. These insights should be helpful to anyone who is trying to foster deeper working relationships.


Mellon Seminars in Digital Humanities at UCLA

We are happy to announce that during this academic year, 9 Mellon Seminars in Digital Humanities taking place at UCLA in real life (RL), will be “broadcast” via live feed into the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Second Life (SL) island, Entropia. The RL participants will also see the SL audience, projected on a screen in the Seminar room at UCLA. Anyone interested is welcome to attend at UCLA or in Second Life.

The following Second Life URL will teleport you to DLF’s Entropia, though you must have a Second Life account in order to log on:


Basic Second Life accounts are free:

Please note that the times listed below are U.S. Pacific Time.

Seminars meet in Humanities Building 193/199 from 2-5 pm on the following dates:

Fall Quarter: October 8th, November 5th, December 1st
Winter Quarter: January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd
Spring Quarter: April 6th, May 4th, June 1st

“What is(n’t) Digital Humanities?”

Through di…

Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant (University of Pittsburgh)

Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant (University of Pittsburgh)

The University of Pittsburgh's Slavic, Central Asian, and Eastern and Centr= al European video and DVD collection is the leading collection outside of t= he Russian Federation, with a holding of more than 6,000 items, including e= xtensive holdings in Russian, Slovak, and Central Asian cinema. Online information about the Pitt collection, which is non-circulating, is available at

Supported by Pitt's Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Russian an= d East European Studies Center (REES), the Slavic Department, and the Film Studies Program, the 2008-2009 Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant solicits applications from scholars with developed research projects that would benefit from on-site access to this collection. The selection committee would look favorably on those applications that include a research presentation as a public lecture.

Travel awards are $ 1,200 e…

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor of Slavic Linguistics, tenure track, University of Virgnia

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University
of Virginia
invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant
Professor position to begin August 25, 2009. Area of specialization:
Slavic Linguistics, focusing on Russian syntax in the context of
contemporary theories of syntax.

PhD degree in hand by appointment begin date of August 25, 2009 is
required; however, ABD candidates will be considered at the Acting
Assistant Professor level. Degree would need to be conferred no later
than August 24, 2010.
Native or near-native proficiency in Russian.
Professional level of fluency in English.
Ability to teach Russian at all levels.
Excellence in scholarship and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

College or university teaching experience.
Ability to teach a second Slavic language (Serbian or Croatian
preferred) and/or Second Language Acquisition.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile, CV/Resume, cover
letter describing teaching and research …

Call for Participation: Online Survey of Collections Assessment Tools

The Smithsonian Institutionis currently planning to develop a collections assessment tool - a "collections scorecard" per se - to measure and report performance in the area of collections stewardship, inform our strategic planning, and to leverage support for collections. Our challenge is to develop performance metrics based on levels of best practice that are relevant and meaningful across museums and collecting units of different disciplines, scales, and organizational structures.

As part of a larger environmental scan, we are conducting a survey in order to identify and document the variety of collections assessment and survey tools used by museums, archives, and libraries world-wide to measure collections stewardship. Through this survey, we also wish to solicit input regarding professional interest in developing and implementing collections assessment tools which might be applicable and beneficial to the entire field.

The Smithsonian invites and encourages you to partic…

The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant

The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant - Encouraging Curiosity, Goals, and Language Acquisition Spring Semester, 2009 cycle

Application deadline: October 16th, 2008

Who is eligible?

Students who plan to study Russian, Chinese, or Kyrgyz through SRAS during
the spring, 2008 semester may apply. See for a complete list of
programs. Applicants must have completed two semesters of study in one of
those languages. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be
enrolled full time in an academic program based in North America or the
European Union when applying.

How much is the grant?

The Language Exploration Grant for spring, 2009 will be $1000.

What can this grant be used for?

The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant is intended to offset the
costs of SRAS study abroad programs (see for a complete list of
programs) for students who demonstrate clear goals in gaining an
understanding of Russia or Central Asia, the people who live there and the
languages they sp…

Professor Kononeko of University of Alberta announces a major update to Ukrainian Traditional Folklore website!

Professor Kononenko's Announcment is as follows:

"We have added extensive documentation of a wedding celebrated in the village of Pidhaitsy just outside Lutsk. This wedding was filmed last summer (2008) and combines an interesting mix of traditional and modern elements. There are still shots and videos. To go directly to the new material, click on: "

The site, the main page of which is listed below, also has some minor updates - a video of korovai maker in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, some additional Ukrainian Canadian churches, some updates on churches filmed earlier (the one near Bruderhiem was closed on August 23, 2008).

Natalie Kononenko
Kule Chair of Ukrainian Ethnography
University of Alberta
Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E6
Phone: 780-492-6810

CALL FOR PAPERS: Studies in Slavic Cultures (for graduate students only)

Studies in Slavic Cultures, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures : Call for Papers: MEMORY, How does memory mediate between events of the past and the demands of the present?

Is it an object of reflection or construction of the historical, cultural, and individual events?
How is memory used as a cultural device, and why?
Does culture depend on memory?
What are the mechanisms and motivations for memory creation/construction in Slavic cultures?

Studies in Slavic Cultures is now accepting submissions for the 2009 issue. The theme of this issue is Memory,and we welcome graduate student submissions investigating any aspect of this topic in relation to literary, visual, performative, and other areas of contemporary or non-contemporary culture in Russia and Eastern Europe. The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 1, 2008.

Queries and submissions should be sent to Erin Alpert, Olga Klimova, and Elise Thorsen at

Please visit the following link for…

Mobility and Governability in Central Asia Conference at UCLA

Central Asia Initiative Conference : Mobility and Governability in Central Asia

Saturday, October 18, 2008
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tom Bradley International Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Bringing together leading scholars working on different periods, places and disciplines in Central Asian Studies, the conference will explore long-term Central Asian social and cultural characteristics as evident in the region's religious, political and artistic formations and traditions, as well as the impact of Central Asia's distinctive geographical environments on human history.

Morning Session: Histories

Chair: Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA
Lothar von Falkenhausen, UCLA, Archaeological Sidelights on Central Asia
Devin DeWeese, Indiana University, The Missing Middle: Broad Brushes and Narrower Perspectives on the Historiography of Central Asia in the Islamic Period
Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University, Mobility, Subjugation and States in 19th & 20th Century Central Asia

Afternoon Session: Cultures

Chair: Greg…

Medvedev answers to Washington, DC???

Call for papers: DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects

DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects

April 1‐3, 2009, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

September 30, 2008 Proposals due for contributed papers, panels and posters

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina is pleased to announce our second digital curation curriculum symposium. DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects is part of the Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) project. DigCCurr is a three‐year (2006‐2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)‐funded collaboration between SILS and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The primary goals of the DigCCurr project are to develop a graduate‐level curricular framework, course modules, and experiential components to prepare students for digital curation in various environments. DigCCurr initiatives in support of this goal…

Fourm Journal aka Forum für osteuropäische Ideen- und Zeitgeschichte

Dear Readers, you might have to scroll the image that is in .swf format. The journal has full text archive available for you!


"Forum für osteuropäische Ideen- und Zeitgeschichte" , is a research journal devoted to the history of the communist era in Central and Eastern Europe. "Forum" aims to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western scientific communities. In order to do so, we translate and publish documents and articles from central and Eastern European scientists, especially concerning new findings from the archives in Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Warsaw and other cities. Western readers will be able to keep abreast of the rapidly developing new trends in Eastern European history, as well as reading documents which add to our understanding of events in the Communist era

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Position open: Asst. Prof. of Russian, Fixed-term, Portland State University: September 2008

Assistant Professor of Russian: The Department of Foreign Languages and
Literatures at Portland State University invites applications for a two-year
fixed-term position for an Assistant Professor in Russian with experience in
proficiency-oriented language instruction (renewal contingent on funding).

The position begins September 2009 and will assist with implementation of a
new Russian across the curriculum program. For more information about the
position, please visit our Portland State University Human Resources’
website at For
more information about the Russian Flagship Program and the Department,
please visit our website at

AAASS Pre-Conference: Philadelphia

The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) Pre-Conference in Philadelphia, November 2008

The AAASS Bibliography & Documentation Committee is sponsoring a free pre-conference at the 2008 AAASS Annual Convention in Philadelphia. The pre-conference is entitled "Faculty Digital Resources Workshop" and will take place on the morning of November 20th at the Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania. (Please note that hours for the pre-conference are currently incorrect in the AAASS Preliminary Program. The pre-conference will last from 9AM-12PM and will not conflict with any AAASS programs).

The program will be a hands-on sessions presented by accomplished Slavic librarians utilizing the latest electronic information resources for Slavic studies. It is open to all interested researchers and faculty in the field.

Reservations are required since seating is limited. Those wishing to attend should send their reservation request to Allan Urba…

UCLA Writing and Research Workshops: Fall 2008

The Graduate Writing Center Fall workshops will include general writing workshops on a variety of topics and tutorials on ESL writing issues. We will also hold targeted writing workshops for graduate students in the areas of Humanities & Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences & Engineering. Additionally, we will post information about research workshops being offered by the UCLA Libraries.

Research Workshops
EndNote & RefWorks Workshops
Statistical Software Workshops
General Writing Workshops
Dissertation and Proposal/Prospectus Workshops
Humanities & Arts Workshops
Social Sciences Workshops
Sciences & Engineering Workshops
ESL Workshops
Other Workshops for Graduate Students
Past Workshops


Research Workshops
New Graduate Student Library Orientation
An orientation tour and talk on library services, reference and electronic resources, interlibrary loan, and instructional and consultation servic…

Search for the Department Head of SLAVIC AND BALTIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES at University of Illinois, Chicago


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of
Illinois at Chicago invites applications and nominations for the
position of Head of the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and
. Located in the heart of Chicago, UIC is a Carnegie
Research/Extensive University with 16,000 undergraduates, 6,500
graduate students, and 3,000 professional students. This is an
exciting time for the Department: it is in a position to hire new
faculty and has (together with Germanic Studies and History)
established a new interdepartmental graduate concentration in Central
and Eastern European Studies.

The Head is the chief administrative officer of the Department with
responsibility for instructional programs and for administrative,
budgetary, promotion, and recruitment matters. The Department Head
also provides leadership in the areas of research, teaching, and
community outreac…

Images of Russia and the Caucasus Region

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and *the American Geographical Society Library *are pleased to announce the launch of a new digital collection: Images of Russia and the Caucasus Region
1929-1933 at:

This digital collection presents over 700 images of Russia and the Caucasus region, particularly of rural areas in Georgia and Dagestan.
The photographs, taken by William O. Field in the late 1920s and early 1930s, are housed at the American Geographical Society Library. The photographic collection is supplemented by Field's diaries and travel notes, and a selection of maps of the Caucasus region.

The timing of our launch is really coincidental, since we’ve been working on this project for almost two years, but in an interesting cross of libraries and politics, a team of librarians from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries happened to be Georgia the week the recent war broke out to open an exhibit of the photog…

Access to Science Information Expands with 5.0 Launch

The information below is not directly related to the Slavic Studies Librarianship, but I have taken liberty to post it for the various visitors to this blog. I hope that the readers would find this information fascinating and useful. I believe that the access to Science Information to this day remains critical in various parts of the world. Now with the appearance of 5.0, we would hope that this information will be made available for the bettering our lot as a humanity.

Access in the United States to Science Information Expands with 5.0 Launch

200 Million Pages of U.S. Government Science Resources Now Available on
the Internet.

The latest version of
5.0-was launched Sept. 15th, allowing users to search additional
collections of valuable science resources; more easily target their
searches; and readily find links to information on a variety of science
topics. is a free, integrated single-search gateway to
reliable science and technol…

Conference and Call for papers: Early Modern and Colonial Central Asia, Halle/Saale, June 2009

Early Modern and Colonial Central Asia in Arabic-Script Documents
(17th-Early 20th Centuries), Halle/Saale, Germany, June 2009

The Centre of Oriental Studies of the Martin-Luther University is
organizing an international workshop on "Early modern and colonial
Central Asia in Arabic-script documents (17th-early 20th centuries)",
which is scheduled to take place in Halle/Saale, Germany, in June 2009.
At present, we are looking for scholars who would be interested in

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in order to
explore the social, economic, and legal history of Central Asia (here
defined as the area including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), taking documents written in the Arabic,
Persian and Turkic languages as the main point of reference.

We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in the following themes:

1) How were land-holding and property rights defined in pre-colonial
Central Asia? How did t…

Call for Papers: The Birch- The Undergraduate Journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Cultures and Affairs

CfP: The Birch - Fall 2008

The Birch, the nation's first and only undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture and affairs, now in it's 5th year of publication, is looking for submissions for its Fall 2008 issues.

All undergraduates are welcome to submit any of the following:
- Original literary works
- Literary criticism
- Cultural and political essays
- Original photography.

Our Spring 2008 issue, as well as all our archived issues are available at: Please help to make this a great issue by encouraging all undergraduates to submit pieces.

**The deadline for submission is October 17th.**

They should be emailed to:
Editor in Chief, Sierra Perez-Sparks, at

Славяно-русская палеография-Full Text Online

Предваряя интернет-публикацию лекций Алексея Ивановича Соболевского, первому изданию которых в этом году исполняется сто лет, редакционная коллегия Текстологии.RU считает необходимым сказать несколько слов о принципах и целях переиздания этого памятника научной мысли.

"Славяно-русская палеография" является первым в нашей стране учебником палеографии, она выдержала три издания, 1901 (1902), 1906, 1908 гг., и в дальнейшем не переиздавалась. Все последующие книги и учебники так или иначе учитывают эту работу акад. Соболевского, ссылки на которую носят неизменно уважительный характер. На сегодняшний день учебник Соболевского в отличие от учебников В.Н.Щепкина и Е.Ф.Карского, которые выходили позже, уже в советское время (первый из них два раза переиздавался, последний раз в 1999 году, второй был издан в 1928 г., переиздан в 1979 г.), практически недоступен для студенчества. Рекомендуя недавно лекции Щепкина для исп…

Czech National Digitization Programmes in Libraries

Memoriae Mundi Series Bohemica

Self-Description: Almost thirty important Czech cultural institutions have already taken part in two national digitization programmes launched by the Ministry of Culture in 2000 and co-ordinated by the National Library of the Czech Republic within the framework of a large initiative called Public Information Services in Libraries. The calls for proposals - launched yearly - offer to applicants the opportunity to cover up to 70% of the digitization cost of their projects. The only problem is irregular funding, which varies from one year to another; nevertheless, the virtual completion of dispersed collections is becoming reality. In the end of 2003, ca. 550,000 high-quality digitized pages of 1050 manuscripts and ca. 1.2 million pages of periodicals were available. Not only documents from large library collections, but also rare items from regional museums, castle or monastery libraries are being digitized.

The first programme is called Memoria (full name …

Post-Soviet State and Nation Building in the Caucasus Region, Yerevan, April 17-19, 2009

Call for Papers

Post-Soviet State and Nation Building in the Caucasus Region:
Challenges and Perspectives

April 17?19, 2009
Yerevan, Armenia

At the age of the centuries the world had witnessed the raise of newly
independent states in the postsoviet region, that paralleled with
various local conflicts, struggling for democracy, economic decline,
formation of new system of relations between states based on various
geopolitical orientations, appearing of new geopolitical actors, and
seeking of new identities.

Countries of South Caucasus also passed through all the above
mentioned processes. Still there are peculiarities which are typical
only for South Caucasian countries:

1. Increase of national identity and as a result the conflicts in
which all nations are involved, and conflicts are not yet resolved
2. The presence in the region of various old and new international and
regional actors and their divergent geopolitical interests.
3. Various economic programs of regional significance (mainly in