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[Fellowships] David L.Boren Scholarships

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the
opening of the 2009-10 academic year competition for NSEP David L.
Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and NSEP David L. Boren
Fellowships for graduate students. Boren Awards provide unique
funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international
and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year's study
abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and
international research.

Applications and detailed information on the Boren Scholarships and
Fellowships are now available on – our newly designed website.

The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 29, and
the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 11.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the IIE Boren
Scholarships and Fellowships staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP.

Lisa Mayorga
Boren Scholarships
Institute …


February 25-28, 2009 – BARCELONA, SPAIN

* Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Jeremy Millard, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark

Conference Background and Goals
The IADIS e-Society 2009 conference aims to address the main issues of
concern within the Information Society. This conference covers both the
technical as well as the non-technical aspects of the Information Society.
Broad areas of interest are eSociety and Digital Divide, eBusiness /
eCommerce, eLearning, New Media and E-Society, Digital Services in
eESociety, eGovernment /eGovernance, eHealth, Information Systems, and
Information Management. These broad areas are divided into more detailed
areas (see below). However innovative contributes that don't fit into
these areas will also be considered since they might be of benefit to
conference attendees.

* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The
proceedings …

Grants for Research and Language Training in Southeast Europe

Grants for Research and Language Training in Southeast Europe

American Councils is pleased to announce that it will once again be accepting applications for both the Southeast Europe Research Program and the Southeast Europe Language Program.

American Councils offers academic year, semester and summer programs for independent research and language study in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.

Application Deadline: Applications for fall 2009 and academic year 2009-10 programs are due on January 15, 2009. Applications are now available at

AMERICAN COUNCILS SOUTHEAST EUROPE RESEARCH PROGRAM The American Councils Southeast Europe Research program provides full support for U.S. graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars seeking to conduct research for three to nine months in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.
Scholars may apply for suppo…

2008 Faculty Digital Resources Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thursday, November 20th

Time: 9-12 (Library opens at 8:30)

Location: Van Pelt Library - 3420 Walnut St - University of Pennsylvania

Session 2: "Online Sources for Research in Literary Studies."

Michael Biggins (University of Washington) & Liladhar Pendse (UCLA)

All of the sources below can be accessed through Central and Eastern European Studies, Eurasian and Slavic Studies Resources at UCLA portal that is powered by Libguides(tm) platform.

Selected Licensed Sources at the UCLA Library

Voprosy Literatury: Published from 1957. An authoritative journal of literary criticism offering articles and roundtable transcripts dealing with problems of Russian and world literature, history and theory of literature. The UCLA Library provides full-text access to its students, staff and faculty. The service provider is Eastview.

Voprosy Istorii: The oldest Soviet and Russian academic history journal, Voprosy istorii (“Issues of History”) has offered scholarly perspectives on events in Russ…

[CFP/Conference] Sociology at the Crossroads, Yerevan, June 11-14, 2009

Sociology at the Crossroads, Yerevan, June 11-14, 2009

Welcome to the 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology

The 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology
will take place, as announced, at Yerevan State University, Yerevan,
Armenia, Thursday afternoon, June 11 - Sunday, June 14, 2009. The
theme of the Congress is:

"Sociology at the Crossroads"

The five previous World Congresses of the IIS have highlighted
dilemmas of human existence and societal institutions in the
contemporary world. They have examined problems of social existence
amidst processes of globalization, cooperation and violent conflict.
They have been conducted in the spirit which guided the formation of
the IIS, namely that of an engagement and encounter between a variety
of theoretical positions among members of a truly international
community of scholars.

The 39th World Congress will reaffirm that spirit. It will have three
broad foci, na…

[UCLA]Central Asia Initiative Panel Presentation

Afghan Society after the Taliban: The View from the Hills
Central Asia Initiative Panel Presentation: Leading anthropologists discuss contemporary Afghanistan.

Monday, November 17, 2008
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
Downstairs Lounge
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Bringing together two of Europe’s leading anthropologists of Afghanistan, this panel presentation explores crucial transformations in post-Taliban Afghanistan as manifested in the lives of ordinary Afghans. Alessandro Monsutti and Magnus Marsden have worked extensively in the mountain areas within and around Afghanistan and by looking beyond the security curtain around Kabul that contains most media coverage are able to present a rare ‘view from the hills’ on the rapid social transformations that define contemporary Afghanistan. They will be joined by the Afghan journalist Nushin Arbabzadah, who will draw on debates in the Afghan press in leading discussion of the two presentations.

Magnus Marsden is Lecturer in Social Anthropology o…

Thayer Fellowship at UCLA Library

The James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Special collections materials are located in the Arts, Biomedical, Music, and Research libraries and the University Archives.

Research residencies may last up to three months between March 2 and December 18, 2009. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2500. (Awards vary yearly. Grants in 2006 averaged $1800; in 2008, $1400.) Those receiving fellowships are expected to provide a report on the results of their research that can be mounted on the UCLA Library Web site.

United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.
Applications are due December 19, 2008.

For More Information
James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship Program
c/o Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections

[CFP] Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: Reception, Translation and the Modernist Cultural Agenda

Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: Reception, Translation and the Modernist Cultural Agenda

25-26 June 2009

A two-day conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London

Keynote Speakers: Olga Kaznina (Gorky Institute of World Literature and Art, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Laura Marcus (University of Edinburgh), Laurence Senelick (Tufts University)

Organisers: Rebecca Beasley (School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London), Philip Ross Bullock (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford)

This major international conference will examine the profound impact of Russian and Soviet culture on British modernism. In 1915, Rebecca West declared that 'Russia is to the young intellectuals of to-day what Italy was to the Victorians', and the diverse influences of the Ballet Russes, Constance Garnett's translations, and Soviet cinema are routinely cited in studies of modernist writers as different as H.D., Wyndham…

[Job Announcement] Post-Doctoral Fellow : Russian Language

The Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen, Norway invites applications for two fully-funded positions, one Postdoctoral fellow and one PhD student. Both positions are connected to the research project "The Future of Russian: Language Culture in the Era of New Technology" (8/2008-7/2012) led by Ingunn Lunde (U of Bergen).

Application deadline: 15 February, 2009
Starting date: 1 August 2009

For further details, please follow the links below.

Postdoctoral fellow in Russian -- Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway

PhD fellow in Russian -- Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway

Ingunn Lunde
Dept of Foreign Languages
University of Bergen
P.O. Box 7805
N-5020 Bergen, Norway
Tel. (+47) 55 58 20 17
Fax: (+47) 55 58 42 60

[CFP] Nikolai Gogol’ / Mykola Hohol’

Call for Papers: Nikolai Gogol’ / Mykola Hohol’

Special issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers, Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Nikolai Gogol’ / Mykola Hohol’


• Expression of intent to submit: December 15, 2008

(Send email to the Editor, Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj

Final Paper with abstract: February 2, 2009 (maximum 25 pages;
MLA style)

Review Procedure:

• All submitted papers will go through a double-blind review

• Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian
Association of Slavists (CAS).

• Papers are welcome on all topics. Comparative and
interdisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.

For information about Canadian Slavonic Papers, submission guidelines and style sheet visit our site:

Natalia Pylypiuk (University of Alberta)

[Jobs]Central Asian Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Central Asian Studies (CAS)

London based
Grades 4-8
Salary range: UKP24.000 - UKP 45.000 dependent upon experience

Central Asian Studies (CAS) is an entity of the Department of Academic
Research and Publication at the IIS. It undertakes and disseminates
research-based knowledge on Central Asian mountainous communities
residing in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and Western
China. It works closely and collaborates with the academic
institutions in Russia and Tajikistan as well as the AKDN agencies in
Central Asia.

The CAS is recruiting two Research Associates to strengthen its
academic outreach, collaborative endeavours, promote scholarship on
the history and traditions of the Central Asian communities.

The Research Associates will have considerable professional experience
in the field of Central Asian Studies with particular emphasis on the
mountainous communities of Central Asia. S/he will demonstrate a wide
knowledge of the culture and traditions of the soc…

Nostalgia for Russian Music

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I was feeling a bit nostalgic about Russian Music of 1990's, and then I stumbled upon two sound clips on Youtube from a movie called "Zhesotkii Romans" or "A cruel Romance", and one from a film that I am yet to see. I am also presenting Alla Pugacheva's song "Million Roz"

I am presenting these clips for my readers in my nostalgic moment. Of course, we can argue that nostalgia is one way we express the affect. I am not Freudian buff, and here are the clips for your consideration. Please leave your comments about them for me. Thanks.

[U.C.]California Digital Library and Jhove2 Project

The open source JHOVE characterization tool has proven to be an important component of many digital repository and preservation workflows. However, its widespread use over the past four years has revealed a number of limitations imposed by idiosyncrasies of design and implementation. The California Digital Library (CDL), Portico, and Stanford University have received funding from the Library of Congress, under its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) initiative, to collaborate on a two-year project to develop a next-generation JHOVE2 architecture for format-aware characterization.

Among the enhancements planned for JHOVE2 are:

* Support for four specific aspects of characterization: signature-based identification, feature extraction, validation, and rules-based assessment
* A more sophisticated data model supporting complex multi-file objects and arbitrarily-nested container objects
* Streamlined APIs to facilitate the integration of JHOVE2 technolog…

[Report]U.S. Defense Imperatives for the New Administration

Defense Imperatives for the New Administration

The Defense Science Board has posted its new report - "Defense
Imperatives for the New Administration." The direct link is

or if can be found at

The subjects tackled in this report include:
Protect and defining the homeland
Maintaining capability to project for around the world to deter or
Bringing stability to states and regions
Thwarting terrorism and bringing terrorists to justice, anytime and
Supporting state and local authorities in providing domestic
catastrophe relief

A variety of interesting graphs and charts are included.

Greta E. Marlatt
Information Services Manager &
Homeland Security Digital Library Content Team Manager
Dudley Knox Library
Naval Postgraduate School
411 Dyer Rd
Monterey, CA 93943
phone: 831-656-3500
fax: 831-656-2842

[Conference] Globalization and Eurasia, JNU, New Delhi

Globalization and Eurasia, Jawarhlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Nov. 9, 2008


International Seminar on Globalisation and Eurasia at the Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU

9 November 2008

10.30 - 11.30
Chief Guest:
Dr. Karan Singh
President Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

Key Note Address:
Prof. S. K. Thorat, Chairman University Grants Commission of India (UGC)

Tea Break - 11.30-12.00

Round Table on Civil Society: Uzbek and Indian Experience
Session I (12.00 - 13.30)
Chair: Prof. A. K. Ramkrishnan and Dr. Djamaliddin Khakimov

Marufjon Usmanov - Director of the Institute for the Study of Civil
Society (ISCS)
Conceptual issues of formation of the civil society in Uzbekistan

Mirhamdam Abdullaev - Chief of International Relations Department of ISCS
Globalization and role of government in the forming of the civil society

Nivedita Menon - Professor, School of International Studies, JNU
Civil Society and Media in India

Asha …


School of Art Studies, University of Turku, Finland, will host an international conference ?Regulated Liberties: Negotiating Freedom in Arts, Culture and Media?, in August 2009. Please find the general CfP with some possible topics below.

As a part of the conference, we are planning to organise a workshop/workshops dedicated to the problematic of freedom and regulated liberties in the specific context of Soviet arts, culture and media. Papers discussing the recent developments in Post-Soviet Russia are also most warmly welcome, as well as papers on Soviet/Russian theories of culture, art and language.

Please send your abstract (200 - 300 words) for a twenty-minute presentation to Tintti Klapuri ( by November 15th, 2008. Decisions of accepted papers will be sent by mid-January 2009.

Complete Description of the conference:


August 20--22 2009

Call for Participation: 11th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries

Call for Participation: 11th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries
Bali, Indonesia, 2 to 5 December 2008

The International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), initiated
in 1998 and rotated among Asia-Pacific countries, has become one of the premiere
meetings in digital library. Since its humble beginning in Hong Kong (ICADL 1998),
the meeting has been held in Taipei, Taiwan (ICADL 1999); Seoul, Korea (ICADL 2000);
Bangalore, India (ICADL 2001); Singapore (ICADL 2002); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(ICADL 2003); Shanghai, China (ICADL 2004); Bangkok, Thailand (ICADL 2005); Kyoto,
Japan (ICADL 2006); and Hanoi, Vietnam (ICADL 2007).ICADL 2008 will be held in Bali,
Indonesia. ICADL 2008 will mark the expansion in scope of the conference, from Asian
to Asia-Pasific.

The ICADL meetings draw researchers and professionals from library and information
science, computer science, social science, information systems, law and policy,
education and le…