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[Conference at UCLA] “The Book of Royal Degrees and Russian Historical Consciousness”

“The Book of Royal Degrees and Russian Historical Consciousness”

Thursday, February 26 - Saturday, February 28, 2009

This three-day international conference, organized by Professor Gail Lenhoff (Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA), marks the publication of a critical edition of Russia’s first narrative history, The Book of Royal Degrees, produced in the Moscow metropolitan’s scriptorium between 1555-1564, during the reign of Ivan IV “the Terrible.” The edition was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), with additional support provided by CMRS and the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Invited speakers, representing various academic disciplines, will present papers on the book’s treatment of Muscovite history, politics, theology, literary production, artistic subtexts and reception. Other questions to be considered include: 1) religion and governance; 2) p…

[Summer School] Language and Culture in Zadar, Croatia

Language and Culture in Zadar, Croatia

May 25 – July 6, 2009

The University of Kansas Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in
Zadar, Croatia offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to
study intermediate and advanced Croatian language as well as Croatian
culture and history. The six-week program not only provides language and
area studies courses, it also includes numerous teacher-accompanied
excursions in and around Zadar.

A minimum of one year of Croatian language study is required, and the
language of instruction is Croatian. Students will receive 8 hours of KU
credit and the program is FLAS eligible. The program cost for $5,270 and
includes tuition, all educational and administrative fees, accommodations,
group excursions and field trips.

*Note: Don’t wait for your FLAS decision to be made; apply now!
Application Deadline: March 1, 2009

For more information, please visit the program website.

Justine A. Hamilton
Program Coordinator
Office of Study Abroad

[Summer Studies] Ukrainian Language in Lviv

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) invites applications from individuals wishing to study Ukrainian this spring in Lviv.

For information about the six-credit courses we offer, please visit

"Ukrainian through its Living Culture” (UKR 300/ 400) is one of several courses conducted in Europe by MLCS staff. It is open to Canadian and international students. If you do not live in Alberta, it is not necessary to attend the orientation session, which will be held on February 23. However, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor, Dr. Irene Sywenky or Dr. Pylypiuk to register your interest and/or obtain more information.

Prof. Natalia Pylypiuk, PhD
Modern Languages & Cultural Studies [] 200 Arts, University of Alberta Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E6


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications and nominations for the "Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland" and the "Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature." Both positions include permanently endowed funds for research enhancements and graduate assistantships. The successful candidate will be an associate or full professor and have a strong record of scholarly and teaching accomplishments in the fields of Polish history, literature, or film studies. Period of study within these areas is open.

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 Polish Studies at UIC: we will ultimately be hiring three "Hejna" chairs in Polish studies; we have the largest undergraduate Polish program in the country; and we…

[Lecture] At USC by Professor Ecatherine Rai-Gonneau

The Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, February 24 at 2 p.m. *Prof. Ecatherine Rai-Gonneau* of the Institut d'Etudes Slaves in Paris will be speaking on "Van'ka Kain, Louis-Dominique Cartouche and Jonathan Wild" (concerning the Western sources of Matvei Komarov's 18th c. bestseller /Vanka Kain/ about the notorious thief and swindler).

The lecture will take place in Taper Hall 271.

Please contact the department at 213/740-2735 for more information.

[New Journal] The Russian Cyberspace Journal

We are pleased to announce the publication of issue 1 of The Russian Cyberspace Journal, 'Virtual Power. Russian Politics and the Internet.'
Through a variety of approaches to the study of new media, 'Virtual Power'
presents a scholarly investigation of the representation and web mediation of Russia's political discourse and the most significant political events of
2008: the presidential elections and the Georgia-Ossetia conflict.

The full issue is available online at

The Russian Cyberspace Journal is a biannual online publication on Russian, Eurasian, and Central European new media, published by Russian Cyberspace, a consortium of scholars concerned with new media studies. For further information on the Russian Cyberspace project, please visit our site at

The editors
Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk (Moscow)
Ellen Rutten (Cambridge/Amsterdam)
Robert A. Saunders (New York)
Henrike Schmidt (Berlin)
Vlad Strukov (London/L…

Winter 2009: Information Studies 289 Multilingual Information Sources: Slavic Studies

Digital Preservation Management: Short-Term Solutions for Long-Term Problems

Venue: ICPSR, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Dates: May 3-8, 2009

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is now hosting the workshop curriculum originally developed at Cornell by Anne R Kenney and Nancy Y McGovern.

The application form for the workshop will be available by 9am ET on Feb 23, 2009 - there will be a link to the application form on this page until registration is full (24 participants):  

The intended audience for the workshop series is managers at organizations who are or will be responsible for digital preservation. Additional information about the workshop series and future dates are available at:

The workshop series has been developed with funding from NEH.

If you have questions, please contact at:

Alternate Information Media: Birch Bark Documents of Medieval Rus'

The purpose of this post is to make our readers familiar with alternate forms of record keeping that evolved in the Northern Rus' i.e., the birch bark documents of Novgorod. These documents appears in the Eleventh century of CE and continue to circulate till fifteenth century of CE.

The purpose of these documents was to store information about various transactions that took place in Medieval Rus' society. Some of these documents folkores, or other literary works, while the others record economic transactions and business related activities.

One the site titled "Drevnerussike berestianyie gramoty" we can find a searcheable database of these documents along with an access to the digital images of the same

Source: The project of was made possible because of the generous financial support of the INTAS

Professor Jos Schaken of University of Leiden was instrumental in securing this grant and is an investigator for the site. His English language bibliography can be f…

[Conf.] Politics and Policies of Communications and Cultures: National, Transnational and Global Perspectives

Politics and Policies of Communications and Cultures:
National, Transnational and Global Perspectives
(3rd Annual PhD Conference)
Friday 12th June 2009: 9 - 4 PM
Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Call for papers

Communication politics and policies are dominant forces in shaping living cultures. Rich, vibrant and controversial forms of expression continue to emerge and their influence is increasingly transcending borders. The appearance and pervasiveness of new communication technologies is greatly accelerating this process.

Yet, the forging and evolution of cultural discourses influence the articulation and re-orient the expression of communication politics and policies.

The current tendencies appear to be primarily driven by western-oriented approaches and are often perceived as a transferrable framework to other parts of the world mainly because of their liberal, inclusive and representative tradition in contrast to more restrictive political and communication syst…

Different Versions of the Same Song

I always have wondered about how to place different versions of the same song that gets sung by different singers within a normalized bibliographic universe? To this day, it is difficult for me to apply the principal of intertextuality to songs. Any thoughts? I am posting a song called Sinii Platocheck. You be the judge. This was a famous song of WW II?

Below is the newer version that is sung by Юлия Савичева

Sinii Platochek by Fabrika

The same song by Tatiana Bulanova

My Favorite Romanian Songs: Copilul De Aur & Laura Vass - Buzele tale

I love Romanian Manele. I believe that this due to my affinity to Gypsies. Being an Indian is not an easy task. I am in love with the music that I found today on the Youtube. The title is Buzele Tale= Your Lips!

[Job Posting] Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

The Department of Russian at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, seeks a
Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian for a three-year replacement
position, annually renewable, beginning in July 2009.

The candidate isexpected to have or soon receive a PhD in Russian language and literature. Our preferred field of specialization is 19th century literature and
Cultural studies, although we will consider candidates with other or
interdisciplinary expertise.

We place paramount importance upon proven
facility in teaching Russian language at all levels. The successful
candidate will join a strong interdisciplinary Russian Studies program with
colleagues in literature, anthropology, geography, history, film and media
studies, and political science. Teaching duties will include five courses
yearly ranging from beginning through advanced Russian, to 19th century
literature, to the departmental senior seminar. Fluency in Russian and
English is a given, along with a dyna…

Conference on "The Changing Social Role of Islam in Post-Soviet Eurasia"

March 20-21, 2009
Harvard University
Project on Islam in Eurasia
CGIS South Room S020
1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

The Project on Islam in Eurasia will hold a conference on "The Changing Social Role of Islam in Post-Soviet Eurasia" on March 20-21, 2009. The conference will gather a number of the scholars who have been most focused on trying to understand the social transformations in which Islam plays a role in the post-Soviet period.  The purposes of the conference are to assess the current state of scholarship and to identify key issues that deserve further investigation.

This conference is a part of the Project on Islam in Eurasia, which seeks to develop a better understanding of the dynamic changes which are taking place in the social life of post-Soviet Muslim societies. The Project also aims to help this understanding reach a wider audience both in the West and in the region itself, and especially to help policy-makers make more informed decisions related to …

Stratfor: Erdogan’s Outburst and the future of the Turkish State


Davos Tape of Prime Minister of Turkey -Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: FOR Informational Purposes Only


By George Friedman

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan exploded during a public discussion with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. Erdogan did not blow up at Peres, but rather at the moderator, Washington Post columnist and associate editor David Ignatius, whom Erdogan accused of giving more time to Peres. Afterward, Erdogan said, "I did not target at all in any way the Israeli people, President Peres or the Jewish people. I am a prime minister, a leader who has expressly stated that anti-Semitism is a crime against humanity."

Nevertheless, the international press focused not on the finer points of Erdogan's reasoning, but rather on his attacks on Israeli policy in Gaza and his angry exit, which many tho…