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International Summer School of Belarusian Studies Hajnówka, Poland-2009

International Summer School of Belarusian Studies Hajnówka, Poland
    The Center for Belarusian Studies at Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in its first International Summer School of Belarusian Studies from July 6 to August 7, 2009. The program, to be co-sponsored by the Poland-based Belarusian Historical Society, will be held at the Belarusian Lyceum in the town of Hajnówka (Hajnauka) in the Podlasie region of northeastern Poland, an area of great natural beauty and home to Poland's ethnic Belarusian minority — an ideal setting for the study of Belarusian language, history and culture, as well as for the study of a broad range of issues relating to cultural diversity and minorities policies in the expanded EU. Coursework will include intensive Belarusian language instruction (beginning and intermediate levels and individual advanced-level tutorials) and lectures in English and Belarusian on Belarusian history, literat…


'21st-Century European Literature: Mapping New Trends'
to be held at the University of St Andrews, Scotland on September
15-17 2010

We are inviting proposals either for individual papers or for panels by
September 1 2009.

I would be very grateful if you could bring the conference and this Call for
Papers to the attention of any of your colleagues who might be interested.
We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland next year.

Best wishes,
Claire Whitehead
Dept. of Russian
University of St Andrews


21st-Century European Literature: Mapping New Trends


Organising body: St Andrews University School of Modern Languages

Convenor: Professor Margaret-Anne Hutton, Department of French

Subject convenors:
British literature: Dr Sarah Dillon (
French-language literature: Prof. Margaret-Anne Hutton (mh80@st-
German-language literature: Dr Michael Gratzk…

In Memoriam: Parnov

20.03.2009 Ушел из жизни автор исторических бестселлеровВ московской Боткинской больнице в возрасте 74 лет умер Еремей Парнов - автор книг, тираж которых превышает 10 млн.экземпляров. Читать дальше

From Stratfor: Turkey and Russia on the Rise by Reva Bhalla, Lauren Goodrich and Peter Zeihan

Turkey and Russia on the Rise
March 17, 2009 | 1716 GMT

By Reva Bhalla, Lauren Goodrich and Peter Zeihan
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev reportedly will travel to Turkey in the near future to follow up a recent four-day visit by his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, to Moscow. The Turks and the Russians certainly have much to discuss.
The Russian Resurgence
Turkey's Re-Emergence
Central Asian Energy: Circumventing Russia
Russian Energy and Foreign Policy
Russia is moving aggressively to extend its influence throughout the former Soviet empire, while Turkey is rousing itself from 90 years of post-Ottoman isolation. Both are clearly ascendant powers, and it would seem logical that the more the two bump up against one other, the more likely they will gird for yet another round in their centuries-old conflict. But while that may be true down the line, the two Eurasian powers have sufficient strategic incentives to work together for now.
Russia's World
Russia is…

The March/April 2009 issue of D-Lib Magazine ( is now available.

The March/April 2009 issue of D-Lib Magazine ( is now available.

This issue contains five articles, an opinion piece, two conference reports, the 'In Brief' column, excerpts from recent press releases, and news of upcoming conferences and other items of interest in 'Clips and Pointers'. This month, D-Lib features the Washington College of Law Historical Collection, courtesy of Susan McElrath, American University and Allison B. Zhang, Washington Research Library Consortium.

The opinion piece is:

What's Wrong with Citation Counts?
Jose H. Canos Cerda and Manuel Llavador Campos, Technical University of Valencia, Spain; and Eduardo Mena Nieto, University of Zaragoza, Spain

The articles include:

Going Grey? Comparing the OCR Accuracy Levels of Bitonal and Greyscale Images Tracy Powell and Gordon Paynter, National Library of New Zealand

How Good Can It Get? Analysing and Improving OCR Accuracy in Large Scale Historic Newspaper Digitisation Programs Rose H…

[UCLA Conference] Society for Armenian Studies, 35th Anniversary Conf., Mar. 26-28, 2009

Armenian Studies at a Threshold
Society for Armenian Studies
Source: Professor Richard Hovannisian

Complete Program in PDF

35th Anniversary Conference
March 26-28, 2009
University of California, Los Angeles
Session 1. Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Medieval Literature and the Arts Theo van Lint, Oxford University, Chair
* Andrea Scala, University of Milan, "About the Name of the Latin Language in Classical Armenian"
* Robert Thomson, Oxford University, Emeritus, "Armenian Biblical Commentaries: The Present State of Research"
* Sona Haroutyunian, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, "Dante Alighieri and the Mekhitarist School of Translation"
Session 2. Thursday, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Medieval History and Culture
Anne Elizabeth Redgate, Newcastle University, Chair
* Sergio La Porta, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Cultural Interaction and Cultural Strategies in Post-Seljuk Armenia"
* Sara Nur Yildiz, Bilgi University, Istanbul, "Competing for the Il-Khan's Fa…

CFP: Central Europe 1989: Lessons and Legacies

Central Europe 1989: Lessons and Legacies
October 16-18, 2009
Call for Papers

As part of a semester-long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in East Central Europe, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas announces a conference, "Central Europe 1989: Lessons and Legacies," to be held in Lawrence, KS, October 16-18, 2009. We invite 250-word abstracts dealing with the question of transition and change in Central Europe as it relates to discourses, narratives, myths of identity in a variety of areas, including but not exclusively culture, literature and film, gender, ethnicity, civil and state structures, environment, economy.  Historical and political contextualizations of the "Turn" are also welcome. Please email your abstract by May 1, 2009, to: (and put "CE1989" in the subject line), or mail to: CE1989, CREES, University of Kansas, 320 Bailey Hall, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., La…

CEES-UCLA Lecture: The Last Soviet Dreamer: Conversations with Leonid Potemkin

A public lecture by JOCHEN HELLBECK, Rutgers University, History
Thursday, March 12, 2009
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

Soviet diaries from the 1930s offer striking insights into the personal and inner dimensions of the Bolshevik revolution. In contrast to popular belief that Soviet citizens sought to cultivate a private existence in contradistinction to the totalitarian communist ideology, many of those who kept diaries during the Stalin period used them to instill their personal lives with the values of the unfolding revolution. They dreamed the Soviet dream, a dream that promised fulfillment in the act of making history and joining the vanguard of humanity. Leonid Potemkin, a student of geology in the 1930s and an avid diarist, survives to the present day. Video interviews with Potemkin conducted in 2004 and 2005 address the memory of the Stalin era today and the continued commitments on the part of a surviving diarist from that age. The interviews also showcase the epistemo…

Summer Study in Moscow-American Council for International Education

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for summer study in Moscow, Russia open to U.S. Elementary- and Secondary-School Teachers, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students. A five-week program focusing on area studies, Contemporary Russia offers courses in Russian economics, politics, and culture; all content-based classes are taught in English by faculty of the State University: Higher School of Economics, one of Russia's most prestigious centers for the study of social sciences. Program participants also receive six hours per week of Russian-language instruction. No prior knowledge of Russian is required -- we can accommodate students of ALL proficiency levels. A full-time U.S. resident director oversees the program; assists participants with academic and personal matters; and serves as a liaison between university faculty, administrators, host families, and participants.

Other program features include room …

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Fall 2009/Academic Year 2009-2010 Application Open - Deadline: April 7,

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities. The Gilman Program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.

The Gilman Program is pleased to be able to offer over 1200 scholarships dur…