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Russian Lecturer Position at the University of California, Riverside

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(Fall 2009)

The University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a lecturer position in Russian to teach for the Fall Quarter of 2009 (pending funding and final administrative approval). Candidates must have at least an M.A. degree in Russian, significant teaching experience at the college or university level, and a dynamic classroom presence. Duties include teaching two sections in advanced or beginning Russian (a 67% appointment). Salary per course is $4,766.96. The Fall Quarter begins September 21st and ends December 12th.

Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, and two or three letters of recommendation.

Chair, Russian Search Committee
Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, California 92521

Review of applications will begin May 10, …

SRAS Program Deadline: May 15, 2009

May 15 is the application deadline for Fall 2009 semester courses through SRAS. We offer many different programs in Russia, outlined below. If you are overwhelmed with all the options, please contact us and we will be happy to work with you to find the right program, or to help build your own customized option, at

Program options:

Russian as a Second Language (RSL) - designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or lifestyle. Study for a week or a year. Choose the bustling streets of Moscow or the rugged hills of Kyrgyzstan. You can take advanced courses or start with the basics. With SRAS, it's all up to you.

Feature Study Abroad (FSA) - are full study abroad programs, with curricula and program length designed to facilitate credit transfer to your home institution. FSA programs include 1) a core curriculum of language training,
2) Optional customization features and 3) a study component specific to each universi…

Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema-New Issue

SRSC Issue 3.1 is now out.

Table of Contents
Faktura: Depth and Surface in Early Soviet Set Design
Emma Widdis

Confronting the Holocaust: Mark Donskoi's The Unvanquished
Jeremy Hicks

Russian Animated Films of the 1960s as a Reflection of the Thaw: Ambiguities
and Violation of Boundaries in Story of a Crime
Laura Pontieri Hlavacek

Guest Editor: Denise J. Youngblood
Real Images: In Memory of Josephine Woll
(Reviews of Thaw films)

Bakur Bakuradze: Shultes

United States Department of Defense Reports in March 2009- Policies and Procedures for the Acquisition of Information Technology

United States Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program has released its latest report
2009 Annual Report to Congress
Previous reports and related information is available at
The Defense Science Board (DSB) has posted several new reports and they
are available from their website
or from the links below
Unconventional Operational Concepts and the Homeland
Operations Research Applications for Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance (ISR)
Creating an Assured Joint DOD and Interagency Interoperable Net-Centric
Department of Defense Policies and Procedures for the Acquisition of
Information Technology

International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies at European University at St. Petersburg

This is a unique opportunity to study Russian politics, history, culture and society in Russia itself in the medium of English.
This is the only fully-fledged program of this kind in the country. Eleven years of success.

Coming deadlines:

International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies: 30 April 2009

Summer School in Russian Studies: 4 May 2009

NB: The University is also launching its new semester abroad program in
Russian Studies for advanced undergraduates in February 2010.

Dr. Sergey Erofeev (
Director of International Programs
European University at St. Petersburg

Politics of Torture? Or Information Extraction for the Common Good???

April 17, 2009

Dear Readers,

I am not in habit of passing my own personal viewpoints on Bush administration's interrogation techniques of those who were described as "enemy combatants" as this blog is dedicated to Slavic and Eastern European Studies. However, from time to time, I will take liberty to post for my readers any information that is officially released by our (i.e.) the United States administration for larger distribution for my overseas readers. As a naive information professional, I have learned to believe in social justice mandates as well as in transparency of information. But, then, my view are only limited due to limited information that is at hand. How do we then overcome information assymetry?? Any thoughts?

It is interesting to see how a state chooses to use certain techniques to justify its own existence and its own nature of reality while ignoring other state or non-state actors moments of truths? or falsehood.

Memos from the NY Times site

I have uploade…

Mumiy Troll in Los Angeles

Dear Readers,

Just to let you know that the Mumiy Troll concert, originally scheduled as part of the UCLA Russian Winter Festival, will now take place on at the Roxy on Sunset, Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More details can be found here:

Music and video can be streamed from MySpace

The band’s English language website is here

In Memoriam: Evgenii Vesnik

10.04.2009 Ушел из жизни Евгений ВесникНа 87-м году жизни скончался народный артист уже несуществующего Советского Союза Евгений Весник. Читать дальше

UNESCO, Library of Congress and partners launch World Digital Library

01-04-2009 (Paris)

UNESCO and 32 partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library, a web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world, at UNESCO Headquarters on 21 April. The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs. It will provide unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.

Mr Billington first proposed the creation of a World Digital Library (WDL) to UNESCO in 2005, remarking that such a project could "have the salutary effect of bringing people together by celebrating the depth and uniqueness of different cultures in a single global undertaking". In addition to promoting international understanding, the project aims to expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet, provide resources for educators, scholars and general audiences, and narrow the digital divide within and between countries by building capacity in partner …

Mass Privatization and the Postcommunist Mortality Crisis

A public lecture by LAWRENCE KING, Cambridge University, Sociology
Thursday, April 02, 2009
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Transitions from state socialism to capitalism gave rise to an unprecedented mortality crisis. Current explanations center on unhealthy lifestyles, health system collapse and acute psychosocial stress, although little comparative research has attempted to specify a mechanism that can explain the variation over time and across countries. We develop and test a causal model of how transition policies affect population health inspired by classical sociological analyses of the transition to capitalism. Using panel data for 25 Post-Soviet countries from 1989 to 2002, we find strong empirical evidence that mass privatization, whether measured by a novel program implementation variable or European Bank for Reconstruction and Development privatization indices, significantly reduces male life expectancy by increasing heart disease, suicide, homicide and alcohol-related m…

GRANT- Global Supplementary Grant Program for Doctoral Studies

The Open Society Institute's Network Scholarship Programs (NSP) is pleased to announce the Global Supplementary Grant Program (GSGP) for the 2009 - 2010 academic year. GSGP offers supplementary grants to students from select countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. The purpose of the program is to enable qualified students to pursue doctoral studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at accredited universities in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle/Near East, and North America.

GSGP is available to citizens of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Please note that this is a supplementary program not intended for full funding. Applicants must be able to demonstrate additional support from other sources.

The application deadline f…

Georgian Archival Bulletin, No. 4

The 4th edition (Winter 2009) of the quarterly Archival Bulletin has recently been released by the Archive Department of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is available for download in PDF

Any institution interested in receiving hard copies of the Archival Bulletin or individuals interested in working in the Georgian KGB and Central Committee archives should contact:

Colonel Omar Tushurashvili
Head of the Archives Department
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
Vazha-Pshavela Avenue, #72
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel./Fax: (995 32) 323898
E-mail: Tushurashvili(at) or Moambe(at)



Library of Congress, Washington D.C. USA, 14-15 December 2009
Over the past 15 years, Grey Literature has developed from a millennium movement to a well defined field in information studies. This process has been considerably influenced and shaped by results of research issuing from the International Conference Series on Grey Literature. The Eleventh Conference in this series will endeavor to piece together traditional features inherent to grey literature with more recent elements both technology and policy driven. In any field of science and technology, information and knowledge aggregated in research must be made available beyond the limits of any one specific information community, and as such, should be openly accessible to net citizens. This principle related to grey literature, requires that its uses and applications in diverse subject areas benefit information society as a whole.…