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Showing posts from December, 2009


Friday May 28, 2010 to Sunday May 30, 2010
Concordia University,
Montreal, Quebec


The annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists will take place in Montreal, Quebec on May 28-30, 2010 as part of the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Proposals are invited for individual papers, panels, and roundtable discussions.  Proposals for complete panels are preferred. Please follow abstract specifications when submitting your proposal(s).  Forms for individual papers, panels and roundtables as well as a brief CV form are available at

We particularly want to encourage young scholars and graduate students to participate in this conference. Deadline for individual paper proposals:  30 January 2009; for panels and roundtables 15 February 2010. Notification of the…

Harvard's Islamic Heritage Project Is Now Online

An Innovative Collaboration Preserves Key Islamic Materials and Makes Them Accessible to Internet Users Everywhere

Through a new collaboration among Islamic-studies scholars, librarians, and curators, Harvard University has cataloged, conserved, and digitized Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from its renowned library and museum collections. The result is a new online collection comprising more than 145,000 digital pages available to Internet users everywhere. Entitled the Islamic Heritage Project, or IHP, the collection is made possible with generous support from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
Visit IHP online at
Islamic Heritage Project is an integral part of the University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (ISP). Founded in 2006, ISP builds on Harvard's strong commitment to the study of the religious traditions of the world, and it augments the University's existing strength by increasing the number of faculty…

2009: Music from Kazakh/Qazaqstan- Part VIII and Part IX

Айгуль Иманбаева - Кызбен Сырласу= Aygul Imanbaeyva- Kyzben syrlasu

The story that is conveyed through this song is extremely touching and thought provoking. I was wondering what and how human emotions can be conveyed through songs. This was one of the answers that I found. Please enjoy this Qazaq music. Stay healthy and stay well in this Holiday Season.

Indigo - Признание: Russian Language song from Qazaqstan

2009: Music from Kazakh/Qazaqstan- Part VI and Part VII

Dear Readers,

I must apologize for my long silence, but now that the UCLA Library is closed for the Winter Holidays, I will have some more time to post interesting clips of Qazaq Pop Music for my readers. I like Qazaq Popular music for several reasons. First, Qazaqstani artists are experimenting with various forms of art that was considered "Western" under the regularized Soviet normatives. Second, it has been twenty years since the Communist states of Europe began to disappear from the map, and it is interesting to see how the Central Asian states began to pick up the life from the pieces of the Soviet State and move on. These two songs show us to diametrically opposite trends that often plague us as humans. First, to look into the future and then to look back in the past. The questions, I ask is as follows: Do we exist at the intersections of the past and the future? What is our present?

The first clip is by Zhadyra Kutpanova titled Suyem Seni= Жадыра Кутпанова - Суйем Сенi


American Friends of Russian Folklore Scholarship

American Friends of Russian Folklore is offering a scholarship to join next summer's folklore expedition to the Don Cossacks of Volgograd Province, Russia. Dates of the expedition are June 1 to June 13, 2010.  The scholarship is open to any US citizen, 18 or over, with an interest in Russian folklore. Russian-language skills are helpful but not required.
Details and application form available at:

Please address questions to:

Happy Hanukah to All My Jewish Readers!

Call fo Papers: On the Jewish Street: A Journal of Russian-Jewish History and Culture

Call for Submissions: On the Jewish Street/Na Evreiskoi Ulitse: A Journal of Russian-Jewish History and Culture

On the Jewish Street/Na Evreiskoi Ulitse: A Journal of Russian-Jewish History and Culture, a new peer-reviewed journal to be published by Charles Schlacks Jr Publishers, is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2010 issue.

The theme for the 2010 issue is “The State of the Field.”

We invite submissions of Bibliographies, Bibliographic Essays, Historiographic Essays and Collection Review Essays that examine the state of research and/or research materials on any aspect of Russian-Jewish History and Culture.

Please direct all inquiries regarding submissions to:

Michael C. Hickey (editor),

Source: Dr. Ernest Zitser of Duke University Library

Winter 2010 Intensive Russian Language Course in Sankt Petersburg

The Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) is pleased to announce a winter course of Russian language. This course is an intensive one and designed for participants who have already reached Upper-Intermediate or Proficiency level of Russian. Program provides 60 academic hours and lasts for two weeks, starting on January 11th and finishing on January the 22nd 2010.
Application deadline is December 15 2009.
Participants from all the countries are welcome. More details you can find on the website

Elena Arkhipova,
Vice-President for Foreign Affairs,
Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture
27 Bolshaya Raznochinnaya
St. Petersburg, 197110, Russia
tel./fax: +7 812 230 36 98

UNDP Job: Consultant: Program Analyst (CEE CIS Section)
Location: New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Application Deadline: 18-Dec-09 Type of Contract: SSA Languages Required: English Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Jan-2010 Duration of Initial Contract: 3 months with a possibility of extension
Following the approval of the UNIFEM corporate Strategic Plan for 2008-2011, regional and sub-regional strategic plans and frameworks were developed by the respective geographical units, and entered into effect upon signature by the UNIFEM Executive Director.
Under the Regional Strategic Plan for the CEE/CIS for 2009-2012, UNIFEM is focusing on improving accountability to women's economic, political and personal security and rights by increasing the gender-responsiveness of national and sectoral development strategies, plans and budgets; in the reviews and revisions of constitutions, labour laws and labour migration legislation and a…

In Memoriam: Vycheslav Tikhonov

Умер Вячеслав Тихонов


Скончался Народный артист СССР Вячеслав Тихонов, сообщает телеканал "Вести-24".

В.Тихонов скончался в пятницу в Москве на 82-м году жизни. Ранее он был прооперирован и находился в тяжелом состоянии.

В.Тихонов родился 8 февраля 1928 года в городе Павловском Посаде Московской области.

В возрасте 13 лет пошёл в ремесленное училище, где учился на токаря. После этого поступил на военный завод, где работал по полученной специальности.

В 1944 году он поступил на нулевой курс Автомеханического института. Но ближе к 1945 году у него возникла идея попытать счастье во ВГИКе. Там его сначала не приняли, однако уже после завершения вступительных экзаменов профессор Б.В.Бибиков зачислил В.Тихонова к себе на курс. В годы учёбы во ВГИКе состоялся его актёрский дебют в фильме Сергея Герасимова "Молодая гвардия", где он сыграл роль Володи Осьмухина.

В 1950 году В.Тихонов с отличием окончил ВГИК.

В 1957 году на киноэкраны вышел фильм Станислава Ростоцкого …