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UCLA Center for Europe and Eurasian Studies-Spring 2010 Event Schedule

CEES Events
Spring 2010

April 8, 4:00 pm, 6275 Bunche Hall
France's New Museums in a Postcolonial Age*   
The Tjibaou Center: Post-/Neo-Colonialism in New Caledonia and Paris
A public lecture by James Clifford, UC Santa Cruz, Anthropology
Cosponsored with the Mellon Foundation, the UCLA Department of History, and the Eugen Weber Chair in European History

April 15, noon, 10383 Bunche Hall
Reproducing the French Race: Immigration, Intimacy, and Embodiment in the Early 20th Century
A book talk with author Elisa Camiscioli, Binghamton University, History
Discussant: Stephanie Limoncelli, Loyola Marymount University, Sociology

April 22, 3:00 pm, 10383 Bunche Hall
France's New Museums in a Postcolonial Age*   
A Mestizo Planet: The Other Face of the Musée du Quai Branly
A public lecture by Serge Gruzinski, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, History
Cosponsored with the Mellon Foundation, the UCLA Department of History, and the Eugen Weber Chair in European History

April 29, noon, 10383…

Call for Articles for Ab Imperio

The editors of Ab Imperio invite contributions to the journal's annual program in 2010.

For information on the journal, contact addresses and description of issues,please, visit or contact the journal editors directly at

Ab Imperio 2010: Friends, Foes, and Neighbors: Ascribing Meaning to Imperial Political, Economic, and Social Order

Visions of friend and foe remain focal points for studies of different processes, from formation of individual and collective identities to the making of a state's foreign policy. The "friend-foe" binary pair is immediately recognized as one of the most basic anthropological oppositions that structure the boundaries of individuals and groups. The image of the enemy serves as an important factor in defining the limits of political communities and in legitimizing sovereignty and political independence. For contributions to the four thematic issues of Ab Imperio in 2010, the editors invite prospective …

SUSTA - Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America Conference

SUSTA - Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America - is pleased to invite you to our annual conference on March 20-21, 2010 at Boston College (Boston, MA).

The theme of this year's conference is "Ukrainian Youth and Education." The organizers have invited distinguished speakers to talk about the educational reforms in Ukraine in the past few years, about the student experience studying in Ukraine, Western Europe, and USA. There will be numerous workshops re. student life and the
organization, time for sightseeing and meeting other participants.

Registration is now open at Early registration will save you $5 off the registration fee ($25 otherwise) which includes breakfast and lunch on Sat., March 20, as well as all conference activities.

For more details incl. program and latest updates please visit

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Oleh Kotsyuba
- SUSTA Vice President

Russian Language and Culture Position at Colgate University

The Department of Russian at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian for a one-year replacement position beginning in July 2010. The candidate is expected to have or soon receive a PhD in Russian language and literature. Our preferred field of specialization is open, although we hope the candidate will be able to offer one course in Russian film. 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, and political science. Teaching duties will include five courses yearly ranging from intermediate through advanced Russian, to Russian culture or film, to the departmental senior seminar. Fluency in Russian and English is a given, along with a dynamic teaching presence and a strong commitment to scholarship. Please send a letter of application and C.V…

European Library Online Exhibition: Roma Journey

According to its description, "The European Library (EL) is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 35 languages. Resources can be both digital (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.) and bibliographical . Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 48 collaborating national libraries of Europe."

The EL has posted an interesting and informative online exhibition that is titled "The Roma Journey."

US Department of Agriculture Releases Food Atlas Online

Although my blog on Slavic Studies Librarianship has to do little with the US Department of Agriculture's release of its online Food Atlas, nevertheless I wanted to bring this important resource to the attention of my readers.

"USDA officials today highlighted one of its newest web-based mapping tool, Your Food Environment Atlas, which will enable researchers, policy makers, and the public to find information on a range of factors that affect access to healthy, affordable food, and will allow users to map the data by county. The map will provide highly detailed information on local food environments and health outcomes, including grocery store access and disease and obesity prevalence."

The new atlas is at:

The full press release is linked from the USDA Newsroom:!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?navtype=MA&navid=NEWSROOM.

Source: Linda Zellmer
Government Information & Data Services Librarian
415 Malpass Library

Aynurə Suri: Learning to Love Azerbaijani Culture! Loving Azeri Music!

Hello All! I must admit my love for the beautiful culture and the popular music of Azerbaijan. One can argue that why popular and not mugham? Well I am still acquiring the language and the pop music is helping me learn the language. Yes, once again I pay attention to the words and try hard to understand them. If for some reason, I do not understand these words, then I refer to lughet or dictionary and try to make sense of the song.

The Culture of Azerbaijan on one hand captivates me with its charms and on the other hand it forces me to think how my own ana dili- Marathi has been enriched with the words from Turkic languages. Well afterall the Bahmani Empire and the Sultanates in its immediate aftermath meant fusion of those including Turkestani warriors who fought on the Deccan plateau for dominance and control.

Well as usual, I am going off the topic. I want to introduce you to a couple of clips of songs by an Azerbaijani Pop Artist- Nura Suri

Do we remember the starting theme of Ingl…

The UCLA Asia Institute Announces 2010 Faculty and Graduate Student Grants

The UCLA Asia Institute Announces 2010-2010
Faculty and Graduate Student Grants
Application deadline: April 2, 2010
 1. Asia Institute Graduate Fellowships
The Asia Institute provides two fellowships of $8194 each to UCLA graduate students whose research focuses on an Asian topic or incorporates Asia in comparative or regional perspectives or methodologies. The regions covered by these fellowships include East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Graduate student applicants must be advanced to candidacy at the time of the award and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
2. Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Graduate Student and Faculty Grants
The Wagatsuma Fellowship was created in honor of the late UCLA Anthropology Professor Hiroshi Wagatsuma, who for many years served as an important bridge of mutual understanding between students and academics in Japan and the United States. He pursued cross-cultural studies in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and law until his death in 1985.
Graduate Fellowships:

Deadline for nominations for the Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award is today: 1 March 2010

It's time once again to nominate the TOP STUDENT in your program for the annual Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award--PSRSLA!! The PSRSLA is a FREE program offered to US Russian Departments and Programs. Organized under the auspices of ACTR (the American Council of Teachers of Russian), the PSRSLA seeks to provide national recognition for our star students--those students who best embody an enthusiasm for and love of things Russian. ACTR provides this program as a service to the profession. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to publicly recognize your top student. It's free! It's easy!

In order to nominate a student, please follow these guidelines:

--Deadline for nominations 1 MARCH 2010.
--Nominations are accepted in ELECTRONIC FORMAT ONLY, via e-mail to me at Nominations can be in the body of the e-mail or sent as an attachment. Nomination letters should include the following information:
--Full name of stud…