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International Congress of Belarusian Studies, 2011

International Congress of Belarussian Studies Call for Papers. Deadline: July 15, 2011

The work will be organized in the following panels:
1. Belarus and the system of regional cooperation;
2. “Belarusian model”, 1991-2011: summary of two decades of development;
3. Soviet past in the regional perspective: (de-)(neo-)(post-)Sovietization;
4. Grand Duchy of Lithuania: the fact and the idea;
5. A nation in Central and Eastern Europe: community and identity;
6. Belarusian society and culture: strategies in the globalized world.

Suggested topics for public discussions:
1. Belarus and the Eastern Partnership initiative;
2. Elections in Belarus, 2008-2010: consequences and perspectives;
3. Belarus-Lithuania relations: state, perspectives and obstacles.

More information about the concept of the event, organizers and partners can be found on the Congress’ web-site:

The organizers will cover accommodation costs and provide visa support as well. It is also planned that the organizers will be abl…

2011 Heldt Prize Competition Announced by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies invites nominations for the 2011 Competition for the Heldt Prizes, awarded for works of scholarship.
To be eligible for nomination, all books and articles for the first three prize categories must be published between 15 April 2010 and 15 April 2011.  The publication dates for the translation prize, which is offered every other year, are 15 April 2009 to 15 April 2011.
Nominations for the 2011 prizes will be accepted for the following categories:
1.     Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
2.     Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
3.     Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian
4.     Best translation in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies.
One may nominate individual books for more than one category, and more than one item for each category.  Articles included in collections as well as journals are eligible for the "best arti…

Full Text of Boris Akunin's Novels Online

I wanted to bring to the attention of my reader an official web-site of Boris Akunin. According to Wikipedia, "Boris Akunin (Russian: Борис Акунин) is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (Russian: Григорий Шалвович Чхартишвили; Georgian: გრიგოლ ჩხარტიშვილი) (born May 20, 1956), a Russian writer. He is an essayist, literary translator and writer of detective fiction".

The author's books have been translated in more than 15 languages.

I have acquired various books by Boris Akunin for our faculty, students and library card holders. You can search them in the UCLA Library Catalog.

The review of the novel is published by the Guardian and it can be accessed here.

Complete Text of Author's writings can be found here.

New Books in Russian Studies at NIU

A new podcast endeavor New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies ( of the New Books Network ( Every week
NBRES interviews an author of a book on Russian and Eurasian history, politics, culture, and society. The inaugural interview is with J. Arch Getty of UCLA on his book Ezhov: The Rise of Stalin's Iron Fist.

If you are an author or a publisher and you are interested to have your book featured, please contact Sean Guillory at or mail a copy for consideration to:
Sean Guillory
Department of History
Northern Illinois University
Zulauf Hall 715
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

Letopis' Zhurnal'nykh Statei

National Broadband Map Released in the United States I recommend starting on the Analyze page to get to maps, reports, etc.:
Related Story:
Source: Kris Kasianovitz
Librarian for Public Policy, Urban Planning, NGOs, State and Local Government Information, Maps and GIS |

Belarusian Site on Yanka Luchin(Иван Люцианович Неслуховский) Launched!

I wanted to bring to the attention of my readers that an interesting site about Belarusian author Yanka Luchin has been launched. This bi-lingual web-site will acquaint its readers with the Luchin's works, biography and other relevant materials. The site is located here.
The Bol'shaia Sovetskaia Entsiklopediia provides information on this author as follows, "Лучина Янка (псевдоним; настоящее имя и фамилия Иван Люцианович Неслуховский) [6(18).7.1851, Минск, ‒ 16(28).7.1897, там же], белорусский поэт. Родился в семье адвоката. Окончил в 1877 Петербургский технологический институт. Работал начальником главных железнодорожных мастерских на Кавказе, где познакомился с М. Горьким. Выступил в печати в 80-х годах, писал на белорусском, русском и польском языках. Его белорусские произведения на темы из крестьянской жизни представлены сборником лирики «Вязанка» (1891, опубликован 1903), в котором звучит протест против социального и национального гнёта, горячее сочувствие народу. Сти…

The Sheridan Libraries Develop Data Management Plans

"Through its leadership of Data Conservancy, the Sheridan Libraries have developed a template that addresses the elements of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) guidelines for data management plans.  The template focuses on cross-cutting or common elements across NSF directorates.  It is not intended to address the elements or requirements of a particular directorate which may identify additional conditions.    This template is also based on review of several sources including the UK Digital Curation Centre, DataONE and the Association of Research Libraries' guide:
Information about NSF's data management plan requirements is available at"

Source: mike DOT rippin AT jhu DOT edu.

Pol'noe Sobranie Zakonov Rossiiskoi Imperii -First Part-Digitized by ImWerden

I am glad to report that a complete collection of the laws of Russian Empire aka Polnoe sobranie zakonov Rossiĭskoĭ Imperii appears now in the process of digitization in ImWerden-non-commercial digital library's holdings. One can access it online without any authentication and download these files in PDF format.

The only limitation that I can think of is that of the lack of enhanced search capabilities of these PDF files, however I still believe that these are useful to a lot of students. These can be located at ImWerden's web-site.

I am thankful to my colleague Dr.Erick Zitser, from Duke University Library, who had brought this important resource to my attention.

In UCLA Library's Special Collections, we do have a complete set of originals. The record for this title is as follows:
Author/Name: Russia.

Uniform title: [Laws, etc. (Polnoe sobranie zakonov RossiĭskoĭImperii)]

Title: Polnoe sobranie zakonov Rossiĭskoĭ Imperii.

Published/distributed: T. 1-45 (1649-dek. 11…

Archival Bulletin of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs-Latest Issue Released

The Archive Administration of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs has just released Edition Number 10 the Archival Bulletin, devoted to Georgian writers and literature in Soviet Georgia, which is available for download in PDF format:
The Archive Department has also recently translated its main web portal into English, where one can find many interesting documents and videos:
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 Administration
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
Vazha-Pshavela Avenue, #72
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel./Fax: (995 32) 323898
E-mail: Tushurashvili(at) or Moambe(at)
Timothy Blauvelt
Tbilisi, Georgia

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks)

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.
When I conducted keyword search for Eurasia, I found 29 open-access books for downloads or reading online.

New Publication on Eurasian Studies: Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908 1918

Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908 1918

By Michael A. Reynolds, Princeton University, New Jersey

Cambridge University Press 2011
ISBN: 9780521149167
Publication date: January 2011
324 pages
The break-up of the Ottoman Empire and the disintegration of the Russian empire were watershed events in modern history. The unraveling of these empires was both cause and consequence of World War I and resulted in the deaths of millions. It irrevocably changed the landscape of the Middle East and Eurasia and reverberates to this day in conflicts throughout the Caucasus and Middle East. Shattering Empires draws on extensive research in the Ottoman and Russian archives to tell the story of the rivalry and collapse of two great empires. Overturning accounts that portray their clash as one of conflicting nationalisms, this pioneering study argues that geopolitical competition and the emergence of a new global interstate order provide the key to unders…

SOAS Symposium on Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eurasia, London, February 26, 2011

Source: Sevket Chevy Akyildiz <>
2011 SOAS Postgraduate Symposium on Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eurasia
8.50am-6pm: Saturday 26th February. Room B104, Brunei Gallery, (School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, London).
Convener: Sevket Akyildiz (SOAS)
8.30 - 8.50 - Speakers Registration.
Identity Issues
Group A (Moderator Dr. Otambek Mastibekov, Agha Khan University)
8.50-9.05 - Katherine Hughes (SOAS) Samanid material culture & identities in post-Soviet Tajikistan.
9.05-9.20 - Diana Ibanez-Tirado (SOAS) "Tajikistan is a water country."
9.20-9.40 - Anya Munster (SOAS) The experience of practicing Muslims in Crimea: identity and cultural change.
9.40-9.55 - Questions & Answers.
Group B (Moderator Diana Ibanez-Tirado, SOAS)
10.00-10.15 - Oleksandr Svyetlov (Heinrich Heine) History rewriting policy in post-1991 Ukraine.
10.20-10.35 - Gokhan Alper Ataser & Leyla Sayfutdinova (Middle East Technical) Divided over language…

New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics

The Annual Symposium of Soyuz: The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies
March 11-12, 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Source of Information: Professor Serguei A. Oushakine
March 11, Friday
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor
4:00 pm - Reception
4:15-4:30pm - Introduction
4:30-6:30pm - Keynote panel: Katherine Verdery, Michael Burawoy

March 12, Saturday
Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
9:00-10:30 - New Geopolitical Imaginaries I: What East-West Directionality?
Neoliberalism, Markets, and Socialism
Johanna Bockman (George Mason University)
Ghosts of '97: Ponzi Finance as a Living Paradigm of Postsocialist Neoliberalism
Smoki Musaraj (The New School)
Provincializing Neoliberalism through Culture(s)
Manduhai Buyandelger (MIT)
Reinstating International Women's Day: Communist Relic, Euro-Conformity, or Radical Feminism?
Karen Kapusta-Pofahl (Washburn University)
Discussant: Maria Todorova (University of Illi…

ScienceCinema Gives You Searchable Videos from the U.S. Department of Energy

Oak Ridge, TN - Scientific videos highlighting the most exciting research and development sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE<>) are now available through ScienceCinema<>. The multimedia search tool was launched today as part of a one-day workshop, "Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science," jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Washington.
Jeffrey Salmon, Deputy Director for Resource Management with the DOE Office of Science, said, "Video, animation, visualization, and other forms of multimedia are now widely used to record, share, and collaborate in science. Because of the U.S. Department of Energy's central role in science, we are also at the center of technology for collecting and disseminating this new media. ScienceCinema's pioneering search and retrieval capability provides the pu…

FELLOWSHIPS- European and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University

Call for Applications: IERES Senior & Postdoctoral Fellowships 2011-12

Petrach Senior Fellowship in Eurasian Studies.
The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs announces a competition for one fellowship designed to "top off" the sabbatical/leave salary or another portable fellowship of a senior scholar for the academic year 2011-12. Fellows are expected to be in residence at IERES ( for the entire period of the fellowship, to conduct research or writing on an academic project related to Eurasia (including in part Ukraine), and to contribute actively to our lively IERES intellectual community through participation in the institute's seminars, talks, and other events. There are no teaching obligations. Preferred candidates will be widely recognized as leaders in their disciplines, with a strong record of peer-reviewed publication. In the US, thi…

Online Encyclopedia of Russian National Cinema

Self-Description: "Энциклопедия отечественного кино" —авторский справочник по отечественному кинематографу.
Электронная база данных представляет собой крупнейший российский информационный портал, основанный на материалах семитомного печатного проекта издательства «Сеанс» — «Новейшая история отечественного кино.( 1986-2000).

Encyclopedia of Russian national cinema is the author's guide to national cinematography.
An electronic open-access database is the largest Russian information portal based on materials of a seven volume print project "Seance". This database provides access to the recent history of Russian national cinema from 1986-2000.

The 2011 Library of Congress Junior Fellowship program Announced

The Library of Congress Junior Fellowship program will take place this summer. Among the approximately forty paid interns, there should be two or three who will work with Russian materials in the European Division (1 intern) and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division (1 or 2 interns). The 10-week program, full-time work each week, will start on May 29, 2011, and run through July 30, 2011. The pay is $300/week with a transit subsidy.

Details are given on the Library of Congress site at

Applications for the 2011 summer program are being accepted on from February 4, 2011 through March 4, 2011. To repeat, the deadline for applying is March 4.

To apply, go to USAjobs at
Search USAjobs with the control number "2171465" as a keyword to find the Junior Fellows listing.
    Junior Fellows/Summer Interns will work full-time with Library specialists to inventory, describe, and explo…

2011: Central Asia: Decay and Decline Report Published

International Crisis Group has released a 2011 report on Central Asia. The report deals with the issues surrounding decay and decline in the public infrastructure in Central Asia. The Executive Summary can be found here.

The report concludes the following, "Only a concerted effort from national governments, donors and the international community to modernise Central Asia’s infrastructure can avert the region’s decline into chaos".

Fourth International Workshop on Web Information Retrieval Support Systems (WIRSS 2011)

August 22, 2011
Lyon, France

Held in collaboration with the 2011 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2011), August 22 - 27, 2011 in Lyon, France.

WIRSS 2011:
WI 2011:

The focus of the Fourth International Workshop on Web Information Retrieval Support Systems is on the aspects of Web information retrieval that consider the specific needs of individuals conducting Web searches. Web Information Retrieval Support Systems (WIRSS) moves beyond the traditional focus of automated searching within digital collections, applying intelligent methods and Web-based technologies to assist users in specifying their information needs, evaluating and exploring search results, and managing the information they find.

Fundamentally, WIRSS research supports a change in design philosophy, moving the focus of Web search from the documents being searched to the tasks that people need to perform. We bel…