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Summer School at UW-Ukrainian Language

The Intensive Summer Language Program at the University of Washington
offers a nine-week course in Beginning Ukrainian from June 20 - August 19, 2011.
 It is open to non-UW students registering through the UW Summer Quarter.
Credits: 15
Tuition / Fees: $8,402 (non-res undergraduates); $8,222 (non-resident graduate)
Classes: Daily 1:10-4:30 PM

For more information visit our website:
Contact: _slavicll@uw.edu_ (  ; 206-543-6848
Maria G. Rewakowicz, Ph.D.
Visiting Lecturer,
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Washington

NEH Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship at University of Virginia Library

Over the past two years, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library has hosted an Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. Today we're pleased to announce the launch of "Spatial Humanities," a community-driven resource for place-based digital scholarship:
This site responds to needs identified in conversation with our 21 Institute faculty members and 56 participants (humanities scholars, software developers, and map & GIS librarians). It includes:
* an evolving, crowd sourced catalog of research resources, projects, and organizations;
* a set of framing essays on the spatial turn across the disciplines by Dr. Jo Guldi of the Harvard Society of Fellows;
* GIS-related feeds from Q&A sites and other forms of social media;
* and a peer-reviewed, occasional publication for step-by-step tutorials in spatial tools and methods.
Please help us keep this resourc…

In Memoriam: Актер и режиссер Михаил Козаков

23 апреля 2011Россия потеряла еще одного великого актера — Михаила Козакова МОСКВА, 23 апр — РИА Новости. Актер и режиссер Михаил Козаков, которого многие запомнят как просто великого человека без уточнения профессии, настолько многогранен был его талант, скончался в пятницу в Тель-Авиве на 77-м году жизни после долгой и тяжелой болезни. Читать дальше


Popular Soviet and Russian films for free viewing.

Site's Self-description:

Golden collection of Mosfilm Studios comprises unique works of Soviet and Russian cinematography which are reflections of the times when they were created. Now the good news is that to anyone in any part of the world the best of Soviet and Russian films are available for free online viewing in the showing rooms of our online cinema.

Every day in the two showing rooms of our round-the-clock cinema we offer free online presentation of the pictures from Mosfilm Cinema Concern archive. Every week the playbill of the showing rooms is changed. Free movies online from the famous Mosfilm Studios in good quality, watching favourite old Soviet comedies at convenient time is simple.

We offer for viewing and downloading a wide range of films from one of the best studios of the Russian cinematography.

Free viewing online at any time any picture from Mosfilm cinema website catalogue which interests you.

For just USD 2.30 you …

Happy Easter! Happy Pesach! Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych! Wesołego Alleluja! Szczęśliwej Wielkanocy!

Dear Readers,

Now the time has come to inform you that I will be leaving my current position at UCLA Library and I will be moving to New Jersey after 21 years in Los Angeles. I have accepted a curatorial position at Princeton University Library. My area of responsibilities will be Eastern Europe and Eurasia as well as Slavic Studies.

I will be not posting for the next two weeks as I prepare to move to the colder East Coast. I am very grateful to my supervisors at UCLA and UCLA Library Administration for always providing me with various opportunities to excel. Thank you!

I am looking forward to joining Princeton University soon. Please send me your good thoughts and wishes..Happy Holidays to you!

“Constructing the «Soviet»? Political Consciousness, Every day Practices, New Identities” Conference Proceedings Online

2011: "Constructing the «Soviet»? Political Consciousness, Every day Practices, New Identities" Conference Proceedings are published by European University at St. Petersburg. This publication can be downloaded in its PDF format here.
Source: Gleb J. Albert
BGHS, Bielefeld University, Germany

Трансформации русской классики or Transformations of Russian Classics

Трансформации русской классики or Tranformations of Russian Classics is a quite an exciting project. Its goals can be translated as follows, "The project aims to create an electronic database, which houses the library the most important texts on the subject, reference materials, media monitoring and reviews of recent scientific publications on this issue, as well as the work of project participants and other researchers dedicated to the analysis of the main directions of transformation of Russian classics in domestic and foreign Russian philology.

The project provides access to (whether open-access or not can be debated) various Russian language publications of encyclopedic nature. These publications can be downloaded as PDF files. These are as follows:
История русской литературы - т. 4 (1983)
Большая Энциклопедия под ред. С.Н. Южакова
Энциклопедический словарь Гранат - Русская литература
Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона - Русская литература

I am not so su…

IntraText Digital Library and Polish, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovene Religious and Literary Texts through the Creative Commons License Online

IntraText is a Full-text Digital Library that offers books and corpora as lexical hypertexts under the stipulations of the Creative Commons License. The Library remains committed to accuracy, accessibility and touch-oriented cognitive ergonomics. What motivated me to use this library is its ever-growing collection of Polish, Slovak and Slovenian Literary Texts.
I especially enjoyed the section on Romanian Literature. The site-map makes this library much easier to navigate.
The site's self-description is below as found here: "
It is a full-text online library managed by experts, that publishes works with scientific accuracy
It includes books, periodicals, complete works, and archives.
It cooperates with outstanding religious and research institutes and organisations.
It offers high editorial quality through a user-friendly interface with browsing and search functions
It adopts scientific criteria and garantees the respect of the contents, which is as reliable as in a printed edi…

Open Access to Digitized Rare Books from Swiss Libraries’ Collections

The platform makes digitized rare books from Swiss libraries available to the public, free of charge. The present focus is on 16th century Swiss prints. Material on other subjects can be found under the heading Further collections. Detailed information about the project is available on the page About
The page Latest additions show the present status of the project. Here all digitized titles are shown in the order of their online publication.
You can subscribe to the list of new acquisitions as a RSS Feed.
The site can be accessed at

In Memoriam: For Belarus Metro Terrorist Attack Victims

I never would have thought that the ter-akt can happen in peace-loving Belarus. I have lived and learned from Belorussian friends about peace, humility and forgiveness during some of the most interesting years of my life in Minsk. I personally condemn the attack on the peaceful citizens of Belarus. May God bless their families.

Взрыв в минском метро11.04.2011 21:23 11 апреля в 17.56 на станции метро «Октябрьская» произошел взрывПодробнее »

Call for Proposals from AATSEEL

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) will be held in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 5-8, 2012. The first deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to Apr. 30, 2011. The second and final deadline for submission of proposals is July 1, 2011. For information about this meeting and details about submission procedures, please see the Call for Papers at:
The Program Committee invites scholars in our area to submit panel or individual proposals that can be posted on the AATSEEL website. Last year, we added an option to submit fully-formed panel proposals with a single-paragraph description. Descriptions of individual papers for such panels do not need to be submitted until after the panel is accepted. At that point, they will be due Sept. 30, 2011. The Program Committee will find appropriate panel placements for all accepted individual proposals. We also encourage proposals for o…

Slovenian Digital Library/ Digitalna knjižnica Slovenije

Digitalna knjižnica Slovenije has the following mission statement as extracted from its site:
Building, development and management of digital collections, following user needs, existing legislation and standards, in co-operation with various strategic partners from the fields of culture, science, education and economy;

Provision of open and free access to digital content, including the development of tools to use it;

Promoting the digital library as infrastructure to education and research, lifelong learning of the population, and a feature of democracy with unprecedented access to digital information fo all users, regardless of who they are and of location they wish to access the information from.

Long-term preservation of the national cultural heritage in digital form by and developing a trusted digital repository / digital archive;


Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) project Second Phase Completed

The University of Michigan Library is pleased to announce the release of 4,180 texts from the second phase of its Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) project.  The Text Creation Partnership produced these texts in collaboration with ProQuest, and they are available immediately to EEBO-TCP Phase II partners.

The entire EEBO-TCP archive is now available at anyone may search, browse, and explore the corpus.  Access to the full text of EEBO-TCP digital editions is restricted to partner institutions for a limited period -about 10 years from their initial release - as per TCP's agreement with ProQuest.  However, all TCP-created titles will eventually enter the public domain, and will be freely available to scholars, researchers, and readers everywhere, in keeping with the University of Michigan Library's commitment to the creation of open access cultural heritage

The TCP is still accepting new library par…

One Year Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

The Department of Russian at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA invites applications for a one-year, non renewable full time position as Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian. Start date: July 1, 2011.
PhD by the time of appointment preferred, ABD considered.
Native or near native fluency in English and Russian.
We expect scholarly commitment, relevant experience in, and a strong dedication to teaching Russian language and culture at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.
Expertise in Russian literature, preferably 19th or 20th century Russian novel is required. 
The ideal candidate should exhibit a willingness to participate creatively in the many functions of the department, such as the Russian Club, the Russian film series, and the Russian table. Teaching load is five courses per year.
For full consideration, applicants should submit an electronic cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation by April 15, 2011 through https://jobs.di…

Digital Library of Polish and Poland-Related News Pamphlets from 16th thorugh 18th centuries.

Site Self-description: "The digital library of Polish ephemeral prints from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries contains all of the surviving prints described in scientific publications. The list was compiled on the basis of Konrad's Zawadzki's work: “Gazety ulotne polskie i Polski dotyczące od XVI-XVIII wieku” which comprises about 2,500 bilbiographical entries.

The database allows searches according to multiple criteria, including those normally used in bibliographical descriptions (mostly borrowed from K. Zawadzki), as well as those less typical: thematic, genre-related and others. Prints relating to the same facts are hyperlinked, especially those that are most likely or certainly translations from other texts available in the library. In addition, some of the prints are described from historical, linguistic and media history perspectives.

The repository is located on the server of the Institute of Journalism of the University of Warsaw. Any comments rel…

Mapping Petersburg Project of Professor Olga Matich of UC Berkeley

Mapping Petersburg is an interesting online project that was created under the directorship of Professor Olga Matich of UC Berkeley. The project's self is as follows,"Current projects: Novel and City 1900 - 1921 (to appear in 2010) and related website titled Mapping Petersburg ( which maps the material, political, and artistic culture of the city at the beginning of the 20th century. This is a collaborative project with a group of current and former Berkeley graduate students in Russian literature and Russian history. Also: clouds in the visual arts and literature; negative emotions in Russian literature."

The project is quite interesting as it maps various events such as the funeral of the Alexander Blok and its itinerary. The Postcards from Petersburg:…

Ottoman Periodicals Online Project

Beyazıt State Library (İstanbul) and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies started an important project to digitalize the holdings of the library.
"As is well known, the Hakkı Tarık Us Collection is one of the best private collections of books and periodicals. After Mr. Hakkı Tarık Us (1889-1956) passed away, an independent library was founded within the Sibyan Mektebi of the Beyazıt comlex to keep the collection, which was managed by a newly founded vakıf. For many years, this library was visited by numerous researchers and readers. Yet, in order to ease its administration, in 2003, it was decided that the library should be transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and, consequently, began to be kept in the Beyazıt State Library. During its preservation at this library, the Center for Documentation and Area-Transcultural Studies of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies proposed a joint project with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, for the preservation and u…

JOURNAL/CFP- Deadline Extended: Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition

CFP: Mountain Research & Development theme issue: "Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition" - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Mountain societies in Central Asia have experienced systemic economic, political and environmental changes and have demonstrated varying degrees of resilience and capacities to transition.  Because of these changes, Central Asian mountain societies--including the Altai, Tien Shan, Alai, Pamir, Hindu Kush, Karakorum, and western Himalayas—face exacerbated and, in some cases, unique development challenges as well as accentuated and unique opportunities.
Mountain Research and Development (MRD), in collaboration with University of Central Asia's Mountain Societies Research Centre, is seeking articles that contribute to an understanding of systems and practices most relevant to Central Asian mountain societies in transition. Two types of articles are sought:  1) analyses of how social, economic, and environmental systems function and have changed in mounta…

The Work Report of the Document Center of the Parliament Library in 2010-2011 (1389) Published

Self-description:Parliament Library with a history of one hundred years old is one of the fundamental institutions of Iran contemporary civilization. With the establishment of Constitution in Iran (1906), some of the intellectual Parliament representatives suggested to dedicate a building to a library in order to gather essential sources of knowledge for the Parliament members. It was the first Asian Parliamentary Library.

Nostalgie: Retro and Post-Modern? синий платочек!!!

For last few days, I have been quite nostalgic about something that we understand as "Russia". What is Russia? Is it a physical entity? or is it an Idea?. For some idiotic reason (that I do not know of, I have been hearing a particular melody in my own head. Of course, the melody is from bygone Soviet era. I finally after long internal dialogue realized that the melody is called "Sinnii Platochek" or "Blue scarf/handkerchief?". I found six different versions of the song that was "krutilsa" v moei golove so kakim to nostalgicheskim otzyvom...ko bylomu, ushedsheumu...

So which version, you as my readers think is the best? Any ideas? I prefer the black and white version.