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Seventeen Moments in Soviet History Web Portal

Site Self-Description: "Seventeen Moments in Soviet History contains a rich archive of texts, images, maps and audio and video materials from the Soviet era (1917-1991). The materials are arranged by year and by subject, are fully searchable, and are translated into English. Students, educators, and scholars will find fascinating materials about Soviet propaganda, politics, economics, society, crime, literature, art, dissidents and hundreds of other topics". This site can be accessed here:
Site's about us section tells us the following, "SEVENTEEN MOMENTS IN SOVIET HISTORY was funded by a generous educational development grant from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). The project was directed and created by James von Geldern (Macalester College) and Lewis Siegelbaum (Michigan State University). Since 2007, Kristen Edwards (Menlo College) has collected materials for the website from the Hoover Archives and Stanford Libra…

Call for Papers: "Vladimir Sorokin's Languages: Mediality, Interculturality, Translation", Aarhus University, Denmark, 29 March – 1 April 2012


Conference organisers: Tine Roesen (U of Aarhus, Denmark), Dirk Uffelmann (U of Passau, Germany)
Special guest: the author himself Keynote speaker: Mark Lipovetsky (U of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
Conference language: English
Conference webpage:

Since coming to the attention of a broader Russian public in the wake of the scandal whipped up around "Goluboe salo" [The Blue Lard] in 2002, Vladimir Sorokin (born 1955) has become indisputably one of the most prominent and prolific writers in contemporary Russia. Whereas Sorokin's works are widely discussed in Russia and in the German-speaking countries (the first and hitherto only Sorokin conference took place in Mannheim in 1997), there is still scant research devoted to his oeuvre in the Anglo-American world. Since the translation of "Ochered'" [The Queue] in 1986, it has taken a quarter of a century for further books by Sorok…

Hungarian National Bibliography (Open Access) Online

While browsing the site of the National Library of Hungary, I must say, I stumbled upon a trove of open-access electronic resources that can be utilized by scholars, students and visiting professors seamlessly. I wanted to bring to our attention, some of these sources that might be underutilized in our North American context.
Magyar nemzeti bibliográfia Könyvek bibligráfiája: This site serves as a multilingual resource that provides access in English, and other languages.
Hungarian Electronic (digital) Library: or (Please do read the "about us" section).
Humanus- An online database with Hungarian humanities focus. :

Lecturer of Russian (Limited Term Appointment) at The Russian program at the University of Denver

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a Lecturer of Russian for a one-year appointment to begin September 1, 2011.  
This is a non-tenure track position with full benefits. The appointed lecturer will teach all levels of undergraduate language, literature, and culture.  Area of specialization in Russian is open. Native or near-native fluency in Russian is required.  MA or ABD status in Russian or related field by time of application is required.  PhD or ABD by time of appointment is preferred. The successful candidate must have experience teaching Russian language, literature, and culture to undergraduate students in the United States. The teaching load is eight classes per year on a quarter calendar. Salary is competitive.
All applicants must apply online at<> and attach a CV, cover letter, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy.  In addition to applying on-line, please send three letters of…

Rare Books Published in Imperial and Early Soviet Russia Digitized at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library!

The Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently digitized a small selection of rare books published in Imperial and early Soviet Russia. This small sliver represents a wide range of themes and formats, including Soviet caricature, arms and armor, 19th-century photograph albums, collection and exhibition catalogs. We(the readers) are invited to browse and use this wonderful collection here:,1
You may also access it via Watson Library's catalog by going to the Digital Collections link:
Viktoria Paranyuk
Associate Museum Librarian
Thomas J. Watson Library
1000 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 570 3935

Evrei Peterburga: Jews of St. Petersburg Project

The World ORT has sponsored an interesting site about the history of Jewish Community in St. Petersburg for the past 300 years. The site covers the period from 1703-1987. The project began in 1998 and it was finished in 2000.
The navigational menu contains links to history of Russian Empire, the City, and the Jewish Society (Obshchina).

Russian Language Instructor- A part-time position at Iowa State University

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University is seeking a part-time lecturer to instruct Russian language and culture courses at the first- and second-year levels.
Possibility of teaching one or more courses in English on Russian culture.
Required qualifications: Master's degree in Russian, Russian Studies with an emphasis on Russian
language and/or culture, or closely related field.
Demonstrated native or near-native fluency in Russian and English.
Evidence of successful experience teaching undergraduate students in Russian language. Preferred:
qualifications: Ph.D. in Russian or Russian Studies with experience teaching both lower- and upper-division courses in language and culture; experience teaching Russian Studies courses in English.
Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Proposed start date: 08/16/2011.  To ensure consideration, submit application by 05-23-2011.
Complete job description, along with application instructions, is available at: