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Call for submissions: Stanford's Post-Soviet Post

New this week:
-"Outsourced to Belarus" by Elena Gapova
-"Ascending the Party Ranks" -- Part II of our interview with Vyacheslav Mikhailov of the Central Committee of the CPSU
-Media review for the week of February 19-25

http://postsovietpost.stanford.edu


Stanford’s Post-Soviet Post provides an academically informed source of information to general Western audiences about the most recent developments in the social, economic, political, and cultural life of the countries in the post-Soviet region. The core part of the Post is a weekly updated “Analysis” section, which provides readable short- to medium-length analytical articles accessible to a generally well-educated reading public. (Please note, we do not publish traditional academic articles with footnotes, and submissions are not subjected to a peer review process). Our website has more information about format/genre requirements and the submission process. We encourage submissions from scholars and …

Cfp: ENLIGHTENED RUSSIAN: THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE SOCIETY IN THE AGE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT

ENLIGHTENED RUSSIAN: THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE SOCIETY IN THE AGE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT

The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh
31 August - 1 September, 2012.

The conference is organised in partnership with the 2012 Catherine the Great Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum.

It is widely acknowledged that Russia in the second half of the eighteenth century was a bilingual society in which Russian speaking peasants and the largely French speaking aristocracy were divided by impenetrable social and cultural barriers. However the ideas and practices introduced during Catherine the Great’s reign were linked to changes in language ideology leading to substantial sociolinguistic and linguocultural shifts. Not only did the Russian language grow in its international exposure, following vast territorial expansions of Catherine’s Empire, its value changed as well. Catherine’s age with its cult of Enlightenment ideas appe…

Digital Preservation Training Program (DPTP) at SOAS

Digital Preservation Training Program (DPTP) will be held at SOAS, London, 28th - 30th May 2012. One can register at: http://bit.ly/DPTP_MAY2012.

The DPTP is a modular training program, built around themed sessions that have been developed to assist you in designing and implementing an approach to preservation that will work for your institution. Through a wide range of modules, the DPTP examines the need for policies, planning, strategies, standards and procedures in digital preservation, and teaches some of the most up-to-date methods, tools and concepts in the area. It covers these topics via a mixture of lectures, discussions, practical tasks and exercises, and a class project. (The course does not, however, offer hands-on training with any of these tools, and is not an 'enabling' course).

The course is aimed at multiple levels of attendee: people from technical and archival professions come together, to learn the same standards and methods for digital preserva…

Call for Papers for the next issue of “Information World Journal” (ISSN 1302-3217)

Call for Papers for the next issue of “Information World Journal” (ISSN 1302-3217)

The Information World Journal is a refereed journal and has been published twice in a year since 2000 by the University and Research Librarians’ Association (UNAK) in Turkey.

The Information World Journal is an international journal which deals with Library and Information Science. It publishes (in Turkish and English) original articles on research works, survey articles, opinion papers and book reviews, concerning  information, documentation and other library science topics along with professional news and meeting announcements.
Information World Journal is indexed and abstracted in LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts); EBSCOHost-LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts); IndexCopernicus and Turkish Academic Network and Information Center’s (ULAKBIM) Social Sciences Database. Information World (Bilgi Dünyası) is an Open Access Journal and liste…

Update from The Middle East Microform Project (MEMP)

The Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) is pleased to announce the availability of several Iraqi newspapers published since 2003.  The holdings for all five titles were contributed by the University of California, Berkeley and some were supplemented by holdings from Harvard University.
Al-Da’wah is a major newspaper published three times a week in Baghdad by the al-Da’wah Party, to which the current Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, belongs. Al-Zaman is published in London, and is an independent daily newspaper that provides news and analysis of the political process unfolding in Iraq.  MEMP has microfilmed 28 reels of this title. Three of the titles, al-Fat’h al-Mubin, al-Bayyinah al-jadidah, and al-Huda, were published by Shi’ite political and religious groups in Iraq.
Please see the links below for more information on the issues filmed by MEMP.  The dates in parentheses are the periods for which MEMP has microfilmed issues.
·Al-Bayyinah al-jadidah (Nov. 2005-Nov. 2…

Conference Publication: “The Caucasus and Central Asia, twenty years after independences: Questioning the notion of “South countries”

The proceedings of the conference “The Caucasus and Central Asia, twenty years after independences:  Questioning the notion of “South countries” are online on the CERCEC web site : http://cercec.ehess.fr, direct access :

http://lodel.ehess.fr/cercec/docannexe.php?id=1705

The conference “The Caucasus and Central Asia, twenty years after independences: Questioning the notion of “South countries” took place from August 25 to August 27, 2011 in Almaty, and gathered specialists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, the United States and Uzbekistan. They addressed such issues as migrations, the role of International organisations, identity and space, poverty, gender issues, etc. Discussions focused on the different dimensions of the notion of “South” (economic, social, political),  and questioned its relevance in social science.

Participants explored to what extent this notion can help to understand political, economic, demographic or soc…

History of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the United States Department of State Released

An online version of the History of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the United States Department of State has been released. This open-access resource can be accessed here.


The contents are below:


Leadership List and Service Badges  [919 Kb] 
-Preface - Defining Diplomatic Security  [1345 Kb] 
-Table of Contents  [271 Kb] 
-Introduction - The Foundations of Diplomatic Security  [1170 Kb] 
-Chapter 1 - Special Agents, Special Threats  [2004 Kb] 
-Chapter 2 - The Vital Function  [2362 Kb] 
-Chapter 3 - Creating a Security Office  [2833 Kb] 
-Chapter 4 - McCarthyism and Cold War  [2579 Kb] 
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CONF: Legacies of Russian Avant-Garde at Columbia, 24-25th Feb

CONF: Legacies of Russian Avant-Garde at Columbia, 24-25th Feb


Conference: Legacies of the Russian Avant-Garde

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Friday, 24 February 2012–Saturday, 25 February 2012

Room 1501, International Affairs Building


This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, poets, and artists, to re-examine the story of the Russian avant-garde. The panels, talks, and screenings will treat seminal and lesser-known works from a wide range of media, including literature, the visual arts, architecture, dance, film, and theater. Key issues to be explored will be the formation of the historical avant-garde; its appropriation by both official and dissident culture; avant-garde theory; and the Russian avant-garde’s dissemination abroad. By examining the seemingly paradoxical "traditions" of the avant-garde, we hope to raise broader questions about art practice and the cultural heritage of the twentieth century.

Participants: Arnold Aro…