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The Malevich Society's second call for grants!

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its second call for 2012 grant applications.
The Malevich Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York dedicated to advancing knowledge about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his work.
In the belief that Malevich was a pioneer of modern art, and should be recognized for his key contributions to the history of Modernism, the Society awards grants to encourage research, writing, and other activities relating to his history and memory.
The Society welcomes applications from scholars of any nationality, and at various stages of their career. Graduate students are welcome to apply to the Society’s grants after completing at least one year of dissertation research. Proposed projects should increase the understanding of Malevich and his work, or augment historical, biographical, or artistic information about Malevich and/or his artistic legacy. The Society also supports translations and the publication of relevant texts.

Cfp: AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
12-13 October 2012
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for papers for the 2012 AATSEEL-WI Conference

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, linguistics, and language pedagogy) are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages). Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, 12-13 October 2012.

Recent conference programs are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at:

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by 31 August 2012.

A complete proposal consists of:
1. Author's contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone and email).
2. Paper title
3. 300-500 word abstract
4. Equipment r…

Cornell University Library Job Posting: Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator

Position Opening at Cornell University Library:
Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator
Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services: The Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital scholarship and preservation initiatives with a focus on needs assessment, requirements analysis, and business planning. One of the key responsibilities will be facilitating the implementation of CUL’s scholarly communication outreach program by partnering with subject liaisons to understand service needs, coordinate awareness sessions, and facilitate forming new partnerships with faculty in pursuing digital research and teaching initiatives.   The main responsibilities include: --Lead a diverse range of DSPS initiatives including setting requirements, developing project plans and timelines, coordinating initiative implementation, conceptualizing innovative solutions, overseeing project staff, mana…

Wayne Vucinich Visiting Scholar Fellowship

The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at Stanford University invites applications for the Wayne Vucinich Visiting Scholar Fellowship. This is a twelve-week residential fellowship to be offered in Spring 2013. The fellowship award funds international travel, health insurance, and visa support, in addition to a $10,000 stipend for living expenses. The fellow will have access to university libraries and archives and will have use of a shared work space at the Center. He or she will be expected to be in residence throughout the fellowship period (March-June 2013) and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center.

Preference will be given to scholars who have completed the PhD (or equivalent) in the past five years and who are residents of countries that fall under the direct purview of the Center: Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia (including Afghanistan). The fellowship is open to scholars working on the region in an…

UDC Consortium Grant-Deadline, October 1, 2012

To mark its twentieth anniversary, the UDC Consortium (the owner of the Universal Decimal Classification) is offering a free publishing licence for an abridged edition of 10,000 classes and free online and offline translation support for producing the editions in a language in which UDC has never been published before such as Arabic, Greek, Kazakh, any of the official languages of India etc. National libraries, library associations and other academic or commercial publishers in countries in which UDC is used and taught in library schools may find such an opportunity of interest. The free license will be given on a 'first come first served' basis. Up to two free licenses may be offered and it will necessary for the applicant to have purchased or purchase a pre-publication license and find a dedicated editor of this language edition. Upon signing the contract the UDC Consortium will set-up the translation database for a given language and prepare necessary support for up to 10 tr…

News and Information Resources on Belarus

Here is a list of information and news resources on Belarus that I have chosen to present. Some of these resources are also represent the interests of opposition in Belarus. As a librarian, I refuse to make any value judgement on the ideological stance each of the resource takes. I would appreciate leads from the readers of this blog about any additional news and other information portals from Belarus.

The digital literary portal can be accessed here. Belarusian literature in English translations can be accessed here. The database on Chernobyl' at the National Library of Belarus is here.

Archives of Belarus SegodniaBelorusskii PartizanBelta Bdg.by Delovaia Gazeta.Bobruiskii Kur'er Bymedianet PortalDniaprovets from Rechitsa. Khartiya 97.Lesnaia Gazeta (not current). Natsional'naia Ekonomicheskaia Gazeta and its archive going back to 2002.Narodnaia Gazeta Nasha NivaNasha Vera (not current). Naviny.byV slavu rodiny- Newspaper of Belarusia…

Digital Scholarship has released the Digital Curation Resource Guide

Digital Scholarship has released the Digital Curation Resource Guide
This resource guide presents over 200 selected English-language websites and documents that are useful in understanding and conducting digital curation. It covers academic programs, discussion lists and groups, glossaries, file formats and guidelines, metadata standards and vocabularies, models, organizations, policies, research data management, serials and blogs, services and vendor software, software and tools, and training. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

The Digital Curation Resource Guide complements the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works, which was released in June.

An updated version of the Victorian Women Writers Project announced!

The Indiana University Digital Library Program and Indiana University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of an updated version of the Victorian Women Writers Project: <>.

The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) was begun in 1995 at Indiana University under the determined leadership and editorship of Perry Willett.  The VWWP was celebrated early on for exposing lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century, writers whose popularity did not make the transition into the 20th century or inclusion in a literary canon.   Originally the VWWP focused on poetry, but soon Willett acknowledged the variety of genres in which women of that period were writing – novels, children’s books, political pamphlets, religious tracts and so on. Thus the collection was expanded to include genres beyond poetry and so the VWWP grew until about the turn of the twenty-first century, ultimately including nearly two hundred texts as …

Cfp: Tenth Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics at Ohio State University.

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and the Slavic Linguistics Forum at Ohio State are pleased to announce the Tenth Graduate Colloquium  on Slavic Linguistics.  The colloquium will take place on Saturday October 27, 2012, at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, OH.

The organizers are also very happy to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Grace Fielder. Dr. Fielder is in the Russian and Slavic Studies Department and the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses on Slavic linguistics, language and identity, and semiotics. Her research focuses on the discourse, pragmatics, and historical sociolinguistics of the Balkan languages. She will be a Fulbright scholar in Spring 2013 at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, teaching in the translation studies program. Recent publications have been on discourse markers in the Balkan languages and include the co-translated Bulga…

Open Access and Slavic and Eastern European Studies

Dear Readers,
I know that some of you might know about the following web-sites that provide open-access to various journals and books to their readers. These sites are as follows: OAPEN Library (Open access publishing in European networks). Directory of Open Access Journals. Oxford Open. Biomed Central (might not be directly related to humanities and social sciences subject areas). Hathi Trust for books. Google Books for public domain works.
There are several reasons for this post. First, I came across posting by Professor Marina Grishakova from University of Tartu, Estonia about her open access book that was published in OAPEN system. I am  grateful to Professor Grishakova for taking time out of her busy schedule to announce to Slavic Studies related academic community an open access to her book. The book is entitled, ""The Models of Space, Time and Vision in V. Nabokov`s Fiction". It can be accessed here.
I did some random keyword searches on various terms including Nabokov.…

Cfp: "Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds"

Call for Papers "Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds" conference at Indiana University Bloomington, February 28-March 2, 2013

TheRussian and East European Institute at Indiana University invites advanced graduate students and recent PhDs (those who received their degrees in 2009 or after) to submit proposals for a conference to be held at Indiana University Bloomington February 28-March 2, 2013. Pending funding, REEI will cover travel and housing expenses for 8-10 selected scholars.  They will join a smaller group of senior scholars who have been invited to present their work at the conference.
The aim of this conference is to examine common assumptions about the limits to democratic practices in societies that are largely Orthodox or Islamic. Within this comparative framework, we aim to move beyond generalities about religion, religious institutions, and politics to consider what specifically might be the relationship between …

Digital Icons, Issue 7 available online.

Russian Elections and Digital Media

Full issue online on

The new issue of Digital Icons contains 250 pages of original research and over 100 visuals that document the Russian political process of 2011-12 and its engagement with new media and assess the overall social and cultural impact.


7.0 Editorial
Vlad Strukov

7.1 Online Public Discussions among Russian Ordinary Citizens (Beyond Political Mobilisation)
Yuri Misnikov

7.2 (Re)Creating the Soviet Past in Russian Digital Communities: Between Memory and Mythmaking
Elena Morenkova

7.3 Online News and Virtual Editing (Interview with Roman Dobrokhotov, editor of
Arseniy Khitrov

7.4 BBC’s Video Hub: Working in the Post-Broadcast Era (Interview with Zoya Trunova, BBC editor)
Vlad Strukov

7.5 Russian 2011-12 Elections and Digital Media7.5.1 Networked Putinism: The Fading Days of the (Broadcast) Era
Vlad Strukov

7.5.2 America’s Gaze: Old and New Media Coverage of the 2012 Presidential Elect…

In Memoriam: Sergei Kapitsa-Svetlaia Pamiat'

Читать целикомНевероятный ученый с очевидным талантом. Ушел из жизни Сергей Капица

Известный ученый Сергей Капица скончался сегодня на 85-м году жизни 14.08.2012 17:01 Величайшей потерей назвал случившееся вице-президент Российской академии наук Геннадий Месяц...

Digital Humanities Jobs: Faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks to hire additional faculty for its cluster hire in digital humanities. In this second phase of our effort, we hope to hire two or three additional tenure-track assistant professors to further propel this signature program. Field of expertise is openwithin the humanities. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in the building of digital projects, archives, editions, models, tools, and other creative scholarly works in the
digital medium. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype. Candidates should be accomplished digital humanists able to contribute to a thriving interdisciplinary initiative and to a home department.
Candidates must provide evidence of successful teaching and an active research agenda. PhD required by August 2013. The participating departments seek specialists who would contribute to UNL92s research profile and teaching capacity in digital humanities.
Applicants should go to, requisiti…

Podcasts: Indiana University

I was able to listen to several interesting topics as posted on the site of the Indiana University on various topics including Russia, Central Asia, and various other interesting topics. The most current podcast can be accessed here. There is a very helpful FAQ (frequently asked questions) page that explains to readers what is meant by a podcast? I hope that you would enjoy these podcasts as I have done it in recent past.

Cfp: Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia: An International Conference

- Call for Papers - Indiana University, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair Conferences: 5

Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia: An International Conference

To be held on March 29-30, 2013 at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Muslims representing all strata of society throughout the world face an extraordinary degree of negative attention from both public and government eyes often resulting in discriminatory practices. These practices, born of stereotypical descriptions and definitions of "Islam" and "Muslims," are connotative of the level of fear and hatred in many parts of the world when topics concerning this religion and its adherents arise. The upcoming conference will attempt to clarify this phenomenon by examining intersections between Islam, political Islam, Islamophobia, and human rights. How does Islamophobia resemble other forms of social prejudice, and in what ways does it differ? What is the political function of Islamophobia? To what degree a…

Novaia Literaturnaia Karta Rossii

While looking for contemporary Russian poetry, I came across poems of Nastia Denisova as mentioned in the NLO. I especially loved her poem "Chop-Chop". When I "googled" her, and I know that I should have used Yandex to search for her, I got to the site- "Novaia Literaturnaia Karta Rossii"( The new literary map of Russia). I really loved the project description and I have decided to bring to my reader's attention. I hope that many might be familiar with this web-portal, however I wanted to emphasize its utility to those who are interested in contemporary Russian literary scene.

The site's self-description is as follows, " Общая задача проекта — восстановление целостности российского литературного пространства. Для ее реализации необходимо:
вывести в фокус общероссийского внимания максимально возможное количество региональных литературных центров, живущих по всей стране авторов, выходящих в разных точках страны изданий, местных литературных а…

Call for Articles: Australian Slavonic and East European Studies

The journal Australian Slavonic and East European Studies is currently accepting articles for publication in vol. 26 (2012). 
Australian Slavonic and East European Studies (ASEES) is a refereed journal which publishes scholarly articles, review articles and short reviews on all aspects of Slavonic and East European studies, in particular language, literature, history and political science, and also art and social science.  Articles should have a maximum length of 8,500 words and review articles 4,000.  They should be submitted to the editors in two printed copies and/or electronically.  All articles submitted for consideration should conform to the style guidelines set out on the ASEES web page: All manuscripts are refereed and undergo a review process. Contributions submitted must not be under consideration by other publications at the time of submission.
ASEES is a journal of the Australia and New Zealand Slavists’ Assoc…

Digital Textbook Service for Students

Digital Textbook service Boundless is out of beta. “The service connects students with openly licensed, and free educational content on the Web, with the goal of helping students save money on textbook costs. Boundless covers topics like biology, psychology, and economics, as well as newly added options like sociology, American history, writing, and physiology.”

From Tara Calishain’s ResearchBuzz (today)

Print Archives Preservation Registry now online - 06 Aug 2012

 Print Archives Preservation Registry now online - 06 Aug 2012 The Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR) has announced that it is now available online at The registry is designed to support archiving and management of serial collections by providing detailed information about titles, holdings, and terms and conditions of the major print archiving programs.

PAPR now includes a searchable database, tab-delimited reports for download, and the simultaneous display of title and holdings information from multiple print archiving programmes, including the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC), and CRL’s JSTOR archive. It also references titles held in digital format by Portico and CLOCKSS. Most of the records included at this time are for the WEST project archives.

The California Digital Library (CDL) is CRL's PAPR development partner. Additional advisory services were provided by CRL consultant Lizanne Payne and Itha…

Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Registration is now open for the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, to be held at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, South Africa  from 7-8 November 2012. Registration is also open for Pre-conference Workshops to be presented on 6 November 2012.  The theme of the Conference isNetworked scholarship in a networked world: participation in Open Access.The programme will be made available on the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference web at www.berlin10.orgin due course. 
To register for the Conference and Pre-conference Workshops, please visit:
Please note that space is limited. Early Bird registration closes on the 15th of September 2012, and General Registration on the 24th of October 2012.
The Berlin 10 Open Access Conference is being organised by Stellenbosch University, in collaborat…

IV Международный симпозиум «Русская словесность в мировом культурном контексте». Декабрь 2012

IV Международный симпозиум «Русская словесность в мировом культурном контексте». Декабрь 2012
14–18 декабря 2012 г. в Москве состоится IV Международный симпозиум «Русская словесность в мировом культурном контексте».
Пройдут пленарные, секционные заседания и круглые столы по направлениям (структура может уточняться):
- Русский язык как средство мировой коммуникации - Поэтика художественного текста: теоретические и прикладные аспекты - Религиозно-философские искания русской литературы - Ф.М. Достоевский в русском и мировом сознании - Россия – Запад – Восток в диалоге культур - Проблемы художественного перевода - Советская неподцензурная литература - Россия на постсоветском пространстве: историко- культурный аспект - Новые вызовы и современная словесность (круглый стол: писатели и исследователи) - Секция юных исследователей
Приглашаются ученые (филологи, лингвисты, историки, философы, культурологи и т.д.), а также писатели и переводчики из России, стран СНГ и дальнего зарубежья. Предпоч…

FRASER Digital Library

FRASER (, a digital library dedicated to preserving the nation’s economic history, recently added the Marriner S. Eccles Document Collection ( The new collection provides access to nearly 10,000 documents from the archival collection housed by the University of Utah. Eccles served as Chairman (1934-48) and member (1948-51) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The collection provides research material about the Federal Reserve System, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as Eccles’s role in the monetary and fiscal systems of the United States during those years.

The documents can be browsed and searched by box, date, author, or keyword (the keyword field searches title, author, and description). Full-text searching is also available through a site-level advanced search, which can be narrowed to only items in the Eccles collection.

Other archival collections that have been made digitally …