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Job as a Language Coordinator at the University of Chicago.

“The University of Chicago is distinctive in many respects, but perhaps in none more so than its singular commitment to rigorous inquiry that demands multiple and often competing perspectives. The nature of questions being asked and the perspectives being engaged are often a function of the diversity of experiences and outlooks of those participating”. To read President Zimmer’s full statement on diversity, please visit
The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for a three year renewable appointment as a Language Coordinator at the rank of Senior Lecturer beginning July 1, 2013.The duties will include developing, overseeing and coordinating the Department’s language program, which currently offers Russian, Czech, BCS, Polish and Georgian. In addition, the Coordinator will be closely involved in training and supervising graduate student instructors. The Language Coor…

Newly acquired Russian, East European and Central Asian Titles at UC Berkeley in the languages of the region.

Colleagues and readers of this blog,

As my aim to provide outreach to our faculty and students in the post-Web 2.0 era, I have launched a self-driven initiative to provide the readers of this blog to the covers of newly acquired books under my curation at UC Berkeley Library from the Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia. I will be periodically posting links like the ones below for you to see what is currently being acquired at a major academic library in the United States. I am so proud to be a part of this large diverse UC Berkeley family. These items will get processed according to the established workflow over which I have no influence. Once processing is finished, these items will be available to our patrons.

With respect,
Yours truly, Liladhar R. Pendse

Центр гуманитарных исследований РАНХиГС - Карамзинские степендии

Программа стажировки направлена на поддержку академической мобильности, интеграцию молодых российских ученых и исследователей в международное научное сообщество с целью расширения и активизации их профессиональных связей и контактов, обмена опытом и сотрудничества в области гуманитарных и общественных наук.

Последний срок подачи документов – 10 декабря 2012 года
Темы исследовательских проектов 2012 года:
1. Идеология и практика технологического прорыва: люди и институции.
2. Языковая политика и языковое строительство в постсоветской России и сопредельных странах.
3. Местные агенты государства в России раннего Нового времени.
4. Утопия и проект: развитие советской образовательной системы 1960—1980-х годов сравнительной перспективе.
Общий грантовый фонд конкурса: 4 788 000 руб.
Сумма индивидуального гранта на одного стажера – победителя конкурса: 478 800 руб.
В конкурсе могут принять участие кандидаты:
- граждане и налоговые резиденты РФ;
- не старше 4…

Call for Papers – The Varieties of Russian Modernity: Rethinking Religion, Secularism, and the Influence of Russia in the Modern World

Call for Papers – The Varieties of Russian Modernity: Rethinking Religion, Secularism, and the Influence of Russia in the Modern World

Deadline for Proposals: December 1, 2012

Deadline for Paper Submissions for Accepted Participants: May 7, 2013.

Symposium to be held at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Prospket Vernadskogo 82, Moscow, Russia, June 7-9, 2013.

Paper proposals of approximately 750-1000 words are invited for an international and interdisciplinary symposium on the topic of The Varieties of Russian Modernity: Rethinking Religion, Secularism, and the Influence of Russia in the Modern World. The symposium will take place under the auspices of the Center for Russian Studies at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow, Russia over the weekend of June 7-9, 2013. It will bring together approximately 15 scholars in the humanities and social sciences for a series of in…

Anne Tanenbaum Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies

Anne Tanenbaum Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto is pleased to offer two Anne Tanenbaum Postdoctoral Fellowships to support advanced research in Jewish Studies. Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by July 1, 2013 on a topic related to the history, culture, literature or thought of the Jewish people. The successful candidates will receive fellowships of $45,000 (CAD) as well as up to an additional $1500 to support participation in academic conferences. The Fellows will spend the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Toronto, during which time they are expected to continue their research; deliver a public lecture; teach one course in each of the two terms; and contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre for Jewish Studies. Applicants from foreign as well as Canadian universities are welcome. Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest that describes the candidate&#…

An Extended Family -- Russian Modernism in International Context: A Conference in Honor of Olga Matich

An Extended Family -- Russian Modernism in International Context: A Conference in Honor of Olga Matich Conference/Symposium | October 19 | 5-8 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Sponsors: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities

Friday, October 19: 5-8PM AND Saturday, October 20: 10AM-6:15PM, followed by a reception.
Friday 5:15 – 8:00PM:

William Nickell, University of Chicago: “A Living Corpse as a Moving Picture”

Evgenii Bershtein, Reed College: "Eisenstein, Sokurov, and the Androgyne"

Molly Brunson, Yale University: "Perspectival Painting, Soviet Construction, and Aleksandr Deineka's New Factories"

Saturday 10:00AM - Noon:

Anastasia Kayiatos, University of Southern California: "Gut Symmetries: The Modernist Body (Again)"

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, Wesleyan University: "Lessons from the ‘Department of Godlessness’: Cultural Revolution…

CfP: Digital Humanities Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies

Call for Papers: Digital Humanities Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies
103rd Annual Meeting
May 2-4, 2013, San Francisco Hilton Hotel, Financial District

Digital methods in the Liberal Arts have shifted from being a sideshow to a central act in the scholarly engagement with human culture. Though humanists and social scientists have used computation in their work for many decades, the amount of both digitized data and degree of algorithmic sophistication makes the present moment a crucial one for bringing together expertise and exchange of ideas in this area. Since our field studies nations with high levels of technical development and strong investments in large-scale digital cultural heritage projects, we face a special challenge in ensuring our methodologies are sophisticated enough to tackle a coming flood of Nordic "big data." As part of the Annual Meeting of SASS, we are soliciting proposals on the subject Digital Humanities, broadly considered…

Cfp; 2013 Annual Soyuz Symposium, Columbia University,

2013 Annual Soyuz Symposium
“Authoritarianism and Beyond? Lessons from Postsocialist Societies”

Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, March 22-23, 2013


Authoritarianism has become the common denominator for political regimes of many contemporary postsocialist societies. Authoritarianism highlights strong presidential authority, lack of democratic succession of rule and insufficient public representation. Within this analytic, authoritarianism is the opposite of liberal democracy, deficient in terms of active civil society and critical public sphere, and plagued by state-led oppression and violence.

The 2013 SOYUZ symposium invites papers that would extend interpretive work on authoritarianism beyond this dualistic framework. We solicit field-research-based presentations that explore political and social processes in postsocialist societies in ways to complicate this top-down understanding of the state-society relationship. What kinds of alternative analytical frameworks…

Job: Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Assistant Professor of Russian
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
University of Georgia

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Russian, beginning August 2013. We are seeking a promising scholar and outstanding teacher to become a part of our dynamic Russian program. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and Russian culture, in both Russian and English, as well as Russian language courses at all levels. The teaching load is four courses per year.

Requirements: Ph.D. in Russian or Slavic Studies. Candidates should be able to demonstrate scholarly potential, have proven excellence in teaching, and possess native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English. Experience in online instruction and/or the ability to teach courses in a second Slavic language are additional desirable qualifications.


Conference at UC Berkeley: The Hashiya and Islamic Intellectual History

The Department of NearEastern Studies, the University of California, Berkeley, is proud to host an international conference on  The Hashiya and Islamic Intellectual History
October 12-14, Barrows Hall, 254.

This conference is part of the series of workshops, seminars, and conferences supported by the Mellon Sawyer Seminars "Graeco-Arabic Rationalism in Islamic Transmitted Sciences: The Post-Classical Period (ca. 1200-1900)". The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Robert Wisnovsky, McGill University, in Barrows 254 on October 12, 4 pm. The conference will take place October 13-14, 9 am- 5:30 pm in Barrows 254. All events are open to the public. Further information about the conference and the project of which it is a part is found here: Abstracts of papers and logistical details will be posted on the site as PDFs very soon.

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 a…

In Memoriam: Michael Heim- one of my favorite professors at UCLA

I am shocked to learn that Professor Michael Heim is no more. I just read this article in Los Angeles Times. I remember when I became the librarian for Slavic Studies at UCLA, he came to see me on his own. I was very touched that such a great professor with humility came to see me. I had to curate one exhibit on him and he and his wife were very helpful in advising me about how to organize this exhibit. I was so new at this that without their help, I would have made a fool of myself. Michael just smiled and handed me over his PEN medal for an exhibit as if nothing had happened. When I asked him what if I will misplace it after the exhibition, he just smiled back.

I used to see him doing his part to save this planet by collecting recyclables on our campus in his silence. His class on the 18th century literature of Russia including readings from Kantemir, Lomonosov continued to influence my own world views about what it means to be from Russia...
I was lost writing an ode as an example i…