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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE A forgotten October? Russia in 1993

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE A forgotten October? Russia in 1993 Paris, 18-19 November 2013 “I order the suspension of the parliamentary, administrative and supervisory functions of the Congress of People's Deputies and the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation... The Constitution... and legislation... will remain in force to the extent that they do not conflict with this Decree” Moscow, Kremlin, 21 September 1993, 8pm, Presidential Decree (Ukaz) n° 1400. Presented by some as a way out of the intractable conflict which had opposed the President and Parliament for months, denounced by others as a coup, Boris Yeltsin's decree provoked a crisis which would last fourteen days, during which political conflict turned into violent confrontation. From 21 September to 4 October 1993, Russia experienced a major political crisis. In response to Yeltsin's Ukaz, Members of Parliament supported by General Rutskoi, Russian Vice-President, met in extraordinary session, refused to co…

Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and East European Studies.

The Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and East European Studies is offering a small number of highly competitive postdoctoral and doctoral fellowships in the field of Russian and East European Studies for the 2013-2014 academic year. These fellowships are offered to researchers across many disciplines in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences (broadly defined), and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Postdoctoral fellowships are offered to young scholars who have received their PhD degree no earlier than 2006 and no later than June 2013. Postdoctoral fellows will be awarded 92,500 NIS per year (equivalent to approximately $25,000). These grantees will be required to present two public lectures at their host institution during the fellowship year. In some cases, the fellowships will entail a teaching commitment at the host university. The Partnership also offers fellowships for doctoral students who are registered in one of its p…

Cfp : Communications and media in the USSR and Eastern Europe: technologies, politics, cultures, social practices

Call for papers for an upcoming special issue Communications and media in the USSR and Eastern Europe:  technologies, politics, cultures, social practices In the social sciences, communications are considered fundamental to the constitution of any society.  The technologies and infrastructures for communications are also social institutions in their own right, with their own specific historical trajectories.  With this in mind, we can assume that political regimes that abuse their control of communications engender social atomization, the rupture or weakening of social ties, in that attempts to maintain these ties via communications media may be met with repression.   At the same time, however, it is social relations—“useful” connections – that allow individuals to engage in mutual assistance and to exchange goods and services in the economies of shortage typical of many authoritarian regimes.   The goal of this edition of Cahiers du Monde russe is to investigate this tension between the…

Call for papers: Межвузовская студенческая конференция «Политика массовой культуры»

Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики» Отделение культурологии
Межвузовская студенческая конференция «Политика массовой культуры»
Отделение культурологии НИУ ВШЭ объявляет о проведении четвертой ежегодной конференции студентов и аспирантов, которая состоится  19-20 апреля2013 года.
В этом году конференция посвящена рассмотрению массовой культуры в ее политическом аспекте. Массовая культура – то, что с нами всегда, как воздух. Из-за того, что явления массовой культуры составляют для нас привычный фон жизни, ее политические значения и ее использование в политических целях чаще всего ускользают от нашего внимания. Эти значения разнообразны – как невероятно разнообразна и сама массовая культура: мода, поп-литература, жанровое кино, многочисленные жанры телепередач, компьютерных игр, современного постфольклора (от анекдотов до демотиваторов…). Методы изучения массовой культуры сегодня быстро меняются, обогащаясь новыми подходами (теории «общества пережи…

UNESCO releases policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access.

Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access. UNESCO, Paris, 2012.

UNESCO issued this publication to demystify the concept of Open Access (OA) and to provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place. Building capacities in Member States for Open Access is a necessary but not sufficient condition for promotion of the concept. Creating an enabling policy environment for OA is therefore a priority.
This publication will serve the needs of OA policy development at the government, institutional and funding agency level. The overall objective of the Policy Guidelines is to promote Open Access in Member States by facilitating understanding of all relevant issues related to Open Access.
The guidelines are not prescriptive in nature, but are suggestive to facilitate knowledge-based decision-making to adopt OA policies and strengthen national research systems.
Written by Dr. Alma Swan, an eminent expert in the…

The IASSIST Fellows Program -2013

The IASSIST Fellows Program is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for financial support to attend the IASSIST 2013 conference in Cologne [], from data professionals who are developing, supporting and managing data infrastructures at their home institutions.

Please be aware that funding is not intended to cover the entire cost of attending the conference. The applicant’s home institution must provide some level of financial support to supplement an IASSIST Fellow award. Strong preference will be given to first time participants and applicants from those countries currently with insufficient representation at IASSIST. Only fully completed applications will be considered. Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding.

You may apply for funding via this form<>.The deadline for applications is …

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Program for 2013-14!

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Program for 2013-14 competition is now open. This progam is co-sponsored by Finnish Center of Excellence in Russian Studies in Helsinki, Finland.
 The site description:
"The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Program provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of two to three months, supported with a monthly grant, which in the academic year 2012–2013 is 2500 €. Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research and interact with other researchers at the Aleksanteri Institute and with the wider academic community at the University of Helsinki and in Finland. Each Visiting Fellow has a research host working on a related theme and helping to establish contacts with the research community in Finland." (Source:…

Open-Access: Research Publications of the National Bank of Georgia online

The research publications of the National Bank of the Republic of Georgia can be accessed at no charge here. These publications are available as open-access publications. The Bank's website also provides access to the statistical data as well as advance release notification about its reports. As of January 2013, at the time when I wrote this post, the annual reports on the web-site were up to date until year 2011.The reports related to inflation in Georgia were up to date for the second quarter of the 2012(see: inflation reports).



Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Princeton Conjunction – 2013:
An Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Call for Papers


May 10-12, 2013

Keynote address by Richard Pare, the author of "Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32."

In 1923, the influential Russian writer Maxim Gorky complained in one of his letters: “In Russia, formalists, futurists, and certain people called constructivists perform all kinds of deformity. It must be stopped.” Stopped it was not. In the early 1920s, Russian Constructivism emerged as a key emblem of Soviet modernity that responded to the call to “materially shape the flux” of social life, as Alexei Gan put it. It did this through a series of crucial theoretical, aesthetic, and technological interventions which broke with …

In memoriam: Natal'ia Sadmoskaia.

Dear Readers,

In memoriam. Natal'ia Sadomskaia has passed away. Her thoughts about Samizda are archived here.

" Наталья Садомская – американский антрополог и советский диссидент, жена философа и диссидента Бориса Шрагина. Она родилась в 1927 году, и ей было всего 14 лет, когда началась война. Наталья Садомская успела подробно рассказать историю своей жизни журналу «Большой город» – о том, как арестовали ее мать, как они голодали во время эвакуации, как сначала она была обычной советской школьницей-патриоткой и как постепенно «замечала странные вещи» и превращалась в антисоветчицу, как потом дружила с Юлием Даниэлем, Андреем Синявским, Аликом Вольпиным. В 1974 году Наталья Николаевна уехала в Америку, где успешно переквалифицировалась из советского этнографа-испаниста в американского антрополога.
Хотя она не стала всемирно знаменитым ученым, для советского гуманитария, который не специализируется по славистике, э…

Cfp: IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG)

World Library and Information Congress 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities 17-23 August 2013, Singapore IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG) Call for Papers Session Title: LIS Education in Developing Countries: Collaboration Across Borders as Infinite Possibilities. Collaboration enhances exchange of information for mutual benefit, and indentifying activities, sharing resources, and increases the capacity of one another to achieve mutual goals or purpose. LIS Education in developing countries will achieve greater results, success, resources, and recognition when working together. The more LIS Education in developing countries can share lessons about what works from curriculum design to programs, the more they can advance. The LIS Education in Developing C…