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Arabic Movies Online-Rotana Cinema

Following the model of Mosfilm and Lenfilm, now one can watch the latest Arabic language movies online here.
Rotana Cinema site also has show times and a brief description of the movies that are screened on its site. The site's self-description is as follows,
 "Rotana Cinema is a specialized movie channel that owns the largest and richest Arabic movie library in the region. With over 2000 premium productions, the channel’s movie library has been catering to the different tastes of all movie lovers. Whether you’re looking for golden oldies or the latest blockbusters premiering for the first time on TV, drama, comedy, action, thriller or adventure movies, you will certainly find it on “Rotana Cinema.”
This large assortment of family oriented broadcasts coupled with the latest smash hits on the silver screen has made Rotana Cinema the leading free-to-air Arabic movie channel in the region.And that’s not all. “Rotana Cinema” brings viewers the latest entertainment news, in addition …

JOB: an Executive Director (The STS Center at the European University at Saint Petersburg)

The STS Center at the European University at Saint Petersburg is looking to hire an Executive Director for a project funded by the Ministry of Education through a Mega Grant. The project’s main research goal is to study the population of Russian Computer Scientists in Russia and abroad (Silicon Valley, Boston-Cambridge, New York, Paris, etc). It will develop new methods in the fields of science, technology and society, diaspora studies, technology transfer, and economic sociology. The anticipated scientific outcome of the project is the publication of a series of articles and books.

The Administrative/Executive Director will work on both academic/research and administrative aspects of the grant under the guidance of Mario Biagioli and Vincent Antonin Lepinay. She/he will coordinate the various activities of the STS center (bi-annual conferences, monthly seminars, summer schools). A background in STS approaches to computer science and IT is desirable but not required.  Sh…

“Drinking and driving is so much fun”: Arctic workshop of the University of Tartu

“Drinking and driving is so much fun”: Arctic workshop of the University of Tartu

University of Tartu, Estonia.
31.May-1.June, 2013

Venue: Room 214, Department of Ethnology, Ülikooli 18, Tartu


9.00 Art Leete, Aimar Ventsel, University of Tartu - Welcoming words

9.15-9.45 Prof. Jaanus Harro, University of Tartu - Keynote speech: Alcohol and the brain ... and driving

9.45-10.00 Coffee break

Chair: Jaanika Jaanits, University of Tartu

10.00-10.40 Ina Schroeder, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology - Stumbling upon a drunk: moral, ritualistic and comic aspects of drinking

10.40-11.20 Stephan Dudeck, University of Lapland - Once the boozing starts you might as well cut the last cucumber.

11.20-12.00 Laura Siragusa, University of Tartu- Vepsian language and alcoholism in rural areas

12.00-14.00 Lunch break

Chair: Kaija Rumm, University of Tartu

14.00-14.40 Tatiana Argounova-Low, University of Aberdeen, Yurii Zhegusov, Institut Gumanitarnykh Issledovanii i Problem Malochislennykh Narodov Se…

Jobs: Lecturer in Russian Cinema and Culture- UCL.

Lecturer in Russian Cinema and Culture, - Ref:1333139
School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.
Application deadline: JUNE 12, 2013.

UCL Department / Division School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Grades 7-8
Hours -  Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance) Grade 7 £36,064 - £39,132 per annum or Grade 8 £40,216 - £47,441 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

The post holder will develop and enhance the School’s strengths in Russian cinema, with a possibility for bringing additional expertise in Central and East European cinema and/or film theory and/or visual culture more broadly. Candidates will conduct high quality research, teach at both BA and MA level, supervise PhD students and contribute generally to the administration of teaching programmes and the support of students.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should hold, or be about to hold, a PhD in a relevant subject area. They will possess a str…

Central and Eastern European Online Library Revisited

I want to introduce to the readers of this blog Central and Eastern European Online Library's website. At UC Berkeley, we subscribe to this database. Currently according to the self-description of this database, one can access 922 scholarly journal titles that are from the Central and Eastern Europe in Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.

The site has several useful features. The site allows its user to cross-search across these journals using the advanced search. Also, the site allows user to see what the new content has been added since the last visit.

 The advanced search feature can be accessed here. Since this is a proprietary database our users who access it from a off-campus should use their proxy or vpn software.  The advanced search looks like the following image.
Besides, various journals from various other countries including Italy and Japan.

In memoriam: Asghar Ali Engineer (1940-2013)

I am shocked to hear about the passing of Asghar Ali Engineer in Mumbai. Although, in now way related to Slavic Studies, he continued to share insights about Islam and its role in contemporary society of India until his last days.

Grants: The Malevich Society

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its call for 2013 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 who 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.

Application forms …

The Pahlavi Archive Digital Collection of UC Berkeley Library is now online.

The Pahlavi Archive Digital Collection of UC Berkeley Library is now  online.

The Pahlavi Archive Digital Collection at The Bancroft Library provides online access to early manuscripts from the Pahlavi archive written in Middle Persian on parchment, leather, and textiles. Although the manuscripts are written in Middle Persian, which prevailed during the pre-Islamic Persian Sassanian dynasty (A.D. 224-651), the presence of paper fragments with Arabic script demonstrates that the collection extends from the late Sassanian through the early Islamic period in Iran, or from the 7th to the 9th century.

The digital collection includes 314 digital images and descriptions of the texts and fragments of texts from the archive that was donated to the Bancroft in 2001 and 2002. The image database of the Pahlavi Archive was created and compiled by David Flattery and given to the library in 2009. It was reconfigured by the Library for presentation online.Please note: the database is no longer being ad…

Conference program: Adaptation: Russian Text into Film (9-11 May 2013 / Columbus, Ohio)

Adaptation: Russian Text into Film
9-11 May 2013 / Columbus, Ohio

Russian literature has inspired film directors at home and abroad for over a century, and continues to do so today. Lev Tolstoi’s Anna Karenina alone has been filmed more than twenty times for both the big and little screens. On celluloid, Karenina has been played by Greta Garbo (1935), Vivien Leigh (1948), Tatiana Samoilova (1967), Jacqueline Bisset (1985), Sophie Marceau (1997), Tatiana Drubich (2009), and later this year, Keira Knightley. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “White Nights” has spawned such diverse adaptations as Le Notti Bianche (Italy; 1957) with Marcello Mastroianni and Saawariya (India; 2007) with Ranbir Kapoor. In recent years Russian directors have expressed their own admiration for Russian literature: Vladimir Bortko serialized Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita (2005); Sergei Bondarchuk Jr. remade a version of Mikhail Sholokhov’s Quiet Flows the Don (2006); A…