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Bollywood and the Post-Soviet Space

I wonder how interesting it might be for the readers of this blog, if I start to analyze the data about the Bollywood popular songs that are currently being sung and performed by the singers in the former Soviet space?

For example, a clip by Нозияи Кароматулло of a song from a Hindi film Sholay that I present here might serve as an anecdotal example of my claim that the Bollywood continues to inspire others to sing. This song might be specifically ephemeral to my central argument. The preposterous argument that I propose is as follows, "the demise of the milieu that was controlled and perceived to stable in the Soviet context lead to anxiety and the people in post-Soviet space that already were used to the grainy, melodramatic Hindi films used the songs from these films to escape their realities? Can we find the data that supports the proposed hypothesis? What sort of data we should look for? What are some of the variables that we must take in consideration?

Международная конференция “Сибирские чтения”

Международная конференция “Сибирские чтения” Страсть к жизни: эмоции, чувства и восприятие на Севере и в Сибири 24-26 октября 2016 г.
Санкт-Петербург Рациональны и технологичны, знающие окружающий ландшафт и умеющие общаться с невидимым миром – таковы привычные категории описания аборигенных культур Севера и Сибири. Что значит для них смеяться и плакать, что значит надрывно кричать и говорить шепотом? Это вопросы, которые задаются в сибирской антропологии не столь часто. Еще реже мы можем встретить анализ представлений о приязни или неприязни, о любви или ненависти. Какова она – любовь по-эскимосски или по-русски, по-ненецки или по-эвенкийски? Как о ней говорят и как её воспринимают те, кто живет и работает на Севере? Как можно ответить на эти вопросы, не прибегая к психологическим и метафизическим интерпретациям, а отдавая предпочтение логике этнографического анализа? Не менее важно проанализировать, каким образом эмоции связаны с движением, и шире - номадизмом, с технологи…

Call for Project Proposals: Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS).

Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS)
July 24 – 29, 2016 at Hamilton CollegeCall for Project Proposals A partnership of 23 liberal arts collaboratively developed the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship ILiADS ( IliADS is project-based and team-based; it offers an opportunity for focused support of a digital project – your project – as you work alongside other colleagues and experts.  ILiADS ( offers participants a summer institute where they may develop projects as a team (faculty, student, librarian, technologist, other experts) and also interact with experts who can further their project goals. Unique to ILiADS and recognizing the role digital scholarship plays in undergraduate education, priority will be given to proposals that include student collaborators. Project proposals at any stage, idea through to implementation, are welcome. Our ILiADS Coaches will guide project teams from the point at which their proposal is …

CFP: 2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities.

CFP: 2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities
This workshop is an IFIP Joint Event supported by the IFIP Working Group 12.7 on Social Semantics and Collective Intelligence (
This workshop focuses on the challenges and opportunities of data-driven humanities and seeks to bring together world-leading scientists and scholars at the forefront of this emerging field, at the interface between computer science, social science, humanities and mathematics.
As historical knowledge becomes increasingly available in forms that computers can process, this data becomes amenable to large-scale computational analysis and interpretation. what are the impacts for humanities, social sciences, computer science and complex systems? Perhaps mathematical analysis of the dynamic, evolutionary patterns ob…

Writers in Residence Program at the NYU!

Writers in Residence

The Writers in Residence Program brings faculty and researchers whose current work is focused on Russia to the New York University campus every semester. In addition to the support of the Jordan Center, writers receive access to NYU facilities such as Bobst Library, shared office space, and the opportunity to workshop their current research as a part of the Jordan Center Occasional Series. Residences run on the academic semester: from September to December, January to April, and May to August. A single residency may last for up to two terms.

Applications for the 2016-2017 cycle are currently being accepted.
Deadline:May 1, 2016

Although targeted primarily at faculty and researchers, the Jordan Center will consider applications from advanced PhD students who seek a space for completing their dissertations. Application and detailed instructions can be foundhere

For more information please
Visit theirwebsiteto see the current writers and …

Postdoctoral Positions in the Digitial Humanities Field at Yale.

The Digital Humanities Lab at Yale University Library invites applications for two 12-month Postdoctoral Associate positions for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The DHLab seeks energetic and creative applicants who demonstrate innovative thinking and a proactive approach to the questions that digital humanities methods, approaches, tools, and theories raise in their academic disciplines.

The focus of these 12-month positions is 50% on a research project defined by the applicant in consultation with a Yale faculty member and 50% on the development and growth of the DHLab. We seek candidates who will be active participants in the intellectual life of both the relevant academic department and also the DHLab.

These positions’ primary reporting relationship will be to the sponsoring Yale faculty member; the Director of the Digital Humanities Lab will coordinate their integration into the DHLab. Yale University Library will provide dedicated working space in the new DHLab in Sterl…

Cfp: « Philology and Revolution: Language Politics, Disciplinary Fields and Individual Paths after 1917»

« Philology and Revolution: Language Politics, Disciplinary Fields and Individual Paths after 1917»
TheRevue des études slaves has chosen to reconsider the year 1917 in Russia in terms of its impact on philology. This will include, on the one hand, a study of the changes that the Russian language itself went through after 1917: reform of orthography, lexical novelties, but also language politics in a broad sense, new institutions, choice of alphabets for non-Russian peoples... This axis does not exclude the question of literary language. Of interest are also the research and debates conducted within and about the philological disciplines (linguistics, theory of literature, critical studies), which have turned the years 1919-1929 into a «wonderful decade» (Grigorij Vinokur).
On the other hand, the political and social turmoil also affects the scholars in charge of these fields; if some linguists such as Lev Jakubinskij or Evgenij Polivanov embrace the Bolshev…

Cfp: Patriotic (Non) Consumption: Food, Fashion and Media.

Patriotic (Non) Consumption: Food, Fashion and Media Special issues of Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media ( Guest-edited by Olga Gurova (University of Helsinki), Ekaterina Kalinina (Södertörn University), Jessie Labov (Ohio State University), Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds) The economic crises of 2008-present and the recent political confrontations have shaped patterns of patriotic consumption and non-consumption (a refusal to consume particular types of products, symbols and discourses) in the countries of the Central, Eastern and Southern Europe as well as Central Asia, Caucasus and Russia, signaling their participation in the global economy as consumer societies. We argue that these countries are consumer societies similar to the western or any other consumer societies, while possessing differences specific to this particular geographical region. These differences could be explained by historical, socio-cultural and politica…

"Culture & Technology" - European Summer University in Digital Humanities (ESU DH C & T) 19th to 29th of July, University of Leipzig.

Announcement:"Culture & Technology" - European Summer University in Digital Humanities (ESU DH C & T) 19th to 29th of July, University of Leipzig

We are happy to announce that the 7th European Summer University in Digital Humanities will take place in Leipzig from the 19th to the 29th of July 2016.

Also this year the German Accademic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers very generous support to up to 17 alumni / alumnae of German universities.

The Summer University takes place across 11 whole days. The intensive programme consists of workshops, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion.

Each workshop consists of a total of 16 sessions or 32 week-hours. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 10. Workshops are structured in such a way that participants can either take the two blocks of one workshop or two blocks from diff…

Online webinar: Spring 2016 Programming for Humanists

Registration is open for the Spring 2016 Programming for Humanists continuing education course and online webinar offered by the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. The Spring 2016 class begins Friday, January 22, 2016 and meets for two hours on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Central time) through April 29, 2016 (except for the week of TAMU Spring Break and Good Friday and one Monday class.) This course is designed for people who have had some introduction to coding in the Digital Humanities, ideally the Fall 2015 Programming4Humanists class. However, any coding experience will do.  This class will introduce registrants to methods of topic modeling – that is, automated ways of finding clusters of ideas in textual data such as the 23,000 texts from Early English Books Online that have recently been released by the Text Creation Partnership.  We will teach registrants how to clean metadata and add information to it that brings it closer to …

CFP: A Hundred Years of Ostranenie: an International Conference.

Call for Papers
A Hundred Years of Ostraneniean International Conference
University of Erfurt, December 15-17 2016
Organizers: Alexandra Berlina and Holt Meyer, University of Erfurt
A century ago, in 1916, a young student named Viktor Shklovsky self-published his precocious essay-cum-manifesto “Art as Device”. In it, he coined a term which became crucial in literary studies, and important in the study of cinema and visual art:ostranenie. Also known as “defamiliarization”, “estrangement”, “enstrangement”, “making strange” and “foregrounding” in English, and – causing confusion with Brecht’s concept – as “Verfremdung” in German, ostranenie is about rendering the usual extraordinary and thus making the reader (or viewer) perceive it anew. Or is it? The way Shklovsky uses the term in “Art as Device” is ambiguous enough; if we also consider his later and lesser-known works as well as the scholarly legacy of ostranenie, we arrive at an array of meanings worthy of a fundamental investigation, …

Cfp: A Joint Miami University Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science Conference.

Call for Papers: A Joint Miami University Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science Conference STATEHOOD AND ITS DISCONTENTS: RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE AND EURASIA June 15-17, 2016 Vilnius, Lithuania Organizing Committee: Karen Dawisha (Miami University), Inga Vinogradnaitė (Vilnius University, IIRPS), Neringa Klumbytė (Miami University), Vilius Mačkinis (Vilnius University, IIRPS).

In the post-Cold War era territorial borders have been continuously contested during the wars in Chechnya, the Caucasus, and more recently Ukraine. The conflict in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine has brought the questions of statehood and sovereignty again to the forefront of popular, political, and scholarly debates. There have also been internal challenges to how statehood and sovereignty are envisioned fuelled by migration, ethnic and religious disputes, and nationalism. This conference explores historical an…

How does one love "Russia'?

What is sacred and profane as Eliade had concepualized? I think about it a lot. I will post two clips and you decide. Remember to be respectful if you choose to comment. One of my faculty members back at UCLA--you can never be an information scientist you will always be a popular culture guy. I wonder now what means? What is an information scientist? What is an eye (I) school? I am so ignorant that what do I know. Perhaps English is not my cup of tea but as an Indian from Aryabhatt's tradition I understand math pretty well. And thank you to Aryabhatt, I am able to put two plus two together. And the dichotomies are not really sometimes helpful. Is it possible to love Russia using the dichotomy?

Гимн Божией Матере прп. Нектария Эгинского на церковно-славянском языке.


And I am missing Russia today also..Is it possible to miss India and Russia at the same time?
Горько! Слава - Одиночество - сука

Latin America and I- the "Indian" in Slavic disguise!

I am taking liberty to write about pretty much anything I want these days. The only principle that I follow is that my Swahili language professor Dr. David Kyeu of UC Berkeley and my parents had taught me. They said, write as you please, without fear but keep in mind two things--remember to treat the people in life with respect and dignity about whom you are writing.

Well today, I the Slavic Librarian will write about a friend who lives in a faraway land of Suriname. I have never met her in person, however we became friends of Facebook (before I annulled my account). Today it is raining in San Francisco and it reminded me of the lazy monsoon season in India. It also reminded me of the theme song from that the movie called the Last of the Mohicans. I understand that these two thoughts are some how not really related. But suddenly, I drifted in my thoughts about the world that I will perhaps never experience again, I remembered her beautiful voice. She is the pop music star from Surinam…
Innovative Interrogations: Modelling, Prototyping and Making Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Conference @ DHSI 2016
June 10-11, 2016, University of Victoria Call for Papers The ways that we model knowledge define the opportunities and limits of understanding, and inventive approaches to critical inquiry bring fresh perspectives to existing assumptions while uncovering new correlations, complexities and challenges. Humanities scholarship in digital arenas benefits from the opportunity to prototype and critically reflect on new knowledge environments which offer unique models of understanding and modes of scholarly communication. Such modelling and prototyping activities (the products and processes of which are arguments, theories and methods) involve engaged, inventive, and exploratory research practices that overlap with critical making discourses. Possible topics can include, but are not limited to: ideological and political implications of critical modelling and…