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Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago, I had posted some personal thoughts on my reflection on the current political situation in the old country, i.e., India. I understand that in the world that is dominated by the social media every post can get scrutinized and over-analyzed. Our American media has its own biases and even the holy grail called the NY Times is not immune from this disease. Just remember the numbers these smart folks were depicting to show how Hilary Clinton was ahead of Donald Trump. However, media has its own limitations and the results to my surprise were different than what the NY Times had predicted. Now that Russia has become the drum that we beat each time when some attacks happen, it will be interesting to see if we as the Nation-State have refrained from hacking the secure networks of the other nation-states....I am writing this to convey to you that I have my own biases. And these biases do reflect on my posts.

So dear friends, life is what it is and what we make of…

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Brock University

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Brock University The PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brock University is now accepting applications for September 2017 admissions. We invite students to explore research topics that bring together ideas, methods and material from multiple academic disciplines. This allows students to ask the kinds of questions that transcend the limits of traditional disciplinary boundaries and engage with topics integral to the contested notions of knowledge, values and creativity, as reflected in our four areas of specialization: ·Ways of knowing (epistemologies) ·Critique and social transformation ·Culture and aesthetics ·Technology and digital humanities In particular, we are currently looking for students who bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the following areas of study ·Media theory ·Game studies and game design ·Digital text analysis  ·Augmented and virtual reality Students will have 24-hour access to our newly renovated f…

Happy Holidays!

The Volga Germans

I wanted to bring to our readers' attention a well-organized site called "Nemtsy Povolzh'ia". I love their electronic library as it contains some very interesting books. I hope that you can enjoy the site.

Электронная библиотека Электронная библиотека является составной частью интернет-проекта "Geschichte der Wolgadeutschen" и представляет собой собрание большого количества книг, статей, газет, журналов, документов, карт и видео, относящихся к истории и культуре поволжских немцев.
Электронная библиотека формируется с учетом положений о защите авторских прав в Российской Федерации.

Instructor in Polish at Duke University

Instructor in Polish at Duke University
The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University invites applications for the position of Polish language instructor, beginning Fall 2017. This is a full-time, one-year position as Instructor with the possibility of renewal contingent upon a satisfactory performance review and approval of the Department in consultation with the Dean of Trinity College Arts and Sciences. A satisfactory performance review is dependent in part on course enrollments.
The successful candidate will teach four courses a year, two each semester. These courses will be either two year-long levels of Polish language (for example, elementary Polish and advanced composition and conversation) or one year-long level of Polish language plus two other courses on Polish language or culture in Polish.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative instructor who 1) has demonstrated experience in teaching different levels of Polish language to both non-heritage and her…

Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia

Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia Dates: June 19 – August 11, 20172017 Faculty:  Professor Julie Buckler, Dr. Veronika EgorovaAdvance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia’s longstanding cultural and political relationship with Russia. The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers a distinctive and  fascinating site for urban studies and a guiding theme for your Russian-language learning.  We will undertake small-group fieldwork projects that allow us greater contact with the city and its residents, as well as opportunities to use Russian in real-world situations.  We’ll meet with city experts, writers, artists, preservationists, politicians, and NGOs.  You’ll also take several trips within Georgia – to Mtskheta, Davit Gareja, Gori, Borjomi, Batumi, and Kazbegi — to gain a deeper understanding of the Georgian nation and its regional context. P…

Вакансии в Школе перспективных исследований ТюмГУ (40 позиций)!

ОБЪЯВЛЕНИЕ ОБ ОТКРЫТОМ КОНКУРСЕ Школа перспективных исследований, Тюменский государственный университет 40 позиций НПР в области социальных и гуманитарных наук, биологии и информационных технологий
О ШКОЛЕ Школа перспективных исследований – научно-образовательный greenfield Тюменского госуниверситета – начнет свою работу в сентябре 2017 года. После выхода на проектную мощность штат Школы будет состоять из 40 НПР из разных городов и стран, работающих в различных социальных и гуманитарных науках, включая их пересечения с биологией и информационными технологиями. В Школе будут учиться около 400 студентов бакалавриата и 100 студентов магистратуры; в будущем вероятно открытие PhD программы. Стратегической целью Школы является вклад в мировую дискуссию о наиболее актуальных проблемах мирового социального и гуманитарного знания, выходящий за пределы исследований о России, и обеспечение уникального высококлассного образования для наи…

PhD program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at NC State University

The Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media PhD program (CRDM) at NC State University welcomes applications until the deadline of January 15, 2017. Please visit CRDM's website ( for information about the program, its curriculum, faculty, students, and our alumni. Current information about CRDM students, awards, and job placements is also available on CRDM's blog (
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The PhD Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media prepares doctoral students to analyze the social, cultural, rhetorical, philosophical, and political dimensions of information technologies, new communication media, and digital texts and to actively engage digital media through research, criticism, production, and practice. The interdisciplinary program is jointly housed in the departments of Communication and English and draws on faculty with expertise in both the humanities and social sciences.
Our graduates have been very successfu…

Jobs: Assistant Dean for Research and Collection, Florida Atlantic University Libraries.

Assistant Dean for Research and Collection Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Description Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the newly created position of Assistant Dean for Research and Collections will provide strategic vision, policy and program development, and leadership as the Libraries redefine their collections and support for research in the context of emerging trends in scholarly communication, changing formats and access models, shared collections, and new definitions of research collections.  The Assistant Dean contributes to Libraries-wide leadership for innovative program and content development in support of the University’s mission through the Libraries’ units that comprise Special Collections, Interlibrary Loan, Government Documents, and Collection Management. Responsibilities of these areas include developing and maintaining strong, user-focused collections (print and electronic) in support of the University’s academic programs at all campuses; strengthen…

MLitt in Russian Studies at the University of St. Andrews

The Department of Russian at the University of St Andrews invites applications for its one-year full-time MLitt (Master of Letters) degree in Russian Studies, as well as a number of PhD Scholarships.
MLitt in Russian Studies 
The Master’s program in Russian Studies offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of inter-related fields of Russian literature, culture and history from the eighteenth century to the present day. The Department of Russian and the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies (CRSCEES) at St Andrews offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Russian language, literature, and culture. The Department of Russian is a flourishing community with an intake of around 60 undergraduates each year. It is ranked first in the UK for Teaching Quality and Experience (Times University Guide 2017). With seven permanent members of staff the Department has a proven track record of excellence in teaching and combines this with internationally recogni…