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February 27, 2007

2007 Critical Language Scholarships

The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu for Summer 2007.

As part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages, the Department of State Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and/or advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

DEADLINE March 15, 2007. More information including application can be found at: http://www.caorc.org/language/index.html.

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February 23, 2007

Gilman International Undergraduate Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Fall 2007/Academic Year 2007-2008
Deadline: April 3, 2007

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities. The Gilman Program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.

A limited number of $3000 Critical Need Language Supplements are available for students studying a critical need language for a total possible award of $8000. A list of eligible languages including Russian, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek can be found on the Gilman website at http://www.iie.org/gilman

Eligibility: Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education.

For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online application visit: http://www.iie.org/gilman

Gilman International Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education
520 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 740
Houston, TX 77027

Contact for Applicants: Lindsay Calvert
email: gilman@iie.org
Phone: 713.621.6300, ext 25

Contact for Advisors: Jennifer Eisele
email: gilman_scholars@iie.org
Phone: 713.621.6300, ext 16

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February 22, 2007

CfP: Borders in Transnational Perspective, Chicago

MLA Discussion Group on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society, MLA 2007
From Walls to Signs: Borders in Transnational Perspective
Location: Chicago

Call for Papers Date: 2007-03-09

The MLA Discussion Group on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society seeks papers for a session on Borders in Transnational Perspective for the 2007 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago from December 27-30, 2007.

We seek papers on any aspect of borders in transnational perspective, with a preference for interdisciplinary or comparative work or papers questioning the notion of place. We are open to all disciplines and methodologies.

Panel Description:
Borders are real, but they are also a construct. A border can be a physical reality linked to a specific space, but it can also be a more intangible reality or sign. And even a tangible border may not be simply tied to a specific place, but may be quite elastic and movable. From the borders in our heads to the complex nature of borders where there are no states to enforce them, a transnational perspective, in which borders are more or less than simply the skin of the nation-state, can cast the analysis of borders in a starkly different light.

Please e-mail an abstract and a c.v. by March, 9, 2007 to:
Bruce Campbell

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CfP: Graduate Students Conference, Wayne State

April 7, 2007
Sponsored by the Modern Languages Graduate Forum
Wayne State University
Department of German & Slavic Studies
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

March 2nd, 2007

This year’s theme intends to explore the question of
domination and resistance as it relates to:

Submission Criteria:
1. Abstracts and papers must be in English.
2. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words.
3. Presentation time limit: 20 minutes (8 pages maximum).

For further information and submissions, contact Pauline Ebert at

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University of Michigan Summer Language Institute

Summer language study opportunities abound at the University of Michigan. Intensive courses are available in both the spring and summer terms in 16 languages! Offerings include the Western European languages, as well as less-commonly-taught languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Latin, Polish, Russian, and Swedish. For course descriptions of all spring and summer term language courses go to: www.ii.umich.edu/sli

Maybe you want to increase your fluency in a second or third language, prepare for a study abroad experience, work in an international company, pursue an internship overseas, or prepare for a graduate program? At the U-M, you can study the language of your choice.

Students may register directly into most courses during the registration period in March and April. However, Asian Language courses require the submission of an application by March 30, 2007. Please see the SLI web site to download the required application form.

Also, please note that some fellowship funds are available to students pursuing one of the less-commonly-taught languages! Applications may be downloaded from the SLI web site and should be submitted by the March 30, 2007 deadline.

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February 19, 2007

Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant

The School of Russian and Asian Studies

The Charles Braver
Language Exploration Grant
Next deadline: May 15, 2007

The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant is now available for students who demonstrate clear goals for study abroad in the FSU. The grant is dedicated in memory of Charles Braver, an educator who worked for many years to promote and practice cross-cultural teaching, learning, and geographical and intellectual exploration.

Two grants of 500 USD each are currently available and may be used for study abroad in summer or fall of 2007. Students who have completed two semesters of Russian language study may apply. For more information, please see http://www.sras.org/sub_program.phtml?m=130.

Questions about the program may be directed to:
Josh Wilson
Asst. Director
The School of Russian and Asian Studies
Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies www.sras.org jwilson@sras.org

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AASEI summer internship program in northwest Russia

Does the thought of exploring Russia’s wilderness and experiencing life in its small, rural communities appeal to you? If you have a strong interest in Russia, nature conservation, and being in the outdoors, please read further!

We at the non-profit organization, American Association for the Support of Ecological Initiatives (AASEI), in conjunction with our Russian partner, Adonis, highly encourage you to apply to our summer internship program in northwest Russia. With an environmental and cultural focus, this program introduces students to Russia’s unique system of protected areas, and to the people who work in them. Besides interacting with protected area staff, students work closely with Russian college students who share similar interests in ecology and environmental issues.

The first part of the internship will consist of an orientation, including field trips, in St. Petersburg. The rest of the program will then be divided between Nizhnesvirsky and Laplandsky Nature Reserves. Activities at both reserves include: an introduction to local flora, fauna, and natural history; nature hikes; meetings with the reserve directors; interaction with local people; and service projects. Both reserves are located in the vast boreal forests of northwest Russia. (For more information about each area, please consult AASEI’s Web site: www.wesleyan.edu/aasei/nature_reserves.htm.)

Total length of program: 4 weeks, June 28—July 27, 2007. Students will arrive in and depart from St. Petersburg, Russia.

This internship is intended for undergraduate students who will begin their junior or senior year in fall 2007; recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. Language proficiency is not required; however, we give strong preference to candidates who have completed at least two years of college-level Russian.

AASEI and Adonis cover all program costs in Russia, and provide visa support. Students are responsible for Russian visa fees (approximately $100) and airfare to and from Russia. (Summer airfares range from approximately $1200-$1600 for round-trip tickets depending on the airline, advance purchase, and place of departure in the US.) Students typically have been able to receive funding through the Russian/Slavic Department, or other programs, such as Russian and East European Studies, at their colleges or universities.

Although we are not able to offer academic credit, this internship serves as a solid foundation for future studies and other professional endeavors. Students can begin to identify potential thesis topics, including environmental education and policy, and natural resource management. They also have the invaluable opportunity to establish contacts with nature reserve staff, and with local specialists.

To download an application or for more information, please refer to our Website:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/aasei/, or contact Stephanie Hitztaler, AASEI acting director at shitztal@umich.edu or Mr. William Wasch, AASEI secretary at wkwasch@snet.net

Application Deadline: March 26, 2007

What Past Participants Have to Say
“There were times that I had to pinch myself to make sure that I really was in northern Russia…I started to understand the vastness of the Russian wilderness and its indescribable beauty. I improved my Russian and was able to expand my limits by communicating to my new Russian friends and embracing their amazing culture.” AASEI alumna, Summer 2006

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Job: Research Assistant, CSIS, D.C.

CSIS is seeking a Research Assistant to join the Russia and Eurasia Program. The Assistant will make substantive contributions to the research agenda and support the day-to-day operations of the Program.

Description of Duties:
• Conducts topical and regional research in support of Program publications, releases, and briefings.
• Monitors news and developments in the region using primarily, Russian-language sources, and regularly briefs staff members on findings.
• Makes substantive contributions to the proposal process.
• Assists in conceptualizing new project ideas.
• Drafts and edits publications, correspondence, memoranda, and reports.
• Assists with Program outreach activities.
• Works with Program stakeholders to ensure the flow of information.
• Assists the Deputy Director with maintaining financial oversight of the Program and the individual initiatives.
• Coordinates event logistics for Program meetings, activities, seminars, and briefings.
• Updates web content to reflect project developments.
• Assists on special projects, as directed.

Experience and Skills:
B.A. in International Relations and two years research and office experience.
Strong interest in Russian/Eurasian affairs and policy-related research. Research, writing and editing skills are emphasized.
Must possess strong communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public.
Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Russian language skills are a requirement of the position and Chinese language skills are a plus.
Must have the ability to work closely and cooperatively with a range of individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds, and dispositions.

If interested in applying for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume:
Be sure to reference the position in the subject of the email

An Equal Opportunity Employer/AAP

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

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Job: Original cataloging position+slavic, USC

University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

Original Cataloger (Senior Library Assistant) University of Southern California USC Libraries -- IDOR Requisition ID 22366 Job Announcement

The University of Southern California seeks an Original Cataloger, Cataloging and Metadata Section. Under general supervision by the Head of Original Cataloging in the Cataloging and Metadata Section, the incumbent works independently using initiative and judgment in creating AACR2-based cataloging records for content in a variety of formats and Dublin Core formatted metadata records for digital archive files.

Performs original and complex copy cataloging using AACR2rev, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, LCSH and LCC for materials in English and western European or Slavic languages. Updates information as necessary in the local integrated library system. Creates and edits Dublin Core records for the Digital Archive using local cataloging systems. Employs technology from appropriate controlled vocabulary and follows established style-sheets and best practices in the creation of metadata records. Edits and resolves complex problems relating to record creation and system-related issues both independently and in concert with others.

Requires editorial and technical expertise, flexibility, and the ability to work in a broad range of subject areas with a high level of productivity. Uses initiative, creativity, and judgment to ensure these responsibilities are performed appropriately.

Applications received by March 9, 2007 will receive first consideration.
For a complete job description, please visit the University of Southern California employment website at:


USC is an EO/AA Employer

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Job:Russian instructor Defense Language Institute, D.C.

Russian Language Instructor for Russian-English translation, teaching individualized, specialized intensive courses in Russian-English sight translation and written translation for Presidential Translators at the Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link (Moscow-Washington "hot line" or MOLINK).
Instruction is conducted in the Washington DC office of the Defense Language Institute (Crystal City, VA). Focus of instruction is on the acquisition of skills in Russian-English sight translation and written translation.
The position is open to US citizens ONLY who are eligible for a high-level security clearance.

For further information on the position or to apply, go to:
www.usajobs.com and search for Job Announcement Number WTEY07786216-05.

Applications will be accepted until 03/13/2007.

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Job: Program Associate IREX - Washington, DC

Open to US Citizens and Permanent Residents

IREX seeks a program associate for its Education Programs Division for programs in Eurasia.

Experience with and interest in basic and higher education development, international exchanges, and continuing education programs;
Knowledge of and experience with project design, grant management, proposal development, and budgeting;
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
Interest in and knowledge of Eurasia;
Strong computer skills, including Excel;
Knowledge of Russian or other local language (preferred).

Send cover letter and resume to:
ATTN: EPD/KB/02-07/PA (please include in subject line) Via e-mail: resumes@irex.org, Via FAX: (202) 628-8189 EOE.
No phone calls please.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $50 million and a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 50 countries.

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Job: Deputy Directory, Finance Radio Free Europe - Prague

Position Summary:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a private, international communications service to Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Southwestern Asia funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. RFE/RL is currently seeking a Deputy Director for its Prague Finance Department to be based in our Broadcasting Headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic.

To apply:
Please provide (1)detailed CV (2) cover letter addressing qualifications
(3) salary requirements to: E-mail:jsolomon@globalrecruitment.net

This key manager will be responsible for essential daily transactions and ensures that RFE/RL’s accounting is accurate and complies with GAAP and US Government standards. This role requires sound accounting and management knowledge and previous relevant experience. Daily responsibilities will include: the oversight of accounting for 21 field bureaus across our broadcast area, monthly Czech contract payroll and the oversight of travel expense reconciliations.

International accounting accreditation and/or degree in Accounting or related field.
Five to ten years practical international accounting experience with at least 2 years in a senior Accounting role. Previous accounting experience in medium to large not-for-profit organization, preferably in one or more of RFE/RL’s broadcast regions is highly desirable.
Background in general accounting, budget analysis, reporting and payroll management.
Proficiency in English, both verbal and written; Czech a big plus, as is command of an RFE/RL broadcast language.
Sound knowledge of computer accounting systems; PeopleSoft (SAP or Oracle), experience in system implementation and/or upgrade a plus.
Advanced knowledge of the MS-Office Suite, especially Excel.
Must possess analytical and leadership skills, demonstrating congenial attitude with ability to interact in a diverse workforce; must be able to work independently and under tight deadlines.
Excellent salary and benefits offered including relocation, housing, and comprehensive health insurance.

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Job: Assistant Professor, International Relations, New Brunswick

Assistant Professor
Mount Allison University - New Brunswick, Canada

The interdisciplinary program in International Relations at Mount Allison University invites applications from qualified candidates for a 12-month term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Lecturer to begin July 1, 2007, subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will be required to teach five three-credit courses in the International Relations programme, including a 2000-level survey course in International Relations, a 3000-level course in global governance, and a 4000-level special topics course that draws upon the applicant’s area of expertise.

The successful applicant will also provide academic guidance to students and will participate in extra-curricular components of the International Relations program. Preference will be given to candidates with a completed doctorate in International Relations or a related field.

Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadian and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their application.

Contact Info:
Dr. Owen Griffiths
Chair, International Relations Search Committee Mount Allison University 63D York Street Sackville, NB Canada E4L 1G9

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Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in L’viv, Ukraine

Deadline extended to March 15th.

All of the programs meet Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship guidelines.

Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in L’viv, Ukraine
June 11 - July 27, 2007
Director: Dr. Alex Tsiovkh (alexukr@ku.edu)

Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in Zadar, Croatia
May 28 – July 8, 2007
Director: Dr. Stephen Dickey (smd@ku.edu)

Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in St. Petersburg, Russia
June 1 – July 13, 2007
Directors: Dr. Maria Carlson (mcarlson@ku.edu) or Dr. Irina Six (irinasix@ku.edu)

Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in L’viv, Ukraine
June 11 - July 27, 2007
This program offers a unique opportunity for students to study intensive Ukrainian language and area studies (political transition, society, economics, culture, etc). During the six-week program, students will work with individual faculty on a research topic associate with their stateside field of concentration in addition to the regular language and area studies classes. The program also includes numerous teacher-accompanied excursions in and around L’viv and three excursions outside L’viv to Kyiv, the Carpathian mountains and Olesko.
Graduate students in area studies and advanced undergraduates with appropriate profiles are eligible. It is preferred students have at least 2 years of Russian or Ukrainian language proficiency, and the languages of instruction is Ukrainian. Students will receive 9 hours of KU credit and the program is FLAS eligible. The program cost is approximately $3,540 and includes tuition, all educational and administrative fees, full room and board, group excursions and field trips.
Director: Dr. Alex Tsiovkh (alexukr@ku.edu)

Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in Zadar, Croatia
May 28 – July 8, 2007
This program offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to study intermediate and advanced Croatian language as well as Croatian culture and history. The six-week program not only provides language and area studies courses, it also includes numerous teacher-accompanied excursions in and around Zadar.
A minimum of one year of Croatian language study is required, and the language of instruction is Croatian. Students will receive 8 hours of KU credit and the program is FLAS eligible. The program cost is approximately $3,380 and includes tuition, all educational and administrative fees, accommodations, group excursions and field trips.
Director: Dr. Stephen Dickey (smd@ku.edu)

Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in St. Petersburg, Russia
June 1 – July 13, 2007
This program is designed to give intermediate-level students of Russian short term, highly intensive introduction to current Russian life and culture. Through a focus on language study and organized excursions to important cultural sights, students will maximize their chances to use their language skills, improve their fluency, and gain insight into the rhythm of Russian life. Participants take six weeks of classes at St. Petersburg State University with highly qualified, native-speaker instructors.
Students must have two years or 4 semesters of college-level Russian or more, and the language of instructions is Russian. Students will receive 8 hours of KU credit and is FLAS eligible. The program cost is approximately $2,950 and includes tuition and fees, dormitory housing, and all excursions. There will also be an optional 5-7 day Moscow excursion at the end of the program for an estimated cost of $740.
Directors: Dr. Maria Carlson (mcarlson@ku.edu) or Dr. Irina Six (irinasix@ku.edu)

The deadline for applications for summer programs is March 1, 2007.

Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you and your students.

For more information, call 864-3742 to make an appointment to speak with Justine Hamilton at the Office of Study Abroad, or visit the Office of Study Abroad website at www.studyabroad.ku.edu.

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Fellowship: Summer Study in Russia

Application deadline: March 1

American Councils for International Education, ACTR/ACCELS, announces the following fellowship opportunities for Summer 2007 study abroad in Russia and Eurasia:
Summer Russian Language Teachers Program
Scholarships for language study on American Councils programs overseas
Scholarships for area studies program in Moscow

Summer Russian Language Teachers Program: Provides full support for teachers of Russian at the university, high school, and secondary school level to study Russian literature, language, culture, and second language pedagogy at Moscow State University for six weeks. Graduate students with a commitment to the teaching profession are also encouraged to apply. Awards provide round-trip international airfare from Washington, DC to Moscow, Russia; living stipends; full tuition; housing with Russian host families; pre-departure orientation; weekly cultural excursions; insurance; and visas. Tentative program dates are June 20 to August 5. Funded through American Councils by the U.S.
Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support.

Scholarships for language study on American Councils programs overseas:
Graduate students participating in the American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies program or the Eurasian Regional Language program are eligible for full or partial scholarships through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) grant support.

Undergraduates who intend a career in teaching are eligible for full or partial scholarships through American Councils from U.S.
Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support for their participation in the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program or the Eurasian Regional Language Program. The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program provides intensive Russian language instruction in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladimir, Russia. The Eurasian Regional Language Program offers instruction in the languages of the former Soviet Union at leading institutions throughout the region. Fellowship information and applications are included in application materials for both programs. Application deadlines: March 1 (summer programs); April 1 (fall semester and academic year programs); October 15 (spring semester programs).

Scholarships for area studies program in Moscow: Financial aid is available for participants on the five-week summer program focusing on area studies, Contemporary Russia. This unique opportunity for study in Moscow offers courses in Russian economics, politics, and culture; all content-based classes are be taught in English by faculty of the State University: Moscow Higher School of Economics, one of Russia's most prestigious centers for the study of social sciences. Program participants also receive six hours per week of elementary Russian language instruction. (Students with prior training in Russian are provided instruction at the appropriate level; we can accommodate students of all proficiency levels.) Other program features include room and board with Russian families; weekly cultural excursions; a full-time U.S. resident director; Russian peer tutors; eight semester-hours of academic credit through Bryn Mawr College; and pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. Tentative program dates: June 27 - July 30, 2007.
Application deadline: March 15.

For more information, please contact:
Outbound Programs, American Councils for International Education:
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org
Website: www.acrussiaabroad.org; www.americancouncils.org.
Sheila Dawes
Eurasia Study Coordinator
Russia and Eurasia Outbound Office
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202-833-7522
fax: 202-833-7523

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Celebrating, commemorating, communicating, contesting

Proposals (max. 250 words) should be sent by Friday 30 April 2007

Le quatorze juillet, Independence Day, Burns Night, la Diada de Catalunya, Thanksgiving, syttende mai, Super Bowl Sunday, el Día de la Hispanidad, 国庆节…
All these – and many more – are days which "summon", or attempt to summon the "nation": in some cases to large-scale, occasionally extravagant public festivities and ceremonies, in others to more privatised, even domestic forms of national awareness. They may be related to great historical events (usually battles – most often victories, less commonly defeats), or they may be an attempt to erase the memory of historical events: Russia's recently instituted National Unity Day, now celebrated on 4 November, appears to be an attempt to 'erase' the memory of earlier celebrations of the Russian Revolution. In yet other cases they may provide a framework for celebrations of nationhood linked to would-be "epic" sporting events, to the lives of saints, to royal birthdays or even to literary figures such as Burns in Scotland or Camões in Portugal.

Some of these "nations" – like the Scots, the Catalans or the Québécois – may be located within much larger, plurinational states, while other National Days – such as the Latin American Día de la Raza – claim to unite different nations in a larger transnational community transcending the boundaries of individual nation states. Yet others may include significant diasporic elements (the celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in the United States). But in any case what is a "nation": do African Americans and Hispanics enjoy a sense of ownership of Independence Day? Do Scottish Muslims identify with Saint Andrew's Day? Is class a factor? For some, are such days just an excuse for a day off work? And how are we to account for those cases (such as the UK) where there is no official National Day?

In all cases the political dimension of National Days seems clear enough, though its status may vary from hegemonic through informal to contestatory.
What forms of expression does this political dimension take? The celebration of such days can also be linked to what are in some ways seen as "holy places" (for example Montserrat in Catalonia) and often involve (very) significant movements of population. How are these sites managed? Do such large migrations entail opportunities for national, or even international tourism? How are National Days mediated? How is this mediation managed in multilingual societies?

This conference welcomes proposals for twenty-minute papers on the subject of National Days on:

The politics of National Days
National Days and the construction of the nation National Days and the invention of tradition National Days in the stateless nation The symbols and iconography of National Days National Days and class National Days and diasporas National Days and heritage sites National Days and religion The language and rhetoric of National Days Public and privatised National Days National Days in film, television, radio and the press National days and the internet National Days and tourism … and indeed other topics relating to the complex and multifaceted phenomenon

It is our intention to produce at least one edited collection of articles based on conference papers.

The conference will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, on 29 and 30 November 2007. Invited speakers include:
Salvador Cardús, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Hu Zhengrong, Communication University of China, Beijing Douglas Kellner, University of Central Los Angeles, USA David McCrone, Edinburgh University, Scotland

Proposals (max. 250 words) should be sent, preferably by e-mail, to:
Prof. Hugh O'Donnell
Cultural Business Group
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA
Scotland (UK)
Tel: +44 (0)141 331 3262
Fax: +44 (0)141 331 3264
e-mail: hod@gcal.ac.uk

by Friday 30 April 2007 at the latest. Decisions on acceptance will be communicated by mid-May.

Further information is available at:

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CfP: undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture

In 2005, a group of undergraduates at Columbia University founded The Birch, an undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture. The forthcoming issue will be released in April.

The Birch is one of few places where undergraduates can publish poems, fiction, photography, literary criticism and current events articles related to Eurasian and Eastern European culture. The journal is completely student-run, and undergraduates select and edit the journal's content.

We hope you will join us in the strengthening and expansion of the first national undergraduate publication devoted to Eastern European and Eurasian culture. You can find more information about the journal, as well as published articles from our first four issues, online at www.thebirchonline.org. Please visit the site for more information, and feel free to send me an e-mail at mk2455@columbia.edu if you have any questions.

All submissions are due MARCH 21

Mark Krotov
Editor-In-Chief, The Birch

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CfP: Romanian Journal of Society and Politics

The Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, a publication devoted to inter-disciplinary national and international perspectives on Romania, invites scholars and researchers to submit original manuscripts. The article submitted may approach a theme within a broad range of topics from international relations and economics, to public policies, social philosophy and, human rights. We welcome manuscripts which address theoretical, empirical or methodological issues as long as they are relevant to contemporary Romanian politics, society or culture. Given the recent EU membership of Romania, we particularly welcome articles approaching subjects related to it.

Every issue of the RJSP contains scholarly articles, notes and book reviews. Articles must include an abstract of approximately 150 words.

RJSP considers book reviews of up to 1,000 words and review essays of up to 5,000 words which clarify the contributions and value of the works reviewed for contemporary research on Romanian politics and society. Review essays must place publications into a broad conceptual context and suggest directions for future research. The Romanian Journal of Society and Politics also considers responses of up to 1,000 words to material previously published for inclusion in the "Discussion Forum" section.

Manuscripts will be accepted on the understanding that their content is original. Submissions must demonstrate excellence in conceptualization, exposition, methodology, and craftsmanship. All manuscripts must be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with a preferred length of around 25 double-spaced pages.

If you wish to contribute a paper, please send it to Ionut Apahideanu, managing editor, rjsp@strategikon.ro.
Deadline: March 31, 2007.

If you would like any further information, please contact the editors:
Andrei Miroiu andrei.miroiu@gmail.com,
Liliana Popescu liliana_p@rdslink.ro,
Laurentiu Stefan laur_stefan@yahoo.com.

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CfP:European Society for Central Asian Studies

European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS)
Tenth Conference on Central Asia: Sharing Experiences and Prospects

12-15 September 2007
The Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

Deadline for Abstract:15 March 2007

The European Society for Central Asian Studies invites panel and paper proposals for its Tenth Conference, to be held in Ankara, Turkey. The event will be organized by the Center for Black Sea and Central Asia, the Middle East Technical University.

For further information and full text of "call for paper", see the following web-sites:


Panels and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social sciences on Central Asia are welcome, including:
1. Geopolitics of Central Asia: Interdisciplinary Approach
2. Central Asian History at Crossroads
3. Forms of Cultural Expression, Language, Linguistic, Arts, Music
4. Confronting Experiences: Spaces and Society
5. Cross-Regional Issues
6. Peoples and Their Identities
7. Aspect of Sustainability: Market, Natural Resources and Energy
8. Re-thinking Central Asian Research: New Concepts, New Approaches

Schedule of Key Dates:
Individual Papers-Deadline for Abstract:15 March 2007
Notification of Acceptance:15 April 2007
Pre-registration:1 May 2007
Submission of Papers to the Panel Chair and Discussants:15 August 2007

Should you have more questions, please, do not hesitate to contact us at:
Assoc. Prof. Pınar Akcali (Chair of Organizing Committee):
Research Assistant Aslihan Anlar doganlar@metu.edu.tr
ESCAS 2007 Organizing Committee: escas@metu.edu.tr

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CfP: Association for Women in Slavic Studies

3rd Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies
“Beyond Little Vera: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Welfare in Russian and Central/Eastern Europe”

April 26-27, 2007
The Ohio State University


Sponsored by:
The Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies, The Ohio State University Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, the Ohio State University Women’s Studies Department, and the Ohio State University Women in Development

This Conference will focus on discussing new research on women’s health and welfare in Russia and Central/Eastern Europe since 1990. From a variety of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches, participants will consider the changing social, cultural and political situations in this important part of contemporary Europe and their impact on women. BEYOND LITTLE VERA will follow up on recent conferences addressing trafficking of women in these parts of the world, but will expand that focus to a more general consideration of the treatment and representation of women’s bodies and welfare. Crises in women’s treatment and exploitation in Russia and Central/Eastern Europe have perhaps never been more acute, given the now more entrenched negative impact of the market and “globalization” in this area. Scholarly exchange on these issues will thus be more than merely academic, and the cross-disciplinary conversations that emerge may have an effect on policy both in the U.S. and abroad.

Using a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to women’s health issues – from domestic relations to sex education, from prison conditions to artistic representations – the conference will explore the wide-ranging implications of the collapse of social networks and government structures in the former Communist bloc countries.
All proposals are due by: February 1, 2007 and must include:
1.) A 150-200 word abstract for each paper; and
2.) A one-page CV for each participant

Limited funding may be available for housing.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to:
The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, csees@osu.edu

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Scholarships: Friends of Polish Art

FPA Fine Arts Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded each year to individuals with the following restrictions:
1. Scholarships are awarded only to Polish Americans, with preference given to FPA members and their families. NOTE: Applicants may be asked at a later date to provide additional information regarding their Polish heritage.
2. Applications are accepted from students just entering college through completion of Undergraduate Studies.
3. Scholarships are awarded to individuals pursuing either Fine Arts (Graphic Arts, Sculpture, Music, Dance, Architecture, and other forms of creative physical skills and crafts) or Liberal Arts (History, Language, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Polish Studies).

Frank Filipek Scholarships

Scholarships in the amount of $1500 are awarded annually for academic studies in such areas including: law, medicine, engineering, sciences and the liberal arts with the exception of the fine arts. All awards will be payable to the individual and to the institution where the recipient is enrolled. These scholarships will be distributed in memory of the following individuals:
Frank and Sophia Filipek
Ted and Chester Wojdasik
Joseph and Lillian Samul
John and Pauline Filipek
Lt. Col. Matt Urban

Eligibility Requirements:
1. Applicant must be a U. S. Citizen
2. Applicant must be of Polish ancestry
3. Applicant must be a resident of the State of Michigan
4. Applicant must be currently enrolled in college/university in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree (not in the fine arts).

Refer to the application for the supporting documentation to be included with your application.

Fine Arts Scholarship application http://www.friendsofpolishart.org/FineArtsScholarshipApplication2007.pdf
After completing the application, mail it to the following address:
FPA Fine Arts Scholarships
626 E. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
NOTE: Remember to include the required supporting documentation (refer to the application) before mailing your package.

Frank Filipek Scholarship application http://www.friendsofpolishart.org/FilipekApplication2007.pdf

After completing the application, mail to the following address:
Frank Filipek Scholarships
626 E. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
NOTE: Remember to include the required supporting documentation (refer to the application) before mailing your package.

For further information regarding Friends of Polish Art, please contact:
Friends of Polish Art
626 E. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Email: fpa1937@hotmail.com
April 1st deadline

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CfP: Central Asian Survey, Central Eurasian Studies Review

The Central Eurasian Studies Society has established a new relationship with the journal Central Asian Survey. Recently, Dr. Deniz Kandiyoti was made Editor of the journal, and has taken important steps to make this a high-quality journal, poised to become an increasingly important publication outlet for our field, as it becomes fully peer-review, with a very active Editorial Board.

We encourage our members to submit their well-polished articles to Central Asian Survey, and we will be actively pursuing ways to further CESS's goals to promote the strengthening scholarship on Central Eurasia through this publication.

CESS members may subscribe to Central Asian Survey for a special rate of $40/year (the regular price is $225 or more).

We will work to facilitate the publication of strong work of scholars in the Central Eurasian region itself in the pages of the journal. Also, the recipient of the CESS annual Award for Best Graduate Student Paper will be offered the opportunity for publication of the award-winning paper in Central Asian Survey. We will send out information soon about how members can obtain this new special price for the journal.

The Central Eurasian Studies Review will be available only in electronic format on the CESS website, and distributed at no cost to all CESS members. It will focus directly on publishing materials that enhance communication among scholars in our field: research in progress, conference reports, and reports on teaching about Central Eurasia. CESR will no longer publish book reviews; instead we will work toward expanding Central Asian Survey's reviews section.

Please consider submitting to Central Asian Survey:
- articles that would previously have been submitted to CESR's "Perspectives" section;
- conference papers or articles which are based on thorough research and are ready for peer-review.

Consider submitting to the Central Eurasian Studies Review:
- a conference paper or article that presents work in progress;
- a report from a conference that you attended related to Central Eurasian studies;
- a report on your own teaching experiences or teaching goals of a program/center with which you are affiliated
- a report on the conditions of your research within the Central Eurasian region.

To submit scholarly articles to Central Asian Survey, send them to the editor, Dr. Deniz Kandiyoti, at
casurvey@soas.ac.uk or to one of the editors appointed to the journal's editorial board from CESS: Dr. Virginia Martin, Dr. Cynthia Buckley, or Dr. Michael Reynolds (for details, see the Central Asian Survey page on the CESS website:
http://cess.fas.harvard.edu; click on Publications).

To volunteer to review books (especially those published in languages other than English), contact CAS book review editor Dr. Nick Megoran, nick.megoran@newcastle.ac.uk.

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Conference:June 28-30, 2007
Proposal deadline: April 1, 2006

Centre for Gender Studies, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania

This conference aims to explore the critical link between the ideas and practices of gender, on the one hand, and “nationbuilding” on the other, in Eastern/Central Europe and Eurasia. We tend to focus on the dynamics of this relationship during two separate, but related periods. One is the time of the “awakening of nations”, which was finalized in the nation-states on the edges of the three Eurasian Empires after WWI, or “national” administrative units in the USSR. The second period, which started after 1989 (or 1991), also implies rethinking of the “national” and new nationbuilding in the post-communist space.

Conference languages are the regional lingua franca of Russian and English.

Proposals for individual papers or complete panels can be sent to gender@ehu-international.org
Please include your contact information, brief CV and paper description of up to 250 words. The deadline is April 1, 2006; acceptance notification by May 1, 2007.

National and gender identities are inseparable and interrelated, and the practices used to “naturalize” gender differences and hierarchies in nationalist and statehood projects are of special interest. Gender and nation as social constructions largely result from oppositions or delineations; they become especially highlighted at the lines of passage or crossing the boundaries/borders. The notion of borderlands, borders, and boundaries, both geographical and social, is a key one for the conference.

Conference organizers are hoping for an interdisciplinary academic debate of the interception of gender, empire, nationbuilding, and borders within the following topical areas:
etching the edges of Europe: borderlands as gendered space;
empire and gender order;
nation, citizenship, masculinity and femininity;
“national motherhood” and patriotic masculinity;
gendered iconography of the national idea;
women’s bodies and nation’s boundaries;
gendered spaces of national politics;
nationalism, sexuality, militarism;
intellectual women in national movements;
gendering national memories;
national church» and gender order;
empire, nation, reproduction, and welfare;
"as a woman, I have no nation": feminism vs. nationalism;
nationalism and post-Soviet masculinity;
migration, mixed marriages, trafficking.

The Centre for Gender Studies at European Humanities University in Minsk has concentrated on studying gender issues since 1997, and has offered a master’s degree in gender studies since 2000. After being forced to terminate its operation in Belarus in the summer of 2004, the European Humanities University resumed its programs as a university-in-exile in Lithuania, with the support of American and European foundations and governments, and the European Commission for Democracy and Human Rights. Currently the MA program in Gender Studies remains the only one in NIS offering a graduate degree in Gender.

For more information about the Centre for Gender Studies, please, go to: <www.gender-ehu.org>
For information on EHU-International programs and activities, see: http://ehu-international.org

For further inquiries please e-mail:
Elena Gapova <e.gapova@gmail.com>

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February 15, 2007

CfA: 2007-2008 Human Rights Fellow

Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) at the International Institute announces a call for applications for the 2007/2008 Human Rights Fellowship. The Fellowship is a one-year appointment that provides salary and/or research funding in the amount of $15,000. The Fellowship is intended to promote undergraduate human rights education at the University, for which the fellow will develop a new course with significant international content and an interdisciplinary perspective. This course will initially be offered through the International Studies Minor and will subsequently become part of the curriculum of the Fellow's home department.

While not required, we hope to receive applications in which the faculty member and the departmental chair are in agreement that this course will become a permanent part of the department's curriculum. We also encourage joint applications from members of two or more departments or units, in which case the applicants will divide the stipend.

UM-Ann Arbor regular instructional staff, in any department, is eligible to apply.

During the year, the Human Rights Fellow is expected to:
develop and teach an undergraduate seminar on human rights for the seminar , and (ideally) be committed to teaching it a second time in the foreseeable future;
give one public lecture;
participate in relevant activities of CICS.

The amount of the fellowship is $15,000. The fellow will receive compensation up to a summer ninth for developing the new course. Required deductions for fringe benefits and taxes will be made. The remainder of the fellowship will be paid into her or his research fund. These funds may be used to support travel, materials, or to cover the costs of bringing guest speakers to the course. Total compensation will not exceed $15,000.

Those wishing to apply should submit:
Cover sheet, including the signatures of all relevant Chairs and Directors under whom the applicant works, agreeing that, if selected, they agree to give serious consideration to including the course in their permanent curriculum;
curriculum vita;
brief statement describing a possible course topic and articulating the potential student audience and/or relation to current departmental curriculum or interdisciplinary research/teaching initiatives (no more than 500 words);
statement of purpose describing the applicant's human rights-related experience and reasons for applying (1-3 pages);
any extra materials, such as a scholarly paper or book chapter, grant proposal, or a report of a research project (optional).

Applications are due March 31, 2007; decisions will be announced by April 20, 2007.

For more information, contact Jeanne Boyea at jboyea@umich.edu or 764-2268.

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Job: Visiting position Russian language/literature, Amherst

Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor position at Amherst College

One-year visiting position in Russian language and literature/culture at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. (Candidates should have a completed Ph.D by the time of appointment. The Department is seeking an experienced colleague who can offer two language courses at the introductory or intermediate level and two courses, taught in English, in Russian literature and/or culture. Candidates should also be prepared to advise majors as they pursue advanced work in Russian Studies.
Deadline for submission is March 15, 2007.
Send application letter, CV and dossier to
Professor Stanley Rabinowitz, Chair
Department of Russian
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1600 students and 190 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The administration, faculty, and student body are committed to attracting qualified candidates from groups presently underrepresented on our campus.

Professor Stanley Rabinowitz, Chair
Amherst College

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Ukrainian studies in Lviv July 13-31, 2007

International School of Ukrainian studies
(July 13 - 31 2007)

The charming and ancient city of Lviv is proud to invite guests! Welcome to the fourth International School of Ukrainian Studies! If you have never been to Ukraine or want to come once again, if you wish to learn more about our Eastern-European country as well as to make several exciting trips including climbing the highest mountain of Ukraine we welcome you to apply!

The International School of Ukrainian Studies is an educational program that consists of courses on Ukrainian language, history, culture, economy, internal and external policy courses.

All lectures will be taught by the university professors. The official language of the School is English. Participants will receive certificates after passing the final exam.

During almost 20 days the participants will live in Ukrainian families getting acquainted with Ukrainian national traditions, learning language, tasting delicious traditional food and drinks.

In the frames of our school our participants will get unique chance to visit city museums, attend the famous Lviv opera, visit the beautiful capital Kiev and ancient Ukrainian castles, and climb the highest mountain of Ukraine, gorgeous Hoverla.

The participation fee for the Program is $600. It includes living expenses in host family, meals, lectures, museums, travel expenses in the frames of the program and handouts. We do not cover travel expenses to and from Ukraine, health insurance or visa expenses if visa to Ukraine is needed. We will provide participants with all necessary travel information and will help to find the most appropriate way to get to Lviv. As the selection process is highly competitive we can provide a limited number of scholarships based upon financial needs of the applicants.

The application deadline is May 10 2007. Early applicants will receive priority in the selection process.
The selection results will be announced by May 20 2007.

In order to apply for scholarships, fill out the application form, attach your CV, picture, letter of motivation and letter to the host family.

For further information and an application form, please write to:

We hope to meet you in Ukraine this summer!

mykola mailto:mpekh@ukr.net

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CFP: New Deadline: ESCAS Conference on Central Asia


European Society for Central Asian Studies Tenth Conference on
Central Asia: Sharing Experiences and Prospects

13-15 September 2007
The Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

The European Society for Central Asian Studies invites panel and paper proposals for its Tenth Conference, to be held in Ankara, Turkey. The event will be organized by the Center for Black Sea and Central Asia, the Middle East Technical University.

Venue: Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of the Middle East Technical University
Language: English. No translation facilities will be provided.

The ESCAS 10th Conference provides Central Asian and European researchers with a golden opportunity to study and to exchange views on Central Asia; its past, present and future. Ever since it was founded in 1985, ESCAS has always striven to promote Central Asian studies among Western scholars as well as colleagues from the region.
The creation of the newly independent Central Asian Republics after 1991 accompanied by the opening of this region to the world, marked the new era for Central Asian studies. Current developments in Central Asia are reflected in all academic disciplines, dealing with geopolitics, energy and economics, urbanism, society and communities and religious beliefs, ethnography, history, archaeology and linguistics.

The geographic domain of Central Asia, according to the ESCAS definition, covers contemporary Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Northern Iran, Northern Afghanistan, North-Western China, Trans-Caspian and South Siberia.

For the first time the conference will be held in Turkey at the Middle East Technical University, who has been a pioneer in the Eurasian Studies by establishing a research centre on the region for the first time in Turkey.

Panels and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social sciences on Central Asia are welcome, including:
1. Geopolitics of Central Asia: Interdisciplinary Approach
2. Central Asian History at Crossroads
3. Forms of Cultural Expression, Language, Linguistic, Arts, Music
4. Confronting Experiences: Spaces and Society
5. Cross-Regional Issues
6. Peoples and Their Identities
7. Aspect of Sustainability: Market, Natural Resources and Energy
8. Re-thinking Central Asian Research: New Concepts, New Approaches

Please note that abstracts longer than 500 words may be rejected by the selection committee with no further consideration.

Only English language electronic submissions in the MS Word format will be accepted.

Further information on how to prepare an abstract could be obtained from the following web-sites:

http://www.escas.pz.nl or http://cess.fas.harvard.edu/

NOTE: Proposals must be submitted online to this e-mail address:

For further information about the conference, see

NOTE: The organizers do not have sufficient funds to cover all costs of the conference. Participants are strongly advised to seek their own funding. As a special incentive for participants from the region, however, the organizers will try to seek funds to cover the accommodation costs and registration fee, depending on availability of their financial sources.
Special facilities for handicapped are unfortunately not available in any of the conference venues.

For questions, please, do not hesitate to contact us at:
The Center for Black Sea and Central Asia
Iktisadi Idari Bilimler Fakultesi B Binası
Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi
Kat: 2, Oda no: I204
Assoc. Prof. Pinar Akcali (Chair of Organizing Committee):

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February 14, 2007

Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics & Society

MIDDLE EAST & CENTRAL ASIA Politics, Economics, and Society Conference
September 6 - 8, 2007

Since its inception in 2003, the conference successfully has brought together academics (professors and advanced graduate students), analysts, policy makers, and NGO workers interested in the two regions of Middle East and Central Asia/Caucasus in order to network and share research interests.

This year, the organizers expect to accommodate as many as 150 research papers from around the world divided into nearly 40 panels. There will also be two plenary presentations one of which will be delivered by Professor Robert Pape of the University of Chicago, the author of the Dying to Win: Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism.

PANEL THEMES: The conference encompasses and encourages interdisciplinary social science and humanities approaches to analysis and problem-solving. For suggested panel themes, see http://web.utah.edu/meca/2007Conf/CFP2007.htm

The three-day event may also include a presentation by an Ambassador to the US from one of the two regions. Other attractions include two complimentary meals, an evening of Middle Eastern & Central Asian music and art, a book fair, and the screening of recently released films and documentaries on the Middle East and Central Asia.

APPLICATION: If interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel/workshop in the 2007 MECA Conference, please submit:

PAPER TITLE (and Panel theme and paper titles if applicable)
Indicate willingness to serve as a session MODERATOR and/or DISCUSSANT
Whether, if accepted, you will need a US visa to attend the conference.

Kindly save the above in NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES TOTAL in A WORD FILE and name your file as: Your last name in capital letters, a hyphen, followed by your first name (e.g. your 2-page Word application should be named: LASTNAME-Name.doc). As the ‘Subject’ of your email type: ‘MECA 2007 Proposal’. Applications should be sent by March 30, 2007 to:


Updates also will be posted on: < http://web.utah.edu/meca/>.

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CfP: The Dynamics of Memory in the New Europe

The Dynamics of Memory in the New Europe: National Memories and the European Project
Location: United Kingdom

In 2007, the European Union celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. The inaptness of the logo marking the occasion, 'Together since 1957' highlights what can be seen as one of the key obstacles to the emergence of a European identity: the lack of a common history.

Whereas collective memories of war and destruction provided post-war western Europe with an important impetus to push forward the European project, collective memories in the EU of 27 are arguably characterised more by diversity and fragmentation.

We will hold a conference on this theme in mid-September 2007 (in Nottingham or Durham), and would like to invite conference contributions which examine the dynamics and landscapes of memory in the new Europe.

Please send a 250-word abstract and short CV (with relevant publications) by 2007-02-28
either to Ruth Wittlinger (Durham University; ruth.wittlinger@durham.ac.uk),
Dorothee Hermanni (University of Karlsruhe; doro.hm@web.de) or
Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent University; william.niven@ntu.ac.uk).

Contributions might focus on issues such as:
- the role of collective memory in bilateral, trilateral and multilateral relationships in the new Europe (east and west)
- the development of national memory strands and their impact on attitudes towards European integration and European policy
- the formation and influence of transnational collective memories, e.g. Holocaust memory and memory of eastern and central Europe’s communist past
- the interrelationship between and interaction of contrasting or conflicting memory strands within the nations of the new Europe, or within Europe as a whole (e.g. memories of victimhood, perpetration and collaboration)
- the impact of migration within the boundaries of the new Europe, and from outside Europe to inside Europe on the formation and evolution of collective memory
- the question of a possible “Europeanisation” of memory, and the relationship of any such memory to concepts of “global memory”

Professor Bill Niven
Professor of Contemporary German History
School of Arts, Communication and Culture
The Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
Nottingham NG12 8NS
Email: william.niven@ntu.ac.uk

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February 13, 2007

European Workshop in Prague April 10-16

The Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Spring Institute 2007 (ESI 2007) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

Where? Prague, Czech Republic

When? April 10-16, 2007

Who? Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) and INstrategy - Institute for European and National Strategies have teamed up to organize the sixth institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2007).

Why? The European Spring Institute 2007 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

What is it about? The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2007 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website http://esi.cpvp.cz/esi/ to discover all the details about the ESI2007. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

We also suggest students to submit their applications by Early Bird Application Deadline of February 28, 2007. The Final Deadline is March 7, 2007.

Should you have any questions regarding the ESI2007 and/or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

European Spring Institute 2007
Centrum pro verejnou politiku
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605
Fax: +420 281 930 584
E-mail: esi@cpvp.cz

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Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in Humanities & Social Sciences

University of Pennsylvania
School of Arts and Sciences
MELLON POSTDOCTORAL TEACHING FELLOWSHIPS in the Humanities and the Social Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences invites applicants for four (4) two-year postdoctoral teaching fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows will teach one course per term. Eligibility is limited to applicants who will have received their Ph.D. within two years prior to the time they begin their fellowship at Penn (May 2005 or later).
$45,600 stipend.
Application deadline: February 28, 2007.
For guidelines and application, see the School of Arts and Sciences website [http://www.sas.upenn.edu/deans-office/MellonApplicationGuidelines.htm] or write
Office of the Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvan ia, 116 College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6377. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Associate Professor Kevin M. F. Platt
Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
745 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305



Tel: 215-746-0173
Fax: 215-573-7794

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Postdoctoral Fellowship on Russia and Islam

Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Project on Russia and Islam

The Harriman Institute proposes to award two postdoctoral fellowships for a new research project on the Russian lands and Islam. This project seeks to reconsider the relationship between religion and modernity in Russian history, by highlighting the role played by religious institutions, policies and ideas in the transformation and modernization of the imperial and post-imperial state from 1750 to the present.
Focusing, in particular, on the Russian relationship with Islam it seeks to foster a reappraisal of the geopolitical significance of the long-term Russian interaction – through the Tsarist and Soviet eras – with its southern neighbors, in particular, the Ottoman empire and its successor states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Candidates with a background in Russian or Ottoman studies, or with other relevant research interests, are invited to apply. The fellowships are for academic year 2007-2008 and will involve, in addition to research, helping to run a workshop and conferences associated with the project.
For more information on the project, please contact Project Director, Professor Mark Mazower: mm2669@columbia.edu

Postdoctoral awards are normally for one academic year, although in some cases the support can be for one semester. They require that the recipient be in residence at Columbia. All fellows have access to the Institute's reading room, archives, lectures, and discussions as well as the resources within the Columbia library system. Although the Institute's space is limited, it does accommodate postdoctoral fellows with desk areas.

Eligibility is restricted to those applicants who have received the Ph.D. within the five years prior to the fellowship period for which they are applying. Candidates must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the fellowship.


Candidates should send the following materials to the Fellowship Committee, Russia and Islam Research Project, c/o Barbara Singleton, at the address below, by March 15th (fellowships begin the following

1. A research plan outlining how the scholar's time will be spent at the Institute

2. A curriculum vitae

3. A substantial portion of the applicant's dissertation (one or two chapters, or an abstract of the dissertation)

In addition, the applicant should have three letters of recommendation sent to the Fellowship Committee of the Harriman Institute.

Barbara Singleton, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street, New York, New York 10027

Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4697

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February 12, 2007

JOB: Opportunities to work in Russia

The Graduate School of Business Administration, Moscow State University (GSBA) and The Institute for Complex Strategic Studies (ICSS) are partnering institutions, engaged in business education and policy advice and advocacy.

GSBA is a business unit of the Moscow State University, offering full range of business education programs: from undergraduate to MBA and executive. ICSS is a leading Russian think tank. ICSS' research covers monetary, fiscal, industrial and social policies.

GSBA and ICSS are looking for international faculty and visiting professors and researchers to consolidate its research activities and to support partnership network in Russia and abroad.

International Faculty and Visiting Professors for BBA and MA Programs
A successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching process by using innovative curricular and up-to-date methods of management education, and to participate in the research activities.

* Strong academic credentials, including Ph.D. or DBA
* Substantial track record of research achievements and academic publications
* Strong interest to conduct research in business and management related fields
* Experience in case method teaching
* English speaking candidates are welcome

International Research Director

A successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and tools for effective outreach to potential partners and collaborators and for increasing an overall quality of the research at ICSS and GSBA.

* Ph.D. or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (Economics, International Relations, Public Affairs)
* A minimum 15 years of professional experience, with a proven experience of managing and administrating research units
* Strong international research or management profile
* Proven personal competence in forward thinking and developing communications strategies

Research Adviser

A successful candidate will actively participate in discussions on key policy and strategic issues as well as make innovative contributions on the design and methodology of the research projects.

* Ph.D. or equivalent in Economics or related fields
* Substantial track record of research achievements and academic publications
* Strong quantitative orientation is highly desirable
* Excellent communication skills, exceptional commitment to work in Russia

GSBA and ICSS contracts will be for a minimum of one year, on a full-time basis. We offer excellent research conditions and competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, including a relocation package if applicable.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter describing your interest in position to Elena Kiseleva at: kiseleva@icss.ac.ru

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Fellowships for Summer Language Study in Russia

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce full and partial fellowships available for graduate and undergraduate students to study for the summer in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or Vladimir on the Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP).

Applications for summer programs are due March 1.

Summer programs provide approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies at Moscow International University and at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Gertsen Institute) in St. Petersburg. The KORA Center for Russian Language hosts the Vladimir program. Participants receive graduate or undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

A full-time U.S. resident director oversees the academic and cultural programs and assists participants in academic, administrative, and personal matters. Students may live with Russian host families or in university dormitories in Moscow and St. Petersburg; all students in Vladimir live with Russian families. During the summer, students may participate in volunteer opportunities at local public schools, charities, and international businesses, depending on language level and interests. Students are also offered the chance to meet for two hours per week with peer tutors recruited from their host universities.

Full and partial fellowships are available through ACTR for the Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Many colleges and universities also provide financial aid for participation in American Councils program. Recent participants have received substantial fellowship support from the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).

Programs also available for Heritage Speakers of Russian. Please contact the Outbound office for more details.

Application Deadlines: Summer Program: March 1; Fall/Academic Year Program: April 1; Spring Semester: October 15. Applications are now available for download at: www.acrussiaabroad.org. Applications are currently being accepted for Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year 2007-2008 programs.

For more information and an application, please contact:

Russian & Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org
Website: www.acrussiaabroad.org;

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February 09, 2007

European Union study tour: ALL STUDENTS

The European Union Today Study Tour, organized by CDS International, Inc.

June 3-17, 2007
Application deadline: March 30, 2007

Experience the EU Today from A-Z. Spend two engaging weeks exploring the European Union today. The study tour will begin with a three-day seminar on the European Union’s dynamic history and its latest developments as the largest economic block in the world. Day trips and a weekend tour to one of Europe’s oldest cities will allow for insight into the historical aspects of Europe. The second week of the study tour will be spent in Brussels visiting EU institutions, missions to the EU and in meetings with representatives of the European Parliament as well as other important organizations that lend the EU its multicultural and dynamic flair. This comprehensive tour is for EU novices and experts alike!

Cologne/Dusseldorf, Germany
June 3-6: Arrival and three-day seminar on the History, Institutions and Responsibilities of the European Union

Maastricht, The Netherlands
June 7: An introduction to a “typical EU city” and meeting with university students

Bruges, Belgium
June 8-9: A visit to one of Europe’s oldest cities

Brussels, Belgium
June 10-15: Visit EU Institutions, including the European Commission, and the European Council, and meet with representatives of the German Marshall Fund, the European Parliament and the Polish Representation to the EU

For more information, please contact Melissa Graves at mgraves@cdsintl.org or go to http://www.cdsintl.org/fromusa/eutoday.htm

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European Union study tour: UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, organized by the EU Center of Excellence U-Washington (Seattle), in cooperation with the Institut d’etudes europeennes at l’Universite Libre de Bruxelles and EU Center of Excellence at the U-Wisconsin at Madison.

July 16 – Aug 10, 2007

Application deadline: March 16, 2007

Application available online at: http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels.shtml

For more information please contact: euc@u.washington.edu

The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 16 to August 10, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is co-administred by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and is hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The four-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration. In addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg. Brussels’ central location allows students to easily explore the area’s rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will start and end with group dinners. Field trip costs and both welcome and farewell dinners are included in the program fee. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!

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European Union study tour: GRADUATE STUDENTS

The EU in the 21st Century, organized by the EU center of Excellence at Indiana University Bloomington.

Application deadline: February 12, 2007

Application available online at: www.iub.edu/~overseas/applications/eu_sum.shtml

For more information please contact: Jeff Pennington at japennin@indiana.edu

Information also available at http://www.indiana.edu/~eucenter/studytrip.shtml.

The European Union Center of Excellence at Indiana University is pleased to announce that its 2007 graduate summer seminar/study-trip, “The European Union in the 21st Century,” will take place from May 9 to June 1, 2007. This program is open to any graduate student with an interest in EU studies currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at a US university.

Description of the program:

This is a three-week course in Europe that focuses on the evolving European Union and its public policy impact. The focus is on helping prepare graduate students for professional work in an international policy environment. The class will give students a hands-on experience with real policy issues in seminars with public and private executives and policy makers. Seminars will be held in Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, and Brussels, in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw, the Green Campus of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and with various EU institutions and NATO headquarters in Brussels. The program will also include visits to other relevant organizations and public offices in Poland, Germany, France, and Belgium.

Typically, this graduate seminar focuses on such matters as:
· the Constitutional debate in Europe: the EU transition to new forms of governance;
· the role of the EU and national courts in shaping European societal, economic, and political life;
· transatlantic relations in a strategic context;
· the changing ethnic composition of Europe and accompanying social/political/cultural policy issues;
· EU Enlargement to East and Central Europe;
· EU Enlargement with regard to Turkey;
· managing environmental policy in the context of globalization and regionalization;
· harmonizing employment and labor market policy in the European Union;
· economic development initiatives in the European Union and its member states;
· monetary and fiscal policy issues in the European Union;
· competition and regulatory policy in the European Union;
· EU trade policy issues and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This EU seminar/study-trip is a multi-disciplinary, policy-oriented program open to graduate and professional degree students in any field of study with an interest in EU policy studies. Students with an interest in issues such as the transatlantic relationship; EU enlargement; comparative constitutional development, including the EU Constitutional Treaty; business, finance, and economics, including the Euro-zone; agro-environmental policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy; law; immigration; minorities; civil society; and gender may find this seminar of significant relevance.

However, applicants may apply a broad definition of "policy studies" and “policy relevance.” Interests that are "policy relevant" do not necessarily need to focus directly on a matter of current and intense concern to EU policy makers. Students from fields such as history; modern languages, literatures and linguistic policy; the humanities; popular culture; and other disciplines that may be outside the immediate purview of government officials are encouraged to apply, as long as the applicant explains convincingly why and how their interests are relevant at some level, even indirectly, to the formation of policy as a whole and how their interests impact policy debates and research on such issues.

The cost of the program in May 2007 will be $3950. It covers the cost of tuition (4 credit hours); readings; accommodations in Europe; and intra-European travel (Warsaw-Berlin-Paris–Brussels). It does not include airfare, food, or daily personal expenses. A $200 administrative fee is assessed for students outside of the Indiana University-system.

For more detailed information about this past summer’s 2006 seminar/study-trip, please see the August 2006 issue of EU @ IU, the EU Center’s quarterly newsletter, available at http://www.indiana.edu/~eucenter/EU_Center_newsletter_summer_2006.pdf.

For additional information, please contact Jeffrey Pennington (japennin@indiana.edu), assistant director, Indiana University EU Center of Excellence, Ballantine Hall 542, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405; tel. (812) 856-3832.

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February 06, 2007

JOB: RussTech Language Services, Tallahassee, FL

RussTech Language Services, Inc., a translation/interpreting company situated in Tallahassee FL that specializes in Russian and Ukrainian technical translations, mostly for the national laboratories of the US Department of Energy, is bidding on a large, new contract that would require the hiring of additional translation and editing personnel:

Russian > English translator
English > Russian translator
Technical editor, Russian > English

These are entry level positions that would be available 15 March 2007 or as soon as one can move to Tallahassee upon completion of the current school year. Assuming we are awarded this contract, the positions will remain open until successful candidates have been selected. As in most small companies (we have 10 employees), there are 'other duties as assigned.'

The primary job requirements are excellent writing skills in English and a solid knowledge of Russian grammar and syntax (for the Russian > English translator-and vice versa for the English - Russian translator). Knowledge of Ukrainian or other foreign languages at any level is a plus, but not a require-ment. These positions offer the opportunity to receive continuing training and practical experience, which will result in improved language skills. No specific technical or translation experience is required, but the more math and science one has in her/his back-ground, the better. We will train you in our technologies, our standards and procedures, and in how to truly understand written Russian (or English).

There are no significant differences in skill sets required for translators and editors, although translators need a solid grasp of Russian (English) grammar, syntax, and style, whereas editors need a well developed sense of English style and a feel for technical writing. Mostly the difference is one of temperament.

RussTech was founded in 1994. We are unusual in the translation industry because we hire and train our own staff translators and editors, rather than relying on freelance contractors. We have developed and continually expand specialized bilingual glossaries of technical terminology, acronyms, and regulatory document titles. These aids contribute significantly to the accuracy, consistency, and overall quality of the translation documents we produce.

Tallahassee is a college town and the capital of the state. Population in the city is approximately 165,000; total population in the county is around 260,000. In addition, there are over 65,000 students enrolled at Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College. We are situated in the Florida panhandle about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

The starting salary for these positions will be modest (high 20s, depending on education and experience, if any), but there are significant increases scheduled at the end of the probationary period (3 months under Florida law) and at both the first and second anniversaries. In addition, RussTech offers a full range of benefits, including medical and retirement - see the attached file. Upon completion of two years with the company, the successful candidate can expect to be earning a salary in the mid 30s, plus benefits, and to have become a fully accomplished technical translator in our areas of specialization (nuclear safety, security, and regulatory affairs).

To apply, please submit a resume, transcript, English language writing sample, and cover letter to:
RussTech Language Services, Inc.
Tallahassee, Florida 32303-3041
tel: 850-562-9811/9812
fax: 850-562-9815
e-mail: russtech@russtechinc.com
URL: www.russtechinc.com

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February 02, 2007

JOB: Troika Dialog, Russia's leading Investment Bank, is looking for highly motivated specialists to join its Research Department.

We are seeking a new member for our English-language editing team to proofread regular news bulletins and larger reports on Russian companies and their industry sectors, equity and fixed income markets, and economics. We are looking for bright people, Russian speakers, native English, attentive, keen to live and work in Moscow. In-depth knowledge of markets is not a prerequisite; this is a great springboard for someone with limited experience, such as recent graduates, looking for a way into the world of financial markets.

Main Requirements:
Native English speaker
Good Russian
Attention to detail, fast and accurate work
Creative attitude and pride in results
Basic understanding of financial markets
Amiable nature, team player
Long hours are sometimes required

If interested, please contact our HR department:
Phone: +7 (495) 258 0500
Fax: +7 (495) 787 2320
Email: recruitment@troika.ru

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Contemporary Russia area studies summer program, ACTR/ACCELS, Moscow, 2007

ACTR/ACCELS has a five-week area studies summer program in Moscow open to students at all levels of Russian proficiency, including those with no prior language training. The Contemporary Russia program offers courses in politics, economics and culture; all area studies courses are conducted in English by faculty of the Moscow Higher School of Economic. In addition, program participants receive six hours per week of language instruction geared toward their proficiency levels (including elementary courses for students with no prior training in Russian). Contemporary Russia participants are granted U.S. academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Students attend six hours of class per day, four days per week. The fifth day of each week is set aside for cultural excursions. For more information, please see our website at www.acrussiaabroad.org or contact us at outbound@americancouncils.org

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