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September 26, 2007

CFP: “Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe,” 1945-1989, 08/18-25/2008, Prague

“Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe, 1945-1989”
Summer School at the Charles University Prague
August 18 - 25, 2008
with the support of the European Commission and jointly hosted/organized by the Charles University in Prague & Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg

The year of 2008 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring, the French May events, as well as numerous other protest movements which attempted to bring about domestic change and transform the geopolitical confines of the Cold War. Due to this occasion, the Marie-Curie-Conference and Training Courses on “European Protest Movements since 1945” invite applications for an international summer school in Prague on European peace and protest cultures from 1945-1989.

We will take the anniversary and the historical location as an opportunity to discuss the contributions of protest movements to processes of political participation and transformations of culture and value systems in European societies from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our goal is to examine the variety of political, social, cultural and aesthetical forms of protest and social dissent by including all sides of the political spectrum. Particular emphasis will be laid on the impact of peace and protest cultures for the development of a European transnational civil society and for the international diffusion of alternative lifestyles and cultural practices.

Though mainly focusing on the years of the Cold War, our aim is also to analyze the influence of longer historical trajectories reaching into the first half of the century, as well as to make the connection to more recent forms of social dissent and protest phenomena in the era of the internet. By bringing together innovative approaches to phenomena of social change, protest movements and cultures of dissent in Europe during the Cold War from a variety of disciplines, the summer school wants to offer a more comprehensive view of historical and cultural transformations in the 20th century.

Thematically, we therefore invite applications from scholars whose research is focused on:
- aesthetic and literary avant-gardes (e.g. DADA, surrealism, situationism, etc.)
- anarchist and autonomous movements
- nationalist and conservative movements
- fascist and neo-fascist movements
- peace movements
- workers’ and peasants’ protest
- labor and trade union activism
- 1968 in East and West
- sexual politics
- new social movements (women’s / environmental movement, etc.)
- the revolutions of 1989
- recent nationalist or right-wing movements
- terrorist movements and violence
- cyber-protest / dissent in the age of the internet

We especially encourage applications implementing perspectives on:
- media strategies of protest movements
- alternative lifestyles within countercultural movements
- transnational networks and communication
- transfer and re-contextualization of cultural practices
- languages of dissent and protest
- emotions
- constructions of race and class
- the impact of protest movements on international relations
- the perception of the superpowers and the Cold War
- aesthetics and artistic dimensions of protest from the field of cultural studies

The organizational format of the summer school will feature various workshops with leading scholars of different disciplines, panel discussions on overarching themes and innovative approaches, as well as oral presentation by the participants. The aim is to foster an academic dialogue across disciplinary boundaries while at the same time providing ample space for discussion and mutual exchange.

Applications from postgraduate students, early stage researchers (PhD-students), postdocs and young scholars from all disciplinary and national backgrounds are strongly encouraged and form the main, although not exclusive, target group for this event.

Successful applicants will be provided with a travel grant and a living allowance that should cover all necessary expenses.

Although the conference language will mainly be English, we also invite proposals in Czech, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Polish, if a short summary in English is provided.

Conveners: Martin Klimke (University of Heidelberg), Joachim Scharloth (University of Zurich), Kathrin Fahlenbrach (University of Halle), Mil?s Havelka, Michal Pullmann, Zdenek Nebrensky, (Charles University in Prague)

PLEASE USE ONLINE APPLICATION AT: www.protest-research.eu
FURTHER QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: mail@protest-research.eu
Rebekka Weinel (European Protest Movements)eu.protest@HCA.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE

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September 19, 2007

CFP: "Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and War in the Modern Age," Kent, UK

Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and War in the Modern Age, United Kingdom
Deadline: 2007-12-10

In the modern age, propaganda has become synonymous with warfare, the battle for hearts and minds occupying a central position within military and civilian planning. This conference intends to promote a broader, comparative approach to the themes of justifying war and the ‘just war’, drawing on social, political, military, cultural and economic studies from the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th Century through to the current war in Iraq. While the conference is mainly historical in focus, there is naturally a contemporary resonance between the experience of past efforts to justify war and more recent activities, notably in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

We would like to encourage interdisciplinarity, especially the cross-fertilization of history with the wider military and media communities. Scholars will have the opportunity to compare and contrast studies drawn from such diverse chronological, thematic and methodological positions to test the inception and development of the concept of justifying war in the modern era. This will be the first major international conference of its kind to explore these issues and will, we hope, identify further research synergies forming the basis for future collaboration.

For more information, please contact:
Jackie Waller
School of History
Kent University
Canterbury CT2 7NX
Email: j.a.waller@kent.ac.uk

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September 12, 2007

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta announces Grants & Scholarships for 2008-2009

The following grants & scholarships are available for students studying Ukrainian:
- Marusia and Michael Dorosh Master’s Fellowship
- Helen Darcovich Memorcial Doctoral Fellowship
- Neporany Doctoral Fellowship
- Research Grants

Application forms are available from:
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
450 Athabasca Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2E8
Tel: 780-492-2973 Fax: 780-492-4967
E-mail: cius@ualberta.ca
Web site: http://www.ualberta.ca/CIUS/cius-grants.htm

Graduate Fellowships:
Marusia and Michael Dorosh Master’s Fellowship



The Dorosh Master's Fellowship (up to $10,000), non-renewable, is awarded annually to a student writing a thesis on a Ukrainian or Ukrainian-Canadian topic in one of the above areas. Because funding is for thesis work only, all other degree requirements must be completed by the time the award is taken up. Students in non-thesis, course-based programs are not eligible.

Applications will be judged on a points system based on the thesis proposal, academic grades, letters of reference, and writing sample. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, who may hold the fellowship at any institution of higher learning, and foreign students enrolled at the University of Alberta will receive extra points.

Helen Darcovich Memorcial Doctoral Fellowship



The Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellowship, renewable, is awarded annually to a student writing a dissertation on a Ukrainian or Ukrainian-Canadian topic in one of the above areas. Because funding is for dissertation work only, all other degree requirements must be completed by the time the award is taken up.

Applications will be judged on a points system based on the dissertation proposal, letters of reference, writing sample, academic grades, and publishing record. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, who may hold the fellowship at any institution of higher learning, and foreign students enrolled at the University of Alberta will receive extra points.

Neporany Doctoral Fellowship



Offered by the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies (Osyp and Josaphat Neporany Educational Fund). Will be awarded in 2008-2009 to one or more doctoral students specializing on Ukraine in political science, economics and related fields (social sciences and political, economic and social history). Preference will be given to students completing their dissertations as well as to students at Canadian universities or Canadian citizens and residents. The amount of the award can range from $5,000 to $15,000. Holders of major scholarships/fellowships ($13,000 or greater) are ineligible to apply for the Neporany Fellowship. The duration of the fellowship will be one academic year.

1. A current cv and transcripts
2. A precis of their thesis
3. Publications
4. Two letters of recommendation, including one from their thesis adviser
5. Information on awards received or applied for

Research Grants


Application forms and the "Guide to Research Applications" are available from:
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
450 Athabasca Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E8
Tel: 780-492-2973 Fax: 780-492-4967
E-mail: cius@ualberta.ca
Web site: www.cius.ca
Deadline for receipt of application is 1 March 2008

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September 10, 2007

CFP: Inter-Asian Connections (Deadline: September 14, 2007)

International Conference on Inter-Asian Connections
Dubai, UAE: February 21-24, 2008
Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2007
Website: http://www.ssrc.org/program_areas/global/papers/

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce an open call for individual research paper submissions from researchers in any world region, to participate in a 4-day thematic workshop at an international conference on "Inter-Asian Connections." To be held in Dubai, February 21-24, 2008, the conference will host concurrent workshops showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines, on themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia, to East Asia.

The conference structure and schedule have been designed to enable intensive 'working group' interactions on a specific research theme, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern to all participants. Accordingly, there will be public keynotes, plenaries, and roundtables addressing different aspects of Inter-Asian research in addition to closed workshop sessions. The concluding day of the conference will bring all the workshops together in a public presentation and exchange of research agendas that have emerged over the course of the deliberations in Dubai.

Individual paper submissions are invited for the following workshops:
Sites of Inter-Asian Interaction

Workshop directors: Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK; Tim Harper, University of Cambridge, UK

Networks of Islamic Learning across Asia: The Role of International Centers of Islamic Learning in Building Ties and Forging New Identities
Workshop director: Jacqueline Armijo-Hussein, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Distant Divides and Intimate Connections: Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia
Workshop director: Nicole Constable, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Law-in-Action in Asian Societies and Civilizations
Workshop directors: Baudouin Dupret, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France; Zouhair Ghazzal, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

Multiple flexibilities: nation-states, global business and precarious labor
Workshop directors: Kevin Hewison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Neoliberal Globalization and Governmentality: State, Civil society and the NGO Phenomena in Asia
Workshop director: Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA

Initiatives of Regional Integration in Asia in Comparative Perspective: Concepts, Contents and Prospects
Workshop directors: Howard Loewen, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany; Anja Zorob, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany

Border Problems: Theory, Culture, and Political Economy
Workshop directors: David Ludden, New York University, USA; Julie Mostov, Drexel University, Pennsylvania, USA; Dina M. Siddiqi, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Post-collective Economic Lives and Livelihoods: Studies of Economy,
Institution and Everyday Practice in Post-socialist Eurasia and Asia

Workshop directors: Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona, USA; John Pickles, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Transnational Circuits: 'Muslim Women' in Asia
Workshop director: Annelies Moors, ISIM/University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Inter-Referencing Asia: Urban Experiments & the Art of Being Global
Workshop directors: Aihwa Ong, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Ananya Roy, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Application materials are due by Friday, September 14, 2007. Junior and senior scholars are encouraged to apply, whether graduate students and faculty affiliated to colleges and universities, or researchers in NGOs or other research organizations. Please note that an individual cannot apply to more than one workshop.

Selection decisions will be announced on October 19, 2007. Accepted participants are required to submit a 20-25 page research paper by January 14, 2008.

The SSRC will make every effort to subsidize the travel and accommodation costs associated with attending the conference, and we will issue a formal announcement about availability and levels of financial assistance for individual participants in the coming months. In the meantime, prospective participants are encouraged to seek out alternative sources of funding that may be available from their home institutions or other agencies.

For additional inquiries, please contact the SSRC at intl_collaboration@ssrc.org.

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Fellowship: Intensive Language Study Programs in Eurasia, American Councils

American Councils is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Spring 2008 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

Applications for the Spring 2008 program are due October 15. Applications are now available for download from the American Councils website: http://www.americancouncils.org.

Full and partial fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants have also received substantial fellowship support from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).

Recent Eurasian Regional Language Program participants have studied:
Azeri in Baku;
Buryat in Ulan Ude;
Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi;
Kazakh in Almaty;
Romanian/Moldovan in Chisinau;
Tajik, Persian, and Uzbek in Dushanbe; and Ukrainian in Kyiv

Programs also available for the study of: Armenian, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut. [Students seeking to study languages not listed here should contact the American Councils Outbound Office (202) 833-7522.] Please note that some languages are offered in more than one country.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and professionals intensive individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may in enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs. All courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level instruction in Russian or the host-country language are eligible to apply to the program.

Academic programs are tailored to the individual student's language level and provide approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class instruction in the target language. Courses in history, literature, and politics are also available for advanced speakers. Other program features include peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and graduate- or undergraduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

Application deadlines:
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1

Applications for the Spring 2008 semester program are due October 15.
Additional program information and applications are available on the American Councils website,

For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org
Website: www.americancouncils.org

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