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January 31, 2008

International Consultant Public Private Partnership Development Project, Chisinau

International Consultant for provision of Training of Trainers on PPP development - “Public Private Partnership Development Project”
Vacancy Number: 16/Pr-2008
http://www.eurobrussels.com/job_display.php?job_id=5726


Background: 
The Ministry of Economy and Trade with the support of UNDP Moldova have developed and are implementing the PPP Development project. PPP Project is designed as a complementary facility to the many existing initiatives and institutions, and works with a variety of partners at national and local levels with the purpose to increase the capacity of central and local governments to promote, develop, operate and manage public-private partnership projects for infrastructure development and the provision of basic services.
PPP Development project is seeking to employ a consultant for providing the a five days training of trainers session on PPP development to a group of up to 27 representatives of academia, local consulting companies, free lancers.

Tasks and responsibilities:
In order to achieve the objective, the Consultant is expected to carry out the high level services and deliver the following outputs of the assignment:
0. Develop and deliver the concept of ToT and the teaching aids (agenda, working methods, procedures, manuals and other materials) which will be discussed with the Project Team;
0. ToT programme and background materials, which will be discussed with the Project Team;
0. Develop and deliver the trainer’s manual and participant’s manual (subject and teaching techniques);
0. Deliver a 5 days ToT learning session;
0. Evaluation form and selection (rating) criteria for participants;
0. Evaluation forms filled in by participants;
0. Formulate and submit the final recommendations report on ToT.
Qualifications and skills required:
0. PhD/Master degree in Economics, Public finance, Public Administrative Reform or Public Administration or related disciplines;
0. At least 5 years of overall work/professional experience in the field of PPP frameworks development, setting up or implementing PPP projects;
0. At least 3 years of working experience in training/teaching on PPP development;
0. Strong communication skills, to develop methodical and training materials;
0. Excellent analytical skills and strong commitment to sharing expertise and experience in order to develop capacity of others, and work as a member/advisor of a team;
0. Able to work effectively in an environment where systems do not exist or function as they should;
0. A high standard of written and spoken English is essential, knowledge of Romanian will be an asset;
0. Experience of work in a related to PPP field in former Soviet Union or socialist countries, will be an asset;
0. Good PC skills, ability to use Internet browsers;
0. Responsibility, punctuality and self-discipline.

Terms of Reference

Personal History Form (P11)
Interested persons should submit their applications, consisting of a duly completed Personal History Form (P11), Short vision on achievement of tasks (max. 1 page), and a Financial Proposal (number of working days and fee per day) for carrying out the tasks, with the mark: “International Consultant for ToT/ PPP Development” by 21 February 2008, 17:30 (local time) to the following address: UNDP Office, 131, 31 August 1989 Street, MD-2012, Chisinau, Moldova, alternatively by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org
Only those short listed will be contracted.
Failure of candidates to submit a duly completed P11 form, as well as false representations on this form, shall constitute sufficient grounds for withdrawal of further consideration of the application. All information provided in the P11 form will be treated as strictly confidential.

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Job: Research Fellow at Analytica, Macedonia

Analytica, an independent non-profit think-tank is looking for a research fellow for the newly-launched Energy Programme.

Qualifications:
• University Degree
• Fluent English
• Excellent writing skills
• Knowledge and interest in energy issues
• Previous research and other relevant experience will be considered an advantage

No citizenship requirements. Analytica has an equal opportunity employment policy.

To apply: Send a one-page CV and motivation letter to: info@analyticamk.org by February 15, 2008. (Candidates who have not been contacted by February 29, 2008 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.)

For more info please visit: http://www.analyticamk.org/vacancies.html

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CfP: Joint Bulgarian-American Conference, 06/13-15/2008, Varna

Approximately every five years, the Bulgarian Studies Association and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences hosts a joint conference. The next of these, the 8th, will be held near Varna, Bulgaria, from June 13-15, 2008, in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences House, located on the shores of the Black Sea.

The title of the conference will be "Bulgarian-American Dialogs."

We have received a number of proposals, but there is still space for a few more papers. Papers dealing with Bulgarian topics in any discipline are eligible for consideration. BSA members who would like to present a paper should send a one-page paper abstract and the title of your paper to Mari Firkatian, <firkatian@hartford.edu>, by February 20th, 2008.

Anyone who is not currently a BSA member but would like to submit a paper is welcome to do so, but must also join the BSA by sending $15 annual dues to Martha Forsyth, BSA Secretary-Treasurer, 51 Davis Ave., West Newton, MA 02465-1925, by April 1st. Payment (U.S. dollars ONLY) can be made by check or through PayPal to: <bulgarianstudiesassociation@verizon.net>

Our Bulgarian colleagues will sponsor (primarily by housing) a limited number of the attendees who will present papers. All airline travel and other expenses will be the responsibility of attendees.

Please see the conference website for details:
<http://foreninger.uio.no/bsa/var08/>.

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January 30, 2008

UM CREES events for February 2008

Sat, Feb 2, 8 pm
Concert. A Celebration of the Keyboard. Six artists explore chamber music written for multiple pianists, including works by Lutosławski and Stravinsky. Sponsored by the University Musical Society. For ticket information, call 734.764.2538 or see <www.ums.org>. Hill Auditorium.

Mon, Feb 4, 5:30 pm
Lecture/Job Talk. “‘In Russia, all towns are the same’: Chekhov and Symbolic Geography.” Anne Lounsbery, assistant professor, New York University. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. 3308 Modern Languages Building.

Tue, Feb 5, 12 pm
Lecture. “Institution Building after Independence in Kyrgyzstan: International Organizations and Development Agendas.” Nina Bagdasarova, associate professor of psychology, Kyrgyz Slavic University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology, Population Studies Center, and CMENAS. 4154 LSA Building.

Mon, Feb 11, 4–5:30 pm
Lecture. “Aesthetics and Existence: The Case of Bruno Schulz.” Michał Paweł Markowski, professor and chair, Department of International Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature. 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University.

Wed, Feb 13, 4-5:30 pm
Lecture. “The Czech Republic in the Beginning of the 21st Century.” Martin Palous, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations. Co-sponsored with the Ford School of Public Policy. Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall. Reception to follow.

Tue, Feb 19, 4–5:30 pm
Lecture. “‘Awfully Interesting and Wonderfully Primitive’: British Responses to the Armenian Refugee Crisis 1918–1925.” Joanne Laycock, Manoogian Simone Post-doctoral Fellow. Co-sponsored with the Armenian Studies Program. 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University.

Wed, Feb 20, 12–1 pm
Lecture. “Missionizing Eurasia: The Global Networks of Ukrainian Evangelicals.” Catherine Wanner, associate professor, Department of History and Religious Studies Program, Pennsylvania State University. 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University.

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Mediterranean Research Meeting, 03/25-28/2009, Italy

The Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute of Florence (Italy) has just issued a Call for Workshops for 10th Mediterranean Research Meeting, that will take place in Montecatini Terme (close to Florence, Tuscany, Italy) on 25-28 March 2009.

The deadline for applications to be received is 15 March 2008.

Scholars are invited to send applications to jointly direct a workshop at the Tenth Mediterranean Research Meeting. Up to fifteen workshop proposals will be selected by a scientific programme committee at the EUI which may solicit external peer advice.

Applicants will be informed about selection by 15 May 2008.

Reaching its tenth anniversary, the Mediterranean Research Meeting:
(1) Stresses its aim to reach as wide as possible coverage of all Mediterranean areas, with topics relating to the Middle East, North Africa, Southern and South-Eastern Europe, their mutual relationships and their relations with Europe;
(2) Is committed to foster theoretical and empirical research and dialogue among scholars from countries across the Mediterranean and with Mediterranean issue concerns;
(3)Focuses attention on legal, historical, economic and socio-political issues;
(4) Encourages the publication and dissemination of this research in edited volumes, thematic issues of learned journals, and the Mediterranean Programme RSCAS-EUI Working Papers series.

Details are available on the Mediterranean Research Meeting web page:
http://www.iue.it/RSCAS/Research/Mediterranean/mrm2009/Index.shtml

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CFP: Slavic Linguistics Society 2008-Extended Deadline

CFP: Slavic Linguistics Society, June 2008

Second Call for Papers: Deadline extended to February 25, 2008.

The Third Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society will take place at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, June 10-12, 2008. Plenary speakers will include:
Henning Andersen (University of California, Los Angeles)
Peter Culicover (Ohio State University)
Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago)

We invite students, faculty, independent scholars, and other interested parties, representing all fields and rheoretical approaches, to submit an abstract on a topic of relevance to any aspect of the synchronic and/or diachronic analysis of one or more Slavic languages. As a special feature of this year's conference, we hope to include panels dedicated to undergraduate research in Slavic linguistics; please encourage qualified students to submit abstracts.

One-page abstracts (300 words, not counting title and bibliography), plus a second page with the title, submitter's name, affiliation, and contact information, should be submitted in Word or Text-Only format to collins.232@osu.edu by February 25, 2008. Questions about the conference may be directed to the same address.

Organizing Committee:
Daniel E. Collins
Brian D. Joseph
Andrea D. Sims

Daniel Collins, Chair
Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
The Ohio State University
400 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1340

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CfP: Journals: Special Issue of Languages and Cultures

A special issue of SEEJ on the teaching and learning of Slavic Languages and Cultures is being planned, guest edited by Olga E. Kagan and Benjamin Rifkin.

In 1997 we invited submissions for a volume The Teaching and Learning of Slavic Languages and Cultures (eds. Kagan and Rifkin, with Bauchus). The volume was published by Slavica in 2000 and received an award from AATSEEL in 2001. The purpose of this special issue for SEEJ is to see what changes have occurred in the field since then. The editors welcome submissions on curricular innovations and assessment, use of technologies, task-based and content-based teaching, issues encountered in teaching at the advanced level and with heritage speakers, and analyses of empirical data on the learning and teaching of any Slavic language. Submissions on any other topics related to the learning and teaching of Slavic languages and cultures are welcome.

The papers must present original research and must not have been published elsewhere previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere when submitted to SEEJ. Those submitting abstracts and papers must be members of AATSEEL.

Please submit an abstract (250 words) by e-mail to Benjamin Rifkin by e-mail attachment (.doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf) at brifkin@temple.edu by April 1, 2008. SEEJ is a peer-refereed journal. Submissions must be in English. (The deadline for the submission of full papers will be September 1, 2008.)

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or Olga Kagan
(okagan@ucla.edu).

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Internship Program in Warsaw, Poland

2008 ADELPHI-CIVITAS SUMMER PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN WARSAW, POLAND (June 1 - July 31, 2008) in ENGLISH
http://www.adelphi.edu/levermorescholars/adelphicivitas/

Internships (in English)

The program offers a unique opportunity for a limited number of students to undertake full-time summer professional internships in various profit, public and non-profit organizations in Warsaw, Poland that focus, among others, on:
- arts & culture,
- human rights, migration, refugees,
- European Integration, international politics, foreign policy
- media, media advertising, journalism
- civil society and local community development, civic education,
- public health,
- Jewish history & culture,
- economics, business, finance
- domestic politics
- transparency in public administration, anti-corruption policies
- environment
A sample list of internship areas and organizations can be viewed at:
http://www.adelphi.edu/levermorescholars/adelphicivitas/location.php

ACADEMIC COURSE and CREDITS
During the internship program students take an academic seminar and participate in the guest speaker series that help to contextualize students' internship experience. Internships, academic seminar and guestspeaker series are all in ENGLISH. Interested students can take an optional Polish language course. Students earn 5 credits for the international professional and academic experience awarded by Adelphi University. For more information about the academic program visit: http://www.adelphi.edu/levermorescholars/adelphicivitas/academic.php

APPLICATION
All students can apply: the program is opened to undergraduate and graduate students from all US universities and colleges. Application deadline: March 15, 2008 but early applications are encouraged. Limited number of places available (25). For more information about the program, application form and costs visit: http://www.adelphi.edu/levermorescholars/adelphicivitas/

Inquiries about the program can be directed to Dr. Maciej Bartkowski, Director of the Levermore Global Scholars Program at Adelphi University, at bartkowski@adelphi.edu or 516-877-4190.

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CFP: “Multiple Moralities in Contemporary Russia: Religion and Transnational Influences on Shaping Everyday Life,” 9/17-19/08, Germany

Multiple Moralities in Contemporary Russia: Religion and Transnational Influences on Shaping Everyday Life
17 - 19 September 2008
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Halle/Saale, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department II, invites participants to a conference from the 17th - 19th of September 2008 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, to discuss and develop anthropological approaches to the study of religions and multiple moralities in contemporary Russia.


The collapse of the Soviet political and ideological system gave way to a range of voices that can still be heard today. Morality was just one of the social concepts that acquired a multivocal dimension. In the post-Soviet period morality has become a debatable concept and open to a multitude of expressions and performances. One source of this new era of multiple moralities is religion. In fact, religions of various kinds provided one of the first sets of possible alternative moral discourses and practices after the end of the Soviet system.

Connected with the rise of multiple moralities and the role of religions in contemporary Russia is the phenomenon of transnationalism. This can be seen in the increasing influence of other Eastern Orthodox Christianities and Middle Eastern Islam, the widespread proselytizing and charity of Protestants from the United States, Africa and Western Europe, the reconnection with the Russian Jewish Diaspora, and other external influences on Russian religious institutions. There is little doubt that transnationalism has clearly helped shape the post-Soviet moral and religious plurality.

This transnational influence can now be seen in the practices and articulated beliefs and concerns of Russians themselves. One way this is articulated is in the question of how these influences can be integrated into a so-called Russian worldview and way of life. This, however, raises the question of what precisely are these worldviews and ways of life? In the face of transnational religious influences in contemporary Russia, these have become pressing concerns in everyday lives.

This leads to the important question of just how far this multivocality of moralities is leading to a permanent state of plurality or whether, in fact, there may be a process of moral homogenizing taking place. Has the reaction against the diversity of voices provided an impetus for a search for moral unity? Or perhaps apparent public moral diversity is simply covering over a subjective moral diversity that already existed during the Soviet era? Such questions call attention to the need for ethnographic analysis of transnational religious influences on the everyday lives of Russian people, and it is here that the anthropologist can make a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Russia.

As anthropologists we are especially concerned with how the rise of multiple moralities, which have been in part driven by religious transnationalism, are articulated, performed and lived-out in everyday lives. It is clear that these multiple moralities and religious influences are closely linked to questions and practices centered around the following:
* the dialogue between local and global moral and religious discourses
* the role of religions in relieving social suffering through charity and other means
* religious and other forms of education and upbringing of children
* the role of the post-Soviet family in religious discourse
* the influence of business and consumerism on morality and religion
* the role of nationalism and patriotism in everyday life
* the workings of power at both the interpersonal and institutional levels

While participants are encouraged to critically engage these topics, we welcome a wide range of themes and topics exploring the role of multiple moralities and transnational religions in contemporary Russia.

Please submit an abstract of not more than 200 words by 1st March 2008 at the latest to the organisers:
zigon@eth.mpg.de
tocheva@eth.mpg.de
komaromi@eth.mpg.de

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January 29, 2008

Call for Applications: Building Balkan Studies: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Training Workshop, U of Illinois, 30.6-2.7.2008

Balkan Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
“Building Balkan Studies: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives”

University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
June 30–July 2, 2008
www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html

This workshop is part of the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and funded in part by the U.S. Department of State Title VIII program.

Workshop Moderator

Julie Mostov, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs and
Associate Professor of Political Science, Drexel University

The workshop will provide a superb forum in which to investigate a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, the following:

§ State formation and democratization
§ Status of Kosovo
§ Privatization and the creation of new market economies
§ Ethnopolitics and the civil rights of minorities
§ The role of language (identity and citizenship; maintenance, shift, and
endangerment)
§ Law reform, the writing of new legal codes, and rethinking intellectual
property rights
§ Human security (terrorism, trafficking of women and children, organized
crime syndicates)
§ Demographic movement (displaced peoples, diasporic formations,
refugees, guest workers)
§ The culture of socialism and postsocialism
§ Education (rewriting of curricula; establishment of new institutions
for higher learning)
§ Popular culture and contemporary society
§ The arts, social change, and postsocialist identity (literature, fine
arts, architecture)
§ The changing position of Balkan states vis-à-vis the EU, the U.S.,
Russia, and the Middle East
§ Religion in the Balkans
§ Gender, especially changing roles and images of women in society

Workshop Format

Workshop sessions will be devoted to a discussion of the participants’
research; investigation of current literature and paradigms; and a
presentation of scholarly resources, including relevant databases by staff specialists from the Slavic and East European Library. Time will also be available for research in the UI Library­one of the largest Slavic and East European collections in the U.S. Participants may stay beyond the workshop dates to conduct individual research.

Workshop Eligibility
The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and junior faculty in any discipline and professionals who specialize in the modern Balkans. To be eligible for workshop housing and travel grants, which are funded by a U.S. State Department Title VIII grant, applicants must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents and must state the policy relevance (broadly defined) of their research in the application. Limited space and housing grant available for international scholars. Depending on space availability, those who do not qualify for financial support may participate in the workshop at their own expense. Please see the Summer Lab website (url below) for more information.

Housing and Travel Grants
Participants who are eligible for workshop housing and travel grants (see eligibility) may also apply for additional research housing grants­a total of up to 14 days for graduate students; 8 for all others. Graduate students (US citizens/permanent residents only) may also apply for travel grants of up to $200. Please see the website for more detailed information.

Deadline
1 April 2008 for international applications (limited housing grant only)
15 April 2008 for US citizen/permanent resident applications

Application
All participants are considered Summer Lab associates and must submit a Summer Research Lab application and application fee. To apply for financial assistance, applicants must also submit a one- to two-page research proposal that includes a statement clearly indicating the policy relevance of the proposed research. Workshop space is limited.

To apply online go to
www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html and click on “how to apply” in the navigation bar. To request a paper
application form contact:

lypark@uiuc.edu
http://www.reec.uiuc.edu

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CfP: Second Language Acquisition research in context, 09/10-13/2008, France

10-13th September 2008
Aix-en-Provence, France
Call for papers

Conference theme : Second Language Acquisition research in context

The conference will address issues related to Second Language Acquisition in context, understood both in terms of contextual effects on (the) acquisition (process) and in terms of practical issues such as language testing and curriculum design.

Papers
Papers are invited on every aspect of empirical and theoretical Second Language Acquisition research. However, priority will be given to papers that address issues related to the theme of the conference.

Individual papers will be allotted 20 minutes of presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion. Submissions should adhere to the requirements listed on the website.

For paper requirements see the website at
http://blog.univ-provence.fr/blog/eurosla18/appel-communications

Doctoral workshop
The Doctoral workshop focuses on problems of methodology with regard to either data analysis (interpretation of natural conversation, statistical data, interviews, etc.) or research design (experimental design, corpus design, issues of data collection, etc.). Each presentation will last 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10 minute reaction by a senior researcher and 10 minutes of discussion.

Submissions should follow the same formal conventions as individual papers (see above A and B). Please mention « Doctoral workshop » in the full version of the abstract. State briefly the aim and the theoretical framework of your work and then raise the methodological problems you submit for discussion. If your presentation is accepted, you will be asked to send a more extensive summary to the discussant of your paper.

Submissions
All submissions should be sent to eurosla18@gmail.com. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee.

Deadline for submissions : 29 February 2008
Notification of acceptance : 22 April 2008

http://blog.univ-provence.fr/blog/eurosla18

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CfP: Empires and Nations, 07/03-05/2008, Paris

“Empires and Nations”
Joint Conference of the
Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
and the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris
3-5 July 2008

The École Doctorale of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) are organizing the Joint International Conference “Empires and Nations”, to be held on July 3-5 (2008) at Sciences Po in Paris. The Conference is made possible through the contribution of a number of other research centers, including the Centre d’Études des Mondes Russe, Caucasien et Centre-Européen (CERCEC, France), the Institut Français d’Études sur l’Asie Centrale (IFEAC, Uzbekistan) and the European University of Saint Petersburg (Russia).

The Sciences Po-ASN Conference invites proposals from scholars and doctoral students. Applicants currently residing in Central Europe, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia/Eurasia, the Caucasus, China and India are eligible to apply for a number of travel and accommodation grants. Applicants currently residing in Western countries must cover their own expenses. The working language of the Conference is English

To send an individual paper proposal, an applicant must include the following information in the body of an email AND in a single Word attachment:
• The title of the paper
• His/her name, email and institutional affiliation
• A preferred postal address
• A 500-word abstract and
• A 100-word biographical statement in narrative form (one paragraph) that includes bibliographical information of the applicant’s last or forthcoming publication, if applicable (full CVs are not acceptable)
• Doctoral students must also indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected defense. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

A panel proposal is comprised of three to four paper-givers and a discussant. (The organizers will subsequently select a Chair of the panel). To send a panel proposal, an applicant must include the following information in the body of an email AND in a single Word attachment:
• The title of the panel and of each paper
• A 500-word abstract of each paper
• The name, email, institutional affiliation
• A preferred postal address
• A 100-word biographical statement for each panelist in a narrative form (one paragraph) that includes bibliographical information of the applicant’s last or forthcoming publication, if applicable (full CVs are not acceptable)
• Doctoral students must also indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected defense

The Conference also invites proposals featuring recent films/documentaries or recent books. A film/documentary proposal must include following information in the body of an email AND in a single Word attachment:
· The name, email and institutional affiliation of the author
· A preferred postal address
· The title and a 500-word abstract of the film/video
· A 100-word biographical statement in narrative form.

A book panel proposal, seeking to generate discussion on an important recent book, features the book’s author and three or four discussants. The proposal must include following information in the body of an email AND in a single Word attachment:
· The names, emails, and institutional affiliations of all panelists
· Their preferred postal address
· A 500-word abstract of the book and
· A 100-word biographical statement in narrative form for each panelist

All proposals must be included in the body of a single email AND in a single Word attachment sent to two addresses: dominique.colas@sciences-po.fr and dcolasasn@gmail.com. Applicants who wish to apply for a grant covering travel and accommodation must indicate so in their proposals. In order to be eligible for these grants, an applicant must be residing at the time of the conference in Central Europe, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia/Eurasia, the Caucasus, China or India. The reception of all proposals will be acknowledged electronically.

Updated information on the conference will be posted periodically on the conference web site (http://ecoledoctorale.sciences-po.fr/actu_scientif/empires_nations.htm) and the ASN web site (www.nationalities.org).

Deadline for proposals: 13 February 2008

For further information:
http://www.nationalities.org/PARIS_2008_callforpapers.pdf

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January 28, 2008

The opening of secret archives of communist security services in 1990s brought about a breakthrough in the research on the history of East-Central European political émigrés. Thus the activities of communist security services directed against political émigrés will be the central topic of an international conference organized by the Institute of National Remembrance in Lublin, Poland from 20th to 21st November 2008. The conference will be structured in 4 parts - we envisage 21 papers and a panel discussion.

All those interested in attending the conference are invited - either as speakers, discussants or members of the audience. The conference organizers will provide the accommodation and board to authors of presentations free of charge as well as will reimburse them their travel expenses (up to the amount of 600 Euro in the case of speakers from European countries and up to the amount of 1200 Euro in the case of others). Other conference participants will have hotel rooms at the conference venue booked (the number of rooms is limited).

Additional information:
http://www.ipn.gov.pl

The deadline for submitting registration forms for those participants who want to attend the conference with a presentation is 15th March 2008. Please attach an abstract of your presentation (up to 500 words in Polish or
English) to your registration form.

The registration forms from other participants will be accepted until the rooms at the conference venue run out but not later than 30th September2008.

Please e-mail your registration form to:
slawomir.lukasiewicz@ipn.gov.pl

or send it to the following address:

Dr Slawomir Lukasiewicz
Institute of National Remembrance - Lublin Branch Public Education
Sectionul. Szewska 2
20-086 Lublin
fax: +48.81.53.63.462

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Job: Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Special Agent Positions

The Foreign Service Diplomatic Security is accepting applications for Special Agent positions.

Please click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/opportunities/secagent.html) to read the vacancy, and to start the initial online screening/examination. Please note that the deadline to submit the completed online screening/examination is February 1, 2008.

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Eurasian and Balkan Studies Training Workshops, U of Illinois

Call for Applications

University of Illinois
Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Eurasian Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
"Gendering Democracy: Self, State, and Political Reform in Eurasia and Beyond"
June 11-13, 2008

Balkan Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
"Building Balkan Studies: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives"
June 30-July 2, 2008

The workshops are part of the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern
Europe, and Eurasia; organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian
Center and the Slavic and East European Library at the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and funded in part by the U.S. Department of
State Title VIII program.

For more info on each program:
http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html

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CFP- Youth and Transition in Central Asia, Bishkek, Apr. 23

Third International Student Conference Youth and Transition in Central Asia
International Atatürk Alatoo University
April 23, 2008

Central Asian states faced a new world order alongside independence after the Soviet Union's collapse. A vital characteristic of the new order was the transition from planned to a market economy. Undoubtedly this process affected society to a great extent. Equally, this process is getting faster and more penetrative due to the advanced technological age that we find ourselves in.

How does this process and transition affect Central Asian youth and how do young people perceive this, how is this process seen through their eyes?

The aim of this conference is to evaluate how Central Asian youth is coping with this transition, what are the opportunities available to them, the potential hurdles that they may face and the possible solutions that they have toward it.

We await views, analysis and opinions with regard to the following and other related fields:

- Educational opportunities
- Socio-economic factors
- Networking and the media
- Internet
- Cultural gains
- Sport and health
- Art
- Languages
- Religion
- History
- International Relations
- Sociology and Anthropology

Submitted abstracts should be single-spaced, contain a maximum of 300 words (including the title and the reference), and be in Times New Roman 12. The title should be in bold, centered at the top of the page, next your name, university where you study, country you are studying in, and your e-mail address.

The deadline for submission of abstracts: Feb. 15; for Final papers April 1, 2008. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Feb. 21, 2008. All papers will be published. Best papers will be awarded.

All abstracts should be sent to: iaaustudentconference2008@yahoo.com

E-mail: info@iaau.edu.kg
Internet: http://www.iaau.edu.kg

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CFP- International Conference, Kazakh-German University, 03/13-14/2008, Almaty

Call For Papers on the topic:
"The States of Central Asia: Possible ways of Modernization"
5th International Conference at Kazakh-German University
Almaty / Kazakhstan

Kazakh-German University invites scholars, academics, and students from Kazakhstan, Germany, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to participate in this conference.

The conference is supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and Goethe-Institut of Kazakhstan. A conference volume including all papers will be published in cooperation with the Foundation

Keynote speeches will be among others given by Dr. Manfred Sapper and other members of the editorial board of "Osteuropa", a scholarly journal published by German Association for East European Studies.

Participants from all academic disciplines are invited. Contributions from students of Kazakh-German University and other universities in Central Asia are particularly welcome. The conference aims at creating a lively exchange of ideas between academics, professionals and students.

Articles submitted but not presented at the conference will be published in the conference volume as well.

Please submit a short proposal for a paper in one of the sections (not more than one page - DIN A4, font 14, Times New Roman) together with personal details: name, field of research, work or study, academic position, telephone, e -mail. Articles can be submitted in Kazakh, German, Russian or English language.

Deadline for submission: 15 February 2008.
Please submit your proposal for a paper including contact details to:
conference-dku@yandex.ru

Proposals will be reviewed by the organizational committee. Selected participants will get further information by e-mail. Finalized papers need to be submitted by 14 March 2008.

Contact information
Kazakh-German University, Pushkin Str. 111/113, 050010 Almaty
Tel. +7 727 293 89 13, Fax: +7 727 293 90 01
Organisational committee:
Prof. Dr. oec. habil. Bodo Lochmann (Lecturer of German Academic
Exchange Service, DAAD)
Prof. Dr. Wolkowa Tamara, PhD Karpow Pawel, Selenskaja Olga (Faculty
of Social Sciences at Kazakh-German University)

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CFP- 2nd Int'l Congress on Entrepreneurship, 05/7-10/2008,Bishkek

The "Second International Congress on Entrepreneurship" (ICE08) organized by Business Administration Department of Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University is going to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from May 07 (Wednesday) to May 10 (Saturday), 2008.

The 2nd International Congress on Entrepreneurship will be the assembling place for academicians and professionals from business from all over the world.

Papers can be submitted in Kyrgyz, Turkish, Russian and English, the oral presentation of accepted papers can be in Kyrgyz, Turkish, Russian and English, too.

The main purposes of the 2nd International Congress on Entrepreneurship are to attract attention to the importance of business in order to stimulate the entrepreneurship in Turkic countries; outline the problem spheres of entrepreneurship; provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from business to come together and interact with each other.

Participation of professionals from the business world are warmly welcome
in ICE'08. Their participation is possible with following options:
- Case study
- Success story
- Paper

Topic Areas:
- Business Ideas
- Creativity and Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship and Business Performance
- Entrepreneurship and Education
- Entrepreneurship and Intervention by Government
- Financial Aspects of Entrepreneurship
- Information Society / Technology and Entrepreneurship
- International Entrepreneurship
- The Effects of Economic Structure on Entrepreneurship
- The Effects of Legal Structure on Entrepreneurship
- The Effects of Socio-Cultural Structure on Entrepreneurship
- The Entrepreneurial Personality
- Entrepreneurship and Crisis Management
- Women Entrepreneurship
- Youth Entrepreneurship

Contact:

Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
Business Administration Department
Jal-30, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 720000
Tel: 00 996 312 49 27 52 (53)
Fax: 00 996 312 49 27 81
E-mail: ice2008@manas.kg
Web: http://ice2008.manas.kg

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CFP- Contemporary Oriental City from a Linguistic and Literary Perspective, 05/20-22/2008, Krakow

The Contemporary Oriental City from a Linguistic and Literary Perspective
Held by: The Department of Interdisciplinary Eurasiatic Research of the Institute of Oriental Philology Jagiellonian University
Krakow, Poland
20-22 May 2009

Call For Papers

The Oriental city is one of the crucial phenomena of the contemporary world, which, as observations demonstrate incorporates an increasing part of the local population. In the age of globalization the Oriental city has adopted plenty of characteristics of the Western city, however, they still differ from each other fundamentally. The proposed overarching theme of the conference is to serve for broad discussion within the scope of existing knowledge on the varied aspects of the Oriental city as well as searching for theoretical research instruments to serve its description. The idea and debates on the subject of this conference have emerged during the activity of the Department in conjunction with the ESCAS 9th Conference held in 2005. The Organizers invite you to submit relevant panels and papers.

Submission of Proposals
An abstract of max. 300 words should be delivered to the Organizers together with an enclosed Paper Submission Form and a brief CV by 1 May 2008. The information about the audio-visual equipment you need is also required. The abstract should be submitted in doc, rtf or txt format and it should include the following information:
- The topic of the paper
- Methodological approach
- Most important arguments and findings

-Presentation of a paper during the Conference should not exceed 20 min.
-Descriptions of pre-organized panels are also welcome and should include:
- A title
- A programme
- Details of the panel participants

Notification of acceptance: 31 June 2008
Pre-registration: 15 November 2008

Conference Fee
-Early fee (paid at pre-registration) is set for Euro 50.00, for students Euro 25.00 payable to the designated bank account.
-A cash payment is also possible with a fee of Euro 100.00 and 50.00 for students.
-Support and covering costs of participation

For more information:
http://www.mirasmaktoob.ir/files/admin/ORIENTAL%20CITY%20-FIRST%20CALL.doc

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Courses: Summer 2008 Slavic Language Program at University of Chicago

* courses in first-year Czech, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
* courses in Russian at the first-year and second-year levels
* two 3-week courses in simultaneous interpretation in Russian-English (open to students at multiple levels)
* all courses run 6 weeks, June 23-August 1, 2008
* the 6 week course is equivalent to one year (3 quarters) of study in the UofC program during the academic year
* the first-year courses prepare you to satisfy the undergraduate Language Competency requirement in only 6 weeks of study
* courses will be supplemented by catered lunches from area Slavic restaurants and possible field trips to Russian, Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian restaurants, shops, etc. in Chicago

Full course descriptions are included at the website below. Interested
students should contact Steven Clancy <sclancy@uchicago.edu> for more information. Also, it is very useful for us to gauge possible enrollments early on. If you do have an interest in one of the summer language courses, please respond to this email and let me know which course you are interested in and if you will POSSIBLY, LIKELY, or DEFINITELY enroll in the course this summer. Approval of all courses depends on sufficient student enrollments, but we especially need to hear from potential students in Czech and BCS to ensure that we can offer these courses in Summer 2008. With sufficient student interest, we could also plan for 2nd-year/Intermediate courses in Polish, BCS, and Czech in addition to the three levels of Russian we currently offer.

Program descriptions are available at:
http://languages.uchicago.edu/summerslavic

and registration and tuition details are available from the Graham School at:
http://summer.uchicago.edu

[NOTE: At the time of this email, the Graham School has not yet launched the 2008 Summer website, but the Summer Slavic Language Program website has been updated.]

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Fellowship: Austin

Year-long fellowships at the Institute for Historical Studies, UT-Austin Fellowship

The closing date for applications for the fellowships is February 15, 2008.

The Institute for Historical Studies at UT-Austin invites applications for residential fellows for 2008-09. We will host four external fellows and will aim to replace their full salaries at their home institutions. The fellows will include post-doctoral mid-career, and senior faculty. Our first two year theme is “Global Borders.” Please note that we conceive of borders very broadly in conceptual (for instance, legal, cultural, aesthetic, gender and so on) as well as political or geographic terms.

For full details of the fellowships and the theme as well as other matters, see:

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/


Julie Hardwick
Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Historical Studies
Department of History
1 Univ Sta B7000
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 475-7221
Email: historyinstitute@austin.utexas.edu

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Job: Coordinator of Distance-Learning Program, Lviv

Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University - Coordinator of Distance Learning Program

Location: Ukraine


The Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University is looking for a talented and organized person with an interest in ecumenism to coordinate a distance-learning program.

The Ukrainian Catholic University is the only institution of higher learning in Ukraine to offer a religious education, in the tradition of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. It is a dynamic and spiritual environment that seeks to foster intercultural exchange.

The Institute of Ecumenical Studies is devoted to fostering ecumenical dialogue and ecumenical education all over the world. This September (2008), we are launching an international distance learning Master's program in ecumenical studies, offered in English.

The coordinator of the distance-learning program will:

-Maintain communication among the international staff, faculty, and students of the program.

-Be responsible for student affairs on every level: processing of student applications, record-keeping, informing students of acceptance decisions, registration, collecting payments, communication, student assignments, conflict management, coordinating a web forum for students, mailing diplomas, etc.

-Work closely with the program committee to make admissions and graduation decisions, design new courses, revise old courses, and recruit new teachers.

-Continually expand advertising, partnership, and sources of funding for the program.

-Teach an English class within the context of the Master's Program in Ecumenical Studies currently offered at the Institute
Translate and edit documents, articles, and other materials

Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Compensation: $500 per month
Starting date: Late July or early August 2008 (flexible)
Commitment: 1-2 years (flexible)
Education level required: B.A. or B.S., preferably with background in theology

Those interested should contact the current program coordinator:
Lea Oksman
loksman1@gmail.com

In addition to fluent English, knowledge of the following languages is valuable for this position: French, Ukrainian and/or Russian

Contact Info:
Lea Oksman
Project Manager
Institute of Ecumenical Studies
Website: http://www.ecumenicalstudies.org.ua/eng/

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January 25, 2008

U-M CREES events- January 21-Feb 2

Tuesday, January 29, 4:10 pm
Lecture. “Orwell in Iambic Tetrameter: Patterns, Peculiarities, and Case Studies of Poetic Dystopia.” Job talk by Dr. Sofya Khagi. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Room 3308, Modern Languages Building.

Tuesday, January 29, 4–6 pm
Lecture. “Stravinsky Revisited: From Le Sacre to Hip-Hop.”
Angela Kane, chair and professor, and Jessica Fogel, professor, Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Co-sponsored with the Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Room 1636, International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University.

Wednesday, January 30, 12:20-1:20 pm
Lecture. “The Murder of Hrant Dink: Turkish-Armenian Relations One Year Later.”
Taner Akcam, visiting associate professor of history, University of Minnesota. Lunch provided. Sponsored by the Middle Eastern Law Students Association. 250 Hutchins Hall.

Thursday, Jan 31, 7:30 pm; Friday, February 1; Saturday, Feb 2, 8:00 pm; Sunday, Feb 3, 2 pm
Dance Performance. Stravinsky Revisited.
University Dance Company in an evening of modern dance set to new compositions inspired by Igor Stravinsky. Sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Tickets required. For more information, call the League Ticket Office at 734.764.2538 or see <www.music.umich.edu>. Power Center.

Friday, February 1, 12:10-1:30 pm
Lecture. “Tomb Chamber as Kunstkammer: The Meaning of Collected Objects in a Steppe Burial.”
Warren Woodfin, visiting scholar, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the History of Art Department and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Room 180, Tappan Hall.

Saturday, February 2, 8 pm
Concert. A Celebration of the Keyboard.
Six artists explore chamber music written for multiple pianists, including works by Lutosławski and Stravinsky. Sponsored by the University Musical Society. For ticket information, call 734.764.2538 or see <www.ums.org>. Hill Auditorium

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"Gendering Democracy: Self, State, and Political Reform in Eurasia and Beyond"

Eurasian Studies Training Workshop for Junior Scholars
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
June 11 - 13, 2008

Workshop Moderator

Cynthia Buckley, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin

Workshop Goals
The central aim of this three-day workshop is to bring together advanced graduate students, junior faculty and other professionals who focus on gender and democracy in Russia, Eurasia and beyond in various disciplines to discuss their work and issues in the field. The workshops objectives are to foster a supportive network of colleagues involved in this field and to explore recent research paradigms and resources. Cross-regional research of the former Soviet space (especially Central Asia and the Caucasus) and such countries as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Korea, China and Turkey is particularly welcome.

The workshop will provide a superb forum in which to investigate a variety of pressing issues, including, but not limited to, the following:

1 State formation, democratization, and the role of gender
2 Post-Soviet economic conditions and the impact on gender issues
3 Female politicians in post-Soviet governments
4 Civil society, NGOs and gender
5 Human security (terrorism, trafficking of women and children, organized crime syndicates)
6 Health policies and issues
7 Demographic problems and movement (fertility change, population aging, displaced peoples, diasporic formations, populations on the move)
8 Changing roles and images of gender in society
9 Education (rewriting of curricula; establishment of new institutions for higher learning)
10 Law reform and its impact on gender issues
11 Religion and gender
12 The arts, social change, and postsocialist identity (literature, fine arts, architecture)
13 Rethinking the historiography of gender and democracy in Eurasia

Workshop Format

Workshop sessions will be devoted to a discussion of the participants' research; investigation of current literature and paradigms; and a presentation of scholarly resources, including relevant databases by staff specialists from the Slavic and East European Library. Time will also be available for research in the UI Libraryone of the largest Slavic and East European collections in the U.S. Participants may stay beyond the workshop dates to conduct individual research.

Workshop Eligibility

The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and junior faculty in any discipline and professionals who specialize in former Soviet nations. To be eligible for the workshop housing and travel grants, which are funded by a U.S. State Department Title VIII grant, applicants must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents and must state the policy relevance (broadly defined) of their research in the application. Depending on space availability, those who do not qualify for financial support may participate in the workshop at their own expense. Please see the Summer Lab website (url below) for more information.

Housing and Travel Grants
Participants who are eligible for workshop housing and travel grants (see eligibility) may also apply for additional research housing grantsa total of up to 14 days for graduate students; 8 for all others. Graduate students, who are US citizens/permanent residents, may also apply for travel grants of up to $200.

Deadline
15 April 2008 for US citizen/permanent resident applications
1 April 2008 for international applications (limited housing grant only)

Application
All participants are considered Summer Lab associates and must submit a Summer Research Lab application and application fee. To apply for financial assistance, applicants must also submit a one- to two-page research proposal that includes a statement clearly indicating the policy relevance of the proposed research. Workshop space is limited.

To download an application form go to www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html and click on "how to apply" in the navigation bar. To request a paper application form contact:

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International Education Internship

The International Education Internship is an initiative of the Watson Institute's Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University. This full-time internship enables one recent college graduate each year to spend a year working as part of a team focused on strengthening international content and civic learning within the core curriculum at the secondary level in the United States. The intern works in the Choices Program office in Providence, RI.

Timeframe & Salary: The International Education Internship is a one-year appointment. The internship runs summer to summer. Salary ($2,000/mo) and benefits are provided.

Qualifications:

· A demonstrated interest in international issues
· An intention to enter the secondary education field
· Strong communication, organization, research, and writing skills
· Ability to work collaboratively
· Creativity, energy, patience, and reliability
· Bachelors degree required

Application Procedures: Applications should include the following:

· Cover Letter
· Personal Statement (five pages maximum)
Please address not only where you have been but what you see in the future. Why are you interested in this internship? What do you expect to bring to the internship? What do you expect to take from it?
· Resume & College Transcript
· Three Letters of Recommendation and References
We recommend that you include one reference from someone who knows your academic work, one from someone who knows your extracurricular interests, and one from someone who knows something about your motivations. Most importantly, please choose three people who together will give us the best picture of who you are and why you are a good fit for this internship.

All of the items listed above can be prepared in advance and then submitted as attachments to the Brown University online application (see below).
· Brown University Online Job Application Form
Submit the online job application form. When you click on this link you will be taken to Brown University's job search web site. Go to "Search Postings" on the upper left. Enter the Job Number (H00381) and click "search." Then follow the instructions.
Note: The Brown University Online Job Application Form does not replace the items listed above. However, it is a requirement for all applicants applying to Brown and must be submitted by the deadline in order to complete your application.

Application Deadline: March 15

Application Submittal: The Brown University Online Job Application Form is required. Personal statement, resume, college transcript, and letters of recommendation can be submitted as attachments through this online system. If this is not possilble with some of these materials, they can be faxed and then mailed to:

Susan Graseck, Director
Choices for the 21st Century Education Program
Watson Institute for International Studies
Brown University, Box 1948
Providence, RI 02912
[fax] 401-863-1247
Please email choices@brown.edu to confirm receipt of application materials sent by fax.
Questions about the application may be directed to choices@brown.edu.

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Summer Study: Baltic Languages, UCLA

We are please to announce that UCLA will once again host the Baltic Summer Studies Institute (BALSSI) from June 23 to August, 15 2008. BALSSI will offer basic intensive language courses in Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian-a year's worth of training in eight weeks! Pending funding, we hope to offer a Baltic history course, and possibly intermediate (second year) courses in the three languages. Please contact the organizers to express interest!

Scholarships are available, but students should contact their local institutions to inquire about FLAS fellowships (available to graduate students at certain institutions).

For scholarships
and other information contact:
Dr. Dan Ryan at
danryan@ucla.edu
310-278-3460
or visit:
http://www.international.ucla.edu/languages/projects/balssi/

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Job: European Roma Rights Centre, Budapest

ERRC wishes to announce the vacancy of the post of ERRC Programme Officer - international advocacy. Below you will find all the relevant information for applying for the post.

http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=2933

Documents include the:

Job description
Person specification
Guidance notes for applicants
Application form
Equal opportunities form
Recruitment feedback form

The criteria we use for short-listing is set out in the person specification and follow on from the job description tasks. Please take time to read the guidance notes on how to fill out your application. It is important that your application shows how you meet ALL points mentioned in the person specification. If you do not meet all of the criteria or do not have experience on some of the points listed, please state how you would aim to accomplish the work.

Closing date for applications: 18 February (8.00 am Budapest time)
Interview date: Provisionally planned for 4 March 2008
in Budapest

You are kindly asked to send your application (cover letter, application form and the equal opportunities form; the latter is not obligatory) preferably by e-mail to judit.geller@errc.org.

.Applications in other formats than outlined in the guidance notes will not be considered. Please ensure your e-mail has been received by requesting confirmation.

ERRC offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on experience.

We kindly ask you not to call for information before you are invited for an interview.

We wish you every success with your application and thank you for your interest in ERRC.

European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)

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January 24, 2008

CfP: Contemporary Polish Migrant Culture, 01/15-18/2009, Germany

"Przychodzi baba do lekarza... a lekarz w Anglii." (Polish joke)

For centuries, migration has been part of Polish history. As recent developments suggest, leaving the home country - be it temporarily or permanently - and seeking a better life abroad is still a common experience for millions of Poles. The migration patterns, however, have undergone a significant change, especially after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990: contemporary e/migrants are no longer political fugitives fleeing from the repressions of a totalitarian regime, but people departing voluntarily, encouraged by the freedom of movement granted in a united Europe and the general mobility made possible in a globalized world.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, we would appreciate if you let us know via email by 3 March 2008. Please include a preliminary title of the contribution you would like to make and, if possible, a short abstract of 100 words (please note that all papers should be held in English). We plan to publish a volume based on the results of the conference and will also endeavor to cover the costs for transfer and/or accommodation. Additionally, we hope to gain support from the Polish Consulate in Munich.

www.phil.uni-passau.de/ost-mitteleuropa-studien.html

www.phil.uni-passau.de/engl_literatur

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Columbia University Fellowship 2008-2009

The deadline for completed applications is January 31, 2008.
INSTITUTE FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AND SOCIETY

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University will appoint a postdoctoral fellow for a semester in Spring 2009. The fellow must have received a PhD between January 1, 2002 and July 1, 2008. The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) was founded at Columbia University in 1998 to promote a global perspective in the study of literature, culture and its social context. It houses the interdepartmental undergraduate and graduate programs in comparative literature and it draws its faculty from the language departments, the social sciences, and the Schools of Architecture and Law.

One of the Institute's primary goals is to provide institutional support for the best in cross-disciplinary and cross-regional comparative work, acknowledging the force of recent changes in the humanities, the social sciences, law, and architecture. Of particular interest to the Institute is the importance of language learning and/or translation to produce an informed global scholarship and practice. In our curricular planning, which relies heavily on cross-disciplinary team-teaching, as well as in our conferences, lecture series and workshops, we bring a literature-focused study of language and culture to the area studies as they rethink their mandate; and, conversely, we try to give substance and recognition to those directions in comparative literature that can benefit from the breadth of knowledge produced by a reshaped area studies. In this effort, we work collaboratively with the social sciences. The name of the Institute -- Institute for Comparative Literature and Society -- is to acknowledge that goal.

The stipend for one semester in Spring 2009 will be $25,000. Full fringe benefits will be added, plus $1,000 for travel. An additional $2,000 will be given for innovative course planning.

Application forms may be downloaded from:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/icls/pdf-files/postdocapplicationspring09.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to:
The Director
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Heyman Institute, Mail Code 5700
Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Please send all inquiries via email only:
ICLS@columbia.edu

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Postdoctoral Grant Opportunity, IREX

2008-2009 SHORT-TERM TRAVEL GRANTS (STG) PROGRAM
Application Deadline: February 1, 2008


IREX's STG Program seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth field research by US scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad.

The STG Program provides fellows with the means to conduct in-country research on contemporary political, economic, historical, and cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. The STG Program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars and experts who can enrich the US understanding of developments in Southeast Europe and Eurasia.

STG provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and holders of other graduate degrees (MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia.

Eligible Countries of Research Focus
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Grant Provisions
· International coach class round-trip transportation from the US to the host country/countries for the period of grant awarded;
· A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, based on IREX’s pre-established country-specific rates (IREX will determine your housing amount at the time of your grant award, based on your city/cities of placement);
· Travel visas: IREX will pay for and assist with fellows’ visas for travel related to the fellowship; and
· Emergency evacuation insurance. Please note that IREX does not provide health insurance, only emergency evacuation insurance.

Application materials are available on the STG website at http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/stg_info.asp
For more information about the program and application details, visit http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/index.asp or contact stg@irex.org

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January 23, 2008

CfP: Writing under Socialism Past and Present, 07/11-12/2008, Nottingham

Call for Papers Date: 2008-02-01

Papers are invited for an international symposium entitled Writing under Socialism to be held at the University of Nottingham on 11-12 July 2008.

Please send abstracts of no more that 200 words to Sara Jones (agxsmj@nottingham.ac.uk) and Meesha Nehru(asxmn@nottingham.ac.uk) by 1 February 2008.

Using a comparative approach that crosses disciplines and continents, this conference asks for a re-evaluation of the position of writing under socialist states past and present using new material, theories and methodologies that have come to light since 1989. We invite contributions from researchers working on literary production in China, Cuba, the GDR, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, in order to initiate a dialogue between researchers working in very different fields.

Possible areas for discussion include, but are not restricted to:

• Interaction of writers with Party functionaries. Role of publishers, periodicals, booksellers and literary critics and Writers’ Unions as mediators between the state, writer and reader.
• Methods of censorship and control
• Socialist cultural policy in theory and in practice and definition of writer/intellectual under socialism.
• Role and success of mass cultural movements in literary production and consumption.
• Writing outside of the state apparatus: underground and unofficial literary movements.
• Theoretical approaches to the study of writing under socialism.

Papers focusing on writing under any socialist state are welcome, including, but not restricted to: Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, GDR, Cuba, Nicaragua and China.

Professor Michel Hockx (SOAS) will give the keynote address entitled: “Print Culture and the New Media in Post-Socialist China”.

The language of the conference will be English. Publication of selected papers is envisaged.

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=159324

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CfP: Decision-Making in the Cold War, 09/03-05/2008, Hamburg

Call for Papers Date: 2008-03-01

DECISION-MAKING in the COLD WAR
Hamburg Institute for Social Research
Fifth International Conference in the Series "Between 'Total War' and 'Small Wars': Studies in the Societal History of the Cold War"
Convenors: Bernd Greiner, Christian Th. Müller, Dierk Walter, Claudia Weber

The international conference "Decision-making in the Cold War" will take place at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research from 3 to 5 September 2008.

Starting point of the conference is the assumption that the Cold War had a substantial influence on the configurations and apparatuses of power developed by all political actors involved, an influence that in part survived the end of the bloc confrontation in the late 1980s. In the course of four decades, specific mechanisms and procedures of political decision-making that met the needs of the period emerged. The precise nature of these mechanisms as well as their similarities and differences within each bloc and beyond the boundaries of the two systems will be the focal point of this conference.

At the conference, we would like to discuss these aspects on the basis of case studies or longitudinal historical analysis, thereby addressing a wide spectrum of topics, which might include such themes as the study of decisions on armament projects; the analysis of doctrines, strategies, and negotiating practices; consideration of the psychology of power in relation to "group-think" or evaluation of the effects of rivaling interests within the bureaucracy.

Besides work on the two main protagonists, the US and the USSR, studies focusing on other states and on transnational actors (NATO, the Warsaw Pact) are highly welcome.

The conference language is English.

The Hamburg Institute for Social Research will reimburse necessary travel expenses (second class train fare or economy class air fare for long-distance travel) as well as providing accommodations and meals during the conference for all invited participants.

For more details, please see http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=160316

Please send proposals (two to three pages) by 1 March 2008 to the Hamburg Institute for Social Research at

Dierk.Walter@his-online.de


We will especially welcome contributions from aspiring scholars.

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January 21, 2008

Assistant Professor of History Wheeling Jesuit University - Wheeling, WV

The Department of History at Wheeling Jesuit University seeks a modern European historian with an emphasis on Central or Eastern Europe. Outside field in a non-Western field (excluding Latin America and Asia) is desirable.

This tenure-track position will begin in August 2008. Ph.D. preferred but ABD candidates will be considered. The successful candidate should be thoroughly committed to undergraduate teaching and research. This university is a small liberal arts college where a commitment to the humanities is vital. Wheeling Jesuit requires all graduates to complete a twentieth-century world history course as well as an historical methods course taught at the 100-level. Individual history faculty related this second required course to their own individual interests. Wheeling Jesuit is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate degrees to about 1,500 students each year. The 65 acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, in Wheeling, WV. Wheeling is an old Victorian city that is a particularly agreeable place to live and raise a family, with good schools and extensive cultural and recreational activities.

Review of candidates will begin immediately, but must be received by February 15, 2008 for full consideration. Finalists will be invited to campus in early March. Applicants should send a letter of application, vita, and three letters of recommendation. Please contact the chair of the history department, Dr. Leslie Liedel (liedel@wju.edu) for further information.

AS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, WE ENCOURAGE APPLICATIONS FROM QUALIFIED VIETNAM ERA VETERANS, DISABLED INDIVIDUALS, MINORITIES, AND WOMEN.

Contact Info:
Wheeling Jesuit University
Director of Human Resources
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling WV 26003
Fax: (304)243-8170
Email: mrose@wju.edu
Website: http://www.wju.edu

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CfP: International Journal of Russian Studies

The first edition of the International Journal of Russian Studies has
been published at www.radtr.net. We are now calling for articles for our second edition. The deadline for the second edition will be 30 June 2008.

Articles may be sent to the journal editor either as an e-mail attachment or on disk via regular post to the following address:

Prof. Dr. Ayşe Dietrich (Editor –Founder)
Ankara University
Faculty of Letters
Department of Russian Language & Literature
06100 Sıhhiye, Ankara
TURKEY
E-mail: editor@radtr.net

For guidelines, please see www.radtr.net.

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CfP: Challenge of Nationalism for Diplomacy and Security Policy Making

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, a bi-annual, fully-refereed journal published in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, invites the submission of high-quality interdisciplinary articles on issues pertaining to nationalism, ethnicity and related themes.

Examples of these themes include:

* Nationalism in the Post Cold War World
* Myths, Memories and the Representations of the Past
* Ethnic Relations and Conflicts
* Nationalism and Regional Conflicts
* Separatism and Irredentism
* Great Powers and Nationalism
* Imperialism and Nationalism
* Issues of Minority Rights in Multinational States

The deadline for papers for this issue is Friday, 1st February 2008.

For this call, the editors are particularly interested in papers relating to the following theme: The Challenge of Nationalism for Diplomacy and Security Policy-Making

The editors welcome submissions of work in progress as well as contributions from young professionals, post-docs and lecturers in the early stages of their careers. SEN especially encourages submissions from advanced PhD candidates and Post Doctoral Fellows.
For submissions to be considered for publication in 2008, please ensure your paper reaches us by Friday 1st February 2008 via email (SEN@lse.ac.uk). The word limit is 6000 words, including bibliography and references. The SEN style guide can be found at http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/SEN%20Guidelines.pdf.

Submissions that do not conform to the style guide will not be accepted. For more information, please visit the SEN website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/

Please access the attached hyperlink for an important electronic communications disclaimer:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/secretariat/legal/disclaimer.htm

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Job- International and Comparative Politics Department, AUCA, Bishkek

The International and Comparative Politics Department (ICP) of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is looking to fill a teaching position to start in the Fall of 2008. Suitable applicants should be:

* Educated to preferably PhD level or minimally have a Masters Degree in Political Science or International Relations.
* Proficient in English and computer skills

The teaching language will be in English and the successful applicant must be able to commit to the position for at least two years.

The application deadline is February 15, 2008.

ICP is one of the leading degree-granting (BA and with Honors) programs of AUCA. The Department has successfully graduated seven classes and is proud of the remarkable achievements of its graduates, many of whom have gone on to further their education at other graduate programs worldwide. The ICPs international faculty has been able to maintain a consistently rigorous and almost completely English language based program in politics, training students in free and critical thinking, analytical skills, to be informed and open-minded along with civic responsibilities.

Applicants with specializations in any of the following areas will be especially desirable:
* Political Theory (Classical, Enlightenment, Western and Non-Western
* Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Political Culture, Political Sociology, Political Psychology)
* Political Methodology (Research Methods, Methods for Political Research, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Political Science)
* Political Economy (Introduction to Political Economy, International Political Economy)
* Public Policy (Public Policy Analysis, Decentralization, Environmental Policies, Educational Policies, Clean/Sustainable Development)
* Comparative Politics (Central Asia, Modern Islam, Ethnicity, Identity, Nationalism, Post-Soviet/Communist Transition, South Asia, Democratization)

To apply:
Please send your CV, covering letter, teaching philosophy (not more than 1000 words), a sample syllabus, and three Letters of Reference (scanned copies are acceptable) to Dr. Bermet Tursunkulova at tursunkulova_b@mail.auca.kg plus copies to biarslanov_n@mail.auca.kg and human_resources@mail.auca.kg

For further information and to learn about other vacancies please
visit our Web site: http://www.auca.kg/en/jobs

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Job: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) St. Petersburg, Russia

CIEE is very pleased to announce the following completely new position in St. Petersburg.

Administrative Director, CIEE Study Center, St Petersburg, Russia
Reports To: Program Director, Africa, Middle East, & Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Start Date: May 15, 2008

Summary of Position:
The Administrative Director is a year round position responsible for helping to ensure the quality and success of the programs offered at the CIEE St. Petersburg Study Center. The position assists with various aspects of the in country operations as well as for long-range planning, ongoing program evaluation, development, and marketing. The administrative Director is responsible for helping the program to achieve the highest levels of program quality and customer satisfaction. In addition, the Administrative Director is responsible for serving as the on-site director of the CIEE St. Petersburg Summer Program.

Primary Responsibilities

*Program Management
*Manage key administrative aspects of the program in accordance with CIEE policies and relevant agreements.
*Help manage the relationship with local host institutions.
*Participate in the formulation of the program budget.
*Maintain local banking arrangements and procedures for transfer of funds to the program.
*Manage program finances and submit monthly expense reports to the Portland office.
*Hire, supervise, and pay any local staff and/or subcontractors.
*Supervise the CIEE St. Petersburg Housing Coordinator and help ensure the quality of the housing program (homestays).

Academic
*Assist Resident Director with administration of academic program for two semester/academic year programs; Administer all academic aspects of summer program.
*Coordinate co-curricular aspects of academic program such as group excursions and field trips, guest lectures, or student internship opportunities.
*Facilitate registration into program courses. Monitor changes in enrollment.
*Prepare student grade reports and send promptly to Portland at the conclusion of the summer program.
*Serve as daily point of contact for any student requests for special exceptions, complaints, appeals, etc.

Student Services
*Hold regular and well-publicized office hours for meetings with students and host institution staff.
*Confer with individual students, as necessary, and hold occasional group meetings.
*Assist with the planning and implementation of all aspects of student
services:
o Visas and other legal procedures that apply to students
o Meet and greet and general orientation
o Cross-cultural information and training
o Housing
o Cultural and social activities
o Facilities (library, computer access, etc.)
o Personal counseling and student adjustment; student morale and culture shock
o Medical and psychological problems
o Legal matters
o Conflict resolution
o Discipline

Health and Safety
*On an ongoing basis obtain current and reliable information concerning health and safety risks of the local environment, including program-sponsored accommodations, events, excursions, and other activities.
*Write an annual safety audit covering relevant health and safety information needed by participants, their parents, and sending schools.
*Provide orientation to participants upon arrival and as needed during the session. Includes: information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country, and appropriate emergency response measures.
*Provide appropriate advice and warning to participants during the program in order to help them minimize risk and enhance their individual safety.
*Secure appropriate medical and professional services and help participants obtain the services they may need.
*In cases of serious health problems, injury, or other significant health and safety circumstances, maintain good communication among all program sponsors and others who need to know.
*Develop and maintain emergency preparedness processes and a crisis response plan.
*Communicate to participants applicable codes of conduct and the consequences of non-compliance. Take appropriate action when aware that participants are in violation.

Program Evaluation

*Participate in the design of appropriate evaluation mechanisms.
*Manage student evaluation processes after the orientation and at the conclusion of the program, including both evaluation of the program as a whole and of individual courses.
*Assist with coordination and facilitation of visits by ACB evaluation teams, providing information, coordinating their schedules, establishing appropriate local contacts, setting up group and/or individual meetings with students.
*Read and provide comments on the ACB Team Report after the evaluation. Participate in the formulation of an action plan based on the Team Report.
*Write a full program report at the conclusion of the summer program.

Marketing

*Participate in the writing of program materials (advertising materials, catalogue copy, bulletins, handbooks, arrival information, orientation information, and pre-departure reading and packing lists; Assist with the collection of course syllabi, curriculum vitae of teachers, and information concerning the country, the locale, and the host institution)
*Represent the program at conferences, training workshops, and other events according to a schedule put together by the Portland office.
*From time to time, assist in the development and implementation of an International Faculty Development Seminar, other CIEE programs, a session at the CIEE Annual Conference, or at other professional meetings.

Other duties as assigned:
*Knowledge and Skills
*Education-M.A. degree in relevant field required.
*Experience-Must have 5-7 years professional work experience, preferably in administration of international education programs.
*Language/Culture-Must have native or near-native fluency (written and spoken) in Russian and have an in-depth knowledge of Russian culture, history, business practices, and academic environment. Must also have high level of fluency in written and spoken English. Must be able to work and live legally in Russia.
*Academic-Must have an in-depth knowledge of U.S. academic institutions and their culture. Must have the ability to function well in a complex institutional framework, have a high tolerance for ambiguity, flexibility, and the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to changing circumstances.
*Seasoned leadership skills-Must have the proven ability to lead a team through the complexities and challenges of a broad range of operational and academic issues.
*Customer service-Must have extremely strong servicing skills and the ability to resolve issues fairly, expediently, and cost-effectively.
*Interpersonal skills-Must be able to engender the trust and confidence of students and parents, and be able to deal effectively with a wide variety of often sensitive issues, ensuring that all involved parties are satisfied with the resolution.
*Superior written and verbal communication skills-Must be able to effectively communicate with students, parents, faculty, members of the ACB, and employees. Must be able to work through and resolve a wide range of issues (some difficult/sensitive) and explain business and academic issues.
*Integrity-Must be a role model for professionalism and commitment to company values and stated goals. Must exhibit such professionalism both internally (for all employees) and externally (for students, parents, faculty, and industry partners).
*Accountability - In-depth knowledge of his/her program including administrative issues, Center issues, development needs, strategic priorities, sending school issues and ideas for future development.

General Information

*The Administrative Director is expected to be on call for emergency situations twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. S/he will also be expected to travel on occasion, as required.
*The Administrative Director is a full-time position. It is expected that the AD will not regularly engage in outside activities for compensation except for occasional appointments as a consultant, speaking engagements, or editorial work. Any non-CIEE related work must be pre-approved by the CIEE Program Director.

Compensation commensurate with qualifications.

*Due to federal regulations a background check will be conducted as a condition of employment.*

Interested Candidates please email *a cover letter and resume* by February 15, 2008 to cieeresume@ciee.org
Please put "Administrative Director - Russia" in the subject line. We will contact those candidates we would like to meet with to further discuss this exciting opportunity. No phone calls please.

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CfP- Europe's Borderlands, 05/09-10/2008, UCLA

Call for Papers Graduate Student Conference
Europe's Borderlands Migration, trafficking and regional integration in interdisciplinary perspective

UCLA
May 9th-10th, 2008
Organized by Adrian Favell and Gail Kligman
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies

This conference will take place at UCLA. Invited participants will be offered 2 or 3 nights accommodation in Westwood in a shared room, together with a fixed rate contribution to their travel costs according to distance (max $500 each). Sending institutions will be invited to contribute partially to funding their students.

Deadline for calls: January 25th
Invitations sent: February 15th
Acceptance deadline: February 25th
Deadline for papers (journal style: 8,000 words): April 15th

Applications including a 500 word (max) abstract and one page personal resume should be sent by post or email to:

Jim Robbins
Center for European and Eurasian Studies
11367 Bunche Hall - UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1446
jrobbins@international.ucla.edu

In the wake of twin enlargements (2004 and 2007) and the ever expansive effects of the European Neighborhood Policy, borders and the movements across which define them, have changed forever in Europe. Whether in terms of everyday travel between Poland and Germany, illicit trade and trafficking at the Ukraine-Romania border, people smuggling from Albania to Italy, or the maintenance of an offshore European wall against migration in Ceuta, Morocco, Europe's edges have never been fuzzier or more contested. They also provide a guide to other areas of the world undergoing regional integration processes that engender mass migration and mobility across borders, including the US-Latin American borderlands.

In order to facilitate new research on this subject, as well as build a interdisciplinary network of young Europeanists in North American, the UCLA International Institute and Center for European and Eurasian Studies is organizing a graduate student conference at UCLA May 9-10, 2008. Up to 12 partially-funded invitations will be made to North America (US and Canadian based) graduate researchers to present a paper and participate in a two day conference with faculty at UCLA. In addition, a number of special invitations will be extended to a small number of European based graduate students at leading European social science institutions. Commentary, advice and discussion will be offered to help authors develop their papers for journal publication.

The keynote speaker and commentator will be Virginie Guiraudon, CNRS and University of Lille II.

Researchers from across the span of the social sciences will be invited, including anthropology, economics, European/Eurasian, African or Middle Eastern studies, history, law, political science, sociology, women's studies. We welcome papers on the following topics:

* The effects of EU enlargement, EU externalization or European Neighbourhood Policy on mobility, migration, informal trade, tourism, or cross-border interactions at any of Europe's borders East/West or South/North
* Policies and implementation of policing, security, control and border management issues
* International legal and human rights' issues in the management of new migration in Europe
* Studies of the EU Neighbourhood and externalization policies
* Ethnographies of mobility, trafficking, labor migration and refugee movements into Europe from Eurasia, the Balkans, the Middle East or Africa
* Comparisons of European borders with US-Latin America borders, and comparisons of the politics of migration/mobility in these regions
* Effects of regional integration on migration, mobility and cross-border trade
* International relations in Europe's borderlands

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CfP: CfP: Memory, history, morality: the socialist past today, 09/11-12/2008, Newcastle

11-12th September 2008, Newcastle University (UK)

Memory and history, it has been argued, are closely connected to identity, both communal and individual. Memory and history are therefore also made in the present according to present demands. Yet, the past sometimes also presses into the present, or, as Bergson writes 'the past that is gnawing on present and future'. In the post-socialist context representations and memories of the past come about in often tense political climates; more often than not the representations themselves are political. Against the backdrop of the transformation that deeply affected the values and norms that govern how individuals can portray themselves, how the past is remembered and talked about becomes also a deeply moral question.

The conference seeks to explore such trajectories in a variety of post-socialist societies. It is part of an ethnographic project on the 'Socialist Past in Eastern Germany' which takes an anthropological approach (the project is funded by the ESRC, Economic and Social Research Council, UK). The conference is intended to allow for comparison of and exchange about how the socialist past is managed/re-worked/silenced/re-membered at collective, individual and inter-personal levels in different post-socialist contexts. It is envisioned that the event may give rise to a network of scholars from East and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union with such research interests.

The organizers are encouraging in particular scholars working 'at home' in East- and central Europe and the former Soviet Union to apply. Contributions taking an anthropological and ethnographic approach, and those in related disciplines, are also particularly welcome. Funding to assist with travel and accommodation costs is available.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

* life-stories/biographies of 'victims', 'perpetrators', 'ordinary citizens' (and/or those in-between)
* critical explorations of categories such as 'ordinary citizens', 'victims' or 'perpetrators'
* contributions dealing with the legacies of socialism (history writing; memorials, state security police files, etc.)
* public discourse and debates about the past
* cultures of memory; changes to memory culture
* memories and/or uses of the past in everyday lives; and/or politically
* history-writing; social memory
* morality; politics

Please send abstracts of up to 400 words to:
anselma.gallinat@ncl.ac.uk
anselma.gallinat@ncl.ac.ukDeadline>
Deadline: 29th of February 2008.

The project can be found at http://the-socialist-past.ncl.ac.uk

Conference organizers are:

Dr. Anselma Gallinat; School of Geography, Politics and Sociology;
Newcastle University
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 7RU

Dr. Sabine Kittel; School of Geography, Politics and Sociology;
Newcastle University
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 7RU
sabine.kittel@ncl.ac.uk

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CfP: Diaspora: Migration in and from Southeastern Europe, 06/02-03/2008, Sofia

ASO-Sofia
CERMES, NBU
Ethnographic Institute and Museum, BAS
International conference

MIGRATION IN AND FROM SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

Sofia, June 2nd-3rd 2008

Southeastern Europe is one of the most remarkable regions in the world for complexity and extent of refugees and migration movements. During the last decade (1990-2000) 10 mln. of 80 mln. have moved or been displaced. The Balkan migrations are also a major security concern for EU and NATO. Four types of migration develop in the region: forced migration; ethnic migrations, trafficking in human beings; temporary migrations. They are asymmetrically present in the various countries. The Balkan states are considered to be mostly sending countries of migrants. But the region is very complex, with several distinct categories of states according to economic development, recent migration history and formal relationship to the EU.

The conference aims at shed light on different patterns of people's mobility in the region. It will open a constructive debate to exchange experience on migration politics and practices, to bring to the fore their different interests, views and perspectives Migration will be articulated at two levels:

* Macro-level - an overview of the policy-making processes in the different states (legislation, institutionalization of migration policy, strategies of inclusion of immigrants, security concerns, human rights issues);
* Micro-level - trough a sociological/anthropological perspective to raise questions about the everyday life in migration.

The organizers cover economy class travel expenses and local accommodation in Sofia for a limited number of participants from South-East Europe.

The conference is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research of the Republic of Austria in the framework of its SEE science cooperation initiative.

Deadline for the proposals (1 page): February 29th 2008

Information for accepted proposals: March 15th 2008

Please, send the proposals to:
Anna Krasteva
CERMES
New Bulgarian University
anna.krasteva@gmail.com

For any additional information, please contact

Anelia Kasabova
Institute of Ethnography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
anelia.kasabova@abv.bg

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CFP: Cosmic enthusiasm: The cultural impact of space exploration on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since the 1950's, 01/22-29/2009, Basel

International conference, January 22-24, 2009, Basel (Switzerland).

Focus:
Soviet space expeditions in their historical and cultural context, the impact of space exploration on everyday culture, the effects of military competition and competing consumer cultures, the construction of gender, emotions and social as well as cultural spaces.

Disciplinary range: history, cultural anthropology; architecture, design, natural sciences, philosophy of science (time/space), media sciences.

I. Introduction: Scope of the conference

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first man-made object in space, the successful launch of Sputnik in October 1957, much attention has been paid to the history of space missions/explorations and the discourses following the opening of the "cosmic era" in the U.S. and (Western) Europe. Its influence on military competition, Cold War politics and Western imagination have received much attention. But space exploration was much more than a technological breakthrough. It left a distinct and lasting impact on everyday life and popular culture in many countries. The interdependence between space, politics and Lebenswelten (meaning the daily life of human beings) in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is a new field of research and interest.

In 1957 the Soviet government was surprised by the attention the world's media paid to Sputnik, but managed to come around and make use of the political potential space travel had to offer. With Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight in 1961, euphoria took over. The cosmos became an integral part of Soviet everyday life: Every child knew the names of the first cosmonauts by heart and took part in their lives and achievements. When Soviet society in the late fifties and early sixties developed into a mass consumer society of a socialist, "rationalist" kind, space imagery came to be part of a wide ranging Soviet propaganda : Sputnik and Gagarin meant leadership in the rivalry with the U.S. and were also a cohesive force in the Eastern countries. While the cultural exchange with the West caused some pressure regarding the general standard of living, Soviet citizens who were promised more consumer goods to come, were nevertheless proud of their country: The achievements in outer space more than anything symbolized the "relaunch of socialism after Stalin", and space travel became a theme in the competition of modernities and consumer cultures. Following the Soviet euphoria of the first years, however, life on earth did not get continually brighter and better, and interest in space travel began to fade, especially after the death of Gagarin in 1968 and the success of the American Neil Armstrong in walking on the moon in 1969. As launchings and landings of space rockets became daily events, no one cared to remember the names of the later cohort of Soviet cosmonauts anymore.

In the context of the 50th anniversary of Sputnik in October 1957, recent conferences have focused on the influence of space travel on imagination, Weltanschauung, aesthetics, science-fiction and discourse, on the one hand, and on its impact on Cold War politics and the space race, on the other. Those are discourses of the social elites. Until now, little attention has been paid to Eastern European interior perspectives or the influences of space travel, space technology and space race on life and culture on an everyday level.

In view of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's first manned flight into orbit in April 2011, we plan an international and interdisciplinary conference entitled "Cosmic enthusiasm: The cultural impact of space exploration on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since the 1950's".

II. Call for Papers

For the conference, we have envisaged three broad fields of research:

Thick descriptions: The imprint of space travel in Soviet everyday and popular culture

The conference's primary theme is the examination of how space exploration influenced popular culture, everyday life and Lebenswelten in the Soviet Union. How did space travel change material and visual cultures, aesthetic forms, consumption and construction (e.g., space design: the influence on material culture, living environments and automation of the home? How did cosmos exploration change earthly symbols, icons, language? Did space travel lead to a new Lebensgef?hl, a change in emotional styles and expressions? Which social groups proved most susceptible to the space craze? How did ethnic, social, generational or gender boundaries affect the influence of space in everyday life? In what ways were space events brought to the public - which media were important, and in what ways was the topic of space travel intertwined with the channels of its communication?

Long-term and long-range effects: Repercussions of Soviet spaceflight in Eastern Europe and for Soviet History

A second focus will be placed on space travel's impact over more extended periods of time in Soviet history as well as over more extended geographical and political areas. For one - did space exploration have an impact on the social constitution of the Soviet Union? Are there good reasons to speak of a Sputnik generation? The ongoing popularity of the Soviet space project as a lieu de memoire for 'Soviet nostalgia' in contemporary Russia certainly suggests a strong influence on the individual as well as shared memories of the Soviet post-war society. And if cosmonauts were used as icons and ambassadors for the new, post-Stalin Soviet Union, how did they communicate the Soviet Union's competing modernity both to its own citizens, and also abroad? Focusing on Eastern Europe, we encourage comparative approaches and would like to ask especially how Soviet space achievements and their propagation reach audiences in Socialist Eastern Europe, where the Sputnik years were at the same time marked by instability and opposition to Soviet dominance.

Comparative perspectives: East and West, natural and cultural sciences

Not only do we have little comparative work on the impact of space travel in East and West until now, but also the technological making of space exploration is usually discussed apart from its cultural repercussions and discursive framings. We would like to bridge the gap between natural and cultural scientists and encourage researchers of Soviet and Western space technology to enter into a dialogue with scholars studying various cultural perspectives. From the highly-debated costs of space exploration to questions of space travel's impact on the physiology of the men and women in space, many subjects would profit from sharing knowledge and stimulating questions.

A publication of the papers is planned.

Please send your abstracts (1 page) with a short CV to
conference@spacecultures.net no later than March 31, 2008.

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Monica R?thers (Univ. Fribourg), Dr. Carmen Scheide (Univ. Basel), Dr. des. Julia Richers (Univ. Basel), Eva Maurer M.A. (Univ. Fribourg)

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Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Harriman Institute of Columbia University announces two postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2008-9 for the study of Russian/Soviet influence in the Mediterranean Area.

Winning candidates will be contributing to a three-year research project dedicated to “Great Power(s) in the Mediterranean” coordinated by the Institute for the Study of Europe. The goal is to reconsider the role of the Mediterranean in modern European identity, with the fellows highlighting Russian and Soviet imperial influence in the region. By speaking of Great Power in the singular, the project wants to highlight the soft power dimensions of competing military and political hegemonies, including claims on resources, shifting global trade networks, religious proselytism and models of development. The time framework is roughly 18th century to the present, including the Cold War era. The project welcomes expertise on the relations with Russia/Soviet influence of other imperial forces in the area (from the Ottoman and Western European Powers to the Americans) as well as of indigenous and post-colonial movements and states. In addition to conducting their own research, the fellows will help run workshops and other initiatives associated with the project.

Postdoctoral awards are residential and normally run for the academic year, September-May. In addition to the stipend and a research space, fellows have access to Columbia University research facilities. Candidates must have completed their dissertations within five years of taking up the Fellowship.

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2008, with the awards to be announced in early April.

To apply, please send a 750 word research plan; curriculum vitae, a representative article or dissertation chapters, and three letters of recommendation to:

Barbara Singleton
The Harriman Institute
Columbia University MC 3345
New York, NY 10027

For more information on the project, pleased contact the Project Director and Director of the Institute for the Study of Europe, Professor Victoria de Grazia, vd19@Columbia.edu

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CfP: "Perspectives on Slavistics", 08/28-31/2008, Hamburg

The Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Hamburg and the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Tuebingen are pleased to announce the Third International Conference "Perspectives on Slavistics". The conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on August 28-31, 2008. The goals of the conference are to encourage the study of Slavic languages and literatures and to establish connections among scholars working in these areas.

The following keynote speakers have accepted the invitation to present at the conference:

- Patrice Dabrowski, Harvard University (USA)
- Gerd Hentschel, University of Oldenburg (Germany)
- Mikhail Iampolski, New York University (USA)
- Marek Lazinski, University of Warsaw (Poland)
- Karel Oliva, Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic)
- Danko Sipka, Arizona State University (USA)
- Galin Tihanov, University of Manchester (UK)

Submissions from any scholar working on Slavic languages or literatures are welcomed, including those in Slavic departments, as well as in specialized linguistics or literature departments. We particularly want to encourage young scholars to participate in this conference. Papers will be considered on topics relating to the diachronic or synchronic study of Slavic languages and literatures from any theoretical perspective.

There will be a special session on Electronic Resources of Slavic Languages. The aim of the special session is to provide a forum for exchange of information regarding the recent developments in the composition and design, construction and use of different types of resources for Slavic languages. We encourage submissions reporting on, but not limited to:

- corpora (large and small, general and genre-specific, annotated and
non-annotated, single language and parallel corpora, spoken and written language corpora, treebanks);
- wide-coverage grammars;
- computational lexicons, electronic terminology databases, dictionaries (mono- and multilingual);
- speech collections;
- wordnets, framenets, ontologies;
- tools for acquisition, construction, annotation and management of
language resources.

Each paper submitted to the conference will be allowed thirty minutes (including 10 minutes for discussion). Presentations should be in English in order to open the conference up to researchers working on non-Slavic languages and literatures. Data projectors and overhead projectors will be provided upon request. The deadline for submissions is March, 31, 2008 (submission information and abstract specifications see below).

The participation fee will be 80 euros (40 euros for graduate students and passive participants), to be paid in advance. Detailed information on payment options and local arrangements will be provided by May 2008.

The participation fee covers the abstract booklet, other conference materials, refreshments and snacks.

Submission information and abstract specifications:
Abstracts for 20 minute talks (plus 10 minute discussion) should:
- be anonymous;
- not exceed 500 words (plus an additional page for tables, figures and
references, if necessary);
- use one-column format, Times New Roman, 12pt, single-spacing;
- use the international transcription of Cyrillic characters into Latin
characters;
- be in Adobe PDF format (please do include all fonts in PDF documents).

Your abstract should present a hypothesis and outline your plan for defending that hypothesis, i.e., it should specify research question(s), an approach/method to the data, and obtained results. Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by independent reviewers.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically via the EasyChair Conference Manager at:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pos3

You will be requested to enter a user name and password to enter the site. If you do not have an EasyChair account, enter the following URL: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/account_apply.cgi to obtain one. Your account access information will be emailed to you.

After having logged in to the system, you will be able to submit your abstract by:

(1) providing an address for correspondence, (2) specifying the author(s), (3) providing the title and a short abstract in plain text (the short abstract should summarize the essentials of the proposal in maximally two short sentences), (4) specifying at least two keywords, (5) selecting the topic relevant to your paper (Linguistics, Literature or Resources), (6) uploading the PDF file with the full anonymous abstract including the title and the abstract body.

The contact author of the paper will receive an auto-generated notification of receipt via email.

The abstracts must be submitted no later than March 31, 2008.

Notifications of the Organizing Committee's decisions will be sent out by May 5, 2008.

Organizing Committee:
Bernhard Brehmer, University of Hamburg
Schamma Schahadat, University of Tuebingen
Beata Trawinski, University of Tuebingen
Annette Werberger, University of Tuebingen

Conference webpage: http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/pos3/
Contact: pos3@barlach.sfb.uni-tuebingen.de

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January 18, 2008

STRAVINKSY SERIES OF LECTURES, DANCES, AND CONCERTS

*Wed, Jan 23, 4–6 pm
Colloquium. “Stravinsky Revisited: Innovations and Migrations in 20th-Century Ballet.”
Angela Kane, chair and professor, and Beth Genné, associate professor, Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Co-sponsored with the Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

*Fri, Jan 25, 4–6 pm
Lecture. “Stravinsky Revisited: From Le Sacre to Hip-hop."
Rennie Harris, choreographer, director of Rennie Harris Puremovement and guest choreographer, Department of Dance, U-M. Co-sponsored with the Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

Sun, Jan 27, 6 pm
Dance Performance. Moiseyev Dance Company.
Sponsored by the University Musical Society. For ticket information, call 734.764.2538 or see <www.ums.org>. Hill Auditorium.

*Tue, Jan 29, 4–6 pm
Lecture. “Stravinsky Revisited: Title TBA.”
Jessica Fogel, professor, Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Co-sponsored with the Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

*Thu, Jan 31, 7:30 pm; Fri, Feb 1; Sat, Feb 2, 8:00 pm; Sun, Feb 3, 2pm
Dance Performance. Stravinsky Revisited. University Dance Company in an evening of modern dance set to new compositions inspired by Igor Stravinsky. Sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Tickets required. For more information, call the League Ticket Office at 734.764.2538 or see <www.music.umich.edu>. Power Center.

*Sat, Feb 2, 8 pm
Concert. A Celebration of the Keyboard.
Six artists explore chamber music written for multiple pianists, including works by Lutoslawski and Stravinsky. Sponsored by the University Musical Society. For ticket information, call 734.764.2538 or see <www.ums.org>. Hill Auditorium.

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Summer Heritage Language Research Institute, 06/23-27/2008

Summer Study

The National Heritage Language Resource Center invites applications to participate in the 2nd Summer Heritage Language Research Institute directed by Professor Maria Polinsky and held at Harvard University June 23-27, 2008.

The Institute will be of interest to linguists, applied linguists, faculty in education and foreign languages. Graduate students are encouraged to apply, and some financial support may be available for them.

For details please see
http://www.international.ucla.edu/languages/nhlrc/2008summer/

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January 17, 2008

Berlin-Krakow Summer 2008 Faculty Seminar

Early-bird Deadline on 15 Feb 2008

Early-bird applications for joining the faculty seminar on "Germany and Poland - A Troubled Partnership in a Deepening European Union" in Berlin and Krakow, to take place from 18 June to 1 July 2008, have to be sent in before 15 February 2008. Early bird registration allows for a 10 % discount.

The major question to be discussed is whether and how Poland and Germany, two major member countries of the European Union in the heart of Europe, will be able to end, or at least ameliorate, the ambivalence of mistrust and irritation that has characterized their mutual relationship for decades, even centuries. The recent opening of their mutual border and their cooperation potential within the EU integration process provide vast areas for a new beginning.

In addition to lectures there will be opportunities to meet with representatives of political parties, business associations and trade unions both in Germany and in Poland. In Germany the program includes trips to various landmarks in Berlin and Potsdam.

In addition, during the course of the seminar, the group will visit, by bus, parts of Southwest Poland: We will visit Krzyzowa (Kreisau), Gliwice (Gleiwitz), Wroclaw (Breslau), Krakow and Auschwitz. In fact, in Krakow we succeeded to get the Jagellionian University as our cooperation partner.

The seminar is intended for college and university faculty in the social sciences and related areas such as German and European studies. It will be conducted in English by German, American and Polish academics. The final application deadline is 1 April 2008.

For more information: http://www.studienforum-berlin.de/facultyseminar_2008.html.
Contact: hdjacobsen@studienforum-berlin.de

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January 16, 2008

CfP: Eurasian File

Call for Papers

For the Eurasian File, which is published biannually, the special file themes for the year 2008 have been determined as "The Balkans" (Volume 14, No.1) and "Turkish Foreign Policy" (Volume 14, No.2).

In both editions, articles, which may not be directly related to the special file themes, will also be published.

"The Balkans" Special Edition ( Volume 14 / No.1)

In this special edition where Erhan Turbedar, ASAM Balkans Expert will act as the Editor, the following headings are expected to take place:

*The Status of Kosova and its Regional/Global Impacts
*The Problems of Dayton's Bosnia and the Future of Bosnia
*The Future of the Peace Process in Macedonia
*The EU's Vision Regarding the Future of the Balkans
*The Expectations of Balkan Countries from EU Membership
*A Comparison of US/ Russian Balkan Politics
*The Perception of Turkey in the Balkans
*The Roles the EU and NATO Should Assume to Control of the Sources of Tension in the Balkans
*The Pre-Conditions for Effective Regional Cooperation in the Balkans
*Lessons to be Learned from Former Initiatives and CEFTA 2006.
*Organized Crime in the Balkans

The final deadline for the articles is 30th of March 2008. The journal will be published in June 2008.

"Turkish Foreign Policy" Special Edition (Volume 14/ No.2)

Some of the headings to take place in this edition are as follows:

*The Fundamental Dynamics of Turkish Foreign Policy (TFP)
*Decision-Making Processes and Mechanisms in TFP
*TFP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Military
*TFP, the Media and Think-Tanks
*TFP, Crisis Management and Diplomacy
*TFP and Economy
*Searches for Alternative Directions for TFP
*TFP and Ethnic Lobbies

The final deadline for the articles is the 30th of May 2008, the publishing date is December 2008. The long terminals which may occur during the summer months have been taken into consideration while determining the deadline dates.

Guidelines for Submissions

*The articles to be sent to the Eurasian File should be in Microsoft Word format, typed in Times New Roman, 12pt .
*The articles should not be shorter than 4500 words nor longer than 10 000 words. Book reviews should be between 1500-2500 words. (The footnotes and references sections are not included in the word count)
*The articles should be sent with summaries, not exceeding 200 words, added to the first page of the article along with Heading, and Key Words.
*The authors should provide their names, titles, place of duty and e-mails.
*The graphics or visual material desired to be used in articles should be of high resolution quality. It should be kept in mind that the as journal is published in black and white so graphics should be chosen accordingly.
*The journal contains articles both in Turkish and English.
*References should be notified with endnotes and at the end of the text, under the title of "References", the full identification of references should be provided in an alphabetical order according to the surnames of the authors. The completion of the missing sections in footnotes and references is the most energy and time consuming act in the period towards publishing.

Review Process

The articles submitted to the editorial of the Eurasian File are initially examined in accordance with the general publishing standards by the Publishing Committee. The preliminary examination period lasts the most 3 weeks and upon a positive confirmation by the committee the article is sent to two experts in the related field for referee evaluation. Upon receiving a positive rating from both referees, the committee decides to publish the article. If one referee judges the article positively while the other does not, than the committee asks for an evaluation from a third referee and his final judgment is taken into account.

The authors need to make the necessary corrections foreseen by the referee and take into account the criticisms of the Publishing Board. Under conditions of disagreement, they are required to justify their claims to the editor. In communicating with the referee, the "blind referee" rule is implemented.

The authors acknowledge that by submitting their articles to the Eurasian File they transfer all the rights affiliated with the article to ASAM.

One month (the most) from the date of publishing, an authors fee of 300$ (for those authors submitting their articles from abroad-and 400 New Turkish Liras from Turkey) is paid to the authors whose articles have been published in the Eurasian file along with 3 copies of the related edition.

Communication

The submission of articles via e-mail is preferred to editor@asam.org.tr

For hard-copy materials and general contact, the following information can be used:

ASAM, Avrasya Dosyasi Editorlugu
Konrad Adenaur Caddesi No 61
06550 Yildiz-Cankaya/Ankara TURKIYE
Telefon: +90312 491 60 70
Belge gecer: +90312 491 60 97

For footnote style please check: http://www.asam.org.tr/dergiler/dipnotvekaynakcasistemi.pdf

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January 15, 2008

CfP: The Cold War in the Arctic, 09/12-14/2008, PSU

The Cold War in the Arctic
The Pomor State University of Archangel
September 12-14th, 2008

Call for Papers

The scope of the conference will encompass both the Cold War in the Arctic. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from Russia and elsewhere to discuss different aspects of the Cold War in the Northern areas.

Fields to be covered might be:
- Theoretical problems of the Cold War and International Policy.
- The International Relations During the Cold War.
- Arms and Space Race and it's Influence on Technology and Environment.
- The Cold War: Lessons of History.

During the workshop the major themes of the paper should be presented in 20 minutes. Time will be left for extensive discussion. It is the intent of the organizers of the conference to publish the final versions of the papers afterwards. The working languages of the conference will be English and Russian. The conference will be held at the Pomor State University and on board the old steamer (built in 1911) "Gogol" on the Northern Dvina river. The organizers offer board and accommodation but will not be able to cover travel expenses.

Please send your proposal for a paper (200 words) and a short CV no later than March 1, 2008, by e-mail, to Prof. Mikhail Suprun (vma@pomorsu.ru).

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'Pushkin's Post-Horses. Literary Translation in Russian Culture' Booking Details

Programme and booking details are now available for the conference 'Pushkin's Post-Horses. Literary Translation in Russian Culture' (14-15 April 2008, Exeter, UK). Details of the programme and booking can be found at http://www.sall.ex.ac.uk/content/view/1125/3/.

Queries about the conference may be addressed to E.F.Lygo@ex.ac.uk.

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UNV Programme Officer ( UNV PO/001/08 ), Bosnia and Herzegovina

The UNV Programme Officer (UNV PO), a UN Volunteer himself/herself, is central to UNV programme at the country level and is governed by the same conditions of service that define all other international UN Volunteer Specialists in the country. Being an integral part of the Programme Team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as head of the UNV Country Office Team , s/he reports to the Chief of Geographical Section at UNV HQs, to whom he/she is ultimately responsible, through the Resident Representative of UNDP. The UNV PO is responsible for UNV programme/assignment planning and management, providing guidance to all the serving Volunteers within his/her country of assignment. This is a complex role, requiring a variety of programme oriented, administrative, managerial, and inter-personal skills.

Qualifications and Experience:
• University degree, preferably in Social Sciences or Environment.
• Fluency in English a must.
• Volunteering experience is essential.
• Extensive work experience (at least 5 years) in programme development and management in one of the following areas: Youth, Social Inclusion, Gender, Civil Society, IEC (Information, Education and Communication) and Environment.
• Knowledge of essential UN documents and UN system , particularly UNV programmes, activities and main partners in the country
• Experience in writing project documents, resource mobilization, staff supervision and management.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Innovation and judgment
• Computer literacy.
Duration: One year

Eligible women candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Please send your most recent curriculum vitae by 1/27/2008 to:

UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina
Marsala Tita 48 Street 71000 Sarajevo
Tel: 033/276 800
Fax:033/552 300
or at registry@undp.ba

http://www.undp.ba/index.aspx?PID=17&RID=686

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January 14, 2008

CFP: Europe’s Borderlands: Migration, Trafficking and Regional Integration in Interdisciplinary Perspective, 05/9-12/2008, UCLA

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Graduate Student Conference
UCLA
9th-10th May, 2008
Organized by Adrian Favell and Gail Kligman
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies
http://www.international.ucla.edu/euro/events/showevent.asp?eventid=6330

This conference will take place at UCLA. Invited participants will be offered 2 or 3 nights accommodation in Westwood in a shared room, together with a fixed rate contribution to their travel costs according to distance (max $500 each). Sending institutions will be invited to contribute partially to funding their students.

Deadline for calls: January 25th
Invitations sent: Feb 15th
Acceptance deadline: Feb 25th
Deadline for papers (journal style: 8,000 words): April 15th

Applications including a 500 word (max) abstract and one page personal resume should be sent by post or email to:

Jim Robbins
Center for European and Eurasian Studies
11367 Bunche Hall - UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1446
jrobbins@international.ucla.edu

In the wake of twin enlargements (2004 and 2007) and the ever expansive effects of the European Neighbourhood Policy, borders and the movements across which define them, have changed forever in Europe. Whether in terms of everyday travel between Poland and Germany, illicit trade and trafficking at the Ukraine-Romania border, people smuggling from Albania to Italy, or the maintenance of an offshore European wall against migration in Ceuta, Morocco, Europe’s edges have never been fuzzier or more contested. They also provide a guide to other areas of the world undergoing regional integration processes that engender mass migration and mobility across borders, including the US-Latin American borderlands.

In order to facilitate new research on this subject, as well as build a interdisciplinary network of young Europeanists in North American, the UCLA International Institute and Center for European and Eurasian Studies is organizing a graduate student conference at UCLA May 9-10, 2008. Up to 12 partially-funded invitations will be made to North America (US and Canadian based) graduate researchers to present a paper and participate in a two day conference with faculty at UCLA. In addition, a number of special invitations will be extended to a small number of European based graduate students at leading European social science institutions. Commentary, advice and discussion will be offered to help authors develop their papers for journal publication. The keynote speaker and commentator will be Virginie Guiraudon, CNRS and University of Lille II.

Researchers from across the span of the social sciences will be invited, including anthropology, economics, European/Eurasian, African or Middle Eastern studies, history, law, political science, sociology, women’s studies.

We welcome papers on the following topics:
· The effects of EU enlargement, EU externalization or European Neighbourhood Policy on mobility, migration, informal trade, tourism, or cross-border interactions at any of Europe’s borders East/West or South/North

· Policies and implementation of policing, security, control and border management issues

· International legal and human rights’ issues in the management of new migration in Europe

· Studies of the EU Neighbourhood and externalization policies

· Ethnographies of mobility, trafficking, labor migration and refugee movements into Europe from Eurasia, the Balkans, the Middle East or Africa

· Comparisons of European borders with US-Latin America borders, and comparisons of the politics of migration/mobility in these regions

· Effects of regional integration on migration, mobility and cross-border trade

· International relations in Europe’s borderlands

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Graduate Student Funding, Radboud University

Position for a PhD-student in the Netherlands

The European Project Acoustic Reduction in European Languages is now offering a position for a PhD-student interested in the phonetics and linguistics of a European language OTHER than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish.

The position will be fully funded for three and a half years and be located in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The PhD-project will be part of a larger project investigating how speakers and listeners process acoustically reduced words, such as the pronunciation "yesay" for "yesterday" and "onry" for ordinary", in several European languages. The PhD-student will investigate acoustic reduction in a European language other than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish and explore which types of reduction occur in this language, and how the production and comprehension of reduced words are affected by the morphological and phonological properties of this language. Essential to this research program are corpora of highly spontaneous speech, which will have to be compiled in the course of this project. Complementary to corpus based research, the processing of acoustic reduction will be addressed by means of psycholinguistic experiments. The PhD student will collaborate closely with the principal investigator of the project, Dr M. Ernestus. In addition, the PhD-student will be supported in his/her research (including the compilation of the speech corpora) by a team of research assistants.

The language of study will be determined by the language proficiencies of the Ph.D. student. Native or near-native speakers of any Slavic or non-Slavic Eastern European language are welcome to apply. Applicants do NOT need to be EU citizens.

The position will be filled as soon as possible.

The project is funded by a European Young Investigator award, as well as by the Max Planck Institute for psycholinguistics and by the Radboud University. The research group is located in the building of the Max Planck Institute, on the campus of the Radboud University, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. This location guarantees a stimulating research environment with excellent experimental facilities. It offers researchers the possibility to develop interdisciplinary skills and to discuss their work with many internationally renowned scholars.

Applicants should be (near-)native in the European language they wish to investigate (which should be a language other than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish) and also be fluent in English. They should have a master's degree in linguistics or phonetics, or receive one within a few months. Moreover, applicants should have a basic knowledge of the phonology, phonetics, and morphology of their language and have familiarity with statistics (or be willing to learn statistics). The successful candidate will receive a contract for three and a half years at the Radboud University Nijmegen (www.ru.nl), under the conditions for PhD-students at this university.

For further information, including a description of the complete project, please contact Mirjam Ernestus (mirjam.ernestus@mpi.nl, phone: +31-24-3612970).

Application letters, including extensive CVs, should arrive as soon as possible, addressed to:

Mirjam Ernestus
P.O. Box 310
NL-6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands
or to
mirjam.ernestus@mpi.nl

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History Teaching Position

The Department of History at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a non-renewable, one-semester position at the Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor level, beginning Spring 2009.

Teaching experience required; teaching load is 3 courses. Ability to teach courses in Modern European history extremely desirable.

Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, teaching statement, and teaching evaluation forms to:

Maria Mitchell, Chair
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

No electronic application materials accepted.

Deadline for applications is March 7, 2008.

Franklin & Marshall College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to cultural pluralism. EOE

Contact Info:
Maria Mitchell, Chair
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

Website: http://www.fandm.edu

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Central European University - Budapest - Full time assistant professor

The Department of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary invites applications for a full-time position in international relations at the rank of assistant professor.

The candidate should be a specialist in IR/IPE with regional expertise in the greater European neighborhood, broadly defined. Candidates who specialize in Russian or Caucasian politics will receive particular consideration. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated potential for high-level research and publication, and a Ph.D. in international relations or political science by August 2008. Teaching responsibilities include three courses per year, plus supervision of MA and PhD theses. The initial contract is for four years, with a possible long-term renewal. The CEU encourages applications from women and minorities and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university accredited in both the US and Hungary. The language of instruction is English, and there are no language or citizenship requirements for employment. Please visit the CEU website (www.ceu.hu) for more information about the university and department.

Direct applications to:
Rector of CEU
c/o Judit Pallos
Human Resources Office
Central European University
H-1051 Budapest, Nador u. 9, Hungary
(Fax: + 36 1 235-6135, e-mail: applications@ceu.hu).

CONTACT:
Paul Roe
Junior Faculty Search Committee
Department of IRES
Central European University
Nador utca 9, H-1051 Budapest, Hungary.

Please include a CV and research paper, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Applications may be considered at any time, but for best consideration apply by February 1, 2008.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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Researcher Position

ALBANIAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (AIIS)
Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit No.7/1 Tirana Albania
Phone +355 4 248853 Fax +355 4 270337
Email :aiis@aiis-albania.org
www.ais-albania.org

CALL FOR JOB APPLICATIONS

Researcher
The Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) offers a renewable one-year contract that includes a competitive wage and benefits to the successful candidate.

Responsibilities:
Drafting policy and academic papers on security, transition to democracy, European Union and NATO integration and economic development issues; drafting project proposals; conduct fieldwork and write final reports on projects dealing with the above-mentioned issues; Ad-hoc administrative and other duties as requested.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate must meet the following requirements:

- A diploma from a Western university, preferably in one of the following fields of study: political science, international relations or economics. However, AIIS encourages candidates that have completed their studies in other social sciences to apply as well.

- A Master's degree is preferred, but it is not a must. However, the quality of work that is expected from the candidate will be quite high, and a Master's degree would be quite helpful in this regard.

- Excellent knowledge of English and Albanian. The successful candidate must have excellent research and writing skills in both languages. A good knowledge of another language is preferred but not necessary for this position.

Please forward a resume, cover letter, and a small writing sample by e-mail to aiis@aiis-albania.org or to AIIS Director Albert Rakipi at arakipi@aiis-albania.org.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by AIIS for an interview.

The deadline for applications is March 30th, 2008.

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CfP: Pipss.org

NINTH ISSUE: “Relations between Russian & post-Soviet NGOs and the Power Ministries”

The aim of this issue is to shed new light on the relations between Russian & Post-Soviet NGOs and what are known as the “power ministries” – the Defence and Interior Ministries, the Ministry of Justice, etc. – in areas such as justice (prisons, prisoners, judiciary reform, etc), the police (police brutality, etc.), the army (violence, veterans and post-military service care, etc.) border checks (immigration, etc.) and others.

For more info about paper topics and guidelines, please see http://www.pipss.org/document169.html

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies
www.pipss.org
contact@pipss.org

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Guest/Faculty Recital

Sat, Jan 19, 8 pm

Features the violin-and-piano duo of Solomia Soroka and Arthur Greene, professor of piano and CREES faculty associate, in a performace that includes works by William Bolcom, Johannes Brahms, Arthur Hartmann, Jeno Hubay, and Myroslav Skoryk. Sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Free. Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Building.

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Armenian Music of Grikor Mirzaian Suni Concert

Thu, Jan 17, 7:30 pm

For more information, contact Armena Marderosian at armena1949@gmail.com.

Location: The Armenian Congregational Church, 26210 West 12 Mile Rd., Southfield.

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EUC Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe

Thu, Jan 17, 4–6 pm

“Europe: Heir to the Ages or Pregnant Widow.”
Neal Ascherson, author and public historian.
Room 1636, International Institute, 1080 S. University.

Co-sponsored with the Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC); College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Copernicus Endowment; Department of History; Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies (EIHS); and International Institute. Rackham Amphitheatre.

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January 11, 2008

IREX Grants

GRANTS- IREX Grant Opportunity for US Scholars and Professionals
2008-2009 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2008

IREX's STG Program seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth field research by US scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. The STG Program provides fellows with the means to conduct in-country research on contemporary political, economic, historical, and cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. The STG Program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars and experts who can enrich the US understanding of developments in Southeast Europe and Eurasia.

STG provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and holders of other graduate degrees (MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia.

Eligible Countries of Research Focus:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Grant Provisions:
* International coach class round-trip transportation from the US to the host country/countries for the period of grant awarded;
* A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, based on IREX's pre-established country-specific rates (IREX will determine your housing amount at the time of your grant award, based on your
city/cities of placement);
* Travel visas: IREX will pay for and assist with fellows' visas for travel related to the fellowship; and
* Emergency evacuation insurance. Please note that IREX does not provide health insurance, only emergency evacuation insurance.

Note that this fellowship is only available to applicants that are US citizens or have permanent residency in the United States.

Application materials are available on the STG website:
http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/stg_info.asp

For more information about the program and application details, visit:
http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/index.asp or contact stg@irex.org\.

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January 10, 2008

CfP: "Borderlines: Russian and East European- Jewish Studies" Submissions

"Borderlines: Russian and East European- Jewish Studies" seeks submissions in history, philosophy, literature, the visual arts, anthropology, and studies that explore the intersections among these fields.

Particular encouragement will be
given to submissions that:

(1) challenge assumptions about the
definitions of Jewish Studies and Russian and East European studies;
(2) emphasize new theoretical approaches;
(3) closely parse formal

"Borderlines" also welcomes studies that focus on a single author, period, institution, event, or aspect of daily life among Russian and East-European Jews.

Editor: Harriet Murav, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Borderlines" is published by
www.academicstudiespress.com
Manuscripts should be sent by email to
manuscripts@academicstudiespress.com
or via postal mail to:
Academic Studies Press
Attn: Submissions
145 Lake Shore Road, # 3
Brighton MA 02135

Proposals should contain a letter of inquiry, a prospectus of no more
than five pages, a CV, a table of contents, and a sample chapter or two.

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9th ANNUAL ACTR NATIONAL POST-SECONDARY RUSSIAN ESSAY CONTEST

Students taking Russian in accredited colleges and universities are invited to participate in the ninth annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian.

All students must pay a registration fee according to the following schedule:

Students whose teacher is an ACTR member - $5.00 per registration
Students whose teacher is not an ACTR member - $7.50 per registration
Students may not register themselves, but can only be registered by a teacher.

To register your students, please send a registration form (below) and one check made out to "ACTR" to:
Patricia Zody
Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511.

All registrations must be received by January 30, 2008. Registrations received after the deadline will not be accepted.

When registering your students, please consult the criteria below to select the appropriate level.

Teachers whose students are participating in the contest will receive directions and the essay topic in late January 2008. Students will write their essays between Feb. 1 and Feb. 16, 2008 at a time selected by the instructor at each institution. Students should not receive the essay topic until the time scheduled to write the essay. Judges will review the essays in March 2008 and winners will be announced by April 15, 2008.

Please note that students cannot use any books or notes and may not work together. Essays must be written legibly in blue or black ink. The time limit for writing the essays will be one hour. The essays must be written in blue or black ink on lined paper provided by teachers. Pencil is not acceptable (as it won't photocopy). After the students write the essay, teachers will make four photocopies of each essay as per the directions and then send the originals and three photocopies to Patricia Zody within 48 hours of the test date. All essays will be evaluated anonymously: no essay will be identifiable by the name or institution of the student who wrote it.

Gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention ribbon awards (certificates) will be presented for the best essays at each level.

Here are sample essay topics from previous contests:
³What Is Your Dream?²
³An Important or Funny Thing Happened When²
³A Person (Real or Fictional) Who Is Important to Me and Why?²
³My Life Changed When²
³My Favorite Place²
³When I Relax²
³Write a letter to a figure from Russian history or a hero (heroine) from Russian literature./ Napishite pis'mo istoricheskomu litsu ili geroiu russkoi literatury.²

All categories and levels of students use the same essay topic.

Teachers may not substitute students for those registered by the deadline.

No refunds are available for students who don't show up for the essay contest.

Essays will be ranked according to levels as follows:

Category 1: Non-Heritage Learners (those learners who do not and did not ever speak Russian in the home. Please take the time to calculate the number of hours that your students have studied Russian to place them in the proper category.)
Level One: students who at the time of the essay contest will have had fewer than 100 contact hours of instruction in Russian (whether in college alone or in college and high school). (Please note that heritage learners of any Slavic language, including Russian, are not allowed to participate in this level and category of the contest.)
Level Two: students who at the time of the essay contest will have had more than 100 contact hours, but fewer than 250 contact hours of instruction. (This is mostly students in second-year Russian.)
Level Three: students who will have had more than 250 contact hours, but fewer than 400 contact hours of instruction. (This is mostly students in third or fourth-year Russian.)
Level Four: students who will have had more than 400 contact hours of instruction. (This is mostly students in fourth-year or fifth-year Russian.)

Category 2: Heritage Learners
Heritage Learners (1) - students who speak Russian with their families and who have NOT attended school in Russia or the former Soviet Union and have to learn reading and writing skills after emigration.
Heritage Learners (2): students who speak Russian with their families and who have attended school for fewer than 5 years in Russia or the former Soviet Union and may have had to relearn reading and writing skills after emigration.
Heritage Learners (3): students who speak Russian with their families and who have attended school for 5 or more years in Russia or the former Soviet Union and have not had to relearn reading and writing skills after emigration.

Judges will evaluate essays according to content (the ability to express ideas in Russian and communicate information about the topic) and length, lexicon, syntax, structure (grammatical and orthographic accuracy), and originality or creativity.

Awards will be announced in the ACTR Letter and Web site, and the AATSEEL Web site. The best gold ribbon essays will be published in the ACTR Letter.

Teachers with questions about the essay contest should contact:

Patricia L. Zody
Director, Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511
(608)363-2277
cls@beloit.edu

REGISTRATION FORM FOR NATIONAL POST-SECONDARY RUSSIAN ESSAY CONTEST
Name of Institution:
Name of Instructor:
Address:
E-Mail Address:
Telephone:
Fax:
List of Participants: 1) Name, 2) Category, and 3) Level

Send to:

Patricia L. Zody
Director, Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511
(608)363-2277
cls@beloit.edu

Official registration forms can also be found in the Winter 2007 ACTR Letter. If you would like to receive a registration form by mail or electronically, please contact me at zodyp@beloit.edu.

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Oberlin College / Kalamazoo College / University of Michigan Exchange Program

The Rackham Graduate School is pleased to help sponsor an exchange program involving the University of Michigan, Oberlin College, and Kalamazoo College. The program is meant both to deepen existing ties between large research institutions such as the University of Michigan and liberal arts colleges such as Oberlin and Kalamazoo as well as to forge new ones. Its guiding premise is that each kind of school has much to offer the other: just as research institutions, for example, have unmatched resources to help faculty advance their research, so do liberal arts colleges provide unique opportunities for the training and development of young faculty members in a teaching-intensive environment.

Intended as a pilot to help encourage similar linkages between other universities and colleges in the Midwest, the exchange partnership has three major components. One involves the placement of newly minted Ph.D.s from the University of Michigan in one-year teaching positions at Oberlin College or Kalamazoo College. The second provides opportunities for the faculty of Oberlin and Kalamazoo to pursue research projects on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. The third allows doctoral students who have advanced to Candidacy and have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in teaching to participate in teaching mentorship programs in either of the two partner institutions.

OK/UM Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows

As part of an exchange between the University of Michigan, Kalamazoo College, and Oberlin College, funded by the Mellon Foundation, applications are being accepted for 4 post-doctoral fellowships at Oberlin College or Kalamazoo College. Students from all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have earned the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at some time after June 1, 2005, or expect to do so no later than August 15, 2008. The positions are designed to support the fellows in developing both their teaching skills and their research programs.

Features:
• One-year appointment to teach and conduct research at a major liberal arts college
• Beginning salary of $41,000 per year with additional funding for research
• Half-time teaching load to free up time for research
• Guidance and mentoring from an Oberlin College or Kalamazoo College faculty member

Students with a strong commitment to teaching and a genuine interest in pursuing an academic career are encouraged to apply. Candidates may indicate a preference for one of the participating institutions, but this is not required. Final selections will be determined collectively by a panel of faculty from UM, Oberlin College, and Kalamazoo College. Applications must be received by February 18, 2008.

Exchange Partnership Program Application Instructions
The application for the OK/UM Exchange Scholar Program must be submitted online. The application consists of the following information: General Information (candidate’s contact and recommendation letter writer information), Dissertation Abstract, Letter of Application outlining the candidate's research and teaching interests, Teaching Statement describing the candidate’s methods and goals as a teacher, and curriculum vitae. This information must be submitted to the Rackham Graduate School by Monday, February 18, 2008. Questions about the program or the application procedures should be directed to Associate Dean Peggy McCracken at (734) 764-4405 or via e-mail at peggymcc@umich.edu.

OK/UM Rackham Exchange Scholars
Faculty from Oberlin and Kalamazoo may apply for research opportunities through this program. Open to all disciplines. UM will provide library access, workspace, and promote contacts with the relevant UM faculty. Although faculty at mid-career (i.e. those who have received tenure in the past five to ten years) may find such a program especially rewarding, we welcome applications from all ranks.

Oberlin and Kalamazoo Mentorship Programs
Doctoral students from the University of Michigan who have achieved Candidacy and have demonstrated a record of accomplishment in teaching may participate in the Graduate Student Mentorship Program or the Teaching Internship Program. Both programs pair a faculty member from Oberlin College or Kalamazoo College with a student with comparable disciplinary interests. Visits to either campus may include activities ranging from observing a mentor's class and reviewing it with him/her or discussing research agendas in the context of liberal arts colleges or guest lecturing or conducting class discussions.

Visits of 1 to 2 days will be covered by the Short-Term Graduate Student Mentorship Program. The costs of travel, food, and lodging will be reimbursed by the Graduate School. (The short-term mentorship program also allows students to work with faculty from Albion College, EMU, Grand Valley State University, Kettering University, Oakland University, and Wayne State University.)

Longer visits of 3 to 7 days will fall under the Longer-Term Mentorship Program. These will involve activities and projects comparable to the ones described above, but with a greater commitment of time and effort for both mentor and mentee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. In addition to reimbursing the costs of travel, food and lodging, Rackham will provide each participant with a stipend of $250.00.

Students interested in either of these programs should consult the Mentorship Program website http://www.rackham.umich.edu/postdoctoral/exchange_program/

For further information visit the websites for Kalamazoo College or Oberlin College.

For questions, please contact mcwright@umich.edu.

For further information regarding any aspect of the OK/UM Exchange Program, please contact:

Associate Dean Peggy McCracken
Rackham School of Graduate Studies
University of Michigan
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070
E-mail: peggymcc@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 764-4405

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CfP: Romanian Studies Graduate Student Conference, 03/04/2008, Indiana

Romanian Studies Graduate Student Conference
March 4, 2008
Indiana University

In March 2008, Indiana University’s Romanian Studies Organization (RomSO) will be hosting its first Romanian Studies Graduate Student Conference. We welcome paper proposals on any topic related to Romania, Moldova, or the Romanian diaspora in any discipline or methodology, including but not limited to history, political science, economics, international relations, anthropology, literature, sociology, musicology, and cultural studies. Especially encouraged are papers that take an interdisciplinary approach.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and along with your contact information to RomSO@indiana.edu by January 28, 2008. We will be pre-circulating the papers so that our commentators can provide more extensive feedback. Therefore, if your paper is selected we ask that you submit a completed paper by February 18, 2008.

Any other inquiries about the conference may be directed to Erin Biebuyck at ebiebuyc@indiana.edu or to the Indiana University Romanian Studies Organization at RomSO@indiana.edu.

Keynote address will be given by Professor Marius Turda; for more information on him, http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/staff/details/turda/ or check out his article in the most recent issue of the Slavic Review.

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CfP: Reconsidering Europe: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference in European Studies, 03/15/2008, Ann Arbor

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Reconsidering Europe: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference in European Studies
Ann Arbor, Michigan
March 15, 2008

This conference seeks to bring together graduate students from across disciplines in the western Great Lakes region, working on topics related to the history of Europe.

Organized by the University of Michigan's interdisciplinary European History Workshop, the goals of the conference, like those of the EHW, include:

1) considering the varying methodological and theoretical approaches employed by different disciplines in their efforts to better understand Europe's past;

2) facilitating greater discussion between scholars working in distinct geographic and temporal areas, such as Eastern and Western Europe, and the medieval/early modern and modern periods;

3) locating ways in which the study of Europe's past can still be relevant in a period of increasing scholarly interest in globalization and transnationalism.

We strongly encourage paper proposals from graduate students in disciplines beyond History proper, such as History of Art, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, or any discipline concerned with historical topics related to Europe. Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Nations and boundaries
• Popular culture and everyday life
• Material, visual, and sound cultures
• Empire
• Sexuality and the body
• Religion, secularism, and the law
• Science, medicine, and technology
• Migration
• Space, architecture, and the environment
• Theory, memory, and historiography

The conference will be held at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, on March 15, 2008

Please submit a paper abstract of no more than 250 words as an email attachment to EHWconference08@umich.edu no later than January 18, 2008. We are also requesting a brief biographical statement, outlining your discipline, departmental/ university affiliation, stage in degree program, etc. Acceptance notifications will be emailed in late January.

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January 09, 2008

CfP: Towards Global Excellence in the 21st Century, 04/10-12/2008, PA

Towards Global Excellence in the 21st Century: Development, Environment, and Pathways of Cooperation
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Dates: April 10-12, 2008
Deadline for submission of proposals: February 8, 2008
Co-sponsored by the Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

Proposals for papers and panels are invited for an innovative conference that will examine the creative and cooperative roles that national governments, international organizations, and NGO’s can play in addressing the crucial economic, environmental, and social problems in an age of globalization.

Proposals are especially welcome in the following areas:
• Prospects for international cooperation and the future of the United Nations
• A call for creative interaction: governments and NGOs in the 21st century
• Human rights: national perspectives, international alliances
• Women and development: breaking the barriers
• Freedom of information in the digital era
• Health care and the medical profession: a national and global crisis?
• Energy options in an age of global industrialization
• Our threatened ecosphere: conservation as self-defense

Proposals in related areas of interest are also encouraged. Selected papers will be published.

Send all paper and panel proposals to:

Dennis Hickey
Department of History & Anthropology
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA. 16444
dhickey@edinboro.edu

Please limit your proposals to 250 words. Include your professional affiliation/title, your mailing address and e-mail address with your submission.

http://www.edinboro.edu/cwis/history/hist-home.html

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PCG Grants for Teaching

Public Goods Council (PGC)
Grants for Teaching
2008

Rolling Deadline: until available funds are expended
Public Goods Council Grant Application in MS Word Format

INTRODUCTION
Public engagement and new forms of interdisciplinary teaching and research have never been more important. At the University of Michigan, we have tremendous opportunities to build bridges between theory and practice, and between the public and the university, through our great cultural resources. With this motivation, and with the desire to increase undergraduate students’ use of cultural resources while they are in college, the U-M Public Goods Council (PGC) offers a grants program to encourage greater faculty use of the Council’s resources in teaching undergraduates.

The PGC is a cluster of University organizations dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and culture through music, works of art, special collections, historical archives, natural science resources, other scholarly resources, performance programs, coursework and experiential learning. Members include Arts of Citizenship, Arts at Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Clements Library, Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Art, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, University Library, and University Musical Society.

The PGC invites proposals for projects that draw on public culture and cultural institutions to engage undergraduates and help shape their education. As many as eight grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded from a fund provided by the Provost’s Office for course-related projects developed in collaborations between faculty members and Public Goods Council members.

For more information:
http://www.crlt.umich.edu/grants/pgcgrant.html

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CfP: UNESCO Call for Expressions of Interest

Call for expressions of interest in UNESCO History conferences
Call for Papers Date: 2008-04-30
Please submit your response before 12 January 2008.

Call for Expressions of Interest:
The International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project is planning to organize three international conferences in 2009-2010. The selected themes are the following: “Towards the Transnational History of International Organizations: Methodology / Epistemology”; “UNESCO and the Cold War”; “UNESCO and Issues of Colonization and Decolonization”. If you would consider presenting a paper at one or more of these conferences, then please follow the guidelines described below. Please also note that although the deadline for replies is 30 April 2008, we would prefer to receive an initial expression of interest from you very soon (ideally before 12 January).

The three conferences have the common purpose of encouraging and stimulating historical research and reflections on UNESCO’s programmes, activities and orientations from 1945 to date. They are a follow up to the international symposium on UNESCO’s history that took place in Paris on the occasion of the Organization’s 60th anniversary in November 2005. Background information on the UNESCO History Project and on the composition of its International Scientific Committee is available at: www.unesco.org/archives

The Committee has selected the following three themes:
1. “Towards the Transnational History of International Organizations: Methodology / Epistemology”. This conference will pay special attention to UNESCO as a case-study, and take a broader view of methodological issues relating to the study of the history of international organizations. The conference will take place in Spring 2009. The location and exact date will be confirmed in February 2008.
2. “UNESCO and the Cold War”. UNESCO was an important arena for the Cold War, but it was also an actor with an agenda of its own. The purpose of the conference is to explore different historical perspectives concerning the extent of the Cold War’s impact on UNESCO and vice versa. The conference is scheduled to take place in Autumn 2009. The location and exact date will be confirmed in February 2008.
3. “UNESCO and Issues of Colonization and Decolonization”. Among UNESCO’s founding Member States were both colonial powers and former colonies. This Conference invites students and scholars utilizing a range of methodological approaches and intellectual frameworks to reflect on UNESCO’s historical role, relevant orientations and actions in regard to colonialism and the era of decolonization. The conference is scheduled to take place in Spring 2010. The location and exact date of the conference will be confirmed in February 2008.

The Research Call: 2007-2010
The International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project invites expressions of interest from historians and other students and scholars who have an interest in the history of UNESCO in general and in one or more of the three selected themes of transnationalism, the Cold War, and colonization and decolonization. Applicants should submit an abstract of approximately 100-500 words detailing their research interests, and a short CV, along with full contact information. Applicants do not have to be historians of UNESCO or international organizations, but they should have a commitment to pursuing research which draws on the archives and histories of international organizations.

Further to the replies received, the Committee will decide on the sessions to be organized, the papers to be presented and the detailed programme of each conference. The costs of travel and accommodation of the speakers will be covered. A selection of papers presented will be published in English and French, when the conferences have taken place. The main results of these conferences will also be presented at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, which will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in August 2010.

Please e-mail your expression of interest to the Coordinator of the UNESCO History Project, Mr. Jens Boel (j.boel@unesco.org), to whom you may also address enquiries concerning the submission process. Please send a copy of your “expression of interest” message to the Chairman of the International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project, Professor Jean-François Sirinelli, Director of the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Politiques, Paris (jean-francois.sirinelli@sciences-po.fr).

Please submit your response before 12 January 2008. This will enable the International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project to take your proposal into consideration when planning the programme of the different conferences at its meeting on 18 January 2008. Proposals received after 12 January but before 30 April 2008 will also be considered for inclusion in one of the three conferences.

For further details:
http://www.unesco.org/archives/call.htm

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CfP: 3rd International Conference on Human & Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning, 07/17-18/2008, Spain

3rd International Conference on Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
Call for Papers Date: 2008-04-11
Spain

We welcome paper proposals in relation to the roles that any of the following can play in the language learning process:
1. Human resources: native speakers, tandem learning, language advisors, language teachers, peer learners...
2. Traditional resources: paper-based, audiovisual...
3. Computer-based resources: software, Internet, electronic communication tools…

Proposals for 20-minute papers must include:
Personal data (author's name, affiliation and e-mail address) and abstract (up to 150 words, including paper title); Full paper in English.

INVITED SPEAKERS
Dr. Phil Benson (The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China): Autonomy in Language Teaching and Learning: Where Has It Come from and Where Is It Going?, Dr. Inmaculada Fortanet Gómez (Universitat Jaume I, Spain): >From ESP to CLIL: Is Teacher Training a Problem?

IMPORTANT DATES
• Paper proposal: 11 April 2008
• Notification of acceptance: 5 May 2008
• Registration deadline: 30 May 2008
• Conference Dates: 17-18 July 2008

Paper proposals should be sent by 11 April 2008 via e-mail to jsaura@pdi.ucam.edu

http://www.ucam.edu/languages/events/006/index.htm

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January 08, 2008

CfP: 15th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, 03/22-23/2008, Bloomington

15TH ANNUAL CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
Saturday 22 March – Sunday 23 March 2008
Submission deadline: 18 January 2008

ACES invites panel and individual paper proposals for the Fifteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference to be held Saturday, 22 March and Sunday, 23 March 2008 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars are cordially invited to submit abstracts of papers covering all topics pertaining to Central Eurasian Studies.

Building on the success of past ACES conferences, this year's conference will feature Marianne Kamp, a historian from the University of Wyoming, who has published notable works on contemporary Central Asia, as the Keynote Speaker. This year's Distinguished Speaker will be Edward Lazzerini, of Indiana University's Department of Central Eurasian Studies.

Central Eurasian Studies is defined for the purposes of this conference as the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

An extensive, but by no means comprehensive, list of topics addressed by this conference may be found at the end of this announcement.

Submission Instructions

Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference Committee to a suitable panel. An honorable distinction of best paper will be awarded. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Please include the following information on all submissions:
1) Names of all authors (note name of the person presenting the paper);
2) Institutional affiliation and title/position;
3) Contact information, including e-mail address, postal address, and telephone/fax numbers;
4) Curriculum Vitae (1 page);
5) Paper title;
6) An abstract of no more than 300 words, to be included in the Conference Program;
7) Geographic location and thematic panel preference. Thematic panel preferences include, but are not limited to: socio-economic issues, nationalism and identity, natural resources management, music and culture, politics, history, education, and archaeology; and
8) Any audio-visual equipment needs (overhead, slide projector, PowerPoint, etc.)

Due to space constraints, abstracts exceeding 300 words cannot be accepted.

ACES regrets that it cannot provide any funding to participants.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 February 2008.

Submit proposals:
Via e-mail as an attachment (pdf, .doc or .rtf formats preferred) to: aces@indiana.edu
Or via hard copy sent to:
The Fifteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference
The Association of Central Eurasian Students ( ACES)
Goodbody Hall 157
Indiana University
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
Fax: (812) 855-7500

Some covered topics:
Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, Karelia, Estonia, Buryatia, Turkmenistan, Uyghur, Manchu, Kazakh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Kyrgyz Republic, Xinjiang, Tibet, Mongolia, Manchuria, Hungary, Tatarstan,Volga, Siberia, Tungusic, Tajikistan, Persia, Iran, Evenki, Afghanistan, Ferghana Valley, Caspian Sea, Aral Sea, Central Eurasian steppe and/or oases, Inner Asia, Sufism, Chaghatay, Mari, "Silk Road", Ottoman Empire, Orkhon, politics, nationalism, identity, ethnicity, state-building, ancient and contemporary religion, Islam, Nestorian Christianity, Buddhism, Lamaism, Qing Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, shamanism, cinema, film, literature, history, linguistics, anthropology, musicology, folklore, archaeology, architecture, art, law – in short, the historical and contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

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CfP: World History Association, 06/26-29/2008, London

World History Association CFP Location: United Kingdom
Call for Papers Date: 2008-01-15

Call for Papers Reminder: WHA Annual Conference, proposal deadline January 15, 2008. The World History Association invites proposals from scholars and teachers around the world for its Seventeenth Annual Conference, to be held June 26-29, 2008 at the University of London, Queen Mary College.

Panels, single papers and roundtables on topics related to the scholarly and/or pedagogical aspects of the conference's themes, "Global Cities," and "The Sea: Highway of Change," are encouraged. The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2008.

For guidelines and submission forms, as well as information on our extremely reasonable accommodations packages please go to http://thewha.org.

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American Research Center Fellowships, Sofia

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA
2008/2009 FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2008

For the academic year 2008/2009, the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria (ARCS) will offer three programs with accompanying fellowships: a 9-month program for the period September-May; a fall term program for the period September-November; and a spring term program for the period February-April.

ARCS will host the programs' lectures and seminars, organize related trips, and facilitate opportunities for taking Bulgarian and other Balkan language classes, logistical support, and access to local libraries, museums, and other
educational institutions.

1. Those interested in the 9-month program (only for graduate students)will devote one term of their choice to independent research and travel,and participate in the ARCS academic program during the other term. The content of the Fall and Spring Programs is described below.
2. The Fall Term Program is intended for graduate and advanced
undergraduate students, scholars and teachers interested in the history, material culture, and civilization of Bulgaria and the Balkan region. The term of the program is from the first Monday of September through the last Saturday of November. The first part of the program consists of lectures, seminars and trips relating to the period from antiquity to the present day. The second part of the program will include independent research in local libraries and optional trips.
3. The Spring Term Program is intended for graduate and advanced
undergraduate students, teachers and scholars interested in the history of religion in Bulgaria from antiquity to the 20th century, including ancient religion, Christianity (Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and other Christian faiths and movements), Judaism, and Islam. The term of the program is from the first Monday of February to the last Saturday of April. The first part of the program will consist of lectures and
seminars by local experts, and the second part of the program will
include independent research in local libraries and trips to famous Bulgarian religious sites (many of which are part of the
world's cultural heritage).

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Graduate and advanced undergraduate students at educational institutions registered in North America, regardless of their citizenship, are eligible for fellowships. Students with partial support or without support from ARCS can apply for alternative sources of funding. Faculty members at these institutions are welcome to participate in the programs or part thereof, but are not eligible for fellowships.

Please visit the ARCS website (http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/arcs/) to download the application form and obtain more information or contact Professor Kevin Clinton via e-mail at kmc1@cornell.edu.

Graduate Students: Please submit a project proposal (up to three double-spaced pages) describing how participation in the ARCS Fall/Spring or 9-month program will serve your academic interests and/or dissertation research. The proposal, together with the application form, a CV, copies of official transcripts from each graduate institution you have attended, and two letters of reference in a signed sealed envelope from professors who are familiar with your academic work, should be mailed to:

Professor Kevin Clinton
Chair of the Fellowship Committee
Department of Classics, Cornell University
120 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
14853

Advanced Undergraduate Students: Please submit a project proposal (up to three double-spaced pages) describing how participation in the ARCS Fall/Spring program will serve your academic interests. The proposal,
together with the application form, a CV, copies of official transcripts from each undergraduate institution you have attended, and two letters of reference in a signed sealed envelope from professors who are familiar with your academic work, should be mailed to the Chair of the Fellowship Committee (address as above).

Faculty Members: Please submit an application form, a project proposal
(up to three double-spaced pages) describing how
participation in the ARCS Fall/Spring program will serve your academic
interests, and a CV to Professor Kevin Clinton (address as above).

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Exibition: The Graphic Imperative, Slusser Gallery

University of Michigan School of Art & Design presents
The Graphic Imperative
Friday, January 11, 2008
Slusser Gallery, UM School of Art & Design, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., first floor
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2008, 6-9pm
Remarks at 7:30 by curator Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Show runs through January 25, 2008
Gallery hours: M-F 9am-5pm, Sat 12 -7pm

The Graphic Imperative is a select retrospective of forty years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental rights and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy and tolerance, collectively providing a window to an age of great change. Focusing on the issues of our turbulent times, these 111 posters illustrate the social, political and aesthetic concerns of many cultures in an immediate and bold way.

The Graphic Imperative was curated and organized by Elizabeth Resnick, Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, supported in part by The Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation and Philadelphia University. The official exhibition website is www.thegraphicimperative.org. The UM School of Art & Design presentation of The Graphic Imperative is co-sponsored by The Ginsberg Center.

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University of Michigan Student Publications Board seeks Members

The Board for Student Publications, which oversees the financial and administrative activities of The Michigan Daily, the Michiganensian and the Gargoyle, is seeking members for three year terms. Recently the Board has been responsible for raising the funds to restore the 75 year-old Student Publications Building.

Goals will include developing scholarships for worthy publication staff members, creating opportunities for staff members wishing to pursue careers in journalism and providing the resources for archival research. Because the Board is committed to realizing diversity's benefits for itself and for the publications it oversees, the Board is particularly interested in recruiting members of the University Community (faculty, staff and students), alumni or the general public who are members or underrepresented groups and who have experience and expertise in journalism, law, finance or development.

If you are interested in participating as a member of the Board, please apply at: http://www.pub.umich.edu/

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January 07, 2008

Summer Teaching Positions in Russian

Summer Teaching Positions in Russian
Beloit College
June 11 - August 8, 2008

A senior instructor and graduate teaching assistants are needed for Beloit College¹s summer intensive Russian program (June 11, 2008 - August 8, 2008). In 2008, we expect to offer first- through fourth-year Russian. Each level, with enrollments ranging from five to ten students, has one instructor and one graduate teaching assistant. Instructors collaborate with each other, the language coordinator, and the CLS director on curriculum, syllabi, and instruction. Duties include classroom teaching and evaluation, and assistance with organizing cultural activities for the program. Instructors will be expected to live on campus (single occupancy), share lunch and dinner with the students in the dining commons, and be available to students evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications for senior instructors include an M.A., teaching experience preferably in an immersion environment, native or near-native proficiency in Russian, and advanced proficiency in English. An advanced degree in Russian, applied linguistics, or foreign language education is desirable. (For graduate teaching assistants, an M.A. in progress is required.) Salary is competitive, and includes room and board. Employment is contingent upon new employees providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for non-citizens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three references to:

Patricia L. Zody
Center for Language Studies
Beloit College, 700 College Street
Beloit WI 53511

Applications will not be accepted by
e-mail. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2008, and will continue until positions are filled. For more information about the summer language programs, please call 608-363-2277 or visit our Web site at http://www.summerlanguages.com.

Beloit College is committed to the education benefits of diversity, and urges all interested individuals to apply. AA/EEO
Employer.

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Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Critical Language Scholarships Program was launched in 2006. In its inaugural year, the Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2007, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian institutes were added along with increased student capacity in the inaugural language institutes.

The Program is 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. Scholarship recipients - U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates - receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

The 2008 application is now open!

The deadline for submitting your on-line application is Friday, January 25, 2008. Your letters of reference and transcript(s) need to be postmarked by Friday, February 8, 2008.

Eligibility:
* All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
* Applicants must:
o currently be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level*, or
o have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no more than 2 years ago (May 2006).
* Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters).
* Please see program details for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.
* Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, science, the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.
* The U.S. Department of State and CAORC welcome all eligible applications and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicap condition.

*Only graduate students and recent graduates are eligible.

Grant Benefits:
All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student's home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country and all entrance fees for program activities. University level credit may be available. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship.

http://www.clscholarship.org/home.php

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The Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is accepting applications for the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies for the 2008-2009 academic year. These fellowships are intended to bring scholars from the international academic community to Harvard for focused research on projects concerning Ukrainian history, literature, philology, culture, and other fields in the humanities and social sciences. During their residence, Shklar Research Fellows are also expected to participate in the scholarly life of the University, and to offer a formal presentation based on original research in the Institute's seminar series.

Eligibility:
Individuals who hold a doctorate in one of the fields listed above and who have demonstrated a commitment to Ukrainian studies are eligible to apply. Those individuals who have received their Ph.D. or comparable academic degree (e.g., Kandydat nauk) within the past eight to ten years are especially encouraged to apply.

Stipends:
To support their stay at Harvard, Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research, Fellows are provided with a stipend of $3,300.00 per month to cover the cost of housing, health insurance, and other living expenses. In addition to the stipend, the award also covers the cost of direct roundtrip travel to Harvard University.

Fellowship Tenure:
Requests for residence for periods from three to eight months will be considered. The average fellowship tenure has been four months. Adjustments to the requested time-frame may be made at the time of award.

Application Procedure:
An application form in PDF or in Word may be downloaded at the Ukrainian Research Institute’s web site:
http://www.huri.harvard.edu/fellowsh_ukrstudies.html.

Interested individuals may also request an application by sending an e-mail request to:
Tamara H. Nary
Program Administrator
nary@fas.harvard.edu,

or a request to the following address:

The Shklar Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies
c/o Tamara H. Nary, Program Administrator
Ukrainian Research Institute
Harvard University
34 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

The completed application must be received at the Institute by Friday, March 14, 2008, at 5:00 p.m.

Decisions will be announced after May 1, 2008.

For further information, For further information, contact Tamara H. Nary, Program Administrator at nary@fas.harvard.edu or call 617-495-3549.

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Fellowships in Alternative Political Imaginaries

Postdoctoral Fellow, Seminar in Alternative Political Imaginaries
Franklin Humanities Institute - Duke University - Durham, NC

The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) at Duke University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL IMAGINARIES, the 2008-09 Annual FHI Seminar, to be co-convened by Duke faculty Michael Hardt (Literature) and Robyn Wiegman (Women's Studies). We invite proposals from recent PhD's in the humanities and interpretive social sciences whose work engages the cultural, historical, theoretical, and/or empirical archives of alternative political imaginaries past and present, and who seek conversations that cross both disciplinary boundaries and critical orientations. Postdoctoral Fellows will be required to teach one course during the fellowship term, in spring semester 2009, and to participate actively in weekly Seminar meetings and related programs.

The FHI is committed to diversity in the fullest sense of the word, and as in all previous Seminars, we shall be looking for a mix of scholarly approaches from a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and for individuals working in a broad spectrum of methodologies and historical periods. We will continue our commitment to issues of social equity, historical memory, race, and justice values exemplified by the work of our namesake John Hope Franklin. Duke University provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, sex, or age.

Contact Info:
Grant Samuelsen, Associate Director
John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90403
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0403
Website: http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/fhi/seminar/sem0809.php

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Teaching Position, Virginia Commonwealth University

Assistant or Associate Professor, Cultural Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

The College of Humanities and Sciences of Virginia Commonwealth University is announcing a hiring initiative in Cultural and Media Studies. We seek a group of dynamic scholars whose work would contribute significantly to the interdisciplinary climate of the College of Humanities and Sciences. Currently, the College of Humanities and Sciences hosts a number of innovative programs such as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text, a Science, Technology, and Society [STS] program, established programs in American Studies and British Studies, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, and a growing program in global cinema.

We seek applicants and nominations of scholars with competence in research areas that would complement and extend our presence in areas such as Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Women’s Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society. While we encourage applications from a wide range of interests and disciplines, we particularly seek scholars whose research and teaching interests fall within the following areas:

- Cultural Studies, with a focus on literary and popular culture
- Film Studies
- Multimedia Studies, Transpositions of Old and New Media
- Policy and Political Communication
- Sexuality, the body, and identity
- Media and Gender
- Social and Cultural Understanding of Health and Illness

Ideal candidates will possess an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline(s) and will be appointed in an appropriate academic unit. Rank and salary will be determined by qualifications. Areas of research and teaching specializations are open. We seek scholars able to teach graduate and advanced undergraduate courses, as well as introductory courses (e.g. Introduction to Cultural Studies, Introduction to Media Studies, Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Women’s Studies) or courses within established disciplines. Desirable candidates will have a theoretically motivated research agenda coupled with a secondary expertise or teaching interest in a humanities unit.

Applications, preferably emailed, should include a current CV why the candidate seeks to work in an innovative, interdisciplinary environment, and the ways in which the candidate envisages working with and furthering the goals of the initiative.

Consideration of application materials begins immediately and will continue until filled. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Positions contingent upon funding.

Contact Info:
Catherine Ingrassia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of the Dean Box 842019
Richmond, VA 23284-2019
cingrass@vcu.edu
Phone: (804)828-1674
Website: http://www.vcu.edu

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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University

The Humanities Center at Harvard University announces a new postdoctoral fellowship program to begin in 2008-09. In the programs inaugural year, the Center will host two fellows. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. after May 2005. Applicants without a Ph.D. must demonstrate that they will receive one in or before June 2008.

Fellowships will be awarded to support projects that share the Centers commitment to interdisciplinarity and internationalism. The Center welcomes applications from all fields within the humanities and the allied social sciences. In addition to participating in seminars and other Humanities Center programs, fellows will teach one course per semester in a Harvard department.

Applications are due by January 15, 2008. Please visit our website for further information and instructions:
www.fas.harvard.edu/~humcentr.

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Development Assistant Position, Washington, DC

Development Assistant
American Councils for International Education
Washington, DC Position Description
FLSA Status: non-exempt

Description:
The Development Assistant is responsible for supporting the program development team in writing and preparing grant applications and various funding proposals; providing logistical office assistance in the preparation of proposals and development events; conducting prospect/foundation research; and working on other related development and communication materials. The position reports to the Director of Program Development and works within a small team of development professionals.

In addition to supporting the preparation of proposals, the Development Assistant may also be asked to support American Councils and lead conferences and roundtables.

Responsibilities:
Assists in writing and preparation of proposals for U.S. government, foundation, international development bank, and foreign government sponsored projects; Prepares proposal supporting documentation. Works with program offices to prepare program budgets; Assists in the organization and support of foreign delegation visits to American Councils; Conference and event planning in connection with development activities; Help develop and prepare materials to communicate and promote the American Councils’ mission.

Qualifications:
Bachelors degree in a pertinent field, or equivalent writing or editorial experience; Demonstrable writing experience;
Effectiveness in fast-paced, high-volume, deadline-driven environment; Effectiveness with multiple priorities;
Facility with MS Word, Excel and graphics design programs (preferred);

TO APPLY:
Send letter/resume and salary requirements to:
HR Department, American Councils
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
Fax: 202-872-9178 or 202-833-7523
Email: resumes@americancouncils.org.
Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is an international not-for-profit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States and the nations of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeast Europe. Its mission is to foster democratic development and civil societies by advancing education and research, cultivating leadership, and empowering individuals and institutions through learning.

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Contract Instructor Position, Ottawa

Contract Instructor Position - EURUS - Summer 2008
Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

EU Summer Study Abroad

EURR 5302

This course involves preparing students in Canada for participation in a 3 week EU Study Tour in Europe run by a consortium of Canadian universities. The course instructor at Carleton is responsible for adapting the course outline and requirements from last year, running a session after the Tour (late summer), advising students, interacting with the Study Tour organizers regarding organizational aspects of the students' participation in the Tour, and grading term work. The various duties related to the course will be distributed between February and the end of the summer term. The position is a .50 contract instructor appointment.

For information on the EU Study Tour, which runs from May 13-June 4 in Europe, see:
http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/programs/europe/Home.html

Applicants for this position should normally have a PhD in a relevant discipline, good organizational abilities, and European expertise. Organizational experience is also an asset.

An up-to-date CV, a summary of teaching experience and outlines of courses taught previously, and two letters of recommendation should be sent no later than January 21, 2008 directly to:

Professor Piotr Dutkiewicz
Director, EURUS, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ont. K1S 5B6

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the diversification of our faculty and scholarship including but not limited to women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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Russian Teaching Position, Nova Scotia

10 Month Russian Teaching Position
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Dalhousie University Department of Russian Studies seeks applications for a 10-month limited term sabbatical-replacement appointment at the lecturer/assistant professor level for the period of 1 August 2008 to 31 May 2009.

Candidates will have a Ph.D, native or native-equivalent fluency in Russian and English, and experience teaching introductory Russian culture and civilization classes, as well as survey classes in Russian literature. This position is subject to budgetary approval.

A complete curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests and philosophies, and three confidential letters of reference forwarded by the referees should be sent in hard copy to the chair of the Search Committee:

Dr. Yuri Leving
Department of Russian Studies
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5
CANADA

Completed applications must be received by 29 February.

Permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

http://russianstudies.dal.ca/

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Teaching Position, Ukrainian Studies, Cambridge

Temporary Lecturer (5-year fixed term) Ukrainian Studies
University of Cambridge - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Department of Slavonic Studies
Salary: £33,779-£42,791 pa
Limit of tenure: Five years.
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobs/BL849/Temporary_Lecturer_5-year_fixed_term/

The Department of Slavonic Studies intends to appoint a Temporary Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies with effect from 1 September 2008. Candidates should have a record of - or clearly demonstrate the potential for - outstanding research and publication in Ukrainian Studies, preferably with a particular interest in Ukrainian literature and/or culture. This is a new post, funded by a generous private donation for five years as part of a pilot scheme to introduce Ukrainian Studies. The successful applicant will be strongly motivated to play a leading role in working towards the establishment and growth of the subject at all levels.

Completed applications, including a PD18 form (available at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/), a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names and addresses of three referees who are familiar with the applicant's work in the relevant field should be sent to:

Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA
[e-mail: administrator@mml.cam.ac.uk]

Deadline: 30 January 2008

Applicants are requested to ask their referees to write directly by the same date.

The current scale of stipends is £33,779 to £42,791 and a pay award is due in August 2008. The post is pensionable. The appointment will run from 1 September 2008 until 31 August 2013, subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of three years.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity.

Further particulars may be found at http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/jobs.
Candidates are welcome to seek further information by contacting:
Professor Simon Franklin
Head of Department
E-mail: slavon@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Quote Reference: GR02750, Closing Date: 30 January 2008

Interview Date(s): It is hoped to hold interviews in the first half of March 2008.

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Teaching Assistant Position in Germany

The Department of Human Geography at Frankfurt University invites applications for a Research and Teaching Assistant (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) BAT IIa 50%, for a three year term to work on a World Bank co-funded project on local government reform in rural Russia. The contract is based on the regulations of the "Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz" and the "Hessische Hochschulgesetz".

The project will examine the implications of the ongoing reforms of local self government in rural Russia for the quality of communal services and the establishment of a property right regime in the former collective farms. The successful candidate will be responsible for the primary and secondary data collection, participant observation and document analysis.

This post will involve extensive travel to the Russian Federation and the USA and offers the opportunity to work on a PhD thesis. It can be upgraded to BAT IIa equivalent depending on the approval of a respective project proposal.

The successful candidate will have to teach at the Department of Human Geography at Frankfurt University and participate in academic self-administration.

Candidates should have a Master degree, Magister Artium or University Diploma in Human Geography or a related discipline and have experience of conducting interviews and analyzing data, preferably in a transition or developing economy setting. English, German and Russian language skills are required.

Further information about the Department of Human Geography at Frankfurt University can be
found at www.humangeography.de

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Peter Lindner
Tel.: +49 (0)6979822663
E-mail: plindner@uni-frankfurt.de

Please send your application in English as a pdf-file to:
Prof. Dr. Peter Lindner
Department of Human Geography, J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt,
Robert-Mayer-Str. 8
60325 Frankfurt a.m., Germany

Closing date for applications: 19 January 2008

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Russia/CIS Editor Position

Oxford Analytica is an international consultancy drawing on the scholarship of Oxford and other universities worldwide to provide its clients with strategic analysis of national and international developments on a daily basis. The company invites applications from qualified, highly motivated candidates for the position of Russia/CIA Editor in our Oxford headquarters.

The successful candidate will commission, edit and write analysis on the politics, economy and international relations of Russia and the CIS for publication in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. Preference will be given to candidates who can also offer expertise in Central Asia and/or the Caucasus. A firm grounding in the region is required, developed through postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. The position is Oxford-based and proof of eligibility to work in the UK is required. Send letter of introduction, CV and details of current salary to:

Sally Martin
Oxford Analytica Ltd
5 Alfred Street
Oxford, OX1 4EH
Email: editorial-recruitment@oxford-analytica.com

Deadline: February 1, 2008

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CfP: 66th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America, 06/13-14/2008, Philadelphia

66th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (A Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Polish and Polish American Studies)

HOLIDAY INN HISTORIC DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
June 13-14 2008

The 66th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America, (PIASA) will be held on June 13-14, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Historic District Philadelphia. Proposals for individual papers with short abstracts will be considered, but preference will be given to proposals for complete two hour sessions involving presentation of three 25 minute papers with a chair and a discussant.

A short abstract should accompany each proposal. Proposals for panel and roundtable discussions should be submitted only on topics that lend themselves to that format. Initial screening of all proposals will be made as soon as they are received and forwarded to appropriate members of the program committee. Deadline for receipt of all proposals: March 31, 2008. Proposals should be sent to: PIASA, 208 E. 30th St., New York, NY 10016 preferably submitted by email with a Word attachment to: tgromada@mindspring.com or Fax: (336) 940-2208.

PIASA is reserving single/quad occupancy rooms at a special group rate of $149. plus tax per room. All individual room reservations to this hotel in the ‘Nation’s Most Historic Square Mile’ must be made by May 12, 2008. More specific information regarding registration, room reservations, directions, parking, etc. will be posted on www.piasa.org. Papers presented will be submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review.

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January 04, 2008

CfP: Transatlantic Dialogues. Eastern Europe, The U.S., and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces, 05/24/2008, Bucharest

Transatlantic Dialogues. Eastern Europe, The U.S., and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces

This Workshop is organized within the framework of the Fifth International Conference of the Romanian Association for American Studies, "The Sense of America. Histories into Text."

Time and place: 24th of May, 2008, The University of Bucharest, Bucharest.

The workshop focuses on the topical issue of transatlantic relations in the post-Cold War period, and specifically addresses the question of transatlantic exchanges, representations and misrepresentations that characterize this age of transition and upheaval. Post-communism, itself a highly volatile term, has come to signify a cluster of historical, social, cultural, economic discourses about change in Eastern Europe. While Cold War mythology was largely responsible for drawing up a vision of a highly polarized world, the post-Cold War configuration is still undergoing a process of negotiation to account for new structures of organization that cut across fields as diverse as culture, literature, education, politics, social life, and economics. The organizers welcome approaches dealing with the multiple binds of post-Cold War configurations from a variety of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives including literature, history, political science, sociology, economy, visual arts, media and film studies, popular culture.

Papers may address themes such as those below:

- converging discourses: post-communism, post-colonialism, post-modernism
- the post-communist transition and the renegotiation of Eastern European identity
- the postmodern ethos and post-Cold War cultural/social dynamics
- Eastern European predicaments and models for the future
- the "end of history" in transatlantic perspective
- transatlantic relations in the age of globalization
- U.S. cultures in Eastern European contexts
- exporting Eastern Europe to the USA: techniques of
representation and dissemination
- post-Cold War U.S. literary and media discourses about Eastern Europe.

The organizers are inviting proposals for 20 minute papers on these and other themes related to the topic of the workshop.

Please submit 300-word abstracts by January 31st 2008 to the following address:
transatlanticdialogues@gmail.com

A selection of papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Rodica Mihaila, Dr. Roxana Oltean or Loana Luca at
transatlanticdialogues@gmail.com

*The workshop is part of the research project entitled, The Romanian Cultural Space in Transatlantic
Perspective: From Postcommunism to Post-accession supported by UEFISCSU (PNII Idei 1000/2007).

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CfP: Digitizing Central Europe: Alternative Media and Spaces of Identity

Call for Papers
Special Issue of spacesofidentity.net
Digitizing Central Europe: Alternative Media and Spaces of Identity

In the post-Soviet and new-EU member-state imaginaries of contemporary Central Europe, digital media and technologies such as weblogs, internet-based social networking, text messaging, internet radio etc. have played a significant role in mediating and re-signifying public spheres and constructing public homes that negotiate, and often express an ambivalent relationship with, national, supra-national, urban and global spaces of identity. While often inviting participatory forms of engagement with public issues and blurring the boundaries between civic, journalistic and academic engagement, the complex, opaque and skill-demanding new mediascape of blogging, Web 2.0 and flash mobs has also opened up a "digital divide" based not only on affluence but also on age, gender and language. This asynchronicity of participation has produced nationalist and populist backlashes to global and transnational imaginaries, sometimes supported by the more traditional media of radio broadcasts, (national)television and the popular press.

The special issue of spacesofidentity.net invites contributions that explore how contemporary media cultures in Central Europe harness the normalizing and subversive potential of electronic media for critique and identity formation.

Topics and case studies could include, but are not limited to: the impact of digital media on civic engagement, academic and journalistic writing diasporic communities and media cultures metroblogging, communities of proximity, and urban culture flash mobs and cultures of resistance YouTube, documentary, and protest comments, web polls and populism social networking, poking and popularity global Internet English, national languages, and identity formation Cyrillics, diacritics and power.

Contributors are encouraged to keep their submissions to less than 10,000 words. Submissions should not have been previously published in English. All submissions should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and a brief biographical note including institutional affiliation. References should be given as in-text quotations in parentheses according to MLA style. Full references should be formatted in MLA style and placed at the end of the document after the endnotes, in alphabetical order. Please make sure that any information on your authorship is deleted from the submission file (including the user info in Word and Acrobat).

spacesofidentity.net is using a double-blind reviewing system, meaning that the identities of both authors and reviewers will be concealed from each other. We ask all authors to provide the contact details (including e-mail addresses) of at least two potential peer reviewers for their manuscript. These should be experts in their field of study, who will be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Any suggested peer reviewers should not have published with any of the authors of the manuscript within the past five years and should not be members of the same research institution. Members of the Editorial Board of the journal can be nominated. Suggested reviewers will be considered alongside potential reviewers identified.

Please send your submissions to editors@spacesofidentity.net, or submit them via the web interface.

Deadline for manuscript submission: 15 March 2008

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CfP: In Transition: Cultural Identities in the Age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux, 10/16-18/2008, Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg Academy of Modern Art
Ural State University
Ekaterinburg branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art

IN TRANSITION: CULTURAL IDENTITIES IN THE AGE OF TRANSNATIONAL AND TRANSCULTURAL FLUX.
International, Interdisciplinary Conference
Ekaterinburg (Russia) October 16-18, 2008

All forms of displacement are a constant reminder of the multitude of problems facing our contemporary geopolitical state with its unacceptable reality of threats and global dangers. The main objective of the conference is to revise the tradition of transculturalism studies and to define theoretical basis for the further analysis of important issues of the contemporary world.

The deadline for abstract submission (texts in Word format up to 250 words) is September 10, 2008.

The deadline for article submission (texts in Word format up to 2500 words) is October 1, 2008.

A volume with selected conference contributions will be will be published after the conference and distributed to the participants.
The materials should be submitted to:

National Center for Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg branch)
Dobrolyubova, 19a
Ekaterinburg 620072 Russia

Kseniya Fedorova, ksenfedorova@gmail.com

Possible Topics:
- migration and discrimination;
- economic, political, religious, and gender displacement;
- consequences of gentrification,
- the destiny of “imagined communities” – nation-state and formation of “imagined worlds”.

The focus of multidisciplinary project ‘In Transition’ and international conference is a dialectics of mainstream and ethno-cultural marginalia. The specialists in such fields of knowledge as philosophy, social, cultural and political studies, ethnology, geography, demography, art history, linguistics, project management are invited to take part in the conference. The conference will focus on but is not limited by the following topics:

1. Displacement, Diaspora and Geographies of Cultural Identities.

§ Displacement as a paradise loss. Urban ghetto: assimilation and alienation of the border. Cultural clusters as a space for reconciliation;
§ Deterritorization and the politics of cultural difference;
§ Polyethnic communities: moulding the space for dialogue between contrasting cultural and ideological constructs;

2. Interdisciplinary cultural theory and the shifting debate on mainstream and alternative identities.

§ Hybridity and multiculturalism and the problem of identity.
§ Suppressed difference: the marginality of the majority in the culture industry. Collective Identity in the age of transnational migration and electronic media.
§ Social inclusion or cultural displacement?
§ Media network as producer of inclusive and displaced identities.

3. Global capitalism and appropriation of language: language as an instrument of geo-economic domination.

§ Semantic structure of language as a resource of identification, self-positioning, and survival in geo-economic competition;
§ Language domination, language aggression, violence and resistance;
§ “Placelessness” (Displaced Space): softening the boundaries of language;
§ Language as Imagination / Memory/ Home.

4. Art practice and cultural industry in the state of transition.

§ Alternative art practices: adaptation strategies and creative resistance;
§ 'Privatization’ and ‘consumption’ as the strategies of contemporary culture industry;
§ “The third world within the first world”: dissolving borders between centre and periphery and the “purveyors of oddities”.

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CfP: The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America, 06/13-14/2008, Philadelphia

The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) has scheduled its 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on June 13-14, 2008. This multi-disciplinary conference on Polish and Polish American Studies will take place in the newly renovated HOLIDAY INN HISTORIC DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA 400 Arch Street, located in the "Nation's Most Historic Square Mile" near the Liberty Bell, The National Constitution Center, and the Polish American Cultural Center. Information regarding the amenities and services available at the hotel can be found on www.holidayinn.com/philadelphia-historicdistrict

The "Call for Proposals" form and information regarding hotel group rates, etc. are posted on PIASA's website www.piasa.org/news.html. Members of the PSA are encouraged to submit their proposals.
Deadline is March 31, 2008.
If you have any questions or comments contact Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada by e mail: tgromada@mindspring.com

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January 02, 2008

CfP: Secret Weapon or Victims of the Cold War? Central & E. European Political Emigres, 11/13-14/08, Lublin

The 20th Century, plagued by two world wars, witnessing the rivalry between the world of democracy and the world of totalitarianism, also brought the biggest migrations in modern history. Movements dictated by political reasons were an important part of those migrations. Political migrations affected especially East-Central Europe from where, firstly as a result of the Second World War, about 30 million people emigrated, and later most of them permanently stayed outside their home countries. Next waves of emigrants like those after 1956, 1968 and 1980–81 joined them before the iron curtain fell. On the other hand many emigrants did not withstand the hardships of exile and made decisions to return. Political émigrés became an important factor exploited by both sides of the Cold War conflict.

The deadline for submitting registration forms for those participants who want to attend the conference with a presentation is 15th March 2008.

The opening of secret archives of communist security services in 1990s brought about a breakthrough in the research on the history of East-Central European political émigrés. Thus the activities of communist security services directed against political émigrés will be the central topic of an international conference organised by the Institute of National Remembrance in Lublin, Poland from 13 to 14 November 2008. The conference will be structured in 4 parts – we envisage 21 papers and a panel discussion. The conference will proceed in English and Polish with consecutive interpretation.

* 1. Soviet patterns and directives from Moscow – operations against Russian émigrés in the West or involving them (before, during and after the Second World War) – 3 papers.
* 2. State and security apparatus structures involved in actions against émigrés from Soviet republics (Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine) and Eastern Europe (Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria): an overview – 9 papers.
* 3. Case studies on communist countries’ actions against political émigrés in the West, émigré institutions and organisations (governments and other political representations in exile; centres of émigré civic and cultural life; Christian Democrat, Socialist, Agrarian and Liberal Internationals; Polish, Czechoslovak, Hungarian, etc. Radio Free Europe Desks), as well as on special operations against selected individuals – 9 papers.
* 4. Western intelligence and counter-intelligence vis-à-vis East-Central European émigrés – a panel discussion.

All those interested in attending the conference are invited – either as speakers, discussants or members of the audience. The conference organizers will provide the accommodation and board to authors of presentations free of charge as well as will reimburse them their travel expenses (up to the amount of 600 Euro in the case of speakers from European countries and up to the amount of 1200 Euro in the case of others). Other conference participants will have hotel rooms at the conference venue booked (the number of rooms is limited).

Please attach an abstract of your presentation (up to 500 words in Polish or English) to your registration form.

The registration forms from non-presenting participants will be accepted until the rooms at the conference venue run out but not later than 30th September 2008.

Please e-mail your registration form to:
slawomir.lukasiewicz@ipn.gov.pl

or send it to the following address:
Dr Sławomir Łukasiewicz
Institute of National Remembrance – Lublin Branch
Public Education Section
ul. Szewska 2
20-086 Lublin
fax: +48.81.53.63.462

Additional information and forms:
http://www.ipn.gov.pl/portal/en/2/262/


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