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December 11, 2008

CfP: Schreiben im Holocaust, 07/30 - 08/07/2010, Warschau

ACHTUNG: Deadline endet bereits am 15.12.2008

XII. Kongress der Internationalen Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG)
Warschau, 30.07. - 07.08.2010

Sektion: Schreiben im Holocaust

Initiatoren: Jörg Riecke (Heidelberg), Ruth Schwertfeger (USA),
Krystyna Radziszewska (Polen)

Schreiben im Holocaust

Während literaturwissenschaftliche Studien zur Holocaust-Literatur bereits in größerer Zahl vorhanden sind, hat die Beschäftigung mit der sprachlichen Form des Schreibens im Holo caust bisher nur eine untergeordnete Rolle gespielt. Es ist aber davon auszugehen, dass Unter suchungen an diesen Randzonen der Sprache auch etwas über die Mechanismen der Verfol gung und des Terrors des Nationalsozialismus zum Ausdruck bringen können.

Neben literarischen Texten kommen dann vor allem Tagebücher und Briefe in den Blick, die mit sprachwissenschaftlichen Methoden untersucht werden müssen. Je nach den jeweiligen Lebensumständen der vom Nationalsozialismus Verfolgten sind aber auch Textsorten wie
Chroniken, Enzyklopädien, Essays und Reportagen entstanden, die etwa aus den Gettos in Litzmannstadt (Lodz) und auch in Warschau in größerer Zahl erhalten sind. Über die in den übrigen Großgettos wie Minsk oder Riga entstandenen Texte ist noch kaum etwas bekannt.

Eine Sektion "Schreiben im Holocaust" sollte die unterschiedlichen Schreibsituationen der Opfer des Nationalsozialismus thematisieren (häusliche Isolation /z.B. Victor Klemperer/, Zuchthaus, Getto, Konzentrationslager, bis hin zur Emigration), und die damit verbundenen unterschiedlichen Bedingungen herausarbeiten. Auch Sprachkontaktphänomene oder der be wusste Verzicht auf die deutsche Sprache können in diesem Zusammenhang eine Rolle spielen. Mit dem
Thema verknüpft ist auch die Frage, ob mit dem Untergang einer jüdisch-deutschen bildungsbürgerlichen Kultur eine spezifische Form der deutschen Sprache unwie derbringlich verloren gegangen ist. Die Jahre nach 1945/50 wären dann deutlicher als bisher als
Epocheneinschnitt der deutschen Sprachgeschichte zu werten.

Die Sektion richtet sich an Sprachwissenschaftlerinnen und Sprachwissenschaftler, aber auch an Literaturwissenschaftlerinnen und Literaturwissenschaftler, die ihren Forschungsgegen stand unter einer textuellen und sprachlichen Perspektive betrachten. Die Beiträge sollten je doch ausschließlich auf das Schreiben im Holocaust abzielen, nicht auf das nachträgliche Schreiben über den Holocaust.

Bitte senden Sie einen Vortragstitel samt kurzer Zusammenfassung bis zum 15.12.2008 an riecke@gs.uni-heidelberg.de

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December 10, 2008

summer study: CULTURAL ECONOMICS: The Value of Culture, Netherlands

Deadline: April 20st 2009


Academia Vitae and Erasmus University in the Netherlands are pleased to introduce an excellent international summer program in cultural economics: Value of Culture.

This course examines the relationships between culture and economics. It explores the tension between the world of economics and the world of the arts, the practices of cultural entrepreneurship, the challenge of financing precious works, the functioning of the art market, international cultural policies, the important role of creativity in the modern economy, and the economics of cultural heritage.

This is a Master's level course open to:

- Students who intend to focus on cultural economics and related issues
- Lecturers and researchers involved in cultural management, policies, and studies
- Professionals working for or with private and public cultural institutions
- Curious people who would like to know more about the subject and how it affects their lives.

Students will take part in debates on recent thought in the economics of the arts and cultural entrepreneurship, and learn from actual cases in the world of the arts and culture. They will be surrounded by prominent cultural entrepreneurs in the charming, historical town of Deventer, situated between the cultural and economic meccas of Amsterdam and Berlin. The course will include meetings with successful cultural entrepreneurs. Students with little or no economic background will be able to take a seminar on basic economic principles (at a level sufficient to pursue the Master of Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University).

The application deadline is April 20st 2009. For further information please visit our website http://www.academiavitae.nl/summer/index.php
or contact the Admission Office at petrova[ at ]academiavitae.nl

Lyudmila Petrova
Academia Vitae
Papenstraat 26
7411 ND Deventer, The Netherlands
0031 570-641225

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Summer study: Jack Miller Center Summer Institute, VA

Jack Miller Center Summer Institute

The Jack Miller Center is beginning the planning for our annual summer institutes and we are seeking qualified participants for this year’s programs.

For those of you not familiar with the Miller Summer Institutes, each year we bring together dozens of our country's most promising young scholars in the humanities and social sciences for two weeks of seminars, lectures and workshops, led by many of our country's leading academics. We provide travel arrangements, food, lodging, and each participant receives a generous honorarium after completing the program.

For more information:


Luke Perez
Programs Officer
Jack Miller Center
Email: lperez@gojmc.org

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CfP: LS: Russian Futures--Contexts, Challenges, Trends, 02/19-21/1010

Deadline for submission of proposals: March 15, 2009

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Duke
University is pleased to announce a call for proposals to present at a
conference to be held in February 2010:


Conference Title: Russian Futures: Contexts, Challenges, Trends
To be held at Duke University, Durham, NC, February 19-21, 2010

Submissions should be sent by fax in the form of a one-page outline withtitle to:
Russian Futures Conference Committee, Duke University

Format of conference: All papers will be circulated no later than one
month prior to the conference dates. Conference proceedings will be
published in a peer-review venue. The conference will consist of
several panels of speakers organized on the following themes:

This panel is devoted to explorations of the application and critique of structuralist, post-structuralist and non-structuralist semiotic
theories with a focus on Russian cultural space.
Suggested Topics:
* Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics
* Semiotics of Culture
* Semiosphere and semiotic spaces
* Mechanisms and modelling of languages and discourse
* Artistic texts and contexts
* Autocommunication
* C.S. Peirce in the Russian context

This panel explores how women's private and professional experience and public influence are evolving in today's Russia, considering in particular how women have been affected by both the legacies of Soviet
culture and the commercial juggernaut of the transition.
Suggested Topics:
* The life of the working woman
* Place and identity
* Women's welfare
* Family roles and their sociopolitical currency
* Public prominence = public influence?
* Religion and spirituality

The media may be considered as that essential circulatory system, whose success or failure might be characterized as reception and non-reception both in terms of cognition and penetration. In addition, critical questions include: what is the shape of Russia in the international system; what and who is in the "national conversation" in the country via the media; and the strategies and methodologies of investigation. All of these may be considered in earlier eras of Russia as well as more recent ones.
Suggested Topics:
* What is Russia in global politics?
* Reception and non-Reception
* Russian mass media within the historical/cultural,
hierarchical and centrally determined "value" of cultural products
* The role of technology and center/ periphery is part of the

Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
Duke University
Box 90260
303 Languages Building
Durham, NC 27708-0260
Tel: [1] (919) 660-3150
Fax: [1] (919) 660-3188

This panel will consider law and legality in Russia. We invite
proposals from different disciplines to examine any aspect of the
following topics:
Suggested Topics:
* Current state of law
* Legal institutions
* Legal culture in Russia

This panel will look at the phenomenon of political violence in Russian history in a fresh manner in which the panelists will be asked to try to integrate the separate discourses of state and insurgent terrorism into a general theory. The focus of the panel will be the era of 1905-1917.
Suggested Topics:
* Violence from the Insurgent Right: the Black Hundreds and
Jewish Defense Organizations
* Violence from the Insurgent Left: Socialist Revolutionaries
and Anarchists
* Violence from the State: Who Gave the Orders to Fire and What
were the Justifications?
* Toward an Integrated Theory of Political Violence in Late
Imperial Russia

This panel is devoted to analysis of the changes in demographic
behaviors - health, life expectancy, marriage, divorce, fertility,
migration (and possibly educational attainment) - in Russia. The panel
will seek to identify what has happened in the recovery decade
(1999-2008) relative to the Soviet era and post-Soviet shock, and will
examine the likely impact of
continued economic growth on future outcomes.
Suggested Topics:
* Life expectancy recovery 1999-2008; their determinants and
* Patterns of disease-related mortality: declining infectious
diseases and persistent degenerative mortality
* External cause mortality: accidents, homicide, and suicide
* Disability and health status: is Russian health improving even
in the absence of life expectancy gains?
* Marriage and its consequences (births and divorces) - response
to economic boom
* Is Russia undergoing a transition to Western European patterns
of cohabitation and non-marital fertility?
* Internal migration within Russia: will the remote areas cease
* When will the Russian population stop shrinking?

This panel discusses the proliferation of information, and its
consequences, for scholars of Russia, as well as for the Russians
themselves. We plan to discuss the need for visual and information
literacy, that is, for a systematic approach to understanding the
post-Soviet structure of information and the nature of Russian visuality
Suggested topics:
* The Role of Visual Culture in Post-Soviet Political Discourse
* Information Overload: How researchers and Russians themselves
deal with the proliferation of resources (in analog and digital formats)
both inside and about Russia
* The Goals of Slavic Information Literacy
* New Copyright Regimes, Old Problems
* The End of the Archival Gold Rush: The dilemmas of access to
archival materials in Post-Soviet Russia

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December 09, 2008

CfP: Chapters for The Secret History of Democracy

Call for Chapter Proposals - The Secret History of Democracy
Call for Papers Date: 2009-01-05 (in 28 days)
Date Submitted: 2008-12-01
Announcement ID: 165527

The Secret History of Democracy

- Edited by Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell -

Call for Chapter Proposals:

This is a call for chapter proposals for the tentatively entitled The Secret History of Democracy, a book to be edited by Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell.

Throughout the late twentieth century democracy continued to spread across much of the globe, bringing with it claims about the Third Wave (Huntington, 1991) or Global Resurgence (Diamond & Plattner, 1996) of democracy. As this process has continued into the early twenty-first century, it is interesting to note the degree to which democracy is associated with a very specific lineage of events, practices and movements. Overwhelmingly, the historical narrative of democracy connects the successes of more recent times to the Greek concept of demokratia and the Roman Republic, but more directly to the establishment of the British Parliament, through the American Declaration of Independence and the French storming of the Bastille. This extraordinary sequence of events has frequently been invoked by various people’s movements, civil society groups and pro-democracy advocates across the world. Consider for example the intriguing paradox recounted by Jack Goody in which citizens of Burkina Faso (then known as the Upper Volta) protested against French occupation in the 1950s under banners reading Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité (Goody, 2006: 246). The concern here is that ‘rule by the people’ has come to signify a relatively exclusive set of political moments and traditions compared to the broader human experience of struggling against tyranny and oppression towards collective forms of governance, egalitarian social movements and inclusive decision-making practices.

This book therefore strives to broaden the historical narrative of democracy. It hopes to include a collection of historical accounts that document the development of democratic practices in unexpected and underexplored quarters. We are interested in everything from the tribal moots and council meetings of pre-historic societies, to models of collective governance across the pre-Athenian ancient world; from the complex deliberative mechanisms of the Islamic empires or the Vikings, through to the democratic practices of the world’s various indigenous populations and their long struggle with occupation and colonisation. On to more recent times, we are interested in the other story of democracy and the making of the modern world – from the Haitian revolution, the Makhnovist movement in Russia, the mosques of Baghdad, the ‘Saffron Revolution’ in Burma and the polling booths of Venezuela. We argue that the spirit of democracy, at various times and in various guises, has been central to the political histories of all the inhabitants of the earth. Across each of the continents, through long and complex histories, from all colours and creeds and despite hubris and bellicosity, there is a Secret History of Democracy that must be told.

The deadline for abstracts of up to 500 words and a short biography of 100 words (for each author) is 5th January 2009. The first draft of the full 6-7000 word chapter will be due later in 2009.

Benjamin Isakhan
Griffith University, Australia
Phone +61 (0)7 555 28489
Email: b.isakhan@griffith.edu.au
Visit the website at http://www.benjaminisakhan.com

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Funding: collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

Collaborative Research Fellowship, ACTR/ACCELS

ACTR/ACCELS and (NCEEER) with support from the National Endowment for
the Humanities, provides up to $40,000 for four to twelve months of
collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

The Collaborative Research Fellowship supports a wide range of
humanities topics including, but not limited to, linguistics,
literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion,
ethics and the history criticism, and theory of the arts. Applicants
must hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and have a working knowledge of one or more of the languages of East-Central Europe or Eurasia, or be able to demonstrate that such language proficiency is not critical for the successful completion of their particular projects. Additionally, all projects must involve at least one collaborator from the region.

Program organizers will make every effort to support the work of U.S.
humanists from fields under-represented in scholarship on East-Central
Europe and Eurasia. In the past, for example, American studies, art
history, comparative literature, cultural anthropology, musicology, and philosophy have been supported through the Collaborative Research Fellowship. All awards place a premium on the potential for further valuable humanistic collaboration beyond the specific award period of the NEH fellowship. American Councils and NCEEER encourage applications from scholars proposing innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to their subjects.

Applicants must propose to conduct at least four months of full-time
research, of which two months must be spent overseas. Scholars who are
able to begin their projects between May 2009 and May 2010 are welcome
to apply to this year's competition. U.S. citizenship, permanent
resident status, or residency in the U.S. for three years before date of application is required.

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Job: European and Russian/Soviet history, Cedar Rapids

Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Mercy College is a Catholic, coeducational college founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928. The College offers a variety of liberal arts, professional, accelerated, and graduate degree programs. The picturesque campus is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and enrolls approximately 1500 students.

The History Program invites applications for a non-tenure-track or
tenure-track faculty position at the Lecturer or Assistant Professor
level for European and Russian/Soviet history beginning with the Fall
term in August, 2009. The field of specialization is open, but
preference will be given to candidates who can also teach Central Asian history. The qualified applicants will hold at least an M.A. degree; a Ph.D. in History is required for a tenure-track position.

Teaching experience in a liberal arts college is strongly preferred, as s/he will teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in history. While excellence as an educator is the top priority, the candidate will also:
1) advise students, 2) serve on campus committees, 3) participate in
department meetings and activities, and 4) engage in scholarship.
Candidates are expected to teach eight (8) classes per academic year,
which includes one class in a January/Winter Term.

Successful candidates must also demonstrate a willingness to support
Mount Mercy's mission as a Catholic college providing student-focused education in the spirit of
the Sisters of Mercy. Mount Mercy welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service.

Review of application materials will begin on Feb 1 2009, and continue
until the position is filled. Qualified candidates should submit a
letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research and
teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and
contact information for three professional references to:
Dr. Edy Parsons, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History
106 Warde Hall
Mount Mercy College
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

Online submissions may be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments to:
For further information visit www.mtmercy.edu.

Mount Mercy College is an equal opportunity employer.
Men and women of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Mount Mercy College is a smoke free environment.

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Job: International Studies, Trinity College

Trinity College - McGill Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies

Trinity College invites applications for the McGill Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies. The McGill Visiting Professor is a one-year appointment for a recent Ph. D. (within the past five years) who has either received a bachelor's degree from a non- North American university or else has lived for a substantial period outside the United States. The successful candidate will teach our core course (a 300 level seminar on any topic), an introductory course on global interrelations, and one other course related to the candidate's Ph. D. project. The McGill Visiting Assistant Professor will teach the three classes over the course of the year, and deliver a research lecture for the college community in the Spring term. Review of application materials will begin on January 26, 2009, and continue until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, a CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, and at least three letters of reference to Prof. Vijay Prashad, Director, International Studies Program, McCook Building, Trinity College, Hartford, CT. 06106.

Contact Info:

Prof. Vijay Prashad,
Director, International Studies Program,
McCook Building,
Trinity College, Hartford, CT. 06106.


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Fellowship: Humanities, Haverford

deadline January 30, 2009

Haverford College - Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities

The John B. Hurford Humanities Center of Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2009 (see http://www.haverford.edu/HHC/mellon_post-doctoral_program/index.php for details). We seek scholars interested in material and visual culture. Area of specialization is open, but might include performance studies, psychology, cultural history, anthropology, literary, sociology, religious and/or cultural studies. Scholars with broad historical and interdisciplinary concerns are encouraged to apply.

During the first year of the program, the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar led by Professor Ken Koltun-Fromm (Religion) entitled “Material Identity,? an exploration of the complex ways that persons do things with things, and so perform collection and personal identity (for a more detailed description, see http://www.haverford.edu/HHC/for_faculty/seminars.php). In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium funded by the Humanities Center.

During each of the four semesters of his or her time at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course at the intermediate or advanced level. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest, one for a broad-based introductory course, the other for a more specialized or advanced course.

Candidates who have received the Ph.D. in 2004 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 30, 2009 are eligible. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two course proposals and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and arrange for three letters of recommendation.

Contact Info:

Emily Carey Cronin
Associate Director
John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center
Haverford College
Haverford PA 19041

Website: http://www.haverford.edu/HHC

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Funding: Research and Advanced Language Training Programs

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is now accepting applications for its 2009-2010 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia, Southeastern Europe, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

Application deadline for Fall 2009 and Academic Year 2009-2010 programs: January 15th, 2009.

Please be aware that this will be the last January 15th deadline, as the Title VIII programs will move to a once-a-year deadline in Fall of 2009. For more information on this, please contact Outbound Programs (contact information listed below).

Applications are available for download at www.americancouncils.org/research
or by contacting the American Councils Outbound Office. Applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.

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

Fellowships will be offered in five categories:

*Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Provides full support for three- to nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipends, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Application deadlines: January 15 (Fall and Academic Year Programs).

*Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for three-to-nine months in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipends, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Application
deadlines: January 15 (Fall and Academic Year Programs).

*Title VIII Special Initiatives Fellowship: Provides grants of up to $35,000 for field research on policy-relevant topics in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a policy-relevant field. Scholars must conduct research for at least four months in the field. Application deadline: January 15 (Fall and Academic Year Programs).

*Title VIII Southeastern Europe Research Program: Provides full support for U.S. graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars seeking to conduct research for three to nine months in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Scholars may apply for support for research in more than one country during a single trip, provided they intend to work in the field for a total of three to nine months. Application deadline: January 15 (Fall and Academic
Year Programs).

*Title VIII Southeastern Europe Language Program: Provides fellowships for graduate students, faculty, and scholars to study language for a semester, academic year or summer in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Open to students at the MA and Ph.D. level, as well as post-doctoral scholars and faculty, who have at least elementary language skills. Application deadline: January 15 (Fall and Academic Year Programs).

Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) grant support. All competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to any non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age (with authorized exceptions), political affiliation, or disability.

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Fellowship:Humanities Research

Applications are now available for the 2009-2010 National Endowment for Humanities Collaborative Research Fellowship.

Application deadline: February 15, 2009.

The Collaborative Research Fellowship, administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides up to $40,000 for four to twelve months of collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

The Collaborative Research Fellowship supports a wide range of humanities topics including, but not limited to, linguistics, literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics and the history criticism, and theory of the arts. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and have a working knowledge of one or more of the languages of East-Central Europe or Eurasia, or be able to demonstrate that such language proficiency is not critical for the successful completion of their particular projects. Additionally, all projects must involve at least one
collaborator from the region.

Program organizers will make every effort to support the work of U.S.
humanists from fields under-represented in scholarship on East-Central
Europe and Eurasia. In the past, for example, American studies, art history, comparative literature, cultural anthropology, musicology, and philosophy have been supported through the Collaborative Research Fellowship. All awards place a premium on the potential for further valuable humanistic collaboration beyond the specific award period of the NEH fellowship. American Councils and NCEEER encourage applications from scholars proposing innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to their subjects.

Applicants must propose to conduct at least four months of full-time
research, of which two months must be spent overseas. Scholars who are able to begin their projects between May 2009 and May 2010 are welcome to apply to this year’s competition. U.S. citizenship, permanent resident status, or residency in the U.S. for three years before date of application is required.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

For more information and an application, please contact:
For projects in Eurasia:
Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 833-7522
Website: www.americancouncils.org
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org

For projects in Central and Eastern Europe:
Program Officer NEH Collaborative Humanities Fellowship
2601 Fourth Ave, Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone (206) 441-6433
Website: www.nceeer.org
Email: dc@nceeer.org

All applications will receive consideration without regard to any non-merit factor such as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, or disability.

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Internship: International Internship & Service-Learning Program, U-M International Center

Are you thinking of doing an internship or volunteering abroad next summer? Would you like to go through this process with a small group of fellow U-M students?

If so, consider applying for the Michigan International Internship and Service-Learning Program. This new pilot program of the International Center will help you in several ways

--Consider your goals in going abroad
--Provide assistance in finding a program
--Provide assistance in finding funding
--Give preparatory workshops in Winter Term
--Share experiences while abroad over the summer
--Advise other students when you return next year

As a pilot program, we hope to learn along with you and will value your input in shaping the future of this program.

Even if you have already applied for a specific overseas internship or volunteer program, we would encourage you to consider joining our group.

To be eligible, you should be an undergraduate who will be returning to campus after the overseas experience.

To apply, please send an e-mail expressing your interest by Friday, December 14, to Kelly Nelson at kellynel@umich.edu with “International internship? in the subject line.

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson
University of Michigan International Center
Tel. 647-2299

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Fellowship: Short-Term Travel Grants


IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program

The STG Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals
for up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political,
economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign

The STG application and supporting materials are available on the IREX
website in the PDF format:

*Online application will be updated shortly

Completed applications are due no later than February 2, 2009

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are
eligible to apply for the STG Program

STG Grant covers the cost of travel and a living/housing stipend

Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at stg@irex.org or
by telephone at 202-628-8188

Countries Eligible for Research:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo,Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland,Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

STG is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII

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Job: English, University of New York in Tirana


VACANCY 2008-09/10

LOCATION: Albania.


VACANCY TYPE: Lecturer, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.

STARTING DATE: No later than February 15, 2009.

WEEKLY TEACHING LOAD: Ideally 12 but no more than 15 lecture hours in 2-4 different courses).

SALARY: Commensurate to Rank plus relocation benefits (upon eligibility). [Gross: 1551 € - 2,250 € per month]. Return air-fare ticket to be reimbursed.

Responsibilities: Teach academic writing to non-native speakers, mainly Composition I & II, Advanced Research & Writing, and Advanced Business English and some administrative work.

Key Qualifications: Minimally an MA in English and preferably a native English speaker. Prior teaching experience at university/college level is a major advantage. Graduate courses in composition and experience in teaching composition at an undergraduate or post-graduate level are preferred.

Deadline: December 15, 2008.



The University of New York in Tirana (UNYT), Albania http://www.unyt.edu.al is accepting applications to fill a vacancy in its English Department. We encourage applications from candidates with training and expertise in teaching academic writing to non-native speakers, mainly Composition I & II, Advanced Research & Writing, and Advanced Business English.

Applicants need to be available as from the Spring 2009 semester (and optionally thereafter) and demonstrate ability to strengthen the department’s teaching and research profile, to teach in fluent academic English at both an undergraduate and graduate level with high academic standards of performance and to cooperate effectively a multi-ethnic group of faculty. Cultural adaptability and the ability to collaborate well in a multi-ethnic environment are valued qualities.

UNYT is an accredited multi-ethnic, private HE institution in Tirana, Albania and one of the few universities in the region that awards degrees recognized in both the U.S. and Europe. The university was established in 2002 in partnership with SUNY/ESC, U.S.A. and, later, with I.U.K.B. (Switzerland). With an enrolment of over 400 undergraduate and over 65 graduate students, UNYT has become the leading educational institution in Albania. UNYT strives to provide an intelligence-intensive, knowledge-intensive, skills-intensive and technology-intensive Higher Education that shifts efforts, intellectual assets and resources from a local to a global setting. UNYT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to UNYT’s mission, core values, honour code and diversity statement are encouraged to apply.

Candidates interested at the vacancy are presented with an opportunity to engage into original research in the context of an aggressively developing post-communist democracy that aspires E.U. integration.


Contact information:

A) Dr. K. Giakoumis, Deputy Rector, UNYT
University of New York Tirana
Rruga “Komuna e Parisit?, Tirana
Tel.: 00355-4-273056, -7, -8 -9
Cell.: 00355 6920 70592
Fax: Tel.: 00355-4-273059
E-mail: kgiakoumis@unyt.edu.al

B) Dr. D. Mentzeniotis, Dean, NYC Athens
E-mail: dean@nyc.gr

C) Dr. A. Jaupaj, Head of English Department.
E-mail: ajaupaj@unyt.edu.al

Application: Preferably by e-mail.

Send a Letter of Application detailing Key Qualifications for this position, current curriculum vitae, photocopies of credentials and transcripts, a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, a short statement about the candidate’s research interests and plans, and the names, titles, positions, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers of at least two professional referees. Please send initially a CV and Cover Letter by e-mail.


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JOB- Nursery/botany Manager, University of Central Asia, Tekeli, Kazakhstan

JOB- Nursery Manager, University of Central Asia, Tekeli, Kazakhstan

University of Central Asia

Nursery Manager, Tekeli Kazakhstan

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 by the
governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan to foster the economic and social development of Central Asia, especially its vast mountain regions. The International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University was signed by the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations.

Qualified candidates for the position of University of Central Asia
(UCA) Tekeli campus Nursery Manager shall work with the UCA Botanists
and other UCA personnel generally and oversee the functioning and
management of the working plant nursery at the campus site at Tekeli,
Kazakhstan. The nursery program will prepare plants for use on campus
lands and specifically to landscape the campus prior to opening in
2011. The Nursery Manager shall have the necessary skills to manage a
plant nursery and staff for this purpose; have a good working
knowledge of plants and their growth; be able to order and disseminate necessary agricultural materials and have working familiarity with horticultural/planting equipments necessary for this purpose. The Nursery Manager will have the ability to teach others of this work.

Candidates shall possess the necessary skills and training that
includes plant identification, propagation, fertilization, pest
control and pruning, and possess at least five years practical
experience in the field or possess ten years experience at a
recognized commercial nursery. Experience as a licensed arborist
and/or practical forestry will be considered advantageous. Candidates
shall have a working knowledge of English. Candidates shall be in a
position to locate to Tekeli, Kazakhstan and shall be willing to
travel as required to nurseries throughout the country, Central Asia
region and other locations as required to fulfill specific missions
relating to the Tekeli UCA nursery programme.

Candidates should submit in Russian or English a curriculum vitae,
list of three professional references, and a covering letter to
hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by December 31, 2008

Responsibilities of the UCA Nursery Manager will include:

- working with the University UCA botanists and other UCA project
personnel to identify appropriate plant materials for use in and on the UCA campuses generally.
- working with the UCA staff manage and direct activities of the UCA
working nursery and UCA land holdings in Tekeli in order to provide healthy and diverse plant materials for the UCA Tekeli campus prior
to the opening in 2011 and to maintain existing plant materials in
healthy condition. Duties will include acquiring, transplanting
propagating and sustaining plants from on and off site sources and
the collecting indigenous plants and seeds.
- maintaining a premier working knowledge and best practices in
relation to the propagation, fertilization, pest control and pruning of plant materials acquired, including knowledge of American Nursery Association Standards and Practices or other similarly recognized organization.
- maintaining a functional nursery and staff, solely responsible to
maintain adequate supplies of plant materials to fulfill the
landscape objectives for the UCA Tekeli campus.
- working with other plant and nursery experts, to carry out research and draw on previous research relating to indigenous trees and plants, the history of the introduction of plants from elsewhere, etc.
- to disseminate knowledge of appropriate trees and plants to
residents of the territory served by UCA and to serve as a public
resource on such matters.
- to provide labels and relevant instructional materials in order to
maximize the value of the UCA Tekeli nursery generally to local
residents (including school children), visitors, tourists, as well as students, faculty and staff of UCA itself.
- create programs such as computer based plant records, plant
sequencing, propagation, distribution and maintaining research
- to maintain liaisons on the above matters with counterparts and
other UCA campuses.
- to maintain fruitful links with relevant national ministries
(Forestry, Almaty Botanic Garden, etc).
- to attend regional symposiums on plant research and propagation for use within the specific biomes of the campus sites.

Dilrabo Jonbekova
Central Asian Faculty Development Programme
University of Central Asia
207 Panfilova Street
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Phone: 996-312-691-822, ext. 420
Fax: 996-312-696-029
Mobile: 996-555-773-726
Website: www.ucentralasia.org

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JOB- International and Comparative Politics, Bishkek, AUCA

JOB- Teaching Position, International and Comparative Politics Dept.,

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 Fall 2009. Candidates should meet the
following requirements:

- PhD degree in Political Science, International Relations or related areas (in exceptional cases Masters degree will be considered)
- Proficiency in English
- University teaching experience is an advantage

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

Applicants' areas of specialization would preferably include one or
some of the following:

- International Relations (International Relations Theory, Foreign
Policy Analysis, Conflict Studies and related)
- Comparative Politics (Central Asia, Modern Islam, Ethnicity,
Identity, Nationalism, Democratization, Post-Soviet/Communist
Transition, South Asia, Democratization)
- Political Theory (Classical, Enlightenment, Western and Non-Western Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Political Culture, Political Sociology, Political Psychology)
- Political Economy (Introduction to Political Economy, InternationalPolitical Economy)

ICP is one of the leading degree-granting (BA and with Honors)
programs of the AUCA. The Department has successfully graduated eight
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 ICP is committed to provide rigorous
English-language based program in politics, and aims to cultivate
critical and analytical thinking, and inspire students for further

The application deadline is January 20, 2008.

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

Jamilya Karabaeva
Executive Assistant to the
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
American University of Central Asia
205 Abdumomunov str. 720040
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Tel.: +996 (312) 66 33 09 (ext. 265)
Email: karabaeva_j@mail.auca.kg

To apply:

Please send your CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy (not more than
1000 words), a sample syllabus, and two Letters of Reference (scanned
copies are acceptable) to Shairbek Juraev at juraev_s@mail.auca.kg and copy human_resources@mail.auca.kg.

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Dissertation Workshop: Resources in Eurasia, Georgetown

January 19, 2009 deadline

CFA- Dissertation Workshop: Resources in Eurasia, SSRC Eurasia Program
Dissertation Development Workshop

Resources in Eurasia:
Wealth, Scarcity, or Curse?
April 16-18, 2009
Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian,
Russian and East European Studies (CERES)

THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
invites proposals for a dissertation development workshop focusing on
resources-ranging from oil and natural gas, to water and land, to
science and industry, to human health and education and beyond-in
Eurasia. Graduate students at any stage of the dissertation process
(from proposal to write-up) and from any disciplinary or
interdisciplinary program in the humanities or social sciences are
eligible to apply. We particularly encourage applicants who propose
fresh theoretical perspectives and methodologies, and whose work
speaks to a wide scholarly audience.

Eurasia is widely considered to be rich in a variety of resources:
natural, technological, and human. Scholars across disciplines are
asking theoretically-grounded, potentially policy relevant questions
about the existence, histories, politics, impact, and future
trajectories of resource exploration, development, and exploitation
across the region. Sociologists and public health specialists, for
example, lament the degradation of human capital and the impact of
"brain drain" during the transition years. Anthropologists and
geographers study the meanings and impacts of various kinds of natural resources for local communities who may or may not benefit from their presence. Political scientists and scholars of international relations examine the impact of cross-border disputes over the harvesting and transportation of resources. Historians consider the impact of resource consumption in the context of economic, political and social movements. Economists debate whether Russia is afflicted with a resource "curse."

What are the historical, cultural, political, social, geographic,
technological, and economic factors that determine how and when
various kinds of resources are extracted, developed, traded, and used? How are resources implicated in the cultural practices and social relations that shape institutions? How are relations within and between states and sub-national groups affected by conflicts over
control of resources? How is the future of the region as a whole, and
of various groups in the region, likely to be affected by the ways in
which resources are developed and allocated? How have scholars
constructed the meanings and impacts of resource scarcity and
availability throughout the region?

Instructions & Eligibility

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are
currently enrolled in an accredited PhD program and working at some
stage on their dissertation projects. Regions and countries currently
supported by the program include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and the applicant's
work must relate as a whole or in part to one or more of these regions in their current or historical context. All applicants are required to submit the following:

* A five page, double spaced summary of the dissertation project,
highlighting the dissertation's relationship to the themes and
objectives of the workshop

* A 500-word abstract of the project
* One letter of academic recommendation from the applicant's primary
advisor or other relevant individual
* Curriculum Vitae

All materials should be submitted electronically to eurasia@ssrc.org
with the exception of the letter of recommendation, where the original should be mailed to the SSRC, attn: Eurasia Program and received by the January 19, 2009 deadline.

Alisha Kirchoff
Eurasia Program Coordinator
The Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
phone: +1(212)377-2700 ext: 437
fax: +1 (212)377-2727
email: kirchoff@ssrc.org

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Summer study: Russian, Beloit

Since 1983 the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at Beloit College has offered students a unique opportunity to achieve a year's worth of college-level language training in just eight weeks. Excellent faculty, small class sizes that allow for individual attention, and twenty-six hours of classroom instruction per week in a beautiful residential environment provide an immersive approach to learning that encourages students to focus exclusively on the target language and culture.

For graduate students who receive FLAS funding, the Center for Language Studies is committed to offering an enhanced tuition grant that will cover the remaining portion of tuition.

Detailed information on our programs can be found at www.summerlanguages.com

Patricia Zody, Ph.D.
Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
Tel: 608.363.2277
Fax: 608.363.7129


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Blog: CfP: World Congress Central and East European Studies, 07/26-31/2009, Stockholm

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2009

The VIII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 26-31 July 2010. The theme of the Congress is: "Eurasia: Prospects for Wider Cooperation". The academic hosts are Stockholm University, University College and Stockholm School of Economics. The Congress will be held at Stockholm City Conference Centre located in the very center of the City. The local organiser of the Congress is the Sällskapet för studier av Ryssland, Central- och Östeuropa samt Centralasien (The Swedish Society for the Study of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia). You are invited to attend the Congress, participate in its panels and roundtables and enjoy the abundant cultural program on offer in the city of Stockholm.

The Swedish Society for the Study of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the organizer of the VIII ICCEES World Congress, invites all interested scholars to submit proposals for panels, papers and round-table discussions.

These proposals should reflect the results of new research in the study of developments in the cultural, political, social and economic processes underway in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Initially dedicated to the problems of studying the USSR and the Soviet bloc during the Cold War, ICCEES Congresses have since the fall of the Soviet Union become multidisciplinary scholarly forums to deepen and broaden understanding of the cultures and societies of this immense region. The VI and VII world congresses (in 2000 and 2005 respectively) focused upon questions of European integration and the post-Soviet transformation of Eastern and Central Europe. While
acknowledging the ongoing European integration processes, the VIII World Congress is convened at a time when the international situation poses new security challenges, requiring the elaboration of new strategies. The Congress seeks to organize a wide scholarly discussion of these developments with the overriding theme Eurasia: Prospects for Wider Cooperation.

2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Mikhail Gorbachev's appointment to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The Congress therefore considers it to be an opportune time to revisit Gorbachev's policies of glasnost and perestroika, his attempt to establish a new global order on the basis of the principles of openness and democracy, and the dramatic events that caused a radical restructuring of the world. The congress recognizes the role of these events and ideas in opening up new possibilities for developing scholarly methods and finding new sources.

Of special interest for the Congress are the cultural transformations that occur at times of intense political and economic change. The processes of European integration and wider cooperation across Eurasia not only impact upon geographical spaces but also leave their mark upon cultural spaces. These processes make communication between languages, histories, religions, traditions, legacies and memories more complex. Humanities and social science scholars are therefore invited to reflect on how local cultural contexts react to, engage in, or resist globalization.

These are the general issues that should be kept in mind when proposals are prepared. This does not exclude any topic or field of research which traditionally has had its place at the ICCEES congresses.

We also invite book publishers and editorial boards of academic journals and cultural magazines to suggest topics for discussion at roundtables and panels.

Congress Information in Brief
Congress dates and location: 26-31 July 2010, Stockholm, Sweden
Theme: "Eurasia: Prospects for Wider Cooperation"
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2009
Address for proposals: proposals@iccees2010.se
Abstract submission: 1 March =96 30 October 2009
Registration: Beginning 1 July 2009
Address for abstracts and registration: www.iccees2010.se

Useful Congress Addresses
All questions regarding accommodation, registration and tours should be directed to the congress organisation agency:
Box 6911
SE-102 39 Stockholm
e-mail: mci@iccees2010.se
phone: +46-8-54651500
fax: +46-8-5465 1599

For questions regarding scholarly aspects of the congress, please contact:
Prof. Irina Sandomirskaja
President of S=E4llskapet

Guidelines for Proposals
1. All proposals have to be scholarly in nature.
2. All proposals will have to be approved by the International
Academic Committee. Only approved proposals will be included in the Congress programme.
3. Proposals for panels normally include a chair, up to three speakers and a discussant.
4. Panels must be international in composition. Panels with participants from only one country will not be accepted.
5. The allotted time for a panel is 90 minutes. It is highly recommended that each speaker be allowed no more than 15 minutes for her or his presentation.
6. The consent of all panel participants should be obtained before a panel is proposed. No one may be proposed without his or her knowledge and consent.
7. Proposals for individual papers - not included in a proposal for a panel - may be included in the Congress programme by the decision of the International Academic Committee. Such papers may be presented in special sessions or included in other panels.
8. The International Academic Committee has the right to add papers to other panels. The chair will allow such contributors to speak from the floor for 5 minutes.
9. The official Congress languages are English, Russian, German and French. All program activities must be carried out in one of these languages. The Congress organisation will not provide interpreting services (except for the opening and closing ceremonies where simultaneous interpretation between English and Russian will be available).
10. The language of the Congress administration is English. All correspondence, proposals, abstracts, etc. have to be in English.

Procedures for Proposals
1. Only proposals submitted electronically will be considered for inclusion in the Congress. Proposals must be submitted in English -irrespective of the language to be used by the panelists at the Congress. Proposals should be directed to: proposals@iccees2010.se.
2. The deadline for proposals is 28 February 2009. The International Academic Committee encourages proposals to be sent as early as possible.
3. The International Academic Committee will meet in the spring 2009 to make a decision on the composition of the final Congress programme.
4. The International Academic Committee will send all scholars whose proposals have been accepted, an official letter of invitation, which can be used to apply for funding and/or obtaining a visa, by 1 July 2009.
5. Once a proposal for a panel/paper has been accepted, one half-page abstract in English should be submitted through an on-line abstract system at www.iccees2010.se, for each of the panel's papers, no later than 30 October 2009. A paper without an abstract will not be included in the program.
6. Please note that the abstracts will be published without editing. The authors therefore have to ensure that they are satisfied with their abstract.
7. Each abstract must indicate the language in which the paper will be presented.
8. Each abstract has to include contact details, at least an e-mail address.

Please note: All participants are expected to register. All participants will be expected to cover the following costs themselves:
registration fee, travel expenses, accommodation and meals. The registration fees are listed below. The congress organiser will try to obtain a limited number of grants for participants from Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Those interested in applying for such grants should click the respective box in the electronic
registration form when registering. Information about the availability of any such grants will only become available in late 2009.

The registration fee (except for one-day admission) includes:
admission; participation in all the panels, roundtables and lectures at the Congress (a limitation may be made for technical reasons, such as the capacity of lecture halls); and a conference bag containing conference material.

Please note: Participants should make certain that their payment covers their registration fees in the full amount of euros indicated, so as not to cause any additional banking costs for the Congress organisers.

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CfP: PIASA, 06/13-14/2009, Jersey City

Deadline March 31, 2009

67th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (A multi-disciplinary conference on Polish Studies)

Hyatt Regency Jersey City, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, N.J. 07302

(Adjacent to PATH train station to lower Manhattan, 15 minutes from Newark Int’l Airport , easy access to NJ Turnpike)

Saturday, June 13, 2009 - Sunday, June 14, 2009

The 67th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) will be held on June 13-14, 2009 at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Jersey City Hotel, overlooking New York Harbor with a stunning sky line view of lower Manhattan . Visit www.jerseycity.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

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. 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 by a program committee as soon as they are received. Deadline for receipt of all proposals March 31, 2009. Proposals should be sent to PIASA, 208 E. 30th St., New York, N.Y. 10016. Submission by email with a Word attachment to tgromada@mindspring.com is preferred. PIASA is reserving single/double occupancy rooms at a special group rate of $169. plus tax per room. All reservations to this AAA Four Diamond Hotel must be made by May 22, 2009. More specific information regarding registration, room reservations, directions, parking, etc. will be posted on www.piasa.org . Papers presented will be considered for publication in “The Polish Review?.

PROPOSAL ; Title ____________________________

Session (papers 3 max) Panel (Up to 5 plus Chair)

Organizer and chair:___________________________Affiliation____________________

Address____________________________Tel._______ E mail ___________________


Name ____________________________Affiliation __________
Address_______________Tel.__________ E mail______________

Paper Title________________________________________

(Please write additional names of panelists/presenters on another sheet of paper. )

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CfP: Eurocentrism in Political Theory, 09/02-04/2009, Manchester

Deadline: April 6, 2009

Workshops in Political Theory, 6th Annual Conference
(September 2-4, 2009)

Manchester Metropolitan University

Eurocentrism in Political Theory

Call for Papers

In parallel with what Samir Amin suggests, one could state that modern political theory is subject to a severe crisis. There is an “invasive cancer? that propagates Eurocentric prejudices distorting political theories.

As Amin puts it, Eurocentism constitutes “a distortion from which majority of dominant social theories suffer?. It functions spontaneously, “often in the gray areas of seemingly obvious facts and common sense?. It advocates that the history of Europe is exceptional. In addition, it implies the homogenization through imitation and catch up.

From Amin’s perspective, Eurocentrism is common to both vulgar Marxism and mainstream political theories.

As opposed to what Eurocentrism advocates, the expansion of capitalism generated “a new polarization in the world scale?. Accordingly, the North/South contradiction is becoming more and more sharper. To overcome the “Eurocentric cancer?, one should first of all understand that “Center/Periphery polarization must be placed at heart of the analysis and not in the margin?.

Therefore, this workshop encourages contributions that would attempt to identify the problematic of Eurocentism in political theory (in mainstream theories such as the modernization theory, as well as in Marxism).

We invite you to send 250-300 word proposals for 20-30 minute papers on topics including but not limited to:

-Definitions and Manifestations of Eurocentrism in Political Theory
-Critique of Eurocentriism
-International Relations and Eurocentrism
-North and South Categorisation in Political Theory
-Imperialism, Neo-Colonialism and Eurocentrism
-Globalisation and Eurocentrism
-Democratic Theory and Eurocentrism
-Critique of the Multiculturalism in Political Theory
-Critique of the Modernization Theory in terms of Eurocentrism
-Critique of the Neo-Liberal Theory in terms of Eurocentrism
-Human Rights Theory and Eurocentrism
-Development Theory and Eurocentrism
-Eurocentric Challenges for Political Theory
-Critique of Eurocentric Marxist Perspectives
-Gramsci, Lenin, Mao, Trostky and Eurocentrism

Deadline for submission of paper proposal: April 6, 2009

Panel and Paper Proposals can be submitted by email to:

Efe Can GÜRCAN egurcan@ku.edu.tr

Koç University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, 34450, Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey.



The Center for Research on Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM), Koç University, home.ku.edu.tr/~glodem

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December 04, 2008

CFP: "Enclosures," Radical History Review

Deadline: February 1, 2009

Issue Editors: Amy Chazkel and David Serlin

The Radical History Review seeks submissions for an issue dedicated to the theme of “Enclosures?: a term that refers to the twin phenomenon of proprietary demarcation and dispossession that has accompanied the global transition to industrial capitalism in cities and rural areas alike. In a variety of geographical and chronological contexts, this issue will explore both the symbolic and the literal, material senses of the historical process of enclosure.

Contemporary thinkers have evoked the concept of enclosure in a vast variety of settings and across the ideological spectrum, from Garrett Hardin’s prescriptive discussion of the “tragedy of the commons? and the neoliberal doctrine of the inherent instability of the commons, to E. P. Thompson’s studies of the social and legal conflicts over the peasantry’s use of the commons in early modern England. The concept of the commons has become a generic metaphor for public property—academic disciplinary knowledge and access to the airwaves, for example—and, by extension, the commonweal. Likewise, the enclosure of the commons has taken multiple meanings that extend the idea of the fencing off of common property in the interest of private gain and liberal (or neoliberal) individual property rights. As multifarious as it is, the concept of enclosure may provide a historically coherent way of considering disparate instances of conflicts over subsistence rights in the face of the division of property.

This special issue offers an opportunity to take stock of the idea of enclosure—to explore the connections between, for example, the type of “primitive accumulation? for which the term was originally applied and its more abstract, contemporary instances, and to historicize rigorously its application. To what degree was there ever really a “commons?? How did constructions of sacrosanct public space and its privatization and dispossession become naturalized features of cultural life? By collectively publishing work on such diverse phenomena as urban squatters throughout the world, intellectual property, or social conflicts over indigenous collective property rights in colonial and post-colonial settings, the journal editors aim to explore the limits of the usefulness of the concept of enclosure as a critical paradigm for understanding modern political and social life, and to consider how to connect its manifold manifestations.

While we would welcome submissions that revisit the early modern European context to which the term enclosure has typically been applied, we strongly encourage works from any time period, especially those that critically examine the broad applicability of the term and those that venture beyond the European and North American contexts.

The RHR seeks scholarly research articles as well as such non-traditional contributions as photo essays, film and book review essays, interviews, brief interventions, “conversations? between scholars and/or activists, teaching notes and annotated course syllabi, and research notes.

Procedures for submission of articles: By February 1, 2009, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish to include in this issue as an attachment to rhr@igc.org with “Issue 108 abstract submission? in the subject line. By March 1, 2009, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. The due date for completed drafts of articles is August 1, 2009. Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 108 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in Fall 2010. Articles should be submitted electronically with “Issue 108 submission? in the subject line. For artwork, please send images as high resolution digital files (each image as a separate file).

Abstract Deadline: February 1, 2009

Radical History Review
Tamiment Library, 10th Floor
New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Email: rhr@igc.org

Visit the website at http://chnm.gmu.edu/rhr/rhr.htm

The range of topics might include, but is not limited to, the following:

• Enclosure of the commons and the genesis of informal economies
• The historical roots of the privatized city
• Enclosure and the politics of population control
• The political and cultural uses of nostalgia for the “commons?
• Visual culture and the process of enclosure
• Environmental politics as part, or counterweight, to the process of enclosure
• Transnational historical perspectives on political and social movements such as Brazil’s and India’s respective anti-dam movements, or the struggle over the privatization of water in Bolivia
• Successful assertions of communal rights, for example in urban shantytowns and former runaway slave communities in the Americas: have they challenged the process of enclosure?
• Artistic, cinematic, or other cultural representations of enclosure and creative responses to it—for instance, in Agnès Varda’s cinéma verité classic, The Gleaners and I, or Britain’s punk and post-punk movements as aesthetic responses to Thatcher’s sweeping politics of privatization
• Enclosure and imperialism: what is the relationship between the domestic reapportioning of property rights and the possession of overseas territories? How can we connect the enclosure of the commons in the metropole to the fate of communally owned indigenous lands and other resources under colonial rule?
• The making of modern statecraft from the perspective of the “enclosers?: the surveyors, judges, and notaries who carried out the quotidian work of enclosure
• The politics of public space and the exclusionary “public sphere?
• Enclosure of the scientific commons and the commodification of knowledge
• The human genome as private property and the ownership of self
• The intellectual commons and radical approaches to intellectual and academic life
• Innovative uses of the cartographic and judicial records that enclosure left behind
• Critical reassessments of the classic works on enclosure, particularly E. P. Thompson and his cohort of Warwick School historians of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English agrarian society.

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CfP Journal: Nebula Online Peer Reviewed periodical

Deadline: January 15, 2009

Nebula 5.4 is now online with unrestricted access at http://www.nobleworld.biz . The editors now invite submissions for Nebula 6.1.

We encourage submission of academic articles from any discipline, covering any subject or topic, provided that the language used is non-specialist and appeals to a wide audience. Unlike many academic publications, Nebula is not limited to a specific school, faculty, or subject.

We are also interested in providing an alternative view to mainstream cultural and political ideologies. As such, we encourage non-fiction, intellectual writing, that does not follow the generic conventions of academic writing but which demonstrates substantial sophistication and which may be of interest to a broad audience. We encourage contributors to offer their political readings of a particular social/political or military crisis current in the world. We are particularly interested in writings that may be deemed marginal or seem to be against the grain of mainstream ideologies. Our project is to ensure the publication of writing of high calibre that may be rejected by conservative institutions. Nebula also accepts “free writing? that is not politically motivated, but which may be attuned to various other cultural, social or artistic concerns (including television, film, media or music studies).

Nebula also accepts creative work in any form which can be displayed on the world wide web. Poetry, graphics, cartoons, short stories are all welcome for consideration.

All claims within academic articles must be evidenced. We will not accept poorly researched material. We are very intolerant of plagiarism. All submissions must be accompanied by a short letter to the editors which will include some autobiographical information and any institutional affiliations. Please make all attachments in .doc wherever possible. Articles and reviews are not limited to any particular referencing style but MUST be consistent throughout each submission. Contributions intended for Nebula (6.1) must be received by January 15, 2009. Keep in mind that only the most original, well- presented and well thought-out pieces will be considered for publication.

Email articles in .doc or equivalent to nebula@nobleworld.biz or editors@nobleworld.biz, please also include a brief biographical note and a brief CV.

Dr Samar Habib
Lecturer in Gender and Islamic Studies
General Editor (Nebula)
School of Humanities and Languages
The University of Western Sydney
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith South DC 1797
Ph: +612 9772 6514
Fax: +612 9772 6688
Email: nebula@nobleworld.biz
Visit the website at http://www.nobleworld.biz

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CfP: Representations of Conversion in Early Modern Art/Literature

Deadline January 1st 2009
The Turn of the Soul: Representations of Religious Conversion in Early Modern Art and Literature

Although conversion has always featured prominently in Christianity, the religious upheavals of the early modern period gave the idea an unprecedented urgency. The volume in preparation aims to examine the rhetoric and aesthetic experiences of conversion in texts and the visual arts. The editors welcome contributions in English from multiple disciplines (literature, history, art history, language studies, etc.) that address the theme in a wide-range of geographical regions. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Agents of Conversion: Is conversion the work of God or of individuals themselves? What is the role of vision (or blindness) in this process? What is the role of free will? The church? How do images, texts, plays, etc. function as vehicles for conversion? Authentication of Conversion: How exactly do converts differ from their former selves? Is this described in terms of sinfulness versus holiness or ignorance versus wisdom? Is it a radical transformation, gradual development, a reformation or a restoration? How can the genuine spirit of conversion be tested?

Representations of Conversion: Are representations of conversion instruments of propaganda? Or, are they a medium of (autobiographical) expression and reflection? Could the expressive character of a painting or play itself cultivate a sensory experience for the viewer that enacts conversion?

Selected authors will be invited to participate in a panel on the topic of religious conversion, to be proposed for the Renaissance Society of America conference in 2010 in Venice. The final collection of essays will be published in the Intersections series of Brill Publishers (Leiden, 2011). Proposals (300 words) for contributions should be sent electronically no later than January 1st 2009 to:

Harald Hendrix (Utrecht University), Harald.Hendrix@let.uu.nl

Todd Richardson (University of Memphis), Tmrchrds@memphis.edu

Lieke Stelling (Leiden University), L.J.Stelling@let.leidenuniv.nl

Todd Richardson
University of Memphis
Department of Art
Email: tmrchrds@memphis.edu

Visit the website at http://deptart.memphis.edu/index.php?id=187,0,0,1,0,0

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CfP Book: Barack Obama in World Politics

Deadline: December 31, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign for the American presidency seemed to have generated more global interest than any other national presidential election in the history of contemporary world politics. From the estimated two hundred thousand people who converged on Berlin, Germany, to hear his address, to President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former President Nelson Mandela, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, President Jalal Talabani, President Hamid Karzai, former President Fidel Castro, and President Hugo Chavez, unrelenting drumbeats of change resounded throughout the 2008 election campaigns. In his face, language, and politics the global community sees in Obama the inevitable multicultural hybridity of the future. Scholars and the general public are invited to submit essays on any aspects of the life and work of the President-elect Barack Obama for a book that is scheduled for immediate publication, entitled “Barack Obama in World Politics.? Topics for consideration may include, but not limited to, any of the following:

I. Professions and Civil Society: Obama and Sports, Obama and Hollywood, Obama and Community Service, Obama and Education, Obama and Politics, Obama and the Law, Obama and Literature, Obama and the Press, Obama and Fatherhood, Obama and Marriage, Obama and Women, Obama and Children, Obama and Race, Obama and Religion, Obama and John F. Kennedy, Obama and the Politics of Sexuality, Obama and the Post-Baby Boom Generation, The Age of Barack Obama.

II. Globalization: Obama and the Global Economy, Obama and Global Recession, Obama and Human Rights, Obama and the HIV/AIDS, Obama and the War on Terrorism, Obama and Poverty, Obama and Genocide, Obama and War Crimes, Obama and the Politics of Prisoner Interrogation, Obama and Migration, Obama and Citizenship, Obama and the Environment, Obama and Global Warming, Obama and Diplomacy, Obama and the Americas, Obama and Europe, Obama and the Middle East, Obama and Africa, Obama and Asia, Obama and Space, Obama and Globalization, Obama in World Politics.

Deadline for Submission of Essays: December 31, 2008

Length of Essays: 1,500 – 3000 words.

Address for Submission: Bobook09@gmail.com

Essays should be mailed as MS Word attachment and may include references where necessary. Please, include your name, email address, institutional/independent affiliations, telephone number, and a 50-word biodata with the essay. You may submit up to TWO different essays.

Contact: Editors, Room L15 Henderson Hall, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Retention, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384, United States. Telephone: 1 (937) 838-3116.

Room L15 Henderson Hall
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Retention Central State University, Wilberforce, OH 45384 United States
Telephone: 1 (937) 838-3116
Email: bobook09@gmail.com

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CfP: global affairs journalzine

""New Online Global Affairs "Journalzine": $5,000.00 Award"

This Call for Papers is for Opinion Pieces for the 3rd Edition

INFINITY JOURNAL (IJ), an online “global affairs journalzine?, is seeking creative and innovative OPINION PIECES from graduates and young professionals. Please note that we are looking for articles for the 3rd edition, which will launch in late March 2009. Awards of up to $5,000 will be given at the end of the year (November 2009) for best pieces. Please note: those with a degree of PhD or higher are not eligible to submit work (only graduates, e.g. those with or currently obtaining maters level education and young professionals. For more information, rules, and submission guidelines, contact Adam at adam@infinityjournal.com

NOTE: This call for papers is for OPINION PIECES ONLY

Adam Stahl
Founder-Executive Director
Infinity Journal and The Infinity Forum

+44 795 778 5990

Email: adam@infinityjournal.com

Visit the website at http://www.infinityjournal.com

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CfP: Scarcity and Exploitation of Natural Resources in Developing Societies

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Call for Papers


Analyticalis an electronic journal published
by Analytica, which is focused on studying and analyzing the recent and ongoing socio-political and economic developments in the Western Balkans and the wider region. The journal will include contributions that approach the subject area - countries of the Western Balkans - from various perspectives: political, IR, economic, historical, sociological, educational, etc.

Analytical now accepts submissions for the second (fall-winter) issue for 2008. The topic of this issue is:
Scarcity and Exploitation of Natural Resources in Developing Societies

Contemporary development debates often feature discussions
about the environmental impact and effects of development measures and
policies of the developing world. Scientists warn on the adverse effects that uncontrolled development policies can have on the natural resources and the environment. Therefore, recently even development aid is conditioned on respect of specific environmental standards.

However, environmental debate is more present in developed countries than the developing ones and there is a need to raise the
policy-makers' and especially public awareness about preserving and
prudent use of natural resources for development purposes. In the western Balkans, where all states aspire to join the European Union, this drive towards environmental awareness and resource preservation is provided by the EU requirements and standards in the area of environment. These drives towards faster growth and development and greater environmental awareness and protection pose a challenge
for the policy-makers in western Balkans states - one well worth

The contributions for this issue are expected to address the
subject of scarcity and exploitation of natural resources from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Particularly welcome are contributions examining: alternative and innovative ways towards environment-friendly development, impact of scarcity of natural resources on development policies, EU accession environment standards performance of Western Balkans countries. Other original and innovative contributions are also welcome.

Important Note:
- The papers should be original and not previously published.

- MS Word Document
- Papers should be written in Chicago referencing style:
- Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 lines spacing, 2 cm margins.
- Limited to 2500 - 5000 words (including bibliography)

Submission deadline for the papers is 15th December, 2008.
Note: We prefer papers in English, as well as in Macedonian, Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Turkish.

Submit papers to: journal@analyticamk.org


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December 03, 2008

Study abroad: CEU summer 2009 program information, Budapest, 2009

Central European University’s summer school, Budapest, 2009

Central European University's summer school held between June 8-July 31, 2009 (www.sun.ceu.hu/courses) is an international program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, faculty and professionals in the social sciences and humanities. It draws its student body of around 500 participants annually from more than 60 countries and its faculty from over 30 countries.

In 2009 the summer school offers 21 high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available. More information about the courses and the application process are available at www.sun.ceu.hu/apply and at the relevant course web sites.

The general application deadline is February 16, 2009 (unless specified otherwise on the course web site).

CEU Summer University
1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Hungary
e-mail: summeru@ceu.hu
tel: 36 1 327 3811
fax:36 1 327 3124

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Funding: Religions and Values in Central and Eastern Europe

Religions and Values in Central and Eastern Europe
Call for grants

The FP6 supported research network of REVACERN is publishing a call for a grant in the following topics:

* Changing Religiosity ­ values and moralities
* New religious phenomena and religious renewal
* Orthodoxy in Central and Eastern Europe
* Religion and media
* The correlations of religious and national-ethnic identity
* Social activities of religious communities and civil organisations
* Values and religions in education
* Legal status of religious communities
* Policy making

The topics mentioned are trying to describe the complex process
developing after the Central and Eastern European region after the
political juncture in 1989/1991. The description of the religion and
value-related procedure has not only scientific goals, rather applied ­
the knowledge and context gathered will be transformed into functional
alternatives and activity guides for decision makers and influential
factors for public opinion within the region and the European Union. The religion is a society-builder factor and potential for conflict at the same time. The discourse of the religious dimensions of a nation, its political and juridical handling needs a constant follow-up of the processes, and from the part of experts of study of religion expects an active participation in public debates and policy makings.

The ideal applicant has a MA degree in study of religion or any social
sciences, is a PhD student or has a recent PhD degree, has experience in scientific research, publication, conference participation. Near
English, knows at least one Eastern European language, is affiliated in a university or research institute.

The application should contain an essay, which should contain the
- the selected topic, a motivation of the selection at first former
works on the selected topic
- short reference of the international bibliography of the selected topics
- detailed elaboration of the regional relevancy of the topic, with
aspects of comparison
- description of grounded hypotheses

Send your application until Dec. 20. to ep3@revacern.eu!

Applications will be evaluated by the international researcher team of

Schedule of application:
- call for grant: Nov. 15.
- deadline for application: Dec. 20.
- evaluation and selection: Jan. 20.
- specification of topics and contract signatures Febr. 27.

The winners receive a 6 month grant (from March to August) with a
monthly 500 EUR grant. The winners should participate on the final
conference of REVACERN in September 2009.

Contact: Prof. Máté-Tóth András : matetoth@rel.u-szeged.hu

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CfP Democratization, Europolis

deadlinel: February 15, 2009
Call for Papers
EUROPOLIS Issue 5, July 2009
Political Science Journal

Printed only (English language). Research institutes, academic and research centres and units, and faculties can receive the journal for free for the following two years. To receive printed copies, fill in and send via regular mail this form www.polito.ubbcluj.ro/cpa/rev/en/porder.html

EUROPOLIS is a ?peer review? journal founded in 2001 within the academic community of the Political Science and Public Administration Faculty, Babeş-Bolyai University. The bi-annual publication promotes Political Science scholars, focusing on research and studies that fulfill academic criteria and standards. The publication represents a framework where researchers’ interests, approaches, and methodologies meet to create high standard academic debates.

Issue 5/2009 focuses on democratization, the editors encouraging contributions in the form of single-case studies or comparative approaches (including large N studies) that deal with the topic. Articles may tackle, but not restricted to, questions like: What are the main challenges of post-authoritarian regimes? Are transitions similar across countries or regions? Are there transition particularities? What elements influence the degree and speed of democratization?

In order to attract various contributions, the journal proposes two categories: academic papers and book reviews. Under the “work in progress? section, it also accepts parts of larger works that are not yet finalized. This provides the authors the chance to receive valuable feedback from the readers and it allows the latter to analyze a developing research. The requirements for work in progress are the similar with the ones for an article.

5.000–7.000 words (the number of words does not include footnotes or bibliography);
Appendix of maximum 6 pages,
References and bibliography according to APSA Manual Style
Times New Roman 12, space 1,5 lines;
Abstract of 100-150 words.

Book Reviews:
Maximum 1,000 words;
Times New Roman 12, space 1,5 lines;
Book reviews on relevant books in the fields approached by the journal. If you want to be a reviewer for our journal, but you do not have a book to review, please send your CV to our e-mail address and we will provide a list of books to choose from;
References and bibliography according to APSA Manual Style

Dead-line: 15 February 2009.
Contact: revista.europolis@yahoo.com

The Editorial Board,
Europolis Journal,
Centre for Political Analysis,
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

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Job: (Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University

Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Five-year Term Appointment at the
Rank of Assistant Professor

Discipline: European Studies/ Economics/Political Economy

The Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University invites applications for a five-year term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2009. The position requires a completed Ph.D. (or expected in 2009), evidence of high-quality research, and good teaching potential. Applicants' fields of expertise may include economics, political economy, economic sociology, or a related field (which may be as an economically-oriented subfield within disciplines other than economics). In addition, a regional specialization in
Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the area of the expanded EU, is preferred. The successful candidate would be expected to teach courses on European economic integration and on the post-communist economic transition, and will have demonstrated ability to relate his or her research and teaching to approaches in other disciplines. The successful candidate will offer primary support to the EU/European Studies stream of the Institute's programs, including participation in the Institute's core interdisciplinary seminar for MA students. Applicants are requested, by January 9, 2009, to forward a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a
teaching portfolio or evidence of teaching performance, or a statement of teaching philosophy to Dr. Andrea Chandler, Director, Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Dunton Tower 1308, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, email: andrea_chandler@carleton.ca. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same address by the same date. For more information on the Institute, see

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 further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship, including but not limited to women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications of Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Ginette Lafleur
Institute Administrator
Institute of European, Russian and
Eurasian Studies
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
Tel.: 613 520 2888
Fax: 613 520 7501

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Funding: Boren Awards - 2009-2010

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the
opening of the 2009-10 academic year competition for NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and NSEP David L. Boren
Fellowships for graduate students. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and
international research.

Applications and detailed information on the Boren Scholarships and
Fellowships are now available on www.borenawards.org
- our newly designed website.

The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 29, and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 11.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the IIE Boren
Scholarships and Fellowships staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP.

Lisa Mayorga
Boren Scholarships
Institute of International Education

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CfP: Gender, Citizenship, and Empire, 04/16-18/2009, OSU

deadline: January 15, 2009
4th Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
April 16-18, 2009

Call for Papers/Panels

In an increasingly globalized world, the meaning of citizenship has
become ever more fluid. Post-socialist countries in particular have seen great transformations in the rights individuals claim and in the
obligations expected of them. The changing nature of citizenship in the post-Cold War world has also prompted those who look at the past to reconsider what it meant to be the subject (and sometimes citizen) of imperial lands (Russian, Soviet, Ottoman, or Habsburg) in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Gender is central to understanding definitions of citizenship and
subjecthood during the imperial period(s) as well as to understanding
the shifting definitions of citizenship in the post-Soviet period. While issues of gender have been visible in the arts, they have yet to be fully explored by historians and social scientists. Thus the aim of the conference is to stimulate further investigation and discussion of the relationship between gender and the overarching structures and practices(political, social, economic, and cultural) of the empires and post-imperial states of this region.

AWSS invites scholars of all disciplines (Slavic/Eurasian/East European studies, including anthropology, art, film, history, library science, literature, music, political science, popular culture, sociology, and any aspect of women's studies) who are working on themes related to gender, citizenship, and empire in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to submit their abstracts electronically to Professor Margaret Beissinger, Princeton University, mhbeissi@Princeton.edu , who will distribute them to a multi-disciplinary conference selection committee. All proposals are due January 15, 2009. Applicants will be notified about their participation in mid-February.

Proposals for panels/papers must include:
A 150-word abstract for each paper
A one-page c.v. for each participant

Proposals for workshops must include a brief description of the topic
and, if possible, should attach a list of possible

In 2009, the AWSS Conference will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Midwest Slavic Association on the campus of Ohio State University.

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JOB- Professor of European Studies, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek

Posted by: Jamilya Karabaeva

American University of Central Asia seeks an individual to fill
position of the Professor of European Studies

Requirements to candidates:
- Advanced academic degree (Master's degree , Ph.D candidate or Ph.D);
- Operational experience as a faculty in higher education;
- Knowledge of distinctive features of the American education system;
- Fluency in English for teaching. Knowledge of other European
languages is an asset;
- Readiness to start in January 2009.

Candidates who have studied abroad or received training abroad are
especially encouraged to apply for the position. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please email documents to:

Jamilya Karabaeva
Executive Assistant to the
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
American University of Central Asia
205 Abdumomunov str. 720040
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Tel.: +996 (312) 66 33 09 (ext. 265)
Email: karabaeva_j@mail.auca.kg

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JOB- Coordinator of English Programs at University of Central Asia

University of Central Asia
School of Professional and Continuing Education
Coordinator of English Programs

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 by the
governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan to foster the economic and social development of Central Asia, especially its vast mountain regions. The International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University was signed by the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations.

The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) offers
courses that improve employment and income generating opportunities
for youth and adults. The SPCE English programs require continuous
quality assurance, support, and revision. The English programs at SPCE constitute a significant portion of the School's enrolment and revenue and require continuous support and revision. In your position as Coordinator of English Programs, you will support quality assurance and new program development. You will develop a network of
professionals in English language instruction to access the best
expertise in the field. You will report to the Director of SPCE and
work in harmony and close cooperation with all other personnel of the
University, especially the Senior Instructors of English on each
campus and any advisors or consultants retained by UCA for English

The Coordinator will prepare and revise curricula for SPCE English
programs; Identify teacher training and professional development needs for the instructors and prepare and deliver customized training
programs to meet these needs; Identify, prioritize, and acquire new
learning resources; Monitor the quality and integrity of exams and
final grade recommendations; and Visit the campuses in three countries regularly.

The Coordinator must have at least five years of relevant experience
in teaching ESL at the post-secondary level, preferably with a
background in teaching English for Specific Purposes. S/he must also
have a track record in English language curriculum development, the
organization and delivery of programs for the professional development of language teachers, and management of programs. Outstanding fluency in English (both written and oral) and a qualification in ESL are required. A master's degree or equivalent in a relevant area of specialization is desirable.

The position will be based at the University of Central Asia, Central
Administration Office, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Candidates should submit in English a curriculum vitae, list of three
professional references, and a covering letter to
hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org. Applications will be reviewed as soon they are received, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Terms of Reference

Your responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to) the

- Initiate and implement continuous improvements in the quality of
delivering instruction on the campuses, curricula, learning
resources, and evaluation of the English programs;
- Prepare and revise curricula for SPCE English programs, including
drafting and testing of course syllabi, curriculum outlines, and
placement tests, and engage a network of professionals in this work;
- Identify teacher training and professional development needs and
opportunities for SPCE's English language instructors, prepare
customized training programs to meet these needs, and deliver
and classroom teaching observations of the instructors;
- Identify, prioritize, and acquire new learning resources in the
most cost-effective manner;
- Monitor the quality and integrity of exams and final grade
recommendations for students in the English language programs;
- Develop new model exams and correct existing exams used for the
English programs;
- Assist in the updating of promotional materials for English programs;
- Draft and revise concept notes and program proposals for new
courses and programs;
- Assist with the recruitment of new instructors and promotion of
other instructors by interviewing and evaluating candidates;
- Coordinate regular meetings between the senior instructors on each
campus to identify and follow up on issues that arise with the
English programs, solve problems, and share best practices; and
- Visit the campuses on a regular basis to better carry about the
above and other functions.

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JOB- Director of the Aga Khan Humanities Project at UCA, Dushanbe

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is recruiting a Director for the
Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) at UCA to lead its evolution into a
center of excellence for the study and research of humanities in Central Asia over the next three to five years. Established in 1997, the AKHP was incorporated into UCA in 2007 with a mandate to develop integrated humanities textbooks and teaching manuals in English and Russian for regional universities and secondary schools, and to
provide training on modern pedagogical methods for faculty and teachers to facilitate use of the textbooks.

The Director will provide strategic leadership to transform AKHP into a vibrant intellectual and research institute that fosters a multidisciplinary research agenda; build capacity in humanities research in Central Asia, promote scholarly publications and forums; and identify, secure and develop resources, including financial, archival, research and human resources.

The position is based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with frequent travel
within the region, and some international travel. The Director will be a highly motivated individual with ability to innovate and implement new programmes, build capacity, identify and secure resources and foster partnerships across sectors, and work with the highest professional and ethical standards. S/he should have a relevant doctoral degree with previous experience in academic leadership, a record of scholarly research publications, teaching and mentoring young researchers. Fluency in English and Russian are required and knowledge of a regional or foundation language is desirable.

To apply, Candidates should submit in English curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, and a cover letter to
hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org Applications will be reviewed as soon they are received, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For additional information about this position or UCA, please visit
www.ucentralasia.org and click on the link for 'careers'.

Dilrabo Jonbekova
Central Asian Faculty Development Programme
University of Central Asia
207 Panfilova Street
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Phone: 996-312-691-822, ext. 412
Fax: 996-312-696-029
Mobile: 996-555-773-726
Website: www.ucentralasia.org

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JOB- Native Speakers of English for Kazakh-German University, Almaty

Kazakh-German University in Almaty is looking for native speakers of English language in Almaty/Kazakhstan.

1) The university likes to offer its students weekly discussions or debates in English language, led by native speakers. You should be experienced in dealing with youngsters and bring along some ideas for encouraging them to speak in a relaxed atmosphere, outside of lessons. Those sessions will be held after 15.30 once a week.

2) The university is looking for experienced English teachers who are native speakers or have a high level of qualification.

- university degree
- pedagogical experience
- experience in preparing students for TOEFL

The Kazakh-German staff members are looking forward working with you.


mob. 007 - 705 5558557
Hochschulmarketing und -entwicklung
Tel./Fax 007 - 727 2939521

CIM - Integrierte Fachkraft
Deutsch-Kasachische Universitaet
Ul. Pushkina 111/113
050010 Almaty

Centrum für internationale Migration und
Entwicklung (CIM); Mendelssohnstraße 75-77; 60325 Frankfurt am Main; Germany

Central-Eurasia-L mailing list

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JOB- Volunteer English Editors and Translators Needed, Journal of PIPSS

In order to enhance the quality of its issues and to reach a wider
audience, The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies,
www.pipss.org is looking for volunteer English editors and translators to edit and correct English-language manuscripts (mostly written by non-native speakers) on one hand, and to translate Russian or French articles into English on the other.

As a thank for this volunteer and precious help, the journal will
mention the name of the volunteer editors/ translators in the
published documents.

If you want to contribute to our project, please contact the editorial board at contact@pipss.org

Thank you in advance,


Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

Editorial Board: Eden Cole, Anna Colin Lebedev, Françoise Dauce,
Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Anne Le Huerou, Erica Marat, Laurent
Rucker, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel

Scientific Board: Adrian Beck (UK), Alexander Belkin (Russia),
Frederic Charillon (France), Stephen Cimbala (USA), Julian Cooper
(UK), Roger Mc Dermott (UK), Isabelle Facon (France), Mark Galeotti
(UK), Aleksandr Gol'ts (Russia), Dale Herspring (USA), Philippe
Manigart (Belgium), Kimberly Zisk Marten (USA), Michael Orr (UK),
Michael Parrish (USA), Nikolay Petrov (Russia), Eduard Ponarin
(Russia), Jean-Christophe Romer (France), Jacques Sapir (France),
Manfred Sapper (Germany), Louise Shelley (USA), Richard Staar (USA),
Brian Taylor (USA), Mikhail Tsypkin (USA), Stephen Webber (UK), Elena
Zdravomyslova (Russia).

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December 02, 2008

Funding: Grants for Research and Language Training in Southeast Europe

American Councils is pleased to announce that it will once again be
accepting applications for both the Southeast Europe Research Program
and the Southeast Europe Language Program.

American Councils offers academic year, semester and summer programs for independent research and language study in Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.

Application Deadline: Applications for fall 2009 and academic year
2009-10 programs are due on January 15, 2009. Applications are now available at

The American Councils Southeast Europe Research program provides full
support for U.S. graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars seeking to conduct research for three to nine months in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Scholars may apply for support for research in more than one country during a single trip, provided they intend to work in the field for a total of three to nine months. Fellowships are available for field research through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) grant

Award Components: The total value of Title VIII Southeast Europe
Research fellowships, administered by American Councils, ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Typical awards include:
-International roundtrip airfare from the scholar's home city to his/her host city overseas.
-Academic affiliation at a leading local university.
-Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in direct collaboration with
academic host institutions in order to facilitate archive access and guarantee timely visa registration.
-A monthly housing and living stipend.
-Health insurance of up to $100,000 per accident or illness.
-Ongoing logistical support from American Councils offices throughout
the region.

Application Requirements: Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible to apply for the program. While a wide-range of topics receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field.

Language programs are designed to maximize linguistic and cultural
immersion into Southeast European society. All academic programs emphasize the development of practical speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Courses in literature and cultural studies may be available depending on the student's language proficiency. All classes, including area studies courses, are taught in the host-country language. Fellowships are available for field
research through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) grant support.

Fellowships for Language Study typically provide:
-Full tuition at a major university or educational institution in
Southeast Europe
-International roundtrip airfare from the fellow's home city to her/his host-city
-A monthly living and housing stipend
-Health insurance of up to $100,000 per accident or illness
-Visa support as necessary
-Graduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College for programs
providing 7 weeks or more of full-time instruction
-Ongoing logistical support from American Councils offices throughout
the region

Application Deadline: Applications for fall 2009 and academic year
2009-10 programs are due on January 15, 2009.

Applications are now available at www.americancouncils.org.

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

Application Requirements:
Applicants must plan to study for at least one month in the region;
study trips for periods of four to nine months are particularly encouraged. Open to students at the MA and Ph.D. level, as well as post-doctoral scholars and faculty, who have at least elementary language skills. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should explain how their plans for language training support their overall research goals. While students with a wide range of interests and research goals have received Title VIII support in the past, all applicants should specify how their studies will contribute to a body of knowledge that enables U.S. policy makers to better understand the region.

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CfP: Partners of the OSI Project Generation Facility - Czech Republic

The deadline of the call for submitting proposals is 12 PM Friday, January 30, 2009 (Budapest local time, GMT+1). Call for

National Partners for the OSI Project Generation Facility
November 24, 2008

Program "Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma"
Country: Czech Republic

Structural Funds and other EU financial resources (hereafter, collectively "EU Funds") are an extremely important source of funding national governments can use toward the inclusion of Roma in societies of Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and South Eastern Europe (SEE). The Open Society Institute aims to maintain its flagship role in connecting the objectives of the Decade of Roma Inclusion to the machinery of various EU Funds.

To these ends, the OSI initiative, "Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma," addresses existing obstacles by complementing EU and national facilities and instruments available in several Decade countries. This initiative contains multiple interventions. With this call, OSI initiates the implementation of the first of these: the Project Generation Facility (PGF).

Through PGF, OSI will enable partner organization (hereafter "National Partners"), selected through this tender, in their work to assist potential beneficiaries of projects for the Roma communities. This assistance includes: generating project ideas; drafting projects; and receiving of financial assistance from EU Funds.

The initiative holds that the most effective way of assisting Roma and those working to reverse the exclusion of Roma communities reach EU Funds is by leveling the field. Leveling the field involves supporting quality project design, project promotion, and expertise for these actors to be competitive with other potential beneficiaries of EU Funds. The PGF is designed and shall be managed in a way that ensures that assistance is consistent with OSI values and strategy for Roma Inclusion, which are:

- Participation and Roma human resources' development: Adopting a participatory approach, by involving Roma communities in project design and implementation and Roma employees throughout project phases;

- Integration: Integrating Roma and non-Roma in generally, as well as in specific areas of public service delivery (housing, education, health care) and employment;

- Anti-discrimination: Taking care to avoid all forms of unjustified discrimination and requirements, conditions, or criteria, which might lead to the exclusion or arbitrary treatment of Roma and other vulnerable groups. At the same time, OSI reiterates its strong support for affirmative actions meant to reduce the existing socio-economic gap among Roma and the majority populations;

- Desegregation: Working toward eliminating the isolation between Roma and non-Roma, by facilitating access to major social, political and economic institutions such as local governance, employment, housing, education and health for Roma communities;

- Capacity Development: Supporting the ability of Roma and non Roma to identify problems of Roma Inclusion and articulate solutions in an EU-financed development framework; and

- Sustainability: Encouraging affordable and achievable solutions, which do not require constant subsidies and which could win the support of majority populations.

Eligibility and Terminology

Proposals can be submitted by individual organizations or consortia of organizations. Only a private organization (hereafter "Private Organization" or "PO") is eligible to submit an individual proposal or be a leader of a consortium of applying organizations. In addition to POs, public bodies may participate in a consortium if their added value can be demonstrated. Proposals from individual organizations other than POs or from private individuals shall not be considered.

Applicants selected to become National Partners will implement the PGF. For the purposes of PGF terminology, the term "National Partner" shall be applied to successful PGF applicants, be they individual organizations and consortia of organizations. In the case of consortia, the lead applying PO shall be referred to as "Lead Organization," while other consortia members shall be referred to as "Implementing Organizations." Organizations applying for EU Funds with the assistance of PGF shall be referred to as "Beneficiaries".

An ideal National Partner of PGF is a PO (or a consortium led by a PO) with long-standing experience in Roma Inclusion issues and EU funded projects. Additional information on the attributes of the ideal candidate is described in the evaluation criteria.


The deadline of the Call for submitting proposals is 12 PM Friday, January 30, 2009 (Budapest local time, GMT+1). OSI expects to notify applicants of the result of evaluation by February 13, 2009 and for the work to commence in March 2009.

Guidance for Preparing Proposals

For more details on the content of the Call, see the Terms of Reference. Applicants are expected to present their own approach to the issue, demonstrate their knowledge of the subject and the creative ways in which they might approach it, however within the limits set by this Call.

The Call documentation contains the following three sections:

Section 1: Applicant Instructions
Section 2: Terms of Reference
Section 3: Application Forms

Point of Contact

Rahiela Mustafovska, Program Coordinator: pgf@osi.hu

Summary of PGF Operation

The PGF targets five countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. In each of these countries, National Partners will implement the PGF. National Partners will work with potential Beneficiaries to design project ideas (the term "Project" throughout this document should be understood to mean the activity supported by EU Funds). National partners will then select project ideas and, with Beneficiaries, work to turn the ideas into actual project applications for EU Funds. Actual project design services will be provided by an organization, hereafter referred to as "Service Provider"; this role may be filled by either the Lead Organization, one of the Implementing Organizations, or external consultants engaged by the National Partner.

Assistance for project development will be based on the Terms of Reference prepared by National Partners in cooperation with PGF Beneficiaries.

The operation process of the PGF is summarized in the six following steps:

1.. Communication and promotion of the PGF towards national governments and potential Beneficiaries
2. Generation of specific project ideas by National Partners and Beneficiaries
3. Selection of projects for further PGF support
4. Supporting Beneficiaries of PGF with project development, up to and including the creation of the final form of the project application for EU Funds.

5.. Monitoring the process of project development assistance (quality control of project generation services)
6. Monitoring and assistance concerning project implementation.

Available Budget

OSI envisions the total allocation of EUR 2.5 million for the five target countries for the period of 24 months.
The estimated budget ceiling (EUR) for the 2 years period for the Czech Republic is Euro 256 250.

This figure is indicative. Furthermore, OSI reserves the right not to award grants for the entire budget amount for a given country or for the intervention as a whole.

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