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April 27, 2009

CFP: Baltic cinema


TOPIC: Baltic Cinemas and Cinematic Art after 90s:
(Hi)stories and (Id)entities of Small Nations

The recent decades demonstrate gradually increasing interest in new and unexplored cinematic territories among international film researchers that strive to localize these marginalized economic and cultural entities in the global film market and the world map of cinematography. This shift from mono-centric to poly-centric attitude to film studies was stimulated by rise of rich and little known cinemas after the fall of the Socialist empire and the growing economic and cultural impact of Asian, African and Latin American countries in the world. As a consequence in international film
scholarship several studies on minor cinemas (the cinemas of small nations and regions) emerged where those cinemas are analyzed in the context of world cinema (in parallel with dominant cinemas) and taking into consideration interrelations of national, regional, global aspects of film industry. Moreover, a new conceptual framework for film studies was created by borrowing and adapting geopolitical concepts of national, local, global, peripheral, etc. and developing the academic discourses of the cinema of small nations, the world cinema, the cinema of the others, the national cinema and similar concepts.

Despite the above mentioned paradigmatic shifts the Baltic Cinemas still remain on the very outskirts of the film scholarship. It usually serves as contextual element in analysis of the post-soviet or Central European cinemas. This situation was preconditioned by the long-time development of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian cinemas in cultural and economic isolation as well as slow development of film studies at universities and insufficient
distribution and promotion of national films in the world. Thus this
publication aims at consolidating the research in the aforementioned field and stimulating academic discussion on national and regional identity of the three Baltic States films as well as their interrelation to their foreign counterparts' traditions.

The publication Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis invites film and culture researchers from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and other countries to share research on a wide range of aspects of film development in the Baltic region after 90s until now. The papers could be focused on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- The global and the local aspects of film production and distribution
- National and transnational narratives
- Gender, sexuality and otherness
- Ideology, politics and social issues in filmmaking
- Authors and generational shifts
- Films of immigrants and national Diasporas

All those wishing to submit an article for the publication Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis on the topic of Baltic Cinemas and Cinematic Art after 90s: (Hi)stories and (Id)entities of Small Nations are kindly asked to send a proposal of 250-300 words (in English), 3-5 keywords and short bio notes to the editor by May 20, 2009 at e-mail address renata_sukaityte@yahoo.com.
The papers should be original unpublished articles of app. 3.000-5.000 words volume. The deadline for submission of the final text in English is October 30, 2009. The articles are expected to be published in 2010. Concerning any further information please contact dr. Renata Sukaityte (e-mail renata_sukaityte@yahoo.com, Ph. + 37061410144).

Please be free to share this call for papers with your collegues.

Renata Sukaityte

Lecturer at Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy
Theatre and Film Department

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April 02, 2009

CFP- Articles for Volume on Qarays (Crimean Karaites) and Abraham Firkovich

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2009
Deadline for full texts: December 1, 2009

CFP- Articles for Volume on Qarays (Crimean Karaites) and Abraham Firkovich

We have planned a publication on the Qarays (Crimean Karaites) and
Abraham Firkovich who is famous leader of that society. In this study, we hope your contributions. Contributions may be in Turkish, English, German, French, Ukrainian and Russian.

Main subjects:
- History of the Qarays
- Culture of the Qarays,
- Civilisation of the Qarays
- Faith of the Qarays
- Life of Abraham Firkovich
- Thought world of Abraham Firkovich

For every question or matter please contact: mbilalcelik@gmail.com

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yücel ÖZTÜRK
Dr. M. Bilal ÇELIK (Office Tel: 00 90 264 295 60 23, GSM: 00 90 533 215 46 65)

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CFP- Ukrainian-Georgian Cooperation, 06/04-05/2009, Odessa

CONF./CFP- Ukrainian-Georgian Cooperation, Odessa, Ukraine, June 4-5

Ukrainian-Georgian Cooperation: Partnership and Sustainable Development

On the 4th-5th of June 2009 the International conference "Ukrainian
-Georgian Cooperation: Partnership and Sustainable Development" will
take place in Odessa, Ukraine. The conference is organized by the
National Institute for Strategic Studies - Odessa Branch under support of the General Consulate of Georgia in Odessa and
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine.

During the conference the following topics will be discussed:

1. Democratization of Georgia and Ukraine after the "color"
revolution: comparative analysis.

2. Ukrainian-Georgian Relations:

a. Political sphere
b. Economic sphere
c. Military-technical sphere
d. Transport corridors

3. European and Euroatlantic integration of Ukraine and Georgia

a. Ukraine and Georgia on their way to NATO
b. Ukraine and Georgia on their way to the EU

4. Cooperation of Georgia and Ukraine in the framework of the regional organization: GUAM, BSEC, Blackseafor, CDC, etc.

5. Role of Ukraine in the settlement of the conflicts at the territory of Georgia

6. Cooperation between Ukraine and Georgia in the energy sphere.
If you would like to take part in this conference, please, send filled application form (available on request) to geo-ukr@ukr.net by the 1st of May, 2009. You will be informed about the selection results by the 5th of May, 2009.

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April 01, 2009

Postdoc: Human Rights, MIT

Human Rights Fellowships

MIT's Program on Human Rights and Justice offers in-residence fellowships for academic year 2009-10. Fellowships are for post-docs, practitioners, and government and multilateral agency officials. The fellowship fee is $3,000 for one semester, $5,000 for the entire academic year (September through May), paid by the Fellow or his/her sponsoring institution to MIT. The residency includes office space at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS), all library privileges, access to courses, and all other campus activities. Fellows typically interact with the entire academic community of the greater Boston area, and would be expected to give a seminar presentation during their tenure. The PHRJ Fellows have in the past come from U.N. agencies, other universities, and NGOs. No financial aid is available, and Fellows are responsible for their own housing and living expenses. CIS is a multi-disciplinary research center addressing many global issues. Applications should include a CV and letter explaining their interest in the fellowship, with two references listed. There is no deadline.

John Tirman
Email: tirman@mit.edu
Visit the website at http://mit.edu/cis

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JOURNAL/CFP- International Journal of Russian Studies

JOURNAL/CFP- International Journal of Russian Studies

The third issue of the International Journal of Russian Studies has
been published at www.radtr.net. We are now calling for articles for
our fourth issue. The deadline for the fourth edition will be 30 June 2009..

The journal's goal is to publish original articles related to the
history, culture, literature, linguistics, politics, religions,
languages and peoples of Russia from its earliest history to the
present day. All aspects of Russia's relations - cultural, political,
military and economic - with and influence on the areas of the former
Soviet Union, such as the states of Central Asia, fall within the
scope of the journal.

Prof.Dr. Ayse Dietrich
Ankara University
Faculty of Letters
Dept. of Russian Lang. and Lit.
International Journal of Russian Studies
Editor and Founder

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Russian Language - teaching opportunities at FSI in Arlington, VA


The School of Language Studies, Foreign Service Institute, U.S.
Department of State, seeks Russian candidates (undergraduates,
graduates, and working professionals) for full-time, part-time,
intermittent, and/or seasonal work on a contractual basis:

Language Instruction
Language training and testing
Language curriculum design and development
Contracts could be for full-time, part-time, full-time summer work, two-to three-hour blocks of time, on school holidays, and/or during school breaks (as well as any other working day of the year). All work takes place in Arlington, Virginia.

Individuals interested in teaching/testing must be native speakers of
Russian. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.


If interested please email your name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address at: slsrecruitment2@state.gov
, or call at (703) 302-7517, 703)-302-7249

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FELLOWSHIPS- Two Research and Teaching Fellowships, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

FELLOWSHIPS- Two Research and Teaching Fellowships, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Posted by: Dinara Asanbaeva
Call for Applications
Two Research and Teaching Fellowships at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Application Deadline: April 15, 2009
The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is a public foundation designed to promote
and enhance the principles and aims of the OSCE in the Central Asian
region, enshrined in its fundamental idea of comprehensive security.
Located in Bishkek, the OSCE Academy is strongly embedded in the wider
Central Asian academic and political context and follows a distinctive
regional approach in its activities. The Academy is looking for two
research and teaching fellows in the MA Program Political Science 2009/2010..


The qualified candidate holds at least an MA/MSc but preferably a PhD
degree in Political Science or a related field and has teaching experience.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, letter confirming
availability of funds for research, a short summary of their research
project, and two letters of reference from people familiar with the
candidate's academic work to Ms. Dinara Asanbaeva by e-mail:
d.asanbaeva@osce-academy.net until April 15, 2009. With any questions
on this call, please contact Ms. Dinara Asanbaeva by e-mail:
d.asanbaeva@osce-academy.net or by phone: +996 312 541200.

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is an equal-opportunity institution. It
operates on the principle of non-discrimination. All recruitment
decisions are taken on the basis of best qualification of the
candidates, with consideration of regional and gender balance.

The fellowship has the following terms and components:

1) A teaching assignment of a course on either on either Approaches
and Issues in International Relations or Approaches and Issues in
Political Theory.

These are a 3 credit hour courses, meeting twice a week for 90 min
sessions from September 1, 2009 through December 19, 2009. The period
of contract is from September 1 to December 31, 2009. The idea behind
the Topics courses are to provide graduate level survey of these
fields introducing the students to major approaches and theories,
important topics, and the contemporary developments. As such, the
courses are expected to be taught on graduate level involving
lectures, seminars, research assignments, and individual student
mentoring. The specific course topic as well as the course design
should be discussed with the academic management of the OSCE Academy.
Additionally, we expect the fellow to spend 6 hours per week for
personal preparation to the courses with lecture/seminar notes,
preparation of assignments, and grading/evaluation of students.

2) The fellowship also includes office hours for students of
approximately 4 hours a week.

3) Overall, the commitment at the Academy will not exceed the load of
20 hours per week. However, due to the nature of an academic
environment, the load may vary from about 15 to 25 hours per week.

During the rest of the time, the fellows are encouraged to conduct
their research and will receive full support of the Academy and our
partners. We expect the fellows to present their research to the
students and the greater audience during the fellowship period with us.

The OSCE Academy will provide/cover -

a) Economy class roundtrip airfare from the city of current residence
to Bishkek;
b) Entry visa expenses to Kyrgyzstan, if any;
c) Housing will be provided by the Academy;
d) Honorarium of 750 Euros per month for teaching the 3 credit hour course;
e) 100 Euro one-time settling-in fee;
f) office space and a computer, as well as access to all of our facilities.

NOTE: The Academy will not be able to provide health insurance.

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JOB- Director, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

JOB- Director, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Posted by: V. Yan

Please note that this position is extra-budgetary funded and
appointment will be for one year.


In November 2002, the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE decided to
establish a regional education project - the OSCE Academy in Bishkek
(hereinafter "Academy"). Seeking to enhance the principles and values
of the OSCE, the Academy serves as a regional centre for post-graduate
education, capacity building, research and regional dialogue. The
activities in all three directions would adhere programmatically to
OSCE principles and create a regional as well as international network
of young professionals, academics and researchers.

The Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees, its chairman being the
Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek (elected in October 2008). The
Board constitutes a representative of each of the Central Asian
states, two representatives of the OSCE, two representatives of
academic institutions and three representatives of the donor
community. The representatives of the five Central Asian states are
appointed by the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Board
Regulations were approved 15 October 2004, and gives the board the
authority to "Employ and end the employment of the director".

In its sixth year, it is evident that the institution has successfully
completed the initial phase of start-up, and it is now time to look
ahead into a phase of institutional consolidation. The Academy is a
recognized institution in the region, with a growing number of alumni.

The OSCE Centre in Bishkek is seeking to engage the services of a
Director to manage/administer the activities of the Academy and
contribute to the Academy's conceptual development, with
responsibility for the academic programmes and for financial and
managerial issues.

Please apply on-line or forward your CV and cover letter with
references to Mr Andrey Buryakovsky, Chief of Fund Administration at

Deadline for all applications is 14 April 2009. No applications will
be considered after the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be

Task and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Academy's Board of Trustees, the
incumbent is responsible for the overall efficient operation of the
Academy and performs the following functions:

- conducting daily administration and management of the three
dimensions of the Academy's programme activities: Master of Arts
Programme in Political Science (Central Asia) , Professional Training
and Research and Conferences;
- ensuring proper spending of the budget of the Academy, preparing
budgets and financial statements andš reporting to donors and the
Board of Trustees;
- preparing and monitoring implementation of the operational manual
and the staff regulations.
- co-operating with and assisting closely the Board of Trustees and
the Advisory Board of the Academy;
- convening and chairing meetings of the Advisory Board;
- conducting fundraising activities of the Academy;
- maintaining co-operation with the Academy's partner institutions;
- reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the curricula for
the Master of Arts Programme,
- reviewing candidacies for lectureships;š hiring international
teaching staff; supervising the work of the faculty; confirming the
admission rules as well as the code of conduct; šand appointing the
examination committee;
- Supervising training and research activities;
- Performing any other duties as assigned.

Necessary qualifications

- PhD in international relations or political sciences or other
relevant field;
- Previous work experience preferably in the academic area on the
running of Masters programmes and teaching;
- Excellent knowledge of written and oral English, knowledge of
Russian language is an asset;
- Excellent organizational and communication skills. Experience and
ability to work under pressure within limited timeframes while meeting
- Ability to work harmoniously with people with different cultural
and national backgrounds while maintaining objectivity and impartiality;

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration is subject to negotiation and will depend on the selected
incumbent's qualifications and experience and be in accordance with
the OSCE established rates.

The working schedule of the Director is stipulated by the Charter and
Internal Regulations of the Academy.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men
within the Organization. Female candidates are particularly encouraged
to apply.

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CfP: Gladstone Bicentenary Conference, Sofia, 20-21.11.2009

Conference dedicated to Gladstone Bicentenary

William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) was a most extraordinary figure in many respects. A potent symbol of the Victorian era, he was most unconventional and unorthodox Victorian. As national and world leader he left his impact on many sides of the life of the British society, from socio-economic and political system to university curricula, and on countries as distant as Bulgaria, South Africa and the United States. At the same time he was a scholar and author, whose vast intellectual interests ranged from the Homeric epics to Tennyson’s poetry. The History Department of the New Bulgarian University and the Bulgarian Society for British Studies organize a conference to mark the Gladstone Bicentenary, to be held at the NBU on November 20-21, 2009. Working languages: Bulgarian, English. The panels at the conference will be centered on: Gladstone and Victorianism; European nationalism and self-determination; Language, and politics; The European concert and humanitarian intervention. Proposals of papers with summaries (up to 200 words) should be sent to Assoc. Prof. Roumen Genov at: genov@nbu.bg, by July 31, 2009.

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