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November 30, 2009

Sects and Sexuality: Issues of Division and Diversity, 02/19-20/2010, FL

Deadline: December 01, 2009

FSU Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium
Society for Women’s Advancement in Philosophy
Sects and Sexuality: Issues of Division and Diversity
February 19-21, 2010
Tallahassee, Florida

Call for papers

We encourage submissions from graduate students in all levels and fields with interdisciplinary interest in the study of Religion and Philosophy. We also welcome a variety of methods and approaches, particularly in regards to (1) Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy; (2) American Religious History; (3) Religions of Western Antiquity; (4) History and Ethnography of Religions (specializing in Asian, African, Mediterranean, and Western European Religions); and (5) Philosophy dealing with Race, Class, Sexuality, and Gender.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited, to: Celibacy and Asceticism, Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion, Notions of the Forbidden, Sectarian Conflicts, and Community Identities.

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and will receive faculty responses at the conclusion of each panel. The Leo F. Sandon Award will be given for the best paper of the symposium.

Proposal submissions are due December 1, 2009, and should consist of an abstract (up to 800 words) including a list of key terms for review and a CV. Final papers must be submitted by January 15, 2010.

Proposals should be emailed to Brooke Sherrard fsugradsymposium@gmail.com

Brooke Sherrard
Ph.D. Candidate, Religion Department
Florida State University

Visit the website at http://religion.fsu.edu/index.html

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Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology, 06/23-25/2010, Madrid

Deadline: November 15, 2009

Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST
Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
June 23-25, 2010

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15, 2009

The 2010 conference theme is “deciphering”, with all its possible referents, including: Do we decipher digits, codes, data, words, texts, images, symbols, natural phenomena, and scientific results? How do we decipher them? By using whatever available: Logic, systematic decoding, scientific knowledge, technological sophistication or anything else?

We invite panels and individual papers on these or related topics, but will give full consideration to any proposal within AHLiST’s scope.

For suggested topics, see http://www.nebrija.es/~cmalagon/Mmedis/CFP.html

Submission Guidelines:

Please propose individual papers or panels, and indicate whether you are willing to moderate a panel. Panels of 3-4 presentations are especially welcome.
To propose a paper or a panel, please fill out and submit the Conference COVER SHEET:

Each presentation will be limited to 15-20 minutes (about eight double-spaced pages).
If you are proposing a panel, please include the title of the panel and the names of presenters; a panel abstract of 150-250 words; a separate page with the names of presenters, their contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email) and institutional affiliation(s), the titles of their presentations; and a 250-word abstract for each paper. Panels will be one hour and fifteen minutes long.

The conference committee requests the submission of COVER SHEET as an attachment sent to:

Song No, PhD
Director of The 2010 Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST

sno1@purdue.edu or ahlist1@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2009. All presenters must be members of the Association by conference time.

JHLiST (Journal of History, Literature, Science and Technology)

Only conference participants will be invited to submit an article (20-page long) for publication. The official publication of the Association is The Journal of History, Literature, Science and Technology (JHLiST), devoted to the research and investigation pertaining to the theories and practices of science, technology, medicine, history and literature. The journal explores the multidisciplinary “consilience,” the linkage of science and humanities to create insights into human endeavors. The JHLiST is a professionally produced, edited, and peer-reviewed academic journal.

More information about the 2010 Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST: http://www.nebrija.es/~cmalagon/Mmedis/CFP.html

Song No, PhD
Director of The 2010 Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST
Co-Director of Latin American and Latino Studies
Associate Professor of Spanish
Purdue University
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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

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Deadline: November 30, 2009

Call for Papers

Polis an academic journal published by the European University of Tirana (UET), Albania, would like to invite post – graduate students, researchers and academics in general to submit papers for its eighth issue. The journal is published in Albanian and comes out two times a year. It focuses on issues directly or indirectly related to democratization in general and Albanian democratization in particular. The papers published in the previous issues can be accessed on line at www.revistapolis.com.

The eighth issue of Polis will have as its central theme Media and Politics with a particular focus on Albania. One could argue that today the media does not simply cover politics, it also makes it. The intimate relationship between politicians, the media, and the businesses that support them financially is a further indicator of the growing importance of the media in countries like Albanian. It is this growing importance of the media in the political arena that we seek to explore in the coming issue of Polis. Some of the question we would like to pose for this issue are; What explains the growing importance of the media in the political scene? To what extent is this phenomenon specific to Albania? How do the media influence the political process? Does more media coverage produce more transparency or more distraction? What are the implications for the quality of democracy? Of course these questions do not exhaust the intricate relationship between media and politics which is why we are open to articles that answer other questions, even if their focus is not on Albania per se.

The papers can be submitted in Albanian or English. If submitted in English and selected for publication they will be translated into Albanian by the Polis staff. For inquiries, comments, or submissions please send your e-mails to: polis@gmail.com

Submission deadline: November 30th, 2009

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Republics of Letters

The new digital journal, Republics of Letters is peer-reviewed, and an open-access publication dedicated to the study of knowledge, politics, and the arts, from Antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the early modern period. The journal is sponsored by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) of Stanford University.

Articles in Republics of Letters are primarily organized by forum, each of which, unlike special issues in print journals, will continue to accept new material over time. We also welcome submissions on other topics relating to the journal's scope: please send all manuscripts electronically to republics@stanford.edu.

Our first issue features a forum on "Between Renaissance and Enlightenment: Rethinking the Republic of Letters," edited by Jacob Soll, and which includes the following articles:

Republics of Letters, Vol. 1, Issue 1:

Our next issue will feature a forum on "Experiment and Experience," edited by Cécile Alduy and Roland Greene; a forum on sovereignty, edited by David Bates, is also underway.

Should you wish to contribute to any of these fora, propose a forum topic, or submit articles on a related subject, please contact one of the editors or write to us at republics@stanford.edu

The Editors:
Dan Edelstein
Lynn Patyk
Jessica Riskin
Jacob Soll

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Aigine Cultural Research Center, Bishkek

Deadline: November 15, 2009

JOB- Junior Research, Aigine Cultural Research Center, Bishkek

Aigine Cultural Research Center announces an opening for the position of junior researcher.

Duties: various: office-manager skills, translations, logistics, conducting interviews, working on projects.

Requirements to candidates:
* Fluency in Kyrgyz, English, and Russian
* BA or MA in social or humanity sciences
* Research interest in indigenous/traditional knowledge and religious studies
* Ability to work in an intensive schedule
* Possibility of regional trips for field work
* Advanced computer skills
* Communicative: works well in a team

Probation: three months.

Payment: according to qualification and skills

Candidates should send following documents by 5 PM of November 15, 2009 to aigine.bishkek@gmail.com:
* CV
* Brief essay explaining interest in the position (up to 200 words)
* Recommendations are preferable

Aigine works in the area of promulgating little known aspects of the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Kyrgyzstan; contributing to the development of cultural heritage management in Kyrgyzstan; etc. The main research areas of Aigine are following: Sacred sites phenomena; Islam; Traditional/local knowledge; Resilience and social vulnerability; Cultural and biodiversity. More information on: www.aigine.kg

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Global Analysis

JOURNAL/CFP- Journal of Global Analysis (CESRAN)

Journal of Global Analysis

Call For Contributions

Journal of Global Analysis endeavours to become the foremost international forum for academics, researchers and policy makers to share their knowledge and experience in the disciplines of political science, international relations, economics, sociology, international law and human geography.

Journal of Global Analysis is an interdisciplinary refereed e-journal, edited by a group of international scholars indicated in the Editorial Board and International Advisory Board. The journal is published at its own web site http://www.cesran.org//globalanalysis. Journal of Global Analysis welcomes submissions of articles from related persons involved in the scope of the journal as well as summary reports of conferences and lecture series held in social sciences.

Prospective authors should submit 4.000 - 15.000 articles for consideration in Microsoft Word-compatible format. For more complete descriptions and submission instructions, please access the Editorial Guidelines and Style Guidelines pages at the CESRAN website: http://www.cesran.org/globalanalysis

Contributors are urged to read CESRAN's author guidelines and style guidelines carefully before submitting articles. Articles submissions should be sent in electronic format to Ozgur TUFEKCI, Chairman of CESRAN and
Editor-in-Chief,oztufekci@cesran.org or Husrev TABAK, Managing Editor, husrevtabak@cesran.org

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15-2TT

Chairman of CESRAN - www.cesran.org

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Cold War Grad Conf., 04/22-24/2010, D.C.

Deadline February 4, 2010

2010 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War
George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs
April 22-24, 2010


Three partner institutions, the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California Santa Barbara, and the Cold War Studies Centre at LSE IDEAS announce their 2010 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to present papers and receive critical feedback from peers and experts in the field. We encourage submissions by graduate students working on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources. A two-page proposal and a brief academic C.V. (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to elidor@gwu.edu by February 4, 2010 to be considered. Please note in the subject line of your e-mail GRAD STUDENT COLD WAR CONF." Notification of acceptance will be made by February 25. Successful applicants will be expected to email their papers by March 26. Further questions may be directed to the conference coordinator, Elidor Mehilli, at the aforementioned email address.

The conference sessions will be chaired by prominent faculty members from GW, UCSB, LSE and elsewhere. The accommodation cost of student participants will be covered by the organizers (from April 22-24), but students will need to cover the costs of their travel to Washington, D.C.

As in past years, a prize will be offered for the best paper. The winner will have the opportunity to publish the paper, after revising it, in the journal Cold War History. Graduate students from history as well as related fields are encouraged to apply.

In 2003, GW and UCSB first joined their separate spring conferences, and two years later, LSE became a co-sponsor. The three cold war centers now hold a jointly sponsored conference each year, alternating among the three campuses. For more information on our three programs, please visit the respective Web sites:
http://www.ieres.org for GWCW;
http://www.history.ucsb.edu/projects/ccws for CCWS;
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/IDEAS for IDEAS-CWSC.

Elidor Mehilli
Conference Coordinator
PhD Candidate, Princeton University

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Everyday History Approaches to the Persecution of Jews of Greater Germany and the Protectorate, 1941-45, 11/18-20/2010, Berlin

Deadline: December 1, 2009

Call for Papers

"Everyday History Approaches to the Persecution of Jews of Greater Germany and the Protectorate, 1941-45"
November, 18-20, 2010
Berlin, tentatively University of Toronto in Berlin

We are seeking contributions for our conference "Everyday Approaches to the Persecution of Jews of Greater Germany and the Protectorate 1941-1945" to be held in Berlin, November 18-20, 2010. (This is a follow-up to the conference "From the 'Forced Emigration' to Deportation and Ghettoisation of the Jews from the Greater Germany", held in Hamburg, May 2009, though we welcome new participants).

With the beginning of mass deportations in October 1941, the situation of the Central European Jews took a dramatic turn for the worse. Many of the aspects of what followed connected with the perpetrators, their politics and actions have been extensively researched. Particularly in the western historiography of the Holocaust, however, the victims' perspective and experience long seemed irrelevant. It is precisely that perspective we want bring into analytical focus, by asking about the experience, inner organisation, reactions and life-changes of those marked by the Nazis as Jews.

Our aim is twofold: First, to follow the victims' trajectories from the onset of deportations through to liberation; secondly, to do so paying particular attention to the level of everyday experience. Territorially, we focus on Greater Germany (Germany, Austria and the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia). A comparative approach between German, Austrian and Czech Jews' experience will enable us to trace the range and underlying patterns of victims' reactions within a reasonably homogenous community, and at the same time to analyse the factors prompting variations in Nazi policies. In addition, we would like to underline that when examining society in extremis, it is crucial to avoid easy moral categories of "good" and "bad" behaviour, and instead to ask about factors and consequences of human behaviour.

We invite papers on all aspects of the everyday life, broadly understood, of the Jewish population at the time. Suggested topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- compulsory Jewish bodies and umbrella organisations, both in countries of origin and the ghettos to which people from our area were deported (Theresienstadt, Lódz, Warsaw, Riga, Minsk, Lublin District)
- power hierarchies both within the ghettos themselves and in their relationship with external instances (Germans)
- the role of collection camps in the deportation process (for instance as liminal spaces)
- the impact of persecution on the communities' social structures; how did the subject populations respond to the newly imposed uniform definitions of Jewishness? Or: how can we introduce the concept of class
to the history of the Holocaust?
- Jewish reactions to the deportations, be they from home or from the ghettos; order of the deportations
- decisions to go into hiding: how did the preconditions vary from
country to country?
- hybrid cases: 'Mischlinge', 'Geltungsjuden', mixed marriages and Christians who were marked as Jews, the organisation of their persecution and their perspective
- encounter of culturally and regionally diverse people in the ghettos (Czech, German and Austrian, and Ostjuden/Westjuden) -- contact, perception, and integration

Methodologically, the workshop seeks contributions that explicitly operate within the paradigm of social history. We want to understand what society looks like when subjected to extreme persecution, and what remains of pre-war norms. In particular, how can we write the Alltagsgeschichte of a persecuted society? How do people's self-perception change? How do they interpret their new situation and what behavioural strategies do they then develop? How do they react to and negotiate their own 'social death' (Marion Kaplan) -- in what way do they internalize their own new low value? In this context, we expressly want to identify appropriate ways of deploying the category of gender (which we explicitly want to understand beyond women's history).If you have any questions about the content or concept, don't hesitate to contact us.

The event will involve about 20 to 25 speakers. Languages will be English and German without interpretation.
Date: November, 18-20, 2010
Place: Berlin, tentatively University of Toronto in Berlin

Please submit an abstract (1-2 pages) and your brief CV before December 1st to:
Anna Hájková, PhD. candidate, a.hajkova@utoronto.ca
Dr. Andrea Löw, loew@ifz-muenchen.de

Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Anna Hájková (University of Toronto), Andrea Löw (Edition Judenverfolgung/Institute for Contemporary History)

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Auschwitz Jewish Center

Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program - Call for Applications Location: New York, Poland

Applications are now available to postgraduate students for a three and a half week advanced study travel program on the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland through the Auschwitz Jewish Center in summer 2010.

After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time they visit Krakow, Warsaw, Oświęcim (Auschwitz), and Lodz. The Fellows will also be taken on a study trip throughout southeast Poland to explore the area’s rich Jewish heritage and meet with local Jewish and non-Jewish leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi occupation and Communism, as well as about the status of the Jewish community in Poland today. In Oświęcim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and learn how to use the archives, collections, publications, and educational departments. The Fellows engage in sessions with Polish and German students, which hope to dispel societal stereotypes and prejudices, while at the same time promoting the creation of lasting cross-cultural relationships.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will complete an article for the Auschwitz Jewish Center E-Newsletter reflecting on their experience. It is the goal of the program that Fellows incorporate the lessons they have learned into their intellectual, personal, and professional lives in a significant way.

The program dates are currently tentative, but the program begins in the last week of June.

Applications are available at http://ajcf.org/auschwitz-jewish-center-fellows:-a-bridge-to-history

Shiri B. Sandler
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

Phone: 646.437.4276
Fax: 646.437.4281

Email: ssandler@mjhnyc.org

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Nineteenth Century Studies Association

Deadline: November 16, 2009

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2010 Emerging Scholars Award.

The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2010 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the 31st Annual NCSA Conference, “Theatricality and the Performative in the Long Nineteenth Century,” in Tampa, Florida, March 11-13, 2010. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA, but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.

Deadline for submission is November 16, 2009

Send three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays to the committee chair: Dr. Maria K. Bachman / Department of English / Coastal Carolina University / P.O Box 261954 / Conway, SC 29528-6054. (Electronic submissions will not be accepted.) Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.

Address all questions to mbachman@coastal.edu

NCSA Article Prize

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2010 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the 31st Annual NCSA Conference, “Theatricality and the Performative in the Long Nineteenth Century,” in Tampa, Florida, March 11-13, 2010.

Articles published between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009 are eligible for consideration for the 2010 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of NCSA scholars representing diverse disciplines.

Send three photocopies of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following address: Dr. Deborah Maltby, Department of English, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 436 Lucas Hall, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Maltby at maltbyd@umsl.edu

Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged. One entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations.

Deadline for submission is November 16, 2009.

Dr. Maria K. Bachman
Coastal Carolina University
P.O Box 261954 Conway, SC 29528-6054.

Dr. Deborah Maltby
University of Missouri-St. Louis, 436 Lucas Hall, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121.

Email: mbachman@coastal.edu. maltbyd@umsl.edu

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Early Modern religious history, UK

Deadline: December 4, 2009

St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute
James K. Cameron Faculty Fellowship 2010-11
United Kingdom

This Fellowship is open to any colleague in a faculty post with research interests in the field of Early Modern religious history. It covers the cost of accommodation for a semester in St Andrews (in a University-owned apartment) together with the costs of transportation to and from St Andrews from the holder’s normal place of work.

The Fellowship carries no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to take place in the normal seminar life of the Institute for the duration of his or her stay in St Andrews.

Candidates should apply by submitting to the Director a curriculum vitae, together with the names of two academic referees and a plan of work for the proposed tenure of the Fellowship. Closing date: 4th December 2009.

The Fellowship may be taken during either semester of the academic year 2010-11 (September to December or February to May).

Institute for Reformation Studies
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL

Phone: 00 44 1334 462909
Email: bmh6@st-andrews.ac.uk

Visit the website at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/reformation

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Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, NY

Columbia University - Assistant Professor

The Department of History at Columbia University invites applications for one position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the history of imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, beginning in July 2010. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To submit paperwork for consideration, applicants will need to visit Columbia University's Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) webpage: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1250780155781

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Info:
Frances E. Boone
Assistant for Faculty Affairs
Department of History
Columbia University
611 Fayerweather Hall
1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-7000
Fax: (212) 932-0602

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humanities and the allied social sciences, Harvard

Deadline: December 1, 2009

Harvard University - Postdoctoral Fellow, humanities and allied sciences

The Humanities Center at Harvard University is accepting applications for its 2010-11 postdoctoral fellowship program. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. after May 2007. Applicants without the Ph.D. must demonstrate that they will receive the Ph.D. in or before June 2010.

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

Applications are due by December 1, 2009. Please visit our website for further information and instructions, www.fas.harvard.edu/humcentr

Contact Info:
Shannon Greaney
Humanities Center at Harvard
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Modern Europe/Russian/Soviet History, WI

Deadline: November 20, 2009

The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach introductory and upper-level courses in Modern European history, 1850 to the present, (excluding Britain). Research fields should complement existing faculty expertise and may include any specialization in Modern Continental European history. Teaching responsibilities will include a freshman-level modern world history course. Requirements include demonstrated excellence in teaching, a commitment to undergraduate education, and clear evidence of scholarly potential. More information about the History Department at UWW is available at: http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/history/job_candidates/

Starting Date: August 23, 2010. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed the requirements for the Ph. D. in history by August 2010. Advanced A.B.D. candidates may be considered.

Secondary Categories: Russian/Soviet History
German History
European Studies

Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is a premier regional university with an enrollment of 10,500 students in 43 undergraduate majors and 13 master’s degree programs. It offers high-quality career-oriented programs integrated with a model general education curriculum. UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Located in a community of 12,000 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago

A complete credential packet consists of a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, vita, three confidential letters of recommendation, and copies of official graduate transcripts. Electronic application materials are preferred. Submit complete application packet to: historysearch@uww.edu

The committee will conduct preliminary interviews at the AHA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif., in early January 2010.

Applications received by November 20, 2009 are ensured full consideration.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and all veterans. Names of applicants may be disclosed unless requested otherwise. Names of finalists will be released.

Contact Info:
Modern European History Search Committee
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

262-472-5238 (fax)
historysearch@uww.edu (electronic submissions preferred)

Website: http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/history/

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Call for Papers - HUMANICUS (www.humanicus.org)

The online academic journal HUMANICUS is now accepting papers for its next issue (#4). The deadline is the end of the year.

Please follow the instructions for contributors at www.humanicus.org

Humanicus is an academic journal (ISSN 1803-7836) concentrating on social sciences, humanities and philosophy. The journal has been dubbed a publication of importance by the Czech National Library.

Essays that can be classified as belonging to any social science are accepted for review and potential publishing. For now, we are accepting works in following areas:
Linguistics (general linguistics, English studies, Serbo-Croatian studies, Swedish studies, Chinese studies);
Culture studies (sometimes referred to as culturology) and anthropology;
Holocaust studies.

As the number of our reviewers grows, so will the count of the areas for which we accept essays.

Humanicus publishes articles in several languages (English, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Mandarin). However, we would like to stress that the main language of the journal is English, and the authors are encouraged to try to submit in English as often as possible. In the case of the author's command of English not being adequately good, he or she should submit in one of the abovementioned languages.

We also encourage young authors, even students, to submit essays. Student essays will be published in the Student Section.

Reviews of books, articles or any type of academic/artistic work are also accepted for publishing.

Humanicus is an electronic journal. The newest issue will always be downloadable in a .pdf format from this address, for free, as it is the opinion of the editor and the reviewing board that academic education should be available to all, not only to those with a deep pocket.

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Market Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Enlarging European Union, 04/18-25/2010, Dubrovnik

Please find attached info and the link: http://www.pravo.hr/EJP/DU2010

Market Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Enlarging European Union

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Organiser: Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law

The Seminar is aimed for:
undergraduate and graduate students of law
doctoral students and researchers
junior public servants

A limited number of travel and subsistance grants will be offered to participants presenting a research paper. Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words) is January 15, 2010. Selected candidates will be invited to submit the paper in Dubrovnik. Deserving contributions will be published in the Croatian Yearbook of European Law & Policy http://www.cyelp.com/

Paper proposals should be sent by e-mail to the following address: ejp@pravo.hr

submission of paper proposals: January 15, 2010
submission of papers: April 10, 2010
submission of final papers for publication: June 15, 2010
registration (without paper - limited number of places): please send a motivation letter

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Chronicle of Higher Education

Deadline: 4 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers three internship sessions each year: winter/spring, summer, and fall.

The paper is currently seeking interns for the winter/spring 2010 session, which will begin in January. The Chronicle is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a diverse work force. The internships are full-time in our Washington, D.C., office and will last till late May. In addition to a $500 weekly stipend, academic credit can often be arranged. Three interns will be hired; we are looking for both undergraduates and recent graduates.

In addition, The Chronicle is offering a Diversity Internship to give current undergraduates and recent college graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience at the No. 1 source for news about higher education. The program aims to help bring greater diversity to the field of journalism by reaching out to students who are members of minority groups underrepresented in the industry. Applicants for this internship must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in journalism, and should note on their application that they are applying for The Chronicle of Higher Education's Diversity Internship.

All of the interns will have the same primary responsibilities: reporting and writing daily news articles for The Chronicle's Web site (which usually appear subsequently in print), contributing brief features to the "Short Subjects" section, writing news articles for other sections of the newspaper, and doing research for special projects. There is very little grunt work. Interns who prove themselves as reporters and writers are often asked to write full-length features.

The Chronicle places a premium on reporting that is accurate and writing that shines. All writing, including that done by staff reporters, is carefully edited. Interns typically leave with a set of strong, varied clips.

Requirements: Experience writing for publication, either at a student newspaper or a professional publication, is required. Candidates with previous internships and deadline-reporting experience are preferred. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009. Applications that are late, e-mailed, or faxed will not be considered.

Applicants should send a cover letter; résumé with telephone, e-mail, and postal contact information; and a maximum of five varied and impressive clips to:
Beth McMurtrie
Internship Coordinator
The Chronicle of Higher Education
1255 23rd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Semifinalists are generally called within three weeks of the application deadline, and all applicants are notified by postcard when the search is completed, usually within seven weeks. Candidates who are concerned about whether their application was received should use a mailing service that offers "delivery confirmation." Because of the volume of applications, we cannot be expected to respond to individual status requests. Those who violate that request will be referred back to this page.

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Thinking the human in the era of Enlightenment , 07/07/2010, Canberra

Deadline: November 27, 2009.

Thinking the human in the era of Enlightenment

The three day conference ‘Thinking the human in the era of Enlightenment’ is an attempt to think through the enabling possibilities and discursive functions of the concept ‘humanity’ and its associated terms (L’Homme, Menschlichkeit, Humanität) during the long eighteenth century. It seeks to illuminate both the role that conceptions of the human played in the politics and culture of the period and the legacy those conceptions bequeathed to subsequent generations.

We invite papers that historicise Enlightenment conceptions of humanity from diverse perspectives, including but by no means restricted to the philosophy of history, anthropology, cosmopolitanism and its critics, natural and international law, theories of human difference and the ‘contact zones’ of travel and colonialism. We also invite papers which address the manner in which those conceptions were manifested, and contested, within a range of social and cultural spaces – from philosophy, to state policy, to the creative arts, and from Europe to the wider world. Themes for 20 minute papers might include, but are not limited to:

nature and culture

theories of historical progress or decline in the long eighteenth century

language theory in the long eighteenth century

theories of sexual difference and gender roles in the long eighteenth century

nationalism and cosmopolitanism

conceptions of human rights

the representation of human identity and difference

the impact of cross-cultural contact on theories of humanity and vice versa

the natural and the supernatural

legacies of the Enlightenment.

Please send a title, 300 word abstract and short biography to thinkingthehuman@gmail.com by Friday 27 November 2009.

Leena Messina
Programs Manager (Conferences & Visiting Fellows)
Research School of Humanities
College of Arts and Social Sciences
Sir Roland Wilson Building #120, McCoy Circuit,
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

T: + 61 2 612 54357 (Phone and Voicemail)
F: + 61 2 612 51380

E: Leena.Messina@anu.edu.au

CRICOS Provider #00120C

Visit the website at http://rsh.anu.edu.au/events/2010/THEE/index.php

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American Research Institute of the Southern Caucasus

Deadline: November 20, 2009

GRANTS- ARISC Graduate Fellowships

The American Research Institute of the Southern Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan). We anticipate making four to six awards of a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.

Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the Southern Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and/or living expenses in the Southern Caucasus. During his/her stay in the Southern Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation by November 20,2009 to info "at" arisc.org. All information must be received by November 20, 2009 in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

Please see http://arisc.org/RESOURCES/Funding-Opportunities/ARISC-Fellowships for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

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Public Relations Director, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek

JOB- Public Relations Director, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek

Posted by: AUCA Development Office <develop@mail.auca.kg>

American University of Central Asia is seeking a Public Relations Director.

Qualified candidates will: have a university diploma (Bachelor's or Master's); speak and write fluently in English and Russian; fluency in Kyrgyz desirable; have experience or training in journalistic writing or writing of press releases; have experience or training in marketing; have good team-work skills.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume.
Send documents to: human_resources@mail.auca.kg
Review of applications will begin immediately.

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Communities, Institutions and Transition in Post-1991 Eurasia, 02/02-04/2010, India

Deadline: October 31, 2009

CONF./CFP- Communities, Inst. & Transition in Post-91 Eurasia, Kolkata, Feb 2-4

International Conference

Communities, Institutions and Transition in Post-1991 Eurasia

February 2-4, 2010
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies
Kolkata, India

The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies calls for papers for an international seminar to be held in Kolkata in February 2-4, 2010.

The seminar will deal with the negotiation of transition in post 1991 Eurasia. Generally, transition in the post Soviet context has been interpreted in terms of transformation to market economies and democratic societies. However, in the Eurasian context it also implies a transformation of communities and institutional structures. While the extent to which the former has been achieved remains debated it is undeniable that the last two decades have witnessed transitions in a number of crucial spheres. While some of these transitions have been reflected in policies and have therefore been institutionalized others still remain within the realm of perceptions. These range from changes in linguistic preferences, rethinking on migration and minorities, reorganization of structures of governance or even renegotiation of identities and religious affinities.

This post-Soviet dispensation has been analysed in various ways. On the one hand, there is an attempt to problematise post-socialism taking into account abrupt socio-economic changes and studying them within the framework of Eurasia's social transformation. There are wide-ranging perspectives about adjustments within the post-socialist world and the ways in which social transformation in Eurasia has affected the lifeways of post-socialist citizens. At the same time there seems to be a growing appreciation of the impact of socialism and an urge to examine socialist experiences. Taking into account the wide-ranging perspectives, it seems pertinent to ask the following questions:
What transition implies for the region?
How have various disciplines analysed 'transition'? In short, what are the transition debates in the post-1991 period?
What are the continuities and discontinuities in the pre-1991 and post-1991 phases?
How have communities and institutions reacted to these ruptures/processes?

The seminar will be followed by a symposium on Buddhism and Buddhist linkages.

The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies will organize the seminar and symposium in collaboration with academic partners. A limited number of participants outside the collaborating Institutions will be invited. The Institute will be happy to sponsor local hospitality and economy class air-fare within India for selected participants. Please respond within October 31, 2009 with a title, 500 word abstract and a brief one page CV to suchandanachtterjee@hotmail.com or anitaengupta@hotmail.com

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Russian Literature, Chicago

DEADLINE October 15, 2009

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Chicago welcomes applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Russian literature. Preference will be given to candidates who specialize in Russian poetry, prose and/or drama of the eighteenth or nineteenth century, but other specializations and
periods will also be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Humanities Core and to our year-long survey of Russian literature in addition to teaching topical seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with Ph.D. in hand will be preferred. Candidates should have strong language skills and a demonstrated commitment to research.

To be considered, candidates must submit a cover letter and current curriculum vitae online at the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website, for posting number 00070:

Candidates are also required to submit the cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample in hard copy to:
Russian Literature Search
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago
1130 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1539

Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2009; all electronic uploads and hard copies must be received by 2 January 2010 in order for candidates to qualify. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAASS Convention in Boston. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity.

Direct posting link: http://tinyurl.com/n2mq7j

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Russian Anti-Westernism

Deadline for non-Russian papers (yet to be translated): 1 February 2010

Deadline for Russian-language papers: 1 May 2010

'Forum' 1.2.2010 Location: Germany
Call for Papers

Antizapadnye ideologicheskie techeniia v postsovetskoi Rossii i ikh istoki
[Anti-Western Ideological Trends in Post-Soviet Russia and Their Origins]
a series of special issues of the Russian web journal

"Forum noveishei vostochnoevropeiskoi istorii i kul'tury [Forum for Contemporary East European History and Culture ]" at http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/ZIMOS/forumruss.html

Deadline for submission of edited and formatted final text for publication: 1 July 2010.

ZIMOS, the Institute for Central and East European Studies of The Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, in Upper Bavaria, invites research papers for its interdisciplinary Russian-language web journal "Forum for Contemporary East European History and Culture" . The Russian "Forum" has been published twice per year, since 2004, as a scholarly WWW periodical supplementing ZIMOS's printed German-language "Forum für osteuropäische Ideen- und Zeitgeschichte."

We are currently publishing a series of special issues of the Russian “Forum” on anti-Western tendencies in Russia. The first installment of this project has recently been published here: http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/ZIMOS/forum/inhaltruss11.html

The project’s origins, contents and rationale are briefly outlined in the introduction to the series of special issues under the title “Rastsvet russkogo ul’tranatsionalizma i stanovlenie soobshchestva ego issledovatelei” to be found here: http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/ZIMOS/forum/docs/forumruss11/1UmlandVvedenie.pdf

We are still accepting suitable submissions for the following 2-3 special issues, and are especially interested in papers focusing on specific or understudied sub-themes within the general issue of anti-Western tendencies in current Russia.

We require properly footnoted, scholarly researched, well-structured, and thoroughly edited texts with a length of approx. 4,000 to 10,000 words. Papers should be based on primary as well as secondary sources, which are fully listed in the footnotes.

We are interested in both, original papers that have not been published yet, as well as papers that might have been printed in Russian or other languages before, but are, so far, not available in Russian, on the WWW. In the case that a paper has been published in Russian language before, in a printed edition (journal, collected volume) only, authors will have to provide an explicit permission, by the editors of the periodical or book where the article originally appeared, for re-publication as a PDF file in our web journal.

Papers accepted content-wise for publication will only be published in case of a proper adaptation of its linguistic quality and formal style (footnotes, headings, references, citations etc.) to the standards of the "Forum" by the author/s, by 1 July 2009. Please, use the series’ introduction as a model with regard to the formal style required of the final editions of the papers to be prepared for publication: http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/ZIMOS/forum/docs/forumruss11/1UmlandVvedenie.pdf

All versions of the papers should be submitted as MS Word Documents.

For authors who wish to publish an English-, German- or Ukrainian-language text on the special issue's topic in Russian language, we can provide qualified Russian translating services. Unfortunately, however, the costs for this translation will have to borne fully by the author her- or himself. In addition, after the provision of a draft translation by our translator, authors will be required to carefully check the translated Russian draft version, before the translator produces the final version of the text for print. (Our translator is a native Russian speaker and philologist with considerable translating experience, yet not a social scientist who will have full understanding of the papers' arguments.) The translator will, after delivering a satisfactory final version of the translation, have to be paid, by the author/s, EUR0.07 per word of the English, German or Ukrainian original version of the article, i.e., for instance, EUR350 for a 5,000-word article.. (This word count includes also non-Russian bibliographical literature listed in the footnotes that will note be translated into Russian or transcribed in Cyrillic, yet the formal style of which will be adapted to the format of the "Forum" by the translator.) The copyright of the Russian version of the article remains with the translator until the author has made payment for the translation.

Authors of texts that have been published in English, German or Ukrainian before are advised to clarify with the editors of the periodical, web site, or book where the paper originally appeared whether re-publication in a Russian-language web journal is permissible. The editors of the "Forum" will not take responsibility for any violations of copyright.

Please, submit your text until either 1 February 2010 (non-Russian papers), or 1 May 2010 (Russian papers), as an MS Word Document, to:
andreas.umland@ku-eichstaett.de (with cc to anumland@yahoo.com)

or as a hard copy to:

Dr. Andreas Umland
Ostenstr. 27
85072 Eichstaett

The "Forum's" Editors
Leonid Luks, Andreas Umland

Visit the website at http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/ZIMOS/

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Russia or Central Asia

Deadline: October 16, 2009

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)

If you have interest in study abroad or research abroad in Russia or Kyrgyzstan, contact us at study@sras.org
for advice from your own personal consultant (free). We also assist with professor-lead tours - see
http://sras.org/faculty_led_travel for more info.

We provide custom options based on your interests, or can provide the following standard programs:

Russian as a Second Language (in Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Bishkek, Moscow or St. Petersburg): http://sras.org/study_russian_abroad

The Arts in Russia (in St. Petersburg): http://sras.org/study_art_in_russia

Siberian Studies (in Irkutsk): http://sras.org/study_siberia

Russian Far East (in Vladivostok): http://sras.org/study_russian_far_east

Kyrgyz Focus (in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan): http://sras.org/kyrgyz_focus

Russian Studies Abroad (in Moscow): http://sras.org/russian_studies

Bordertalk: Sino-Russian Relations (in Irkutsk OR Vladivostok): http://sras.org/study_russia_china_relations

We hope to see you in Russia soon!

Lisa Horner
SRAS Student Relations

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Exploring Cultural Perspectives, 05/02-06/2010, Halifax

Deadline: December 01, 2009

Exploring Cultural Perspectives Conference
Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada
May 02-06, 2010

Call for Papers

The Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is pleased to host the International Cultural Research Network’s Exploring Cultural Perspectives Conference Halifax 2009. Rather than diluting broader themes, the ICRN Annual Conference selects particular strategic foci to explore and allow for the collegial objectives of the Network to be achieved. ICRN’s Exploring Cultural Perspectives Conference: Halifax 2010 (May 2-6) has designated its focus under five key themes:

1.Childhood and Youth;
3.Terrorism/Counter Terrorism/Genocide;
4.Human Rights;

ICRN draws upon current international research within these themes. To maintain a high quality of participation, our five member Abstract Review Committee, all experts in the field, review all submissions using a double blind process. ICRN is highly competitive and seeks to represent leading research within the academic community so paper/workshops are limited to a maximum of 70 over the five day conference. Maximum engagement is ensured as ICRN schedules extend one-hour individual presentations that offer all participants an opportunity to engage with contemporary researchers, invites discussion of relevant experiences and participation in achieving some practical solutions. It is anticipated that international and cross-disciplinary future collaborations will be established through the concluding plenary session.

The accepted papers will be eligible for publication following the conference.

Dr. Arlette Barrette, Registrar
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5
1 780 984 1766

Email: icrn@icrn.ca

Visit the website at http://www.icrn.ca

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Women and Humanities, 03/26-27/2010, VA

Deadline: January 25, 2010

Virginia Humanities Conference
Women and Humanities Location
Mary Baldwin College, Virginia
March 26-27, 2010

Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nikki Giovanni

The Virginia Humanities Conference invites proposals for individual papers or complete panel sessions, electronic/multimedia presentations or performances related to humanities disciplines that address the theme “Women and Humanities”. (Humanities disciplines include, but are not limited to: art, art history, cultural studies, communication, history, literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, philosophy and religion.)

Women have participated in the humanities for centuries. Whether scholarship was produced by women or by men about women, women continue to play an integral role in our understanding of the human condition. This conference hopes to promote intellectual exchange between scholars, educators, museum curators, librarians and all of those interested in women and the humanities. We are pleased that Dr. Nikki Giovanni will present the keynote address at an opening banquet that participants will not soon forget.

Proposals should not be longer than one page. The individual paper proposal should include a title, the name of the participant(s) and her/his affiliation, and an abstract of the presentation that discusses the sources used and the significance of the topic presented. Proposals for complete panel sessions, presentations, etc. should include a description of the overall session, as well as a separate description for each individual presentation in the panel that follows the guidelines noted above for individual paper proposals.

Submit all proposals by email to:
Amy Tillerson-Brown, Ph.D.
Mary Baldwin College
103 Carpenter Academic Building
Staunton, VA 24401

Email: atillers@mbc.edu

Visit the website at http://www.vahumanitiesconference.org/upcoming.htm

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Deadline: December 01, 2009

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
6 March 2010
Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD

Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: SciFi Author Andy Duncan,
Professor of English at Frostburg State University

This year’s conference invokes eye and ear as we consider the themes of voices and visions. We invite papers or panels on literature, language, cultural studies, composition, and pedagogy that contemplate these themes both within the discipline of English and in other areas of the humanities. We encourage interdisciplinary papers and panels. Proposals may broadly interpret the conference themes along (but not confined to) the following lines:
Ancestral voices and future visions
Envisioning pedagogies
Voicing dissent
Ethnic and gendered voices
Composing voices
Visionaries and bardic voices
Vox populi/marginalized voices
Television and cybernetic voices
Indigenous/exogenous voices
“I hear you”/“I see what you mean”

Please email your paper abstracts (of 500 words or less) or panel proposals by Dec. 1 to LDipaula@towson.edu, Lauren DiPaula, Program Committee Chair, (410) 704-3347.

Acceptance letters will be sent out in mid-January. A conference registration/CEA-MAG membership fee of $40 ($30 for adjunct instructors and $20 for graduate students) will be required when you mail in your registration for the conference in the spring of 2010.

Other questions about the conference may be directed to Michael Eckert, CEA-MAG President, at Mike.Eckert@montgomerycollege.edu (301) 251-7414. Paper Proposals should include the following information:
Institutional affiliation (if applicable; graduate students should identify themselves to be eligible to compete for $50 prize for best grad student paper)
Mailing address (including zip code)
Phone number
E-mail address
Title for the proposed presentation
Abstract of no more than 500 words (papers at the conference should be limited to 15 minutes)
A-V needs, if any
Special needs, if any.

Lauren DiPaula
Towson University
Phone: 410-704-3347
Email: ldipaula@towson.edu

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Research Associate, Kent, UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

The Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) seek to appoint two Research Associates for up to two years for a project on Religious Non-Governmental Organisations and the United Nations (UN).
For half of the contracted time, one candidate will carry out fieldwork at the UN in New York and the other at the UN in Geneva. The other half of the time for both RAs will be spent in the UK at the University of Kent, where each research associate will be given office space. The successful candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline and have demonstrated interview and survey skills.

Fluency in English is required; fluency in French would be an advantage, but is not required. The closing date for applications is October 15, 2009.
The appointments will begin November 1, 2009.

To see the full announcement:

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Eurasia Programme Manager, International Alert

Deadline: October 23, 2009

International Alert
Eurasia Programme Manager

Salary: £45,705 per annum (more for an exceptional candidate), plus excellent benefits
Based: London

Alert is recruiting a Manager to lead its Eurasia Programme. The post holder will be based in London, with substantial travel to the South
Caucasus and Central Asia regions, as well as to Europe, Turkey and Russia.

As Eurasia Programme Manager, you will be responsible for leading and managing the Eurasia programme in accordance with the aims and strategic priorities of International Alert. Specifically you will:
Provide strategic leadership;
Manage existing relationships and develop new ones with key individuals and institutions;
Manage regional projects, staff and other resources, while also developing new ideas and raising funds.

The successful candidate will have a talent for communicating clearly and sensitively within complex environments. The South Caucasus in particular is a region where strongly held positions, disputed borders and geopolitics combine to create complex conditions in which to work. Relationships with partners and also between staff working on different but interrelated projects need to be managed carefully and skilfully given these conditions. In addition, the Programme Manager will be a natural entrepreneur, bringing the creativity and energy required to grow the programme over the next few years..

Educated to degree level (or equivalent) you have significant experience of peacebuilding or related activity, (including at least two years in the field), leading strategic planning processes, developing successful project proposals and raising funds. As well as the ability to lead, you will also have an aptitude for all aspects of financial management and skills in mobilising others' energies around shared objectives. You will be fluent in English and Russian and familiar with the South Caucasus and/or Central Asia regions.

For full details of the job and to download an application pack, please go to our website www.international-alert.org
Please note we do not accept CVs.

Alternatively, contact Yasmin Yusuf on 020 7627 6874 or email yyusuf@international-alert.org

Closing date: Friday 23rd October at 5pm.

Please note that due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be further contacted after the closing date. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organisation that has worked for over 20 years to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict.

Our multifaceted approach focuses both in and across various regions; aiming to shape policies and practices that affect peacebuilding; and helping build skills and capacity through training.

Our field work is based in Africa, South Asia, the South Caucasus, Latin America, Lebanon and the Philippines.

Our thematic projects work at local, regional and international levels, focusing on cross-cutting issues critical to building sustainable peace. These include business and economy, gender, governance, aid, security and justice.

We are one of the world's leading peacebuilding NGOs with more than 120 staff based in London and our 11 field offices.

Yasmin Yusuf
HR Assistant
International Alert
Direct tel: +44 (0)20 7627 6874
International Alert
346 Clapham Road
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0) 20 7627 6800
Fax +44 (0) 20 7627 6900

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Chekhov on Stage and Page, 12/02-04/2010, OH

Conference Announcement
Chekhov on Stage and Page
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
December 2-4, 2010

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s birth, the Slavic Department at Ohio State University, in conjunction with the North American Chekhov Society, announce an international conference devoted to Chekhov’s work.

We welcome proposals for panels and individual papers as well as staged scenes and short plays from US, Canadian, and European scholars, writers and actors. Topics suggested so far include Chekhov and American Fiction (Lyudmila Parts, McGill University), Chekhov on the Pages of His Biographers (Galina Rylkova, University of Florida), and “Writing under the Influence of Chekhov” (Michelle Herman, OSU MFA program). Cinematic stagings of Chekhov (Maria Ignatieva, OSU) as well as interpretations in opera and ballet could be explored.

Please contact Profs. Angela Brintlinger and Irene Masing-Delic, Ohio State University (brintlinger.3@osu.edu and delic.1@osu.edu) or the NACS board, with your ideas and thoughts. The sooner the program begins to take shape, the sooner we will be able to apply for funding.

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Global Thought,Columbia University

Priority Deadline: November 1, 2009

The post-doctoral fellowship of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University brings together an innovative group of interdisciplinary researchers from around the world. The Fellowship gives emerging scholars the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and provides a space for collaborative research and publication. Global Thought encourages interdisciplinary, transnational research under three broad themes: Secularism and Diversity, Global Governance, and Poverty and Inequality. Past fellows have researched topics including the local socio-economic consequences of global policy, the historical roots of identity, and the evolution of transnational and international political structures. Scholars from any discipline may apply, provided that they successfully indicate how their work will contribute to Global Thought's research themes. Up to four fellowship spots are available for the academic year beginning August 1, 2010. The term of the fellowship is two calendar years, beginning August 1, 2010 and ending July 31, 2012.

CGT Post-doc fellowship Application Requirements Fellows are expected to:
Teach or assist with one undergraduate or graduate course, either of their own design or as specified by the Committee. When teaching, fellows are required to hold weekly office hours.
Participate in planning and execution of research workshops and symposia.
Present their individual research projects.

Eligibility International applicants are encouraged to apply. If selected, Columbia University will sponsor the appropriate visa.

Candidates will be considered only if:
They received their first doctorate from a recognized university no earlier than August 1, 2005 (Those who have not completed their degree at the time of application must provide a statement from an adviser citing the expected date of completion.)
They do not hold or have not held a tenure or tenure-track position.
They can fluently speak, publish, and teach in English.
They submit an original research proposal.

Benefits - An annual salary of $55,000, which includes health insurance and other standard benefits. - Access to Columbia University libraries and computer resources. - Shared office space. - Eligibility for additional funding for special research projects. - Eligibility to apply for campus housing.

Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline: November 1, 2009 ($30 application fee) General Deadline: November 15, 2009 ($50 application fee) The application fee may be waived at the discretion of the selection committee.

To apply: 1. Complete the Application online at http://cgt.columbia.edu/form/

Upload the following documents: 1. Curriculum Vitae 2. Cover Letter 3. Research proposal -not to exceed 1500 words; -The description should include the background, nature, importance, specific objectives, and methodology of the proposed research project 4. Writing Sample - not to exceed 20 double spaced pages - preferably an article or research paper published in a scholarly journal - topic should be pertinent to the proposed research project - no books will be accepted By Postal Mail or Email 5. Three letters of reference. 6. Application fee ($30 by November 1 or $50 by November 15) a) Payment by credit card: Download payment form at http://cgt.columbia.edu

Scan form and email to cgt.postdoc@columbia.edu or send to our office via postal mail. b)Payment by Check or money order made payable to Columbia University, send via postal mail. All postal mail may be sent to Committee on Global Thought Columbia University 440 Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027 attn: post-doc search.
All questions may be directed to: cgt.postdoc@gmail.com

For more information please visit our website:

Committee on Global Thought Columbia University 2960 Broadway MC 5780 New York, NY 10027 cgtmail@gmail.com

More information on the Committee on Global Thought may be found at http://cgt.columbia.edu/

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Kathryn Davis fellowships for peace

Deadline: February 1, 2010

Middlebury College is pleased to announce The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis to address today's critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.

For the fourth year in a row, 100 Davis Fellowships are offered to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Fellowship grants cover the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools.

The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.


For complete fellowship information and an application please visit

Jason Merrill
Acting Director, Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian, Middlebury College
Associate Professor of Russian, Michigan State University

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Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States, 06/24-25/2010, Edinburgh

Deadline: November 15, 2009

Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States
Edinburgh (School of Law, the University of Edinburgh)
June 24-25, 2010

Call for Papers

The principal goal of the conference is to bring together the leading experts in the field to present and discuss high-quality comparative studies related to the general theme of citizenship in the new Balkan states (i.e. new states that emerged in South East Europe after the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991). We seek to obtain contributions tackling theoretical issues related to citizenship in the former Yugoslavia and its successor states, actual and historical practices of citizenship in the region—ranging from inter-war Yugoslavia, socialist Yugoslavia to Yugoslavia’s break-up and formation of the new states throughout the 1990s and the 2000s—Europeanisation of the citizenship policies in the region and the general impact of the EU integration perspective as well as less-researched areas such as relationship between citizenship and gender, social movements, education, urbanism, civil society, culture, literature, film etc.

Some of the main themes discussed at the conference would include:
the status of citizens of the former SFRY Republics residing in other Republics then their own at the moment of independence;
dual and plural nationality and the multilevel and complex nature of citizenship in the context of both SFR of Yugoslavia and the successor states, including policies on diasporas and kin-state nationals;
citizenship, political participation and civil society, including the granting or denial of political rights for resident non-nationals and non-resident nationals, the role of political parties and other civil society organisations;
citizenship, minority groups and gender issues, with a particular focus on the Roma;
citizenship and mobility, including visa liberalisation, the role of EU citizenship, and the historical legacy of former policies on citizenship on current patterns of mobility and migration.

The number of available places is limited. We would welcome original proposals pertinent to the above-mentioned topics from already established scholars, early career researchers or advanced PhD students.

Please send an abstract (max. 500 words) as well as a short bio note by 15 November 2009 to citsee@ed.ac.uk
Successful paper-givers will be notified by 15 December 2009.

The organiser will cover reasonable travel expenses and the accommodation of selected paper-givers. Some additional places may be available at the Conference for participants paying their own travel and accommodation.

For further information, please contact the CITSEE team by email, citsee@ed.ac.uk or visit our website at http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/citsee/

The CITSEE (The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia) is a study of the citizenship regimes of the seven successor states of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia). It is funded by an Advanced Investigator Award for basic research by the European Research Council and runs for five years from 1 April 2009. For more information, see http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/citsee/about/

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ERIO Administrative Officer

ERIO European Roma Information Office is seeking Administrative Officer

The Associate will provide critical administrative assistance including, but not limited to, maintaining extensive files, contact lists and databases; maintaining communication among ERIO domestic and international network members and providing substantive, logistical and administrative assistance to ERIO staff ; retrieving and responding to requests for information, and event planning; preparing and formatting midterm and annual financial reports, montly financial status and assisting in shaping the annual budget; recording departmental finances and book-keeping; assisting with research, electronic clipping, wires, and translations; preparing for and taking minutes at meetings; assisting with board and general assembly matters; assisting with special events, drafting and editing correspondence and other documents; assisting with travel arrangements and follow-up; assisting in recruitment and coordinating interns; word processing; photocopying; filing; faxing; answering phones; processing incoming mail; and other assigned tasks.

The candidate must be self motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be willing to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. Strong interest in Roma and European human rights and anti-discrimination policies as well as a degree in Social Sciences or International Relations, and/or relevant regional or thematic study or experience are highly desirable. The candidate must have office/administration experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and excellent computer skills. The candidate must have excellent written and spoken skills in English and French; fluency in other languages and especailly in Romanes is a plus.

Salary and Benefits:
ERIO seeks outstanding candidates and offers competitive compensation and generous employer-paid benefits.

Send your CV to ivan.ivanov@erionet.org

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Religion in Disputes, 20/27029/2010, Germany

Deadline: December 15, 2009

Religion in Disputes
27 - 29 October 2010
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany


At this conference we will explore the role of religion, religious authorities, and religious law in processes of disputing and dispute management, that is, in processes of conflicts in which claims and counterclaims are being contested, as well as in dispute prevention. Throughout the world, the nomo-sphere seems to be changing and this includes, on the one hand, an increase in rights discourses, and on the other hand, a mounting reliance on morality, religion, and religiosity as normative orientations.

Current research traditions on disputes and religion have generated important insights into the role of religion in disputes. The issue of religion in dispute management deserves a more general reflection and analysis beyond the context of religious courts, cultural defense, and the ethno-religious conflicts that receive the most prominent coverage in both the mass media and scientific literature. This is important for several reasons. One is that we cannot properly understand disputing behavior if we relegate the role of religion in dispute management to religious courts and otherwise focus on secular modes of dispute management without considering the potential role of religion. Furthermore, we do not understand the role of religion and religiosity in society if we do not consider their role in dispute management. And finally, there is a more political consideration. The tendency to connect religion with violence in the domain of dispute management might become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A broader perspective on the role of religion in dispute management might help mitigate this process. During the conference we intend to look into the ways in which religion affects scale dimensions of disputes, up-scaling or downsizing disputes. We also hope to engender insight in how the changing role of religion affects plural legal constellations. We take a broad conception of religion that not only encompasses the large world religions but also includes cognitive and normative schemes of meaning for understanding human existence and the world and involves an ontological and perhaps cosmological order by which the visible world is interpreted in the light of a general (sacred, spiritual) design beyond the visible world.

We will go back to some of the classic issues of dispute management but address them from a new perspective. We also hope to discuss themes that have only emerged more recently. Themes for discussion include the following, but these should be seen as a mere indication of the possible range of issues to discuss:

1. Religion as schemes of meaning: transformations in disputing processes
We invite participants to look at religious factors that might play a role in the process of transformation, beginning with the emergence of a grievance to the phase following the final decision. This includes the kind of sanctions that are involved and the way final decisions are or are not being carried out. It also includes the ways causation is constructed and blame is ascribed. And we invite contributions about underlying notions of justice, truth, purity, virtue, sin, forgiving and repentance, and of reconciliation and harmony, and the role these play in processes of disputing. We also invite contributions that look at the choosing behavior of persons and institutions involved in dispute management among available fora and idioms. We are particularly interested in the question of how global legal processes affect these dynamics, either as a reaction against or in line with newly imported
modes of dispute management and discourses about rights, justice, and a religious life.

2. Religion, social stratification, and disputes
An important question is, whether the choice for religious arguments, religious law, or a religious authority or institution is class, gender, and age dependent. Under what conditions does reference to religion work in favour of low status persons and under which circumstances does reference to religious norms and religiosity benefit the powerful? And is it used to underline class or gender differences?

3. Disputes and religious identification
We are interested in how these options might affect the identity formation of disputants. The question is how disputing processes figure in the recursive links between religiously inspired identification processes within the disputing process itself, the public discourses and the media, and the individual life histories of disputing parties. We are in particularly interested in the trans-local and transnational processes of mobilizing solidarity along religious lines as part of the process of identification.

4. Constitutive relationship between disputing processes and public discourse on religion
What are the mutually constitutive processes that occur between general public discourses and dispute management and between dispute management and changes in plural legal orders? Do changes in disputing behavior reflect changes in the constellation of power relations and legitimizing narratives in which state institutions, supra-state organizations, and other societal (civil society) organizations are engaged?

5. Violence and religion in dispute management
We invite participants to reflect on the ways religion serves to either encourage the use of violence, or, alternatively, to mitigate and prevent the use of violence in disputes. Besides, we are interested in the question to what extent violence may be used, by the state or by others, to suppress the emergence or eruption of religious disputes. And thirdly, we invite contributions on religious modes of dispute management for dealing with past violence, either by perpetrators, as a way to circumvent criminal procedures, or as a more general way of bringing perpetrators and victims together to come to terms with a violent past for which the judicial system cannot provide appropriate procedures.

Organisers: Franz and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Martin Ramstedt, Bertram Turner

Please submit an abstract by 15th December 2009 at the latest to:
Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, kbenda@eth.mpg.de
Franz von Benda-Beckmann, fbenda@eth.mpg.de

Selection from responses will be made until end of December 2009.

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November 25, 2009

Russia and Modern World: Problems of Political Development, 04/15-17/2010, Moscow

Deadline: December 31, 2009

VI International Interuniversity Scientific Conference
"Russia and Modern World: Problems of Political Development"
15-17 April, 2010
Institute of Business and Politics, Moscow

It is suggested to discuss the following issues within the framework of 12 sections:

Section I: Civil Society and Law State: Problems of Establishment
Section II: Reforming of the Political System of Russia: Experience and Perspectives
Section III: Modern Russia: World Policy Challenges
Section IV: Integration of Ecological, Economic and Social Politics
Section V:Legal Aspect of Political Development of Russia: History and Contemporary
Section VI: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS): Problems and Prospects of Interaction
Section VII: Image of Russia in the Design of Identities
Section VIII: Religion in the System of Political Culture: History and Modern Trends
Section IX: Cultural Aspects of the Globalization
Section X: Modern Elites: Identification Problems
Section XI: Literature of the XX-XXI Centuries in Social-Political Aspects
Section XII: Models of University Education in the Modern World

For further definition of the themes, see: http://www.ibp-moscow.ru/eng/science

The panel discussion involving known scientists, politicians, pressmen will take place within the framework of the conference. The topic of panel discussion will be informed in the next informational letter.

Conference languages: Russian, English

The abstracts (300 words) should be submitted with participation application form to the Organizing Committee by e-mail:
Deadline for the abstracts: 31st December 2009.
The Organizing Committee shall reserve the right to select papers. The confirmations about the inclusion in the Program of VI International Interuniversity Scientific Conference will be sent during February 2010.

Please note that the Organizing Committee does not have funds to provide help with travel or accommodation cost. But there is no registration fee on the Conference. Also the Organizing Committee proposes free publication for participants.

Please address for more information by e-mail: ibp-polit@post.ru
or on the phone: (495) 912-06-46 (ext. 157)

Organizing Committee
Natalia Kuznetsova,
candidate of philology (Ph.D.),
the secretary of the Organizing Ñommittee,
Scientific Department
of the Institute of Business and Politics
Moscow, Russia

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Campaigner, Eurasia Team, Amnesty International

Job Title: Campaigner, Eurasia Team

Programme: Europe and Central Asia Regional Programme
Job Purpose: To develop and implement campaigning strategies, managing and coordinating actions on human rights concerns by using and developing knowledge on specific countries or other geographical and thematic areas, and supporting and liaising with the Amnesty International movement and outside networks to ensure maximum impact.

Main Responsibilities

1. To contribute to the development of overarching research and campaigning strategies to deliver impact, and to lead on the development and implementation of specific campaigning strategies to

support them, managing and coordinating actions on human rights concerns in specific countries and other geographical or thematic areas aimed at effecting change in the human rights situation;

2. To support and liaise with Amnesty International membership structures and maintain and develop networks of national and international NGOs and other external partners in the development and implementation of campaigning strategies and plans;

3. To write or otherwise devise campaigning and other materials for external and internal use, such as reports, annual report entries, public statements, web features, audio-visual materials and government correspondence;

4. To research the most effective ways to campaign on human rights concerns and monitor and conduct evaluations of campaigning strategies and plans;

5. To monitor and analyze political and human rights developments and conduct research as appropriate into human rights contexts and individual cases, including by participating in field research and through contact with partners on the ground;

6. To communicate Amnesty International's concerns, positions and key messages to Amnesty International's membership, civil society organizations and at other forums, including through lobbying at relevant public forums in relation to campaigning priorities; and, in addition, as appropriate, represent Amnesty International in governmental, inter-governmental and various public forums, as well as with the news media and others;

7. To contribute to the development of programme-wide strategies and plans for research and campaigning and provide input into internal discussions on the Amnesty International mission, policy, organizational and other issues in order to increase the effectiveness of Amnesty International's work;

8. To participate in the coordination of the work of the team and contribute to the overall flexibility of resource use, including through setting priorities, preparing work plans, monitoring their progress and maintaining basic budgets;

9. To perform all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective self-servicing, participate in the recruitment and induction of new staff and consultants and perform other corporate tasks as appropriate.

Campaigning Skills

Experience of involvement in campaigns, preferably on human rights

Knowledge and ability to devise, implement and evaluate campaigning strategies;

Ability to select campaigning techniques for a diverse range of human rights violations and appropriate to the political context, available resources and desirable impact;

Ability to write campaigning material in English, based on diverse factual information;

Ability to motivate and inspire others towards activism for change;

Ability to represent Amnesty International in a variety of forums, particularly with civil society and Amnesty International membership.

Research Skills

Ability to collect, record, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information on which to base campaigning

Ability to discriminate between types of information, i.e. facts, views, opinions.

Ability to present written information in a clear, concise and accurate manner

Regional Knowledge

Knowledge of the Eurasia region, including the human rights situation and the social/political context;

Knowledge of and commitment to human rights;

Knowledge of regional and UN human rights standards and monitoring bodies and mechanisms;

Demonstrated concern for human rights, e.g. through previous work, membership of an organization, involvement in human rights advocacy.

Oral and written communication skills

Ability to understand and express fluently, clearly and concisely complex information in English, both orally and in writing;

Fluent Russian reading and speaking.

Coordination and organizational skills

Experience of managing conflicting demands, meeting deadlines and adjusting priorities;

Ability to undertake administrative tasks and use and maintain office systems, including electronic ones.


Experience of working in a team;

Understanding of the importance of efficient communication for the coordination and effective functioning of teams.

Salary: Full time salary of £31,104 per annum

Hours: 35 hours per week

Location: London

Contract duration: Fixed term contract until 30th June 2010

Holidays: Full time staff receive 27 days per annum plus two Amnesty International grace day and statutory and national public holidays (pro rata for part time staff).

Office hours: 09.30 - 17.30 or 10.00 - 18.00 by arrangement

Relocation: A generous relocation assistance package will be available for staff members (and their dependents) recruited from over 80 km/50 miles from the International Secretariat office in which the post is based.

Life insurance: 4 x gross salary

Travel loan: Interest free travel loan for bus, underground, or rail travel to work (no qualifying period)

Pension: After six consecutive months of service you will automatically be enrolled in the Amnesty International Superannuation Scheme. This is a defined contribution to which Amnesty International contributes 7% of gross salary and will match individual employee contributions up to an additional 3%.

Cultural Diversity: All staff will work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.

Health and Safety: All staff are required to comply with Amnesty International's policy and rules relating to Health and Safety and its security regulations at work.

Work Permit: Should it be possible to obtain a UK work permit for this post? Yes, depending upon individual eligibility under the Home Office's points based system. Individual's should ascertain their eligibility to work in the UK before applying for a London based job with Amnesty International by using the points-based calculator at http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator

Please note that your application would be as a Tier 2 (Skilled worker) in the General category.

Probation: A 3 month probation period will be included in the contract for this position.

For full details and online application form, please go to:

Zulfia S. Abdullaeva

Amnesty International

Europe and Central Asia Regional Programme

[South Caucasus/Central Asia]


International Secretariat

1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7413 5669

Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7956 1157

E-mail: zabdulla@amnesty.org

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Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2010

Deadline: March 30, 2010

CFP- EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2010

EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2010

Call For Papers for the Summer 2010 Issue of the Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2010

The Eurasian Integration Yearbook is pleased to invite submissions for its Summer 2010 issue (No. 3) to be published respectively in June 2010. Submission guidelines can be viewed at:

The EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook is an annual English-language publication of the Eurasian Development Bank. The Yearbook provides a dynamic overview of integration processes in the post-Soviet "Eurasian" space and, in particular, improves access of the global community to the best thinking on regional development published in the Russian language during the year.

The EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2009 is available at:

The EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2008 is available at:

We accept a wide range of articles and other materials on the theory and practical aspects of Eurasian integration: theories of integration; economic integration (trade, investment and financial institutions); institutional integration; other cooperation issues in the post-Soviet space; and experience of regional integration in the other macro regions of the world.

EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook is published in English. Certain high quality papers in Russian may also be published in the Yearbook (they will be translated into English at the expense of the Board).

Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2010. Authors are requested to give a brief biographical note in a footnote on the first page of the paper. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover email containing contact information: postal address, telephone number and e-mail address for each author (if the paper is co-authored). Papers should be emailed as an attachment in Word to: editor@eabr.org

Gulnaz Imamniyazova
Senior Analyst
Economic Analysis Unit, Strategy and Research Department
Eurasian Development Bank
56, Abdullinykh St.
Almaty, Kazakhstan, 050010.
+7 (727) 2444044 (ext. 6905), +7-777-4700443 (mob.), +7 (727) 2911473 (fax)

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November 23, 2009

Eurasian Economic Integration

Deadline: October 10, 2009

Call For Papers
Autumn 2009 Issue of The Eurasian Economic Integration

The Eurasian Economic Integration Journal is pleased to invite submissions for its Autumn 2009 issue (No. 5), to be published in November 2009, and respective issues. Submission guidelines can be viewed at:

The Eurasian Economic Integration Journal is a quarterly academic and analytical journal published in Russian by the Eurasian Development Bank. The Journal brings together academic and analytical articles as well as book reviews related.

The Eurasian Economic Integration Journal is available at: http://www.eabr.org/eng/publications/Journal

We publish materials on a wide range of issues relevant to regional integration. The editors welcome original research on such issues as theories of regional integration applied to the post-Soviet arena; economic integration (trade, investment and finance); institutional integration; international experiences of regional integration; and other relevant issues.

EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook is published in Russia. Certain high quality papers in English may also be published in the Journal (they will be translated into Russian at the expense of the Board).

Deadline for submissions is October 10, 2009. Authors are requested to give a brief biographical note in a footnote on the first page of the paper. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover email containing contact information: postal address, telephone number and e-mail address for each author (if the paper is co-authored). Papers should be emailed as an attachment in Word to: editor@eabr.org

Gulnaz Imamniyazova
Senior Analyst
Economic Analysis Unit, Strategy and Research Department
Eurasian Development Bank
56, Abdullinykh St.
Almaty, Kazakhstan, 050010.
+7 (727) 2444044 (ext. 6905), +7-777-4700443 (mob.), +7 (727) 2911473 (fax)

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Performance, Revolution, Pedagogy: Theatre and Its Objects

Deadline: March 15, 2010

Issue 4 “Performance, Revolution, Pedagogy: Theatre and Its Objects”
Ontario, Canada

It has been suggested by performance scholar Phelan that, “‘the equation of performance with empowerment and visibility with liberation is ‘a meeting of profound romance and deep violence’” (in Kruger 2005: 782). At the same time, as has been noted by artists and theorists from a wide range of disciplines, performance represents an important oppositional, revolutionary and transformative public forum through which people respond to forms of political, economic, and social/cultural domination.

Performance and politics intersect in the staging and contestation of gendered, sexualized, racialized, colonial, neo-colonial, local, national, and global hierarchies and inequalities. Performativity, as emerging from linguistic theories and then interpreted by Judith Butler (1993) in relation to gendered identities, involves the iteration of acts, the embodiment of those acts, and the historical processes of exclusion that already shape those embodied acts. But iteration too can be turned on its head. Since social roles and power relations can be reproduced and challenged in their enactment, performance can be both liberating and tyrannical. As such the potentiality of performance as a social practice and as a scholarly framework can only emerge in a close consideration of the culturally and socially constructed world of, what scholar Diana Taylor (1991) has called, “the politics of theatricality,” where the past, the present, the future, the “real” and the imagined become common referents for performers and their audiences in particular spaces. Performance as a form of analysis may carry a theatrically-based Western bias of the not real (Schieffelin 1998), but it also works productively against any easy disciplining of the arts (Taylor 2003: 26).

In commemoration of this year’s passing of Augusto Boal, the editors of Issue 4 “Performance, Revolution, Pedagogy: Theatre and Its Objects” invite scholars and artists whose work deals with the theatricality of power, corporealities of structural violence, and sensory regimes to contribute to a dialogue related to the potentiality of theatre and performance as a critical social practice applied to broad artistic, political and cultural contexts. The editors welcome pieces that engage with the politics of performance practices, broadly conceived within and beyond the theatre, as well as those submissions that address performance as a mode of analysis.

Papers, interviews, reviews, and artistic works that wish to be considered for publication should be emailed to guest Editors Dr. Michelle Bigenho mlbSS@hampshire.edu Hampshire College and Dr. Alberto Guevara aguevara@yorku.ca York University. Style and submission guidelines can be accessed and downloaded at http://www.yorku.ca/intent/submissions.html

Submission deadline: March 15th, 2010.

Michelle Bigenho, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

School of Social Science

893 West Street

Hampshire College

Amherst MA 01002

Alberto Guevara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Fine Arts Cultural Studies

York University

Toronto, Canada

Email: aguevara@yorku.ca

Visit the website at http://www.yorku.ca/intent

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Diasporas and national consciousness between Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond in the long 19th century, 05/30/2010, 09/10-11/2010 UK

Deadline: November 30, 2009

Diasporas and national consciousness between Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond in the long 19th century
United Kingdom

Call for Papers

A common feature of several European national movements of the nineteenth century was their development outside the territorial space of the state or states they aimed at creating. National consciousness was often developed and elaborated within the circles of diaspora intellectuals and patriots living in exile. The aim of the conference is to explore the role intellectual and revolutionary diasporas played in creating, disseminating and negotiating ideas, and in producing shared values, principles and discursive patterns among patriots of different national origins. It seeks to study how ideas are shaped, how they circulate, and the contribution that diasporas themselves gave to the main ideological currents advocating change in the post-revolutionary world: patriotism, republicanism, liberalism, etc. It will focus on the interaction between the intellectual communities of the European and Mediterranean centres and these diasporas, as well as contacts and exchanges between different diasporas. It hopes to look not only at displaced intellectuals from Europe and the Mediterranean, but also at those coming to these regions from other continents. By looking at trans-national exchanges and trans-national civil societies, it seeks to de-nationalize the study of national consciousness, encourage comparative analysis and study the connections, relations and exchanges between different intellectual traditions and currents. It is hoped that the conference will represent an opportunity to discuss, question and revise some of the theoretical frameworks used by historiography to explore and interpret the circulation of ideas between Europe, the Mediterranean and the rest of the world, and that it will provide an opportunity to improve our understanding of the intellectual and cultural dynamics facilitated by the cross-border and cross national encounters.

The conference will be held in two parts:

a) A one-day workshop to be held in Nicosia (University of Nicosia).

Date : 30 May 2010

b) A two-day conference to be held in London (Queen Mary College, University of London) Date : 10-11 September 2010

Dr. Maurizio Isabella, Hist. Dept., Queen Mary College, University of London

Mile End Road, London EI 4NS, UK

Dr Konstantina Zanou, University of Nicosia, Cyrpus, czanou@gmail.com

Email: m.isabella@qmul.ac.uk, czanou@gmail.com

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November 18, 2009

Untitled: What's in a Name?, 04/15-17/2010, Glasgow

Deadline: November 09, 2009

Untitled: What's in a Name?

Student Session

Association of Art Historians Annual Conference

University of Glasgow 15-17th April 2010

Call for Papers

As art historians, critics, and researchers we are surrounded by titles, names, and classifications. Names secure and give substance to our critical operations; but names can also constrain investigation if one relies on given solutions without reassessing historical objects and methods.

But what happens when the title is questionable, anachronistic, or purposely absented? From collaborative works that lack designated authors to the untitled work, the enquiring viewer is prematurely left alone to fill in the blanks ¨C a productive insecurity in the face of that which cannot be named, grasped, or conveyed that leaks into, and has an impact upon, the doing and teaching of art and its histories. We would like to invite papers on naming as a activity shared by art historians, critics, curators, and artists; thereby also addressing questions of authority, validity, critique, and resistance that become integral to the act of giving ¨C or retracting ¨C titles. Possible areas of enquiry can include: measuring the name: navigating classification and reconfiguring value; the untitled work as a site of frustration, opportunity, and challenge; the function of names and classifications in reception, historiography, and methodology; legitimising nomenclature: claiming and re©\claiming the utility of art and history; and choosing names and choosing sides: the vocabulary of cross©\disciplinary studies.

With this session, we hope to open up a space for critical reflection on the work of art history, wherein the validity and function of the name/title must be constantly kept in check, while navigating research through identification and classification that we see ourselves reconfiguring.

If you would like to offer a paper, please contact the session convenor directly (Catriona McAra c.mcara.1@research.gla.ac.uk) providing an abstract of your proposed paper in no more than 250 words, your name and institutional affiliation (if any) by 9th November 2009.

Catriona McAra

History of Art

8 University Gardens

University of Glasgow


G12 8QH

Email: c.mcara.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Visit the website at http://www.aah.org.uk/photos/Annual%20Conference%202010.pdf

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Post-graduation Forum for Music and Dance Studies, 12/04-05/2009, Portugal

Deadline: October 22, 2009

Call for Papers

Post-in-progress: 1st International Post-graduation Forum for Music and Dance Studies – Aveiro, Portugal December 2009

The Institute of Ethnomusicology - Centre for Music and Dance Studies (INET-md) and Department of Communication and Art (DeCA) of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, are pleased to host POSTIP an international scientific meeting open to all post-graduation students in music and dance.

Post-in-progress will be held in Aveiro, Portugal, from Friday 4 to Saturday 5 December 2009 and aims to create a debate and presentation space for scientific research within the following INET-md research sub-themes:

• Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies

• Western Art Music from the Perspective of Cultural Studies

• Ethnochoreology and Cultural Studies on Dance

• Creation, Theory and Music Technologies

• Performance Studies

Jorge Castro Ribeiro

Departamento de Comunicação e Arte

Universidade de Aveiro


phone: +351 234370389

fax: +351 234370868

e-mail: jcribeiro@ua.pt

Email: postip@ca.ua.pt

Visit the website at http://cms.ua.pt/postip/

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Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies

You can find the 'Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies', which is a fully peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal at:


We are looking for full articles (up to 10,000 words) and polemics (short articles up to 5000 words) for our next issue on 'Globalisation and War'.

Published contributions will be available free online and included within our limited-run print edition.

Didem Buhari Gulmez

Associate Editor, JCGS

Royal Holloway, University of London

Email: m.d.buhari@rhul.ac.uk

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

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New peer-review graduate and young professionals journal on war and peace

Infinity Journal is switching to the peer-review process and will focus on the topics of war and peace, and all of the issues in between - from humanitarianism to terrorism. The peer-review process begins after Volume 1 ends, which will be in February 2010. Those interested in submitting to Infinity Journal (peer-review) can begin submitting papers now. Visit the site for more details or contact Adam for more information, including submission guidelines.

There will also be a $1,000 award for best piece.

This is for those wishing to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.

Adam Stahl

Executive Director

Email: adam@infinityjournal.com

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

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Red River Valley Historical Journal

Call for Articles - Red River Valley Historical Journal

The Red River Valley Historical Journal (RRVHJ) invites the submission of articles for publication in upcoming issues. Articles are solicited on any historical topic, era, or geographic region of the world. The RRVHJ publishes articles of general interest to the academy.

Articles should be 8,000-9,000 words in length. Authors are required to send two typed, double-spaced copies of the manuscript to the address below. A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included if the manuscript is to be returned. The author's name, mailing address, email address and telephone number should appear on the title page and nowhere else in the manuscript. Notes should appear as endnotes using the Chicago Manual of Style. Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors will be required to provide the RRVHJ an electronic copy in WordPerfect or Word’s Rich Text Format (RTF).

For inquiries on articles, please contact the editor:

Vernon L. Williams, Ph.D., Editor

Red River Valley Historical Journal

ACU Box 28130

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas 79699-8130

(325) 280-3399


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Public policy, Kazakhstan

Assistant or Associate Professorships - Kazakhstan

Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research KIMEP is a 21st century dynamic and progressive institution offering American style credit-based graduate and undergraduate programs in social sciences, economics and business. All instructions are offered in English. The institution, which is one of its kind in the entire Central Asian Region, is located in the beautiful, attractive and cosmopolitan city of Almaty.

The Department of Public Administration, an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), serves about 600 students in both bachelor (BSS) and master (MPA) programs. It offers majors in the public policy and administration and public financial management tracks. The faculty members hold terminal degrees from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. They come from a number of countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Russia, Bangladesh, and Kazakhstan. The Department of Public Administration invites application from qualified candidates for positions assistant to associate professor level beginning Spring 2010.


An earned doctoral degree in public administration/public policy, a major in public financial management/administration from an accredited or recognized Western university and appropriate teaching experience and evidence of published research works. The appointee should be able to teach courses in the public financial management track. In particular, the ability to teach courses in Financial Management in the Public Sector, Accounting in the Public Sector, Public Sector Auditing, Public Budgeting and Spending, Public Finance, Investment Management, and Managerial Accounting is strongly desirable. A willingness to contribute to the teaching of introductory courses in public administration will be an asset. KIMEP offers attractive salary and other benefits details of which can be found in the link below.

How to apply:

Please send via e-mail a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to John Dixon, Dean of the College of Social Sciences (dean.css@kimep.kz) The initial review of applicants will begin ctober 21, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, please click on http://www.kimep.kz/academics/css/join_CSS_faculty link.

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Post-doctoral Researcher, Project on Land and Water Use in Khorezm, Uzbekistan

JOB- Post-doc Researcher, Project on Land and Water Use in Khorezm, Uzbekistan

Post-Doc Researcher

"'Spread the Innovation' - Feeding Project Innovations into the Decision-Making Process in Khorezm, Uzbekistan"

ZEF (Center for Development Research), Bonn, Germany
Department of Political and Cultural Change

Applications before 15 October 2009


The work is part of ZEF's long-term interdisciplinary research project on sustainable land and water use in the Khorezm province, Aral sea region (full project title Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use in the Khorezm Region (Uzbekistan): A Pilot Project in Development Research) http://www.khorezm.uni-bonn.de/

The aim of this post-Doc research is to increase the understanding and identify the existing and potential embeddedness of technological and institutional innovation packages developed by the project in the local, regional and national legal policy and institutional environment of Uzbekistan. The intension is to conduct research on the legal and policy environment for 2-3 selected (technological and institutional) innovation packages. Per innovation package, one report on policy recommendations is expected. In conducting this research, the post-Doc researcher will closely cooperate with a local Senior Advisor with profound knowledge of and networks in the political culture and decision-making processes in the agricultural and water management sector in Uzbekistan and expertise in donor relations in the Uzbek setting, who regularly represents the project on conferences, workshops, internal meetings of the national policy and international donor arena in Uzbekistan. A further collaboration is anticipated with subject matter specialists on the selected innovation packages, and with the coordinator of the 'Follow-the-Innovation' process.

Conduct applied policy research on the local, regional and national level, legal and policy environment for 2-3 (technological and institutional) innovation packages.
Prepare 2-3 reports on the institutional and policy environment for the selected innovation packages including concrete policy recommendations.
Closely cooperate with a local Uzbek Senior Advisor employed by the project, well networked in the political circles of Uzbekistan.
Provide guidance and advice to the project and in particular the donor organisations and international finance institutions on the internal governance structures of the respective policymaking bodies (local, regional and national level) relevant for the legal embedding of the selected innovations.
Attend (and understand as research ground) conferences, workshops, internal meetings of the national policy and international donor arena in Uzbekistan.
Actively participate in project activities.

Start and duration:
From 01 January 2010 to 30 November 2010 (altogether 11 months)

Duty station:
Uzbekistan (Tashkent and Urgench) for 7-8 months (can be divided into two phases of each 3-4 months) and 3-4 months in Bonn, Germany

Social science Postgraduate University Degree (PhD preferred);
Publication record of former work in Central Asia or on relevant topics such as policy and governance research;
Research/Work experience in Uzbekistan and the Central Asian region preferred;
Experience with policy and governance research in post-soviet setting;
Effective interpersonal communication skills including ability to work harmoniously in a team;
Good network builder;
Demonstrated initiative and willingness to accomplish unexpected tasks;
Excellent writing skills in English;
Uzbek and/or Russian language skills are a recommendation;
Willingness and availability to travel both in country and region.

For more detailed information on this workpackage, please contact:
Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, ZEFa, Bonn, Mail: hornidge@uni-bonn.de Phone: 00-49-228-731718

Please send your complete set of application documents to:
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin, Center for Development Research, Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), University of Bonn, Walter-Flex-Str. 1-3,
53113 Bonn, Germany, Mail: mretat@uni-bonn.de

Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge
Senior Researcher
Center for Development Research
Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), University of Bonn, Room 148
Walter-Flex-Str. 1-3
53113 Bonn, Germany
tel: ++49 228 731718
fax: ++49 228 731972

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November 16, 2009

Association of American Geographers, Neoliberal projects and postsocialism,04/14-18/2010, MS

Deadline: October 11, 2009

Annual meeting
Association of American Geographers
Washington DC
April 14-18 2010

How do basic concepts shift in neoliberal projects? Evidence from the post-socialist world and beyond

The neoliberal experiment across the globe has involved the dissemination of knowledge about rational ‘best practices,’ geared towards the promotion of efficient market economies, seen as deeply intertwined with liberal democratic polities. In doing so, international financial institutions, academics, and the media have promoted not only concrete policies, but also specific languages and set of meanings that, albeit vague, support the rationale of neoliberal projects. Generally accepted by elites worldwide (and contested by their opponents), those concepts are also constantly reworked when they meet diverse and locally specific sets of meaning and institutional frameworks.

For example, Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union are areas where the symbolic component of the neoliberal project has been particularly evident, because of the transformation from communism to capitalism. Such transformation entailed the production – and from the Western standpoint, also the transfer – of a whole set of values, institutions, and forms of governance. However, when exported into the region via the embodiment in concrete policies, local elites used ‘Western’ modernizing (neoliberal) concepts in ways that the “Western” concept-makers did not even anticipate. Basic concepts such as ‘democracy’ and ‘capitalism’ in some cases assumed new meanings. Institutional and symbolic legacies from the past(s) (communist, and in some cases pre-communist) produced unexpected results when they met with the ‘Western’ version of supposedly neutral concepts.

For example, officials in Brussels considered the idea of having quotas for women and minorities in government an obvious democratic practice. Instead, it met opposition in post-communist states, because many East Europeans considered it a “communist” practice, with all its negative connotations. The geographical literature has just begun to analyze such conceptual shifts from ‘West’ to ‘East.’ Eastern European elites use Western rhetoric and mannerisms as tools to attract foreign aid (Kuus 2004, 2008); the very idea of ‘social networks’ assume a different structure in Georgia (Mitchneck and Pickles, in preparation) In Bulgaria, the government actively shifted the concept of ‘regionalism’ (Hirt 2007), ‘civil society’ (Caedmon and Cellarius 2002), and ‘clusters’ (Sellar et al. forthcoming) from the meaning devised in Brussels.

This session invites opinion pieces aimed at discussing how shifts in fundamental concepts may be affecting the social, political, and economic dynamics of ‘modernizing’ (neoliberal) projects in post socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union. We encourage submissions concerning ideas sucha as ‘state,’ ‘democracy,’ ‘economy,’ ‘market,’ ‘public spaces,’ ‘region,’ and ‘corruption.’ We would like to keep the session as broad as possible, open to contributions from a wide range of regions in the postsocialist world and beyond. What kinds of shifts in meaning did you encounter in your research? What kind of new concepts emerged when pre-existing understandings met the values/meanings taken for granted by ‘Western’ modernizers? How did these differences/encounters reflect in specific policies? How did they impact on the structure and findings of your research? How did they impact on and inform your relationships with colleagues from the region? How could theory help us to understand those conceptual shifts in a broader sense?

Abstracts should be sent to the session conveners by Sunday, October 11
Craig Young (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Christian Sellar (University of Mississippi)
Sonia Hirt (Virginia Tech)

Please send abstracts to:

Christian Sellar
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Policy Leadership
University of Mississippi
University MS 38677

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Project Manager, Eurasia Focus, InterMedia Survey Institute, DC

JOB- Project Manager, Eurasia Focus, InterMedia Survey Institute
Research Analyst/Project Manager: Eurasia Focus

InterMedia Survey Institutea global research, evaluation and consulting firm specializing in media and communicationis seeking an experienced Research Analyst/Project Manager who will be responsible for the management of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation projects throughout the Eurasia Region. This is a highly multifaceted position with duties including client interface, research design, project management, subcontractor oversight, fieldwork observation, research analysis, report writing, presentations and proposal support. The Project Manager will have primary responsibility for Russia and secondary responsibility for other Eurasia countries.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
A minimum of a Master's Degree in political or social science, market research, international affairs or related field;
A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in applied social or market research, analysis and reporting with an emphasis on insight generation;
Solid knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
Strong ability to analyze, synthesize and present quantitative and qualitative data;
Proficiency with statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS), word processing and presentation software;
Deep interest in and knowledge of media, communication and development trends and issues throughout the Eurasia region, ideally with first-hand on-the-ground experience;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Ability to work with colleagues and clients of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds;
Proven organizational, and project and time management skills;
Ability to work to multiple and tight deadlines;
Fluency in Russian;
Ability to travel (approximately 25%).

Personal Characteristics:
Innate curiosity; passion for research, analysis and delivering insights to clients;
Commitment to quality and accuracy;
Team player; self-starter; shows initiative; works independently;
First-rate interpersonal skills.

The position is based in Washington, D.C. InterMedia provides a friendly work environment and a generous benefits package and salary commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to pm-eurasia@intermedia.org or via fax# 866-500-4095. Due to the volume of responses to our ads, we kindly ask for no phone calls as only qualified candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.


Elizabeth Santiago
Office Manager
InterMedia -- "Research bringing the world within reach"
1401 New York Ave., NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: +1 202 434 9311
fax: +1 202 434 9560

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November 11, 2009

Religion and Everyday Life: Past, Present, Future, 10/01/-12/01/2009, on-line conference

Deadline: October 10, 2009

Moscow Society for the Study of Religions
Third International Online Conference on the Study of Religions
"Religion and Everyday Life: Past, Present, Future".
October 1, 2009 - December 1, 2009

Deadline postponed until October 10, 2009.
So please be welcome to send your paper to the conference!


Prof. Peter Antes (University of Hannover, Germany) "Islam in Germany today. An example for Religion and Everyday Life"
Prof. Gustavo Benavides (Villanova University, USA) "Reflexivity, metarepresentations and the rise of religion"
Prof. Henrik Hoffman (Yagellon University, Poland) "'Morphology of an Everyday Life' by Wlodzimiez Pawluczuk as a New Method for the Study of Religious Weltanschauung"
Prof. Marianna M. Shakhnovich (Saint-Petersburg University, Russia) "Teaching about Religion in School Curriculum: Religion in Political History or Religion in Everyday Life"
Dr.Habil. Mikhail Yu. Smirnov (Saint-Petersburg University, Russia) "Contemporary Russian Study of Religion: Everyday Life and the "

We invite submissions on the following topics:
religions of the family, religions of the city, religions of the empire(s);
contemporary religion: changing definitions;
approaches to the study of religion in everyday life;
religions in the frames of everyday life (time and space)
religious and secular: religious experience in everyday life;
religion and texts: reading in everyday life;
religion and media;
religion and education;
religion and bioethical debates;
future of religion: aspects of everyday life.

For further information, please see http://www.e-religions.net/2009/index.php?lng=en

Ivar Kh. Maksutov Chairman of MSSR,
The Moscow Society for the Study of Religions (http://www.mro.su/)
Lecturer, Center for the Study of Religions,
Russian State University for humanities PhD student,
Department of the Study of Religions,
Faculty of Philosophy,
Moscow State University
e-mail: imaksutov@rambler.ru
website: http://www.ivarmaksutov.com/
blog: http://ivarrr.livejournal.com/
Cell phone: + 7 903 287 0482
Skype: ivarmaksutov ICQ: 323024922

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Travel, Trade and Ethnic Transformations, 06/16-20, Hungary

Deadline: November 15,2009

7th Biennial MESEA Conference
The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas
Travel, Trade and Ethnic Transformations
16-20 June 2010
University of Pécs, Hungary

Call for Papers

Travel, movement and mobility are essential in human life: they shape individualities, histories and the stories people tell. In particular, labor, commerce, exile, tourism, transnational and transcontinental migrations have led to the socio-political and cultural production of dominant images of subjectivities and nationhoods. People's identification with "imagined communities" and their experience with "encountered ones" has determined ethnicity's and diaspora's infinitely variable socio-political and cultural content. However, neither panethnicity nor transmigrant/postcolonial hybridity can resolve the crisis of a liberal commodified polity. Ideologies of difference and subjectivity need to be critically regrounded in the realities of global capitalism, political economy and the changing structures of institutional and disciplinary power. This conference, then, aims to focus on the ways that travel and trade contribute to the definition and redefinition of ethnic subjectivities in the realms of culture, politics, history, and sociology, economics and law, language, literature and the arts in Europe and the Americas.

Proposals can be submitted to our website between August 15 and November 15, 2009. Submitters will receive notification of acceptance or rejections by December 15, 2009.

Inter/transnational and inter/transdisciplinary proposals as well as complete panels will be given preference.

Note that MESEA will award two Young Scholars Excellence Awards. For more information and a list of suggested topics, please see: http://www.mesea.org

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Nation and Charisma, 04/13-15/2010, London School of Economics

Deadline: November 6, 2009

CFP- Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism,
London School of Economics and Political Science.
April 13-15, 2010

Call for Papers

The conference will offer opportunities for young and established scholars from various disciplines to examine the relationship between nationalism and charisma in a series of panel sessions. Please see Call for Papers attached for more information. Further enquires are welcome at asen.conference@lse.ac.uk

Please see the ASEN website http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/ for more information and to submit your proposal.

ASEN 2010 Conference co-Chairs
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6801
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6218
Posted by: ASEN Conference <asen.conference@lse.ac.uk>

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is holding its 20th Anniversary Conference entitled "Nation and Charisma", on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 13 - 15 April 2010 at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Must nations have 'founding fathers', and nationalist movements charismatic leaders? Does nationalism differ in this respect from any other mass movement? If nationalism is a species of secular religion, is it also therefore a cult of the hero or heroine? How important is leadership for the national cause, and what are its effects for good or ill? These are some of the questions which the ASEN's 20th Anniversary Conference seeks to address.

The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various disciplines to examine the relationship between nationalism and charisma in a series of panel sessions. Suggested themes include:
Charismatic Authority and Oratory
Charisma, Cultural Nationalism and the Arts
Religious Charisma and Secular Nationalism
Iconography and Personality Cults
Popular Mobilisation vs. Elite Manipulation
Charismatic Leadership from Above and Grass-root Movements from Below
Political Transformation of Charisma

The 2010 Conference Committee is now calling for papers to be presented at the conference. The application is open to any researcher who is interested in the study of nationalism, and PhD students and young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and are expected by Friday, 6 November 2009.

Suggestions for panels and additional themes are also welcome. The Committee will notify applicants with its decision in December 2009.

Papers submitted to the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN).
Please note that ASEN cannot cover travel and accommodation costs.

Presenters are expected to register for the conference.

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6801 Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6218

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The Socialist 1960s, 06/24-26/2010, IL

Deadline: October 15, 2009

Call for Proposals
The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City in Global Perspective

2010 Fisher Forum, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
June 24-26, 2010

The 1960s witnessed an explosion of cross-cultural fertilization in a time of world competition for the hegemony of two enduring "systems" -
capitalism and socialism. As a moment when decolonization created immense possibilities for liberation movements throughout the world, the 1960s became the heyday of the "Second World" appeals to the newly decolonized societies of the "Third World," as well as the reemergence of a European "First World" as a postwar consumer society in reaction to American hegemony. This was the moment when the "orderedness" of the three worlds was arguably the most prominent in popular discourse and culture, and a moment when that order was contested and destabilized. The patterns that first emerged in the 1960s - cultural contest, political mobility, urbanization and the rise of urban youth movements, women's rights, the hegemony of popular over "high" culture driven by technology - form the bases of today's discussions of globalization, its challenges, dangers, and contestation.

The purpose of this conference will be to use the Second World, the socialist societies of the 1960s, as the center from which to explore global interconnections and uncover new and perhaps surprising patterns of cultural cross-pollination. This forum will be structured around cities as the units of analysis, and it will focus on the arena of popular culture as played out in these city spaces. More specifically, we invite paper proposals that focus on one of three realms of urban popular culture - media (including cinema, television, popular music); material culture (including spaces and
their uses as well as commodities), and leisure (including tourism and other activities). We consider these exemplary of the circulation of objects, images, sounds, and impressions on a level different from political programs, literature and "fine arts." Several thematic threads will tie together this consideration of the circulation of popular culture around and through the Second world: mobility and cultural transmission; youth cultures and student movements; gender; consumerism and hedonism; the state and cultural exchange; technology and cultural dissemination; cosmopolitan political mobilization. Our aims will be to consider what the "1960s" meant in socialist countries, and to discuss the balance in the 1960s between cultural global integration and continuing political differentiation.

The core of the forum will be the socialist societies of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, but the forum would be enriched by participation from scholars who study other socialist societies. We anticipate that the conference will result in a published volume: submissions should be original work, not previously published.

The conference organizers are Diane P. Koenker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (dkoenker@illinois.edu) and Anne E. Gorsuch, University of British Columbia (gorsuch@interchange.ubc.ca). We welcome advance inquiries..

Please send proposed paper title and abstracts to each of the organizers by October 15, 2009. Proposals should indicate which of the conference themes the paper addresses, and the term "Sixties" or "1960s" should be explicit in the paper title. Selection of participants will be made by November 30, 2009, and conference papers should be submitted by April 1, 2010.

The Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum is held in conjunction with the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. The conference is made possible by Mary and Hal Zirin's generous gift to the Ralph and Ruth Fisher Endowment Fund in honor of Professor Ralph Fisher and his wife Ruth. Ralph Fisher is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois and founder of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Summer Research Lab.

Tracie L Wilson, PhD
Associate Director
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
104 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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November 09, 2009

Dissertation Research in Original Sources

Deadline: November 13

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for graduate students who:
* are enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States
* will complete all doctoral requirements except the dissertation and be ready to start research for it as early as June 1 and no later than September 1, 2010, with approval of the dissertation proposal by April 1, 2010
* plan to do dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, related repositories, or a combination
* will write the dissertation and receive the Ph.D. degree in a field of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences.

To such students, CLIR offers approximately 15 competitively awarded Fellowships carrying stipends of up to $25,000 to support dissertation research for periods of 9 to 12 months.

The application deadAll applications must be submitted through CLIR's online application system. Fellowship awards will be announced on April 1, 2010.
Fellowship tenure will begin between June 1 and September 1, 2010, and end within 12 months of commencing.

Applications, detailed instructions and further information are available online and may be found under “Awards” at www.clir.org

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Kenyon Collete

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship

This award is named in honor of the late Marilyn Yarbrough, Kenyon parent and trustee. A legal scholar and university administrator who was a former editor of the Black Law Journal and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Marilyn Yarbrough often addressed gender and racial discrimination in her scholarship and teaching.

One of the most significant challenges confronting small liberal arts colleges in the United States today is increasing the members of underrepresented groups teaching at such institutions. A diverse faculty benefits students, faculty, and administrators alike by enriching the nature of the education experience for all. We recognize, though, that young scholars who are members of underrepresented groups frequently choose to pursue their careers as teachers and scholars at research universities rather than at small liberal arts colleges. In order to encourage such scholars to consider college rather than university teaching, Kenyon College offers the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship. The program is for scholars in the final stages of their doctoral work who need only to finish the dissertation to complete requirements for the Ph.D. We hope the experience of living and working for a year at Kenyon will encourage these Fellows to consider a liberal arts college as a place to begin their careers as teachers and scholars.

Kenyon will provide a stipend of $32,500, plus health benefits, housing, and a small moving allowance. The College will also provide an allowance to cover travel to conferences or for consultation with the dissertation director. Kenyon will assist the Fellow in finding college housing. The Fellow will be provided an office, a networked computer, and secretarial support services. Faculty colleagues at Kenyon recognize and embrace the opportunity to welcome and mentor new faculty members.

The Fellow is expected to write the dissertation and to teach one course each semester, usually in the Fellow's general research area. Fellows are also expected to offer a college lecture or departmental
seminar on the dissertation topic at some point during the academic year in residence. Kenyon College assumes that the Fellow will participate in the intellectual life of his/her home department, as
well as in the broader cultural life of the College. Our primary expectation, however, and the main focus of this fellowship, is the completion of the dissertation.

Eligibility to apply for the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship is limited to those meeting all of the following four criteria who are citizens or nationals of the United States or otherwise 'protected individuals' as defined in 8 USC 1324b(a)(3)(B).

* Members of underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic minorities; women in fields that attract mostly men, or men in fields that attract mostly women; and persons who are first-generation college attendees).

* Individuals who are enrolled in a research-based Ph.D. program in one of the following fields: African and African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Classics, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Public Policy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Scientific Computing, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies.

* Individuals who aspire to a teaching and research career.

* Persons who have not yet earned a doctoral degree at any time and in any field.

To apply: go to https://employment.kenyon.edu
You will be asked to supply:

* Letter of Application (your cover letter should address the four criteria for eligibility)

* Vita

* Three (3) Letters of Reference (including one from the dissertation advisor.)

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2009 and will continue until the fellowship is awarded.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race,

religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. Kenyon welcomes diversity and encourages the applications of women and minority candidates.

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Slavic and East European Language Studies, Oslo

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Slavic and East European Language Studies (Russia, the Balkans, Central Europe)

POSITION AS POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (SKO/post code 1352) IN LANGUAGE-BASED AREA STUDIES (RUSSIA, THE BALKANS, CENTRAL EUROPE) is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. About the Department http://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english

The successful applicant is expected to investigate a problem within the research area of language-based area studies in Russia, the Balkans, or Central Europe. The project description must include a discussion of the choice of method (e.g. discourse analysis). Research projects based on material in Slavic languages are given preference.

Applicants must hold either a Norwegian doctoral degree or an equivalent degree in an academic area that is relevant to the proposed project.

The post-doctoral research fellowship is for a period of 4 years, with a 25% duty component devoted to teaching and acquiring basic pedagogical competency.

Applicants must submit a project proposal of a maximum of 10 pages, including a schedule of activities. It is expected that the project will be completed within the 4-year period. The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in senior academic positions within their disciplines. We are looking for strongly motivated and competent candidates, with high academic qualifications in the relevant area of research.

The successful applicant will be expected to become involved with existing research groups at the Faculty of Humanities and to contribute to the further development of the scholarly community.

Short-listed applicants will be called in to an interview at the University of Oslo. They may also be asked to give a lecture for graduate students on a topic chosen by the evaluation committee.

Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained at http://www.uio.no/admhb/reglhb/personal/tilsettingvitenskapelig/guidelinespostdoctor.xml

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply. The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting more foreigners to Norway in academic positions. Immigrants are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

For further information, contact:

Administrative Head of Department Jan-Børge Tjäder +47 2285 68 94,

j.b.tjader@ilos.uio.no, or Research Director Antin Rydning,

+47 22 85 68 32, a.f.rydning@ilos.uio.no

Government wage scale: 57-62 (NOK 438 700 to NOK 481 000)

Closing date for applications: October 8, 2009

Ref.no: 2009/12673

Applicants should submit four copies of:

* Project proposal (max. 10 pages)

* A list of published and unpublished works

* Curriculum vitae (with full information about education, Former positions, pedagogical and administrative experience), including one set of certified copies of certificates

* Names and contact information of two references

* Three paper copies or one electronic version of the doctoral dissertation together with three scientific articles (published or submitted for publication) that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.

Please mark applications with ref.no. 2009/12673 and send via email to stillinger@hf.uio.no/jobbsoknad@hf.uio.no

or to The Faculty of Humanities, P.O.Box 1079 Blindern, 03l6 Oslo, Norway

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Harry Ransom Center, TX

2010-2011 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities Location: Texas, United States

Fellowship Deadline: 2010-02-01

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin annually awards over 50 fellowships to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. Applicants must demonstrate the necessity of substantial on-site use of the Center's collections.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. Complete applications for the 2010–2011 Research Fellowships in the Humanities must be received by February 1, 2010.

The Center's collections contain 36 million manuscripts, one million rare books, 5 million photographs, and 100,000 works of art, in addition to major holdings in performing arts and film. The Center offers scholars the opportunity to study such diverse holdings as thirteenth-century Italian verse, early map renderings of the moon, European broadsides, seventeenth-century English dramatic poetry, early developments in micro-photography, avant-garde theater design, modern French musical composition, literary portraiture, the art of caricature, censorship in Hollywood, and the work of contemporary African novelists.

More information about the fellowships and complete application instructions are available online at http://budurl.com/bgyl

Harry Ransom Center

The University of Texas at Austin


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Deadline: December 15, 2009

a regional conference of the AAASS
Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA
Saturday, March 20, 2010


Panels and papers are welcome on any appropriate scholarly aspect of Slavic and East European Studies. Proposals must include the following to be considered:
the paper's title and a very brief abstract;
any requests for technical support (especially important for our planning);
the surface and email addresses of the presenter;
his or her institutional affiliation and professional status (professor, graduate student, etc.)

Room assignments for the panels are based in part on knowing the need for technical support when the Executive Board meets in mid-January.
Undergraduate students under the guidance of a faculty mentor may present a paper at the Conference if the faculty mentor submits the information outlined above.

Keynote Address by Professor Sibelan Forrester, "Reverse Colonialization: Bringing the Other into the Slavic Studies Classroom"

Please send your proposals no later than December 15, 2009 to me by email at theis@kutztown.edu and/or by sending them on hard copy to Dr. Mary Theis, MASC Executive Secretary, Department of Modern Language Studies, Kutztown University, PO Box 730, Kutztown, PA 19530.
My home address (503 Friendship Drive, Fleetwood, PA 19522) should be used for mailing the hard copy after that date, but I need to have all proposals at least by December 15th. My home email is maryetheis@mac.com in case of emergencies.

As always, we encourage professionals in the field to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants at the Conference itself. Much of the benefit of the Conference depends on active participation and informed commentary by those taking part.

A juried award of $200 is made annually for the best graduate paper judged according to these elements in our rubric: clarity of main research question and the response to it, importance to the profession of main research findings, amount of support for their argument, use of primary sources as well as adequate and interesting content, readiness for publication, correct use of English, and readability/style.
Please remind your students that they should provide the necessary visuals or materials to make a valid evaluation. Of course, the paper must be presented at our MASC to be considered and will differ somewhat from the written paper. The winning paper is then entered in the national AAASS competition, where the rewards are more significant. A second place prize of $175 is also awarded.

Mary E. Theis
Executive Secretary, MASC

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Roma in the Western Balkans

Deadline: October 20, 2009

Roma Initiatives Fellowship on Roma in the Western Balkans

The Open Society Institute (OSI) is the major nongovernmental supporter of efforts to improve the economic and social inclusion of Roma in Central and South Eastern Europe. Over the last 15 years, OSI’s Roma-related programs have worked on a wide range of issues, including equal access to quality education, women’s empowerment and gender equity, public health, civic and political participation, media access and development of Roma media, promoting tolerance, cultural diversity, and challenging anti-Roma prejudice. OSI is one of the main supporters of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015. Roma Initiatives guides and coordinates all aspects of OSI network programming and grant-making activity related to Roma within the framework of the Decade. One of the key objectives of OSI’s Roma work is to build capacity among Roma activists to make their own case in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life. The Roma Initiatives Fellowship plays a critical part in achieving this objective. In line with the capacity-building objective, the fellowships are intended primarily for individuals active in the field of Roma rights. Fellows will also benefit from coaching and training according to individual needs.

- Collection of data necessary for the planning and implementation of OSI Roma Initiatives’ activities and strategy
- Communication with OSI Roma Initiatives partners in the region
- Assistance in planning and organizing meetings, conferences, trainings in the region
- Assistance in identification of capable Roma individuals and organizations in the region and their needs for further development
- Assistance in developing ideas and activities of Roma Initiatives

- University degree
- Minimum 3 years of work experience
- Languages – proficiency in Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, fluent English and Romanes
- Knowledge of the Western Balkans political and social context
- Excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills
- Educated to university level
- Good understanding and high level commitment to Roma rights
- Fully computer literate
- Good team player
- Experience and interest in working as a member of a multinational, multiethnic team
- Willingness to travel in the region

Time frame
November 2009 - November 2010
Fellowships are generally for a 12-month period, with the possibility of extension depending on the scope of the initiative.

Fellowship candidates should be based in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia

To apply
Please send applications in English, including a cover (motivation) letter and curriculum vitae, to applications@admingroup.hu.

Application deadline:October 20, 2009

For more information about OSI Roma Initiatives, please see http://www.soros.org/initiatives/roma.

OSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer which supports diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

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Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana, 08/11-15/2010, Yasnaya Polyana

Deadline: February 10, 2010

Tolstoy and World Literature 2010

The Seventh International Academic Conference Leo Tolstoy and World Literature will take place August 11-15, 2010, at Yasnaya Polyana, the Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate, home of Tolstoy's Personal Library, which contains books in 39 foreign languages.

This conference celebrates the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy's death, and topics related to this subject will be especially welcome. The new academic edition being prepared at IMLI at the Moscow Academy of Sciences is ongoing, and we also welcome reports on the early reception around the world of Tolstoy's works. New editions on Tolstoy will be presented at the Conference. Yasnaya Polyana will publish the conference papers.

For more information about the conference and how to apply to attend it, please contact Donna Tussing Orwin of the University of Toronto at donna.orwin@utoronto.ca, or Galina Alexeeva of Yasnaya Polyana, at gala@tgk.tolstoy.ru

The announcement of the Conference will be on the Yasnaya Polyana web-site (www.yasnayapolyana.ru) on October 1st.

Applications must be received by February 1, 2010.

Donna Tussing Orwin, Professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
University of Toronto
President, Tolstoy Society
Alumni Hall 415
121 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON
Canada M5S 1J4
tel 416-926-1300, ext. 3316
fax 416-926-2076

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Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, 03/25-27/2010, Gainesville, Florida

Deadline: January 15, 2010

The 48th annual meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will take place in Gainesville, FL on March 25-27, 2010. The conference, hosted by the University of Florida, will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. The special conference rate is $135 per night. The hotel can be reached by phone at: 1-352-371-3600. In addition to the regular panels, there will be a special plenary roundtable session on Friday afternoon devoted to:

"Gas Wars, Colored Revolutions, and Virtual Politics in Russia and the "Near Abroad": A Post-election Assessment"

Leading scholars of Russian and Ukrainian politics will gather to assess the state of and prospects for relations between Russia, Europe, and the Russian "Near Abroad."

Roundtable participants include:
--- Andrew Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies and Senior Policy Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations.
--- Paul D'Anieri, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at University of Florida.
--- Lucan Way, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Toronto.

Following the plenary session, Professor Mark von Hagen will deliver the keynote address, "History Wars: Memory and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe," at the Friday night banquet.

The deadline for panel and paper proposals for the conference is January 15, 2010. Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome and encouraged, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a proposed title for the panel itself and identifying information (including email addresses and institutional affiliations) for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include email contact, institutional affiliation, and a brief (one paragraph) abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels.
Email (preferably) your proposal to Sharon Kowalsky at sharon_kowalsky@tamu-commerce.edu, or send it by conventional post to:
Dr. Sharon Kowalsky
Department of History
Texas A&M University-Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429

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November 04, 2009

Yale Journal of International Affairs

Deadline: October 23, 2009-10-23

The staff at the Yale Journal of International Affairs is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our Winter 2010 issue, to be published this coming January.

Double-spaced, 3,000 - 5,000 word research articles can be submitted for consideration for publication in our Winter 2010 edition. YJIA also considers 1,000 - 2,000 word book reviews on recent works of scholarly importance. All submissions should conform to the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. Citations should take the form of endnotes, and should be formatted according to the Yale Journal of International Affairs Style Guide.

*Graduate students, in particular, are encouraged to submit high quality book reviews on international development and aid.*

Submissions for the upcoming issue should be submitted electronically (as Microsoft Word documents) to jason.warner@yalejournal.org no later than October 23, 2009. Accepted authors will be contacted shortly thereafter to coordinate further editing with YJIA staff.

Authors should also include a cover letter indicating his/her name, institutional affiliation, contact information (including email address and phone number) as well as a brief bio. Additionally, a 100 word abstract should accompany all submissions.

Jason Warner

Yale University

Visit the website at http://yalejournal.org/current-issue

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Poetry Anthology

Deadline: October 20, 2009

Poetry Anthology accepting submissions Location: United States

Diversion Press announces our 2009 Poetry Anthology

Submit: Submit no more than five poems. Send all poems on a separate Word document with your name, address, phone number, and Email address on each page. Your poems should appear exactly as you would like them to appear if accepted for publication. Prepare a cover letter. Send the entire thing as a single attachment to our email address: diversionpress@yahoo.com. The subject line should read Poetry Submission. The Email should state that the poetry is attached. Do not submit more than once for this contest. Selection: There is no reading fee and poems will be read and accepted or rejection given by Email. Once the contest end period is over (January 2, 2010) the winners will be announced.

Prizes: YOU DO NOT have to purchase a copy of the book to be included or to win a prize. We will select the poems and winners before the book is published or we even offer the book for sale. All winners will get a free book (books are not free unless you win—but you will be offered copies at a much reduced price). All winners will also get their name and place put into the book. All entrants may have their poems also placed on the website. Diversion Press only asks for rights to the print the poems in this anthology and any reprints of this anthology under the same name. The rights then revert back to the poets.
1st place: $20

2nd place: $15 dollars

3rd place: $10 dollars

The Press Blog and websites are



Diversion Press

Email: diversionpress@yahoo.com

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences, 03/26/2010, Grand Rapids

Deadline: November 30, 2009.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, 2010

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

March 26, 2010

Call for Papers

Accepting panel & paper proposals on any topic in the social sciences. Special interest in interdisciplinary studies and in studies that discuss/employ humanities and/or natural sciences with social sciences.

Abstracts are due by November 30, 2009. Abstracts should be submitted on line at the Michigan Academy website: www.alma.edu/michiganacademy

See full call at http://www.alma.edu/repository/michiganacademy/Interdisciplinary_Studies_in_Social_Sciences_Call_10.pdf

Section Leader/Chair: Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter, Ph.D., Oakland University (Michigan) | 248 854 8340 | bennettc@oakland.edu

Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter, Ph.D.

Oakland University

113 O'Dowd Hall

Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309

248 854 8340

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European Architectural History Network, 06/17-20/2010, Portugal

Deadline: 30 October 2009

EAHN First International Meeting

17-20 June 2010


Call for Papers

The deadline for the call for papers for the First International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Guimarães, Portugal, 17-20 June 2010 is now approaching. Papers are sought for the twenty-five sessions and roundtables at the conference which will cover architecture of all periods, from antiquity, medieval, and early modern, up through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as topics from allied disciplines such as urban history and garden history.

The call for papers can be viewed on the conference website: http://www.eahn2010.org

or downloaded at the following URL: http://www.eahn2010.org/EAHN2010_CPF.pdf

Complete details for submissions are included in the CFP, with proposals and supporting material to be sent directly to the chair(s) of each session or roundtable.

EAHN: European Architectural History Network

c/o TU Delft

RMIT - Faculty of Architecture

P.O. Box 5043

2600 GA Delft

The Netherlands

Email: office@eahn.org


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November 02, 2009

Critical Studies in History

Deadline: October 15, 2009

Critical Studies in History Journal Call for Papers

Founded in 2008, _Critical Studies in History_ (ISSN 1943-0795) publishes essays, position papers, research articles, and critical perspective pieces that explore the role of critical theory in history and the place of history in theoretical critiques. Intervening beyond the philosophy of history, the journal particularly favors studies that illuminate specific historical problems or make innovative historiographical interventions. The editors invite submissions of manuscripts appropriate to the aims of this open-access online journal. Manuscripts should not exceed 8,500 words and will be peer reviewed in a double-blinded procedure.

We are now inviting submissions for the second issue of the second volume, with the theme "Cultural Values," scheduled to appear in December 2009.

Authors are expected to follow these guidelines:
1. Submit manuscripts to history.theory@gmail.com as an electronic attachment in Microsoft Word.

2. Include a short paragraph of author's biography along with a paper abstract of around 150-250 words.

3. All manuscripts should conform to the footnotes citation system of the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Do not use the author-date system. Please ensure that all quotations, titles, names, and dates are double-checked for accuracy.

4. Indicate in writing that the submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All issues of the journal will be published online in paginated PDF files. The journal is intended to provide more opportunities than traditional history journals in publishing historiographically-oriented pieces that bring critical theory to bear on the practice of historical scholarship.

Expressions of interest in becoming a manuscript reviewer for the journal are also welcome.

Direct any other questions, comments, or suggestions to:

Howard Chiang

Founding Editor, Critical Studies in History

Coordinator, History and Theory Reading Group

E-mail: history.theory@gmail.com

Visit the website at http://history.theory.googlepages.com/csh

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Before and Beyond Auschwitz New conflicts and alternative routes among exclusion, identity and diversity, 01/27-29/2010, Italy

Deadline: September 30, 2009

Before and Beyond Auschwitz. New conflicts and alternative routes among exclusion, identity and diversity

Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy

27 28 29 January 2010

Call for Papers

Studies and reflections on Auschwitz (seen) as a paradigmatic event concerning the building and the destruction of both historical and political categories have thoroughly inquired into origins and effects far beyond the 20th-century horizon. These study days aim to propose a re-evaluation of those circumstances (historical, social, political, cultural, philosophical) which, even through progressive dissipations of the sense of (human) limits, led to the formation of regimes where everything seemed possible. Together with this analysis aimed at confronting different approaches and disciplines we attempt to look into the Contemporaneity, especially the new conflicts often accompanying forms of identity closure, in the light of those exclusion/discrimination models which frequently concern the tout court differences. The intent to go beyond Auschwitz, revitalizing an idea of remembrance that is not merely conservative but try to link up with the Contemporaneity, leads to study those forms of conflict oppositions, from the peace movements to the non-violence, grown during the 20th century.

Within this more general framework the following topics will be closely discussed:

Minority exclusion and discrimination

Gender violence: woman as subject and object of totalitarian regimes

Peace movements and pacifism

Identity and politics: gender, ethnic and social class

New conflict opposition forms after Auschwitz and Hiroshima

Conflicts in the contemporary world

Biopolitics of field

All research workers, scholars and specialists interested in the convention themes are invited to debate these topics in order to foster confrontation among different prospects and viewpoints on branches of learning.

Who wants to participate in one of the thematic workshops is invited to present an abstract of his/her own speech (max 300 words) not later than September 30, 2009. Proposals must be sent to: csgeneremc@gmail.com or faxed to 0039 0733 258 2551. Only the abstracts in Italian or English language containing name and surname, email address, speech title and a brief curriculum vitae et studiorum (max 2000 characters, spaces included) will be accepted.

Keynote speakers:

Angelo D'Orsi (Università di Torino)

Danielle Levy (Università di Macerata)

Yosefa Loshitzky (University of East London)

Paola Magnarelli (Università di Macerata)

Caterina Resta (Università di Messina)

Andrea Rondini (Università di Macerata)

Anny Dayan Rosenman (Universitè Paris Diderot-Paris VII)

Victor Sidler (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Department of Communication Sciences:

Phone: (0039)0733-2582577

Fax: (0039)0733-2582551

Gender observatory:

Phone: (0039)0733-237107

Fax: (0039)0733-237138

Email: g.calamanti@unimc.it; csgeneremc@gmail.com

Visit the website at http://www.unimc.it/ricerca/dipartimenti/dipartimento-di-scienze-della-comunicazione; www.odg-isrec.com

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Visual Culture & Global Practices, 03/04-06/2010), CA

Deadline: November 16, 2009

45th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
California State University, Long Beach
Visual Culture & Global Practices
March 4-6, 2010

Plenary Speaker:
W. J. T. Mitchell, Prof. of English & Art History, University of Chicago

The contemporary situation in humanities and social sciences is often characterized by the so called visual turn, or the increasing emphasis of theory on the power and scope of the visual in everyday life, science, literature, media and the arts. Visual Culture as well as the formation of the field of Visual Studies stems from this renewed focus upon pictoriality and the power of the image, and its expression through various linguistic, visual and media forms.

Visual Culture & Global Practices seeks to examine literature (across time periods and languages), images, visual objects and mechanisms, and events from diverse cultures, across national boundaries, and within global contexts. Among the questions to be explored are:
What are the visual codes of cultural works?
What is the relationship between these works and their conditions of consumption, production and reception?
How do images function within political, social, and economic forces?
What is the cultural work that images do?
How do we theorize visual culture?
How do we read images?

The conference will take place at California State University, Long Beach, March 4-6, 2010. Plenary Speaker is renowned Visual Culture scholar W. J. T. Mitchell, Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, whose works Iconology (1986), Picture Theory (1994), and What Do Pictures Want? (2005) focus on media theory and visual culture.

We invite proposals for papers that deal with the power and role of the image and its relationship to literature and other disciplines and methodologies. Participants from different fields - literary theory and philosophy, aesthetics, film studies, art history and theory, theater, fine arts, graphic design, culture studies, visual and media studies, digital media and electronic arts, sociology, psychology, and cognitive science - are invited to submit an abstract.

Given the topic of this conference, you can also or alternatively represent your work in a poster session. Posters are graphic and textual representations of research. This format, more typical in the sciences than in the humanities, allows for research to be presented to audiences in visual formats throughout the conference rather than at single sessions. Posters are welcomed and encouraged on any aspect of visual cultural study or practice.

To propose a PAPER, please send an electronic 250-word abstract along with an attached c.v. no later than November 16, 2009 to Prof. Nhora Serrano

Nhora Lucia Serrano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Dept. of Comparative World Literature & Classics
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840
work tele: (562) 985-1589
fax: (562) 985-4863

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Historical Inquiry in the New Century, 06/03-05/2010, DC

Deadline: January 31, 2010

Call for Papers

Historical Inquiry in the New Century

The Historical Society's 2010 Conference

District of Columbia

June 3-5, 2010 George Washington University, Washington, DC

Eric Arnesen, Program Chair

Under this broad rubric, we invite participants to address a wide range of questions and issues, including: Where do particular fields now stand? What are the truly big questions historians face, and are we adequately grappling with them? How do we think historical inquiry will change in the 21st century?

We particularly encourage panel proposals, though individual paper proposals are, of course, welcome also. Please submit proposals (abstract and a brief CV) to jslucas@bu.edu by January 31, 2010.

Eric Arnesen, Program Chair

The Historical Society

656 Beacon St., Mezzanine

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-358-0260

Fax: 617-358-0250

Email: jslucas@bu.edu

Visit the website at http://www.bu.edu/historic/conf_ev.html

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Knowledge: (Trans)Formation, 03/03/2010, Tunisia

Deadline: December 12, 2009

Call for Papers

The Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis & The English Department of the Institut Supérieur des Etudes Littéraires et Humaines of Tunis are pleased to announce their second joint conference on

Knowledge: (Trans)Formation

March 3-4, 2010

One of the defining features of our modern life is the unremitting accumulation of knowledge. Indeed, we live in an era governed by a race for knowledge and described by such catchphrases as “the age of knowledge” or “the knowledge society.” In earlier phases of the modern project of Enlightenment, the positive aspects of knowledge were emphasised. Rational knowledge was deemed essential to human liberation and accomplishment. Knowledge, however, has darker sides and may have dire consequences. Francis Bacon’s aphorism, “knowledge is power,” stated some four centuries earlier, operates at its best now. For knowledge, like any other type of power, can be transformed into a tool of coercion.

In our age of impressive development of cognition, it is significant to interrogate the role of knowledge and its effects on individuals, societies and humanity in its entirety. This conference, therefore, will focus on knowledge as a cultural form, liable to produce meanings and construct new socio-political practices as well as modes of resistance. It will attempt to engage a debate on the formation and transformation, uses and abuses, origins and consequences of different types of knowledge.

Participants are invited to bring their contribution to the following thematic areas:

Knowledge and artistic production: how can art (literature, painting etc.) construct, manipulate and reorient our knowledge of the world?

Knowledge and postmodernism: does the world provide us with a foundational reality? Is it possible to authenticate any form of knowledge as ‘truth’?

Knowledge and Feminist thought: how can a feminist informed critique destabilize the hierarchal organization of knowledge and the oppressive structures within which it is assembled and propagated?

Knowledge and language: does language mediate knowledge? What is the role of discourse in the production, deployment and development of knowledge? Cross-cultural knowledge and interlanguage.

Knowledge, education and digital technology: how is knowledge produced, disseminated and legitimized in the Academia? How does the electronic revolution affect prospects of human knowledge? How can e-learning and the Virtual Divide reshuffle traditional concepts of education? Can we speak now about efficient education with the chasm separating Digital Natives from Digital Immigrants?

Knowledge and multimedia: what is the role of media, cinema and cyberspace in creating culturally-determined knowledge constructs?

Knowledge and Globalization: what are the consequences of the growing worldwide economic, political and cultural interdependence? How to cope with the uneven distribution of knowledge?

Knowledge, history and representation: how do issues of identity, community, time and ideology infiltrate knowledge systems?

Indigenous or “subaltern” knowledge (memory, heritage, folklore, myths, proverbs, dances etc): how can the revival of indigenous knowledge be a form of resistance?

Submission Instructions:

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Abstracts should have about 250 words.

Contact Information:

Please fill in the registration form below and send it to Hager Ben Driss, e-mail: hagerbendriss@yahoo.com

1- Title of paper

2- Section (thematic area)

3- Name

4- Affiliation

5- E-mail address

6- Abstract


Deadline for submitting abstracts: December 12th, 2009.

Acceptance of proposals will be notified no later than January 9th, 2010.

Hager Ben Driss

Institut Supérieur des Etudes Littéraires et Humaines.

Email: hagerbendriss@yahoo.com

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Articulation(s), Amsterdam

Deadline: September 30, 2009

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) Location: Ontario, Netherlands

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) invites proposals for paper submissions and panel sessions for its yearly International Workshop.

How do we analyze, understand, and participate in the world? What are the ways in which we can think through concepts such as aesthetics, identity, politics, and space to articulate the object(s) of our inquiry? These are a few of the questions the 2010 ASCA International Workshop, "Articulation(s)," seeks to explore. The workshop offers a space in which we can reflect upon such questions and the methodological nuances, theoretical consequences, and political implications that arise when we interrogate (trans)national theories, disciplines, and contested object(s).

With its double meaning, to express and to connect, articulation(s) highlights the contingency of the unities of meaning and of discourse(s) that we ascribe to our object(s) in question. Articulation(s) is a generative concept that has been prominent in shaping theory for decades. Working (inter)disciplinarily in the humanities, articulation(s), as a travelling concept, refers to the engaging of objects, concepts, and theories and the (im)possibilities of interrogation.

In this workshop articulation(s) is presented in relation to four distinct themes that we will (re)articulate and/or interrogate to see whether they help us express the relationships between theories, discipline, and object(s) from our various fields.

These issues will be discussed in four panels:

National Identity

Migratory Aesthetics


Politics of Mourning

For further information on the panels, visit the website at http://www.hum.uva.nl/asca/news.cfm/2F204DAB-1321-B0BE-A40047342B0FC94F

In keeping with the spirit of tradition, this workshop has been inspired by the 2008-2009 ASCA Theory Seminar entitled "Articulations": Theoretically Speaking.

Participants are welcome to submit proposals from any discipline and will be subjected to peer review. Please submit a short autobiographical sketch (150 words) and your proposal (300 words) to Dr. Eloe Kingma, Managing Director of ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) via email or post. Please indicate which of the four themes you would like to participate in, and if your presentation will include video, projection, or performance.

Those selected to participate will be asked to provide a 3000 word paper (excluding bibliography) by January 4, 2010, so that the papers can be distributed in advance of the workshop. In order to allow for a sufficient amount of discussion time, papers will not be read. Instead, participants will be asked to provide a short summary of their argument or to respond to another panelist(s)'s paper for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Proposals should be sent to:

Dr. Eloe Kingma (Managing Director)

Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

Email: asca-fgw@uva.nl

Visit the website at http://www.hum.uva.nl/asca

Lara Mazurski

University of Amsterdam

Email: l.e.mazurski@uva.nl

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The Author-Translator in the European Literary Tradition, 06/28-07/01/2010, Swansea


The Author-Translator in the European Literary Tradition
Swansea University, 28 June - 1 July 2010

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Susan Bassnett, David Constantine, Lawrence Venuti

The recent `creative turn´ in translation studies has challenged notions of translation as a derivative and uncreative activity which is inferior to `original´ writing. Commentators have drawn attention to the creative processes involved in the translation of texts, and suggested a rethinking of translation as a form of creative writing. Hence there is growing critical and theoretical interest in translations undertaken by literary authors.

This conference focuses on acts of translation by creative writers. Literary scholarship has tended to overlook this aspect of an author´s output, yet since the time of Cicero, authors across Europe have been engaged not only in composing their own works but in rendering texts from one language into another. Indeed, many of Europe´s greatest writers have devoted time to translation - from Chaucer to Heaney, from Diderot and Goethe to Seferis and Pasternak - and have produced some remarkable texts. Others (Beckett, Joyce, Nabokov) have translated their own work from one language into another. As attentive readers and skilful wordsmiths, writers may be particularly well equipped to meet the creative demands of literary translation; many translations of poetry are, after all, undertaken by poets themselves. Moreover, translation can have a major impact on an author´s own writing and on the development of native literary traditions.

The conference seeks to reassess the importance of translation for European writers - both well-known and less familiar - from antiquity to the present day. It will explore why authors translate, what they translate, and how they translate, as well as the links between an author´s translation work and his or her own writing. It will bring together scholars in English studies and modern languages, classics and medieval studies, comparative literature and translation studies.

Possible topics include:
individual author-translators: motivations, career trajectories, comparative thematics and stylistics;
the author-translator in context: literary societies, movements, national traditions;
the problematic creativity of the author-translator;
self-reflective pronouncements and manifestos;
the author-translator as critic of others´ translations;
self-translation: strengths and weaknesses;
authors, adaptations, re-translation and relay translation;
the reception and influence of the work of author-translators;
theoretical interfaces.

Proposals are invited for individual papers (max. 20 minutes) or panels (of 3 speakers). The conference language is English. It is anticipated that selected papers from the conference will be published.

Please send a 250-word abstract by 30 September 2009 to the organisers, Hilary Brown and Duncan Large:
Author-Translator Conference
Department of Modern Languages
Swansea University
GB-Swansea SA2 8PP
E-mail: author-translator@swan.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0)1792 295710
Web: http://www.author-translator.net

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The Enigma of the Homeland

Deadline: June 1, 2010

Call for Papers

The Enigma of the Homeland
Editors Catherine Gomes & Olivia Guntarik, RMIT University, Australia

We invite contributions for an edited collection of reflective essays, creative writings and poems that reflect on the meaning of home.

The notion of ‘the homeland’ connotes soothing images of a place deeply rooted in the past. It can refer to the nation as a ‘home’ or a domestic space through the use of familial tropes. The homeland is inextricably tied to the discourse of diaspora and exile – and to ideas of loss, longing and nostalgia. The homeland is one’s birthplace, one that you were uprooted from and perhaps still desired, but could never truly return. Salman Rushdie writes about the idea of ‘imaginary homelands’ to evoke the concept of home in terms of displacement and its instability. Homeland also implies a complex historical connection, a shared memory of the past tied to the land itself. Indigenous cultural knowledge, for instance, often emphasizes a relationship with place and the ancestral beings that created it.

The homeland is an enigma and has become a fluid concept which is not necessarily exclusively associated with country of birth due to the transnational movements of people. Such movements of individuals occur for a variety of reasons that include work, business, lifestyle, study, family, trauma, humanitarian and human rights. Both permanent and temporary migrants have been subject to a wealth of experience that confuses the concept of ‘home’. The fluidity of the concept of home usually lies with the experiences of the migrant both in the home and host country. Some migrants are forced to leave their birth countries because of personal or national trauma (eg. human rights violations, politics, war and natural disasters), while others leave out of choice and for less traumatic reasons (eg. lifestyle, work, study and family). While some migrants settle in their host countries with minimal discomfort, others encounter challenges in settlement such as hostility and suspicion. Some migrants more easily integrate into their host society by perhaps assimilating into already established ethnic or cultural communities. Others find assimilation more difficult because of the lack of community support. However, joining an established ethnic or cultural community can also result in less assimilation into the wider community, therefore creating a dissonance in the concept of home for the migrant.

These different notions of home and homeland constitute salient and evocative spatial metaphors, illustrating the ways our lexicon can produce a range of meanings, interpretations and political uses around these concepts. While such ideas and tropes remain pertinent, the extent to which the homeland provokes counter discourses around deterritorialisation, displacement, dispossession, travel, migration and mobility, remain less certain. Such uncertainty invites an urgent call to re-evaluate the meanings attached to the concept of the homeland or what constitutes ‘home’ for people today.

This collection aims to highlight the often ignored intersections between issues of home and host country, the foreign and the familiar, and imaginary and concrete homelands. State-centred views of what constitutes the homeland continue to dominate, but what is apparent is that these limit our perspectives to understanding the connections between home, citizenship, displacement, migration, belonging and identity.

We invite reflective essays, which may address questions such as the following in order to develop new perspectives on concepts of home and homeland.
What are the cultural connotations and semantic implications of the word ‘homeland’?
In what ways is the concept of ‘the homeland’ an enigma?
What does it mean to think of our respective nations/countries of citizenship or birthplaces in the current context of mobility and flux?
What does it mean to desire a lost homeland?
In what ways does homeland embody a sense of nostalgia?
In what ways does the homeland provide a new paradigm of national identity?
What does homeland mean when it is threatened or destroyed by military occupation, invasion, war, genocide, terrorism or natural disaster?
In what ways has travel shaped new ideas about ‘self’ and ‘home’?
If dispossessed people share pasts that are fragmented, is a classical notion of ‘home’ necessary to sustain who they are?
Where is there room for migrants in the space of the homeland as a site of indigenous origins or ethnic homogeneity?
How do migrants find inclusion in the homeland? How are they excluded from the discourses of homeland?
How do migrants and their families identify with their adopted homeland, even if they relocate their homelands elsewhere?
What does it mean to go back and forth between two homes?
How have indigenous, migrant, refugee or settler communities conceptualised the notion of homeland?

We also encourage a variety of types of contributions, including creative submissions, such as storytelling, poems and other alternative formats. Creative submissions may include reflections on the above or following questions:
What is the meaning of home?
Is home associated with the birth country or is it associated with the place of settlement?
What does it mean to return home?
What does it mean to live in exile?
What are your experiences when you return home?
What does it mean to be connected to different cultural spaces?
What are the experiences that you face in terms of identity and belonging when you return to your birth country?
Can you identify with the culture of the place that you left upon returning?
Why leave or choose not to leave home?
Why return or choose not to return home?

A 300-word abstract for academic papers, along with a short biography, should be sent by 30 November 2009 to catherine.gomes@rmit.edu.au

Please send all completed submissions by 1 June 2010.

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