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December 23, 2009

IREX Short-Term Travel Grants

Deadline: February 2, 2010


IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program. STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The STG application is now available online at: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2010.

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

In addition to the pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term Travel Grant also provides:
International coach class roundtrip transportation
A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
Travel visas
Emergency evacuation insurance
Field office support

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

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

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

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European Perspectives

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Call for Papers

European Perspectives is a scientific journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed scientific articles focusing on relevant political, sociological, social, security, economic and legal as well as ethnic, cross-ethnic, minority and cross-cultural issues related to European and Euro-Atlantic integrations and South-Eastern Europe. We also welcome papers focusing on regional integration processes especially in comparison with the Western Balkans.

We cordially invite you to submit possible contributions for the second issue of “European Perspectives” that will be released in April 2010.

15. January 2010: deadline for submitting abstracts (200 Words)
20. January 2010: notification of acceptance
22. February 2010: deadline for submitting full papers

For further instructions and guidelines for authors, please visit www.europeanperspectives.si. Manuscripts should be submitted via e-mail
to info@europeanperspecitves.si.

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December 22, 2009

Global financial crisis and beyond

Deadline: January 31, 2010

Regional Studies Association
Pecs, Hungary
May 24-26, 2010

Call for papers

ORGANIZERS: Dariusz Wojcik, Oxford University; Ewald Engelen, UVA; Zoltan Gal, CRS/Pecs University
The organizers are particularly looking for contributions from Eastern Europe, including Russia.

Gateway: Financing regions: the global financial crisis and beyond
Topics include
The regional nature and the origins and impacts of the global financial crisis;
Global financial systems and regional trajectories;
Alternative finance: how do actors and institutions in regions cope?;
Regional cooperation in times of financial crisis;
Fiscal policy? Local and regional public finance;
The specific impact of recession and credit crunch on central, south and eastern Europe.

Please, send in abstracts (between 200 and 400 words) before February 1st, 2010 to: dariusz.wojcik@spc.ox.ac.uk; e.r.engelen@uva.nl; galz@rkk.hu

If you would like to organize a session within the gateway, please contact us as soon as possible, so that abstracts could be collected before February 1st, 2010.

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The Europeanness of European Cinema

Deadline: February 5, 2010

Postgraduate Conference
King's College London
June 4, 2010

Call for Papers

Studies in European cinema have often been focused on specific countries, genres or auteurs. However, there has been, since the 1990s, a renewed interest in European film as an entity with a significance beyond the sum of its parts. Promoted by the policies in support of the audiovisual industry set in motion by the Council of Europe and the European Union, this new interest led to an amplified debate on Europe and the cinema that is produced and consumed there.

Meanwhile, top of the theoretical agenda, the issue of identity has surfaced as the prime concern. As the framework shifts from national to transnational cinemas and concepts such as 'hyphenated identity' and 'double occupancy' gather strength, this conference seeks to explore the ongoing validity of Europe as a reference in film. Papers are welcomed on any aspect of how European identity might define itself through cinema, spanning issues of representation, industry and cultural policy.
Areas of interest might include:
pan-European production and distribution strategies;
the label 'Europe' in film distribution and exhibition, including festival circuits;
examples of films that engage with the idea of Europe;
how particular national cinemas might simultaneously identify themselves as European;
the issue of language, dubbing and subtitling;
and how any of these questions might have shifted historically and with the advent of new European initiatives.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words), contact information and short bio (max. 100 words) to: europeanness@kcl.ac.uk

Opening speech by Jan Palmowski
Keynote speaker: Thomas Elsaesser
Confirmed Plenary speakers: Ginette Vincendeau, Susan Hayward

Organised by: Mary Harrod, Mariana Liz, Alissa Timoshkina - Film Studies Department, King's College London

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European Community Studies

Deadline: December 31, 2009

8th Biennial Conference of the European Community Studies Association - Canada
Victoria, British Columbia
April 29-May 1, 2010

Call for Proposals
Despite big successes, such as the launch of the Euro and enlargement to 27 members, the European Union faces critical challenges. Delays in efforts at EU treaty reform, the current economic crisis and the lack of a coordinated EU response to it, as well as declining voter turnout in elections to the European Parliament cast a long shadow over the future of European integration. While the partnership with the United States is improving, relations with Russia, Iran and China are more difficult. At the same time, the potential benefits of coordinated European responses to current problems are possibly greater than ever. Has the European unification project reached its limit, or will current crises spur efforts for further integration? Can the EU's unique institutional model be rejuvenated or will it begin to unravel? Which economic, social and political forces will shape the EU in the next decade? Answering these questions is key to understanding the role the EU and its Member States will play on the world stage in the 21st Century.

The 8th Biennial Conference will deal with the past and future of the European Union. Economists, historians, lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, specialists in public administration, and other researchers and practitioners from all over the world are invited to present their work in Victoria. ECSA-Canada invites paper and panel proposals on important aspects of European integration: continuity and change in European institutions, the relationship between the member states and Brussels, key policy areas within Europe, European migration, citizenship, and identity, the economics and politics of enlargement, the EU's role in the global arena, and other areas.

For details on ECSA-C membership, registration, the venue, a program outline, and more, please visit us at http://web.uvic.ca/ecsac/.

Email your paper, paper proposal (250-500 words), or panel proposal with 3-5 keywords to the conference program chairs, Joan DeBardeleben and Frédéric Mérand at ecsac10@uvic.ca by December 31, 2009. Also state your institutional affiliation, your position or academic rank, and your contact information. Panel proposals composed of four or five related papers are strongly encouraged. Include a chairperson and a discussant. Panel proposers are asked to indicate clearly the position or academic rank of all proposed panel participants, and attach to their submission their own bio or curriculum vitae.

Presenters of accepted papers will hear back from the program chairs by January 30, 2010 and be required to register for the conference by February 28, 2010. Paper presenters are expected to submit their conference papers by April 20, 2010 at the latest.

ECSA-C makes available up to 25 conference grants. These grants are targeted at graduate students and scholars with a demonstrated economic need. Grants are capped at Can$500 for scholars located in North-America, and at Can$750 for scholars travelling from elsewhere in the world. They are also capped at 2/3 of the eligible expenses, namely (1) travel expenses, (2) accommodation, and (3) conference registration.

Grants will be awarded by the program chairs on the basis of merit among the eligible applicants, however at the minimum 2/3rds of the grants are ear-marked for students. Three conditions for the award of the grants are that grant winners (1) register for the conference by the early registration deadline, (2) submit their paper to the conference organizers by the paper submission deadline, and (3) ensure that the conference organization have received original receipts of all their eligible expenses by June 30, 2010 at the latest.

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Europe at a Crossroads

Deadline:January 22,2010

Exchanging Ideas on Europe 2010: Europe at a Crossroads
College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
September 6-8, 2010

Call for Panels and Papers
Join us for the UACES 40th Anniversary conference at the College of Europe in picturesque Bruges.

Preference is for pre-organised panel proposals, comprising FOUR papers and a chair/discussant. Individual paper proposals are still welcome and will be considered.

Conference website: www.uaces.org/bruges

School of Public Policy
University College London
29-30 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9QU
tel: +44 20 7679 4975
fax: +44 20 7679 4973
email: admin@uaces.org
web: www.uaces.org

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PhD Symposium on South East Europe

Deadline: February 12, 2010

London School of Economics and Political Science
June 18, 010

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for a PhD symposium on modern and contemporary South East Europe. A main objective of the symposium is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between young scholars currently undertaking research on the region. It is also intended to help graduate-level research students to overcome the academic isolation associated with PhD research, to try their ideas and findings on wider audiences, and to establish new collaborative links across disciplines. Researchers will also be able to engage with a wider academic community, including academic members of staff at the
three institutions, and also a number of other distinguished scholars who will be involved with the symposium. Organisers: Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths; Centre for South East European Studies, SSEES, UCL; LSEE-Research on South East Europe, European Institute, LSE

We welcome contributions from research students focusing on the former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova, Romania and Turkey and working in the following disciplines: Anthropology and Sociology, Economics and Political Economy, Politics and International Relations, Modern and Contemporary History, (including Economic History), Law, Social Policy, Cultural Studies.

Abstracts of 1000 words maximum must be submitted via the paper proposal form. Indicate the academic significance of the topic, relevance of conceptual literature, and analytical structure. Include six key words. In addition to the paper proposal form, provide a short statement of support you’re your supervisor (no more than 300 words). This should be sent by the supervisor directly to the same e-mail address. The deadline for the submission of the paper proposal forms is Friday, 12 February 2010. The paper proposal form can be downloaded from: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/Research/LSEE/PhDSymposium/Home\.aspx
Completed submissions can be made by email only to: Euroinst.Lsee.Symposium@lse.ac.uk

Successful applicants will be notified by 26 February 2010 and will be requested to submit their full paper by 4 June 2010.

Participants will be expected to pay for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence. Support, if available, will be limited. There will be a registration fee of £15 for all participants, payable upon registration.

For further information please contact: Ivan Kovanovic; Administrator, LSEE-Research on South East Europe; Email: Euroinst.Lsee.Symposium@lse.ac.uk

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Researcher, European Roma Rights Centre

Deadline: January 20, 2010

The Researcher is responsible for the development and implementation of research and advocacy work in relation to ERRC strategic priorities, by providing human rights research knowledge and know-how, strong analysis and effective communication skills.

For responsibilities and requirements, see http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=3058

The successful applicant is expected to start no later than the end of February 2010.

Qualified persons should send the following application materials; persons submitting incomplete application packages will not be considered for the position:
Maximum 500 word letter of interest and detailed CV in English;
Listing of references and contact details from at least two present or former employers (reference should be from immediate supervisor) and other relevant referees; and
An unedited English-language writing sample by the applicant (preferably human rights focused).
To: Csilla M Farkas – ERRC Researcher Search csilla.farkas@errc.org

The ERRC is committed to equal opportunity for all. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

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December 21, 2009

Józef Tischner Fellowship

2010 in Vienna

The Józef Tischner Fellowship is geared towards junior researchers from Poland and younger Polish-American scholars. The fellowship is open to all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences; research proposals related to one of the IWM’s main fields are strongly encouraged. The Józef Tischner Fellow will be invited to spend a six-month term from July to December 2010 at the IWM to pursue her/his research project while working in residence.

The fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of EUR 9,000 to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and incidentals during the stay at the Institute. Furthermore, the IWM will provide an office, access to the internet, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna.

Józef Tischner Fellows are also eligible for a grant under the homing Program of the Foundation for Polish Science (for details: www.fnp.org.pl).

Application: please refer to www.iwm.at/fellowhips.htm to learn all details of eligibility, application procedure and documents required.

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Fellowships for Translators

Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators 2010/2011

The Paul Celan Fellowships support East-West, West-East and East-East European translations of canonical texts as well as contemporary key works in the Humanities, Social Sciences and in the field of Cultural Studies. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars. A thematic relation to one of the IWM’s research fields is likewise welcomed. Please note that no applications for works of fiction and poetry are being accepted.

Paul Celan Visiting Fellows are invited to spend three to six months at the IWM between July 2010 and June 2011 to pursue their translation projects while working in residence at the Institute. Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of EUR 2,250 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna (travel, accommodation, health insurance and incidentals). The IWM provides a personal office with e-mail and internet access, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna.

Application: please refer to www.iwm.at/fellowships.htm to learn all details of eligibility, application procedure and documents required.

Mary Nicklas
Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)
Spittelauer Laende 3
1090 Vienna
Email: nicklas@iwm.at

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Public Policy, Hungary

Deadline: February 26, 2010

CEU, Hungary

Starting date: August 2010
Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both Master's and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1500 students from nearly 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 140 resident afculty, from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

The Department of Public Policy (www.ceu.hu/dpp) is one of the leading suppliers of post-graduate degree programs in the field of policy studies in Europe. It works closely with the Departments of Economics, Political Science, and International Relations and European Studies.

The Assistant Professors will contribute to the department's MA core courses in public policy, as well as one or two courses that reflect their own research specialization.

PhD in Public Policy, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Political Economy, Law, Economics, Higher Education or a closely related discipline; Research and publication record in public policy; Ability to develop and deliver graduate courses in public policy; Ability to produce outstanding academic research and international publications For one of the two positions, specialization in regulation, public health policy or higher education policy will be an advantage.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. However, we offer a competitive salary, as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.

Applicants need to submit: A full resume, A statement of purpose, Two publication samples, Three single-page course outlines (a course on public policy analysis, a public management course, and a course that reflects their own research interests); Names of at least two referees who will write in their support.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of the Department of Public Policy, Nick Sitter (sittern@ceu.hu). Please send your complete application package to: job@ceu.hu – including job code in subject line: 2009/028 or Central European University Human Resources Office - Code: 2009/028 Budapest, Nador utca 9 H-1051, Hungary.
We encourage electronic applications.

Interviews will take place between 12 April and 16 April 2010.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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Hungarian Language

Deadline: February 8, 2010

Indiana University announces a core, non-tenure-track position in Hungarian language beginning 2010-11 with possibility for renewal. Applicants must possess an MA degree or equivalent in linguistics or language pedagogy, educated native fluency in Hungarian, at least two years experience in multiple level Hungarian language teaching in an American system of higher education and demonstrate commitment to maintaining and strengthening Hungarian language and Central Eurasian Studies at IU. Some background in English/general linguistics highly desirable.

Send letter of application and three reference letters to Christopher Atwood, Chair, Central Eurasian Studies Department, Goodbody Hall 157, 1011 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005, by February 8.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community.

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Lecturer in Russian

Deadline: January 26, 2010

University of St Andrews, UK

This post is available from 1 August 2010, or as soon as possible thereafter. You should hold a PhD or equivalent qualification and have a native, or near native command of Russian. Published research, current research projects and clear plans for future research, including impact and grant capture, will be important factors in the application, as will appropriate teaching experience and commitment to teaching. In addition to research and teaching duties, you will be expected to undertake administrative tasks and serve on School committees.

Applications are welcome from specialists in any area of Russian Studies. You are encouraged to consider potential research and teaching engagement with other Schools in the University (e.g. International Relations, Divinity, Geography, Philosophy, English, History, Art History, Classics, Social Anthropology and Film Studies).

Informal enquiries to Head of Russian, Dr Roger Keys, email rjk1@st-andrews.ac.uk or Tel. 01334 462952, or Head of School, Prof. Margaret-Anne Hutton, email: mh80@st-andrews.ac.uk or Tel: 01334 463678. Please quote ref: CD100/09

Application forms and further particulars are available from Human Resources, University of St Andrews, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LB, (tel: 01334 462571, by fax 01334 462570 or by e-mail Jobline@st-andrews.ac.uk. The advertisement, further particulars and a downloadable application form can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/employment/.

Salary: £36,532 - £44,930

The University is committed to equality of opportunity. The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532)

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Albanian Lecturer

Deadline: January 8, 2010

University of Chicago

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Chicago welcomes applications for an instructor for advanced Albanian for spring quarter 2010. Requirements: PhD in linguistics or relevant field. Knowledge of Albanian.

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 00195:

Candidates are also required to submit the cover letter, CV, and the names of three references in hard copy to:
Albanian Search
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago
1130 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1539

Review of applications will begin on 9 January 2010; all electronic uploads and hard copies must be received by 8 January 2010 in order for candidates to qualify. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity

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Assessing Accession – Central and Eastern Europe in the EU

Deadline: January 30, 2010

The New Politics of EU Integration: The View from Central and Eastern Europe
National School of Political Studies and Public Administration Center for European Studies
Bucharest, Romania
May 21-22, 2010

Call for Papers

With the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon a period of institutional and political reform within the European Union (EU) has come full circle. Lasting almost eight years, the reform process, beginning with the Convention on the Future of Europe (2001) and ending with the Treaty of Lisbon (2009) was intended to create a functioning institutional framework for the EU following the historic 2004/2007 enlargements and allow for future expansion.
See the call for papers at http://assessingaccession.eu/workshop2010.aspx

The symposium will have two research streams; one focusing on policy and one focusing on institutions. These research themes will inform a series of panel sessions, key note addresses and workshops. In the policy stream papers will ideally address, but are not limited to, the following issues:
the position of CEE states towards key policies areas which impact on the region (e.g. neighbourhood policy, energy policy, minority and human rights policy etc.);
EU policy areas successfully influenced by CEE States;
Eastern bloc tactics – is there an active CEE bloc in various policy areas and/or is this likely to develop in a post-Lisbon context?

In the institutional stream papers will ideally address, but are not limited to, the following issues:
governmental, regional/local and non-governmental representation in the EU political and policy process;
patterns, models and instruments in the organization of representation;
CEE performance measurements and indicators of influence within key EU institutions;
national overview mechanisms of CEE representation within the post-Lisbon EU.

E-mail abstracts of no more than 250-300 words to e.butler@lbss.gla.ac.uk using the document available at http://assessingaccession.eu/workshop2010.aspx. Abstracts can be submitted in English or French. The deadline for abstracts is 30th January 2010. Acceptance of paper proposals will be communicated by 20th February 2010. Some limited funding for travel is available for paper givers. Participants should be aware that this will not cover full costs of travel and accommodation and are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding.

For further information visit the Assessing Accession website at: http://assessingaccession.eu.

Assessing Accession is jointly supported by UACES (through its ‘Collaborative Research Networks’ initiative), BASEES (through its ‘Study Groups’ initiative) and CRCEES. Special support for the 2010 Research Symposium is provided by the event host, the Center for European Studies at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest , Romania .

Organisers on behalf of Assessing Accession – Central and Eastern Europe in the EU
Dr. Eamonn Butler – University of Glasgow
Dr. Claudiu Craciun – National School of Political Studies and Administration

The subsequent adjustments made to the Union’s decision-making mechanisms, inter-institutional interactions and policy agendas has led the EU into unchartered terrains where its functionality and legitimacy will be ultimately put to the test. Building on five full years of membership and in light of the high profile role played by some Central and East European (CEE) member states (i.e. Czech Republic and Poland) in the negotiations and ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, the relevance of these reforms for CEE cannot be underestimated, whether from a domestic or EU-wide perspective. Several topical issues can be raised for discussion; for example: What role/s will be played by CEE member states in the new institutional framework? Will CEE member states be capable of taking advantage of the new rules to further their national interest? Is the move toward a majoritarian view of democracy inside the EU detrimental to the CEE member states? Will the citizens of the CEE member states be satisfied with the workings of the Union or with the quality of national representation in the EU’s political structure and policy process?

The Assessing Accession collaborative research network (CRN) maintains a research agenda which focuses on furthering the understanding of the relationship of the EU’s CEE member states’ to European governance. The above issues fit clearly within this research agenda and as such the network invites scholars, experts and policy makers to make a projection on how post-Lisbon EU politics will be configured and what role CEE member states will play. This new perspective will be informed by previous Assessing Accession member contributions on the impact of CEE states on the EU, and vice versa, over the past five years. This will allow the 2010 research symposium to initiate a substantive research agenda focusing on the place of CEE in a post-Lisbon Europe . It is intended that this will then be developed across future Assessing Accession events (including a “State of the Art” workshop) and inform a major research project bid to be coordinated by the University of Glasgow in conjunction with the Assessing Accession network and submitted to a major funder by the end of 2010/early 2011.

The Assessing Accession CRN welcomes scholarly, empirically sound contributions but also practitioner will be made available online as joint Assessing Accession/CRCEES working papers and selected papers will be put forward for publication in an edited volume.

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Russian and Ukrainian

William Kirtz of New England Translations Services is looking for a native English speaker who can read Russian and Ukrainian and do what is called a "back translation." In other words, an article written in English has been translated into Russian and Ukrainian by a translator in Ukraine. To ensure the accuracy of the translation, the article now needs to be read and translated back into English. That version will then be checked by NETS against the original English version to be sure that the Russian and Ukrainian versions are correct translations of the original. The pieces are around 4,000-5,000 words.

If you are interested, please contact Mr. Kirtz directly at < william@netrans.net > for more information.

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Deadline: February 28, 2010

7th Pan-European Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations
Section No. 13: Challenges of Democracy Promotion: Do “all good things go together”?
Stockholm, Sweden
September 9 – 11, 2010

Call for Papers

Democracy promotion is often pursued under the umbrella of “All good things go together!” Positively evaluated items like peace, stability, prosperity, freedom, good governance and rule of law are expected to be strengthened by the implementation of democratic institutions. However, various problems arise if such an instrumental understanding of democracy support is applied. Firstly, international actors tend to overload their democracy promotion agendas. In doing so, they, secondly, raise expectations that can hardly be fulfilled. Finally, risky conflicts of objective may evolve.

Political science research has been emphasizing the problem of goal conflicts in democracy promotion. A vast amount of literature has emerged in different subdisciplines. For instance, peace researchers are interested in the compatibility of democracy promotion and peace building, and development studies ask whether democracy is best suited to promote socio-economic development. Although the individual research results might be of equal importance to understand and explain the effectiveness of democracy promotion policy, no major efforts have hitherto been made to bring them together.

This section pursues two aims: Given certain goal conflicts, we seek to empirically clarify what democracy promoters aim at and what they effectively achieve in the end. Secondly, we aim at analyzing significant goal conflicts and their effects by systematically taking into account different strands of literature. Paper givers are invited to clarify the main purposes of democracy promotion policies and to highlight possible trade-offs between democracy promotion and security, peace building, state building, empowerment, and capacity building respectively.

Submit your paper for the whole section, but indicate your preference for a panel in the Abstract. Submit your paper proposals via the conference homepage (online submission system at http://www.sgir.eu/conference and send it by e-mail to the section convenors. Papers can only by accepted if they are submitted via the online submission system.
The closing date for paper proposals is January 31, 2010. Accepted participants will be notified March 1, 2010.

Section Convenors:
Dr. Sonja Grimm, Senior Researcher, University of Konstanz, Department of Politics and Management, Box 86, D-78457 Konstanz, Germany, sonja.grimm@uni-konstanz.de
Dr. Solveig Richter, Senior Research Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4, D-10719 Berlin, Germany, solveig.richter@swp-berlin.org

1) Democracy Promotion vs. Security
2) Democracy Promotion vs. Peace Building
3) Democracy Promotion vs. State Building
4) Democracy Promotion vs. Empowerment
5) Democracy Promotion vs. Functional Cooperation
For further information on the panels, see

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Old Church Slavonic

Deadline: February 5, 2010

The faculty of Arts and Philosophy at Ghent University (Belgium) has a vacancy for a professorship, starting from October 1, 2010. It concerns a position as full-time Professor in the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Full Professor, or Senior Full Professor in the Department of Slavonic and East European studies, charged with academic teaching (in Dutch), scientific research and carrying out scientific duties in the field of Old Church Slavonic Philology and cultural history of the Slavic Middle Ages.

Candidates should hold a PhD or a degree recognized as equivalent, with a doctoral thesis in the field of study concerned and have at least two years of post-doctoral experience on October 1, 2010. Candidates are required to have research experience in the field of study concerned, proved by contributions to national and international conferences and by recent publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and/or books. Assets include knowledge of ancient Greek; knowledge of one or more modern Slavic languages; having proved experience in international mobility, amongst others through participation in research programs at research institutions not linked to the university where the highest degree was obtained; candidates are required to possess the necessary didactic, organizational and communicative skill for teaching at an academic level.

The governing language at Ghent University is Dutch. However, persons who do not speak Dutch as a native language are welcome to apply.

The candidates are requested to submit the necessary attestations of competence (copies of degrees); an outline (of max. 1500 words) explaining their views on academic teaching, research and service in relation to this vacancy.

More detailed information on this vacancy can be obtained at Prof. Raymond Detrez (phone: +32 (9) 264 38 48, Raymond.Detrez@Ugent.be.

Applications must be sent in duplicate by registered mail to the rector of Ghent University, Rectorate building, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Ghent, using the specific application form, Autonomous Academic Staff ("ZAP"), by the 5th February, 2010 at the latest.

The application forms for Autonomous Academic Staff (ZAP) can be downloaded from the internet: http://www.ugent.be/nl/werken/aanwerving/formulieren/zap

Candidates will be short-listed on the basis of their curriculum vitae bibliography and the outline. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview, on the basis of which the final selection will be made. Depending on the specific profile of the selected candidate, the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Full Professor or Senior Full Professor will be granted.

A full-time position at the entry level of Lecturer implies a five-year temporary appointment in a tenure track system. If the university board positively evaluates the performance of the person involved, the position lead to a permanent position in the rank of Senior Lecturer. A full-time position at the entry level of Senior Lecturer, Full Professor or Senior Full Professor will lead to a tenured position. However, in the case of a first appointment as professor, the Board of Governors of Ghent University may decide to appoint the candidate for a maximum period of three years, after which he/she may be eligible for tenure following a positive evaluation. As teaching at Ghent University is mostly in Dutch, such evaluation may include the acquired ability to teach in Dutch.

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December 18, 2009

Program Manager, St. Petersburg

The Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program for North American students is based in Smolny College, Russia’s first liberal arts college, BSAP is the only program in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of liberal arts courses along with Russian as a Second Language (RSL). The main goal of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program is to provide North American students with a rigorous and rewarding academic, linguistic, and cultural experience that will advance their level of competency in the Russian language and give them the unique opportunity to take a diverse set of courses in the liberal arts.

Since the program is run within Smolny College, there are innumerable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and dialogue. Students from North America sit side-by-side with Russian students in the classroom, participate in student clubs, organizations, and volunteer opportunities with their fellow Smolny classmates, and interact directly with the faculty of Smolny College.

The Program Manager of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program is a professional, full-time administrator employed year-round by Bard College at Smolny College in St. Petersburg. The Program Manager reports to the Assistant Director of the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) at Bard College and works hand in hand on a daily basis with the administration of Smolny College, particularly the Dean of the College and the Associate Dean for International Students. S/he supervises the daily running and management of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program during the fall and spring semesters and the Summer Language Intensive (SLI) in June, July and August.

BSAP hosts between 30 and 35 North American students each semester, as well as during the SLI, at Smolny College. The Program Manager is responsible for all non-academic aspects of the program as well as crisis management, and, in cooperation with the Associate Dean for International students, supports students’ academic activities. Specific tasks include supervision of two full-time local staff members, providing student support of all sorts, work on program development, recruitment and admission, accounting, as well as organizing and running program orientations three times per year. The Program Manager also acts as a liaison between the IILE and Smolny College, including work with Smolny’s Dean’s Office, Registrar, IT Services, Financial Office, Admissions Office and Development Office. The Program Manager is expected to hold regular office hours; some weekend and evening hours are required.

The successful candidate will be fluent in Russian, will have experience working and studying in Russia or the former Soviet Union and will hold an American BA degree or higher. S/he will possess a friendly and professional manner, will have significant accounting and budgetary experience, will be familiar with databases, and will have excellent writing and research skills. Accuracy, attention to detail, and comfort working in a fast-paced environment with a team of committed professionals are crucial. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education and cross-cultural exchange, as well as experience working with young people, are also important. Candidates should have a minimum of one to
two years of administrative experience. Salary for the position covers two visits to Bard College each year, one in January and one in August, and is commensurate with experience.

Please see http://www.smolny.org for more information.

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references by email to recruit@bard.edu Subject line: Smolny Program Manager-9209. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity.

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Folklore expedition to the Don Cossacks of Volgograd

American Friends of Russian Folklore is offering a scholarship to join next summer's folklore expedition to the Don Cossacks of Volgograd Province, Russia.

Dates of the expedition are June 1 to June 13, 2010. The scholarship is open to any US citizen, 18 or over, with an interest in Russian folklore. Russian-language skills are helpful but not required.

Details and application form available at: http://www.russianfolklorefriends.org.

Please address questions to: info@russianfolklorefriends.org.

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December 17, 2009

CEU Political Science Journal

Deadline: January 15, 2010

General Issue 2010


CEU Political Science Journal accepts now submissions for its general issue from 2010. We welcome contributions in the fields of Political Science, Communication Studies, International Relations & European Studies, and Nationalism. The papers should have solid theoretical grounds and empirical components, with systematic approach. We are equally interested in comparative and single-case studies with wider explanatory potential.

More information and guidelines for submission at www.ceu.hu/polscijournal
Enquiries and submissions at ceu_polsci@yahoo.com

The Editorial Board
CEU Political Science Journal
Nador ut. 9, 1051 Budapest

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Summer Research Laboratory on REEE

Deadline: April 15, 2010


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
June 14 - to August 7, 2010

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign are pleased to announce the 2010 Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (REEE). Since 1973, the SRL has provided scholars with access to the university’s Slavic and East European Library (one of the largest REEE collections in the country), the services of Slavic Reference Service (SRS) librarians, and specialized workshops and forums for junior scholars. Previous SRL participants have called the lab “the best place to do Slavic research outside of Russia.” Please consult our website for more specific details: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/

Housing grants are available via a U.S. Department of State Title VIII grant. A limited amount of travel grants is available for graduate students participating in the training workshops. In order to be eligible for grants, scholars’ research much be policy-relevant, and research must focus on the formerly socialist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. For a full list of countries please see our website, linked above. Given the Title VIII stipulations, travel grants are only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Though the SRL runs the majority of the summer, scholars rarely stay for more than two weeks. Therefore it is easy to schedule an SRL visit around other summer plans (e.g., internships, study abroad).

A variety of other events and conferences is held in conjunction with the SRL.

Applications for the SRL are due April 1st, 2010 for international applicants, April 15th for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Application is at: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/

For information about the Slavic and East European Library, consult their website: http://www.library.illinois.edu/spx/

Stephen Sherman, GA for SRL
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
104 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820


This summer we will host two interdisciplinary research workshops for junior scholars. Though the structure of the workshops is the choice of the individual workshop leader, participating scholars usually provide papers which are then critiqued by other participants. The purpose of the workshops is to share transdisciplinary knowledge and sources on the regions, share knowledge of the region, network with scholars of different fields, and hone current research. In addition, participants receive an orientation to the SRS and the Slavic and East European Library. If seeking to do extended research, plan an SRL visit which is longer than the workshop period.

“State, Society, and Modernity in Central Asia” 14-16 June 2010
Moderator: Ed Schatz, Political Science, University of Toronto

The central aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars in various disciplines to explore changes in the relationships between state and society in Central Asia that have occurred during historical or recent modernization projects (understood variously as ideological, developmental, cultural, political, bureaucratic, or neo‐colonial). The workshop's objectives are to foster a supportive network of colleagues involved in this field and to explore recent research paradigms and resources. With specific questions only about this workshop, contact Dr. Schatz at ed.schatz@utoronto.ca.

“Fluid Future: Understanding the Black Sea as ‘Region’” 14-16 June 2010
Moderator: Charles King, Government, Georgetown University

The Black Sea region has reemerged as a dynamic--but still often troubled--corner of Europe. Security issues, state sovereignty, minority rights, economic competition and integration, and environmental challenges are some of the key concerns of littoral states and of international organizations such as the European Union and NATO. These policy concerns are matched by a newfound interest among historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and others in the evident "connectedness" of the Black Sea as a body of water. Topics such as the history of disease and migration, the politics of tourism, and the evident sharing of art forms, religious practices, and folk customs--as well as greater access to archival resources and field sites--have all made the greater Black Sea world into an exciting arena of research. This seminar will allow researchers to share their work with other scholars currently working on the history, politics, and society of the Black Sea region, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Turkey to the Eurasian steppe. With specific questions only about this workshop, contact Dr. King at kingch@georgetown.edu.

2010 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum, 24-26 June

The 2010 Fisher Forum will be held in conjunction with the 2010 SRL. This year’s Forum is entitled “The Socialist 1960’s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City in Global Perspective.” It is being organized by Diane Koenker, History, University of Illinois-Urbana and Anne Gorsuch, History, University of British Columbia. Scholars from around the world attend the three-day forum. 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.

Individualized Research Practicum
Slavic Reference Services

The SRS librarians are phenomenally well-versed in the reference sources of the region. SRL scholars who are graduate students are highly encouraged to apply for an Individualized Research Practicum. SRS staff will develop a personalized, project-based program for each participant covering electronic tools and software, print and electronic bibliographic resources and databases, archival sources, vernacular-language search techniques, vernacular keyboard options, vernacular full-text resources, and as needed, online consultations with information specialists located in Eurasia and Eastern Europe. The practicum is also a wonderful way to learn of research resources available in a REEE country before travelling to that country.

In order to maximize the worth of the practicum, applicants are encouraged to contact the SRS before attending. Scholars are asked to share the extent of research already accomplished, an abstract of their project, whether they have travelled to the region, and any other relevant information.

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December 16, 2009

Russian writing and speaking skills

A Russian-language publication is looking for an associate to work part/full time with a flexible schedule. We are looking for somebody energetic, with excellent communication skills, and, most importantly, excellent Russian writing and speaking skills. If you qualify, please send us your resume, and a brief cover letter detailing your work experience and availability.

We are based in New York, but there is a possibility that you may work remotely. Send resume and cover letter to bshayevich@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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December 15, 2009

The Caucasus: Imagining Freedom, Negotiating Dominion

Deadline: 11 January 2010

International conference on the Caucasus
University of St. Andrews
April 16-17, 2010

Call for Papers

Organised by The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies, University of St Andrews; supported by CRCEES.

The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies at the University of St Andrews will dedicate its annual conference to the history, culture, politics, and regional and international security of the Caucasus.

The Caucasus Mountains mark the transition point between Europe and Asia, and it is this geographical position that has largely defined the history of the region. As a meeting place between East and West, it retains many of the signs of cross-cultural influence, as well as the scars of past conflicts. Due to its intermediary location, scholarly discussion of the area has often been determined by the nations and cultural traditions surrounding it. The aim of this conference is to look at the Caucasus as it appears in the cultural imaginations of those nations and empires with which its historical life has been inextricably intertwined, and to compare such views with the self-understanding and experience of the diverse national traditions of which it is comprised. By juxtaposing perceptions of the Caucasus from without with those from within we hope to arrive at a more nuanced picture of the region in the cultural and political landscape of the twenty-first century. We invite paper proposals from young and established scholars in the humanities and social sciences in the following strands:
Caucasian self-identity
Geopolitics and the Soviet legacy
The Caucasus as a place of foreign imagining (particularly in Russia and the Near and Middle East)
Imperial history and cultural domination
Religion and ecumenical developments
Language, translation and cultural exchange
Sustainable development and environmental thought
Energy and pipeline politics
Conflicts and peace negotiations
The roles of NGOs and intergovernmental organizations
The August 2008 war and its aftermath
Prospects for regional integration

There may be a limited number of travel and accommodation subsidies available for the conference. Participants are asked to contact the centre directly when registering.

The Centre intends to publish a fully refereed collection of contributions from the conference. Selected authors will be asked to expand their conference papers into article-length pieces for consideration for this publication.

Among confirmed keynote speakers:
His Excellency Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Professor B. George Hewitt (SOAS)
Professor Donald Rayfield (Royal Holloway)
Professor John Russell (Bradford)

300-400 word individual proposals, in English, and a short bio-bibliographical statement may be submitted to Dr Claire Whitehead: cew12@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Proposals for interdisciplinary panels (in English) of 400-500 words, covering two or more strands or more than one Caucasian country can be submitted as above. Also include each paper title, a short bio-bibliographical statement, and individual paper abstracts for each speaker.

REGISTRATION (including refreshments and Saturday conference lunch): £40 graduate students; £50 academics.

Conference Committee:
Rick Fawn; Emily Finer; Oliver Smith; Claire Whitehead (director of centre)

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Chair in Polish Studies

Deadline: February 1, 2010

Columbia University
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Chair in Polish Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York, in cooperation with the Foundation for Polish Science, is seeking a distinguished scholar to fill a new chair as the Professor of Polish Studies. The position is open to scholars in all fields of the social sciences, including history and anthropology, with extensive experience teaching or conducting research on Poland and an appropriate record of publications, teaching and research. The successful candidate will be appointed to the rank of tenured professor in the social science department of his/her expertise.

A letter of application, along with a curriculum vitae and the names of three references should be submitted at Columbia's secure online site: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52493

Review of applications begins February 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

The direct link for this position is <https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52493>
Title: Professor of Polish Studies
Requisition Number: 0000976
Department: Arts & Sciences Interdepartmental (387)

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Polish Studies in the 21st Century

Deadline: January 30, 2010

Polish Studies in the 21st Century

3rd International Conference on Polish Studies
September 16-18, 2010
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


The Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies at the University of Michigan welcomes proposals for papers and presentations at the 3rd International Conference in Polish Studies, to be held September 16-18, 2010, in Ann Arbor.

The field of Polish studies in North America has been utterly transformed over the past decade. There are now more people than ever studying Polish language, literature, culture, history, society, and politics, and the overwhelming majority of them entered the profession after the fall of communism. With this new generation of scholars have come new forms of scholarship. The broad cluster of methodological and theoretical innovations collected under the rubric of Cultural Studies has brought to light a range of previously unexplored topics and introduced to our work a heightened degree of self-reflexivity. Work on gender and sexuality, for example, has not merely introduced new analytical categories and new themes, but shifted the way we understand the broad narratives of Polish history, culture, and society. Although Polonists have a long history of working across disciplinary boundaries, the vectors of disciplinarity have been shifting in recent years to bring together perspectives that were not always in dialogue. The moves towards comparative work and a new focus on transnational processes have not so much eclipsed Polish studies as forced us to critically examine the concept of the “Polish Nation” and to re-conceptualize it in more productive ways.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Novel approaches to Polish Studies, in both theory and practice, will be favored over papers that merely attempt to fill “gaps” in available scholarship. Advanced graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file by email to polishstudies@ctools.umich.edu. Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2010.

Upon acceptance, attendees at the conference will be asked to contribute a non-refundable registration fee of USD 100. Limited financial assistance is available as needed, though participants are first asked to exhaust resources for conference travel at their home institutions.

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Rusyn Language and Culture

Deadline: March 1, 2010

Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum
Summer School in Rusyn Language and Culture
June 14-July 4, 2010

The Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture at Prešov University is inaugurating the first international Summer School in Rusyn Language and Culture to take place in Prešov, Slovakia, between June 14 and July 4, 2010. The goal of Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum is to help students (from 18 years of age), scholars, and others interested in Rusyn studies attain proficiency or improve their existing ability to communicate in the Rusyn language and to broaden their knowledge of Carpatho-Rusyn history and culture. Instruction will be provided by university professors, distinguished Slavists, and specialists in Carpatho-Rusyn studies.

The language of instruction, in parallel courses, will be either Rusyn or English. Language instruction consists of two hours per day of grammar and conversation, for a total of 30 hours. Language classes will be divided into three groups: Language instruction conducted in Rusyn (1) for beginners (levels A1, A2) and (2) for advanced students (levels B1, B2); and (3) language instruction only for beginners offered in English.

Participants will also attend history and culture lectures, including presentations on Carpatho-Rusyn folklore and folk life, Carpathian wooden architecture, Carpatho-Rusyn literature, and other topics provided either in English or in Rusyn.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate from the program. Course credit for university students is determined by the students’ home institutions. A full program of excursions to areas surrounding Prešov and populated by Carpatho-Rusyns, as well as social and cultural events, such as films and theater performances, is also planned. Scholarships for between five and ten participants to cover the costs of the program will be available. Participants interested in applying for a scholarship must send a special request along with their application in the form of a noe-to-two-page essay describing their interest in the program and outlining their financial need.

The cost for the entire program (tuition, accommodations, three meals a day, extracurricular program) is 900 Euros (approximately $1300). Participants will subsidize their own travel to Prešov which can be reached by train from locations in Europe and by plane to the international airport in Košice with bus connections to Prešov.

For further information and an application, please email Patricia Krafcik at krafcikp@evergreen.edu. Completed applications may then be emailed to the following address and must be received no later than March 1, 2010: urjk@unipo.sk. The postal address and phone number for the Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture at Prešov University is: Ústav rusínskeho jazyka a kultury, Prešovska univerzita, Namestie legionarov 3, 080 01 Presov, SLOVAK REPUBLIC. Phone: +412 (51) 7720 392.

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Emerging Democracy Fellowships

Deadline: February 1, 2010

Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan (WCED) offers funding for Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students in 2010-2011. These fellowships will be awarded to incoming graduate students at the University of Michigan who expect to focus their graduate work around the theme of "emerging democracy past or present" in Europe, Russia, or Eurasia.

This focus on emerging democracy is understood broadly. For example, it might refer to the institutionalization of democratic governance; how other areas of life affect democratic governance, from economics to the arts; how the public sphere and civil society extend and sustain democracy; or how international affairs and environmental conditions affect democracy. While focus on post-communist Europe and Eurasia is preferred, we also welcome comparative and historical studies of the emergence of democracy from dictatorial, authoritarian, or imperial rule.

Fellowship awards up to $12,000 will be given; the number of fellowships awarded is contingent on the availability of funds.

We expect Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellows to participate in the various lectures and conferences of the Center, so long as there is no conflict in their schedules. We also encourage fellows to join the emerging democracy graduate seminar, taking it either for credit or not for credit in one of the first two years of their residence at Michigan. Upon successful completion of this seminar, an additional $3,000 will be added to awardees’ accounts to support their research on emerging democracy.

Nominating departments/schools must provide:
1. A copy of all application materials submitted for consideration of admission.
2. A letter of support from the department chair and/or faculty advisor, including information on other funding to be offered to the nominee and the proposed use of Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowship funds, and a brief explanation about how this student's work--if not obvious from the application--would inform the study of emerging democracy.
Deadline for submission of nomination materials: February 1, 2010.

For more information, please contact Julie Claus at 734.936.1842 or jclaus@umich.edu

Please send nominations to:
Student Fellowships
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3668
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106


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Reviewers for Canadian Journal of History

The Canadian Journal of History "Annales canadiennes d’histoire", Canada’s premier journal for the general study of world histories, seeks reviewers for books in a range of fields and topics. We encourage interested scholars to visit our recently refreshed website (www.usask.ca/history/cjh) for guidelines and a list of available books. If you have not reviewed with us before, we also ask that you fill out our online form for reviewers, easily accessed at the same website.

Reviewers need not be Canadian or affiliated with a Canadian university. However, federal funding guidelines make it necessary for us to require that, with only rare exception, reviewers hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

We are also considering articles for inclusion in our 2010 and 2011 issues. The CJH/ACH publishes in all fields of history, geographic, temporal, and topical. It is a peer-reviewed journal, and it is subscribed to by most major academic libraries in North America, Europe, and the Commonwealth. Its content is electronically distributed by several services including ProQuest, MicroMedia, Gale/Thompson, and Ebsco. For contact information and guidelines, or to ask any questions, for contributors, see our website or write us at cjh@usask.ca.

John McCannon
Editor, CJH/ACH
Associate Professor of History
University of Saskatchewan
Canadian Journal of History
Department of History
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N5A5
(306) 5794

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Networks and Connection in World History

Deadline: December 20, 2009

Networks and Connections in World History
Graduate Student Conference
Northeastern University, Massachusetts
March 27-28, 2010

Call for Papers

The Northeastern University History Graduate Students and the NU History Department invite submissions to their upcoming graduate student conference, "Networks and Connections in World History." Graduate students working in all disciplines of the arts and social sciences are encouraged to submit topical papers, artwork and documentaries.

The conference invites scholarly work that challenges our notions of boundaries and borders. Interdisciplinary papers that employ innovative methodologies to examine world history are welcome. Participants are specifically encouraged to consider how networks have affected gender identities, migration and diasporas, social movements, and religious affiliations throughout world history. Gender networks are especially of interest to the conference committee, and students who submit papers on gender will be eligible to take place in a roundtable discussion on this subject that will conclude the conference.

Submissions to this conference should be prepared to explore some of the following questions: How do transnational networks and connections manifest themselves differently throughout the world? How are such networks formed and what impact do these networks have on the construction of identities or ideologies? How have networks and connections countered the historical influence of the nation-state? How can the study of connections shed light on moments of disjuncture and disconnection in world history? Both individual and panel proposals will be considered. Regardless of medium (visual media or scholarly paper), panelists will have fifteen minutes each to present.

The following documents should be sent to the program committee at nugradconf2010@gmail.com by December 20, 2009, to be considered. Selected panelists will be notified via email by January 15, 2010.

Individual Panelists:
250 word abstract describing paper or artwork. Please specify the type of media you will be presenting, and include your name, email address, and phone number.
List of supplies needed, if applicable
Brief curriculum vitae

250 word abstract for each paper or artwork to be presented with the panel
List of all panel members (3 per panel) with chairperson designated. (The conference committee will also assign chairpersons, if necessary).
250 word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel
Brief curriculum vitae for each panelist

Please contact nugradconf2010@gmail.com with any questions.

Zachary Scarlett
Northeastern University
247 Meserve

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The Forum: Cal Poly's Journal of History

Deadline: March 12, 2010

Call for Papers

"The Forum: Cal Poly's Journal of History" is currently accepting submissions from university students in all departments at all levels of study. Submissions to the Forum must be historically oriented, written in English, and formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Specific submission requirements and policies can be found at http://calpolyforum.wordpress.com/forms. Please read our policies carefully.

Entering its second year, The Forum is an annual publication produced by students associated with Cal Poly's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and the Cal Poly History Department. The Forum appears in both print and electronic form. Our inaugural issue can be read at http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/forum/

Keith Goodwin
Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Forum
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Email: calpolyforum@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://calpolyforum.wordpress.com

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December 14, 2009

Uncertainty, Pluralism, and Innovation

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Uncertainty, Pluralism, and Innovation
Interdisciplinary Arts Conference on HOPE
Wilfrid Laurier University
Ontario, Canada
March 27, 2010


We invite submissions on the topic of interest from all Faculty of Arts students, at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels.

Some related topics may be, but are not limited to: Human Rights; Global Issues; Philosophy; Religion and Culture; The Environment; Politics; Psychology; Economics; Multiculturalsim; Visual Culture and Media; Academia

To be held on March 27, 2010 at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Deadline for abstracts, artwork and photography is JANUARY 15th, 2010. Please submit to r.c.executive@gmail.com. For more details please visit our website at www.religionandculturesociety.com.

Hosted By: Religion & Culture Society, Wilfrid Laurier University

Zabeen Khamisa

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Capitalism & Confrontation

Deadline: January 22, 2010

“Capitalism & Confrontation: Grassroots Responses to Empire,
Ecology & Political Economy”
Carleton University
March 19, 2010


The CSRC is currently seeking presentations for our 2nd Annual Critical Social Research conference to be held at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. We are seeking submissions from academics, researchers, graduate students, organized labour & community activists. Send your proposal, including an abstract of no more than 300 words, a title, brief bibliography and three keywords which describe your project to the Editorial Collective at CSRCproject@live.ca

We invite submissions that confront the contemporary socio-economic and political order from a diversity of theoretical perspectives and methodological forms of inquiry in historical or contemporary contexts. Accepted submissions may be solicited for publication in a peer-reviewed edited collection to be published by Red Quill Books in 2010.

For more information, see http://linchpin.ca/English/Call-papers-Capitalism-Confrontation-conference-Ottawa

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Writing Central Eastern Europe

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Writing Central Eastern Europe
Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
June 11-12, 2010

Call for Papers

In his inspiring and provoking book, Larry Wolff analyses the invention of Eastern Europe in the time of the Enlightenment. The question is whether Eastern Europe as a concept existed earlier? What about the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first centuries? In what way can we perceive Eastern, versus Central Europe, versus Europe over time in history and where are their borders?

The Institute of History at the Jagiellonian University will host a conference devoted to travel writing on Central, Central Eastern and Eastern Europe. We are interested in papers on travel accounts, diaries, letters, travel journals and alike presenting the confrontation of travellers with the Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Baltic peoples and their territories throughout history. Since we do not define and do not want to define borders, papers on neighbouring regions (Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro) or indeed transregional travel accounts will also be considered.

Please send 300 word proposals of 20 minute presentations, with a short cv, to prof. Jakub Basista at basista@chello.pl by 15 January 2010. The selection and draft programme will be made by 31 January 2010.

The conference will be held at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on 11-12 June 2010. Language of the conference will be English and there will be a conference fee of approximately 400 PLN (at present about 90 Euros). Regretfully, the organizers cannot provide assistance with travel expenses, although modest accommodation (three nights 10-13.06) and meals will be provided for speakers. The organizers plan to publish a selection of conference papers.

Prof. Jakub Basista
Institute of History
Jagiellonian University
Golebia 13
31-007 Krakow

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The Dynamics of Power & Culture

Deadline: January 4, 2010

Graduate Student Conference
The Dynamics of Power & Culture
Ohio State University
April 2-3, 2010

Call for Papers

We are happy to announce the 2009-2010 collaborative conference between The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association and the Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Associations at Indiana University. This conference aims to create a space for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research in folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, material culture, performance studies, and related disciplines connected to the study of academic and vernacular interpretation of everyday life.

This year’s conference seeks to explore the following questions:
(1) How should we or could we define, describe, and theorize contact?
(2) What happens when people, ideas, cultures and styles of expression make contact?
(3) In what ways can we explore the boundaries of these categories?
(4) What politics are inherent in and result from contact?
(5) In what ways can we explore the concept of contact in our respective fields?
Abstracts exploring other themes will also be accepted.

We are seeking papers and posters that engage the following topics/themes as they relate to “Contact”: Identity, Tradition, Narrative, Culture, Space, History, Performance, Power, Boundary/ies, Memory, Transmission, Diversity.

We also welcome submissions of papers and posters on other topics. The conference will have three opportunities for participation: paper presentations, poster sessions, and a discussion forum for all attendees. We will be accepting 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers and poster presentations. We highly encourage poster submissions, particularly for research projects in progress, as there will be opportunities for active dialogue.

Please email submissions to osu.iu.2010conference@gmail.com

Please see the OSU FSA website for details on submissions: http://cfs.osu.edu/fsa/default.cfm or follow us on Facebook (search: OSU Folklore Student Association) and Twitter.
Register for this event for free at http://osuiu2010conference.eventbrite.com/.
For more information on the details of the conference (lodging, location, etc.) visit http://cfs.osu.edu/fsa/studentconference.cfm in the coming months.

Cassie Patterson
The Ohio State University
308 Dulles Hall
Email: patterson.493@osu.edu

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Warsaw post-docs

Deadline: January 15, 2010

2 post-doctoral positions in Warsaw/ERC Starting Grant project

Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, seeks to fill 2 full-time postdoctoral positions for the period of 2 years, renewable for another 3 years. The posts will be held as part of the ERC project “Public Goods through Private Eyes. Exploring Citizens’ Attitudes to Public Goods and the State in Central Eastern Europe”.

For job particulars, see http://www.is.uw.edu.pl/pgpe/pgpe_postdoc_advert.pdf

Dr Natalia Letki
PGPE Project
Obozna 7/7
00-332 Warsaw
Email: pgpe@is.uw.edu.pl

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CALL FOR REVIEWERS- Europe-Asia Studies

CALL FOR REVIEWERS- Europe-Asia Studies

Europe-Asia Studies is the principal academic journal in the world focusing on the history and current political, social and economic affairs of the countries of the former communist blocs of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Asia. We are continually seeking to make sure that the wide scope of the journal is represented, not just in the articles that we publish, but in the book reviews section as well. If you would like to volunteer to review a book, or if you would like to suggest a book for review, please contact Hazel Mackenzie in the first instance (h.mackenzie@lbss.gla.ac.uk), or check out our website at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/09668136.html for books available for review.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Hazel Mackenzie
Journal Administrative Assistant
Europe-Asia Studies
Department of Central and East European Studies
8-9 Lilybank Gardens
University of Glasgow
Glasgow , G12 8RZ

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Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions

Deadline: February 20, 2010

Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions
Cluj, Romania
June 17-20, 2010

The ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism, together with the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania and the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (ISPMN), will organize an international conference entitled ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’.

The organizers will select 30 papers for presentation in the following four panels: (1) Ethno-regionalism in Europe – where the history of ethno-regionalism in the old Member States of the Union and the present state of affairs will be discussed. (2) Models of self-rule and autonomy with respect to national, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the Union: this panel will address the institutional solutions and rights benefiting minorities in old and new Member States and the solutions that are provided form by the Union’s transnational structure. (3) The historical and the present status of national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe – focusing on the historical, social and economic and linguistic aspects of minorities’ situation. (4) Minority regimes at work – the implementation and the practical consequences of the policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.

The official language of the conference is English. In the case of papers presented in other languages simultaneous translation to English will be available.

Participants are expected to cover travelling expenses only, the organizers will provide for food and accommodation.

Sarolta Enyedi
Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania
Phone: +40 264 439 266
Fax: +40 264 593 688
Email: mineureg@ispmn.gov.ro; mineureg@sapientia.ro
Visit the website at http://www.ispmn.gov.ro/en/mineureg; kv.sapientia.ro/en/mineureg

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Research Grants in the Humanities

Deadline: February 15, 2010

Applications are now available for the 2010-2011 Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities.

The Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities program provides support of up to $50,400 for U.S. scholars conducting humanities research in any country of Eurasia and Eastern Europe. This is a program of American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS in cooperation with The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

A wide range of humanities topics are eligible for support; however, all projects must involve at least one collaborator from the region and field-based research in the region itself. In addition, applicants must hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and have a working knowledge of one or more of the languages of East-Central Europe or Eurasia, or be able to demonstrate that such language proficiency is not critical for the successful completion of their particular projects. Applications with a strong regional focus and the potential to strengthen academic linkages beyond the traditional centers are particularly encouraged.

Programs must begin between June 2010 and May 2011 and be completed by August 31st, 2011. Applicants must plan to spend a minimum of four consecutive months carrying out their research (maximum of twelve consecutive months), of which at least two consecutive months must be spent conducting research in the field.

For more information and an application, please contact:
Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 833-7522
Website: http://www.americancouncils.org/program/1p/NEH/Email: outbound@americancouncils.org

The 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act states: "The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; aspects of social sciences which have a humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." Scholars conducting research that falls under this definition are eligible for support from the Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities program.

The NEH does not fund any creative or performing arts such as the writing of fiction or poetry, painting, sculpting, composing or performing music, acting, directing, and dance. Critical, historical, and theoretical studies of the arts, however, are eligible for NEH support.

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December 10, 2009

Religion, Identity, and Place

Session Proposals: January 31, 2010
Paper Abstracts: February 28, 2010

Call for Papers

Religion, Identity, and Place
Association for the Sociology of Religion
2010 Annual Meeting
August 13-15, 2010

For many people, "place" has a particular religious meaning, and it must be modified or recreated as part of developing and expressing religious identity. In that sense, place is both a geographical and social location. We can see its dynamics in the processes accompanying immigration, but we can also see them as people try to pass their faith on to future generations or develop a new religious identity themselves. New places mean encounters with new and different religious others, with effects on identity that range from the syncretic to the defensive. The dynamics of place and religion have obvious implications for citizenship and national identity, as many religious groups have commitments that put them in tension with the nation-state. Similarly, different faith traditions have different relationships to and conceptions of the body in both the spiritual and material worlds. While theoretical calls to understand identities as embodied are important, they do not always reflect the ways people themselves experience their bodies—nor do they always capture the ways in which technologies, theologies, and socio-cultural developmental processes shape the private and public expression of religion. All considerations of the dynamics of and interactions among religion, identity, and place are welcome.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: (1) Submit your proposal by email as a Word attach-ment. Place the title of your proposal first, then names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors, then your abstract/proposal all on one sheet of paper. (2) Limit paper abstracts to a maximum of 100 words. (3) 2010 membership in ASR is required for program consideration (one author, for multi-authored papers). Do not submit proposals prior to 1 January. PROGRAM CHAIR: Gerardo Marti, Department of Sociology, Davidson College. Send all proposals to the following address: ASR2010@augustana.edu

Papers and discussion sessions are invited on a broad range of issues in the sociological study of religion relating to the meeting theme including, but not limited to, the following:
Religion and immigration
Transnational identities and religious practices
Religion and citizenship
Religion, identity, and the body
Sacred spaces and sacred places
The rise of the Internet and "placeless" religion
Nationalism as religion
Race, religion, and community
Voice, place, and religious experience
Religion in personal, public, and collective identities
Religious identity development

And, as always, we seek an inclusive mix of substantive, theoretical, and methodological approaches. Therefore, proposals for sessions and papers that fall outside the formal theme are also welcome.

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December 09, 2009

Multireligious Societies - Polarization, Co-Existence, Indifference, 08/04-06/2010, Norway

Deadline: November 1, 2009

The 20th Nordic Conference in Sociology of Religion will take place on August 4 - 6, 2010, at University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. The conference language is English, and we welcome warmly participants from within and outside the Nordic countries.

Read more on the conference website:


This website will soon be updated with information on accomodation, registration and so on.

A special reminder: the call for sessions deadline is November 1, 2009.


Keynote speakers:

James A. Beckford, University of Warwick (emeritus): The Return of Public Religion? A Critical Assessment of a Popular Claim

Helen Rose Ebaugh, University of Houston: Transnationality and Religion in Immigrant Congregations: The Global Impact

Effie Fokas, London School of Economics: Islam in Europe - Macro-level Debates and Micro-level Adaptations to Religious Plurality

Ole Riis, University of Agder: Religious Pluralism and Intolerance in the Nordic Countries

For the organizers,
Pål Repstad,
Professor in Sociology of Religion.
University of Agder, Service box 422, N-4604 Kristiansand, Norway.
Tel. Work +47 38 14 15 54, Mob. +47 97 65 76 47.

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South-Eastern Europe and the European Migration System. East-West Mobility

Deadline: December 15, 2009

Call for Papers

The Romanian Journal of European Studies No.7-8/2009
- special issue on migration and mobility


Guest Editor: Dr. Paolo RUSPINI

Purpose of this special issue on migration of the Romanian Journal of European Studies (RJES) is to look at the ongoing transformations of the European migration system in relation to the European integration processes involving South-Eastern Europe.

The 2004 European enlargement and its completion with the Romania and Bulgaria accession in 2007 reshaped the European migration space while contributing to a substantial increase of East-West mobility. On the one hand, the granting of free movement to the new members from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the ease of communication and transportation facilitated these transformations in the migration realm allowing different types of mobility inside the European continent. On the other hand, the new enlarged borders demarcated the EU polity both in the East and in the South by widening the gap between the included and excluded members.

The European migration system includes now the eight CEE countries that joined the EU in 2004 as well two South-Eastern European (SEE) countries, Romania and Bulgaria, which acceded in 2007. The long-standing EU candidacy of Croatia and Turkey along with the more recent from Macedonia as well as the pending accession requests from other Western Balkan countries, bring further attention to South-Eastern Europe and its specificities in term of migration and asylum flows as a result of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, the ethnic conflicts and borders reshaping which took place in the region starting from the 1990s.

Pending issues in the European policy making processes are also related to the countries which, for the time being, are not EU candidate but they are old SEE neighbours as Ukraine or Moldova. They represent the new EU external borders in the East and South-East of the continent and pose several migration related challenges in view of their geopolitical role and strategic position in between the EU and Russia.

East-West mobility will change again in a future to come because of economic, demographic and policy factors as the reshaping of the Schengen area, the ongoing visa liberalisation involving several SEE countries and their progressive accession to the EU. The current financial crisis is then concurring in sparking off multifaceted return migration flows that require further investigation.
Return migration certainly falls into the post-enlargement most interesting migration typologies. Other concurrent typologies frame the European migration space both in the East and in the South. The new Schengen borders generate circular, transit and irregular flows. The lack of coordination between countries in applying policy and legislative instruments for the governance of these flows - for instance, the absence of consultation mechanisms for the adoption of immigrant regularisations or the coercive use of one time prescription like the expulsion orders - are just examples which bring to the surface the urgent need of more coherence between the national and supranational level and a rights based approach in migration policy-making.

Thanks also to the EU enlargement processes, the unidirectional perspective of some migration analyses leaves room for investigation into migration patterns which include East-West, East-East, and West-East typologies. The resulting impact of these patterns require tailored policies and pertinent legislation re-approaching in a real and effective governance of migration old and new EU members, non-EU members, accession countries and so far neglected EU neighbours.

The RJES would especially welcome contributions related to the above topics and the following themes:

- Theoretical questions related to the European migration system and South-Eastern Europe
How to frame in analytical terms the transformations in direction and magnitude of migration affecting the European continent? Can we possibly talk about a single "European migration system" by comprising which countries and region? Or is it still more appropriate to think of several "European migration subsystems" to whom South Eastern Europe belong to?

- New and old typologies of migration flows and their conceptualisation
Irregular and transit, circular and return migration: which policy responses for which type of flows? Forced migrants and IDPs in SEE: which policy for which sustainability? Transnational patterns of migration in between East and West: which are the features of the SEE migrant Diaspora and returnees in the European countries of destination and countries of origin?

- The migration patterns and integration processes of the CEE and SEE countries in comparison
How to relate the recent South-Eastern European migration experience with that of other Central and Eastern European countries? Does a common framework for comparison exist in terms of characteristics and potential of migration flows from the region? What SEE countries can learn from the CEE process of acquisition of the acquis communautaire in migration?

- The EU external borders and migration through the SEE region
What is the impact of the EU border reshaping on the SEE candidate and neighbouring countries? Which is the extent of the migration imbalances, irregular flows, smuggling and human trafficking at the EU threshold?

- Symmetries and asymmetries of the EU immigration policy with particular reference to the SEE region
What is the impact of the EU immigration policy in relation to the SEE migration and asylum patterns? How to overcome the EU "institutional isomorphism"? Which are the pertinent policy solutions for the migration challenges and specificities of the SEE region?

Deadline and paper requirements

Unpublished manuscripts are welcomed from a variety of academic disciplines related to migration, mobility and European integration and adopting different methodologies.

Up to 12 original papers will be selected and included in the double issue of the Romanian Journal of European Studies (RJES) n.7-8/2009 to be published in the first semester of 2010. Papers should include an abstract of 500 words (max) that clearly states the research question, methodology as well as the sources of comparative data.

Papers should be written in English and be around 8000 words. Papers should also conform to the RJES editorial policy:

Papers should be submitted by 15 December 2009. Decision will be announced by the guest editor directly by mid of January, 2010.

Further information and list of accepted papers/authors – available via web at: http://www.migratie.ro and http://romanian.journal.googlepages.com

Please kindly send your papers to the following email addresses:

Email address: Paolo Ruspini
Attn: Dr. Paolo RUSPINI, Guest Editor
Subject: paper for RJES 7-8/2009

The author(s) should add a short resume (professional CV, European standard, mentioning relevant publication on migration and mobility), along with up to 10 lines of a short own-presentation on a separate file or at the end of the article (to be included in the authors' list of the printed journal and on the web materials, if the paper is accepted). The editors would request a recent photo (jpg file) of each contributor of the articles, but the photo is not binding.

As the editors will create an on-line version for all accepted papers, adding relevant information about the authors (please see http://romanian.journal.googlepages.com for the previous issue of the journal, RJES no.5-6/2007) – the would-be contributors are requested to clearly state the following text at the begin of the first page of the article: "The Editors/Guest Editor may use (or cannot use) my contact data, my short presentation and my picture (if the case) both in the printed publication/on-line publication and in all advertorial material they use to promote the journal".

Neither the guest editor and the editorial team nor the authors are paid for the publication of the journal. The authors keep the copyright for the version of the paper included in the journal, they may republish/improve the paper later on, but they have obligation to mention The Romanian Journal of European Studies No.7- as the first publication. The on-line version of each paper (PDF files) will be freely distributed on the web: the journal is posted on free websites and included in open library which allow free download, for a wider dissemination of the scientific information. The authors are encouraged to freely post their papers / the whole journal on theirs personal / professional / institutional webpage.

The printed issues are sent to major university libraries and research centre both from the region and from USA, Japan or Western Europe. For more information about the printed issues, the authors may contact directly the Publishing House of the West University of Timiºoara (Editura Universitãþii de Vest, Universitatea de Vest din Timiºoara; 4, Bd. Vasile Pârvan, 300223 Timiºoara, Timiº, România - www.uvt.ro).

About the Guest Editor


Paolo Ruspini (PhD, Milan) is Senior researcher at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Lugano (USI) since February 2008 as well as Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) of the University of Warwick since March 2001. A political scientist, he has been researching issues of international and European migration and integration since 1997. Dr Ruspini uses a comparative approach to migration with frequent policy and qualitative analyses. He is an active member of some of the most important European research networks regarding international migration and social cohesion as well as being advisor for national and international institutions. He combines research activities with routine lectures in a number of universities and international institutions. Besides a significant number of papers which he contributed to international conferences, he is also the author of various publications on migration. To contact him, please mail to paolo.ruspini@migratie.ro

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After the Melting of Frozen Conflicts: Systemic Transformations and Legitimation of Secessionist Bids, 05/28-29/2010, Tartu

Deadline: November 15, 2009


"After the Melting of Frozen Conflicts: Systemic Transformations and Legitimation of Secessionist Bids"
28-29 May 2010, Tartu, Estonia

The end of the Cold War marked a new phase in nation-building and state-formation. Suddenly, within a very short time period, 23 newly-born political entities made their way into the privileged club of sovereign states. This wave of self-determination had nothing to do with post-colonial "salt water tests", according to which the right of independent statehood applied only to territories which were separated from their metropolis by sea, thus encouraging national self-determination of colonial peoples and renouncing other secessionist attempts. To the contrary, almost two dozen new independence acts became possible only due to the dissolution of the pre-existing parent states.

The current practices of sovereignty have moved well beyond the colonial era. Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence (2007) was justified as a remedial right to secede (as the last resort against serious injustices). While not finding unanimous acceptance by the international community, Kosovo's drive for independence had an impact on sovereignty claims in other secessionist conflicts. The large-scale Russian military involvement in Georgia can be seen as an analogue to the NATO-led intervention in ex-Yugoslavia in 1999. Although the principle of territorial integrity is still largely respected, the number of states recognising South-Ossetia and Abkhazia is increasing rather than decreasing. On the other hand, only a few countries recently questioned the brutal solution of the secessionist conflict in Sri Lanka, regardless of the number of civilian casualties and the fact that the Tamil minority now finds itself living in a state whose legitimacy it does not recognize.

About 11 de facto states can be located on the world map today, all challenging the existing system in that they are acting outside of the legal framework, pretending to achieve de jure status themselves. Most of them exist as a result of incomplete and contested state-formation in the intermediate zones of great power rivalry, thus depending on patron states and their power leverage. Whereas some scholars argue that the best option for granting them legitimacy in the eyes of the international community is either a negotiated re-entry resulting in a decentralised federal system or forceful incorporation into the parent state, there are equally valid arguments in favour of the status quo since power-sharing is not easy to achieve (for example, in Bosnia and Herzegovina), and because re-unification by crude force would bring about unnecessary casualties. Hence the need to discuss emerging realities after the "melting of frozen conflicts".

This workshop will address two main issues:
- Transformation of international (legal/value/power) system. Is the international community becoming more accommodative towards political entities which assert their sovereignty, thus placing post-Westphalian values such as human rights, democracy and rule of law on the front line? Or, on the contrary, the emergence and toleration of secessionist bids correspond to the balance of power shifts in the world and therefore alter the normative international framework which prioritises the preservation of existing state borders.
- Legitimacy of secessionist entities. Since secessionist entities are seldom internationally recognized, no one ever debates their domestic legitimacy. May it turn out that secessionist entities are more legitimate "compounds", having a population with a shared identity (demos) and remarkable regime support, compared to the parent states from which they seceded?

Proposed sub-themes:
* sustainability of de facto states;
* parent states and external powers;
* economy and security of de facto states;
* popular sovereignty vs external recognition;
* solutions to the problem: reunification through federal arrangement, reunification through absorption of de facto state into the parent state by force, independent statehood, status quo;
* dynamics of domestic politics in de facto states (elections, referenda, mass-elite relationship);
* role of international organisations with regard to normalisation;
* international approaches towards de facto states: quasi-recognition,
tolerance, boycott, negation.

The Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Tartu has the honour and privilege to host this conference which will bring together about 30 participants from universities and research institutes. The objective of the meeting is to enhance our understanding, in practical, empirical and theoretical terms, of the systemic transformations and legitimacy-related issues in a rapidly changing world. The conference seeks to promote discussion as well as to develop and to sustain collaborative networks among leading researchers involved in the field of conflict studies.

Conference venue
The conference will take place outside of Tartu, at guesthouse "Trofee" (http://www.trofee.ee/eng/trofee).
Local transfer and full board will be provided to all participants (for May 28-29).

Getting there, staying there When planning your itinerary please consider that your destination should be Tartu airport. Today there are connecting flights to Riga and Stockholm. If you prefer to land in Tallinn then you should take an express bus which takes you to Tartu in 2 and a half hours (10 EUR one way). We would expect you to arrive in Tartu on Thursday, May 27, and stay there two nights, with May 30th as the departure date. We will pre-book your accommodation at Hotel Dorpat (www.dorpat.ee) (single room 50 EUR/night).

We would kindly ask you to send your paper abstract (200-300 words) by 15 November 2009.

For further information, please contact Sandra Kamilova, sandra.kamilova@mail.ee

Eiki Berg, Professor of International Relations
Institute of Government and Politics
University of Tartu

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National experts/consultants, UNICEF Skopje

Deadline: October 23, 2009

Support to the Government in Developing a National Strategy for Social Inclusion

UNICEF – Skopje is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions
1. National Expert in Education
2. National Statistics Expert
3. National Child Rights Expert

As part of its commitment to support the country in the area of social inclusion and as contained in the new UNDAF 2010-2015 signed between the UN agencies and the government of the country, five UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and UNIFEM) have agreed to support the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in its capacity of a coordinator of the process aimed at developing a National Strategy for Social Inclusion. The support envisaged in this preparatory assistance joint project is two-fold: a) provision of technical expertise and b) provision of operational and logistical support during the process of developing the Strategy which will aim at fulfilling the principles of participation and transparency.

The Strategy will identify and outline the principal challenges that the candidate country faces in tackling poverty and social exclusion.
The principal coordinator and holder of the process of drafting and preparation of the Strategy is the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP). The drafting process will be organized through the five task groups for which the MLSP will nominate coordinators that will be supported with technical and organizational input provided by the respective UN agencies

1. Labour, Employment and Poverty (UNDP)
2. Education (UNICEF)
3. Health (WHO)
4. Long Term Care (UNFPA)
5. Transport and Housing (UNDP)
6. Social Security (social insurance for the unemployed, retired and disabled)

Gender, diversity, vulnerable groups and statistics are considered cross-cutting issues of the SIS and will affect all areas of the document.
UNICEF will support the process of developing the Social Inclusion Strategy through providing specific technical assistance in the spheres of education, child rights and statistical data collection and analysis.

For this purpose, UNICEF will hire three national consultants whose expertise matches the three mentioned areas.
Interested applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae along with a short letter of interest to all of the following email addresses: italev@unicef.org, iivanovska@unicef.org, and skopje@unicef.org

The deadline for applications is 23 October. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be asked to submit a budget for their services.
Please be advised that due to the high volume of applications UNICEF receives, we will not be able to respond to all the applicants. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of your application, you should consider your bid unsuccessful.
For details regarding the qualifications, duties and responsibilities, as well as specific required outputs, please download and consult the Terms of Reference, which can be downloaded from UNICEF's national website at: www.unicef.org/tfyrmacedonia/contact_13147.html

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Kennan Institute grant opportunities

Title VI National Resource Center for Russia and Eastern Europe has some exciting research opportunities at the Kennan Institute next year. In particular, we are pleased to announce a new Title VIII 2-month Summer Research Grant that can be used from May – September 2010. This grant will be available to applicants who hold a MA degree or higher. In addition, we also will be accepting applications for our Research Scholar program in Washington, D.C., ranging from 3-9 months, as well as for our one month Short-Term grants.

1. Summer Research Grant. Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research grant. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2010, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Grant will provide a stipend of $3,200 per month, support for a summer intern, and access to the facilities of the Kennan Institute, including its library. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Summer Grant scholars. Travel and accommodation expenses also are not directly covered by this grant.

2. Research Scholar Grants. The Kennan Institute offers resident grants to scholars to utilize the unique resources of the Washington area. The Title VIII Research Scholar program is open to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed, and provides 3 to 9 months of support—including office space, a research intern, and special borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress.

3. Short-Term Grants. Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide up to 30 days of stipend support and use of Institute facilities to conduct research in Washington, and are open to scholars who either possess a doctoral degree or are doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations.

The deadline for the Research Scholar and the Summer Research grants is December 1, 2009. The Short-Term grant competition takes place on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for Short-Term grants is also December 1, 2009. Please note that Title VIII awards are limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents upon commencement of their scholarship.

Visit our website to learn about the application process (www.wilsoncenter.org/kennangrants).

William E. Pomeranz
(202) 691-4237

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Modern European History

Deadline: November 1, 2009

Stanford University/Department of History - Assistant Professor, Modern European History

The Department of History at Stanford University seeks an outstanding junior scholar for a tenure-track assistant professorship in modern European history (1800-present). The appointment begins September 1, 2010.

We welcome applicants from all fields, excluding Britain, France, and Russia. Candidates working on more than one region are invited to apply.

Deadline: November 1, 2009. Application materials must be submitted on-line via www.academicjobsonline.org/ajo

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (up to 50 pages).

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applicants from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.

Contact Info:

Academic Jobs Online


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Culture, etc., MN

Deadline: November 20, 2009

Call for Applications: Quadrant Fellowships

Scholars pursuing interdisciplinary work are invited to apply for a semester-long Quadrant Fellowship at the University of Minnesota to be held in academic year 2010-2011. Quadrant is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in interdisciplinary scholarly publishing, and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a catalyst and incubator of research and discussion across disciplinary boundaries.

Complete applications should be sent to the postal address given below and postmarked by November 20, 2009. Please note that the fellowship may not be used for work toward a degree and is not open to faculty or staff at the University of Minnesota.

During their semester in residence at the IAS in Minneapolis, fellows will receive a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on rank and experience; fellowships include medical and dental coverage. At the IAS, fellows will participate in weekly lunches, coffees, and public lectures with a lively interdisciplinary community that includes University of Minnesota fellows and other Quadrant fellows. They will also be involved in at least one of Quadrant's research and publishing collaboratives: Design, Architecture, and Culture; Environment, Culture, and Sustainability; Global Cultures; and Health and Society. Fellows will give a public lecture and will present a work-in-progress in a workshop setting with their Quadrant collaborative group or groups. In addition, they will work directly with an editor from the University of Minnesota Press to develop their manuscripts for submission. Manuscripts submitted to the University of Minnesota Press will undergo standard peer review and Press board approval process.

To apply for a Quadrant Fellowship, please submit five copies of the following materials to the mailing address <#mailing_address> given below:

Your research proposal (no longer than 1,500 words). Describe the research or creative project you will undertake during your residence. Indicate which of the four Quadrant Groups you would like to join; if you would like to join more than one, please indicate this. Include a discussion of how participation in an interdisciplinary setting as part of Quadrant would advance your work

An abstract of your proposal (200 words)

A curriculum vitae

In addition, ask three people familiar with your work and this project to submit letters of support directly to the address below.

All application materials, including letters of support, should be sent to the following postal address and postmarked by November 20, 2009:

Professor Ann Waltner, Director
Institute for Advanced Study
University of Minnesota
131 Nolte Center
315 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fellowship offers will be made in February 2010, pending renewal of funding.

Quadrant is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, please visit these pages:
About Quadrant http://www.ias.umn.edu/quadrant.php

About Quadrant's Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Group

Call for Applications

If you have questions, please contact the Quadrant Coordinator, Anne Carte cart0227@umn.edu

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Semester Program "Russia in Global Political and Economic Arena"

at the Faculty of Economics of Saint Petersburg State University
(Russia) we are launching a semester program "Russia in Global Political and Economic Arena" that is held entirely in English and starts in February 2010.

Details about the program you may see at

The program is targeted after undergraduate students interested to learn about Russia as a business opportunity and a geopolitical player.

The program allows an opportunity to live in Saint Petersburg and
study in one of the oldest Russian universities.

Dr Peter Zashev

Program Director
Faculty of Economics
Saint Petersburg State University
Ul. Chaikovskogo 62
191 194 Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA

Tel. +358 (0) 40 7085151
Fax + 358 (0) 9 8127816
E-mail: peter.zashev@zet-group.fi

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Call for Contributors: REVOLVE


REVOLVE is a Mediterranean magazine pushing for positive change around the sea. Within the context of North-South relations, we aim to provide constructive content to advance new ways of viewing international politics, opening investment opportunities, promoting emerging artists, and debating unresolved hot-spots. Revolve is therefore more than just another magazine: we aspire to become a growing network of involved citizens and interested companies that share a common goal around the sea and beyond.

We are looking for positively-oriented and motivated contributors to provide the content for the different regions around the Mediterranean: South Europe, the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East. We are particularly interested in the latest developments in energy, politics, and the arts. Please send this on to your colleagues and do not hesitate to send in proposals to promote a project, product, person or place around the Med and beyond.

Stuart Reigeluth
Editor, Revolve

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Russian Language and Linguistics, Seoul

Russian Language and Linguistics Faculty, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea

The Sungkyunkwan University(SKKU) seeks qualified candidates for non tenure-track positions(the contract will be renewed every 2 years upon evaluation) beginning in the academic year 2010.

Candidates are expected to teach up to nine credits per semester in undergraduate/graduate courses and invited at the Assistant Professor level in the following area:

Russian Language and Linguistics(Conversational Russian Language, Russian Linguistics): For more information hglee@skku.edu (the chairman of the department)

Candidates must have the ability to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and must have Ph.D or Ph.D. in hand expected by the time of the appointment.

Sungkyunkwan is synonymous with both tradition and innovation in education. The literal meaning of the University's name is 'an institution for building a harmonious society' of perfected human beings. The University's faculties of more than 1,000 are committed to quality teaching and research, offering students a challenging environment for intellectual and personal growth. Based on a highly successful partnership with Samsung who has generously funded several core initiatives, the University has been rapidly developing and prospering.

The yearly salary is USD 35,000 - USD 40,000 or over USD 40,000 and is negotiable depending on the previous educational background and work experience. Salary will be paid in Korean Won with the exchange value of 1,100 KWN/USD.

International guest house provided for 2 years or housing subsidiary (540 USD monthly - Approx. 600,000 KWN)medical insurance, annuity, paid vacation (summer/ winter).

Qualified candidates should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vita(describe applying position on the top of CV), statements of teaching philosophy and teaching interests, evidence of teaching potential, letters of recommendation from two different references, and a copy of students' lecture evaluation (if possible) to both the chairman of the department (e-mail described above) and the office of faculty affairs(fainsa@skku.edu).

Anticipated Starting Date: March or September 1, 2010

Sungkyunkwan University(http://www.skku.edu )

3 ga 53 Myungnyun-dong, Jongno-gu

Seoul, Korea 110-745

Phone: +82-2-760-1061

Fax: +82-2-744-8609

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Russian and Soviet history , MA

Deadline: November 16, 2009

Lecturer in Russian and Soviet history - Bentley University

The Department of History at Bentley University invites applications for the position of full-time Lecturer in Russian and Soviet history to begin August 2010. Second field in Middle East history preferred. The desired candidate will possess a demonstrated potential to successfully teach survey courses on modern Russian and Soviet history and the modern Middle East, as well as popular courses on World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. In addition to her/his specialized offerings, the applicant will also teach twentieth-century world history and participate in a growing History minor and Global Studies major. Scholarship at the lecturer level is required and supported (mainly via competitive internal grants); salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Bentley University leads higher education in the integration of global business with the arts and sciences, information technology, and corporate and social responsibility. We seek faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds, interests and talents.

Demonstrated ability and interest in teaching courses on World War I, World War II, and the Cold War required.

Candidates must have PhD in hand by June 2010.

Applications must be received no later than 16 November 2009 to be scheduled for pre-arranged interviews at the AHA convention.

Applicants should submit a letter of introduction, C.V., samples of research (article, book chapter, etc.), teaching evaluations, three references and any additional supporting documents through Bentley's on-line employment site located at www.jobs.bentley.edu

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Director of Russian Language Instruction, IN

Deadline: November 30,2009

Director of Russian Language Instruction Indiana University, Bloomington

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University, Bloomington, invites applications for a Director of Russian Language Instruction, to begin Fall 2010. The opening is envisioned as a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, but all prospective candidates (including tenured faculty) are encouraged to contact the search committee. We seek an energetic, imaginative, and flexible individual, with knowledge and experience in curricular design and innovation, who can work with a group of Russian language instructors. The successful candidate will have full administrative responsibility for coordinating the Russian language program during the academic year, to include oversight and integration of the five years of instruction currently offered, supervision of multi-section language courses, assistance with teaching assignments, management of certain extracurricular activities, and close coordination of programs with the Director of the Summer Slavic Workshop.

Anticipated teaching load is three courses annually, which may include Russian language, teaching methodology, and second language acquisition. A solid research program is expected in areas such as language pedagogy (including materials development), assessment, second language acquisition, or applied linguistics. Ph.D. or Ed.D. in hand at the time of appointment; previous administrative experience strongly desired. ACTFL/OPI certification desirable. The ideal candidate should have excellent Russian and English, be trained and practiced in current theories of language pedagogy, and have experience teaching Russian at all levels. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, BH 502, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Applications can also be submitted electronically to: iuslavic@indiana.edu, subject line: Director of Russian Language Instruction. Applications should be received by November 30, 2009, but may be submitted after that date until the position has been filled. Current plans are to conduct interviews at AATSEEL in Philadelphia.

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer; Indiana University encourages applications from women and minorities.


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December 07, 2009

Russian Languag/Literature, TX

Deadline: December 1, 2009

Assistant Professor, Russian, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Russian Language Literature (period open) with a secondary area of interest in area Studies. The Department of Modern Languages houses a dynamic Center for Post-Soviet and Eastern European Studies and is now working toward the development of a Center for Critical Languages. We are a leader on campus in the area of educational technology and we prize innovative and collaborative program development, such as our new Certificate in Localization and Translation in Russian, French and German. Besides teaching and research, the Russianist we seek shall play an instrumental role in furthering these endeavors and projects in a supportive and collegial environment.

Applicants to the position should be committed to classroom teaching, research and service and have their Ph.D. in Russian Literature in hand by July 31, 2010. Preferred Candidates will also have a solid record of teaching at all levels of Russian language, literature and culture in a college or university setting. Moreover, qualified candidates should be prepared to engage in program building through student recruitment and outreach. Applicants with demonstrated experience in technology for language and culture, study abroad and interdisciplinary collaboration preferred. Proficiency in Russian and English required.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, curricula vitae, graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Christopher Conway, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern Languages, Box 19557, The University of Texas Arlington, Arlington TX 76019. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2009.

UT Arlington is located at the heart of one of the most cosmopolitan parts of Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Metroplex comprises two major urban centers with a diverse population and a thriving culture and arts scene. UT Arlington has been classified as a Research University/High Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and serves over 28,000 students. The university is the home to an accomplished faculty dedicated to excellence in research, teaching and service.

UT Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. This is a security sensitive position, and a criminal background check will be conducted on finalists.

Application Information

Postal Address: Dr. Christopher Conway

Department of Modern Language

University of Texas at Arlington

Box 19557

Arlington, TX 76019

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Deadline: March 15, 2009


Experience Russia in a uniquely supportive atmosphere and accomplish something worthwhile in the process! Teaching at the American Home offers a chance to live in the truly Russian city of Vladimir where you can gain an understanding of "provincial Russian culture" and improve your Russian language skills—while you learn how to teach effectively and make a positive contribution to the community.

As an American Home teacher, you will gain valuable training and experience. Former teachers have had success in finding good positions in education, government, and business, both in Moscow and stateside, as well as gaining admission to major graduate programs and law schools.

Program Benefits

• A stipend (currently the equivalent of about $200 a month)

• Room and board with a Russian family—paid separately from your stipend

• Three hours per week of one-on-one Russian lessons from native speakers

• And you will work in a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment

Teachers are required to:

• Plan and teach four 1½-hour classes that meet twice a week

• Hold an office hour twice a week

• Prepare and deliver a brief lecture on any aspect of American culture (previous topics have included college basketball, road trips, higher education, swing dancing, and science fiction).

Teachers are responsible for:

• Round trip airfare to Moscow (The AH will provide transportation from and to Moscow)

• Visa fee (The AH will provide the required invitation and pay the fee on the Russian side)

• Obtaining "certification" to teach English as a foreign language (All teachers who have not already received comparable training will need to take an online course from ICAL)

Detailed information is available on our web site: www.serendipity-russia.com

Application deadline: March 15

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ron Pope, President


1403 Kingsridge Drive

Normal, Illinois 61761-2860

Phone: (309) 454-2364

E-mail: RonPope42@cs.com

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Land and Water Use,Uzbekistan

Deadline: October 15, 2009

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

"'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

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 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

Submission of Application:

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,

Email: 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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THE HISTORY OF WOMEN , 06/09-12/2011, MA

Deadline: March 1, 2010


“GENERATIONS: Exploring Race, Sexuality, and Labor across Time and Space”

June 9-12, 2011

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians is holding its next conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on June 9-12, 2011.

2011 marks the 15th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women and the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and is now honored by more than sixty countries around the globe. The choice of “Generations” reflects this transnational intellectual, political, and organizational heritage as well as a desire to explore related questions such as:

• How have women’s generative experiences – from production and reproduction to creativity and alliance building – varied across time and space? How have these been appropriated and represented by contemporaries and scholars alike?

• What are the politics of “generation”? Who is encouraged? Who is condemned or discouraged? How has this changed over time?

• Is a global perspective compatible with generational (in the genealogical sense) approaches to the past that tend to re-inscribe national/regional/racial boundaries?

• What challenges do historians of women, gender, and sexuality face as these fields and their practitioners mature?

To encourage transnational discussions, panels will be principally organized along thematic rather than national lines and therefore proposals will be vetted by a transnational group of scholars with expertise in a particular thematic, rather than geographic, field.

For more information about the procedure for submitting proposals visit the Berkshire Conference web page, www.berksconference.org

The process for submitting and vetting papers and panels has changed substantially from previous years, so please read the instructions carefully.

Laura Lovett

History Department

University of Massachusetts

161 President's Drive

Amherst, MA


Email: lovett@history.umass.edu

Visit the website at http://www.berksconference.org

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"International Society and its Discontents, 03/12-13/2010, Harvard

Deadline: November 20, 2009

"International Society and its Discontents”.

Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History

March 12-13, 2010

Call for Papers

The term “international society” is widely used in academic and political parlance. Yet it remains relatively unexamined as a historical concept in its own right. ConIH aims to promote the conceptual analysis of “international society” as well as studies of its intellectual, political, legal, economic, religious, social, and cultural history.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, international athletic competitions, international lawyers, the cultural and social life of international governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental institutions, international health initiatives, or human rights. We also hope to treat the threats to international society: agents of international social disorder, organized crime, terrorism, protectionism, and other barriers to the creation and maintenance of international cooperation and exchange. Papers on the history of international relations that address classic subjects such as war, peace, and diplomacy that cast light on the idea of international society are also welcome. We especially encourage papers treating these questions in periods prior to the twentieth century.

Steffen Rimner

Email: srimner@fas.harvard.edu

Visit the website at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~conih/call.htm

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The Relevance of Encounters with Strangers for Historical Consciousness, nd, Germany

Deadline: November 10, 2009-11-10

The Relevance of Encounters with Strangers for Historical Consciousness. From the Early Modern Period to the End of the Long 19th Century.


Call for Papers

Since Georg Simmel's famous definition of the stranger as a migrating person "who comes today and stays tomorrow" many studies on sociology, history, literature, culture and philosophy have deepened our knowledge of description and meaning of the stranger. Today, one has to add with Rudolf Stichweh's observation that the stranger is also someone "who maybe, but only maybe, continues to migrate the day after tomorrow". For a long time, early modern society has been depicted as mainly immobile and cohesive. A closer look, however, reveals that encounters with strangers was an everyday, though not trivial, experience well before the mass migrations of the 20th century. The Mongolians who invaded Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages influenced Europe as strangers, as did the Turks from the 16th century as well as foreign traders and religious exiles. Conversely, many people from Europe moved into foreign countries, observed the people whom they found "strange" and experienced first hand what it means to be a stranger. Explorers and conquerors, commissioned by European monarchs, collected such experiences, as did missionaries or the many emigrants. These processes have been intensely but not yet exhaustively explored.

These encounters with strangers, whether firsthand or imparted by media, were not without impact on the historical consciousness of both the migrants and the permanent residents. The international and interdisciplinary colloquy at the Institute of European History in Mainz will pursue this aggregate of themes by exploring the consequences of the experiences of and with strangers for historical consciousness: What did the encounter with immigrating strangers mean for the historical consciousness of a society, and its political, social, religious and moral orientation over time? How did the historical consciousness of a group of emigrants or immigrants change when they were in a new country? What were the consequences of the "discovery" of new countries and cultures for the historical consciousness in Europe and in what ways did non-European historical consciousness change by contact with migrating Europeans?

These questions will be treated under three headings: The Stranger in One's Own Country (immigration), The Stranger in Another's Country (emigration) and The Perception of Strangers in Foreign Countries. Genuine historiography can be addressed, as well as historical concepts and interpretations of history. Topics could be:

1. The Stranger in One's Own Country (some of the topics could be treated under the second heading as well, by looking at it from the other group's perspective)

• German/English etc. historiography on Huguenots

• Christianized Africans/Asians etc. visiting Europe in the long 19th century

• The integration of the arrival of Europeans in the historical consciousness of non-European cultures (China, Japan, Latin America)

• Polish people in the Ruhr Area

• Turks in the Balkans

• Russians in Poland

• Englishmen in Ireland

• Finns in Russia

2. The Stranger in Another's Country

• Historiography of religious exiles

• Historical consciousness of emigrants, for instance to the Americas, in the 19th century

• The encounter of colonial rulers, traders and missionaries with non-European cultures

• Modifications of the historical consciousness in Europe by the socially or religiously motivated emigration of certain groups

3. The Perception of Strangers in Foreign Countries

• Modifications of the historical consciousness in Europe by the "discovery" of non-European countries and cultures

• The encounter of different groups of migrants in a third country

• The depiction of strangers in literature or fine arts, related to history

• The meaning of non-European cultures for European historiography/philosophy of history (for instance Max Weber)

The colloquium is organised by the research group "Change of values and historical consciousness" of the Institute of European History in Mainz. Conference languages will be German and English. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be paid by the Institute of European History.

We are looking forward to proposals by researchers of all historical disciplines such as history, church and religious history, ethnology, studies of literature, and art history. Please submit an exposé of not more than 3000 characters, a short CV and, if extant, a list of publications before 10 November 2009. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

PD Dr. Bettina Braun
Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Abt. Universalgeschichte
Alte Universitätsstr. 19
55116 Mainz

Tel.: 06131/3939364
Email: braun@ieg-mainz.de

Dr. Judith Becker
Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Abt. Abendländische Religionsgeschichte
Alte Universitätsstr. 19
55116 Mainz

Tel.: 06131/3939359
Email: becker@ieg-mainz.de

Visit the website at http://www.ieg-mainz.de

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Power and Struggle, 03/ 05-06/ 2010, AL

Deadline: November 02, 2009

Graduate History Conference on Power and Struggle!
University of Alabama

Call for Papers

The Department of History at The University of Alabama is pleased to announce its Second Annual Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle, to be held at the UA campus on March 5-6, 2010. The conference will include a keynote speaker addressing the conference theme, with a reception following. Graduate students nationwide are invited to submit proposals that engage the conference theme by examining power relations in all historical fields and time periods.

The conference theme addresses new approaches of historical analysis that focus on the relationship between struggle and power. We encourage students to address instances in which people have struggled to break, transform, or reclaim the boundaries constructed by those in power. We seek proposals employing innovative approaches and interdisciplinary research. Particular attention will be given to papers developing comparative perspectives and utilizing multi-archival research bases. Possible topics may include but are not limited to histories of

Power in institutions, society, and religion

Struggle in cultural expression, social relationships, and belief systems

Power in discourse on gender, race, and class

Struggle against labels in nationalism, ethnicity, sub-culture, or sexual identity

Power in traditional structures such as politics, diplomacy, imperialism, and war

Struggle in resistance such as crime, protest, liberation, and revolution

Single papers should include a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV of the presenter. Full-panel proposals will not be accepted. All submissions should be sent in Word format via email to the committee using ghaconference@gmail.com.

The deadline for proposal submission is November 2, 2009. Final papers should be submitted to commentators by February 1, 2010. For more information please email the committee at ghaconference@gmail.com

University of Alabama Graduates Student History Conference Committee:

Megan Bever, Co-Chair mlbever@crimson.ua.edu

Colin Chapell, Co-Chair cbchapell@crimson.ua.edu

Kerry M. Cohen kmcohen@crimson.ua.edu

Michele L. Cooper mlcooper@crimson.ua.edu

University of Alabama
Department of History
Box 870212
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212

Visit the website at http://bama.ua.edu/~gha/conference.html

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Romanian Studies, 02/05-06/2010, IN

Deadline: December 11, 2009

Romanian Studies Conference
February 5 and 6, 2010
Indiana University

In February 2010, Indiana University's Romanian Studies Organization will host the third annual interdisciplinary Romanian Studies Conference for graduate students and recent PhDs in the humanities and social sciences. We are delighted to announce that Daniel Chirot, Job and Gerturd Tamaki Professor of International Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, will deliver the keynote address "Ideology and the Tragic Twentieth Century in Romania."

We welcome paper proposals from graduate students and recent PhDs on any topic related to Romania, Moldova, or the Romanian diaspora in any discipline or methodology, including but not limited to history, political science, economics, international relations, anthropology, literature, sociology, musicology, art history, and cultural studies. Especially encouraged are papers that take an interdisciplinary approach. Small travel grants may be available to aid student travel to and from the conference.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words, along with your contact information to RomSO@indiana.edu by Friday, December 11, 2009. We will be pre-circulating the papers so that our commentators can provide more extensive feedback. Therefore, if your paper is selected we ask that you submit a complete paper by Friday, January 15, 2010.

Any other inquiries about the conference may be directed to the Indiana University Romanian Studies Organization at RomSO@indiana.edu or to Alex Tipei at atipei@indiana.edu

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Call for Papers/Appel de communications

Accepting Submissions for the Next Issue: 2009 (2) PRAVO seeks and accepts submissions on a vast array of scholarly fields encompassing the study of Central Europe such as; history, political science, sociology, geography, religious studies, gender studies, linguistics, and media. Within these subjects, the journal's primary focus is on: ethnicity, immigration & diaspora, nationalism, European Union integration, language, politics, society, environment, diplomacy, economy, gender, religion, population, demography, and media.

Submissions should be no longer than approximately 30 pages, double-spaced. We accept papers in English or French. Please consult our Submission Guidelines page for more information on style and format. Each submission should include a 150 word abstract, biography, and the author's institutional affiliation.

Jan Raska
Founding Editor,
PRAVO: North American Journal for Central European Studies
Department of History
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3G1

Email: pravojou@pravojournal.org
Visit the website at http://www.pravojournal.org

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Czech Studies Workshop , 04/09-10/2010, NC

Deadline: January 8, 2009

Call for Papers
Eleventh Annual Czech Studies Workshop
April 9-10, 2010
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Eleventh Annual Czech Studies Workshop, which will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on April 9-10, 2010, welcomes papers on Czech topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Slovak topics will also be considered. In the past our interdisciplinary conference has drawn participants from colleges and universities in the United States and
abroad. Areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.

Applications should include:
Full address
Institutional affiliation
Daytime telephone
Email address
Paper title
Paper abstract of approximately 250 words
Curriculum vitae

Please email these application materials to CzechStudies2010@gmail.com
or mail your applications to:

Chad Bryant
Department of History
CB #3195, Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2009.

For more information, contact Chad Bryant at bryantc@email.unc.edu

The 2010 Czech Studies Workshop is supported by funding from the Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Center for European Studies; the Office of International Affairs; the Department of History; the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies; the Music Department; and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature as well as the Department of History at North Carolina State University and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.

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

Deadline: October 31, 2009

Communities, Institutions and ‘Transition’ in post 1991 Eurasia
February 22-24, 2010

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies

Call for papers

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

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Sustainable Societies, FL

University of South Florida Postdoctoral Scholars
Social Sciences and Humanities, 2010-11
Sustainable Societies

The University of South Florida has embarked on an ambitious program to enhance its rising stature as a pre-eminent research university with state, national and global impact, and position itself for membership in the Association of American Universities through: (1) Expanding world-class interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly endeavors; (2) promoting globally competitive programs in teaching and research; (3) expanding local and global engagement initiatives to strengthen sustainable and healthy communities; and (4) enhancing revenue through external support. Details are available in the USF Strategic Plan http://www.ods.usf.edu/plans/strategic/

As part of this initiative, the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the second year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the social sciences and humanities. The over-arching theme for this year's scholars is Sustainable Societies: Building social, cultural, and environmental capital in a globalized world. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) population movements; communication, technology, and information issues; cultural diasporas; health, economic, educational, and environmental disparities; ethnicity, gender, aging; cultural heritage and identity; sustainable development; ethics; or security issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may be considering both past and contemporary questions.

Postdoctoral Scholars will: (i) contribute to one or more of the priority goals of the strategic plan; (ii) work closely with distinguished faculty; (iii) participate in interdisciplinary and programmatic seminar series; (iv) teach one course each semester; (v) continue to build an independent research record and engage in publishing refereed articles and creative scholarship; and (vi) seek external funding.

Five postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in the 2010-11 academic year with appointments beginning August 7th 2010. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and are renewable for an additional academic year subject to satisfactory progress. The salary is $40,000 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents (up to $5,000). Support for travel to academic conferences will also be available. Scholars will be responsible for relocation and housing expenses.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Communication, English, Geography, Government and International Affairs, History, Philosophy, Sociology or an affiliated program, earned no earlier than 2007. Candidates who will have successfully defended their dissertations by May 1, 2010 will also be considered, however the doctoral degree must have been conferred prior to the first day of employment. Note: applicants must have received their doctoral degree from an institution other than the University of South Florida.

Letters of application and supporting material should include the following:
1. A cover letter stating your interest in the Postdoctoral Scholarship.
Provide details on (i) how your research and teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of Sustainable Societies: Building social, cultural, and environmental capital in a globalized world and the goals and aspirations of the USF Strategic Plan; (ii) the department or departments with which you would like to be affiliated; (iii) teaching experience and courses that you would like to offer; and (iv) your long-term goals.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. Two letters of reference.
4. Scanned copies of up to three of your published papers/scholarly works or book chapters (maximum of 3).
5. Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree awarding institutions.**

Send all application materials to:
The USF Graduate School at postdoc@grad.usf.edu

Application review will begin on November 15
Final application submission deadline November 30
**Original transcripts will need to be mailed by those individuals who receive formal offers.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of teaching. USF was awarded more than $380 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university is authorized to provide 224 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.6 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and at USF Polytechnic. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access employer.

Selection Criteria
1. Strength of research/creative scholarship record and demonstrated promise of a successful academic career.
2. Research and teaching experience in Sustainable Societies: Building social, cultural, and environmental capital in a globalized world aligned with the goals of the USF Strategic Plan especially interdisciplinary inquiry, global initiatives and community engagement.
3. Teaching experience and contributions that fit within USF programs.

Heide Castañeda, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SOC 107
Tampa, FL 33620-8100
Tel: (813) 974-0786

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Siberian Studies Centre

Deadline: November 20, 2009

The Max Planck Institute has the opportunity to offer six positions (post-doctoral or PhD grants) in the Siberian Studies Centre.

The Siberian Studies Centre conducts social anthropological research in several regions of the Russian Federation (the North, Siberia and the Far East of Russia). For the period 2008-2012, the Siberian Studies Centre's key activity is the Research Programme "Conditions and Limitations of Lifestyle Plurality". The overall goal of the programme is to describe: the preconditions and processes that lead to the differentiation of lifestyles; the scope and dimensions of social recognition, indifference or intolerance towards different models of behaviour; and the factors that facilitate the mainstreaming of such models and/or limit the diversity of lifestyle choices. In 2008-2009, members of the Siberian Studies Centre have been working on the conceptual and theoretical frames of lifestyle and formulated possibilities for focussing and operationalising research on this theme.

The task of the new team of researchers will be to develop, on the basis of previous and ongoing research at MPI, the methods and research instruments for a comparative study on spatial and/or visual aspects of lifestyles in contemporary Russia , to carry out fieldwork on the basis of this methodology, and to evaluate results in a comparative manner.

Research topics:
(1) Changing habits of travelling;
(2) Visual self-presentation;
(3) Technological and infrastructural changes in relation to orientation, communication, social networks and identification.

Post-doctoral and/or PhD stipends should start on 1 March 2010 and end on 31 December 2012. PhD grants are generally awarded for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension (max. until 31 December 2012). We expect our PhD students to complete a one year period of fieldwork as part of their studies. Postdoctoral grants are for two years (an extension until 31 December 2012 is possible). Postdoctoral grants can only be awarded to scientists who have received their doctorate within the last ten years. The grants are not taxed and are free from social security stipulations.

Successful candidates are supposed to take residence in Halle.

Applicants should have an anthropological background and some field experience in Russia. Good reading, writing and communication skills in both English and Russian are essential. Other language skills would be beneficial.

The institute aims at high level language competence. For successful candidates the acquisition of the languages of the areas studied and languages in which relevant literature is written is encouraged and facilitated. Courses in some languages, including German, can be arranged locally.

The Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in under-represented fields; we thus explicitly encourage applications by women. Individuals with disabilities will be given priority, assuming equal qualifications.

There is no application form to be filled out. Applicants should submit:
a cover letter (1 page);
a Curriculum Vitae (2-3 pages plus a list of publications);
an individual proposal (2-3 pages) on how they would tackle either a single of the above research topics or a combination of them.

Final selection will be made following interviews in December 2009. Please send applications to the following address by 20 November 2009:

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Personnel Administration,
P. O. Box 11 03 51 D - 06017 Halle/Saale, Germany ; or via email to
Nadine Wagenbrett: wagenbrett@eth.mpg.de

Informal enquiries may be directed to
Dr. Joachim Otto Habeck
Siberian Studies Centre
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Postbox 11 03 51
D-06017 Halle/S.
Fon +49 (0) 345 29 27 216
Fax +49 (0) 345 29 27 502

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December 02, 2009

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 04/15-17/2010, KY

Deadline: November 1, 2009

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
University of Kentucky
15-17 April 2010

The theme is "Gender". Submit papers/panels on that theme in Slavic literature and culture. In addition we welcome submissions on Slavic language pedagogy, linguistics, folklore, literature, and culture.

Faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are welcome to submit abstracts.

Finally, one of our sessions will feature a film viewing of the documentary "20 Years Forward" that was premiered at the 2008 AAASS. Beth Holmgren will be on hand to discuss the film and the general topic of Russian/US Women's & Gender Studies.

Note that the abstract submission process is conducted only ON LINE. Therefore, please go to the Conference web site: http://web.as.uky.edu/kflc/ where you will find the complete Call for Papers, as well as instructions for submitting your abstract via the on-line system.


Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at the e-mail address noted below.
Cynthia A. Ruder, Associate Professor
University of Kentucky
MCL/Russian & Eastern Studies
1055 Patterson
Lexington, KY 40506-0027

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The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, 01/04-08/2010, D.C.

Deadline: November 9, 2009

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum announces the 2010 Hess Seminar for Faculty on “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union: New Sources, New Perspective for Use in Teaching.” It will be held at the Museum, January 4-8, 2010, and co-led by Zvi Gitelman (Professor of Political Science and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan); Oleg Budnitskii (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences); and Father Patrick Desbois (President, Yahad-In-Unum, and Director, French Conference of Bishops for Relations with Judaism).

The Seminar is for professors of all disciplines teaching or preparing to teach courses about the Holocaust or related topics.

Applications must be postmarked or received in electronic form by November 9, 2009, and sent to:

University Programs

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Washington, DC 20024-2150

Fax: (202) 479-9726

Email: university_programs@ushmm.org

Successful applicants notified by November 20, 2009

Dieter Kuntz, Ph.D.

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington DC 20024-2126

Phone: (202)314-1779

Fax: (202)479-9726

Email: dkuntz@ushmm.org

Visit the website at http://www.ushmm.org/research/center/seminars/hess/2010/announcement.pdf

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Eurasia Dissertation Support

Deadline: December 10, 2009

Eurasia Dissertation Support Fellowship
Social Science Research Council

The Eurasia Dissertation Support Fellowships provide financial and academic support to graduate students near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities. The program provides fellowship awards of up to $25,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year, designed to allow advanced graduate students concentrated time to devote to the intellectual development of their projects and to write up the results of their research. In addition to financial assistance, the fellowship program provides academic support and numerous networking opportunities, as all fellows will be required to attend two workshops - one at the beginning and the other at the end of the their fellowship term. These workshops will allow fellows to discuss their work in an interdisciplinary setting with a number of their peers and resource faculty, as well as provide a number of training sessions explicitly geared towards advanced graduate students.

The Eurasia Dissertation Support Fellowships are intended for applicants who have completed their dissertation field research and/or data collection, who have made significant progress in outlining emergent, innovative contributions to scholarship, and who are willing to reach beyond the academic community to make their work known and accessible to a variety of publics.

The funding for this fellowship program is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). One of the goals of the Title VIII program is to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This program also works to support outreach; build relationships between the policy community and the academic community; help build national capability by engaging diverse experts in the exploration of new ideas and perspectives; and create new knowledge and research.

All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of December 10, 2009.

Applicants must have obtained ABD status (must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree except for the dissertation) by the application submission deadline. Proposals and research must pertain to one or more of the regions and countries currently supported by the program (please see FAQ for further information). We will consider comparative projects if one or more of the countries/regions under consideration are supported by the program, and if our Selection and Oversight Committee determines that the project contributes to the field of Eurasian Studies.

Applicants must be able to attend two development workshops for fellows (dates TBD) that will be held at the beginning and after the end of the fellowship term (fall 2010 and fall 2011, respectively).

Please note: Award recipients' universities are required to make a cost-sharing contribution of not less than 10% of the award amount. This may be an in-kind contribution, and may come in the form of a tuition remission, a waiver of required fees, health coverage, etc. Please see the application and Institutional Support Form for full details.

Selection Criteria
The Eurasia Fellowship Program is a nationally competitive program that draws applications from a diverse students enrolled in a variety of American and international institutions of higher education. All Eurasia Program Fellowship applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of experts that reward proposals with clear arguments, carefully considered theory and methodology, a writing style accessible to readers both inside and outside the applicant’s discipline. Proposals should be intriguing for both a specialist and generalist audience. All proposals are expected to meet high levels of academic merit and to address the current needs of the field of Eurasian studies. Apply Now

FAQ http://www.ssrc.org/programs/pages/eurasia-program/eurasia-dissertation-support-fellowship-frequently-asked-questions/

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Propaganda and the First World War, Brill

I have been contacted by Julian Deahl at Brill to edit a collection on propaganda and the First World War. Brill is planning a series of handbooks to coincide with the centennial of the war. The edition is not intended to be a retrospective, but rather to highlight the latest research in the field.

This is a call for contributors. We are especially interested in transnational comparisons. Here are some possible themes that Julian and I have worked out. We are more than open to suggestions for themes that we have overlooked.

Censorship and the war
Presenting the war in the Colonies and Neutral Countries
1. Near East
2. Africa
3. Far East
4. The Commonwealth
5. Neutral Countries
6. The United States

Propaganda perspectives
Possible chapters:
1. Gendering the war
2. Domestic Mobilization
3. Justifications for fighting/the "Will to Fight"
4. The war in occupied territory
5. Keeping Russia in the war
6. Culture (Art/Music/Literature) and propaganda
7. Propaganda and the Peace(s) [Versailles, Brest-Litovsk,...]
8. Recording Victory and Defeat: Frontline reporting and the military
9. Propaganda and peace movements

The items above are not meant to be exhaustive, nor are we committed to having all of them in the volume. They are simply examples of the types of contributions that would be appropriate for the volume as we have conceived it. The language of the volume will be English, but there is some money for translating (possibly three chapters).

Once enough potential contributors have signed on to the project, Julian and I will create a proposal for a contract. Once the contract is in hand, contributors would have 14-18 months to complete their contribution. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Troy Paddock
Southern CT State University

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Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature, Pittsburgh

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in nineteenth-century Russian literature to begin in August 2010, pending budgetary approval. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Native or near-native (or ACTFL superior-level) proficiency in English and Russian required. In addition to undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Russian literature, the position may require teaching Russian language at all levels (including content-based advanced courses) and general-education literature and culture courses in English (both large lecture-based courses and smaller discussion-oriented ones). Expertise in a second Slavic language and literature is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in teaching and promise of significant scholarly achievement.

Candidates should arrange to submit a letter of application, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation (which should address both scholarship and teaching), representative student teaching evaluations, representative syllabi, and samples of scholarly writing (the length of one or two journal articles) by surface mail to:
Russian Literature Search Committee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
1417 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Questions may be directed to Ms. Christine Metil, Department Administrator (metil@pitt.edu, 1-412-624-5906).

Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held in Boston during the AAASS conference (November 12-15) and Philadelphia during the AATSEEL conference (December 27-30).

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

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Social Networks, CEU Political Science Journal

Deadline: November 1, 2009

Vol. 5, No. 3,
Social Networks

Guest editor: Professor Balazs Vedres, Center for Network Science Budapest

The Journal accepts now submissions for its issue on "Social networks". This issue welcomes contributions that reflect on the importance of social networks for political attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of elites or the public. Policy papers assessing the role of social networks in policy-decision making are also welcomed. We look at social networks as sources of political mobilization, political expertise and political influence and are equally interested in empirical approaches and contributions that discuss normative issues. Contributions may employ various methodological techniques, such as network analysis, quantitative or qualitative methods of research.

More details al www.ceu.hu/polscijournal
Enquiries and submissions at: ceu_polsci@yahoo.com

The new September 2009 number is now online, you can freely access it at http://www.personal.ceu.hu/PolSciJournal/issues.html.

The Editorial Board
CEU Political Science Journal
Nador ut. 9, 1051 Budapest,

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Congress on World and Global History: Connections and Comparisons, 04/11-14/2011, London

Deadline: February 28, 2010

European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)

Third European Congress on World and Global History

London School of Economics & Political Science

11-14 April 2011,

Call for Panels

Recent decades have seen the re-emergence and, on an unprecedented scale, the further development of various interacting strands of world, global and trans-national history, all sharing the aim of transcending national historiographies. Connections and comparisons have been central to these intellectual enterprises. The third European Congress on World and Global History, to be held in London at the LSE in April 2011, provides an opportunity for sustained reflection on these themes.

We invite proposals for panels examining comparisons, connections and entanglements between polities, societies, communities and individuals situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world. The perspectives involved will range from interactions between humanity and the environment, including over the very long term, through the cultural and economic histories of material and social life, to empires, international organizations, oceans as spaces of sustained interaction between communities from different continents, the experience and consequences of migration, periods of ‘de globalization’ and ‘globalization’, and the intercontinental sources and consequences of revolutions, whether political, technological, social or ideological. Not least, we encourage critical reflection on the methodological and conceptual issues involved in comparative, transnational and entangled histories: whether in general, or in relation to specific areas of historical inquiry, from religions to real wages, from diasporas to epistemic communities. We look forward to contributions from scholars in various disciplines, based both in Europe and around the world. Conference languages will be English, French and German.

Proposals: We invite proposals for panels comprising 3-6 participants. In addition to the names, affiliations and email and snailmail addresses of the participants, proposals should include titles and abstracts of the panel as a whole (200-600 words) and of each individual paper (100-300 words).

Please note that, at this stage, it is only proposals for panels, rather than for isolated papers, that are sought. However, panel proposers are welcome to leave one or two spaces for further papers. After the Steering Committee has selected panels, in April 2010, there will be a second Call, inviting proposals for individual papers to take up any vacant slots in the already-accepted panels.

All LSE meeting rooms have Powerpoint facilities. When the time comes, it is hoped that all papers will be posted in advance on the congress webpage.

Submission: all proposals must be received by 28 February 2010. They should be submitted as email attachments to Katja Naumann at: headquarters@eniugh.org

28 April 2010: Date by which proposers will be notified of the outcome. A Call for Papers will be issued, inviting proposals for individual papers, mainly to complete panels already accepted. October 2010: Congress registration and reservation of accommodation opens (through the congress website). It will be possible to reserve accommodation to suit different needs and pockets, in a range of hotels and in a LSE hall of residence.

Inquiries: at this stage inquiries about the conference may be sent to Katja Naumann (as above) or to Gareth Austin, Department of Economic History, LSE (g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk), who chairs the ENIUGH Steering Committee and the LSE local arrangements committee.

For more information on ENIUGH, including on the earlier congresses, please: visit http://www.eniugh.org/

Katja Naumann

ENIUGH Headquarters / Centre for History and Culture of East Central Europe Leipzig at the University Leipzig

Gareth Austin

President ENIUGH Steering Committee / Department of Economic History, London School of Economics

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Researching Transnational Spaces, Cross-Border Diffusion,and Transnational Histories, 04/22-23/2010, Germany

Deadline: December 30, 2009


Beyond Methodological Nationalism

Researching Transnational Spaces, Cross-Border Diffusion, and Transnational Histories

Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology

22 - 23 April 2010

Bielefeld University, Germany

The criticism of methodological nationalism has opened up new ways to conduct research on global and transnational dynamics. Nowadays, the common methodological statement is that societal spaces cannot be regarded as equal to territorial spaces. Prominent methodological proposals are suggested by the global ethnography approach, the cosmopolitan theory, and the transnational approach. While the first combines large-scale ethnography with detailed examinations of everyday life, the second proposes to conduct research simultaneously on different spatial scales, such as global, transnational, national, and local dimensions. And the third, the transnational approach, refers to relational concepts of spatiality. Thus, this conference will link debates on new methodological approaches with the discussion of problematic issues within empirical research on global and transnational transformations.

Website: http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/cfp_transantional.pdf

Devrimsel Nergiz

Bielefeld University

Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology

P.O. Box 10 01 31

D-33501 Bielefeld

Phone: +49-(0)521-106-6515

Email: devrimsel.nergiz@uni-bielefeld.de

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