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March 29, 2010

CfP Journal: 50 Years Since the End of Stalin

Special Issue: 50 Years Since the End of Stalin

Publication Date: 2010-12-01

The word, Stalinism, originally used by the anti-Stalinist left to describe the particular ideology and form of rule used by Stalin and the Communist Parties, from the time of the ascendancy of Stalin himself in the USSR, has entered everyday usage. Ideologically, it is associated with the conceptional analysis around the doctrine of ‘socialism in one country’. In practice, it conjures up the image of regimes in which an elite or bureaucratic apparatus rules through a measure of control over the surplus product and the maintenance of an atomized population. Its political economy is necessarily unviable, described by Andras Hegedus as ‘organised chaos’. Different theorists and historians on the left have evolved varied analyses. It will be fifty years since Stalin was summarily ejected from Lenin’s tomb, and the process of ‘de-Stalinization', begun with his death, continued most spectacularly with Khrushchev’s secret speech in 1956, reached its reformist climax in 1961. The Stalinist system rejected reform and continued until its disintegration in 1991.

Critique will be dedicating its 2011 special issue to reflect on the end of Stalinism. Critique is an independent, peer reviewed, academic journal founded in 1973. We are looking for high quality scholarly articles on or surrounding, but not limited to, the following topics:

· What was the Stalinist system?
· Could it have been reformed?
· Can one describe its successor as a disintegrating Stalinism?
· Has capitalism been destabilized by the end of Stalinism, and the end of the Cold War?
· Did the ‘Secret Speech’ have an impact on the demise of Stalinism?
· Why has Stalinism been so difficult to defeat?
· What was the impact of the CPSU’s shift away from Stalinism on the communist world?
· Other thematic topics may include: Bay of Pigs invasion and Castro’s official adoption of Marxism-Leninism, construction of the Berlin Wall, Stalin’s body removed from the Lenin mausoleum, etc.

Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory welcomes contributions covering any aspect of Marxist political economy, philosophy and history. Articles should not normally exceed 7-8,000 words in length. Articles must include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a maximum of 6 key words. Please note that Critique does not use the Harvard system and expects footnotes to appear at the bottom of the page. For further instructions and advice for authors please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/critique. For further details about Critique visit: http://www.critiquejournal.net/. The final deadline for articles is December 1, 2010. Please send articles via email to the editor: Hillel H. Ticktin, gkfa02@udcf.gla.ac.uk and to: critique@eng.gla.ac.uk

Emeritus Professor Hillel Ticktin
Critique-Journal of Socialist Theory
University of Glasgow
8 Lilybank Gardens
G12 8RZ
United Kingdom

Email: critique@eng.gla.ac.uk

Visit the website at http://www.informaworld.com/critique

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March 17, 2010

English Teaching in Georgia

PROG. INFO.- English Teaching in Georgia

Title: Job/Program ­ "Teach and Learn with Georgia"

Text: Volunteer to Make a Difference. The country of Georgia is
recruiting native English speakers to help teach English through the
project "Teach and Learn with Georgia".

We are offering benefits of housing and living accommodations; medical insurance; round-trip tickets for work related travels and a vacation; $300 per diem. Volunteer teachers will stay in Georgia for at least one year with once in a life-time opportunity to help the Georgian children learn English language and thus influencing their lives; get familiarized with amazing Georgian customs and traditions by living in the local families; experience unique Georgian folklore and cuisine by socializing with local communities and if willing, learn the Georgian language, one of the ancient languages of the world.

For more information please visit our website:

Contact: info@tlg.gov.ge
Phone: + 995 32 318959
+995 58 17 75 74

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March 16, 2010

WEB RESOURCE- Traditional Knowledge in Kyrgyzstan

WEB RESOURCE- Traditional Knowledge in Kyrgyzstan, Aigine, Bishkek

Aigine Cultural Research Center offers a new website "Traditional Knowledge in Kyrgyzstan": http://tk.aigine.kg.

The website contains materials that were collected between 2005 and 2009 in Kyrgyzstan, which carry what we call traditional wisdom or traditional knowledge of people living in the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

The website has three main blocks:

1. Traditional spiritual practices
2. Traditional ecological knowledge
3. Traditional knowledge about the formation of society, family, and economy

One can also find video and photo materials on this website, which were recorded by us in the past several years and which give additional visual illustrations of the materials on this website. Here you can get acquainted with many of our authors as well.

At present, this site mainly contains traditional knowledge pertaining to the ethnic Kyrgyz people. However, we are working on the collection of materials and in the future this website will present the knowledge of other ethnic groups as well.

The website was supported by The Christensen Fund (USA) as part of the project "Transmitting traditional knowledge".

The process of gathering material is continuing thus we welcome those who want to share their knowledge and experiences, comments, or suggestions on the website itself. Please feel free to write on the address: office@aigine.kg.

Aigine is a non profit nongovernmental public fund with the following missions:

- Study and preservation of natural and cultural legacy and diversity in Kyrgyzstan;
- Investigate unknown aspects of cultural and natural phenomena;
- Seek points of rapprochement and interconnection among esoteric knowledge and science, nature and culture, traditions and innovations, West and East, and other experiences often seen as oppositions.

Aigine Cultural Research Center
93 Toktogul St., Bishkek
720040, Kyrgyzstan
Tel/fax: +996-312-661952
Email: office@aigine.kg
www.aigine.kg, http://tk.aigine.kg

Aida Alymbaeva
Senior Researcher

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March 02, 2010

Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project is a research institute and clearinghouse for international Cold War history.

Based at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., CWIHP disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular, new archival findings from non-western sources.

The Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials, and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" and beyond.

CWIHP seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars interested in Cold War history.

Use the links below to learn more about CWIHP:

Publications: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=topics.publications

Virtual Archive: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=va2.browse&sort=Collection

News: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=topics.news_welcome

Events: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=topics.events

Cold War International History Project
Woodrow Wilson Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Tel: 202/691-4110

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