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September 22, 2010

Prize: graduate essay competition (Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema)

Postgraduate/Graduate Article Competition
for Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (SRSC)

In 2011 Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema enters its fifth year of publication. It has established itself as a scholarly journal of high ranking, with a rigorous, anonymous double peer review system.

In the Soviet tradition of the grand public celebration of anniversaries, we have decided to mark the journal's fifth birthday with an essay competition.

Articles on any aspect of Russian/Soviet cinema will be considered, with a maximum length of 6,000 words. These should be original works, and should not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. The texts should be sent to the Editor, at the address below, with the name of an academic supervisor (including email) who can be contacted to confirm that the author is a doctoral student at a Higher Education Institution.All submissions must be in English, and non-native speakers are advised to have their texts styled before submission.

Deadline for submission: 1 April 2011

The jury will be composed of the journal's co-editors; they will assess the submissions anonymously. Results will be available by 1 September 2011.
First Prize: £150, a year's free subscription to the journal, and three Intellect books of your choice. The winning article will of course appear in SRSC, in volume 5.3 (2011).

A style sheet and a free issue for download can be found on Intellect's website at

Birgit Beumers
Editor, SRSC
Email birgit.beumers@bris.ac.uk

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September 21, 2010

Conference: Euro-American Conference for Academic Disciplines, Prague

Deadline: March 28, 2011

Euro-American Conference for Academic Disciplines
June 21-24, 2011

Scholars from various academic disciplines converge at the premises of the Knights of Malta in Prague for a four-day conference celebrating multidisciplinary research and international education.

Professor Joseph Bonnici, PhD, JD
Central Connecticut State University
Vance Hall
New Britain, Connecticut 06050-4010
Email: conference@internationaljournal.org
Visit the website at http://www.internationaljournal.org/prague.html

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CfP Journal: Empire Studies

Journal of Empire Studies

Deadline for Spring 2011 submissions: November 15, 2010
Deadline for Summer 2011 submissions: March 15, 2011

A new online scholarly journal on global studies, The Journal of Empire Studies, is looking for articles on topics within the broad range of empire studies. Of particular interest are examinations of specific subjects comparing eastern and western empires.

Please visit the beta web site: http://www.iflair.biz/jes/

Inquiries can be directed to Tom Durwood, Valley Forge Military College, tbird3080@aol.com

Tom Durwood
Valley Forge Military College
1001 Eagle Road
Wayne, PA 19087

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CfP Journal: "Angel of Newness" (Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies)

Deadline: February 15, 2011

"Angel of Newness" (Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies)
Vol. 37 No. 2 (to be published September 2011)

Call for Papers
In his "Theses on the Philosophy of History," Walter Benjamin famously reads the Paul Klee painting _Angelus Novus_, not as a "New Angel" in keeping with the original title of this watercolor, but as an "Angel of History." Benjamin describes the angel as flying backwards (and thus looking at the past) toward the future, blown by a huge storm. This storm, Benjamin says, is what we call progress.

Benjamin's critique, via the Klee piece, of a progressionist view of time is one of many famous examples that set up duality or dialectic of "history" and "newness." Not so long ago, critical inquiries into the question of (post)modernity had to grapple with this history-newness tension. More recently, as globalization studies have gained currency, the rhetoric of newness has once again come into play, this time as a figure of globalization now taken as the unprecedented version of modernity. Today, it seems that reflection on any aspect of globalization has to align itself with the thesis of newness: a new mode of capitalism, new international relations, new technologies, new realities, and so on. On the other hand, postcolonial and diasporic writers seem to have been weaned on the impossibility of a clean break from the past.

In a more textualizing trajectory, Paul de Man employs the concept of newness in the context of what he calls our "literary modernity." Reading against Nietzsche's conception of newness or "life" as the ability to forget what precedes the present, de Man reformulates this rejection of the past as an act of self-critique and calls for a conception of literary history that can apply to history in general as a mode of self-interrogation.

Newness, as a matter of fact, is nothing new at all. Every historical age is in one way or another driven by an impulse to distinguish itself from the past—hence the commonplaceness of newness as a figure of self-definition. Yet, if the impetus of newness is always already age-old, what is new about newness at present is perhaps the way in which current discourses on globalization tap into newness intensively and extensively. What then is at stake in this conceiving of the current historical conjuncture in the light of the idiom of newness? How is newness at play in discursive practices which have sought to name and rename our time and often in terms of a "post"—the postmodern, the postcolonial, the post-national, the post-ideological, the posthuman, and the post-9/11? And what exactly is so new about the putatively new technology, new media, new affective relationships, new geopolitical dynamics, and/or new forms of resistance today?

If we are indeed faced with the radically new, what are some of the approaches we have developed in response to it? Does the impetus of the truly new mean that the compulsion to repeat is no longer with us? How may the notion of newness generate new lineaments of selfhood, new subjectivities, or new identities? Or, in any particular disciplinary field, how has the idiom of newness been factored into this field's self-conception? What new theoretical paradigms have emerged that are claiming a marked departure from what has come before?

In a more general way, how has the rhetoric of newness come to register the cultural imaginary, political agendas, faith, or everyday life in a given historical and cultural context? How has "newness" helped establish, elucidate, or critique the "historical view" of a given period?

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed English-language journal devoted to offering innovative perspectives on literary and cultural issues. A premier journal in its field in Taiwan, Concentric boasts a strong editorial and advisory team that consists of scholars from across the world.

Concentric invites submissions related to the special issue topic, and also welcomes papers on general topics. The focus can be on any historical period and any region. Any critical approach may be employed so long as the paper demonstrates a distinctive contribution to scholarship in the given field.

For submission guidelines or general inquiries, please consult our website http://www.concentric-literature.url.tw/

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Department of English
National Taiwan Normal University
162 He-ping East Road, Section 1
Taipei 106
Phone: +886 (0)2 77341795
Fax: +886 (0)2 23634793
Email: concentric.lit@deps.ntnu.edu.tw

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CfP: Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation, Romania

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation, 2-4 June 2011
University of Bucharest
June 2-4, 2011

The 13th Annual Conference of the English Department of the University of Bucharest will be held from 2–4 June, 2011. The general topic for the Literature and Cultural Studies section is: Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation.

Papers are invited in the following areas:
British, Irish and Commonwealth Literatures
American Literature
Cultural Studies
Literary Theory
Theoretical Linguistics
Applied Linguistics
Translation Studies

Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words (including a list of keywords) in Word format. Proposals should include title of paper, name and institutional affiliation, telephone number and e-mail address.

Conference fee: 50 euro (conference documents, refreshments).
Deadline for receipt of proposals: 15 February 2011.

Please send proposals (and enquiries) to the following e-mail addresses:
For Linguistics and Translation Studies: linguisticsbucharest2010@yahoo.com
For Literature and Cultural Studies: litcultstbucharest@gmail.com

A selection of papers will be published in University of Bucharest Review and in Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics.

Assoc. Prof. Octavian Roske
Head of Department
Prof. Irina Pană
Chair of the Conference Committee
Email: litcultstbucharest@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://english-unib.ro

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Announcement: CV based academic portal

CoolCite is a CV based academic portal. It aims to support researchers and allow the sharing of ideas while supporting collaborations with peers. Users can access updated and relevant information for conducting innovative research. The portal supplies links to scientific associations, departments, disciplines and various forms of publications. The portal allows scholars to update their CV online; to manage forums with invited peers; to run public blogs – and to respond to posts of other scholars. Users can “follow” scholars whose work interests them and get a notice once they update their CV. CoolCite is the academic portal for the future.

Gad Yair
Chair, Dept of Sociology & Anthropology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Email: msyairg@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://www.coolcite.com/user/1227

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JOURNAL/CFP- Journal of Central Asian and the Caucasian Studies

JOURNAL/CFP- Journal of Central Asian and the Caucasian Studies

Journal of Central Asia and the Caucasian Studies (JCACS) is a refereed journal and published twice (Winter and Summer) a year.

JCACS publishes scholarly articles in Turkish and English from all over the world. The Editorial Office of the JCACS is in the International Strategic Research Organisation (ISRO) central building in Ankara, Turkey. However the journal is an independent publication in terms of scientific research and the editors decide its publication policy.

JCACS focuses on legal, political, sociological, cultural, social, religious, anthropological and economic studies regarding the Central Asia, Caucasus and neighbouring states' (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, China, Mongolia, Russia) and regions' (Black Sea, South Asia, Middle East, Far East) relations with the Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The journal encourages interdisciplinary studies. Manuscripts submitted to JCACS should be original and challenging, and should not be under consideration by another publication at the time of submission.

We also welcome short pieces on recent developments and review articles.

Articles submitted for consideration of publication are subject to peer review. The editorial board and editors take consideration whether submitted manuscript follows the rules of scientific writing. The appropriate articles are then sent to two referees known for heir academic reputation in their respective areas.

The Editors and referees use three-step guidelines in assessing submissions:

i) Literary quality: Writing style, usage of the language, organisation (paragraphing, syntax, flow etc.)
ii) Use of references. Referencing, sources, relationships of the footnotes to the text.
iii) Scholarship quality: Depth of research, quality; contribution, originality of the contribution (new and creative thought) and plausibility of the author's argument.

Upon the referees' decision, the articles will be published in the journal, or rejected for publication. The review process lasts from five to 15 weeks. Questions regarding the status of submissions should be directed to the Editor by e-mail at turgutdem@yahoo.co.uk or

The referee reports are kept confidential and stored in the archives for five years.

For more information about the journal feel free to contact with the editors:
Editors: Turgut DEMIRTEPE & Esra HATIPOGLU
Assisting Editor: Hasan Selim ÖZERTEM
Editorial Office: JCACS/ OAKA, Ayten Sokak, No: 21, Mebusevleri, Tandogan, Ankara / TURKEY
E-mail: turgutdem@yahoo.co.uk or hasanozertem@gmail.com

JCACS's aim is to generate a productive dialogue and exchange between theorists, writers and practitioners in disparate locations. JCACS assumes that one of the main problems in Central Asian and Caucasian studies is lack of dialogue between writers and scholars from different cultural backgrounds.

All manuscripts and editorial correspondence and enquiries should be addressed to the JCACS Editorial Office (The Office).

We prefer electronic submission to turgutdem@yahoo.co.uk, or hasanozertem@gmail.com as a Microsoft word attachment file. Please be sure that you received a confirmation from The Office.

Manuscripts should be one-and-half or double spaced throughout (including all quotations and footnotes) and typed in English on single sides of A4 paper. Generous margins on both sides of the page should be allowed. Pages should be numbered consecutively. The author should retain a copy, as submitted manuscripts cannot be returned. Full names of the author(s) should be given, an address for correspondence, and where possible a contact telephone number, facsimile number and e-mail address.

Articles as a rule should not exceed 10.000 words, not including footnotes. Book reviews should be about 2.500 word-length for one book, or maximum 3.500 words for two or more books.

Style and Proofs
Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts conform to the JCACS style. Editors will not undertake retyping of manuscripts before publication. Please note that authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within two weeks of receipt.

Titles and Sub-Titles
Titles in the article should be 12 point, bold and in uppercase form. The sub-titles should be 12 point and in the title case form.

In the case of books the following order should be observed in footnotes:

Author(s), Title, (Place of Publishing: Publisher, Year), Page. For example:

1. Begali Qosimov, Istiqlol Qahramonlari: Mahmud Khoja Behbudiy, Tanlangan Asarlar, (Tashkent: Ma'naviyot, 1997), p. 45.

In articles: Author(s), "Article Title", Journal Title, Vol., No., Year, Page.

2. Chantal Lemercier-Quelquejay, "Abdul Kayum Al-Nasuri: A Tatar Reformer of the 19th Century", Central Asian Survey, Vol. 1, No. 4,
April 1983, pp. 122-124.

Book Reviews
Book reviews should be preceded by full publication details including price and ISBN number:

Dale F. Eickelman, The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Perspective, 4. Edition, (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001). 384 sayfa. Biblo. Index. $48.40. ISBN: 0130336785

Current and recent academic and professional affiliations, and recent major publications for the Notes on Contributors should be supplied with the articles. It should not exceed 150-word.

The authors should send a 200-word abstract of the manuscripts.

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CfP: Workshop on Unintended Consequences, Gdansk

Deadline: January 15, 2011

Unintended Consequences
University of Gdansk
Division of Sociology of Law
Polish Sociological Association
May 9-10, 2011

Many comments and theoretical developments that followed Robert K. Merton's work on unanticipated consequences of purposive social actions have focused on ramifying the initial conceptual apparatus. This involved debating semantical nuances of such terms as: unexpected, unrecognized, unaware, unforeseen, perverse, in addition to, or instead of, the ones of unintended and unanticipated. The workshop aims to summarize and revitalize this debate.

On the other hand, the purpose of the conference is to bridge the gap between the discussions on unintended consequences and many discourses that emerged in theoretical circumstances different from, or even opposed to, mertonian functionalism. Similar themes were undertaken by scholars active in fields as different as systems' theory, post-foucauldian governance studies or neoinstitutionalism. Since terms used in such studies range from risk through contingency to regulatory failures, it is worthwhile to see whether linguistic differences signify speaking of different phenomena.

Thus, the organizers of the workshop welcome all contributions relevant for `sociology as an analysis of the unintended' – 75 years after the original term was coined. The event will take place at Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdansk on 9-10 May, 2011. Papers will be invited for publication in a themed volume. For further details about the conference please visit: www.wuc.ifsid.ug.edu.pl

Workshop Committee:
Klaus Bachmann – University of Wroclaw
Piotr Glinski – Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Bialystok, Polish Sociological Association
Jacek Kurczewski – University of Warsaw
Jan Poleszczuk – University of Bialystok
Brunon Synak – University of Gdansk
Marek Ziólkowski – Adam Mickiewicz University

Organizing Committee:
Cezary Obracht-Prondzynski
Michal Kaczmarczyk
Adriana Mica
Arkadiusz Peisert
Jan Winczorek
Maciej Brosz

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CfP Journal: Ab Imperio

Ab Imperio is an international humanities and social sciences journal dedicated to interdisciplinary and comparative study of nationalism and history of empire and nationalities in the post Soviet space. The journal is published 4 times a year in web and paper copy in Kazan’/Russia (the volume run includes 7 volumes (2000-2006), 27 issues). The languages of publication are English and Russian with summaries, respectively, in both languages. Manuscripts are accepted in five languages (Russian, English, German, French, Ukrainian). Ab Imperio pursues the policy of thematic issues.

The journal is distributed free of charge to major Russian universities, libraries, research centers and individual readers as well as to institutional and individual subscribers outside of the Russian Federation. Ab Imperio enjoys participation of authors from the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Finland, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, and different regions of the Russian Federation. Ab Imperio is a peer-reviewed periodical. All submitted materials are subject to anonymous peer-review. AI is indexed in “Historical Abstracts” and “America: History and Life”
Ab Imperio guidelines for article submission and Authors' Consent Form.

Publication schedule: May, August, November, January.

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September 07, 2010

CfP Journal: Pushkin Review - Griboedov

The 2011 volume of /The Pushkin Review / Пушкинский вестник/ will
feature a section devoted to Aleksandr Griboedov, guest edited by Angela Brintlinger. We welcome the submission of essays on any aspect of Griboedov's life and works as well as translations of his writings. Essays may be written in English or Russian. Translations should be in English. To submit work, please attach it to an email as a Microsoft Word document (.doc, or .docx), a Rich Text Format document (.rtf) or an Open Office document (.odt) and send it to Ivan Eubanks (ieubanks@pushkiniana.org) and/or Lina Steiner (lsteiner@uchicago.edu) by January 25, 2011. We also welcome queries, but they should be sent well in advance of the January deadline.

Ivan S. Eubanks
/Pushkin Review / Пушкинский вестник/ http://www.pushkiniana.org

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