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June 13, 2013

CFP Conference: Changes and Challenges in Glocalizing Russia and Northeast Asia

Deadline: August 2, 2013

Call for Papers: Changes and Challenges in Glocalizing Russia and
Northeast Asia
October 18-19, 2013

Institute of Russian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul,
Korea

In the age of glocalization, we cross borders in our daily life. Those
borders are not only borderlines between countries, but also social,
glocalized society. For examples of these borders, one can find
borderlines between central and regional authorities, towns,
countryside, immigrants and natives, as well as borderlines between
different social, political, cultural, and religious groups. How did
the process of globalization break down these various borders within
Russia and also among various countries of Northeast Asia? To what
extent did the glocalization become everyday experiences for local
communities in these regions? What are the changes in social,
political, economic and cultural phenomena that have appeared in these
regions during the process of glocalization? What are the tensions and
conflicts that glocalization has promoted in these regions? By
identifying the problems and effects of glocalization in this
conference, we hope that this conference will contribute to raising
mutual understanding of these regions and also promoting close future
ties among countries in these regions. Some examples of possible
topics for presentation in the conference include but are NOT limited
to the following possible topics:

-Place and identity
-Memory and glocalism
-Cultural diversity, multiculturalism
-Everyday experiences
-Local mass media/communication
-Integration of local market into global market
-Global migrations

Conference languages: English and Russian

Proposals: Please send your proposals of 300 words in English or
Russian to Dr. Jooonseo Song at songjoo1@gmail.com . Proposals are due
by August 2, 2013. Successful presenters will be notified before
August 16.

Final papers: Final papers are due by September 30, 2013. Please
understand the early deadline. We need extra time to prepare a
conference proceeding by compiling all the final papers.

Free Accommodation: We will provide FREE accommodation for all
participants from abroad during the period of 17~20th October.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Joonseo Song at
songjoo1@gmail.com

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Zentrum Moderner Orient

Deadline: August 11, 2013

ZMO announces the opening of a number of three-year positions for postdoc
researchers and a very limited number of doctoral positions for the second
phase of the current research programme, conditional on the confirmation
of funding.

The positions are open from 1 January 2014 for 36 months.

Applications should be sent until August 11th, 2013 to Dr. Silke Nagel at
Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, D-14129 Berlin (silke.nagel@zmo.de).

http://www.zmo.de/Ausschreibungen/Call_Research_Positions_2013.pdf

Research Positions
Open from 1 January 2014 for 36 months

ZMO announces the opening of a number of three-year positions for postdoc
researchers and a very limited number of doctoral positions for the second
phase of the current research programme, conditional on the confirmation
of funding. Depending on the development of the programme, an extension of
up to three more years may be possible at a later stage.

Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin is an independent research center
devoted to a multidisciplinary study on the history, societies and
cultures of the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa and South,
Southeast and Central Asia from the eighteenth century to the present.
Its main research programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education
and Research. ZMO hosts international researchers from different
disciplinary perspectives. It focuses on investigating social actors’
experiences and perceptions of translocal connections as well as
influences and processes of transformation in the above-mentioned regions.
In the frame of the current research programme “Muslim Worlds – World of
Islam? Concepts, Practices and Crises of the global”, Muslim social actors
and their (non-Muslim) neighbours are at the centre of attention.
Research will be organized in the following thematic fields:

Progress and its Discontents studies concepts which aim at a
transformation of individual and society, as well as actors who intend to
realise them and the semiotic materiality that represents them. Projects
that investigate progress as a social project and probe the resistance to,
and the negotiation of, its multifarious intellectual, practical and
symbolic imprint on culture and politics are welcome here.

The Politics of Resources investigates contested and changing ways of
appropriating, accessing and using material resources. We invite projects
which explore historical and contemporary processes of transformation
through which specific matters (land, water, minerals, forest etc.) are
valorized/devalued and ‘turned into’ resources, as well as practices that
challenge, reject or accommodate these processes by specific social
actors.

Trajectories of Lives and Knowledge analyses biographical pathways of
individual actors, and how these intersect with education, knowledge and
expertise. Projects which closely link intellectual history with the
social history of their carriers by investigating the role of knowledge
for living within a given social, historical, religious or regional
context are intended here.

Cities as Laboratories of Change explores the socio-political dynamics and
transformations of urban life, notably the development of new practices
and formation of new ideas. Projects focusing on urban development past,
present and future, as well as on the problem of the constitution of
urbanity with a particular view to the margins and hinterland of cities
are particularly welcome.

For further information on ZMO and its research see www.zmo.de or contact
Dr. Nagel at silke.nagel@zmo.de.

Applicants should relate their project to one of the four working fields
within the overall ZMO programme. Applications should include a CV, a
5-page research project outline (including a working plan with time frame
and necessary fieldwork), and a cover letter stating the relevant thematic
field. Successful applicants will be expected to reside in Berlin.

Working language at ZMO is English. Applications should be sent until
August 11th to Dr. Silke Nagel at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33,
D-14129 Berlin.

Remuneration will be according to Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst
(TvöD), grade 13; limited funds for archival and field research may be
available. Applications should not contain any original materials, as the
documents will not be returned.

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CFP Conference: France, the USSR and the end of the Cold War, 1975-1991

Call for papers

Deadline: August 30, 2013

France, the USSR and the end of the Cold War, 1975-1991
Paris, January 23, 24 and 25th, 2014

Sorbonne Cold War History Project
in partnership with the Gorbachev Foundation (Moscow)
and the François Mitterrand Institute (Paris)

Presentation:
Studying French-Soviet relations is important in many regards in order to understand the complex international dynamics that led to the end of the Cold War.

Even before the beginning of the Cold War and despite their different social-political regimes, both states intended to build relations going beyond their ideological opposition, demonstrated, for instance, by the 1935 French-Soviet Pact or the Normandie-Niemen regiment, a bi-national air squadron created during World War II.

Later, their participation in opposite Cold War alliances did not prevent the emergence of a privileged relationship. Under General de Gaulle, these relations developed in the framework of a “détente” that, on the French side at least, sought to move beyond the opposition between the Soviet bloc and the West, and promote the idea of a Europe “from the Atlantic to the Urals”. Twenty years later, French-Soviet relations played a significant role in ending the Cold War, evidenced by the signing of the Charter for a New Europe in Paris in November 1990. This initiative, taken by French President François Mitterrand, was supported by the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, thereby ratifying the end of the “Yalta era”.

Over the past 25 years, French-Soviet relations have been studied extensively, through the lens of primary sources. Their impact on the evolution of the European continent and their role in ending the Cold War, however, received limited attention. Therefore, rather than addressing the bilateral aspects of French-Soviet relations, this conference will focus on their international dimension and European implications from the signing of the Helsinki Accords in 1975 until the end of the USSR in 1991.

Contributions on the following topics are welcome:
1. The first objective will be to explain and clarify, based on primary sources, the impact of French-Soviet relations on the evolution of the European context. To what extent did these relations contribute to challenging or, on the contrary, freezing and perpetuating the Cold War? Pivotal moments (the Helsinki conference and the 1989 revolutions, for instance) and key concepts (Pompidou’s détente, Gorbachev’s “common European home”, Mitterrand’s “confederation”) will be given priority.
2. Reciprocally, the second objective will be to understand how the European context weighed on French-Soviet relations, and influenced, if not determined, them. To that aim, important East-West events, such as Ostpolitik, the 1980 Polish upheaval or the Euromissile crisis, but also collateral processes, such as the enlargement and deepening of the European community, the evolution of NATO and the crises within the Warsaw Pact, will also be considered.
3. Although the diplomatic and geopolitical dimensions will be central, other aspects could be explored. This might include domestic politics (notably the influence of the French communist party) or cultural and economic exchanges, as they relate to the topic of the symposium.
4. Finally, contributions centered around personalities who played a prominent role, such as political figures and intellectuals, will also be welcomed.
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The conference will take place in Paris in January 2014, and will be conducted in English.
The proposal (one page) and a resume (half a page), written in English, will be sent by August 30th, 2013, in PDF format and in a single email, to both:
Marie-Pierre Rey: Marie-Pierre.Rey@univ-paris1.fr
and Céline Marangé: celine.marange@univ-paris1.fr

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June 12, 2013

CFP Conference: "Old Rules & New Traditions: Generational Divides in Central and Eastern Europe"

Deadline for submitting abstracts: August 16, 2013

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University College, London announced its 13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe. The conference will take place in February 2014 and will discuss generational divides in Central and Eastern Europe.

he conference will take place in February 2014 and will discuss generational divides in Central and Eastern Europe. Generational divides with regard to rules and traditions are a recurring theme in the past and present of Central and Eastern Europe. The region has been subject to great turmoil and has undergone amultitude of changes and transformations over time. While some traditions have survived, others have been overhauled. Rules have been broken or adapted; yet each generation has also attempted to make their own rules and created new traditions. These phenomena can be observed and analysed from a variety of perspectives: historical, cultural, political, economic, social, and beyond. Therefore, 13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe welcomes papers that analyze generational divides in Central and Eastern Europe adopting various perspectives.

Eligible topics for the conference

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies looks forward to submissions that arecross-cultural, cross-national, and multi-disciplinary. Topics can include but are not limited to the following areas:

national identityand nation building;
a clash of urbanand rural ways of life;
insiders andoutsiders;
economic orpolitical reform;
religiosity andsecularism;
modernisation;

Particular attention will be given to papers addressingthe conference theme but also other research dealing with the countriesof Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and the formerSoviet Union are also welcome. Submissions that place these countries intoan inter-regional comparative context are also encouraged.
Guidelines for submission

The conference invites applications from postgraduate students and earlycareer researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Abstracts ofup to 300 words and a CV with full contact information should be sent to postgradconference2014@gmail.com. The language of theconference is English. A selection of papers will appear in a separateconference publication.
Organizer

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University College London

Information & contacts

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies
e-mail: postgradconference2014@gmail.com
conference website

More information here

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CFA: The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the European Union

- Call for Applications -

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the European Union

“Sustainable Economic Growth, Further Integration and Common Identity: Moving towards a European Consensus”

(Brussels; July 3rd - 5th, 2013)

www.eu-culturaldiplomacy-conference.org

Since its foundation the EU has undergone multiple transformations in the socio-cultural, political, and economic spheres. Today, the European Union consists of 27 member states, all of which work closely together to develop policies to facilitate common interests such as the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital across borders.

Although the EU has made great strides in the past six decades- both politically and economically- the region still faces challenges in terms of delivering prosperity, bridging the gap between institutions and citizens, and creating a common and collective “European Identity.” Over four years of economic, social and political crisis have presented the EU, its leaders, and its people with a number of crucial challenges, which must be thoroughly and instantly tackled in order for Europe to be successful and to maintain its leading position in the global arena.

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU will therefore offer participants a platform to discuss the present and future challenges of the European Union, and will elaborate on the role of Cultural Diplomacy in improving European relations, enhancing cross-cultural collaboration, building democratic governance, and sustaining peace and stability in the region.

Symposium Locations

Based in Berlin, the Conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city, and will consist of excursions to the country's top institutions and landmarks.

Symposium Participants

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world. If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the symposia, please click HERE

Symposium Speakers

Speakers during the symposium will include leading dignitaries, heads of state, ministers, politicians, diplomats, academics, authors, human rights activist, journalists, and artists. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Speakers for the Symposium include:

· The Hon. Dr. Alfred Sant - Former Prime Minister of Malta

· H. E. Amb. Andrej Lepavcov - Ambassador of Macedonia to the EU

· H. E. Amb. Carlos Appelgren Balbontín - Ambassador of Chile to the European Union

· Charles-Etienne Lagasse - President, EUNIC

· Elke Van den Brandt - Member of the Flemish Parliament

· H. E. Amb. Fuad Eldar oglu Isgandarov - Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

· Giuseppe Gargani - Member of the European Parliament

· H. E. Amb. Kornelios S. Korneliou - Ambassador of Cyprus to the European Union

· The Hon. Luc van den Brande - Former Minister-President of Flanders-Belgium; Former President, European Committee of the Regions

· H.E. Amb. Mihnea Motoc - Ambassador of Romania to the European Union

· Philippe Suinen - CEO, Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency and Wallonie-Bruxelles International

· Senator Richard Miller - Member of the Flemish Parliament

· H. E. Amb. Vangelis Vitalis - Ambassador of New Zealand to the European Union

· Wilfried Vandaele - Member of the Flemish Parliament

· Willem-Frederik Schiltz - Member of the Flemish Parliament

· The Hon. Yves Leterme - Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; Former Prime Minister of Belgium.

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CFP Workshop: Islam in Europe through the Balkan prism

Deadline: June 25, 2013

The workshop will convene at Sarajevo University, under the auspices of the
Religio-West project at
RSCAS, EUI, Florence
and the Faculty of Islamic Studies, at the University of Sarajevo
The organisers will cover all the expenses of
participants

We invite submission of proposals for papers on any of the following themes:
1) Historical legacies
2) State policies and institutional arrangements

4) Inter-religious tolerance and dialogue.

Send your abstracts (up to 300 words), one paragraph CV and your contact
details to Arolda Elbasani, email:
arolda.elbasani@eui.eu

Deadline for sending the abstract: June 25, 2013
Notification of accepted papers: July 2, 2013
Deadline for complete papers: October 15, 2013

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CFP Conference: Between Labour and Leisure: Towards the New Economy of Salvation

Deadline: August 1, 2013

Between Labour and Leisure: Towards the New Economy of Salvation

An International Conference
26th and 27th November 2013

Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Philosophy
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Moscow, Russian Federation

he conference aims to explore cultural practices in regard to labour and
leisure in the context of contemporary capitalism revising radically
boundaries between them.

Working languages: English, Russian, French (with translation to be
provided by us).
Please send an abstract (max. 700 words) for a 20-minute paper and your
short CV by 1st August 2013 to mmaiatsky@gmail.com.
In case of acceptance you will be notified by 1st September 2013.
We will partially cover travel and accommodation expenses for all selected
participants.
You can find more details on the web-site of the Research Group:
http://culture.hse.ru/en/postindustry

We look forward to reading your proposals.
Michail Maiatsky
PhD, professor, head of the project

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June 11, 2013

CFP Conference: ‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and Culture

Deadline: August 15, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and
Culture

International Conference

Organiser: The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of
Edinburgh, in partnership with the Russian State University for the
Humanities (Moscow, Russia).

Dates: Friday 25th-Saturday 26th October 2013

Since the turn of Millennium, Russia has experienced a period of deep
social transformations. One of the key developments is the emergence of
the educated urban social cluster engaged in entrepreneurship, knowledge
technologies and the creative professions. Loosely defined labels such as
‘creative class’ and ‘educated citizens’ have been coined to refer to this
group, along with the use of a more general notion of ‘middle class’.
These emergent socio-cultural groups and networks entail shifts in
communication codes, repertoires and practices as they actively seek
strategies and lifestyles to describe, perform and reflect their newly
perceived identities and values, and to distinguish themselves from other
parts of society. As members of these groups are employing various means
to negotiate their own belonging, solidarity and identity, outside
observers are also searching for adequate linguistic and cultural
vocabularies to define, describe, represent and conjure up a stance
towards this new social phenomenon. In particular, many cultural
industries have developed a fascination with the ‘creative class’ as the
representation of its lifestyles, values, agency and other features have
become a prominent theme in contemporary Russian literature, cinema,
theatre, visual arts and the media, and have shifted the agenda of Russian
blogs and social networking sites.


The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary investigation of
the linguistic and cultural forms, codes and practices associated with the
Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’. Approaches including socio-cultural
linguistics, discourse studies, media and new media studies, cultural
anthropology, theatre, film, visual studies and related disciplines are
welcome.

The conference will focus (but not exclusively) on the following themes:

• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as an object of contemporary discourse
• Linguistic representation and self-representation of the
‘creative’/‘middle class’
• Practices and styles of communication associated with the
‘creative’/‘middle class’
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as reflected in practices of work, leisure
and consumption
• Representations and counter-representations of the ‘creative’/‘middle
class’ in film, literature, theatre and the media
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ and civil society
• The internet domains of Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’

We invite proposals for full paper panels, individual papers and
roundtables. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied
by a short CV to be submitted by no later than 15 August 2013 to
Dashkova.Centre@ed.ac.uk . Authors of accepted papers will be expected to
register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline of 15
September. All participants are expected to submit a full version of their
paper by 1 October 2013; the papers will be posted on the conference's
website.
The conference will take place at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre,
the University of Edinburgh.
It is expected that the conference participation will involve a £60
registration fee which will include lunches, coffee breaks and a
conference pack.

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Fellowship: Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission

Deadline: August 1, 2013

The Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission provides grants to U.S. scholars to teach or pursue research in Poland. Scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures at various Polish universities. Affiliations are possible with a variety of academic institutions; opportunities also exist for collaboration with public officials and professionals at other institutions. English is widely used at the university level. Knowledge of Polish is not a must, as English is often used in offices.

The program is open to scholars from all disciplines; preferences are indicated under individual award descriptions. The Commission strongly encourages candidates in the fields of science and technology (STEM) to apply.


Continue Reading "Overview of Program"

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CFP Journal: Laboratorium -Russian Review of Social Research

Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research invites submissions of article manuscripts for publication. Laboratorium is a bilingual (Russian and English) open-access journal; submissions undergo double-blind peer review. The journal is published with the support of the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Laboratorium offers scholars from Russia and other countries an international platform to publish results of their empirical studies across social sciences. The journal’s focus is on historical, comparative, cultural, and ethnographic sociology, but we are open to other approaches and to contributions from neighboring disciplines, including anthropology, social geography, sociolinguistics, and history. The main requirement for all submitted texts is original empirical research grounded in relevant theoretical debates and discussions.

While many of the articles we have published to date have focused on Russia and countries in the postsocialist space, postsocialist focus is not a requirement, and we are happy to expand our geographic scope, as long as findings in submitted manuscripts have theoretical relevance beyond their specific cases.

The journal is published three times a year in both print and online versions. The journal does not charge any publication fees. Information about the journal, its past issues, and guidelines for submissions can be found on the journal’s website: http://www.soclabo.org/

Send inquiries about the journal and submissions to Anna Isakova (aisakova@soclabo.org), managing editor.


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Job: Curator and Scientific Director for the redesign of the Austrian exhibition at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Deadline: June 13, 2013

The Austrian National Fund has issued a call to tender for the renewal of the Austrian National Exhibition at Auschwitz. The tender documents regarding the positions of Curator and Scientific Director for the redesign of the Austrian exhibition at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau became available on May 14, 2013.

The Austrian National Fund has issued a call to tender for the renewal of the Austrian National Exhibition at Auschwitz. The tender documents regarding the positions of Curator and Scientific Director for the redesign of the Austrian exhibition at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau became available on May 14, 2013.

Detailed information on the call to tender can be downloaded at
http://www.en.nationalfonds.org/docs/auschwitz-hinweis_v2_en.pdf

Enquiries regarding the tender document should be directed to the issuing office:

The Austrian Federal Chancellery
Department I/8
to the attention of aegidius.winkler@bka.gv.at

General enquiries can be directed to:
National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism
Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3
1017 Vienna
+43 (1) 408 12 63
presse@nationalfonds.org

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CFP Conference: Central Slavic Conference

Deadlines:
Proposals (paper, panel, roundtable, poster) - July 15, 2013
Proposals (other) - September 1, 2013
Memorial Graduate Paper prize - October 25th, 2013

November 7-10, 2013
The Hilton at the Ballpark
St. Louis, Missouri

The Central Slavic Conference invites scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, roundtables, and poster presentations at its annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the 2013 International Studies Association Midwest Conference (see link below).

Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Scholars from outside the region and from around the world are welcome.

Proposals for paper, panel, roundtable, and poster presentations for priority review and cross-listing with ISA-Midwest panels should be submitted by email to CSC President Dr. David Borgmeyer (dborgmey@slu.edu) no later than July 15th, 2013. Other proposals will be accepted until September 1, 2013. All proposals should include:
• Participant name, affiliation, and email contact information;
• For individual paper / poster presentation: title and brief description (limit 50 words);
• For panels: panel title + above information for each participant and discussant (if applicable);
• For roundtable: roundtable title and participant information.
Limited funding is available to provide graduate students with travel stipends.

Charles Timberlake Memorial Symposium
Now a regular part of the CSC program, the symposium is dedicated to the scholarship of longtime CSC member Charles Timberlake. Those interested in participating should contact symposium coordinator Dr. Nicole Monnier at monniern@missouri.edu.

Timberlake Memorial Graduate Paper Prize
Graduate students who present at the CSC Annual Meeting are invited to participate in the Charles Timberlake Graduate Paper Prize competition. Dedicated to the memory of Professor Timberlake as teacher and mentor, the prize carries a cash award. Submissions should be sent electronically to prize coordinator Dr. Nicole Monnier at monniern@missouri.edu no later than October 25th, 2013.

General information regarding hotel and conference registration can be found on the ISA Midwest Conference web page at: . http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=isamw&p

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CFP Conference: Old Rules & New Traditions: Generational Divides in Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: August 16

Old Rules & New Traditions: Generational Divides in Central and Eastern Europe

13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe

School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

19-21 February 2014


Generational divides with regard to rules and traditions are a recurring theme in the past and present of Central and Eastern Europe. The region has been subject to great turmoil and has undergone a multitude of changes and transformations over time. While some traditions have survived, others have been overhauled. Rules have been broken or adapted; yet each generation has also attempted to make their own rules and created new traditions.


These phenomena can be observed and analysed from a variety of perspectives: historical, cultural, political, economic, social, and beyond. We look forward to submissions that are cross-cultural, cross-national, and multi-disciplinary. Topics can include but are not limited to the following areas:


- national identity and nation building;

- a clash of urban and rural ways of life;

- insiders and outsiders;

- economic or political reform;

- religiosity and secularism;

- modernisation.


We are particularly interested in papers addressing the conference theme but also welcome other research dealing with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and the former Soviet Union. We also encourage submissions that place these countries into an inter-regional comparative context.


The conference invites applications from postgraduate students and early career researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Abstracts of up to 300 words and a CV with full contact information should be sent to postgradconference2014@gmail.com. The language of the conference is English. A selection of papers will appear in a separate conference publication.


We expect that there will be a limited number of bursaries available for travel expenses.


More information here: http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/postgradconf2014.htm


Deadline for submissions: 16 August 2013

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June 06, 2013

CFP:Eleventh Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics

Deadline: August 15, 2013

Call for papers

--The deadline for submissions to our Colloquium is August 15th 2013
The Slavic Lingusitics Forum and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures are pleased to announce the Eleventh Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics. The colloquium will take place on October 12, 2013, at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, OH.

We are also very happy to announce that our keynote speaker will be Vsevolod Kapatsinski from the University of Oregon. Dr. Kapatsinksi's research areas include psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics with a focus on morphophonolgy and the mental lexicon. His primary languages of research are Russian, Polish and artificial languages

We invite students and recent graduates working in all areas of Slavic, Balkan, and East-European linguistics to submit abstracts. These areas include but are not restricted to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and dialectology.

We encourage students working in both formal and functional frameworks to participate in this event. Interdisciplinary projects from the students in related fields such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and comparative studies are welcome, as far as they are related to Slavic and East-European languages.

Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Please send abstracts (maximum 500 words) to Michael Furman (Furman.25@osu.edu).

The abstracts should be anonymous. Please include your name, affiliation, mailing address, and email address in the body of the email.

The deadline for abstract submission is August 15th 2013
Accommodation with local graduate students will be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers.

Organizers:


Michael Furman (furman.25@osu.edu)

Jeff Parker (parker.642@osu.edu)

Katya Rouzina (rouzina.2@osu.edu)

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Job: Director Border Management Staff College, OSCE Office in Tajikistan

Deadline: June 26, 2013

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Director Border Management Staff College, OSCE Office in Tajikistan

Level: Senior Management

Area of Expertise: General Staff/Monitoring Functions

Vacancy number: VNTAJS00272

Duty station: Tajikistan

Apply by: 06/26/13

View the job description:

https://www.pae.com/career-react-opportunities

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: https://www.pae.com/career-react by June 26. Only finalists will be contacted. PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline of July 2.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

- Advanced education/certified training course in relevant field. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset

- Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

- Served/serving as senior manager in a national training institute that engages in instruction for border-related issues, to include budget and personnel management duties, as well as public presentation of the institution or entity

- Extensive work experience in senior level leadership positions in any of the following environments: border security and management agencies, training and education institutions

- Management and leadership qualities including ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and religious backgrounds, different genders, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity

- Prior experience in border security and management related fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, military observation

- Experience in results-based program management

- Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments (desired)

- Working knowledge of the Russian language (desired)

- Knowledge of Tajik, Dari or other OSCE languages (desired)

- Experience in cooperative initiatives in partnership with international organizations, non-governmental organizations or private implementing partners (desired)

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CFP Conference: ‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and Culture

Deadline:August 15, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and Culture

International Conference
Organiser: The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow, Russia).

Dates: Friday 25th-Saturday 26th October 2013

Since the turn of Millennium, Russia has experienced a period of deep social transformations. One of the key developments is the emergence of the educated urban social cluster engaged in entrepreneurship, knowledge technologies and the creative professions. Loosely defined labels such as ‘creative class’ and ‘educated citizens’ have been coined to refer to this group, along with the use of a more general notion of ‘middle class’. These emergent socio-cultural groups and networks entail shifts in communication codes, repertoires and practices as they actively seek strategies and lifestyles to describe, perform and reflect their newly perceived identities and values, and to distinguish themselves from other parts of society. As members of these groups are employing various means to negotiate their own belonging, solidarity and identity, outside observers are also searching for adequate linguistic and cultural vocabularies to define, describe, represent and conjure up a stance towards this new social phenomenon. In particular, many cultural industries have developed a fascination with the ‘creative class’ as the representation of its lifestyles, values, agency and other features have become a prominent theme in contemporary Russian literature, cinema, theatre, visual arts and the media, and have shifted the agenda of Russian blogs and social networking sites

The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary investigation of the linguistic and cultural forms, codes and practices associated with the Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’. Approaches including socio-cultural linguistics, discourse studies, media and new media studies, cultural anthropology, theatre, film, visual studies and related disciplines are welcome.
The conference will focus (but not exclusively) on the following themes:

• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as an object of contemporary discourse
• Linguistic representation and self-representation of the ‘creative’/‘middle class’
• Practices and styles of communication associated with the ‘creative’/‘middle class’
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as reflected in practices of work, leisure and consumption
• Representations and counter-representations of the ‘creative’/‘middle class’ in film, literature, theatre and the media
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ and civil society
• The internet domains of Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’

We invite proposals for full paper panels, individual papers and roundtables. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV to be submitted by no later than 15 August 2013 to Dashkova.Centre@ed.ac.uk. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline of 15 September. All participants are expected to submit a full version of their paper by 1 October 2013; the papers will be posted on the conference's website.
The conference will take place at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh.
It is expected that the conference participation will involve a £60 registration fee which will include lunches, coffee breaks and a conference pack.

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Call for Submissions: 2013 AWSS Graduate Research Prize

Deadline: September 1, 2013

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is currently seeking
nominations for the 2013 Graduate Research Prize. The Prize is awarded
biennially to fund promising graduate level research in any field of
Slavic/East European/Central Asian studies by a woman or on a topic in
S/EE/CA Women¹s or Gender Studies by either a woman or a man. Graduate
students who are at any stage of master¹s or doctoral level research are
eligible.

The grant can be used to support expenses related to completion of a
dissertation, as well as travel, services, and/or materials. The award
carries a cash prize of $1,000. Nominations and self-nominations are
welcome. In addition to two letters of recommendation, please send a CV, a
letter of application in which you outline how the money will be used, why
it is necessary for progress on the project and, if appropriate, a list of
archives and/or libraries or other research resources that you plan to use.


Completed submissions must be received by September 1st, 2013 by the
committee chairperson, Nicole Monnier (recommenders may send their letters
as emails OR as email attachments) at monniern@missouri.edu.


PLEASE NOTE: The AWSS Graduate Research Prize is only awarded every other
year.

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CFP Conference: Decentering Art of the Former East

Deadline: August 1, 2013

CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, February 12-14, 2014
Deadline for Proposals: August 1, 2013

Call for Papers:
Decentering Art of the Former East

Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian,
and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

Panel co-chairs: Masha Chlenova, The Museum of Modern Art; and Kristin
Romberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Whether conceptualized in terms of a periphery or an alternative center,
narratives of Russian and Eastern European art have long been organized
around a binary of East and West, shaped both by art history’s
disciplinary biases and by the politics of the Cold War and “fall of
communism.” This panel takes Partha Mitter’s argument in “Decentering
Modernism” (2008) as a point of departure in order to rethink how art of
these regions can be understood in an increasingly global art history. Can
we find ways of rereading the default evaluation that western references
to the Russian avant-garde’s monochromes and constructions are
art-historically savvy, while Russian and Eastern European references to
internationally known practices are derivative? What is the difference
between naïve appropriation and creative misreading, and to what extent
are these procedures also fundamental to the work of stably central
figures of Western European and North American art? How do Byzantine and
Eurasian histories and forms ground or inflect these artistic formations?
Can the widespread opposition between a western artistic center and
eastern periphery be productively undermined not through the lens of
nationalism but through that of global modernism and art history? What do
the critical lenses developed in the process of working on Russian and
Eastern European topics reveal about western art, global art, or art
history as a discipline? How do we interpret these practices in ways that
are not just specific, but that also speak to and shape art-historical
inquiry more generally? This panel seeks historically grounded case
studies of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art from any period
that productively explore these issues.

Please send a paper title, abstract (200-300 words), and 2-page curriculum
vitae to Masha Chlenova
(masha_chlenova@moma.org) and Kristin
Romberg (kristin.romberg@gmail.com) by
August 1.

Note that panelists must join SHERA to participate, but do not need to be
members of CAA or to register for the conference.

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CFP Conference: "Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and Culture

Deadline: August 15, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Middle’ and ‘Creative’: Emerging Russian Social Groups in Language and Culture

International Conference

Organiser: The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow, Russia).

Dates: Friday 25th-Saturday 26th October 2013

Since the turn of Millennium, Russia has experienced a period of deep social transformations. One of the key developments is the emergence of the educated urban social cluster engaged in entrepreneurship, knowledge technologies and the creative professions. Loosely defined labels such as ‘creative class’ and ‘educated citizens’ have been coined to refer to this group, along with the use of a more general notion of ‘middle class’. These emergent socio-cultural groups and networks entail shifts in communication codes, repertoires and practices as they actively seek strategies and lifestyles to describe, perform and reflect their newly perceived identities and values, and to distinguish themselves from other parts of society. As members of these groups are employing various means to negotiate their own belonging, solidarity and identity, outside observers are also searching for adequate linguistic and cultural vocabularies to define, describe, represent and conjure up a stance towards this new social phenomenon. In particular, many cultural industries have developed a fascination with the ‘creative class’ as the representation of its lifestyles, values, agency and other features have become a prominent theme in contemporary Russian literature, cinema, theatre, visual arts and the media, and have shifted the agenda of Russian blogs and social networking sites.


The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary investigation of the linguistic and cultural forms, codes and practices associated with the Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’. Approaches including socio-cultural linguistics, discourse studies, media and new media studies, cultural anthropology, theatre, film, visual studies and related disciplines are welcome.

The conference will focus (but not exclusively) on the following themes:

• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as an object of contemporary discourse
• Linguistic representation and self-representation of the ‘creative’/‘middle class’
• Practices and styles of communication associated with the ‘creative’/‘middle class’
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ as reflected in practices of work, leisure and consumption
• Representations and counter-representations of the ‘creative’/‘middle class’ in film, literature, theatre and the media
• The ‘creative’/‘middle class’ and civil society
• The internet domains of Russian ‘creative’/‘middle class’

We invite proposals for full paper panels, individual papers and roundtables. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV to be submitted by no later than 15 August 2013 to Dashkova.Centre@ed.ac.uk . Authors of accepted papers will be expected to register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline of 15 September. All participants are expected to submit a full version of their paper by 1 October 2013; the papers will be posted on the conference's website.
The conference will take place at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh.
It is expected that the conference participation will involve a £60 registration fee which will include lunches, coffee breaks and a conference pack.

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CFP Conference: “Modernity, Socialism and the Visual Arts”

Deadline: July 15, 2013

CFP: “Modernity, Socialism and the Visual Arts” – A six-day ship conference

Date: 6-11 October 2013

Venue: conference ship from Berlin via Beeskow, Eisenhüttenstadt and Gorzów back to Berlin

Organization: Kunstarchiv Beeskow and Utrecht University in collaboration with Marlene Heidel, Claudia Jansen, Ursula Lücke and Joes Segal

The conference is made possible by the generous support of: Kulturförderung Landkreis Oder-Spree/Burg Beeskow; Sparkasse Oder-Spree; Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Potsdam; Raiffeisen-Volksbank Oder-Spree eG; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Universität Utrecht; and Forum Kunstarchiv Beeskow e.V.

Public debates on Cold-War cultural heritage since the 1990s tend to address the pre-1989 European art world in terms of a clash between Western modernism and Soviet-style socialist realism. However, behind these general concepts one encounters a wide variety of artistic forms and ideas, which more often than not transcend oversimplified politicized distinctions. Especially since the late 1960s, West-European art explored the borders between “art” and “life”, opening itself to various forms of social and political engagement, whereas socialist realism became a highly contested concept in large parts of Eastern Europe, leading many artists away from both realist and socialist assumptions. This rather one-dimensional representations of Cold-War cultural history after the collapse of state socialism provokes a series of fundamental questions. What exactly do we mean by modernism and socialist realism? How do both concepts relate to modernity, and is it possible to speak about socialist modernity? What aspects of Cold War cultural history do we neglect when exclusively focusing on its bipolar character? What concepts would be needed to interpret the pre-1989 European art world in non-exclusive, non-teleological ways? And what could be the role of (material) archives and museums in such a reinterpretation?

These are some of the basic questions that will be addressed at a six-day conference starting at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and on board an archival ship, travelling from Berlin to Gorzów along a number of sites, archives and institutions related to Cold War culture and art history. Apart from offering a unique opportunity for in-depth discussions, the ship conference symbolizes the crossing of both national, disciplinary and temporal borders; it aims at connecting parallel and divergent European histories, addressing (art) historical, philosophical and interdisciplinary issues both on a conceptual and on a practical level, and relating our interpretation of the past to are present concerns and future ideals. It will be organized along seven panels:

I. Concepts and Debates

II. Utopias and Artistic Practices

III. Architecture and Urban Planning

IV. Archives and Modernity

V. Gender Roles

VI. Post-Cold War Art Debates

VII. Art after Communism, East and West

Panel I: Concepts and Debates

This introductory panel will explore the theoretical, methodological and historiographical issues at stake. How do we define modernism and socialist realism? How do both concepts relate to modernity? What are the cultural implications of the end of the Cold War for both East and West? How do we cope with Cold-War cultural heritage, what does it contribute to our understanding of present-day post-socialist art and culture?

Panel II: Utopias and Artistic Practices

Both the socialist East and the liberal-democratic West created their own utopian fantasies, but it would be too simple to neatly divide these respective European dream-worlds into the bipolar world-order of the Cold War, considering that these utopian models were often aimed at transcending borders and dividing lines. This panel will look for parallels and differences between official and non-official utopian models in the art worlds of Eastern and Western Europe, and the specific ways they were put into artistic practice. Of specific interest are parallel developments and cultural exchange across the Iron Curtain.

Panel III: Architecture and Urban Planning

Political and social visions found their conceptual and material realization on a more collective level in architecture and city planning. Aim of this panel is to analyze the parallels and differences between plans, blueprints, buildings and urban quarters in East and West, with special regard to representation (power, ideology, social relations) on the one hand and modernity (notions of technological progress, modernist aesthetics, consumer-orientation) on the other.

Panel IV: Archives and Modernity

Archives function as storehouses of collective memory. Therefore, the way they are structured is of primary importance not only to our interpretation of the past but also to our understanding of the present. Museums, libraries and archival institutions, far from being “objective”, play an important role in the politics of memory. Based on art in socialism as case study, this panel investigates the specific ways in which these institutions help us to make sense of the past, and how their composition and accessibility may favor specific interpretations. Moreover, it takes a look at the future: Which forms and concepts for archives, including academic and artistic approaches, are conceivable that enable a varied and multidimensional access to the Cold War past?

Panel V: Gender Roles

The socialist East and the liberal-democratic West produced certain “role models” or gender roles. Which artistic representations of men and women were connected with the dream-worlds of East and West? How did these representations relate to social reality? What role did they play in challenging both political systems? How were gender roles determined and imposed in East and West, how were they undermined? What was the role of art in transgressing these ideologically defined gender roles, and how did they effectively change over time?

Panel VI: Post-Cold War Art Debates

Especially in the German art debates of the 1990s and beyond, two different views of the Cold-War art world struggled for domination: schematically speaking the view that all art produced under socialism was to be interpreted and rejected as cultural expression of an obsolete political ideology; and the view according to which socialist art had created its own more or less independent niche by producing autonomous works or appropriating and re-employing visual traditions to new ends. The vehemence of these debates shows that this was not an academic dispute about the interpretation of a closed past but a discussion addressing central aspects of our collective identity. This panel will discuss the complex relations between art debates and the politics of dealing with the past. In comparative perspective, the art debates of former East- and former West-European countries will be confronted with the German example.

Panel VII: Art after Communism, East and West

Finally, it remains to be asked how the end of the Cold War affected the art world in both Eastern and Western Europe, considering that artistic identities could no longer be connected to a bipolar ideological division. Does it still make sense to distinguish between a West-European and an East-European art tradition, or were these traditions already obsolete well before the official collapse of European state socialism? What are the defining characteristics of the post-Cold War art world, according to which dividing lines do new artistic identities take shape? And how do they, in whatever form, relate to the recent past?

The conference will start at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and continue aboard our conference ship and at stops in Beeskow, Eisenhüttenstadt, Frankfurt/Oder and Gorzów. The ship offers room for 24 conference participants. Conference fee is € 50,- for six days, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants will sleep on board the ship in shared cabins (two persons) and should take part during the whole six-day conference.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed, open-access journal International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (www.history-culture-modernity.com).

Researchers, artists and curators are invited to send proposals for a 20 minute presentation to Joes Segal, j.segal@uu.nl, before 15 July 2013. The proposal should include title, abstract (maximum 250 words), details of the presenter’s institutional affiliation and a short CV. Please consider that presentations will be in English and aboard the moving conference ship in daylight.

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New Announcement: Blog on the study of Russian, Russia and Russians

All are invited to visit a new blog devoted to the study of Russia, Russians and the Russian Language- http://russiantumble.com/

Entries tend to have literature and/or history as their main focus, but language, translation, culture and politics also have their place here. Current entries translate and examine passages from recent Russian Booker Prize winners, with an eye to how these novels show a Russian view of the history of the Revolution and the Soviet period. Past entries include translations of Pushkin, Mandelstam, Bulgakov and Tsoi.

John Dougherty

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JOB: Executive Director (The STS Center at the European University at Saint Petersburg)

The STS Center at the European University at Saint Petersburg is looking to hire an Executive Director for a project funded by the Ministry of Education through a Mega Grant. The project’s main research goal is to study the population of Russian Computer Scientists in Russia and abroad (Silicon Valley, Boston-Cambridge, New York, Paris, etc). It will develop new methods in the fields of science, technology and society, diaspora studies, technology transfer, and economic sociology. The anticipated scientific outcome of the project is the publication of a series of articles and books.

The Administrative/Executive Director will work on both academic/research and administrative aspects of the grant under the guidance of Mario Biagioli and Vincent Antonin Lepinay. She/he will coordinate the various activities of the STS center (bi-annual conferences, monthly seminars, summer schools). A background in STS approaches to computer science and IT is desirable but not required. She/he will operate at the interface of the European University, the Ministry of Education and the research team. Beyond the project, it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to building the first world class STS center in the post-soviet region.

The candidate should be available to join EUSP between late Summer/early Fall 2013. The initial appointment is for 30 months with the possibility of conversion to a tenured position after successful completion of the grant objectives and pending success of fundraising efforts.


A combination of the following skills will be appreciated:
-A strong academic background in one or more of the fields of research developed by the research team. A PhD in hand is a plus; ABD will also be considered.
-Willingness to present and promote the project in the media and to organize outreach activities.
-Eagerness to work in a competitive university with a team of international scholars and a group of motivated students.
-Experience in animating and administering a large research program will be considered an asset.
- Proficiency in Russian (expected reading and speaking, writing is a plus) .


Competitive salary commensurate to experience.

Send your application (CV, letter of intent and writing sample) to STS@eu.spb.ru.

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CFP Conference: Decentering Art of the Former East

Deadline: August 1, 2013

CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, February 12-14, 2014
Deadline for Proposals: August 1, 2013

Call for Papers:
Decentering Art of the Former East

Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

Panel co-chairs: Masha Chlenova, The Museum of Modern Art; and Kristin Romberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Whether conceptualized in terms of a periphery or an alternative center, narratives of Russian and Eastern European art have long been organized around a binary of East and West, shaped both by art history’s disciplinary biases and by the politics of the Cold War and “fall of communism.” This panel takes Partha Mitter’s argument in “Decentering Modernism” (2008) as a point of departure in order to rethink how art of these regions can be understood in an increasingly global art history. Can we find ways of rereading the default evaluation that western references to the Russian avant-garde’s monochromes and constructions are art-historically savvy, while Russian and Eastern European references to internationally known practices are derivative? What is the difference between naïve appropriation and creative misreading, and to what extent are these procedures also fundamental to the work of stably central figures of Western European and North American art? How do Byzantine and Eurasian histories and forms ground or inflect these artistic formations? Can the widespread opposition between a western artistic center and eastern periphery be productively undermined not through the lens of nationalism but through that of global modernism and art history? What do the critical lenses developed in the process of working on Russian and Eastern European topics reveal about western art, global art, or art history as a discipline? How do we interpret these practices in ways that are not just specific, but that also speak to and shape art-historical inquiry more generally? This panel seeks historically grounded case studies of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art from any period that productively explore these issues.

Please send a paper title, abstract (200-300 words), and 2-page curriculum vitae to Masha Chlenova (masha_chlenova@moma.org) and Kristin Romberg (kristin.romberg@gmail.com) by August 1.

Note that panelists must join SHERA to participate, but do not need to be members of CAA or to register for the conference.

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June 05, 2013

CFP Conference: Decentering Art of the Former East

Deadline for Proposals: August 1, 2013
CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, February 12-14, 2014


Call for Papers:
Decentering Art of the Former East

Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

Panel co-chairs: Masha Chlenova, The Museum of Modern Art; and Kristin Romberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Whether conceptualized in terms of a periphery or an alternative center, narratives of Russian and Eastern European art have long been organized around a binary of East and West, shaped both by art history’s disciplinary biases and by the politics of the Cold War and “fall of communism.” This panel takes Partha Mitter’s argument in “Decentering Modernism” (2008) as a point of departure in order to rethink how art of these regions can be understood in an increasingly global art history. Can we find ways of rereading the default evaluation that western references to the Russian avant-garde’s monochromes and constructions are art-historically savvy, while Russian and Eastern European references to internationally known practices are derivative? What is the difference between naïve appropriation and creative misreading, and to what extent are these procedures also fundamental to the work of stably central figures of Western European and North American art? How do Byzantine and Eurasian histories and forms ground or inflect these artistic formations? Can the widespread opposition between a western artistic center and eastern periphery be productively undermined not through the lens of nationalism but through that of global modernism and art history? What do the critical lenses developed in the process of working on Russian and Eastern European topics reveal about western art, global art, or art history as a discipline? How do we interpret these practices in ways that are not just specific, but that also speak to and shape art-historical inquiry more generally? This panel seeks historically grounded case studies of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art from any period that productively explore these issues.

Please send a paper title, abstract (200-300 words), and 2-page curriculum vitae to Masha Chlenova (masha_chlenova@moma.org) and Kristin Romberg (kristin.romberg@gmail.com) by August 1.

Note that panelists must join SHERA to participate, but do not need to be members of CAA or to register for the conference.

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CFP: Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research

Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research invites submissions of
article manuscripts for publication. Laboratorium is a bilingual (Russian
and English) open-access journal; submissions undergo double-blind peer
review. The journal is published with the support of the Centre for
Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Laboratorium offers scholars from Russia and other countries an
international platform to publish results of their empirical studies across
social sciences. The journal’s focus is on historical, comparative,
cultural, and ethnographic sociology, but we are open to other approaches
and to contributions from neighboring disciplines, including anthropology,
social geography, sociolinguistics, and history. The main requirement for
all submitted texts is original empirical research grounded in relevant
theoretical debates and discussions.

While many of the articles we have published to date have focused on Russia
and countries in the postsocialist space, postsocialist focus is not a
requirement, and we are happy to expand our geographic scope, as long as
findings in submitted manuscripts have theoretical relevance beyond their
specific cases.

The journal is published three times a year in both print and online
versions. The journal does not charge any publication fees.

Information about the journal, its past issues, and guidelines for
submissions can be found on the journal’s website: http://www.soclabo.org/

Send inquiries about the journal and submissions to Anna Isakova
(aisakova@soclabo.org), managing editor.

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June 04, 2013

CREES JOB: Executive Director position, Council of the Humanities

Job Title
Executive Director

Department
Council of the Humanities - 210

https://jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=195305

Position Summary

The executive director functions as the chief operating officer of the Council of the Humanities, working with faculty, students, visiting scholars and journalists, alumni and donors. The executive director works closely with the chair of the Council to execute policy and strategic direction for the operation of the Council and participates in short and long-term planning for Council operations and activities. While the chair establishes the academic and intellectual direction of the Council, the executive director provides support for the chair's vision. The executive director is responsible for ensuring that the faculty, students, and staff have the necessary resources to carry out their academic, research, and administrative duties. The executive director reports directly to the Council chair, with a secondary reporting relationship to the Director of Academic Management in the Office of the Provost.

The three most important aspects of the executive director's responsibilities are financial management, staff supervision, and academic management. In some cases, the executive director is primarily responsible for supervising others who carry out the tasks described below; the executive director is also directly responsible for some of these tasks. The executive director ensures that all internal deadlines are met and that the Council is compliant with all internal guidelines and external regulations. The executive director will work in collaboration with other academic and administrative units. The executive director is responsible for attending all relevant training classes offered by the University pertaining to these duties.

Budget and financial management: The executive director develops the administrative budget for the Council, in collaboration with the chair. The executive director is responsible for careful and appropriate management of the administrative allowance, endowed and restricted funds, and grants/sponsored research. The executive director monitors spending and provides regular and timely analysis and projections of the available funds to the chair. The executive director advises the chair on the awarding of grants to departments, groups, and individuals.

Staff supervision: The executive director supervises the hiring, performance reviews, merit increase process, and terminations of the administrative staff and technical staff. Human Resources staff members in the Council have a formal reporting relationship to the executive director, although they may have an informal or secondary reporting relationship to a faculty member or other staff member.

Academic management: The executive director has oversight of 23 centers/programs under the Council. Some of these programs are administered by other managers reporting to the executive director; the executive director also directly administers several programs including: Visiting Fellows program (6 Long-Term Fellows; 10 Short-Term Fellows/year), the Humanistic Studies Program, the Journalism program. The executive director supervises the administration of the teaching component of Council's activities, ensuring that the Council meets all deadlines for the offices of the Dean of the Faculty, Registrar, Dean of the College, and the Graduate School. The executive director is responsible for the teaching budget; appointments for faculty and postdoctoral researchers; budget for faculty leaves; submissions for faculty summer salary; appointments of visiting fellows and visiting students; course and enrollment information.

The executive director will assist in the recruitment of faculty for HUM courses and administer the interdisciplinary certificate program in Humanistic Studies. The executive director will coordinate relations with donors and alumni. The executive director will also review the use of space in Chancellor Green.

Required qualifications:

- Advanced degree required.
- 6-10 years in administrative management or related position(s) in higher education and/or non-profit settings.
- Demonstrated experience in budget management and oversight of financial operations, including financial reporting. Ability to think strategically, including the analytical acumen necessary to interpret financial information and manage data.
- Substantial experience in the supervision and monitoring of staff relations and staff development and delegation of supervisory responsibility.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
- Ability to anticipate and initiate appropriate action in support of the chair and faculty.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate effectively.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills, especially in Excel, and ability to learn new systems quickly.

Preferred qualifications:

- Ph.D. in a humanities discipline preferred.
- Administrative experience at Princeton University.
- Experience with Princeton systems (COEUS, Information warehouse, Labor Accounting, Time Collection, PeopleSoft).
- Management experience in an educational setting.
-Teaching experience in higher education.

Directory Title

Executive Director

Job Function

Administrative or Professional

Grade

ADM 080

Standard Hours

Education Required

Advanced Degree

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.

Instructions for Applying

Complete the online application and click "Apply to this Posting" at the top of the posting details page.

Documents which can be associated with this posting

Resume/CV

Cover Letter

Proposed Start Date

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