November 12, 2013

Call for Film Review: Slovo Review

Deadline: December 2, 2013

SLOVO CALL FOR FILM REVIEWS Volume 26.1 (Spring 2014)

In the next volume of Slovo we are looking forward to design and implement the Film Reviews section.

If you love writing about cinema, submit your film reviews and help us shape the challenging Film Reviews section that will provide a fresh view on tendencies within contemporary Central and East European cinema.

The maximum length for a review is 700 words.

The deadline for film reviews for Volume 26.1 is 2 December 2013 (Please note that the deadline date is different for other types of contributions).

Submissions to the Board of Editors may be sent via e-mail attachment (, or on a CD in Microsoft Word format. All reviews must adhere to the MHRA Style guide in advance of submission (available for download for free from

All manuscripts are refereed and undergo a review process. Contributions submitted must not be under consideration by other publications at the time of submission. The editors reserve the right to make any changes thought to be necessary or appropriate to typescripts accepted for publication.

If you have any queries about becoming a contributor for Slovo please do not hesitate to get in touch via and we will be happy to assist.

For more information about Slovo visit our website:

The address for postal correspondence is:

Slovo School of Slavonic and East European Studies

University College London

Gower Street

London, United Kingdom

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Announcement: Russian Sensory History Network Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network ( CRUSH). We are a network of European and UK scholars working at the intersection of the history of material and visual culture, and history of science. Our research is informed by the ‘sensory history’ movement that has become a rich area of scholarship in other fields, but that not yet developed fully in studies of Russia and Eastern Europe. We aim to create a sensory history of Soviet Russia, suggesting that this ‘sensory history’ is a crucial counterpart to the recent, and very productive, ‘emotional turn’ in scholarship on Russian and Slavic history and culture.

For more information about the Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network, see the website: . We will be adding to the site over the next few weeks and months, as more news and events become relevant. We are keen to welcome partners and collaborators from across the international community. For further information, please do contact us at

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CREES Alumna Co-authors a New Book

CREES Alumna Co-authors a New Book

Leslie Levine Adler (REES BA '77) and Meryll Levine Page announce the publication of their new nonfiction book, Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business, The story traces the lives of two Jewish women from the moment they first met on the street in 1976 through the present time and engages the reader in the struggles that two intelligent, headstrong graduates of the Institute of Finance and [Marxist-Leninist] Economics faced with the vicissitudes of the country's politics. Adler first met one of the women as a University of Michigan student on a summer program to Leningrad. The book is based on interviews with the women, their family, friends, and co-workers, as well as extensive research. For more information, visit

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November 05, 2013

Announcement: Visiting author Anthony Saidy reads from his novel about life in the USSR (Nov 14, Detroit)

Visiting author Anthony Saidy will be reading from his recently published novel, 1983, on Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm at Source Booksellers in Detroit.

1983 is Anthony Saidy's projection of an alternative reality for the Soviet Union. Out of the ferments of the final decades of the Soviet Union, what if change had issued from dissident intellectuals and the working class? Could the two groups, who appeared alienated from each other, somehow mesh and bring about a new society? And what does this say for our own time and place?

Anthony Saidy is a long-time human rights activist, a retired physician from Los Angeles and an "International Chess Master". During four journeys to the Soviet Union for chess championships, he travelled to five republics and met people from all walks of life. Saidy is the author of three books on chess, including the classic, The March of Chess Ideas.

Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass, #105, Detroit, MI 48201. Between Canfield and Willis. Plenty of on-street parking.
You can learn more about the author and book on the publisher's website, where there is also a radio interview:

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Announcement: Ruslan 1 Cartoons for beginners Russian

This is to let teachers of beginners Russian know about a new cartoon series which I think is quite unique. An animator in Kaliningrad has taken my Ruslan 1 dialogues, texts and songs and has created high quality animations from them. There has been a lot of interest in UK schools and colleges. "Just like the Simpsons" was the best comment. There is information at with a link to lesson 1 on YouTube. Lessons 1-5 will be published mid November on DVD for learners and on USB with a networking licence for schools and colleges. The DVD will be PAL in the first instance, playable in the US on PCs and multisystem players.

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October 31, 2013

Essay Competition: Potential Cooperation Between Moscow and Washington,

Deadline: November 10, 2013

The Russia Direct team would like to invite students to participate in a new essay competition.

Students are asked to analyze an overlooked field of potential cooperation between Moscow and Washington, some deeply held stereotype that is preventing a breakthrough in the U.S.-Russian relationship, or a topic that may have been mentioned on blogs or social media, but has never been covered by a major media outlet. All essays must be submitted via email by November 10, 2013 (email:

Please see more information about the student competition here:

Russia Direct is an international analytical outlet of Russia Beyond the Headlines, which was launched in June in cooperation with Foreign Policy magazine. Russia Direct is a forum for experts and senior decision makers from both the United States and Russia to discuss, debate and understand the issues in U.S.-Russian relations from a sophisticated vantage point. You can read more about it here -

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October 22, 2013

PILPG Update: Call for Applications - Constitutional Development Manager for a South Sudan Project

PILPG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to governments, sub-state entities, and civil society groups in transitioning states. PILPG provides legal counsel to pro bono clients during peace negotiations, advises on the creation and operation of transitional justice mechanisms, provides expertise during the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and advises on ways to strengthen the rule of law and effective institutions. In East Africa, PILPG has previously maintained offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Uganda.

PILPG has extensive experience in South Sudan, and will be working with Democracy International and its consortium partners to implement the five-year USAID-funded Inclusive Political Processes in South Sudan project (IPPSS). The IPPSS is focused on supporting South Sudan’s ongoing constitutional development process and current electoral cycle culminating in the 2015 elections.

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to
Include in the subject line: Application: South Sudan Constitutional Development Manager

To learn more about the Public International Law & Policy Group, please visit our website.

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October 11, 2013

Announcement: New book series at Academic Studies Press

Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce the following new book series:

“Liber Primus”

“Liber Primus” is a new series at Academic Studies Press designed for authors early in their careers, in many cases assistant professors coming up for tenure. A primary goal of the series is to create an outlet for outstanding academic books in our field at a time when university presses, forced to focus on “bottom lines” and trim their lists accordingly, are increasingly unlikely, regardless of the project, to take on proposals from untested, younger, less published scholars in our field. The series does not promote any specific scholarly-critical methodology, nor does it limit itself to any period, genre, or author grouping in Russian/Slavic literature/culture. Primary criteria will be quality of the research, conceptual robustness, clarity of thought, and elegance of style. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. The vetting process will be rigorous and “blind,” with readers normally including a specialist with appropriate expertise and a member of the editorial board. It is the editor’s and editorial board’s hope that the seriousness of the review process and the attractiveness and attention to detail accompanying the finished product will give the books in this series the sort of “imprimatur” that deans and tenure committees will take into account as they shape the future of the discipline and the profession.

Anyone interested in submitting a book proposal should contact Sharona Vedol at ASP: (

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September 12, 2013

Announcements: The Michigan Journal of International Affairs

The Michigan Journal of International Affairs is seeking additional writers for Fall 2013! We are the sole undergraduate international affairs publication on campus, publishing articles concerning economics, politics, international relations and culture.

If interested, we will be holding a mass meeting on Monday, September 16th at 8pm in room 1210 Weill Hall. Additional information about application and meetings will be provided at the time. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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September 05, 2013

Announcement: New Website for Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture

The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at SHERA brings together scholars specializing in the art and architecture of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, from ancient times to the present day. Please feel free to share the link with colleagues and students who might be interested in this resource.

The website feature information about SHERA, a News blog, member research, and a Resources page with over 100 listings to museums, web resources, and more. Prospective members may now join SHERA online through a secure Paypal system.

The site was designed and built by Adam Snetman, the founder of Starting Now ( with input from SHERA's officers. Special thanks are due to Kathleen Duff and Anna Sokolina for outstanding contributions to the Resources page.

SHERA will continue to use its listserv for questions and discussion among subscribers. You may subscribe to the listserv at Sending an email to will post your message to all list subscribers.

Please contact SHERA's officers at with contributions to thewebsite's News blog, the Resources page or comments and suggestions about the website.

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June 06, 2013

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-

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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April 01, 2013

Announcement: Wilson Center Launches a New Digital Archive of declassified official documents

The Wilson Center has launched a new Digital Archive of declassified official documents from nearly 100 different archives in dozens of countries that provide fresh, unprecedented insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.The new website features uniquely powerful new search tools, an intuitive user-interface, and new educational resources such as timelines, analysis from leading experts, and biographies of significant historical figures.

Topics include the Cold War, Sino-Soviet relations, etc.

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