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  • ANN: 2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

    2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients
    ASEEES is delighted to announce the 2016 Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship recipients.
    The Cohen-Tucker Fellowship Program is sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation, which we thank for its generous support.

    Susan Grunewald Carnegie Mellon University
    Erin Hutchinson Harvard University
    Dakota Irvin UNC Chapel Hill
    Kelsey Norris University of Pennsylvania
    John Romero Arizona State University
    John Seitz Iowa State University

    You can read the announcement with their dissertation titles and brief descriptions at: www.aseees.org/news-events/aseees-news-feed/aseees-announces-2016-cohen-tucker-dissertation-fellowship-recipients Congratulations to the six Cohen-Tucker Fellows!

    2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize Nomination Extended Deadline, June 15
    The deadline for the 2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize nominations has been extended to June 15. The Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize recognizes an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen. The dissertation must be defended at an American or Canadian university, and must be completed during the 2015 calendar year. The prize carries a $5,000 award, intended to help the author turn the dissertation into a publishable manuscript. For more information see www.aseees.org/programs/aseees-prizes/robert-c-tuckerstephen-f-cohen-dissertation-prize

    2016 Annual Convention Travel Grants
    The deadlines for travel grants to the 2016 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, are approaching quickly: www.aseees.org/convention/grants

    Extended Registration Deadline for 2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine
    The registration deadline for the ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention has been extended to May 25: www.aseees.org/summer-convention/registration
    You can view the preliminary convention program at: www.aseees.org/summer-convention/2016-program

  • CFP: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

    CFP: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference
    www.sah.org/2017/cfp
    SAH 2017 Annual International Conference
    Glasgow, Scotland, June 7-11

    The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 33 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

    Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks are listed below. Please note that those submitting papers for the Graduate Student Lightning Talks must be graduate students at the time the talk is being delivered (June 7–11, 2017). Open sessions are available for those whose research does not match any of the themed sessions. Instructions and deadlines for submitting to themed sessions and open sessions are the same.

    Submission Guidelines:

    Abstracts must be under 300 words.
    The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
    Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
    Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted.
    A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted.

    LIST OF PAPER SESSIONS
    ‘A Narrow Place’: Architecture and the Scottish Diaspora
    Architectural Ghosts
    Architecture and Carbon
    Architecture and Immigration in the Twentieth Century
    Chinese Architecture and Gardens in a Global Context
    City Models: Making and Remaking Urban Space
    Colour and Light in Venetian Architecture
    Culture, Leisure and the Post-War City: Renewal and Identity
    Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History
    Graduate Student Lightning Talks
    Heritage and History in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Landscape and Garden Exchanges between Scotland and America
    Mass Housing ‘Elsewhere’
    Medieval Vernacular Architecture
    Mediterranean Cities in Transition
    National, International: Counterculture as a Global Enterprise
    Natural Disasters and the Rebuilding of Cities
    On Style
    Penetrable Walls: Architecture at the Edges of the Roman Empire
    Piranesi at 300
    Preserving and Repurposing Social Housing: Pitfalls and Promises
    Publicly Postmo / dern: Government Agency and 1980s Architecture
    Questions of Scale: Micro-architecture in the Global Middle Ages
    Reading the Walls: From Tombstones to Public Screens
    Reinserting Latin America in the History of Modernism: 1965–1990
    Reopening the Open Plan
    Rethinking Medieval Rome: Architecture and Urbanism
    Spaces of Displacement
    The Architecture of Ancient Spectacle
    The Architecture of Coal and Other Energies
    The Global and the Local in Vernacular Architecture Studies
    The Poetics of Roman Architecture
    The Politics of Memory, Territory, and Heritage in Iraq and Syria
    The Tenement: Collective City Dwelling Before Modernism

  • CFP: Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism

    CFP: Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism

    We are pleased to announce call for paper proposals for the panel “Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism”, which will be a part of the 2016 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC). The conference will take place on 27–30 OCT. 2016 UQÀM, Montréal http://www.uaac-aauc.org/montreal-2016

    The deadline for paper proposals is June 24, 2016

    After the collapse of Communism in 1989, former Soviet-bloc countries faced the urge to reintegrate art practice into the international art scene in order to revive national traditions as well as to reassess the Communist past. Nowadays, artists explore art as social practice, commenting on political and post-colonial activism, gender, and environmental issues, and addressing their concerns to a global audience. Eastern European artists deliberately or implicitly reframe the historical experience of former Socialist societies that had been developed under the Marxist ideas of a non-hierarchical society, social order in culture, and politically engaged art. How is the concept of socially significant, class-specific art now implemented and/or contested by artists and audience? We encourage scholars and art practitioners to reflect on how Socialist cultures influenced the contemporary cultural exchange. We invite prospective panelists to link the contemporary social agenda in art to the Socialist ideological background and intellectual legacy of post- Socialist countries. The organizers expect to bring together diverse approaches to the Socialist/social agenda of the past and its influence on visual culture of post-Socialist societies in a global perspective.

    Please, submit your paper proposals (150 words) and short one-page bios/CV to the session chairs:
    Hanna Chuchvaha, Sessional Instructor/Independent scholar, University of Alberta
    Maria Silina, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Université du Québec à Montréal

  • ANN: Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

    ANN: Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty, including early career, and professionals.

    Czech Republic: Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair in Social Studies
    This teaching or teaching/research award is open to senior scholars or professionals, and is open to any specialization offered at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University.

    Macedonia: Rule of Law, Judiciary Reform and Civil Society
    Teach or teach/research at any appropriate institution in Macedonia. Contact information for five potential host institutions can be found in the award description.

    Poland: Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University
    Teach one general course for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a more specialized seminar for Ph.D. students. Scholars are encouraged to participate collaborative research with AMU scholars.

    Romania: Fulbright-University of Bucharest
    This award is open to a wide variety of disciplines, including Communications, Creative Writing, History (non-U.S.), and Sociology. Scholars will have access to a range of academic, cultural and social events, in addition to opportunities provided by the Fulbright Commission.

    Russia: All Disciplines
    Spend one or two semesters teaching and/or researching in any discipline. This award is open to both academics and professionals outside of academia.

    Ukraine: Public Administration, NGO Management, Health Administration or Public Health
    Teach or teach/research in various areas of specialization, including public policy, leadership, public finance, urban administration, city planning, NGO management and development, health administration and public health.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the application deadline is August 1, 2016. Additional Eligibility Criteria, Application Guidelines and Review Criteria are available on our website, and we offer webinars throughout the application season. A complete schedule of upcoming and archived presentations can be found here.

    For more information, contact: EuropeEurasia@iie.org www.iie.org/cies

  • ANN: MA degree programs in Russian Cultural History and the Arts

    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MA degree programs in Russian Cultural History and the Arts

    The European University at Saint-Petersburg (EUSP) is calling out to open minds interested in all aspects of Russian Culture and Russian Arts. Join our one-year or two-year international Master’s degree programs in Russian Cultural History and the Arts. EUSP means:
    o Private graduate school in Russia
    o Top research university for the Humanities and Social Sciences
    o MA degree in 1 or 2 years
    o Language of instruction - English
    o 3:1 student/faculty ratio
    o Individual guidance and personal attention
    o 24/7 staff assistance in English
    o Life and study experience in St. Petersburg

    Please select your program:
    MARCA: one-year intensive program ($12 200)
    International MA in Russian Cultural History and the Arts (MARCA) – intensive one-year Master’s degree program with a focus on Russian cultural history and a comprehensive view on Russian literature, theatre, fine arts, ideology and religion.

    MARCA Plus: two-year program ($17 200)
    International MA in Russian Cultural History and the Arts (MARCA Plus) in terms of courses is similar to one-year MARCA program but gives students more time for

    • internship in State Hermitage museum or any cultural institution of your choice;
    • 2 years of Russian language learning;
    • in-depth research and thesis writing.

    An intensive Russian language course is available as part of each program’s curriculum and can be taken for credit.

    Our students
    This academic year, students from Azerbaijan, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the USA enjoy the international atmosphere of our campus in the heart of St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia.

    Selected MARCA courses:
    o From Icon to Avant-Garde: A Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries
    o Intellectual History of Russian Modernism
    o St. Petersburg in Russian Literature
    o Empire, State, Building: Architecture as a Mirror of Russian Politics
    o Defining Russia Musically
    o The Golden Age of Russian Theatre: History, Experiments, Perspectives
    o Russia between East and West: Geo-Political Models and their Cultural Contexts
    o Russian Religious Culture
    o Theatre Lab & Museum Lab

    Dates:
    MARCA Plus program starts once a year at the beginning of September.
    MARCA program starts twice a year. The fall semester starts at the beginning of September. The spring semester starts at the beginning of February. You may choose whichever start date serves you better.

    Application deadlines:
    Admissions continue on a rolling basis. Due to a somewhat lengthy Russian study visa-issuing process we ask that prospective students send the completed application form no later than
    April 30, 2016 - for the fall 2016 semester
    October 30, 2016 - for the spring 2017 semester

    How to apply:
    Your application package should include:
    o A completed Application form
    o Scanned copy of your Passport
    o Scanned copy of your Bachelor’s degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year)
    o Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript
    o Your statement of purpose (no more than 500 words)
    o Two letters of recommendation
    o Your CV/Resume

    You may apply online or send the documents listed above, including a scanned transcript of studies, by e-mail to international@eu.spb.ru. Please ask your references to e-mail their recommendation letters directly to the same address.

    EUSP is the first private graduate school in Russia. The mission of the University is to facilitate the professional development of highly-qualified specialists, and to enable those specialists to fulfill their creative and scholarly potential on the basis of international experience and cooperation. EUSP is committed to the integration of Russian scholarship with scholarship in Europe, America, and Asia.

    Study Russia in Russia!

  • PhD Funding: Comparative Studies of Performance Art in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1960

    PhD Funding: Comparative Studies of Performance Art in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1960
    University of Aberdeen, Department of Film and Visual Culture
    Supervisor: Dr. Amy Bryzgel

    This proposal invites PhD research topics that focus on comparative studies of performance art practices—including body art, action art, happenings and events—in the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Studies of performance art in the region have primarily taken the form of single-country studies. This proposal invites scholars to examine the development and manifestations of performance art across borders—locally regionally or globally. Example of projects can include: the development of performance art in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania); the Baltic and other Soviet countries; a juxtaposition of performance art practices in Central Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria); or a more broad comparison between particular practices in the Soviet Union, Central Europe, and Yugoslavia. Of particular interest would be a project that focuses on the “blind spots” of East European art history, for example, Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania. In exploring the nuances of performance art practices in these different socio-political contexts, this project aims to broaden our understanding of the range of experimental art practices that were developed across the communist East. This is just one example of the sort of project that might be available in this research group. The precise project will be decided upon in consultation with the supervisor.

    Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Individuals with a strong research background in the field of Eastern European contemporary art and/or performance art, from either an art history or visual culture background, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the necessary language skills needed to undertake the proposed research, and should consider funding sources for travel to conduct field research abroad if it is necessary to the proposed project.

    The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture has a lively postgraduate community. Postgraduate students are offered a comprehensive programme of research skills training.

    This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.

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  • PhD Funding: Artistic Re-enactments of Performance Art as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern Europe since 1960

    PhD Funding: Artistic Re-enactments of Performance Art as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern Europe since 1960
    Project Supervisor: Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen

    This proposal invites PhD research topics that focus on artistic re-enactments of performances from across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in recent artistic practice. There are numerous examples of artistic re-enactments across the region, providing scope for a range of dissertation topics. Projects can include comparative studies, for example, of the relevance of re-enactments in one local tradition versus that of another; or single-country studies of a number of re-enactments being staged in one context. Dissertations will address the following research questions: what are the various functions of artistic re-enactments of performances in Eastern Europe? How do these functions compare with current understandings of re-enactment in the West? How can re-enactments be used to access a lost or inaccessible history (such as performance art in Eastern Europe)? Also welcome are proposals that consider revisiting culturally relevant or historically significant places by artists or within the context of artistic re-enactments.

    Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Individuals with a strong research background in the field of Eastern European contemporary art and/or performance art, from either an art history or visual culture background, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the necessary language skills needed to undertake the proposed research, and should consider funding sources for travel to conduct field research abroad if it is necessary to the proposed project.

    This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.

    The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture has a lively postgraduate community. Postgraduate students are offered a comprehensive programme of research skills training.

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  • Exhibition: Making Continuity Contemporary: Eastern Europe in New York

    Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce its latest exhibition:
    Making Continuity Contemporary: Eastern Europe in New York
    Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery
    March 13–July 17, 2016**

    In different ways, each artist explores the disruptions and continuities in their cultural backgrounds, whether through pictorial abstraction, participatory projects, auditory or written language, or conceptual reinterpretation of cultural symbols. Their mediums also range widely and include hand-drawn animation and audio, chemigrams, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and installation.

    Maryna Bilak, a Ukrainian artist originally from the Carpathian mountains, came to the U.S. to study art at the New York Studio School in 2012. Using her knowledge of traditional Ukrainian textile motifs, she incorporates these patterns into 3-dimensional paintings in which she manipulates color and shape by folding canvas and in multimedia installations in which she assembles hand-painted stones.

    Alina and Jeff Bliumis’s series “Casual Conversations in Brooklyn” (2007) engages questions of how cultural experiences and identities intersect. The photographers spent a day in Brighton Beach—home to a large Jewish and Russian-speaking community—and offered passersby the opportunity to choose from three different signs featuring the words “Russian,” “Jewish,” and “American,” or to create their own. On view are a selection of subjects photographed holding the signs they chose—sometimes more than two—to represent their cultural identity. Alina and Jeff Bliumis were born in Belarus and Moldova, respectively.

    Yevgenia Nayberg, who grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, is represented by the painting “Bird Dictionary” (2011), a rumination on the process of learning a new language. Phrases in Cyrillic text are incorporated into the work, labeled as ordinary things: “regular person,” “regular landscape,” and “standard moon.” However, the reality is the opposite, and the work touches on the idea that learning a new language is strange and surreal for non-speakers. The artist also pays homage to Suprematism in another work on view, a triptych entitled “Happy Man Series” (2013).

    Bulgarian-born artist Eva Nikolova references Balkan architecture in her hand-drawn animation and chemigrams—paintings on light sensitive paper—that construct narratives about memory and personal dislocation. In the animation “Zemya Zemya” (2008), the iconic architectural form of the Orthodox Christian church is seen through a series of free-associative events, leaving interpretation of the narrative up to the viewer. According to the artist, the title is a doubling of the Bulgarian word for earth, land, or ground and refers to the signage on rockets designating the missile type—ground-to-ground or surface-to-surface. The architectural images in Nikolova’s works function as cultural emblems—whether intact or seemingly dilapidated—and explore shifting identities.

    Acclaimed illustrator Peter Sís’s work using the motif of wings references themes of freedom and liberation. In two illustrations from his adaptation of “The Conference of the Birds” (2011)—a 12th century Persian epic poem published by The Penguin Press—a surrealistic flock of birds in the shape of an eye that spreads across a richly colored surface, one blue, one yellow, demonstrates the process of journeying. Sís emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1982.

    Diana Shpungin’s “You Will Remember This” (2011) is a hand-drawn animation derived from video footage of her father recorded several months before his death. In it he recounts anecdotes about life in Soviet Latvia, including the tale of acquiring his first car and the black market culture of the USSR in the late 1950s.

    Leonard Ursachi’s drawings of bunkers and a maquette for “Fat Boy”—a large sculpture on view in Prospect Park in Brooklyn—engage what the artist describes as “the bunker mentality.” Ursachi’s native Romania is dotted with bunkers abandoned after the Soviet period—symbols that instill a sense of fear and the unknown. He defected from the country in 1980.

    As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provide educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. Hebrew Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 12,000 elderly persons in greater New York through its resources and community service programs.

    Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Call 718-581-1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours.
    Further information please visit our website

    This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

  • CONF: Sergei Eisenstein: His Legacy in Film, Psychology and the Visual Arts

    Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre is delighted to announce the upcoming conference:
    Sergei Eisenstein: His Legacy in Film, Psychology and the Visual Arts

    Friday 15 April 2016 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday 16 April 2016 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Registration is from 09.30 on both days.

    Venue: Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

    This conference provides a platform for leading Eisenstein experts from around the world to present their current research and to initiate critical discussions about Sergei Eisenstein and his legacy in film, psychology and the visual arts. Hailed as one of the greatest directors of the twentieth century, Sergei Eisenstein is best known for his revolutionary and iconic films from The Battleship Potemkin to Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible. This conference invites audiences to consider Eisenstein beyond his cinematic achievements.

    Held on the occasion of the exhibition of Eisenstein drawings Unexpected Eisenstein organised by GRAD and Kino Klassika Foundation, it strives to explore for the first time his significant yet often overlooked relationship with England. Unexpected Eisenstein offers a rare opportunity to see this varied and often surprising collection of work. It brings together nearly seventy sketches, designs and printed materials from the Bakhrushin State Theatre Museum and Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI).

    Organised by Maria Mileeva and Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) with GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), Kino Klassika Foundation, CCRAC (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre)

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  • Exhibition: Dawn of Manned Space Exploration, Photographed by Leonid Lazarev at The Harriman Institute

    The Kolodzei Art Foundation presents: Dawn of Manned Space Exploration,
    Photographed by Leonid Lazarev at The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
    420 West 118 Street, 12th Floor, NYC
    March 21 to May 20, 2016
    Opening reception for the exhibition on Monday March 21 from 6 to 8 pm.

    Leonid Lazarev is a well‐known Russian photographer, born in 1937 in Moscow. In 1957 he received the Second Prize of International Photo Competition during the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Leonid Lazarev is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including Soviet Woman Magazine (1960), USSR Photo Exhibition (1961, 1962), the International Competition by New Time magazine in 1974, and participant of many exhibitions, including solo shows at PhotoSouz Gallery in Moscow (2008), at Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York (2010); at Russian Cultural Center (Washington DC). From 1961 to 1984 he worked for the International Youth and Students Festival in USSR as the special events photographer for USSR Ministry of Culture. Since 1985 he works as a syndicated photographer with freelance assignments for the Moscow City Department of Cultural Affairs. Photographs by Leonid Lazarev are featured in many publications and books, including Leonid Lazarev: Selected Photographs (2008) and Leonid Lazarev: Moscow ‐ Waiting for the Future (2009). Leonid Lazarev lives and works in Moscow.

    In 2016 the Kolodzei Art Foundation celebrates 25 years of supporting Russian and Eastern European Art.

    The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public foundation started in 1991, organizes exhibitions and cultural exchanges in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Russia and other countries, often utilizing the considerable resources of the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, publishes books on Russian art, and provides art supplies to Russian artists.

    The Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art is one of the world’s largest private art collections, and consists of over 7,000 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and videos, by more than 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union. For additional information visit www.KolodzeiArt.org or email

    Weblink: http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/kolodzei-art-foundation-presents-dawn-manned-space-exploration-photographed-leonid-lazarev