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  • Funded PhD: 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
    Department of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen
    Supervisor: Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen
    Application Deadline: March 21, 2017

    Applications are invited for 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.

    The project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition fees only, whether Home, EU or Overseas, and will be awarded through an open competition.

    Interested applicants should contact Dr. Amy Bryzgel with a project proposal of no more than 2,000 words, including discussion of Aims and Objectives, Research Questions, Research Context, Methodology and Critical Approach.

    Deadline for all applications: 21 March 2017

    More information can be found here
    How to apply

  • ANN: Maya Semina Travel Grant

    ANN: Maya Semina Travel Grant

    A generous donation made in the name of Maya Semina will help defray travel costs for one graduate student presenting a paper at the CAA Annual Conference and the ASEEES Annual Convention. The grant will be given for five consecutive years, alternating between the CAA conferences and the ASEEES conventions, beginning with the upcoming CAA conference on February 15-18, 2017 in New York City. The alternating order of the subsequent grants will be as follows: ASEEES 2018, CAA 2019, ASEEES 2020, CAA 2021. The funds for the grant have been received for 2017 and 2018, and the funds have been promised for 2019-2021. Maya Semina is a Russian art historian, whose book about Filipp Maliavin was published by Moscow’s BooksMArt Press in 2014. Applications will be evaluated based on the academic merit of the paper topic and financial need. We are especially committed to subsidizing a graduate student who is attending the conference for the first time or who has no local institutional resources for travel support.

    GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1000 USD

    ELIGIBILITY:

    All applicants must be:

    1. A student working at either the master’s or doctoral level with a thesis or dissertation topic related to Eastern European, Eurasian and/or Russian art and/or Architecture;

    2. Presenting a paper contributing to advancement in this field at a panel at a CAA Annual Conference (chairs, discussants, and any other type of participants are not eligible to apply) or ASEEES Annual Convention;

    3. A member of SHERA at the time of application;

    4. Live outside the conference city;

    5. Have not been recipients of this grant in the past.

    DEADLINE: January 1, 2017 (Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2017)

    APPLICATIONS:

    All applicants must email the following to to SHERA.grants@gmail.com.

    • Complete application form (this has been sent to all SHERA members), which includes contact information, the e-mail address of the recommender; paper title, abstract, tentative budget, and statement of need;

    • Two-page CV, listening relevant grants, publications, and talks;

    • One (1) letter of reference from advisor or department chair, which includes confirmation that departmental and/or institutional conference travel funds are insufficient, sent by the recommender to SHERA.grants@gmail.com.

    We urge applicants to be practical in estimating their travel and lodging budget. We advise sharing a room with another graduate student at the conference hotel, if feasible. We ask the grantee mention the SHERA Maya Semina Travel Grant as a partial sponsor of their participation.

    GRANT DISBURSEMENT:

    The grant will be disbursed upon presentation of receipts in the weeks following the conference.

    Sincerely,
    SHERA Board

  • ANN: 6th Winter School of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts-Tallinn University

    ANN: 6th Winter School of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
    New Natures, Entangled Cultures: Perspectives in Environmental Humanities
    Tallinn University
    23 – 27 January 2017

    For more information see the Winter School website

    How do we imagine nature/culture? How do new environments emerge and how do we design them – deliberately or by chance? The 6th Winter School of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts focuses on the notions of “nature” and “culture” as entangled phenomena. Environmental humanities make an effort to overcome the centuries old division between sciences and humanities by stressing that speaking about “nature” and the hybrid forms of naturecultures is of central importance for all disciplines within the humanities.

    We invite doctoral and MA students to think beyond the comfortable binaries of nature and culture and to discuss topics like recycling and hybridity, (eco)nationalism and aesthetics, technology and landscape, corporeality and posthumanism, materiality and animality in order to understand the creative power of “nature” as a cultural metaphor and the intimate interconnectedness between environment and culture.

    The programme of the Winter School consists of: 1) interdisciplinary lectures and discussions conducted by Estonian and guest lecturers; 2) student seminars and slams where graduate participants present and discuss their own research; 3) student workshops outside the customary classroom environment.

    Plenary speakers: Dr. Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    Dr. Dolly Jørgensen (Luleå University of Technology)
    Dr. Timothy LeCain (Montana State University)
    Dr. Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)
    Prof. Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin – Madison / Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society)
    Prof. David Moon (University of York)
    Prof. Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University)
    Dr. Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster University)

    Hosting institutions:
    School of Humanities, Tallinn University
    Estonian Centre for Environmental History, Tallinn University

    Programme directors:
    Prof. Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Sciences)
    Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)

    Programme manager:
    Doris Feldmann (Tallinn University)

    Student coordinator:
    Tiiu-Triinu Tamm (Tallinn University)

  • Funding: Dodge Assistantships at the Zimmerli Art Museum for Graduate Study in the Department of Art History, Rutgers University

    Funding opportunity: Dodge Assistantships at the Zimmerli Art Museum for Graduate Study in the Department of Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
    Deadline: January 10, 2017

    The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University offers Dodge Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates admitted to the Department of Art History who are committed to research on unofficial art of the former Soviet Union. Established in 2002 with a generous endowment from the Avenir Foundation in honor of Norton T. and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship program provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as an annual stipend for living expenses, to graduate students (known as Dodge Fellows). Travel funds for research and language study abroad, as well as for participation in conferences, are also available to Dodge Fellows by formal application.

    Dodge Fellows who enter Rutgers without a master’s degree are eligible for five years of assistantship funding. During the course of the first three years, students are obliged to work 15 hours a week in the Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet curatorial offices; the subsequent two years support dissertation research and writing without any work obligation. Those who enter with a master’s degree are awarded four years of funding, reflecting a shortened period of coursework required for the doctoral degree. Work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Dr. Jane A. Sharp, Associate Professor of Art History and Research Curator for the Dodge Collection, and Dr Julia Tulovsky, Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, with the assistance of other museum staff. The fellows perform a variety of tasks such as curatorial assistance in exhibition and catalogue production as well as administration and collection management. During the third year Dodge Fellows are given the opportunity to curate their own exhibition from the Zimmerli’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection.

    Please refer to this link for more information: http://arthistory.rutgers.edu

    Application and Selection Process: Dodge Assistantships are awarded by the Department of Art History in consultation with the Zimmerli’s Director and staff to incoming graduate students.

    For information about the Dodge Assistantships, contact Professor Jane Sharp

    Deadline to apply is January 10, 2017

  • ANN: The 9th annual Russian documentary film festival in New York: RusDocFilmFest-3W

    The 9th annual Russian documentary film festival in New York: RusDocFilmFest-3W
    Manhattan and Brooklyn, October 7-9, 2016
    Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, Manhattan), Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., Manhattan), and Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza). www.rusdocfilmfest.org

    There are over 25 documentaries made by filmmakers from Armenia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S. Some screenings will have a Q&A session. Most screenings will be American premieres, and all films will have English subtitles.

    Recommended screenings: the program “Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century” includes several films, among them the documentary Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today made by famous American film-director Stuart Schulberg (with Pare Lorentz, “FDR’s filmmaker”) in 1947/48. This documentary was screened in the U.S. for the first time only in 2010. The film will be performed at the festival Opening Event on October 7, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Another documentary in this program – The Bunins’ Alleys — tells about the first Russian Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin and his wife during the Second World War in occupied France.

    In addition, famous director Marina Razbezhkina will show her documentary Optical Axis. The film was made in an unusual genre of allusion: modern reality is created in the discourse of old photographs made by Russian photographer Maxim Dmitriev in 1913.

    Another documentary from Razbezhkina’s school is Chechen by Beata Bubenets (Ukraine). Accented in a socio-political way, the film-director creates a subtle and precise psychological portrait of a Maidan “foot soldier”, setting him against the historical cataclysms his society is undergoing. This film was awarded at Artdocfest-2015 - “Best Feature-Length Film”, film festival ‘Stalker’ - “Best Art-Film”, as well as The National Award “Laurus” - “Best Art-Film”. The festival will also show a special program for students –“At the Crossroads” – a program of debuts by newly graduated film-directors (Moscow and Saint-Petersburg).

    The organizer of the festival, The New Review/ Noviy Zhurnal, the oldest Russian Émigré literary journal in the U.S., will also arrange presentations by The Zimin Foundation, (formerly The Dynasty Foundation), and The Boris Yeltsin Center at Hunter College on October 7 at 4 pm.

    For additional information please visit the festival website: www.rusdocfilmfest.org or email rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com.

  • Resource: post: An Online Resource for Art and the History of Modernism in a Global Context, from MoMA

    Resource: post, an online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context from The Museum of Modern Art.

    With a primary focus on modern and contemporary art outside North America and Western Europe, this website features contributions by individuals and institutions from around the world and makes behind-the-scenes research at MoMA available to a broader public. Essays, interviews, travel research reports, artists’ commissions, archival materials, translated sources, and bibliographies reflect perspectives emerging from leading scholars and curators around the world. post is the public face of Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), the cross-departmental, internal research program at MoMA that fosters the multiyear study of art histories outside North America and Western Europe. There are currently three C-MAP research groups, focusing on Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

    Recent content on Central and Eastern European art includes but is not limited to:

    The OHO Group, “Information,” and Global Conceptualism avant la lettre by Ksenya Gurshtein

    Cold War Modern: Mid-century designer Raymond Loewy’s work in the US and the USSR by Juliet Kinchin and Alexandra Sankova

    Species of Spaces in Eastern European and Latin American Experimental Art by Klara Kemp-Welch

    Please have a look into the resources available on post, as they make excellent supplements to modern and contemporary art courses with a global focus.

  • ANN: Talk by Joseph Backstein at Pushkin House in London

    Talk: A Curator Reveals: a Talk with Celebrated Russian Curator, Joseph Backstein
    Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
    Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 7:30pm 8:30pm

    Join us for a talk with Joseph Backstein, one of the leading curators in Russia over the last 30 years, and former Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Joseph will talk about curating in Russia and how this role has changed since he began. He will also talk about the history, development and significance of the Biennale over the last 12 years, its important role as a reflector of the global contemporary art scene as well as its great impact within Russia and Internationally.

    Joseph Backstein was artistic director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art until May this year. He is deputy director of the State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions ROSIZO, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and a member of the Art Historians’ Association. He is the curator of more than 30 exhibitions including the Norman Foster solo show at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Sergei Bratkov’s exhibition at 25th Sao Paolo Biennial and was the curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1999. Backstein has a medal of the Academy of Arts of the Russian Federation and is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Computer Sciences and has a PhD in Sociology of Arts and Culture.

    Pushkin House curator Olga Jurgenson will chair a Q&A at the end of the talk.

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    Tickets: £10 Full Price/£8 Concessions

    A drink is included in the ticket price.

  • 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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