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  • 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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  • 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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  • PhD Funding: MODERNIZATION, CULTURAL EXCHANGES AND INNOVATION IN RUSSIAN PRINT CULTURE: ST PETERSBURG IN THE TALBOT COLLECTION

    Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) FUNDED PHD RESEARCH PROJECT:

    “MODERNIZATION, CULTURAL EXCHANGES AND INNOVATION IN RUSSIAN PRINT CULTURE: ST PETERSBURG IN THE TALBOT COLLECTION”

    DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY, OXFORD

    Applications are invited for a doctoral studentship, awarded by the Oxford University Museums AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, on the subject of modernization, cultural exchanges and innovation in 19th-century Russian print culture. The award will be held in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and will be supervised jointly by Dr Rosalind Blakesley and Dr Wendy Pullan (University of Cambridge) and Dr Catherine Whistler (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford). The award holder will commence a fully-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge in October 2016.

    The PhD will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine key questions on modernization, the city and cross-cultural exchanges in Enlightenment and 19th-century Russia. The primary, unpublished research material is found in the Talbot Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, a unique and virtually unknown resource of c.1000 prints dating from the early 18th to the mid-19th century, whose imagery relates to the construction and character of St Petersburg as an imperial capital. This collection will be used to examine the nature of print production and dissemination within the context of Russian modernisation and urbanisation. There is scope for the successful candidate to define and pursue their own research questions appropriate to the primary research material. Comparative studies of visual and archival material may involve travel and research time abroad.

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    The studentship will cover tuition fees at home/EU rate and provide a maintenance award at RCUK rates for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study. See http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/160125/

    In addition, the Ashmolean Museum will allocate up to £2,000 to the award holder each year, to a maximum of £6,000 over the duration of the studentship, to cover costs associated with undertaking research in Oxford.

    ELIGIBILITY AND HOW TO APPLY

    All applicants should meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements. Please see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/documents/guides/research-funding-guide/

    Interested candidates are asked to submit their full applications, by the deadline of 5.00 pm on Wednesday 23 March 2016, and also to have two academic references sent by the same deadline. The further particulars provide full details of the material required and how and where to submit this.

    For full details, including further particulars, see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANC802/ahrc-cdp-studentship/

    Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Dr Rosalind Blakesley. Enquiries relating to the administration of the studentship can be directed to Dr Nichola Tooke or +44 1223 760122

  • Opportunities: Celebrating Print magazine

    Celebrating Print magazine is a new resource for printmaking and fine art print in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a biannual magazine, published in print, focusing on modern and contemporary print and practice of printmaking in the context of contemporary art. Contributions from art historians, curators, and printmaking educators include surveys of trends in printmaking in individual countries, with profiles of artists and reviews of their works through scholarly articles, interviews and project presentations.

    The magazine will be presented at the CAA 2016 Book & Trade Fair (table #533). Website: http://www.celebratingprint.com/.

  • Opportunities: Dodge Assistantships for Graduate Study in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University

    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, Associate 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.