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  • OPP: Cultural Fellowships in Russia

    Cultural Fellowships in Russia

    The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from 15 to 28 May 2017 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.

    Until February 15, 2017 the Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from professionals in the field of culture and arts from foreign countries who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture, arts, or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required.
    We accept applications from artists, scholars, writers, managers of museums, theatres, and festivals.
    Students are not eligible.
    Working languages of the program are English and Russian.

    The creative project could be a book (fiction or non-fiction), a museum exhibition project, a theatre production, a theatre or music festival, a film, a photo exhibition, etc. related to Russian culture or history. The creative project should ultimately take place in a country other than the Russian Federation, with the goal being to broaden the audiences’ perception of Russia. The two-week residency in Russia should serve as an important stage in the preparation and realization of the applicant’s cultural project.

    The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the Fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, opportunities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives, and other organizations.

    The fellowships will be organized from 15 to 28 May 2017 in St. Petersburg (Russia).

    Deadline for submitted applications is February 15, 2017.
    All the recipients of the fellowships will be notified of the review panel decision by March 15, 2017.
    List of fellows will be published on the website of the program by 20 March 2017.

    Application should include:

    CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia, and previous visits to Russia).
    Description of the creative project (up to 3 pages) a book (fiction or non-fiction), a museum exhibition project, a theatre production, a theatre or music festival, a film, a photo exhibition, etc. related to Russian culture or history. It should be clear from the project description why a residency in St. Petersburg is necessary for the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.

    Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at vitenberg@lfond.spb.ru and elenavitenberg@gmail.com with subject line «application for the fellowship».

    All the applicants will be notified about the receipt of their applications by e-mail.
    If you haven’t received such confirmation within three days after submitting your application, please resubmit your application.
    All the recipients of the fellowships will receive e-mail invitations by 15 March 2017.
    List of fellows will be published on the website of the program by 20 March 2017.

    The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation
    http://cf.lfond.spb.ru/ The name of the Academician D. S. Likhachev (1906-1999) is symbolic for the 20th century Russian culture. A Russian intellectual, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, a great scientist and thinker, a popular figure, he managed to preserve under the totalitarian regime his integrity, honor, and fealty to Russia. In the 90s he became a moral gold standard for many Russians. During his late years D. S. Likhachev conceived the idea of a humanitarian charitable foundation. The idea was implemented after his death.

    The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation was founded in St. Petersburg at the end of 2001. The mission for the Foundation had been stated by D. S. Likhachev himself as promotion of the Russian culture, education, humanities as well as affirmation of democratic and humanistic values in the society. The foundation supports both regional and international programs, awards grants, promotes seminars and conferences, publishes books, etc.

    The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Yeltsin Center)
    http://www.yeltsin.ru/ The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is a new Russian noncommercial organization, directed at promoting the development of the Institute of Presidency in Russia. The mission of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is to preserve, study, and present to the public the historical legacy of the first president of the Russian Federation. Presidential Center includes a museum, exhibition and discussion center, a branch of the Boris Yeltsin’s Presidential library and Center for information and education activities and expertise. The Yeltsin Center supports activities in the following areas: Education, Culture, Youth, International, Humanitarian Cooperation, Publishing, Literary Awards.

    Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg
    (http://www.kvs.spb.ru)[http://www.kvs.spb.ru] The executive authority - The City Administration is the superior executive body of St. Petersburg headed by the Governor of the city and other executive departments - the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments. The St. Petersburg Administration is formed of the Governor, the Government, The Governor’s Chancellery, the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments of the Administration subordinate to him. The Committee on External Relations is responsible for state policy of Saint Petersburg in external relations.

  • International Conference: Art Born in the Revolution: Russian Art and the State 1917-1932

    International Conference: Art Born in the Revolution: Russian Art and the State 1917-1932

    International Conference: Art Born in the Revolution: Russian Art and the State 1917-1932
    With guest speakers including John Bowlt, Maria Gough, Christina Kiaer, Christina Lodder and Robert Service

    Art Born in the Revolution: Russian Art and the State 1917-1932

    Day one: Courtauld Institute of Art – Friday 24 February, 14:00-18:45. Book tickets
    Day two: Royal Academy of Arts – Saturday 25 February, 10:30-18:30. Book tickets

    The Royal Academy of Arts, in association with the Courtauld Institute of Art, presents a two-day academic conference to coincide with the exhibition Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932 for scholars, students and those interested in the period.

    Turned overnight into the ruling party, the Bolsheviks aimed to use the power of mass propaganda in order to establish their founding mythology and disseminate their ideas to an overwhelmingly rural and illiterate population. In 1917 the leader of the new Bolshevik state, Vladimir Lenin, proclaimed that culture should support political needs.

    The first day of the conference is held at the Courtauld Institute of Art and aims to address the question of how useful visual art was to the revolution, as well as the ways in which cinema, printed media and consumer goods were used for propaganda purposes. The second day considers the death and immortalisation of key revolutionary figures, such as Lenin, and the consequent establishment of autocratic rule under Stalin, alongside the impact that social, political and economic developments had on the visual arts and culture.

    Organised by Dr Natalia Murray, the Courtauld Institute of Art. Full conference programme below. Please note that each day requires a separate booking.

    Day one: Friday 24 February 2017 - The Courtauld Institute of Art
    2pm – 6.45pm (registration from 1.30pm)
    Tickets £16 (£11 concession)
    Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, WC2R 0RN

    Day two: Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Royal Academy of Arts
    10.30am – 6.30pm (registration from 10am)
    Tickets £50 (including entry into the exhibition, refreshments and drinks)
    Reynolds Room, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 0BD

  • CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Past and Present

    CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Past and Present
    Conference venue: University of Nottingham
    Deadline for submitting abstracts: 9th January 2017

    Description of the Event
    Research into gender and sexuality in Russian, East European and Eurasian contexts has rapidly expanded in recent years in the disciplines of history, geography, sociology, literature, politics and cultural studies. The aim of this conference is to facilitate the continued development of this field by encouraging cross-disciplinary conversations around these central themes.

    Eligible topics for the conference
    Presentations by postgraduates and early-career researchers are especially welcomed. Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

    Paid and unpaid labour
    Constructions of femininity and masculinity in politics and popular culture
    The life cycle and the regulation of ageing
    Medicine and gendered bodies
    Intersections of gender, race and ethnicity
    Sexualities and gender identities
    Migration and displacement
    Violence and discrimination

    Keynote speaker: Dr Sarah Badcock, University of Nottingham

    Guidelines for submission
    Proposals for 20-minute papers and for panels of 3 papers are welcomed.
    Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief biographical note to the organiser Siobhan Hearne siobhan.hearne@nottingham.ac.uk by Monday 9th January 2017.

    For more information: http://www.pecob.eu/Gender-Sexuality-Russia-Eastern-Europe-Eurasia-Past-Present

  • Exhibition: From Russia with Love

    Exhibition: From Russia with Love: Selections from the Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Collection of Russian Art
    Mead Art Museum
    Amherst, MA
    Open until May 2017

    Thomas Porter Whitney (1917–2007), a 1937 graduate of Amherst College, went to Moscow as a member of the US diplomatic corps during the Second World War. He married a Russian woman and soon became a connoisseur of the riches of Russian art and culture behind the public facade of the Soviet regime. When the couple relocated to the United States, in 1953, they were not allowed to export many cultural goods. Whitney began to collect rare books, manuscripts, and artworks in a systematic way only in the 1960s.

    By the end of the 1980s Whitney had amassed over six hundred paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by some 170 artists, most from the first half of the twentieth century. The collection he ultimately assembled represents the creative life of Russian cultural elites who, under the Soviet regime, were forced either to emigrate or to go underground to avoid persecution. Many of the artworks were purchased from émigrés who sold their possessions in times of financial need. The most significant works, however—including those on view in this exhibition—came from trusted galleries and auction houses.

    Through the purchases he made, Whitney not only captured major trends in Russian art, but paid tribute to the multifaceted artistic currents—including sacred art, book illustration, geometrical abstraction, stage design, and the manifold treatments of representational motifs—that shaped twentieth-century Russian art. This exhibition presents highlights from Whitney’s collection, most of which he gave, toward the end of the century and near the end of his life, to his alma mater.

    Organized by Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Curator of Russian Art. Presented with generous support from the Julia A. Whitney Fund for Russian Art and Faye DeWitt.

  • CONF: The Russian Century: The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 1801-1917

    CONF: The Russian Century: The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 1801-1917

    Conference: The Russian Century: The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 1801-1917

    September 30-October 1, 2016
    Yale University
    Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium
    34 Hillhouse Avenue
    New Haven, CT

    Organised by Molly Brunson and Bella Grigoryan

    Since 1991, the classical Russian literature of the nineteenth century has gone through both eclipse and revival. Modernist and post-modernist accounts of Russian culture that came to the fore in the late 1980s have begun to give way to a reinterpretation of the nineteenth century, one that adds to the Russian classics a wider perspective encompassing music, visual arts, and theater and new methodologies. This process is only beginning and requires a united effort of scholars to succeed.

    Inspired by this renewed interest in the nineteenth century and the general shift toward destabilizing disciplinary and historiographic borders, this conference, under the guidance of Molly Brunson, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, brings together prominent senior scholars and emerging junior scholars from Russia, Europe, and the U.S., and from a wide range of fields (language and literature, musicology, art and architecture history, performance studies and drama history).

    Click for full conference programme

    Sponsored by the European Studies Council, the Russian Studies Program with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

  • ANN: Member News from Rosalind P. Blakesley

    ANN: Member News from Rosalind P. Blakesley

    SHERA is pleased to announce the latest exhibitions, publications and projects from member Rosalind P. Blakesley

    In 2016 Rosalind P. Blakesley curated ‘Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and advised on its partner exhibition, ‘From Elizabeth to Victoria: British Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London’ at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

    She published ‘The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881’ (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2016), 365 pp.; and ‘Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky’ (exhibition catalogue, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016), 176 pp.

    She was also granted an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award for a PhD student to research questions of print culture, modernisation and urbanisation, using the Talbot Collection at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford as the prime research resource.

  • 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.

    Click to book tickets

    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

  • Fullbright Applications due August 3, 2015

    The Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Opportunities in the 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar Program include:

    Russia Award #6314: All Disciplines
    Teach and/or conduct research in any appropriate discipline. Applicants submitting proposals with a teaching component should seek affiliation or indicate flexibility for affiliation outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

    Please visit the 2016-17 Catalog of Awards to learn more about all the opportunities available in this year’s competition. For most awards, English is sufficient for teaching and foreign language proficiency is only needed to the extent required by the proposed research project.

    The Application Guidelines provide helpful tips to reference during the process, and the Council is happy to answer any questions. It also encourages interested scholars to explore and register for one or more of our webinars, which provide more detailed insight into various parts of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. A complete schedule of upcoming and archived presentations can be found here.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 3, 2015.

  • CFP: International Graduate Student Workshop in Soviet History - The European University at St. Petersburg

    The International Graduate Student Workshop in Soviet History at the History Department of the European University at Saint Petersburg is pleased to invite applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. We bring together EUSPb students and graduate students conducting archival research in Russia and neighboring countries. The primary goal of the workshop is twofold: first, to enrich participants’ research projects and promote an exchange of knowledge about relevant historiographies, theories, methodologies, and archival and other sources; and second, to create a larger and international academic community for participants, and thus to offer them a network of international contacts on which to draw for intellectual as well as professional ends.

    Carryover has produced a fully-booked fall semester. Graduate students interested in presenting their work in the spring should submit a 300-word English- or Russian-language abstract of their papers and a CV to Sam Hirst (hirst@eu.spb.ru) by November 20. Funding for travel and accommodations is available for presenters not based in St. Petersburg. We ask that anyone interested in attending the workshop send their contact information so that we can add you to the seminar’s mailing list.

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