On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES), the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence (ESC/EUCE), and the International Business Center (IBC) at the University of Pittsburgh will be sponsoring the annual “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pitt. Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, to discussants and an audience. Please encourage your outstanding undergraduate students to apply to participate in the Symposium. Limited travel grants are available to help defray travel expenses to Pittsburgh for accepted participants. The application form and further information can be found at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/.
1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 19, 2016.
2) Selected students will be notified by February 2016.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2016.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on April 1, 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact Gina Peirce, Assistant Director, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh
The Ohio State University
April 8-10, 2016
The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2016 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU April 8-10, 2016. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. The conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University) on Ukraine’s current crisis in historical perspective on Friday, April 8th, followed by two days of panels.
Send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Limited funding is available for undergraduate and graduate student lodging with preference given to out-of-state participants.
Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 15
Notification of Acceptance: February 5
Panels Announced, Scheduling Conflicts, and Housing Requests Due: February 12
Registration Deadline and Paper Submission: March 25
Participants can elect to have their abstract, paper, and presentation included in the conference’s Knowledge Bank community. Knowledge Bank is a digital archive that is part of Ohio State’s University Libraries. CSEES maintains a community within Knowledge Bank for the Midwest Slavic Conference to increase the dissemination of knowledge produced at the conference. Items included in the community are freely available to be viewed and downloaded by the public and are searchable. Please consider having your abstract, paper, and PowerPoint included in Knowledge Bank this year.
Archipenko: A Modern Legacy
September 22–December 13, 2015
Archipenko: A Modern Legacy is a major retrospective of the life and work of Alexander Archipenko, a pioneering figure in the history of modern sculpture. Born in the Ukraine and active in European avant-garde circles in the early decades of the twentieth century, Archipenko revolutionized and reinvigorated sculpture by reintroducing color, incorporating negative space, and integrating mixed media.
The exhibition spans Archipenko’s long career and will feature some fifty sculptures, mixed-media reliefs, and works on paper. Drawn from museum collections as well as private holdings, the exceptional objects chosen for this exhibition convey the richness of Archipenko’s vision.
Building on his rich experience in Europe, Archipenko immigrated to the United States in 1923 and pursued a lifelong affair with the figurative form during his forty-year career in this country, where he continued to use the abstracted figure as a carrier for sculptural innovation. Carefully selected works, made in America, will offer new insight into Archipenko’s practice: he explored lead casting, electroplating, and polychrome patina; refined ceramic as sculptural medium, finding complex ways of treating its surface; experimented with reflective and shiny materials, including mirrors and mother-of-pearl; and introduced non-traditional art materials such as Plexiglas and Bakelite, all the while engaging creative tools from the past and the present to foster artistic innovation.
Never-before-exhibited objects from the artist’s archives, including annotated photographs of sculptures, sketches, installation views, patent drawings for his “Archipentura” machine, and lecture transcripts, will offer an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative process and philosophy.
Archipenko: A Modern Legacy was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Archipenko Foundation.
For more on events related to the exhibition, see here
Deadline: Dec 20, 2015
Fourth annual HGSCEA Essay Prize
Submissions are now being accepted for the fourth annual HGSCEA (Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art) Emerging Scholars Publication Prize, an award of $500 given to the author of a distinguished essay published the preceding year on any topic in the history of German, Central European, or Scandinavian art, architecture, design, or visual culture. Submissions, which must be in English and may be from electronic or print publications, must have a publication date of 2015; authors must be either current Ph.D. students or have earned a PhD in or after 2011 and must be members of HGSCEA at the time of submission.
The recipient of the Prize and one honorable mention will be chosen by the members of the HGSCEA Board and announced at the HGSCEA dinner reception during the College Art Association annual conference. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome; submissions should include a copy of the publication and a CV and should be sent by electronic attachment to the HGSCEA president Marsha Morton before December 20, 2015.
RED ON RED: A Symposium on Post-Socialist Art and Critical Theory
Organizers: Marijeta Bozovic, Julia Chan, Fabrizio Fenghi, Marta Figlerowicz
April 8-9, 2016, Yale University, New Haven, CT
A discernable boom in politically engaged, leftist art practices and critical theory is underway in Eastern Europe and Russia, China, and in post-socialist countries of the Global South. This boom defies all expectations, emerging after the depoliticizing “transitions” to capitalism of the 1990s and the seemingly reactionary historical moment. Activists and art collectives, critics, poets, grassroots filmmakers, and video, performance and digital artists of all stripes are seeking alternative spaces for engaged aesthetic experimentation. In many cases, these aesthetic producers return to the emancipatory promises of earlier political and aesthetic experiments, reimagining them for the digital age.
Setting in conversation researchers in Slavic, East German, East Asian, and Global South Studies at Yale and elsewhere, Red on Red seeks to establish a deeper and more transnational understanding of these recent aesthetic and political developments. While many of these aesthetic movements have a strong media presence in their native countries, they tend to be poorly known in other areas of the post-socialist world or in an international academic context. By fostering cross-linguistic dialogue, this project fills a gap in these various movements’ awareness of each other, as well as in their interdisciplinary study as a world phenomenon. Rather than merely apply Western analytic frameworks to these movements, Red on Red develops new kinds of critical and aesthetic theory that are inherently grounded in a post-socialist context. Taking its cue from Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe, it asks what alternatives the utopian and dystopian spaces of post-socialist art can provide to traditional Western notions of progress, freedom, and history.
We welcome a wide range of theoretical and non-theoretical, comparative and more focused papers. Please submit 250-300-word abstracts to Julia Chan no later than December 15, 2015.
Keywords: Slavic, East German, East Asian, Global South Studies; African Studies; South Asian Studies; South American Studies; Critical Theory; Marxism; Leftism; Avant-Garde Art and Literature, Protest Culture, Hacktivism, Contemporary Culture.
Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2015
Keynote speaker: Lilya Kaganovsky, Associate Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Film at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University is pleased to announce “Cold War Narratives Reimagined,” an interdisciplinary graduate conference on April 8-9, 2016.
More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, scholars are able to refocus, recast, and reevaluate the discussions centered on this period of global tension, military non-conflict and cultural polarization. Whether within the United States or in the international arena, it is typified by physical and imagined borders, walls, spheres of influence and missile gaps. This conference seeks to engage with these physical and symbolic spaces, to challenge the East-West dichotomy in Cold War narratives, and to examine what happens after these zones and margins dissolve. “Cold War Narratives Reimagined” is an interdisciplinary conference that centers on the intellectual, cultural, and environmental legacies of the Cold War era in the United States and in the former Soviet Union, both those of its immediate aftermath and of contemporary reframings of these legacies.
We invite papers that explore the Cold War and its enduring legacies. How do we consider its reverberations in a globalized world? How have Cold War assumptions and stereotypes been expressed in literature, film, historiography or policy, and do they persist after the fall of the Soviet Union? At what point, if any, does a shift in these assumptions and stereotypes occur? What could be gained by reading texts from Cold War countries comparatively? How did literary language, vernacular, or technical jargon change during and directly after the Cold War? What has changed since the first round of reimaginings that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union? By asking and addressing such questions, this conference aims to foster interdisciplinary conversations within and around Slavic Studies.
The list of potential topics includes but is not limited to: Cultural diplomacy; Space race; the Cold War and the archive; Cold War in the Soviet Republics; Nuclear diplomacy; Émigré culture; Post-Soviet spaces; Language of the Cold War (rhetoric, propaganda, translation); Cold War abstractions and the arts (détente, deterrence, containment); Satire under McCarthyism and/or Soviet censorship; the Cold War in contemporary media coverage; the Cold War, genre, and representation.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] by December 15th, 2015. Replies will be sent out by mid-January, 2016.
Russian-American illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova will be featured at the Kent State Stark Main Hall Gallery in an exhibition entitled “The Firebird,” featuring her miniature paintings of scenes from Russian folklore and 19th-century rural life.
Opening reception and Artist talk, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 2-4 PM.
CALL FOR PAPERS
NORTHEAST SLAVIC, EAST EUROPEAN, AND EURASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
Submit a proposal for an individual paper or for a complete panel for the 37th annual Conference of the Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES, a regional affiliate of ASEEES). The Conference will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.
Yanni Kotsonis, Director of the Jordan Center, will be the President of the 2016 Conference.
Scholarly papers and panels are welcome on any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Complete panels will receive preference over individual paper submissions. Proposals must include the following:
- Title and a one-paragraph abstract
- Any requests for technical support (very important!)
- Presenter’s email and surface mail addresses
- Presenter’s institutional affiliation and professional status (professor, graduate student, etc.)
- The name and contact information for the panel organizer, where applicable.
Undergraduate students under the guidance of a faculty mentor may present a paper at the Conference if the faculty mentor submits the information listed above.
Please send your proposals via electronic format to NESEEES@yahoo.com not later than December 31, 2015. (Note that this is a new email address, and not the one used last year.)
Professionals in the field are strongly urged to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants. Much of the benefit of the Conference depends on active participation and informed commentary by participants. Graduate students are encouraged to participate. Two juried awards of $200 for first prize and $150 for second prize are made annually for the best graduate papers presented at the NESEEES Conference judged according to the following criteria:
· clarity of main research question outlining the scholar’s approach to the topic
· importance of the research to the profession
· amount of support for the argument
· use of primary sources
· adequate and interesting content
· readiness for publication: use of English, readability and style
Following the Conference, graduate students may submit revised papers to the competition for review. Visual materials accompanying the presentation at the Conference should be submitted along with the written text for evaluation. The first prize paper will be entered in the national ASEEES competition.
The Museum of Russian Icons presents Murray Forbes, President of the Navigator Foundation, who will present an interactive website lecture on Russian 20th century photographs from WWII to the 1990s.
The photographs were featured in Navigator’s acclaimed exhibition “Renewal and Metamorphosis,” which was on view at the MIT Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum in the mid-1990s. They images appeared in articles in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Christian Science Monitor, and many local papers, and have been exhibited in art centers and galleries throughout New England.
The photographs in this presentation reflect the Navigator Foundation’s extensive collections of Russian photography that were gathered in Russia from 1987-1993.
It features work previously unknown or unavailable in the U.S., including images that changed the understanding of the history of post war Russian Photography. Murray Forbes is a painter who majored in Russian studies,served in Army intelligence, and attended the Boston Museum School before studying in Italy and Poland. The Navigator Foundation has been active for more than 30 years with exhibitions around the world and awards from the Massachusetts Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts.
Call for Applications: Wayne Vucinich Visiting Scholar Fellowship
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University invites applications for the Wayne Vucinich Visiting Scholar Fellowship.
This is a twelve-week residential fellowship to be offered in Spring 2016. The fellowship is open to scholars working on the region in any discipline. Preference will be given to scholars who have completed the PhD (or equivalent) in the past five years and who are residents of countries that fall under the direct purview of the Center: Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia (including Afghanistan).
The fellowship award funds international travel, health insurance, and visa support, in addition to a $10,000 stipend for living expenses. The fellow will have access to university libraries and archives and will have use of a shared work space at the Center. He or she will be expected to be in residence throughout the fellowship period (March-June 2016) and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center.
Please submit an application form (including a letter of application, a Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a short proposal for a public lecture and/or workshop by November 20, 2015. For more information about the Center, please consult its website.
Vucinich Fellowship application form: https://web.stanford.edu/dept/CREES/VucinichFellowship.fb