Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CFP: International Symposium in Tashkent


18th and 19th April 2016 Tashkent, Uzbekistan 

The social history and anthropogenic landscape of the Syr Darya river basin: exploring an environmental archive

 Institute of History,Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan
 In cooperation with Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen and the Volkswagen Foundation

This international workshop will examine the potential of dialogue between different kinds of sources in researching the environmental history of Central Asia. How can sources such as archaeobotanical records, archival documents and oral history interviews speak to each other? What can such a dialogue contribute to our understanding of human interactions with the natural environment over longer and shorter time periods? While a number of scholars explore the human impact on Central Asian landscapes and vice versa, there has to date been no systematic discussion of the particular constellation of source material that the region presents. This symposium will offer the opportunity of critically engaging with a highly varied portfolio of sources, from folklore to court records, from climate records to artistic engagements with the environment. Key questions include:

 • How does the availability and accessibility of sources according to periods and topics shape our understanding of environmental history in the region?

 • Do natural science methods and technologies such as remote sensing challenge or confirm the outlook of more conventional historical sources? 

• What kind of lens do official state and Party archives provide on human interaction with the environment? How can such documents be related to less official forms of documentation and commemoration?

 • How do administrative and literary sources reflect the scientific discourses of their time, and vice versa? 

We invite a broad range of papers addressing these issues, in relation to studies of land and water use, religious imperatives in communicating and interacting with non-humans, and people’s experience of natural events such as drought, earthquakes or floods. We further welcome papers addressing innovation and changing practices in e.g. forestry, mining, pastoralism, agriculture or urban waste management. Contributions exploring the history of the Syr Darya basin are particularly encouraged. Papers should clearly discuss the potential and limitations of the kind of data they engage with. This workshop aims to produce a special issue, preferably in a bilingual (Russian-English) journal. The symposium is funded and organized by the Volkswagen Foundation project: ‘Social Life of a River: environmental histories, social worlds and conflict resolution along the Naryn-Syr Darya.’ Support for travel and accommodation expenses will be offered to a number of scholars: please specify your financial support needs when applying. 

How to apply:

Submissions of a 300 word abstract (title, description of topic, methodology, key questions and main findings) and short biographic statements can be made by 15th December. For all correspondence and further information, please contact Professor Adham Ashirov (adhashirov@yandex.ru, in Russian) or Aibek Samakov (aisamakov@gmail.com, in English or Russian).

Friday, November 20, 2015

Job Posting: National Language Service Corps

Do you speak English and another language? Are you looking for ways to use your language skills to make a difference in your community and country? If yes, then the  (NLSC) may be for you. The NLSC is a Federal government organization consisting of on-call, multilingual volunteers who are willing to use their language skills and cultural knowledge to help government agencies in their readiness efforts, and communities in times of need. NLSC Members must be U.S citizens, 18 years of age or older, fluent in English and at least one other language. Though Members are volunteers to the Corps, if their language skills are needed and they choose to participate, they are compensated by means of a small stipend and per diem in some instances.

The NLSC is currently seeking the following languages and skill sets:

Dari, Zoroastrian Dari
Kurdish, Northern
Azerbaijani, North
Panjabi, Eastern
Lao (Laotian)
Pashto, Southern

Examples of backgrounds and skill sets we are looking for:
• Cleared individuals (confidential, secret, and top secret)
• Military backgrounds
• Translation
• Interpretation (simultaneous and/or consecutive)
• Cultural role players
• Experience in working with the Interagency Language Roundtable Skill Level Descriptions
• Language Testing and Assessment
• ESL/EFL or foreign language instructor working with university or adult learners

All members receive advantages for being a NLSC member such as:
• Free NLSC membership
• Access to our 24/7 site
• Online language resources like SCOLA
• Special member events
• Social networking
• Working Advantage-lifestyle and entertainment discounts
• Informative newsletter

Please visit our website at http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=www.nlscorps.org to apply.

CFA: Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts​

Deadline: December 15, 2015

The project ​"​Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts​" ​(HeMaMuse) is looking for two doctoral students as project associates.

The two year project ​-​October 2015- September 2017 - is financed by the Romanian Research Agency (UEFISCDI) and administered by the New Europe College -NEC : http://www.nec.ro/ in Bucharest. ​"​Museums and Controversial Collections​"​ is a young researchers' project developed to bring together a pluridisciplinary team (political and legal anthropology, philosophy, aesthetics, (art) history and museum studies) and to promote the development of international research networks. The project will fund fieldwork and research trips for associated doctoral students, but also travel costs for conferences and other events related to their research and to those organised by the project HeMaMuse. Associate members will be asked to collaborate in the organisation of project events, including summer schools and to help coordinate and edit publications.

Conceived in relation to a wider field of scholarship that has in the last decades interrogated the role of museums in a postcolonial and postsocialist context, the project​'​s main premise is to consider museums as loci of memory and heritage, but also as fundamentally political places, where the relationships between the past, the present, and the future of a society are forged. It aims to consider a series of topical questions to current museum practice: What is the relationship between the postcolonial-era museum and the ​"​source​"​ communities of the objects exposed? How do/ can post-colonial museums deal with the legacy of the colonial past? What interactions exist between the colonial archives and current artistic practices? Moreover, the research will adopt and develop the abundant post-colonial analysis of museums to the research context of problematic museum collections in Eastern Europe. How can post-colonial studies help understand museums in the post cold-war era? Can similar practices be observed in these museums as they deal with very different, difficult pasts? The aim of the group is to open the possibility of a comparison between the case studies undertaken by each of the six members of the team, including the two associated doctoral students. Studies already concern the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the British Museum in London, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, the Institute of the National Museums of Congo in Kinshasa, the Iziko Museums of South Africa, and several national and international networks and associations of museum professionals.
Doctoral students are invited to submit a research proposal either directly related to their doctoral work or dealing with a subject related to the project​'​s themes.

Applications (in English ou en français) can be sent to damiana.otoiu@fspub.unibuc.ro and felicity.bodenstein@khi.fi.it before December 15th, 2015. They should include a C.V., a research proposal (3 pages), a 2 page summary of the PhD research project if the topic is different from the research proposal and a cover letter explaining his/her interest in the project and describing the research or fieldwork for which the applicant would like to obtain funding.

Project members:
Damiana Otoiu, Phd, project leader, lecturer in Political Anthropology, University of Bucharest
Anna Seiderer, Phd, lecturer at the University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis Vincennes
Simina Badica, Phd, curator at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest,
Felicity Bodenstein, Phd, Postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florenz.

Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to to
damiana.otoiu@fspub.unibuc.ro and felicity.bodenstein@khi.fi.it

CFP: RED ON RED: A Symposium on Post-Socialist Art and Critical Theory

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Call for Papers:
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 Russia, China and Eastern Europe, as well as in post-socialist countries of the GlobalSouth. This boom defies all expectations, emerging after the depoliticizing “transition” to capitalism in the 1990s and the seemingly reactionary historical moment. Activists as well asart collectives; critics; poets; grassroots filmmakers; video, performance, and digital artists of all stripes are seeking alternative spaces for engaged aesthetic experimentation. In manycases, 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 moretransnational understanding of these recent aesthetic and political developments. While the aesthetic movements we will discuss frequently have a strong media presence in their nativecountries, they tend to be poorly known in other areas of the post- socialist world or in an international academic context. By fostering such cross-linguistic dialogue, this project fills out agap 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 thesemovements, 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 at julia.chan@yale.edu no later than December 15, 2015.

CFP: Conference on Central and Eastern Europe, London, 20-21 Feb

Deadline: December 9, 2015

The 14th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe at UCL SSEES is pleased to announce the 2016 session - 'TRANSNATIONALISM(S): CONTEXTS, PATTERNS AND CONNECTIONS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION'.

Abstracts, CVs and queries should be directed to postgraduateconference2016@gmail.com

Fellowship: Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 31, 2015

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

The Wolfsonian collections are an important source for the study of architecture, design, and decorative arts in the late Habsburg period, as well as in interwar Austria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Among the most notable parts of the collection are extensive materials, including textiles, design drawings, publications, and decorative arts, from the Wiener Werkstätte. The Wolfsonian also has a strong collection of Austrian graphic art, including both advertising posters and political propaganda.

Besides material from the Habsburg Empire and its successor states, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the United States, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including France, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.

Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection.

For information, please contact:
Fellowship Coordinator
The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-535-2613 (phone)
305-531-2133 (fax)

Fellowship: Short-Term Fellowship Program at The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Deadline: May 1, 2016

The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia Short-Term Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate research in local collections, expose visitors to the intellectual life of the Russian field at NYU and in the greater New York community, and acquaint faculty and graduate students at NYU with the most recent world-wide trends in the study of Russia.

The fellowship program is geared toward scholars who have earned their doctoral degrees or equivalents. Fellowships can be awarded for use during any period of the year, lasting up to a maximum of one month. Candidates should supply a one-page written description of their current research and demonstrate their need to conduct research and open professional contacts in the New York area; a CV; a list of at least three referees; and up to three preferred time-periods for a proposed visit.

Stipends of up to $5,000 may be used for travel, housing, or daily expenses and a detailed budget explaining intended use of requested funds should be submitted. Awardees will be expected to participate in the activities of the Jordan Center and to present their work to colleagues and graduate students. Awardees will be given an NYU affiliation, shared office space, and access to NYU libraries. The Jordan Center does not secure housing.

Application and detailed instructions can be found here: www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=52714

For more information please contact jordan.russia.center@nyu.edu