Monday, April 21, 2014

CFP: Reconsidering Art and Politics: Toward New Narratives of Russian and Eastern European Art

Deadline: May 9, 2014

The College Art Association will be holding its 103rd Annual Conference
Panel in New York, New York from February 11 - 14, 2015 entitled Reconsidering Art and Politics: Toward New Narratives of Russian and Eastern European Art.

From Ivan III’s Russo-Byzantine “Renaissance” to Stalin’s Socialist Realism and the Pussy Riot performances, much of Russian, Eastern European, and Soviet art history has been narrated in relation to various institutions of power.This relationship has often been reduced to one of binary opposition: perceived complicity on the one hand, and militant defiance on the other. We invite papers that challenge these interpretations and highlight the complexity of artistic responses produced at the nexus of aesthetics and politics. Did propagandistic or ideological art possess important subversive qualities? Conversely, did ostensibly apolitical art engage with contemporary politics, imperialist ambitions, or questions of nationalism and religion? Were the divisions between official and unofficial art more fluid than currently understood? And last, can a reevaluation of these distinct categories generate new methodologies and narratives of Russian and Eastern European art?

Please send paper title, abstract (300-500 words), curriculum vitae and letter of interest as outlined in CAA's guidelines to both Galina Mardilovich (galina.mardilovich@gmail.com) and Maria Taroutina (maria.taroutina@yale-nus.edu.sg) by May 9, 2014.

Please note that potential candidates need not be members of CAA or SHERA in order to submit their abstracts; however, if accepted, they will need to join both by the time of the conference.

Panel co-chairs: Galina Mardilovich, independent scholar; and Maria Taroutina, Yale-NUS College

Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA).

The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) is an association of academics, librarians, museum workers, independent scholars, students, and other individuals who share an interest in the art and visual culture of Russia, the nations of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. The Society seeks to improve research circumstances for scholars, connect members to necessary resources, provide a forum for ongoing conversations on areas of mutual interest, and foster contacts among members. SHERA runs a website, electronic listserv, and Facebook page, and organizes sessions at scholarly conferences such as CAA and ASEEES.

Russian Punk Rock Project

Alexander Herbert, an MA student at Indiana University, has been working on an independent project studying the development of Russian punk rock from the Soviet Union to today. He has managed to yield a plethora of sources on Soviet and 90s punk rock, as well as contemporary listeners who identify with the “Punk Rock Lifestyle” as it is interpreted in Russia. Among the support, Vladimir Kozlov, Evgeni T (АУ) and Yegor Letov’s widow and many more from the Soviet Novosibirsk scene have agreed to interviews. His group also has some major groups like Leningrad, Tarkany! and Old Skool Kids (distro) on board to help them. 
   
In Bloomington, WFIU the local NPR partner channel just aired a piece on his project. They did a great job of setting it apart from the Pussy Riot media boom.

The piece and accompanying article can be found at: http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/pussy-riot-letting-russian-punk-speak/

Alexander and his group are still in need of any help, so feel free to contact him at alherber@indiana.edu

AATSEEL Book Prize Nominations

Deadline: May 1, 2014

The Publications Committee of AATSEEL is soliciting nominations for its annual awards competition. As in the past, awards will be given for “Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies,” “Best Translation into English,” “Best Contribution to Slavic Linguistics,” and “Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy.” For the prizes in literary/cultural studies, translation, and linguistics, all books published in 2012 and 2013 are eligible. For the prize in language pedagogy, books, textbooks, computer software, testing materials, and other instructional tools published in 2011, 2012 or 2013 are eligible. Full eligibility requirements and selection procedures are described on the AATSEEL book prize webpage: http://www.aatseel.org/about/prizes/ 


To make a nomination in any of these four categories, please contact Justin Weir via email at weir@fas.harvard.edu.  The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014.

CFP: 27th World Congress of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences

Deadline: May 15, 2014

The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) and the University of Western 
Bohemia in Plzeň are pleased to announce the 2014 world conference, to be held in the historic town of Plzeň in Western Bohemia, from June 29 to July 5, 2014. The general theme of the conference will be “Contributions of Czechs and Slovaks to the Modern World.” 
Despite its long history as an industrial city, Plzeň has become a flourishing and prosperous 
center of culture and education in Western Bohemia. To its visitors, Plzeň offers many 
interesting historical monuments, a diverse and rich cultural life, fine examples of ancient and 
modern architecture to admire, quality accommodations to enjoy and good and fast transport 
connections with the Prague International Airport. Plzeň is the European Capital of Culture for 
2015. 

The 27th World Congress of SVU will focus on the role of people of Czech and Slovak origin in 
the making of the modern world in various fields of human activity, including science, 
technology, art and politics. The congress will take place at the University of West Bohemia and the local branch of the Metropolitan University Prague in the historic center of the city. 
 Papers and panel proposals are urgently solicited on a wide range of subjects in the arts, 
humanities, and sciences. Proposals for complete panels are preferred, but individual papers 
will be reviewed and grouped into panels according to the decision of the conference 
organizers. General subject groupings may include: Politics, Economics, Business; Religion and Philosophy; Performing Arts; Plastic Arts; Technology and Industry; Medicine and Laboratory Science; Libraries and Librarians; Heritage Organizations; Immigration and Emigration; History; Czech/Slovak and Slavic Studies; Czech/Slovak and Slavic Linguistics; Language Teaching; Literature and Cinema; Sport. 

Questions about planned submissions or the submissions process should be directed to 
Hugh Agnew at the conference email address (SVUPlzen2014@gmail.com) or the local 
chairperson, Ivo Budil, at (budil@khv.zcu.cz) by May 1, 2014. Email your completed submission (title and 300 word abstract) to SVUPlzen2014@gmail.com by May 15, 2014

Full conference details and registration information is posted on the SVU website. Registration via the website is preferred; information about the conference, other activities of SVU, as well as membership information and forms, can be found at http://www.svu2000.org/

Job: Rule of Law Officer, OSCE Office in Tajikistan

Deadline: May 2, 2014

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Rule of Law Officer, OSCE Office in Tajikistan
Level: Senior Professional
Area of Expertise: Rule of Law
Vacancy number: VNTAJS00318
Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Apply by: 05/02/14
View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: https://www.pae.com/career-react by May 2. Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

- Advanced degree in law
- Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
- Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
- Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
- Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
- Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
- Practical experience in or with the reform of a criminal justice system
- Knowledge of the project management cycle from project development through to monitoring and evaluation
- Knowledge of international civil, political and human rights standards
- Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
- Strong knowledge of Russian and/or Tajik/Persian language
- Ability to conduct strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
- Previous international field work experience, preferably in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially in Central Asia (desired)
- Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of the Tajikistan (desired)

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Human Dimension Department, the Rule of Law Officer:

  1. Provides guidance in determining the direction and focus of the work of the Unit including development of programmatic activities, providing recommendations on policy direction of the Office's work in these areas, keeping abreast of developments relevant to rule of law issues and ensuring that programmes remain relevant and provide practical assistance to the host country;
  2. Develops, implements and evaluates programming covering a wide range of topics related to rule of law, such as the rights of persons deprived of liberty within the law enforcement and justice systems, and the strengthening access to fair trials, reform of criminal justice systems;
  3. Works closely with the Politico-Military department, and in conjunction with the Human Rights Officer, ensures that Rule of Law and Human Rights issues are streamlined into the Police Reform Process;
  4. Prepares the Units' contributions to the annual departmental budget, Program Outline, Project Implementation Plan and Project Implementation Reviews submitted to the OSCE and the Government of Tajikistan, as well as regular reporting and drafting of speeches, press releases, correspondence and other texts;
  5. Supervises two staff members; provides guidance and constructive criticism; works to develop critical thinking, report writing and project management skills;
  6. Establishes and maintains contacts with national and local Tajik authorities, other international organizations, domestic and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);
  7. Maintains close co-ordination with OSCE autonomous institutions and headquarters;
  8. Manages the day-to-day operations of the Rule of Law Unit;
  9. Performs other related duties as required.

Job: Head, Politico-Military Unit, OSCE Centre in Bishkek

Deadline: May 11, 2014

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Head, Politico-Military Unit, OSCE Centre in Bishkek
Level: Senior Management
Area of Expertise: Political Affairs
Vacancy number: VNKYRS00547
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Apply by: 05/11/14
View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: https://www.pae.com/career-react by May 11.  Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

- Advanced degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset.
Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position
- Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
- Thorough understanding of multi-disciplinary issues in international co-operation and development
Proven ability in policy analysis and policy formulation with regard to specific international and regional situations
- Significant experience in analyzing political developments
- Ability to draft documents clearly and concisely
- Knowledge of regional political history and developments
- Diplomatic and negotiating skills
- Knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
- Professional fluency in Russian languages
Working experience in one or more of the main functional areas of the Centre's mandate, preferably in an international environment (desired)
- Working experience related to the practical application of OSCE commitments (desired)

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Head of the Politico-Military Unit provides support and advice to the Head of Centre (HoC) and Deputy Head of Centre (DHoC) on all major political issues. Under the supervision of the HoC and DHoC, the incumbent performs the following functions:

  1. Follows political developments in the host country and the region as well as provides analysis and advice to the HoC/DHoC;
  2. Advises the Head and the Deputy Head of Centre on policies and major issues regarding the implementation of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek mandate;
  3. Informs senior management of political priorities, identifies priority projects and important cross-departmental issues, participates in and contributes to planning initiatives for the Centre;
  4. Reviews, approves or submits for approval strategies, concepts and approaches to meet new challenges, prepares detailed proposals on policy issues related to the priorities of the Centre;
  5. Directs and reviews political reporting on behalf of the Centre;
  6. Monitors and assesses the process of implementation of programs/projects in Politico-Military Dimension;
  7. Proactively consults, co-ordinates and collaborates with the other Program Managers on cross-dimensional issues and projects;
  8. Co-ordinates co-operation and work on major political issues with local governmental and non-governmental sectors, political parties and entities, communities, regional and international stakeholders; participates in inter-agency meetings and advising on political and security issues of common concern;
  9. Co-ordinates the press and public information activities within the Centre;
  10. Supervises seven staff;
  11. Performs other duties as required.

Job: Program Coordinator, OSCE Centre in Bishkek

Extended Deadline: April 23, 2014

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Program Coordinator, OSCE Centre in Bishkek
Level: Middle Management
Vacancy number: VNKYRS00541
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Apply by: 04/23/14
View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: https://www.pae.com/career-react by the extended deadline April 23.  Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

- University education in international affairs, political sciences, public/business administration, management, or related field or proven professional experience.
- Advanced education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable
- Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position
- Sound experience in program management, including finance, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation/controlling and reporting
- Proven experience in budgeting and budget management
- Good communication skills and experience in communicating through various means with a wide variety of interlocutors, external to the OSCE and within the OSCE
- Good drafting skills
- Knowledge of the OSCE mandate
- Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions (desirable)
- Previous experience in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries (desirable)
- Working knowledge of the Russian language (desirable)
- Knowledge of the political situation in the region (desirable)

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Program Coordinator is the Centre's focal point for co-ordination of all programs and drafting the Centre's Program budgeting documents. The Program Coordinator also liaises with the Secretariat (Central Asia desk and the Programming and Evaluation Support Unit) in developing project activities of the Centre.
Under the supervision of the Head of Centre and the Deputy Head of Centre, the Program Coordinator:

  1. Co-ordinates the Centre's Program Budgeting cycle, including the drafting of relevant strategy documents (Program Outline, Unified Budget proposal, Program Budget Performance Report) and the elaboration of associated planning schedules;
  2. Oversees the planning, approval, implementation and evaluation of the Centre's Unified Budget and Extra-Budgetary projects;
  3. Supports the Centre's staff in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of their projects and programs;
  4. Ensures regular communication with the Centre's existing and potential extra-budgetary donors, especially the submission of project reports as required by donors;
  5. Supports the Head of Centre and the Chief of Fund Administration in the review and revision of administrative practices to ensure effective and efficient program delivery;
  6. Acts as training focal point for the Centre;
  7. Supervises five Program Assistants in the regions (PAs) and ensures that the Senior Political Officer is abreast of developments as reported by the PAs.
  8.  Performs other duties as required.