Monday, December 28, 2009

New Series of the German-Language Academic Press Frank & Timme

Forum Rumänien

Series editors: Thede Kahl (Vienna University/ Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Larisa Schippel
(Humboldt University, Berlin)

The following five volumes appeared in Forum Rumänien in 2009. The topics of individual volumes range from language (vol. 2) to history and politics in the post-communist period (vols. 1 & 3), to integration with Europe (vol. 4) and the biography of a German-speaking author from Romanian Banat (vol.5).

Larisa SCHIPPEL. Kultureller Wandel als Ansinnen: Die diskursive Verhandlung von Geschichte im Fernsehen (Forum Rumänien, Vol. 1)

Thede KAHL (ed.). Das Rumänische und seine Nachbarn (Forum Rumänien, Vol. 2)

Daniel BARBU. Die abwesende Republik (Forum Rumänien, Vol. 3)

Maren HUBERTY/ Michèle MATTUSCH (eds.) Rumänien und Europa. Transversale (Forum Rumänien, Vol. 4)

Renate WINDISCH-MIDDENDORF. Hans Bergel - Der Mann ohne Vaterland. Leben und Werk (Forum Rumänien, Vol. 5)

Further details available at

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Indiana University's 60th Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages

June 18th - August 13th, 2010

• ALL participants pay IN-STATE TUITION.
• Foreign Language Area Studies Awards
• Title VIII funding

Deadline for the first round of fellowship awards is March 22, 2010.

2010 Southeast European languages: Macedonian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Romanian (1st year)

ACLS-funded and TUITION-FREE for graduate students


For more information contact:

Adam Julian
Ballantine Hall 502
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Monday, December 21, 2009

LREC 2010 Workshop on Exploitation of Multilingual Resources and Tools for Central and (South-) Eastern European Languages

23rd May 2010, La Valleta, Malta
organised in conjunction with the Language Resources and Evaluation 2010 Conference
(17-23 May 2010, La Valleta, Malta)

Call for Papers

Papers submission deadline: 7th March 2010

The organizers are looking for submission of original, unpublished work related to Central and (South-)Eastern European languages in the following areas:

- Automatic identification of comparable or parallel corpora
- Extraction of linguistic knowledge from comparable or parallel corpora
- Improvement of statistical methods with knowledge extracted from comparable or parallel corpora
- Domain adaptation of statistical methods in multilingual context
- Multilingual systems involving Central, Eastern and Southern European languages
- Production, management and interfacing of knowledge bases including Central, Eastern and Southern European languages
- Machine translation for Central, Eastern and Southern European languages

A special section of the workshop will be dedicated to machine translation issues and a special call for participation will be issued at the beginning of January.

For further details and contact information go to

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Culture of Old Europe Is Uncloaked in an Exhibit at N.Y.U. -

Culture of Old Europe Is Uncloaked in an Exhibit at N.Y.U. - "Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fluid Future: Understanding the Black Sea as Region

One of two junior scholar workshops hosted during the 2010 SUMMER RESEARCH LABORATORY (SRS) of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. For details on SRL go to

Though the structure of the workshops is the choice of the individual workshop leader, participating scholars usually provide papers which are then critiqued by other participants. The purpose of the workshops is to share transdisciplinary knowledge and sources on the regions, share knowledge of the region, network with scholars of different fields, and hone current research.

14-16 June 2010

Moderator: Charles King, Government, Georgetown University

The Black Sea region has reemerged as a dynamic--but still often troubled--corner of Europe. Security issues, state sovereignty, minority rights, economic competition and integration, and environmental challenges are some of the key concerns of littoral states and of international organizations such as the European Union and NATO. These policy concerns are matched by a newfound interest among historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and others in the evident "connectedness" of the Black Sea as a body of water. Topics such as the history of disease and migration, the politics of tourism, and the evident sharing of art forms, religious practices, and folk customs--as well as greater access to archival resources and field sites--have all made the greater Black Sea world into an exciting arena of research. This seminar will allow researchers to share their work with other scholars currently working on the history, politics, and society of the Black Sea region, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Turkey to the Eurasian steppe. With specific questions only about this workshop, contact Dr. King at

Applications for the SRL are due April 1st, 2010 for international applicants, April 15th for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Application is at:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Joint PhD Symposium on South East Europe

Will take place on 18 June 2010 at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths
Centre for South East European Studies, SSEES, UCL
LSEE-Research on South East Europe, European Institute, LSE

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for a PhD symposium on modern and contemporary South East Europe. A main objective of the symposium is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between young scholars currently undertaking research on the region. It is also intended to help graduate-level research students to overcome the academic isolation associated with PhD research, to 'try' their ideas and findings on wider audiences, and to establish new collaborative links across disciplines. Researchers will also be able to 'engage' with a wider academic community, including academic members of staff at the three institutions, and also a number of other distinguished scholars who will be involved with the symposium.

We welcome contributions from research students focusing on the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova, Romania and Turkey and working in the following disciplines:

* Anthropology and Sociology
* Economics and Political Economy
* Politics and International Relations
* Modern and Contemporary History (including Economic History)
* Law
* Social Policy
* Cultural Studies

Abstracts of 1000 words maximum must be submitted via the 'paper proposal' form. Abstracts should indicate the academic significance of the topic, relevance of conceptual literature, and analytical structure. It should also include six key words. In addition to the 'paper proposal' form, applicants will be expected to provide a short statement of support from their supervisor (no more than 300 words). This should be sent by the supervisor directly to the same e-mail address. The deadline for the submission of the 'paper proposal' forms is Friday, 12 February 2010. The 'paper proposal' form can be downloaded from:

Completed submissions can be made by email only to: Successful applicants will be notified by 26 February 2010 and will be requested to submit their full paper by 4 June 2010.

Participants will be expected to pay for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence. It is possible that a limited number of travel grants will be made available to contributors who are both registered and normally based at universities in the region. However, participants applying from the region must not rely on this. Support, if available, will be limited. There will also be a registration fee of £15 for all participants, payable upon registration. General participants are welcome to attend.

For further information please contact:

Ivan Kovanovic
Administrator, LSEE-Research on South East Europe

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Arizona State - Critical Languages Institute

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute announces tuition-free summer programs for 2010.

8-WEEK INTENSIVE PROGRAMS AT ASU (June 1 -- July 23) 8-credit intensive courses in:
  • Albanian,
  • Armenian,
  • Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian,
  • Modern Hebrew,
  • Macedonian,
  • Persian (Farsi/Tajik),
  • Polish,
  • Russian,
  • Uzbek,
  • Yiddish
3-WEEK STUDY-ABROAD PROGRAMS (July 26 -- August 13) 2-credit courses in:
  • Tirana -- Albanian
  • Yerevan -- Armenian
  • Sarajevo -- Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Ohrid -- Macedonian
  • Kazan -- Russian
  • Dushanbe -- Persian, Uzbek
TUITION FREE: For all participants
SCHOLARSHIPS: Available for selected languages
DEADLINE: March 1, 2010 (rolling admissions thereafter)