2003 Conference Details

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Peter, Pushkin, Stalin, and Russian Culture

December 17-22, 2003
Pushkin Hilla

Uvazhaemye kollegi!

Gosudarstvennyi muzey-zapovednik A.S. Pushkina "Mihaylovskoe",
Kul'turno-prosvetitel'skoe obschestvo "Pushkinskii proekt" y
Gumanitarno-kul'turnyi tsentr "Piligrim" provodiat
s 17 po 22 dekabria 2003 goda v Pushkinskih Gorah
Mezhdunarodnuiu nauchnuiu konferentsiiu na temu "Peiotr, Pushkin, Stalin y russkaya kul'yura".

V programmu konferentcii budut vkliucheny nauchnye doklady
I soobcsheniya uchastnikov, posviascshionnye sleduyusschim temam:
� Literatura I gosudarstvo v Rossii XVIII-XX vv.
� Mify o Petre, Pushkine I Staline v russkoy kul'ture
� Avtoritorizm I progress v russkoy istorii: prepiatstvie ili stimul?

V doklade mozhet byt' ispol'zovan material russkoy kul'tury yly liuboy iz zarubezhnyh kul'tur.

Rabochiy yazyk konferentcii - russkiy.

Na zasedaniyah konferentcii kazhdomu uchastniku budet predostavlena vozmozhnost'vystupit' so svoim dokladom v techenie 20 minut
(ob'om doklada dolzhen sostavliat' 8-10 mashinopisnyh stranitc).
Vsio ostal'noe rabochee vremia konferentcii otvoditca na disskussiyu o dokladah. Zhelayuschih priniat' uchastie v konferentcii neobhodimo ne pozdnee 15 noyabria 2003 goda (deadline!) predstavit' zayavku v orgkomitet konferentcii, obiazatel'no prilozhiv k zayavke tezisy doklada (ob'om 2,5 stranitcy).
Tezisy budut rassmatrivatca orgkomitetom vmeste s Vashey zayavkoy.
Vozmozhna publikatciya dokladov v vide sbornika statey.

Trebovaniya dlia oformleniya tezisov, stat'i: tezisy (stat'ya)
dolzhny byt' vyvereny avtorom; formatom A4, shrift - 12 pt.,
Times New Roman Cyr, interval polutornyi, polia: levoe - 3 sm,
pravoe, verhnee, nizhnee - 2 sm., abzacnyi otstup - 1,2 sm.,
snoski dayutca posle stat'yi v forme primechaniy, numeratciya skvoznaya,
v formate Word 97-2000 s rasshireniem *.doc ili rasshireniem *.rtf.

S uvazheniem

Professor SpbGU, dr filologicheskih nauk,
Nauchnyi rukovoditel' Kulturno-prosvetitel'skogo obschestva
"Pushkinskii proekt"
Markovich V.M.

Direktor Gosudarstvennogo Memorial'nogo
Istoriko-literaturnogo y prirodno-landshaftnogo
muzeya-zapovednika "Mihaylovskoe"
Vasilevich G.N.

Kul'turno-prosvetitel'skogo obcshestva
"Pushkinskii proekt"
Sergeeva G.P.

Koordinaty obcshestva "Pushkinskii proekt"
Adres: 197022, Rossia, Sankt-Peterburg, ul. Professora Popova, 25

Telefon: +7 812 238 03 94
Tel./Fax: +7 812 233 99 32
E-mail: conferences@piligrim.com

Koordinator proekta: Evelina Pluzhnikova

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The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
and the Dobro Slovo Chapter at Ohio State University are pleased to
announce the First Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics. The
goals of the conference are to establish connections among graduate
students at midwest universities, to share research, and to encourage
the study of Slavic linguistics.

The colloquium will take place on the Ohio State campus in Columbus,
NOVEMBER 8-9, 2003.

Submissions from any graduate students working in Slavic linguistics
are welcomed, including those in Slavic departments, linguistics
departments, anthropology departments, etc. Please send abstracts
(maximum 500 words) electronically to Tanja Ivanova (ivanova.1@osu.edu)
by SEPTEMBER 15, 2003. Please include your name, affiliation, mailing
address and email address.

Papers will be considered on any topic relating to Slavic linguistics,
including but not restricted to syntax, morphology, phonology,
phonetics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, acquisition, and pedagogy. Each paper will be allowed thirty minutes (including 10 minutes for discussion).

For details or questions, please contact Miriam Whiting (whiting.33@osu.edu).

Papers from the conference will be published as Vol. 4 of the Ohio
State University Working Papers in Slavic Studies (see

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The Icon and Modernity: Mystery, Meaning, Means

A Conference at Columbia University

October 17-18, 2003

The Harriman Institute of Columbia University announces a call for
papers for The Icon and Modernity. This two-day event will bring
scholars and artists together to exchange views on the exhibition,
exposition, and use of the Orthodox icon since its rediscovery in
nineteenth-century Russia and Eastern Europe. Interdisciplinary
panels will explore problems of the icon's status as cult object,
art object, political object, artifact, image, and text in the
modern period.

Moscow artists Komar and Melamid will present "In Search of
Religion" at a Friday evening reception and art exhibition.

Conference participants include:
Gregoire Aslanoff (Université de Paris-Sorbonne)
Robert Bird (University of Chicago)
Richard Gustafson (Columbia University)
Stephen Hutchings (University of Surrey)
John McGuckin (Union Theological Seminary)
Wendy Salmond (Chapman University)
Oleg Tarasov (author of Icon and Devotion, Reaktion Books, 2002)
Yuri Tsivian (University of Chicago)

Presenters are invited to consider a broad range of topics related
to the creation, reception and discursive formation of the icon in
the modern era, including:
Icon theology and the philosophy of language
Icon, photography, and film
The icon and literature
The icon and everyday life
The practice and politics of icon conservation
New museology models and cultures of collecting
Spectacle and contemplation
Icon workshops at home and abroad
The gendered icon
Icon and memory

Please send inquiries and abstracts by July 1, 2003 to

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St. Petersburg: Three Centuries of Music, Art, Literature and Culture

Sept. 19-20, 2003
Duke University

The Duke Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies is sponsoring a conference on September 19 and 20, 2003, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg, Russia. The conference program will consist of:

* 5 roundtable panels on the topics of (1) St. Petersburg's Contributions to the Performing Arts, (2) St. Petersburg's Contributions to Literature, (3) St. Petersburg's Contributions to the Visual Arts, (4) Russian Educational System and Research, and (5) Investment and Commerce in St. Petersburg. The panel on education will be in Russian; the others will be in English.

* Major lectures by several leading Russian and American speakers including Dr. Lyudmila Verbitskaya, Rector of St. Petersburg State University, and Dr. Nikolai Kotrelev, Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences

* Concert on Saturday, September 19: An evening of Russian music performed by renowned Russian and international musicians, including musicians from the St. Petersburg Mussorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet. This concert will be part of the Duke Artists' Series. In conjunction with the conference, during September 2003 the Duke University Museum of Art will display an exhibition of modern Russian art.

If you might be interested in participating or attending this conference, please contact us at cseees@duke.edu or eda@duke.edu. More detailed information about this conference will be disseminated in early 2003.

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Women in Slavic Culture and Literature

June 23-28, 2003
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

A discussion group to be held in conjunction with the 2003 Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. To be held June 23-28 (Mon.-Sat.), 8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

We welcome papers (or work-in-progress reports) on topics related to Slavic women. The meeting is interdisciplinary; we encourage presentations from all fields: literature, fine arts, media, communications, sociology, psychology, history, political science, economics, and others. Translation projects are
fine, too.

This year, we are asking presenters to assign readings to participants as
good preparation for discussion. The reading could be a copy of the paper to be presented or secondary source material: an article, chapter,
excerpted passages, website, film, or other material. Presenters should
submit the reading material in advance (no later than June 1) as a web
link, email attachment, or bibliographical citation.

If you wish to join us as a presenter, please submit a brief description of
your topic and credentials. If you wish to join the discussion without
presenting a paper, please notify us so that we may add your name to the mailing list.

Write to Martha Kuchar, group coordinator, at kuchar@roanoke.edu or by
post to the following address:

Martha Kuchar
Roanoke College
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

For more information on the Summer Lab or to download an application for the lab, go to: http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl.htm.

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Pushkin and Dreams: Dreams in Folklore, Arts, and Human Life

July 3-7, 2003
Pushkin Hills, Russia

Dear colleagues! "Mikhailoskoye" Museum-Preserve, Cultural - Enlightment Society "Pushkin project" and Humanitarian-cultural center "Piligrim" are pleased to invite you to take part in the International Scientific conference "Pushkin and dreams. Dreams in folklore, art and the human life" which is planned to be held from the 3rd till the 7th of July, 2003 in Pushkinskie Gory (Pushkin Hills), Russia. The program of the conference will include the lectures and reports on the next topics:
1. Dreams in folklore (traditional national culture)
2. Dreams in literature: a) romantic; b) realistic; c) in the literature of the vanguard (surrealism); d) in the literature of a postmodernist style
3. The problem of image of dreams in painting, music, drama theatre, an opera, ballet
4. The dream and the film
5. The dream as the form of emotional life and the object of the psychoanalysis
6. Dream as a philosophical theme
7. A dream and the Utopia
8. A problem of the verbalization of the dream
9. Dream as the text
10. Time in the dream

Besides the reports the program of the conference provides a master - class which will be lead by professor Wolf Schmid. The format of the conference is 20 min for presentation + 10 min question time. The working language of the Conference is Russian. In case if you do not know Russian enough, send the text of the report in English not later May, 15, 2003. The registration fee is $150 (USD). The accommodation in Pushkinskie Gory (Pushkin Hills) (residing / 4 night, breakfasts, transport service, the excursion program) is free.

The coordinates of the organizing committee: Russia, 197022, St. Petersburg, Prof. Popova str., 25 Society "Pushkin project" Tel./fax: 7-812-233 99 32, 7-812 - 238 03 94 e-mail: conferences@piligrim.com Pluzhnikova Evelina

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The Czechoslovak Political Trials of the 1950s

Monday, April 14, 2003 - Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Pankrac Prison, Taborska 988, Prague, Tel: (+420) 261031111

Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
East Central European Center, Columbia University, New York
Prisons Administration of the Czech Republic, Prague
Institute of Contemporary History, Munich (Foreign Relations Department, Berlin), Mr. Harald Paumgarten, New York

Contact Information:
Jiri Pernes, Institute of Contemporary History,
Czech Academy of Sciences,
E-mail: pernes@volny.cz
Telephone: +420 607 526016

Conference languages: Czech, Slovak, German, English


Monday, April 14, 2003

12:00 PM-12:30 PM: Registration
12:40 PM - 1:00 PM: Opening Remarks, Oldrich Tuma, Director, Institute
of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM: Welcome by the Czech Justice Minister
1:20 PM - 1:40 PM: Welcome by the Executive Director of the Prisons
Administration of the Czech Republic

2:00 PM- 6:00 PM:
Karel Kaplan, Prague: Political Trials in Czechoslovakia of the 1950s

Nikita Petrov, Moscow: The Slansky Anti-Government Conspiracy Trial in the Light of Moscow Archival Sources
Jan Foitzik, Potsdam: The Relationship between the Trials of Central
and Eastern Europe
Bernd-Rainer Barth: Political Trials in the Power Calculus and Foreign
Policy of the Czechoslovak Communist Party
Nikola Popov, Belgrade: Yugoslavia and Titoism in the Slansky Trial
Hermann Weber, Mannheim: Why Was There no Fabricated Trial in the DDR?
Jochen Hellbeck, Giessen: Political Trials of the 1930s in the USSR
and the Slansky Trial
Barbara Falk, Toronto: To Purge is to Benefit. Comparison of the Trials
of Slansky, the Rosenbergs and Martin Sobell
Igor Lukes, Boston: To Be Determined

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM: Discussion
7:00 PM: Dinner

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

7:00 AM- 7:45 AM: Breakfast

Jiri Pernes, Prague: Political Trials and the CPCz Effort to Gain
Control Over Society
Vaclav Vondrasek, Brno: The Criminalization of the Slovak Democratic
Party before February 1948
Jiri Kocian, Prague: The Political Trials in the Light of Foreign
Diplomatic Reports
Michal Barnovsky, Bratislava: The Trial of the Slovak "Bourgeois
Jan Pesek, Bratislava: Slovak Specificities in the 1950s Political
Jaroslav Cuhra, Prague: The Political Trials of Church Representatives
Jana Buresova, Olomouc: Remarks on the Case of Bohumil Lausman
Ivo Bartecek, Olomouc: The 1950s Trials and their Literary Projection

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM: Discussion
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM: Lunch

Michal Reimann, Prague: The Relationship between the Political Trials
and Domestic Political Developments in the USSR
Petr Steiner, Philadelphia: The Poetics of Political Trials
Laszlo Varga, Budapest: The Laszlo Rajk Trial
Marek Pavka, Brno: The Slansky Case: The End of an Era in CPCz Cadre Policy
Frantisek Hanzlik, Vyskov: Bedrich Reicin: Culprit and Victim
Michal Stefansky, Bratislava: The International Context of the Trial
of Vladimir Clementis
Ivana Koutska, Praha: Czechoslovak Diplomacy in the 1950s: Persecution and the Political Trials
Milos Trapl, Olomouc: Swiss Emigres in the Slansky Trial

7:00 PM- 9:00 PM: Dinner

Wednesday, April 16, 2003
7:00 AM- 7:45 AM: Breakfast


10:00 AM-11:00 AM: Discussion

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM: Tour of the Execution Site Where the Lives of Milada Horakova, Rudolf Slansky, and Others affected by the Trials of the 1950s Ended

1:00 PM: Lunch, followed by the departure of conference participants

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2003 AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference

UW Madison
Oct. 25, 2003

David Danaher and Halina Filipowicz, co-chairs of the Wisconsin chapter
of AATSEEL, invite abstracts on any aspect of Slavic literatures and
cultures (including film) and on issues in the learning and teaching of
Slavic languages and literatures. Papers that cross disciplines, take
creative risks, and draw on contemporary critical theory are especially

The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on
25 October 2003. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 18 August 2003.

Abstracts can be sent via e-mail. To ensure readability, please paste
the proposal into the body of your message. Abstracts sent by regular
mail or fax should include FOUR copies prepared for an anonymous
review: only one copy should have the author's name and address.
Guidelines for preparing abstracts are posted on the AATSEEL website:

Each proposal will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation. Individual
papers will be combined into panels by the conference co-chairs. Authors will hear about their proposals by mid-September.

Please include your name, university affiliation (if any), and mailing
address. Send your proposal to:
Professor Halina Filipowicz
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Wisconsin
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
fax: 608.265.2814

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International Musicological Colloquium

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2003
New Music in the "New" Europe 1918-1938: Ideology, Theory, and

The Institute of Musicology at the Masaryk University Brno (Czech
Republic) will host its annual musicological colloquium once more in
2003. It will concentrate on "new Music" ("neue Musik"), musical
modernisms and avant-gardes in those parts of Europe which have
recently been "honoured" with the title of the "new Europe". In the
past they have been called the "periphery" of Europe, an "extraterritorial" sphere (Adorno), the "Morgenland", Eastern Europe,
or, less pejoratively, "Central and Eastern" Europe, and, least
pejoratively, "Central Europe". (However, even this description
involves an implicit charge of orientalism, as do all the others.) A
German historian, Ferdinand Seibt, has highly praised the impressive
political and cultural advance made in the European periphery at the
beginning of the 14th century - a medieval periphery consisting not
only of the Czech Lands, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia, but
including also Spain, England and Denmark.

The topic of the conference focuses on musical life between the two
World Wars in areas beyond the traditional "Abendland" - beyond the
axis Paris-Berlin. Comparative analyses of particular concepts of
modernism in music, accounts of the institutional contexts of new
music, and aspects of reception history are of special interest.
Nevertheless, comparative studies mapping the landscape of the "old"
Europe are equally welcome, as are aspects of the history of the
reception of peripheral music in the alleged "centre".
All prospective participants should submit a 300-word abstract by 31
May 2003, together with a brief curriculum vitae, and their postal and
e-mail addresses.

Presentations of papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Papers will be
accepted in English and German. There are no interpreting facilities available in the conference rooms. The active participants will be offered accommodation in an international hotel free of charge.

Further information will be progressively available on the web page of
the Institute of Musicology of the Masaryk University Brno:
http://www.musicologica.cz under the heading Kolokvium. There is a special e-mail address for colloquium business: colloq@phil.muni.cz

Paper abstracts, and requests for information,should be addressed to:
Institute of Musicology
Masaryk University Brno
Arne Novaka 1
CZ 602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Phone and fax: +420 5 4112 1434
E-mail: colloq@phil.muni.cz

In the name of the Board of the Colloquium
Prof. PhDr. Jiri Vyslouzil, DrSc.
PhDr. Petr Macek, Ph.D.
PhDr. Mikulas Bek, Ph.D.

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Stalin and the Lesser Gods

La Capella, European University Institute, Florence

May 15-16, 2003

Organizers: Arfon Rees (EUI, Florence), Balázs Apor (EUI, Florence), Jan C. Behrends (Herder-Institut, Marburg), Polly Jones (St. Antony's College, Oxford), Florence, Italy 15.05.2003-16.05.2003, La Capella, European University Institute, Florence

Despite the enormous effect of the cult of communist party leaders on
the everyday experience of the people of the Soviet Union and other
communist dictatorships in Central and Eastern Europe, the leader-cult
phenomenon remains relatively understudied by historians. It is
frequently referred to, and is often dealt with, within a broad
historical context, but comprehensive and concise case studies on the
cult of Stalin and the cults of his followers in the Central-Eastern
European satellite states (Rákosi, Bierut, Gottwald, Ulbricht,
Gheorgiu-Dej etc.) are very few in number. Moreover, the concept of the
'cult of personality' - a Soviet euphemism in itself - remains unclear
and vague, both in general historiography, and in the political language
of the Stalin- and post-Stalin-era. This term is heavily loaded thus we
should aim for an understanding of its function within communist
political discourse rather than assigning intrinsic meaning to it.

The workshop will focus on the omnipresent leader-cult phenomenon in the Stalin-era and in the immediate post-Stalin period until the 22nd
Congress of the CPSU in 1961. Its main goal is to define the primary
social function of the cult of leaders in Stalinist societies. Was it
the creation of a myth of legitimacy? If yes, then did the party-state
manage to achieve its goal of attaining additional legitimacy through
the leader cult? Can we speak of the party-state's attempt to
mass-manufacture charisma in the Weberian sense of the term?

Through its analytical-comparative perspective, the workshop will also
try to shed light on the relationship between the cults of local,
national leaders and the cult of Stalin, which overshadowed them.
Through investigating the manifestations of individual leader-cults in
the Soviet Bloc we hope to further investigate how the patterns of
Stalin's representations were adopted and modified in different national
contexts and what constituted the 'national' peculiarities of each
satellite party leader's cult. We would also like to clarify how these
"Byzantine" cults were perceived in the different cultural settings of
the Soviet Union and the Central European "people's democracies". Apart from that, the overall structure and organisation of the cults will be
examined as well - both on a national and international level - to
demonstrate the hierarchical nature of the cult phenomenon. Finally, we
would also like to stress the series of problems that arose in Russia
and in the bloc when Khrushchev launched the campaign of dismantling the "cult of personality" from above in de-Stalinisation. In conclusion, we
hope to be able to form the first synthesis on this important aspect of
Stalinist society.

15 May, 2003

Opening Session:
Leader Cults in European and Soviet contexts
(Chair: Arfon Rees)

Arfon Rees (EUI, Florence):
Cults, Varieties and Preconditions

Robert Service (St. Antonys's College, Oxford):
Twentieth-Century Political Cults

Coffee break (11.30-12.00)

Panel 1:
The Making of the Cult. Tools and Individuals
(Chair: Arfon Rees)

Sarah Davies (University of Durham):
Stalin on the Stalin Cult

Lunch break 13.00-14.30

Árpád von Klimó (Humboldt University, Berlin):
Béla Illés - The Man behind the Stalinist Cult in Hungary

Balázs Apor (EUI, Florence):
Towards a Cult of Impersonality: The Uses and Significance of
Biographies in Mátyás Rákosi's Cult

Coffee break (16.30-17.00)

Panel 2:
The Functions of the Leader Cult
(Chair: Balázs Apor)

Benno Ennker (University of Tübingen):
The Stalin Cult, Bolshevik Rule and Kremlin Interactions in the 1930s

Catriona Kelly (New College, Oxford):
Uncle Stalin and Grandpa Lenin. Soviet Leader Cults for Little Children

16 May, 2003

Panel 3:
Beyond Moscow: The Peripheries of the Cult
(Chair: Polly Jones)

Malte Rolf (Humboldt University, Berlin):
Leader Cults in the Making: Cult Production as a Social Practice and a
Cultural Code. Case Studies from the Soviet Provinces

Jan C. Behrends (Herder-Institut, Marburg):
The Leader's Multiple Identities: The Stalin Cult in Poland and the GDR

Coffee break (11.30-12.00)

Izabella Main (Malopolska Culture Institute, Cracow):
The Attempt of the Polish Communist Party to Create the Cult of Boleslaw Bierut

Lunch break 13.00-14.30

Panel 4 :
The Art of the Cult
(Chair: Jan C. Behrends)

Jan Plamper (University of Tübingen):
Aleksander Gerasimov and the Modes of Cultural Production: Stalin and
Voroshilov in the Kremlin (1938)

Alice Mocanescu (University of Durham):
The Cult of Ceausecu in Painting. The Soviet Pattern Meets the Romanian

Coffee break 16.30-17.00

Panel 5:
The Dilemmas of de-Stalinisation: Change and Continuity in Leader Cult
Patterns in the Post-Stalin Period
(Chair: Malte Rolf)

Polly Jones (St. Antony's College, Oxford):
De-Stalinising Soviet Space. The Stalin-Cult in Stalingrad (1953-1963)

Marcin Zaremba (Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Warsaw):
The Cult of the First Secretary in Poland

19.00 Closing Discussion

Contact information:
Balázs Apor
Jan C. Behrends
Polly Jones

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Bulgarian Studies Conference

The Bulgarian Studies Association,

with assistance from The Ohio State University,is proud to announce the
7th Joint Meeting and Conference of North American and Bulgarian Scholars and the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the 1st Joint Meeting and the Founding of the Bulgarian Studies Association October 9-October 12, 2003 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Proposals are solicited for presentations (twenty-minute limit) at the 30th Anniversary meeting of the Bulgarian Studies Association and 7th joint meeting of North American and Bulgarian scholars, to be held at the Ohio State University October 9-12, 2003. Original papers dealing with Bulgarian issues in all humanistic or social science disciplines are welcome. Scholars from anywhere in the world are welcome to present papers or simply attend. Complete thematic panels (maximum 4 papers per panel) may also be proposed. Prospective participants are requested to send (1) a title, (2) an abstract (not to exceed one single-spaced printed page), (3) a brief CV, and (4) full contact information, including phone/e-mail/fax, to the Chair of the Program Committee at any of the following addresses:

Prof. Ernest Scatton
mail: Program in Linguistics &Cognitive Science
Department of Anthropology
University at Albany (SUNY)
Albany, NY 12222

email: scattone@albany.edu

fax: 518-442-5710
Deadline for submissions of proposals and abstracts: February 28, 2003.

Details on the program, hotels, a web site for the conference, etc., will be forthcoming. To indicate interest and to get on the e-mail list for further announcements, send your e-mail address to the BSA President, Prof. Charles Gribble, gribble.3@osu.edu.
For regular mail:
Prof. Charles Gribble,
Dept. of Slavic Langs. & Lits.,
The Ohio State University,
1841 Millikin Rd., #232,
Columbus OH 43210.

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Third Literary Symposium

Middlebury College
July 4-6

The Middlebury Russian School will host its Third Literary Symposium (a
continuation of the Norwich Literary Symposium tradition) July 4 - 6, 2003. In conjunction with the 300th anniversary of the founding of St.
Petersburg, the theme for the upcoming symposium is "The Petersburg Myth in Russian Culture." The Symposium Program Committee invites proposals on the following topics: Petersburg as a cultural text; representations of Peter's city in Russian literature, fine arts, and cinema; Petersburg in Russian historiosophy; Petersburg and Russian geopolitics; Petersburg among other great cities; and Petersburg through western eyes. Papers must be given in Russian. For more information, please contact Dr. Ilya Vinitsky, Symposium Convener, by e-mail: ilv1@pitt.edu.
Proposals of about 100-200 words for papers of 25 minutes in length must be received by February 1, 2003. Symposium participants are responsible for all expenses for transportation to and from Middlebury, as well as room and board at Middlebury. Low-cost accommodations may be available in the college dormitory on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The Operas of Antonin Dvorak

University of Leeds

Saturday 1st March 2003

In association with the Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music, the
University of Leeds will host a Study Day focusing on The Operas of
Antonin Dvorak. To accompany this event, the School of Music at the
University of Leeds will perform the British Premiere of Dvorak's opera
"Tvrde palice" ("The Stubborn Lovers") on Friday 28th February and
Saturday 1st March in the University's Great Hall, conducted by Eno Koco.

Contributions are expected from some or all of the following invited
Jan Smaczny (Queens University Belfast)
Michael Beckerman (University of California, Santa Barbara, and New York University)
Geoffrey Chew (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Graham Melville-Mason (Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music)

Abstracts are invited (no more than 300 words) for papers of 20 minutes on any subject relating to Dvorak's operas, and should be sent, by Friday 20th December 2002, to:

Dvorak Study Day
Dr Stephen Muir
School of Music
University of Leeds
Email: s.p.k.muir@leeds.ac.uk

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Mid-Atlantic AAASS Meeting

Hunter College, New York, NY
March 22, 2003

I am writing to invite you to submit a proposal for an individual paper
or a complete panel for the 27th Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic
Slavic Conference of the AAASS. Proposals should include the paper's
title, a brief abstract, and your request (if any) for some form of
technical support (VCR, projector, overhead projector, etc.). Room
assignments for the panels are based in part on knowing your needs for
technical support when the Executive Board meets in mid-January. The
conference will be held at Hunter College on March 22, 2003, in New York City. Panels and papers are welcome on any appropriately scholarly aspect of Slavic and East European Studies.

Please send your proposals to Mary E. Theis at the Department of Modern Language Studies, Kutztown University, PO Box 730,
Kutztown, PA 19530. After December 16th, please send proposals to 503
Friendship Drive, Fleetwood, PA 19522. You may once again submit your
proposals by e-mail.
If you are emailing your paper or panel proposal, please e-mail theis@kutztown.edu. Please include your e-mail and surface address in your e-mail, so that confirmation of receipt of your proposal and registration materials could be sent to you. If there is an emergency, please e-mail Blomfam4@prodigy.net.

Faculty AND Graduate Student participation are encouraged. A
juried award of $200 is made annually for the best graduate paper judged according to these elements in our rubric (clarity of main research question and the response to it importance to the profession of main research findings, amount of support for their argument, use of primary sources as well as adequate and interesting content, readiness for publication, correct use of English, and readability/style). Please
provide the necessary visuals or materials to make a valid evaluation.
Of course, the paper must be presented at MASC to be considered and will differ somewhat from the written paper obviously because it is being
presented. The winning paper is then entered in the national AAASS
competition, where the rewards are more significant. A second place
prize for $175 is also awarded.


Mary E. Theis
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference

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Rocky Mountain/Western Slavic Association

April 9-12, 2003
Las Vegas

The annual conference of the Rocky Mountain/Western Slavic Association will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 9-12, 2003. Proposals for papers or panels are invited. Deadline for proposals: November 15, 2002. For more information, contact Professor Cynthia Klima, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, SUNY-Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454 tele: (585) 245-5247; fax: (585) 245-5399; e-mail: Klima@geneseo.edu.

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Slavic Connections
University of Michigan Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, February 15, 2003

The University of Michigan's Slavic Department and Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) would like to announce a one-day graduate student conference, Slavic Connections, to explore a range of approaches to Slavic literatures, cultures, and linguistics.

We envision a day of panels on Russian Literature, Russian Culture, Slavic Linguistics, Polish Literature and Culture, and Czech Literature and Culture, scheduled in successive two-hour blocks so that all conference-goers can attend all panels. However, we will welcome abstracts on any Slavic topic, so the proposed panels may change depending on the number, subject, and quality of abstracts submitted.

Panels will be composed of three presenters and one discussant, all graduate students, with ample time for discussion after and between panels. We are aiming for an intimate, intensive atmosphere which will stimulate cross-disciplinary discussion by and for future professionals in the field. The day will finish with a lecture and concert by Moscow scholar and performance artist Pavel Lion (also known by his stage name Psoy Korolenko - readers of Russian can find more about him from his website http://www.psoy.ru, and an English-language version of the site is http://www.psoy.ru/main_eng.html) followed by a dinner.

Abstracts (one page or less) will be due by November 15, 2002, and abstract authors will be notified by December 15, 2002. Abstracts will be judged by panels of graduate students from the appropriate disciplines. Authors of the three most promising abstracts will be offered a substantial travel allowance. Conference organizers will provide overnight accommodation with local graduate students.

For further information, call (764) 995-4559 or email aof@umich.edu.
Annie Fisher
University of Michigan
Slavic Department
Modern Languages Building
812 E. Washington, Suite 3040
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275
tel. (734) 764-5355
fax (734) 647-2127

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Pushkin and Modern Culture

Pushkinsie Gory
January 23-27, 2003

Saint-Petersburg State University, "Mikhailoskoye" Museum-Preserve, Cultural - Enlightment Society "Pushkin project " and Humanitarian-cultural center "Piligrim" are pleased to invite you to take part in the International Scientific conference " Pushkin and modern culture" which is planned to be held from the 23rd till the 27th of January, 2003 in Pushkinskie Gory (Pushkin Hills), Russia. The program of the conference will include the lectures and reports on the next topics:
1. Pushkin`s topics and motives in modern russian literature
2. Pushkin and "alternative" culture of the epoch of "zastoy"(stagnation) and "perestroyka"
3. The problem of understanding of Pushkin's texts by the modern reader
4. Pushkin and public culture in the second half of the 20th century
5.The fate of funny stories about Pushkin in the second half of the 20th century
6. Pushkin in modern secondary and high school education
7.Linguistic problems of translation of Pushkin's texts
8. The perspective of studies of Pushkin`s heritage in the beginning of the 21st century
9. Pushkin and modern myths and rituals
10. Pushkin and European,American and Asian culture in the second half of the 20th century
11. Pushkin in modern theatre,cinema ,music and arts
12. Pushkin in the perspective of modern gender research

The format of the conference is 20 min for presentation + 10 min question time. The working language of the Conference is Russian and English. The registration fee is $100 (USD). The accommodation in Pushkinskie Gory (Pushkin Hills) (residing / 5 night, 2 meals a day, transport service, the excursion program) is free.

The coordinates of the organizing committee:

Russia, 197022, St. Petersburg, Prof. Popova str., 25 Society "Pushkin project"
Tel./fax: 7-812-233 99 32, 7-812 - 238 03 94
e-mail: conferences@piligrim.com
Polyanskaya Yana

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(Con)textualizing Time in Central and Eastern Europe

Feb. 27 - March 2, 2003
University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Slavic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin would like to announce an interdisciplinary conference for graduate students to be held at Austin from February 27 to March 2, 2003. The theme of the conference "(Con)textualizing Time in Central and Eastern Europe" is intended to attract participants from a variety of disciplines and we invite submissions that interpret this theme in as literal or creative a manner as desired.

Please submit abstracts no later than December 9, 2002 to the conference organizers Margarita Marinova (mmarinova@mail.utexas.edu) or Linda Shipley (LShipley@mail.utexas.edu). Although we cannot guarantee housing for visiting graduate students, we will do our best to provide stay with University of Texas graduate students and/or discounted hotel rates.

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5th Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies

Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
May 2003 (date TBA)

This is to announce the 5th Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies to be held one of the first three weekends in May 2003 (exact date still to be decided) at the Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio.

This conference brings together scholars in the humanities and social
sciences from the United States, Canada and the Republic of Macedonia to report on and discuss their research on Macedonian topics. For this
conference, papers are being sought primarily in linguistics but topics in
literature, history, and anthropology are also of interest and are

The conference proceedings will be published in some form, most likely as an issue of Ohio State University Working Papers in Slavic Studies.

Featured speakers are:
Zuzana Topolinska, Macedonian Academy of Sciences
Horace G. Lunt, Harvard University

If you are interested, and are a North American scholar (by birth, by
citizenship, or by current affiliation), please send a brief expression
of interest by JULY 15, 2002, with your name, affiliation, mailing
address, and e-mail address, and a tentative title for your proposed paper by regular mail to:
Brian D. Joseph
Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
232 Cunz Hall
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio USA 43210

or, preferably, by e-mail to: joseph.1@osu.edu.

A full abstract of one page of text plus at most one extra page for
data and references will be due for competitive review by September 30,
2002, to be sent to the above address (by regular mail or e-mail). A
program will be announced by December 15, 2002.

For answers to questions about this conference, please contact Brian
Joseph at any of the above addresses.

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Fedor Tyutchev and His Time
May, 2003
University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Center for East European and
Russian\Eurasian Studies is planning to celebrate the 200-th anniversary
of the Russian poet F.I. Tyutchev (1803-1873) by hosting at the end of
May, 2003 an Internaional Conference on "Fedor Tyutchev and his
Time." The languages of the conference are English and Russian.

Please, send your suggestions and abstracts to:
CEERES, University of Chicago,1126 E.59th Street, Box 78, 60637-1587,
Attention: Elizabeth Ginzburg

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Fifth Annual University of South Carolina Comparative Literature Conference

"The Desire of the Analysts: Psychoanalysis and Cultural Criticism in the Twenty-First Century"

February 13-15, 2003

Keynote Speaker:Slavoj Zizek (Lubijana)
Plenary Speakers: Julia Kristeva (Paris VII), Toril Moi (Duke) Kaja Silverman (Berkeley)

This conference initiates a conversation about the relevance of psychoanalytic ideas in the twenty-first century. Why do some of us continue to have a desire for psychoanalysis? What is the nature of that desire? What can psychoanalysis teach us about the social arrangements of our increasingly globalized world, and especially, about the psychic origins of our most pressing social problems (racism, sexism, homophobia, nationalistic violence, terrorism, genocide)? Do psychoanalytic theories have anything to say about the highly "dispersed" identities of new information technologies?
Or do those theories remain too invested in embodied identities grounded in what Freud calls "the bodily ego"? Finally, can psychoanalytic accounts of creativity and agency offer resources for
cultural critique? Can they help us resist the fashionable pessimism that sees the new global culture as inevitable? Or is analysis in some basic way conservative, concerned with accommodating subjects to the norms of the societies in which they live?

Presentations should be broadly interdisciplinary. In order to encourage full participation, we will not run parallel sessions. The conference will end with a roundtable in which we try collectively to pull together the threads of our discussion--andto assess where our desires have led
us. We plan to publish selected papers from the conference in a collection of essays with a major university press.

Please send abstracts of 20-minute papers by 30 September 2002 to: Paul Allen Miller, Chair,
Comparative Literature Program, Humanities Building, Columbia, SC 29208.

Sponsored by the University of South Carolina College of Liberal Arts, Program in Comparative Literature, Department of English, and associated departments and programs.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa, Israel
are organizing in February 10-12, 2003 an International Conference on:


In February 2004 Japanese and Russians will commemorate a century to
the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War. While their perspectives on
the war may differ, scholars on both sides agree that the war was a turning point in the history of their nations. In fact, the echoes of this war
were felt in many other places as well, partly because it was the first modern conflict in which an 'oriental', 'non-white' nation overwhelmed a powerful European nation.

Further, The Russo-Japanese War was probably the first 'modern'
war, in which many of the fighting patterns of the next grand conflict, W.W. I, were shaped.

Despite its importance, this conflict has not stimulated much interest
in Western historiography, due to the parties involved, its remote location, and mainly since it was overshadowed by the 'Great War'. Although the number of publications and symposiums and on the topic in recent years testify to a growing interest, the war and its place within the dramatic events of 20th century are still in a need for a broader, multidisciplinary approach.


The immediate objectives of the conference is to discuss the following

  • The international context of the war
  • Was the Russo-Japanese war the first modern war?
  • The effect of the war on political and social issues
  • The war in literature and popular culture
  • The media and the war
  • Was the war a conflict beween 'East' and 'West'?
  • Far-reaching impacts of the war on the 20th century


The Organizing Committee will consider any panel proposals
(within 200 words) which will be received by December 31, 2001.
The deadline for paper submission (an abstract within 200 words) is
February 28, 2002.

Since we limit the number of pariticipants in the conference,
the abstracts will be assessed according to their originality and
relevance to the panels.

Correspondence should be sent to the following address:

Dr. Rotem Kowner
Japan and Asia Program
Dept. of Multidisciplinary Studies, The University of Haifa
Mt. Carmel 31905, Haifa, ISRAEL
Fax: (972) 4-824-9155
Phone: (972) 4-824-0559
Email: kowner@research.haifa.ac.il


Prof. Ben Ami Shillony
Dept. of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem 91905, ISRAEL
Fax: (972) 2-532-2545
Phone: (972) 2-588-3728
Email: shillony@h2.hum.huji.ac.il

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