Nov 30, 2009

CfP: 5th Global Conference -- Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction

5th Global Conference -- Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction

Sunday 11th July 2010 – Tuesday 13th July 2010 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore what it is to be human and the nature of human community in cyberculture, cyberspace and science fiction. In particular, the project will explore the possibilities offered by these contexts for creative thinking about persons and the challenges posed to the nature and future of national, international, and global communities.

Papers, short papers, and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes;

* the relationship between cyberculture, cyberspace, science fiction
* cyberculture, cyberpunk and the near future: utopias vs. dystopias
* science fiction and cyberpunk as a medium for exploring the nature of persons
* humans and cyborgs; the synergy of humans and technology; changing views of the body
* human and post-human concepts in cyber arts and cinema
* bodies in cyberculture; from apes to androids – electronic evolution; biotechnical
advances and the impact of life, death, and social existence
* artificial intelligence and biomedia: self-organization as a cultural logic
* gender and cyberspace: new feminisms, new masculinities
* electronic persons, community and identity; cyberspace, cybercommunities, virtual worlds
* videogames and its impact on science fiction
* digital culture and interactive storytelling
* old messages, new medium: cyberspace and mass communication
* nature, enhancing nature, and artificial intelligence; artificial life, life and
information systems, networked living
* human and post-human politics; cyborg citizenship and rights; influence of political technologies
* cyberpolitics, cyberdemocracy, cyberterror; old conflicts, new spaces: elections, protest and war in cyberspace
* the state and cyberspace: repression vs. resistance
* boundaries, frontiers and taboos in cyberculture
* religion and spirituality in cyberculture
* technology vs. the natural? cyberculture and the green movement

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 15th January 2010. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 28th May 2010.

300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs
Daniel Riha
Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic
E-mail: rihad@inter- disciplinary. net

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Inter-Disciplinary. Net
Priory House, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
United Kingdom
E-mail: visions5@inter- disciplinary. net

The conference is part of the 'Critical Issues' series of research projects run by
Inter-Disciplinary. Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference are eligible
for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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CfA: 2010 CJH Fellowship Program, Center for Jewish History (CJH)

2010 CJH Fellowship Program: Guidelines for Application

The application deadline for the 2010 CJH Fellowship Program is February 16, 2010.

The Center for Jewish History (CJH) composed of its five partners (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), ), offers fellowships, that are intended for Ph.D. candidates. The awards support original research at the Center for Jewish History in the field of Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner.

Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $12,500 for a period of one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation (a.b.d.).

It is required that each fellow chosen for the award:
* Conduct research for the duration of the award at a minimum of 2 days/week in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Please note that the Center reserves the right to withhold stipends from fellows who do not fulfill the attendance commitment.

* Participate in a Center for Jewish History Seminar and deliver a minimum of one lecture (during or beyond the grant period) based on research at the Center and the collections used; or participate in exhibition planning (for curatorial fellows

* Open to qualified doctoral candidates in accredited institutions.

* For non-USA citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend (award) and for the required duration of the award.

Requirements for Application
* Cover letter stating area of interest and knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History.

* Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience

* Specific research proposal of no more than three pages, including specific reference to the collections () and aims for research during the period of the fellowship

* Official graduate school transcript

* Three letters of recommendation, including from the students' academic advisors, which address the significance of the candidate's work for the field as well as the candidate's ability to fulfill the proposed work

The schedule for application is as follows:
* Receipt of application is due by February 16, 2010
* Committee to review applications by March 15, 2010
* Announcement of grant recipients by April 2010
* Commencement of grant period, August 15 - September 15, 2010
* Conclusion of grant period, June 30, 2010

Applications are to be mailed to:
Diane Spielmann, Ph.D.
Director of Public Services
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Email: dspielmann@cjh. org

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CfP: Children and War: Past and Present, Salzburg

International multidisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on 30 September - 2 October 2010. Organised by the University of Salzburg and the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

In recent years the volume of international research on 'Children and War', carried out by academics, governmental and non-governmental organisations and institutions as well as the media, has continually increased. At the same time there has been a growing public interest in how children experience military conflicts and how their lives have been affected by war and its aftermath.

Research topics are as varied as the disciplines and interests involved - often acting independently of each other. Therefore it seems time to review current research and to open new perspectives for future work by bringing together scholars from various academic disciplines, practitioners in the field, representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions and the media.

All proposals which focus on any topic and theme on 'Children and War' are welcome, ranging from the experience of war, flight, displacement and resettlement, relief and rehabilitation work, gender issues, persecution, trafficking, abuse and prostitution, trauma and amnesia, the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory, educational issues, films and documentaries, artistic and literary approaches, to remembrance and memorials, and questions of theory and methodology.

Specific conference themes anticipated are:

- Children as witnesses and victims of war and conflicts
- Holocaust, genocides and forced labour
- Child soldiers, partisans and resistance fighters
- Army mascots
- Deportations and displacements, refugees and asylum seekers
- War crimes, trials and human rights

Please send an abstract of 200-250 words, together with biographical background information of 50-100 words by 31 December 2009 to: J.D.Steinert@

All proposals are subject to a review process.
Conference language: English.

The organising team: Wolfgang Aschauer (Salzburg), Helga Embacher (Salzburg), Darek Galasinski (Wolverhampton), Olga Kozlowska (Wolverhampton), Albert Lichtblau (Salzburg), Grazia Prontera (Salzburg), Johannes-Dieter Steinert (Wolverhampton) .

Fees: EUR 100 for speakers. The fee includes admission to all panels, lunches, coffees and teas. Further information and registration details will be made available early in 2010. All participants need to secure their own funding to participate in this conference.

It is intended to publish a selection of conference papers.
Helga Embacher (University of Salzburg) & Dieter Steinert (University of Wolverhampton)

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Jobs: Senior Research Associates, ECMI

ECMI Call for Applications

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for three positions as Senior Research Associate within the field of "Minority Studies". Minority Studies at ECMI cover research on national and ethnic minority issues in Europe.

The positions

We are currently restructuring our research and advisory services, and the new colleagues will have the opportunity to be an integral part of designing ECMI's portfolio for the next strategic period. They will each head up a research and competence unit in the following thematic areas:

Justice & Governance
Conflict & Security
Culture & Diversity

Responsibilities include conducting applied research as well as knowledge dissemination and transfer within the thematic area. Co-operation with the other thematic areas in multi-disciplinary research projects as well as with ECMI's non-resident research network is also part of the responsibilities. The new colleagues are also expected to take a lead in developing the thematic areas further and for this reason we ask applicants to describe in max. 500 words how they see their own research plans and their publication record in relation to their potential contributions to and visionary development of one of the three research areas. Other responsibilities include networking with both relevant academic institutions and national/internatio nal organizations and media active in the area of minority politics as well as project management and supervision of younger members of research staff.

Candidates for the three positions are required to document as a minimum a PhD-degree in relevant disciplines. Experience from post-doc positions or similar is an asset. Prior knowledge from the field of Minority Studies is an advantage. Good research skills, the ability to work in a team, documented networking skills as well as good communication skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Experience with consultancy contracts and training of public servants is welcome. Knowledge of German is an asset.

Contracts are offered for three years with renewal options. ECMI is a German-Danish intergovernmental foundation and the remuneration follows the German TVöD system. Candidates without German language skills are expected to acquire these within a year or two. The successful candidate is expected to take up residence in or near Flensburg. ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men thus explicitly welcoming applications from women as well as from candidates of any social, racial or ethnic background. ECMI is a non-smoking environment.

About us

ECMI is an international cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and competence institution working directly with governments, civil society and international organisations in Europe. ECMI aims to provide governments and the public debate with relevant information and analysis as well as to influence the European agenda-setting in the area of minority politics. In collaboration with our field offices in Georgia and Kosovo and in co-operation with academic institutions, ECMI conducts applied research, training and advisory services in the area of minority-majority relations. ECMI also co-operates with local universities and ECMI research staff teaches relevant courses. See further

We offer an international and multilingual working environment with varied tasks and opportunities for travel. Our management structure is flat with a high degree of independence in senior research positions and opportunity to influence the work of the institution. We value openness, dialogue and team-spirit and focus on excellence, flexibility and mutual respect. ECMI is located in Flensburg, at the German-Danish border - a provincial town where two cultures live side-by-side and the quality of living is good (www.flensburg. de). In addition to clean sea air, plenty of out-door and water sports activities, Flensburg offers low living costs and good schools in both the German and the Danish school systems. Flensburg is also within four hours travel of eleven good universities.


In addition to the research and vision statement requested, interested applicants are asked to submit a CV, a publications list specifying publications in English that are considered to be particularly relevant for the position. Short-listed candidates may be asked to provide copies of publications. Applications for more than one thematic area will not be accepted. Application material should be marked "SRA" followed by the name of the relevant thematic area. It may be sent electronically to Ms. Gisa Marehn (marehn[@]ecmi. de) no later than 4 January 2010. Interviews with short-listed candidates are planned for end January or early February 2010. For further information about the positions, contact Dr. Tove H. Malloy (malloy[@]ecmi. de). For information about living in Flensburg, contact Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (Hansen[@]ecmi. de).

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CfP (extended deadline): Environmental Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors in Romania. A Puzzle of Empirical Findings

Compared to other contries (even from the CEE region) there are only a few contributions concerning the values, attitudes, and behaviors of Romanian citizens towards the environment. Informal discussions, conference-presentations, etc. suggest however that there certainly exists a group of scholars with clear research interests in the area of environmental psychology, sociology or politics, concretized in smaller or larger scale Romania-based empirical research. The aim of the present volume is to bring together and integrate some pieces of the Romanian research undertook in the last 5-10 years in connection with people – environment studies and thus to show out the fact that the field is rather invisible than inexistent.
As shown in the title, we are particularly interested in empirical research no matter qualitative or quantitative.

Our specific foci are:
- environmental values, attitudes, behaviors of the general public (either in throughouth Romania, or in particular regions, cities, towns, villages);
- environmental values, attitudes, behaviors of some specific public (central or local decision-makers, NGO-activists, etc.);
- case-studies of environmental initiatives (e.g. public-private partnerships, NGO initiated projects, etc.).

Scholars and practitioners who wish to participate are asked to send a short (1 page) outline of their manuscript until 30 December 2009 to the e-mails below. If proposals accepted, the deadline of manuscript-submission is 30 March 2009. The language of the papers is English. Accepted manuscripts will be published in a book at a Romanian publishing house.

We kindly ask you to send this call to any possibly interested person.

Corina Ilin, PhD
University Senior Lecturer
The West University of Timisoara, Romania

Laura Nistor, PhD
Research Assistant
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romaniaâ

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Nov 29, 2009

CfP: Western Economic Association International 85th Annual Conference

Western Economic Association International 85th Annual Conference
29 June 2010 to 3 July 2010
Portland, OR, United States

Present a Paper -- December 15, 2009 deadline
Organize a Session -- February 1, 2010 deadline
Discuss a Paper -- March 1, 2010 deadline
Chair a Session -- March 1, 2010 deadline

Visit for complete information!

Featuring Presidential Address by Ronald Jones, University of Rochester, and AEA Distinguished Fellow

Enquiries: sessions@weai. org
Web address:
Sponsored by: Western Economic Association

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Research Fellow in Service Centric Systems, UK

Research Fellow in Service Centric Systems
City University - Software Engineering Group - School of Informatics

£33,432 - £38,757 per annum
12 months fixed contract

The Software Engineering Group in the School of Informatics at City University London
is seeking to appoint a research fellow in the service centric systems to contribute
to its long standing research activity in the area of service oriented computing.

The appointee will carry out research in the area of service centric systems with a
focus in the management of service level agreements and participate in the European
F7 Integrated Project SLA@SOI ( The job involves participation in project meetings and conferences and collaboration with leading industrial organisations across Europe.

The appointee should have a BSc, an MSc and a PhD degree in computing. Knowledge and practical experience in Java programming and web service technologies are also essential as well as excellent communication skills and experience in publishing research results.

Informal enquires about the position should be addressed to Professor George Spanoudakis, School of Informatics, at G.Spanoudakis@

Applications should be made through the University Online Recruitment System at

Closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 1st December, 2009 at 5.00pm.

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CfBC: Ontology Learning and Knowledge Discovery Using the Web

(Proposals Submission Deadline: 15 DECEMBER 2009)

Ontology Learning and Knowledge Discovery Using the Web: Challenges and Recent Advances

A book edited by Wilson Wong, Wei Liu and Mohammed Bennamoun
University of Western Australia, Australia

Ontologies provide formal specifications of what might exist in a domain to ensure reusability and interoperability of multiple heterogeneous systems. Ontologies form an indispensable part of the Semantic Web standard stack. While the Semantic Web is still our vision into the future, ontologies have already found a myriad of
applications such as document retrieval, question answering, image retrieval, agent interoperability and document annotation. In recent years, automatic ontology learning from text has provided support and relief for knowledge engineers from the labourious task of manually engineering of ontologies. Ontology learning research, an area integrating advances from information retrieval, text mining, data mining, machine learning and natural language processing, has attracted increasing interests from a wide spectrum of application domains (e.g. bioinformatics, manufacturing) . Being a rapidly growing area, it is crucial to collect the recent advances in tools!
and technologies in ontology learning and related areas.

Objective Of The Book

The main objective of this book is to provide relevant theoretical foundations, and disseminate new research findings and expert views on the remaining challenges in ontology learning. In particular, the book focuses on the following questions:

# Can ontology learning continue to rely on techniques borrowed from related areas that were conceived for other purposes? Has the time arrived for us to look at certain peculiar requirements of ontology learning and develop specific techniques to meet these requirements?

# Lightweight ontologies are the most common type of ontologies in a variety of existing Semantic Web applications (e.g. knowledge management, document retrieval, communities of practice, data integration). Can these lightweight ontologies be easily extended to formal ones? If so, how?

# The poor coverage, rarity and maintenance cost related to manually-created resources such as semantic lexicons (e.g. WordNet, UMLS) and text corpora (e.g. BNC, GENIA corpus) have prompted an increasing number of researchers to turn to dynamic Web data for ontology learning. There is currently a lack of study concentrating on the systematic use of Web data as background knowledge for all phases of ontology learning. How do we know if we have the necessary background knowledge to carry out all our ontology learning tasks? Where do we look for more background knowledge if we know that what we have is inadequate?

# More and more practitioners in the domain of biology, health care, chemistry, manufacturing, etc are looking up to ontology learning techniques for solutions to their knowledge sharing and reusability needs. How much more difficult is it to automatically learn ontologies from news articles, as compared to clinical notes or biomedical literature? To what extent can the current techniques meet the
requirements of learning from texts across different domains? Is the field of automatic ontology learning from text ready for the industry?

Target Audience

This proposed book will be an invaluable resource as a library or personal reference for a wide range of audience, including, graduate students, researchers and industrial practitioners. Postgraduate students who are in the process of looking for future research directions, and carving out their own niche area will find this book
particularly useful. Due to the detailed scope and wide coverage of the book, it also has the potential of being an upper-level course supplement for senior undergraduate students in Artificial Intelligence, and a resource for lecturers in Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Text Mining, Information
Extraction, and Ontology Learning.

Recommended Topics Include, But Are Not Limited To

Area 1: Text Processing
# Web data pre-processing
# Noisy text analytics
# Text annotation/Sentence parsing
# Textual content extraction/Boilerpl ates removal
# Automatic corpus construction

Area 2: Taxonomy Construction/ Concept Formation
# Named entity recognition/ noun phrase chunking
# Feature-based/ featureless similarity and distance measures
# Term recognition/ term extraction/terminol ogy mining
# Cluster analysis/term clustering
# Entity disambiguation
# Relevance/contrasti ve analysis
# Latent semantic analysis
# Other machine learning-based techniques
# Other corpus-based techniques

Area 3: Relation and Axiom Discovery/Ontology Languages
# Lexico-syntactic patterns
# Use of dynamic Web data (e.g. Wikipedia mining, online dictionaries)
# Sub-categorisation frames
# Association rules mining
# Inductive logic programming
# Other corpus-based techniques
# Logic-based/ frame-based/ markup ontology languages

Area 4: Applications of Ontologies
# Bioinformatics
# Risk management
# Manufacturing
# Health care
# Other relevant application areas

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before 15 DECEMBER 2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns together with a tentative organisation (i.e. section titles with section summaries) of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 15 JANUARY 2010 about the status of their proposals. Authors of accepted proposals will be sent guidelines and templates to prepare the full chapter of 8,000 - 10,000 words. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by 15 MARCH 2010. All submitted full chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. All proposals and chapters should be typewritten in English in APA style and be submitted in Microsoft Word� format to wilson@csse.

Unfortunately, LaTex files cannot be accepted. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.).

For additional !
information regarding the publisher, please visit details.asp?ID=724
. This publication is anticipated to be released late 2010.

Important Dates

15 DECEMBER 2009 Proposal Submission Deadline
15 JANUARY 2010 Notification of Acceptance
15 MARCH 2010 Full Chapter Submission
15 JULY 2010 Review Results Returned
15 AUGUST 2010 Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries and Submissions

Wilson Wong
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
M002 University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Fax: +61-8-6488-1089
E-mail: wilson@csse.
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PhD and Postdoctoral position (biologist, biophysicist, veterinarian

The Dept. of Dermatology and Venerology at the University Hospital of the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany is inviting applications for a

1) Postdoctoral position (biologist, biophysicist, veterinarian) (BAT IIA),
2) PhD student (biologist, biophysicist, veterinarian) (stipend)

as part of the multidisciplinary LOEWE "Proebionik" (preventive biomechanics) network which will be founded by the state of Hesse for an initial period of three years starting Jan. 1st, 2010.

The holders of these positions will be responsible for the continued work on tumour mechanics using A431 and A549 xenograft tumour models. The main focus will be placed on the validation of a new sonographical method to measure the tumour interstitial fluid pressure non-invasively. Additionally, in cooperation with other groups of the
LOEWE network the fluid dynamics in the tumour vasculature should be described. All biophysical results will be used to optimize strategies to lower the tumour interstitial fluid pressure and increase the uptake of anti-tumour drugs.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated, have a strong background in in vivo research and have good team working capabilities. Individuals with backgrounds in biophysical and computational fluid dynamic modelling are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will take part in the LOEWE seminar series and graduate programme. They will benefit from the multidisciplinary of the network
combining life sciences with computational engineering.

Please send your applications including CV, a short description of research experience and interests and contact details of two references and / or letter of recommendations to:

Dr. Matthias Hofmann,
Zentrum der Dermatologie und Venerologie,
Theodor-Stern Kai 7,
60590 Frankfurt/Main,

Or submit electronically to:
Matthias.Hofmann@ em.uni-frankfurt .de
cc. info@praeventive- biomechanik. eu

According to German law, disabled persons with equal occupational aptitude will be given preferred consideration. The University Hospital strives to promote equal opportunities in sciences and is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists in teaching and research. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submissions are expected til Dec. 13, 2009

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JOB: Assistant Professor of Applied Computing at ASU, USA

The Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Applied Computing at the Assistant Professor rank beginning August 2010. We are seeking applicants to conduct research in computer science, teach undergraduate courses, and to forge interdisciplinary collaborations
in research and/or teaching. Faculty members are expected to provide service to the division, campus, and community.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science (or a closely related field), an ongoing research program, and a record of potential for extramural funding. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching and evidence of potential for interdisciplinary collaborative research and/or teaching. Evidence of expertise in database systems is required, and evidence of potential
to enhance and span the degree concentration areas (database systems, networks, and digital media and graphic design) is desired. Evidence of potential for undergraduate student involvement in research and/or internships is desired, as is training and/or collaborative experience in areas represented by the Division, including applied mathematics, statistics and the natural sciences. The Division is also planning new
degree programs in Forensic Science and Environmental Science.

Deadline: January 8, 2010; if not filled, weekly thereafter until the search is closed. Send application materials electronically to mns.dept@asu. edu, mentioning reference number #DB-096 in the subject line. A completed application consists of a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, statements about teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation. The applicant must arrange for the letters of recommendation to be sent directly to mns.dept@asu. edu.


Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer that actively seeks diversity among applicants and promotes a diverse work force.

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MASDAR Institute Graduate Scholarship

Full scholarship is available to qualified talented students who meet its high admission standards which include appropriate TOEFL score, GRE and an excellent CGPA from a recognized university. A minimum CGPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) or 2:1 in the British system, minimum TOEFL score of 577 (91 on the IBT) or academic IELTS (min 6.5), and a minimum GRE quantitative score of 700 are the basic requirements without which an applicant will most likely not be considered.

Students accepted into the Masdar Institute will be offered a full scholarship which includes the following:
* 100% tuition fee scholarship
* Textbooks
* Laptop
* Medical Insurance
* Housing in a single unit apartment (at the Masdar campus)
* International students will receive reimbursement of travel expenses (economy class air-ticket) into Abu Dhabi and back home after completion of studies. Travel expenses (return economy class air-ticket) back to the student’s home country at the end of the 1st year of studies will also be reimbursed.
* Reimbursement of TOEFL and GRE exam fees (upon registration at Masdar Institute and submission of original receipts)
* A competitive stipend per month (cost of living allowance).
* No bond or conditions to the scholarship upon graduation


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BURSE: Faculty for the Future - Supporting Women in Science

Programul de burse "Faculty for the Future" a fost lansat de Schlumberger Foundation in anul 2004 si a devenit o comunitate formata din 110 femei din 35 de tari. Bursele se acorda femeilor din tarile cu economii in curs de dezvoltare sau emergente. Bursele au o durata de un an si beneficiaza de un sprijin financiar cuprins intre 25.000 si 50.000 USD/an.

Candidatele trebuie sa indeplineasca urmatoarele criterii:
- sa fie cetatean al unei tari cu economie in curs de dezvoltare sau emergenta
- sa fie inscrisa la un doctorat sau la studii postdoctorale in domeniul fizicii sau al disciplinelor asociate
- sa aiba experienta ca profesor si participare activa la viata universitara / academica

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IUPUI Scholarships for International Freshmen

IUPUI (Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis) highly desires international beginning freshman applicants with excellent SAT or ACT scores, outstanding performance in a rigorous university-preparat ory curriculum, and extensive experience with community service and involvement for its premier competitive scholarship programs. Students must submit separate applications for admission and scholarship programs by December 1 to be considered.

Questions? Visit and/or Contact iapply@iupui. edu.

Bepko Scholars and Fellows (BepkoScholars. receive financial, academic, and programming support for up to eight years of undergraduate and graduate or professional study at IUPUI, with potential total award packages valued at $80,000. Plater Distinguished Scholars receive $8,000 per year for up to four years of study, partial funding for one year of on-campus housing in International House, and a stipend toward a study abroad experience, with potential total award packages valued at $50,000.


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LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

Program: LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law
Location: USA
Scholarship/ Financial aid: available
Deadline: February 15, 2010
Open to: law students from developing countries

The LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law provides young lawyers with the training and tools to implement law reforms that support stable democratic institutions and the rule of law in a free-market economy. The core of the LLM is a fully-funded, one-year program of study designed for lawyers practicing in the public sector whose first law degree was earned from a law school outside the U.S. Students are required to commit to 2 years further public service upon return to their home countries.

A small number of lawyers from the United States and other developed democracies may be considered for admission as well. Through small classes with outstanding faculty, close interaction among the students and with the faculty, and numerous short seminars and field observations, students will receive an intensive education in practical democracy and law.


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CfP: "Lessons from Transitions", EUROPOLIS

Call for Papers


Issue 7, July 2010

Political Science Journal

EUROPOLIS is a peer review journal, abstracted and indexed in relevant international databases. Issue 7/2010 focuses on the transition process undertaken in the post-communist world and the lessons that can be learnt. The editors encourage contributions in the form of comparative studies or single-case studies that catch and analyze specific political phenomena, contexts, and developments.

Articles may tackle, but not restricted to, issues like the legacies of the previous regimes, successful paths of transition, political parties and their electorates, the road to European accession and integration, the role of civil society in transition, problems and opportunities of democratization and consolidation of democracy, the impact of
conflicts, the rise of extremist forces, and the ethnic divisions in post-communist countries.

The journal has three sections: articles, work in progress, and book reviews. Details at

Dead-line: 1 December 2009.

Contact: revista.europolis@

The Editorial Board, Europolis Journal, Centre for Political Analysis, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

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CfP: Fourth International Graduate Legal Research Conference

Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce the Fourth International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC) to be held at King's College London on 15th and 16th April 2010.

Please could you forward the news to all those MPhil/PhD students who might be interested. We have enclosed the information below and attached the Call for Papers. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Tuesday, 15th December 2009.

Many thanks for your assistance.

Best wishes,

Egle Dagilyte
IGLRC 2010


The Conference is hosted by the King's College London School of Law and all proceedings will take place at the King's Strand Campus on 15th and 16th April 2010.


- Receipt of abstracts: TUESDAY, 15th DECEMBER 2009. Abstracts should be no more than 350 words in length and accompanied by the applicant brief CV. Abstracts can ONLY be submitted via the online submissions form at

- Successful applicants informed: 1st February 2010

- Submission of completed papers due: 15th March 2010

- Conference: 15th and 16th April 2010


- Participants: MPhil/PhD students of any educational institution worldwide.

- Public attendance is open to anyone with an interest in legal research. For planning purposes, we invite those wishing to express an interest in attending to contact register@iglrc. com


The topics to be covered by the Conference include, but are not limited to:

- Criminology and Criminal Justice

- European Union Law

- Medical Law

- International Law and Human Rights

- WTO and International Trade Law

- Competition Law

- Constitutional Law and Theory

- Family Law

- Commercial and Contract Law

- Intellectual Property Law

- Legal Theory


The Conference committee will endeavour to secure publication of the best papers at the Conference.


The registration fee of £20 will be payable at the beginning of the Conference at the latest.

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University of Bologna PhD Programme


The PhD Programme

The International PhD Programme in "Diversity Management and Governance" is a new three-year English-taughtprogr amme jointly launched by the University of Bologna, the University of Graz, the New Bulgarian University of Sofia and the University of Primorska.

1. History and politics
2. Anthropology
3. Sociology
4. Law
5. Entrepreneurship

How to Apply
Applicants must submit the following documents in .pdf format via email at the address graz.atno later than November 30, 2009:
1. Application form
2. Research project structured with background, research presentation, methodology, expected results (between 2,000-5,000 words)
3. CV in English
4. Diploma/Degree Certificate (plus English translation)
5. Proof of knowledge of English (TOEFL or equivalent, diploma from a UK or US university etc.)
6. Two letters of recommendation
7. Transcript of university records (plus English translation)

Please note that application can only be accepted if sent to the above-mentioned email address.

The Selection Committee is composed of the responsible coordinators in each partner university. The research project will be a key component of the decision since the project implies the identification of an appropriate supervisor by the academic coordination board. The final decision on the acceptance of an application is taken by the responsible coordinator in each partner university for the respective applications.

Candidates assessed as eligible at University of Bologna shall enrol by January 15, 2010.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships
Tuition fees vary depending on the university of enrolment. Students enrolled at the University of Bologna will have to pay approx. € ¢â’¢¬ 600,00 per year (if they do not hold any scholarship), or approx. € ¢â’¢¬ 35,00 per year (for scholarship holders).

The University of Bologna offers three study grants of about 13.600,00 € ¢â’¢¬ per year to eligible candidates in the first 3 positions of the ranking list.
Furthermore, candidates are strongly invited to check the possibility forgrants offered by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Embassies abroad and Italian Institutes of Culture. The University of Bologna can offer enrolment to three students holding a scholarship from their home government, the Italian one or other Institutions.

Further Information
Students applying at the University of Bologna are recommended to strictly follow the requirements as set in the call for applications in Italian.
For additional information contact Ms Dessislava Krasteva.

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CfP: Turkey and Her Neighbours: Past, Present and Future, 2-6 August 2010

Dear Colleagues,

I am co-organizing a workshop at the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) to be held at Cankaya University (Ankara) 2-6 August 2010. (See for details). If you would like to submit a paper proposal please email me to express your interest. Details of the workshop are below

I look forward to hearing from you,


Jonathan Warner

Tutor in Economics

Quest University Canada

3200 University Boulevard

Squamish, BC V8B 0N8

Section II: Politics, Economics, Law

Workshop: Turkey and Her Neighbours: Past, Present and Future

Chairs: David W. Lovell and Jonathan Warner

The relationship between Turkey and her near neighbours has been long, multifaceted, and often difficult (if not positively hostile). Like most relationships where questions of identity are at stake, mistrust or fear of `the other' seems to be a constant element, moving in a cycle from background to foreground as circumstances

That the questions of identity in the case of relations with Europe centre on religion, and especially on the longstanding tensions between Islam and Christianity, adds intensity plus a veneer of normalcy to the difficulties. But Turkey's relationship with Europe is also one of mutual influence over many centuries, where ideas on a range of issues including (among others) politics, economics, military science, art and literature have crossed the shifting boundaries between these two
entities, along with workers and travellers. The Ottoman Empire was either helped or hindered in its last century, according to one's standpoint, by European reforms and funds. Modern, Atatürk-inspired Turkey certainly owes much of its social and political shape to European ideas of nationalism and modernity. And both the European
Union and Turkey are currently engaged in an awkward, halting dance of political and economic unification to which neither side seems particularly committed, but which neither side wants strongly enough to end. Particular bilateral disputes with Greece and the long-running Cyprus Problem complicate Turkey's relationships with the EU.

Turkey's relationships with her non-European neighbours are also nuanced and often problematic. The politics of the Armenian massacres of the First world war (which Turkey denies was a genocide) have made rapprochement difficult, despite recent progress. Syria and Iraq, long sources of irritation because of their perceived support of the Kurdish terrorist group, the PKK, have seen generally improving
relations recently. Further afield, Turkey's friendships with Israel and now Russia have suggested that there is a perceived viable alternative to looking west.

Domestically, the increasing role of religion under the current AKP government has produced tensions with the secular elite, as the two groups vie to define the nature of Turkish identity.

This workshop provides an opportunity for scholars in various fields to reflect on the long relationships between Turkey and her neighbours: how these have developed; how they currently stand; and where they might be heading. Contributions for all areas of scholarly inquiry will be welcomed.

Dr David W. Lovell
Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of New South Wales at ADFA, Australia
Contact: d.lovell@adfa.

Dr Jonathan Warner
Professor and Tutor in Economics
Quest University, Canada

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CFA: Ottoman and Turkish Studies at Central European University



The Departments of History and Medieval Studies at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) are proud to announce the introduction of courses in Ottoman and Turkish history, culture, and languages to their respective teaching and research offers.

Administered through the Departments of Medieval Studies and History, the curriculum in Ottoman and Turkish Studies at CEU draws on a wide range of graduate courses in early Islamic, Byzantine, Renaissance European, Habsburg, Russian, modern Balkan and Middle Eastern history which highlight the Departments’ particular strength in comparative history of empires from medieval to modern eras (see below for the
list of sample courses and affiliated faculty). Taught by an international faculty with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and regional specializations, courses at CEU approach Ottoman history from an angle that neither privileges the perspective of the imperial center nor views the Ottoman past through the lenses of its numerous
successor nation-states. Rather, the students are encouraged to think about the role of the empire’s many regions in the overall imperial system as well as these regions’ contribution to the articulation of the Ottoman ideology and culture over time. Moreover, the courses at CEU situate the study of the Ottoman Empire into the lager framework of medieval, early modern and modern history by exploring the Empire’s
relationships to its predecessors (Byzantium, medieval Islamic states), contemporaries (especially Venice, the Habsburg and Russian Empires), and successors (in the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East).

The curriculum in Ottoman and Turkish Studies at CEU combines empirical research and reflection on cutting-edge methodological and theoretical developments in social sciences and humanities with intensive language study. In academic year 2010/11 the University plans to debut its Source Language Center which will offer intensive
courses in modern Turkish and Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, modern and classical Greek, Latin, and Russian, while Old Church Slavonic, Bulgarian, BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian), Armenian and Hebrew might be offered according to the students’ needs. Graduate students interested in Ottoman and Turkish Studies at CEU would thus have an
opportunity to learn not only the languages of the Ottoman administrative and literary sources but of the Empire’s diverse peoples as well.

In addition to offering an exciting combination of courses in Ottoman history and languages, CEU is also ideally placed for research in some of the premier archives and libraries in close proximity to the university (in Budapest, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, etc.). Moreover, Hungary boasts of a long tradition in Ottoman and Oriental studies currently represented by a dynamic community of scholars and researchers at the Eötvös Loránd University, University of Szeged, the Historical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and other local institutions.

Central European University is a graduate institution, accredited in both the USA and Europe, with faculty and students coming from over 100 countries ( about/whyceu). There is no predominant national majority. CEU is committed to promoting merit, not privilege, and its unparalleled financial aid program has therefore always been extensive and generous – enabling equal opportunity for
admission, regardless of income. With a 6:1 student/professor ratio and an extremely international group of students and faculty CEU provides an excellent forum for intense dialogue and exchange across cultural, linguistic, geographic and disciplinary boundaries. The language of instruction is English!

Application Information:

Students interested in Ottoman and Turkish Studies at CEU have a choice of applying to a One Year MA, Two Year MA or PhD. For research topics that focus on the period up to the end of the 17th century students are encouraged to apply to the Medieval Studies Department (medievalstudies., which will also offer an additional
Specialization in Late Antique, Byzantine and Early Ottoman Studies. Those interested in later topics should apply to the History Department (

Applications are accepted through an on-line system at http://www.ceu. hu/admissions/ apply beginning on November 10, 2009 (all details on what an application package should include are described here). Candidates applying by January 25, 2010 are eligible to take the CEU-administered institutional Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL). Candidates who can provide evidence of proficiency in English or organize their own TOEFL examination may apply by March 15, 2010.

Full fellowships and stipends are available!

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Tijana Krstic (krstict@ceu. hu) or Tolga Esmer (tuesmer@ceu. hu)

Sample courses:

*Sources for Ottoman History (I-II)

*The Ottomans and the Challenges of Building a Multi-Confessional Empire

*Social Discontent and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire

*Islamic Borderlands

*Constantinople/ Istanbul

*Islam in the Balkans

*The Late Ottoman Empire and Balkan Nationalism: The View from Istanbul

*Topics in modern Balkan History

*Ottoman Istanbul and Arab Provincial Capitals

*Secularism and Islam—Comparative Perspectives and Case Studies

*Imperial Order and Nationalism in Contiguous Empires

*The Ottomans and Europeans in the Early Modern Era

*Religious Conversion in the Early Modern Mediterranean

*From Empire to Republic

Associated CEU Faculty:

Aziz al-Azmeh (Medieval Studies)—Islam, historical anthropology

Nadia al-Bagdadi (History, Director of the Religious Studies Program)—Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, History and Culture of the Late Ottoman Empire, Comparative Religion

Tolga Esmer (History)—social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire (18th-19th centuries); rebellion and social discontent in the Ottoman Empire; Islamic frontiers and borderlands; modern Middle Eastern and Balkan history; modern Turkey

Niels Gaul (Medieval Studies, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies)—Late Byzantine history, Greek paleography and Byzantine manuscript studies

Andras Gero (History, Director of the Institute of Habsburg Studies)—history of the Habsburg Empire

Constantin Iordachi (History, Head of the Department of History)—modern history of Southeast Europe; transition from the Ottoman Empire to nation states in the Balkans

Tijana Krstic (Medieval Studies)—social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire, 14th-17th centuries (especially Ottoman historiography; Ottoman Islam; inter-confessional relations); early modern imperial encounters in Central Europe and the Mediterranean

Michael Miller (Nationalism Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program)—Jewish and Central European History; impact of nationality conflicts on the religious, cultural and political development of Central European Jewry in the nineteenth century

Istvan Perczel (Medieval Studies)—Byzantine history and philosophy

Carsten Wilke (History, Medieval Studies, Jewish Studies Program)—intellectua l and cultural history of European Jewry; medieval Jewish mysticism, Jewish-Christian relations, Iberian crypto-Judaism, 19th century religious modernization.

Balazs Trencsenyi (History)—intellectu al history, nationalism, East Central Europe, history of political thought

Selim Deringil (recurrent visiting professor, Nationalism Studies)--cultural and intellectual history of the late Ottoman Empire; religious conversion and apostasy in the late Ottoman Empire; comparative themes in Ottoman/European history.

Roumen Daskalov (recurrent visiting professor, History)--Moderniza tion of the Balkans, Cultural and Social History of Modern Eastern Europe, Anthropological Theories of Culture

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Job: Koordinator/in Zentrum für Osteuropastudium, Munich

LMU München, München, 01.02.2010-31. 01.2012
Bewerbungsschluss: 11.12.2009

Die Ludwig-Maximilians- Universitä t München ist eine der größten und renommiertesten Hochschulen Deutschlands mit vielfältigsten Aufgabenfeldern. Im Rahmen des Zentrums für Osteuropastudien (ZfO) der Ludwig-Maximilians- Universitä t München ist zum 1. Februar 2010 die Stelle eines/einer

Koordinators/ Koordinatorin

für zunächst zwei Jahre zu besetzen. Dienstort ist München.

Das ZfO ist ein wissenschaftliches Kompetenzzentrum der LMU zur Förderung und Koordination der interdisziplinä ren Forschung im Wissenschaftsfeld Osteuropa, Ostmitteleuropa und Südosteuropa. Zentrale beteiligte Fächer sind die Geschichtswissensch aften, die Politikwissenschaft, die Slavistik und die Volkskunde / Europäische Ethnologie

Zentrale Aufgaben
Koordination der Aktivitäten des fakultätsübergreifend en Zentrums Organisation von Tagungen, Symposien und Workshops Akquise von Fördermitteln für interdisziplinä re Forschungsprojekte Öffentlichkeitsarbei t für das Zentrum Projektentwicklung

Anforderungsprofil abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium in einem der beteiligten Fächer,
möglichst Promotion Befähigung zu Projektarbeit im Hochschulbereich Erfahrung in Öffentlichkeitsarbei t und Fundraising Osteuropakompetenz

Die Vergütung der Stelle erfolgt nach TV-L Entgeltgruppe 13.

Schwerbehinderte Bewerber/innen werden bei ansonsten im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtigt. Es besteht grundsätzlich die Möglichkeit der Teilzeitbeschä ftigung. Die Bewerbung von Frauen wird begrüßt.

Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Bewerbungsunterlage n sind bis spätestens 11.12.2009 zu richten an: Professor Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel, Ludwig-Maximilians- Universitä t München, Historisches Seminar, Geschwister- Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München.

Dr. Michael Kleineberg

LMU München
Abteilung für Geschichte Ost- u. Südosteuropas
Geschwister- Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

michael.kleineberg@ lrz.uni-muenchen .de

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CfA: History Graduate Program at Sabanci University, Istanbul

*22 January 2010 is the Early Admissions deadline* for the History MA and PhD Programs at Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey). Depending on the first-round results, there may or may not be a second round of admissions in June 2010.

Both the MA and the PhD programs revolve around Ottoman, Late Ottoman and Modern Turkish History, though this is not an exclusive focus, and is accompanied by a strong emphasis on situating the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey within their proper Balkan and Middle Eastern contexts. An innovative curriculum strives to combine broad comparative and theoretical perspectives with empirical rigor, teaching with learning, and personal research with institutional projects.

The language of instruction is English.

The standing faculty comprises specialists in the pre-Tanzimat era, (Metin Kunt, Tulay Artan, Hulya Canbakal), the 19th century (Hakan Erdem, Aksin Somel), the Republican era (Cemil Kocak, Halil Berktay), Central-Southeast Europe (Fikret Adanir), modern Europe (Evi Gkotzaridis), and Byzantine and Balkan art and architecture (Bratislav Pantelic).

Sabanci University participates in the Socrates program of the European Union, which offers universities an opportunity to work together with counterparts in other European countries. It has various agreements with British, Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian and Spanish universities. The History Graduate Programs also have a student exchange agreement with the Turkish Language and Cultures Program at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Ongoing institutional projects (such as the Joint History Project, The Shared History Project, Alternative History Textbooks Writing Project, Urban History: Tesvikiye District Project, Topkapi Palace "1680 Treasury Registers" Project, Royal Courts and Households Project, Distribution of Wealth, 1500-1840) are well-connected to national or international networks ranging from nationalism studies, education reform, critical historiography, and comparative empires to community societies and museums.

The History Graduate Programs offer scholarships ranging from half or full tuition waiver to full scholarship, i.e. tuition waiver combined with a 9-month stipend. Scholarships are open to all candidates on a competitive basis; they are renewable according to merit.

The two-year MA program offers two options for MA diploma, either by thesis or by examination. MA by thesis requires nine courses, to be completed by the end of the third semester, and a short thesis to be produced over the fourth semester. MA by examination, on the other hand, envisages a minimum of 12 courses spread over four semesters, and a finishing exam. The PhD program requires additional 8 courses plus a
minimum of three years for thesis research and submission.

There are no field restrictions for applying to the MA Program in History, while PhD applicants must have an MA (or the equivalent) in History, Art and Architectural History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, or Literature.

All candidates must:

(a) Fill out an online Application Form


(b) A statement of purpose (min. 1500 words) reflective of their intellectual horizons and research interests.

They should also submit

(c) at least two letters of recommendation,

(d) an official, stamped and sealed BA or BSc transcript (with a minimum 2.50/4.00 CGPA) for the MA Program, and both the undergraduate and master's transcripts for the PhD Program,

(e) for applicants from Turkish universities: valid LES/ALES scores (in the top 8 percent on the Verbal or Equally Weighted scale) or GRE scores (minimum score of 610 in the Quantitative section)

(f) for foreign students: GRE scores (minimum score of 610 in the Quantitative section)

(g) a valid English language fluency score (TOEFL: Min. score 92 in Internet-based test, Min. score 233 in Computer-based test, Min. score 573 in Paper-based test; IELTS: Min. score 7)

International PhD applicants, in addition to the requirement above, must submit a proficiency exam result, accepted by the Council of Higher Education in Turkey (YOK) from a language other than their native ones, be it English, German or French .

Applicants from Turkish universities are expected to take a *written* *exam* *(27 January, Wednesday)*, followed by an *interview for all short-listed candidates (29 January, Friday).* Both the exam and the interview will take place on Orhanl¹, Tuzla campus.

The annual tuition fee for graduate studies at SU is currently TL 13,000 (USD 8,500) while the total cost per year may come to USD 11,000 (including on-campus room and board).

For further information, please contact: Dr. Bratislav Pantelic pantelic@sabanciuni
Sabanci University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Orhanl¹, Tuzla
34956 Istanbul
Phone ++ 90 (216) 483 9262

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Book Review: Cosmologies of Suffering:,Post-communist Transformation

Agita Lūse, Imre Lazar, eds. Cosmologies of Suffering: Post-communist Transformation, Sacral Communication, and Healing. Newcastle Cambridge Scholars, 2007. xvi + 244 pp. $69.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-84718- 258-6.

Reviewed by Jill Owczarzak (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Published on H-SAE (November, 2009)
Commissioned by Abby L. Drwecki

Social Suffering and Healing in Post-socialist Eastern Europe

The collapse of socialism in eastern Europe, and the social and political upheavals that followed, brought economic, physical, and emotional suffering to the people of the region. Widespread unemployment, the whittling away of the social safety net, and the emergence of new and murky channels of social and political influence converged to create generalized senses of loss, exploitation, and anxiety. While the collapse of socialism eliminated many of the systems that had been in place to address social and physical needs, it also opened the region to both repressed historical religious and cultural practices, and international practices and ideas. The essays collected in _Cosmologies of Suffering_ seek to shed light on the healing practices and belief systems that have emerged in post-socialist eastern Europe to combat social, physical, and emotional suffering that resulted from these sweeping changes.

In their introduction, the editors theoretically position the collected essays within the framework of medical anthropology. They argue that forms of suffering with diverse origins (moral, interpersonal, sociopolitical, and biomedical, for example) have physical consequences. In turn, the healing methods mobilized to address these origins extend beyond traditional biomedical approaches to include spiritual and shamanic healing, appeals to cosmic forces, invocations of myth, and new forms of psychotherapy (e.g., hypnosis). The nature of suffering described by the authors (as encompassing the body, the psyche, and the community) requires these new modes of
healing. They argue against the "Standard Social Science Model" of health and healing to allow for full consideration of "sacral communication, " or the "effort to mobilize transcendental resources to gain back control over personal reality transformed by enormous supranational economic and political forces" (p. 5). They employ the lens of sacral communication as healing to lend legitimacy to the
realities of both the suffering and ways of curing that their informants practice and describe.

The essays hail from throughout the region, including Russia (Lindquist, Barchunova), Romania (Keszeg), Poland (Hall, Rakowski), Slovenia (Potrata), Hungary (Lázár), Croatia (Schäuble), and Zimbabwe (Rödlach). The authors argue for the inclusion of
Rödlach's piece on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe based on its political history modeled on Communist parties. However, given that no other essays from outside eastern Europe were included, and that Zimbabwe's social, economic, cultural, and political histories diverge significantly from the socialist and post-socialist context in
central and eastern Europe, the chapter seems misplaced, despite topical and thematic overlap with the other essays. Thematically, the essays describe three overlapping modes of healing: the reemergence of cosmologies marginalized under state socialism (Lindquist, Barchunova, Keszeg); the increasing popularity of New Age practices
(Potrata, Hall); and the invocation of myths (Rödlach, Lázár, Rakowski, Schäuble).

These essays offer a valuable contribution to the ethnography of eastern Europe, particularly because the majority of the authors are "native anthropologists. " The dearth of scholars _from_ the region writing _about _the region has been a glaring gap in our understanding of the region. The essays are also useful for thinking about post-socialist transformation and its effects beyond the focus of traditional "transitology" studies, which tend to primarily focus on political and economic change and the elite-level social actors involved. The essays in _Cosmologies of Suffering_ shift the focus to the embodied consequences of national and international forces of change. Rakowski's article on the aftershocks of the mining industry's collapse in southwest Poland, for example, vividly describes the dismantling of the physical environment through the closing of the mines and the practice of salvaging from the mines that former miners have employed as a form of survival. The resultant
sense of disintegration, loss, danger, and instability has permeated individual psychology and the collective sense of well-being. Rakowski argues that one of the only ways of managing in this context of decline and instability are attempts to "grab the world and get it under control" (p. 200), primarily through dismantling their physical world themselves. In contrast to this pervasive loss that socialism's
decline brought to the mining sector of Poland's economy, Lindquist's essay reveals an instance in which postsocialism has brought new possibilities of social healing, in this case, through the reemergence of shaman-guided death rituals. Likewise, Lázár's essay illustrates the ways in which recently accessible forms of New Age
spirituality and healing in post-socialist Hungary are integrated with Hungarian myths to heal both personal and collective histories of trauma.

Despite these important contributions, the essays collected in _Cosmologies of Suffering_ leave many questions regarding the emergence of new forms of healing in the post-socialist context unanswered. First, this volume does not make connections to research done on similar topics in other regions, or illustrate the ways in
which the post-socialist context is unique in the opportunities for new healing practices that it presents. In their introduction, the authors attempt to link suffering on multiple levels, and draw connections between physical suffering and broad forces of social, economic, and political change. However, the utility of this volume is also limited by the lack of contextualization for these new systems of healing within a broader framework of decreased access to healthcare, or increased morbidity and mortality. That is, the essays in this volume to do not go far enough to explore changes in the social safety nets, and the implications of their disintegration for health and healing on a broader scale. Moreover, the articles do not address questions of how widely used these new systems of healing or interpretations of suffering are. With clearer exploration of the broader context in which these new systems of healing develop, the direction of research undertaken by these authors could make an important contribution not only to medical anthropology but to post-socialist studies as well.

Citation: Jill Owczarzak. Review of Lūse, Agita; Lazar, Imre, eds., _Cosmologies of Suffering: Post-communist Transformation, Sacral Communication, and Healing_. H-SAE, H-Net Reviews. November, 2009.

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9 PhD scholarships and 1 postdoctoral scholarship at Giessen University's International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)

Giessen University's International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), funded by the German federal government’s Excellence Initiative, offers a three-year structured PhD-programme in the study of culture. With its excellent research environment, a doctoral programme which is tailored to the needs of PhD students and the intensive personal support it provides, the Graduate Centre offers postgraduate students optimum conditions for their PhD-projects and a custom-made preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to academic and non-academic careers.

From 01st October 2010, the GCSC offers

up to 9 PhD scholarships and

1 postdoctoral scholarship.

PhD scholarships include a monthly stipend of approximately €1.100 and are offered for one year with the possibility of two extensions, each of a year. The postdoctoral scholarship, with a monthly stipend of about €1.500, is limited to two years. All scholarships start on 01st October, 2010. Acceptance of a scholarship requires participation in the study programme and the wide-ranging events offered by the GCSC, as well as active involvement in at least one GCSC graduate research group. PhD scholarship holders must register as PhD students at Justus Liebig University. There are no tuition fees for doctoral students at JLU, except for an enrolment fee of approximately €200 per semester. All scholarship holders are expected to take up residency in or near Giessen.


We invite applications contributing to the study of culture in various historical contexts as well as those analyzing contemporary phenomena The GCSC encourages applications from graduate students who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A.-degree (or equivalent) in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects or in the arts/humanities, cultural studies, or social sciences. Candidates applying for a post-doctoral scholarship should hold a PhD in the arts/humanities, cultural studies, or social sciences, have an excellent academic record, and pursue a research project relevant to the GCSC’s research areas. Fluency in either English or German is required.

Application Procedure and Deadline

The main selection criteria are the candidates’ academic qualification, the academic quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project for the GCSC’s research programme. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview; telephone interviews can be arranged for candidates from overseas.

The application deadline is March 1st, 2010 (date of receipt). All applications (including an application form and further documents as stated on the GCSC-website) have to be submitted online. Please find all information on the two-stage application procedure on our website.

If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact us at On 25th January 2010, the GCSC will host an Information Day at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35394 Giessen. The Information Day gives potential applicants the opportunity to meet the staff and students involved in the doctoral programme. You will also have the chance to obtain more information on the research areas and academic objectives of the GCSC, the wide range of interdisciplinary courses, colloquia, and conferences, the research support on offer, our international networks and partner institutions, as well as on publishing and funding opportunities available to GCSC-members.

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Nov 27, 2009

CfP/Journal: "Twenty years of post-communist transformation: changes in values and attitudes"

Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall fell down and the Iron Curtain was raised. This marked the end of the Cold War and the decline and fall of the Soviet Empire. This also opened the way for significant social, political and economic transformations in Europe. Especially the now post-communist societies of Central and Eastern Europe experienced profound transitions. In the social sphere nationalism increased and
civil society emerged.

In the political sphere multi-party democracy and free elections were introduced and a great number of countries changed their international alliances and became member states of NATO and the European Union. In the economic sphere command economies were replaced by market ones. During the past two decades these transformations have
left their imprint on the way people in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe have come to perceive, cognize and evaluate social, political and economic phenomena, i.e. their attitudes and value orientations.

This raises important questions such as: In which direction and how did values shared by post-communist citizens evolve? Are these citizens today much closer to the values shared by the citizens from European countries who never lived under a communist
regime or not? Is there a common pattern of value change in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe or is each country evolving in its own direction or is there sooner a clustering of countries visible?

Studia Sociologica is preparing a special issue focused on changes in values and attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe occurring during the post-communist transition. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers which explore the changes in value orientation in Central and Eastern Europe over the last twenty years. Papers which approach the topic from a comparative perspective, either longitudinal or cross-sectional are especially welcomed.

For those authors willing to focus on the Romanian case, the 2008 European Values Study Romanian database could be made available. Potential contributors to this issue should make their intention manifest by sending an abstract (200 words) by the 1st of January 2010 to the guest editors of this issue. Those who intend to analyze the
Romanian data should contact Malina Voicu.

Deadline for sending papers: 1st of July 2010. Please send the abstracts and papers as Word document, according to the formatting guideline of Studia Sociologia, to the guest editors:

Wil Arts:
Malina Voicu: malina@iccv. ro

Please quote 10 Academic Resources Daily in your application to this opportunity!

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