Words, Concepts, Metaphors: New Advances in Historical Semantics

This colloquium will be held in Rosenwald 405 from May 16 to 17, 2014. It is sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Poetry and Poetics Workshop, Norman Wait Harris Fund, CEERES, the Graduate Student Council, and the Slavic and Comparative Literature Departments.

Lecture: "When Central Eurasia was Not Central: Strange and Familiar Parallels, 1350-1750"

As a part of the CESC Lecture Series, Yale Professor of History Peter Perdue will present a lecture titled "When Central Eurasia was not Central: Strange and Familiar Parallels, 1350-1750" from 4 PM to 5:30 PM in Stuart 102 on April 18th. Perdue is the author of "Exhausting the Earth: State and Peasant in Hunan 1500-1850 A.D." (Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1987) and "China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia" (Harvard University Press, 2005).

19th Biennial Balkan and South Slavic Conference

From April 25th to 27th, CEERES will host the 19th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore at the University of Chicago. The series of conferences, initiated in 1978 here at Chicago, showcases research in South Slavic (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian), Romance (Romanian, Aromanian, Meglenoromanian, Judezmo), Greek, Albanian, Romani, and Turkic (Turkish and Gagauz) languages, literature, and folklore.

Daskalova Lecture - "Clio on the Margins"

Krassimira Daskalova, from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria, will be giving a lecture on May 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM at the Franke Institute for the Humanities. The title of this lecture is "Clio On the Margins: on the Developments of Women's and Gender History in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe." Co-sponsors include the Central Europe Workshop, Slavic Colloquium, Anthropology Department, History Department, Center for Sexuality and Gender Studies, CEERES.

Semiotics Workshop - Lecture By Owen Kohl

Anthropology Ph.D. student Owen Kohl will be presenting a lecture titled "The Stakes of Storytelling: Hip Hop Historiography and Narrating an Ex-YU Scene" at the Semiotics Workshop, on May 29th. More details to follow.

A Lecture by Branislav Radeljić

Branislav Radeljić will give a talk entitled “Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy.” Radeljić is an Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of East London and a Visiting Faculty Fellow for the Telluride Association and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. The talk will take place at the Franke Institute for the Humanities on April 7th at 4:30 PM. The event is co-sponsored by Slavic Colloquium and CEERES.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot - An Author Night with Masha Gessen

This discussion of author Masha Gessen's acclaimed book about the Russian activist group Pussy Riot will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the Lecture Hall of the Harris School of Public Policy. Her book, Words Will Break Cement, tells "the heroic story of Pussy Riot, the activist group who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies." Gessen is a journalist who has written for Slate, the New Republic, the New York Times and other publications.

Spring Festival

The 49th Anniversary Spring Festival features workshops, a concert, parties, and culture sessions emphasizing the dance and music of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean. The events will be held in International House (1414 East 59th Street) from March 28th to 30th. The festival is co-sponsored by University of Chicago International House, Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), and the Ensemble Balkanske Igre. Information and reservations are available at ihouse.uchicago.edu or at 847-858-9822.

CEERES & The Seminary Co-op Present Two Bulgarian Authors: Virginia Zaharieva & Albena Stambolova

Readings by two Bulgarian authors - Virginia Zaharieva and Albena Stambolova - will take place at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on Friday, April 18th at 6 PM. This event is co-sponsored by CEERES. What follows is some information about both writers: Virginia Zaharieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1959. Her novel "Nine Rabbits" is among the most celebrated Bulgarian books to appear over the past two decades and the first of Zaharieva's work made available in North America.

Cinema and Media Studies Conference

This conference is entitled "Silver Screen: Theories and Histories of Cinematic Color." Details forthcoming.


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