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Deadline: April 13, 2009
Indiana University's Summer workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL)
June 19-August 14, 2009

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) will fund the teaching of first year Slovene, Polish, and Czech in addition to Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, and Romanian. Tuition for SWSEEL courses in these six languages will be waived for graduate students specializing in East European studies in any discipline.

Due to the change in funding status for these languages, we are extending the funding application deadline for Czech, Polish, and Slovene. The application for these languages will reopen Monday March 30 and close on April 13, 2009. Qualified graduate students applying for these language courses by that date will receive ACLS funding and can compete for FLAS fellowships.

Apply now through the SWSEEL website: http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/

Indiana University's 59th Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages
June19th - August 14th, 2009
Bloomington, Indiana
For more information, visit the SWSEEL website:
Or email: SWSEEL@indiana.edu

-Apply through the SWSEEL website
-All students pay in-state tuition.
-Over 20 hours of weekly instruction
-Complete 1 full academic year of language study in 8 weeks!
-FLAS fellowships and other funding available (see website)

Hi everyone! :)
I am not sure how active this community is, but I figured I would try to post something anyway!

I am taking my first political science class on Eastern Europe, which mainly focuses on the politics of transition after World War I to the present day.

Because this is my first political science class, I am having a bit of trouble coming up with an essay topic for my class. Do any of you have any suggestions on topics I could look into for a potential paper topic?

I am more familiar with Czech/Poland/Ukraine, but if a topic is interesting, I'd like to learn more as well.

Any suggestions? I thank all of you in advance!

I have permission from Amacom Books to distribute an excerpt from the new book, "NOT MY TURN TO DIE: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia," by Savo Heleta. The author was 13 years old when the siege of his home town of Gorazde, Bosnia, began in 1992.

Ethnically Serbs, the Heleta family was in the difficult position of living in a Muslim city under constant attack by Serbian forces. The book is a nonstop chronicle of terror as the family is locked in a detention center, starved out, burned out, and facing the risk of death on an almost daily basis.

The excerpt I am distributing is called, "Muslims or Serbs: Who Is To Blame?" The excerpt shows how difficult it is to attach blame, as Muslim families come to the aid of the Heleta family and Serb forces threaten their lives. Savo Heleta pins the blame for atrocities in Gorazde, not on the Muslim army, but on the local police chief and mayor who make no attempt to hide their desire to murder every Serb in Gorazde.

The excerpt from NOT MY TURN TO DIE is available at the following URL:

If you prefer, I can send it to you as a text file or PDF -- send mailto:stevokeefe@bellsouth.net with the subject line, "Send Heleta" and I'll reply with the attachment.

Thanks for considering this difficult material.

For Amacom Books

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This blog is dedicated to the idea of creation of a new European Megacity, the so-called Euroarcology, capable to not only face challenges and opportunities brought by globalization and technological progress, but also take full advantage of them, and fit itself into the growing fabric of the world's urbanized civilization.

The city is to be located in the fast-growing region of Central-Eastern Europe, and connected to the biggest CEE capitals using an ultra high speed metro. The created 10-million people agglomeration will aim to compete with other international hubs like New York, London and Singapore.


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I send greetings to all my colleagues who are specializing on the same subjects as me.... And as the rules require information about myself, I'll try to be laconic. I am Ana: a Romanian by origin, an Eastern-European by birth, interests and nature, a Russian by citizenship...and a student of the History Faculty of the Moscow State University. I am studying history of arts and I have to deal with cultural aspects of the Balkan countries, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic etc. However being fond of these lands I have to learn much more than art. And of course I not only love Eastern Europe, I live here, I study here.... And it is more than my life.

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Howdy ya'll. I'm a third year undergraduate and I wanted some advice on something. For my senior exit requirement, I will be doing an undergraduate thesis.

My focus within history is on Eastern Europe, and I will be doing my undergraduate thesis on Tito's Yugoslavia. During my spring quarter (10 weeks) I will be researching, and during fall quarter next year I will be writing. Since I have all summer, I don't mind still continuing research and further suggestions. I wanted to post my tentative bibliography and see if there were any suggestions on how to improve it.

I will be looking mostly at Tito's foreign policy, but I'm open to suggestions on ways to guide it. Also, I just wanted to know if there were any Balkan historians, specifically historians of Yugoslavia or anyone with an interest in that field out there.

Thanks for looking at it, if you did. By the by, it'll be cross-posted, so I'm sorry if this shows up more than once.

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sirgrunwald [userpic]

I'm taking Central Eurasian Politics and Economies in Transition this fall. Is anyone taking anything interesting?

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For my undergrad program, we were required to write a thesis. It wasn't anything extravagant, as we only needed fifty pages. I wrote of the politics of national identity in interwar Poland and Lithuania. Basically it was just a look into the shift of pre-nationalist ideas of the state and nation during the Commonwealth Union between the two nations, and then the ideas in the reemerged states as they fought to define themselves following World War 1. I focused more on Poland, but Lithuania was very important when it came to the status of Vilnius/Wilno, as it was deep within what we would consider Lithuania, but it was a Polish city with a majority of residents being Polish.

My question is what do you think it means to be a part a nation? Nationalism isn't as strong today as it was a century ago, but patriotism is very strong. How can you reconcile the fact that most people in the Commonwealth had a dual identity of being say Ruthenian and Polish without it being a conflict in their mind? Has nationalism in a sense spoiled the multi-ethnic state? Is America going to have an ethnic seperation of empire under nationalist terms?

sirgrunwald [userpic]

Welcome to my new community. I started this so all the students of the Russian and East European Studies programs could have a place to share ideas, questions, comments and concerns involved with their academic endeavour. I am starting my Master's at Florida State this fall, and would like to use this to bounce ideas and share thoughts. Thanks!

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