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  • Jody Madeira and Basia Andraka-Christou (IU), "In vitro Fertilization: Politics and Law in Poland"

    Thursday, February 11, 2016, 4:00pm. Baier Hall (Maurer School of Law) 124. Lecture, Discussion, and Reception. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please contact polish@indiana.edu with any questions.
  • Barbara Mann (Jewish Theological Seminary, NY), "Makom: The Place of Space in Jewish Cultures"

    Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:30pm. Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union. Barbara Mann is Associate Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The author of Space and Place in Jewish Studies (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space (Stanford University Press, 2005), Mann was previously a member of the faculty in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan and at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Recent work continues to address the role of memory in Israel-Palestine; her current research concerns the relation between Jewish writing and material culture. Mann has taught and shared her work in a variety of academic and community settings, and her lectures feature an array of text and image to engage audiences in thoughtful, critical discussion. This is the 2016 Samuel & Lillian Solotkin Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies and Keynote Address for the 4th annual JSGSA Conference "Kissing the Mezuzah: Jewish Between Public and Private Space." This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact iujsp@indiana.edu.
  • IU Preparing Future Faculty Conference, “Focus on the Future: Opportunities and Challenges in the Next Generation University"

    Friday, February 12, 2016, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Indiana Memorial Union. The PFF conference is a one-day professionalization event designed to provide graduate students from all disciplines and at all phases of their educations with important information about preparing for their future academic careers. This year the conference will consist of four sessions (three panels and one round table) addressing different issues of concern to graduate students. Topics will range from navigating the job market, to issues in teaching and pedagogy, to exploring the variety of professional opportunities available inside (and outside) of academia, among other subjects. Visit our website for more information and to view the program. The conference is free and open to all Indiana University graduate students, but please register here early for the free lunch. Limited space is available for the luncheon, and registration closes Monday, February 8. Contact Annalise Loehr (aloehr@indiana.edu) for more information.
  • Nadezhda Filimonova (Russian State Hydrometeoroloigcal University), "Arctic Geopolitics: The Russian Perspective on China’s and India’s Roles in the Far North"

    Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:15pm. Global & International Studies Building 4067. In recent years development of the Arctic region has increasingly concerned both Arctic (Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland) and non-Arctic countries (China, India, South Korea and Singapore). The growing attention to the region reflects its scientific significance and economic potential; the Arctic offers opportunities for exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits and navigation along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This presentation will provide an overview of the Russian and Asian states’ interests and policy in the Far North and will examine future directions for these countries to collaborate in various areas by identifying mutual interests, actors, possible challenges and effects of cooperation on the policies of these states in the Arctic region. Nadezhda Filimonova currently heads the World Meteorological Organization Relations Department at the Russian State Hydrometeorological University in St. Petersburg. In the past she has worked in Sweden at both universities and governmental agencies. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including most recently in 2016 the Fulbright Scholarship for Russian International Education Administrators. Her research addresses international cooperation and competition for access to resources in the Arctic with a focus on Russia’s presence in the High North. Filimonova holds two Masters Degrees: one in Political Science and International Studies from Uppsala University and the other in International Relations from St. Petersburg State University. Sponsors: REEI, School of Education. Persons who need assistance to attend this event, should contact the REEI offices at reei@indiana.edu or 812-855-7309.
  • Slavic Symposium presents Jasna Sego (Zagreb), "The Image of the Female Teacher in 19th Century Croatian Literature"

    Friday, February 12, 1:00pm. Ballantine Hall 305. The first Slavic Symposium for 2016 will be held this Friday, February 12, at 1 PM. Visiting scholar Jasna Sego (Zagreb) will give a talk entitled “The Image of the Female Teacher in 19th Century Croatian Literature” in Ballantine Hall room 305. Please come, listen to, and meet Jasna Sego!
  • Workshop in Methods presents Dr. Christena Nippert-Eng (IU), "Watching Closely: Reflections of the Methods of Direct Observation"

    Friday, February 12, 2016, 2:00pm. Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200). Ethnographers rely on three related activities to conduct research in the field: observation, conversation, and participation. Observing others in their environments and using this data to inform and share conclusions is an essential part of any fieldworker’s toolkit. Of these three activities, ethnographers’ observational muscles tend to be their weakest. In this talk, Christena Nippert-Eng offers her own contribution to the strengthening of direct observation research based on her recent book, Watching Closely: A Guide to Ethnographic Observation (Oxford, Nov 2015). The book includes nine exercises for practicing observational skills, including a preparatory briefing and post-exercise discussion. A companion website includes sample responses to each exercise from previous students, who practiced by observing Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo gorillas. Nippert-Eng hopes to encourage the use of more creative ways of collecting and analyzing data, such as sketching, diagramming, and photography, while helping fieldworkers develop more concrete expectations for the potential uses and meanings of ethnographic data. The goal is for ethnographers to not only strengthen their core skills, mindset, and creativity, but also to produce research that is more scientifically rigorous and persuasive.
  • Viktor Shenderovich of Ekho Moskvy in Indianapolis

    Saturday, February 13, 2016. Park Tudor School Lecture Hall, 7200 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 13 февраля в 7ч.вечера в Park Tudor School (Lecture Hall) - 7200 North College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46240 состоится встреча "Особое мнение" с Виктором Шендеровчем в Индианаполисе". Самый яркий и бесстрашный публицист, писатель-сатирик Виктор Шендерович поделится своим видением картины мира, проанализирует политическую ситуацию в России и США, выскажется о своих взглядах на перспективы развития мирового сообщества и ответит на любые вопросы. Билеты у входа $30 или на интернете: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/21180627828. Надеемся скоро увидеться. Ваши Индивстречи (Indy Vstrechi | indyvstrechi@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Frances Trix (IU), "Working with Refugees on the Syrian Refugee Trail: Strategic Camps in Eastern Europe"

    Monday, February 15, 2016, 12:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 3067. As winter falls, women and children compose an increasingly higher percentage of the Middle Eastern refugees on the refugee trail to Western Europe. What dangers and fears threaten refugees crossing from Turkey through Greece and the Balkans to Germany? What roles do governments, large international agencies, and local NGOs play in the refugee camps on the way? What are “strategic camps”? Who is being excluded? Dr. Trix recently returned from Macedonia, where she assisted Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees in refugee camps. She previously worked with Bosnian and Kosovar refugees from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. She has long conducted research in Muslim communities in the US, Turkey, and the Balkans. A speaker of Turkish, Albanian, colloquial Arabic, French, and some Macedonian, she has also taught, researched, and lived in Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria. She is Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Anthropology at IUB. This event is sponsored by the Institute for European Studies, the Russian and East European Institute, and the Center for the Study of the Middle East.
  • NECL and CSME present Professor Kevin Martin's (IU) Book Launch and Lunch Lecture, "A State Without Citizens: The Tragedy of Syrian History"

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 3067. The years 1954–1958 in Syria are popularly known as "The Democratic Years," a brief period of civilian government before the consolidation of authoritarian rule. Kevin W. Martin provides a cultural history of the period and argues that the authoritarian outcome was anything but inevitable. Examining the flourishing broadcast and print media of the time, he focuses on three public figures, experts whose professions — law, the military, and medicine — projected modernity and modeled the new Arab citizen. This experiment with democracy, however abortive, offers a model of governance from Syria’s historical experience that could serve as an alternative to dictatorship.
  • Islamic Studies Program Guided Art Tour of the Lilly Library

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:00pm. Lilly Library, Indiana University Bloomington. Discover the wonderful collection of Islamic art at Indiana University’s Lilly Library. See manuscripts, rare Qur’ans, illustrations, miniature books & other artefacts. Tour is free and open to the public, and it is approximately 1 hour long. Your expert guide will be Yasemin Gencer, Doctoral Candidate in Islamic Art History, Department of Art History, Indiana University. Registration: Send an email message to islmprog@indiana.edu and indicate your name and number of attendees. Space is limited so register today and guarantee your spot! February Tour Date: Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 4:00-5:00pm Please meet your group in the Lilly Library lobby at 3:55pm.
  • Catherine Robson (NYU), "“Voice and the Prussian Phonograph Commission in World War I”"

    Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:00pm. Persimmon Room, Indiana Memorial Union. European History Workshop. The paper is precirculated and available on Oncourse. If you don’t have access to the EHW Oncourse site, please email Roberta Pergher (rpergher@indiana.edu) and she will send you the paper.
  • IAUNRC Brown Bag Talk: Jamsheed Chosky (IU)

    Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 3015. Distinguished Professor and CEUS Chairman Jamsheed Choksy will speak informally on the adventures and trials of fieldwork in Pakistan, India, Iran, and the Middle East. He will focus on his undergraduate and graduates years (1981-1991), and on the differences between then and subsequent years. Pictures will be shown.
  • Polish Film Night

    Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 0003. Polish Film Night. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please contact polish@indiana.edu with any questions.
  • Kim Hodong (Seoul National University), “Was ‘Da Yuan’ a Chinese Dynasty? A Mongol Perspective"

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4:00pm. Distinguished Alumni Room, Indiana Memorial Union. Co-sponsors: Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, and Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Jay Howard (Butler), "Why Won't They Talk? Using Discussion to Facilitate Learning"

    Friday, February 26, 2016, 12:00pm. School of Public and Environmental Affairs 167. Faculty often wish to engage students in class discussion, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up the effort. Why should we seek to engage students? What classroom norms sometimes undermine students’ participation? Which students are most likely to participate and to choose not to participate? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the non-talkers? In an interactive session, we will engage each of these questions using a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to engage students and maximize learning.
  • Polish Folk Dancing Workshop

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 4:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 1134. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please contact polish@indiana.edu with any questions.
  • The Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center & The Russian and East European Institute present the "Syllabus Design Workshop"

    Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10:00am. Global & International Studies Building 3067. The Workshop will include presentations that cover: Developing course themes and concepts; Writing the course description; Creating learning objectives, course policies, a grading rubric, and course activities; Picking and organizing a reading list; Drafting a schedule; Designing for semester, eight week, and summer courses. Samuel Buelow is a PhD candidate in Anthropology with minors in CEUS and Gender Studies. He has developed syllabi for courses at both IUB and IUPUI in the departments of Folklore, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, Collins, and Global Village. Breakfast Provided, please RSVP to aces@indiana.edu.
  • Conference: CLACS Graduate Conference, “ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South”

    Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, 2016. Indiana University Bloomington. The 5th annual conference of the CLACS Graduate Student Association, ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South, is explicitly interdisciplinary and encourages participants to expose past and present challenges that have influenced access to resources and technology throughout the Global South with emphasis on local, regional, and national level state actors. Within this theme, we invite graduate students from diverse and professional backgrounds to submit abstracts exploring access to resources, ideas, technology, and information. Though being sponsored by Indiana University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, we welcome research from other Global South regions including (but not limited to) Africa, South Asia, Southwest Asia, etc. Other abstracts relating to this theme will also be considered.
  • Book Launch with Alvin Rosenfeld and Günther Jikeli (IU), “"Deciphering the New Antisemitism”"

    Friday, March 4, 2016, 12:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 4067. Jewish Studies Faculty-Graduate Student Workshop.
  • Mona Siegel (Cal State, Sacramento), “European and Chinese feminists in the interwar period”

    Friday, March 4, 2016, 12:00pm. Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union. European History Workshop. The paper is precirculated and available on Oncourse. If you don’t have access to the EHW Oncourse site, please email Roberta Pergher (rpergher@indiana.edu) and she will send you the paper.
  • In Light Film Festival and International Arthouse Series presents The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

    Friday, March 4, 2016, 9:30pm. IU Cinema. Directed By: Chad Gracia, Not Rated Documentary (War), 80 Minutes. Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with Chernobyl, and with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away 2 miles from the disaster site: a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed the “Russian Woodpecker” for the constant clicking radio frequencies that it emits. In Gracia’s award-winning documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers—and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine’s emerging revolution and war. (2K DCP Presentation)
  • Poetry and Pierogi Night

    Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:30pm. Global & International Studies Building 1134. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please contact polish@indiana.edu with any questions.
  • 23rd Annual ACES Conference

    Saturday, March 12, 2016. Indiana University Bloomington. It is with great pleasure that CEUS wishes to invite panel and paper proposals to the 23nd Annual ACES Conference to be held on March 12th, 2016 at Indiana University in Bloomington. Students, faculty, and independent scholars are cordially invited to submit abstracts of papers addressing all topics pertaining to Central Eurasian Studies by November 4th, 2015. For the purposes of this conference, Central Eurasian Studies refers to the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Iranian, Mongolic, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states. Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference Committee to a suitable panel. All proposals will be subject to a double-blind review process.
  • Terje Østebø (Florida), “Islamic Reformism as Network of Meaning: The Intellectualist Movement in Ethiopia"

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 4:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 2067. Co-sponsors: Islamic Studies Program, Center on American and Global Security, and Center for the Study of the Middle East
  • Conference: Ninth Annual Romanian Studies Conference

    Friday and Satruday, March 25-26, 2016. Indiana University Bloomington. The Romanian Studies Organization at Indiana University is pleased to announce its ninth annual international conference, taking place March 25-26, 2016, on the Bloomington campus. We welcome proposals from graduate students and recent PhDs on any topic related to Romania, Moldova, or the Romanian diaspora, in any discipline or methodology. Past panels have included: “Landscapes of Heritage in Romania,” “Politicizing Ethnicity: Individual and Collective Identities,” “Agency and Authenticity under Socialism,” “The Pain of Transition: Continuities and Changes between Regimes,” and “Civil Society, Corruption, and Resistance in (Post) Communist Romania.” We especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches but we regularly accept papers from historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, linguists, literary critics, and musicologists. This year, the keynote talk titled “The Good and the Bad: Civil Society Input in Romanian Transitional Justice” will be delivered by Dr. Lavinia Stan, associate professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Stan received her PhD in Political Science from University of Toronto. Dr. Stan has authored two books on civil society and post-communist transition in Romania: Leaders and Laggards: Governance, Civicness and Ethnicity in Post-Communist Romania (2003) and Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania: The Politics of Memory (2013), published by Cambridge University Press. She has also contributed to, edited, and co-authored eight other books that analyze post-communist transition and democracy in Romania. Expanding on her previous work, Dr. Stan’s talk will argue that some civil society can have a seriously detrimental input on transitional justice and, through it, on the democratization effort. In post-communist Romania, groups and associations gathering former communist-era perpetrators (secret political police agents, and tenants occupying abusively confiscated dwellings) and collaborators (the Romanian Orthodox Church) have persistently undermined accountability, transparency and the rule of law, while blocking meaningful reckoning with the communist crimes in which they participated. Please see the flyer or contact Catalin Cristoloveanu for more details.
  • IU Spring Ballet, “Four Faces of Balanchine”

    Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2016. Pre-Show Talk at 6:30pm. Performance at 7:30pm. IU Musical Arts Center. George Balanchine (b. Georgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze in St. Petersburg, Russia) was the choreographic genius of the 20th century. “See the music, hear the dance,” he said — and you will in this stunning spring collection! RAYMONDA VARIATIONS: Balanchine loved Alexander Glazunov’s music for the ballet Raymonda, praising its “grand and generous manner” and its “joy and playfulness.” See that admiration personified in this abstract, highly romantic dazzler. TARANTELLA: Fascinating rhythms … Neapolitan flair. The master took Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s marvelous music and created a pas de deux to show off the explosive talent of Edward Villella and his incandescent partner, Patricia McBride. Enjoy this virtuosic showstopper! ELEGIE: Russian soul personified—Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s exquisite Suite No. 3 and Balanchine’s inspired choreography capture its essence in this dream ballet. SERENADE: Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic music, here is Balanchine’s first made-in-America ballet. A stunningly beautiful portrait of symmetry that bewitches audiences everywhere.
  • POSTPONED Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies by Professor Tony Kushner and Aimee Bunting (Southampton), "Introducing the Co-Present"

    Monday, March 28, 2016, 5:30pm. Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union. The historiography of the Holocaust has long been shaped by the triangular formation of the victim, the perpetrator and the bystander categories, language not only reflecting legal terminology but also a sense of morality that continues to permeate confrontations with the Holocaust today. These lectures will not dismiss those categories but will introduce and argue for the importance of another - that of the co-present. This group of remarkable individuals co-existed alongside the Holocaust as captives, liberators, soldiers, doctors to name but a few, and they came from many different backgrounds and cultures. They encountered the Holocaust, its victims and its perpetrators and drew that experience in to their lives with lasting consequences both for themselves and for Holocaust memory and representation. Their remarkable personal experiences of being co-present will form the basis for the second of these lectures. Firstly, in this opening lecture, we will endeavour to problematize perhaps the most unfixed of the three traditional categories – that of the bystander – and to argue that there are those who occupied another space in the realm of the Holocaust that is, as yet not fully explored: the Co-Present. The Co-Present, we will argue, utilising examples within and beyond Holocaust studies (including Apartheid South Africa), rather than being a simple sub-category of 'bystander', enables a more subtle approach allowing for cross over into victim and even perpetrator status.
  • Conference: “America’s Role in the World: Issues Facing the Next President” (Inaugural Conference)

    Tuesday through Thursday, March 29-31, 2016. Indiana University Bloomington. The next President will face a momentous set of global challenges when he or she takes office in 2017. These include both pressing foreign policy and security issues and strategic challenges. Issues that are likely to command the attention of a new President include: how to address the spreading turmoil in the Middle East driven by the rise of ISIS; the effort to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, and how to adapt last century international institutions to meet the global challenges of the present century, ranging from nuclear proliferation, to the growing risk of cyber attack, and political and economic inequality around the world. How these policy choices are framed in the next few months will shape public opinion and, as a consequence, available policy choices for a new administration. The conference aims to reflect the tradition of non-partisan support for American engagement in the world, embodied by conference co-conveners, Congressman Lee Hamilton and Senator Richard Lugar and hosted by Ambassador Lee Feinstein, Dean of the School of Global and International Studies. The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, and journalists to identify and debate issues of critical importance to the country from a variety of perspectives.
  • POSTPONED Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies by Professor Tony Kushner and Aimee Bunting (Southampton), "Co-Presence and Performing Memory"

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 5:30pm. Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union. So often marked with an accusatory approach, studies of the Western Allies and the Holocaust developed late on in Holocaust historiography. Whilst there has been a defensive reaction to some of the polemical literature, the general tenor has been critical with issues of morality to the fore. The category of bystander has been widely employed to show the indifference and indeed antipathy of the liberal democracies to the plight of the Jews. By exploring the experiences of those who existed in Nazi camps such as Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen as co-presents with the Jews and other victim groups, and then as liberators in Belsen, Dachau, Buchenwald and other western camps, a more complex pattern can be detected. The best of Holocaust studies is interdisciplinary and this lecture will utilise literary and cultural approaches as well as historical to make sense of those who wrote and re-wrote their experiences as co-presents to the Shoah. The focus will be on soldiers and others from the British Empire, enabling the study of a wide range of backgrounds from across the globe, as far reaching as India and Australia, but other experiences, especially American, will also feature. The shaping and politics of memory will be at the heart of this lecture: where does the co-present exist in our complex memory of the Holocaust and how and why do we remember the Holocaust?
  • Timothy Wiles Memorial Lecture by David Crowley (Royal College of Art – London), “The Culture of Testimony in Poland after the Second World War”

    Thursday, March 31, 2016, 5:00pm. University Club President's Room, Indiana Memorial Union. Timothy Wiles Memorial Lecture by David Crowley, Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design Programme, Royal College of Art - London. Reception will follow. Please contact polish@indiana.edu with any questions.
  • International Arthouse Series presents Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Liza, a Rókatündér) (2015)

    Friday, April 1, 2016, 6:30pm and Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00pm. IU Cinema. Directed By: Károly Ujj Mészáros, Not Rated Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, 98 Minutes. Fox-Fairies are female demons found in Japanese folklore who seduce men and rob them of their lives. Liza is a naïve and terribly lonely nurse living in Budapest and it looks very much like she is one of them because all her potential beaus end up dying on the very first date. In Hungarian and Japanese with English subtitles. (2K DCP Presentation)
  • Conference: "Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and the Dynamics of Delegitimization: An International Scholars Conference"

    Saturday through Wednesday, April 2-6, 2016. Indiana University Bloomington. This conference will aim to explore the thinking that informs contemporary anti- Zionism and to clarify the ties such thinking may have with antisemitism and broader ideological, political, and cultural currents of thought. For a full description, please click here to visit the conference website, or visit our Academic Opportunities page.
  • Polish Board Game Night

    Monday, April 4, 2016, 6:00pm. Global & International Studies Building 1134. Polish Board Game Night. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please contact polish@indiana.edu with any questions.
  • Nick Stargardt (Oxford), "Germans at War"

    Friday, April 8, 2016, 12:00pm. Persimmon Room, Indiana Memorial Union. European History Workshop. The paper is precirculated and available on Oncourse. If you don’t have access to the EHW Oncourse site, please email Roberta Pergher (rpergher@indiana.edu) and she will send you the paper.
  • IU Medieval Studies Symposium, “Medieval Globalisms: Movement in the Global Middle Ages”

    Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2016. Indiana University Bloomington. The Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University invites proposals dealing with any aspect of Medieval Globalisms: movement, discourse, and cultural exchange. Scholars have rigorously interrogated modern models of globalism, but what does "global" mean for the Middle Ages? This symposium aims to identify the global perspectives that emerged in this period in which people, ideas, and objects traversed the globe through travel, trade, war, and exodus, and to explore the larger geographic context in which the Middle Ages occurred. In addition to the geographic, papers might explore studies of medieval conceptions of the globe and its relation to the self. Rather than viewing medieval places through the model of center and periphery, we ask participants to consider a de-centered medieval globe in which no one locale is given preference over another and to envision the period as a time of dynamic cross-cultural interactions. We encourage proposals about texts, traditions, and localities outside of traditional, Eurocentric medieval studies. Topics include, but are not limited to: Movement of Objects and People; Epidemics and Disease Transmission, Trade Networks; Reception and Translation of Texts across Cultures; Exoticism and Fetishization; Medieval Conceptions of Geography and Mapping; Ocean and Environmental Studies; Cosmopolitanism and Urban Centers; Diplomacy, Tribute, and Gift-Giving; Linguistic Interactions; Local and Global Knowledges; Alternative Conceptions of the Self and Otherness; Universalizing Medieval Historiography; Travel Narratives and Pilgrimage Literature; Encyclopedism and Technical Writing; Scientific and Medical Knowledge; Pedagogy and Teaching Globalisms; Religion and Religious Minorities.
  • Guest Conductor Marzio Conti (Oviedo Philharmonic), “Rachmaninoff and Sibelius”

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 8:00pm. Musical Arts Center. Music Director of the Oviedo Philharmonic (OFIL) in Spain since 2011, Marzio Conti has earned recognition and the acclaim of audiences and critics for his achievements in guiding the orchestra to new artistic heights. He has earned numerous awards and has been named a juror for the arts prize of the prestigious Premios Asturias. This season brought a major critical success with a recording of the complete symphonic works of Saint-Saens for Warner Classic. This year, he will record the music of De Falla and Turina for Decca. At the community level, Mr. Conti has earned praise for his special projects at local centers and for a joint venture with the University of Oviedo to offer films with music, services for families, musical projects related to sports and outdoor summer events designed to spotlight historic parts of the city. Since his arrival in Oviedo, the symphonic season of OFIL has established a standard of excellence for the musical world of Spain, presenting notable artists such as Midori, Christian Zimermann, Gregory Kunde, Elina Garanca, Elisso Vissaladze, Sabine Mayer, Cecilia Bartoli, Natalia Gutman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Katia and Marielle Lebeque, Grigory Sokolov and as hosts to the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Salonen), St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Gergiev), Gothenburg Symphony (Dudamel), and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Gardiner). Repertoire: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 | Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82
  • Contemporary Post-Yugoslav Cinema presents White, White World (Beli, Beli Svet) (2010)

    Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:00pm. IU Cinema. Directed By: Oleg Novković, Not Rated Drama, 121 Minutes. Set in the dying city of Bor, a mining town in Serbia’s version of the Rust Belt, Novković’s film has been likened to a modern Greek tragedy in which “characters sing, but never dance.” In a post-industrial landscape, a Balkan tango of love and death develops, as petty thieves, abandoned lovers, and other peripheral characters tossed aside by the post-socialist transition connect in the only thing they still possess: a passoniate, inalianable desire for life itself. In Serbian with English subtitles. Please note: contains mature content, including drug usage, nudity, and strong language. Producer Milena Trobozic Garfield is scheduled to be present. (Digital)
  • International Arthouse Series presents 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2015)

    Friday, April 29, 2016, 6:30pm and Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:00pm. IU Cinema. Directed By: Jerzy Skolimowski, Not Rated Drama (Thriller), 81 Minutes. A cross-section of contemporary urbanites’ lives and loves intertwine, including a jealous husband out of control, his sexy actress wife, a sleazy Hollywood director, a reckless drug messenger, a disoriented young woman, an ex-con hot-dog vendor, a troubled student on a mysterious mission, a high-rise window cleaner on an illicit break, an elderly sketch artist, a hectic paramedics team, and a group of hungry nuns. All of them live in an unsure world where anything could happen at any time. An unexpected chain of events can seal many fates in a mere 11 minutes. In Polish and English with English subtitles. (2K DCP Presentation)
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