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CSEES Weekly January 27, 2015

2015-16 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Competition

Application Deadline: February 2, 2015 4:30PM

Through Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education, CSEES is running Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship competitions for summer 2015 and the 2015-16 academic year.  The fellowship is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students that are studying Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, and Uzbek (based on availability of languages).  

More detailed information about the fellowship and eligibility requirements can be found on the Slavic Center's website, as well as a downloadable application.  Please email Eileen Kunkler,, with any questions.

Please be aware the deadline is next Monday, February 2nd at 4:30PM! No late applications will be accepted!

2015 Polish Studies Initiative Grant and Scholarship Competition

Application Deadline: February 2, 2015

The Polish Studies Initiative would like to announce its 2015 Grant and Scholarship Competition.  Scholarships are available for undergraduates and pre-candidacy PhD students to support the study of Polish language and culture through study abroad or summer intensive language programs that will occur in the 2015 May Session or Summer Semester.  Awards will range from $500-$1,000. 
Grants are open to post-candidacy PhD students and faculty to support research and curriculum development in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that will enhance the understanding of Polish society and culture, including Polish-American culture.  Funds can be requested up to $1,500.  For more information and to download the application, please visit the Polish Studies Initiative's funding page.   
For questions, please email the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at

The application deadline is next Monday, February 2nd!  Late applications will not be accepted!   

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

January 8-January 29, 2015

“This is a cinema of personal vision, social commitment, and poetic responsibility from which we’ve all learned. I hope that you will enjoy these great films as much as I do.” –Martin Scorsese
Curated by Martin Scorsese, this touring retrospective features films from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers, spanning the period from 1957-87. Each film has been digitally remastered and restored, allowing a rare opportunity to discover or revisit classic films from one of the world’s richest national cinemas.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures, the Polish American Club (PAC), the Polish Studies Initiative, and the Ohio State Polish Club.

Thursday, January 29: 7:00PM
To Kill This Love
(Janusz Morgenstern, 1972) and Mother Joan of the Angels (Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1960)
A scrappy, bitterly funny, and ultimately heartbreaking love story set against the harsh backdrop of the communist regime, To Kill This Love shows what it was like to be young at the turn of the 1970s in Poland. While Neil Armstrong lands on the moon, a couple discovers love and life in the big city. Quotas keep them from getting into the university, so the only option to reach their ambitions and dreams of independence seems to be to enter the mean, conformist reality surrounding them. (96 mins., DCP)  Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Mother Joan of the Angels is a strikingly designed and feverishly intense spiritual drama. A devout Father arrives in a remote 17th century Polish town to investigate a case of demonic possession in the local convent, where the nuns are prone to episodes of hysteria and sexually charged frenzies. The priest must then choose between sacrificing his own purity and saving the convent from evil. (110 mins., DCP)

2015 Undergraduate Olympiada of Spoken Russian

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 11:00AM-4:00PM

Kent State University

The fifth annual Undergraduate Russian Olympiada will take place at Kent State University on Saturday, February 28.  Students enrolled in first-fourth-year Russian at an Ohio college or university are eligible to compete.  Heritage learners that are enrolled in Russian courses are eligible to compete in a separate category as well.  The Olympiada is a great chance to meet students and professors of Russian from other Ohio colleges and universities and learn more about them and their programs.  

Please read a detailed description of the competition and submit your application on the Olympiada website.  Applications are due Friday, February 20, 2015. 

Another Muhammad? Politics, Theology, and the Fate of Islamic Rationalist Disciplines

January 27, 4:00-5:00PM, Denney Hall 206

Lecture by Dr. Asad Ahmed

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures invites you to "Another Muhammad? Politics, Theology, and the Fate of Islamic Rationalist Disciplines." This lecture aims to show that the history of the rationalist disciplines (ma'qulat, such as logic, philosophy, astronomy, etc.) in Muslim South Asia was driven by non-trivial social and political contexts. Taking up the example of a theological debate on the finality of the Prophet, the presentation examines how reformist and establishment scholars deployed various technical tools in rationalist scholarship (especially logic) to argue for the validity of their position on this issue. In the process, they breathed new life into several subfields of the rationalist disciplines. This brief period of focus on the relevant technical tools was not due to some predictable orientation of texts, but was the product of the complex layers of the cultural, social, political, and technological landscapes of nineteenth century Muslim India. Asad Q. Ahmed is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

2015 Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair

January 28, 10:30AM-3:30PM

Ohio Union Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom

The Arts and Sciences Career Services Office is pleased to announce that they have combined three of their most popular career fairs (Summer Internship Fair, Nonprofit Opportunities Fair, and Summer Camp and Recreation Fair) into one comprehensive event - the 2015 Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair.

Please view their website for a detailed list of events and employers that will be present.

Prepare, Present, and Preserve: Moving Your Research Posters from Physical to Digital

January 28, 5:00-6:30PM, Thompson Library, Room 150A/B

Research Commons Spring 2015 Workshop

The Research Commons will host its first spring 2015 workshop.  Looking for tips on how to prepare an eye-catching and informative research poster? Curious about how to archive and increase access to your poster so it can still make an impact long after the forum is over? Join the Knowledge Bank and the Undergraduate Research Office to learn more about best practices for preparing research posters and opportunities to preserve them digitally. If you’re a graduate preparing for the Hayes or an undergraduate preparing for the Denman, then this session is for you!  Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Please register for the workshop.

Vernacular Religious Wars: The Battle of Sukosd

Lecture Series and Graduate Student Workshop

Vernacular Religious Wars: The Battle of Sukosd
Lecture by Istvan Povedak
Thursday, January 29, 4:00-5:30PM, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Conflicts between believers and the clergy arose in a small Hungarian village in 1993 when a woman claimed that Jesus appeared to her and asked her to serve as his messenger. Since then Marika, the visionary of Sukosd, has received messages from Jesus on every first Friday of the month. During these long rituals, the woman experiences the Stations of the Cross and relives the sufferings of Christ until she finally ‘dies’ and falls unconscious. In the past two decades her “Golgotha” induced a remarkable pilgrimage from different parts of Hungary. Despite prohibition by Hungarian bishops, the chapel – built by Marika and her followers – is filled with pilgrims waiting for the message of Jesus mediated by the visionary.
This lecture will examine the contradictorily interpreted phenomena that generated significant tensions in the vernacular religiosity of Hungarian Roman Catholic believers. A central question of the lecture is how this movement has been incorporated in the ‘playground of pseudo-historians.’ Though the practice has taken on a neonationalist overtone it has had little to no international attention.

Transitions in Vernacular Religiosity: The Post-Socialist Case
Graduate Student Workshop
Co-leaders: Istvan Povedak  and Kinga Povedak
Monday, February 2, 12:00-2:00PM, Mershon Center for International Security Studies   

This workshop aims to introduce the changes and transformations of vernacular religiosity of Central- and Eastern Europe in the past half-century. The first part of the lecture will focus on the religious circumstances of the Socialist era, the survival strategies of vernacular religiosity, the role of religious music as a countercultural practice. The second thematic part analyzes the transformations after 1989, the influx of transnational religious movements in the region such as the Pentecostal awakening among Romani groups and the “Neopagan-Christian war”. The aspects of religious transformations will be demonstrated through Hungarian case studies.
The Sacralization of Nation-How Neo-nationalism Effects Vernacular Culture in Post-socialist Hungary
Lecture by Istvan Povedak
Thursday, February 12, 3:30PM, Mershon Center for International Security Studies

During the past decades there has been significant transformation in the way how certain Hungarian subcultures relate to their national consciousness. Starting with the spread of some alternative historians' ideas on the mysterious origin of Hungarian people, numerous concepts connecting to neonationalism has appeared and gained increasing popularity. These concepts can be found not only in politics but in almost all segments of culture from vernacular religion to festivals, from popular arts and music to the reinterpretation of historical heroes.

If you require assistance to attend these events, please contact the organizers at

DSEELC Literature and Culture Forum

Lecture by Dr. Michael Gorham

January 30, 1:25PM, Jennings Hall 160

As part of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures' Literature and Culture Forum, Dr. Michael Gorham will be giving a presentation on Friday, January 30 entitled "Scumbags, Boors, and the Battle for Civil(ized) Discourse on the Russian-language Internet" that is open to all.

Anyone who has been paying close attention to Russian politics over the past two years can attest to the heightened attention devoted to public language and the internet as sources of verbal, cultural, and political contamination. According to one policy watch group, in just the past six months, some 20 different pieces of draft legislation have been introduced to restrict, control, monitor, or otherwise regulate the Russian-language internet (Runet). This talk examines how and why commonly held attitudes toward language help shape the perception of degradation, pollution, anarchy and all-permissiveness, beginning with the phenomenon of “scumbag language” (iazyk padonkov) and extending to Putin’s recently embraced civilizational discourse. This perception, in turn, has made Russian internet culture vulnerable to symbolic associations with all sorts of taboo or otherwise socially unacceptable behavior (ranging from cursing to treason, with slander, blasphemy, extremism, and pedophilia somewhere along that spectrum) and has thus provided rhetorical justification for regulating, reigning in, repatriating, and ultimately censoring Runet-based civil discourse.​

Jewish Lives under Fire in Ukraine

February 8, 5:00PM

Jewish Federation of Columbus, 1175 College Ave.

A musical evening organized by the Jewish Federation of Columbus featuring Ukrainian-born violinist Arkadiy Gips and an update on current relief work in Ukraine.  The event will also feature guest-speaker Etta Gross Zimmerman, an active board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) for more than a decade.  She is also the former Chair of JDC's Ukraine Committee.  A dessert reception will follow the event. 

Tickets: $25 or $20 for students in advance.  $35 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through their website.  For additional information, please contact Marni Kostman at or call (614)559-3205.      

Mershon Center Offers Grants and Scholarships for Faculty and Students

Application Deadline: February 13

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds.
Faculty and student research grant applications must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. Mershon is also interested in projects that emphasize their initiatives in climate and security, peace-building and development, and democratization; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; or address the university's Discovery Themes of health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.  
In recent years the center has funded several dozen faculty and student research projects with grants for travel, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, surveys, library costs, and more.  To learn about the types of projects being funded, please see past issues of the Mershon Center Annual Report on the website under Publications.
The Mershon Center has also established the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates whose professional training and career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit by studying in a foreign country. Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses, especially those deemed critical for national security. As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.
For more information, including application forms and instructions, please see the Grants section of the Mershon Center website. The deadline for all applications is Friday, February 13, 2015.

Charting Cubism across Central and Eastern Europe

February 13-14, 2015

College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, New York

The 2015 College Art Association's Annual Conference wishes to invite the public to attend Charting Cubism across Central and Eastern Europe, a two-part symposium held on Friday, February 13th, and Saturday, February 14th, 2015.

The symposium is presented by the Historians of German and Central European Art and Architecture (HGCEA) and the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

First Session
Friday February 13th, 12:30–2:00 PM
College Art Association Annual Conference, New York
Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
Nassau Suite, 2nd Floor
This session is free and open to the public.

Second Session
Saturday February 14th, 2:00–5:00 PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
This session is free with Museum admission

Full information on the sessions and speakers can be found on the Historians of German and Central European Art's website.

CFP: Inner Eurasia Then and Now: Legacies of Thought, Space, and Empire

Deadline: February 15

Conference: March 27, 2015, New York University

The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies (OASIES) at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton University is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Student Conference.

The conference considers Eurasia past and present, spanning from the Black Sea to Mongolia, from Siberia to South Asia. Stressing multi-disciplinarity, submissions are welcome from a variety of departments, programs, and centers, including but not limited to: Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Caucasian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Mongolian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, South Asian Studies, and Tibetan Studies.

Please include the following information with all submissions:
1) Name of presenter, academic position, and institutional affiliation
2) Title of the paper
3) Abstract of no more than 300 words
Send submissions to no later than February 15, 2015. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length. Unfortunately, financial support is not available for participants. For more information on OASIES and past conferences, please visit

Medieval Slavic Summer Institute

Application Deadline: February 20

Institute: June 22-July 17, 2015

The Hilandar Research Library (HRL), the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (DSEELC) at The Ohio State University will host a four-week intensive Summer Institute for qualified graduate students in Columbus, Ohio, from June 22-July 17, 2015. The Institute will offer: Practical Slavic Paleography and Readings in Church Slavonic as the Medieval Slavic Summer Workshop (Slavic 8741). All lectures are in English. For more information and to apply, visit the Institute's website or email

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