2011-2012 National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students

The applications for the 2011-2012 National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Fellowships for graduate students are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research. The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is February 1, and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 10.

Please contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.

Central European University Press books on Slovak history and culture

Mark Lauersdorf forwards this update from CEU Press:

Dear Friend of Slovak History and Culture!

Conference Alert: The Czech and Slovak 20th Century in Retrospect, NCSML, Cedar Rapids, IA, March 11-12, 2011

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) invites proposals for the conference tentatively titled "The Czech and Slovak 20th Century in Retrospect: Transitions to Democracy, 1989 - 2011” to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 11-12, 2011.

Accepted topics may include those pertaining to the events surrounding the Velvet Revolution; the transition from communism to democracy; the Velvet Divorce; foreign relations between the newly formed Czech Republic and Slovakia and the rest of the international community; foreign investment; military affairs; arts, culture and religion within a post-communist context; and personal accounts of this era.

The American Council of Learned Societies announces Fellowships and Grants in East European Studies in academic year 2010-11

Please find below information regarding ACLS fellowships and grants in East European Studies for the 2011 academic year.

For research and language training related to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia

Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Act of 1983, as amended (Title VIII).

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • Dissertation fellowships (deadline: November 10, 2010) For graduate students at U.S. universities who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (ABDs). Applicants can apply for research fellowships for use in Eastern Europe or for writing fellowships for completing the dissertation outside of Eastern Europe after research is complete.

Call for Submissions: Pech Prize for Outstanding Article in Czechoslovak Studies

Dear Czechoslovak Studies Association members:

Submissions are now being accepted for the Stanley Pech Prize for the most outstanding article published by a member of the Czechoslovak Studies Association in the past two years. Articles must have appeared in print between September 1, 2008 and September 1, 2010. Submissions must be received no later than October 1, 2010. The winner will be announced at the 2010 meeting of the ASEEES (formerly AAASS).

Three copies of any submission should be sent to:

Professor Melissa Feinberg
History Department
Rutgers University
111 Van Dyck Hall
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Conference Alert: Trnava University in Historical Perspective

Mark Lauersdorf conveys the following conference invitation in which Trnava University is itself the topic of research:

  • http://www.truni.sk/medium.php?id=1913
  • http://www.truni.sk/medium.php?id=1915
    • Dobrý deň.
      Dovoľujem si Vám zaslať pozvánku na medzinárodnú vedeckú konferenciu
      "Trnavská univerzita vo svetle dejín",
      ktorá sa uskutoční v dňoch 29. septembra - 1. októbra 2010 a zároveň Vás požiadať o jej distribúciu na príslušné katedry.
      S pozdravom
      Soňa Danišková

      --
      Mgr. Soňa Danišková
      organizačné oddelenie

      Trnavská univerzita v Trnave
      Hornopotočná 23
      918 43 Trnava
      Tel.: 033/59 391 11, kl. 203
      Fax: 033/55 111 29
      http://www.truni.sk

Czech Pravopis

Mark Lauersdorf offers the following conference link:
For those interested in the sometimes linguistic, sometimes social, sometimes political issue of the history of Czech spelling.

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Vážené kolegyně, vážení kolegové,

upozorňujeme Vás, že jsme na webových stranách naší konference
http://www.phil.muni.cz/cest/pravopis.html
zveřejnili podrobný program jednání.

Přímý odkaz na program konference "Dějiny českého pravopisu (do r. 1902)"
http://www.phil.muni.cz/cest/pravopis/program_def.pdf

Srdečně zdravíme a těšíme se na setkání v Brně.
Organizační tým pod vedením Jany Pleskalové

Wanted: substitute ASEEES panelist on Czech Republic international relations

November’s ASEEES Panel #11-31 -- "The Czech Republic and Its Partners: Instruments for Crafting Peace" -- has lost one of its three presenters and its discussant. That leaves us with Daniel Miller as chair and James Peterson and me as presenters. Jim is presenting on “The Czech Experience in NATO: The First Decade”; and I am presenting on “The Czechs as Peace Partners: A Small-State Perspective.”

We would welcome a paper addressing some aspect of Czech foreign policy relevant to security issues, or even a paper on some other aspect of Czech or central European international relations that could be tied, however loosely, to the panel’s main theme. Similarly, a discussant with an interest in foreign relations in central Europe or in European security affairs would be greatly appreciated.

The panel meets on Saturday, November 20, from 1:00 – 2:45.

Sincerely,
Bob Evanson
University of Missouri-Kansas City
evansonr@umkc.edu

CfP: The Czech and Slovak 20th Century in Retrospect: Transitions to Democracy, 1989-2011. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 11-12, 2011

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) invites proposals for the conference tentatively titled "The Czech and Slovak 20th Century in Retrospect: Transitions to Democracy, 1989 - 2011” to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 11-12, 2011.

Accepted topics may include those pertaining to the events surrounding the Velvet Revolution; the transition from communism to democracy; the Velvet Divorce; foreign relations between the newly formed Czech Republic and Slovakia and the rest of the international community; foreign investment; military affairs; arts, culture and religion within a post-communist context; and personal accounts of this era.

2011-2012 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia, Southeast Europe, Moldova and Ukraine. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for these awards.

The application deadline for Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Academic Year 2011-2012, and Spring 2012 programs is October 1st, 2010.

Programs must begin between February 1st, 2011 and June 30, 2012; and must be completed by September 30, 2012.

Fellowships will be offered in three categories:

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