Breaking news: Fulbright Scholar Opportunities to the Czech Republic Still Available

SSA received this today from IIE, which manages the US Fulbright process:

The Fulbright-Masaryk Chair in Social Studies is accepting applications until September 30, 2010 for scholars or professionals with relevant experience. The award is open to any specialization in all the fields offered at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, including, but not limited to, sociology, social anthropology, gender studies, political science, security and strategy studies, international relations, European studies, psychology, psychotherapy, social policy and social work, media studies and journalism, and environmental studies. For more information, please see the award announcement at: .

Please contact Abby Greenwell at or 202-686-7872 for more information.

Slovak Magazines of the 70's, 80's and 90's Seeking a Good Home

Sharon Wolchik reports that she has many copies of Vlasta from 1973, 74, 75, and 1990, Slovenka from 1973, 74, 75, 82, 90, and 91, a Reflex from 1992, and a Zivot from 1991. She would like to give these publications a new home with someone who can use them, and she asked me to contact you so you can forward this to anyone who may be interested. Those interested may contact her at

CfP: Looking for participants for Slovakia-related panel, AAASS 2010, Los Angeles, 18-21 November

John Gould and Kevin Deegan-Krause are looking for paper-givers and discussants/chair for the panel listed below. Deadline is coming up fast, so please contact John Gould at jgould[at]

Panel Title: Robert Fico’s First Term: Origins, achievements and prospects
Abstract: In June 2006, popular left-candidate Robert Fico established a center-left government amid pledges to unroll the neoliberal economic social and economic reforms of his predecessor. This panel evaluates Fico’s performance at the conclusion of his first term from the perspectives of political competition, policy implementation, economic performance and international relations.

CfP: Scholarly Annual /Slovakia/

Mark Stolarik is looking to put together the next issue of the scholarly annual Slovakia. This is a good time to remind our members to send him any of their recent writings for possible publication. He would be grateful to receive them by the end of December, 2009. You can follow up with him by e-mail for further information on submissions at

CfP: 2010 Czech Studies Workshop (Slovak topics welcome)

THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL CZECH STUDIES WORKSHOP will be held April 9-10 2010 at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. As in the past, Slovak topics will also receive consideration. Also as in the past, the primary focus is on allowing junior faculty and graduate students to present their research in the limited space available. Those interested in applying should submit
1. Full address and institutional affiliation
2. Contact information, including daytime phone, e-mail address
3. Paper title and 250 word abstract
4. Curriculum vitae

Mail to Chad Bryant
Department of History
CB #3195, Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

Deadline: 8 January 2009

Life before and after 1989: Voices from the Center Website

Janeil Engelstad, Fulbright Fellow to the Slovak Republic (2006-2007) has created a website called "Voices From the Center: Central Europeans reflect on life before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall Project Narrative" which can be found at:

The project's description is as follows:
Throughout history there have been moments when people pause to reflect upon their identities as a group and as individuals. In examining the past, they consider the present, and articulate their concerns and hopes for the future.

For the nations of Central Europe such a moment is at hand with the twentieth anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall in Novemeber 2009.

Through "Voices From the Center," people’s reflections about life during and after communism will be documented in a web-based project that also includes lectures and exhibitions throughout Central Europe and the United States.

Slovak Studies Association and its members in the Slovak Spectator

This month brings a nice series of articles by Michaela Stankova in the Slovak Spectator about Slovaks abroad which looks also at those who study Slovakia. In particular the article Spreading the Word through Slovak Studies has some good things to say about the SSA and about Slovak Studies programs in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Ottawa, with quotations from SSA members Martin Votruba, Jerry Sabo and Mark Stolarik. Since the Spectator occasionally takes articles offline, there is a permanent link to the article (in easy-to-forward .pdf format) here: (see page 7, upper right).

Job Opportunity in Czech and Slovak Studies: Non-Tenure Track Lecturer, University of Florida

The Center for European Studies (CES) at the University of Florida is conducting a search for a full-time non-tenure track position of Lecturer in Modern European Studies to begin Fall 2009. The position carries a 75% administrative and 25% academic appointments and the academic appointment is related to Czech and Slovak Studies.

For more information, contact:
Petia Kostadinova, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Dept of Political Science
Asst. Director, Center for European Studies
University of Florida
3324 Turlington Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7342

New Summer School for Central European Studies in Bratislava

From Michal Kovac, Regional Director, Euro-Atlantic Center, University of Economics in Bratislava

University of Economics in Bratislava announces the first year of its Summer School of Central European for Slovak as well as foreign students who are interested in advanced and more interactive study during the months of July and August.

Czechoslovak Studies Association Book Prize Deadline, 15 June 2009

The Czechoslovak Studies Association is pleased to announce again its prize for the Best Book in the Field of Czechoslovak Historical Studies. This prize was first awarded in 2007 to Pieter M. Judson for his Guardians of the Nation: Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006). This year’s award will be presented at the Czechoslovak Studies Association’s meeting at the AAASS Convention in Boston in November for works published in 2007 or 2008.

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