September 22, 2018

“Catholic Activism Behind the Iron Curtain”

Details about CREEES’s upcoming symposium on “Catholic Activism Behind the Iron Curtain” (10/26/12, 9am – 5pm, Garrett Hall Commons, 3rd floor) can be found on the web site of The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought, which is co-sponsoring the event.

Professor Devin Pendas visits UVa

Professor Pendas (History Dept., Boston College) gave a talk entitled “Auschwitz Trials: East and West” on Thursday, October 18th, 4pm – 6pm, in Newcomb Commonwealth Room.  He also led a workshop on “The Historiography of Human Rights” on Friday, October 19th, 10am-noon, in Nau 211.  His visit was co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, CREEES, and the Page-Barbour Initiative.

Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS – 51st Annual SCSS Conference 

March 21-23, 2013
 (Greensboro, NC)


The Fifty-First Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Greensboro, NC, March 21-23, 2013.  The meeting will be co-hosted by UNC at Greensboro, Elon University, and Wake Forest University.

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome and encouraged. Papers and panels on all geographically relevant topics will be considered. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Whole panel proposals should include titles of each paper as well as a title for the panel and identifying information (email addresses and institutional affiliations) for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include email contact, institutional affiliation, and a brief (one paragraph) abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels.  If any AV equipment will be needed, the panel and paper proposals should indicate so when they are submitted.  (AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.)  Please email your proposal to, or send by traditional mail to:  Dr. Sharon Kowalsky, Department of History, Texas A&M University, Commerce
 PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429.

For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Dr. Jeff Jones, UNC at Greensboro,

Balkan Romani Music and Events at UVa Next Week

Next Friday the UVa Music Department will host a number of Romani (Gypsy) music events featuring Bulgarian Romani saxophonist Yuri Yunakov and Romani music specialist Prof. Carol Silverman of the University of Oregon. For more information please click on the links below:

Yuri Yunakov and Carol Silverman Lecture/Demonstration of Romani Music (Friday, October 12, 10:00am-12:00pm, B18 Old Cabell Hall

“Global Gypsy: Romani Music, Representation, and Appropriation” a Colloquium by Carol Silverman (Friday, October 12, 3:30pm-5:00pm, 107 Old Cabell Hall)

Performance by the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble (Friday, October 12, 8:00pm, Old Cabell Hall Auditorium)

From the Music Department Website:

In the last twenty years  the popularity of Balkan Gypsy music has exploded, becoming a staple at world music festivals and dance clubs. At the same time, thousands of East European Roma have emigrated westward due to deteriorating living conditions, and entrenched stereotypes of thievery have arisen amidst deportations and harassment. In this heightened atmosphere of xenophobia, Roma, as Europe’s largest minority and its quintessential “other,” face the paradox that they are revered for their music yet reviled as people.

Bulgarian-born Yunakov, who now lives in New York, became the first Romani winner of the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2011, our nation’s highest honor for traditional folk artists. He came to prominence as a member of Bulgarian Romani clarinetist Ivo Papasov’s pioneering Trakija Ensemble, which is credited with having created the genre known as Bulgarian Wedding Music, a Romani style with strong jazz influences. The style is characterized by technical virtuosity and improvisation in rapid, asymmetrical and often abruptly shifting rhythmic meters. Since emigrating to the US, Yunakov has led his own ensemble, sometimes collaborating with Papasov, and has several albums on the Traditional Crossroads label.

Carol Silverman is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. Focusing on the Balkans, her research investigates the relationships among culture, music, politics, ethnicity, ritual, and gender. Her book, Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora (Oxford, 2012) analyzes how Roma have forged a nuanced identity in Macedonia and Bulgaria and in re-diasporic spaces in North America.

All events are free and open to the public.

The residency was funded by the U.Va. Council for the Arts with supplemental funding from the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, the American Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, and the Dunton Gift.”