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Scotland Russia Forum

23rd February 2007

Dear All
Received from Scotland Russia Forum.

Best wishes
Ute

Since Otar Left
BBC4 Sat 24 Feb, 23:10-00:50 100mins
Julie Bertucelli's moving film about three generations of Georgian women
whose lives are changed forever by the death of an old woman's son. In
Georgian and French with English subtitles. [S] [Julie Bertucelli, 2003]

Eka …… Esther Gorintin
Marina …… Nino Khomasuridze
Ada …… Dinara Drukarova
Tengiz …… Temur Kalandadze
Rusiko …… Resudan Bolqvadze
Alexi …… Sasha Sarishvili
Niko …… Duta Skhirtladze

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REMINDER: BELOVY
Russian Film Club c/o Edinburgh Russian Language Meetup Group
When: Sunday, March 4, 6:00 PM
Where: contact the Meetup Group for information:
http://russian.meetup.com/290/calendar/5455507/.
NB Numbers restricted because Meetup Film Club is at the organiser’s
home. Members bring food and drink contributions.

We have decided to show the highly acclaimed documentary BELOVY.

Belovy (1993) Directed by Viktor Kosakovsky English subtitles, 60 min
Awards: 3 wins (more)
Breathtaking portrait of a troubled peasant family. Beautifully shot in
vintage black and white, Belovy (the
Belovs) tells the story of two times widow Anna Belova who lives together
with her brother Mikhail. Blending the two personalities, Kossakovsky
characterizes the true Russian soul: she is the rational worker, honest
and strong – he is the drunken poet, the idealist, his philosophy fades
into radical nonsense time after time.
Kossakovsky ingeniously knows to cut between a noisy quarrel and a
hedgehog drinking in the early morning sun. The two seem to live alone in
the world until two other brothers come to visit. They wonder if there is
a measure for misery, they quarrel, take a steam-bath and go skinny-
dipping in a nearby river.
The film displays the grief and joy of Anna who lives with her stoic
brother and two kids who don't seem to make any progress. Magnificent-
typically Russian- photography reminds one of Tarkovsky when we closely
examine the bark of a tree while we hear Anna cry over a letter she writes
to a son far far away.
Here is the web address with description:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106385/

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RUSLAN: Message from John Langran to teachers using the Ruslan textbooks:

Teachers using Ruslan 2 can now get a transcript of the Ruslan 2 workbook
CD as a free download from www.ruslan.co.uk/tests/tests.htm
You need a user name and password, which you can get from me:
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John Langran
Ruslan Limited, 19 Highfield Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9HL
00 44 (0) 121 449 1578
www.ruslan.co.uk

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UNDERGRADUATE JOURNAL "THE BIRCH"

To All Professors and Slavic Instructors:
In 2005, a group of undergraduates at Columbia University founded *The
Birch,* an undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture.
Over the last two years, we have published four issues that showcase a
great diversity of creative work and critical commentaries.Though the
first two issues of *The Birch* published submissions from Columbia and
Barnard undergraduates exclusively, for our third issue, we began to
accept submissions from all interested undergraduates regardless of
their university affiliation, and the same holds true for our forthcoming
issue, which will be released in April.
*The Birch* is one of few places where undergraduates can publish poems,
fiction, photography, literary criticism and current events articles
related to Eurasian and Eastern European culture. The journal is
completely student-run, and undergraduates select and edit the journal's
content. Our student editors are currently in the process of e-mailing
undergraduate students at colleges and universities in order to publicize
our call for submissions.
We hope you will join us in the strengthening and expansion of the first
national undergraduate publication devoted to Eastern European and
Eurasian culture. You can find more information about the journal, as well
as published articles from our first four issues, online at
www.thebirchonline.org. Please visit the site for more information, and
feel free to send me an e-mail at [removed] if you have any
questions.
Due dates for the next issue are as follows: All submissions are due
MARCH* 21
* We hope you will encourage your students to submit to the journal.
Please instruct them to contact us if they have any questions. Thank you
very much.
Best regards,
Mark Krotov
Editor-In-Chief, *The Birch**
*www.thebirchonline.org

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1) OXFORD CENTRE FOR HEBREW AND JEWISH STUDIES
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN RUSSIAN JEWISH HISTORY
Salary depending on qualifications and experience £37,642 – £50,589 per
annum
Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship in Russian Jewish
History at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the
appointment to start in October
2007 or earlier.
The appointment may be made in any sub-specialty of the subject. The
Fellow will be a member of the Oxford University Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Unit and will be
eligible for membership of the Faculty of History.
Candidates should submit a statement of their proposed area(s) of research
together with their Curriculum Vitae.
While giving priority to research, the Fellow may also expect to teach and
supervise undergraduate and graduate students, to examine and to play a
part in the
administrative work of the Faculty and of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and
Jewish Studies. He or she will have a good command of relevant languages.
While scholars of all ranks will be considered for this position, the
successful candidate should normally hold, or expect to hold by the start
of the appointment, a doctorate testifying to relevant expertise in the
proposed areas of research. The appointment will be for three years.
Renewal is a possibility but is not guaranteed at this stage.
Further particulars and details of admission procedures are available
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for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, Yarnton, Oxford OX5 1PY, UK,
Email: [removed] to whom applications and references should be sent
no later than 19 March 2007.

2) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Russian

University of Leeds
We welcome applications from scholars working in any field of Russian
studies, but preference will be given to those working on contemporary
Russian culture (in particular cinema or cultural studies). The ability
and willingness to teach in more than one topic area and to teach core
Russian language modules are essential for the post, as is a solid track
record in published research, conducive to participation in the
forthcoming RAE.
With a PhD in any area of Russian studies, you will have a proven record
of achievement in research and teaching. Applicants for Senior Lecturer
would normally be expected not only to be experienced teachers, but to
have a significant publication record, together with proven research
experience, and to have demonstrated administrative skill. Job ref 317066
Lecturer – University Grade 8 (£32,795 – £39,160 p.a.) or Senior Lecturer
– University Grade 9 (£40,335 – £46,758 p.a.)
Informal enquiries to Dr Jonathan Sutton, Head of Russian and Slavonic
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Information about the School may be found at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/smlc
For the above post to apply online please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk and
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