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January 7, 2010

1. German Singing Group
2. Stammtisch – German Conversation Club
3. University of Bergen, Norway – Ph.D. Fellowship in Administration and Organization Theory
4. “Contact: The Dynamics of Power & Culture” Conference




1. German Singing Group

The German singing group will start up again on January 25 from 3:30pm-4pm in Ballantine Hall 667 (conference room). The plan is to meet weekly and prepare a few songs for the Germanic Studies Department’s year-end reception. If you can carry a tune and enjoy German folk songs, please join us. Since our meeting room is fairly small (we have space for about 12 people), please “sign up” by emailing Nikole Langjahr at

2. Stammtisch – German Conversation Club

Please note that the first Stammtisch meeting this semester will take place on January 18 at 6:30pm at Bear’s Place. Join us for conversation in German – all levels are welcome! Look for us on one of the long
tables in front. Email Nikole Langjahr at for more information.

3. University of Bergen, Norway – Ph.D. Fellowship in Administration and Organization Theory

Faculty of Social Sciences

At the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, a 4 year university fellowship position is vacant. Total scholarship period is 4 years, 25% of which shall be dedicated to mandatory tasks at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory.

The proposed PhD project is expected to be related to the research field of one of the research groups at the department:
– Democracy, Organization and Political Regimes
– Europeanization and Democracy
– Globalization and Development
– Knowledge, Politics and Organizations
– Politics, Governance and Innovation
– Political Organization and Multilevel Governance

Applicants must hold a master’s degree in administration and organization theory or equivalent education in public administration/political science. The master degree must be completed by the application deadline.

Additional information about the position is obtainable from Head of the Department, Professor Harald Sætren, e-mail:, phone: +47 55 58 21 68, or Head of Administration Henrik Tøndel, e-mail:, phone + 47 55 58 20 49.

A brief research proposal (5-8) pages is required together with the application. The research proposal must present the topic, the research problem(s) and choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a plan for the development of the different parts of the project. The fellow must apply for admission to the PhD-programme based on the research proposal upon being hired.
Before writing the research proposal, applicants should consult and make themselves familiar with the Department’s research profile (see

Appointed research fellows will consequently be admitted to the doctoral education programme at the faculty. Further information about the programme, and guidelines for applicants, are available on the webpage Questions about the programme may be directed to Counsellor Eva Svensson, e-mail:, phone +47 55 58 90 36.

The minimum requirement for grades is normally B on the Master’s dissertation and the Master’s in total. The applicant’s degree can be subject to approval by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Time used in earlier recruitment positions will be deducted from the applicants’ total scholarship period.
The teaching language will normally be Norwegian.
Salaries start at level 45 (code 1017) on the government salary scale (corresponding to NOK 355.600, – per year), following ordinary meriting regulations (Wage levels 45/51).
State employment shall to the highest possible degree reflect the diversity of the population at large. We have therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds are achieved. Persons of minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.
The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.
Application and CV has to be sent electronically by “Apply for this job” within February 15, 2010.
In addition the applicants have to submit:
• Project description (4 copies)
• Copies of diplomas and references (4 copies)
• Scientific publications and a list of these (3 copies)
The documents have to be sent as ordinary post, sorted in 4 folders, to the University of Bergen, The Faculty of Social Sciences, P.O Box 7802, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.
The application has to be marked with: Reference: 9/15201
The closing date is February 15, 2010
Applications sent by email will not be evaluated.

4. “Contact: The Dynamics of Power & Culture” Conference

Contact: The Dynamics of Power & Culture
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
April 2-3, 2010

We are happy to announce the 2009-2010 collaborative conference between The Ohio State University Folklore Student Association and the Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Associations at Indiana University. This conference aims to create a space for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research in folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, material culture, performance studies, and
related disciplines connected to the study of academic and vernacular interpretation of everyday life.
This year’s conference seeks to explore the following questions:

(1) How should we or could we define, describe, and theorize contact?
(2) What happens when people, ideas, cultures and styles of expression make contact?
(3) In what ways can we explore the boundaries of these categories?
(4) What politics are inherent in and result from contact?
(5) In what ways can we explore the concept of contact in our respective fields?
*Abstracts exploring other themes will also be accepted.

We are seeking papers and posters that engage the following topics/themes as they relate to “Contact”:
Identity Tradition Narrative Culture
Space History Performance Power
Boundary/ies Memory Transmission Diversity
We also welcome submissions of papers and posters on other topics. The conference will have three opportunities for participation: paper presentations, poster sessions, and a discussion forum for all attendees. We will be accepting 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers and poster presentations. We highly encourage poster submissions, particularly for research projects in progress, as there will be opportunities for active dialogue.

Abstracts must be submitted by January 4, 2010. Please email submissions to Please see the OSU FSA website for details on submissions: or follow us on Facebook (search: OSU Folklore Student Association) and Twitter. Register for this event for free at

For more information on the details of the conference (lodging, location, etc.), visit in the coming months.

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