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Grad Student Announcements – April 22

April 22, 2010

1. Making History ReVisible: East German Cinema after Unification

2. Friday, April 23: Professor Julia Phillips Cohen Lecture, Oriental by Design: Ottoman Jews and the Stuff of Empire” 

3. Student Information System Graduate Assistantship  

4. University of London Summer School




1. Making History ReVisible: East German Cinema after Unification

Program A

Thursday, April 22, 8 pm

with director Peter Kahane

The Architects


Program B

Friday, April 23, 4 pm

with screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase

Solo Sunny


Program C

Friday, April 23, 8 pm

with screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase

Summer in Berlin


Program D

Saturday, April 24, 4 pm

with producers Katrin Schlösser and Frank Löprich

You Are Not Alone


Program E

Saturday, April 24, 8 pm

with screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase

Whiskey with Vodka

2. Friday, April 23: Professor Julia Phillips Cohen Lecture, Oriental by Design: Ottoman Jews and the Stuff of Empire”

3:00 PM, Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

This talk will explore the ways that late Ottoman Jews came to define themselves as Ottoman and “Oriental” through their engagement with Oriental products and symbols, both within the empire and well beyond its borders.  Moving from an oriental carpet shop in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to the streets of Chicago, the paper explores questions of performative identity, Orientalism, patriotism, and commercialism in order to better understand how late Ottoman Jews fashioned themselves in the Turkish style through material culture.

Julia Phillips Cohen is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. Her current project focuses on the imperial loyalties and local identities of Ottoman Jews in different urban centers of the eastern Mediterranean. Her publications include “Conceptions rivales du patriotism ottoman : les célébrations juives de 1892″ in Esther Benbassa, ed. Itinéraires Sépharades (Paris: Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2010), “Sephardic Scholarly Worlds: Toward a Novel Geography of Modern Jewish History,” Jewish Quarterly Review 100:3 (Summer 2010) (with Sarah Abrevaya Stein), and several entries on late Ottoman Judeo-Spanish print culture in Norman Stillman, ed. The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

3. Student Information System Graduate Assistantship

The Student Information System Graduate Assistant  will work closely with  and report directly to the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Recruitment and the Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid to assist in implementation of the recruitment communication and conversion plans.  Incumbent will work closely with several Microsoft Access databases that are used for graduate student recruitment, financial aid, advising, and general record keeping purposes. This position is housed within SPEA 260. The appointment requires a 10 hour per week work commitment and will earn partial fee remission (3 credit hours per semester) and a financial stipend ($2500 per semester). 

Responsibilities of the SIS GA:  

– Respond to staff data inquiries

– Provide and perform daily maintenance of several Microsoft Access databases

– Trouble-shoot problems concerning office databases (including data entry forms, queries, data uploads, database reports, etc)

– Ensure consistency and accuracy of data

– Field MPA/MSES Program Office staff and Records Office staff with Microsoft Suite, database, and information systems questions

– Update and maintain the online Master Student Directory and SPEA listservs

– Aid in the preparation and success of SPEA activities such as Orientation week, Fall and Spring Experience Days, and telethons.

– Design queries to gather requested information for MPA/MSES Program Office staff

– Perform daily backups of Access databases

– Perform mail merges

– Complete data entry and routine office tasks as necessary

– Assist in recruitment, selection, and training of succeeding SIS GA

– Additional responsibilities as assigned



To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4.  Knowledge of Microsoft Access is required. Knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL), ability to perform mail merges, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel are strongly desired. This position requires the ability to trouble-shoot database problems, understand database relationships, and make changes/improvements to database tables, forms, and reports.  Incumbent should demonstrate an ability to implement creative, efficient, and effective procedures and queries to ease usability and aid database users in the day-to-day functions of the databases.  Incumbent should demonstrate excellent communication and listening skills.  Applicant must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail is essential.  Candidate must also demonstrate the ability to multitask and prioritize, meet numerous deadlines, and work independently with minimal supervision.  


4. University of London Summer School

The School of Advanced Study, University of London is delighted to announce its forthcoming summer school on Memory, Empire and Technology 29 June–3 July 2010.

The Memory, Empire and Technology summer school explores the relationship between memory and technology through a series of seminars, lectures and workshops on a broad range of subjects. The sessions will be taught by a team of internationally renowned scholars and will range from experimental early flying to colonial memories in film, from vinyl and swinging London to photography and workshops on digital archives. These sessions will be complemented by afternoon activities centred around London as technological city: the Greenwich History Project, visits to the Stanley Kubrick Archives and the Warburg Library, and an architectural tour on a historic Routemaster bus. The summer school welcomes researchers, students, artists, archivists, conservation and heritage professionals and any others interested in memory, technology and the industrial legacy of London.

This summer school is organised by the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies on behalf of the School of Advanced Study. The Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory also offers an MA in Cultural Memory.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the School of Advanced Study, University London. Participants who wish to receive credit should make their own arrangements with their home institution/tutor to assess written work or other piece of assessable work.

For more details and to register visit or email Deadline for application: 30 April 2010.

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