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Foreign Visiting Fellows

Three scholars, Evgenii V. Anisimov (Institute of Russian History, St.Petersburg, Russian Academy of Sciences), Stephen Kotkin (Princeton University, USA), and Nodari A. Simonia (Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences) came to the SRC as foreign visiting fellows for 1996-1997. They will stay in Sapporo until the end of March 1997.

ProfessorEvgenii V. Anisimov is a specialist on Russian history of the 18th-19th centuries, well-known for such monographs as The Reform of Peter the Great. Progress through Coercion in Russia (Armonk - New York - London, 1993) and Rossiia bez Petra. 1725-1740 gg. [Russia without Peter the Great. 1725-1740] (St. Petersburg, 1994). At the SRC, Prof. Anisimov is occupied with research on the secret police and Russian society in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Professor Stephen Kotkin is a specialist on modern European and Russian history. He has published Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization (Berkeley, 1995) and Steeltown, USSR: Soviet Society in the Gorbachev Era (Berkeley, 1991). At the SRC, Prof. Kotkin is working on a long two-part article, "Sources, Conceptual Categories, Narratives: the Past and Future of the Russian Revolution," and on a book, "Blacksmith Basin: Empire and Modernity on the Slavic/ Inner Asian Frontier 1500-2000." He also hopes to investigate George Lensen's work on Russo-Japanese interaction.

Professor Nodari A. Simonia was a prominent specialist on the Third World, but since Perestroika times he has concentrated mainly on Russian studies and published a number of articles, chapters and books on socio-political and economic problems of Russia and the CIS. Among them are: Chto my postroili [What We have built. Russia in 1917-1953] (Moscow, 1991), revised and abridged version in English as Socialism in Russia: Theory and Practice (Westport, 1994), and a chapter from the book, Priority of Russian Foreign Policy and the Way It Works (1995). At the SRC, Prof. Simonia is working on problems of bureaucratic capitalism and the prospects for democracy in Russia, 1991-1996.

In addition, the SRC has accepted three COE (Center of Excellence) visiting fellows, Andrei B. Edemskii (Slavic and Balkan Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Witold K. Morawski (Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University, Poland), and Irina P. Kozhevnikova (a free-lance journalist, Moscow, Russia).

Dr. Andrei B. Edemskii is a young specialist of international relations, especially between former Yugoslavia, former Czechoslovakia, and the former Soviet Union. During his stay at the SRC (from January 23 to March 31, 1996), Dr. Edemskii engaged in research on the factors of instability in the multiracial federations of the Slavic region.

Professor Witold K. Morawski is a leading Polish sociologist. During his stay at the SRC (from July 1 to September 30, 1996), Prof. Morawski engaged in research on socio-economic reform, concentrating on theoretical-doctrinal paradigms of systemic change.

Ms. Irina P. Kozhevnikova is a well known specialist of Russo- Japanese cultural relations, whose excellent work Varvara Bubnova: russkii khudozhnik v Iaponii [Varvara Bubnova: a Russian Artist in Japan] (Moscow, 1984) was translated into Japanese (Tokyo, 1988). During her stay at the SRC (from June 5 to December 4, 1996), Ms. Kozhevnikova is studying Prince P. Kropotkin's influence on a Japanese writer, Takeo Arishima, and George Lensen, making use of the G. Lensen Collection at the SRC.

In December 1996, we are looking forward to the arrival of one more COE visiting fellow, Sergei A. Arutiunov (Institute of Ethnology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow). Professor Sergei A. Arutiunov is a distinguished Russian anthropologist and Japanologist. During his stay at the SRC (from December 1, 1996 to March 31, 1997), he is going to work on ethnic problems, including those of the northern Caucasus.

Three scholars have been selected as foreign visiting fellows for 1997-1998: Mordechai Altshuler (Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel); Boris N. Mironov (Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg); and Volodymr A. Potulnytskyj (Institute of Ukrainian Archeography, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev).

Professor Mordechai Altshuler is not only an authoritative specialist on Soviet Jewish issues, famous for his book Soviet Jewry since the Second World War (Connecticut, 1987), but also of great erudition in Soviet minority problems. At the SRC, Prof. Altshuler plans to pursue trends in the nationalities policy of the late Soviet and Post-Soviet periods.

Professor Boris N. Mironov is a historian specializing in the socio-economic history of Imperial Russia (1700-1917). He published Russkii gorod 1740-1870: demograficheskoe, sotsial'noe i ekonomicheskoe razvitie [Russian Cities 1740-1870: Demographic, Social and Economic Development] (Leningrad, 1990) and Khlebnye tseny za dva stoletiia (XVIII-XIX vv.) [Grain Prices during Two Centuries (the 18th and 19th)] (Leningrad, 1985). At the SRC, he plans to research "Basic social institutions of the peasantry, townspeople and nobility."

Professor Volodymr A. Potulnytskyj is also a historian, studying Ukrainian political thought in comparison with that of surrounding European countries (Russia, Poland, Germany). He was a visiting fellow at Harvard (1990-91), conducted research in Prague, Edmonton, Canada (1992-93), and Vienna (1993), and was a research fellow at the Seminar fur Osteuropasche Geschichte, Cologne University (1994-96). It is said that he is one of the youngest doctors of sciences in Ukraine, and that a new chair of historiosophy is being created in Kiev for him. At the SRC, Prof. Potulnytskyj plans to pursue research on "Ukraine and Russia in the mutual mirror of political thought: a comparative analysis (1800-1945)."

The SRC invites applications for Foreign Visiting Fellowships from Slavic studies specialists in the fields of literature, history, international relations, economics, political Science, sociology, geography, and ethnology, tenable for nine to ten months between June 1998 and March 1999. Three Fellowships are available. Knowledge of Japanese is not required; all academic staff speak English and Russian, and seminars with foreign participants are conducted in those languages. Previous Fellows indicage that the program particularly suits scholars wishing to write-up research undertaken previously.

Hokkaido University has over 115,000 items on Russian and East European affairs in languages other than Japanese, and takes about 560 relevant periodicals and journals. It also has about 4,500 Ph D theses from American, Canadian or British universities, the personal collections of Leon Bernstein, George Vernadsky, Boris Souvarine, Fritz Epstein, Alexander Lensen, Henryk Gierszynski and other special collections.

Conditions of Awards
The Fellow must spend the Fellowship period at the SRC, including limited professional travel in Japan. (Foreign travel must be approved by the Director and taken as paid leave). There are no teaching duties, but Fellows are expected to be available for consultation with staff and graduate students, give at least two presentations on topics of their choice, participate in seminars as their schedule permits, write an article during their stay for publication in the Acta Slavica Iaponica on a topic of their choice, and submit a report on the program at the end of their stay.

The SRC provides: (NB. US$ equivalents vary with fluctuations in the exchange rate).
(1) The Fellow's return Economy-Class air fare (Families welcome at own expense).
(2) A tax-free stipend, dependent on age and career stage, within the range Y451,000 - Y765,000 ($3,888 - $6,595) a month.
(3) Accommodation, currently at Y7,300 ($63)(single, shared facilities), Y21,000 ($181)(one-bedroom flat), or Y40,000 ($345)(two-bedroom flat) a month.
(4) An office, use of a personal computer, and access to all University (except secretarial) and library services.
(5) Y100,000 ($862) for professional travel in Japan.
(6) Fifteen days' paid leave.
National Medical Insurance costs about Y1,400 ($12)(single person) - Y2,200 ($19)(family) a month, and covers 70% of medical charges (which are lower than in most industrialized countries).

Application Procedure
The SRC will forward application forms on request. Applicants should also have at least two references sent directly to the SRC, one from the institution to which they are attached, certifying that they are free to take up a Fellowship if awarded, the other from a recognized specialist in their field. Applications and letters of reference must arrive at the SRC by March 31, 1997 .

Results will be notified by mid July 1997.
Correspondence should be addressed to: Head, Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Kita-9, Nishi-7, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060, Japan Tel. (81) 11-706-3158 or (81) 11-726-8782 Fax. (81) 11-709-9283

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