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A day under the colorfol autumn trees in Takino Park ,Sapporo.
Essays by Foreign Fellows
Mordechai Altshuler
Boris N. Mironov
Volodymr A. Potulnytskyj
Vilmos Agoston
Oleg T. Bogomolov
Alfred F. Majewicz

Foreign Visiting Fellows

Three scholars, 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 Archaeography, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) came to the SRC as foreign visiting fellows for 1997-1998. Professor Altshuler will stay in Sapporo until the end of February 1998, Dr. Mironov and Dr. Potulnytskyj - until the end of March 1998. Professor Mordechai Altshuler is an exceptionally renowned specialist on nationality policy in the USSR with special emphasis on the Jewish minority. He has published Between Nationalism and Communism: The Evsektsiia in the Soviet Union, 1918-1930 (Tel-Aviv,1980); Soviet Jewry since the Second World War: Population and Social Structure (Connecticut, 1987); The Jews of Eastern Caucasus: A History of the Mountain Jews from the Beginning of the 19th Century (Jerusalem, 1990). At the SRC, Professor Altshuler is conducting research on trends in national policy in the late Soviet and post Soviet period. Dr. Boris N. Mironov is a specialist on the social, economic, demographic and cultural history of Russia during the 17th-20th centuries. He has published Historian and Mathematics: Quantitative Methods in Historical Studies (Leningrad, 1975); The Internal Market in Russia from the Mid-Eighteenth through the Mid-Nineteenth Centuries (Leningrad, 1981); Historian and Sociology (Leningrad, 1984); Russian Cities 1740-1870: Demographic, Social and Economic Development (Leningrad, 1990). At the SRC, Dr. Mironov is conducting research on the primary social institutions of the peasantry, townspeople and nobility in Imperial Russia, and editing a book-length manuscript "A Social History of Imperial Russia, 1700-1917." Dr. Volodymr A. Potulnytskyj is a specialist on political and historical thought, ideology and the intellectual history of Russia, Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (especially Ukraine). He has published Essays in Ukrainian Political Thought (1891-1991) (Kiev, 1994); A History of Ukrainian Political Thought (Kiev, 1992). At the SRC, Dr. Potulnytskyj is carrying out research on Ukraine and Russia in the mutual mirror of political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, the SRC accepted three COE (Center of Excellence) visiting fellows, Vilmos Agoston (a free-lance journalist, Hungary), Alfred F. Majewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland), and Oleg T. Bogomolov (Institute for International Economic and Political Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences). Dr. Vilmos Agoston is a famous journalist in Hungary interested in the problems of coexistence among minorities and new models for multinational societies. During his stay at the SRC (from June 1 to September 30, 1997), Dr. Agoston engaged in research on region and identity, based mainly on the Transylvanian model. Professor Alfred F. Majewicz, a specialist in Minority Studies, brought his extensive experience in field research work to the SRC. During his stay at the SRC (from June 15 to October 15, 1997), Professor Majewicz engaged in research on minority language preservation strategies and minority-related conflict-avoidance policy proposals for Eastern Europe and Siberia. Dr. Oleg T. Bogomolov is a well-known specialist in the economics of the socialist world. In addition, he was a People's Deputy of the USSR in 1989-1991, and Deputy of the State Duma in 1993. During his stay at the SRC (from October 6, 1997 to March 6, 1998), Dr. Bogomolov will study different methods of economic transformation, the role of the state as an instrument for transformation,and the link between market and democratic reforms. 1998-1999: Three scholars have been selected as foreign visiting fellows for 1998-1999: Igor M. Klyamkin (Independent Institute of Sociological Analysis, Russia); Alexei V. Postnikov (Institute of the History of Natural Sciences and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences); and Vladimir I. Shishkin (Institute of History, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences). Dr. Igor M. Klyamkin is a famous political sociologist and he built his reputation on the article "What Street Leads to the Temple," Novyi Mir, 1997, No. 11. He is a specialist in the political sociology in post-Soviet society. At the SRC, Dr. Klyamkin plans to study the post-Soviet man and his historic features. Dr. Alexei V. Postnikov is an exceptional specialist in historical geography. He has published more than 100 works, including seven books. For example, Razvitie kartografii i voprosy ispolÕzovania starukh kart (Moscow, 1985); Razvitie krupnomasshtabnoi kartografii v rossii (Moscow, 1989); Russia in maps: a history of the geographical study and cartography of the country (Moscow, 1996). Dr. Vladimir I. Shishkin is a historian on Soviet Russia; his recent research topic is Siberia during the 1920s and 1930s in the context of Russian history. He plans to study the twentieth-century development of the Slavic-Eurasian world in light of the Russian Civil War. He is now head of the Department of Russian History at the Novosibirsk State University. 1999-2000:
The SRC invites applications for The Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program 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 1999 and March 2000. 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 awardees indicate that the program particularly suits scholars wishing to follow-up on research undertaken previously.
Hokkaido University has over 115,000 items on Russian and East European affairs in languages other than Japanese, and receives 560 relevant periodicals and journals. It also has 4,500 Ph D theses from American, Canadian and 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 awardee must conduct research 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 participants 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 awardeeÕs return Economy-Class air fare (Families welcome at participantÕs expense).
(2) A tax-free stipend, dependent on age and career stage, between ´457,000 - ´767,000 ($3,656 - $6,136) a month.
(3) Accommodation, currently at ´7,300 ($58)(single, shared facilities), ´21,000 ($168)(one-bedroom flat), or ´39,000 ($312)(two-bedroom flat) a month.
(4) An office, use of a personal computer, and access to all University (except secretarial) and library services.
(5) ´100,000 ($800) for professional travel in Japan.
(6) Fifteen days' paid leave. National Medical Insurance costs ´1,400 ($11)(single person) - ´2,200 ($18)(family) a month, and covers 70% of medical charges.
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, 1998. Notification Results will be sent by mid-July 1998. Correspondence Correspondence should be addressed to:
Head, Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Kita-9, Nishi-7, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0809, Japan
Tel. (81) 11-706-3788 or (81) 11-706-2388 Fax. (81) 11-706-4952
* Information on the SRC is available via Internet: http://src-h.

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