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From the Director
SRC Summer Symposium in 2002
Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program
Our Current Staff
Ongoing Cooperative Research Projects
Guest Lectures from Abroad
Visitors from Abroad
Publications (2001-02)
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Essays by Foreign Fellows
Vladimir Buldakov
Sarah Paine
Panayot Karagyozov
Levon Abrahamian

Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program

The SRC has invited three noted scholars, Sarah Paine (Strategy and Policy Department, US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island); Vladimir Buldakov (Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); and Panayot Karagyozov (Department of Slavic Literatures, Charles University, Prague) as foreign visiting fellows for 2002-2003. These three scholars will stay in Sapporo until the end of March 2003.

Dr. Sarah Paine is a historian, specializing in Russian diplomatic history. Her book Imperial Rivals: China, Russia and Their Disputed Frontier, 1858-1924 (1996) won the 1997 Barbara Jelavich prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS). Her research project at the SRC focuses on the Japanese-Soviet rivalry for influence in China in 1932-1945. For the SRC’s winter symposium, she is preparing a paper "the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars in Meiji strategy and the consequences."

Dr. Vladimir Buldakov is a well-known Russian historian. In 1997 he published his famous book «Красная смута: Природа и последствия революционного насилия». The title of his research project at the SRC is "Social crises and mass psychology in Russia: Comparative study on 1904-1921 and 1985-2000 periods." At the SRC's summer symposium he presented a paper "Attempts of 'nationalization' of Russian and soviet history in the newly independent Slavic states."

Dr. Panayot Karagyozov specializes in Slavic philology and comparative Slavic literatures. He is a Bulgarian, but he works for the Charles University in Prague. He is fluent in Bulgarian, Polish, Russian, Czech and Slovak. At the SRC he makes a comparative study on Slavic literatures in the 20th century. At the SRC's summer symposium he presented a paper "A survey of Slavic nationalism."

In addition, the SRC accepted three short-term visiting fellows: David Wolff (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USA), Vladimir Kotel'nikov (Institute for Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences), Geoffrey Jukes (Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne).

Dr. David Wolff is one of leading specialists in the study of Northeast Asian history for the cold war period. He is famous for his active work as the director of the Cold War International History Project. As a visiting fellow he worked at the SRC from September for two months. He made a research on "KGB activities in the Baltics for the period 1945-1991."

Dr. Vladimir Kotel'nikov is a well-known specialist in the field of the history of Russian literature. The title of his research at the SRC was "the Eastern problem in the Russian politics and literature of the 19-20th centuries." He stayed in Sapporo from August for two months.

Dr. Geoffrey Jukes is a famous scholar for his numerous contributions to the military problem of the Soviet Union and Russia. He wrote nine books including The Soviet Union in Asia (1973), "Hitler's Stalingrad Decisions" (1985). His research project at the SRC will be "Regional development of the Russian Far East and international relations in the post-soviet period." He will stay in Sapporo from the end of December for two months.


Three scholars have been selected as foreign visiting fellows for 2003-2004: Andrei Znamenski (Department of Humanities, Alabama State University), Alexandr Bobrov (Department of Old Russian Literature, Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences) and Nigel Swain (Centre for Central & European Studies / School of History, University of Liverpool). These three scholars will stay in Sapporo from June/July 2003 through March 2004.

Dr. Andrei Znamenski is one of leading specialists in the field of history and ethnology of Siberia. His recent book Shamanism and Christianity: Native Encounters with Russian Orthodox Missions in Siberia and Alaska, 1820-1917 (published in 1999) is favorably evaluated by historians and ethnologists. The title of his research project at the SRC will be "Shamanism in Siberia: indigenous spirituality in Russian imagination."

Dr. Alexandre Bobrov is a philologist, specializing in medieval Russian literature. Recently he has been researching the Novgorod Chronicles of the 15th century. His research project at the SRC will focus on the authenticity of the Igor's Tale.

Dr. Nigel Swain is a sociologist-historian, specializing in the rural problem in Central Europe and the Balkans. He actively researches the post-socialist transition in Central and Eastern European countries. At the SRC he will develop his recent research on rural transition, with special reference to Hungary.


The SRC invites applications for the Foreign Visiting Fellowship Program from Slavic studies specialists in the fields of literature, history, international relations, economics, political sciences, sociology, geography and ethnology, tenable for nine to ten months between June 2004 and March 2005.
The SRC will provide one round-trip air ticket, a living allowance, inexpensive accommodation in the University's Foreign Scholars' Residence, a domestic travel allowance and an office at the SRC with the use of a personal computer. The visiting scholar is obliged to spend from nine to ten months at the SRC, but is free to engage in a limited amount of travel for professional purposes in Japan. Although there are no teaching duties, the visiting scholar is expected to be available for talks and consultation with the members of the staff and graduate students. The SRC expects fellows to give at least two formal presentations or lectures on topics of their choice as well as occasional seminars. The SRC further expects the fellows to contribute an article during their stay in Sapporo to the Center's international referee journal Acta Slavica Iaponica , on a subject within the broad confines of Slavic, Russian, and East European studies.
Application forms are available from the SRC or from its web site. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2003. Preference will be given to those who have either a firm academic position or a Ph.D. degree (or its equivalent). Applicants will be informed of selection results by mid-July, 2003.


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