Webinar on March 21st: Ukrainian Publishers and Literary Critics Speak

Ukraine Fights On: One Year Later
Ukrainian Publishers and Literary Critics Speak

In this second event, women publishers and literary critics from Ukraine will update us on the current state of publishing, the different strategies they are using to mitigate the tragic circumstances of their war, and how publishing has evolved since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Date: Mar 21, 2023

Time: 9:30 am PDT /12: 30 pm EDT/ 19:30 Kyiv Time

Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.

Language of Event: English.

All are welcome with prior registration.

Link for event registration: http://ucblib.link/ukrainefightson2


  • Iryna Baturevych co-founded the Chytomo media project (NGO), the largest independent media covering publishing and contemporary literary and cultural processes in Ukraine.
  • Anastasia Bilousova is an editor and project manager at the RODOVID Press publishing house in Kyiv.
  • Lidia Lykhach is the executive editor and founder of RODOVID Press.


Aglaya Glebova is an Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Organizer: Dr. Liladhar R. Pendse, Librarian for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The image provides photos of the speakers and describes the webinar that is planned for March 21st as follows: Ukraine Fights On: One Year Later Ukrainian Publishers and Literary Critics Speak In this second event, women publishers and literary critics from Ukraine will update us on the current state of publishing, the different strategies they are using to mitigate the tragic circumstances of their war, and how publishing has evolved since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Armeno-Indica: Four Centuries of Familiarity and Friendship Conference at UCLA

The image shows a monument from India. This photo was used for a poster or marketing material of Armeno Indica conference that was organized at UCLA in March of 2023


Armeno-Indica: Four Centuries of Familiarity and Friendship
March 17 – March 18

This event is organized by the UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History.

Friday, March 17, 2023, | 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Saturday, March 18, 2023, | 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Postponed due to the pandemic, this international conference celebrates the bicentenary of the founding of Kolkata’s famed Armenian College (est. 1821), one of three centers of Armenian higher learning in the diaspora during the nineteenth century and the only one that has survived and is thriving today. Bringing together economic, literary, legal, and cultural historians from India, Armenia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States, the conference highlights how, beginning in the early modern period and continuing to the present, Armenians have traveled to India to make its distant shores and cultures their own. India looms large in the Armenian social imaginary. It was not only the place where the first Armenian proto-constitution for an “imagined” nation-republic was published (Madras 1788/9), it was also the cradle of the first Armenian newspaper (Madras, 1794-1796), the first modern Armenian play (Calcutta 1823), and arguably also where the first Eastern Armenian novel appeared (Calcutta, 1846), as well as where the first Armenian “feminist” tract (Calcutta, 1847) was published.

Gathering an international group of scholars, Armeno-Indica explores the Indo-Armenian saga in South Asia from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. The themes to be explored include the connected economic, literary, legal, and political histories of Armenians and Indians in South Asia and beyond across the waters of the Indian Ocean. The keynote for the conference will be delivered by Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam.


Please fill out the form for providing RSVP for in-person attendance. The form is located at the following hyperlink: https://sscucla.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bgcerNdYzuQgRHU

VENUE: UCLA Royce Hall 314 and Fowler Museum

Alternatively, you may attend this conference using zoom with prior. Here is the hyperlink that will lead you to the form that needs to be filled out: http://bit.ly/armenoindica-virtual

Friday, March 17, 2023 (Royce 314, UCLA)
Welcoming words: Amy Landau and Ann Karagozian
(10:00 AM – 10:15 AM)

Introduction to the conference: Sebouh David Aslanian
(10:15 AM – 10:30 AM)

Panel 1: Trade, Law, and Go-Betweens (10:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Santanu Sengupta (Kolkata): “Negotiating with Law: Phases of Armenian Interaction with the Early Colonial Law Courts in India.”

Xabier Lamikiz (University of the Basque Country /Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU): “Armenian Merchants from Madras in Eighteenth-Century Spanish Manila: A Story of Love and Hate.”

Ruquia Hussain (Aligarh Muslim University, AMU): “Of Sarhad and Calcutta: The English East India Company, Khwāja Israel di Sarhad and the Foundation of Modern Calcutta.”

Sona Tajiryan (Gemological Institute of America, GIA): “How to Choose and Buy Pearls? An Eighteenth-Century Armenian Guide on the Pearl Trade in India (1730s).”

Discussant: Glenn Penny (UCLA)

Lunch Break: Balcony of Royce 306 (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

Panel 2: Language and Literary Revival (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
Ahona Panda (Claremont McKenna): “Ajab Shahar Calcutta: The Outsider in the Bengal Renaissance.”

Talar Chahinian (University of California, Irvine): “Mobilizing Subjectivity in the Practice of the Nation: Tagheadeants‘s’ Case for Women’s Education.”

Peter Cowe (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA): “Intertextuality and Innovation: Mesrop Taghiadeants‘ and his Experimentation with the Novel Genre in Comparative Perspective.”

Discussant: Houri Berberian (University of California, Irvine)

Coffee Break: (3:00 PM – 3:15 PM)

Panel 3: Armenian Historiography and Print Culture in Madras (3:15-5:00PM)
Martin Adamian (UCLA, graduate student): “Mesrovb J. Seth, Father of Indo-Armenian Historiography.”

Anna Sirinian (Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, Università di Bologna): “Azdarar (1794-1796): The First Armenian Periodical in the World.”

Hasmik Kirakosyan (Senior Researcher, Mashtots Repository of Manuscripts, Yerevan): “Harutiwn Shmavonean an Armenian Printer-publisher in Madras and a Farman for Printing in Arabic script in Madras.”

Discussant: Nile Green (UCLA)

Panel 4: History in the Present (5:00 PM – 6:30 PM)
Armen Arslanian: (Warden of the Armenian Church of Dhaka, Bangladesh): “The Armenian Church of Dhaka (Bangladesh) and the task of Heritage preservation.”

Vache Tadevosyan: (Community leader, Kolkata, India): “The Mardasirakan Jemaran (Armenian College of Kolkata) and its Bicentenary.”

Satenik Chookaszian (Armenian National Gallery in Yerevan): “Sargis Katchadourian’s reproductions of India’s cultural gems from the collection of National Gallery of Armenia.”

Chair and Discussant: Armen Baibourtian

Saturday, March 18, 2023 (Fowler Museum, UCLA)
Check-in at Lenart Hall (11:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

Welcoming remarks: Amy Landau

Panel 1: Monuments, Patronage, and Indo-Persianate Identities (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM)
Sebouh David Aslanian (Department of History, UCLA): “Cemeteries as Heterotopias: Armenian Sepulchral Culture in Agra and Surat, or what the Dead can tell us About the Living.”

Talinn Grigor (Department of Art History, UC Davis): “‘Transimperial’ Strategies of Artistic Patronage: From New Julfan Merchants to Parsi Industrialists.”

Veronika Zablotsky (Freie Universität, Berlin): “Orientalism and the Making of the Armenian Diasporic Imaginary in Early Colonial India.”

Discussant: Peter Cowe (UCLA)

Panel 2: The Historical Imagination and the Circulation of Revolutionary Ideas in Late 18th Century South India (2:00 PM – 3:30PM)
Michael O’Sullivan (The European University Institute, Florence): “Portfolio Capitalism and History-Writing in Hagop Simonean Ayubeant’s Life of Haydar Ali Khan, c. 1782-1795.”

Ayal Amer (UC Irvine): “Fitna and Patriotism in Late 18th century Madras.”

Satenig Badwagan Toufanian (Inalco, Paris): “The Snare of Glory: A Call for Freedom from Madras.”

Discussant: Sebouh D. Aslanian

Intermission: Lemonade, Cookies, and Open Galleries in Courtyard (3:30 PM – 4:40 PM)

Keynote Address (4:40 PM – 5:40 PM)
Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Distinguished Professor & Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences): “Armenians and Others in Mughal Surat: Rethinking Communities, Collaboration and Conflict.”

Reception on the Terrace (6:00m – 7:30 pm)



UCLA Richard Hovannisian Chair of Modern Armenian History
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Armenian Studies Center at the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute
USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

Happy International Women’s Day and Conference Dedicated to International Women’s Day!

In many of the world, we enthusiastically celebrate International Women’s Day. We were not aware then of Valentine’s Day and scamming of flower prices then. While the questions surrounding diverse values, gender identities, and contemporary politics are complicated, it is important to note that for many in the world, the basic human rights that we take for granted in the United States are beyond reach. I have been asked today to post a courtesy conference that is not affiliated with our library in which I will participate as a member of the organizing committee in my private capacity. The conference is dedicated to women of contemporary Afghanistan.

The conference will occur tomorrow, March 9th, from 9 am PST through 12 noon. The website for the conference is Afghan Women Speak: Voices from within and beyond. The conference is FREE and OPEN to all with prior registration.

The image is a screenshot of website that is entitled Afghan Women Speak. It is about an online conference that will take place on March 9th, 2023 from 9 am to 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.

SIGLA: States and Institutions of Governance in Latin America Database

SIGLA (States and Institutions of Governance in Latin America, www.sigladata.org) is a multilingual digital database that freely provides information on legal and political institutions in Latin America. The beta version of SIGLA offers data on national-level institutions in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as on international institutions. Ultimately, SIGLA will provide cross-nationally comparable, current and historical, qualitative and quantitative data on over 50 legal and political institutions in 20 Latin American countries in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Webinar on February 15: Ukraine Fights On: One Year Later! Episode no. 1

On behalf of the collection development subcommittee of the CLIR-ASEEES and UC Berkeley Library, I would like to invite you to attend the first virtual event in the three-part series of events on Ukraine that we have organized for this year.  The first webinar will take place on February 15th at 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST for 60 minutes.
Here is the event description:

Note: Given the ever-changing situation in Ukraine, this event may be canceled or postponed on short notice.
At this webinar, held nearly one year after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began, women social activists and a lawyer from the SICH Human Rights Protection Group in Ukraine will provide updates on the current human rights situation and their documentation of the deliberate destruction of the civilian infrastructure in their country. The event includes a screening of the short documentary “Unbroken Women.” This event is the first in a three-part series about the Russia-Ukraine war and its impacts.

The event will be recorded for archival purposes.

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Library; the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and the Collection Development Subcommittee of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies’ Committee on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR).
The event is free and open to all with prior registration. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Black History Month Celebration at UC Berkeley Library on Thursday, February 9, 2022 (11 am to noon PST)

Date: February 9th, 2022 

Day: Thursday

Time: 11 am to 12 noon PST

Please register here: http://ucberk.li/black-history-month-2023-event

Opening Remarks:

Olufemi “Femi” Ogundele

Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Ula Y. Taylor 

Professor & 1960 Chair of Undergraduate Education

African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

Professor Nitasha Sharma

Director, Asian American Studies Program; Co-Director, Council for Race and Ethnic Studies

Professor of Asian American Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University

Associate Editor, American Quarterly

Professor Roopika Risam

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, where she is part of the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster.

Professor Kelly Baker Josephs

Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Digital Humanities, Department of English, University of Miami

Both Professors Risam and Josephs will speak about the Digital Black Atlantic project.


Post-Perestroika Newspapers accessible for the CRL Members

The Post-Perestroika Newspapers collection traces the evolution of post-Soviet Russia, with coverage from 1990 to 2016. Established soon before or soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newspapers in this collection document the changes taking place in Russia, some with breathtaking speed, all the while embracing innovative journalistic methods and standards that were a far cry from the journalism of the Soviet period. These newspapers, some of which had a relatively short lifespan, nevertheless provide essential and critical insight into the events and personalities that defined post-Soviet Russian politics and history (Source:https://gpa.eastview.com/crl/ppn/).

To access these newspapers, please authenticate using the VPN or proxy from an off-campus location.

Trial of Brill’s Revolución y Cultura, 1961–2003 (ending February 21, 2023)

Revolución y Cultura, 1961–2003(Cuba) 

Please access the trial through February 21, 2023, here

At UC Berkeley Library, we have several individual issues of Revolución y Cultura, however, Brill has produced a complete digitized archive of it that is searchable. We have set up a trial of this resource through February 21, 2023. We look forward to hearing your comments regarding the utility of this resource in your teaching and research. Please feel free to contact your librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies here.


Revolución y Cultura is a fundamental and often unique resource for the study of more than half a century of Cuban culture. Founded as a biweekly in 1961 under the title Pueblo y Cultura and continued in 1965 as the bilingual magazine Revolution et/and Culture and as RC in 1967, Revolución y Cultura has published uninterruptedly since March 1972. From its foundation until 1977, when the Cuban Ministry of Culture was created, it appeared as the official organ of Cuba’s National Council of Culture.

From 2004 to 2019 it was published both in print and electronically. Since mid-2019, Revolución y Cultura is published online only. Revolución y Cultura is listed in the UNESCO Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean (Source: Brill)


Call for papers: Wisconsin Slavic Conference

Wisconsin Slavic Conference

March 24-25, 2023

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics, and history are invited for the annual Wisconsin Slavic Conference. Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. The conference will be held in person at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 2023. Recent conference programs are available on the Wisconsin Slavic Conference website at https://gns.wisc.edu/2022/04/19/wisconsin-slavic-conference-2022/

This year’s keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Yuliya Ilchuk (Stanford University).

To present a paper at the Wisconsin Slavic Conference, please submit a proposal by February 19, 2023.

A complete proposal consists of the following:

1. Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email).

2. Paper title

3. 300-500 word abstract

4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Email to send proposals: Jesse Kruschke jlkruschke@wisc.edu and Isabella Palange palange@wisc.edu.

Jesse Kruschke, Co-Chair of Wisconsin Slavic Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Isabella Palange, Co-Chair of Wisconsin Slavic Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Yekaterina Pak, Secretary of Wisconsin Slavic Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tepoztlán Institute 2023: fugitivity, marronage, abolition

TEPOZTLÁN, MORELOS, MÉXICO | July 19 – 26, 2023
Call for participants

2023 Application Form
Systems of colonization, of exploitation, of citizenship, and of exclusivity produce responses that can be coded as fugitivity and marronage. Those practices of alterity and freedom seek to elude force and violence, but they also invite new forms of placemaking and inclusivity. Abolition – of policing, of carcerality, of national borders, of hierarchical or privileged forms of citizenship – challenges the entrenched forms of the state and opens possibilities for other imaginaries. The Tepoztlán Institute, in its eighteenth year, asks participants to reflect on fugitivity, marronage, and abolition in their many forms in the past, present, and future. How have these practices of freedom been imagined, lived, contested, extended, and reinvented, from the colonial period to the present, across the Americas?

There is a long history of fugitivity and marronage across the Americas. The first maroons in the Americas were Indigenous people fleeing from encomiendas, slavery, and related forms of violence and subjugation in early colonial Hispaniola, and Indigenous practices of flight and assertions of autonomy continued throughout the colonial and national periods. From the quilombos of Brazil and the palenques of Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Peru, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, to the maroon societies of Jamaica, Suriname, and the United States, enslaved Africans also engaged strategically in fugitivity and marronage. Though these movements are often siloed, they are not separate: the history of fugitivity and marronage is also one of relationality among Black and Indigenous peoples. Contemporary Black, Indigenous, Latinx, feminist, and queer organizing against state violence and policing and for aesthetic, social, political, and territorial self-determination across the Americas brings these concepts into the present in palpable ways. Fugitivity and marronage have also been central to envisioning past, present, and future liberation.

Like fugitivity and marronage, abolition goes beyond the dismantling of oppressive institutions—it is also the building of autonomy and alternatives that render those oppressive institutions obsolete. In recent years, varied movements and sequences of struggle have forced the politics of abolition into the political mainstream. Many activists, critics, and scholars have framed the abolition of prisons, police, borders, citizenship, and other oppressive institutions as an extension of the struggle that led to the uneven  abolition of slavery in the nineteenth century across the Americas. Others have drawn from the long history of fugitivity and marronage to consider the possibilities of escape from and resistance to systems of domination and extraction under racial capitalism, indigenous dispossession, and anti-Black racism. Abolition is one of several important concepts that have been employed within the Americas to imagine different forms of liberation. Taken together, fugitivity, marronage, abolition, and related ideas draw our attention to heterogeneous politics and practices by which another world is built out of and within the ruins of the present.

We invite reflections that address the concepts of, and links between, fugitivity, marronage, and abolition across disciplines, regions, communities, and temporalities. We foresee conversations across scholarly approaches that come from Indigenous studies, Black studies, slavery studies, Latinx studies, and borderlands studies, as well as queer theory and feminisms. Questions may include: Are fugitivity and marronage still applicable to our contemporary moment, or have new concepts supplanted them? What are the limits of bringing the idea of abolition to bear on the present? What is to be left behind or abolished, and what can be saved or repurposed? How have historical and cultural actors navigated the tensions between strategies of fugitivity or escape on the one hand, and inclusion or recognition on the other? How do the concepts of fugitivity, marronage, and abolition help us challenge or reimagine inherited notions of resistance, freedom, liberation, and so on? How can cultural production and representations of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx relationality in studies of fugitivity, marronage, and abolition escape the constrictions of disciplinary knowledge formation? What kinds of cultural production, speculative thought, and activism do fugitivity, marronage, and abolition enable and indeed require? How might movements benefit from more extensive cross-hemispheric dialogue about these issues?

Scholars, activists, and artists may address any historical period, and approaches may draw from a wide range of fields, including but not limited to, history, literature, cultural studies, media studies, art, art history, philosophy, race and ethnic studies, anthropology, and gender and sexuality studies.


●       ​Enslavement and emancipation
​●       Indigenous, Black, and Latinx coalitions
●       Indigenous and Black politics, autonomy, sovereignty, flight, refusal, and recognition.
●       Incarceration and decarceration
●       Abolitionist feminism
●       Migration, detention, and deportation.
●       Border abolition
●       Asylum and sanctuary
●       Fugitivity and patriarchy
●       Anarchist theories and practices
●       Capture and flight in/from the archives
●       Law and legal history
●       Queer marronage
●       Marronage and sovereignty
●       Abolition practices
●       Abolitionist geographies
●       Speculation/imagination as abolitionist practice
●       The politics of policing and police abolition
●       Infrastructures for abolitionist practice
●       Fugitive thought/science/epistemologies
●       Slavery and primitive accumulation
●       Marronage and illicit, alternative, and informal economies
●       Autonomy and autonomous practices
●       Ecological and territorial struggles

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2023. For more information, please consult our website (www.tepoztlaninstitute.org) or write to us at tepoinstitute@gmail.com.