Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.
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Saturday, February 29
Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.
To register: https://forms.gle/7X6sHr4jsin66Gif7
Martisor is an old Romanian tradition of gifting a red and white string attached to a small piece of jewelry or a flower. This is believed to bring health and luck to the wearer.
Come and make your own or buy a premade Martisor, Romanian pastries, and more.