Language Professor Gains NEH Fellowship

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Gerald J. Janecek

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Janecek is the editor-in-chief of Slavic & East European Journal and is the author of "The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 1900-1930;" "ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism;" and "Sight & Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry.”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2004) -- Gerald J. Janecek, professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky, has received a one year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to complete a book on Moscow Conceptualism, an art and literature movement that occurred during the later years of the Soviet Union.

The NEH Fellowship provides a $40,000 stipend for a period of nine to 12 months and will allow Janecek to work full-time on the book in lieu of teaching and other faculty responsibilities.

“I congratulate Dr. Janecek for receiving this highly competitive national award, further enhancing the academic reputation of our Department of Modern and Classical Languages,” said Steven L. Hoch, dean of the UK College of Arts and Sciences. “The fellowship will enable Dr. Janecek to complete an important work of original research on a rich and culturally significant artistic movement of the former Soviet Union.”

Janecek is the editor-in-chief of Slavic & East European Journal and is the author of "The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 1900-1930;" "ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism;" and "Sight & Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry.”

Janecek received his doctorate in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Michigan in 1971 and joined the UK faculty as an instructor the same year. He was promoted to professor in 1984 and twice served as department chair. He teaches courses on 20th century Russian literature in translation, various Russian language courses, and Russian and Soviet Culture of the 20th century.

“Professor Janecek is in a unique position to give a comprehensive account of Moscow conceptualism, both to a Russian and a Western audience,” said Ted Fiedler, chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures. “The NEH Fellowship was awarded in recognition of work already accomplished and the promise of a completed study that will be of interest to an educated general audience and to scholars in many disciplines.”


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