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Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming at Pitt's REES

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies is seeking an Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming.  This person will participate in the planning, development, and administration of international programming, major grants, and partnerships focused on the social sciences and professional fields such as law, business, public policy, the health sciences, and engineering.  The Assistant Director will also work with Pitt’s Study Abroad Office to develop new area-related programming, collaborate with other unit’s within Pitt’s University Center of International Studies to develop cross-regional initiatives, develop a speaker series and other public events related to the above-listed fields, and is the Center’s primary liaison with social science departments, professional schools and the public, private, and NGO sectors in Pittsburgh and the region.  This position is full-time.

For more information and access to the application portal, please click here. Questions can be directed to Dawn Seckler (Das200@pitt.edu).

Date Posted: Wed, 25 May 2016

Tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Russian History and Politics

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Russian History and Politics to be filled by 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the Department: http://ccrs.ku.dk/about/

The tenure track is offered in the field of Russian history and politics. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of contemporary Russian/Soviet history, preferably with a research focus on foreign politics, regional security politics and/or East European perspectives.

It is particularly important that the applicant have a solid command of Russian and is thus able to conduct contextually well-grounded analyses. Moreover, the research should document originality and innovative academic approaches.

The successful applicant should be able to teach courses and lessons in Danish or English on the general history of Eastern Europe, Russian history, contemporary Russian and East European politics and society, methods and theories of history and political science, and to supervise B.A.- and MA-level students within these fields. The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to university teaching.

Applicants with further qualifications and competencies relevant to other of the Department’s programmes will be preferred.

The position also involves outreach activities as well as a certain number of administrative duties.

The tenure-track assistant professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration, and also to secure funding for and manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, and participate in academic assessments.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.

Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage:http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/ and http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=819421


Qualification requirements

Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy
  • Teaching qualifications. See also our Educational Charter athttp://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/
  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff: http://ufm.dk/lovstof/gaeldende-love-og-regler/uddannelsesinstitutioner/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail: it@hum.ku.dk.

Application

Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please note that each field in the application form must contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and must include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).
  • Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and (a lesser proportion of material in) Russian will be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by email.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail: vipadmin@hum.ku.dk.

Salary and conditions of employment

The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis.  Compensation packages comprising a relocation bonus for international scholars and a special tax scheme are offered to researchers recruited abroad. As for the latter, see www.movingtodenmark.ku.dk

As a tenure-track assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities you are offered a Start-up Package. See more at http://humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on what it is like working in Denmark before you apply for a position at the UCPH. See:http://ism.ku.dk/, http://workingconditions.ku.dk/ and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST, 1 August 2016.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Date Posted: Mon, 23 May 2016

Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), Russian/ Soviet History since 1855, Yale University

The Yale University Department of History intends to make a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in Russian/Soviet history since 1855, beginning July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be expected to teach across the entire modern period.  Applications are invited from historians with strong potential for achievement in scholarship, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and intellectual leadership. We welcome applications from historians who already hold teaching positions, as well as from recent PhDs and those who expect their PhD by the time of appointment.  

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women,  underrepresented minorities, protected veterans, and persons with disabilities.  Submit letter of application, C.V., statement of research and teaching interests, a chapter-length writing sample prepared for anonymous reading, and three letters of reference to https://apply.interfolio.com/35162. The review of applications will begin October 15, 2016.

For more information, please see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=52943

Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016

Assistant Professor of Russian, Amherst College

The Amherst College Department of Russian invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor to begin on July 1, 2017. We are looking for a broadly-trained, theoretically-engaged scholar of Russian literature and culture. In addition to having a well-articulated research plan, the successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal-arts context.

Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 44 percent of our students are domestic students of color; and ten percent of our students are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Our new colleague will teach two courses per semester, including all levels of Russian language and various aspects of Russia’s cultural legacy; contribute to the core curriculum of the department and the College’s liberal-arts curriculum; and advise undergraduate honors theses.  Amherst College is home to an internationally-renowned research institution, the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, and the department’s faculty regularly draws on its collections for teaching and research. The Center’s unique strengths lie in the visual and performing arts, the culture of modernism and the long twentieth century.  More information about the department is available at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/13477, and about the Center for Russian Culture at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/41771.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures in hand by the start of the appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English is required, and prior teaching experience is expected. Interested candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/35265 a letter of application containing research and teaching statements, C.V., two course syllabi, a writing sample (not to exceed 25 pages), and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of candidates will begin on September 15, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by that date will receive full consideration. Questions about the search should be addressed to bwolfson@amherst.edu.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016

Research Assistant in Russian and European Studies, American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute, a leading non-profit public policy research organization, seeks a full-time research assistant to work for AEIs Director of Russian Studies, Leon Aron, and research fellow, Dalibor Rohac. Core responsibilities include writing and editing support as well as research regarding Russian foreign and domestic policies, US-Russian relations, the European Union (EU), and backsliding of countries in the former Soviet bloc. Other duties include developing and organizing conferences; overseeing long-term projects and grants; and general administrative support. Applicants must have excellent writing, editing, fact-checking and research skills. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in Russian studies, be up to speed on current events involving the whole Eurasia region including the EU, and have a familiarity with a wide range of Russian media and government sources. Proficiency in reading and writing Russian is required. Knowledge of European politics and a background in European political economy are also a plus. 

Qualified applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, academic transcripts, and a 500 word-writing sample with their on-line application to www.aei.org/jobs. 2016 graduates are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: June 8, 2016

For more information, please see here or contact LeeAnna Matarazzo (jobs@aei.org)

Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016

Three Russian Instructor Positions, KU Afilliated, Ft. Carson, CO

Instructors of Russian
 
The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Kansas invites applications for three full-time Russian lecturer positions to teach Russian language in a special off-campus program for military personnel at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Class sizes will be limited to six students and will run outside the normal KU academic calendar. The language program will be conducted in an intensive 12-week format.  Each 12-week session will cover two years of college-level Russian.  The instructor is responsible for offering four of these sessions during the year.  The lecturer appointment is a non-tenure track, limited term appointment, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance, and contingent upon budgetary approval.  The lecturer positions are expected to begin as early as August 1st, 2016.
 
For a complete position description and to apply, go to: https://employment.ku.edu/academic/6200BR. A complete on-line application will include a letter of application, a c.v. detailing specific subject areas the applicant is qualified to teach, a teaching philosophy statement, and the names and contact information for three references. For additional questions, please contact Professor Stephen Dickey, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, 785-864-2357 or email: smd@ku.edu.  Initial review of applications begins June 12, 2016, and will continue for as long as is required to identify a qualified pool.

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Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016

Job Opening: Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian, Georgetown University

Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian- Georgetown University

 
 
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled.

Located at the heart of the campus, the Georgetown University Library welcomes one million visitors annually. Over one hundred librarians and staff provide innovative services and sustain collections of over 3.5 million volumes, which are available to the University’s 15,000 faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. A member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Washington Research Libraries Consortium, Georgetown University Library embodies the University’s mission as a “student-centered research university.”


Reporting directly to the Head of Collections, Research and Instruction the Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian will develop and manage research collections that that will support the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and other subject areas as assigned. Duties include but are not limited to:


Fostering the development and expansion of research and instruction activities to meet the information needs and support the research and curricular goals of the assigned liaison department(s).  Actual assignments, beyond CERES, will be made based on the needs of the University Library based on the successful candidate’s experience and interests. 

Working directly with students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, researchers, other University staff and administrators, University alumni, and members of the public. 


Requirements:


*       Masters in Library Science (MLS) accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent appropriate/equivalent advanced degree is required.

        

*       A second graduate degree in a European language is very strongly preferred but equivalent years of work and/or other equivalent expertise in this or other humanities or social science fields will be considered. 

        

*       Must possess knowledge of European languages & literatures and various related cultural/social studies fields. Demonstrated experience in research methodologies.

        

*       Reading fluency in Russian is required – oral fluency is preferred.

        

*       Two or more years of experience or training in the provision of public services (reference and instruction) in an academic or research library setting

        

*       Ability to work with diverse, research-oriented students and faculty


Other Skills:


Successful performance requires analytical ability, initiative, imagination, and excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as a broad-based interest in and current awareness of information technology applications for the delivery of library information.


Job Number: 20160352

Job Title: Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian - Lauinger Library

Department: Collections, Research, and Instruction

Date Posted: 05 MAY 2016


Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.
Date Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016

Program Director for Dartmouth College's Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg (June 17 to August 14)

The Russian Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH seeks a Program Director for its Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg. The Director will be responsible for administering the program in collaboration with Dartmouth’s onsite partner, and will teach one course on culture to the group of eight Dartmouth students. The program dates in St. Petersburg are June 17 to August 14.

The successful candidate will possess at least an M.A. in a field related to Slavic studies and have experience leading American students abroad.  The position includes salary, roundtrip airfare from the United States to St. Petersburg, private accommodations in St. Petersburg, and a stipend for program expenses.  Dartmouth and its onsite partner will assist with the visa process, but it is important that the successful applicant be in a position to obtain a visa quickly. Salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their qualifications and relevant experience, and contact information for two references to Professor John Kopper (john.m.kopper@dartmouth.edu).  Applications will be reviewed as they come in until the position is filled.  Dartmouth College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from members of under-represented groups.

Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

Russian Instructor Position at the International Criminal Court (the Hague, Netherlands)

We are looking for a qualified Russian teacher who could provide language tuition at the International Criminal Court, alongside the Arabic, French and Spanish courses the Staff Union Council currently organises.
 
If you know of any qualified Russian teachers who would like to give lessons at the Court, please write to us at: StaffCouncil-MembershipCommittee@icc-cpi.int
 
Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

Visiting Instructor at Dartmouth College, Fall 2016

Visiting Russian Instructor Needed for Fall, 2016

The Dartmouth Russian Department is seeking a visiting instructor to teach two Russian courses in the fall of 2016, an introductory language course and a course on Slavic folklore, which would be co-taught with one of our staff.  Dartmouth College is on ten-week quarters.  The fall quarter begins on September 12th and the last day of exams is November 22nd.  Fluency, language teaching experience, and versatility in teaching a large culture course are required. Instructor must be at least ABD.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and cv, and provide the names of three colleagues whom the department might contact for references.  Please e-mail applications to the chair, John Kopper, at john.kopper@dartmouth.edu. Dartmouth College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from members of under-represented groups.

Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

Internships

Summer Internship at the Children's Camps in the Altai Mountains and in Novosibirsk - last vacancy left

Are you still looking for a summer internship / study abroad opportunity in Russia? Educational Center "Cosmopolitan", Novosibirsk, Russia, is pleased to announce that we are still accepting applications for our best summer internship programs that we shall run in the beautiful Altai Mountains and in delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the centre of Russia. We have received many applications and we’ll have a great international team this summer, but there are still two vacancies available.

Internships at the children’s summer camps comprise teaching foreign languages and creativity workshops, acting as camp counselors etc. No previous teaching experience, no knowledge of Russian is required. Participating in our internship program, you will gain valuable skills and experience for your future profession while being immersed in the Russian culture and having intensive practice in the Russian language. Many exciting tourist activities are included into the Altai session program, such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping, field trips and excursions. Tours of Novosibirsk and trips to the beautiful Siberian towns of Tomsk, Irkutsk and to magnificent Lake Baikal will be organized between the camp sessions. Internship fees are very reasonable.

We encourage you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity that is not to be missed and join our exciting, highly affordable, meaningful and safe summer internship program.

More information is available at http://eng.cosmo-nsk.com/

Please feel free to contact the Director Natalia Bodrova at cosmoschool2@mail.ru or cosmoschool2@yandex.ru with any questions and application inquiries.

Date Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016

Funding

American Councils Scholarships

This year, American Councils Study Abroad is pleased to announce two new scholarships available in addition to our Diversity Scholarship:

AC Language & Area Studies Expert Scholarship: Students who participate on consecutive summer area-studies programs and semester or academic year language immersion programs are eligible to apply for the American Councils Language & Area Studies Expert Scholarship. Applicants committed to studying language, culture, and contemporary issues are eligible to receive credit towards the cost of their second program.

AC Study Abroad Alumni Scholarship: In celebrating these program milestones, we encourage our alumni to return abroad. Past participants on American Councils Study Abroad programs are eligible to receive discounts on future study abroad programs beginning in the spring of 2017. Please contact outbound@americancouncils.org to learn more about alumni discounts.

All American Councils programs are uniquely designed to maximize participants’ language gain by combining intensive, small-group instruction with a rich array of immersion activities to ensure participants break out of the ‘study abroad bubble’ and truly engage with local communities. Students admitted to American Councils programs are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) fellowships for advanced language study, and the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund.  Additionally, participants may be able to apply their awards from Boren, Gilman and FLAS to American Councils study abroad programs.

Current language offerings: Albanian, Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Bosnian, Buryat, Chechen, Georgian, Indonesian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajiki), Pashto, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Tatar, Ukrainian, Uzbek

For a complete list of American Councils Study Abroad programs and funding opportunities, please visit us at www.acStudyAbroad.org, or contact us at outbound@americancouncils.org. Applications for spring 2017 are due by October 15th.

Date Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016

Title VIII Research Scholar Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the American Councils Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three consecutive months to eight consecutive months in Central Asia, Moldova, Russia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, and Ukraine.

Programs are available in*:

Albania Croatia Macedonia Serbia
Armenia Georgia Moldova Tajikistan
Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Montenegro Ukraine
Bosnia-Herzegovina Kosovo Russia**  
Bulgaria Kyrgyzstan Romania  

*Please not that Title VIII funding cannont be used in countries and regions under a U.S. government travel warning. For more information about current travel warnings, please visit the State Department website at www.travel.state.gov. Research Scholar applicants may only apply for research in a total of two countries maximum.

**Due to visa regulations, Research Scholar recipients to Russia are required to participate in four hours per week of Russian language tutorials in addition to their academic consultation with a faculty advisor (one hour per week) at their host universities. Language tutorials will provide proficient speakers an opportunity to edit Russian articles for publication, to develop lexica for new areas of study, or to refine advanced speaking and writing skills.

Award Components:
The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships, administered by American Councils, ranges from $5,000 to $25,000.

Application Requirements:
Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible to apply for the program. While a wide-range of topics receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field.

For more information, please see http://researchfellowships.americancouncils.org/researchscholar

Date Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016

Fulbright Academic Study/Research Grant

U.S. Department of State - Fulbright Academic Study/Research Grant
Campus Deadline(s): 6/29/2016
 
Note: For UIUC graduate students, the "priority deadline" is June 29, 2015 for applicants to receive early feedback on their application from the Office of External Fellowships and from multiple faculty members across campus. Graduate students missing this deadline will still receive feedback, but solely from the Office of External Fellowships, time permitting. All graduate students applying are therefore strongly encouraged to submit by the priority deadline so as to maximize the on-campus assistance available to them.
The Fulbright program offers grants for individuals to study or conduct research in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these one-year grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country, so applicants should familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.
 
Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant.
  • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Applicants must be proficient in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study.
Award amount:
  • Round-trip transportation to the host country.
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs based on the cost of living in the host country.
  • Accident and sickness health benefits.
In some countries, grants may also include:
  • Book and research allowances.
  • Mid-term enrichment activities.
  • Full or partial tuition.
  • Language study programs.
  • Pre-departure and in-country orientations.
RECOMMENDED - "Priority" Deadline - June 29, 2015:
Students are encouraged to submit a priority application in order to receive feedback from both the Office of External Fellowships and relevant UIUC faculty and staff. All applicants should submit this application to the National & International Scholarship Program at the University of Illinois (see url below).
REQUIRED - Campus Deadline - September 1, 2015, at 12:00 Noon:
A complete Fulbright application must be submitted to the National & International Scholarships Program in order to be considered for a Fulbright. Fulbright requires an on-campus Review Committee to review and rate all applications that it endorses. A committee will evaluate applications based on a review of materials and an interview (often testing requisite foreign language skills). Applicants will be given feedback from the Review Committee, which may be used to revise the application prior to the final submission date.
REQUIRED - Final Submission Deadline - October 7, 2015, 5:00 PM
The applicant must submit their complete Fulbright application electronically, in addition to all of the required supporting documents. Applicants must also ensure that all letters of recommendation are submitted on time. An applicant pursuing a Fulbright grant to undertake research or coursework at an overseas university also must mail his/her admissions application to the university of choice by the admission deadline for that institution. Note that references for Academic Study/Research Grants
 require a different form than those for other research and study awards.
Final Stage: In late January, students are notified if their application has been recommended for forwarding by a national review panel to the various in-country panels. Finalists will be required to mail their official transcripts at that time. The in-country panels then review the finalist applications and further narrow the field. Some countries conduct telephone interviews of finalists, usually by early April. The National & International Scholarships Program will coordinate mock telephone interviews for those students called to an interview. Students are notified of their award status between March and June.
 
Contact:
David Schug, Director

National and International Scholarships Program

Tel: 217-333-4710 

Email: topscholars@illinois.edu
Date Posted: Mon, 23 May 2016

2017-18 Fellowship Award, School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites between 20 and 25 scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in
economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2017-2018 the focus will be The Social Sciences in a Changing World. The application deadline is November 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which opens June 1 and can be found, along with more information about the theme, at www.sss.ias.edu/applications.

Date Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016

Funds available to develop BA Postdoc applications with the University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield Visiting Postdoctoral Application Bursaries for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield has opened a bursary scheme, with a deadline of 3rd June, for external applicants who would like to apply through Sheffield for a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (BA PDF).

Successful applicants will be expected to commit to apply for a BA PDF through Sheffield.  They will stay in Sheffield for up to three nights, and spend their time 1) discussing their proposed project with relevant academic colleagues and staff in Research and Innovation Services; 2) redrafting their application in response to comments received, and obtaining further feedback on the revised application; and 3) engaging in any other activities Departments/Schools feel would be beneficial.

Eligible expenses will be travel costs, accommodation and subsistence, to a maximum of £700 for those coming from outside the UK, and £500 for those within the UK.  Payment will be for actual expenses only up to the maximum permissible sum.  It is envisaged that around five awards will be made. All visits must be complete and expenses claimed by the Outline Stage Applicant Deadline.

The aim of the BA PDF scheme is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

We expect the BA PDF scheme to open in late August 2016 with a deadline in early October. The British Academy uses a two-stage application process and these bursaries are intended to support applications to the Outline Stage only. As these are major applications, potential external candidates should start planning their applications as early as possible and physically coming to Sheffield will help facilitate this process. Applicants with the strongest overall applications (track record, proposed project, fit with Sheffield), will be awarded bursaries to visit Sheffield in September.

Further details about the Sheffield scheme and the application form are available at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/arts-and-humanities/research-innovation/early-career-fellowships/index

Date Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016

4-year PhD studentship, Modern Russian Social/ Economic History, University of Nottingham

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Home candidates (i.e. with 3 years of UK residency) for a fully-funded 4-year programme of study leading to a PhD in Modern Russian Social and/or Economic History (from the mid-19th century). Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an excellent record of academic achievement in history or a related discipline, and potential for completing an original and independent research project in modern Russian history, using social and/or economic historical methods of enquiry.
 
A working knowledge of the Russian language is necessary, but further training will be provided. The successful candidate will enrol on the Russian and East European Studies (REES) Pathway of the University of Nottingham’s Doctoral Training Centre (www.nottingham.ac.uk/esrc-dtc) and will also be joining a strong team of existing DTC-funded PhD students in Russian social and economic history in the Department of History.
 
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANM621/4-year-phd-studentship-modern-russian-social-economic-history/

Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

Competition for AY2017-2018 Fulbright Student Fellowships in Bulgaria

 
Fulbright Bulgaria offers fellowships for U.S. students, MA/PhD candidates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, study or exercise their talents for one academic year. We are looking for motivated candidates who are interested in conducting research projects with an academic, artistic or non-governmental Bulgarian institution, independent library or field research, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of such activities.
 
Fulbright Bulgaria also offers joint grants with neighboring countries:

Bulgaria-Greece Fulbright Joint Research Award

Bulgaria-Romania Fulbright Study/Research Award
 
Our joint grants give researchers the opportunity to work on a cross-country project, spending one semester in Bulgaria and one in Greece or Romania. These grants are especially suitable for candidates interested in archeology, history and art history, Balkan studies, trans-border/emigration studies, economics, tourism, preservation of cultural heritage, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts. Well-qualified candidates will be considered at all degree levels and in all fields.
 
For U.S. students without a precise research focus who would like to experience Bulgaria, Fulbright Bulgaria also offers 30 English Teaching Assistantships in Bulgarian high schools.
 
The 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is now open. Competition Deadline is October 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To apply, visit www.us.fulbrightonline.org. More information about the Bulgarian Fulbright program is available at www.fulbright.bg
Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) 2017-2018 Fellowship Programme

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) has announced the call for applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Programme.
 
10-month residencies are offered in one of the 18 participating institutes from Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna and Zürich.
 
Date Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016

Josef Fronek MPhil (Research) Scholarships in Czech Studies 2016-17

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer two Josef Fronek MPhil Research Scholarships in Czech Studies to applicants of any nationality. The awards are for one year only (2016-17), starting 1st October 2016, and are
worth £3000 towards tuition fees for each of the two successful candidates.
 
Current research in the area of Czech Studies at the University of Glasgow concentrates on different aspects of 20th century Czech film, media, and literature studies, with a strong research record in topics such as culture and identity, and examination of different discursive approaches to self-examination and myth making. Comparative and interdisciplinary proposals, which examine the Czech topics within Central European and global contexts are especially welcome.
 
The purpose of the Josef Fronek MPhil (Research) Scholarships in Czech Studies is to foster international understanding of the political and social culture of contemporary Czech Republic.
 
Before applying for one of the Josef Fronek Scholarships, candidates should have applied for and received a conditional or unconditional acceptance for their proposed programme of study through the online application process:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/arts/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/researchstudy/howtoapply
 
The submission deadline for scholarship applications is 31st May, 2016, using the Josef Fronek Scholarship Application Form, http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_272684_en.doc, to be returned to arts-SMLC-PGscholarships@glasgow.ac.uk  

For further information on relevant research area please consult:
http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/subjects/slavonic/
http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/subjects/comparativeliterature/#/overview

Date Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2016

Madeleine Albright PhD Scholarships in Czech Studies starting 2016-17

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer two Madeleine Albright PhD Scholarships in Czech Studies, funded by the Government of the Czech Republic, and  tenable from 1st October, 2016. The award is for three years in each instance and is worth 542,500 Czech crowns p.a. for each of the two students, approximately £ 14,000 p.a. depending on the current exchange rate. The scholarship is open to students of any nationality and is intended to cover tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate only) with the remainder contributing to maintenance. Before applying for one of the Madeleine Albright
PhD scholarships, students should have applied for and received a conditional or unconditional acceptance for their proposed programme of study through the online application process:


http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/arts/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/researchstudy/howtoapply/
 
The submission deadline for scholarship applications is 31st May, 2016 using the Czech
Studies PhD Scholarship Application Form 2016-17, http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_338450_en.doc,
 to be returned to arts-SMLC-PGscholarships@glasgow.ac.uk 

For further information on relevant research areas please consult:
http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/subjects/slavonic/
http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/subjects/comparativeliterature/#/overview

http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/mlc/postgraduatestudy/postgraduatescholarships2016/

Date Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2016

Submissions

Holberg Prize

The Holberg Board is receiving nominations for the Holberg Prize 2017. The Prize is awarded for outstanding scholarly work in the academic fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The deadline for nominations is 15 June 2016.

The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 and is awarded annually. The Prize money value is NOK 4,5 million (approximately 486,300 EUR / USD 548 500*). The Holberg Prize Laureate will be announced in March 2017, and the award ceremony will take place in Bergen, Norway in June 2017.

The Holberg Prize is awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology. The prize may be awarded both for work within a particular academic discipline and for work of a cross disciplinary nature. The prize winner must have had a decisive influence on international research. The Holberg Prize Board awards the Prize at the recommendation of http://www.holbergprisen.no/en/holberg_committee. The function of the nomination is to make the Committee aware of the candidate's work.

Who can nominate?
Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are entitled to nominate candidates to the Prize. The letter of nomination should be written in English and provide a statement of maximum 1 page justifying why the nominated candidate should recieve the Holberg Prize. The nomination should also include the candidate's CV and suggest referees who know the scholar´s work.

The Holberg Committee particularly encourages nomination of established scholars below the age of seventy. Joint nominations do not strengthen a candidacy. Nominations are strictly confidential and should not be disclosed to the nominee or to others at any time.

The deadline for nominations is June 15 2016.

For more information, please see http://holbergprisen.no/en/nomination

Date Posted: Fri, 27 May 2016

Call for Submissions: 2016 AWSS Graduate Essay Prize

AWSS invites submissions for the 2016 Graduate Essay Prize. The prize is awarded to the author of a chapter or article-length essay on any topic in any field or area of Slavic/East European/Central Asian Studies written by a woman, or on a topic in Slavic/East European/Central Asian Women's/Gender Studies written by a woman or a man. This competition is open to current doctoral students and to those who defended a doctoral dissertation in 2015-2016. If the essay is a seminar paper, it must have been written during the academic year 2015-2016. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents. Previous submissions and published materials are ineligible. Essays should be no longer than 50 double-spaced pages, including reference matter, and in English (quoted text in any other language should be translated). Completed submissions must be received by September 1, 2016. Please send a copy of the essay and an updated CV to each of the three members of the Prize Committee as email attachments. Please address any questions to the chair of the prize committee.

Karen Petrone, Committee Chair
Professor of History
University of Kentucky
petrone@uky.edu

Professor Adrienne Harris
Associate Professor of Russian
Baylor University
Adrienne_Harris@baylor.edu

Professor Amy Randall
Associate Professor of History
Santa Clara University
arandall@scu.edu

Date Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016

CFP: 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation

5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION & CONSERVATION
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
General papers, posters, electronic posters
and
NSF-Supported Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions (pending final approval of funding)
 
INTRODUCTION

 

The 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing,” will be held March 2-5, 2017, at the Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The 5th ICLDC is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The conference program will feature two keynote talks, Talk Story roundtable discussions, and Workshops (pending final approval of funding). An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately precede the conference (February 28-March 1).


The theme of the 5th ICLDC is “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing.” Wellbeing is a state of the body and mind that encompasses the presence of positive moods and emotions, life satisfaction, fulfillment and positive functioning, and the absence of negative emotions like anxiety. Increasingly, researchers in several fields have noted a positive correlation between language maintenance and wellbeing in endangered language communities. While the nature of the connection between language and wellbeing remains the subject of much debate, the existence of a connection is not entirely unexpected, given the range of outcomes associated with wellbeing.


In addition, languages encode knowledge systems, so language loss represents not only the loss of a communicative system, but also the loss of traditional knowledge systems. Importantly, traditional knowledge systems encode cultural practices related to well-being. Understanding the connections between language and wellbeing will potentially have implications for public health and policy and beyond, but also for language researchers, since traditional knowledge systems are among the most threatened domains of endangered language. Knowledge of esoteric domains such as botanical classification and traditional medicines is forgotten well before basic vocabulary and language structure. Hence, these areas of traditional knowledge are precisely the areas which need to be prioritized by language documenters.        

             

Exploring the connections between language and wellbeing is potentially transformational for language documentation and conservation, and thus it will be the theme for the 5th ICLDC. 
We aim to build on the strong momentum created by the 1st–4th ICLDCs to discuss research and revitalization approaches yielding rich records that can benefit both the field of language documentation and speech communities. We hope you will join us.

 

For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference website:  http://icldc-hawaii.org/



1. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GENERAL CONFERENCE TALKS, POSTERS, AND ELECTRONIC POSTERS

 

Proposal deadline: August 31, 2016

 

Topics
We especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme, “Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing” (see description above). In addition, we warmly welcome abstracts on other subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Archiving matters
  • Assessing success in documentation and revitalization strategies 
  • Community experiences of revitalization
  • Data management
  • Ethical issues
  • Language planning
  • Lexicography and grammar design
  • Methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality
  • Orthography design
  • Teaching/learning small languages
  • Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
  • Topics in areal language documentation
  • Training in documentation methods – beyond the university

Presentation formats
Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of question time.

Posters will be on display throughout the day of presentation. Poster presentations will run during the lunch. Poster presentations are recommended for authors who wish to present smaller, more specific topics, or descriptions of particular projects. 

Electronic posters (e-posters) are opportunities for presentations of software, websites, and other computer-based projects, in an environment that allows face-to-face interaction with the audience. Similar to a traditional poster session, e-poster presenters will use their own laptop computers to display their projects while the audience walks around, watching demonstrations and asking questions. E-poster sessions will take place during lunch in a room with tables and internet access.
 
 
2. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NSF-SUPPORTED WORKSHOPS AND TALK STORY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS (pending final approval of funding)

 

Proposal deadline: June 30, 2016

 

As a special addition to our program this year, we are including a 90-minute block on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to be dedicated to two alternative conference activities: Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions. These activities will run concurrently, and participants will pre-register for Workshops and Talk Story roundtable attendance on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We invite submissions for Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions topics/facilitators addressing the conference theme of “Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing.” These are described below, as well as the nature of the travel support from the NSF.
                                
Talk Story roundtable discussions 
In response to feedback from attendees of previous ICLDCs, this year we are providing a forum for small facilitated discussions about topics related to the conference theme. We invite proposals for 90-minute “Talk Story” (a Hawai‘i Creole English term referring to the sharing and preservation of culturally relevant stories) roundtable discussions. These discussions will be led by an expert discussant and limited to 20-30 attendees per session. Each Talk Story roundtable will be repeated on three days of the conference, allowing ample opportunity for conference attendees to participate in the Talk Story Sessions of their choice. Talk Story sessions are meant to be fully interactive for participants, rather than a one-directional presentation of information. We feel this format is particularly appropriate for more sensitive topics dealing with wellbeing, as well as for intragroup sharing of past successes. 
                    
Workshops
We also welcome proposals for Workshops on topics broadly relating to language revitalization and wellbeing. Each 90-minute workshop will be held twice over three days of the conference, allowing multiple opportunities for interested attendees to participate. Workshops will accommodate 60–100 participants and are intended to be more presentational and instructional in style than the Talk Story sessions. Appropriate workshop topics will be related to the conference theme and may include instruction in techniques or methods, hands-on activities, etc.
                
NSF support details - Pending final approval of funding
Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Program, we are able to offer travel assistance up to US$2000 for each selected Workshop and Talk Story Session. Funds will be provided as (partial) flight reimbursements, hotel nights, or per diem payments, to be determined by the ICLDC Executive Committee. In the event that a Workshop or Talk Story Session is jointly presented by more than one individual, the presenter team will inform the ICLDC Executive Committee how to divide the award across the presenters. 

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE, WORKSHOP AND TALK STORY ROUNDTABLE PRESENTERS MUST ACKNOWLEDGE SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION IN THEIR PRESENTATIONS AND FUTURE ITERATIONS OF THEIR RESEARCH.
 
 
3. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

 

Rules for submission in all categories:
  • Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed. 
  • Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored proposal (including participation in a Workshop or Talk Story Session proposal), or no more than two co-authored proposals. In no case may an author submit more than one individually-authored proposal.
  • Proposals for the NSF-sponsored Workshops and Talk Story Sessions are due by June 30, 2016, with notification of acceptance by July 31, 2016.
  • Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters are due by August 31, 2016, with notification of acceptance by October 1, 2016.
  • We will not be accepting any proposals for panel presentations or colloquia.  
  • Because of limited space, please note that the Abstract Review Committee may ask that some general abstracts submitted as papers be presented as posters or electronic posters instead. 
  • Selected authors will be invited to submit their conference papers to the journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication.
 
For more information or to submit an online proposal, visit http://icldc5.icldc-hawaii.org and click on "Call For Proposals."
 
Questions?  Feel free to contact us at icldc@hawaii.edu
Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

CFP: Redefining Cities in Post-Soviet Space

REDEFINING CITIES IN POST-SOVIET SPACE
Venue: Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig, Germany.
24-26 November 2016

Rationale and foci

Highlighting economic, political, institutional and spatial urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space, the conference aims:
Firstly, to stimulate broader critical thinking about urban redefinitions by linking the theoretical discourses, and methodological and empirical practices of post-Soviet urban research to other schools of urban studies, such as post-socialist and post-colonial ones. Covering a sixth of the Earth's surface and counting more than 2000 cities, the post-Soviet space is until this day poorly integrated in European urban studies (even in those dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe), or scientific discourses pertaining to the Global North and Global South. As a potentially particular case of urban space redefinition, these cities can render, however, a valuable view on the comprehension and conceptualization of main drivers and processes of urban reconfigurations under uncertainty and increasing complexity. 

Secondly, to reveal differences and specifications, potentials and challenges of contemporary urban transformations which have been underpinned, on the one hand, by the collapse of the Soviet regime and associated processes of nation building, and on the other hand, by increasing economic globalization, post-industrialism and neo-liberalism. Consequently, the contemporary post-Soviet urban space presents a great variety of urban adaptation models to new socio-economic and political conditions. Different presuppositions have led to multiform outcomes for cities with previously similar characteristics shaped by Soviet ideology and its forms of implementation. The comprehension of main factors, (pre)conditions, mechanisms and actor arrangements leading to such results from a comparative perspective might contribute to the comprehension of main drivers of urban reconfigurations for a wider range of cities.

Themes
Against this backdrop, the conference organizers are looking explicitly for multi-disciplinary contributions, which address different scales of spatial and urban studies and use various theoretical concepts to discuss forms of urban redefinition in cities of the post-Soviet space. The conference focus lies on the transformation and development paths of cities belonging to 15 FSU countries. In doing so, we are particularly interested in urban research, which enables or stimulates comparative thinking, by theoretical inputs or theory-led empirical research within and beyond the post-Soviet context.

The conference will embrace the following main themes:

Theme 1: The reconfiguration of city regions and city networks in the context of nation building and globalization
Considering city regions and city networks as a set of relations between various actors, seen as relations within and between cities where these actors are located, we are interested particularly in:
-Processes of reconfiguration of city regions and city systems and emerging patterns of city networks: What is ‘an urban order’ within the post-Soviet space? How have the links between cities and their hinterlands transformed? What are the outcomes of these intra-regional and inter-urban reconfigurations, e.g. in terms of socio-economic-spatial polarizations? What are the economic, political, etc. functionalities of networked cities and regions in their broader spatial context?
-Mechanisms, factors and stakeholder arrangements driving the reconfiguration of city regions and city networks: What are the main forces generating intra-regional and inter-urban dynamics? What are mechanisms influencing these reconfigurations of city networks and city regions?
-Specificities versus commonalities: What are valuable conceptual entry points to assess similarities and differences of these patterns, processes, mechanisms and discourses of post-Soviet urban reconfigurations in comparison to other urban contexts, e.g. in the global South and North?

Theme 2: Cities as scenes and products of domination, contestation and negotiation – housing, urban infrastructures and public space.
Selecting housing, urban infrastructures and public space as focal points of this conference, we take up current as well as ever-greening topics of urban development, which reflect both, the important material ingredients of the urban fabric, as well as the social, political, cultural, economic, ethnic etc. aspects of urban space. Thus, focusing on these three focal points, we are particularly interested in:
-Patterns and factors of material and non-material change, as observed for housing, urban infrastructures and public space in the last decades;
-Practices and power constellations of local and/or non-local stakeholders, using, appropriating, contesting and thus transforming incrementally or strategically these three dimensions of cities;
-Explicit agendas of these actors as well as implicit meanings reflected by and shaping the transformation of housing, urban infrastructures and public space;
-Specificities versus commonalities of post-Soviet urban reconfigurations in empirical or conceptual comparison to other urban contexts.

Abstract submission
Irrespective of your  disciplinary background: if you are doing empirical or theory-led research on cities in post-Soviet countries based on a quantitative, qualitative or mixed method approach, this conference is a platform to share ideas on redefining cities in post-Soviet space. This conference is an opportunity to initiate a fresh debate regarding the future of post-Soviet urban studies through their engagement with the European and global context.
We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical presentations from a variety of disciplines challenging the processes of urban redefinitions in post-Soviet space.
Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract of about 400 words to Irina Slepukhina (i_slepukhina@ifl-leipzig.de) and Isolde Brade (i_brade@ifl-leipzig.de) by 10 June 2016. Early career scholars are particularly welcome. The conference is free of charge and it will host max. 50 attendees.         

Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

CFP: "Ritual and Historiography in the Middle Ages"

The Department of History and the “Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence” at the University of Münster announce a conference:

Ritual and Historiography in the Middle Ages

March 31-April 2, 2017

Keynote Speakers: Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge) and Eric Palazzo (Université Poitiers)

Call for Papers:

The past few decades, and especially the past few years, have seen a significant rise in scholarship on medieval Christian liturgy. No longer the esoteric domain of liturgists alone, the rites of the church are increasingly treated by scholars from a broad range of disciplines—including history, religion, literature, anthropology, art history, musicology, and theology—as an indispensable source for the study of medieval society and culture. This conference aims to contribute to the growing discourse by bringing together an international group of scholars to discuss the connection between religious rituals and the writing of history in medieval Europe, Byzantium, the Near East and beyond.   

Historiography in the Middle Ages was normally a clerical practice. From Aachen to Kiev to Constantinople, generations of bishops and monks wrote and rewrote, copied and recopied, the political and sacred histories of their respective communities.  These same bishops and monks also devoted their lives to performing liturgical rites: day after day, morning, evening and night, they served and sang the holy rituals.  Medieval clerics, in other words, spent their lives praying sacred narratives about ancient communities: the Israelites, Christ and the Apostles, the emperor Constantine and empress Helena, to name only a few. The question the conference will explore is how these services and sacred myths influenced the construction of history in Christian centers throughout Europe and the Mediterranean world.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the relationship between church books and history books; liturgy and the making of a past; ritual and cultural memory; liturgy and mythmaking; politics and ritual; and liturgical manuscripts as a historical source.  

Digital humanists/historians and scholars working on similar themes in non-Christian traditions are also encouraged to apply.  The working language of the conference will be English.

Please send your proposals of 300-500 words, including a brief resume, toritualandhistory@gmail.com. Any questions may be directed to Sean Griffin by email at sdgriffi@gmail.com.

Important Dates

August 1, 2016: Deadline for submission of proposals

September 1, 2016: Approval of proposals

March 1, 2017: Final deadline for submission of papers

Convener:

Sean Griffin

VolkswagenStiftung Visiting Fellow, Department of History, University of Münster

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Russian, Dartmouth Society of Fellows


Funding for the conference has been generously provided by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hotel accommodations and some meals will be provided. Limited travel funds may also be available for junior scholars.  

Date Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016

CFP: Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Sociologia-Special Issue: 'Interwar Sociologies: Critical and Comparative Reconsiderations'

Interwar Sociologies: Critical and Comparative Reconsiderations
Call for Articles*
 
Acknowledging the growing interest in the research of social science histories in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century, the special issue on Interwar Sociologies: Critical and Comparative Approaches programmatically avoids reifying notions such as „interwar sociology,” which has become a shorthand for competing canonizing projects during both state socialism and the postsocialist period. Instead, its take is much more flexible, critical, and inclusive of the various types of research retrospectively subsumed under or fallen out of the present-day understanding of the sociological inquiry. It seeks to historicize and contextualize sociological knowledge production in Central and Eastern Europe in the period between the First and Second World Wars by focusing on the development of concepts, institutions, groups, research practices, or schools of thought in a comparative perspective.
 
Systematic comparative research on interwar sociologies is needed in order to overcome the limitations of nation-centred historical accounts of sociological thought and research, as well as to shed new light on regional and transnational encounters, transfers, and cooperation in the field of social sciences in or outside of Europe.
 
Articles should critically engage with the "givens" of existing research on the various sociologies in the period between the two World Wars:
 
-the criteriused to define a current of thought/group/research as „sociological”;
-the chronology of the interwar period, specifically its isolation, in analyses, from the prewar and postwar periods;
-the conceptualization of comparisons between various sociologies in terms of discoursepractice, and networks;
-the analysis of the self-positioning and stakes of the actors within the field of "sociology."
 
Contributors are also encouraged to broaden the perspectives over the topic of interwar sociologies and explore its dimensions beyond the narrow interests of discipline-bound accounts. These include, but are not limited to:
 
-the role played by sociologists in national identity politics in Central and Eastern Europe: defining the nation and national culture, debating the role of ethnicity, shaping attitudes towards minorities;
-sociologies  and   the   social:   how   power   relations   and   social   issues   are represented;
-sociologies and the state: how they perceive and positions themselves towards the state, and what roles they attribute to it.
 
Extensive abstract, the descriptions of article’s sections (1,000 – 1,500 words) and short bibliography should be sent to:zoltan.z.rostas@gmail.com ionutbutoi@yahoo.com and to: studiasociologia@socasis.ubbcluj.ro no later than 1.06.2016.
 
* The accepted articles will be published in Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Sociologia, Volume 61 (XLI), 2, 2016 (December).
 
For information on Studia UBB Sociologia, see: http://studia.ubbcluj.ro/serii/sociologia/index_en.html
Date Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016

CFP: Poljarnyj Vestnik - An International Journal of Slavic Studies

It is a great pleasure for us to invite all of you to submit papers to Poljarnyj Vestnik - An International Journal of Slavic Studies. Poljarnyj Vestnik was earlier theworking papers of the University of Tromsö, but has been upgraded to an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research about Slavic languages, literatures and cultures. We now welcome submissions for our third volume after the reorganization. Contributions from Slavists from any country and institution are welcome. Articles are published in English or Russian. The homepage of the journal is: http://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/vestnik/index


Deadline for submissions in 2016 is JUNE 25, 2016.
 
Editors: 
 
-Ingunn Lunde (University of Bergen, ingunn.lunde@if.uib.no)
-Tore Nesset (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, tore.nesset@uit.no).
 
Editorial board: 
 
 -Jan Ivar Bjørnflaten (Oslo)
-Stephen M. Dickey (Kansas)
-Alexander Etkind (Cambridge)
-Michael S. Flier (Harvard)
-Karen Gammelgaard (Oslo)
-Laura A. Janda (Tromsö)
-Ilya Kukulin (Moskva)
-Martin Paulsen (Bergen)
-Vladimir Plungian (Moskva)
-Ellen Rutten (Amsterdam)
-Yngvar Steinholt (Tromsö)
 
For more information, do not hesitate to contact the editors.
Date Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2016

CFP: Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations

CALL FOR PAPERS
for the topical issue of Open Theology journal
Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist East-Central Europe:
Formations, Resistances and Manifestations
 
Open Theology (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue "Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations", under the general editorship of Dr. Rasa Pranskevičiūtė and Dr. Eglė Aleknaitė (Vytautas Magnus University).
 
DESCRIPTION
 
After the boom of traditional religions (i. e. prevailing national religions or those that have a relatively long history in a particular country) and alternative religious movements (i. e. religious movements that offer an alternative to the traditional religion(s) in a particular country) in post-communist/post-socialist countries, the religion(s) of this area have gained increasing scholarly attention. Research on the religious situation during the prior communist/socialist period is primarily focused on restrictions placed on traditional religions and their survival strategies, while the corresponding phenomena of the alternative religious of that time still lack proper analysis.
 
The special issue invites papers that address alternative religiosities in the communist/socialist countries up to 1990. Due to Soviet control, they mostly existed underground and could remain only if expressed clandestinely. Beside the officially-established Soviet culture, connected with the Communist Party's aim to control all aspects of the public sphere, there was an unofficial cultural field that was very receptive to the arrival, formation, spread and expressions of diverse alternative religiosities and spiritualities. The disappointment with the existing narrowness of the official communist ideology and the loss of the absolute allegiance to it led to the formation and rise of unofficial socio-cultural alternatives within the system. The underground activities, including access to alternative spiritual and esoteric ideas and practices, generally existed in parallel, or even jointly, with the official culture and institutions.
 
We invite religious scholars, historians, anthropologists, as well as authors representing other disciplines, to submit both empirical and theoretical papers including, but not limited to the following topics:
 
-Networks and inter-community connections
-Flows of ideas within the Soviet Union and communist East-Central Europe and from the outside
-Centers and peripheries of the milieu of alternative religiosity in the region
-Politics and actions of the regime towards alternative religiosity
-Restrictions, repressions and survival strategies of practitioners of alternative religiosity
-Milieu of alternative religiosity as a space of resistance
-Relationships of communities of alternative religiosity with dominant religious traditions
-Theoretical frameworks and methodological problems in research on alternative religiosities within the Soviet Union and the communist East-Central European region
 
Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:
-transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
-efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter  Open’s e-technology,
-no publication fees,
-free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.
 
 
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submissions are due June 30, 2016. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/
 
Please choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Alternative Religiosities”.
 
Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006579_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf
All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.
 
Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Dr. Rasa Pranskevičiūtė at Rasa.Pranskeviciute@degruyteropen.com or Dr. Eglė Aleknaitė at ealeknaite@yahoo.com. In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com
Date Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016

CFP: Heritage Studies and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives on Heritage in Eastern and Central Europe

In the last decade, heritage studies have emerged as a field of cross-disciplinary research covering topics including the built environment, museums and collections, urban planning, memory, and tourism. Though dealing with objects and practices of the past, heritage studies are rather concerned with the relation of heritage to the present and its role in the future. Temporality is thus central to the understanding of heritage, which is not limited to the present day and is increasingly explored from a historical perspective. Research on notions and practices of heritage in the past can shed light on the formation of today’s heritage practices and policies, but it might also uncover the selection and dissension affecting what was to be preserved for the future.
 
In the international field of heritage studies, however, research on Eastern and Central Europe still remains marginal. This is not only due to regional interests, but may also be due to the current scholarship’s prevalent concept of heritage being drawn predominantly from Western European  and postcolonial contexts. The workshop “Heritage Studies and Socialism” will bring together both early career researchers and established researchers for a discussion about the concept of heritage in relation to the Eastern and Central European region. In light of the different traditions in heritage policies and property rights, what notion of heritage do we employ for the study of heritage in socialist and post-socialist societies? Using this question as a point of departure, we seek to critically engage with the field of heritage studies and will reflect on core concepts of heritage studies such as authenticity and originality. We will discuss the advantages and limitations of these approaches when applied to the (post-) so- cialist context, while also bringing together alternative approaches from the examples presented during the workshop.
 
The workshop will focus on heritage concepts and practices under socialism following World War II, but it also welcomes contributions highlighting trajectories in the early Soviet Union and in the post-socialist period. In order to allow for common ground in the discussion, we particularly welcome contributions that transcend the framework of the nation-state by looking at local, regional and transnational levels. The presentations will be framed by input speeches from established scholars in the field.
 
Possible issues addressed include but are not limited to:
 
-Socialist interpretations of heritage and authenticity of heritage
-Heritage and socialism in multi-ethnic contexts and minority politics
-State atheism and religious heritage
-Urban planning: heritage and the socialist city
        -Heritage and socialist modernisms
        -Relation between cultural and natural heritage under socialism
        -Heritage tourism in planned economies and socialist consumer culture
-Impact of political changes on heritage
        -Heritage and communist internationalism, including extra-European relations
-International organisations (ICOMOS, Workinggroup of socialist countries on restoration, etc.)
 
Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words with a short biographical note by 15 June 2016, to the organisers at: heritageandsocialism@gmail.com
 
The workshop is organised by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, in cooperation with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), University of Giessen, and the Imre-Kertész-Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Date Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016

ESSA Book and Article Prize, 2016

The Early Slavic Studies Association (ESSA) announces its prizes for best monograph and best article in the field of Early Slavic Studies for 2016. The prize committee is also willing to consider a special award for best translation of primary source material in the field, to be awarded at the committee's discretion.

Books and peer-reviewed articles published between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016 are eligible for the award. The committee will accept nominations and self-nominations. To make a nomination, please contact the Book Prize committee chair here. Nominated works should be written in, or translated into, English.

Deadline for nominations: 1st September, 2016.

Nominated authors must be members in good standing of the ESSA. Please contact our secretary,Cynthia M. Vakareliyska, to confirm your eligibility.

Date Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016

Conferences & Workshops

CFP: Panel on Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism for UAAC, Montreal, 27-30 Oct. 2016

CFP: Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism

We are pleased to announce call for paper proposals for the panel “Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism”, which will be a part of the 2016 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC). The conference will take place on 27–30 OCT. 2016 UQÀM, Montréal http://www.uaac-aauc.org/montreal-2016

The deadline for paper proposals is June 24, 2016

After the collapse of Communism in 1989, former Soviet-bloc countries faced the urge to reintegrate art practice into the international art scene in order to revive national traditions as well as to reassess the Communist past. Nowadays, artists explore art as social practice, commenting on political and post-colonial activism, gender, and environmental issues, and addressing their concerns to a global audience. Eastern European artists deliberately or implicitly reframe the historical experience of former Socialist societies that had been developed under the Marxist ideas of a non-hierarchical society, social order in culture, and politically engaged art. How is the concept of socially significant, class-specific art now implemented and/or contested by artists and audience? We encourage scholars and art practitioners to reflect on how Socialist cultures influenced the contemporary cultural exchange. We invite prospective panelists to link the contemporary social agenda in art to the Socialist ideological background and intellectual legacy of post- Socialist countries. The organizers expect to bring together diverse approaches to the Socialist/social agenda of the past and its influence on visual culture of post-Socialist societies in a global perspective.

 Please, submit your paper proposals (150 words) and short one-page bios/CV to the session chairs:

Hanna Chuchvaha, Sessional Instructor/Independent scholar, University of Alberta hannac@ualberta.ca 

Maria Silina, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Université du Québec à Montréal silina.maria@gmail.com

Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016

CFP: Working Group on Theater & Performance in Central Europe, Russia & Eurasia

60th Annual Conference

American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)

Call for Papers for Working Group:

Beyond the State: Performances of Trans-Bodies in Central-Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia

November 3 - 6, 2016

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

In The Political Lives of Dead Bodies, Katherine Verdery describes how the discovery of mass graves, the reburial of national heroes, and the removal of monuments depicting extraordinary Soviet figures formed a body politics that facilitated the post-1989 process of transition in former Soviet territories and satellite states. According to Verdery, the unique advantage of the body in politics is that it provides “a concreteness that nonetheless transcends time, making past immediately present” (Verdery: 2013). Building on this insight, this working group takes trans- as a point of departure to investigate the body as a performing site that shifts and challenges our understanding of politics in the region prior and post-1989. We invite participants whose work examines bodily practices in excess of state-enforced censorship historically and today, as well as projects that address the proliferation and institutionalization of forms of trans-performance under the demands of global capitalism and human rights. 

Accordingly, we are interested in a wide-range of topics including, but not limited to: bodily practices among refugees, migrants, and minorities; medical and scientific uses of bodies; virtual technologies and prosthetic-bodies such as performing objects and puppets in memory politics; performance protocols of being “human” and influence of discourses such as human rights; forms of cultural diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange; and trans-body performance in the region’s historiography. 

In early September, conveners will circulate three short readings on trans-bodies to build a foundational vocabulary among group members. Drawing on the vocabularies and trajectories of trans- presented in the readings, group members will write a 5-7 page position paper by mid October that situates their research in the field of trans-body studies. In Minneapolis, participants will be asked to bring an object, document, article or ethnographic anecdote specific to their position paper research. For the first half of our meeting, we will split up into small groups where members will (a) discuss their research object and the question that object situates about trans-bodies (b) respond to the group’s position papers and broader theoretical intersections. In the second half, groups will create a “graphic recording” of their discussion and present it to the other three groups and the audience at large. Lastly, we will reserve time at the end of the session to discuss the prospect of an edited anthology on the subject of trans-bodies and performance in Central-Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia.

Working Group Conveners:

Jacob Juntunen, Southern Illinois University
Margarita Kompelmakher, University of Minnesota
Yana Meerzon, University of Ottawa

HOW TO APPLY

Deadline - June 1, 2016

Please send 500-word Abstract and 300-word bio via ASTR website: http://www.astr.org/page/16_WGSubmissions. (Note: the form will allow you to indicate the title of the working groups you wish to submit to, please choose “Beyond the State” from drop down menu)

For any specific questions, please contact the working group conveners at jjuntunen@siu.edu, komp0026@umn.edu, and Yana.Meerzon@uottawa.ca.

ABOUT ASTR & 2016 CONFERENCE THEME

The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary. Members of the American Society for Theatre Research say the Society is a space to share scholarship and a home for networking within the profession. ASTR also sponsors or coordinates several awards, grants, fellowships, and prizes to support and recognize outstanding scholarship in theatre and performance studies. Visit www.astr.org

Conference Theme “Trans”

Theatre and Performance have always been concerned with questions of crossing and questions of mobility. Astride of a grave, as the late Herbert Blau reminded us, theatre takes place across the abyss that separates the dead from the living. The OED defines trans- as “across, through, over, to, or on the other side of, beyond, outside of, from one place, person, thing, or state to another.” From Rosi Braidotti’s “tranpositions” to an increased focus on transgender politics and representation—what Time Magazine termed “The Transgender Tipping Point”—the prefix transis ubiquitous today. Susan Stryker suggests that these changes are in part due to contemporary shifting understandings of the question of representation itself. “For the generation that’s grown up amid the turn-of-the-century digital media and telecommunications revolution, transgender often just makes sense intuitively.” (2008:26-8)

Transgender politics offers a number of challenges to the queer studies paradigms that have been so crucial within theatre and performance studies for the past thirty years, yet theatre itself is fundamentally invested in ideas of across-ness and transition. From the Greek origins of Western theatre, in Dionysus and Tiresias, the theatre offers possibilities that might be read provocatively through contemporary explorations of transgenderism. Trans-figuration, trans-gression, translation, trans-formation—these are all terms that have been explored repeatedly within theatre and performance, as well as critically examined in theatre and performance studies. What might our disciplines stand to gain by an explicit focus on this prefix? Theatrical practice is always already transdisciplinary as well, crossing and merging arts, sciences, technology, and music in the questions of presentation and representation.

Our field itself is marked today, over thirty years after the dawn of Performance Studies, as a hybridized discipline. It is arguably no longer possible, or indeed desirable, to demarcate lines between drama, theatre and performance as fields of study. Indeed, if the advent of Performance Studies was at a moment about the shaping of interdisciplines, then are we now in a moment of transdisciplinarity? Is there a difference perhaps worth engaging—between the advent of interand a now of trans-? If figures such as Tiresias were to be read as intersex rather than transgender—the change decided and rendered by disciplinary structures of power, then how might such a differentiation move more broadly across questions of power and representation? For Thornton Wilder, theatre was the eternal present, a focus on re-presentations of pasts, presents, and futures. Theatre’s engagement with history is always already a trans-historical project, crossing between a then and a now, evoking history in the moment. How does the notion of trans- thinking challenge and/or enrich ideas of theatre historiography?

 How might a focus on ideas of trans- stimulate and enrich ongoing debates and discussions of subjectivity? Trans- as a prefix perhaps signifies a blending, while it recognizes the complexities of such interweavings and raises questions about historical desires to unravel or untangle. Such ideas both speak to a centrality of performance in a broader context and open questions within our discipline.

Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016

CFP: Redefining Cities in Post-Soviet Space

REDEFINING CITIES IN POST-SOVIET SPACE
Venue: Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig, Germany.
24-26 November 2016

Rationale and foci

Highlighting economic, political, institutional and spatial urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space, the conference aims:
Firstly, to stimulate broader critical thinking about urban redefinitions by linking the theoretical discourses, and methodological and empirical practices of post-Soviet urban research to other schools of urban studies, such as post-socialist and post-colonial ones. Covering a sixth of the Earth's surface and counting more than 2000 cities, the post-Soviet space is until this day poorly integrated in European urban studies (even in those dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe), or scientific discourses pertaining to the Global North and Global South. As a potentially particular case of urban space redefinition, these cities can render, however, a valuable view on the comprehension and conceptualization of main drivers and processes of urban reconfigurations under uncertainty and increasing complexity. 

Secondly, to reveal differences and specifications, potentials and challenges of contemporary urban transformations which have been underpinned, on the one hand, by the collapse of the Soviet regime and associated processes of nation building, and on the other hand, by increasing economic globalization, post-industrialism and neo-liberalism. Consequently, the contemporary post-Soviet urban space presents a great variety of urban adaptation models to new socio-economic and political conditions. Different presuppositions have led to multiform outcomes for cities with previously similar characteristics shaped by Soviet ideology and its forms of implementation. The comprehension of main factors, (pre)conditions, mechanisms and actor arrangements leading to such results from a comparative perspective might contribute to the comprehension of main drivers of urban reconfigurations for a wider range of cities.

Themes
Against this backdrop, the conference organizers are looking explicitly for multi-disciplinary contributions, which address different scales of spatial and urban studies and use various theoretical concepts to discuss forms of urban redefinition in cities of the post-Soviet space. The conference focus lies on the transformation and development paths of cities belonging to 15 FSU countries. In doing so, we are particularly interested in urban research, which enables or stimulates comparative thinking, by theoretical inputs or theory-led empirical research within and beyond the post-Soviet context.

The conference will embrace the following main themes:

Theme 1: The reconfiguration of city regions and city networks in the context of nation building and globalization
Considering city regions and city networks as a set of relations between various actors, seen as relations within and between cities where these actors are located, we are interested particularly in:
-Processes of reconfiguration of city regions and city systems and emerging patterns of city networks: What is ‘an urban order’ within the post-Soviet space? How have the links between cities and their hinterlands transformed? What are the outcomes of these intra-regional and inter-urban reconfigurations, e.g. in terms of socio-economic-spatial polarizations? What are the economic, political, etc. functionalities of networked cities and regions in their broader spatial context?
-Mechanisms, factors and stakeholder arrangements driving the reconfiguration of city regions and city networks: What are the main forces generating intra-regional and inter-urban dynamics? What are mechanisms influencing these reconfigurations of city networks and city regions?
-Specificities versus commonalities: What are valuable conceptual entry points to assess similarities and differences of these patterns, processes, mechanisms and discourses of post-Soviet urban reconfigurations in comparison to other urban contexts, e.g. in the global South and North?

Theme 2: Cities as scenes and products of domination, contestation and negotiation – housing, urban infrastructures and public space.
Selecting housing, urban infrastructures and public space as focal points of this conference, we take up current as well as ever-greening topics of urban development, which reflect both, the important material ingredients of the urban fabric, as well as the social, political, cultural, economic, ethnic etc. aspects of urban space. Thus, focusing on these three focal points, we are particularly interested in:
-Patterns and factors of material and non-material change, as observed for housing, urban infrastructures and public space in the last decades;
-Practices and power constellations of local and/or non-local stakeholders, using, appropriating, contesting and thus transforming incrementally or strategically these three dimensions of cities;
-Explicit agendas of these actors as well as implicit meanings reflected by and shaping the transformation of housing, urban infrastructures and public space;
-Specificities versus commonalities of post-Soviet urban reconfigurations in empirical or conceptual comparison to other urban contexts.

Abstract submission
Irrespective of your  disciplinary background: if you are doing empirical or theory-led research on cities in post-Soviet countries based on a quantitative, qualitative or mixed method approach, this conference is a platform to share ideas on redefining cities in post-Soviet space. This conference is an opportunity to initiate a fresh debate regarding the future of post-Soviet urban studies through their engagement with the European and global context.
We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical presentations from a variety of disciplines challenging the processes of urban redefinitions in post-Soviet space.
Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract of about 400 words to Irina Slepukhina (i_slepukhina@ifl-leipzig.de) and Isolde Brade (i_brade@ifl-leipzig.de) by 10 June 2016. Early career scholars are particularly welcome. The conference is free of charge and it will host max. 50 attendees.         

Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

CFP: Heritage Studies and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives on Heritage in Eastern and Central Europe

In the last decade, heritage studies have emerged as a field of cross-disciplinary research covering topics including the built environment, museums and collections, urban planning, memory, and tourism. Though dealing with objects and practices of the past, heritage studies are rather concerned with the relation of heritage to the present and its role in the future. Temporality is thus central to the understanding of heritage, which is not limited to the present day and is increasingly explored from a historical perspective. Research on notions and practices of heritage in the past can shed light on the formation of today’s heritage practices and policies, but it might also uncover the selection and dissension affecting what was to be preserved for the future.
 
In the international field of heritage studies, however, research on Eastern and Central Europe still remains marginal. This is not only due to regional interests, but may also be due to the current scholarship’s prevalent concept of heritage being drawn predominantly from Western European  and postcolonial contexts. The workshop “Heritage Studies and Socialism” will bring together both early career researchers and established researchers for a discussion about the concept of heritage in relation to the Eastern and Central European region. In light of the different traditions in heritage policies and property rights, what notion of heritage do we employ for the study of heritage in socialist and post-socialist societies? Using this question as a point of departure, we seek to critically engage with the field of heritage studies and will reflect on core concepts of heritage studies such as authenticity and originality. We will discuss the advantages and limitations of these approaches when applied to the (post-) so- cialist context, while also bringing together alternative approaches from the examples presented during the workshop.
 
The workshop will focus on heritage concepts and practices under socialism following World War II, but it also welcomes contributions highlighting trajectories in the early Soviet Union and in the post-socialist period. In order to allow for common ground in the discussion, we particularly welcome contributions that transcend the framework of the nation-state by looking at local, regional and transnational levels. The presentations will be framed by input speeches from established scholars in the field.
 
Possible issues addressed include but are not limited to:
 
-Socialist interpretations of heritage and authenticity of heritage
-Heritage and socialism in multi-ethnic contexts and minority politics
-State atheism and religious heritage
-Urban planning: heritage and the socialist city
        -Heritage and socialist modernisms
        -Relation between cultural and natural heritage under socialism
        -Heritage tourism in planned economies and socialist consumer culture
-Impact of political changes on heritage
        -Heritage and communist internationalism, including extra-European relations
-International organisations (ICOMOS, Workinggroup of socialist countries on restoration, etc.)
 
Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words with a short biographical note by 15 June 2016, to the organisers at: heritageandsocialism@gmail.com
 
The workshop is organised by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, in cooperation with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), University of Giessen, and the Imre-Kertész-Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Date Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016

CFP: AATSEEL 2017

Call for Papers:  AATSEEL annual conference (San Francisco, February 2-5, 2017)
 
The AATSEEL Call for Papers is now available:  http://www.aatseel.org/cfp_main
 
Beginning in 2017, the AATSEEL conference will no longer meet concurrently with the annual convention of the Modern Language Association and will be held February 2nd through February 5th, 2017 at the Parc 55 hotel in downtown San Francisco, California.In addition to scholarly panels, participants will have the chance to attend advanced seminars, roundtables, workshops and other special events.  
New for 2017 are the addition of panel streams to the conference program. See the separate call for papers or website (http://www.aatseel.org/program/stream-topics-2017/) for more details.
 
The AATSEEL conference is a forum for exchange of ideas in all areas of Slavic and East/Central European languages, literatures, linguistics, cultures, and pedagogy.  The Program Committee invites scholars in these and related areas to form panels around specific topics, organize roundtable discussions, propose forums on instructional materials, and/or submit proposals for individual presentations for the 2017 Conference.  The conference regularly includes panels in linguistics, pedagogy and second language acquisition, in addition to literature, cinema, and culture.
 
Please submit your proposals by April 15, 2016 for early consideration (the final submission deadline is July 1, 2016).  For more information, visit the AATSEEL website: http://www.aatseel.org/cfp_main. All proposals must be made through the online submission process - no emailed proposals will be accepted.
Date Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016

Summer/ language Opportunities

Summer University Prague 2016

Summer University Prague 2016 takes place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during September 2016 (September 10 – 25). Its topic is "Reconfiguring Europe: an Old Continent in a New Millennium.” This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized; successful participants will be given 12 ECTS credits.

The application deadline is June 22nd, 2016.

For detailed information please see our official homepage http://summer-university.fsv.cuni.cz

Date Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016

SEELRC Summer Institute at Duke

The SLAVIC AND EURASIAN LANGUAGE RESOURCE CENTER at DUKE UNIVERSITY is pleased to announce its Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing:

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from August 10-12 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages. The institute will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

The institute will include presentations by speakers from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and other leading institutions on topics including:

**Teaching language and culture through film
**Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels
**The use of technology in the language classroom
**Integrating heritage students in the language classroom
**Addressing the needs of differently-abled students
**Multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion in Slavic studies
**Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials
**The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction
**Popular culture and language instruction
**Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

The final day of the institute will be devoted to a workshop on Russian language proficiency testing conducted by a leading Russian language proficiency test developer who is a TRKI [тестирование русского как иностранного] examiner. TRKI is the Russian Federation language proficiency testing system for five areas of linguistic competence (aural comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/lexicon) developed and administered by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is the Russian component of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe.

Cost: There are NO registration or tuition fees to attend the SEELRC Summer Institute. Any participant may attend one or both sessions. However, participants must pay for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and food. Lunches and one dinner will be provided. Depending on the availability of funds, SEELRC may award partial stipends to defray travel costs to qualified applicants.

Lodging: SEELRC staff will assist participants in making housing arrangements. Accommodations will be within walking distance of the Duke campus.
Attendance for the summer institute is limited to 20 people.

Interested language instructors should contact Michael Newcity at mnewcity@duke.edu for further information.

Date Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016

Master of Global Public Policy Program in Moscow

The Master of Global Public Policy program in Moscow is now recruiting its third cohort of students for the coming fall. The deadline for international student applications is July 15.

Our current students represent 15 countries besides Russia and come from Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. In addition to a very low tuition ($5,000 per year), substantial partial scholarships are available for top candidates, as is low-cost on-campus housing for admitted students.

The MGPP Program Director is a former dean at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) from 1985 to 2007. The faculty is drawn from the US, UK, Russia, France, Brazil, Canada, among other countries. They hold doctorates from Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Birmingham, Columbia, Indiana, Sao Paulo, Queens's, and Zurich universities.

Moscow offers a rich and varied setting for international students, whose numbers are growing rapidly. Students also have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of the partner schools: Sciences Po, Bocconi University, and Tsinghua University.

Program's location within the Russian Presidential Academy (RANEPA) indicates its status as a program at the highest level of excellence within Russia, but it functions as an independent academic institution with full freedom of inquiry and no supervision or oversight by government authorities.

MGPP seeks bright and motivated students from varied backgrounds, and the program may be particularly appropriate for Russian Studies graduates who want to add to their credentials the analytical and management skills which are taught in the program.

For more information, please see http://www.ranepa.ru/eng/admissions/master-of-global-public-policy

Date Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016

Program Director for Dartmouth College's Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg (June 17 to August 14)

The Russian Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH seeks a Program Director for its Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg. The Director will be responsible for administering the program in collaboration with Dartmouth’s onsite partner, and will teach one course on culture to the group of eight Dartmouth students. The program dates in St. Petersburg are June 17 to August 14.

The successful candidate will possess at least an M.A. in a field related to Slavic studies and have experience leading American students abroad.  The position includes salary, roundtrip airfare from the United States to St. Petersburg, private accommodations in St. Petersburg, and a stipend for program expenses.  Dartmouth and its onsite partner will assist with the visa process, but it is important that the successful applicant be in a position to obtain a visa quickly. Salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their qualifications and relevant experience, and contact information for two references to Professor John Kopper (john.m.kopper@dartmouth.edu).  Applications will be reviewed as they come in until the position is filled.  Dartmouth College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from members of under-represented groups.

Date Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016

Center for Language Studies at Beloit College (June 11-August 5, 2016)

Intensive summer programs in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian

*Small  class  sizes

*Individualized  attention

*Live  your  language  through  our   immersive  approach

*Earn  up  to  12  semester  hours  of  college credit

Scholarships  are  available.   For  more  information,  visit  our  website: http://www.beloit.edu/cls/

Date Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016

Summer School of Slavonic Languages in Olomouc, Czech Republic

From July 22 to August 21 2016 the Summer School of
Slavonic Languages in Olomouc will be held. Summer School is designed for
foreigners interested in the Czech language and other Slavonic languages
of all ages and any levels of knowledge of the Czech. The lessons are
complemented with cultural events, theatre workshop, exhibition of the
Moravian folklore music and dance, film club, weekend trips to famous and
popular places around Moravia and Bohemia.

More detailed information is available at http://lsss.upol.cz/en/summer-school-slavonic-languages.

Contact lsss@upol.cz with any questions.

Date Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016