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Assistant Editor Position: Slavic and East European Journal (OSU)

The Slavic and East European Journal, the publication of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, in partnership with the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (SEELC) at The Ohio State University (OSU), is seeking to hire an assistant editor. The assistant editor, employed by SEELC at OSU, where the journal will be housed after July 1, 2017, will be responsible for the daily operations and smooth functioning of the journal with the following duties: receive manuscripts and present them to the editor, maintain an accurate schedule of the review process, copy edit and proofread scholarly submissions, communicate via social media, and operate an interactive website.

Applicants should apply here: https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/78215

The job posting will be available until April 30th.

ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH THE OHIO STATE JOBS WEBSITE WILL BE CONSIDERED.

In order to be considered for this position, all applications must include the following:

(1.) A letter of interest, detailing qualifications and presenting evidence of computer and social media literacy
(2.) A CV (including names and contact information of 3 references)
(3.) A writing sample.

Questions should be directed to hashamova.1@osu.edu (Yana Hashamova, editor as of July 1).

Do not send application materials to the editor.

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Part-time instructor of Russian, DePauw University

 
Part-time instructor of Russian,
DePauw Univervisty

The Department of Modern Languages at DePauw University is looking for
a part-time instructor of Russian, beginning August 2017, to teach two
sections of Russian: one at the post-100 level (fall term), and one at
the 100 level (spring term). Ph.D. preferred, M.A. required. Native or
near-native fluency required. Area of scholarly specialization open.

The successful candidate will have a record of strong teaching, and
the ability and desire to attend primarily to elementary and
intermediate language instruction in Russian while preparing students
for further study of language and literature.

DePauw University, a residential liberal-arts college in Greencastle,
Indiana, with 2300 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, has a
large number of students who participate in international curricular
opportunities.

Please submit letter of application addressing philosophy of teaching
and scholarly interests, CV, three confidential letters of reference,
and graduate transcripts to Dr. Alejandro Puga, Chair, Department of
Modern Languages, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN 46135.
(apuga@depauw.edu)

Candidates should provide evidence, in application materials, of a
commitment to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and
experiences, which create an inclusive environment in the classroom
and at the University.  Review of applications will begin immediately
and continue until the position is filled.

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women,
members of underrepresented groups, and person with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.
Date Posted: Wed, 19 Apr 2017

2017-18 Postdoctoral Positions: Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Legal Theory, Etc. (School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen, Russia)

7 ONE-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AY 2017-2018 at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen
Having completed the first round of hiring for faculty to work in three multidisciplinary teams starting August 2017, we now seek to fill seven postdoctoral fellowships to supplement the teams with necessary expertise. The SAS postdoctoral fellowships will last one academic year and will involve research and teaching at the SAS BA program. Salary will be individually determined based on the candidate’s qualifications. Fellows will also receive funds for research travel and medical insurance; relocation expenses will also be covered. All fellows will be eligible to apply for permanent faculty positions in the second round of the SAS faculty recruitment in Spring, 2018.
Please submit your application via e-mail to sas@utmn.ru. Include a cover letter, explaining your potential contribution to one of the three projects outlined below, a full CV, and three letters of recommendation (letters should be submitted to the same e-mail address, either directly by your recommenders, or through an appropriate service such as Interfolio). Applications will be considered until the positions are filled; preference will be given to those received by May 1, 2017. All applicants with relevant expertise are encouraged to apply. The more specific profiles listed below should not be seen as restrictive. All qualified applicants, including those who propose other contributions to the SAS projects, will be given the fullest consideration. For more information on the SAS and the projects, please, go to http://sas.utmn.ru/en/research/.
 
Project 1: CAPITALIST TRANSFORMATIONS: HIDDEN RESISTANCE AND ECONOMIC THEORY
The goal of this project is to critically investigate contemporary capitalism from the dual perspective of qualitative sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, on the one hand, and economics, on the other. We hope to shed light on the connections between recent political-economic crises of capitalism and multifarious resistance to capitalism. While there is a considerable literature on adaptation and resistance provoked by imbalances of contemporary capitalism, the particular economic mechanisms underlying these developments often remain hidden. Applications are especially encouraged from:
• specialists in political economy interested in studying crises and imbalances of contemporary capitalist economies. Neoliberal reforms, the dynamics of labor markets, forms of labor, and exploitation might be among the research topics. Familiarity with institutionalist and “varieties of capitalism” research approaches to capitalism is an advantage. 
• specialists in macroeconomics and/or institutional theory, with skills in economic modelling, statistics, and econometrics, as well as recent institutional economics approaches to macroeconomics. 
 
Project 2: FREE WILL: IMPLICATIONS OF STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH IN NATURAL SCIENCES FOR HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
The broad goal of this multidisciplinary project is to critically investigate the concept of free will in natural science (neuroscience and physics) and to study the implications of an upgraded theory of free will for the most relevant disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. Important questions are: how to reconcile our obvious feeling of being free agents, with recent findings in natural science? How to conceive of moral and legal responsibility / autonomy in view of a refined concept of free will? What are some of the most important consequences and lessons humanities and social sciences can draw from an informed debate on free will? Applications are especially encouraged from: 
• specialists in neuroscience, neurobiology or a related discipline with experience in Libet-like experiments in neuroscience and the ability to facilitate collaborations with institutions where such experiments can be carried out, as well as interest in foundational (‘philosophical’) questions related to free will; 
• specialists in analytic philosophy (e.g. philosophy of science, or a related field), interested in critical investigation of the most prominent theories of free will in (analytic) philosophy and neuroscience in order to derive synthetic views leading to one or a handful of powerful ‘working’ definitions of free will with experience or interest in investigating the implications of such ‘working’ definitions in legal philosophy, history, and other disciplines; 
• specialists in legal theory interested in critically investigation of whether current legal systems are grounded in the theological, philosophical and 
ethical doctrines on human moral autonomy, or in development of a comparative case study including at least two legal systems that assume different positions on human decision making. 
 
Project 3: MATERIAL RELATIONS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE ON MATERIALITY AND SUBJECTIVITY 
This team, comprised of humanities and social sciences scholars, is looking beyond the Cartesian view of the relations between humans and materials as rooted in the ideal of human reason's dominion over the physical environment. In our preliminary conversations we have drawn on Vitalist, Augustinian, and Indigenous theories to form a tentative hypothesis that many - perhaps all - material relationships can productively be described in terms of love, understood as political, pathological or affective, as erotic pleasure-seeking or a self-denying concession to the reality of others. We intend to augment our humanistic theories with scientific data that may draw on social media behavior, the construction of identities through consumer activity, and biological research on ecosystems and organism-environment relationality. Applications are especially encouraged from: 
• specialists in consumer behavior, social media and community formation, material exchange in society, or related topic. Candidate should have experience with quantitative methods and data analysis; 
• specialists in ecology, biology, biochemistry, or cybernetics working on symbiosis, substantiating feedback loops, biosemiotics, or even chemical bonds, biochemical pathways, photosynthesis, metabolism, sexual reproduction, genetics, or virology. 

 

 
Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Department Chair Position: World Languages and Cultures, Howard University

The position is at the preferred rank of full professor and reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Chair serves on the Dean's Advisory Council with responsibility for the administration of the Department and support for the College. The position is a 12-month appointment and is expected to begin July 1, 2017, with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Like other faculty members, the Chair is expected to be a teacher/scholar engaged in productive scholarship, committed to excellence in teaching and learning, committed to professional service, and to have experience with, or interest in, working in diverse academic and professional communities with a special emphasis on the African American community. The ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the department, college, and University is also expected as well as a strong orientation to recruiting, advising, retaining and mentoring qualified students.

Apply online at https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000364739-01

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Director Position: Russian Language Program, University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Director of the Russian Language Program. This appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer, with a three-year renewable term, pending budgetary approval. Duties include:


-Overseeing and assessing the integrity, coherence, and effectiveness of the department’s Russian language sequence.
-Mentoring (including orientation and training) and evaluation of instructors in the Russian language program.
-Assessment of student outcomes on a regular basis to comply with external and internal reporting requirements
-Teaching assignments will include primarily Russian language, literature, and culture at the undergraduate level, with others as needed. Non-teaching duties include oversight of the Undergraduate Russian Club and other cultural and outreach activities, Russian placement and proficiency testing, and program assessment.
-Scholarly publication and active participation in national professional associations are encouraged, but are not prerequisites for appointment or renewal.
Review of applications will begin on February 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2017, with an anticipated start date of August 28, 2017.

For more information, see https://www.pittsource.com/postings/129715.

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Lecturer Position: Folklore and Socio-Cultural Anthropology (University of California-Berkeley)

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in Folklore and Socio-Cultural Anthropology, should an opening arise. Applications will be accepted and reviewed according to department needs. We will begin reviewing applications for 2017-2018 course needs in April and will continue to review applications as needed. Positions may range from 33% to 67% time, respectively equivalent to one or two courses per semester.

We are especially interested in Anthropologists and Folklorists who can teach one or two undergraduate courses in a topical field of their expertise, or which satisfy our upper division major requirements and electives in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (e.g., geographic area or methods courses). We are particularly interested in applicants who can teach courses in the following fields: Post-communist transformations in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; language, culture and society; and medical anthropology. We also welcome applicants with innovative approaches to any other field within Folklore and Socio-Cultural anthropology, and whose teaching might supplement current curriculum gaps in the department. In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties may include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g. syllabus), writing exams, and managing GSIs.

For more information, see https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176463822&Title=Lecturer%20-%20Folklore%20and%20Socio-Cultural%20Anthropology.

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Slavic Studies Curatorial Assistant Position: Stanford University Libraries

The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) currently has one full-time (100% FTE) position available for a Library Specialist IV to provide support for planning, developing and managing collections in various subject areas, primarily Slavic and Baltic, but including other Humanities and Area Studies fields. The Curatorial Assistant will provide assistance to Curators in the acquisition of current and out-of-print publications, both print and digital, as well as rare books, manuscripts and other materials destined for Special Collections, perform limited but high level reference assistance and bibliographic instruction, and may be asked to train student assistants for special projects. The Curatorial Assistant will also assist the Curators or Bibliographers as appropriate in preparation of materials for courses, orientation sessions, and related public presentations, assist in the creation and maintenance of the subject specialists' resources pages on the SUL web site and provide support for exhibit preparation and production of guides or other aids to research. The Curatorial Assistant will also assist in the preparation of materials for donor relations and in the management and coordination of gifts and of established exchange programs. The Curatorial Assistant will be expected to independently apply a professional level of knowledge in dealing with booksellers and other vendors of research materials both in the United States and abroad, including the UK and other European countries that may require correspondence in foreign languages.

For more information, see https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176469320&Title=Slavic%20Studies%20Curatorial%20Assistant.

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

University Librarian Position: University of Central Asia (Naryn, Kyrgyzstan)

UCA Background
The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. UCA's mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

-Develop and implement a clear and concise strategic plan for the library that promotes the mission of the university and bring in continuous improvement;

-Work with different librarians across the Aga Khan Development Network;

-Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services based on internationally recognised standards and best practices;

-Obtain a good grasp of the curricular offerings and research efforts of the university by developing strong partnerships within the various teaching and research departments to assess, provide and improve library collections and services to meet student and faculty needs;

-Obtain feedback, compile statistical data, evaluate and assess effectiveness and efficiency of library services;

-In collaboration with Campus Librarians, set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic that support the university's curricular and research efforts;

-Supervise and manage the physical library facilities to ensure these are safe, accessible, effective, efficient and inviting;

-Directly supervise the position of Campus Librarian on each campus; direct and advise Campus Librarians regarding supervision, recruitment, retention, and professional development of personnel under their supervision; and

-Work with Campus Librarians and the IT staff of the university on the library's information systems and develop procedural guidelines for technical services such as cataloging, periodicals, course reserves, processing, mending and circulation of materials.

For more information, see https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176466144&Title=University%20Librarian.

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor Position: Modern Russian, Middle Eastern, or South Asian History (Beloit College)

Visiting Assistant Professor of History (Modern Russian, Middle Eastern, or South Asian)

Beloit College seeks a historian to teach two courses, one in each semester of the 2017-18 school year. The position is a two-semester limited term appointment as a leave replacement. The successful applicant will have expertise in one of the following fields of history: Modern Russia, Middle East, or South Asia and will teach one introductory topics seminar and one survey course. We ask candidates to draw on their own research interests in developing courses.  

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution.  We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college that attracts students from across the United States and the world. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty.  It is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.

Interested candidates should submit materials to historysearch3@beloit.edu. The application requires a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information for two references, and evidence of teaching excellence. Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 21. Additional queries should be directed to Dr. Beatrice McKenzie (mckenzie@beloit.edu).

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Summer Russian Teaching Positions: Indiana University Summer Language Workshop

RUSSIAN TEACHING POSITIONS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY SUMMER LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
 
The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop invites applications from teachers of Russian as a foreign language to fill anticipated openings in its eight-week program of intensive Russian instruction that will run June 5-July 28, 2017. Positions for comprehensive classes (4 skills plus grammar/lexicon) at introductory through advanced levels, as well as for specialized classes in phonetics, listening comprehension, and speaking may be available. Minimal qualifications:
 
--Master’s degree (or equivalent) or current enrollment in graduate study
--Experience and interest in proficiency-oriented Russian language instruction
--Willingness to contribute to extensive supplementary cultural program
--Current legal authorization to work in the United States (US citizenship, US permanent resident status, or possession of appropriate US visa)
 
Applicants should submit the following items by email to swseel@indiana.edu with “Application for Russian teaching position” in the subject line:
 
--letter of interest
--CV or resume
--list of three references with contact information
 
For more information on the Summer Language Workshop: http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

Internships

Funding

Competition for AY 2018-2019 Fulbright Student Fellowships in Bulgaria

Competition for AY 2018-2019 Fulbright Student Fellowships in Bulgaria Now Open!
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.
For this new award, offered for the first time in AY2018-19, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission is partnering with the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), an NGO whose mission is to support the study, preservation, management and promotion of cultural and historical (both tangible and intangible) heritage of South-eastern Europe as necessary preconditions for sustainable development of the region.
 
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 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is now open. Competition Deadline is October 6, 2017, 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: Mon, 24 Apr 2017

Full-Tuition M.A. Studentships: "Usable Pasts: Applied and Interdisciplinary History" (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia)

20 full-tuition domestic and international MA studentships: "Usable Pasts: Applied and Interdisciplinary History" (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia)
HSE St Petersburg, Department of History, invites domestic and international applicants to its two-year, English-language MA programme “Usable Pasts: Applied and Interdisciplinary History.” The course gives equal weight to both history and its uses. The programme offers strong research-led teaching that draws on the Department’s strength in global, comparative and transnational history, including studies of empires and nationalism, socialism, post-socialism and post-colonialism, environmental and economic history and anthropology, history of science and technology, and the anthropology of memory. Students benefit from interdisciplinary grounding in methods of historical research and textual criticism, cultural heritage and museum studies, anthropology, historical geography and geoinformation systems, digital humanities, oral history and visual methods.
We encourage strong applicants with undergraduate degrees in history as well as other fields. This English-language MA provides skills for further academic study, including PhD, as well as non-academic careers. It includes the possibility of internships in over fifty St Petersburg museums and options for Russian language training.
International placement competition runs from 1 February to 1 May 2017
Contacts: Head of programme Julia Lajus (lajus@hse.ru) Coordinator Dilorom Akhmedzhanova (dakhmedzhanova@hse.ru)
Date Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017

ACLS Fellowship Competitions

Application deadlines are mid-September
Please note: Guidelines will be updated when the competitions open in mid-July. 
“For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.
However, proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches and qualitative/interpretive methodologies (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary humanities and related social sciences are welcome, and most programs do not restrict the focus of research to any geographic region or to any cultural or linguistic group of study.
As many of our programs have more specific eligibility criteria, please read the program pages carefully and review their specific FAQ if you have further questions as to what types of applications are or are not eligible.”

 

Date Posted: Wed, 19 Apr 2017

Fulbright Scholar Programs

Fulbright Scholar Programs 
Programs available to US scholars and researchers: http://www.cies.org/programs
The Core Fulbright Scholar Program application deadline is August 1, 2017.
Core Fulbright Scholar Program Competition:
“The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.” 

 

Date Posted: Wed, 19 Apr 2017

3-Year Postdoctoral Research Position: "‘Reframing Russia for Global Mediasphere from Cold War to 'Information War'"

A Research Associate is required to support Professor Marie Gillespie (Sociology) and Dr Alistair Willis (Computer Science) who, with colleagues from Manchester University (Russian Studies), are beginning a major 3-year, AHRC-funded grant project on ‘Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: From Cold War to “Information War”?’. The project will provide new, inter-disciplinary insights into the post-Cold War global media ecology through an in-depth case study of one of its most controversial actors, RT (Russia Today).

You will support colleagues with an analysis of RT audiences and their interactions with and responses to RT’s broadcast, online and social media outputs in English (and Arabic would be desirable but not essential). You will conduct focus group interviews with RT audiences and users, and using a variety of techniques in computational, content, image and discourse analysis, will investigate user interactions online and in social networks. You will co-author articles, contribute one article of your own on a relevant topic, and work alongside a second Research Associate in gathering other research sources and producing reports for our non-academic partners.

For more information or to submit an application, see http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/research-associate-%E2%80%98reframing-russia-global-mediasphere-cold-war-%E2%80%9Cinformation-war%E2%80%9D%E2%80%99-13436

Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program 2017 Grant Competition




The 2017 competition for the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program is now open.   The application deadline is 18:00 Moscow time (11:00 EDT), Thursday, June 1, 2017. 
The U.S. Department of State announces the next round of competition for the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, which provides grants of up to $100,000 to support unique projects centered on Russian-American, peer-to-peer collaboration, including an exchange of best practices on a topic of mutual interest.  The purpose of the program is to foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians.
In the proposal, applicant organizations must clearly demonstrate collaboration with a peer organization in the other country.  Projects must be non-political in nature and focus on Russian-American peer-to-peer dialogue or people-to-people engagement on themes of mutual interest.  Applicants are encouraged to incorporate innovative methodologies to accomplish program goals and foster interaction among peers.  Successful projects will result in a product or outcome which enhances interaction and understanding between our two societies.
For full program guidelines and application procedures, please see the additional resources box on the right.  You may also download all application information and materials from www.grants.gov under Opportunity number “DOSRUS-17-CA-002.”
Please email US-RussiaP2P@state.gov with any questions.
Date Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017

Submissions

CFP: 17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference: "Russia's Choices for 2030" -- 25-27 October 2017 (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Call for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals
17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
RUSSIA’S CHOICES FOR 2030

Time and venue: 25-27 October 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland
Organiser: Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”

The Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki will hold the 17th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 25-27 October 2017. The conference will bring together scholars, experts and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, sociology, geography, history, law, and cultural studies.

Where Russia will be in 2030 is no longer as clear as it seemed a while ago. Some years ago, ‘emerging powers’ and the BRICS countries, including Russia, seemed to be on a path to experiencing strong economic growth, delivering well-being to their citizens, shaping global cultural trends, and ultimately challenging the prevailing balance of power. For many reasons, such expectations have proved somewhat one-dimensional. As a response to this changing trajectory, the Russian Government has initiated a new development strategy until 2030. World leaders in economy and politics, in academia and outside continue related debates. The 17th Aleksanteri Conference will focus on Russian actors, who are making the choices on the way to 2030; explore the multiple structures and environments within which these actors are making these choices; and analyse the legacies of the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods which, in turn, are shaping Russia’s choices.
While we particularly welcome paper, panel, and roundtable proposals addressing this forward-looking agenda, we also wish to see proposals examining any current or historical developments that can be relevant for understanding Russia’s choices and the contexts within which they are made. We also welcome proposals that address the choices of less central actors in Russia, as well as Russia’s neighbours in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere that have a bearing on Russia.
The 2017 Aleksanteri Conference will also be the closing conference of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”.
                            
The conference committee suggests the following sub-themes for consideration:
•                          Russia’s economic development and strategies
•                          Russia’s industrial policy, industry 4.0, and global supply chains
•                          Science, innovation, and technology policy in Russia
•                          Energy and sustainability
•                          Russia’s welfare regime
•                          Russia in global and regional governance processes
•                          Russia and global transformations
•                          Russian foreign policy
•                          Institutions and decision-making in Russia and post-Soviet states
•                          Authoritarianism and development
•                          Pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet legacies
•                          The intertwining of culture and economy
•                          The Russian state’s new cultural policy
•                          Russian cultural statecraft
 
Confirmed keynote speakers:
•                          Professor Georgi Derluguian, NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
•                          Dr. Irina Dezhina, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
•                          Professor Barry W. Ickes, Pennsylvania State University, USA
•                          Professor Wolfgang Knöbl, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany
•                          Professor Tatiana Romanova, St. Petersburg State University / National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
•                          Professor Li Xin, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, China
 
In addition to plenary sessions, roundtables and panels will be gathered together on the basis of the call for papers. Individual proposals for papers are also welcome.
 
Conference schedule and deadlines:
•                          Deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals: 15 May 2017
•                          Notification of acceptance: 16 June 2017
•                          Online registration and registration fees due by: 25 August 2017
•                          Conference programme published: 10 September 2017
•                          Conference: 25-27 October 2017
 
Registration rates:
Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants 100 €
Graduate students, participants from ex-Soviet countries or with an income of less than 30,000 euros 50 €
Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference allowed) 25 €
 
Submissions:
The deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2017.
Paper proposals: Please submit your individual paper abstracts of max. 300 words via the abstract submission form. The organisers will form thematic panels from individual proposals. If you submit a paper for an organised panel, please do not submit it as an individual paper proposal.
Panel proposals: Panels should consist of 3-4 paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. Panels must aim for an international composition. Preferably, one or more panel members should represent different countries of origin; at the very minimum, the discussant must represent a different country of origin to those of the speakers. The conference organisers may be able to nominate chairs and discussants for speaker-only panel proposals. Please submit your panel proposal including an abstract of max. 500 words via the panel proposal submission form.
Roundtables: Each roundtable features a structured discussion on a timely theme or problem, which requires a more open format of debate than a conventional paper session. Roundtables must have a chair and 3-5 speakers. Please submit your roundtable proposal including an abstract of max. 500 words via the roundtable proposal submission form.
Notification of acceptance for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals will be sent by email by 16 June 2017. The abstracts of accepted papers / panels / roundtables will be published on the conference website.
Guidelines for sessions:
Panel sessions will last 90 minutes each:
Panellists: 15-20 minutes each
Discussant: 10 minutes
Q&A
The chair will introduce the panel and its participants. Each panellist will have a maximum of 15-20 minutes for their presentations. The discussant will have 10 minutes to give their comments. The papers will be circulated amongst the panel chairs and discussants prior to the conference.
Roundtables will also last 90 minutes. Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time between participants.
General information:
The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translation can be provided.
There is a PC and a projector in every lecture hall.
Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and cover the costs related to participation. Information on hotels will be provided later on the conference webpage. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see www.visithelsinki.fi/en/come/tourist-information/helsinki-city-tourist-information.
Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or a workshop are also welcome to take part in the Conference. All conference participants are required to register. Please see the ‘Registration rates’ section above for details.
Please consult our website for information and discussion: http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2017/
For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at: fcree-aleksconf@helsinki.fi
Welcome!
On behalf of the organising committee,
Chair: Pami Aalto, Professor of International Relations, University of Tampere & Cluster Leader, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies
Coordinator: Anna Lowry, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Markku Kivinen, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute & Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies
 
The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary, international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a wide variety of disciplines, both in Finland and abroad, who are interested in the development of post-socialist countries. The 2017 Conference is organised in cooperation with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies "Choices of Russian Modernisation".
 
Interested in past Aleksanteri Conferences? The keynote presentations from the 2015 and 2016 Aleksanteri Conferences are available on the Aleksanteri Institute’s YouTube channel.
Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

CFP: Special Issue on "Continuity and Change in Russian Politics"

Continuity and Change in Russian Politics
Editor: Professor Neil Robinson (Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick)

The centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 has been a cause for reflection. Political, social and economic change in Russia have reshaped Russia over the last century, but at the same time, as the return to autocratic rule under Vladimir Putin shows, there are powerful continuities in Russia that need to be accounted for.

This article collection will explore how continuity and change have shaped Russian politics over the last century and their legacies today, and how different social science disciplines, and interdisciplinary work have taken account of continuities and change to explain the role of different forces and institutions in the development of Russia.

Contributions are invited from a range of disciplines and perspectives, including, but not restricted to: political studies, international relations, history and sociology.

Articles exploring the following key themes and others of relevance will be considered:

-Policy continuity and change in Russia
-Perspectives on change in Russian politics and society
-Conceptualising change in Russia
-Sources of change in Russian politics
-Continuity and change in Russian foreign relations
-Legacies of the past in Russian politics
-Social and economic adaptation to change in Russia

This is a rolling article collection and as such proposals and submissions will be welcome throughout 2017. However, full submissions received by November 1 will be considered for publication as part of the collection’s formal launch in 2018.

Palgrave Communications, the peer-reviewed academic journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, is currently inviting research paper proposals for a special issue on: Continuity and Change in Russian Politics, edited by Prof Neil Robinson (University of Limerick, Ireland).

Full details on the special issue can be found here: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/palcomms/authors/call-for-papers#Russia

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

CFP: 6th International Conference on European Studies (ICES’17): "Local, Regional and Global Governance" -- November 5-6, 2017 (Tirana, Albania)

The 6th International Conference on European Studies (ICES’17)

‘Local, Regional and Global Governance’, Tirana, Albania

 

Call for Papers

Epoka University, in Tirana, Albania, organizes the 6th International Conference on European Studies (ICES'17). The conference titled Local, regional and global governance’ will be held on 5-6 November 2017 in Tirana, Albania. Academicians, scholars, professionals, and graduate students are invited to submit their papers for ICES’17. The conference will be held in English. If there are enough presenters that want to present their papers in Albanian language, sessions in Albanian can also be arranged. 

 

Important dates and deadlines:

 

Abstract Submission: Abstracts with maximum 250 words should be submitted by e-mail (ices@epoka.edu.al) no later than 30 June 2017. A clear indication of the authors, affiliations and contacts should be made.

Abstract Acceptance Notification: Authors will be notified upon acceptance of their abstract by 30 July 2017.

Registration and full papers submission: 15 September 2017.

 

 

For further inquiries and information:

Conference homepage: http://ices.epoka.edu.al/2017/index.php  

Email address: ices@epoka.edu.al.

Tel:  +355 42 232 086
        +355 42 222 077/ 1190
        +355 42 222 077/ 1314
Fax: +355 42 222 117

Date Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017

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 the working 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 fourth 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 2017 is JUNE 23, 2017.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact the editors:
-Ingunn Lunde (University of Bergen, ingunn.lunde@if.uib.no)
-Tore Nesset (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, tore.nesset@uit.no).
 
Date Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017

2017 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Competition

The Midwest Slavic Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Student Essay Competition that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students attending an institution in the Midwest or that participated in the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference. Students can submit a paper in English on any topic related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies for consideration. Papers will be considered in separate undergraduate and graduate applicant pools. The best undergraduate paper received will win a one-year membership to ASEEES, and the graduate winner will receive a one-year membership to ASEEES, as well as being considered then for the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize at the national level. The graduate winner of the ASEEES Student Essay Prize at the national level wins travel, lodging, and registration for the Annual ASEEES Convention and membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention. 

Undergraduate paper submissions can be in a variety of formats, including: conference paper, thesis, course paper, or article. They should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages including notes and bibliography. Submissions must be submitted electronically and written in English. 

Graduate essay submissions can be of several formats: expanded versions of conference papers, graduate level seminar papers, Master's thesis chapters, or dissertation chapters. The student should indicate what type of paper they are submitting and provide an abstract. Essays should have a minimum word count of 7,500 and a maximum word count of 14,000 (25 to 50 pages approximately) inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. Submissions must be written in English, double-spaced, and include footnotes or endnotes. With your submission, please also include a short bio of the author, an abstract of the essay, and indicate the format of the essay. Please visit ASEEES' website for full information on the national level competition. 

Deadline: Friday, April 28

How to submit: Email submissions to Brian Baer bbaer@kent.edu

Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

CFP: "Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards" -- October 2-4, 2017 (Warsaw)

International Conference at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw, October 2-4, 2017)
Sponsored by the NADAV Foundation, Israel
Call for papers
The Russian revolutions of 1917 played a key role in defining the 20th century by virtue of the processes they launched, the entities they helped create and the reactions they triggered. The legacies of these transformative events and their aftermath, not least the collapse of empires and the birth of nation-states, still reverberate in many ways throughout Eastern and Central Europe.
This conference, “Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards,” to be held at the POLIN Museum is the second of a three part series. The first stage, “The Hundred-Year Legacy of the Russian Revolution and the World Today: How the Revolution Divided, Unified, and Shaped a Continent,” is being held at the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center) in Washington, D.C. on April 3-5, 2017. The final conference is scheduled for December 2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
With the NADAV Foundation’s support, POLIN Museum, the Nevzlin Center, and the Kennan Institute are inviting presentations from Central and Eastern Europe scholars (particularly from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) aimed at reassessing the profound implications of the events of 1917-1918 through a regional lens. While focusing on the Jewish experience, the participants will revisit the shared past of many nationalities throughout this area. The objective of this scholarly platform is to spark new conversations on the meaning of the nation-state and its narratives. Prevalent themes of our sessions will include radical change, war and violence. What is more, we will explore how these phenomena have found expression in collective memories, migration, integration, and other socio-cultural developments.
To this end, the organizers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that address, inter alia, the following forces that the Russian revolutions set in motion throughout Central and Eastern Europe:
-Co-existence of Jews and non-Jews before and after the wars: between pragmatic alliances and anti-Semitism.
-Jews and hegemonic national groups – allegiance and estrangement, Jewish vectors of assimilation and acculturation.
-Gender in the aftermath of 1917-1918: Jewish and non-Jewish facets.
-Jewish chapters, understated or otherwise, of current national narratives and the historical memory of these fateful years.
All proposals should constitute original, wide-ranging, multifaceted research that has yet to be presented in any academic forum. Written proposals of 200-300 words and a brief CV are to be sent to: conference1917@polin.pl no later than April 30, 2017.
Travel expenses, including accommodations in Warsaw, will be covered by the organizers. The conference organizers reserve the right to publish proceedings from the conference.
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

CFP: 2017 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2017 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence
The Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project announces the third annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2017.
The Intelligence Studies Project was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project’s mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses, and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students, and the public.
 

The
Bobby R. Inman Award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as a teacher, advisor, and mentor to students, faculty members, and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His areas of teaching and research are focused on political, economic, and military activities, policy processes and institutions, international affairs and diplomacy, and intelligence and national security. 
 

Additional information about the Inman Award competition and the Intelligence Studies Project is available at
www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/inman-award.
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

CFP: Eichenbaum Journal

The international and open access Eichenbaum journal is now accepting submissions for its first issue, which is due in 2018. The journal welcomes contributions on any topic related to the history of Russian literature, criticism, journalism, textual studies, publications strategies and practices, Boris Eichenbaum and formalism.
Proposals must be sent to the address: boris.eihenbaum@gmail.com.
The deadline for submissions is the 30th of September, 2017.
The editorial board reserve its right to select papers for publication.
Style notes
Articles must not exceed 20.000 characters, including spaces. They can be written in the following languages: English and Russian.
Each article must be accompanied by an abstract both in Russian and English (200-3000 characters i.s.) and key words.
The file sent by e-mail should be in Word format and should have a cover page containing only the name of the author and the title of the article. Authors are asked to use the font “Times New Roman”, 12 pt, line spacing 1.5.
The references on the archive resources should be placed at the foot of the page. The references on the literature should be written after paper according to the example: [1; 2], [5, p. 37]; the bibliography is placeв at the end of the paper arranged in the alphabetical order.
Name of the file with the paper should include the author’s surname (Ivanov.docx; Petrov.docx). At the end of the paper write the information about author(s): 1) Name and Surname, scientific degree, position, place of employment (study), e-mail, post address, postal code. 2) Title of the paper. All this information should be written both in Russian and in English.
Literary Museum, Moscow
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

The 6th Euroacademia International Conference: "Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities" -- 22-23 June 2017 (Florence, Italy)

The 6th Euroacademia International Conference: ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
Villa Vittoria - Centro Congressi (Florence, Italy) -- 22-23 June 2017
CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 10th of May 2017
Conference description:
Identity is one of the crown jewelries in the kingdom of ‘contested concepts’. Few concepts are so integral to social assumptions, beliefs and claims of belonging while simultaneously escaping a clear definition or even a minimal consensus. The idea of identity is conceived to provide some unity and recognition while it also exists by separation and differentiation. From personal to group and collective identities, multiple layers of identifications juxtapose, conflict, or exclude. Few concepts were used as much as identity for contradictory purposes. From the fragile individual identities as self-solidifying frameworks, to layered in-group identifications in families, orders, organizations, religions, ethnic groups, regions, nation-states, supra-national entities or any other social entities, the idea of identity always shows up in the core of debates and makes everything either too dangerously simple or too complicated. Constructivist and de-constructivist strategies have led to the same result: the eternal return of the topic. Some say we should drop the concept, some say we should keep it and refine it, some say we should look at it in a dynamic fashion while some say it’s the reason for resistance to change. In the meantime, identities are programmatically asserted and promoted to generate cohesion and demand recognition while the process of identification excludes and creates boundaries and alterity-making practices.
If identities are socially constructed and not genuine formations, they still hold some responsibility for inclusion/exclusion – self/other nexuses. Looking at identities in a research-oriented manner provides explanatory tools for a wide variety of events and social dynamics. Identities reflect the complex nature of human societies and generate reasonable comprehension for processes that cannot be explained by tracing pure rationality-driven pursuit of interests. The feelings of attachment, belonging, recognition, the processes of values’ formation and norms integration, the logics of appropriateness generated in social organizations, are all factors relying on a certain type of identity or identification. Multiple identifications overlap, interact, include or exclude, conflict or enhance cooperation. Identities create boundaries and borders; define the in-group and the out-group, the similar and the excluded, the friend and the threatening, the insider and the ‘other’. Even more, identities generate legitimating circumstances for social and political action; assert the power of naming and rules of belonging while setting the stage for the perception of the other. The other can be internal, as difference and incomplete coherence with the in-group, or external as acknowledged difference or even in cases of radical alterity as perceived threat. The formation of identities can lead to multicultural integration of diversity, tolerance, recognition and pluralism while simultaneously exclude and build walls.
The 6th Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities' aims to scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to bring once more into debate the processes of identity-making and identity-building in both constructivist and de-constructivist dimensions. The conference will include a wide variety of contributions on identity-making practices while fostering a critical assessment of intended or unintended consequences that lead to the politicization of identities. It is the aim of the Euroacademia conference to open the floor to dynamic multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary understandings of identities in their historic formation or in the way they shape the present and future of organizations or communities. The conference however seeks also to integrate and address the misunderstandings or misconceptions implicit to identity formation practices. A focal place will be given to methodological refinement and innovation in the research of identities in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
Euroacademia aims to bring together a wide network of intellectuals, academics, researchers, practitioners and activists that are willing to share and open to debate their research on identity related topics. Disciplinary, trans- and inter-disciplinary approaches, methodological assessments, innovations and recommendations, single case studies or cross-sectional analyses, reflective essays, experience sharing or works addressing new puzzles are all welcomed.
Conference panels include the following topics:
Welcome to the Land of Disputes: Theoretic Contributions to Understanding Identity ~ Personal Identity ~ Individualism and Autonomy ~ Modernity and Identity ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors in the Study of Organizations ~ Critical Approaches to Understanding Identity ~ Universal and Local in Identity-Making ~ Processes of Identity-Building ~ Practices of Identification ~ Identity and Inclusion ~ Identity and Exclusion ~ The Politicization of the European Identity ~ European Union and the Claims of an Emerging Supranational Identity ~ America as a Soft Power: Attraction Through Identitarian Constructs ~ Normative Powers and the Export of Identities ~ Identity and the Power of Naming the Other ~ In-Group – Out-Group Dynamics in Identity Formation ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors in Explaining Political Behaviors ~ Religion and Identities ~ Imagined Communities: Preserving Identity as A Foreigner ~ Art as an Identity-Making Process ~ Folklore and the National Identity Narratives ~ History-Reading and Identity-Making ~ Ideal and Real Multiculturalism: How Inclusive Are Our Societies? ~ Regions and Identities ~ East/West – North/South: Imaginary Geographies of Identities ~ Core/Periphery Claims in Shaping Identities ~ Nested Identities ~ Identitarian Threats ~ Symbols of Identities: Flags, Coins, Stamps and Anthems ~ Cosmopolitanism and Supra-National Identities ~ Film and the Visual Narration of Identities ~ Music and the Identitarian Signifiers ~ Literature and Identities ~ Groups, Gangs, Movements and Identities ~ Protest and Identities ~ Ethnicity and Identity ~ Regional Integration Projects and Identity Appropriations ~ Globalization and Identities ~ Uses and Misuses of Identities for Political Purposes ~ Organizations and Identities ~ Markets, Products and Identities ~ Consumerism and its Impact on Identity-Building ~ Corporate Identity ~ Brand Identity ~ Identity and Conflict ~ Crises of Identity
If interested in participating, please read the complete event details on the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a maximum 300-word abstract together with the details of your affiliation until the 10th of May 2017 to application@euroacademia.org
For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

CFP: "1918 and the Search for New Internationalism in Central European Academia" (thematic section in Studia Historiae Scientiarum 2018)

CFA: 1918 and the Search for New Internationalism in Central European Academia (Call for Papers for a thematic section in Studia Historiae Scientiarum 2018)
When the war ended in 1918, scholars in Central Europe faced a new challenge. New states required not only new infrastructure but also new ideas on how science should function. The intellectual landscape was changing rapidly – new institutions in new states mushroomed, but also disappeared or went into hiding like the institutions of the new minorities. Internationally, the German language was under fire, losing in the 1920s its status as the language of international organizations – because German was often the preferred language of international communication for CEE scholars, this affected them as well.
One of the issues discussed most was how to present CEE science internationally while at the same time preserving its national character. Olympic internationalism, as Geert Somsen termed it, was one of the possibilities, with Central European scholars taking also leading roles in transnational organizations such as the Committee on Intellectual Co-operation.
Papers should interrogate the issue of imagining and maneuvering international scholarly networks and infrastructures. They are not limited to but should seek answers to such questions as:
-What were the strategies pursued to present scholarship in the international fora? How was the issue of nationality, internationality and transnationality debated in connection to the reorganization of state scholarly infrastructure?
-With what agendas and interests did CEE scholars enter international and transnational scholarly institutions? Did they try to influence the policies of these organizations in favor of their states’ agendas, or were they perhaps acting with new transnationalism in mind. How did their imperial experience influence it.
-How did CEE scholars react to the limitation of German as the language of international organizations and conferences?
-What was the role of the Soviet Union in the post-1918 international and transnational imagination? With politics favoring technical-scientific progress, the SU was growingly a major player in CEE, disavowed, however, for political and cultural-historical reasons by many intellectual key players. Did a particular socialist-communist internationalism develop?
We invite the submission of abstracts on the questions and topics raised above. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical sketch to jan.surman@gmail.com.
The editors will ask the authors of selected papers to submit their final articles no later than February 28th 2018. The articles will be published after a peer-review process.
Studia Historiae Scientiarum is a peer-reviewed, diamond open access journal devoted to the history of science. For more information visit: http://www.ejournals.eu/Studia-Historiae-Scientiarum/ .
The deadline for the submission of abstracts: May 31th 2017.
Date Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017

Conferences & Workshops

CFP: 17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference: "Russia's Choices for 2030" -- 25-27 October 2017 (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Call for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals
17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
RUSSIA’S CHOICES FOR 2030

Time and venue: 25-27 October 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland
Organiser: Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”

The Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki will hold the 17th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 25-27 October 2017. The conference will bring together scholars, experts and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, sociology, geography, history, law, and cultural studies.

Where Russia will be in 2030 is no longer as clear as it seemed a while ago. Some years ago, ‘emerging powers’ and the BRICS countries, including Russia, seemed to be on a path to experiencing strong economic growth, delivering well-being to their citizens, shaping global cultural trends, and ultimately challenging the prevailing balance of power. For many reasons, such expectations have proved somewhat one-dimensional. As a response to this changing trajectory, the Russian Government has initiated a new development strategy until 2030. World leaders in economy and politics, in academia and outside continue related debates. The 17th Aleksanteri Conference will focus on Russian actors, who are making the choices on the way to 2030; explore the multiple structures and environments within which these actors are making these choices; and analyse the legacies of the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods which, in turn, are shaping Russia’s choices.
While we particularly welcome paper, panel, and roundtable proposals addressing this forward-looking agenda, we also wish to see proposals examining any current or historical developments that can be relevant for understanding Russia’s choices and the contexts within which they are made. We also welcome proposals that address the choices of less central actors in Russia, as well as Russia’s neighbours in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere that have a bearing on Russia.
The 2017 Aleksanteri Conference will also be the closing conference of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”.
                            
The conference committee suggests the following sub-themes for consideration:
•                          Russia’s economic development and strategies
•                          Russia’s industrial policy, industry 4.0, and global supply chains
•                          Science, innovation, and technology policy in Russia
•                          Energy and sustainability
•                          Russia’s welfare regime
•                          Russia in global and regional governance processes
•                          Russia and global transformations
•                          Russian foreign policy
•                          Institutions and decision-making in Russia and post-Soviet states
•                          Authoritarianism and development
•                          Pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet legacies
•                          The intertwining of culture and economy
•                          The Russian state’s new cultural policy
•                          Russian cultural statecraft
 
Confirmed keynote speakers:
•                          Professor Georgi Derluguian, NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
•                          Dr. Irina Dezhina, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
•                          Professor Barry W. Ickes, Pennsylvania State University, USA
•                          Professor Wolfgang Knöbl, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany
•                          Professor Tatiana Romanova, St. Petersburg State University / National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
•                          Professor Li Xin, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, China
 
In addition to plenary sessions, roundtables and panels will be gathered together on the basis of the call for papers. Individual proposals for papers are also welcome.
 
Conference schedule and deadlines:
•                          Deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals: 15 May 2017
•                          Notification of acceptance: 16 June 2017
•                          Online registration and registration fees due by: 25 August 2017
•                          Conference programme published: 10 September 2017
•                          Conference: 25-27 October 2017
 
Registration rates:
Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants 100 €
Graduate students, participants from ex-Soviet countries or with an income of less than 30,000 euros 50 €
Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference allowed) 25 €
 
Submissions:
The deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2017.
Paper proposals: Please submit your individual paper abstracts of max. 300 words via the abstract submission form. The organisers will form thematic panels from individual proposals. If you submit a paper for an organised panel, please do not submit it as an individual paper proposal.
Panel proposals: Panels should consist of 3-4 paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. Panels must aim for an international composition. Preferably, one or more panel members should represent different countries of origin; at the very minimum, the discussant must represent a different country of origin to those of the speakers. The conference organisers may be able to nominate chairs and discussants for speaker-only panel proposals. Please submit your panel proposal including an abstract of max. 500 words via the panel proposal submission form.
Roundtables: Each roundtable features a structured discussion on a timely theme or problem, which requires a more open format of debate than a conventional paper session. Roundtables must have a chair and 3-5 speakers. Please submit your roundtable proposal including an abstract of max. 500 words via the roundtable proposal submission form.
Notification of acceptance for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals will be sent by email by 16 June 2017. The abstracts of accepted papers / panels / roundtables will be published on the conference website.
Guidelines for sessions:
Panel sessions will last 90 minutes each:
Panellists: 15-20 minutes each
Discussant: 10 minutes
Q&A
The chair will introduce the panel and its participants. Each panellist will have a maximum of 15-20 minutes for their presentations. The discussant will have 10 minutes to give their comments. The papers will be circulated amongst the panel chairs and discussants prior to the conference.
Roundtables will also last 90 minutes. Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time between participants.
General information:
The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translation can be provided.
There is a PC and a projector in every lecture hall.
Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and cover the costs related to participation. Information on hotels will be provided later on the conference webpage. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see www.visithelsinki.fi/en/come/tourist-information/helsinki-city-tourist-information.
Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or a workshop are also welcome to take part in the Conference. All conference participants are required to register. Please see the ‘Registration rates’ section above for details.
Please consult our website for information and discussion: http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2017/
For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at: fcree-aleksconf@helsinki.fi
Welcome!
On behalf of the organising committee,
Chair: Pami Aalto, Professor of International Relations, University of Tampere & Cluster Leader, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies
Coordinator: Anna Lowry, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Markku Kivinen, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute & Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies
 
The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary, international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a wide variety of disciplines, both in Finland and abroad, who are interested in the development of post-socialist countries. The 2017 Conference is organised in cooperation with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies "Choices of Russian Modernisation".
 
Interested in past Aleksanteri Conferences? The keynote presentations from the 2015 and 2016 Aleksanteri Conferences are available on the Aleksanteri Institute’s YouTube channel.
Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

NHLRC Heritage Language Research Institute: "Crossing New Frontiers in Education and Research" -- UIUC, May 22-25, 2017

Tenth Heritage Language Research Institute: Crossing New Frontiers in Education and Research

 
For over a decade, research in the field of heritage languages (HLs) has focused on understanding the linguistic properties of HLs from childhood to adulthood. This understanding has informed best practices in HL education, helping heritage speakers develop higher proficiency through language programs that address their linguistic and identity needs. However, still more needs to be done to understand the effects of language education, in particular during the school-age period, when the fate of the HL is often determined. At least for some linguistic groups, Spanish speakers in particular, academic achievement in school has been partly linked to their bilingualism. In the past, a belief that doing well in school necessitated the abandonment of the HL was prevalent. Today, we know that maintenance and support of the HL not only supports and enhances the development of the majority language, but also closes the academic achievement gap. This sentiment was recently discussed in a New York Times article by Héctor Tobar (Nov 15, 2016) in the wake of the overwhelming approval of a ballot measure in California that expanded bilingual education in public schools: “Being literate in the language of your immigrant ancestors (whether that language is Spanish, Korean, Mandarin or Armenian) makes you wiser and more powerful. I know this from experience.” Proposition 58 supersedes another ballot initiative that was approved by the voters in 1998, which undermined bilingual education. Could the political tides be changing? How can we, as researchers and educators, help to communicate the value and importance of supporting HLs throughout the school-age period?
 
Join us for this year’s Heritage Language Research Institute that will take place May 22-25, 2017, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It will feature presentations by scholars of HLs and a roundtable discussion with educators focusing on efforts to support HLs in schools with the aim of helping our heritage speakers succeed personally, linguistically, and academically.
 
To see the institute’s website, see: http://nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/events/institute/2017/home
 
Hotel Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Illini Union Hotel on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Reservations are being accepted at the group rate until April 21, 2017. For more details, please see: http://nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/events/institute/2017/logistics
Heritage Language Workshop
The Institute will also host an HL workshop. Dates and title to follow shortly.
 
Registration Prices
$100 – Institute only
$125 – Institute and Workshop
$75 – Workshop only
 
For more information, please contact kathryn@humnet.ucla.edu
Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Summer School "History Takes Place - Dynamics of Urban Change": Sept. 4-15, 2017 (Hamburg, Germany)

The Summer School “History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change” will bring together from 4 to 15 young international researchers – historians, art historians, archaeologists, cultural and social scientists, city planners and architects. This year’s programme is focused on the complex and multi-layered history of Belgrade and Sarajevo. The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the Gerda Henkel Foundation invite the participants to study the connections between historical events and spatial development.
 
Every year since 2003, we have invited up to twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate students) to take part in studies programmes in various locations. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography, architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is 'read' as a historical source – 'History Takes Place'.
 
The link to the call for applications: http://mailings.zeit-stiftung.eu/up/uploads/History_Takes_Place_2017_CfA.pdf
 
Further information can be found at www.history-takes-place.de
 
The deadline for applications is 29 May 2017.

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Workshop at the 2017 Linguistic Institute: "Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition" -- July 22-23, 2017 (Lexington, KY)

Workshop at the 2017 Linguistic Institute: Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition
Lexington, KY -- July 22-23, 2017
Announcing a two-day workshop, Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition, at the Linguistic Society of America’s 2017 Linguistic Institute, to be held at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, USA) in July 2017. The workshop is funded primarily by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, all at Ohio State University.
More information, workshop description, and list of invited speakers are available on the workshop website. 
The Organizing Committee
Jeff Parker
Andrea Sims
Adam Ussishkin
Samantha Wray
Ekaterina Kibler
Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

CFP: 6th International Conference on European Studies (ICES’17): "Local, Regional and Global Governance" -- November 5-6, 2017 (Tirana, Albania)

The 6th International Conference on European Studies (ICES’17)

‘Local, Regional and Global Governance’, Tirana, Albania

 

Call for Papers

Epoka University, in Tirana, Albania, organizes the 6th International Conference on European Studies (ICES'17). The conference titled Local, regional and global governance’ will be held on 5-6 November 2017 in Tirana, Albania. Academicians, scholars, professionals, and graduate students are invited to submit their papers for ICES’17. The conference will be held in English. If there are enough presenters that want to present their papers in Albanian language, sessions in Albanian can also be arranged. 

 

Important dates and deadlines:

 

Abstract Submission: Abstracts with maximum 250 words should be submitted by e-mail (ices@epoka.edu.al) no later than 30 June 2017. A clear indication of the authors, affiliations and contacts should be made.

Abstract Acceptance Notification: Authors will be notified upon acceptance of their abstract by 30 July 2017.

Registration and full papers submission: 15 September 2017.

 

 

For further inquiries and information:

Conference homepage: http://ices.epoka.edu.al/2017/index.php  

Email address: ices@epoka.edu.al.

Tel:  +355 42 232 086
        +355 42 222 077/ 1190
        +355 42 222 077/ 1314
Fax: +355 42 222 117

Date Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017

CFP: "Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards" -- October 2-4, 2017 (Warsaw)

International Conference at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw, October 2-4, 2017)
Sponsored by the NADAV Foundation, Israel
Call for papers
The Russian revolutions of 1917 played a key role in defining the 20th century by virtue of the processes they launched, the entities they helped create and the reactions they triggered. The legacies of these transformative events and their aftermath, not least the collapse of empires and the birth of nation-states, still reverberate in many ways throughout Eastern and Central Europe.
This conference, “Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards,” to be held at the POLIN Museum is the second of a three part series. The first stage, “The Hundred-Year Legacy of the Russian Revolution and the World Today: How the Revolution Divided, Unified, and Shaped a Continent,” is being held at the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center) in Washington, D.C. on April 3-5, 2017. The final conference is scheduled for December 2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
With the NADAV Foundation’s support, POLIN Museum, the Nevzlin Center, and the Kennan Institute are inviting presentations from Central and Eastern Europe scholars (particularly from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) aimed at reassessing the profound implications of the events of 1917-1918 through a regional lens. While focusing on the Jewish experience, the participants will revisit the shared past of many nationalities throughout this area. The objective of this scholarly platform is to spark new conversations on the meaning of the nation-state and its narratives. Prevalent themes of our sessions will include radical change, war and violence. What is more, we will explore how these phenomena have found expression in collective memories, migration, integration, and other socio-cultural developments.
To this end, the organizers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that address, inter alia, the following forces that the Russian revolutions set in motion throughout Central and Eastern Europe:
-Co-existence of Jews and non-Jews before and after the wars: between pragmatic alliances and anti-Semitism.
-Jews and hegemonic national groups – allegiance and estrangement, Jewish vectors of assimilation and acculturation.
-Gender in the aftermath of 1917-1918: Jewish and non-Jewish facets.
-Jewish chapters, understated or otherwise, of current national narratives and the historical memory of these fateful years.
All proposals should constitute original, wide-ranging, multifaceted research that has yet to be presented in any academic forum. Written proposals of 200-300 words and a brief CV are to be sent to: conference1917@polin.pl no later than April 30, 2017.
Travel expenses, including accommodations in Warsaw, will be covered by the organizers. The conference organizers reserve the right to publish proceedings from the conference.
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

The 6th Euroacademia International Conference: "Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities" -- 22-23 June 2017 (Florence, Italy)

The 6th Euroacademia International Conference: ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
Villa Vittoria - Centro Congressi (Florence, Italy) -- 22-23 June 2017
CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 10th of May 2017
Conference description:
Identity is one of the crown jewelries in the kingdom of ‘contested concepts’. Few concepts are so integral to social assumptions, beliefs and claims of belonging while simultaneously escaping a clear definition or even a minimal consensus. The idea of identity is conceived to provide some unity and recognition while it also exists by separation and differentiation. From personal to group and collective identities, multiple layers of identifications juxtapose, conflict, or exclude. Few concepts were used as much as identity for contradictory purposes. From the fragile individual identities as self-solidifying frameworks, to layered in-group identifications in families, orders, organizations, religions, ethnic groups, regions, nation-states, supra-national entities or any other social entities, the idea of identity always shows up in the core of debates and makes everything either too dangerously simple or too complicated. Constructivist and de-constructivist strategies have led to the same result: the eternal return of the topic. Some say we should drop the concept, some say we should keep it and refine it, some say we should look at it in a dynamic fashion while some say it’s the reason for resistance to change. In the meantime, identities are programmatically asserted and promoted to generate cohesion and demand recognition while the process of identification excludes and creates boundaries and alterity-making practices.
If identities are socially constructed and not genuine formations, they still hold some responsibility for inclusion/exclusion – self/other nexuses. Looking at identities in a research-oriented manner provides explanatory tools for a wide variety of events and social dynamics. Identities reflect the complex nature of human societies and generate reasonable comprehension for processes that cannot be explained by tracing pure rationality-driven pursuit of interests. The feelings of attachment, belonging, recognition, the processes of values’ formation and norms integration, the logics of appropriateness generated in social organizations, are all factors relying on a certain type of identity or identification. Multiple identifications overlap, interact, include or exclude, conflict or enhance cooperation. Identities create boundaries and borders; define the in-group and the out-group, the similar and the excluded, the friend and the threatening, the insider and the ‘other’. Even more, identities generate legitimating circumstances for social and political action; assert the power of naming and rules of belonging while setting the stage for the perception of the other. The other can be internal, as difference and incomplete coherence with the in-group, or external as acknowledged difference or even in cases of radical alterity as perceived threat. The formation of identities can lead to multicultural integration of diversity, tolerance, recognition and pluralism while simultaneously exclude and build walls.
The 6th Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities' aims to scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to bring once more into debate the processes of identity-making and identity-building in both constructivist and de-constructivist dimensions. The conference will include a wide variety of contributions on identity-making practices while fostering a critical assessment of intended or unintended consequences that lead to the politicization of identities. It is the aim of the Euroacademia conference to open the floor to dynamic multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary understandings of identities in their historic formation or in the way they shape the present and future of organizations or communities. The conference however seeks also to integrate and address the misunderstandings or misconceptions implicit to identity formation practices. A focal place will be given to methodological refinement and innovation in the research of identities in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
Euroacademia aims to bring together a wide network of intellectuals, academics, researchers, practitioners and activists that are willing to share and open to debate their research on identity related topics. Disciplinary, trans- and inter-disciplinary approaches, methodological assessments, innovations and recommendations, single case studies or cross-sectional analyses, reflective essays, experience sharing or works addressing new puzzles are all welcomed.
Conference panels include the following topics:
Welcome to the Land of Disputes: Theoretic Contributions to Understanding Identity ~ Personal Identity ~ Individualism and Autonomy ~ Modernity and Identity ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors in the Study of Organizations ~ Critical Approaches to Understanding Identity ~ Universal and Local in Identity-Making ~ Processes of Identity-Building ~ Practices of Identification ~ Identity and Inclusion ~ Identity and Exclusion ~ The Politicization of the European Identity ~ European Union and the Claims of an Emerging Supranational Identity ~ America as a Soft Power: Attraction Through Identitarian Constructs ~ Normative Powers and the Export of Identities ~ Identity and the Power of Naming the Other ~ In-Group – Out-Group Dynamics in Identity Formation ~ Identities as Endogenous Factors in Explaining Political Behaviors ~ Religion and Identities ~ Imagined Communities: Preserving Identity as A Foreigner ~ Art as an Identity-Making Process ~ Folklore and the National Identity Narratives ~ History-Reading and Identity-Making ~ Ideal and Real Multiculturalism: How Inclusive Are Our Societies? ~ Regions and Identities ~ East/West – North/South: Imaginary Geographies of Identities ~ Core/Periphery Claims in Shaping Identities ~ Nested Identities ~ Identitarian Threats ~ Symbols of Identities: Flags, Coins, Stamps and Anthems ~ Cosmopolitanism and Supra-National Identities ~ Film and the Visual Narration of Identities ~ Music and the Identitarian Signifiers ~ Literature and Identities ~ Groups, Gangs, Movements and Identities ~ Protest and Identities ~ Ethnicity and Identity ~ Regional Integration Projects and Identity Appropriations ~ Globalization and Identities ~ Uses and Misuses of Identities for Political Purposes ~ Organizations and Identities ~ Markets, Products and Identities ~ Consumerism and its Impact on Identity-Building ~ Corporate Identity ~ Brand Identity ~ Identity and Conflict ~ Crises of Identity
If interested in participating, please read the complete event details on the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a maximum 300-word abstract together with the details of your affiliation until the 10th of May 2017 to application@euroacademia.org
For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

CFP: Workshop on the History of 1917 Revolution -- May 26-30, 2018 (Tel Aviv University)

The Program in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to invite scholars from all disciplines to submit proposals for papers at the 3rd meeting of the Notre Dame workshop on the history of 1917 Revolution, which will be held at Tel Aviv University on May 26-30, 2018. Those interested in participating should contact the workshop convener, Semion Lyandres, at slyandre@nd.edu. Graduate students and recent PhDs are especially encouraged to submit proposals. The workshop is being organized in association with the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies at Tel Aviv University and The Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and East European Studies. The organizers will cover the costs of attending the workshop, including airfare and accommodation. Please submit your proposal of a maximum of 500 words and a short CV to slyandre@nd.edu by the deadline of July 1, 2017.

Date Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017

Russian Language Pedagogy Workshop: "“Teaching Russian from the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency” -- July 31-August 4, 2017 (UCLA)

The UCLA Russian Flagship Center will host a five- day workshop titled “Teaching Russian from the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency” on July 31 through August 4, 2017 on the UCLA campus.
 
Progressing from Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 proficiency may be the most challenging stage of language acquisition and of teaching Russian. This workshop will focus on techniques and strategies to address this challenge.
 
Each day of the workshop will feature a morning presentation by a faculty expert followed by an afternoon working group session focusing on specific skills. The workshop will also include presentations by instructors from the Russian Flagship Programs. The workshop will be conducted in a highly interactive participatory manner and will encourage active discussion by all participants.
 
Workshop faculty members include:
--Dr. Ray Clifford, Brigham Young University, who will compare the principles of reading proficiency assessment with the principles of instructional practice and highlight the contrasts.
--Dr. Charlene Polio, Michigan State University, who will discuss research methods used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition to the advanced/2 level.
--Dr. Cindy Martin, University of Maryland, College Park, who will focus on modes of communication in speaking and listening and discuss discourse features appropriate to the Intermediate/1 and Advanced/2 levels.
 
We will accept a limited number of participants. The workshop is free of charge, but participants will need to cover their travel and hotel.  More information on the workshop schedule will be made available in early May.
 
Interested participants should send an e-mail and a cv to Olga Kagan (okagan@ucla.edu) by May 20.
Date Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017

CFP: "Rule of Law Revisited: Applying Law in Russia and Beyond" -- 20-21 November 2017 (Helsinki)

Development of Russian Law X: "Rule of Law Revisited: Applying Law in Russia and Beyond" (20-21 November 2017)
Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Globalisation challenges many of the traditional assumptions about Domestic law, International law, their relationships, the ways in which it is created and the methods of its enforcement. Law has traditionally been the province of the nation state, whose courts and police enforce legal rules. By contrast, international law has been comparatively weak, with little effective enforcement powers. But globalization is changing the contours of law and creating new global legal institutions and norms. It also brings universal concepts such as rule-of-law and good governance to the national systems and local legal environments. As ‘rule-of-law’ has become part of the global political lexicon, its precise meaning has become increasingly opaque. There is an agreement with the principle that law should apply in equal measure to everyone, irrespective of wealth or political status, is generally accepted as the foundational principle of the rule of law. Coupled with good governance principles, the application of these concepts to Russian legal context reveal a complex of issues, that need to be discussed beyond Russian domestic sphere. It is even more important in the situation leading to global law or universal law concepts, which require a diverse set of legal systems, often seen incompatible, to make an effort to find areas of convergence rather than divergence.
In this context, Russian law faces challenges both domestically and internationally, being in need to meet the standards of globalisation and adjust to the dramatic inter-influences of various legal systems, institutions, and laws. There is a need to discuss the place of Russian law in the globalisation processes, theoretical and practical problems in faces from inside and outside, and how to proceed in situations of legal tensions and conflict resolution. More than that, this discussion cannot be only focused on the Russian law as thing-in-itself, but require comparative approach and dialogue between legal scholars and practitioners in Russia and beyond about common legal concerns and issued.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki is pleased to announce the jubilee conference in Development of Russian Law, which will take place in Helsinki on November 20-21, 2017. This conference continues the series of workshops, seminars, and conferences in Russian law, organized by the Faculty of Law since 2008. This annual event is devoted to discussions of the new and important topics within the field of Russian law and legal studies. This year’s focus is on comparative approaches to the application of Russian law in the context of acute need to revisit bigger concepts such as rule-of-law and good governance. Russian Law Journal (http://www.russianlawjournal.org/jour/index) is official information sponsor of the conference.
We encourage submissions of individual papers and full panels in the following themes and beyond:
1)      Comparative approaches to the application of law;
2)      Rule-of-law and good governance as applied to diverse legal environments;
3)      Digital challenges to law: e-government, e-lawyering and e-justice;
4)      Privacy, data protection and human rights in the cyberspace;
5)      International public law and legal institutions (ICC, ECtHR, BRICS, Commercial arbitration and others) and Russian legal changes and adjustments;
6)      globalising business law and Russia;
7)      regional models of legal cooperation;
8)      global transplants and Russian law.
We welcome legal researchers from across disciplines to join our discussions of current issues in legal studies and law between Russian and Finnish scholars and specialists from other countries. We especially encourage younger scholars and graduate students to apply.
The working language of the conference is English. All presentations and discussions are held in this language.
For individual paper submissions, please, include:
- Name;
- Affiliation;
- Contact information;
- Title of your talk;
- Abstract (200-400 words).
For session proposals, please, include:
-      Title of your session;
-      Organiser’s name, affiliation and contact information;
-      Session’s Chair and Discussant;
-      Session abstract (400 words);
-      Each presenter’s name. affiliation and contact information;
-      Each presenter’s title and abstract (100 words).
The proposals shall be sent to: drlix20016@gmail.com with the mention of Development of Russian Law-X in the subject matter by 15 June 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Marianna Muravyeva at marianna.muravyeva@helsinki.fi.
Date Posted: Tue, 04 Apr 2017

Summer/ language Opportunities

Summer School "History Takes Place - Dynamics of Urban Change": Sept. 4-15, 2017 (Hamburg, Germany)

The Summer School “History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change” will bring together from 4 to 15 young international researchers – historians, art historians, archaeologists, cultural and social scientists, city planners and architects. This year’s programme is focused on the complex and multi-layered history of Belgrade and Sarajevo. The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the Gerda Henkel Foundation invite the participants to study the connections between historical events and spatial development.
 
Every year since 2003, we have invited up to twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate students) to take part in studies programmes in various locations. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography, architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is 'read' as a historical source – 'History Takes Place'.
 
The link to the call for applications: http://mailings.zeit-stiftung.eu/up/uploads/History_Takes_Place_2017_CfA.pdf
 
Further information can be found at www.history-takes-place.de
 
The deadline for applications is 29 May 2017.

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Intensive Summer Russian Courses at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is accepting applicaiton for three levels of intensive Russian language courses during the spring and summer terms.

Spring Term: May 2 - June 23
Russian 123 (8 credits): First-Year Intensive Russian
Russian 303 (8 credits): Third-Year Intensive Russian

Summer Term: June 28 - August 18
Russian 223 (8 credits): Second-Year Intensive Russian

All courses meet Monday-Friday, 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Courses are available for credit or as a not-for-credit option and are open to guest (non-U-M) students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the first day of class; application materials can be found online: www.lsa.umich.edu/sli.
Email slavic@umich.edu with questions.

Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

Summer Russian Teaching Positions: Indiana University Summer Language Workshop

RUSSIAN TEACHING POSITIONS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY SUMMER LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
 
The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop invites applications from teachers of Russian as a foreign language to fill anticipated openings in its eight-week program of intensive Russian instruction that will run June 5-July 28, 2017. Positions for comprehensive classes (4 skills plus grammar/lexicon) at introductory through advanced levels, as well as for specialized classes in phonetics, listening comprehension, and speaking may be available. Minimal qualifications:
 
--Master’s degree (or equivalent) or current enrollment in graduate study
--Experience and interest in proficiency-oriented Russian language instruction
--Willingness to contribute to extensive supplementary cultural program
--Current legal authorization to work in the United States (US citizenship, US permanent resident status, or possession of appropriate US visa)
 
Applicants should submit the following items by email to swseel@indiana.edu with “Application for Russian teaching position” in the subject line:
 
--letter of interest
--CV or resume
--list of three references with contact information
 
For more information on the Summer Language Workshop: http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/
Date Posted: Fri, 14 Apr 2017

Academic Advisor Position: 2017 World Expo -- June-September, 2017 (Astana, Kazakhstan)

American Councils seeks an Academic Advisor for the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship Program in Astana, Kazakhstan as part of the 2017 World Expo. The USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship Program will bring 40 qualified Student Ambassadors to the 2017 Expo in Kazakhstan, where they will represent the U.S. Pavilion in various capacities. The Academic Advisor will work closely with the American Councils D.C. office to develop a two-credit course for the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadors that focuses on cross-cultural communication and strengthens students’ critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, and global understanding through assignments, reflection, journal writing, and feedback sessions. The Academic Advisor will play a lead role in creating the course syllabus, teach the course on a weekly basis in Astana, review assignments, and provide feedback to students via face-to-face meetings, Internet, and email. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.

 
Anticipated Employment Date:  Early June to mid-September 2017
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
·         In coordination with American Councils, design an interactive, two-credit course on intercultural communication to be taught during the program;
·         In coordination with American Councils, develop complete course syllabus, providing a description of the course's overall goals, weekly assignments and classroom topics, explanations of grade formulations, and required readings;
·         Develop and employ classroom activities to help students better understand their experiences in a new culture, develop stronger cross-cultural communication skills, and explore fundamental concepts of culture.
·         Develop weekly assignments on intercultural communication to be graded each week, and returned to students with comments;
·         Hold regular offices hours and be widely accessible to students on a flexible, daily basis in order to accommodate students schedules as pavilion ambassadors;
·         Submit weekly written updates to the American Councils Outbound office and participate in weekly conference calls with the Outbound office;
·         Review all American Councils student policies and enforce program rules and requirements in consultation with Washington, DC office; and
·         Perform other program-related tasks as directed.
QUALIFICATIONS:
·         Master’s degree or higher in anthropology, sociology, Central Asian studies, Russian literature, Russian area studies, or related field;
·         Advanced Russian and/or Kazakh language skills;
·         Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Russia or Central Asia;
·         Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
·         Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students preferable;
·         Previous experience in content/theme, task-based, and project-based instruction preferred;
·         Teaching experience strongly preferred but not required;
·         Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling.

Date Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017

Intensive Intermediate Russian Course at UIUC (May 15-26)

INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN COURSE: SUMMER IFLIP
MAY 15 – 26
MON. – FRI., 1 –4 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
APR. 15


COST:
STUDENTS $100
FACULTY/STAFF $125
PUBLIC $150

REGISTER ONLINE AT HTTP://SLCL.ILLINOIS.EDU/OUTREACH/IFLIP/ 
This class needs at least 15 students in order to run.

EMAIL QUESTIONS TO:
ROMAN904@ILLINOIS.EDU

Date Posted: Fri, 31 Mar 2017

June 2017 STARTALK/NHLRC Heritage Teacher Workshop -- Online/In-Person at UCLA

Greetings from the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA. We are accepting applications for our summer workshop for K-16 teachers of heritage languages (see announcement below). The workshop begins with approximately 15 hours of online work to be completed before the in-person portion of the workshop on the UCLA campus.
 
Applications will be accepted through April 23.
This two-part workshop will help language teachers face the challenge of teaching heritage language (HL) students. The three-week online component opens on June 1, 2017, followed by a five-day face-to-face component (June 26-30, 2017 at UCLA). The online assignments focus on identifying and addressing the linguistic gaps in HL students’ language, differentiated teaching, and teaching mixed classes. The face-to-face session will focus on how to use project-based learning as a useful tool in HL instruction. Accepted participants will be required to complete both online assignments and the face-to-face session. There is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state participants.
The workshop's goals are for participants to:
1.      Understand the needs of HL learners.
2.      Identify criteria and strategies for developing PBL curricula.
3.      Develop instructional materials that answer the needs of HL learners.
4.      Design projects and select materials that build on HL students’ initial proficiencies and meet both their linguistic and affective needs.
5.      Understand how to structure and pace a project-based unit.
6.      Understand how to select and use authentic materials, and develop real-life activities to accompany them.
7.      Become familiar with the principles of differentiated and macro -based teaching.
 
For more information about the teacher workshop, including a link to the application, please visit http://nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/events/startalkworkshop/2017/home
Date Posted: Fri, 31 Mar 2017