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Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor position

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University is seeking applications for an advanced assistant or tenured associate professor in the primary area of Russian literature and culture, to begin September 1, 2015. The area of specialization is open; candidates with a secondary interest and/or training in other disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Candidates must demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarly publication, including a monograph, as well as excellence in teaching. They should combine a significant research specialization with competence in all periods of Russian literature and culture in order to teach a broad range of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as contributing to collaborative research and teaching initiatives within and beyond the department. Near-native fluency in Russian and English is required. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures belongs to the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, an innovative consortium of departments that collaborate on curricular and research initiatives.
All applications materials must be submitted online via direct link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4268. Junior applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, three confidential letters of recommendation, writing sample, and a brief statement of research interests (no more than three pages).  Applicants who already have tenure are not asked to submit the letters of recommendation.  For full consideration, please transmit all materials by November 1, 2014.

Inquiries (only) should be directed to Denys Roberts, Department Administrator, 650-723-4438, (denysroberts@stanford.edu), or Allen Sciutto at 650-724-1240 or (allen.sciutto@stanford.edu). Our street mailing address is DLCL/Slavic Languages and Literatures, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 01-240, Stanford, CA 94305-2006. However please be sure to submit your application and materials at AcademicJobsOnline.org.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.

Date Posted: Sat, 01 Nov 2014

Acquisitions Editor Associate: Academic Studies Press-Brighton, MA

Academic Studies Press, located in Brighton, MA, is seeking an Acquisitions Editor Associate to work 35 hours per week. The Acquisitions Editor Associate is responsible for: -Working with series editors and independently to research prospective authors -Communicating with prospective and current authors -Performing initial evaluations on proposals -Maintaining relationships with series editors -Negotiating contracts -Organizing information about all projects -Preparing for and attending conferences -Acting as liaison between the press and its authors -Creating and managing pre-production schedules, supervise the manuscript submission. Salary/Hours: 35 hours work week Salary 30K+ depending on the experience Send resume and cover letter to: igor.nemirovsky@academicstudiespress.com For more information about Academic Studies Press, please visit our website. Qualifications: The qualified candidate will have the following: Interest in Slavic studies and/or Jewish studies A bachelors degree, ideally in the social sciences or humanities The ability to work independently and with others -Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in writing, over the telephone, and in person The ability to multitask -Excellent organizational skills Computer literacy and ability to use computer programs including Word, Excel, database programs, and document and image files. The ideal candidate will have the following: Experience in publishing Knowledge in Russian or Hebrew
Date Posted: Sun, 31 Aug 2014

Tenure-Track position at NYU

The Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor from scholars whose work focuses on 20th-century Russian literature. Specialization in Modernism and/or poetry particularly desirable; other areas of specialization welcome as well. Position is to begin September 1, 2015, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching and departmental service; teaching load is two courses per semester. Must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2015.

We will begin reviewing applications by October 1, 2014; the deadline for applications is October 17, 2014. First-round interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES conference in San Antonio, TX (November 20-23).

To apply, please upload a c.v., a letter of application, three references, and a short writing sample such as an article or chapter through the following link:www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=52113

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Date Posted: Tue, 05 Aug 2014

Deployment Logistics Coordinator, PAE-REACT

PAE seeks a full-time Deployment Logistics Coordinator in its Rosslyn Virginia office to provide logistical support to the REACT contract. Reporting directly to the REACT Project Manager, the incumbent will possess strong organizational and diplomatic skills, work independently under tight deadlines, function successfully in a team environment, and have prior experience with logistics and travel preparations.   Under the direction of the Project Manager, the Coordinator will be responsible for preparing and deploying qualified experts and elections observers for the REACT contract.  The incumbent will work as a member of a small team and recommend strategies to improve travel related efficiency and productivity.
Responsibilities include:   
·  Issues and maintains documents to deploy approximately 200 experts and volunteers deploying to OSCE positions in the Balkans, Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia annually, including contract and tax documents.
·  Manages all contract travel arrangements (including airline tickets, travel insurance, visas), compiles pre-deployment packages and provides all in-transit logistics and ongoing deployment support.
·  Reconciles all deployment and repatriation spending, contributing to monthly Human Resources and Customer reporting.
·  Supports and/or replaces the Project Support Manager during busy and leave periods.
·  Periodically ensure functioning of REACT’s Vienna, Austria office; eligible to participate in election observation missions.
·  Bachelor's Degree with 1-2 years of relevant work experience
·  Must be able to hold a Secret Clearance
·  Prior experience in logistics, travel preparations or related purchasing/tracking using excel is required
·  Any experience in making deployment arrangements in a global setting is highly desirable
·  Should be able to work across time zones and be flexible to work extended hours if and when required
·  Well-demonstrated people skills and communication skills
·  Should be task-oriented and be able to work independently
·  An understanding of the OSCE, election observation, Russian language skills, and work/living in the OSCE region are desirable.
To apply, send a CV and cover letter to rebecca.kilhefner@pae.com. Projected start date is September 29. Salary and benefit information will be shared with short-listed applicants.
Date Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014

Alfa Fellowship Alumni Association Assistant: Cultural Vistas-New York, NY

Cultural Vistas is seeking a part-time AFAA Assistant.

Assist the Alfa Fellowship Alumni Association (AFAA) executive board and Alfa Fellowship Program staff in planning, implementing and promoting AFAA activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Communicate with alumni, current Fellows and Cultural Vistas partners
  • Assist in the organization of AFAA events
  • Front end upkeep of the afpalumni.org website
  • Maintain updated AFAA members list
  • Manage budget of AFAA events, following established CV accounting protocol
  • Assist in marketing and mass mailings
  • Other tasks as assigned
  • Demonstrated capacity for managing projects and events
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Self-starter able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Possess commitment to professionalism and communicability
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of Cultural Vistas
  • Knowledge of international affairs, particularly those relating to Russia
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively with staff, program benefactors, program participants and alumni, as well as U.S. and foreign government personnel and nonprofit community contacts
  • Russian language skills preferred, though not required
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Suite products, particularly Excel. Prior CRM experience a plus. Website maintenance knowledge preferred.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree required; International Relations, Business, Education, or other related degree preferred.

  • Years of Experience: Minimum of 1 -2 years of administrative, customer service, client relations management or program management experience required. Prior international and/or educational experience strongly preferred.

    For more information and to apply, please see http://culturalvistas.org/about-us/careers/afaa-assistant
Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota

The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Political Violence beginning fall semester 2014 (08/25/2014). 

We invite candidates whose work discusses substantive issues of political violence along international, national, and/or sub-national scales. The position is open with regard to theoretical and methodological approach, but preference will be given to those whose research and teaching interests meet departmental needs in international relations. 

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year(late-August to late-May). Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, consistent with collegiate and University policy. 

Requisition Number: 186797 
Required Qualifications: 
Ph.D. in political science or related field is required. Advanced ABD's may be considered for appointment at the rank of tenure-track instructor with the stipulation that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of the appointment. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
College/university-level teaching experience is preferred. 

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.  
For more information, please click here.
Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Assistant Program Officer, Eastern Europe: National Endowment for Democracy-Washington, D.C.

Assist with management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees.  

  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings
  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals

  • Communicate regularly with current grantees and applicants

  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees

  • Track political developments in Eastern Europe, with a focus on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

  • Provide administrative support to the Europe Team

  • Organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues

  • Travel to Eastern Europe on a regular basis to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees

  • Master's level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Politics, History, Regional Studies or a related discipline is preferred
  • At least 3 years of experience in democracy related civil society work is required; field experience with NGOs in one or more countries in the region is preferred

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in the target countries and region

  • Oral and written proficiency in Ukrainian and/or Russian required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

  • MS Office skills required

  • High degree of organization and initiative

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team exercising with excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experience in financial management and reporting

  • Qualified to work in the US

For more information please click here.

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Communications Assistant, Russia: Eurasia Foundation-Washington, D.C.

The Communications Assistant will report to the Communications Officer (CO) of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange. He/she will assist the CO in keeping the SEE website, related EF pages, and social media channels updated. He/she will assist in the development of electronic and print publications, support of event planning and execution, and the promotion of knowledge sharing and internal communications throughout the SEE Network. 


  • Assist in the management of the SEE web site in accordance with maintenance and update plans; update information and improve site design as appropriate; monitor usage
  • Assist in the production of print and electronic outreach materials, newsletters, videos and reports
  • Under the Communications Officer's guidance, regularly post content to SEE's Twitter and Facebook accounts and other web-based communications channels as appropriate
  • Assist in developing creative ways to document the impact of SEE Network
  • Maintain a library of SEE communications products
  • Assist staff in organizing public events with a particular focus on producing communications products tailored to those events
  • Assist in organizing IT and communications training modules for SEE partners
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Communications Officer


  • Education: Bachelor's degree in relevant field required; Master's degree is preferred
  • Experience: Recommended 2-3 years relevant experience, including developing original website content. Superior writing and editing skills required. Ability to manage multiple projects and successfully meet deadlines while quickly producing high quality work is essential. Publications, production and vendor interface experience highly desirable
  • Software Skills Recommended: advanced MS Office; Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign and Photoshop), MailChimp email marketing and Drupal or similar content management system
  • Other: Fluency in Russian as well as previous program and exchange experience in the former Soviet Union desirable

For more information, please see http://www.eurasia.org/careers/communications-assistant-russia

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Eurasian Program Assistant: Bard College-Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Bard College seeks an enthusiastic Eurasian Program Assistant. The Annandale-based Eurasian Program Assistant will work on the administration of Bard's partnerships in the former Soviet Union and related collaborative projects, including Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia and the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Reporting to the Eurasian Program Manager, s/he will provide general administrative support to Bard's Eurasian initiatives. The position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
  • Track and follow-up on a range of concurrent administrative, financial, and logistical activities.  
  • Organize and maintain electronic and paper files.
  • Basic accounting, financial and grant management.
  • Assist and facilitate faculty and staff visits to the Annandale campus.
  • Make travel arrangements for staff and faculty.
  • Work on in-bound international student programs.
  • Collaboration with Bard staff working on various international programs and partnerships
  • Research, development and work on implementing new initiatives and collaborative projects


  •  Previous administrative experience
  • Strong attention to detail
  • High level of competency in MS Excel and Word
  • Strong communication, writing, editing and research skills
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task, work collaboratively with others, and meet deadlines 
  • Culturally adept; able to liaise with persons from around the world
  • BA in a relevant discipline
  • A minimum intermediate-level proficiency in Russian is required  

For more information, please click here.

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

International Program Coordinator: Bard College-Annandale, NY

The International Program Coordinator is based at Bard College in Annandale, New York and reports to the Associate Director of the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE). The IILE, home to Bard Abroad, manages the study abroad programs at Bard's network of international partners in Germany, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Russia, and New York City.

The Program Coordinator works with the Bard Abroad Recruitment Manager to set and meet enrollment goals for recruitment and to promote Bard's programs through:  meeting with faculty, students, and administrators, and networking and representing Bard Abroad at conferences and fairs. The focus of the position is on the maintenance and development of institutional relationships with colleges and universities in North America. The coordinator will also provide significant program development, management, and assessment support to the Associate Director.

The position requires extensive travel within the US, (September-November and January-April) and occasional international travel.  Applicants should have experience in higher education recruitment or admissions; knowledge of a foreign language and study/work abroad experience are desirable. A master's degree is preferred, and applicants must possess a valid driver's license, and be able to work evenings and weekends as required.


  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of U.S. academic institutions and enthusiasm for the liberal arts model
  • Ability to be flexible and function well in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong, productive relationships with faculty, administrators, and students at U.S. colleges and universities 
  • Knowledge of Intelliworks and/or Studio Abroad is a plus

For more information, please click here.

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014


Internships with the Kennan Institute, Washington, DC, Fall 2014

Internships with the Kennan Institute - Fall 2014

The Kennan Institute offers unpaid research internships for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students. 
Each intern works with a scholar in residence at the Institute over a period of three to nine months. Applicants should have a good command of the Russian or Ukrainian language and ability to conduct independent research. This internship offers a flexible schedule of 15 hours per week and a metro subsidy for conducting off-site research. 

To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing your availability to work in Washington, D.C. and your research interests and strengths. You may send your application by email to joseph.dresen@wilsoncenter.org, or by regular mail to: 

Research Assistant Coordinator
Kennan Institute
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027

For more information, you may email Joseph Dresen, call (202) 691-4245, or click here

Date Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014

Communications Intern, Russia: Eurasia Foundation-Washington, D.C.


  • Assist staff with production of publications, including writing and translating articles, about program's activities
  • Assist the program with event planning tasks
  • Assist communications team with maintenance of the program's website, promotion materials and social media presence (e.g., Facebook, Twitter or YouTube)
  • Monitor news about program participants
  • Provide logistical support for staff and program participants


  • College graduate.
  • Fluency in Russian
  • Experience with social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Excellent writing, research and communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal/professional skills
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast paced environment
  • Experience with Photoshop and/or InDesign preferred
  • Experience with website maintenance preferred

For more information, please see http://www.eurasia.org/careers/communications-intern-russia

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Intern, Russia Fellowship Program: Eurasia Foundation-Washington, D.C.


  • Assist staff in all organizational details concerning the Fellowships program.
  • Provide key program support for activities involving processing Fellows in advance of their participation, Fellowship orientation events and ongoing support to Fellows in the field.
  • Provide logistical support for fellowship staff and program participants.


  • Experience supporting large-scale international exchanges and/or travel
  • College graduate or near graduation.
  • Fluency in Russian and English
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong familiarity with the US and Russia and with the relationship between the two countries
  • Candidates must have current authorization to work in the United States for the duration of the internship

For more information, please see http://www.eurasia.org/careers/intern-fellowships-russia-program

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Corinth Museum Internship

Thanks to a grant from the Steinmetz Family Foundation the ASCSA announces a year-long paid internship in the School’s Corinth Excavations starting September 2014. The Corinth Museum Intern will assist the Assistant Director of the Excavations in curatorial work in the Museum storerooms and will design with her educational programs using materials from the Excavations for on-site and online use.

Internship Description: Hands on experience in learning all the stages of post–excavation management of antiquities of all periods from a vast archaeological collection. Data management for a complex archival database linked to an online archive. Implementation of archaeological knowledge gained in data processing coupled with modern museum studies standards to design educational programs for K-12 students in North America and Greece in a concerted public outreach endeavor.

Qualifications: B.A or higher degree in a field related to the School’s academic areas, such as classics, ancient history, art history, archaeology. Preferably the museum intern will be a graduate student in archaeology/museum studies. The application is open to students of Greek and North American universities. Knowledge of Greek and English is desirable. Computer skills are necessary, including web management. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are required.

Term: Mid-September 2014-mid-August 2015

Salary: $20,000. Membership fees are waived and half-board and full room at Ancient Corinth are provided.

Application Procedure: Please send by email CV, the names of two references with contact information, and letter of interest to Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst at itzonou.corinth@ascsa.edu.gr
Closing date for applications is August 20, 2014.

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2014


PhD Fellowship - "Urban Reconfiguration in Post-Soviet Space"

The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig kindly invites applications from highly qualified and motivated individuals for 1 Ph.D. fellowship to commence as soon as possible. The IfL is a non-university research institute and member of the Leibniz association with currently around 70 employees. It is institutionally financed by the Free State of Saxony and the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of a common research funding agreement.

The fellowship includes

  • a monthly stipend of 1400 Euro granted for six months
  • access to the academic service infrastructure of the IfL (e.g. the Central Geographical Library, the Geography archives, cartographic and IT services, scientific seminars)
  • individual support in terms of exchange and discussions within the international research network of ira.urban
  • flexible working arrangements in Leipzig

The fellowship will be financed within the framework of the international comparative research project “Urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space” (ira.urban). The project aims at analysing and explaining continuities and discontinuities in the reconfiguration of urban spaces in the light of traditional, reproduced Soviet and newly formed post-Soviet conditions, as well as of changing global economic and social orders. On the basis of transnational comparative case study research, the project focuses on the question to what extent urban development has become part of a socially negotiated adjustment processes, and a mirror of a comprehensive modernisation process of urban societies in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

The fellowship relates to the ira.urban subproject on urban economy:  in spite of a shared institutional legacypost-Soviet  cities have experienced different trajectories of economic  development. The subproject seeks to gain insight into which factors and preconditions influence processes of urban economic transformation, and promote a city’s success or downfall.

We expect that the candidate looks at various government as well as private initiatives on different scales (such as the creation of innovative territorial clusters; the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises; bottom-up social initiatives, etc) which influence urban economic transformation in and of post-Soviet cities.

The following issues are of particular interest for the project:

  • To which extend does the Soviet industrial legacy and newly emerged market economy form urban life and urban space nowadays?
  • How does the allocation of new enterprises influence post-Soviet urban areas development? How was the economic base of post-Soviet cities transforming during the last decades?
  • Which institutes, adaptation tools and strategies are the drivers for economic prosperity or depression for post-Soviet cities?
  • Which role do the local economy and private initiative play for the development of post-Soviet urban areas?

The awardee addresses in his PhD thesis the aforementioned topic and deploys it empirically and theoretically for a local or comparative case study in the post-Soviet space. In the context of the ira.urban project, he/she contributes to the comparative analysis of urban development strategies and institutional mechanisms in different post-Soviet countries and their repercussions on reconfigurations of post-Soviet urban space.

The successful candidate has to be in an advanced stage of his/her PhD project. He/she has a good knowledge in economic analysis, as well as he/she is acquainted with quantitative and statistical methods, social research methods, and is able to produce a comparative urban research in post-Soviet space.

Furthermore, we expect from a candidate a geographic flexibility, fluency in English and in at least one language of the post-Soviet space, as well as working knowledge in Office software. The position requires hard-working individual with analytical strength, communication skills, self-initiative and a strong team spirit.

Please submit your complete application package in English as one pdf file by e-mail to personal@ifl-leipzig.de. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2014.

Please enclose the following documents:

  • CV
  • letter of motivation/statement of purpose, including a short display of the links between your project/idea and ira.urban (2 pages max.)
  • exposé of your PhD project, including your work schedule and work progress   (5 pages max, excluding sources)
  • list of your publications and presentations
  • certificates, references …

Should you have any further queries, please contact Dr. Isolde Brade (I_Brade@ifl-leipzig.de) or Dr. Irina Slepukhina (I_Slepukhina@ifl-leipzig.de). We are looking forward to your application!

For further information about the project: www.ira-urban.de.

For further information about the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography: www.ifl-leipzig.de.

For further Information about the Leibniz Association: www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de

Date Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014

International Affairs Fellowship (2015-2016): Council on Foreign Relations-New York, NY

Launched in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is a distinguished program offered by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) to assist mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The program aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional and scholarly achievements. The distinctive character of the IAF Program lies in the contrasting professional experiences fellows obtain through their twelve-month appointment. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually.


The IAF Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-five who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. While a PhD is not a requirement, selected fellows generally hold an advanced degree and possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period.

For more information, please see http://www.cfr.org/thinktank/fellowships/iaf.html

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Call for Applications: Advanced Academia Fellowships for International Scholars (CAS Sofia)



With the support of a donator within the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) announces a Call for Applications for its 2015/2016 In-Residence Advanced Academia Fellowships for fundamental research in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.


CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months. The invited Fellows participate in the intellectual life and the scholarly community of the Centre (Bulgarian and foreign fellows) while working on projects of their own choice. Fellows receive adequate material and intellectual support and can profit from the Centre's wide international networks, international seminar- and guest-lecturer programme. CAS Sofia assists Fellows in all practical matters concerning travel, residence and research in Sofia.


CAS Sofia provides in-residence fellowships of two- to five- month duration to post-doctoral non-Bulgarian researchers. Junior as well as Senior scholars are invited to apply.

The selected Fellows are entitled to:

  • A monthly stipend of 700 euro (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia.
  • Accommodation in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic resources/databases.
  • Travel allowance (400 euro)
  • Research expenses (100 euro p.m.)

Duration and Conditions

Candidates may apply for two periods:

  1. 1 March 2015 - 31 July 2015 (Summer semester)
  2. 1 October 2015 - 28 February 2016 (Winter semester)

N.B. The final invitation for fellowship depends on the ranking of the application and the preferred period. Availability for both periods is an advantage for the applicant. Please, indicate in the application form whether you prefer one or either period.

The selected Fellows will take part in the regular Fellow seminars and the other scientific events organized by the Centre (workshops, conferences, lectures, etc.) and are invited to present and discuss their project in lectures or seminars. The results of their work shall be summarized in a paper (in English), to be published in the electronic CAS Working Paper Series.


Candidates must:

  • Be non-Bulgarian citizens;
  • Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and social sciences;
  • International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages.

Working Language

As an international academic institution CAS conducts most of its work in English which is also the language of the presentations of research results. Therefore, a good command of English is highly desirable.


Links for downloading:

Please carefully consider these two documents when preparing your application. They can be downloaded also from www.cas.bg.

For Junior scholars (up to 12 years after PhD defense) only: two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant's academic work should be emailed to CAS by the referees.

Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks which must be properly documented (maternity leave, long-term illness leave, national service).

All application documents should be presented in English and sent by e-mail to dimov@cas.bgwith a subject entry "Advanced Academia Fellowships"

Deadline for Applications: October 1, 2014

Selection Criteria

  • High quality of the candidate's academic portfolio and publications, participation in international research;
  • Innovative fundamental research proposal with significant contribution;
  • Interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches are an advantage.

Selection Procedure

The selection will be carried out by the international Academic Council of CAS based on evaluation of the potential of the candidate relative to his/her career stage and the quality of the proposed project. In some special cases candidates may be invited for an interview. The results will be announced by the end of January 2015 by e-mail and at the website of the institute: http://www.cas.bg/. Members of the CAS Academic Council do not disclose their assessment reports on the applications to candidates.

The Academic Council reserves the right, in cases of candidatures with equal quality, to grant advantage to candidates that have not been CAS Fellows within the preceding 3 years / have not repeatedly held CAS fellowships in the past.

Contact Person and Mailing Address

Mr. Dimiter Dimov, e-mail: dimov@cas.bg 
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B, Stefan Karadja Str, 
tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662

Date Posted: Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Fellow, Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution

Brookings seeks to fill the position Fellow in the Governance Studies Program. The Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is accepting applications for a Fellow with a strong background in political institutions, elections, political behavior, or public policy. Under the supervision of the Vice President of Governance Studies, he or she will conduct research, writing, and outreach tasks for book-length publications and shorter policy pieces such as articles, policy reports, and opinion pieces in major newspapers. He/she will also conduct public and private discussions, raise money for research projects, and interact with the media.


Education/Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in political science, sociology, public policy, or a related discipline or have comparable experience. He/she will have a record of distinguished work or demonstrated potential for distinguished research.

Knowledge Requirements

A candidate may blend academic excellence with experience in the public or private sectors. The individual must have the ability and competence to conduct cutting edge research and outreach with an impact on public policy in addition to raise money for research projects.

Salary will depend on the candidate's qualifications and experience, and will be commensurate with experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by July 1, 2015 is preferred.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a CV with a list of publications, a description of research interests, and at least three references by September 5, 2014. However, a review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Please indicate that you saw this job on GlobalJobs.org.

The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. Established in 1916, Brookings analyzes current and emerging issues and produces new ideas that matter - for the nation and the world.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Date Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Society of Fellows, Dartmouth College

These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented and/or emerging fields.

Applications due October 15, 2014.

For more information, please click here.

Date Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Call for Nominations — Klebnikov Fellowship Program at Harriman Institute, Columbia University

We write to ask for your help in identifying extraordinary candidates for the Harriman Institute’s Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship for 2015. The Fellowship honors the memory of Paul Klebnikov, the American journalist and editor of Forbes Russiawho was assassinated in Moscow in 2004. The Fellowship upholds the growth of civil society in Russia by supporting journalistic integrity, the rule of law, and the preservation of Russia’s heritage. 
The Klebnikov Fellowship provides an opportunity for highly qualified Russian journalists, as well as civil society professionals in the fields of environmentalism, rule of law, business, economics, and architectural preservation, to spend a few weeks in the United States. We help arrange contacts for them with Western journalists and other professional counterparts, building opportunities for mutual learning, networking, and encouragement. Recipients in turn participate in discussion forums with Columbia University students and faculty. We seek candidates who are known for their professional skills and integrity. Recipients must be proficient in English. Journalists must have worked in their profession for at least five years, and civil society professionals must have had appropriate comparable experience. Additional information about the Paul Klebnikov Fellowship can be found on the Harriman Institute’s website at: Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship.
This year we plan to emphasize the important role that digital media plays in expanding the reach of the work done by our Fellows. We hope that you can help us identify leaders in their fields who would benefit from time in New York to do research and the chance to build a network of contacts in the U.S. We also welcome nominations outside the professional fields noted above and encourage you to contact us with any deserving journalists or civil society professionals.
Recent Klebnikov Fellows have included: Olesya Gerasimenko, a special correspondent atKommersant; Svetlana Reiter, a correspondent for the cultural magazine Bolshoi Gorod and a special correspondent for Esquire Russia; Oleg Kashin, formerly a special correspondent and blogger at Kommersant who has recently contributed to the New Republic and other publications; and Ekaterina Kronhaus, a journalist with extensive experience in both television and print media. These and other Klebnikov Fellows have set a high standard of journalistic excellence with a serious commitment to their fields. We seek candidates who will continue to build on that tradition.
We look forward to hearing from you about potential Fellowship candidates. It would be most helpful to receive an accompanying letter describing the candidates’ most important work, their general qualifications, and your association (if any) with them. If you are able to recommend a strong candidate but do not have time to provide an accompanying letter about his or her work and qualifications, we can do further research based on your suggestion.
Thank you for your invaluable advice and support. Please direct nominations by September 15 to rk2780@columbia.edu, tel. 212-854-4623.
With deepest gratitude,
Timothy Frye
Director, Harriman Institute
Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
Professor of Political Science
Columbia University
Musa Klebnikov
Senior Advisor, Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship Advisory Committee
Columbia University

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2014


Hearing Texts: The Auditory in Slavic Literatures

Submissions due by August 31, 2014

ULBANDUS, the Slavic Review of Columbia University, is now requesting submissions for its next issue, which will follow last year’s successful issue on the visual (Ulbandus XV) with a focus on the auditory in Slavic literatures. We welcome papers that together will reveal the current state of scholarship on intersections between the auditory and the literary in the field of Slavic studies.

In addition to scholarly articles, ULBANDUS encourages submission of original poetry, fiction, translations, photography, and artwork. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.

 Manuscripts should be in UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO FORMAT, double-spaced, and not exceed 25 pages in length. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and may be sent to hem2134@columbia.edu in .doc or .rtf format.

Alternatively, authors may submit 2 hard copies of their paper to:

Attn: Holly Myers
Columbia University
1130 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail code 2839
New York, NY, 10027  

See the “How to Submit Work” link at the ULBANDUS website for further details, including a style guide. For inquiries or questions, please check our website, or write to hem2134@columbia.edu for more information.

ULBANDUS is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles and notes submitted for publication are reviewed anonymously and should be prepared so that the author's identity is not revealed either in the body of the manuscript or in bibliographic references. Manuscripts are read by at least two evaluators, who recommend acceptance or rejection.

Date Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014

4th International Balkan Annual Conference

The 4th International Balkan Annual Conference, “Turkey and Romania: Historical Ties and Future Collaborations in the Balkans” organized by Istanbul University in collaboration with The University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania between 15 and 18 October 2014.

The goals of the IBAC conference series are to bring together the scholars who study various aspects of Balkans broadening cooperation and interaction among them, and to establish a room to discuss the region’s past and future from different perspectives.

The 4th IBAC Conference will mainly focus on the relations between Turkish and Romania from a historical perspective and therefore papers should deal with one of the diverse topics such as history, politics; social and economic structures, language, art and culture etc. concerning both countries. Papers dealing with different issues about the Balkans are also welcomed.

If you wish to participate in the Conference please send an abstract of maximum 250 words with the title of your paper and the application form below to the email address (ibac@istanbul.edu.tr) until 20 August 2014.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words.
Language of the Conference: English
Deadline of abstracts submission: August 20, 2014
Notification of accepted papers to the authors: August 30, 2014

For further information on topics and guidelines, please visit our website: http://ibac.istanbul.edu.tr

Date Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014

Nabokov Online Journal 2015 Special Issue, Extended Deadline

Deadline extended for the next special issue of the Nabokov Online Journal, Vol. IX (2015) to 1 December 2014.

Intermedial Nabokov and Popular Culture

Since the 1960s, scholars have been debating the (de)merits of cinematic versions of Lolita. By the turn of the twenty-first century, Nabokov studies began to expand its scope to include discussions of how Nabokov’s narrative texts integrate other media and of how his works are adapted by other artists.

This special issue of NOJ will be devoted to the roles and intersections of intermediality and popular culture in Nabokov’s œuvre and in the present-day Nabokov imaginary in the widest sense. Essays may address the particular significance of intermediality for the absorption of popular culture into Nabokov’s works and vice versa. They may just as well discuss the forms and functions of intermediality in works of popular culture that reference and adapt Nabokov’s works.

For further questions, please contact the Associate Editor, Prof. Nassim Balestrini (Graz, Austria): nassim.balestrini@uni-graz.at

Date Posted: Wed, 30 Jul 2014

CFP: Palgrave Handbook on Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union

Call for Papers

Professor Melanie Ilic (Professor of Soviet History, University of Gloucestershire, UK) has been approached by a commissioning editor at Palgrave Macmillan to edit a volume of essays provisionally titled: The Palgrave Handbook on Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union.

It is envisaged that the Handbook will consist of between 20 and 25 chapters of between 6000 and 8000 words each. All 
contributions must be in English language. Contributions should be original research papers aimed at an audience of postgraduate students and established scholars in the field. The Handbook will be published initially in hardback, with a paperback version following after 18 months or two years.

At this stage, she is seeking expressions of interest from anyone who would like to contribute to the collection. These should consist of:
- a provisional chapter title
- a short abstract of 150-200 words outlining the chapter content
- a short biographical note providing your full title, current affiliation, email contact details, and a list of your most recent publications and / or current research topic

Please aim to send expressions of interest to milic@glos.ac.uk by the end of September 2014.

The aim is that the book should be published in 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolutions. For UK contributors, the aim is that the book will be ready well in advance of the REF2020 deadline.

Ideally the volume will include papers not only by established scholars in the field, but also by researchers with recently 
awarded doctorates and postgraduate students currently working on PhDs in this area.

Date Posted: Tue, 29 Jul 2014

AWSS 2014 Graduate Essay Prize

Call for Submissions: 2014 AWSS Graduate Essay Prize

AWSS invites submissions for the 2014 Graduate Essay Prize. The prize is awarded to the author of a chapter or article-length essay on any topic in any field or area of Slavic/East European/Central Asian Studies written by a woman, or on a topic in Slavic/East European/Central Asian Women's/Gender Studies written by a woman or a man. This competition is open to current doctoral students and to those who defended a doctoral dissertation in 2013-2014.  If the essay is a seminar paper, it must have been written during the academic year 2013-2014. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents.  Previous submissions and published materials are ineligible. Essays should be no longer than 50 double-spaced pages, including reference matter, and in English (quoted text in any other language should be translated). Completed submissions must be received by September, 1 2014.

Please send a copy of the essay and an updated CV to each of the three members of the Prize Committee; materials may be sent via regular mail or as email attachments.  Please address any questions to the chair of the prize committee.


Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D., Committee Chair
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085 USA

Professor Janet Johnson
Associate Professor, Political Science & Women's Studies
Brooklyn College, CUNY
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Professor Adrienne Harris
Associate Professor of Russian
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97390
Old Main 313A
Waco, TX 76798-7390

Date Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014

CFP: Journal of Educational Policies and Current Practices

Call for Papers

The Journal of Educational Policies and Current Practices (JEPCP)  is an international peer-reviewed journal, published semi-annually. The Institute of Language and Communications Studies and the Macro World Publishing jointly edit the journal. The journal aims to shape an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and seek innovative research issues related to language, education, applied linguistics, language teaching, language learning. Particularly, it focuses on enriching language and educational policy knowledge base and practicing them at different levels. Moreover, it centers on their consequences for the theory, policy and practice of a variety of fields such as education, economy, sociology, and all other related fields.

Therefore we seeks scholars, students, specialists, policy-makers and individuals from each field that use qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method in their articles and book reviews on language and educational policy related to a variety of disciplines and educational settings. The Journal advocates bringing together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to enhance ideas and practices in learning and teaching.
Individuals are encouraged to submit papers in the following areas but not limited to:

Educational policies and approaches 
Literacy policies
Linguistic and cultural socialization and schooling
Educational policies and practices
Educational practices 
The role of ideologies in educational language policies
Development, implementation and effects of language policies

The quick (30 days) and double blind review process, rich editorial board, zero tolerance for plagiarism and high respect for publication ethics, a strong commitment for scheduled publication are the key features of the Institute’s journals.

JEPCP publishes both in online and print version. The journal accepts online submissions only.  For more information, visit the official website of the journal: jepcp.macroworldpub.com

Submission and Publication Information:

Submission deadline for full paper: 30 August 2014
Notification of decision of internal and external reviewers: Within two three weeks of Submission date (within two weeks for fast track submission)
Publication of Vol. 01, Issue 02, 2014 by 30th September 2014.
Number of papers: 5 to 7 papers

JEPCP Editorial Office

Date Posted: Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Conferences & Workshops

CFP: Subversive Practices and Imagined Realities in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1945 (Norwich, UK, April 9-11, 2015)

CFP: Subversive Practices and Imagined Realities in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1945

Norwich, UK

April 9-11, 2015

Deadline: November 10, 2014

Session Convenors:
Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen, a.bryzgel@abdn.ac.uk
Andrea Euringer-Bátorová, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, euringer-batorova@vsvu.sk

AAH2015 41st Annual Conference & Bookfair Sainsbury Centre for Art, UEA, Norwich, April 9-11, 2015

In communist Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the building  of socialism had as its final endpoint a utopia that provided the ultimate motivation: sacrifice now, reward later. In its sheer impossibility, it was an elusive and illusory dream that formed the foundation for everyday life under totalitarian regime. Within this visionary world, artists such as Alexander Mlynarcik (Slovakia), Marko Kovacic  (Slovenia) or Mark Verlan (Moldova), created their own parallel worlds, utopias, dystopias, and fantastic domains. In many cases, alternative and nonofficial artists' works served to carve out a unique space in the so-called "grey zone" of Europe, which offered an alternative not only to state-sponsored socialism, but also to Western capitalism, both of which many artists and dissidents viewed with equal suspicion. This panel will examine a range of artistic ideas, participative strategies, subversive practices, networks and projects (imaginary or real), which demonstrate an alternative sphere of thinking and modes of creative living, and which possibly attempt to move beyond the classical binary systems of West and East - all from within an everyday world order that seemed to be set in stone. 
We also invite papers that offer a more differentiated view, even extending to the post-socialist period, aiming to reevaluate the nexus of aesthetics and politics and produce new interpretations and analytical approaches regarding counterculture and censorship, which explore the relational aspects of following binaries: official and unofficial, political and apolitical, permitted and prohibited - under totalitarian rule.

If you would like to offer a paper, please email BOTH session convenors directly, providing an abstract of a proposed paper of 30 minutes. The deadline for abstracts is November 10, 2014. Your paper abstract should be no more than 250 words, and include your name and institution affiliation (if any). You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors. Unfortunately no fee is payable to speakers; all speakers must register and pay to attend the conference.

See more at: http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/2015-conference and http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2015/session27

Date Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014

CfP: "Giving Voice to Cultures: Practices of Russia-Britain Cross-Cultural Communication in the 21st Century," December 12-13, 2014

The question of intercultural contact between Russia and Britain in the past centuries has been widely studied across disciplines. However, the 21st century – the epoch of intensified globalisation and transnational mobility – has produced new models of giving voice to cultures intended for exchange and consumption. The contemporary period has put its own mark on the ways of construction and sharing cultural knowledge of a foreign place and facilitated the emergence of new behaviours and subjectivities. A variety of intercultural links between Russia and the UK have grown to include various patterns of migration and tourism as well new forms of business, academic and cultural contacts. This takes place against the unprecedented accessibility of information including a plethora of texts and images and a growing intensity of internet communication. In both countries, spaces of domestication of respectively Russian and British cultures and hybrid cultural forms are emerging.

Contemporary patterns and practices of giving voice to cultures require new approaches to the British-Russian inter-cultural dialogue. The conference sets out to explore practices of cross-cultural communication between Russia and Britain in the 21st century. It focuses on the forms and systems of meaning making in a variety of cultural fields in dialogue. We expect that the conference will address the ways of mutual representations and cross-cultural experiences of the Russians and British expressed in the media, literature, films, theatre; the translation of cultures in art exhibitions, concerts and other art forms; linguistic and cultural exchange in diasporas, digital communities and networking sites; tourism practices and discourses (travel guides, blogs, phrasebooks, etc.); questions of linguistic and cultural commoditization, spaces of cultural exchange, and related themes.

Approaches including socio-cultural linguistics, discourse studies, media and new media studies, cultural anthropology, theatre, film, visual studies, diaspora, tourism studies, and related disciplines are welcome.
The conference will explore (but not exclusively) the following themes:

•       Approaches to the UK-Russian cross-cultural communication in the 21 century.
•       Narratives of Russia and Russianness in Britain / of Britain and Britishness in Russia (national and transnational television, travel programmes, films, theatre, performances, music, art, literature including travel writing, Internet resources, blogs, communities and networking sites, etc.).
•       Literary and non-literary translation as a cross-cultural practice.
•       Sites of cultural exchange and domestication.
•       Migration as linguistic and cultural experience. Russian diaspora in the UK as a site of cultural exchange and cultural hybridity.
•       Holidaying and tourism as forms of cultural exchange (constructing and consuming “authenticity”; experiential tourism; visiting/seeing global events: Olympic games, Championships and festivals, etc.)
•       Discourses of consumption (shopping, dining, souvenir culture, etc.)
•       Linguistic and cultural commoditization.
•       Russia's cross-cultural exchanges with other cultures: differences and similarities to the UK.

We invite proposals for full paper panels, individual papers and roundtables. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV are to be submitted by no later than 15 September 2014 to Dashkova.Centre@ed.ac.uk. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline of 15 October. All participants are expected to submit a full version of their paper by 30 October 2014.

We expect that we would be able to offer a limited number of travelling grants.
Working languages of the conference are English and Russian.

The conference will take place at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh, 14 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh.

Date Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Call for Abstracts: "The Role of Class and Remuneration in Bioethics" Conference Panel

Seeking contributions to the panel "The Role of Class and Remuneration in Bioethics" at the Society for the Applied Anthropology Meeting in Pittsburgh (March 24-28, 2015)
Maryna Bazylevych, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies, Luther College bazyma01@luther.edu
Anthropology has contributed substantial body of work pointing out the gaps in bioethics as a regulatory regime of health care in institutionalized settings around the world (Finkler 2008, Fox and Swazey 1984, Gordon 1988, Marshall 1992, Muller 1994). The fundamental principles of bioethics rely on these philosophical tenets and include respect for privacy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. Professionalism of healthcare providers is often judged based on their exercise of these main bioethical principles in the context of professional autonomy from the state, self-regulation of training, ethics, and specialization, and a strong sense of corporate identity and responsibility. Anthropologists have argued that moral decision making of biomedical professionals is contextual and cannot be easily separated from institutional, political, economic, social, and cultural contexts. The proposed panel seeks to build on these critiques to investigate more thoroughly the role of remuneration and class in bioethics.
What meanings do remuneration and consideration of social hierarchies play in the medical providers’ understanding and practice of “everyday ethics” (Brodwin 2013)?
Farmer (1999, 2003) and Singer (1995) have long emphasized that poverty, inequality, and access to treatment should be central for the social studies of healthcare, for they disenfranchise both patients and medical providers. Sayer argues (2005:959) that moral issues are at the very center of the class inequalities because the latter “present people with… unequal access to the practices and goods that allow them warranted respect or conditional recognition.” People with lower incomes have little to no access to the lifestyles that are socially valued and therefore experience the blockage of the channels towards recognition and respect. They care about these blocked channels deeply and experience a whole range of sentiments in regards to the evaluation of their position in the social hierarchy, such as “pride, shame, envy, resentment, compassion and contempt,” which are all forms of emotional reason (Sayer 2005:948). Thus, remuneration and the providers’ relative standing compared to their patients’ and administrators’ must play a significant role in their practice. This panel seeks research that investigates these considerations in the medical profession and related fields.
How do money and class figure in the “everyday ethics” (Brodwin 2008) or “mundane reflexivity” (Sayer 2005) in health care?
Please, send your abstracts to Maryna Bazylevych at bazyma01@luther.edu at your earlier convenience and no later than September 15, 2014. The SfAA deadline for receipt of abstracts/sessions is October 15.
Date Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014

CfP: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists (Paris, France, July 8-10, 2015)

Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures, Sciences Po, Paris, France • July 8-10, 2015
In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.
Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.
Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person as attendees may only present in a maximum of two sessions.
We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.
Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 18, 2014. Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council's website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter, join the CES mailing list today.
Juan Díez Medrano, Chair,
Council for European Studies 
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Jenny Andersson, Co-Chair
CES Conference Program Committee
Sciences Po, Paris Robert Fishman, Co-Chair
CES Conference Program Committee
University of Notre Dame

Important Dates for the 2015 CES Conference

August 18 - October 10, 2014: Conference Submission Portal open.
December 18, 2014: All submitters will be notified regarding the status of their proposals.
January 11, 2015: Scheduling request deadline for all accepted conference participants.
February 4, 2015: By this date, the Council will publish the preliminary schedule for the 22nd International Conference of Europeanists.
March 31, 2015: Early-bird conference registration ends. Registration rates go up by $50!
May 11, 2015: All scheduled participants must register for the conference. Those who do not will have their names withdrawn from the program.
June 22, 2015: Checks no longer accepted as payment for conference registration. Cash, credit, debit, wire, and PayPal still welcome. Also, no refunds of registration payment offered after this date.
June 26, 2015: Recommended deadline for presenting authors to upload their papers.
Date Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014

CfP: Loss and (re)Construction of Public Space in Post-Soviet Cities

Convenors: Lela Rekhviashvili, Carola Neugebauer              
The importance of public space as a site for power and resistance, facilitator of social exchange or a stage for art and performance has been long acknowledged in the academic literature. We understand public space as “all areas that are open and accessible to all members of the public in a society, in principle, though not necessarily in practice” (Orum & Neal, 2010). The purpose of this call for papers is to critically analyse the applicability and the importance of the term in a post-Soviet context. As public spaces host and reflect social and political cleavages, observing transformation of public spaces can be particularly helpful for understanding multiple and protracted transformation processes in post-Soviet societies. So far, however, changes in the meaning, design, use and negotiation of public space in post-Soviet cities remains to be terraincognita – besides notable exceptions such as the edited volume on ‘Urban Spaces after Socialism’ (Darieva & Kaschuba, 2011). This special issue aims to fill this gap in the literature through exploring the tension between the loss and (re)construction of urban public space in post-Soviet cities, focusing on the agents of change, their practices and institutional settings that shaped loss and (re)construction of  public space.

Acknowledging considerable differences in urban experiences during socialism and deepened divergence after the collapse of Soviet Union, the peculiarity of post-Soviet transformation and urban public spaces originates – from our point of view - from two ambivalent developments: the new liberating opportunities to reconstruct the public space after 1990 as well as – at the same time - the loss of publicness due to new exclusive hierarchies (Darieva & Kaschuba, 2011).

Even though the role of the public/private dichotomy in Soviet Union is still debated, there is a considerable consensus suggesting that public spaces were of limited use due to extensive political control and surveillance, making the ideal of ‘everyone’s space’ effectively into ‘no-one’s space’ throughout the Soviet period (Zhelnina, 2013). Against this experience, the increased global openness of post-Soviet cities, the political and institutional reforms, processes of privatization and socio-cultural diversification could possibly be a liberating experience to use and appropriate urban public space. Thus, with the collapse of Soviet Union, citizens gained an opportunity to reconstruct the public space, transform it through daily practices and enjoy freedom of expression.

At the same time, the transformation of public space has been taking place in unstable institutional settings resulting in loss or decay of public space. Looking at diverse trajectories of privatization, we observe that security of private property is not guaranteed and management of public property is not transparent. The institutional instability increased the vulnerability of post-Soviet cities against ‘new urban disorder’ (Lemon, 2011), illegal occupation and privatization of urban land, dominance of the interests of new business elites and consequently led to shrinkage and erosion of public space. Hence, post-Soviet cities have been exposed to un-regulated and un-negotiated privatisation, redesign and loss of public space.
The specific aim of this issue is to understand the tension and controversy surrounding the constraints and opportunities, (re)construction and loss of public space in Post-Soviet cities. Loss of public space can be related to privatization of previously public land, or to limitations on accessibility of public space, while (re)construction of public space can be seen as physical recovery and redesign of streets, squares plazas ,etc. More importantly (re)construction is related to increasing ‘publicness’ of the space through transformation of the meaning of the public space and inclusion of different segments of society, and their daily practices into the public space. Depending on the position of an observer or participant of the change, the same development could be interpreted as a loss or a gain. Mushrooming informal petty trade could be seen as a reduction of public space or as a transformation of previously strictly controlled space into a lively and vibrant city life, where even marginalised citizens can access and enjoy the public space. Governmental and municipal efforts of revitalising inner city neighbourhoods to make the city attractive and safe for tourists and citizens could be seen as saving the historical centres from decay and destruction, or as gentrification. Removal of Soviet symbols and monuments from buildings and squares could be assuring the identity of some parts of society while threatening others. The spread of shopping malls, outdoor cafes and restaurants could be seen as a construction of new spaces where citizens exchange political views or as an encroachment of private sector interests on public space.

We propose to understand these contested understandings and differential experiences of public space through a focus on agents of change, their practices and institutional settings that play on the loss and (re)construction of public space.
1.       Who are the collective and individual actors that participate in loss and (re)construction of public space? What are their interests, agendas and visions concerning design, accessibility and use of public space?
2.       What are the practices that different actors rely on? (E.g. How are the decisions made concerning the privatization of public space? How do governments communicate modernisation agendas with the citizens? What is the repertoire of contesting specific changes in public space? What types of negotiation (if any) are held among different stakeholders? What are the daily practices of the marginalised groups that transform the meaning and shape of public space? )
3.       What are the formal and informal institutions which regulate the privatization of public space? Which institutions granted the citizens’ access to the public space as well as rights to contest undesired changes? How did institutional changes affect the negotiation of opposing interests in public spaces?

We encourage empirical and/or theoretical contributions from different disciplines to enhance a fruitful dialogue concerning urban processes in general and transformation of public spaces in particular. We welcome single as well as multiple/comparative case studies questioning the meaning and transformation of urban space and emerging distinction between public and private, emphasising overtime continuities and discontinuities and cross case similarities and dissimilarities.

We invite full papers that address one of the topics outlined below. The peer-reviewed papers will be publsihed in a special issue of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.  Papers should be sent to lel.rekhviashvili@gmail.com and c.s.neugebauer@gmx.de by 1 October 2014.

Date Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014

CFP: "Mechanisms of Cultural Memory: From Folk-lore to Media-lore," RANEPA, Moscow, 27-28 November 2014

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Laboratory of Theoretical Folkloristics


27–28 November 2014

Laboratory of Theoretical Folkloristics at SASH RANEPA will be hosting a conference ‘Mechanisms of Cultural Memory: from Folk-lore to Media-lore’

Cultural memory can be understood as transmission of socially valuable messages (‘cultural texts’) and can be thought of as information storage with in-built transmission mechanisms.

In the preliterate era (and also in the cultures that remain illiterate), folklore tradition is the only vehicle for preserving and transmitting some kind of ‘cultural information’, which therefore cannot be fully separated from it. Semantic elements (motifs, semes) of ‘texts of culture’ (verbal, actional, ‘reic’) are preserved for long periods of time as if percolating through changing languages, cultures and chronological periods. Oral transmission is characterized by face-to-face communication between the sender and the recipient, with no technical intermediary between them. It is impossible in an oral culture to transmit and preserve any message without periodically reproducing it. Accordingly, texts of oral culture often contain in themselves the rules for their memorization and performance. The same also holds with some provisos for non-verbal texts such as rituals, dances, etiquette rules, craft techniques, etc.

The emergence and spread of writing produced radically new mechanisms for storing and transmitting ‘cultural knowledge’. The emergence of technical intermediaries made it possible to address a much wider circle of recipients decreasing the importance of interactive aspects of communication. The written text (reproducing an oral text or verbalizing a non-verbal text) begins to play the role of often aims at substituting oral memory.  A written version of some piece of ‘cultural knowledge’ (including the knowledge about the past) involves entirely different ways of interaction with tradition bearers.

We live in the era of the third type of communication: ‘screen based’, chronologically following the written type but having 
more in common with the oral one with its immediacy and interactivity. Technical intermediaries which provide new 
opportunities for face-to-face communication become less prominent. A wide circle of recipients amalgamates into the 
image of the Other, who becomes the partner in the dialogue. This is a paradoxical similarity since the technology for 
information transmission and storing in the ‘screen age’ is radically different from those of the oral era.

The upcoming conference will be focused on discussing mechanisms of cultural memory in different ‘communication eras’ in all their diversity and complexity.

We ask the prospective participants to fill the form at http://goo.gl/J14IVG before September 1, 2014.

The organizing committee will make a decision on the inclusion of the paper in the conference program before September 15, 2014. There may be a possibility of reimbursement of travel expenses and free accommodation for the participants.

The papers will be published online before the beginning of the conference. Therefore, we ask all the scholars whose papers are accepted to submit them (up to 1000 words) to the organizing committee till October 15, 2014.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee at shagifolk@gmail.com

Date Posted: Mon, 01 Sep 2014

4th International Balkan Annual Conference

The 4th International Balkan Annual Conference, “Turkey and Romania: Historical Ties and Future Collaborations in the Balkans” organized by Istanbul University in collaboration with The University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania between 15 and 18 October 2014.

The goals of the IBAC conference series are to bring together the scholars who study various aspects of Balkans broadening cooperation and interaction among them, and to establish a room to discuss the region’s past and future from different perspectives.

The 4th IBAC Conference will mainly focus on the relations between Turkish and Romania from a historical perspective and therefore papers should deal with one of the diverse topics such as history, politics; social and economic structures, language, art and culture etc. concerning both countries. Papers dealing with different issues about the Balkans are also welcomed.

If you wish to participate in the Conference please send an abstract of maximum 250 words with the title of your paper and the application form below to the email address (ibac@istanbul.edu.tr) until 20 August 2014.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words.
Language of the Conference: English
Deadline of abstracts submission: August 20, 2014
Notification of accepted papers to the authors: August 30, 2014

For further information on topics and guidelines, please visit our website: http://ibac.istanbul.edu.tr

Date Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014

CFP: Princeton Graduate Student Conference (October 2014)

Call for Papers

Dumpster Diving and Sustainability: Managing the Limited Resources of Culture

October 17-18, 2014

Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Deadline Extended: August 5, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford)

“You can't imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays. The things that scribblers write.”

― Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

Dumpster Diving and Sustainability: Managing the Limited Resources of Culture is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to marginal and outmoded art in all of its manifestations and returns in Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian cultures. The conference aims at exploring our repeated turn to the afterlives of ‘bad’ or exhausted cultural forms as a way to cope with and interpret artistic and social changes.

In his literary studies, Iurii Tynianov famously pointed out a particular tendency of literary evlotion: a literary or artistic fact that appears worthless at one historical moment may, at another, become a productive element of an aesthetic order. Taking Tynianov’s observation as a point of our departure, we want to understand the overall function and impact of ‘bad art’ on contemporary artists and societies, as well as on our own disciplines, both as a fetishized avant-garde commodity and as a recontextualization of historical forms/norms.  

Our contention is that ‘bad art’ is a ubiquitous feature of artistic production with its own intrinsic laws. With this in mind, this conference proposes a critical interrogation of the ‘bad.’ The goal is not so much to deconstruct or vindicate ‘bad art’ but rather to acknowledge the ‘bad’ as an inalienable value that continues to sustain itself through various means of cultural recycling.

We invite submissions from humanities and social sciencescholars. A short selection of sample topics below indicates some potentialareas of inquiry:

  • On the Invention of Bad Writing (Vasilii Rozanov, Valentin Kataev)
  • Art as Commodity: Lubok, Feuilleton, Pulp
  • The Aesthetic Education of Men: The Prostitute as Guardian in Literature and Film (Crime an Punishment, ResurrectionInterdevochka, Wiktor Grodecki’s Czech Films)
  • Gastronomical Phenomenology (Bakhtin, Soldier Chonkin, Soldier Švejk)
  •  Author as ‘Holy Fool’ from Venedikt Erofeev to Kirill Medvedev
  • Authorship and Pastiche (Prigov, Kabakov)
  •  The Importance of Being Earnest: Gogol’s Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends
  • Serialized Novels, TV Series, and the Epic
  • Eurovision, Balkan Beats, and the Construction of National Identity in Post-Socialist Europe

Conference Format

The goal of the conference is to provide graduate students with the chance to present their work to senior scholars in the field and to receive as much constructive feedback as possible. All papers will be made available prior to the conference through the conference website. At the conference, each presenter will be given 15-20 minutes to present his or her paper, followed by commentary by the panel discussant and open discussion.

Submission Details

We welcome submissions fromgraduate students across disciplines. Please submit abstracts (200 words orless) to princeton.slavic.conference@gmail.com. In addition, please attach a short CV including current departmental affiliation, name, and e-mail. The deadline for submissions is August 5, 2014. Please submit all files as Word documents.

We will be able to provide travel subsidies for the conference participants, as well as lodging for the nights of October 16 and 17.

Any questions should be addressed to princeton.slavic.conference@gmail.com.

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2014

Summer/ language Opportunities