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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
Eurasian Program Assistant: Bard College-Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
- 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
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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
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International Recruitment Manager: Northeastern University-Boston, MA
The International Recruitment Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating the recruitment of students for the International Section of the business school's Graduate Certificate in Management Program. In particular, the International Recruitment Manager is responsible for:
Performing market research to determine priority geographies - such as Latin America, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia - and specific markets within those geographies from which to attract and recruit Graduate Certificate students.
Developing and implementing program marketing communications strategies.
Developing and implementing specific recruitment strategies across priority geographies/markets.
Performing prospective student Interviews and contributing to admission decisions.
Providing counseling and service to prospective students and their families.
- Bachelor's degree in international business, international education, marketing, educational administration, or related field required. Graduate degree with a global focus preferred.
- 3+ years experience in international higher education administration, preferably with experience dealing with study abroad students and the associated admissions and visa processes.
- Strong understanding of some combination of Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia norms and culture.
- Fluency and/or proficiency in the language(s) of one or more target markets (i.e. Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia)
- Understanding of the metrics used to evaluate written and oral English language proficiency.
- Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs and concerns of a diverse student population and strong sense of customer service as pertains to international students and their families.
- Ability to balance and respond to the needs of multiple constituencies.
- Ability to form and implement project plans and manage to deadlines.
- Ability and willingness to travel abroad on a regular basis.
- Ability and willingness to work early morning, evening and weekend hours as working across time zones dictates.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Blackboard.
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Programme Officer, CBRN Programme: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute-Tbilisi, Georgia
For more information on UNICRI, please visit our website.
The main focus of these jobs is the implementation of activities of a regional secretariat on CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) risk mitigation in the Middle East, South East Asia, Central Eastern Africa, African Atlantic Facade, and Eastern Europe/Ukraine/Moldova and the Caucasus respectively. The Programme Officers will perform the following tasks (in respect to each relevant CoE:
- Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of the project activities "Centre of Excellence (CoE) on CBRN Risk Mitigation" in respective geographical region with the European Commission Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS); review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
- Perform consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
- Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources.
- Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
- Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
- Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities to reinforce the visibility of the CBRN Centre of Excellence.
- Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- Perform other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Has the knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches related to the field of terrorism and CBRN risk mitigation. Has the ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; is able to conduct data collection using various methods; demonstrates conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; is able to apply judgment in the context of given assignments, planning work and managing conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, political science, business administration, management or other relevant discipline, is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of five years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in the field of international affairs or international security, including at least two years in the area of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) risk mitigation as project or programme manager in international organizations, is required. Relevant experience as a project/programme manager is highly desirable in one or more of the following regions: Middle East, South-East Asia, Central-Eastern Africa, African Atlantic Facade, Eastern Europe/Ukraine/Moldova and the Caucasus.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For all positions advertised fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. For the position in Amman, fluency in Arabic is also required. For the position in Morocco, fluency in French is also required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
For more information, please see http://www.unicri.it/institute/join_us/jobs/vacancies/
Research Assistant, Russian Studies: American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute, a leading non-profit public policy research organization, seeks a full-time research assistant to work in our Russian Studies department.
This position will be responsible for providing writing and editing support to AEI's Director of Russian Studies as well as research regarding Russian foreign and domestic policies, with an emphasis on economics, politics, U.S.-Russian relations and Islam in Russia. Other duties include developing and organizing conferences, panel discussions, and events; overseeing long-term projects and grants; and administrative support.
Qualified applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, academic transcripts, and a 500 word-writing sample with their on-line application.Please apply online at www.aei.org/jobs.
Applicants must have excellent writing, editing, fact-checking and research skills. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in Russian studies, be up to speed on current events involving the whole Eurasia region, and have a familiarity with a wide range of Russian media and government sources. Proficiency in reading and writing Russian is required.
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Tenure-Track Position at Davidson College
The Russian Studies Department at Davidson College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college near Charlotte, North Carolina, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Russian Studies, beginning August 1, 2015 (Ph.D. in hand by 31 July 2015). We seek a gifted language instructor with an active and promising research agenda, a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students, and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of Russian Studies on campus as well as ongoing transdisciplinary collaboration with Davidson’s programs in Theatre, Global Literary Theory, and Writing. Teaching load is 4 courses in the first year, 5 courses annually thereafter, including one first-year seminar in the Writing Program. Area of specialization is open. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is required.
To apply, please visit jobs.davidson.edu to submit a cover letter, c.v., copy of your graduate school transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.
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
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
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 email@example.com
Closing date for applications is August 20, 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
Call for Applications: Advanced Academia Fellowships for International Scholars (CAS Sofia)
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2015/2016 ADVANCED ACADEMIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS (SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES)
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 March 2015 - 31 July 2015 (Summer semester)
- 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org a subject entry "Advanced Academia Fellowships"
Deadline for Applications: October 1, 2014
- 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.
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: email@example.com
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B, Stefan Karadja Str,
tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 212-854-4623.
With deepest gratitude,
Director, Harriman Institute
Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
Professor of Political Science
Senior Advisor, Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship Advisory Committee
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): email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
One Bear Place #97390
Old Main 313A
Waco, TX 76798-7390
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
Linguistic and cultural socialization and schooling
Educational policies and practices
The role of ideologies in educational language policies
Development, implementation and effects of language policies
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
CFP Employee Share Option Programs and Employee-Owned Companies in Central and Eastern Europe
Call for Papers: Employee Share Option Programs and Employee-Owned Companies
in Central and Eastern Europe
Organizacija: Journal of Management, Informatics and Human Resources
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: December 15, 2014
The academic literature on employee share option programs (ESOP) and
employee-owned companies (EOC) in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is
characterized by at least two omissions. First, there is a remarkable
silence about the relationship between EOC and ESOPs in CEE countries—with
some exceptions that prove the rule (Mygind 2012)—though ESOP has been
widely used as an instrument of mass privatization in several CEE countries
and has led to majority employee share ownership (ESO) in a large number of
firms (Aghion & Blanchard 1998). This neglect reminds us of the fact that
despite close topical, theoretical, and empirical associations, the
phenomena of EOC and ESOP have scarcely been discussed together in the
academic discourse at all (Dow 2003). Ironically, while the EOC literature
stresses some rather negative aspects of the specific employee ownership
form, such as the degenerative tendencies and a principally limited
viability of EOCs, the ESOP literature mainly propagates the positive
aspects of ESO, such as the positive effects on identification with the firm
or productivity gains.
Second, the academic discussion on the role of ESOPs and EOCs in the
transformation process in CEE countries is rather disconnected from the long
standing discourse about the potentially emancipatory role of ESOPs and EOCs
in the Western world (Backhaus 1979). Moreover, there are hardly any
references to the previously prominent debate about ‘labor-managed-firms` in
either ‘labor-managed’ or ‘mixed’ economies, which had had a very strong
theoretical basis in terms of the “Illyrian Firm” (Ward 1958; Vanek 1970;
Meade 1972) or the “pure rental firm” (Jensen & Meckling 1979) despite
reflecting “some degree of ideological commitment” (Hansmann 1996: 7) during
the Cold War. Moreover, the implications of the rather sharp and fast
decline of ESO and EOCs in the CEE countries following privatization have
not yet been systematically reflected in the Western literature (Kalmi
Thus, our current understanding of ESOPs and EOCs in CEE is not only limited
by the lack of coherent empirical data, but also by the lack of a connection
to the strong theoretical tradition, and by the lack of studies that compare
the experiences made in CEE with the experiences made in Western countries.
However, if one is interested in developing and experimenting with some
alternative forms of organizing, with different forms of material and
immaterial employee participation, and with democratic governance
structures, the experiences with ESOPs and EOCs in the CEE countries can be
analyzed more rigorously, thereby connecting them more strongly with the
Western discourse and tradition.
Against this background, Organizacija aims to publish a Special Issue on
ESOP and EOC in CEE. The aims of this Special Issue are (a) to advance our
knowledge on the structures and processes at the individual, organizational,
and societal levels that are germane to participatory types of organization;
(b) to draw lessons from the CEE experiences for the western regions; and
(c) to learn about the behavior of participatory types of organization and
of individuals in such organizations in different institutional settings.
For this purpose, we are looking for theoretical and empirical contributions
from economics, history, industrial relations, management studies, political
science, and sociology, amongst others.
We welcome both theory-based empirical studies grounded in any
methodological tradition (qualitative as well as quantitative), and
conceptual contributions that focus on micro, meso or macro levels of
analysis. Moreover, we encourage both studies that extend current theories
and those questioning or even disconfirming taken-for-granted beliefs about
participatory types of organization on theoretical or empirical grounds.
Papers may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- The influence of public discourse about EOCs and matters pertaining to the
political legitimacy of privatization on the emergence and development of
- Traces of the Illyrian Firm or pure rental firm in a setting of free
markets, private ownership, and political democracy
- Specific country studies and comparative studies on institutional
conditions for EOCs in CEE countries and their outcomes with respect to the
viability of EOC
- The influence of specific contexts of corporate governance in CEE
countries on the ownership and control of EOCs
- The influence of industrial relations in the CEE context on the viability
of EOCs in CEE and the influence of EOCs on industrial relations practices
- Efficiency and effectiveness of EOCs in CEE
- The influence of different (countries’) experiences with worker’s
self-management on the viability of EOCs after privatization
- Comparative case-studies about the emergence of EOC during privatization
and their development depending on institutional context, participatory
culture, experiences with worker’s self-management and individual ownership
- Transfer of EOC & ESOP models from West to East and vice versa; adaptation
of models and learning barriers between East and West
- Comparative studies about EOC as a privatization instrument in East and
- History, development, distribution, and outcomes of ESOP in CEE
- The impact of ESOP on the viability of EOCs in CEE
The following deadlines have to be observed:
- 15 December 2014: Submission of abstracts (maximum 1000 words) to the guest editors (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 31 January 2015: Invitations to submit full papers sent out
- 31 May 2015: Submission of full papers (according to the journal’s guidelines http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/orga, maximum 8000 words)
- 30 September 2015: Feedback to authors
- 31 December 2015: Submission of full papers with revisions
- 2016: Journal volume to be published
Any further questions may be addressed to the guest editors:
Thomas Steger / Olaf Kranz
Department of Leadership and Organization
University of Regensburg
Aghion, P. & Blanchard, O.J. (1998) On privatization methods in Eastern Europe and their implications. Economics of Transition, 6, 87-99.
Backhaus, J. (1979) Ökonomik der partizipativen Unternehmung. Vol. I. Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck.
Dow, G.K. (2003) Governing the firm. Worker’s control in theory and practice. Cambridge: CUP.
Hansmann, H. (1996) The ownership of enterprise. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Jensen, M.C. & Meckling, W.H. (1979) Rights and production functions: An application to labor-managed firms and codetermination. Journal of Business, 52, 469-506.
Kalmi, P. (2003) The rise and fall of employee ownership in Estonia, 1987-2001. Europe-Asia Studies, 55, 1213-1239.
Meade, J. (1972) The theory of labour-managed firms and of profit sharing. Economic Journal, 82, 402-428.
Mygind, N. (2012) Trends in employee ownership in Eastern Europe. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23, 1611-1642.
Vanek, J. (1970) The general theory of labor-managed market economies. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Ward, B. (1958) The firm in Illyria: Market syndicalism. American Economic Review, 48, 566-589.
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
April 9-11, 2015
Deadline: November 10, 2014
Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen, email@example.com
Andrea Euringer-Bátorová, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
CfP: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists (Paris, France, July 8-10, 2015)
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
August 18 - October 10, 2014: Conference Submission Portal open.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 October 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
CALL FOR PAPERS
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 email@example.com
CfP: From Where We Stand: Intersections of Gender, Ethnicity/‘Race’, Social Class and Sexuality in the aftermath of State-Socialism
Convenors: Ov Cristian Norocel (Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), University of Helsinki) and Oana Baluta (Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, University of Bucharest).
The present panel is intended to be part of the 2015 Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), titled ‘Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania and Moldova (1989/1991)’, hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bucharest (17–19 June 2015, Bucharest, Romania).
The panel aims to provide a forum for interdisciplinary critical investigations of the socio-political transformations that Romania witnessed since the violent overthrow of the Ceausescu dictatorship in December 1989 up until the presidential elections in November/December 2014. We are particularly interested in intersectional analyses from a variety of disciplines – anthropology and ethnography, linguistics, media studies, political sciences, and sociology – that examine and critically interrogate the post-1989 transformations of the public and political domain towards an updated form of patriarchal structuring and the crystallization of a male-dominated politics marked by nationalist obsessions, and consequently juxtaposing the political marginalization of women to that of ethnic minorities.
With this in mind, possible topics may include, but need not be limited to the following:
- From left to right building a European Romania: intersectional analyses of ideological manifestations in Romanian politics (gender, ethnicity/‘race’, social class and sexuality in ideological constructions of the Romanian national construct within Europe).
- Moldova and the Romanian project: intersectional analyses of Romanian nationalist projections and conceptualizations of the Republic of Moldova/Bassarabia (gender, ethnicity/‘race’, social class and sexuality in ideological constructions of the Romanian national project).
- Mediating ‘Romanianness’: intersectional analyses of media and their impact on Romanian society (gendered, ethnicized/‘racialized’ and class-based media representations).
- In God we trust: intersectional analyses of religion, politics and traditionalist advances in Romanian society;
- Out of sight, out of mind: intersectional analyses of marginalization and exclusion (gendered, ethnicized/‘racialized’ and class-based exclusion);
- All roads lead to Rome: intersectional analyses of migration (gendered, ethnicized/‘racialized’ and class-based patterns of migration).
The language of panel presentations is planned to be English.
Interested researchers, both senior and more junior scholars, are invited to submit their proposed paper titles, abstracts of up to 350 words, and short bios (200 words) in English to BOTH panel organizers Ov Cristian Norocel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Oana Baluta (email@example.com) – before 28 July 2014. Please write ‘SRS15 submission’ in the title of your e-mail.
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, Resurrection, Interdevochka, 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
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.
We welcome submissions fromgraduate students across disciplines. Please submit abstracts (200 words orless) to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
CFP: Society for Romanian Studies Conference, Bucharest, 17-19 June 2015
Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS)
Bucharest, 17- 19 June 2015
The 2015 SRS conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bucharest.
Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania and Moldova (1989/1991)
Anniversaries represent opportunities to reflect on past events, re-assess their impact on the present, and draw lessons for
the future. Together with other 20th century historical events – including World War I, World War II, and the communist
take-over – the overthrow of the communist regime represented a watershed event for Romania and Moldova, the most recent great transformation it is seen as having led to the end of the communist dictatorship, democratization of the political system, the introduction of market economy, cultural liberalization, the opening of borders, and a re-alignment with the West. At the same time, given Romania’s and Moldova’s persistent problems with political instability, pervasive corruption, slow economic growth, populism, and nationalism, the significance of the 1989/1991 regime change and its outcomes remains a source of contestation. The aim of this conference is to take a fresh look at the transformative events of a quarter century ago. We wish to examine their significance for the two countries’ post-communist trajectories, past, present, and future both domestically and in the wider European and Eurasian contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.
Keynote Speakers: Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University) and Mihaela Miroiu (SNSPA).
We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtables from junior and senior scholars working in a variety of disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, literature and linguistics, economics, business, international affairs, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, music, and education, among others. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Precursors of 1989 (anti-Stalinist revolts and resistance, resistance through culture, the role of dissidents, everyday forms of resistance, Braşov 1987, etc.)
• The external context (Gorbachev’s Soviet Union, the events in East and Central Europe)
• Western propaganda and the Romanian diasporas
• 1989 in popular and official memory, historiography, film, literature and the arts
• Legacies of World War I and World War II
• Sources and archives
• Communism, post-communism, and the arts
• Writers and artists in post-communism
• The Romanian new wave and the legacy of communism
• European Union accession
• Moldova between West and East
• Legal and constitutional reforms
• Party and electoral politics, and voting behavior
• Free markets, neoliberalism and state paternalism
• Romania’s place in Europe and in the region
• Romania’s relationship with the Republic of Moldova
• Moldova’s place in Europe and the region
• The status of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in Romania and Moldova
• The reconfiguration of social stratification
• Post-communist media and journalism
• The role of the Orthodox Church, and of other religious groups
• Dynamics of migration from and into Romania and Moldova
• Policy analysis and public administration
• Urban policiecommunism
Individual paper proposals should include the title of the presentation, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a short c.v., and contact information of the presenter.
Proposals for 2-hour panels including 3-4 papers, one chair, and 1-2 discussants should provide a title and description of the panel topic, abstracts of all papers, short vitae, and contact information for all participants. Panel participants should be drawn from at least two different universities.
Roundtables proposals of 3-5 participants should include title and description of the topic, short vitae and contact information for all participants.
In addition, the conference organizers will accept proposals for book panels.
Submissions should be sent in a single attached Word document by August 1, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions and presentations in French will be accepted, as long as they are for full panels and roundtables including members from more than one university. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by October 15, 2014.
In order to assure that the conference is accessible to scholars from across the Atlantic region and to those from Romania and the Republic of Moldova, the conference fees will be quite modest. For scholars from North America, the fee will be 40 USD; for those from the Eurozone and Western Europe, 40 Euros, and from Romania, Moldova and parts east, 40 Romanian Lei. Graduate students will be exempt from this fee. SRS membership will also be required and additional for those paying in USD and Euros, but included for those paying in Lei.
CFP: 11th Annual Conference of the Romanian Society for Social and Cultural Anthropology (SASC)
Call for Panels
11th Annual Conference of the Romanian Society for Social and
Cultural Anthropology (SASC)
Venue: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj
Date: 21-22 November 2014
Modes of Appropriation and Social Resistance
Thirty years after the advent of resistance studies as a focal approach in anthropological research, the perspective remains necessary. Describing the processes of appropriation of material goods and symbolic values by powerful actors of the political and economic domains and critically scrutinizing the mechanisms underpinning these processes lie at the core of the discipline. Anthropologists bridge analyses focusing on the everyday forms of resistance of the disenfranchised and the marginal with more encompassing ways of understanding resistance, from structures of collaboration between the subaltern and those less disempowered, to forms of negotiating and disrupting power relations with or within states and supra-state institutions. Appropriation and resistance, as more general social mechanisms of power relations and adaptation, have been studied in processes of immigration, ethnic relations, etc., in new forms of cultural production and reproduction. Moreover, recent social transformations point to the urgency of once again thinking through the relation between power and resistance in redefined theoretical terms, fleshed out by ethnographic detail. The conference will bring together research revealing the guises of appropriation and resistance in various social contexts and at different scales, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe .
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Univ. of California, Berkeley )
Panel Proposals: SASC invites convenors to submit panel proposals. Please provide a description (maximum 200 words) via the website of the conference. The languages of the conference are English, Romanian and Hungarian. Abstracts may be written in any of these languages. For panels in Romanian and Hungarian, please also provide the English translation. Panel proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the conference. The deadline for panel proposals is: July 25, 2014.
Themes. Panels can draw upon (but are not limited to) the following themes:
− Appropriating Europe: modes of symbolic appropriation and emergence of the European identity, imperialist strategies, anti-dependency tactics and contestations, population movements across Europe , and the practical appropriation of the EU, such as coalition building and lobbying at the EU level.
− Migration and resistance. Using a destination countries perspective, migration shall be understood as a process in which newly arriving immigrants appropriate certain spaces, rights, and opportunities, unsettling relations and eliciting reactions.
− New forms of land enclosures and land grabbing in recent capitalist exploitations of rural areas of South-Eastern Europe (expropriations for public constructions, constraining land leasing, imposed forest and mineral exploitations etc.).
− Post-socialist cities under siege: the new urban developments and the way they change the access to and the meaning of "the public space" (gentrification and social exclusion; suburbanization and limiting the access to the cities' surroundings; urban patrimonialization and its consequences; urban counterparts of post-socialist social stratification).
− New expressions of political dissent: anti-austerity movements; ecological engagements and organized protests; new anti-system ideologies and groups that promote them etc.
− Private appropriations within public domains: post-socialist privatization in health, education, public transportation, urban services etc., and their consequences for the quality of life.
All other proposals are welcome.
Venue: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work in Cluj, Babeș-Boyai University (UBB-FSSW), str. Plugarilor, nr. 34-36. Co-organizing partners for SASC2014: UBB-FSSW and Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities.
Requirements for panel proposals:
− SASC requires that all panels be open to paper proposals through the conference website..
− We encourage panel proposals to have at least two convenors, preferably from two different institutions.
− SASC suggests convenors to limit panels, where possible, to two consecutive ninety-minute sessions, each of which can accommodate three to four paper presentations.
− SASC encourages that the convenors appoint a discussant in each panel to make parallels, equivalences, and point differences with regard the empirical, methodological and theoretical approaches of each work presented.
− Convenors may want to solicit the circulation of selected papers among the participants. The online platform can support the uploading the papers on the panel page.
− Panels Registration: June 28 - July 25, 2014
− Paper Abstract Registration: August 1 – September 15, 2014
− Abstract Selection: September 16 – September 20, 2014
− Conference Programme: October 27, 2014
− Conference: November 21-22, 2014
Fees. Conference fees will cover the program, coffee breaks and a buffet dinner.
− SASC members: 15 Euro (60 RON)
− MA students: 15 Euro (60 RON)
− PhD students: 20 Euro (80 RON)
− Researchers and faculty: 25 Euro (100 RON)
Funding. SASC is offering some financial support contributing to the attendance costs of participants. The criteria for funding are:
− All applications will be submitted via the online form.
− Requests for funding may cover accommodation and/or travel; conference fees are mandatory.
− Please keep the section 'reason' concise.
− Deadline: Oct. 15, 2014
Conference committee: Remus Anghel (ISPMN), Călin Goina (UBB), Fosztó László (ISPMN), Raluca Perneș (UBB), Norbert Petrovici (UBB), Gabriel Troc (UBB).
Conference secretary: Andrada Tobias (UBB)
CFP: Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference (April 23-25, 2015)
Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference
April 23-25, 2015
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
This is to announce the first call for papers for the annual KLFC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference (April 23-25, 2015), now in its 68th year at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Papers on any aspect of Slavic/Eastern European culture, literature, language, linguistics (theoretical or applied), folklore, or language pedagogy are most welcome. The KFLC hosts about 800 attendees each year who enjoy a congenial and intellectually engaging atmosphere at a lovely time of year in the Bluegrass.
Founded in 1948, the KFLC is one of the country's longest-running literary, linguistics, pedagogy, and technology conferences. Our event takes place each April at the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, Kentucky. Over 85% of our presenters hold Ph.D.s in their respective fields.
Abstracts are due November 10, 2014.
More information on the conference or on submission is available at kflc.as.uky.edu