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Visiting Assistant Professorship/Instructorship at Franklin & Marshall College

The Department of German and Russian at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor (depending on qualifications) of Russian and Russian Studies to begin Fall 2017.  This is a one-year non-renewable appointment. We seek a strong Russian teacher with a record of successful and innovative teaching at all levels and with an ability to offer Russian literature and culture courses and contribute to the College’s general education program.  Research specialization is open. The teaching load is 3/2. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English and demonstrated scholarly engagement are required.

 Pursuant to cultivating an inclusive college community, the search committee will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant.  We will consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.  We will also consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching statement, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation.  Interested candidates should apply at https://apply.interfolio.com/40027.  For full consideration applications should be received by February 6, 2017.  Interviews will be held via online video conference calls.

Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any protected characteristic.  Individuals who need an accommodation due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should contact Human Resources at (717) 358-4817.

Date Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017

Assistant Professor in Literary Studies, HSE Moscow

School of Philology, The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in literary studies.

The School is part of the Faculty of Humanities. It offers one bachelors’ and two masters’ programs in Russian and comparative literature. The research foci of the faculty are literary history, poetics, typology and theory of Russian, European and American literatures, comparative studies, translation studies, history and theory of culture.

We are looking for a colleague with a research interest in one of these fields and commitment to teaching an advanced course in English, German, Italian, or Spanish and a course in literary analysis in the same language (18th-21st centuries).

The extended deadline is January 20, 2017.

More details on the position and application materials can be found in the formal call for applications here:

The applications are to be submitted via the form online.

More information on School of Philology: https://philology.hse.ru/en/

Questions can be directed to Elena Ostrovskaya at elena.ostrovskaya@gmail.com

Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Instructor in Polish at Duke University

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University invites applications for the position of Polish language instructor, beginning Fall 2017. This is a full-time, one-year position as Instructor with the possibility of renewal contingent upon a satisfactory performance review and approval of the Department in consultation with the Dean of Trinity College Arts and Sciences. A satisfactory performance review is dependent in part on course enrollments.

The successful candidate will teach four courses a year, two each semester. These courses will be either two year-long levels of Polish language (for example, elementary Polish and advanced composition and conversation) or one year-long level of Polish language plus two other courses on Polish language or culture in Polish.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative instructor who 1) has demonstrated experience in teaching different levels of Polish language to both non-heritage and heritage speakers and 2) is familiar with contemporary instructional technologies and Polish language-teaching materials. Complete fluency in Polish and English is required, as is an excellent knowledge of Polish culture. The ideal candidate should hold at least a M.A.

This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants should apply directly to the Slavic and Eurasian Studies department business manager, David Baxter, at david.baxter@duke.edu. Please submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, sample syllabi with assignments, and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to serve as references. Applications are due by February 3, 2017.

Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Open Rank Position in Computational Humanities, The Ohio State University

The College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites nominations and applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in computational humanities, beginning autumn semester 2017.  The designated rank is open; the departmental home is open. 

We conceive of computational humanities broadly, as a field that uses computational methodologies to change or pursue research questions in the humanities, or creates human- and machine-readable databases to catalogue knowledge in the humanities.  Research and teaching interests might include network theory and analysis, stylistic analysis, text mining, visualization and mapping, technologies of reading, or computational literary criticism. This position is partially funded by Ohio State University’s Discovery Themes, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.  The successful candidate will be involved in developing computational humanities through research, teaching, and program building.


Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. and to present evidence of excellence in teaching and research. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at http://www.columbus.org.

Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8644.  A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and three letters of reference. Applications received prior to February 1, 2017 will receive priority consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Brian Joseph at joseph.1@osu.edu.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Social Science of Russia at the University of Wisconsin

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Social Science of Russia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2017

A link to the full announcement in PDF, with information on how to submit applications, is also available here.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for three post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence in September 2017 and run through August 2018. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. Fellows will be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Center, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2018 (dates TBD).

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in hand prior to September 2017, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2012. Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to September 2017 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. Doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.

Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000. Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. The fellowship covers and basic health insurance for all fellows. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

1) A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant;

2) A current curriculum vitae;

3) An article-length writing sample;

4) Three confidential letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.

Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _CCNY Postdoc application” and email the PDF as an attachment to:


The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu

If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 53706-1397


We especially encourage applications from Russia-based scholars, particularly those from regions outside Moscow. Cover letters, CVs, and writing samples must be submitted in English. (Letters of recommendation may be in English or Russian.)

For full consideration, all materials must be received by February 15, 2017.

For more information:

Jennifer R. Tishler, PhD

Associate Director

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 53706


tel. 608-262-3379

fax. 608-890-0267


Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Program Coordinator, Graduate Institute in Russian Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Monterey, CA)

The Program Coordinator for the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS) provides leadership in GIRS’s efforts to develop, coordinate, and implement a variety of seminars and workshops featuring senior diplomats as well as leading Russian scholars and experts to teach and interact with graduate students of Russia and Eurasia. The Program Coordinator works in tandem with the Director and the other members of GIRS team as well as MIIS senior administrators, and will, both independently and collaboratively write and edit grant proposals, reports, briefings and other collateral materials for communication with corporate, foundation, and government prospects. The GIRS Program Coordinator will also be creating and implementing systems for supporting GIRS Advisory Council’s strategic planning, tracking and reporting, and is in charge of the budget allocations, monitoring and reporting. GIRS Program Coordinator is also a technical lead for the GIRS team: writing content and collaborating on the GIRS website; and troubleshooting networking issues that arise. The GIRS Program Coordinator is responsible for the development of programs, planning and overall operational execution of GIRS seminars, workshops, and/or special events. As such, the Program Coordinator should have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. He/she works on a variety of programs simultaneously and serves as the day-to-day planning contact for visiting experts, graduate assistants and the GIRS director.

For more information, please see https://careers.insidehighered.com/job/1307406/program-coordinator-graduate-initiative-in-russian-studies-girs-/

Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Resident Directors for American Councils Summer Programs

American Councils is currently seeking qualified Resident Directors to work overseas on a variety of summer Russian language programs ranging from six to eight weeks in length. Individual programs are designed for high school students or undergraduate and graduate students. All programs are focused on the acquisition of Russian language and culture in an immersion setting. Programs may be held in a variety of locations in the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia. Program locations are subject to change prior to program start.

All position announcements and the online application can be found at: https://www.americancouncils.org/about/careers

Anticipated Employment Dates: Early June - August 2017 (exact appointment dates will vary by program and site).

Resident Directors represent American Councils on programs overseas. The Resident Director will work with the host institution, managing communications between American Councils, program participants and local staff, arranging logistics for the group, advising participants as required and resolving medical and other issues as necessary.

Resident Directors must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe classes at the host institution; meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and participants; and arrange group travel and cultural programs and other events and activities focused on the immersion experience. Resident Directors must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with American Councils program staff in Washington, DC. Resident Directors oversee a small program budget, and are responsible for proper documentation of program expenditures and timely completion of a budget report at the end of each month and end of the program. Other reporting requirements may apply.

Prior to departure, all Resident Directors are required to complete an orientation program for staff. Resident Directors may be asked to travel with their respective participant groups at the beginning of their programs and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. In some cases, Resident Directors will be asked to travel to the program site in advance of the students’ arrival. Resident Directors report to the DC-based Program Manager and staff. Completion of a successful background check may be required. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.


  • Advising program participants as needed on a variety of language learning, cultural, adjustment and logistical issues;
  • Reporting on program activities to program staff in Washington, DC;
  • Responding to participant emergencies, including assisting participants with securing medical care and navigating local clinics and hospitals;
  • Liaising with the host institution and local program staff;
  • Observing the academic program;
  • Arranging group travel and cultural programs, as well as volunteer opportunities and other program events (varies by program);
  • Maintaining adherence to program rules and policies among participants—for some programs, this includes a language policy;
  • Managing a small budget of program funds and maintaining detailed financial documentation, including monthly reports;
  • Collecting photographs and videos from students and local staff, creating newsletters (varies by program);
  • Completing a pre-departure orientation and training session;
  • Working with host families, which may include selection and monitoring of host families (varies by program);
  • Communicating with host families and working with students and local staff to resolve any problems related to host families;
  • Resolving other program-related issues as necessary; and
  • Performing other program-related tasks as directed.


  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Russian, area studies or a related field;
  2. Advanced written and oral language skills (minimum 2/2+ on DLPT scale, Advanced on ACTFL scale) in Russian;
  3. Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia;
  4. Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students;
  5. Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  6. Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling; and
  7. Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.

Positions contingent upon funding. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.


American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.


The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Date Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2016

Center for Political-Military Analysis Internships -- Hudson Institute (Remote)

The Center seeks non-resident (“telecommuting”) interns year-round to help research and analyze a variety of foreign, defense, intelligence, and homeland security/counterterrorism policy issues. Interns may work full-time or part-time. They receive assignments, conduct research and analysis, and submit contributions via the Internet. Internships may last from four weeks to six months, with the option to renew.


Date Posted: Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Eastern Europe and Russia Internship - Hudson Institute (Washington, D.C.)

Hudson Institute’s Europe team is growing and dynamic, and is looking for an intern to assist with research projects on Russia and Eastern Europe. It is an exciting opportunity to develop research skills and to assist with writing and research projects on an array of issues including corruption, Russian and Ukrainian politics, local civil societies, propaganda, and US-Russia relations. This position is unpaid. 



Date Posted: Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Foreign Affairs Officer Position -- Department of State, Agency Wide (Washington, D.C.)

This position is located in the Office of Global Partnerships, Office of the Secretary (S/GP). S/GP is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. S/GP aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact. S/GP builds public-private partnerships, manages relations with private sector entities and provides technical assistance the Department’s bureaus and offices to ensure that they have the tools and training they need to do private sector outreach.

Apply online at https://state.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/454437300

Date Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016


Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program

American Councils is now accepting applications for:
Through OPIT’s six-week, English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today’s global market. Participants can choose a placement in a variety of fields, including democracy-building, human rights, education, business, law, gender issues, journalism, public health, environmental protection, and social services in one of 15 countries throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia:
Armenia          Azerbaijan       Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgaria          Estonia            Georgia
Kazakhstan      Kosovo             Kyrgyzstan
Latvia              Lithuania         Macedonia
Moldova          Serbia              Ukraine
All internship placements are facilitated by local American Councils field offices that are actively engaged in the host country’s civil society and maintain regular contact with U.S. Embassy officials and the American Councils DC office. Full-time in-country staff members oversee the professional and intercultural program, assist participants with administrative and personal matters, and work closely with the host organization to ensure that participants are engaged in meaningful projects.
Knowledge of foreign language is not required. Participants earn 4-5 U.S. academic credits in intercultural communication issued through Bryn Mawr College.
Applications are due by February 15, 2017, and can be found online.
Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email: outbound@americancouncils.org).
For more information regarding the Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program, please see here. Financial aid is available on all programs.
Date Posted: Mon, 19 Dec 2016


FY 2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships: Now Accepting Applications!

2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Deadline to Apply: March 14, 2017

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.
Program Features:  
The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported. 
Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.  A student is eligible to receive a DDRA fellowship from his or her IHE if he or she:
  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an IHE
  • Is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages or area studies at that institution when the fellowship period begins
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program
  • Possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Date Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2017

Title VIII Research and Summer Research Grant Deadlines Extended to January 31!

The deadline to submit application materials for both the Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarships and the Kennan Institute Title VIII Summer Research Scholarships has been extended to January 31, 2017. Questions and application materials can be sent to kennan@wilsoncenter.org.

For information about Kennan Institute Fellowships, please click here.

Date Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017

Grad & Undergrad FLAS Application Now Available Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18

The Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18 FLAS application is now available. Students are encouraged to apply, all applications are due Feburary 3rd, 2017. For more information and link to the application please visit:


There will be a student information session Monday, November 28th at the iSchool (501 East Daniel, Champaign) 4:00pm- 5:00pm

Academic Year FLAS
  • Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.
  • Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000.
Summer FLAS
  • Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

Supported Languages and Participating Centers include:

  • Center for Global Studies (CGS): Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Lingala, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian or Croatian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, or Wolof.
  • European Union Center (EUC): Arabic, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French, German, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern), Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish or Ukrainian. Priority will be given to less-commonly-taught languages (languages other than French, German, Spanish) and higher-level language study.
Date Posted: Wed, 16 Nov 2016

University of Virginia graduate programs in Slavic

Flag for follow up. Start by Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Due by Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia welcomes applications for three graduate programs, the MA in Contemporary Russian Studies, the MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures. The MA in Contemporary Russian Studies offers courses in Russian literature, language, culture, history, politics, art history, religious studies, and sociology, as well as further study in advanced Russian language. The MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures train scholars primarily in Russian language, literature, and culture. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish and Central European literature. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, and Religious Studies, among many others.

Among the distinctive aspects of UVA’s graduate programs in Slavic is rigorous training to a high level of proficiency in Russian language. Students have Oral Proficiency Interviews at each level of study. Students may attend regular Russian teas and a host of other events. The University makes funds available for graduate students to organize events related to Slavic cultures and to support foreign-language study and dissertation research abroad.

Other strengths of the UVA Slavic program include the opportunity to work with a distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include museum studies, prison-camp literature and gulag studies, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Russian philosophy and religion, and literary cartography. Students enjoy an effective faculty-student mentorship program and an excellent library collection.

UVA’s Slavic graduate students form an active community. They run a speaker series, host professionalization workshops, organize an annual conference, publish a newsletter, and enjoy convivial social gatherings. 

UVA offers five-year funding packages for PhD students and occasionally has partial funding and work opportunities for MA students. Depending on their language proficiency, UVA PhD students typically gain experience teaching language at various levels, as well as assisting in teaching undergraduate literature and folklore courses. Additional opportunities for support are available through related departments and programs.

The deadline for on-line applications is January 15, 2017.

For information about Slavic programs and the application process, please visit the Slavic Department website at: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/, or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: clowes@virginia.edu or eec3c@virginia.edu.

Date Posted: Wed, 16 Nov 2016

2017 Boren Awards: Language Study and Research in Eastern Europe

SUBJECT: Boren Awards: Language Study and Research in Eastern Europe
The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open at www.borenawards.org!
Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer-term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.
Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in Eastern European and Eurasian countries, including Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Preference is also give to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time and are highly motivated by the potential to work in the federal government once completing the program.
The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.
The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad.
Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Sign up today at www.borenawards.org/webinars.html. Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at www.borenawards.org
Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution-specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‑800‑618‑NSEP or boren@iie.org.
Date Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2016


CFP: AvtobiografiJA: Journal on Life Writing & Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

Call for Submissions - «AvtobiografiJA. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture» (Deadline: 30 April 2017)

The international, peer-reviewed and open access journal «AvtobiografiJA. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture» is now accepting submissions for its sixth issue, which is due in 2017. The journal welcomes contributions on any topic related to Life Writing and Auto-Biography and related genres in Russian literature, history, art and culture. The editors are particularly keen to theoretical and interdisciplinary articles, and welcome contributions about other Slavonic cultures.
Proposals must be sent to the address: info@avtobiografija.com. The deadline for submissions is the 30 April 2017. All necessary information, including style notes and submission guidelines, are on the journal’s website: http://www.avtobiografija.com/
«AvtobiografiJA» is a journal devoted to the representation of the self in Russian culture. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of internationally renowned scholars in the field of Russian Studies. The journal has published four issues so far.
The fifth 2016 issue will be published in a few days. It will contain a special section on the biography of a writer featuring articles by Violetta Gudkova, Valerii Tiupa, Ol’ga Bogdanova, Elena Pogorel’skaia and Nina Malygina. It will also have an article by Mikhail Velizhev, and two special contributions: one by Angela Brintlinger on her experience as a Russian biography scholar, and one by the novelist Elena Kostioukovitch on the auto-biographical elements in her novel Zwinger.

Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

CFP: History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women's Outlook

History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/ 2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook

This call for papers seeks contributors for the eighth issue of the scientific journal History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook on the gendered histories of European communisms. This issue looks to include the most recent scholarship on women and their intricate relations with the Communist parties in Europe, during the XX century. While including the valuable scholarship on “exceptional” personalities such as Alexandra Kollontai, Inessa Armand or Dolores Ibarruri, this issue aims to explore the voices of women that by political choice or simply historical tournaments found themselves as both objects and subjects of the Communist parties. The political evolution of Europe through the century, the existence of USSR and the national branches affiliated (some of them: outlawed by the authorities) to the Third Communist International, and later of an Eastern Bloc, determined completely different experiences, forms of activism and sociability. This issue of History of Communism in Europe aims to follow the relation between Communism and women before and after the Second World War, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Contributions may focus on one country or may have a broader/transnational comparative scope, but all proposals should deal with how women negotiated their relation with the Communist parties, reacted to politics and state interests and understood to challenge these policies, rather than just embracing an allegedly passive attitude, as the Cold War studies used to depict it. We are particularly interested in covering the entire time frame specific to the evolution of Communist parties in Europe and the region under consideration. We strongly encourage contributions that cut across traditional periodization, deconstruct state-centric narratives, and question well established lieux communs, such as the impenetrability of the Iron Curtain, or the strictly decorative role of the Women International Democratic Federation (WIDF) – the international Communist women movement.

We welcome contributions from different fields of research: history, political science, philosophy, sociology, gender studies or any other related areas of interest, addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Topics may address (but are not limited to) the following aspects:

Communist ideology and women in society – practice and discourse
Collective and/or individual biographies
State intrusion and the body politics
Empowerment and disempowerment
Women organizations – national and international: programs, attributions, activities, relations between the organizations and/or between the organizations and the states;
Labor, new jobs, women in industry; women in Academia, women in Politics etc.
Dissent and/or collaboration in totalitarian regimes of the XX century Europe;
State feminism
Socialist feminists
Women in the opposition movements: partisans and anti-communist resistance
European Communist women organizations and the Global South
Women and Eurocommunism
Contributors are kindly asked to write abstracts (English or French) that do not exceed 500 words.

Deadline: 1st of March 2017

You may submit your proposals at: hce8@iiccmer.ro, dalia.bathory@gmail.com.

Selected authors will be notified by the 10th of March 2017.

The deadline for the final draft of the paper is the 15th of June 2017.


The academic journal History of Communism in Europe is edited by The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. It is a journal open to all inquiries that have the objectivity, complexity and sophistication required by any research on the issue of communism, as well as on the different aspects of totalitarianisms of the 20th Century Europe. These scholarly investigations must remain an interdisciplinary enterprise, in which raw data and refined concepts help us understand the subtle dynamics of any given phenomenon.


Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

CFP: "Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution" (University of London, Jan. 10-12, 2018)

"Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution"
Sixth international multidisciplinary conference, to be held at Birkbeck, University of London, and Wiener Library, London, 10-12 January 2018
In memory of David Cesarani
This conference is planned as a follow-up to the five successful conferences, which took place at Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.
The aim is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include - but are not limited to - Jews, Roma and Sinti, Slavonic peoples, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called ‘racially impure’, and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a ‘survivor’ is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis’ racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.
The organisers welcome proposals, which focus on topics and themes of the ‘life after’, ranging from the experience of liberation to the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory and consciousness, and questions of theory and methodology.
In response to recent scholarly debate and feedback we have received from the last conference, for this sixth conference we are keen to encourage papers on:
- Comparative experiences of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors
- Jewish returnees from the Soviet Union
- Research on Holocaust education
- Literary representation of survival
As previously, we also warmly welcome new research in the following areas:
- DPs in post-war Europe
- Former forced labourers in central, east and south-east Europe
- Relief and rehabilitation
- Reception and resettlement
- Survivors in ‘grey zones’, including kapos
- Soviet and other prisoners of war
- The legacy of euthanasia and medical experiments
- Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process
- Rescuers and liberators
- Child survivors
- Gender and survival
- Physical and psychological consequences
- Trials and justice
- Reparation and restitution
- Film, photography and other visual representations
- Memory and testimony
- Museums and memorials
- Archives and record-building
Panel proposals are welcome.
We particularly encourage early career scholars and PhD candidates to apply; and we are pleased to announce that the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund will support a number of speakers in specific areas of research with travel grants.
Please send an abstract of 200-250 words together with biographical background of 50-100 words by 31 March 2017 to Dieter Steinert: j.d.steinert@wlv.ac.uk
All proposals are subject to a review process.
Fees: GBP85 for speakers. The fee includes admission to all panels and evening events, lunches and refreshments during the conference. Further information and registration details will be made available in due time.
The conference is being organised by:
Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museums, London
Ben Barkow, Wiener Library, London
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck, University of London
Christine Schmidt, Wiener Library, London
Johannes-Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton
Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London
Date Posted: Fri, 04 Nov 2016

CFP: Midwest Slavic Conference (OSU, April 7-9, 2017)

2017 Midwest Slavic Conference

The Ohio State University

April 7-9, 2017

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU April 7-9, 2017. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe. The conference will open with a keynote address by Anne Garrels about her latest book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia on Friday, April 7th, followed by two days of panels.

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format tocsees@osu.edu by January 20th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Limited funding is available for undergraduate and graduate student lodging with preference given to out-of-state participants.


Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 20                                                                                  

Notification of Acceptance: February 24                                                                                            

Panels  Announced, Scheduling Conflicts, and Housing Requests Due: March 10       

Final Papers to Committee:  March 29

Presenter Registration Deadline: March 31                                        





Faculty/Public: $35

Participants can elect to have their abstract, paper, and presentation included in the conference’s Knowledge Bank community. Knowledge Bank is a digital archive that is part of Ohio State’s University Libraries. CSEES maintains a community within Knowledge Bank for the Midwest Slavic Conference to increase the dissemination of knowledge produced at the conference. Items included in the community are freely available to be viewed and downloaded by the public and are searchable. Please consider having your abstract, paper, and PowerPoint included in Knowledge Bank this year. 

For more information...

Center for Slavic and East European Studies

140 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road, Columbus OH 43210

(614) 292-8770 csees@osu.edu slaviccenter.osu.edu

Date Posted: Fri, 04 Nov 2016

Call for Articles: Antisemitism Studies

Antisemitism Studies welcomes the submission of manuscripts that contribute to the scholarly study of antisemitism.

We will consider articles on specific antisemitic episodes, and their historical significance and impact on society, as well as more thematic and theoretical studies of the phenomenon. Authors may work from any disciplinary perspective, address any cultural, national, or religious context, and study any period of history, including the present. We are particularly interested in articles that appeal to a broad international audience of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
Antisemitism Studies adheres to a double–blind peer review process in which the identities of the author and reviewers remain confidential. Please note that the formal evaluation process on all submissions takes approximately two to three months, and the period between acceptance of an article and its publication is between nine months and one year.
Book reviews are generally solicited by the editor; however, suggestions for possible book reviews are welcome.

All submissions must adhere to our author guidelines.

Publishers interested in having their books considered for review in Antisemitism Studies should mail one copy of the book to: 
Dr. Catherine Chatterley
Editor-in-Chief, Antisemitism Studies
c/o Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
PO Box 58029 RPO Bishop Grandin
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 2R6
The press will be asked to send a second copy to the reviewer should the book be accepted for review.

Any questions about the journal or its submissions process may be directed to the editor: antisemitismstudies@icloud.com

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016

Conferences & Workshops

2017 Southern Conference on Slavic Studies CFP

55th Annual Meeting
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
Alexandria, VA
April 6-8, 2017

The Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, April 6-8, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by George Mason University’s program in Russian and Eurasian Studies. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation.  The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals. 
Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. We encourage participation from scholars of all Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. Papers can be on any time period and any topic relevant to these regions. Papers on the special theme of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 are especially welcome.
The program committee has extended its deadline for panel and paper proposals to January 31, 2017. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers will also be accepted. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (email address and brief CV with institutional affiliation) for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include email address, brief CV with institutional affiliation, paper title, and a one-paragraph abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels.  If any AV equipment will be needed, the panel and paper proposals should indicate so when they are submitted.  AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Email your proposals to Emily Baran at emily.baran@mtsu.edu. If necessary, you may also send it by conventional post to:

Dr. Emily B. Baran
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 23
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Date Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017

CFP - Summoning the Archive: A Symposium on the Periodical, Printed Matter, and Digital Archiving

NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge
May 11-13, 2017

Organizer: Meghan Forbes, NYU and UT-­Austin
Keynote Speaker: Jenna Freedman, Barnard

The printing and distribution of the avant-­garde magazine, illustrated weekly, and underground zine have developed in the twentieth century in tandem with technological advancements in printing and access to these technologies in various regions, gaining traction in different parts of the world at different times based on economic, social, and political conditions. At its best, the magazine is an efficient, relatively affordable (for both publisher and consumer) vehicle for the artists and intellectuals it represents, and has the capacity to innovate with new technologies and engage in pressing social, political, and artistic issues. This is even more true now, in the second decade of the twenty-­first century, as we observe new models for content, design, and distribution of the periodical or magazine published online, which has the potential to involve an even wider audience, and host a variety of multimedia content. The magazine thus continues to be a leading platform for social and political engagement, and artistic innovation.

Corresponding to a turn towards the digital, the field of Periodical Studies has gained traction as it situates the magazine as a cultural product that incorporates text, image, and graphic design toward various political, social, artistic, and pedagogical ends. With large scale projects dedicated to digitizing print based magazines, such as the Blue Mountain project at Princeton University or the Modernist Journals Project at Brown, and a concurrent turn towards digital mapping and data visualization, periodicals that were once sequestered in the archive now have the capacity to reach a wider audience, and make visible previously overlooked networks and connections enacted within and across the magazines.

The Symposium on the Periodical, Printed Matter, and Digital Archiving, to be held at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, invites publishers, editors, artists, and scholars from the Social Sciences and Humanities to come together around various methodologies and archival practices, and explore the following topics and questions:

- Politics of language and translation in multilingual or internationally circulated publications.

- Trans-­networks: serial print culture as an intersectional axis for place, culture, genre, language, race, gender, sexuality.

- Does printed matter “translate” digitally?

- How does the library intervene in its archived periodicals through systems of cataloging, binding, and preservation? How does this affect the accessibility of these collections for researchers?

- Gaps in the archive: what periodicals and other printed ephemera have been left out? What can be done to source and preserve historical periodicals originally not held in collections?

- Likewise, what historical print magazines have not been digitized? What geographic-­linguistic regions, gender, cultural, religious, and racial orientations are neglected?

- Effective strategies for making visible and accessible digitized collections through Open Source platforms, as well as data visualization and digital mapping projects. Distant versus close reading strategies. Possible pedagogical applications.

- The role and relevance of the print-­based mag in our highly digital moment.

- How does the digital magazine correspond with or subvert the conception of periodical as a material product and cultural form?

- How do zines, comics, and avant-­garde publications resist the potential for the periodical to be simply an inevitable by‐product of consumerist, capitalist culture? Do they?

All panels and the keynote address will be held at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Site visits to relevant periodical collections at the New York Public Library and Barnard Zine Library, as well as the library of the Museum of Modern Art, have also been arranged.

Those interested in participating should submit a CV and abstract of no more than 300 words by e-­mail with the subject heading: IPK SYMPOSIUM ON THE PERIODICAL to organizer Meghan Forbes <mlf269@nyu.edu>, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge, no later than Friday, February 3, 2017.

Supported by the Institute for Public Knowledge, Center for the Humanities and the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, in partnership with Public Books, the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room at the New York Public Library, the Zine Library at Barnard College, and the Museum of Modern Art Library.

Date Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017

CFP for Platforma, Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference

On April 22, 2017 the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas will host Platforma, the first annual Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference. This inaugural conference aims to facilitate meetings, collaborations, and the exploration of new ideas among graduate students working on Ukraine from any discipline. Regardless of topic or time period, we want this conference to explore the rich tapestry and exciting new frontiers of Ukrainian Studies.

We would like to invite all interested graduate students to submit an abstract. We are accepting proposals for paper presentations, roundtables, and discussion panels through February 24, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by an organizational committee with an eye for highlighting the interdisciplinary diversity within Ukrainian Studies. Please visit crees.ku.edu/platforma for submission instructions and more information.

We are working with East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies to publish a special issue that will feature selected papers presented at the conference.

Platforma will also feature remarks from our keynote speaker, Mark von Hagen, professor of history at Arizona State University, former president of ASEEES, and a recognized leading scholar of Ukrainian Studies.

To register to attend and for further information, including directions and lodging, visit the conference website. If you have any questions, please contact conference organizer Nathan Pickett (nrp@ku.edu).

Date Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017

CFP: Graduate Conference in Russian Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at University of Pittsburgh

“Defining Agency, Performing Power”
14th Annual Graduate Conference
March 25-26th, 2017 -- University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Jennifer Suchland, The Ohio State University

Issues such as the refugee crisis, relations between EU member and non-member states, and ongoing tensions related to political, economic, and social instability represent sources of division in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These issues have encouraged new discussions not only of the definition - and redefinition - of geopolitical and physical borders, but also cultural, social, ethnic, linguistic, and religious divides. This year’s conference centers on topics of agency and power in the expression of physical and symbolic borders. Agency addresses ways in which individuals, groups, or factions have interacted or currently interact with systems of power as well as how these relationships have been influenced by diverse historic processes. Discussions of power relations and their performance can encompass both institutionalized and individual-based forms of power as well as overt or covert representations of power. How have agents negotiated with or (re)defined institutions, persons, or entities? How do mechanisms of power impact relations between nation-states and citizens, “elites” and “commoners”? How do agents negotiate or utilize existing power structures to maintain or redefine geopolitical, social, ethnic, linguistic, or religious borders?  

This conference engages with agency and power in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in both the past and present. We encourage retrospective analyses as well as research examining contemporary issues. We also welcome submissions that investigate the influence of geopolitical borders on theoretical traditions and disciplinary practices.

Submissions are accepted from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to the following with comparative or interdisciplinary research also accepted.

  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Medicine and Public Health
  • Military and Security Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Public Policy & Law
  • International Affairs
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Religious Studies
  • Linguistics

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Please submit a 300 word (double-spaced) abstract and 2-page CV through our website.
The submission form is available at goseca.ucis.pitt.edu/submissions-form
Accepted papers will be notified by Friday, January 27th, 2017.
Please contact info.goseca@gmail.com with any questions.

Date Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017

CFP: Modernizations: Fourth Annual Polish Studies Conference, Chicago, Apr. 24-25


4th Annual Polish Studies Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago
April 24-25, 2017

Organizers: Professor Michał Paweł Markowski (Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature) & Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted (Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland)

Poland has long been the focus of modernization theories, schemes, and projects. From Enlightenment travelers critiquing the Polish lands for their backwardness and incivility to communist ideologues intent on the revolutionary transformation of society, Poles have been engaged in conversations about modernization for most of the past two centuries.

Modernization—the notion of a transformation from a traditional, rural, agrarian society to a secular, urban, and industrial one—has recently experienced a decline in reputation. Until 1918, modernization programs helped move the nation forward while the political existence of the state was denied, often pitting intellectual and economic agendas against nationalist ideologies supported by the Church. After independence, modernization goals drove the Second Republic to fight decades of underdevelopment in order to keep pace with liberal democracies across Europe. Later, modernization became a buzzword for the Communists, justifying grandiose social engineering projects. More recently, the integration of Poland and the Poles into the European Union has brought economic benefit, but social dislocation and insecurity, providing fodder for debates about the value of modernization. In all of these cases, modernization has been skillfully manipulated as an ideological weapon in battles over power, influence, and the control of public opinion. The massive political turnout and populist movements currently taking power worldwide suggest a reversal in the way ideas of modernization have resonated. In Poland, some have suggested that the rise of the Law and Justice party in 2015 came about through the Party’s explicit resistance to modernization, especially as it had been employed in Civic Platform’s neoliberal economic programs.

What have all these versions of modernization meant to Poland and to Poles? How can we as scholars understand the ways modernization schemes have affected Polish society? The centrality of modernization tropes in Modern Polish history demands careful investigation. We invite proposals for presentations to consider different accounts of how modernization has been used in the last 150 years and to look closer at how its enthusiasts and its detractors continue fighting one another, even while claiming to share a concern for a better future of the Polish nation.

 Suggested topics include:

 ·      Polish backwardness and its discontents

·      modernization as a political tool

·      campaigns for social mobility, human movement, or the erasure of social boundaries in the name of modernization

·      representation of modernization in the visual arts

·      modernization as a literary trope

·      modernization as an intellectual challenge

·      European and American models of modernization in Polish context

·      modernization in religious practices

·      modernization as an aspect of shifting gender roles

·      the relationship of the Catholic Church toward modernization 

·      Jewish modernization projects

·      programs for economic modernization and their impact

·      pedagogical or curricular modernization schemes

·      the role of modernization in approaches to childhood

·      generational tensions in modernization campaigns

·      mass movements as modernizing or backwards looking

The conference is a part of a broader series of Polish Studies meetings at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As such, the organizers are interested in examinations of Central Europe in comparative perspective, including Austrian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and/or Jewish cultures, whose development was once in the orbit of Polish culture. Organizers welcome papers written from different perspectives, using different methods and media.

The conference will take place in Chicago at the Chopin Theater on Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by February 10, 2017.  Participants will be notified of our decision by March 1, 2017.

Presenters are asked to secure their own travel expenses as well as accommodations.  We will be happy to recommend hotels in the area. 

The conference registration fee is $50 for participants ($25 for graduate students), payable on-line, once the conference website is available and registration is open.

Please send all inquiries and proposals to Anna Szawara, at szawara@uic.edu.  In the subject of your e-mail, please include your last name, university affiliation and conference mention (e.g. SMITH, Northwestern, Abstract for Modernizations).

Date Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies, UIUC, April 7-8, 2017

Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People
April 7-8, 2017
We are now inviting participants to submit abstracts for the 7th annual conference of the Slavic Graduate Students’ Association (SGSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The conference will take place April 7-8, 2017, in Urbana, IL. Prof. Jessica Greenberg from the Anthropology Dept. of UIUC will deliver a keynote lecture. Participation is open to graduate students in all related fields, including: literature, film, linguistics, history, anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy, visual arts, musicology and area studies. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian cultures.
In anticipation of the anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution, the theme of this year’s conference is A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People. Revolution, considered both politically but also interpreted more broadly as radical change to the status-quo, has played a recurring role throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, shaping these regions’ history, culture, art, and politics. We want to examine these experiences and trace their developing narratives.
Relevant topics might include, but are not limited to:
·         Revolutionary aesthetics, e.g. Futurism, the avant-garde, sots-art, conceptualism
·         The Solidarity movement, Prague Spring, and Hungarian Revolution of 1956
·         LGBTQIA rights movements, problems of gender, and the crisis of masculinity
·         Marxism before and after 1989, democracy in practice, and the rightward turn
·         Alternative medias and genres (science fiction, pornography, comics, etc.)
If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract (up to 200 words) and the title of your paper to slavic.uiuc@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, year, major area of study, and any audiovisual equipment requests at the top of the page. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 30, 2017. Participants will be notified by March 1. Applicants are welcome to submit abstracts on any and all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions.
Dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague Scott K. Maltby
Date Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2016

Call for Applications: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Pittsburgh

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly "Europe: East and West") is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics.  The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.
2017 Dates:
  • Students submit an application that includes a 250-300 word abstract and a draft of their entire paper by January 20, 2017.
  • Selected students notified by February 2017. 
  • Final revised papers due by March 17, 2017.
  • Presentations made at the Symposium on April 7, 2017. View the 2016 program.
Please email gbpeirce@pitt.edu for more information.

This event is sponsored by The Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES), the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence (ESC/EUCE), and the International Business Center (IBC) at the University of Pittsburgh

Date Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2016

Czech Studies Workshop, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 20-22, 2017

Call for Papers
Eighteenth Annual Czech Studies Workshop
April 20-22, 2017
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Eighteenth Annual Czech Studies Workshop, which will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on April 20-22, 2017, welcomes papers on Czech topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Slovak topics will also be considered. In the past our interdisciplinary conference has drawn participants from colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.
This year’s program will also include a concert by the Defiant Requiem Foundation (http://jewishstudies.unc.edu/event/defiant-requiem-at-unc/) and an invited lecture by Petr Roubal of the Institute for Contemporary History in Prague (http://www.usd.cas.cz/cs/pracovnici/roubal-petr).
The deadline for submitting proposals is January 9, 2017.
Applications should include:
Full address
Institutional affiliation
Daytime telephone
Email address
Paper title
Paper abstract of approximately 250 words
Curriculum vitae
Please also indicate whether or not you have attended a Czech Studies Workshop in the past.
Application materials should be emailed to CzechStudies2017@gmail.com or mailed to:
Chad Bryant
Department of History
CB #3195, Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195
 Any questions can be sent directly to Chad Bryant at bryantc@email.unc.edu

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016

CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Russia, Eastern Eur. & Eurasia, U of Nottingham, 8 March 2017

Gender and Sexuality in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Past and Present Conference venue: University of Nottingham
Period: 8th March 2017
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 9th January 2017

Description of the Event
Research into gender and sexuality in Russian, East European and Eurasian contexts has rapidly expanded in recent years in the disciplines of history, geography, sociology, literature, politics and cultural studies. The aim of this conference is to facilitate the continued development of this field by encouraging cross-disciplinary conversations around these central themes.

Eligible topics for the conference
Presentations by postgraduates and early-career researchers are especially welcomed. Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

Paid and unpaid labour
Constructions of femininity and masculinity in politics and popular culture The life cycle and the regulation of ageing Medicine and gendered bodies Intersections of gender, race and ethnicity Sexualities and gender identities Migration and displacement Violence and discrimination

Keynote speaker: Dr Sarah Badcock, University of Nottingham

Guidelines for submission
Proposals for 20-minute papers and for panels of 3 papers are welcomed.
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief biographical note to the organiser Siobhan Hearne siobhan.hearne@nottingham.ac.uk by Monday 9th January 2017.


Date Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2016

Summer/ language Opportunities

Learn Armenian This Summer

First-Year Armenian
Students with no previous experience learn to understand Armenian culture and to speak Armenian at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level, preparing them to participate in elementary activities in CLI's Summer in Yerevan program.
Students of CLI Summer Armenian in Yerevan immerse themselves in Armenian culture while strengthening their mastery of the language through specially designed courses and extramural activities. This small, flexible program is customized to meet the needs of each participant.
APPLY by January 27, 2017
More information is available at: https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/armenian 
Date Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017

Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) 2017

CESSI 2017

June 19 - August 11, 2017
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Priority Deadline: February 1, 2017

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) offers intensive Central Eurasian language courses alongside a cultural enhancement program which introduces students to the rich world of Central Eurasian history and culture.

The Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host CESSI in the summer of 2017.

In summer 2017, we will offer instruction in first- and second-year Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Scheduling of classes is contingent upon sufficient enrollment. Please apply to CESSI as early as possible to help ensure that your class will be offered. Other Central Eurasian languages may be added to this list if there is enough interest. Please contact the CESSI program coordinator if you are interested in studying a language not listed above.

New for 2017! CESSI will provide 10 Title VIII Fellowships to graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens. Fellowships will cover tuition and fees, as well as provide a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses for the summer.

For more information and to apply, please see http://creeca.wisc.edu/cessi/

Date Posted: Mon, 19 Dec 2016

Summer Intensive Russian Program in Monterey, CA | June 15 - August 9, 2017

Summer Intensive Russian Program at Monterey
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

PROGRAM DATES: June 15 - August 9, 2017
PROGRAM LOCATION: Monterey, California

Our highly intensive (4.5 hours of class per day with 3-5 hours of homework per night) 8-week summer program takes on the challenge of mastering the language by rooting active speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in formal knowledge, aided by grammar study, and vocabulary-building. The goal is to put students confidently on the path to Russian language fluency and to growing appreciation for one of the world’s great cultures—from “The Battleship Potemkin” to the Sochi Olympics.


--Students are exposed to real-world materials such as press interviews, Russian pop music lyrics, and global and regional events to stimulate broad-ranging communicative activities.

--Students work on individual projects to develop fluency in their own fields of interest.

--Free tutoring with fluent Russian speakers to support classroom learning

--Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate and ESL programs

--Weekly and daily co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study. Some past activities include:

--Excursion to the Russian quarter of San Francisco

--Russian game nights

--Weekly Russian film nights

--Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience in prestigious universities

--Career advising to support students’ career paths related to the Russian-speaking world

Learn more: http://www.miis.edu/academics/language/programs/summer/russian
Apply: http://www.miis.edu/academics/language/programs/summer/apply

Date Posted: Mon, 19 Dec 2016

APPLY FOR SUMMER 2017: Intermediate Russian study with Harvard in Tbilisi, Georgia

Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia
Dates:  June 19 – August 11, 2017
2017 Faculty:  Professor Julie Buckler, Dr. Veronika Egorova
Advance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia’s longstanding cultural and political relationship with Russia. The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers a distinctive and  fascinating site for urban studies and a guiding theme for your Russian-language learning.  We will undertake small-group fieldwork projects that allow us greater contact with the city and its residents, as well as opportunities to use Russian in real-world situations.  We’ll meet with city experts, writers, artists, preservationists, politicians, and NGOs.  You’ll also take several trips within Georgia – to Mtskheta, Davit Gareja, Gori, Borjomi, Batumi, and Kazbegi — to gain a deeper understanding of the Georgian nation and its regional context.
Program Structure 
Your studies include intermediate-Russian language courses every weekday and additional sessions two to three times each week, devoted to Tbilisi small-group urban fieldwork projects; Georgian culture, history, literature, film; and Russian literature and culture about the Caucasus. Note: A pre-departure introduction to Georgian language will be available for participants and additional non-credit Georgian language study may be arranged as part of the program in Tbilisi for those desiring to study Georgian.
RUSS S-BG Study Abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia: Intermediate Russian
This program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
The Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia, provides students with a full course in intermediate-level Russian language instruction. Language study tracks the content of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Russian B-level courses (equivalent to Russian Ba-Bb, Bta-Btb, or Bab), preparing students to continue in Advanced Russian/Third-Year (Russian 101-103); the program includes 140 hours of language instruction.  Our unique situation in Tbilisi also allows us to explore Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia’s cultural and political relationship with Russia. The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers a distinctive and  fascinating site for urban studies and a guiding theme for your Russian-language learning.  We will undertake small-group fieldwork projects that allow us greater contact with the city and its residents and opportunities to use Russian in real-world situations.  
Where You Live and Study 
Program participants will stay in double rooms at a small hotel convenient to the historical center of Tbilisi and to International School of Economics (ISET), where classes will be held. The hotel is also a short walk from the museum and arts district, and offers numerous shopping and restaurant opportunities nearby. All hotel rooms and the classrooms have air conditioning. Wifi is available at both the hotel and the university.
Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel’s restaurant. Program participants will be responsible for lunchtime meals except for special program events. Georgian cuisine is a highlight this program, and participants will have ample opportunity to explore Tbilisi’s restaurants and cafes, which feature truly amazing food at very reasonable prices.
More information available at the Harvard Summer School Website:
Applications due by January 26, 2017.
For language-specific inquiries (involving intermediate Russian or the possibility of Georgian language study) please contact Prof. Steven Clancy <sclancy@fas.harvard.edu>. For broader questions about the Harvard in Tbilisi program, please contact the program leader, Prof. Julie Buckler <buckler@fas.harvard.edu>.
Date Posted: Wed, 16 Nov 2016

2017 Medieval Slavic Summer Institute- Application Open

The 2017 Medieval Slavic Summer Institute 

June 19 - July 14 2017


 We are now accepting applications!

Application Deadline: February 24, 2017 

   The Hilandar Research Library (HRL), the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (SEELC) at The Ohio State University hosts a four-week intensive Summer Institute for qualified graduate students in Columbus, Ohio, every other year. The Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) offers lectures in two areas: Practical Slavic Paleograhy and Readings in Church Slavonic. Manuscript material on microform from the Hilandar Research Library’s extensive holdings forms a large part of the lectures and exercises. There is also a program of lectures on related topics, and other activities.


Applicants must be graduate students with a BA degree and with a reading knowledge of Cyrillic and of at least one Slavic language. Preference will be given to applicants with reading knowledge of Old Church Slavonic or some other pre-modern Slavic language.


The HRL is the largest repository of medieval Slavic Cyrillic texts on microform in the world, and includes holdings from over 100 monastic, private, museum, and library collections of twenty-three countries. There are over 6,000 Cyrillic manuscripts on microform in the HRL, as well as over 1,000 Cyrillic early pre-1800 printed books on microform. The holdings range from the eleventh to twentieth centuries, with a particularly strong collection of manuscripts from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. About half of the manuscripts are East Slavic, with much of the remainder South Slavic in provenience. Learn more about the HRL here.



For further information on eligibility, credit, housing, or financial aid, please contact RCMSS Program Coordinator Jessi Jones at jones.3939@osu.edu

Date Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016

Russia 2017: A Revolutionary Journey - Opportunity Through College of DuPage

Russia 2017: A Revolutionary Journey

May 20-29, 2017
Explore Russia's fascinating history, geography and culture!
  • Start in St. Petersburg and then travel to Moscow.
  • Visit sites of the Russian Revolution during the centennial year of that event and more.
  • Experience the richness of Russian history by touring historical sites, museums and palaces.
For more information, contact Ben Whisenhunt, whisen@cod.edu, or see the attached flyer.
Organized by College of DuPage
Date Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2016