December 17, 2012
Fellowship: ARISC Graduate Student, Postdoctoral, and Junior Faculty Research Fellowship
Deadline: February 8, 2013
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior faculty (pre-tenure) fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; and 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region.
Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants in order to foster long-term ties between the academic communities in the U.S. and the South Caucasus. Research awards will be made for a maximum of $5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.
For more information and the application form, please visit http://arisc.org/RESOURCES/Funding-Opportunities/ARISC-Research-Fellowships
CFP Workshop: Photography and Visual Orders in the History of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union
Deadline: February 28, 2013
Photography and Visual Orders in the History of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union
German Historical Institute Moscow
2 - 4 October 2013
Photographs are two-dimensional simplifications of a four-dimensional reality; they often possess a greater power of suggestion than the natural visual sensation. This, along with their technical reproducibility, explains the rise of photography to one of the most important everyday representations of people, places, and events since the late 19th century. It seems logical to search for the symbolic orders in and behind this new world of images (whether familial, political, or economic), as well as for their origins and medial transmission, and their producers and recipients. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the German Historical Institute Moscow and the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) “Threatened Orders” of Tübingen University and devotes itself to these topics using the example of Russian / Soviet History between 1840 and 1990. The purpose of this, first of all, is to lay down thematic guidelines for further research and to coordinate running projects.
The following four thematic fields will serve as starting point:
1) Method and Theory. What contribution can photo-historical approaches and questions make to the study of both Russian and Soviet History, and to the study of (threatened) orders (also in a transnational context)? Orders are considered to be threatened according to the CRC-terminology, when options for action become insecure, patterns of behaviour and routines are called into question, and when a threat communication is established.
2) Images of the Other. Photographs are considered to have a causal connection to reality. Therefore, they play a key role in visualising foreigners and foes. What strategies of inclusion, exclusion, defamation, or romanticization can be observed?
3) Ideas of Order. Photojournalism, which was considered the most important genre of Soviet Photography since the end of the 1920s, visualised the ideals of the New Soviet person and his / her society. In this context, we are not only interested in how achievements in industrialization, space travel, or sports were represented by means of photography, but also if and in what context threats were visualized.
4) Practices, Techniques, Media. What did the social and organizational infrastructure behind the worlds of images visualizing order and threat look like? Through which agents and media did their dissemination occur? How did amateurs apply or alter the official picture language? What motifs and presentation techniques were formative?
Interested scholars from all disciplines, who work on the History of Photography in Russia or the Soviet Union, please send a proposal for a talk (25 minutes, length: maximum 400 words) and a short CV until 28 February 2013 to Isabelle de Keghel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications may be submitted in German, Russian or English. Conference Languages will be Russian and English (with simultaneous translation).
Proposals from the entire field of the History of Photography in Russia and the Soviet Union between 1840 and 1990 are welcome. Particular attention will be paid to the thematic fields mentioned above.
The number of speakers is limited to fifteen. Applicants will be notified of the chosen proposals by 30 March 2013.
The conference is funded by the GHI Moscow and the CRC 923 “Threatened Orders” of Tübingen University. The expenses on travel and accommodation will be covered by the organizers. A publication of selected articles is planned.
We are looking forward to your proposals!
Dr Isabelle de Keghel, University of Konstanz (email@example.com)
Dr Katharina Kucher, University of Tübingen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PD Dr Andreas Renner, Universities of Heidelberg/Tübingen (email@example.com)
Katja Bruisch, GHI Moscow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fellowship: Likhachev Foundation 2-week Cultural Fellowships
Deadline: February 1, 2013
The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) together with Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg and B. Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia) announces competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from May 13 till May 26, 2013 for American and European professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.
Until February 1, 2013 the Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from professionals in the field of culture and history or arts from the USA and Europe who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible.
Working languages of the program are English and Russian.
Creative project could be a museum exhibition project, a theater performance, a film, photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. Creative project should be conceived in the USA or Europe for a broad American or European audience. Residence in Russia should serve as an important stage in the realization of the applicant's cultural project.
The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the fellows according to their projects' specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, possibilities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives and other organizations.
Ten two-week fellowships will be organized from May 13 till May 26, 2013 in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Deadline for submitted applications is February 1, 2013.
Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by March 1, 2013.
Application should include:
. CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia and previous visits to Russia).
. Description of creative project (up to 3 pages) such as museum or exhibition project, theater performance, film, preparation of fiction or research book and other types of cultural projects related to Russian culture or history. It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant's creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.
Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line «application for the fellowship».
December 14, 2012
Prague Summer School 2013
Deadline: May 15, 2013
For ten years Prague Summer Schools bring talented students from around the world to spend an intensive academic week in the beautiful city of Prague. Selected international factulty of academics as well as practitioners turns each summer school into a working space where concrete aspects of important social, economic and political problems are tackled. Our aim is to contribute to understanding of selected current issues while fostering the international dialog.
Where: All Prague Summer Schools will take place in a beautiful part of central Prague, the Czech Republic.
Why: Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy a part of their summer in unique educational and cultural environment.
Visit www.praguesummerschools.org to discover the details about the upcoming programs. The website will direct you to the individual page of each summer school containing information on its academics, factulty, schedule, logistics, alumni feedback, and application process.
Early Bird Application Deadline: 30 April 2013
Final Application Deadline: 15 May 2013
December 12, 2012
CFP Conference: Challenges of 21st Century: past, present and future of medicine and health care in post-socialist world(s)
Deadline: February 25, 2013
The 3rd Annual Health in Transition Conference
June 7-8, 2013
Host: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw
Success of previous explorations on relations between health and transition in post-socialist Europe have encouraged us to continue the efforts started in Prague in 2011 and maintained in Bucharest last year.
As during the last two editions, the goal of the 3rd Health in Transition Conference is to bring together medical anthropologists and social science healthcare researchers focused on post-socialist area. We hope to broaden our scope by extending an invitation to researchers with knowledge of the economical, historical, legal, medical and political contexts. We believe that such interdisciplinary synergy will engender a better understanding and more complex scientific scrutiny in exploration of the region which has faced an overwhelming cultural, social, political and economic readjustment during the last two decades.
We also aspire to consolidate the scientific environment focused on post-social countries and its medical and social challenges. Without question, a debate and open forum will improve and strengthen medical anthropology in and about post-socialist world. Health in Transition Conferences emphasize the need for enhanced awareness and acknowledgment of medical anthropology while highlighting its potential for applied, critical and engaged research.
With a focus on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as the former Soviet Union, organizers welcome contributions based on ethnographic research,including, but not limited to:
* reflections on forms of biomedical care
* social responds to illness and disease
* impact of Europeanization and globalization on local health practices
* new patterns of medical approaches to disease
* social background of disease and illness
* development and role of new medical technologies
* emergence of new sources of knowledge and authority in a context of illness
* intersections of health and markers of social difference
* personhood, the body and bio-politics
* development of health-related professions
* health and healthcare among migrant and refugee populations
* poverty and unequal access to health
* state ownership and privatization of health care
* uses of ethnography in health policy and practice
* medical anthropology and the question of post-socialism
The deadline for abstracts (300 to 400 words) is 25 February 2013. Presenters will be notified by 1 April 2013 if their paper has been accepted. Complete papers are due by 7 May 2013. Work in progress is welcome and offers to chair panels or to serve as panel discussants will be warmly received. Please send abstracts and further enquiries to email@example.com.
Announcement: New Bibliographic Database in Slavic and East European Studies
A new bibliographic database in the field of Slavic and East European Studies is now available. The Slavic Humanities Index is a cover-to-cover indexing tool encompassing important scholarly and cultural periodicals in the humanities of Central, Eastern, and South-eastern Europe. This interdisciplinary index includes bibliographic citations of articles in history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, cultural, borderland, regional studies, ethnology, and library and archival sciences. Thus, the database allows cross-cultural and cross-discipline searching. The periodicals indexed in the database are published in Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
Indexing begins with 1994 and is up-to-date with the latest available issue. At the moment, the database includes approximately 100,000 records and in the following months more records will be added that will constitute around 160,000 records from 147 Slavic periodicals. This is an open-end project and in the future, more periodicals will be indexed in the database. The database can be searched in vernacular languages, in the Library of Congress and International transliteration systems. It will be updated weekly.
Created by Nadia Zavorotna.
For more information, please visit: slavus.ca
Study Abroad: 3rd International Summer School of Belarusian Studies
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Dr. Maria Paula Survilla, Executive Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies at Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Center’s 3rd International Summer School of Belarusian Studies from July 7 to August 4, 2013. The program, co-sponsored by the Belarusian Historical Society (Białystok, Poland), will be held at the Belarusian Cultural Center and Belarusian Lyceum in the town of Hajnówka, located in the Podlasie region of northeastern Poland, an area of great natural beauty and home to Poland’s sizable ethnic Belarusian population—an ideal setting for the study of Belarusian language, history, society, and culture, as well as for the study of a broad range of issues relating to cultural diversity and minorities policies in the EU. Ambassador (retired) David H. Swartz will serve as the Summer School’s Program Director. Amb. Swartz was the first U.S. ambassador to Belarus.
For further information and application materials, please visit the CBS website at http://belarusiancenter.org/.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Balkan and/or South Asian Studies, Ohio State
Deadline: February 15, 2013
The Ohio State University Sawyer Seminar, “Language, Politics, and Human Expression in South Asia and the Balkans: Comparative Perspectives,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship for academic year 2013-2014. Focus of research is open within South Asian or Balkan Studies, with a preference for candidates whose work is comparative and interdisciplinary. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to actively participate in Seminar meetings and to teach one course associated with the Seminar theme.
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to advance his or her own research project and present it at a public meeting of the Seminar. A Ph.D. in a Humanities and/or Social Sciences field in hand by August 1, 2013 is required. Salary and benefits are competitive.
To apply, please send a cover letter, a complete CV, two letters of reference, and a research statement of no more than 2,000 words by February 15, 2013 electronically (Word or PDF files preferred) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit http://go.osu.edu/sawyerseminar.
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. In order to build a more diverse workforce, qualified women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
CFP Conference: Constructing the “Soviet”? Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, and New Identities, EUSP
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Since 2007 the conference «Constructing the “Soviet”? Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities» has been held annually upon the students’ initiative in the European University at Saint Petersburg. This year the conference will be held April 19-20, 2013.
The mission of the event is to provide an international discussion of the problems of the Soviet history, to develop the academic connections and to find new methods and approaches. The conference gives to young scholars from Russia and abroad an opportunity to discuss different aspects of Soviet everyday life, politics, economics and art; to receive comments of well-known academics: anthropologists, historians, sociologists and philologists on their research.
At the conference in April 2013 we would like to discuss inter alia the following topics:
- The Soviet economic system: beyond the effectiveness? Plan and competition. The Second economy.
- War and society: the phenomenon of the “Soviet” in the context of the Great Patriotic (World War II) and Cold Wars. Military and “peaceful” hardware and technology.
- Postwar repressions. The fight with dissidence.
- The Soviet childhood: Utopia and reality. Pedagogical theories. Toys and games.
- The foreigners in the USSR and Soviet people abroad. Migration, tourism, espionage. The image of “The Other”.
- Social, political and cultural boarders: the history of Soviet concepts and practices .
- The language of the official soviet art: from socialist realism to deideologization.
- Memory and oblivion of the “Soviet”.
We invite undergraduate and PhD students specializing in the humanities and social sciences to send us their short papers to participate in the conference. No remote participation is possible. The conference languages are Russian and English.
A collected volume will be published by the beginning of the conference. The programs and volumes from previous years are available at: www.eu.spb.ru/history/projects/constructing-the-soviet
Requirements for the short papers: no more than 15 000 characters (including spaces and footnotes); MS Word (versions 1997 – to 2003), automatic footnotes. Please also include your contact information, university, department and year of education.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 1, 2013 at: email@example.com
The European university at St. Petersburg can cover transportation and accommodation costs for a few participants.
Study Abroad: Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Culture
Deadline: March 1, 2013
The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center affiliate of the ASEEES and the Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture at Prešov University in Prešov, Slovakia, are pleased to announce the fourth annual three-week Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Culture from June 9-30, 2013. The Studium offers a unique experience to Slavists interested in exploring the history, culture, and language of an East Slavic people located on the border between East and West Slavic linguistic and cultural worlds.
Intensive daily language study on the beginning and intermediate/advanced levels and lectures in history and Carpatho-Rusyn folklore, with parallel instruction offered in English and Rusyn, form the basic curriculum. Participants will also enjoy excursions to the famous Carpathian wooden churches, museums, and folk festivals, along with pysanky and folksong workshops, a visit to an authentic village wedding, and a day trip to Uzhhorod. This is a one-of-its-kind opportunity to study Rusyn, codified in Slovakia in 1995. Some scholarship funds will be available for students registered in a North American college or university. For further detailed information and an application, go to www.carpathorusynsociety.org. Contact Patricia Krafcik with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course: America's Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees: Twentieth Century Migration and Memory
A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College & University Teachers
Columbia University, New York
June 9-29, 2013
This Institute will consider the substance of the terms "diaspora," "transnational," "accommodation," and "memory" through the specific prism of the four distinct waves-First (1917-40), Second (1947-55), Third (1967-89), and Fourth (1989 to the present)- of Russian-speaking immigrants to America. One of the core issues addressed is whether we can create a sophisticated narrative synthesis of the "Russophone Experience" in America, that could be integrated into broader courses on American politics and immigration, sociology, anthropology, and ethnic studies. More than this, can this synthesis be applied to the experience of other immigrant groups?
Institute applicants-current faculty members at U.S. institutions, independent scholars, museum curators, and up to three advanced graduate students-will compete for the twenty-five available Summer Scholar spots. Over a three-week period, this select group will engage in a lively dialogue with an extraordinary array of upwards of fifty master teachers, scholars, and social services and community representatives of the last three waves of emigration (and with the children of the first).
A full description, daily schedule, and application information will be found at: http://nehsummerinst.columbia.edu/