January 31, 2013
CFP Conference: Politics & International Affairs in Athens
Deadline: 18 February 2013
The Politics & International Affairs Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 11th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs, 17-20 June 2013, Athens, Greece. For further details (including previous programs), please go to the conference website: www.atiner.gr/politics.htm. The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.
The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers, students and professionals in private and public organizations and governments of Politics and International Affairs and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.
If you think that you can contribute, please submit a 300-word abstract by 18 February 2013, by email, email@example.com to: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis, Head, Politics & International Affairs Research Unit, ATINER and Director, International Studies Program Virginia Tech - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2013/FORM-POL.doc.
Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a mini conference or a panel (session), chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (firstname.lastname@example.org), President, ATINER.
Call for Applications: European Studies Grant Competitions
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Eligibility: These Title VIII grants are available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. This is a residential program requiring visiting scholars to remain in the Washington, DC area and to forego other academic and professional obligations for the duration of the grant.
Short-term grants offer a stipend for one month, while summer research grants provide support for two months. Both opportunities include residence at the Wilson Center.
Deadline: The deadline for receipt of short-term and summer research grant applications and supporting materials is March 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified approximately one month later.
Project Scope: EES offers residential summer and short-term research grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on East Europe. While Southeast Europe remains a primary focus, projects on Central Europe and the Baltic states are also eligible. Countries that fall under this scope are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Projects should focus on fields in the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology.
Application Information: To apply for a Title VIII Summer, or Short-term Research Grant, the applicant must submit the following:
- a concise description of his/her research project;
- a curriculum vitae;
- a statement of preferred and alternate dates of residence in Washington, DC;
- two letters or recommendation in support of the research to be conducted at the Center.
Please mail all application materials to:
East European Studies
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027
OR Send them via e-mail to: European.Studies@WilsonCenter.org
CFP Conference: "Economic Challenges in Enlarged Europe"
Deadline: 15 March 2013
Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration will host 5th international conference "Economic Challenges in Enlarged Europe" from 16-18 June 2013 in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. This conference, organised in collaboration with the Society for the Study of Emerging Markets (based in the USA) and Eesti Pank (Central Bank of Estonia), aims to bring together academics as well as practitioners to discuss topical issues and disseminate high quality research in economics, finance and business with a focus on enlarged Europe. The conference venue will be Hotel Euroopa, a 4-star hotel in Tallinn.
Several publication opportunities in international journals are available for accepted papers. You are kindly invited to submit papers for this conference. For further information, please see the attached Call for Papers and visit the conference website http://wwww.ttu.ee/ecee.
Submission deadline for extended abstracts: 15 March 2013
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1 April 2013 (if you submit earlier, we strive to respond earlier)
Deadline for registration and payment: 15 April 2013
Submission deadline for full papers: 15 May 2013
Conference: 16 - 18 June 2013
Submission deadline for final papers for journals: 1 August 2012 (I round) and 15 September 2012 (II round)
Call for Applications: Summer Academy in Vienna
Deadline: May 25, 2013
IPD is very glad to call interested participants for its first International Summer Academy in Peacebulding & Intercultural Dialogue, which is going to be held in the middle of Europe, Vienna during the 1-11 September. Its image as one of the most favourable places for travelling, has made it more interesting to offer an exited and comprehensive programme for our participants. We offer you a 11 day training, with a professional education from our excellent experts, who are professionals with many years of experience in peace and conflict studies.
The participation fee is €1550 and this fee includes:
If you wish to get academic knowledge by experienced experts and spend fruitful summer time in Vienna then fill the attached application form and back to me via email with CV, Passport Page (only photo page) to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org till the 25 May 2013.
When you send your application Please, name the filled documents as “NAME” “SURNAME” “COUNTRY”
We all know that organising of such kind of international training programs are quite expensive, so to help in this matter we invite state organs, foundations, Think Tank Institutes, Universities, embassies, companies, business leaders, individual and philanthropies to work together and invest capital to the institutional development of academic peace education and sponsorship for covering participation expenses of young people from the all around developing world countries.
We strongly work on how we can fully or partially fund potential participants expenses from Non-OECD countries but this kind of hard works depends from philanthropic donations, grants and financial aid. On the same time we recommend you to apply for financial opportunities from your government, scholarship programs and sending institutions, if possible.
A scholarship will reduce the program fee partially. The sum is set individually, since it depends to the individual application and the available funds which vary yearly.
International travel expenses and other related costs (visa & insurance) are not included in the scholarship.
Please visit the website for more info at http://www.ipdinstitute.at/International-Summer-Academy/ or contact Fakhrinur HUSEYNLI,
Director of Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IDP
Address: Austria, 1030-Wien, Apostelgasse 17/20
January 29, 2013
Job: University Lecturership in Modern Russian and Soviet History, Oxford
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Applications are invited for appointment to a University Lecturership, to be held jointly in the Faculty of History and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS), in association with an Official Fellowship at St Antony’s College, with effect from 1 October 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The successful applicant will have research interests in Russian, Soviet and/or post-Soviet History since 1900. He/she will be expected to provide teaching and supervision for both the Faculty of History and SIAS at undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should refer to the further particulars for full details of the teaching requirements for this post.
Candidates should have received the degree of PhD, in a field of Russian History or the History of any other country of the former Soviet Union, by 1 October 2013, or at least have submitted a completed doctoral dissertation for examination by that date, but candidates who do not meet this requirement may be considered if they have attained a comparable level of publication. Candidates should also have knowledge of at least one language from Russia and the former Soviet Union. The successful candidate must demonstrate a research record of international standing appropriate to the stage of his or her career, and evidence of imaginative current and future research plans, including the potential to lead new research initiatives; a record of success in securing research funding, or a demonstrable desire to do so; the ability to deliver excellent tutorial teaching and to give lectures and classes; the ability to act as an examiner; the ability to supervise graduate students; and a willingness to undertake administration and pastoral responsibilities on behalf of the History Faculty, SIAS and St Antony’s College.
The salary for this post will be on a scale from £43,312 - £58,157 p.a. Additional college allowances are available as set out in the further particulars. The postholder will have an office in St Antony’s College. Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the History Faculty website (http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/faculty/vacancies.html), from the SIAS website (http://www.area-studies.ox.ac.uk/vacancies), or by writing to the Administrator, Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL (email@example.com).
The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 01 March 2013.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFW373/university-lecturership-in-modern-russian-and-soviet-history/
CFP Conference: Social and Human Sciences on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
Deadline: February 28, 2013
Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities – National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow
October 17-18, 2013
This international conference is intended to put together research findings on the history of social and human sciences in the capitalist West and the socialist East during the second half of the 20th century. This topic has recently gained a considerable attention of historians, sociologists and philosophers of science as indicated by a growing number of conferences and publications in the past couple of years. A concept of “Cold War science”, in particular, has been applied to a variety of cases ranging from post-war economics and cybernetics to psychology and philosophy in different countries. An approach in terms of Cold War science tends to emphasize the importance of strategic objectives (military, intelligence) and of governmental resources in promoting certain analytical tools, in defining research agendas and in changing disciplinary hierarchies. The decisive role of Government and specific ideological contexts seems by now quite convincingly demonstrated. However, we would like to substantiate the straightforward knowledge/power thesis by considering new forms of critique and reflexivity in the social and human sciences, which have emerged during the after-war period. Post-structuralism, social studies of science are a few but important examples of this intellectual development. The context of Cold War also contributed to the emergence of new interdisciplinary approaches and cross-disciplinary fields like, for example, area studies on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
We invite scholars from different disciplines (history, sociology, economics, psychology, science studies or philosophy) to contribute papers on the post-war development of different research domains in the West and in the Soviet bloc. Comparative papers are especially, but not exclusively, welcomed. We're interested in the social history of institutions, concepts and techniques, as well as of intellectual transfers and exchanges. Since most research in this area is limited to the mid-20th-century, case studies extended to the sixties and the seventies would be of particular interest.
To avoid areal (geographic) or disciplinary segregations, the conference sessions are intended, instead, to be problem-oriented. We propose three main axes of reflection but the list of questions for discussion may of course be extended following your suggestions:
1) How did the context of the Cold War influence, both conceptually and institutionally, the production of knowledge in the social and human sciences? Did this context occasionally create conditions for niches of intellectual autonomy?
2) What were the conditions and effects of knowledge transfers (people, ideas and tools) between the Europe and the U.S., or between the West and the Soviet bloc, during and after WWII?
3) What post-war developments in epistemology and methodology of the social and human sciences did shape or transform the contemporary “order of disciplines” (epistemic cultures, disciplinary borders and academic hierarchies)?
Abstract (300 words) and a short CV should be sent to Olessia Kirtchik at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2013. Those selected to give presentations at the conference will be contacted in early April 2013.
Irina Savelieva (Higher School of Economics), Chair
Ivan Boldyrev (Humboldt University)
Alexander Dmitriev (Higher School of Economics)
Olessia Kirtchik (Higher School of Economics)
Martin Kragh (Uppsala University)
Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary, University of London)
Study Abroad: 20th Ukrainian Summer Language Institute in L'viv, U of Kansas
Deadline: March 1, 2013
For the 20th year in a row, the University of Kansas is offering our unique Intensive Summer Language and Culture program in L’viv, Ukraine.
This six-week program, from June 4-July 18, 2013, offers a unique opportunity for students to study intensive Ukrainian language and area studies (political transition, society, economics, culture, etc.) in L'viv. Instruction is provided by regular faculty of L'viv University who have experience teaching American students. The program offers 150 class contact hours of language instruction, and students earn six hours of credit upon successful completion of the program.
In addition to taking language and area courses, students will work with individual L'viv faculty on a research topic associated with their stateside field of concentration. The program includes a round-table discussion with representatives of several Ukrainian political parties. An on-site Program Director from the KU faculty accompanies the students.
The Program includes numerous teacher-accompanied excursions in and around L'viv, including the historic city center, various churches, and museums of history, ethnography, and architecture. The Program also includes three excursions outside L'viv: a three-day trip to the capital city of Kyiv; a two-day trip to the Carpathian mountains, with visits to Mukacheve and Uzhorod; and a one-day trip to the medieval castle of Olesko.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have a stated interested in learning Ukrainian – no previous language study required.
The program meets the requirements for Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship funding. Students applying for FLAS funding for the program can request a breakdown of the costs by emailing email@example.com. Students interested in applying for KU FLAS funding should visit www.flas.ku.edu.
For more detailed information regarding costs and dates, as well as to begin the online application, visit www.studyabroad.ku.edu/?go=Ukraine.
Study Abroad: Croatian Summer Institute in Zadar, U of Kansas
Deadline: March 1, 2013
The University of Kansas Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Office of Study Abroad offer students the opportunity to spend the summer in Zadar, Croatia, studying Croatian language and culture. The University of Kansas has more than 30 years of involvement in Croatian language programs.
This six-week program, from May 25-July 6, 2013, offers 150 contact hours of intermediate and advanced Croatian, and students earn six hours of credit upon successful completion of the program.
In addition to in-class language study, the program offers afternoon and evening programs that include lectures (in Croatian), films, and visits to museums. Cultural and sightseeing trips to local places of interest are planned for this year's program. Zadar has many cultural sight-seeing opportunities and events in town. There are three national parks near Zadar as well as natural parks and cultural sights. Students have the option of taking boat trips to islands off the coast. In addition to swimming and visiting the beaches, students can take part in various sports activities such as surfing, water-skiing, sailing, and scuba diving.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. A minimum of one year of Croatian language study is required, and the language of instruction is Croatian.
The program meets the requirements for Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship funding. Students applying for FLAS funding for the program can request a breakdown of the costs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in applying for KU FLAS funding should visit www.flas.ku.edu.
For more detailed information regarding costs and dates, as well as to begin the online application, visit www.studyabroad.ku.edu/?go=Croatia.
CFP Conference: Listening to the Wind of Change: Popular Culture and Post-Socialist Societies in East-Central Europe
Deadline: April 15/May 15, 2013
Listening to the Wind of Change: Popular Culture and Post-Socialist Societies in East-Central Europe
October 18-19, 2013
Prague, Czech Republic
We invite researchers to share their papers and panel proposals related to the conference theme, including but not limited to such topics as:
- Culture Transfer: Westernization and Commodification of the "East"
- Culture of the Post-Socialist New Rich: Continuities with Late State Socialism and Neoliberalism;
- Re-traditionalization, Nationalism, Exclusion and Mobilization in Popular Culture;
- Fostering Free-market Ideology through Popular Culture;
- Conflicting Memories of Anti-/Post-communism in Popular Culture;
- Reflections of Sexuality and Gender in Popular Culture;
- Exploitation Culture as Reply to Fast Changes in Post-Socialist Societies;
- Visual Culture of Post-Socialist Societies of East-Central Europe;
- Popular Culture in East-Central Europe as Commodity;
- Travelling Cultural Theory (East West)
Deadline for abstracts is 15 May 2013. Deadline for panel proposals is 15 April 2013.
You may find further information at the conference website: http://pop-postsoc.webnode.cz/
JOB: Endowed Professorship for Central and South-Eastern European Art Histories, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Deadline: February 25, 2013
In cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, ERSTE Foundation announces a professorship for “Central and South-Eastern European Art Histories“. This endowed chair will be involved in both teaching and research within the Department of Art and Cultural Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and will contribute new content to the Academy’s curriculum. The endowed chair will be dealing with one of the focal points of ERSTE Foundation’s Programme Culture: the field of art histories in Central and South-Eastern Europe, especially after 1960. With this professorship, the art history of the region should be promoted in Austria within the academic field. Furthermore, this project offers the involved scientist the enrichment of working abroad.
Applications for this professorship can be submitted until 25 February 2013. The successful candidate should have outstanding scientific qualifications in the field of Central and South Eastern European Art Histories. For further information, visit the website of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: http://www.akbild.ac.at/portal_en/academyen/current/jobs_en/stiftungsprofessur-endowed-professorship-central-and-south-eastern-european-art-histories?set_language=en&cl=en
Internships: U.S. Department of State Fall 2013 Internship Program (unpaid)
Deadline: March 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for its 2013 Fall Student Internship Program (unpaid). Visit https://state.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/336405300 to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 1, 2013.
This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.
The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.
As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
- Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
- Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
- Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
- Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
- Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.
So consider spending your Fall 2013 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit. (Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.)
Please visit http://careers.state.gov/students/programs for more information about the Fall 2013 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs.
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.
U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.
Job: Lecturer in the field of Culture and History of South Eastern Europe, Ghent University
Deadline: February 22, 2013
The Faculty of Arts & Philosophy at Ghent University invites applications for the full-time position of professor in the rank of Lecturer (Tenure Track system) in the Department of Languages and Cultures, taking effect on October 1, 2013. Responsibilities will include academic teaching, research and service in the field of Culture and History of South Eastern Europe, in particular of the Slavonic language communities. http://www.ugent.be/en/news/vacancies/autonomous/culture-and-history-of-south-eastern-europe
- candidates are required to hold a doctor's degree with a doctoral thesis in the relevant field of expertise (or an equivalent thereof);
- candidates are required to have at least two years of postdoctoral experience on the day of commencement;
- candidates are required to have research experience in the field of the culture and history of South Eastern Europe, as is evident from contributions to international conferences and publications in books and/or peer-reviewed journals;
- candidates are required to possess the necessary didactic, organizational and communicative skills for the teaching of courses on history and culture of South Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Russia in an academic context;
- an international "profile" gained, for instance, through participation in research programmes at institutions other than one's own, will be considered an asset.
Candidates are required to show their willingness to learn Dutch (insofar as they do not speak this language on the day of application).
The candidates are required to submit:
- an outline (max. 1500 words) explaining their views on research, teaching and administrative duties in relation to this vacancy;
- the required transcripts (copies of degrees).
1. candidates will be short-listed on the basis of their curriculum vitae, bibliography, and the outline;
2. short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and required to present a short class (of twenty minutes), on the basis of which the final selection will be made.
This full-time position is a tenure-track appointment for a period of five years, at the end of which a tenure decision will be taken, depending on an overall evaluation. At the Ghent University, the possibility of promotion in the rank of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer is linked to the timely achievement of predefined personalized goals.
For further information about this vacancy, applicants are welcome to contact Professor Andreas Niehaus, Head of Department (tel +32 (0)9 264 41 57 or Andreas.Niehaus@UGent.be).
Applications should be sent by registered mail to:
The Rector of Ghent University
B-9000 Ghent (Belgium)
The standard application forms for Autonomous Academic Staff ("ZAP") should be used, with required transcripts (copies of degrees) attached. Applications must be sent no later than February 22, 2013.
The application forms for Autonomous Academic Staff ("ZAP") can be:
- requested at Ghent University, Department of Personnel and Organisation, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Gent;
- requested via telephone: +32 (0)9 264 95 48 or +32 (0)9 264 31 28;
- downloaded from the internet: http://www.ugent.be/nl/werken/aanwerving/formulieren/zap/formulier.doc/view.
CFP Conference: The Power of Language, The Language of Power, UVa Slavic Forum
Deadline: March 15, 2013
The Society of Slavic Graduate Students at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Slavic Forum to be held in the Jefferson Scholars Building in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The theme of this year’s forum is “The Power of Language, The Language of Power,” and we invite submissions examining any aspect of the intersection of language and the various structures of authority.
How does language confer political, social or literary capital to its users? In what ways do tools of discourse influence the thoughts and actions of individuals and societies? This theme is intended to guide presentations and discussion in the broadest possible terms, and may include topics as diverse as:
• The artist and the state
• Author and authority
• Political propaganda
• Foreign language-learning and pedagogy
• Linguistic analysis
• Ethical and political dimensions of translation
• Marginalized discourses, dialects, vernaculars, idioms, and slang phraseologies
• Creation of national literatures and canons
• Language of subversion, political satire, literary parody, anekdoty
• Literary works engaged in social and political discourses
• Linguistic norms and prescriptive approaches to usage
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit their work. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted as attachments to SlavicForum@virginia.edu no later than March 15, 2013.
CFP Conference: Macedonia 2013: 100 Years After the Treaty of Bucharest
Deadline: February 15, 2013
2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Balkan Wars and the signing of the Treaty of Bucharest, which divided Macedonia among Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia. The conference will explore the implications the Balkan Wars and the Treaty had on Macedonians and the Macedonian identity for both domestic and regional politics, most notably, after the establishment of an independent and sovereign Republic of Macedonia.
The Annual Global Conference, organized by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the leading organization for Macedonians worldwide, based out of Washington, D.C., invites abstract submissions for its 4th Global Conference to be held in Skopje and Ohrid, Macedonia from 25 July to 3 August 2013.
Panels are organized around the following interdisciplinary themes, with more specific topics to be listed in the next couple of weeks on the conference website at www.umdglobalconference.org:
I. The Balkan Wars (1912-1913): Analysis of events and war tactics
II. Treaty of Bucharest: Repercussions and residual effects in contemporary politics
III. Republic of Macedonia: current affairs and challenges
IV. Macedonian minorities: status of Macedonians living in other Balkan countries
Abstracts must be submitted in English or Macedonian, and should contain the title of the research paper, the author(s) full name, name of the institution, department, position, city and country along with contact details i.e. email id and phone numbers. A short Curriculum Vita of the author should also be attached.
Abstracts should be in 12 point Times New Roman and approximately 200-250 words. Abstracts should be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Competitive travel scholarships are available for students both in and out of Macedonia. For eligibility and details, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected Papers will be published in a special edition release by the United Macedonian Diaspora and distributed to all subscribers and contributors to the organization, and libraries throughout the world.
For more information about UMD, please visit www.umdiaspora.org.
Course: 2013 International Neighbourhood Symposium, Turkey
Deadline: March 24, 2013
The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will host the 3rd International Neighbourhood Symposium at Heybeliada, Turkey between Tuesday, 25 June and Sunday, 30 June 2013. This year’s Symposium will focus on “The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South – Tackling the Issues of Security, Democracy and Business.”
The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South are shared neighborhoods of the European Union, its member states, the Russian Federation, and Turkey. While each is distinct with its own historical, political, social, cultural and economic characteristics; their proximity suggests synergy across many sectoral issues such as energy, transport, and the environment. While the Eastern Neighbourhood is composed of many states that aspire to closer ties including membership in the European Union and NATO; it is also home to the Russia Federation whose estrangement with the West and its institutions is growing while it claims the neighborhood for itself. The Mediterranean South finds itself in a state of ebullition for over two years since the Arab Awakening began.
The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to discuss, assess, and understand these changes and challenges as well as explore the synergies between the two regions and the rest of Europe. Consequently, it will focus on the theme of Security and its challenges in each region. A dedicated panel will also look at how the issues of energy and energy security affect the security context. Attention will also be paid to the economic context and the role of Business as well as on the prospects of social entrepreneurship as there is a growing interest in both profit making and a positive return to society in both regions. Additionally, the energy issue will be presented from a business perspective. Finally, the themes of Democracy and democratization will be debated to assess the state of play in both regions and their prospects for the future. All of these points will be discussed further through Structured Dialogue workshops facilitated by Professor Benjamin Broome from Arizona State University.
The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South and beyond by providing a forum for study, dialogue and networking in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Young professionals and graduate students primarily from the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, EU member states, and the United States are the Symposium target group. In addition, applicants from the fields of public policy, politics, journalism, and business are especially encouraged to apply. The target age group is 22-35 years of age.
The draft program and online application form can be accessed from the CIES website at http://www.khas.edu.tr/en/ciesindex.php?id=98. To directly access the application form please visit http://activity.khas.edu.tr/ciesapp/.
January 28, 2013
Courses: Indiana University Summer Langugage Workshop
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Indiana University’s 63nd annual Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL) will offer multiple levels of intensive instruction in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Dari, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Uzbek, Uyghur, and Yiddish.
All students pay in-state tuition and earn 6-10 credits. The Workshop also features a rich array of extracurricular cultural programming.
Competitive FLAS and Title VIII fellowships and Project GO scholarships for undergraduate ROTC students available for qualified applicants.
Dates: June 3 to July 26, 2013
All levels of Arabic and Russian 1: May 28-June 26, 2013
4 and 5-week options are available for Russian (ending on June 28).
Priority application deadline: March 1, 2013 (February 22 for Project GO).
See http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/ for more information and to apply.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com or 812-855-2889.
Volunteer: Summer program in Siberia
This is a call for volunteers, interns and students to come and participate in the Cosmopolitan Education Center program this summer. Educational Centre "Cosmopolitan" will run three consecutive two-week sessions of the Summer Language and Culture Camp in delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the centre of Russia, and in the picturesque surroundings in the Altai mountains. This is an excellent opportunity for students and teachers that is not to be missed.
Being comprehensive and offering very competitive prices,the program is an attractive option for students who would like to participate as either volunteer teachers or as international students. The program is open to schoolchildren, university students and adults of all ages and levels of Russian. No previous knowledge of Russian is required.
The program is unique in bringing volunteer teachers and international students from all over the world to Siberia to live, work and study in a residential setting with Russian students and teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn Russian and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture and lifestyle.
This program has been running for 18 years already. It is a fact that many students and teachers return to the program year after year as a testament to the success of the program. You may be interested to know that our winter camp has just finishes and was a big success. The program had children from all over Siberia and volunteer teachers and students from the UK, the USA, France and Ireland participating in the program. Everyone said that they had had a great time and would love to come back.
For more information on the programmes and to read about our former participants' experiences, please visit our website http://cosmo-nsk.com/ or contact the Programme Director Natalia Bodrova firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions or application inquiries.
January 22, 2013
CFP Journal: Communications and media in the USSR and Eastern Europe, Cahiers du Monde russe
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Call for papers for an upcoming special issue, "Communications and media in the USSR and Eastern Europe: technologies, politics, cultures, social practices"
In the social sciences, communications are considered fundamental to the constitution of any society. The technologies and infrastructures for communications are also social institutions in their own right, with their own specific historical trajectories. With this in mind, we can assume that political regimes that abuse their control of communications engender social atomization, the rupture or weakening of social ties, in that attempts to maintain these ties via communications media may be met with repression. At the same time, however, it is social relations—“useful” connections – that allow individuals to engage in mutual assistance and to exchange goods and services in the economies of shortage typical of many authoritarian regimes.
The goal of this edition of Cahiers du Monde russe is to investigate this tension between the danger and the utility of communications in the USSR and in the people’s democracies of Eastern Europe in order to understand better how technologies, politics, and social and cultural practices in these regions determined the evolution of their communications and media systems.
We anticipate that contributions will offer partial answers to the following global question: to what extent can we speak of the countries of the socialist east as communications societies, that is, as societies of dialogue in which communications went beyond the delivery and circulation of information? To answer this question means to move beyond the idea of a public space unique to Soviet-style societies and to explore the relationship between the accessibility and the uses of communications media, as well as between control and individuals’ strategies to evade it . In this way, we understand the technologies and modes of information exchange not as passive factors in everyday life, but rather as historical actors with a role to play in decision-making processes, in building social ties, and in constructing networks of sociability and solidarity. They are revealed by the social practices that fuelled their development and diffusion. The traditional periodization of the history of the socialist east, we maintain, must be re-examined in light of technological developments with histories—social, political, cultural-of their own.
This edition thus proposes to trace the complex trajectory of communications and media in the USSR and Eastern Europe in order to explore the contradictory consequences of their development. In studying the political and social appropriation of various technologies of communication, our goal is to understand how access to these tools was distributed in socialist societies and how patterns of unequal distribution influenced social dynamics, including social cohesion. To what extent did technological progress in the communications sector entail an intensification of mediated exchanges, and what influence might this have had on ordinary, face-to-face interactions? An analysis of communications practices will enable us to understand how the functions of communications and media—“tools without instruction manuals” (Emmanuel Pedler)—are transformed by the people who use them in societies under surveillance and control.
* Collectivism, public and private communications
From 1917 through to the mid-1930s, low literacy rates and the relative underdevelopment of communications technologies in the USSR determined the collective nature of media practices: newspapers were read and explained to peasants en masse by instructors; radio programs were broadcast by loudspeakers mounted in public spaces. The pursuit of technological progress and competition with the West spurred the expansion of media infrastructures and, particularly in the second half of the century, the displacement of the media experience from public to private spaces. Moreover, as of the 1960s, with the distribution of transistor radio and television sets, individual consumers were able to exercise choice. Expanding and diversifying the cultural sphere brought audience segmentation and underlined existing inequalities. To what extent, and in what ways, can we speak of the mediatization of everyday life in the USSR and Eastern Europe, of cultural democratization—or, indeed, of individualization? How did the fact of living in an increasingly media-saturated world effect people’s sense of community, of belonging, and of identity (e.g. gender, generational, spatial, temporal)? We might also consider the telephone-- a rarity in most (Soviet) homes until the 1960s and, at least in theory, a technology of sociability, facilitating personal contacts across distances great and small. How did these private, mediated, person-to-person communications and the experience of private, selective media consumption (particularly broadcasting) inscribe themselves in a collectivist social ideal? Which mechanisms did the authorities deploy to promote social cohesion, or its illusion, in this new context?
* A Fragmented Communications Sphere?
Despite their assertions that technological progress should serve societal needs, the Soviet authorities put the communications infrastructure in the service of the regime from the very beginning. Because centralization was essential for the consolidation of Soviet power in the civil war, their first task was to connect the capital to provincial centers. Under Stalin, constructing a ramified network in which the regions themselves would be interconnected by communications technologies was simply not priority, not only for political reasons but given the technological limitations of the day. Yet centralized, pyramidal communications systems such as that developed in the USSR impede the circulation of information: communications flow easily from top to bottom, but they struggle to move in the opposite direction. What impact did the inevitable delays, blockages, and distortions have on informational and communications systems and cultures in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe? Which spaces of autonomy did they open up? What role did alternative sources of information (foreign media, for example) play in these processes?
* The rise of electronic media in the Soviet Union and the people’s democracies, particularly after the Second World War, provoked the fragmentation and diversification of the communications sphere. What was the role of mass media in the construction of new ethnic, national, and supra-national identities? The issue of centralization and regionalization, or nationalization (in the sense of socialist nation-building) in the media sector, and the tensions between them, is critical in this regard. By comparing the structures, cultures, and politics of communications in the USSR with those of the people’s democracies, we can move beyond a vision of the ‘bloc’ as a uniform entity and integrate difference and nuance.
Communications surveillance and strategies of evasion
* The intensification of interpersonal contacts introduced by the growth of communications complicated the task of surveillance (phone tapping, postal censorship), demanding ever-greater human and technical resources. How did the authorities strive to meet this challenge? How did individuals seek to evade surveillance? Possible case studies in this field include: the study of samizdat and nonconformism/dissidence; the development of an underground postal network by Solidarity in Poland; the subversive activities of Solidarity members employed by Polish television.
These themes are not exhaustive. Proposals may relate to all aspects of communication practices and cultures and to the uses of communication tools in the USSR and the people’s democracies.
Titles and abstracts submission deadline: 31 March 2013
Short project abstracts (500 words maximum) should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, institutional affiliation, and email address in all correspondence. We will notify authors of selected proposals by the end of July 2013.
Languages: French, English, Russian
Final article submission date: 1 April 2014
Maximum article length: 11,000 words (space characters and notes included)
Publication date: first half of 2015
For additional information, please contact:
Editors: Kristin Roth-Ey (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Larissa Zakharova (EHESS, CERCEC): email@example.com, Or Valérie Mélikian, secrétaire de rédaction des Cahiers du Monde russe.
CFP Workshop: Graduate student workshop in Soviet history, EUSP
Deadline: February 15, 2013
The History Department of the European University at Saint Petersburg announces an exciting workshop for graduate students in Soviet history that it will be inaugurating this spring semester. The goal of the workshop is to bring together EUSP students and foreign students currently conducting archival research in Russia. Our hope is that the workshop will enrich participants’ projects and promote an exchange of knowledge about relevant historiographies, methodologies, and archival and other sources. We also aim to create a larger and more international academic community for participants, and to help them develop a network of international contacts on which to draw for intellectual as well as professional ends.
The workshop will begin in mid-March and meet once a month through mid-May. We would ideally like for each meeting to feature two graduate students – one from the EUSP and one from a foreign institution – who would precirculate works-in-progress such as grant proposals, conference papers, or dissertation chapters on related topics. Participation is expressly open to students in other disciplines, including art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and Slavic studies. As few foreign students of Soviet history may be conducting research in St. Petersburg, we are open to making the workshop a forum for a foreign student to present his or her work to a Russian audience, either in Russian or in English.
Students interested in presenting their work are invited to submit a 300-word abstract of their papers, their spring place of residence, and a CV to the e-mail address below by February 15. Applicants for the April and May sessions may submit their materials through April 1. Students who would like to attend the workshop should send along their contact information so we can keep them informed of the schedule.
To submit an application or should you have any questions, please contact Anatoly Pinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Job: Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian literature & language, Franklin & Marshall College
Deadline: March 15, 2013
The Department of German and Russian at Franklin & Marshall College seeks candidates in Russian literature and language for a one-year appointment at the Visiting Instructor (if ABD) or Visiting Assistant Professor (if PhD) level beginning Fall 2013. PhD in hand is preferred. A successful candidate will be expected to teach all levels of language and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture as well as general education courses. The teaching load will be five courses a year. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to offer courses cross-listed with other programs (including, but not limited to, History; Comparative Literary Studies; Theater, Dance, and Film; Women’s and Gender Studies; Business, Organizations and Society; and Government). Your application should include a graduate transcript, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a statement on teaching philosophy, and teaching evaluation forms. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2013. Send your applications to the Department of German and Russian, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.
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 or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation.
Funding: International Institute Individual Fellowship (U-M)
Deadline: February 15, 2013
The International Institute Individual Fellowships are designed to support University of Michigan students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad. Award amounts are up to $5,000.
University of Michigan undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students are eligible, regardless of citizenship. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program. (Ph.D. candidates are not eligible. Students graduating before the start of the project are not eligible.) Eligible students must return to campus for at least one term prior to graduation. Eligible internship or research projects must be at least one month in length, constitute at least a 30-hour-per-week time commitment (exclusive of language training), and meet all requirements of the University Travel Policy and the Institutional Review Board.
* Research Projects
* Preliminary Dissertation Research
The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Electronically submit each of the items listed below.
* The International Institute Individual Fellowship on-line application.
* A statement of purpose
* A letter of invitation (required for internship applicants
* A budget
* A resume or curriculum vitae.
* An unofficial U-M transcript.
* One letter of reference from a U-M faculty or staff member
Results will be announced by mid-April 2013.
Visit the website to learn more: http://ii.umich.edu/ii/fellowshipsandgrants/undergraduate
Contact: Kelly Peckens (email@example.com, 734-764-9135). Open office hours for advising on a first come, first serve basis from 1:30pm to 4:00pm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays - walk in, call in, or Google chat during those times.
January 21, 2013
Job: Instructor/Assistant Professor of Russian
Deadline: February 4, 2013 (review begins)
The Department of Linguistics, and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and the English Language Center at Michigan State University seek to hire individuals with experience in technology-based language pedagogy. One position is for an individual in Russian. These skilled individuals will form a core team of language professionals with proficiency in educational technology who can work closely together to lead hybrid and online language learning course development within the College of Arts and Letters with the ultimate goals of building courses/activities for language instruction that are oriented around ACTFL proficiency standards. Successful candidates will have technology and language-instruction experience that support the creation of instructional materials that rely on best practices for face-to-face and technology-based instruction.
The candidates' responsibilities will include language instruction and close collaboration with MSU's Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) and other language teaching faculty in developing hybrid or online language courses and/or in general supporting the technology efforts of the language curriculum.
Candidates should have at least an MA degree in an appropriate field and significant experience teaching languages in technology-enhanced settings.In addition, native or demonstrated near-native fluency in Russian is required. Qualifications also include strong experience developing and teaching hybrid and/or online language courses and, preferably, research in a related field.
This position will begin August 16, 2013 and is for a two-year academic appointment with the possibility of renewal. Rank will be dependent on qualifications.
Applications must be submitted electronically via the MSU Human Resources website, http://jobs.msu.edu/. Posting: #7243).Applicants should submit a cover letter describing relevant experience, a current CV, samples of materials developed for an online environment, and the names and email addresses of 2 referees who will be contacted automatically by email for their letter of recommendation.
Review of applications will begin February 4, 2013 and will continue until the positions are filled.
For more information contact the search committee chair Dr. Jason Merrill, firstname.lastname@example.org, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-467 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Study Abroad: Programs in Eurasia on Journalism and Translation
Deadline: April 30, 2013
The School of Russian and Asian Studies' (SRAS) Home and Abroad program has been split into two focused professional tracks. Both tracks offer $10,000 to students looking to spend a year developing their skills.
Dates: June 1, 2013 - May 17, 2014
Home and Abroad: Report will be based in Kiev for the 2013-14 academic year. Students will research and write articles and other materials related to politics, culture, food, and/or international relations in Eurasia. The internship will begin under the staff of SRAS and its publications and then largely move to Kyiv Weekly, Kyiv Post, or similar. http://www.sras.org/har
Home and Abroad: Translate will be based in Bishkek for the 2013-14 academic year. Students will translate and/or write texts ranging in subject matter from business to politics to culture. These projects will be designed to widen students' Russian vocabularies while helping them develop marketable skills in translating and a wide, published portfolio of written research works. http://www.sras.org/hat
Study Abroad: Program in Moscow on Translation
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Dates: June 14 - July 14, 2013
The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) is launching a new Moscow-based summer seminar in translation and interpretation. SRAS's Translation & Interpretation Summer Seminar will include four intensive weeks of training in advanced Russian and translation and interpretation techniques. It will cover practical aspects of starting and managing a career. Students can also add an optional month-long translation internship. This program is hosted by The Russian Fellowship in cooperation with The Russian Translation Company, The School of Russian and Asian Studies, and Moscow State University. The Russian Fellowship was started by Mr Pavel Palazhchenko, who was and remains an interpreter to Mikhail Gorbachev. Students will gain practical experience, in part, by interpreting for high-level speakers invited to speak to the group in Russian on issues of political, diplomatic, military, and/or cultural significance.
CFP Conferece: Phantom Borders in the Political Behaviour and Electoral Geography in East Central Europe
Deadline: March 30, 2013
Conference of the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin) and European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder) within the BMBF-funded project "Phantom Borders in East Central Europe"
Venue: European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder) and Collegium Polonicum Słubice
November 14-15, 2013
We understand phantom borders as political borders, which politically/ legally do not exist anymore but seem to appear in different forms and modes of social action and practices today, as for example voting as one part of political behaviour. Considering the visibility of historical borders in the territorial distribution of election results in Poland or Ukraine – many more countries in Europe and the world could be mentioned – the question occurs if or if not this visibility indicates a persistence of historical (social or political) spaces or why else these phantom borders seem to be visible. One indicator of phantom borders are maps illustrating the territorial distribution of election results. But we would like to look also at other particularities of political processes and negotiations as for instance the territorial distribution and organisation of unions, parties, political youth organisations, movements of political protest and opposition, the potential territorial aspects of laws or other political decisions. Furthermore we would like to address how parties, politicians and other political actors use, address or/and exploit (re)constructed local and regional particularities to gain political support, as for instance the Ukrainian language law which was passed in 2012 which obviously aimed at gaining support from minorities speaking other languages than Ukrainian.
Within the conference we want to elaborate on different territorial particularities concerning cultural, historical, social, linguistic, religious and economic aspects which may affect political behaviour and electoral geography. Therewith the conference has a strong interdisciplinary approach looking for presentations of geographers, historians, political scientists, social scientists, regional studies scientists, ethnologists. The conference will be comparative and therewith discuss various case studies analysing and interpreting particularities in different ways and at different levels. The aim shall not only be to observe the potential territorial distinctiveness of political behaviour and electoral geography but also to explain them and discuss interpretations that have already been suggested.
Since the conference is organised in the framework of the BMBF funded joint project„Phantom Borders in East Central Europe“ (www.phantomgrenzen.eu), the focus of studies should be on East Central Europe, but interesting case studies from all over the world addressing the main subjects of the conference are highly welcome. We are very interested in empirical studies. The papers and presentations may focus on one or several of the below mentioned issues addressing the phenomena and explanation of specific election results and political behaviour in East Central Europe and beyond:
* History: In what way is history reflected in political behaviour, as in election results? One of the assumptions of the heuristic concept of phantom borders is that historical borders are eventually (re)constructed. A specific political culture, certain norms and values, social and political practices continue to exist,re-emerge or are (re)constructed for various reasons which may lead towards (for instance) territorially specific election results. This historic interpretation contains a methodological, empirical and explanatory challenge concerning the interrelation of current results of elections and their motivations and of current political phenomena with historical narratives and the underlying socio-cultural structure. Not to forget the different layers of history which may (co)exist in social and political behaviour at the same time – as “post-communist”, “post-Habsburg”, “post-interwar”, etc. Case studies and presentations which address especially the interrelation between historic narratives and present political behaviour in an innovative way providing an in-depth explanation for the eventual (re)construction of historic borders via characteristics of political behaviour are welcome.
* Scale: At which scales and in which way phantom borders appear? Particularities of election results and political behaviour, as protest movements or the presence of certain parties, can be found on the local and neighbourhood level between and within cities, within regions, beyond regions and across nation states. We invite papers which look at political behaviour and election results based on different criteria and examining phenomena on different scales. Apart from the different scales and levels of political behaviour, studies about the individual voters / local actors in their localities and places are appreciated.
* National and Regional Governance: How does the national and regional governance context affect political behaviour? Some characteristics of territorial systems of political organisation affect election results. The way elections take place, the political system, laws of election, designs of electoral processes and party system may have an impact on election results and their territorial distribution. The most obvious examples are attempts to structure electoral constituencies in order to influence election results. Studies which address the spatial context of the political system in relation to the interpretation of territorially specific political behaviour and election results are welcome. This may include national politics but also regional and local politics regarding elections and other policy fields, as language politics, education, but also specific local and regional interest networks or former institutional political / administrative networks still being active and influential.
* External Governance / Foreign Affairs / Transnational Networks: How does the external governance / foreign affairs context / transnational networks affect political behaviour? External politics and foreign affairs are relevant for regional and national politics as for instance the involvement in greater political strategic networks as with the Russian Federation and / or the European Union, NATO or other global networks as well as with neighbouring countries, as for example the Eastern European Partnership. Those networks may have an impact on (re)constructing or deconstructing borders applying structural policies (e.g. EU structural funds), defining economic relations (e.g. energy relations) that affect structures and the individual.
* Transnational migration may also affect migrants, theirs families and places of origin on behalf of (geo)political orientations and political behaviour. Studies which deal with the intentions and/or impact of such politics and strategies on political behaviour, election results and the decision making process of the individual at different scales are welcome.
* (Geo)Political Images: What role do (Geo)Political Images play in (re)constructing phantom borders? The images given for example by electoral maps and their affiliation with historic borders and the discourse about special images, for instance historical narratives of Galicia apply geopolitical images and by this reproduce and (re)construct them.
We thus invite to address the role of past and current geopolitical images in political processes and in the scientific discourse, as the latter
seems particularly prone to use historic-geopolitical images and arguments in order to explain territorial political phenomena. The main issue here may be to address how such maps and discourses may influence the researcher, the politician, the voter,etc. in (un)consciously (re)constructing regions by selecting for instance colours and benchmarks to design an electoral map or by easily reasoning and arguing with historical arguments. But (geo)political images are also applied in discourses by politicians or scientists to assign specific norms and values to historical narratives. Which images are applied and what associations are produced, by whom,to what end, in which spatial contexts and with what kind of consequence, for instance in political behaviour, election results or political strategies?
Methods, scales, contexts (dynamics of internal and foreign politics) are important aspects for obtaining necessary data and explaining reasons for territorial and spatial particularities of political behaviour. But obviously West European models and concepts are not necessarily sufficient or valid for the East, South Eastern and East Central European contexts and may not be applied. We are interested in innovative ideas and concepts applying current approaches in social sciences and geography but also political sciences to offer explanations which shall surpass mere applications of West European concepts and consider the specific national or regional characteristics as well as the complex reasons for individual decisions.
In the past a number of studies have been using aggregated data to show and explain electoral results. In the earlier past also qualitative studies have been undertaken in order to explain different characteristics in political behaviour or election results at the individual, neighbourhood, local or regional level. So, one aspect of the conference shall be the methodological approach of researching and analysing political behaviour and election results discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each: Macro vs. Micro-sociological Studies / Quantitative vs. Qualitative Studies. For that reason studies that combine quantitative and qualitative approaches showing and explaining differences in political behaviour and election results are particularly welcome.
Convenors: Sabine v. Löwis (CMB, Berlin), Thomas Serrier (Viadrina, FFO), Jarosław Jańczak (Viadrina, FFO)
A publication of selected papers from the conference is intended.
Travel expenses (up to a certain amount) and accommodation during the conference will be covered by the organizers.
Conference Language: English
Course: Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI)
Deadline: May 20 (earlier funding deadlines - see below)
The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) is now accepting applications for its 2013 summer program. HUSI offers seven weeks of intensive accredited university instruction in Ukrainian studies beginning Monday, June 24 and concluding on Friday, August 9, 2013. The courses are intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience. The program is run jointly by the Harvard Summer School and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI), and has been in existence since 1971.
This summer’s offerings include:
* Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge
Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
This 8-unit language course is designed primarily for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who wish to acquire a reading knowledge of Ukrainian for research purposes.
* Ukraine as Linguistic Battleground
Michael Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University
An exploration of the Ukrainian language in linguistic, historical, sociolinguistic, anthropological, and political terms.
* Frontier of Europe: Ukraine since 1500
Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevskyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
The history of Ukrainian territory and its people within a broad context of political, social, and cultural changes in Eastern Europe in the course of the half of a millennium.
Important HUSI application deadlines:
* For students requesting Harvard FLAS funding: February 4
* For students requesting financial aid: March 4
* For students requesting I-20, but no financial aid: April 29
* Harvard Summer School registration, housing and full tuition payment deadline: May 20
* Late registration begins: May 21
Further information about the program and the application process is available on the HUSI website: www.huri.harvard.edu/husi.html. Additional questions may be directed to Tamara Nary, HUSI Program
Coordinator at (617) 495-3549 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17, 2013
Course: NEH Summer Institute 2013 | America’s Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees
Deadline: March 1, 2013
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 in the City of New York
Sunday June 9-Saturday, June 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).
For details, see http://NEHSummerinst.Columbia.edu
January 15, 2013
Study Abroad: Central European University Summer School
Deadline: February 15, 2013
Central European University's summer school will take place from June 3-July 31, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. Interested graduate students, postdocs and junior researchers specialising in the postcommunist region should visit the website at www.summer.ceu.hu.
Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and humanities. The summer school draws its student body of around 550-600 participants annually from more than 90 countries and its faculty from over 40 countries.
In 2013 the summer school offers 19 high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.
January 14, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme
Deadline: February 22, 2013
The Aleksanteri Institute is pleased to invite applications for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2013-2014 from scholars holding a PhD degree and pursuing research that relates to the Institute's research agenda. The Fellowship carries a monthly stipend of 2600 euros to cover all the expenses related to the research visit that can range from two to three months. The Visiting Fellowship scheme is intended for scholars who reside outside of Finland. The Aleksanteri Institute is the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European studies and an independent institute of the University of Helsinki. The Institute is also coordinating a Centre of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland, entitled “Choices of Russian Modernisation”. For more information on the fellowships and on the Aleksanteri Institute and its research agenda, please visit http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english.
January 11, 2013
CFP Conference: "Europe: East and West" Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Pittsburgh
Deadline: January 28, 2013
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event designed to provide undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities in the region 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.
-Students submit a 250-300 word abstract and their entire paper, postmarked by January 28, 2013, using the downloadable application form
-Selected students notified by mid-February 2013.
-Final revised papers due by March 20, 2013.
-Presentations made at the Symposium on April 12, 2013.
Please email email@example.com for more information
January 10, 2013
Call for Chapters: Geo-Regional Competitiveness in East Central Europe, the Baltic Countries, and Russia
Deadline: April 30, 2013
Globalization affects people, organizations, nations, and regions. It exerts strong impacts on the driving forces and business landscape, creating and changing strategic opportunities and pressures for economic development, growth, employment, and sustainability. East Central Europe (ECE), the Baltics, and Russia play an increasingly important role in the European region both as emerging markets and competitive players. In contrast to Western European nations and business entities, ECE, the Baltics, and Russia receive more limited and sporadic coverage in business literature. The changing dynamics in the European region and beyond, the unfolding political-economic challenges across the European Union, as well as the rising global power of emerging economic powers such as Brazil, China, India, Russia, and others require knowledge, skills, and methodological platforms inducing strategies and operations in the new and ever changing business landscape. In turn, this facilitates the need for strategic competitive analysis on the national, regional, and company levels. The proposed book strives to contribute to the body of knowledge addressing and connecting these issues into the integrative comparative regional context.
Anatoly Zhuplev (Loyola Marymount University, USA)
Kari Liuhto (University of Turku, Finland)
Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013
Full Chapters Due: August 30, 2013
This book will present a comparative, competitive geo-regional cross-country analysis of ECE, the Baltics, and Russia: implications for international business.
o Analyze regional and national business competitiveness of ECE, the Baltics (two emerging European regions) and Russia (a major strategic player in the Commonwealth of Independent States - CIS).
o Contrast and compare ECE, the Baltics, and Russia in geo-regional and national strategic competitive context.
o Explore key strategic strengths, core competencies, weaknesses in a comparative strategic context.
o Identify key business trends, drivers, and dynamics on the national level across ECE, the Baltics, and Russia.
o Examine patterns and trends in regional trade and foreign investment.
Scholarly Value, Potential Contribution/Impact, and Purpose
Increasingly powerful forces of globalization sharpen global and geo-regional business competitiveness and political-economic interdependence. They critically impact socio-economic development, job creation, and other strategic priorities at the regional, national, and company levels. The proposed book explores scholarly frontiers and applications in a strategic business study of emerging European regions: ECE, Baltics, and Russia. The book discusses subject issues in a comparative integrative perspective.
This book is designated for scholars, professionals, managers, government agencies, universities, think tanks, and other individuals, organizations, and institutions interested in a deeper understanding of the geo-regional strategic business dynamics and landscape involving ECE, the Baltics, and Russia. More specifically, the book explores political-economic environment and competitiveness, and provides insights on attractiveness, strategic benefits, costs, and risks of doing business in these regions of Europe in a comparative context.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. GLOBALIZATION, SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND COMPETITIVENESS: GLOBAL CONCEPTS, TRENDS, DRIVERS, DYNAMICS, AND GEO-REGIONAL IMPLICATIONS
o Competitiveness in the context of globalization
o Implications of competitiveness in the regional context: ECE, Baltics, Russia
2. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS: REGIONAL VIEW
o Regional potential for socio-economic development, core competencies, and competitive advantages and disadvantages in the global and geo-regional context
o Regional trends, drivers, and dynamics in socio-economic development and competitiveness: comparative view (competing/comparator geo-regions)
--> EAST CENTRAL EUROPEAN (ECE) REGION
3. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS: NATIONAL VIEW (list of countries -tentative)
Suggested issues to be covered for each country:
National potential for socio-economic development, core competencies, and competitive advantages and disadvantages in the regional context
a. Key global business rankings (competitiveness cost of doing business, trade, FDI, risks, etc.)
b. Trends, drivers, and dynamics in socio-economic development and competitiveness: comparative view
c. Key economic sectors/industries, their dynamics, current state, and future outlook
d. Environment, climate, profile, and patterns in international business (trade, FDI)
e. Competitive SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats)
f. Best corporate practices in competitiveness
• Domestic forms
• Foreign-based/international firms
g. Cases/other materials illustrating best practices and lessons in business competitiveness and developments
h. Main country-specific sources of information and consulting assistance in doing business (domestic government, international organizations, foreign government, non-profit organizations and think tanks, private consultancies)
EAST CENTRAL EUROPE
o Czech Republic
o Leading economic regions
Submission Procedure and Format
Contributors are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission, priorities, structure, and format of his/her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 15, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters (written in English under American Psychological Association style, approximately 8,000 words each) are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2013. All submitted chapters are subject to double blind reviews. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
This book (http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/884) is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” and “IGI Publishing” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.
Chapter proposal submission: on or before April 30, 2013
Chapter proposal acceptance notification: May 15, 2013
Full chapter submission: August 30, 2013
Review Process: August 30 – October 15, 2013
Review Results to Authors: October 30, 2013
Revised Chapter Submission: November 30, 2013
Final Acceptance Notifications: December 30, 2013
Submission of Final Chapters: January 15, 2014
Book publication: 2014
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):
Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev
Professor. International Business and Entrepreneurship
Hilton Center for Business
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, MS 8385
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Tel: 310. 338 7414 Fax: 310. 338 3000
Study Abroad: Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program
Deadline: March 15, 2013
American Councils for International Education welcomes applications for its new 6-week, summer internship program: Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program.
Complete program information and applications are available at: www.acStudyAbroad.org/opit
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The OPIT Program offers participants the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in an international setting. The program provides a full-time, unpaid, non-credit bearing 6-week internship in an emerging economy of the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe, while integrating experiential learning with cross-cultural training. The program is carefully designed to advance participants’ critical thinking, intercultural communication skills, cultural awareness and global understanding through reflection, journal writing and feedback sessions. Participants can elect to supplement their professional experience with language training.
- Democracy Building and Human Rights
- Business and Law
- Education Programming
- Gender and Women’s Issues
- Journalism and Mass Media
- Public Health
- Ecology and Environmental Issues
- Social Services
The OPIT Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in experiential learning abroad. No prior knowledge of the host country language is necessary. Must be 18 or older to apply.
Complete program information and applications are available at: www.acStudyAbroad.org/opit
Applications for summer 2013 internships are due by March 15.
American Councils for International Education
1828 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
January 09, 2013
Announcement: 2013 Public Anthropology Competition
Deadline: March 1, 2013
The California Series in Public Anthropology is continuing its International Competition in 2013. It seeks proposals for short books oriented toward undergraduates that focus on how social scientists are facilitating social change. We are looking for accessible, grounded accounts that present compelling stories, stories that inspire others.
The proposals should describe a book that will be relatively short – between 100-150 pages – with a personal touch that captures the lives of people. The core of the book should involve stories of one or more social scientists as change agents, as making a difference in the world.
The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will award publishing contracts for up to three such book proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future.
Interested individuals should submit a 3-4,000 word overview of their proposed manuscript – detailing (a) the problem addressed as well as (b) a summary of what each chapter covers. The proposal should be written in a manner that non-academic readers find interesting and thought-provoking.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 1, 2013
Submissions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant material enclosed as attachments.
Fellowship: PRB International Programs Fellowship
Deadline: February 25, 2013
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health in Washington, D.C., which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible.
Support the Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management.
Respond to external and internal requests for information on U.S. family planning requirements and agency family planning activities.
Support efforts to improve compliance monitoring of family planning requirements within the USAID program.
Complete administrative duties as assigned.
Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.
B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2013.
Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.
In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.
The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000-$40,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.
All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than Feb. 25, 2013.
Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by late spring 2013. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email.
Applications should be emailed to: IPFellows@prb.org
January 08, 2013
Job: Political Officer, Kazakhstan
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013
PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):
Senior Professional, Political Affairs
Vacancy number: VNKAZS00051
Duty station: Astana, Kazakhstan
Apply by: 02/04/13
View the job description:
In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: www.paegroup.com/career-react by February 4. Only finalists will be contacted. PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates before the OSCE deadline.
Requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Advanced degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields
- Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
- Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
- Experience in political analysis and reporting
- Experience of working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
- Excellent communication and drafting skills
- Ability to establish contact and develop confident relations with the local population as well as the ability to work with government officials and institutions
- Knowledge of regional political history and developments
- Diplomatic and negotiating skills
- Knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
- Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
- At least a working knowledge of the Russian language
- Previous work experience in an international environment or within operational Missions (desired)
- Experience of working in Central Asia and/or knowledge of the region's political history (desired)
- Knowledge of the Kazakh language (desired)
Only US citizens should apply through PAE-REACT. Citizens of other OSCE participating States should apply through their respective foreign ministries.
The full requirements and job description can be found at:
Study Abroad: 4 New Programs and 20 Scholarships in Kosovo
Deadline: February 15 (funding)/April 1 (program)
Universum College is happy to announce that we are offering scholarships for our inaugural study abroad session! We are offering 20 scholarships (of 50% tuition) for successful applicants! To apply for scholarship, you should indicate so on your application form.
We are offering 4, 6, and 8 week long programs in the following areas:
- Ethnic Conflict
- International Interventions and Humanitarian Aid
- Business in South East Europe
- Social Entrepreneurship in a Developing Country
Each of these programs consists of an internship and 4 weeks of lecture, with the last week being done while traveling throughout the South East Europe (Republic of Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro) region. With the 6 and 8 week programs, the internship will continue after the lectures are completed.
The students will be placed into internships with the government or local and international businesses and organizations that are relevant to their chosen program.
Our study abroad program will allow students to explore the intricacies of these four topics in a practical, yet safe setting. The Republic of Kosovo, even with its tumultuous history, is a safe country, with an extremely low level of street crime.
CFP Workshop: Ethnicity and Power
Deadline: February 15, 2013
12th INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Ethnicity and power: collective memory and technologies of identity construction
May 20-25, 2013
Yalta (Crimea, Ukraine)
Our discourse shall include the following topics:
• Collective memory as a socio-political phenomenon;
• Practices of identity construction: past and present;
• Religious and ethnic identity as an object of manipulation technologies;
• The ratio of regional, ethnic and civic identity;
• Historians and their role in the development and construction of collective memory;
• Conflicts of values and new challenges of the European identity;
• Political myths and ethno-cultural stereotypes;
• Minority rights: European and post-Soviet reality;
• Management of ethno-political conflict: theoretical and practical problems;
• Limits of tolerance in inter-ethnic relations as a problem of political theory and practice;
• Strategy and tactics of ethno-political management;
• The role of mass media in ethnic conflict;
• Social networks and social capital as factors of sustainable multi-ethnic civil society;
• Linguistic aspects of intercultural communications.
The list of issues is open for continuation.
The Round table “Orthodox Identity and Civilizational Models of the Modern World” will be held within the framework of the Workshop (in commemoration of Alexander Panarin).
TAURIDA NATIONAL V.I.VERNADSKY UNIVERSITY (Ukraine), NORWEGIAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION, NETWORK OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND INTERETHNIC TRUST (Ukraine)
Dr.Kjartan Selnes, Advisor in Social Science and Philosophy, Norwegian Humanist Association, Oslo, Norway
Dr.Tatyana Senyushkina, Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University (Ukraine), Director of the Network of Cultural Exchange and Interethnic Trust http://www.tnu.crimea.ua/person_page/senyushkina/index.htm
Abstracts will be published before beginning of the workshop. The best papers will be published in Norway in result of the workshop.
Registration fee: 100 USD to be paid upon arrival, for an accompanying person – 50 USD.
Registration fee includes conference materials (badge, program, list of participants), coffee breaks, welcoming dinner and concert, publication of the paper in workshop proceedings and certificate of participation.
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian
To participate in the Workshop, please send your application and 3-pages abstract no later than February 15, 2013 to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFP Journal: Folklorica
Deadline: early March, 2013
Folklorica, the peer-reviewed journal of the newly renamed Slavic, East European and Eurasian Folklore Association (affiliate of AASEEES) invites you to submit articles on any area of folklore or folk tradition from this region of the world from any time period. Articles on the folklore of immigrants from this region would also be welcome. For articles to be included in a special double issue released in Fall 2013, they should be received by early March. You need not be a member of SEEFA or AASEEES to submit work to the journal. To see back issues of Folklorica or for more information on SEEEFA or on author requirements for journal submissions, please visit http://www.seefa.org/
Course: Spring/Summer 2013 Russian Language Courses, U-M
Deadline: March 31, 2013
The Slavic Department at the University of Michigan invites applicants for intensive Russian courses during the summer of 2013. The program can be taken either as a for-credit course or a not-for-credit option and is offered on our Ann Arbor, Michigan campus. Undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Please see www.lsa.umich.edu/sli for more details.
CFP Journal: “The Bear and Russia”, Special issue of “Labyrinth”
Deadline: May 31, 2013
The Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies at Ivanovo State University as well as the electronic journal “Labyrinth: A Journal of Social and Humanitarian Studies” invite scholars to contribute to the collection “The Bear and Russia”. The bear symbol, one of the most ancient and mysterious in the world history, has been associated with Russia for several centuries. As an allegory of the country, it has a significant impact on attitudes of foreigners towards Russia and Russians. The image of bear widely circulates also in Russian culture, especially in the post-Soviet period, when it pretends to being an unofficial symbol of the nation. How deeply is the bear as a metaphor of Russia rooted in the world history? What meanings does the “Russian Bear” receive in Russian and foreign cultures? How does the bear symbol influence the international security? How is the “Russian Bear” utilized in the symbolic politics of contemporary Russia? Is the “Russian Bear” a part of the “myth-symbol complex” of the Russian culture or is it a case of the “invention of traditions”?
In searching answers to these questions the participants of the project “’The Russian Bear’: History, Semiotics, and Politics” have organized a few workshops and published a number of studies, including ‘Russkii Medved’: Istoriia, Semiotika, Politika / Oleg Riabov, Andrzej de Lazari, eds. (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2012.) In 2013 the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding publishes a monograph by Andrzej de Lazari, Oleg Riabov and Magdalena Żakowska Europa i Niedźwiedź (Wizerunek Rosji-niedźwiedzia w kulturach europejskich).
We invite scholars to submit the articles until May 31, 2013 on the themes as follows:
* The image of bear in the world cultures;
* The image of bear in regional identity;
* “Russian Bear” in the rhetoric on domestic policy;
* “Russian Bear” in the discourse on international relations;
* “Russian Bear” in the war propaganda;
* “Russian Bear” in commercial advertising;
* “Russian Bear” in literature and arts;
* “Russian Bear” in mass culture.
The articles will be published in a special issue of the journal “Labyrinth”. The length of the article should comprise from 20,000 to 30,000 characters. Languages of the volume are Russian or English. Guide instructions for the authors are on the web-site of the “Labyrinth”: http://journal-labirint.com/?page_id=14
Guest editors of the special issue:
Oleg Riabov, Professor at Ivanovo State University
Andrzej de Lazari, Professor at University of Lodz
Study Abroad: Vilnius Summer Program in Yiddish
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Vilnius Yiddish Institute proudly announces the 2013 Vilnius Summer Program in Yiddish. The four-week annual European Summer Program in Yiddish is internationally known for superb academic instruction and a rich program of cultural events. The program's four courses in Yiddish language and literature, ranging from beginners (Yiddish I) through to advanced (Yiddish IV), are university accredited. The cultural program (afternoons, evenings, Sundays) offer a broad array of activities designed to acquaint participants with modern Yiddish civilization. Everyone is welcome to join! For more information visit our website - http://www.judaicvilnius.com/en/main/summer/introduction.
CFP Conference: "Constructing the Soviet?" Graduate-student conference, EUSP
Deadline: March 1, 2013
The European University at Saint Petersburg
April 19 – 20, 2013
7th Annual Conference
"Constructing the 'Soviet'?" Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities"
Since 2007 the conference "Constructing the 'Soviet'? Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities" has been held annually upon the students’ initiative at the European University at Saint Petersburg. The mission of the event is to provide an international discussion of the problems of Soviet history, to develop scientific links and to find fresh approaches. The conference gives young researchers 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 effectiveness? Plan and competition. The hidden 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.
- Soviet childhood: Utopia and reality. Pedagogical theories. Toys and games.
- Foreigners in the USSR and Soviet people abroad. Migration, tourism, espionage. The image of “The Other”.
- Social, political and cultural borders: the history of soviet concepts and practices.
- The language of 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 containing the papers will be published by the beginning of the conference. The electronic version of last year’s collection is available at: http://eu.spb.ru/history/projects/constructing-the-soviet
Requirements for 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 pay for transportation and accommodation only for a part of the conference participants.
Study Abroad: Summer School of Russian at HSE, Internship-Language Programs
Deadline: March 31, 2013
The Summer School of Russian at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) is inviting applications for Summer 2013. The Summer School offers Intensive Russian and “hybrid” Internship-Language Programs
- with Russian peer tutoring
- informal Russian peer activities
- internships with prestigious research institutions and companies (Internet and media studies, political science, economics, computer science, computer linguistics)
- instructors with Ph.D. from leading American universities and experience of teaching in the U.S.
Dates are June 10-August 2, 2013.
*Basic Package* is $2600 (includes 80 hours of Russian language instruction, visa invitation, dormitory, survey tour of Moscow, optional internship, peer tutoring and peer activities)
*Intensive Russian* is $4500 (includes 160 hours of Russian language instruction, visa invitation, dormitory, survey tour of Moscow, optional internship, peer tutoring and peer activities)
*Language/Culture Intensive Plus Package* is available upon request at $6000 (includes 160 hours of Russian language instruction, visa invitation, dormitory, survey tour of Moscow, trips to Novgorod and Saint-Petersburg, optional internship, peer tutoring and peer activities) for groups over 3 students or by agreement with individual schools.
Further information can be found at: http://philology.hse.ru/summerschool/
For fees, visas, dorms, internships, application forms and deadlines, and other questions please contact Valentina Apresyan at firstname.lastname@example.org
CFP Workshop: 2nd Annual Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop
Deadline: February 15, 2013
Polish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will hold its second annual workshop for historians of East Central Europe April 9-11, 2013. The workshop is open to faculty and graduate students in history and related disciplines. It will be based on pre-circulated papers, chapters, article drafts, etc. Participants are welcome to attend either as paper presenters or as members of the active audience. The program begins the evening of Tuesday, April 9, with a lecture by Padraic Kenney, Professor of History and Director of the Russian and East European Institute and of the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University. Participants will then meet in panel sessions through the day on Wednesday and on Thursday morning to discuss their research.
This year’s workshop stresses the comparative dimensions of scholarship among historians of East Central Europe. Professor Kenney’s talk, “A Polish Cell, A Global Narrative: Political Incarceration in the 20th Century,“ will provide a starting point for our discussion of the various connections linking our field with that of specialists in other geographic regions.
The main purpose of the workshop is to introduce scholars working in related areas to one another, to showcase work in progress, and generally to facilitate a sense of community among historians of East Central Europe with easy access to Chicago. Registration for the workshop is free. The Hejna Endowment at the University of Illinois will support the cost of accommodations for a limited number of graduate student and faculty participants. This year we are also able to assist with some travel expenses for participants coming from more distant locations. Doctoral students seeking assistance with housing should provide a brief letter of reference from their dissertation advisors.
Please contact Keely Stauter-Halsted at email@example.com if you are interested in attending the workshop. Indicate in your e-mail if you would like to circulate a paper for discussion (and a short synopsis of its content) and whether you will require accommodations. Pre-circulated papers should be limited to 25 pages in length. The deadline for proposing a paper topic is February 15. Participants should register for the workshop by March 1 to guarantee a spot. Completed papers must be submitted electronically by March 22. They will be made available on-line to all registered participants.
January 04, 2013
CFA: 2013 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois
The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 10 until August 2. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). Graduate students and junior scholars will also have opportunity to attend a specialized workshop on Scholarly and Literary Translation from June 10-15, 2013.
For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills. Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.
The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are housed, contains work stations for readers, a collection of basic reference works, and current issues of over 1,000 periodicals and 110 newspapers in Western and area languages.
The Slavic Reference Service provides access to several unique resources pertaining to the Russian, East European and Eurasian region. Currently, there are plans at the University of Illinois' to become the first library in the Western Hemisphere to gain access to the Russian State Library's Electronic Dissertations Database, which contains the full text of nearly 1 million dissertations in a wide variety of fields.
In addition, the SRS provides access to
* the only copy of the famous 594-volume Turkestanskii Sbornik of materials on Central Asia prior to 1917 available outside Uzbekistan;
* recent direct acquisitions from Central Asia which include the complete national bibliography of Kazakhstan (2002-2010) and the complete digitized national bibliography of Uzbekistan (1917-2009), both of which are not held by any other U.S. library;
* perhaps the most complete collection of Russian Imperial provincial newspapers (gubernskie vedomosti) in North America; and
* extensive print, digital, and microform holdings relating to Eastern Europe, including rare materials acquired via Keith Hitchins and other noted scholars.
For more information and to apply, please see the REEEC SRL Website - http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/