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August 14, 2013

The Alec Nove Prize in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

The Nove Prize was established by BASEES in March 1995 in recognition of the outstanding contribution to its field of study made by the late Alec Nove.

The deadline for nominations for books published in 2012 is 15 September 2013. The judges for the 2012 award are Terry Cox and David Shepherd. The winners will be announced early in 2014 and the prize (if awarded) will be presented at the annual dinner of the 2014 conference.

The current regulations are as follows:
1. The prize, of one hundred and fifty pounds, is offered annually for scholarly work of high quality in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet studies.
2. A nomination may take the form of a singly or jointly authored book, or two or more related journal articles or chapters.
3. Works nominated for consideration must be of a scholarly character, must be in English, and must have been published - as defined by the date of imprint or, if a periodical, the cover date - within the 12 months of the calendar year preceding the annual closing date for nominations.
4. The authors of nominated work must at the time of nomination be members or associate members of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. It is the responsibility of the nominator to check the BASEES membership status of potential nominees and ensure that membership is in place prior to nomination. Nominations of non-members will not be considered.
5. Awards will be made by a jury whose membership will be approved by the Executive Committee of the Association, and which will normally consist of former Presidents of the Association.
6. The jury may divide the Prize equally between not more than two nominated works in any year; or they may make no award in any year in which no work of sufficient merit presents itself.
7. Works may be nominated for consideration by the authors, or by publishers, librarians or other scholars.
8. Two copies of the nominated work(s) should also be supplied.
9. The deadline for submission of nominations shall be 15 September each year in respect of publications whose imprint date is the previous calendar year. The prize is awarded (if a recommendation is made to do so) at the Association's annual conference in the spring of the calendar year following the deadline for submission of nominations.
10. Nominations should be made on the standard form for this purpose, which is available as a download from this page http://www.basees.org.uk/noveprize.shtml, and submitted to the Secretary of the Assocation.

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CFA: IAS School of Social Science

Applications must be submitted through the online application system, available at www.sss.ias.edu/applications

The School of Social Science each year invites as Members around twenty visiting scholars who constitute a genuinely interdisciplinary and international group. A completed doctorate or equivalent is required by the application deadline, and memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels. Memberships are awarded for the full academic year only. Visiting Members are expected to pursue only their own research, while the School organizes a weekly seminar at which Members as well as invited guests present their ongoing work. The School is not wedded to any particular intellectual or disciplinary approach. It welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with a historical and humanistic bent and also considers applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature, and linguistics. The following thematic focus is neither an exclusive nor excluding theme; it is expected that only one-third of the accepted scholars will pursue work relating to this theme. Applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme.

Insofar as the purpose of democracy is to empower individual citizens and give them sufficient control over their lives to protect themselves against domination, the core ideal of democracy is political equality. What exactly is political equality? We have come to think of this ideal as consisting primarily of voting rights and the right to run for elected office. These political rights are, of course, fundamental. The carceral state draws our attention to that point, but voting rights are only one of the instruments available to be directed toward the egalitarian empowerment of a citizenry. How do political equality, social equality, and economic equality (and the corresponding inequalities) relate to each other? Are they separable or necessarily interdependent? What has been their historical relationship? How do questions of economics, law, institutions, social structure, culture, psychology, and human development intersect with the empowerment (and disempowerment) of individuals and collectivities? How have these intersections differed depending on time and place? In the current context, how do forms of global governance and democratic deficits relate to projects of empowerment at other levels? How have notions of empowerment differed in different historical and cultural contexts? Is it possible to articulate a clear definition of equality or should we think in terms of varying languages of egalitarianism? What have been the critiques of political equality? Must egalitarianism be understood in relation to democracy? How should we think about non-democratic egalitarianism? We encourage applications that are at once aimed at the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of these questions, as well as applications that offer concrete examples of different practices and definitions of equality.

Funding for Member Stipends is individually negotiated, taking into account the applicant’s base salary and the level of sabbatical and other grant support he or she can secure. In setting compensation, the School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum of $65,000.

In the upcoming academic year, the Institute will again take part in a program sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies: the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowships. These fellowships support more adventurous, more wide-ranging and longer-term patterns of research than are current in the humanities and related social sciences. Applicants must submit to ACLS a research plan typically covering a 3-5 year period, during which time one year could be spent as a Member at the Institute, either in the School of Historical Studies or the School of Social Science. Qualified candidates who would like to apply for affiliation with either School of the Institute for Advanced Study under the auspices of this program should visit the ACLS website (www.acls.org).

The Institute for Advanced Study is an independent private institution in Princeton, New Jersey, founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Each year, scholars from around the world apply to come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Those who are chosen are offered a membership for a set period and a stipend. Members receive access to the extensive resources of the Institute, including offices, access to libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services.

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August 12, 2013

Late Byzantine World Job Announcement (University of Virginia)

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences with 10,000 students and 750 faculty members is the largest of the University of Virginia's 11 schools and is the institution's intellectual core. Our mission is to equip our students with the ability and desire to make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same. We aspire to be a leader in research and graduate education while maintaining our long-standing reputation for excellence in undergraduate education and exceptional teaching.

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, which is supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The focus of this hire will be in the area of comparative cultures and contested cultural space in the late-Byzantine world, 11th-15th centuries CE. The geo-cultural terrain of this hire will span the Orthodox Christian world and the Islamic East, from the Balkans to the Urals, from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea basin. Broad areas of specialization may include:

- multi-cultural intersections (Eastern Orthodox and Islam);
- migration and cultural assimilation (including Slavic, Mongol, and/or Turkish);
- imagined geographies in the late-Byzantine world.

Expertise in digital humanities is preferred. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester (graduate and undergraduate) in various fields within the candidate's areas of specialization, and provide service to the University and professional organizations. Candidates must also demonstrate strong potential to interact productively across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The incumbent may hold a joint appointment in two departments, which may include, but are not limited to, Slavic, Art, and Religious Studies.

The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2014. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2014 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0612638 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article- or chapter-length scholarship of not more than 10,000 words (Attach to Writing Sample 1). Three letters of recommendation are required. Please have reference letter writers email letters directly to eec3c@virginia.edu. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013 and priority will be given to applications received by that date.

Please direct questions about the position to Edith W. Clowes, Chair, Late Byzantine World Search Committee, clowes@virginia.edu.

Questions regarding the online application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to:

Anne Zook
(434) 924-6683

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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Conference: Europe East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium (Friday, April 11, 2014)

Deadline: January 27, 2014

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a conference 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.

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 27, 2014.
2) Selected students will be notified by mid-February 2014.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 19, 2014.

For more information about this research opportunity, go to www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium or contact Gina Peirce at gbpeirce@pitt.edu.

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Visiting Position at Reed College

The Russian department of Reed College invites applications for a visiting appointment in Russian for the Spring semester of 2014. We look for a teacher-scholar of Russian literature and culture, who has native or near-native fluency in Russian and English, and successful teaching experience at the college level. The teaching load will include two sections of elementary Russian and a course in Russian literature. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by January 2014.

Reed College is a small, distinguished undergraduate institution with a strong liberal arts curriculum, committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. It is a community that believes that cultural diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your application materials, we welcome a description of how, as a scholar, teacher, or community member, you would engage and sustain the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in Reed College's diversity statement (http://www.reed.edu/diversity). Reed offers competitive salary and benefits, and visiting faculty are remunerated on the same scale as tenure-track faculty.

Please send a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Marat Grinberg, Chair, Russian Search Committee at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21921. The consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Post-Doc, University of Illinois

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Post-Doctoral Fellows for two-year appointments starting in Fall 2014.

Application Deadline: October 28, 2013

The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities will spend the two-year term in residence at Illinois, will conduct research on the proposed project, and will teach two courses per year in the appropriate academic department. The Fellows will also participate in activities related to their research at the IPRH, in the teaching department, and on the Illinois campus. Each Post-Doctoral Fellow will give a public lecture on his or her research.

The search for Mellon Fellows is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, but we seek applicants whose work falls into one of the following broad subject areas:

* Race and Diaspora Studies
* History of Science/Technology
* Empire and Colonial Studies
* Memory Studies

The fellowship carries a $45,000 annual stipend, a $2,000 research account, and a comprehensive benefits package. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have received their Ph.D. between January 1, 2009 and August 31, 2013 (i.e., PhD in hand by application period).

Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found at http://www.iprh.illinois.edu/guidelines/mellon/.

Applications must be submitted online at https://my.atlas.illinois.edu/submit/go.asp?id=615.

The submission period opens September 1, 2013.

Please address questions about these fellowships to: Dr. Nancy Castro, Associate Director of IPRH, at ncastro@illinois.edu or (217) 244-7913.

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August 06, 2013

Workshop for Graduate Students of Soviet History

This year’s workshop will begin in mid-October and meet once a month through mid-May. Ideally, each meeting should 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.

Students interested in presenting their work this fall should submit a 300-word abstract of their papers and a CV to the email address below by September 1. Applicants for spring semester sessions may submit their materials through December 31. Funding is available for presenters who would be traveling to St. Petersburg from Moscow or elsewhere in Russia or neighboring countries. Students who would like to attend the workshop should send along their contact information to keep them informed of the schedule.

Students interested in learning more about the EUSP and History Department are invited to go to http://www.eu.spb.ru/

The workshop for graduate students of Soviet history at the History Department of the European University at Saint Petersburg will be continuing this coming academic year. The workshop brings together EUSP students and foreign students currently conducting archival research in Russia and neighboring countries. The primary goal of the workshop is twofold: first, to enrich participants’ research projects and promote an exchange of knowledge about relevant historiographies, methodologies, and archival and other sources; and second, to create a larger and more international academic community for participants, and thus to offer them a network of international contacts on which to draw for intellectual as well as professional ends.

This past spring, during the workshop’s inaugural semester, presenters included doctoral candidates from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.

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