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October 31, 2013

Scholarship: Polish History Museum

Deadline: December 16, 2013

The Warsaw-based Polish History Museum is pleased to announce its scholarship program

The Scholarship Fund endowed by the Polish History Museum supports academic research on the history of Poland as well as activities propagating Polish history abroad.

The scholarship is addressed to foreigners who study or wish to study Polish history.


Scholarships are awarded for a period of one to three months. The amount of the grant is 1,000 euro monthly.

The scholarship holder is responsible for travel and accommodation expenses.


Scholarships are awarded to the winners of a competition for the best project, either education-, research- or promotion-related. A jury of eminent Polish historians will select the winners.

The Museum may also support the publication of works that result from materials gathered over the course of the scholarship.

The Polish History Museum is a state institution of culture involved in activities promoting open science and in broadening the availability of works supported by public funding.

Since the seventh edition, works realized with material gathered during the program will be published

by the open-license not-for-profit organization Creative Commons, as selected by the recipient of the grant.

There is no limit to the number of times one may apply for the scholarship.


The deadline for submission of applications is December 16, 2013.

Results will be announced by late January 2014.

You will find detailed information about the regulations of the scholarship, financial issues

and requirements for applicants at our website - http://stypendia.muzhp.pl/en


Please note: Regulations for the seventh edition of the scholarship will be available after 28 October 2013.

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CFP: Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics

Deadline:January 3, 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS

This spring, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the first ever Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL) at Indiana University during the weekend of May 16 & 17, 2014.

We are now accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minute post-presentation questions and discussion) on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics within the conference theme: “Building a Bond: Strengthening the Central Asian Language Education Community.”

Presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

SUBMISSION can include, but are not limited to:

• linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics)
• acquisition (first and second language acquisition)
• pedagogy
• education

Submission should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 500 words in.pdf format sent as an email attachment to akkent@indiana.edu by the deadline of Friday, January 3, 2014.

Submissions will be sent for peer review, and submitters will be notified of acceptance no later than Monday, February 3, 2014.

QUESTIONS regarding submissions may be directed to Amber Kennedy Kent atakkent@indiana.edu.

QUESTIONS regarding the conference may be directed to Dr. Öner Özçelik (Director, CeLCAR) at oozcelik@indiana.edu.

For more information, please visit our conference website at http://www.indiana.edu/~akkent/ConCall2014.html.

REMINDER OF IMPORTANT DATES

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2014
Acceptance Notification: Friday, January 31, 2014
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014

Conference Date: Friday and Saturday, May 16 & 17, 2014

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October 29, 2013

CFA Residential Fellowship: "Capital and Commodities" theme in 2014-15

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin announces its 2014-15 theme, "Capital and Commodities."

For the Institute’s 2014–15 program, we invite proposals for research into the history of capital and commodities. The co-development of financial and ecological crises, the global proliferation of mass consumerism, and ongoing social and military conflicts over access to natural resources suggest the critical importance of historicizing the study of capital and commodities. Indeed, over the last several decades, historians have compiled an impressive body of work on the history of commodities and their production, circulation, uses, and cultural significance.

Research into commodity chains has forced historians to consider questions of social identity formation and has invigorated analysis of systems of communication and representation. Historical studies have also revealed the impact of commodity production and consumption on natural landscapes and sociopolitical formations. Recent globalized economic crises have further helped focus scholarly attention on how commodity exchange and capital creation involve the conjunctural dimensions of history: credit booms and debt crises, cycles of inflation and deflation, economic growth (and its intellectual constructions) and limits to growth. In this vein, the Institute encourages analytical approaches that underscore the sociocultural, political, environmental and intellectual underpinnings of the history of capital and commodities.

We especially welcome proposals that encompass broad timespans (including the medieval and early modern periods) and that reach across geographic areas and disciplinary boundaries.

Read more at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/news/7106

The IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks. Deadline: January 15, 2014. For more information about the institute's fellowship and application process, please visit:

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/fellowships/resident-fellows.php

For further information on IHS, including events programming and applications for residential fellowships for 2013-14, please visit the IHS website:

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/

Queries: historyinstitute@austin.utexas.edu

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CFP: Twelfth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars: Consuming Objects: Negotiating Relationships With the Material World

Deadline: December 2, 2013

Call for Proposals—2014 Emerging Scholars Symposium

Consuming Objects: Negotiating Relationships With the Material World

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites submissions for papers to be given at the Twelfth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.

Focus: "Consuming" is a multivalent word, fraught with provocative denotations and connotations. Whether we buy them, sell them, use them, or eat them, we all consume objects through a variety of channels. We seek papers that highlight the intersection between people and their things within this broad framework of consumption. This conference will consider how material culture can act as an extension of ourselves, provide repositories for memory, help stabilize identity, interrupt our sense of scale and space, give permanence to relationships, function as a semiotic marker, and enable human activities. Papers may also address how objects mediate human sensory experience and create aesthetic meaning. We encourage papers that reflect upon and promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of material culture studies today.

This conference is not bound by any temporal or geographical limits.
Disciplines represented at past symposia include American studies, anthropology, archaeology, consumer studies, English, gender studies, history, museum studies, and the histories of art, architecture, design, and technology. We welcome proposals from graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those beginning their teaching or professional careers.

Format: The symposium will consist of nine presentations divided into three panels. Each presentation is limited to eighteen minutes, and each panel is followed by comments from established scholars in the field. There will be two morning sessions and one afternoon session, with breaks for discussion following each session and during lunch. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Winterthur’s unparalleled collection of early American decorative arts and to engage in a roundtable discussion on Friday, April 11, 2014. Travel grants will be available for presenters.

Submissions: Proposals should be no more than 300 words. Please indicate the focus of your object¬based research, the critical approach that you take toward that research, and the significance of your research beyond the academy. We encourage the inclusion of relevant images with your abstracts.

While the audience for the symposium consists mainly of university faculty and graduate students, we encourage broader participation. In evaluating proposals, we will give preference to those papers that keep a more diverse audience in mind. Programs and paper abstracts from past symposia are posted here:
http://www.materialculture.udel.edu/emerging_scholars.html.

Send your proposal, with a current c.v. of no more than two pages, to emerging.scholars@gmail.com.

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday,
December 2, 2013
. Speakers will be notified of the vetting committee’s decision in January 2014. Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide symposium organizers with digital images for use in publicity and are required to submit a final draft of their papers by March 11, 2014.

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CFP - Verbal Prefixes and Particles

​Deadline: November 20, 2013​

Theme session - Call for Papers

At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
​​11-14 September 2014 Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
http://sle2014.eu/
www.dsglynn.univ-paris8.fr/prefixes.html

***Verbal Prefixes and Particles. Empirical research in grammatical aspect and lexical semantics***

The prefixes (preverbs, coverbs etc.) and particles (adpositions, intransitive prepositions etc.) associated with verbal constructions, such as those in the Slavic and Germanic languages, represent one of the most complex fields of linguistics. At once central to the aspectual system and verbal semantics, understanding their interdependent role in both the grammar and the lexicon is crucial to language description.

This theme session seeks to bring together empirical linguists working in the field of verbal prefixes and particles in Slavic and Germanic languages. The theme session is open to any theoretical orientation but will focus on empirical research.

A non-exclusive list of suggested areas include:
- Comparative and typological studies
- Studies on the interaction of aspect and Aktionsart
- Construction-based research
- Interaction of pragmatics and grammar
- Near-synonymy of prefixed verbs or verb + particle combinations
- Polysemy of prefixes and particles/prepositions
- Sociolinguistic and stylistic variation

This information can be found at:
www.dsglynn.univ-paris8.fr/prefixes.html
For further information, email:
Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk (abedkowska@ath.bielsko.pl)
Dylan Glynn (dglynn@univ-paris8.fr)
Lilli Parrott (lilli.parrott@gmail.com)

*Abstracts:*
Abstracts must be submitted twice. First a short abstract (300 words) will be submitted to the theme session convenors and second a longer abstract (500 words) will be submitted to the conference itself.
It is essential that the abstracts follow strict guideless for structure.
1. Introduce briefly the problem / question / hypothesis.
2. Summarise briefly the method / data
3. Summarise briefly the results or expected results.

Please submit abstracts in a modifiable file format such as .rft, .doc, .docx or .odt
Submit abstracts to the convenors mentioned above.

*Dates:*
Short Abstract for theme session: 20th Nov. 2013
Acceptance to theme session: 25th Nov. 2013
Longer abstract for SLE: 15th Jan 2014
Acceptance to SLE: 31st March 2014

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CFA: Three-year lecturer position in Russian and German at Bates College

Deadline: December 2, 2013

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Bates College invites applications for a three-year lectureship in Russian and German, beginning August 1, 2014.

Teaching load consists of three courses per year, including courses in both Russian and German language and culture. Candidates should have near-native abilities in Russian and German, experience teaching language and culture courses, and a minimum of a Masters degree. Candidates who are ABD or have earned a PhD are encouraged to apply. Bates College and the Department of German and Russian Studies are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply; the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area

Review of applications begins December 2 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit all requested materials electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at academicservices@bates.edu. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample syllabus. Also arrange to have three letters of recommendation, which address your experience in teaching both Russian and German, in PDF format to the same address. The search committee may request additional materials after the initial review of candidates.

Please include your last name and R2075 in the subject line of the submission.

Bates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website: www.bates.edu. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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CFA: Postgraduate funding in Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham

Deadline: January 9, 2014

AHRC funding for UK/EU arts and humanities research students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

The University of Nottingham School of Cultures Languages and Area Studies is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:

• Russian, Slavonic & Eastern European Language & Culture

(Including Soviet and post-Soviet cultural studies, Russian and Soviet cinema, 19th and 20th-century Russian literature, Russian theatre, Russian émigré culture, literary and cultural theory, early Russian and Byzantine history and culture, modern and contemporary Serbian and Croatian cultural studies, Serbian and Croatian literature and cinema, Slovene culture.)

• Film and Television Studies

• Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

• American and Canadian Studies

• Comparative Literature

• French Language & Culture

• German Language & Culture

• Iberian & Latin American Language & Culture

• Translation Studies

The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP. For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit www.midlands3cities.ac.uk or contact enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk.

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CFA: Tenure-Track Position, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, University of Arizona

Deadline: December 10, 2013

TENURE-TRACK PROFESSOR

University of Arizona, College of Humanities, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona is a dynamic unit actively engaged in undergraduate education through its triple-track Russian major and contribution to the University's general education mission; maintaining the excellence of its MA program - the only graduate program in Russian in an eight state radius; and engaging in the local and global community through experiential learning, faculty presentations, and Study Abroad programs.

Position Description: The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 2014. The candidate should be a Russianist with a specialization in language pedagogy or applied linguistics (second language acquisition).
The candidate will contribute to the department's mission by engaging students through excellence in teaching and contributing to research-based learning initiatives; expanding and supporting community and business partnerships; and contributing to fostering and maintaining interdisciplinary synergies across colleges and units.

Duties and Responsibilities:

*Teaching workload will be two (2) courses each semester based on department need.

*The candidate will be expected to teach courses that include Russian at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) and both core and large general education courses as part of annual teaching assignments.
* Serve as the departmental Undergraduate Language Coordinator.
* Participate and contribute to the Russian MA program.
* Contribute and strengthen trans-disciplinary collaborations, most immediately with the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT, a graduate interdisciplinary program).
* Contribute to departmental Study Abroad programs.
* Participate in service for the department, college, and university as required.
* Maintain an active research and publication agenda.
* Contribute to the mission and goals of the department and its priorities.

Qualifications:

*Ph.D. in Russian or Second Language Acquisition by August 1, 2014.
* Native or near-native fluency in Russian.
* Excellence in college-level teaching.

Preferred Qualifications : Experience in assessment and/or heritage language pedagogy. Experience with developing and/or teaching online and/or hybrid courses

Special Instructions: By
Dec 10, 2013, please submit the following to UA Career Track at

https://www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1382480238413 Job Number: 53763

1)Letter of Interest
2) Statement of Research and Teaching Interests
3) Curriculum Vitae

In addition, please arrange to have three (3) current letters of recommendation mailed or emailed to Ms Stacey Young (staceyyoung@email.arizona.edu) Mail: Ms. Stacey Young, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies ,University of Arizona, 1512 E. First Street, P.O. Box 210105, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0105

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.

The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA - M/W/D/V Employer.

Contact Information: Professor John Leafgren, Search Committee, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, University of Arizona.
Contact Email: staceyyoung@email.arizona.edu

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CFA: Funded Fellowships at the Davis Center, Harvard University

Deadline: January 7, 2014

Fellowships at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
“Mapping Cultural Space: Sites, Systems, and Practices across Eurasia”
Deadline: January 7, 2014
More information: http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/research/individual-research/fellows-program

Q&A session with convening faculty at ASEEES Convention

Saturday, November 23, 12 p.m., Columbus I in the Marriott Copley Place

Online info sessions (register by writing to dcpdoc@fas.harvard.edu):
Wednesday, October 30, 3 p.m. EDT
Friday, December 1, 2 p.m. EST
Thursday, December 19, 2 p.m. EST

The Davis Center Fellows Program brings together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. The program is coordinated by faculty from across Harvard University whose research interests include aspects of the selected theme. Professors Julie Buckler (Slavic Languages and Literature), Eve Blau (Graduate School of Design), and Kelly O’Neill (History) will coordinate the 2014–2015 program.

Types of Fellowships

1. Postdoctoral Fellowships: Junior scholars who will have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2014 and no earlier than September 2009. Stipend of up to $38,500.

2. Senior Fellowships: Senior scholars who have made a significant contribution to the field and have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2009 and hold an academic appointment. Stipend of up to $26,500 to bring salary to full-time level.

3. Regional Fellowships: Senior scholars who have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2007 or policy-makers, journalists, and specialists. Citizens of Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus may apply. Stipend of up to $46,500.

NOTE: Scholars with outside or sabbatical funding who wish to be in residence at the Davis Center in 2014-15 should also apply using the fellowships application and indicate that they do not require Davis Center funding.

In addition to pursuing their own research, Davis Center Fellows participate in a bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminar series with sponsoring faculty and advanced graduate students. The seminar for 2014–15 will explore the significance of cultural space as both an object and a tool of analysis, taking as our focus Eurasia, an area of the world where political and cultural boundaries have been repeatedly reconfigured.


We are looking to build an intellectual community for a project that may extend beyond 2014–15, in order to deepen our understanding of the complex and enormous territory of Eurasia in both theory and practice, and to explore interdisciplinary discourse and methodologies, as well as collaborative, multimedia forms of scholarly output that serve multiple functions (research, pedagogy, etc.).


With “Mapping” as our central theme, we will bring together our overlapping geographical-cultural interests, considering diverse practices of mapping cultural space in different disciplinary modes, and examining mapping practices more generally as forms of cultural politics. Not least, we will reflect on “mapping” as a revealing metaphor for our own scholarly practices and production.


Our interest in the social production of cultural space grows out of the 1990s “spatial turn” and accompanying work on cultural “mobilities,” advanced by more recent work in globalization and memory studies. We understand “cultural space” to denote culturally-defined zones, physical or virtual, geographical or imagined, that are produced, sustained, monitored and contested by human practices. Cultural space is a dynamic product of cultural activity and discourse, as well as a framework for the evolution and transmission of beliefs, behaviors, memories, and values. Since cultural space is such a capacious construct, however, we will be working together to map both its enormous reach and its necessary limits.


One important component of our work together in the Fellows Seminar will be its close connection to a 4-year Mellon Foundation grant on interdisciplinary recontextualization of urban studies, co-coordinated across all of the Harvard schools by Professors Blau and Buckler. This Mellon project includes a major research portal on Berlin and Moscow, opening out to all post-socialist cities across Eurasia. Our consideration of Eurasian cultural space will by no means be limited to urban environments, however.


Relevant project topics might include the following:

SITES: Physical markers of cultural memory, such as UNESCO World Heritage sites, crisscrossed by the politics of preservation, restoration, and reclamation; spaces set apart, such as prisons and labor camps, environmental disaster areas and zones of ecological particularity; overlapping and contested areas including frontiers, borderlands, and war zones.

SYSTEMS: Cultural networks and institutions such as economic markets, immigration policies, kinship networks, and imperial bureaucracies. The spaces these systems produce might take the form of diaspora communities, sovereign nations, legal systems, international organizations, or virtual worlds.

PRACTICES: Generating, transmitting, and transforming cultural space via imperial conquest and expansion, modernization, war and terrorism, globalization and mass media. On a micro level, mechanisms relevant to this theme might include local commemorative practices, cartographical representations, the space of private life, and virtual community venues such as blogs.


We invite applications from all fields of the humanities and social sciences. We are looking for applicants whose projects are demonstrably engaged with the notion of cultural space, and welcome projects on a wide variety of specific regions, sites, or historical periods. In your application statement, please describe your past experiences working on cultural space, and the significance of this concept for your current work.


Applicants should be eager to participate in active yearlong conversations about interdisciplinary work and methodologies, and to work collaboratively, as well as independently on their proposed individual projects. Applicants should also have acquired a reasonable digital literacy and be willing to attend targeted workshops for training in skills and technologies relevant to the larger project and virtual community.


The application for “Mapping Cultural Space: Sites, Systems, and Practices across Eurasia” is available at http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/research/individual-research/fellows-program/application.

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CFP: Tolstoy Conference, August 2014

Deadline: February 1, 2014

On August 11-15, 2014, the State Museum-Estate of Leo Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana will host the IX International Academic Conference Tolstoy and World Literature. We invite applications for papers on Tolstoy’s work and art in the context of Russian and world literature, history, philosophy, and religion. Traditionally the Conference is organized with reference to Tolstoy’s personal library with books and periodicals in 39 foreign languages. The proceedings of the Conference will be published.
Accommodation, meals, cultural program and transportation from Moscow to Yasnaya Polyana and back are covered by the organizers.

The deadline for applications is June 1st, 2014. The application includes the information about the participant and the abstract of the paper to be presented. THOSE WHO NEED AN INVITATION FOR A VISA MUST SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BY FEBRUARY 1, 2014: a copy of the front passport page, home institution, address, telephone, and the place where the visa will be issued.

Please forward your application to Galina Alekseeva: gala@tgk.tolstoy.ru or galalexeeva@tula.net

Telephones: (48751)76-1-41, (4872)38-67-10

Those with questions can contact Donna Orwin at donna.orwin@utoronto.ca or Galina Alekseeva.

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CFP "Constructing a Collective European Imaginary"

Deadline: November 30, 2013

CFP: Constructing a Collective European Imaginary (from the 1940s through the Present)

This conference is the final academic event in a series of scientific gatherings initiated by the Paris-based cultural association Lubliniana and devoted to the construction of a collective European imaginary, from the late Middle Ages through the 21st century. While the previous editions of the project (Paris 2009, Lublin 2010, Gotha 2011) dealt extensively with cultural and artistic exchanges and interactions between the Roman, German, and Slavic parts of Europe throughout the early modern and the modern period (with particular attention to France, Germany, and Poland), the concluding symposium will shift focus to contemporary Europe and will look into the ways in which the continent currently acts—or fails to act—as a transnational site of cultural identification and imagination. Co-organized by the Lubliniana association, KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Université de Liège, the conference will take place in Leuven, Belgium, September 25-27, 2014.

Click http://www2.arts.kuleuven.be/info/icope for the full version of the call for papers.

Submissions (in English or French) should be 600 words plus a working bibliography and short bio, submitted to the conference organizers (icope@arts.kuleuven.be) by
November 30, 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in December 2013. Further details will be made available on the conference website .

Funding is pending approval, but the organizers will do their best to offer support for travel and accommodation costs.

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CFA: American Research Institute of the South Caucasus Graduate Fellowship 2013-14

Deadline: December 20, 2013

Call for Applications: ARISC Graduate Fellowship

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the
fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including
the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work
schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, December 20, 2013, to
info "at" arisc.org. Two letters of recommendation must also be
submitted. All information must be received by Friday, December 20,2013, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as
well as in any presentations of the research results.

Please see www.arisc.org > Opportunities > ARISC Grants and Fellowships
for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application
form.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition,
ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a
covered veteran.

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CFA: Three PhD positions, Siberian Studies Centre, MPI for Social Anthropology

Deadline: November 30, 2013

http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/en/vacancies/

The SIBERIAN STUDIES CENTRE plans to recruit THREE PHD CANDIDATES

to commence their work at the Max Planck Institute for Social
Anthropology on (or shortly after) 15 March 2014.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

We expect PhD students to complete twelve months of fieldwork in the
Russian Federation as part of their studies.

Your Profile

Applicants will be co-supervised by Dr Joachim Otto Habeck, coordinator of the Siberian Studies Centre, and one of the three directors of the Institute (or a research group leader). Applicants are encouraged to submit research proposals pertinent to the region of study – Siberia, the Far East of Russia, and the Far North of Russia (including its European part) – and a clear thematic focus of relevance for one of the three departments of the Institute. These are:

Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ headed by Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets
The Department of Law and Anthropology has a particular interest in
research focusing on how people in contemporary societies combine
several normative orders. The latter vary with the histories of the
societies/communities and the degree to which they participate in
globalisation today. Siberia can serve as an excellent test case. The
research should be empirical in nature, and involve – subject to their
relevance – kinship relations, dispute settlement mechanisms, property
and land issues, the role of human rights, the impact of religion.
http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/en/research/d3

Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ headed by Prof.
Chris Hann.

The Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ engages with
general questions of post-socialist transformation and economic
anthropology (Chris Hann), historical anthropology (Dittmar Schorkowitz)
and cultural heritage (Christoph Brumann).
http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/en/research/d2

Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ headed by Prof. Günther Schlee
Integration and conflict are central points of reference for the
analysis of human collectivities. The construction, meaning, and
communication of identity offer an important field of research within
this frame of reference. The analysis of descriptions of the self and
others in processes of peaceful and violent interaction and, in
particular, the development of identities in confrontation with other
groups, are at the centre of the Department’s research programme.
Description and analysis of conflict mechanisms also play an important
role here.

http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/en/research/d1

Our Offer

The positions are generally awarded for two years, with the possibility
for two six-month extensions. The group will work together in
Halle/Saale.

The Max Planck Society strives to employ more persons with disabilities
and explicitly encourages applications.
Contact

Applications should include the standard documentation and a project
proposal referring to the research agenda of one of the Institute’s
departments, as laid out above.

Standard documentation includes:

• cover letter (one or two pages);
• a CV including a list of publications;
• project proposal (max. three pages);
• a photocopy of the highest academic degree certificate;
• and names of two or three referees, who may be contacted for
confidential letters of reference.

Final selection will be made following interviews in January 2014.

Please submit your application electronically by November 30th 2013
following the link for vacancies on our homepage.

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Robert Gille
gille@eth.mpg.de

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Joachim Otto Habeck
(habeck@eth.mpg.de). Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the
research agendas of the Institute’s three departments and to state the
thematic closeness to one of them in their application.

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Job: Assist. Prof. History, HSE Moscow/St. Petersburg 18.12.13

Deadline: December 18, 2013

The Higher School of Economics invites applications for full-time, tenure-track positions of Assistant Professor, or higher, in the Faculties of History at both its Moscow and St. Petersburg campuses.

We welcome candidates in all sub-fields and notably in economic history and 18-20th century world history, post-colonial theory and historiography, history of international relations, diplomacy and public diplomacy, social and technological history, global, comparative, and transnational history.

The HSE is a young, dynamic, fast-growing Russian research university providing unique research opportunities (http://hse.ru/en, http://hist.hse.ru/en/,
http://spb.hse.ru/en/history/)

Work
conditions:
- Internationally
competitive сompensation package, 13% flat income tax rate and other benefits
- Generous travel support
and research grants provided by the university’s Centre for Advanced Studies
(www.cas.hse.ru)
- Low teaching load;
minimal service required
- Heavy emphasis on high
quality research

Requirements:
- Ph.D. in History or
related fields
- Fluent English
(knowledge of Russian is not required)
- Ability and high
motivation to conduct high-quality research publishable in reputable
peer-reviewed journals and international university presses

Generally appointments will be made for an initial three-year period and upon successful completion of an interim review, contracts would normally be extended for a further three years until the tenure review.

Please provide a CV, at least 2 letters of reference forwarded directly, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper. All materials should be addressed to Martin Gilman, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies at cas@hse.ru
no later than December 18, 2013.

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Fellowships & Funding CFA: American Councils announces a one-time competition for Summer 2014 Title VIII Grants

Deadline: January 1, 2014

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce a special, one-time competition for Summer 2014 Title VIII Grants for research and language study in Eurasia and Southeast Europe.


Applications are now available for Summer 2014 Title VIII Grants for research and advanced language training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine.


The application deadline is
January 1, 2014.

Please note that applicants must conduct research and/or language training in the field for a minimum of three consecutive months. All grant activity must be completed no later than August 31, 2014. U.S. citizenship is required to receive Title VIII funding.


Fellowships will be offered in two categories:

*Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.


*Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Provides full support for research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.


Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). All competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability.


Applications are available for download at: http://researchfellowships.americancouncils.org/ or by contacting the American Councils Outbound Office. Applications must be postmarked by January 1, 2014.

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October 28, 2013

Call for Applications: ARISC Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: December 20, 2013


Call for Applications: ARISC Graduate Fellowship

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, December 20, 2013, to info "at" arisc.org. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. All information must be received by Friday, December 20, 2013, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as well as in any presentations of the research results.

Please see www.arisc.org > Opportunities > ARISC Grants and Fellowships for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

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CFA: East European Studies Summer Research Scholarships

DEADLINE: March 1, 2014


East European Studies Summer Research Scholarships

Eligibility: The grant is available to graduate students (MA or higher) and scholars who are U.S. citizens. Summer Research Scholars will be given access to a workspace and computer facilities in the Wilson Center library. Grants are for 2 months during the summer and include residency at the Wilson Center.

Project Scope: EES offers summer research scholarships 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 again eligible. 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. All projects should aim to highlight their potential policy relevance.

Application Information: To apply for a Title VIII Summer Research Scholarship award, 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 of recommendation in support of the research to be conducted at the Center

Deadline: Applications for the Summer Research Scholarships must be received by March 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified approximately one month later.

Please mail application materials for all grants to:

Global Europe Program
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

OR send them by email to: European.Studies@wilsoncenter.org

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/opportunity/east-european-studies-summer-research-scholarships

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CFA: Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages

Deadline: January 14, 2014

Middlebury College is pleased to announce The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis, to address today's critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.

The Kathryn Davis Fellowships cover 100% of tuition, room, and board for one summer of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools

The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.

The Kathryn Davis Fellowships are competitive, merit-based awards. Financial aid forms are not required for the Davis awards, but students are encouraged to apply for regular Middlebury College financial aid (awarded on a demonstrated-need basis), through the office of financial aid.

To be considered for the Davis Fellowship, you must have a complete Language School application on file. Note that the Language Schools application includes a non-refundable processing fee of $65.

Applications for the Kathryn Davis Fellowship must be postmarked by January 14, 2014. If you live in an area requiring a long mail time (e.g., in a foreign country or remote area), please contact your Language Schools Coordinator to discuss mailing options.

To be considered for a Davis Fellowship, please submit:

1. A complete application for admission to an eligible Language School, including letters of recommendation and all other supporting materials. If you have already submitted a complete application, you do not need to resubmit it.

2. Two copies of the Davis coversheet;

3. Two copies of the Davis Fellowship essay (double spaced), no staples please;

4. Two copies of a resumé or curriculum vitae.

Download the 2014 Coversheet and Essay Question Here

http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/finaid/fellowships/kwd

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CFA: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

DEADLINE: January 15, 2014

Application Process for the 2014-2016 Fellowships

The Mellon Fellowship is for scholarship across boundaries
Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences awards two fellowships each year to promising young scholars working at the intersection of humanities disciplines, or between the humanities and other disciplines. This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.

Terms of Appointment
The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Music and Theater Arts. Applicants must designate one of the four academic units in which they would like to be located. Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2014. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2015 and one per semester the following year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time. Salary will be $61,500 per year with standard benefits, and each Fellow will receive a research fund of $1,000 to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

Eligibility and Selection
To be eligible for the position, applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2011 and no later than July 1, 2014. If you have not earned your degree at the time you apply for the fellowship, please forward a Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office at your institution to confirm that you are expected to formally receive your degree by July 1, 2014. Applicants who have not formally received their degree by that date will not be considered. Fellows may not hold other appointments during the period of the Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded only to postdoctoral scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than MIT. Fellows will be announced in March 2014.

Application Materials

· Letter describing the applicant's teaching and research experience, and presenting a brief proposal for a new research project to be completed during the term of the fellowship

· Curriculum Vitae

· One-page description of an undergraduate class to be offered in Spring 2015

· Three letters of recommendation

· Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office certifying that the applicant will formally receive a PhD diploma by July 1, 2014. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.

Application due no later than Tuesday, January 15, 2014
Applications must be received at MIT by January 15, 2014. Late applications cannot be considered.

Questions?
Please check out the FAQ page. Email shass-mellon@mit.edu, or call Elizabeth Rollins in the Dean's Office at 617-253-8962.

Begin the Online Application
Online application will be available September 15, 2013. Access the online application.

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Fellowships & Funding: AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

The American Research Center in Sofia (www.arcsofia.org) is pleased to announce our 2nd competition for a six-month Postdoctoral Fellowship for scholars currently teaching at an American institution of higher education or independent scholars in the USA, who have received their PhD within the last ten years (2004-2013) and are US citizens or non-citizens with at least three years of residence in the US.

In accordance with the mission of ARCS, the fellowship is open to candidates whose research focuses on any aspect of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Bulgaria and the six other countries we serve from antiquity to the present day. In addition to conducting her/his research based at ARCS, the Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the academic program of ARCS by presenting a small number of lectures and seminars and organizing one regional workshop/conference.

The Fellowship will be held for six months within the period September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015 with a total stipend of $12,000 ($2000 per month); ARCS will reimburse up to $2000 for travel between the US and Bulgaria and research-related travel in the Balkans during the term of the fellowship.

Please submit an application and ask two people familiar with your academic work to send letters of reference to Dr. Dilyana Ivanova at usadmin@arcsofia.org. Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Dr. Eric De Sena at sofiadirector@arcsofia.org

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014. 
Decisions will be announced by late February/early March 2014.

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October 24, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: STATE VS INDIVIDUAL MORALITY IN POST-SOCIALISM

Deadline: 10 February 2014

About STSS (www.tlu.ee/stss)

STSS is fast-growing open-access interdisciplinary journal for the study of transition societies. Created in 2009, it has been indexed by SCOPUS in 2012 and we are currently in Q3 (3rd quartile), ranking 320 out of 552 journals included in sociology and political science. Given that we are an independent journal created only four years ago we believe this is already a good result and we are confident we can improve our ranking quickly in the next few years. Please check our articles if you want to be convinced of our potential. Our primary focus is post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the former USSR, although we are open to contributions focusing on any other world region.

We are looking for 1-2 more papers on the topic.

Over the past decade we have witnessed a tendency to critically look at the way state morality, laws and rules are constructed. Following the appearance of Gibson-Graham's seminal work (1996), the term ‘diverse economies’ has come to populate a growing number of scholarly works across a wide range of disciplines. As part of this scholarship alternative narratives to capitalism have been explored and neoliberalism has been criticised. Based on the Bourdieaun remark that individual and state moralities do not necessarily overlap, a number of empirical works (Polese 2008; Rasanayagam 2011; Wanner 2005) have shown the limits of the corrupt-non-corrupt distinction. This, in turn, has highlighted the potential conflict between what is legal (with a definition of legality provided by the state) and what is socially acceptable by the citizens themselves (van Schendel & Abrahams 2005). This has led to the understanding that what a society, or a group of individuals, is ready toaccept and justify is not necessarily what the state official narrative (based on laws and rules) would accept.

We welcome empirically-rich accounts, constructed on recent and/or ongoing research, that broadly deal with the topic suggested above.

The deadline for the 2014 Spring issue is 10 February 2014. However, potential contributors are welcome to contact us at an early stage to discuss an idea you might want to develop or have developed. Please visit the webpage www.tlu.ee/stss for further information on submission guidelines or contact stss@tlu.ee (also if you would like to discuss a proposal).

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Call for Papers: "And after Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia! New Histories & New Approaches"

Deadline: November 30, 2013

Call for Papers: "And after Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia! New Histories & New Approaches"

Please send all submissions to Marina Antić: antic@pitt.edu

The last twenty years of scholarship on former Yugoslavia and its
successor states have undergone significant shifts, not least of which
has been the introduction of new theoretical positions and paradigms
(Bakić-Hayden and Hayden, Wolff, Todorova). However, the vast majority
of this new scholarship has struggled to escape the resurgence of
nationalist quasi-historical narratives or the transformation(s) of the
Cold War totalitarian historical paradigm into postsocialist
“transitology.” The latter has served as the ideological correlate of
neo-liberal reforms in Eastern Europe, providing interpretive frames
(justifications) for the rise of the free market economy, electoral
democracy, and the construction of “civil societies,” the three
hallmarks of postsocialism. In this context, transitology has primarily
focused on EU accession as the final conceptual and political frontier
of these now liberalizing societies. In reality, the transition itself
has been not into Europe proper but into a periphery of global capital
(Shields). Moreover, in the wake of the global financial crisis, the
Arab Spring and the radical “left turn” of Latin America, the
“transitology” discourse has increasingly appeared vacuous, fetishized,
a totem of a global order fundamentally premised on what David Harvey
has called “accumulation through dispossession.”

From history to art, economy to literature, political science to
anthropology, scholars have been preoccupied with explaining the violent
end of Yugoslavia and its aftermath via the nationalist and totalitarian
models (Glenny, Kaplan, Malcolm, Alcock, Meier, Wachtel, Bieber, and
others); they have struggled to explain Yugonostalgia and the Yugoslav
legacy that seems not to vane in the region (Todorova and Gille, Djokić,
Wachtel); and many have continued to treat the Yugoslav past as an
aberration and the post-Yugoslav reality as the “natural” state of
affairs. Despite challenges to the “Orientalist” or “Balkanist”
discourse of the region and despite attempts to situate the rise of
nationalism into global realities and socio-economic developments
(Woodward, Gowan, Petras and Vieux), Yugoslav history and the
post-Yugoslav reality have been codified within the old confines of Cold
War history-cum-transitology and nationalist historiography.

At the same time, post-Yugoslav cultural production, social movements,
and cultural and ideological shifts in the region have been telling a
different story. Social opposition to nationalist regimes has only
increased with time in the most troubled post-Yugoslav state – Bosnia
and Herzegovina (JMBG protests, Dosta!) as well as in the most
“Europeanized” one – Slovenia (2012-2013 Maribor protests, ongoing
nation-wide). Film, literature, art, and alternative media productions
have continually challenged simplistic nationalist narratives as well as
the dire, postsocialist realities (Tanović, Žbanić, Stanišić, Rudan,
Veličković, Studio LuDež); and everyday life in the post-Yugoslav states
has challenged “transitology” and its lessons of civil society,
political culture, and free market economics. In the process, the
Yugoslav past remains a central preoccupation of both the nationalist
regimes and its former citizens: from neo-nazi revivals to
Yugonostalgia, the legacy of this common and shared cultural,
socio-economic, and political space continues to influence all spheres
of life in many different ways.

This volume addresses this disjuncture between post-Yugoslav realities
and nationalist historiography and/or the neo-liberal transitology. What
sets this volume apart from a myriad of collections about former
Yugoslavia is a commitment to critically engage, challenge, and advance
beyond nationalist historiography and transitology while reassessing the
Yugoslav legacy and reexamining the Yugoslav past as phenomena
fundamentally relevant to our understanding of the present and, indeed,
our future. In short, this volume (re)considers “Yugoslavia” as a
relevant contemporary political and social phenomenon, rather than
merely a tragic and/or utopian historical moment. Moreover, our
intervention seeks to deliberately reposition the post-Yugoslav space in
the context of the unraveling of the global neo-liberal order. We
explicitly reject the narrative that the only “realistic” (or ideal)
future for (the former) Yugoslavia is membership in a dissolving
neo-liberal monetary and political union—the only facsimile of a
political program advanced by the “transitional” local elites and their
international partners. Our conception of Yugoslavia emerges as against
the EU’s preferred “Western Balkans” and/or “South-East Europe” monikers
and in line with more than a decade of democratic, alter-globalist
eruptions in Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East.

The volume consists of three sections:
1. Post-Yugoslav Realities
This section is devoted to assessment of the current situation in
post-Yugoslav states, analysis of the effects of postsocialist
“transition,” new social movements, as well as the wider, global context
for the social changes that have taken place since the fall of socialism.

2. Post-Yugoslav Culture
This section is devoted to critique and presentation of post-Yugoslav
cultural production in context, including but not limited to new
literature, film, art, popular culture, and other media productions. We
are especially interested in approaches that address the continuities
and discontinuities between the Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cultural
production in the region.

3. Yugoslav History and Legacy
While the question of Yugoslav legacy is a common thread for the entire
volume, this particular section is devoted specifically to new topics,
contexts, and theories regarding the common history and heritage. From
the origins of the Yugoslav idea in the 19th century to the legacy of
the Non-Aligned Movement in Yugoslavia to an exploration of
Yugonostalgia today, this concluding section seeks to raise new research
questions and suggest new points of departure for studying the region
and its history.

We invite proposals for contributions to any of the above mentioned
topics, while especially encouraging new methodological and theoretical
orientations, interdisciplinary work, and research from across the
humanities and social sciences.

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CFP: International Conference: "Soviet Film Studios at War, 1939-1949"

Deadline: December 15, 2013

International
C
onference "Soviet Film Studios at War, 1939-1949"
12-13 June 2014, Eisenstein Library, Moscow

Call for Papers

The organizers are pleased to announce the International Conference on "Soviet Film
Studios at War, 1939-1949" which will take place in Moscow between June 12th and 13th
2014.

The project

There is a consensus among historians that if is difficult to write about WWI and
WWII without touching upon the war of images. However, Soviet history remains marginal in
research on this aspect of the visual turn. It is necessary to renew the traditional vision of the
propaganda art and go beyond the films representing Stalin and great historic events and explore
the full spectrum of the production. Feature films, cartoons, educational pictures, newsreels
and documentaries can be studied not only in themselves but also in terms of the public
they addressed and their role in the mobilization for the war effort. Even though the cinema
occupied a central place in Soviet propaganda, films must be compared to the news coverage,
press photography, posters, literature and theater. A total history of the cinema should embrace
issues which scholars usually study separately such as the institutions (the organization
of new control agencies, the reorganization of the production far behind the frontline), the industry
(technologies and economic problems), aesthetics and the social context (life in the
evacuation).

The conference takes stock of the first results of the project CINESOV financed by the
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France). The project explores Soviet cinema not only as
art but also as social sphere, production process, industrial establishment, business and as a
problem of marketing and consuming images between 1939 and 1949. The main focus is on
the first stage of filmmaking, the production process, and more precisely on the functioning of
the studios in the USSR and the territories it controlled in the immediate [prewar and?]
postwar years. The aim of the conference is to study ways the Soviet structures of film production
dealt with thee requirements and constraints of the war.

The main questions are:

- methods, sources, the results of previous research: how to seize the singularities of the
studios in the context of the war, which are their common features?

- institutional issues: the Sovietization of the studios in the territories annexed on the eve of
the war; changes in legal statuses, organization and internal structures; censorship; shifts in
the relationships between center and periphery; evacuation and return; the fate of studios in
territories under nazi occupation; the Sovietization of nazified studios and the purge of collaborators.

- economic and financial issues: the economic efficiency of the studios and their evaluation
by moviemakers and decision makers; how we can draw the balance sheet today? what is the
impact of the evacuation of the industry at large on the film industry and the production targets
of the studios? how studios manage the scarcity of financial resources? how decides the
priorities?

- technological issues: which technologies are employed? what sort of technological changes
are helped by the challenges of wartime cinema and the exchanges and seizures of material?
how many equipments are at the disposal of the moviemakers? how is allocated the equipment
acquired through the Lend-Lease operations and through the seizures? how technologies function
at the studios transferred to Central Asia?

- international issues: how to evaluate the comparison [?], the imitation, the collaboration
and competition with allied and enemy industries? what is the production of the enemy in occupied
Soviet territories, how it is organized? how knowhow is transferred in Soviet-occupied
territories? how the Soviets establish control?

- human resources: how is personnel allocated in the wake of the evacuation and the reorganization?
who are the new managers of the studios? how the mobilization takes place, what
role women play in it? how is organized the training of the newly recruited personnel? how
are decided the salaries and other forms of payment? how daily life looks like in the evacuation,
during the siege of Leningrad and other cities and after the return?

The conference is open to anyone doing research related to the main themes. The contributions
must be unpublished and founded on original sources.

The conference languages are Russian, English and French.

The deadline for sending the proposals is
December 15, 2013. Authors of the selected
projects will be informed in late January 2014.

The proposals must be in Russian, English or French. They must include
1./ the name, the home institution and the position of the applicant with his/her electronic address
2./ a short presentation of the applicant's researches with emphasis of their relevance to the
themes of the conference
3./ a vita
4./ a résumé of maximum 500 words of the proposed paper.

The proposals must be addressed to Vanessa Voisin (centre-fr@centre-fr.net). They
can be formulated individually and as members of a projected panel.

The organizers will help participants to obtain Russian visa. They finance the stay, the
meals of the participants and travel expenses if it proves possible.

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Job: Tenure-track assistant professor position in Russian literature and culture: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (at Harvard)

Deadline: December 2, 2013

TENURE-TRACK PROFESSOR

Harvard University
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Position Description: The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian literature and culture. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2014. The tenure-track professor will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester, and will be expected to share in the administrative and advising duties of faculty in the Department as well as to participate broadly in the academic culture of the university. Expertise in poetry and the ability to teach poetry are preferred, but in other respects the fields of expertise required for the position are open. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AATSEEL conference in Chicago in January 2014.

Qualifications: PhD in Russian Literature or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Russian and fluency in English are required, as is demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5089 ), no later than
December 2, 2013:

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching statement
4. Research statement
5. Names and contact information of 3-5 references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted)
6. Sample of scholarship, approximately 25 pp.

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information: Professor Justin Weir, Search Committee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Barker Center 377, 12 Quincy Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact Email: Judith Klasson, klasson@fas.harvard.edu

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October 22, 2013

PILPG Update: Call for Applications - Constitutional Development Manager for a South Sudan Project

Overview
PILPG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to governments, sub-state entities, and civil society groups in transitioning states. PILPG provides legal counsel to pro bono clients during peace negotiations, advises on the creation and operation of transitional justice mechanisms, provides expertise during the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and advises on ways to strengthen the rule of law and effective institutions. In East Africa, PILPG has previously maintained offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Uganda.

PILPG has extensive experience in South Sudan, and will be working with Democracy International and its consortium partners to implement the five-year USAID-funded Inclusive Political Processes in South Sudan project (IPPSS). The IPPSS is focused on supporting South Sudan’s ongoing constitutional development process and current electoral cycle culminating in the 2015 elections.

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruitment@pilpg.org.
Include in the subject line: Application: South Sudan Constitutional Development Manager

To learn more about the Public International Law & Policy Group, please visit our website.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Near Eastern Studies

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Near Eastern Studies Princeton University)

Sponsor:
Princeton University
Department of Near Eastern Studies

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Fellowship Funding: Armenia COS Funding

Senior Fellowships
Deadline: January 7, 2014

Three Armenia funding opportunities

Senior Fellowships

Sponsor:
Harvard University
Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Amount:
$26,500

Deadline:
January 7, 2014


Regional Fellowships

Sponsor:
Harvard University
Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Amount:
$46,500

Deadline:
January 7, 2014


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Sponsor:
Harvard University
Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Amount:
$38,500

Deadline:
January 7, 2014

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October 17, 2013

Fellowships & Funding: Post-doctoral Fellowship in Silk Road Studies

Deadline: December 31, 2013

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Silk Road Studies

Applications are invited for a one-year, non-teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University beginning Fall 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar titled “Critical ‘Silk Road’ Studies,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by Georgetown faculty members James Millward (Department of History, School of Foreign Service) and Michelle C. Wang (Department of Art and Art History). Applicants whose scholarly work addresses any of the geographical regions covered by the Silk Road, from ancient to contemporary, and represents any discipline in the humanities or social sciences are encouraged to apply. The fellow will be expected to attend all sessions of the Sawyer Seminar and to be an active participant in the Sawyer Seminar and University community. Additionally, the fellow is expected to pursue an active research agenda by making use of the resources of Georgetown University and the greater Washington, DC area.

The goals of the seminar are to provide an interdisciplinary and interregional platform in order to investigate the invention and development of the concept of the Silk Road as well as its on-going impact, its potential and limitations for framing fields of academic inquiry, and even its role in policy-making. By inviting the participation of scholars representing research specializations ranging from ancient and modern history, art history, religious studies, literature, musicology, anthropology, archaeology, as well as foreign policy academics and practitioners in an interrogation and exploration of the notion of the Silk Road, the seminar will furthermore address the challenges of seeing beyond the chronological, regional, linguistic, and disciplinary compartmentalization of specialists in order to better understand the workings of the trans-Eurasian Silk Road as a broader phenomenon. For further information about the seminar, please visit silkroadseminar.georgetown.edu.

Junior faculty and recent Ph.D. recipients are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Advanced graduate students with the Ph.D. in hand at the beginning of the fellowship will also be considered. The position offers an annual salary of $50,000 with benefits and office space. Applications consisting of a cover letter addressing research areas and interest in the Silk Road, CV, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted through the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/3277. Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be accepted. Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Nicholas Starvaggi at nhs22@georgetown.edu. Questions regarding the postdoctoral position should be directed to Yelizaveta Raykhlina at silkroadseminar@georgetown.edu. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013, and the successful applicant will be notified by mid-April 2014.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

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Fellowships & Funding: 2014 Summer Language Study and Study Abroad with Arizona State University

Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is pleased to announce its summer 2014 summer offerings in the U.S. and abroad.

CLI provides tuition-free, accredited summer courses and study-abroad programs for selected less commonly taught languages of Eurasia and the Middle East.

Support is available to graduate and undergraduate students through the Melikian Scholars program and for ROTC students through Project GO.

THE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY CRITICAL LANGUAGES INSTITUTE

Summer Intensive Courses & Study-Abroad Programs for Less Commonly-Taught Languages

- HYBRID PROGRAMS: Intensive study at ASU, then optional in-country immersion

- OVERSEAS PROGRAMS: Summer-long study abroad

- FUNDING: Graduate and undergraduate funding available

ROTC funding available

- COST: $960, plus study-abroad fees if applicable

- CREDITS: 8–13, depending on program

- PROGRAM DATES: Vary. See (http://cli.asu.edu).

- APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2014

- DETAILS: http://cli.asu.edu

HYBRID PROGRAMS: 2 months intensive study at ASU with option of 1 month additional study in country, for 8–13 academic credits.

- Albanian (ASU + Tirana)

- Armenian (ASU + Yerevan)

- Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (ASU + Sarajevo)

- Modern Hebrew (ASU only)

- Macedonian (ASU only)

- Persian (ASU + Samarqand)

- Polish (ASU + Poznan)

- Russian (ASU + Kazan)

- Turkish (ASU + Ankara)

- Uzbek (ASU + Samarqand)

Sessions in ASU include daily co-curricular programming, grant mentoring and career planning assistance.

Sessions abroad feature academically challenging study, extensive co-curricular programs, and peer-assisted cultural programming integrated into academic coursework.

OVERSEAS PROGRAMS: 8- or 10-week study abroad, providing 8–10 academic credits.

- Advanced Armenian (Yerevan)

- 2nd–4th-year Russian (Kazan)

- 4th– 6th-year Russian (Kiev)

- 5th–6th-year Russian (St. Petersburg)

- 1st–2nd-year Tatar (Kazan)

- 1st–4th-year Ukrainian (Kiev)

Programs feature homestays, peer-assisted cultural programming integrated into academic coursework, and internships at the 5th-year level and up.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2014

APPLICATION AND FULL DETAILS: (http://cli.asu.edu)

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CFP (Journal): Polylinguism

Deadline: April 30, 2014

To the present day, Bachtin’s concept of heteroglossia constitutes a formative approach for com­prehending a fundamental polylinguism of literary language. With Bachtin, research engages in a gesture to contradict "unitary language" and "the forces that serve to unify and centralize the verbal-ideological world". Not least, heteroglossia proves to be a productive element of a literary theory critical of language that acquired a more positive attitude, following the notion of litera­ture as a “happy Babel” (Barthes), which increasingly emerges in the course of the post-war era.

Literature is polylingual, but how? The upcoming issue of Variations, a comparative literary jour­nal that is as such polylingual, is devoted to this question of literature’s linguistic dimensions of plurality, heterogeneity and polyvalence.

Polylinguism always opens the possibility of entering the field of literature in a twofold manner. On the one hand, one enters the diversely marked, historically and socially connoted spaces of different forms of language-consciousness and -practices: national and artificial languages, vernacular vs. standard languages, professional jargon or academic languages, country-specific characteristics like argot/verlan in France or surzhyk in Ukraine, mixed or hybrid languages like Yiddish, – they all leave their specific traces in literary texts. This may concern distinctly marked code-switchings and language shifts, or mixing languages (ranging from subtle to subversive forms) as cultural phenomena of hybridity, creolisation, bricolage, ambiguity and transformation as well as their thematisation and reflection. At the same time polylinguism designates the space of a radical autonomy of language in literary texts themselves. In this context, Bachtin mentions an “immanent overcoming of language in poetry”. In the aesthetic object, the multiplicity consolidates in a specific form of linguistic unity or uniqueness. Literary polylinguism thus always implies heightened attention towards an interaction of various linguistic and poetic functions. Figures of speech, metrical equivalences, genre-specific speech patterns, etc. can be considered as means to express the “internal dialogism of the word” and to perform heteroglossia poetically.

Variations 22 shall negotiate the two aspects of literary polylinguism, collecting contributions that reflect the tensions between the different directions and establish a dialogue between them.

The topic invites to be investigated by reference to concrete literacy texts and from diverse research perspectives (aesthetics, philosophy of language, cultural and literary history, linguistics etc.). Given that one can observe a certain asynchrony in the development of research in polylinguism with regard to different disciplines, it would be especially interesting consider the topic in the discourse of the respective field.

Abstracts (300–400 words) and a short bio-bibliography may be sent to the editors until 30 November 2013 at the following address: variations@rom.uzh.ch. We publish articles in German, English and French. Applicants will be notified about acceptance or rejection of their proposals in December 2012. The completed articles are to be sent to the editors no later than 30 April 2014 and must not exceed 32’000 characters. Furthermore, Variations also welcomes articles and literary and artistic contributions such as drawings, collages, and photographs that are not necessarily specific to the topic of the issue.

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October 11, 2013

CFA/JOB: Assistant Professor in Russian Literature and Culture (Princeton U)

Deadline: December 1, 2013

https://jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=198860

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of Princeton University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Russian literature and culture to begin September 1, 2014. We are looking for an imaginative and energetic scholar with broad interests and the ability to teach a variety of courses. Candidates for the position must have native or near-native command of both Russian and English. Field of specialization is open.

Applications, due 1 December 2013, should include a cover letter, a cv, three letters of recommendation, a graduate transcript, and an article-length writing sample. For candidates who do not yet have a Ph.D., the recommendation of the principal advisor must include precise information on the present status of the dissertation and the likelihood of completion by summer 2014. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AATSEEL conference in Chicago in January 2014.

The candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in a range of subjects and to produce excellent scholarship in his/her areas of specialization. The teaching load is two courses per semester.

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University of Illinois Graduate Program in Slavic Languages and Literatures

Application Deadline: January 1, 2014

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invites applications to our graduate program from students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Slavic literatures and cultures. Qualified students beginning their graduate career at Illinois may be guaranteed as many as five years of financial support, including fellowships, teaching assistantships, summer support, research and graduate assistantships. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (or in related fields) elsewhere.

The Russian classics continue to play a vital role in our program, which is oriented toward students with interests in 18th- through 21st-century Russian literature and culture. But our Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures also emphasizes cultural studies approaches and other interdisciplinary work, and we offer a wide range of coursework and opportunities for individual concentrations, including: the languages, literatures and cultures of Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Bulgaria, as well as Yiddish. In addition to literary studies, our students work on theater; cinema and visual culture; translation theory, history and practice; critical theory; gender studies; cultural history and the arts. Interdisciplinary study is facilitated by our close ties with other campus units, in particular, the federally funded Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; the Department of Gender & Women's Studies; the College of Media; and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Students may earn formal graduate minors or certificates from such units, or they may create their own minors to satisfy Ph.D. requirements.

The faculty of the UIUC Slavic department represent a broad range of interests and methodological approaches, including the intersections of literature with law, medicine, and psychoanalysis; Jewish Studies; gender, sexuality, and the body; empire and the Gothic; postcolonial studies; film history and theory; Czech revival culture; nationalism and literature; Polish exilic and émigré literature; and East European pop culture. We invite you to consult the listing of our faculty, their research interests, and their recent publications at: http://www.slavic.uiuc.edu/people/

The Slavic collection of the University of Illinois Library is the third largest in the country; that resource and our outstanding Slavic Reference Service attract researchers from all over the world, especially during the Summer Research Laboratory.

The Department has a vibrant atmosphere enhanced by the international character of the graduate student body. The Russian Studies Circle (kruzhok) brings together faculty and graduate students from a number of related units for informal discussions of works-in-progress, recently published books, and work by scholars visiting the Illinois campus; there is also an Eastern European Studies Circle, and annual graduate-faculty reading groups on many topics of interest. Our annual Graduate Student Conference--now a collaboration with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago--professionalizes students and shares their work with faculty and students from Illinois and beyond. Illinois is rich with outstanding scholars and scholarly programming in allied fields (history, anthropology, sociology, law, music, and others). Our department also regularly hosts speakers and organizes or co-sponsors conferences. We participate actively in cross-campus and interdisciplinary initiatives; information about such events is archived on our website: http://www.slavic.illinois.edu

To learn more about the opportunities and resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please visit our website:
http://www.slavic.illinois.edu/graduate/

To apply, visit http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

This year's application deadline is January 1, 2014. We will continue to consider applications after this date on a case-by-case basis, but late applicants are likely to have greatly diminished prospects for financial support.

For questions about our graduate program, please contact:

Prof. Valeria Sobol <vsobol@illinois.edu>
Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. Michael Finke <mcfinke@illinois.edu>
Department Head
For questions about the application process, please contact:

Lynn Stanke <stanke@illinois.edu>
Graduate Student Services

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CFP And After Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia! New Histories, New Approaches

​Deadline: November 30, 2013

Call for Papers: "And after Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia! New Histories & New Approaches"

The last twenty years of scholarship on former Yugoslavia and its successor states have undergone significant shifts, not least of which has been the introduction of new theoretical positions and paradigms (Bakić-Hayden and Hayden, Wolff, Todorova). However, the vast majority of this new scholarship has struggled to escape the resurgence of nationalist quasi-historical narratives or the transformation(s) of the Cold War totalitarian historical paradigm into postsocialist “transitology.” The latter has served as the ideological correlate of neo-liberal reforms in Eastern Europe, providing interpretive frames (justifications) for the rise of the free market economy, electoral democracy, and the construction of “civil societies,” the three hallmarks of postsocialism. In this context, transitology has primarily focused on EU accession as the final conceptual and political frontier of these now liberalizing societies. In reality, the transition itself has been not into Europe proper but into a periphery of global capital (Shields). Moreover, in the wake of the global financial crisis, the Arab Spring and the radical “left turn” of Latin America, the “transitology” discourse has increasingly appeared vacuous, fetishized, a totem of a global order fundamentally premised on what David Harvey has called “accumulation through dispossession.”

From history to art, economy to literature, political science to anthropology, scholars have been preoccupied with explaining the violent end of Yugoslavia and its aftermath via the nationalist and totalitarian models (Glenny, Kaplan, Malcolm, Alcock, Meier, Wachtel, Bieber, and others); they have struggled to explain Yugonostalgia and the Yugoslav legacy that seems not to vane in the region (Todorova and Gille, Djokić, Wachtel); and many have continued to treat the Yugoslav past as an aberration and the post-Yugoslav reality as the “natural” state of affairs. Despite challenges to the “Orientalist” or “Balkanist” discourse of the region and despite attempts to situate the rise of nationalism into global realities and socio-economic developments (Woodward, Gowan, Petras and Vieux), Yugoslav history and the post-Yugoslav reality have been codified within the old confines of Cold War history-cum-transitology and nationalist historiography.

At the same time, post-Yugoslav cultural production, social movements, and cultural and ideological shifts in the region have been telling a different story. Social opposition to nationalist regimes has only increased with time in the most troubled post-Yugoslav state – Bosnia and Herzegovina (JMBG protests, Dosta!) as well as in the most “Europeanized” one – Slovenia (2012-2013 Maribor protests, ongoing nation-wide). Film, literature, art, and alternative media productions have continually challenged simplistic nationalist narratives as well as the dire, postsocialist realities (Tanović, Žbanić, Stanišić, Rudan, Veličković, Studio LuDež); and everyday life in the post-Yugoslav states has challenged “transitology” and its lessons of civil society, political culture, and free market economics. In the process, the Yugoslav past remains a central preoccupation of both the nationalist regimes and its former citizens: from neo-nazi revivals to Yugonostalgia, the legacy of this common and shared cultural, socio-economic, and political space continues to influence all spheres of life in many different ways.

This volume addresses this disjuncture between post-Yugoslav realities and nationalist historiography and/or the neo-liberal transitology. What sets this volume apart from a myriad of collections about former Yugoslavia is a commitment to critically engage, challenge, and advance beyond nationalist historiography and transitology while reassessing the Yugoslav legacy and reexamining the Yugoslav past as phenomena fundamentally relevant to our understanding of the present and, indeed, our future. In short, this volume (re)considers “Yugoslavia” as a relevant contemporary political and social phenomenon, rather than merely a tragic and/or utopian historical moment. Moreover, our intervention seeks to deliberately reposition the post-Yugoslav space in the context of the unraveling of the global neo-liberal order. We explicitly reject the narrative that the only “realistic” (or ideal) future for (the former) Yugoslavia is membership in a dissolving neo-liberal monetary and political union—the only facsimile of a political program advanced by the “transitional” local elites and their international partners. Our conception of Yugoslavia emerges as against the EU’s preferred “Western Balkans” and/or “South-East Europe” monikers and in line with more than a decade of democratic, alter-globalist eruptions in Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East.

The volume consists of three sections:
1. Post-Yugoslav Realities
This section is devoted to assessment of the current situation in post-Yugoslav states, analysis of the effects of postsocialist “transition,” new social movements, as well as the wider, global context for the social changes that have taken place since the fall of socialism.

2. Post-Yugoslav Culture
This section is devoted to critique and presentation of post-Yugoslav cultural production in context, including but not limited to new literature, film, art, popular culture, and other media productions. We are especially interested in approaches that address the continuities and discontinuities between the Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cultural production in the region.

3. Yugoslav History and Legacy
While the question of Yugoslav legacy is a common thread for the entire volume, this particular section is devoted specifically to new topics, contexts, and theories regarding the common history and heritage. From the origins of the Yugoslav idea in the 19th century to the legacy of the Non-Aligned Movement in Yugoslavia to an exploration of Yugonostalgia today, this concluding section seeks to raise new research questions and suggest new points of departure for studying the region and its history.

We invite proposals for contributions to any of the above mentioned topics, while especially encouraging new methodological and theoretical orientations, interdisciplinary work, and research from across the humanities and social sciences.



Please send all submissions to Marina Antić: antic@pitt.edu
Deadline: November 30th, 2013​

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Announcement: New book series at Academic Studies Press

Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce the following new book series:

“Liber Primus”

“Liber Primus” is a new series at Academic Studies Press designed for authors early in their careers, in many cases assistant professors coming up for tenure. A primary goal of the series is to create an outlet for outstanding academic books in our field at a time when university presses, forced to focus on “bottom lines” and trim their lists accordingly, are increasingly unlikely, regardless of the project, to take on proposals from untested, younger, less published scholars in our field. The series does not promote any specific scholarly-critical methodology, nor does it limit itself to any period, genre, or author grouping in Russian/Slavic literature/culture. Primary criteria will be quality of the research, conceptual robustness, clarity of thought, and elegance of style. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. The vetting process will be rigorous and “blind,” with readers normally including a specialist with appropriate expertise and a member of the editorial board. It is the editor’s and editorial board’s hope that the seriousness of the review process and the attractiveness and attention to detail accompanying the finished product will give the books in this series the sort of “imprimatur” that deans and tenure committees will take into account as they shape the future of the discipline and the profession.

Anyone interested in submitting a book proposal should contact Sharona Vedol at ASP: (sharona.vedol@academicstudiespress.com).

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CFA: 2014-2015 Postdoctoral positions in Values and Public Policy (Princeton)

Deadline: November 18, 2013

Postdoctoral Positions in Values and Public Policy

The University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs invite applications for postdoctoral positions in Values and Public Policy. We aim to support highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics and related areas to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.

Candidates selected will undertake a research project exploring a normative problem arising in an area of public policy in which the Woodrow Wilson School conducts research. They will be affiliated with a unit of the School that can inform and support their work. They will also be invited to participate in programs of the University Center for Human Values. Candidates will be expected to contribute one course each year to the School’s undergraduate or graduate program on a topic related to ethical issues in public policy, subject to sufficient enrollment and approval by the Dean of the Faculty.

Qualifications

Applicants must have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by September 1, 2014 and must not have held the degree for more than three years by that date. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their Princeton appointment.

Applicants’ dissertation research need not be specifically in values and public policy, but they will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to working on a research project in this area during their time at Princeton. Projects must be related to an area in which the School has a Center or Program such as environmental policy, population and health, democratic institutions and processes, information technology policy or global governance. For more information about these areas, please consult http://wws.princeton.edu/centers_programs/.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments, the promise of the proposed research project in values and public policy, and the likelihood that the project will be enhanced by being carried out at the Woodrow Wilson School. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2014, with the expectation of renewal for one further year assuming good performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment. Princeton offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit an online application at http://jobs.princeton.edu. Search for requisition number #1300483. The online system includes instructions on how to apply.

A complete application will include the following materials:

1. A current curriculum vitae;

2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words), conforming to the expectations stated above. The proposal should describe what the applicant hopes to gain from carrying out the project in the Woodrow Wilson School.

3. A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;

4. Contact information for two referees, who will be asked to comment specifically on the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials should be submitted online by Monday, November 18, 2013. We cannot accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by end of business day on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. Decisions will be announced by Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

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CFP: Siberian Historical Stu dies, Special Issue on "Conceptualizing GULAG"

Deadline: December 1, 2013

International journal "Siberian Historical Studies", Tomsk State University
(Russia)

Conceptualising GULAG: Visible and Invisible Spaces of Continuity and
Contemporary Practices of Remembrance

Totalitarian states of twentieth century produced the sites of mass
violence and such exemplary places of modern biopolitics as concentration camps. In the aftermath these sites continue to serve as tangible reminders of atrocities and provide important evidence for public recognition and remembrance of victims' suffering (Arendt 1979, Langer 1991, Levy 1988, Friedlander 1992). Recent memory studies have demonstrated how remembrance of mass violence across regions and cultures took various shapes ranging
from politics of victimisation and heroism to collective silence and
selective amnesia (Antze and Lambek 1996; Carsten 2007; Lambek 2002, 2006; Argenti and Schramm 2010). Given that in Russia memory about GULAG remains at the margins of public and official discourse and as a social fact has not yet received elaborate scholarly interpretation, the special issue seeks to address this underexplored area by examining the issue of continuity of unresolved GULAG past in the present and the ways it manifests and unfolds through spontaneous or unofficial forms of remembrance, symbolic imageries, localised interaction with abandoned and
re-appropriated spaces and territories of former GULAG camps. We welcome contributions in the disciplines of social and cultural anthropology, sociology and history that engage broadly with the legacy of GULAG and its contemporary social dimensions, i.e. continuity of social practices, visible and invisible aspects of GULAG legacy as well as voiced and silenced memories, local experiences of remembrance and forgetting.

The editors invite abstracts (max 500 words) in English and Russian that
respond to the focus of the issue. Please submit abstracts via email to
Olga Ulturgasheva (ou202@cam.ac.uk) by December 1, 2013.

Successful applicants will be asked to submit the draft articles
(4,000-5,000 words) by March 15, 2014. The special issue is scheduled for
the release by November 2014.

General inquiries should be addressed to:

Olga Ulturgasheva ou202@cam.ac.uk

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CFP on Tolstoy's "War and Peace"

Deadline: "by December"

I am pleased to report that Grey House is supporting our field by publishing a collection on War and Peace as part of their Critical Insights series early next year. Furthermore, there is room in the volume for two or three more new essays on Tolstoy’s novel. These need to be brief: roughly 5000 words, including notes and works cited. First drafts will be due by December. A modest honorarium will be paid by the publisher.

Prospective contributors should contact me off-list at brett-cooke@tamu.edu.

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CFA: Assistant Professor of Russian , University of Kentucky

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Job Posting at the University of Kentucky

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as an
Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Kentucky to begin August 2014. The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2014. We seek candidates who can teach all levels of Russian language, courses in 20th/21st-century Russian literature, culture, and film, as well as participate in the implementation of an innovative new Russian Studies major. Active participation in the academic life of the Department is also expected. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Qualifications include a PhD in Slavic Studies with a focus on 20th/21st-century Russian literary, film, or cultural studies, knowledge of current language pedagogy, successful experience in teaching Russian, a robust research program, and native or near-native fluency in English and Russian. We offer a competitive salary and health benefits package. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Applicants should send a letter of application, a CV, a research statement, a teaching portfolio, writing samples, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/23092. Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 December 2013. Applications will be acknowledged. Review of applications will begin December 15 with preliminary interviews conducted via Skype in early January 2014. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


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October 10, 2013

Fellowships & Funding: AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA 2014-15

Deadline: January 20, 2014

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA 2014-15 PRE-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

ELIGIBILITY

Graduate students of any citizenship enrolled at North American academic institutions, or academic institutions accredited in North America, engaged in research in the humanities and/or social sciences with a focus on Bulgaria or the Balkan Peninsula (antiquity through modern day).

THE PROGRAM

The fellowships are of 9-month (September to May) or 3-month (September to November, February to April) duration. In addition to independent research, fellows will participate in the academic program of ARCS, which includes a lecture series, seminars, and excursions designed to provide a broad thematic vision of Bulgarian and Balkan history and culture from prehistory to the present.

THE FELLOWSHIPS

Fellows receive a $600 monthly stipend, housing in Sofia, language instruction, travel expenses within the academic program, and up to $1,000 for travel expenses between North America and Bulgaria. The fellowship may be combined with additional funding; however, ARCS must be notified, and the terms of the ARCS Fellowship will be subject to negotiation. We strongly encourage you to inquire in about possibilities for funding from your home institution and to indicate this in your application.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

A complete application consists of the official application form (available at http://www.arcsofia.org/bg/node/301), official university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation from scholars in the field, commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. The transcript and letters of recommendation should be sent separately. All application materials must be in English. For full consideration, these materials must be emailed to the ARCS Fellowship Committee at usadmin@arcsofia.org by January 20, 2014. Please direct any questions about the fellowship program to Eric C. De Sena, Director of ARCS, at sofiadirector@arcsofia.org

ABOUT ARCS

ARCS facilitates academic research in Bulgaria and collaboration between scholars from North America and countries in Southeastern Europe. Located near the heart of Sofia, ARCS hosts a state-of-the-art library collection that focuses on Balkan history, society, and art from prehistory to the modern day.

The center organizes lectures, workshops, and conferences. It offers fellowships and travel awards to support North American and Bulgarian graduate students and scholars, and a grant program that furthers archaeological research and helps to preserve the rich historical and cultural patrimony of Bulgaria.

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October 08, 2013

CFA: Boren Awards

Deadline for Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students): January 15, 2014 (U-M internal deadline)
Deadline for Boren Fellowships (for graduate students): January 28, 2014

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships
(for undergraduate students)and Fellowships(for graduate students)
are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Application Deadlines

Boren Scholarship: January 15, 2014 (U-M internal deadline--see details below)

Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014(national deadline)

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

University of Michigan

U-M Undergraduate students:

All Undergraduate Boren
Scholarship applications materials must be turned into the Center for Global and Intercultural Study office (G155 Angell Hall) by Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by 5 pm. Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm. For your convenience, we have a drop box outside our office door for after office hour delivery.

All undergraduate applicants will be required to sign up for an on-campus interview, which will take place in the Center for Global and Intercultural Study. More information regarding times for the interviews will be available in the CGIS office shortly before the January 15 deadline.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about the application or the process.

Linda Popovic

Ann Arbor, Michigan

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/cgis/

On-Campus Scholarship Deadline: 01/15/2014
BOREN FELLOWSHIP ADVISOR

Ms. Kelly Peckens
Academic Program Officer
This contact can provide you with application guidance and answer questions about the Boren Fellowship.
University of Michigan International Institute
1080 South University, Suite 2660
Ann Arbor, 48109-1106
United States


Office: 734.764.9135
Office: kpeckens@umich.edu

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October 04, 2013

CFA: NEH Summer Institute: “America’s East Central Europeans: Migration & Memory”

Deadline: March 4, 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College & University Teachers: “America’s East Central Europeans: Migration & Memory”
Columbia University, East Central European Center June 8-29, 2014

This NEH Summer Institute looks at 20th century Baltic, Western Slavic, South Slavic, Hungarian, as well as Jewish immigration to the United States from East Central Europe. Twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars will come together on the campus of Columbia University with some fifty master teachers and community representatives to address three core questions: First, what are some of the methodological and conceptual issues we should consider in the study of the East Central European emigrations? Second, how can we define the particular characteristics, motivations, and experiences of these immigrants? Finally, can we create a narrative synthesis of the “East Central European Experience” in America that could be integrated into broader courses on politics and immigration, sociology, and ethnic studies?

College teachers, independent scholars, museum curators, librarians and advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply for this competitive program. The application deadline is March 4, 2014, and successful applicants are notified March 31. Application information is available at NEHsummerinst.Columbia.edu or contact Co- Director Robert Davis (rhd2106@Columbia.edu) 212 854-4701,

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CFA: One-year Faculty Fellow in Russian/Soviet history, 2013-4 (Colby College)

Deadline: November 22, 2103

The History Department at Colby College invites applications for a one-year faculty fellow in Russian/Soviet history, beginning September 1, 2014. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand at the start of the appointment. Teaching load is four courses for the year, including the two-semester Russian/Soviet history sequence (HI 227/228) and two other courses chosen in consultation with the department chair. Please submit electronically, in a single PDF, a letter of application, C.V., one-page statements of teaching and research interests, and teaching evaluations if available, to facfellowruss-sovi­ethistory@colby.edu. Three letters of recommendation are also required, and should be emailed to the above address. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Elizabeth D. Leonard (chair, Department of History) at edleonar@colby.edu. Applicants wishing to be con­sidered for preliminary interviews at the American His­torical Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2014 must submit their applications by November 22, 2013. Finalists will be brought to campus in February/March. Colby is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We en­courage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gen­der, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ancestry, na­tional origin, or age in employment or in our educational programs. For more information about the College, please visit the Colby website: www.colby.edu.

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Fellowships & Funding: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The Endowment offers approximately 10 one-year
fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals
who have graduated during the past academic year to work as research
assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to
scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment’s programs. Junior Fellows
have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal
articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level
officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize
briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government
officials. The sponsor's programs areas are: Democracy; Nuclear
Policy; Energy and Climate; Middle East Studies — Native or
near-native Arabic language skills essential; South Asian Studies —
Strong background in international relations, strategy and military
issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy
is essential. Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency
in R, SPSS, or Stata a plus). Note: Foreign language skills not
required; China Studies (Asia Program) — Mandarin Chinese reading
skills a huge plus; Japan Studies (Asia Program) — Japanese language
skills required; Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program) — Background
in politics and economics of the region and knowledge of quantitative
techniques a plus; Economics (Asia Program) — Mandarin Chinese reading
skills a huge plus; and Russian and Eurasian Studies — Excellent
Russian language skills required.

E-mail: jrfellowinfo@carnegieendowment.org
Web Site: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=jrFellows
Program URL: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=FAQ

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have
graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started
graduate studies is eligible for consideration (except in cases where
the student has completed a joint bachelor's/master’s degree program).
The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating
universities via designated nominating officials. You need not be a
U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States.
All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a
full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation.
Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States
for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the
program. If you attend a participating school outside of the United
States, you must be a U.S. citizen (due to work permit
requirements).

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CFA: Faculty Research in International Business Award Competition 2014

Deadline: November 25, 2014

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)/ Global Initiatives announces its faculty research awards for 2014. This competition is open to all full-time faculty in all University of Michigan schools and departments. For more information contact Vicki Simon at (734) 936-3917 or at vicsimon@umich.edu

Awards are made by the CIBER executive committee. Faculty from all disciplines are eligible, including political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, communications, psychology, engineering, law, public policy, public health, and education, as well as all business disciplines. The committee uses the following criteria, presented in their order of importance:
1. The extent to which the project makes an original, practical, and significant addition to our knowledge and understanding of international business.
2. Cost-effective and realistic design of the research project. Research methodologies, the qualifications of the applicant(s), and the project budget will be taken into account.
3. The extent to which the project contributes to the professional development of the faculty participants.
Samples of funded proposals may be viewed if requested.

The application has three parts:
1. Research narrative, maximum of two-thousand words. Describe your research objectives, the design of the project, your qualifications and those of any collaborators, and the research output to be generated. Explain your motivation for pursuing the project and the contribution the proposed research will make to your career development.
2. A one-page, detailed budget and justification that adheres to the allowable expenses described above and includes short explanations of unusual items. Be sure to include any other committed or potential funding sources in your budget. You only need to show a budget for the first year of multi-year projects. Expenditures for the first budget may begin on 10/1/2013 and must conclude by 9/30/2014.
3. Curriculum vitae for all faculty participants.

Mail proposal to:
Vicki Simon
Center for International Business Education & Research/ Global Initiatives
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Street, K3340
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Or e-mail proposals to vicsimon@umich.edu
Proposals may be submitted on or before 25 November 2013. The committee meets in early December, and we anticipate that decisions will be announced before the semester break.

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Title VIII Research Scholarships

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Eligibility

Title VIII Research Scholarships are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Awards are limited to scholars who are U.S. citizens.

Research proposals examining the countries of Central Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Central Asia, the Caucasus and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Kennan Institute was founded in December 1974 as a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars through the joint initiative of Ambassador George F. Kennan, then Wilson Center Director James Billington, and historian S. Frederick Starr. The Woodrow Wilson Center, the nation's official memorial to President Wilson, was established by legislation in 1968. The center is an international, interdisciplinary scholarly institute which fosters scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and encourages dialogue between the disciplines and the professions. Named in honor of Ambassador Kennan's relative, George Kennan "the Elder," a nineteenth-century explorer of Russia and Siberia, the Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia and the former Soviet Union. It is one of several area studies programs of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C., for the duration of their grant. The Title VIII Research Scholar Program is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the United States Department of State.

For more information visit: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/opportunity/title-viii-research-scholarships

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CFA: Individual Advanced Research Opportunities

Deadline: November 25, 2013

The award amount is unspecified. IARO provides research support in up to three countries for a minimum of two months and a maximum of nine months. Participants are provided with visa assistance, international round-trip transportation, a monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, as well as emergency evacuation insurance. IARO fellows also have access to resources available in any of IREX's field offices.

IARO provides scholars and professionals with long-term support to perform policy-relevant research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Requirements

Graduate Student
New Faculty/New Investigator
Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional

Eligibility

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or currently hold a graduate degree at the time of application.

Fore more information visit: http://www.irex.org/application/individual-advanced-research-opportunities-iaro

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CFP: One-Day Symposium on New UK Research on Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Call for Papers:

One-Day Symposium: "New UK Research in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature"
co-organised by Dr. Katherine Bowers and Dr. Sarah Young

This symposium seeks to showcase new research on nineteenth-century Russian literature being done in the UK at present. In the past, the UK has made strong contributions to the study of the nineteenth century, but in recent years this field of study has become less visible. We propose to hold a meeting of nineteenth-century Russian literature researchers to present current research, facilitate productive discussion of the field, and, ultimately, create a lasting network that will help nineteenth-century Russian literature researchers communicate with each other to organise conferences and conference panels, special editions of journals, and other collaborative work. The symposium will culminate with a discussion of ways to make the study of nineteenth-century Russian literature more visible in the UK.

The event will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Darwin College, Cambridge.

We are accepting abstracts of 250 words for 15-20 minute research papers on any aspect of nineteenth-century Russian literature. Talks will be grouped into thematic panels and be followed by time for questions and discussion. We welcome proposals from anyone working on nineteenth-century Russian literature, but will give preference to UK-based researchers and postgraduate students. Please submit abstracts to newrusslitresearchuk@gmail.com by December 15, 2013.

If there is interest, we will consider proposing a special journal edition with proceedings from the symposium. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to make their talks available as podcasts. Some funding is available for accommodation and/or travel costs. This event is sponsored by a Research Network Workshop Grant from CEELBAS, and is supported by the BASEES Nineteenth-Century Study Group and the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge.

For more information, please visit our website: http://19thcrusslit.weebly.com.

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CFP: Paradise Found, or Paradise Lost? Nostalgia, Culture and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: January 31, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS - also downloadable at:
https://afrabricuru.u-paris10.fr/?p=200

Paradise Found, or Paradise Lost?
Nostalgia, Culture and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

24th Conference of the British-French Association for the Study of Russian
Culture
(https://afrabricuru.u-paris10.fr)

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th May 2014

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Salle des Conférences, Bâtiment B

Organised by Dr Graham ROBERTS and Dr Anna LOUYEST
(Centre de Recherches Pluridiscilplinaires Multilingues, EA 4481,
http://crpm.u-paris10.fr)

The end of Communism in the USSR and its satellite states produced a wave
of collective euphoria that had not been seen in Europe since May 1945.
Nowhere was this feeling stronger than in the former socialist countries
themselves, where many felt that normal service had, as it were, been
resumed. As former Czech dissident Vaclav Havel put it at the time,
‘after decades of following the wrong track, we are yearning to rejoin the
road which was one ours too.’ Signs that things were ‘returning to
normal’ were everywhere: West Germans received their Ossi neighbours back
into the fold by giving each of them 100 West-deutschmarks as so-called
‘welcome money’; Hungarians could once again sit alongside their Austrian
cousins and thrill to La Traviata at the Vienna Opera; and Muscovites
finally got to taste their first Big Mac. The Socialist dream had been
cancelled, but in its place there was to be another utopia, a consumerist
paradise,
buttressed by liberal democracy at home, and lasting peace abroad.

Barely two decades later, there is, to paraphrase Marx and Engels, a new
spectre haunting Central and Eastern Europe – the spectre of nostalgia.
Perhaps this should not surprise us. As Svetlana Boym recently put it, in
her book The Future of Nostalgia, ‘nostalgia inevitably appears as a
defense mechanism in a time of accelerated rhythms of life and historical
upheavals.’ At one time this feeling was limited to émigrés fondly
reminiscing about their distant mother country. Now, however, it also
appears to touch those who live where they always have, but whose homeland
no longer officially exists.

This new nostalgia takes an astonishingly wide variety of forms. These
include the popularity among Berlin shoppers of the Ostpaket (East German
products in their original packaging), the reaffirmation of stereotypical
gender roles in Russian ‘glamour culture’, the rise of nationalism in
countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, and the rehabilitation
of long-forgotten artists or literary genres. This tendency to look at
the past through rose-tinted spectacles can also be seen in numerous
published collections of Soviet photographs of the 1970s (Optimizm
pamjati, Leningrad 70-x), or on countless social media sites, both
institutional and personal. While in the main, Oushakine (2007) is right
to argue that this new kind of nostalgia does not aim at political
restoration, there is often an important political subtext.

This conference aims to explore the many different forms nostalgia has
taken in Central and Eastern Europe since in the last twenty years. Among
the questions to be addressed are: What are the distinctive forms of
nostalgia in the region? Where does this nostalgia come from? What
purpose(s) does it serve? What, if any, is its political agenda? Is
nostalgia primarily a yearning for or a rejection of something? Whose
nostalgia is it anyway? What is the relationship between nostalgia and
kitsch? And how seriously does this nostalgia take itself? Papers are
invited from scholars working in a broad range of disciplines, including
Slavonic and East European Studies, politics, economics, anthropology,
law, business studies, linguistics, history and comparative literature.

Proposals, in the form of a 250-word abstract and a short cv, should be
sent BY 31 JANUARY 2014 AT THE LATEST, to BOTH organisers, at:
groberts@u-paris10.fr and anna.akimova@yahoo.fr Abstracts may be in any
of the three official language of the conference, English, French or
Russian. The organisers intend to publish a selection of papers after the
conference.

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CFP: Workshop: The Memory of Communism in Europe: Actors, Norms, Institutions

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Working Group 1 Politics of Memory
Call for Papers

Workshop: The memory of Communism in Europe: actors, norms, institutions

Paris, 15th-16th May 2014


Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet bloc, contested memories of Communism are being constantly reactivated by political and social actors in the former Eastern bloc. Conflicting narratives on the Communist past are simultaneously getting torn out of their national frameworks through the increasing involvement of international and transnational actors in the “management of the Communist past”.

This workshop aims at discussing the recent proliferation of debates on Communism in local, national and international venues by focusing on the writing of the history of Communism (textbooks, museums, historical debates...); the legal assessment of Communism (domestic laws, trials...); the internationalization of narratives and norms (symbolic condemnation of the ‘crimes of Communism’ by the Council of Europe and the European Union, case law of the European Court of Human Rights).

Papers discussing in theoretical and conceptual terms the framing of social representations of Communism in different national contexts are welcomed. Additionally, papers with a comparative approach or a transnational perspective will be very well received.

Proposals for papers should contain a title and a brief summary (100 words). Deadline for submission is 1st December 2013. Papers accepted will be taken into consideration for the publication agenda of the Working Group on Politics of Memory.

Please, submit paper abstracts to:
Carlos Closa carlos.closa@csic.es
Georges Mink mink@u-paris10.fr
Laure Neumayer laure.neumayer@univ-paris1.fr

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