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November 21, 2013

CFP: International Conference: Multilingual Situations and Policies towards Multilingualism in Europe

Deadline: April 1, 2014

International Conference

Multilingual Situations and Policies towards Multilingualism in Europe

Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, November 20-21, 2014

Organising Committee: DorothéeCailleux (Literature, German), Sergei Sakhno (Linguistics, Russian) and Jean-Robert Raviot (Political Science, Russian), Centre de recherches pluridisciplinaires et multilingues (CRPM, EA 4418)

This conference will focus on various multilingual situations in political, administrative and judicial institutions, both national and international, in Europe taken in the broad sense of the term (the current Member States of the Council of Europe), as well as in large organisations (NGOs, schools and universities, research institutes, etc.).Papers will examine, from a comparative perspective, the policies towards multilingualism that have been adopted, from the 19th century to the current day.

The conference’s originality lies in the fact that it will bring together both professionals (translators, interpreters, those with responsibility for determining linguistic policy and applying it, etc.)and academics from a variety of disciplines (including linguistics, law, history, political science, sociology, and anthropology). Speakers will both review the situation concerning multilingualism in Europe, and analyse the different strategies adopted either to take advantage of its benefits, or to meet the challenges it poses.

Multilingualism has been promoted via a very diverse range of policies in the different European states and in a range of international organisations, both public and private, governmental and non-governmental, commercial and humanitarian.

We would especially welcome the following:

• accounts by translators / interpreters or other professionals working in large international organisations (The European Commission, The European Parliament, The EU Court of Justice, The Council of Europe, The European Court of Human Rights), in political or administrative institutions in multilingual European states, in large multinational corporations or NGOs;
• analysesby legislators of the legal situation where several languages co-exist, and of the problems involved in applying laws to promote multilingualism;
• analysesof the historical, constitutional and political contexts in which multilingualism is promoted, of the challenges linked to its promotion, and of the ways in which different languages are exploited for political purposes in national and international contexts in Europe;
• case studies of concrete examples of multilingualism in political life and in society;
• studies looking at how different languages influence each other when they interact within the same institution. For example, is the French or the English spoken at the European Commission the same as that spoken in Paris or London? Analyses of neologisms, hybrid languages, etc.;
• analysesof personal experiences of multilingualism as expressed in biographical studies, autobiography or fiction, multilingualism as a means either of self-promotion in a cosmopolitan environment, or of opposition in a jingoistic political context.

Proposals for papers (250 words) should be sent no later than 1 April 2014 to the conference organisers:
dcailleux@u-paris10.fr, ssakhno@u-paris10.fr, jrraviot@u-paris10.fr

Speakers will be allocated 20 minutes. The working languages of the conference will be French, German, English and Russian.

We hope to be able to contribute towards speakers’ travel and accommodation costs. However, given our limited resources, we will only be able to support colleagues who have been unable to secure funding from their own institutions.

Publication of the conference proceedings is planned for 2015.

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Call for Book Manuscripts: ''Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics & Society''

Call for Book Manuscripts - "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics & Society" (SPPS)

The trilingual scholarly "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society" (SPPS) was launched in 2004 by Andreas Umland, and is published by ibidem Press. SPPS publishes new research on understudied aspects of the history of the former Soviet bloc and on the post-Soviet transitions. With more than 120 titles available in English, German, and Russian, SPPS is now a comprehensive resource and established publication series, on the recent past and current affairs of the post-Soviet states.

The series provides an outlet for empirical research on a broad variety of themes within the field of communist and post-communist studies. Among them are those issues that sometimes remain under the radar of mainstream publishing on the region including, among many other topics, political radicalism, higher education, religious life, local history, bilateral relations, cultural innovation, minority protection, ethnic tensions, etc. Many important determinants and aspects of the transformation of the former Warsaw Pact states have not yet been systematically analyzed. SPPS aims to create a space for this to happen.

SPPS is open for submission of book projects that fit this remit. We will be glad to consider proposals for research monographs, edited collections and, in some cases, doctoral theses for publication. SPPS is also open for proposals of re-publications of seminal, but not widely available works and translation projects.

All SPPS titles are published as accessibly priced paperbacks, allowing for the widest possible dissemination. Submissions are reviewed by members of the large Editorial Committee and Advisory Board, headed by the series’ General Editor Andreas Umland, Dr.phil. (FU Berlin), Ph.D. (Cambridge), at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Please request further information and proposal submission guidelines from:

Jakob Horstmann, ibidem Commissioning Editor

You can find previously published titles and additional information about the series at


I will be at the upcoming ASEEES Convention at Boston, on 21-25 November 2013. If you would like to meet there for a chat, please, send an e-mail to: andreas.umland@stanfordalumni.org

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CFP: Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River

Deadline: March 1, 2014


Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River

Marijeta Bozovic and Matthew Miller, editors

The collected volume Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River brings together scholars from diverse disciplinary approaches and across regional fields of study. The Danube, Europe’s second largest river, directly connects ten countries; its watershed covers four more. Yet the river, like much of the region it traverses, has attracted surprisingly little scholarly attention, and what exists too often privileges single disciplinary or national perspectives. We instead see the river as both boundary and border, fluidly connecting multiple nations, and cultural and economic spaces, through legal and illegal flow. It intersects civilizations and nature, physical and imaginary spaces and invites an array of critical approaches.

As both a real geographic feature and a guiding metaphor, the Danube river brings together the scholarship of a number of leading and rising scholars across fields and disciplinary divisions. Our book attempts to synthesize a number of regional studies, methodologies and modes into a collective work of truly interdisciplinary research; at the same time, humanities disciplines and the powerful interpretative strategies they offer serve as our primary anchor. The concepts we use to both metaphorize and actualize the Danube form the linkage between these discussions and vital issues in natural and social science disciplines. We hope that this collaboration and the lasting exchanges it will cultivate can serve as a promising model for genuine, creative, and inspiring interdisciplinary academic work.

1. In an age of tenuous unification, we actively seek to culturally remap Europe by means of the river and river imaginary, thus rectifying Europe’s frequent and erroneous omission from conversations about global engagement and innovative explorations of world culture. The Danube river has been claimed successfully only by one empire: Austria-Hungary, the (spectral) multicultural state par excellence. Today, the complicated cultural imaginaries entrained by the river help us to call into question paradigms of nation and nationality in areas fraught by aggressive discourses on identity, language, the link between people and place, and blood purity. When examined together, the multiethnic, multilingual, and historically intertwined relations of the Danube populations present an opportunity to explore this broadly conceived site as an instantiation of the global present.

2. Our book will critically examine the discourse of Central Europe to undermine autochthonic conceptions of culture. It will challenge the imagined divide between the democratic and Western-leaning “center” and “foreign” Bolshevik ideology coming from the Russian East or the Balkan South. The Danube is haunted by historical tragedy and memories of genocide; by the legacies of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Soviet empires; and by cultural (mis)appropriations of classical antiquity. We will explore the cultural and economic flows moving downriver and upstream, as well as the mapping of cultural capital through spatial and temporal metaphors: cities such as Vienna, Budapest, and Belgrade serve as regional centers, while margins appear culturally “belated.”

3. Finally, it is the metaphorical and real power of the Danube as artery, lifeline, and locus for circulation and communication that we hope to exploit intellectually and critically as we search for a way to flow between fields and methodologies: from Germanic to Slavic, from the interventions of experimental art to environmental studies of changing physical spaces littered with actual and figurative historical debris. To facilitate cross-disciplinary communication, many of our authors embrace broadly conceived bridge concepts relevant to multiple methodologies, such as “pollution” and “circulation.”

We invite submissions from scholars of literature, cinema, music, architecture and other culture, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, and others interested in exploring the Danube and its peoples. To complement the work already gathered, we particularly encourage submissions pertaining to the German, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian river and to its delta.

Submissions due by
March 1, 2014.

Please send your work to marijeta.bozovic@yale.edu and mdmiller1@colgate.edu

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CFA: New funding for PhD students in Russian & East European Languages and Cultures at Cambridge University

Deadlines: January 10 and March 3, 2014 (see details for each deadline)

The Department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University is pleased to announce its partnership in a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Culture. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and coordinated by the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS), the new CDT will provide studentships for selected candidates who have been offered places on PhD courses in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture at one of the four universities in the CDT consortium: UCL, Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford. For details on eligibility and application information, please consult the CDT homepage:


The new studentships are open only to applicants who are 'ordinarily resident' in the United Kingdom or European Union. Overseas students from outside the EU who wish to pursue doctoral study at Cambridge may apply for funding from the Gates Cambridge Trust. Information on the Gates Cambridge scholarships is available here:


Candidates for these studentships should note that their application for admission must be received in Cambridge by 10 January 2014. A separate application for the studentship must be received by CEELBAS not later than 4 pm on 3 March 2014.

The Department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge has particular expertise in the fields of medieval studies; Russian and Soviet film studies; nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture; and Ukrainian literature and culture. Information about the research areas of core staff can be obtained here:


Although formal application for a PhD must be made through the University's Board of Graduate Studies, students are initially encouraged to contact the individual member of staff with whom they might particularly wish to work, to discuss the feasibility of their proposed research topic. General questions about the course may be addressed to the department’s liaison for graduate studies, Dr Susan Larsen at cam.ac.uk.

General information about graduate study in Modern Languages (including Russian, Slavonic and East European) at Cambridge is available here:


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CFA: Cambridge University Lectureship (Assistant Professorship) in Pre-Modern East Slavic Culture

Deadline: December 17, 2013

The Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time, permanent University Lecturer in Pre-Modern East Slavic Culture, from 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will normally have a PhD in a relevant field, a strong record of research and publication (or clear evidence of potential publication) in any area of Pre-Modern East Slavic culture, and a particular focus on and interest in Ukraine.

The successful candidate will be expected to take primary responsibility for Departmental undergraduate teaching in Pre-Modern East Slavic cultures across a broad chronological range, to contribute to the teaching of the Ukrainian and/or the Russian language, and to supervise postgraduate students at masters and doctoral level. The language of instruction is English. The successful candidate will also be expected to play an active role in supporting and developing the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme of academic and cultural activities, and to undertake departmental and faculty administrative duties as required.

Further information on the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is available at www.mml.cam.ac.uk/. For more detailed information on the Department of Slavonic Studies see www.mml.cam.ac.uk/slavonic/. For more information on the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme see www.CambridgeUkrainianStudies.org.

For a link to the job advertisement, see http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/2537/. Further particulars of the post are available at http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/jobs. The pensionable salary is currently £37,382 to £47,314. The appointment is to the retiring age, subject to a probationary period (normally of five years).

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies, Dr Chris Ward, (+44) (0)1223 760817; cew23@cam.ac.uk. Applications should be sent to the Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, or by email to jobs@mml.cam.ac.uk. Applications are to arrive no later than the closing date of 17:00 on Tuesday 17 December 2013.

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CFP: International conference: Transferring the Soviet New Man: Eastern and Central European Perspectives

​Deadline: December 20, 2103


Transferring the Soviet New Man: Eastern and Central European Perspectives
An international conference at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (13-14 June, 2014)


Central to the Soviet experiment was the refashioning of man into what had often been referred to as the Homo Sovieticus. In the past decades, a growing body of new scholarship has focused on this very concept, tracking its origins in Russian political thought, cultural history, and aesthetics. Studies of comparative scope have generally confined themselves to considering the parallels and differences between the Soviet and Nazi/Fascist human engineering practices within the realms of Totalitarianism Studies, or the relation of the Soviet case to the Chinese and Cuban cases. Little attention has been paid yet in this context to the Eastern and Central European countries which were closely integrated into the Soviet sphere of interest after the Second World War. This interdisciplinary conference aims to fill this gap of scholarship.

The Stalinist version of the New Man was designed not only for domestic use, but for export. Significantly, in a competitive manner that conditioned the cultural orientation of high Stalinism, the New Man was imagined to be a prototype not only to the East, but to the West as well, an alternative to Western “decadent” subjectivity. In most cultures of Eastern and Central Europe, outside of the Soviet Union, however, anthropological standards were traditionally set by Western models, even though their reception was often critical. This tension seriously challenged the communist parties that tried to legitimize the transformation of their societies by invoking and reworking local traditions.

Questions that arise here include: How did the various communist elites try to accommodate ideas of the Soviet Man to local political, intellectual, cultural, and religious traditions? How did the social structure of Polish, East German, Czechoslovakian, Hungarian, Yugoslavian, Romanian, and Bulgarian societies affect the articulation of ideas of the New Man? What kind of local experimental practices or ideas emerged in pedagogy, psychology, criminology, or the medical sciences that aimed at the creation of a New Man? What were considered to be the primary tools for reworking oneself, and which among these were local or regional specificities, if any? Were there local models for the New Man?

Creating a new type of man, transforming the individual human soul and body, was certainly part of a larger project: that of remaking the entire people. This often involved a confrontation with the long established discourses on the given nations’ characteristics, which requires us to raise the question: How the idea of a New Man was incorporated into these controversies on national characteristics, and what was its function within these debates?

We invite proposals for papers addressing the above questions. We welcome proposals from academics working in diverse languages and fields, including literary studies, history of arts, cultural studies, religious studies, psychology, pedagogy, criminology, gender studies, intellectual history, the history of ideas, and social history.

An abstract of 300–400 words and a curriculum vitae should be submitted to socreal.eceu@gmail.com by 20 December 2013, and working papers must follow by 1 June 2014. Please send any inquiries about the conference to the same address. The language of the conference will be English, and presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes.

Partial funding may be available for contributors. Pending the outcome of funding applications, we hope to be able to offer lodging and meals for speakers, and perhaps a few travel bursaries for those in the greatest need.

Our goal is that the best and most relevant papers to emerge from the conference will be collected in a volume or thematic journal issue.

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CFP: Romantic Subversions of Soviet Enlightenment: Questioning Socialism's Reason

Deadline: January 20, 2014

Princeton Conjunction – 2014

An Annual Interdisciplinary Conference



May 9-10, 2014

Princeton University

One year after Nikita Khrushchev’s famous “secret speech,” Voprosy Literatury (Literary Issues), a new Soviet journal dedicated entirely to topics in literary theory, history, and criticism, published an essay that initiated a long-term intellectual discussion. In her article, Anna Elistratova, an expert on the English romantic novel, directly challenged the aesthetic doctrine of the post-Stalin period by asking, “When it comes to the artistic perception of the world, can we really say that realism is historically the only effective method we should rely on?” Was it not time to admit, the essay continued, that the legacy of romanticism, with its humanistic dreams and rebellious outbursts, could still offer an important source of inspiration for progressive socialist art?

This initial challenge to the hegemony of realist art was followed by a series of heated debates in 1963-1968 and 1971-1973. Drawing on European and Russian aesthetic traditions, participants of the debates highlighted such characteristics of romanticism as its propensity “to stare at the darkness in order to discern new directions” and its emphasis on the “absolute autonomy and uniqueness of the individual.” Within a few decades, the status of romanticism had radically changed. From “literature’s ballast,” romanticism evolved into a symptom of “social emancipation.” By the 1980s, dismissive descriptions of romanticism as “passive, conservative, and reactionary” had ceded to a vision of it as a “revolution in arts” that privileges dynamism, becoming, and spontaneity.

Today it is hard not to read these literary debates as an attempt to reframe the role of the humanities in the USSR in the wake of the Terror, World War II, and Stalinism. Ostensibly an esoteric philological enterprise, these late-Soviet discussions used romanticism as a historically available framework that could generate alternative versions of identity, spiritual values, social communities, and relations to the past.

Philological explorations of romantic tropes, of course, were only one expression of a broader interest in reclaiming romanticism. In the 1960s, newly publicized texts by Isaak Babel, Andrei Platonov, and Boris Pilniak helped to reframe the Bolshevik Revolution, giving Communist Utopia one more chance. The reappearance of revolutionary romanticism was paralleled by a host of other trends. Late Soviet cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare and the theatrical productions of Alexander Vampilov and Viktor Rozov highlighted the figure of the “problematic hero,” deeply attuned to psychological nuance and the complications of being in the world. Interest in the occult and the mystical (facilitated by the publication of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita in 1966) provided yet another ground for destabilizing normative socialist-realist canons. A structurally similar escape from the rationality of Stalinist neoclassicism was manifest in various attempts to articulate a feeling of kinship with the natural world: from the vagabond aesthetics of ‘tourism in the wilds’ and the bardovskii chanson to the village prose movement, with its insistence on cultural rootedness and national belonging. Throughout the Soviet Union, romantic nationalists offered alternatives to the unifying and universalizing notion of the “Soviet people” via reinterpretations of folkloric motifs (in Sergei Paradzhanov’s films), revitalization of the historical novel (through the novels of Vladimir Korotkevich), revisions of ancient history (in Lev Gumilev’s exploration of ethnogenesis), or reconceptualization of Marxism (in Yulian Bromley’s theory of ethnos). The rhetorical force of romanticism had a profound impact on such key late-Soviet phenomena as the communard movement in education, major construction projects in Siberia (e.g. in Bratsk), or Soviet fascination with taming the atom and conquering the cosmos.

Instead of reducing these romantic interventions to the status of non-conformist versions of dominant Soviet aesthetics, our conference proposes to view sotsromantizm as an autonomous (and relatively coherent) form of historical imagination. This politico-poetical configuration brought together dispersive impulses, anarchic inclinations, psychological introspection, and metaphorical structuring in order to repudiate the basic Soviet conventions of normative rationality and mimetic sotsrealism. In short, this conference will approach the romantic imagination in the late Soviet period as a form of critical engagement with “actually existing” socialism.

While many recent studies of late socialism are structured around metaphors of absence and detachment, we want to shift attention to concepts, institutions, spaces, objects, and identities that enabled (rather than prevented) individual and collective involvement with socialism. Sotsromantizm offers a ground from which to challenge the emerging dogma that depicts late Soviet society as a space where pragmatic cynics coexisted with useful idiots of the regime. The romantic sensibility sought to discover new spaces for alternative forms of affective attachment and social experience; it also helped to curtail the self-defeating practices of disengagement and indifference.

We invite historically grounded and theoretically informed submissions from anthropologists, historians, sociologists, and scholars of art, architecture, cinema, literature, music, media, theater, and popular culture, and all those interested in investigating social and cultural practices made possible by the late socialist appropriation of romanticism. In particular, we welcome submissions that analyze the double nature of sotsromantizm, understood both as a critique of the Soviet Enlightenment and as an alternative form of Soviet socialism. We especially encourage submissions that explore instances and practices of romantic subversions in non-Russian cultural and linguistic contexts of the socialist world.

Abstracts (300 words) and short CVs (no more than two pages) should be sent to sotsromantizm@gmail.com by January 20, 2014.

Those selected to present at the conference will be contacted in early February 2014. Final papers will be due no later than April 15, and will be posted on the conference website.

We may be able to offer a number of travel subsidies for graduate students and participants from overseas.

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CFA: Adjunct instructor of Russian, University of Denver (Spring 2014)

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Adjunct Instructor of Russian, Spring 2014
Department of Languages and Literatures
Salary: $3000 per course
Work Schedule: Varies, appointment is for spring quarter 2014
Department Introduction:
The Department of Languages and Literatures offers the following undergraduate programs: majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; minors in Classics, Japanese, and Chinese; beginning levels of study in Hebrew and Arabic. Study of Greek is also available on an individual basis.
Job Summary:
The Russian Program in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver seeks to hire a skillful and dedicated instructor to teach one Elementary Russian Language course (Russ 1003) in the spring of 2014. Russ 1003 is the last course in the three-quarter sequence, continuing from Russ 1001 (fall) and Russ 1002 (winter). Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching Russian language in the North American university setting. Flexibility and ability to work well with other instructors teaching additional sections of the course are essential.
Required Qualifications:

MA or ABD in Russian or closely related field (e.g. Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis)
Experience Teaching Russian language at college or university level, with proven, professionally attested excellence and effectiveness.
Native or native-equivalent command of both Russian and English.

Preferred Qualifications:
· PhD in Russian or closely related field (e.g. Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis).
· Experience teaching Elementary Russian at college or university level in a North American setting, with proven, professionally attested excellence and effectiveness.
· Flexibility and ability to work well with other instructors teaching other sections of the course.
· Native or native-equivalent command of both Russian and English.
· Extended residence or extensive travel to Russia or other countries where the Russian language is widely used.

Special instructions to applicants: Please complete the online application at https://dujobs.silkroad.com/. Please submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and evidence of excellent teaching at the college level. Only complete applications will be considered. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2013.

Applicant Contact: Colleen Lucero, Assistant to the Chair, colleen.lucero@du.edu
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please reply to me directly at polina.rikoun@du.edu.

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CFA: Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) Summer Institute

Deadline: March 31, 2014.

Aloha! The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa are pleased to announce our…

July 7-11, 2014
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Language for specific purposes (LSP) courses and programs focus on developing learner communicative competence in a particular professional or academic field (e.g., Korean for Business or Japanese for Health Care Providers).

This institute provides training and experience in developing LSP courses for your home institution. Topics include doing needs analysis, setting goals and objectives, developing materials, teaching, and assessing and evaluating LSP courses.

Language faculty and staff members at postsecondary institutions are eligible to apply. Preference is given to applicants who teach less commonly taught languages and/or teach at the community college level. Partial travel funding is available.

For more information, visit our website: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lsp-summer-institute/home

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Courses: From the Mariinsky to Manhattan: George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance

MW 2:30-4:00: Professor Beth Genné
RC Humanities 444/ Dance 564 Winter 2014

This seminar examines the life and works of Russian-American dancer/choreographer George Balanchine.

Balanchine ranked with Picasso and Stravinsky as one of the titans of twentieth century arts. Balanchine’s

fusion of so-called “fine” and “popular” art helped transform the landscape of American arts during the

first part of the twentieth century by altering and adapting the Russian tradition of dance to the culture

of his adopted home in the U.S. resulting in a reinvigoration of dance in the American Musical Theatre

and the creation of a distinctively American ballet. This seminar examines the interaction and fusion

of “high” and “low”, “Russian” and “American” forms, during one of the most fascinating periods of

American history when new immigrants to America combined old world and new world forms to create

new “American” styles.

Born in Tsarist Russia, Balanchine survived the 1917 Revolution to make a career in America (1933-

83). He absorbed influences from the Russian Imperial ballet, but participated in the artistic ferment

surrounding the Russian revolution and, exiled to Paris, the modernist innovations of Diaghilev’s Russian

Ballet working with, among others, Picasso, Matisse, Prokofiev and his life long friend and compatriot,

Igor Stravinsky. Falling in love with America, he settled in New York City where he founded New York

City Ballet and created a stunning series of innovative dances for a new kind of American classical dancer

(including the first native American ballerina, Maria Tallchief and the African American dancer, Arthur

Mitchell.) But Balanchine was also a vital part of American popular culture, working in the Broadway

musical theater and Hollywood films. His work with jazz dancers Josephine Baker and The Nicholas

Brothers and composers George and Ira Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart influenced their development and

his own. We will examine not just Balanchine’s works but those he influenced: Jerome Robbins, Gene

Kelly, Fred Astaire, Twyla Tharp and others.

You do not have to have a dance background to do well in this course.

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November 19, 2013

CFP: Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES) Conference, Philadelphia

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Submit a proposal for an individual paper or a complete panel for the 35th annual meeting of the
Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES) Conference, a regional conference of ASEEES.

The Conference will be hosted by West Chester University of Pennsylvania and held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education facility located in the Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia. (Visit http://www.pmucenter.org/directions.asp for directions.)

Scholarly papers and panels are welcome on any aspect of Slavic and East European and Eurasian studies. Proposals MUST include the following:

1. Title and a one-paragraph abstract.

2. Requests for technical support if needed.

3. Presenter's email and postal mail addresses.

4. Presenter's institutional affiliation and professional status (professor, instructor, graduate student, etc.)

Undergraduate students under the guidance of a faculty mentor may present a paper at the Conference if their faculty mentor submits the information above.

Please send proposal via electronic format no later than Sunday, December 15, 2013 to NESEEES@gmail.com. (Note: This email address is case-sensitive). As always, we strongly urge professionals in the field to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants. Much of the benefit of the Conference depends on active participation and informed commentary by those present.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to take part. Two juried awards of $200 and $175 for first and second prize respectively are given out each year to the best graduate student papers presented at the Conference, judged according to the following criteria:

· clarity of main research question outlining the scholar's approach to the problem

· importance of the research to the profession

· amount of support for the argument

· use of primary sources

· adequate and interesting content

· readiness for publication, correct use of English, and readability

Following the Conference, graduate students may submit their revised papers to the competition for review. Visual materials accompanying the conference presentation should be submitted along with the written text for evaluation. The first-prize paper will be entered in the ASEEES national competition.

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CFA: Jobs - Higher School of Economics, Moscow: Director of International Relations

Deadline: November 26, 2013

Top Managerial Jobs at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow:
Director of International Relations

The Higher School of Economics is the university that leads the reform in Russian higher education. The HSE Director of International Relations leads the Department of International Relations (DIR, Дирекция по международным связям) which is at the core of the HSE internationalization strategy and activities. The Department consists of the HSE Office of International Cooperation (information and analysis unit, organizational unit), the HSE Office of International Mobility (mobility support unit, study abroad unit, visas and registration unit), regional cooperation centers (e.g. French center) and the center for degree recognition.

The Director of International Relations:

* Helps the university leadership to set the main objectives and to develop strategic partnerships and associations to achieve the HSE's main goal of becoming a globally competitive university;
* Is one of the key promoters of HSE around the world significantly contributing to the preparation of high quality promotional materials;
* Sets the tasks for the subordinate heads of centers and offices and their subunits, controls the implementation;
* Coordinates the budgeting and reporting processes;
* Organizes monitoring and analytical work as well as intra-university information regarding international cooperation and development;
* Facilitates joint projects with HSE international partners;
* Coordinates the international protocol services to the university top management and establishes the framework of support to departments in terms of preparation of and support to university-wide international events;
* Interacts with the governmental bodies in facilitating the internationalization progress.

Qualifications and qualities:
* Vision, knowledge, skill and will;
* Good sense of an internationalization mission and priorities, goal-orientation;
* Experienced manager and good communicator able to ignite the team;
* Good planner budgeter and reporter;
* Ability to quickly develop an understanding of current and future financial resources needed to realize the Department's and the University's plans;
* Very good oral and written English, good presentation skills;
* Native or near native Russian;
* Acute sense of responsibility coupled with ability to offer non-standard solutions to problems;
* Ability to analyze large amounts of information and structure it according to the task of the Department.

The Director of International Relations bears the ultimate responsibility for the success of the Department's work, reports to the HSE Vice-Rector for International Affairs and works closely with the HSE Rectorate.

Compensation: HSE offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

If the qualifications can be met, a letter of interest accompanied by a current resume and the names and titles of two references with complete contact information must be sent to erofeev@hse.ru.

Screening begins November 26, 2013 until the position is filled.

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CFA: AHRC Doctoral Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Culture

Deadline: March 3, 2014

Postgraduate Funding Opportunity: AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Culture

Application deadline: 3rd March 2014
Further details: http://www.ceelbas.ac.uk/students/cdt

The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) invites applications for postgraduate research studentships (PhD/D.Phil.) available through its new AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Culture.

The CEELBAS CDT is a consortium of four universities with extensive expertise in and resources for the study of the languages, literatures, cultures and history of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia:
. UCL (School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies)
. University of Cambridge (Department of Slavonic Studies)
. University of Manchester (Department of Russian and East European Studies)
. University of Oxford (Sub-Faculty of Russian & Slavonic Languages)

External training partners of the consortium include:
. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
. The British Library
. openDemocracy
. Pushkin House

The CEELBAS CDT is currently able to offer AHRC Doctoral Studentships to candidates who have been offered a place on a relevant doctoral programme at one of its four partner universities (standard UK Research Council eligibility criteria apply). The application window for candidates who have been offered a place to start research in October 2014 is now open. For full application guidelines and further details about the Studentships and the CDT, please visit: http://www.ceelbas.ac.uk/students/cdt

The application deadline for Studentship applications is Monday 3rd March 2014. Please note that to be eligible to apply for a Studentship you must have already been offered a place at one of the universities in the consortium - please check online or with the relevant institutional admissions offices for the deadlines for submission of the admissions application and statement of intent to apply for a CEELBAS Studentship.

The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS)

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Funding: Global Europe Program - Research Grants

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Global Europe Program - Research Grants

East European Studies (EES) offers residential research scholar grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on East Europe. While Southeast Europe remains a primary focus, projects on Central Europe and the Baltic states are 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.

This is a residential program requiring visiting scholars to remain in the Washington, DC area and to forego other academic and professional obligations for the duration of the grant.


EES research scholarships are available to American citizens in the early stages of their academic careers (generally before tenure but after Ph.D.) or to scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.

Upper $13,200USD
The award carries a stipend of $3,300 per month. Research scholarships will be awarded for 2-4 months of research in Washington, DC. Office space at the Wilson Center and a research assistant will be provided whenever possible.


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Fellowship: Tsvetan Stoyanov Fellowship for a Bulgarian Scholar

Tsvetan Stoyanov Fellowship for a Bulgarian Scholar

The Tsvetan Stoyanov Fellowship will enable a junior scholar to spend six months at the IWM in Vienna to pursue her or his research project while working in residence at the Institute. The Tsvetan Stoyanov Fellow will be a member of the international and multidisciplinary scholarly community at the IWM and is invited to present her or his project at the Institute.

Projects should fall within the humanities and social sciences, and be related to Bulgaria and/or South-Eastern Europe in a broader European or international context. Preference will be given to proposals that closely match the research priorities
of the IWM. Research at the Institute is currently focused on six fields:
1. Sources of Inequality
2. Religion and Secularism
3. The Future of Democracy
4. United Europe - Divided History
5. Cultures and Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe
6. The Philosophical Work of Jan Patočka

Upper €9,000EUR
The fellow will receive a stipend to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna (travel, accommodation, health insurance, incidentals). The IWM will provide the grantee with a personal office including access to Internet, in-house research and administrative facilities. In addition, the fellow will be provided free of charge with standard consumable supplies and lunch in its cafeteria. The Tsvetan Stoyanov Fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of Euro 1,500 per month. The 6-month research term must be completed between January and December 2013.

Candidates must be Bulgarian citizens, must be enrolled in a doctoral program or recently have obtained a PhD, and must not be older than 35 years.

Graduate Student
New Faculty/New Investigator

Citizenship or Residency:

Activity location:


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November 18, 2013

CFA: NYU Jordan Center Short-Term Fellowships (New York)

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Funding Announcement

The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia is pleased to announce a new Short-Term Fellowship Program that will launch in the 2014-2015 academic year. Short-Term Fellowships are designed to facilitate research in local collections, expose visitors to the intellectual life of the Russian field at NYU and in the greater New York community, and acquaint faculty and graduate students at NYU with the most recent world-wide trends in the study of Russia.

The fellowship program is geared toward scholars who have earned their doctoral degrees or equivalents. Fellowships can be awarded for use during any period of the year, lasting up to a maximum of one month. Candidates should supply a one-page written description of their current research and demonstrate their need to conduct research and open professional contacts in the New York area; a CV; a list of at least three referees; and up to three preferred time-periods for a proposed visit. Stipends of up $5,000 may be used for travel, housing, or daily expenses. Awardees will be expected to participate in the activities of the Jordan Center and to present their work to colleagues and graduate students. Awardees will be given an NYU affiliation, shared office space, and access to NYU libraries. The Jordan Center does not secure housing.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

For more information, please contact jordan.russia.center@nyu.edu.

Our mailing address is:
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at NYU
19 University Place, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

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CFA: Full-Time Employment Opportunity for Russian Translators

The positions (as there are multiple) are for full-time Russian<>English translators for one of MasterWord Services' oil and gas industry clients here in Houston, Texas. This is a project-based position (though historically, we've had a long-term relationship with this client). Again, it is a full-time position with benefits and a weekly 40 hours guaranteed with the possibility of overtime. Also, relocation expenses may be negotiated. Eligible candidates MUST currently reside in and be eligible to work within the United States.

I can be contacted directly at vdelmar@masterword.com or at 281-589-0810 for more details.

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CFP: Submissions for a special Slavic & East European issue of The International Poetry Review

Deadline: March 15, 2014

The International Poetry Review is accepting submissions for its winter 2013 issue: a special issue on translations of contemporary (post-1950) Slavic and East European poetry, to appear spring 2014, guest-edited by Kathleen MacFie and Sarah Krive. Contemporary translation is the Review’s primary focus, appearing in bilingual format, along with a limited section, in every issue, of poetry originally written in English. We look for translations from the work of contemporary poets, without adhering rigidly to any one school of translation theory. We do request that the translator be responsible for securing translation and publication rights as necessary.

For this special issue, only work received by March 15, 2014 will be considered for publication. We prefer submissions of 3-5 poems, but individual poem submissions are acceptable. Please provide the original Slavic-language text as well as the translation. We require fonts compatible with Microsoft Word for the Macintosh. Translations should not have appeared anywhere else, including self-published chapbooks or on Internet sites. Individuals will be informed of decisions to publish on a rolling basis through March.

We prefer to receive submissions via email, preferably as Word attachments, which should be sent to both guest editors: kathleen_macfie@uncg.edu, sakrive@uncg.edu.

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CFA: The Finnish Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Russian Studies: Graduate Research Opportunity Worldwide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched an international research opportunity within its Graduate Research Fellowship Program GROW (Graduate Research Opportunity Worldwide). The programme encourages NSF Graduate Research Fellows to spend a research visit of 3-­12 months in Finland with the goal of enabling researchers to establish international contacts at an early stage of their careers.

The Finnish Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Russian Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki is a multidisciplinary research unit with a focus on modernisation in Russia. The CoE would be eager to act as a host to a talented graduate student working on Russia or other Eurasian country. We would be happy to work with researchers on a variety of topics that fit the research plan of the CoE (including economic diversification, domestic and foreign policy, welfare, democratisation, law, administration, the media, and culture.) See more on the CoE: http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/crm.

The CoE is hosted by the Aleksanteri Institute, a hub of Russian expertise. It is one of the largest centres in Europe in its field and a dynamic place for research, teaching and reaching out to society. We offer our researchers an innovative, international and inspiring research community with excellent research infrastructure and premises in the heart of Helsinki. The visitor is expected to be an active member of our research community by, inter alia, participating in the Institute¹s research seminars.

If you have prospective candidates among your students or in your network who would be interested in spending a research visit among us, please encourage them to apply. We find this exchange programme as an exciting opportunity for enhancing future research collaboration in Russian Studies.

Please note that GROW is open only to recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) on a competitive basis. If the applicant is successful, the NSF will cover the salary costs of the Graduate Research Fellows, while the Aleksanteri Institute will cover the housing and living costs and other practical arrangements. More information about the programme can be found from the NSF website http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504876

If you have any questions about the role of the Finnish Centre of Excellence or the Aleksanteri Institute as a potential host, please contact Acting Head of International Affairs, Dr Katja Lehtisaari at katja.lehtisaari@helsinki.fi or tel. +358 50 311 2590.

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CFA: Assistant Professor in Philology at Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Deadline: January 13, 2104

The Higher School of Economics invites applications for full-time, tenure-track positions of Assistant Professor, or higher, in the Faculty of Philology in Moscow, Russia.

We welcome candidates in all subfields and notably in languages and literatures, linguistics and computational linguistics.

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

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

- Heavy emphasis on high quality research


- Ph.D. in Philology/Linguistics or related fields

- Fluent English (knowledge of Russian is an asset, but 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 January 13, 2014.

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Internship and Other Opportunities at The International

I am contacting you on behalf of The International, a news website that features articles from a variety of sources on issues of public interest:http://www.theinternational.org.

We are currently looking for reporters at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. We provide our interns with all the training on how to write for the online environment while maintaining high journalistic standards, a skill that proves invaluable for anyone who may want to break into journalism or write a blog in the future.

A little about us: We are a small, but dedicated team that works toward furthering global understanding of issues through focused investigative journalism. Our team has always been quite young, with most of us in our twenties, but we have established very high standards for ourselves. Our goal is not to shape what people think, but to carefully nourish a more perspicacious approach towards consuming the news. We are an independent company.

If you want to dig deeper into what The International is and offers, you can take a look at our editorial policy here:http://www.theinternational.org/EP.

apply for our internships here:

Jenny Peek
Managing Editor, The International

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November 14, 2013

Fellowship: Alfa Fellowship Program

Deadline:December 1, 2013

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.

The program accepts up to 15 American and British citizens per year. The program includes intensive Russian language training, seminar series, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance.

The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.

Program Benefits
Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, publican and nonprofit institutions in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program works together with the Fellows to identify suitable work placements at leading institutions in Russia in business, media, and public and social policy.

The Alfa Fellowship Program endeavors to secure positions that meet the interests of both the fellows and host institutions. Fellows’ progress is closely monitored by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue in Moscow.

In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:

Four-month Russian language tutoring program in the U.S. or U.K.
Four-month Russian language course in Moscow
Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation and roundtrip travel
Housing in Moscow for the duration of the program
Moscow seminar program
Generous monthly stipend
Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one to a neighboring country
Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance

Candidates for the Alfa Fellowship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

U.S. or U.K. citizen
25–35 years old at the application deadline
Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered
Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline
December 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 program year.

For more information, please contact: alfa@culturalvistas.org.

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Fellowship: American Research Center in Sofia

Deadline:January 15, 2014

The American Research Center in Sofia (http://www.arcsofia.org/) is pleased to announce its second competition for a six-month Postdoctoral Fellowship for scholars currently teaching at an American institution of higher education or independent scholars in the U.S. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the last ten years (2004-2013) and should be U.S. citizens or non-citizens with at least three years of residence in the U.S.

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 in Bulgaria and the six other countries we serve from antiquity to the present day. In addition to conducting her/his research while in residency 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 or conference.

The Fellowship will be held for six months within the period of September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015, with a total stipend of $12,000 ($2,000 per month). In addition, ARCS will reimburse up to $2,000 for travel between the U.S. and Bulgaria, and for research-related travel in the Balkans during the term of the fellowship.

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

The application deadline is January 15, 2014. Decisions will be announced by late February or early March 2014

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Deadline:December 6, 11:59 PM EST

11th Annual Conference of the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia, University of Pittsburgh
February 21-23, 2014 University of Pittsburgh Main Campus
Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Małgorzata Fidelis Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Change and calls for change are constants in the region of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Bolshevik Revolution, the annus mirabilis of 1989, color revolutions and the drive towards EU membership - all were, at least in their time, viewed as massive upheavals which, for many, promised to bring better days. Today, public discourses throughout the region are replete with themes of change: Changes in existing values to more "progressive" ones, regime change in semi-authoritarian states, "modernization" of economies, bureaucracies, political parties, societies and social structures. Wherever one looks in the history of our region, change has come, change is underway, or change is on the horizon, and the promises of change slip ever so easily from the tongues of the status quo's latest opponents.

The theme for this year's conference challenges participants to consider how change, and its antipode stasis, is manifested and/or interpreted in our region. Such a broad theme can easily accommodate nearly any discipline and methodological approach. In addition to research dealing with specific examples of change, we also welcome work which critically examines how the concepts of change, progress, reform, transition and transformation (to name a few change-related terms) have been used in our part of the world. We invite graduate students from all academic and professional disciplines to submit their latest work on the topic of “change,” broadly defined.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS AND APPLICATIONS: Friday, December 6, 11:59 PM EST. Accepted panelists will be notified by January 1, 2014.

One page, double-spaced abstracts of no more than 300 words must be submitted through the GOSECA Website Submission Form at: http://goseca.ucis.pitt.edu/submissions-form

There will be a $25 conference registration fee (payable onsite) to cover the cost of catering and conference administration.
For further information, please contact info.goseca@gmail.com

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Job: Senior Research Scientist in Kyrgyz Republic

Deadline: Dec 13, 2013

Position: Senior Research Scientist
Department: Mountain Societies Research Institute
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Reporting line: Director, MSRI
Deadline: 13/12/2013


Lead the design and implementation of interdisciplinary, applied research within the thematic areas outlined below. Specific responsibilities will include leading a project on ecosystem services monitoring and adaptive governance and a long-term socio-ecological systems research programme.
Define roles and responsibilities of, recruit, and lead research teams including Central Asian research fellows, associate researchers from partner institutions, and development implementation collaborators.
Support Academic Affairs in the development of courses and curriculum, especially the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate program and Mountain Economies graduate programme.
Work closely with UCA’s Development and Donor Relations Department to develop research proposals and manage external research grants.
Develop MSRI as a knowledge and resource hub for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers interested in mountain societies.
Support the Director with strategic administrative duties for the Institute.


PhD in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary area.
At least five years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated independent research leadership and publications in refereed journals.
Highly motivated to develop research teams and mentor researchers from the region.
Excellent conceptual skills in identifying information and knowledge gaps and research opportunities.
Ability to work in developing/emerging countries and effectively communicate with partners and stakeholders from different backgrounds, including scientific, managerial and other non-scientific backgrounds.
Experience writing successful grant proposals and managing externally funded research.
Flexibility and ability to work in a start-up environment of a new academic institution
Excellent English-language writing skills


Knowledge of issues relevant to mountain societies
Knowledge of the greater Central Asia region
Working knowledge of Russian and/or a Central Asian language

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 13 Dec 2013.

Mountain Societies Research Institute
The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (UCA-MSRI) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities within Central Asian mountain communities and environments. MSRI's goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through the generation and application of sound research. MSRI, together with its partners, actively works to transfer knowledge to policy and practice aimed at improving the quality of life for people of the mountain areas in Central Asia. MSRI’s Background Paper Series strategically identifies research priorities and pathways to application for each MSRI priority area, such as pastoralism and farming, sustainable land management and mountain tourism. Other MSRI resources include an online interactive Knowledge Hub and the Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fund. For more information about UCA-MSRI, please visit: http://msri.ucentralasia.org/default.asp

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Study/Intern/Vaolunteer in Siberia, Russia

Educational Centre "Cosmopolitan" is pleased to offer study/intern/volunteer abroad opportunities at the Summer and Winter Language Camps, and throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Summer Camp will be held in three consecutive two-week sessions during the summer of 2014 in the beautiful countryside just outside Novosibirsk and in the picturesque Altai mountains area. The Winter Camp will be held in January 2014 and January 2015 in a warm and comfortable facility in the delightful countryside just outside of Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the center of Russia.

Also, throughout the 2014-2015 school year, we are pleased to offer study/intern/volunteer abroad opportunities (short-term and academic year long) and Year Abroad programs, individually tailored to the needs of the student.

There are vacancies available for all programs. This is an excellent opportunity that is not to be missed. Students from many US and UK universities participate every year. Many of them return and recommend the programs to others.

Being comprehensive and offering very competitive prices, the program will be an attractive option. The program is unique in bringing volunteer teachers and international students from all over the world to Siberia to live, work and study in a residential setting with Russian students and teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn Russian, and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture and lifestyle.

These programs have been run for 18 years already. It is a fact that many students and teachers return to the program year after year as a testament to its success. The program is open to schoolchildren, university students and adults of all ages and levels of Russian. No previous knowledge of Russian is required.

For more information on the programs and to read about the former participants' experiences, please visit the website http://eng.cosmo-nsk.com/ and contact the Program Director Natalia Bodrova cosmo@cosmo-nsk.com or cosmoschool2@yandex.ru with any questions or application inquiries.

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November 12, 2013

Call for Film Review: Slovo Review

Deadline: December 2, 2013

SLOVO CALL FOR FILM REVIEWS Volume 26.1 (Spring 2014)

In the next volume of Slovo we are looking forward to design and implement the Film Reviews section.

If you love writing about cinema, submit your film reviews and help us shape the challenging Film Reviews section that will provide a fresh view on tendencies within contemporary Central and East European cinema.

The maximum length for a review is 700 words.

The deadline for film reviews for Volume 26.1 is 2 December 2013 (Please note that the deadline date is different for other types of contributions).

Submissions to the Board of Editors may be sent via e-mail attachment (slovo@ssees.ucl.ac.uk), or on a CD in Microsoft Word format. All reviews must adhere to the MHRA Style guide in advance of submission (available for download for free from http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml).

All manuscripts are refereed and undergo a review process. Contributions submitted must not be under consideration by other publications at the time of submission. The editors reserve the right to make any changes thought to be necessary or appropriate to typescripts accepted for publication.

If you have any queries about becoming a contributor for Slovo please do not hesitate to get in touch via slovo@ssees.ucl.ac.uk and we will be happy to assist.

For more information about Slovo visit our website: http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/slovo.htm.

The address for postal correspondence is:

Slovo School of Slavonic and East European Studies

University College London

Gower Street

London, United Kingdom

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CFA: The Warburg Institute Short-term Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History (for scholars in the early stages of their careers)

Deadline: November 29, 2013

All enquiries regarding Fellowships should be made to the Institute Manager (catherine.charlton@sas.ac.uk)

The Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition - in the sense of those elements in European thought, art and institutions that have evolved out of the cultures of the ancient world. Its Library and Photographic Collection are designed and arranged to encourage research into the processes by which one culture learns from another and by which different fields of thought and art act on each other. They are particularly concerned with continuities between the ancient Mediterranean civilizations and the cultural and intellectual history of post-classical Europe, especially in the period to c. 1800.

The Institute is offering a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months for tenure in the academic year 2014-15.
Fellowship Details

Brian Hewson Crawford Fellowship
A Research Fellowship has been endowed from the estate of, and in memory of, Dr Brian Hewson Crawford, who graduated from the University of London in 1926. A two-month Fellowship is available for the study of any aspect of the classical tradition. Under the terms of the deed, the Fellowship is open to European scholars other than of British nationality.

Alan Deyermond Fellowship
A group of former students of Professor Alan Deyermond FBA (1932-2009) have established a fund to support a short-term research fellowship at the Warburg Institute. A two month Fellowship is available to undertake research on a project related to Spanish or Portugese literature, culture or visual arts before 1600 (with a preference for the Medieval period).

Henri Frankfort Fellowship
The late Mrs Enriqueta Frankfort endowed a Research Fellowship in memory of her husband Henri Frankfort, who was Director of the Institute from 1949 to 1954. The Fellowship, which will be for two months, may be held in any of the areas in which Professor Frankfort made his distinguished contributions to scholarship: the intellectual and cultural history of the ancient Near East, with particular reference to society, art, architecture, religion, philosophy and science; the relations between the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Aegean, and their influence on later civilizations. The Fellowship is not intended to support archaeological excavation.

Albin Salton Fellowship
The late Mr Albin Salton generously endowed an annual Research Fellowship to enable a career scholar to spend two months at the Warburg Institute pursuing research into cultural contacts between Europe, the East, and the New World in the late medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods. The Fellowship is intended to promote the understanding of those elements of cultural and intellectual history which led to the formation of a new world-view, understood in the broadest cultural, political and socio-economic terms, as Europe began to develop contacts with the world outside Europe, and that world came into contact with Europe.

Grete Sondheimer Fellowship
A Fellowship has generously been endowed by Professor Ernst Sondheimer in memory of his aunt, Grete Sondheimer, who worked in the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg in Hamburg and in the Library of the Warburg Institute in London from 1944 to 1947. The two month Fellowship, may be held in any of the areas of interest of the Institute.

Frances A. Yates Fellowships
Dame Frances Yates, who died in 1981, generously bequeathed her residuary estate to found research Fellowships in her name at the Institute. Fellows’ interests may lie in any aspect of cultural and intellectual history but, other things being equal, preference will be given to those whose work is concerned with those areas of the medieval and Renaissance encyclopedia of knowledge to which Dame Frances herself made such distinguished contributions. A number of two-, three- and four-month Fellowships are available. Candidates domiciled in the U.K. may apply for three- or four-month Fellowships only.

Brill Fellowships at CHASE
The publishing house Brill (Leiden) is sponsoring up to two annual research Fellowships at the Warburg Institute’s Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE). The Fellowships have been made possible by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for publishing, which Brill won in 2012. Postdoctoral researchers may apply for a two, three or four month Fellowship for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab World from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Details for Applicants


The Fellowships are generally intended for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have completed at least one year’s research on their doctoral dissertation by the time they submit their application for a Fellowship and, if postdoctoral, must normally have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2008. If their doctorate was awarded before this date, they should explain the reasons for any interruption in their academic career in a covering letter.

General Conditions

Those employed as Professor, Lecturer or equivalent in a university or learned institution may normally hold an award only if they are taking unpaid leave for the whole of the period. Those who have previously held a short-term Fellowship at the Institute or are registered at the Institute for a degree are not eligible for the short-term Fellowships listed above. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another Fellowship or award. Other things being equal, preference will be given to candidates who do not live within daily travelling distance of the Institute. Any other conditions applicable to individual Fellowships are stated above.

All Fellows will be expected to carry out research on the topic for which they have been awarded their Fellowship, to participate in the life of the Institute and to put their knowledge at the disposal of the Institute by presenting their work in a seminar and by advising the Library and Photographic Collection. Fellows may teach elsewhere during tenure of the Fellowship only with the express permission of the Director. They will be required to present a brief written report at the conclusion of their appointment. A Fellowship may be terminated if the Appointing Committee is not satisfied that the conditions of the award are being met. All publications containing results of work done with the aid of a Fellowship shall include adequate acknowledgement of the fact.

Value of Fellowships

The Fellowship does not provide a stipend but gives financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London and towards travel expenses. The values of the fellowships (at 2013/14 rates) are: £2,500 for two months, £3,600 for three months, £4,800 for four months. The amount of these payments is absolute; no additional costs will be paid.


Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute. Fellows awarded two- or three-month Fellowships must hold at least three-quarters of their award during term-time. The approximate term dates for 2014-15 will be early October to mid-December 2014; mid-January to mid-March 2015; late April to the end of June 2015. Applicants should specify the length of Fellowship for which they are applying (see 1 below) but do not need to state in their application when they would wish to hold a Fellowship. Those awarded three-month Fellowships will need to stay at the Institute for a full three month period, i.e. for longer than one term. Those awarded four month Fellowships must hold them in one of the following fixed periods: 1 September to Christmas; 3 January to 30 April; 1 May to 31 August.


No interviews will be held. Shortlisted candidates only will be contacted in late January 2014 to ask them to submit samples of their written work. All shortlisted candidates will then be informed of the final outcome of their application in March 2014.


There is no application form. Applications should be made by email to warburg(at)sas.ac.uk by 29 November 2013, and should include the following information:

1. Completed cover sheet.

2. A curriculum vitae giving full details of name, date of birth, address (including email address) and present occupation, school and university education, degrees, teaching and research experience. Please ensure that you include start and end dates for all positions/scholarships/study periods etc held.

3. An outline of proposed research (of no more than 1,000 words) and the title of your research project.

4. The names and addresses of not more than three persons who have agreed to write, without further invitation, to the Director, Professor Peter Mack, in support of the application. These letters of reference should reach the Director by Friday, 29 November 2013. They must be signed by the referee and sent separately by the referee direct to the Director of the Institute. References may be scanned and sent by e-mail to warburg(at)sas.ac.uk or forwarded in hard copy by post. It is the responsibility of candidates to ask their referees to submit references by 29 November 2013.

5. If you wish to add any additional comments you may enclose a covering letter.


Please note: Candidates applying for more than one type of short-term Fellowship need only submit one application and should state on the cover sheet (see 1 above) for which Fellowships they wish to apply.

Please note that all application documents must be sent as a single PDF document by email to warburg(at)sas.ac.uk. Please name your application document as follows: Surname_ST Fellowship application, e.g. Smith_ST Fellowship application.

Candidates should NOT submit publications or written work with their application. Those shortlisted will be contacted in late January and will be asked to send material at that stage of the application process.

Closing date

Applications must be emailed to the Institute by no later than midnight on Friday, 29 November 2013.

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Announcement: Russian Sensory History Network Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network ( CRUSH). We are a network of European and UK scholars working at the intersection of the history of material and visual culture, and history of science. Our research is informed by the ‘sensory history’ movement that has become a rich area of scholarship in other fields, but that not yet developed fully in studies of Russia and Eastern Europe. We aim to create a sensory history of Soviet Russia, suggesting that this ‘sensory history’ is a crucial counterpart to the recent, and very productive, ‘emotional turn’ in scholarship on Russian and Slavic history and culture.

For more information about the Cambridge Russian Sensory History Network, see the website: http://www.crush.group.cam.ac.uk/ . We will be adding to the site over the next few weeks and months, as more news and events become relevant. We are keen to welcome partners and collaborators from across the international community. For further information, please do contact us at contact@crush.group.cam.ac.uk.

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CFA (Funding Opportunity): ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant in the Republic of Armenia

Deadline: January 17, 2014

Funding Opportunity: ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant in
the Republic of Armenia 2013-14

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals
from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation
of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage.
This ARISC program, generously funded by Project Discovery!, seeks to
foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and
institutions dedicated to the proper curation and preservation of
heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts.
Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that
not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate
efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current
techniques and approaches to heritage management. These grants require
active participation of both American and Armenian principal
investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project.

Proposals are submitted jointly by a team of two or more scholars and/or
specialists. At least one must be a citizen of the U.S. and one a
citizen of the Republic of Armenia. Proposals must show evidence of
endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia in order to
demonstrate the feasibility of the undertaking. These grants are not
intended for primary research. The participants must demonstrate that
the project requires true collaboration between both PIs, as well as
active participation by both PI’s in all aspects of the work required
to complete the project.

Awards are usually made for a period of 12 months during which the work
described in the proposal must be completed. Extensions will be granted
only with the explicit approval of ARISC. Grants will typically not
exceed $3000.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including
the application form, narrative description of the project, supporting
documents, budget, budget summary, curriculum vitae, and evidence of
endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia by January 17,
2014 to info "at" arisc. org. All information must be received by
January 17, 2014 in order for the proposal to be considered for the

For a full description and application form, please see www.arisc.org >
Opportunities > ARISC Grants and Fellowships.

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 (Job): Two-year Position in Russian at Barnard College

Deadline: December 9, 2013

The Slavic Department of Barnard College invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline in Russian language beginning July 1, 2014. This is a full-time two-year term appointment. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester in Russian language/culture. Minimum qualifications are a Master's Degree or equivalent in Russian or a related field. Native or near native proficiency in Russian and English. Other criteria include, but are not limited to, experience in using instructional technology, expertise and interest in language pedagogy, dedication to teaching. Applicants should submit a cover letter, current CV, and list of three references. It is the candidate's responsibility to request letters of recommendation and have them submitted. Optional materials include a statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample or publication of no more than twenty-five pages. All materials should be submitted to Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Chair, Slavic Department, 226 Milbank, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Material may be submitted by email to slavsearch@barnard.edu. Only applications received by December 9, 2013 will be guaranteed consideration.

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CFP: Paradise Found, or Paradise Lost? Nostalgia, Culture and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe (May 29-30, 2014, Paris)

Deadline: January 31, 2014​

Call for Papers

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

May 29-30, 2014


24th Conference of the British-­‐French Association for the Study of Russian Culture /
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Salle des Conférences, Bâtiment B

Organised by / Organisateurs : 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.

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CFA (Job): Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies at Columbia University

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies at Columbia University

Columbia University invites applications for the István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies for one semester (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2014-2015. The professorship, commemorating Professor Deák's legacy of excellence in research and teaching, is open to senior scholars with active interest and accomplishments in East and Central European studies.

The visiting professor will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. The visitor is expected to give one public lecture and participate in the academic life of the University, whose interests in East and Central European studies are well represented on campus by the East Central European Center, the Blinken European Institute, and the Harriman Institute.

Minimum qualifications: Masters Degree in a relevant discipline. Distinction in research and teaching in the field of East and Central European Studies.

Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to applicants: All applications must be made through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Using RAPS, applicants can upload the following required materials : a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant's current research interests. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size).

For inquiries about the position please contact Alan Timberlake, at2205@columbia.edu.

For questions about the RAPS application process please contact David Eisenberg, de2205@columbia.edu

Required applicant documents for Upload: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, List of References, Writing, Sample/Publication 1

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

To apply, go to: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58163

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Job: Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Wealth and Social Power (the European University in Saint-Petersburg)

December 31, 2013

The Department of Political Science and Sociology at the European University in Saint-Petersburg opens a position of the UBS Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Wealth and Social Power.

The UBS Professor of Wealth and Social Power would be teaching courses, conducting research, and giving counsel on various subjects dealing with the studies of social stratification with special focus on elite groups, including economic, cultural, and political elites. Ability to develop interdisciplinary approaches to the issues of wealth distribution and different forms of power combining insights from economic sociology, political economy, organizations theory, and political science would be a crucial advantage. A particular emphasis should be put on research methods, which should include quantitative methods. Expertise in data gathering (designing and testing survey questionnaires, developing coding protocols for participant observation or archival research, etc.) and contemporary data processing techniques will be an important competitive advantage. Familiarity with major publicly accessible statistical databases, including information pertaining to Russia (RossStat, Eurostat, RLMS) is a requirement.

The Professor should be able to teach M.A. and Ph.D. level courses in social stratification and quantitative methods, among others.

The principal role of the Professor would be to produce world-class research on emerging patterns of stratification, dominance, and leadership in the Russian society, on the sociological profile of the new wealthy groups, and to contribute to public discussions on the subject. He or she should also be able to provide students with practical guidance in gathering data necessary to produce world-class research on the subjects specified above.

EUSP would especially prioritize applications from candidates combining scholarly excellence with contributions to wider public discussions, regular media appearances, etc.

The candidate should provide his/her CV, a short letter of intent, copies of recent work, and name 3 referees familiar with his/her work.

The deadline for application is
December 31,
2013. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted electronically to sociopol@eu.spb.ru

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CFP: "Russia, in Theory," a graduate conference at UPenn, March 7, 2014

Deadline: January 14, 2014

Russia, in Theory
A graduate conference presented by
The Program in Comparative Literature and Theory, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Slavics Without Borders, a Graduate Student Colloquium
Friday, March 7, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
Keynote Speaker: Boris Groys (NYU, SHG Karlsruhe, EGS)

The “end of history” in 1991 was, in many ways, a Russian affair. Seemingly overnight, Russia was transformed from "the most progressive society on earth" into the defeated arch-nemesis of the free world, thus ushering in a new era of post-history—quite an accomplishment for a country that supposedly entered “world history” only in the eighteenth century. Of course, Fukuyama’s cosmic, geopolitical vision was hardly the first time that Russia has been cast in such a grandiose role. Since Peter the Great’s heavy-handed transformation of “medieval” Rus’ into a Western-styled Empire, Russia has presented a tempting playground for theorizing and applying European conceptions of history, enlightenment and progress. Over the course of the nineteenth century, Russian intellectuals, influenced by German Idealist philosophy of history, fought over the place of the “Russian Idea” in the civilizational economy of the world. In the twentieth century, generations of European thinkers struggled to understand the meaning of the Soviet experiment. Finally, in our ostensibly post-historical twenty-first century, the experience of post-socialist Russia continues to pose meaningful questions for the ideologues of the Western political, economic and social establishment, as well as for those who wish to resist their hegemony.

Our conference aims to examine and complicate the idea of “Russia” and its role in both local and global philosophical discourse. What place does Russia hold in the imaginations of Western philosophers, from Hegel and Marx to Žižek and Badiou, and how did it come to do so? What meaning does standing with or apart from the West hold among ideologues of the so-called “Russian Idea,” from Gogol’ to Limonov? Finally, what does Russian philosophy, art and political practice, from Chaadaev to Podoroga, from Karamzin to Pussy Riot, from Catherine to Lenin, to Surkov— have to contribute to our understanding of the past, the present and the future states of world history and its discontents?

We are interested in submissions from all humanitarian disciplines, including, but not limited to philosophy and critical theory, literature, history, anthropology, political science, culture and media studies, which may in some way tackle the following general topics:

—Europe or Asia? Empire or Periphery? Russia’s place in the geopolitical and social imaginary
—The place of Russia in religious, mystical and eschatological thought
—What is to be done? Russia and the idea of radical politics
—Russia and the theoretical discourse of modernity & post-modernity
—Shklovsky, Kojève, Jakobson: the Russian turn in continental philosophy and aesthetics
—Mimesis, montage and the Kino-Eye: the impact of Soviet film theory
—Dreamworld, phantasm and catastrophe: Russia in the utopian and dystopian imagination
—The Russian poet as a prophet? The place of Russia in the world literary canon
—To reach and overtake decaying capitalism? The Soviet experiment— theory, reality and memory wars
—Tsarism, capitalism and socialism with a human face: Russia’s place in the discourse of the human
—“Three worlds” theory: the contest of socialism and the West across the globe
—Everything was forever, until it was no more: making sense of post-Soviet Russia

Please send your 300 word abstracts in the body of an email with “Russia, in Theory submission, LASTNAME” in the title to Pavel Khazanov and Alex Moshkin at slavicswithoutborders@gmail.com, by January 12, 2014. Submissions should include the paper title, author’s name, affiliation, and email address.

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CREES Alumna Co-authors a New Book

CREES Alumna Co-authors a New Book

Leslie Levine Adler (REES BA '77) and Meryll Levine Page announce the publication of their new nonfiction book, Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business, The story traces the lives of two Jewish women from the moment they first met on the street in 1976 through the present time and engages the reader in the struggles that two intelligent, headstrong graduates of the Institute of Finance and [Marxist-Leninist] Economics faced with the vicissitudes of the country's politics. Adler first met one of the women as a University of Michigan student on a summer program to Leningrad. The book is based on interviews with the women, their family, friends, and co-workers, as well as extensive research. For more information, visit www.morejewishluck.com.

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School on Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) Guide for Working in Russia

Working as a student and getting a job as a graduate

What are you going to do with that degree? We've designed this page to help you answer that question. Working abroad can be a great way to meet locals and to experience day-to-day culture. It can also extend your stay, if you desire. It helps, but is not always necessary, to speak Russian. While getting there and finding a job may prove to be challenging, Russia's relatively healthy economic growth and still-developing market can offer opportunities that a more difficult US job market cannot.


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CFA: Fellowships in in Russian Jewish studies for graduate students and faculty (Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry)

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry


Building the future leadership of the Jewish community among Russian speakers rests on developing a broad knowledge base. Brandeis is in an exceptionally strong position to construct and disseminate this base of knowledge, building on its tradition of excellence in Jewish studies, the study of Eastern Europe, and research into contemporary Jewish life.

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute awards grants to support research projects in multiple disciplines on Russian Jewish experience. These research projects may come from various disciplines, including but not limited to sociology, linguistics, history, arts, psychology, education and religion. Eligible research projects may cover various time periods - from Imperial Russia and Soviet era to Post-soviet contemporary period. The geographic regions researched may range from the Former Soviet Union to United States and Canada, Israel, Germany, Australia and other regions. The grants are funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute offers two types of research grants:
Graduate Research Grants

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute offers grants for thesis, pre-dissertation and dissertation research in Russian Jewish studies. Grants up to $2000 will be awarded to cover travel expenses (such as airfare, meals, and lodging), research expenses (such as visits to archives & museums), purchase of research materials, such as microfilm (but excluding books), as well as costs of data collection and processing.

Eligibility and Requirements

All students enrolled in recognized doctoral or masters programs in the U.S. and overseas are eligible to apply. Overseas applications are welcome.

The awards offered by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute to students pursuing Masters degrees will not exceed $1,000 and may cover up to 100% of the total project cost

The awards offered by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute to students enrolled in PhD. programs will not exceed $2,000 and may cover up to 100% of the total project cost. We encourage applicants to seek matching funds for their projects and specify the availability of matching funds on the application form where appropriate. Brandeis University students are encouraged to submit proposals for matching funds to the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies in their respective research fields.

The grantees are expected to complete their projects within one or maximum two academic years. Upon completion of the project, award recipients will be expected to submit a report documenting their use of the funds and their research findings.

Faculty Research Grants

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute offers grants to established scholars pursuing research on questions of significance to the field of Russian Jewish studies and Russian Jewish experience.

Eligibility and Requirements

The awards are open to applicants irrespective of religion or place of residence. The awards offered by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute will not exceed $2,500 and will cover up to 50% of the total cost of the proposed research project. Should the grant be awarded applicants will be required to provide proof (e.g. additional award letter or a written statement that the balance will be self-funded) of the availability of matching funds to cover the remaining 50% of the cost of the project by May 30, 2014.

The award covers all eligible project related costs, including travel, data collection and processing, translation and work time (not to exceed 25% of the total cost of the project)

The grantees are expected to complete their projects within a maximum of two academic years after receiving the award. Upon completion of the project, award recipients will be expected to submit a report documenting their use of the funds and their research findings.

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CFA: Alfa Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 1, 2103

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.

The program accepts up to 15 American and British citizens per year. The program includes intensive Russian language training, seminar series, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance.

The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.

Program Benefits
Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, publica nd nonprofit institutions in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program works together with the Fellows to identify suitable work placements at leading institutions in Russia in business, media, and public and social policy.

The Alfa Fellowship Program endeavors to secure positions that meet the interests of both the fellows and host institutions. Fellows’ progress is closely monitored by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue in Moscow.

In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:

Four-month Russian language tutoring program in the U.S. or U.K.
Four-month Russian language course in Moscow
Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation and roundtrip travel
Housing in Moscow for the duration of the program
Moscow seminar program
Generous monthly stipend
Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one to a neighboring country
Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance

Candidates for the Alfa Fellowship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

U.S. or U.K. citizen
25–35 years old at the application deadline
Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered
Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline
December 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 program year.

For more information, please contact: alfa@culturalvistas.org.

OJSC Alfa-Bank is incorporated, focused and based in Russia, and is not affiliated with U.S.-based Alfa Insurance.


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CFP: Ulbandus. Auditory in Slavic Literatures

Deadline: February 17, 2014

Hearing Texts: The Auditory in Slavic Literatures

ULBANDUS, the Slavic Review of Columbia University, is now requesting submissions for its next issue, which will follow last year’s successful issue on the visual (Ulbandus XV) with a focus on the auditory in Slavic literatures. We welcome papers that together will reveal the current state of scholarship on intersections between the auditory and the literary in the field of Slavic studies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

-intersections between literature and the musical arts, including folk/traditional music, songs, chamber music, symphonies, ballet music, opera, film soundtracks, and popular music

-depictions of music in Slavic literature

-interactions between Slavic literature and the study of acoustics

-the study of conversation and colloquial speech in Slavic languages

-the use and representation of colloquial speech in Slavic literature

-the relationship between spoken and literary language

-experiments with the sound of language and its role in literary thought

-considerations of sound and sound devices in literary translation

-the aural element in the performance of literature (public/private readings, poetry recitations, drama, etc.)

-the transition from visual to aural when discussing and teaching literature (literary salon, classroom, etc.)

-musical adaptations of literary (and non-literary) texts

-the advent of sound in Russian and Soviet cinema

In addition to scholarly articles, ULBANDUS encourages submission of original poetry, fiction, translations, photography, and artwork. The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2014.

Manuscripts should be in UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO FORMAT, double-spaced, and not exceed 25 pages in length. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and may be sent to hem2134@columbia.edu in .doc or .rtf format.

Alternatively, authors may submit 2 hard copies of their paper to:


Attn: Holly Myers

Columbia University

1130 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail code 2839

New York, NY, 10027


Follow the “How to Submit Work” link on the Ulbandus website for further details, including a style guide. For inquiries or questions, please check our website, or write to hem2134@columbia.edu for more information.

Articles published in Ulbandus XVI will also appear on the JSTOR site.

ULBANDUS is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles and notes submitted for publication are reviewed anonymously and should be prepared so that the author's identity is not revealed either in the body of the manuscript or in bibliographic references. Manuscripts are read by at least two evaluators, who recommend acceptance or rejection.

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CFA: Adjunct Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian and Slavic Studies, U of Arizona

Deadline: Not provided

Adjunct Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian, University of Arizona

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona invites applications for an Adjunct Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor (non tenure-track) in Russian literature and culture for the Spring 2014 semester beginning on January 6, 2014.

Responsibilities include:

*Teaching two courses, for example, a large undergraduate Russian culture course as part of the department’s General Education offerings, and a co-convened undergraduate/graduate 20th century literature course taught in Russian and English with readings in Russian.

* Participating in service for the department as needed.

Preferred qualifications: A PhD in Russian or related field will hold the position of Visiting Assistant Professor.

*Experience in teaching North American undergraduates and graduates and supervising teaching assistants.

* Evidence of excellence in college-level teaching.

* Evidence of teaching in large, general education classrooms.

Minimum qualifications: MA in Russian

Please apply directly to:


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CFP: 7th Annual OASIES Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University

January 15, 2014

*CFP: 7th Annual OASIES Graduate Student Conference

The *Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian
Societies *at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton
University is pleased to announce its 7th Annual Graduate Student
Conference, to be held:

Saturday, March 29, 2014
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Columbia University

*“The Hinge of the World: Connections, Networks, and Linkages in Inner
Inner Eurasia has been and continues to be particularly fertile terrain for
thinking through ideas of connections, networks, and linkages across
culture, space, and time. The very language of connecting and linking,
however, can inadvertently simplify the complex and mutually constituting
qualities of interactions at the point of impact. While the popular concept
of globalization, for example, often highlights the entangled nature of
politics, history and society, its theorizations also open up possibilities
for more thorough investigation into the different elements of these
entanglements. In other words, a productive engagement with connections and
networks must be coupled with a re-interrogation of the basic units of
analysis that might otherwise be too easily presupposed. Bearing this in
mind, this year’s conference asks: in what ways can rethinking connections,
networks, and linkages not only reconfigure but re-conceptualize the
categories that structure our scholarship on Inner Eurasia?

The conference considers Eurasia past and present, spanning from the Black
Sea to Mongolia, from Siberia to South Asia. Stressing
multi-disciplinarity, submissions are welcome from a variety of
departments, programs, and centers, including but not limited to:
Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts,
History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Caucasian Studies, Central
Asian Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Mongolian
Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, South Asian Studies, and Tibetan

Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to:

- texts: literary, musical, visual, oral
-intertextuality: influences, resonances, reiterations
- exchange: economic, cultural, linguistic
- diaspora: coming and going
- globalism and nationalism
- centers and peripheries
- governance and citizenship
- gender and ethnicity
- negotiating belonging
- stratification

*Keynote*: Andrew Wachtel, President of the American University of Central
Asia; Professor of Slavic Languages, Northwestern University

*Submission Instructions*
Please include the following information with all submissions:
1) Name of presenter
2) Academic position and institutional affiliation
3) Title of the paper
4) Abstract of no more than 300 words
5) Audio-visual equipment needs
6) Contact information (please include e-mail address and telephone number)

Send submissions to *oasiesconference@gmail.com
* no later than *January 15, 2014* [as an
attachment in pdf or doc format].

Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length.
Unfortunately, financial support is not available for participants.

For more information on OASIES and past conferences visit www.oasies.org

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November 07, 2013

CFA: Instructor of Russian

Deadline: November 18, 2013

Arizona State University seeks an instructor of advanced Russian to teach small groups in an intensive setting in the Washington, DC, area. Candidates must have a master's degree or higher in second-language acquisition, linguistics, or a closely related field; possess native or near-native proficiency in Russian; be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States; and have documented experience teaching Russian to adults. Preference will go to candidates who have taught in intensive language programs and to candidates with experience teaching Russian above the intermediate level. Successful candidates will teach full time from mid-January until early March, 2014. This is an ongoing opportunity. Successful instructors may be invited back to teach subsequent sessions.

Applications must be received by November 18, 2013.

Candidates should send a letter in English explaining their interest in and qualifications for a short-term, intensive advanced Russian program; a CV; contact information for two references–one of whom should be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching experience; and student evaluation results, if available. Materials should be sent to melikiancenter@asu.edu or to “Russian DC Search Committee, Melikian Center, PO Box 874202, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4202.”

Background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please see ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at: https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

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Graduate School: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

Deadline: 9:00 a.m. January 20, 2014 (Moscow time)

We invite talented undergraduate students majoring in the sciences with a passion for entrepreneurship and an interest in Russia to apply for graduate programs in energy, information science, and biomedicine in the 2014-2015 academic year at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology a new type of graduate university that MIT helps to establish in Russia.

At Skoltech, we believe that fundamental research provides a solid base for developing innovative ideas. However, we go a step further and instill in our students the confidence to bring their ideas to impact.

Full fellowships include a competitive monthly stipend, medical insurance, housing and some travel expenses. All classes are taught in English by leading international professors.

Join the cohort of Russian and international students who are working collaboratively on projects that will shape the world.

Learn more about Skoltech and Apply now!

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November 05, 2013

Study Abroad: New Blog for Minority Students in the Former Soviet Union

The Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies and SRAS have been working on a project that will hopefully help meet a need some of you have discussed on this listserv: providing resources for minority students/students of color thinking about studying abroad.

Rather than provide generalized advice for everyone, this blog gives individuals a chance to discuss their (positive and negative) experiences and offer their own suggestions for student travelers. Since this issue is so personal, and since folks can have vastly different experiences depending on a variety of circumstances, including location, we thought this would be a good starting point for those interested in learning what their trip abroad might be like.

That said, there are still a lot of perspectives not yet represented! Please feel free to share this not only with your current and future students but also with past ones -- if any of them would care to contribute their own post, we'd be happy to add it. Just get in touch with me (eawang@princeton.edu) or SRAS. And while our focus so far has been on students of color and ethnic minorities, SRAS is interested in including the perspectives of LGBT students as well -- though this issue is obviously changing more rapidly.


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CFP: 6th Biennial AWSS Conference: Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies (Thursday, April 10, 2014)

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Call for Papers
6th Biennial AWSS Conference: Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Proposal Deadline: December 15

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is soliciting paper presentations on the theme of “Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies” for its 6th Biennial Conference to be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), which opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday. Participants of the AWSS Conference are encouraged to attend and participate in the SCSS conference as well (a separate CFP will be issued for that conference). AWSS Conference participants are eligible to receive the SCSS rate for the hotel, $165.00/night.

The theme of women, gender, and revolution can be approached in a variety of ways. Most concretely, the these addressed the actions of men and women in political revolution, broadly conceived, including (but not limited to) events of 1848, 1905, and 1917, events leading up to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the post-Community transformations after 1989. The theme also invites the study of gendered representations of revolutionary events, and of significant transformation in gender roles at any time in Russia and East European History.

The keynote talk for the conference will be delivered by Janet Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Johnson (PhD 2001, Indiana University-Bloomington) is an expert on gender, violence, and civil society in post-communist transitions in Eastern Europe. She has published and spoken widely on these subjects. Her talk at the conference will be on “Revolutionizing Gender Studies”: Though not everyone understands it, the study of women in Slavic Studies revolutionized gender studies by clarifying that change of regime--such as from communism to post-communism--radically alters gender. Russia's recent move toward authoritarian should also make us re-think gender, this time by highlighting the role of informal networks, practices, and institutions. Gender-blind social scientists are claiming these notions as their own, even though they have been hidden there all along in gender studies, especially among those of us who study places outside of Western Europe and North America.

The conference organizers invite proposals from scholars at all stages in their careers and in any discipline of Slavic Studies (history, literature, linguistics, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, gender studies, etc.). Proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract of the paper (including the paper’s title) and a brief one-page CV that includes author’s affiliation and contact information. Proposals are due by December 15 to Sharon Kowalsky, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Sharon.Kowalsky@tamuc.edu. Participants will be notified of their acceptance approximately four weeks after the proposal deadline.

Any questions about the conference or the program should be directed to Sharon Kowalsky (Sharon.Kowalsky@tamuc.edu) or Karen Petrone (Petrone@uky.edu).

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CFA: Study Abroad Opportunity for Teachers of Russian

Deadline: December 1, 2013



Russian Teachers for the 21st Century: Maximizing Teaching Effectiveness by Immersing into Language, Culture and Standard-Based Teaching

The main goal of our project is to provide intensive professional development to current and emerging U.S. teachers of Russian Language from multiple institutions across the country at the K-12 and college level. The corresponding objectives are: (1) to improve their language proficiency as well as their expertise with standard-based teaching and testing used in the U.S. and Russia, and (2) to immerse them into contemporary Russian life.

A group of 12 educators will travel to Moscow, Russia for four weeks to participate in intensive workshops focused on language training (43 hours), tester training (43 hours) and culture (60 hours). Based on each participant’s tested language level, each member will be placed into one of two groups (Intensive Language Learning or TORFL Tester Training). Additionally, an extensive online pre-departure training seminar (20 hours) will help participants leverage the program in Russia. Also, follow-up webinars and a final online conference (6 hours) after they return from Russian will guide participants in transforming their experiences into multimedia teaching materials. The culture module of our program includes various unique features to maximize the participants’ professional development (Lectures delivered by professionals from various geographical regions in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk and Vladivostok) to provide an in-depth look into contemporary Russia; cultural visits, individual culture projects).

The program will cover the following expenses: travel to and from Moscow, lodging, tuition, culture tour fees, fees for visa invitations, foreign registration fee, fees for certification, and partial per diem for meal and transportation expenses.

The participants will cover the following expenses: visa fees, program fee of $220 (non-refundable) and due to uncertainties involving travel in Russia, participants will be asked to pay a $500 Refundable Emergency Fee to cover unexpected costs such emergency departures, flight changes, property damage to the dorm room, etc.

Eligibility to apply:

- A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.

- Currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system or institution of higher education as a teacher of faculty member in Russian OR currently studying full-time at a U.S. institution of higher education to become a Russian teacher.

Application materials: For the first round of selection, please submit 1) your current CV and 2) a statement of purpose (in Russian, 1 page maximum, focus on why you need this professional development opportunity) to Program Director Dr. Irina Kostina at irina-kostina@uiowa.edu

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CFA: Cultural Fellowships in Russia

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Cultural Fellowships in Russia

The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) together with Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg and B. Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia) announces competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from May 12 till May 25, 2014 for American and European professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.

By February 1, 2014 the Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from professionals in the field of culture and history or arts from the USA and Europe who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible. Working languages of the program are English and Russian.

Creative project could be a museum exhibition project, a theater performance, a film, photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. Creative project should be conceived in the USA or Europe for a broad American or European audience. Residence in Russia should serve as an important stage in the realization of the applicant’s cultural project.

The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellow-ships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, possibilities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives and other organizations.

Ten two-week fellowships will be organized from May 12 till May 25, 2014 in St. Petersburg (Russia).

Deadline for submitted applications is
February 1, 2014.
Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by March 1, 2014.
Application should include:

CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia and previous visits to Russia).
Description of creative project (up to 3 pages) such as museum or exhibition project, theater performance, film, preparation of fiction or research book and other types of cultural projects related to Russian culture or history. It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.

Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at vitenberg@lfond.spb.ru and elenavitenberg@gmail.com with subject line «application for the fellowship».

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Announcement: Ruslan 1 Cartoons for beginners Russian

This is to let teachers of beginners Russian know about a new cartoon series which I think is quite unique. An animator in Kaliningrad has taken my Ruslan 1 dialogues, texts and songs and has created high quality animations from them. There has been a lot of interest in UK schools and colleges. "Just like the Simpsons" was the best comment. There is information at www.ruslan.co.uk/ruslancartoons.htm with a link to lesson 1 on YouTube. Lessons 1-5 will be published mid November on DVD for learners and on USB with a networking licence for schools and colleges. The DVD will be PAL in the first instance, playable in the US on PCs and multisystem players.

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CFA: Global Europe Research Grant Competition, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Global Europe Research Grant Competition, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Call for Applications

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of Research Scholar applications and supporting materials is December 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified approximately two months later.

Eligibility: EES research scholarships are available to American citizens in the early stages of their academic careers (generally before tenure but after Ph.D.) or to scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Research scholarships will be awarded for 2-4 months of research in Washington, DC. Office space at the Wilson Center and a research assistant will be provided whenever possible.
This is a residential program requiring visiting scholars to remain in the Washington, DC area and to forego other academic and professional obligations for the duration of the grant.

Project Scope: EES offers residential research scholar grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on East Europe. While Southeast Europe remains a primary focus, projects on Central Europe and the Baltic states are 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.

Application Information: To apply for a Title VIII Research Scholarship, the applicant must submit the following:
- a completed application form;
- a concise (1-2 page) description of his/her research project;
- a curriculum vitae;
- two letters of recommendation in support of the research to be conducted at the Wilson Center.

Please mail all application materials 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 via e-mail to: European.Studies@WilsonCenter.org

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CFP: Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics ( Indiana University, May 16 & 17, 2014)

Deadline:January 3, 2014


This spring, the C
enter 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.”

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 d
eadline 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 at akkent@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.


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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CFP: Conference of Turkey's Regional and Global Impact, University of Kansas

Deadline:December 1, 2013

The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at University of Kansas will host its annual security conference on the topic: Turkey's Regional and Global Impact.

We invite 200-word proposals for papers in the Social Sciences and Humanities that address the conference theme.

Please send papers to crees@ku.edu, subject line: “Turkey Conference.”

Cfp Deadline:
December 1, 2013.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
Turkey’s Soft Power
Turkey in the Balkans, the Middle East, Caucasus, or Central Asia
Turkey and Its Neighbors: Changes and Consequences of 10 Years under the “Strategic Depth” Foreign Policy Doctrine
Turkey and the US: Enemies or Friends?
International Dimensions in Turkey’s Domestic Politics
Turkish History, Culture, Geography and Religion: New Strategic Assets in Foreign and Domestic Politics

The conference will take place Monday, March 3, 2014 in Alderson Auditorium in the KU Kansas Union. There may be travel funds available for selected papers.

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