Conference/CFP: 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference (Columbus, OH)

Deadline for abstracts: January 13

2020 Midwest Slavic Conference
Science (&) Fiction(s)
April 3-5, 2020
Columbus, OH

The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other?

The conference will open on Friday, April 3 at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on the morning of Saturday, April 4. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday, April 5 from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to csees@osu.edu by Monday, January 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted.

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Study Abroad: Learn Russian in the EU (Latvia)

Deadline: Ongoing

“Learn Russian in the European Union” (www.learnrussianineu.com) is accepting applications for 2020 Spring Semester and 2020/2021 Academic Year study abroad programs that are hosted at Daugavpils University in Daugavpils, Latvia.

The following for-credit programs are available to Russian majors and students who are not majoring in Russian, but study the language:
    – Russian Language, Literature, and Culture;
    – Russian Language and Political Science;
    – Russian Language and East European Studies;
    – Russian Language and Natural Sciences/STEM (math, physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental studies) with theory and laboratory practice in English/Russian.

American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to study in Latvia.

Daugavpils University awards up to 30 ECTS credits per semester – the equivalent of 15 credit hours at American universities.

For all of the details please visit www.learnrussianineu.com/semester-abroad-programs.

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CFP: 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference

Deadline: January 13, 2020

The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other?

The conference will open on Friday, April 3 at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on the morning of Saturday, April 4. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday, April 5 from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to csees@osu.edu by Monday, January 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted.

More information is available on the Conference website. The Midwest Slavic Conference is organized by the Midwest Slavic Association and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at Ohio State.

DEADLINES

  • Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 7
  • Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 11
  • Panels Announced: February 21
  • Final Papers to Chair: March 20
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20

REGISTRATION FEES

  • Student Presenters: $35
  • Faculty/Independent Scholars: $50
  • All attendees (those not presenting): $25

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email us at csees@osu.edu or call us at (614) 292-8770.

Grad. Program: Studies in Polish and Russian (UIC)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The UIC Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies (https://prls.uic.edu/) invites interested students to apply for the MA and PhD programs in Polish and Russian Literatures and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  For detailed information about our graduate program and application deadlines and instructions, please click this link or see the information below: https://prls.uic.edu/academics/ma-and-phd/grad-invitation/.  We would be very grateful if you could send the link or forward this email to all interested students.

We welcome you to join our thriving department in one of the US’s most livable and affordable cultural centers. In recent years, the department has placed all of its graduating PhD students in full-time academic positions at both research universities and liberal arts colleges in North America. UIC’s record for graduate student success in the fields of Polish, Russian, and Polish-Jewish studies is rooted in the department’s attentive advising and supportive scholarly community.

The PRLS Department at UIC offers graduate students a vibrant intellectual environment where they can pursue innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship. Department faculty specialize in:
•       20th and 21st Century Polish and Russian Literatures
•       Verbal and Visual Avant-gardes
•       Literary Theory
•       Polish Jewish Culture, and Comparative Polish and Yiddish Modernisms
•       Film & Media
•       Diaspora, Transnationalism and Multilinguality
•       Sound Studies

All courses at UIC approach literature and the arts as spaces of encounter, and thus highlight the productive interaction of diverse cultural and linguistic traditions that characterize Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, and Jewish history. Recent graduate courses have included:
•       Addiction and Modernity
•       Decline of Art: Polish Avant-garde and the Crisis of European Culture
•       Disobedient Practices: Literature as Resistance to Stalinism
•       Gombrowicz: Exile and Exposition
•       Imperial Formations: Topics in New Imperial History
•       Nabokov and the Nabokovian
•       Perversion and Bureaucracy: Modern Intellectual History of Central Europe
•       Polish Jewish Territories in the Literary Imagination
•       Russia and the West
•       Schulz: Messianism, Masochism, and Melancholy
•       The Russian Avant-Garde
•       Translation, Transmission, and Translinguality
•       The Truth of the Matter: Artists and the Actual in Russian Literature and Cinema
•       Theory and Practice of Parody
•       Writing in the Third Language: Between Theology and Materialism in Central & East European Prose

The department is deeply engaged with intellectual life at UIC, and graduate students frequently pursue courses in UIC’s renowned departments of English and Art History. Our students especially benefit from close collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of History, where four professors specialize in the history and thought of Russia and Poland. Furthermore, every year a visiting scholar from Poland (funded by the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program) and a visiting scholar from Russia (funded by the Prokhorov Fund) offer seminars and contribute to the intellectual life of the department.

Students earning a graduate degree in Russian or Polish literatures may complement their courses by enrolling in an Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, or Violence Studies. In addition to developing expertise in research, students learn and practice cutting edge teaching techniques at
the Language and Culture Learning Center.

The majority of our graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships that come with a stipend and full tuition waiver for the duration of their program. They further benefit from the support of UIC’s strong Graduate Employees Union.

Financial resources made available by the creation of the Stefan & Lucy Hejna Fund in Polish Language and Literature at UIC create opportunities for vibrant and ongoing exchange with prominent scholars in the fields of Polish Studies, Polish Jewish Studies and Central and East European Studies, through the organization at UIC of annual international conferences, and of events highlighting developments in contemporary Polish culture and scholarship. The UIC Fund for Polish Jewish Studies provides support for conference participation as well as merit-based awards.

For students interested in Russian studies, our annual Workshop in Russian Modernism brings together leading scholars in the field to discuss salient topics related to modernity and postmodernity. In addition to supporting a visiting scholar, our partnership with the Prokhorov Fund allows us to bring a creative personality from Russia each year and send two graduate students to take part in a summer seminar at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. In 2018, Maxim Didenko, an award-winning Russian theater director, spent a week at UIC, where he conducted a two-day master class for our students, visited classes, and answered questions after the screening of his critically acclaimed play, Earth. The department also hosts numerous lectures and performances by writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians; our recent guests included Kirill Medvedev, Anna Moiseenko, Roman Osminkin, Maria Stepanova, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Yuri Andrukhovych.

To be considered for university fellowships, the early deadline is December 15, 2019. To be considered for teaching assistantships or tuition wavers, complete applications must be received by February 15, 2020. Detailed application instructions can be found on the admissions website.   Further information about our graduate programs can be found on our website.  Please direct your inquiries about the graduate program and application process to Director of Graduate Studies Julia Vaingurt at vaingurt@uic.edu.

Acad. Job: Tenure Track Position in Russian History (University of Georgia)

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Please take a notice of this exciting job opportunity at University of Georgia, Athens:

The Department of History at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian history. The search committee welcomes applicants who study any period of Russian or Soviet History.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research agenda, teach undergraduate and graduate courses (with a 2-2 teaching load), and contribute to departmental governance. We encourage applications from candidates who are proficient in Russian and are capable of teaching the occasional advanced history course in Russian. Applicants must have their PhD in History or related field conferred by July 30, 2020.

Applications should include a cover letter describing the candidate’s teaching and research interests, a current c.v., a chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted at http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/125459. Applications are due November 15.

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Study Abroad: Fieldwork Opportunities in Folklore, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology (Siberia, Russia, Kazakhstan)

Deadline: (Varies) December 2019 – May 2020

American Friends of Russian Folklore is pleased to announce eight folklore expeditions in Russia, Siberia and Kazakhstan for the summer of 2020.   Volunteer positions on theexpeditions are available to students, academics and others.

Expeditions are led by qualified scholars with years of experience in the field. Volunteers join in the work of the expedition – conducting interviews, making video and audio recordings, serving as audiences and helping to process collected field materials. Team members live in rural villages where they are immersed in  local customs, language and food. Fluency in the local language is helpful, but not required.

Volunteers pay a fee which covers their accommodations, food and transportation during the expedition, plus a share of the general expedition expenses. College credit through students’ home institutions can be arranged in many cases.   Scholarships are available.

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Grad. Program: Integrated Ph.D. Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Ohio State)

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University welcomes applicants to our Integrated Ph.D. program for Autumn 2020. The Department offers graduate students a stimulating intellectual environment and generous financial support. Columbus is a vibrant, contemporary, and livable city, and the historic Ohio State campus features outstanding library and research collections, up-to-date new and renovated classroom, meeting and athletic facilities, beautiful old trees and sustainable landscaping, and convenient transportation connections within the city and the region.

Our graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature and Culture, Slavic Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Department faculty have expertise in classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian, Central European, and South Eastern European literatures, film, and interdisciplinary cultural studies; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; digital humanities; print media; national identity; bilingualism; language and memory; pedagogy; the structure and history of the Slavic languages; Balkan linguistics; medieval Slavic texts; and morphology. The first two years of study include literature, linguistics, film, and SLA and help create a cohesive cohort of well-rounded scholars who then head into their research specializations. We encourage graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary studies within and outside the department, including programs such as Comparative Studies, History, Linguistics, Music, Teaching & Learning, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Topics of current and recent dissertation projects include: history in Russian opera; prison spaces in Russian literature; the criminal song; the detective novel; autobiographical memory, identity, and immigration; language development in heritage speakers; and acquisition of pragmatic skills on study abroad. Ohio State also hosts the annual Midwest Slavic Conference, which enables graduate students to present their research to a national audience right on campus.

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Grad. Program: MA and PhD programs in Slavic and contemporary Russian Studies (University of Virginia)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia welcomes applications for three graduate programs, the MA in Contemporary Russian Studies, the MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

The MA in Contemporary Russian Studies offers courses in Russian literature, language, culture, history, politics, art history, religious studies, and sociology, as well as further study in advanced Russian language.

The MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students primarily in Russian literature, culture, and advance language skills toward professional-level proficiency. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish and Central European literature and film. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, and Religious Studies, among many others.

Among the distinctive aspects of UVA’s graduate programs in Slavic is rigorous training to a high level of proficiency in Russian language. Students have Oral Proficiency Interviews at each level of study. Students may attend regular Russian teas, take a role in the Russian play, participate in meals and events at the 24/7 Russian-language Russian House, and a host of other events. The University has ample funds for graduate students to organize events related to Slavic cultures and to support foreign-language study and dissertation research abroad.

Other strengths of the UVA Slavic program include the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include museum studies, prison-camp literature and gulag studies, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, intellectual history, Russian philosophy and religion, digital humanities, and literary cartography. Students enjoy an effective faculty-student mentorship program and an excellent library collection with highly responsive acquisition services.

UVA’s Slavic graduate students form an active community. They run a speaker series, host professionalization workshops, organize an annual conference, publish a newsletter, and enjoy convivial social gatherings. 

UVA offers generous five-year funding packages for PhD students. The Department occasionally has partial funding and work opportunities for MA students. Depending on their language proficiency, UVA PhD students typically gain experience teaching language at various levels, as well as assisting in teaching undergraduate literature and folklore courses. Other opportunities for support are available through related departments and programs.

The deadline for on-line applications is January 15, 2020.

For information about Slavic programs and the application process, please visit the Slavic Department website at: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/, or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: clowes@virginia.edu or eec3c@virginia.edu.

CFP: NESEEES Annual Conference (NYC, April 4th, 2020)

Deadline: January 6, 2020

The North East Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES) Executive Board invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels for the 41st annual NESEEES conference. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.  Scholarly papers and panels are welcome on any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Proposals for complete panels of thematically related papers are strongly encouraged.  Recommendations for discussants and chairs are not required for panel proposals but are invited and will be taken into consideration.

Proposals may be submitted directly by graduate students enrolled in related programs as well as by independent scholars with academic credentials and by faculty members of all ranks.  Proposals may be submitted on behalf of undergraduate students by faculty mentors supervising their projects.  Scholars wishing to volunteer their services as chairs or discussants may do so using the space provided on the proposal submission form.

Please submit your proposals to: https://forms.gle/hneRX3J6AwMzaonG6 no later than Monday, January 6th, 2020.

NESEEES awards an annual prize for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference.  The selection committee may award a second-place prize when appropriate.  Following the conference, a deadline will be announced by which graduate students should submit revised papers to the competition. Visual materials accompanying the presentation at the Conference may be submitted along with the written text. The papers must be between 6,000 and 12,500 words in length. The first prize paper will be entered in the national ASEEES competition for the best graduate student paper presented at a regional affiliate conference.

Questions can be sent to: neseees@gmail.com

CFP: 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore (Arizona State)

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be held at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona, from Thursday, April 2, to Saturday, April 4, 2020. 

The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture.

Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to the conference email address bssc2020@asu.edu.

Abstracts should be up to 250 words, including examples and bibliography, 12-point font, at least 1″ margins, and should not contain name(s) or affiliations(s) of the author(s).  Abstracts should also include a title, and up to five keywords.

The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email.

If you have not done so already, please send submissions by October 15, 2019.  Notification of selection, and invitation letters if needed, will be sent by November 4, 2019.

More information about travel arrangements, hotels, and area attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tombstone, etc.) will be sent out later in the year. Tempe is part of greater Phoenix, and is approximately a 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The conference is hosted by the Melikian Center at ASU, in collaboration with the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona (U of A). Additional support is provided by ASU’s  School of International Letters and Cultures, the Mary Choncoff Fund, and the Stephen and Sandra Batalden Fund.

Questions about the conference may be directed to the ASU and U of A conference organizers, Keith Brown and Grace Fielder, either directly or via the conference email address.