Grad. Program: Global Media and Cultures (Georgia Tech)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Master of Science degree in the fields of language, cultural studies, and media studies at Georgia Tech. The M.S. in Global Media and Cultures, a joint degree by the School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media, and Communication, is currently offered with tracks in Russian, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

As a professional master’s degree, the MS-GMC reflects the rising importance of humanistic study for many career fields in the 21st century, ranging from media, education, and international business to non-profit and engineering. The degree builds on a rapidly expanding global media ecosystem in Atlanta, where humanities fields and their graduates are providing sought-after cultural and creative industry competence. We aim to help students apply their skills in language and analysis—as well as their passion for cross-cultural communication, social justice, and media—to a successful, impactful career.

The program site can be accessed at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/

In addition to coursework on the Georgia Tech campus, we also have a generous scholarship to which students can apply that covers tuition and dormitory for those completing their final project in St. Petersburg.

Upcoming deadlines are:

Jan. 3, 2020 — application deadline for the FLAS (GRA support also available).  Application at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/funding

Jan. 15, 2020 — priority application date for the MS GMC.

Feb. 15, 2020 — final application deadline for the MS GMS

A flyer related specifically to the Russian track can be accessed at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/2019-12/Georgia%20Tech_Russian%20Grad%20Programs.pdf.

Grad. Program: International and Regional Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Specialization (University of Michigan)

Deadline: December 15, 2019

The University of Michigan welcomes applications to our MIRS: REEE Studies Specialization. Please note the deadline is December 15!

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies specialization is designed for students with an interest in engaging in interdisciplinary research and training on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students choose to focus their studies on humanities, social sciences, and professional coursework related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia.

Anchored in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the MIRS REEES specialization draws upon CREES’s depth of scholarship and research. CREES has over 50 affiliated faculty members from all across the University of Michigan, including from 17 departments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and from 9 professional schools, including: Architecture and Urban Planning; Art and Design; Business; Environment and Sustainability; Law; Medicine; Music, Theatre & Dance; Public Health; and Public Policy. CREES affiliated faculty are area specialists and visiting scholars who offer more than 150 courses each year on the business, cultures, demography, economics, history, languages, law, literatures, politics, public policy, and social organization of the region.

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Conference/CFP: (0ver)Indulgence: Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Princeton)

Deadline for papers: February 16, 2020
Event Date: May 7-9, 2020

(Over) Indulgence Conference:Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia A graduate conference sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University

Location: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Keynote speaker: Eric Naiman (UC Berkeley)

Website: https://www.overindulgenceconference.com 

Transgression against societal norms has long been elevated to transgression against the divine. Yet vice and virtue are not always mutually incompatible; morals and societal norms are not always black and white. Nor is transgression the only way to move from virtue to sin (or vice versa). In Crime and Punishment, it is Sonia who becomes Dostoevsky’s guiding star to redemption – despite her “fall from grace” into prostitution. (Over) Indulgence aims at exploring such virtuous acts of sin; our graduate conference is interested in tracing various entanglements of the virtuous and the sinful across the Eastern European and Eurasian landscape. We invite submissions that address three major thematic clusters. The first, most literal, interpretation of our conference theme deals with the subversion of dominant norms. We are interested in papers that explore the “negative translation” through which chastity is mutually referential with promiscuity, heterosexuality – with homosexuality, sobriety – with alcoholism, and restraint – with gluttony (to name a few). What are the protocols of such translation, and what types of dialogue between the virtuous and the sinful does it require?

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Funding: Title VIII Research Grants

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Kennan Institute is holding the next round of competition for its Title VIII Research and Summer Grants. Detailed information about each grant is below, and more information about all opportunities can be found HERE.

Title VIII Research Grants – Deadline: January 31, 2020

Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Research proposals examining the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, the Caucasus, and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Title VIII Summer Research Grants – Deadline: January 31, 2020

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the summer research fellowship. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.  The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $7,000 for 2 months, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance.  Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this fellowship. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Please send all questions and application materials to kennan@wilsoncenter.org.

Conference/CFP: Central Slavic Conference (St. Louis, MO)

Deadline for proposals: December 20, 2020
Event date: February 28-March 1, 2020

Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its annual meeting at the historic Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Friday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Scholars from outside the region and from around the world are welcome.

Proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should be submitted by email to program chair Charles Allen at CentralSlavic@outlook.com no later than December 20th, 2019. Early proposals are encouraged. All proposals should include:

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Conference/CFP: 58th Annual Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Greenville, SC)

Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2020
Event Date: March 12-14, 2020

Special Events

Professor Donald Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will give the keynote address at the Friday banquet. The title of his talk is “GenSec: The Brezhnev You May not Know”

The Saturday “Beach Party” will be a good ol’ timey hoedown AND a hootenanny! Featuring live bluegrass music by the Mountain Bridge band and square dancing guided by the Southern Junction Cloggers! Local barbecue will be served (including vegetarian options)!

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Acad. Job: Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Columbia University)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, invites applications for 1 two-year postdoctoral research scholar position, extending over 2020-21 and 2021-22. Postdoctoral research scholars are expected to concentrate on their own research and writing; to teach a course of their own design in the spring semester of each of the two years; to give a public seminar/lecture on their research; and to be active participants in the Institute’s scholarly community and events. The Institute provides desk space for all postdoctoral research scholars. The Institute also provides funds to sponsor workshops, conferences, and special events planned by fellows around their particular interests.

The primary criterion in awarding these fellowships is academic excellence. The Fellowship Committee seeks evidence that the candidate’s research, teaching, and publications will make a significant, original contribution to the study of Russia, Eurasia, and/or East-Central Europe in their particular field of study. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020 and do not hold a tenure-track position.   All fellows must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the appointment. Successful applicants are expected to commit to the full two-year sequence.

The salary for 2020-2021 is $57,876. Medical benefits are provided and subsidized housing is available. There is a $2,000 research allowance per annum. 

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Call for Submissions: Graduate Student Essay Competition (Jordan Center, All the Russias)

Deadline: December 30, 2019

There’s still time to submit! Enter the Jordan Center’s Graduate Student Essay Competition for a chance to get published on All the Russias and win cash prizes.

We invite 750-1200 word submissions from full- or part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students from any accredited academic institution in the United States, on any topic and sub-discipline within Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined. Cultural criticism; public-facing treatments of scholarly work; political analysis; book, film, or event reviews; and more are welcome.

All submissions must be in English and observe the blog’s submission guidelines and full competition rules. Essays are due no later than Monday, December 30, at 11 PM EST and must be submitted via this Google form.

Seven (7) winners will be selected based on their pieces’ originality, clarity, and argumentation, as well as their correspondence to the blog’s general tone and interests as stipulated in the submission guidelines linked above. Winners will receive, respectively, $250 (first prize); $100 (second prize); $50 (third prize); and $25 (runners-up). Winners and runners-up will have their essays published in All the Russias.

Competition results will be announced by February 2020. 

Please direct any questions to alltherussias@gmail.com.

Job: Volunteer English Teachers in Central Europe

Deadline: January 1, 2020 (priority);
February 14, 2020 (regular)

Learning Enterprises connects volunteer teachers and host communities around the world in order to foster cross-cultural exchange and empower young leaders.

Learning Enterprises is an entirely student-run 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization that began as a way of connecting people who had the expertise to share and time to spare. Volunteers, most of whom were college students, had their summers free and wanted to spend it in a meaningful way. The students in underserved communities — many of them rural villages in developing countries — also had their summers free, and these communities had a felt need for extra English language classes. To create a mutually beneficial program, someone just needed to connect the two parties, and that is what Learning Enterprises does every summer. The volunteers travel to the underserved community, and the local communities take them into their families, providing meals, room and board for an average of six weeks. In exchange, the volunteers teach English in local schools for an average of 20 hours/week. The program operates on the goodwill and trust between the volunteers and the people they teach. Learning Enterprises facilitates this meeting by screening host communities and families as well as preparing the volunteers to teach and become acclimated to a different culture. Learning Enterprises is centered on the idea of connecting people.

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