Job: Director of the Slovak Studies Program (U of Pittsburgh)

Deadline to Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The appointment begins with the fall term of 2019, with an anticipated start date of August 26, 2019. 

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Director of the Slovak Studies Program, pending budgetary approval. This appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer; the initial appointment is for one year, followed by a three-year renewable term. Duties include:

  • Teaching  beginning, intermediate, and advanced Slovak language, as well as Slovak or Slovak-comparative literature and culture at the undergraduate level.
  • Non-teaching duties include oversight of Slovak cultural and outreach activities.
  • Scholarly publication and active participation in national professional associations is encouraged, but is not a prerequisite for appointment or renewal.

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Grad Program: Master’s Degree in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Harvard)

Application Deadline: January 2, 2019, 5PM EST

Master’s Degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (REECA)
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University 

The REECA Master’s program can help jump-start your career in academia, government service, NGO management, or the private sector. This two-year, interdisciplinary program allows you to:

  • Study with some of the world’s top scholars working on the region
  • Gain a nuanced understanding of history and current affairs
  • Build proficiency in Russian and other regional languages
  • Take courses at Harvard professional schools
  • Tap into the Harvard alumni network

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CFP: Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference (Vancouver)

Deadline to Submit: January 18, 2019

Canadian Association of Slavists annual conference is approaching! Paper and panel proposals are due by January 19th. All are welcome, but note that you will need to join the Canadian Association of Slavists to attend the conference. See below for details:

Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference
June 1-3, 2019
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

CALL FOR PAPERS

The annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists will take place at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) in early June 2019. The CAS Annual Conference is held as a part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 70 national associations in attendance. The theme of the 2019Congress is “Circles of Conversation.” More information is available here: https://www.congress2019.ca/about#theme. Continue reading

Academic Job: 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowships (Harvard)

Deadline for Applications: January 10, 2019

The Davis Center Fellows Program offers comprehensive research, training, and professional development opportunities for scholars advancing their careers within the social sciences and humanities. Fellows pursue their research with support from an interdisciplinary community of experts, and with access to world-class resources. The program provides scholars with experiences and connections that endure well beyond their fellowship year.

We welcome research proposals on all topics related to the study of Eurasia. This year’s program will not be structured around an overarching theme. We are, however, particularly interested in applications from scholars with an interest in the following:

1. Teaching a course in Russian imperial history, especially from scholars with experience in digital humanities.

2. Topics exploring the political, economic and social connectivity of Central Asia and/or the Caucasus.

Fellowship Eligibility and Benefits

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2019, but no earlier than September 2014
  • Stipend of up to $40,500 for 9 months or $54,000 for 12 months; a teaching postdoc will be compensated at $46,000 for 9 months
  • $5,000 in additional research funding
  • Eligible for employee benefits, including subsidized health insurance
  • Shared office space and borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries provided
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Funding: Digital Extension Grants (ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: January 16, 2019

ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:

  • Develop new systems of making established digital research projects and resources available to broader scholarly audiences and/or scholars from institutions such as colleges and universities that serve underrepresented student populations (including HBCUs and HSIs), as well as institutions that historically have been underrepresented in digital humanities research, such as community colleges, regional public colleges and universities, and smaller private colleges.
  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds interdisciplinary reach or that diversifies the digital domain by incorporating materials or perspectives that have been underrepresented in the digital humanities.
  • Enhance established digital research projects by fostering new team-based collaborations among scholars at a range of career stages, with a special emphasis upon convening and training communities of faculty and graduate students, as well as expanding opportunities for scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure.
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

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CFP: “Migrations of Cultures”: An Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Proposals: January 05, 2019

Call for Papers: “Migrations of Cultures”: An Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages
University of Pittsburgh March 22-23, 2019

 Share your research with other undergraduate students! Get real feedback on a paper! Gain conference experience for work or graduate school! Interested?  Then send an abstract to a biannual undergraduate research conference hosted by the Modern Languages Departments at the University of Pittsburgh on March 22-23, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to mecchia@pitt.edu by January 5, 2019.

The papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual spaces linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives on the conflicts and opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions throughout the ages and in the contemporary world. The language of the conference is English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and  Spanish languages and cultures.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas, author of Race on Display in 20th and 21st Century France (University of Liverpool Press, 2016).  Topics could include:

  • Multilingual societies and their conflicts (“language wars”) and advantages
  • Linguistic landscapes and their evolution
  • Translation as a political tool
  • Literatures of the diaspora
  • Circulation of texts through multiple areas and in multiple languages
  • Travel literature through the ages
  • Exiles, migrants, and refugees
  • Processes of acculturation
  • The politics of cultural production
  • Films and the problems of cultural translation

Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee staffed by undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified about acceptance by January 20 2019. All inquiries can be directed to Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia, at mecchia@pitt.eduLimited travel subsidies will be available!

Academic Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Russian Language and Literature (U. of Oklahoma)

Deadline for Applications: January 04, 2019

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Russian language and literature. Although the area of research specialization is open, expertise in Russian film, nineteenth-century Russian literature, or Russian-language pedagogy would be particularly welcome. The standard teaching load for tenure-stream faculty in the unit is 2/2 (two courses per semester). 

The successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or an equivalent discipline by the start date of August 2019. In addition, the candidate must have teaching experience at the college-level, native or near-native Russian language skills, and show significant promise of scholarly achievement.

Those interested should upload a cover letter, C.V., three letters of references, complete sets of student teaching evaluations from the last 2 years taught, a graduate-school transcript, and an article-length writing sample tohttps://apply.interfolio.com/58537. Consideration of applications will begin on January 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Emily Johnson: emilydjohnson@ou.edu.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

CFP: NAATPl 3rd Biennial Workshop for Polish Language Teachers (Chicago, IL)

Deadline for Proposals: March 11, 2019

NAATPl 3rd Biennial Workshop for Polish Language Teachers
Standard-Based Approaches to Teaching Polish Language
May 11, 2019
Organized by: Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL (Specific location, TBA)

This workshop will bring together instructors to share their practices and materials, as they relate to teaching Polish.  The focus of this workshop will be on standard-based approaches to teaching language, especially alongside ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language, www.actfl.org) proficiency and world-readiness standards.  This workshop will serve as a forum for exchange of the most successful topics, projects, and syllabi from the most recent years of teaching, across participants’ institutions.

The workshop will consist of individual or group presentations, 20 minutes in length.

There will be one panel dedicated especially to K-12 Polish language teaching, including Saturday Schools, and the committee asks that papers submitted for this panel be noted as such in their proposal.

We invite all Polish language instructors to apply to present at the workshop, however, presenting is not a requirement, as we also encourage attendance in order to learn from practices of other instructors. Continue reading

Funding: Project GO Scholarships for ROTC Students (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: January 18, 2019

Pitt Project GO Scholarships for Intensive Summer Russian Language Study by ROTC Students

About the program: The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any US college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st- 4th year Russian in Summer 2019. Project GO is sponsored by the federal Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Students who have not yet begun their pursuit of Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week beginning-level class, which will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language training. The beginning-level classes, offered by Pitt’s Summer Language Institute (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 3 – July 26, 2019. Pitt Project GO scholarships for Beginning Russian cover:
•       Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
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Funding: Pre- and Postdoc Fellowships (UW-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2019

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia<https://creeca.wisc.edu/> (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for Wisconsin Russia Project<https://russiaproject.wisc.edu/> postdoctoral research fellowships (for US and/or Russian social scientists) and pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships (for Russian social scientists), funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Madison, Wisconsin, and to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. Fellows will conduct research in consultation with UW-Madison faculty and will join a vibrant community of scholars working on the social science of Russia.

The application deadline for both competitions is March 1, 2019.

More detailed information about the program, eligibility, and how to apply are available on the Wisconsin Russia Project website:
One-year postdoctoral research fellowships<https://russiaproject.wisc.edu/2018/11/30/academic-year-2019-2020-postdoctoral-fellowships-in-social-science-of-russia-at-the-university-of-wisconsin-madison/> (2019-2020)

One-semester pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships<https://russiaproject.wisc.edu/2018/12/03/pre-doctoral-dissertation-fellowships-in-social-science-of-russia-at-the-university-of-wisconsin-madison/> (fall 2019 or spring 2020)

Questions may be addressed to Amy Beilke, Wisconsin Russia Project graduate assistant, at russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu<mailto:russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu>