Study Abroad: nternational Summer School (TU Dresden)

Deadline for Applications: July 04, 2017

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” Dear colleagues,

we still have few open all-inclusive slots for PhD students and (early stage) Postdocs to participate in the International Summer School
/MATERIALS 4.0: The digitally enabled atom to system revolution/ which
will take place at TU Dresden this year (September 11- 15, 2017).

Innovative materials are a key element for keeping products and industrial processes economically competitive and ecologically sustainable. Modern materials science requires a multi-discipline approach embracing chemistry, physics, engineering, as well as theoretical and numerical modeling. The summer school/MATERIALS 4.0/ will provide an overview of current developments in the ongoing digitalization revolution in materials science and will offer a platform for discussions about future perspectives. Dresden is a cultural capital and a world-leading center for materials research. During the one-week school, 12 renowned researchers will lecture and tutor the small group of students.

The registration is open until July 4th. For excellent PhD students and Postdocs, up to 20 all-inclusive grants (travel support, accommodation, participation) will be available.

For further information and the tentative list of speakers please refer to the Summer School homepage:

and the Summer School flyer and poster: “

Job: Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier (Dept. of State)

Deadline for Applications: June 26, 2017

United States Department of State
An Equal Opportunity Employer
How to Apply

Position Title: Diplomatic Security: Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier
Open Period: 6/21/2017 – 6/27/2017
Salary: $39,954-$58,674 Per Year
Duty Locations: MANY vacancies – Department of State Posts – Overseas and Domestic, United States
Position Information: Work Schedule is Full-time – Permanent after being tenured in the Foreign Service by the Tenure Boards.

Who May Apply

Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements and understand a Foreign Service career.

Applicants may not reapply for one year after the previous application for the same position.

If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs.)

Job Overview


About the Agency

The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders. Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career. Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.

Foreign Service Diplomatic Couriers assist in worldwide security programs that provide secure transportation services for Department of State classified diplomatic pouches. Diplomatic Couriers safeguard and escort diplomatic pouches containing classified and sensitive material between U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and the Department of State. The Department carries out this mission at more than 275 embassies and consulates around the world, offices in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and other locations in the U.S.

Diplomatic Couriers spend most of their career in a constant state of travel. Couriers are assigned to regional offices and travel from these postings to constituent embassies and consulates in the region. Continue reading

CFP: “Reading in Russia” (AATSEEL)

Deadline for Applications: July 01, 2017

Please consider submitting an abstract for the stream, “Reading in Russia,” for AATSEEL 2018. The stream is anticipated to consist of three panels: “Emergence: Learning to Read Soviet,” “Consolidation: Soviet Reading at Mid-Century,” and “Disruption: Contemporary Russian Reading.” Applicants with papers on other topics relating to the overall stream description are also encouraged to apply.

We are looking for a chair and discussant for a couple of the panels and welcome interest in these roles as well.

The deadline for applications is July 1st; please contact the stream organizers, Sean Blink and Carlotta Chenoweth ( and, if you plan to apply.

For detailed information on submission guidelines, visit this page on the AATSEEL website.

Stream #3B: Reading in Russia

This series of panels examines how reading practices have informed textual exegesis in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It has been well documented that Russia’s history of textual production, distribution and consumption differs from its European counterparts. From the relatively late acquisition of national literacy, to the divide between permitted and prohibited reading practices in the Soviet Union, to the emergent online networks of readers and writers in the post-Soviet world, it is clear in the Russian context that reading practices cannot be separated from textual analysis. In the midst of our own period of media upheaval, we find ourselves re-examining the varied forms that reading has taken in the past.

We will pose in these panels the following questions, considering them from an interdisciplinary perspective that takes into account the history of reading, the history of the book and literary scholarship: How does a given text object (book, website, etc.) interact with its readership? Where can we identify moments of transition in Russian reading practices? How are Russian readerships formed and what influence do they hold on textual production?


Deadline for Submissions: June 29, 2017

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) will sponsor a panel at the next AATSEEL Conference in Washington, DC (Feb 1-4, 2018). If you are interested in submitting a paper or participating in a panel on a theme related to gender studies and/or queer theory, please email me a brief abstract at by June 29th.

Potential topics for a sponsored panel include, but are not limited to:
– The representation of gender and sexuality in Russian/Slavic prose, poetry, art, film, theatre
– Women’s writing of the 19th / 20th / 21st centuries
– Putin-era policies on the family and women’s rights
– Cross-dressing and gender-bending in Russian/Slavic literature, art, theatre

Funding Opportunity: Research Travel Grants Program (Gerald R. Ford Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017

Title: Research Travel Grants Program
Sponsor: Gerald R. Ford Foundation
Amount: $2,200

Description: The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards grants of up to $2,200 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. A grant defrays travel and living expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, but they will be responsible for the costs of travel between their home country and North America. The grants only cover travel within North America. Library collections focus on Federal policies, U.S. foreign relations, and national politics in the 1960s and 1970s. There are earlier and later materials depending upon your topic.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by September 15. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application. 

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Funding Opportunity: Banting Postdoc Fellowships (Government of Canada)

Deadline for Applications: August 30, 2017

Title: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Amount: $70,000/year, 2 years

Description: The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth. The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to: attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Eligible areas of research are health research, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities. 

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Funding Opportunity: Humanities Open Book Program (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: August 23, 2017

Title: Humanities Open Book Program
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: $200,000 max

Description: The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost “ebook” technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print. Humanities Open Book is jointly sponsored by NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary. However, NEH and Mellon anticipate that applicants may propose to digitize a total that ranges from less than fifty to more than one hundred books. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed “ebooks” that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers.

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Funding Opportunity: Kluge Center Fellowships for Residential Research in Humanities and Social Sciences (Library of Congress)

Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2017

Title: Kluge Center Fellowships for Residential Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
Sponsor: Library of Congress
Amount: $4,200/mo.

Description: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. Residents have easy access to the Library’s specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library’s large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world’s largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints, and photographs are also available.

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CFP: Central Slavic Conference (St. Louis, Missouri)

Deadline for Proposals: September 01, 2017

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 to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, October 20-22, 2017.

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 CSC President Dr. David Borgmeyer at no later than September 1, 2017.  Early proposals are encouraged.  All proposals should include:

  • Participant name, affiliation, and email contact information;
  • For individual paper presentation: title and brief description (limit 50 words);
  • For panels: panel title + above information for each participant and discussant (if applicable);
  • For roundtables: roundtable title and participant information.

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Prof. Devel.: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union (

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017

Call for Applications: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union
January 8-12, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for the international seminar “A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.” This seminar will be held January 8-12, 2018, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

This seminar will acquaint undergraduate, MA, and early PhD students with the central topics, issues, and sources related to the study of Jewish life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, including prewar life, evacuation, mass shootings, rescue, forced labor, and issues of commemoration and memory, with a prominent geographical focus on Ukraine. Mandel Center scholars will lead discussions, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the types of primary source material available in the Museum’s collections. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s extensive library, archival, and other collections.

The Museum welcomes international applications from undergraduates, MA, or early PhD students who are enrolled in relevant academic disciplines at colleges and universities. Applications must include: (1) a confidential recommendation letter from a faculty member that addresses the applicant’s potential and relevant interests, background, training, and qualifications (including previous coursework, projects, publications, or language study); (2) the online application form; (3) a letter of interest from the applicant discussing his/her interest in Jewish life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union; and (4) a current curriculum vitae that lists relevant coursework, research papers, and academic presentations. Recommendation letters may be in English, Russian, or Ukrainian; all other application materials must be in English.

The online application form is available at The remaining application materials may be sent to Dr. Elana Jakel, Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, at or Fax 202.479.9726. To preserve the confidentiality of recommendation letters, faculty recommenders must e-mail or fax their signed letters (on institutional letterhead) directly to Dr. Jakel; recommendation letters cannot be submitted by applicants. All application materials must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by September 29, 2017.

Participants are required to attend the full duration of the seminar. Awards will include the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; shared lodging for the seminar’s duration; and select meals.

This program is possible thanks to the generosity of the Piotr and Basheva Polsky Memorial Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry.