Seminar: “Strategies for Strengthening Democracy: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall” (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Deadline: August 15, 2019

The Fulbright International Seminar is scheduled to take place from September 24 to September 30, 2019, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and will be open to students from all over the world.

The seminar will offer key-note lectures, panel discussions and workshops by leading US, Bulgarian and European diplomats, scholars, professionals and civil society experts. We hope to look beyond theory in search of practical steps for bettering our democratic environment, and we are looking for bright young students who are interested in the topic and would like to take part in this event. Motivated PhD, MA and BA students (juniors and seniors) from all over the world are welcome to apply for participation in this one-week seminar. The tentative seminar program and the application form are available here:

CFP: European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) Crisis in Leuven 2020

Deadlines: Roundtable Proposals: January 1, 2020; Panel Proposals: February 1, 2020; Individual Proposals: February 1, 2020


Notions of crisis have long charged the study of the European avant-garde and modernism. Throughout their history, avant-gardists and modernists have faced crises, be they economic or political, scientific or technological, aesthetic or philosophical, collective or individual, local or global, short or perennial. Modernists and avant-gardists have in turn continually stood accused of instigating crises, whether artistic or cultural, sensorial or conceptual, incidental or intentional, far-reaching or negligible, representational or other. The very concepts of ‘avant-garde’ and ‘modernism’ are time and again subject—or subjected—to conceptual crises, leaving modernism and avant-garde studies as a field on the perpetual brink of a self-effacing theoretical crisis.

The 7th biennial conference of the EAM intends to tackle the ways in which the avant-garde and modernism in Europe relate to crisi/es. Although we welcome panel, roundtable and paper proposals on any aspect of this relationship, we are particularly interested in new research on three topics.

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CFP: Taras Shevchenko Conference (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University has the honor to convene the first Taras Shevchenko Conference, which will take place at Indiana University, March 6-7, 2020. This conference aims to bring scholars from all disciplines to explore the ways in which Ukrainian studies is presented and shaped in the current political and cultural contexts. The year of 2014 is a turning point in how Ukraine is discussed and positioned as a political and geographical body, as well as a topos of imagination. The conference intends to open an interdisciplinary space where scholars whose work focuses on an array of inquiries related to the Ukrainian studies (of any time period) present their findings and discuss how and what narratives are established to locate and discuss Ukraine locally and globally.

Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to: history, literature, memory studies, linguistics, translation, music, film, religious studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, mass media. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals. Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, translator, artist, etc.). Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions will be peer reviewed. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2019. Please direct inquiries about the conference to Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed ( and Ani Abrahamyan (

Job: Assistant Director of CREECA (UW)

Application deadline: July 24, 2019

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking an Assistant Director.

Degree and area of specialization: Bachelor’s degree in international area studies, Russian, East European, and Central Asian area studies, or a related field required. MA preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

*               Excellent organizational and project management skills.

*               Demonstrated success planning and managing large events.

*               Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information and excellent professional judgment.

*               Superior professional English writing skills.

*               Computer proficiency, experience working with databases and spreadsheets and relevant software such as Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, and Google Drive; experience with WordPress strongly preferred.

*               Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people such as faculty, students, staff, international visitors, and the public.

*               Minimum one-year prior experience working in an administrative capacity; experience in higher education administration preferred.

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Internship: Virtual Student Federal Service (US State Dept)

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS).

The Virtual Student Federal Service is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year we will offer 3,000 positions with 55 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government.

Each year, applications are open to U.S. college students during the entire month of July on USAJOBS. Real experience is waiting for students across the federal government, including at NASA, Smithsonian, U.S. Department of State, Forest Service, Indian Health Service, CIA, National Park Service and others. Learn more about the projects offered for 2019 through 2020. To #ApplyinJuly to their top three projects, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, write a statement of interest, and upload a transcript.

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Lang. Training/Podcast: Зелёная лампа (The Green Lamp)

The host of this podcast is a PhD in Russian literature, a school literature teacher from Saint Petersburg with 40 years of experience. In every episode a professional actor reads a short story, followed and/or preceded by a discussion where the host helps listeners to analyze and understand the story.
The entire podcast is in Russian, although the works selected by the teacher are not necessarily written by Russian authors. The show makes an emphasis on finding links between Russian and foreign literature and overall seems to have somewhat of a globalist slant: it is produced collaboratively by a Russian/Ukrainian/American team.
The show is professionally produced and is a good opportunity for Russian learners to hear a pure, rich Russian language while enjoying a quality discussion of familiar works.

Study Abroad/Internship: New Borders in a Borderless Europe: Refugees, Minorities, and National Identity (GMU)

Application Deadline: October 13, 2019

The idealized vision of a united Europe is coming under assault. Migrants and refugees challenge Europe’s “open-door” policy; ethnic minorities demand equality while others seek independence; and ultra-nationalist groups and populist parties are bursting into the political mainstream.

This distinctive semester, launched in 2017, in association with Global Knowledge, LLC, equips students with a unique lens to closely examine the myriad challenges facing the vision of a united Europe. Can it remain a borderless Union, or rather, should new veiled borders be erected to keep out foreigners who do not share Europe’s religious and racial identities? How can the European Union maintain its democratic and pluralistic ethos in light of these challenges?

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Acad. Job: Lecturer in Russian (Dahlonega, Georgia)

Deadline: Open until the position is filled

Anticipated Hire Date: 08/01/2019

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of North Georgia invites applicants for a Full-time Lectureship (with benefits) in Russian, primarily on its Dahlonega campus. This position is for the 2019-20 academic year and, contingent upon enrollments and budgetary support, is projected to be renewable.

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts, contact information for three professional references.

Job Duties & Responsibilities: teaching undergraduate courses in Russian language and literature, with a minimum course load of 24 credit hours per academic year. Teaching assignments may extend to other campuses.

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Acad. Job: Assistant Director, Institute for European and Polish Studies Center (Bloomington, IN)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Assistant Director, Institute for European Studies and Polish Studies Center

Manages all day-to-day operations of both the Institute for European Studies (EURO), a Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center, and the Polish Studies Center (PSC), including administrative functions, programming, and outreach. Serves as the principal administrative liaison between EURO and PSC and their various constituencies within and beyond the IUB campus. Specifically, this position manages and implements the EURO Title VI grant; identifies and writes new grant proposals for EURO and POSC; works with the director of EURO to enhance student recruitment; Promotes and advertises EURO’s wide range of degrees and certificates; Searches out curriculum development opportunities and coordinates course submissions; oversees the administrative and financial functions of EURO and POSC; coordinates EURO and POSC programming and student support; hires and supervises GAs and hourly staff; and directs outreach activities to K-12 students and teachers, academia and general audience. In collaboration with the Director of Institute for European Studies and the Director of the Polish Studies Center, the assistant director will also help create new strategic directions and plans for both centers, as well as maintain communication with and support of affiliated faculty. The Assistant Director manages both units’ institutional capacities and oversees the grant making and program activities in both its academic and outreach components.