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Grad. Program: M.A. in Russian (EUSP)

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2018

European University at Saint Petersburg has more available spots at its two graduate programs:

Both programs are in English, no prior knowledge of Russian is required.

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Grad Program: M.S. in Global Media (Georgia Tech)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2019
Priority Deadline- January 15, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the new 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, will be offered with tracks in Russian, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

As a professional master’s degrees, 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. These degrees build 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 is at:

Students would have two semesters on campus at Georgia Tech during each of which they would take three credits of core coursework, one graduate course from LMC (in English), one from our Russian group (advanced content in Russian) and the fourth course either from LMC or Modern Languages.  The final six credits (final project) can be completed during the summer in the context of our summer study abroad, but we also have a generous scholarship that covers tuition and dormitory for students who would complete the program during the following fall semester in St. Petersburg. (We can’t guarantee the scholarship to students on entry, but all students participating in our academic study abroad program at in St. Petersburg have so far received the scholarship.)

 Applications are due by March 1st with a priority deadline of January 15th.

MS-GMC is Board of Regents approved and pending SACSCOC approval in 2019.

A flyer related specifically to the Russian track can be accessed at:

Grad. Program: MA in REECAS (Uni. Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: January 2, 2019

Interdisciplinary MA Program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year: January 2, 2019
Program overview:
Graduate Adviser: Dr. Jennifer Tishler,<>

The MA Degree Program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS), administered by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (CREECA), provides interdisciplinary area studies training for emerging professionals. The REECAS curriculum is designed to promote:
*A broad understanding of the cultural, political, economic, social, and historical factors that have shaped the development of societies in Eurasia, Russia, and Eastern and Central Europe
*Professional-level proficiency in one or more languages of Eurasia and Eastern and Central Europe
*Knowledge of methodological and analytical approaches of different disciplines that will contribute to a better understanding of the region and prepare students for conducting advanced research.

The application competition takes place once per year. For students wishing to matriculate in September 2019, the application deadline is January 2, 2019. Applications from Eurasia Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) are welcomed and encouraged.

Funding: Applicants to the MA in REECAS at UW-Madison who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies<> (FLAS) fellowship through CREECA. Graduate program assistantships through CREECA may also be available.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read more about the program at

Application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year: January 2, 2019

Academic Job: Visiting Prof. Ukrainian Studies (Columbia Uni.)

Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2018 or until filled

Visiting Professor in Ukrainian Studies, Open Rank, 2019-2020 (one semester)

Columbia University invites applications for an appointment in Ukrainian studies to be filled at the rank of assistant, associate, or full visiting professor for one semester (fall or spring) in the academic year 2019-2020. Rank commensurate with experience. Ph.D. or equivalent is required. History is the preferred area of research and teaching specialization, but literary/cultural studies and other areas will also be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses: a course of broad interest for upper-level undergraduates and a second course for graduate students. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to give one public lecture and to participate in the academic life of the University, including as an affiliate of the Harriman Institute.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference, a modest sample (article or book or dissertation chapter) of scholarship, and past teaching evaluations, if available. The letter of application should include a statement indicating which semester the applicant prefers to teach, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests.

All applications must be submitted online at:

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Travel: Romanian Folklore Expedition (American Friends)

Deadline for Applications: May 2019

Application must be received 60 days before start of expedition

Folklore Expeditions:  Romania to the Golden Mountains 

An invitation to teachers, scholars, students, and other adventurers
You could spend next summer at the beach. Or you could step into another world.

A world where you discuss business plans with a professional witch in Romania, collect legends of Bronze Age cities in Russia, record Belarusian songs transplanted to Siberia, or witness the revival of traditional religions in Russia’s Altai Mountains.
American Friends of Russian Folklore sponsors folklore expeditions which need your help to document traditional cultures. Led by experienced scholars, our volunteers make pictures, recordings, interviews and videos. These go to scholarly archives to be held in trust for future generations, and our volunteers go home with an expanded view of the human family.
American Friends will arrange for participant food, lodging, transport and interpreters. Participants provide curiosity and helping hands. No special skills required. Just an open mind, and a willingness to leave the familiar behind.

2019 Expeditions

July 1-14:    Russian Folk Songs, Stories, and Beliefs in the Heart of Asia

July 15-27:   Places of Power in the Ural Mountains

July 15-27: Russian Settlers of the Altai Mountains

Late July- August:  Magic and Modernity in Rural Romania

August 20- Sept 2 Belarusian Traditions in the Land of Baikal

October: Cossack Holy Day: “Protection of the Mother of God”

Details at   or

Eligible are adults and teens (13 and up) accompanied by adults. Participants pay a fee which covers their own costs and a share of general expedition expenses.

CFP: 4th Tartu REE Conf (Uni. Tartu)

Deadline for Submissions: February 20, 2019

Communities in Flux: Rethinking Sovereignty and Identity in an Era of Change
9-11 June 2019, Tartu, Estonia

The problem of community – moral and political, cultural and civic, national, local, regional and global – is central to many heated debates of our time. These debates often focus on state sovereignty, including such issues as national independence, control over territories and people, interdependence and regional integration, minorities and immigration. However, we live in an increasingly fragmented world, where political polarization and ‘culture wars’ undermine national cohesion. Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space is a region where such controversies are as salient as anywhere in today’s world. In the recent decades, the region has been affected by global post-industrial transformations, while also becoming an arena of multiple overlapping struggles between tradition and change. Conference participants are invited to reflect on these challenges as they are faced by local communities and entire nations; comparative research focusing on the region and beyond is particularly encouraged. Please find full details of the Call at the conference website.

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. Inaugurated in June 2016, this forum brings together scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond. The Programme Committee will consider proposals addressing the above and related questions as well as other issues relevant to the development of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia from any disciplinary angle. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

Each paper proposal must include an abstract of no more than 300 words. Panel and roundtable proposals should list all speakers, along with abstracts and, if available, information about the chair and the discussant (alternatively, these can be assigned by the Programme Committee). Please use this link to submit your proposal by 20 February 2019.

The 2019 Tartu Conference is organized by the UT’s Centre for EU–Russia Studies (CEURUS) in cooperation with the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University and the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent. Please find more information the conference website

CFP: First Congress of REE in Paris (SFERES)

Deadline for Submissions: December 1, 2018

First Congress of SFERES – October 2019 – Paris, France
French association for Russian and Eastern European studies in social sciences (ICCEES member)

1989 in the East : Between Order and Subversion
Panel 5 – “The new policing and security measures”
in association with the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

Deadline for abstract submission (maximum 1,000 words), in French or English, to : December 1, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2019.
Deadline for sending texts: September 1, 2019.
Date and venue of the congress: Paris in October 2019.

Speakers are required to become members of SFERES.
Fees for academic staff in full time posts and post-doctoral researchers: 15€.
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CFP: ’19 Midwest Slavic Conf. (Ohio State Uni)

Deadline for Submissions: January 14, 2019

2019 Midwest Slavic Conference
April 5-7th, 2019
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) have announced the 2019 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU in Columbus, OH on April 5-7, 2019. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all topics related to the theme “1989 and its Effects on Central and Eastern Europe”. Preceding this year’s conference, Dr. Dorin Uritescu (York University) will present the 22nd Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture, entitled “Geolinguistic Variation and Language Change in Romanian,“ on Friday, April 5th at 4:00PM. The conference will then open at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky (U. of Kansas) that will focus on cultural representations of the fall of Communism in Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel focusing on the larger political, economic, and social impacts of 1989 will follow on Saturday morning. Panels by conference participants will then commence on Saturday from 10:45AM-5:30PM and Sunday from 8:30AM-12:30PM.

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to by January 14th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate.

Please note that the conference will not provide any lodging for any participants. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for travel grants to cover all travel costs. Email if any documentation is needed to apply for funds.

More information is available at the Conference website.

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Grad Program: M.A. in REE Studies (Uni. Kansas)

Deadline for Applications: January 1, 2019

Prepare for an International Career at the University of Kansas!

The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas is now accepting applications for the M.A. program in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies for Fall 2019. The deadline to apply to the M.A. program to be considered for funding is January 1st. For more information and to apply, visit their website.

The KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) is nationally recognized as one of the leading institutions for the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The two-year M.A. program offers future professionals a comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and countries of the West Slavic (Poland, Czech Republic) and South Slavic (Balkan) regions. Students will gain advanced language skills and the ability to understand and analyze the complex events, history, and politics of the region. REES graduates have become leaders in a wide range of fields, ranging from higher education and government service to work in NGOs and the private sector. An accelerated graduate program is available for students wanting to complete their REES MA within a 12-month or 18-month period. The accelerated FASt track is open to all graduate students, but specifically designed for Foreign Area Officers (FAOs).

Funding and Internships

  • Apply for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) at Russian Review, the renowned Russian Studies Journal, housed in CREES
  • Gain experience as a CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Intern, utilizing regional expertise and target language skills in the analysis of security related issues
  • Apply for the Bramlage and Willcoxon Scholarship, an annual fellowship of up to $4,000 for graduate students with a strong connection to Kansas
  • Study the Ukrainian language with the support of the Jarosewycz Scholarship, which awards up to $3,000 towards Ukrainian language classes
  • Apply for the George C. Jerkovich Award, for graduate students who show a strong dedication to the study of Southeast Europe and the Former Yugoslavia ($1,500 per semester)
  • Study the Russian language with the support of the Clowes Russian Language Awards
  • Inquire about Graduate Teaching Assistantships in other departments (CREES students have received graduate teaching assistantships in Slavic, Humanities, and other language departments. Additional Graduate Research Assistantships have also been available in conjunction with research grants won by REES-affiliated faculty).

For more information about these funding opportunities, as well as additional graduate school fellowships, please visit the website.

International Engagement

  • Learn from 50+ affiliated faculty, who have conducted field work & research in the region
  • Participate in excellent study abroad programs in Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Kazakhstan
  • Pursue a joint M.A. degree in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES) and a J.D. in Law
  • Consider combining the M.A. degree in REES with a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity (12 hours)
  • Attend a wide variety of international events and lectures by prominent speakers
    Benefit from small classroom size, individualized guidance, and flexibility to design the program that best fits your interests and career goals

If you have any questions about the application process or our program in general, contact

Clare Thoman- Graduate Academic Advisor
College Office of Graduate Affairs, University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Bailey Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-9814 |

Vitaly Chernetsky- Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Director, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2359 |

Study Abroad: Alt Spring Break (American Home)

Deadline for Applications: November 15, 2018, December 1, 2018

The American Home in Vladimir, Russia, is sponsoring two Alternative Spring Break (ASB) opportunities in March 2019 (information about 2018 program: The final application deadline is December 1, 2018.

any expectations I could possibly have had were surpassed. …I participated in a culture without being a tourist…and spent [time] outside of my carefully constructed comfort zone. The experience was nothing short of changing my worldview.” (Vanderbilt University student)

The program includes community service, homestays, excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, interaction with Russian university students who are studying English, and Russian language lessons.

 Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

Links to pictures, participant blogs, and television news reports are below. They may give a sense of some of the things that students can do, see, and experience while participating in the Alternative Spring Break program.

VLADIMIR (March 2-10): Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children’s Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM (March 9-17): Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.



Russian Television Reports: