Resource: The Linguists Family – Семья лингвистов

We are an Italian-Belarusian couple and live in Italy. We have recently launched a YouTube channel to help people learn Russian.

In our videos you will find short dialogues in Russian with Russian and English subtitles.

Each video has a page of exercises (+ key) written by Agata, the native half of the family. Actually, in addition to being a YouTuber, Agata teaches Russian, Belorussian and Polish.

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

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Please find below the CFP for the Central Slavic Conference. Discerning eyes will note that it has been moved for this coming year to a new slot in the spring. Otherwise, its favored location (Missouri Athletic Club in STL) and its emphasis on serving not only “traditional” scholars, but also graduate students and independent scholars remains strong. We are also proud to provide 1-2 panels for undergraduate participation.

February 28th – March 1st, 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.

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Study Abroad: Russian and Kazakh Summer Program (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)

Deadline: Varies

Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) is pleased to announce our next session of the Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES), an 8-week intensive program in Russian or Kazakh languages. Classes follow standardized US curricula and textbooks, which means that students can return seamlessly to language programs at their home institutions.

At NU, students study languages on our modern campus in an environment that minimizes culture shock and maximizes close contact with multilingual local students.

Program dates:

May 23 – July 22 (equivalent to one academic year)

Program fees:

$5000  (for Russian)    OR       $4000 (for Kazakh)

The fee includes entrance and exit proficiency testing, 8-week language course, dormitory housing in a shared 2-person room, meal plan, cultural program, weekly excursions, local health insurance, airport pick up and drop off, tutoring, books (on loan), gym pass, and official Visa Invitation Letter.

For more information, please visit our website or check out our program video. 

If your institution would like to pre-approve our program or create an institutional linkage, please contact us. 

All questions should be addressed to the Director of External Programs, Dr. Amanda Murphy (

Grad Program: Graduate study in Slavic (University of Washington, Seattle)

December 15, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington invites applications to its M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literature or in Slavic Linguistics, for entry in Autumn 2020.

Our department teaches a rich variety of Slavic languages, including Russian, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Slovene, Ukrainian, and occasionally Bulgarian, Czech, and Romanian. A selective list of our faculty’s concentrations includes Russian, Czech, and former and post-Yugoslav literature and film; comparative literature; post-Soviet, Russian-Jewish, and general cultural studies (including studies in visual arts, gender, ethnicity, and nationalism; animal and environmental studies; disability studies; as well as death studies); and diachronic and synchronic linguistics (including syntax, semantics and pragmatics in a cross-cultural perspective).

We invite you to consult for a list of our faculty and their research interests. We also pride ourselves on our close ties with the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, as well as with other departments and programs, such as Comparative Literature, Linguistics, History, Political Science, Jewish Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Disability Studies, Anthropology, Near Eastern Literatures and Cultures, Scandinavian Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.  These relationships enhance our ability to carry out research and teaching missions in the broad area of Slavic, Eurasian, post-Soviet and Post-Socialist Studies, and provide our graduate students with an in-depth, comprehensive education in their chosen area of study. 

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Travel: ASB in Vladimir, Russia (The American Home)

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Building on years of successful experiences, the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, will again sponsor two Alternative Spring Break Programs in March 2020 (

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.

I hope that you will be able to share information about the programs with your students, colleagues, and anyone who might be interested in helping others in Vladimir and Murom! Please note that the first application deadline is November 15, 2019. Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

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Acad Job: Instructor/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in the Russian Program of the Department of Foreign Languages (West Point)

Deadline: December 6, 2019

The West Point Department of Foreign Languages seeks applicants for an academic tenure-track position with an initial term appointment in the federal excepted service to begin on or about 6 July 2020 and not to exceed 3 years. Term appointments may be extended beyond the initial term. Faculty who attain the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor may have the opportunity to non- competitively receive a permanent appointment. Closing date for applications is 6 December 2019.

Who May Apply:

US Citizens and Non-Citizens with Allegiance to the United States.


As an Instructor/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, you will develop, design, direct and teach undergraduate introductory, intermediate and advanced language courses in Russian. Experience in Russian Literature instruction is preferred. You will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and expertise in instructional technology. You will lead and guide student research and provide academic counseling and mentorship to the undergraduate students (cadets) at the U.S. Military Academy.

•             Occasional Travel

•             Up to 20% business travel may be required.

•             Moving expenses are not authorized.

•             Subject to a background check investigation.

Salary Range: $86,300 to $88,586 Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-1701-00/00

Supervisory Status No

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must (a) hold a professional degree that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject matter field appropriate to the position (Russian) OR (b) possess a combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.

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CFP: 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference

Deadline: January 13, 2020

The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other?

The conference will open on Friday, April 3 at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on the morning of Saturday, April 4. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday, April 5 from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

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Grad. Program: Studies in Polish and Russian (UIC)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The UIC Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies ( invites interested students to apply for the MA and PhD programs in Polish and Russian Literatures and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  For detailed information about our graduate program and application deadlines and instructions, please click this link or see the information below:  We would be very grateful if you could send the link or forward this email to all interested students.

We welcome you to join our thriving department in one of the US’s most livable and affordable cultural centers. In recent years, the department has placed all of its graduating PhD students in full-time academic positions at both research universities and liberal arts colleges in North America. UIC’s record for graduate student success in the fields of Polish, Russian, and Polish-Jewish studies is rooted in the department’s attentive advising and supportive scholarly community.

The PRLS Department at UIC offers graduate students a vibrant intellectual environment where they can pursue innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship. Department faculty specialize in:
•       20th and 21st Century Polish and Russian Literatures
•       Verbal and Visual Avant-gardes
•       Literary Theory
•       Polish Jewish Culture, and Comparative Polish and Yiddish Modernisms
•       Film & Media
•       Diaspora, Transnationalism and Multilinguality
•       Sound Studies

All courses at UIC approach literature and the arts as spaces of encounter, and thus highlight the productive interaction of diverse cultural and linguistic traditions that characterize Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, and Jewish history. Recent graduate courses have included:
•       Addiction and Modernity
•       Decline of Art: Polish Avant-garde and the Crisis of European Culture
•       Disobedient Practices: Literature as Resistance to Stalinism
•       Gombrowicz: Exile and Exposition
•       Imperial Formations: Topics in New Imperial History
•       Nabokov and the Nabokovian
•       Perversion and Bureaucracy: Modern Intellectual History of Central Europe
•       Polish Jewish Territories in the Literary Imagination
•       Russia and the West
•       Schulz: Messianism, Masochism, and Melancholy
•       The Russian Avant-Garde
•       Translation, Transmission, and Translinguality
•       The Truth of the Matter: Artists and the Actual in Russian Literature and Cinema
•       Theory and Practice of Parody
•       Writing in the Third Language: Between Theology and Materialism in Central & East European Prose

The department is deeply engaged with intellectual life at UIC, and graduate students frequently pursue courses in UIC’s renowned departments of English and Art History. Our students especially benefit from close collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of History, where four professors specialize in the history and thought of Russia and Poland. Furthermore, every year a visiting scholar from Poland (funded by the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program) and a visiting scholar from Russia (funded by the Prokhorov Fund) offer seminars and contribute to the intellectual life of the department.

Students earning a graduate degree in Russian or Polish literatures may complement their courses by enrolling in an Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, or Violence Studies. In addition to developing expertise in research, students learn and practice cutting edge teaching techniques at
the Language and Culture Learning Center.

The majority of our graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships that come with a stipend and full tuition waiver for the duration of their program. They further benefit from the support of UIC’s strong Graduate Employees Union.

Financial resources made available by the creation of the Stefan & Lucy Hejna Fund in Polish Language and Literature at UIC create opportunities for vibrant and ongoing exchange with prominent scholars in the fields of Polish Studies, Polish Jewish Studies and Central and East European Studies, through the organization at UIC of annual international conferences, and of events highlighting developments in contemporary Polish culture and scholarship. The UIC Fund for Polish Jewish Studies provides support for conference participation as well as merit-based awards.

For students interested in Russian studies, our annual Workshop in Russian Modernism brings together leading scholars in the field to discuss salient topics related to modernity and postmodernity. In addition to supporting a visiting scholar, our partnership with the Prokhorov Fund allows us to bring a creative personality from Russia each year and send two graduate students to take part in a summer seminar at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. In 2018, Maxim Didenko, an award-winning Russian theater director, spent a week at UIC, where he conducted a two-day master class for our students, visited classes, and answered questions after the screening of his critically acclaimed play, Earth. The department also hosts numerous lectures and performances by writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians; our recent guests included Kirill Medvedev, Anna Moiseenko, Roman Osminkin, Maria Stepanova, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Yuri Andrukhovych.

To be considered for university fellowships, the early deadline is December 15, 2019. To be considered for teaching assistantships or tuition wavers, complete applications must be received by February 15, 2020. Detailed application instructions can be found on the admissions website.   Further information about our graduate programs can be found on our website.  Please direct your inquiries about the graduate program and application process to Director of Graduate Studies Julia Vaingurt at

Acad. Job: Tenure Track Position in Russian History (University of Georgia)

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Please take a notice of this exciting job opportunity at University of Georgia, Athens:

The Department of History at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian history. The search committee welcomes applicants who study any period of Russian or Soviet History.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research agenda, teach undergraduate and graduate courses (with a 2-2 teaching load), and contribute to departmental governance. We encourage applications from candidates who are proficient in Russian and are capable of teaching the occasional advanced history course in Russian. Applicants must have their PhD in History or related field conferred by July 30, 2020.

Applications should include a cover letter describing the candidate’s teaching and research interests, a current c.v., a chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted at Applications are due November 15.

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Grad. Program: MA and PhD programs in Slavic and contemporary Russian Studies (University of Virginia)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia welcomes applications for three graduate programs, the MA in Contemporary Russian Studies, the MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

The MA in Contemporary Russian Studies offers courses in Russian literature, language, culture, history, politics, art history, religious studies, and sociology, as well as further study in advanced Russian language.

The MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students primarily in Russian literature, culture, and advance language skills toward professional-level proficiency. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish and Central European literature and film. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, and Religious Studies, among many others.

Among the distinctive aspects of UVA’s graduate programs in Slavic is rigorous training to a high level of proficiency in Russian language. Students have Oral Proficiency Interviews at each level of study. Students may attend regular Russian teas, take a role in the Russian play, participate in meals and events at the 24/7 Russian-language Russian House, and a host of other events. The University has ample funds for graduate students to organize events related to Slavic cultures and to support foreign-language study and dissertation research abroad.

Other strengths of the UVA Slavic program include the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include museum studies, prison-camp literature and gulag studies, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, intellectual history, Russian philosophy and religion, digital humanities, and literary cartography. Students enjoy an effective faculty-student mentorship program and an excellent library collection with highly responsive acquisition services.

UVA’s Slavic graduate students form an active community. They run a speaker series, host professionalization workshops, organize an annual conference, publish a newsletter, and enjoy convivial social gatherings. 

UVA offers generous five-year funding packages for PhD students. The Department occasionally has partial funding and work opportunities for MA students. Depending on their language proficiency, UVA PhD students typically gain experience teaching language at various levels, as well as assisting in teaching undergraduate literature and folklore courses. Other opportunities for support are available through related departments and programs.

The deadline for on-line applications is January 15, 2020.

For information about Slavic programs and the application process, please visit the Slavic Department website at:, or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: or