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Academic Job: Visitor Position (U. of Michigan)

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2018

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan invites applications for a one-term, non-tenure track instructional position beginning January 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019. Qualifications of the selected applicant will determine the appointment title (Visiting Assistant/Associate/Professor/Lecturer). The position will focus on modern Central and/or East European literature and culture, with a preference for twentieth-century Czech literature and culture.  Duties will include teaching an undergraduate survey course of the cultures of Central Europe and another course or graduate seminar with a substantial Czech component and depending on the appointment title a possible third course in either Czech language or East European culture depending on the credentials of the successful applicant.  Strengths in theory and cultural studies as well as in intersections of culture, gender, ethnicity, and political environment will be an asset.  Native or near native proficiency in English and one Central European language, preferably Czech, and PhD in hand required.

Applications must include a cover letter, CV, a suggested course topic with a no more than one page course description, a writing sample and three confidential recommendations.  Please submit your application with all required documents in one email to (please include “Visitor Position” in the subject line).  Confidential recommendation letters should be submitted separately to the same email address with the name of the candidate in the subject line. Application deadline is firmly April 1, 2018.

Study Abroad: From Auschwitz to Human Rights (Auschwitz Jewish Center)

Deadline for Applications: March 30, 2018

From Auschwitz to Human Rights

From Auschwitz to Human Rights (FAHR) Program is an eight-day intensive program for students and young professionals, using Poland as a case study to examine broader human rights issues. Poland’s dynamic history makes it a unique location to study historic and contemporary human rights issues—from the Holocaust to the modern refugee crisis.

FAHR uses Polish-Jewish relations as a background case study, allowing participants to examine activism and social change locally through experienced histories, individuals, and institutions. The program’s approach addresses broad concepts in the human rights field by focusing on historical and contemporary Poland, which offers lessons that can be applied globally.

During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, lectures, materials, and transportation are included in the $1,199 program fee.

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Study Abroad: Program for Students Abroad (Auschwitz Jewish Center)

Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2018

The AJC PSA was established in 2010 as long-weekend programs in Kraków open to students of all backgrounds. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment through which participants engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland.

The program takes place during fall and spring semesters and is facilitated by American and Polish staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation are provided and included in the $400 program fee.

College and graduate students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and majors are eligible to apply online . All programs begin Thursday evening and end Sunday evening. Housing is available Sunday evening upon request. Participants are responsible for arranging individual transportation to and from Kraków.

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Funding: Title VIII Fellowships (Indiana U.)

Deadline for Applications: February 2, 2018

Domestic Fellowships

Title VIII Fellowships of up to $5,400 are available to support U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in the IU Summer Language Workshop.

The mission of the Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union — administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research — is to ensure that timely, independent, analysis informs foreign policy decisions.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority goes to applicants who will further the program’s mission to develop and maintain high-quality research and training programs critical to the national security of the United States and to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and the
independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Funding for Russian is available only for participants who place into the 3rd-year course or higher.

No prior study is required for other languages. Continue reading

Funding: Title VIII Research Scholarships (Kennan Institute)

Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2018

Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarships

3-9 months duration

Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Research proposals examining the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, the Caucasus, and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

One round of competitive Title VIII Research Scholar selection is held per year. The deadline for receipt of applications and supporting materials is January 31, 2018. Application materials may be submitted by email. Please download application packet on this page. Decisions on appointment will be made in early March; awardees are able to commence their appointments as early as July.

The Research Scholar Program is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the United States Department of State.

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Funding: Title VIII-Supported Summer Research Scholarships (Kennan Institute)

Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2018

Kennan Institute Title VIII Summer Research Fellowships

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the summer research fellowship. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September 2017, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.  The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $7,000 for 2 months, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance.  Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this fellowship.

Applicants are required to submit a concise description (700-800 words) of his or her research project, curriculum vitae, a statement on preferred dates of residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters of recommendation specifically in support of the research to be conducted at the Institute.  All of these materials may be submitted via email to (Letters of recommendation may also be sent by email as scanned, signed letters.)  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Closing date is January 31, 2018.

Job: Web Developer (Portland State U.)

Deadline for Applications: February 5, 2018

Portland State University’s Russian Flagship Program seeks an experienced website developer to create a mobile-friendly website that will allow students of Russian to work on building skills to read in Russian. The Website Developer will work together with the Principal Investigator and the Project Manager during the designing and developing stages of the website, but the Website Developer will have primary responsibility for implementing the technology solution. The developer will act in consultation to think through solutions to this particular learning challenge. This may include implementing and extending existing open source tools, building, iterating on prototypes, and finding the best tool for the job. This is a grant-funded project through August 31, 2018, but there is the opportunity of continuation funding.

This classification requires a basic foundation of knowledge and skills of technology and information systems generally obtained through an AA degree in computer science, information systems, educational technology, communications, or related fields, or similar certified course work in applicable fields of study and at least one year of related work experience.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for this Position
• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, OR equivalent work experience and education
• Demonstrated skill in programming for Web environment (HTML5, CSS, SQL, JavaScript), including mobile and responsive design
• Strong commitment to troubleshooting issues
• Ability to work independently and to produce a high-quality website to customer specifications on an established deadline
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

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Academic Job: Assistant Professor and Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography (U. of Alberta)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

Assistant Professor and Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography

ART Mod Lang & Cultural Stud

Competition No.  – A110834750
Closing Date  – Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to fill the position of Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography. The Huculak Chair is located in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) and works closely with the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore, known also as the Kule Folklore Centre. The holder of the Huculak Chair is expected to develop and maintain a robust and innovative research agenda with cross-disciplinary and international reach. They will teach courses in Ukrainian and English on topics related to Ukrainian and/or Slavic Cultural Studies and Folklore for undergraduate and graduate students as well as Ukrainian language courses at all levels, help grow Ukrainian Studies in the department, and supervise undergraduate and graduate research activities. Further, the holder of the Huculak Chair should seek connections with researchers in Ukrainian Studies in the Faculty of Arts, engage actively with the Edmonton Ukrainian community, and be committed to cultivating international collaborations.

The department seeks a candidate with outstanding research potential as demonstrated through publications in leading academic journals in the field and presentations at major conferences. Candidates must be committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentorship as seen in course evaluations and other relevant materials and will show evidence of pedagogical training for university or college level. The successful candidate will have native or near-native fluency in both Ukrainian and English and will hold a PhD in Folklore or related discipline such as Ukrainian Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnography by July 1, 2018.

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies offers a creative, dynamic, and international research and learning environment.  Faculty members in MLCS bring a range of theoretical approaches to diverse linguistic and cultural research interests in time periods ranging from the premodern to the contemporary. The department offers undergraduate programs (major concentration or minor) in a variety of languages and takes an interdisciplinary, student-driven approach to the teaching of languages, literatures, and cultures and places an emphasis on experiential learning inside and outside of the classroom, locally and abroad. At the graduate level, MLCS offers MA and PhD degree programs in four major areas. The graduate programs are interdisciplinary, transcultural, and collaborative, maintaining a focus on professional development through individually designed portfolios. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to all areas of the department. Continue reading

Academic Job: Russian Instructor (U. of Utah)

Deadline for Applications: February 12, 2018

Proposed Faculty Rank Instructor/Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Russian

Department 00091 – World Languages and Cultures

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2018


The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time, non tenure-track (Career Line) faculty member in Russian, to begin July 1, 2018. The initial contract is one year, renewable.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant Russian section and participate fully in the academic life of the Department. This is a fully-benefitted position and Career Line faculty members are eligible for various types of professional development support.


-M.A. required, Ph.D. degree preferred.
-Training in applied linguistics or foreign language pedagogy preferred.
-Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English required.
-Demonstrated excellence in Russian language teaching at all levels in a North American college setting.
-Experience with Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum initiatives highly desirable. Continue reading

CFP: VGIK at 100 (SRSC)

Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2018

Call for submissions: “VGIK at 100.” A special issue of Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema.

The oldest film school in the world—VGIK–celebrates its centenary next year and SRSC plans to commemorate this anniversary with a special issue. We welcome submissions on directors, teachers, students, and films associated with the Institute as well as papers on themes, techniques, methods, and other topics connected to the one-hundred year history of VGIK. In order to publish as many essays as possible, the word limit should be kept to 3000. The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2018. The cluster will appear in issue 13.2.  

For more information, please contact the issue’s editor, Stephen M. Norris: