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Funding: Small Research Grants Program (The Spencer Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: July 11, 2018

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what we support:

  • an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
  • a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
  • a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

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Funding: The Berggruen Prize (The Berggruen Institute)

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2018

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“The Berggruen Institute seeks to identify and nurture new ideas that have the potential to shape a better human future.  We are committed to science as a source of knowledge and innovation and to philosophy as a source of critical perspective and deeper understanding of the place and role of humanity in the world.

Each year we offer the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes humanistic thinkers whose ideas have helped us find direction, wisdom, and improved self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by profound social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change.

While modernity has produced a dramatic expansion of knowledge, it has not delivered a commensurate increase in our understanding of our shared human condition. We believe that philosophy, broadly understood as the disciplined intellectual pursuit of wisdom, has a key role to play in making our complex reality more comprehensible and to prepare us to make wiser choices about our future.

Onora Sylvia O’Neill, Baroness of O’Neill of Bengarve is the winner of the 2017 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. Her work has elevated the quality of public life and improved the very vocabulary of public discourse. I am pleased that this important citizen philosopher has been awarded this year’s Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture,” stated Institute Founder and Chairman Nicolas Berggruen.

Last year’s inaugural recipient of the Berggruen Prize was the distinguished Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, whose work urges us to see humans as constituted not only by their biology or their personal intentions, but also by their existence within language and webs of meaningful relationships.

The Berggruen Institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.”

For more information, and to submit a nomination, click here.

Job: Summer Camp Counselor (Concordia Language Village)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing, Until Filled

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“Concordia Language Villages’ summer Russian immersion program for kids ages 6-18 is looking for one male counselor for July 10 – August 12, 2018. (Staff and kids are housed by gender, and we have completed staffing for counselors in our girls’ cabins, but one spot remains in the boys’ cabins.) We may also have an opening for a high school credit teacher (any gender), depending on enrollment.

Interested candidates can use this link to explore Concordia Language Villages in general and the Russian Village (Лесное озеро) in particular:
http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/youth-languages/russian-language-village/working-at-lesnoe-ozero

The high school credit teacher position requires some teaching experience, but the counselor position is appropriate for those with abundant energy but little or no teaching experience, as we provide intensive teacher training, a very thorough curriculum, and in-service support.

In general, most successful applicants are usually either native speakers, heritage speakers or L2 speakers who have already spent at least a year in a Russian-speaking country, as this work requires a strong command of informal spoken Russian. Staff members are expected to be able to use Russian to communicate both in staff meetings and with campers in all daily life situations. This is a summer camp experience in cabins in the woods, so prospective staff should enjoy rustic living, physical exertion, and sharing responsibility for maintaining communal spaces.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to share my contact info:ravitch@cord.edu .”

CFP: Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices? (U. of Helsinki)

Deadline for Submissions: May 14, 2018

“Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices?”

24-26 October 2018, University of Helsinki

The Russian Media Lab is organising its concluding conference within the framework of this year’s Aleksanteri Conference. For this thematic stream, entitled “Media Innovation, Horizontal Networks and Digital Entrepreneurship in Russia and Beyond: Avenues for Strengthening Freedom of Speech and Journalistic Practices?”, we invite submissions of panels, roundtables and individual papers that explore emerging (digital) media practices in relation to the question of freedom of expression and independent journalism. In addition to studies of Russia, we look forward to receiving proposals examining Central and Eastern Europe, as well as comparative studies.

Digital services are one of the most flourishing areas of Russia’s media economy, creating opportunities for new entrepreneurial and creative networks to emerge. As seen from the viewpoint of the latest media developments, many Russian regions are invigorated in the communication sphere through innovative online publishing, and hyper- and trans-local new media practices of social engagement and urban culture. At the same time, the Russian government continues to tighten its grip on online communications, as well as on the traditional media sphere. Continue reading

Language Training: Summer Language Institute (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: Contact Program for Details

The Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that several full and partial scholarship opportunities have opened up for language study this summer in Pittsburgh and in our study abroad programs.

Intensive courses worth one year of academic credit are offered in Beginning Turkish, Russian (Beginning-4th year), Polish (Beginning-Advanced), Czech (Beginning-Advanced), and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (Beginning-Advanced). Places are available in study abroad programs in Montenegro, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Interested students should contact SLI’s Director of Operations, Kiersten Walmsley at kmw152@pitt.edu or 412-648-7407 before applying online. More information about the Institute can be found at http://www.sli.pitt.edu/.

Prof. Devel.: U.S. Student Culture, Economic and Diplomacy Immersion Trip to Poland (GE)

Deadline for Applications: May 09, 2018

U.S. Student Culture, Economic and Diplomacy Immersion Trip to Poland

General Electric and the Office of the President of Poland have launched a program that offers a unique opportunity of a short summer visit to Poland under the sponsorship of the President of Poland.

Students are invited to take a part in this exciting experience that will be a combination of political, economic and cultural exchange as well as sightseeing. It includes visits to leading Polish and multinational firms located in Poland and meetings with Polish government officials and business leaders. The agenda includes also meeting President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, meetings with various government officials, tours in Polish factories, including GE Power, as well as sightseeing fascinating Polish cultural places. Through this experience, the organizers hope to promote and enhance students’ knowledge about Poland by providing ‘on-site” learning experiences.

The program is open to enrolled college undergraduate students that will be graduating in 2019, rising college seniors. The recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents and have a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or higher. We are looking for 10 beneficiaries who will arrive in Poland on June 13, 2018 and depart on June 24, 2018. Flight tickets, accommodations and all activities while in Poland will be covered under the partnership with GE and under the sponsorship of the President of Poland. Students are responsible to provide documentation of health insurance coverage and should be expected to secure pocket money for extra spending during their stay in Poland.

Interested students should submit a video response and answer application questions by May 9th, to http://bit.ly/2018GEPoland.  Video response questions have unlimited prep time and 5 minutes to answer the video question of “Please tell us why you should be selected for this international travel program to Poland”. While 5 minutes is available for your video response, please note that you may use as little or as much time necessary to provide a complete answer.

Please contact Tony Denhart, Tony.Denhart@ge.com, with any questions.

Nominated students will be notified by May 12, 2018 and will work with members of GE on travel plans and preparations.

Note:  Applicants will need a computer with webcam or mobile device and strong internet or cellular connection for the video response portion of the application. There will be the opportunity to test the device before you start the application.

Academic Job: Visiting Asst. Professor in 20th-21st C. Russian Studies (U. of Colorado-Boulder)

Review of Applications Begins: June 01, 2018

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures seeks a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, with possibility of renewal, starting August 2018.  A background in 20th-21st c. Russian literature and culture is expected. Position involves teaching survey courses in 20th-c. Russian literature and culture, contemporary Russian literature, as well as different levels of Russian language. Minimum requirements: Ph.D. in Russian Studies or a closely related field and at least one year of college-level teaching experience, which may be attained during graduate study; native or near-native proficiency in Russian.

To apply, please submit the materials listed below at www.cu.edu/cu-careers  (or: https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=13443&lang=en),  job no. 13443, with the following naming convention “LastName_FirstName_NameofDocument”, i.e., Smith_John_CV: 1) current curriculum vitae; 2) letter of application; 3) two reference letters submitted along with the application; 4) a writing sample (20-30 pp.).

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted in June-July via Skype.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment and excellent benefits.  Learn more about the University of Colorado by visiting https://www.cu.edu/cu-careers.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200, extension 2 or cucareershelp@cu.edu.  All other job related inquiries should be directed to Professor Mark Leiderman (leiderma@colorado.edu).

CFP: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence (Krakow, Poland)

Deadline for Submissions: May 11, 2018

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities; as places of both presence and absence.  The touristic presentation of Jewish heritage in many cities belies long and difficult histories but nevertheless recognition through the protection, conservation and interpretation of this heritage is of increasing importance.  However, within their wider context of urban heritage, many sites and narratives of former, and existing, Jewish communities face a number of issues that require deeper examination and policy/practical responses.

Being held during the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this Conference is dedicated to addressing Urban Jewish Heritage and the multi-layered issues it faces.

Its aim is to examine, discuss and explore pasts, presents and futures for cities and towns with Jewish heritage. The Conference recognises that the threats to Jewish heritage are complex and dynamic and there is a need to identify new thinking to preserve and sustainably manage both the tangible and intangible aspects of Jewish culture and to communicate this to a wider audience.  In doing so, it seeks to address the following indicative questions:

  • What are the pressures upon Jewish heritage in the urban context and what levels of protection and conservation are in place to deal with such pressures?
  • How can new and sensitive uses be found for Jewish heritage in towns and cities?
  • What management models can be applied to Jewish heritage to ensure its sustainability?
  • What forms of relationships exist between Jewish heritage sites and urban tourism?
  • What are the touristic experiences with Jewish heritage?
  • To what extent is the interpretation of Jewish heritage effective and geared to an increasingly cosmopolitan and younger audience?
  • What is the role of the museum in the mediation and representation of Jewish heritage?
  • How is the intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish community communicated?

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Funding: General Research Grants (Gerda Henkel Stiftung)

Deadline for Applications: June 13, 2018

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CFP: Europe in Discourse II: Agendas of Reform (Athens, Greece)

Deadline for Submissions: May 25, 2018

The 2nd Europe in Discourse Conference Agendas of Reform invites papers from a broad range of fields and perspectives on the following topics:

  • Values-based Reform, from Enlargement to Legitimization
  • Completing the EMU
  • EU Security and Defense
  • The Franco-German Relationship
  • The Transatlantic Dimension
  • The European Union and Islam
  • Greece and the European Union

Since Agendas of Reform follows the 1st Europe in Discourse Conference, contributions on the so-called “poly-crisis” of the EU, the refugee crisis and European populism on the right and the left are also welcome.

We also accept papers on the following topics:

  • Historical, geo-cultural, geo-economic and geopolitical aspects of European identities
  • Europe: super-diverse and globalized
  • Images of crisis and recovery in Europe
  • Conceptual blending, discourse and metaphors about Europe
  • Populist discourses and the EU
  • The Refugee crisis in EU discourses
  • European diversity through religion and culture
  • Discursive constructions of borders
  • Political discourse in the European Union
  • Media constructions of European identities

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