Author Archives: Tamara Kowalski

Lang. Training: Summer First-Year Russian Online (UT Austin)

Deadline to Register: May 2019 (Late registration period begins May 13)

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at UT is offering a new online Russian language course, starting this summer with RUS w406 FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN I (Whole session).

*These courses are open to all—non-students and UT/non-UT students alike

RUS w406 FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN I will run from June 6–August 16, 2019, and is the first of three semesters of online Russian classes that will be offered. All three levels will be running simultaneously in the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters of 2019–2020.  Continue reading

Lang. Training: Online Beginning BCS, Fall 2019 (Kansas)

Learn the basics of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) in this online beginning BCS course offered at the University of Kansas this fall. Here is the description of the course:

BCRS 150 – Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I (3 credit hours) Fall 2019
Fundamentals of B/C/S grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Introduction to the cultural context in which B/C/S discourse occurs. ONLINE course, designed to accommodate the needs of students regardless of age, educational background, or occupation who want to acquire some basic communicative skills in B/C/S. No previous knowledge of BCS or other foreign languages required.

The course is open to non-KU and non-degree-seeking students. For more information, interested students should contact the instructor, Marta Pirnat-Greenberg, at mpg@ku.edu.

Lang. Training: Russian Online this Summer (Arizona)

Deadline for Applications: May 2019

The Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona offers two intensive 5-week fully online courses in Russian for beginners:

Russian 101: June 10 – July 11
Russian 102: July 14 – August 14

The courses are based on the online and completely free textbook Mezhdu Nami and involve both self-paced activities and online meetings with the instructor using Zoom.

Both courses are taught entirely online and involve synchronous online group meetings for interactive practice with the instructor. At the 101 level, we offer 4 meetings a week. At the 102 level, 3–4 meetings a week are offered. All group meetings will be recorded and made available to the students. Continue reading

Acad. Job: Adjunct Instructor in Russian (St. Louis)

Deadline for Applications: As soon as possible (Review of applications begins May 18, 2019)

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to undergraduate and graduate education, research, health care, and service seeks an adjunct instructor in Russian (Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) for the Fall 2019 semester.

The desired qualifications for a successful candidate include an ABD or PhD in Russian or Slavic Languages (with a focus on Russian), an ability to teach Russian at the beginning and Continue reading

CFP: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era

Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2019

Call for papers (edited volume):

Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era

Editor: Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers

The volume seeks essays that explore the experience of teaching Lolita in the #MeToo Era.

I hope to bring together responses to Nabokov’s art that blend pedagogy and critical analysis. After teaching the novel for years, many of us have witnessed (and continue to witness) a fascinating shift in student responses to the text following the start of the #MeToo movement. Some of us rethought the methodology of presenting Lolita and of navigating productive class discussions. I see this volume as a space to start a conversation about the evolving nature of the intellectual (and emotional) task of bringing Lolita to our students and to share faculty insights and best practices. 

Please send a 350 word abstract and a brief CV to:
Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers elena.sommers@rit.edu by May 15th, 2019.

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Conference/PhD Course: “Aspect in the Arctic” (Norway)

Deadline to Apply: June 1 for autumn semester; December 1 for spring semester
(UiT PhD students register for class and exam by September 1st in autumn semester and February 1st in spring semester)

“Aspect in the Arctic”  International conference
September 5-6, 2019
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

This conference follows a PhD course at UiT The Arctic University of Norway:
See URL: https://uit.no/utdanning/emner/emne/620639/hif-8038
Please note International Applicants should apply here: https://fsweb.no/soknadsweb/login.jsf

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Acad. Job: Lead Instructor Second-Year Russian (UVA)

Applications will be considered beginning April 25, 2019.

The University of Virginia Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures seeks to hire a non-tenure track, part-time, lead instructor for Second-Year Russian for the two semesters of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Compensation will take the form of $6000 in wages for each course.  One or two additional courses, in Russian literature and culture, may also become available later.

A terminal degree is desired but not required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching. Teaching experience is required, preferably in North America at the college level. Applications will be considered beginning April 25, 2019. Continue reading

Study Abroad: Turkish (Archeology/Cinema/Literature) Summer Schools 2019

Deadline for Applications: May 4, 2019

Archaeology Summer School | Cinema summer school | Turkish Literature Summer School

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Yunus Emre Institute provides full-ride scholarships Turkish Summer School that all students dream of. It offers an exhilarating learning opportunity and Turkish cultural immersion, plus a whole lot of fun.

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Acad. Job: Postdoc, Identity Construction in Russian Prison System (Helsinki)

Deadine to Apply: April 28, 2019

The Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER TO STUDY IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION IN THE RUSSIAN PRISON SYSTEM for a fixed term of THREE YEARS.

The position is associated with the European Research Council Project, “Gulag Echoes in the multicultural prison: historical and geographical influences on the identity and politics of ethnic minority prisoners in the communist successor states of Russia Europe”, which is held by Professor Judith Pallot.  The postdoctoral researcher will be a member of the project team and will focus on the analysis of a variety of historical and contemporary texts relating to identity construction of ethnic minority groups in Soviet and Russian prisons, correctional colonies and special settlements in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Applications are invited by 28 April 2019. See here the full job description and application instructions