CFP: Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: Best Practices

Deadline: September 30, 2020

NeMLA 2021 roundtable (March 8-14, 2021, Philadelphia) 

Update: NeMLA has confirmed that virtual participation will be available for this conference, so feel free to apply even if in-person may not be an option for you! 

This roundtable seeks input from instructors of less-commonly-taught languages of the former Eastern Bloc in an effort to share experiences and best practices across languages. Our goal is to bring together higher education instructors of foreign languages in the US (and possibly beyond) to facilitate collaboration and exchange successfully implemented ideas in pedagogy as well as the organization of academic language programs. While these languages are taught at various universities of North America, professional opportunities to compare and exchange such ideas and experiences are limited. We hope to establish a conversation across languages and institutions that can prove useful in the future implementation of best practices to attract and educate learners in these typically small language programs.   

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CFP: Anthology of Eastern and Central European Horror

Deadline: October 31, 2020

In the imaginations of Western European and US authors, Eastern and Central Europe function as a maledicta terra, a cursed mythical land where dragons dwell. Michael Goddard claims that “Eastern Europe is presented condescendingly as the new Europe as if it had no history before 1989 and above all in terms of abjection and monstrosity.“ Some post-Soviet horror narratives contribute to this narrative – for example, the 1997 Russian film The Vampire (Упырь), which combines the genre of the “wild 90s” crime story with vampire film. Other narratives, from Marc Chagall’s artwork to Igor Ostachowicz’s novel The Night of the Living Jews (2012), lean towards disenchanting the idea of the region as the epitome of chaos and emancipating it from the condescending Western gaze. Still, very little is known about the function of horror fiction in post-Soviet space more broadly – an issue this project aims to remedy.  

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Conference: Sacred Geography: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Time and Space (Nazarbayev University)

Event date: September 25-26, 2020

International Virtual Conference

This conference aims to bring together multidisciplinary approaches, including in the fields of religious studies, cultural anthropology, archaeology, history among others, to sacred landscapes, religious sites, and spatial dimensions of religion. The conference is dedicated to any set of themes, regions, religious traditions, methodologies and technologies that advance the theoretical and analytical paradigms of space and place. The conference will be attended by researchers in humanities and social sciences from such countries as Kazakhstan, Russia, China, USA, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, Singapore, who use new methodologies in studying the role of space and place in religious traditions. The conference will feature projects with a digital humanitarian or the social component, including technologies such as photogrammetry, electronic atlases, cartography, and GIS in the field of pedagogy, tourism and cultural heritage preservation.

The working languages of the conference will be Kazakh, Russian and English.

See the conference program for more details.

CFP: 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (University of Hawai’i)

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Recognizing Relationships
The 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
March 4-7, 2021 

COVID-19 Statement

Due to COVID-19, ICLDC 2021 will be held virtually. The ICLDC 7 organizers are excited about this year’s theme, and the possibilities for broad international discussion that an online conference can offer.

We are currently investigating what technologies we will use and how the conference will take shape and how we can accommodate time zone differences for presenters, as well as family and work obligations.

We look forward to your participation. Please “join” us!

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Conference: The Other Europe: Changes and Challenges 1989

Event Date: September 11-12, 2020

On Sept 11-12, Yale University will host an international conference “THE OTHER EUROPE: CHANGES AND CHALLENGES 1989” that will run in a virtual format.  The conference will gather nearly 30 scholars from around the world to explore the cultural changes in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe over the past three decades and to reflect on the idea of the region’s “Europeanness.”  These questions will be explored through post-1989 literature, film, and the visual and performing arts.  The conference will also include a virtual 3D exhibit “Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Female Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe,” curated by Yale Visiting Fellow Aniko Szucs.

In order to pre-register for the conference, please visit the conference website:, which includes conference program, paper abstracts, and prerecorded presentations.  Pre-registration is required to gain access to these presentations, which should be watched in advance of the panel sessions, and in order to virtually attend the webinar on Sept 11-12.  During the webinar, panelists will present only brief summaries of their pre-recorded presentations, and the remainder of the time will be devoted to discussion.  Audience members are welcome to use the chat feature to post questions and comments.

CFP/Conference: 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (University of Hawai’i)

Deadline: September 30, 2020

ICLDC 2021: General Session proposals (papers & posters – deadline: September 30, 2020)

While we especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme, we also welcome abstracts on other subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Archiving and mobilizing language materials 
  • Ethical issues
  • Indigenous language education
  • Indigenous sign languages
  • Language and its relation to health and well being
  • Language planning
  • Language reclamation and revitalization
  • Language work in the era of covid-19
  • Lexicography, grammar, orthography and corpus design
  • Multidisciplinary language documentation
  • Successful models of documentation
  • Technology in documentation and reclamation
  • Topics in areal language documentation
  • Training and capacity building in language work
  • Other
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Conference: Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Event Date: October 9-October 10, 2020

Please join us online for the 2020 Conference of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools. We hope that leaders of community-based schools across the country will have the opportunity to participate. 

The conference will be held Friday, October 9, 12:30 – 6:00 PM and Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Eastern time

After the conference opening, we will have an opportunity to interact with leaders of organizations and initiatives that are of interest and can be helpful to heritage language schools. There will then be six workshops on topics that are of interest to leaders in these schools. You will be able to participate in all six workshops, if you choose. There will also be a panel of leaders in the language field, with whom you will be able to interact. See the conference program, and speakers and workshop leaders, here. Join us by registering today!

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CFP: Dostoevsky and World Culture (Philological Journal)

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological Journal invites submissions to its upcoming issue to be published both electronically and in hard copy.  

Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal publishing research into the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), into the influence of the world culture on him and his influence on the world culture in a wide range of areas. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars working in literary studies, history, cultural studies, philosophy, theology, psychology, and art history.

The journal accepts submissions in Russian and English. Articles may be submitted via the journal’s website. Submission deadline for articles to be considered for the 4th issue is September 30. Submissions received at a later date will be considered for subsequent issues.

The journal is published by the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMLI RAN).

Current and back issues are available at:

Conference/CFP: Internet Communication: Multiformat and Multifunctionality (Higher School of Social Sciences, Russia)

Deadline: August 30, 2020 (conference); September 10, 2020 (papers)

You are invited to take part in the conference ‘Internet Communication: Multiformat and Multifunctionality’,  29 – 30 October 2020 in Arkhangelsk (Russia), held by the Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov in Arkhangelsk with the support of the Lecturate of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Ekaterinburg. 

Internet-communication today develops in a direction, where different formats and modi are used, which interact with each other and lead to the appearance of new communicative phenomena  –  e.g. Internet memes, live-broadcasting or photo-histories.

We propose researchers from different fields of research to think about and reflect on the linguistic, social, psychological and pragmatic kind of communicative phenomena on the Internet. Researchers, university teachers,  PhD candidates and postgraduate students are invited to participate in the conference.                                                                         

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CFP: Slavic & East European Information Resources Journal

Deadline: October 1, 2020

This is a call for content to be featured in The Internet column of the journal Slavic & East European Information Resources, vol. 22.

Considering researchers’ and librarians’ almost absolute dependence on remote discovery and access during the coronavirus pandemic, there could hardly be a more appropriate time or venue for you to share your experience with colleagues.

How has your work changed by moving entirely online? What new online tools or resources have you discovered? What role is the internet playing in different SEE regions during the pandemic? Maybe you’re part of a new RuNet literacy project or effort to collect online repositories of Central European historical newspapers. What have been the challenges, the lessons, and the outcomes of such projects, and what work still needs to be done?

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