Submissions Wanted: RLJ Special Issue: COVID-19 & Online Teaching Pedagogy in the Times of a Global Crisis: Research, Practices, & Solutions

Deadline: December 23, 2020

Editors: Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona), Jason Merrill (Michigan State University/Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian), Shannon Donnally Spasova (Michigan State University).

The sudden global outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019 has led to an abrupt transition of Russian and Slavic programs to emergency remote, hyflex, and synchronous online modalities as a then-thought-to-be temporary alternative to face-to-face and hybrid instruction delivery modes. The transition disrupted established educational practices and put unprecedented pressures on administrators, program directors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, and students. While online instruction traditionally offers a great deal of flexibility in teaching and learning, the speed with which this move to remote teaching took place was staggering, and the need to continue with remote teaching beyond one interrupted term was unexpected. In addition to administrative and emotional challenges, and a severe lack of technical and methodological support associated with this transition, faculty and instructors in university programs found themselves unprepared to lead interactive classes in a video conferencing environment, to design suitable digital materials and evaluation instruments for remote teaching modalities, or to develop new pedagogies of remote language teaching for regular and immersive programs, often having to improvise quick solutions in less-than-ideal circumstances. 

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CFP: Graduate Student Conference (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Change, Conflict, and Dissent
18th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA)
University of Pittsburgh, February 12-13th, 2021

Modern history in Eastern Europe and Central Asia has been punctuated by waves of intense social, political, and cultural change. While it can be tempting to divide the issues of the past and the present into temporal and spatial categories — ‘Soviet’ vs. ‘Post-Soviet,’ ‘Eastern Europe’ vs. ‘Central Asia,’ or by marking symbolic and era-defining years (such as 1848, 1917, or 1989) — for the majority of affected people, these changes in label, time, and place have not always been immediately accepted. Large-scale disruptions and transformations in daily life, prompted by climate change and environmental disaster, paradigm shifts in thought and perspective, and sweeping political revolution have molded individuals, nations, cultures, languages, and fields of study, and provoked intense dissent and opposition. For our 18th annual conference, GOSECA invites presentations which explore change and/or resistance to change, whether political, economic, linguistic, social, cultural, artistic, paradigmatic, or of another kind altogether.

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CFP: Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

Extended Deadline: January 8, 2021

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held virtually at the University of Pittsburgh on March 18-21, 2021. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

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CFP: Undergraduate Research Symposium (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications from undergraduate students for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Research Symposium in European and Eurasian Studies to be held online from May 11-13, 2021.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is usually held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

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Call for Submissions: SLOVO Journal

Deadline: December 6, 2020

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies is requesting submissions from postgraduates of book reviews (700 words), film critiques (700 words), and research papers (7000 words) for its SLOVO Journal.

For submissions and inquiries, email: slovo@ssees.ucl.ac.uk

CFP: Edited Volume on D’Annunzio as World Literature

Deadline: August 30, 2021

In the last two decades, there has been a renewed interest in Decadent literature, and a reassessment of the Decadent movement in relation to a poetics of circulation and reception. Scholarship of Decadence have been especially productive in unveiling the crucial role of translation, the extent to which Decadent authors read, cited and plagiarized one another. Novels previously judged derivative or stylistically lacking have been re considered in light of their participation in a network; moreover, scholars have demonstrated that Decadence’s focus on style did not preclude engagement in socio-political issues. Most importantly, while studies of Decadence were until recently focused on France, or at the most on French-Anglo relationships, recent scholarship has highlighted how Decadence functioned as a transnational, cosmopolitical movement that found disciples across and beyond Europe.

This project builds on these developments to examine the work of the Italian author Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) within a world literature framework, from his own engagement with translation and multilingualism to the international circulation and reception of his work.

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Call for Proposals: Thematic Block Proposals, International Congress of Slavists (Paris, France)

Deadline: May 1, 2021

The 2023 International Congress of Slavists will be held in Paris, at the Sorbonne (exact dates TBA). A major goal of the International Committee of Slavists for this next Congress is to increase the number of presentations in literature and culture, which have been underrepresented in the recent past.

At this time, the International Committee of Slavists invites applications for thematic blocks for the 2023 International Congress. The application deadline is *May 1, 2021.* 
The calls for individual papers and roundtables will be issued next year.

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CFP: 20th Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

Deadline: December 15, 2020


March 18-21, 2021

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held virtually at the University of Pittsburgh on March 18-21, 2021. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

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CFP: Texas Linguistic Society Conference (UT Austin)

Deadline: November, 15, 2020

The Twentieth Meeting of the Texas Linguistic Society will take place February 19–20, 2021. The conference will be hosted virtually by the University of Texas at Austin and will feature a special session on the role of language in perpetuating and dismantling social inequality.

This year’s conference will feature keynote presentations from:

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CFP: Collecting Orthodoxy in the West: A History and a Look Towards the Future

Deadline: November 9, 2020

In a 1947 article titled “Byzantine Art and Scholarship in America,” Kurt Weitzmann examined the history of collecting Byzantine art in the United States. “…The combination of formal beauty and material splendor, coupled with great technical perfection and an aristocratic spirit which gives to even the smallest object a rare distinction…” renders these works particularly attractive to private collectors, wrote Weitzmann. Our conference takes this statement as a starting point and focuses on the history of collecting Christian Orthodox objects in the West from the nineteenth century to the present: a topic replete with spectacular objects, profound questions and captivating narratives. This international conference, organized and sponsored by the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA (USA), considers why, how, where, and by whom these objects have been and continue to be acquired. Once obtained, how are they classified, conserved, displayed, and described? How and by whom is their value, whether symbolic or monetary, determined? What is the relationship between their original purpose and the newfound one? From Marjorie Merriweather Post and Henry Walters to modern day collectors such as Gordon Lankton, small private museums to major public institutions, there has been a sustained interest in owning architectural remnants, manuscripts, liturgical objects, enkolpia and, of course, icons. 

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