Call for Submissions: The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Canadian Slavonic Papers/ Revue canadienne des slavistes seeks submissions for a special issue on the theme of “The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics.” This project will investigate those mnemonic discourses, strategies, and media which, transcending the collapse of state socialism, continue to play a role in contemporary memory politics. The special issue aims to rebalance the discussion in a field that tends to focus on the contemporary determinants of memory: the political and sociocultural vagaries of post-socialism.
After all, mnemonic discourses are path-dependent, and thereby partially disconnected from the political objectives of the present moment. Which narratives of the past survived state socialism and retain a certain degree of resonance? How do they constrain memory actors? Conversely, can they be embraced as a political resource (for instance, by illiberal forces)?

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Job: Short-term Residential Directors for Summer Language Immersion Programs Abroad (American Councils)

Deadline: Ongoing

American Councils for International Education is hiring short-term Resident Directors for summer language immersion programs abroad for American high school and college students.

We’re looking for applicants who are proficient in RussianPersianAzerbaijani, or Turkish and have experience in the former Soviet Union or Eurasia. They will be responsible for promoting student success by ensuring the health and safety of program participants, helping them to maintain a target-language-only policy, and assisting them in acclimating to life in the host country.

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Call for Submissions: Graduate Student Essay Competition (Jordan Center, All the Russias)

Deadline: December 30, 2019

There’s still time to submit! Enter the Jordan Center’s Graduate Student Essay Competition for a chance to get published on All the Russias and win cash prizes.

We invite 750-1200 word submissions from full- or part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students from any accredited academic institution in the United States, on any topic and sub-discipline within Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined. Cultural criticism; public-facing treatments of scholarly work; political analysis; book, film, or event reviews; and more are welcome.

All submissions must be in English and observe the blog’s submission guidelines and full competition rules. Essays are due no later than Monday, December 30, at 11 PM EST and must be submitted via this Google form.

Seven (7) winners will be selected based on their pieces’ originality, clarity, and argumentation, as well as their correspondence to the blog’s general tone and interests as stipulated in the submission guidelines linked above. Winners will receive, respectively, $250 (first prize); $100 (second prize); $50 (third prize); and $25 (runners-up). Winners and runners-up will have their essays published in All the Russias.

Competition results will be announced by February 2020. 

Please direct any questions to alltherussias@gmail.com.

Job: Volunteer English Teachers in Central Europe

Deadline: January 1, 2020 (priority);
February 14, 2020 (regular)

Learning Enterprises connects volunteer teachers and host communities around the world in order to foster cross-cultural exchange and empower young leaders.

Learning Enterprises is an entirely student-run 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization that began as a way of connecting people who had the expertise to share and time to spare. Volunteers, most of whom were college students, had their summers free and wanted to spend it in a meaningful way. The students in underserved communities — many of them rural villages in developing countries — also had their summers free, and these communities had a felt need for extra English language classes. To create a mutually beneficial program, someone just needed to connect the two parties, and that is what Learning Enterprises does every summer. The volunteers travel to the underserved community, and the local communities take them into their families, providing meals, room and board for an average of six weeks. In exchange, the volunteers teach English in local schools for an average of 20 hours/week. The program operates on the goodwill and trust between the volunteers and the people they teach. Learning Enterprises facilitates this meeting by screening host communities and families as well as preparing the volunteers to teach and become acclimated to a different culture. Learning Enterprises is centered on the idea of connecting people.

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CFP: Ulbandus XX: (re)writing history

Deadline: January 15, 2020

ULBANDUS, the Slavic Review of Columbia University, invites short abstracts (200-300 words) for submissions (of no more than 8,000 words) to be published in our next (and twentieth!) issue, (RE)WRITING HISTORY.

Please send your abstract to ulbandus@columbia.edu by January 15, 2020.

Ulbandus is catalogued on JSTOR and the MLA International Bibliography. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars in any field. Though faculty members sit on the advisory board, the production, editing, and management of Ulbandus is carried out entirely by the graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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Job: Russian K-12 part-time online educators, conversation coaches (North Carolina Virtual Public School)

The North Carolina Virtual Public School is hiring Russian and Arabic K-12 part time online educators. You are NOT required to live in NC. All details can be found at https://ncvps.org/work-for-ncvps.

NCVPS is also hiring for Conversation Coaches. Details on those positions can be found at https://ncvps.org/critical-language-conversation-coach.

Email resume to ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov along with any questions you may have about the contract work. 

Job: Counselors and Russian Teachers for Summer Russian Immersion Program (Minnesota)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Concordia Language Villages’ summer Russian immersion program “Лесное озеро” is actively recruiting a diverse pool for positions as counselors and high school credit teachers in our residential program for kids ages 6-18, July 6 – August 8, 2020 in Bemidji, MN. 


High school credit teachers should have experience teaching Russian as they will be expected to independently plan lessons and create materials and assessments for a class that covers a year of high school Russian in four weeks.
Counselors teach Russian language and culture in an informal program with extensive mentoring and support, and also lead camp activities (canoeing, art, etc.) These positions are appropriate for those with abundant energy and a dedication to and background in work with children and teens. They do not require teaching experience, as we expect to provide these staff with intensive teacher training, a very thorough curriculum, and in-service support. We anticipate that we will have a particular need for applicants with experience in outdoor skills/nature /camping/ecology, folk art, guitar/balalaika/domra, Central Asia, and/or the Caucuses.
These positions require 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. Most successful domestic applicants are either heritage speakers or L2 speakers who have already spent at least a year in a Russian-speaking country. We also hire international staff through our J1 camp counselor visa program. 

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CFP: The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics (Canadian Slavonic Papers/ Revue canadienne des slavistes )

Deadline: December 15, 2019

CfP: Special issue on “The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics”
Canadian Slavonic Papers/ Revue canadienne des slavistes seeks submissions for a special issue on the theme of “The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics.” This project will investigate those mnemonic discourses, strategies, and media which, transcending the collapse of state socialism, continue to play a role in contemporary memory politics. The special issue aims to rebalance the discussion in a field that tends to focus on the contemporary determinants of memory: the political and sociocultural vagaries of post-socialism.
After all, mnemonic discourses are path-dependent, and thereby partially disconnected from the political objectives of the present moment. Which narratives of the past survived state socialism and retain a certain degree of resonance? How do they constrain memory actors? Conversely, can they be embraced as a political resource (for instance, by illiberal forces)?

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CFP: Edited Volume: Authenticity across Languages and Cultures – Transcultural and Philosophical Motives in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Aim of the book

In the research literature on foreign-language teaching and learning (FLTL), ‘authenticity’ emerges as an important issue (for a list of relevant publications, see the file ‘References’). The term, due to its strong connotation and its colloquial ubiquity, has been used to denote a multitude of concepts. This volume is conceptually grounded in the writings of Will (2018) and Pinner (2016), who have recently contributed to an increased level of discursive clarity (Will) on the one hand, and a promising reconceptualization (Pinner) on the other. One of the main aims of this interdisciplinary volume is a new conceptual cohesion in accordance with seminal works in FLTL (e.g. van Lier, Widdowson, Breen), literary and cultural studies (e.g. Delanoy, Kramsch, Butler) as well as in existentialist philosophy (e.g. Sartre, Heidegger). In this book, ‘authenticity’ will be investigated as an educational construct apt to enrich (the modern) foreign language classrooms  and university lecture halls in an age of globalisation, digitalisation, mobility and transculturality. With the contributors to this book coming from different countries and continents, the WHO, WHAT and HOW of ‘authenticity’ shall be investigated, overcoming widespread notions of native-speakerism, essentialism and stereotype. We encourage both theoretical and conceptual as well as empirical papers.

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Call for Submissions: Graduate Student Essay Competition (NYU Jordan Center)

Deadline: December 30, 2019

The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and All the Russias are pleased to announce the inaugural Graduate Student Essay Competition! Enter for a chance to get published on the blog and win cash prizes.

We invite 750-1200 word submissions from full- or part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students from any accredited academic institution in the United States, on any topic and sub-discipline within Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined. Cultural criticism; public-facing treatments of scholarly work; political analysis; book, film, or event reviews; and more are welcome.

All submissions must be in English and observe the blog’s submission guidelines and full competition rules. Essays are due no later than Monday, December 30, at 11 PM EST and must be submitted via this Google form.

Seven (7) winners will be selected based on their pieces’ originality, clarity, and argumentation, as well as their correspondence to the blog’s general tone and interests as stipulated in the submission guidelines linked above. Winners will receive, respectively, $250 (first prize); $100 (second prize); $50 (third prize); and $25 (runners-up). Winners and runners-up will have their essays published in All the Russias.

Competition results will be announced by February 2020. 

Please direct any questions to alltherussias@gmail.com.