Submissions Wanted for Online Periodical in Hungarian, Russian, and English

The RussianStudiesHu ( is an online peer reviewed academic periodical on Russistics in a single volume per year which is constantly complemented with new publications in the course of the same year. Furthermore, in the subsequent year, the papers already accepted and uploaded to the website will also be published in print form as the yearbook of the periodical.

Papers are accepted only in English, Russian and Hungarian. The RussianStudiesHu welcomes all colleagues interested in any part of the Eastern Slavic, Russian and Soviet history (including their Hungarian and Eastern European aspects), who submit a scientific paper observing the publication rules. Therefore, the RussianStudiesHu seeks to provide for a publication platform for authors from different research fields (history, liberal arts, social sciences, etc.).

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Free Open-Access Digital Russian Language Lessons for Heritage Learners

A team supported by the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian has been working on free open-access digital lessons for heritage learners of Russian. So far, we have completed a full module on Russian spelling. It has 14 lessons that cover the basics of the Russian sound and letter system through explicit explanations and numerous examples and comparisons between Russian and English wherever appropriate. The lessons are interactive and offer opportunities for comprehension checks and practice. These materials are not designed to be a complete course of study but rather to provide an introduction to the most challenging aspects of Russian grammar for heritage speakers who have minimal literacy skills but can speak and understand the language. The goal of the online modules is to enable heritage students to successfully study on their own or alongside traditional students. In order to create a sense of community among heritage learners, we created a dedicated section with language stories from our current and former students, and we welcome more stories from your students as well.

The website is a work in progress, and as of now you will see many placeholders where we plan to have material once it is created. We would welcome any feedback (or requests) you might have about lessons or the overall design of the website. Please send any questions or comments to Jason Merrill at 

You can access the materials at  We hope they will be of use to you and your students.

Soviet Literature Blog

Punctured Lines:

Punctured Lines aims “to highlight writing by those from the former Soviet Union now living in various diasporas and by those who live in the post-Soviet space …

Our outlook is feminist, and we particularly want to amplify traditionally under-represented voices.” 

For those in Slavic, items of interest might be things like Notable Books: Russian Titles in English Translation, 2009-2019, a roundup of prose and poetry by Russian women writers available in English, that can be used in your classes:  

Speed Mentoring Session and Networking Event

Event Date: February 27, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Where: Richmond Park Westchase (former Neighbors Health building)

Address: 10800 Richmond Ave. Houston TX 77042 

Mentors confirmed for the event:

Annie Yang – Economic Development Director, Harris County, Texas.

Ronald Sullivan – Managing Director Gazprom Marketing and Trading USA

Tom Ford – Senior Vice President at Moody Rambin, Office Tenant Representation.

Jason Brummerhop – Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager in Global Trade Solutions for the Global Banking team of Amegy Bank.

Kevin Pennell – Partner in Pennell Law Firm PLLC.

Registration is available through the link below.

Facebook Live Event: Focus on Internships (US Department of State)

Event Date: February 17, 2020 2-2:30pm PT

Join Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, Diplomat in Residence in Northern California, who will discuss internship programs where you can work in U.S. Embassies and consulates abroad and in Washington, DC. Learn about our internship programs in different bureaus which focus on everything from STEM to economics. Find out how you can apply for the Fall 2020 internships which open for application this month.

Register Here

Resource: SMARTool for Learners of Russian

Announcing the SMARTool for learners of Russian (Strategic Mastery in Acquiring Rich morphology Tool), a free open-source resource you can find here:

SMARTools: Strategic Mastery in Acquiring Rich morphology: Tools for language learning

Many languages have “rich morphology”, meaning that words can have many different forms to signal grammatical categories such as case, number, tense, etc. Rich morphology presents a challenge for second language learners because even a basic vocabulary of a few thousand words can entail mastery of over a hundred thousand word forms. This is particularly the case with Slavic languages like Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Croatian, Baltic languages like Lithuanian and Latvian, and Uralic languages like Finnish and Estonian, but not irrelevant for a Romance language like Spanish with large paradigms for verbs. However, only a handful of the potential forms of any given word occur frequently, while the remainder are rare (some vanishingly so).

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Grad. Program: Graduate Methods Training Workshop (Indiana University-Bloomington)

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Graduate Methods Training Workshop
October 2-3, 2020 at Indiana University—Bloomington

Carrying out research in Russia, be it quantitative or qualitative, has particular challenges that can make it difficult for graduate students to make efficient and effective use of their time while in country: navigating the complex archival and library systems, conducting personal interviews on politically sensitive topics, and collecting elusive survey data, to name a few. The Graduate Methods Training Workshop aims to address these challenges by exploring innovative methodological approaches and engaging in training and dialogue with Russia-focused social scientists—all while fostering a community of emerging Russianists and promoting networking and professional opportunities with experts on Russia. 

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