Tag Archives: December 2016

CFP: Pedagogy of Images II: Depicting Communism for Children (Princeton U.)

Deadline for Submissions: December 30, 2016

Pedagogy of Images II:
Depicting Communism for Children
Princeton University,
March 31 – April 1, 2017

The Pedagogy of Images project started in 2015 with an exploratory symposium that mapped out approaches to studying the process of amalgamation of text and image within the boundaries of the illustrated book for young Soviet readers. As a part of the general desire to translate Communism into idioms and images accessible to children, these books visualized ideological norms and goals in a way that guaranteed easy legibility, without sacrificing the political appeal of the message.

Using a corpus of Soviet-era illustrated books for children from the collections of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University, the participants of the first meeting focused on the dual verbal-visual representation of the Communist imaginary and sensibility in early Soviet books. The initial symposium also had a second purpose: to achieve a more nuanced awareness of the ways in which digitization of these works can facilitate more exhaustive mining of the information contained in these rich graphic and verbal artifacts. An edited volume growing out of the work of this first symposium is currently in production.

The goal of the second symposium is to expand the generational boundaries of scholars working on early Soviet children’s books. We invite advanced Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. graduates from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to submit their proposals for participating in a two-day symposium that will take place at Princeton University on March 31- April 1, 2017.

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CFP: IARCEES Conference 2017 (Galway, Ireland)

Deadline for Submissions: December 16, 2016

The Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies invites proposals for twenty-minute papers or panels of
three to four papers which address the IARCEES conference theme for 2017, “Journeys”.

The upcoming centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 reminds us of the famous journey made by Lenin in a sealed train from Switzerland to the Finland Station in Petrograd. While perhaps the most fateful journey in modern political history, this was just one of many journeys that shaped the history and society of Russia and central and eastern Europe. The people of this region, as elsewhere, engaged in journeys for many different reasons, including to fight wars, to trade goods, to colonise territory, to gain knowledge, to serve penal sentences, to worship and to relax. Whatever the impetus, journeys into, out of and around this region led to encounters with unfamiliar or less familiar territories, peoples and institutions, prompting a range of intellectual and emotional responses. This conference seeks to explore the ways in which journeys functioned as a motor of change in the past and whether journeys can serve as a useful metaphor for processes of learning and self-development. It thus contributes to the new field of mobilities studies, which highlights the central role of movement and travel in the human experience.

Potential topics for the themed part of the conference include
• Journeys and revolutions
• Journeys and nationalism
• Orientalism and Occidentalism
• Literary depictions of journeys
• Journeys as a metaphor for learning
• Writings that reflect on journeys, such as personal journals

Scholars from all disciplines and at all career stages are eligible to apply.
Please email your paper or panel proposals, limited to 300 words per paper, together with a biographical note of 100 words, to Dr. Róisín Healy, IARCEES VP at roisin.healy@nuigalway.ie, by 16 Dec. 2016.

Academic Jobs: Positions in Russian and Comparative Literature (The Higher School of Economics)

Deadline for Applications: December 26, 2017


 Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, HSE St. Petersburg, announced three vacancies (rank open) in the fields of Russian and comparative literature and literary theory, beginning in September 2017. We are seeking scholars interested in interdisciplinary approach to literature and cultural history. In particular, the following fields of specialization are sought:

  1. Anglo–American literature (taught in English)
  2. Russian and European poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth century.
  3. Literature, cultural history and theory of modern time (20th-21st century)

Applicants must have a PhD or have definitive plans for obtaining the doctoral degree by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Continue reading

Internship: Pathways Internship Experience Program (Dept. of State)

Deadline for Applications: December 14, 2016


The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington D.C. location.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from 12/08/2016 to 12/14/2016 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy USAJOBS Links
Office Automation (Student Trainee)
05: HRSC/PATH-2017-0008
07: HRSC/PATH-2017-0009

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Funding Opportunity: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: December 9, 2016

Title: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (CFDA 45.169)
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: Varies

Description: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability.  Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.  This program combines the former Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs; the combined program is offered twice per year. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist, or COLA’s Grants Services Team: Vanessa Lopez (volopez@austin.utexas.edu), or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) and return the Proposal Review Form by December 9. 

More Info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-implementation-grants

Travel: Russian Language Winter School (Grodno, Belarus)

Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2017

January 16-29, 2017
Grodno, Belarus

We are happy to announce that Russian Language Winter School 2017 at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno opens its doors for everyone interested! Two weeks in January, 16-29 promise a wonderful cocktail of intensive Russian language courses for different levels, excursions to the most beautiful places in Belarus, workshops and much more.

Who can participate?

The program of the School is designed for those, who would like to improve their knowledge of the Russian language. The classes will be conducted in small groups (max. 8 participants), which will be formed according to the level of the Russian language proficiency.

What are you going to receive?

  •    Russian language lessons with an experienced lecturer (40 hours in total);
  • lectures on Belarusian history and culture;
  • a workshop on Belarusian cuisine;
  • “Karaoke in Russian” lessons;
  • excursions around Grodno;
  • a visit to one of Grodno enterprises;
  • a workshop on traditional folk art;
  • hand-outs;
  • everyday opportunity to practice Russian with native speakers;
  • excursions around Belarus (at extra cost during the weekends);
  • certificate of participation.

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CFP: Art versus Document: Photography in Modern Russian History (Moscow, Russia)

Deadline for Submissions: December 20, 2016

International Scholarly Conference
Art versus Document: Photography in Modern Russian History
1-2 June 2017, Moscow


International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences
National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Call for Papers

In the late 1920s, avant-garde photographers such as Aleksandr Rodchenko, Eleazar Langman, Gustav Klucis, Boris Ignatovich, and El Lissitzky began to develop a genre of photographic documentation. Together with theorists, including Sergei Tret’iakov and Osip Brik, photographers worked to create a style of representation that would reveal the details of the new everyday Soviet life. Along with these theorists, who sought to develop a proletarian “literature of fact [literatura fakta],” photographer’s images would give the viewer a sense of the industrial technologies, which, in their view, formed the basis of the new proletarian collective. These ideas provoked many questions within the sphere of early Soviet visual culture about the differences between photography and visual art, between artistic illustrations for a “literature of fact” and photojournalism.

Our aim, at this conference, is to examine the legacies of these debates about photography and socialism as they developed from the late 1920s through to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We are particularly interested in regional and/or post-war interpretations of these debates. We invite creative responses to these issues and call on scholars from all disciplines to adapt and interpret the conference’s framework imaginatively and in terms of their own original research.

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Academic Job: Preceptor in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Language (Harvard Univ.)

Deadline for Application: December 16, 2017

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for a position as Preceptor in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017 with teaching beginning in Fall Semester 2017. The preceptor will be responsible for courses in beginning Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language (2 courses per academic year) and additional tutorials in intermediate and advanced Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian as needed. The preceptor will work with the Director of the Slavic Language Program to develop courses and materials in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language and assist with recruitment of students and expanding interest in the Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language program. An interest in furthering broader Slavic Language Program goals is highly desirable, including research in Slavic linguistics and second-language acquisition as well as possible establishment of opportunities for study abroad in the former Yugoslavia. This is a part-time appointment valid for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, curricular need, and divisional dean approval.  Interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype in January 2017.

The successful applicant should have experience in teaching Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, language program and curriculum development, student advising and recruitment, materials design, teaching with technology, and have native or near-native proficiency in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and English.  An MA or PhD or equivalent graduate training is preferred.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7311), no later than December 16, 2017:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A brief teaching statement and a sample of teaching materials and syllabi
  4. Names and contact information of at least three references who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. (Letters should be submitted on the ARIeS portal and your application will be complete only when at least three letters have been submitted.)

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information: Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Slavic Language Program, sclancy@fas.harvard.edu

Academic Job: Non Tenure Track Asst. Professor – Russian (Saint Louis University)

Deadline for Applications: December 16, 2016

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service, seeks an energetic scholar for a full-time non-tenure track position in Russian in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures with a specialization in Russia’s long twentieth century and with a strong preference for a focus on post-Soviet culture. The successful candidate will possess native or near-native command of Russian and English and must demonstrate an ability to teach Russian language at all undergraduate levels based on experience teaching Russian at a North American university. The candidate will have a Ph. D. in Slavic languages and literature, preferably by the time of the appointment in August 2017. Advanced knowledge of a second Slavic language and evidence of professional engagement with digital humanities or technology-enhanced learning are also highly desirable.
The candidate will be expected to contribute to curriculum development, to develop courses that can be cross-listed with other disciplines, to advise undergraduate majors and minors, and to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Russian and East European Area Studies program.
To receive full consideration for this position with a 3/3 teaching load, a complete application including curriculum vitae, cover letter, 4 letters of recommendation (one of which must address your language teaching), a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus, and a writing sample must be submitted online at https://jobs.slu.edu by December 16, 2016.
Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES convention in Washington, D.C. (November 2016) and by Skype.

Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

Graduate Program: Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures (U. of Illinois)

Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2016

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its graduate program. The Department features internationally recognized faculty whose research interests include literary history and interpretation, critical theory, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Russian literature, Soviet film, Jewish studies, gender studies, the political science of the body, Bulgarian literature, Czech revival culture, Polish modernism, literature and psychoanalysis, and Russian/East European SF and popular culture and provides an intellectually vibrant and academically rigorous environment for graduate study and research. In addition, we offer instruction in a broad array of languages such as Bulgarian, Czech, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Yiddish and Ukrainian. The Slavic collection of the University of Illinois Library is the third largest in the country. The University of Illinois is also home to the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, a US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center, which coordinates and supports area-related teaching and research across our campus.

The deadline for national and international applicants is December 31, 2017
To apply, please go to the Graduate College site: http://www.grad.illinois.edu
For further information, please visit
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures: http://www.slavic.illinois.edu/
Graduate programs: http://www.slavic.illinois.edu/graduate/
Admissions Info: http://www.slavic.illinois.edu/graduate/admissions/
You may also contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Richard Tempest (rtempest@illinois.edu)