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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Grad. Program: Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1, 2019 (international); January 15, 2019 (domestic)

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University invites applications to its MA and PhD programs.

With fifteen faculty in the core unit, the Indiana Slavic department is one of the largest in the country. We support PhD level work in Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), as well as in Slavic linguistics and language pedagogy. Home to a Russian Flagship Program, we have seen recent growth in Russian enrollments and maintain programs in BCS, Czech, Polish, and Ukrainian.

Our core faculty offers mentorship in diverse areas including the theory and practice of translation, memory studies, economic criticism, cultural studies, and critical theory; research strengths in linguistics include pragmatics, phonology, second language acquisition, and pedagogy. Our extensive and engaged network of adjunct faculty adds expertise in fields such as documentary film, computational linguistics, and religious thought. Graduate students also have the opportunity for apprenticeships at our in-house press, Slavica, which puts out academic books in Slavic studies and, under the imprint Three String Books, literary translations.

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Funding/Study Abroad: Academic Fellowships in Russia (Carnegie Corp, American Councils)

Deadline: December 2, 2019

New Opportunity for On-Site Research Support in Russia from the Carnegie Corporation

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at outbound@americancouncils.org.

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.

Internship: US Russia Foundation (Washington, DC)

Deadline: (Spring) December 1; (Summer) April 30; (Fall) September 13

U.S. Russia Foundation
Internship Program
Washington DC
Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters

The U.S. Russia Foundation invites applications for its internship program in the Foundation’s Washington DC office for Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. USRF interns will have responsibilities in two areas: (1) supporting USRF staff in grant administration and management, and in the operation of the Washington office; and (2) researching, writing, and producing an in-house report for USRF Board members and staff on current trends in Russia and U.S.-Russia relations.

USRF interns will also participate in a program of seminars, discussions, and events to develop their expertise on Russia and knowledge of careers and professions in government, the private sector, and education.

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Acad. Job: Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Classics (University of Alabama)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics (MLC) at the University of Alabama seeks a department Chair to begin 16 August 2020. The University of Alabama is a R1 Doctoral University that has undergone marked recent growth. MLC offers the PhD and MA in Romance Languages and the MA in German, all with concentrations in cultural studies, linguistics, or literature. It offers undergraduate major concentrations in Classical Civilization, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, with minors in those languages plus Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. MLC maintains a strong Critical Languages program, a growing Arabic program, and contributes to numerous interdisciplinary majors and minors. The department also offers double majors for students in Business and Engineering.

We seek a dynamic and forward-looking Chair with a compelling vision for our department and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Required qualification: PhD (or the equivalent) in one of the disciplines represented in MLC. A scholarly record allowing for appointment at the rank of Professor preferred. Experience with administration and with graduate programs preferred. Please send a letter outlining your qualifications and vision, plus a CV and the names and contact information of at least three references, to:
Professor Thomas C. Fox
MLC Chair Search Committee
Department of Modern Languages and Classics
Box 870246
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0246


The committee will begin evaluating applications on 1 December and continue until the position is filled.

CFP: Journal of Russian Icons

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Journal of Icon Studies is now accepting submissions for its third issue, scheduled for online publication in December 2020. We welcome contributions from scholars working across a wide disciplinary range, including art history and material culture, literature and film, religious studies, gender and cultural studies, history and anthropology, conservation and museum studies. Volume 2 may be accessed here: https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/jis-vol-2/

The Journal of Icon Studies is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of icons around the globe, from the Byzantine period to the modern era. It serves as an international forum for new scholarship on the theoretical, theological and historical significance of icons, their place within a broad cultural and artistic context, as well as their conservation, collecting, and exhibiting. In addition to longer scholarly articles, we welcome reviews of books and exhibitions, archival discoveries, and translations of primary documents.

The submission deadline for vol. 3, to appear in Fall 2020, is December 1, 2019. All submissions will receive a double-blind peer review. For further information on publication guidelines see https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/publication-guidelines-2/

Please send all questions and inquiries to Wendy Salmond at research@museumofrussianicons.org

Acad. Job: Instructor/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Russian (West Point)

Deadline: December 9, 2019

The West Point Department of Foreign Languages is pleased to announce opening and closing dates of 1 November and 9 December 2019 respectively for the position described at the following USA Jobs link and below:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/549611000

The West Point Department of Foreign Languages seeks applicants for an academic tenure-track position in its Russian Program with an initial term appointment in the federal excepted service to begin on or about 6 July 2020 and not to exceed 3 years. Term appointments may be extended beyond the initial term. Faculty who attain the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor may have the opportunity to non- competitively receive a permanent appointment. Closing date for applications is 9 December 2019.

Who May Apply:

US Citizens and Non-Citizens with Allegiance to the United States (permission to work in the US).

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Conference: AATSEEL 2020 (San Diego)

Deadline: (for presenters) December 15, 2019; (to book room at conference rate) January 13, 2020

The program for the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) is now available

AATSEEL 2020 will be held February 6-9, 2020 at the Omni San Diego. Rooms at the Omni at the conference rate are $239/night. We have a room share board for attendees looking to share lodging. Please visit  https://www.aatseel.org/program/hotel/ to book or to find more information. The deadline to book at the conference rate is 5pm PST, January 13, 2020. 

Anyone presenting at the conference is required to register by December 15, 2019. Presenters are also required to be current members (memberships expire on July 1 every calendar year) and AATSEEL members pay lower conference registration rates.

Memberships and registration can be purchased online at www.aatseel.org
Conference registration includes complimentary continental breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings of the conference and unlimited access to all panels, coffee breaks, the Presidential Reception and Awards Ceremony, film screenings, Advanced Seminars, workshops, and special events. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego in February! 
For questions about the content or schedule of the program, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Yuri Leving (yleving@gmail.com). 
For questions about registration, lodging, and other conference logistics, please contact AATSEEL’s Conference Manager, Dr. Rachel Stauffer (aatseelconference@usc.edu). 

Grad. Program: Center for Slavic and East European Studies (Ohio State University)

Deadline: November 30, 2019 (international students); December 13, 2019 (domestic students)

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) at The Ohio State University is now accepting applications for its MA in Slavic and East European Studies for autumn 2020. The application deadline for international students is November 30, 2019 and for domestic students, December 13, 2019.

The MA in Slavic and East European Studies is an interdisciplinary, terminal degree that prepares students for careers in the government, non-profit, or public sector, or to pursue a PhD. For those interested in a career in the public, military, or private sector, the CSEES MA provides them with the language skills and regional knowledge to understand and analyze the events, culture, history, and politics of a region or country within Eastern Europe/Eurasia. Those wanting to go on to pursue a PhD receive a foundation in the humanities and social sciences while developing a focused approach to the study of the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. All students choose a topical and/or regional specialization, allowing students to customize the degree to their interests. To complete the degree, students may choose to either complete an MA exam, or defend a thesis.

Ohio State offers students the opportunity to study the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, or Uzbek languages. It has strong faculty concentrations in Central Asia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Southeastern Europe. With close to 90 affiliated faculty, CSEES MA students can take courses in architecture, culture, film, geography, history, international studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, public health, public policy, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

While in the program, CSEES organizes a variety of events and professional development opportunities for students. Additionally, students can pursue a dual degree with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to enhance their skill set for the non-profit or government sectors, as well as numerous other options for graduate interdisciplinary specializations or minors. 

Interested students should contact the assistant director of CSEES, Eileen Kunkler, at kunkler.10@osu.edu.