Tag Archives: February 2017

Prof. Devel.: Russian Heritage Learners and Speakers Webinar Series (UCLA)

Russian Heritage Learners and Speakers Webinar Series: February 28 at 4PM EST

Russian heritage learners and speakers webinar series organized by ACTR continues with the webinar which will be led by Dr. Olga Kagan (UCLA) on February 28 at 4PM EST:

Heritage Language Curricular Development for Russian Heritage Speakers: Foundations and Rationale

Dr. Kagan will discuss curricular development for HL speakers of Russian addressing 1) the foundations of HL curriculum built on From-To principles (e.g., exploiting existing strengths as a point of departure); and 2) the rationale for an outcome/proficiency-based curriculum for HL learners. She will base some of her recommendations on data from the UCLA Russian HL placement test.

Dr. Olga Kagan is a professor in the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures and the director of the Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC). Dr. Kagan is in charge of the Russian Language Program and is the director of the Russian Flagship Center at UCLA. She has published textbooks of Russian both as a foreign language and as a heritage language. Her textbook of Russian as a Heritage Language, Russian for Russians, received a book award from the American Association of Teachers of Russian and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL). Her current main research interest is the teaching of heritage languages. In 2015 she received the MLA Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.

The webinars are free for all ACTR members. Non-members of ACTR pay $15 per webinar or $40 for all three.

All registered participants will receive access to the video recording of the webinar(s).

Register for the webinars here: http://www.actr.org/heritagewebinar.html

CFP: Conference “Privacy Outside Its ‘Comfort Zone’: Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe between the Private and the Public” (Univ. of Passau)

Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2017

CfP Conference “Privacy Outside Its ‘Comfort Zone’: Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe between the Private and the Public”

“Privacy” is a well-researched yet highly disputed concept in Western scholarship. While most privacy research comes from and concentrates on Western liberal societies, great potential of privacy studies beyond this traditional framework still remains largely unexplored. The framework of Western liberal societies may therefore be seen not only as a “comfort zone” of privacy studies, but also as a barrier that often limits the potential of the research. This conference aims at elucidating the problems and the perspectives of privacy studies beyond the traditional liberal framework by bringing together scholars and PhD students who work on the concept of “privacy” in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe.
A common challenge to privacy researchers of non-Western societies, especially if they come from such a society, is to refute the erroneous misconception of the absence of “privacy” in non-liberal societies, and to embrace the constructions of “privacy” that these local societies offer. This conference endeavors to create a dialogue between scholars and PhD students from all fields of humanities and social and political sciences to discuss the challenges of transgressing the borders of liberal frameworks, the strategies to cope with these challenges, and the perspectives for privacy research that such transgressions offer.
The use of this concept in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe leads to a range of questions that challenge liberal dichotomies and pave the way for alternative visions of “privacy”. These questions are particularly resonant now, in the centennial year of the October Revolution, when its consequences are debated anew. While the liberal concept of “privacy” usually fails in the framework of authoritarian regimes of post-war Europe, the region offers a diversity of other impulses similar to the liberal idea of “privacy”. In the post-war years, Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe witnessed the expansion of the material as well as immaterial private sphere, which did not only come as a result of the changed world order and subsequent transformations of Socialist societies, but can also be seen as a process that was meticulously planned, carried out, and controlled by the authorities of respective countries in an attempt to stabilize their regimes in the process of de-Stalinization. However, we should also consider whether the private sphere, so benevolently tolerated by Socialist states, continuously developed into an enfant terrible that nurtured not only stability, but also the disruptive forces of dissidence and civil rights movements, which ultimately undermined the Socialist bloc from within. These stabilizing and simultaneously disruptive currents of “privacy” within non-liberal societies are of particular interest, as they elucidate the multifaceted nature of this concept.
Participants are therefore asked to revisit and question the concept of “privacy” in liberal contexts as well as within the frameworks of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe by renegotiating the underlying categories within a certain society. The conference will specifically examine ways of addressing the concepts of “privacy” and “publicity” in said contexts by debating the applicable frameworks and by challenging existing approaches. It will further explore the potential of “reverse applicability” by discussing how privacy research in liberal contexts can benefit from other frameworks of privacy—the transfer that is of particular interest now, in the “post-privacy age”, when Snowden’s revelations elucidated the approximations of Western liberal states to the authoritarian models of the past and the present. In the light of such developments, the examination of Late Socialist authoritarian societies becomes advantageous for our understanding of contemporary privacy paradigms.

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CFP: “The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later” (Tartu, Estonia)

Deadline for Submissions: February 20, 2017


The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later
4-6 June 2017, Tartu, Estonia

Scholars working in all subfields of area studies, including comparative politics, international relations, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and related disciplines, are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Second Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies.

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. The First Tartu Conference, held in June 2016, brought together more than 200 scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond.

Participants of the 2017 conference are invited to share their reflections on the Russian revolution of 1917 and the ensuing developments in Russia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere in the world. How are they represented and interpreted today by professional historians, various political actors and the wider public? What was their impact on culture, the economy, political systems, ideologies and social structures? Which legacies and path-dependencies going back to 1917 continue to be relevant today for memory politics, value systems, social institutions, the economy and international relations? What does an analysis of 1917 and its legacies contribute to the comparative study of revolutions? How can the liberating potential of popular struggles against exploitation and oppression be harnessed, and can social orders be transformed without resorting to violence? How do we keep alive the memory of the victims of twentieth-century totalitarianism and defend democracy against mounting challenges? Continue reading

Academic Job: Lecturer Position/Director of the Russian Language Program (U. of Pittsburgh)

Review of Applications Begins: February 15, 2017

Three-Year Lecturer (renewable), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Director of the Russian Language Program. This appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer, with a three-year renewable term, pending budgetary approval. Duties include:

* Overseeing and assessing the integrity, coherence, and effectiveness of the department’s Russian language sequence.
* Mentoring (including orientation and training) and evaluation of instructors in the Russian language program.
* Assessment of student outcomes on a regular basis to comply with external and internal reporting requirements.
* Teaching assignments will include primarily Russian language, literature, and culture at the undergraduate level, with others as needed. Non-teaching duties include oversight of the Undergraduate Russian Club and other cultural and outreach activities, Russian placement and proficiency testing, and program assessment.
* Scholarly publication and active participation in national professional associations are encouraged but are not prerequisites for appointment or renewal. Continue reading

Academic Job: Instructor of Russian-CLI (ASU-Tempe)

Deadline for Applications: February 17, 2017

Instructor of Russian — CLI

Arizona State University seeks a faculty associate to teach intensive Russian in its 2017 summer Critical Languages Institute. Candidates must have a Master’s degree or higher in philology, linguistics, language teaching or a closely related field; possess native proficiency in Russian; and have at least one year’s experience teaching Russian at the university level to non-native speakers. Strong preference will go to candidates who have successfully taught in intensive language programs, to candidates with experience teaching independently, and to candidates with high levels of proficiency in English. The successful candidates will teach Russian 4 hours a day, five days a week, for eight weeks and will contribute to cultural programming.

Information on the ASU summer Russian program is available at https://cli.asu.edu/first-year-russian. Applications received by February 17, 2017, will have priority. Thereafter applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed.

Application package must include a letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for teaching summer Russian at Arizona State University; a CV; and contact information for two references, one of whom should be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching. Candidates unfamiliar with U.S. standards for CV and references should contact CLI in advance for guidance. Materials should be sent to cli@asu.edu.

Background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at: https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

Location: ASU Tempe Campus
Application Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017 – 5:00pm
Job Display: Critical Languages Institute

Prof. Devel.: Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers (EIUC)

Deadline for Applications: February 12, 2017


Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

Admissions to the two, three-day, modules (20-22 March 2017 and 23-25 March 2017) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 12 February 2017.

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.

Target: The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers.

Eligibility: Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

More information on the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers and the programme can be found here: www.eiuc.org/ieo

CFP: Fourth Annual Polish Studies Conference (Chicago, Illinois)

Deadline for Submissions: February 10, 2017

4th Annual Polish Studies Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago
April 24-25, 2017

 Organizers: Professor Michał Paweł Markowski (Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature) & Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted (Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland)

Poland has long been the focus of modernization theories, schemes, and projects. From Enlightenment travelers critiquing the Polish lands for their backwardness and incivility to communist ideologues intent on the revolutionary transformation of society, Poles have been engaged in conversations about modernization for most of the past two centuries.

Modernization—the notion of a transformation from a traditional, rural, agrarian society to a secular, urban, and industrial one—has recently experienced a decline in reputation. Until 1918 modernization programs helped move the nation forward while the political existence of the state was denied, often pitting intellectual and economic agendas against nationalist ideologies supported by the Church. After independence, modernization goals drove the Second Republic to fight decades of underdevelopment in order to keep pace with liberal democracies across Europe. Later, modernization became a buzzword for the Communists, justifying grandiose social engineering projects. More recently, the integration of Poland and the Poles into the European Union has brought economic benefit, but social dislocation and insecurity, providing fodder for debates about the value of modernization. In all of these cases, modernization has been skillfully manipulated as an ideological weapon in battles over power, influence, and the control of public opinion. The massive political turnout and populist movements currently taking power worldwide suggest a reversal in the way ideas of modernization have resonated. In Poland, some have suggested that the rise of the Law and Justice party in 2015 came about through the Party’s explicit resistance to modernization, especially as it had been employed in Civic Platform’s neoliberal economic programs.

What have all these versions of modernization meant to Poland and to Poles? How can we as scholars understand the ways modernization schemes have affected Polish society? The centrality of modernization tropes in Modern Polish history demands careful investigation. We invite proposals for presentations to consider different accounts of how modernization has been used in the last 150 years and to look closer at how its enthusiasts and its detractors continue fighting one another, even while claiming to share a concern for a better future of the Polish nation.  Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: Online Dissertation Workshop for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Students (U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Date & Time: February 23, 2017, 9:00-3:30pm (CT)

The Slavic Reference Service is teaming with Slavic librarians from prominent research institutions to offer an online doctoral dissertation workshop for REEE students on Feb. 23, 2017, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Central Time).  There are eight individual sessions as part of this workshop.

Register at: https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/3380414


Workshop Program:

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Introduction (Joe Lenkart)
9:15 am – 9:45 am: REEE materials and Interlibrary Loan (Jan Adamczyk)
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Collections and Access Services for International Researchers at the Slavonic Library, National Library of Finland (Irina Lukka)
10:45 am – 11:20 am: Collections and Services at the Library of Congress (Angela Canon) 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Regional Research Resources for Doctoral Students (Joe Lenkart) 12:30 am – 1:15 pm: REEE Collections at Princeton University (Thomas F. Keenan)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: REEE Collections at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Kit Condill and Larry Miller)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: REEE Collections at Yale University (Anna Arays)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Strategies for Research Trips (Joe Lenkart)

Academic Job: Russian Research Assistant (U. of Edinburgh)

Deadline for Applications: February 20, 2017

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures seeks to appoint a Research Assistant to work with Dr Lara Ryazanova-Clarke on the AHRC-funded research project ‘Global Russians’: Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK. The project investigates a new, emergent phenomenon of post-communist Russian Cosmopolitanism, which espouses the transnational mobility of people, capital , language and culture.

This is a fixed term position, available from 27th March until 30th September 2017, for a duration of 27 weeks. The total contractual hours are 345. The average weekly hours are 12.778. Hours of work are 10 hours per week for 24 weeks, 35 hours per week for 3 weeks (these weeks are on 3 separate fixed weeks to be agreed and require travel to and work in London). Your pro rata entitlement to annual leave and public holidays is 53 hours and should be taken during the weeks where your working hours are 10 hours per week. Salary is calculated on an annualised basis and paid in equal monthly instalments.

Salary: £26,829 – £31,076 per annum (pro rata).

Informal queries can be emailed to Dr Lara Ryazanova-Clarke at Lara.Ryazanova-Clarke@ed.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is no later than 5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 20th February 2017. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on 13th March 2017.

Job Details

Job title: Research Assistant in Russian

School/Support Department: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, Department of European Languages and Cultures

Line manager: Dr Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, Principal Investigator, AHRC-funded Research Project ‘Global Russians’: Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK

This is a part-time post with the engagement of ten hours a week on average, however the working hours may not be evenly spread by weeks. There will be three fieldwork trips to London of five days each with more time input required during these trips. The post is available immediately until 30 September 2017.

For more information, and to apply, click here.