Grad. Program: Global Media and Cultures (Georgia Tech)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Master of Science degree in the fields of language, cultural studies, and media studies at Georgia Tech. The M.S. in Global Media and Cultures, a joint degree by the School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media, and Communication, is currently offered with tracks in Russian, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

As a professional master’s degree, the MS-GMC reflects the rising importance of humanistic study for many career fields in the 21st century, ranging from media, education, and international business to non-profit and engineering. The degree builds on a rapidly expanding global media ecosystem in Atlanta, where humanities fields and their graduates are providing sought-after cultural and creative industry competence. We aim to help students apply their skills in language and analysis—as well as their passion for cross-cultural communication, social justice, and media—to a successful, impactful career.

The program site can be accessed at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/

In addition to coursework on the Georgia Tech campus, we also have a generous scholarship to which students can apply that covers tuition and dormitory for those completing their final project in St. Petersburg.

Upcoming deadlines are:

Jan. 3, 2020 — application deadline for the FLAS (GRA support also available).  Application at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/funding

Jan. 15, 2020 — priority application date for the MS GMC.

Feb. 15, 2020 — final application deadline for the MS GMS

A flyer related specifically to the Russian track can be accessed at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/2019-12/Georgia%20Tech_Russian%20Grad%20Programs.pdf.

Conference/CFP: (0ver)Indulgence: Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Princeton)

Deadline for papers: February 16, 2020
Event Date: May 7-9, 2020

(Over) Indulgence Conference:Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia A graduate conference sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University

Location: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Keynote speaker: Eric Naiman (UC Berkeley)

Website: https://www.overindulgenceconference.com 

Transgression against societal norms has long been elevated to transgression against the divine. Yet vice and virtue are not always mutually incompatible; morals and societal norms are not always black and white. Nor is transgression the only way to move from virtue to sin (or vice versa). In Crime and Punishment, it is Sonia who becomes Dostoevsky’s guiding star to redemption – despite her “fall from grace” into prostitution. (Over) Indulgence aims at exploring such virtuous acts of sin; our graduate conference is interested in tracing various entanglements of the virtuous and the sinful across the Eastern European and Eurasian landscape. We invite submissions that address three major thematic clusters. The first, most literal, interpretation of our conference theme deals with the subversion of dominant norms. We are interested in papers that explore the “negative translation” through which chastity is mutually referential with promiscuity, heterosexuality – with homosexuality, sobriety – with alcoholism, and restraint – with gluttony (to name a few). What are the protocols of such translation, and what types of dialogue between the virtuous and the sinful does it require?

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Conference/CFP: Central Slavic Conference (St. Louis, MO)

Deadline for proposals: December 20, 2020
Event date: February 28-March 1, 2020

Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its annual meeting at the historic Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Friday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Scholars from outside the region and from around the world are welcome.

Proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should be submitted by email to program chair Charles Allen at CentralSlavic@outlook.com no later than December 20th, 2019. Early proposals are encouraged. All proposals should include:

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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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Lang. Training/Study Abroad/Funding: Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (Wisconsin/Azerbaijan)

Deadline: January 29, 2020 (graduate);
February 5, 2020 (undergraduate)

In 2020, Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants have the opportunity to study Turkish as part in the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI). Boren Scholars and Fellows selected for this initiative will receive funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion, beginning with a summer 2020 domestic program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an overseas program in Baku, Azerbaijan. Please see our website for more information on the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative: https://turfli.wisc.edu

  • Summer Program: The summer domestic programs will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, through the Arabic, Persian & Turkish Language Institute. APTLI begins on June 15 – August 7, 2020. Please see the program website for more information for students: https://aptli.wisc.edu
  • Overseas Program: The fall overseas programs will take place at the Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL) centers in Baku, Azerbaijan. Dates for the overseas programs are yet to be confirmed. This program will be administered by American Councils and UW-Madison jointly. Students will be considered UW-Madison students for the duration of the overseas programs.
  • Language Level: The TURFLI program is appropriate for applicants with no language proficiency, as well as those with intermediate or advanced proficiency in Turkish.
  • Application: The applications for the 2020 Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org
  • Undergraduate deadline: February 5, 2020
  • Graduate deadline is: January 29, 2020

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

To learn more about the Boren Awards and TURFLI, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. The schedule for webinars being held in January can be found at http://borenawards.org/webinars.html.

You can contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions. TURFLI staff can be contacted at paige.kieler@wisc.edu or 608-265-4149.

Funding: Project Go Scholarship for ROTC Students Studying Russian

Deadlines: January 13, 2020 (abroad program); February 17, 2020 (Pittsburgh program)

The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any U.S. college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st-4th year Russian in Summer 2020.  Project GO is sponsored by the federal Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Students who have not yet begun their pursuit of Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week beginning-level class, which will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language training.  The beginning-level classes, offered by Pitt’s Summer Language Institue (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 1-July 24, 2020.  Pitt Project GO scholarships for Beginning Russian cover:
•       Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
•       Housing and a living stipend
•       Travel between the student’s home city and Pittsburgh
•       Textbooks

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Lang. Training: Summer Programs in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, Uzbek (University of Wisconsin)

Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is now accepting applications! We offer courses in intensive elementary and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional levels and languages (such as Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.

Graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are US citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. FLAS fellowships are also available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and all applicants (including international students) are eligible for the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) tuition scholarship or for tuition remission scholarships.

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Funding: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Summer Language Institute in June – July 2020. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see www.sli.pitt.edu for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

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Funding: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (University of Sheffield)

Deadline: February 27, 2020

The  School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield invites outstanding postdoctoral candidates to apply for the 2020 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme. We will be sponsoring one candidate for this scheme and would be delighted to hear from qualified candidates in Slavic studies.
Our  School has a thriving research community. We engage in research which spans a wide range of  languages (Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Luxembourgish,  Portuguese,  Russian and Spanish), geographical regions (Europe, the Americas, Africa) and disciplinary and thematic specialisms (Intellectual History and Politics; Linguistics; Migration,  Culture and Community; National and Transnational Literatures; Visual  Cultures, Film and Performance). To find out more about our areas within Slavonic studies,  please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/slc/research/russian .

If you are a postdoctoral candidate working in a relevant subject area and are considering applying to the  scheme, please feel free to get in touch with a relevant member of staff, or you can contact me directly and I will put you in touch with the person best matched to your area. If you are interested in applying, you must first check that you meet the Leverhulme Trust’s eligibility criteria: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships

More information about the Leverhulme ECFs at Sheffield is here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/arts-and-humanities/research-innovation/early-career-fellowships/leverhulme-internal-application-process

Lang. Training: Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur and Uzbek (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is now accepting applications for summer 2020! We offer courses in intensive elementary and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional levels and languages (such as Azeri or Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.

Graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are US citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. FLAS fellowships are also available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and all applicants (including international students) are eligible for the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) tuition scholarship or for tuition remission scholarships. More information about funding opportunities can be found here.

About the program:

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin. CESSI will be held from June 15 to August 7, 2020. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program.  In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events, including traditional cooking demonstrations; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia. CESSI is a great way for students to gain language skills before studying abroad, applying for jobs, or conducting fieldwork in the region. Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit cessi.wisc.edu or contact cessi@creeca.wisc.edu.