Tag Archives: June 2016

CFP: Animals in Eastern Europe and Russia (Canadian Slavonic Papers)

Deadline to Submit Manuscripts: June 30, 2016

Submit manuscript (maximum 30 pages) by e-mail to: Eva Plach, Department of History
**Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)**

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the various ways that animals have shaped human identities and experiences. Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on human-animal interactions, broadly conceived, in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, the Soviet Union, and the former Soviet Union. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the place of animals in the history, culture, and socio-political life of the region during any time period.

Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): animals in war; animal welfare movements; hunting; zoos; pets and pet-keeping; animal celebrities; animal biographies; wildlife and wildlife management; animals and the environment; animals and food production; religion and animals; circus animals; taxidermy; the use of animals in scientific research; animals and disease; animals and animal symbolism in literature and art; animals and the law (including European Union legislation); working animals; and animals under Communism.

The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Manuscripts may be in English or French.  The normal peer-review process will apply. Please consult the journal’s website for our submission and style guidelines.

Funding Opportunity: Linguistics Research (National Science Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: June 24, 2016

Title: Linguistics (PD 98-1311)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount: Unspecified

Description: The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology. The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to): 1) What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language? 2) Whatare the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension, or rapid learning possible? 3) How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of language and/or language processing? 4) What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various components of our linguistic capacities? 5) How does language develop in children? and 6) What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change? 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by June 24.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5408&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39

Funding Opportunity: Research Scholarships (Gerda Henkel Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2016

Title: Research Scholarships
Sponsor: Gerda Henkel Foundation
Amount: €2,000-2,700/mo.

Description: Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory, and Early History. Applications for research scholarships can be made directly by Postdocs or scholars with Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification. A research scholarship is usually applied for by one scholar who will work on a specific project on his or her own. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office. 

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by June 15. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/application_research-scholarships

Funding Opportunity: Digging Into Data Challenge (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: June 8, 2016

Title: Digging Into Data Challenge
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: $200,000

Description: In 2016, the Digging into Data Challenge has returned for a fourth round. This time sponsored by the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), the program has greatly expanded with funders from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge is open to any project that addresses research questions in the humanities and/or social sciences by using techniques of large-scale digital data analysis and shows how these new techniques can lead to new theoretical insights. It is specifically aiming to advance multidisciplinary collaborative projects in digital scholarship that seek new perspectives and insights. Proposals may address any research question in the humanities and/or social sciences, utilizing any data source to do so. Applicants will form international teams from at least three of the participating countries. In addition, each team must have members from both sides of the Atlantic. Winning teams will receive grants from three or more of the funding agencies and, two years later, will be invited to show off their work at a conference sponsored by the funders. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by June 8. 

More Info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digging-data-challenge

Study Abroad: Russian Language Summer School (Omsk, Russia)

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Arrival: August 1 – 2, 2016
Initial Grading test and Opening Ceremony: August 3, 2016
Course Start: August 4, 2016
Course End: August 18, 2016
Departure: August 19 – 20, 2016

Our department would like to invite your students to have a fantastic time in our Russian summer school in Omsk, learning Russian, improving your Russian skills, and discovering everything that the city has to offer.

We are located in the heart of Siberia, so the climate here is warm during the summer. The OmSU offers a 2-week program both for those who would like to start learning Russian and for those who wish to improve their skills. Classes are held in international small groups based on the Russian language competences. Upon successful completion of the program you will get the Russian Language School Certificate (3 ETCS).

Russian Language and Culture Training: 
You will have 3 lessons a day. The morning is divided into two lessons. The first one focuses on reading, writing skills and key grammar. After the short break you will focus on improving your oral skills using role-play, debate and project work. During the afternoon lesson you will learn about Russian culture, history and your surroundings in Omsk and the cultural places you will visit during your stay.

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Scholarship: Funding for Russian Language Summer School (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Deadline for Applications: June 1, 2016 (for non-EU citizens); June 15, 2016 (for EU citizens)

The Russian Language Summer School Program includes 20 academic hours per week and the following lectures include lectures (taught in English or Russian):

– Some Facts in Russian history
– Russian Mindset
– Russian Traditions or Russian Holidays
– Russian System of the Government or  Family in Russia
– Business in Russia
– Some Aspects of Russian Orthodox Church

The course is suitable for students of all levels of competence in the Russian language, from complete beginners with very little or no previous knowledge of Russian to advanced students.
Programme will be of interest to students who want to learn about Russian culture, society and history. Continue reading

CFP: Identities In-Between: East-Central Europe, c. 1900-present (Wolfson College, Oxford)

Deadline: June 1, 2016

This two-day conference, September 12 -13, invites submissions for 20-minute papers that engage with a specific definition of ‘sub-cultures’ (see below) through case studies drawn from the East-Central European region, over the period c. 1900-present

Interrogating the notion of ‘identity’ remains a central concern in Humanities and Social Sciences research. For East-Central Europe, the subject has particular resonance: this was a region forged in diversity, remade after 1945 along ethno-national lines, and which in the present, continues to resist alternative narratives.

The conference concludes a four-year research project that proposes a new definition of the term ‘sub-cultures’ to understand identities that do not conform to the fixed, standard categories imposed from the top down, such as ‘ethnic group’, ‘majority’ or ‘minority’. Instead, a ‘sub-culture’ is an identity that sits between these categories. It may blend languages, e.g. dialect forms, cultural traditions, or ethnic identifications. It may be drawn on particular conceptions of race and biology that, similarly, sit outside national projects, or else in the interstices. In short, a ‘sub-culture’ in these terms is not ‘subaltern’, but is an identity resisting complete incorporation into the standard categories of ‘majority’ and’minority’. The region offers many examples of such identities: among working-class inhabitants of Lodz or Lviv in the early 20th Century, with their mixed dialect practice; Germans who lived in Wroclaw after the city became Polish in 1945, with their blended tradition and mixed identifications.

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Travel: 12th Jean Monnet International Summer School “International Environment and the European Integration” (Croatia)

Deadline: June 1, 2016

The Faculty of Economics and Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Rijeka are organizing the XIIth International Summer School entitled «International Environment and European Integration»which will be held from June 27 to July 9, 2016, in Rijeka, Croatia.

The goal of the EFRI Summer School is to broaden the knowledge of students of economics, law, political sciences, administration and other related studies on the economic integration process in Europe, and to point out the advantages and challenges of economic integration in everyday life.

Summer school programme will consist of lectures, workshops and student assignments to be completed in groups with the support of academic supervisors. Due to its specific approach, the School will be appealing both to students with basic knowledge of EU matters and those who want to know more.

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Travel: Tao-Klarjeti Cultural Tour (Georgia)

Dates: June 17-28, 2016

Back by popular demand, this extraordinary and unique itinerary to the ruined cathedrals of Tao-Klarjeti promises to be even more successful than our 2014 pilot tour to the region.

Starting in Batumi, Georgia, we cross into Turkey, traverse the canyonlands of the Chorokh river watershed, ascend the eastern Anatolian plateau to the ancient Armenian city of Ani, then cross into southern Georgia to visit the cave city of Vardzia before returning through the temporate rainforests of Adjaria to the Black Sea coast. See the tour page for details and registration.

Map of the Tour Route:

With a decade of experience leading tours in the Caucasus, we aim to provide unique cultural experiences for our guests with the best possible comfort. Our guides do not recite guidebook entries, but rather fascilitate interaction with local Georgians, enliven sacred spaces with three-part traditional chanting, and lend nuance to discussions on local history, politics, and cultural preservation through extensive personal and professional engagement with the cultures of the Caucasus.

Join us for a unique tour exploring the magnificent cathedral ruins and castles of the once glorious Tao-Klarjeti Kingdom, a precursor to unified Georgia that existed in the 8-11th centuries.  Continue reading