Tag Archives: June 2017

Academic Job: Ph.D. Position (U. of Zurich)

Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2017

The History Department of the University of Zurich invites applications for 1 Ph.D. Position:

Effective from September, 1st,  2017, for a period of four years, this fully-funded position is part of a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) on the “Late Soviet Village: People, Institutions, and Things between the socialist cult of urbanity and ruralisation of urban life styles” (SNSF-Professorship Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller).

The project reconsiders the dynamics of late Soviet society by looking at the developments in rural areas, conceptualizing the late Soviet village as a specific modus of entanglement between city and village. Focusing on consumption practices, youth culture, family networks, Soviet rituals and community life in Northwestern Russia, the study will address issues of self-perception and self-articulation of Soviet villagers vis-à-vis changing ideological frames and social practices between utopian urban modernity and the legacy of collectivization.

Applicants are expected to conduct dissertation research on a selected topic leading to a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. Eligible candidates hold a master’s or equivalent degree in Modern History, Russian/Eurasian Studies, or Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Eastern Europe. Applicants should have a very good command of the Russian language enabling them to conduct Oral History interviews. The salary and research subsidies are based on the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation for Ph.D. candidates.

Informal inquiries may be sent to: ekaterina.emeliantseva@uzh.ch

Applications (in English) should include a covering letter, a CV, copies of academic diplomas, a writing sample (a chapter of the master thesis or a published article), two names of academic referees. Please send your application by June 15th 2017in electronic form to: ekaterina.emeliantseva@uzh.ch

Conference: Central and Eastern Europe in the Global Middle Ages (U. of Illinois)

Date: June 22, 2017

Central and Eastern Europe in the Global Middle Ages
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
June 22, 2017

This conference will contribute to an ongoing discussion at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, inspired by the journal The Medieval Globe, which promotes a global understanding of medieval civilization and challenges anachronistic boundaries, categories, and expectations. Specifically, in this forum we hope to demonstrate that the lingering anachronistic division of Medieval Europe into “Eastern” and “Western,” imposed by the contemporary notions of geopolitics and inherited from Cold War scholarship, obscures the study of pre-modern topics and even misconstrues the realities of Central and Eastern European culture, life and politics. Instead, we propose to explore divisions and affinities in Medieval Europe in the framework of networks, communities, and other forms of association. Focusing on the central, eastern, and southern European lands, speakers will examine how their research projects contribute to a holistic understanding of the Global Middle Ages, demonstrating cross-regional interconnectivity, illustrating the deeper roots of global processes, or offering new perspectives on the pre-modern and its importance for our understanding of the present global situation. Integrating the study of history, literature, religion, fine-arts, and many others, the interdisciplinary and trans-national nature of medieval studies is especially relevant today, when nineteenth-century Romantic visions and twenty-first century short-sighted nationalisms encourage a pigeonholing projection of the past, while an understanding of the deep roots of our global interconnectivity can offer new perspectives on and approaches to the problems of globalization.

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Funding Opportunity: Enhancing Students’ Understanding of their Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Criminal Justice System System through Mock Trials (Dept. of State)

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2017

Title: Enhancing Students’ Understanding of their Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Criminal Justice System System through Mock Trials
Sponsor: Department of State
Amount: $125,000 max. | 1 year

Description: In an effort to strengthen the understanding and appreciation for the criminal and civil court system among the youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, INL seeks to complement existing USG and international donor efforts to advance the rule of law through an experiential education module to culminate with a mock trial competition.

How to Apply (UT): Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by June 30.

More Info: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293637

Prof. Devel: Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (Stanford U.)

Deadline for Applications: June 18, 2017

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is now accepting applications for its 2017-18 program and would like to extend an invitation to your students to apply.
SURF is a platform for Russian and American university students to work together on some of the most important issues our nations face today. Participants travel to Russia for a five-day conference in the fall, conduct collaborative research with their working group peers over the academic year, and ultimately present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford University in the spring. The working group format fosters consensus-building and leverages a cooperation-based approach to produce innovative solutions. Research themes include topics in international relations, the sciences, business and entrepreneurship, regional and humanitarian issues, and others.
SURF welcomes applications from graduate, professional, and undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and majors, regardless of prior exposure to Russia or the United States. Our program covers most expenses, including housing and local transportation. Participants are responsible for covering flight and visa costs. There is no registration or participation fee for our program.
The application deadline is June 18th, 2017 at 23:59 PDT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply early.
The application and additional information can be found on our website at usrussia.stanford.edu.

CFP: Imagining an Other “Eastern Europe”: Performances of Difference in Central-Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Russia (Atlanta, Georgia)

Deadline for Proposals: June 01, 2017

Call for Proposals for Working Group Imagining an Other “Eastern Europe”: Performances of Difference in Central-Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Russia

American Society for Theater Research Conference 2017, November 16-19, Atlanta, Georgia

In Inventing Eastern Europe, Larry Wolff describes how eighteenth-century, European Enlightenment ideals created an ideological construct called “Eastern Europe.” As Wolff explains, this construct served as a monstrous mirror to the equally new construct of “Western Europe.” Though amorphous, the geography of “Eastern Europe” stretched from Prague to Moscow, into territory we now think of as Russia and the former Soviet Bloc. This area became an extraordinary part of Europe: neither Orient nor Occident, neither entirely civilized nor entirely barbaric, neither recognizable in custom nor entirely alien. It was “Europe,” but seen through an exoticized frame. For example, in his musings on Eastern Europe, Voltaire wrote of a “[Western] Europe that knows things” and an Eastern Europe that “waited to become known.” In so doing, Voltaire evinced himself of the Enlightenment desire to classify and master, and to situate “Eastern Europe” as a mysterious terra incognita. The “Western” compulsion to master “Eastern Europe” has not been historically limited to cultural and imperial domination. Anne McClintock writes, in Imperial Leather, of “an erotics of ravishment” in the narrative of male travel and territorial expansion. The imperial desire McClintock speaks of extended to Eastern Europe’s “extraordinary bodies.” Drawing from historical letters and travelogues, Wolff details bodily incursions the West made into Eastern Europe. This includes Giacomo Casanova—bon vivant of the Italian Renaissance—purchasing a thirteen-year-old Russian sex slave.

The ideological creation of Eastern Europe as an exotic “Other” of Western Europe was built on cultural, economic, and linguistic boundaries, and was carried through to the twentieth-century when in 1946 Winston Churchill described an “Iron Curtain” dividing the continent. The remainder of the twentieth century continued this division through the rhetoric and politics of the Cold War. According to Wolff, Eastern Europe transformed into a construct onto which “Westerners” could place their views of politics, economics, sociological thought, and racial theories. Eastern Europe was not—and has not been—an objective reality for them, but, instead, a way to legitimize notions of “civilization.” Today, this notion persists. According to rhetoric coming out of the U.S. intelligence community, a new Cold War is being fought in cyberspace with “Eastern Europe” caught between the so-called civilized/democratic “West” and a barbaric/autocratic “Russia.” Likewise, the idea of Eastern Europe/Russia being a place for sexual deviance continues with the New York Times recently releasing the “salacious” details of the 45th President’s sexual activities in Moscow. Regardless of the veracity of these reports, it is incontrovertible that the current U.S. President sees himself as a modern day Casanova, who stands before the world with his second Eastern European bride at his side. Thus, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the so-called West has utilized the construct of Eastern Europe as a fetishized “Other,” both philosophically and bodily. Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: Fall 2017 Data Fellowships (Insight)

Deadline for Applications: May 22, 2017 & June 26, 2017

The Insight Data Fellows Programs are tuition-free professional Fellowships for students and postdocs looking to transition to careers in data science, health data science, data engineering, or artificial intelligence.

800+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Tesla, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Microsoft, and 200+ other top companies.

Insight Fellowship:

  • 7 week, full-time, post-graduate training Fellowship leading to full-time industry employment
  • Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers, and AI experts
  • Join an active community of Insight alumni
  • Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process
  • Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Next Insight Fellowships:

Starting July 17th (deadline May 22nd):
Artificial Intelligence in New York
Data Science in Seattle

Starting September 5th (deadline June 26th):
Artificial Intelligence in Silicon Valley
Data Engineering in New York and Silicon Valley
Data Science in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley and remote
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K-12 Opportunity: Global Ethics & Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Registration: Ongoing Until Filled

Each summer for over 10 years the University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution hosts the Global Ethics & Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium for high school students. An exciting program that explores sources of conflict and discovering effective resolution at all levels, from the personal to the international.

Optimum participation is for two weeks – June 18-30, but you can come for just week 1 or week 2 to get the basics.

Students will analyze individual, family conflicts, etc. and compare their elements
  • analyze the life cycles of conflicts considering avoidance, escalation or confrontation, and post-conflict
  • be guided through critical and creative thinking about practical alternatives for dealing with conflict situations, considering ethics, prevention, mitigation, and alternative responses as non-inevitable choices
Students will apply problem-solving strategies
  • apply some paradigms for accounting for both direct and indirect participants in conflicts
  • apply techniques for identifying needs and fears of those affected by conflict
  • demonstrate awareness of differences in global ethics
Students will practice and evaluate negotiation skills
  • analyze and apply strategies for encouraging involvement of key participants in conflicts
  • practice strategies for negotiation
  • practice communication skills for negotiation
  • apply global differences in negotiation
Students will practice and evaluate third-party skills such as facilitation and mediation
  • evaluate the risks of involvement with or as a third party in conflicts
  • practice communication skills involved in facilitation, negotiation, and mediation
Students will explore the styles and approaches of the participants in the camp
  • share experiences with other participants in structured ways to analyze possible differences in style
  • apply joint problem-solving strategies for developing practical relationships to manage difficult conflicts, considering ethical standards
  • apply strategies for recognizing different points of view, different values, and their role in conflicts
  • apply strategies for maintaining their own values when dealing with others who are equally committed their own but different points of view

For more information, and to register, click here.

Internship: Spring 2018 Student Internship Program (U.S. Dept. of State)

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2017

The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Spring 2018 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Spring 2018 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is June 30, 2017.

Visit USAJOBS.gov to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Spring 2018 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Prof. Devel.: Graduate Student Essay Prize (ASEEES)

Deadline for Submissions: June 01, 2017

ASEEES seeks nominations from Regional Affiliates and Institutional Members for its annual Graduate Student Essay Prize.

  • Essay authors must be a graduate students and must have written the essay in English while in a graduate program
  • Essays can be any of several formats:

-Expanded versions of conference papers
-Graduate level seminar papers
-Master’s Thesis Chapters
-Dissertation Chapters

Please email:

  • A note indicating the format of the essay submitted
  • An abstract
  • Essays, between 7,500- 14,000 words inclusive of footnotes/endnotes and bibliography. Submissions must be double-spaced.

to Mary Arnstein, Communications Coordinator, at newsnet@pitt.edu and to all members of the prize committee (see below) by June 1.


-Elena Prokhorova,evprok@wm.edu
-Eric Gordy, e.gordy@ucl.ac.uk
-Victoria Smolkin, vsmolkin@wesleyan.edu

More information about the prize and the submission process can be found here.

Academic Job: Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Position in Russian Program (U. of Minnesota)

Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2017 / September 01, 2017

Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Position in Russian Program in Slavic Languages & Literatures, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

The Program in Slavic Languages & Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of
Minnesota seeks candidates for a position in Russian to teach two Russian courses, one in Fall
2017 and one in Spring 2018, at the intermediate Russian level. In addition to teaching the
courses, the instructor would be responsible for holding office hours to assist and advise
students, attending meetings as necessary and performing some administrative duties.
This position is contingent upon student enrollment, performance, and availability of funding.
This position is temporary and part-time, and the courses are offered in person, so candidates
must be within commuting distance of the Twin Cities campus. Salary for 2017-18 will be
approximately $6,000 per five-credit course.

• MA degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in Slavic, Foreign Language Education, or a related
• One to two years of experience teaching Russian language.
• Native or near-native fluency in Russian & English.
• PhD degree or foreign equivalent in Slavic, Foreign Language Education, or a related field
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