Tag Archives: June 2019

 Study Abroad: Intensive Russian Program (Russia)

Applications Accepted All Year 

(www.serendipity-russia.com/studyrussian.html)

Approximate program fee:                                one-to-one instruction       group instruction (2-5+ people, 15-35% discount)

Four weeks                                                           $3,651                                   $2,994 – 2,254

Six weeks                                                               $5,009                                   $4,133 – 3,044

Eight weeks                                                           $6,367                                   $5,272 – 3,834

Longer and shorter programs, from one week to a year, are also possible.

 The benefits of the American Home’s long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – are provided to group participants:

 +              experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers;

+              program and schedule customized to the needs of each group of students;

+              study from one week to one year;

+              individual home-stay with a Russian family;

+              “Russian friend-conversation partner” program;

+              on-site administrative support;

+              well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere;

+              excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo;

+              opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians participating in the American Home English Program and others;

+              opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an orphanage

 

 

CFP: Political and Military Histories of Russian-Kurdish Relations – 19th-21st Centuries (Moscow, Russia)

Deadline for Submissions: January 01, 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Workshop on
Political and Military Histories of Russian-Kurdish Relations
(19th-21st Centuries)
Moscow, 10-11 June 2019

The involvement of Kurdish forces during the Crimean War inaugurated the political and military encounter of Russians and Kurds between Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Since then, these relations have formed an important and disputed aspect of Russian, and later Soviet, policies in the Middle East. Most significantly, these policies have extended well beyond the clash of the Tsarist and Ottoman Empires at the turn of the 20th century.While Russian and Soviet policies have included a sustained focus on the role of the Kurds, their political mobilization and activism in the 1920s-1930s and during the Cold War, the relationship has never been a simple one. It was deeply entangled in the nexus of regional politics and Russian/Soviet policies toward Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, as well as in global dynamics. Conversely, mobilities and alliances with the ‘’East’’ have been important in shaping political identities, but remain a still understudied part of Kurdish political strategies on the international arena.

Organized as part of the research project RUSKURD (Sciences Po Lille-EHESS), in partnership with the CEFR (Moscow) and the IFEA (Istanbul), this workshop aims at exploring key aspects of the political history of Russian-Kurdish relations. Ph.D candidates, postdoctoral researchers and senior researchers are invited to present research based on historical, social and anthropological methods to explore the place of politics, ideology, violence and wars throughout two centuries.

Possible topics to be discussed include:

  • The changing dynamics of the Russian-Kurdish relation in military encounters since the mid-19th century, integrating local conflicts and imperial power struggles,
  • Techniques of insurgency and counterinsurgency, and their transformations in the wake of imperial collapse,
  • The geopolitical use of Kurdish political and military forces by Russia and the Soviet Union from the 19th to the late 20th century,
  • The interplay of police and military factors, logics and actors in the construction of a new border order framing Russian-Kurdish relations,
  • Routes, forms and techniques of political and military influence (including both people and goods, notably weapons),
  • Transnational political, diplomatic and military circulations.

Travel to and accommodation in Moscow will be taken in charge by the organizers.

Administrative help for visa issues will be provided to successful applicants who would need it.

Proposals consisting of a resume and a short proposal (one-two pages, summarizing the paper, methodology and sources) should be sent before 1 January 2019 to etienne.peyrat@sciencespo-lille.eu. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2019.

Organizing team:

  • Masha Cerovic (EHESS),
  • Adnan Çelik (IFEA),
  • Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po)

More on the project:

https://ruskurd.hypotheses.org/

Travel: Romanian Folklore Expedition (American Friends)

Deadline for Applications: May 2019

Application must be received 60 days before start of expedition

Folklore Expeditions:  Romania to the Golden Mountains 

An invitation to teachers, scholars, students, and other adventurers
You could spend next summer at the beach. Or you could step into another world.

A world where you discuss business plans with a professional witch in Romania, collect legends of Bronze Age cities in Russia, record Belarusian songs transplanted to Siberia, or witness the revival of traditional religions in Russia’s Altai Mountains.
American Friends of Russian Folklore sponsors folklore expeditions which need your help to document traditional cultures. Led by experienced scholars, our volunteers make pictures, recordings, interviews and videos. These go to scholarly archives to be held in trust for future generations, and our volunteers go home with an expanded view of the human family.
American Friends will arrange for participant food, lodging, transport and interpreters. Participants provide curiosity and helping hands. No special skills required. Just an open mind, and a willingness to leave the familiar behind.


2019 Expeditions

July 1-14:    Russian Folk Songs, Stories, and Beliefs in the Heart of Asia

July 15-27:   Places of Power in the Ural Mountains

July 15-27: Russian Settlers of the Altai Mountains

Late July- August:  Magic and Modernity in Rural Romania

August 20- Sept 2 Belarusian Traditions in the Land of Baikal

October: Cossack Holy Day: “Protection of the Mother of God”

Details at www.russianfolklorefriends.org   or  info@russianfolklorefriends.org

Eligible are adults and teens (13 and up) accompanied by adults. Participants pay a fee which covers their own costs and a share of general expedition expenses.