Lang. Training/Internship: Ukrainian Museum Archives (Pittsburgh/Cleveland)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

1st-year Ukrainian

1st-year Ukrainian classes taught at the SLI provide the equivalent of an academic year’s worth of study. Classes meet on the University of Pittsburgh campus Monday – Friday from 9am to 3pm. In addition to intensive language classes, students attend Ukrainian films, lectures, and other activities centering on Ukrainian art, food, and culture.

Post-SLI Internship Opportunity for 6-Week Ukrainian Students
SLI is pleased to announce that during the summer of 2020, we are partnering with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland, Ohio to offer a limited number of internships to SLI-Ukrainian students. Students who apply and are accepted to the internship would work at the museum-archives on a project that makes direct use of their newly-acquired knowledge of Ukrainian. Students would also have the opportunity to use the vast resources of the archives to complete a research project related to their academic or career interests. This internship must be taken for academic credit and would commence immediately after the completion of the 6-week beginning Ukrainian course in Pittsburgh. The number of credits taken and the duration of the internship would be negotiated between the applicant, SLI, and the director and curator at the museum-archives. Interested students should contact SLI Managing Director, Kathleen Manukyan, to learn more about this unique opportunity.

Study Abroad: Summer 2020 in St. Petersburg and Moscow

Deadlines: February 14; March, 1; April 1

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is now accepting applications for summer 2020 study abroad programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

All CIEE summer programs in Russia feature:

  • 24/7 on-site support 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure and onsite orientations: an introduction to Russian culture, practical matters of living in the city and being in the program 
  • Carefully vetted housing: host families (St. Petersburg); centrally-located hostel (St. Petersburg); on campus dormitory (Moscow)
  • Diverse activities with Russian students to facilitate language and cultural immersion 
  • Co-curricular activities and excursions to enhance classroom learning, including an overnight trip
  • US academic record administered through Tulane University
  • Medical insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
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Internship: Summer Internships with Crossroads Eurasia (Russia)

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Summer internships in Russia with Crossroads Eurasia 
Crossroads Eurasia is about complementing your Russian language study with a practical hands-on experience. 

We offer short-term unpaid internships in Russia. A combination of the structured and the spontaneous, our programs take you out of the classroom and away from Moscow and St. Petersburg. You get resume-worthy work experience, all-day Russian practice, and a first-hand look at what modern-day Russia is like.   

You can teach English, work as a camp counselor, do translation, or explore a topic of interest via our research & journalism program.  

Application deadline
March 15, 2020. We fill spots on a rolling basis, so apply early.  

Grad. Program: Franco-Russian Masters’ programs in History and Sociology (Paris/Moscow)

Deadline: March 1, 2020; May 1, 2020

French-Russian Master in History EHESS (Paris) / HSE (Moscow)
From the beginning of the 2018 academic year, EHESS and the Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE, Государственный Университет “Высшая школа экономики” known as “Vyshka”) will offer a two-year bi-national (Franco-Russian) master’s degree course.

Students are admitted to the Program after their Master’s admission to their institutions: 
HSE – Students admitted to the HSE Masters programmes “Historical Knowledge”, “Medieval Studies”, “History of Culture and Arts”, “The Art Market” may participate in the Programme provided they meet the criteria for admission to the EHESS Masters programme;
EHESS – Students admitted to a Master’s degree in “Social Sciences” with a specialization in History of EHESS may participate in the Programme provided they meet the criteria for admission to a Master’s degree at HSE.

This course comprises a two-year programme with a possible one-year stay in each of the two institutions, a wide choice of courses, a follow-up requiring research under two co-directors (one from each institution), and a diploma qualifying in each of the institutions. 

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Study Abroad: Cuba-Russia Connection: Studies in Cultural Diplomacy (Cuba, Russia)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

2020 Cuba-Russia Connection: Studies in Cultural Diplomacy program

Throughout the course of this unique opportunity to visit both Cuba and Russia, students will explore economy, history, culture, political structure, and foreign policy – and meet with locals to get a better understanding of life today. These two countries provide excellent case studies in which to study cultural diplomacy, and students will learn to identify these actions (as opposed to advertising or propaganda), consider historical and current strategies, and observe the impact. For students of Russian/Soviet studies, Cuba will provide an intriguing setting in which to observe Soviet influence as a counterpoint to US influence on a third country.  

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Study Abroad/Funding: Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Programs (Poland)

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Year Abroad Program

The Year Abroad Scholarship supports Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University’s Center of Polish Language and Culture in Cracow, Poland. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland.  Students who are awarded a scholarship are accepted to attend the Center for Polish Language and Culture program at the Jagiellonian University. The scholarship includes a tuition waiver and 1,600 zloty per month for living expenses as well as $900 per semester in additional support. 

Eligible candidates include undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are US citizens.  

Study full-time or conduct research at leading Polish universities and research institutions. The scholarship provides a stipend for housing and living expenses in Poland.
ELIGIBILITY: US citizens, graduate-level students, or university faculty members.

Conference/CFP: In the Dark Spaces of Language. Negotiation of Unintelligibility in Slavic Literatures (Humbolt University, Berlin)

Deadline for papers: February 1, 2020
Event Date: March 26-27, 2020

In Ciemność (Darkness, 1866), the Polish poet Cyprian Norwid replied to his readership, which regarded his poetic language as ‘dark’ and ‘unintelligible’ (Uffellmann 1997; Kasperski 2009). The complex rhetoric structure of Darkness shows that the poem was not intended as a poetological explanation, but as a play with the readers’ uncertainties. The readers lose themselves in a labyrinth of enigmatic rhetoric questions and metaphors, ellipses and dashes; the awaited definition of ‘darkness’ and ‘unintelligibility’ is not delivered. Norwid’s Darkness presents reading as an anti-hermeneutic act: reading is not a straight path towards clearness and understanding, but a process in which the readers get lost in the dark spaces of language. A similar idea can be found in Juraj Briškár’s Sprievodca nezrozumiteľnosťou (A Guide to Unintelligibility, 2015). The instrumental case of nezrozumiteľnosť allows two different interpretations and translations of the title. On the one hand, Briškár’s book presents itself as a guide which aims to help readers find a way out from their incomprehension; on the other hand, the book can be interpreted as an invitation to a journey together with unintelligibility: in this case, unintelligibility itself becomes the aim of every hermeneutic process. In both cases, however, the hermeneutic act is presented as a difficult journey through (dark) spaces. Inspired by Norwid’s and Briškár’s poetic strategies, we would like to investigate how the concepts of ‘unintelligibility’ and ‘obscurity’ are (re)presented, performed and negotiated in Slavic literatures. We welcome abstracts dealing especially with following themes:

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Grad. Program: Russian and Slavic Studies (University of Arizona)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The University of Arizona’s Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications to our MA degree program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2020 to be considered for financial aid. Early applications are encouraged.

The Masters of Arts in Russian and Slavic Studies offers a diversified program of study with courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. The MA Program has two tracks that offer students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain expertise in their specific fields of interest. Students in the Language, Literature, and Linguistics (LLL) track complete a rigorous program of study that culminates in MA Exams; graduates on the Russian and East European Studies (REES) track develop a specific area of focus and complete a MA thesis.

In years past, the department has been able to fund or partially fund eligible graduate students’ study through teaching assistantships and fellowships. Generous funding packages for qualified students include tuition remission, health insurance, and a monthly stipend during the academic year. Students who are residents of Arizona, Nevada, Utah or New Mexico are eligible for in-state tuition.

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Prof. Dev. : Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (online course)

Open from January 1, 2020-March 31, 2020

Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)
a self-paced online course
Open January 1 – March 31, 2020

Envisioning PBLL is designed as an open-enrollment course for language educators beginning to learn about Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL). Successful learners will be able to describe essential features of high quality PBLL and to generate high-quality ideas for projects using the Product Square. Registration and the content for this MOOC (massive open online course) is FREE. However, if you wish to earn the optional digital badge for completion afterwards, you will need to meet the badge criteria and pay a nominal fee ($25) to have your submitted materials evaluated by NFLRC staff.

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Conference: Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Middlebury Institute for International Studies)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) will be held in Monterey, CA, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies from June 22-August 6, 2020. Carnegie Corporation of New York supports the Monterey Symposium and makes it possible for us to provide travel, lodging, and tuition for twelve selected MSSR fellows. Applications for the Monterey Symposium must be received by March 1, 2020. Advanced Russian language skills are required as experts from Russia will be lecturing in Russian. Please see the attached flier for more information about the program. Please also note some highlights for the MSSR 2020 program below:

·         US-Russian RelationsPast, Present, Future by Dr. Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates, Dr. Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Ambassador John Beyrle of the US Russia Foundation, Dr. George Breslauer of the University of California, Berkeley

·         Russia in Global Politics by Dr. Feodor Voitolovsky of the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, The Honorable Pierre Lellouche, former Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, France, and  former President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Dr. Hanna Notte of the Shaikh Group, Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center

·         The Role of Science and Scientists in Soviet and Russian National Security Policy by Academician Roald Sagdeev, former Director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Siegfried Hecker of Stanford University, Dr. David Holloway of Stanford University

·         Harvard Negotiation Boot camp by Dr. Arvid Bell of Harvard University and Taylor Valley of Harvard University

·         History of Runet and the Rise of Russia’s Security State through Internet by Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov of

·         Cybersecurity in Russia by Dr. Elena Chernenkoof the Kommersant newspaper

·         Recent Social Transformations in Russia: Russian Society and Elites by Dr. Lev Gudkov of the Levada Center, Dr. Kirill Rogov and Dr. Nikolay Petrov of the National Research University Higher School of Economics

·         Archival Research on the Soviet Union and Russia by Mr. Thomas Blanton and Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya of the National Security Archives

·         Nuclear Nonproliferation in US-Russian Relations by Dr. William Potter and Sarah Bidgood of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MIIS

·         Practicalities of Interacting with the Media by Matthew Rojansky of the Kennan Institute, Jon Finer of the Council on Foreign Relations and Dr. Michael Kimmage of the Catholic University of America

·         History of Russian Art by Dr. Tatiana Yudenkova of the State Tretyakov Gallery