Resource/Conference: Live Stream of The Scholarly World of Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov: Assessments, Reassessments, Reflections (UCLA)

Event Date: November 15, 2019

For those of you who are interested, the conference announced below will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the UCLA Slavic Department.
Please use your personal Facebook account to search our department page: UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures.  Please contact Deanna De La Hunt at deanna@humnet.ucla.edu should you have any questions or issues accessing the Facebook page.
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The UCLA Dept. of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures and UCLA’s Program in Indo-European Studies are pleased to announce an international conference, “The Scholarly World of Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov: Assessments, Reassessments, Reflections,” on the occasion of the 90th year of his birth and the second anniversary of his passing. The conference will take place November 15, 2019 at the Faculty Center, UCLA Campus. Morning sessions will be devoted to Vyacheslav Ivanov’s contributions to Indo-European studies and general linguistics, and afternoon sessions – his contributions to semiotics of culture and poetics. Guest speakers include:

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Webinar: A Russian Bridge Course: Navigating the Transition from Language-Driven to Content-Driven Courses

Event Date: November 19, 2019

Led by Lynne deBenedette
November 19 at 5:30pm EST

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In this webinar, Lynne deBenedette will discuss how to create a course for learners who are roughly at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid proficiency level that focuses both on content learning and language learning in a balanced way.  In the more commonly taught languages these courses are sometimes referred to as “bridge courses” –when students transition from lower-level language courses (organized around a textbook) to upper-level courses that primarily focus on content materials (films and / or readings). deBenedette will consider how much content material is practical at this level, how to choose it, and how to assess student learning of that content.  Drawing on the content materials selected, she will discuss how to choose language forms to focus on. The webinar will examine in detail examples of classroom materials to see how the content-learning is counterbalanced with focused work on language form, and how classroom tasks are sequenced to guide learners from input to output.  The webinar will conclude with a list of principles for implementing this approach with a range of content topics.

Lynne deBenedette is Senior Lecturer in Russian at Brown University, where she has taught since 1995. She is a co-author, with William J. Comer, Alla Smyslova and Jonathan Perkins, of the first-year Russian language textbook Между нами (http://www.mezhdunami.org). At Brown she coordinates the Russian language program and teaches Russian and (occasionally) Czech.

https://actr.wildapricot.org/event-3624560

  • The webinar is free for current ACTR members ($15 fee for non-members)
  • All registered participants will receive access to the webinar recording. Register even if you cannot attend the webinar live. 
  • Certificate of participation will be emailed upon request

Conference: Scholarly World of Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov (UCLA)

Event Date: November 15, 2019

The UCLA Dept. of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures and UCLA’s Program in Indo-European Studies are pleased to announce an international conference, “The Scholarly World of Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov: Assessments, Reassessments, Reflections,” on the occasion of the 90th year of his birth and the second anniversary of his passing. The conference will take place November 15, 2019 at the Faculty Center, UCLA Campus. Morning sessions will be devoted to Vyacheslav Ivanov’s contributions to Indo-European studies and general linguistics, and afternoon sessions – his contributions to semiotics of culture and poetics. Guest speakers include:

•       H. Craig Melchert (UCLA),
•       Nikolai Kazansky (St. Petersburg University)
•       Anna Dybo (Moscow State University)
•       Ilya Yakubovich (Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences)
•       Georges-Jean Pinault (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris Sciences et Lettres)

•       Tatiana Tsivian (Moscow State University; Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
•       Nataliya Zlydneva (Moscow State University; Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
•       Mihhail Lotman (Tallinn University; University of Tartu)
•       Henryk Baran (SUNY Albany)
•       Yuri Tsivian (University of Chicago)
•       Barry P. Scherr (Dartmouth College)
•       Willem Weststeijn (University of Amsterdam)
•       Igor Pilshchikov (UCLA)

The full program may be accessed at:
https://slavic.ucla.edu/event/the-scholarly-world-of-vyacheslav-ivanov-assessments-reassessments-reflections/

Job: Russian Instructors, Project GO (University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh)

Deadline: November 10, 2019

Lead Russian Instructor, Project GO Narva, Part-Time
Administration-Russian & East European Studies – Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh – (19008204)

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for the position of Lead Russian Instructor for the 2020 Project GO study abroad program in Narva, Estonia. Appointed for the Spring-Summer Term 2020, the Lead Instructor will be chiefly responsible for teaching the ROTC 4th-year Russian course, while providing oversight and coordinating the Russian language curriculum with the 2nd and 3rd-year Russian instructors for the Narva program, from design to implementation. Other responsibilities will include: serving on scholarship selection committees, participation in all pre-departure orientation sessions; collaboration with Narva College on the design and implementation of cultural programs; coordinating classes with the content to be covered during lectures and excursions; preparing 4th-year Russian students for all program-related excursions and lectures; conversing with students in the target language at all times; and assistance with the administration of required language proficiency exams.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree and 2-3 years of experience in teaching advanced Russian language at the college level required; Ph.D. in Russian language and culture preferred. Previous experience with OPI testing and designing cultural programs are also preferred. The Lead Russian Instructor for the Project GO Narva program works on international teams with staff from the University of Pittsburgh and Narva College, while also interacting with key stakeholders in the United States and Estonia (students, faculty, administrators, and community members). Candidates should demonstrate outstanding organization and communication skills; ability to make independent decisions and recommendations; ability to work independently and to maintain a proactive and collegial attitude while working as part of a team; and ability to keep a positive and diplomatic composure when interacting with various stakeholders.

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Acad. Job: Director of Russian Language Program (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Director of the Russian Language Program, pending budgetary approval. This appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer; the initial appointment is for one year, followed by a three-year renewable term.

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Acad. Job: Tenure-track assistant professorship in Polish Studies (contemporary Polish culture) (University of Copenhagen)

Deadline: November 28, 2019

The Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Polish Studies (contemporary Polish culture) to be filled on 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is concerned with cultures, languages, religions and societies outside of Western Europe and North America. Information about the department may be found at https://ccrs.ku.dk/.

Polish Studies is part of a language-based area studies programme in East European Studies, with specializations in Russian, Polish or Balkan studies. The programme offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees, and the disciplinary focus is within history, culture, literature and contemporary society.

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The tenure-track assistant professorship is offered in the field of Polish culture.

The successful applicant should be able to teach courses and lessons in Danish or English on the general history of Eastern Europe, Polish cultural history, contemporary East European and Polish culture, methods and theories of cultural analysis, and to supervise BA- and MA-level students within these fields.

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Acad. Job: Adjunct Position in Russian Literature (George Mason University)

Deadline: November 25, 2019

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University is looking for a part-time instructor of Russian literature to teach one course in spring 2020. The course, taught in English, is “Survey of Russian Literature of the 20th Century.” Interested colleagues living in the greater Washington, D.C. area, who hold at least an MA in Russian, should send a cover letter and CV to Dr. James S. Levine (jlevin2@gmu.edu). Review of applicants will begin November 25, 2019.

Conference: The Stalingrad Myth: Russian-German Comparative Perspectives (Berlin)

Event Date: November 7-9, 2019

International Conference
07–09 Nov 2019
The Stalingrad Myth. Russian-German Comparative Perspectives

Venue: German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, Zwieseler Str. 4, 10318 Berlin, Germany

Organized by Claude Haas, Matthias Schwartz, in cooperation with the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst and the German War Graves Commission

With the capitulation of the 6th Army in Stalingrad in February 1943, the German war of aggression and annihilation in Eastern Europe took a decisive turn. While in German cultural memory the defeat at Stalingrad is thought of to this day as »synonym for apocalypse« (Jens Ebert), in post-soviet Russia their victory in this »battle of the century« (Vassili Chuikov) is still seen as a prime example of heroic fortitude in the ›Great Patriotic War‹. No other battle, no other locus for collective memory, has been charged with such contrasting meaning throughout subsequent decades as ‹Stalingrad›. In West Germany, ‹Stalingrad› served as the epitome of German victimhood in the collective imagination of the 1950s and 60s, excluding as far as possible the guilt of war crimes and genocide. In the USSR, by contrast, the cultural commemoration of the victims and heroes of World War II gradually became more important and even partially replaced the October Revolution as the founding myth of the socialist state, especially from the 1960s onwards.

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Internships: Cold War International History Project

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Spring 2020 Internships with CWIHP
The Cold War International History Project is seeking internship applications for the Spring 2020 semester. Interns work on-site at the Wilson Center and will support HAPP programs such as the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters degree program, have graduated within the past year, or have been accepted to an advanced degree program in history, political science, library science, or related field within the next year. Internships are unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs’ requirements. International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa at the time of application and appropriate work authorization.

The deadline to apply is Friday, 1 November, 2019. We are currently seeking interns for the following positions:


Please see the position descriptions above for requirements and application instructions.

Grad. Program: Center for Slavic and East European Studies (Ohio State University)

Deadline: November 30, 2019 (international students); December 13, 2019 (domestic students)

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) at The Ohio State University is now accepting applications for its MA in Slavic and East European Studies for autumn 2020. The application deadline for international students is November 30, 2019 and for domestic students, December 13, 2019.

The MA in Slavic and East European Studies is an interdisciplinary, terminal degree that prepares students for careers in the government, non-profit, or public sector, or to pursue a PhD. For those interested in a career in the public, military, or private sector, the CSEES MA provides them with the language skills and regional knowledge to understand and analyze the events, culture, history, and politics of a region or country within Eastern Europe/Eurasia. Those wanting to go on to pursue a PhD receive a foundation in the humanities and social sciences while developing a focused approach to the study of the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. All students choose a topical and/or regional specialization, allowing students to customize the degree to their interests. To complete the degree, students may choose to either complete an MA exam, or defend a thesis.

Ohio State offers students the opportunity to study the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, or Uzbek languages. It has strong faculty concentrations in Central Asia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Southeastern Europe. With close to 90 affiliated faculty, CSEES MA students can take courses in architecture, culture, film, geography, history, international studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, public health, public policy, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

While in the program, CSEES organizes a variety of events and professional development opportunities for students. Additionally, students can pursue a dual degree with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to enhance their skill set for the non-profit or government sectors, as well as numerous other options for graduate interdisciplinary specializations or minors. 

Interested students should contact the assistant director of CSEES, Eileen Kunkler, at kunkler.10@osu.edu.