CFP: Graduate Conference on the Late Soviet Union

Deadline: February 19, 2021

Event Date:
April 30, 2021
9 a.m.–3 p.m. EST (virtual)

We invite paper proposals from graduate students (PhD, MA) at any stage working on a topic related to the history of the late Soviet Union (1953–1991). This conference allows graduate students to present their original and ongoing work in a professional environment, and to receive feedback from peers and experts within the field. We also extend an invitation to undergraduate students who have begun rigorous independent research related to the late Soviet Union.

Proposals may include topics related to the political, cultural, social, environmental, or economic history of the Soviet Union between 1953-1991.

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Scholarships to learn Russian, Persian and Armenian

Deadlines in February, March, and April

Several Scholarships are available to learn Russian, Persian, and Armenian during the ASPIRANTUM summer schools in Yerevan

Russian Language Summer School 2021 –

Dostoyevsky Scholarships to Learn Russian –

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Acad. Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Banking and Household Finance (HSE University, Moscow)

Deadline: February 14, 2021

Center for Institutional Studies in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of Empirical Banking and Household Finance.


The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of Economics, Banking, Finance or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university;
  • Candidates should have a strong background in Economics, Econometrics, Banking, Finance or Household Finance, interest in applied empirical research in the mentioned fields accompanied by (a) clear research project proposal(s), as well as the ability to work in a team and on his/her own research projects,
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.
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CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies)

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta is pleased to announce a call for applications for CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2022.

The Bayduza Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Ukraine. Applications in all fields of humanities and social sciences are welcome, but proposals in the areas of identities, nationalism, regions, borders, social values, and historical politics and memory will be given a prior consideration.

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Funding: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants (SLI, University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: February 10, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) at the University of Pittsburgh will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site or remotely at Pitt’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June–July 2021. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see for the complete list of language courses offered.

Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects. However, please note that applicants should be prepared to conduct their projects entirely remotely in the event that pandemic conditions prevent the 2021 SLI from offering in-person instruction, and/or if University of Pittsburgh restrictions on non-essential travel prohibit the use of grant funds to cover travel expenses in Summer 2021.

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CFP: Central Slavic Virtual Conference

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars from all
disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to
submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its
annual meeting from March 11-13, 2021. Sessions will be held on Thursday
afternoon, Friday afternoon and Saturday.

In a departure from past practice, this conference will be entirely
virtual and will not take place at the Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel
in St. Louis, as happened in recent years. We will leverage the virtual
platform with the aim of generating dynamic exchanges in new and
exciting ways.

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CFP: Cultural Biopolitics in Modern Russia

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Proposals are invited for a special issue of Russian Literature dedicated to Cultural Biopolitics in Modern Russia. The term “biopolitics” was coined by Michel Foucault to describe a historical shift that took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, when an earlier concept of sovereignty, grounded in the power to decide when “to take life or let live,” was replaced by one determined by the state’s power “to foster life or disallow it to the point of death.” With the emergence of liberal democracy and modern capitalism, new forms of governmentality appeared that centered on the administration of bodies at the level of the population. From government funded programs to increase birth rates to prohibitions on smoking, euthanasia, and certain kinds of sexual behavior, natural life began to be included in the calculations of the state. Sovereign power increasingly became identified with the management of life. Politics assumed the form of biopolitics.

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CFP/Conference: Socialist Culture Recycled (Eastern Europe: from Disillusions to Nostalgia and Beyond) (St. Petersburg)

Deadline: January 20, 2021

June 25–27, 2021, St. Petersburg, The Institute of Russian Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House)

Moved from June 2020, due to COVID-19.

The popularity of Soviet ‘retro-culture’ in post-Soviet society is a passionately debated topic in current studies addressing the situation in Russia of the 1990s – 2010s. But equally impressive is the fact that a comparable fascination with the socialist past is observed even in those European countries that had the socialist order imposed upon them immediately before or after World War II.

In the specialist literature, which grows ever larger, such admiration is typically interpreted in terms of revanchism, trauma or nostalgia. We believe, however, that these well-established approaches are not able to exhaust the problem. Indeed, their very familiarity can produce predictable outcomes.

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Title VIII Funding for Intensive Language Study (Arizona State University)

Deadline: January 25, 2021

I wanted to send a final reminder regarding the opportunity for current and incoming graduate students to apply for Title VIII funding for intensive language study at ASU’s Critical Languages Institute (CLI).

The Department of State’s Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study the less commonly taught languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. ASU’s Critical Language’s Institute will welcome our 8th cohort of Title VIII Fellows in summer 2021. If you are a current or incoming graduate student who would benefit from language training and Title VIII funding, we hope to hear from you! If you know any graduate students who might benefit from our program, we hope that you share this information with them!

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Acad. Job: Lecturer in Russian Culture (Princeton University)

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University invites applications from academic professionals with established records of scholarship for a Lecturer position for academic year 2021-2022. We are seeking a dynamic and imaginative scholar who would complement the research agenda of our present faculty, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, advise student independent work, and participate in the extracurricular activities of the Department. Responsibilities will also include holding weekly office hours and grading coursework. Position duty time will be based on student enrollments and departmental need.

Among the desirable areas of specialization are Russian cultural history, culture of the Russian diaspora, translation studies, contemporary literature, cinema/media studies, drama/theater/performance, critical gender and race studies.

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