Grad. Program: Slavic Languages and Literatures (USC)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications from well-qualified students.

Our dynamic faculty have wide-ranging research interests with particular concentration in Russian literature and culture of the modern era.  In addition to the core of faculty whose focus is literature (Greta Matzner-Gore, Sarah Pratt, Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, Thomas Seifrid, and Alexander Zholkovsky) we have a specialist in eastern European cinema (Anna Krakus). We have just been joined by Professor Colleen McQuillen, a scholar of Russian modernism, who comes to us from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

We offer excellent opportunities for graduate support leading to the PhD, starting with standard five-year packages that include three years of fellowship support and two teaching years, tuition, and health insurance. 

Additionally, the Los Angeles area itself, with its abundance of cultural resources makes USC an exciting place at which to do graduate work (for a sampling of the areas attractions, see http://dornsife.usc.edu/life-in-la/).

Basic information about our faculty and program is available on our web site – http://dornsife.usc.edu/sll/  For information on how to apply, please see http://dornsife.usc.edu/sll/how-to-apply/.

Funding for graduate study at USC is generous but competitive, and deadlines for application matter. We continue to accept applications through March for the following fall semester, but the chance receiving funding diminishes significantly after January. Our financial support is intended to fund the entire course of PhD study (see Financial Support) and we admit only those students whom we are able to fund.

Study Abroad: American Councils Programs and Fellowships

Deadline: October 15, 2019

American Councils Study Abroad is now accepting applications for Spring 2020 intensive language immersion programs!

Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

RLASP offers participants the unique opportunity to study Russian language and area studies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. Language prerequisite: two semesters of Russian.

See also: Business Russian Language & InternshipHeritage Speakers Program

Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

ERLP provides participants intensive individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may choose from a wide range of regional languages, including Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Buryat, Chechen, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Tajiki, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Yakut. Language prerequisite: two semesters of the target language or a related language.

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Funding: Startalk Grants for Language Learning and Teacher Professional Development

Deadline: October 24, 2019

STARTALK solicits proposals to run summer programs for student language learning and teacher professional development. For 2020, grants will support programs for students and teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The application window for summer 2020 programs runs from September 12 to October 24. Updated application information and details about several upcoming webinars for applicants can be found on the STARTALK website: 
https://startalk.umd.edu/public/resources/applicantresources

Resource: Foreign Language Teaching Podcast

Foreign Language Teaching Podcast 

Podcast host Dr. Natalie McCauley and her guest discuss a number of topics related to language teaching and assessment, such as:
– how attending an ACTFL oral proficiency workshop changed Dr. Rifkin’s teaching;
– why it is important to study abroad and why just “being there is not enough”;
– how teachers can reduce their presence in the classroom so that students get more time to use the language;
– why a successful language classroom is a ‘noisy’ classroom;
– the concept of “intensity of engagement’ as an alternative approach to lesson planning;
– how Dr. Rifkin assigns and structures students’ presentations; 
– ways to sustain students’ motivation as they continue their study of Russian, and many others.
You can listen to the interview on its TeachRussian.org page or on your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify).

CFP: Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Clemson University)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS 
58th Annual Meeting 
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies 
Greenville, SC
March 12-14, 2020

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, March 12-14, 2020. The meeting will be hosted by Clemson University. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals.  

The John Shelton Curtiss Lecture at the Friday Banquet will be given by Professor Donald Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His talk is provisionally titled “GenSec:  The Brezhnev You May not Know.”  Raleigh has authored, translated, and edited numerous books on modern Russian history including Revolution on the Volga (1986), Experiencing Russia’s Civil War (2002), Russia’s Sputnik Generation (2006), and Soviet Baby Boomers (2012), a Russian-language edition of which was published in 2015. The book was short listed for the Pushkin House Prize in Great Britain and won the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies Book Prize. His current book project, a biography of Soviet leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, has taken the author to archives in Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. We encourage participation from scholars of all Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. Papers can be on any time period and any topic relevant to these regions. 

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Funding: Critical Language Scholarship (US Department of State)

Deadline: November 19, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open!  We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available online at:  https://www.clscholarship.org/apply

Applications are due Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by 8:00pm EST.

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

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Internships: US Department of State (Washington, DC or abroad)

Deadline for Summer: October 4, 2019

How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. You’ll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

While the duties of U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program participants vary from bureau to bureau, office to office, and embassy to embassy, it is not uncommon for these students to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior-level U.S. Government or foreign government officials
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policymakers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives
  • Support events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences or
  • Engage directly with U.S. audiences in helping to explain the work of the Department of State or foreign audiences in helping to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society

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Acad. Job: Assistant Professor in Russian and Slavic Studies, Tenure Eligible (University of Arizona)

Deadline: November 3, 2019

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SILLC) at the University of Arizona is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an area of specialization in literature and/or cultural studies. The top candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Candidates should be highly collaborative, exploratory, and hardworking with strong potential for research and publication, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and a commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. This is a benefits-eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2020.

Minimum Qualifications:
• PhD in Russian or Slavic Studies (or a related field) in hand by August 1, 2020
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching, as indicated by course evaluations, teaching awards, or other metrics
• Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English

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Prof. Dev. : The Eco-System of the Language Industry – Panel and Networking Event (Women in Localization)

Event Date: September 24, 2019

We are pleased to invite you to the first Women in Localization, Texas Chapter Houston Event!

Winnie Heh, Associate Chapter Manger – Mentoring for the Silicon Valley Chapter, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies Career Advisor, Translation, Interpretation & Localization Management, will be joining us to present on importance of localization and various localization job functions available in our rapidly globalized world.

We look forward to the great discussion and networking!

Agenda

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Registration and meet/mingle; catering provided
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Winnie Heh presents The Eco-System of the Language Industry
  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm: Q&A and wrap-up

This event is FREE however please register your spot on Eventbrite!

Parking: Please park in the GreenStreet garage. The entrance is directly across the street from Station’s location in the Netrality building – Enter on Fannin between Polk and Clay. Station has secured all-day parking for $6/day. For this rate, please bring your ticket to get it validated.

If unable to attend, this event will be livestreamed.

Funding: Interdisciplinary Art Grant – Spotlight on Bulgaria

Deadline: September 24, 2019

The Interdisciplinary Art Grant, solely funded by the American Foundation for Bulgaria, is designed by the Council for European Studies, the Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York, and the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. This collaborative event is aligned with CES’ mission and programs. The grant is intended to support collaborative, interdisciplinary work produced by emerging and established artists in Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarians in other countries. New work and work in progress is eligible.

One prize in the amount of $3000 will be awarded in May 2020. A multi-disciplinary selection committee, assembled from the founding organizations mentioned above, will choose the winners in October 2019. The winning entry will receive a check for $3000[1] for creating and producing the work, along with public recognition in a special edition of EuropeNow and announcement in the European Studies Newsletter, as well as various social media sites. In addition, each of the awardees will receive one year of complimentary individual membership with the Council for European Studies (CES). 

 
Eligibility

Each application must meet the following criteria: 

  • represent a collaboration of at least two artists one of whom is a Bulgarian residing in the country or abroad
  • present an interdisciplinary project that combines at least two of three categories: music, literature, and visual art.
  • be written in English;
  • seek the grant to create a new work or complete work in progress
  • project must be completed by March of 2020.

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