Funding: Project Go Scholarship for ROTC Students Studying Russian

Deadlines: January 13, 2020 (abroad program); February 17, 2020 (Pittsburgh program)

The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any U.S. college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st-4th year Russian in Summer 2020.  Project GO is sponsored by the federal Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Students who have not yet begun their pursuit of Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week beginning-level class, which will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language training.  The beginning-level classes, offered by Pitt’s Summer Language Institue (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 1-July 24, 2020.  Pitt Project GO scholarships for Beginning Russian cover:
•       Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
•       Housing and a living stipend
•       Travel between the student’s home city and Pittsburgh
•       Textbooks

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Resource/Lang. Training: Instagram with Russian Grammar/Vocabulary

This instagram posts weekly challenges of Russian grammar/vocabulary with free exercises supported with Russian/Soviet art visuals. They also post Instagram stories with fun Russian grammar in a trivia quiz style.  For lower levels of Russian (mostly first and second years).

The account name is kto_smeliy, or you can follow this link: Екатерина (@kto_smeliy) • Instagram photos and videos

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 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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CFP: The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics (Canadian Slavonic Papers/ Revue canadienne des slavistes )

Deadline: December 15, 2019

CfP: Special issue on “The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics”
Canadian Slavonic Papers/ Revue canadienne des slavistes seeks submissions for a special issue on the theme of “The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics.” This project will investigate those mnemonic discourses, strategies, and media which, transcending the collapse of state socialism, continue to play a role in contemporary memory politics. The special issue aims to rebalance the discussion in a field that tends to focus on the contemporary determinants of memory: the political and sociocultural vagaries of post-socialism.
After all, mnemonic discourses are path-dependent, and thereby partially disconnected from the political objectives of the present moment. Which narratives of the past survived state socialism and retain a certain degree of resonance? How do they constrain memory actors? Conversely, can they be embraced as a political resource (for instance, by illiberal forces)?

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CFP: Edited Volume: Authenticity across Languages and Cultures – Transcultural and Philosophical Motives in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Aim of the book

In the research literature on foreign-language teaching and learning (FLTL), ‘authenticity’ emerges as an important issue (for a list of relevant publications, see the file ‘References’). The term, due to its strong connotation and its colloquial ubiquity, has been used to denote a multitude of concepts. This volume is conceptually grounded in the writings of Will (2018) and Pinner (2016), who have recently contributed to an increased level of discursive clarity (Will) on the one hand, and a promising reconceptualization (Pinner) on the other. One of the main aims of this interdisciplinary volume is a new conceptual cohesion in accordance with seminal works in FLTL (e.g. van Lier, Widdowson, Breen), literary and cultural studies (e.g. Delanoy, Kramsch, Butler) as well as in existentialist philosophy (e.g. Sartre, Heidegger). In this book, ‘authenticity’ will be investigated as an educational construct apt to enrich (the modern) foreign language classrooms  and university lecture halls in an age of globalisation, digitalisation, mobility and transculturality. With the contributors to this book coming from different countries and continents, the WHO, WHAT and HOW of ‘authenticity’ shall be investigated, overcoming widespread notions of native-speakerism, essentialism and stereotype. We encourage both theoretical and conceptual as well as empirical papers.

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Lang. Training: Summer Programs in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, Uzbek (University of Wisconsin)

Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is now accepting applications! We offer courses in intensive elementary and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional levels and languages (such as Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.

Graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are US citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. FLAS fellowships are also available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and all applicants (including international students) are eligible for the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) tuition scholarship or for tuition remission scholarships.

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Grad. Program: Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1, 2019 (international); January 15, 2019 (domestic)

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University invites applications to its MA and PhD programs.

With fifteen faculty in the core unit, the Indiana Slavic department is one of the largest in the country. We support PhD level work in Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), as well as in Slavic linguistics and language pedagogy. Home to a Russian Flagship Program, we have seen recent growth in Russian enrollments and maintain programs in BCS, Czech, Polish, and Ukrainian.

Our core faculty offers mentorship in diverse areas including the theory and practice of translation, memory studies, economic criticism, cultural studies, and critical theory; research strengths in linguistics include pragmatics, phonology, second language acquisition, and pedagogy. Our extensive and engaged network of adjunct faculty adds expertise in fields such as documentary film, computational linguistics, and religious thought. Graduate students also have the opportunity for apprenticeships at our in-house press, Slavica, which puts out academic books in Slavic studies and, under the imprint Three String Books, literary translations.

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Conference/CFP: Midwest Slavic Conference “Science & Fiction(s) (Ohio State University)

Event Date: April 3-5, 2020

Deadline for Papers: January 13, 2020

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science & Fiction(s) to be held at OSU in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other? 

The conference will open at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on Saturday morning. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to by January 13th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted. 

More information is available at the Conference website


Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13
Notification of Acceptance: February 7
Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 11
Panels Announced: February 21
Final Papers to Chair: March 20
Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20

Students: $35
Faculty/Public: $50

General Attendees: $25

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Resource: Czech-Language Interview re: Fall of Communism

On the occasion of the thirty years’ anniversary of the fall of
communism, we have broadcast, on the Czech cable TV station, exclusive interviews with Petr Pithart, the first
Prime Minister of the post-communist Czech Republic and a close
collaborator of Czechoslovak President Václav Havel:

(The interviews are in Czech with English subtitles)
Britské listy Interview 232: Petr Pithart: 1968 was the only time when
I believed that the world might be better
Britské listy Interview 233: Petr Pithart: Why were the Prague Spring
politicians such cowards?
Britské listy Interview 234: Petr Pithart: Post-invasion decades in
Czechoslovkia: An era of timelessness

See also:

Britské listy Interview 220: Petr Pithart about current threats to
democracy: ” I never thought that the past was so powerful”.

Funding/Study Abroad: Academic Fellowships in Russia (Carnegie Corp, American Councils)

Deadline: December 2, 2019

New Opportunity for On-Site Research Support in Russia from the Carnegie Corporation

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at