Acad. Job: Preceptor in Russian Language (Harvard)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for a Preceptor in Russian Language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2020 with teaching beginning in Fall Semester 2020. The successful incumbent would be expected to teach five courses per year in the Russian Language Program, both independently and as part of a team, and be involved with coordination and training of graduate student teaching fellows. We are seeking a Russian language instructor who can teach at all levels and can contribute to a wide range of language courses with a variety of content (from literature to content in social and natural sciences). In collaboration with the Director of the Slavic Language program, the Preceptor would be expected to work on curriculum and materials design for Russian language teaching, assist with recruitment of students and expanding interest in the Russian language program, and demonstrate proficiency in teaching with technology. An interest in furthering broader Slavic Language Program goals is highly desirable, including an interest in second-language acquisition research and departmental summer study abroad and campus intensive language programs. This position is for three years, renewable for a term of up to five years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization.

The successful applicant should have a doctorate in Russian language, literature, or a related field, as well as native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (, no later than December 1, 2019:

Specific Link: 

1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. A brief teaching statement and a sample of teaching materials and syllabi

4. Names and contact information of at least three references who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

 Contact Information: Lenia Constantinou, Department Administrator,

Acad. Job: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ukrainian and Russian Comparative Politics (University of Manitoba)

Deadline: November 28, 2019

Department of Political Studies & Department of German and Slavic Studies

Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba

Position Number 28177

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ukrainian and Russian Comparative Politics

The Departments of Political Studies and German and Slavic Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is located 50% in Political Science and 50% in Slavic Studies. The ideal candidate will have a PhD, or be very near completion, in Political Science, Slavic Studies, or a related field; a specialization in contemporary Eastern European politics, society, and culture, with an emphasis on Russia and Ukraine; expertise in the evolution of political structures, systems, and ideas in the region; and expertise in international relations between Russia, Ukraine, and the Western world. Expertise in the political effects of new information and communication technologies would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a productive research program, teach courses in Political Studies and Slavic Studies from first-year to the Master’s level, and to engage in the advising of honours and M.A. students. Preference will be given to candidates who have strong potential for research and teaching related to Ukraine. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching; potential to teach and develop a range of courses at all levels of instruction in both units, including cross-listed courses between both units, and a demonstrated commitment to university and department service including community outreach. Excellent language skills in Ukrainian and Russian would be an important asset; excellent reading skills in both languages are required.

The starting salary will reflect the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2020.

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CFP/Conference: Televising the Socialist Body Projections of Health and Welfare on the Socialist and Post-Socialist Screen (Paris)

Deadline: December 20, 2019

International conference, Paris, 18-20 June 2020
ERC Program BodyCapital / Centre d’Études des monde russe et d’Europe centrale (EHESS)

Television prospered upon a tension between education and leisure, which was especially acute in a socialist context. Televisions began to appear in homes in Eastern Europe after its stabilization as a socialist “block” dominated by the USSR. However diverse by nature and history, all the socialist regimes shared common strategies of mass propaganda, i.e. the intensive use of media to convert people and transform collective/individual behaviours. Television was supposed to be a new tool allowing direct normative shaping of every citizen, but also blamed in some circles for stimulating the disarticulation of the class/work/political collective. Moreover, this tool was uneasy to master: the professionals trained to produce an efficient TV discourse mainly focused on socialist progress (i.e. omitting shortcomings and problems from the picture), andthe spectators learned to read it (i.e. to select the information) at the very same time. Finally, crossed communication around programs helped the citizens to identify themselves with a Soviet way-of-life more “normal” than in the past 40 years. 

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Prof. Dev: Open Research Laboratory (University of Illinois)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Call for Applications: Open Research Laboratory at Illinois REEEC is now accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the spring Open Research Laboratory, which will take place from January 21 – May 1, 2020. Those applicants who are US citizens and whose research holds relevance for US foreign policy may also apply for US Department of State Title VIII fellowships to support their visits. 

WHAT THE LAB OFFERS:Full access to the physical and electronic collections of the University of Illinois Library.Use of the Library’s technological resources, including advanced scanning equipment and other resources.Consultations with the Slavic Reference Service.Opportunities to participate in REEEC programming (lectures, workshops, conferences, etc.).The help of REEEC staff in answering logistical questions related to your stay.Informal meetings with local scholars as desired.


Applicants who are U.S. citizens and who are conducting policy-relevant research may apply for a Title VIII fellowship to support their visits. These fellowships provide:   
A housing award furnishing accommodation on campus for up to 5 days,A travel award of up to $500 to offset transportation costs to and from Urbana-Champaign,A stipend of $500 to cover food, incidentals, and other costs associated with the research visit.For more information and to apply, please click here.

CFP: Association of Central Eurasian Studies Conference

Deadline: November 22, 2019

The Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University is now requesting submissions for our annual conference. We are accepting abstracts for approximately 20-minute paper presentations on topics related to Central Eurasia. There are no regional or temporal restrictions on topics, and papers from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome.

The primary goal of the conference will be to bring together a wide range of scholars who share an interest in Central Eurasia. Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts of papers covering any topic pertaining to Central Eurasian Studies.

Please see the below link to the Call for Papers for more details.,%202020%20CFP.pdf

Prof. Dev. : International Center for Cultural Studies, NCTU, (Taiwan)

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context


Rapidly increasing international migrations have radically changed the outlook of contemporary 21st-century societies, producing cases of massive displaced and precarious lives, and bring various impacts upon local communities. These emerging phenomena have attracted critical scholarship both in the humanities and social sciences in recent years.

The issues of migration and unequal citizens highlight the logistical continuum of biopolitics and governmentality from the colonial to the post-colonial state, from the Cold War Era to the post-Cold War global capitalism, as well as the operation of geopolitical and geo-economic apparatus of zoning politics. Critical logistics can orient the inquiry by emphasizing how the government of populations reaches beyond statistical measure to make new connections between life and work, technology and mobility, and politics and economy in and beyond any region. Logistics organizes the movement of people and goods and asserts its logic across the entire circuit of production, distribution, and consumption. Logistics has also remade the domain of global space and territory, through the operation of zoning politics, such as corridors, digital networks, extraction enclaves, financial districts, and other areas of transfer and exchange. Examining the nexus of migration and logistics offers ways of rethinking the politics of human mobility and the question of unequal citizens that not only reach beyond the logic of integration and identity but also question the standard analysis of post-war area studies.

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Grad. Program: Russian Studies (McGill | Montreal, Canada)

Deadline: January 6 (Fall Admission); August 14 (Winter Admission)

Russian Studies at McGill invites applications from talented students.  As part of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, we offer a uniquely multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment. Our students and faculty are committed to open, culturally informed dialogue among national and across intellectual traditions.    

Our faculty specializes in 19th-21st century Russian literature and culture, working in such areas as Russian Romanticism, the Russian novel, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Russian drama, opera, film, and folklore, Russian modernism, high Stalinist culture, post-Soviet culture, Russian visual culture, cultural mythology, symbolic geography, and intertextuality. Beyond Russian Studies, our Department hosts a broad and flexible range of graduate seminars, including literary theory, film, digital humanities, and environmental and animal studies. A small but dynamic program allows for a great deal of personal attention, an atmosphere of collegiality and a close-knit intellectual community.

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Conference/CFP: 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference (Columbus, OH)

Deadline for abstracts: January 13

2020 Midwest Slavic Conference
Science (&) Fiction(s)
April 3-5, 2020
Columbus, OH

The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at The Ohio State University 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 on Friday, April 3 at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on the morning of Saturday, April 4. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday, April 5 from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

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

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Study Abroad: Learn Russian in the EU (Latvia)

Deadline: Ongoing

“Learn Russian in the European Union” ( is accepting applications for 2020 Spring Semester and 2020/2021 Academic Year study abroad programs that are hosted at Daugavpils University in Daugavpils, Latvia.

The following for-credit programs are available to Russian majors and students who are not majoring in Russian, but study the language:
    – Russian Language, Literature, and Culture;
    – Russian Language and Political Science;
    – Russian Language and East European Studies;
    – Russian Language and Natural Sciences/STEM (math, physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental studies) with theory and laboratory practice in English/Russian.

American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to study in Latvia.

Daugavpils University awards up to 30 ECTS credits per semester – the equivalent of 15 credit hours at American universities.

For all of the details please visit

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Study Abroad: Fieldwork Opportunities in Folklore, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology (Siberia, Russia, Kazakhstan)

Deadline: (Varies) December 2019 – May 2020

American Friends of Russian Folklore is pleased to announce eight folklore expeditions in Russia, Siberia and Kazakhstan for the summer of 2020.   Volunteer positions on theexpeditions are available to students, academics and others.

Expeditions are led by qualified scholars with years of experience in the field. Volunteers join in the work of the expedition – conducting interviews, making video and audio recordings, serving as audiences and helping to process collected field materials. Team members live in rural villages where they are immersed in  local customs, language and food. Fluency in the local language is helpful, but not required.

Volunteers pay a fee which covers their accommodations, food and transportation during the expedition, plus a share of the general expedition expenses. College credit through students’ home institutions can be arranged in many cases.   Scholarships are available.

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