Job: Digital Editor Internship (Russia Life Magazine)

Russian Life magazine seeks a Digital Editor intern to curate and compile its weekly e-letter, The Russia File, and to play an active role in the magazine’s growing digital footprint. Requirements:

* Superb English writing skills (native English).
* Ability to write succinctly, quippily, and knowledgeably about Russian culture (with little or no need for style editor intervention).
* At least intermediate Russian reading ability.
* Excellent online search, fact-checking, and news survey skills.
* Excellent sense of humor and a taste for offbeat, under-the-radar news.
* Basic HTML skills and comfort with CMS and online blog editing systems, including image manipulation, or willingness to gain this skill.

This is a part-time internship that is scoped at 2-3 hours per week and has a modest stipend.

For application information, visit:
https://russianlife.com/contact/jobs-available/

Acad. Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow In Russian History (Oberlin College)

Deadline: February 14, 2020

 Oberlin College, Russian Department and Russian and East European Studies Committee 

The Russian Department and the Russian and East European Studies Committee at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty positiоn as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian History in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of two years beginning in July 2020 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies; the successful candidate will also have a courtesy appointment in the History Department. The position is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Deadline: Feb. 14.
URL: https://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/8600

Funding: World-Leading Interdisciplinary St Andrews Funded PhD Scholarship

Deadline: January 16, 2020

World-Leading Interdisciplinary St Andrews Funded PhD Scholarship

Turning Science Fiction into Data Science

What happens when we treat books as data? Can literary theory ever meet scientific standards? By applying a range of historical and current methods of quantitative analysis to a body of science fiction, this project will investigate claims for objectivity in literary theory. Given that science fiction has successfully predicted future scientific discoveries, the data sets created by different methods of quantitative analysis have the potential to influence not only the future of science fiction, but the course of science itself.

The project will focus on science fiction about exoplanets from any language area(s). By combining the expertise of a literary specialist, exoplanet scientist, and computational biologist as co-supervisors, this doctoral project will be uniquely placed to discover and critique interrelationships between these disciplines. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Emily Finer, Dr Christiane Helling, and Dr V Anne Smith and based in the Centre for Exoplanet Science at the University of St Andrews. A central question for the Centre and this project is how would human society respond to life beyond our planet? The project will explore whether analysis of science fiction as a dataset, using computational techniques from both digital humanities and artificial intelligence, can give us hints as to a societal gestalt potentially predictive of reactions to real extraterrestrial contact.

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Resource: Russian Language Learning Podcast

Russian Language podcast designed specifically for Novice and Intermediate learners of Russian.

The podcast features short audios with transcripts recorded by native speakers of Russian who talk about themselves, their families, hobbies, etc. This free podcast is available here: http://russianrocket.libsyn.com and also on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify.

A curated list of other resources for independent learning can be found here: https://dontforgetrussian.weebly.com/connect-to-people.html

Acad. Job: Visiting Position in Ukrainian Studies (Columbia)

Deadline: January 14, 2020

Columbia University invites applications for an appointment in Ukrainian studies to be filled at the rank of assistant, associate, or full visiting professor for one semester (fall or spring) in the academic year 2020-2021. Rank commensurate with experience. Ph.D. or equivalent is required. History is the preferred area of research and teaching specialization, but literary/cultural studies and other areas will also be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses: a course of broad interest for upper-level undergraduates and a second course for graduate students. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to give one public lecture and to participate in the academic life of the University, including as an affiliate of the Harriman Institute.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference, a modest sample (article or book or dissertation chapter) of scholarship, and past teaching evaluations, if available. The letter of application should include a statement indicating which semester the applicant prefers to teach, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests.
All applications must be submitted online at: 
http://pa334.peopleadmin.com/postings/4822
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Grad. Program: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (University of Illinois)

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications to our MA degree programs. The deadline for application is January 1.  

The Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) at the University of Illinois is a two-year program designed for students preparing for further academic study as well as those aiming to pursue careers in government, NGOs, business, the media, international law, private foundations, or cultural exchange. The program provides broad exposure to the history, cultures, politics, and societies of the area as well as to many disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to its study. Take courses from leading experts in history, literature, political science, sociology, business, anthropology, economics, law, linguistics, religion, and more. Over 100 graduate-level disciplinary courses are available to students! REEES MA alumni have gone on to work at the Eurasia Foundation, FEMA, the FBI, the State Department, American Councils for International Education, and study at Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Indiana, and UC Santa Barbara, among others. 

REEEC also offers a joint MA/MS degree in REEES and Library and Information Sciences. This joint degree includes language and area studies coursework combined with coursework in the top-ranked Illinois School of Information Sciences. The degree pairs regional expertise with professional training in informatics as well as information management, preparing students for a career in librarianship, archives and special collections, data management, reference, or digital humanities, all focused on the REEE region.

Abundant opportunities to develop language proficiency and expertise! Illinois offers instruction in ten languages of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian), Bulgarian, Czech, German, Polish, Old Church Slavonic, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. Study Georgian and other REEE languages through the Big Ten (BTAA) academic alliance and other partnerships.

Students in the MA program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships offered under the Higher Education Act, Title VI, US Department of Education. FLAS fellowships provide a tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 for academic-year fellowships ($2,500 for summer fellowships). A limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships, which include a tuition and fee waiver and/or stipend, may be available to outstanding students through REEEC and other units.

For more information, please visit: https://reeec.illinois.edu/

Questions should be directed to Dr. Maureen Marshall, Associate Director, at: memarsh@illinois.edu.

Acad. Job: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Russian (Bucknell University)

Deadline: February 29, 2020

The Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Bucknell University invites applications for a renewable, full-time, non-tenure-track lectureship position in Russian language to begin August 1, 2020, with a two-year initial appointment. The successful candidate will teach Russian language at all levels, with a concentration on the Elementary and Intermediate sequence. The teaching load is 3/3, which is expected to include a first-year, writing-intensive seminar, and a general course on Russian culture in the candidate’s area of specialization, both taught in English. Possibility for on-going renewal will be contingent on demonstrated teaching effectiveness and the continuing needs of the Russian Studies Program. The successful candidate should possess native or near-native fluency in Russian and exhibit a demonstrated interest in Russian language teaching methodology. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or be ABD in the area of Russian language and literature. Evidence of successful college-level teaching experience is required.

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Call for Submissions: The Legacies of State Socialist Memory Politics

Deadline: December 15, 2019

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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Resource: Research Guides

To facilitate and encourage research abroad, SRAS recently launched a series of guides on GeoHistory, a part of their Family of Sites. 

Our guides include a general introduction: https://geohistory.today/introduction-russian-archives/

They also have several individual guides. These currently include AVPRI, AVP, GARF, RGASPI, RGALI, and The Russian State Library. You can view all current entries here: https://geohistory.today/category/archives/

As you likely already know, bureaucratic requirements in Russia tend to change quite regularly. Therefore, they’d like to ask you to inform them of anything that you know of that might need to be updated in these guides. They are bullet-pointed for quick review of issues like documents needed for a propusk, maximum delo that can be requested at one time, and overall ease of entry and working within the archive, for instance.

If you have researched at an archive or facility not listed here, they’d also love to include that facility in our list of guides. You can find a rubic to fill out here: https://geohistory.today/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Archive-Rubric.docx

If you have a good picture of the facility (inside or outside) they’d love to see them for any new entry – or to update their old entries.

Any questions/updates can be directed to jwilson@sras.org .

Study Abroad: SRAS Programs in Russia, Poland, Siberia, et al.

Deadline: February 15, 2020; (varies)

Below is a brief list of available programs. All can be found on our program search engine at http://sras.org/program_summer

        – Moscow, Bishkek, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, or Kyiv: Russian as a Second Language

        – Warsaw: Security and Society Summer School      

        – St. Petersburg Summer School (energy security; museum management; cultural diplomacy; media studies).

        – Irkutsk: Language and Environment

        – Bishkek: Central Asian Studies (identity, ethnicity, and linguistic anthropology; now includes a horse mountain trek and travel to Uzbekistan)

        – Winds of Change Travel Program: Study the fall of the USSR and its modern relevance in Central and Eastern Europe

As always, we encourage you and your students to browse our full list of funding opportunities at https://sras.org/funding