Job Posting: Policy Analyst, Texas Sunset Commission

Deadline: July 6, 2023


Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Texas lottery, criminal justice system, or other key government functions? The Sunset Commission is seeking motivated, analytical, curious, and innovative individuals with a desire to help government work better.

Opening Date: June 6, 2023    Closing Date: July 6, 2023
Job Title: Policy Analyst (multiple entry-level positions)
Starting Salary: $65,000 
Expected Start Date: September 5, 2023

Job Description

A policy analyst works as part of a team to conduct nonpartisan, objective evaluations of Texas state agencies. A policy analyst takes a deep dive into an agency’s operations; collects and analyzes information and data; identifies state laws and operations needing improvement; writes concise reports recommending changes; makes oral presentations on the results of reviews; and provides information and assistance to legislators and their staff. 

In a nutshell, a policy analyst looks for creative ways to improve state government and agency operations, learns about a wide variety of policy issues, works with the top management of state agencies, interviews stakeholders both in and outside state government, and participates in the legislative process. Periodic travel and occasional long hours are components of this job. 

We are a fun, hard-working team of intellectually curious people who believe in our mission to improve government operations. The Sunset Commission is an equal opportunity employer. 

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CFP: “Per Aspera ad Astra: The Making of Soviet Jewish Selves” (Columbia University)

Deadline: August 15, 2023

“Per Aspera ad Astra: The Making of Soviet Jewish Selves”

October 5th, 2023, Columbia University, New York

In his new book How the Soviet Jew Was Made, Prof. Sasha Senderovich (University of Washington) examines Soviet Jewishness through a series of literary and artistic representations. On October 5th, 2023, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, the Harriman Institute, and the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University will co-host a one-day graduate conference that is inspired and informed by Senderovich’s book. This conference will examine, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the implicit question of the title: How, indeed, was the Soviet Jew made?

We encourage interested participants to address the construction of Soviet Jewishness from a variety of scholarly perspectives, including, but not limited to: literary studies, history, anthropology, film studies, social studies, and visual and plastic arts. The
conference does not seek to replicate a traditional panel of research papers, but rather aims to interrogate, collaboratively, topics such as: 

  • Transnationalism 
  • Multilingualism and Translation 
  • Marginality / Liminality 
  • Ambivalence
  • Transit and Mobility 
  • Borders and Adversity
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CFP: “Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: Adapting to the Post-Pandemic World”

Deadline: September 30, 2023

Call for Papers: Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: Adapting to the Post-Pandemic World 

NeMLA 2024 panel (March 7-10, 2024, Boston, MA) 

This panel is looking for presentations about innovations that college instructors of Central and Eastern European languages have been implementing in order to make language and culture courses relevant and meaningful in the era of post-Covid and the war in Ukraine. How has the pandemic changed our methodology and pedagogy? What approaches and techniques do we take with us? What practices do we discard? In what areas do we innovate and what are successful innovations? How do we adapt to different student expectations and experiences in face-to-face, remote or hybrid courses? What has the pandemic made obsolete, a “surplus”, in our courses? How has the war in Ukraine influenced our curriculum? 

Abstracts focusing on any less commonly taught language that is spoken in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc will be considered, including but not limited to: Albanian, Bosnian / Croatian / Montenegrin / Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian. 

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Conference: Language Learning and Language Competencies for Field Research in Eurasian Studies (Slavic Reference Service, University of Illinois)

Event Dates: June 15-16, 2023

As part of the Summer Research Lab at the University of Illinois, the Slavic Reference Service is hosting a hybrid workshop:

Language Learning and Language Competencies for Field Research in Eurasian Studies

June 15 – 16, 2023

In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore a range of questions related to language acquisition, technological assistance in conducting language-based research, the distortions of interpretation and translation, and more in order to gain a greater familiarity with the intersection of language learning and field research in Eurasian studies. 

We invite you to attend the workshop virtually. Registration is required:

Please see the program in its entirety below. We hope to see you there. 

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Seminar: 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress Series

Event Date: June 14, 2023; Ongoing

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 11th talk of the Spring/Summer 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

***The talk will take place in hybrid format in-person at CRRC Georgia and online through Zoom***…/tZAkc-ippjIuGdKCz-LC1h…

“Tensions of Colonializing and Federalizing Empire: The Debates in the Constitutional-Democratic Party and the State Duma of the Russian Empire, 1905-1911”

Alexander Semyonov, Amherst College and Ab Imperio

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 18:30 Tbilisi time (10:30 EST) 

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CFP: “Eurasia Decentered: Internal and External Souths from the Medieval Period to the Present” (Columbia University)

Deadline: October 1, 2023

An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the journal Kritika and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, to be held at the Harriman Institute in New York City on April 19-20, 2024.

The conference Eurasia Decentered builds upon recent scholarship that casts the differences between the internal souths of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, on the one hand, and the external souths of India, Persia, China, the Ottoman Empire / Turkey, Latin America, and elsewhere, on the other, as both blurred and critical. Kritika editors are soliciting analyses that show the symbiotic nature of north-south relations through economic exchange, political modeling and rivalry, migration, and cultural forms. We seek to highlight the ways the north was transformed by its contacts with the tricontinental south. We intend for the conference to be multi-perspectival across space and time. For instance, how was the Russian Empire perceived from Tehran in 1829 or the Soviet Union from New Delhi in 1946? How did the Soviet Union theorize the existence of its internal south, which was sometimes imagined in racial terms, amid its support for anti-colonial movements in Africa and Asia? We invite the consideration of experts in the histories of the medieval East Slavic states, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union, as well as scholars of the external south who engage these topics “from the other shore.”

Kritika editors are drawn to this topic by two related developments in the field of Imperial Russian and Soviet history. The first is the growing prominence of comparative, transnational, and trans-imperial approaches, which have situated histories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union amid the global circulation of ideas, practices, peoples, and commodities. It bears emphasizing that transnational and comparative thinking and, more broadly, efforts to de-exoticize Russia and the Soviet Union have been part of Kritika’s agenda from its very first issue.

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Conference: “Hills and Hollers: The Challenges and Kinships of Academic Life off the Tenure Track” (West Virginia Univ.)

Event Date: June 29-30, 2023

Please join us June 29-30 for our virtual conference, “Hills and Hollers: The Challenges and Kinships of Academic Life off the Tenure Track.”

Registration is open now with a discount for those who register before June 15. We have a vibrant set of participants from across US institutions, including our keynote speaker, Adrianna Kezar from the University of Southern California. Inquiries may be directed to

More information and registration links can be found at

This conference offers a great opportunity to share ideas for advocacy, collaboration, and career advancement for faculty, as well as for graduate students who may be considering jobs off the tenure track.

Funding: International Vladimir Nabokov Society Research Grants

Deadline: June 20, 2023

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society is pleased to announce a new research support program: small grants to help graduate students and independent scholars travel to access archival and other site-restricted materials. The maximum grant is $600, and the deadline is June 20, 2023. See more information and a link to the application form.

CFP: Body and Embodiment in Slovak Poetry (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Deadline: August 31, 2023

Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, PRI, kindly invites you to attend the conference Body and Embodiment in Slovak Poetry held on 26 September 2023 at the Institute of Slovak Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, Bratislava, Slovakia.

In her The Forms of the Affects (2014), Eugenie Brinkema draws a line from Spinoza to nineteenth- and twentieth- century philosophical trends to show how the body, “[l]ike the needling of gray lard through a slab of lean” (Brinkema 2014: 123), was reinserted into the centre of European theory and philosophy. In this line of thinking, the body is not thought of as a metaphysical concept, but as a body in its materiality, including its “rotting odors, viscous substances, and dark, damp regions” (ibid.). To distinguish the metaphysical concept from the reality of messy, visceral bodies, research in this direction employs the notion of embodiment to signal that it does not wish to address the body “as part of our ‘animal’ nature or, in accordance with a Cartesian approach […] as a physical mechanism” (Weiss and Fern Haber 2014: xiii). The emphasis on bodily experience has been embraced by such areas of critical inquiry as feminism, gender and queer studies, critical race theory, or disability studies and corporeality of human experience has also been explored within literary studies. An exciting prism for the interaction with literary phenomena has also been presented by crip theory which links disability studies to queer theory.

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Deadline: July 1, 2023

The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) would like to remind colleagues about the Call for Papers for the 2024 conference in Las Vegas, which is available here:

In addition to regular conference panels and events, the program also includes panel streams. The streams promote greater cohesion among conference panels and foster a broader dialogue throughout the conference. The result is a series of mini-conferences within the framework of our larger conference.  All conference attendees are welcome to attend stream panels, but participants in a stream are expected to attend all of the panels in their stream.

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