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Internship: Student Internships (Dept. of State)

Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Fall 2018 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit the Intern page of our Careers site for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2018 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJOBSPlease note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 2, 2018.

We suggest that you submit your application as early as possible to insure that all documents have been uploaded properly and to account for any technical glitches that may occur.

U.S. citizenship is required. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State. For more information, click here.

Prof. Devel.: Webinar Series (U. of Pittsburgh)

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies is pleased to announce the launch of professional development webinars offered by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East-Central Europe. Are you a scholar or academic professional curious about European higher education and research? Discover opportunities to enhance your career mobility and research. This series is co-sponsored by the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Pitt’s European Studies Center.

February 7, 12 p.m. (EST)
The German-speaking Academia: A Road Map to Navigating Research Institutions Beyond Universities
Dr. Peter Haslinger, Director, Herder Institute

March 7, 12 p.m. (EST)
Introducing the Herder Institute: Collections, Funding Opportunities, and Higher Education Partnerships
Dr. Peter Haslinger, Director, Herder Institute

April 11, 12 p.m. (EST)
Doing Research on Eastern Europe in the EU: Research Infrastructures, Grant Models, and Career Mobility
Dr. Peter Haslinger, Director, Herder Institute

How to Work in Archives in Eastern Europe and Germany

Archival Skills

Strategies for Career Building and Publishing in the EU versus the US

These webinars are cost-free for ASEEES members. To register, click here.

Prof. Devel.: “Applying Flagship Practices to Enhance Language Learning” (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 25, 5:00-6:30 PM EST

Russian Flagship Program: Applying Flagship Practices to Enhance Language Learning
Led by Karen Evans-Romaine (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (, is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education. Successful graduates of the Russian Flagship Program will have developed Superior-level language and cultural proficiency in Russian and can apply that proficiency to their field of choice.

The goal of the Language Flagship is to create a replicable program model that can be implemented for any language on any campus. In this webinar, following up on a two-part article in the ACTR Letter, Karen Evans-Romaine will describe the main features of the Russian Flagship Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and talk about ways in which aspects of Flagship programs can be implemented in other Russian programs.

Karen Evans-Romaine is Professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Director of the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program. Her research focuses on both Russian Modernist poetry, with particular reference to intersections between poetry and music, and Russian language pedagogy. She is co-author of the two-volume introductory Russian textbook Golosa, now in its fifth edition (Pearson, 2012/2014); co-editor of the collection Exploring the US Language Flagship Program: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation (Multilingual Matters, 2017); and co-editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture (2007).

To register for this webinar, click here.

Internship: Digital Editor Intern (Russian Life Magazine)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

Russian Life magazine is seeking 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 in 2018. This is a part-time internship that is scoped at 2-3 hours per week and has a modest stipend.


  • 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.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Academic Job: Lecturer in Russian Studies (U. of Bristol)

Deadline to apply: February 18th, 2018

The School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol is delighted to announce that it is seeking a lecturer in Russian Studies, for an anticipated start date of September 1st 2018.

Applications are welcomed in any area of Russian studies, particularly in fields that complement or supplement the department’s current scope, including but not limited to modern Russian history, cinema, visual culture and/or cultural studies. It is envisaged that an appointment will be made at Lecturer b level (Grade J).

The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the established research excellence of the Department, design and teach units for the Department and additionally deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in her/his area of specialism to students across the School of Modern Languages and Faculty. S/He will also contribute to Russian language teaching at levels and assume administrative and pastoral responsibilities appropriate to the appointment.

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 18 February 2018. For further details and to apply, please click here.

CFP: 6th International Conference of the EAM: Realism(s) of the Avant-Garde and Modernism (Münster)

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2018

Münster, 5-7 September 2018

EAM, The European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies: The avant-gardes of the 20th century defined themselves, and are defined by us, essentially by their relations to various concepts of realism.

(1) Mostly, they distinguish themselves eagerly from the realisms of the 19th-century.
(2) Nevertheless, they often claim some kind of truth or higher realism – super-realism – for themselves, claiming to have access to some primary reality that cannot be presented in traditional arts.
(3) These super-realisms are in turn challenged by movements such as New Objectivity, Magic Realism, or different varieties of political popular art, which in their turn claim to be more realistic than the supposedly outmoded avant-gardes.
(4) Even the neo-avant-gardes and other movements from the second half of the 20th century to the present day have to deal with concurrent varieties of ‘realism‘ (just think of Mario Amaya calling Pop ‘the New Super Realism’). Continue reading

CFP: Otherness in Russian Literature and Culture (Oxford)

Deadline to submit abstracts: February 25th, 2018

University of Oxford
16-17 May 2018

The concept of otherness has always played a pivotal role in the human condition. Finely interwoven into human nature, otherness can take many shapes and forms – from an accent, a dress code, or the colour of one’s skin, to less visible markers of perceived and felt otherness. But what is the scope of otherness in the context of Russia, a country whose endless swathes of land are home to a myriad array of people of diverse and multifaceted backgrounds and identities? Where does Russia end and the Other begin, and how have perceptions of these identities changed throughout the ages? Can otherness be positive, or is it always a negative phenomenon?

This interdisciplinary conference invites proposals for papers from a variety of disciplines in Russian studies, including, but not limited to: literature, film, art, music, gender studies, history, politics, anthropology and digital humanities. Continue reading

Academic Job: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian and Cognitive Linguistics

Deadline for applications: February 2, 2018

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for two postdoctoral fellowships in Russian and Cognitive Linguistics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, to work with supervisors Tore Nesset and Laura Janda. The deadline for applications is February 2, 2018.

For more information on the application process, click here.

Candidates are also welcome to address questions to Tore Nesset and Laura Janda.

Funding Opportunity: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship (NED)

Deadline for Applications: November 01, 2017

Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. Located within NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, the program provides a rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development. While in residence, fellows reflect on their experiences; engage with counterparts; conduct research and writing; consider best practices and lessons learned; and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Conference: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Deadline for applications: September 15, 2017

Seminar to take place January 8-12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for the international seminar “A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.” This seminar will be held January 8-12, 2018, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

This seminar will acquaint undergraduate, MA, and early PhD students with the central topics, issues, and sources related to the study of Jewish life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, including prewar life, evacuation, mass shootings, rescue, forced labor, and issues of commemoration and memory, with a prominent geographical focus on Ukraine. Mandel Center scholars will lead discussions, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the types of primary source material available in the Museum’s collections. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s extensive library, archival, and other collections. Continue reading