Author Archives: Ramiro Munoz

CFP: Transnational Modern Languages (London, UK)

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Location: The Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8NX
Dates: December 2 -3, 2016

Teaching and research in Modern Languages are conventionally structured in ways which appear to insist on national or linguistic specificity. Work on the transnational inevitably poses questions on the nature of the underlying framework of Modern Languages: whether the discipline should be construed and practiced as the inquiry into separate national traditions or as the study of cultures and their interactions. These structures seem inadequate at a time when the study of cultures delimited by the concept of the nation/national identities is becoming more difficult to justify in a world increasingly defined by the transnational and trans-lingual, and by the material and non-material pressures of globalization. Challenging the assumption that cultures are self-contained units that correspond to sharply defined national boundaries must become an essential part of all disciplinary fields and sub-fields that make up Modern Languages, as they seek to avoid the risk of methodological nationalism and of participating in the very structures that it is their purpose to critique. At the same time, how might the transnational acknowledge the residual pull of the nation as a potent, albeit porous, container of cultural identity, and broker of citizenship?

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Study Abroad: Summer School of Interdisciplinary Polish and German Studies (Poland)

Deadline: May 2, 2016

The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies (ZIP) will hold its the third annual Summer School of Interdisciplinary Polish and German Studies from June 6 – July 15, 2016. This program is designed for up to 20 university-level (graduate or advanced undergraduate) researchers interested in Polish/German studies broadly defined. In addition to providing the equivalent of one academic year of language instruction, the summer school also offers graduate level seminars on Polish studies (in English and in Polish) by the academic staff of a renowned university.

This year’s emphasis is “Cultures in Transition. Central Europe in Transition.” It focuses on different aspects of everyday life and society in our region, and shows how ideas circulated from place to place before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Polish Round Table negotiations in 1989. It is an attempt to explain the ways culture changed after the Iron Curtain fell.

This program is designed for graduate or advanced undergraduate students interested in Polish/German studies broadly defined. In addition to providing the equivalent of one academic year of the Polish language instruction, the summer school also offers seminars on Polish studies (in English and in Polish) by the academic staff of the European University Viadrina and guest scholars.

In addition to seminars, we offer excursions, invited guest lectures, as well as cultural opportunities. For students interested in independent study and research, we have left Fridays and weekends open. Słubice is conveniently located in relation to major archives and libraries in Poland and Germany. The Summer School will be ended by a two-day workshop where participants as well as invited guests will have the opportunity to present their research on topics related to “cultures in times of transition”. Texts presented at the workshop will be published as a monograph.

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Fellowships: Madeleine Albright PhD Scholarships in Czech Studies (University of Glasgow)

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2016

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The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer two Madeleine Albright PhD Scholarships in Czech Studies, funded by the Government of the Czech Republic, and  tenable from 1st October, 2016. The award is for three years in each instance and is worth 542,500 Czech crowns p.a. for each of the two students, approximately £ 14,000 p.a. depending on the current exchange rate. The scholarship is open to students of any nationality and is intended to cover tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate only) with the remainder contributing to maintenance. For current research fees see here!

Current research in the area of Czech Studies at the University of Glasgow concentrates on different aspects of 20th century Czech film, media, and literature studies, with a strong research record in topics such as culture and identity, and examination of different discursive approaches to self-examination and myth making. Comparative and interdisciplinary proposals, which examine the Czech topics within Central European and global contexts are especially welcome. Research proposals in other areas of study relating to the Czech Republic will be also considered.

The purpose of the Madeleine Albright PhD Scholarship in Czech Studies is to foster international understanding of the political and social culture of contemporary Czech Republic.

Before applying for one of the Madeleine Albright PhD scholarships, students should have applied for and received a conditional or unconditional acceptance for their proposed program of study through the online application process.

For further information on relevant research areas please consult:

Graduate Program: College Fellow in Russian Language and Literature (Harvard University)

Deadline: April 30, 2016.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is seeking applications for a College Fellow in Russian language and literature. Teaching duties will include teaching a combination of language and literature courses, two one semester and one the other semester, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The Fellow may also advise and evaluate senior theses.  Doctorate or terminal degree is required by the start of the 2016-17 academic year, and must have been received no earlier than 2012. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Detailed requirements and information, as well as a link to the online application, are available here!  Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted before the deadline!

CFP: Animals in Eastern Europe and Russia (Canadian Slavonic Papers)

Deadline to Submit Manuscripts: June 30, 2016

Submit manuscript (maximum 30 pages) by e-mail to: Eva Plach, Department of History
**Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)**

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the various ways that animals have shaped human identities and experiences. Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on human-animal interactions, broadly conceived, in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, the Soviet Union, and the former Soviet Union. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the place of animals in the history, culture, and socio-political life of the region during any time period.

Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): animals in war; animal welfare movements; hunting; zoos; pets and pet-keeping; animal celebrities; animal biographies; wildlife and wildlife management; animals and the environment; animals and food production; religion and animals; circus animals; taxidermy; the use of animals in scientific research; animals and disease; animals and animal symbolism in literature and art; animals and the law (including European Union legislation); working animals; and animals under Communism.

The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Manuscripts may be in English or French.  The normal peer-review process will apply. Please consult the journal’s website for our submission and style guidelines.

Academic Job: Lecturer Pool – Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (UCLA Berkeley)

Deadline: April 3, 2017

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley is
accepting applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language, with the possibility of teaching courses on literature and culture of the area, courses in another Slavic language, and/or courses in Reading and Composition, depending on the needs of the Department. Positions may be available as early as Fall 2016 with an initial application review date of April 27, 2016. However, applications will continue to be accepted through April 3, 2017 in case of ongoing needs.

For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials, please visit here, and for questions, please contact Recruitment

Internships: Internship Opportunities (Warsaw, Poland)

Deadline: Ongoing

The list below shows different categories of internship opportunities. This is part of a series of such lists which SRAS provides to help guide student decisions on which SRAS location to choose for an internship as well as what type of internship to request at those locations. This not a not complete list of the internships that may be available nor are they guarantees that a particular internship placement can be made. Duties may differ from those listed here. Each category has several internships that are considered individually and finalized with the interests of the student and organization taken into account.

Art / Culture / Museums
Business / Economics
Ecology / Environment
Governance / Law Enforcement
Jewish Organizations
NGO / Think Tank

In order to know about the internship opportunities from each category and to apply, please visit here!

Graduate Program: Linguistic Theory and Language Description (Moscow, Russia)

Deadline: July 15, 2016

HSE University’s School of Linguistics is a young and dynamic research center led by a team of linguists who specialize in: linguistic typology, minority languages, and language documentation; formal approaches to language; sociolinguistics; instrumental acoustic analysis; Russian linguistics, corpus linguistics and corpus building; morphology, syntax, lexical semantics and lexicography; psycholinguistics, and many other areas.

The School of Linguistics frequently hosts lectures, special seminars, conferences, and workshops, led by visiting Russian and international experts. In 2016-2017, Dr. Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven), Dr. Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp) and Dr. Eric Reuland (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics) will lead special events. A full list of past events is available here.

The Master’s program is taught in English (with the exception of electives on Russian linguistics). A full list of courses with annotations is available here.

Students from all academic backgrounds are invited to apply, though some prior experience in linguistics is strongly recommended. To apply to the program, please compile a portfolio of your academic activities so far, including undergraduate studies. Materials and publications from conferences and projects that applicants have participated in are very much welcome but not required.

Tuition-free scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who apply before May 1, 2016. Russian language training is available to HSE students at all levels of proficiency, from beginner to advanced. Convenient and inexpensive accommodations are provided to all students at HSE dormitories.

For more information and to apply, please click here!


Graduate Program: Political Linguistics (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Deadline: Ongoing

The graduate program in Political Linguistics (The Higher School of Economics branch in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) focuses on training future analysts to work in information expertise agencies for both government and private business. Students will learn how to analyze large volumes of information in Russian and English, carry out mass media and social media monitoring, and master the techniques of speech writing and persuasive communication. The main objective of the program is to help the graduate students acquire the necessary skills for the creation and the analysis of political texts by using the methods of computer and corpus linguistics in a foreign language.

The courses are primarily taught in Russian; some courses, such as Information Policy and Information Security, Political Rhetoric, Linguistic Policy and Language Planning,etc., are in English. Students who do not have a good command of Russian have the option to take Russian language courses. Additionally, the administration of the university offers full visa and organizational support to all the international students.

The graduate program in Political Linguistics can be a good start for international students, who would like to collect the material for their future PhD dissertation while writing their master’s dissertation in Russia. The tuition fee for a year of studies is 130,000 rubles (approx. $2000). The classes take place at The National Research University Higher School of Economics campus in Nizhny Novgorod, a major Russian city with more than 1 million residents. It is situated in the European part of Russia between the cities of Moscow and Kazan (only 3.5 hours ride by high-speed rail from Moscow).

For more information about the program, please visit here or contact Director of the program: Nadezhda Radina ( or

For more information about admissions to graduate programs, please visit here!

Study Abroad: Security and Society Program – SRAS (Warsaw, Poland)

Deadline for Applications:  April 15, 2016

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS), a UT affiliate study abroad partner, is offering scholarship​s (in the form of reduced tuition)​ for a limited number of UT students for study in Poland this summer!

Students interested in this opportunity can choose from 3 courses being offered on the Security & Society Program in Warsaw (syllabi for each course attached):
  • Crossroads I – The History and Culture of Central Europe: June 4-June 26, 2016
  • Crossroads II – Security Issues and Central Europe: June 25 – July 10, 2016
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy: July 9 – 24, 2016
The Scholarship​ offer is​: $2000.00 for first course, $1500.00 for the second course and $1000 for the 3rd course. ​Course costs and credits are included below:
  • Crossroads I (history and society), 3 US academic credits,​ June 4-June 26, 2016,​ $3995
  • Crossroads II (security studies​,​ timed with the NATO summit in Warsaw this coming summer), 3 US academic credits, June 25 – July 10, 2016, $2995.00
  • Intro to Cybersecurity Policy: 3 US academic credits, July 9 – 24, 2016, $2995.00
  • Additional option: A beginner’s Polish course is also offered from May 28th – June 5th, 1 US academic credit, $995.00 (or $350 if enroll in all three courses listed above)

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