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Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Russo-Kurdish Approaches (

Dates of Conference: June 5-6, 2018

Workshop on Tribes and Imperial Policies
Comparative Perspectives and Russo-Kurdish Approaches

‘’Tribes’’ – both as a concept and a highly diverse reality – loomed large in the policies of the empires and imperial assemblages that shaped world politics in the last two centuries. Across Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia, they became a key element in imperial, notably colonial, strategies of domination. From the Maghreb to India, they were used for their ‘’martial’’ qualities, but also served the ‘’management of difference’’ so central to the imperial mind. Yet, imperial attention to the tribal question was in itself indicative of modern evolutionary conceptions, which ranked socio-political structures in time and space.

As part of new project on the place of the Kurds in Russian imperial strategies in Eurasia (hosted by the EHESS), this workshop aims at providing critical insights into the historiography of relations between empires and tribes (5 June), before exploring the specificities of the Russo-Kurdish nexus (6 June). Historically focused, this workshop will draw on scholarship from disciplines such as ethnology, anthropology, historical sociology and imperial history in order to understand the features of these relations. The very concept of tribe and its numerous derivatives (clans, confederacies, nomads, etc.) will be discussed from the point of view of concrete imperial strategies.

More specifically, in a time when Russia’s presence in the Middle East has been the focus of much international attention, the second day of this workshop will explore Russo-Kurdish relations as a test case for the relevance of tribal perspectives on imperial role. Through an examination of their evolution across two centuries, it will set out potential directions for further research.

Funding: Documenting Endangered Languages (NSF)

Deadline for Applications: September 17, 2018

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants as well as fellowships from six to twelve months.

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Funding: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (Fulbright-Hays)

Deadline for Applications: June 25, 2018

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“The U.S. Department of Education is offering dissertation fellowships for research abroad for students who are specializing in modern foreign languages and area studies.    A research project that focuses on one or more of the following areas:  Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).  Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe will not be funded.

The notice of the Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Award is posted on the Department of Education’s Web site – https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html

Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program, CFDA number 84.022A, must be submitted electronically using the G5 e-Application system, accessible through the Department’s G5 site: http://www.g5.gov/.

The Graduate School’s hard deadline for students to submit their applications online is Monday, June 25th at 5:00 p.m.   Washington’s deadline is July 2. I have set an earlier deadline so that we may review the applications and conduct our process.   If you wish to give your students an earlier deadline in order to review their projects that is completely up to you.

Please bring this announcement to the attention of your students who will advance to candidacy by next fall and who would benefit from subsidized research abroad.  I encourage you to post this information where your graduate students can see it.

THIS DEADLINE IS ABSOLUTE.  Please tell your students who plan to apply to let their recommenders know that their letters must be included in the student’s packet on this date (June 25th).”

Academic Job: Doctoral Research Fellowship in Linguistics (U. of Tromsø)

Deadline for Applications: August 20, 2018

One Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) within Linguistics (Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian) is available in the Department of Language and Culture at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The position is affiliated with the CLEAR research group, Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian.

The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of four years.

The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation to be defended publically. The candidate will be affiliated with the Faculty’s organised research training, and the academic work must result in a doctoral thesis aiming to obtain the degree of PhD within the period of employment. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The successful candidate must meet the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program, cf. § 6 of UiT PhD regulations. Moreover, the applicant must prove English language proficiency equivalent to the standards of Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, see PhD Regulations UiT. For more information, see also uit.no/hsl/phd.

For further information about the position (and the project), please contact please contact Professor Laura A. Janda, e-mail: laura.janda@uit.no or Head of Department Eystein Dahl, phone +47 77 64 42 90, e-mail: eystein.dahl@uit.no    Continue reading

Funding: Albanian, Armenian, or Hebrew Summer Study (ASU)

Deadline for Applications: May 24, 2018

Partial funding and scholarships are still available for graduate students and undergraduates for Albanian, Armenian and Hebrew summer study this summer at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Deadline May 24th for classes starting May 29th.

For course information:

https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/albanian
https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/armenian
https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/hebrew

For application instructions and links:

https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/application-instructions

Academic Job: Adjunct Russian Instructor (Binghamton U.)

Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2018

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University is accepting applications for an adjunct instructor of Russian for the Fall 2018 semester (one course, $5000). The instructor will cooperate with department faculty to teach one section of Elementary Russian I. Duties include preparing a course syllabus and handouts, coordinating with the instructors of two other sections of Elementary Russian, interacting with undergraduate tutors on a weekly basis, holding regular office hours, keeping records of student performance, preparing four lesson plans a week, and grading frequent homework assignments and assessments. Native or near-native fluency in English and Russian is required, in addition to an MA (in hand before September 1, 2018) in Russian or a related field. Candidates must have authorization to work in the US with no need of sponsorship or employment authorization. Interested candidates may submit a cover letter that describes their interest in the position and their qualifications, a CV, and the names and contact information of two references to Sidney Dement (sdement@binghamton.edu). Review of applications will begin June 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Funding: Research Grants (JFK Library)

Deadlines for Applications: Varies

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Factors to keep in mind when applying for our research fellowships:

  • Candidates may apply for only one fellowship in a given year.
  • The review committee will assess each application with the most relevant fellowship opportunity in mind.
  • Only complete applications will be considered; those received after the deadline will be considered for the next funding cycle.

Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship

  • One per year. Stipend of up to $2,500. Preference is given to research on foreign intelligence and the presidency, or a related topic.
  • Application deadline: August 15. Award announced: October 20.

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Research Fellowship

  • Up to two per year. Stipend of up to $5,000 (total). Preference is given to research in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration’s domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources.
  • Application deadline: August 15. Award announced: October 20.

Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship

  • One per year. Stipend of up to $3,100. Preference is given to research on immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy.
  • Application deadline: August 15. Award announced: October 20.

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship

  • One per year. Stipend of up to $3,600. Preference is given to research on domestic policy, political journalism, polling, or press relations.
  • Application deadline: August 15. Award announced: October 20.

Ernest Hemingway Research Grants 

  • Grant(s) of up to $5,000. Preference is given to dissertation research.
  • Application deadline: November 1. Awards announced by mail in January.

For further information, please contact:

Fellowship & Grant Coordinator
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
Telephone: 617.514.1629
Fax: 617.514.1625
Email: Kennedy.Fellowships@nara.gov
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Funding: Small Research Grants Program (The Spencer Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: July 11, 2018

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what we support:

  • an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
  • a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
  • a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

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Funding: The Berggruen Prize (The Berggruen Institute)

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2018

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“The Berggruen Institute seeks to identify and nurture new ideas that have the potential to shape a better human future.  We are committed to science as a source of knowledge and innovation and to philosophy as a source of critical perspective and deeper understanding of the place and role of humanity in the world.

Each year we offer the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes humanistic thinkers whose ideas have helped us find direction, wisdom, and improved self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by profound social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change.

While modernity has produced a dramatic expansion of knowledge, it has not delivered a commensurate increase in our understanding of our shared human condition. We believe that philosophy, broadly understood as the disciplined intellectual pursuit of wisdom, has a key role to play in making our complex reality more comprehensible and to prepare us to make wiser choices about our future.

Onora Sylvia O’Neill, Baroness of O’Neill of Bengarve is the winner of the 2017 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. Her work has elevated the quality of public life and improved the very vocabulary of public discourse. I am pleased that this important citizen philosopher has been awarded this year’s Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture,” stated Institute Founder and Chairman Nicolas Berggruen.

Last year’s inaugural recipient of the Berggruen Prize was the distinguished Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, whose work urges us to see humans as constituted not only by their biology or their personal intentions, but also by their existence within language and webs of meaningful relationships.

The Berggruen Institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.”

For more information, and to submit a nomination, click here.

Job: Summer Camp Counselor (Concordia Language Village)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing, Until Filled

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“Concordia Language Villages’ summer Russian immersion program for kids ages 6-18 is looking for one male counselor for July 10 – August 12, 2018. (Staff and kids are housed by gender, and we have completed staffing for counselors in our girls’ cabins, but one spot remains in the boys’ cabins.) We may also have an opening for a high school credit teacher (any gender), depending on enrollment.

Interested candidates can use this link to explore Concordia Language Villages in general and the Russian Village (Лесное озеро) in particular:
http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/youth-languages/russian-language-village/working-at-lesnoe-ozero

The high school credit teacher position requires some teaching experience, but the counselor position is appropriate for those with abundant energy but little or no teaching experience, as we provide intensive teacher training, a very thorough curriculum, and in-service support.

In general, most successful applicants are usually either native speakers, heritage speakers or L2 speakers who have already spent at least a year in a Russian-speaking country, as this work requires a strong command of informal spoken Russian. Staff members are expected to be able to use Russian to communicate both in staff meetings and with campers in all daily life situations. This is a summer camp experience in cabins in the woods, so prospective staff should enjoy rustic living, physical exertion, and sharing responsibility for maintaining communal spaces.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to share my contact info:ravitch@cord.edu .”