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CFP: 2019 Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Mobile, AL)

Deadline for Submissions: January 25, 2019 (Extended)

CALL FOR PAPERS 
57th Annual Meeting 
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
Mobile, AL
March 14-17, 2019
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: January 15, 2019

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa in Mobile, Alabama, March 14-17, 2019. The meeting will be hosted by the University of South Alabama. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals.

The John Shelton Curtiss Lecture at the Friday Banquet will be given by Dr. Kate Brown, Professor of History at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Dr Brown is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed monographs, including A Biography of No Place (2004), Plutopia (2013), and Dispatches from Dystopia (2015).  Her banquet talk, derived from her forthcoming book, is titled “Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future.”

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. We encourage participation from scholars of all Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. Papers can be on any time period and any topic relevant to these regions. Continue reading

Travel: 10-Day Trip Through Bosnia-Herzegovina (U. of Arizona)

Deadline for Registration: February 15, 2019

A 10-Day Trip through Bosnia-Herzegovina (with an optional 1-day extension)
April 7-17 (or 18), 2019

(Organized by the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI, U.S. Department of Education-designated National Resource Center on the Middle East)

Would you like to travel to beautiful, fascinating Bosnia-Herzegovina (with a side trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia)? CMES is organizing a public trip, open to any adult interested in a fun and educational travel experience. You will be led by a Balkan historian and local guides, visit museums and historical sites (from Bogomil tombs to Ottoman monuments to sites from three major wars in the 20th century), explore cultural places (including a private viewing of the Sarajevo Haggadah and institutions of the region’s 4 religious communities), visit places of local interest (a winery, the Croatian world heritage city of Dubrovnik), and lots more. You will also have the option of an additional day-trip to the Srebrenica genocide site/museum. You will stay in 4-star hotels, feast on the excellent local cuisine, have the opportunity to attend performances or participate in a cooking demonstration – all in a short period of time! Continue reading

Academic Job: 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowships (Harvard)

Deadline for Applications: January 10, 2019

The Davis Center Fellows Program offers comprehensive research, training, and professional development opportunities for scholars advancing their careers within the social sciences and humanities. Fellows pursue their research with support from an interdisciplinary community of experts, and with access to world-class resources. The program provides scholars with experiences and connections that endure well beyond their fellowship year.

We welcome research proposals on all topics related to the study of Eurasia. This year’s program will not be structured around an overarching theme. We are, however, particularly interested in applications from scholars with an interest in the following:

1. Teaching a course in Russian imperial history, especially from scholars with experience in digital humanities.

2. Topics exploring the political, economic and social connectivity of Central Asia and/or the Caucasus.

Fellowship Eligibility and Benefits

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2019, but no earlier than September 2014
  • Stipend of up to $40,500 for 9 months or $54,000 for 12 months; a teaching postdoc will be compensated at $46,000 for 9 months
  • $5,000 in additional research funding
  • Eligible for employee benefits, including subsidized health insurance
  • Shared office space and borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries provided
  • Citizens of all countries may apply Continue reading

Funding: Digital Extension Grants (ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: January 16, 2019

ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:

  • Develop new systems of making established digital research projects and resources available to broader scholarly audiences and/or scholars from institutions such as colleges and universities that serve underrepresented student populations (including HBCUs and HSIs), as well as institutions that historically have been underrepresented in digital humanities research, such as community colleges, regional public colleges and universities, and smaller private colleges.
  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds interdisciplinary reach or that diversifies the digital domain by incorporating materials or perspectives that have been underrepresented in the digital humanities.
  • Enhance established digital research projects by fostering new team-based collaborations among scholars at a range of career stages, with a special emphasis upon convening and training communities of faculty and graduate students, as well as expanding opportunities for scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure.
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

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CFP: “Migrations of Cultures”: An Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Proposals: January 05, 2019

Call for Papers: “Migrations of Cultures”: An Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages
University of Pittsburgh March 22-23, 2019

 Share your research with other undergraduate students! Get real feedback on a paper! Gain conference experience for work or graduate school! Interested?  Then send an abstract to a biannual undergraduate research conference hosted by the Modern Languages Departments at the University of Pittsburgh on March 22-23, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to mecchia@pitt.edu by January 5, 2019.

The papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual spaces linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives on the conflicts and opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions throughout the ages and in the contemporary world. The language of the conference is English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and  Spanish languages and cultures.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas, author of Race on Display in 20th and 21st Century France (University of Liverpool Press, 2016).  Topics could include:

  • Multilingual societies and their conflicts (“language wars”) and advantages
  • Linguistic landscapes and their evolution
  • Translation as a political tool
  • Literatures of the diaspora
  • Circulation of texts through multiple areas and in multiple languages
  • Travel literature through the ages
  • Exiles, migrants, and refugees
  • Processes of acculturation
  • The politics of cultural production
  • Films and the problems of cultural translation

Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee staffed by undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified about acceptance by January 20 2019. All inquiries can be directed to Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia, at mecchia@pitt.eduLimited travel subsidies will be available!

Academic Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Russian Language and Literature (U. of Oklahoma)

Deadline for Applications: January 04, 2019

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Russian language and literature. Although the area of research specialization is open, expertise in Russian film, nineteenth-century Russian literature, or Russian-language pedagogy would be particularly welcome. The standard teaching load for tenure-stream faculty in the unit is 2/2 (two courses per semester). 

The successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or an equivalent discipline by the start date of August 2019. In addition, the candidate must have teaching experience at the college-level, native or near-native Russian language skills, and show significant promise of scholarly achievement.

Those interested should upload a cover letter, C.V., three letters of references, complete sets of student teaching evaluations from the last 2 years taught, a graduate-school transcript, and an article-length writing sample tohttps://apply.interfolio.com/58537. Consideration of applications will begin on January 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Emily Johnson: emilydjohnson@ou.edu.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

CFP: NAATPl 3rd Biennial Workshop for Polish Language Teachers (Chicago, IL)

Deadline for Proposals: March 11, 2019

NAATPl 3rd Biennial Workshop for Polish Language Teachers
Standard-Based Approaches to Teaching Polish Language
May 11, 2019
Organized by: Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL (Specific location, TBA)

This workshop will bring together instructors to share their practices and materials, as they relate to teaching Polish.  The focus of this workshop will be on standard-based approaches to teaching language, especially alongside ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language, www.actfl.org) proficiency and world-readiness standards.  This workshop will serve as a forum for exchange of the most successful topics, projects, and syllabi from the most recent years of teaching, across participants’ institutions.

The workshop will consist of individual or group presentations, 20 minutes in length.

There will be one panel dedicated especially to K-12 Polish language teaching, including Saturday Schools, and the committee asks that papers submitted for this panel be noted as such in their proposal.

We invite all Polish language instructors to apply to present at the workshop, however, presenting is not a requirement, as we also encourage attendance in order to learn from practices of other instructors. Continue reading

Funding: Project GO Scholarships for ROTC Students (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: January 18, 2019

Pitt Project GO Scholarships for Intensive Summer Russian Language Study by ROTC Students

About the program: The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any US college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st- 4th year Russian in Summer 2019. Project GO is sponsored by the federal Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Students who have not yet begun their pursuit of Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week beginning-level class, which will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language training. The beginning-level classes, offered by Pitt’s Summer Language Institute (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 3 – July 26, 2019. Pitt Project GO scholarships for Beginning Russian cover:
•       Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
•       Housing and a living stipend
•       Travel between the student’s home city and Pittsburgh
•       Textbooks Continue reading

Funding: Pre- and Postdoc Fellowships (UW-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2019

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia<https://creeca.wisc.edu/> (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for Wisconsin Russia Project<https://russiaproject.wisc.edu/> postdoctoral research fellowships (for US and/or Russian social scientists) and pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships (for Russian social scientists), funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Madison, Wisconsin, and to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. Fellows will conduct research in consultation with UW-Madison faculty and will join a vibrant community of scholars working on the social science of Russia.

The application deadline for both competitions is March 1, 2019.

More detailed information about the program, eligibility, and how to apply are available on the Wisconsin Russia Project website:
One-year postdoctoral research fellowships<https://russiaproject.wisc.edu/2018/11/30/academic-year-2019-2020-postdoctoral-fellowships-in-social-science-of-russia-at-the-university-of-wisconsin-madison/> (2019-2020)

One-semester pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships<https://russiaproject.wisc.edu/2018/12/03/pre-doctoral-dissertation-fellowships-in-social-science-of-russia-at-the-university-of-wisconsin-madison/> (fall 2019 or spring 2020)

Questions may be addressed to Amy Beilke, Wisconsin Russia Project graduate assistant, at russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu<mailto:russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu>

CFP: Political and Military Histories of Russian-Kurdish Relations – 19th-21st Centuries (Moscow, Russia)

Deadline for Submissions: January 01, 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Workshop on
Political and Military Histories of Russian-Kurdish Relations
(19th-21st Centuries)
Moscow, 10-11 June 2019

The involvement of Kurdish forces during the Crimean War inaugurated the political and military encounter of Russians and Kurds between Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Since then, these relations have formed an important and disputed aspect of Russian, and later Soviet, policies in the Middle East. Most significantly, these policies have extended well beyond the clash of the Tsarist and Ottoman Empires at the turn of the 20th century.While Russian and Soviet policies have included a sustained focus on the role of the Kurds, their political mobilization and activism in the 1920s-1930s and during the Cold War, the relationship has never been a simple one. It was deeply entangled in the nexus of regional politics and Russian/Soviet policies toward Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, as well as in global dynamics. Conversely, mobilities and alliances with the ‘’East’’ have been important in shaping political identities, but remain a still understudied part of Kurdish political strategies on the international arena.

Organized as part of the research project RUSKURD (Sciences Po Lille-EHESS), in partnership with the CEFR (Moscow) and the IFEA (Istanbul), this workshop aims at exploring key aspects of the political history of Russian-Kurdish relations. Ph.D candidates, postdoctoral researchers and senior researchers are invited to present research based on historical, social and anthropological methods to explore the place of politics, ideology, violence and wars throughout two centuries.

Possible topics to be discussed include:

  • The changing dynamics of the Russian-Kurdish relation in military encounters since the mid-19th century, integrating local conflicts and imperial power struggles,
  • Techniques of insurgency and counterinsurgency, and their transformations in the wake of imperial collapse,
  • The geopolitical use of Kurdish political and military forces by Russia and the Soviet Union from the 19th to the late 20th century,
  • The interplay of police and military factors, logics and actors in the construction of a new border order framing Russian-Kurdish relations,
  • Routes, forms and techniques of political and military influence (including both people and goods, notably weapons),
  • Transnational political, diplomatic and military circulations.

Travel to and accommodation in Moscow will be taken in charge by the organizers.

Administrative help for visa issues will be provided to successful applicants who would need it.

Proposals consisting of a resume and a short proposal (one-two pages, summarizing the paper, methodology and sources) should be sent before 1 January 2019 to etienne.peyrat@sciencespo-lille.eu. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2019.

Organizing team:

  • Masha Cerovic (EHESS),
  • Adnan Çelik (IFEA),
  • Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po)

More on the project:

https://ruskurd.hypotheses.org/