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CFP: Slavic Graduate Conference (Princeton U.)

Deadline for Submissions: August 25, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Grafting the Self

Princeton University, October 19-21, 2017
Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Princeton University
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sponsored by the Princeton Program in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies

Keynote Speaker: Lilya Kaganovsky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Deadline for submissions: August 25, 2017

Grafting the Self is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore instances of experimentation with individual and collective identity within the context of Central and Eastern Europe. From the iPhone to prosthetic limbs, from globalism to localism, the early 21st century faces new shifts in the paradigms of personhood and of traditional forms of subjectivity. High tech objects and the manufacture of identity have become grafted onto each other. New media and technologies are giving space to new forms of agency and have, more recently, aided the rise of new understandings of identity. The assemblage nature of the app revolution, the palimpsestic phenomenon of globalization and the prosthetic world of bio-mechanics all give rise to new ways of composing the Self. Continue reading

Internship: Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program (Dept. Of State)

Deadline for Applications: July 26, 2017

The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! This year, they have over 1,300 vacancies at 33 U.S. Government agencies. Students can apply between July 2 – 26 on USAJOBS to their top three projects.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will contribute up to 10 hours per week from September 2017 through May 2018 working on projects across the U.S. government. As eInterns, students will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, housing and other essential initiatives. Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: 2 Scholarships for International Doctoral Candidates (U. of Passau)

Deadline for Applications: September 04, 2017


The interdisciplinary and inter-faculty DFG Research Training Group 1681/2: Privacy and Digitalisation, co-embedded at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Law of the University of Passau, in co-operation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), invites applications for 2 scholarships for international doctoral candidates (€1,000 per month) to start 1 April 2018. The three-year funding line is provided by the DAAD. In addition to the stipend, the scholarship holders will be awarded a fixed sum for travel expenses, health, accident and liability insurance as well as a contribution towards their research expenses.

About the Research Training Group (RTG)

The doctoral programme focuses on the privacy-related aspects of digitalisation and thus engages in a highly topical and politically relevant theme of outstanding social and academic importance. The aim of the doctoral programme is to assess the significance of privacy under the conditions of digitalisation and increasing informational heteronomy and to evaluate the existing privacy concepts in this context. This takes place in the three fields of enquiry ‘digitality’, ‘surveillance and control’ and ‘self-determination and responsibility’.

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Academic Job: Part Time Lecturer in Russian (Rutgers U.)

Deadline for Applications: July 28, 2017

The Program of Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick campus), is looking for a part-time instructor to teach one section of Elementary Russian 1 in Fall 2017. They would especially like to hear from candidates in the New York-Philadelphia corridor, who would have the easiest commute to Rutgers-New Brunswick. The successful candidate must be able and willing to collaborate with other instructors on all aspects of course management.

Requirements: experience teaching Russian at the university level in North America, MA or equivalent related to Russian, native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and teaching evaluations to Cori Anderson ( by July 28 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Academic Job: Tenure-track Asst. Professor (Wesleyan U.)

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017

Wesleyan University’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018.  Specialization is open, but we welcome the ability to teach courses on twentieth-century and contemporary Russian literature, culture, and society.  Native or near-native fluency in Russian required.

The appointment is in an interdisciplinary program and will require working with colleagues in political science, history, religion, and language and literature, so preference will be given to applicants with a proven commitment to interdisciplinarity. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field in hand by the time of appointment.  The teaching load is 2/2.  Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.  Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that deeply values both scholarship and teaching, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits. Continue reading

Academic Job: Visiting Lecturer (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time Visiting Lecturer in Russian for the 2017–18 academic year (classes begin in the last week of August and conclude at the end of April). The teaching load is three 3-hour courses per semester or the equivalent, which may include Russian language, literature, and culture, primarily at the undergraduate level, but also with the possibility of graduate teaching for applicants who have a PhD. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

A PhD in hand or advanced ABD status is required, as is Russian language proficiency sufficient to teach language at all undergraduate levels. Preference will be shown to applicants who will have a PhD in hand by the beginning of our autumn semester (last week of August, 2017), but advanced ABD candidates may also be considered for a Visiting Instructor appointment. Preference will be shown to applicants who can teach a mixed graduate/undergraduate course on Vladimir Nabokov (which is already on the books and already has enrollment; PhD required), but we are prepared to adjust the teaching duties to accommodate a strong candidate who is (understandably!) not prepared to teach this specific course on short notice.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, and names and contact information for three professional referees (letters of recommendation are not required at this time) to Monika Losagio at The University of Pittsburgh, which is home to the Center for Russian and East European Studies (NRC Title VI;, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity.

Funding Opportunity: Title VI International Research and Studies Program (Dept. of Education)

Deadline for Applications: August 14, 2017

The International and Foreign Language Education Office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for FY 2017 new awards under the Title VI International Research and Studies Program (IRS) Program.

The IRS program provides grants to institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to conduct research and studies or to develop instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. IRS program funds may not be used for the training of students and teachers. Cost-sharing is not required. Continue reading

CFP: Asia in the Russian Imagination (U. of Utah)

Deadline for Proposals: October 15, 2017

The University of Utah’s Asia Center is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Siberia, Central Asia, and the Russian Far East and North Pacific, organized around the theme of “Asia in the Russian Imagination.” The conference will be held at the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on March 23-24, 2018.

We welcome proposals exploring political, economic, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives.  We foresee extended discussions on Russian-Asian connections and networks, as well as policies, processes, and populations in “Russian Asia,” within the imperial, Soviet, or post-Soviet eras.  We hope that this conference honors the interdisciplinary tradition established by the British Universities Siberian Studies Seminar, last held in 2007.

Following the conference, the organizers intend to publish a selection of the essays either as a special issue of a journal or as an edited volume.  Continue reading

CFP: Wisconsin Slavic Conference (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Proposals: August 31, 2017

Wisconsin Slavic Conference
October 6-7, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics, and history are invited for the annual Wisconsin Slavic Conference (formerly titled AATSEEL-Wisconsin).Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2017.

This year’s keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Pavle Levi (Stanford University).

To present a paper at the Wisconsin Slavic Conference, please submit a proposal by August 31, 2017.

A complete proposal consists of:
1. Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email).
2. Paper title
3. 300-500 word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to: Ilona Sotnikova,

Please include “Wisconsin Slavic Conference” in the subject line of your email. All submissions will be acknowledged and considered, and all applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than September 15.

CFP: Utopianism and Dystopianism in Russian, Soviet, Eastern European, and Eurasian Art (SHERA)

Deadline for Proposals: August 14, 2017

Session Title: Utopianism and Dystopianism in Russian, Soviet, Eastern European, and Eurasian Art

Session Co-chairs: Joes Segal, Wende Museum, Los Angeles; Ksenya Gurshtein, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles

Submission Deadline and Instructions: The deadline to submit proposals for talks is August 14, 2017; to submit your proposal, send the following to Joes Segal ( and Ksenya Gurshtein ( 1) a 250 word abstract; 2) a shortened CV; 3) a brief note explaining your interest in the session; and 4) a completed session participation proposal form found at the end of this PDF document:

Note on Additional Session Participation Requirements: All speakers selected for the session must have a current individual CAA membership by August 28, 2017. You can learn more about CAA membership here:

This panel considers the impact of utopian and dystopian thought on the art of Russia, the Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia from the modern period until the present day. 2017 has brought us reminders of the power that utopia as a concept still has in shaping our understanding of the historic avant-gardes in the region. In the early twentieth century, the arts in the region embraced unprecedented aspirations for social transformation. By the end of the twentieth century, the collapse of socialism in the Eastern Bloc became widely associated with the “passing of mass utopia.” During the decades in between, the Soviet Union and later its “satellite” states were a global epicenter of utopian thought promoted at the state level and at times embraced enthusiastically by producers of visual culture who imagined new visual languages, new purposes for their work, and new modes of working. As official ideology came under pressure, the region also witnessed a rise of dystopian and anti-utopian impulses in the arts. After the end of state communism, both utopian and dystopian ideas have motivated artworks in the post-socialist countries seeking to define new identities. Meanwhile, greater awareness of such movements as nineteenth-century Russian Cosmism and its extensive influence on twentieth-century art urges us to investigate intellectual histories that give a deeper historical account of utopianism in the region in the “longue durée.” Papers on all topics relevant for this theme will be considered for the session; some of these topics include: Continue reading