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Grad Program: M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literature and Slavic Linguistics (U. of Washington)

Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2018

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington invites applications to its M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literature and Slavic Linguistics starting in Fall, 2019.

We seek students who have had at least four years of Russian language training and other related coursework (although those with less will still be considered). We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (or related fields). Please note we require a Skype interview, conducted partly in the relevant language, as part of our application process.

We offer our top applicant a three-year initial funding package (1 year of tuition/fee waiver and a generous stipend, plus two years of TAships/RAships).

Please note our recently revised PhD program aims for a more immediately research-focused five-year degree, in which students in their second year prepare a PhD reading list of primary and secondary sources, with an annotated bibliography of these materials to follow in the second and third years. In the third quarter of the third year students take two written exams closely related to their field of study. In the fall of their fourth year students compose a dissertation prospectus; that same quarter students take their oral exam, which covers the annotated bibliography and the prospectus. They then have the rest of year four as well as year five to finish the dissertation. Continue reading

Grad Program: MA and PhD programs in Slavic (U. of Virginia)

Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia welcomes applications for three graduate programs—the MA in Contemporary Russian Studies, the MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures. The MA in Contemporary Russian Studies offers courses in Russian literature, language, culture, history, politics, art history, religious studies, and sociology, as well as further study in advanced Russian language. The MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students

primarily in Russian literature, culture, and professional-level language proficiency. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish and Central European literature and film. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, and Religious Studies, among many others.

Among the distinctive aspects of UVA’s graduate programs in Slavic is rigorous training to a high level of proficiency in Russian language. Students have Oral Proficiency Interviews at each level of study. Students may attend regular Russian teas, take a role in the Russian play, participate in meals and events at the 24/7 Russian-language Russian House, and a host of other events. The University makes funds available for graduate students to organize events related to Slavic cultures and to support foreign-language study and dissertation research abroad.

Other strengths of the UVA Slavic program include the opportunity to work with a distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include museum studies, prison-camp literature and gulag studies, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, intellectual history, Russian philosophy and religion, and literary cartography. Students enjoy an effective faculty-student mentorship program and an excellent library collection with highly responsive acquisition services.

UVA’s Slavic graduate students form an active community. They run a speaker series, host professionalization workshops, organize an annual conference, publish a newsletter, and enjoy convivial social gatherings.

UVA offers generous five-year funding packages for PhD students. The Department occasionally has partial funding and work opportunities for MA students. Depending on their language proficiency, UVA PhD students typically gain experience teaching language at various levels, as well as assisting in teaching undergraduate literature and culture courses. Other opportunities for support are available through related departments and programs.

The deadline for on-line applications is January 15, 2019.

For information about Slavic programs and the application process, please visit the Slavic Department website at: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/, or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: clowes@virginia.edu or eec3c@virginia.edu.

Funding: Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: February 01, 2019

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is now accepting applications! We offer courses in intensive elementary and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional levels and languages (such as Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.

Graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are US citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. FLAS fellowships are also available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and all applicants are eligible for tuition remission scholarships. More information about funding opportunities can be found here.

About the program:

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin. CESSI will be held from June 17 to August 9, 2019. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program.  In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events, including traditional cooking demonstrations; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia. CESSI is a great way for students to gain language skills before studying abroad, applying for jobs, or conducting fieldwork in the region. Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit cessi.wisc.edu or contact cessi@creeca.wisc.edu.

CFP: Teaching Translation Conference (CUNY)

Deadline for Submissions: January 01, 2019

Hunter College, CUNY is excited to be hosting its first conference dedicated to teaching translation and interpretation on April 6-7, 2019. The conference aims to facilitate intellectual exchange and discussion on the overall role of translation and interpretation in the undergraduate and graduate education, from specific pedagogical tools to overarching questions of curriculum structure and program development. The conference will explore developing professional translation and interpretation programs, raising awareness of the importance of translation within global literacy, and developing undergraduate and graduate translation curricula. The conference seeks to bring together teaching pedagogies that contribute to increasing the visibility of translation and bridging the gap between the growing global demand for translation and interpretation and the underrepresentation of translation in the academic curriculum.

We invite you to submit presentation proposals on any aspect of the role of translation in the classroom and the foreign language curriculum. Of special interest are the following:

•       Translation and Interpretation in the Undergraduate Curriculum
•       Translation and Interpretation in Foreign Languages and Area Studies
•       Translation in Interdisciplinary Context: Creative Writing, Cinema, Performing Arts
•       Translation and Interpretation Across the Curriculum: Minors, Concentrations, Majors, MA Programs
•       Translation and Interpretation and Employment
•       Translation and Technology
•       Translation and Global Literacy
•       Assessing the Current State of Translation and Interpretation in American Colleges and Universities

Please submit your proposals (of 250 words or less) to mordukha@hunter.cuny.edu no later than January 1, 2019.

Funding: Fellowships for Research in Turkey (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: November 01, 2018

THE FELLOWSHIPS: The American Research Institute in Turkey takes pleasure in inviting applications for one to three long-term advanced fellowships for research in Turkey made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fields of study cover all periods of history in the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. The fellowships support research tenures of four to twelve continuous months during 2019-2020. Stipends of $4,200 per month are awarded on the basis of individual proposals.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholars who have completed their formal training by the application deadline and plan to carry out research in Turkey for four months or longer may apply. They may be citizens or on-going three-year residents of the U.S. Please consult the ARIT U.S. office concerning eligibility. Advanced scholars may apply for ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITFellowships.html].

INSTITUTES: ARIT maintains two research institutes in Turkey. The ARIT Istanbul library concentrates on Byzantine and Ottoman Turkey and facilitates archival research in the city. ARIT Ankara focuses on art, archaeology, and ancient history in its library, and serves Turkish and American archaeologists through its programs. [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/index.html]. Both centers support research on modem Turkey. Both offer research and study facilities, as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities in Turkey.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: In order to be considered, applicants should provide complete application information. Application materials and three letters of recommendation must be submitted by November 1, 2018. For full instructions, please refer to the application form accessible via the ARIT-NEH Fellowship webpage at [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.html]. Submit your application by email to aritoffice@gmail.com. Letters of reference may be sent directly to ARIT by mail or email. The letters should support the value of the proposed research and the applicant’s capacity to carry out the project. Supporting documents may be mailed to the American Research Institute in Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-6324. For further information email aritoffice@gmail.com or call (215) 898-3474. ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2019.

RESEARCH PERMISSION: ARIT fellows are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research permissions and visas. In general, researchers should seek permission to carry out research directly from the director(s) of the institution(s) where they intend to work, including most libraries housed within Turkish museums. Scholars wishing to conduct research in Turkey for longer than three months should apply for the research permit and in addition secure a research visa prior to entering the country.

Researchers who wish to work in collections and some libraries housed in the Turkish museums, however, should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. If the material they wish to study is part of an excavation, researchers must submit a letter with their application that is signed by the excavation director giving permission to carry out the research. The research permit application regulations and format are accessible at [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ResearchPermit.htm]. Non-U.S. researchers should consult the Turkish Consulate for specific procedures. ARIT may withhold payment of fellowship stipends if official research permission is not obtained.

Funding: Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey (ARIT)

Deadline for Applications: November 01, 2018

ARIT FELLOWSHIPS IN THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IN TURKEY 2019-2020

THE FELLOWSHIPS: The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer ARIT Fellowships for research in Turkey for 2019-2020. Grants for tenures up to one academic year may be supported; applications for projects of shorter duration are also considered. ARIT offers research and study facilities for researchers, as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities through its centers in Istanbul and Ankara [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/index.html].

ELIGIBILITY: Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modem times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible to apply. Student applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by June 2019, and before beginning any ARIT­sponsored research. Non-U.S. applicants who currently reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada. Scholars who have completed their formal training may apply for ARIT-NEH Fellowships sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities [http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.html]. For questions of eligibility and application procedures, please check with the ARIT office in Philadelphia.
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CFP: 2019 Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Mobile, AL)

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2019

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

Conference: Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship (U. of Illinois)

Date: November 9-10, 2018

Annual EU Studies Conference:
“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”

November 9-10, 2018

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Levis Faculty Center | 919 W Illinois St | Urbana, IL 61801 | [map]
Conference web page | Online registration


Registration deadline: 
Friday, October 12, 2018

Special pre-conference events:

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
17th Annual EU Day 

10:30 am: Annual EU Day Keynote Address: “State of the European Union”
to be delivered by the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, his Excellency David O’Sullivan
preceded by a welcome reception (10:00 am) and followed by luncheon (12:00 pm)

3:00-4:30 pm: Roundtable: “Elections and US-EU Relations: A Comparative Look at the Elections to the US Congress and the European Parliament and Implications for Transatlantic Relations”

followed by reception (4:30 pm)

Featuring:
former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Mr. Bob Van den Bos as one of the speakers

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CFP: Graduate Student Essay Contest (North American Dostoevsky Society)

Deadline for Submissions: October 01, 2018

The Readers’ Advisory Board of the North American Dostoevsky Society invites members of NADS in good standing to nominate an outstanding graduate-student essay on a Dostoevsky-related topic. (If you are not a member of NADS, you can join at https://dostoevsky.org/). Current M.A. and PhD students are also welcome to nominate their own work, NADS membership not required. The winner of the contest will receive: 1) Free membership in NADS for one year, 2) Free registration at the International Dostoevsky Society Symposium in Boston, July 15-19, 2019 (http://www.bu.edu/wll/dostoevsky-2019/), and 3) a guaranteed spot as a presenter on the NADS-sponsored panel at AATSEEL, 2020.

To submit a nomination, please send an email containing the student’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, along with a .doc file of the essay (which should be no more than 8000 words in length and contain no identifying information about the author) to Greta Matzner-Gore at matzner@usc.edu by October 1, 2018.

CFP: 1989 in the East : Between Order and Subversion (Paris, France)

Deadline for Submissions: December 01, 2018

First Congress of SFERES
French association for Russian and Eastern European studies in social sciences
(ICCEES member)

1989 in the East : Between Order and Subversion

Organized with the support of CERCEC (Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen – EHESS, CNRS), ISP (Institut des sciences sociales du politique – Université Paris Nanterre, ENS Paris Saclay, CNRS), CEFR (Centre d’études franco-russe – MAEE, CNRS), CERI (Centre de recherches internationales – Sciences Po, CNRS), Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest (RECEO) and The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies (PIPSS)

Call for Papers

The political events that unfolded in Eastern Europe around the year 1989 have constituted one of the largest upheavals that the European continent has seen since the end of the Second World War and the dawn of the Cold War. The congress intends to re-examine the processes that led to the disintegration of communist regimes in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the Balkans and the USSR. This disintegration appears to be the product of complex mobilizations based on new forms of action and it crossed the most established political borders within Sovietized regimes: between “dissidence” and involvement in the official sphere, between “conventional” political action and street-level mobilization, between national spaces. During this period, the repertories of action, the institutional ties, the ideological preferences, and the actors’ identities, including the most official, have been profoundly changed. The modes of contestation have gone from a self-limited subversion of established institutions, one that could accompany forms of collaboration with the regime, to much clearer and radical head-on opposition. These same oppositions were led by actors often integrated within the system, according to the rhythms and modalities specific to each country (and, in the USSR, to each republic), perhaps to each social sphere, and correlated to the phenomenon of circulation between these spaces. Everything occurred as if the events linked to 1989 had resided in the blurring of routine landmarks of the orderandof the subversion of the “system.”
In spite of the considerable number of research projects dedicated to the “fall of communism,” there are few that systematically examine these transformations in the making, taking into account the entire social field and its blossoming since the second half of the 1980s. The congress seeks to explore these transformations by highlighting their heterogeneity in the different countries and in transcending binary categories of analysis inherited from transitology: power/opposition, conservative/reformer; authoritarianism/democracy; planning system/capitalism, etc. Underscoring the complexity of these processes and the strategic anticipations that they raised at the moment of their unfolding impels the most attentive possible reading of the events to the practices of actors of the different social spheres and to the manner by which the transformations of relationships and the interdependences between these sectors affected the practices. Empirical materials, whether newly available or already known, can thus be questioned or revisited in the light of these methodological requirements. How did the existing order’s actors and institutions adapt or how were they discarded? How did the reconfiguration of the system, using elements of the past, reshape actors’ practices? Which new forms and configurations of competition have emerged? How does one understand the role played by the “grassroots” actors or those situated at the periphery of the elites? Continue reading