Conference: AATSEEL (San Francisco, California)

Deadline for Pre-Registration: January 1, 2017

The annual AATSEEL Conference will be held February 2-5, 2017 in San Francisco, California in the heart of Union Square at the Parc 55. Conference panels begin at 8:00 am on Friday, February 3rd and conclude midday on Sunday, February 5th.


Pre-registration for the conference is online, quick, and easy, and less expensive than on-site registration. Pre-registration will be available until January 1, 2017:

Special Events

Conference registration gives attendees access to all conference events and panels, complimentary breakfast, coffee, and the President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday evening (cash bar) and all of the Special Events at this year’s conference, including:

  • Advanced Seminars with experts in the field:

-Harsha Ram, “Paris, Petersburg, and Tiflis: The Physiology as a Travelling Genre”
-Beth Holmgren, “Performance Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe”

Issues in the Field panels:
-Navigating the Slavic Job Market
-Developing New Course Proposals (with Ben Rifkin)
The Art of Teaching Russian

  • Poetry Translation Roundtable with well-known translators
  • Forum on the forthcoming textbook Panorama (authors: Ben Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub, and Suzanna Nazarova)
  • Teaching Workshop (Pre-registration required) on Structured Input Activities for Teaching Grammar in the Communicative Classroom with Julia Mikhailova, William J. Comer, and Lynne deBenedette
  • Keynote Address by Michael Katz
  • Film Screening of Finding Babel with Grisha Freidin and the film’s director David Novack
  • Eight thematic streams organized by specialists in the field that will offer panels throughout the conference – for more on the streams:
  • Hundreds of presentations on the teaching and learning of Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures.

For more on these and other special events:

For the full conference program:


We expect our room block to fill – we are currently 70% full. Please book your stay at the Parc 55 as soon as possible to secure your room for the conference:


Please contact Rachel Stauffer, AATSEEL Conference Manager:

Funding Opportunity: NEH Summer Institute “What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts” (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2017

Title: NEH Summer Institute “What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts”
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: $2,700 stipend 

Description: This NEH Summer Institute at Kent State University (June 4–24, 2017) is dedicated to the study of texts in translation as a way to develop cross-cultural literacy and to explore what can be gained by addressing issues of translation in the classroom. For scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences who work with translated texts, this institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed through Translation Studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment. These strategies are designed to sensitize students and teachers to the worldviews embedded in other languages and to make them aware of the cultural specificity of their own modes of thinking and perception. The overall goal of the institute is to develop systematic approaches to teaching translated texts so that readers can both perceive the worldviews to which those texts give us access while acknowledging the important mediating role of the translators. 

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by March 1. See the announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

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Funding Opportunity: Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: February 21, 2017

Title: Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: $50,000–$250,000/1–3 yrs.

Description: These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis ( in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by February 21.

More Info:

Academic Job: Postdoc Fellowships in Social Science of Russia (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2017

Postdoctoral fellowships in Social Science of Russia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017

A link to the full announcement in PDF, with information on how to submit applications, is also available here.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for three post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence in September 2017 and run through August 2018. Fellows are expected 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 be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Center, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2018 (dates TBD).

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in hand prior to September 2017, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2012. Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to September 2017 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. Doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.

Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000. Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. The fellowship covers and basic health insurance for all fellows. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship. Continue reading “Academic Job: Postdoc Fellowships in Social Science of Russia (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)”

Travel: Harvard Summer Program (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Deadline for Applications: January 26, 2017

Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia
Dates:  June 19 – August 11, 2017
2017 Faculty:  Professor Julie Buckler, Dr. Veronika Egorova

Advance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia’s longstanding cultural and political relationship with Russia. The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers a distinctive and  fascinating site for urban studies and a guiding theme for your Russian-language learning.  We will undertake small-group fieldwork projects that allow us greater contact with the city and its residents, as well as opportunities to use Russian in real-world situations.  We’ll meet with city experts, writers, artists, preservationists, politicians, and NGOs.  You’ll also take several trips within Georgia – to Mtskheta, Davit Gareja, Gori, Borjomi, Batumi, and Kazbegi — to gain a deeper understanding of the Georgian nation and its regional context. 

Program Structure 

Your studies include intermediate-Russian language courses every weekday and additional sessions two to three times each week, devoted to Tbilisi small-group urban fieldwork projects; Georgian culture, history, literature, film; and Russian literature and culture about the Caucasus. Note: A pre-departure introduction to Georgian language will be available for participants and additional non-credit Georgian language study may be arranged as part of the program in Tbilisi for those desiring to study Georgian. Continue reading “Travel: Harvard Summer Program (Tbilisi, Georgia)”

CFP: Pedagogy of Images II: Depicting Communism for Children (Princeton U.)

Deadline for Submissions: December 30, 2016

Pedagogy of Images II:
Depicting Communism for Children
Princeton University,
March 31 – April 1, 2017

The Pedagogy of Images project started in 2015 with an exploratory symposium that mapped out approaches to studying the process of amalgamation of text and image within the boundaries of the illustrated book for young Soviet readers. As a part of the general desire to translate Communism into idioms and images accessible to children, these books visualized ideological norms and goals in a way that guaranteed easy legibility, without sacrificing the political appeal of the message.

Using a corpus of Soviet-era illustrated books for children from the collections of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University, the participants of the first meeting focused on the dual verbal-visual representation of the Communist imaginary and sensibility in early Soviet books. The initial symposium also had a second purpose: to achieve a more nuanced awareness of the ways in which digitization of these works can facilitate more exhaustive mining of the information contained in these rich graphic and verbal artifacts. An edited volume growing out of the work of this first symposium is currently in production.

The goal of the second symposium is to expand the generational boundaries of scholars working on early Soviet children’s books. We invite advanced Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. graduates from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to submit their proposals for participating in a two-day symposium that will take place at Princeton University on March 31- April 1, 2017.

Continue reading “CFP: Pedagogy of Images II: Depicting Communism for Children (Princeton U.)”

Academic Job: Asst. Prof. in Literary Studies (HSE-Moscow, Russia)

Deadline for Applications: January 20, 2017

School of Philology, The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia,
invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of
Assistant Professor in literary studies.

The School is part of the Faculty of Humanities. It offers one
bachelors’ and two masters’ programs in Russian and comparative
literature. The research foci of the faculty are literary history,
poetics, typology and theory of Russian, European and American
literatures, comparative studies, translation studies, history and
theory of culture.

We are looking for a colleague with a research interest in one of
these fields and commitment to teaching an advanced course in English,
German, Italian, or Spanish and a course in literary analysis in the
same language (18th-21st centuries).

The extended deadline is January 20, 2017.
More details on the position and application materials can be found in
the formal call for applications here:

The applications are to be submitted via the form online.

More information on School of Philology:

Questions can be directed to Elena Ostrovskaya at

CFP: Summoning the Archive: A Symposium on the Periodical, Printed Matter, and Digital Archiving (NYU)

Deadline for Submissions: February 3, 2017


CfP | Summoning the Archive: A Symposium on the Periodical, Printed Matter, and Digital Archiving

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge
May 11-13, 2017
Organizer: Meghan Forbes, NYU and UT-­Austin
Keynote Speaker: Jenna Freedman, Barnard

The printing and distribution of the avant-­garde magazine, illustrated weekly, and underground zine have developed in the twentieth century in tandem with technological advancements in printing and access to these technologies in various regions, gaining traction in different parts of the world at different times based on economic, social, and political conditions. At its best, the magazine is an efficient, relatively affordable (for both publisher and consumer) vehicle for the artists and intellectuals it represents, and has the capacity to innovate with new technologies and engage in pressing social, political, and artistic issues. This is even more true now, in the second decade of the twenty-­first century, as we observe new models for content, design, and distribution of the periodical or magazine published online, which has the potential to involve an even wider audience, and host a variety of multimedia content. The magazine thus continues to be a leading platform for social and political engagement, and artistic innovation.

Corresponding to a turn towards the digital, the field of Periodical Studies has gained traction as it situates the magazine as a cultural product that incorporates text, image, and graphic design toward various political, social, artistic, and pedagogical ends. With large scale projects dedicated to digitizing print based magazines, such as the Blue Mountain project at Princeton University or the Modernist Journals Project at Brown, and a concurrent turn towards digital mapping and data visualization, periodicals that were once sequestered in the archive now have the capacity to reach a wider audience, and make visible previously overlooked networks and connections enacted within and across the magazines. Continue reading “CFP: Summoning the Archive: A Symposium on the Periodical, Printed Matter, and Digital Archiving (NYU)”

Academic Program: The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Middlebury Institute)

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2017

Developed by the Middlebury Institute’s Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS) with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) aims to expose top Russian area studies graduate students from across the United States to leading voices on Russian-U.S. relations.

MSSR offers the next generation of specialists in Russian area studies opportunities to develop deep and broad expertise in their field. Participants who complete the program will acquire a thorough understanding of contemporary Russia, and will be positioned to pursue careers in foreign policy, diplomacy, and the private sector.


Dmitry Trenin of Carnegie Moscow Center, Andrey Zorin of Oxford University, Matthew Rojansky of the Kennan Institute, Emil Pain and Sergey Zakharov of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Natalia Sevagina of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow will be among the MSSR faculty. The full list, with bios, is available on our faculty and visiting experts page.


Leading experts from Russia and the United States will give lectures and seminars on topics ranging from The Concept of Honor in Russian HistoryThe Russian Psyche Through Art and Cinema to U.S.-Russian Nonproliferation Cooperation. Students will participate in 2–3 interactive lectures and seminars daily. Through intensive instruction in both English and Russian, students will have the opportunity to strengthen their language skills in the context of their academic interests.

Based on their research interests and in consultation with instructors, participants will also undertake a research project, which will be presented at the end of the summer and published online. Continue reading “Academic Program: The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Middlebury Institute)”

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