CFP: “Crisis, Contingency, and the Future of REEES: Perspectives on the Present and Future of the Field,” a Critical Discussion Forum proposal for the Slavic Review

Deadline: November 20, 2020

The Working Group for Solidarity in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, an ASEEES affiliate group, and the Slavic Review are soliciting submissions for a Critical Discussion Forum on the state of the field and the specific challenges of contingency. Slavic Review will host the forum tentatively titled Crisis, Contingency, and the Future of REEES: Perspectives on the Present and Future of the Field, to be published approximately in the Fall 2021. Contributions to this forum will focus on challenges our field faces, both in confronting the current COVID-19 crisis and grappling with long-lasting structural problems in our field, such as racism, xenophobia, sexism, classism, homo- and transphobia; discrimination based on nationality, ethnicity, and religious affiliation; as well as the lack of employment, housing, and healthcare security.

Our primary goal is to present the stories and perspectives of colleagues in contingent positions: graduate students, international students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting and adjunct instructors, lecturers, academic hourly employees, independent scholars, as well as tenure track scholars.

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Resource: Free Subscription to Language Learning & Technology Journal

The new issue of Language Learning & Technology (Volume 24, Number 3) is now available at

Please visit the LL&T website and be sure to sign up to receive your free subscription if you have not already done so.

Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues. If you have questions about this process or wish to submit a manuscript, please check our guidelines for submission at

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CFP: Russian Language Journal re: Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Given recent conversations in the field and ACTR’s statement concerning systemic racism and police brutality in the United States, the Russian Language Journal is dedicating a special issue to the topic of diversity, equity, access and inclusion. We invite submissions that address any aspect of DEAI in language study, instruction, and/or curriculum, including, but not limited to:

•       The implementation of critical pedagogies in K-16 language classrooms
•       Developing community engagement initiatives in the language classroom that promote equity and social justice
•       Redesigning curricula and language learning materials to promote learner identity and self-representation
•       Language ideology and public policy at the local and national level
•       Analysis of public discourse related to issues of race, gender, LGTBQ+, and marginalized ethnic communities in Russian-speaking countries
•       Methods of teaching, training, and mentoring graduate students and language instructors in addressing inequity and promoting inclusivity
•       Study abroad programing for students from underrepresented populations

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CFP: The First Wave of Russian Emigration

Deadline: October 26 2020

The Research Centre for Russian Studies and Methodology invites you to participate in a series of symposia on The First Wave of Russian Emigration, the opening event of which will take place on November 13, 2020, online.

The aim of the opening symposium “The First Wave of Russian Emigration: Focal Points of Research” will be to explore the range of research topics regarding the first wave of Russian emigration with an interdisciplinary approach.

Experts studying the first wave of Russian emigration face a multifaceted set of phenomena, which can be approached from various angles. Besides researching the lives of individual émigrés and personal decision-making strategies, it is possible to group émigrés by geographic, professional, and ideological factors. The examination of these groups, as well as emigree institutions, scientific schools and press may help exploring the dynamics and collective identity of émigré communities.

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ASEEES Virtual Convention

Deadline: October 7 (for reduced registration fees)

2020 ASEEES Virtual Convention, November 5-8 and 14-15

Join us for the Virtual Convention in November. With over 500 panels and roundtables, a film series, and networking activities, the virtual convention is a great opportunity, especially for those who have not been able to attend the in-person conventions in the past, to learn about latest scholarship and meet colleagues in the field. Registrants will also have a access to session recordings after the convention. The virtual convention website will become available in late October.

Register by October 7
Regular registration ends on  October 7, after which the registration fees will be higher. You must be registered in order to access the virtual platform, which will become available in late October. We also ask that you consider donating ASEEES so that we can offer more waivers to support graduate students and scholars in need to participate in the convention.

All registration, registration waiver, and donation information can be found on the Registration page

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CFP: Folklorica, the Journal of the Slavic, E European & Eurasian Folklore Association

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Folklorica, the Journal of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association, is accepting submissions for a special issue on vernacular responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has sent a ripple through a fraught and interconnected world, drastically shifting global currents towards stasis and seclusion. Countries have shut-down, hospitals have been overwhelmed, people have been relegated to their homes and the world has ground to a halt in a number of ways. It is in such times of crisis as these that folklore becomes a tool to fill the gaps of indeterminacy, to provide comfort, to attempt to explain how and why these events are unfolding and, in more insidious manifestations, to cast blame for the crisis on various real or imagined parties.

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CFP: 16th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (Hokkaido University, Japan)

Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2021

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido University ( is pleased to inform that the 16th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS-16) will take place at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. 

The conference website has just been launched: and the conference FB page is also ready:

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CFP: Literary Classics and Intellectual Autonomy in the Soviet World from 1920s to 1980s

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Online Conference: March 26th 2021
This one-day conference aims to explore how classic works of “foreign” literature were experienced by different groups of readers in the Soviet Union from the 1920s to the 1980s. For many Soviet citizens, regardless of their social status and political views, fictional worlds from bygone centuries and alien cultures formed an alternative reality that allowed them to escape the difficulties of everyday life. The translation and publication of classics helped those intellectuals who did not toe the party line to survive, both physically and morally. By attempting to use the concept of world literature for propagandist aims the state unwittingly created a zone of intellectual autonomy that it could not penetrate. We are particularly interested in papers that interrogate ideological positions and interpretative models, regardless of whether they aim to address institutional or individual aspects of literary reception.

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CFP: Teaching the Languages of Central and Eastern Europe: Best Practices

Deadline: September 30, 2020

NeMLA 2021 roundtable (March 8-14, 2021, Philadelphia) 

Update: NeMLA has confirmed that virtual participation will be available for this conference, so feel free to apply even if in-person may not be an option for you! 

This roundtable seeks input from instructors of less-commonly-taught languages of the former Eastern Bloc in an effort to share experiences and best practices across languages. Our goal is to bring together higher education instructors of foreign languages in the US (and possibly beyond) to facilitate collaboration and exchange successfully implemented ideas in pedagogy as well as the organization of academic language programs. While these languages are taught at various universities of North America, professional opportunities to compare and exchange such ideas and experiences are limited. We hope to establish a conversation across languages and institutions that can prove useful in the future implementation of best practices to attract and educate learners in these typically small language programs.   

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CFP: Anthology of Eastern and Central European Horror

Deadline: October 31, 2020

In the imaginations of Western European and US authors, Eastern and Central Europe function as a maledicta terra, a cursed mythical land where dragons dwell. Michael Goddard claims that “Eastern Europe is presented condescendingly as the new Europe as if it had no history before 1989 and above all in terms of abjection and monstrosity.“ Some post-Soviet horror narratives contribute to this narrative – for example, the 1997 Russian film The Vampire (Упырь), which combines the genre of the “wild 90s” crime story with vampire film. Other narratives, from Marc Chagall’s artwork to Igor Ostachowicz’s novel The Night of the Living Jews (2012), lean towards disenchanting the idea of the region as the epitome of chaos and emancipating it from the condescending Western gaze. Still, very little is known about the function of horror fiction in post-Soviet space more broadly – an issue this project aims to remedy.  

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