Graduate and Undergraduate Essay Contest on Dostoevsky-Related Topics

Deadline: June 1, 2021

We are excited to announce that the Readers’ Advisory Board of the North American Dostoevsky Society is running another student essay contest! This year, we are looking for outstanding undergraduate- and graduate-student essays on Dostoevsky-related topics. Nominate your best students… or nominate yourself! See the two separate CFPs below for more details. Good luck!

Note: because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended the competition to encompass 2019-21. Please note the updated submission date of June 1, 2021 (submissions are welcome on a rolling basis).

Undergraduate CFP

The North American Dostoevsky Society (NADS) invites IDS/NADS members in good standing to nominate outstanding student essays on Dostoevsky-related topics. (If you are not a member of IDS or NADS, you can join at Students are welcome to nominate their own work, in which case IDS/NADS membership is not required. The topic is open; however, Dostoevsky and his works should be the main focus of the essay. The winner of the undergraduate contest will receive free membership in NADS for one year and a Dostoevsky-themed swag.

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Outstanding Essay Prize – Central / East / South European Cinema and Media Studies

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The chairs of the Central / East / South European Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)mare pleased to announce the seventh annual prize for an outstanding published essay in the field of Central/East/South European Cinema and Media Studies. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winner will be announced in time for the upcoming 2021 SCMS meeting (which this year will take place online). The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $500.

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NYU Jordan Center’s 2021 Grad Student Essay Competition

Deadline: April 15, 2021

The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and All the Russias are pleased to announce the second annual Graduate Student Essay Competition. Enter for a chance to get published on the blog and win cash prizes!

We invite 750-1200 word submissions from full- or part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students from any accredited academic institution in the United States, on any topic and sub-discipline within Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined.

Cultural criticism; public-facing treatments of scholarly work; political analysis; book, film, or event reviews; and more are welcome.

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CFP: Nabokov Panel at MLA 2022

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The International Nabokov Society invites paper proposals for a guaranteed session at MLA 2022 (Washington, D.C., 6-9 January 2022).  We invite papers on Nabokov’s languages, the transnational and  multi-lingual Nabokov, his invented languages, translation (between languages, cultures and different genres and media), Nabokov’s theory of language, Nabokov’s style,  etc.  We particularly welcome comparative, transnational, and intermedial perspectives.  Please send 250-word abstracts and brief CVs to by 15  March 2021.

CFP: MLA Panels “Tribune Poetics, Congress Aesthetics”

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Below are calls for paper proposals for two linked panels at the January 2022 MLA convention, of likely interest to scholars of 19th- and 20th-century Russian and Eurasian literatures. If you’re interested in participating, please send a title, 300-word abstract, and short bio to the organizers by March 15.

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Call for submissions: AAUS 2019-2020 Article Prize, Book Prize, and Translation Prize competition

Extended Deadline: February 28, 2021

American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the next round of the AAUS Book, Article, and Translation Prizes. For this round, works published in 2019 and 2020 are eligible (as long as they were not nominated last year, as each work can be considered for a prize only once). Deadline for nominated works to be received by members of the prize committees has been EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 28, 2021. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

CFP: Translating Russian Literature in Global Context

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Call for Submissions: Edited Volume on Translating Russian Literature in the Global Context (2023) 

Scholars with relevant expertise are invited to submit essays for a new edited volume on the global translation and reception of Russian literary fiction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. “Translating Russian Literature in the Global Context” (2023) is intended to constitute the first geographically coherent, culturally inclusive, and theoretically consistent model of the distribution and influence of translated Russian literature on global cultures from 1900 to the present day. The editors seek articles of up to 8,000 words on aspects of the history and influence of Russian literature in translation in different cultures for an Open Access publication funded by the European Research Council in association with the University of Exeter RusTrans project (Grant Agreement no. 802437).

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding bibliography, to the editors (Dr Muireann Maguire and Dr Cathy McAteer) at, by March 31st, 2021.

For more information on this call, please visit our website: Please do recirculate details to relevant networks.

CFP: Special Issue of Apparatus- Moving Images in the -Russian Empire

Deadline for Submissions: March 8, 2021

Call for papers on the early period of moving images in the Russian Empire for a special issue of the peer-viewed, open-access journal Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Oksana Chefranova (, Natascha Drubek ( and Rachel Morley ( The full text of the call is posted below, and it is also available on the Apparatus website.

Please consider sending your proposals by 8 March!

Feel free to email us with any questions and to share this call widely.

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Call for Submissions: 2021 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest (ACTR)

Deadline: February 8, 2021

The American Council of Teachers of Russian is pleased to announce the 2021 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest! Registration for the contest is open now. Deadline for registration for the 2021 Contest is Feb. 8th. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED! The contest should be held from February 15th to the 25th, and all essays must be submitted by Feb. 28th.

Please note that, barring any COVID-related setbacks, we hope to announce the essay contest results by mid-April. For more registration details and more information about the administration of the contest this year, please visit the ACTR website.

CFP: Translation Stream (ASEEES 2021 Convention)

Deadline: February 12, 2021

The Translation Stream organizing team invites proposals for the Translation stream at the ASEEES 2021 Convention. They hope to organize one or more round tables and several panels following Convention themes:

Round table topics:
Interdisciplinarity of Soviet Translation Theory 
Translation and Identity: Intersectionality and Diversity in Translation Practice

General panel topics:
Translation and diversity
Translation and interdisciplinarity
Translation and intersectionality

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