CFP: Belarusian Visual Culture in the 21st Century

Deadline: June 1, 2024

We are inviting essay submissions for an edited volume on contemporary visual culture of Belarus. The volume is projected to have 12-14 chapters (5000-6000 words each) on Belarusian visual culture divided in three parts: early 2000s, 2010s, and post-2020 visual culture. The volume is expected to have color illustrations and to feature interviews with contemporary artists, filmmakers, and cultural figures.

Submissions on all aspects of Belarusian visual culture are encouraged, including, but not limited to: art history; all aspects of visual arts and art spaces; photography; visual aspects of social media; television and media studies; theatre and cinema studies; dance studies; street art and folk art; protest visual culture and visual art as testimony; independent and official art. 

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Russian-Immersion Summer Jobs (Concordia Language Villages, Minnesota, US)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Looking for a summer job with immersion opportunities in a Russian-language environment? Lesnoe Ozero now has openings for employment for ALL levels of language proficiency. If there are any questions, please contact: ravitch@cord.edu .

Option 1: Culinary Arts Staff, July 7-August 11 or July 7-August 18 – all levels
We are hiring for bakers, cooks, and assistant chefs. Staff will receive a week of training in food preparation specific to the cuisines of the Russian-speaking world and then be responsible for preparing the food under the supervision of the Village Chef. The language of the kitchen is English, but Culinary Arts staff are welcome to participate in the language immersion community when they are not cooking, which, given that it is a residential program, can easily be 4-5 hours/day. Room, board, and transportation from the Minneapolis airport to the program in Bemidji, MN are included, but staff are responsible for their own travel to the Minneapolis airport. Students who need work for the whole summer can indicate availability for one of the languages that runs in June, as well as the Russian village, for a full summer of employment. 

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Paid study on Russian Writing Styles (University of Maryland)

The University of Maryland, College Park is seeking native and non-native (advanced) speakers of Russian to participate in an ongoing paid study on the diversity of writing styles around the globe. This study is approved by the internal review board (IRB) of the University of Maryland, College Park, and our team hopes that the documents we collect will help provide some insight into how individual writing styles differ by region and document type.

Participants in this study will be asked to author original writing samples for several different genres. Participation is entirely online, and compensation will be provided upon proper completion of study participation tasks. There is also a corresponding study in English. Participants who are bilingual are welcome to complete either or both the Russian and English versions of our study. 

Russian study:

https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe/form/SV_0TA1m4IaROInO6i

English study:

https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe/form/SV_6xIMk9fHTe50ZPU

If you have any questions about the study, please email Gretchen McKnight at gbelnap@umd.edu

CFP: “Defining Soviet Antisemitism: Everyday Jewish Experiences in the USSR”

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Call for Papers for an Edited Volume

Edited by Paula Chan (All Souls College, University of Oxford) and Irina Rebrova (Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University, Berlin)

Antisemitism was a thread that ran through the entire fabric of the Soviet Union. During the interwar period, Bolshevik ideology condemned the persecution of Jews as an evil relic of Imperial Russian rule. Meanwhile, Westerners as prominent as Henry Ford accused the USSR of being a Jewish institution, and Adolf Hitler’s opposition to “Judeo-Bolshevism” drove his vision for a new order in Europe. Upon the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, local antisemitism collided with hostility toward Stalin’s regime, with catastrophic consequences for Jews on Soviet territory. After the end of World War II, the USSR was the first country to recognize the state of Israel. Yet in the years that followed, Soviet leaders embraced discrimination against Jews like never before, even as they insisted that the USSR remained a bastion of anti-antisemitism. Scholars have grappled with the contradictions that surround antisemitism in the Soviet context in different ways. Events such as the prosecution of members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee and the Doctor’s Plot have loomed especially large, as have sweeping statements on Soviet responses to what we now call the Holocaust. Much of the literature tends to take Soviet antisemitism for granted – when the victim is Jewish, the repression is antisemitic. Intellectual siloing of Jewish, Soviet, and post-Soviet national studies perpetuate existing gaps in knowledge.

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Call For Proposals: 2025 International Research Workshops (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Deadline: April 1, 2024

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invites proposals from individuals and institutions to co-organize international research workshops in conjunction with the Mandel Center in 2025. Proposals are due Monday, April 1, 2024.

The Mandel Center’s Division of International Academic Programs promotes the vitality of research in the field of Holocaust studies around the world through the Moskowitz/Rafalowicz International Research Workshop and the Jacob and Yetta Gelman International Research Workshop. Our workshops seed research networks and produce new scholarship. We welcome proposals for workshop themes from scholars at universities and research institutions in all relevant disciplines, including (but not limited to) history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, Romani studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, genocide studies, and law.

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Job: Foreign Affairs Specialist (Selective Service, Pentagon)

Deadline: March 4, 2024

JOB POSTING: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/778812400

Duties

  • Responsible for recommending and implementing policy guidance for the direction, integration, management and supervision of international programs and activities affiliated with the Department of the Air Force concerning country and/or regional responsibility.
  • Areas of direct responsibility include implementation of US and USAF policy, military contacts and cooperative activities, country and regional reviews, USAF security assistance, disclosure policy and related activities, technology transfer, and other USAF international programs with foreign countries, coordination of senior AF official’s international travel and visits of senior foreign officials to the United States.
  • Reviews and establishes policy on current developments in the Europe/NATO Division. Identifies items that impact USAF bilateral or regional programs.
  • Represents USAF at weekly, monthly, and annually occurring interagency and departmental conferences and meetings. Represents SAF/IA as a member of appropriate committees and working groups.
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STARTALK Instructor (Short-Term Contract)

Deadline: Rolling

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) seeks to hire an individual to offer Russian language instruction remotely to 5-10 high school students at the intermediate-low level from March 2nd through April 27th, 2024. 

The STARTALK Instructor works closely with STARTALK Program Director, Dr. Olga Klimova, to follow an already developed curriculum aligned with STARTALK requirements and the program theme, “That Diverse Russian Speaking World!”Responsibilities will include:

*Hold online classes, learning activities, and formative assessments.

*Adhere to the pedagogical framework appropriate for the K-12 educational setting and consult with the Program Director regarding student needs.

*Participate in faculty professional development training and any necessary program staff meetings.

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Call for Papers! NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction

Deadline: Ongoing

Novel: A Forum on Fiction is accepting submissions. Founded in 1967 at Brown
University, Novel is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best new
criticism and theory in novel studies. After several decades under the editorship of Nancy
Armstrong, Kevin McLaughlin took over as the chief editor in Summer 2023.
Novel holds to these general principles:

  1. as long as there have been novels, there has been a need for critical
    scholarship to explain how novels should and do make and evaluate the
    foundational categories of modern life.
  2. so long as novels continue to be written, literate populations will continue
    to dwell within categories inaugurated by its forms.
    We welcome submissions that address one or more of these concerns and use a
    novel or group of novels to do so. The essays we favor are relatively self-
    conscious about the theoretical and historical framework that informs
    their critical
    argument, so long as that argument uses fiction to challenge the historical
    narrative or theoretical assumptions that are brought to bear on it.
    Submissions should be between 7000-9000 words (inclusive of footnotes but
    excluding works cited), in accordance with MLA style (9th ed.).
    Please send submissions and inquiries to novel_forum@brown.edu.

Book Prize: Humanities and Social Sciences re: Slovakia

Deadline: May 1, 2024

At its annual November meeting, during the 2024 ASEEES conference, the Slovak Studies Association will award a prize for the best book in the humanities and social sciences about Slovakia published in 2022 or later.  Submissions must be in English, but they may be published anywhere in the world.  The authors must be members in good standing of the SSA.

Authors may submit articles, chapters, and graduate papers as hard copies or in electronic form (PDF).  However, submissions for the Best Book Award must be in hard copy, unless they are only published electronically, in which case a PDF may be emailed to the chair of the prize committee.  The review committee will not return any submitted items. The deadline for postmarking submissions for the Best Book Prize is 1 May 2024.  

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