Editors: Seth Graham (University College London), Rachel Morley (University College London), Beata Waligórska-Olejniczak (Adam Mickiewicz University)
1) Scope of the special issue and the relevance of the subject:
The 2022 edition of ‘Millennium Docs Against Gravity’, Poland’s largest documentary film festival, featured a Susan Sontag retrospective that included her work Waiting for Godot…in Sarajevo, made in the Bosnian capital during the siege and codirected with Nicole Stéphane. The film, which is often described as Sontag’s lasting gift to Sarajevans and which gave them hope and the possibility of responding to suppressed emotions, today inevitably brings to mind places such as Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol, whose suffering inhabitants and ruined architecture have made us doubt the existence of a civilized world. Focusing attention on the mission of art and the role of the artist as an engaged witness of reality, this special issue of “Studia Rossica Posnaniensia” will concentrate on urban experiences of all kinds of conflicts: military, political, interpersonal, ethnic, religious, environmental, etc. We would like to pinpoint the role of Eastern European cities as sites of power and powerlessness, as spaces where pain is/was inflicted, contemplated, embodied, expressed or (re)negotiated, and as intersections of different cultures and traditions (e.g. Catholicism and Orthodoxy). We would also welcome proposals rooted in gender studies, queer studies, post-colonial studies, disability studies, performative studies and animal studies, that may offer perspectives on the city space as a battlefield for one’s dignity, rights and identity. We expect that authors might refer to Sontag’s belief in the artist’s social and ethical duty to explore the link between the aesthetic and the political as well as the relationship between the mind and the body in urban environments.
We were warned, repeatedly. But on February 24, 2022, the vast majority of Ukrainians, Russians, and the rest of the world was stunned. Not only by the Russian invasion of Ukraine but also by how rapidly the order of things can radically change and crumble. In response, we are devoting a special issue of The Russian Review to the theme of Rupture: When Things Fall Apart. By “rupture” we imagine a sudden rift in historical time but also a spatial dis- and relocation that manifests in the fragmentation of regions and world areas as political units and subjects of knowledge. The peoples of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia have had recurrent experiences with socio-political and historical rupture, and our field has done extensive work on previous ruptures, most notably 1917 and 1991, years of rupture that “shook” and reconfigured the world.
The main objective of this Special Issue is to scrutinize the concepts of conflict, language, and identity, factors of their relationship formation and transformation across different countries and communities in a diverse context. This Special Issue attempts to connect the analysis of top-down discourses with the analysis of bottom-up reactions to them. Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper or review) of the journal and address the topic of this Special Issue. Papers might present the analysis and description of a situation at a macro-level (i.e., the analysis of public and political discourses, including discourses of national authorities, mass-media and expert communities) and/or at a micro-level (life stories of members of various linguistic and/or cultural groups, their linguistic biographies and cultural memory, and personal experiences). The goal of this Special Issue is to create a shared inclusive platform that would help to prevent tensions between the countries and communities caused by linguistic and cultural conflicts, and, thus, to foster social cohesion and sustainable development within societies.
Overview:The Inman Award competition is designed to recognize outstanding research and writing by students at the undergraduate or graduate levels on topics related to intelligence and national security. There is no prescribed topic, format, or length for papers submitted. It is presumed that most papers will have been prepared to satisfy a course or degree requirement of the author’s academic program. Co-authored and “team project” papers will be accepted.
About:The Bobby R. Inman award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Admiral Inman served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry, and at The University of Texas. His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He continues to serve as an advisor and mentor to UT students and faculty members, and current government officials.
Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited U.S. higher education institution during the 2021-22 academic year are eligible to participate. A student may submit only one paper that has not been published previously.
American Council of Learned Societies Announces Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship Program
New Program Will Support Early Career Scholars Pursuing Innovative Approaches to Dissertation Research in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships, a new program designed to support emerging scholars as they advance bold and innovative research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. The program is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
The Dissertation Innovation Fellowship program will make awards to doctoral students who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before writing is advanced, and provide time and support for emerging scholars’ innovative approaches to dissertation research – practical, trans- or interdisciplinary, collaborative, critical, or methodological. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats, and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy.
ASU’s Melikian Center, in collaboration with ASU’s Narrative Storytelling Initiative, invites up to 10 participants to ASU’s Tempe campus for a three-day, in-person workshop on issues in public scholarship. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners (including advanced PhD and master’s students and recent graduates) with an interest in taking knowledge public. The workshop will explore different genres of writing, speaking, and publishing to effectively translate in-depth regional knowledge of Russia, Eurasia and East Europe to engage public and policy audiences.
The workshop will be led by ASU faculty affiliated with the Melikian Center including Keith Brown, Melikian Center Director; Candace Rondeaux, New America Fellow and Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies; and Steven Beschloss, the director of the Narrative Storytelling Initiative and Professor of Practice at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism.
The successful candidate will join the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance (IDIG). We are looking for a proposal that will either further our current projects which span digital diplomacy, post-Brexit and bilateral diplomacy, diplomacy for peace and security, the politics of diplomacy, experimentalist governance, and foreign policy; or to bring something new, for example the challenges of diplomacy in the fields of sport, climate change and health.
We also welcome proposals that address the themes of sustainability, development and innovation through approaches that combine diplomacy or international governance with other theoretical or methodological lenses.
We would like to hear from candidates whose background – academic and/or professional – offers potential for international collaboration, and who wish to join a dynamic and diverse campus- Loughborough London – that is research-intensive with an entrepreneurial emphasis. If you have a great idea for a PhD in this area, then we’d love to hear it: do get in touch. You will need to provide a research proposal of no less than 500 words that outlines your idea, its significance, and proposed academic contribution.
In 2018, the International Vladimir Nabokov Society established a group of prizes generously funded by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation. The first three rounds of prizes (2019, 2020, 2021) have been awarded and the winners of these prizes are listed below. IVNS is now accepting submissions for its 2022 round of prizes. Applications are encouraged for all eligible work.
Administration and Funding: These prizes are administered, selected, and awarded by the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, and funded by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation. In all cases they will be awarded only where there is work of sufficient merit. In the case when two winners share one prize, the prize money will be shared between them.
Timing: Prizes awarded in 2022 will be for work either submitted (in the case of undergraduate and postgraduate essays, theses and chapters), examined and accepted (in the case of the best dissertation prize) or published (in the case of the other prizes) in the calendar year 2021, except for the Brian Boyd Prize. The Brian Boyd Prize was awarded in 2019 for work published 2016 – 2018 and will next be awarded in 2022 for work published 2019 – 2021.
Language: Work can in principle be considered in any language. However, the judges have to be able to judge all entries fairly against one another; thus the only language in which contributions can be guaranteed consideration is English. If the judges have sufficient linguistic competence, they can judge work in other languages, and if they wish, commission expert reviewers in that language and consult with them.
Submission: All academic work and publications to be considered for prizes need to have reached the judges’ attention by April 30. Please contact the President and Vice-President of the IVNS, Siggy Frank and Marie Bouchet, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard University’s Undergraduate Think Tank is looking for students with an interest in diversity, equity, & inclusion, and in conducting research in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. This will be the third iteration of what has been a very successful program. Below are some basic details of the program. More information, including a link to the application and recommendation letter form, can be found at www.reeesthinktank.org and here: bit.ly/3MjheEK