Category Archives: Professional Development

PD: Submissions Requested for Michigan Quarterly Review Special Issue

The Michigan Quarterly Review is seeking submissions for a special issue reflecting critically on the thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and on the current failings and future promises of Europe. We are not interested in nostalgia or celebration. Rather, we want outstanding work in any genre that addresses the dramatic transformations of 1989 as a contemporary issue and that recognizes local, even personal realities as echoes of global social and geopolitical problems. The Guest Editor for this issue is poet, translator, and literary scholar Benjamin Paloff.

The Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary and international literary journal, combining distinctive voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as works in translation. Our work extends online as well, where we publish cultural commentary alongside reviews and interviews with writers, artists, and cultural figures around the world. The flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, our magazine embraces creative urgency and cultural relevance, aiming to challenge conventions and address long-overdue conversations. As we continue to promote an expansive and inclusive vision, we seek work from established and emerging writers with diverse aesthetics and experiences.

Prose: 5,000 words max. Poetry: 8 pages max. Translations welcome.

Interviews and Reviews for MQR Online: 3,000 words max.

Click here to submit. Email us at mqr@umich.edu with any questions.

PD: ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Deadline to Register: January 29, 2019

This contest, established in 1999 by ACTR, has become a signature Russian language contest for post-secondary students around the country. ​Students taking Russian in accredited colleges and universities are invited to participate in the annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).

Important Dates and Information

  • Registration fee is $5.00 per student.
  • Codes and essay topic will be emailed by January 31.
  • Essay contest may take place any time, starting from February 1 through 15
  • Judges’ results are expected April 1.
  • Certificates will be mailed out by April 15.
  • Instructors must register students through this webpage (see the Registration section).
  • Submissions will be uploaded to Box. Email attachments will not be accepted.
  • No late registrations or submissions will be accepted.
  • At least one instructor per participating institution must be a current ACTR member, with paid dues.

For more information and to register, please visit our website.

PD: Summer Research Lab (University of Illinois)

Deadline for funding: February 11, 2019

For over forty years, the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has provided scholars from around the world with the opportunity to work in our Library’s famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Summer Research Laboratory again this year, from June 10 to August 2, 2019. The SRL is open to all scholars with research interests in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Graduate students, academics, independent scholars, librarians, and government employees are encouraged to apply.

About the Program

With hundreds of thousands of volumes in Russian, East European, and Eurasian languages, alongside extensive microfilm collections of rare and archival materials, the University Library at Illinois ranks among the best research collections in the world. The SRL provides scholars with the opportunity to work extensively with these resources, at any stage of their work. Many important books and articles have been written in our collections over the years. Graduate students find a trip to Illinois an excellent way to plan their research and begin work on their dissertations.

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CFP: Midwest Slavic Conf. (Ohio State U)

Deadline for Submission: January 21, 2019 (EXTENDED)

2019 Midwest Slavic Conference
April 5-7th, 2019
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) have announced the 2019 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU in Columbus, OH on April 5-7, 2019. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all topics related to the theme “1989 and its Effects on Central and Eastern Europe”. Preceding this year’s conference, Dr. Dorin Uritescu (York University) will present the 22nd Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture, entitled “Geolinguistic Variation and Language Change in Romanian,“ on Friday, April 5th at 4:00PM. Continue reading

Grad Program: 1-year M.S. in Global Media and Cultures  (Atlanta, GA)

Priority Deadline: January 15th 
Final Deadline: March 1st

1-year M.S. in Global Media and Cultures
Chinese | French | German | Japanese | Russian | Spanish

The MS-GMC is a joint degree by Georgia Tech’s School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media, and Communication. It offers targeted bilingual preparation for careers in media, international business, and global leadership. We provide experiential training in media studies, cross-cultural communication, and advanced competence in a high-impact language and region. Students build a bilingual portfolio through internships, media production, research, and leadership opportunities. The degree builds on the rapidly growing media industry in Atlanta, the No.1 location in the U.S. for film production and home to over 2000 multinational businesses.

Priority Deadline: January 15th 
Final Deadline: March 1st

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Travel: 10-Day Trip Through Bosnia-Herzegovina (U. of Arizona)

Deadline for Registration: February 15, 2019

A 10-Day Trip through Bosnia-Herzegovina (with an optional 1-day extension)
April 7-17 (or 18), 2019

(Organized by the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI, U.S. Department of Education-designated National Resource Center on the Middle East)

Would you like to travel to beautiful, fascinating Bosnia-Herzegovina (with a side trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia)? CMES is organizing a public trip, open to any adult interested in a fun and educational travel experience. You will be led by a Balkan historian and local guides, visit museums and historical sites (from Bogomil tombs to Ottoman monuments to sites from three major wars in the 20th century), explore cultural places (including a private viewing of the Sarajevo Haggadah and institutions of the region’s 4 religious communities), visit places of local interest (a winery, the Croatian world heritage city of Dubrovnik), and lots more. You will also have the option of an additional day-trip to the Srebrenica genocide site/museum. You will stay in 4-star hotels, feast on the excellent local cuisine, have the opportunity to attend performances or participate in a cooking demonstration – all in a short period of time! Continue reading

CFP: NAATPl 3rd Biennial Workshop for Polish Language Teachers (Chicago, IL)

Deadline for Proposals: March 11, 2019

NAATPl 3rd Biennial Workshop for Polish Language Teachers
Standard-Based Approaches to Teaching Polish Language
May 11, 2019
Organized by: Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL (Specific location, TBA)

This workshop will bring together instructors to share their practices and materials, as they relate to teaching Polish.  The focus of this workshop will be on standard-based approaches to teaching language, especially alongside ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language, www.actfl.org) proficiency and world-readiness standards.  This workshop will serve as a forum for exchange of the most successful topics, projects, and syllabi from the most recent years of teaching, across participants’ institutions.

The workshop will consist of individual or group presentations, 20 minutes in length.

There will be one panel dedicated especially to K-12 Polish language teaching, including Saturday Schools, and the committee asks that papers submitted for this panel be noted as such in their proposal.

We invite all Polish language instructors to apply to present at the workshop, however, presenting is not a requirement, as we also encourage attendance in order to learn from practices of other instructors. Continue reading

Funding: Visiting Fellows Program – Predoctoral Scholars (Emory University)

Deadline for Applications: January 28, 2019

National Call for Applications

The 2019-2020 competition is open. The application deadline is January 28, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

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The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program. Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Johnson Institute offers five fellowships per year.

  • Visiting Fellowships for Post-Doctoral and Advanced Scholars: Three (3) fellowships for both junior and senior scholars and their career equivalents. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship period in August 2019. Fellows will each teach one course in the spring semester.
  • Visiting Fellowships for Pre-Doctoral Scholars: Two (2) fellowships for doctoral dissertation completion. Dissertation Fellows are not required to teach courses.

We welcome applications from scholars in the humanities. We are interested in research projects across the spectrum of the humanities that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. We also support research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory for the academic year 2019-2020.

For more information, and to learn how to apply, click here.

Internship: The Altai Project (Altai)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing

The Altai region, encompassing land in Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia, is a unique environment home to many threatened and endangered species. Historical artifacts, such as petroglyphs and burial mounds, dating all the way back to the Stone Age are located in the relatively untouched region, with local significance for indigenous populations and international visitors. The region is in danger from climate change, poaching, and increased tourism leading to more construction and energy projects.

The Altai Project has regular short-term opportunities and internships for people with relevant expertise to get involved: natural sciences, issues of concern to indigenous peoples, climate change, alternative energy and energy conservation, natural building and sustainable design, land use planning, wildlife biology.

They are also in regular need of volunteer translators (Russian, Altaian, and English), web support, graphic designers/desktop publishing, and writers/editors.

To participate with them, contact the Altai Project with a proposal or email Jennifer Castner, Director of the Altai Project, at jennifer@altaiproject.org 

CFP: TROIKA Undergraduate Magazine (UC Berkeley)

Deadline for Applications: January 15th, 2019

CREEES students are invited to submit works for consideration in the Spring 2019 publication of TROIKA, UC Berkeley’s undergraduate magazine in Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.

TROIKA publishes academic writing, artwork, photography, creative writing, translations, opinion columns, etc.. If any of your students are interested in submitting work to the magazine for consideration, please have them email submissions or questions to troikaberkeley@gmail.com.

Submission Criteria:

  • Undergraduate work or art concerning Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies·
  • MLA formatting for academic papers
  • No more than 15 pages double-spaced (longer papers may be considered but will likely be abridged)
  • JPG/PNG formatting for images

See PDF of our Spring 2018 edition: TroikaMagazine-Spring18ed