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:

English study:

If you have any questions about the study, please email Gretchen McKnight at

Tamizdat Project Summer School (Tallinn, Estonia)

Deadline: April 1, 2024

You are cordially invited to join our Tamizdat Project Summer School 2024! In
partnership with Nemirovsky Summer School and Hunter College CUNY, this year
we plan to spend four weeks in Tallinn, Estonia, exploring the first
publications, circulation, and reception of banned books from the Soviet Union
and Eastern Europe abroad during the Cold War. Please join us for this
exciting journey!

By enrolling in the program, you will able to take our special course
Tamizdat: Contraband Literature from the USSR and Eastern Europe through
Hunter College, sign up for Russian language courses offered by our hosts in
Tallinn, and listen to a variety of lecture courses by some of the most
prominent scholars and cultural figures from around the world! The program
also features field trips to Helsinki, Finland, and Riga, Latvia.

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Call for Applications: The FY 2024 Group Project Abroad Program Competition Is Now Open 

Deadline: March 18, 2024

The U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE), FY 2024 GPA program competition is now open. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2024.

Please visit Applicant Information — Fulbright-Hays–Group Projects Abroad Program for additional information about the competition.

Program Description

This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.

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Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments for Russian Language Classrooms

MACAWS (Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing and Speech) is looking for teachers interested in implementing their corpus-based activities in their Russian language classrooms.

Eligible participants:* Are teaching Russian in 2024

* Are interested in implementing corpus-based activities, especially spoken corpus activities

* Are available for an introductory workshop prior to implementing activities

If you join our research, we are pleased to offer a $25 gift card to participating instructors and $5 gift cards to their students. If interested, please contact Shelley Staples ( or Valentina Vinokurova ( to learn more.

What is MACAWS?

MACAWS (Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing and Speech) is a corpus of learner texts from two foreign language programs, Portuguese and Russian, built at the University of Arizona. Currently, we have 1539 Russian texts (219,515 words), and our corpus is growing!

Where can I find MACAWS?

MACAWS can be accessed via an online interface. To view the corpus, you will need to request a login and password on the interface webpage free of charge.

How can I use MACAWS in my classroom?

MACAWS has a variety of applications in the classroom, such as:

  • noticing activities to help students recognize grammatical or lexical patterns
  • awareness raising to help students understand features of spoken Russian such as fillers, discourse markers, and active listening strategies
  • building confidence through exposure to authentic texts produced by other learners

For detailed information on how to use MACAWS in the classroom, please visit our website.

CUNY REEES Workshop: “Marrying Sun Yat-senism and Turanism. Leveraging Ancestral Nationalism in Interwar Sino-Hungarian Cultural Diplomacy”

Event Date: March 22, 2024 | Online

Historian Mátyás Mervay, “Marrying Sun Yat-senism and Turanism. Leveraging Ancestral Nationalism in Interwar Sino-Hungarian Cultural Diplomacy,” on Friday, March 22nd at 12:30 pm via Zoom.

Zoom registration link:

Papers for the workshops will be circulated one week prior to the event date and a reminder email will be sent at that time. We will meet once per month throughout the semester. March, April and May dates will be announced shortly. We look forward to seeing you!

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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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Call for Applications: 2024 Research Training Workshop

Deadline: March 1, 2024

At the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

June 14-15, 2024

Professor Anna Whittington (Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. Nataliia Laas (Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs)

Soviet Citizenship in Flux: New Perspectives on Late Socialism and After

The Russian war on Ukraine has raised the question of why the relations between the citizens and the state diverge greatly in different post-Soviet states. This research training workshop starts from the supposition that many of these differences stem from differentiated and unequal practices of citizenship in the late Soviet era. We seek to bring together scholars working across a wide geographic and temporal spectrum, illuminating both differences in the discourses and practices of citizenship and their evolution over time and space. Key themes include the relationship between center and “peripheries”; the tensions between citizenship as conceived by political and cultural elites and citizens; the formation of new rituals and practices to promote belonging; the transformation of citizenship practices at times of upheaval and uncertainty; and the varied and contested legacies of Soviet citizenship across the former Soviet Union. We are especially interested in papers that offer political, social, economic, and ecological perspectives on late socialism and early independence.

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Interdisciplinary Workshop: “Ukrainian Refugees in Germany and the United States after the War: Implications for Global Refugee Policy” (University of Passau, Germany)

Deadline to attend: April 1, 2024

June 28-29, 2024
American Studies, University of Passau
Organizers: Grit Grigoleit-Richter (University of Passau, Germany) and Claudia Sadowski-Smith (Arizona State University, USA)

Keynotes: Miriam Finkelstein (University of Vienna, Austria), Halyna Lemekh (St. Francis College, USA), and Jannis Panagiotidis (University of Vienna, Austria)

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Prof. Dev. : Learning Series tailored to online Russian language instructors

Deadline: February 29, 2024

The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is planning on offering a professional learning series in 2024 specifically tailored to online Russian language teachers. 

As we believe that professional development for online teachers should meet their unique needs, we would like to request your assistance in participating in and/or sharing a brief survey (link below) to your online Russian language teachers. Their feedback will inform the development of an online summer workshop. We sincerely appreciate your help in this endeavor. We request completion of the survey by February 29, 2024:

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