CFP: “The Imperial Plow: Settler Colonialism in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union”

Deadline: November 7, 2022

Organizers: Edyta Bojanowska and Claire Roosien, Yale University

Conference at Yale University, May 1-2, 2023 (New Haven, Connecticut) 

 The familiar icon of Russian imperial expansion is the violent nineteenth-century conquest of the exotic mountainous region of the Caucasus.  The imperial pen – of Pushkin, Tolstoy, and others – has eagerly followed the imperial bayonet to the Caucasus.  Yet the imperial plow was no less a tool of conquest than the pen or the bayonet.  This conference aims to shift scholarly attention away from the high drama of military conquest to the understudied processes of settler colonization and to their cultural echoes in the Russian and Soviet empires.  More than anything else, it is the activities of the Russian and Soviet agricultural settler that ultimately bound various non-Russian peripheral regions to the social and cultural imaginaries of “Russia” and established enduring forms of imperial control.  The idea of settler colonization came to be viewed as Russia’s manifest destiny: its mission to settle “empty” spaces, binding them to the Russian core in the process.  The Slavic settler became the key Kulturträger of Russia’s civilizing mission, especially in the east and south.

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CFP Deadline Extended: 2022 Central Slavic Conference

Deadline: September 9, 2022

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars from all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its annual meeting to be held from Friday, October 21 until Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is the oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). Scholars from outside the region and from around the world are welcome to participate.

Our conference will be a blend of in person and virtual sessions this year. The in person events are scheduled to take place on October 21 and 22 at the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) and Hotel in St. Louis. The MAC offers special room rates for conference participants. Virtual sessions will be held on Sunday, October 23. While all participants can join the virtual sessions, technical limitations preclude our arranging for virtual participation in the in-person panels.

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Tutors Needed for Ukrainian Refugees

Tutors4Ukraine is looking for volunteers to tutor Ukrainian refugees and help them learn the language of their host countries. Volunteers do not have to be proficient in Ukrainian or Russian to tutor, and the minimum time commitment is once a week for two months.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, sign up here. You can also help by spreading the word about Tutors4Ukraine to your friends and family! To learn more about Tutors4Ukraine, please visit our website. Thank you so much for your help!

Online Ukrainian Language Course Open to All (UT Austin)

First Day of Class: August 22, 2022

UKR 406 First-Year Ukrainian I MTWTH 11:00AM – 12:00PM

This course is an introduction to the Ukrainian language. In this course, we will focus on developing basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as covering grammar fundamentals. We will also use the language to explore aspects of Ukrainian culture, media and daily life.

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Submissions Wanted: Language, Identity and Conflict: A Cultural Perspective from Above and from Below (Societies Journal Special Issue)

Deadline: March 15, 2023

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.

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Lang. Training: Intensive Russian/Russian Cinema Courses (Stony Brook University)

Deadline: Open

1) Stony Brook University will offer the following online summer courses: Contemporary Russian Cinema (in English), 6 weeks. Intensive Elementary Russian I, II (2 semesters), 8 weeks. Both courses start on May 24. You can write me for more information and/or check

2) Stony Brook is offering an ACE (Accelerated College Education) program in Russian for high school students across the US. The possible courses include Elementary Russian and Russian for Heritage Speakers. This program allows students from high schools that offer Russian to receive university credit for their high school courses.

Help Wanted: Data Rescue for Ukraine

Event Date: March 5, 2022

We will be hosting a data rescue session focused on identifying and archiving data and sites for music collections at cultural heritage institutions in Ukraine which may be at risk during the attack and invasion by Russia. The session will occur on Saturday, March 5, 2022 (time TBD).

If you are interested in participating, please complete this form so that we can share additional information with you. The event will be held virtually, instructions will be provided for a variety of roles (no programming background required). Asynchronous participation is also possible.

Organized by Anna E. Kijas and Francesca Giannetti (Digital Humanities Interest Group, Music Library Association) and Andy Janco (Digital Humanities Interest Group of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies).

For more information about the project, click here.

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Social Studies High School Position (Weber School)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Weber School, an independent Jewish community high school located in Atlanta, Georgia is currently seeking candidates for a full time Social Studies position to begin in the fall of 2022.

Qualifications include the following:An MA or PhD in the humanities with a concentration in Jewish history or a related field;Demonstrated excellence in teaching courses in Jewish history or a related field; A desire and capacity to teach and inspire a variety of learners;An eagerness to design new courses and be innovative in the classroom;A willingness to teach other Social Studies courses, including U.S., World, or European History; The enthusiasm to work in a highly collaborative environment;

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Grad Program: MA in International and Regional Studies – Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies (University of Michigan)

Deadline: December 15, 2021

The University of Michigan welcomes applications for our MIRS: REEE Studies Specialization. Please note the deadline is December 15!

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies specialization is designed for students with an interest in engaging in interdisciplinary research and training on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students choose to focus their studies on humanities, social sciences, and professional coursework related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia.

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Grad Program: MA in Russian and Slavic Studies (University of Arizona)

Deadline: March 1, 2022

The University of Arizona’s Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications to our MA degree program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2022, to be considered for financial aid. International applicants are strongly advised to apply by December 1 for the fall semester (and June 1 for the spring semester). Early applications are encouraged. 

The Masters of Arts in Russian and Slavic Studies offers a diversified program of study with courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. The MA Program has two tracks that offer students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain expertise in their specific fields of interest. Students in the Language, Literature, and Linguistics (LLL) track complete a rigorous program of study that culminates in MA Exams; graduates on the Russian and East European Studies (REES) track develop a specific area of focus and complete a MA thesis.

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