CFP: Przekładaniec Journal of Translation Studies (Krakow)

Deadline: January 30, 2019

Poetry Translation East-West by Zakhar Ishov and Michał Mrugalski

Poetry translation is perpetually enveloped in a paradox: on the one hand, “poetry is what gets lost in translation” (Frost 1995, Croce 1926, Jakobson 1959); on the other, practiced since antiquity, poetry translation has been universally a major moving force behind cultural transfer (Highet 1957, Steiner 1975: 251, Venclova 1979).

In this special themed issue of Przekładaniec we will consider the cultural history, theory and practice of poetry translation in the Slavic context, especially the transfer between Slavic literatures and languages and Western ones. This space is fraught with tensions and contrasts, but sometimes also with parallels and overlaps from grammatical to prosodic ones, from cultural to political, etc. etc. The dichotomy of translatability-untranslatability implies a continuous “accretion of meaning in the process of translational transformations” (Lotman 1990: 3). Each poetic “rewriting” (Lefevre 1992) of texts presupposes an equivalent rewriting of theories as well (Flotow 2000; Munday 2007; Venuti 2013). Therefore, we invite proposals that deal not only with Western-Slavic practices of poetry translation, but also Slavic translation theories. Continue reading

CFP: Wisconsin Slavic Conference

Deadline: January 21, 2019

Wisconsin Slavic Conference | March 29-30, 2019

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstracts for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics, and history are invited for the annual Wisconsin Slavic Conference (formerly AATSEEL-Wisconsin). Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged! The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, March 29th and 30th, 2019.

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Study Abroad: Trans-Siberian Study Abroad Program (UNH)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018 (early application); February 2019 (final deadline)

Unique Trans-Siberian Study Abroad Program, University of New Hampshire

What is the program?                       

The UNH Russia Program is a unique summer study abroad opportunity for all interested students to experience first-hand the vastness of Russia. Students travel with UNH faculty and study Russian language, culture, and history with stays in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and a trip across the country on the Trans-Siberian Railroad! Visits include cultural, historical, and political venues (including the Duma, Kremlin, Hermitage, WWII bunker, Gulag Museum, Tatar hat workshop, hiking around Lake Baikal, participate in traditional Russian folk wedding, Lenin’s house in Gorki, banya, Russo-Japanese war fortresses and bunkers in Vladivostok) with readings and discussion at each site. 
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CFP: “On the Edge: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Innovation, Modernity, and Trends (UVA)

Deadline to Submit Abstracts: February 1, 2019 

“On the Edge”:  An Interdisciplinary Forum on Innovation, Modernity, and Trends

The University of Virginia
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
March 29 – 30, 2019

The modern world is punctuated by periods of innovation, revolution, and change. As we conceive of monumental breakthroughs throughout history and across cultures, we look to individuals and movements that have challenged the status quo and broke with accepted norms and traditions. This forum is dedicated to challenging contemporary and historical perceptions and values, identifying outlying ideas and trends, and investigating tensions between the old and the new. How do emerging trends, innovations, and new social outlooks affect our thinking and our society? How do revolutions and uprisings help us understand our particular milieus and our global world? What are the interrelationships between political, economic, scientific, and social change?  Continue reading

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

Job: Director of the Slovak Studies Program (U of Pittsburgh)

Deadline to Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The appointment begins with the fall term of 2019, with an anticipated start date of August 26, 2019. 

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Director of the Slovak Studies Program, pending budgetary approval. This appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer; the initial appointment is for one year, followed by a three-year renewable term. Duties include:

  • Teaching  beginning, intermediate, and advanced Slovak language, as well as Slovak or Slovak-comparative literature and culture at the undergraduate level.
  • Non-teaching duties include oversight of Slovak cultural and outreach activities.
  • Scholarly publication and active participation in national professional associations is encouraged, but is not a prerequisite for appointment or renewal.

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Grad Program: Master’s Degree in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Harvard)

Application Deadline: January 2, 2019, 5PM EST

Master’s Degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (REECA)
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University 

The REECA Master’s program can help jump-start your career in academia, government service, NGO management, or the private sector. This two-year, interdisciplinary program allows you to:

  • Study with some of the world’s top scholars working on the region
  • Gain a nuanced understanding of history and current affairs
  • Build proficiency in Russian and other regional languages
  • Take courses at Harvard professional schools
  • Tap into the Harvard alumni network

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CFP: Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference (Vancouver)

Deadline to Submit: January 18, 2019

Canadian Association of Slavists annual conference is approaching! Paper and panel proposals are due by January 19th. All are welcome, but note that you will need to join the Canadian Association of Slavists to attend the conference. See below for details:

Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference
June 1-3, 2019
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

CALL FOR PAPERS

The annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists will take place at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) in early June 2019. The CAS Annual Conference is held as a part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 70 national associations in attendance. The theme of the 2019Congress is “Circles of Conversation.” More information is available here: https://www.congress2019.ca/about#theme. Continue reading

Academic Job: 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowships (Harvard)

Deadline for Applications: January 10, 2019

The Davis Center Fellows Program offers comprehensive research, training, and professional development opportunities for scholars advancing their careers within the social sciences and humanities. Fellows pursue their research with support from an interdisciplinary community of experts, and with access to world-class resources. The program provides scholars with experiences and connections that endure well beyond their fellowship year.

We welcome research proposals on all topics related to the study of Eurasia. This year’s program will not be structured around an overarching theme. We are, however, particularly interested in applications from scholars with an interest in the following:

1. Teaching a course in Russian imperial history, especially from scholars with experience in digital humanities.

2. Topics exploring the political, economic and social connectivity of Central Asia and/or the Caucasus.

Fellowship Eligibility and Benefits

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2019, but no earlier than September 2014
  • Stipend of up to $40,500 for 9 months or $54,000 for 12 months; a teaching postdoc will be compensated at $46,000 for 9 months
  • $5,000 in additional research funding
  • Eligible for employee benefits, including subsidized health insurance
  • Shared office space and borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries provided
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Funding: Digital Extension Grants (ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: January 16, 2019

ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:

  • Develop new systems of making established digital research projects and resources available to broader scholarly audiences and/or scholars from institutions such as colleges and universities that serve underrepresented student populations (including HBCUs and HSIs), as well as institutions that historically have been underrepresented in digital humanities research, such as community colleges, regional public colleges and universities, and smaller private colleges.
  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds interdisciplinary reach or that diversifies the digital domain by incorporating materials or perspectives that have been underrepresented in the digital humanities.
  • Enhance established digital research projects by fostering new team-based collaborations among scholars at a range of career stages, with a special emphasis upon convening and training communities of faculty and graduate students, as well as expanding opportunities for scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure.
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

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