Tag Archives: April 2017

Conference: New Directions in Anthropology (UT-Austin)

Dates of Conference: April 7-8, 2017

This spring, The University of Texas at Austin’s Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) will hold its tenth annual graduate student research conference, New Directions in Anthropology, on April 7-8, 2017. New Directions in Anthropology highlights the work of junior scholars by providing a forum to come together, share ideas and research, and discuss the future of respective projects. We hope you’ll join us in fostering engaging and innovative dialogue around the field of anthropology and beyond.

The conference schedule, as well as information about the event and our closing night storytelling event, can be found on the conference website:

https://newdirectionsconf1.wixsite.com/newdirections17

Academic Job: One-Year Russian Lectureship (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2017

One-Year Lecturer in Russian

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://gsll.unc.edu/) is seeking a superior and innovative instructor for Russian language,literature, and culture courses for a non- renewable fixed-term lectureship in Russian, a one-year appointment beginning July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will carry a full-time, 3/3 teaching load. Ph.D. in any field of Russian language, literature, and/or culture by time of appointment. Candidates are expected to have familiarity with the methods and technologies used in teaching the Russian language at the college level. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English required.

Applicants must apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/116852 and upload: 1) a letter of application; 2) a CV; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages); and 4) a sample of scholarly work (15-20 pages). Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Continue reading

CFP: Socio-political Landslides, Cultural Ruptures and Literary History in Eastern Europe (Ghent Univ.)

Deadline for Submission: April 1, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS
Accelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern Europe (Ghent University, Ghent, September 29 – October 1, 2017)

In 1964 the Bulgarian-Belarusian-Russian scholar Georgii Gachev coined the term ‘uskorennoe razvitie’ or ‘accelerated development’ in his 1964 monograph Accelerated Development of Literature: On the Basis of the Bulgarian Literature of the First Half of the 19th Century.  The term describes what happened to Bulgarian literature during Ottoman rule. Being a ‘young’ and ‘peripheral’ literature, having started to develop only recently at the time, Bulgarian literature ‘had to’ go through the whole evolution of European literature at a high pace in order to catch up with the latter. One of the side effects of this accelerated development was that characteristics of different style periods could even co-occur. Gachev’s thought-provoking idea has never really received a lot of attention, except in Bulgarian studies, where the concept was elaborated, criticized and / or gave way to new theories (Petar Dinekov, Nikolai Genchev, Roumen Daskalov, Alexander Kiossev …), but mostly with regard to the development of Bulgarian culture and society.

Today Gachev’s theory seems outdated, not in the least for its centralist assumptions – i.e. taking for granted that central cultures take the lead and peripheral cultures follow suit – that form the very basis of the Eurocentric theory. Nonetheless, the potential of the very kernel of the concept is obvious – both for dealing with the literary histories of other ‘young’ and/or ‘peripheral’ literatures in different time periods and for challenging the different notions that form the basis of Gachev’s theory – ‘peripheral’, ‘young’, ‘Western’, ‘dominant’, ‘oppression’, ‘conservatism’. ‘Accelerated development’ may be a suitable term to describe how Western literary critics in the 19th century thought about the quickly evolving, ‘peripheral’ Russian literature of the time. ‘Accelerated development’ may also be applied to the evolution of (certain) Modernist movements in the ‘peripheral’ Eastern Europe. And what to say about the apparent fast-forward evolution of the East-European literatures after the collapse of Communism, quickly adapting Postmodernism, Magical Realism, and other literary trends that other, ‘central’ literatures had been going through earlier?

This conference aims to explore – i.e., to corroborate, to challenge or to further develop – the concept of accelerated development by looking at concrete cases in the literary histories of Eastern Europe where one can speak of a major rupture, such as suddenly acquired cultural independence or freedom or technological evolution, that causes the literature to change course and, possibly, to ‘accelerate’. More specifically, this conference hopes to find new ways to look at the complex relationships between dominant and non- or less-dominant, central and peripheral, old and young literatures and cultures, colonizing and colonized cultures, progressive and conservative cultures, open and oppressive / repressive cultures, etc. Additionally, the conference aims to discuss the (catalytic) role of cultural agents in the process of accelerated development and the tension(s) between literary and extra-literary motivations. Lastly, the conference hopes to shed light on how cultures going through an accelerated development look at their earlier selves and whether, and if so, how accelerated developments may also lead to new, ‘own’ literary forms that are not quite related to the seemingly dominant cultures.

The keynote speakers include Raymond Detrez (Belgium), Galin Tihanov (UK) and Willem G. Weststeijn (The Netherlands).

The conference will take place at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, on September 29 – October 1, 2017. Please send your abstract of approximately 400 words together with your short CV (no more than one page) to the conference organizers. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2017. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be provided by May, 2017. Queries and proposals should be sent to the conference organizers.

Ben Dhooge (Ben.Dhooge@UGent.be), Michel De Dobbeleer (Michel.DeDobbeleer@UGent.be), Miglena Dikova-Milanova (Miglena.DikovaMilanova@UGent.be) & Dennis Ioffe (Dennis.Ioffe@UGent.be) Department of Languages and cultures, Section of Slavic and East European Studies Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
http://www.slavistiek.ugent.be/Accelerateddevelopment

Academic Job: Russian Lecturer (Ohio State Univ.)

Application Deadline: April 10, 2017

Lecturer in Russian.
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University welcomes applications for a one year position as Lecturer in Russian with a possibility of renewal to begin August 22, 2017. We are seeking a broadly-trained colleague in Russian able to teach at all levels of language, including advanced. Preference will be given to the candidates with a PhD in hand at a time of appointment, but those who are ABD or hold a master’s degree will also be considered. Additional fields of expertise are open, but interest in innovative and interdisciplinary approaches is preferred (for example, digital humanities, global studies or environmental studies). Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English is expected.

Please submit a cover letter explaining interests in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy, and recent evaluations for two or more language courses.

Applications received by April 10, 2017 will receive full attention. Decision is expected to be made by end of April. For further information, please contact Larysa Stepanova, Language Program Director (stepanova.1@osu.edu).

Funding Opportunity: Individual Fellowships (NIAS)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2017

NIAS Individual Fellowships

NIAS Individual Fellowships are awarded to senior scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. Fellows have at least three years of post-PhD degree academic experience and have already made a considerable contribution to their field.

About NIAS Individual Fellowships

NIAS Fellowships are funded directly by NIAS through the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Fellowships are by application only and suit scholars from the Netherlands or scholars from abroad who wish to work on an individual project for one semester (September – January or February – June) or two semesters (September – June) at the Institute.

  • A NIAS fellowship awarded to a scholar from abroad includes subsidised accommodation (see also “What NIAS Offers“), lunches, a personal study, research facilities, one international return ticket.
  • NIAS fellowships for scholars from the Netherlands include fixed commuting allowance (see also “What NIAS Offers“), lunches, a personal study and research facilities (in special circumstances subsidized studio accommodation may be requested).
  • A NIAS Fellow affiliated with a Dutch university is entitled to a replacement subsidy for teaching duties.
  • A NIAS Fellow from outside the Netherlands can in some cases be entitled to a stipend.

For more information on stipends and replacement subsidies and an overview of all the facilities offered to a NIAS Fellow see “What NIAS Offers“.

Please take into account that Fellows are expected to participate actively in academic and social events, and be present at the institute on a daily basis.

NIAS does not provide fellowships for training programmes or educational purposes. Nor does it offer courses, or financial support to conduct research elsewhere. Continue reading

Study Abroad: Int’l Politics Summer School (Oxford U.)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2017

Summary

A two-week residential summer school tackling the vital issues that shape politics in the modern world with a regional focus.

  • Providing in depth analysis of key countries and regions outside of Western Europe and North America – the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
  • Including a daily lecture programme given by world-renowned academics.
  • Offering the opportunity to study at St Antony’s College, Oxford University’s only college to focus exclusively on international affairs.
  • There is one scholarship available to offset course fees, with an application deadline of 1 March 2017

The academic programme consists of

Applicants choose one course from:

  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in Russia and the Former Soviet Union
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • International Relations of the Contemporary Asia-Pacific
  • Political Transformation in the Contemporary Middle East.

Each seminar has five two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than 12 students. Continue reading

CFP: A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917 (U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Deadline for Submissions: April 7, 2017

A Century of Movement: 
Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917
CFP Deadline: April 7, 2017
October 12-13, 2017
http://centuryofmovement.unc.edu
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keynote Speakers: Katerina Clark and Marina Frolova-Walker
Conference Organizers: Jamie Blake and Grace Kweon, in collaboration with Annegret Fauser

The cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security. This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without Russia.

We will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. In light of today’s desperate discussions regarding the migration of refugees, it is both timely and important that we examine the ways in which human migration yielded and continues to yield both social and cultural challenges and profound creative contributions.

We invite proposals of no more than 300 words for individual twenty-minute papers. Scholars and graduate students of all areas are encouraged to apply, as we hope to assemble a conference which promotes interdisciplinary discussion, with an eye towards the possibility of future publication in a volume of collected essays or a special issue of a journal.

Please visit the conference website for more information: http://centuryofmovement.unc.edu

Proposals should include presenter name, contact information, institutional affiliation (if any) and a short biographical note (not to exceed 100 words).  Please send proposals to centuryofmovement-at-gmail.com. The deadline for submission is April 7, 2017.

CFP: Tolstoy Volume (Critical Insights)

Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2017

Critical Insights is a multi-volume series that offers original introductory criticism on key authors, works, and themes in literature that are addressed in core reading lists at the undergraduate level. The quality of scholarship and the level of analysis for this series are designed to provide the best and most well rounded overviews of the authors, works, and themes covered. Each volume is peer-edited by a scholar in the field. The result is a collection of authoritative, in-depth scholarship suitable for students and teachers alike. All chapters are written as original material and include an MLA-styled “Works Cited” section and bibliography. Published and distributed by Salem Press, new volumes in the series are solicited and edited by Grey House Publishing. The publisher owns the copyright of all submissions to its volumes.

The editor of a new Critical Insights volume on Leo Tolstoy seeks contributors to write chapters on any topic or text. Submissions on recent film and television adaptations of Tolstoy’s work, Tolstoy’s less commonly known works, Tolstoyan philosophy, and on narrative technique and authorial intent are especially of interest. Papers should be accessible to a general audience.

Final drafts of chapters of approximately 4,000-5,000 words will be due on or around August 1, 2017.

Contributors will be compensated upon the submission of completed chapters.

To contribute, please send a proposed title and a short abstract (250 words or less) of the proposed chapter and with a short bio (150 words) by April 1, 2017 off-list to Rachel Stauffer at rachelstauffer@gmail.com. Please also feel free to send any questions.

Prof. Devel.: Mentoring Program (ASEEES)

Registration Deadline: April 24, 2017

ASEEES is sponsoring a new network to match volunteer mentors and mentees who are interested in conversation on these and other topics over the course of a single academic year.

MENTORS

Mid-career or senior scholars, as well as professionals from outside the academy.

MENTEES

Graduate students at any stage of their careers or post-graduates within five years of receipt of their terminal graduate degree (including PhD, MLS, MA and JD). Mentees must be members of ASEEES.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Mentors and mentees are matched by the ASEEES Mentoring Committee.
  • This one-year mentoring relationship is intended for September 2017 through August of 2018.
  • Communications may take place as often as once a month, either electronically or where possible, in-person, but are intended more commonly as three to four conversations over the course of a year about the state of a given field; an exchange of experiences on entering these fields; and how a mentor can offer a fresh perspective on a junior colleague’s plans.
  • Participants are encouraged, but not required, to meet once in person at the annual ASEEES convention.
  • Mentoring conversations are intended to be reciprocal, in the sense that junior and senior colleagues are interested in sharing ideas and experiences at different locations on a career spectrum;
  • While reading of dissertation chapters or grant proposals aids every young scholar, this program defers that labor to the mentee’s local networks. No commitment to reading is required of the mentor in this program.

Also see: Mentoring Resources

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To take part in these conversations, please register online by Monday, April 24.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Dissertation Research Grant (ASEEES)

Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring up to ten grants annually, at a maximum of $5000 each, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline.  These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships.  The grant is for primary dissertation research, not for dissertation write-up.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicant may be a graduate student of any nationality, in any discipline currently enrolled in a PhD program in the United States
  • Applicant must have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel
  • Applicant must have language proficiency to conduct the proposed research
  • Applicant must be a student member of ASEEES at the time of application
  • Applicant must plan to conduct research in one or more of countries within the region covered by ASEEES, including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • Applicant must plan to start the research travel within the same calendar year following the receipt of the fellowship (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the summer of 2017, the grant recipient must start his/her research travel no later than December 31, 2017)
  • Applicant must not hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships for the same research project

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