Job Posting: Summer Resident / Teaching Assistant at STARTALK Program (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: April 28, 2023

With an upcoming deadline of 28 April (in ten days), the University of Pittsburgh STARTALK is looking for a Resident / Teaching Assistant for three weeks for this summer (June 25 – July 15) for on-campus residence, meals, and Russian-only living with high-school students.  The position is open to US citizens or permanent residents only.

The link is below. The job entails (among other things: see official description!):

·        Help to maintain a Russian-only language environment 

·        Live in the dormitory with students to ensure continuous adult supervision and safe environment 

·        Join students and staff at all meals 

·        Provide tutoring and lead study groups and Russian conversation practice sessions

·        Assist the program instructors with organizing and chaperoning cultural and co-curricular activities

·        Organize evening & weekend activities in the dormitory connected “That Diverse Russian-Speaking World!” 

·        Attend a 1-day virtual training workshop immediately before the start; attend all staff meetings

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Conference: Alison Des Forges Symposium on “The Russo-Ukrainian War: Achievements and Limitations of Today’s International System” (University of Buffalo)

Event Date: April 26, 2023

This symposium will examine the Russo-Ukrainian War and what it tells us about the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary international system.  It will explore war crimes, crimes against humanity and alleged genocide arising from the conflict.  It will also revisit the enduring dichotomy between Russian authoritarian imperialism and Ukrainian democratic nationalism. 

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Conference: Symposium on Ukrainian Cultural and Linguistic Shift, University of Illinois

Event Dates: April 19, 21, and 26, 2023

The Russian-Ukrainian war of the 21st century aimed not only to physically destroy Ukraine but also to expand the linguistic borders of the “Russian world,” denationalize Ukraine, and reestablish the cultural dominance of Russia over the Ukrainian people. The war that began in 2014 and intensified in the last year’s invasion has led to a cultural and linguistic shift from Russian to Ukrainian among much of the Ukrainian population. On April 19, 21, and 26, 2023, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a virtual symposium titled “Away from the Empire: The Linguistic and Cultural Shift in Ukraine in the Wake of the Russian Invasion” that will explore this topic. The symposium will feature seven Ukrainian scholars (linguists, sociologists, literary scholars, ethnologists, and political scientists) and practitioners (front-line interpreters embedded with the Ukrainian Armed Forces). We kindly invite you to this exciting event. The symposium is supported by the Center for Global Studies and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois.

For the program, registration link, and other information, please see the symposium webpage:

2 Visiting Assistant Professors Needed, Slavic Studies + Russian Cinema (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: April 17, 2023

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for TWO Visiting Assistant Professor positions:

  1. Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies/Cinema

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in twentieth-century Russian studies, with expertise in Russian cinema strongly preferred. Candidates with additional expertise in the cinematic and cultural traditions of Eastern and Central Europe as well as Eurasia, and with additional fields of specialization in such areas as gender and sexuality studies, as well as race and ethnicity studies, are particularly welcome.

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Russian Language and Culture – 3 Year Non-Tenure Track

Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University invites applications for a full-time, academic year, non-tenure track appointment as Assistant Teaching Professor of Russian Language and Culture. Position will be hired on a three-year term contract with possibility of renewal. Appointee must be available to start on August 21, 2023.

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Executive Director, Armenian Studies Program (University of California, Berkeley)

Deadline: April 18, 2023

Job #JPF03913Slavic & East Euro Studies / VC Res Organized Research Units / UC Berkeley

Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The current base salary range for this position is $57,100–$108,703. “Off-scale” salaries, which yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

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Conference: #Connexions Conference (UT Austin)

Event Dates: April 10-12, 2023

On April 10-12, 2023, The University of Texas at Austin will host the #Connexions Conference on global media in diplomacy and foreign policy. #Connexions will create an international space for discourse on modern media and technology in state affairs to help address the critical need for informed and expert leadership in the information sphere, promoting a safer and healthier digital environment that in turn shapes the direction of history. Of main focus will be the chaos of information itself and how it informs and impedes the creation, execution, and communication of policy and the effective conduct of diplomacy. Academics, policymakers, and media practitioners will convene to address the key issues of our ever-evolving media environment, including fake news, disinformation, social media, cyber warfare, artificial intelligence, and the vulnerabilities of technologies that govern and drive global connectivity.

See the full schedule and learn more…

Register today to contribute to the conversation.

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Job Posting: Research Assistants at Bocconi University, Milan

Deadline: April 18, 2023

Prof. Tamás Vonyó at Bocconi University in Milan has opened a call for research assistants in his European Research Council funded project on the economic consequences of World War I in Central Europe. The call seeks to hire assistants with a completed university degree either in history or in the social sciences and ideally with residence in Vienna or Prague. If you know anyone potentially interested at your institution, please circulate the call, which can be find in the link below.

Any interested applicants should submit the required documents at this link until 18 April 2023. With any question, please contact Prof. Vonyó at

Funding: International Vladimir Nabokov Society Prizes 

Deadline: April 30, 2023

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society is currently seeking submissions for its 2023 Prizes, generously funded by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation, for excellence in undergraduate and graduate-level work, published articles, and books. Work can be self-nominated. Instructors are invited to nominate students. The deadline for nominations is April 30th, 2023. The list of prizes can be viewed here:

Founded in 1978, the IVNS exists to promote the study and appreciation of Nabokov’s work and awards prizes each year for outstanding essays and books in the field of Nabokov Studies.

Seminar: Talk by Sarah Slye, “Does a Regional Framework Work for the Caucasus 1917-1921?”

Event Date: April 5, 2023

On April 5, at 6:30 pm Tbilisi time, the biweekly research colloquium of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research at Ilia State University will host Sarah Slye to talk about her PhD research, which she recently successfully completed at the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, on the Caucasus during the Russian Revolution and Civil War/Independent Republics period, asking the question that also constitutes the title of her talk: Does a regional framework work for the Caucasus 1917-1921?

Sarah’s thesis provides a regional framework for evaluating the flow of events in the Caucasus between 1917-1921 and for showing how the different experiences of different national groups fit together. It also presents various debates that were held at the time regarding what the best form of state structure(s) would be for the Caucasian nations and peoples in a post-Imperial order – and for the most part, regional structures predominated in the imaginations of the politically relevant figures of that time. Yet, skeptics continue to wonder if there is any regional perspective to speak of or not.

The event will take place in English via Zoom. Registration is required.

To register please follow this link.

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