Tag Archives: December 2017

CFP: Constructivist Criticism Workshop (U. of Pennsylvania)

Deadline for Applications: December 05, 2017

Call for Papers: Constructivist Criticism Workshop

 
Jan 19 2018, University of Pennsylvania 
3-6 PM, College Hall 209

A colloquium for graduate students in social sciences and humanities, studying Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus to present works in progress.

This workshop is organized by a group of graduate students working in the broader Eurasia region, spread throughout the Comparative Literature, History and Anthropology departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Our goal for this workshop is to build community with colleagues along the Eastern seaboard and to create a forum for sharing and workshopping research in progress. We’ve been holding similar workshops (under the heading of Slavics without Borders) for 4-5 years, and these events have typically drawn graduate students and faculty from COML/Slavic, History, Anthropology, Art History and Annenberg, as well as junior and senior faculty from the greater Delaware Valley community.

The topic of the workshop is open, and the meetings are informal, workshop format, typically running for 2-3 hours, at which we spend 45 minutes per paper. We welcome future conference papers, dissertation prospectuses, and early-stage dissertation chapters. If you’re interested in presenting, please write to Helen Stuhr-Rommereim (sthelen@sas.upenn.edu) by Dec. 5, 2017 with a brief description of the paper topic, and the stage of your research. The papers will be pre-circulated a few days before the event to Penn department list-servs.

Language Training: Siberia by Southwest (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: December 30, 2017

Program participants—educators, future educators and students pursuing careers in fields critical to US national security—will study at the Irkutsk State University in the city of Irkutsk, located on the Trans-Siberian railroad in South Central Siberia, a remote region of Russia marked by a mosaic of cultures and a breathtaking range of geographic features and ecosystems.

Funded by a U.S. Department of Education long-term Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Training grant, the program is dedicated to providing US educators and students from higher education institutions across the southern and southwestern US with advanced Russian language training and an innovative disciplinary experience that will build both Russian language proficiency and professional skills.

The “Siberia by Southwest” program will provide 20 current/recent students, educators, and education administrators at the third- and fourth-year levels of language proficiency with ten weeks of advanced Russian-language and area studies training relevant to their future careers. Qualified instructors will provide intensive Russian language training in an interactive classroom environment four days a week. Student placement with Russian host families will deepen language immersion and direct engagement with the local culture.

Language learning will continue beyond the classroom through an interdisciplinary, project-based component guided by an on-site UT faculty member. Group or individual experiential learning projects will allow participants to connect their own academic or professional interests to their language and area studies training.

Participants will also explore the city and regional sites, as well as Moscow and St. Petersburg, in a number of planned excursions that will provide them with a broader picture of Russian history, culture, and contemporary issues.

“Siberia by Southwest” seeks to allow participants to play an active role in their own path to professionalization through experiential learning projects and the publication of concrete digital deliverables for future classroom and research use. The program will respond to vital regional interests through an emphasis on geography, energy, and the environment that corresponds to concerns shared by Texas, the Southwest, and Siberia.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants (NEH)

Deadline for application: December 6, 2017

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline December 6, 2017 for Projects Beginning October 2018

Brief Summary: Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.

Projects must be undertaken by at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years.

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Academic Job: Digital Humanities Computing (U of Oklahoma)

Deadline for application: December 1, 2017 until position filled

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma seeks an innovative scholar in digital humanities/humanities computing for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position. This search is part of a cluster hire in the new Data Scholarship Program (DSP). The humanities component of the position is open, so candidates from a broad range of humanities and humanities-related disciplines are encouraged to apply. The position will begin in August 2018.

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Conference: Doing Business with the Eurasian Economic Union (The Eurasia Center)

Date: December 4, 2017

The Eurasia Center in cooperation with
Nations of The Eurasian Economic Union and their Representatives
Invite you and your Colleagues:
4th Annual Conference:
DOING BUSINESS WITH
THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNIONImproving East-West Relations
Washington, DC
Monday, December 4th
9:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Special Reception 5:30-7p.m.)
THE RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
1825 Phelps Pl. NW, Washington, DC 20008

This year, The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition will organize a very special Conference which will highlight the new opportunities of ‘Doing Business with The Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)’. The Eurasian Economic Union was officially established on January 1, 2015. They are convening this Conference, given the  importance of this integrated into one of the largest single markets in the world, which comprises over 183 million people, spans 15% of the world’s landmass, and generates a gross domestic product of over 4 trillion U.S. dollars.A number of Fortune 500 companies are already trading in some or with all of these nations. Belarus is accelerating its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), whereas Kazakhstan has just acceded to the WTO on October 1, 2015, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have recently joined the EAEU as well.

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CFP: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality (UT)

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017

Spring 2018 Call for Presenters: Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality is looking for graduate students and faculty members to present their works for the spring semester. The Gender Symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of historical approaches to gender and sexuality. We aim to build a community of scholars working together to explore the benefits and challenges of incorporating these issues into their research. Gender and sexuality are not topics that we see as narrowly defined. We therefore seek presenters who engage with a variety of subjects, methodologies, and approaches. Our goal is to explore the creative and scholarly potential of gender and sexuality as fields of inquiry.

We encourage diverse styles of presentation, including: informal presentations about research experience and/or primary sources, workshops that focus on a work-in-progress, critical discussions of a selection of readings, and formal presentations of conference papers or dissertation chapters.

Past presentations have exhibited a diverse range of topics. Last academic year included presentations on:

  • “Rebellion in the General Hospital: Medical Experimentation, Sterilization, and Revolutionary Doctors in Mexico City, 1932”
  • “Invading Ethnography: A Queer of Color Approach”
  • “Woman Fighters, Sentiment, and Female Subjectivity in Chinese Martial Arts Narrative, 1895-1945”
  • “Quiet Storms: African American Women Senior-level Administrators at Predominately White Institutions as Tempered Radicals for Social Justice”
  • “The Young Within Thy Walls: Petitioners, Spanish-Indian Offspring, and the Origins of the Terms ‘Mestiza’ and ‘Mestizo’ in the 16th Century Spanish Empire”
  • “Spirit Queens: Gender, Play and Possession in Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat”
  • “Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late  nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory”

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Coordinators at gendersymposium@gmail.com and attach a short abstract (200 words max) of your project or presentation by​ December 1, 2017 at midnight. The Symposiumon Gender, History, and Sexuality meets every other Friday​ ​from 12-2 pm in the conference room of Garrison Hall .

Funding: Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award (WWNFF)

Deadline for application: December 1, 2017

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is now accepting applications through December 1, 2017. This opportunity is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Applicants must have passed the midpoint tenure review and may not be going up for tenure during the award year (2018–19).

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. While Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to those whose work relates to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women’s issues, and/or higher education.

Please share this opportunity with colleagues who may be interested in and eligible for the Malkiel Scholars Program. Additional information is available online.

To download a brochure click here.

Funding: Small Event Grants (CES)

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017 for spring events; July 1 2018 for fall events.

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Individuals affiliated with CES member institutions are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $300 to $1500.

Grants are awarded twice a year, in January for events taking place in the Spring semester, and July for events taking place in the Fall semester. A multi-disciplinary selection committee chooses winners and awards grants based on proposed event budgets and available funds. Any institution that receives a grant must agree to brand the event as “sponsored by the Council for European Studies” and provide an audio-visual or other record of the event. CES also provides promotional support for events either fully or partially funded by this program.

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Graduate Program: Slavic Studies (USC)

Deadline for Applications: December 01, 2017

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications from well-qualified students. Thier dynamic faculty have wide-ranging research interests with particular concentration in Russian literature and culture of the modern era.  In addition to the core of faculty whose focus is literature (Greta Matzner-Gore, Sarah Pratt, Thomas Seifrid, Alexander Zholkovsky) they have a specialist in eastern European cinema (Anna Krakus) and will be joined in the Spring 2018 semester by their new colleague, Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, a scholar of 18th-century Russian literature and culture. They also anticipate making another senior hire in the next year.  They offer competitive funding, with five years of support (3 on fellowship, 2 teaching) which includes tuition and health insurance.

Additionally, the Los Angeles area itself, with its abundance of cultural resources  makes USC an exciting place at which to do graduate work (for a sampling of the areas attractions, see http://dornsife.usc.edu/life-in-la/).

Basic information about their faculty and program is available on their web site – http://dornsife.usc.edu/sll/  For information on how to apply, please see http://dornsife.usc.edu/sll/how-to-apply/. They offer excellent opportunities for graduate support leading to the PhD, starting with standard five-year packages that include three years of fellowship support and two teaching years, tuition, and health insurance.

CFP: Graduate Conference: “The End of the World: Tragedy | Catastrophe | Apocalypse.” (Indiana U.)

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2017

Call For Papers:
Student Advisory Board for the Department of Comparative Literature
Indiana University Bloomington
Graduate Conference
March 2-3, 2018 

The End of the World:
Tragedy | Catastrophe | Apocalypse

“The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions
needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.”
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

In January 2017, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock to two and a half minutes before midnight, signalling that we are the closest we have ever been to destroying our world. Speculation about the end of the world has been a part of human thought, art, and culture since the beginning of recorded history, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s Twitter feed. Mass violence, war, institutional violence, economic collapse, disease, and despair define our current media landscape. More and more, catastrophe is refigured in terms of individual narratives, while personal tragedy is reimagined on a global scale.

This conference aims to explore manifold representations of the end of the world across time and space. What is a “world”? What does it mean for one to be created or destroyed? Where is the line between tragedy and catastrophe? When does a catastrophe become an apocalypse? When does suffering become world-ending? How do these distinctions blur the lines between the private and the public, the personal and the global? How do such considerations change throughout history and across cultures? What does it mean to be “post”-apocalyptic? How are questions like these impacted by apocalypse as an unveiling? Are all unveilings necessarily catastrophic? Why has modern popular culture adopted the term as a catch all for major, mass destruction?

We encourage interdisciplinary and global approaches to the field of Comparative Literature. We welcome proposals from any branch of the humanities including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History and Historiography, Postcolonial Studies, Eco-Criticism, Folklore, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Classics, and Art History.

Please send an abstract (maximum 300 words), a title for your presentation, and a short bio (maximum 50 words) including your name, email address, degree level and institutional affiliation to: CMLTSAB@indiana.edu by December 15, 2017. Please submit all materials both as an attachment and as text in the body of your email. Final decisions will be made no later than mid-January.