Grad. Program: International and Regional Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Specialization (University of Michigan)

Deadline: December 15, 2019

The University of Michigan welcomes applications to 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.

Anchored in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the MIRS REEES specialization draws upon CREES’s depth of scholarship and research. CREES has over 50 affiliated faculty members from all across the University of Michigan, including from 17 departments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and from 9 professional schools, including: Architecture and Urban Planning; Art and Design; Business; Environment and Sustainability; Law; Medicine; Music, Theatre & Dance; Public Health; and Public Policy. CREES affiliated faculty are area specialists and visiting scholars who offer more than 150 courses each year on the business, cultures, demography, economics, history, languages, law, literatures, politics, public policy, and social organization of the region.

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Conference/CFP: Central Slavic Conference (St. Louis, MO)

Deadline for proposals: December 20, 2020
Event date: February 28-March 1, 2020

Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its annual meeting at the historic Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Friday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

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.

Proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should be submitted by email to program chair Charles Allen at no later than December 20th, 2019. Early proposals are encouraged. All proposals should include:

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Call for Submissions: Graduate Student Essay Competition (Jordan Center, All the Russias)

Deadline: December 30, 2019

There’s still time to submit! Enter the Jordan Center’s Graduate Student Essay Competition for a chance to get published on All the Russias and win cash prizes.

We invite 750-1200 word submissions from full- or part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students from any accredited academic institution in the United States, on any topic and sub-discipline within Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined. Cultural criticism; public-facing treatments of scholarly work; political analysis; book, film, or event reviews; and more are welcome.

All submissions must be in English and observe the blog’s submission guidelines and full competition rules. Essays are due no later than Monday, December 30, at 11 PM EST and must be submitted via this Google form.

Seven (7) winners will be selected based on their pieces’ originality, clarity, and argumentation, as well as their correspondence to the blog’s general tone and interests as stipulated in the submission guidelines linked above. Winners will receive, respectively, $250 (first prize); $100 (second prize); $50 (third prize); and $25 (runners-up). Winners and runners-up will have their essays published in All the Russias.

Competition results will be announced by February 2020. 

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CFP: Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: December 20, 2019

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researches, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

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Funding: International Peace Scholarship for women

Deadline: December 15, 2020

P.E.O., is an international organization that helps women attain their educational goals. They fund an International Peace Scholarship, established in 1949 to provide scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the US or Canada. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500.

  An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants. 

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Grad. Program/Funding: Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship in Hungarian Studies (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1, 2019 (international); December 15, 2019 (domestic); January 31, 2020 (fellowship)

Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship in Hungarian Studies

Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies invites applications for the Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship in Hungarian Studies.

The Fellowship will be given to a student who has been admitted or is applying to the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington and is primarily engaged in research falling within the field of Hungarian language and area studies, including but not limited to Hungarian culture and history. Strong preference is given to citizens of the US and Canada. Indiana University is a research university with world-class programs in both area studies and the disciplines; its libraries hold the richest university-based Hungarian collections in the US. This fellowship includes tuition remission, health insurance, and a fellowship stipend of $15,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Recipients can apply annually for renewal.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest to the Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship Committee at Include a description of your research and two letters of recommendation in one PDF file. If you are applying for admission to the Department of Central Eurasian Studies the admission application deadline is December 15 for domestic applications and December 1 for International. As long as your admission application is submitted by the deadline you will be automatically considered if your statement of purpose clearly states Hungarian Studies as your research intent. No additional items are needed.

Prof. Dev.: Online Forum: Indigenous Studies

Event Date: December 5, 2019 | 3-5pm | Online

Good afternoon! We would like to invite you to join the Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for an online forum discussion: Indigenous Studies Forum. The forum will be held on December 5, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm CST. This forum seeks to raise awareness of current projects and trends in scholarly communication in indigenous studies. Areas of focus include cultural preservation, digitization, digital humanities, language revitalization, and innovative research methods in teaching and learning environments. We are inviting you to participate in these discussions.

Panelists will include:

·         Medeia Csoba DeHass | Des Moines Area Community College & University of Northern Iowa

·         Veronica Denison | Kansas State University

·         Joe Lenkart | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

·         Ryan Sullivant | Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America

·         Loriene Roy | University of Texas at Austin

To join this forum discussion, register at: We look forward to seeing you!

Prof. Dev. : Webinar: Educating Gen Z: Russian Language and Instruction in 2020

Event Date: December, 3, 2019 | 11am | Online

A 2018 Chronicle of Higher Education special report on educating the new generation of students revealed several striking features of Gen Z’s expectations and preferences as students. This webinar will examine the profile of the Gen Z learner (born 1996-2015) against the backdrop of the proficiency-oriented classroom and suggest ways that instructors at the secondary and post-secondary level can make their programs more relevant, attractive, and meaningful to our newest cohorts of learners. Based on the findings of the Chronicle report, the webinar will also discuss the place of international education and study abroad programs in the next decade of the 2020s. 

About the presenter:
Thomas Jesús Garza is Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also currently the president of the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). He teaches courses on the Russian language, language pedagogy, and contemporary Russian culture. He has received numerous prizes for undergraduate and graduate teaching. He has published numerous language textbooks, book chapters and articles on Russian language and culture, and online resources on language and culture. His current research is on reverse design and intensive language instruction, and on comparative portraits of machismo in contemporary Russian and Latino popular cultures. 

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Grad. Program: Russian and East European Studies (University of Indiana-Bloomington)

Deadlines: December 1, 2019 (international applicants); January 1, 2020 (domestic applicants)

The Russian and East European Institute (REEI) at Indiana University Bloomington welcomes applicants to our Master of Arts program in Russian and East European Studies for Fall 2020. Established in 1958, REEI administers one of the country’s leading programs in Russian and East European area studies. 95 + faculty from 18 departments and schools are affiliated with REEI, which is part of IU’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.  IU offers instruction in more than 80 languages, over 380 study abroad destinations, and more than 5500 international students from over 125 countries arriving each year to earn degrees. 

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