Tag Archives: February 2017

CFP: “RE:Constructions: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Memory and Imagination” (U. of Virginia)

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2017

CFP: University of Virginia Slavic Forum (Mar. 31- Apr. 1)

“RE:Constructions: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Memory and Imagination”

Keynote Speaker: Masha Gessen, Friday, March 31st

Traditional applications of the terms memory and imagination have emphasized a distinct barrier between the concepts based on the premise of accuracy. Memory should be a record, one that, if occasionally faulty, remains primarily truthful. Imagination cannot be faulty because it is nebulous, fictive, unconcerned with veracity. However, in recent years, cognitive scientists have demonstrated that the same neural processes underlie both memory and imagination. Memories are as much constructs as imagination.

This forum is devoted to the intersections of memory and imagination in constructing identity, history, traditions, and futures. Memory invokes ideas of nostalgia, trauma, the urge to preserve, to delay oblivion. Imagination invokes dreaming, invention, childhood, play. Despite the seeming differences between the two, they both affect every sphere of human experience and endeavor. Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: Webinar: Two-Part Series on Grants (ASEEES)

Dates of Webinar: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2:00-3:00 pm ET & Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:00-3:00 pm ET


Working with our committees, members and other organizations, ASEEES offers webinars throughout the year to help members engage in professional development by providing information on research methodologies and sources, teaching methods and resources, publishing, funding, and careers in and outside academia.

2017 Webinar Series

Two-Part Series on Grants, presented by Amanda Jeanne Swain, executive director of the Humanities Commons at UC Irvine. In her position, Swain provides training and mentoring for faculty and graduate students in developing research and grant proposals. She oversees faculty research support services such as research clusters, research residencies and School-based centers. Amanda co-leads Humanities Out There Public Fellows, an internship program for humanities PhD students, along with coordinating School-wide graduate professional development programming. Swain holds a PhD in History and a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington.

Finding Grants for Your Research Project: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2:00-3:00 pm ET

The first step in getting grants is finding funding sources that match your research needs and areas of scholarship. Amanda Swain will provide strategies for identifying potential funding sources, determining best fit, and organizing the application process. The webinar will focus on funding resources for graduate students and early career scholars.

Structuring Your Grant Proposal: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Grant reviewers typically read a lot of proposals in a short period of time. How can a grant proposal best communicate the value of your project and how it fulfills the grant-makers’ criteria and priorities? Amanda Swain will discuss best practices for structure a project narrative that showcases your scholarship and recognizes that funders have their own goals in grant-making

To register, please go to the ASEEES Member Site.

Funding Opportunity: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: February 10, 2017

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017–18

Applications NOW OPEN

Application Deadline: Friday, February 10th, 2017 by 5:00pm

Award Notification by early April.

CREEES offers FLAS Fellowships to fund highly competitive graduate (incoming and continuing) and undergraduate students for the study of regional foreign languages, including:

Bosnian • Bulgarian • Croatian • Czech •Persian/Tajik* • Polish • Romani* • Russian • Serbian •Turkish* • Ukrainian • Yiddish*  • and more!*

Students should consider applying for FLAS Fellowships with any applicable FLAS-granting centers at UT, such as the Center for European Studies and the South Asia Institute, or for summer FLAS awards at other FLAS-granting institutions as relevant to their research interests.

FLAS awards are available for both academic year (in residence at UT) and summer studies (at UT, abroad or elsewhere in the US). See our non-exhaustive list of FLAS eligible language programs!

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Academic Program: Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2017

Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia
Program dates: June 20 – July 23, 2017

Are you interested in learning about the political situation in Russia today?  This five-week summer program is designed to give participants new insights into the historical and cultural trends that have shaped Russia in the late 20th and early 21st century. Through readings and intensive coursework in the form of lectures, seminars, and discussions conducted with faculty of Moscow International University, program participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors underlying politics and public diplomacy in Putin’s Russia.

The academic program features approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction.  As part of the academic program, participants receive six hours of instruction in Russian language each week. Participants are grouped according to language level for the Russian classes; no prior study of Russian is required.

The program includes weekly excursions and cultural activities, housing in MIU dormitories, two meals per day, a pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, and visa and logistical support.

Applications are due by February 15, 2017, and can be found online.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email:outbound@americancouncils.org).

For more information regarding the Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia Program, please visit their website. Financial aid is available on all programs.

Prof. Devel.: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: February 17, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June – July 2017. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see www.sli.pitt.edu for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

Guidelines: Applicants should propose projects that will take advantage of the unique environment and resources available at an intensive campus-based summer language institute, while not placing excessive demands on the time of SLI instructors or students. Projects involving the development of online language instructional materials are of particular interest, but other types of projects that make significant contributions to language teaching and learning will also be considered. Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval or exemption for research projects involving human subjects and for obtaining the informed consent of research subjects, if applicable, before starting to work on their projects.

LTLR grant recipients will be expected to submit a report of their research results to REES by October 2017; to acknowledge REES and the SLI as sponsors in any publications based on their funded projects; and to make their research products (including raw data, if possible) available for dissemination to other language instructors and scholars on a University of Pittsburgh website. Continue reading

CFP: “Privacy Outside Its ‘Comfort Zone’: Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe between the Private and the Public” (U. of Passau)

Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2017

“Privacy” is a well-researched yet highly disputed concept in Western scholarship. While most privacy research comes from and concentrates on Western liberal societies, great potential of privacy studies beyond this traditional framework still remains largely unexplored. The framework of Western liberal societies may therefore be seen not only as a “comfort zone” of privacy studies, but also as a barrier that often limits the potential of the research. This conference aims at elucidating the problems and the perspectives of privacy studies beyond the traditional liberal framework by bringing together scholars and PhD students who work on the concept of “privacy” in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe.
A common challenge to privacy researchers of non-Western societies, especially if they come from such a society, is to refute the erroneous misconception of the absence of “privacy” in non-liberal societies, and to embrace the constructions of “privacy” that these local societies offer. This conference endeavors to create a dialogue between scholars and PhD students from all fields of humanities and social and political sciences to discuss the challenges of transgressing the borders of liberal frameworks, the strategies to cope with these challenges, and the perspectives for privacy research that such transgressions offer.

The use of this concept in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe leads to a range of questions that challenge liberal dichotomies and pave the way for alternative visions of “privacy”. These questions are particularly resonant now, in the centennial year of the October Revolution, when its consequences are debated anew. While the liberal concept of “privacy” usually fails in the framework of authoritarian regimes of post-war Europe, the region offers a diversity of other impulses similar to the liberal idea of “privacy”. In the post-war years, Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe witnessed the expansion of the material as well as immaterial private sphere, which did not only come as a result of the changed world order and subsequent transformations of Socialist societies, but can also be seen as a process that was meticulously planned, carried out, and controlled by the authorities of respective countries in an attempt to stabilize their regimes in the process of de-Stalinization. However, we should also consider whether the private sphere, so benevolently tolerated by Socialist states, continuously developed into an enfant terrible that nurtured not only stability, but also the disruptive forces of dissidence and civil rights movements, which ultimately undermined the Socialist bloc from within. These stabilizing and simultaneously disruptive currents of “privacy” within non-liberal societies are of particular interest, as they elucidate the multifaceted nature of this concept.

Participants are therefore asked to revisit and question the concept of “privacy” in liberal contexts as well as within the frameworks of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe by renegotiating the underlying categories within a certain society. The conference will specifically examine ways of addressing the concepts of “privacy” and “publicity” in said contexts by debating the applicable frameworks and by challenging existing approaches. It will further explore the potential of “reverse applicability” by discussing how privacy research in liberal contexts can benefit from other frameworks of privacy—the transfer that is of particular interest now, in the “post-privacy age”, when Snowden’s revelations elucidated the approximations of Western liberal states to the authoritarian models of the past and the present. In the light of such developments, the examination of Late Socialist authoritarian societies becomes advantageous for our understanding of contemporary privacy paradigms. Continue reading

Academic Job: Head of Slavic Division (Harvard)

Open Until Filled. Application Review Begins: Monday February 27, 2017.

The Widener Library at Harvard University is inviting applications for Head of its Slavic Division.

The Head, Slavic Division in the Harvard College Library has the primary responsibility, through the management of a team of specialists in Slavic and Eastern European languages, for collection development, technical services, reference, research and instructional services for users of Slavic information resources. Additional responsibilities include developing policies and procedures and formulating specific goals to fulfill the Library’s mission. The incumbent will also support outreach efforts which may include planning and guiding digitization projects, organizing or contributing to exhibitions, and engaging alumni, benefactors, the University community and the wider public in topics supported by the expertise of the staff and the collections. This position supports the research needs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, scholars affiliated with the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute, as well as researchers throughout Harvard University, and the international scholarly community. Harvard Library’s Slavic holdings are among the largest in North America.

The Head, Slavic Division, will lead in developing strategies for collaboration with other university and research partners to increase access to information and to develop partnership which extend the Library’s capability to meet academic needs. The Library seeks a creative and innovative leader with excellent negotiation skills and a commitment to teamwork.

Identifies collection development needs by maintaining a close working relationship with FAS faculty as well as scholars and researchers both inside and outside of Harvard. Ensures appropriate collection development, in all formats and language areas supported by the Division, in accord with FAS priorities.
Is knowledgeable about scholarly communications and open access in libraries and in the university. Works with faculty, graduate students, and colleagues to increase awareness of DASH and the work of the Office for Scholarly Communication.
Oversees and coordinates technical services functions, including vendor relations, acquisitions, and cataloging, and ensures that workflows are optimized and work is accomplished efficiently and in a timely manner, in collaboration with Information and Technical Services and other parts of the Harvard Library.
Integrates with activities in Research, Teaching, and Learning to deliver a variety of services and partners with faculty in achieving academic mission.
Conducts independent research to support collection development, technical services and reference activities.
Provides instructional services to students to more effectively use the collection.
Manages all aspects of the Division’s work, monitors effectiveness, ensures productive and balanced operations, fosters teamwork within the division and with other units.
Manages staff performance and development and creates and sustains a goal-oriented, productive work environment.
Develops policies and procedures and formulates specific goals to fulfill the Division’s mission.
Collaborates with other university and research libraries to increase access to Slavic information resources in a cost-effective manner.
Participates in library committees, task forces, and programs. S/he is active professionally through service in relevant library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.
Contributes to fund-raising in the Harvard Library through the identification of projects or areas which would make compelling fundraising targets.

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Funding Opportunity: DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program (Johns Hopkins U.)

Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2017

Title: DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program
Sponsor: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) – Johns Hopkins University
Amount: $4,725/month; 2 months

Description: The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two consecutive months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant; transportation to and from Washington; and office space at the Institute.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 28. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application. 

More Info: http://www.aicgs.org/employment/daad-aicgs-research-fellowship/

Funding Opportunity: Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study (Istanbul, Turkey)

Deadline for Applications: February 06, 2017

Title: Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study in Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsor: American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
Amount: Unspecified

Description: For summer 2017, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer approximately 15 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 6. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.html

Funding Opportunity: Prins Foundation Postdoc. & Early Career Fellowship for Emigrating Scholars (Center for Jewish History)

Deadline for Applications: February 10, 2017

The Center for Jewish History offers research fellowships that provide access to the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

While in residence at the Center, fellows participate in a lively academic community, engaging and producing new scholarship in Jewish studies and other fields.

The ten-month Prins Foundation Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship for Emigrating Scholars is open to recent PhDs from outside North America and Israel and entails a stipend of up to $35,000.

The application deadline is February 10, 2017. Full application guidelines are posted at fellowships.cjh.org.