CFP: Decentred and Asymmetrical? Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective

Deadline: February 29, 2020

GWZO Annual Conference 2020
Decentred and Asymmetrical? Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective

6–8 July 2020

Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig

Comparison is one of the most frequently used approaches in the humanities and social sciences. Several disciplines comprise established fields dedicated to comparative research, ranging from comparative history, politics to literature. In recent decades, however, comparative research has also been subjected to continuous methodological debates. While comparative frameworks had been promoted by some researchers as a means to overcome methodological nationalism and exceptionalism, others have criticised comparative approaches for homogenising research subjects and defining artificial boundaries of container entities. In response to such criticism, many recent approaches have sought to integrate comparative methods with research on transfer, exchange and entanglement. This discussion also shed light on the role of circulation and changing points of reference, as actors and objects moved within and across different spaces. Differences in perspectives and the relevance of change, mobility and border-crossings came to the forefront of scholarly enquiries, which again inspired the formation of new subdisciplines (most notably, the discussion on world literature emerging from comparative literature). At the same time, reservations towards illegitimate comparison, presented by the figurative apples and oranges, have been considerably weakened as researchers start paying more attention to social, economic, cultural and other asymmetries, thus raising the question of how comparative research may consider apparent inequalities.

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Funding: European Anthropology Fellowship

Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) and CES invite eligible graduate students with a focus on European Anthropology to apply for the 2020-21 Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. The SAE is the section of the American Anthropological Association that promotes the anthropological study of European societies and culture, encouraging connections between scholars working in Europe. Each fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe, and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.

Study Abroad: Free Summer Polish Language Program in Poland

Deadline: February 18, 2020

Announcement of the call for proposals to participate in the Summer Courses of Polish Language and Culture 2020 Program

The Director of the National Academic Exchange Agency announces the call for applications for participation in the Summer Courses of Polish Language and Culture 2020 Program.

Program objective

The aim of the Program is to teach and promote Polish language and Polish culture abroad by enabling foreign students to participate free of charge in several-week long Polish language and culture courses organized in Poland.

The program is addressed to students learning Polish as a foreign language, as well as to those who are just planning to start learning. The aim of the Program is to encourage foreign students to continue learning Polish after returning to their universities or to study in Poland.

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Study Abroad: Summer 2020 in St. Petersburg and Moscow

Deadlines: February 14; March, 1; April 1

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is now accepting applications for summer 2020 study abroad programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

All CIEE summer programs in Russia feature:

  • 24/7 on-site support 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure and onsite orientations: an introduction to Russian culture, practical matters of living in the city and being in the program 
  • Carefully vetted housing: host families (St. Petersburg); centrally-located hostel (St. Petersburg); on campus dormitory (Moscow)
  • Diverse activities with Russian students to facilitate language and cultural immersion 
  • Co-curricular activities and excursions to enhance classroom learning, including an overnight trip
  • US academic record administered through Tulane University
  • Medical insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
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Funding: Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (UT Austin)

Deadline: February, 1, 2020

CREEES at UT 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 • Polish • Romanian •  Russian • Serbian  Ukrainian • Yiddish* • and more!*

Students should consider applying for FLAS Fellowships with any applicable FLAS-granting centers at UT, including
  • European Studies
  • South Asia Institute
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Latin American Studies
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 or abroad) and summer studies (at UT, abroad or elsewhere in the US).

See our non-exhaustive list of CREEES language FLAS eligible language programs!

CREEES is committed to building a diverse FLAS applicant pool and we therefore encourage applications from students of African American and Latino/a descent, students with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ students, and other under-represented groups.

*Applicants pursuing Yiddish or any other languages for which they seek approval must show applicability to the study of our region, which includes the Balkans/Southeast Europe, Central/Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the former Soviet Union.

Study Abroad: Summer 2020 Study and Intern Abroad Programs (Russia and Kazakhstan)

Deadline: February 18, 2020

Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

RLASP offers participants the unique opportunity to study Russian language and area studies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. Small class sizes and local conversation partners to assist participants with language learning. Prerequisite: two semesters of Russian.

See also: Business Russian Language & Internship (BRLI) ProgramHeritage Speakers Program (HSP)

Politics and Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia (PPD)

Study contemporary Russian politics and society at Moscow International University. Learn about elections and opposition figures, economic policy and sanctions, mass media, and more, all taught in English. Russian language instruction offered daily at all levels.

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Funding/Prof. Dev. : Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellowships (University of Helsinki)

Deadline: February 12, 2020

The Aleksanteri Institute is pleased to invite applications for its Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2020-2021 from scholars holding a PhD degree and pursuing research that relates to the Institute’s research profile. The Fellowship carries a monthly grant of 3400 euros to cover all of the expenses related to the research visit, which can range from one to three months. The Visiting Fellowship scheme is intended for scholars who reside outside Finland.

For the Call for Proposals, and for more information about the Visiting Fellows Programme, please see the programme website.

The Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki) is the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European studies, with a multidisciplinary research profile based on social sciences and humanities.

Conference/CFP: In the Dark Spaces of Language. Negotiation of Unintelligibility in Slavic Literatures (Humbolt University, Berlin)

Deadline for papers: February 1, 2020
Event Date: March 26-27, 2020

In Ciemność (Darkness, 1866), the Polish poet Cyprian Norwid replied to his readership, which regarded his poetic language as ‘dark’ and ‘unintelligible’ (Uffellmann 1997; Kasperski 2009). The complex rhetoric structure of Darkness shows that the poem was not intended as a poetological explanation, but as a play with the readers’ uncertainties. The readers lose themselves in a labyrinth of enigmatic rhetoric questions and metaphors, ellipses and dashes; the awaited definition of ‘darkness’ and ‘unintelligibility’ is not delivered. Norwid’s Darkness presents reading as an anti-hermeneutic act: reading is not a straight path towards clearness and understanding, but a process in which the readers get lost in the dark spaces of language. A similar idea can be found in Juraj Briškár’s Sprievodca nezrozumiteľnosťou (A Guide to Unintelligibility, 2015). The instrumental case of nezrozumiteľnosť allows two different interpretations and translations of the title. On the one hand, Briškár’s book presents itself as a guide which aims to help readers find a way out from their incomprehension; on the other hand, the book can be interpreted as an invitation to a journey together with unintelligibility: in this case, unintelligibility itself becomes the aim of every hermeneutic process. In both cases, however, the hermeneutic act is presented as a difficult journey through (dark) spaces. Inspired by Norwid’s and Briškár’s poetic strategies, we would like to investigate how the concepts of ‘unintelligibility’ and ‘obscurity’ are (re)presented, performed and negotiated in Slavic literatures. We welcome abstracts dealing especially with following themes:

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CFP: The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev (University College, Oxford)

Deadline: February 13, 2020

Paper proposals are invited for the workshop The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev, to be held at University College, Oxford on July 20th 2020, co-organised by Dr Polly Jones (Oxford) and Dr Miriam Dobson (Sheffield). This one-day workshop, funded by the John Fell Fund of the University of Oxford, will explore the social and cultural consequences of the Soviet-era legislation barring various categories of the population (notably, many Gulag returnees) from settling closer than 100km to Moscow and Leningrad (50km from Kyiv). More details here:

The workshop is the first, ‘pump-priming’ stage in planning a major international project comparing 101st kilometre communities, and we hope that participants in the workshop may wish to collaborate in the subsequent phases of the project. The workshop will feature intensive discussion by leading UK scholars of migration and marginality of pre-circulated papers by invited participants. Papers should be approx. 4000 words and submitted to discussants by mid-June 2020. The working languages of the workshop will be English and Russian.

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Prof. Dev. : 2020 Summer Russian Language Teacher Program (American Councils)

Deadline: February 18, 2020

The program offers current and prospective American teachers of Russian language and culture the opportunity to reach new levels of competency in Russian. The four-week program is designed to accommodate the particular professional interests and needs of teachers of Russian, incorporating grammar and conversation courses with lectures and workshops in culture and civilization, and foreign language pedagogy.

Dates: July 2 to August 1, 2020

Location: Russian State Pedagogical University (RSPU) in St. Petersburg

Application deadline: February 18, 2020

The 2020 award will cover orientation in Washington, DC, international travel, visa, tuition, materials, housing, two meals per day, cultural excursions, and insurance costs for fifteen American teachers of Russian language.

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