Grad. Program: Russian Culture/Soviet Cinema/Russian Literature (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh Slavic Department ( invites applications to its graduate program, which provides a full range of courses, with particular strengths in the study of Russian culture, Russian/Soviet cinema, and Russian literature.  We offer two tracks described below.  For full scholarship consideration, please submit all application materials by Wednesday, 15 January 2020 (apologies for cross-posting).

Alternative # 1 (Slavic).  Our literature and culture program has supported dissertations in such diverse areas as contemporary Russian prose, interwar émigré philosophy, Soviet postmodern culture, Thaw cinema, 1930s-40s Soviet civic poetry, prison culture of the Belomor Canal, post-Soviet philosophy, the St. Petersburg cityscape, the Soviet anekdot, and Stagnation-era television serials.  Financial aid (both non-teaching fellowships and teaching assistantships) is available to qualified applicants. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, 15 January 2020 and must be submitted electronically at  For more information, see

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Call for Submissions: Journal for Eastern European and Eurasian Relations

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Journal for Eastern European and Eurasian Relations is an undergraduate publication of the Swarthmore Project for Eastern European Relations. The journal is a collaborative project between the students at Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges that seeks to enrich and complicate the conversation surrounding post-Soviet spaces. We are seeking submissions for our first issue focusing on the theme of Activism Under Totalitarianism, which will be published in the Spring of 2020. The Journal will accept historical, literary, political, and cultural analyses as well as creative submissions.
Submission Criteria:

  • Your work must have been completed during undergraduate study.
  • Limit of three submissions per student, per semester.
  • Submissions cannot have been previously submitted to the The Journal nor previously published anywhere.
  • Submissions must be less than twenty double-spaced pages long and preferably no shorter than five.

Each submission accepted for publication is edited by a team of professors and undergraduate editors.Note: Please submit work via this link. You will be required to make an account in order to do so. Please do not email us directly with submissions.
We will give priority to submissions received by January 31st, 2020. 
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the editors with any questions by emailing

Acad. Job: Visiting Lecturer in Russian Language/Literature (Bowdoin College)

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Department of Russian at Bowdoin College invites applications for a one-year visiting lecturer position in the 2020-2021 academic year. The Department seeks a candidate who would welcome the opportunity to contribute to a small but vibrant and growing Russian program both inside and out of the classroom. Applicants should be trained in the latest methods of foreign language pedagogy and should be able to show evidence of excellence in teaching. Bowdoin provides conference travel support as well as competitive internal funding for research and other professional development.

The successful candidate will teach five courses over the academic year: these may include language at various levels, content-based advanced language courses and/or literature and culture courses taught in English. Candidates must have native or near-native proficiency in both Russian and English. Ph.D. in Russian language and literature is preferred; ABD candidates considered.

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Acad. Job: Professorship of Slavonic Studies (University of Cambridge)

Deadline: January 27, 2020

The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Slavonic Studies invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in the field of Slavonic Studies and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence.  They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining,supervision and administration.  The Professor will be based in Cambridge.  A competitive salary will be offered.

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Acad. Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies (College of Wooster)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of German and Russian Studies at The College of Wooster invites applications for a one-year benefits-eligible visiting position in Russian Studies at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2020. We are looking for a broadly trained generalist who will contribute language and culture courses to our curriculum.

We are especially interested in hiring faculty who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service. The College of Wooster enrolls a diverse student body (21% domestic students of color and 15% international students); all applicants are expected to discuss their experience working with diverse student populations.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to teach courses and advise research projects in diverse areas of Russian Studies. Throughout the year, they will teach the equivalent of 4.5 courses, including introductory and intermediate courses in the Russian Language; a survey course in Russian film or literature, taught in English; and credited supervision of independent thesis projects as part of the College’s Independent Study program. Area of specialization is open.

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Acad. Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian (Colby College)

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Colby College announces a one year, Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) position for a specialist in Russian Language and Literature in the Department of German and Russian for the academic year 2020-2021, to begin September 1, 2020. This is a four course teaching load, including three in Russian language and one in Literature and Culture in translation. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the date of appointment. To apply, please send the following materials to a cover letter; current curriculum vitae; three confidential letters of recommendation; and a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests that should include evidence of a commitment to the value of diversity and experience with inclusive teaching.

Please address cover letter to Professor Cedric Bryant, Interim Department Chair. Review of materials will begin on January 3, 2020 and continue until the search is completed.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

Prof. Dev. : Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (online course)

Open from January 1, 2020-March 31, 2020

Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)
a self-paced online course
Open January 1 – March 31, 2020

Envisioning PBLL is designed as an open-enrollment course for language educators beginning to learn about Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL). Successful learners will be able to describe essential features of high quality PBLL and to generate high-quality ideas for projects using the Product Square. Registration and the content for this MOOC (massive open online course) is FREE. However, if you wish to earn the optional digital badge for completion afterwards, you will need to meet the badge criteria and pay a nominal fee ($25) to have your submitted materials evaluated by NFLRC staff.

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Funding: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

Deadline: January 8, 2020

Grant Details

  • Institutions of higher education worldwide are eligible to apply for grants up to $300,000 (to be expended over four years) in support of new teaching positions in Buddhist studies
  • The proposed position must be a new position, not a replacement for a retirement or for an otherwise vacated position in the same or very similar field.
  • The establishment of the position must contribute significantly to the institution. This has been taken to mean establishing a curriculum in Buddhist Studies where none has existed or where such a curriculum was in clear and urgent need of support.
  • Award funds should be used only for the new professor’s salary, benefits, and research expenses, not for indirect or administrative costs, or office expenses.
  • In addition, applicant institutions are eligible to request funds for costs related to a competitive search for the proposed position. The request must not exceed the $300,000 maximum.
  • A letter must be attached to the application from the institution’s president, vice-chancellor, rector, provost, or dean expressing the institution’s commitment to maintain the seeded position as a permanent, tenure-track post after the expiration of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation’s funding, consistent with the university’s policies on tenure-track positions. At institutions without a tenure-track system, the applicant must commit to continuing the position for a substantial period after the expiration of grant funding and must provide a description of how this commitment fits its contractual practices.
  • The heart of the application is a statement outlining the proposed position—its responsibilities, departmental location, its rank, the fit with the institution’s mission and curricular plans, and the qualifications sought in potential appointees. The statement should describe the process of identifying the appointee.
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Funding: World-Leading Interdisciplinary St Andrews Funded PhD Scholarship

Deadline: January 16, 2020

World-Leading Interdisciplinary St Andrews Funded PhD Scholarship

Turning Science Fiction into Data Science

What happens when we treat books as data? Can literary theory ever meet scientific standards? By applying a range of historical and current methods of quantitative analysis to a body of science fiction, this project will investigate claims for objectivity in literary theory. Given that science fiction has successfully predicted future scientific discoveries, the data sets created by different methods of quantitative analysis have the potential to influence not only the future of science fiction, but the course of science itself.

The project will focus on science fiction about exoplanets from any language area(s). By combining the expertise of a literary specialist, exoplanet scientist, and computational biologist as co-supervisors, this doctoral project will be uniquely placed to discover and critique interrelationships between these disciplines. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Emily Finer, Dr Christiane Helling, and Dr V Anne Smith and based in the Centre for Exoplanet Science at the University of St Andrews. A central question for the Centre and this project is how would human society respond to life beyond our planet? The project will explore whether analysis of science fiction as a dataset, using computational techniques from both digital humanities and artificial intelligence, can give us hints as to a societal gestalt potentially predictive of reactions to real extraterrestrial contact.

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Acad. Job: Visiting Position in Ukrainian Studies (Columbia)

Deadline: January 14, 2020

Columbia University invites applications for an appointment in Ukrainian studies to be filled at the rank of assistant, associate, or full visiting professor for one semester (fall or spring) in the academic year 2020-2021. Rank commensurate with experience. Ph.D. or equivalent is required. History is the preferred area of research and teaching specialization, but literary/cultural studies and other areas will also be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses: a course of broad interest for upper-level undergraduates and a second course for graduate students. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to give one public lecture and to participate in the academic life of the University, including as an affiliate of the Harriman Institute.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference, a modest sample (article or book or dissertation chapter) of scholarship, and past teaching evaluations, if available. The letter of application should include a statement indicating which semester the applicant prefers to teach, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests.
All applications must be submitted online at:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.