CFP: Central Slavic Virtual Conference

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars from all
disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to
submit proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables at its
annual meeting from March 11-13, 2021. Sessions will be held on Thursday
afternoon, Friday afternoon and Saturday.

In a departure from past practice, this conference will be entirely
virtual and will not take place at the Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel
in St. Louis, as happened in recent years. We will leverage the virtual
platform with the aim of generating dynamic exchanges in new and
exciting ways.

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CFP: Cultural Biopolitics in Modern Russia

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Proposals are invited for a special issue of Russian Literature dedicated to Cultural Biopolitics in Modern Russia. The term “biopolitics” was coined by Michel Foucault to describe a historical shift that took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, when an earlier concept of sovereignty, grounded in the power to decide when “to take life or let live,” was replaced by one determined by the state’s power “to foster life or disallow it to the point of death.” With the emergence of liberal democracy and modern capitalism, new forms of governmentality appeared that centered on the administration of bodies at the level of the population. From government funded programs to increase birth rates to prohibitions on smoking, euthanasia, and certain kinds of sexual behavior, natural life began to be included in the calculations of the state. Sovereign power increasingly became identified with the management of life. Politics assumed the form of biopolitics.

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CFP/Conference: Socialist Culture Recycled (Eastern Europe: from Disillusions to Nostalgia and Beyond) (St. Petersburg)

Deadline: January 20, 2021

June 25–27, 2021, St. Petersburg, The Institute of Russian Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House)

Moved from June 2020, due to COVID-19.

The popularity of Soviet ‘retro-culture’ in post-Soviet society is a passionately debated topic in current studies addressing the situation in Russia of the 1990s – 2010s. But equally impressive is the fact that a comparable fascination with the socialist past is observed even in those European countries that had the socialist order imposed upon them immediately before or after World War II.

In the specialist literature, which grows ever larger, such admiration is typically interpreted in terms of revanchism, trauma or nostalgia. We believe, however, that these well-established approaches are not able to exhaust the problem. Indeed, their very familiarity can produce predictable outcomes.

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Title VIII Funding for Intensive Language Study (Arizona State University)

Deadline: January 25, 2021

I wanted to send a final reminder regarding the opportunity for current and incoming graduate students to apply for Title VIII funding for intensive language study at ASU’s Critical Languages Institute (CLI).

The Department of State’s Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study the less commonly taught languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. ASU’s Critical Language’s Institute will welcome our 8th cohort of Title VIII Fellows in summer 2021. If you are a current or incoming graduate student who would benefit from language training and Title VIII funding, we hope to hear from you! If you know any graduate students who might benefit from our program, we hope that you share this information with them!

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Acad. Job: Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian (University of Denver)

Deadline: January 30, 2021

The University of Denver seeks to hire a full-time, appointed Russian teaching assistant professor, non-tenure track, with full benefits to teach primarily first-year Russian language sequences, as well as the possibility to contribute at the intermediate and advanced Russian courses and/or courses in English toward the undergraduate common curriculum. The appointment will take effect 1 September 2021 and is renewable with the possibility of promotion. Course load is eight (8) courses per year in a quarter calendar. Other responsibilities include: collaborating on co-curricular cultural programming, coordinating undergraduate placement and proficiency exams, working closely with colleagues within the Center for World Languages and Cultures, in the Russian program, and across University programs and departments. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching and service.

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Please, include the following documents with your application: 1) Cover letter including a statement of how the applicant can contribute to values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusivity (https://www.du.edu/diversity-inclusion/index.html); 2) C.V.; 3) One-page statement on teaching philosophy; 4) Syllabi; 5) Sample lesson plan for elementary and/or intermediate language courses, proposed or actual; 6) Names and contact information of three references that can provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will be requested at the interview stage. For best consideration, please, submit your application materials by January 30, 2021.

For more details on the expected qualifications and the position, please, visit the full posting: https://jobs.du.edu/cw/en-us/job/493357/teaching-assistant-professor-of-russian.

Housed in the Center for World Languages and Cultures, the first-year language program offers study in ten languages and aids the student to experience the world through the lens of an acquired language and understand cultures from a position different to their primary language and cultural identification. The first-year Russian program provides students with an introduction to Russian language and culture and prepares students to study further through the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. Here students gain a deep knowledge of Russian culture, history, art, literature, and politics. The program offers both a major and a minor and supports dual-degree seekers who want to pair their knowledge of Russian with majors like international studies, international business, and intercultural communications. DU houses one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature, and students expand their knowledge of Russian further through DUs Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.

The Center for World Languages & Cultures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

The University of Denver is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning Course

Deadline: January, 28, 2021

Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)

February 1 – March 8, 2021

Registration deadline: January 28, 2021

Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is designed as a 5-week 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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CFP: Virtual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications from undergraduate students for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Research Symposium in European and Eurasian Studies to be held online from May 11-13, 2021.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is usually held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

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Funding: Title VIII Research and Summer Grants (Kennan Institute)

Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce its competitions for both the Title VIII Research Fellowship and the Title VIII Summer Grant, due January 31, 2021.

Given the current uncertainty due to the coronavirus and pandemic-related travel restrictions, we anticipate greater flexibility in the administration of fellowships. This may include the possibility of partial or fully remote work and delayed start dates for awarded fellows, contingent upon Wilson Center policies and grant requirements.

Detailed information about each grant is below, and more information about all other opportunities can be found HERE.

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Acad. Job: Instructor in Russian Language (University of Colorado)

Deadline: January 14, 2021

The Russian Program at the University of Colorado is looking for a new colleague. We are accepting applications for an Instructor in Russian Language. This is a three-academic-year, full-time (100%), non-tenure track position, with the possibility of renewal. The position begins fall 2021. Teaching responsibilities include all levels of Russian language as well as courses in 20th-century and/or contemporary Russian culture in English and/or Russian. Teaching load is three courses per semester. The position entails service components related to language placement, teaching assistant observation, assessment of learning outcomes, and participation in extra-curricular activities of the program.

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures houses programs in German (BA, MA, PhD), Russian (BA, MA), and Nordic Studies (minor). For more information about our department, please visit our web site (https://www.colorado.edu/gsll/ ).

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Acad. Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Humanity Data Science (University of Washington)

Deadline: January 22, 2021

The Division of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Humanities Data Science. The successful candidate will be appointed to one of the twelve departments in the Division: Asian Languages and Literature, Cinema and Media Studies, Classics, Comparative History of Ideas, English, French and Italian Studies, Germanics, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Spanish and Portuguese.

The successful candidate for this position:

§  will be expected to create, analyze, use, present and communicate data, broadly understood, in disciplines of language, literature, and culture

§  will be expected to explore a variety of forms of data including large historical or contemporary corpora, textual archives, digital media and genres, or online datasets

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