Tag Archives: March 2017

Study Abroad: Venice School of Human Rights (EIUC)

Deadline for Applications: March 30, 2017

Admissions to the Venice School of Human Rights – Human Rights as Our Responsibility (9 – 17 June 2017), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 27 April 2017, early bird 30 March 2017 with 10% discount.

The Opening Lecture of the School will be held by Prof. Manfred Nowak, EIUC Secretary General. Professor of international law and human rights at the University of Vienna, Manfred Nowak has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. He has been recently appointed by the UN Secretary General to lead the New Global Study on Situation of Children in Detention.

After a first session common to all participants, the programme will develop intothree thematic clusters: – The Implementation of SDGs and Business & Human Rights; – Human Rights Defenders and – Sexual Violence in Conflict in a Changing Global Environment, among which participants will have to choose.

Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form.

For any query about the Venice School please contact us at veniceschool@eiuc.org

Funding Opportunity: Language Legacies Grant Program (The Endangered Language Fund)

Deadline for Applications: March 20, 2017

Title: Language Legacies Grant Program
Sponsor: The Endangered Language Fund
Amount: Avg. $2,000 

Description: The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language documentation and revitalization, and for linguistic fieldwork. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics, although projects which have immediate applicability to one group and more distant applicability to the other will also be considered. Support for publication is a low priority, although it will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in our funding decisions.  Eligibility: Language activists and researchers from any country are eligible to apply.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by March 20.

More Info: http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php

Funding Opportunity: History of Arts Grants Program (Kress Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: March 09, 2017

Title: History of Arts Grants Program
Sponsor: Kress Foundation
Amount: Unspecified

Description: The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.  Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.  Kress Foundation can only award grants to American organizations that are registered as non-profits with the Internal Revenue Service. International applicants must identify a U.S. non-profit as the financial agent for their proposal, and provide a copy of that organization’s IRS Determination Letter to confirm its 501(c) 3 status. The Foundation does not pay grants directly to individuals. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Vanessa Lopez (volopez@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by March 9.

More Info: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/history_of_art/

Funding Opportunity: Explore the World Travel Scholarship (Hostelling International USA)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017

Hostelling International USA is still accepting applications for our Explore the World Travel Scholarship.

This is a $2,000 travel scholarship being offered for Austin Area residents, and this year we’re awarding 5 scholarships.

Also, HIU is hosting a World Travel 101 Travel Class at REI Downtown on Tuesday, Feb 28th at 6:30 pm if you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about international travel and more about the scholarship. Here is a link to learn more about what the class will cover and to RSVP. It’s a free class, but requires an RSVP since they do fill up quickly.

The scholarship is open to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.  Eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. More information can be found at www.hiusa.org/travel-scholarships.

Application deadline: March 15, 2017

CFP: XXII International Conference “Slavic Readings” (Daugavpils U.)

Deadline for Submissions: March 01, 2017

The Department of Russian and Slavic Linguistics of Daugavpils University is pleased to announce the XXII International Conference „Slavic Readings” to be held at DU, Daugavpils (Latvia), on May 18-19, 2017.

The conference welcomes presentations of research done on contemporary issues of Russian and Slavic studies, and functioning of the Russian language, literature and culture in a foreign language environment.
The Conference will work in the following sections:

1. Contemporary issues of Russian and Slavic studies (a theoretical aspect):
– Slavic languages: historical and contemporary context.
– Literature of the Slavs: historical and contemporary context.
– Slavic-Baltic language, literature and culture connections.
– Russian literature within the world literature context.

2. Russian language, literature and culture in a foreign language environment (a pragmatic aspect).
– Studying Russian literature and culture in the modern world.
– Russian language in a multicultural environment.
– Innovative methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language. Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s (ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: March 22, 2017

Title: ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s
Sponsor: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Amount: $67,500/yr., 2 yrs.

Description: ACLS invites applications for the seventh competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $67,500 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.  This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media. 

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by March 22. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/

CFP: “Late Socialism: Second-World Modernity in Global Circulation” (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Submissions: March 01, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS
for Studies in Slavic Cultures XIV
Late Socialism: Second-World Modernity in Global Circulation

This volume of Studies in Slavic Cultures invites contributions that explore the culture of Late Socialism from a transnational perspective. Taken to be the period from the death of Stalin to the beginning of Perestroika (mid-1950s to the mid-1980s), Late Socialism is not merely a transitionary phase between a totalitarian regime and the liberalizations of impending collapse. Rather, it is a period with rich potential to explore the particularity and comparability of second-world modernity in a cross-cultural framework.

This period is marked by increasing international contacts and cross-cultural transfers not only with the Western world, but also with the cultures and subcultures of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Scholarship on Russo-Soviet culture often oscillates between two overreaching claims. On the one hand, some Slavists interpret Russo-Soviet culture, history, and politics as sui generis, invoking a long tradition of an exceptionalist Russia, as “neither East nor West.” On the other hand, a competing tendency has insisted upon a comparitivist Russia, one in which Russia belongs to the same temporal-spatial modernity as Europe, yet inevitably therefore “backward” on a shared scale of cultural development.

Taking insight from Michael David-Fox’s Crossing Borders, which convincingly deconstructs this binary opposition in favor of an alternative lens “marked by webs of meaning, multicausal explanations, and pluralistic rather than exclusionary interpretive frameworks,” we invite articles that examine the particularities of Late Socialist culture, putting them into diverse geopolitical and cross-cultural constellations. Continue reading

Study Abroad: Summer Intensive Russian and Kazakh and Elective Courses in Eurasian Studies (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2017

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce the Second Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES). We are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for our 2017 summer session. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Program dates for SSRES 2017: May 26-July 22 (8 weeks)

The main component of SSRES in 2017 will be an Intensive 8-week Course in Russian Language (all levels are welcome) OR an Intensive 8-week Course in Beginner’s Kazakh Language. The program offers 120 contact hours of in-class instruction in all aspects of these languages and one elective course in the Eurasian Studies curriculum taught in English. Students can choose one from the following elective courses:

  • HST 100 History of Kazakhstan (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • HST 104 Central Asian History II (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • WLL 230 Survey of Post-Soviet Russian Literature and Culture (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)

In additional to the core program, the students will have an opportunity to learn some elementary Kazakh and get an introduction to Kazakh culture by taking a weekly non-credited practical course in Kazakh Language and Culture (once a week on Fridays, free and included in the program). Students, enrolled in Kazakh, will be able to take a similar course in Russian Language and Culture.

American students have an option to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits. The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants.  For more information, visit the program’s website at https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-kazakhstan.

For more information about the program, including its cost, course descriptions, and the cultural program, visit our website: http://shss.nu.edu.kz/shss/academics/ssres and the program blog at http://ssres-nazarbayev-university.com/. Please address all questions to Professor Victoria Thorstensson (victoria.thorstensson@nu.edu.kz). 

Questions about the application process through the University of Arizona should be addressed to Professor Liudmila Klimanova, Director for the Arizona in Kazakhstan Program (klimanova@mail.arizona.edu).  Continue reading

CFP: Life-Writing and War in Twentieth-Century Europe (Yale U.)

Deadline for Submissions: March 10, 2017

Life-Writing and War in Twentieth-Century Europe
A workshop sponsored by the Memory Studies in Modern Europe Working Group
Yale University, April 21st 2017, 5-7pm

Call for Papers

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the publication of Robert Antelme’s The Human Race and Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man, the Yale University Memory Studies in Modern Europe working group invites doctoral students from all disciplines to share their research in a workshop devoted to life-writing and war in Europe in the long 20th century. This workshop offers a forum to discuss methodology and work in progress as well as to connect with fellow scholars at various stages of research. Selected participants will have 15 minutes to present their paper, followed by a 15-minute discussion with the audience.

Topics to be explored in presentations may include (but are not limited to):
  • Representations of war, conflict, or genocide in autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, memoirs, and personal accounts
  • Literary works of testimony, such as those by Holocaust survivors
  • The relationship between writing and remembering war
  • Transnational memory and comparative approaches in life writings about war
  • The relevance of individually written memories in the formation of collective or public narratives
  • Silences, exclusions, “forgetting” in war recollections and their implications
  • Fake memories, truth claims, and reliability of written testimonies
  • Questions of authority, anonymity, and pseudonymity
  • Genre and gender implications in life writings about war
  • Aphasia, amnesia, and traumatic memory of the war
  • Return to ordinary life: writing in the aftermath of the war

Please send us a 250/300 word abstract and a short bio, including current affiliation, by March 10th, 2017. Accepted speakers will be notified by March 17thand are asked to submit a draft of their presentation by April 7th.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide funding to participants. However, there are no registration fees. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Whitney Humanities Center.

Please direct questions and submissions to:
Giovanni Miglianti, PhD Student in Italian, giovanni.miglianti@yale.edu
Svetlana Tcareva, PhD Student in Slavic, svetlana.tcareva@yale.edu

Academic Job: Lecturer Position in Russian Studies (McGill U.)

Deadline for Applications: March 17, 2017

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) at McGill University invites applications for a Faculty Lecturer position in Russian Studies. Ph.D. in Russian Studies or a related field preferred, but candidates with M.A. degree will be considered. Extensive teaching experience and excellent teaching record at the university level are required. Duties include teaching Russian language on all levels, coordination of the language program, and supervision and training of graduate student instructors. Expertise in current approaches to foreign language teaching, a critical and creative attitude to instructional technology, and an ability to meaningfully relate language acquisition to literature and culture are expected, as is a willingness to actively participate in program-related Departmental events and activities. The regular teaching load of Faculty Lecturers in LLC is 24 credits per academic year. The successful candidate will receive a 3-credit course release linked to the coordination of the Russian language program and will therefore have a teaching load of 21 credits per academic year. The Initial appointment of Faculty Lecturer is 3 years; appointment is renewable and becomes indefinite after a period of 6 years of continuous employment. Start of appointment 1 August 2017. Starting salary is CAD $54,000 per year.

Applicants must fill out the online application form. A letter of introduction, C.V., and teaching portfolio, as well as three letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically athttps://academicjobsonline.org . Further inquiries should be addressed to José R. Jouve-Martín, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University.

Email: jose.jouve@mcgill.ca.

Application deadline is March 17, 2017.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.