Tag Archives: March 2018

Internship: 2018 Summer Internship Program (Crossroads Eurasia)

Deadline for application: March 15, 2018

Crossroads Eurasia is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship program in Russia.

What is Crossroads Eurasia? 
Crossroads Eurasia is about living Russia, not just studying it. Students often don’t realize that summer language courses are only one way to immerse themselves in the Russian language and culture. Founded in 2010, Crossroads Eurasia aims to get more students to discover Russia directly, via a work experience — teaching English, doing translation, or working as a camp counselors.

What you get
– Resume worthy work experience
– Relaxed vibe of a provincial Russian city
– Live, work, relax like a local
– Real friendships with Russians your age
– Locally based coordinator
– Career advice and alumni network

Deadlines
The application deadline is 15th March 2018. We fill spots on a rolling basis, so apply early. Discounts are also available to early applicants.

For more information and to apply, visit www.CrossroadsEurasia.com.

Study Abroad: Russia and the Environment (SRAS)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018 (Full Summer)

Russia and the Environment looks at a Russia’s vast and unique ecosystems from thier history to the problems they face today. Students will focus on Siberia’s history from its first colonization, to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy. Students also critically consider Russian and international theories on how to understand and manage the impact of these events in addition to learning the Russian vocabulary and cultural norms related to environmental issues.

This innovative course also allows students to opt for additional hands-on experience by serving an internship with a local environmental NGO, museum, or other organization. Summer students assist The Great Baikal trail in developing sustainable ecotourism infrastructure around Lake Baikal. Courses are taught in English and internships are available in Russian or English.

The environment is a local and global issue. Tomorrow’s environmental professionals will need to cross borders and communicate with a wide range of people to achieve their goals. This program is geared to help train those professionals today.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Study Abroad: Georgian Foodways (SRAS)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

Georgian Foodways
Global Pathways/Local Contexts

Although Georgia is only about the size of West Virginia, the tiny country is home to several distinct cultures. Each of these cultures has contributed to Georgia’s legendary culinary traditions and many have developed their own variations of dishes now often collectively known as “Georgian.”

On this unique travel seminar, you will spend two weeks in an interdisciplinary exploration of Georgian national identity and history through its national cuisine. Using a variety of critical academic approaches, explore issues like climate change and state agricultural policies within the context of such issues as food security, the place of food in social justice and ethnic identity, and the role of Georgian foodways in the current global tourism economy.

Learn the history, preparation, and traditions of regional dishes that make up Georgian cuisine: khinkali, khachapuri, lobio, suluguni, satsivi, and others while giving special attention to Georgian viniculture (winemaking) and viticulture (grape growing). Vegetarians and even vegans are welcome – while Georgian cuisine offers many tasty meat dishes, it also abounds in dishes that are meat-free and high-protien (from beans, dairy, and nuts). This travel seminar includes most meals so as to fully introduce you to the diverse, rich, traditions of Georgia’s foodways. Continue reading

Funding: Arthur H. Cole Grant (Economic History Association)

Deadline for application: March 1, 2018

The EHA supports research in economic history through multiple grant programs. Most of these are administered by the Committee on Research in Economic History (CREH) and one by the Annual Meetings Program Committee.

All applicants for or recipients of an EHA grant or prize must be members of the Association, and all application materials must be submitted electronically. To join, go online to http://eh.net/eha/membership where you can use the online shopping cart to most efficiently join the EHA.  You can also join by printing out a membership form at the membership site and sending it in with a check or credit card.
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Funding: Austin Branch Fellowship (AAUW)

Deadline for Applications: March 19, 2018

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Austin Branch Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates at The University of Texas at Austin –2018-2019 Academic Year

AAUW Austin Branch will award 1-3 fellowships this year, each in the amount of at least $2,000,
to female doctoral candidates. This award has been established to assist women who require
financial aid to complete their doctoral program. A prerequisite for consideration for the
Fellowship is doctoral committee approval of the dissertation proposal. The Fellowship Selection Committee expects that announcement of the awards will be made by April 13, 2018.

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Conference: Reading Race in Cold War Cultural Internationalism (UCLA)

Dates of the Conference: March 29-April 1, 2018

Reading Race in Cold War Cultural Internationalism
An ACLA Seminar (UCLA, March 29-April 1, 2018)
Organized by Cate I. Reilly, Duke University

This seminar looks at the intertwined Soviet and Eastern Bloc legacies on race, cultural solidarity, and geopolitics. It moves beyond the extensive body of prior scholarship on regional ethnic minorities within Central and Eastern Europe and related questions of religious conflict. The seminar instead focuses on how writers, artists, and filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe and across decolonizing regions during the Cold War, conceived of and negotiated race in the context of newfound, transnational aesthetic commitments.

The seminar asks: How did the epistemic effort to think internationally (by intellectuals from the USSR, GDR, Africa, and the Americas) interface with questions of racial identity? How did such concerns play out when the rough ideological alliances between the Eastern Bloc and emerging nations were challenged by writers and thinkers who were critical of the Soviet Union? In what ways did the early political framework of international solidarity in the USSR, conceived under the heading of the “Friendship of the Peoples,” contain a racialized dimension later played out in the global power struggles of the Cold War? How should frequent claims to racial equality in the Eastern Bloc be treated when occurring in the context of anti-imperialist (and anti-U.S.) propaganda?

The seminar invites literary-critical and interdisciplinary reflections on the conflicted history of race in Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, as situated against a backdrop of changing ideological and national alliances.  It pays specific attention to a gap within postcolonial theory related to Soviet ideologies and cultural influences. Building on recent conferences that have addressed the legacy of Bandung humanisms, “translating” race in Eurasia, and performances of difference in Central and Eastern Europe, it moves temporally forward from the abundance of research on the role of minorities in the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to: Eurasia’s place in postcolonial theory; literature and national autonomy movements of the Cold War; the conflicted relationship between the Communist and non-Communist intellectuals (Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Léopold Senghor, Cheikh Anta Diop, among others); negritude and internationalism; translation and the circulation of texts/media between Eastern Europe and Africa; the influence of Socialist realist literature on African writers.

Interested applicants should submit a 250-300 word proposal.

CFP: Asia in the Russian Imagination (U. of Utah)

Deadline for Proposals: October 15, 2017

The University of Utah’s Asia Center is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Siberia, Central Asia, and the Russian Far East and North Pacific, organized around the theme of “Asia in the Russian Imagination.” The conference will be held at the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on March 23-24, 2018.

We welcome proposals exploring political, economic, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives.  We foresee extended discussions on Russian-Asian connections and networks, as well as policies, processes, and populations in “Russian Asia,” within the imperial, Soviet, or post-Soviet eras.  We hope that this conference honors the interdisciplinary tradition established by the British Universities Siberian Studies Seminar, last held in 2007.

Following the conference, the organizers intend to publish a selection of the essays either as a special issue of a journal or as an edited volume.  Continue reading