Conference/CFP: (0ver)Indulgence: Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Princeton)

Deadline for papers: February 16, 2020
Event Date: May 6-7, 2020

(Over) Indulgence Conference:Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia A graduate conference sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University

Location: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Keynote speaker: Eric Naiman (UC Berkeley)

Website: https://www.overindulgenceconference.com 

Transgression against societal norms has long been elevated to transgression against the divine. Yet vice and virtue are not always mutually incompatible; morals and societal norms are not always black and white. Nor is transgression the only way to move from virtue to sin (or vice versa). In Crime and Punishment, it is Sonia who becomes Dostoevsky’s guiding star to redemption – despite her “fall from grace” into prostitution. (Over) Indulgence aims at exploring such virtuous acts of sin; our graduate conference is interested in tracing various entanglements of the virtuous and the sinful across the Eastern European and Eurasian landscape. We invite submissions that address three major thematic clusters. The first, most literal, interpretation of our conference theme deals with the subversion of dominant norms. We are interested in papers that explore the “negative translation” through which chastity is mutually referential with promiscuity, heterosexuality – with homosexuality, sobriety – with alcoholism, and restraint – with gluttony (to name a few). What are the protocols of such translation, and what types of dialogue between the virtuous and the sinful does it require?

Continue reading “Conference/CFP: (0ver)Indulgence: Entangling Sin and Virtue in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Princeton)”

Study Abroad: Fieldwork Opportunities in Folklore, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology (Siberia, Russia, Kazakhstan)

Deadline: (Varies) December 2019 – May 2020

American Friends of Russian Folklore is pleased to announce eight folklore expeditions in Russia, Siberia and Kazakhstan for the summer of 2020.   Volunteer positions on theexpeditions are available to students, academics and others.

Expeditions are led by qualified scholars with years of experience in the field. Volunteers join in the work of the expedition – conducting interviews, making video and audio recordings, serving as audiences and helping to process collected field materials. Team members live in rural villages where they are immersed in  local customs, language and food. Fluency in the local language is helpful, but not required.

Volunteers pay a fee which covers their accommodations, food and transportation during the expedition, plus a share of the general expedition expenses. College credit through students’ home institutions can be arranged in many cases.   Scholarships are available.

Continue reading “Study Abroad: Fieldwork Opportunities in Folklore, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology (Siberia, Russia, Kazakhstan)”

Lang. Training: Summer Intensive Language Programs (Pitt)

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (or until Mid-May)

The Summer Language Institute (www.sli.pitt.edu) at the University of Pittsburgh is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for summer 2020. We offer intensive language courses through a variety of domestic, study abroad, and hybrid (Pittsburgh+abroad) programs in the following languages:

Continue reading “Lang. Training: Summer Intensive Language Programs (Pitt)”

Funding: Dissertation Fieldwork Grants in Anthropology (Wenner-Gren Foundation)

Deadline: May 1 and November 1

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

The maximum amount of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is US $20,000.  Please note that the Foundation has suspended the Osmundsen Initiative supplement  Grants are non-renewable.

Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent, if applying from outside the United States) at the time of application. Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply.  There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1. Final decisions are made six months later.

Applicants must submit application materials using the Foundation’s online application submission procedure.

For more detailed information on program requirements, application procedures, and review criteria, please refer to the links below:

Eligibility
General Criteria of Evaluation
Application Procedures
Application Deadlines and Decision Notification
Access the Online Application
Final Reports required from Dissertation Fieldwork Grantees