Seminar: A Revealing Portrait – Discovering Lloyd Patterson

Event Date: May 12, 2022

When Andrew Leddy purchased a portrait from a Moscow antique shop in 1992, the identity of the portrait’s subject was shrouded in mystery. Who was this young black man captured in a heroic and romantic light under a turbulent sky? With research and a little luck, Leddy uncovered the compelling story of its subject, Lloyd Walton Patterson. 

Patterson ventured to Stalin’s Moscow in 1932 as part of a group of Black Americans who traveled to Soviet Russia to make a film intended to tell the true story of pervasive racism in the United States. While many, including prominent Harlem Renaissance literary figures and activists Langston Hughes, Louise Thompson, and Dorothy West, returned to the United States, Patterson stayed and led a remarkable life in a country so different from his native land.

Join Andrew Leddy and Hillwood chief curator Wilfried Zeisler to explore the stories behind the portrait of Lloyd Patterson, on loan to Hillwood and now on view in Hillwood’s pavilion, and their connections to the culture and politics of race in America in the 1930s. 

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CFP: Industrious Nations: Reconsidering Nationality and Economy in the Soviet Union

Deadline: May 22, 2022

Princeton, New Jersey
October 28-29, 2022

Call for Papers
Deadline: May 22, 2022

Co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Department of History and Columbia University’s Harriman Institute

Russia’s attack on Ukraine illustrates the continued importance of understanding the historical formation of national narratives in post-Soviet spaces. Marking the centennial of the Soviet Union’s founding in 1922, this two-day workshop will explore the relationship between national identity and the economy in the Soviet Union. Although the pursuit of economic equality among all national groups was an explicit goal of Soviet economic policy, the interplay of nationality and economic issues has received little scholarly attention. Historians writing on nationality in the Soviet Union have long focused on the politics of language and culture. At the same time, scholars researching the Soviet economy have often tacitly assumed a uniform, technocratic, de-nationalized society, revealing an imagined binary of Soviet vs. national. In a similar vein, studies of the Soviet working class have long centered on ethnic Russians, paying little attention to other national groups.

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Acad. Job: Lecturer in Russian Studies (University of Manchester)

Deadline: May 4, 2022

Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Russian Studies (teaching and research), which is tenable from 1 September 2022.

You must have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field and demonstrable teaching experience in Russian studies at university level. Your research may focus on any aspect or period of Russian culture, but the position is not open to those working in the field of linguistics. Only applicants with high quality publications will be considered. You must be fluent in English and Russian. Some involvement in the language teaching activities of the department will be non-negotiable. The following would be highly desirable: record of grant capture and PhD supervision, experience of assessing translation at undergraduate level, and experience developing online teaching materials. You must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to empathise with students.

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Job: Editor in Chief, Hungarian Cultural Studies (American Hungarian Educators Association)

Deadline: May 1, 2022, Open Until Filled

Hungarian Cultural Studies, e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, is a peer-reviewed, open access, no-fee scholarly journal, covering all aspects of Hungarian culture across the humanities and social sciences. Under the dynamic leadership of the founding Editor-in-Chief, Louise O. Vasvari, the journal has developed an excellent international reputation for publishing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded original research. In addition to full-length articles, the journal regularly publishes book reviews and bibliographies, and it supports emerging scholars from Hungary and neighboring states in helping them publish in English. The current Editor-in-Chief will step down following publication of the journal in August 2022. The Board of AHEA invites applications from scholars interested in taking on the role.

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Lang. Training: CLS Spark – New Critical Language Scholarship Opportunity

Deadline: May 26, 2022

We are pleased to share information with you about CLS Spark — a pilot initiative providing funded virtual opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Designed to leverage best practices in online language learning developed by the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) during the pandemic, CLS Spark provides American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses or when they may have responsibilities that limit their ability to go overseas. Participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad. A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and CLS Spark are part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

The CLS Spark program will be offered in academic year 2022-2023 with approximately 18 hours of virtual language instruction offered per month, as well as monthly cultural activities.  

You can learn more and apply at:

Applications are due Thursday, May 26, 2022 by 8:00pm EST.

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Lang. Training: Online Summer Russian Course (Tufts University)

Dates: May 25 – July 1, 2022

An intensive elementary Russian language course will be offered by the Russian
program at Tufts University this June.  The link to the course information is

It is open to high school students, college students, and the community. The
course is virtual and runs in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. With
any questions, please write to

CFA: 2022 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition

Deadline: May 2, 2022

The Midwest Slavic Association, with support from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), is now accepting submissions for its annual essay prize competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Students can submit a paper on any topic related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies to the Midwest Slavic Association for consideration. The best undergraduate paper received will win a one-year membership to ASEEES, and the graduate winner will receive a one-year membership to ASEEES, as well as then being considered for the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize national level competition. The graduate winner of the ASEEES Student Essay Prize at the national level wins travel, lodging, and registration for the Annual ASEEES Convention and membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention.

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CFP: Chernobyl as a Historical Caesura: Environment, Politics, and Science

Deadline: May 15, 2022

The Departments of Social Sciences and of Humanities of the University of Naples Federico II, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the Department of History of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy are pleased to announce an open call for papers for the conference Chernobyl as a Historical Caesura: Environment, Politics, and Science to be held in Naples on 9-10 December 2022.

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CFA: Diplomacy and International Governance Postdoctoral Project (Loughborough Univ., UK)

Deadline: May 16, 2022

The successful candidate will join the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance (IDIG). We are looking for a proposal that will either further our current projects which span digital diplomacy, post-Brexit and bilateral diplomacy, diplomacy for peace and security, the politics of diplomacy, experimentalist governance, and foreign policy; or to bring something new, for example the challenges of diplomacy in the fields of sport, climate change and health.

We also welcome proposals that address the themes of sustainability, development and innovation through approaches that combine diplomacy or international governance with other theoretical or methodological lenses.

We would like to hear from candidates whose background – academic and/or professional – offers potential for international collaboration, and who wish to join a dynamic and diverse campus- Loughborough London – that is research-intensive with an entrepreneurial emphasis. If you have a great idea for a PhD in this area, then we’d love to hear it: do get in touch. You will need to provide a research proposal of no less than 500 words that outlines your idea, its significance, and proposed academic contribution.

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CFA: 2022 Heldt Prizes (Assoc. for Women in Slavic Studies)

Deadline: May 31, 2022

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is now inviting nominations for the 2022 Heldt Prizes. We have three prizes this year:

Best book by a woman-identifying scholar in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian studies

Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women’s and gender studies

Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women’s and gender studies

To be eligible for nomination, books and articles must be in English and should be published between April 15, 2021 and April 15, 2022.