Language Training: Summer Russian Practicum (Columbia University)

Deadline: May 22, 2024

If you have not yet made up your plans for this summer and if you are an avid learner and explorer of new cultures and languages, consider signing up for the Russian Practicum at Columbia University this summer.  

The Russian Practicum offers three courses in the Russian language (beginning, intermediate and advanced). The first session is offered June 3–27, and the second session is offered July 1–25. Each Russian session carries four (4) credit points and is offered at a flat payment rate, which is lower than the standard semester per credit rate. It is an excellent opportunity to explore a new language or, if you have taken Russian before, bring it up to the next level of proficiency.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Essay Prize Competition (Midwest Slavic Association, ASEEES)

Deadline: May 1, 2024

2024 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition

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: What keeps Ukraine together? Continuity and Change as Interrelated Forces in Ukrainian History and Culture (Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies )

Deadline: May 30, 2024

The Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies (AISU) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its second international conference, which takes the idea of “Continuity and Change” as its theme. The University of Cagliari will host the event on January 15-16, 2025.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has caused many to reconsider Ukraine’s place on their mental maps, spurring reflection on what makes Ukraine a nation in its own right. Until February 2022, the notions that Ukraine is historically a part of Russia, and that Ukrainian identity has only emerged as the result of foreign interference, were deeply ingrained not only in the minds of Russian leaders but also in large sectors of Western public opinion. However, Ukraine’s fierce and spontaneous resistance in the face of Russian aggression conveyed an image of a remarkably unified nation despite a past of incomplete statehood and an internal landscape rich with ethnic, linguistic, religious, and regional differences. What, then, keeps Ukraine together across ethnic, linguistic, and confessional lines?

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Russian Language and Area Studies Programs in Latvia

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Learn Russian in the European Union is accepting applications for Russian summer and semester abroad programs in Daugavpils, Latvia:

  • 2024 Summer Intensive Russian Language Program, 6 weeks
  • 2024 Summer Russian Language and Area Studies Program, 5 weeks
  • 2024 Fall Semester Study Abroad Program.
  • 2025 Spring Semester Study Abroad Program.

All programs are hosted at Daugavpils University. Undergraduate credits will be awarded at Daugavpils University.

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CFP: Gentry, Nobility, Aristocracy: The Post-feudal Perspectives (Warsaw)

Deadline: May 19, 2024

The conference will take place in Warsaw at the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw (ul. Dobra 55) on 25-27 September 2024 in a hybrid format with possible online participation.

The vital and complex role of the landowning elites in the political, economic, and cultural history of Europe has been extensively researched, resulting in a wealth of literature. However, the question of how this role has been remembered since the dissolution of these elites as a social class, and what the implications of this memory and legacy are for contemporary European societies, has only recently been addressed by sociologists, historians, and anthropologists.

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Russian-Immersion Summer Jobs (Concordia Language Villages, Minnesota, US)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Looking for a summer job with immersion opportunities in a Russian-language environment? Lesnoe Ozero now has openings for employment for ALL levels of language proficiency. If there are any questions, please contact: ravitch@cord.edu .

Option 1: Culinary Arts Staff, July 7-August 11 or July 7-August 18 – all levels
We are hiring for bakers, cooks, and assistant chefs. Staff will receive a week of training in food preparation specific to the cuisines of the Russian-speaking world and then be responsible for preparing the food under the supervision of the Village Chef. The language of the kitchen is English, but Culinary Arts staff are welcome to participate in the language immersion community when they are not cooking, which, given that it is a residential program, can easily be 4-5 hours/day. Room, board, and transportation from the Minneapolis airport to the program in Bemidji, MN are included, but staff are responsible for their own travel to the Minneapolis airport. Students who need work for the whole summer can indicate availability for one of the languages that runs in June, as well as the Russian village, for a full summer of employment. 

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CFP: Geopolitics of Eurasian Crossroads? Transformations, Challenges and Development Paths (Yerevan State University, Armenia)

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Call for Abstracts 

YSU Conference on Politics and International Affairs
Geopolitics of Eurasian Crossroads? Transformations, Challenges and Development Paths

10-11 October, 2024, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia

Deadline for abstract submissions: May 31, Yerevan time (GMT+4)

The Faculty of International Relations at Yerevan State University launches its annual conference on politics and international affairs. The 2024 conference is titled “Geopolitics of Eurasian Crossroads? Transformations, Challenges and Development Paths”. Over the last several decades, Eurasia has undergone a tremendous transformation. It witnessed, among other things, the collapse of a superpower and the emergence of new states, nation-building endeavors and integration initiatives, consolidation and fragmentation of sovereignty, the rise of regional powers, financial crises and economic miracles, wars, establishment and development of regional organizations. The conference aims to bring together scholars specializing in Eurasian studies. It will serve as a venue for academic discussions and a meeting point for scholars to present their current research, discover common academic interests and discuss ideas for potential joint research projects?

Applications from all fields of political science are welcome. Presentations can be related, but not limited to the following topics:

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Nemirovsky Summer School (Estonia)

Deadline: May 1, 2024

To Reason Russia from the Mind. An Original Summer School
on Russian Language and Culture in an Era of Change
by Igor Nemirovsky

Fedor Tiutchev, the renowned nineteenth-century Russian poet, defined his relationship to Russia as follows: “Russia cannot be reasoned from the mind / nor measured on a common scale.” Unfortunately, the realities of our time precludes us from the luxury of “not reasoning Russia from the mind.” We must strive towards this goal, and such is the objective of our summer school on Russian language and culture which will take place in the delightful atmosphere of Russophone Tallinn from June 10-July 19, 2024.

What we offer:
– 120 in-class hours of Russian language
– Series of lectures devoted to the current political and cultural development of Russia by prominent scholars in the area – mini courses are taught both in Russian and English
– Excursions in Tallinn, and trips to Helsinki and Riga
– Credits may be arranged via colleges individually   
– 6 weeks in beautiful and friendly Tallinn

Place: Tallinn, Estonia
When: June 10 – July 19, 2024
Registration deadline: May 1st, 2024

Website: http://nemirovsky-school.com/Register for the school: https://forms.gle/mabnnME231JnDiCz8

Summer and Fall ’24 Language and Culture Courses Abroad (SRAS)

Deadline: April 1 (Summer) & May 1, 2024 (Fall)

Fall Courses

  • Russian as a Second Language (Riga, Tbilisi, Bishkek)
  • Identity and Conflict in the Caucasus (Tbilisi)
  • Central Asian Studies (Bishkek)
  • Security and Society in the Information Age (Warsaw)

Summer Courses

  • 10th Annual Security and Society Summer School (Warsaw)
  • Russian as a Second Language, late 6-week sessions (Batumi, Bishkek)
  • Ukrainian Language Workshop (Warsaw)
  • Polish Language and Culture (Warsaw)

See the SRAS Program page for details and to sign up for an info session.

Conference: Moving Beyond The Center-Periphery Dynamics: Central and Eastern Europe From The Mid-19th Century to The Present

April 5-6, 2024 | University of Ottawa, Canada 

May 30-31, 2024 | University of Lille, France

Since the 18th century, the discourse on modernization—understood as a process aiming to align social organization with the expectations and needs of societies and carrying a promise of emancipation—identifies the Western form of modernity, in its political (democracy) and economic (capitalism) dimensions, as a model to follow. In the multicultural empires of Central and Eastern Europe, divergences in the paths and rhythms of political, economic, and social modernization engraved in collective imaginaries the idea of a structural delay of these societies compared to the rest of Europe, relegating them to the periphery—or semi-periphery—of the Western world (Ivan T. Berend). Since the works of Larry Wolf and Maria Todorova, this sort of intra-European orientalism has been deconstructed. Nevertheless, the discourse of structural delay in this part of Europe compared to the core of the western world has been influential in the Austrian, Russian, and Ottoman empires and in the countries that succeeded them, from the end of the First World War to today. This discourse justified structural reforms and enabled the rise of social groups interested in and useful for these reforms. It also fueled dissenting discourses and contributed to the production of alternative models, in a relationship of interdependence and exchange with countries situated in the core of the Western world (Claudia Kraft). This conference aims to examine the experience of Central and Eastern European countries with the modernization process from the late 18th century to the present, beyond the center-periphery dynamics.

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