Tag Archives: November 2016

Travel: Russian Folklore Project (American Friends of Russian Folklore)

Deadline for Paperwork: November 1, 2016

American Friends of Russian Folklore invites students and scholars to join us for a one-of-a-kind experience of Russian culture!

Our volunteers travel to rural Russia to collect Russian folklore by filming holiday celebrations, recording local singers, interviewing villagers about traditional lore, and photographing local handicrafts. They experience Russian village life first-hand, living in a village house and eating the local food.

Our 2017 expeditions include:

* documenting a three-hundred year old folk drama, “Tsar Maximillian” as performed house-to-house in the Belarusian village of Semezhava. January 2017

* working with a Russian film director as he explores the impact of folklore documentary films on the people whose traditions were filmed. May-June 2017

Our volunteers work under the guidance of professional Russian folklorists. Knowledge of Russian is helpful, but not required. And if you are a student or educator, we can refer you to sources of grant money to help finance your trip.

Is this your kind of adventure? Your kind of learning experience? Check out the details at http://russianfolklorefriends.org/2017folkloreexpeditions.html or see American Friends of Russian Folklore on Facebook or email us at info@russianfolklorefriends.org

CFP: Remapping European Media Cultures During the Cold War: Networks, Encounters, Exchanges (Univ. of Minnesota)

Deadline for Submission: November 27, 2016

CFP: Remapping European Media Cultures During the Cold War: Networks, Encounters, Exchanges.
A symposium at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
MARCH 30 – APRIL 1, 2017
Keynote speakers:
Anikó Imre (University of Southern California)
Katie Trumpener (Yale University)

Recent research on Cold War Europe has sketched the image of a deeply interconnected continent, with cultural exchanges, travel and tourism, scientific collaborations and the like creating dense networks between countries on both sides of the “Iron Curtain,” and beyond. Media scholars, similarly, have begun to trace the active collaborations between Eastern and Western European broadcasting institutions; the networks formed by artists and technicians at and through film festivals; the movement of samizdat and tamizdat texts; and the relationships between professionals in specialized fields such as children’s entertainment, television, and industrial film.

This symposium aims to systematically examine European media during the Cold War in terms of such histoires croisées, tracing the transnational encounters between Eastern and Western European media industries and cultures between 1945 and 1990. The symposium will engage with a wide range of media forms and practices, from the moving image to sound to print, in order to ask the following questions:

– How did media technologies, content, and forms travel during the Cold War, and what logics, institutions, and actors structured and governed these flows and interactions?

– How can the study of such transnational encounters help us challenge established ideas and conceptualizations in Cold War history (among them, the monolithic image of the socialist state, and binary frameworks)?

– What was the relevance of the geopolitical “in-between” (e.g., countries such as Finland, Sweden, Austria, and Yugoslavia, and spaces such as film festivals) for media cultures during the Cold War?

– If Eastern Europe is commonly considered to be peripheral to the field of media studies, what are the methodological ramifications of placing this “periphery” at the center of an examination of European media cultures during the Cold War? Similarly, what is revealed both by a comparative examination of media forms, and by a focus on practices typically considered “marginal” (e.g., sponsored media)? Continue reading

Job: Franklin Fellows Program (U.S. Department of State)

Deadline for Application: November 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of State’s Franklin Fellows Program is accepting applications from October 19 to November 16.

The U.S. Department of State has a recurring need for experts in regional affairs, economics, human rights, and counterterrorism and seeks experts in a variety of other areas as well. They are seeking candidates with experience in food security, development, and/or agriculture. Background in how those issues relate to climate change is desirable. In addition, they seek experts in statistics or performance metrics to help gauge the effectiveness of outreach efforts and develop better ways of presenting data and also seek Fellows with expertise in American diplomatic history, museum studies, exhibit design, business management, or educational outreach and program development to help launch the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC) – the first museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy.

Visit the How to Apply page on careers.state.gov for more information and to start the application process.  Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 16, 2016.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

CFP: All Things Living and Not – Non-anthropocentric Perspectives in Slavic Studies (Columbia Univ.)

Deadlines for Abstract: November 5, 2016

CFP: ALL THINGS LIVING AND NOT – an interdisciplinary conference on non-anthropocentric perspectives in Slavic studies
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2017
The Harriman Institute
Columbia University, New York

(History & Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University & Stanford)

JANE COSTLOW (Environmental Humanities, Bates College)
SERGUEI OUSHAKINE (Slavic & Anthropology, Princeton)
OXANA TIMOFEEVA (Political Science & Philosophy, European University in St. Petersburg)

To participate, please send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute presentation by 5 November 2016 to withouthumans@gmail.com

The last two decades have witnessed a revision in the concept of alterity, decentering the human in how we reckon with the other. Animal studies, artificial intelligence, ecocriticism, etc. not only ask us to consider the possibility of non-human subjects, but also challenge our very humanness and, along with it, the very premises of the humanities and human sciences. What does a non-anthropocentric understanding of the other offer to the field of Slavic studies? And conversely, what can the cultures, histories, and belief systems of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia reveal about practices and possibilities of radical alterity?

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Academic Job: Foreign Languages Assistant Professor (American River College)

Deadline for Applications: November 14, 2016

American River College
Foreign Languages Assistant Professor
Job Posting Number: 0002339
Closing Date: 11-14-2016
Salary: $45,559 to $75,533 annually 

Additional Salary Information: Entering annual salary within a given range varies, depending upon units and degrees completed at accredited colleges/universities and on verified experience. Additional earnings may be available for summer, overloads, and stipends. Candidates not holding a master’s degree may start at a salary lower then posted above.

Complete job description and application available online at: www.losrios.edu

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General Responsibilities:

The faculty member shall be responsible for the following: teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean; helping students fulfill their maximum potential in mastering course content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teaching field; continuing professional development; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with articulation and curriculum development and review; serving on college committees and participating in faculty governance including accreditation and student co-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities as assigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties and responsibilities of a full-time faculty as outlined in the college faculty handbook.  Continue reading

Academic Job: Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literature (U. of Virginia)

Deadline for Applications: November 3, 2016

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia invites applications for the position of Director of the Language Program.  This appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer, with a three-year renewable term.  The level of Lecturer will be determined at the time of hire. The director will have central responsibility for training and oversight of Teaching Assistants (currently in the first through third years) and teaching a regular course on methods of language pedagogy.  Teaching assignments may include Russian language courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including advanced conversation. Other duties will include oversight of the Russian House and the department’s program of cultural activities (Russian tea and a film series), placement and proficiency testing, and program assessment.  Scholarly publication is not required or expected.  Compensation will take the form of full-time salary with full-time benefits.

A Ph.D. in Slavic or a related field is required by the appointment start date, as is near-native fluency or better in Russian and English.  Teaching experience at the university level in the United States or Canada is preferred.

Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.  The appointment begins with the fall term of 2017, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2017.

To apply, candidates will need to submit a Candidate Profile through the online portal Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu).  Search for posting number 0619732, and then electronically attach a cover letter and CV.  In the cover letter, please describe any relevant professional training, expertise, and experience.  In addition, 3 confidential letters of reference should be should be emailed directly to rz@virginia.edu.  Teaching evaluations will be requested from finalists.

Questions regarding the online application process in Jobs@UVa can be directed to the Slavic Business Administrator, Anne Zook, rz@virginia.edu, 434-924-6683.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information, click here.

Graduate Program: Doctoral Research Fellowship in (post-)Yugoslav Literature and Culture (Univ. of Oslo)

Deadline for Application: November 30, 2016

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in (post-)Yugoslav literature and culture is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

The successful applicant is expected to investigate the links between nation building, literature/the arts, and cultural memory in the Yugoslav (1918-1941, 1945-1991) or post-Yugoslav (1991-present) context.

Project proposals should relate to one (or more) of the following three strands:

(1) Artistic and literary practices of transnationalism in the Yugoslav and/or post-Yugoslav context: explore the role of the arts (literature, comics, visual art, film, or music) in fostering or imagining transnational communities

(2) Transnational memory in the post-socialist Balkans: examine the role of cultural practices in representing the past in ways that move beyond the nation as the ‘natural’ container of collective memory

(3) Imperial legacies in the post-Habsburg or post-Ottoman Balkans: explore the work of writers/intellectuals who interrogate imperial legacies and probe the limits of nationalism and cosmopolitanism on the Balkans

The successful applicant will be affiliated with the research project “Post-Imperial Fictions: Literature Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Balkans”.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

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Academic Job: Department of Russian – Assistant Professor (Bryn Mawr College)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

Department of Russian – Assistant Professor

The Department of Russian at Bryn Mawr College invites applications for a full-time, beginning tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Russian language, literature, and culture, with a specialization in nineteenth-century Russian literature to start August 1, 2017. Candidates must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the start date, should demonstrate expertise in teaching Russian at all levels, and should be able to contribute significantly to the Department’s Russian Flagship Program.  Candidates must possess native or near-native command of both Russian and English.

Submit as a single pdf document a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and research statement by November 1, 2016 to the Department of Russian Search Committee via Interfolio ByCommittee at:https://apply.interfolio.com/35959.  In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent via Interfolio to the Department of Russian Search Committee.  Applications received by November 1, 2016 will receive full consideration.


CFP: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference (U. of Kentucky)

Deadline for Submissions: November 20, 2016

Please consider submitting an individual paper or panel proposal for the annual KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference, which will take plan in Lexington, KY on April 20-22, 2017.  Abstracts are due November 20, 2016.  More info and submission guidelines at https://kflc.as.uky.edu.
Because the conference’s 70th Anniversary this year will coincide with the 70th of the Cannes Film Festival, we are delighted to announce that the 2017 featured area is Film Studies.  The Russian and Slavic Studies section also welcomes abstracts in the following areas:
• Innovations in Teaching Language and Culture 
• Literature, Linguistics, Folkore or Digital Culture 
• Visual Arts, Performance Studies 
• Historical, Social and Political Contexts
• Featured area: Film Studies

Modest travel stipends are available to graduate students, contingent faculty and independent scholars.  For those interested in the travel stipend, please write to Dr. Molly Blasing at mtblasing@uky.edu by the submission deadline.

The KFLC is a wonderful setting for graduate students, mid-career scholars and seasoned senior faculty to present works in progress and get feedback from enthusiastic and supportive colleagues visiting from the local region, as well as from across the US, Russia and the former USSR.  There is also ample opportunity to explore comparative approaches to common themes; this year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic Studies, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, English as a Foreign Language, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Intercultural Studies, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, General Linguistics, Neo-Latin Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.

Join us!  Please direct any questions to Dr. Molly Blasing (mtblasing@uky.edu).
Conference CFP and website: https://kflc.as.uky.edu

Funding Opportunity: Global Research Fellowship (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: November 1, 2016

Global Research Fellowship


Through a competitive process, fellowships will be awarded to graduate students to conduct international research or field study which will be part of their theses/dissertations. The fellowship provides up to $5,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses while conducting research abroad.

Fellowship details

  • Graduate students in good academic standing may be awarded up to $5,000 to conduct field study or participate in laboratory research abroad
  • Award amounts will vary based on in-country costs and length of time in country
  • The time in-country must be a minimum of 3 weeks
  • Students must adhere to the Restricted RegionsTravel Policy

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