CFP: 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore (Arizona State)

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be held at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona, from Thursday, April 2, to Saturday, April 4, 2020. 

The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture.

Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to the conference email address bssc2020@asu.edu.

Abstracts should be up to 250 words, including examples and bibliography, 12-point font, at least 1″ margins, and should not contain name(s) or affiliations(s) of the author(s).  Abstracts should also include a title, and up to five keywords.

The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email.

If you have not done so already, please send submissions by October 15, 2019.  Notification of selection, and invitation letters if needed, will be sent by November 4, 2019.

More information about travel arrangements, hotels, and area attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tombstone, etc.) will be sent out later in the year. Tempe is part of greater Phoenix, and is approximately a 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The conference is hosted by the Melikian Center at ASU, in collaboration with the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona (U of A). Additional support is provided by ASU’s  School of International Letters and Cultures, the Mary Choncoff Fund, and the Stephen and Sandra Batalden Fund.

Questions about the conference may be directed to the ASU and U of A conference organizers, Keith Brown and Grace Fielder, either directly or via the conference email address.

Acad. Job: Lecturer of Russian (Smith College)

Deadline: October 9, 2019

Lecturer of Russian 
The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Smith College invites applications for a 3-year, benefits-eligible position at the rank of Lecturer of Russian to begin July 1, 2020. The position may be renewed dependent on enrollments and funding. Teaching responsibilities include courses in all levels of Russian language. Applicants should have a strong foundation in Russian language and culture pedagogy; candidates with experience in program building and organizing extra- and co-curricular activities are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field (ABD acceptable), and applicants with MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field with college teaching experience will be considered. 

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Smith is an interdisciplinary program with a growing number of majors. We are looking for a dynamic, dedicated colleague who will take a leading role in our language curriculum, actively contribute to REEES program building, and participate in study abroad initiatives. The successful candidate will also join a vibrant community of Russian and Eurasian Studies in the Five College area. 

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Prof. Dev. : Selecting and Adapting Materials for Online Language Learning and Teaching Webinar (University of Hawaii)

Event Dates: Oct 8 | Oct 15 | Oct 22 | Oct 29 | Nov 5*

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-noon (Hawaii Standard Time), 1:00-3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), 2:00-4:00 pm (Mountain Daylight Time), 3:00-5:00 pm (Central Daylight Time), 4:00-6:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

* The last session (November 5) will take place after Daylight Savings Time ends (November 3). We will keep all mainland times the same as listed above and just shift Hawaii time to 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

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Study Abroad: American Councils Programs and Fellowships

Deadline: October 15, 2019

American Councils Study Abroad is now accepting applications for Spring 2020 intensive language immersion programs!

Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

RLASP offers participants the unique opportunity to study Russian language and area studies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. Language prerequisite: two semesters of Russian.

See also: Business Russian Language & InternshipHeritage Speakers Program

Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

ERLP provides participants intensive individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may choose from a wide range of regional languages, including Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Buryat, Chechen, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Tajiki, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Yakut. Language prerequisite: two semesters of the target language or a related language.

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Funding: Startalk Grants for Language Learning and Teacher Professional Development

Deadline: October 24, 2019

STARTALK solicits proposals to run summer programs for student language learning and teacher professional development. For 2020, grants will support programs for students and teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The application window for summer 2020 programs runs from September 12 to October 24. Updated application information and details about several upcoming webinars for applicants can be found on the STARTALK website: 
https://startalk.umd.edu/public/resources/applicantresources

Internships: US Department of State (Washington, DC or abroad)

Deadline for Summer: October 4, 2019

How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. You’ll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

While the duties of U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program participants vary from bureau to bureau, office to office, and embassy to embassy, it is not uncommon for these students to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior-level U.S. Government or foreign government officials
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policymakers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives
  • Support events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences or
  • Engage directly with U.S. audiences in helping to explain the work of the Department of State or foreign audiences in helping to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society

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Funding: Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

Deadline: October 1, 2019

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2020-21 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops

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Conference/CFP/Funding: Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias + Travel Grants Available for Researchers from the Global South (University of Iceland)

Deadline: October 21, 2019

Europe’s Past, Present, and Future:
Utopias and Dystopias

University of Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland
June 22-24, 2020  

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Council for European Studies, we reflect on the various ways in which Europe as a place, an idea, a people, an Empire, a utopia, and a dystopia has manifested itself. 

Iceland marks the ideal spot for this reflection, given its centrality to trans-Atlantic space, a core concept to the founders of CES. Iceland also represents the utopia of the European social model, and, at the same time, it was at the dystopian heart of the financial crisis. Finally, Iceland sits precariously at the juncture of tectonic plates, perhaps a geological metaphor for ongoing shifts, slides, clashes, and ruptures in the deep structure of Europe. 

The year 2020 marks the moment for this reflection, given recent and ongoing changes in the boundaries of European citizenship, the fragile institutional arrangements of the European social model, the postcolonial analysis of Europe in the world, the population dynamics that define who is European, Europe’s changing relationships with other regions and parts of world society, including the Global South, and the configuration of global hegemony. Having supported fifty years of research, CES is poised to advance these debates in various ways through cross-disciplinary global scholarship that deals with Europe in a comparative perspective.

CES thus invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers on the study of Europe, including its various expansions and contractions over CES’ fifty-year history. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and particularly welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, genders, scholarly career stages, and other pertinent identities. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, CES is committed to engaging participants from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, particularly from the Global South, by awarding a limited number of travel grants covering airfare and accommodation (in full or in part) to researchers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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Acad. Job: Lecturer of Russian (Smith College)

Deadline: October 9, 2019

The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Smith College invites applications for a 3-year, benefits-eligible position at the rank of Lecturer of Russian to begin July 1, 2020. The position may be renewed dependent on enrollments and funding. Teaching responsibilities include courses in all levels of Russian language. Applicants should have a strong foundation in Russian language and culture pedagogy; candidates with experience in program building and organizing extra- and co-curricular activities are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field (ABD acceptable), and applicants with MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field with college teaching experience will be considered. 

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Smith is an interdisciplinary program with a growing number of majors. We are looking for a dynamic, dedicated colleague who will take a leading role in our language curriculum, actively contribute to REEES program building, and participate in study abroad initiatives. The successful candidate will also join a vibrant community of Russian and Eurasian Studies in the Five College area. 

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Acad. Job: István Deák Visiting Professorship(s) in East Central European Studies (Columbia University)

Deadline: October 30, 2019

Columbia University invites applications for István Deák Visiting Professorship(s) in East Central European Studies for one or two semesters (fall and/or spring) in the academic year 2020-2021. The professorship, commemorating Professor Deák’s legacy of excellence in research and teaching, is open to scholars who have active interest and accomplishments in East and Central European studies. Appointment(s) will be open-rank, to be filled at any level from Visiting Assistant to Visiting Full Professor.

The visiting professor(s) will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The visitors will teach two courses per semester, one a lecture course of broad interest for undergraduates, the other a seminar for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. The visitors are expected to give one public lecture and participate in the academic life of the University, whose interests in East and Central European studies are well represented on campus by the East Central European Center, the European Institute, and the Harriman Institute.

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