Connecting Classrooms Program for Teachers of English in Russia and Teachers of Russian in the US

The University of Maryland’s National Foreign Language Center’s Connecting Classrooms program in partnership with the US Embassy in Russia’s Regional English Language Office (RELO) is a professional learning program for teachers of English in Russia and teachers of Russian in the USA. Through a series of online courses participants will gain foundational knowledge around key concepts as participants view presentations and interpret meaning for their educational settings. Facilitated through PEARLL’s course platform, synchronous learning include recorded and live video presentations, whole-group and small-group activities, chat discussions, and breakout sessions. Asynchronous learning will ask participants to explore resources that support the synchronous content, post reflections, and respond to discussion questions based on their professional goals. 

We are currently seeking Russian language teachers living in the United States to take part in our upcoming Module 3 course (early October – early November) and to be a part of our community of practice. Are you or a fellow educator you know interested?

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Summer Courses (Stony Brook University)

summer opportunities at the Russian program at Stony Brook University. All our courses are online and open to students from other schools. We are excited to offer a new course on Ukrainian culture and politics this year.

Application information can be found here:

Please contact me with any questions.

SUMMER I (May 20 – July 1)

Russian Cinema HUR 241 (3 credits)

A 6-week online course in which you will watch some of the best Russian movies of the past 20 years. We’ll discuss the culture and politics of Russia (the good, the bad and the ugly) as well as the art of cinematography.

Mon/Wed at 1:30-3 pm.

Russian for Russian Speakers RUS 213 (3 credits)

This is a course for heritage speakers.

Tues/Thur at 1:30-3 pm.

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STARTALK Instructor (Short-Term Contract)

Deadline: Rolling

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) seeks to hire an individual to offer Russian language instruction remotely to 5-10 high school students at the intermediate-low level from March 2nd through April 27th, 2024. 

The STARTALK Instructor works closely with STARTALK Program Director, Dr. Olga Klimova, to follow an already developed curriculum aligned with STARTALK requirements and the program theme, “That Diverse Russian Speaking World!”Responsibilities will include:

*Hold online classes, learning activities, and formative assessments.

*Adhere to the pedagogical framework appropriate for the K-12 educational setting and consult with the Program Director regarding student needs.

*Participate in faculty professional development training and any necessary program staff meetings.

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Call for Papers! NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction

Deadline: Ongoing

Novel: A Forum on Fiction is accepting submissions. Founded in 1967 at Brown
University, Novel is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best new
criticism and theory in novel studies. After several decades under the editorship of Nancy
Armstrong, Kevin McLaughlin took over as the chief editor in Summer 2023.
Novel holds to these general principles:

  1. as long as there have been novels, there has been a need for critical
    scholarship to explain how novels should and do make and evaluate the
    foundational categories of modern life.
  2. so long as novels continue to be written, literate populations will continue
    to dwell within categories inaugurated by its forms.
    We welcome submissions that address one or more of these concerns and use a
    novel or group of novels to do so. The essays we favor are relatively self-
    conscious about the theoretical and historical framework that informs
    their critical
    argument, so long as that argument uses fiction to challenge the historical
    narrative or theoretical assumptions that are brought to bear on it.
    Submissions should be between 7000-9000 words (inclusive of footnotes but
    excluding works cited), in accordance with MLA style (9th ed.).
    Please send submissions and inquiries to

Grad. Program: Funded PhD Opportunity in Russian, Soviet, Post-Soviet, Eurasian and East-European Studies: Durham University (UK)

Russian Studies at Durham University, UK ( invites applications for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project.

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CFP: Knjiženstvo,  journal for studies in literature, gender and culture

Deadline: September 1, 2023; ongoing

Knjiženstvo,  journal for studies in literature, gender and culture is a scholarly periodical which publishes articles about literature, arts and culture in general, with a focus on gender research – more specifically, on research about women’s art and literary work in any language, from various cultures and historical periods. 

The deadline for articles for the next issue is September 1st.  Proposals for articles are welcome anytime. In your proposal, please inform us in which language your article will be. 

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Seminar: 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress Series

Event Date: June 14, 2023; Ongoing

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 11th talk of the Spring/Summer 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

***The talk will take place in hybrid format in-person at CRRC Georgia and online through Zoom***…/tZAkc-ippjIuGdKCz-LC1h…

“Tensions of Colonializing and Federalizing Empire: The Debates in the Constitutional-Democratic Party and the State Duma of the Russian Empire, 1905-1911”

Alexander Semyonov, Amherst College and Ab Imperio

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 18:30 Tbilisi time (10:30 EST) 

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Seminar: Ukrainian Environmental Humanities Network Seminar Series

Event Date: May 23, 2023; Ongoing

Please join us for the inaugural seminar series of the Ukrainian
Environmental Humanities Network.

Our first seminar will be on the theme of ecocide, held online via Zoom
on 23rd May from 4pm-5.30pm (London) / 5pm-6:30pm (Warsaw) / 6pm-7.30pm
(Kyiv). We are lucky to be joined by Alex Fisher, Natasha Chychasova,
and Kateryna Polianska.

We’re delighted to have partnered with IZOLYATSIA, the New Democracy
Fund by the Danish Cultural Institute, the Ukrainian Institute London,
the Department of Ukrainian Studies of the University of Warsaw, and the
Institute for East European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, for
these events.

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Prof. Dev: REEES Doctoral Student Peer Mentoring Program

The Slavic Reference Service will begin the REEES Doctoral Student Peer Mentoring Program in early February of this year. Current doctoral students, recent PhD graduates, and Master’s degree students intending to enter PhD programs may sign up for this program. Students will be matched with peer mentors and will have the opportunity to participate in events like our REEES Dissertation workshop during this Spring semester. We would be grateful if you could share this information with any students who may be interested. Students should fill out the form by the end of this month to participate in the initial kick-off in early February.

For more information on the program and to apply, please visit

Questions? Contact us at

Job Posting: Interpreters Needed (Refugee Services of Texas)

Deadline: Ongoing

Seeking Interpreters

Refugee Services of Texas is seeking interpreters as the Ukrainian refugees are beginning to arrive. They are recruiting primarily Ukrainian and Russian speakers, but are also open to other Slavic languages. It is a paid position of $25 an hour as needed. Interpreters would be in charge of their own schedule.

For more information, please email Kim Mason at

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