Tag Archives: September 2016

CFP: Borders and Administrative Legacy (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Deadline for Submissions: September 10, 2016

At the Institute of Contemporary History we have conducted research on borders in the context of the project titled History of Administrative Borders and Boundaries (Slovenian Research Agency (SRA), 2011–2014). We are now researching borders in the Phenomenon of Border Rivers project (SRA, 2014–2017). As the historical dependence of borders is at the forefront of our research interests, the concept of phantom borders, developed by the international interdisciplinary research network Phantom Borders in Eastern Central Europe, is especially important for our work. Phantom borders are former political borders that continue to structure the modern world. In many cases these historical spaces persist or “keep returning” in the form of social practices, electoral geographies, infrastructural networks and the like.

Although the collocation of phantom borders includes the word “border”, the concept was coined as a means of researching the spaces, spatial practices and the actors in space. Borders as political divisions, registered in the spatial projections, descriptions (official descriptions, newspaper articles) as well as in the landscape itself (fences, border stones) are not the focus of interest in this case. We are interested whether phantom borders can be used to research contemporary borders. Can contemporary borders likewise be phantom borders? In order to conceptualise the historical dimension of the borders, we have, in the course of our research, developed the concept (or a metaphor) of administrative legacy. Continue reading

CFP: The Transnational Markets of Literary and Artistic Nationalisms in the Long 19th Century (ACLA)

Deadline for Submissions: September 23, 2016

Proposed seminar for the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) at Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017

Organizer: Levente T. Szabó (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)

tszabo.levente@ubbcluj.ro, tszabolevente@gmail.com

Modern literary and artistic nationalism was probably one of the best-selling ideas of the long nineteenth century, and its transnational spread was intimately intertwined with the rise of modern market culture. In spite of the popular belief, the rise and spread of literary nationalism was one of the most transnational phenomena of the period, one of the most enthralling and most often consumed symbolic good on the global market of ideas. The languages of nationalism and the languages of money created a highly successful and highly contested global literary framework that is partly accountable for the modernization of the literary field, the emergence of a series of literary patterns, and memorable fictional accounts. Continue reading

Conference: Translating Race in Eurasia (U. Pennsylvania)

Date of Conference: September 24, 2016

Translating Race in Eurasia
Conference

Saturday, 24 September 2016 – 9:30am5:30pm
402 Cohen Hall (249 S 36th) and Slought (4017 Walnut)

Scholars have traditionally defined the Russian and Soviet empires either as racially homogenous spaces or as territories identified by nationality or ethnicity. Yet racial differences do exist—in radicalized identities borne of Russian imperial conquest and in Russian and Soviet imperial responses to racial categories produced in the global history of empire. In this one-day conference presented by Penn’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, scholars will explore how race has been articulated, deployed, and translated among the cultures of Eurasia as well as globally.

Harvard art historian Sarah Lewis, an authority on representation of race across cultures and regions, will give the keynote address, speaking on her forthcoming book Black Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, the Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War.

For more information, click here.

CFP: Digital Humanities and Russian and East European Studies (Russian Literature)

Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2016

Russian Literature CFP: Digital Humanities and Russian and East European Studies

We invite proposals for a special issue of Russian Literature dedicated to Digital Humanities and Russian and East European studies. The intersection of the two fields uniquely situates us to interrogate the foundations of Digital Humanities theories and practices, even as we explore new research methods, pedagogical tools, and archival and resource-sharing possibilities.

In the last quarter of a century, Russian and East European studies have seen many transformations in the ways we research, teach, and think about our areas of study. As approaches and critical frameworks have shifted and grown to incorporate new perspectives, so too have the objects of study—and their scope—changed and expanded. At the same time, we have witnessed the dramatic growth of Digital Humanities conferences, Digital Humanities panels at literature conventions, and an explosion of related publications across the humanities, attesting to the fact that more and more students, staff, and faculty are interested in both digital culture and computational tools.

Even a brief overview of the evolving Digital Humanities canon shows a consistent, if often evocative, leaning on Russian Formalism and the theoretical movements that emerged in its wake, including Prague School structuralism, semiotics (the Tartu school), and discourse analysis (the Mikhail Bakhtin circle). While claiming legitimizing theoretical predecessors in the foundational figures of modern literary theory, contemporary scholars relive some of that theory’s evolutions, embattled stances, and fraught histories—from historical poetics to the social turn of discourse analysis. We welcome papers that reflect on the suggestive continuity of Russian and East European Studies with Digital Humanities practices entering critical discourse today.  Continue reading

Job: Academic Program Specialist, CREES & CPPS (U. of Michigan)

Deadline for Applications:  September 20, 2016

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Responsibilities*

Programming: Develop, promote, plan, and work with other staff to implement CREES and CPPS disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and cross-regional programs and manage project budgets. Working with the WCEE director, CREES Executive Committee, and CPPS Steering Committee, organize lectures, conferences, symposia, and films, and oversee staff providing logistical and technical support (e.g., room scheduling, media equipment, A-V recording, etc.). Provide visitor services (travel, visa, honoraria, per diem payments, hosting arrangements, itineraries). Develop and review project budgets and initiate and track financial transactions for CREES and CPPS programs. Coordinate CREES and CPPS faculty committees and communications with faculty. Organize and participate in staff meetings and cross-center planning. (40%)

Prepare and edit copy for reports, publications, websites, and other publicity for CREES and CPPS activities. Develop and oversee maintenance of specialized CREES and CPPS e-mail groups. Advertise events and academic programs through e-mail communication, print publications, and social media. Manage the CREES and CPPS Facebook and Twitter accounts and CREES announcement blog. (30%)

Provide staff support to the WCEE associate director to implement CREES undergraduate and graduate academic programs and student funding opportunities in partnership with II Undergraduate Academic Services and Fellowships and Graduate Academic Services. (15%) Continue reading

Internship: Student Trainee (Government Information): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Deadline for Applications: September 13, 2016

Job Overview:

This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/07/2016 to 09/13/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program. Continue reading

Internship: Student Trainee (Contract): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Deadline for Applications: September 13, 2016

Job Overview:

This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/07/2016 to 09/13/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $56,790.00 / Per Year

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program. Continue reading

Internship: Student Trainee (Program Analyst): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Deadline for Applications: September 13, 2016

Job Overview:

This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/07/2016 to 09/13/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $56,790.00 / Per Year

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

Duties:

Policy and Planning Division (DS/MGT/PPD)

The Policy and Planning Division (DS/MGT/PPD) provides the full spectrum of policy and planning development, coordination, and clearance support for DS. DS/MGT/PPD assists Bureau program managers and senior leadership in designing and implementing performance measurements, program evaluations, and program monitoring and reporting. DS/MGT/PPD also facilitates the Bureau’s long-range strategic planning and short-range operational planning, which include input into the Functional Bureau Strategy (FBS) and the Department Performance Plan. DS/MGT/PPD executes the DS Planning Structure (DSPS), which DS uses to address critical resource requirements and integrate budget with performance, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, and Department requirements.

PPD also oversees the Bureau evaluations mandated by the Department’s Program Evaluation Policy (18 FAM 310), which is tied to the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). PPD ensures Bureau-wide compliance and provides overall management of the evaluation process during the planning, implementation, and reporting stages.

PPD coordinates and monitors Bureau compliance with:

  • The Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act
  • Internal management controls
  • Recommendations of Accountability Review Boards

PPD is the DS liaison for the:

  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation (M/PRI)

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Volume coordination for Volume 12 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), Diplomatic Security, and associated Foreign Affairs Handbooks (FAHs), and ensure the Department’s security policies and procedures are developed and codified in the FAM and FAHs
  • Manage the preparation and signature of all memoranda of understanding/agreement to ensure accuracy of information and that resource issues are properly addressed, act as the central repository for these documents
  • Serve as the Executive Secretariat for two significant security policy-making bodies: the Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) and the Special Protective Equipment Review Board (SPERB)
  • Responds to Congressional requests to ensure complete review of pending legislation, Executive Orders, and Questions for the Record

As an intermediate-level trainee, the employee performs specialized administrative assignments that involve the review and analysis of procedural aspects of the organization’s operations and programs. Independently completes information research and analytical projects requiring a basic knowledge of program and mission objectives and analytical methods. Projects and assignments largely involve problems and relationships of a procedural nature rather than the substance of work operations, issues, or other subjects studied. At this level, the employee analyzes the ~acts in the assignment, then selects and applies accepted analytical techniques. The incumbent does not exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to Program Analyst matters of significance.

The trainee exchanges and develops information, resolves factual discrepancies, and recommends adaptations to methods and techniques to improve the analytical process. Collects specialized information from higher-graded specialists and automated information systems; analyzes and refines relevant data according to established criteria; and presents findings to higher-graded team members or the supervisor.

As a team member, conducts surveys to collect data on administrative activities to determine compliance with applicable regulations and procedures and sound management practices. Interviews employees and supervisors to collect factual information on the operations surveyed; observes work in process; and reviews files and other materials. Surveys deal primarily with procedural aspects rather than the substance of administrative operations. Provides input to the team’s findings and presentations.

Duties at the GS-05/07 are similar in nature but vary in degree of difficulty and supervision.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Internship: Student Trainee (Investigations): Pathways Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP)

Deadline for Applications: September 13, 2016

Job Overview:

This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/07/2016 to 09/13/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Salary Range: $30,578.00 to $39,752.00 / Per Year

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. ITEP participants are on temporary appointments that allow for seasonal employment (during summers and holiday breaks from academic program) as well as year-round employment should their academic programs allow. These appointments are limited to a year or less with possibility for extensions in one-year increments. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements. Continue reading