NeMLA 2023 CFP: Mythology of Historical Trauma and National Healing in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Please consider taking part in the panel on historical trauma and national healing at the NeMLA conference in Niagara Falls, NY, March 23-26, 2023.

Panel Title: “Mythology of Historical Trauma and National Healing in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema.”

Description: This panel reflects on the cinematic representations of historical traumas in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema and their impact on the Russian collective memory and national identity.

From the final years of the Soviet Union and up to the present, Russia has been struggling how to address the problem of its “usable past” (Van Wyck Brooks) by reconciling the need for national atonement for its bloody history with the national pride for the astounding resilience of its people. Cinematic attempts to process historical traumas and possibilities for national healing (such as Abuladze’s “Repentance,” Lungin’s “Battle for Afghanistan”, Konchalovsky’s “House of Fools,” German’s “Khrustalyov, my car!” among others) expose the unresolved national identity crisis. Mythology of historical traumas on the screen is typically represented in two ways: it either solidifies the state narrative and serves its political agenda or it is reassessed in films, frequently festival films, that are often rejected by Russian mass audience as West-oriented because of the perceived national self-flagellation and belittlement.

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Volunteer Russia Specialist (Amnesty International, Remote)

Amnesty International USA seeks a volunteer Country Specialist to help monitor the human rights situation in Russia and support in mobilizing action to promote and protect human rights in these countries. AIUSA’s Country Specialists serve as country experts and strategists and are part of a corps of volunteer leaders known as the Coordination Group program, which is organized by sub world region.

The Russia Country Specialist will join AIUSA’s Eurasia and Turkey Coordination Group (also known as Cogroup), which consists of skilled, dedicated specialists working closely with AI staff and others to advance human rights in the Eurasia and Turkey region. This volunteer position is an exciting opportunity to contribute your human rights passion and expertise while leveraging and expanding your skills. You’ll get training and support by AIUSA and be part of a community of activists advancing human rights in Russia.

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CFA: Title VIII Short Term Grant and George F. Kennan Fellowship (Woodrow Wilson Center)

Deadline: September 30, 2022

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce its competitions for both the Title VIII Short-Term Grant and the George F. Kennan Fellowship.

Detailed information about each grant is below, and more information about all other opportunities can be found here:


This grant is for those scholars whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and the countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher, or demonstrate commensurate professional achievement. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. More information on that grant can be found here:


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CFP: NeMLA 2023

Deadline: September 30, 2022

The 2023 NeMLA convention (March 23-26, Niagara Falls, New York) will include NINE panels on Slavic topics. I am organizing one of them, on contemporary Russian-American fiction, and invite you to submit proposals. ALL PAPER PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA NeMLA’s ONLINE PORTAL: The panel abstract is pasted below.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2022

Panel to be finalized: October 15, 2022

For more information about NeMLA, see this page:

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CFA: PhD Fellowships at ZZF Potsdam

Deadline: September 19, 2022

The Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) Potsdam, Department I (Communism and Society), seeks to employ

2 Doctoral Students (f/m/d)

for the ERC-funded project ‘Perestroika from Below: Participation, Subjectivities, and Emotional

Communities across ‘the End of History’, 1980-2000, under the supervision of PD (Humboldt-

st Universität zu Berlin) Dr. Juliane Fürst. The employment period is previewed as November 1st 2022 – October 31 , 2026; the starting date can be negotiated. The positions are part-time (65%).

The salary is paid according to the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13).

The project ‘Perestroika from Below’ intends to research and write a new history of a well-known, yet under-researched, moment in Soviet history, countering the dominant perception of perestroika as primarily reforms from above. It wants to redirect the scholarly gaze towards the large number of Soviet citizens who participated in and sponsored the ambitious attempt to redefine Soviet life, history and future in the 1980s and 90s. With the help of oral history interviews and other ego-documents as well as archival and published sources, the project aims to reconstruct individuals’ path into their perestroika experience and follow their trajectories into the 1990s. For more information please visit

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CFP: Baltic Research Forum 2022

Deadline: September 19, 2022

3rd Annual Baltic Research Forum

When: October 13-14, 2022

Where: Online through Zoom

Register –

The Baltic Sea Region is home to numerous cultures and societies. Through interdisciplinary scholarly discussions, the Slavic Reference Service and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies seek to bring together scholars in all disciplines and stages of the research process to discuss the theme of Nation and Sovereignty. Individual papers, panels, and roundtables may take on the many facets, forms of expression, ecosystems, and perspectives that shape the idea of a nation-state and sovereignty.

Graduate students, policy researchers, postdocs, and recent graduates in all disciplines are especially encouraged to submit proposals. You can upload a 250-word abstract here –

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Academic Jobs: Professor in Eurasian History/Russian Imperial Relations (Bucknell University)

Deadline: September 12, 2022

The Department of History at Bucknell is pleased to announce a job opening in Eurasian History and/or Russian Imperial Relations, to begin August 2023. PhD in History required by start date. Please contact Jennifer Thomson, search chair, with any questions:

The Department of History at Bucknell University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Eurasia with a focus on Russian imperial relations, at the level of assistant professor, to begin in August 2023. Research approach and geographical area are open, with particular interest taken in candidates focusing on gender and/or sexuality. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses on the Russian Empire and/or the Soviet Union or post-Soviet Russia, and upper-level courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Such electives could include the Mongols, the Khanates, the Silk Road, Russian colonial/imperial expansion, Muslim women in the Communist/post-Communist world, extractivist politics in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, independence and decolonization movements, and non-European Russian Indigenous movements and minoritized peoples. Ph.D. in History required at time of employment.

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CFP: Modernity Bottom-Up – How Popular Perceptions and Practices Changed the Ideas of Modernity (Hungarian Historical Review)

Deadline: September 30, 2022

The Hungarian Historical Review welcomes articles, proposals for thematic blocks (3-4 papers), and proposals for entire special issues (5-6 papers) in any topic pertaining to the history of the broadly defined East-Central and Southeastern Europe. Authors of articles are expected to submit their manuscript that consists of 8 to 10 thousand words (including abstract, keywords, notes, and bibliography). Prospective editors of blocks or special issues are expected to submit the titles and abstracts of the papers and a short summary that explains their coherence. All submissions shall be sent to More at Submission guidelines.

Call for Journal Articles


The Hungarian Historical Review ( invites submissions for its first issue in 2023, the theme of which will be

Modernity Bottom-Up: How Popular Perceptions and Practices Changed the Ideas of Modernity 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: September 30, 2022.

The deadline for the accepted papers: November 30, 2022.

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Job Posting: Finance and Administrative Officer, Serbia (American Councils)

Deadline: September 1, 2022; Open Until Filled


The Finance and Administrative Officer is responsible for operational matters concerning the Belgrade office, as well as the provision of all administrative and financial services and transactions. The Finance and Administrative Officer works in conjunction with Belgrade office staff, Washington-based DC Finance department, and other staff as needed. 

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Fulbright Scholar Awards

Deadline: September 15, 2022

Which Award is Right for Me?

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 800 awards in more than 135 countries for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world.  College and university faculty, as well as artists and professionals from a wide range of fields can join over 400,000 Fulbrighters who have come away with enhanced skills, new connections, and greater mutual understanding.

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