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    February 2017

  • Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for Summer 2017, University of Pittsburgh
    Deadline for applications: February 17, 2017

    The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June – July 2017. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see www.sli.pitt.edu for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

    Guidelines: Applicants should propose projects that will take advantage of the unique environment and resources available at an intensive campus-based summer language institute, while not placing excessive demands on the time of SLI instructors or students. Projects involving the development of online language instructional materials are of particular interest, but other types of projects that make significant contributions to language teaching and learning will also be considered. Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval or exemption for research projects involving human subjects and for obtaining the informed consent of research subjects, if applicable, before starting to work on their projects.

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  • The Birch Journal, the first national undergraduate journal dedicated to Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic studies
    Deadline for papers: February 19, 2017

    The Birch Journal, run by Columbia University undergraduates, is the first national undergraduate journal dedicated to Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic studies. We invite you to submit your essays concerning the culture and politics of the region, as well as literary criticism, creative works (short stories, memoirs, poems, translations), and artwork or photography, to be published both in print and online in our upcoming edition. If you are an undergraduate, anything you may have written for a class in the field of interest may be accepted for publication! Submissions are being accepted until 11:59pm on Saturday, February 19th, 2017. We encourage you to get your submissions in through our website early.

    More info.

  • The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later
    Deadline for papers: February 20, 2017

    The Tartu Conference provides a venue for presenting and discussing results of academic research focusing on politics and societies of Russia and Eastern Europe. It is organized jointly by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. The conference will be supported by the European Commission under a Horizon 2020 Twinning project entitled “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent” (UPTAKE). The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 20, 2017.

    More details can be found on the conference website (www.tartuconference.ut.ee) and in the attached Call for Papers. Please share this call to anyone who might be interested.

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  • Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies
    Deadline: February 20, 2017

    The Tartu Conference is a convention-type event that is organised each year around a particular theme, while also serving as a venue for a broad academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. It is organized jointly by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. The conference will be supported by the European Commission under a Horizon 2020 Twinning project entitled “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent” (UPTAKE).

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  • Platforma, the first annual Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference
    Deadline for papers: February 24, 2017

    On April 22, 2017 the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas will host Platforma, the first annual Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference. This inaugural conference aims to facilitate meetings, collaborations, and the exploration of new ideas among graduate students working on Ukraine from any discipline. Regardless of topic or time period, we want this conference to explore the rich tapestry and exciting new frontiers of Ukrainian Studies.

    We would like to invite all interested graduate students to submit an abstract. We are accepting proposals for paper presentations, roundtables, and discussion panels through February 24, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by an organizational committee with an eye for highlighting the interdisciplinary diversity within Ukrainian Studies. Please visit crees.ku.edu/platforma for submission instructions.

    Platforma will also feature remarks from our keynote speaker, Mark von Hagen, professor of history at Arizona State University, former president of ASEEES, and a recognized leading scholar of Ukrainian Studies.

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  • “MODERNIZATIONS” 4th Annual Polish Studies Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago
    Deadline: February 27, 2017

    Organizers: Professor Michał Paweł Markowski (Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature) & Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted (Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland)

    Poland has long been the focus of modernization theories, schemes, and projects. From Enlightenment travellers critiquing the Polish lands for their backwardness and incivility to communist ideologues intent on the revolutionary transformation of society, Poles have been engaged in conversations about modernization for most of the past two centuries.

    Modernization—the notion of a transformation from a traditional, rural, agrarian society to a secular, urban, and industrial one—has recently experienced a decline in reputation. Until 1918 modernization programs helped move the nation forward while the political existence of the state was denied, often pitting intellectual and economic agendas against nationalist ideologies supported by the Church. After independence, modernization goals drove the Second Republic to fight decades of underdevelopment in order to keep pace with liberal democracies across Europe. Later, modernization became a buzzword for the Communists, justifying grandiose social engineering projects. More recently, the integration of Poland and the Poles into the European Union has brought economic benefit, but social dislocation and insecurity, providing fodder for debates about the value of modernization. In all of these cases, modernization has been skillfully manipulated as an ideological weapon in battles over power, influence, and the control of public opinion. The massive political turnout and populist movements currently taking power worldwide suggest a reversal in the way ideas of modernization have resonated. In Poland, some have suggested that the rise of the Law and Justice party in 2015 came about through the Party’s explicit resistance to modernization, especially as it had been employed in Civic Platform’s neoliberal economic programs.

    What have all these versions of modernization meant to Poland and to Poles? How can we as scholars understand the ways modernization schemes have affected Polish society? The centrality of modernization tropes in Modern Polish history demands careful investigation. We invite proposals for presentations to consider different accounts of how modernization has been used in the last 150 years and to look closer at how its enthusiasts and its detractors continue fighting one another, even while claiming to share a concern for a better future of the Polish nation.

    The conference is a part of a broader series of Polish Studies meetings at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As such, the organizers are interested in examinations of Central Europe in comparative perspective, including Austrian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and/or Jewish cultures, whose development was once in the orbit of Polish culture. Organizers welcome papers written from different perspectives, using different methods and media.

    The conference will take place in Chicago at the Chopin Theater, Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by Monday, February 27, 2017. Participants will be notified of our decision by March 1, 2017.

  • March 2017

  • Call for Papers: Post-Yugoslav Feminist Activism in the 21st Century
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    Editors of the collective volume: Zorica Sirocic (University of Graz) and Libora Oates-Indruchová (University of Graz)

    The development of an explicitly feminist positioning already in the 1970s and the existence of initiatives alternative to the agenda of the state women’s organizations is what distinguishes the former Yugoslavia from other countries of the former Eastern bloc with respect to women’s activism. This activism received a powerful impetus in the 1990s from the violent transition of the successor countries of federal Yugoslavia. It was the latter rather than the legacy of the Yugoslav women’s movement that influenced the direction of feminist theory as well as activism in the 1990s. They both focused primarily on the interconnections between patriarchy, nationalism and war. Many feminist activists and academics of the 1990s positioned themselves against the nationalist politics of the successor states’ governments and, as such, were in the spotlight of the international academic and political attention. Consequently, this attention produced a wealth of feminist research and theory.

    By contrast, the period since 2000 has received far less research attention. Yet, the change of political climate in the post-Yugoslav territory has been accompanied by several important transformations within feminist activism in this time. These include, for example, the full or partial re-establishment of state feminist mechanisms, while a number of the non-governmental and grassroots groups founded in the 1990s also continued their work. Further, new forms of feminist activism appeared, identifying ‘with’ and ‘against’ both their predecessors and international trends. Last, but not least, traditional opponents to feminist politics formed alliances with new counter-movements (‘anti-gender’ mobilizations) in challenging women’s reproductive rights and the rights of LGBT population.

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  • Call for Papers: Late Socialism: Second-World Modernity in Global Circulation
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    This volume of Studies in Slavic Cultures invites contributions that explore the culture of Late Socialism from a transnational perspective. Taken to be the period from the death of Stalin to the beginning of Perestroika (mid-1950s to the mid-1980s), Late Socialism is not merely a transitionary phase between a totalitarian regime and the liberalizations of impending collapse. Rather, it is a period with rich potential to explore the particularity and comparability of second-world modernity in a cross-cultural framework.

    This period is marked by increasing international contacts and cross-cultural transfers not only with the Western world, but also with the cultures and subcultures of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Scholarship on Russo-Soviet culture often oscillates between two overreaching claims. On the one hand, some Slavists interpret Russo-Soviet culture, history, and politics as sui generis, invoking a long tradition of an exceptionalist Russia, as “neither East nor West.” On the other hand, a competing tendency has insisted upon a comparitivist Russia, one in which Russia belongs to the same temporal-spatial modernity as Europe, yet inevitably therefore “backward” on a shared scale of cultural development.

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  • Call for Papers: History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/ 2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    This call for papers seeks contributors for the eighth issue of the scientific journal History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook on the gendered histories of European communisms. This issue looks to include the most recent scholarship on women and their intricate relations with the Communist parties in Europe, during the XX century. While including the valuable scholarship on “exceptional” personalities such as Alexandra Kollontai, Inessa Armand or Dolores Ibarruri, this issue aims to explore the voices of women that by political choice or simply historical tournaments found themselves as both objects and subjects of the Communist parties. The political evolution of Europe through the century, the existence of USSR and the national branches affiliated (some of them: outlawed by the authorities) to the Third Communist International, and later of an Eastern Bloc, determined completely different experiences, forms of activism and sociability. This issue of History of Communism in Europe aims to follow the relation between Communism and women before and after the Second World War, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

    Contributions may focus on one country or may have a broader/transnational comparative scope, but all proposals should deal with how women negotiated their relation with the Communist parties, reacted to politics and state interests and understood to challenge these policies, rather than just embracing an allegedly passive attitude, as the Cold War studies used to depict it. We are particularly interested in covering the entire time frame specific to the evolution of Communist parties in Europe and the region under consideration. We strongly encourage contributions that cut across traditional periodization, deconstruct state-centric narratives, and question well established lieux communs, such as the impenetrability of the Iron Curtain, or the strictly decorative role of the Women International Democratic Federation (WIDF) – the international Communist women movement.

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  • AATSEEL 2018 Call for Proposals: Panel Stream Topics
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    The AATSEEL Program Committee invites proposals for panel stream topics for the 2018 conference in Washington, DC. These streams will promote greater cohesion among conference panels and foster a broader dialogue throughout the conference. The result can be a series of mini-conferences within the framework of our larger conference. All conference attendees are welcome to attend stream panels, but participants in a stream are expected to attend all of the panels in their stream.

    Stream topic proposals should consist of a 200-word abstract describing the stream as a whole and a list of 4-6 potential participants (you need not yet have firm commitments from them) and should indicate whether you prefer a 2 or 3 panel stream. These should be sent via email to the Program Committee Chair, Jon Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu), by March 1, 2017. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 15. We anticipate having 7-10 streams in 2018.

    Individual paper proposals as well as pre-formed panel and roundtable proposals will continue to be accepted, as usual, exclusively through the AATSEEL website (the April 15 and July 1 deadlines remain the same).

    •What is a panel stream?
    •2-3 thematically connected panels or roundtables (with 8-12 total participants in the stream). They will be listed in the conference program with the same panel title (subtitles can be used to distinguish the focus of the individual panels) and be scheduled during the first morning session each day of the conference.

    •What topics are eligible for panel streams?
    •Any area that is typically part of the AATSEEL conference can be proposed as a stream topic (eg. second language acquisition and pedagogy, literature, film, linguistics, culture, media studies, theory, etc.). Keep in mind that the stream topic should be capacious enough to suit 10-12 participants’ presentations. The Program Committee will work to ensure a diverse blend of stream topics so we encourage all AATSEEL members to consider proposing a topic.

    •What is the role of the stream organizer?
    •The organizer(s) must submit a topic proposal, help recruit participants, serve as a reviewer of individual abstracts submitted for the stream, and help to arrange the panel format and organization.

    •How can the panels be organized?
    •We encourage diversity and flexibility in constructing the panels. They can be structured as traditional paper panels or roundtables or they can diverge from those formats. Possible alternatives include structuring the stream as a response to a single scholarly work or devoting one stream panel to a single “keynote” speaker with the other panels devoted to responses to the speaker.

    •What will the makeup of panel participants be?
    •The streams must be composed of a variety of generations of scholars (ie. graduate students, contingent faculty, K-12 teachers, junior faculty, advanced scholars). We also strongly encourage inviting scholars based outside of the US to participate in the streams. The stream organizer may invite up to half of the total stream participants. The remainder of the stream will consist of participants who submit abstracts to the Program Committee.

  • XXII International Conference „Slavic Readings” / DU, Daugavpils (Latvia)
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    The Department of Russian and Slavic Linguistics of Daugavpils University is pleased to announce the XXII International Conference „Slavic Readings” to be held at DU, Daugavpils (Latvia), on May 18-19, 2017.

    The conference welcomes presentations of research done on contemporary issues of Russian and Slavic studies, and functioning of the Russian language, literature and culture in a foreign language environment. The Conference will work in the following sections:

    1. Contemporary issues of Russian and Slavic studies (a theoretical aspect):
    - Slavic languages: historical and contemporary context.
    - Literature of the Slavs: historical and contemporary context.
    - Slavic-Baltic language, literature and culture connections.
    - Russian literature within the world literature context.

    2. Russian language, literature and culture in a foreign language environment (a pragmatic aspect).
    - Studying Russian literature and culture in the modern world.
    - Russian language in a multicultural environment.
    - Innovative methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language.

    The workshop on the art of poetry “New Russian Poetry in the 21st Century” will feature poets from Moscow, Riga and Daugavpils.

    More info.

  • NEH Summer Institute: What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    Our NEH Summer Institute “What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts” (June 4-24, 2017) is dedicated to the study of texts in translation as a way to develop cross-cultural literacy and to explore what can be gained by addressing issues of translation in the classroom. For scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences who work with translated texts, this institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed through Translation Studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment. These strategies are designed to sensitize students and teachers to the worldviews embedded in other languages and to make them aware of the cultural specificity of their own modes of thinking and perception. The overall goal of the institute is to develop systematic approaches to teaching translated texts so that readers can both perceive the worldviews to which those texts give us access while acknowledging the important mediating role of the translators.

    We will examine features of translated literary texts that distinguish them from texts that are written and read in the same language in order to explore the complexities involved in cross-cultural communication. Specifically, the institute will investigate the deep cultural beliefs and assumptions, related to time, space, and agency, that shape the production and reception of the original text, and, through a series of case studies, explore the role played by translators in presenting that culture to a new audience. Informed by discussions of contemporary translation scholarship, we will consider translated texts not as mere copies of an original but as versions providing points of access to the source culture as it is shaped both by the translator’s voice and the receiving culture’s beliefs and practices. The Institute’s mission is to provide participants with the resources necessary to engage with the unique issues posed by translated texts and draw awareness of the crucial role played by translation in the making of cultures. The readings and discussions at the Institute will enable participants to use translated texts more knowledgeably in their classrooms and their research.

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  • History, Memory, Politics: The Russian Revolution 100 Years On
    March 1, 2017

    2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, or the “Great October Revolution” as it was called in the Soviet Union. Back then, there was no doubt that the Revolution was truly “great.” But in the 25 years that have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the meaning of the Revolution has become highly contested.

    The lack of consensus regarding the meaning and significance of the Revolution represents a challenge to the goal of current Russian politics of memory. At present, Russia is ruled by a regime that emphasises the longue durée of Russian history, in order to foster patriotism by means of a positive, coherent and uncontested understanding of the past. Unified textbooks in history have been singled out as particularly important in creating this patriotism. The current regime aims at overall consensus and unity both in terms of a shared understanding of the past and as a characteristic of Russia in the past. Symptomatically, while Vladimir Putin did mention the 1917 Revolution in his annual address to the parliament in December 2016, he provided no clear conclusion on how to understand it, but chose instead to emphasise that in spite of our difficult past “we are one people.”

    In post-Soviet Russia, the celebration of the Revolution has been replaced by the celebration of the end of the early seventeenth-century Time of Troubles. What makes a celebration of the Revolution particularly difficult in today’s Russia is that its current regime fears revolutions more than anything else, suffice it to mention the “Colour Revolutions” in the “Near Abroad” or the Arabic Spring. At the same time, the regime legitimises its politics with reference to history, by claiming that it sustains Russia’s “thousand-year-old history.” Although the Revolution inevitably challenges the hegemonic quest for consensus, it is nevertheless a historical fact that cannot be passed over in silence. Thus, the question is where the revolutionary moment of 1917 – an event that we have been accustomed to think of in terms of rupture – fits in today? Was it in the long run merely a superficial event? Was it the expression of a revolutionary chaos that had to be overcome? Or was it itself the beginning of a recovery of the Russian state and its empire from war chaos and dissolution? How are the revolutionary events of 1917 framed in different contexts and by different voices in the contemporary public and academic debates?

    The editors of this special issue will in the first run make a selection of articles for peer review on the basis of submitted abstracts. A final decision on which articles to include will be made after the double blind peer-review process. The special issue of Scando-Slavica will be published as volume 64 (1), 2018. Scando-Slavica is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), and is indexed in Scopus, ESCI and ERIH PLUS. Contributions may be submitted in English or Russian.

  • Fifth International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, "Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing"
    March 2-5, 2017 | University of Hawai'i (Manoa)

    The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University (Portland, OR) will hold a Graduate Symposium on May 27, 2017. The organizing committee invites proposals for individual papers and pre-organized panel proposals on any topic related to language, literature, culture, pedagogy and film, comparative literature, Hispanic women writers, Afro-Hispanic studies, cognitive literary studies, translation, linguistics, and global patterns.

    Graduate students who would like to participate in the Symposium are invited to submit a 250-word abstract in English for a proposed paper by March 1, 2017.

  • Sara and Albert Reuben Scholarships To Support the Study of the Holocaust
    Application deadline: March 3, 2017

    During the academic year 2017-2018, the Sara and Albert Reuben scholarships may support funding to attend Holocaust-related conferences, to do research in archives and libraries, to subsidize a Holocaust-related internship, to engage in research and to support honors theses, master’s theses, or a dissertation, and other academic initiatives related to the Holocaust. The monies can be awarded in the fall, spring or summer when the recipient is a full-time student.

    REQUIREMENTS: The scholarships are open to all Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate and graduate students from any department or college on campus. Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4. Students must be enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington during the Spring 20167semester (the semester of application) and continue as enrolled students during the semester or year when the scholarship funding is awarded.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit a proposal, budget, (undergraduates – a resume), and letter of reference to Carolyn Lipson-Walker, Assistant Director via e-mail: clipsonw@indiana.edu or to Carolyn Lipson-Walker at: Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University, Global & International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Room 4023, Bloomington, IN 47405-1105; Phone (812) 855-0453; FAX (812) 855-4314.

    These scholarships are a gift from Candice and the late Larry Reuben in memory of parents and Indianapolis residents Sara and Albert Reuben who were committed to the advancement of learning and research about this crucial dimension of modern history.



  • Fifth International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, "Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing"
    March 2-5, 2017 | University of Hawai'i (Manoa)

    "Wellbeing" is a state of the body and mind that encompasses the presence of positive moods and emotions, life satisfaction, fulfillment and positive functioning, and the absence of negative emotions like anxiety. Public health experts, policymakers and economists are coming to recognize the implications of wellbeing for society as a whole, as well as individuals, thanks to a growing set of results from cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental studies.

    Increasingly, researchers in several fields have noted a positive correlation between language maintenance and wellbeing in endangered language communities. While the nature of the connection between language and wellbeing remains the subject of much debate, the existence of a connection is not entirely unexpected, given the range of outcomes associated with wellbeing. In addition, languages encode knowledge systems, so language loss represents not only the loss of a communicative system, but also the loss of traditional knowledge systems. Importantly, traditional knowledge systems encode cultural practices related to well-being. Understanding the connections between language and wellbeing will potentially have implications for public health and policy and beyond, but also for language researchers, since traditional knowledge systems are among the most threatened domains of endangered language. Knowledge of esoteric domains such as botanical classification and traditional medicines is forgotten well before basic vocabulary and language structure. Hence, these areas of traditional knowledge are precisely the areas which need to be prioritized by language documenters.

    Exploring the connections between language and wellbeing is potentially transformational for language documentation and conservation, and thus it will be the theme for the 5th ICLDC.

    Please see the website for complete details.


  • Graduate Funding Opportunities from the Russian Studies Workshop
    Deadline: March 7, 2017

    With generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University (RSW) is offering fellowships for graduate students at various stages of training. These grants are intended for current or prospective doctoral students in the social sciences whose research and training focuses on the Russian Federation or Soviet Union prior to 1991. This includes comparative work that incorporates Russia as a case study. The current grant offerings are intended for work completed in Summer or Fall 2017. Another application cycle will be introduced for funding opportunities in 2018. The deadline for all awards is March 7, 2017 unless otherwise noted

    Summer Language Workshop (SLW) Graduate Training Grants - For undergraduates to attend SLW in the summer before enrolling in a PhD program. This award is intended to help incoming students get a jump start on using Russian as a research language in future study. Application Requirements found at: http://indiana.edu/~swseel/funding-costs/russian-studies Award amount: up to $6500 for tuition, fees and summer stipend. DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

    Methods Training - For graduate students working on Russia who are interested in developing their expertise in social science research methods, or for students working in the social sciences who wish to expand their area studies research methods capabilities in Russia. Application requirements: Two-page narrative describing the fit between the target training program and the student’s research; unofficial transcript; CV; letter of support from dissertation advisor. Awards will not be disbursed until a letter of acceptance to the training lab has been provided to the RSW. Award amount: up to $7,500.

    Predissertation Network Building Fellowship - For graduate students interested in forging contacts and exploring data possibilities or supplementary training, we can fund month long fellowships for residency at a Russian research lab or center. Application requirements: Two-page narrative describing the fit between the target institution and the student’s research; unofficial transcript; CV; letter of support from dissertation advisor. Awards will not be disbursed until a letter of acceptance or invitation has been provided to the RSW. Amount: up to $7,500.

    Short-term Fieldwork Grants - For graduate students who are interested in a short field research trip during the summer or the academic year that will facilitate completion of their dissertation prospectus or program requirements, provide the foundation for a grant proposal, or fill a gap in research essential to complete the dissertation project. These grants are intended for students to work to collect data, conduct archival work, or engage in interviews or ethnographic research. Application requirements: Two-page narrative describing the planned research; unofficial transcript; CV; letter of support from dissertation advisor. Award amount: up to $7,500.

    Dissertation Write-up Grants - Funding to provide support to an Indiana University graduate student near the completion of his or her doctoral program in the social sciences with research on Russia. The fellowship is intended for applicants who have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, received approval for their research proposal, and completed all formal components of their dissertation field research or data collection. The fellowship will be granted on the basis of the scholarly potential of the applicant, the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work and its importance to the development of scholarship on Russia. Application requirements: Proposal explaining topic of dissertation and plan for completion (no more than 5 pages, double spaced); One reference letter from dissertation advisor; a second letter from another faculty advisor; unofficial transcript of graduate record; CV. Award Amount: up to $15,000.

    Please see the website for complete details.

  • SEESA Travel Grants 2017
    March 10, 2017

    To support graduate student scholarship and international participation in the field of Southeast European Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) has established the SEESA Travel Grants to subsidize travel costs for presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2017 the grants will be awarded to graduate students for presentation of work on topics related to Southeastern European Studies at conferences in any field − including but not limited to history, linguistics, literature, anthropology, the arts, social and political science, folklore etc.

    SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, at least 2 annual awards of $500 each.

    Applicants must be graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any of the fields of Southeast European Studies. Students may only receive one SEESA Graduate Student Travel Grant over the course of their graduate studies.
    Applications for the 2017 grants are due to the selection committee by March 10, 2017. Applicants should submit their abstract – no less than 500 words − a CV, a short bibliography of their paper and the CFP of the conference where they plan to present as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro [seesa.travel.grants@gmail.com]. Author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be written below the title of the paper.

    The applications will be evaluated by SEESA’S Committee for Travel Grants. Questions about the grants may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.

  • Life-Writing and War in Twentieth-Century Europe /
    Deadline: March 10, 2017

    On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the publication of Robert Antelme’s The Human Race and Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man, the Yale University Memory Studies in Modern Europe working group invites doctoral students from all disciplines to share their research in a workshop devoted to life-writing and war in Europe in the long 20th century. This workshop offers a forum to discuss methodology and work in progress as well as to connect with fellow scholars at various stages of research. Selected participants will have 15 minutes to present their paper, followed by a 15-minute discussion with the audience.

    Topics to be explored in presentations may include (but are not limited to):

    •Representations of war, conflict, or genocide in autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, memoirs, and personal accounts

    •Literary works of testimony, such as those by Holocaust survivors

    •The relationship between writing and remembering war

    •Transnational memory and comparative approaches in life writings about war

    •The relevance of individually written memories in the formation of collective or public narratives

    •Silences, exclusions, “forgetting” in war recollections and their implications

    •Fake memories, truth claims, and reliability of written testimonies

    •Questions of authority, anonymity, and pseudonymity

    •Genre and gender implications in life writings about war

    •Aphasia, amnesia, and traumatic memory of the war

    •Return to ordinary life: writing in the aftermath of the war

    Please send us a 250/300 word abstract and a short bio, including current affiliation, by March 10th, 2017. Accepted speakers will be notified by March 17th and are asked to submit a draft of their presentation by April 7th.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide funding to participants. However, there are no registration fees. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Whitney Humanities Center.

    Please direct questions and submissions to: Giovanni Miglianti, PhD Student in Italian, giovanni.miglianti@yale.edu Svetlana Tcareva, PhD Student in Slavic, svetlana.tcareva@yale.edu



  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships
    Deadline: March 14, 2017

    The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

    Program Features:

    The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.

    More info.

  • 2017 STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian”
    Deadline: March 13, 2017

    Middlebury School of Russian is pleased to announce the 2017 STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian” intended for novice teachers of Russian and graduate students with no or limited teaching experiences.

    The Institute provides participants with unique opportunities to gain a solid foundation in second language acquisition theory and language proficiency framework, and to transfer this knowledge into classroom practice. Participants will create teaching materials for different levels of instruction, implementing STARTALK-endorsed best teaching practices, and engage in practice-teaching in a safe environment with guidance from experienced language practitioners.

    The Institute consists of two parts: a 5-day online session (June 19-23, 2017) and a 12-day on-campus session in Middlebury, VT (July 12-23, 2017); both sessions are mandatory. During the on-line session participants will engage in learning and discussing theoretical approaches to language acquisition and principles of proficiency-based pedagogy, so that the on-campus session can be dedicated to applying this theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching and material development. During the on-campus session, participants will brainstorm, design, and implement curricular units, lessons and activities.

    Institute’s participants will experience the unique immersive environment of the Middlebury Russian School. By living in the language, participants themselves will see how a learning community of people who speak Russian with varying levels of fluency can be built and sustained.

    Tuition, lodging expenses, meals, textbooks, and classroom materials are covered by the STARTALK grant, and each participant is eligible to receive a travel reimbursement for up to $300. Participants will receive one course unit of graduate credit.

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  • Expo 2017 Astana: Future Energy
    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    Since 1851, World Expos have been an opportunity to navigate global changes by celebrating innovation and facilitating collaboration across countries. Expo 2017 will be hosted by the Republic of Kazakhstan in its capital, Astana. The theme of Expo 2017 is "Future Energy" with an overall focus on green technologies, sustainable development and the future. The United States will participate by hosting a USA Pavilion, which will “educate and inform foreign audiences about the United States and its scientific and technological innovations relating to the theme of the Astana Expo—future energy—as well as to promote broad U.S. commercial and public diplomacy interests around the world.”

    For Expo 2017, Eurasia Foundation (http://www.eurasia.org/), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://projects.international.wisc.edu/expo2017), and the American Councils for International Education (https://www.americancouncils.org/) are partnering to facilitate the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship program. Student Ambassadors are young people who will serve in various capacities at the USA Pavilion and will interact with the estimated two million visitors expected to attend Expo 2017.

    This opportunity is open to all are US citizens or US permanent residents who are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any US college, university or other academic, educational or diplomatic programs, recent graduates (those who graduated in Spring 2015), as well as Americans currently participating in international education or diplomacy-related programs in the Eurasia region.

    The deadline for submission of applications to the Student Ambassador Program is 15 March 2017 (11:59 pm PST). Note: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Approximately 40 Student Ambassadors will be selected. Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh language is required, along with an interest in the broader Eurasia region. Student Ambassadors will be required to stay for the duration of the Expo (1 June to 12 September 2017).

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  • Alterity in the Newsreels of 1968. 50 Years Later.
    Deadline: Abstracts 3/15, 2017; Full Papers 6/30, 2017

    The fourth issue of On_Culture focusses on scholarship that draws attention to ‘alterity’, a concept which sets the focus on relational, moral, and ethical aspects of a multiplicity of ‘othernesses’ produced by a specific discourse to maintain an epistemology and the groups supporting it. After Trump’s first weeks in office and the rise of extreme-right parties in Europe, the political consequences derived from the production of alterity narratives are especially evident. Alterity narratives shall be understood as narratives about ‘other’ (inter-/intra)national, political, gendered, racialized groups embodied by a variety of social classes and generations and discursively excluded from a specific identity construction.

    In the light of the 50th anniversary of 1968 in 2018, On_Culture wants to close 2017 by boosting the celebration of this memorial year with a study of the constructions of alterity produced by the newsreels around the world in the course of it. The 1960s and more specifically 1968 can be regarded as a crucial point for the societal awareness and activism for and by minorities, until then only referred to as ‘others’. Therefore, an analysis of the understanding and conceptualization of ‘alterity’ narratives produced during this pioneer period can shed new light on the problem.

    On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture (ISSN: 2366-4142) is a biannual, peer-reviewed academic eJournal that has been created and edited by doctoral researchers, postdocs and professors working at the GCSC. It provides a platform and forum for pursuing and reflecting on the study of culture. It investigates, problematizes, and develops key concepts and methods in the field. More often than not, developing such new approaches and emerging topics is a collaborative and collective process. On_Culture is dedicated to fostering such collective processes and the cultural dynamics at work in thinking about and reflecting on culture.

    The journal consists of three sections: peer-reviewed academic _Articles, _Essays and _Perspectives such as video clips, interviews and visual statements which can be submitted on a rolling basis. On_Culture results out of the emergence of collaborative processes and new structures in the field of e-publishing. On_Culture places new approaches and emerging topics in the (trans)national study of culture ‘on the line’ and, in so doing, fills the gap____ between ‘on’ and ‘culture.’ There are numerous ways of filling the gap, and the plurality of approaches is something we strive for with each new issue.

    The journal offers numerous opportunities to contribute. Calls for abstracts that are posted biannually shall need contributors of peer reviewed academic articles, while ideas for shorter pieces (textual, visual, graphic…you name it) pertaining to any and all of the issue topics are welcome for submission at any time.

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  • The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia
    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

    The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

    For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies. Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

    The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

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  • Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship (Summer 2017)
    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    The Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) at Indiana University (IU) is offering $6500 to cover tuition/mandatory fees (approximately $3000), and living costs to eligible students who enroll in a 6-credit graduate Russian course in the IU Summer Language Workshop (SLW) during the Summer 2017 session.

    Eligibility: Students who: 1) are entering a PhD program in a social science discipline at a US university in Fall 2017; and 2) intend to study Russian at any level in SLW from June 5 to July 28, 2017.

    Deadline for submission for all materials: March 15, 2017

    Application instructions:

    1) Submit an application to the IU Summer Language Workshop: http://bit.ly/2jnxwiC

    2) Submit the following items by email to Mark Trotter at martrott@indiana.edu with “Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship application” in the subject line:

    · A 400-750 word personal statement that outlines the role of Russian language in your research and training program.*

    · A list of two or three recommenders (see item 4 below) with their titles, affiliations, and email addresses.

    3) Send all official transcripts* of undergraduate and graduate study to:

    Mark Trotter
    Attn.: Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship
    Russian and East European Institute
    School of Global and International Studies
    330 North Jordan Ave
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    4) Arrange for two to three letters of recommendation:

    a. Two letters should come from faculty in your major field of study who know you personally and can comment on how a fellowship to support the study of Russian will further your academic career.

    b. If you plan to study Russian at the second-year level or higher in Summer 2017, please submit an additional (third) letter of recommendation from a foreign language instructor.

    Letters should be sent by the referees via email to Mark Trotter at martrott@indiana.edu with “reference for Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship” in the subject line, or by surface mail to Mark Trotter at the address above.

    The applicant must request letters of recommendation and provide recommenders with submission instructions. The Russian Studies Workshop will not contact your recommenders to request letters. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Awards will be announced by April 30, 2017.

    *Applicants for the Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship are encouraged to also apply for other SLW funding opportunities. Transcripts, personal statements, reference letters used for the RSW fellowship may be submitted for consideration in another SLW fellowship competition for the study of Russian. Information can be found at the following links, FLAS: http://sgis.webhost.iu.edu/flas/ Title VIII: http://indiana.edu/~swseel/funding-costs/title8#domestic.

    Questions: Contact Russian Studies Workshop at rsw@indiana.edu or 812-856-1900.​

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  • US-RUSSIA RELATIONS IN GLOBAL CONTEXT
    Conference: March 16-17, 2017 at Kennesaw State University

    Description of Conference: In conjunction with KSU’s Year of Russia Program, the primary focus of this interdisciplinary conference is to examine Russia’s international relations in order to promote increased understanding of today’s complex, interdependent world. Due to the storied history of U.S. - Russia relations over the last century - epitomized by the Cold War era, an often adversarial period resulting in numerous third world proxy wars - there is great need for new perspectives that work to identify areas for collaboration in joint problem-solving efforts. We especially seek the perspectives of scholars and policy-makers who might contribute to an enrichment of symposium participants’ understanding of (1) Russia’s international relations; (2) the complexity of U.S. - Russia relations; and (3) examples of collaborative efforts towards shared problem-solving. We are seeking papers from across disciplines on topics related to:

    The Legacy of the Cold War
    Russia and the U.S. in an Emerging Multipolar World NATO and European  Perspectives on Russia Russia and its Near Abroad EurAsEC, CSTO, SCO, & BRICS: Alternatives to Rejoining the West Russia and the Middle East Global Fight Against Terrorism Arms Control and Weapons Proliferation Issues Ethnicity, Diversity, Identity, Mobility, and Migration Demographic Trends in the Post-Soviet Space Resource Governance including Food, Water and Energy Security Global Warming, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability The Role of Business and Government Policy in Joint Problem-Solving Collaborative Efforts in Education, Science and Technology Public Health, Pandemics, Humanitarian Response, and Emergency Preparedness Media Arts and Diplomacy

    Select Papers will be eligible for publication in a Special Issue of KSU’s peer reviewed Journal of Global Initiatives focused on Russia. http://dga.kennesaw.edu/content/journals

  • National Research University Higher School of Economics
    The Olympiad

    National Research University Higher School of Economics is honored to invite juniors, seniors and recent graduates to participate in the International Students’ Olympiad. The winners will receive priority admission to one of HSE’s 25 two-year English-language master’s programs, which span a wide range of interests, from economics to linguistics to international relations. Scholarships are available.

    The Olympiad – a written exam consisting of various problems and essay questions – will be held in the second half of March. See here to get an idea of what a typical Olympiad looks like.

    Students from US universities and colleges will be able to participate in the Olympiad according to the following procedure:

    1.A staff or faculty member from the student’s home university appoints a proctor for the test

    2.The tests and list of registered participants are emailed to proctor the day before the Olympiad

    3.The proctor prints out the tests before the Olympiad and hands them out to the participating students.

    4.Proctor verifies that the students are those who are registered to the Olympiad

    5.Proctor oversees the testing process (which lasts 2 or 3 hours, depending on the test)

    6.Proctor scans the answers and send the scans back to HSE via email immediately after the exam.

    Should you have any number of students who would like to participate - starting from one - HSE is ready to accommodate the need.

  • Hutton Honors College Global Gateway Course Development Grant
    March 31, 2017

    Under the auspices of the Hutton International Experiences Program (HIEP) and in view of "Many Worlds, One Globe," its multi-year series leading to the IU Bicentennial, the Hutton Honors College is pleased to announce the availability of $5,000 course development grants for HON-H courses (for Fall 2018, Summer 2018 or Spring 2019) that will utilize the resources of the IU Global Gateway Offices to allow students to gain in-depth knowledge about topics related to globalism and its effects on societies across the world.

    More info.

  • Hutton Honors College International Course Development Grant
    March 31, 2017

    Under the auspices of the Hutton International Experiences Program (HIEP) and in view of "Many Worlds, One Globe," its multi-year series leading to the IU Bicentennial, the Hutton Honors College is pleased to announce the availability of $5,000 course development grants for HON-H courses (for Fall 2018, Summer 2018 or Spring 2019) that will incorporate an international travel component to enrich student understanding of the course topic

    More info.

  • RE:Constructions: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Memory and Imagination
    Conference: Mar. 31- Apr. 1 2017 / University of Virginia

    Traditional applications of the terms memory and imagination have emphasized a distinct barrier between the concepts based on the premise of accuracy. Memory should be a record, one that, if occasionally faulty, remains primarily truthful. Imagination cannot be faulty because it is nebulous, fictive, unconcerned with veracity. However, in recent years, cognitive scientists have demonstrated that the same neural processes underlie both memory and imagination. Memories are as much constructs as imagination.

    This forum is devoted to the intersections of memory and imagination in constructing identity, history, traditions, and futures. Memory invokes ideas of nostalgia, trauma, the urge to preserve, to delay oblivion. Imagination invokes dreaming, invention, childhood, play. Despite the seeming differences between the two, they both affect every sphere of human experience and endeavor.

    The UVA Slavic Forum is committed to promoting an atmosphere of interdisciplinary cooperation. Therefore, papers from various disciplines will be accepted. Papers may deal with memory and/or imagination. Creativity in interpreting the topic is encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

    -Autobiography and historical narrative

    -Invented traditions

    -Imagined geography and imagined communities

    -Institutional memory

    -Social structures, institutions, and the social imagination

    -Identity and narrative of self

    -Exile and nostalgia

    -Breakdowns of memory, trauma and amnesia

    -Cognitive science

    -Possible-world theory and worldbuilding

    -Creativity

    The University of Virginia Society of Slavic Graduate Students will host RE:Constructions: Memory and Imagination Mar. 31 - Apr. 1. Submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word format. Please include an abstract (no more than 200 words), as well as your name, phone number, departmental affiliation, and a short academic bio. Submissions from graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduate students will be considered. Undergraduate papers will be presented in separate panels.

    Submissions should be sent to uvaslavicforum2017@gmail.com by Feb 15.

  • CARTA (CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF RUSSIAN TEACHERS OF AMERICA)
    Conference: March 31 – April 2, 2017 at San Antonio, Texas

    Join your colleagues and friends for sessions, panels, exhibits, awards presentation, cultural activities, and door prizes. For information contact Mara Sukholutskaya 580-559-5293 - msukholu@ecok.edu

    More info.

  • April 2017

  • Polish American Arts Association of Washington DC
    Deadline: April 1, 2017

    The Polish American Arts Association of Washington, DC offers several scholarships that could be up to $5,000.00 to undergraduates and graduates of Polish or Polish-American descent. If we grant more than one, the maximum amount may change. Please pass on this information to those students of Polish-American descent whom you may know.

    Requirements include but not limited to:

    · Student must be a resident in the DC, Maryland, or Virginia

    · Attending an accredited University or College

    · US citizen

    · Fine student with the promise of a successful future.

    The full list of Requirements and an Application Form are available on the PAAA website http://www.paaa.us/scholarship/. I have also attached these files for easy distribution.

    Thank you very much for disseminating this information among your students. Because of your assistance, last year we were able to select three truly outstanding recipients.

  • Post-communist Children’s Culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe
    Deadline: April 10, 2017

    We would like to invite you to submit articles to Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Post-totalitarian Studies of the Institute of Slavic Studies (University of Wroclaw, Poland) and indexed in Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS), The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH), and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA, ProQuest). We are seeking for essays and reviews for an issue on Post-communist Children’s Culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe, which will be devoted to mapping new phenomena in children’s literature and media culture that have emerged during the transition from late communism to late capitalism. As Anikó Imre argues in Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe (2009), children from Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe are post-communist subjects for whom communism is an inherited memory, whose perspectives, values and skills differ from those of older generations, and whose subjectivities are developing in the shadow of adults’ anxieties about this divide. As sources of knowledge and social capital, children’s cultural products both reflect and attempt to resolve tensions caused by the formation of new individual and collective subjectivities. Exploration of regional, European and global affiliations shaping contemporary children’s culture in post-communist Europe offers a vital contribution to a broader inquiry into processes of cultural change and their significance for the formation of national identity in post-totalitarian countries. Contributions are welcomed from a range of fields, such as popular culture, new media, games, literature, education, and childhood.

    Essay should be sent to Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (justyna.deszcz-tryhubczak@uwr.edu.pl) and Mateusz Świetlicki (mateusz.swietlicki@uwr.edu.pl) by 10th April 2017. Submissions should be 5000-6000 words. We will aim to reply to authors by 20th April 2017, with the aim of arranging reviews and completing revisions for 15th June and publication by the end of 2017. Please keep in mind that the essays must satisfy the formal requirements provided below.

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  • AvtobiografiJA. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture
    Deadline: April 30, 2017

    The international, peer-reviewed and open access journal «AvtobiografiJA. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture» is now accepting submissions for its sixth issue, which is due in 2017. The journal welcomes contributions on any topic related to Life Writing and Auto-Biography and related genres in Russian literature, history, art and culture. The editors are particularly keen to theoretical and interdisciplinary articles, and welcome contributions about other Slavonic cultures.

    «AvtobiografiJA» is a journal devoted to the representation of the self in Russian culture. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of internationally renowned scholars in the field of Russian Studies. The journal has published four issues so far.

    More info.

  • May 2017

  • The Fifth Eurasian Archaeology Conference Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains
    May 1, 2017

    How can the material traces of the past inform our understanding of the divine, the otherworldly, and the mythical? In contrast to other geographical locales, Eurasian archaeologists have long recognized the vitality of religious practices. This attention to the devotional, however, has been closely linked to conceptions of the ethnos. As the ethnos has been destabilized in contemporary archaeological thought, it is increasingly important to rethink the significance of religion in Eurasia’s past.

    The Fifth Eurasian Archaeology Conference invites participants to reevaluate the role of religion and religious practices within and beyond daily life. It encourages participants to explore how religion(s) – and conceptions of a world beyond – have shaped cultural beliefs and practices throughout time and space within this vast and diverse terrain that spans from the Danube to the Gobi, from the Great Caucasus to the Tian Shan mountains.

    This conference seeks to examine how religion operates as a materially inscribed social force that played a prominent role in shaping Eurasia’s past. We welcome art historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians alike to explore the beliefs, narratives, and ideologies that shaped experiences of the numinous at both individual and community scales throughout Eurasian (pre)history. We look to investigate how systems of meaning also shaped economic, political, and social orders at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The Fifth Conference on Eurasian Archaeology invites participants to explore how social ideologies, cosmologies, and world orders engendered different aspirations, motivations, obligations, and loyalties within communities of practice. The conference seeks session proposals and paper abstracts that will contribute new data, methodologies, and theories concerning the material manifestations of religion, grounded in studies that extend from prehistory to the present day and from Eastern Europe to the Far East.

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  • The 12th European Social Science History Conference
    May 1, 2017

    The ESSHC, organized by the International Institute of Social History, aims at bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. The conference is organized in a large number of networks covering all periods and a wide range of systematic fields.

    The Women and Gender Network is one of the largest networks of the ESSHC. It addresses gender as a historically and culturally variable category that is constitutive of classifying and interpreting the world, of organizing social and power relations, of producing knowledge (such as historical knowledge), and of shaping experiences of women and men in the past. The Women and Gender network is welcoming research that is crossing epochs, regions, and disciplines. A specific theme is chosen for every conference.

    In 2018 the focus will be on “Practicing Women and Gender History Today” As society and history are changing, also gender history meets new challenges. Information flows, digitalization and globalization pose new demands to the understanding, conceptualizing and presentation of gender history. We particularly invite sessions and papers which discuss the ways of writing and presenting women and gender history today, which give insight in the finding and interpretation of sources, which reflect on the preservation of and access to sources, which reflect on theories, and which discuss the recent critical, challenging potential of women and gender perspectives. Of course this discussion cannot do without empirical research.

    More info.

  • Rotary Global Grants
    May 1, 2017

    Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.

    Read A Guide to Global Grants for detailed information on planning your project, applying for a grant to fund it, carrying it out, and reporting on your progress and outcome.

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  • International Conference on Russian and Soviet History, "The Centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution(s): its Significance in World History"
    May 15-16, 2017 | Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary)

    In May 2017 the Centre for Russian Studies in Budapest is announcing its 11th biennale international academic conference. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for a dialogue between senior and young researchers from different countries and cultures to discuss newly emerging academic questions of and approaches to the 1917 Russian Revolution(s).

    The history of the Russian Revolution(s) has become a topic of memory politics in postsocialist Eastern Europe. Its rejection, the falsification of its history has become integrated in the legitimating ideologies, mainstream political discourse of the emergent new regimes. In this discourse the former “great October Revolution” appears as a “small October coup d’etat” and the red terror has become mainstreamed in the new history writing and teaching. Has the Russian Revolution indeed failed? If yes, then in what sense? The Revolution(s) as a historical process, as a whole has been marginalized and de-constructed, the partial takes precedence over the whole. Revolutionary violence and terror is detached from the original historical context and it is used to demonize the Revolution, Bolshevism and the Soviet power. Totalitarianism as a method and interpretation is celebrating a new Renaissance after it has been effectively de-constructed by the revisionist school in the 1980s. What can critical thinkers do to re-conquer the history and memory of the Revolution?

    The Centre for Russian Studies at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, seeks proposals from academic fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates.

    Please see the complete announcement for more details. For the application, click here.

  • The 26th annual meeting of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL-26)
    May 19-21, 2017 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    FASL-26 will include talks on topics in formal Slavic linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. For the general session, abstracts are invited on both theoretical and experimental studies in Slavic linguistics that have consequences for linguistic theory.

    FASL-26 will feature a special session on the Acquisition and Processing of Slavic Languages. Research in linguistics is increasingly moving towards integrating theoretical, psycholinguistic and acquisition approaches. The question of whether processing and grammar are served by the same or different mechanisms is being addressed by both theoretical linguists and psycholinguists. At the same time, research in language acquisition is expanding to encompass both bilingual and monolingual development, and both atypical and typical language acquisition. The specific properties of Slavic languages, including rich inflectional paradigms and the relationship between word order and information structure, make them particularly interesting to study from the perspectives of both processing and acquisition. For the special session, abstracts are invited on theoretically informed studies that address the processing and/or acquisition (first or second, monolingual or bilingual, etc.) of ! one or more Slavic languages, and/or compare processing or acquisition of Slavic and non-Slavic languages.

    The invited speakers for the main session are Stephanie Harves (New York University) and Darya Kavitskaya (UC Berkeley).

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

  • Russian & East European Institute Daniel Armstrong Memorial Research Paper Competition
    Deadline: May 26, 2017

    This competition is dedicated to the memory of IU Slavic Department alumnus, teacher, scholar, and administrator, Professor Daniel Armstrong (1942-1979). Awards are presented to students for papers written for a class in Russian, East European or Central Eurasian studies taken during the previous academic year. The award is given in three categories: graduate student paper, Master of Arts essay, and undergraduate paper. Winners receive a modest monetary prize and certificate of recognition..

    The papers are read during the summer by a panel of REEI faculty. The identity of the students submitting the papers will not be shared with the jury. Papers are submitted directly by students who may submit only one entry per year. Papers must be submitted by the third Friday after the Spring semester final exams week.


    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

  • June 2017

  • Conference: Russian Grammar: Description, Teaching, Testing / University of Helsinki, Finland
    June 5-7, 2017

    the Department of Russian Language and Literature of the University of Helsinki, Finland, is organizing the conference Russian Grammar: Description, Teaching, Testing (Русская грамматика: описание, преподавание, тестирование) which will take place in Helsinki on June 5-7, 2017. The goal of the conference is to bring together specialists dealing with the Russian grammar from different perspectives. The working language of the conference is Russian. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.

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  • Call for Papers: Animals in Eastern Europe and Russia
    June 10, 2017

    In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the various ways that animals have shaped human identities and experiences. Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on human-animal interactions, broadly conceived, in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, the Soviet Union, the former Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet republics. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the place of animals in the history, culture, and socio-political life of the region during any time period.

    Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): animals in war; animal welfare movements; hunting; zoos; pets and pet-keeping; animal celebrities; animal biographies; wildlife and wildlife management; animals and the environment; animals and food production; religion and animals; circus animals; taxidermy; the use of animals in scientific research; animals and disease; animals and animal symbolism in literature and art; animals and the law (including European Union legislation); working animals; and animals under Communism. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

  • Call for Papers: Centennial, Commemoration, Catastrophe: 1917-2017 as Past and Present in Russia and Beyond
    13-16 June 2017 | Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy

    Discussing the Russian revolution is impossible without addressing the causes, legacy, and echoes of this event. The very phrasing is contentious—was 1917 a revolution, overthrow, or accident? Examining the Russian and Soviet response is complex enough, yet the Bolshevik takeover had ramifications for the world. In literature the image of the revolution and the ensuing changes was polarized from the beginning, both in the new Soviet state and abroad. Those in history and the social sciences have long puzzled over interpreting the USSR, its influence on Eastern Europe (and the developing world), and the aftermath of its collapse. In otherwise disparate regions—from eastern Germany to Central Asia and the Russian Far East—1917 and the USSR defined the twentieth century, whether as horrific trauma, utopian promises, or a confounding combination of the two. How our field responds to the Russian revolution will define Eurasian studies for the coming decades, just as experts continue to debate the significance of other cultural markers such as 1905, 1956, and 1989.

    Submitting Abstracts and CVs: Please submit by November 21, 2016 a one-page, single-spaced abstract (including tentative bibliography) as well as a one page, singled-spaced curriculum vitae to Benjamin Sutcliffe, Professor of Russian, Miami University: sutclibm@miamioh.edu Participants will be notified by January 15 if they have been selected for the conference.

    Financial Support: The conference will be held in Cuma, Italy, which is located on the Bay of Naples, one hour drive from Naples, and an hour and a half from Capri. The train ride from Rome’s Termini train station is about 1-1/2 hours. The Havighurst Center will provide all meals and 3 nights (shared room) at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma. Participants will be responsible for all travel to and from the Villa, including international travel. Scholars are urged to seek support from their institutions.

  • International Society for Language Studies 2017 Conference
    June 15-17, 2017 | University of Hawai'i - Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i

    The International Society for Language Studies, co-sponsored by the University Hawai‘i - Manoa, will hold a conference from June 15-17, 2017 at the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa in Honolulu. The theme of the conference will be “Intersections of Peace and Language Studies.” The paper proposal submission will open on the ISLS website (http://www.isls.co/conference.php) in April 2016, and conclude on November 30, 2016. Submissions will not be accepted after the November 30th deadline. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 15, 2017. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by February 28, 2017 will not be scheduled in the conference program. Selected conference papers will be published by ISLS in the Readings in Language Studies peer-reviewed book series in 2018.

    About the Theme
    Peace is often defined as freedom from oppression, the end of conflict or even harmony in relationships. Whatever the definition, the word peace means different things to different people. Peace is an important concept that also connects to the focus of ISLS: the intersections and meeting places of language and power, identity, and social justice. It is in this light that we invite proposal submissions that specifically address some aspect of this focus and its intersection with the concept of peace.

    The ISLS conference is a venue for individuals from all disciplines to come together and discuss language from a critical, interdisciplinary lens (language use, language learning, language teaching, critical language studies, to name a few). To that end, we encourage submissions from across fields of study where their work connects language to peace.

  • Call for Papers: RANLP 2017 / Varna, Bulgaria
    Deadline: June 30, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that the 11th biennial RANLP conference will take place in September 2017 at the Black Sea city of Varna. In addition to the conference programme of competitively peer-reviewed papers reporting on the recent advances of a wide range of NLP topics, the RANLP conference features 6 keynote speeches. Poster and demo sessions will be held at the conference exhibition area. The conference will be preceded by two days of tutorials (2-3 September 2017). Post-conference workshops will be held on 7-8 September 2017. A Student Research Workshop will run in parallel to the main conference. The Student Research Workshop (now in its fifth edition) is a vibrant discussion forum for young researchers.

    As from RANLP 2009, the papers accepted at RANLP and the associated workshops are included in the ACL Anthology. The RANLP proceedings are indexed by SCOPUS and DBLP.

    More info.

  • September 2017

  • Conference: The Urbanization of politics in Eurasia
    September 11-13, 2017

    With the advent of planetary urbanization predatory developments intruded many cities. New urban movements have arisen in response and unsettled local political orders. For example, My-Poznaniacy for the first time in Polish history articulated an agenda around urban issues; Beirut’s You Stink movement bridged deeply entrenched sectarian divides by tackling the problem of waste (mis)management; Tehran’s anti-smog campaigns (Bahamestan and Nafas) circumvented official language in order to talk about the environment. In all such cases the “urban question” was central for fostering novel alliances, changing political discourses and redrawing the lines of division. Not always was the outcome progressive – Erdoğan’s politics of polarization in the wake of the Taksim Gezi Park protests or Romania’s center-right Uniunea Salvaţi Bucureştiul are cases in point. The diversity of issues that have germinated into the “urban agenda” beg further scrutiny, scrutiny that could unveil the variety of “urban questions” in the world.

    •What were the exact issues brought in to the public realm by articulating the “urban”?

    •Which groups coalesce around the urban agenda?

    •That kind of daily, material practices and activities, demonstrate that the “right to the city” is not only an abstract “cry and demand” but also a mundane, quotidian and collective practice?

    We believe that employing a broader geographical focus is crucial for understanding the local meanings of “the right to the city”. Thus we embrace Jack Goody’s concept of Eurasia. By comparing and contrasting our examples, we wish to produce a set of new empirical cases for the global urban studies literature that has been hitherto dominated by insights drawn predominantly from the West, Latin American and Africa.

    Don Mitchell, Syracuse University and Uppsala University Dmmitc01@maxwell.syr.edu

    Kacper Pobłocki, Warsaw University Centre for European, Regional and Local Studies kpoblocki@gmail.com

    More info.

  • October 2017

  • 12th Slavic Linguistics Society Annual Meeting (SLS-12)
    October 21-24, 2017 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

    We invite individual abstract submissions and panel proposals on all topics and frameworks within Slavic linguistics. Please note that current SLS-membership is a precondition for presenting at the annual meeting. Participants will be able to join SLS (or renew their membership) when registering for the conference online.

    Thematic panel proposals should include panel title plus names of participants. Contact sls12.ljubljana.2017@zrc-sazu.si by 1 March 2017.

    Abstract and paper proposal submission deadline: March 15, 2017.

    Notification of acceptance for papers and panels: April 15, 2017.

    Please click here for the full announcement.

  • 2017 International Conference, "Religion and Russian Revolution"
    October 26-28, 2017 | Moscow, Russia

    This conference will mark the centennial of the Russian Revolution and will explore the complex interactions between revolutionary events and ideas, on the one hand, and religious visions, institutions, and experiences, on the other. The aim of the conference is to reveal the most important and up-to-date trends in the field; present new results coming from recently expanding sources; and articulate new interpretations according to changes in research paradigms, approaches and techniques. Please click here for the full announcement.

  • The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917
    October 26-27, 2017 | University of Texas, Austin

    The conference, The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917, in commemoration of the hundred-year anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, will be held under the auspices of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas, Austin, on October 26-67, 2017. The conference will feature two keynote speakers (Sheila Fitzpatrick and Lisa Kirschenbaum), and will consist of a series of panels convened over the course of two days in which we will discuss pre-circulated papers submitted by participants.

    The essays will be published in three volumes by Slavica Press as part of the transnational project entitled Russia’s Great War and Revolution (http://russiasgreatwar.org/index.php), as well as in a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History. The Slavica three-volume project on the global impact of the Russian Revolution rescues the history of the left from the history of Soviet communism. The revolution of 1917 brought not just the Bolshevik Party to power, but also made communism, a profoundly oppositional ideology into an ideology of the state. The merging of state and revolution resulted in the hybrid political structure that was the Soviet Union where the interests of the state, i.e. the consolidation of power, modernization, welfare, as well as the defense of geographical borders, collided with a universal ideology that aimed to represent all of humanity. As the Soviet state grew in power and the Communist International slowly subsumed independent left-wing organizations, the original impulses of anarchist, populist, feminist and socialist thought, revolutionary consciousness and behavior, and the emotional networks of sympathizers, donors, and fellow travelers that sustained the ecology of the left in the nineteenth and early twentieth century never really died, but went underground, emerging in different locales in different guises. The fight was a long and bitter one and in our conference the participants will consider the “the wider arc of revolution” in the twentieth century.

    More info.

  • September 2017

  • Title VIII Research Fellowships for U.S. scholars and graduate students
    Please note that all American Councils Title VIII Fellowship Programs must take place between September 1st, 2017, and August 31st, 2018.

    American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the next round of selection for U.S. Department of State Title VIII Research Fellowships. The application deadline for the Title VIII fellowships is January 17th, 2017. All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Fellowships are offered in two categories:

    a. Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three to nine months in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support.

    b. Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full support for research and individualized language instruction for three to nine consecutive months in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; logistical support; and up to 10 academic hours per week of language instruction.

    APPLICATION & QUESTIONS Please note that all American Councils Title VIII Fellowship Programs must take place between September 1st, 2017, and August 31st, 2018. Individuals interested in applying should check the program website for more information and access to the online application. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Title VIII Research Program Officer at American Councils for International Education (phone: 202-833-7522; email: outbound@americancouncils.org).

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). All competitions for funding are open and merit based. In order to receive Title VIII funding, applicants must be U.S. citizens. All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, marital status, family responsibilities, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability.

  • 2017 International Conference, "Religion and Russian Revolution"
    October 26-28, 2017 | Moscow, Russia

    This conference will mark the centennial of the Russian Revolution and will explore the complex interactions between revolutionary events and ideas, on the one hand, and religious visions, institutions, and experiences, on the other. The aim of the conference is to reveal the most important and up-to-date trends in the field; present new results coming from recently expanding sources; and articulate new interpretations according to changes in research paradigms, approaches and techniques. Please click here for the full announcement.

 

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  • Announcing the CEERES of Voices Event Series

    CEERES, pronounced /ˈsirēz/, is the acronym for the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Together with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, we are delighted to announce the launch of the CEERES of Voices Event Series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books from or about Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Eurasia, and the Caucasus. The books being discussed are identified in a various ways: through publishers’ contacts with the bookstore or through faculty requests to CEERES to host the author. Although we have collaborated on several activities already this academic year, it is only starting in January 2017 that our collaborations will fall under this new umbrella and be part of a named event series. There are four events currently scheduled for winter and spring 2017:

    · February 17: Max Bergholz (Concordia University), discussing his book, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

    · April 10: Czech author Martin Vopenka discussing his book, The Fifth Dimension

    · April 29: Ukrainian Poetry Reading with Serhiy Zhadan

    Events will take place throughout the academic year at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. As with all events hosted by the bookstore, registration is not required; all interested parties are welcome. Buying books to have signed by the author is encouraged, and browsing the Seminary Co-op’s extensive collections is a wonderful bonus.

    More info.

  • Call for Papers - Ongoing: International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture (LLC)

    It’s our pleasure to invite you to publish your papers in the International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture (LLC). It is a quarterly published journal which was established on demand of researchers and is existing for benefit of researchers.

    We have started our mission 3 years ago and until today many researchers around the globe decided to publish articles with LLC. The reasons for their trust is that all of our articles are peer reviewed and freely available for the scientific community.

    Furthermore our authors are given the opportunity to track and measure their articles popularity by accessing the number of downloads.

    Send your paper on: contact@ijllc.eu, ijllc.submission@yahoo.com http://ijllc.eu/

    The 2019 edition of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

    The 2019 edition of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies will be dedicated to Russian Futurism. Our editors (Christina Lodder, Gabriella Imposti, Oleh Ilnytzkyj and Jason Strudler) invite articles devoted to any aspect of the movement. Possible topics include (but are by no means limited to) budetlianstvo vs. futurizm; Russian reactions to Italian Futurism, and vice versa; Futurism and Constructivism; and Futurism in the Russian performing and applied arts. Please send short abstracts of 300-500 words to me off-list at jason.strudler@vanderbilt.edu, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Symposia, The Journal of Religion
    SYMPOSIA is an online, peer-reviewed journal for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who identify religion as an important consideration in their research. We invite submissions of original research papers on any topic that critically engages the study of religion.

    The journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History

    Kritika seeks to expand its coverage of topics associated with the history of women, gender, and sexuality in Russia and Eurasia. Since 2000 Kritika has been dedicated to internationalizing the field and making it relevant to a broad interdisciplinary audience. The journal regularly publishes forums, discussions, and special issues; it often translates important works by Russian and European scholars into English; and it favors articles that demonstrate extensive archival research, a strong grasp of the international historical literature, a critical approach to sources, and a clear, compelling argument.


    SRAS Study Abroad Opportunities

    Students can study abroad in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, or Kyrgyzstan in a range of programs covering subjects related to the location (e.g. Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Central Asian Studies, Art, Politics, etc.). Internships are also available, with particularly wide opportunities in Warsaw and Kyiv. Deadlines and start dates vary by program. Funding opportunities: http://sras.org/Funding.

  • Peer Reviewers Needed for Slovo Issue 28.2

    As part of the editorial process for the forthcoming Spring issue of Slovo – an interdisciplinary academic journal published at the Slavonic Department of UCL – we are looking for peer reviewers for some short (~7000 word) articles. It would involve reading the article and briefly summarising your thoughts on whether it makes a good contribution to CEE scholarship. For the current issue, the themes are:

    • ‘Database Cinema’: A study of late Soviet and Russian childhood and adolescence, relating to emergent nationhood;
    • Russian policy and international law: ‘an examination of the Barents’ Sea Boundary Agreement’ under Medvedev;
    • Russian music: the composer ‘Eduard Artem-ev and the sonics of national identity’;
    • Russian nationalism and the post-Soviet youth: the growth of Nashi;
    • The debate around Nihilism in 1860s Russian literature;
    • Russian national security strategy: regime security and the ‘great power status’;
    • Human insecurity, state capacity, and intrastate conflict in Ukraine;

    In order to peer review these articles, you do not need to have expertise in the specific topic – only a knowledge of the broader areas in which they are based. Becoming involved with this issue would be an excellent way of alerting to future employers of your academic credentials. Please email slovo@ssees.ucl.ac.uk for further information, and indicating which of the fields you would be interested in reviewing.

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

  • Open Call for Papers and Reviews: Symposia: The Journal of Religion

    The editorial team of Symposia: The Journal of Religion announces that we have moved to an open call for papers. We will accept paper submission on a rolling basis, and will publish issues bi-annually. Please submit your papers when they are ready! Symposia is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal for the academic study of religion. Its primary focus is on the phenomenon called “religion,” as explored through multiple approaches including those of anthropology, philosophy, sociology, and history. Symposia encourages authors to question and critique the limits and boundaries of disciplinary knowledge, by critiquing categories central to the approaches of each in order to yield new reflections and fresh perspectives on religious phenomena and the study of religion in general. The theme for Volume 8 is “Rites of Passage.” Religions traffic in the business of moving peoples from one stage of life to the next. Whether in terms of coming-of-age ceremonies, or the transition from life to death, religious rituals and their concomitant philosophical reflections are capable of compartmentalizing an entire life into distinct stages. However, certain rituals that inaugurate people into new forms of life are not available to all others, indiscriminately. As for example in the case of shamanic initiations, initiates display some characteristics that, from the perspective of religious leaders, single them out for this activity. Nor are the temporal limits of the ritual initiation always clear, as in some narratival constructions with clear beginnings, middles, and endings. We invite, in addition to the general and open call for papers, papers that address issues surrounding liminality, transition, rites of passage, and initiation. Articles with a maximum of 25 pages will be considered in both French and English. Submissions are made online. Book reviews should be a maximum of 1000 words of any academic publication relevant to the study of religion and released within the last two years in order to be published. We particularly welcome books that deal with issues related to the theme for this issue, “Rites of Passage.” If you are interested in doing a book review, please email Ian Brown at ianphillip.brown@mail.utoronto.ca with the name of the author, book and publisher.

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

  • American Friends of Russian Folklore Expeditions to Rural Russia
    Summer 2016

    Places are now available on folklore-collecting expeditions to four regions of rural Russia in Bryansk province, Smolensk province, Irkutsk province and the Kamchatka peninsula. The expeditions are led by Dr. Yelena Minyonok of the Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. The focus will be on documenting traditional songs, music, and seasonal rituals, along with immigrant narratives and narratives of the supernatural. These expeditions provide unusual access to rural Russia and Russian folklore. Established scholars and beginning students are equally welcome. Expedition languages are Russian and English. Participants pay their own way plus a share of the expedition expenses. The expeditions are sponsored by American Friends of Russian Folklore, a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered in the state of California.

    Please see the website for more details.

  • Funding: Jewish Studies Conference Funding for Graduate Students
    Indiana University Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program

    Applications should be submitted to Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker, Assistant Director, Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University, Global & International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-1105; clipsonw@indiana.edu; FAX (812) 855-4314.
    You may visit the Jewish Studies Graduate Funding Opportunities website for more details.
    Priority will be given to Jewish Studies doctoral minors.

  • Funding: Jewish Studies Conference Funding for Undergraduate Students
    Indiana University Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program

    For Jewish Studies Major, Certificate, and Hebrew Minor Students up to $500

    No later than one month before the funds are needed and preferably earlier, an applicant must provide: 1) a one page statement describing the conference/program and explaining how it will contribute to the applicant’s Jewish Studies education and/or Jewish Studies career objectives; 2) a reference from a Jewish Studies faculty member (can be sent separately); and 3) a budget, explaining what the funds will be used for. Please submit statement, reference, and budget to the Jewish Studies Program (Global & International Studies Building-4E, 4023, 855-0453) or email to clipsonw@indiana.edu.

    Funds are limited. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. You may visit the Jewish Studies Undergraduate Funding Opportunities website for more details.

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