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  • Conference: "Crime and Punishment at 150"
    October 20-22, 2016 | University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • The publication of Crime and Punishment in 1866 was a watershed moment in the history of nineteenth-century Russian literature. Dostoevsky’s novel perennially hovers near the top of lists of “Best Books of All Time.” Harold Bloom summed up the work’s enduring mastery and appeal, observing that, “Crime and Punishment remains the best of all murder stories, a century and a third after its publication. We have to read it — though it is harrowing — because, like Shakespeare, it alters our consciousness.” In the twenty first century, media and technology advances have transformed the reading experience and the ways readers relate to texts. Most students in literature classrooms are now digital natives, many reading on e-devices, some even on smart phones. In the age of the “spoiler alert” our reading experience seems to have changed beyond all recognition, yet in some ways the possibilities of new reading communities opened up by social media allow us to replicate the kinds of institutional communities which arose around nineteenth-century Russian periodicals. Rethinking the ways in which we contextualize, teach, and interpret Dostoevsky’s novel will help make it more accessible to a new generation of readers.

    “Crime and Punishment at 150” will celebrate the novel’s sesquicentenary by bringing together teachers, scholars, students, translators, artists, and readers to discuss Dostoevsky in the digital age. The conference will include a keynote by Carol Apollonio, a screening of the new film Crime and Punishment (Apocalypse Films, 2015) with post-film discussion with its director, Andrew O’Keefe, and a video conference with a linked Crime and Punishment panel at the University of Bristol, among other events. Confirmed participants include Brian Armstrong, Elena Baraban, Alexander Burry, Deborah Martinsen, Louise McReynolds, Robin Feuer Miller, Megan Swift, and William Mills Todd, III.

    This event is co-organized by Katherine Bowers and Kate Holland, and supported by the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies (UBC), Green College (UBC), and the North American Dostoevsky Society.

    Please see the Call for Proposals for more details.

  • Conference: Central Slavic Conference
    October 21-23, 2016 | St. Louis, Missouri

    The Central Slavic Conference (CSC) is a regional affiliate of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), a scholarly society and the leading private organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe.

    The CSC is the oldest regional affiliate of ASEEES, founded in 1962. We are a professional organization that promotes inter- and multi-disciplinary scholarship on Slavic and Eastern European-Eurasian topics in a seven-state region including Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Colorado, though the organization's members come from across the United States and around the world. The organization's most important event is an Annual Meeting that, since 2007, has taken place in the fall in St. Louis, Missouri.

    For more details, please visit: this site.

  • Workshop on Regulating and Legitimating Sexualities: the State, Law, Sexual Culture and Change under Neo-Liberalism
    An international Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics Workshop

    October 21-22, 2016 | Miami University, Differdange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    In much of Europe, parts of the North America and Australasia, the last 60 years have been a slow movement towards greater legal and civil equality. Through a mixture of legislation, civil charter challenges, political pressure and protest, lesbian and gay recognition has been accompanied by more permissive sexual values and tolerance and a greater sense of change to counter sexual prejudices and pathologies. This is very much an unfinished process, with questionmarks over the depth or superficiality of change, the extent of legal and civil permissiveness and tolerance, the constitution of 'metrosexuality', 'homonormativity' and other articulations of contemporary sexual politics. The dominant forms of norms and values still correspond to capitalist hetero-patriarchy, modified rather than transformed. More, the nature of this change has progressed through a period when neo-liberal political economy has been dominant, where commodification, consumption and markets have shaped social and cultural change and the politics of recognition has characterised change, if not with accompanying redistribution.

    This workshop seeks to explore and evaluate the role, functions and impact of state and legal change in sexual politics in the context of neo-liberalism. It seeks to make sense of sexual rights, equality, recognition, justice and citizenship as results of change in legal, civil and state regulated permissions, prohibitions and regulations.

    Tom Claes, University of Ghent, Belgium
    Thierry Leterre, University of Miami, Luxembourg
    Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University, UK

    For more informaiton, email or see this website for more information.

  • Overseas Study Programs at Jagiellonian University (Krakow), Warsaw University, Bogazici University (Istanbul), and Free University of Berlin
    Deadline: October 23, 2016

    Indiana University offers exchange opportunities with top universities in selected countries for graduate students on any IU campus. The majority of these programs are intended to support independent research by connecting you with resources and mentors at the partner university. In some cases, you may be able to enroll in courses or gain valuable teaching experience. Because each program differs, you should review them carefully before applying. Graduate students are encouraged to check with their departments and schools about other international opportunities.

    Exchange participants receive funding to cover their expenses. IU's Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) covers the cost of airfare, and participants receive a reasonable living stipend from either OVPIA or the partner institution. For all programs, the partner institution provides housing or helps participants make housing arrangements.

    Applicants may be graduate students from any discipline, department, or campus who are making normal academic progress. Each applicant must submit a proposal for a program that would constitute an integral part of a well-conceived graduate degree program at IU. As part of the application process, interested applicants must prepare a proposal that describes their intended activities. Applicants should indicate how their proposed activities are important to their research and professional development. Research proposals should include an outline of the project and should reasonably identify local resources the candidate would employ. If possible, applicants should identify a faculty member(s) at the partner institution with whom they would like to work during their stay.

    Please see the IU Worldwide Graduate & Faculty Exchange Programs website for more details.

  • Conference: Language and Culture in Post-Maidan Ukraine: Transformations at Work
    October 27, 2016 | First Online Conference of the Nationalities, Culture, and Language Policies Cluster Research Initiative on Democratic REforms in Ukraine project

    This conference aims to bring together researchers in the field of Ukrainian linguistic, social, cultural and literary transformations since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. You are cordially invited to participate in this online polylogue, share your ideas and views on the current issues in Ukraine and potentially influence the decision making of the political leadership of the country.

    RIDRU is supported by the Kule Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Alberta, Canada, and various international partners and explores three dimensions of the ongoing democratic reform of the government of Ukraine: good governance and the rule of law, post-secondary education reform and nationalities, culture and language policies (see details at:

    For more details, please visit: this site.

  • Conference: Hungary 1956 – 2016 – Reverberations of a Revolution
    October 27-28, 2016 | University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)

    Interdisciplinary conference: Hungary 1956 – 2016 – Reverberations of a Revolution

    60 years ago a student demonstration in pursuit of liberty and democratic reforms in Hungary started a chain of events that turned into a nationwide revolt against the Soviet policies and control embodied in the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic. The uprising that caught the attention and imagination of the world has been widely considered as the first major threat to Soviet control in Central Europe. Although the revolution failed at the time, its reverberations have been felt ever since, particularly in what is now considered the democratic transition in Central Europe, and the lives of diaspora communities around the world.

    This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together scholars from any discipline in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, who are interested in exploring the general theme of Hungary 60 years after the revolution. The organizers welcome academic papers that address social, political, cultural, historical and economic issues in contemporary Hungary, in particular those that investigate how such issues have been shaped or affected by the realities and/or the collective memory of the 1956 revolution.

    Questions to consider are many; some of the suggested topics of inquiry include:

    • education and educational reform(s)
    • women and politics, the role of women in Hungarian society
    • gender and cultural politics
    • NGOs, civil society and democratization
    • minority issues, policies and politics of diversity - national identity, identity and culture, religious identity
    • national identity and the politics of memory and commemoration
    • refugee and diaspora memories
    • citizenship and identity - architecture, space and memory, remembering through space
    • street names and their meaning in national collective memory
    • Art and remembering
    • Hungarian media today, media and society, social media and civic engagement
    • political engagement of youth
    • sports
    • crime and the criminal justice system
    • international relations and Hungary’s place in the world (perceived and actual)

    We encourage presentations from all disciplines and fields of scholarship, including History, Political Science, Literature, Economics, Pedagogy, Art History, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, etc. Selected papers will have the opportunity to be published. We welcome submissions from graduate students and early career scholars.

    Please note that travel and accommodation subsidies are available to participants of this conference. Please notify us of your intention to request a travel subsidy in your submission.

    The conference will take place at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada on October 27-28, 2016. Please note the language of the conference is English.
    You may also view the announcement here.

  • Call for papers: Dreams of Home: Home & Homeland in the Jewish Imagination
    Deadline: October 28, 2016

    We invite graduate students to submit proposals for their papers that focus on any aspect of Jewish homes, or homelands. This conference will explore the various iterations, past and present, of the idea of Jewish home or homeland.
    Participants will cover their own travel and lodging expenses. Meals will be provided.

    More info.

  • Funding: COAS Graduate Student Travel Award
    Deadline: October 30, 2016 (general deadline)

    College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards are intended to assist students traveling to and presenting at major national and international conferences. The College will host two travel award competitions for the 2015-2016 academic school year. One will be held in the fall term and one will be held in the spring term. Each department will set its own internal deadlines for review of its students’ applications.

    Please see the website for more details.

  • Call for applications: American Councils Study Abroad
    Deadline: October 31, 2016

    American Councils Study Abroad is pleased to announce that Fulbright-Hays Fellowship funding is still available for spring semester intensive language immersion programs. Each scholarship is in the amount of $7,000. Those who wish to be considered for spring 2017 programs should submit applications no later than Monday, October 31st.

    Russian Language and Area Studies Program – Moscow, Russia American Councils has operated RLASP Moscow in collaboration with Moscow International University (MIU) since 1995, serving more than 900 undergraduate, graduate students, teachers, and scholars from higher education institutions throughout the U.S. Each semester, approximately 20 RLASP participants join the MIU student community to study Russian language, culture, history, and politics in courses specially designed by American Councils in collaboration with faculty of the department of Russian as a foreign language.

    Eurasian Regional Language Program – Dushanbe, Tajikistan American Councils established ERLP Dushanbe in 2004 to offer U.S. students the singular opportunity to study Persian in an immersion environment. Students may select any of the three varieties of Persian (Tajik, Farsi, or Dari) for intensive classroom instruction while living with Tajik families and engaging in a wide range of carefully structured program features designed to maximize their exposure to the host country culture and language. The program is based at the American Councils Language Center in downtown Dushanbe, where participants have the opportunity to study with outstanding faculty from Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.

    Please see the website for more details.

  • Call for papers: Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), Seventh Biennial Conference
    Deadline: October 31, 2016

    The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Inc. (ASEC) announces its seventh biennial conference to be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, March 10-11, 2017 (with a pre-conference reception on March 9). The theme is “Eastern Christianity, Reformations, and Revolutions,” in honor of the five-hundredth anniversary ofthe Protestant Reformation and the one-hundredth anniversary of the RussianRevolution, and is conceptualized to embrace any discipline, topic, period or region related to Eastern Christian groups.
    Limited funding is available to provide graduate students with assistance for travel expenses.
    For more information on the conference and its venue, contact Scott Kenworthy (


  • American Research Institute in Turkey, ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey
    November 1, 2016 | Bogazici University, Istanbul

    The American Research Institute in Turkey takes pleasure in inviting applications for one to three advanced long-term fellowships for research in Turkey made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fields of study cover all periods of history in the general range of the humanities and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. The fellowships tenures range from four to twelve continuous months during 2017-2018. Stipends of $4,200 per month are awarded on the basis of individual proposals.

    More info.

  • Call for Articles 2016: The Russian Language Journal
    Deadline: November 1, 2016

    The Russian Language Journal (ISSN: 0036-0252) is a bilingual, peer-review journal dedicated to scholarly review of research, resources, symposia, and publications pertinent to the study and teaching of Russian language and culture, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary research in Russian language, culture and the acquisition of Russian as a second language.

    The Journal seeks contributions to the 2016 issue (Volume 66). Those interested are encouraged to submit original research articles electronically to the editor using the email address: Manuscripts should be sent as an MS Word document with a one-inch margin following the Chicago Manual of Style.

    Those interested are encouraged to submit original research articles electronically to the editor using the email address: Manuscripts should be sent as an MS Word document with a one-inch margin following the Chicago Manual of Style.

    More info.

  • American Research Institute in Turkey, ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey
    November 1, 2016 | Bogazici University, Istanbul

    The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey for the 2017-2018 year. Grants for tenures up to one academic year will be considered; applications for projects of shorter duration are also supported. ARIT provides lodging, research, and study facilities for researchers, as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities through its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.

    More info.

  • Conference: American Society for Theater Research, Beyond the State: Performances of Trans-Bodies in Central-Eastern, Russia, and Eurasia
    November 3-6, 2016 | Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    In The Political Lives of Dead Bodies, Katherine Verdery describes how the discovery of mass graves, the reburial of national heroes, and the removal of monuments depicting extraordinary Soviet figures formed a body politics that facilitated the post-1989 process of transition in former Soviet territories and satellite states. According to Verdery, the unique advantage of the body in politics is that it provides “a concreteness that nonetheless transcends time, making past immediately present” (Verdery: 2013). Building on this insight, this working group takes trans- as a point of departure to investigate the body as a performing site that shifts and challenges our understanding of politics in the region prior and post-1989. We invite participants whose work examines bodily practices in excess of state-enforced censorship historically and today, as well as projects that address the proliferation and institutionalization of forms of trans-performance under the demands of global capitalism and human rights.

    Accordingly, we are interested in a wide-range of topics including, but not limited to: bodily practices among refugees, migrants, and minorities; medical and scientific uses of bodies; virtual technologies and prosthetic-bodies such as performing objects and puppets in memory politics; performance protocols of being “human” and influence of discourses such as human rights; forms of cultural diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange; and trans-body performance in the region’s historiography.

    In early September, conveners will circulate three short readings on trans-bodies to build a foundational vocabulary among group members. Drawing on the vocabularies and trajectories of trans- presented in the readings, group members will write a 5-7 page position paper by mid October that situates their research in the field of trans-body studies. In Minneapolis, participants will be asked to bring an object, document, article or ethnographic anecdote specific to their position paper research. For the first half of our meeting, we will split up into small groups where members will (a) discuss their research object and the question that object situates about trans-bodies (b) respond to the group’s position papers and broader theoretical intersections. In the second half, groups will create a “graphic recording” of their discussion and present it to the other three groups and the audience at large. Lastly, we will reserve time at the end of the session to discuss the prospect of an edited anthology on the subject of trans-bodies and performance in Central-Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia.

    Working Group Conveners:
    Jacob Juntunen, Southern Illinois University
    Margarita Kompelmakher, University of Minnesota
    Yana Meerzon, University of Ottawa

    Please see their website for complete details.

  • Call for Proposals: SGIS Research and Conference Grants
    November 3, 2016/January 21, 2017/April 7, 2017 | Indiana University, School of Global and International Studies

    Now in its second year, the SGIS Faculty Research Fund supports faculty in sharing their work with colleagues, collaborating internationally and domestically, and planning and initiating new projects. Last year the fund disbursed $27,000 for research and conference travel and seed money. Any member of the SGIS faculty—including tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty with FTE in SGIS departments, as well as directors of SGIS centers, institutes, and programs—may apply. Proposals will be reviewed by a three-person committee comprised of Professors Manling Luo and Stephen Macekura and chaired by Professor Asma Afsaruddin. The committee has established the following criteria and procedures: Categories and Amounts: Awards will be made in two broad categories:
    · Research Planning & Initiation
    · Scholarly Communication & Collaboration

    Applications will be reviewed three times a year to ensure a quick response. For 2016-17, the review process will begin at three times:
    · Friday November 3, 2016
    · Friday, January 21, 2017
    · Friday, April 7, 2017

    All application materials and supporting documents (in MSWord or PDF format) should be mailed to

  • Call for Proposals: The Center for Language Excellence (CLE: Development Fellowships (2017)
    Deadline: November 4, 2016

    The Center for Language Excellence is soliciting applications for a limited number of summer grants of $5,000 each towards online foreign language development. Half of the grant money will be made available at the beginning of the project and the other half after the presentation of the finalized project.

    A complete application consists of:

    • Project proposal limited to 1,500 words. The proposal should be written in clear, effective prose.
    • The proposal should include a project timeline and a statement of experience with online instruction and/or use of online tools to support traditional campus-based instruction.
    • A plan for when to offer the course online, including which year of instruction it will involve.
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • A list of previous language courses (titles) taught and enrollments
    • Evidence of quality of teaching (i.e., a summary of student evaluations, assessment of learning outcomes, a brief teaching statement). Limited to five pages or less. Emphasis should be placed on online and hybrid courses as appropriate.
    • Letter of departmental support

    Applicants should submit materials, including the support letter, to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016.

    More info.

  • The 9th International Education Conference at the University of Chicago: Power in Transition? International Politics and Troubled Elections
    Deadline: November 4, 2016

    Featuring Karl Rahder, Independent Scholar/Journalist and Maria Casa, Director, National Program & Outreach Administration; Council on Foreign Relations.

    Learn new ways to bring international politics into your classrooms and engage your students in the role of elections throughout the world. Through dynamic presentations, dialogues, and classroom activities, teachers will gain practical and innovative curriculum ideas that guide students to make connections to the larger stories of the world. Recommended for all K-16 educators; content is especially appropriate for secondary and post-secondary educators.

    Registration costs $20. Please note there are a limited number of reduced registration slots available for City Colleges of Chicago faculty (with CCC email.

    Register here.

  • Conference: The 6th International Conference *Grammar and Corpora*
    November 9-11, 2016 | Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Manheim (Germany)

    In recent years, the availability of large annotated and searchable corpora, together with a new interest in the empirical foundation and validation of linguistic theory and description has sparked a surge of novel and interesting work using corpus methods to study the grammar of natural languages. However, a look at relevant current research on the grammar of German, English, or the Romance and Slavic languages reveals a variety of different theoretical approaches and empirical foci which can be traced back to different philological and linguistic traditions. Still, this state of affairs should not be seen as an obstacle but arguably provides an ideal basis for a fruitful exchange of ideas between different research paradigms.

    In addition to deepening our knowledge and understanding of individual languages, corpus-oriented work on grammar has wider implications that concern methodological as well as theoretical aspects. Relevant topics and research questions concern e.g. annotation schemata for (larger) syntactic units and syntactic relations, the increased use of (advanced) statistical methods and models in linguistics, the relation and boundary between grammar and discourse, and more generally the interface between corpus linguistics and linguistic theory.

  • Conference: International Conference on New Political Science and International Philosophy Symposium
    November 14-18, 2016 | Havana, Cuba

    An International Conference on “New Political Science” and an International Symposium of Philosophy will be held conjointly in Havana, Cuba from November 14 to November 18, 2016.

    The conference and symposium are being organized by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana. The “Political Science from the South” is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of human history and political dynamics from the perspective of the global South, endeavoring to develop insights that are relevant to political strategies of the nations and social movements of the Third World.

    More info.

  • Accepting applications: 2017 Translation Fellowship Program
    November 15, 2016

    The Translation Fellowship Program is part of the Center's larger translation initiative to train and mentor a new generation of Yiddish translators and publish newly translated works. Up to ten translation fellows will be selected to receive yearlong mentorship and training to complete book-length projects in Yiddish translation. Each fellow will receive a grant of $5,000. Past fellows have had their fellowship projects published or accepted for publication by literary and university presses and had their work staged by professional theater companies. Other fellows have received prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEN/Heim translation fund. Their translations of short fiction and poetry have appeared widely. Questions? Contact me at We look forward to learning about you and your interests in the field of Yiddish literary translation.

    More info.

  • Accepting applications: Postdoctoral fellowships in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University
    November 15, 2016

    Stanford University invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, a unique opportunity for the best recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities to develop as scholars and teachers. Up to five fellowships will be awarded for a two-year term (with the possibility of a third). Fellows teach two courses per year (or the equivalent) in one of Stanford’s fifteen humanities departments or through an interdisciplinary program or project. They are also expected to participate in the intellectual life of the program, which includes regular meetings with other fellows and faculty to share work in progress and to discuss topics of mutual interest. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center and will have the opportunity to be active in its programs and workshops.

    The Mellon Fellowship provides postdoctoral fellowships in all the fields represented by Stanford's fifteen humanities departments. Program admissions focus on selected fields of scholarship in each application year (on a rotating basis).

    Candidates for this competition must have received their Ph.D. between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017. Fellowships will begin on September 1, 2017.

    The stipend for 2017-18 will be $77,000, and compensation will include additional support for computer equipment, research, and relocation expenses, depending on the needs of individual fellows.

    More info.

  • Scholarships: Immersive language training in less commonly taught languages through a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for summer 2017.
    Deadline: November 16, 2016

    Get immersive language training in less commonly taught languages through a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for summer 2017. Scholarships are available at multiple language levels for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in:

    •Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;

    •Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;

    •Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

    National deadline is November 16. Info session this Thursday October 13th from 4:30 – 5:30 in the Great Room on the first floor of the Hutton Honors College (7th and Woodlawn). The event will be hosted by CLS alumna, Rebecca Mueller, and CLS campus representative Paul Fogleman. No RSVP necessary. Direct inquiries to:

  • Conference: The 8th International Media Readings in Moscow, "Expanding Media Frontiers in the XXI Century: The Impact of Digitalization upon Media Environment"
    November 17-18, 2016 | Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

    Today media systems of different countries tend to acquire similar features due to a variety of reasons, including the processes of globalization and the change in national media cultures, encompassing professional values and traditions, level and type of commercialization, government regulations, organizational dynamics, technologies, audiences, etc.

    Although many countries in the world still retain their national specifics determined by their unique social, cultural and political landscapes, we cannot but notice that this specifics is oftentimes replaced by the tendencies of the global character, which have significant influence on media systems of these countries. These tendencies include but are by no means limited to the active use of new digital technologies and social media by journalists; an attempt of media outlets to reach out to a broader audience instead of focusing on particular political or social groupings; the spread of user generated content and the subsequent re-consideration of professional journalists’ mission; a shift to common business models and common media platforms, which is particularly acute for traditional print media creating online versions today, and much more.

    The conference aims to discuss current transformations of media systems across the world, identify factors, which may lead to these transformations, outline possible outcomes of this ‘homogenization’ trend for national cultures and identities, and to discuss best ways to classify media systems in the current context, relying on fundamental works of Siebert, Peterson & Schramm (1956), McQuail (2000), Hallin & Mancini (2004) and other scholars.

    Please see the announcement for complete details.

  • Conference: ASEEES 2016 Annual Convention
    November 17-20, 2016 | Washington, DC

    One of the core activities of the Association is the annual convention. Held in the fall, the convention takes place each year in a different city and is generally hosted by one of the Association's regional affiliates. This international forum makes possible a broad exchange of information and ideas, stimulating further work and sustaining the intellectual vitality of the field.

    2016 Convention Theme: "Global Conversations"

    Please see the Convention's website for more details.

  • Conference: KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    Deadline for papers: November 20, 2016

    Please consider submitting an individual paper or panel proposal for the annual KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference, which will take plan in Lexington, KY on April 20-22, 2017. Abstracts are due November 20, 2016.

    The KFLC is a wonderful setting for graduate students, mid-career scholars and seasoned senior faculty to present works in progress and get feedback from enthusiastic and supportive colleagues visiting from the local region, as well as from across the US, Russia and the former USSR. There is also ample opportunity to explore comparative approaches to common themes; this year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic Studies, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, English as a Foreign Language, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Intercultural Studies, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, General Linguistics, Neo-Latin Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.

    Please see the website for more details.

  • Deadline for Proposals: International Society for Language Studies 2017 Conference
    Deadline: November 30, 2016

    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 ( 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.

    For step-by-step instructions on the proposal process, go to the following webpage:

  • Call for Papers: Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes, "Svetlana Alexievich: The Writer and Her Times"
    November 30, 2016

    Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special section to mark the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature to Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the author, her oeuvre, and her milieu. Among other topics, explorations of creative non-fiction in the Soviet and post-Soviet space, of the female voice, of oral history, of the intellectual and social history of Soviet and Belarusian writers, or of important themes in Alexievich’s work would be welcome. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

    Manuscripts may be in English or French. The normal peer-review process will apply. Please consult the journal’s website for our submission and style guidelines:

    Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS).

    Deadlines: Expression of intent to submit: 30 April 2016. Final Paper with abstract: 30 November 2016. Send submissions by e-mail to the Editor, Prof. Heather Coleman:

    Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes, founded in 1956, is a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal of the Canadian Association of Slavists, publishing in English and French. It is devoted to problems of Central and Eastern Europe. It is a forum for scholars from a range of disciplines: language and linguistics, literature, history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, philosophy, and the arts.

    You may view also view the full announcement here.

December 2016

  • Call for papers:

    The Eichenbaum Conference for Young Slavists
    Deadline: December 1, 2016/ Moscow, Literary Museum

    The Literary Museum, Moscow, is pleased to invite scholars, researchers, museum colleagues to submit proposals for individual presentation at the meeting in honor of Boris Eichenbaum to be held in Moscow, Russian Federation, April 7-8, 2016.

    1. Boris Eichenbaum as the historicist of literature and his research tradition;
    2. Literary Mores, literary behavior and literary reputation in XIX century. The editors’ strategies in publishing writers’ works;
    3. History of Russian journalism (periodicals and literary criticism);
    4. Lermontov’s works and his influence on Russian literature;
    5. Study of Russian XIX century poetry;
    6. New methods in the study of Russian literature.

    We are planning to make up the book of papers after the Conference. We are expecting your proposals up to the December 1, 2016, on email

  • Call for papers:

    8th Biennial AWSS Conference: Roots and Legacies of Revolution
    Thursday, April 6, 2017/The Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

    The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) solicits paper presentations on the theme of "Roots and Legacies of Revolution: Transformations for Women and Gender" for its 8th Biennial Conference to be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, VA.  The conference will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), which opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday.  Participants of the AWSS Conference are encouraged to attend and participate in the SCSS conference as well (a separate CFP will be issued for that conference) and can attend both conferences with the same registration.

    The conference theme recognizes the centennial of the Russian revolutions of 1917, which had a significant impact on the status and lives of women, as well as on the configuration of gender relations and representations throughout our region. We also draw attention to the roots of those revolutionary transformations in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian social, economic, political, literary, and creative practices and events of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moreover, we are still living with the legacies of 1917, especially the effects on women and the post-Berlin Wall gender order. Thus, while we commemorate the Russian revolutions, we welcome papers across chronological and geographical spans from the tsarist era to the present day, from Berlin to Vladivostok.

    We encourage potential participants to broadly address one or more of the following questions:

    *         How did the nineteenth century conditions of women and the gender order in Russia and other parts of Europe contribute to the transformations of the 1917 revolutions?

    *         How revolutionary was 1917 for women?

    *         How might we see the legacies of a Bolshevik approach to gender throughout the Soviet period, in the USSR, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia?

    *         What has been the impact of the 1917 revolutions on women and gender in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the former Soviet states?

    *         What effect have the revolutions of 1989-91 had on women's lives and gender relations?

    The keynote speaker will be Rochelle Ruthchild, currently Research Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of Harvard University, Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, and Professor of Graduate Studies, Emerita, The Union Institute and University. In addition to being one of the founding members and a past president of AWSS, as well as its long-term clerk, Professor Ruthchild (PhD 1976, University of Rochester) has a long career of teaching and research in the field of Russian women's history and in Russian Studies in general. In 2010 she published Equality and Revolution: Women's Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 (University of Pittsburgh Press), which received honorable mentions for both the Zelnick and Heldt Prizes. The title of her talk will be "Bread, Bullets, and Ballots: Russia's Women and Gender in 1917."

    The conference organizers invite proposals from scholars at all stages in their careers and in any discipline of Slavic, East European, or Eurasian Studies (history, literature, linguistics, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, gender studies, etc.). We especially encourage graduate students to participate in this conference.  Proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract of the paper (including the paper's title) and a brief one-page CV that includes author's affiliation and contact information.  Proposals are due by December 15 to Sharon Kowalsky, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce ( or Betsy Jones Hemenway, Director of Women's Studies/Gender Studies, Loyola University Chicago ( Participants will be notified of their acceptance approximately four weeks after the proposal deadline.  AWSS has limited funds to help defer the costs of attendance for graduate students (to cover registration fees and hotel accommodations).  Please indicate in your proposal if you are interested in applying for graduate student funding.

    Any questions about the conference or the program should be directed to Sharon Kowalsky ( or Betsy Jones Hemenway (

  • Conference: Transnational Modern Languages
    December 2-3, 2016 | Italian Cultural Institute (London, UK)

    Transnationalizing Modern Languages is a UK-based initiative, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, that seeks to transform the way modern languages are researched and taught in higher education. The project aims to "develop a new framework for the discipline of Modern Languages as a whole, one which puts the interaction of languages and cultures at its core." Read more about the project here.

    A conference, "Transnational Modern Languages," will be held in London, UK, on 2-3 December 2016. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 April 2016. For further details and instructions on how to submit, please see the Call for Papers.

    NOTE that although the conference will take place in the Italian Cultural Institute, it will include researchers and teachers working in all modern languages, including Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies.

  • Conference: "The Knowledge Factor: Refugees in Central and Eastern Europe, 1912-2001"
    December 8-9, 2016 | Herder-Institut (Marburg, Germany)

    In arguments about the current refugee crisis, East European heads of state have repeatedly claimed that their countries have never been perceived as desirable destinations; therefore, they shall never be such. We would like to take the occasion of the 2016 Annual Convention of the Leibniz Graduate School at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe to investigate this claim. “The Knowledge Factor” offers an opportunity to discuss the history of refugees in, not from, Eastern Europe and the role knowledge inherent to or associated with refugees has played in the interaction with host societies. The focus lies on the twentieth century from the Balkan Wars of 1912 until its ultimate end in 2001.

    Please see the announcement for complete details.

  • Conference: 12th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-12)
    December 8-10, 2016 | Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany

    The Slavic Department of Humboldt University, Berlin is pleased to announce the 12th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-12) to be held on December 8-10, 2016.

    The biannual conference has been hosted in turn by the University of Leipzig and University of Potsdam since 1995, with the University of Göttingen joining in organizing the conference in 2011. This year, for the first time, the Humboldt University will host FDSL. At the same time, the rhythm of the biannual conference changes, so that FDSL will from now on take place in even years.

    Additionally, there will be a special pre-conference workshop on "Formal and experimental semantics and pragmatics" to be announced in a separate CFP.

    Please see the website for more details.

  • Conference: “A Hundred Years of Ostranenie: an International Conference"
    December 15-17, 2016 | University of Erfurt (Germany)

    A century ago, in 1916, a young student named Viktor Shklovsky self-published his precocious essay-cum-manifesto “Art as Device”. In it, he coined a term which became crucial in literary studies, and important in the study of cinema and visual art: ostranenie. Also known as “defamiliarization”, “estrangement”, “enstrangement”, “making strange” and “foregrounding” in English, and – causing confusion with Brecht’s concept – as “Verfremdung” in German, ostranenie is about rendering the usual extraordinary and thus making the reader (or viewer) perceive it anew. Or is it? The way Shklovsky uses the term in “Art as Device” is ambiguous enough; if we also consider his later and lesser-known works as well as the scholarly legacy of ostranenie, we arrive at an array of meanings worthy of a fundamental investigation, thus our suggestion to make this subject the topic of a conference. The subfields may include, but are not restricted to: translating the terminology of ostranenie; ostranenie in world literature; forms and functions of ostranenie; ostranenie, cognition and emotion; ostranenie, Russianness and the East; ostranenie, rhetoric and irony; ostranenie, diversion and entertainment; ostranenie and deconstruction; ostranenie and Romanticism; ostranenie, war, and terror; literary sources of ostranenie discussed by Shklovsky (Sterne, Tolstoy etc.); the media of ostranenie (visual arts, film, music and mediality in general). Keynote speaker will be the noted scholar of Russian Formalism Aage A. Hansen-Löve.

    Please see the announcement for full details.

  • Deadline for Abstracts: 2017 International Conference, "Religion and Russian Revolution"
    December 31, 2016

    This conference (26-28 October 2017, Moscow) 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.

2017 Opportunities

January 2017

  • Russian Flagship Program Application 2017-2018
    Deadline: January 10, 2017

    American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS would like to announce the opening of the application for the 2017-2018 Russian Overseas Flagship Program. The online application deadline is January 10, 2017, while three letters of reference must be submitted online by January 17, 2017.

    The Russian Overseas Flagship Program was established in 2004 to address the critical need for U.S. professionals able to speak, read, understand, and write in Russian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. The program is open to advanced-level learners of Russian who are committed to attaining "professional" or "distinguished-level" language proficiency (ILR 3, 3+, 4/ACTFL "Superior" or "Distinguished" levels) through an intensive nine-month language training program tailored to their professional interests and academic specialization.

    The Russian Overseas Flagship Program prepares U.S. students to be able to communicate in Russian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. The program is located at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The academic program is structured around an integrated curriculum featuring classes in contemporary mass media, language and culture, expository writing, and advanced oral communication. Students are offered twenty hours per week of intensive language training and tutoring as well as content courses in any major at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, professional internships with local companies and organizations, and guided excursions. Optional Kazakh language and culture classes are available to interested students. A U.S. resident director and several local administrative staff provide 24/7 onsite logistical support to students. Participants receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. All participants live with Russian-speaking host families, where they can become fully immersed in Russian and Kazakh daily life.

    Please see the Russian Flagship programs page for more details.

  • Faculty Grants-In Aid of Research
    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    The Russian and East European Institute administers the Mellon Faculty Grants-in-Aid of Research Program funded by the REEI Mellon Endowment. Under this program, all regular Institute faculty are eligible to apply for research grants of up to $700 per year. Priority will be given to the support of innovative proposals that show clear promise of developing into research projects of major significance and ultimately attracting substantial outside funding.

    Priority will also be given to proposals that encourage research collaboration between faculty and graduate students and to well-qualified applicants who have not previously held grants under this program. Recipients of REEI Summer Faculty Research Fellowships are not eligible to receive this award a second time for the same project in a single academic year.
    Among the kinds of activities which might be supported are:

    · Travel and per diem to initiate or complete research for a project.
    · Support of research assistants.
    · Source materials acquisition, photo-copying and computer expenses.
    · Clerical support.

    Application materials needed:

    · The application form, including a budget statement and project description;
    · A current curriculum vitae;
    · Two letters of recommendatation, one of which should come from the departmental chairperson.

    Applications and supporting materials are due to Emily Liverman,, on October 1, January 15, and April 1 of every year.

  • REEI International Faculty Travel Grants
    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    REEI has set aside special Mellon Endowment funds (up to $850 per faculty member) to assist a limited number of faculty members in traveling to conferences abroad during each academic year. Applicants should be presenting a paper or otherwise participating in the program as a chair or discussant on a panel or roundtable.

    Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply to the Office of International Programs for travel support as well.

    Application materials needed:

    · Application form for Faculty Travel Grant/International
    · Itemized budget of expected expenditures;
    · A copy of the preliminary conference program showing the panel on which the applicant will be participating (or confirmation of faculty member participation from conference organizers);
    · An abstract of the paper;
    · Faculty members not presenting a paper should include a brief statement (one page) addressing the importance of their attendance for participation on a panel of for other purposes;
    · Current c.v.

    Applications are available at REEI.

    Applications and supporting materials are due to Emily Liverman,, on October 1, January 15, and April 1 of every year

  • Funding: REEI/Mellon Faculty Grants-in-Aid of Research
    Deadline:January 15, 2017

    The Russian and East European Institute administers the Mellon Faculty Grants-in-Aid of Research Program funded by the REEI Mellon Endowment. Under this program, all regular Institute faculty are eligible to apply for research grants of up to $700 per year. Priority will be given to the support of innovative proposals that show clear promise of developing into research projects of major significance and ultimately attracting substantial outside funding.

    Please see the REEI Faculty Funding page for more details.

  • Funding: REEI/Mellon Faculty International Conference Travel Grants
    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    REEI has set aside special Mellon Endowment funds (up to $850 per faculty member) to assist a limited number of faculty members in traveling to conferences abroad during each academic year. Applicants should be presenting a paper or otherwise participating in the program as a chair or discussant on a panel or roundtable.

    Please see the REEI Faculty Funding page for more details.

  • Call for papers: Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
    Deadline: January 15, 2017 | Alexandria, VA

    The Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, April 6-8, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by George Mason University’s program in Russian and Eurasian Studies. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals.

    For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Steven Barnes at For questions regarding the program, please contact Emily Baran at

  • Workshop: Private Narratives: Privacy in Literature, Visual and Performing Arts
    January 20-21, 2017 | University of Passau

    "This workshop aims to bring together PhD students, who are interested in the representation of privacy and the study of topics and structures of privacy discourse in different art forms. The focus lies on the reconstruction of the narrative forms dealing with the private and the representations and constructions of privacy in literature, film, theatre, music and art. The multiplicity of privacy semantics will be studied and debated using concrete examples, which will help to determine the connection of the former to the extra-medial reality. This debate will provide insight on the reciprocal relation between the medial presentation of privacy and the cultural and historical privacy practices and discourses.

    For example, privacy can become a significant topos in literary works, where specific characteristics and limitations of private spaces are discussed. Privacy can also refer to the information that one character possesses about another and which he or she uses to empower oneself. In addition, characters’ decisions may be described as private, and it can be studied whether these decisions are represented as autonomous or heteronomous.

    Of great relevance is also the question of the privacy of the author, which is dependent on the historical and political context. One could address here problems of censorship and political restrictions, which influence artistic works. The general connection of privacy to autonomy, freedom, and other fundamental principles of democratic societies serves here as an impulse to discuss the restrictions on artistic production as stimuli for the artists to imagine and thereby “create” their own private sphere, which is otherwise non-existent under current societal conditions.

    Finally, when artistic works reach the audience, the recipients themselves can ‘experience’ and ‘create’ their own privacy, which in turn triggers transformation of one’s perception of reality. This performative effect of privacy can also be extended to the whole society, raising further questions for privacy research.

    Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
    •       Concepts of privacy: What are the differences between privacy discourse in arts and privacy discourses in other fields?
    •       Evolution of privacy narratives throughout history: What drew attention to privacy in different historic epochs? How did various artistic movements deal with representations and constructions of privacy? And how did these representations and constructions transform throughout time?
    •       Terminology: What are similarities and differences between subjectivity, inner world, and privacy?
    •       Mediatization of privacy: What is the difference between different arts in a sense of technical possibilities, conditions of production, and the ways of reception by the public? How do they differ in their functions of privacy presentation?
    •       Narrativity of privacy: Is there any specific way to “tell privacy” that can arise from the analysis of artistic works?
    •       Cultural relativity of privacy: What are cultural specificities of privacy representations that one can observe in art?

    Organizational information:
    The workshop will take place on January 20-21, 2017, at the University of Passau. We welcome abstract submissions of individual papers (no more than 300 words) until October 9, 2016. Please, include the title of your presentation, as well as a short academic CV (max. 150 words), and send us a PDF document at all the three following E-mail addresses, indicating “Workshop Private Narratives” as the E-mail subject: AND AND Selected speakers will be notified by the end of October, 2016. The presentation should last no more than 30 Minutes, followed by a 30-minute discussion. For any further questions, please, contact Steffen Burk ( .

  • Fundings: Boren Fellowship
    Deadline: January 31, 2017

    Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

    A representative from the Boren Awards for International Study will be present on campus to conduct an informational workshop for interested graduate students:

    Wednesday, October 5th: 3 - 4:00pm, Leo R. Dowling International Center (111 S. Jordan Ave), Room 106

    February 2017

  • Proposal Deadline: Russia's Great War & Revolution, 1914-1922, "“Science, Technology, the Environment, Engineering, and Medicine”
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    "Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922" (RGWR) is a decade-long, international, multidisciplinary effort generating new scholarly research focusing on Eurasia's "continuum of crisis" at the dawn of the twentieth century. The project's core participants comprise an international group of more than forty distinguished scholars. Since 2008 RGWR editors have been recruiting and selecting essays from scholars, academics, and exceptional graduate students from around the globe for publication and dissemination in a series of edited volumes being produced by Slavica Publishers.

    To date, the two volumes addressing "Culture" and "The Empire and Nationalism at War” and the first book of the third volume “Home Front” have been published. Three additional “Home Front” books will appear by mid-2106.

    RGWR Project Team members are interested in producing a stand-alone volume on "Science, Technology, the Environment, Engineering, and Medicine" (STEEM) and seek to identify individuals willing to contribute an original essay to the collection. Essays may involve any aspect of the history/culture of STEEM (broadly construed) across Russia and Eurasia between c. 1914-1922.

    Younger scholars, including recent ABDs, are particularly encouraged to participate. Non-native English-speaking colleagues are welcome to submit their essays in their native language. Deadline for the delivery of initial essay drafts is: 1 February 2017. Following the process of peer-review, revision, and editing the final volume is expected to appear by November 2018.

    Please see the RGWR website for more project details. Those interested in participating the project should contact Dr. Scott W. Palmer at:

  • 2017 AATSEEL Annual Conference
    February 2-5, 2017 | San Francisco, California

    Beginning in 2017, the AATSEEL conference will no longer meet concurrently with the annual convention of the Modern Language Association and will be held February 2nd through February 5th, 2017 at the Parc 55 hotel in downtown San Francisco, California. In addition to scholarly panels, participants will have the chance to attend advanced seminars, roundtables, workshops and other special events. New for 2017 are the addition of panel streams to the conference program. See the separate call for papers or website ( for more details.

    The AATSEEL conference is a forum for exchange of ideas in all areas of Slavic and East/Central European languages, literatures, linguistics, cultures, and pedagogy. The Program Committee invites scholars in these and related areas to form panels around specific topics, organize roundtable discussions, propose forums on instructional materials, and/or submit proposals for individual presentations for the 2017 Conference. The conference regularly includes panels in linguistics, pedagogy and second language acquisition, in addition to literature, cinema, and culture.

    Please submit your proposals by April 15, 2016 for early consideration (the final submission deadline is July 1, 2016). For more information, visit the AATSEEL website: All proposals must be made through the online submission process - no emailed proposals will be accepted.

  • American Research Institute in Turkey
    February 5, 2017 | Bogazici University, Istanbul

    For summer 2017, the American Research Institute in Turkey hopes to offer approximately 15 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

    More info.

  • March 2017

  • 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.

    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.

    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 -

    April 2017

  • 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 ( and Mateusz Świetlicki ( 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.

    May 2017

  • 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.

  • June 2017

  • 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: 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 ( 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.

  • October 2017

  • 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.



    Funding: SRAS Explorer Awards

    SRAS is celebrating 20 years in study abroad with a new round of scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year (including summer 2017). One of the very early objectives of SRAS was to get students to study in more unfamiliar locations and to gain broad perspectives through travel. Many of programs have built-in travel components to allow students to do just this. These new awards apply to those programs. Deadlines vary by program. Find out more at

    Funding: SRAS Home and Abroad Scholarship

    This program combines intensive language study with a generous scholarship and a resume-building internship. Designed for maximum flexibility, this program will help support and nurture student interests in fields as diverse as journalism, economics, history, and art. Apply by May 25, 2016. Program starts from home on June 1. Find out more at

    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:

  • 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 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 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;; 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

    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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