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January 2017

  • 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:

    · January 12: Domnica Radulascu (Washington and Lee University) discussing her book, Country of Red Azaleas;

    · 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: Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
    Extended Deadline: January 30, 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

  • American Councils for International Education: State Title VIII Research Fellowships
    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    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:

    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.

    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:

    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.

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    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    Violence seems to be inescapably linked to human nature. What does this mean in a Russian context? How has violence been understood and represented in Russian culture throughout the ages, and what have been the means to overcome violence? The aim of this postgraduate symposium on the writing and screening of violence in Russian culture is to contextualise representations of violence in Russian culture by bringing together experts and students in the field of literature and film. We invite proposals for papers from postgraduate students who would like to present their work related to the topic of violence in Russian literature and film. We particularly encourage contributions engaging with the topics listed below, although papers related to other aspects of violence are also welcome:

    Violence in Russian medieval culture

    • Madness and violence

    • Revolution, politics and violence

    • Violence, gender and the body

    • Violence and ethics

    • Trauma, memory and violence

    • Violence and religion

    • Rhetoric of violence

    • Violent breaks with the past

    • Depictions of war

    • Overcoming violence

    The conference will be preceded by a half-day professional development workshop, with advice from leading scholars on academic careers in Russian Studies.

    Questions and Submissions by emailing Erik Vlaeminck (University of Edinburgh) and/or Philip Chadwick (University of Oxford)

  • Symposium: Pedagogy of Images II: Depicting Communism for Children
    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    The Pedagogy of Images project started in 2015 with an exploratory symposium that mapped out approaches to studying the process of amalgamation of text and image within the boundaries of the illustrated book for young Soviet readers. As a part of the general desire to translate Communism into idioms and images accessible to children, these books visualized ideological norms and goals in a way that guaranteed easy legibility, without sacrificing the political appeal of the message.

    Using a corpus of Soviet-era illustrated books for children from the collections of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University, the participants of the first meeting focused on the dual verbal-visual representation of the Communist imaginary and sensibility in early Soviet books. The initial symposium also had a second purpose: to achieve a more nuanced awareness of the ways in which digitization of these works can facilitate more exhaustive mining of the information contained in these rich graphic and verbal artifacts. Anedited volume growing out of the work of this first symposium is currently in production.

    The goal of the second symposium is to expand the generational boundaries of scholars working on early Soviet children’s books. We invite advanced Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D graduates from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to submit their proposals for participating in a two-day symposium that will take place at Princeton University on March 31- April 1, 2017.

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  • The 6th Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing
    Deadline: January 16, 2017

    HURI's fellowship program supports distinguished scholars from around the world to carry out research in residence on topics pertaining to Ukrainian Studies. While at HURI, they can connect with experts and make use of the resources at Harvard University, including its vast library collections.

    For the 2017-2018 academic year, the following fellowships are offered:

    •The Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
    •The Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellowships (mid-career)
    •The Ukrainian Studies Fund Research Fellowships (mid-career)

    Fellows receive a stipend ($3,300 per month) to assist with the cost of housing, health insurance, and living expenses. The fellowships also provide direct roundtrip travel to Harvard University.

    More info.

  • The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Research Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies.
    Deadline: January 16, 2017 | In conjunction with EACL 2017, Valencia, Spain

    Languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role due to their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use -- with over 400 million speakers worldwide. The recent political and economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe have brought Balto-Slavic societies and their languages into focus in terms of rapid technological advancement and rapidly expanding consumer markets.

    The goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry working on NLP for Balto-Slavic languages. In particular, the Workshop will serve to stimulate the research on NLP techniques for Balto-Slavic languages, and to foster the creation of tools and resources for these languages. The Workshop will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and experience, discussing difficult-to-tackle problems, and making the resources that are available more widely-known. One fascinating aspect of this sub-family of languages is the striking structural similarity, as well as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory spanning the entire group of languages -- despite a lack of mutual intelligibility -- which creates a special environment in which researchers can fully appreciate the shared problems and solutions and communicate naturally.

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  • 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference
    April 7-9, 2017 | The Ohio State University
    Deadline for papers: January 20, 2017

    The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU April 7-9, 2017. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe. The conference will open with a keynote address by Anne Garrels about her latest book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia on Friday, April 7th, followed by two days of panels.

    Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format to by January 20th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Limited funding is available for undergraduate and graduate student lodging with preference given to out-of-state participants.

    Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 20 Notification of Acceptance: February 24 Panels Announced, Scheduling Conflicts, and Housing Requests Due: March 10 Final Papers to Committee: March 29 Presenter Registration Deadline: March 31

    Participants can elect to have their abstract, paper, and presentation included in the conference’s Knowledge Bank community. Knowledge Bank is a digital archive that is part of Ohio State’s University Libraries. CSEES maintains a community within Knowledge Bank for the Midwest Slavic Conference to increase the dissemination of knowledge produced at the conference. Items included in the community are freely available to be viewed and downloaded by the public and are searchable. Please consider having your abstract, paper, and PowerPoint included in Knowledge Bank this year.

    More info.

  • Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities
    Deadline: January 20, 2017

    The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme funds full-time graduate degrees in various subjects in the Humanities. Established in 2012, the programme is supported by the generosity of Mica Ertegun.

    The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,296). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

    Ertegun Scholars also benefit from exclusive use of Ertegun House; a fully modernized, non-residential building, built in 1808, located at the heart of Oxford’s academic community. Ertegun House provides an environment for study and camaraderie that is unique at Oxford and unparalleled in the world. Each Ertegun Scholar has his or her own dedicated space for research and writing, opportunities to participate in social occasions and lively lectures, performances, and other activities developed expressly for the Ertegun Scholars. In addition, there is access to Wi-Fi, online access to Oxford libraries and state of the art audio-visual equipment.

    The Director of Ertegun House, a distinguished member of the Oxford faculty, is available full-time as a mentor to the Ertegun Scholars and a resource to help them make the most of their experiences at Oxford and at Ertegun House.

    More info.

  • European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium – University of Pittsburgh
    Deadline: January 20, 2017

    The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly "Europe: East and West") is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus. After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

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  • 2017 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute
    Deadline: January 20, 2017

    Embark on a journey of discovery in which you will learn more about the elements of high quality, rigorous Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL). During this year’s online institute, you’ll explore PBLL’s connections with experiential learning, career pathways, 21st Century Skills, performance-based assessment, and your own instructional context. You will also connect with colleagues who have a common interest in quality PBLL implementation as experts in the field guide you through the creation of a project blueprint. Complete Option 1 as part of a facilitated cohort or Option 2 via self-paced study. Registration for this online institute is $25. Successfully complete all assigned tasks to earn an NFLRC digital badge, which qualifies you to apply for the NFLRC PBLL Intensive Summer Institute offered each year in Honolulu.

    More info.

  • 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 ( .

  • A Symposium in Recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture Series
    January 20-21, 2017 | Ohio State University

    A Symposium in recognition of the 20th anniversary f the Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture Series 20-21 January 2017, at the Blackwell Campus, Ohio State University SPONSORED BY: The Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship of South Slavic Linguistics, The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, The Hilandar Research Library and Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, and Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University. CONTACT: Brian D. Joseph --

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  • The Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists
    Deadline: January 23, 2017

    The CAS Annual Conference is held as a part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 70 national associations in attendance. The theme of the 2017 Congress is "From Far & Wide: The Next 150.”

    This year, CAS overlaps with: Linguistics, Folklore, Comparative Literature, Hungarian Studies, Study of Religion, Women’s and Gender Studies, Study of Education and Higher Education, Jewish Studies, History, Translation Studies, Sociology, and Film Studies.

    Proposals for interdisciplinary panels with other associations are very welcome. They are always a highlight at the CAS conference. Additional funding from the Federation is available for such panels. Please do not hesitate to contact the Program Chair, Taras Koznarsky, for assistance or information.

    More info.

  • Kennan Institute: Title VIII Summer and Research Scholarships
    Extended Deadline: January 31, 2017

    The deadline to submit application materials for both the Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarships and the Kennan Institute Title VIII Summer Research Scholarships has been extended from January 15 to January 31, 2017. Questions and application materials can be sent to

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  • Business Language Research and Teaching Awards
    Deadline: January 27, 2017

    In order to encourage faculty, lecturers and graduate students in foreign language departments to add a business-language dimension to their research and teaching, the 17 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) have pledged a portion of their Title VI CIBER grant funding to support the Business Language Research and Teaching (BLRT) Awards. In 2017, grants will be awarded to three language professionals at U.S. colleges or universities.

    One grant of $3,000 will be awarded to a project in a critical or less commonly taught foreign language and two awards of $2,000 will be awarded to research or teaching projects in other foreign languages (excluding ESL and ASL)..

    Winners of the 2017 BLRT awards will be announced by March 31st. 2017 BLRT winners will present their research findings at the 2018 International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes to be hosted by the University of Florida. Recipients will also receive a travel stipend of up to $500 to cover costs associated with presenting at this conference.

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  • A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People
    Deadline: January 30, 2017

    We are now inviting participants to submit abstracts for the 7th annual conference of the Slavic Graduate Students’ Association (SGSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The conference will take place April 7-8, 2017, in Urbana, IL. Prof. Jessica Greenberg from the Anthropology Dept. of UIUC will deliver a keynote lecture. Participation is open to graduate students in all related fields, including: literature, film, linguistics, history, anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy, visual arts, musicology and area studies. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian cultures.

    In anticipation of the anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution, the theme of this year’s conference is A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People. Revolution, considered both politically but also interpreted more broadly as radical change to the status-quo, has played a recurring role throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, shaping these regions’ history, culture, art, and politics. We want to examine these experiences and trace their developing narratives.

    Relevant topics might include, but are not limited to:

    - Revolutionary aesthetics, e.g. Futurism, the avant-garde, sots-art, conceptualism
    - The Solidarity movement, Prague Spring, and Hungarian Revolution of 1956
    - LGBTQIA rights movements, problems of gender, and the crisis of masculinity
    - Marxism before and after 1989, democracy in practice, and the rightward turn
    - Alternative medias and genres (science fiction, pornography, comics, etc.)

    If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract (up to 200 words) and the title of your paper to Please include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, year, major area of study, and any audiovisual equipment requests at the top of the page. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 30, 2017. Participants will be notified by March 1. Applicants are welcome to submit abstracts on any and all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions.

  • IU Landscape, Space, and Place Conference
    Deadline: January 31, 2017

    Landscape Studies is multidisciplinary, and has far-reaching academic connections and a diverse array of approaches that give the field its strength. The goal of the Landscape, Space and Place (LSP) Conference is to bring together scholars across various disciplinary backgrounds and from different stages of their careers to exchange ideas and consider novel intellectual perspectives. We also hope to encourage a more integrative framework upon which to build the future of the field.

    Along with paper presentations, past conferences have included landscape architecture panels, artistic installations, hands-on demonstrations, and film screenings. Such creative project submissions are also welcome and can be accommodated. Please email the coordinators with special proposals. We are open to many interpretations of Landscape, Space, and Place.

    More info.

  • Fundings: Boren Fellowship
    Deadline: January 31, 2017

    The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open at!

    Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer-term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.

    Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in Eastern European and Eurasian countries, including Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Preference is also give to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time and are highly motivated by the potential to work in the federal government once completing the program.

    The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.

    The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad.

    Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Sign up today at Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at

    Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution-specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1-800-618-NSEP or

  • Call for papers: 9th Junior Researchers Conference, Association for Women in Slavic Studies
    Deadline: January 31, 2017

    We would like to invite you to participate in the 9th Junior Researchers Conference on European and National context in research that will be held 25-26 April 2017 at the Polotsk State University, Novopolotsk, Belarus. Registration and paper submission deadline is 31 January 2017.

    See the list of workshops as well as registration form below. For very specific information about the paper submission and other information, please email

    TRACKS: A. Humanities, Law, Economics, Social Sciences, Tourism
    B. Technology
    A1. Linguistics, Literature, Philology
    A2. Education, Social Studies, Law, Gender Studies
    A3. History, Cultural Studies, Tourism, Sports
    A4. Economics
    B1. Architecture and Civil Engineering
    B2. Technology, Machine-building, Geodesy
    B3. ICT, Electronics, Programming

    The application form must be filled in Russian. Applicable to the participants from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine only.

    February 2017

  • IU Summer Language Workshop
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    Since 1950, the Summer Language Workshop has enabled thousands of students and professionals to intensively study languages critical to academic research, economic development, human rights, diplomacy, national security, cultural exchange, scientific advancement, and other global issues.

    Go beyond the classroom to engage with language and culture through clubs, cooking demonstrations, conversation tables, research groups, music, dance, film nights, and more.

    Network with other language professionals through career events with IU Career Services, guest speakers, and alumni presentations. Study in small classes with highly qualified instructors.

    The Workshop is one of the most affordable programs of its kind in the country and undergraduate and graduate funding is also available.

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  • Title VIII Fellowships, Indiana University Summer Language Workshop
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL) is pleased to offer Title VIII fellowships to fund graduate students, area studies specialists and others with a Bachelor's degree for study of Azerbaijani, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Russian (at the 3rd year or higher), and Ukrainian in the Summer Language Workshop.

    Title VIII Portable fellowships are available to fund study abroad of Azerbaijani, BCS, Czech, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian Russian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uyghur, and Uzbek at levels higher than those offered in the Summer Language Workshop's 2017 domestic program.

    All applicants must be U.S. citizens and demonstrate commitment to continued study of or work related to the region of the language studied.

    More info.

  • XXII International Conference „Slavic Readings”
    Deadline: February 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.

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

    The 2017 Indiana University Summer Language Workshop is currently accepting applications for intensive study of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Chinese, Estonian, Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Japanese, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

    * All students pay in-state tuition

    * Competitive funding available to qualified students:

    -- Project GO scholarships for undergraduate students in ROTC in Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, or Turkish

    -- Title VIII fellowships for graduate students and area studies scholars in Azerbaijani, BCS, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Russian, or Ukrainian

    -- FLAS funding for Arabic, Azerbaijani, BCS, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian

    * Classes held June 5 - July 28, 2017

    * 4-week option available for Russian (ending on June 30)

    * Students earn 4-10 credits

    The priority deadline for funding consideration is February 1, 2017. (Project GO applications are due January 17.) General admission applications will be accepted until May 1. Late applications for funding will be considered on a rolling basis if funding is available.

    Please see the SWSEEL website for more info.

  • CESSI 2017: The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is currently accepting applications for intensive study of Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    Please note: the priority deadline to apply to CESSI has been moved up to February 1, 2017. Applicants interested in a UW-Madison FLAS Fellowship must complete a separate FLAS Application by February 13, 2017. (Students from FLAS-granting institutions should apply for funding from their home campus before applying for a UW-Madison FLAS). CESSI will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until April 3, 2017. However, financial support is not guaranteed for applications submitted after February 1.

    Scheduling of all courses is contingent upon enrollment. Students should apply to CESSI as early as possible to help ensure that their desired class will be offered. CESSI 2017 will also feature a weekly lecture series (in English) on various topics of interest to people in the field of Central Eurasian studies and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia.

    For additional information about CESSI 2017, please contact Kelly Iacobazzi, CESSI Program Coordinator,, 608-265-6298.

  • Between Exploitation and Empowerment: Participation of Women in the Second World War
    Deadline for papers: February 1, 2017

    ‘The “female” war has its own colours, smells, lighting and sensory space. Its own words. There are no heroes and extraordinary deeds, there are just people, busy with their inhuman human affairs’. (Svetlana Aleksievich, 1988)

    The Second World War saw women become participants in armed combat, perpetrators, victims and survivors of violence, bystanders and, in some cases, all of these at once. War histories, however, tend to be written from the masculine point of view and thus often exclude women’s direct knowledge of political violence or include it in an instrumentalised way that reveals little about women’s experiences. Lack of access to such knowledge results in incomplete histories of events, historical periods, and populations. Close investigation of female narratives of war, on the other hand, can provide a more inclusive historiography: the focus on women’s experiences and their incorporation into the history of all aspects of war will improve our understanding of war as such, and reveal that gender roles constructed in the context of warfare reflect wider gender dynamics in societies involved in a war.

    Some aspects of women’s active participation in political violence in general and in the Second World War in particular have been perceived as empowering. Women clearly demonstrated their ability to perform the same roles as the men. On the other hand, it is undeniable that women who took an active part in warfare did so in a masculinist setting, and the acceptance of women in traditionally masculine roles often lasted for the duration of the conflict only. The roles women played and the contexts in which they operated differed from country to country, but there were also many similarities in their experiences. This conference aims to explore women’s experiences of the Second World War by examining where they fit in the grey zones between empowerment and exploitation.

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  • NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Student research Support Award
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    Instituted in 2014 by the NFMLTA and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), this award supports graduate student research in the fields of applied linguistics and language education with small grants focused on the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages (all languages except English, Spanish, French, and German). The grants provide resources at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, data transcription, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.

    For 2017, five awards in the amount of $1000 each will be made. Awardees are expected to be members of NCOLCTL. The awards will be given at the Awards Ceremony during the annual NCOLCTL conference, April 20-23, 2017. Awardees are expected to attend this event to receive their award.

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  • 2017 Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI)
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop is proud to host the 2017 Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), offering intensive beginning Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses. Courses will be held from June 5-July 28, 2017 on the Bloomington campus. BALSSI was founded in 1994 and is currently funded by a consortium of American universities: Indiana University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. BALSSI was held at Indiana University in 1998 and 1999, in 2005 and 2006, and returns for 2016 and 2017. At Indiana University, BALSSI is held in conjunction with the Summer Language Workshop and benefits from the Workshop's long experience in language study.

    The Workshop has been offering intensive language training at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950. Drawing on the resources of Indiana University’s language and area studies specialists and employing highly qualified and experienced faculty from other universities in the US and abroad, the Summer Language Workshop has developed and maintained a national program of the highest quality. The Workshop’s curriculum emphasizes communicative classrooms focused on the student and on development of level-appropriate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and culture. A full range of cultural and linguistic extracurricular activities complement classroom instruction for every language.

    Students complete the equivalent of one year of academic instruction in the program and earn 6-8 credits, which can be transferred to other institutions.

    All students pay in-state tuition and competitive Title VIII and FLAS funding is available to qualified students.

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  • Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia
    Deadline: February 1, 2017

    Developed by the Middlebury Institute's Graduate Initiative in Russian Stuides (GIRS) with support from Carnagie Corporation of New York, the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) aims to expose top graduate students of Russian area studies from across the United States to leading voices on Russian-U.S. relations.

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  • Wonk Tank Diplomacy Lab
    Deadline: February 2, 2017

    Wonk Tank is a competition for university students across the United States to showcase their ability to be America’s next great “foreign policy wonk.” A wonk is an individual who has a keen interest in and aptitude for the details of public policy. Like the hit television show Shark Tank, future “wonks” are invited to pitch policy proposals addressing a specific international problem or challenge requiring attention, a nuanced solution, and next steps to consider. Three finalists will be brought to Washington, D.C. to present their pitches to a panel of Department of State officials.

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  • 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.

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  • Postdoctoral fellowships in Social Science of Russia
    February 15, 2017 | University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for three post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence in September 2017 and run through August 2018. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. Fellows will be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Center, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2018 (dates TBD).

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  • American Council: The Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship
    February 15, 2017

    American Councils is pleased to announce a new scholarship to support U.S. undergraduate and graduate students participating in business, innovation, and STEM internships in Russia.

    The Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who seek to participate in one of two American Councils internship programs in Russia:

    · The Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program, which provides a six-week summer internship and coursework in intercultural communication; and

    · The Business Russian Language and Internship (BRLI) Program, which combines intensive language study with summer or semester-long internships at businesses, technology start-ups, and STEM centers.

    Scholarship Awards Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic merit, and program compatibility; awards range from $3,000 to $5,000.

    Eligibility U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business or STEM fields are eligible to apply for American Councils Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarships. Applicants must be admitted to either OPIT or BRLI to receive funding. No prior study of Russian is required to participate in OPIT.

    Application & Questions Interested students should submit an online application to either program by February 15th for summer OPIT or BRLI, or by March 15th for fall BRLI. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team (phone: 202-833-7522; email:

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  • 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 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 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 ( and in the attached Call for Papers. Please share this call to anyone who might be interested.

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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 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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  • 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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  • March 2017

  • 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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  • 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: 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.

  • 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 []. 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.

  • 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.

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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:

    2) Submit the following items by email to Mark Trotter at 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 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: Title VIII:

    Questions: Contact Russian Studies Workshop at or 812-856-1900.​

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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


    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 by Feb 15.

    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

  • 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 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 ( 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.

    More info.

  • 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 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.

    More info.

  • 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.

    More info.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 (, 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:

    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.



    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, 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.

    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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