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    March 2017

  • 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.

  • Grant for Research on Russian Jewry
    March 30, 2017

    SEFER Center awards grants to support research projects in multiple disciplines on Russian Jewry. These research projects may cover different aspects of Jewish history and culture within the territory of former Russian Empire during various historical periods from the ancient times till post-soviet contemporary period. The range can cover the entire variety of humanitarian and social domains (history, literature, linguistics, art history, education, philosophy, religion studies, sociology, political science etc.), as well as interdisciplinary studies. The Center provides researchers, teachers and PhD students with financial support for research projects, including fundamental or applied studies, monographs, articles and dissertation theses.

    More info.

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

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

    More info.

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

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

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

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

    -Autobiography and historical narrative

    -Invented traditions

    -Imagined geography and imagined communities

    -Institutional memory

    -Social structures, institutions, and the social imagination

    -Identity and narrative of self

    -Exile and nostalgia

    -Breakdowns of memory, trauma and amnesia

    -Cognitive science

    -Possible-world theory and worldbuilding

    -Creativity

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

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

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

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

    More info.

  • April 2017

  • Visiting Scholar at Upenn at Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women
    Deadline: April 1, 2017

    The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women invites applications for a Visiting Scholar from candidates in all the disciplines. The aim of the program is to enable the scholars to conduct independent research related to gender and sexuality while in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Preference will be given to candidates with a distinguished research profile and research foci related to LGBTQ Studies, feminism of color, and/or global feminisms. Candidates must have Ph.D. or its equivalent in hand at beginning of affiliations.

    Applicants should send an application packet saved in a single PDF document to gsws-apc@sas.upenn.edu with “Visiting Scholar Application” in the subject line. The application packet must include a Research Plan (up to 1,500 words in length) including how the residency at Penn will advance the project, curriculum vitae, and contact information for two recommenders. Up to one published writing sample may be included in the application. The preferred length and specific dates of residency are also required. Residency may range from 3 months to one academic year. Please be advised that we are unable to sponsor J-1 visa applications at this time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please explain how you will address immigration restrictions. Scholars must be in residence throughout the requested timeframe of the appointment.

    Travel, housing, and living expenses are the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar in this unpaid residence. Scholars will be provided with shared office space at the Center, Penn email account, and library privileges. Visiting scholars are encouraged to organize a symposium or other event related to their research, funded by the Center. Scholars are encouraged to participate in Center programming. The Center will help to identify opportunities to connect with GSWS scholars across the Penn campus, as well as to present work-in-progress to the GSWS community.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 1, 2017, with decisions expected by the beginning of May.

    More info.

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

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

    Requirements include but not limited to:

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

    · Attending an accredited University or College

    · US citizen

    · Fine student with the promise of a successful future.

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

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

  • Accelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern Europe / Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, on September 29 – October 1, 2017
    Deadline for papers: April 1, 2017

    In 1964 the Bulgarian-Belarusian-Russian scholar Georgii Gachev coined the term ‘uskorennoe razvitie’ or ‘accelerated development’ in his 1964 monograph Accelerated Development of Literature: On the Basis of the Bulgarian Literature of the First Half of the 19th Century. The term describes what happened to Bulgarian literature during Ottoman rule. Being a ‘young’ and ‘peripheral’ literature, having started to develop only recently at the time, Bulgarian literature ‘had to’ go through the whole evolution of European literature at a high pace in order to catch up with the latter. One of the side effects of this accelerated development was that characteristics of different style periods could even co-occur. Gachev’s thought-provoking idea has never really received a lot of attention, except in Bulgarian studies, where the concept was elaborated, criticized and / or gave way to new theories (Petar Dinekov, Nikolai Genchev, Roumen Daskalov, Alexander Kiossev …), but mostly with regard to the development of Bulgarian culture and society.

    Today Gachev’s theory seems outdated, not in the least for its centralist assumptions – i.e. taking for granted that central cultures take the lead and peripheral cultures follow suit – that form the very basis of the Eurocentric theory. Nonetheless, the potential of the very kernel of the concept is obvious – both for dealing with the literary histories of other ‘young’ and/or ‘peripheral’ literatures in different time periods and for challenging the different notions that form the basis of Gachev’s theory – ‘peripheral’, ‘young’, ‘Western’, ‘dominant’, ‘oppression’, ‘conservatism’. ‘Accelerated development’ may be a suitable term to describe how Western literary critics in the 19th century thought about the quickly evolving, ‘peripheral’ Russian literature of the time. ‘Accelerated development’ may also be applied to the evolution of (certain) Modernist movements in the ‘peripheral’ Eastern Europe. And what to say about the apparent fast-forward evolution of the East-European literatures after the collapse of Communism, quickly adapting Postmodernism, Magical Realism, and other literary trends that other, ‘central’ literatures had been going through earlier?

    This conference aims to explore – i.e., to corroborate, to challenge or to further develop – the concept of accelerated development by looking at concrete cases in the literary histories of Eastern Europe where one can speak of a major rupture, such as suddenly acquired cultural independence or freedom or technological evolution, that causes the literature to change course and, possibly, to ‘accelerate’. More specifically, this conference hopes to find new ways to look at the complex relationships between dominant and non- or less-dominant, central and peripheral, old and young literatures and cultures, colonizing and colonized cultures, progressive and conservative cultures, open and oppressive / repressive cultures, etc. Additionally, the conference aims to discuss the (catalytic) role of cultural agents in the process of accelerated development and the tension(s) between literary and extra-literary motivations. Lastly, the conference hopes to shed light on how cultures going through an accelerated development look at their earlier selves and whether, and if so, how accelerated developments may also lead to new, ‘own’ literary forms that are not quite related to the seemingly dominant cultures.

    The keynote speakers include Raymond Detrez (Belgium), Galin Tihanov (UK) and Willem G. Weststeijn (The Netherlands).

    The conference will take place at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, on September 29 – October 1, 2017. Please send your abstract of approximately 400 words together with your short CV (no more than one page) to the conference organizers. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2017. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be provided by May, 2017. Queries and proposals should be sent to the conference organizers.

    More info.

  • Congressional Research Grants
    Deadline: April 1, 2017

    The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $1,000,000 to support over 462 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is April 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in May.

    The Center has allocated up to $30,000 in 2017 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500

    The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

    The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

    Download the Word document -- Congressional Research Grant Application -- and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or pdf attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at fmackaman@dirksencenter.org. Please insert the following in the Subject Line: “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.

    The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (reference Letter not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

    The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

    All application materials must be received on or before April 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in May.

    Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website: http://dirksencenter.org/print_programs_crgs.htm. PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer – fmackaman@dirksencenter.org.

  • A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917
    Deadline: April 7, 2017

    The cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security. This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without Russia.

    We will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. In light of today’s desperate discussions regarding the migration of refugees, it is both timely and important that we examine the ways in which human migration yielded and continues to yield both social and cultural challenges and profound creative contributions.

    We invite proposals of no more than 300 words for individual twenty-minute papers. Scholars and graduate students of all areas are encouraged to apply, as we hope to assemble a conference which promotes interdisciplinary discussion, with an eye towards the possibility of future publication in a volume of collected essays or a special issue of a journal.

    More info.

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

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

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

    More info.

  • FELLOWSHIPS FOR STUDY OF EAST EUROPEAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN LANGUAGES AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY, SUMMER 2017
    Deadline: April 20, 2017

    Title VIII Fellowships are available to support US citizen graduate students, college/university faculty, and professionals from a range of fields (government, business, journalism, NGOs, and other) in the study of various East European and Central Asian languages at the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop to be held June 5-July 28, 2017.

    We especially encourage applications for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Ukrainian (all at introductory level) and Azerbaijani (intermediate).

    Title VIII Fellowships cover all tuition and mandatory fees and provide an additional $2500 towards living expenses.

    Applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 20 or until funds are exhausted.

    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.

  • ASEEES Dissertation Research Grants 2017-2018
    Deadline: April 30, 2017

    Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring up to ten grants annually, at a maximum of $5,000 each, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships. The grant is for primary dissertation research, not for dissertation write-up.

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Applicant may be a graduate student of any nationality, in any discipline currently enrolled in a PhD program in the United States
    • Applicant must have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel
    • Applicant must have language proficiency to conduct the proposed research
    • Applicant must be a student member of ASEEES at the time of application
    • Applicant must plan to conduct research in one or more of countries within the region covered by ASEEES, including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
    • Applicant must plan to start the research travel within the same calendar year following the receipt of the fellowship (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the summer of 2017, the grant recipient must start his/her research travel no later than December 31, 2017)
    • Applicant must not hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships for the same research project

    GRANT AMOUNT
    The grant amount is maximum $5,000, which must be used toward expenses outside the US conducting research in the eligible country or countries, listed above. NOTE: The fellowship does not support tuition and fee payments to the applicant’s US home institution.

    DEADLINE
    Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017 (Notifications will be made by June 1, 2017)

    TO APPLY
    Complete the online application, which includes:
    • a two-page, single-spaced, 1000-word description of the research scope, analytical framework, methodology, budget, and timeline;
    • a CV no longer than two pages;
    • Graduate transcript(s) (unofficial copy allowed);
    • two letters of professional reference due May 6 (one must be from the main dissertation adviser);
    • a section on the status of all grants to which one has applied for the research period and/or a statement of ineligibility for key funding opportunities. (Prior to disbursement of funds, ASEEES will contact the home department to verify candidate’s standing and funding levels.)
    All files are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel that values clarity of argument to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    CONTACT
    Please contact aseees.grants@pitt.edu with any further questions.

    May 2017

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

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

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

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

    More info.

  • 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.

  • Inaugural Conference of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics
    Deadline for proposals: May 1, 2017

    This event is the inaugural public meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS). We invite abstracts for:

    • traditional conference presentations (20 minutes, plus 10 Q&A);

    • digital poster presentations, including software demonstrations of new research tools and methods;

    • workshops providing opportunities for guided, hands-on work with digital research tools and methods for historical sociolinguistic research.

    Abstracts can be a maximum of one page in length (plus a second page as needed for diagrams, charts, data tables, and references), and should be sent to: narnihistsoc@gmail.com. The abstract itself should be anonymous, with contact information included in the email.

    We are pleased to note that the posters and software demos will be presented digitally (on landscape-oriented LCD monitors) and will thus allow for interactive display of datasets, visualizations, software tools, etc.

    Workshop proposals should emphasize hands-on work with specific digital tools/methods for historical sociolinguistics research and be designed to fit into a 2.5-hour time slot.

    Keynote: Stephen Elspaß, Universität Salzburg.

    The overall design of this event is intended to maximize exposure to high-level current work in the field of historical sociolinguistics, provide hands-on experience in selected tools and methods in the field, build the professional network, and situate the field within the broader landscape of general linguistics. The event is free and open to all interested parties.

    Contact Information: narnihistsoc@gmail.com.

    Conference Organizers:

    Mark Richard Lauersdorf, University of Kentucky; Joe Salmons, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Fernando Tejedo-Herrero, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Donald Tuten, Emory University

  • Fellowships for Threatened Scholars
    Deadline for application: May 8, 2017

    The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) announces a May 8th deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety.

    IIE-SRF formalizes IIE's unwavering commitment to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. Since the program's founding in 2002, it has awarded fellowships to more nearly 700 scholars from 56 countries, arranging visiting academic positions at over 360 partner institutions in 42 countries.

    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: sutclibm@miamioh.edu Participants will be notified by January 15 if they have been selected for the conference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More info.

  • July 2017

  • Ideology and Linguistic Ideas / 6-9 October, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Deadline for papers:July 15, 2017

    Meeting Description:

    We are pleased to invite scholars interested in the history of linguistic ideas developed alongside with different ideologies in different times. The first conference on this theme was organized in 2015.

    2017 year will be the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which changed the development of peoples of Former Russian Empire.

    The new linguistic politics of Soviet Union and so called ''New Linguistic Theory'' were the consequence of this revolution. Due to this reason some sessions of the conference will be dedicated to the problems of the history of Soviet Linguistics and the Soviet Linguistic Politics.

    The Conference is organized by the Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics and Ivan Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

    The conference will be held on 6-9 October, 2017 at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia).

    Call for Papers:

    Papers relating to any aspect of the history of linguistic ideas developed alongside with ideologies are invited, focusing on diverse topic areas from individual case studies to methodological considerations.

    Proposals for papers should be submitted in the form of abstracts of 400 words as Word.doc, accompanied by the affiliation, email address and short bio of the participant and mailed to: gashol.ge@gmail.com

    The official languages of the conference are Georgian and English.

    The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 15, 2017. The conference editorial board will select the papers to be presented at the conference.

    Final selection will be made by July 25, 2017; notification of acceptance will be sent before July 30, 2017.

    More info.

  • August 2017

  • CFP: Critical Insights volume on Tolstoy
    Deadline:August 1, 2017

    Critical Insights is a multi-volume series that offers original introductory criticism on key authors, works, and themes in literature that are addressed in core reading lists at the undergraduate level. The quality of scholarship and the level of analysis for this series are designed to provide the best and most well rounded overviews of the authors, works, and themes covered. Each volume is peer-edited by a scholar in the field. The result is a collection of authoritative, in-depth scholarship suitable for students and teachers alike. All chapters are written as original material and include an MLA-styled “Works Cited” section and bibliography. Published and distributed by Salem Press, new volumes in the series are solicited and edited by Grey House Publishing. The publisher owns the copyright of all submissions to its volumes.

    The editor of a new Critical Insights volume on Leo Tolstoy seeks contributors to write chapters on any topic or text. Submissions on recent film and television adaptations of Tolstoy's work, Tolstoy's less commonly known works, Tolstoyan philosophy, and on narrative technique and authorial intent are especially of interest. Papers should be accessible to a general audience.

    Final drafts of chapters of approximately 4,000-5,000 words will be due on or around August 1, 2017.

    Contributors will be compensated upon the submission of completed chapters.

    To contribute, please send a proposed title and a short abstract (250 words or less) of the proposed chapter and with a short bio (150 words) by April 1, 2017 off-list to Rachel Stauffer at rachelstauffer@gmail.com. Please also feel free to send any questions.

    September 2017

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

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

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

    •Which groups coalesce around the urban agenda?

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

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

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

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

    More info.

  • October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    Please click here for the full announcement.

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

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

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

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

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

    More info.

  • September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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  • Announcing the CEERES of Voices Event Series

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

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

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

    · April 29: Ukrainian Poetry Reading with Serhiy Zhadan

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

    More info.

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

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

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

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

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

    The 2019 edition of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

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

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

    The journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History

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


    SRAS Study Abroad Opportunities

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

  • Peer Reviewers Needed for Slovo Issue 28.2

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

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

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

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

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

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

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

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

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

    Please see the website for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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