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    Fellowships & Grants

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    May Deadlines

    Russian & East European Institute Daniel Armstrong Memorial Research Paper Competition
    Deadline to apply: May 24, 2019


    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 current academic year (Fall ’18 – Spring ’19). The award is given in three categories: graduate student paper (dissertation chapters are not permitted), Master of Arts essay, and undergraduate papers. 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 panel. 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. This year that Friday is May 24th.

    Awards are presented to the authors of the winning papers in September at the annual REEI Fall Reception for faculty and students. (Only winners will be notified.)

    How to submit:
    Submit clean copies without comments electronically to Elliott Nowacky, REEI Student Services Coordinator, email: enowacky@iu.edu no later than 5pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019. Paper copies will not be accepted. The author’s name should be omitted from all pages. Include a single cover sheet with the following information:
    · author’s name & student ID number
    · paper title
    · course information (number/title, instructor, semester)

    Students or faculty may submit student papers for consideration.

    Past Armstrong Award winners can be viewed at: http://www.indiana.edu/~reeiweb/alumni/armstrong.shtml

    Please Note: Papers awarded the Eva Kagan-Kans Memorial Award (Office for Women’s Affairs) are ineligible.

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    June Deadlines

    Yale University - Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Humanities
    Review of applications will begin April 5th and will continue until the position is filled


    An outstanding junior scholar with an interest in public humanities is sought for a postdoctoral fellowship. Based at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and working with Professor Timothy Snyder. Position for one year, with a possibility for two renewals.

    This position is split evenly between research and public outreach. For half the time, the fellow will be working on her or his own project, as defined in the application. For the other half, the fellow will work on outreach and planning involving book publishing, television and other media, and public events.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
    Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

    Applicants will be recent PhD recipients and will have completed their degree before beginning the fellowship. A doctorate in history or a related field and a facility with languages required. The fellow will remain in residence through the duration of the fellowship and contribute to the intellectual life of the Jackson Institute.

    To apply, submit the following via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/61043: cover letter; research proposal (1000 words); two or three letters of reference (at least one should refer to administrative experience); transcripts (all higher education); brief writing sample. The cover letter should address research interests, interest in and experience relevant to academic administration, and language ability.

    Salary: $57,000 plus $3,000 for research expenses. The fellow will be housed in the Jackson Institute and will have an office.

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    FALL DEADLINES

    Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
    Fulbright offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 130 countries for the 2020-2021 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty as well as for professionals and independent scholars.

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    ROLLING DEADLINES

    SRAS Study Abroad Opportunities
    Deadline to apply: ROLLING


    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.


    Jewish Studies Conference Funding for Graduate Students, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University
    Deadline to apply: ROLLING


    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.


    Jewish Studies Conference Funding for Undergraduate Students, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University
    Deadline to apply: ROLLING


    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 and International Studies Building-4E, 4023, 812-855-0453) 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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    Calls For Papers

    April Deadlines| May Deadlines | Fall Deadlines| Rolling Deadlines


    April Deadlines

    "City and Nation: Changing Relations, New Perspectives in Urban and Cultural Studies" Conference
    June 13-14, 2019 at the University of Bristol
    Deadline for proposals: April 1, 2019


    The relationship between city and nation has been subject to change in recent decades, following devolution of powers world-wide and the growing freedom of cities to build, brand and promote themselves, independent of the nation-state. Scholarship in the field of urban studies has focused primarily on the political, social and economic implications of the changing relationship between city and nation. It has also emphasised the potential of ‘world cities’ to displace the hegemony of the nation-state in the context of an increasingly globalised political order (Massey, 2007; Curtis 2014; Clark and Moonen 2016). Rather less attention has been paid to sub-national inflections of the changing relationship between city and nation and to the role played by cultural practice and production in articulating, negotiating and reshaping understandings of both city and nation.

    This conference aims to bring together scholars working in the fields of urban studies and cultural studies (broadly conceived) to explore how cultural factors, practices and productions influence or are affected by the changing relationship between city and nation. It seeks to extend the scholarship on city, nation and culture beyond cities traditionally aligned with the nation-state by encouraging papers on cites often excluded from discourses relating to national culture. It further asks how cultural practices and production shape understandings of the relationship between city and nation; how national identities and discourses play out in the context of distinct urban contexts – how they are negotiated, refracted, challenged or made concrete in the microcosm of the city, its cultural practices and its cultural representation; how practices of identity-building and the branding of cities relate to wider national identities and cultural imaginaries; and what the changing relationship between city and nation reveals about the nation-state, its workings and its discourses. Theoretical tools for understanding emerging relations between city and nation and new methodologies for the study of the same are particularly welcome. These will be complemented by case studies dedicated to distinct city-nation contexts.

    Keynote speakers will include Professor Karen Till, Maynooth University

    Relevant topics might include:
    - theoretical approaches to city-nation relations
    - methodological concerns and innovations
    - city and nation at the nexus of cultural and urban studies
    - case studies of distinct urban contexts and cultural practices
    - urban cultures and practices of resistance
    - cultural representations of changing city-nation relations
    - historical considerations relevant to the contemporary context
    - distinctive urban cultures and their relationship with nation-state discourses
    - cultural practices and products addressing issues of local, national and transnational significance
    - world cities at the nexus of national and translational culture

    Abstracts for 20-minute presentations should be c. 250-300 words in length and accompanied by a brief biographical note.

    The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2019. Accepted papers will be confirmed by 30 April 2019. Please send to r.s.glynn@bris.ac.uk


    Call for Papers: AATSEEL Annual Conference
    February 6-9, 2020 in San Diego, California
    Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2019 for possibility of revision and resubmission, or July 1 without the possibility of revision


    The AATSEEL Call for Papers is now available: http://www.aatseel.org/cfp_main

    The 2019 AATSEEL conference in New Orleans was a great success and we have already started planning our next year conference in San Diego, California. We are expecting an excellent lineup of workshops, thematic streams and special presentations in 2020.

    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 2020 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, 2020 for early consideration (the final submission deadline is July 1, 2020). For more information, visit the AATSEEL website: http://www.aatseel.org/cfp_main. All proposals must be made through the online submission process – no emailed proposals will be accepted.


    Call for Papers for a Special issue of FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS, Fall 2020 Guest Editors: Krassimira Daskalova and Maria Bucur
    Deadline for abstracts: April 20, 2019


    Women’s and gender history developed as an academic field during the 1970s first in the USA and Western Europe and later, after 1989 – in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. During the first couple of decades after its beginning, this history, and especially the history of women’s movements and feminisms was confined within the narrow national frames in accordance with the major tendencies of the mainstream historiography since the 19th century. Many historians still continue to work within these frameworks.

    During the last years, however, new directions have emerged, most notably transnational and global history. As shown by some of the pioneers in the field, transnational history is interested in personalities and ideas, in actions and practices that transgress the fixed borders of the nation-state. One dimension of transnational history is the so-called „entangled history” (“histoire croisée” or „Verflechtungsgeschichte”). Methodology of the “entangled history” is complex and multidimensional and adds various new perspectives to the transnational history, among which the most important are mutual formation and self-reflexivity.

    This Special Issue of FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS seeks contributions on the history of East European Feminisms from a transnational and entangled perspective by paying attention to contacts and activities of feminists that crossed national borders physically or symbolically. Our definition of Eastern Europe encompasses Russia, the USSR and its European successor states, the Habsburg Empire and its successor states, and the Balkans, inclusive of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. At the end of the 19th and during the 20th century a number of international women’s organizations were established, among them the International Council of Women, the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA, later renamed the International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship and subsequently the International Alliance of Women), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Women’s International Democratic Federation. An important regional East European organization, the Little Entente of Women (LEW), was established in 1923 as an off-shoot of the IWSA. Unsurprisingly, the LEW followed the aims and goals of the IWSA, yet at the same time developed its own agenda relevant to the unresolved problems of the East European women’s movements which were part of LEW. With this special issue of FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS we aim to reveal the hidden links and entanglement between East European and other feminist movements by paying attention to major actors in international networks who came from EE and the transfer of ideas and agendas between the international and regional/local/national women’s movements and feminisms.

    While the Anglo-centric periodization of feminist waves has already been contested many times in the scholarship on feminisms, we would like to test some less known theoretical models of feminisms, such as Karen Offen’s typology of the individualist and relational feminist argumentations throughout Europe between the early 18th and mid-20th century. Though this may be a promising framework for some authors, we are also interested in critical perspectives that engage differently with the development of feminisms in Eastern Europe. Overall, we are eager to receive pieces that include both deep engagement with specific historical sources (they may be of any nature and up to the present) as well as an analysis of specific transnational aspects of East European feminisms. For scholars interested in submitting pieces focusing on the postcommunist period in particular (or very recent history, more generically), we are willing to consider discussions of current issues, but with a strong historical component in terms of the contextualization and analysis.

    Please, send your abstracts by April 30, 2019 to both of us at:
    krassimira_daskalova@yahoo.com
    mbucur@indiana.edu

    We will respond whether your prospective articles fit the designed volume and whether they will be included in the Special Issue of FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS by May 10, 2019. The full papers will be due September 15, 2019 and all of them will have to pass the peer review procedure of the journal.


    Call for Papers - «AvtobiografiЯ. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture»
    Deadline: April 30, 2019


    The international, peer-reviewed and open access journal «AvtobiografiЯ. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture» is now accepting submissions for its eighth issue, which will be published in the autumn of 2019. «AvtobiografiЯ» 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 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.

    Proposals must be sent to the address: info@avtobiografija.com. The deadline for submissions is the 30th April 2019. All necessary information, including style notes and submission guidelines, are on the journal’s website: http://www.avtobiografija.com/

    The seventh 2018 issue was published on 30 December 2018. It featured a special section edited by Elena Glukhova on the practice of letter writing during the Silver Age, with articles by Fedor Poliakov, Svetlana Fedotova, Anna Sergeeva-Kliatis, Ol’ga Bogdanova, Anastasia Gacheva, Dmitrii Torshilov and Elena Glukhova. It also featured an article by Irina Erman on Rozanov and 48 letters written by Mikhail Murav’ev, edited by Aleksandr Ivinskii, other than 7 book reviews. The issue can be consulted at the link: http://www.avtobiografija.com/index.php/avtobiografija/issue/view/12/10


    May Deadlines

    Aspasia Call for Submissions for Vol. 14
    Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2019


    Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History seeks articles that explore the history of women and gender in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE). We welcome submissions on any topic in the field of women's and gender history in CESEE. We are especially interested in research that examines the ways in which gender intersects with other categories of social organization and advances work that explores transnational aspects of women's and gender histories within, to, and from CESEE.

    While we accept submissions at any time, to be considered for volume 14 (to appear in 2020), we suggest that authors send us their manuscripts by 1 May 2019.

    Submissions of up to 9,000 words (including endnotes) can be sent to aspasia.editor@gmail.com.

    For more information, please write to one of the editors, or visit www.berghahnjournals.com/aspasia, where you can also download the Aspasia Guidelines for Authors.


    Russian Language Journal 2019: Special Issue in Honor of Olga Kagan
    First submission deadline: May 1, 2019


    The next volume of Russian Language Journal will honor our friend and colleague, Olga Kagan. Articles in this issue will be devoted to the teaching of Russian at all levels, with a particular focus on moving students from Intermediate to Advanced and beyond.

    In particular, we welcome papers grounded in theory and research, as well as papers documenting the effectiveness of innovative teaching methods, materials, and approaches.

    Timeline:
    First submission deadline: May 1, 2019
    First review deadline: July 1, 2019
    Acceptance deadline: September 15, 2019
    Expected publication date: December 1, 2019

    Submission Instructions
    Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Style Guidelines available at the end of this issue or at rlj.americancouncils.org. All papers will be peer reviewed following Russian Language Journal's guidelines.

    Guest Editor: Tony Brown, Brigham Young University (tony_brown@byu.edu)


    15th International Conference for Early Career Researchers
    June 19-21, Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences (Kyiv, Ukraine)
    Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2019


    It is our pleasure to invite you to take part in the 15th International Conference for Early Career Researchers (up to 7 years after getting PhD title), literary scholars, philologists and hіstorians.

    Dates and venue:
    June 19-21, Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences (Kyiv, Ukraine). The essence of the proposal:
    - a broad range of topics
    - no registration fee
    - highly reputable keynote speakers and panel chairpersons
    - associated events, presentation, excursion.

    Please find a Call for papers in Ukrainian here and in English here.


    19th Annual Aleksanteri Conference - TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY IN THE EURASIAN SPACE
    October 23-25, 20199 at the University of Helsinki, Finland
    Deadline for paper/poster, panel, and roundtable proposals: May 15, 2019


    The 19th Annual Aleksanteri Conference explores interactions between technologies, societies, and cultures across Eurasia. We will bring together leading experts in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies, as well as researchers from digital humanities to examine how said interactions are reconfigured in the context of past and future technological change.

    What impact does technology have on societies and cultures across Eurasia and vice versa? Which inventions historically provoked major disruptions in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, and how did these societies then respond? What are the major challenges posed by the rapid spread of digital technologies and media? How will emerging technologies – such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, or the Internet of Things – change politics, social interactions, egalitarian processes, and forms of cultural production in the future?

    Aleksanteri Conference 2019 is an invitation to discuss how technologies are constructed, conditioned, adopted, maintained, abolished, and repaired across the Eurasian space. We welcome critical approaches, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspectives to explore technologies and their interaction with important questions of power, knowledge, sustainability, privacy, securitization, and inequality. Digital technology has resulted in the emergence of a wealth of new (big) data sources, such as digital archives, social media, and various kinds of digital media outlets. These advancements allow us to further investigate Eurasian societies, histories, and cultures with the help of novel digital tools. Hence, this year we introduce a dedicated digital humanities stream aimed at addressing the methodological, linguistic, legal, and ethical challenges of working with digitized research materials and big data from Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

    The conference committee invites papers in the following thematic streams:

    Technology and Politics
    Including #digital_democracy, #technopolitics, #elections_tinkering, #post-truth, #civic_tech

    Technology and Economics
    Including #innovation, #network_industries, #data_economy, #platform_economy

    Technology and Culture
    Including #new_media, #algorithmic_culture, #digital_art, #moral_machines, #convergence_culture

    Technology and Society
    Including #mediatization, #infrastructure, #digital_divide, #datafication

    Digital Humanities
    Including #DHareastudies, #big_data, #digital_archives, #researchethics, #coding_skills

    On behalf of the Aleksanteri Conference Organising Committee, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit your proposal to any of the five themes. We kindly ask you to do so in accordance with the instructions provided in the electronic submission form. All abstracts will be reviewed by scientific experts for rating of abstract quality and presentation content.

    Confirmed keynote speakers and programme:
    Anastasiya Bonch-Osmalovskaya, Associate Professor of Linguistics, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Russia
    Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography & O’Hanley Faculty Scholar, Syracuse University, USA
    Benjamin Peters, Associate Professor of Media Studies, the University of Tulsa and Affiliated Fellow, Yale Law School, USA
    Ellen Rutten, Professor of Literature, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Alina Sorgner, Assistant Professor for Applied Data Analytics, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

    In addition to plenary sessions, the conference features scientific panels, roundtables, and a poster session. Complementing academic activity, the conference programme will also include cultural events and discussions with practitioners and public figures involved in technology development, assessment, and scaling. We will organise a guided tour of the Slavonic Library, which is a world-renowned treasure, especially for scholars of Russian history and culture. Conference guests are invited to attend an evening reception hosted by the City of Helsinki. This year we will again organise a book exhibition at the main conference venue.

    Conference schedule and deadlines:
    • Deadline for submitting paper/poster, panel, and roundtable proposals: 15 May 2019
    • Notification of acceptance: 14 June 2019
    • Online registration and registration fees due by 21 August 2019
    • Conference programme published by early September 2019
    • Conference: 23-25 October 2019

    Submissions:
    The deadline for submitting paper/poster, panel, and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2019. Please submit your proposal via our website at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/technology-culture-and-society-in-the-eurasian-space/call-for-papers

    Registration rates:
    Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants 100 €
    Poster presenters 50 €
    Graduate students, participants from ex-Soviet countries, or participants with a yearly income of less than 30,000 euros 50 €
    Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference is allowed) 25 €

    General information:
    The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translations can be provided.
    Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Costs related to participation are also the responsibility of the participant.

    Please consult our website for information and discussion: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/technology-culture-and-society-in-the-eurasian-space

    For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at: fcree-aleksconf@helsinki.fi

    Organisers: Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki in collaboration with the Digital Russia Studies network and Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities.


    Russian & East European Institute Daniel Armstrong Memorial Research Paper Competition
    Deadline: May 24, 2019


    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 current academic year (Fall ’18 – Spring ’19). The award is given in three categories: graduate student paper (dissertation chapters are not permitted), Master of Arts essay, and undergraduate papers. 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 panel. 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. This year that Friday is May 24th.

    Awards are presented to the authors of the winning papers in September at the annual REEI Fall Reception for faculty and students. (Only winners will be notified.)

    How to submit:

    Submit clean copies without comments electronically to Elliott Nowacky, REEI Student Services Coordinator, email: enowacky@iu.edu no later than 5pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019. Paper copies will not be accepted. The author’s name should be omitted from all pages. Include a single cover sheet with the following information:
    · author’s name & student ID number
    · paper title
    · course information (number/title, instructor, semester)

    Students or faculty may submit student papers for consideration.

    Past Armstrong Award winners can be viewed at:
    http://www.indiana.edu/~reeiweb/alumni/armstrong.shtml

    Please Note: Papers awarded the Eva Kagan-Kans Memorial Award (Office for Women’s Affairs) are ineligible.


    The Feminine Rewriting of the Myth in the Slavic Literature from the 20th Century to the Present Day
    Deadline for proposals: July 10, 2019


    The Commission of the Research Project PRIN “(De)construction of the Myth in Contemporary Feminine Literature in Russia and Poland. A Comparative study” is accepting submissions for papers that will be published in a special issue of the journal “Lingue e Linguaggi” (siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/linguelinguaggi).

    The Commission welcomes proposals of papers focusing on topics as Contemporary Russian, Polish, Slavic Feminine Literature, Recreation and Deconstruction of the myth in the Contemporary Feminine Slavic Literature.

    Please note that:
    - the papers submitted to the journal must be original and not published elsewhere in any language
    - each paper will be submitted to double blind peer review before being accepted for publication
    - papers may be written in Polish, Italian and Russian.

    The issue is planned for publication in 2020. Proposals for contributions, written according to the guidelines of the attached templates, should be sent to gloria.politi@unisalento.it.

    The deadline for submitting the final text of the papers is 10th July 2019. Notification of acceptance or rejection of the subject proposed in the abstract will be communicated in November 2019.

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    Fall Deadlines

    Call for Papers (информация на русском ниже): International Symposium - “People don’t like to look at this…” The Cinema of Kira Muratova
    May 7-9, 2020 in Berlin, Germany
    Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2019


    Kira Muratova (1934-2018) always had a particular if not marginal status on the international cinematographic map. The many reasons for this include her unique film style and unprecedented freedom of expression, the years of artistic persecution during the Soviet period culminating in the dismissal from the Odessa film studio, and her deliberate nonconformist self-positioning as enfant terrible throughout her entire artistic career. Yet, in the early 2000s, Mikhail Iampolski named three directors under the aegis of whom late Soviet and post-Soviet cinema developed: Alexander Sokurov, Alexei German sr., and Kira Muratova. At the same time, Iampolski noted Muratova’s “foreignness to the familiar landscape” of the national film tradition (2008: 5). The elitist “sophistication” (kulturnost‘), “symbolism”, and even more so, “ideology”, which is often associated with (post)Soviet auteur cinema, is entirely alien to her. Muratova’s idiosyncratic style puzzles not only viewers, but also researchers and critics. As Eugénie Zvonkine’s rightly observes, “this heterogeneous oeuvre resists analysis and does not immediately reveal a profound aesthetic coherence” (2012: 15).

    Muratova produced 21 short and full-length films over about 60 years, starting with her first features made together with Oleksandr Muratov in the late 1950s-early 1960s, right up to her last film The Eternal Return (2012). Her first solo films with the mirroring titles – Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971) – have become irrefutable classics of Soviet cinema, despite the fact that after their release, both films were severely criticised and withheld from distribution. Soviet censors accused Muratova of “gloominess”, “lengthiness”, “mannerism”, “pretentiousness”, “formalism”, “trivial subject matter”, in other words, of “non-socialist, petit bourgeois realism” (cit. Bozhovich 1988: 12 and Zvonkine 2012: 49-53, 80). Getting to Know the Big Wide World (1979) is considered a milestone in the formation of Muratova’s distinct ornamental film style. The eccentric world of her cinema increasingly became filled with “decorativity”, verbal and montage repetitions, doublings of figures, divertissements and tricks, grotesquerie, particular attention to corporeality, and the affected intonations and mannerisms of non-professional actors. Muratova’s heterodoxy was manifest in each of her works as she fell foul of the Soviet censor. A fruitful period began during perestroika: Muratova made A Change of Fate (1987) and her “Soviet Apocalypse” (Taubman 2005: 45) ‒ Asthenic Syndrome (1989). After the collapse of the USSR, Muratova finally found a long-awaited freedom of expression as well as recognition in her homeland and abroad. In that period, she made – in her words – “superficial” films, such as The Sentimental Policeman (1992) and Pastimes (1994), followed by the pessimistic murderer triptych Three Stories (1997), which provoked vexed audience reactions. From the early 2000s to the end of her life, Muratova made six full-length films – each of them challenging the audience’s assumptions about her peculiar style. While fully acknowledged in the elite cinematic and academic circles, Kira Muratova’s extravagant film oeuvre remains controversial, cryptic, and little known to a broader audience, in particular, at international level.

    Muratova masterfully experimented with the potential of the cinematic image and constantly challenged traditional forms of film narration by focusing on the bizarre, insignificant, marginal, tabooed, and those otherwise excluded from the (post-)Soviet regime of representation. Muratova’s cinema returns to some basal mode of excessive “spectacle”, or pageantry (Oleg Aronson 2005), which does not fully belong in either theatre or cinema and in which narrative and performance, fiction and documentary fancifully coexist. This spectacle is closely related to early cinema and avant-garde experiments ‒ to the “cinema of attractions” (Tom Gunning). The only time when the authorial voice interfered in the flux of images was in the well-known heart-breaking documentary footage of a dog pound (Asthenic Syndrome): “People don’t like to look at this. People don’t like to think about this. This is not supposed to have a relation to discussions of good and evil.” This overtly critical statement, by the same token, succinctly “comments” on the principle of cinematic visibility and offers a meaningful and, of course, self-ironic metaphor for Muratova’s oeuvre.

    We invite applications for the first international Symposium dedicated to Kira Muratova’s films. The conference aims at a conceptualisation and systematisation of Muratova’s multifaceted heritage, as well as of methods and approaches to interpreting her film work. Papers can both address general topics related to Muratova’s cinema and focus on the analysis of particular films. The range of topics may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    - Muratova’s films through the lens of critical theory, gender, postcolonial, post-human studies, etc.;
    - Muratova’s films and film theories;
    - Muratova’s cinema in the history and context of world cinema: thematic and stylistic continuity, periodisation, influences, traditions of silent cinema, new waves, etc.;
    - politics & aesthetics;
    - genre specifics;
    - interdisciplinary, intertextual, comparative studies (literature, fine arts, music, circus, etc.);
    - artistic interactions and tandems (Alexandr Muratov, Nataliia Riazantseva, Rustam Khamdamov, Evgenii Golubenko, Renata Litvinova, Oleg Karavaichuk, Gennadii Koriuk, Nina Ruslanova, the comic troupe “Maski”, etc.);
    - unfinished film projects (Watch Your Dreams Carefully, Princess Mary) and shorts;
    - reception of Muratova’s cinema.

    Keynotes:
    Mikhail Iampolski (New York University)
    Eugénie Zvonkine (Université Paris VIII)

    The organisers especially welcome papers that demonstrate a thorough theoretical background and an original methodology and encourage applications from researchers at an early stage of their career, including graduate students.

    The conference is organised by the University of Hagen, Germany. Working languages: English, Russian, and German. A publication of conference proceedings is planned.

    Please send your submissions including the title, an abstract in English, German or Russian (300-500 words), your short biography, affiliation if applicable, email, and the most important publications to the organisers Irina Gradinari (Fernuniversität Hagen) and Irina Schulzki (LMU München). E-mail: muratova.conference2020@gmail.com.

    Deadline for submissions: 1 September, 2019.

    Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. For news and updates, visit https://muratova2020.wordpress.com

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    Rolling Deadlines

    9th Annual Scientific Journal "Kremenets Comparative Studies” (ISSN 2311-262X)

    The Department of Humanities at Taras Shevchenko Regional Humanitarian Pedagogical Academy of Kremenets (Ukraine) invites you to submit a paper to the 9th annual scientific journal “Kremenets Comparative Studies” (ISSN 2311-262X).

    The aim of the scientific journal is to unite literary critics in order to exchange opinions on modern research of the literary phenomena in comparative aspect. During extra-mural discussion a wide range of current tendencies and conceptions are to be observed, in particular:

    1. Theoretical and Methodological Conceptions of Modern Comparative Literature and Linguistics.
    2. Comparative, Imagological, Postcolonial, Receptive and Intertextual Aspects of Comparative Literature.
    3. Interdisciplinary Approach in Comparative Literature and Linguistics.
    4. Contrastive Linguistics.
    5. General Literary Studies and Linguistics.
    6. Translation Studies.
    7. World Literatures: Poetics, Theory and History.
    Kremenets Comparative Studies is indexed in Index Copernicus International, CiteFactor (Directory Indexing of International Research Journals), Research Bible (Open Access Indexing Database for Researchers and Publishers), InfoBase Index


    World Congress "East-West: the Intersection of Cultures," Conference Announcement>br> October 2-6, 2019 at Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

    We invite you to take part in the XI-th World Congress "East-West: the Intersection of Cultures," to be held October 2-6, 2019 at Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan.

    Working languages: English and Russian. Virtual as well as on site participation welcome.

    Thematic areas of the congress:
    1. Literary horizons.
    2. Innovations in Lingusitics.
    3. The increasing role of bilingualism in modern society: bilingual education.
    4. Translation and intercultural communication.
    5. Intercultural aspects of pedagogy. Foreign languages and methodology of teaching
    6. Sociocultural problems of international migration and demography.
    7. Information technology and smart technology in education. E-learning methodology. Multimedia.

    Details of the Congress and registration on the site.
    https://japan-congress2019.bsu.ge/

    The address of the international organizing committee: japan.congress@gmail.com
    Chairs: japan.congress@gmail.com (Svetlana M. Minasyan)
    kitajo@cc.kyoto-su.ac.jp (Mitsushi Kitajo) Mitsushi Kitajo


    International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture (LLC)
    Deadline: ROLLING


    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 to: contact@ijllc.eu or ijllc.submission@yahoo.com
    Visit us online at http://ijllc.eu/


    The 2019 edition of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies
    Deadline: ROLLING

    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.

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    Study Abroad

    10th Annual Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Literature
    June 9-29, 2019 at Prešov University, Slovakia
    Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019


    The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center affiliate of ASEEES announces the 10th Annual Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Literature at Prešov University in Prešov, Slovakia, from June 9-29, 2019. Intensive simultaneous and intensive classes are given in English and in Rusyn on Carpatho-Rusyn history, folklore, and language. Participants enjoy excursions to villages in the Carpathian region, workshops in folksong and folk dance, and visits to the Alexander Dukhnovych Theater and the Rusyn Museum in Prešov. All of this, including housing in a student dorm and daily meals are covered in the cost of $1600. Some financial aid may be available for students registered in North American colleges and universities.

    For more information and an application, visit the website of the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center: www.c-rrc.org/studium-carpato-ruthenorum-2019


    Faculty-Led, Accredited Summer Study in Georgia: Foodways | Footways | Internships - Stetson University
    June 30 - July 14, 2019
    Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019


    This summer 2019, students curious about Georgia, interdisciplinary approaches to food studies, the post-Soviet region, eco-tourism, physical geography, and economic development should consider one, two, or all three of the programs through SRAS, partnering with NovaMova in Kyiv.

    Full-time summer study requires six credit-hours of coursework. For the first time, this summer many federal and state financial aid programs (e.g.,Pell) offer financial assistance to students who are enrolled in full-time, accredited study. By combining these three consecutive programs, students can attain full-time status at a very low cost with a high educational value. Plus, Georgia.

    + |June 16-30| Georgian Foodways: Global Pathways/Local Contexts. 2 credits.

    Travel throughout Georgia, housing, most meals, and US accredited tuition included. Let's think about the complex national-cultural role of wine and food, which have both separated Georgia from surrounding nations and ethnicities, but also brought it into global economic pathways. This program is one of the most affordable options for any summer, accredited program.

    Syllabus: bit.ly/GeorgiaFoodSyllabus
    Program information: bit.ly/GeorgianFoodways

    + |June 30-July 14| Georgian Footways: Human Geography of the Caucasus. 2 credits.

    In the northwest corner of Georgia lies Svaneti, where the surrounding mountains have helped to protect and preserve the region’s distinct language and culture over the centuries. This course examines questions surrounding economic development, the current environmental and social issues facing the region, and efforts to preserve Svaneti’s unique natural and cultural heritage. The program costs include housing in Tbilisi and back country in Svaneti, meals, and tuition are included.

    Program information: bit.ly/GeorgiaFoot

    + |July 14-August 1| NGO Internship at Tbilisi's Impact Hub. 2 credits.

    Options include mapping/GIS related projects, collecting interviews with people in Svaneti, multimedia/website content production, and sustainable economic environment/tourism. For costs and details, please contact Renee Stillings, rstillings@sras.org.

    Please direct requests for more information about any of these programs to michaeladenner@gmail.com.


    Scholarships to study at the Jagiellonian University
    Deadline to apply: April 10, 2019


    The Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC and its Chapters in Chicago, New England, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Texas, Washington, DC, and Western New York are currently accepting applications for Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarships to study in Poland this summer. Several scholarships are available for Polish language and culture classes at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The scholarship covers program fees\of the three-week programs, Session C and D. Programs begin on July 3rd and July 24th, respectively.

    Scholarships are open to Americans of Polish descent and US legal residents of Polish descent who will be high school graduates and at least 18 by the first day of the program. Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible and may apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Candidates must submit an application, financial information form, 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts and an essay/personal statement discussing why they wish to attend the program. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2019.

    Programs include Polish language classes in the morning, culture and history classes in the afternoon, and workshops and cultural events in the evening. Also included are local sightseeing and trips on weekends. Students are responsible for application fees, single room fees, medical insurance, airfare, and out-of-pocket expenses.

    For additional details regarding eligibility, how to apply for a scholarship, and course descriptions please see www.thekf.org/kf/programs/study/

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    Miscellaneous

    Call for Nominations: 2019 Heldt Prizes
    Deadline for nominations: May 15, 2019


    The Association for Women in Slavic Studies invites nominations for the 2019 competition for the Heldt Prizes, awarded for works of scholarship. To be eligible for nomination, all books and articles for the first three prize categories must be published between 15 April 2018 and 15 April 2019. Nominations for the 2019 prizes will be accepted for the following categories:

    • Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's and gender studies
    • Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's and gender studies
    • Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/ Eurasian studies
    • Best translation in Slavic/East European/Eurasian women’s and gender studies (Must be published between 15 April 2017 and 15 April 2019)

    One may nominate individual books for more than one category, and more than one item for each category. Articles included in collections as well as journals are eligible for the "best article" prize, but they must be nominated individually. In general, hard copy submissions are preferred over e-versions.* The prizes will be awarded at the AWSS meeting at the ASEEES National Convention in San Francisco in November 2019.

    If you have any questions, please contact the committee’s chair: Melissa Bokovoy at mbokovoy@unm.edu

    To nominate any work, please send or request that the publisher send one copy to each of the five members of the Prize committee by 15 May 2019:

    Dr. Melissa Bokovoy, Chair, Heldt Prize Committee
    Chair and Professor of History
    Department of History
    MSC06 3760
    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131-1181
    mbokovoy@unm.edu

    Dr. Diane Nemec Ignashev
    Department of German and Russian
    Carleton College
    100 North College Street
    Northfield, MN 55057, USA
    Email (for e-books/pdfs; preferred): dignashe@carleton.edu
    *NB: Diane Nemec Ignashev prefers to be sent entries as PDFs or e-book. Her email is provided above.

    Dr. Jenny Kaminer
    Associate Professor of Russian
    University of California-Davis
    Department of German and Russian
    1 Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616
    jekaminer@ucdavis.edu

    Dr. Maria Popova
    Department of Political Science
    855 Sherbrooke St. W.
    Montreal, Quebec
    H3A 2T7 Canada
    maria.popova@mcgill.ca

    Dr. Anika Walke
    Department of History
    Washington University in St. Louis
    CB 1062
    Busch Hall 113
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
    a.walke@wustl.edu


    Roadmap for the Teaching and Learning of Russian - Summer Program for Russian Teachers K–16
    July 15-26, 2019 in Fairfax, VA
    Deadline to apply: May 17, 2019


    American Councils for International Education and Fairfax County Public Schools/TJHSST will offer a professional development program for teachers of Russian: “Roadmap for the Teaching and Learning of Russian with the World-Readiness Standards”

    Program Dates: July 15 – 26, 2019 (FAIRFAX, VA)
    Arrival Date: Out of town participants may arrive on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
    Last Day of Program: Friday, July 26th is a half day. Program ends by Noon.

    This standards-based course is designed to provide teachers of Russian an intensive two week professional development program that focuses on current pedagogical theory in the teaching and learning of Russian. Program discussions will the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Participants will also learn how technology can help their students increase language proficiency, and how to develop assessments that target the three learning modes. Other discussion topics will include how to create comprehensible input in classes that leads to comprehensible output, as well as more advanced elements of differentiated instruction. Micro-teaching and observation will be integral parts of the course. A two day MOPI (Modified Oral Proficiency Interview) training workshop will be included in this program.

    During the course of the program, teacher participants will:
    · observe Russian language lessons in our co-existing student program
    · design mini lessons to demo in the student program
    · have access to shared lessons created within the teacher program
    · learn and review how technology can be integrated with lessons

    Participating teachers will receive:
    - Full Program Tuition
    - A two day MOPI (Modified Oral Proficiency Interview) training
    - Certificate of MOPI Participation from ACTFL
    - STARTALK Professional Development Certificate of Program Participation
    - A modest stipend upon successful program completion
    - Optional graduate credit at a special registration fee

    For out of town participants we provide:
    Lodging in historic Old Town Alexandria, VA
    Daily Breakfast is available at the hotel

    Teacher participants will not have to purchase software or any other materials in order to successfully complete this course. Bringing a laptop or other electronic device is recommended

    Applications for 2019 are due by May 17, 2019 and are available at: https://tinyurl.com/2019startalkteacherprogram

    For additional information, contact Nataliya Ushakova at nushakova@gmail.com or (347) 267-9826


    Summer Positions - American Experience Academy
    June 27 - July 21, 2019 at Indiana University Bloomington


    The Office of International Affairs of the College of Arts and Sciences seeks Program Mentors for the American Experience Academy, a three-week summer academy for international students. This paid position is ideal for someone who is interested in experiential education, counseling, cross-cultural communication, American studies, international relations, higher education, or student affairs.

    The Academy anticipates hiring three project mentors for a group of 30 college-age participants (or two mentors if enrollment is fewer than 20).

    Responsibilities include:
    · Assist instructors in setting up their sessions, coordinating interactive exercises, and leading field trips.
    · Provide advice and guidance to participants related to program content, program schedule, navigating the campus and Bloomington, and extracurricular activities.
    · Lead small group discussions with participants several times each week to debrief on the lectures and activities of the day.
    · Guide participants in developing their project presentations.
    · Assist participants with on- and off-campus needs, such as using the library, recreational facilities, shopping, procuring health care, emergencies, etc.
    · Help organize social and recreational activities.

    Qualifications:
    · Interest in the subject area and in international participants
    · Sense of responsibility
    · Good organizational skills
    · Enthusiastic and fun-loving
    · Patience and empathy
    · Bachelor’s degree
    · Familiarity with the IUB campus and surrounding area.
    · Driver’s license and ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records Check

    Terms:
    · Be available June 27 – July 21, 2019. Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday, June 30. Project mentors will need to be available during the days prior to the participants’ arrival to review responsibilities and assist with final preparations.
    · Project mentors will need to serve as an on-call resource after hours. If a mentor stays in the residence hall with the participants, the Academy will provide housing and a meal card.
    · Pay is $1,800 for 3-1/2 weeks, full-time, based on three project mentors.

    Next Steps:
    Contact Carolyn Lantz in the College Office of International Affairs at lantzcar@indiana.edu or (812) 856-9020 with questions. To apply, send her an email with a short cover letter expressing your motivation and qualifications for serving as a project mentor and your resume.


    Book Reviewers for Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ)
    Deadline: August 2019


    The Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ) seeks qualified reviewers for over a hundred titles: http://bit.ly/seejbooksforreview

    Please respond to michaeladenner@gmail.com with a subject line: "SEEJ Book inquiry."

    By reviewing new titles in our field you provide a valuable service to the discipline, informing colleagues of the content, quality, and audience of newly-published works of scholarship, as well as new literature, translations, and pedagogical materials.

    Reviews are an essential component of the tenure and promotion process, both for the reviewer and the authors reviewed.

    The deadline for reviews solicited now is ★AUGUST 2019★ for the Fall or Winter issue of SEEJ.

    If you are interested in reviewing a book for SEEJ, please contact me directly at michaeladenner@gmail.com. Please include your name and the title of the book in the email's subject line.

    Guidelines for reviewers can be found here: http://bit.ly/howtoreviewSEEJ


    Call for Translators, Copy Editors, Indexers - The Ukrainian Institute at Harvard University

    The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is building a database of experienced translators, copy editors, and indexers to assist with publications projects on an as-needed basis.

    Apply online at https://huri.harvard.edu/news/news-from-huri/370 to join our list of potential freelancers. Applicants must submit their resume, a list of relevant experience, and one or two samples of their work at the time of application.

    Roles:
    • Ukrainian to English translators, preferably native English speakers • Copy editors with intimate knowledge of Ukrainian studies • Indexers who have prior experience preparing indices

    Questions may be directed to Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, at mailto:kotsyuba@fas.harvard.edu

    -About HURI's publishing program-
    Established to fill a void in academic publishing, HURI’s publishing program produces award-winning resources of the highest caliber.
    In addition to the journal Harvard Ukrainian Studies, the Institute publishes English translations of early Ukrainian literary monuments and a variety of monographs, including works of research and analysis, and comparative studies.
    HURI’s monograph publications are available for purchase through Harvard University Press and Amazon, and Harvard Ukrainian Studies is available directly from the Institute. Contact us to receive a free catalog, or http://huri.harvard.edu/pubs.


    Literature on war in Afghanistan?

    We at the University of Pittsburgh are planning an international PEN event that will involve bringing together contemporary creative writers who have written (in English or translated into English) on war in Afghanistan. Although the dominant focus is on the US and Soviet wars, we are potentially interested in the broader late 20th century, including the Saur revolution (the so-called “Communist insurrection”) (1978); the Soviet–Afghan War (1979–1989); the civil war (1989–92; 1992-96; and 1996-2001), and the US invasion (2001–present).

    If you happen to know works (authors, titles) that could contribute to this project, I would be grateful if you could send information to me at condee@pitt.edu.


    Cyber Peace Working Group, Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance

    The IU Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance is launching a Cyber Peace Working Group to help advance the field of cyber peace studies. If you have an interest in peacebuilding, both online and offline, and would like to get involved in this multidisciplinary effort, please do so by signing up here: ostromworkshop.indiana.edu/research/internet-cybersecurity

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