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    May 2017

  • 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.

  • Call for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals: 17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference: Russia's Choices for 2030
    Deadline for application: May 15, 2017

    Time and venue: 25-27 October 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Organiser: Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”

    The Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki will hold the 17th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 25-27 October 2017. The conference will bring together scholars, experts and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, sociology, geography, history, law, and cultural studies.

    Where Russia will be in 2030 is no longer as clear as it seemed a while ago. Some years ago, ‘emerging powers’ and the BRICS countries, including Russia, seemed to be on a path to experiencing strong economic growth, delivering well-being to their citizens, shaping global cultural trends, and ultimately challenging the prevailing balance of power. For many reasons, such expectations have proved somewhat one-dimensional. As a response to this changing trajectory, the Russian Government has initiated a new development strategy until 2030. World leaders in economy and politics, in academia and outside continue related debates. The 17th Aleksanteri Conference will focus on Russian actors, who are making the choices on the way to 2030; explore the multiple structures and environments within which these actors are making these choices; and analyse the legacies of the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods which, in turn, are shaping Russia’s choices.

    While we particularly welcome paper, panel, and roundtable proposals addressing this forward-looking agenda, we also wish to see proposals examining any current or historical developments that can be relevant for understanding Russia’s choices and the contexts within which they are made. We also welcome proposals that address the choices of less central actors in Russia, as well as Russia’s neighbours in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere that have a bearing on Russia.

    The 2017 Aleksanteri Conference will also be the closing conference of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”.

    The conference committee suggests the following sub-themes for consideration:

    • Russia’s economic development and strategies
    • Russia’s industrial policy, industry 4.0, and global supply chains
    • Science, innovation, and technology policy in Russia
    • Energy and sustainability
    • Russia’s welfare regime
    • Russia in global and regional governance processes
    • Russia and global transformations
    • Russian foreign policy
    • Institutions and decision-making in Russia and post-Soviet states
    • Authoritarianism and development
    • Pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet legacies
    • The intertwining of culture and economy
    • The Russian state’s new cultural policy
    • Russian cultural statecraft

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    • Professor Georgi Derluguian, NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    • Dr. Irina Dezhina, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
    • Professor Barry W. Ickes, Pennsylvania State University, USA
    • Professor Wolfgang Knöbl, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany
    • Professor Tatiana Romanova, St. Petersburg State University / National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
    • Professor Li Xin, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, China

    In addition to plenary sessions, roundtables and panels will be gathered together on the basis of the call for papers. Individual proposals for papers are also welcome.

    More info.

  • Multiculturalism and Language Contact
    Deadline for papers: May 15, 2017

    An International Scholarly Conference organized by the Max van der Stoel Institute at South East European University and the Research Center for Areal Linguistics at the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences Balkan peoples in the course of centuries of living in a multicultural and multilingual environment have attempted to interpret the world around them in a common fashion while at the same time preserving a variety of distinctive features, such as language and dialect. Significant cultural interactions, especially during the attested period of the Balkan Linguistic League, have brought about the convergence of inherited linguistic structures in the respective Balkan languages combined with varieties of common lexical elements, all conducive to more effective communication among the peoples involved. At a time when some political actors are seeking to convince various publics that "they have nothing a common" (a phrase deployed stridently during the Yugoslav Wars of Succession), this conference seeks to bring new perspectives to the roles of multiculturalism and language contact as vital factors in mutual understanding and a shared worldview, a topic that is both timely and in need of deeper scholarly engagement. Papers dealing with the peoples and languages of the Balkans (as well as Balkan peoples and languages living beyond the Balkans) are especially welcome, but any paper relevant to the main themes of the conference is eligible to be submitted for consideration (see below).

    The conference will be held 31 August - 1 September 2017 at the Campus of Southeast European University in Tetovo.

    Registration: 50 euros (includes conference dinner and an excursion on 2 September)

    The organizers will provide accommodation for participants from abroad. Abstracts should contain the title, the author's name and affiliation, and a brief description of not more than 500 words (excluding references).

    The file should be saved as doc, docx, or pdf and the name should be LAST-NAME_TITLE-KEYWORD.

    Abstracts should be sent as an attachment to no later than 15 May 2017. Potential participants will be informed of their acceptance by 30 May 2017.

    For the Organizers Prof. Victor A. Friedman (University of Chicago and La Trobe University)

    Prof. Marjan Markovikj (Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences and U. of Skopje)

    Prof. Veton Latifi (South East European University)

  • 100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences
    Deadline for papers: May 15, 2017

    “The Soviet socialist revolution was the great utopian adventure of the modern age,” wrote the late Berkeley professor Martin Malia in the opening to his 1994 book The Soviet Tragedy. Utopian and pragmatic, top-down and bottom-up, tragic and fortunate: historians have affixed many adjectives to the year 1917 to describe it and its impact on Russia, the former Soviet Union, and the wider world. Long before the opening of the Russian archives in the early nineties, scholars have spilled much ink to debate the Revolution’s origins and causes, goals and shortcomings, beginning and end. Nearly all historians agree that the Revolution stands virtually unrivaled in its ambition, influence, and global legacy.

    To mark the Revolution’s centenary, the University of California, Berkeley will host a workshop where graduate students in the dissertation writing phase can present and receive feedback on work that relates to the theme of the Russian Revolution and its consequences, broadly defined. How did the ideas, actors, and events that undergirded the Bolshevik program reverberate across the Soviet Union and beyond? In what ways did Soviet socialism serve as a model for non-Soviet governments, revolutionaries, reformers, and other elites to follow, reject, or improve upon? What effect did the collapse have on socialist and non-socialist governments, and what role does memory of the Soviet past play in the former USSR and beyond today? We welcome chronological diversity (from 1917 to the present), regional variation (Russia and the Soviet republics, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America and Asia), and thematic range (political, social, economic, environmental, scientific, intellectual, etc.). Our goal is to bring together young scholars from universities across the United States whose work is adding to and changing the way we think, research, and write about the world that 1917 forged.

    Thanks to generous funding from the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley, this small, intensive workshop will assemble eight participants and at least three senior scholars with relevant expertise to comment on individual papers. This workshop will convene at the University of California, Berkeley, October 6-7, 2017.

    Those interested in applying should submit a brief CV as well as a paper title and 500-word abstract by May 15, 2017. We welcome paper proposals from ABDs across the United States working directly or indirectly on topics related to the Soviet Union. Invitations to the workshop will be issued in summer 2017. Papers (dissertation chapters or articles up to 40 pages in length) will be distributed to all participants one month before the event. As this workshop will be interactive, we ask that all participants commit to reading the sent papers and arrive at Berkeley ready for discussion. Stipends for travel and lodging expenses may become available, although the workshop organizers encourage participants to apply for funding from their home universities to defray travel costs. Coffee, lunch, and dinner will be covered for the duration of the workshop. Questions can be sent to Yana Skorobogatov at the address: Proposals should be submitted at the following link:

    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 Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor and Francis Book Prize in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
    Call for nominations: May 19, 2017

    The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize was established in 2014 and is sponsored by Taylor and Francis Publishers. It is awarded annually for the best academic book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies published in the previous calendar year by a Canadian author (citizen or permanent resident).

    The book prize jury consists of three members chosen by the CAS executive.

    Nominations for the 2017 Book Prize competition are to be postmarked by or on 19 May 2017. Please note that one member of the jury would prefer to receive electronic versions of the submissions.

    The prize winner will be announced in an e-mail to CAS members and on the CAS/CSP website in September 2017. The winner receives a cash award of $250 CAD and recognition at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists.

    Rules of eligibility for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize competition are as follows:

    ◦The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (the book must have been published in 2016 to be eligible for the 2017 competition).

    ◦The book must be in the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.

    ◦Authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. ◦The work must originally be published in French or English either in or outside Canada.

    ◦Works may deal with any aspect of Slavic, East European, or Eurasian Studies (languages, literatures, cinemas, cultures, visual arts, politics, history, etc.).

    ◦Textbooks in the strict sense of the word do not qualify, but a broad interpretive work of a major period or area qualifies. ◦Translations, bibliographies, reference works, edited volumes, and smaller works such as pamphlets are not eligible.

    Nominating Instructions 1. Nomination for the prize can come from an author, a third party, or a publisher. There is no limit on the number of entries a publisher may submit.

    2. Send an e-mail to the office of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes ( to notify the Canadian Association of Slavists of your intent to nominate a publication for the CAS’ Taylor and Francis Book Prize. Please copy this e-mail to yourself as well.

    3. Send one copy of the eligible monograph to each member of the book prize jury (see addresses below). Submissions should be marked “The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received, please enclose with the copy mailed to a jury member a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope. Nominations must be postmarked by or on 19 May 2017 to be eligible for the 2017 competition.

    4. It is the responsibility of the author (if s/he self-nominates), his/her nominator, or his/her publisher to send the books to the jury.

    5. Please note that books sent to members of the jury will not normally be returned once the competition is over. However, special arrangements to return a book may be made between a jury member and nominator after the competition ends.

    2017 Jury for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize

    Dr. Andrea Chandler, Carleton University, Committee Chair
    Mailing address:
    Department of Political Science
    B640 Loeb Building
    Carleton University
    1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    K1S 5B6

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

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

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

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

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

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

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

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

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

  • June 2017

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

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

    More info.

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

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

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

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Call for Papers: Poljarnyj Vestnik - An International Journal of Slavic Studies
    Deadline: June 23, 2017

    It is a great pleasure for us to invite all of you to submit papers to Poljarnyj Vestnik - An International Journal of Slavic Studies. Poljarnyj Vestnik was earlier the working papers of the University of Tromsö, but has been upgraded to an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research about Slavic languages, literatures and cultures. We now welcome submissions for our fourth volume after the reorganization. Contributions from Slavists from any country and institution are welcome. Articles are published in English or Russian.

    More info.

  • 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:

    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.

  • The Czechoslovak Studies Association: Best Book in the Field of Czechoslovak Historical Studies
    Deadline for papers:July 15, 2017

    The Czechoslovak Studies Association is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for the biennial Czechoslovak Studies Association Prize for the:

    Best Book in the Field of Czechoslovak Historical Studies.

    **In this cycle we are considering books published in the years 2015 and 2016.**

    To be eligible for consideration, books must be primarily concerned with the history of Czechoslovakia, its predecessor and successor states, or any of its peoples within and without its historical boundaries. The field of historical studies will be broadly construed, with books in all fields considered for the prize if they are substantially historical in nature. The prize committee will decide whether a book matches these criteria. Books under consideration must be new works by a single author written originally in the English language. The competition will be open to members and non-members of the CSA. Authors are responsible for providing the committee with the book they wish to enter into the competition.

    **Books for consideration should be submitted to the review committee at the following addresses as soon as possible and not later than July 15, 2017.**

    Questions? Please contact Karla Huebner,

    August 2017

  • International Scholarly Conference: Pre-symbolist Poetry (Moscow/October 2017)--in Russian
    Deadline: August 1, 2017

    Организаторы: Кафедра истории русской литературы филологического факультета Московского государственного университета имени М.В. Ломоносова, Институт мировой литературы имени А.М. Горького РАН, Библиотека истории русской философии и культуры «Дом А.Ф. Лосева».

    Время и место: 2–4 октября 2017 г., Москва.

    К обсуждению предлагаются следующие темы:

    • предсимволизм – декаданс – модернизм: теория и индивидуальные практики;

    • поэзия предсимволизма как феномен русской и европейской культуры;

    • поэзия предсимволизма и проблема синтеза искусств;

    • поэзия предсимволизма – предшественники и наследники;

    • религиозные и философские аспекты творчества предсимволистов;

    • вопросы биографии и поэтики А.К. Толстого, К.К. Случевского, Вл.С.Соловьева, А.А. Голенищева-Кутузова, К.М. Фофанова и др.;

    • проблемы текстологии и бытования отдельных произведений;

    • прозаическое наследие поэтов-предсимволистов;

    • рецепция творчества предсимволистов в литературе и критике;

    • история изучения и публикаций; мемуарные материалы и архивные разыскания.

    Регламент выступления – 20 минут.

    Предполагается публикация материалов конференции.

    Расходы на проезд и проживание оплачиваются участниками конференции самостоятельно.

    Заявки (Анкета участника) принимаются до 1 августа 2017 г. по адресу Оргкомитета:

    More info.

  • 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 Please also feel free to send any questions.

  • The 2017 Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize
    Deadline:August 15, 2017

    Sponsored by the Hungarian Studies Association, the goal of the book prize is to recognize quality scholarship in Hungarian Studies and support Hungarian Studies in the United States. The book prize is awarded biennially for the most important contribution to Hungarian Studies originally published in English in the previous two calendar years. The HSA Book Prize carries a cash award and is presented at the meeting of the Hungarian Studies Association at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.


    Rules of eligibility for the Hungarian Studies Association book prize competition are as follows:

    • The competition is open to works in any discipline, dealing with any aspect of Hungarian studies.

    • The book must be a monograph, preferably by a single author or by no more than two authors.

    • The copyright date must be either one or two years preceding the award year, i.e., for the 2017 competition, the published copyright date should be 2015 or 2016.

    • Textbooks, edited volumes, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.

    • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is originally published in English.

    • Monographs that have received other prizes are eligible.

    • Strong preference will be given to works by first-time authors and junior scholars early in their careers


    Please send one copy of the nominated monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below). The Committee would happily accept PDF copies of books under consideration, which can be sent by email to the members directly. Nominations must be received no later than August 15, 2017.

    Both email and regular post submissions should be clearly marked as: “Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize Nomination.”

    September 2017

  • Conference: Russia and the Pacific Northwest: Russians from Fort Ross to the Aleutian Islands
    September 1, 2017

    To mark its fiftieth anniversary, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Oregon will be holding an interdisciplinary conference on Russia and the Pacific Northwest on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018. Presentations on all aspects of the topic, such as the history of Russian trade and colonization, Russian émigré literature of the area, environmental and immigrant history, as well as topics centered in such disciplines as linguistics, anthropology, religious studies and art, are solicited. The Pacific Northwest is understood as encompassing northern California, Oregon, Washington, Western coastal Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. The working language of the conference will be English.

    Conference organizers invite interested scholars to submit a 300-word abstract, along with a brief CV (1-3 pages) to the email addresses below. The conference will underwrite airfare, hotels and meals for participants.

    Deadline for receipt of paper proposals is 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, September 1, 2017.

    Send proposals and brief CVs to:

    Katya Hokanson,
    Ryan Jones,

  • 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

    Kacper Pobłocki, Warsaw University Centre for European, Regional and Local Studies

    More info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • October 2017

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

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

    Thematic panel proposals should include panel title plus names of participants. Contact by 1 March 2017.

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

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

    Please click here for the full announcement.

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

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

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

    More info.

  • 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.

  • November 2017

  • Women's & Gender History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Human Rights, Modern European History / Studies
    Deadline for papers: November 15, 2017

    Six international conventions to combat the so-called “Mädchenhandel”, “white slavery”, “traffic in women” and “human trafficking” were adopted over the course of the 20th century. During the first half of the 20th century the issue received political and public attention to a degree as to make it possible to regulate it through international law. Five of the six international conventions were adopted between 1904 and 1949, while the last one was signed only in 2000. The phenomenon of the “trafficking in women” thus was one of the first fields for the regulation through international law along with more traditional issues, such as war and peace. A joint consideration of “trafficking” and international law thus offers a promising research topic.

    Nevertheless, the international law dimension has only played a minor role in historical research on “trafficking”. So far, “trafficking” has been analysed with a view towards the multiple national as well as transnational civil society efforts and initiatives to combat „Mädchenhandel“, „white slavery“ or „traffic in women“. Some analyses have situated these efforts in the context of a “moral panic” and have, in some cases, questioned the existence of the underlying phenomenon. Studies focusing on the politics and implementation of anti-trafficking initiatives in national and local contexts, concentrated on certain regions. Research focusing on practices and implementation have pointed to an intricate connection between the politics of prostitution, migration and, more generally, sexual politics. A number of studies have analysed the raced, gendered and classed dimensions of discourses, representations and politics in this field.

    All these studies have pointed to core issues connected to histories of “trafficking”, such as prostitution, sexuality, migration, police, law and order as well as social and political efforts of civil society and media representations. A more general view of the research on the histories on trafficking reveals, however, a rather fragmented field, in particular with regard to the dimensions of international law, which often do not go far beyond teleological success stories of an international struggle against this “evil”.

    This edited volume seeks to integrate all these aspects by approaching the field through actors and institutions: A number of actors in the fields of social and security politics, including networks of legal experts, contributed to the development and expansion of institutions to regulate “trafficking”.

    Debates on “trafficking” were and still are structured by “mental maps” based on ideas of a poverty and civilizational gap. It stands out that at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century mostly Jewish women from Galicia were perceived of being victims of the traffic. With the process of decolonization after 1945 debates on trafficking and migrant prostitution were structured mostly through the lens of North-South-relations (“first world”-“third world”), which then again were re-structured as a gap between East and West after 1989. Against this backdrop it must be asked what it meant for the territorialization of international law that “trafficking” as a field of regulation was often connoted as “Eastern European”.

    Furthermore, it is necessary to consider spatio-temporal shifts in legal definitions and public discourses at a national and international level as well as their implementation and the local practices connected with it, i. e. practices at the border, in the local (legal or illegal) brothel, at the rescue and counselling organisations, in court or in jail.

    In order to deliver such a multidimensional perspective, it can be useful to offer an analysis of the legal language, legal discourse and the language used in policing practices. This includes semantic analyses of conceptual changes and shifts from “Mädchenhandel”, “white slavery” or “traite des blanches” to “Frauenhandel”, “traffic in women” and, eventually, “human trafficking”. The semantics of “slavery” deserves particular attention, because of the recurring reference to it in concepts such as “white slavery” or “Sexual Slavery”, but also due to the self-description of activists as “abolitionists”. For a perspective focusing on international law, we expect that an analysis of conceptual shifts embedded in the legal and social context and taking into account their global dimensions of transfers of meanings across borders to be particularly fruitful.

    Aiming at unravelling the connection between international law and “trafficking” as part of the multi-layered dimensions of the issue at hand, we aim at discussing the controversial, but unavoidable question of what “trafficking” was and whether, if at all, it is and was captured empirically. The goal is less to find definite answers, but rather to fruitfully engage the legal and international focus to make the conceptual vagueness of “trafficking” as well as the spatio-temporal cycles of public attention devoted to trafficking the object of analysis. In this way, contradictions and discrepancies between and across various parallel discourses and practices become the centre of analysis. Who and whose experience was captured by anti-trafficking discourses and practices, and who was not? What did it mean for those affected to be discursively and/or legally categorized and contained as a “white slave”, “traded thing” or as “victim of trafficking”? What legal entitlements and what legal practices were connected to such categorization and how did these practices and the actors connected to them change in space and time?

    Through such a multidimensional perspective, this edited volume aims at productively engaging with questions relating to changes in (international) law, statehood and the transnational sphere and show how “trafficking” was (and possibly still is) made in all these contexts.

    We call for proposals for submissions for an edited collection. In particular, we seek proposals from various social sciences and humanities working on the issue outlined in the present call. We seek theoretically, methodologically and (for empirical submissions) empirically grounded submissions offering innovative and provocative analysis of the intersection of international law and the history (and present) of “trafficking”. A regional or temporal focus is not required.


    - 500 words (German or English);
    - Short outline of the specific object of analysis, research question, sources/data, and method
    - Deadline for the abstract April 15th 2017
    - Notification of acceptance: April 22nd 2017

    Deadline for the submission of the manuscript (German or English; max. 70,000 characters): November 15th 2017

    Editors of the collection: Sonja Dolinsek, Kathleen Zeidler in co-operation with Dietlind Hüchtker and Dietmar Müller

  • Международная конференция «“Немеркнущий образ Октября”: киноправда и кинопамять о революции»
    November 15-17, 2017

    Организаторы: Научно-исследовательский институт киноискусства ВГИК, Школа культурологии НИУ ВШЭ, Российский государственный архив кинофотодокументов

    Конференция приурочена к 100-летию революционных событий 1917 года. Её целью является применение теоретико-методологических подходов, выработанных к настоящему моменту разными исследовательскими направлениями в рамках гуманитарного знания, к экранным репрезентациям событий 1917 года, а также анализ функций популярных медиа-форматов, связанных с трансляцией исторических сюжетов, образов и тем. Главная задача состоит в том, чтобы выявить роль 1917-го года как мотивирующего фактора отечественного кинопроцесса и «образа-воспоминания» в формировании «политики идентичности» в СССР, постсоветской России и за её пределами.

    В рамках конференции планируется комплексный анализ кино- и телефильмов на тему революционных событий 1917 года, созданных в разные периоды истории XX – начала XXI века, а также выявление концепций и кодов визуальной репрезентации этого события, оказавших решающее воздействие на формирование коллективной памяти о нём на разных исторических этапах.

    Предполагается рассмотреть в сравнительной перспективе кино-, теле-, и другие формы медиатизации коллективной памяти о событиях 1917 года, выявить их историко-эстетический генезис и их роль в конструировании и трансформации публичного образа этого ключевого события в истории ХХ столетия.

    Важной задачей конференции станет также введение в научный и общекультурный оборот малоизвестных экранных хроникально-документальных свидетельств и игровых фильмов, созданных в России и в других странах.

    Намечен следующий круг вопросов для обсуждения:

    - Место кинематографа в системе культурных форм мемориализации революционных событий 1917 года;
    - Трактовка образа революций 1917 года в контексте меняющихся стилей, жанров и школ киноискусства;
    - Воздействие событий 1917 года на художественную и организационную составляющие кинематографического процесса;
    - Локальное, национальное и транснациональное в экранных репрезентациях революции 1917 года;
    - Трансформации советской исторической политики и их отражение в «зеркале экрана»;
    - Октябрьская революция и Великая Отечественная война 1941-1945 гг. как ключевые «образы-воспоминания» в советской и постсоветской культуре: символы, значения, связи;
    - Вытесненная память: Февральская революция 1917 года;
    - Исторические персонажи революций 1917 года и гражданской войны: трансформации экранных образов;
    - Образ Октября в процессах ремедиатизации (от плаката до Интернета);
    - «Войны памяти» в пространстве советского и постсоветского игрового и неигрового кино.

    К участию в работе конференции приглашаются российские и зарубежные специалисты, сфера профессиональных интересов которых связана с различными аспектами исследований в области экранных искусств, истории, культурологии, а также с изучением влияния аудиовизуальных технологий коммуникации на процессы формирования коллективных представлений о прошлом.

    Программа конференции предполагает проведение вводного пленарного заседания, секций, дискуссионной панели, кинопоказов.

    Рабочий язык конференции – русский.

    Для участия в конференции необходимо до 25 мая 2017 года включительно представить в Оргкомитет заявку и краткие тезисы доклада (до 2000 знаков). В заявке просьба указать фамилию, имя, отчество, место работы и должность, учёную степень, контактные данные (электронная почта, городской и мобильный телефоны), название доклада.

    По итогам конференции планируется издание сборника научных материалов. Для публикации в сборнике необходимо предоставить полный текст статьи объемом до 1 а.л. в формате Word на русском языке не позднее 1 октября 2017 г.

    Оргкомитет оставляет за собой право отклонять заявки, не соответствующие теме конференции. В срок до 25 июня 2017 года Оргкомитет конференции направит официальное приглашение на конференцию либо мотивированный отказ.

    Секретарь оргкомитета: Мария Александровна Пальшкова, ученый секретарь НИИК ВГИК.
    Тел./факс: +7 499 760 33 15


  • 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:,

    The 2019 edition of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

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

    Symposia, The Journal of Religion

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

    The journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History

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

    SRAS Study Abroad Opportunities

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

    Peer Reviewers Needed for Slovo Issue 28.2

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

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

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

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

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

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

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

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

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

    Please see the website for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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