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December 2016

  • Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
    Deadline: December 2, 2016

    We are currently accepting applications for our 2017-2018 Mellon Fellowships! The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, December 2. Click here for information regarding the application's requirements and a link to the online application form.

    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources.

    The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience.

    More info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please see the announcement for complete details.

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

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

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

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

    Please see the website for more details.

  • Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), Seventh Biennial Conference
    Deadline: December 15, 2016

    The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Inc. (ASEC) announces its seventh biennial conference to be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, March 10-11, 2017 (with a pre-conference reception on March 9). The theme is “Eastern Christianity, Reformations, and Revolutions,” in honor of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the one-hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and is conceptualized to embrace any discipline, topic, period or region related to Eastern Christian groups.

    The theme’s intent is broadly conceived to address the impact of either the Protestant Reformation or the Russian Revolution on any form of Eastern Christianity, including their extended repercussions and legacy to the present day and globally, as well as the impact of other reform movements and revolutions. Papers are also welcome that do not explicitly address these topics. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate.

    Either panel proposals (three papers) or individual paper proposals can be submitted. Send paper and panel proposals with abstracts of 100-200 words for each paper, and a brief one-page curriculum vitae for each participant to Eugene Clay ( The new deadline for proposals is December 15, 2016.

    Limited funding is available to provide graduate students with assistance for travel expenses.

    For more information on the conference and its venue, contact Scott Kenworthy (

  • 2017-2018 Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
    Deadline: December 15, 2016

    The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann and is administered by JPMorgan, Trustee. Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. Mrs. Liebmann's primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

    Please note the upcoming deadline for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded annually and covers tuition plus an $18,000 stipend. Fellowships are available to students who are currently pursuing a graduate degree in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). In addition, candidates must demonstrate a need for financial assistance and must be U.S. citizens. More details about the fellowship conditions can be found in the attached application.

    A note to students on the submission process: Students must contact their department for the internal deadline, which precedes the UGS deadline.

    A note to departments on the submission process: All nominations must be submitted by the nominee’s department to the University Graduate School. If there is more than one application from a department, the Director of Graduate Studies should report the departmental ranking to UGS. If you are in the College of Arts and Sciences, note that the College Dean’s Office receives nominations from its departments and then chooses three to send to UGS.

    The Liebmann is very specific about the format for and order of the submission, so please submit nominations in the correct order and format listed on the application.

    More info.

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

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

    Please see the announcement for full details.

  • Conference: The Tenth Annual Romanian Studies Conference
    Submission Deadline: December 16, 2016 | Indiana University Bloomington

    The Romanian Studies Organization at Indiana University is pleased to announce its tenth annual international conference, taking place April 14-15, 2017, on the Bloomington campus. We welcome proposals from graduate students and recent PhDs on any topic related to Romania, Moldova, or the Romanian diaspora, in any discipline or methodology. Past panels have included: “Landscapes of Heritage in Romania,” “Politicizing Ethnicity: Individual and Collective Identities,” “Agency and Authenticity under Socialism,” “The Pain of Transition: Continuities and Changes between Regimes,” and “Civil Society, Corruption, and Resistance in (Post) Communist Romania.” We especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches but we regularly accept papers from historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, linguists, literary critics, and musicologists.

    This year the keynote address, titled “Women and the Moral Dimension of Politics in Contemporary Romania,” will be delivered by Dr. Mihaela Miroiu, professor of Political Science at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Miroiu is a political theorist and feminist philosopher. She received her PhD in Philosophy from University of Bucharest. Dr. Miroiu has authored twelve books, including Priceless Women (2006), Road to Autonomy: Feminist Political Theories (2004), and Convenio: On Women, Nature and Morals (1996). Dr. Miroiu founded the first gender studies Master’s program in Romania in 1998 and helped to organize one of the earliest independent women’s nongovernmental organizations in the country. She is an expert advisor to both UNESCO and the European Union, and has won numerous international fellowships and awards.

    Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words, along with your contact information and a brief biography, to Elena Popa at by December 16, 2016. Please submit abstracts in .doc file format rather than .docx or .pdf. We will send notifications of acceptance by January 18, 2016.

    More info.

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

    This conference (26-28 October 2017, Moscow) will mark the centennial of the Russian Revolution and will explore the complex interactions between revolutionary events and ideas, on the one hand, and religious visions, institutions, and experiences, on the other. The aim of the conference is to reveal the most important and up-to-date trends in the field; present new results coming from recently expanding sources; and articulate new interpretations according to changes in research paradigms, approaches and techniques. Please click here for the full announcement.

  • Deadline for Application: ReConnect Hungary – Hungarian Birthright Program
    December 31, 2016

    Students spend two weeks in Hungary learning about their Hungarian roots—culture, traditions and history—through educational lectures with subject experts, meetings with start-up business leaders, visits to top-level government offices, and panel discussions on current-day social and political issues. Local students accompany the group throughout; a service project is also undertaken; and future internship opportunities are also available. The Program provides participants with a deeper sense of identity, increased knowledge base, broadened cultural horizon, honed interpersonal skills, expanded sensitivity to diversity, and a life-long, bi-continental network.

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  • Graduate Student Conference: Presence and Absence
    Deadline: December 31, 2016

    The Graduate Religious Studies Association at Indiana University invites abstracts for its interdisciplinary spring conference investigating the meaning of presence and absence in the human experience. We welcome submissions from all disciplines and fields, encouraging biological, psychological, linguistic, philosophical, historical, political, and literary responses to and understandings of presence and absence.

    More info.

2017 Opportunities

January 2017

  • Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship in Hungarian Studies
    Deadline: January 1, 2017

    Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship in Hungarian Studies Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies invites applications for the new Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship in Hungarian Studies.

    The Fellowship will be given to a student who has been admitted to the University Graduate School at Indiana University-Bloomington and is primarily engaged in research falling within the field of Hungarian language and area studies, including but not limited to Hungarian culture and history. Indiana University is a research university with world-class programs in both area studies and the disciplines; its libraries hold the richest university-based Hungarian collections in the US. Strong preference is given to citizens of the US and Canada.

    Annual fellowship benefits include tuition remission, health insurance, and a fellowship stipend (expected minimum $12,000). Recipients can apply annually for renewal.

    Applicants should submit a letter of interest to the Balassi Institute Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee, IU CEUS, 355 North Jordan Avenue, Global and International Studies Building 3103, Bloomington, IN 47405-1105. Include your full name, UID#, IU degree program and department, description of your research and two letters of recommendation.

    If you do not have an Indiana University UID#, tell us the expected date of your admission to IU or intention to apply.

  • The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for the Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program.
    Deadline: January 4, 2017

    For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, to doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th - early 21st century Russian historical studies.

    More info.

  • Defining Agency, Performing Power, 14th Annual Graduate Conference
    March 25-26th, 2017 -- University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

    Deadline: January 6, 2017

    Issues such as the refugee crisis, relations between EU member and non-member states, and ongoing tensions related to political, economic, and social instability represent sources of division in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These issues have encouraged new discussions not only of the definition - and redefinition - of geopolitical and physical borders, but also cultural, social, ethnic, linguistic, and religious divides. This year’s conference centers on topics of agency and power in the expression of physical and symbolic borders. Agency addresses ways in which individuals, groups, or factions have interacted or currently interact with systems of power as well as how these relationships have been influenced by diverse historic processes. Discussions of power relations and their performance can encompass both institutionalized and individual-based forms of power as well as overt or covert representations of power. How have agents negotiated with or (re)defined institutions, persons, or entities? How do mechanisms of power impact relations between nation-states and citizens, “elites” and “commoners”? How do agents negotiate or utilize existing power structures to maintain or redefine geopolitical, social, ethnic, linguistic, or religious borders?

    More info.

  • Eighteenth Annual Czech Studies Workshop
    Deadline: January 9, 2017

    The Eighteenth Annual Czech Studies Workshop, which will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on April 20-22, 2017, welcomes papers on Czech topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Slovak topics will also be considered. In the past our interdisciplinary conference has drawn participants from colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.

    This year’s program will also include a concert by the Defiant Requiem Foundation and an invited lecture by Petr Roubal of the Institute for Contemporary History in Prague.

    Application materials should be emailed to or mailed to: Chad Bryant, Department of History, CB #3195, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195 USA. Any questions can be sent directly to Chad Bryant at

  • Gender and Sexuality in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Past and Present
    Deadline: January 9, 2017

    Research into gender and sexuality in Russian, East European and Eurasian contexts has rapidly expanded in recent years in the disciplines of history, geography, sociology, literature, politics and cultural studies. The aim of this conference is to facilitate the continued development of this field by encouraging cross-disciplinary conversations around these central themes.

    Eligible topics for the conference Presentations by postgraduates and early-career researchers are especially welcomed. Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

    Paid and unpaid labour
    Constructions of femininity and masculinity in politics and popular culture
    The life cycle and the regulation of ageing
    Medicine and gendered bodies
    Intersections of gender, race and ethnicity
    Sexualities and gender identities
    Migration and displacement
    Violence and discrimination

    Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief biographical note to the organiser Siobhan Hearne by Monday 9th January 2017.

    More info.

  • The EUC Paper Series
    Deadline: January 9, 2017

    The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is launching its first online journal and will be accepting submissions from faculty and graduate students across disciplines. The EUC Paper Series is an online publication which delves into contemporary and historical European topics from global, transatlantic, and intra-European perspectives. With the purpose of facilitating a dynamic conversation regarding current affairs in Europe and the European Union, this series makes relevant material available and accessible, and concurrently gives scholars and students the opportunity to contribute their research to a receptive and engaged audience.

    The EUC Paper Series offers two publication opportunities for scholars of all professional stages. The first initiative, MAEUS Talk, encompasses concise analytical graduate papers reflecting on student research, field experience, policy insights, and current events. The second initiative, Policy Insights, aims to provide academics, practitioners, decision-makers, and general audiences with thought-provoking essays reflecting on ongoing research, policies, and current events.

    The MAEUS Talk Paper Series is open to graduate students of all disciplines whose whose interests ally with current or past policy development, history, theories, etc. in Europe and the European Union.

    More info.

  • The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University invites applications for its 2017-2018 Fellows Program on the theme "Revolution(s) in Eurasia."
    Deadline: January 10, 2017

    Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world historical importance of the Russian Revolution has faded from scholarly and public consciousness. Yet this seminal event of the twentieth century had, and arguably continues to have, a deep and enduring effect on a variety of global and national histories through its contending narrative understandings, social representations, and political appropriations.

    In synchronicity with the centennial of this revolution, the theme for the 2017–2018 Fellows Program is “Revolution(s) in Eurasia.” The Davis Center encourages prospective fellows to interpret the theme broadly and welcomes all applications.

    More info.

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

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

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

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

    Please see the Russian Flagship programs page for more details.

  • War Frenzy: Exploring the Violence of Propaganda, Princeton Conjunction 2017, An Annual Interdisciplinary Conference
    Deadline for papers: January 10, 2017

    Propaganda has always been a crucial part of war. Mobilizing through polarization, distortion and simplification, it helped to produce an effect of ideological cohesion and social solidarity, which, in turn, often resulted in disastrous military conflicts: be it the wars in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Iraq war of the last decade, or the current wars in Ukraine and Syria (to name just a few). The program committee of this conference invites historically, ethnographically and theoretically grounded contributions that explore the role of propaganda in unleashing and framing military conflicts of the last century.

    We are interested in studies that go beyond descriptive representations of violent narratives, and explore instead internal mechanisms and external effects of war propaganda. We especially welcome submissions that analyze how wars are translated and transposed into such fields of cultural production as music, dance, computer games, architecture, and/or performing arts: How is the mobilizing effect achieved in these different fields? How do these fields envision their target audience?

    We seek submissions that analyze how media and social networks create their own ways of disseminating war accounts and in galvanizing their audience: does the private consumption of Youtube videos make this medium significantly different from more traditional propaganda newsreels? Are Facebook postings qualitatively distinct from propaganda flyers or, say, Ehrenburg’s address?

    More info.

  • Verges: Germanic & Slavic Studies in Review
    Deadline for papers: January 15, 2017

    Verges: Germanic & Slavic Studies in Review is back! We are now accepting submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1. Verges is an online, open-access journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Although Verges primarily encourages submissions from graduate students, outstanding papers from upper-level undergraduate students are welcomed as well. For this issue, we particularly encourage MA students and upper-level undergraduate students to submit.

    More info.

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

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

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

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

    Application materials needed:

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

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

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

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

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

    Application materials needed:

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

    Applications are available at REEI.

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

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

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

    Please see the REEI Faculty Funding page for more details.

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

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

    Please see the REEI Faculty Funding page for more details.

  • Funding: Research fellowship opportunities offered by the JDC Archives
    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    The JDC Archives invites applications for its 2017 fellowship program. In 2017, 5-6 fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.

    Please see the JDC page page for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Deadline: January 15, 2017

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

    Violence in Russian medieval culture

    • Madness and violence

    • Revolution, politics and violence

    • Violence, gender and the body

    • Violence and ethics

    • Trauma, memory and violence

    • Violence and religion

    • Rhetoric of violence

    • Violent breaks with the past

    • Depictions of war

    • Overcoming violence

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More info.

  • The 6th Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing
    Deadline: January 16, 2017 | In conjunction with EACL 2017, Valencia, Spain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Fundings: Boren Fellowship
    Deadline: January 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February 2017

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

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

    * All students pay in-state tuition

    * Competitive funding available to qualified students:

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

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

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

    * Classes held June 5 - July 28, 2017

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

    * Students earn 4-10 credits

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

    Please see the SWSEEL website for more info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for Summer 2017, University of Pittsburgh
    Deadline for applications: February 17, 2017

    The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June – July 2017. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

    Guidelines: Applicants should propose projects that will take advantage of the unique environment and resources available at an intensive campus-based summer language institute, while not placing excessive demands on the time of SLI instructors or students. Projects involving the development of online language instructional materials are of particular interest, but other types of projects that make significant contributions to language teaching and learning will also be considered. Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval or exemption for research projects involving human subjects and for obtaining the informed consent of research subjects, if applicable, before starting to work on their projects.

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  • The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later
    Deadline for papers: February 20, 2017

    The Tartu Conference provides a venue for presenting and discussing results of academic research focusing on politics and societies of Russia and Eastern Europe. It is organized jointly by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. The conference will be supported by the European Commission under a Horizon 2020 Twinning project entitled “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent” (UPTAKE). The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 20, 2017.

    More details can be found on the conference website ( and in the attached Call for Papers. Please share this call to anyone who might be interested.

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  • Platforma, the first annual Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference
    Deadline for papers: February 24, 2017

    On April 22, 2017 the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas will host Platforma, the first annual Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference. This inaugural conference aims to facilitate meetings, collaborations, and the exploration of new ideas among graduate students working on Ukraine from any discipline. Regardless of topic or time period, we want this conference to explore the rich tapestry and exciting new frontiers of Ukrainian Studies.

    We would like to invite all interested graduate students to submit an abstract. We are accepting proposals for paper presentations, roundtables, and discussion panels through February 24, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by an organizational committee with an eye for highlighting the interdisciplinary diversity within Ukrainian Studies. Please visit for submission instructions.

    Platforma will also feature remarks from our keynote speaker, Mark von Hagen, professor of history at Arizona State University, former president of ASEEES, and a recognized leading scholar of Ukrainian Studies.

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  • March 2017

  • Fifth International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, "Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing"
    March 2-5, 2017 | University of Hawai'i (Manoa)

    The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University (Portland, OR) will hold a Graduate Symposium on May 27, 2017. The organizing committee invites proposals for individual papers and pre-organized panel proposals on any topic related to language, literature, culture, pedagogy and film, comparative literature, Hispanic women writers, Afro-Hispanic studies, cognitive literary studies, translation, linguistics, and global patterns.

    Graduate students who would like to participate in the Symposium are invited to submit a 250-word abstract in English for a proposed paper by March 1, 2017.

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  • Fifth International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, "Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing"
    March 2-5, 2017 | University of Hawai'i (Manoa)

    "Wellbeing" is a state of the body and mind that encompasses the presence of positive moods and emotions, life satisfaction, fulfillment and positive functioning, and the absence of negative emotions like anxiety. Public health experts, policymakers and economists are coming to recognize the implications of wellbeing for society as a whole, as well as individuals, thanks to a growing set of results from cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental studies.

    Increasingly, researchers in several fields have noted a positive correlation between language maintenance and wellbeing in endangered language communities. While the nature of the connection between language and wellbeing remains the subject of much debate, the existence of a connection is not entirely unexpected, given the range of outcomes associated with wellbeing. In addition, languages encode knowledge systems, so language loss represents not only the loss of a communicative system, but also the loss of traditional knowledge systems. Importantly, traditional knowledge systems encode cultural practices related to well-being. Understanding the connections between language and wellbeing will potentially have implications for public health and policy and beyond, but also for language researchers, since traditional knowledge systems are among the most threatened domains of endangered language. Knowledge of esoteric domains such as botanical classification and traditional medicines is forgotten well before basic vocabulary and language structure. Hence, these areas of traditional knowledge are precisely the areas which need to be prioritized by language documenters.

    Exploring the connections between language and wellbeing is potentially transformational for language documentation and conservation, and thus it will be the theme for the 5th ICLDC.

    Please see the website for complete details.

  • SEESA Travel Grants 2017
    March 10, 2017

    To support graduate student scholarship and international participation in the field of Southeast European Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) has established the SEESA Travel Grants to subsidize travel costs for presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2017 the grants will be awarded to graduate students for presentation of work on topics related to Southeastern European Studies at conferences in any field − including but not limited to history, linguistics, literature, anthropology, the arts, social and political science, folklore etc.

    SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, at least 2 annual awards of $500 each.

    Applicants must be graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any of the fields of Southeast European Studies. Students may only receive one SEESA Graduate Student Travel Grant over the course of their graduate studies.
    Applications for the 2017 grants are due to the selection committee by March 10, 2017. Applicants should submit their abstract – no less than 500 words − a CV, a short bibliography of their paper and the CFP of the conference where they plan to present as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro []. Author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be written below the title of the paper.

    The applications will be evaluated by SEESA’S Committee for Travel Grants. Questions about the grants may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.

    Conference: March 16-17, 2017 at Kennesaw State University

    Description of Conference: In conjunction with KSU’s Year of Russia Program, the primary focus of this interdisciplinary conference is to examine Russia’s international relations in order to promote increased understanding of today’s complex, interdependent world. Due to the storied history of U.S. - Russia relations over the last century - epitomized by the Cold War era, an often adversarial period resulting in numerous third world proxy wars - there is great need for new perspectives that work to identify areas for collaboration in joint problem-solving efforts. We especially seek the perspectives of scholars and policy-makers who might contribute to an enrichment of symposium participants’ understanding of (1) Russia’s international relations; (2) the complexity of U.S. - Russia relations; and (3) examples of collaborative efforts towards shared problem-solving. We are seeking papers from across disciplines on topics related to:

    The Legacy of the Cold War
    Russia and the U.S. in an Emerging Multipolar World NATO and European  Perspectives on Russia Russia and its Near Abroad EurAsEC, CSTO, SCO, & BRICS: Alternatives to Rejoining the West Russia and the Middle East Global Fight Against Terrorism Arms Control and Weapons Proliferation Issues Ethnicity, Diversity, Identity, Mobility, and Migration Demographic Trends in the Post-Soviet Space Resource Governance including Food, Water and Energy Security Global Warming, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability The Role of Business and Government Policy in Joint Problem-Solving Collaborative Efforts in Education, Science and Technology Public Health, Pandemics, Humanitarian Response, and Emergency Preparedness Media Arts and Diplomacy

    Select Papers will be eligible for publication in a Special Issue of KSU’s peer reviewed Journal of Global Initiatives focused on Russia.

    Conference: March 31 – April 2, 2017 at San Antonio, Texas

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

    April 2017

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

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

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

    May 2017

  • International Conference on Russian and Soviet History, "The Centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution(s): its Significance in World History"
    May 15-16, 2017 | Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary)

    In May 2017 the Centre for Russian Studies in Budapest is announcing its 11th biennale international academic conference. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for a dialogue between senior and young researchers from different countries and cultures to discuss newly emerging academic questions of and approaches to the 1917 Russian Revolution(s).

    The history of the Russian Revolution(s) has become a topic of memory politics in postsocialist Eastern Europe. Its rejection, the falsification of its history has become integrated in the legitimating ideologies, mainstream political discourse of the emergent new regimes. In this discourse the former “great October Revolution” appears as a “small October coup d’etat” and the red terror has become mainstreamed in the new history writing and teaching. Has the Russian Revolution indeed failed? If yes, then in what sense? The Revolution(s) as a historical process, as a whole has been marginalized and de-constructed, the partial takes precedence over the whole. Revolutionary violence and terror is detached from the original historical context and it is used to demonize the Revolution, Bolshevism and the Soviet power. Totalitarianism as a method and interpretation is celebrating a new Renaissance after it has been effectively de-constructed by the revisionist school in the 1980s. What can critical thinkers do to re-conquer the history and memory of the Revolution?

    The Centre for Russian Studies at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, seeks proposals from academic fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates.

    Please see the complete announcement for more details. For the application, click here.

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

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

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

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

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

  • June 2017

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

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

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

    Please see the complete announcement for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • October 2017

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

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



    Symposia, The Journal of Religion, is looking for book reviews, opinion editorials, book review essays

    Funding: SRAS Explorer Awards

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

    Funding: SRAS Home and Abroad Scholarship

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

    SRAS Study Abroad Opportunities

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

  • Peer Reviewers Needed for Slovo Issue 28.2

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

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

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

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

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

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

    Please see the Slovo website for more details.

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

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

    Please see the website for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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