Thursday, September 12, 2019

Job Posting: University of Texas at Austin CREES

We're pleased to announce that we have two great academic job positions available! Associate/Full Professor - East Central Europe and Assistant/Associate Political Scientist - Russia/Eastern Europe

CFP: 2020 Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, March 12-14, 2020. The meeting will be hosted by Clemson University. 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.  
The John Shelton Curtiss Lecture at the Friday Banquet will be given by Professor Donald Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His talk is provisionally titled “GenSec:  The Brezhnev You May not Know.”  Raleigh has authored, translated, and edited numerous books on modern Russian history including Revolution on the Volga (1986), Experiencing Russia’s Civil War (2002), Russia’s Sputnik Generation (2006), and Soviet Baby Boomers (2012), a Russian-language edition of which was published in 2015. The book was short listed for the Pushkin House Prize in Great Britain and won the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies Book Prize. His current book project, a biography of Soviet leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, has taken the author to archives in Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. We encourage participation from scholars of all Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. Papers can be on any time period and any topic relevant to these regions. 
The program committee is accepting panel and paper proposals until January 15, 2020. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) or roundtables (chair and three to five participants) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers will also be accepted. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (email address and institutional affiliation) for all participants. Roundtable proposals should include a title and identifying information for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include paper title, identifying information, and a one-paragraph abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels.  If any AV equipment will be needed, proposals must indicate so when they are submitted.  AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Email your proposals to Emily Baran at
For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Steven Marks at For questions regarding the program, please contact Emily Baran at

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Deadline Extended: 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be held at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona, from Thursday, April 2, to Saturday, April 4, 2020.  

The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture. 
Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to the conference email address .
Abstracts should be up to 250 words, including examples and bibliography, 12-point font, at least 1" margins, and should not contain name(s) or affiliations(s) of the author(s).  Abstracts should also include a title, and up to five keywords.
The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email.
Please send submissions by October 15,  2019*.  Notification of selection, and invitation letters if needed, will be sent by November 4, 2019.
More information about travel arrangements, hotels, and area attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tombstone, etc.) will be sent out later in the year. Tempe is part of greater Phoenix, and is approximately 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 
The conference is hosted by the Melikian Center at ASU, in collaboration with the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona (U of A). Additional support is provided by ASU's  School of International Letters and Cultures, the Mary Choncoff Fund, and the Stephen and Sandra Batalden Fund. 
Questions about the conference may be directed to the ASU and U of A conference organizers, Keith Brown and Grace Fielder, either directly or via the conference email address.

Monday, August 12, 2019

CFP: 2020 Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust XVI (Ottawa, ON)

Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2019

Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust XVI
The Holocaust: Rethinking Paradigms in Research and Representation
7-10 November 2020 (Saturday-Tuesday)
Ottawa, Canada
Carleton University and University of Ottawa

The Sixteenth Biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference, sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, and hosted by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada, invites scholars to submit proposals for papers, panels, posters, workshops, and seminars. Proposals should relate to recent issues and advances in Holocaust scholarship and pedagogy and conform broadly to the conference theme, “The Holocaust: Rethinking Paradigms in Research and Representation.” We welcome submissions that utilize various methodologies and perspectives. Proposals from disciplines in addition to history are strongly encouraged.

What does it mean to develop conceptual paradigms relating to the Holocaust? From its etymological roots, “paradigm” denotes patterns, models, precedents, and examples. How might existing paradigms for understanding, representing, and teaching about the Holocaust benefit from re-examination and reformulation in light of new sources, interpretive methods, and interdisciplinary approaches and conversations? To what extent can debates in the study of the Holocaust pertaining (but not limited) to modernity, colonialism, antisemitism, racial and gender discrimination, and sexual violence, as well as conceptions of trauma, memory, testimony, and representation, connect the Holocaust to discussions of nationalism, imperialism, and mass atrocity  more broadly? In what ways can experiences of the Holocaust constructively be invoked to call attention to human rights crises? What are the limits and perils of invoking such experiences? This conference aims to deepen our understanding of the Holocaust by recognizing that the uniqueness and specificities of the Holocaust should neither prohibit nor be lost in the process of drawing historical analogies. Holding the conference in Canada also offers an opportunity to think anew about specific lessons of the Holocaust for criminal acts against indigenous populations.

Conference sessions include several formats, as outlined below. Submissions should clearly indicate one of these formats.

Conference Panels will consist of three to four papers and a moderator. Conference chairs will consider individual proposals and organize them as panels. Paper proposals should include a title and abstract (up to 300 words) and a 1-2 page CV. Proposals for full panels should additionally include a panel title and brief description of the full session (up to 300 words).
Posters should communicate research questions, findings, and importance, each succinctly using text and graphics on a single 2’x 4’ poster. Poster proposals should include title and abstract (up to 300 words) and a 1-2 page CV. Poster sessions are an opportunity for advanced graduate students to present and receive feedback on their research.
Workshops consisting of one or two presenters should focus on particular questions, approaches or sources. Workshops are intended to be interactive and practical, highlighting (for example) a new pedagogical approach or research question or method; curricular innovations; or creative ways to examine and interpret artifacts or texts both in research and the classroom. Conference organizers will prioritize proposals centered on participation and discussion.
Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars at various career levels for three meetings over the course of the conference, for sustained discussion of a question or problem. Participants will access a common syllabus of readings and position papers BEFORE the conference. Only those registered for the seminar will have access to the papers; online access will be removed immediately after the conference. If you are interested in proposing a seminar, submit an abstract (up to 350 words) that describes a compelling case for the why this particular issue should be explored. Once a seminar is accepted, conference attendees may apply to the seminar as presenters (9-12 papers accepted). Participants will be determined by the seminar organizer in consultation with a conference co-chair. Seminar papers must be available to post by 1 September 2020.
To the extent possible, financial assistance for conference presenters will be provided. Priority is given to graduate students, faculty at teaching-oriented colleges not offering research support, and foreign scholars with unusually high travel costs. Instructions for funding applications will be posted once the conference program is finalized.

Co-chairs of the academic program: Professor Jennifer Evans (Carleton University) and Professor Noah Shenker (Monash University)

Workshop and poster coordinator: Professor Gary Weissman (University of Cincinnati)

Co-hosts: Professor Jennifer Evans (Carleton University) and Professor Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa)

All proposals should be submitted online using the Lessons and Legacies Proposal Submission Form. Questions should be directed to

Applicants will be informed in February 2020 regarding inclusion in the conference program.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

CFA: Open Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Deadline to Apply: August 15, 2019

REEEC is now accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the fall Open Research Laboratory (September 1–30). Those applicants who are US citizens and whose research holds relevance for US foreign policy may also apply for US Department of State Title VIII fellowships to support their visits. ORL Associates have access to the extensive holdings of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collection at the International and Area Studies Library and may receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS); these consultations ensure that Associates not only locate all sources pertinent to their topic at Illinois, but those housed elsewhere, as well.
Qualified ORL applicants are also encouraged to consider studying an area language through Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop, located in nearby Bloomington, IN, after their participation in the ORL. Please check the program’s website during the coming months for further information regarding deadlines, application materials, and funding, which may include Title VIII Portable Fellowships for overseas language study as well as other opportunities available to eligible applicants.
We invite applications from advanced graduate students (MA candidates engaged in thesis writing and research, doctoral students, and doctoral candidates working on a dissertation), postdoctoral scholars, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate language and area studies training whose research pertains to some aspect of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies. Applicants must propose a viable research project, demonstrate a clear commitment to the field, and indicate how they will benefit from ORL participation and the resources of the SRS and Illinois library collections. Applicants conducting policy-relevant research will be prioritized and are strongly encouraged to apply for a Title VIII fellowship (below), to underwrite the costs associated with their visit.
  • Full access to the physical and electronic collections of the University of Illinois Library.
  • Use of the Library’s technological resources, including advanced scanning equipment and other resources.
  • Consultations with the Slavic Reference Service.
  • Opportunities to participate in REEEC programming (lectures, workshops, conferences, etc.).
  • The help of REEEC staff in answering logistical questions related to your stay.
  • Informal meetings with local scholars as desired.
Applicants who are U.S. citizens and who are conducting policy-relevant research may apply for a Title VIII fellowship to support their visits. These fellowships provide:   
  • A housing award furnishing accommodation on campus for up to 5 days,
  • A travel award of up to $500 to offset transportation costs to and from Urbana-Champaign,
  • A stipend of $500 to cover food, incidentals, and other costs associated with the research visit.
All applicants are required to submit an online application, a short-form CV, a research proposal and, if applying for funding, a clearly formulated statement of policy relevance. Failure to provide this statement will compromise applicants’ eligibility for Title VIII funding.
US citizens applying for Title VIII financial support must also upload a Statement of Policy Relevance. This statement should comprise a brief project abstract (up to 500 words) that draws a connection between your research topic and any aspect of US foreign policy issues, strategies, emphases, or concerns. The extent to which a project is policy-relevant will vary with the field of study, but most research pertaining to the region informs our understanding of, helps contextualize, or otherwise holds implications for the history, nature, or legacy of policy considerations. A partial list of contemporary policy-related topics might include security issues of all sorts (e.g., border, military, energy, food, and water security); conflict, extremism, terrorism, trafficking, violence, and international criminal syndicates; government, politics, sociopolitical movements, state building, elections, populism, and the cult of political personalities; Cold War studies and the  legacies of state socialism; environmental policy, degradation, and climate change; displaced populations and demographic movement (political, economic, and climate-change refugees, migrants, and immigrants); studies of social identity and difference (gender, sexualities, ethnicity, nationalism, class, religion and belief); information access and dissemination (freedom of the press, communications, education, journalism, social media); international and supranational alliances; technological advances and artificial intelligence (e.g, aeronautical, bio-, communications, computer, information, medical, nano-, and military technology); and artistic and popular culture engagement with or commentaries on any of these topics, whether through literature, film, music, visual art, dance, or other expressive culture media. In short, applicants are asked to indicate how their research might inform, resonate with, or otherwise contribute to the understanding of regional topics of concern to policy makers as well as the scholarly community.
  1. When can I attend?Participation in the Open Research Lab is flexible. You may attend at any time between September 1 and September 30, 2019.
  2. Is it difficult to acquire funding for ORL; how constrictive is the funding process?Funding for ORL is competitive. Eligible applicants with strong proposals are more likely to receive funding for their research. ORL awards are made by a committee of scholars derived from the Research Laboratory Advisory Board and University of Illinois faculty.
  3. What kind of funding is available?All ORL grant applicants must be U.S. citizens. Awards include travel support up to $500, housing grants for up to 5 days, and a stipend of $500.
  4. Can I access any of the resources after I leave the lab?Yes! The Slavic Reference Service librarians are very adept at loaning circulating items through Inter-Library Loan (ILL).
  5. Why should I visit, if SRS is willing to loan so much material via ILL?ORL is a great opportunity to develop good relationships with the librarians at the Slavic Reference Service. They are ready to use their specialized knowledge to help you do research on your dissertation or research project. SRS librarians will work with ORL Fellows long after they leave ORL. Additionally, an in-person visit gives scholars the opportunity to access specialized materials that carry constraints due to particular governmental and copyright restrictions. Scholars who utilize ORL also have access to the main stacks at the University Library.
  6. Am I allowed to make digital copies of materials that I would like to take with me after I leave?Absolutely! You can create your own digital library of the resources acquired during ORL.
  7. Is ORL only for preliminary research, or does ORL have more in-depth resources that would cater to more specialized research?ORL can assist both preliminary and advanced stages of research. ORL also facilitates access to hard-to-find materials that are not located anywhere else in the US. This can be especially helpful to scholars who have done their preliminary work using more available resources.
  8. What are the library hours for the Slavic Reference Service?Slavic Reference Service hours correspond to the Main Library hours of operations. Please check the Library website for a full schedule of Library hours. When planning your trip to the ORL, please be aware that the library maintains limited hours on weekends.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at

Volunteering: GoCamp, Ukraine

Deadline to Apply: Rolling, apply as soon as possible

GoCamp invites foreign citizens to join our "big volunteers family" in September 2019.
Volunteers from all over the world come to GoCamp to make a great difference in the education sector in Ukraine 
2 weeks you will spend in one of the Ukrainian schools across the country, become mentors for children in learning foreign languages and discovering the world with your help to create innovative creative projects together! 


5-20 September, 2019 

What will you get?
  •  Special training for volunteers in Kyiv
  •  Staying in a host family what means full immersion into Ukrainian culture 
  •  Valuable experience in working with children
  •  New friends from all over the world
  •  Certificate and recommendations 
  •  24/7 support from GoCamp team
  •  Lots of fun and memories from the autumn of 2019

GoCamp is supported by international organizations (British Council, Institut Fran├žais, Goethe Institut), Embassies of US, Great Britain, EU, France, Norway and others, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Youth and Sports. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Internship: Association for Asian Studies Internship Program (Ann Arbor, MI)

Deadline to Apply: Rolling, but review of applications will begin on August 1, 2019

The Association for Asian Studies currently seeks two graduate students for internships in publications, digital media, and outreach projects. The internships are paid positions offered throughout the year. Interns are expected to commit to one academic term of work. The AAS Internship Program (AASIP) aims to encourage active involvement of graduate students in AAS initiatives.
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the study of and dissemination of knowledge about Asia. The Association has approximately 6,500 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines. Founded in 1941, the AAS has transformed from publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (1941-1956) to the world’s largest Asian Studies professional organization. Over the years, AAS has expanded to include the broadening disciplinary and geographic interests of its membership. The AAS currently publishes the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) and three book series, as well as Education About Asia (EAA), a journal dedicated to educational content related to Asia. In addition to annual international and regional conferences, the Association engages in outreach programs such as workshops and provides modest research grants for scholars through its various area councils. The AAS is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies and actively partners with its sister societies in research and informational exchanges.
The AASIP operates within AAS’s vision of scholarship, outreach, and education. The goal of the internship program is to provide opportunities for area-studies graduate students to use their research and writing skills to support educational and digital media initiatives. Interns will apply a foundation of knowledge in area studies to locate, organize, and prepare data for publication on AAS social media and web sites, to write informative posts for the #AsiaNow blog, to digitize and categorize publications for archival purposes, and to prepare Education About Asia (EAA) materials for publication. Interns will report directly to their supervisor for daily tasks and support for overall objectives. Interns may also attend workshops, discussions, participate in group projects, or other tasks as needed. The AAS is seeking interns with initiative, a strong work ethic, and ability to collaborate on several projects.
Qualifications: Graduate Student in International/Area Studies. Graduate students specializing in Asian Studies will be preferred, initially, but we are open to students from other areas of study.
Location: Association for Asian Studies Headquarters at 825 Victors Way, Ann Arbor (bus-accessible from the University of Michigan campus)
Salary: $15/hr (non-exempt), maximum 10 hours a week
Duration: One academic semester. The fall academic semester can be preceded by work beginning during summer session, and spring semester work can extend to summer.
Essential Functions: Duties will include scanning materials; research; writing content for website and social media; assisting with social media and visual web elements; creating spreadsheets; filing and data entry; editing/updating content in WordPress additional marketing and/or communications tasks as assigned.
Essential Skills: The candidates must demonstrate strong writing and editing skills as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is desired. The candidate must demonstrate attention to detail, organization, and time management as well as a strong sense of initiative and reliability. Although not required, familiarity with photo editing and design software, experience working in WordPress, working knowledge of HTML and the ability to organize analytics, reports and bulk data from social media are also desired. Training in the latter skill set will be provided if necessary.
Application Process:
AAS offers year-round (spring, summer, fall, winter) internships in our Ann Arbor, MI office only. Students must be enrolled at least part-time in an academic institution to be eligible for an internship with AAS. Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
Please submit your resume with cover letter indicating how your experience and skills align with the description of the position. Please include names, titles, and contact information for two references. Do not send reference letters at this time. We will contact referees after receipt of application materials. Send materials as PDF attachments to AAS Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung at with the subject line “AASIP.”
Review of applications will be carried out on a rolling basis, beginning August 1, 2019. Interns will not be discriminated upon by basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, or gender identity.