Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Job: Program Assistant, Kennan Institute; Washington D.C.

Deadline: April 21, 2018


-Open & closing dates 
 04/12/2018 to 04/21/2018

- Salary
$41,369 to $59,762 per year

- Pay Scale & Grade
GS 06 - 07

- Work Schedule

- Appointment Type


For more information and to apply visit: 

This position is located in the Kennan Institute (KI) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center). The Wilson Center was established by an Act of Congress in 1968 as the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson.

Along with the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center, it is one of the three entities affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, and is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center provides a non-partisan policy forum for tackling issues through independent research and open dialogue that seeks to inform actionable ideas for the policy community and the public at large. It offers a bridge between the world and Washington and between critical ideas and policy practice. Most of the Center's outreach efforts take place within the Center itself, but some of the activities take place in the region.

The Kennan Institute is the premier US national center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia, co-founded by George F. Kennan in 1974. The mission of the Kennan Institute is to build and sustain deep mutual understanding, cooperation, and exchange among intellectual and opinion leaders in the United States, Russia, and the surrounding states – a bedrock for regional and global peace, prosperity, and security. Insights from Kennan scholars, publications and events have proven invaluable for US policymakers, media, and the general public seeking to understand not only what is happening in Russia and the region, but why. Since the end of the Cold War, Kennan has developed even wider and deeper contacts with intellectual opinion leaders in Russia and Ukraine, establishing offices in Moscow (1993) and Kyiv (1999). During its 43rd anniversary year and beyond, the Kennan Institute will focus on its core strengths: Deepening “lanes of excellence” in scholarship; strengthening engagement with policy processes in the US and the region; and enhancing the depth and value of Kennan’s international alumni networks. 

Provides administrative support to Director, Deputy Director, and staff of the Kennan Institute.
Prepares and edits various correspondences for proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Arranges travel and hotel accommodations for staff members and participants in the Institute’s activities; completes appropriate travel authorizations, travel vouchers, purchase orders, petty cash, and other accounting-related paperwork.
Prepares and organizes Kennan Institute public events; responsible for set-up, microphones, and all other logistical matters.
Organizes multi-day conferences including travel logistics, catering, supplies, creating and formatting agendas and program materials, and coordinating staff and attendees.
Assists with scholar administration including organizing scholar competitions, onboarding procedure, management of internal scholar seminar schedule, visa support, and scholar list.
Assists with outreach, including communications by phone, e-mail, webpages, and social media.
Maintains and edits the Kennan Institute blogs.

Answers phones and office-wide email to provide information related to program activities. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CFA: Postdoctoral Associate in Russian/Soviet Studies

Deadline: May 21, 2018

Postdoctoral Associate in Russian/Soviet Studies
The Department of Geosciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Associate in Russian/Soviet Studies to start in September 2018. The Postdoctoral Associate in Russian/Soviet Studies will collect, translate, and code spatial dataon migration pathways for members of the Kalmyk diaspora in interwar Europe. 

This position will work with and interpret other archival sources as made available from domestic sources. The Postdoctoral Associate will think creatively about the presentation and communication of spatial data in cartographic and other visual formats and will provide other research assistance as relevant to the project. This position will interact closely with the project director, a graduate student, and other research groups at he University of Arkansas.The is a one-year appointment, renewable based on the need for the position, availability of funding,
and continued satisfactory level of performance in the role.

Minimum Qualifications:
 Ph.D. in geography, history, or a related field conferred by the start of employment

Preferred Qualifications:
 Experience in geographic information systems (GIS)
 Demonstrable fluency in the Russian language
 Demonstrated interest in digital humanities and/or spatial analysis

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for this position:
 Knowledge of the Russian language
 Knowledge and experience in geographic information systems (GIS)

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and a cover
letter/letter of application. Applicants selected for further review will be asked to submit two letters of recommendation.

This position requires a national criminal background and registered sex offender check, and will close on May 21, 2018.
For more information, please contact Edward C. Holland, Assistant Professor in Geosciences at

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

CFA: The Russian Language Summer School 2018, Minsk


Suitable for those: 
-who don’t know Russian at all, but who are eager to learn it for personal goals or for work
-who have studied Russian and would like to master their knowledge to communicate with their family, friends or colleagues
-who are interested in Russian culture, customs and traditions
-who study different languages as their occupation (scholars of language, like philologists and linguists)
-who are engaged in comparative philology and/or Slavic studies
-who adore studying new languages, visiting new countries and making new friends all over the world.

You will learn: 
You will learn to speak Russian and you will have an opportunity to practice it in all possible public places. Russian is a second official language in Belarus and 90% of the population speak it in their every day life. It is a well known fact that immersion experience is the most effective way to study a new language.
Besides knowledge, you will participate in different master classes with our guests (like singing, drawing/painting, cooking, playing and many other interesting activities). With a guide you will be able to see different unique sights of Belarus.
The guide speaks Russian as well as English. In the end, you will have a marvellous time together with different people from all over the world!

The school prefers to use a communicative approach in teaching. You will learn lots of words using different methods and techniques and practice your Vocabulary during master classes.

The studies are designed in such a particular way that you learn a maximum amount of the
necessary information without getting tired.

For more information, visit: 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

CFP: Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art in Moscow, October 2–6, 2018

Call for papers deadline - MAY 12, 2018

OCTOBER 2–6, 2018.

The Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art conference is an international academic forum held biannually by Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University, supported by major Russian museums. The conference takes place alternately in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In Saint Petersburg, the State Hermitage Museum acts as its permanent partner. In 2018, the conference will be held in Moscow, with the State Tretyakov Gallery as partner museum.

The conference is dedicated to a wide range of issues related to history and theory of visual arts and architecture, conservation and interpretation of Russian and international cultural heritage, and interaction between academic science and museum experience. The chronological scope of this interdisciplinary forum spans from prehistoric era to contemporary stage. The conference welcomes art historians, culture theorists, archaeologists, art conservators, museum practitioners, and other humanities scholars whose research areas include architecture, visual and decorative arts.

The conference of 2018 focuses on the topic of BORDERS AND HORIZONS.

The program of the conference includes plenary session and ten thematic

▪ Art of the Ancient World;
▪ Eastern Christian Art;
▪ Western European Medieval Art;
▪ Russian Medieval Art;
▪ Renaissance Art;
▪ Western Art of the Modern Times;
▪ Russian Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries;
▪ Modern and Contemporary Art;
▪ Theory of Art;
▪ Challenges in Displaying Modern and Contemporary Art Collections.

Call for papers is open THROUGH MAY 12, 2018, via the official website
of the conference. To apply, one needs to register an account and fill in the online application form, which includes an abstract 2.000 to 3.500 characters. 

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. Oral and poster presentations are accepted.

Postgraduate and PhD students should also provide recommendations from their academic supervisors. Recommendation letter in the form of scanned document signed by the academic supervisor should be attached to the online application form.

The information about selected applications will be available in participants' accounts on the conference website on June 20, 2018Abstracts will be published in electronic form in 2018, and the best papers will be included in collected essays of the conference due to appear as
two volumes in 2019 and 2020 (this peer-reviewed publication is indexed in SCOPUS and RSCI databases).


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The People's Art School and Unovis in Vitebsk Conference; Pembroke College, Cambridge.

We are delighted to announce the international conference The People's Art School and Unovis in Vitebsk which will take place on 19 & 20 April 2018 at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Organised by the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and generously supported by the In Artibus Foundation and Pembroke College, Cambridge, this conference complements the major exhibition, Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: Vitebsk 1918-1922, which opens this spring in Paris’s Centre Pompidou (28 March – 23 July 2018). 

The event draws together fifteen senior academics and emerging scholars from Belarus, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, the US and UK to consider anew this vital period – one that is often lost within the broader history of Russia’s celebrated avant-garde. With papers devoted to a wide range of media, from Russian-Jewish painting to porcelain and Suprematist ballet, this conference aims to reveal just what made a short-lived venture far from Russia’s artistic centres so innovative and far-reaching. 

For further details and tickets, please visit: 

CFA: U.S. Russia Experts Program for Master’s Degree Students

Deadline: May 4, 2018

IREX is pleased to announce a call for applications for the U.S. Russia Experts Program.  The program supports and develops the talents, skills and proficiencies of U.S. graduate students interested in Russia, and U.S .-Russian relations.  The fellowship program is designed to deepen expertise and knowledge, strengthen U.S.-Russian connections and linkages, and improve U.S.-Russian understanding.    

Program Guidelines and Eligibility

Fellowships for up to $5,000 will be awarded to fund customized research and professional development activities related to U.S.-Russian relations from June 2018 - January 2019.  The fellowship is open to U.S.-based current and recent graduates of master’s and professional development programs in the fields of Russian-area studies, business, law, public policy and the social sciences. U.S. and Russian citizens may apply.    

The fellowship application deadline is May 4, 2018. The online application is available here

Friday, March 23, 2018

CFA: Kennan Institute Alumni Grant Program

Kennan Institute Alumni Grant Program

The continuing advancement of scholarship is a pillar of the Kennan Institute’s mission. The Kennan Institute has long supported the work of scholars-in-residence and alumni by funding specific research projects and scholarly events. It now is establishing a specific category of grant awards available exclusively to Kennan alumni to support continuing research, publications, conferences, and other policy relevant scholarly work. 

Kennan alumni include any scholar who has previously been in residence at the Kennan Institute for a period of one month or longer. All former Woodrow Wilson Fellows and other Wilson Center scholars who have been affiliated with the Kennan Institute during their time at the Center also are eligible to apply.

Grants may be sought to continue work previously conducted while in residence at the Kennan Institute or to pursue new projects. Grants will not be awarded to support merely attending or speaking at conferences.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more details and to apply please go here: