Thursday, February 23, 2017

Prizes/Awards: Unique Funding Opportunity for Independent Professionals

Deadline: March 1, 2017 11:59 PM

SEE is now accepting applications for the new round of its Independent Professionals Project Initiative!

Do you have a great project idea or know other U.S. and/or Russian professionals who are interested in tackling shared social challenges?

This competition is open to individuals who are interested in implementing a socially-oriented project that will benefit both Russian and U.S. societies. In partnership with a host organization, Independent Professionals will spend 7-14 days between June and mid-July, 2017 to gain new skills and grow professional networks, thereby allowing them to implement these skills and practices to more effectively address challenges in their home communities.

Learn More and Apply Here!

Socially-Oriented Thematic Areas

Social Support & Protection of Citizens
Protection of Flora & Fauna / Promotion of Animal Welfare
Promotion of Philanthropy and Volunteerism
Youth Development
Public Health & Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles
Preservation of Cultural Identities & Language
Adaptation of Migrants
Medical and Social Rehabilitation

Promotion of Economic and Labor Mobility

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Announcement: STARTALK Teacher-Training Program for Graduate Students

Deadline: March 13, 2017

Middlebury School of Russian is pleased to announce the 2017 STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian” intended for novice teachers of Russian and graduate students with no or limited teaching experiences.

The Institute provides participants with unique opportunities to gain a solid foundation in second language acquisition theory and language proficiency framework, and to transfer this knowledge into classroom practice. Participants will create teaching materials for different levels of instruction, implementing STARTALK-endorsed best teaching practices, and engage in practice-teaching in a safe environment with guidance from experienced language practitioners.

The Institute consists of two parts: a 5-day online session (June 19-23, 2017) and a 12-day on-campus session in Middlebury, VT (July 12-23, 2017); both sessions are mandatory. During the on-line session participants will engage in learning and discussing theoretical approaches to language acquisition and principles of proficiency-based pedagogy, so that the on-campus session can be dedicated to applying this theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching and material development. During the on-campus session, participants will brainstorm, design, and implement curricular units, lessons and activities. 

Institute’s participants will experience the unique immersive environment of the Middlebury Russian School. By living in the language, participants themselves will see how a learning community of people who speak Russian with varying levels of fluency can be built and sustained.

Tuition, lodging expenses, meals, textbooks, and classroom materials are covered by the STARTALK grant, and each participant is eligible to receive a travel reimbursement for up to $300. Participants will receive one course unit of graduate credit.

NEW FOR 2017: This year the STARTALK Institute has received an award to offer up to 5 scholarships to cover tuition for the 1-Week Refresher Course (July 2-9). These scholarships are competitive and will be awarded to those admitted STARTALK participants who need to “update” their language skills before starting the on-campus program on July 12. More information about the Refresher Course is available here.

Please note that the application deadline is March 13, 2017. Finalists will be notified by April 1, 2017.

To apply, please follow this link to an application form

For information and to submit an application, please, visit  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact program director, Irina Dubinina, at or lead instructor, Olesya Kisselev, at

Friday, February 17, 2017

Announcement: Call for Volunteers! Ukraine

Civiс initiative GoGlobal invites you to share a worldwide call for volunteers for English summer camps in Ukraine!

As you know nowadays Ukraine is going through the difficult times. For us, however, it is a high time to act. We want to open Ukraine to the world and to raise a new generation of children. Children with open and strong mindset. Children, who would be leaders with relevant and up-to-date skills and global thinking, which our country needs that much.

However, we cannot deal with this goal ourselves. Therefore, we strongly ask you to support our initiative and help us to develop a modern and democratic country!

GoGlobal is an initiative of the Global Office NGO which aims to promote the opportunities of foreign language knowledge, expand the horizons and establish English as a vital necessity. Our team is working on ensuring that Ukrainians speak English, and thus have a chance to be heard all around the world. The English language is the means which will allow us to integrate into the European and world society.

GoCamp is the innovative summer camps where volunteers from all over the world help Ukrainian kids to learn English. Nevertheless, the camps are not only about learning. They are about trust, tolerance, openness, and integrity. In 2016, 126 schools already held their summer camps jointly with 120 volunteers from 40 countries. The project served more than 9 000 children.

This year our aim is even more challenging. We invite 1000 foreign volunteers and involve more than 100 000 Ukrainian children to participate in the GoCamp project! It will be the biggest international volunteers project in Ukraine.

The initiative is already supported by the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, the British Council, the United Nations in Ukraine and other world-known partners.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Announcement: Russian translation help wanted

The book in question is on Russian icon painting and amounts to 160 pages (with many images and an extensive catalog). What I require is an approximate translation of parts of this study that hopefully deal with aspects that I am specifically interested in. Will pay $5 more per hour than the going rate.

Please contact
Achim Timmermann (History of Art)
734 763 6112 (office); 734 353 3371 (cell)

Prizes/Awards: AAUS Article Prize, Book Prize, and Translation Prize

Deadline: February 28, 2017

The American Association for Ukrainian Studies announces the call for nominations (including self-nominations) for the new round of the AAUS Article, Translation, and Book Prize. For this round, articles, books, and book-length translations from Ukrainian into English published in 2015 and 2016 are eligible. Please e-mail the nominated articles in PDF format, and have the publishers send copies of the nominated books (monographs and translations) to the members of the current AAUS Book Prize and Translation Prize Committee respectively.

The composition of the committees is as follows:

Article Prize Committee:
Jennifer Carroll []
Yuliya Ladygina []
Oleh Wolowyna []

Book Prize Committee:
Serhy Yekelchyk []
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Michael Naydan []
Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages
236 Burrowes Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Matthew Pauly []
Dept. of History
506 E. Circle Dr., # 247
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Translation Prize Committee:
Vitaly Chernetsky []
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
2133 Wescoe Hall, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Mayhill Fowler []
Dept. of History, Stetson University
421 N Woodland Blvd, Unit 8344
Deland FL 32724

Yuliya Ilchuk []
1150 Welch Rd., #531
Palo Alto, CA 94304

The committees’ composition and contact information will also be posted at the AAUS website,

The deadline for submissions for all three prizes is Feb. 28, 2017.

Results will be announced at the AAUS business meeting at the ASN Annual Convention in New York this May.

CFA: Summer Research Laboratory 2017

Deadline: March 15, 2017

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For further information and to apply, please use this link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies. Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
104 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St., MC-487
Champaign, IL 61820

CFS: Second Annual Tartu Conference

Deadline: February 20, 2017

We would like to remind you to submit your panel or paper proposal for the Second Annual Tartu Conference in Russian and East European Studies by 20 February. The conference will be held on 4–6 June 2017.

The conference will open with a keynote address by Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan) who will speak about Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution. 1917 was a turning point for the world. The revolution both destroyed and made worlds, upended one understanding of historical motion and set out another, shattered the expectations of many and inspired new longings, ambitions, and opportunities of countless others. The year 1917 was marked by an euphoria of popular power and democracy, a dream of utopia that soon would devolve into civil war and terror, eventuating in the nightmare of Stalinism. Trotsky wrote his famous essay “Lessons of October” in 1924 in the belief that too little was known about the October Revolution and that other countries needed their own October. We might also consider what October has taught us (and might still teach us today) about the future of democracy and socialism if we begin by seriously appreciating the ambiguous legacy of Soviet “socialism.” The question remains: how have we ended up 100 years after October in a global crisis of democracy and socialism?

Plenary roundtable Soviet Legacies and De-Sovietization in Russia and Eastern Europe will be held in the afternoon on Monday, 5 June. The aim of the roundtable will be to offer a range of critical perspectives on the issue of Soviet and/or imperial legacies as a factor of post-Soviet development. The idea is to reflect on the general significance of the concept of legacies and to compare the experience of different societies in the region in their post-socialist transition, and the role played by the legacies of the past in the success or failure of democratic consolidation.

The roundtable will feature the following speakers:

– Mark Kramer, Harvard University
– Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
– Madina Tlostanova, Linköping University

More information about the conference and the submission forms are available on the conference