Friday, June 24, 2016

CFP: AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference 2016

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
October 7-8, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics, and history are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages). Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2016.

Recent conference programs are available on the AATSEEL-WI website at  http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/7

This year's keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Olga Maiorova (University of Michigan).

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by August 31, 2016.

A complete proposal consists of:
1. Author's contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email).
2. Paper title
3. 300-500 word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to: Melissa Warner, mmwarner@wisc.edu

Please include “AATSEEL-WI” in the subject line of your email. All submissions will be acknowledged and considered, and all applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than September 15.



Job: Instructor in Russian language and culture, Dalhousie Universit


DEADLINE: June 30, 2016

The Dalhousie University Department of Russian Studies seeks applications for a ten-month 100% full-time limited term appointment (August 1– May 31) at the Instructor level in Russian language and culture, effective August 1, 2016. 

The position is subject to budgetary approval. Applicants should preferably have a Ph.D. in Russian linguistics/literature. Applicants with an MA degree will be considered on the individual basis as well. Native or native-equivalent command of Russian and English, as well as experience in teaching the Russian language at an undergraduate level, are required.

The instructor will teach language and introductory Russian culture courses for the equivalent of four full-credit (eight half-credit) classes during the ten-month period. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and administrative skills. An up-to-date curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference forwarded under separate cover should be submitted both in hard copy and electronically to the Search Committee at the following address:

Dr. Shao-Pin Luo
Russian Language and Culture Search
Department of Russian Studies
Dalhousie University
McCain Arts, 6135 University Ave., Room 3060
PO BOX 15000,
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2, Canada
Email: rusn@dal.ca

For further academic curriculum information of the Russian Studies at Dalhousie, please contact Professor Yuri Leving: yleving@dal.ca

For further administrative information, please contact Ms. Tamara Cantrill, Administrative Secretary, 902-494-3473, rusn@dal.ca

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. It may be extended, therefore check with the department and send your intention of interest ASAP to Ms. Cantrill and Professor Leving.

The full and definitive text of the job advertisement with disclosures (All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority) may be found here: http://www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/russian-studies.html

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Job: Position in Russian Language and Culture (Ohio State U.)

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at the Ohio State University invites applications for a one-year, full-time (1.0 FTE) lectureship position in Russian language, beginning August 18, 2016. Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree (ABD will be considered) and experience teaching in the North American university system. We seek a gifted instructor with excellent teaching and mentoring skills. The candidate will be expected to teach six-to-eight (language and/or content) courses (or 24 credit hours) per year. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is required.

This is a renewable appointment subject to excellent performance, availability of funds, and program needs.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, c.v., a teaching statement, and the names and contact information of two professional references electronically to slavicdept@osu.edu . For further information, please contact Dr. Larysa Stepanova, Language Program Coordinator, at 614-292-6783 (stepanova.1@osu.edu ). Candidates who advance to the interview stage will be asked to submit student evaluations (if available).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Call for Applications - ADSEEES Travel Grants for 2016 ASEEES Convention (first deadline July 30, 2016)

DEADLINE: July 30, 2016

The Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ADSEEES) is pleased to announce two separate competitive grants aimed at subsidizing attendance of the 2016 ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC (November 17-20, 2016).

 1.) Convention Attendance Grant for Undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving-Institutions (MSIs) 
10 available grants

This grant covers the registration and membership fees necessary to attend the 2016 ASEEES Convention. Please submit a short essay (250 words maximum) explaining how your academic work in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies will help you in your future career and/or studies. Explain how your future plans align with the values and principles outlined in the ADSEEES mission statement (see below). Students from any subfield (language, literature, history, social science, and other relevant disciplines) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a historically black college and university (HBCU) or a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI). To see if your college or university applies, see the Department of Education website listing here. Please email your essay to adseees.diversity@gmail.com by September 15, 2016.

2.) Convention Travel Grant (for graduate students currently enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program)
2 available grants in the amount of $400

 Please submit a short essay (500 words maximum) explaining how attending the 2016 ASEEES conference fits into your career goals, and how your research, teaching, and/or service to the profession align with the values and principles outlined in the ADSEEES mission statement (see below). Please submit your essay along with your CV to adseees.diversity@gmail.com by July 30, 2016. To be eligible for this grant, your name must appear (in any capacity) in the ASEEES convention program.  

ADSEEES Mission Statement 

The Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ADSEEES) is dedicated to better connecting and expanding the network of underrepresented minority students, scholars, and professionals working in the field. ADSEEES is committed to improving general understanding of the unique experiences of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities as well as members of the LGBTQ community who study, teach, and/or conduct research in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. ADSEEES also seeks to serve as a platform for academic discussions of minoritarian cultures in the region both historically and in the present day. 

To learn more about ADSEEES, please visit our website at http://www.adseees.org

Additional Details:

Through its grant competition, ADSEEES seeks to foster diversity and inclusion within the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Applicants from all backgrounds who have shown a demonstrated commitment to the principles outlined in the ADSEEES Mission Statement, either through their research, teaching, and/or service to the profession are encouraged to apply.   

These grants have been made possible through generous funding from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California-Berkeley, and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

Please address any questions or concerns about the application process to adseees.diversity@gmail.com.

CFP: Trajectories of October 1917: Origins, Reverberations and Models of Revolution (Paris, 19-21 October 2017)

DEADLINE: October 15, 2016

Description and Aim

In the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, to say that October 1917 was a foundational event is to state the obvious. The Russian Revolutions of February and especially October introduced new frameworks for political thought, an unprecedented conception of society, and a radical overhaul of the economic system. October 1917 was the incarnation of the revolution, both for those who supported it and for those who were hostile to it. In Russia, it was the moment that crystallised the mounting tensions between late but spectacular industrialisation and a dominant rural world, exacerbated by the First World War. But October 1917 was at once a foundational event and the consequence of the reformulations of political, economic and social processes that had begun in the late eighteenth century and developed over the course of the nineteenth as Europe industrialised. 1917 has been the object of an extensive historiography, which emerged as early as the 1920s and developed after the Second World War and during the Cold War, and which offers diverse perspectives on the revolutionary event, since every history has been linked to the political and social debates contemporary with its writing, so much was October 1917 the anchoring point of political antagonisms. Even now, studies undertaken in a new intellectual and political context invite us to reconsider the history of the period.

Outside the frontiers of Russia redrawn by the revolutionaries, 1917 ushered in a long period during which the revolutionary experience of October would serve as an example and play a messianic role around the world. Throughout the twentieth century, numerous political movements invoked October 1917, selecting from the 1917 "toolkit" elements that were in sympathy with an aim, a revolutionary situation or the establishment of a new political and social order. The idea of the conference we are organising in autumn 2017 is not so much to rethink or remake the history of 1917 in Russia, but to discuss the history of the revolutions whose mechanisms and development borrowed from 1917, particularly in terms of social explosion, implosion of authority and construction of another form of state. The conference also seeks to discuss, more broadly, to what extent the social and economic modes of representation derived from 1917, although they crystallised earlier developments, influenced the social sciences, representations in general, and action – particularly political action – in the twentieth century. We are also interested in what became of that revolutionary legacy after 1991.

Around the overarching theme of October 1917, we are seeking to foster dialogue between historians of 1917 who can make new contributions to the interpretation and analysis of that revolutionary movement in the Russian Empire, and scholars working on other areas and on later periods who also deal with 1917 in their analysis and interpretation of 2
revolutionary movements. To bring all of this research together, we are holding a conference, from 19 to 21 October 2017, in which scholars from various disciplines and specialists of different areas are invited to participate. The conference will not address October 1917 per se, but its long-term influence and impact, from a global perspective. We proposed to structure the presentations and debates around the following themes. While the first theme will look specifically at Russia, the other five concern the world (even if, ultimately, only some areas will be covered):

o 1917, a Russian revolution? This theme is concerned with the contrast between the "universalism" of the October Revolution and the aspects that anchor it to the imperial, political and social history of Russia. This is the only theme that will deal specifically with October itself. It will encompass the revisions of 1917 in historiography.

o The revolutionary concept and ethos after 1917: How was the idea of revolution configured after October 1917? This theme is concerned with the concept of revolution and the transformations introduced by October, and with the revolutionary practices that followed 1917 in different places and periods. It deals not only with revolution as a political and social rupture, but also with phenomena associated with revolution, such as revolutionary fervour, revolutionary mythologies, the new revolutionary ethos and the new models of subjectification, etc.

o The impact of 1917 on categories and practices in the social sciences: This theme will explore the social science categories that emerged with and were reinforced by 1917 – radicalism, violence, collapse, social explosion, the implosion of state and society, new forms of authority and hierarchy, an antagonistic representation of the social space, different strands of Marxism, etc. – and investigate the way in which these different categories have been reused and transformed by other revolutions or political and social upheavals, whether in positive or negative reference to 1917. What links can we observe between revolutionary episodes and the formation of social thought, before and after October 1917? While the forms in which the social sciences existed after 1917 will be studied, we will also take an interest in the forms that were suppressed.

o The slipstream effect of 1917: How have political landscapes and horizons of expectation been structured by revolution, through movements complementary to, inspired by or antagonistic to 1917, including fascism, anti-Communism, anti-colonialism, traditionalism, radicalism and democracy? This theme will look at other political movements induced – by attraction or repulsion – by October 1917. For example, what did the development of fascism and anti-colonialism owe to October 1917, or was revolution only one element among several in the practical and theoretical construction of those movements?

o Political practices after October 1917: This theme covers the enormous political impact of October 1917, particularly in Europe: its organisation, the type of political engagement (the Bolshevik Party and the Bolshevik activist) and the mode of seizing power and the far-reaching debates this triggered. To what extent can the October Revolution be considered a "toolkit" for revolutionary movements around the world? What practical influence did the October revolution have on the form of other movements that demanded political or social rupture (anti-colonial movements, movements contesting a social order, etc.)?

o The exhaustion of the October model: As Berlinguer, the leader of the Italian Communist Party, famously said, "the thrust of the October Revolution has been exhausted". This theme deals with the disappearance of the revolutionary reference. We shall discuss how emancipatory practices and thought have been defined by criticism of that failure, how the disappearance of the 1917 model is perceived in contemporary societies struggling with democratic, liberal or other models ushered in by velvet revolutions or other movements of emancipation and contestation of the established political order.

Call for papers: Interested persons are kindly requested to send their presentation proposals to trajoc1917@gmail.com by 15 October 2016. Each proposal should contain the following:

1. A one-page abstract, indicating the theme your paper addresses;
2. A one-page CV, including the institution of affiliation, a career outline, research areas and key publications;
3. Funding requests (for travel and/or accommodation expenses and their estimated cost);
4. A written undertaking to submit your paper by 1 September and your permission for it to be published on a website, access to which will be restricted to registered conference attendees (without citation rights).

A limited number of proposals will be selected after review by the Scientific board. Selection will be made both in terms of the relevance of the proposal and of the consistency of the sessions. The responses to the proposals will be sent by December 15 , 2016.

Practical organisation: The conference will be structured to encourage debate, by alternating between three types of presentation: one or two overview papers; sessions consisting of four full-length papers and a discussion; and roundtables. Papers must be received at least six weeks before the conference to allow for pre-circulation. Accepted papers will be published on a dedicated website.

Organisers : École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) et Laboratory of Excellence Tepsis (Transformation de l’État, politisation des sociétés, Institution du social)

CFP: From Refugees to Restitution, March 2017, Cambridge

DEADLINE: October 15, 2016  

‘From Refugees to Restitution: The History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational and Global Perspective’
23-24 March 2017
Newnham College, Cambridge

In recent years, the subject of looted art and the restitution of cultural property has come to the fore of historical enquiry and public consciousness alike. While popular recollections of this politically sensitive subject often display a certain lack of historical accuracy, a growing number of historians, art historians and legal scholars have devoted their energy to investigating the nuances and complexities of the phenomenon across time and space. Parallel to this, experts based at local, national and international institutions such as ministries, museums, auction houses, archives, galleries or even private collectors have started adopting measures designed to prompt the art world to adopt fair practices for identifying, recovering and restituting looted art. The field, however, remains rather compartmentalized along national, institutional and professional lines and still displays a marked tendency to focus on specific cases or collections. Instead much could be gained by studying the phenomenon in a broader comparative perspective and by exploring the tangible links to some of the central themes of 20th-century history: revolution, persecution, displacement, war, migration and genocide. 

 The aim of this conference is to identify and address the historical continuities and specificities of the history of looted art and restitution in the overlapping contexts of 20th- and 21st-century British, European and World history as well as to assess its scope and relevance in light of present-day good practices and restitution policies in place in the UK and beyond. We seek contributions investigating the history of Nazi looted art and its restitution in order to gain a deeper understanding of these processes as political and cultural practices as well as to assess and foster the development of fair practices in art trade and restitution in transnational and global perspective.

The UK case offers a particularly telling example in this respect: persecuted by the Nazis, large numbers of refugees emigrated from Central Europe during the 1930s, including many collectors, artists and art dealers who fled to the UK and effected very significant changes to the country’s cultural landscape. At the same time, Nazi-looted art objects are to be found in UK collections that are either unrecognized as such, disputed or in the process of being returned. Whilst keeping a comparative perspective based on examples and policies in other countries, the focus of the conference will be on collectors, dealers and artists that were persecuted by the Nazis and fled to the United Kingdom.

We welcome papers on the following themes: 
  • Changing definitions of “looted art” and of “restitution”, their periodization and links to political history: criteria, motifs and limitations
  • Historical and legal interpretations of the interplay between spoliation, displacement and forms of cultural genocide
  • The (trans)national art world and restitution: the impact on museums, galleries, art dealing and collecting practices
  • Identity and restitution: cultural property, international/national/local power structures and identity politics
  • National policies, decision-making processes and the development of international cooperation  - including the work of both private and public actors
  • Public debates and cultural representations of restitution claims: the factors that contribute to their visibility and their impact on the public discourse
  • Looted art as a space of memory and memories of restitution: the legacy and use of institutional as well as collective restitution debates
  • The emotions of material culture: The emotional qualities of looted and restituted art as symbols of Objektkultur
  • The development of fair restitution practices and how/if they could be applied to different national and institutional contexts
  • Resources available to scholars and professionals in the field, with a particular emphasis on research resources in the United Kingdom

The conference language is English. Papers will be pre-circulated in mid-March 2017. Please send a proposal of max 400 words, accompanied by a short CV, to Bianca Gaudenzi and Julia Rickmeyer (thelootedartconference@gmail.com) by 15 October 2016.

Organisers:    Bianca Gaudenzi (University of Cambridge/University of Konstanz)
Julia Rickmeyer (Sotheby’s London)
Dates: Thursday 23 – Friday 24 March 2017
Location: Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DF



Monday, June 20, 2016

CFA: New Journal: Antisemitism Studies

Deadline for first issue: September 15, 2016
Deadline for second issue: December 15, 2016

The editor of Antisemitism Studies welcomes the submission of manuscripts that will contribute to the scholarly study of antisemitism. We will consider articles on specific antisemitic episodes, and their historical significance and impact on society, as well as more thematic and theoretical studies of the phenomenon. Authors may work from any disciplinary perspective, address any cultural, national, or religious context, and study any period of history, including the present. We are particularly interested in articles that appeal to a broad international audience of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

For detailed information on manuscript preparation and to sign up to our email list please visit: antisemitismstudies.com.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the Indiana University Press website: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/ant/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

Antisemitism Studies
 adheres to a double–blind peer review process in which the identities of the author and reviewers remain confidential. Please note that the formal evaluation process on all submissions takes approximately three to four months, and the period between acceptance of an article and its publication is between nine months and one year.

Book reviews are generally solicited by the editor; however, suggestions for possible book reviews are welcome. 

Publishers interested in having their books considered for review in Antisemitism Studies should mail two copies of the book to: 

Dr. Catherine Chatterley
Editor-in-Chief, Antisemitism Studies
c/o Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
PO Box 58029 RPO Bishop Grandin
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 2R6
CANADA

Any questions about the journal or its submissions process may be directed to the editor: antisemitismstudies@icloud.com