Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CFP: MPSA Political Science Conference

Deadline: October 6, 2017

About MPSA: The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) was founded in 1939 and is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science. MPSA also publishes the top-ranked American Journal of Political Science. 

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 76th Annual Midwest Political Science Association conference which will take place April 5-8, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. While the association is headquartered in the Midwest, conference participants represent every state and more than sixty countries and present more than 5,000 papers in more than eighty topical sections including: 
  • European Politics
  • Latin American and Caribbean Politics 
  • Asian Politics
  • Politics of South Asia & India
  • Politics of China
  • African Politics
  • Politics of the Middle East 
  • Comparative Politics: Industrialized Countries
  • Politics of Developing Countries
As one of the largest conferences in the discipline, the MPSA conference offers a multitude of research collaboration opportunities with scholars from multiple fields of study. Additionally, the conference hosts networking opportunities and professional development sessions to account for scholars at every career stage (including yours).
To get more information on the conference, create a profile, and submit a proposal, visit

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Funding: Faculty Fellows Program to Diversity the Professoriate

Our institution is participating in the Faculty Fellows Program to Diversity the Professoriate, a collaborative effort of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities, and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of small liberal arts colleges.

With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will award 30 Faculty Fellowships for qualified candidates hired into eligible humanities, humanistic social science, and arts tenure-track positions at ACM member colleges through academic year 2020-2021. Information regarding the positions open for 2016-2017 are listed below. 

The fellowship provides:
·         Funding for two years of each fellow’s salary and benefits.
·         A $2,500 travel and research stipend for two years.
·         The opportunity to have a reduced teaching load for the first year and either a reduced second year or extended fourth-year leave, at the discretion of the college.
·         Fellows also receive campus-based mentoring and consortial workshops to provide a rich introduction to teaching, research and scholarship, and professional development at residential liberal arts colleges.

Eligibility for Faculty Fellowships
The Fellows Program is open to all qualified candidates and encourages applications from individuals
·         from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including African Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans; Alaska Natives; Native Hawaiians; other Pacific Islanders;
·         first-generation college students;
·         individuals who have followed non­traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages; and
·         individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service and leadership in the academy.

In the 2017-2018 hiring cycle, ACM Colleges are eligible to designate Faculty Fellows in the following areas:

Beloit College: Religious Studies
Carleton College: Women’s and Gender Studies & Cinema and Media Studies (Joint Appointment)
Coe College: Philosophy/Ethics; Spanish and Latina/o Studies
Grinnell College: History
Knox College: Africana Studies; Anthropology; Music; Political Science
Lake Forest College: Psychology
Monmouth College: Classics; Psychology
St. Olaf College: Asian Studies/History; Environmental Studies and Religion; Political Science; Psychology

 If you have questions about the Mellon Faculty Fellowships, please contact Lilly Lavner, Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, at 312.561.5921.

Monday, September 18, 2017

CFA: Gorchakov Fund 7th Annual Dialogue in the Name of the Future

Deadline: September 24, 2017

On Nov 15-21 the Gorchakov Fund will hold their 7th Dialogue in the Name of the Future event for young international relations and foreign policy professionals. One of the primary discussion topics will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Americans are welcome to apply. The hosts cover travel and accommodation expenses, but require the knowledge of Russian, which kind of limits the pool of potential applicants.

25 to 35 years old 

It's a great opportunity to meet peers from Russia, EU and former Soviet countries, as well as Russian foreign policy officials and experts, for those who don't shy away from learning more about the Russian official perspective on things without necessarily agreeing with it.

Russian call:
English call:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CFA: American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program

Deadline: October 16, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

American Councils for International Education is currently accepting applications for the spring 2018 semester Eurasian Regional Language Program.

The American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages spoken in Eurasia. Participants may choose from a wide range of regional languages, including: Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Buryat, Chechen, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Romanian, Tajiki, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Yakut.


ü  Comprehensive, two-day pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. as well as on-site orientation in each host city;
ü  Expert university faculty and classrooms of only 1 to 5 participants to maximize individual attention to each learner’s needs;
ü  15-18 hours per week of in-class target language instruction in grammar, phonetics, conversation, culture and area studies;
ü  Housing with carefully-vetted host families;
ü  U.S. academic credit (administered through Bryn Mawr College);
ü  Conversation partners who assist U.S. students with language learning;
ü  Creative excursions that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer students new insights into the host country life and culture.

*Students admitted to the Eurasian Regional Language Program are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), Boren, FLAS, and the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund.

Prospective applicants should check the program website for more information and to access the online applicationThe application deadline for these programs is October 16, 2017. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team (phone: 202-833-7522;

Job: Russian and East European Studies Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-century Russian Literature and Culture (UPenn)

Dealine: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvainia is seeking applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) with expertise in nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, to begin July 1, 2018. Of particular interest are candidates with additional expertise in some aspect of Central European studies.

The Department of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvainia is seeking applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) with expertise in nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, to begin July 1, 2018. Of particular interest are candidates with additional expertise in some aspect of Central European studies. Demonstrated strength in research and publication and excellence in teaching required. Ph.D. must be earned by time of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English required.

Please submit applications online at: Include a cover letter describing research and teaching experience, a CV, teaching philosophy statement, and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website.

The Department of Russian and East European Studies is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

CFP for the Panel: Marxism Reloaded or Philosophy in Times of Poverty

Deadline: September 15, 2017

„Horatio, speak to it, thou art a scholar!”

In his essay, Marxism and Philosophy, Karl Korsch sets himself the difficult goal of dealing with the intricate relation between philosophy, practice and Marxism (to name just the most general categories of the very insightful piece of text). The ultimate cunning key of this theoretical equation is given through recourse to a Marxist sentence, namely: “Philosophy cannot be abolished without being realized”. The best and the worst parts of contemporary Marxist philosophy are but a footnote to this apparently clear sentence. The task remains alive even today, although the question begged a different form. It fell on Adorno to reinstate this problem: “Philosophy which once seemed outmoded, remains alive because the moment of its realization was missed”. When it comes to the philosophical rapport between philosophy/theory and Marxism, a reduplication of the primary and complicit dialectical relation between philosophy and social reality (of practice and thought) things are not settled, although from a Marxist (and communist) point of view philosophy appears caught in the last moment prior to its realization. By the same stroke, history itself remains suspended and trapped in the last moment of its development. Like the cat in the box, it is both over and not at the same time. Not even Benjamin’s theory of the secularized messianic time (the time of the coming revolution) doesn’t seem to be able to explain the situation. Although it is true that it makes it more bearable (sic!).

So, again with Lenin, but in a different context, we must ask ourselves again “What is to be done?”. In the world of academia, the question takes the form of the interrogation generated by the premises, the goals and the objects of the critical exercise of thinking (critique of ideology, critique of political economy, critique of capitalism, critique of the commodity fetishism, etc…). Should the lines of Marxist philosophy regroup in the theoretical avant-garde or should it return to its orthodox stances? Badiou rises the stakes by bluntly posing philosophers all over in front of their task and (immanent) teleology: “Without the horizon of communism, without this idea, nothing taken from the historical and political becoming should be of some interest to the philosopher”. In this line of thought, a suitable ending to our theoretical provocation can only invite a return to Korsch and his brilliant observation, which reminds us that a philosophy which aims at surpassing itself and the universal injustice that made it possible in the first place, must not resume itself with the mere critique of the existing state of things (be they material or immaterial), but must also take the form of a content that puts forward a revolutionary theory (in practice) of a society. The idea of communism is the real philosophical form/expression of a real revolutionary content. Does it, and if yes how, speak to us today?
Our panel invites many questions and opens on a large spectrum of Marxist problematic. We launch here a few possible lines of attack:
  • What are the contemporary tasks of (Marxist) philosophy?
  • Have we really gone beyond the Frankfurt theses of critical theory?
  • What can we make of the meaning of history in (post)revolutionary times?
  • Who/What is the philosophic Subject of history?
  • How about the idea of Communism? How can it still be ours? How can we think it into practice? How can we practice it through (critical) thinking?
  • Can philosophy still be a theory of revolution of our contemporary society? Or, forgetting the task of social revolution, philosophy has condemned itself to historical and social irrelevance?

Please apply on-line using the electronic form on the conference website or submit by e-mail a titled abstracts of less than 300  words together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of September 2017 to

If you are interested to apply, please see complete information about the conference and details for applicants at:

CFA: 2018-19 Fellowship Competition at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Apply here

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. We welcome proposals from domestic and international scholars in all academic disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, archaeology, art history, geography, film studies, German studies, history, Jewish studies, law, literature, material culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, comparative genocide studies, and others.


The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers within five years of receiving their Ph.D., and scholars more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. as well as senior scholars. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Because a principal focus of the program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars, we especially encourage scholars early in their careers to apply.  Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship. We will also consider immediate post-docs and faculty between appointments.  Proposals from applicants conducting research outside the discipline of history or on Mandel Center strategic priorities are especially encouraged, including literature and the Holocaust; America and the Holocaust,  projects utilizing the ITS collection; Jewish and especially Sephardic experiences of persecution; the Holocaust as it occurred in the Soviet Union, and the Holocaust as it occurred in North Africa.   
The specific fellowship and the length of the award are at the Mandel Center’s discretion.  Individual awards generally range up to eight consecutive months of residency; a minimum of three consecutive months is required. No exceptions are allowed. Fellowships of five months or longer have proven most effective.
Stipends range up to $3,700 per month for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and are subject to US tax law.  Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area receive a reduced stipend of $1,850 per month. Awards include a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Washington, DC.  Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area do not receive a travel stipend. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice.
The Mandel Center is able to provide visa assistance to fellows and their dependents, if necessary. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. We do not provide support allowances for accompanying family members.
2018-19 Fellowships may start as early as September 1, 2018, and must be completed no later than August 31, 2019


All applications must be submitted in English via an online application process. All applications must consist of the following:
  • An online application form (link above)
  • A project proposal, in PDF format, not to exceed five single-spaced pages
  • A curriculum vitae summary, in PDF format, not to exceed four single-spaced pages
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out. Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council’s Academic Committee may not write letters of recommendation.  Only two letters will be considered. Any additional letters will not be included in the applicant’s file. All application materials, including letters of recommendation for the 2018–19 competition should be received on November 15, 2017, and come directly from the references, not from the applicantDirections on how to submit letters of recommendation will be e-mailed to the references only after the applicant "submits" their application. Please note the deadline for all materials.
  • Applicants who have received a fellowship award from the Mandel Center in previous cycles may not re-apply unless seven years have passed since the end date of their previous residency.
Successful project proposals should highlight the resources available at the Museum that scholars will need to access in order to support their research. An addendum listing these resources may be attached in addition to the five-page project proposal. Important resources may also be referenced in the body of the project proposal. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit
Decisions for the 2018-19 Fellowship Competition will be announced in late April 2018.