Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award 2014

Deadline: April 30, 2014
Each year the CESS Book Award and a monetary prize of $500 is presented to the author of the research monograph, published in the preceding two years, that represents the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies, or that holds the greatest potential for furthering scholarship on the Central Eurasian region.  An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia, appointed annually by the CESS Executive Board, consider scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style in their deliberations.
In 2014, books in the Social Sciences with a publication date of 2012 or 2013 may be considered for the competition.  The panel will consist of Eric McGlinchey (George Mason University), Alima Bissenova (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan) and Scott Levi (The Ohio State University), with  John Heathershaw (University of Exeter, UK) as non-voting chair.  The shortlist will be announced in June and the winner will be announced at the 15th CESS annual conference at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in New York on October 24-26, 2014.
Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:
1. Books must be scholarly monographs in disciplines of Social Sciences based on original research and published in English during 2012 or 2013 (as measured by the printed copyright date; exceptions for books available by 2013 but published subsequently may be allowed at the discretion of the Chair).
2. Books may be submitted for one competition only, and no book may be considered more than once.
3. Scholarly monographs translated into English from other languages are eligible for consideration.
4. Edited volumes, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries and textbooks are not eligible.
5. Nominations may be made by either the publisher or the author.
6. Authors need not be members of CESS to be nominated, but must become members by the nomination deadline to be considered.
7. The winning author will receive the monetary prize and a certificate of award at an awards ceremony held at the annual CESS conference. The results will also be announced in the Central Eurasian Studies Review.
For the 2014 CESS Social Sciences Book Award competition, please ensure that FOUR COPIES of the nominated book reach the CESS Book Award Committee at the following addresses by April 30, 2014.
Please note that ONE book must be sent to EACH of the following addresses:
John Heathershaw
CESS Book Award Committee
Department of Politics, University of Exeter
Amory Building, Rennes Drive
Exeter, Devon
United Kingdom
Eric McGlinchey
Associate Professor of Government and Politics
Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University
Robinson A201 – MSN 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dr Alima Bissenova
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nazarbayev University
Block 8, Room 8.229
Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53
Scott Levi
Department of History
Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall
230 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43209
For a list of previous winners please see:

Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, University of New Mexico

Deadline: April 26, 2014

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at the University of New Mexico is seeking to fill a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Russian beginning in August 2014. 

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the teaching of undergraduate courses in Russian language, literature, and culture with opportunities to teach on the graduate level in our cultural studies program. The area of specialization within Russian culture and literature is open. We are looking for a candidate with a solid grounding in classical Russian/Soviet literature but also familiar with contemporary cultural developments. These may include the intersections of literature with other fields such as film or media studies; gender and sexuality; translation studies; or connections between literature and other issues within contemporary Russian society. 

Language instruction is part of the teaching load, and the successful candidate will be familiar with proficiency-based teaching and using technology in the classroom. The successful candidate will work with her/his colleagues to grow the Russian undergraduate program and Russian major at UNM. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high degree of excellence in teaching and scholarship and exhibit potential to contribute to the intellectual life of the Department and the University.

This position requires a Ph.D. in a field of Russian literature and/or culture in hand by 1 August 2014. Native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English are required. Experience teaching at the college/university level (at least one year) is expected.

We would prefer a candidate who can provide: (1) evidence of scholarly expertise in contemporary Russian culture, modern or contemporary Russian literature, or classical Russian literature; (2) evidence of successful involvement with curriculum planning and extracurricular student activities; and (3) evidence of excellence in teaching of language AND literature/culture at a North American university and of use of best pedagogical practices in these areas.

Applications must be uploaded online at These should include a letter of intent addressing the applicant’s qualifications for the position and a description of the applicant’s teaching interests and experience; a current curriculum vitae; a list with full contact information for three references; and two syllabi: one for a lower-division language course and another for a literature or culture course in English.
Please have three letters of recommendation sent via post directly to: Professor Lorenzo Garcia, Chair of the Russian VAP Search Committee, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, MSC 03 2080, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Emailed letters will NOT be accepted. 

For best consideration, completed applications are due April 26, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to promoting and supporting the diversity of our campuses. UNM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

CFP: Everyday Nationhood: A One-Day Symposium to Examine the Contribution of Michael Billig’s Study of Banal Nationalism

Deadline: June 13, 2014

The conference will be held on Monday 8th of September 2014 at the London School of Economics & Political Science and is organised by the Association for the Study of Ethnicity & Nationalism (ASEN) and the School of Political, Social & International Studies, University of East Anglia.

Published in 1995, Michael Billig’s Banal Nationalism is the fourth most cited text on nationalism and arguably the most influential book on the topic in the last two decades. Focusing on contemporary and everyday expressions of nationhood, the study marked a profound shift away from previous attempts to map the transformation to an era of nations and the association of nationalism with political violence, civil conflict and extremist movements.

Billig’s arguments have been picked up by scholars working in an impressive range of disciplines as part of the recent turn to the ‘everyday’, and the term ‘banal’ has come to form a short hand for the study of the ways in which particular representations, forms of social organisation and cultural practice become normalised and taken-for-granted.

This one-day symposium will look to assess the contribution of the Banal Nationalism thesis, examine its application across disciplines and settings, and ask where studies of nations, social identities and everyday life might be headed over the next two decades. The event will feature a keynote address by Professor Craig Calhoun (Director of the LSE) one of the leading theorists of nationalism, cosmopolitanism and social identity in the contemporary era.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers from both established scholars and PGR students, in any discipline, addressing: theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of everyday nationhood / social identities, empirical studies of the phenomenon, the application of Billig’s arguments to non-national frameworks as well as critiques of the Banal Nationalism thesis.

Please send a 250-300 words proposal to Michael Skey ( by Friday 13th June 2014.

Those applying can expect written confirmation by Friday 4th July 2014. It is anticipated that a selection of papers relating to the symposium will form part of a special edition of a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.     
The cost of attending the symposium, which will cover lunch and refreshments on the day, will be £15. 

Study Abroad: Kosciuszko Foundation Summer Programs in Poland

Deadline: May 15, 2014

The Kosciuszko Foundation is pleased to present information about study programs for the summer at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.  Programs are offered to students who are 18 years of age, undergraduate students and to anyone who has an interest in Poland.  Students have the opportunity to earn credit while studying the language and attending courses on Polish history, literature, and contemporary Poland.  Classes take place a stone's throw from medieval old towns in a traditional classroom, and students will be engaged in real life situations as they come in contact with native speakers in old town historic districts, in cafes, museums and in stone cellars, now converted to restaurants and clubs. 

Join us for a summer in Poland.  Classes run from early July through the end of August.  You can sign up for courses as short as two weeks or as long as eight. You’ll develop your language skills as well as take part in cultural enrichment courses such as Polish Art, Past and Present, Polish Film, Polish Literature, History of the Jews of Poland, Transition in Poland as well as dance workshops and other interesting gatherings recreating Christmas in Poland Prices begin at $960 for a two-week non-intensive program.  Prices include tuition, dormitory housing, meals and sightseeing.  Airfare is not included. 

Beginner, intermediate and advanced language classes are available.  Language classes start at a level which is appropriate to the knowledge you already have. Absolute beginners are welcome!  We’ll help you transfer credits to your university here in the States. And, if you want to fly with other program participants, you’ll have the opportunity to fly with other program participants to Poland

Scholarships are available to students of Polish descent to attend Kosciuszko Foundation’s 3-week program at the Jagiellonian University.  Apply for a Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship through March 20th.

For information on courses available, prices, scholarships and other details, please see  or call the Summer Studies (212) 734-2130 ext. 210.

CFP: Rethinking the Decorative Woman in Central Europe, 1850-1950

Deadline: May 9, 2014

The College Art Association is holding its 103rd Annual Conference in New York, New York from February 11-14, 2015 entitled Rethinking the Decorative Woman in Central Europe, 1850-1950.

Panel Co-Chairs: Megan Brandow-Faller, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York; and Olivia Gruber Florek, independent scholar. Email: and

This panel examines how women artists used the concept of the decorative to shape visual culture in Central Europe. The nineteenth century witnessed a revival in Central European decorative arts manufacturing, a development that allowed for greater contributions by female artists. Yet, “decorative” became a means to further marginalize female production and patronage. Too often this dichotomy has led scholars to disregard the subversive potential of the decorative. In what ways did women artists and patrons mine the formulas surrounding the decorative? How did female artists define “decorative” within their work, and how did they respond to critical interpretations of their output? To what degree did female portraiture and self-portraiture critique discourses of “decorative women”? How did decorative women subvert emerging indexes of the decorative within modernism to engage questions of abstraction? We invite papers that con- sider the role of decorative women in painting, sculpture, architecture, and interior design.

Please email paper title, abstract (300-500 words), curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and CAA session participation proposal form (please see for detailed guidelines) to both Megan.Brandow-Faller ( and Olivia Gruber Florek ( by 9 May 2014.

Please note that potential candidates need not be members of CAA in order to submit their abstracts; however, if accepted, they will be need to join the CAA before the time of the conference.

For participation requirements and details of the conference, please see:

CFP: The Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe: New Perspectives and Research Results, A Thematic Issue of the Hungarian Historical Review

Deadline: June 30, 2014

The reorientation of Central and Eastern European historiographies after 1989 coincided with a major wave of research into the history of the Holocaust. Two of the crucial results of these intense efforts have been that the history of the Holocaust is now much more thoroughly embedded in diverse local and national contexts and is understood as a European cataclysm with substantial or even decisive involvement of non-Germans. Building on these insights, the Hungarian Historical Review is seeking papers to be published as part of a thematic issue devoted to new research directions and innovative findings in Central and Eastern European Holocaust historiography. The editors are especially interested in papers on the following topics, though alternative themes would also be considered:
  • Comparative and transnational studies of Central and Eastern European states allied to Nazi Germany and their policies towards their respective Jewish populations and each other with foci on their perpetrator roles in the Holocaust and other mass crimes during the years of the Second World War
  • Local and regional analyses of interethnic relations and the history of mass violence and genocide, including the relations between violence against Jews and other groups
  • Studies on Holocaust perpetrators, their socialization, organizations, ideologies, motivations and everyday practices on the local, national and transnational levels
  • Cultural aspects of the Holocaust such as genocidal fantasies and policies to destroy Jewish culture, on the one hand, and Jewish responses to persecution and genocide, on the other
  • Contemporary practices of Holocaust commemoration in Central and Eastern Europe and the contested nature of Holocaust remembrance since 1989 in a comparative and transnational perspective
We provide proofreading for contributors who are not native speakers of English.
Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, a brief biographical sketch and selected list of three publications (no full CVs please).
The editors will ask the authors of selected papers (max. 10 000 words) to submit their final articles no later than January 31, 2015.
All articles must conform to our submission guidelines
The deadline for the submission of abstracts: June 30, 2014.
Proposals should be submitted to the organizers by email:

The Hungarian Historical Review is a peer-reviewed international journal of the social sciences and humanities the geographical focus of which is Hungary and East Central Europe.

For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website:

Monday, April 14, 2014

European University at Saint Petersburg Master Programs

logo of European University Saint Petersburg
Deadline: April 30, 2014

The European University at Saint Petersburg (EUSP) is pleased to announce its call for applications for 1-year International Master Degree Programs in the academic year 2014-2015.

EUSP is a top graduate school in the social sciences and humanities in Russia and the only one with permanent postgraduate degree programs in Eurasian Studies in English.  Our students and alumni call EUSP the most international of Russian universities and the most Russian of international universities.  You can choose between MA degree programs in Russian and Eurasian Studies with concentrations in politics, energy affairs, history, culture and society.  All the programs have state accreditation, and are recognized by universities in the U.S. and Europe.

EUSP is committed to providing high academic standards and personal attention for every student.  Promoting the personal growth and intellectual development of our students is our first priority.  EUSP's student to faculty ratio is 3:1.

Every year, our students, from more than 25 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, enjoy the international atmosphere of our campus in the heart of St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia.

  • IMARES:  International MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • MARCA Petropolitana:  International MA in Russian Cultural History
  • ENERPO:  Energy Politics in Eurasia
  • All programs include an optional Russian Language course.
Tuition Fees
Tuition fees vary from $5250-$8500 per semester, depending on the program.

Application Deadlines
Each of our MA programs start twice a year - on September 1, 2014, and on February 2, 2015.  Applicants can choose the starting date.  They have to meet the deadline for submitting applications accordingly:

April 30, 2014 to start in September 2014 or
October 31, 2014 to start in February 2015.

Early admission is possible.