Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Announcement: Registration open, Debating Security Plus global online brainstorm

Friends of Europe 

Please take a moment to REGISTER to Debating Security Plus (DS+), the massive online brainstorm taking place from 19 June, 09:00 CEST to 20 June, 20:00 CEST. DS+ is held entirely online, meaning you can take part from anywhere, using any device, for as little as 30 minutes to the entire 36 hours.

Whether you are working on security, development, migration, defence, human rights, energy or climate change in government, international organisation, NGO, academia, private sector or the media, DS+ allows you to discuss directly with thousands of participants and more than 40 top speakers globally.

DS+ lets you interact directly with:

Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO
Gilles De Kerchove, EU Council Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation
Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs at the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins sans Frontières
Nathalie Tocci, Director of Instituto Affari Internazionali and Special Advisor to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

Your recommendations on the six themes below will be shared with leading decision-makers and experts across the world:

Theme 1: Countering hybrid threats in the cyber age
Theme 2: Europe as a global security actor
Theme 3: Regional approaches to global migration
Theme 4: Fraying arms control regimes
Theme 5: Realigning the crime-terror nexus
Theme 6: Russia, Europe and the US - scenarios of the future in a turbulent time

>> See the full list of speakers, our global partners and the programme here

You can join from your office, home, the airport or anywhere else using any device, even your smartphone for as little as 30 minutes or the entire 36 hours. Registration takes two minutes and is free of charge.

Join the #DebSecPlus18 discussion today by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information visit: https://friendsofeurope.org/project/debating-security-plus 

CFA: Seeking Nominations for the 2018 AWSS Outstanding Achievement Award

Deadline: September 1, 2018

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the work of
a scholar in the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian
Studies who has also served as a mentor to female students/
colleagues in this field. 

To submit a nomination, please write
a letter detailing what your candidate for this award has
achieved in Slavic Studies in terms of scholarship or other
professional accomplishment, as well as mentoring of female
students/colleagues. In addition, please provide a short list of
references with accompanying email addresses and ask these
references to write a brief letter on behalf of the nominee. The
committee recommends that this list include both peers and

A list of past Outstanding Achievement Award
recipients is available at http://www.awsshome.org/outstanding-achievement.html.

Please email your letter and accompanying materials by September 1, 2018 to Betsy Jones Hemenway (Chair) at: ehemenway@luc.edu; Paula Michaels at: paula.michaels@monash.edu; and Choi Chatterjee at: cchatte@calstatela.edu.

CFA: Czech Language Summer School; Olomouc, Czech Republic

Deadline: June 30, 2018

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc organizes courses of Czech language for foreigners and also other courses in Slavonic languages, Russian language or Polish language in particular, for students from other countries. The Summer School is designed for professors, senior lecturers, lectors and students of Czech language and literature or Slavonic studies, translators, journalists and people from the general public interested in Czech language, literature, history, and culture. The programme comprises also courses for beginners. English and Czech are communicative languages used according to students’ level. The lessons are complemented with additional events – film club, theatre workshop, workshop of folklore dances, three weekend trips, etc. (see below).

After finishing the intensive language course each student of the SSSL will receive a certificate stating the achieved language level (based on test results). The four-week SSSL course corresponds to one academic semester/term of Czech philology at the University. The number of credits will be awarded to the students by their home universities. Students, who fail the final exam or who will not finish the course from various reasons (see below), will receive a certification of attendance at the SSSL course. IT rooms and the University library are available to students. Internet is also available to students accommodated in the dormitories of Palacký University.

Applicants for the Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic are advised to contact the Czech Embassy in their home country. The scholarships are awarded only to candidates nominated by responsible authorities in the partner countries; the number of such participants is limited. More information about the application process, deadlines, etc. is to be found at Czech consulates and embassies abroad. If you prefer the Summer School in Olomouc to the other schools in the Czech Republic, please state this clearly in your application form.

You can participate in the Summer School course as an individually paying participant covering all the costs.

The course runs: July 21 – August 19, 2018Application deadline for scholarship holders see the information of the Ministry ofEducation of the Czech Republic (MŠMT)and Czech embassies and consulatesApplication deadline for other students June 30, 2018Accommodation at university dormitories: From July 21, 2018Check-in and registration: July 21–22Check out: August 19

For more information please visit: http://www.lsss.upol.cz/

Thursday, May 10, 2018

CFA: Scholarships for Language Study, University of Pittsburgh

The Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that several full and partial scholarship opportunities have opened up for language study this summer in Pittsburgh and in our study abroad programs.

Intensive courses worth one year of academic credit are offered in Beginning Arabic, Beginning Turkish, Russian (Beginning-4th year), Polish (Beginning-Advanced), Czech (Beginning-Advanced), and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (Beginning-Advanced). Places are available in study abroad programs in Montenegro, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Interested students should contact SLI’s Director of Operations, Kiersten Walmsley at kmw152@pitt.edu or 412-648-7407 before applying online. More information about the Institute can be found at http://www.sli.pitt.edu/.

Job: Summer Counselor, Concordia Language Villages, Russia

Concordia Language Villages' summer Russian immersion program for kids ages 6-18 is looking for one male counselor for July 10 - August 12, 2018. (Staff and kids are housed by gender, and we have completed staffing for counselors in our girls' cabins, but one spot remains in the boys' cabins.) We may also have an opening for a high school credit teacher (any gender), depending on enrollment.

Interested candidates can use this link to explore Concordia Language Villages in general and the Russian Village (Лесное озеро) in particular:

The high school credit teacher position requires some teaching experience, but the counselor position is appropriate for those with abundant energy but little or no teaching experience, as we provide intensive teacher training, a very thorough curriculum, and in-service support.

In general, most successful applicants are usually either native speakers, heritage speakers or L2 speakers who have already spent at least a year in a Russian-speaking country, as this work requires a strong command of informal spoken Russian. Staff members are expected to be able to use Russian to communicate both in staff meetings and with campers in all daily life situations. This is a summer camp experience in cabins in the woods, so prospective staff should enjoy rustic living, physical exertion, and sharing responsibility for maintaining communal spaces.


  • Completion of freshman year in college (as a fully enrolled student)/post-secondary school or international equivalent or equivalent experience
  • Completion of intermediate level of language study (second or third year college)
  • Previous Concordia Language Village or camp (residential or day camp) experience, preferred
  • Experience with young people
  • Enjoyment of living and working in a rustic, outdoor setting
  • Skills in related cultural/recreational areas


  • Work under direction of dean and designated leadership staff members as part of counseling team
  • Assume counseling duties for individual house/cabin and other appropriate groups; assume leadership as appropriate
  • Participate in language instruction in both large- and small-group formats; assume leadership as appropriate
  • Lead and assist with activities as assigned; participate in all Village programs
  • Create a safe environment in which participants feel accepted by staff and peers
  • Be attentive to supervising villagers at all times; assume leadership as appropriate
  • Motivate villagers to participate actively in the target language and culture (in the community setting)
  • Assist with the development of evening programs and cultural presentations; assume leadership as appropriate
  • Assist with supervising credit villagers during interim weekend as required
  • Complete villager progress reports to be sent to parents
  • Manage villager groups to promote safety, minimize injury/illness and meet developmental needs

Starting at $230 for a one-week period, room and board.

If you have questions, please contact Lara Ravitch, Dean, Lesnoe Ozero (Лесное озеро) Concordia Language Villages at ravitch@cord.edu.

CFA: Semester Abroad Program, Budapest

Application Opens in August
New Borders in a Borderless Europe: Refugees, Minorities, and National Identity

JANUARY 23 –MAY 31, 2019

The idealized vision of a united Europe is coming under assault. Migrants and refugees are challenging Europe’s “open-door” policy; some ethnic minorities demand equality while others seek independence; and ultra nationalist groups and populist parties are bursting into the political mainstream.

According to estimates, over one million refugees and migrants entered Europe since 2015. The refugees’ plight has sparked an acute humanitarian crisis which led to new political and social divisions within the Europe Union. It initiated an intense debate on how individual countries and the European Union ought to handle the crisis both inside the continent and on its external borders.

Why Budapest? The crisis has directly affected countries like Greece and Germany as a point of entry or intended destination, respectively. Hungary, on the other hand, despite its EU membership, vehemently opposes the resettlement of refugees in the continent as practiced by the Western European members of the Union. However, many organizations within Hungary’s vibrant civil society have been advocating alternative humanitarian approaches to the government’s hardline policy.

This distinctive semester equips students with a unique lens to closely examine topics such as the emergence of nationalist movements and political parties which aim to challenge the vision of a united Europe. Should Europe remain a borderless Union, or rather, should new veiled borders be erected to keep out foreigners who do not share the continent’s religious and racial identities? How can Europe maintain its democratic and pluralistic ethos given these challenges?

Themes such as the politics of national identity, role of minorities, migrant absorption policies, border security, racism and xenophobia, opposition to the integration of refugees, cultural preservation and international cooperation are explored. Further, existing tensions between sovereignty and local nationalism on the one hand, and transnationalism on the other, as well as the growing controversy over the future viability of the European Union form the intellectual foundations of this academic program.

The program includes three academically challenging courses taught by senior Hungarian professors and a professional internship.

The internship enables students to work 24 hours per week during the semester at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with missions related to the program’s academic objectives.

During the Spring 2017 and 2018 programs, students travelled to Serbia to visit refugee camps and meet with refugees, United Nations officials, and international aid workers involved in assisting the refugees. A similar trip is planned in 2019.

Students are housed in modern, fully-furnished apartments, located in downtown Budapest with easy access to public transportation, restaurants, groceries, and shopping.

For more information click here: "New Borders in a Borderless Europe: Refugees, Minorities, and National Identity." 

Job: Instructor of Russian, University of South Carolina

Deadline: 06/15/2018

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is accepting applications for one full-time non-tenure track Instructor of Russian beginning August 16, 2018 at a 9-month salary of $42,000. This is an annual appointment that must be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory performance, departmental needs, and the availability of funding.

Teach introductory through advanced Russian language, with possible opportunity for one culture or linguistics course per year (four classes per semester); prepare course syllabi and handouts; evaluate and grade student class work, assignments and papers; maintain required records including student attendance and grades; maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students; participate in program and departmental meetings and activities, including program building.

Required Education and Experience: 
A Master’s degree in Russian or a related field is required and must be in hand by August 1, 2018. Evidence of successful teaching experience at the collegiate level and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English is expected. Must currently be authorized to work in the U.S., without future need of any sponsorship for employment authorization.

Preferred qualifications: A Ph.D. in Russian, or a related field.

Please apply via this link: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/hr/postings/29229. If the posting does not come up immediately, please search the main jobs site under “Russian.” https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/29764

Candidates must complete an application and upload a CV, letter of interest, one-page teaching philosophy, a full set of teaching evaluations, and a list of three references with contact information. Screening will begin immediately.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.