Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Study Abroad: Summer Program of the Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre Centre in Poland

Deadline: March 1, 2015

There is a call for  applications for the first edition of the summer student program “Memory – Place – Presence”, coordinated by the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre in cooperation with the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Universityin Lublin, Poland

The program will start on June 23, 2015 and will continue through the July 2, 2015. This year the program will accept up to twenty participants.

The program aims at education about Jewish life and heritage in Poland, based on the example of Lublin and the Lublin region. Educational activities (lectures, workshops, panel discussions) during the program will address following issues:
  •  History of Polish Jews on the example of Lublin,
  •  The heritage of shtetls, the small, often largely Jewish towns of Eastern Europe
  •  Yiddish and Hebrew as the linguistic pillars of local Jewish culture
  •  In search of identity – Jewish Biographies of the 20th century
  •  The Holocaust and its consequences for the region
  •  Educational restitution and creative work around the notion of collective memory
Visit to the recently open Museum of the History of Polish Jews Polin in Warsaw, Majdanek camp, Museum-Memorial Site in Belzec and a study tour of former shtetl sites are also part of the curriculum. More about the program you will find on www.summerschool.teatrnn.pl

Complete applications should be e-mailed to: summerschool@tnn.lublin.pl by March 1, 2015.

Grant: Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant

Deadline: March 1, 2015


Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars
Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant

E-mail: kennan@wilsoncenter.org

Web Site: http://www.wilsoncenter.org

Program URL: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/opportunity/kennan-institute-title-viii-supported-short-term-grant

SYNOPSIS:   The Kennan Institute offers Short-Term Grants (up to one month's duration) to U.S. citizens whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.

Conference: Ukrainian Art Now: Spaces of Identity

Ukrainian Art Now: Spaces of Identity 

13.00 – 18.00, Friday 27 February 2015 (with registration from 12.30)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Ukrainian Art Now: Spaces of Identity examines the cultural dimensions of the social reload that found its expression in the revolutionary Maidan events of November 2013-February 2014. Building on the unprecedented number of recent cultural events devoted to Ukrainian art worldwide (among others the touring exhibition I am a Drop in the Ocean: Art of the Ukrainian Revolution), our symposium brings together leading Ukrainian artists and curators to discuss identity, protest and the social legacies of contemporary Ukrainian art in relation to key political changes and cultural transformations.

Our main aim is to interrogate changes in the field of Ukrainian identity as these are being expressed in visual and conceptual terms. If, for decades, Ukraine lacked new symbols with which to integrate its two major language groups and to accommodate an expanded variety of cultural perspectives, the new mythologies emerging from the flames of the uprising suggest that Ukrainian culture is now breaking with the post-Soviet symbolic model, moving towards new forms of self-identification. Contemporary art's enormous potential as a vehicle for representing and analysing these processes makes it a crucial point of reference for any consideration of current affairs in the region.

The symposium addresses the following questions: How have contemporary artists in Ukraine reacted to the social critique that caused the unrest, prompting radical social transformations? To what extent have artists been critical in their engagement with recent political tensions? What visions of internal and international relations have they proposed? We explore how artists have negotiated the trauma of recent violence, and consider how the doubts and hopes played out in the protests are being expressed in contemporary Ukrainian artistic practices.

Organised by Svitlana Biedarieva and Dr. Klara Kemp-Welch (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions)

BOOK ONLINE: http://ci.tesseras.com/internet/shop

Or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating ‘Ukrainian Art symposium’.

For further information, email ResearchForum@courtauld.ac.uk.

Grant: Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Call for Applications! 2015 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois

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 15 until August 8. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is April 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.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled 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, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are 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.

CFP: Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe


Deadline: February 15, 2015

International Sociological Association - RC 47 "Social Classes and Social Movements"
Social movements in Central and Eastern Europe
University of Bucharest, 11-12 May 2015

The 2015 Conference on Social movements in Central and Eastern Europe is organized by the University of Bucharest and the ISA Research Committee 47 “Social classes and social movements”. The conference will provide a platform to share and develop perspectives on, and analyses of, current and recent social movements and protests in Central and Eastern Europe – including the ones that attain mainstream media headlines as well as those that discreetly transform politics or daily life.


ISA47 aims at promoting teaching and research on social movement studies, as well as networking among social movement scholars both in Rumania and among the Central and Eastern European region. They insist on promoting research agenda, approaches and perspectives rooted in fieldwork in Rumanian and CEE and taking into account local, national and regional challenges faced by social scientists scholars and citizens of that region. Social scientists are called to identify the movements that will eventually shape the future of Central and Eastern Europe and of Europe as a whole. The conference will pay attention to both progressive and conservative movements, as the latter tend to become particularly vibrant and powerful in some CEE countries and raise some important challenges to democracy. Contributions may also underline commonalities and differences among movements and mobilizations in different CEE countries, in a specific sub-region and/or with their counterparts in Western Europe or the rest of the world. A specific panel will be dedicated to analytical overviews of civil society or social movements in a particular country, a set of countries or CEE as a whole. Finally, they also welcome panel and paper proposals on theoretical contributions, notably on c ultural approaches of social movements and personal subjectivity; the outcomes of social movements (both political outcomes and cultural change) as well as theoretical contributions with original insights on social movement studies, Central and Eastern Europe studies or general sociology.

Deadline for panel and abstract proposals: February 15th, 2015

Proposals should be sent to Ionel N. Sava, Geoffrey Pleyers and the ISA RC 47, with the subject line “ISA47 Bucharest”insava@sas.unibuc.ro , Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be , rc47.isa@gmail.com

The scientific committee will inform participants of selected proposals by the 25th of February 2015.

Papers should be sent by April 25th and will be published early May as an e-book available for the Conference.

Selected papers and panels will be submitted for publication in collective volumes (Amsterdam University Press and SAGE Current Sociology Monographs) and in journal special Issues.

Each session will consist of 4 paper presentations (15 minutes each), a discussant (15 minutes) and 2 additional papers that may be briefly presented to the audience or serve as a replacement for a missing speaker.

The official language of the conference is English. Two sessions for local scholars, PhD candidates and graduate students shall be organized in Romanian. A session may also be organized in French.

The best papers will be selected for publication in journal special issues and a book on social movements in Central and Eastern Europe.

Participants who will present a paper at the conference are invited to join the ISA Research Committee 47. (No affiliation is required to submit a proposal).
Members of the International Sociological Association: please join us on the ISA website. https://secured.com/~f3641/formisa.htm

For non-members, please contact ISA treasurer Paolo Gerbaudo (Kings College
London): paolo.gerbaudo@kcl.ac.uk

Job Posting: Education and Outreach Coordinator

Red Square Productions is currently seeking a part-time Education and Outreach Coordinator for the award-winning documentary film, My Perestroika.

My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times – from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.

The film had its world Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be screened at many international festivals and academic conferences. It was released in cinemas in over 60 cities in the US and Canada and had its Russian premiere in Moscow last year. My Perestroika aired nationwide on PBS in 2011 and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.

We are looking for a detail-oriented, responsible and energetic person, able to coordinate interaction with academic organizations and community groups. Ideally we would like a PhD Candidate whose work is somehow related to Russia (They could be in the fields of Russian or Slavic Studies, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Comparative Literature etc.) This is a paid part-time position. A minimum commitment of 4 months is required, 1.5 - 2 days a week. Candidate should have his/her own laptop.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to info@myperestroika.com.

Responsibilities will include:
+ Working directly with the Director/Producer of the film and helping to supervise the Educational Outreach intern
+ Assisting with administrative tasks around screenings, particularly concerning international film screenings
+Working with Word Press, Twitter, Facebook, Mail Chimp, Vertical Response
+ Managing several databases
+ Assisting with outreach and partnership building
+ Researching and contacting educators, museums, social justice institutions, academic journals and conferences for outreach, content, networking, and various opportunities

Skills & Experience
+ Candidate must have at least 3 years work experience
+ Candidate should have good oral and written communication skills
+ She/ he must be extremely responsible and detail oriented
+ The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter, able to work independently and collaboratively
+ Ability to multi task while paying close attention to detail
+ Comfortable working on Mac environments
+ Knowledge of Russian is a plus though not a requirement

Job Posting: Camp Counselors in Russian Immersion Program

Concordia Language Villages' summer Russian immersion program for kids ages 6-18 is now hiring camp counselors for June-July 2015. 

Interested candidates can use this link to explore Concordia Language Villages in general, the Russian Village (Лесное озеро) in particular, and the various staff positions available: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org 
Most of our available positions are 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. We are particularly in need of male counselors and lifeguards (or those willing to take our lifeguarding course and become certified as lifeguards) as well as a nature program leader.

Most successful US-based applicants will be in third year Russian or beyond. In general, our US-based staff members are usually either heritage speakers or have already spent a year in a Russian-speaking country, as this position 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.

We also hire staff from abroad, as we have a J1 camp counselor visa, and international staff are NOT required to speak English - just to be fantastic camp counselors. We are very interested in recruiting diverse staff from around the Russian-speaking world.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to contact: ravitch@cord.edu .