Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PhD Fellowship in (post-)Yugoslav literature, University of Oslo

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in (post-)Yugoslav literature and culture is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.The successful applicant is expected to investigate the links between nation building, literature/the arts, and cultural memory in the Yugoslav (1918-1941, 1945-1991) or post-Yugoslav (1991-present) context.

Project proposals should relate to one (or more) of the following three strands:

(1) Artistic and literary practices of transnationalism in the Yugoslav and/or post-Yugoslav context: explore the role of the arts (literature, comics, visual art, film, or music) in fostering or imagining transnational communities
(2) Transnational memory in the post-socialist Balkans: examine the role of cultural practices in representing the past in ways that move beyond the nation as the ‘natural’ container of collective memory
(3) Imperial legacies in the post-Habsburg or post-Ottoman Balkans: explore the work of writers/intellectuals who interrogate imperial legacies and probe the limits of nationalism and cosmopolitanism on the Balkans

The successful applicant will be affiliated with the research project “Post-Imperial Fictions: Literature Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Balkans”.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.


A Master's Degree or equivalent in Slavonic Studies/East European Studies or Comparative Literature.
The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
Excellent knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English
Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:
The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
The applicant's ability to complete research training
Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

We offer
salary level NOK 432 700 - 489 300, depending on qualifications
a professionally stimulatinging working environment
attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:
  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

See also Guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.
The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.
The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

More information:

CFP: Kentucky Foreign Language Conference 2017

Deadline: November 20, 2016

Please consider submitting an individual paper or panel proposal for the annual KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference, which will take plan in Lexington, KY on April 20-22, 2017. Abstracts are due November 20, 2016. More info and submission guidelines at

Because the conference's 70th Anniversary this year will coincide with the 70th of the Cannes Film Festival, we are delighted to announce that the 2017 featured area is Film Studies. The Russian and Slavic Studies section also welcomes abstracts in the following areas:

• Innovations in Teaching Language and Culture
• Literature, Linguistics, Folkore or Digital Culture
• Visual Arts, Performance Studies
• Historical, Social and Political Contexts
• Featured area: Film Studies

Modest travel stipends are available to graduate students, contingent faculty and independent scholars. For those interested in the travel stipend, please write to Dr. Molly Blasing at by the submission deadline.

The KFLC is a wonderful setting for graduate students, mid-career scholars and seasoned senior faculty to present works in progress and get feedback from enthusiastic and supportive colleagues visiting from the local region, as well as from across the US, Russia and the former USSR. There is also ample opportunity to explore comparative approaches to common themes; this year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic Studies, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, English as a Foreign Language, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Intercultural Studies, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, General Linguistics, Neo-Latin Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.

Join us! Please direct any questions to Dr. Molly Blasing (
Conference CFP and website:

Job: Assistant Prof of Modern history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union (McGill)

Deadline: November 14, 2016

The Department of History and Classical Studies of McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the modern history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, effective 1 August 2017.
The successful applicant is expected to hold a Ph.D. at time of appointment, to show promise of excellence in teaching and to have an innovative research portfolio. The successful applicant will teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate program. Applications should be submitted electronically, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, writing sample (limit of thirty pages typescript), and three letters of reference uploaded by the referees, at

Enquiries may be directed to The deadline for applications is 14 November 2016.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. McGill University is an English-language institution, but a working knowledge of French is an asset.

Job: Full-time Lecturer Position in Russian Language - Rice University

Deadline: January 1, 2017

Rice University's Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position. This is a two-year appointment to begin 1 July 2017. Upon successful competence and performance reviews, the appointee can be offered additional contracts.

Requirements: M.A., native or near-native ability in Russian, training in second language pedagogy, experience teaching at the U.S. university level, and demonstrated ability to develop innovative second language curricula. Experience with Study Abroad program development/implementation, competence to teach another language, and Ph.D. degree would be beneficial.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the implementation of an innovative, research-based curriculum; the development of a coherently articulated program of instruction across levels of competency; the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the syllabus and daily lessons; assisting with the development and administration of assessment instruments; and active and collaborative participation in professional development programs.

Salary will be commensurate with credentials, experience and demonstrated ability to develop research-based, innovative second language curricula. Rice offers good institutional support for professional development and state-of-the-art technological facilities are available.

Please submit (1) a letter of application, clearly addressing the above position requirements, (2) a 2- to 3-page CV, (3) transcript, (4) two of the latest teaching evaluations from students, (5) a detailed, annotated lesson plan showcasing your ability to develop innovative pedagogical practices, and (6) information for three references who will be contacted upon submission to upload letters of recommendation. Applications without all six items above will not be considered for review.

Applicants are encouraged to review the information on the CLIC website to prepare a substantive sample lesson plan that will showcase the competence of the applicant to carry out the vision and mission statement of the CLIC. (

Rice University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 1/15/2017
Applications should be submitted via the Rice Jobs site:

CFP: War, Revolution and Memory: Post-War Monuments in Post-Communist Europe Zagreb

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Conference: Zagreb, February 17-18, 2017

World War II caused a collective trauma in the memory of Europeans, which resulted in the erection of countless monuments all over Europe to commemorate the events and battles as well as the civilian and military victims. In the period of almost 45 years, numerous memorial sites were created in the Communist Europe. Contrary to the dominant belief that the monuments in the Eastern Bloc and Non-aligned Yugoslavia were created exclusively in the spirit of Socialist Realism and erected by order of state authorities, typologically and stylistically these monuments form a heterogeneous group, and were erected both by the state and the local communities.

Since their creation, and due to the fact that they were conceived as “intentional monuments“ (in the sense of Riegl’s gewollte Denkmale), a number of governmental regulations have been adopted in order to ensure that this heritage is adequately protected and maintained.

The decline of Communism and the introduction of the market economy and multi-party system in the newly emerged countries resulted in multiple effects, both on the institutional and symbolic level. On the institutional and legislative level, it brought significant changes within the legal framework, functioning of institutions and civil services of the post-socialist countries. On the symbolic level this led to rejection of the bearers of symbolic capital of the former system.

Therefore, the perception of monuments created in the period of Real Socialism to commemorate World War II was rapidly changing, and the meaning they conveyed, as well as their memorial and aesthetic value were being questioned, challenged and/or denied. Often violent, break with the former regime resulted in their relocation, temporary or permanent removal from the public space and vandalism or destruction. Norbert Huse tried to define these phenomena by devising the category of uncomfortable architectural monuments (unbequeme Baudenkmale). Twenty-seven years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are still witnessing the denial, destruction and marginalization of these monuments as unacceptable, unsightly, totalitarian, etc.

The attempts to re​e​valuate this heritage, as well as to develop different strategies of its public presentation, differ from state to state, and the criteria and guidelines that should be used to devise a “new“ perception, followed by the management and maintenance of the denied monuments, mainly depend on the political and economic situation in different countries.

Taking into account the scope of this heritage, the efforts invested in rediscovery, protection and conservation treatment of memorials require significant funds. But before raising the question of funding, one should ask if and for whom this disputed heritage should be restored? In what ways did the change of political paradigm make these monuments undesirable in the post-socialist countries? Have processes of denial and suppression contributed to the cancellation of an inherent ideological charge of these monuments? If so, are we allowed to treat them exclusively as aesthetic objects, particularly when they are preserved in fragments? Should these monuments, as relics of a forgotten past, be seen as a part of the tourism industry? Could the damaged or destroyed artifacts be restored to their original state or should the conservation treatment also commemorate the period of denial and suppression? What is the role of heritage communities in relation to survival and revival of this heritage?

These questions will be discussed at an international conference in the following sessions:

1) MONUMENT PROTECTION AND TRANSITION: preservation of World War II monuments in the former Eastern Bloc and Yugoslavia and the impact of recent political history on the reception of monuments (revaluation processes, historical revisionism and perception, memorial and aesthetic evaluation)

2) PRACTICE OF PROTECTION AND CHANGES TO THE LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK: legislative changes and their impact on the issues of jurisdiction and management, ownership, etc. (role of management in the processes of rediscovery, research and conservation)

3) EXAMPLES OF MANAGEMENT: the models of managing monuments and memorial complexes, good and bad practices, socialist heritage and tourism

4) CONSERVATION: the problems of maintenance, interpretation and representation of World War II monuments, use of traditional methodologies within a changed system of values.

The conference is organised by NGO SF:ius – Social Fringe: interesting untold stories in cooperation with ICOMOS Croatia as a part of the international project INAPPROPRIATE MONUMENTS.
The official language of the conference is English.The conference organizers will subsidize the cost of accommodation for non-Zagreb participants

Please submit 500-word abstracts and a short bio (in English) to by November 1st 2016. The successful participants will be notified by November 15th.

Job: Summer teaching positions 2017

Deadline: November 15, 2016

The Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian invites
applications for the position of instructor in the summer of 2017. At
this point it is unclear how many positions will be available and at what
levels they will be, but we encourage all interested applicants to apply.

Instructions for applying can be found at
Please note that applications will be considered as received, and the application link will close on November 15.

Please direct any questions to Jason Merrill at

CFP: 4th Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop at UIC

Deadline: December 2, 2016

University of Illinois at Chicago
March 30-31, 2017

Polish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Fourth Workshop for Historians of East Central Europe to be held on the UIC Campus on March 30-31, 2017. The workshop is open to faculty and graduate students in history and related disciplines. It will be based on pre-circulated papers, dissertation chapters, article drafts, etc. Participants are welcome to attend either as paper presenters or as members of the active audience.

The main purpose of the workshop is to introduce scholars working in related areas to one another, to showcase work in progress, and generally to facilitate a sense of community among historians of East Central Europe with easy access to Chicago. Registration for the workshop is free. The Hejna Endowment at the University of Illinois will provide limited travel support for graduate student presenters. Doctoral students seeking assistance should provide a brief letter of reference from their dissertation advisors. Participants are responsible for securing travel and accommodations.

Please contact Anna Szawara ( if you are interested in attending the workshop. Indicate in your e-mail if you would like to circulate a paper for discussion (and a synopsis of no more than 300 words) or simply wish to attend as an audience member. The deadline for proposing a paper topic is December 2, 2016. Pre-circulated papers should be limited to 20 pages in length and must be submitted electronically by March 3, 2017. Papers will be made available on-line to all registered participants.