Monday, October 8, 2018

CFA: Alt. Spring Break (American Home-Vladimir, Russia)

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Building on six years of successful experiences, the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, will again sponsor two Alternative Spring Break Programs in March 201(

...any expectations I could possibly have had were surpassed. ...I participated in a culture without being a tourist...and spent [time] outside of my carefully constructed comfort zone. The experience was nothing short of changing my worldview.” (Vanderbilt University student)

The program includes community service, homestays, excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, interaction with Russian university students who are studying English, and Russian language lessons.

I hope that you will be able to share information about the programs with your students, colleagues, and anyone who might be interested in helping others in Vladimir and Murom! Please note that the first application deadline is November 15, 2018Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

VLADIMIR (March 2-10): Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children's Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM (March 9-17): Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.



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1) Vanderbilt University's Maymester in Russia – Application Deadline January 20, 2019 (
The program includes community service, lectures on topics being explored by student-participants (politics, economics, sociology, culture, history, art, etc.), Russian language lessons, interaction with Russian university students, excursions to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and provincial towns, home stays, and opportunities for reflection.

2) Intensive Russian Program – Applications Accepted All Year (
Approximate program fee:     one-to-one instruction           group instruction (2-5+ people, 15-35% discount)
Four weeks                                          $3,651                                                     $2,994 - 2,254
Six weeks                                             $5,009                                                     $4,133 - 3,044
Eight weeks                                         $6,367                                                     $5,272 - 3,834
Longer and shorter programs, from one week to a year, are also possible.

The benefits of the American Home's long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – are provided to group participants:

+ experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers;
+ program and schedule customized to the needs of each group of students;
+ study from one week to one year;
+ individual home-stay with a Russian family;
+ “Russian friend-conversation partner” program;
+ on-site administrative support;
+ well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere;
+ excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo;
+ opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians participating in the American Home English Program and others;
+ opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an orphanage

3) American English Program Teaching Positions – Application Deadline March 1, 2019 (
Program benefits: small stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons, teacher training and lesson planning assistance, a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment.

Teacher obligations: Plan and teach four (possibly 5) 1½ hour classes that meet twice a week, hold office hours, present a brief “Saturday lecture” on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

CFP: 2019 Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

Deadline: January 15, 2019

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa in Mobile, Alabama, March 14-17, 2019. The meeting will be hosted by the University of South Alabama. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals. 

The John Shelton Curtiss Lecture at the Friday Banquet will be given by Dr. Kate Brown, Professor of History at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Dr Brown is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed monographs, including A Biography of No Place (2004), Plutopia (2013), and Dispatches from Dystopia (2015).  Her banquet talk, derived from her forthcoming book, is titled “Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future.”

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. We encourage participation from scholars of all Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. Papers can be on any time period and any topic relevant to these regions.

The program committee is accepting panel and paper proposals until January 15, 2019. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) or roundtables (chair and three to five participants) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers will also be accepted. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (email address and institutional affiliation) for all participants. Roundtable proposals should include a title and identifying information for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include paper title, identifying information, and a one-paragraph abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels.  If any AV equipment will be needed, proposals must indicate so when they are submitted.  AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Email your proposals to Emily Baran at

For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Mara Kozelsky at or Nicholas Gossett at For questions regarding the program, please contact Emily Baran at

The Association of Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) will be hosting its 9th Biennial Conference in conjunction with SCSS on Thursday, March 14, 2019, and participants are invited to attend both conferences for the same registration fee. The AWSS conference theme is “Crossing Borders in Slavic Women’s and Gender Studies” and the Keynote Speaker will be Tricia Starks, Associate Professor of History, University of Arkansas. Proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers and in any discipline of Slavic and East European Studies are welcome by December 15, 2018 to Paula Michaels, paula.michaels@monash.eduQuestions about the AWSS conference should be directed to

CFP: PIPSS Panel at SFERES Conference, 1989 in the East : Between Order and Subversion - The new policing and security measures

Deadline: December 1, 2018

The political events that unfolded in Eastern Europe around the year 1989 have constituted one of the largest upheavals that the European continent has seen since the end of the Second World War and the dawn of the Cold War. The congress intends to re-examine the processes that led to the disintegration of communist regimes in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the Balkans and the USSR. This disintegration appears to be the product of complex mobilizations based on new forms of action and it crossed the most established political borders within Sovietized regimes: between “dissidence” and involvement in the official sphere, between “conventional” political action and street-level mobilization, between national spaces. During this period, the repertories of action, the institutional ties, the ideological preferences, and the actors’ identities, including the most official, have been profoundly changed. The modes of contestation have gone from a self-limited subversion of established institutions, one that could accompany forms of collaboration with the regime, to much clearer and radical head-on opposition. These same oppositions were led by actors often integrated within the system, according to the rhythms and modalities specific to each country (and, in the USSR, to each republic), perhaps to each social sphere, and correlated to the phenomenon of circulation between these spaces. Everything occurred as if the events linked to 1989 had resided in the blurring of routine landmarks of the order and of the subversion of the “system.”

In spite of the considerable number of research projects dedicated to the “fall of communism,” there are few that systematically examine these transformations in the making, taking into account the entire social field and its blossoming since the second half of the 1980s. The congress seeks to explore these transformations by highlighting their heterogeneity in the different countries and in transcending binary categories of analysis inherited from transitology: power/opposition, conservative/reformer; authoritarianism/democracy; planning system/capitalism, etc. Underscoring the complexity of these processes and the strategic anticipations that they raised at the moment of their unfolding impels the most attentive possible reading of the events to the practices of actors of the different social spheres and to the manner by which the transformations of relationships and the interdependences between these sectors affected the practices. Empirical materials, whether newly available or already known, can thus be questioned or revisited in the light of these methodological requirements. How did the existing order’s actors and institutions adapt or how were they discarded? How did the reconfiguration of the system, using elements of the past, reshape actors’ practices? Which new forms and configurations of competition have emerged? How does one understand the role played by the “grassroots” actors or those situated at the periphery of the elites?
We invite scholars wishing to participate in the congress to propose papers around the following themes:
1. The new forms of political action
How, by the re-appropriation of old forms of mobilization or the invention of news ones by the opposition, did a new directory of collective actions emerge (street demonstrations, electoral campaigns, round tables, clubs, parties, “national” or “popular” fronts, chain of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in the Baltic countries, Imre Nagy’s funerals in Hungary, etc.)? How were these new directories sometimes re-appropriated by the actors of the “apparatuses,” thus contributing to their legitimization or, to the contrary, to their disqualification? By which modalities and actors did these new forms of action circulate between countries in this zone? How have the mobilizations produced new uses for political categories (left/right, for example) and new hybridizations (“liberal-socialism,” “red-brown,” “theocratic-democratic” movements…)? One could, for example, dwell upon the models drawn from western democracies. How have non-elite or “popular” groups intervened in the political interplay, and how have the elites reacted? Can one narrow the perspective, like in classic transitology, to street demonstrations, or should one focus on the logic of political representation seeking to produce a “democratic” support to the transformations, or, inversely, to disarm the mobilizations of which the blossoming potentially deprived the “reformers” of their legitimacy as “democratizers”?
2. The reconfigurations of the state, public institutions, and ruling parties
Which processes have fragmented these institutions? Which resources have allowed actors to distinguish themselves and to seize parts of old institutions to develop internal competition within different sectors (ruling party; central or regional authorities or, in the case of the USSR, those of the Soviet republics and the regions within them; social services; education; cultural institutions; etc.)?  
3. The information flow within the apparatuses of power
How have information channels internal to the state and within the ruling party transformed themselves? How have their “upper spheres” (political bureau, ministries…) followed the current processes in society? In federal states, how has the center been informed of what happened in the republics, some of which had begun to assert their autonomy? How have surveillance practices implemented by security services evolved? What was the role of public opinion polls, since their emergence in the late 1970s, in the authorities’ representations of “society”? 
4. The transformation of the media sphere
How have public media redefined themselves in order to fall within what increasingly appeared as a redesign of the Soviet system and in the political and economic transformations of their sector, for example, with the appearance of alternative media (sphere called “beyond censure” in the 1980s, then came the media’s liberalization at the end of the decade)? How have the latter managed to impose themselves in the landscape? What have been journalists’ trajectories in such an uncertain environment? What has been the influence of foreign media in these reconfigurations?

5. The new policing and security measures
How have the authorities framed the new forms of political mobilization (demonstrations, opposition movements …) through negotiation, by changing the techniques of surveillance, repression, and policing? What were the new uses made by the actors of the judicial system, the police, and the army? Have specific models of repression and policing been circulated between different countries within the region? How have law enforcement agencies transformed their relationships with other social sectors?  

6. The reconfigurations of the economic world
How have state enterprises been split up (by the creation of “cooperatives” within them)? How have the former and emerging elites grabbed public property and, to revisit these issues, what were the signs of organized transfers of public policy from one country to another? For example, what was the role of the Hungarian “laboratory” of liberalization? What created private property before the privatizations? How have the supply channels of goods been affected? What practices have been developed to face shortages? What happened to the “second” market (trafficking of goods, services, and currencies)? How have foreign actors seen their access to different economic spaces change? 

7. International circulations, diplomacy, and foreign policy
What have been the pacts, alliances, bilateral relations, exchanges of information and practices between states, between ministries, between ruling parties, and between the protest movements of the region? How has the arrival of international foundations, organizations, and investors affected the internal interactions between and within the different social spheres? What roles did the different diasporas play? What were the effects of a concomitant event in the communist world—the demonstrations and repression at Tiananmen Square—which also marked the transformations in Eastern Europe?

8. Social sciences, arts, and culture between order and subversion
What has been the role of the arts and social sciences in the processes of subversion? How have artists profited from the political transformations to get political institutions to finance their work and to give voice to their protests? How have national and international events, such as film, music, and theater festivals, exhibitions, publications of works, or large sporting events, been both subversive and policing events? What have been the effects of newly available sources (archives, oral sources, testimonies, literary works on prior periods…) and greater access to western scholarship had on the social sciences and their interpretations of the past? 

Deadline for abstract submission (maximum 1,000 words), in French or English, to sferes@cnrs.frDecember 1, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2019.
Deadline for sending texts: September 1, 2019.
Date and venue of the congress: Paris in October 2019.

Speakers are required to become members of SFERES.
Fees for academic staff in full time posts and post-doctoral researchers: 15€.
Fees for students: 5€.

Scientific coordination committee
Paul Bauer (Charles University, Prague, CEFRES), Pascal Bonnard (Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne, TRIANGLE), Gabrielle Chomentowski (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CHCSC), Françoise Daucé (EHESS, CERCEC), Gilles Favarel-Garrigues (Centre national de la recherche scientifique-CNRS, CERI), Catherine Gousseff (CNRS, CERCEC), Pascal Grouiez (Université Paris Diderot, LADYSS), Anne Le Huérou (Université Paris Nanterre, ISP), Georges Mink (CNRS, ISP), Laure Neumayer (Université Paris 1, CESSP), Cédric Pellen (Université de Strasbourg, SAGE), Kathy Rousselet (Sciences Po, CERI), Silvia Serrano (Université Paris Sorbonne, Eur'Orbem), Carole Sigman (CNRS, ISP), Ioulia Shukan (Université Paris Nanterre, ISP), Yaroslav Startsev (Académie de l'économie nationale et de la fonction publique de Russie), Julien Thorez (CNRS, Mondes iranien et indien), Frédéric Zalewski (Université Paris Nanterre, ISP), Amélie Zima (Sciences Po).

Advisory committee
Vincent Bénet (CEFR-Moscou, INALCO), Alain Blum (EHESS, CERCEC, INED), Bernard Chavance (Université Paris Diderot, LADYSS), Dominique Colas (Sciences Po, CERI), Dorota Dakowska (Université Lumière Lyon-2, TRIANGLE), Michel Dobry (Université Paris 1, CESSP), Timothy Garton Ash (University of Oxford, St Antony’s College), Vladimir Gel'man (University of Helsinki, Université européenne de St-Pétersbourg), Graeme Gill (University of Sydney), Jérome Heurtaux (CEFRES-Prague, Université Paris Dauphine), David Lane (University of Cambridge), Mark-David Mandel (Université du Québec à Montréal), Marie-Claude Maurel (EHESS, CERCEC), Andrzej Paczkowski (Académie des Sciences de Pologne, Collegium Civitas).

CFP: Armenian Studies and Material Objects, 10th Annual International Graduate Student Workshop

Deadline: November 30, 2018

April 26 and 27, 2019; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Inspired by the interdisciplinary possibilities and the innovative scholarly avenues that the study of materiality can open in the field of Armenian Studies, the Tenth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop will focus on the theme of material objects. The exploration of culture, society and politics through material objects will provide opportunities to reflect on the ordinary or the everyday practices and experiences of Armenian communities across space and time. 

The Armenian Studies Program invites early-career scholars (graduate students or those having received a PhD within the last three years) to submit abstracts of their works that critically examine and expand on the multiple meanings of materiality. In addition to the disciplines of anthropology, history, literature and political science, this workshop will engage fields such as Design and Textile Studies, Media and Film Studies, Art and Architecture, Archaeology and Museum Studies, that have remained at the margins of Armenian Studies.

Click here for more information. 

CFA: Translation Fellowship, Yiddish Book Center

Deadline: November 14, 2018

Translation is a rare kind of art, because it can’t be created by one person alone. It requires a conversation between the words of the original author and those of the translator.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Translation Fellowship Program expands this conversation, bringing together a cohort of emerging Yiddish translators with experienced mentors and professional literary translators to read, workshop, and hone their craft together. Up to ten translation fellows will be selected to receive yearlong mentorship and training to complete book-length projects. Each fellow will receive a grant of $5,000, and will attend three two-day workshops at the Center during the 2019 calendar year. Applications are due November 14, 2018.

What Past Fellows Say: 
“I felt encouraged, spurred on, supported, and part of a community of wonderful, brilliant people.” 

“Seeing and experiencing the passion, the urgency, and interest in reading and translating Yiddish literature, I am even more excited about future Yiddish translation projects.”
Recent publications arising from fellowship projects include On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy; Pioneers: The First Breach by S. An-sky, translated by Rose Waldman; and Judgment by David Bergelson, translated by Harriet Murav and Sasha Senderovich. 

Other fellows have received prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEN/Heim translation fund. Their translations of short fiction and poetry have appeared widely.

For full program details, visit our website:

Questions? Concerns about the deadline? Please contact me at We look forward to learning about you and your interests in the field of Yiddish literary translation.

CFA: Summer Language Study

Deadline: Januart 25, 2018 
The Critical Languages Institute (CLI) at Arizona State University's Melikian Center is pleased to announce the opening of admissions for its 2019 summer language and study abroad programs. 

CLI offers intensive courses in 12 critical and less-commonly-taught languages, and study-abroad programs in 7 locations. Participants earn 8--13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material.

Due to generous ASU support CLI participants pay NO TUITION, and are only charged a flat fee of $1,500 instead (plus study-abroad fees if applicable).

CLI also offers generous financial support, including:
  • Title VIII Fellowships for graduate students of up to $10,000;
  • Project GO Scholarships for ROTC students (all expenses paid);
  • Melikian Scholarships for Undergraduates and non-students of up to $4,000;
  • ASU Jewish Studies Scholarships for Hebrew of up to $1,000;
  • Needs Based Funding (PELL Eligible students) of $1,000.
Visit for details.

Priority admission and funding application deadline: January 25, 2019

Languages include:

Click here for more information. 

CFP: 24th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Deadline: November 7, 2018

Proposals must be submitted to:

Nationalism Studies
Central Europe
Eurasia (Central Asia and China)
Turkey and Greece
Book Panels
World Documentary Films

The Rise of the Far Right
The Politics of Refugees
Political Memory
Political Violence
The Russia/Ukraine Conflict

Best Doctoral Papers
Best World Documentary Film
Best Book on Nationalism
Best Article in Nationalities Papers

The ASN World Convention, which annually brings 750+ scholars from 50+ countries to Columbia University, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, national identity, ethnicity, conflict and migration in regional sections of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe or cross-regional sections on nationalism and migration/diasporas.

In addition to the thematic sections on the far right, refugees, memory, violence and the Russia/Ukraine conflict, popular themes over the years have included gender, youth, language politics, religion, arts and culture, EU integration/exit, foreign policy, nation-building, energy politics, parties and elections, and civil society.

Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, area studies, economics, geography, literature, and other fields of humanities and social sciences.

Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers and presentations by looking at the 2018 Final Program.

The ASN scholarly journal Nationalities Papers will be published as of January 2019 by Cambridge University Press. The ASN 2019 Convention Opening Reception will celebrate this new partnership between ASN and Cambridge University Press.

Paper Proposal
Panel Proposal
Roundtable Proposal
Documentary Film Proposal
Book Panel Proposal
Discussant Proposal

To send a proposal, download the relevant form above, send it to and, and fill out a Fact Sheet online.

Applicants can be considered for only one paper (included either in a paper proposal or a panel proposal) and appear in a maximum of two proposals (paper, panel or roundtable).

An exception is made for book panels or films, although applicants can only be on one book panel proposal.

Applicants whose proposals is accepted are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. ASN has no funding available for panelists.

The receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged electronically, with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals.

An international Program Committee is entrusted with the selection of proposals. Most applicants will be notified between January and February 2019.

Practical information on the Convention, including registration costs, will be communicated in January 2019.

Publishers and companies wishing to exhibit at the Convention or advertise in the Convention printed program can contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider

For practical questions on the Convention, please contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider at

The ASN website is at
The ASN Convention website is at
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We very much look forward to receiving your proposal!

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director
Agathe Dudzinski, ASN Convention Assistant Director
Lisa Koriouchkina, ASN Communications Director
Ceren Belge, Evgeny Finkel, Tamara Pavasović Trošt, Program Committee Associate Directors
On behalf of the ASN Convention Program Committee

Deadline for proposals: 7 November 2018 (to be sent to both  AND in a single attachment).