Monday, May 20, 2019

CFP: Biographies and Politics: Involvement of Jews and Activists of Jewish Origin in Leftist Movements in 19th and 20th Century Poland

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2019

For additional information, please visit the website.

The aim of the conference is to outline the actual involvement of Jews and activists of Jewish origin in the leftist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries from the perspective of individual motivations, ideological choices and personal biographies.
1-2 December 2019, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, (Warsaw, Poland)
To explore the different paths which led Jewish individuals to engage in leftist parties and organizations, we suggest approaching the topic from a biographical perspective. We thus invite scholars to present their findings on the formation of Jewish political identities based on biographical sources, especially ego-documents like diaries, personal letters, memoirs or oral testimonies. 
Possible questions to be addressed might be:
  • Was being Jewish an important factor in choosing a specific political path?
  • Which other factors led Jews and people of Jewish origin to affiliate with a particular political group?
  • How did their leftist involvement influence their attitude towards imperial settings, occupying powers, internationalist movements, as well as Poland and Polish identity?
  • How did they assess their leftist engagement later in their lives?

Proposed issues:
  1. Biographies: individual and collective paths of Jewish leftists, circumstances of social and political involvement in leftist movements and organizations, self-perceptions, alternatives to leftist engagement, entangled ideologies (e.g. leftists Zionists), generational transmission of ideologies;
  2. Methodologies: biographical approach, gender history, oral history, and others;
  3. Ideologies: attractive leftists ideas for Polish Jews (socialism, communism, labor Zionism etc.);
  4. Historical culture and politics of history: Perceptions and instrumentalizations of “Jewish” leftist biographies.

The deadline for submitting the proposals is 31 May 2019. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSALS >>
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CFP: 1989: “We Could Be Heroes” – 30 Years After, Undergraduate Summer Conference

Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The tumultuous year of 1989 has led to dramatic shifts in international relations: with the end of the Cold War the bi-polar international order has changed, creating a new security landscape. The crumbling economies of the Communist world gave way to capitalism, which itself had been changing. Totalitarian and authoritarian regimes began democratising. The Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall came down. Europe reunited. “History ended”. Or so it seemed.
On the 30th anniversary, it is time to reflect on the hopes and desires of 1989. While the 30 years after 1945 is remembered as the Trente Glorieuses (the Thirty Glorious Years) of uninterrupted economic development across much of Western Europe, the three decades since 1989 conjure up very different images in East Central Europe. Liberty was quickly attained, though some argue that 1989 remains an “unfinished revolution”. Democratic backsliding, observable across the region to a varying degree, appears to be a case in point. Russia’s growing influence and “return to the region” has brought back the existential fear in some countries, and raised the prospect of a new Cold War with a new Iron Curtain at the EU’s external borders.
Each country has had a different perspective on 1989: in some countries it was a popular revolution, velvet or bloody, in others it was an “unfinished revolution” of elite negotiations. Some countries gained their national independence, while others view it as the start of new dependencies. Have these differences influenced how 1989 is viewed 30 years later? This conference is looking to explore what 1989 means for those who were born well after the Wall came down. How do they view the legacy of 1989 today? And what is its legacy? How have the diverse experiences of that year shaped these countries’ thinking on security, their political, and economic developments, societies? How has this legacy influenced the new world order after the collapse of the bi-polar system?
We welcome students to submit papers/podcasts/vodcasts/photo portfolios relevant to any of the above questions from either side of the Wall. We particularly encourage submissions in the following broader topics:
  • The Legacy of 1989
  • Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe
  • “The Thirty Years’ Crisis”: Economic Convergence in the EU
  • State vs. Citizens – The “Unfinished Revolution” of Civic Empowerment and Civil Society
  • Security and Russia’s Influence in (Central and Eastern) Europe
  • Go West? Foreign Policy after the Cold War
  • A Continent Reunited? Norms, Values, and Identity in (Central and Eastern) Europe
Please submit your abstracts or podcast/vodcast/portfolio proposal* to this form by 1 June 2019. Submissions should be between 250-300 words. Final papers are expected to be 3-4,000 words.
Selected participants will be grouped into panels according to their research topics. Participants will give 10-15-minute presentations based on their papers to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations will be open to the public.
Students will be informed of the decision by 30 June 2019. The language of the conference is English and will take place in Budapest from 21-23 August 2019.
The conference is open to BA/BSc students of international relations, political science, or any related fields (e.g. sociology, economics, etc.), who will have completed their first year at university by the time of the conference. The conference fee is €75 which covers accommodation for two nights in the CEU Residence Centre, meals, social events, 72-hour public transport in Budapest, and free Wi-Fi. Students who do not require accommodation should indicate this on the form. The reduced fee for those who do not need accommodation and a Budapest travel card is €45.

 *Please be aware that if you intend to submit a podcast/vodcast/portfolio, you will also be expected to submit a 1,000 word paper to supplement your submission.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Job: Russian Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Deadline to Apply: May 25, 2019

Please apply online through the UNL website:

Description of Work
The Department of Modern Languages and Literature is seeking a full-time lecturer for the academic year 2019-2020. This is a non-tenure, possibly renewable position. The successful candidate will teach a range of undergraduate courses, 24-26 credit hours, in a vibrant Russian language program at a comprehensive research university. The Department is unable to sponsor visa applications for this position.

Minimum Required Qualifications
• PhD or ABD in Russian language or a related field by the start date of the appointment;
• Fluency or near-native proficiency in Russian and English;
• Previous teaching experience at the university level;

Preferred Qualifications
•Experience with online or hybrid teaching;
•Demonstrated ability to coordinate extra- and co-curricular activities;
•Evidence of excellence and professional development in the teaching of Russian language and culture;
•Familiarity with best practices in Foreign Language Pedagogy, including the use of assessment tools;

•Evidence of familiarity and use of technology in the classroom.

Job: Curator Position, Museum of Russian Icons

Deadline to Apply: Rolling, apply as soon as possible

Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton Massachusetts seeks accomplished, experienced, energetic full-time Curator with expertise in icons, Byzantine or related art field, and working knowledge of Church Slavonic and Russian. Will lead regional and national activities related to the collection, temporary exhibitions, and build the Museum’s academic programs with its Center for Icon Studies, including the Journal of Icons Studies.

Clinton is a small urban community, approximately one half hour from Worcester and one hour from Boston. To apply, email cover letter, cv and salary requirements to

Prize/Award: 2019 Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor & Francis Book Prize

Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2019

The Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor and Francis Book Prize in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 
The Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor and Francis Book Prize was established in 2014 and is sponsored by Taylor and Francis Publishers. It is awarded annually for the best academic book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies published in the previous calendar year by a Canadian author (citizen or permanent resident).
The book prize jury consists of three members chosen by the CAS executive. Nominations for the 2019 Book Prize competition are to be postmarked by or on 15 May 2019. The prize winner will be announced in an e-mail to CAS members and on the CAS/CSP website in September 2019. The winner receives a cash award of $500 CAD and recognition at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists.

Rules of eligibility for the Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor and Francis Book Prize competition are as follows:
  • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (the book must have been published in 2018 to be eligible for the 2019 competition).
  • The book must be in the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
  • Authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. 
  • The work must originally be published in French or English either in or outside Canada.
  • Works may deal with any aspect of Slavic, East European, or Eurasian Studies (languages, literatures, cinemas, cultures, visual arts, politics, history, etc.).
  • Textbooks in the strict sense of the word do not qualify, but a broad interpretive work of a major period or area qualifies.
  • Translations, bibliographies, reference works, edited volumes, and smaller works such as pamphlets are not eligible.

Nominating Instructions

Nomination for the prize can come from an author, a third party, or a publisher. There is no limit on the number of entries a publisher may submit.
Send an e-mail to the office of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes ( to notify the Canadian Association of Slavists of your intent to nominate a publication for the CAS’ Taylor and Francis Book Prize. Please copy this e-mail to yourself as well.
Send one copy of the eligible monograph to each member of the book prize jury (write to us at to obtain their addresses). Submissions should be marked “The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received, please enclose with the copy mailed to a jury member a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope. Nominations must be postmarked by or on 15 May 2019 to be eligible for the 2019 competition.
It is the responsibility of the author (if s/he self-nominates), his/her nominator, or his/her publisher to send the books to the jury. Please note that books sent to members of the jury will not normally be returned once the competition is over. However, special arrangements to return a book may be made between a jury member and nominator after the competition ends.

2019 Jury for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize
Dr. James Krapfl (McGill University)
Dr. Paul Robinson (University of Ottawa)
Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk

Job: Assistant Professor of Polish Language, Literature and Culture, University of Toronto

Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a two-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Polish Language, Literature and Culture beginning July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter, and ending on June 30, 2021.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Polish Culture or a related field by the time of appointment. The candidate must show prior experience, expertise and excellence in teaching Polish language, literature and culture at a North American university. Excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be found through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi, course materials , and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. Excellent (native or near native) knowledge of Polish and of English is required, as are knowledge of current teaching methodologies, culture-based instruction, and use of technology and prior teaching experience in Polish as a second language at the University level in a North American program.

We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing program strengths. (See The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in language, literature and culture (both in the original and in translation). In addition, the candidate will be expected to organize Polish extra-curricular events.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and sample syllabi/course materials. Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Donna Orwin, at All application materials must be submitted online.

Submission guidelines can be found at: Applicants must also ask three referees to send signed letters of reference (on letterhead), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate's teaching, directly to the Department Chair via email to donna.orwin@utoronto.caby the closing date.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received in the department by May 15, 2019.

For more information about the Department of Slavic Languages, please visit our home page at:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

CFP: Poljarnyj Vestnik - An International Journal of Slavic Studies

Deadline: June 20, 2019 

Poljarnyj Vestnik was  earlier the working papers of the University of Tromsö, but has been upgraded to an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research about Slavic languages, literatures and cultures. We now welcome submissions for our sixth volume after the reorganization. Contributions from Slavists from any country and institution are welcome. Articles are published in English or Russian. The homepage of the journal is:

Editorial board: 
  • Jan Ivar Bjørnflaten (Oslo)
  • Stephen M. Dickey (Kansas)
  • Alexander Etkind (Cambridge)
  • Michael S. Flier (Harvard)
  • Karen Gammelgaard (Oslo)
  • Laura A. Janda (Tromsö)
  • Ilya Kukulin (Moskva)
  • Martin Paulsen (Bergen)
  • Vladimir Plungian (Moskva)
  • Ellen Rutten (Amsterdam)
  • Yngvar Steinholt (Tromsö)
For more information, do not hesitate to contact the editors.