Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CFA: GoCamp Volunteers, September 1-19 2018, Ukraine

The GoCamp programme is calling for volunteers from all over the world to come to Ukraine and teach kids English, French and German at school camps all over the country!

During the three-week programme in September 2018, children, who might have never been to other countries or have never interacted with foreigners, with the help of volunteers get an amazing possibility to become real team players, critical thinkers and tolerant people who are ready to work in a multicultural environment. The GoCamp team helps teachers to design challenging projects and tasks including outdoor activities, improving kids` knowledge of English//French/German, and, of course, enjoying the time spent with classmates and a GoCamp volunteer.

The main goal of the programme is to educate a new young generation of active and conscious citizens of Ukraine, capable of lifelong learning, and prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, fluent in foreign languages and open to other cultures and experiences. The volunteer of the programme becomes a mentor for schoolkids, helping them to break language and cultural barriers. So far 500 volunteers from 60 countries and 69 900 kids all over Ukraine have been involved in the project.

The GoCamp project is organized within GoGlobal initiative aimed at promoting language learning and volunteer movement in Ukraine, fostering intercultural dialogue and public diplomacy. GoGlobal is working on ensuring that Ukrainians speak foreign languages, and thus have a chance to be heard all around the world. The GoGlobal initiative is powered by Global Office NGO from Ukraine.

Where can I go?

GoCamp takes place all over Ukraine, including small cities and villages. Volunteers will be placed in one of the numerous GoCamps in all regions of Ukraine. Our volunteer's safety and security is our priority, so no volunteers are sent to the conflict area.

Available options:

September 1 - September 19 (training for volunteers on September 1-4)

How much does it cost?

Volunteers cover the cost of round-trip airfare to Kyiv, medical insurance and pay participation fee (75$).

Project organizers cover transfer from the Kyiv airport; orientation training before going to camp; pre-departure support; visa support; accommodations; partial meals; travel to your host community and back; SIM-cards for local calls; support from office staff and a hotline 24/7.

Am I eligible?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old; there is no upper age restriction. Volunteers of different ages, professions and backgrounds, as well as entire families are welcome to participate in GoCamp.

Volunteers are required to have upper intermediate or above level or be a native-speaker of English, German or French.

It is required for German and French-speaking volunteers to have at least the intermediate level of English. All training sessions for volunteers will be conducted in English. It is also useful for communication with English-speaking support office team members and locals.

GoCamp is looking for volunteers to dedicate several weeks this spring or summer to assist teachers with various types of activities at GoCamp. You are expected to conduct interactive activities, games, workshops and work on socially useful projects together with kids.

Programme steps

1. Filling out the online application form: http://gocamps.com.ua/en/volunteer. 2. Skype interview with our manager. 3. Confirmation of the participation. 4. Introducing to the local school teacher and host family online. 5. Receiving a full pre-departure information package and do an online child protection course. Contact details: e:join@goglobal.com.ua; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—@goglobalua.

Don`t miss the chance to discover another culture, make new friends, live in a host family and experience Ukrainian vivid everyday life. Ukraine is your volunteer destination #1

Volunteer now: gocamps.com.ua

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CFA: PhD in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge

The Slavonic Studies section in the University of Cambridge invites applications from qualified students for a PhD in Slavonic Studies, beginning Autumn 2019.

The Slavonic Studies section at Cambridge engages in the advanced study of Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, with an emphasis on cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is home to a dynamic annual programme of public lectures, research seminars, conferences, and exhibitions. Its intellectual vitality is particularly evident in the fields of Pre-Modern East Slavic culture; Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries; Slavonic Linguistics; Nationalism Studies; Memory Studies; and Film and Visual Culture. Applications are welcome in any of these areas. For more information about Slavonic Studies at Cambridge, please consultwww.mml.cam.ac.uk/slavonic.

The University of Cambridge has been judged the best in the UK for Russian and East European Studies in the 2017 University Subject Tables compiled by The Complete University Guide. The Slavonic Studies section is part of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, which has a Graduate Centre with computing, study, seminar, and social areas. It maintains extensive library resources, which include the Catherine Cooke collection of Soviet visual materials. Graduate students at Cambridge benefit from a rich, diverse research culture, both within the Slavonic Studies section and the University as a whole.

The Slavonic Studies section also works in close collaboration with the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) and the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CRASSH).

For further information on graduate study in Cambridge, please consult www.mml.cam.ac.uk/graduates/applying. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Slavonic Studies Graduate Studies Officer (Dr. Olenka Pevny), or the Director of Section Dr. Emma Widdis (ekw1000@cam.ac.uk) and to attend the postgraduate open day on Friday 2 November 2018.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CFP: Tamizdat: Publishing Russian Literature in the Cold War (December 10-11, 2018, Hunter College, NYC)

Deadline: August 15, 2018

December 10-11, 2018
Hunter College of the City University of New York

The Division of Russian and Slavic Studies at Hunter College (CUNY) is pleased to announce a call for papers for an international conference on tamizdat, or publishing Russian literature outside Russia. Contraband manuscripts from the Soviet Union, published abroad with or without their authors’ knowledge or consent, served as a powerful weapon on the literary fronts of the Cold War. The conference seeks to define tamizdat as an integral phenomenon of post-Stalinist culture and situate it in the context of its more familiar and better researched domestic counterparts, samizdat (unofficial self-publishing) and gosizdat (state publishing). In an effort to explore the patterns of circulation of manuscripts behind the Iron Curtain and their migration through it, we invite scholars to revisit the traditional notion of Soviet culture as a dichotomy between the official and underground fields and to look at it instead as a transnationally dynamic three-dimensional model, with tamizdatat its base.

Comprised of manuscripts rejected or never submitted for publication at home but smuggled through various channels and printed abroad, tamizdat contributed to the formation of the twentieth-century Russian literary canon. Suffice it to say that the majority of representative works of this canon (with a few important exceptions, such as Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich) were first published abroad long before they first saw the light of day in Russia, already after Perestroika. Mediating the relationships of many authors in Russia with the literary establishment, on the one hand, and with the nonconformist underground, on the other, the prospect of having their works printed abroad, not to mention the consequences of such a transgression, affected these authors’ choices and ideological positions vis-à-vis both fields.

We encourage original papers from any discipline that explore tamizdat from a theoretical, comparative or historical perspective, or trace the itineraries of individual manuscripts and the stories of their first publication and reception abroad. Of particular interest are works by authors who were still alive at the time their writings appeared in tamizdat. While the conference focuses primarily on manuscripts written and published in Russian, we welcome proposals that deal with non-Russian literatures of Eastern Europe, as well as with the translation of literary manuscripts from behind the Iron Curtain into foreign languages.

Please send abstracts of approx. 500 words by August 15, 2018, to tamizdatproject@gmail.com

Organizers: Yasha Klots (Hunter College, CUNY) and Polina Barskova (Hampshire College)

CFP: Picturing Russian Empire (June 28-29, 2019) University of Tyumen

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Picturing Russian Empire

University of Tyumen
June 28–29, 2019

This conference, sponsored by the University of Tyumen, and the subsequent volume, are intended to produce a multidisciplinary examination of the connections between empire and the visual in the long history of the Rus’, Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet territories.

In 2008, Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, a volume of short essays brought to the fore ways that analysis of the visual could both expand and change perspectives on Russia history. That book touched on imperial visualities primarily from a Russian point of view. In the present project we want to offer the broadest possible perspectives on visual experiences of empire in Russian and former Soviet space. We invite scholars working in any field of study to engage in a discussion of visuality, visual media, and visual methodologies in this region.

We especially welcome proposals from scholars working in former Soviet space and scholars whose research explores perspectives on empire from outside the capitals or traditional centers of power.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

• How did the visual complicate the political binaries of empire?
• How was imperial power established, mediated, maintained or subverted by the visual?
• How was indigenous authority established, mediated, maintained or subverted by the visual?
• How did the visual mediate between forms of imperial authority and indigenous authority?
• How did the visual represent the complexities of imperial experience?
• Does the visual allow us to understand empire differently than textural sources and if so how?
• What does the visual give us in terms of emotional investment, sensory knowledge?
• Is the imperial visual always Orientalist?
• Is the imperial visual always a weapon of power?
• What were the conscious theories of the visual that motivated the visual production of empire?
• Can we access viewers’ responses to the imperial visual?
• To what extent is visuality distinct from or intertwined with the other senses?
• How does studying the visual contribute to understanding or challenging Russia’s supposed “logocentrism”?
• How can it contribute to debates about modernity’s purported “occularcentrism”?
• Do these concepts – occularcentrism and logocentrism – contribute in any way to our understandings of the premodern or the religious spheres in the history of empire?
• How did the visual shape imperial geographical knowledge?
• How the visual language of the empire changed over time and space?
• Was the empire united in terms of visual? Local, regional and general visual metaphors of empire: how did it work?

Our goal is to produce a sequel to “Picturing Russia” that replicates its structure as an accessible text for students and a compendium of innovative theoretical and methodological contributions/advances to historical approaches to the visual.

Proposals should focus on one (or a very limited number) of visual objects and should foreground discussion of the stakes of the visual. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should be submitted in English. They should specify the visual medium or object under examination and the theoretical or methodological questions under discussion.

Proposals should be sent Sergei A. Kozlov via e-mail: sergeikozloff@mail.ru by October 1st, 2018.

We will have a limited number of slots for the conference, but we anticipate that the book will be able to include a larger number of contributors. Essays for the volume will be very short, no longer than 3000 words, and should include no more than three images.

CFP: Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop

Deadline: July 15, 2018


“Gender in the Era of Illiberal Populism”

Workshop—a project at New York University with support from
the Network of East-West Women—invites speakers to submit
proposals for Friday afternoon talks for the next academic year
at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.

As is our usual practice, we are looking for speakers to discuss
gender, sexuality, or women in Europe or Eurasia. For the
academic year 2018-2019, we are particularly (but not only)
interested in speakers addressing gendered dimensions of
such issues as ageing, employment, immigration, environment,
technology, health, reproduction, sexuality, education, and
violence. The rise of illiberal populism and “anti-genderism”
has rolled backed progress on many issues, but women and
feminist groups have also fought back, including with their
own #MeToo movements and against full criminalization of
abortion in Poland. What impact have both feminist and anti-
feminist movements had on political practices and institutions?
What are the moral and ethical implications of these issues
and related policies?

The workshop’s focus is on the postcommunist countries of
East, South and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union,
including the Baltic countries and Central Asia, and their
relationship to Europe and the European Union. Recent
workshops have included such topics as critique of law
faculties in Eastern Europe, women’s protests in Poland
against banning abortion completely, and anti-genderism
in Germany, Moldova, Armenia, and Russia. Recent speakers
have included Mieke Verloo and Julie A. Cassiday.

The workshop is an informal and friendly group of about 20
feminist scholars, activists, and journalists who have been
meeting for more than two decades and are knowledgeable
about the region. This is the perfect space to present recent
theoretical and/or critical work, empirical research, and
critical and scholarly reflections on your activism.

We offer a small honorarium. We regret that we cannot
cover transportation expenses to New York City or offer
assistance for visas or accommodations. UPDATE: The
Harriman Institute at Columbia has offered to help pay
for applicants' travel, if a significant part of your research
is on Russia and you are willing to also give a talk at
Columbia University.

To propose a talk, please email the following to Janet
Elise Johnson (Johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu) and
Mara Lazda (Mara.Lazda@bcc.cuny.edu):
1. a title for your talk
2. an abstract of less than 200 words describing your
proposed talk
3. a one-page curriculum vitae or resume.
4. your schedule clarifying which weeks or months you
plan to be in or near New York City and would like to present
(proposals for the Spring semester will be passed on to the
spring coordinators Nanette Funk and Sonia Jaffe Robbins)

All proposals are welcome from the region and experts
from the U.S. or elsewhere, activists or scholars. We will
get back to you as soon as possible. For more information,
see http://gendertransformationeurope.wordpress.com.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Job: Assistant Professor in Russian foreign relations at Indiana University

Deadline: September 15, 2018

The Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University seeks an assistant professor specializing in Russian foreign relations to begin August 1, 2019. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. Applications from all disciplines are welcome. The holder of the position will conduct research on the foreign relations of the Russian Federation, teach courses in the department, and be part of the university’s vibrant and distinguished Russian Studies community. The candidate’s research languages must include Russian.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of two research publications, relevant course syllabi, and teaching evaluations (if available) online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/6121. Candidates must arrange for three letters of reference to be transmitted to the search committee to complete applications; directions will be included within the online application.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/6121.

Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Ron Sela (rsela@indiana.edu; Indiana University, Bloomington; Global and International Studies Building, Room 2026; 355 N. Jordan Ave.; Bloomington, IN 47405-1105). Review of applications will begin September 15, 2018. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Job: American Councils Resident Director; Almaty, Kazakhstan

American Councils is currently accepting applications for a Resident Director position based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This is an excellent opportunity for a driven and passionate leader to assist U.S. college students in navigating the academic and cultural landscape of Kazakhstan while participating on a summer, semester, or academic year language immersion program. Please view the posting details below. All applications should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this message.

The Almaty Resident Director serves as the American Councils representative and in-country Program Director for participants on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP), hosted by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. The Resident Director is available to program participants on a daily basis; observes student classes and meets regularly with teachers, administrators, and students; oversees student housing; and arranges group travel and cultural programs. The Almaty Resident Director is available to participants during any emergencies that arise and communicates regularly with the AC Study Abroad program staff in Washington, DC. Prior to departure for Kazakhstan, the Resident Director attends American Councils orientation programs: for both resident directors, and for participants. The Resident Director travels to Kazakhstan with the student group at the beginning of the program and returns to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. Following return to Washington, DC, the Resident Director attends the post-program debrief. The Resident Director reports to the AC Study Abroad Senior Program Manager. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.

ANTICIPATED EMPLOYMENT DATE: Mid-August 2018 to mid-August 2019 (covering three program periods: Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019) with possible re-appointment.

Be available and accessible to program participants on a daily basis, including through office hours, regular presence at the host institution, and weekly group meetings;
Monitor participants’ health and safety, and promptly communicate issues to the AC Study Abroad office and host institution staff;
Respond to participant emergencies, including assisting participants with securing medical care and navigating local clinics and hospitals;
Observe the academic program;
Coordinate Kazakhstan-based program logistics, including cultural excursions and related travel, and communicate logistical details to the AC Study Abroad office;
Submit weekly written updates to the AC Study Abroad office and participate in weekly conference calls with the AC Study Abroad office;
Serve as the local liaison between American Councils and the host institute administration;
Conduct in-country arrival orientations at the beginning of each program period;
Review all American Councils student policies and enforce program rules and requirements in consultation with Washington, DC office;
Regularly visit host families to review conditions, learn about student-host relations, and verify the quality of the host-family placement;
Communicate with host families and work with participants and local staff to resolve any problems related to host families;
Recruit new host families and assist with participant placements;
Ensure participant homestays comply with all American Councils fire-safety requirements;
Prepare regular contributions for social media to promote the program; assist in additional recruitment efforts;
Develop contacts with local health professionals, including mental health counselors, to ensure access to necessary resources when responding to participant emergencies;
Communicate with host university to assist in obtaining invitations for student visas;
Submit a final report and program evaluations within two weeks of program conclusion;
Develop and manage program budgets, maintain detailed financial documentation, and submit monthly expense reports; and
Perform other program-related tasks as directed.


· Bachelor’s degree or higher in Russian language or area studies, or equivalent;

· Advanced Russian language skills -- written and oral (minimum Advanced Mid/High on ACTFL scale);

· Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Kazakhstan or Russia;

· Experience overseeing and guiding groups;

· Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students preferable;

· Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling; and

· Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.

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