Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: Collections and Services & Dissertation Research
When: April 5 (Thursday) at 10:00 am Central Time

Jussi-Pekka Hakkarainen (National Library of Finland)
Presentation title: Slavonic Library and the Polonica Collection

Harold Leich (Library of Congress)
Presentation title: Russian Journals in the Library of Congress

Angela Cannon (Library of Congress)
Presentation title:  Russian Newspapers in the Library of Congress

Anatol Shmelev (Hoover Institution Library & Archives)
Presentation title: The Russian Empire, Soviet Union and post-Soviet states: resources at the Hoover

Joe Lenkart (Slavic Reference Service)
Presentation title: Archival Collections and Strategies for Research Trips

Joan Weeks (Library of Congress)
Presentation title: Digging for Treasures in the Library of Congress Turkic Central Asian Collections

Monday, March 19, 2018

CFS: CESS 2018 Book Awards


In 2007, the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) established two CESS Book Awards, one for work in History and the Humanities and another for work in the Social Sciences. These awards had been given in alternate years. Beginning in 2018, CESS will present awards to books in both the Social Sciences and History and the Humanities.

The CESS Book Award and a monetary prize of $500 is presented to the author of the book or monograph that represents the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies during the award period. An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia, appointed annually by the CESS Board, consider scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style in their deliberations.

In addition, CESS will also award an Honorable Mention to submissions that were highly rated by the panel.

In 2018, books in History and Humanities with a publication date of 2017 may be considered for the competition. The panel will consist of Barbara Junisbai (Pitzer College), Sarah Cameron (University of Maryland), and Joo-Yup Lee (University of Oxford) with Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University) as non-voting chair.  

In 2018, books in the Social Sciences with a publication date of 2016 or 2017 (to ensure every book can be eligible in at least one competition) may be considered for the competition. The panel will consist of Benjamin Gatling (George Mason University), Ali Igmen (California State University - Long Beach), and Noor O'Neill Borbieva (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) with Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University) as non-voting chair.

The shortlist will be announced in July and the winner will be announced at the 19th CESS Annual Conference at the University of Pittsburgh on October 25-28, 2018.

Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:

  • Books must be scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English during the years listed above (as measured by the printed copyright date; exceptions for books available by the submission deadline may be allowed at the discretion of the chair).
  • Books may be submitted for one competition only, and no book may be considered more than once.
  • Scholarly monographs translated into English from other languages are eligible for consideration.
  • Edited volumes, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, and textbooks are not eligible.
  • Nominations may be made by either the publisher, author, or a CESS member.
  • The winning author will receive the monetary prize and a certificate of award at an awards ceremony held at the annual CESS conference.
  • For the 2018 CESS Book Awards competition, please ensure that four copies of the nominated book reach the CESS Book Award Committee at the following addresses by April 1, 2018.

Please note that one book must be sent to each of the following addresses.

History and the Humanities:

Barbara Junisbai, Ph.D.
Pitzer College

Joo-Yup Lee, Ph.D.

Sarah Cameron, Ph.D.
Department of History
University of Maryland-College Park
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 20742

Wendell Schwab, Ph.D.
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
128 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802

Social Sciences:

Benjamin Gatling, Ph.D.
Fairfax, VA 22030

Ali Igmen, Ph.D.
California State University, Long Beach, Department of History,
Long Beach CA 90840

Noor O'Neill Borbieva, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Kettler Hall G11D
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Wendell Schwab, Ph.D.
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
128 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802

CFP: REECAS NW 2018 Conference on April 28

Deadline: Extended to March 25

The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington is currently soliciting papers and panel presentations for this one-day interdisciplinary conference, now celebrating its 24th year. Proposals from graduate students, faculty, K-12 educators, and members of the general public are all welcome. The conference will take place April 28, 2018 at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

This year's conference will feature a special Pacific NW plenary session on Trump and Putin after the 2018 Russian Presidential Election. 

Contributions are encouraged on history, culture, politics, gender, religion and or other relevant subjects. Presentations on best practices, curriculum and other relevant issues regarding instruction of area languages at the K-12 level are especially encouraged. K-12 educators are not required to submit a paper, but must submit an abstract by the March 25, 2017 deadline.

To learn more about this year's conference, visit the conference website. If you have questions, please contact reecasnw@uw.edu.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Funding: University of Pittsburgh's Summer Language Institute: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Dealine: Rolling

The University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute has substantial scholarship funding (tuition scholarship awards of $3500 - $5500) remaining for the following programs: 

  • Intensive Beginning Turkish, 8-credits  (June 4 – July 28, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Czech, 6-credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Ukrainian, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Slovak, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Polish, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Intermediate Polish, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive 4th-year Russian, 8 credits (June 4 – July 28, 2018)

The courses will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language instruction.  In addition to daily language lessons, students are exposed to culture through classroom activities, singing, films, excursions to relevant local sites and restaurants, and English-language lectures. 

Abroad courses are also available, and students may use these scholarships toward those programs; For details please see sli.pitt.edu 

Apply here, and please note: we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the course is full or we have exhausted our scholarship funds.  Feel free to contact sliadmin@pitt.edu with any questions.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until classes are full and/or scholarship funds are exhausted.

CfA: ASEEES Dissertation Research Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring up to ten grants annually, at a maximum of $5,000 each, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships. The grant is for primary dissertation research, not for dissertation write-up. 


  • Applicant may be a graduate student of any nationality, in any discipline currently enrolled in a PhD program in the United States 
  • Applicant must have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel 
  • Applicant must have language proficiency to conduct the proposed research 
  • Applicant must be a student member of ASEEES at the time of application 
  • Applicant must plan to conduct research in one or more of countries within the region covered by ASEEES, including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan 
  • Applicant must plan to start the research travel within the same calendar year following the receipt of the fellowship (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the summer of 2018, the grant recipient must start his/her research travel no later than December 31, 2018) 
  • Applicant must not hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships for the same research project GRANT AMOUNT The grant amount is maximum $5,000, which must be used toward expenses outside the US conducting research in the eligible country or countries, listed above. 

NOTE: The fellowship does not support tuition and fee payments to the applicant’s US home institution. 

DEADLINE Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2018 (Notifications will be made by June 1, 2018) TO APPLY Complete the online application, which includes: 

  • a two-page, single-spaced, 1000-word description of the research scope, analytical framework, methodology, budget, and timeline;
  • a CV no longer than two pages; 
  • Graduate transcript(s) (unofficial copy allowed); 
  • two letters of professional reference due May 6 (one must be from the main dissertation adviser); 
  • a section on the status of all grants to which one has applied for the research period and/or a statement of ineligibility for key funding opportunities. (Prior to disbursement of funds, ASEEES will contact the home department to verify candidate’s standing and funding levels.) 

All files are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel that values clarity of argument to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

CONTACT: Please contact aseees.grants@pitt.edu with any further questions. -- Use your web browser to search the archives, control your subscription options, and more. Visit and bookmark the SEELANGS Web Interface at: http://seelangs.wixsite.com/seelangs

CFS: Seeking Submissions for NYU's All the Russias' Blog (x-post)

All the Russias, the official blog of NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, is now accepting submissions. We welcome short pitches and/or completed drafts of 500-1200 words on any topic relating to Russian, East European, and Eurasian politics and culture. Pieces may belong to any number of different genres, including, but not limited to,

  • Cultural criticism
  • Political analysis
  • Reviews of…
    • …recently released or upcoming films or books, fictional or non-fictional
    • …ongoing or upcoming exhibitions, performances, or events
  • Exposés of recent research within Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined
  • Essays on disciplinary matters
  • “Explainers” offering insight into perplexing contemporary cultural phenomena or current events

Please send ≤200-word proposals/ pitches (in the body of your email) or 500-1200-word drafts (as .docx’s or Google Drive attachments) to Maya Vinokour at  alltherussias@gmail.com, along with a one-line bio (including a hyperlink to your web page, if applicable). For detailed submission and style guidelines, please click on the following link: http://jordanrussiacenter.org/blog-submission-guidelines/.

We look forward to reading your submissions! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CFA: Yiddish Book Center's Online Course: An-Sky: Jewish Writer, Russian Revolutionary

Deadline: May 7, 2018

Registration is now open for the Yiddish Book Center’s online course: An-sky: Jewish Writer, Russian Revolutionary with Professor Gabriella Safran, April 30–May 27, 2018

Best known for his remarkable Yiddish play The DybbukS. An-sky (born Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport, 1863-1920) was also an ethnographer and a keen observer of Jewish life in the Russian Pale of Settlement. In this online course, Professor Gabriella Safran of Stanford University, author of the biography Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-sky, will lead us on an in-depth exploration of An-sky’s life and work.
This self-paced online course includes:
  • four filmed lectures by Professor Safran 
  • recommended course readings
  • an online forum where participants can respond to questions posed by the professor and discuss the lectures with her and with other students.

Questions? Contact Molly, education program assistant, at mkenefick@yiddishbookcenter.org