Monday, December 10, 2018

CFA: Pre- and Postdoctoral Opportunities at the University of Wisconsin

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Two upcoming  opportunities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral research fellowships. 

1.  Wisconsin Russia Project Pre-doctoral research fellowships.  
The short URL for the Pre-doctoral announcement can be found at: https://go.wisc.edu/al3590.

2. Wisconsin Russia Project Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The fellowships commence September 1, 2019 and run through August 31, 2020.  The short URL for the postdoctoral announcement can be found at: HTTPS://GO.WISC.EDU/K74P04.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for up to six one-semester Wisconsin Russia Project pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships for Russian social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Madison, Wisconsin, and to conduct research toward their dissertation about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. Graduate fellows will conduct research in consultation with UW faculty and form close contacts with UW PhD students working on similar topics.  They will attend the weekly CREECA lecture series and take part in the activities of the Wisconsin Russia Project, such as monthly meetings of all project participants to discuss recent research papers in the field.
The fellowships will be either for the fall 2019 or the spring 2020 semester. Applicants should indicate their preference (fall, spring, or no preference) in their cover letter. The anticipated fall 2019 appointment dates are: August 9, 2019-January 2, 2020. The anticipated spring 2020 appointment dates are January 3-May 17, 2020.  Fellows will also be expected to participate in a conference in Madison in summer 2020 (conference dates TBD; funds will be available for travel to Madison for the conference).
Eligibility: Applicants must be citizens of the Russian Federation and currently enrolled at a Russian university, writing a dissertation toward a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in a social science discipline (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Law, Political Science, and Sociology). Applicants from institutions outside of Moscow are especially encouraged to apply.
Graduate fellows will be considered short-term academic staff at UW-Madison and will receive a stipend of approximately $2,000 per month (pre-tax) to cover living expenses. Fellows are eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.
Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW-Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.
All applicants are required to submit the following materials:
1) A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant;
2) A current curriculum vita;
3) An article-length writing sample;
4) Transcripts of graduate-level work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
5) Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.
Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Graduate Fellow application” and email the PDF as an attachment with the subject title “Last Name_WRP Graduate Fellow Application” to:
Unofficial graduate transcripts can be sent via email in a separate PDF to russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu  using the file name “Applicant’s Last Name_WRP Graduate Fellow transcripts” OR via hard copy to the address below.
The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu . Please include as your subject title “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Graduate Fellow Letter.”
If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition
210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI, USA 53706-1397
Cover letters, CVs, and writing samples must be submitted in English. (Letters of recommendation may be in English or Russian.)

Deadline: for full consideration, all materials must be received by March 1, 2019.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE OF RUSSIA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019
The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for one-year Wisconsin Russia Project post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence September 1, 2019 and run through August 31, 2020. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. CREECA encourages applications from specialists in Russia-focused public policy and from those who apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or related methods to the study of Russia’s regions. Fellows will be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the Wisconsin Russia Project, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2020 (dates TBD).
Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW-Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in hand prior to September 2019, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2014.  Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to September 2019 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. UW-Madison doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.
Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000 (pre-tax). Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. In consultation with CREECA and relevant academic departments, fellows may have the opportunity to teach a course in Russian studies at UW-Madison during their tenure and would receive additional compensation for this. Fellows will be eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.
All applicants are required to submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant. Applicants with GIS and/or public policy expertise should describe their relevant background.
  • A current curriculum vita;
  • An article-length writing sample;
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.
Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Postdoc application” and email the PDF as an attachment to:
The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu
If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition
210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI, USA 53706-1397
Deadline: for full consideration, all materials must be received by March 1, 2019.

CFA:: Residence Grant 2019-2020 at the Center for Urban History (Lviv, Ukraine)

Deadline: February 1, 2019

The Center for Urban History invites researchers of various fields in the humanities from different countries to apply for the 2019-2020 Residence Grant.

 We especially encourage historians, culture studies scholars, and anthropologists. We welcome applications for research that offer broad interpretations of urban history as a discipline at the intersection of various approaches of humanities and social sciences. The chronological and geographical frames of the proposed research are limited to the 19th and 20th-century history of East and Central Europe. Preference will be given to topics related to the Center’s research focuses like urbanization in multi-ethnic cities, individual experience of city residents during 20th-century radical changes and wars, planned cities, urban heritage, commemorative practices and city space, infrastructure and cultural practices in the cities, digital and public history.

The program includes:

●        five one-month residence grants for young researchers, working on their PhD thesis or preparing them for publishing,
●        five two-week residence grants for advanced researchers,
●        four residencies on digital urban history. 


The Center offers

●        accommodation in the guest rooms of the Centre
●        a place for research at the office
●        shares access to its library resources, urban media arсhive, research works, scholarly contacts
●        provides an opportunity to present and discuss the preliminary results of the grantee’s project at the Center’s Urban seminar or public lectures.

 Applications have to include:

●        Project Description (1000-2000 words)
●        Curriculum vitae
●        List of publications
●        Letter of recommendation for non-holders of PhD or relevant degree.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Job: Graduate Student Advisor

Deadline: December 10, 2018


Responsibilities
Student Admissions: Oversee and coordinate student admissions and Rackham Merit Award Fellowship competition for the Masters in International and Regional Studies graduate programs.  Support the eight regional and thematic subplan admissions and fellowship committees. Compose acceptance and rejection letters and track student responses.  Manage applications within Rackham on-line application system.  Process all graduate program scholarship and fellowship payments and Gradcare. 

Student Advising: Counsel prospective students on graduate program and associated subplans, dual-degrees with U-M professional schools, and graduate certificates, fellowships and internships, employment opportunities, and relevant programming events. Provide one-on-one advising with in-person appointments, phone calls and emails. Advise students on requirements of the graduate program, course selection, help students assess course options. Provide accurate information about policies and procedures, maintain accurate records in student electronic files, maintain degree audits, and serve as an informed resource for all II graduate academic services. Maintain online advising calendar. Develop relationships with students, advise students from point of orientation through graduation providing continuity throughout their time at U-M.  Maintain a close, collaborative relationship with the II programs and centers, and Rackham Graduate School. Lead efforts to establish relationships with LSA departments and non LSA units to collaborate on graduate courses and dual-degree programs of study. As a part of the II Academic Services team, collaborate and provide academic support to the II’s undergraduate majors and minors.

Curricular Administration: Prepare Course Approval Request Forms (CARFs) and Program Approval Request Forms (PARFs) for graduate courses and the graduate program; schedule graduate courses and coordinate their publicity.  Establish meet-together courses with other units, approve graduation requirements to be submitted to Rackham Graduate School.  Manage graduate course scheduling/permissions processes within M-Pathways. Assist academic services manager, academic advising coordinator, program directors and other team members in projects such as: development of reports that relate to student services, assessment of student plans of study, course enrollments, course planning, curricular updates and course approvals. Provide ad hoc data request and analysis on enrollment trends and graduation projections.  Regularly attend Rackham Graduate School and College of LSA meetings and trainings for graduate services coordinators.

Program Coordination: Lead orientation sessions for students interested in graduate program.  Lead appropriate outreach efforts; represent the II at campus events to prospective students and University advisors. Lead weekly graduate student study hall and semi-regular graduate workshop events.  Attend graduate social events: career events, professional and academic networking events, graduation/receptions, etc.  Coordinate and report on accounts designated for graduate student scholarships and fellowships.


Required Qualifications

  • Associate degree
  • At least three years of admissions, recruitment and outreach experience, or equivalent, in Higher education, International Studies, International Relations or similar
  • Exemplary work ethic
  • Collaborative work style and team-building skill; ability to work with diverse constituencies; ability to lead groups
  • Willingness to be innovative; capacity for exercising initiative
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to act independently; manage multiple tasks as once, and exercise good judgment
  • Demonstrated advising/counseling skills
  • Familiarity with college students and the college environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in International Studies, International Relations, or Area Studies or a related field
  • Experience with graduate program administration
  • Extensive knowledge of College policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Strong cross-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Experience with any of the University’s student services modules on M-Pathways

Monday, December 3, 2018

CFA: Title VIII Research and Summer Grants

Deadline: January 31, 2019

The Kennan Institute is holding the next round of competition for its Title VIII Reserach and Summer Grants. Detailed information about each grant is below, and more information about all opportunities can be found at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/kennan-institute-fellowships-and-internships.

Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Research proposals examining the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, the Caucasus, and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the summer research fellowship. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.  The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $7,000 for 2 months, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance.  Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this fellowship. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Please send all questions and application materials to kennan@wilsoncenter.org.

Monday, November 26, 2018

CFP: Rumor and Libel: Source and Methodological Challenges in the Research of the Historian of the 19th Century

Deadline: January 30, 2019
The Institute of History of the Warsaw University invites scholars and doctoral students to participate in the 3rd National Conference of Historians of the 19th Century. The upcoming conference will be devoted to rumors and libel in Europe and in the world until 1918.
This year, we would like to discuss the matter of rumors and libel in the following panels:
• Historical sources in the research on rumor and libel
• Research methodologies, frames of interpretation, theoretical approaches
• Analyses and interpretations, case studies
We wish for the discourse to focus on various problems such as: source studies, theoretical studies, social imageries, processes of social communication, as well as the role of rumors and libel in the creation of social relations. Our time span includes the First World War. The geographical scope of the papers is unlimited.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of March 2019. Presentation time is 20 minutes.
The organizers do not cover travel and accommodation expenses.
The languages of the conference are Polish, English and Russian. Warsaw, June 14-15, 2019
Paper proposals should be sent to: konferencjaxixwiek.ih@gmail.com by Jan 30th, 2019, using the form below. 

The Organizing Committee of the Conference:
Prof. Małgorzata Karpińska (Chair), Prof. Tomasz Kizwalter, Prof. Alicja Kulecka,
Dr. Artur Markowski, Jan Błachnio M.A. (Secretary), Piotr Hummel M.A. (Secretary)

Form
1. Name and surname
2. Affiliation
3. Title of the presentation
4. Abstract of the presentation (no more than 500 words)
5. E-mail address.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Announcement: Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS)

Announcement! 

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) is thrilled to announce the publication of volume 2, number 2 (2018) of our new journal.  It is an exciting new ejournal hosted at the University of Kansas Libraries that focuses on the history of Russian-American relations from the 18th century to the present.

Please visit our journal and send it to anyone who might be interested:
https://journals.ku.edu/jras

We are actively looking for articles for consideration, books to review, and interested scholars to perform article reviews and book reviews.  In addition, our journal has a section to promote upcoming events called, "Field Notes."  Feel free to submit information to the email address below.


We expect v. 3, no. 1 to be posted in May 2019.

Monday, November 19, 2018

CFP: International Conference Polish and Belarusian Connections: Literature and Language


Deadline: February 28, 2018

The International Conference Polish and Belarusian Connections: Literature and Language is organised by the Chair of Belarusian Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland.

The conference will be held on 29th and 30th March 2019 in Warsaw. We would like to invite scholars with various approaches to Polish and Belarusian connections viewed from a range of intra- and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The language of the conference is Polish, English and Belarusian.
This conference, similar to the previous conferences organised by the Chair of
Belarusian Studies, will be devoted to the common heritage of both Poland and Belarus analysed from the point of view of their literature and languages, i.e. different aspects that both nations share. The proximity of these two languages and cultures has led to establishing a specific form of dialogue and integration, developing interrelationships and, as a result, creating new and different qualities.

The fates of Belarusians and Poles have been entwined for centuries, which has provided stimuli to creativity and artistic passion. A great many Polish national activists, writers or artists were born in the territory of today's Belarus, whereas Belarusian ones within the former borders of Poland, which encourages scholars on both sides of the border to search for new perspectives of analysing Polish and Belarusian connections.

Scholars and researchers from both Poland and Belarus as well as other countries will have a great opportunity to present the most recent results of their studies during plenary sessions as well as two parallel panels on literature studies and linguistics.

The standard length of plenary talks will be 20 minutes; presentations within panels should not exceed 15 minutes.

Registration Forms should be submitted to konferencjakb@gmail.com by 28th February 2019.

The conference fee is €100 and should be paid by 15th March 2019. It will cover coffee breaks, an official dinner, conference materials and publication costs. Travel expenses as well as the cost of accommodation shall be covered by the participant. There is a possibility to book a hotel room. For further information please contact the organizers.

Papers accepted for publication are planned to appear in the "Acta Albaruthenica" journal.


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Prof. Mikałaj Chaustowicz

Volha Tratsiak, PhD

Anna Rędzioch-Korkuz, PhD

Iryna Aheyeva, MA

Maryla Chaustowicz, MA

Anna Siwirska, MA


Chair of Belarusian Studies

University of Warsaw

Szturmowa 4

02-678 Warsaw


Telephone number: +48 0 22 55 34 252