Thursday, April 23, 2020

Remote Volunteer: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Deadline: None 

If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands while self-quarantining, the YIVO Archives has two volunteer opportunities that might be for you. Volunteers are an essential part of the YIVO Archives and we are always grateful for any time you are willing to offer. If you’re interested in participating in either of the options below, or you’d like to learn more about these opportunities, please reach out to Hallel Yadin at hyadin@yivo.cjh.org.


YOUTH AUTOBIOGRAPHIES FROM THE VILNA PROJECTWe are looking for volunteers to write English summaries of youth autobiographies from the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections Project. The autobiographies are in Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Serbo-Croatian. We will also have some opportunities for English speakers to edit summaries, although those will be limited and on a rolling basis. 


TRANSCRIPTION
YIVO is in the process of digitizing major portions of our card catalog. We finished digitizing a large section called the Jeshurin bibliography, a 300,000-card bibliography of Yiddish literature. Volunteers who know Yiddish can transcribe the entries so that we ultimately have a searchable bibliography. There are also some sections in Russian.

CFP: 20th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “Eurasia and Global Migration”

Deadline: May 15, 2020


Dates and venue: 21–23 October 2020, University of Helsinki, Finland

The 20th Annual Aleksanteri Conference brings together scholars exploring dimensions of global migration to, from and within the Eurasian space. For the purposes of this conference, the geographic domain of the Eurasian space includes Central and Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space. We discuss migration and the agency of migrants in terms of social, political, cultural and economic processes and flows, which redefine the contours of national boundaries and affect societal development in both sending and receiving societies. Migration to, from and within the Eurasian space has been a part of flows and processes between the Global North and Global South, but also a part of the building of past empires.

Historically, the impact of migration in many fields, such as economy and culture, has been enormous. In addition to these, migration affects national politics, global inequality, urbanization, local communities, travel of ideas, cultural renewal, institutional development, labor markets, innovation, education and social policy,  as well as foreign and security policy. Migration also requires transnational solutions as a part of national and regional migration policy. New migration flows and processes can be expected due to political upheavals, environmental degradation and climate change.

In the 20th Aleksanteri Conference, we ask what kind of migratory flows and processes can we detect in Eurasia? What has been the impact economically, culturally, politically and strategically in both sending and receiving countries? What has been the significance of Eurasian migration in other parts of the world? What are the peculiarities of today´s Eurasian migration? What kinds of transnational solutions to migration are required in Eurasia? Who are migrants and how do they live their lives? What has been the contribution of migrants to innovation and development in different fields? How have transnational communities and the travel of ideas changed the Eurasian space?

We invite you to discuss a broad range of migration related topics through these contemporary and historical perspectives. The conference organising committee will also consider other relevant questions related to Russian, Central and Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.


Confirmed keynote speakers and programme:
  • Ulf Brunnbauer, Professor & Academic Director, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany
  • Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Associate Professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Madeleine Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK
  • Sergey Ryazantsev, Professor & Director of the Institute for Social and Political Studies of the Federal Scientific Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Caress Schenk, Associate Professor of Political Science, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics, University of Helsinki, Finland.


In addition to plenary sessions, the conference features scientific panels, roundtables and a poster session. Complementing academic activity, the conference programme will also include cultural events and discussions with practitioners and public figures involved in global migration. We will organise a guided tour of the Slavonic Library, which is a world-renowned treasure, especially for scholars of Russian history and culture. Conference guests are invited to attend evening receptions hosted by the City of Helsinki and University of Helsinki. This year we will again organise a book exhibition at the main conference venue.


Conference schedule and deadlines:
  • Deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals: 15 May 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 17 June 2020
  • Online registration and registration fees due by 21 August 2020
  • Conference programme published by early September 2020
  • Conference: 21-23 October 2020


Submissions:
The deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2020. Please submit your proposal via our website at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/eurasia-and-global-migration/call-for-papers


Registration rates:
  • Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants 120€
  • Graduate students and participants with a yearly income of less than 30,000 euros 60€
  • Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference is allowed) 30€


General information:
The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translations can be provided. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Costs related to participation are also the responsibility of the participant. Information on hotels will be provided later on the conference webpage. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/info.
Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or roundtable are also welcome to take part in the conference.

Please consult our website for information and discussion:

For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at: fcree-aleksconf@helsinki.fi

CFA: Fellowships at NYU's Jordan Center

Deadline: May 1, 2020


New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia is accepting applications for several different fellowship programs for academic year 2020-2021. 


Fellowship in Advanced Research
The Jordan Center Fellowship in Advanced Research supports outstanding NYU doctoral students who seek to carry out dissertation fieldwork in Russian Studies during the 4th and 5th years of the doctoral program.  The fellowship is designed to partially fund the cost of archival research and fieldwork conducted during the academic year, with priority given to work pursued in the Russian Federation and former Soviet Union.


Fieldwork and Language Training Fellowship 
The Jordan Center Fieldwork & Language Training Fellowship supports doctoral students who seek to continue study of the Russian language or conduct dissertation fieldwork during the summer session. The fellowship is designed to partially fund the cost of study or research during the summer semester, with priority given to work pursued in the Russian Federation and former Soviet Union.


Short-Term Fellowship Program
The Jordan Center Short-Term Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate research in local collections, expose visitors to the intellectual life of the Russian field at NYU and in the greater New York community, and acquaint faculty and graduate students at NYU with the most recent world-wide trends in the study of Russia. The fellowship program is geared toward scholars who have earned their doctoral degrees or the equivalent. 


Visiting Scholars Program
The Jordan Center visiting scholar fellowship program aims to support scholars whose research interests are focused on Russia. The fellowship provides individuals with access to the NYU library system, office space when available, invitations to Jordan Center events, and membership in the Jordan Center community. Visiting Scholar affiliation is generally available by academic semester (Fall/Spring/Summer) for up to three terms with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. Advanced PhD students pursuing research related to their dissertations are welcome to apply. Please note Visiting Scholars are not employees of NYU and under no circumstances should they be considered as such.



For more information, click here or email jordan.russia.center@nyu.edu

Job: Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies - Vanderbilt University

Deadline: May 15, 2020


The Department of German, Russian and East European Studies at Vanderbilt University invites applications from all humanistic and social science disciplines for the position of Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies (non-tenure-track, 3-year appointment, 2-2 load). The department seeks a candidate with an innovative scholarly research agenda and a commitment to undergraduate education.  Applications are particularly welcome from scholars whose research investigates twentieth or twenty-first century Soviet or post-Soviet Russia within the broader context of the East European or Eurasian regions.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. no more than four years prior to the start of the position. Interviews will be conducted by Zoom in May 2020. The successful candidate will begin in August 2020 or January 2021.

To be considered, please submit by May 15, 2020 the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (dissertation chapter or article), two sample syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference.

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Please direct questions to the chair of the search, Prof. Lutz Koepnick at lutz.koepnick@vanderbilt.edu.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Job: Program Analyst at US Department of Defense

Deadline: April 27, 2020

Summary 

This position is part of the Defense Human Resources Activity. The Defense Language & National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) provides strategic direction and program oversight to the military departments, Defense Field Activities and the Combatant Commands on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise and culture.


Responsibilities

As a PROGRAM ANALYST at the GS-0343-11/12/13 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Managing Language Flagship Programs under the National Security Education Program.
  • Articulating Language Flagship requirements as a representative of a component/agency; resolving varying Flagship implementation problems by providing recommendations to both management officials and university Flagship points of contact; and providing on-site assistance when necessary.
  • Advising students, faculty, deans, and program administrators at these locations to ensure successful implementation and administration of Language Flagship programs.
  • Using qualitative and quantitative analysis to monitor the relative effectiveness of Flagship programs and related initiatives. Based on the results of assessment testing, analyzing trends in program performance and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Analyzing and recommending the program budget for all assigned Flagship programs. Responsible for grant management relating to the assigned Flagship programs.
  • Serving as the principal advisor to Boren Flagship Scholars and ROTC cadets and midshipmen in the Language Flagship program, all of whom have a requirement to serve in the federal government or the military as subsequent to their award.
  • Assisting in preparing responses to Congressional inquiries pertaining to the Flagship program.


To see the full posting and to apply, please click here

Friday, April 10, 2020

CFP: 20th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “Eurasia and Global Migration”

Deadline: May 15, 2020


Dates and venue: 21–23 October 2020, University of Helsinki, Finland

The 20th Annual Aleksanteri Conference brings together scholars exploring dimensions of global migration to, from and within the Eurasian space. For the purposes of this conference, the geographic domain of the Eurasian space includes Central and Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space. We discuss migration and the agency of migrants in terms of social, political, cultural and economic processes and flows, which redefine the contours of national boundaries and affect societal development in both sending and receiving societies. Migration to, from and within the Eurasian space has been a part of flows and processes between the Global North and Global South, but also a part of the building of past empires.

Historically, the impact of migration in many fields, such as economy and culture, has been enormous. In addition to these, migration affects national politics, global inequality, urbanization, local communities, travel of ideas, cultural renewal, institutional development, labor markets, innovation, education and social policy,  as well as foreign and security policy. Migration also requires transnational solutions as a part of national and regional migration policy. New migration flows and processes can be expected due to political upheavals, environmental degradation and climate change.

In the 20th Aleksanteri Conference, we ask what kind of migratory flows and processes can we detect in Eurasia? What has been the impact economically, culturally, politically and strategically in both sending and receiving countries? What has been the significance of Eurasian migration in other parts of the world? What are the peculiarities of today´s Eurasian migration? What kinds of transnational solutions to migration are required in Eurasia? Who are migrants and how do they live their lives? What has been the contribution of migrants to innovation and development in different fields? How have transnational communities and the travel of ideas changed the Eurasian space?

We invite you to discuss a broad range of migration related topics through these contemporary and historical perspectives. The conference organising committee will also consider other relevant questions related to Russian, Central and Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.


Confirmed keynote speakers and programme:
  • Ulf Brunnbauer, Professor & Academic Director, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany
  • Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Associate Professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Madeleine Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK
  • Sergey Ryazantsev, Professor & Director of the Institute for Social and Political Studies of the Federal Scientific Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Caress Schenk, Associate Professor of Political Science, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics, University of Helsinki, Finland.


In addition to plenary sessions, the conference features scientific panels, roundtables and a poster session. Complementing academic activity, the conference programme will also include cultural events and discussions with practitioners and public figures involved in global migration. We will organise a guided tour of the Slavonic Library, which is a world-renowned treasure, especially for scholars of Russian history and culture. Conference guests are invited to attend evening receptions hosted by the City of Helsinki and University of Helsinki. This year we will again organise a book exhibition at the main conference venue.


Conference schedule and deadlines:
  • Deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals: 15 May 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 17 June 2020
  • Online registration and registration fees due by 21 August 2020
  • Conference programme published by early September 2020
  • Conference: 21-23 October 2020


Submissions:
The deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2020. Please submit your proposal via our website at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/eurasia-and-global-migration/call-for-papers


Registration rates:
  • Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants 120€
  • Graduate students and participants with a yearly income of less than 30,000 euros 60€
  • Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference is allowed) 30€


General information:
The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translations can be provided. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Costs related to participation are also the responsibility of the participant. Information on hotels will be provided later on the conference webpage. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/info.
Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or roundtable are also welcome to take part in the conference.

Please consult our website for information and discussion:

For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at: fcree-aleksconf@helsinki.fi

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CFA: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University Bloomington

Deadline: April 10, 2020 


The Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) at Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (REEI) and Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning August 1, 2020.  Applicants should be scholars conducting research on Russia while contributing to interdisciplinary and international debates. Special consideration will be given to scholars who have conducted extensive research and have strong Russian language skills. The fellowship is $50,000/year and includes benefits.

Requirements
The postdoctoral fellow will teach one course per year; importantly, after teaching this course, the finished syllabus and auxiliary materials (handouts, course packets, etc.) will be shared with HLS at the end of the fellowship. The fellow is expected to maintain a vigorous research program during the fellowship, and actively participate in the RSW, including leading a monthly writing group for Russian Studies PhD students. Fellows are required to be in residence in Bloomington, Indiana.

Eligibility
Applications from social science disciplines (including History) are welcome. Applicants should have active research programs on Russian politics and/or society; comparative focus is welcome. We especially invite applications from colleagues whose research foci align with the following thematic concentrations: Russian Regional Studies (including Siberian Studies), Human Rights, and/or Civil Society. Fellowships are open to scholars who have received the PhD or Kandidat degree in the relevant discipline during the last five years. The successful applicant must have PhD or Kandidat degree in hand by August 1, 2020. 

Application Process
To apply, please submit all application materials in a single PDF file to rsw@iu.edu. Letters of reference should be sent directly to the workshop at rsw@iu.edu. All application materials (including letters of reference) must be received on or before April 10, 2020. Candidates may be invited for a video interview.  Awards will be announced by May 10, 2020. All applicants are required to submit the following:

Curriculum Vitae.
Research proposal: 2-3 page statement describing the research project the applicant would pursue at Indiana University if awarded a fellowship, indicating its relation (if any) to the PhD or kandidat’s dissertation and/or the relevance of the work to Russian Regional Studies, Human Rights, and/or Civil Society.

A writing sample, such as an article or dissertation chapter.
Teaching statement: 1-2 page statement outlining the applicant’s teaching experience and teaching philosophy. Applicant should describe 2 or 3 courses (undergraduate, or joint upper-level undergraduate and graduate) they would like to teach at Indiana University. Strong applications will include sample syllabi of courses the applicant has previously taught and/or proposes to teach at Indiana University.

Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of reference that include an evaluation of the applicant’s research. At least one letter should evaluate the applicant’s teaching qualification.