Thursday, November 20, 2014

Summer Language Program: Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute

Deadline: January 30, 2015

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 summer language programs in the U.S. and abroad.

CLI offers intensive courses in Russian and in East European, Mediterranean, and Central Asian languages, either in the U.S., overseas, or in integrated "combination" courses that include both U.S. and overseas components.

Students selected for CLI pay a flat fee of $960 for up to 13 semester credits, plus study-abroad fees if they opt to join an overseas program.

Scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-students. ROTC Project GO funding is available for selected languages.

Funding and priority admission deadline is January 30, 2015.

2 months intensive study at ASU with optional 1 month study in country, for 8-13 academic credits.
-   Albanian (ASU + Tirana)
-   Armenian (ASU + Yerevan)
-   Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (ASU + Sarajevo)
-   Modern Hebrew (ASU only)
-   Macedonian (ASU only)
-   Persian (ASU + Samarqand)
-   Polish (ASU + Poznan)
-   Russian (ASU + Kazan, Bishkek, or St. Petersburg)
-   Turkish (ASU + Izmir)
-   Uzbek (ASU + Samarqand)

Sessions in ASU include daily co-curricular programming, grant mentoring and career planning opportunities.

Sessions abroad feature academically challenging study, extensive co-curricular programming, integrated into academic coursework and conducted in 1-on-1 or small-group format by local language coaches.

2-month intensive programs providing 8-10 academic credits
-  Armenian (Yerevan) 3rd-year and up
-  Russian (Kazan, Bishkek) 2nd-4th-year
-  Russian (St. Petersburg) 5th-6th-year
-  Tatar (Kazan) 1st-2nd-year

Programs feature homestays, extensive co-curricular programming, integrated into academic coursework and conducted in 1-on-1 or small-group format by local language coaches, and internships at the 5th-year level and up.

Study Abroad: Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Deadline: December 1, 2014

What CIEE Moscow, Business + International Relations, Russia is:

  •  A new educational exchange program unveiled in Fall 2014, established within a company with 47 years of experience educating American-university students in Russia;
  • Specialized business and international relations program focused on Russia and Eurasia in Russia’s capital;
  • Direct enrollment and enrollment in CIEE-tailored MGIMO courses in one of Russia’s oldest and most renowned universities, Moscow State Institute of International Relations;
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable local staff, highly-experienced in the international education sphere;
  • Special attention to the health, safety, and security of our students.
What makes our academic program stand out:
  • We provide access to Russia’s leading professionals in the spheres of business and international relations: Courses are taught by distinguished professionals in their fields of specialty. Professors boast to Russian and foreign students years of practical experience and instruction, teaching in various departments of Moscow State Institute of International Relations; the Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems, the Department of Political Global Processes, the Department of Political Theory, and the Department of World Economics, among others;
  • We provide two unique academic tracks, from which students may choose:
  1. Russian Language Course, CIEE Core Course, three MGIMO courses, Internship
  2. Russian Language Course, CIEE Core Course, five MGIMO-direct enrollment courses
 CIEE-tailored MGIMO courses (in English):
  • Russia and the United States in Contemporary World Politics (CIEE Core Course: mandatory);
  • Conflicts in the Belt of Russia’s New Borders
  • Political Process in Contemporary Russia
  • Foundations of Russian Foreign Policy
  • Current Energy Policy of Russia
  • Business and Politics in Contemporary Russia
  • Russian and Global Economy
  • Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Russia. Russian Corporate and Business Law
 MGIMO Direct Enrollment (in Russian):
  • Dependent on enrollment numbers and language skills, students may enroll directly in MGIMO courses.
*NOTE: Courses offered depend on student interest and enrollment numbers.

What makes us exceptional:
  • We provide qualified students the opportunity to accrue valuable professional experience through CIEE’s Internship Program. In the study center’s first semester, all interested students have attained internships, interning in leading organizations and businesses such as:
    • Kommersant
    • Agency for Strategic Initiatives
    • Russian Council on International Affairs
    • World Trade Center
  • Facilitated immersion and integration with Russian peers through board game nights, and other activities;
  • Full-immersion into Russian student life through housing in MGIMO dormitories with full-time four-year Russian and Foreign MGIMO students;
  • Three to four-day long trips to Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg and the Republic of Tatarstan’s capital, Kazan;
  • Cultural enhancement activities including visits to ballet performances in the Kremlin Palace Ballet Theatre; excursions to Moscow’s most important museums and points of interest: The Kremlin, The Armoury Chamber, The Tretyakov Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary History, The Great Patriotic War Museum, and Moscow’s largest exhibition center, the VDNKh (The Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy); staff-led “Meet the City” excursions; cinema club.
What happens beyond the program:
  • Students become a part of CIEE’s growing Global Alumni Network, gaining access to worldwide educational, internship and job opportunities;
  • Having gained valuable experience and connections during the program, students often return to Russia to continue their international education and professional life.
Stay in the loop and read about all that we are doing in Moscow and in our St. Petersburg Study Center in our newsletter.

*The courses, trips, excursions, and cultural opportunities are included in the initial program fee.

CFP: “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015 at University of Pittsburgh

Deadline: January 20, 2015

The Center for Russian and East European Studies, the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence, and the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh are 
sponsor​ing​ the annual “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pitt to be held on Friday, March 27, 2015. 

Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, to discussants and an audience. 

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to participate in the symposium. The application form and further information can be found at Limited travel grants are available to help defray travel expenses to Pittsburgh for Symposium participants.

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 20, 2015.
2) Selected students will be notified by February 2015.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2015.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 27, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Gina Peirce at

Workshop: The Eurasia Studies Society

Deadline: January 10, 2015

The Eurasia Studies Society (TESS-GB Europe) 
III. Multi-Disciplinary Doctoral Workshop on Central Asia & the Caucasus
Professional Development:
Publishing, Grants and Policy Engagement

24 January 2015Saturday (from 12.30-18.00)
Royal Holloway, University of London
Senate House, Room 216, University of London, Malet Street London, WC1E 7HU
Convened by Dr Gul Berna Ozcan
School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London

This workshop will provide a platform to exchange ideas and for informed discussion about professional development opportunities for young scholars with presentations from some of the UK’s leading scholars. The sessions will include presentations on publishing academic papers, getting research grants and engaging with the policy community. The event is free and open to all doctoral candidates who have completed their second year of PhD studies and post-doctoral researchers working in any social science discipline with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.  The provisional programme will be available in mid December 2014.  We have limited space and can only offer 25 places for this event.

The deadline for reservations is 10 January 2015.
Send your name, institutional affiliation and a maximum 400-word summary of your PhD dissertation topic and its methodology to the conference manager Dr. Sevket Akyildiz.

CFP: The Human Reimagined

Deadline: January 15, 2015
CFP: The Human Reimagined

We invite contributions to a peer-reviewed volume under the title The Human Reimagined: Posthumanism in Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia, which is under contract with Academic Studies Press.

The enmeshment of the human body with various forms of technology is a phenomenon that characterizes lived and imagined experiences in Russian arts of the modernist and postmodernist eras. In contrast to the post-revolutionary fixation on mechanical engineering, industrial progress, and the body as a machine, the postmodern, post-industrial period probes the meaning of being human not only from a physical, bodily perspective, but also from the philosophical perspectives of subjectivity and consciousness. Galactic advances in cybernetic technologies have prompted humans to reconsider the definition of humanity’s ontological essence.

The Human Reimagined examines the ways in which literary and artistic representations of the body, selfhood, subjectivity, and consciousness illuminate late-Soviet, post-Soviet and postcolonial ideas about the changing relationships among, the individual, technology, and society. Building upon the dreams of the early avant-garde and Bolshevik era, artists and writers of the late- and post-Soviet periods imagined ways of enhancing, transforming, and overcoming the body via cybernetic, computational and other technologies. In response to the crisis of humanism, artists and writers envisioned alternate realities and probed the boundaries of what it means to be human.

The questions we propose to explore are:

§  what constitutes humanity and how are boundaries between human and animal established and blurred;

§  what does it mean to be human as technological instruments and prostheses enhance the body, enabling it to transcend its physiological limits;

§  how does artificially created sentience perform subjectivity and consciousness;

§  to what extent do ideological and political particularities of the Soviet imperial experiment and its demise influenced posthuman fantasies;

§  do postcolonial ideas about hybridity productively illuminate alternate forms of humanity;

§  are postmodern narratives essential for constituting the posthuman or can the posthuman be described and represented in various discourses.

Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to and by January 15, 2015. The deadline for finished articles is Friday, April 3. All submissions will be peer reviewed and you will be notified of acceptance by June 1.

CFP: Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars

Deadline: December 15, 2014

CFP: Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars
Very Bad Things: Material Culture and Disobedience
Call for Proposals—2015 Emerging Scholars Symposium
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites submissions for papers to be given at the Thirteenth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.
What happens when a thing goes bad?  What is an unruly object and how does it get that way? Can an object get out of control? Can it be disobedient? Some things go bad; are some things born bad? How do things express our own dissatisfaction and deviance?

We papers that explore the recalcitrance of things, papers that interrogate the way objects can reflect human frustration or discontent, and papers that investigate the moments when objects resist our intentions or confound our expectations. At these vital junctures, things expand beyond the limits of the human imagination, shaking up our sense of the world and our place in it. This conference will consider how objects unsettle the presumed docile or one-way dynamic between human actors and material things. We welcome presentations that explore material culture in relation to social and political protest, bad design, technological failures, artifacts that surprise, magical objects, hurtful places, the naughty, the broken, the lost, the painful, and the perverse. We encourage papers that reflect upon and promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of material culture studies today.
This conference is not bound by any temporal or geographical limits. Disciplines represented at past symposia include American studies, anthropology, archaeology, consumer studies, English, gender studies, history, museum studies, and the histories of art, architecture, design, and technology. We welcome proposals from graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those beginning their teaching or professional careers.

Submissions: Proposals should be no more than 300 words and include the focus of your object-based research and the significance of your project. Relevant images are welcome.

Programs and paper abstracts from past symposia are posted here:
Send your proposal, with a current c.v. of no more than two pages, to

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision in January 2015. Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide digital images for use in publicity and are required to submit their final papers by March 11, 2015
Travel grants will be available.
2015 Emerging Scholars Co-Chairs
Michelle Everidge Anderson (History of American Civilization) and
Emily Clare Casey (Art History)
University of Delaware

Exchange: Russian/American Educators' Exchange 2015

Deadline: February
Russian/American Educators' Exchange 2015
now accepting applications
American Friends of Russian Folklore invites middle- and high-school teachers to apply for the 2015 season of the Russian/American Educators’ Exchange. Participants travel to rural Russia to collect Russian folklore by filming holiday celebrations, recording local singers, interviewing villagers about traditional lore, and photographing local handicrafts. They experience Russian village life first-hand, living in a village house and eating the local food. 

They also visit Russian rural schools, where they will make presentations about American folklore and meet with Russian teachers to discuss matters of mutual professional interest. Upon return, the American teachers will create and share curriculum materials incorporating some element of the Russian folklore they collected. 

The three folklore expeditions are timed to coincide with important holidays of the Russian traditional calendar: 

• Expedition 1: Easter in Volgograd province, Danilov district. April 8 - April 21 2015 

• Expedition 2: Pentecost/Trinity Week in Smolensk province, Sevsk district. 
May 21 - June 3 2015 

• Expedition 3: Dormition Day traditions and first day of school traditions in Bryansk 
province. August 22 - September 4 2015 

Knowledge of Russian is useful, but not required. Translators will be provided. 

To qualify, you must: 
• hold a valid US passport 
• be employed as a teacher or curriculum specialist at a public or private school 
• teach or work with curriculum at the middle- or high-school level (grades 6-12) 
• prepare an American folklore presentation to share in Russia 
• commit to creating, using and disseminating curriculum materials that incorporate Russian folklore. The curriculum materials can be in any subject. 
• provide a letter of support from your principal 

The program grant covers all expedition travel, food and lodging, including an orientation meeting before departure and flights between New York and Moscow. Participants are responsible for obtaining their visas (around $300) and for travel between their homes and JFK. 

All educators who work with middle- or high-school students or curriculum are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those whose schools are in rural areas --- Census Bureau Locale Codes 41,42 or 43.
Registration for each trip will close 60 days before the trip start date. 

For details and application instructions, visit or email us at