Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Research Opportunity for Polish-Speakers

Profs. Brandon Gorman and Sam Jackson at SUNY-Albany are seeking a Polish-speaking research assistant for a project that tracks the global diffusion of distinctly-American conspiracy theories on social media platforms. Candidates should be fluent in Polish and up-to-date on contemporary Polish politics. An interest in qualitative content analysis and/or computational text analysis methods is preferred but not required. Both payment and co-authorship on papers resulting from this project are available. If you are interested, contact Prof. Gorman (

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

CFA: Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois

Deadline: February 17, 2020

For over forty years, the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has provided scholars from around the world with the opportunity to work in our Library's famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Summer Research Laboratory again this year, from June 15 to August 9, 2020. The SRL is open to all scholars with research interests in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Graduate students, academics, independent scholars, librarians, and government employees are encouraged to apply.
About the Program
With hundreds of thousands of volumes in Russian, East European, and Eurasian languages, alongside extensive microfilm collections of rare and archival materials, the University Library at Illinois ranks among the best research collections in the world. The SRL provides scholars with the opportunity to work extensively with these resources, at any stage of their work. Many important books and articles have been written in our collections over the years. Graduate students find a trip to Illinois an excellent way to plan their research and begin work on their dissertations.

The SRL offers scholars the following opportunities:
  • Full access to our Library and its physical and electronic collections.
  • One on one research consultations with the experienced bibliographers of our Slavic Reference Service.
  • Access to scholarly programming and discussion groups on our campus throughout their stay, to help them meet other scholars and learn about new research in progress.

Funding Information
Scholars participating in the Summer Research Laboratory may apply for:
  • up to 12 days of dormitory housing on campus
  • travel grants of up to $500 in support of the trip to Urbana-Champaign
  • research stipends

The SRL is supported by the US Department of State’s Title VIII Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, which exists to support policy-relevant research on the region. 

SRL applicants are also encouraged to consider studying an area language at Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop, located in nearby Bloomington, IN, immediately before or after their participation in the SRL. Those interested in overseas language study are particularly encouraged to pair SRL participation with an application for an IU Title VIII Overseas Fellowship. More information on Indiana’s Title VIII funding opportunities, languages, and the application can be found at the Summer Language Workshop website.

Workshops & Programming

Each year, during the SRL, we host research workshops and training sessions that may be of interest to visitors: please see here for details. This summer, we are hosting the following workshops (please click on the links for more information):

Applications are now open, with the deadline for grant funding being February 10, 2020. REEEC will continue to accept applications for the SRL after the deadline, but they will be at a lower priority for funding.

For further information, please see:
University of Illinois Library:
University of Illinois: Champaign County:

Call for Papers: 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

The deadline for submitting paper, poster, panel and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2020. Please submit your proposal via our website at

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
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:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Deadline: March 20, 2020

The 10th Arctic Workshop of the University of Tartu, Estonia
12–13 June 2020

The Arctic is a region that is commonly associated with animals. It is typical for people in the south to imagine (sub)arctic inhabitants living together with polar bears and reindeer (if not with penguins). Indeed, for thousands of years, human life in the boreal regions has been dependent on animals, probably more than anywhere else in the world. As a result, human-animal relations vary from domestication to avoidance, from socialization to demonization, and from symbolization to ignoring.

Following the success of the last workshop, we plan to continue discussing these different qualities of human-animal relationship through the notions of symbiosis and symbolic value. In biology, symbiosis (from the Greek “living together”) refers to the interaction between two organisms that are in a mutualistic, commensalistic or parasitic relationship. We believe these different aspects deserve a closer look as heuristic conceptual tools for social scientists when discussing domestication, consumption, cohabitation, transportation, diseases, and pet ownership in the Arctic. How do people imagine their relationship with animals? In which situations are these seen as mutually beneficial or parasitic? How are these relationships represented through symbolic means?

Many Arctic regions have animals on their coat of arms. However, as most people now live in settlements, they have rarely seen these animals in person. This also increasingly applies to the descendants of indigenous pastoral nomads and hunters, as once mobile families have given up their traditional livelihoods in the Artic regions. In these changing settings, what kind of relationships with animals exist in urban islands of the North? What is the animals’ economic or spiritual value (as transport animals, sources of fur, companionship, hunting game, means of sacrifice, tourist attractions, accumulation of wealth, etc.)? What is the symbolic value of animals which once were present and are now represented by folklore dance groups or artists as part of their indigenous culture? What is the role of familiar human companions such as dogs in the changing patterns of northern livelihoods? How is the food of indigenous communities (reindeer, whales, bears, birds, fish, etc.) valued and used in the transformed social, legal and environmental contexts? We wish to address these and related questions in the workshop in Tartu.

Our goal is to assemble a truly interdisciplinary collection of presentations that will focus on the cultural and social side of the topic, contributing to a better understanding of the economic, political or ecological aspects in general. Therefore, we encourage participation not only by anthropologists, but also by economists, political scientists, historians, human geographers, biologists and others. The informal nature of the workshop is suited for senior scholars discussing their research results and also for PhD students who have fieldwork experience in the region.

As a keynote speaker we are proud to announce Riina Kaljurand from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. She is one of the coordinators of the application of Estonia to join the Arctic Council as an observer and will deliver a speech about Estonia’s vision of the Arctic policy.

We kindly request you to send your abstract (up to 300 words) to by the 20th of March 2020.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Call for Nominations: Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2020

Deadline: March 15, 2020

The program is open to students enrolled in or accepted to a master’s or PhD program, particularly those interested in careers in government, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Applicants with a master's degree who plan to obtain a PhD and are currently employed in the field of international relations and Russian/Eurasian affairs, with a proven record of commitment to the field, are welcome to apply. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Russian. The symposium will take place June 22 to August 2
Successful applicants will receive full support for tuition, housing, and transportation. The symposium takes place at the Middlebury Institute’s campus in Monterey, California.
Applications should include the following:
  • Cover sheet*
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose (maximum 600 words)
  • Abstract of current research (maximum 200 words)
  • Details of Russian language proficiency (maximum 200 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation (please email directly to Professor Anna Vassilieva and Dr. Kelly McGee).
  • Official transcripts, from each post-secondary institution attended
All applications must be in English, and should be submitted electronically to Professor Anna Vassilieva, GIRS Director: and Dr. Kelly McGee, GIRS Deputy Director: In addition to the above application materials, selected candidates may participate in a Skype interview with Professor Vassilieva and Dr. McGee. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance by March 25, 2020. For more information on the program, please click here
*Please note that the cover sheet should list all documents submitted for consideration. This ensures that we are receiving a full application package and can follow up on pieces that may not have been delivered.  

Monday, January 27, 2020

CFP: Migration as a Narrative: Russian-Speaking Identities and Communities in Space and Time

Deadline: February 18, 2020

The University of Edinburgh, 18-19 June 2020

Migration is a constant feature of the current age of ‘liquid modernity’, transforming societies into a collection of diasporas (Bauman). Research in Russian speaking mobility offers a valuable contribution to both the theoretical and empirical aspects of migration and mobility studies. While Russian speakers have crossed state boundaries for centuries, the collapse of the Soviet Union has created an unprecedented environment for mobility and diasporic processes of Russophones, destabilising hegemonic relations between the centre and the periphery and producing emerging conditions including ‘beached diasporas’, ‘Global Russians’, ‘virtual Russophonia’, and ‘transnational Russian cultures’, to name but a few. Currently, the geography of Russian-speaking communities outside Russia is wider than ever with the overall population comparable in size to that of the Russian Federation.

Discourse perspectives have recently marked a theoretical shift in migration research. Mobility is intrinsically discursive as space, communities, identities and belonging are constructed in narratives - those produced by migrants and those about migrants. What do these stories – written and oral, visual and multimodal, fictional and real – tell us about Russian-speaking movers across the world? As the Russian speakers populate the ‘third space’ (Bhabha) of diasporic sites, and as these sites turn to the ‘zones of intense cutting-edge creativity’ (Karim), what are the discursive manifestations and articulations of this condition? And how do the current migration narratives of Russophones compare with those produced in other ‘waves’ of migration from Russia and the Soviet Union?

We invite proposals for individual papers from colleagues who use discourse-based approaches to Russophone communities outside the Russian Federation from a variety of disciplines in humanities and social sciences: sociolinguistics, (linguistic) anthropology, discourse studies, narrative studies, conversational analysis, literary and film studies, communication and media studies, socio-political disciplines and other areas. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV are to be submitted by no later than Tuesday 18 February 2020 to Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke


  • Abstracts by 18 February 2020
  • Responses to proposals by 28 February
  • Dates of the Conference 18-19 June 2020

There is no conference fee. Paper presenters will be offered free tea and coffee, lunch and a conference dinner.
Non-paper giving participants will be asked to contribute to coffee breaks and dinner.
We will be able to offer a modest contribution towards travel for three graduate students on a competitive basis.

Announcement: 2020 Institute for Curriculum & Campus Internationalization at Indiana University

Deadline: April 21, 2020

Attention, College & University Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

This institute will help you and your institution prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. ICCI provides the highest quality learning environment for you to think more deeply and productively about the internationalization of your campus, department, program, curriculum, and courses.

ICCI includes two distinctive tracks with individualized workshops led by experts in international education (Course and Campus tracks). Whole group highlights include key presentations by national leaders, interactive sessions to identify common ground among disparate campus audiences, an Innovative Internationalization Best Practices discussion panel, a multi-regional cultural evening for networking, and a summative Taking Action session that includes communication strategies for institution-wide internationalization.

If you are new to internationalization, consider joining the optional pre-institute workshop, The Increasingly Comprehensive World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context.

Registration now open. Space is limited.

  • Institute- $475 (includes all events, materials, all meals except 1 dinner)
  • Pre-institute- $100 (includes materials & meals).

Scholarships: Faculty, staff, and administrators from community colleges and minority-serving institutions can apply for a scholarship to offset the cost of ICCI registration. 

Dates: May 17-20, 2020

Location: Indiana University, Bloomington

Registration Deadline: April 21, 2020

Details/contact information:

For Questions:

Proud to be partnering with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education, and supported in part by Department of Education Title VI Funding.