Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CFP: Conference, March 22, 2019; London

Deadline: October 15, 2018 

Call for Conference Papers
Russia: Courtly Gifts and Cultural Diplomacy
Friday 22 March 2019
Conference 10.00-18.00; Drinks reception 18.00-20:30
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

A collaboration between Royal Collection Trust, Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre and The Burlington Magazine, this one-day international academic conference takes its cue from the exhibition, ‘Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs’, to be held at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, from 9 November 2018 to 28 April 2019.

The exhibition explores the relationship between Britain and Russia and their royal families through the stories of art and objects in the Royal Collection, charting a history of alliance, dynastic marriage, and war. Over a long historical timeframe beginning with Peter the Great’s visit to London in 1698, the display of portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé will illustrate historic events, state ceremony, and family meetings between the rulers of the two nations.

For further information, visit the website of the Royal Collection at: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/russia-royalty-the-romanovs/the-queens-gallery-buckingham-palace

The conference ‘Russia: Courtly Gifts and Cultural Diplomacy’will explore themes of courtly gift-giving and cultural diplomacy between Russia and the west, a history that sits within the broader framework of the history of British-Russian state and cultural relations. Scholarly research in these areas has flourished over the past few decades, and continues to generate debate and activity as the discipline of history itself has developed to encompass the study of material culture; sensory history and the history of emotions; domestic history; histories of power, ceremony and ritual; and internationalism and cross-cultural exchange. Increasing access to archives and the availability of new methodologies, not least the advent of the ‘digital’ humanities, have provided further opportunities for cutting-edge research. This conference accordingly embraces innovative methodologies from disciplines including history, art history, literature, area studies, and anthropology to explore ways in which Russia’s international relations have been forged, fermented and fractured by the exchange of material objects in the social, cultural and political spheres.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited on the following themes:

· practices of gift-giving between the British and Russian monarchies and governments

· British-Russian cultural exchange at state and diplomatic level

· interactions between cultural diplomacy, art and politics

· cultural diplomacy and nationalism/imperialism

· gift-exchange in the formation of royal collections

· royal portraits as gifts

· the exchange of court artists, craftsmen and other cultural producers

· the role of ambassadors and cultural mediators

· royal photographs, photographs of royalty

· royal patronage in the cross-cultural context

· gift-giving and domestic court life

· family, marriage, and dynastic ties

· material culture and gift-giving

· the material accompaniments of royal travel and state visits

· transcultural ritual and ceremony

· custom, convention and protocol

· societies promoting cultural exchange between governments

· the forging of cultural links between state departments

· British artists and makers and Russian royal patronage (e.g., Godfrey Kneller, Christopher Galloway, George Dawe, Christina Robertson, Charles Cameron)

· Russian artists and makers and British royal patronage (e.g., Carl Fabergé, Savely Sorine)

Paper topics should relate to a British-Russian or British-Soviet context and, to complement the exhibition, may address any period from the late seventeenth to the mid twentieth century.

Papers shall be twenty minutes long and will be organised into panels of two to four papers, with time allocated for questions on all papers at the end of each session.

Participation in the conference for both speakers and delegates will include an opportunity to visit the exhibition and an early evening drinks reception.

In accordance with the event policy for conferences held at The Queen’s Gallery, the conference organisers will not be able to reimburse travel expenses or arrange accommodation for speakers. Some limited funding may become available as a result of grant applications that are in progress; if you wish to be considered for this, please provide an estimate of costs as part of your proposal.

Further information
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to Dr Louise Hardiman (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre) at courtlygifts2019@gmail.com. Please include a paper title, your name, institution (if applicable), brief biography, and full contact information (address, phone number, and email). Any questions about the conference may also be sent to the above email address.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 15 October 2018.

Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) is an academic collaboration between the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge and The Courtauld Institute of Art. CCRAC promotes research, collaboration and scholarly debate on all aspects of the visual arts, architecture, design, and exhibitions in Russia and the Soviet Union. For further information see www.ccrac.org.uk.

Organising Committee
Caroline de Guitaut (Royal Collection Trust), Dr Louise Hardiman (CCRAC), Professor Rosalind P. Blakesley (University of Cambridge and CCRAC), Professor John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art and CCRAC) and Michael Hall (Editor, The Burlington Magazine).

Friday, August 31, 2018

CFA: The Open Research Laboratory at Illinois

Spots are still available for the Open Research Lab (ORL), August 27 and September 29, 2018! A great time to follow-up on summer research or fit in research early in the academic year - this program is aimed at scholars who wish to visit the University of Illinois in order to work in our Library's famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. An expansion of Illinois’ famed Summer Research Laboratory, the ORL is open to researchers from all fields at all stages of their work, from initial conception to final revision.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Scholars participating in the Open Research Laboratory may apply for:

* up to 5 days of housing on campus;

* travel grants of up to $500 for their trip to Urbana-Champaign;

* research stipends

They are also welcome to attend all campus programming and public talks at the Center during their stay. We are happy to introduce them to local students and scholars, as well as to make arrangements for them to present their work in progress for discussion.

The ORL is supported by the U.S. State Department 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.

For more information and to apply, please see https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/open-research-laboratory/

CFP: Making the New Man, International Conference; St. Petersburg, Russia

Deadline: October 20, 2018

Making the New Man: Scientific and Artistic Experiments in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, 1900–1939
International Conference
St. Petersburg State University
St. Petersburg, Russia
May 16–18, 2019

“Man ought to be renewed”
Maxim Gorky, 1906

In 1901 H. G. Wells published a series of essays titled Anticipations, in which he envisioned profound influences that rapidly developing science and technology were about to exert “upon human life and thought” in the course of the unfolding century. In the follow-up Mankind in the Making, he expanded this vision by focusing specifically on the effects of anticipated scientific, technological, and social advances “upon the evolution of man.” Both Anticipations and its sequel exemplified the recent resurgence of interest in the old idea – dating as far back as Plato’s Republic and Thomas More’s Utopia – of the “new man”. Indeed, in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century scores of writers, scientists, and artists in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and elsewhere produced their own visions of the “coming man”. US writer Edward Bellamy’s novel Looking Backward (1888), French immunologist and physiologist Charles Richet’s essay Dans cent ans (1891–92), Italian psychiatrist Paolo Mantegazza’s novella L’Anno 3000 (1897), German journalist Arthur Brehmer and artist Ernst Lübbert’s compilation Die Welt in hundert Jahren (1910), and many other cultural productions considered the future development of humanity. They debated its tempos: a slow evolution, stretching over millennia, as in H. G. Wells’s story “The Man of the Year Million” (1893), or a rapid revolution, taking no longer than a single century as in Richet’s essay. 

They thought about its modes as primarily spiritual, anatomical, physiological, moral, intellectual, technological, or social. They discussed its possible units: an individual, a family, a community, a nation, a race, or entire humankind. They speculated on its ultimate directions and results: the divergence, degeneration, and eventual extinction of the human species or human biological perfection and the emergence of a “God-man,” a “communal mind,” an “Übermensch,” and a symbiotic “super-organism.” They contemplated its various agents and agencies: the will of God(s) and the wishes of men, the laws of Nature and the laws of History, communal mores and societal conventions, the state’s bureaucracies and the world’s leading scientists and engineers. And many of them reflected upon a variety of possibilities offered by the contemporary advances in biomedical science and technology to direct human future evolution to a desired end.

The goal of our conference is to explore the fantastic visions of, and the actual experiments in, “making the new man” in one particular setting – the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. The revolutionary transformations of 1917 boosted scientific fantasies of engineering human evolution, and the young Soviet republic of the 1920s and 1930s became a stage for astounding experiments in medicine, biology, psychology, pedagogy, literature, art, and cinema, all aimed at exploring the possibilities of making the “new man”. By focusing on the first forty years of the twentieth century, we hope to uncover continuities and discontinuities in elaborating the concept of the “new man” across the customary divide of the Great War and 1917 revolutions, as well as to explore similarities and differences between the concurrent Russian/Soviet and other/Western visions of the “new man”. By combining the perspectives of different disciplines, we want to examine the continuous interaction and cross-fertilization among major cultural domains (natural and social sciences, theater, education, literature, medicine, religion, cinema, and the fine arts) in the construction of the new man. Of primary interest are the mechanics and dynamics of interconnections between the biomedical visions, and actual experiments, of perfecting human beings, on one hand, and the expression and transformation of these visions and experiments in literature, cinema and the arts, on the other.

Topics relevant to the conference include (but are not limited to):
Western visions of the new man as reflected and/or transformed in Russian/Soviet science and literature
The mechanisms of human evolution in Russian/Soviet thought
The construction units of making the new man
The dualities of the new man: biology and sociology, nature and nurture, inborn and learned, body and mind, normal and pathological in various cultural forms and practices (from clinics to novels and from movies to laboratories)
The dreams and realities of proletarian culture and proletarian science
Eugenics, bourgeois and proletarian
Pro-creation of the new man: sex, love, marriage, family, and children
The new biological man on canvas, stage, and screen
“Biomechanics” and “psychotechnics” of the new man

Guidelines for Submission
If you are interested in presenting a paper at this conference, please send a 300-500 word-long abstract and a brief biographical statement to the following address: new_man@spbu.ru
The deadline for proposals is October 20th, 2018. Decisions will be announced on November 1st, 2018.
The working languages of the conference are Russian and English

Job: Assistant Professor, at the University of California, Berkeley

Deadline is October 25, 2018. 

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), in the area of Balkan/South Slavic Studies. The expected start date is July 1, 2019. 

The department seeks a specialist in South Slavic Languages/Literatures/Cultures whose primary focus is Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS).
This may include specializations in literature, folklore, linguistics, and/or the cultural history of the region. Candidates will be expected to supervise BCS language instruction and should be able to teach BCS at the advanced level. Expertise in additional Slavic languages is welcomed. 

For more details about the position, including required qualifications and application materials, please visit:

Questions, contact issahr@berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley is an AA/EEO employer.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Announcements: Ask Aleksandra, AWSS Newsletter

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The AWSS newsletter invites all members to send questions
for our advice column: Ask Aleksandra. The deadline for
submissions to the next newsletter is October 1.

With more than two decades of experience in Slavic Studies
and lots of chutzpah, Aleksandra will share with you her
hard-won wisdom. Under a cloak of anonymity, you can
safely ask Aleksandra anything you like, and in doing so
you'll help not just yourself but probably others as well
who no doubt have the same questions. Please send
your questions to awssnewsletter@gmail.com and put
“Ask Aleksandra” in the subject line.

If you did not see our most recent newsletter, it is available
on-line at

CFA: Short-Term Grants, Kennan Institute, Washington D.C.

Deadline: September 15, 2018
Reminder: Title VIII Short-Term Grants Deadline Approaching

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

The Kennan Institute offers Title VIII Short-Term Grants to scholars whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and the countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for Title VIII Short-Term Grants.

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

CFA: Senior Editor of /Aspasia/

Deadline: October 1, 2018

/Aspasia,/ an international, peer-reviewed annual of women’s
and gender history of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe
(CESEE) published by Berghahn Journals, invites applications for
a new senior editor or team of co-editors. Founded in 2007,
/Aspasia/ was created to help move the European history of
women and gender beyond the Western European perspective.
For over a decade, the journal has been dedicated to furthering
historical research on women and gender in CESEE. It has
emphasized research that examines the ways gender intersects
with other categories of social organization and has advanced
work that explores transnational aspects of women’s and
gender histories within, to, and from CESEE. Throughout its
existence, /Aspasia/ has provided an important venue for
scholars working in CESEE itself to publish their research for
a wide audience.

/Aspasia/’s approach to women’s and gender history has been
purposefully eclectic. The journal’s scope extends from the
former Habsburg Monarchy to the former Soviet Union, from
the Baltics to the Balkans and to all time periods. Articles
published in /Aspasia/ have covered a rich variety of topics
and historical eras, as well as a wide range of methodologies
and approaches to the history of women and gender. Past
themes for issues have included: the history of feminism,
gender history and everyday life, gendering spiritualities and
spiritualisms, women’s autobiographical writing, rethinking
empire, gendering the Cold War, and women and violence.
In addition to formal articles, /Aspasia/ has published forums
with leading scholars working on the CESEE region on topics
such as Communism and feminism, the state of women’s
and gender history in CESEE and the development of
women’s and gender studies as an interdisciplinary field

We seek a new senior editor or team of co-editors who will
bring new and innovative ideas to the journal and work with
continuing members of the current editorial team to further
/Aspasia/’s work as a leading force in the field of women’s
and gender history in and about CESEE. The new senior
editor will begin work immediately on volume 14, which will
come out in 2020.

Applications to edit /Aspasia/ should include 1) a written
proposal explaining your vision for Aspasia and detailing
your editorial philosophy and editorial experience 2) a
curriculum vitae for the proposed editor and all co-editors.

Completed applications are due by October 1, 2018. They
should be sent via email to Professor Francisca de Haan at