Friday, August 22, 2014

Job: Assistant Professor, Eurasian History (18th-20th Century), University of Pittsburgh, History

Deadline:  October 15, 2014
 
University of Pittsburgh, History / Assistant Professor, Eurasian History (18th-20th Century)

~~Eurasian History.  The Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh seeks applicants for a tenure-stream assistant professor, beginning fall 2015, pending budgetary approval. We invite applications from candidates working in the area of modern Eurasian history (18th–20th century), in particular the history of Russia and its Eurasian borderlands (Caucasus, Central Asia, East Asia).  Individuals with interests in political, social, economic, and cultural history and who are able to conduct their research in both Russian and another Eurasian language are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, normally including one writing seminar annually, and should be ready to participate in our dynamic program of graduate teaching and research, which is built around cross-regional thematic collaboration. 

We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will contribute to one or more of our transnational thematic fields: Atlantic History, Power and Inequality, Texts and Contexts, and World History (http://www.history.pitt.edu/graduate/transnational-thematic-history.php). 

The appointee will join a department committed to excellence in teaching as well as research in a university with great strength in international and area studies. 

Send letter of application, CV, a single well-selected journal article or book/dissertation chapter, and three letters of recommendation to Chair, Eurasian Search Committee, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA  15260. 

Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2014. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.  Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact:
Chair, Eurasian Search Committee
Department of History University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Primary Category: Russian or Soviet History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Asian History / Studies
Posting Date: 07/02/2014
Closing Date: 10/15/2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Job: Instructor or Senior Instructor of Russian, Portland State University

Deadline: February 2, 2015
 
The Russian Program at PSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for a one-year full-time position teaching undergraduate Russian language. The position is for the academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) beginning September 16, 2015, and is renewable. Informational interviews will be conducted by Skype or phone.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•       Teach 36 credits of undergraduate Russian language and culture courses according to the needs of the program.
•       Be responsible for first and second-year Russian language instruction
•       Maintain regular office hours
•       Participate on program, departmental, college and/or university committees as assigned by the Chair and/or Section Head, and regularly attend faculty meetings.
Minimum Qualifications:
•       Masters degree or equivalent in Russian language, literature, linguistics or related field
•       Experience teaching Russian at the college level
•       Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English

Preferred Qualifications
•       ACTFL OPI training
•       Experience with and affinity for team teaching
•       Experience working with heritage speakers of Russian

To Apply
All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/search. Your application should include the following: letter of interest, CV, sample syllabus, and three letters of recommendation. Your referees must submit recommendation letters (on letterhead and signed) as email attachments to wlldept@pdx.edu or by regular mail to Russian Search Committee, Portland State University, Department of World Languages and Literatures, PO Box 751 (WLL), Portland, OR 97207. Submit all required materials by February 2, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Review will begin on February 2, 2015 and continue until finalists are identified.

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Anna A. Alsufieva
Assistant Professor of Russian
Russian Flagship Program
Department of World Languages & Literatures
Portland State University

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Job: Head Russia & CIS at Polixis, Geneva, Switzerland

Looking for Head Russia & CIS

About Polixis

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Polixis is a leading Swiss company providing specialized research and consultancy on Political, Country, Compliance and Regulatory risks in emerging markets to a client base drawn mainly from Banking, Financial and Risk Management industries.

Position and Location
We are looking for an experienced specialist to head our Russia & CIS team. The chosen candidate will be re­sponsible for a team of 10 analysts and consultants covering the region. This position provides an opportunity to join a growing team and business. The position may evolve into a Chief Operating Officer position for all market areas (MENA and other product lines).

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Given our growing portfolio of clients in other financial cen­ters, application from London, Luxemburg, Moscow, UAE and Singapore will be considered.

Tasks
The chosen candidate will be expected to participate in the areas of research, product development and mar­keting.

The research duties will include the following: Coordination, processing and editing of weekly research coming from local country based analysts; Writing of analytical notes and research on political, regulatory, sanction and other risk related topics covering the CIS; Reviewing research for publication and overseeing weekly publication processes.

Managerial and operational duties will include the following:
Coordination of a portfolio of banking and finance sector clients, and pro-active assistance in their day-to-day needs; Allocation of adequate team resources in managing clients’ demands.

Participation in the design of new product lines and the improvement of existing ones; Representation of the company during industry events; Occasional press interviews representing the company’s view on issues of politics, sanctions and regulatory risk- related issues relevant to the region.

Your profile
Experience within the banking and/or finance environment. A good understanding of the fundamentals and functioning of Risk & Compliance, Asset Management, Private Banking and Commodity Trade Finance is a defi­nite asset.

Experience in research and writing in the area of political and regulatory risk assessments as applied to the private sector.

Excellent writing skills and experience writing articles in the field of political science (in English).

Knowledge of Adobe Indesign publishing software is an asset.

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English is essential for this position. Good knowledge of Russian is key for the position. Excellent reading and research skills in Russian is manda­tory. Knowledge of other regional languages such as Armenian, Azeri (Turkish), Kazakh or Georgian is an asset.

Education
MA and/or PhD in Political Science, Law, International Relations, or Journalism. Any other educational back­ground may be considered in combination with relevant professional experience in political risk, research and compliance functions within the banking industry.

What we offer
An exciting job with prospects of growth together with a dynamically developing company!
Competitive salary!

Application Procedure
Interested candidates are welcome to send their applications to jobs (at) polixis.com with a
subject line “Head Russia & CIS”. Please note that CVs must be accompanied by one or two
samples of the applicants’ analytical research in English (Notes, Policy Briefs, Articles etc).

Job: Senior Analyst Russia & CIS at Polixis, Geneva, Switzerland


About Polixis
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Polixis is a leading Swiss company providing specialized research and consultancy on Political, Country, Compliance and Regulatory risks in emerging markets to a client base drawn mainly from Banking, Financial and Risk Management industries.

Position and Location
We are looking for an experienced Senior Analyst to join our Russia & CIS team.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Given our growing portfolio of clients in other financial cen­ters, application from London, Luxemburg, Moscow, UAE and Singapore will be considered.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Given our growing portfolio of clients in other financial cen­ters, application from London, Luxemburg, Moscow, UAE and Singapore will be considered.

Tasks
The chosen candidate will be expected to participate in the areas of research, product development and mar­keting.

The research duties will include the following: Coordination, processing and editing of weekly research coming from local country based analysts; Writing of analytical notes and research on political, regulatory, sanction and other risk related topics covering the CIS; Reviewing research for publication and overseeing weekly publication processes.

Participation in the design of new product lines and the improvement of existing ones; Representation of the company during industry events.

Your profile
Experience within the banking and/or finance environment. A good understanding of the fundamentals and functioning of Risk & Compliance, Asset Management, Private Banking and Commodity Trade Finance is a defi­nite asset.

Experience in research and writing in the area of political and regulatory risk assessments as applied to the private sector.

Excellent writing skills and experience writing articles in the field of political science (in English).

Knowledge of Adobe Indesign publishing software is an asset.

Languages

Excellent knowledge of English is essential for this position. Good knowledge of Russian is key for the position. Excellent reading and research skills in Russian is manda­tory. Knowledge of other regional languages such as Armenian, Azeri (Turkish), Kazakh or Georgian is an asset.

Education
MA and/or PhD in Political Science, Law, International Relations, or Journalism. Any other educational back­ground may be considered in combination with relevant professional experience in political risk, research and compliance functions within the banking industry.

What we offer
An exciting job with prospects of growth together with a dynamically developing company!
Competitive salary!

Application Procedure
Interested candidates are welcome to send their applications to jobs (at) polixis.com with a subject line “Senior Analyst Russia & CIS”. 

Please note that CVs must be accompanied by one or two samples of the applicants’ analytical research in English (Notes, Policy Briefs, Articles etc).

 Our contacts:
Polixis SàRL
12, Rue du Jeu-de-l’Arc
Geneva, 1207
Switzerland
email: jobs (at) polixis. com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CFP: Conference: Russian Orientalism through Art Production & Education (November 8-9, 2014)

Deadline: September 1, 2014

 Hosted by Cambridge Central Asia Forum & Centre for Development Studies, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT 
 
Conveners:  Aliya de Tiesenhausen, Inessa Kouteinikova, S.S. Saxena, and Prajakti Kalra.
 
From the beginning of the Tsarist Russian advance into the territory of present day Central Asia in the 1850s, Russian intellectuals and artists portrayed the Asian ‘other’ in particular ways. The representations by artists beginning from the latter half of the 19th century when the Khanates of Bukhara, Khiva and Kokand became part of the Russian Empire have persisted over time. The Turkestan Governor-General (1865-1920) and later, during its formative years, the Soviet government played a significant role in sustaining the orientalisation processes in Central Asian territories officially through the means of art instruction and institutions of art. 
 
This conference aims to look at the beginnings of Orientalizing Central Asians in the 1850s and evolution of this sentiment and particularly its use in the colonial agenda of the Russian Empire and later transformation during the Soviet Union in the making of the five Central Asian states in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The images of the ‘Asian other’ have persisted not only in the region but have coloured the perception of modern day citizens of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in a much broader context. 
 
In addressing the period of formation of Central Asian art production, this conference aims to broaden the parameters of art and craft education in relation to economic and social processes in the region.
 
We invite authors to present their views on the ways of seeing different forms of Central Asian art and art production outside of a limited framework or purely aesthetic history of fine arts. 
 
The conference will include keynote addresses and several interdisciplinary panels. We expect the publication of only selected papers (selected authors will be notified shortly after the conference). At this stage unfortunately we are unable to provide travel bursaries and participants are responsible for covering their own costs for travel and accommodation. Conference participants may apply for additional funding from their universities, international organizations or other sponsors. Cost for visa arrangements will also have to be covered by attendees, the organizers intend on providing invitation letters for visa purposes as soon as possible after the deadline for the submission for abstracts, however it is a responsibility of the attendee to arrange the visa on time.
 
Deadlines: The deadline for submitting abstracts, no longer than 500 words, is the 1st of September 2014. Please submit abstracts toorientalism.conference@gmail.com.
 
The authors of accepted papers will be notified by email by the 1st of October 2014. 
 
Those seeking visas need to clearly notify the organizers when submitting their papers so that the paperwork can be sorted immediately in order to help obtain a visa in time. 
 
The topics include, but are not limited to-
 
1.     Russian hegemony and establishment of the Turkestan Government-General
2.     Classifications and associations
Framing CA crafts
Russian colonial analysis of Central Asian crafts and economic obsession with cotton
Von Kauffman’s native policy and flexible approach
Master Craftsmen, Apprentices, Craft learning and Brigades
“High and Low” arts
3.      Diffusing colonial order
Design and process of colonial education
Colonial mass education
Theoretical framework of colonial mass education
Training service labor class in the Turkestan government
4.     Central Asia’s traditional industry
Educating a new bureaucracy
A Russian alternative to madrassas
Women’s vocational schools
The class base of craft education
5.      Originality and colonial exploitation
New Nationalism
Russian definition of arts and Crafts in Central Asia
The formation of Patriotic motifs
6.      The burden of cultural decolonisation
The populists
The nativists
The “in-between” groups
 
Additional information:
 
Where to stay in Cambridge:
Cambridge College’s Room offerings: http://www.cambridgerooms.co.uk/
 
How to get to Cambridge:
Trains from London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street (student discounts available for Railcard 16-25 holders, group discounts also available):
Cambridge Map: http://map.cam.ac.uk
Please refer to www.cambridge-centralasia.org for further information.