Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CFP: The Stanford US-Russia Forum

Deadline: May 15, 2016 

The Stanford US-Russia Forum, now in its ninth year, is currently recruiting American and Russian students for the  2016-2017 academic year (undergraduate and graduate welcome). Each year twenty American and twenty Russian students are selected for the program, which begins with a fall conference in Moscow followed by eight months of work on collaborative research projects and a capstone conference in the spring at Stanford

It's a great opportunity to do (and publish, and present) high-quality research, to network with students and professionals from around the world, and to travel (last year the group also visited Tyumen and Fort Ross). The
deadline for applications is May 15th, 2016.

Here's the link:

CFP: 5th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation

Deadlines: June 30, 2016 and August 31,2016


Proposal deadline: August 31, 2016

We especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme, “Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing” (see description above). In addition, we warmly welcome abstracts on other subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Archiving matters
  • Assessing success in documentation and revitalization strategies 
  • Community experiences of revitalization
  • Data management
  • Ethical issues
  • Language planning
  • Lexicography and grammar design
  • Methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality
  • Orthography design
  • Teaching/learning small languages
  • Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
  • Topics in areal language documentation
  • Training in documentation methods – beyond the university

Presentation formats
Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of question time.

Posters will be on display throughout the day of presentation. Poster presentations will run during the lunch. Poster presentations are recommended for authors who wish to present smaller, more specific topics, or descriptions of particular projects. 

Electronic posters (e-posters) are opportunities for presentations of software, websites, and other computer-based projects, in an environment that allows face-to-face interaction with the audience. Similar to a traditional poster session, e-poster presenters will use their own laptop computers to display their projects while the audience walks around, watching demonstrations and asking questions. E-poster sessions will take place during lunch in a room with tables and internet access.


Proposal deadline: June 30, 2016

As a special addition to our program this year, we are including a 90-minute block on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to be dedicated to two alternative conference activities: Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions. These activities will run concurrently, and participants will pre-register for Workshops and Talk Story roundtable attendance on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We invite submissions for Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions topics/facilitators addressing the conference theme of “Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing.” These are described below, as well as the nature of the travel support from the NSF.
Talk Story roundtable discussions 
In response to feedback from attendees of previous ICLDCs, this year we are providing a forum for small facilitated discussions about topics related to the conference theme. We invite proposals for 90-minute “Talk Story” (a Hawai‘i Creole English term referring to the sharing and preservation of culturally relevant stories) roundtable discussions. These discussions will be led by an expert discussant and limited to 20-30 attendees per session. Each Talk Story roundtable will be repeated on three days of the conference, allowing ample opportunity for conference attendees to participate in the Talk Story Sessions of their choice. Talk Story sessions are meant to be fully interactive for participants, rather than a one-directional presentation of information. We feel this format is particularly appropriate for more sensitive topics dealing with wellbeing, as well as for intragroup sharing of past successes. 
We also welcome proposals for Workshops on topics broadly relating to language revitalization and wellbeing. Each 90-minute workshop will be held twice over three days of the conference, allowing multiple opportunities for interested attendees to participate. Workshops will accommodate 60–100 participants and are intended to be more presentational and instructional in style than the Talk Story sessions. Appropriate workshop topics will be related to the conference theme and may include instruction in techniques or methods, hands-on activities, etc.
NSF support details - Pending final approval of funding
Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Program, we are able to offer travel assistance up to US$2000 for each selected Workshop and Talk Story Session. Funds will be provided as (partial) flight reimbursements, hotel nights, or per diem payments, to be determined by the ICLDC Executive Committee. In the event that a Workshop or Talk Story Session is jointly presented by more than one individual, the presenter team will inform the ICLDC Executive Committee how to divide the award across the presenters. 



Rules for submission in all categories:
  • Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed. 
  • Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored proposal (including participation in a Workshop or Talk Story Session proposal), or no more than two co-authored proposals. In no case may an author submit more than one individually-authored proposal.
  • Proposals for the NSF-sponsored Workshops and Talk Story Sessions are due by June 30, 2016, with notification of acceptance by July 31, 2016.
  • Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters are due by August 31, 2016, with notification of acceptance by October 1, 2016.
  • We will not be accepting any proposals for panel presentations or colloquia.  
  • Because of limited space, please note that the Abstract Review Committee may ask that some general abstracts submitted as papers be presented as posters or electronic posters instead. 
  • Selected authors will be invited to submit their conference papers to the journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication.

For more information or to submit an online proposal, visit and click on "Call For Proposals."

Job: Program Director of Dartmouth Summer Program in St. Petersburg

Deadline: ASAP

The Russian Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH seeks a Program Director for its Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg. The Director will be responsible for administering the program in collaboration with Dartmouth’s onsite partner, and will teach one course on culture to the group of eight Dartmouth students. The program dates in St. Petersburg are June 17 to August 14.

The successful candidate will possess at least an M.A. in a field related to Slavic studies and have experience leading American students abroad.  The position includes salary, roundtrip airfare from the United States to St. Petersburg, private accommodations in St. Petersburg, and a stipend for program expenses.  Dartmouth and its onsite partner will assist with the visa process, but it is important that the successful applicant be in a position to obtain a visa quickly. Salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their qualifications and relevant experience, and contact information for two references to Professor John Kopper (  Applications will be reviewed as they come in until the position is filled.  Dartmouth College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from members of under-represented groups.

Job: One-year Term Position in Russian Language at St. Olaf College

Deadline: May 20,2016

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college in Northfield Minnesota, invites applications for a one-year, full-time (1.0 FTE) position in Russian language, beginning August 15,2016 (candidates should have earned their Ph.D. by August 15, 2016 , though ABD’s nearing the completion of their degree will be considered). We seek a gifted and enthusiastic language instructor with a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of the Russian Language and Area Studies on our campus. Teaching load is six courses with three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the spring semester. We are on a 4-1-4 calendar and there will be no teaching during the January term. Candidates will teach language courses from beginning through advanced culture-centered language courses including our fourth-year language capstone course. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is absolutely required.

Duties also involve frequent contact with students outside the classroom in recruiting and mentoring. Faculty members are expected to participate fully in department and college activities being available to students, and assisting in college and department functions, such as the Russian House and various Russian activities.

All applications are submitted online at

A complete application includes:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Graduate School Transcript (copy/unofficial is acceptable for initial application)
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Writing Sample
A URL linking to a video example of your teaching
Names and email addresses for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

Completed applications will be reviewed as they come in.  Those who apply by May 20,2016 will be guaranteed full consideration. We will be conducting preliminary interviews over SKYPE.

More information about the department may be found at

General inquiries may be sent to Professor Marc Robinson at No documents can be sent directly to this address as ALL DOCUMENTS must be submitted to the site listed above.

CFP: Heldt Prize

Deadline: May 15,2016

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies invites nominations for the 2016 Competition for the Heldt Prizes, awarded for works of scholarship. To be eligible for nomination, all books and articles for the three prize categories must be published between 15 April 2015 and 15 April 2016. Nominations for the 2016 prizes will be accepted for the following categories:
  1. Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
  2. Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
  3. Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian studies.
One may nominate individual books for more than one category, and more than one item for each category. Articles included in collections as well as journals are eligible for the "best article" prize, but they must be nominated individually. The prizes will be awarded at the AWSS meeting at the ASEEES National Convention in Washington, DC, in November 2016.
To nominate any work, please send or request that the publisher send one copy to each of the four members of the Prize committee by 15 May 2016:

Betsy Jones Hemenway, Chair, Heldt Prize Committee
Women's Studies & Gender Studies/History
116 Crown Center
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Charlotte Rosenthal
457 Mitchell Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Melissa Bokovoy
Department of History
MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1181
Carol Nechemias
314 Oak Hill Drive
Middletown, PA 17057

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CFP: ConCall

Deadline: ASAP

This fall, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the Second Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-2) at Indiana University.

We are now accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minutes for questions and discussion) or poster presentations on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics within the conference theme: “Continuing the Journey: Strengthening the Central Asian Language Community.”

Presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

SUBMISSIONS can include, but are not limited to:
•formal linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as their interfaces)
•acquisition (first and second language acquisition)
•language education/pedagogy, as related to Central Asian languages

Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by a panel of scholars on a basis of interest, originality, timeliness, and relevance to the field, as well as reviewing the methodology and data collection methods and overall clarity and organization of ideas.

For more information click here

CFP: 2016 Historia Nova Prize Competition

Deadline: June 15, 2016

The 2016 Historia Nova competition now invites 2016 nominations for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural  History.  Nominating instructions below.

Background.  Established in 2012 by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and Academic Studies Press, theHistoria Nova Prize recognizes the best scholarly volume originally written and published in English within the preceding two years.  Eligible genres include single and collective-author monographs, collections of articles, and special thematic issues of scholarly journals.  

Past winners are:
2012 Historia Nova: Katerina Clark, Moscow the Fourth Rome (Harvard University Press, 2011);
2013 Historia Nova: Serhii Plokhii, The Cossack Myth: History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires (Cambridge University Press, 2012);
2014 Historia Nova: Valerie Kivelson, Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia (Cornell University Press, 2013).
2016 Historia Nova: Ekaterina Pravilova, A Public Empire:  Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia (Princeton University Press, 2014)
Juried by a five-person international team, with logistical support from the Press, the Historia Nova prize seeks nominations from publishers, literary agencies, universities (and university departments), journals, scholarly organizations, artistic unions, groups, and individuals. 

àNomination instructions.  The 2016 Historia Nova award, to be announced at the November 2016 ASEEES convention (17-20 November, Washington Marriott Wardman Park), will be chosen from nominations submitted to by 15 June 2016.   

The Organizing Committee asks that publishers nominating their own titles send five complimentary copies of the book to:
Academic Studies Press
28 Montfern Avenue
Brighton MA 02135 USA