Monday, July 25, 2016

CFP: Migration and Refugees in the Balkans and East Central Europe between the Fifteenth and Twentieth Centuries

DEADLINE: September 30, 2016

Call for journal articles (Hungarian Historical Review - issue 2017/3)

Migration and Refugees in the Balkans and East Central Europe between the Fifteenth and Twentieth Centuries

The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its third issue in 2017, the theme of which will be “Migration and Refugees in the Balkans and East Central Europe”

Special Editors: Ulf Brunnbauer & Gábor Demeter

Migration and refugee flight have always been key phenomena in the Balkans and East Central Europe, shaping both the ethnic-religious character of the region and its social and economic structures. Some of the consequences of population movement are obvious,such as ethnic diversity or ethnic homogeneity, and movements of peoples have often been a cause or at least a pretext for tensions and political divisions in the region. Other consequences are less immediately apparent, including the contributions of migration to the economic development of the region. One of the key aims of this thematic issue is to draw attention to these less frequently emphasized effects of migration and population movement from a longue durée perspective (increased economic potential, contributions to social and cultural innovation, facilitation of the division of labor, as well as the complexities of the processes of integration/exclusion/re-integration).

Economic considerations are relevant, but other phenomena related to migration, such as the motives for mass migrations from micro and macro perspective, the religious and social composition of migrant groups, and the perceptions of migrants and refugees among the majority populations also merit examination. The goals of migrant groups, the problems that arise because of population movement, and the ideas of decision-makers concerning the ways in which to address these problems should also be taken into consideration in order to reveal interactions among different groups of agents.

Another key topic is the processes of integration into the socio-economic system. The questions one might consider include:
  • what cultural-economic-political niches did migrants and refugees fill;
  • how was the preservation of migrant culture promoted, or how did government policies focus instead on diminishing differences and promoting assimilation;
  • to what extent did population movement (migration/refugees) contribute to changes in the ruling elites or in economic systems;
  • how were different groups of newcomers dealt with by governments.
We welcome articles on both spontaneous and forced, internal (within a country) and interregional (within for instance the Balkans or Central Europe), and international migration (also from a micro perspective), as well as shifts that were sudden or slow.

We welcome case studies, studies based on also on comparative approaches, and studies that offer overviews of a topic or perspective of inquiry, such as studies in microhistory, longue durée, temporal or spatial comparisons (for instance perceptions of refugees and migrants, shifts in the policies of a given state or nation concerning migrants over the course of centuries, differences in the attitudes of several countries regarding the same migrant group), etc. Differences in behavior and the immigration culture of homogeneous and heterogeneous host nations could also be considered.

We invite the submission of abstracts on the questions and topics raised above.

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical sketch with a selected list of the author’s five most important publications (we do not accept full CVs).

The editors will ask the authors of selected papers (max. 10,000 words) to submit their final articles no later than January 31, 2017. The articles will be published after a peer-review process.

We provide proofreading for contributors who are not native speakers of English.

All articles must conform to our submission guidelines: .

Proposals should be submitted by email: 

The Hungarian Historical Review is a peer-reviewed international quarterly of the social sciences and humanities the geographical focus of which is Hungary and East-Central Europe.

For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website:

Friday, July 22, 2016

CFA: 2 research assistant positions at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

2 positions as a research assistant (PhD student) and 2 PhD scholarships
at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich and Regensburg, Germany)

Beginning November 15, 2016 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers the following doctoral positions: up to 2 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 2 PhD scholarships.
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a cooperative venture organized by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
  • Cultural Systems
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.

For further information see:

Beginning November 15, 2016 available for 11,5 months with the option of extension for another 24,5 months the Graduate School offers the following doctoral positions:

  • up to 2 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 2 PhD Scholarships.
These positions are assigned to conduct an independent PhD project. The remuneration is based on Grade E 13 (65%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. It includes a teaching obligation of one semester hour per week.

PhD Scholarships:

PhD Scholarships are awarded with a basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

Both forms of doctoral positions can be realized either at the LMU Munich or at the Universität Regensburg, depending on the advisor’s assignment.

The holders of both the doctoral positions and the scholarships will be expected to successfully conduct an independent research project which contributes to the Graduate School’s research fields. Participation in the Graduate School’s seminars and qualification programme is mandatory. In an international working environment the Graduate School offers ideal conditions for the realization of excellent PhD-projects in the Humanities as well as in Social and Legal Studies which focus on East and Southeast Europe and the entanglements of this region with other regions of the world. The Graduate School is part of the centers for East and Southeast European studies at both sites which beside the universities include non-university research institutions. As an international research institution the Graduate School also explicitly invites applications from foreign candidates. The Graduate School’s seminars are bilingual (German and English). Appropriate language skills are expected.


  • very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, Diploma, State Examination or equivalent degree)
  • independent research project within the fields of interest to the Graduate School
  • interest in interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives
  • knowledge of German and English
  • knowledge of the language of the object of studies
  • research proposal of 4 to 6 pages
  • work plan and time schedule
  • letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • degree certificates (after higher education entrance qualification)
  • abstract of the Master’s thesis
  • list of publications if applicable
  • references by two university professors
Please submit the complete application online:

Deadline for applications is August 15, 2016.

Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with the two speakers of the Graduate School, the Admission Committee and their future advisors in Munich on October 4, 2016. Following the interview, the Admission Committee will decide on the candidate’s admission to the Graduate School and the offer of a research assistant position or a PhD scholarship.
The Graduate School is committed to the compatibility of family and career. It therefore encourages applications from women. As an international research institution, the School welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential consideration. If applicable, please mention the disability in the application.

Please refrain from making requests before October 4th, 2016.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Caroline Fricke
Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
LMU Munich
Maria-Theresia-Straße 21
81675 Munich

Dr. Heidrun Hamersky
Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Universität Regensburg
Landshuter Straße 4
93047 Regensburg

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

Job: National Foreign Language Resource Center - Online Professional Development Facilitator

DEADLINE: August 1, 2016
The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) seeks an energetic and knowledgeable online facilitator for a national project. If you are an online K-16 foreign language teacher with an interest in the development of materials for online instruction, we encourage you to apply.  This is a unique opportunity to lead an online professional development series exclusively designed for online foreign language teachers. This Online Language Pedagogy (OLP) module will be the second of a series of three modules developed and offered annually by the NFLRC in collaboration with North Carolina Virtual Public School. The 2015 module is available at

Position Description
This position will entail facilitating five 2-hour weekly sessions of a professional development module on materials development for online foreign language teachers. Various professionals in the field are invited to give presentations on topics in their area of expertise. Sessions are synchronous, in webinar format, and start September 28 and end on October 26, 2016. The facilitator is expected to:
  • give a brief overview of the topic for each session and introduce each speaker;
  • moderate a discussion after the topic has been presented (with support from the NFLRC staff);
  • wrap up each session;
  • communicate with participants through email as needed;
  • assess participants’ tasks;
  • provide feedback to improve the materials.

Minimum Requirements
  1. At least 3 years of experience teaching K-16 foreign language online at an accredited institution.
  2. Demonstrated experience facilitating professional development for foreign language teachers.
  3. Experience or interest in the design and development of instructional materials for online teaching and learning.
Applicant must reside and be authorized to work in the U.S.
Funded by a Title VI grant, the NFLRC aims to expand the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively through research and materials development projects. The primary audience for most NFLRC endeavors is language instructors and applied linguists.

Application Instructions
Submit a cover letter explaining how you meet the minimum requirements and a C.V. to by August 1, 2016.

Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Fall 2016 UW Madison

DEADLINE: ASAP, beginning July 25, 2016 

The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at the University of Wisconsin – Madison announces a one-semester position for a Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall 2016 to teach two courses: one advanced course in Russian language and literature (taught entirely in Russian to students beyond fourth-year Russian) and one course on Soviet literature in translation, with an optional discussion section in Russian. Active research agenda and readiness to perform service on departmental committees is expected. The successful candidate would need to be on campus by Monday, 29 August 2016, and classes begin on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

Ph.D. in hand strongly preferred; however, ABD applicants will be considered, in which case the title would be Lecturer. The applicant should have experience teaching Russian language and literature at a North American university, including at least two semesters’ experience teaching Russian language and one semester’s experience teaching Russian literature in translation. Native or near-native proficiency in both Russian and English is expected.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting 07/25/2016 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references by email to:

Professor Irina Shevelenko
Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

CFA: Fund Global Fellows Program (Princeton): The Culture and Politics of Resentment

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

The Fung Global Fellows Program, inaugurated in the 2013-14 academic year, reflects Princeton University’s commitment to engaging with scholars from around the world and inspiring ideas that transcend borders. The program brings exceptional international early-career faculty members working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration.  It is administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), which serves as a site for integration and joint activity across all of the University's international and area studies programs.

Each year, the Fung Global Fellows Program selects six international scholars to be in residence at Princeton for one academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The program includes a public seminar series where the fellows will present their work to the university community. Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process to scholars employed outside the United States who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement, exhibit unusual intellectual promise, and are still early in their careers.

The 2017-18 program theme is “The Culture and Politics of Resentment.” We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences.
Resentment is a powerful emotion for expressing culture and politics. Experiences and memories of humiliation, oppression, and marginalization have stimulated emotions of resentment, and produced compelling demands for political inclusion and justice around the world. Alternatively, rage against what is seen as the “tyranny of the minority,” inequality, the corruption and aloofness of elites, the “foreign,” and the illegitimate have generated powerful populist upsurges against the perceived enemies of a homogeneous body of “the people.”  The goal of the 2017-18 Fung Global Fellows cohort will be to explore the full range of phenomena involved in the culture and politics of resentment, the conditions that produce such sentiments, and the projects they advance.  We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences.

Applications are due on November 1, 2016. All applications need to be submitted through the online application portal.

For eligibility requirements and application specifics, as well as a list of frequent questions, please review the following pages of this website.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CfP: From Josef K to Lustration: Bureaucracy in Central Europe

DEADLINE: September 5, 2016 

23-24 February 2017, New York University, Prague

The image of the bureaucrat stamping piles of documents is recognizable as a Central European cultural trope. Labyrinths of paper and faceless institutional corridors have long been part of the literary imagination of the region. In East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars, historian Joseph Rothschild suggests that bureaucracy was a feature both typifying this region and stunting its growth. But bureaucratic organization is a staple of any modern state (Weber). Why then is it seen as a particular fetish, and downfall, of Central Europe? How did such a stereotype arise and how can it be challenged? How do ideas of at once hyperactive and dysfunctional bureaucracies relate to the notions of stunted progress which have characterized the region? And how can a study of bureaucracy unseat the very idea of Central Europe? The organizers invite reflections on both state and private (corporate) bureaucracies and the myth of bureaucratic coherence, as well as notions of efficiency and inefficiency.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals from graduate students and early career researchers in a range of humanities and social sciences working on the Central European region in the broadest possible sense. We encourage submissions pertaining, but not limited to work with institutional archives and materiality, representations of bureaucracy and the bureaucrat, anthropological and sociological investigations of embodied experiences of bureaucracy, and studies of institutional change and continuity over time under imperial, authoritarian, and democratic regimes. Despite the twentieth-century examples in the title, the organizers seek submissions relating to earlier historical periods too. Submissions which take a trans-national, trans-imperial and pan-regional view are particularly welcome.

Keynote speaker: Ben Kafka (New York University)

The language of the conference is English. In fine bureaucratic tradition, submissions should include a 300 word abstract and a CV. The deadline for applications is 5 September, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be made before 30 September 2016.

Submissions should be sent to Rosamund Johnston and Veronika Pehe at and The conference will be sponsored by New York University and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. Contributions towards travel and accommodation are available.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Job: Tenure-Track in Russian Language, St. Olaf College

DEADLINE: October 8, 2016

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure-track position in Russian language at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2017 (candidates should have earned their Ph.D. by August 2017, 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. St. Olaf is on a 4-1-4 calendar and in general there will be no teaching during the month of January.  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. In addition, there are opportunities for Independent Research courses with students as well as Undergraduate Research.
All applications are submitted online at  A complete application includes:

St. Olaf College has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and, in that spirit, actively encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education. We value input of multiple
viewpoints and perspectives; our goal is to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

1.      Cover Letter - please briefly address research interests and potential for involving students in research projects.
2.      Curriculum Vitae
3.      Graduate School Transcript (copy/unofficial is acceptable for initial application)
4.      Statement of Teaching Philosophy
5.      Writing Sample
6.      A URL linking to a video example of your teaching

In addition, please provide the names and emails of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (we only ask for references’ names and emails; St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening. Completed applications will be reviewed as they come in. 
The St. Olaf Russian Language and Area Studies Department strives for a diverse and collaborative community of teachers and scholars that provides a lively and supportive environment for our students.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective. More information about the department may be found at
General inquiries about the position, department or college 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.

Application review will begin on October 8, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.