Thursday, July 23, 2015

Job Posting: Head, Security Cooperation, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Deadline: August 6, 2015, August 12, 2015 is closing date

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Head of Security Co-operation
Level: Middle Management
Area of Expertise: Military Affairs
Vacancy number: VNBAHS00721
Duty station: Sarajevo
Apply by: August 6
View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: by August 6. Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

- Advanced university degree in security studies, or a related discipline. Expertise or formal training in counter-terrorism is an asset.
- A minimum of 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position. Extensive experience in the field of security policy and politico-military affairs with appointments in relevant national and international agencies.
- Senior serving or retired police, military or security agency officer or suitably qualified civilian;
- Strong understanding of both the security sector situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly its institutions and bodies, and the overall political situation;
- Comprehensive understanding of policy matters both within European and Euro-Atlantic security and defense structures;
- Demonstrated understanding and experience of the comprehensive approach to security and the concept of inclusive security;
- Experience in program planning and management; managerial experience;
- Knowledge of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH and key OSCE politico-military documents;
- Professional fluency in English, both oral and written; working knowledge of the local languages is desirable; experience in memorandum and report writing;

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Security Co-operation Section is the focal point in the Mission for activities and support in developing the BiH National capacity in the security sector. The Head of the Security Co-operation Section leads and supervises the work of the section on all security sector activities. He/she advises the Head of Mission (HoM), Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) and other senior mission officials, and other organizations as required, on all relevant security policy issues. He/she is responsible for the effective operational and administrative running of the Section. He/she ensures that activities are implemented in line with project objectives and priorities, and in adherence to the OSCE Project Cycle Management System. The Head of Security Co-operation Section engages in long-term planning, in developing policy, programs and projects and in budget and personnel matters. Specific duties include:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating policy, projects and activities related to the Mission's security sector work;
  • Directing and supervising the work of the Security Co-operation Section to ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely, efficient and effective manner;
  • Providing expert security sector advice to the Head of Mission, Deputy Head of Mission, mission senior staff and other organizations as required; providing advice in relation to all areas of the security sector with particular focus on counter-terrorism, security sector governance and reform and arms control;
  • Representing the Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission as necessary at related forums in BiH and abroad;
  • Maintaining appropriate liaison with relevant international organizations, domestic institutions including security and defense related bodies, relevant embassies and other groups as required;
  • Providing guidance to all staff of the Section to facilitate achievement of established goals; facilitating or initiating formulation and dissemination of guidelines and other tools to set standards for security sector activities; ensuring the Section's compliance with organizational policies and principles; supervising six staff members;
  • Providing appropriate input for the Section's budget and personnel planning;
  • Performing other duties as required.

Job Posting: Russian-Speaking Law Student Needed for International EU-Project

For an International EU-funded project which is implemented in several Central Asian Russian speaking countries a Russian-Speaking Law Student is needed.

I. Requirements
1. Good knowledge of law
2. Very good knowledge of Russian, English and German
3. Good internet access

II. We offer
1. Very flexible working hours
2. Interesting work

The research work can be done at home and transmitted electronically.

Applications (most recent CV) in German and English language with the reference to this position are to be submitted to the e-mail address:

Applicants are strongly advised to match their qualifications against the post requirements before submitting applications. Please indicate "Internationales EU-Projekt" in the subject line of your message.

Award: AWSS Outstanding Achievement Award

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Call for Nominations, 2015 AWSS Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the work of a scholar in the field of Slavic Studies, who has also served as a mentor to female students/colleagues in this field. To submit a nomination, please write a letter detailing what your candidate for this award has achieved in Slavic Studies in terms of scholarship or other professional accomplishment, and mentoring of female students/colleagues. In addition, please provide a short list of references with accompanying email addresses so that the committee can contact these referees directly for further information. The committee recommends that this list include both peers and students/staff. A list of past Outstanding Achievement Award recipients is available on the AWSS website,

Please email your letter and list by September 15, 2015 to Choi Chatterjee (Chair), Elizabeth Hemenway at: ehemenway@luc.ed. and Karen Petrone at:

Award: CESS Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

Deadline: October 7, 2015

To promote new scholarship focusing on the history, politics, culture and societies of Central Eurasia, the Central Eurasian Studies Society has established the CESS Award for Best Graduate Student Paper. This award gives special recognition to a paper written by a current graduate student and presented at the CESS Annual Conference. The winner of the prize will receive $500 on attendance of the CESS Annual Conference, will be honored at the conference, and will be offered the opportunity to publish the paper in Central Asian Survey. 

The prize is awarded only to a conference presenter, and will only be given if papers are of sufficient quality to merit the award. Any graduate student enrolled in a program toward a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.  The applicant must be registered as a student during the semester that the conference takes place. The paper should be consistent with the framework of those presented at the CESS Annual Conference, addressing any topic in the humanities or social science study of Central Eurasia. The papers will be evaluated by a three-member jury representing a range of disciplinary approaches.  The evaluation criteria include originality, appropriate use of sources, and quality of writing. The paper may be drawn from thesis work or intended for eventual publication, and should conform to standard academic guidelines in terms of style and presentation.

Papers must be submitted electronically.  It is the responsibility of the paper writer to ensure that it is delivered in good order and on time.  Papers (and any questions) should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. David Montgomery: []

The submission deadline is October 7, 2015.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CFP: Translating Armenians, Armenians Translated

Deadline: November 15, 2015
Seventh Annual International Graduate Student Workshop
April 22 and 23, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

In recent years, the notion of translation has acquired a new currency while becoming invested with a new urgency, in particular for “marginal” programs within area studies, such as Armenian studies, which are often called to engage with translation in their efforts to position themselves within broader critical conversations that extend beyond their disciplinary scope. 

In an effort to expand on such conversations, including those that took place during the last Armenian Studies Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Michigan in the spring of 2015, the next workshop, which will take place in April 2016, wishes to continue the conversation on this topic with a two-day event entitled “Translating Armenians, Armenians Translated: Rethinking Methodologies for Armenian Studies.”

Please visit our website for full call and for instructions on how to apply.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 15, 2015

CFP: Culture of (Non-)Conformity: From the Late Soviet Time to the Present

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Call for Papers
Culture of (Non-)Conformity: 
From the Late Soviet Time to the Present

Special Issue of the Journal Russian Literature, 2017
Guest Editors: Klavdia Smola, Mark Lipovetsky

Over its history Russia’s political system has created and fostered a culture of (non)conformity. Since the 1960s, one can observe a rapidly growing sphere of cultural underground. Its institutions and practices are studied as well as those within official culture of the period. Less explored is the sphere situated in-between the official and non-official cultures as well as transitions between them. This stratification became established in the late Soviet period and continues to “do its job” today. During its development it has passed through several periods of transformation, undergone important modifications, and experienced a lengthy interruption in the 1990s.

This special issue of Russian Literature will look at shifts in Russian culture along the continuum from conformity to non-conformity between the 1960s and the present day. Our focus is to analyse the structures and mechanisms of culture divided between the spheres of official/non-official/ and semi-official. The relevance of this approach is especially obvious in current political situation in Russia, when the growing ideological homogenisation of the public sphere and the resulting practices of (semi)tabooisation are today once again breaking the Russian intellectual domain up into the these three realms. Comparison between these spheres in late Soviet period and today are especially significant for our project. Paper may tackle either the trajectory of cultural assimilation or of dissent, as well as oscillations between these spheres. Attempts to place the phenomenon of (non)conformity in the context of cultural development and change since the late Soviet era to today’s split between conformist and countercultural practices are particularly welcome.

The editors of this issue would like to encourage submissions in the fields of Russian cultural studies, literary studies, history of art, theatre and film studies, and book and publishing research. Interdisciplinary work straddling the boundary between cultural studies and social and political science is likewise warmly encouraged. Papers addressing the topic from within a single discipline are however equally welcome.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
-The cultural public sphere and its transformation from Khrushchev to Putin
-Borders between the official and non-conformists: literature, art, theatre
-Protest art and action art in the face of prohibition
-Cultural practices and mechanisms of conformity/non-conformity in arts
-Between conformity and non-conformity: spaces of cultural autonomy
-Epideictics and panegyrics vs. subversion and satire
-Conformity and non-conformity in the (human) sciences
-Books and publishing (conformist and non-conformist)
-Museums and exhibitions (conformist and non-conformist)
-The cultural public sphere and cultural policy (awards and funding)
-Censorship: strategies, impacts and transformations/development during the period under consideration
-The Aesopian language of culture: smuggling the forbidden into the public domain.
Submissions must be in English. Interested parties are asked to submit details of their proposed topic in an abstract (max. 2,000 characters), by email to by 30 September at the latest. After approval of abstracts, the deadline for articles will be 10 January, 2016.

Funding: Travel Funding for Aug. 12 Teacher Workshop

Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe
A Teacher Workshop on the EU and its Eastern Neighbors
For Middle School, High School and Community College Educators
Aug. 12, 2015
Thomson Hall 317, University of Washington, Seattle

There is limited travel funding available from the Ellison Center for those coming from east of the Cascades, southwestern Washington, and outside of the state - to attend the Aug. 12, 2015 Teacher Workshop on the EU and its Eastern Neighbors.

To request a travel stipend, please fill out this application.

For more details and to register for the workshop, please visit:

Val Petrova
Ellison Center Outreach Coordinator

This Teacher Workshop is sponsored by: the Center for West European Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies
Hosted by: Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies