Thursday, August 17, 2017

Upcoming Deadlines: George F. Kennan Fellowship and Title VIII Short Term Grant

The Kennan Institute is holding the next round of competitions for its George F. Kennan Fellowships and Title VIII Short Term Grants. Descriptions of these grants are listed below, and information about all grants can be found at:

George F. Kennan Fellows - Deadline: September 1, 2017
Fellows will be based at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for three-month residencies focused on diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., and around the globe. The fellowships are funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. There are no citizenship requirements for this grant.

Applications may apply individually or as a team. If applying as a team of two (or three) applicants, the applicants must be citizens of at least two different countries.

Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grants - Deadline: September 15, 2017

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

Please highlight:
1) WHY you want to conduct this research
2) HOW it is relevant to policy
3) WHAT impact you foresee it having on the Wilson Center and in Washington, DC more broadly
4) WHAT value you bring to Kennan
5) WHAT value Kennan provides for you
6) SO WHAT - who would care about this work and why

1) Complete all the questions - answer thoroughly!
2) Make sure all the materials are submitted!
3) Submit your application on time - earlier the better!

CFA: Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

Deadline: 30 August 2017

The Winter Academy “Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe” will be held from 26 February to 7 March 2018 in Bukarest. It will be concerned with the conditions and implications of nation building in Eastern Europe.

Ever since Mark von Hagen asked “Does Ukraine Have a History?” in 1995, there has been much debate about what constitutes Ukraine as a nation. In the light of recent developments, it might seem that in Ukraine, this question is of particular significance. Still, it is important to understand that in the European context, Ukraine is not an exceptional case in its nation building effort. Instead, it is exemplary in terms of its multiculturality, entangled histories, and the ever-changing relation between state and society.

With regard to Eastern Europe, the preoccupation with ‘the nation’, its history and identity, and with similar categories that imply monolithic entities (state, culture, language) in political, social and even academic discourse has been prevalent at least since the final years and collapse of the Eastern bloc. It has been visible in a search for homogeneity and ‘essences’ in cultural, historical or political terms – a search thwarted by the realities in situ. It is not only that the newly found sovereignty of those nation states coincides with greater alignment with international legal, economic and military standards – what has been termed ‘voluntary imperialism’ (Cooper). Concepts like Mary Louise Pratt’s ‘contact zones’ (with their emphasis on transculturation, hybridity, and mediation) likewise draw attention away from monolithic concepts of nation and culture. Instead, they point to how cultural practices permeate and inform each other at the local level, how they are being (re)negotiated and hegemonic discourses and power relations subverted by overt or implicit alternatives.

The ongoing transformations and cultural and political processes in Ukraine as well as in many places in Eastern Europe take place in this field of unresolved tension that causes constant frictions and renegotiations. This poses a very specific and potentially very productive challenge to Eastern European Studies – one that can benefit from the integration of various concepts and highly different disciplinary approaches.

The Academy’s rationale is to gather young scholars from diverse disciplines and with different approaches. We want to facilitate exchange and contribute to a fuller picture of current transformations in the region that goes beyond the national narratives and takes into account conditions and current processes of the renegotiation of identity, history, and political practices. The aim is to challenge assumptions; to overcome simplifying categories and explanations; and to open discussion on new perspectives and research questions. In this, Ukraine may be the main focus, but research on other countries and regions is welcome as well.

The program will focus mainly, but not exclusively on the following, overlapping themes:

The (re)production of community
identity claims and multiple belongings; the (re)production of memory and legitimacy; conflict and coexistence; nationalist mobilization and its limits; historical figures of the nation; history and nation building; populism and new authoritarianism

Legacies of empires
post-imperial infrastructure and the political and social life of its successors; inert geographies; shifting economic, political and cultural orientations; voluntary and involuntary imperialism; old and new elites; shadow economies; regionalisms and nationalism

Hegemonic and alternative discourses
sources of resistance; myths of pluralism; art, literature and the creation of (alternative) vernaculars; critical thinking and its institutional impact; subcultures; the fate of the left; diversity of memory and narratives; the role of mass media

Performing imagination
cultural production of the present; rhetoric of/as emotion; creative communities, common places for specific experiences; key images; interventions into the public space; mass culture as industry of imagination; transformation of literary cosmopolises; networks and islands in cultural mapping; experiences and performances of the Other

We invite scholars of anthropology, economics, geography, history, literature, political sciences, social psychology, sociology and other disciplines whose research relates to these questions and who would like to present and discuss their work in an international and multi-disciplinary context.

The Winter Academy is chaired by a group of scholars that includes Pascal Bonnard (Jean Monnet University, Saint Etienne), Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Susanne Frank (Humboldt University, Berlin), Olena Haleta (Ivan Franko University, Lviv; Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv), Andrii Portnov (Prisma Ukraïna; Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin), Ulrich Schmid (Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen), Mihai Varga (Free University Berlin) and Annette Werberger (Europa University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder).

Winter Academy format
The Academy will gather up to 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from different countries and academic backgrounds. It promotes intensive peer-to-peer debates and encourages new perspectives grown from debates in small discussion groups. Participants contribute actively to the program’s structure and content. They present their individual research in working groups, co-design thematic discussion groups and are involved in the organization of workshops. While most of the intensive work is conducted in a small-group atmosphere, the Winter Academy also presents its work to the public through general lectures and open panel discussions. It builds on previous academies conducted by Prisma Ukraïna and is designed to support scholarly networks and contribute to closer ties among research activities in and outside of Europe. The working language is English.
The Academy will take place from 26 February to 7 March 2018 at the New Europe College in Bucharest. Travel, accommodation, insurance and visa matters will be covered and arranged by the organizers.

How to apply
The program addresses doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who wish to present their ongoing projects in a comparative perspective in relation to the questions raised above. Their work should be clearly relevant to the themes of the Winter Academy. While the focus of the Winter Academy will be on Ukraine and Eastern Europe, comparative perspectives on the themes mentioned above are welcome, transregional approaches being especially encouraged.

The application should be in English and consist of:

1. a curriculum vitae;
2. a three- to five-page outline of the project the applicant is currently working on, with a brief introductory summary thereof;
3. a suggestion of two readings relevant for the Winter Academy that you would like to discuss with other participants (please provide bibliographical data only, no copies required at this stage);
4. the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY EMAIL as ONE PDF FILE to Deadline for applications is 30 August 2017.

CFS: Folklorica Slavic Journal

The latest edition of Folklorica, the journal of the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Folklore Assocation, has been released. Folklorica is currently accepting submissions related to the folk culture of Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia for the next issue. Author guidelines may be found here:

Authors need not be a member of the organization to submit to the journal.

Folklorica XX features the following articles:
  • “Hedgehog in the Fog” as a Maidan Hero, Nataliya Bezborodova 
  • A Love Story by a Distinguished Russian Old-Believer Storyteller from Latgalia, Jelena Koroleva and Tatiana Filosofova
  • Putting Words in Their Mouths: Russian Byliny as Discursive Space, Kate Christine Moore Koppy
  • Biblical Legends in the Folklore of the Turkic Peoples in Southern Siberia, Nadezhda Oinotkinova 
and a field report:

More information about the organization may be found here:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Funding: Shevchenko Scientific Society Grants Program, 2017-2018

Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Shevchenko Scientific Society in the United
States of America will award grants during 2017
2018 in the following categories: Research Grants,
Conference Travel Grants, and Dissertation Research
Grants. Grants for Conference/Project Planning will
not be available during the 2017-2018 grants cycles.

A. Research Grants

The Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S. will
award grants in 2017-2018? for research on a wide
range of topics and issues related to Ukrainian
Studies. While priorities are given to projects in the
humanities and social sciences, proposals for
research in other fields and disciplines are welcome
if they will make important contributions to
Ukrainian Studies.

B. Conference Travel Grants

Conference Travel Grants support the ?applicant?'s?
participation in scholarly conferences at which the
applicant is presenting a paper or participating in a
panel focused on issues related to Ukraine and
Ukrainian Studies. Support funds are expected to
cover primarily travel expenses of the applicant to
and from the conference site from their home

C. Dissertation Research Grants

Grants are available for dissertation research
projects on issues related to Ukraine and Ukrainian
Studies. Preference will we given to topics in the
humanities and social sciences, but applications for
research in other fields will be accepted and
evaluated as to the relevance and importance of their
contribution to Ukrainian Studies.

Inquiries regarding grants should be directed to:
Myron O. Stachiw, Chair, Grants Committee

Fellowships: CAJM Poland

Deadline: August 28, 2017

The Council of American Jewish Museums is offering
a limited number of competitive fellowships for
its program to Poland in Fall of 2017. The trip is part
of CAJM’s emerging international fellowship
program—designed to immerse our members in
essential learning experiences abroad, with private
access to leading colleagues, institutions, and sites, as
well as opportunities to talk with colleagues about
the work of Jewish museums globally.

In October of 2017 (approx. October 22-29), CAJM
will send five outstanding Jewish-museum
professionals to Poland for approximately one week
of learning at sites such as:

• POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and
other sites in Warsaw
• Chmielnik, Dabrowka Tarnowska, and Tarnow
• The Auschwitz Jewish Center
• Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
• Sites in Krakow, including the Galicia Jewish
Museum and the Jewish Quarter
• Orientation and follow-up activities
The program is being designed with Taube Jewish
Heritage Tours, and with counsel from CAJM Advisor
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

Fellowships will cover entrance fees to museums and
historic sites, expert program leadership, tours, hotel
rooms for duration of official program, and
meals/transportation that are part of the organized
group activities. Recipients or their employer will be
responsible for round-trip airfare plus miscellaneous
expenses including: additional meals,
international travel and health insurance, personal
expenses, gratuities, and additional ground
transportation (taxis, public transportation).

Job: Assistant Professor of Russian History, Williams College

Deadline: October 15, 2017
The Department of History at Williams College seeks to make a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Russian history, to start July 1, 2018. The department welcomes all areas and periods of specialization and expects the successful candidate to be a committed and imaginative scholar with Ph.D. in hand or expected by September 2018. 

The Department also expects the successful candidate to be able to offer courses from the medieval through the post-Soviet period, courses which engage with the fact that Russian history encompasses a vast geographic area spread across Eurasia. The History Department has demonstrated success in developing a diverse faculty, and we are especially interested in candidates from under represented groups as well as individuals who have experience in working with diverse student populations. Information about the department can be found at:

Please send the following application materials to the department chair, Thomas Kohut, via Interfolio ( 

  • a letter of application, which includes a summary of current scholarship, teaching experience, and any additional relevant information for the search committee; 
  • curriculum vita; 
  • a separate brief description of
  • suggested courses; 
  • and three letters of recommendation. 

The deadline for receipt of materials is Sunday, 15 October 2017. All offers ofemployment are contingent on completion of a background check. Further information is available at:

Funding: Title VIII Supported Short-Term Grant, Wilson Center

Deadline: September 15, 2017

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.

Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3,500 for 1 month. While the Kennan Institute cannot provide an office for Short-Term scholars, we do provide a carrel with a computer and internet access. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. There is no official application form for Short-Term Grants. The applicant is requested to submit a concise description (700-800 words) of his or her research project (including a title), curriculum vitae, a statement on preferred dates of residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters of recommendation specifically in support of the research to be conducted at the Kennan Institute. Please note, the recommendation letters must be signed. Applicants should also state their citizenship status in their materials. All of these materials may be submitted via e-mail. Please note that the letters of recommendation, if sent by email, must be sent directly from the referee and be a scan of a signed letter. Referees are also welcome to send their signed letters by fax or post.

Grant recipients are required to be in residence in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. Two rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants will be held in 2017 with closing dates on February 15, 2017 and September 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the competition results roughly seven weeks after the closing date. Awardees must provide at least one month notification before beginning their grant. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for Title VIII Short-Term Grants.

All of these materials may be submitted via e-mail to