Thursday, December 7, 2017

Extended Deadline CFA: US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange

Deadline: January 22, 2018 

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is extending the deadline for applications for its bilateral project competition focusing on (1) Hands-on Learning in the Areas of Flora and Fauna and/or (2) Social Inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities.

To participate in the competition, all project teams must complete a full application form by January 22, 2018.

For any additional questions please contact SEE staff at

Prior to submitting your project proposal, we strongly encourage you to watch the SEE proposal writing webinar. This presentation will provide additional information about both the application process and the traits of a successful SEE project proposal.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CFA: Undergraduate Consultants in ELI 994

Deadline: January 5, 2018

The English Language Institute 
 to serve as Undergraduate Consultants in ELI 994, our winter training program for international GSIs in LSA, a collaboration with CRLT.  Undergraduate Consultants provide GSIs
 in practice teaching sessions a
​s well as ​
valuable insights into the U-M undergraduate experience. 

These paid positions are open to students with and without work-study and offer a fun, interactive intercultural experience. They also help improve the quality of undergraduate education and contribute to a more positive campus climate. 

Interested students can find more details and apply here

CFA: Creative Diplomacy in Russia

Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Center for Support and Development of Public Initiatives Creative Diplomacy (PICREADI), a Russian NGO working in the field of public diplomacy, has the pleasure to introduce you to our Meeting Russia program. 

Meeting Russia is a unique public diplomacy program for young leaders from the United States, Canada, and Europe interested in Russia. Held in Moscow on March 21–25, 2018, the program focuses on Russia's foreign policy and its relations with the West. Through meetings with senior Russian officials and top experts and exchange with their peers, 20 international participants will have a chance to address critical issues related to Russia’s role in world affairs and to connect with a diverse professional community. 

Meeting Russia seeks to facilitate dialogue between rising leaders interested in Russia and contribute to the discussion about Russia–West cooperation. 

The program is held in English; it is independently-run by Creative Diplomacy and funded by a grant from the Presidential Grant Foundation (Russia). 

Creative Diplomacy holds the program for the second time. In February 2017, Meeting Russia brought together 19 young leaders to Moscow and featured meetings at Russian government bodies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Council of Federation) as well as with experts (including from Russian International Affairs Council, Carnegie Moscow Center, Higher School of Economics). 

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017. Candidates wishing to participate should meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • age: 25−35 years; 
  • citizenship: United States, Canada, Europe; 
  • field of activity: representatives of universities, think-tanks and research organizations, media, NGOs, government institutions, the private sector with professional interest in Russian foreign policy. 
In order to apply, candidates should fill out the online application form and e-mail a resume to

Creative Diplomacy covers accommodation, meals, and transportation in Moscow and assists with visa invitations. 

Participants are responsible for covering costs of their travel to Moscow, insurance, and visa fees (if applicable). A limited number of need-based travel grants are available to reimburse part of travel costs. 

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at or to visit our website: 

Apply now! CFA: Alternative Spring Break in Vladimir, Russia

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The American Home in Vladimir, Russia, is sponsoring two Alternative Spring Break (ASB) opportunities in March 2018 ( The final application deadline is December 1, 2017.

My first time in Russia had more of an impact on me than I could have possibly anticipated... the thing that probably has affected me most is not Moscow, not Red Square..., but Vladimir and the things I experienced there. I felt more alive there than I have ever felt before.” (Adam Treml, ASB participant)

VLADIMIR: Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children's Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM: Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program.

Links to pictures, participant blogs, and television news reports from previous years are below.

To apply, and for more information, please contact David Johnson (lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University):

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CFP: 2018 Young Researchers' Conference at Miami University, Ohio

Deadline: December 5, 2017

Populism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union:
Conceptual, Empirical and Comparative Perspectives
Annual Young Researchers Conference
Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

Miami University
Oxford, OH
February 15-17, 2018

This Young Researchers Conference – an annual event sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University – seeks to tap into the new wave of research that sheds light on such questions and on postcommunist populism more generally. It is intended to be interdisciplinary, so we invite contributions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: gender, literary, anthropological, sociological, historical, media studies, political science. The research projects might be related to any region that formerly belonged to the sphere of Soviet domination (East and Central Europe, the Balkans, the Baltics, Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus).

The Havighurst Center welcomes papers from scholars who are completing their dissertation or have received their Ph.D. (or candidate degree) within the past five years.

Conference Formal:
Participants will prepare a paper to be circulated well in advance and read by all conference
presenters, chairs, and discussants. During the conference presenters will have 15 minutes to summarize their findings. The small number of participants and mix of junior and senior scholars make the Havighurst Center’s Young Researchers Conference an excellent venue for both advancing research projects and networking with leading and upcoming figures in a wide range of fields. The working language of the conference is English.

Submitting Abstracts and CVs:
Please submit by December 5, 2017 a one-page, single-spaced abstract, as well as a one-page,singled-spaced curriculum vitae to Venelin I. Ganev, Professor in Political Science, Miami University – ). Participants will be notified by December 20, 2017 if they have been selected for the conference.

Accommodation and Travel Arrangements:
The Havighurst Center will provide meals and hotel accommodation in Oxford as well as ground transportation between the Cincinnati and Dayton airports and Oxford, Ohio. Partial travel funding might also be available if needed.

Job: Russian Summer Intensive Language Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA

DATES: 6/11/18 – 8/8/18

The Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) provides beginning, intermediate, and some advanced-level language instruction in an intensive format to approximately 135 undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals, and lifelong language learners for eight weeks every summer. Under the supervision of the Language Coordinator and the SILP Associate Director, Language Instructors deliver lessons using a communicative, content-based approach and contribute to the day-to-day operations of the program. More information about SILP can be found at

• Deliver up to four-and-a-half hours of language instruction per day, Monday through Friday
• Attend pre-program training workshops
• Participate in student orientation and placement, including evaluating placement tests
• Collaborate with the Language Coordinator, fellow instructors, and Tutors/Activity Guides to establish relevant co-curricular activities for students
• Help promote and participate in some co-curricular activities
• In consultation with the Language Coordinator, prepare a comprehensive course syllabus including course description, course goals and objectives, assessment guidelines, etc.
• Prepare daily lessons and provide instruction based on the principles of communicative language teaching, content-based instruction, and authentic materials use
• Work closely with tutors to assess student needs for support outside the classroom
• Provide peer support to other faculty members as necessary
• Keep track of student progress by regularly implementing appropriate formal and informal assessments
• Collaborate with Language Coordinator to develop midterm and final tests
• Keep Language Coordinator actively informed of student progress
• Attend weekly program faculty meetings

• Excellent teaching ability with a dedication to innovating/improving ability
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills
• Familiarity with communicative and content-based teaching practices and use of authentic materials
• Familiarity with ACTFL frameworks such as the Standards, the Proficiency Guidelines, and the Integrated Performance Assessment
• Willingness and ability to become acquainted and comply with SILP processes and regulations as well as Institute policies

• M.A. or Ph.D. in language, language teaching, or related field
• 2+ years of previous language teaching experience in the target language
• Native or near-native language ability
• Previous experience teaching in intensive program strongly preferred
• Previous experience with content- and/or project-based instruction strongly preferred
• Previous experience with ACTFL frameworks strongly preferred

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey maintains a smoke-free/drug-free workplace.

Complete the online application and submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV/resume, and 3) a lesson plan (two pages maximum) that reflects your language teaching philosophy. Candidates who are selected for interviews may also be asked to provide a video of their teaching.
Apply here:

Apply soon! CFP: Western Association of Slavic Studies Conference, April 2018

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS)
San Antonio, TX, April 4-7, 2018

Plan to join us for the annual Western Association for Slavic Studies (WASS) conference. This year our host organization, the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), will be welcoming its 2,000+ members and participants to the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, always a great site for a conference!

We invite proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable presentations in all areas of studies concerning Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia. Topics related to our conference may include any aspect of culture, economics, history, literature, or politics with a broad chronological span from the Middle Ages to present. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, archeology, architecture, arts, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environmental studies, ethnic and minority studies, film, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, Jewish studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, theatre, and travel.

The Western Association for Slavic Studies is a regional affiliate of the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the principal scholarly organization in the world for these areas of interest. The Western Association for Slavic Studies encourages not only leading academics in the field, but especially graduate students to attend the conference. The WASS offers a $100 prize for the best graduate paper presented at the conference, and are also eligible the ASEEES’s and the WSSA’s graduate student paper prizes.

For more information regarding proposal submissions, the conference site and registration go to the WSSA website:

The deadline for paper or panel submission is December 1, 2017

Please include the following information in your proposal:
Title of Presentation
Name, Affiliation, and Email Address
Other Authors
Abstract (not to exceed 200 words)