Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CFA: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty

Deadline: ASAP 

The academic programme "Spring University Prague 2018: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty", taking place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during April 2018 (April 8 – 19). 

This study programme is internationally acknowledged, successful participants will be given 8 ECTS credits. For detailed information please see our official homepage www.spring-university.fsv.cuni.cz

The objectives of the programme are to provide students with a broad understanding of the most signif cant recent political and social issues in Europe and to analyse the current challenges and risks for the future of European development. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Job: 2 Two-Year Postdoctoral Research Scholar Positions at Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Harriman Institute invites applications for 2 two-year postdoctoral research scholar positions, extending over 2018-19 and 2019-20. Postdoctoral research scholars are expected to concentrate on their own research and writing; to teach a course of their own design in the spring semester of each of the two years; to give a public seminar/lecture on their research; and to be active participants in the Institute’s scholarly community and events. The Institute provides desk space for all postdoctoral research scholars. The Institute also provides funds to sponsor workshops, conferences, and special events planned by fellows around their particular interests.

The primary criterion in awarding these fellowships is academic excellence. The Fellowship Committee seeks evidence that the candidate’s research, teaching, and publication will make a significant, original contribution to the study of Russia, Eurasia, and/or East-Central Europe in their particular field of study. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, and do not hold a tenure-track position. All fellows must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the appointment. Successful applicants are expected to commit to the full two-year sequence.

The fellowship stipend for 2018-2019 is $56,500. Medical benefits are provided and subsidized housing is available. There is a $2,000 research allowance per annum.

To apply, candidates should send the following materials to the Fellowship Committee, c/o Barbara Singleton (bs18@columbia.edu), in a single PDF file byJanuary 15, 2018 (fellowships begin the following September):

  • A brief research plan outlining how the candidate’s time will be spent at the Institute (2-3 pages).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A scholarly writing sample (one or two chapters of the dissertation, or a published article or book chapter related to the candidate’s major research theme). The writing sample must be in English.
  • 1-2 page preliminary syllabus or course concept (defining problem, method expectations of students and brief selection of readings) relevant to the mission of the Institute.

In addition, candidates must obtain two confidential letters of recommendation, submitted directly by each recommender to bs18@columbia.edu by January 15.

Decisions regarding the selection of postdoctoral fellows are made by mid-February, and applicants will be notified in a timely manner.

Announcement: Russian Programs Abroad

Deadline: January 20, 2018 & March 1, 2018

1)Vanderbilt University's Maymester in Russia – Application Deadline January 20, 2018

The program includes community service, lectures on topics being explored by student-participants (politics, economics, sociology, culture, history, art, etc.), Russian language lessons, interaction with Russian university students, excursions to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and provincial towns, home stays, and opportunities for reflection.

2) Intensive Russian Program – Applications Accepted All Year (www.serendipity-russia.com/studyrussian.html)

3) American English Program Teaching Positions – Application Deadline March 1, 2018 (www.serendipity-russia.com/teach.html)

Program benefits: small stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons, teacher training and lesson planning assistance, a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment.

Teacher obligations: Plan and teach four (possibly 5) 1½ hour classes that meet twice a week, hold office hours, present a brief “Saturday lecture” on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

Alt. Spring Break (Vladimir, Russia)-deadline Nov. 15!

Deadline: November 15, 2017

The first application deadline for the American Home's March 2018 Alternative Spring Break Program in Vladimir, Russia, is November 15 (www.serendipity-russia.com/edex.html).
The program includes community service, homestays, excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, interaction with Russian university students who are studying English, and basic Russian lessons.

Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

VLADIMIR (March 3-11): 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 (March 10-18): 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. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CFA: ASEEES Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowships, 2018-19

Deadline: January 8, 2018 

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for the Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program.

Reference letter deadline: January 15, 2018. (Referees will be contacted with instructions to submit the letters as soon as the application is received)

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, to doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th - early 21st century Russian historical studies.

For more information and to apply, see: http://www.aseees.org/programs/ctdrf   Please share widely with any students who may be interested.

•       The research topic must be in 19th - early 21st century Russian historical studies; in cases of equally qualified applications, some preference may be given to research on the Soviet era
•       The research topic can be in cultural, economic, intellectual, political, or social historical studies
•       The geographic focus of the research must be predominantly within the current boundaries of the Russian Federation NOTE: This does not exclude research related to other former Soviet Republics or territories of the 19th c. Russian Empire, but the research topic must still be predominantly a historical study of Russia
•       The research must be conducted primarily in the Russian Federation, but the fellowship may be used to conduct research for a briefer period in secondary site(s) in one other former Soviet republic or territory once forming part of the Russian empire (NOTE: The fellowship does not support research in North America)
•       The duration of research travel must be at least nine (9) months. Research can be conducted in two trips if the visa situation requires it, but all proposed research travel must be concluded within 15 months from the start of the research travel.

Applicant must:
•       be a doctoral student at a US university
•       have a dissertation research topic that falls within the fellowship research scope (see above), but may be in any discipline
•       have language proficiency to conduct research in Russia
•       have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel
•       be a citizen or permanent resident of the US
•       be a student member of ASEEES at the time of the application submission (Become a member: http://www.aseees.org/membership/individual )
•       be able to receive and maintain a visa to the Russian Federation (and any other site of research that requires a visa). NOTE: Applicant MUST be able to obtain a visa through an affiliation with a Russian research institution (ASEEES may be able to provide some assistance in establishing institutional affiliation)
•       plan to start the research travel within the same calendar year following the receipt of the fellowship (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the spring of 2018, the recipient must start his/her research travel no later than December 31, 2018.
•       not have a grant from another organization to conduct the same or similar research project at the same time. NOTE: Applicants may apply for competing grants, however if offered another grant as well as the CTDRF, the applicant must choose between them.

The School of Russian & Asian Studies Spring Programs Abroad

Deadline: November 15, 2017

The School of Russian & Asian Studies (SRAS), an organization dedicated to educational opportunities offered by Russia and Eurasia, would like to announce extended application deadlines for the following selected spring programs abroad.

You can find all these programs listed, with hyperlinks, here: http://www.sras.org/extended_deadlines_spring_2018

You can also find information on the select programs below:  

Security and Society (Feb 26 – June 29; Apply by NOV 15). Hosted in Warsaw, Poland, this wide-ranging course allows students to choose from courses in security studies, cybersecurity, health policy, Jewish studies, new media, criminal justice, and more. Note that this link will take you to a new site dedicated to this program.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space (Feb 2 – May 18; Apply by NOV 15). Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia and will discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.
Russian as a Second Language (Feb 5 - May 25; Apply by NOV 15). The extended deadlines are available in Kiev and Bishkek only.
Central Asian Studies (Jan 29 – May 18; Apply by Oct 15). Based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and including regional travel to several other Central Asian Program, this course introduces students to local cultures, geopolitics, and conflict resolution.

FUNDING: Challenge Grants Meet the challenge, gain the grant! Apply with any of the above programs; deadlines are the same as those listed for the program.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants need not be currently enrolled in a university program. No prior knowledge of Russian (or other foreign language) required for any program.

To apply, students need to register on our site, which will give access to our online application.

Any student with questions, please don't hesitate to contact SRAS representative Lisa Ellering Horner @ lhorner@sras.org

CFP: The 2018 Annual Soyuz Symposium

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Soyuz, the Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, invites presentation proposals for its 2018 symposium, to be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut on March 2–3, 2018. We are seeking research papers and multimedia presentations (including documentary/ethnographic/artistic films and performances) on the broad topic of performance and postsocialism, and we encourage submissions that apply this framework to the political imaginaries of the contemporary global moment.

The Soyuz Research Network connects cultural studies scholars and ethnographers researching postsocialism, understood as a theoretically generative problem space describing social life in regions of the world including East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Asia, Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean. Our goal is to foster collegial conversations about postsocialisms among generations of researchers in anthropology and cultural studies broadly conceived, with a special eye to building connections across traditional area studies boundaries. We welcome submissions from scholars of all career stages, including graduate students and colleagues in professions outside the academy.

We are delighted to announce that Alaina Lemon, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and author of the forthcoming book Technologies for Intuition: Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays, will give the keynote address.

The 2018 Soyuz Symposium theme “New Stages?” seeks to trace the myriad intersections of performance studies, cultural studies, and ethnography as they relate to political imaginaries. We encourage presenters to consider the varied ways that performance circulates as an interpretive lens for political and social life, as an expressive genre for cultural forms, and as a mode for conducting and sharing ethnographic research. How might postsocialisms beget particular kinds of embodied practice, social action, and/or expressive culture? How might performance, as an embodied event, carry forth ways of knowing about postsocialisms that are otherwise overlooked or unexamined? How are the boundaries around what counts as “performance” drawn in different contexts? How might performance, the performative, or performance ethnography challenge, invigorate, or enliven explorations of postsocialisms and politics, including on a global scale?

We welcome papers that explore these topics across postsocialist regions – from hip hop in Cuba, to theatre in Russia, to fashion in Croatia, to contemporary art performance in Poland, to puppetry in Vietnam – using ethnographic and cultural studies approaches. Concepts of performance have long informed ethnography and cultural studies far beyond scholarship explicitly engaged with theater and other performance arts. We are thus especially eager to receive submissions that take up performance in all manner of theoretical paradigms and ethnographic settings, including language and communication, international political posturing, and gender, race, and class.
Possible themes include:
  • Ritual and spectacle
  • Aesthetic forms
  • Performance in the “New Cold War”
  • The “end of realist politics”
  • Art vs. life
  • Masks or puppetry
  • Postsocialisms and postliberalisms
  • Front and backstage
  • Audience, publics, fandom
  • New modes of mediated celebrity
  • Phatic communion/communication
  • Comedy, satire, stiob
  • Performativity
  • Interpreting the meaning of embodied performance
  • Enacting bureaucracy
  • Stage, sets, lighting, dramaturgy
  • Scripting and improvisation
  • Characters and social roles
  • Performing and performative gender and/or sexuality
  • Performance ethnography, ethnography of performing arts
  • Reality TV / reality politics
  • Fake news / post-truth
  • Performance on social media
  • Authenticity, imitation, and appropriation
As always at Soyuz, other topics of research on postsocialisms that are not directly related to the year’s theme are also welcome. We anticipate inviting selected papers for publication as a special issue of one of the relevant journals. 

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to the Soyuz 2018 organizing committee at channee@miamioh.edu by November 15, 2017. Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “Soyuz 2018” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by mid-December, 2017.

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at the website.
The 2018 Soyuz Symposium is made possible through the support of the Department of Anthropology and Council on European Studies at Yale University.