Thursday, July 20, 2017

Job: Professor of Russian, University of Helsinki

Deadline: August 21, 2017

The successful applicant may be appointed to a professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

A professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation. He or she shall also participate in the development of teaching and acquire research funding.

The assistant professor/associate professor/professor shall hold a doctorate in the field of Russian language.

An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall have top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience as well as international elected positions. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant’s leadership and interaction skills as well as activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

The assistant/associate professor/professor in Russian shall have excellent skills in Russian. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills.

Holders of teaching and research positions at Finnish universities must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in both Finnish and Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish language may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. However, if the appointee to this position is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he or she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency. Support for language studies is offered.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 8−10 (professor) and 7 (assistant/associate professor) of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (1-2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed
5) A list of publications.

For instructions see

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Further information may be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen, sanna-kaisa.tanskanen(at)

For a description of the tenure track system at the University of Helsinki please see

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at) (no service from 8 to 23 July).

Apply at latest 21.08.2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Job: Part Time Lecturer in Russian at Rutgers University

Deadline: July 28, 2017

The Program of Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick campus) is looking for a part-time instructor to teach one section of Elementary Russian 1 in Fall 2017. We would especially like to hear from candidates in the New York-Philadelphia corridor, who would have the easiest commute to Rutgers-New Brunswick. The successful candidate must be able and willing to collaborate with other instructors on all aspects of course management. Requirements: experience teaching Russian at the university level in North America, MA or equivalent related to Russian, native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and teaching evaluations to Cori Anderson ( by July 28 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job: Assistant Professor REESm Wesleyan University

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Wesleyan University's Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018. Specialization is open, but we welcome the ability to teach courses on twentieth-century and contemporary Russian literature, culture, and society. Native or near-native fluency in Russian required. The appointment is in an interdisciplinary program and will require working with colleagues in political science, history, religion, and language and literature, so preference will be given to applicants with a proven commitment to interdisciplinarity. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field in hand by the time of appointment. The teaching load is 2/2. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that deeply values both scholarship and teaching, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, visit A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi, and student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. You will also be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted online at

Applications completed by September 15, 2017, will receive full consideration. Please contact Susanne Fusso at or 860-685-3123 if you have questions about the application process.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer, 860-685-4771,

CFA: PhD Scholarships DAAD

Deadline: September 4, 2017

The interdisciplinary and inter-faculty DFG Research Training Group 1681/2: Privacy and Digitalisation, co-embedded at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Law of the University of Passau, in co-operation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), invites applications for

2 scholarships for international doctoral candidates (€1,000 per month) to start 1 April 2018. The three-year funding line is provided by the DAAD. In addition to the stipend, the scholarship holders will be awarded a fixed sum for travel expenses, health, accident and liability insurance as well as a contribution towards their research expenses.
About the Research Training Group (RTG)
The doctoral programme focuses on the privacy-related aspects of digitalisation and thus engages in a highly topical and politically relevant theme of outstanding social and academic importance. The aim of the doctoral programme is to assess the significance of privacy under the conditions of digitalisation and increasing informational heteronomy and to evaluate the existing privacy concepts in this context. This takes place in the three fields of enquiry 'digitality', 'surveillance and control' and 'self-determination and responsibility'.

Doctoral candidates enrolled at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may conduct their research in the following research areas: Literature and Media Studies; Linguistics; English and American Studies; Slavic Studies; General and Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy; and Pedagogy.

Alternatively, doctoral candidates may enrol at the Faculty of Law, where they will gain access to the fields of Media and Information Law; Security Law and Internet Law; Data Protection Law; and Legal Theory.

Examples of potential thesis topics from the various subject areas:

• Commercial exploitation and mobility of privacy on the internet / effective protection of personal profiles and customer data
• Data privacy in contrasting legal cultures
• Opportunities and risks posed by Big Data
• Autonomy and automation: self-determination in human-machine interaction
• Educational and social approaches to imparting private data literacy
• Public displays of privacy and their reception: an intercultural comparison
• Linguistic properties of self-portrayal in chat rooms and internet platforms
• How society changes as a result of observation / new models of governmentality in the Digital Age
• Types of self-determination in different political systems (democracy versus dictatorship)
Applicants whose background is in another research discipline are welcome to apply; however, their application will only be successful if a suitable doctoral supervisor can be found within the RTG – please visit for a list of participating scholars.

Eligibility criteria
The RTG is designed as a structured academic programme for German and international graduates whose academic profile and outstanding interdisciplinary research proposal sets them apart from the rest; the proposal must be feasible within the funding period and promise excellent research results.

The successful candidates will have an above-average master’s degree that formally qualifies them for doctoral study (for more details, read the doctoral degree regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Law, available from; please note that the regulations are only available in German). In their previous studies, candidates are expected to have acquired relevant discipline-specific and methodological knowledge in their field of expertise that enables them to successfully complete their research project.

Beyond the formal qualifications, seeing a research project through from beginning to end requires a great deal of dedication, the ability to deal with conflicts, self-management skills, the ability to think and act strategically, self-motivation, well-developed communication skills and the ability to work together with others.

Your application
To apply, send us the following documents:
• the completed application form (available in German from our website,
• a copy of your university degree certificate and transcript of records (accompanied by a certified German translation, unless the original documents were issued in German or English)
• a curriculum vitae with specific information about your academic career to date
• a letter of motivation that explains what you believe makes you eligible for both the RTG's research interests and its training programme and how you intend to contribute to the RTG
• a research proposal (5–10 pages) which contextualises the project within the RTG and provides details on who should be your supervisor (see our website for the respective disciplines and scholars)
• one sealed letter of reference written by a university teacher (may be sent directly): this letter must provide information about your academic potential
• candidates from foreign universities must hold an equivalent of the corresponding German university degree and give proof of good German language skills at level B2 CEFR (e.g. a DSH-1, TestDaF 3 or equivalent language certificate)
• We regret that we are unable to consider applicants who have or will have resided in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of nomination by the RTG.

The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female staff and, by offering a family-friendly work environment with flexible working hours, maintain a good work-(family) life balance. The University expressly encourages women and candidates with children to apply. Moreover, these posts are suitable for candidates with disabilities, who will be given preference if their personal aptitudes and qualifications are otherwise equal.

Please send your application by 4 September 2017 (postmark) to:

Professor Hans Krah
University of Passau
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1681/2 „Privatheit“
Innstr. 25
94032 Passau

We accept applications by e-mail ( If you send your application by e-mail, please make sure your full application is attached in a single pdf file. Remember that applications by e-mail should be just as convincing and professional as paper-based applications. Please visit our website for further details on the available scholarships:

For general questions and enquiries concerning the programme, please contact:
Mr Kilian Hauptmann
University of Passau
Nikolastr. 12
94032 Passau
Phone: +49 851 509 2372

CFP: Representation of Central European hotels, spas, & resorts, University of Sheffield, 17-18 May 2018

Deadline: 15 September 2017

Please contact Dr Seán Williams ( with any enquiries about the following announcement:

The 1920s was the great decade of the “hotel novel”, especially among Central European writers. Austrian author Joseph Roth set his Hotel Savoy (1924) in Łódź. In 1928, Meinrad Inglin wrote about a Swiss “Kurhaus” being turned into a splendid spa resort for British and American health tourists, among others, called Grand Hotel Excelsior — a monstrosity that spoiled idyllic Swissness. The name of this gaudy new complex is a reference to Berlin’s Hotel Excelsior (completed ten years earlier and then expanded magnificently in the 1920s), which inspired Vicki Baum’s German novel Menschen im Hotel (Grand Hotel, 1929). The hotel was not only a popular literary setting in this decade between the two world wars; it was also the metaphorical source for Lukács’s early attack on critical theory as bourgeois idealism. And at the same time, the hotel lobby was central to Siegfried Kracauer’s theoretical reflections — as a microcosm of the modern city. In short, the hotel and the spa were spaces used for cultural critiques of society and modernity, or even civilisation per se. Many of the authors of such criticism had first-hand experience of working in hospitality or related industries. Inglin had been a hotel waiter, Baum a hotel chamber-maid, Kracauer an architect of public spaces, and so on. More broadly, their representations result from the fact that, from the turn of the twentieth century and into the 1920s, hotel construction boomed across the continent, and spas were expanding and becoming ever more high tech. The Germans, Austrians and Swiss — such as Lorenz Adlon, Anna Sacher and César Ritz — were among the leading hoteliers of the age, becoming famous worldwide. Some hoteliers also wrote: about their lives and hotels as representative of their time, its possibilities and ills.

Scholarship has already excavated the hotel of the early twentieth century as a setting in German and Austrian literature (see Bettina Matthias, 2006), and as a topos of transit (see Ulrike Zitzlsperger, 2013). Much work has been done on individual authors, too (notably Vicki Baum). But how do the representations of hotels, spas and other resorts of this era compare across linguistic and cultural contexts, and across literature, film, criticism and life writing? What common stories do they tell? How have these representational histories developed since the golden age of the grand hotel, and to what extent do they use works of this period as their foundation? Above all, the colloquium asks whether a comparative perspective on cultural representations of hotels, spas and resorts since the dawn of the twentieth century gives rise to a typology of critiques of an emergent Central European, consumerist culture of cosmopolitan luxury and an apparently liberal wellness (that is actually racialized, among its many features). But these spaces of tourism, inherently connected with the themes of transit and change, may also resist systematic, synchronic and diachronic comparison. Perhaps post-war capitalist and socialist societies in particular have led to a divergence in the ways in which hotels, spas and resorts are allegorised?

Recent films have made creative use of such cultural, modernist material concerning hotels, spas and resorts, and were inspired by Central European literary writers of the early twentieth century. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel of 2014 playfully harks back to the glory years of grand hotels throughout Europe, and is a homage to Stefan Zweig. Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness from 2016, meanwhile, takes a similar setting to Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg — but the noble and bourgeois elite here become wealthy, burnt-out executives. This interest in the hotels and spas of the past, and particularly the early twentieth century — for contemporary artistic ends and for entertainment — is complemented by similarly recent historical investigations for both general and scholarly readerships. David Clay Large’s The Grand Spas of Central Europe: A History of Intrigue, Politics, Art, and Healing (2015) and Marina Soroka’s The Summer Capitals of Europe, 1814-1919 (2017) are just two examples.

The aim of the colloquium is to capitalise on the currency of Central European hotels, spas and resorts as a topic, examining its contribution to cultural criticism. We shall focus on historical and present-day cultural representations, rather than the empirical histories of specific places. We welcome both individual case studies and comparisons across space and time. We are open to the analysis of how Central European hotels, spas and resorts are appropriated as a foil for critiques of other cultures. Relatedly, we also seek “outsider” perspectives: those of authors and filmmakers from elsewhere (and especially the US, Western Europe and Russia), reflecting on the hotels, spas and resorts of Central Europe (e.g. the renowned French film from 1961, L’Année dernière à Marienbad / Last year in Marienbad). For us “Central Europe” includes Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.

We hope to cover accommodation and catering costs for speakers; depending on funding, we may be able to contribute towards travel expenses as well. We are talking to the editorial board of a leading comparative journal, since we plan to publish a special issue comprising selected papers.

Please send a substantial abstract and brief biographical sketch to:

Dr Seán Williams, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sheffield:

Deadline: 15 September 2017.

In the words of Fred Astaire, “you’ll declare it’s simply topping to be there!”

For further information on the Prokhorov Centre and its past events, please visit:

CFP: Conference: Asia in the Russian Imagination, U of Utah

Deadline: October 15, 2017

The University of Utah’s Asia Center is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Siberia, Central Asia, and the Russian Far East and North Pacific, organized around the theme of “Asia in the Russian Imagination.” The conference will be held at the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on March 23-24, 2018.

We welcome proposals exploring political, economic, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives. We foresee extended discussions on Russian-Asian connections and networks, as well as policies, processes, and populations in “Russian Asia,” within the imperial, Soviet, or post-Soviet eras. We hope that this conference honors the interdisciplinary tradition established by the British Universities Siberian Studies Seminar, last held in 2007.

Following the conference, the organizers intend to publish a selection of the essays either as a special issue of a journal or as an edited volume.

The Asia Center, a Title VI National Resource Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, serves as a hub for Asia-related activities at the University of Utah involving teaching, research, and outreach to K-12 schools and the broader community. The center supports Asian Studies in its broadest sense, incorporating the languages and countries of the core regions of East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia as well as Russia, the Pacific, and West Asia. Over the past three years, the Asia Center’s “Siberian Initiative” has sponsored talks on anthropology, environmental studies, history, film studies, and linguistics, and we hope to continue this interdisciplinary approach to Russia in Asia/Asia in Russia at our conference.

Please submit proposals for individual papers no later than 15 October 2017 to the Events Coordinator of Utah’s International Studies program, Rocío Torres Please include a subject line of “Asia-Russia 2018” to make sure you receive full consideration. Submissions should include a 250-word abstract as well as a brief (1-2 page) C.V. The organizers will make their decisions by early December.

CFE: Eurasian Geography and Economics

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Full description:

Applications are invited for the posts of Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s) for Eurasian Geography and Economics

Each post is for a term of three years, starting in January 2018.

Job Description
We are seeking an Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s) to work collaboratively with the existing Editorial Team and the Publisher, Routledge, to coordinate the publication process; overseeing all editorial aspects from submission to final publication. The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s) will be supported by the Editorial Board and Routledge, who will in turn co-ordinate the activities of in-house editorial, production, marketing, sales, and distribution staff.

The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s) will demonstrate vision, leadership and creativity, and agree to execute the mission of the Journal through soliciting, commissioning, reviewing and developing articles and other features of the highest quality, and ensuring these are delivered to Routledge to agreed deadlines.

We would also consider applications from an Editorial Team or Co-Editors.

The successful candidates will have a handover period with the existing Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s). John O’Loughlin will be formally stepping down at the end of 2017, by which time the new Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s) will be in place.