Monday, August 31, 2015

CFP: Persianate Cultures of Documentation

Deadline: December 15, 2015

I am pleased to announce that a symposium on "Persianate Cultures of Documentation" will be held in Vienna on June 23-24, 2016. 

The symposium seeks to address the following set of questions: What makes an archive in the Persianate world, and what are the practices of documentation therein? Should we distinguish between archives and private collections? Why did dynasts preserve certain texts and how did they use them? Was the creation and the preservation of archives reflective of a certain historical consciousness? Did the preservation of texts alter their original meaning? How do we take stock of the aspirational aspect of recordkeeping? What was the relationship between archival practices and public knowledge? How did the culture of the spoken affect archival practices? What was the nature of interaction between manuscripts and practical documents – in terms of authorship, worldview, functionality and genre conventions?

Proposals should be sent to by 15 December 2015

The call for papers may be found at the following link:

Maureen Pritchard
Administrative Coordinator

Job: OSCE Political-Military Officer, Yerevan

Deadline: September 14, 2015
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):

Political-Military Officer
Level: Senior Professional
Area of Expertise: Military Affairs
Vacancy number: VNARMS00204  
Duty station: Yerevan
Apply by: September 14
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 September 14. Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.
Requirements include, but are not limited to:

- Advanced degree in a relevant field
- Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
- Significant experience in arms control, peace-keeping operations and/or other relevant areas of military-related affairs
- Experience in negotiations and liaison with governmental and military authorities
- Ability to compile and analyse information of a political-military nature
- Knowledge and/or experience in security sector reform
- Previous working experience in a programmatic/strategic planning role
- Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions
- Programme and project management experience
- Strong analytical and negotiating skills and the ability to take corrective action
- Ability to establish contact and maintain constructive relations with the local population and authorities
- Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
- Working knowledge of Russian and/or Armenian languages (desired)
- Previous experience in the region (desired)

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Head and Deputy Head of the Office, the Politico-Military Officer:
  1. Develops, implements and monitors activities and projects related to the democratic control of the armed forces, border management, police assistance, terrorism and other politico-military issues;
  2. Analyzes and reports on developments related to the aforementioned fields;
  3. Liaises with other OSCE field operations in the region;
  4. Establishes and maintains liaison with local authorities, universities, research institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
  5. Assists in arranging OSCE regional events, inter alia, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  6. Supervises at least four staff;
Performs other duties as required.

CFA: ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships

Deadline: September 23, 2015
ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual competition for the ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships for collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.

The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2016 and September 1, 2018, and provide up to $60,000 in salary replacement for each collaborator as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds (which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance). The amount of the ACLS fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of the research leave, but will not exceed $200,000 for any one project. Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. Applicants at the same institution, however, must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations that involve the participation of assistant and associate faculty members are particularly encouraged. Up to eight awards will be made in the 2015-16 competition.

Completed applications from all collaborators must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 23, 2015.

More information:

CFA: Ukraine in European Dialogue Junior Visiting Fellowships 2016

Deadline for online application: September 28, 2015

The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) has published a new call for application: 

The program aims to support the research of Ukrainian scholars who are completing or have recently completed doctoral studies in a Ukrainian institution of higher education. It offers access to the resources of the IWM in Vienna to younger
researchers who have demonstrated exceptional talent to allow them to work on a research project of their own choice. The fellowships are open to all academic disciplines in the social sciences (including history). Research proposals related to one of the Institute’s main research fields are strongly encouraged (for details see
Candidates will be invited to spend January to June 2016 at the IWM to pursue their research projects. Junior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of EUR 1,800 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and any incidental costs related to their stay in Vienna. In addition, the IWM provides fellows with a personal office, including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge.

All further details about eligibility and online application procedure can be found here:

Please find attached also the pdf version of the call. We would be extremely pleased if you could help us and disseminate the call among potential candidates.

Thank you so much in advance for your valuable help and kindest regards,

Mary Nicklas
Fellows Program Coordinator
Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Institute for Human Sciences
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wien
Tel. +43/1/313 58-108
Fax +43/1/313 58-60

CFP: Asymptote Translation Competition for Emerging Translators

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Emerging translators!

Submit 5-10 pages of translated poetry or between 10 to 25 pages of translated fiction or non-fiction via the "Contest" option on the Asymptote webpage.

The contest will be judged by translators Michael Hoffman, Ottilie Mulzet, Margaret Jull Costa. 

See more at:

Job: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of 20th and 21st Century Central Asia, Indiana University

Deadline for best consideration: October 15, 2015

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington seeks an assistant, associate, or full professor of 20th and 21st century Central Asia.

The full job description may be found at this link:

CFA: ACLS Fellowships including ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships and ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships

Deadline: September 23, 2015

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. ACLS Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2016 and no later than February 1, 2017.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent; up to $45,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or career status as of the application deadline date. Approximately 25 fellowships will be available at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 25 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 20 at the full Professor level.

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council's college and university Associates, and former Fellows and individual friends of the ACLS. ACLS is fortunate to have special funds available to support research in particular areas:  the Oscar Handlin Fund supports archival research in US history; the Frederic Wakeman Fund aids research in modern Chinese history; and the Donald Munro Fund is dedicated to work that exhibits high quality in sinology and in critical analysis of Chinese philosophical traditions and ethical systems.

Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 23, 2015.

More information: