Friday, August 12, 2022

Funding: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Arizona State

Deadline: September 25, 2022

As part of the new project “Russian Studies at the Margins: Migration in the Post-Soviet Borderlands,” Arizona State University’s Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship with an anticipated start date of October 3, 2022 through June 30, 2023. The application deadline is September 25.

The fellowship is open to early-career scholars who received their terminal degree between May 2017 and July 2022, whose work combines regional focus with global relevance. The fellow’s primary responsibility will be to lead research, writing and testing of curricular materials for high school and community college students on migration and borderland communities in the former Soviet Union (case studies focus on Ukraine/Russia, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus). Post-doctoral appointments at ASU do not offer tenure. The pro-rated salary for the 7.5-month position is set at $41,667.

For more information, and to apply, please see the Interfolio posting:

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Job: Open-rank position in East European Literatures and Cultures, Yale

Deadline: September 30, 2022

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University invites applications for an open-rank (tenured or tenure-track) faculty position in East European Literatures and Cultures, with an anticipated appointment start date of July 1, 2023. The area of specialization is fully open. The department especially welcomes interdisciplinary and comparative approaches. The successful candidate will have native or near-native fluency in at least one East European language other than Russian. Expertise in a second East European language and culture is a plus. 

The appointee must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in Slavic, Comparative Literature, or another relevant field at the time of hire. We invite applications from qualified scholars from around the world. Applications should be addressed to Professor Edyta Bojanowska, Chair, and submitted by September 30 via Interfolio at They should include a cover letter detailing research and teaching interests, current CV, writing sample of no more than 25 pages prepared for anonymous review, and three letters of recommendation from outside Yale. Review of applications will begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will take place by Zoom. For questions regarding this position, please contact Prof. Bojanowska at

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Job: STARTALK Russian language instructor, Oklahoma City University

Deadline: October 1, 2022 (early application); November 25, 2022 (final)

Dear colleagues,

We are looking to hire several Russian language instructors and camp counselors for our STARTALK Russian immersion program at Oklahoma City University for Feb. 2023.  The theme of the program is "Contemporary Russophone Cultures: Diversity and Community" and we focus the program on the independent republics of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and others. 

The program consists of three parts: an online program that runs from February 2023 through May 2023; a residential program at Oklahoma City University, July 9-30, 2023; and an online follow-up program from August 2023 through December 2023. Please help us spread the word! The program is free of charge to students (tuition, housing, and food are covered by the program), and it is funded by STARTALK Language Programs through the National Security Agency. 

Instructor job application 
Student application. Note: To be eligible, students need to be high school students in grades 9-12 or university students in the first two years of college. They should already know Russian at the Novice High level or higher.
Camp Counselor application

The early application deadline is October 1, but we will continue accepting applications until November 25, 2022. For any questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Sabina Amanbayeva at Thank you!

Job: Freedom House

Freedom House is hiring for three Eurasia-related positions, and they asked to help spread the word. Please, send the information to the relevant university units, listservs, or candidates. Timing is critical - encourage the potential candidates to apply ASAP.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

CFP: Baltic Screen Media Review (special issue)

Deadline: October 1, 2022

Intersections of Film and Television in the Baltic Sea Region: Past and Present

Until very recently, the scholarship concentrating on moving images has typically regarded cinema and television as two separate fields of study, each with its own evolutionary biographies, industrial mechanics, institutional spaces, aesthetics, and methodologies of inquiry. Even more – the relationship between cinema and television has often been imagined and defined as one of rivalry, running in parallel and engaging in battles over the attention of the audiences. Lately, however, several authors have begun to show the fallacy of such an artificial divide (Gray and Johnson 2021; Richards 2021) and others are calling for a broader understanding of television, seeing it as part of larger cultural systems (Ostrowska and Roberts 2007; Imre 2016; Mihelj and Huxtable 2018).

The developments witnessed in particular during the era that followed the so-called digital turn, shaped by rapidly intensifying media convergence, are increasingly calling into question the legitimacy of such an academic specialism. Digital technologies, especially coupled with the unprecedented conditions of life brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, continue to transform the way moving images are produced, distributed and consumed, regardless of their ‘disciplinary’ designation (see Ibrus and Teinemaa 2020). These allegedly new encounters between the two screen territories compel us to revisit their historical trajectories and to perhaps rethink their divergence and disparity.

As such, following the success of the 7th Baltic Sea Region Film History Conference, we call for papers and ‘think pieces’ investigating the long and ongoing relationship of film and television of the Baltic Sea countries (incl. Germany, Poland, Denmark, etc.) in the broadest of terms and in full spatio-temporal perspective. Analyses of similar issues elsewhere, especially in countries of similar sizes or circumstances are also welcome. We call for papers investigating the institutional, industrial, aesthetic, historic, political, and philosophical dimensions of film and televisions interactions. Potential areas of interest could be, but are not limited to, for example:

- technological inventions and advancements and their cultural, economic, and political implications;
- fiscal politics and cultural policy (e.g. various models of funding);
- institutional frame- and networks;
- flows of crew and talent;
- materiality, medium specificity, and technical convergence;
- cultural and aesthetic patterns, conventions and shifts;
- changing landscapes of distribution, exhibition, and consumption;
-  representations of the two media as cultural technologies;
-  archival afterlives.

In addition to academic inquiries, including full-length articles and the shorter and potentially more essayistic 'think pieces', we encourage submissions that explore and present experiences ‘from the field’, past and present – by policy-makers, institutional stakeholders, industrial and creative figures, as well as archivists safeguarding and re-activating the heritage.

Abstracts of 200–300 words, title, and a short bio are to be received by 1 October 2022, and full manuscripts of either 4,000–8,000 words or the shorter ‘think piece’ format of 1,500–2,500 words, excluding refs, by 1 February 2023 in order to be sent out for review. The special section of Baltic Screen Media Review (BSMR) will appear in issue vol. 11:1 published both online and in print in the second half of 2023.

All submissions should be sent via email attachment to Teet Teinemaa ( and Eva Näripea ( Any questions regarding the special issue or the submission process should be directed to the same addresses.

Gray, J., and Derek Johnson. 2021. Television Goes to the Movies. Routledge.
Ibrus, I., and Teet Teinemaa. 2020. “The Changes that COVID-19 Catalysed for Audiovisual Industries”. Baltic Screen Media Review 8:1, pp 1–7.
Imre, A. 2016. TV Socialism. Duke UP.
Mihelj, S., and Simon Huxtable. 2018. From Media Systems to Media Cultures: Understanding Socialist Television. Cambridge UP.
Ostrowska, D., and Graham Roberts. 2007. European Cinemas in the Television Age. Edinburgh UP.
Richards, R. W. 2021. Cinematic TV: Serial Drama Goes to the Movies. Oxford UP.

Monday, August 8, 2022

CFP: Central Asia Research Cluster

Deadline: August 25, 2022

Knowledge Production and the Periphery Revisited: Decentering Cultural Heritage, Public Histories and Memory in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia, 1917- Present

The Central Asia Research Cluster seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine the roots of knowledge production and preservation in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia. The project recontextualizes cultural heritage, histories, and memory that illuminate and complicate the many layers of center-periphery relations at local, national, and regional levels. This cluster aims not only to focus on “peripheral” stories and archives in a geographical sense, but also to engage with the diversity of genealogies of thinking, remembering, performing, and producing knowledge in Central Asia.


All disciplines are welcome. Graduate students, emerging scholars, and scholars based in the region are especially encouraged to participate in the research cluster. The cluster organizers are committed to creating a supportive environment for all contributors. We have secured funding to provide limited support for translation and editing services. This transnational collaboration is further supported by two academic journals and a scholarly press.


Preliminary Stage


Through a blind review process, the Central Asia Research Cluster editorial board will evaluate abstracts for appropriateness and overall suitability of the proposal to the unifying conceptual framework of this project. Prospective authors will be notified in mid-September.


Manuscript Submission and Review Process


The manuscripts created for this project can either be co-published, or submitted by individual researchers. Only original research that has not previously been published will be considered. Each manuscript will be evaluated through the normal review processes of Slavic Review and Slavic & East European Information Resources to see whether it is acceptable for publication on its own merits. Articles not selected by Slavic Review and Slavic & East European Information Resources to be part of the cluster issues will undergo a separate review process performed by the Central Asia Research Cluster editorial board and upon selection, be published as part of a collective monograph.


Article manuscripts should highlight the conceptual impact and analytic and interpretative themes of the work. Manuscripts should be around 8,000 words. Footnotes may additionally make up about 3,000 additional words. Manuscripts must be 3,500 words at minimum; submitting a manuscript much shorter than 8,000 words, however, will limit possible avenues for publication. Authors specifically hoping to submit to Slavic Review should aim to write 8,000 words of body text and 3,000 words of footnotes (around 11,000 words total).

Abstracts (250 words) with a short bio must be submitted by August 25, 2022, to the cluster organizers ( In addition, please indicate the language you will be using to write the manuscript. In order to foster collaboration, we are accepting abstracts in English and Russian. We welcome submissions from authors based in any country. Those abstracts given the green light must be developed into papers by January 31, 2023

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Job: Teaching Associate in Russian Studies, University of Nottingham

Deadline: August 24, 2022

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver and contribute to non-language/content modules at all levels of  undergraduate study. They will also be required to undertake Russian language teaching at all levels of undergraduate study. The successful candidate will also offer pastoral support to students and take an active role in teaching-related administration duties.

Applicants must have completed, or be close to submission of a PhD (or equivalent) in relevant subject area by start date of post, and have native or near-native competence in spoken and written Russian and English. As well as teaching experience at undergraduate level.

This role is available on a fixed term basis until 30/06/2024. Hours of work are part time (18.12 hours).

Interviews are likely to take place on either 8th or 9th September.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Siggy Frank, via email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.