Monday, April 15, 2024

Summer Job for Students of Russian

If you have students who are looking for a summer job that provides them with immersion opportunities in a Russian-language environment, Lesnoe Ozero now has openings for employment for ALL levels of language proficiency. Please feel free to forward this email, and if there are any questions, please pass along my email: .

Option 1: Culinary Arts Staff, July 7-August 11 or July 7-August 18 - all levels We are hiring for bakers, cooks, and assistant chefs. Staff will receive a week of training in food preparation specific to the cuisines of the Russian-speaking world and then be responsible for preparing the food under the supervision of the Village Chef. The language of the kitchen is English, but Culinary Arts staff are welcome to participate in the language immersion community when they are not cooking, which, given that it is a residential program, can easily be 4-5 hours/day. Room, board, and transportation from the Minneapolis airport to the program in Bemidji, MN are included, but staff are responsible for their own travel to the Minneapolis airport. Students who need work for the whole summer can indicate availability for one of the languages that runs in June, as well as the Russian village, for a full summer of employment.

Option 2: Counselors, July 7-August 4 - intermediate high+ Counselors teach Russian language and culture in an informal program with extensive mentoring and support; lead "camp"-type activities (canoeing, art, etc.); supervise cabins; and help with activities of daily life, such as site setup, cleaning shared spaces, and a daily shift helping in the kitchen. These positions do not require teaching experience, as we expect to provide these staff with intensive training, a very thorough curriculum, and in-service support. These positions are appropriate for those with abundant energy and a dedication to and background in work with children and teens. Counselor positions require a comfortable command of informal spoken Russian, as counselors are expected to use Russian to communicate both in staff meetings and with campers in all daily life situations. Most successful counselor applicants have spent at least a semester in an immersion context. We anticipate that we will have a particular need for staff with background in dance and art. We are also looking to establish a team with experience across a variety of areas where Russian is commonly spoken. Those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in Russian language instruction are particularly encouraged to apply.

Option 3: Volunteer Interns, July 7 - August 4, 11, or 18 - all levels Volunteers will receive a week of orientation, including training in language teaching, camp counseling, and language training specific to their area of volunteer responsibility (e.g. leading gardening activities, working in our camp cafe, etc.) They will then spend part of the day leading activities in their area of volunteer responsibility and the rest of the day assisting regular staff in language classes, and being immersed in Russian language. Room, board, and transportation from the Minneapolis airport to the program in Bemidji, MN are included, but volunteers are responsible for their own travel to the Minneapolis airport. Volunteers should be at least 18yo and have completed a year of college or the equivalent. *interested applicants should email me directly*

Because of the conditions of our J1 Camp Counselor visas and particular requirements for this year’s positions, we are not able to hire new staff for these positions through our J1 Exchange program at this time. Thus, candidates must be eligible for work in the U.S.

Interested candidates can access complete hiring information for the language villages on our website.

As many of you know, we typically also hire a number of high school credit language teachers, who are usually credentialed teachers or graduate students with teaching experience. However, we currently have a much greater number of applicants for those roles than we have positions, so I am not actively recruiting additional applicants for those roles at this time. Should that change, I will send an additional message, but in the meantime, the counselor position could be very helpful experience for graduate students without teaching assistantships in their own institutions, as long as they have U.S. work eligibility.

CFP: Belarusian Visual Culture in the 21st Century

CFP: Belarusian Visual Culture in the 21st Century

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2024

We are inviting essay submissions for an edited volume on contemporary visual culture of Belarus. The volume is projected to have 12-14 chapters (5000-6000 words each) on Belarusian visual culture divided in three parts: early 2000s, 2010s, and post-2020 visual culture. The volume is expected to have color illustrations and to feature interviews with contemporary artists, filmmakers, and cultural figures.

Submissions on all aspects of Belarusian visual culture are encouraged, including, but not limited to: art history; all aspects of visual arts and art spaces; photography; visual aspects of social media; television and media studies; theatre and cinema studies; dance studies; street art and folk art; protest visual culture and visual art as testimony; independent and official art.

We are particularly interested in submissions that examine Belarusian visual culture from the following conceptual perspectives: decolonization and postcolonial optics; political and protest art; national identity and belonging; diaspora and art in exile.

We hope to secure a contract this summer (tentatively with Routledge) after collecting abstracts by the deadline of June 1. The deadline for the finalized peer-reviewed chapter submissions is likely to be in spring 2025, with a publication in early 2026.

If interested, please submit a short abstract for your essay (200-300 words) and CV via email by June 1, 2024 to: and/or

Do not hesitate to email us with any questions!

To Reason Russia from the Mind. An Original Summer School on Russian Language and Culture in an Era of Change

Welcome to Nemirovsky Summer School!

Fedor Tiutchev, the renowned nineteenth-century Russian poet, defined his relationship to Russia as follows: “Russia cannot be reasoned from the mind / nor measured on a common scale.” Unfortunately, the realities of our time precludes us from the luxury of “not reasoning Russia from the mind.” We must strive towards this goal, and such is the objective of our summer school on Russian language and culture which will take place in the delightful atmosphere of Russophone Tallinn from June 24-July 19, 2024.

What we offer:

- 120 in-class hours of Russian language;

- Series of lectures devoted to the current political and cultural development of Russia by prominent scholars in the area – mini courses are taught both in Russian and English;

- Excursions in Tallinn;

- Credits may be arranged via colleges individually;

- 4 weeks in beautiful and friendly Tallinn.

Place: Tallinn, Estonia

When: June 24 - July 19, 2024

Registration deadline: May 1st, 2024


Register for the school:

Online Summer Intensive Russian at UCLA

The UCLA Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures has open seats for both Intensive First Year Russian (Russian 10) and Intensive Second Year Russian (Russian 20) in Summer 2024.

Dates: June 24 – August 16, 2024 (8 weeks)

Times: Monday-Friday 10:00am – 1:50pm Pacific Standard Time

Russian 10 (Intensive Elementary): Mon-Fri 10am-1:50pm PST, Course ID: 421030110

Russian 20 (Intensive Intermediate): Mon-Fri 10am-1:50pm PST, Course ID: 421060110

For information on how to enroll, please see:

Students with prior experience in Russian should contact Professor Anna Kudyma, UCLA Russian Language Coordinator, in advance at for questions regarding placement

CESSI 2024 Supplemental Title VIII Fellowship Competition

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has opened a supplemental competition for Title VIII Fellowships in support of this summer's Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI). Applications will be accepted until April 24, 2024.

Graduate students (including those beginning a graduate program this fall), post-baccalaureate researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply for the Title VIII Fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,870 for the summer. This is a great opportunity for incoming MA and PhD students to develop language skills before embarking on fieldwork.

About CESSI:

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program that will be held June 17-August 9, 2024, in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program. In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia. Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!

For more information, please visit our website at or contact

MLR Article Prize 2025

On behalf of the Modern Humanities Research Association, the editors of the Modern Language Review (MLR) are happy to announce that the journal will henceforward award an annual Article Prize. This is in recognition of the success of our inaugural article prize – details of the winners below.

MLR publishes articles and book reviews on modern and medieval English and European languages, literatures, and cultures around the globe where European languages are spoken. The journal welcomes scholarship that takes a global or comparative approach as well as articles that appeal to a broad cross-section of scholars working on areas including, but not limited to, literature, the visual and performing arts, sociolinguistics, cultural history, and Translation Studies. We encourage submissions from scholars at all stages, including postgraduate researchers.

The Article Prize for volume 120 will be awarded to an outstanding article published in volume 120, which will appear in four issues in 2025. Submissions can be on any topic appropriate to the journal’s remit. The competition is open to all researchers. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of the journal’s editors. Any piece accepted for publication in volume 120 will be considered for this prize. We encourage early submission of your work. Articles must have been through peer review and finalised for inclusion in MLR by mid-March 2025.

The winner will receive a prize of £750 and be interviewed for the Modern Humanities Research Association website. At the judges’ discretion, an Editorial Commendation prize of £350 may also be awarded.

Articles must be written in English and conform to MLR guidelines. Articles are typically about 8000 words in length, including footnotes. Articles should conform to MHRA style and be accompanied by an abstract of maximum 100 words. See full submission guidance at

The winner of the inaugural MLR Article Prize (for volume 118 of the journal) was Kathryn Bryan for her article ‘Fantine in the Belle Époque: Representation of the Fille-Mère in L'Assiette au beurre (1902) and Marcelle Tinayre's La Rebelle (1905)’. Editorial commendation went to Margarita Vaysman for her article ‘The Trouble with Queer Celebrity: Aleksandr Aleksandrov (Nadezhda Durova)'s A Year of Life in St Petersburg (1838)’.

For links to the articles (Open Access) and an interview with the winner, see

For queries on the Article Prize, contact the MLR’s General Editor, Dr Lucy O’Meara:

Rethink: Online South Caucasus Regional Conference

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend or present a paper at a regional online 2-day conference entitled "Give People a Break? Rethinking Opinion Surveys in the Caucasus and Beyond", which will take place on May 11-12, 2024. The conference is organized collaboratively by Uppsala University, CRRC-Georgia, and CRRC-Armenia and funded by the Swedish Institute.

The conference serves as a platform for survey professionals, researchers, policymakers, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders from Eastern Partnership countries and beyond to delve into critical issues surrounding surveying practices. With a focus on ethical challenges, research fatigue, and methodological innovations, the conference aims to foster dialogue, share insights, and explore strategies for advancing the integrity and effectiveness of public opinion research.

Deadline for paper submissions: April 25th

Deadline for attendees: May 5th

See the details and apply here or through the file attached!