Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor, Comparative Politics, Miami University
The Department of Political Science at Miami University is seeking applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of Comparative Politics. This position is open with respect to subfield but particularly interested in Russian politics and Russian Foreign Policy, to teach courses across comparative politics and elective curriculum for the undergraduate major and courses for the MA program. The position begins at the start of the academic year August 2022.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field by the date of appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor; ABD for appointment as Instructor. This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.
To apply, submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, teaching philosophy, transcripts and writing sample. Department will request letters of recommendation from references listed in the application. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Bryan Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening of applications will begin May 23, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pittsburgh
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in one or more of the cinematic traditions of the Russian Federation, Eastern and Central Europe, and Eurasia from their inception to 1991 and with additional expertise in such areas as ethnicity, race, and migration studies and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. The dates of appointment are September 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023, pending budgetary approval. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Native or near-native (or ACTFL Superior-level) proficiency in English is required; native or near-native (or ACTFL Superior-level) proficiency in Russian is desirable, but not a prerequisite. In addition to undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, the position may require teaching the Russian language, and general-education literature, culture, and cinema courses in English.
Candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, representative student teaching evaluations, representative syllabi, samples of scholarly writing (the length of one or two journal articles), and the names and contact information of three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation, via the link above. Please also provide a brief description of how your research, teaching, and service demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Questions may be directed to Monika Losagio, Administrative Officer at email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Russian and East European Studies Librarian, University of Pennsylvania
The Russian and East European Studies Librarian supports the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University of Pennsylvania as team member in the Center for Global Collections developing and managing library resources from and about Russia, the former Soviet Union, East Europe and its diasporas and providing library services for the interdisciplinary field of Russian and East European Studies at Penn.
For full job posting, please see link posted above.
Assistant Director, Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, The Ohio State University
The Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at The Ohio State University (Columbus campus) is seeking applications for the role of assistant director. The assistant director is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, which includes program development and support; academic, student, and outreach oversight; and fiscal and data responsibilities.
Minimum education requirement: Master’s degree in East European/Eurasian studies. Knowledge of one or more East European/Eurasian languages.
Additional education desired: A degree or coursework in public policy, international affairs, or higher education administration. OR 2-3 years of program management experience in lieu of education.
Desired skills and experience: Budgeting; programming planning and implementation; program evaluation; grant writing and management; proposal development; experience with outreach programs; familiarity with Microsoft Excel and word processing programs such as Word and Publisher.
For more details and to apply, please click the link posted above.
Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist, World Monuments Fund
World Monuments Fund (WMF) is seeking a Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist for a 12-month, fixed term position. Through public statements on February 25 and March 2, 2022, WMF expressed its deep concern over the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. WMF deplores the loss of life that continues to take place in Ukraine and expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people. WMF remains concerned about the immediate and urgent threat to Ukraine’s cultural heritage, including the country’s wealth of cultural heritage places. The Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist will support all efforts to respond to the impact of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine on the country’s cultural heritage sector.
- Through networking and outreach, remain informed about developments in the conflict, and, in particular, about impacts of the conflict on heritage places, museums, libraries, and archives;
- Serve as the primary coordinator between WMF and members of the international community seeking to share information and coordinate their efforts in support of Ukrainian cultural heritage;
- Identify and cultivate potential partners for WMF within Ukraine’s cultural heritage sector;
- Identify needs for assistance to Ukraine’s cultural heritage sector and support the development of appropriate response strategies by WMF and its partners;
- Support the implementation of activities by WMF and its partners, through new or existing channels for the delivery of support;
- Support communications with WMF’s global audience regarding the impact of conflict on Ukraine’s cultural heritage;
- Plan for post-conflict intervention by WMF and its partners, including inventorying, condition assessment, and emergency stabilization/protection interventions;
- Serve as internal source of knowledge on matters affecting the conflict and post-conflict recovery.
- Knowledge of Ukrainian society, history, and culture;
- Professional proficiency in Ukrainian and English;
- Background in Heritage Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Regional Development, etc.;
- Experience working in a crisis context or in post-conflict recovery.
- Graduate degree in Eastern European Studies or in a related field (Ukrainian Studies, Soviet/Post-Soviet Studies) and/or in other fields relevant to the mission of World Monuments Fund;
- Professional experience in cultural heritage management, development, and/or emergency response.
Location: New York, NY or global (remote)
Reports to: Vice President, Programs
Direct reports: none
Salary and benefits: $65,000+, commensurate with skills and experience, including options for benefits
How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
Executive Director, Museum of Russian Icons (MORI), Clinton, MA
Located in Clinton, MA, the Museum of Russian Icons was created by the late collector and business leader Gordon Lankton in 2004, opened to the public in 2006, and today hosts a distinctive, world-class, thematically-based art collection of more than 1,000 objects. It is also home to the Center for Icon Studies, the research arm of the Museum, which publishes the peer-reviewed online Journal of Icon Studies. Open to the public four days a week, the Museum organizes its own exhibitions from the permanent collection and also hosts visiting exhibitions from other museums and collections. It has an annual budget of $1.1 million, a 10-member Board, 14 staff and 15 volunteers, about 450 members and annual attendance of about 11,000.
The Board seeks an arts professional to lead all museum exhibitions, programming, curatorial and collections management functions; maximize fundraising and museum & online attendance; and develop relationships with collectors, curators, gallerists, educators, researchers and museum professionals nationally and internationally.
The full position description can be found at the link posted above.
The U.S. Russia Foundation Internship Opportunities
The U.S. Russia Foundation invites applications for its internship program in the Foundation’s Washington DC office for Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. USRF interns will have responsibilities in two areas: (1) supporting USRF staff in grant administration and management, and in the operation of the Washington office; and (2) researching, writing, and producing an in-house report for USRF Board members and staff on current trends in Russia and U.S.-Russia relations.
USRF interns will also participate in a program of seminars, discussions, and events to develop their expertise on Russia and knowledge of careers and professions in government, the private sector, and education.
Interns will work flexible schedules of 15-20 hours per week under the supervision of USRF staff. The Spring internship program runs from January 15 through May 31. The Summer internship program runs from June 1 through August 31. The Fall internship program runs from September 15 through December 31. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $1200 and support for public transportation costs in the DC metro area.
An applicant must:
- Be a current full-time undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university with a focus on Russian studies (in any academic discipline), OR be a current Masters degree or professional degree candidate. Preference is given to undergraduates, but MA candidates may also apply.
- Have completed at least 2 years of Russian language studies or the equivalent
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Be a U.S. citizen
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each semester. Spring semester applications are due by December 1st; Summer semester applications are due by April 30th, and Fall semester applications are due by September 13th. These should be submitted to email@example.com.
Applicants should submit:
- A letter of interest that includes: your background, your interest in Russia, and what you think USRF should be doing to advance its mission (see the USRF website http://usrf.us )
- 2 letters of recommendation from professors, instructors, or teaching assistants
- A current university transcript
- A writing sample
Internships with the Kennan Institute
The Kennan Institute offers paid research internships for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students. Each intern works with a scholar in residence at the Institute over a period of three to nine months. Applicants should have a good command of the Russian or Ukrainian language and ability to conduct independent research. This internship offers a flexible schedule of 15 hours per week.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing your availability to work in Washington, D.C. and your research interests and strengths. Please be sure to note in your cover letter the period for which you wish to be considered (for example, spring or fall semester). You may send your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to:
Research Assistant Coordinator
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
For more information, you may email Joseph Dresen or call (202) 691-4245.
Please note that during the coronavirus outbreak, the Wilson Center and Kennan Institute will be postponing onsite meetings and events until further notice. Incoming scholars have been given the option to postpone their fellowships or work remotely. At this time, the Wilson Center is developing its reopening plans to allow scholars to gradually enter and work from the Center on a controlled basis. As Kennan Institute research interns work directly with our scholars, this directly affects our internship program.
At this time, we anticipate a greatly reduced number of scholars taking up their grants this fall and spring, whether remotely or in person.
As a result, we will continue to accept applications for internships (including from those wishing to work remotely) and keep them on file. When we have a confirmed project available, we will contact those applicants whose availability and background suggest a good match for the project to arrange an interview.
Hungary Foundation, Budapest Fellowship Program 2022/23 - Call for Applications
Hungary Foundation together with Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest, Hungary) is now accepting applications to the 2022/2023 Budapest Fellowship Program.
This full-time, fully-funded transatlantic fellowship opportunity in Budapest, Hungary, for young American scholars and professionals will run from September 2022 through July 2023.
The goal of the 10-month program is to cultivate the next generation of American policy professionals and academics and equip them with a thorough understanding of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Hungary. The fellows will have an opportunity to conduct research on the topic of their choosing while also gaining practical experience researching or working at a Hungarian host institution that matches their professional interests.
The program’s structure is designed to nurture an understanding of Central and Eastern European, and specifically, Hungarian history and culture. The program will offer extensive professional and personal networking opportunities and fellows will be matched with local mentors to guide them throughout their fellowship journey.
The scholarship provides:
- A monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Budapest ($2,300/month for Junior Fellows, $2,500/month for Senior Fellows, $3,000/month for Senior Fellows with a family),
- Assistance with housing in Budapest (option of upgraded college dorms downtown for Junior Fellows, private apartments for Senior Fellows),
- Roundtrip air travel to Hungary,
- Health insurance assistance for the fellow’s visa application process,
- Assistance in obtaining a Hungarian temporary residence permit,
- Hungarian language classes,
- Book stipend and research support,
- Organized field trips to neighboring countries and the Hungarian countryside.
For more information and to apply, please see link posted above. The application deadline is May 27, 2022 with an expected decision date in June 2022.
Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association Awards
The Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association is currently accepting applications for three awards:
The SEEFA Award for Best Undergraduate Paper (deadline: May 31)
The SEEFA Award for Best Graduate Paper (deadline: May 31)
James Bailey Graduate Travel Award (extended deadline: May 31).
For more information, please see: https://seefa.org/student-awards.
Association for Women in Slavic Studies Heldt Prizes
The Heldt Prize recognizes the accomplishments of Barbara Heldt, one of the founding mothers of Slavic Studies in the United States and of the AWSS. Known for both her feminist scholarship and her commitment to the field, the prize is a fitting tribute to Heldt’s generous support for women and for women’s and gender studies.
Each year AWSS awards three Heldt Prizes:
- Best book by a woman-identifying scholar in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian Studies
- Best book in Slavic/East European/Eurasian women’s and gender studies
- Best article in Slavic/East European/Eurasian women’s and gender studies
AWSS invites nominations for the 2022 competition for the Heldt Prizes, awarded for works of scholarship and translations. To be eligible for nomination, all books and articles must be in English and have been published between 15 April 2021 and 15 April 2022.
The prizes will be awarded at the AWSS meeting at the ASEEES National Convention in Chicago in November 2022.
Instructions for nominating books. One may nominate individual books for more than one category, and more than one item for each category. To nominate any work, please send or request that the publisher send one copy to each member of the prize committee (or the relevant subcommittee) by 31 May 2022. Both hard copy and e-versions are acceptable. If you have any questions about the book prizes, please contact the book prize committee chair: Dr. Sara Dickinson at email@example.com. More information can be found on our announcement flyer.
Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Petro Jacyk Non-Resident Scholars Program
The Petro Jacyk Non-Resident Scholars Program will bring together Ukrainian scholars, public officials, advanced PhD students and public intellectuals to participate in regular virtual seminars moderated by a member of the University of Toronto faculty on a common theme related to the war and the rebuilding of Ukraine. Under “Ukrainian” we understand individuals who lived/worked in Ukraine and/or had a primary affiliation with a Ukrainian institution at the time the war started. The goal of the seminar will be for scholars, intellectuals, advanced PhD students and/or practitioners to complete and present on a scholarly/artistic/or public policy related project. Virtual engagements will run September-December 2022 and January-April 2023. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to or currently remain in Ukraine.
Successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $3,000 CAD for their participation in the seminar as well as virtual access to the University of Toronto Libraries.
Application process: Please send a CV and one-page cover letter outlining the proposed project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in your cover letter your current location (do not specify the city if you prefer not to do so) and preferred dates for participation.
Deadline: June 30
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program
The FRA Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund faculty (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who conduct research overseas, in modern foreign languages and area studies. Faculty can receive funding for 3 to 12 consecutive months. The fellowship supports topics focused primarily on non-Western European languages and area studies.
New for FY 2022, the FRA program features a competitive priority to grant two additional points to applicants applying from Community Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges. You can read the Notice Inviting Applications, along with other competition updates, on our Applicant Page.
Applications will be available May 9th and close July 13th, 2022.
Lastly, to learn more about the FRA experience, check out our Resources page for links to podcasts and videos on the FRA Program. https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsfra/resources.html
Association for Women in Slavic Studies Mary Zirin Prize for Independent Scholars of Slavic Studies
Deadline: September 1, 2022
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Mary Zirin Prize in recognition of an independent scholar in the field of Slavic Studies. The award of $500 is named for Mary Zirin, the founder of Women East-West.
Working as an independent scholar, Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women’s Studies and has been instrumental in the development of the AWSS. The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic or Central and Eastern European Women’s Studies.
The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars of any gender identity and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. The committee encourages applications from those working in the field of women’s or gender studies in disciplines such as the humanities and the social sciences.
The Committee encourages the nomination of candidates at all career stages. For the purpose of this award, an independent scholar is defined as a scholar who is not employed at an institution of higher learning, or an employee of a university or college who is not eligible to compete for institutional support for research (for example, those teaching under short-term contracts or working in administrative posts). We welcome nominations from CIS and Central and Eastern Europe.
The Zirin Prize Committee will accept nominations (including self-nominations) until September 1, 2021. Nominations must include: (1) a nomination letter, no more than two pages long, double-spaced; (2) the nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and (3) a sample publication (e.g., article or book chapter). The nomination letter should describe the scholar’s contribution to the field, as well as work in progress.
Inquiries and nominations should be sent to Magdalena Moskalewicz email@example.com
AWSS Patricia Herlihy Graduate Research Prize
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Patricia Herlihy Graduate Research Prize is awarded annually to fund promising graduate-level research in any field of Slavic/East European/Central Asian studies by a woman or on a topic in Women's or Gender Studies related to Slavic Studies/East Europe/Central Asia by a scholar of any gender.
The AWSS graduate research prize is now supported by a recent endowment established in the name of Dr. Patricia Herlihy by her colleagues, students, and family. Dr. Herlihy made incredible contributions to the study of Ukraine and supported and mentored generations of scholars across disciplines engaged in study on Ukraine and its neighbors.
Graduate students who are at any stage of master's or doctoral level research are eligible. Only current graduate students are eligible for this prize.
The grant can be used to support expenses related to completion of a thesis or dissertation, as well as travel, services, and/or materials. The award carries a cash prize of $1000.00. Nominations and self- nominations are welcome.
A completed application consists of 1) a 2-3 page proposal that explains the project, how the funds will be used, and why this funding is necessary for continued progress on the project; 2) a CV; 3) a detailed budget and timeline; and 4) two letters of recommendation. Please submit application materials in MS Word or PDF. Winning recipients should submit a report on their use of the funds to the Committee Chair by August of the year following the receipt of the award. Recipients must be members of AWSS; if award recipients are not current AWSS members, they must join AWSS as condition of the award.
Applications are due by September 1, 2022, and must be complete by that date to be considered for the award. Letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the AWSS Graduate Prize Committee Chair directly.
Please direct all questions and send all application materials by email attachment to the Committee Chair, Barbara Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Research Prize Committee:
Barbara Allen, PhD, Chair
Associate Professor of History
La Salle University
Association for Women in Slavic Studies Travel Grants
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to be able to offer travel grants of between $200 and $1000 for scholars from Eurasia studying women's and gender studies, who are presenting papers at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) meetings, the AWSS meetings, or the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) meetings.
Requests to support travel to other conferences will be considered if funds are available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Scholars should complete the information listed below and submit a budget and a current CV with their application. All recipients of awards are required to submit a short (maximum 250 words) report on their grant activity within 30 days after the event for which travel was supported.
CFP: Industrious Nations: Reconsidering Nationality and Economy in the Soviet Union
Princeton, New Jersey | October 28-29, 2022 | Deadline: May 22, 2022
Co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Department of History and Columbia University’s Harriman Institute
Russia’s attack on Ukraine illustrates the continued importance of understanding the historical formation of national narratives in post-Soviet spaces. Marking the centennial of the Soviet Union’s founding in 1922, this two-day workshop will explore the relationship between national identity and the economy in the Soviet Union. Although the pursuit of economic equality among all national groups was an explicit goal of Soviet economic policy, the interplay of nationality and economic issues has received little scholarly attention. Historians writing on nationality in the Soviet Union have long focused on the politics of language and culture. At the same time, scholars researching the Soviet economy have often tacitly assumed a uniform, technocratic, de-nationalized society, revealing an imagined binary of Soviet vs. national. In a similar vein, studies of the Soviet working class have long centered on ethnic Russians, paying little attention to other national groups.
This workshop attempts to bridge this analytical gap by bringing together a group of scholars whose work engages with both fields. We welcome contributions that are based on original research and address issues such as the following questions:
How were local particularities translated into economic agendas and planning in the Soviet Union?
How did the federal structure of the Soviet Union shape the functioning and performance of the command economy?
What role did national considerations play in economic arguments?
How did industrialization, urbanization, and economic transformation more broadly Sovietize – or fail to Sovietize – non-Russian populations?
In what ways did local economic production inform national narratives and identities?
How did relations of production contribute to the emergence of national interest groups?
How did labor migration change the composition of local communities and the perception of nationality?
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted along with a CV to email@example.com by May 22, 2022. Invitations to participate in the workshop will be sent out by mid-June. Participants are requested to submit papers of approximately 6,000 words (excl. footnotes) by October 7. These submissions will be circulated among confirmed attendees and will form the basis of discussion. Professor Artemy Kalinovsky will address the workshop in a keynote lecture. In addition, a roundtable discussion will respond to the panels and conclude the workshop.
The organizers hope to provide funding for travel to and from Princeton, accommodation for the duration of the workshop (three nights), and meals, but participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their home institutions towards the cost of their attendance. For more information, please contact Sohee Ryuk (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sam Coggeshall (email@example.com), or Jonathan Raspe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CFP: "The Bad, the Bad, and the Ugly | Russophone 'B-Verse' Throughout the Ages"
Columbia University | October 21-22, 2022, Hybrid Format | Deadline: August 1, 2022
Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Columbia University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
In his canny examination of the life and oeuvre of Count Khvostov, Ilya Vinitsky suggests that “if good poetry hides an author’s complexes, then bad poetry unveils them.” This observation draws our attention to a typically unexamined assumption of literary scholarship: that our objects of study must, necessarily, be “good.” Verse scholarship in the 20th and 21st centuries has made great strides in deconstructing cumbersome notions of universal artistic quality and heroic genius. It has made room in the field of poetics for literary verse that challenges long-held notions of “the good,” “the true,” and “the beautiful”—and, at long last, has given even the unabashedly ugly its due consideration. We applaud this work, and invite scholars to push this endeavor even further as we seek to do away with the notion that academic study ought to reify the opposition between the intellectual generative and the formally atrocious. Our conference embraces the notion that abject artistic failure, too, can be fertile ground for intellectual inquiry. Indeed, works of poor quality play an integral role in the formation of the canon of Russophone verse. Bad poetry defines the limits of literariness at a given historical moment, heightens the contradictions inherent in the process by which literary form coheres and “is made,” and lays the foundation for future verbal experimentation and development. In so doing, it offers us a particularly effective means of investigating relations between individual actors and literary institutions. Svetlana Boym suggests as much in her study of “commonplace writing,” positing that it becomes “a public threat,” dramatizing “the tension between writing and publishing, between writing and the presentation of the self.”
Thus, we call for scholarly work that applies itself to the exploration of so-called “B-verse”: poetry that is hackneyed, poorly crafted, transparently self-indulgent, or otherwise artistically ineffective. We will investigate “bad” verse production in all its manifestations: from graphomanic scribblings, to epistolary doggerel and private marginalia, to “bad” verse consciously deployed as a device within works traditionally considered “good.” We invite papers that expound on the situation of “badness” as a formal feature of text, examine the place of low-quality poetry within the historical system of Russophone verse, or offer new insight onto oeuvres, poets, and particular works typically considered crucially manqué.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Light verse from “serious” poets
- Relationships between B-verse texts and “good” poetics
- Juvenilia and its relation to mature style
- “Badness” as mode of aesthetic resistance
- Critical lampoon as creative practice
- Texts athwart canonicity, and bad Russophone verse from outside of the metropole
- Moments of harsh aesthetic judgment in publication and private correspondence
- Revision of received wisdom in literary appraisal; reading good poets as bad poets, and vice versa
- “Badness” as form, structure, or genre
- Over-writing and under-writing
- Bad poems and the people who inhabit them
- “Badness” and play, “badness” and constraint
- Bad poets, fictional and otherwise
- Failed experiments and their consequences
- Self-indulgence and the lyric subject
- Camp, irony, and oblique modes of “enjoyability” from century to century
In addition to the more traditional scholarly component, this conference will also include a workshop dedicated to translating “B-verse,” in the effort to locate “badness” in tangible literary form, and to answer broader questions about the heuristics of stylistic quality and appraisal in and out of Russian-language poetry. We will concentrate on translating a single “bad” poem, engaging with various traditions of Russophone verse translation into English in order to communicate “badness” to the Anglophone reader. As literary translation is connected to academic scholarship and shares many of its foundational assumptions, this “hands-on” experience will fit into our conference’s broader goal of re-examining critical reflection, itself, and the aesthetic judgments that underpin it.
We enthusiastically invite scholars to celebrate those moments in literary production at which human frailty bleeds into form. As we engage with poetic text that is (at least ostensibly) forthrightly “bad,” we hope to interrogate the reflexive process through which “literariness” is ascribed to verse language. In so doing, we will demonstrate how our own engagement with texts that freely shirk traditional standards of quality may be even freer, cleverer, and more intellectually generative.
Indiana University Bloomington Summer Language Workshop - Russian Immersion Program
Russian was the first language to be offered in the Language Workshop, in 1950. Since then, the Workshop has helped thousands of students improve their mastery of Russian and their understanding of the cultures of the Russian-speaking world.
Today's Russian program offers seven levels of accelerated, proficiency-based courses developed in collaboration with the Russian Language Flagship Program. Courses combine formal classroom instruction, daily one-on-one, level-appropriate conversation and communication coaching sessions, and a rich program of extra-mural activities led by facilitators from across the Russian-speaking world.
To maximize exposure to Russian, students, faculty, and staff sign an Immersion Contract and commit to living in the Russian section of the Workshop dorm and to speaking only Russian for the duration of the program. (Yes, there are exceptions for emergencies and other situations where speaking Russian is not realistic.)
Dates, requirements, costs, and format differ from course to course. Use the buttons at the bottom of this page to explore your options and find the right course for you or write to email@example.com for assistance.
Indiana University Bloomington Summer Language Workshop - Hungarian Study Abroad Program
For over two decades, the Language Workshop has been teaching summer Hungarian in an accelerated, proficiency-based program combining formal classroom instruction with extracurricular activities to increase the linguistic competence and the cultural literacy of participants. Developed with the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, the program has trained over 150 students. Originally a fully in-person course, the program added online elements, then went fully online in 2020. Beginning in 2022, the Hungarian program is evolving again, combining a specialized online course with a customized study-abroad course in Budapest to create a maximally effective intensive language and culture training program.
Deadline to apply for admission: May 18, 2022.
Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim world (SILMW) is a program offered by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program at the University of Illinois since 2008. SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World while interacting with experts on the region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW offers a variety of extra-curricular learning activities designed to enhance and enrich the language learning process, provides additional channels for language contact, and exposes students to the traditions of the communities of the Muslim World.
The institute is held annually at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Classes take place during the Summer semester. University students earn between 4 and 10 credit hours for taking one or two intensive language courses over the period of 4-8 weeks. SILMW offers exciting opportunities to immerse in the target language through up to 4 hours of daily class instruction and daily co-corricular activities, including research forums, conversation tables, cooking classes, film series, field trips and so much more! Proficiency in any language endorsed by SILMW program presents a competitive advantage in the modern day job market.
SILMW offers intensive courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Wolof. SILMW promotes the study of the Less Commonly Taught Languages, critical to US national interest in the 21st century.
SILMW for 2022 will take place from June 13 to August 6, 2022. The institute will be fully face-to-face unless regulations change. Register online by May 8, 2022.
University of Wisconsin Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)
The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series.
Course offerings each summer are dependent on student interest and enrollment. Typical course offerings include Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Languages are generally offered at the beginning and intermediate level, although advanced level courses may be offered with sufficient student interest. Additional languages, such as Kyrgyz or Azerbaijani, may also be offered with sufficient interest.
CESSI was founded in 2011 by a consortium of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities. Since its creation, CESSI has been hosted by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
CESSI is part of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI), which offers training in more Less Commonly Taught Languages than any other university in the U.S. For more information, visit the WISLI website. Sign up to receive information from WISLI here.
Kazakh language courses through CESSI also qualify towards fulfilling the UW Russian Flagship Kazakh language requirement.
American Councils Study Abroad Programs
For over 45 years, American Councils has conducted comprehensive study abroad programs for thousands of students, teachers, and professionals. Participants greatly benefit from individual attention in small classes, life with local host families, global internship experience, and other immersion opportunities outside the classroom. Programs offered by American Councils include the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP), Balkan Language Initiative, Eurasian Regional Language Program, Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training (OPIT), Peace and Security in the South Caucasus Program, and Russian Heritage Speakers Program. Also offered are online programs through the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program, Balkan Language Initiative, and Eurasian Regional Language Program.
American Councils Research Abroad
American Councils has administered grants in support of research in a range of disciplines and geographies for over 30 years. Through our strong presence overseas and a network of scholars and institutional partners, we connect grantees with the resources they need to achieve their research goals. Please see their website for more information on their Title VIII Combined Research & Language Training Program (CRLT) and Title VIII Research Scholar Program.
Lewis University Summer STARTALK 2021
STARTALK is one of the projects of the National Security Initiative, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages by funding new and existing programs and to provide incentives and rewards for foreign language learning.
STARTALK’s overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning and speaking critical need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students (K-16).
Lewis University has been offering Startalk Program since 2009.
This year’s summer program will offer its participants an intensive instruction in beginning Russian and Arabic. Both courses will be conducted online.
Go to the following link to fill out an online admission application. Application deadline is May 31st, 11:59 p.m.
CIEE Russian Language Programs
Summer 2022: Take your beginner, intermediate, or advanced Russian language skills to a new level while you explore glorious St. Petersburg. With inspiring sites, rigorous coursework, homestays, and the help of Russian peers, you’re sure to make rapid progress. Courses are taught in Russian at CIEE’s partner school, St. Petersburg State University, and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.
The Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University's Melikian Center
The Critical Languages Institute (CLI) at Arizona State University’s Melikian Center is a national training institute for less commonly taught languages, offering summer intensive courses and study-abroad programs around the world.
In 2022, the CLI languages will be Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Hebrew, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek.
For updates on CLI 2022, please see here.
Please click here to view a website on our alumni and on the history of CLI.
Thanks to ASU institutional support, CLI does not charge tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for its credit-bearing courses. Instead, we charge a flat administrative fee of $1,500 for all of our languages. Please note that additional fees apply for our study-abroad programs.
For information on CLI 2022 program dates and estimated costs, please visit the individual language pages. Please note that we are working to keep these updated with the most accurate information we have available.
The Melikian Center provides study-abroad advising, grant & career mentoring, and visits by federal agency recruiters during Tempe-based CLI programs. CLI graduates have an exceptionally high success rate for competitive study-abroad awards like the Boren and Fulbright. Wherever they start their journey, CLI students travel on as multicultural, global citizens!
Please click here to add your email to our CLI 2022 update list. In addition to updating our website, we will use this email list to keep people informed about key application and scholarship dates and decisions about CLI 2022.
If you have any questions, please email or call us at (480) 965-4188.
Jagiellonian University Polish Language and Culture Semester- and Year-Long Programs
Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland invites foreign participants to semester- and year-long programs of Polish language and culture. Beginning in October 2020 the courses will be offered in a traditional in-class form, as well as (due to the coronavirus pandemic) online. For further details, please visit their website (linked above).
The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute
The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute offers a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages through proficiency-based instruction through courses in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many study abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer. For full information, click here.
Aspirantum-Armenian School of Languages and Cultures is inviting students, scholars and researchers to apply and take part in Russian language summer school.
Aspirantum is also organizing summer and winter schools of Persian, Armenian and Russian languages in Yerevan, Armenia.
The 21 days Russian language summer school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Russian, reading and interpreting Russian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Russian.
To apply, click here.
Ukrainian Catholic University- School of Ukrainian Language Summer Program (Online)
The UCU program is the largest and most popular Ukrainian-as-a-foreign-language program in Ukraine, hosting about a hundred students from over twenty countries every summer. The program consists of daily language classes, individual tutoring, workshops or lectures and excursions. At the beginning of the summer UCU program, students visit the Carpathian Mountains for a unique two-week experience. Students then return to Lviv for four weeks to continue the UCU summer language and culture program. University ECTS credits can be received on completion of the course. The Summer Program consists of six weeks. Sessions are customizable to meet student criteria and requirements, where students may choose any number of days or weeks of study during the six weeks.