Opportunities

Jobs

The Department of State will place language-qualified U.S. citizen Consular Fellows serving in Limited Non-Career Appointments (LNA) in language-specific positions at overseas posts. These Fellows will be fully professional members of embassy and consulate teams. LNAs, however, do not provide expedited, alternate, preferential, or otherwise special access into either the Department of State Foreign Service. These appointments do not lead to onward employment with the Department of State or with the U.S. government.  LNA Consular Fellows may apply to become Foreign Service Specialists or Officers, as well as Civil Service employees, but they must meet all applicable qualifications and complete the standard application and assessment processes.

Applications are due 9/30/2019. To apply, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/511256900

Date posted: 5/2/2019

English Language Teacher in Russia

International Education Company WINDSOR is looking for two more English speakers from the UK, Canada or America to work as teachers  with both groups of students and individuals for the academic year 2019-2020 (starting from September 2019).

Annually 6 native speakers work for our language school and some of them have been working with us for more than 2 years. You can read their opinions about working in our school on our website http://windsor63.ru/?mode=1&menu=41

Our city is located on the beautiful river Volga, very close to the mountains. Our staff is young and friendly, ready to help every minute.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know via e-mail n.larionova@windsor63.ru

Internships

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Funding

Malevich Society 2019 Grant 

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its call for 2019 grant applications.
Based in New York, the Malevich Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his work.

In the belief that Malevich was a pioneer of modern art who should be recognized for his key contributions to the history of Modernism, the Society awards grants to encourage research, writing, and other activities related to his history and memory.

The Society welcomes applications from scholars of any nationality and at various stages of their career. Graduate students are welcome to apply after completing at least one year of dissertation research. Proposed projects should increase the understanding of Malevich and his work, or augment historical, biographical, or artistic information about Malevich and/or his artistic legacy. The Society also supports translations and the publication of relevant texts.

Application forms and instructions may be requested by e-mail at info@malevichsociety.org or may be downloaded from the Society’s website: www.malevichsociety.org.

Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted via e-mail to applications@malevichsociety.org.

Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2019

2021 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship

The University of Chicago Press and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society are pleased to announce the competition for the 2021 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship. Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars.

The Catharine Stimpson Prize is awarded biennially to the best paper in an international competition. Leading feminist scholars from around the globe will select the winner. The prizewinning paper will be published in Signs, and the author will be provided an honorarium of $1,000. All papers submitted for the Stimpson Prize will be considered for peer review and possible publication in Signs.

Eligibility: Feminist scholars in the early years of their careers (fewer than seven years since receipt of the terminal degree) are invited to submit papers for the Stimpson Prize. This includes current graduate students. Papers may be on any topic that falls under the broad rubric of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Submissions must be no longer than 10,000 words (including notes and references) and must conform to the guidelines for Signs contributors (http://signsjournal.org/for-authors/author-guidelines/).

Please submit papers online at http://signs.edmgr.com. Be sure to indicate submission for consideration for the Catharine Stimpson Prize. The honorarium will be awarded upon publication of the prizewinning article.

Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2020.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
2019 NEW DIRECTIONS FELLOWSHIP

Internal Deadline: Monday August 5th, 2019 – 8:00 AM CST

Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD.  New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

For complete details about the award and eligibility, please follow this New Directions RFP.

Nominations for the Aquila Polonica Prize due September 1

The Aquila Polonica Prize is awarded every other year to the author of the best English-language article published during the previous two years on any aspect of Polish studies. The award carries a $500 honorarium (thanks to the generous support of Aquila Polonica Publishing, which specializes in publishing on the Polish experience of World War II). Any article published in calendar years 2017 or 2018 will be eligible for the prize this year. Nominations and self-nominations should be sent to the prize committee by September 1. The winning publication will be determined by November 1 and will be awarded at the ASEEES Convention in San Francisco.

Please submit article nominations directly to the prize committee:

Beth Holmgren (beth.holmgren@duke.edu)

Janine Holc (JHolc@loyola.edu)

Eva Plach (eplach@wlu.ca)

NYUAD Institute / Humanities Research Fellowships for the Study of the Arab World, New York University Abu Dhabi, NYUAD Institute 

The NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute invites scholars who wish to contribute to the vibrant research culture of NYUAD’s Saadiyat campus to apply for a residential fellowship, starting September 2020.

2020-2021 Fellowship at the Katz Center: “America’s Jewish Questions”, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: September 23, 2019

The Herbert D. Katz Center at The University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2020–2021 academic year on the theme of America’s Jewish Questions.

Hedley Bull Research Fellowship in International Relations University of Oxford – Department of Politics and International Relations

The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford, proposes to appoint a Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations. The post will be associated with a non-stipendiary Fellowship position at one of the Oxford Colleges.
The successful candidate will be based at the Department for Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. The appointment will be offered on a full-time basis and available from 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 3 years.
The person appointed will engage in sophisticated and original independent research and contribute to teaching and research activities of the DPIR and the College. For the Department, this involves small scale project management and co-ordinating multiple aspects of research and administrative work to meet deadlines. For the College, the postholder will be expected to teach International Relations (IR) papers and may be asked to participate in the annual admissions exercise.

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BSV007/hedley-bull-research-fellowship-in-international-relations

Association For Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Graduate Essay Prize

AWSS Graduate Essay Prize

This prize recognizes the most outstanding essay written in English in Slavic, East European or Eurasian women’s and gender studies by a graduate student based at any tertiary institution worldwide.

The prize is awarded to the author of a chapter or article-length essay on any topic in any field or area of Slavic/East European/Central Asian Studies written by a woman, or on a topic in Slavic/East European/Central Asian Women’s/Gender Studies written by a woman or a man.

If the essay is a seminar paper, it must have been written during the academic year 2018-2019. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents. Previous submissions and published materials are ineligible.

This competition is open to current doctoral students and to those who defended a doctoral dissertation in 2018-2019.

Additional Info: https://us19.campaign-archive.com/?u=f2f4173e59a1f1e3c68ba4ff4&id=ed982a1479&fbclid=IwAR3LIXaNzIHxsfkeYocINCVSlAIYPRuR-7P_tt5lOhEirBjjGJ2CNuiobJY

Call for Applications: Istanbul Research Institute Grants | Deadline: August 11, 2019

Istanbul Research Institute offers four types of grants for researchers working on projects related to its departments of Byzantine, Ottoman, Atatürk and Republican-Era studies, and its “Istanbul and Music” Research Program.

  • 1 Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant (TRY40.000): In order to support work for preparing publications from PhD theses as well as for new research.
  • 1 Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates (TRY30.000): In order to support field/archival research necessary for the PhD thesis or for writing the thesis itself.
  • 5 Travel Grants (TRY5.000): In order to support travel necessary for field/archival work.
  • 5 Conference Grants (TRY5.000): In order to support presentation or organizing a panel at a scholarly activity outside of Turkey.

All applications are due August 11, 2019. All awards will be announced by September 15, 2019.

For more information, eligibility criteria, and application: https://en.iae.org.tr/Content/Grants/128

Please see the extended list of opportunities at: http://lb.webservices.illinois.edu/iList/3439

Submissions

CfP for a Cahiers du monde russe special issue “The Political and Social History of Sexual and Gender Dissidence in the USSR and Post-Soviet Space” to be released in 2021

“The Political and Social History of Sexual and Gender Dissidence
in the USSR and Post-Soviet Space”

Editors: Arthur Clech (EHESS, Paris), Dan Healey (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Whether in the Russian Empire, the USSR, or in the newly independent successor states of the region, power framed homosexuality in various ways, sometimes directly leading to medical or legal repression, other times leading to forms of social censure. The Soviet experience offers a sufficiently singular case to justify separate study: the Stalinist anti-sodomy law was enacted in each of the Soviet republican penal codes before the Second World War, while several of the post-war Warsaw Pact socialist states of Central and Eastern Europe either lacked such a law, or eliminated it. In the Soviet republics, there were notable differences in the penalties for sodomy in the law, and such differences in approach would on occasion increase after the dismemberment of the USSR.

Cahiers du monde russe wishes to investigate “sexual and gender dissidence” in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. We wish to take account of medical-legal regulation of this dissent, but also illuminate the effects that this regulation doubtless had on queer subjectivities: moments of self-oppression, denunciation, counter-discourses and other strategies of survival.

Analyses of literary and artistic works are welcomed for they may constitute the most likely place for the construction of queer subjectivities. Likewise, the LGBT press of the 1990s and early 2000s, emerging in the capitals and the provinces, with its readers’ voices reflected in correspondence and other materials, offers opportunities to hear and analyse queer voices.

Titles and abstracts submission deadline: 6 September 2019.

Short project abstracts (500 words maximum) should be sent tosovgenderdissent_cmr[at]ehess.fr.

Please include name, institutional affiliation, and email address in all correspondence.

Authors of selected proposals will be notified by 20 October 2019.

Languages: French, English, Russian.

Manuscripts submission deadline: 20 May 2020.

Maximum article length: 11,000 words (space characters and notes included)

Publication date: July-September 2021.

For additional information, please contact:

Editors: Arthur Clech, Dan Healey : sovgenderdissent_cmr[at]ehess.fr  or  Valérie Mélikian, cmr[at]ehess.fr

The full text of the call (in English, French and Russian) is available on the following links :

FR : https://journals.openedition.org/monderusse/11000

EN : https://journals.openedition.org/monderusse/11005

RU : https://journals.openedition.org/monderusse/11011

Please see the extended list of opportunities at:

Conferences & Workshops

The 26th Annual Gender & Sexuality Writing Collective

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

October 25-26, 2019, University of Rochester, Rochester, NYThe Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester will hold a two-day writing collective on October 25-26, 2019. The writing collective will provide a lively platform for graduate students to workshop a paper with fellow graduate students and faculty from multiple institutions.

The aim of the collective is to create an intimate space for emerging scholars of gender and sexuality to share their work with a focus on preparing their paper for publication. This event is intended as an opportunity for graduate students to consider issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability. Participants will engage with one another in interdisciplinary discussions led by established scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, whose experience and outstanding research in their respective fields will benefit and help shape the papers. We welcome emerging scholars to join us in this program of events that includes writing workshops and a panel on publishing. Participants will be invited to a dinner reception and other meals will be provided.

To learn more about the Susan B. Anthony Institute and the Susan B. Anthony Interdisciplinary Conference, please visit: http://www.sas.rochester.edu/gsw/graduate/conference/index.html

International Conference “Between Kyiv and Vienna: Histories of People, Ideas, and Objects in Circulation and Motion”, Vienna, 4-7 December 2019

The Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv), and Ukrainian Institute (Kyiv) invite paper proposals for a conference to be held in Vienna on 4-7 December 2019

This multidisciplinary conference, which concludes the “Cultural Year Austria-Ukraine 2019“, seeks to explore the contemporary and historical dynamics that have shaped Austria, Ukraine, and the space between and around them, through the lens of circulation and motion.

Proposal submission deadline: 5 August 2019

Notification of acceptance: by 1 September 2019

Paper submission deadline: 15 November 2019

Soviet Cultural Policy: Agencies, Regulations, Bureaucracy 10th World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES)

Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, 4–9 August, 2020.

Deadline August 15, 2019

With the October Revolution, along with the economy and defense, Soviet cultural policy became an important site of strategic activity meant to foster the transition from a tsarist, theocratic culture to a socialist one, and to form «Soviet citizens». At one level, cultural policy refers to how governments fund, promote and protect the arts, cultural industries and heritage. Cultural policy is also associated with a variety of communication techniques such as film, book and magazine publishing, as well as radio- and TV-broadcasting aimed at dissemination within national borders and as cultural diplomacy. Finally, cultural policy relies heavily on bureaucracy, a term that rapidly became contentious in the Soviet context. Building on Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality, we offer to explore bureaucracy as a means by which the state and its cultural institutions communicate, and therefore an instrument of cultural policy. This panel invites contributions that interrogate infrastructural, legislative, and communicative elements of Soviet cultural policy such as institutional and transnational actors, bureaucratic management, regulations in creative sectors, etc.

Call for Papers: Global Intellectual History – The Turkish Connection 

We are organizing a workshop that aims to connect the recent “Global Intellectual History” (GIH) turn with a specific focus on late Ottoman and Republican Turkish political ideas, thinkers, and developments.

Summerhouse Cooperatives and Allotment Gardens in State-socialist Europe after World War II – Specialist session in EAUH2020 (Antwerp, 2-5 September, 2020)

European Association for Urban History

15th International Conference

General theme: Cities in Motion

Antwerp 2-5 September, 2020

Short abstract:

This session aims to explore the specific leisure spaces of urbanized socialist ‘summerfolk’ –  summer cottage and collective gardening cooperatives – that were extensively built around Eastern European cities from the 1960s onwards. The focus will be on the comparative view of different typologies of settlements and buildings and their specific conditions of production.

Session content:

Along with the rapid urbanization and the introduction of the five-day workweek, leisure became a vastly discussed theme in socialist countries in the 1960s. The ways of spending free time, its social and spatial factors became a topical research issue that involved listing different categories for leisure activities and detailed typologies of leisure spaces. The postwar decades witnessed a massive spread of second home as a leisure destination as thousands of small summerhouses dotted the areas close to bigger eastern European cities.

The socialist summerhouse (or the Russian dacha, Czech chata, Yugoslavian vikendica, German datsche etc.), or a lot in a cooperatively owned allotment garden has been studied in more detail within cultural history as a practice that reflects the changing relationship between the state and the individual under late-Socialism. It has often been considered as a site for informal relationships (economic, intellectual etc.) defined by the routines and values of its inhabitants. Yet, the architectural story of this ambivalent phenomenon – located in-between emerging consumer culture and self-provisioning economic system – is largely unwritten.

Accordingly, this session seeks papers that address the architectural rather than the cultural within this specific urbanized leisure practice. By this we do not suggest to focus on the formal/stylistic aspects of the summerhouse or to dissolve its cultural complexity by detaching the designed and the built from the context that makes it meaningful as a social practice. Instead, we would like to shift the focus from the (state-mediated) user-experience to the conditions of production and observe the appropriations of the rhetoric of collective leisure on the authoritative level that legitimized forms of urban middle-class vacation practices at times appearing quite similar to its counterparts in Western welfare societies.

We are interested in different typologies of personal summer cottages in state-socialist European countries and their specific political and economic contexts: the legal framework and patterns of ownership and land-use (private to cooperative ownership, subsistence farming to other forms of leisure), planning practices, architectural competitions, the applications of standard and individual designs and construction schemes, and various “product marketing” strategies like published catalogues, brochures and different instructive literature for constructing a (pre-fab) personal summerhouse. Also, tracking the reasons of the proliferation of certain types or aesthetic, like influences of the postwar American A-frame cabin, or the modernist Scandinavian summer cottages would make an exciting contribution to the theme. We invite specific case studies as well as comparative papers, or more general accounts that observe specific activities and developments, trajectories and exchange of ideas across countries.

Please submit a 350-word abstract by 4 October 2019: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/eauh2020/papers/call-for-papers/

Session organizers:

Dr. Epp Lankots, Estonian Academy of Arts

Prof. Marija Drėmaitė, Vilnius University

Contact: epp.lankots@artun.ee

Workshop on Biographical Studies for Young Scholars

early career scholars and especially PhD students are invited to participate in a one-day workshop on 30 November 2019 in Warsaw

The workshop precedes the conference “Biographies and Politics. The Involvement of Jews and People of Jewish Origin in Leftist Movements in 19th and 20th Century Poland” (1-2 December 2019), jointly organized by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies, the Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford and the UCL. The participants of the workshop are expected to also attend the conference.

Interested early career scholars and PhD students are invited to submit the completed application form to: geopconference@polin.pl

The working language of the workshop will be English. Additional reading skills in Polish, Yiddish or German will be a plus.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The POLIN Museum will cover the costs of accommodation and meals during the Workshop and the subsequent conference.Participants without institutional funding may apply for a travel grant.

Deadline for application: 31 July 2019.

For more information, visit: https://www.polin.pl/en/event/how-to-approach-biographical-research-workshop

Call for Papers: Workshop “Foreign Communities in Early Modern Muscovite Cities (c. 1500-1725)”

13–14 December 2019
Institute of East European History
University of Vienna, Austria

Between the late 15th century and the death of Peter I the State of Muscovy emerged from a rather homogenous Russian-speaking and Christian Orthodox medieval principality to a multi-ethnic and multi-religious empire. A major factor in this development was the conquest of the neighbouring Tatar Khanates and the colonization of Siberia, resulting in the integration of their non-Christian populations into the Russian state. Whereas at the periphery the ethnic balance of the empire was changed by annexing foreign ethnic groups, in its core the ethnic composition was modified by growing numbers of immigrants crossing the western borders of Muscovy to settle inside or near Russian cities. Their presence was accompanied by adaptations in the legal, fiscal, and economic system, as well as in the everyday life of the native citizens. While the immigration to Early Modern Russia of Western experts, mercenaries and artists has been the subject of a vast number of case studies, these have seldom examined another central issue in European-Russian relations ― the role of immigrants in changing the mutual perception of the respective other.

The upcoming workshop “Foreign Communities in Early Modern Muscovite Cites” will therefore focus on matters regarding integration, interaction and perception. Aiming at a comparative analysis, the main points to be considered will be the view of foreign communities from within and without, as well as their place between other minorities in Muscovite Russia. The conference will deal with questions such as:

  • What were the legal, economic and political circumstances that supported or hindered the integration of non-Orthodox subjects into the Muscovite society?
  • How did local authorities and the native population handle the settlement of non-Orthodox inhabitants into existing Muscovite cities?
  • To what extent did the legal and living conditions of non-Orthodox Christians differ from that of other minorities?
  • What kinds of communication and interaction were developed, supported or restricted by authorities and other local agents?
  • How did everyday life, cooperation and conflict influence local perspectives of the other, and how did these perspectives compare to the general discourse of European-Russian relations in the Early Modern era?

The workshop is being organized by the Institute of East European History at the University of Vienna, and will take place Friday and Saturday, 13 to 14 December 2019. It will consist of three panels, each with a keynote speaker as well as two or three twenty-minute papers followed by discussion. The working language of the conference will be English. The University of Vienna will defray all costs for accommodation for two days in Vienna and offers a limited number of travel grants.

Paper proposals (approx. 350 words in English, Russian or German) for a contribution on case studies in all fields touched upon here can be submitted to: Simon Dreher (simon.dreher@univie.ac.at) by 16 September 2019. All paper proposals should be in the form of a single electronic document (.doc, .docx, .odt or .pdf).

22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be held at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona, from Thursday, April 2, to Saturday, April 4, 2020.

The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture.

Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to the conference email address bssc2020@asu.edu .

Abstracts should be up to 250 words, including examples and bibliography, 12-point font, at least 1″ margins, and should not contain name(s) or affiliations(s) of the author(s).  Abstracts should also include a title, and up to five keywords.

The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email.

Please send submissions by September 1,  2019.  Notification of selection, and invitation letters if needed, will be sent by October 1.

More information about travel arrangements, hotels, and area attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tombstone, etc.) will be sent out later in the year. Tempe is part of greater Phoenix, and is approximately a 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The conference is hosted by the Melikian Center at ASU, in collaboration with the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona (U of A). Additional support is provided by ASU’s  School of International Letters and Cultures, the Mary Choncoff Fund, and the Stephen and Sandra Batalden Fund.

Questions about the conference may be directed to the ASU and U of A conference organizers, Keith Brown and Grace Fielder, either directly or via the conference email address.

The European Culture Research Network (ECRN) of the Council for European Studies invites submissions for papers for the 27th International Conference of Europeanists: Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias

June 22-24, 2020  |  University of Iceland  |  Reykjavik, Iceland

www.councilforeuropeanstudies.org

Paper submission is now open 26 August – 15 October.

The ECRN invites submissions for a mini-symposium on “The Futures of Europe.”

In addition, we welcome session proposals or individual abstracts on all aspects of European culture.

Please send proposals to Randall Halle (rhalle@pitt.edu), Katrin Sieg (ks253@georgetown.edu), and Estela Schindel (Schindel@europa-uni.de).

Sessions involve a moderator and discussants, and can take three forms:

  • Paper panels consist of 4-5 papers organized around a common theme with comments provided by a discussant.
  • Book panels (also known as “Author Meets Critics”) bring together 4-6 scholars to debate a recent publication in the field and are moderated by a chair.
  • Roundtables assemble 4-6 scholars to discuss a common theme, idea, or topic with moderation provided by a chair.
  • Mini-Symposia are thematic clusters of 3-5 sessions of any of the above types grouped together.

Open Call for panels, roundtables, mini-symposia

The ECRN/CES welcomes paper and session submissions on all aspects of European Culture: e.g. Longing and Belonging to Places and Communities; Perceptions/Images/Stereotypes of Place, Nation, Group; Migration, Exile and Belonging; Empires and Imperialism; Migration, Multiculturalism, Religion, Ethnicity; Borders and Boundaries; Allegiance, Nostalgia, Mythology; New Readings of Iconic Texts; Genres and Styles: Realist, Utopian, Dystopian; Media Adaptions and Rewritings; Transnational Memories; (Post)colonial and De-colonial Critique; Eastern- and Central European Studies; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Imagology, Myth-and Folklore Criticism; Radicalism and Violence; European Avant-gardes; Cosmopolitics; Eurocentrism contestation and non-European epistemologies; Europe and the World.

ECRN Mini-Symposium

European Futures: Experiments, Agency, Cultural Practice

When is Europe? Is the European project of united in diversity a project of the future to come? Where is Europe in a history of shifting borders and changing collectivities? Is it a place or a process that imagines futures and pasts in a present? The post-war aim of a Europe without borders, central to the project of the EU, set itself against a past of chauvinistic and imperial aggressions, projecting a united Europe into the future. And yet the contemporary European project has generated its own set of mental and material divisions and exclusions. It has reactivated older histories of national and civilizational belonging and global inequalities. While fostering a mobile culture for work and leisure, it has also sharpened class and ethnic conflict. East/West and North/South divides pull European unity apart. And in spite of the ideal of a Europe without borders, the EU has also generated its own new forms of territory and boundary-making.

This CfP seeks contributions that explore the possibilities of European time and space in cultural practice, theory and analysis, both historically and contemporary.

Papers are especially welcome that attend to anxieties about European collectivity, mass migration, and collective displacement, explore assertions of national histories or inter- and trans-national alternatives, discuss experienced shifts of sovereignty and cultural belonging. We encourage critical approaches that do not take culture or identity as a given but rather ask how past and present experiences and practices shape collective perceptions, generate mythologies, produce domination, and seek to resolve conflict. How do contemporary exclusivities relate to or differ from past exclusions. How to grasp Europe in its global entanglements and what de-colonizing practices and knowledges are being mobilized and explored.

With your contributions, we hope to establish a series of panels. A concluding roundtable will explore dystopian and utopian European futures. Send proposals to rhalle@pitt.edu, ks253@georgetown.edu, and Schindel@europa-uni.de

EUROPEAN CULTURE is a new Research Network at the Council for European Studies.

For membership information, see https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/membership/research/14-research/333-european-culture-research-network

Please see the extended list of opportunities at:

Summer/ language Opportunities

    • ASPIRANTUM – School of languages and cultures invites international participants to apply and take part in Persian, Armenian and Russian language winter schools to be organized from December 1 till December 21, 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. Each language winter school offers 60 hours of intensive language classes during 15 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive a language instruction for 4 hours.

      To see the details of each language school, the deadlines as well as the prices please follow the links below for each language.

      Persian language winter school 2019

      Armenian language winter school 2019

      Russian language winter school 2019

      During the Persian, Armenian and Russian language winter classes the following components will be covered every day to foster the language knowledge of participants in a rapid pace:

      Grammar: Every day class will cover the main grammatical concepts of modern Persian, Armenian and Russian languages.

      Vocabulary: During the 3 weeks course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 1000 new words from literary language as well as words used in everyday life.

      Listening: The classes are scheduled in a way that participants with the guidance of experienced instructor learn the language through songs and movies as well as watching and listening to news and other short videos about interesting and sometimes funny topics and stories.

      Speaking: Every day the language classes will push the students to exercise their speaking abilities through discussions, conversations and interpretations about different texts and topics.

      Writing: Each day the participants of the language classes will have assignments and homework to complete for the next day. The homework will primarily involve writing assignments and those will be assessed by the teacher and discussed at the next day’s language class.

      Reading: Every day students will read and discuss political texts, prose and poetry, conversations and news. The corpus of texts to be read and discussed during the classes comprises different prominent authors, daily conversations as well as news of the day.

      Levels:

      ASPIRANTUM’s language schools are designed for participants, at least 18 years-old, who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Persian, Armenian and Russian languages, deepen their knowledge of grammar, colloquial speech and literary language.

      The participants must have upper elementary, lower intermediate and intermediate level of Persian, Armenian or Russian language knowledge before starting the classes with ASPIRANTUM. We do not offer beginner classes or advanced classes. Below are the descriptions of mentioned levels:

      1. Upper elementary level (A1-A2):

      You know the alphabet and can read words and expressions sometimes with difficulties; You can write words, expressions and sentences; You master certain typical phrases and know how to write them; You barely understand everyday language

      2. Lower intermediate level (A2):

      You have a certain amount of difficulty in understanding the language except in very precise situations; You are capable of having a simple conversation; You understand a simple written text or isolated words; You still make a lot of mistakes of expressions, vocabulary and grammar

      3. Intermediate level (A2-B1):

      You manage to enter into a discussion but do not always find the appropriate turns of phrase; You manage to express your opinion and to understand the person you’re speaking with; You understand voice recordings (radio, telephone, answering machine, skype, etc.); You have difficulty understanding a person who speaks quickly; You still make pronunciation, grammar and precision mistakes

      Our instructors have extensive experience to teach students of mentioned levels in one group in a way, that all students have a rapid growth in their knowledge of the language.

      The classes start in the mornings and the schedule is the following:

      09:00 – 10:00 – Russian language class
      10:00 – 10:10 – Coffee Break
      10:10 – 11:10 – Russian language class
      11:10 – 11:20 – Coffee Break
      11:20 – 12:30 – Russian language class
      12:30 – 12:40 – Coffee Break
      12:40 – 13:40 – Russian language class (fourth and final class)

      More than 50 students have participated in ASPIRANTUM’s winter and summer courses. Please read the testimonials of ASPIRANTUM language school alumni before applying.

      Scholarship opportunities are available here: https://aspirantum.com/scholarships

      More details about ASPIRANTUM – school of languages and cultures is available here: https://aspirantum.com

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      For questions and inquiries please contact khachik@aspirantum.com or whatsapp Dr. Khachik Gevorgyan +374-91-557978