Foreign Affairs Officer- National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.

As a Foreign Affairs Officer you will: Manage partnerships and interactions between NSA and foreign entities by maintaining cognizance of all areas of exchange of information and agreements made by NSA or the U.S. Government in accordance with legal authorities and restrictions; Possess an understanding of partner countries, e.g. legal, policy, compliance, politics and culture; Manage/coordinate corporate bodies that discuss or impact foreign partner issues, plan for future visits and meetings, and ensure proper funding for program execution; Convey NSA and foreign partners’ views, issues, and requirements to NSA management to resolve issues and ensure alignment of the solutions with the strategy and goals for both NSA and that partner; Represent NSA in international meetings; Contribute to Intelligence Community studies, and brief governmental representatives on the nature and status of existing relationships; Prepare senior NSA management for discussions with foreign government counterparts.

Applications are due 6/30/19. To apply, go to: https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1118248

Date posted: 5/2/2019

Foreign Service Consular Fellow- Various Languages for the State Department

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

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate with the Committee to Protect Journalists

The Program Research Associate works under the direct supervision of the Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator to closely monitor, research, report and document attacks on the press in a diverse region where freedom of expression constantly faces new challenges.

This position is in New York, NY. To apply, go to: https://cpj.org/about/jobs.php#ECAResearch

Date posted: 2/4/2019

Intelligence Analyst – Booz Allen Hamilton

As an all source analyst on our team, you’ll explore new data sources, create effective queries, and combine information from disparate sources to help your client understand their mission environment. You’ll validate information and develop tradecraft as you build assessments for policy makers. This is a chance to grow your expertise and broaden your skillset. You’ll share your expertise with other analysts through leadership and mentoring.

This position is in Washington, D.C. to apply, go to: https://careers.boozallen.com/en-US/job/regional-all-source-intelligence-analyst/J3W5TX6RDY2CGS0GHW4

Date posted: 2/5/2019

Junior Digital Researcher – Fluent Montenegrin
Zinc Network

As a Junior Digital Researcher at ZINC Network, you are responsible for identifying, tracking, and analyzing media online with fluent Montenegrin language skills. Your time will be split between data collection, analysis/writing, and internal communication. This is an entry-level position and suitable for recent graduates or those just starting careers in social media or digital research.

This position is in London. To apply, go to: https://boards.greenhouse.io/zincnetwork/jobs/1491934?gh_src=a60b32591

Date posted: 2/5/2019

Junior Digital Researcher – Fluent Serbo-Croatian
Zinc Network

As a Junior Digital Researcher at ZINC Network, you are responsible for identifying, tracking, and analyzing media online with fluent Serbo-Croatian language skills. Your time will be split between data collection, analysis/writing, and internal communication. This is an entry-level position and suitable for recent graduates or those just starting careers in social media or digital research.

This position is in London. To apply, go to: https://boards.greenhouse.io/zincnetwork/jobs/1491906#app

Date posted: 2/5/2019

Program Assistant, Global Programs – Center for International Private Enterprise

The Program Assistant is responsible for providing programmatic and administrative support for CIPE’s Global programs on thematic topics covering democratic and market reform, business advocacy, anti-corruption, digital economy and technology, and other timely issues.

This position is in Washington, D.C. To apply, go to: https://www.cipe.org/who-we-are/opportunities/program-assistant-global-programs/

Date posted: 2/5/2019

Program Officer, Eurasia – IRI

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s programs in her/his country of assignment. This position is contingent upon funding approval and will manage one specific grant. S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in her/his country of responsibility, develops program ideas, and drafts proposals on a range of democracy and assistance programs. S/he also identifies program partners and develops and maintains close relationships with them and with funders. The PO is also involved in new business development efforts.

This position is in Washington, D.C. To apply, go to: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/INT1048/JobBoard/201c19d1-4b06-d159-bba4-6a102267f555/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=7ee0a8a2-809c-4f24-b928-4d2d1f623a83

Date posted: 2/5/2019

Senior Staff/Interpreter – Russian American Foundation

Senior Staff/Interpreter will be responsible for interpreting during ballet classes from Russian language to English language. Ability to conduct a stretch class for dancers is a plus. Some participant supervisory duties will be assigned also. Please send resume to bolshoijobs@russianamericanfoundation.org.

This position is in New York, NY. To apply, go to: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/151e9a3d759889fc7b10babcf/files/5637254d-76bd-4da7-99e7-4d86de239245/2019_COMBINED_POSTING.Russian_Departments.pdf

Date posted: 2/5/2019


Please see the extended list of opportunities at:


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.

PSA Graduate Student Research Award Competition: Applications due July 1

by Keely Stauter-Halsted

Applications for the annual Polish Studies Association graduate student research prize will be accepted until July 1, 2019. The award in the amount of $2,000 is intended to support active, graduate-level research on projects pertaining to Polish topics. It is not intended as a write-up grant. Applications consist of a two-page description of the research project (dissertation or thesis) along with a schedule of the research plan, including the location of relevant documents, and a budget. Awards will be determined by September 1 and announced at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Please submit application materials to:

Kate Wroblewski (KathleenWroblewski@MissouriState.edu)

Michał Wilczewski (mwilcz5@uic.edu).

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar
July 15, 2019

Lehigh University seeks applications for a three-year Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar to participate, beginning August 2019, in the leadership of our efforts to integrate and amplify the Humanities across all disciplines. The annual salary starts at $54,000 with full benefits. The scholar will contribute to sharpening and pursuing the vision of the grant program and to the development of programming under its auspices, pursue individual scholarship, teach one undergraduate course each semester, contribute to workshops in partnership with Lehigh’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and work with faculty to help reimagine courses and pedagogies to better integrate and accentuate the Humanities.


Hedley Bull Research Fellowship in International Relations University of Oxford – Department of Politics and International Relations
8th July 2019

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.


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


Edited volume with the working title:
Creative Dissent: Alternative Cultures during Socialism and Beyond, 1945-1991

Editors: Katalin Cseh-Varga, Martin Klimke, Burcu Peksevgen, Rolf Werenskjold and Marko Zubak

The comprehensive regulation of all sectors of society in the socialist states in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe during the Cold War was not always a successful undertaking. Dissenting and disobedient voices that opposed or ignored Party directives emerged within the political, social and cultural spheres of Warsaw Pact countries, frequently circumventing official spaces and obstructing the creation and functioning of state-sanctioned, class-conscious communities. This proposed volume seeks to explore the origins, practices, and transformations over time of alternative cultures in socialist Europe.

What kind of grassroots or institutionalized protest phenomena are we dealing with in the alternative cultures of dissent in the Soviet and socialist influence zone? How did alternative cultures vary from country to country? And how were they different from their “Western” counterparts? Also, how do these socialist alternative cultures connect to other international/global perspectives?

We seek contributions that will center around the following three main focus areas: alternative information networks and transfers, virtual and physical spaces of dissent, and communities of disobedience.

With regard to these focus areas, we are seeking essays that aim to answer the following questions:

  • What are the main genealogical, historiographical and methodical questions we need to ask about alternative culture during socialism?
  • What were the origins of opposition in the decades previous to the Cold War and how did they (if at all) differ during the Cold War? And how did modes of opposition change after the socialist states’ turn towards democracy in the 1990s?
  • How much was grassroots or institutionalized dissent determined by cultural transfer and the transmission of ideas across various borders?
  • What kinds of dissidents and representatives of cultural dissent were referenced in non-socialist foreign media and publications?
  • What were the “in-betweens” (or grey zones) in which dissent manifested itself, what actions did it generate, and what impact did it produce? How was dissent interlinked with officially sanctioned cultural forms of expression, its institutions and media?
  • How can we deconstruct the role of gatekeepers, myths, images, canons and borders in the history of alternative cultures?

Please send us an extended abstract of your proposed contribution (500 words), with a brief bio (200 words) that also includes your name, affiliation and email address.

The editors will invite selected authors to present their papers at a publication workshop to be scheduled in 2020 in preparation for the volume.

Email submissions to creativedissent2020@gmail.com until June 30, 2019.

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

Please see the extended list of opportunities at:

Marxism(s) in Art Historiography (31st Jan. – 2nd Feb. 2020)

Deadline: 12th July 2019

Date of the conference:         31st Jan. – 2nd Feb. 2020

Place of the conference:        Humboldt-Universtiät zu Berlin

Conference organized by: the Chair of Art History of Eastern Europe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Vert.-Prof. Dr. Katja Bernhardt)

In cooperation with: the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture (Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn) and the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO, University of Leipzig)

The historical and dialectical materialism of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels provided a complex means of approaching the analysis of social processes that encouraged one to understand and analyze art as a moment integral to these processes. This approach presented an alternative worth taking seriously to art-historical models that had previously dominated discussion; models based on the idea of art as something that developed intrinsically. Nevertheless, it has always been a challenge to adapt Marxist theory for use in art-historical analysis and to link that theory to existing approaches to the subject. For art history, grappling with Marxism meant more than just a need for constant methodological reflection and updating. It was also necessary, and remains necessary, to define the Marxist conception of art itself within the various historical contexts in which it arose. Since Marxist theory aims at achieving social change, applying Marxism has demanded not only that art be set in relation to the social conditions that apply to it, but also to making a critical revision of the history of art and to revealing its social role in the relevant context in each case.

The conference sets out from these starting points. It aims to reflect on the history of Marxist approaches to Art History, hoping to reveal new insights for the wider discipline. It forms the third part in a series of conferences whose task was set as to investigate the history of art history in Eastern European countries formerly under socialist rule. In the wake of the first two conferences, “Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II” (2016, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn) and “Socialist Internationalism and the Global Contemporary. Transnational Art Historiographies from Eastern and East-Central Europe” (2017, GWZO Leipzig), this third conference will make a programmatic break from the geopolitical framework set out up until now. It will thus bring together considerations on Marxist art history that have up until generally been treated separately in accordance with the political systems within which they arose. We believe that the potentials of and the variations between the various different Marxist approaches to art history – both in relation to the concepts that they contribute to art history methodology and in terms of their socio-political functions – can be elaborated using a comparative approach and can thus be subjected to a differentiated critique. The historical beginning of the period for our observations is set roughly around 1945. We would like observations to extend into the period after 1989 and all the way up until the present day, so that we can include in our reflection the response made to what was a fundamentally transformed political situation.

We would like to examine how Marxism was adapted for the purposes of art-historical analysis in each specific historical moment under whatever political system under which it found itself.

–> What impulses and demands both from within and outside the subject of art history were available to tackle Marxist theories and/or to subject existing Marxist approaches to art history to criticism? What role did the relevant institutional, local, national and other contexts play in these processes?

–> What key points of theory were addressed, what pre-existing concepts were seized upon and what new ones were coined, and what aspects of theory became subject to criticism? How did the actors interlock their approaches with established strategies of art-historical interpretation and/or with discourses and discussions outside the field of art history (for example, on questions of nation, socialism, post-colonialism, feminist theory, etc.)?

–> To what extent did appeals to Marxist theories succeed in opening out potential insights into art history and in making a substantial contribution to the fruitful revision, critique and further development of models of art-historical analysis? Have any innovative new models emerged? What critiques were raised against art histories based on Marxism? In what contexts did the concept of ‘Marxist art history’ remain no more than a hollow formulation that responded to political requirements, inside which other conceptions could be concealed?

–> To what extent did the art-historical reflections of Marxist theory succeed in delivering an approach to the critique of the theory itself and/or to the historicization of Marx’s understanding of art and/or of conceptions that followed on from Marx?

–> How was the concept of ‘art’ negotiated in this context? Is it possible to identify approaches to a theory of art through these processes? To what extent and on the basis of what theoretical premises were concepts of a comprehensive art theory, Kunstwissenschaft, discussed in connection with Marxism?

–> Who were the actors in these processes (from within the discipline and from people involved in culture policy, publishing, etc.)? What forms of institutionalization did such actors use to establish a Marxist history of art? What types of subject-related, social, political criticism were formulated or demanded by that institutionalization?

–> To what extent was political or ideological commitment derived from or required of art history on the basis of a Marxist concept of art? How was it, and how was it expected to be, practised?

These questions should be understood as suggestions: specific, object-related elaborations of the issues would be very much welcome. Case studies or cross-sectional presentations would also be positively received, as would reflections on theoretical models and methodological discussions.

The conference will take place in Berlin from 31 January to 2 February 2020 at the Department for Art and Visual History of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Please send your exposé, with a length of approx. 2000 characters, by 12 July 2019 to: katja.bernhardt@culture.hu-berlin.de

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.

CfP: Soviet Foreign Policy during the Second World War (Udine IT, 14-16 May 2020)

Call for papers (deadline 23 June 2019)

This workshop aims to investigate Soviet foreign policy during the Second World War by situating it in a global perspective and by stimulating research to crosscheck available Soviet sources with records in other countries. The workshop also aims to facilitate the integration of various national historiographies, whose incorporation into a larger narrative is often prevented by language barriers. Rather than focusing solely on the Soviet side of relations with other states or non-state actors, the aim is to understand perspectives on all sides, highlighting the mutual interactions between the various actors.

The workshop will be organized around the discussion of papers submitted in advance. Possible themes for contributions include but are not restricted to:

  • Soviet policy toward Europe in a wider Euro-Asiatic context.
  • Role of Soviet regional policies within Moscow’s wider grand strategy.
  • Soviet policy toward South Asia and the Middle East.
  • Soviet policy toward Eastern and Western Europe.
  • Soviet policy toward China and the Communist Party of China.
  • Soviet policy toward Communist parties (including non-European communist parties), resistance movements, and other non-state actors.
  • The Soviet Union’s relations with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan from the late 1930s to 1945.
  • The Soviet Union’s wartime relations with the United Kingdom and the United States. This includes the role of espionage and Soviet ties with the British and American Communist Parties. Soviet wartime relations with France can also be included.
  • Soviet occupational policies and relations with local populations.
  • Role of culture and propaganda in Soviet foreign policy during the war.
  • The status of and changes in the accessibility of archives in Moscow.

The workshop will be held in Udine (Italy) 14-16 May 2020.

Accommodation and subsistence will be provided. Travel grants will be available for participants if needed.

The advisory board of the workshop includes Tommaso Piffer (Università di Udine), Mark Kramer (Harvard University), Norman Naimark (Stanford University), Vladimir Pechatnov (MGIMO Moscow) and Silvio Pons (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa).

Proposals for papers should be submitted using the online form on the website http://www.friulistoria.it/en/ by 23 June 2019. Proposals should include an abstract of the paper (max 300 words) and a brief bio (max 100 words).

We will endeavor to inform applicants about the outcome within 6 weeks of the submission deadline. Accepted papers (between 6.000 and 14.000 words) should be submitted by 19 April 2020.

Info: Tommaso Piffer (tommaso.piffer@uniud.it), Mark Kramer (mkramer@fas.harvard.edu).

Workshop on Biographical Studies for Young Scholars

POLIN Museum invites

early career scholars
and especially PhD students

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

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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.


      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

      Contact Info:

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