CFP: 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation

Deadline: August 31, 2014

The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application,” will be held February 26-March 1, 2015, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference is hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is supported in part by the US National Science Foundation.

The program for this 3 ½ day conference will feature two keynote talks, an integrated series of Master Classes on the documentation of linguistic structures, and a series of Sponsored Special Sessions on pedagogy in language conservation. An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawai‘i) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately follow the conference.

The theme of the 4th ICLDC, “Enriching Theory, Practice, and Application,” highlights the need to strengthen the links between language documentation (practice), deep understanding of grammatical structure (theory), and methods for teaching endangered languages (application). At this conference, we intend to focus on language documentation as the investigation of grammar and linguistic structure on the one hand, and the development of that investigation into sound pedagogy for endangered languages on the other. We hope you will join us.

Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters are due by August 31, 2014, with notification of acceptance by October 1, 2014.

For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference website:  http://icldc-hawaii.org/

CFP: Popular geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe

Deadline: October 17, 2014

You are invited to submit papers for a two-day research workshop entitled

‘Popular geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe’ which will take place from 19-20 February 2015 at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

www.ucl.ac.uk/~tjmsrcm/NIP/PopularGeopolitics.htm

Understandings of the world held by ordinary citizens affect political dynamics both between and within states. In Ukraine, the popular appeal of a ‘European’ future and antipathy towards the Moscow-oriented alternative helped to draw thousands onto the streets during the ‘EuroMaidan’ protests of 2013–14. In Russia, popular mistrust of the West has persisted since the end of the Cold War and has lately been exploited and encouraged by the authorities to justify domestic and foreign policy decisions. Western and non-Western states alike engage in public diplomacy with the aim of enhancing their image in the eyes of foreign populations and thereby increasing support for their international agendas. Yet popular perceptions of foreign ‘others’ and their relationship to the national ‘self’ tend to have deep roots in a complex nexus of influences, including education, personal experience, popular culture and the mass media.

This workshop is intended to advance research into the societal or ‘popular’ dimension of geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Participants are invited to tackle the following interrelated questions:

- How do citizens (‘the public’) in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other post-Soviet states perceive ‘the West’ and its constituent parts (the European Union, the USA and other individual countries), their regional neighbourhood and their place on the geopolitical map?

- How are geopolitical narratives sustained and/or challenged by domestic and transnational media, popular culture, government policies (including education and public diplomacy) and processes outside state control (such as travel and increasing internet use)?

- How do public attitudes reflect, contradict and/or shape official geopolitical rhetoric and policy choices?

- How might theoretical approaches and evidence from different disciplines and geographical areas be combined to further our understanding of such issues?

Contributions are invited from all relevant disciplines, particularly Political Science and International Relations, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Education and Media/Communication/Cultural Studies. Although the workshop’s empirical focus is post-Soviet Eastern Europe, papers which tackle methodological and theoretical questions would be most welcome, as would relevant comparative studies incorporating other parts of the world. Papers will be circulated to all participants a month in advance in order to generate thorough and thoughtful feedback. It is expected that papers presented at the workshop will be published as an edited volume.

The workshop is being organized under the auspices of the UCL Mellon Programme 2013–15: Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange, with financial support from the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects and the UCL European Institute. Some funding is available to assist with travel and accommodation costs, although applicants are strongly advised to seek alternative sources of funds as well.

In order to apply, please send an abstract of 250–300 words to the workshop convener, Dr Joanna Szostek, at j.szostek@ucl.ac.uk. Please indicate your name, title, institutional affiliation, research interests and the level of financial assistance you would require to attend (if any).

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 17 October 2014.

Notifications on decision will be sent out by Friday 7 November 2014.

Papers will be due on Friday 16 January 2015.

Federal Agencies Seeking Expertise in Foreign Languages and World Regions

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that the Secretary of Education annually consult with federal agency heads to receive recommendations regarding areas of national need for expertise in foreign languages and world regions. 
 
Follow the link below to access annual reports on areas of national need for U.S. Department of Education-designated priority less commonly taught languages and world regions:
 

CFP: KFLC, Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference

Deadline: November 10, 2014

The 68th annual KLFC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference will be held April 23-25, 2015 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Papers on any aspect of Slavic/Eastern European culture, literature, language, linguistics (theoretical or applied), folklore, or language pedagogy are most welcome. The KFLC hosts about 800 attendees each year who enjoy a congenial and intellectually engaging atmosphere at a lovely time of year in the Bluegrass. 

More information on the conference or on submission is available at kflc.as.uky.edu

CGIS New Summer 2015 Programs Announced!

From Tokyo to Tel Aviv
Our line-up of faculty-led summer programs is in!

Next summer, CGIS faculty will be taking students to 15 field sites all around the world. We’re bringing back some of our highly-acclaimed programs from previous years such as Modern Japanese Literature and German Theater Play Production – and we’re debuting some all-new programs in Detroit, Oaxaca, Rio de Janeiro, and more!

GIEU (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) students meet with their cohort and faculty leader throughout the year, then collaborate with a community in a service learning project. This year’s programs include studying sustainability in Amritsar, India and social media marketing with Mexican artists. http://www.lsa.umich.edu/cgis/GIEU

GCC (Global Course Connections) students take a course in the winter semester. Then, they travel with their cohort to a field site where they get to study their course topics up close and personal, whether that means collaborating on psychology research with students in Beijing or participating in the Prison Creative Arts Project in Brazil.

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/cgis/GCC

Applications will be due on November 5 (for GIEU) and December 15 (for GCC). Stay tuned for more information!

Internship: U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS)

Deadline: July 22, 2014
 
The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program is bigger and better than ever!  Selected eInterns spend 10 hours per week contributing to projects for an office or section from September 2014 through April 2015.  eInterns play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in a variety of initiatives in positions such as:
 
  • U.S. Department of State (State) STATE-US-FSI-16 (Slavic, Pashto, and Persian Languages); Foreign Service Institute (FSI/SLS/SPP)
Duties: Format a Russian Reading Textbook in Adobe InDesign, including activity instructions, simple graphics, and glossaries.  Proficiency in Adobe InDesign. Ability to transfer Microsoft Word documents to InDesign. Ability to manipulate simple graphics and tables in InDesign and Microsoft Word. Ability to work in black and white only. Ability to work with Microsoft Excel to format vocabulary lists for flashcard programs. Intermediate to Advanced Russian desired, but not required. Excellent editing skills in English desired.
 
Check out the amazing variety of other projects available on state.gov. Interested undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate program students can apply to up to three projects July 2-22, 2014 on USAJobs
 
 
Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad.  Last year, we had students from undergraduate to PhD to part-time online students.  A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process.  Interviews may be conducted in August.  eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.

CFP: Critical Dialogues on Global Dimensions of Education

Deadline: July 15, 2014

The 2014 Midwestern Regional Conference of the Comparative International Education Society entitled ‘Reimagining Internationalization: Critical Dialogues on Global Dimensions of Education’ will be held from October 10 – 11, 2014 at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Conference highlights include: three half-day methodology workshops; full-day workshop for pre- and in-service teachers; opportunities to publish in two peer-reviewed journals; keynote Speaker: Frances Vavrus, University of Minnesota.

In an increasingly interconnected world, internationalization is a phenomenon affecting every level of learning. At all levels of education, internationalization encourages the incorporation of global perspectives and dimensions. Its wide-ranging impacts are evidenced in fundamental shifts in curriculum, instruction, policy, and administration aimed at educating learners as global citizens.

While internationalization efforts appear to offer many benefits, these efforts and the way in which they are studied need to be critically examined: Do these efforts perpetuate or break down structural, global inequalities? Who benefits? Who is excluded? What assumptions underlie the concept of internationalization? What does it mean to different educational stakeholders? What technologies enhance internationalization opportunities? How does internationalization relate to ideas of global citizenship? What methods and methodological approaches may better help us study these questions? How can internationalization be reimagined within a framework of social justice?

This theme will guide conference participants, including researchers, graduate students,
representatives of global institutions, civil society, and education practitioners, to reimagine the
internationalization of education and inspire new conversations about inequality, development,
policy, and methods as they relate to internationalization.

Call for Proposals and additional information available here.

Please direct questions to mcies2014@gmail.com.