CFP: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, ‘Contradictions’

Deadline: October 10, 2014

The 22nd International Conference of Europeanists will take place in Paris July 8-10, 2015. Centered around the theme of “Contradictions,” the 2015 conference will act as a forum for research that considers the many potential futures of Europe. 

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.
Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person as attendees may only present in a maximum of two sessions.

We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 18, 2014.

Visit the 2015 conference page to read the “Call.”

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Course: Certificate in Applied Literary Translation

Deadline: August 21, 2014
Dalkey Archive Press, a leading publisher of literature in translation, now invites applications for the fall session of its online Certificate in Applied Literary Translation, which is offered in collaboration with the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois.
Designed to help young translators who have completed their formal education and are ready to take the next step in their careers, the program is open equally to native and non-native speakers of English. It will provide extensive experience in both translation and publishing, and training in how to work with editors to complete a publishable translation.
The expected outcome of the program is that Dalkey Archive will publish the participants’ first book-length translation and thus far, 26 participants of the previous sessions have had their translations published or are currently working to complete them.
The deadline for applications is August 21, 2014. The start date of the program is September 22, with the duration of 12 weeks. 
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Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Fulbright Deadline: September 8, 2014

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has opened its application for placements starting in September of 2015. The Fulbright program offers study/research grants as well as English teaching assistantships in countries across Eastern Europe. More information on specific placements, awards, and the application process can be found at:

The internal deadline through the University of Michigan is September 8, 2014. Information on the University’s application process and upcoming information sessions can be found at:

CFP: Practices of Russia-Britain Cross-Cultural Communication in the 21st Century

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The International Conference “Giving Voice to Cultures: Practices of Russia-Britain Cross-Cultural Communication in the 21st Century” will take place December 12-13, 2014 at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh.

We invite proposals for full paper panels, individual papers and roundtables. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV are to be submitted by no later than 15 September 2014  to Authors of accepted papers will be expected to register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline of 15 October. All participants are expected to submit a full version of their paper by 30 October 2014.

The question of intercultural contact between Russia and Britain in the past centuries has been widely studied across disciplines. However, the 21st century – the epoch of intensified globalisation and transnational mobility – has produced new models of giving voice to cultures intended for exchange and consumption. The contemporary period has put its own mark on the ways of construction and sharing cultural knowledge of a foreign place and facilitated the emergence of new behaviours and subjectivities. A variety of intercultural links between Russia and the UK have grown to include various patterns of migration and tourism as well new forms of business, academic and cultural contacts. This takes place against the unprecedented accessibility of information including a plethora of texts and images and a growing intensity of internet communication. In both countries, spaces of domestication of respectively Russian and British cultures and hybrid cultural forms are emerging.

Contemporary patterns and practices of giving voice to cultures require new approaches to the British-Russian inter-cultural dialogue. The conference sets out to explore practices of cross-cultural communication between Russia and Britain in the 21st century. It focuses on the forms and systems of meaning making in a variety of cultural fields in dialogue. We expect that the conference will address the ways of mutual representations and cross-cultural experiences of the Russians and British expressed in the media, literature, films, theatre; the translation of cultures in art exhibitions, concerts and other art forms; linguistic and cultural exchange in diasporas, digital communities and networking sites; tourism practices and discourses (travel guides, blogs, phrasebooks, etc.); questions of linguistic and cultural commoditization, spaces of cultural exchange, and related themes.

Approaches including socio-cultural linguistics, discourse studies, media and new media studies, cultural anthropology, theatre, film, visual studies, diaspora, tourism studies, and related disciplines are welcome.

The conference will explore (but not exclusively) the following themes:

• Approaches to the UK-Russian cross-cultural communication in the 21 century.
• Narratives of Russia and Russianness in Britain / of Britain and Britishness in Russia (national and transnational television, travel programmes, films, theatre, performances, music, art, literature including travel writing, Internet resources, blogs, communities and networking sites, etc.).
• Literary and non-literary translation as a cross-cultural practice.
• Sites of cultural exchange and domestication.
• Migration as linguistic and cultural experience. Russian diaspora in the UK as a site of cultural exchange and cultural hybridity.
• Holidaying and tourism as forms of cultural exchange (constructing and consuming “authenticity”; experiential tourism; visiting/seeing global events: Olympic games, Championships and festivals, etc.)
• Discourses of consumption (shopping, dining, souvenir culture, etc.)
• Linguistic and cultural commoditization.
• Russia’s cross-cultural exchanges with other cultures: differences and similarities to the UK.

We expect that we would be able to offer a limited number of travelling grants.
Working languages of the conference are English and Russian.

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:

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.

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 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: