SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF IDEAS IN ST. PETERSBURG
YOUNG SCHOLARS BULLETIN # 26
Information for young scholars in Humanities and Social Sciences: doctoral fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, grants, conferences
Please, note that the earliest deadline in this bulletin is August 24, 2014
САНКТ-ПЕТЕРБУРГСКИЙ ЦЕНТР ИСТОРИИ ИДЕЙ
ОБЩЕСТВО ИСТОРИИ ИДЕЙ В САНКТ-ПЕТЕРБУРГЕ
ИНФОРМАЦИОННЫЙ БЮЛЛЕТЕНЬ ДЛЯ МОЛОДЫХ УЧЕНЫХ № 26
Информация для молодых гуманитариев: аспирантура, постдок, гранты, конференции
DOCTORAL AND MASTERS FELLOWSHIPS / АСПИРАНТУРА И МАГИСТРАТУРА
12 FELLOWSHIPS FOR PHD CANDIDATES / 1 POST-DOC POSITION "THE WORLD IN THE CITY" (TU BERLIN)
12 Fellowships for PhD Candidates
(1,365 Euro / month for a maximum of three years)
1 Post-doc Position
(Salary determined by qualifications TV-L E 13/14, full time, two years)
Metropoles have always been dense and complex spaces characterized by heterogeneous populations, central economic and political functions, as well as by an abundance of material and cultural resources. Furthermore, the historical and contemporary development of modern metropoles is intrinsically tied to processes of globalization. Our graduate research program investigates the globality of metropolitan regions through the specific connections these cities have forged with other parts of the world. Based on the hypothesis that metropolitanism grows out of the diversity of transnational and transregional urban networks, our program analyzes not simply internal urban developments, but the external relationships that have shaped metropolitan developments from the nineteenth century to the present and into the future.
The specific focus of the second phase (2015-2018) centers on notions of temporality. Urban developments are premised on change; hence, in addition to space, questions of time should be central to our thinking about the urban. By temporality we mean not only the past, present and future, but also temporal rhythms, global timespaces, the structuration of daily practices (24/7), the rationalization of work and leisure time, and the globalization of temporal regimes and their effects on urban areas as well as uneven temporalities, the meanings of memory, heritage-making, technologies of urban time keeping, urban seasonality and many more. We are looking for doctoral and postdoctoral projects that pose innovative empirical and conceptual questions to shed new light on the temporal or space/time dimensions of urban developments in the past, present or future on a global scale. Our interdisciplinary program covers the following four research areas: architecture and urban planning, migration and mobility, knowledge transfer and communication, and environment and sustainability. Young scholars working in the disciplines of history, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, political science as well as from related fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning are welcome to apply.
“The World in the City” program, which started in 2012, is a unique collaboration among nine universities in Berlin, New York, and Toronto. This residential program is based at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin. The other associated universities are Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Columbia University New York, City University of New York, Fordham University New York, New York University, University of Toronto, and York University Toronto. Together we organize annual conferences, workshops, and other forms of academic exchange. Chosen fellows concentrate on their individual projects, but they also collaborate in several ways such as the weekly colloquium where fellows present their own work, a public lecture series, and seminars as well as reading groups on specific topics relevant to the fellows' course of study. Each fellow is supervised by three professors from our consortium (the first advisor has to be from Berlin, for more information please visit our website) Besides their requisite field work, every fellow also has the opportunity to spend a few months at one of our partner universities in order to get acquainted with other academic systems.
Eligibility Requirements: PhD candidates must complete their qualifying degree (MA, Magister, Diplom) by May 2015. Postdoctoral applicants must have successfully completed their PhD (degree in hand) by May 2015. The program languages are English (and German). All applicants must be proficient in English. Applicants must also be proficient in any other languages necessary for their proposed research projects.
Application Materials: application form (available for download on our website), letter of intent (max. 1 page), research proposal (5-8 pages), CV, transcripts, the names and email addresses of two potential referees. Please email your application files in one compiled document entitled 'yourlastnameIGK2014' to: email@example.com
For further information on the content of the program please visit our website www.metropolitanstudies.de and click on “DFG Graduate Research Program 2012-2016.”
Application Deadline: September 30, 2014.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted in early December.
The Technische Universität Berlin (TU) is proud to bear the certification of “Audit family friendly university.” The TU is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. The positions are appropriate for the disabled. Applications by disabled candidates with equal academic qualifications will be prioritized.
Read more: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/chancen/id=10392&
The new Research Group ‘Buddhist Temple Economies in Urban Asia’ within the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ is recruiting:
*2 PHD POSITIONS/GRANTS* (STARTING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE)
Employing the methods of urban anthropology, this group will explore present-day Buddhist temples/monasteries in their wider social and political settings. Studies of Buddhism often mirror the otherworldly tendencies of this religion by treating the mundane matters of managing monks, nuns and temples as a secondary concern. Yet like any institution, Buddhist temples have to confront economic issues in order to sustain themselves. Researchers will conduct ethnographic fieldwork at one or more Buddhist temples placing them in local and translocal contexts, paying particular attention to the financial and material flows between the temple and the laity, social networks around the temple, and the justifications for economic reasoning in a world-renouncers' religion. Depending on the circumstances, this may involve research both inside and outside temples and on both clergy and laypeople.
*Essential Duties & Responsibilities*
The group is open to research in all Asian countries and all traditions of Buddhism. Field experience and linguistic skills within the proposed research areas are expected. The group will work together in Halle/Saale (except when undertaking field or archival research elsewhere, the costs of which will be covered).
Good field research skills, the ability to work in a team, and communication skills with good written and spoken English are required. The dissertation will be written in English. Acquisition of the German language is encouraged, especially if there is relevant literature on the research topic in German. Field Research is carried out in the local language. The Max Planck Institute aims at assisting in language learning.
PhD positions/grants are generally awarded for 3 years. We expect our PhD students to complete a one year period of fieldwork as part of their studies.
The Max Planck Society strives to employ more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications.
Please submit your application electronically by following the link for vacancies on our homepage (www.eth.mpg.de). The job announcement will be published until the positions/grants are filled.
Applicants should send the following documentation:
• cover letter
• CV, including list of publications
• short (no more than two pages) summary of the research proposal
• a writing sample (publication or thesis chapter)
• photocopies of university degrees
• names of two referees, whom we may contact
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to Prof. Dr. Christoph Brumann
PHD RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AT TELEMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN NORWAY, 2015
Telemark University College invites applications for a PhD research fellowship in Cultural Leadership at Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies starting from as soon as possible or January 1, 2015. Admission to the University College’s PhD programme in Cultural Studies is a condition for appointment as a research fellow. The appointment is for a term of four years with 25% teaching and administrative duties. The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position. The application deadline is September 1, 2014.
Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in cultural leadership at Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Telemark University College.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD research program at Telemark University College.
Scholarship Provider: Telemark University College, Norway
Scholarship can be taken at: Norway
Eligibility: Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education in the humanities, social sciences or cross disciplinary subjects. The applicant must have obtained the degree with an average mark of B or better within the application deadline, and applicants must master written and oral English at a high level. Admission to the University College’s PhD programme in Cultural Studies is a condition for appointment as a research fellow.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of Norway can apply for this PhD research fellowship.
Scholarship Description: Telemark-University-College_middelsTelemark University College currently enrolls about 6500 students and employs about 680 employees. The university college has four faculties and the teaching and research activities are located at campuses in Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland. The university college administration is located at Porsgrunn.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has a vacant position as PhD research fellow in cultural leadership from as soon as possible or January 1. 2015. The Faculty currently employs approx. 130 staff. The position is attached to the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Bø Campus. It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of Telemark University College should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition at the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position. According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.
Number of award(s): Not known
Duration of award(s): The appointment is for a term of four years with 25% teaching and administrative duties.
What does it cover? The position is placed in the state salary scale 50 (code 1017, LR 20.8), currently NOK 421, 100 per annum. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.
Selection Criteria: Not Known
Notification: Not Known
How to Apply: In addition to the online application (written in Norwegian, English, Swedish or Danish) the following documentation must be submitted in 3 sets:
-CV and copy of the application.
-Diplomas and certificates from university college/university (certified copies).
-Copy of Master’s thesis.
-A 10-pages (maximum) project description.
-Any scientific publications and a list of these.
-Relevant references (contact information).
The documentation must be sent by ordinary mail within a week after the application deadline. Please mark the application with: 14/753.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 1, 2014.
Read more: http://scholarship-positions.com/phd-research-fellowship-cultural-leadership-telemark-university-college-norway-2015/2014/08/01/
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS / ПОСТДОК
POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP: THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY OF FELLOWS IN THE HUMANITIES
The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2015-2016. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received their PhD between 1 January 2013 and 1 July 2015. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as Postdoctoral Research Fellows. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year.
In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester. At least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program: Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations, Asian Humanities, or Global Cultures, including those of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information on Columbia’s Core Curriculum please visit www.college.columbia.edu/core/.
The second course may be a departmental course, the design of which will be determined jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s academic department. In the second year, Fellows teach one course: either a Core course (if only one of the two first-year courses was in the Core) or a departmental course. This will leave one semester in the second year free of teaching responsibilities. In the third year, Fellows again teach one course, either a Core course or a departmental course (to be decided jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s department), leaving one semester again free of teaching responsibilities. Please note that all teaching—whether a Core class or a department one—is to be arranged by the Fellow through the Fellow’s home academic department. Please also note that at least two of the three courses taught in the first two Fellowship years must be in the Core.
In addition to teaching and research, the duties of Fellows include attendance at the Society's lectures and events as well as active participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated. The annual stipend will be $61,000. Each Fellow will also receive a research allowance of $6,000 per annum.
A small number of applicants will be invited to interview in January 2015. Fellowship decisions will be announced by 1 March 2015. Applicants who have not been contacted by 11 January 2015 should assume that their candidacy is no longer active.
Read more: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/societyoffellows/fellowship.html
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) invites applications for 1 to 2 postdoctoral research associates for the 2015-16 academic year (10 months), beginning September 1, 2015. The positions are open to scholars who would be in residence for one year and would participate in the activities of a PIIRS program or research initiative. For more information on PIIRS and its activities, see the PIIRS website at http://www.princeton.edu/piirs/.
Applicants must apply online and should submit:
(1) A cover letter;
(2) A statement of research plans and their relation to PIIRS programs or research initiatives;
(3) A current curriculum vitae;
(4) Names and email addresses of two persons who can provide confidential letters of recommendation (these may be included in the cover letter or the CV); and
(5) One writing sample (article- or chapter-length).
Application deadline: December 13, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Questions about the application process for these positions may be directed to Beate Witzler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ph.D. is required. The postdoctoral researchers would be expected to participate regularly in the activities of a PIIRS program or research initiative and to be engaged in related research and writing. We seek a mix of disciplines. Salaries for postdoctoral research associates will depend on the number of years beyond the Ph.D, not to exceed three. The positions are subject to the University's background check policy.
Read more: https://jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=204916
WZB/ISSC GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Deadline: 15 September 2014
Open to: postdoctoral social scientists researchers, residing and working in a developing country
Fellowship: grant for up to 6 months, travel costs, accommodation, work place, support to participate in the World Social Science Forum 2015
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center in cooperation with The International Social Science Council is seeking applications for their Global Fellowship Programme. The aim of the programme is to build a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries who are willing and able to solve current global problems.
The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months in the exciting and stimulating environment of an exceptional social science research organisation in the heart of Germany.
The research project of the fellow should focus on global societal problems with particular relevance to developing country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to both research conducted at the WZB and to the notion of “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World,” which is the topic of the ISSC’s World Social Science Forum 2015.
The fellowship is open to postdoctoral social scientists researchers with no more than 5 years of work experience after their PhD or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience, residing and working in a developing country.
The WZB offers a grant for up to six months at a level commensurate with a German Post-Doctoral researcher. Travel costs to and from Berlin, accommodation (up to 500 Euros) and a work placewill also be covered.
The selected fellow will receive support to participate in the World Social Science Forum 2015.
In order to apply candidates should submit the following documents:
A summary of their main research and teaching contributions, indicating how these relate to the research topics at the WZB.
A letter of motivation.
Two letters of recommendation from current or past senior colleagues.
A curriculum vitae.
An indication of their English language proficiency.
Agreement from your home institution to the research stay in Germany.
All documents should be submitted electronically (preferably in one pdf document) to: email@example.com
The deadline to apply is 15 September 2014.
For further information please visit the official website.
Read more: http://www.mladiinfo.eu/2014/07/25/wzbissc-global-fellowship-programme-for-devoloping-countries/#ixzz39PtsScf6
FELLOWSHIPS FOR SCHOLARS IN HUMANITIES AT HUMBOLDT UNIV.
Deadline: 31 August, 2014
Open to: international senior scholars and postdoctoral candidates in the fields of History, Anthropology, Law, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Economics and Area studies
Fellowship: monthly stipend and financial support for the research (to be negotiated)
The International Research Center “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” at Humboldt University in Berlin, invites scholars to apply for fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowships are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and there are 10-15 available fellowships depends on the quality of the proposed projects. The fellowships will begin on 1 October 2015 and end on 31 July 2016, however shorter fellowship might be possible.
The fellowships are provided in the field of Sociology, Political science, Geography, Economics, History, Anthropology and area studies. Your proposed project should contain a historical and transregional perspective. It will be nice to refer on a work-labor in relation to life course. For example: the household; loss of work ; work and gender; free and non-free labor and more.
A global history perspective is not required but keeping an open minded to such ideas is highly desirable.
Senior scholars and postdoctoral candidates who can provide a research program in the field of history, anthropology, law, sociology , political science, geography, economics and area studies can apply for one of the 15 fellowships. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will welcome proposals about all regions of the world and especially those that look at comparisons, conflicts and relations between different regions.
The winners of this fellowship will receive a monthly stipend, which will be negotiated with the German Ministry of Education and Research. Also the fellows will be working in a fully equipped office in Berlin, Germany and will get organisational help for visa and accommodation.
Please use the electronic form available at the webpage HERE to go through the application process. Within the application, you will be required to fulfill and include your:
Your academic background;
2 letter of reference;
maximum of 10 publication that you have published and are relevant to labor history;
Your research project (Geographical focus of your research and the project that must not exeed 3000 words);
Additional information if you would like to provide.
Read more: http://www.mladiinfo.eu/2014/07/25/fellowships-for-scholars-in-humanities-at-humboldt-univ/#ixzz39u9CmFLE
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER FOR PROJECT 'CULTURAL CONFLICT 2.0'
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology and Anthropology
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of the departments in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). Research and education are carried out by special institutes. The College of Social Sciences (CSS) and the Graduate School for the Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the social sciences. Research takes place under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute, the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands and possibly in Europe. The broad scope and pluralism of our education and research programmes are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalisation.
The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will participate in the research project 'Cultural Conflict 2.0', directed by David Herbert (University of Agder) and Justus Uitermark (University of Amsterdam).
This project will investigate mediatized cultural conflict in European cities. The early 21st century has been challenging for the relationship between religion and multiculturalism in European societies, with violent atrocities committed by different kinds of extremists (e.g. murder of Theo van Gogh, Utøya massacre), intense public arguments about the place of religion in public life, and widespread attacks on multiculturalism. Yet no public policy consensus has emerged on how to address the challenges faced.
Recent evidence suggests that the media impact on local people and their relationships in a variety of ways: they provide the main sources of understanding of the lives of those beyond their immediate social circle; local policy makers understand themselves in terms of storylines in the media and shape their policies in anticipation of media reactions; transnational media provide a sense of connection to communities of origin; social media circulate stories about local issues, events and incidents, and facilitate public action of various kinds. While each of these processes has been studied separately, their interaction has received less attention. For example, how might social media connections between local leaders influence their response to local events? How might transnational media connections influence local community relations? What shapes local responses to national and international news events? Answering these questions requires insight into the simultaneous development of social networks and cultural conflicts.
The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and compares Norway and the Netherlands. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop the research according to their own ideas and in dialogue with the project leaders (David Herbert of University of Agder and Justus Uitermark of the University of Amsterdam).
Conduct quantitative analyses of conflict using network analysis and/or automated text analysis;
conduct focused ethnographic field research;
collaborate with an international research team;
publish in international scientific journals;
participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.
Candidates will have the following credentials:
a completed/approved PhD degree;
demonstrated ability to publish in international scientific journals;
willingness and ability to work collegially with other members of the research team and participate actively in the activities of the project;
excellent written and spoken English.
The project involves network analysis and discourse analysis. Research experience in at least one of these methods is a prerequisite, experience with both methods will be considered an advantage.
For any additional information, contact:
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
The full-time appointment will be for a period of three years, starting on 1 December 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The gross monthly salary will be €3,259 (salary scale 11.0) in the first year and €3,491 (salary scale 11.2) in the third year, in accordance with the Dutch salary scales for postdoctoral researchers. The Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities is applicable. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus. Non-Europeans are given an equivalent stipend.
Applications must include, in a single PDF file:
a curriculum vitae;
a motivation letter (maximum 500 words);
names and contact details of three recommenders;
as separate files: two writing samples (articles, thesis chapters, or book chapters) which provide evidence of writing, analytical and theoretical skills.
All correspondence will be in English. Applications must be sent as e-mail attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org before 21 September 2014. E-mail message subject lines and attachment names must consist of the text 'Cultural Conflict applicant's-last-name'.
Read more: http://www.uva.nl/over-de-uva/werken-bij-de-uva/vacatures/item/14-270.html?page=1&pageSize=100
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS / ГРАНТЫ И СТИПЕНДИИ
2015 DAAD/MSH RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, FRANCE
The German Academic Exchange Service awards in conjunction with the House of the Sciences of Man Foundation postdoctoral research scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences. Scholarships will be available to highly qualified young scientists who have very good knowledge of French for undertaking research project at one of the research groups at the MSH itself or other research institutions in France. Scholarships are awarded with the duration of up to 6 months, in exceptional cases up awarded to 10 months. The application deadline is 15 November 2014.
Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in the field of in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Course Level: Scholarships are available to highly qualified young scientists for undertaking research project at one of the research groups at the MSH itself or other research institutions in France.
Scholarship Provider: The German Academic Exchange Service awards and House of the Sciences of Man Foundation (MSH).
Scholarship can be taken at: France
Eligibility: The offer is the highest caliber German doctorate young scientists and young researchers in the humanities and social sciences who have very good knowledge of French. It is expected that the promotion has been completed with at least a very good result (magna cum laude); the doctoral examination should have passed a rule at the time of application for more than four years. An application before the conclusion of the Promotion is not possible. Already habilitation and prospects who are already 18 months or more in France, can not apply.
Scholarship Open for International Students: German applicants can apply for these research scholarships.
Scholarship Description: The German Academic Exchange Service awards in conjunction with the House of the Sciences of Man Foundation (MSH) International Scholarships for PhD German humanities and social scientists and scholars inside. The scholarship program is to provide highly qualified young German scientists, in a French research institute, a project free choice to pursue. It may be one of the research groups at the MSH itself or to other research institutions in France. The MSH shall in such cases the subsequent care and the provision of further contacts. Thematically, the project should be no continuation or variation of the dissertation. Preference is given to projects that parent epistemology mainly or historical questions are required. Planned individual studies should be methodologically innovative or pursue an inter-cultural comparative approach and put it into a larger research context. The connection to any existing group of researchers working on similar issues, would be desirable.
Number of award(s): Not Known
Duration of award(s): Scholarships are the respective projects in accordance with the duration of up to 6 months, in exceptional cases up awarded to 10 months. The scholarship starts must be between 1 April and 1 October 2015.
What does it cover? The monthly amount is:
1.365, – EUR for fellows to 30 years
1.416, – EUR for fellows from 31 years
1.467, – EUR for Fellows aged 35 and over
1.518, – EUR for fellows from 39 years
-In addition, a foreign award, which is made depending on the location and the increase in monitoring by the family.
-Married scholarship holders as allowance for the spouse monthly 205 EUR if this does not have a personal income of more than 410 EUR has the month. At the request can only be granted educating fellows a childcare allowance.
-In addition to these benefits, a post adjustment is calculated separately and a monthly cost of property and Congress aid amounting to 102,EUR paid.
-For travel expenses from home country to the host institute and back a lump sum is paid, the amount of which depends on the scholarship period. She is usually 175, – EUR.
Selection Criteria: Not Known
Notification: Not Known
How to Apply: The application is done electronically via the DAAD Portal. In addition to or deviation from the general application documents must be submitted:
-CV also in French with scientific career, practical and professional experience (in tabular possible);
-Copy (uncertified) of the doctoral degree;
-List of publications and a summary of the thesis in German and French (not more than five pages);
-Proof of contact to the institute / group to work in France, where the operation is to be processed (letter of invitation); if applicable, proof of access to archives;
-Confidential report of a German and a French high school teacher and a high school teacher; possibly an opinion of the supervisor of the thesis, if it is not identical with the German experts. The report should be sent by the referees directly by post to the DAAD, unit 312.
-The linguistic evidence in the form of speech is omitted in this certificate program.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15th November 2014.
Read more: http://scholarship-positions.com/2015-daadmsh-research-scholarships-humanities-social-sciences-france/2014/07/30/
CANON FOUNDATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR EUROPEAN AND JAPANESE RESEARCHERS, 2015
The Canon Foundation annually offers research fellowships for European and Japanese researchers. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded for periods of minimum three months and maximum one year annually. The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe. Canon Fellows from Europe are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Japan. The same freedom is given to Japanese Canon Fellows coming to Europe. The annual deadline for applications is September 15.
Study Subject(s): The Fellowships are awarded regardless of discipline and existing employment positions.
Course Level: The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe.
Scholarship Provider: Canon Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe.
Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European nationals should have a permanent citizenship in the country. The candidates hold a doctorate or at least a Master’s degree. They are eligible during the ten-year period following the successful completion of their PhD or MA degree. Extensions to the ten-year rule are possible in principle in case of exceptional circumstances which should be explained in the application and supporting documents are required.
Scholarship Open for International Students: European (Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City) and Japanese researchers can apply for these fellowships.
Scholarship Description: Canon FoundationAnnually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European nationals should have a permanent citizenship in the country. The candidates hold a doctorate or at least a Master’s degree. They are eligible during the ten-year period following the successful completion of their PhD or MA degree. Extensions to the ten-year rule are possible in principle in case of exceptional circumstances which should be explained in the application and supporting documents are required. The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe. The Fellowships are awarded for periods of minimum three months and maximum one year. The Fellowships are awarded regardless of discipline and existing employment positions. Canon Fellows from Europe are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Japan. The same freedom is given to Japanese Canon Fellows coming to Europe. Canon Foundation Research Fellowships may be applied for when an agreement on co-operation and on a research plan has been reached between the guest researcher and the proposed host institution.
Number of award(s): Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships.
Duration of award(s): The Fellowships are awarded for periods of minimum three months and maximum one year.
What does it cover? The financial support for Research Fellows ranges from 22,500 Euro to 27,500 Euro per year and pro-rata for different periods. The Canon Foundation gives priority to those who plan to travel to Europe or Japan rather than prolong a current stay.
Notification: Consideration of the applications takes several months. The Selection Committee’s final decisions are convened to the applicants before end December of that year.
How to Apply: It is strongly recommended that the candidates obtain the current issue of the application form from the website or at the Secretariat of the Foundation, in Amstelveen – the Netherlands. Applications should be submitted in full (including the acceptance by the proposed host institute and the research plan) to the Secretariat of the Canon Foundation in Europe well in advance of the deadline.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The annual deadline for applications is September 15.
Read more: http://scholarship-positions.com/canon-foundation-research-fellowships-european-japanese-researchers-2014/2013/08/02/
ERSTE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Deadline: 24 August 2014
Open to: researchers, scientists and practitioners from Central, East and South-East Europe
Fellowship: up to 12,000 EUR
Demographic and socio-economic changes affecting the development of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are among the most significant challenges for the future of social cohesion and solidarity building in our societies. ERSTE Foundation, therefore, invites researchers, scientists and practitioners from these regions to research on topics related to economic and social demographic change. The fellowships are awarded based on a proposal for a research paper approaching the research topic listed in their website, in a theoretical, empirical or practical way.
The fellowship is open for researchers, scientists and practitioners from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe studying or dealing with economic, political and cultural relations, engagement of diaspora and international migration and/or diaspora politics in this region in a theoretical, empirical or practical way. The research proposals should not only consider opportunities, but also tackle possible challenges created by diasporas and international migration. Wherever possible, research results should lead to policy recommendations.
Subsidies for research activities, meetings, data purchase, expert-interviews, translation and travel expenses will be granted as a quarterly stipend in total of 12,000 EUR. In addition, fellowship includes – invitation to scientific conferences, affiliation with a network of researchers and practitioners, participation in several internal workshops: kick-off meeting, summer school, closing event and selected public events and publication and promotion of results.
Please apply by 24 August 2014 using online application system.
Read more: http://www.mladiinfo.eu/2014/07/31/erste-foundation-fellowship-for-social-research/#ixzz39u90DqV1
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATES FROM CENTRAL-, EASTERN- AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE
Scholarship / Financial aid: scholarships of 8.400 € per year
Date: the academic year 2015/16
Deadline: 1st December 2014
Open to: graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine
The Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts will sponsor scholarships for the academic year 2015/16. Graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine are eligible to apply. The scholarships are meant to finance doctoral or postgraduate studies at Bavarian universities. One year scholarships can be extended twice for up to 3 years. The scholarship is paid out monthly (700 €) and amounts to 8.400 € per year. Students with children or an unemployed partner and at least one child receive 860 € per month, which amounts to 10.320 € per year. Candidates should send their documents to the address specified in the important advice.
The objective of the annual scholarship program is to support scientific cooperation and academic exchange between Bavaria and Central-, Eastern- and Southeastern Europe.
Read more: http://www.eastchance.com/anunt.asp?q=2174,eu,sch&issue=20140723&utm_source=eastchanceMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20140723
BIGSSS‐HWK VISITING FELLOWSHIP
The BIGSSS‐HWK Visiting Fellowship is an international researcher mobility program offering a 6‐month
research stay at two renowned academic institutions in the social sciences: The Hanse‐
Wissenschaftskolleg, being one of Germanys leading institutes for advanced study, is a foundation of the
federal states of Bremen and Lower Saxony and the city of Delmenhorst. The Bremen International
Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) is an inter‐university institute of the University of Bremen and
Jacobs University Bremen supported by the German Excellence Initiative.
The program supports excellent research of outstanding scholars. Fellows benefit from exceptional
intellectual and research conditions. They enjoy both the stimulating environment of a multi‐disciplinary
and international community of first‐rate scholars and a graduate school with an outstanding faculty,
innovative teaching concepts as well as an international body of bright Ph.D. postdoctoral students.
We expect our visiting fellows to participate in regular activities of the HWK and to engage in doctoral
education/supervision at BIGSSS including teaching a minimum of one course and taking actively part in
the regular research colloquium. Presence at both institutes is expected. The BIGSSS‐HWK Visiting
Fellowship offers financial support, accommodation and partial reimbursement of travel expenses.
The BIGSSS‐HWK Visiting Fellowship welcomes applications worldwide from promising postdoctoral
scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The integration of most major social‐science
disciplines into one school is a key asset of BIGSSS, its umbrella theme being “Changing Patterns of Social
and Political Integration“(find out more at www.bigsss‐bremen.de/academic‐program). Applicants holding
a Ph.D. either in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or one of the neighboring disciplines (law, history,
economics) need to be able to relate to one of BIGSSS' three thematic fields:
Global Governance and Regional Integration
Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life
Changing Lives in Changing Socio‐Cultural Contexts.
Application and Deadline
Application material to be submitted includes a research exposé (max. 4 pages), an abstract (max. 1500
characters), an academic CV and a publication list plus one publication. We expect our applicants to have
acquired a minimum of two years of professional experience in postdoctoral positions including teaching
on undergraduate and graduate level. We also expect a publication list with peer‐reviewed entries in
renowned international journals. The most recent one of these articles should be attached as a pdf. For
more information concerning the application requirements please visit www.bigsss‐bremen.de/bigsss‐hwk.
Please send your applications via email to BIGSSS’ Managing Director, Dr. Christian Peters
(cpeters@bigsss‐bremen.de) and HWK’s Research Manager for the Social Sciences, Dr. Susanne Fuchs
(sfuchs@h‐w‐k.de). The deadline for applications is October 20, 2014. Late applications will not be
considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted until November 30, 2014.The Fellowship is scheduled
for the winter term 2015 (September 2015 ‐ February 2016).
Read more: https://www.bigsss-bremen.de/bigsss-hwk.html
DAAD RESEARCH GRANTS FOR FOREIGN APPLICANTS IN GERMANY, 2014
Applications are invited for DAAD research grants available for young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. Grants will be awarded for doctoral programmes at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany. A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree of 2nd class upper division level and a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree are required. Applications should be submitted till 1st October, 2014.
Study Subject(s): Grants are awarded in following disciplines: Language and Cultural Studies, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Medicine, Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science. Doctoral theses in the areas of human medicine (Dr. med.), veterinary medicine (Dr. med. vet.) or dentistry (Dr. med. dent.) cannot be supported.
Course Level: Grants are available for graduate and doctoral candidates to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.
Scholarship Provider: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany
-Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master’s degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.
-A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree of 2nd class upper division level and a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree are required.
-For francophone countries: A Licence or Master degree of “good enough” level and a DEA/DESS degree or a Master corresponding to the LMD system are required.
-As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the time of application. If you are already working on a doctoral degree, you should not have started your degree any longer than three years previously.
-Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of application cannot be considered.
-The required language level depends on the applicant’s study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Foreign applicants can apply for these DAAD research grants.
Scholarship Description: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.
Number of award(s): Not Known
Duration of award(s): Usually a maximum of three years, in exceptional cases up to four years; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule. Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed. For doctoral projects in Germany that require several years of research, research phases outside Germany can be supported if these are critical for the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Planned stays must be specified in the application in the work and time schedule and should not exceed a quarter of the anticipated total funding period.
What does it cover? Depending on academic level, monthly payments of: euros 750.- for graduates; euros 1,000.- for doctoral candidates
-Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
-Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
-One-off research allowance
Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months may receive the following additional benefits:
monthly rent subsidy
-monthly allowance for accompanying family members
To enable grant holders to improve their language skills in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:
-Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)” for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
-if necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the research stay; the DAAD decides whether to fund the grant holder’s participation and for how long depending on language skills and project. If a language course scholarship is granted and the working language at the host institute is German, participation is compulsory.
-Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period
-Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period.
Selection Criteria: An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications. The most important selection criteria:
-a convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education
Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.
Notification: Not Known
How to Apply:
-The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. You are also required to send 1 copy/copies of the “Application summary” (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed and other appendices by post to the application address. Application documents are Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD’s Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded.
-The “Application summary”, which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 1 copy/copies to the application address.
-Two recent references from university teachers which provide information about your qualifications; please enclose the references in envelopes with each copy of your application
-A health certificate; this is only required, if you are selected for a scholarship. Therefore, please submit this document not before requested to do so by the DAAD Head Office.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 1st October 2014.
Read more: http://scholarship-positions.com/daad-research-grants-foreign-applicants-germany-2014/2014/08/08/
SAUL KAGAN FELLOWSHIP IN ADVANCED SHOAH STUDIES FOR DOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL CANDIDATES, 2015/2016
Applications are invited for Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah available for doctoral and postdoctoral candidates to conduct Holocaust-related research. Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holcoaust scholarship. PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows receive a maximum of $20,000 per academic year. Funding can be renewed for a second consecutive year at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. The application deadline is January 5, 2015.
Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded for conducting Holocaust-related research. Supported research can include: the immediate historical context in which the Shoah took place; political, economic, legal, religious or socio-cultural aspects; ethical and moral implications; or other related, relevant topics.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for doctoral and postdoctoral candidate to conduct research.
Scholarship Provider: The Claims Conference, USA
Scholarship can be taken at: Numerous countries
Eligibility for PhD Candidates:
-To be eligible for the Saul Kagan Fellowship In Advanced Shoah Studies, a candidate must be in the dissertation phase of a Ph.D. program that supports their research of the Holocaust. Eligible disciplines are those in which serious research will make the greatest contribution to future knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, including but not limited to work in the fields of Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
-Applicants must be able to focus on their research without having external commitments, such as employment. Those teaching a course as part of their university requirements may apply.
-The applicant’s university must have the necessary faculty, courses and research materials to produce first-class doctorates and enable the candidate to focus on Holocaust studies. In selecting fellows, the Fellowship Admissions Committee will evaluate both the candidate and the ability of the candidate’s chosen institution to train Holocaust scholars.
Eligibility for Postdoctoral Candidates:
- To be eligible for the Saul Kagan Fellowship In Advanced Shoah Studies, a candidate must be connected to a university or institution that supports their research of the Holocaust. Eligible disciplines are those in which serious research will make the greatest contribution to future knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, including but not limited to work in the fields of Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
-Applicants must be able to focus on their research without having external commitments, such as employment. Those teaching a course as part of their university requirements may apply. In selecting fellows, the Fellowship Admissions Committee will evaluate both the candidate and the ability of the candidate’s chosen institution to train Holocaust scholars.
-A Kagan Fellowship award is a maximum of $20,000, given to post-doctoral students for a full academic year. Once accepted into the Kagan Fellowship, there is opportunity to renew for a second consecutive year, subject to the Admissions Committee’s approval.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Candidates around the world are eligible for this Saul Kagan Fellowship.
Scholarship Description: Saul Kagan Fellowship Each year, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) offers fellowships for doctoral and post-doctoral (new!) candidates around the world conducting Holocaust-related research. Through the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, the Claims Conference supports PhD and Post-doctoral candidates pursuing advanced study of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945 (and immediate post-war). Supported research can include: the immediate historical context in which the Shoah took place; political, economic, legal, religious or socio-cultural aspects; ethical and moral implications; or other related, relevant topics.
Number of award(s): Every group of applicants accepted into the Fellowships program comprises a cohort of fellows for that academic year. Generally, nine Kagan Fellowships are awarded each spring to Ph.D. and Post-doc candidates. Each fall, fellows from the new cohort and fellows who are in their second year of funding receive stipends.
Duration of award(s): Once accepted into the program, candidates have the option of renewing for a second consecutive year, subject to the Admissions Committee’s approval.
What does it cover? PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows receive a maximum of $20,000 per academic year. Funding can be renewed for a second consecutive year at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. For PhD candidates, please note that stipends cannot go toward tuition and the Kagan Fellowship will only be awarded to those who have received funding for tuition from their university or another institution. However, a candidate who is already confirmed to receive over $20,000 in other award funding (this excludes tuition grants) for the Kagan Fellowship funding year for which he/she is applying would not be eligible to apply. A candidate who is already confirmed to receive less than $20,000 in other funding for the funding year for which he/she is applying is eligible to apply. Candidates who are receiving scholarships/awards for tuition or travel are eligible to apply.
Selection Criteria: Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holcoaust scholarship. Candidates can be studying the fields of History, Sociology, Jewish Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Theology, Women’s Studies and others.
Notification: Not Known
How to Apply: The Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies welcomes applications from PhD and Post-doc candidates for funding for the September 2015-August 2016 academic year. All application material, including transcripts and recommendation letters, must be received no later than January 5, 2015 (Please plan ahead so that your transcripts and letters arrive via email or mail at the Claims Conference office by this deadline). Late applications will not be considered. Before applying, please email Ms. Chavie Brumer at: Chavie.Brumer-at-claimscon.org to indicate your plan to submit an application it includes the following:
-Name of university
-Name of Advisor/s
-Name of Department/Field of Study (History, Sociology)
-Whether you are in a PhD or Post-doc program
-Country of origin
-Year in which you anticipate completing your program
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 5, 2015.
Read more: http://scholarship-positions.com/saul-kagan-fellowship-advanced-shoah-studies-doctoral-postdoctoral-candidates-20152016/2014/08/09/
CONFERENCES, SUMMER SCHOOLS / КОНФЕРЕНЦИИ, ЛЕТНИЕ ШКОЛЫ
Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Young Researchers Conference: Writing the Past/Righting Memory
May 31-June 3, 2015
This conference will focus on the region of Russia, Eastern Europe and/or Eurasia and will include discussion on memory and history, remembering and forgetting, commemoration, institutionalization and marketing of memory in the context of various social and political processes such as migration and lustration, and comprise genres from memoirs to laws to investigative journalism to textbooks, film, and novels. The conference will feature two keynote speakers, Grigorii Chkhartishvili and Alexander Etkind, and will be organized by panels suggested and put together by the Havighurst Center Faculty. When submitting an abstract please specify which panel you would like to be a part of and then submit your resume and abstract to the appropriate e-mail address indicated below.
Proposals are requested from young scholars who have already completed their dissertation research (ABD) or have defended their dissertation within the last three years. This will be an intensive 3-day working conference (May 31-June 3, 2015), during which each of the selected papers will be critiqued by the other participants, including all invited presenters, keynote speakers, and a team of discussants made up of Miami University faculty. Papers will be circulated in advance, and participants are expected to be prepared to discuss other participants’ papers. The language of the conference will be English.
The conference will be held in Cuma (ancient Cumae), Italy, which is located on the Bay of Naples, one hour drive from Naples, and hour and a half from Capri. The train ride from Rome’s Termini train station is about 1-1/2 hours. The Havighurst Center will provide all meals and 3 nights (shared room) at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma. Participants will be responsible for all travel to and from the Villa.
To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract to the appropriate panel organizer by October 1, 2014. Please type "2015 Young Researchers Conference" as the subject of the email. Selected papers will be announced by December 1, 2014. If selected, participants must submit completed papers for circulation to other conference participants by April 15, 2015.
New Histories for New Times. The collapse of communist systems in Central and Eastern Europe has led to the production of new historical narratives for the new nation-states of the region. In Russia, the histories that have emerged have ranged from the tendentious (the controversial textbook by A. V. Filippov that described Stalin as an efficient manager who had to resort to extreme measures to preserve the state) to the more genuine (Boris Akunin's History of the Russian State, which aimed to be more "impartial and objective" in its approaches). How have writers, scholars, and professional historians captured the past in their works since 1991? How have new histories attempted to narrate the more recent, and more controversial, pasts? What forms have these histories taken (textbooks, web sites, graphic novels, etc.)? These are some of the questions this panel will tackle. When applying for this panel, please submit your resume and abstract (no more than 300 words) to Stephen Norris at: email@example.com.
The Condition We Call Exile. The title of this panel, borrowed from Joseph Brodsky’s essay, will focus on the writings of Russian emigration in the 20th century. Vladimir Nabokov famously wrote: “Isn’t it necessary once and for all to refuse any longing for the fatherland, any fatherland, except that one, which is with me, in me, which clings like the silver of sea sand to the skin of the soles, lives in the eyes, in the blood, providing depth and horizon to the background of every hope?” The panel will address narratives of exile and nostalgia, both in prose and poetry. Papers will address but not be limited to the following questions: how does the narrative of exile change from one wave of Russian emigration to the next? Is the conventional perception of nostalgia applicable to the Russian treatment of exile? How do the changes in political landscape affect exilic narratives? When applying for this panel, please submit your resume and abstract (no more than 300 words) to Zara M. Torlone at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victims and Aggressors: Russia and its Neighbors in Contemporary Literature.
Since 1991 literature has responded to and exacerbated the vexed relationship between post-Soviet identity and the messianic role Russian culture ascribes to the written word. Edith Clowes argues that writing reflects and intensifies debates over the fate of the world’s largest country, a fate manifest in geographical terms (loss of certain territories, annexation of others) and how these appear in writing. This panel invites papers related to Russian literature (prose, poetry, drama, memoirs, online writing, etc.) after the Soviet Union, as well as papers dealing with literatures of the former USSR. Papers focusing on how Eastern European literature envisions Russia are also welcome. When applying for this panel, please submit your resume and abstract (no more than 300 words) to Ben Sutcliffe at: email@example.com.
Remembering Communism. In the 1990s and 2000s a new generation of authors with a particular background began to emerge: those who were born during the later stages of communism but began to write only after its collapse. This panel takes a closer look at the works of these writers. Around what topics, experiences and protagonists do such works revolve? How are the authors’ explorations of issues related to childhood and adolescence related to the effort understand how “the old system” worked? In what ways are experiences of power and reflections on the tangled relationship between politics and art feature in the mnemonic narratives they offer? When applying for this panel, please submit your resume and abstract (no more than 300 words) to Venelin Ganev at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affective Histories. This panel invites papers, which focus on interconnections between emotions, memory, or history. Various studies have shown that emotions are not substances to be discovered in our blood, they are not simply properties of persons, but social practices organized by stories we both enact and tell (Rosaldo 1984). Emotions are cognitive constructions, interpretations, embodied thoughts, thoughts seeped with the apprehension that ‘I am involved’ (Rosaldo 1984:143). What kind of emotions inhabit people’s memories? How do these memories express political belonging and citizenship? How do they project moral imperatives, desires, and visions of the future? How memories are embedded in material lives and experience? How do memories become a source for historical narratives or a form of resistance? What is the place of suffering in memory and history? This panel will explore themes which include remembering and commemoration; personal litanies and memory, suffering and nostalgia; and affective management of history by the state among others. When applying for this panel, please submit your resume and abstract (no more than 300 words) to Neringa Klumbytė at: email@example.com.
Holy Russia’s Unpredictable Past. In the past century, the Russian Orthodox Church went from being the dominant religious institution of the Russian Empire, to an chaotic attempt at a “free church in a free state” after the February Revolution, to being the subject of intense persecution for more than two decades after the Bolshevik Revolution, to being subject to strict state control in the late Soviet period. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was perhaps again an attempt to create a “free church in a free state” during the Yeltsin years to once again something like the dominant religious institution in Putin’s Russia. How is the twentieth century remembered by the Russian Orthodox Church today? The Church has promoted the memory of those persecuted by the Soviets through its canonization of new martyrs and establishment of memorial sites to victims of the terror. Yet as official discourse under Putin about the Soviet period becomes more sanitized and positive, and the Church has grown increasingly close to the state, has the Church’s discourse about Soviet persecutions changed? Are there other ways in which the Church’s views of the Imperial, “democratic,” or Soviet past shifted in the past two decades? What are the differences in the discourse between the higher levels of the Moscow Patriarchate and those of other levels of the Church, be they scholarly or popular? When applying for this panel, please submit your resume and abstract (no more than 300 words) to Scott Kenworthy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.