Monday, February 8, 2016

CFP: Submit Paper for Award for the Outstanding Published Essay in the Field of East/South/Central European Cinema and Media Studies

Deadline: February 29,2016 
The chairs of the Central / East / South European Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) are pleased to announce the second annual prize for an outstanding published essay in the field of Central/East/South European Cinema and Media Studies. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winner will be announced at the upcoming 2016 SCMS meeting in Atlanta, GA.
Eligibility:
Any single-authored essay on Central / East / South European media published in the field in the calendar year of 2015 as a journal article or a chapter in a collected volume (chapters excerpted from monographs will not be considered).
Essay should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (with a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included).
Essays must be published in English.
Authors need NOT be members of SCMS.
Submission guidelines:
We request anonymous submissions. The author’s name, essay title, exact date and venue for publication, personal contact address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet (no identifying information in the essay file please). Essays and cover pages should be attached in the email as separate document files and directed to Evan Torner (evan.torner@uc.edu) and Ana Grgic (ag219@st-andrews.ac.uk).
Submission deadline is February 29, 2016.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CfA: Summer Internship at European Parliament

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its Summer round of internships designed for US citizens who have completed their bachelor degree which will take place Monday May 2nd – Friday July 29th, 2016 in its Washington D.C. Office with an extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. We are also pleased to inform you that our internship program is expanding: from January on we are hosting 6 interns as opposed to 4 in the past.

Please note that the deadline to submit applications is March 1st, 2016 at midnight (Eastern time).Two letters of recommendation directly sent by a faculty member are also required.

The candidate should also indicate which of the portfolio assignments they seek:
  • research,
  • international relations and trade/TTIP,
  • economics and finance,
  • migration, counter-terrorism/data privacy,
  • energy/environment/health.
Jean-Luc Robert, jean-luc.robert@ep.europa.eu
www.europarl.europa.eu

CfP: Worksop: Managing “difference” in East-European TF

The 18th Nordic Migration Conference, 2016, August 11-12 2016, Oslo 
Organizer: Viorela Ducu (married Telegdi-Csetri) 

Papers are welcome that focus on East-European countries aiming to discuss the similarities and dissimilarities both between EU member states such as Romania, Hungary, the Baltic countries, Poland, Bulgaria as well as non-EU countries such as Serbia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine.

“Difference” within East-European TFs can be felt in multiple senses, but in our workshop we wish to address with priority the following issues: the members of families live in several countries, while family members who are abroad are often denigrated at home, and the family must confront these accusations; through migration, some family members become a minority in the target country and often the family also needs to confront discriminating discourses against them; the children born and raised partly in the target country confront problems in integrating into the educational system abroad or, if they come back home, encounter difficulties in adapting to the home country’s educational system; many children are born outside the country and already have a double citizenship, becoming special members of the families for whom alternative life projects can be drawn; through marriage with a „foreigner” (either in the target country or with an immigrant in the home country) bi-national or ethnically mixed couples are constituted that provoke new ways of accepting otherness, the children of these couples needing the development of new educational strategies in TFs. The following topics are especially welcome, including connected ones:

1. Establishing the way in which discrimination at home as well as abroad influences TFs, and how it is managed by them;
2. Specific situations that children from TFs face: children gliding between two or more countries; children with double citizenship; children in transnationally mixed families – and the practices families unfold in these cases;
3. The practices of families that include ethnically mixed/bi-national transnational couples.
Special consideration will be given to applications that include visual data documentation (video recording in the field, online video recording of data and photo documentation). Having access to funding to enable it, we intend to produce a multimedia exhibition within the project. Papers will be published in the workshop’s proceedings.

For deadline and additional information email: fviorela@yahoo.com


CfA: Dissertation and Thesis Development Workshop on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

Deadline: March 31, 2016

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for a Dissertation and Thesis Development Workshop that is focused on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. This workshop will be held from July 18-29, 2016 at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

This workshop will help prepare early doctoral students interested in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union for successful academic careers. Participants from North America and the former Soviet Union, with the guidance of Jeffrey Veidlinger (Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan) and Mandel Center staff, will discuss pre-circulated project proposals and research strategies. Participants also will attend sessions devoted to historiography and central career development issues. In addition, participants will have ample opportunity to conduct research in the Museum’s extensive library and archival collections, which include more than 200 million pages of material in physical and digital formats.

In addition to scholars from North American institutions of higher education, the Museum welcomes applications from early Ph.D. students enrolled at universities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Applicants should clearly articulate a potential dissertation topic focusing on the Holocaust as it occurred in the former Soviet Union, but should not yet have conducted significant archival research or have started writing.

Applications must include: (1) the online application form; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a maximum 1000-word summary of a proposed dissertation topic; and (4) a confidential recommendation letter from the applicant’s advisor that addresses the applicant’s potential and relevant interests, background, training, and qualifications. Recommendation letters may be in English, Russian, or Ukrainian; all other application materials must be in English. For details, see the application form available at www.ushmm.org/diss-workshop.

Application materials may be sent by email attachment or fax to Dr. Elana Jakel, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ejakel@ushmm.org or Fax +1 (202) 479-9726. To preserve the confidentiality of recommendation letters, faculty recommenders must send their letters directly to Dr. Jakel; recommendation letters cannot be submitted by applicants. All application materials must be received by Thursday, March 31. We will notify applicants of our decision by April 15.

Participants must be in attendance each day of the workshop. Workshop sessions will be conducted in English. Participants will be required to submit a dissertation proposal of 8-10-pages in English for pre-circulation by Friday, June 17.

The Museum will accept a maximum of 16 participants. Awards include (1) a stipend toward the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, D.C.; (2) shared lodging for the workshop’s duration; and (3) a stipend toward the cost of meals, local transit, luggage surcharges, and other incidental expenses, which will be distributed after the workshop’s conclusion via direct deposit or international wire transfer. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to acquire the appropriate visa to enter the United States and to pay for any costs associated with securing that visa.

CFP: AATSEEL Panel Stream Topics

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The AATSEEL Program Committee invites proposals for panel stream topics for the 2017 conference in San Francisco, CA. These streams will promote greater cohesion among conference panels and foster a broader dialogue throughout the conference. The result can be a series of mini-conferences within the framework of our larger conference.

Stream topic proposals should consist of a 200-word abstract describing the stream as a whole and a list of 4-6 potential participants (you need not yet have firm commitments from them) and should indicate whether you prefer a 2 or 3 panel stream. These should be sent via email to the Program Committee Chair, Jon Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu), by March 1, 2016. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 15. We anticipate having 7-10 streams in 2017.

Individual paper proposals as well as pre-formed panel and roundtable proposals will continue to be accepted, as usual, exclusively through the AATSEEL website (the April 15 and July 1 deadlines remain the same).

What is a panel stream?
2-3 thematically connected panels or roundtables (with 8-12 total participants in the stream). They will be listed in the conference program with the same panel title (subtitles can be used to distinguish the focus of the individual panels) and be scheduled during the first morning session each day of the conference.

What topics are eligible for panel streams?
Any area that is typically part of the AATSEEL conference can be proposed as a stream topic (eg. second language acquisition and pedagogy, literature, film, linguistics, culture, media studies, theory, etc.). Keep in mind that the stream topic should be capacious enough to suit 10-12 participants’ presentations. The Program Committee will work to ensure a diverse blend of stream topics so we encourage all AATSEEL members to consider proposing a topic.

What is the role of the stream organizer?
The organizer(s) must submit a topic proposal, help recruit participants, serve as a reviewer of individual abstracts submitted for the stream, and help to arrange the panel format and organization.

How can the panels be organized?
We encourage diversity and flexibility in constructing the panels. They can be structured as traditional paper panels or roundtables or they can diverge from those formats. Possible alternatives include structuring the stream as a response to a single scholarly work or devoting one stream panel to a single “keynote” speaker with the other panels devoted to responses to the speaker.

What will the makeup of panel participants be?
The streams must be composed of a variety of generations of scholars (ie. graduate students, contingent faculty, K-12 teachers, junior faculty, advanced scholars). The stream organizer may invite up to half of the total stream participants. The remainder of the stream will consist of participants who submit abstracts to the Program Committee.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CfP: 5th Annual UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Research Symposium

Deadline: March 4, 2016

The conference will take place on April 2nd, 2016 on the UC Berkeley campus and will serve as a forum for undergraduate students of comparative literature and related fields to present and discuss their own research among peers, graduate students, professors, and the Berkeley community. Attending and presenting at the conference is an excellent way to learn about current trends in literary research and to meet current undergraduates, graduate students, and professors in Comparative Literature, especially if you are considering pursuing further research and study in Comparative Literature at Berkeley.

In order to be considered, applicants must submit an abstract (200-400 words) detailing their research by March 4, 2016 at midnight Pacific Time. Please click here to submit your abstract.


Below is information regarding this year’s theme and guidelines for presentations:

Theorizations of the body have appeared in discourses across the humanities and social sciences, with theorists like Freud, Lacan, Butler, Derrida, Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, Bakhtin, and Descartes having made significant contributions to the definition of the body within their respective disciplines. Whether it is The Bible, Francois Rabelais, John Milton, or Hannah Arendt, the metaphor of the body has transcended any historical or genre constraints to become intrinsically tied not only to literature, but also to the creation of literature. The multi-valence of the word “body” makes it unique in its numerous possibilities of usage. “Body” can refer to both an individual or a collective, a concrete form or an abstraction, an action or a subject. What is a body, or what constitutes a “body”? What does the term ‘body’ signify? Does the word “body” emphasize the individual over the collective, or vice versa? How does the transition from disparate, individual bodies to a unified, collective social or political body occur? Considering the notion of “embodiment,” we may also ask what it means to embody something.The conference encourages consideration of historical, cultural, and theoretical perspectives of the body across comparative literatures and media. Think of bodies in contact with one another, bodies in flux, and forms of non-human or posthuman bodies, or the legitimacy of books/works of art as “bodies” as well. If we are to understand the body as an aesthetic product, how do bodies proliferate? How are bodies represented in literary texts, and what is the relation between body and language? What is the role of the body within the construction of the self and the Other? How are bodies shaped by ideological or historical forces?

Guidelines:
We invite talks to consider how a particular definition and/or aspect of the body, or the formation of bodies, plays a role in literature and literary criticism. While it is customary at conferences for presenters to read from a prepared paper, we ask that our presenters engage with their audience by delivering a talk rather than reading from a prepared paper. Talks should be ‘comparative’ in nature, meaning that they examine literature, philosophy, and other critical texts across linguistic, cultural, or national boundaries. Presentations are expected to:
  • Run roughly 30 minutes long (20-25 minutes for presentation, 5-10 minutes for audience Q&A and panel discussion)
  • Be accessible for an interdisciplinary undergraduate audience
  • Be formatted appropriately (e.g. have accompanying diagrams, powerpoints, handouts, etc.). Please note that there is no need to distribute copies of your paper, though we do require that presenters email a copy of their presentation and the accompanying paper to their panel moderator no later than two weeks before the day of the conference.
Questions?
Please e-mail Rachel Park and Lydia Tuan at calcomplit@gmail.com with any queries, concerns, or comments.

Job: Paid Internships for ETS English Language Learning Summer Institute

Deadline: March 27, 2016

The English Language Learning (ELL) group in the Assessment Development Division of Educational Testing Service (ETS) expects to hire approximately 35 interns for the summer of 2016.

Position Overview:
ELL summer interns will produce materials for use on large-scale, high-stakes standardized tests of English language proficiency. Each intern will work on one of the following:
TOEFL iBT® Test. The TOEFL iBT test is taken by nonnative speakers of English who are planning to apply to a college or university in an English-speaking country.
TOEIC® Tests. The TOEIC tests are taken principally by people who need to communicate with both native and nonnative speakers of English in the context of the global workplace.

The test development work is intellectually challenging and rewarding. The work may include:
  • writing items that test knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
  • identifying academic texts which are suitable for testing reading comprehension
  • creating conversations and talks that test listening comprehension
  • developing scenarios and prompts that allow candidates to demonstrate their speaking or writing skills
Program Details:
The six-week program begins on Monday, July 11, and ends on Friday, August 19. Interns are expected to work 8:30–5:00,Monday through Friday, for the whole program, and will receive attractive compensation. All work is conducted at the ETS Rosedale campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Interns must provide or arrange their own housing and transportation.

Requirements:
The TOEIC tests are global measures, so ETS actively seeks candidates who can bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the work. The ELL summer internship workforce includes undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers, and professors.

Interns must have a very high degree of fluency in English but do not need to be native speakers, nor do they need to be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens must have appropriate work visas.

All interns must have excellent writing skills. The work requires verbal precision and sensitivity to nuance, analytic skill, attention to detail, and receptiveness to instruction. Interns must be able to work well individually and collaboratively, carefully consider constructive feedback, and manage their time effectively to meet targets.

Application Procedures:
Each of the test sections hiring for the summer is associated with a specific work sample. You will need to complete and submit a separate work sample for each test section for which you would like to be considered. Directions for completing and submitting your work sample(s), along with a cover letter and résumé, are available on the ELL Summer Institute Web site atwww.ets.org/ell/internship.

Applications are due Sunday, March 27, 2016. Applicants are selected mainly on the basis of their performance on the work samples. Work samples will be evaluated in April, and you will be notified of your status by April 29. For questions, please contact Recruiting Consultant Monica Hopkins at mhopkins@ets.org.