Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Award: Fullbright U.S. Scholar Austrian-Hungary Joint Research Award

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The sponsor provides a research award to conduct research in the humanities and social sciences on topics of regional or bilateral relevance in collaboration with Austrian and Hungarian specialists. A PhD (or equivalent terminal degree such as MFA, JD, or MD) is required and this program is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. Grants are 2 months in Austria and 2 months in Hungary.

Research should be completed between September 2017 and June 2018. 

All appropriate disciplines are considered, but the following are preferred: Art, Economics, Geography, History (non-U.S.), Political Science.

Award Requirements: 

  • Must have a Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) 
  • Open to faculty of all academic ranks
  • Applicants from professionals outside of academia are welcome
  • Language requirement: commensurate with the nature of the proposed project which may be conducted in English, German, or Hungarian.  Some knowledge of German and/or Hungarian is desirable, and advanced knowledge of German and/or Hungarian may be required contingent upon the nature of the project. 
  • Feasibility of conducting research must be demonstrated in the project statement
  • A letter of invitation is required.  See website link for further guidance. 
  • Applications should state intended institutional affiliations and include corresponding letters of invitation. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CFP: 5th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation

Deadline: Jun 30,2016 and August 31,2016


Proposal deadline: August 31, 2016

We especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme, “Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing” (see description above). In addition, we warmly welcome abstracts on other subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Archiving matters
  • Assessing success in documentation and revitalization strategies 
  • Community experiences of revitalization
  • Data management
  • Ethical issues
  • Language planning
  • Lexicography and grammar design
  • Methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality
  • Orthography design
  • Teaching/learning small languages
  • Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
  • Topics in areal language documentation
  • Training in documentation methods – beyond the university

Presentation formats
Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of question time.

Posters will be on display throughout the day of presentation. Poster presentations will run during the lunch. Poster presentations are recommended for authors who wish to present smaller, more specific topics, or descriptions of particular projects. 

Electronic posters (e-posters) are opportunities for presentations of software, websites, and other computer-based projects, in an environment that allows face-to-face interaction with the audience. Similar to a traditional poster session, e-poster presenters will use their own laptop computers to display their projects while the audience walks around, watching demonstrations and asking questions. E-poster sessions will take place during lunch in a room with tables and internet access.


Proposal deadline: June 30, 2016

As a special addition to our program this year, we are including a 90-minute block on ThursdayFriday and Saturday to be dedicated to two alternative conference activities: Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions. These activities will run concurrently, and participants will pre-register for Workshops and Talk Story roundtable attendance on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We invite submissions for Workshops and Talk Story roundtable discussions topics/facilitators addressing the conference theme of “Vital Voices: Linking Language and Wellbeing.” These are described below, as well as the nature of the travel support from the NSF.
Talk Story roundtable discussions 
In response to feedback from attendees of previous ICLDCs, this year we are providing a forum for small facilitated discussions about topics related to the conference theme. We invite proposals for 90-minute “Talk Story” (a Hawai‘i Creole English term referring to the sharing and preservation of culturally relevant stories) roundtable discussions. These discussions will be led by an expert discussant and limited to 20-30 attendees per session. Each Talk Story roundtable will be repeated on three days of the conference, allowing ample opportunity for conference attendees to participate in the Talk Story Sessions of their choice. Talk Story sessions are meant to be fully interactive for participants, rather than a one-directional presentation of information. We feel this format is particularly appropriate for more sensitive topics dealing with wellbeing, as well as for intragroup sharing of past successes. 
We also welcome proposals for Workshops on topics broadly relating to language revitalization and wellbeing. Each 90-minute workshop will be held twice over three days of the conference, allowing multiple opportunities for interested attendees to participate. Workshops will accommodate 60–100 participants and are intended to be more presentational and instructional in style than the Talk Story sessions. Appropriate workshop topics will be related to the conference theme and may include instruction in techniques or methods, hands-on activities, etc.
NSF support details - Pending final approval of funding
Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Program, we are able to offer travel assistance up to US$2000 for each selected Workshop and Talk Story Session. Funds will be provided as (partial) flight reimbursements, hotel nights, or per diem payments, to be determined by the ICLDC Executive Committee. In the event that a Workshop or Talk Story Session is jointly presented by more than one individual, the presenter team will inform the ICLDC Executive Committee how to divide the award across the presenters. 



Rules for submission in all categories:
  • Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed. 
  • Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored proposal (including participation in a Workshop or Talk Story Session proposal), or no more than two co-authored proposals. In no case may an author submit more than one individually-authored proposal.
  • Proposals for the NSF-sponsored Workshops and Talk Story Sessions are due by June 30, 2016, with notification of acceptance by July 31, 2016.
  • Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters are due by August 31, 2016, with notification of acceptance by October 1, 2016.
  • We will not be accepting any proposals for panel presentations or colloquia.  
  • Because of limited space, please note that the Abstract Review Committee may ask that some general abstracts submitted as papers be presented as posters or electronic posters instead. 
  • Selected authors will be invited to submit their conference papers to the journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication.

For more information or to submit an online proposal, visit and click on "Call For Proposals."

CFP: European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

Deadline: May 30,2016

The Council for European Studies (CES) is calling for nominations for its European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize. This prize honors the best advanced research paper on any subject in European Studies written as part of an undergraduate university degree program. Two prizes will be awarded in 2016, one in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by the Council’s Executive Committee will choose the winners. 

Each prize winner will receive $500 and public recognition on the Council’s website and in its newsletter. Nominations due May 30, 2016. 

Click here for more info 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Graduate Internships at SWP (Berlin-Wimersdorf)

Deadline: June 30, 2016
SWP offers full-time internships for highly motivated students. SWP is particularly interested in attracting young researchers in political science and related social sciences (economics, law, administration,occasionally also regional studies, ethnology, or journalism).

Interns are based at the offices in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

The work undertaken by SWP interns includes:
  • Assisting with all tasks within the research division, especially research projects, and producing documentation and background reports for research division members 
  • Preparing reports of conferences and meetings 
  • Literature research 
  • Editing academic texts, researching and evaluating materials, helping to prepare meetings and conferences 
  • General administrative tasks 
SWP accepts students at the following phases in their university career:
  • Students whose internship is part of a university degree course or a formal precondition of admission or examination (required internship) 
  • Students who wish to acquire professional skills and experience (as defined in paragraph 26 
  • Vocational Training Act/Berufsbildungsgesetz), without this being a formal vocational training scheme (voluntary internship) 
This arrangement also applies to
  • Students already studying for a master's degree, 
  • Holders of bachelor's degrees who can demonstrate they are applying for a master's degree course. 

Foreign applicants must have a residence permit. Applicants should apply specifically for one or at the most two Research Divisions.

For an internship an applicant should have at least the following qualifications:
  • Very good knowledge of English as well as German (written and spoken) 
  • Good end-user IT skills (Word, Excel, Web browsers) 
  • Their own ideas about what they wish to achieve during the internship 
  • Interest in policy consultation and communication 
  • Commitment, ambition, teamwork and social skills 

The research divisions also have their own specific requirements:
1. EU/Europe:
a. Continuous participation in courses relevant to the research areas of the research division
b. Ideally, knowledge of an additional EU working language, or language skills relevant to the region

2. International Security Research Division:
a. Knowledge of current security issues

3. For the Armament and Technology Cluster:
a. As well as students of politics, the cluster is especially interested in attracting students of economics, engineering and natural science who have interest in defence policy, arms economy and technology policy.

4. Americas Research Division:
a. Course of study relating to the region
b. In-depth knowledge of the politics and/or economy of the United States and/or the Latin American states

5. Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division
a. Good knowledge of at least one of the languages spoken in the region (for example Russian)
b. Knowledge about Russia and/or other CIS states

6. Middle East and Africa Research Division
a. Active interest in current political events in the region or a specific sub-region
b. Knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is advantageous for the Middle East, French for Africa

7. Asia Research Division
a. Evidence of an active academic interest in one or more countries of the region
b. Knowledge of a relevant language is desirable, for example Chinese, Japanese or Hindi

8. Global Issues Research Division
a. As well as students of politics, the research division is especially interested in attracting students of economics, international law and/or international relations
b. Interest in interdisciplinary discourse and prior knowledge in one of the following policy fields:
  • International energy, environment and climate policy 
  • Non-state actors 
  • Migration and demographics 
  • International financial markets 
  • Trade policy 
  • International law, United Nations

Study Abroad: IBSU Studies MA: Study Caucasus WITHIN the Caucasus

For those interested in studying the history, anthropology, linguistics and politics of the Caucasus, a region situated between the Black and Caspian seas, starting September 2016 please email Elizabeth Carlson at!

IBSU (International Black Sea University) is one of the best schools in the Georgia. They are willing to accommodate international students with host families. Students would pay families 100 USD (250 GEL) / month, which is far cheaper than living alone, AND that would include 2 meals a day.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Internships with the Global Europe Program

Deadline: June 30, 2016

The program offers unpaid educational internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The internship aims to provide valuable experience to successfulcandidates interested in EU-U.S. relations, as well as functional issues pertaining to various European Union policies.

The intern will work directly with the Global Europe Staff and acquire experience and training in the field of international relations by assisting in various projects. Responsibilities will include:
- Researching current regional and functional issues in support of the work of fellows and scholars
- Attending EU-themed conferences, forums and lectures in Washington and writing briefing memoranda for staff
- Assisting with the organization and implementation of events
- Assisting staff in managing and updating database, website, and social media
- Providing back-up office reception duties, including telephone and greeting visitors
- Other administrative duties as asigned

All interns are strongly encouraged to attend conferences, forums and other events of the Center's various programs. In addition, all interns have access to the Center's vast research resources.

The applicant should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate study program at an accredited college or university, or a recent graduate (within the last year) at the time of internship. The applicant should also have a strong interest in European politics, and preferably some academic background in the field. He/she should have good analytical and research skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and have basic computer skills on several software packages (experience with Adobe InDesign is desirable, but not a main requirement). Proficiency in one or more languages of the European Union is desired.
To apply:

CFP: Armed Resistance in Eastern and Southeastern Europe 1945-1956

Deadline: June 30, 2016

As a consequence of the military defeat of the Axis powers and the establishment of communist regimes in eastern and southeastern Europe under Soviet domination, various organized groups decided to resist by force the newly established systems of repression and compulsion. In some cases these groups were newly formed; in others the roots were wartime. Sometimes they competed with one another. Appreciable combat operations continued into the 1950s and pinned down military resources of the USSR and its communist occupation regimes.

The Institute of Modern and Contemporary Historical Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Arenberg Foundation in Enghien (Belgium) plan a scholarly conference (also under the title VIth Arenberg Conference for History) to explore the forms and scope of violent resistance in eastern and southeastern Europe. The focus will be the transnational examination and analysis of the political, social, economic, and religious causes of such resistance.

This topic must first of all be contextualized within the history of communism and anti-communism as well as the history of political violence and resistance during the interwar years and the Second World War. The resisters’ images of the Soviet Union and Russia, their struggle against what was in part perceived as foreign (Russian) rule, and collaboration with the Third Reich must also be taken into consideration.

Through a comparative approach, both regional differences and commonalities in the violent struggles of these groups will be highlighted, while the resistance of Jewish groups and the participation of women must also be factored in.

The survey will also involve problems of definition, contextualization, periodization, and reception of resistance-activity (“freedom fighters” versus “counter-revolutionaries”). Individual conference contributions should deal with significant actors and groups, the limits and possibilities of action, areas of operation and retreat (such as border regions), backgrounds, resources, recruitment, intentions, motives and goals, the consequences of action, or counter-insurgency. Other key questions concern how such resistance was even possible and how the population at large reacted to it.

Because of the very nature of the topic, the problem of evidence is a difficult one given that the sources are both heterogeneous and confusing. As in the case of other controversial themes, the issue of contemporary witnesses, their experiences, and their memories will be raised within the framework of the conference. In this connection, the problem of resistance in historical memory from war’s end to the present day will likewise be broached.

The conference languages are English and German (no simultaneous interpretation). The publication of the conference proceedings is also planned.

The deadline for abstracts of proposed papers is 30 June 2016.

At the latest the conference will take place in the first quarter of 2017.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for publication in the proceedings will be two months after the conclusion of the conference.

In case of interest, please send an abstract of 400-800 words to the following address:

Institut für Neuzeit- und Zeitgeschichtsforschung/
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Strohgasse 45/2/4
1030 Wien, Österreich
Tel. +43-1-51581-7311
Fax +43-1-51581-7330