Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CFS: Translated Yiddish Works

Deadline: January 18, 2017. 

Since 2013, Pakn Treger has published a special translation issue of the magazine, highlighting a new generation of translators and making the work of many Yiddish writers available in English for the first time.

This year, we’re trying something new: a shorter collection of stories, poems, and drama linked by a common theme.

This year’s theme is “Writing by Women.” We are especially interested in prose and drama, as those formats have attracted less attention than Yiddish women’s poetry.

Prose submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words. There is no limit on the number of poems that can be submitted. The honorarium for prose is $100, regardless of length; the honorarium for poetry is $50 per poem.

E-mail submissions to Mark the subject line: “Translation Issue Submission [Your Last Name]”

Job: Preceptor in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language at Harvard University

Deadline: December 16, 2016

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for a position as Preceptor in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017 with teaching beginning in Fall Semester 2017. The preceptor will be responsible for courses in beginning Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language (2 courses per academic year) and additional tutorials in intermediate and advanced Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian as needed. The preceptor will work with the Director of the Slavic Language Program to develop courses and materials in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language and assist with recruitment of students and expanding interest in the Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language program. An interest in furthering broader Slavic Language Program goals is highly desirable, including research in Slavic linguistics and second-language acquisition as well as possible establishment of opportunities for study abroad in the former Yugoslavia. This is a part-time appointment valid for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, curricular need, and divisional dean approval. Interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype in January 2017.

The successful applicant should have experience in teaching Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, language program and curriculum development, student advising and recruitment, materials design, teaching with technology, and have native or near-native proficiency in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and English. An MA or PhD or equivalent graduate training is preferred.
Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (, no later than December 16, 2016
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. A brief teaching statement and a sample of teaching materials and syllabi
4. Names and contact information of at least three references who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. (Letters should be submitted on the ARIeS portal and your application will be complete only when at least three letters have been submitted.)

Contact Information: Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Slavic Language Program,

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CFP: Charles F. Fraker Conference

Deadline for abstracts: December 10th

2017 Charles F. Fraker Conference
The Image Reframed: Visions of Instability
February 10​th​ and 11​th​, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The 2017 Charles F. Fraker Conference at the University of Michigan will take as its point of departure the contested nature of the image, a point that is critical to the dialogue between our keynote speakers, Michael Taussig and W. J. T. Mitchell. Images can sear, blur, fade, or proliferate.Images can be captured, scanned, altered, or reproduced. The image is a subject and an object; there is a categorical instability to the image that belies the hard dimensions of the frame. We are interested in images, the way they inform us about the past and the present, and also the way they affect our notions of reality and personhood. With the significant development of image-making technology, is it still possible to accept the truth claims of any given image? How can we still approach their historical, socio-political indexicalities and authorial intentions without skepticism?

Where do we locate images in the narration of history? How do we interpret history through images? How do we look at images as manifestation of historical phenomena? What agency is allowed in the space between the author of an image and the reception of the image? Does the image itself have an agency? How does image production impact the agency of subjects that are represented? In what ways can we overcome the distancing effects that are generated by the cloning of images? When viewing an image, does the spectator put oneself in the same position as the image’s author? Does the reproduction of the image blur these positions, and what is at stake in this disruption?

Papers may explore, directly or obliquely, images that represent, challenge, or distort notions of:
  • literature framing objectification & subjectification
  • photography media & mediation authorship & spectatorship
  • still images production & consumption history & historicity
  • cinema visual culture memory
  • illustration looking & seeing politics
  • maps gaze nation state & empire
  • technology perception friendship, enemies & betrayal
  • reproducibility invisibility resistance
  • aura otherness the city
  • cloning object & subject (de)territorialization
  • archive analogy indexicality
  • ethics posthumanism obscenity
  • violence gender

The Charles F. Fraker Conference is hosted by the Department of Romance Languages and
Literatures at the University of Michigan. We welcome abstracts up to 250 words for papers in any Romance language or English engaging cross-disciplinary questions of the image. We encourage scholarly investigations in the form of academic papers, but also alternative forms of inquiry such as hybrid prose, poetry, performance, photography, or film. Works may deal with Romance literary or cultural studies as well as other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Please include a brief bio with submissions.
Please send your abstract and brief bio to by December 10th of 2016.

CFP: Graduate Student Colloquium at Portland State University

Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University (Portland, OR) will hold a Graduate Symposium on May 27, 2017. The organizing committee invites proposals for individual papers and pre-organized panel proposals on any topic related to language, literature, culture, pedagogy and film, comparative literature, Hispanic women writers, Afro-Hispanic studies, cognitive literary studies, translation, linguistics, and global patterns.

Graduate students who would like to participate in the Symposium are invited to submit a 250-word abstract in English for a proposed paper by March 1, 2017.

Presentations are limited to 20 min each. Pre-organized panel proposals are encouraged.

More information and a link to the submission forms are available at:

CFP: Memory and Momentum: Culture and Change in Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Memory and Momentum: Culture and Change in Central and Eastern Europe
Graduate Conference March 4, 2017
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
University of Victoria

Changing borders, immigration, political change and unrest, war, death, birth and rebirth have changed the composition of Central and Eastern Europe, causing massive, fundamental cultural shifts which have continually drawn global attention. How are the histories and stories of these multifarious transformations told and retold, and what do these differing interpretations mean for the region as a whole? The University of Victoria’s Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies invites presenters to explore the various ways that experience and memory of modern Central and Eastern European life are transmitted and transformed. This graduate conference will engender an interdisciplinary, intersectional discussion on contemporary and historical culture in Central and Eastern Europe.

Though not limited to the following fields, we welcome submissions relating to:
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Pedagogy
  • Culture
  • History
  • Art and Music
  • Film
  • Politics
  • Memory Studies
Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a panel Q&A period. Presenters will have the opportunity to submit their paper to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies’ graduate journal,

Verges, for publication in May 2017.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words to by January 6, 2017.

Call for Submissions: Verges

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Verges: Germanic & Slavic Studies in Review is back! We are now accepting submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1. Verges is an online, open-access journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Although Verges primarily encourages submissions from graduate students, outstanding papers from upper-level undergraduate students are welcomed as well. For this issue, we particularly encourage MA students and upper-level undergraduate students to submit.

All articles and interviews must include a 100-150 word abstract, a brief author bio and keywords for indexing purposes. As articles will be blind peer-reviewed, please ensure that you follow the guidelines for a blind review.

Articles on all aspects of Germanic or Slavic Studies are welcomed. While not limited to the following, we invite submissions relating to: literature, linguistics, pedagogy, culture, history, art, music, film, politics, and memory studies.

To submit your article, please visit the journal’s website (below), create an account as ‘author’ and follow the submission steps.

The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2017. Please visit the journal's website for more information: or email us for more information at:

Job: Teaching Assistant needed for Spring Semester Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at Harvard

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for a part-time teaching assistant for Spring Semester 2017 to conduct tutorials for 1-4 students inBosnian/Croatian/Serbian language at the intermediate and advanced levels. Compensation for this position will range from $3525 to $6625 for the duration of the appointment, depending on student enrollment and professional qualifications.

Interested applicants may contact the Director of the Slavic Language Program, Steven Clancy, with any questions and may apply by submitting a CV and a brief cover letter to <>.