Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CFP: SOYUZ Symposium. Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right?

Deadline: November 15, 2015

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

University of Chicago

March 11-12, 2016

The SOYUZ theme this year gains immediacy and poignancy from the migration and refugee crisis in Europe in Autumn 2015. While some leaders repudiate migrants from points east by calling for a “Christian” Europe, others welcome them as a Christian gesture. Such differences are not new to postsocialism. Religion, out-migration, borders, nationality have been flash points repeatedly. The conference will examine these and other forms of difference-making within and across contemporary postsocialist contexts. Economic globalization and the integration of eastern Europe into the European Union have provided the context for postsocialist transformation. Yet, such projects of integration have encouraged new articulations of difference and reframed old ones: Minorities, diasporas, east-west relations, techno-environmental differences and border-disputes. Neo-nationalist groups rail against in-migrants and minorities at the same time as nation-branding projects posit national distinctiveness as a lure for foreign investment and tourism. Narratives of “culture wars” vilifying differences of sexual orientation and life-style have erupted, opposing conservative religious and political groups to the purportedly cosmopolitan values of “the West.” New xenophobias and homophobias compete with discourses of tolerance, each staking claims to what constitutes belonging and civilization. Deep discontent over waves of neoliberalization, austerity, corruption and kleptocracies have reconfigured economic polarization as political difference, with Left and Right both taking on new valences within an increasingly agitated political spectrum.

We therefore invite proposals for research papers that address the politics of difference – broadly understood – in the postsocialist world. How have postsocialist histories driven new articulations of difference and to what effect? How do contemporary politics of postsocialist difference-making resemble, draw on, differ from, or challenge antecedents in the last century? What new political horizons might contemporary articulations of difference – left and right – suggest? Finally, how might the critical analysis of global postsocialism inform the scholarly investigation of the politics of difference more broadly? As always, at SOYUZ, other topics of research on postsocialism that are not directly related to this theme are also welcome.


Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to by November 15, 2015.

Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “SOYUZ 2016” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by December 15, 2015.

CFP: Conference on European Economic issues, Tallinn, Estonia,

Deadline: February 1, 2016

The 8th international "Economic Challenges in Enlarged Europe" will be held from 19-21 June 2016 in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. This conference, organised by Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration in collaboration with Eesti Pank (Central Bank of Estonia) and USA based research societies, aims to bring together academics as well as practitioners to discuss topical issues and disseminate high quality research in economics, finance and business with a focus on enlarged Europe. The conference is honored to host Michael Funke from Hamburg University as keynote speaker. The conference venue will be Hotel Euroopa, a 4-star hotel in Tallinn city centre.

Several publication opportunities in international journals are available for accepted papers. You are kindly invited to submit papers for this conference.

For further information, please visit the conference website

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline of extended abstracts: 1 February 2016 (I round) and 15 March 2016 (II round).
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 March 2016 (I round) and 1 April 2016 (II round)
  • Deadline for registration and payment: 15 April 2016
  • Submission deadline for full papers: 15 May 2016
  • Conference: 19-21 June 2016
  • Submission deadline for final papers for journals: 1 August 2016 (I round) and 15 September 2016 (II round)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Funding: The Partnership for Faculty Diversity

In 2011, the University of California and the University of Michigan created the Partnership for Faculty Diversity to support new scholars interested in faculty and research careers who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service. This partnership supports programs at the ten-campus UC system, the three UC-affiliated national laboratories the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado and The California Alliance to offer postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, professional development and academic networking opportunities. The programs are particularly interested in supporting scholars with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
The partner programs share common goals and resources, but may differ in their scope and requirements each year. Please visit this website and the ones below for more information
(Propriety consideration is given to applications submitted by November 1, 2015)

CFP: Appetites: Discourses of Consumption


Appetites: Discourses of Consumption
20th Annual CLIFF Conference
March 10-12, 2016
Department of Comparative Literature
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: Dec 1, 2015.

Over the past twenty years, the rise of food studies has brought the culinary to the attention of academics, particularly among social scientists and in departments of cultural studies. This brings new valence to widely circulated notions of cultural and material consumption and their affective dimensions (e.g. desires, appetites). Building on foundational work by scholars including Pierre Bourdieu, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes, researchers have added food to the ever-growing list of cultural products deserving of inquiry. This relatively new concern with food opens up the possibility of thinking consumption and appetites in broader terms. How do we consume bodies, images, and cultures? How can the humanities engage with food studies? Is it possible to think the consumption of food alongside other forms of consumption?

This conference, aimed at graduate students in all disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, is concerned with appetite and consumption in all their varied aspects. We welcome proposals that address:

  • Food
  • Sex and the body
  • Historical and new materialisms
  • Visual culture and new media
  • Travel and tourism
  • Translation and the circulation of culture
  • Commodities and commodification
  • Orality and language

Graduate students may submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by December 1, 2015 via email to Partial reimbursements will be available to assist with the cost of international travel.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Funding: Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion and Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships

Deadline: January 26, 2016 & January 16, 2016

The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities.

Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 26, 2016.

For more information, visit:

The Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe.

Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 16, 2016.

For more information, visit:

CFP for the Panel: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: (Re)Constructing Notions of Eastern and Western Europe

Deadline: October 15, 2015

As part of the Fourth Euroacademia International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to be held at Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic, 27-28 November 2015
Panel Proposed by Cassandra Sciortino, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panel Description:
The panel “Art as cultural diplomacy” seeks papers that explore the function of art (in its broadest definition) as an instrument of cultural diplomacy by the state and, especially, by nongovernmental actors. The main theme of the session is the question of art and diplomacy in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Papers are welcome which explore issues related to the role of art, diplomacy and the politicization of the European Union and its candidate countries, as are those which consider how the arts have pursued or resisted East-West dichotomies and other narratives of alterity in Europe and worldwide. The panel seeks to combine a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore how art--its various practices, history, and theory--are an important area of inquiry in the expanding field of cultural diplomacy.

Some examples of topics include:
~ How can art serve as a neutral platform for exchange to promote dialogue and understanding between foreign states?

~ How can art, including organized festivals (i.e. film, art, music.), cultivate transnational identities that undermine dichotomies of East and West, and other narratives of alterity in Europe and beyond it?

~ The implications for art as an instrument of diplomacy in a postmodern age where geopolitics and power are increasingly mobilized by image based structures of persuasion

~ How has/can art facilitate cohesion between European Union member states and candidate states that effectively responds to the EU’s efforts to create “unity in diversity.”

~ The politics of mapping Europe: mental and cartographic

~ Community based art as a social practice to engage issues of European identity

~ The difference between art as cultural diplomacy and propaganda

~ The digital revolution and the emergence of social media as platforms for art to communicate across social, cultural, and national boundaries?

~ Diplomacy in the history of art in Europe and Eastern Europe

~ Artists as diplomats

~ Art history as diplomacy--exhibitions, post-colonial criticism, global art history, and other revisions to the conventional boundaries of Europe and its history of art

~ The international activity of cultural institutes

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:

Funding: Junior Research Fellowship in Russian and/or other Slavonic Languages (Oxford)

Deadline: November 5, 2015 by noon

Junior Research Fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers. Univ has at any time between 8 and 10 JRFs. The College has one permanent Associate Professor in Russian, Professor Polly Jones, a Senior College Lecturer in Czech (with Slovak), Dr Zuzana Rihova, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Russian, Dr Samantha Sherry. Further details about University College are available from the Univ website at where details of the research of current Fellows can also be found.

The Fellowship will be tenable for a period of three years starting on 1 October 2016. Candidates should be engaged in literary, linguistic or cultural studies research related to the period 1800 to present. Preference may be given to candidates whose research focusses on Russian, Czech, Slovak or Polish. Candidates whose research is primarily in the field of history will not be considered.

The primary duty of the postholder is to carry out research, but most JRFs offer a limited amount of teaching for the College, in the interest of their career development.

The primary criterion for appointment to the Junior Research Fellowship will be research excellence. Candidates must: (1) have a strong academic record; (2) be approaching the end of their doctoral research or have recently completed their doctorate; (3) have research expertise as established by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement; and (4) have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship. The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration.

Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorate by the start of their appointment. This position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary JRF or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorate more than two years prior to the application date (except in exceptional circumstances).

The current stipend is £22,029 per annum, which would be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance. Free meals and free single accommodation in College will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,207 pa). The total salary package is therefore £27,236, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,200), an entertainment allowance (£183), membership of USS and private health insurance.

Selected candidates will be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis. Applicants should indicate on their application form which material they propose to submit, if invited to do so, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Candidates should send their application form (see menu on left of page) to: Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH (fax: 01865 276790, tel: +44 (0)1865 276951; by email: by 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 5 November 2015. 

Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Friday 27 November 2015 (subject to confirmation).

Candidates are asked to complete and return the Recruitment Monitoring Form for the post. This will be dealt with anonymously and separately from the recruitment process. If preferred, you may print and send a hard copy to: Equality Officer, University College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BH.