Monthly Archives: December 2009

Assistant Professor of Russian Literature, Yale University, Deadline: December 19

The Slavic Department at Yale University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Russian Literature, to begin July 1, 2010.  This appointment will be made in accordance with Yale’s new tenure track system, a description of which is accessible at  The field of specialization is open but we are especially interested in candidates with expertise in late 18th and early 19th-century Russian literature and/or contemporary Russian literature and culture.  Candidates should have a Ph.D., fluency in Russian and English, teaching experience, and a commitment to scholarship.

Yale University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Letters of application, CV, a short sample of scholarship, such as an article or dissertation or book chapter, and three letters of reference should be sent to Professor. Alexandrov, Chair, Slavic Department, Yale University, P. O. Box 208236, New Haven, CT 06520-8236.  Materials may also be submitted via email to  Please submit applications by December 19, 2009.  The Department will interview at AATSEEL in Philadelphia and/or in New Haven.

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Chicago Folks Operetta presents Franz Lehar’s “Mitslav the Modern,” December 13

Mitslav the Modern

Mitslav the Modern

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Chicago Folks Operetta will be featured alongside six other opera companies at the Chicago Cultural Center‘s “Day of Opera.”

Time: 1:00 pm, December 13. Location: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St. )

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Full-time Executive Director Position, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)

The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies is seeking to hire a full-time Executive Director for its new headquarters located at the University of Pittsburgh.  The anticipated starting date for this position is April 15, 2010.  The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 8, 2010.  Finalists will be interviewed at the University of Pittsburgh in early February. Responsibilities for the position include supervising staff and assisting Association officers and committees; preparing the annual budget and preparing for the Executive Committee and Board meetings; strategic planning for the organization; fundraising and membership outreach; serving as liaison with other institutions; and advocacy work.  Some domestic and international travel required. Qualifications required: advanced degree, Ph.D. preferred; 5 years of combined administrative and academic experience; familiarity with at least one of the countries (including its language) in the region represented by the Association; good interpersonal, supervisory, and leadership skills; computer skills; excellent written and oral communication skills.

Applicants must apply online at Job #0127383.  In addition, each applicant must send an updated curriculum vitae, cover letter explaining the applicant’s specific qualifications for the position, and a list of three references with email addresses and phone numbers to In order to be considered, an applicant must fill out the formal online application and send supporting materials to the designated email address.

The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about AAASS, see  The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Visiting Professorial Fellowships at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Deadline: January 31

The School of Advanced Study, University of London offers two Visiting Professorial Fellowships the humanities and social sciences:

The ST Lee Professorial Fellowship and The School of Advanced Study Professorial Fellowship.

Applications for 2010–11 are now invited from senior scholars wishing to pursue research in London in any of the areas covered by the School, and to engage in an active relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community across the School. Both Fellowships are tenable for up to six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year.

The Fellowships offer travel, accommodation and research expenses up to a determined maximum.

Application and Contact Details

Holders of the Fellowships will be ready to pursue their work in the context of an active and vigorous relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community within the School, and to play a leading intellectual role in cross-School seminars and other programmes. Applicants must be able to show that their research can benefit from the resources of one or more of the Institutes in the School, and that it will contribute productively to the range of activities across the School. Intending applicants may wish to contact the Director(s) of the relevant Institute(s) in advance (see below for the website address).

Deadline for submission is 31 January 2010.

Further particulars and the application form are available from the website:


Peter Niven
Research Grants and Fellowships Officer
School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House (Room 263)
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU

T: +44 (0)20 7862 8666

F: +44 (0)20 7862 8657
Email :

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Roma Education Fund Seeks Country Facilitator for Bulgaria, Deadline: December 20

The Roma Education Fund, an international organisation supporting quality education for Roma children, seeks a country facilitator for Bulgaria to provide support to organisations requesting and implementing REF financed projects and to help in the coordination of REF country program in Bulgaria.

The candidate should possess the following:

– Speak fluent Bulgarian, and have a very good command of the English language (written and spoken). Being a Romani speaker is a strong advantage
– A university degree.
– Experience of issues in education in Bulgaria.
– Excellent organization, administration and communication skills.
– Experience in implementing and evaluating projects.
– Good knowledge of issues related to Roma education and of the NGO sector in Bulgaria
– Be reliable and accurate with a proven ability to work in team but also ready to work on its own initiative
– Driving license

What will the job provide:

– challenging and diverse tasks
– work with a dynamic team of NGO and Government officials
– competitive salary
– work and learn at the international level
– The staff will benefit from training in country and in REF head office in Budapest

CV and motivation letter in English (including proposal for wage level), should be forwarded to:

The deadline for applications is:  December 20,2009

For more information about the Roma Education Fund and for the full terms of reference for this position, please visit:

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Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “Stalinist Society, 1928-1953,” December 8

Mark Edele (University of Western Australia) will present a paper entitled, “Stalinist Society, 1928-1953.” The paper is now available on Chalk, under “current papers.”

For a copy of the paper, please email Rachel Applebaum: rapple [at]

Refreshments will be available beginning at 4:15pm.

Time: 4:30 to 6pm, December 8. Location: Location: Social Sciences 224 (1126 E. 59th St.).

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Call for Papers: UCLA Graduate Conference on Eurasian Cultural Interactions, Deadline: April 1, 2010

California Eurasian Studies Kurultai
A Graduate Conference
Saturday, April 10, 2010
University of California, Los Angeles

At present, the field of Eurasian Studies is spread across several
traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, within the
discipline of Slavic Studies interest in the broader Eurasian context
has been growing in recent years. As scholars of Slavic-Turkic
cultural contacts we feel that the opportunities for graduate students
and junior scholars to present and develop research in this area are
limited. Therefore we are organizing a graduate conference on Eurasian
cultural interactions in order for graduate students with these
interests to meet and present their current research. The conference
will be held in a workshop format; panelists will submit their papers
ahead of time, allowing for more coherent and productive discussion
during the conference. We are seeking participants who focus on
moments of contact and conflict in Eurasia, beyond the established
disciplinary boundaries.

Our keynote speaker is Alexander Diener, Associate Professor of
Geography at Pepperdine University. In his recent books, One Homeland
or Two: Nationalization and Transnationalization of Mongolia’s Kazakhs
(2009) and Homeland Conceptions and Ethnic Integration Among
Kazakhstan’s Germans and Koreans (2004), Professor Diener has explored
issues of national identity and contact in the multinational context
of present-day Eurasia. Likewise Professor Diener’s theoretical
orientation of geography will be a useful compromise uniting the many
possible directions panelists might take: from linguistics, to
culture, to religion, to history.

Submit abstracts of up to 300 words to by
January 5, 2010. Complete versions of the accepted papers must be
submitted to by April 1, 2010. Unfortunately
we cannot provide funding for accommodation or travel.

We look forward to receiving abstracts, and to a productive conference in April.

Avram Lyon
Robert Denis
Naomi Caffee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of California, Los Angeles

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Two Positions as Human Rights Experts for the 3-year project “Human Rights and Social Inclusion in Macedonia,” Deadline: December 11

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights – Research Association (BIM-FV) is offering two positions as Human  Rights Experts (one for up to three years, and one for five months).

Duty station will be Skopje, with frequent field-trips to partner municipalities around the country.

Reporting to: Project manager, BIM Skopje
Supervisor: Project officer, BIM-FV Vienna

The project aims at supporting the inclusion of the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)
into the planning processes of the national and local authorities dealing with social inclusion,
social protection and poverty reduction. The specific objective is to strengthen the
accountability of the government in policy making and monitoring on both national and
local level, with a focus on rights-holders and duty-bearers.

On the national level the project will foster the coordination of NGOs working on issues
related to social exclusion, discrimination and poverty through the establishment of the
“National Anti-Poverty Platform” (NAPP). With the support of BIM-FV and the European
Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), the project will strengthen existing ties between NGOs, link
the Macedonian NAPP to the EAPN and will build the NAPP’s capacity of monitoring and
reporting the dimension of poverty and social exclusion in Macedonia.

On the local level the project shall strengthen the municipalities and the de-centralised
Social Work Centres and offices of the Employment agency in proceeding with the definition
of responsibilities and corresponding policies on social inclusion, social protection and
poverty reduction in the light of the decentralisation process.


  • Provide know-how on human rights promotion in development planning, and on related political, legal and social developments;
  • Develop and implement strategies and actions towards the project goals based on the provisions in the project document;
  • Review national and local strategies towards social inclusion, providing suggestions and comments related to the promotion of human rights;
  • Deliver trainings on the Human Rights-Based Approach and other necessary issues;
  • Prepare materials for both internal and external use, including training and action materials;
  • Elaborate reports and other relevant documents;
  • Maintain an overview of political and human rights developments in Macedonia;
  • Participate in and facilitate the collective coordination of the work of the team;preparing and agreeing detailed work plans, budgets and schedules; setting priorities; monitoring progress and quality control including approving materials according to relevant guidelines, and adhering to standards; establishing systems to ensure mutual support and accountability; and identifying training and development needs;
  • Translate official and internal documents from English to Macedonian and/or Albanian and vice versa;
  • If necessary, provide interpretation during meetings, workshops and other relevant events from English to Macedonian and/or Albanian and vice versa.


  • Advanced University Degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • At least 5 years of working experience in Human Rights promotion and protection;
  • Solid knowledge of the international and national human rights framework, preferably also experience with the Human Rights-Based Approach;
  • Research and publication experience;
  • Experience in conducting trainings;
  • Ability to set priorities, meet specific objectives, use political judgement and knowledge;
  • Sensitivity towards different cultures, including gender issues;
  • Ability and experience of working in a team;
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • Ability to draft text in a variety of styles, e.g. project reports, government correspondence and action materials;
  • Ability to explain complex issues and ideas simply and clearly;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Macedonian, preferably also Albanian. Knowledge of Roma language is an asset.

BIM-FV is an equal opportunity employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit their application, including CV and letter of interest
electronically to:

Deadline for applications is December 11, 2009. Applications received after the closing
deadline will not be considered.
Job interviews will be held in Skopje, December 14 and 15, 2009.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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