New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, University of Pittsburgh, Deadline: June 1

The University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Announces a New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2011

For the first time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences is offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences to begin in January 2011. These inaugural fellowships are designed to attract excellent scholars from outside the University of Pittsburgh and to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers.

The Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships are for one year and are renewable for an additional year.  Fellows will teach two courses per year, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual community of the School of Arts and Sciences and the department or program with which they are affiliated. The fellowship offers junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers.  The annual stipend will be $45,000. Fellows will receive an annual research fund of $3,500 and a one-time reimbursement of up to $1,500 for moving expenses.

We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and social sciences who have received the PhD from outside of the University of Pittsburgh between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2010.  Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from the Department Chair or the Advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.

Postdoctoral education is an important facet of research and scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh, and the University has developed a comprehensive set of guidelines for postdoctoral fellows and the faculty, departments, and programs who work with them.

Application Requirements and Procedure

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1.  An application form (available at
2.  Curriculum vitae
3.  Detailed statement of current research interests (1,000 words) that clearly outlines the goals of the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship.
4.  One writing sample no longer than 20 pages.
5.  A copy of the Dissertation Table of Contents
6.  A two-page statement of teaching interests and one or two course proposals (subject area, brief syllabus, proposed methods) for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduates or graduate students.
7. Three letters of recommendation.  (NOTE:  Letter writers should e-mail their recommendations directly to, using the applicant’s name and the word, “Postdoc Recommendation” in the e-mail subject line.)

Application Deadline and Notification of Awards
All application materials-including letters of recommendation-must be submitted electronically before June 1, 2010.   Only fully completed formal applications will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to by the closing date. Awards will be announced in July 2010.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Hungarian Language Instructor Position, Russian and East European Summer Language Institute (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

The Russian and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh ( is hiring an instructor of Beginning Intensive Hungarian.  The dates of the program are June 7-July 16, 2010. Salary and housing allowance provided. Language teaching experience required. Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident, since there is too little time for visa processing. Please write or call Christine Metil, or 412-624-5906.

2010 Russian and East European Summer Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Deadline: March 19

The 2010 Russian and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh will offer the following intensive language courses:

Russian Language Programs (first through fourth year):
Eight Week Session in Pittsburgh, June 7-July 30;
Pitt/Moscow 5+5 Program and Russian Heritage Speakers’ Program, June 7-August 13.

Central & East European Languages, Six Week Programs in Pittsburgh, June 7-July 16:
Beginning Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, and Ukrainian; Intermediate Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, and Slovak; Advanced Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Slovak.

Central & East European Study Abroad Programs:
Pitt/Bulgaria 6+4 Program;
Pitt/Poland 6+4 Program;
Pitt/Slovakia 6+4 Program;
4 Week Programs in Bulgaria, Poland, and Slovakia;
Advanced Mastery Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 6 Week Program in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb (for advanced and heritage speakers of B/C/S).

Tuition for the Beginning Polish and the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Mastery B/C/S courses will be waived for graduate students specializing in any field of East European Studies due to grants from ACLS.

All courses are equivalent to one academic year of college-level language instruction. Instructional staff chosen for their experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to language teaching ensure the high academic quality of Pitt’s SLI program. Daily contact with instructors, both in class and out, and the use of native speakers in most sections create an environment conducive to effective language acquisition. All programs include extracurricular activities such as film viewing, singing, cooking classes and cultural lectures. The study abroad programs include excursions and cultural programming in the targeted countries.

All applicants may apply for the various scholarships that the SLI has available. Over 90 percent of applicants receive partial or full funding from sources including SLI tuition scholarships and FLAS fellowships. Undergraduate students are now eligible to apply for FLAS fellowships for summer language study at the intermediate level or above.

Further information and applications are available at Application deadline for scholarships and all study abroad programs is March 19, 2010.

For more information, contact Christine Metil, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 1417 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5906, email:

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.

Call for Papers: “Alternative Culture,” University of Pittsburgh, Deadline: December 15

Studies in Slavic Cultures IX
Graduate Student Journal

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Call for Papers: Alternative Culture

Studies in Slavic Cultures is accepting submissions for the 2010 issue.

The theme of this issue is “Alternative Culture,” including, but not limited
to topics related to subcultures, marginalized cultures, culture on the
periphery, dissident literature and culture, underground culture, the
culture of prisons and concentration camps, immigrant culture, queer
culture, anti-Soviet culture, or other non-traditional cultures.

We welcome graduate student submissions investigating any aspect of this
topic in relation to literary, visual, performative, and other areas of
contemporary or non-contemporary culture in Russia and Eastern Europe.

The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2009. Queries and submissions
should be sent to Erin Alpert, Hillary Brevig and Olga Klimova at
sisc [at]

Please visit the following link for detailed submission and formatting


SISC is published by members of the Department of Slavic Languages and
Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh, with support from the Center
for Russian and East European Studies. The journal consists entirely of
analytical articles by graduate students, appears annually, runs to
approximately 120 pages, and is devoted to Slavic culture. SISC is an
image-friendly publication, and the editors encourage applicants to submit
visuals to accompany their work. SISC is indexed in ABSEES.

Call for Papers (Updated): “Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia,” Deadline: December 15

University of Pittsburgh Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
& Center for Russian and East European Studies present:

Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia

Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference
February 26-28, 2010

Keynote Address: Eagle Glassheim (University of British Columbia)

On the eve of the September 2009 meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, spoke of the “new challenges of the 21st century” as “challenges that have no respect for borders.” Foremost among these Mr. Barroso listed climate change. He prevailed upon the citizens of all prosperous countries to cease gambling over the reality of environmental change and confront this threat with resolve. As he put it: “The time for playing high-stakes poker is over.”

From the city which welcomed the G20 summit, first heard Mr. Barroso’s call for action, and will host the 2010 UN World Environment Day, we raise a call of our own. The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh has committed its seventh annual conference to scholarship which seeks to better understand the complex bonds between human beings and their environments. How have societies imagined the “natural” world and their relationship to it? What role did the environment play in shaping identities and spaces – political, cultural, and social? How have images and conceptualizations of environment shifted and how did such changes affect societies, their economies, politics, cultures, and identities? As sites of dramatic cultural, social and political transformations, Europe and Central Asia offer a vast potential in addressing these questions.

We strongly encourage submissions from the widest range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (and particularly those which cross disciplines) that address the issues of environment, identities, and space, their interplay and the way in which they affect processes in the region. Topics include but are not limited to:
• representations and interpretations in art, literature, geography/cartography, and history
• migration and demography
• policy and controversy
• “alternative voices”: environmentalism and dissident politics
• the shaping of social and cultural identities
• historical legacies of land and resource use
• political violence, war, and ecoterrorism
• energy security, resource management, and cultures of consumption

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs are welcome to submit abstracts, which should be no more than 250 words long. Please submit abstracts, along with an academic CV (limited to two pages) to no later than December 15, 2009. We will contact the authors of accepted abstracts by January 1, 2010.
For the Call for Papers, information on GOSECA, and updated conference information, visit:

ATTENTION: We are pleased to announce that this year we will be offering a limited number of videoconferencing opportunities to confirmed participants who, because of travel limitations, would otherwise be unable to present a paper. Selections will be made at the organizers’ discretion, but participants from Central Asia will receive preference.

Abstract Requirements
Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. All submissions should be in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word format in a standard 12-point font and be double spaced. In order to ensure anonymity during the blind selection process, the body of the abstract should not contain the author’s or authors’ name(s) or other personal identifying information other than the title of the paper. The cover page must include: title of submission, author’s or authors’ name(s), institutional and departmental affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), geographic address(es), and a primary phone number. Although we require all of this information, correspondence will occur mainly via e-mail. An academic CV must also be submitted, but please limit these to two pages.

Paper Requirements
In order to facilitate presentation time limits, and to ensure time for active discussions, paper length will be limited to 8 typed pages, double-spaced, with 12-point font. All accepted participants will be required to submit a copy of the final paper one month prior to the conference.

Registration Requirements
To better promote a meaningful interdisciplinary exchange, participants are expected to attend all panels for the duration of the conference.
Although we cannot provide travel support, we will be happy to arrange housing for the duration of the conference with graduate students.
The registration fee is $25.00, which includes meals. Registration fee must be paid by cash or check at registration on February 26, 2010.

Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant, University of Pittsburgh, Deadline: October 15

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, Central Asian, and Eastern and Central European video and DVD collection is the leading collection outside of the Russian Federation, with a holding of more than 6,000 items, including extensive holdings in Russian, Slovak, and Central Asian cinema. Online information about the Pitt collection, which is non-circulating, is available at The 2009-2010 Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant solicits applications from scholars with developed research projects that would benefit from on-site access to this collection. The selection committee would look favorably on those applications that include a research presentation as a public lecture. Travel awards are $1,200 each. Interested scholars should send an electronic copy of a one-page, single-spaced project description (including preferred dates and a list of anticipated research materials in the Pitt collection) to Prof. Vladimir Padunov at with the subject heading “Pittfilm Travel-to-Collections Grant.” The deadline for applications is October 15.

Job Posting: University of Pittsburgh, Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in nineteenth-century Russian literature to begin in August 2010, pending budgetary approval. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Native or near-native (or ACTFL superior-level) proficiency in English and Russian required. In addition to undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Russian literature, the position may require teaching Russian language at all levels (including content-based advanced courses) and general-education literature and culture courses in English (both large lecture-based courses and smaller discussion-oriented ones). Expertise in a second Slavic language and literature is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in teaching and promise of significant scholarly achievement. Candidates should arrange to submit a letter of application, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation (which should address both scholarship and teaching), representative student teaching evaluations, representative syllabi, and samples of scholarly writing (the length of one or two journal articles) by surface mail to:

Russian Literature Search Committee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
1417 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Questions may be directed to Ms. Christine Metil, Department Administrator (, 1-412-624-5906).

Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held in Boston during the AAASS conference (November 12-15) and Philadelphia during the AATSEEL conference (December 27-30).

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.