Cultural Fellowships in Russia
The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from 15 to 28 May 2017 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.
Until February 15, 2017 the Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from professionals in the field of culture and arts from foreign countries who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture, arts, or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required.
We accept applications from artists, scholars, writers, managers of museums, theatres, and festivals.
Students are not eligible.
Working languages of the program are English and Russian.
The creative project could be a book (fiction or non-fiction), a museum exhibition project, a theatre production, a theatre or music festival, a film, a photo exhibition, etc. related to Russian culture or history. The creative project should ultimately take place in a country other than the Russian Federation, with the goal being to broaden the audiences’ perception of Russia. The two-week residency in Russia should serve as an important stage in the preparation and realization of the applicant’s cultural project.
The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the Fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, opportunities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives, and other organizations.
The fellowships will be organized from 15 to 28 May 2017 in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Deadline for submitted applications is February 15, 2017.
All the recipients of the fellowships will be notified of the review panel decision by March 15, 2017.
List of fellows will be published on the website of the program by 20 March 2017.
Application should include:
CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia, and previous visits to Russia).
Description of the creative project (up to 3 pages) a book (fiction or non-fiction), a museum exhibition project, a theatre production, a theatre or music festival, a film, a photo exhibition, etc. related to Russian culture or history. It should be clear from the project description why a residency in St. Petersburg is necessary for the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.
Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line «application for the fellowship».
All the applicants will be notified about the receipt of their applications by e-mail.
If you haven’t received such confirmation within three days after submitting your application, please resubmit your application.
All the recipients of the fellowships will receive e-mail invitations by 15 March 2017.
List of fellows will be published on the website of the program by 20 March 2017.
The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation
http://cf.lfond.spb.ru/ The name of the Academician D. S. Likhachev (1906-1999) is symbolic for the 20th century Russian culture. A Russian intellectual, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, a great scientist and thinker, a popular figure, he managed to preserve under the totalitarian regime his integrity, honor, and fealty to Russia. In the 90s he became a moral gold standard for many Russians. During his late years D. S. Likhachev conceived the idea of a humanitarian charitable foundation. The idea was implemented after his death.
The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation was founded in St. Petersburg at the end of 2001. The mission for the Foundation had been stated by D. S. Likhachev himself as promotion of the Russian culture, education, humanities as well as affirmation of democratic and humanistic values in the society. The foundation supports both regional and international programs, awards grants, promotes seminars and conferences, publishes books, etc.
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Yeltsin Center)
http://www.yeltsin.ru/ The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is a new Russian noncommercial organization, directed at promoting the development of the Institute of Presidency in Russia. The mission of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is to preserve, study, and present to the public the historical legacy of the first president of the Russian Federation. Presidential Center includes a museum, exhibition and discussion center, a branch of the Boris Yeltsin’s Presidential library and Center for information and education activities and expertise. The Yeltsin Center supports activities in the following areas: Education, Culture, Youth, International, Humanitarian Cooperation, Publishing, Literary Awards.
Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg
(http://www.kvs.spb.ru)[http://www.kvs.spb.ru] The executive authority - The City Administration is the superior executive body of St. Petersburg headed by the Governor of the city and other executive departments - the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments. The St. Petersburg Administration is formed of the Governor, the Government, The Governor’s Chancellery, the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments of the Administration subordinate to him. The Committee on External Relations is responsible for state policy of Saint Petersburg in external relations.
PhD Funding: Artistic Re-enactments of Performance Art as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern Europe since 1960
Department of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen
Supervisor: Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen
Application Deadline: March 21, 2017
Applications are invited for PhD research topics that focus on artistic re-enactments of performances from across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in recent artistic practice. There are numerous examples of artistic re-enactments across the region, providing scope for a range of dissertation topics. Projects can include comparative studies, for example, of the relevance of re-enactments in one local tradition versus that of another; or single-country studies of a number of re-enactments being staged in one context. Dissertations will address the following research questions: what are the various functions of artistic re-enactments of performances in Eastern Europe? How do these functions compare with current understandings of re-enactment in the West? How can re-enactments be used to access a lost or inaccessible history (such as performance art in Eastern Europe)? Also welcome are proposals that consider revisiting culturally relevant or historically significant places by artists or within the context of artistic re-enactments.
Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Individuals with a strong research background in the field of Eastern European contemporary art and/or performance art, from either an art history or visual culture background, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the necessary language skills needed to undertake the proposed research, and should consider funding sources for travel to conduct field research abroad if it is necessary to the proposed project.
The project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition fees only, whether Home, EU or Overseas, and will be awarded through an open competition.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Amy Bryzgel with a project proposal of no more than 2,000 words, including discussion of Aims and Objectives, Research Questions, Research Context, Methodology and Critical Approach.
Deadline for all applications: 21 March 2017
ANN: Maya Semina Travel Grant
A generous donation made in the name of Maya Semina will help defray travel costs for one graduate student presenting a paper at the CAA Annual Conference and the ASEEES Annual Convention. The grant will be given for five consecutive years, alternating between the CAA conferences and the ASEEES conventions, beginning with the upcoming CAA conference on February 15-18, 2017 in New York City. The alternating order of the subsequent grants will be as follows: ASEEES 2018, CAA 2019, ASEEES 2020, CAA 2021. The funds for the grant have been received for 2017 and 2018, and the funds have been promised for 2019-2021. Maya Semina is a Russian art historian, whose book about Filipp Maliavin was published by Moscow’s BooksMArt Press in 2014. Applications will be evaluated based on the academic merit of the paper topic and financial need. We are especially committed to subsidizing a graduate student who is attending the conference for the first time or who has no local institutional resources for travel support.
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1000 USD
All applicants must be:
A student working at either the master’s or doctoral level with a thesis or dissertation topic related to Eastern European, Eurasian and/or Russian art and/or Architecture;
Presenting a paper contributing to advancement in this field at a panel at a CAA Annual Conference (chairs, discussants, and any other type of participants are not eligible to apply) or ASEEES Annual Convention;
A member of SHERA at the time of application;
Live outside the conference city;
- Have not been recipients of this grant in the past.
DEADLINE: January 1, 2017 (Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2017)
All applicants must email the following to to SHERA.email@example.com.
• Complete application form (this has been sent to all SHERA members), which includes contact information, the e-mail address of the recommender; paper title, abstract, tentative budget, and statement of need;
• Two-page CV, listening relevant grants, publications, and talks;
• One (1) letter of reference from advisor or department chair, which includes confirmation that departmental and/or institutional conference travel funds are insufficient, sent by the recommender to SHERA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We urge applicants to be practical in estimating their travel and lodging budget. We advise sharing a room with another graduate student at the conference hotel, if feasible. We ask the grantee mention the SHERA Maya Semina Travel Grant as a partial sponsor of their participation.
The grant will be disbursed upon presentation of receipts in the weeks following the conference.
ANN: 6th Winter School of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
New Natures, Entangled Cultures: Perspectives in Environmental Humanities
23 – 27 January 2017
For more information see the Winter School website
How do we imagine nature/culture? How do new environments emerge and how do we design them – deliberately or by chance? The 6th Winter School of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts focuses on the notions of “nature” and “culture” as entangled phenomena. Environmental humanities make an effort to overcome the centuries old division between sciences and humanities by stressing that speaking about “nature” and the hybrid forms of naturecultures is of central importance for all disciplines within the humanities.
We invite doctoral and MA students to think beyond the comfortable binaries of nature and culture and to discuss topics like recycling and hybridity, (eco)nationalism and aesthetics, technology and landscape, corporeality and posthumanism, materiality and animality in order to understand the creative power of “nature” as a cultural metaphor and the intimate interconnectedness between environment and culture.
The programme of the Winter School consists of: 1) interdisciplinary lectures and discussions conducted by Estonian and guest lecturers; 2) student seminars and slams where graduate participants present and discuss their own research; 3) student workshops outside the customary classroom environment.
Plenary speakers: Dr. Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr. Dolly Jørgensen (Luleå University of Technology)
Dr. Timothy LeCain (Montana State University)
Dr. Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)
Prof. Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin – Madison / Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society)
Prof. David Moon (University of York)
Prof. Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University)
Dr. Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster University)
School of Humanities, Tallinn University
Estonian Centre for Environmental History, Tallinn University
Prof. Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Sciences)
Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)
Doris Feldmann (Tallinn University)
Tiiu-Triinu Tamm (Tallinn University)
Funding opportunity: Dodge Assistantships at the Zimmerli Art Museum for Graduate Study in the Department of Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Deadline: January 10, 2017
The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University offers Dodge Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates admitted to the Department of Art History who are committed to research on unofficial art of the former Soviet Union. Established in 2002 with a generous endowment from the Avenir Foundation in honor of Norton T. and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship program provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as an annual stipend for living expenses, to graduate students (known as Dodge Fellows). Travel funds for research and language study abroad, as well as for participation in conferences, are also available to Dodge Fellows by formal application.
Dodge Fellows who enter Rutgers without a master’s degree are eligible for five years of assistantship funding. During the course of the first three years, students are obliged to work 15 hours a week in the Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet curatorial offices; the subsequent two years support dissertation research and writing without any work obligation. Those who enter with a master’s degree are awarded four years of funding, reflecting a shortened period of coursework required for the doctoral degree. Work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Dr. Jane A. Sharp, Associate Professor of Art History and Research Curator for the Dodge Collection, and Dr Julia Tulovsky, Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, with the assistance of other museum staff. The fellows perform a variety of tasks such as curatorial assistance in exhibition and catalogue production as well as administration and collection management. During the third year Dodge Fellows are given the opportunity to curate their own exhibition from the Zimmerli’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection.
Please refer to this link for more information: http://arthistory.rutgers.edu
Application and Selection Process: Dodge Assistantships are awarded by the Department of Art History in consultation with the Zimmerli’s Director and staff to incoming graduate students.
For information about the Dodge Assistantships, contact Professor Jane Sharp
Deadline to apply is January 10, 2017
The 9th annual Russian documentary film festival in New York: RusDocFilmFest-3W
Manhattan and Brooklyn, October 7-9, 2016
Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, Manhattan), Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., Manhattan), and Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza). www.rusdocfilmfest.org
There are over 25 documentaries made by filmmakers from Armenia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S. Some screenings will have a Q&A session. Most screenings will be American premieres, and all films will have English subtitles.
Recommended screenings: the program “Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century” includes several films, among them the documentary Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today made by famous American film-director Stuart Schulberg (with Pare Lorentz, “FDR’s filmmaker”) in 1947/48. This documentary was screened in the U.S. for the first time only in 2010. The film will be performed at the festival Opening Event on October 7, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Another documentary in this program – The Bunins’ Alleys — tells about the first Russian Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin and his wife during the Second World War in occupied France.
In addition, famous director Marina Razbezhkina will show her documentary Optical Axis. The film was made in an unusual genre of allusion: modern reality is created in the discourse of old photographs made by Russian photographer Maxim Dmitriev in 1913.
Another documentary from Razbezhkina’s school is Chechen by Beata Bubenets (Ukraine). Accented in a socio-political way, the film-director creates a subtle and precise psychological portrait of a Maidan “foot soldier”, setting him against the historical cataclysms his society is undergoing. This film was awarded at Artdocfest-2015 - “Best Feature-Length Film”, film festival ‘Stalker’ - “Best Art-Film”, as well as The National Award “Laurus” - “Best Art-Film”. The festival will also show a special program for students –“At the Crossroads” – a program of debuts by newly graduated film-directors (Moscow and Saint-Petersburg).
The organizer of the festival, The New Review/ Noviy Zhurnal, the oldest Russian Émigré literary journal in the U.S., will also arrange presentations by The Zimin Foundation, (formerly The Dynasty Foundation), and The Boris Yeltsin Center at Hunter College on October 7 at 4 pm.
Resource: post, an online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context from The Museum of Modern Art.
With a primary focus on modern and contemporary art outside North America and Western Europe, this website features contributions by individuals and institutions from around the world and makes behind-the-scenes research at MoMA available to a broader public. Essays, interviews, travel research reports, artists’ commissions, archival materials, translated sources, and bibliographies reflect perspectives emerging from leading scholars and curators around the world. post is the public face of Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), the cross-departmental, internal research program at MoMA that fosters the multiyear study of art histories outside North America and Western Europe. There are currently three C-MAP research groups, focusing on Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Recent content on Central and Eastern European art includes but is not limited to:
Please have a look into the resources available on post, as they make excellent supplements to modern and contemporary art courses with a global focus.
Talk: A Curator Reveals: a Talk with Celebrated Russian Curator, Joseph Backstein
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 7:30pm 8:30pm
Join us for a talk with Joseph Backstein, one of the leading curators in Russia over the last 30 years, and former Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Joseph will talk about curating in Russia and how this role has changed since he began. He will also talk about the history, development and significance of the Biennale over the last 12 years, its important role as a reflector of the global contemporary art scene as well as its great impact within Russia and Internationally.
Joseph Backstein was artistic director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art until May this year. He is deputy director of the State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions ROSIZO, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and a member of the Art Historians’ Association. He is the curator of more than 30 exhibitions including the Norman Foster solo show at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Sergei Bratkov’s exhibition at 25th Sao Paolo Biennial and was the curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1999. Backstein has a medal of the Academy of Arts of the Russian Federation and is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Computer Sciences and has a PhD in Sociology of Arts and Culture.
Pushkin House curator Olga Jurgenson will chair a Q&A at the end of the talk.
Tickets: £10 Full Price/£8 Concessions
A drink is included in the ticket price.
ANN: Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty, including early career, and professionals.
Czech Republic: Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair in Social Studies
This teaching or teaching/research award is open to senior scholars or professionals, and is open to any specialization offered at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University.
Macedonia: Rule of Law, Judiciary Reform and Civil Society
Teach or teach/research at any appropriate institution in Macedonia. Contact information for five potential host institutions can be found in the award description.
Poland: Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University
Teach one general course for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a more specialized seminar for Ph.D. students. Scholars are encouraged to participate collaborative research with AMU scholars.
Romania: Fulbright-University of Bucharest
This award is open to a wide variety of disciplines, including Communications, Creative Writing, History (non-U.S.), and Sociology. Scholars will have access to a range of academic, cultural and social events, in addition to opportunities provided by the Fulbright Commission.
Russia: All Disciplines
Spend one or two semesters teaching and/or researching in any discipline. This award is open to both academics and professionals outside of academia.
Ukraine: Public Administration, NGO Management, Health Administration or Public Health
Teach or teach/research in various areas of specialization, including public policy, leadership, public finance, urban administration, city planning, NGO management and development, health administration and public health.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the application deadline is August 1, 2016. Additional Eligibility Criteria, Application Guidelines and Review Criteria are available on our website, and we offer webinars throughout the application season. A complete schedule of upcoming and archived presentations can be found here.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MA degree programs in Russian Cultural History and the Arts
The European University at Saint-Petersburg (EUSP) is calling out to open minds interested in all aspects of Russian Culture and Russian Arts. Join our one-year or two-year international Master’s degree programs in Russian Cultural History and the Arts. EUSP means:
o Private graduate school in Russia
o Top research university for the Humanities and Social Sciences
o MA degree in 1 or 2 years
o Language of instruction - English
o 3:1 student/faculty ratio
o Individual guidance and personal attention
o 24/7 staff assistance in English
o Life and study experience in St. Petersburg
Please select your program:
MARCA: one-year intensive program ($12 200)
International MA in Russian Cultural History and the Arts (MARCA) – intensive one-year Master’s degree program with a focus on Russian cultural history and a comprehensive view on Russian literature, theatre, fine arts, ideology and religion.
MARCA Plus: two-year program ($17 200)
International MA in Russian Cultural History and the Arts (MARCA Plus) in terms of courses is similar to one-year MARCA program but gives students more time for
- internship in State Hermitage museum or any cultural institution of your choice;
- 2 years of Russian language learning;
- in-depth research and thesis writing.
An intensive Russian language course is available as part of each program’s curriculum and can be taken for credit.
This academic year, students from Azerbaijan, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the USA enjoy the international atmosphere of our campus in the heart of St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia.
Selected MARCA courses:
o From Icon to Avant-Garde: A Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries
o Intellectual History of Russian Modernism
o St. Petersburg in Russian Literature
o Empire, State, Building: Architecture as a Mirror of Russian Politics
o Defining Russia Musically
o The Golden Age of Russian Theatre: History, Experiments, Perspectives
o Russia between East and West: Geo-Political Models and their Cultural Contexts
o Russian Religious Culture
o Theatre Lab & Museum Lab
MARCA Plus program starts once a year at the beginning of September.
MARCA program starts twice a year. The fall semester starts at the beginning of September. The spring semester starts at the beginning of February. You may choose whichever start date serves you better.
Admissions continue on a rolling basis. Due to a somewhat lengthy Russian study visa-issuing process we ask that prospective students send the completed application form no later than
April 30, 2016 - for the fall 2016 semester
October 30, 2016 - for the spring 2017 semester
How to apply:
Your application package should include:
o A completed Application form
o Scanned copy of your Passport
o Scanned copy of your Bachelor’s degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year)
o Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript
o Your statement of purpose (no more than 500 words)
o Two letters of recommendation
o Your CV/Resume
You may apply online or send the documents listed above, including a scanned transcript of studies, by e-mail to email@example.com. Please ask your references to e-mail their recommendation letters directly to the same address.
EUSP is the first private graduate school in Russia. The mission of the University is to facilitate the professional development of highly-qualified specialists, and to enable those specialists to fulfill their creative and scholarly potential on the basis of international experience and cooperation. EUSP is committed to the integration of Russian scholarship with scholarship in Europe, America, and Asia.