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  • Opportunities: Scholar-in-Residence Programs at Hillwood

    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces its 2016 Scholar-in-Residence Program. PhD candidates and other highly qualified scholars conducting research that may benefit from Hillwood’s holdings are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 500 words, stating the necessary length of residence, materials to be used and/or studied, and the project’s relevance to Hillwood’s collections and/or exhibition program, including, but not limited to: art and architecture, landscape design, conservation and restoration, archives, library and/or special collections as well as broader study areas such as the history of collecting or material culture. The project description should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation. Materials will be reviewed by the selection committee. There are three potential types of awards:

    Type #1: 1 week - 10 days
    Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; housing near campus; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs.

    Type #2: 1-3 months
    Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

    Type #3: 3-12 months
    Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; visa support (if necessary); a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

    Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Company, which later became General Foods, the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens houses over 17,000 works of art. Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, testament to the life of an important 20th-century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. It includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside of Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to early Soviet periods, an outstanding collection of French and European art, and jewelry, textile, fashion, and accessories collections. Scholars will have access to Hillwood’s art and research collections based on accessibility and staff availability. The Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogues, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members.
    Application deadline: March 01, 2016
    Applicants will be notified by March 20, 2016
    Submit applications or inquiries to

  • Exhibition: Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity (Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ; October 17, 2015 - March 6, 2016)

    Exhibition: Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity (Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ; October 17, 2015 - March 6, 2016)

    A review of the exhibition by SHERA member Natasha Kurchanova can be found here.

    Vagrich Bakhchanyan (1938-2009) was a prominent conceptual artist and writer, who possessed a keen sensitivity to the absurdities of the Soviet regime. By developing and experimenting with inventive artistic strategies, Bakhchanyan broadened the range of expressive possibilities for other nonconformist artists. Many of his puns became an intrinsic part of Soviet dissident culture. The show features 157 works from the Zimmerli holdings as well as from private collections in the US. It will be on view until March 6, 2016.

    There will be a celebration of the exhibition on Thursday, November 12th. The opening event will start with the curatorial tour of the exhibition at 4:30 pm, followed by a roundtable discussion with Irene Bakhchanyan, Alexander Genis, Vitaly Komar, and Andrei Zagdansky at 5:00 pm. The documentary film Vagrich and the Black Square by Andrei Zagdansky will be screened at 6:00 pm, concluded by a cocktail reception. Information about parking, driving directions, and public transportation can be found here.

  • CFP: Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands (Santa Barbara; 11-13 March 2016)

    University of California, Santa Barbara, March 11 - 13, 2016
    Deadline: Dec 20, 2015

    CFP for The 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference
    Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands

    The Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate scholars from all disciplines to submit abstracts for papers addressing the theme of Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands. Borderlands are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into contact, often without any one authority exercising complete control. We also acknowledge that borderlands needn’t necessarily be physical spaces but can be conceptual or metaphorical areas of contestation, thus allowing a diversity of approaches.

    The 2016 Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference seeks papers that address the ways that borderlands encounters have stimulated the creation, definition, and/or adaptation of faith identities among various groups of people. This topic encompasses a variety of inquiry into the role of faith(s) in borderlands, from formal religious affiliations to loosely defined mystical practices, and from folk religions to new age spiritual syncretism. We are interested in how borderlands interactions affect faith communities and how those communities utilize borderlands contexts for the fashioning of group identity. Some topics of interest to the conference organizers include, but are not limited to, belief and practice, persecution and diaspora, orthodoxy and heresy, and conflict and accommodation.

    The study of borderlands is well suited to an interdisciplinary approach, thus the conference seeks to include a range of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. Papers are welcome from scholars in history, anthropology, art history, theology, religious studies, literature, linguistics and all related disciplines. We also encourage, but do not require, papers that engage with theorists whose work has relevance for borderlands studies, such as: Gloria Anzaldúa, Fredrik Barth, Daniel Boyarin, Bradley Parker, Pierre Bourdieu, Gayatri Charkravorty Spivak, Thomas Tweed, and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen.

    We welcome proposals for individual papers or full panels that address the conference theme in any geographical region or historical period.

    Please send a 300-word abstract to by December 20, 2015. If you are submitting a proposal for a full panel (3-4 papers) please send all abstracts together. If accepted, each paper presentation should be between 15 and 20 minutes long. Limited travel funds may be available for those who cannot secure funding from their home institution.

    This year’s conference theme is inspired by the late Tom Sizgorich (1970–2011), a graduate of UCSB’s history PhD program and professor of history at UC Irvine, whose research focused on the interaction of early Islam and Late Antique Christianity. His 2008 book, Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity: Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam, argued for a reconsideration of the relationship between these two groups, seeing it as an ongoing conversation about religious identity informed by interaction among neighboring communities. His posthumously published research on the ways in which Muslims and Christians living within the first Muslim empires imagined, fantasized about, and narrated their relationships with each other has been path breaking. Tom’s work and its theoretical trajectories are, we believe, deserving of further consideration in the context of borderlands studies and this conference is meant to recognize and celebrate his efforts.

    04 December
  • Member News: Curator Bettina Jungen interviewed about "Journeys in Space and Memory: Urban Scenes and Landscapes by Russian Artists"

    An interview with Bettina Jungen, Mead Art Museum’s senior curator and Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Curator of Russian Art at Amherst College about her current exhibition, “Journeys in Space and Memory: Urban Scenes and Landscapes by Russian Artists,” can be found here.

  • Conference: 100 Years of Suprematism (Harriman Institute, New York; December 11-12, 2015)

    The Malevich Society will host “100 Years of Suprematism,” a conference organized in celebration of the centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s invention of Suprematism and the first public display of his Suprematist paintings in December, 1915. The two-day conference, organized in association with the Harriman Institute, the Lazar Khidekel Society, and SHERA, will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 2015, at the Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center, Columbia University, New York City (directions:

    The conference promises to be an historic event, featuring presentations by an international and renowned group of scholars. Among them are leading researchers in the field from the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The event will also include a presentation of Kazimir Malevich: Letters and Documents, Memoirs and Criticism (London: Tate, 2015).

    The conference program, abstracts, and registration are available on The Malevich Society’s website. Although registration will be available at the door on December 11 and 12 (based on space availability), registration online is encouraged to ensure a seat. Attendance is free.

    Questions can be sent to

  • CFP: Princeton Conjunction- 2016 "Imperial Reverb: Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism (Princeton; May 13-15, 2016)

    In a 2001 issue of the journal PMLA, David Chioni Moore asked: “Is the Post- in Postcolonial the Post- in Post-Soviet?”Answers to this important question have come in many forms during the last fifteen years, and the tentative equation between the two has also been significantly extended: post-Soviet and postcolonial are routinely lumped together with postmodernist, and post-totalitarian; just as the “soviet” has with the “colonial.” Yet these “posts” did not sit comfortably together; their apparent family resemblance has not yet merged into a productive and convincing framework either for analyzing socialism as a form of colonial practice or for understanding post-soviet as post-colonial.

    We welcome historically grounded and ethnographically engaged submissions from scholars interested in analyzing the postcolonial transfiguration of the communist past. Please send your abstract (300 words) and a short CV (up to 2 pages) to Serguei Oushakine, the Chair of the Program Committee at by January 20, 2016.

    Those selected to give presentations at the conference will be contacted in early February 2016. Final papers will be due no later than April 15, and they will be posted on the conference website. Pending funding, subsidies for graduate students and participants from the overseas may be available.

  • Opportunities: Post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    The University of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowships—one in the arts and humanities, and one in the social sciences and professional disciplines—to begin in September 2016 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet regions of Eurasia. These fellowships are designed to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers while simultaneously building their teaching records.

    The UCIS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian & East European Studies are for two years, renewable for an additional (third) year. Fellows will be expected to pursue their own scholarly work and participate in the academic and intellectual activities of UCIS and REES, as well as the department or professional school with which they are affiliated.

    Each of the UCIS/REES Fellows will teach one course in the first year, two in the second year, and two in the third year if the fellowship is extended. The specific courses to be taught will be determined according to fellows’ interests and the needs of their departments and REES. However, it is anticipated that each fellow will co-teach the interdisciplinary REES capstone course, through which undergraduate students undertake a major research project as part of the REES certificate program requirements, at least once during the fellowship period. Fellows will also be expected to support the Center’s annual graduate and undergraduate student conferences and other Center outreach activities.

    The annual stipend will be $40,000, plus benefits. The UCIS/REES Fellows are eligible to apply for REES Faculty Small Grants, up to $3,000 annually, to support their research agenda.

    Eligibility: We invite applications from qualified candidates in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional disciplines who have received the PhD or final professional degree from a university other than the University of Pittsburgh no earlier than December 2013. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from their department chair or advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. The fellowship may not begin before the candidate has actually received the PhD or equivalent final degree in a professional discipline. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose application is supported by an agreement from a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to serve as mentor for the candidate during the period of the fellowship.


  • Opportunities: Two Visiting István Deák Visiting Professorships in East Central European Studies (Columbia University, New York)

    Columbia University invites applications for two István Deák Visiting Professorships in East Central European Studies for one semester each (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2016-2017. The professorship, commemorating Professor Deák’s legacy of excellence in research and teaching, is open to scholars who have active interest and accomplishments in East and Central European studies. ONE appointment will be at the rank of Visiting Professor. The second will be an open-rank appointment to be filled at any level from Visiting Assistant to Visiting Full Professor.

    The visiting professors will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses, one a course of broad interest for upper-level undergraduates, and the other for graduate students. The visitors are expected to give one public lecture and participate in the academic life of the University, whose interests in East and Central European studies are well represented on campus by the East Central European Center, the European Institute, and the Harriman Institute.

    Please provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference, and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests.

    Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. or professional equivalent. Distinction in research and teaching in the field of East and Central European Studies.

    Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

    Review Begins Date: 12/1/2015

    Special Instructions to applicants: All applications must be made through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Using RAPS, applicants can upload the following required materials : a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size).

    For inquiries about the position please contact Alan Timberlake.
    For questions about the RAPS application process please contact Jamie Bennett.
    To apply, go to:

  • Exhibition: Suprematism Infinity: Reflections, Interpretations, Explorations (Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York; December 1, 2015 - January 22, 2016)

    Harriman Institute Atrium | 420 West 118th Street, 12th Floor
    Opening Reception: Thursday, December 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    7:00 pm - talk by Irina Nakhova; video by Irina Nakhova will be shown at the opening event


    Through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, six Title VI National Resource Centers plan to award stipends to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop and incorporate greater content about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia into the curricula of the institutions at which they teach. These National Resource Centers (NRCs) receive grants under the Higher Education Act to train specialists in the study of the countries of this region and to work with other postsecondary institutions to expand Russian, East European, and Eurasian content in the classroom. Faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions throughout the U.S. are invited to apply for a course development stipend. Awards will be from $1,000-$3,000. All full-time, regular part-time, and adjunct faculty are encouraged to apply. Applicants can propose to redesign an existing course or to develop a new course including at least 25% content on Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia. Funds will be made available to awardees in the form of a stipend and/or for purchase of curriculum materials, research related travel (including conference attendance), or consultation with a faculty member from a participating NRC. Awardees can also access the library of one participating NRC during the funding period. To be eligible as a minority-serving institution, applicant institutions are those listed by the U.S. Department of Education as eligible for Title III and Title V for FY2015.

    Full details on the competition and the application package can be found at:

    The application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016. To submit an application by email or for more information, write to Eileen Kunkler at the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University. Award notifications will be sent out by late January 2016.

    Participating Centers: Indiana U., Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center
    Indiana U., Russian & East European Institute
    Ohio State University, Center for Slavic & East European Studies
    U. of California, Berkeley, Institute of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies
    U. of Pittsburgh, Center for Russian & East European Studies
    U. of Washington, Ellison Center for Russian, East European, & Central Asian Studies