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  • CFP: Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies (Brookline, MA; April 18, 2015)

    Deadline: February 10, 2015
    Contact: Brandie Ratliff,

    The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on April 18, 2015. Brookline is located just outside Boston and is easily reached from any metropolitan location.

    We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports of 5–7 pages. Conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.

    A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. A list of participants will be available on the conference webpage (see above) in early February.

    This year’s conference immediately follows Trading Places: Cultural Crossings in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Byzantium, Islam, and the West, a symposium organized by the Mary Jaharis Center and the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies.

    To submit a proposal for either type of paper, complete the short online form and upload a 500-word abstract on the Mary Jaharis Center website (see above).

    The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2015. Notifications will be made by the end of February.

  • Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces new SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces a new scholar-in-residence program. PhD candidates or higher and any qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. 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 and will be reviewed by the selection committee.

    Application deadline: March 2, 2015

    There are three potential types of awards:

    Type #1: 1- 2 weeks

    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 #2: 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.

    Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, a testament to the life of an important 20th century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Companies that later became General Foods, the Museum houses over 17,000 works of art. 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. As part of the visitor experience, and in conjunction with a robust offering of public and educational programs, the Museum presents two changing special exhibitions annually that bring together objects and thematic content that highlight the acknowledged strengths of its permanent collection.

    Scholars will have full access to Hillwood’s art and research collections. The Art Research Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogs, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members.

    For inquiries or to submit an application please contact one of the following: Wilfried Zeisler, Associate Curator of 19th Century Art,
    Kristen Regina, Head of Archives & Special Collections,​

  • CFP: Transnational Contacts in the Socialist World (Tufts University, Boston; March 27, 2015)

    A Workshop at the Center for the Humanities, Tufts University

    In 1961, Nikita Khrushchev hailed the development of a “world socialist system,” which he defined as “a social, economic, and political community of free, sovereign nations […] united by common interests and goals, by the close ties of international socialist solidarity.” This day-long workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of early-career scholars to examine the socialist system from a global and transnational perspective. Among the questions to be discussed: how did transnational cultural, interpersonal, and economic contacts between socialist countries contribute to the construction of the “world socialist system”? How did this system impact the everyday lives of ordinary citizens? How did national histories and cultures shape transnational relations in the socialist world? How does the theory and methodology of transnational history apply to the study of socialist countries?

    Paper proposals are welcome from historians, anthropologists, and literary and film scholars in the early stages of their careers (advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty). Papers can examine any aspect of cultural, social, and economic contacts between socialist countries in the postwar period, or between socialist and non-aligned countries during the Cold War. Topics can include (but are not limited to): transnational cultural production; cultural and educational exchanges; tourism; sports; transnational organizations; transnational marriages and friendships; and official and unofficial commercial contacts between socialist countries.

    Papers will be pre-circulated in advance of the workshop; participants should come prepared to discuss each other’s papers in detail, as well as how their own research contributes to a broader history of the socialist world.

    Please send a paper proposal of no more than 500 words (including a description of how the paper fits into a broader research project) and a brief CV by January 18, 2015 to Selected participants will be notified by the end of January, 2015. Papers (15–20 pages) should be submitted for pre-circulation by March 6, 2015. Limited funding is available from the Mellon Foundation to contribute toward travel to Tufts University and up to two nights accommodation in the Boston area, however participants are asked to use funds from their home institutions when possible. If you will need help with funding, please submit an estimated budget for transport and lodging along with your proposal.

    The workshop is organized by Rachel Applebaum, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Tufts University


    The Harriman Institute postdoctoral fellowships allow junior scholars to spend a specified term (usually an academic year, or in special cases a semester) in residence at Columbia University in New York. All fellows are assigned a faculty mentor. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to concentrate on their own research and writing; to give a brownbag seminar on their research, and post a related Working Paper on the Institute’s website; and to be active participants in the Institute’s scholarly community and events. All postdoctoral fellows receive university IDs that provide access to the full range of resources within the Columbia library system, and the Institute makes every effort to provide desk space for all postdoctoral fellows. The Institute provides funds to sponsor workshops, conferences, and special events planned by fellows around their particular interests.

    The Harriman Institute has three types of postdoctoral fellowships: general (four positions), the INTERACT Central Asia postdoc (one position), and the Ukrainian Studies postdoc (one semester-long position). Candidates should indicate which programs they are applying for in their cover letters.

    Eligibility for the 2015 competition is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between July 31, 2012 and June 30, 2015 and do not hold a tenure-track position. All fellows must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

    Information on each program and application details are posted here. All applications are due by January 15, 2015.

  • CFP: Converging Narratives (Chicago; April 10-11, 2015)

    Deadline: Jan 9, 2015

    The graduate students of the departments of Germanic Studies, Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures and Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pleased to announce their first interdisciplinary graduate student conference:

    Converging Narratives: The Personal Meets the National

    April 10 and 11, 2015
    Chicago, IL

    Keynote Speaker: Graphic Novelist Marzena Sowa
    2nd Keynote Speaker: TBA

    This interdisciplinary graduate student conference, titled “Converging Narratives: The Personal meets the National,” will focus on the theme of personal narratives in an age of transnationalism and globalization. We will explore how the complex cultural configurations germane to a globalizing world inform storytelling, and how contradictions arise between personal and national narratives. Furthermore, we are interested in how national and transnational identities are represented in literature, visual media and performance. The contributions at the conference will investigate the following questions: How does the national delimit or particularize the personal? Could the national be a source of personal identity crisis? What do we mean by “nation,” and does this cultural container hold lasting significance for the individual in a transnational age? How does a global setting influence the space between the Self and the Other? How do transnational perspectives change national (literary and filmic) canons? How do globalization and transnationalism transform “personal” and “national” narratives? Related topics of interest include borders and borderlands, mobility, new media and migration.

    Our keynote speaker is the author of, among other books, the celebrated graphic novel Marzi about life growing up in communist Poland. We therefore anticipate stimulating discussions about the graphic novel as narrative and visual medium and welcome papers and panels that focus on the graphic novel as medium for articulating personal narratives in contested spaces and times.


  • CFP: 53rd Annual Meeting, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Lexington, KY; March 5-7, 2015)

    CALL FOR PAPERS 53rd Annual Meeting Southern Conference on Slavic Studies DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: January 15, 2015

    The Fifty-Third Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Lexington, KY, March 6-7, 2015. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and Eastern Kentucky University. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, East European, and Eurasian studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals.

    Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome and encouraged, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. Papers and panels on all topics will be considered. The program committee is accepting panel and paper proposals until January 15, 2015. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (email addresses and institutional affiliations) for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include paper title, email contact, institutional affiliation, and a brief (one paragraph) abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels. If any AV equipment will be needed, the panel or paper proposals should indicate so when submitted. AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Email your proposals to Alice Pate at

    For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Dr. Karen Petrone, University of Kentucky, at The conference hotel can be booked online.

  • CFP: Crossing the Boundaries: Cut and Paste (Binghamton, NY; 27-28 Mar 2015)

    Binghamton University, State University of New York
    March 27 - 28, 2015
    Deadline: Jan 30, 2015

    Crossing the Boundaries XXIII: Cut and Paste

    A multidisciplinary, multivocal academic conference with a global geographic and broad temporal reach, presented by the Art History Graduate Student Union at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

    Keynote Speakers:
    Andrés Mario Zervigón, Rutgers University
    Kevin Hatch, Binghamton University


    The phrase “cut and paste,” in its most fundamental definition, is the process of selecting and combining fragments. Inspired by an established commitment to critical research, this year’s conference aims to explore the assortment of thematic, methodological, and sociopolitical interpretations derived from the traditional concept of extracting and adhering.

    The twenty-third annual Crossing The Boundaries Conference, hosted by the Art History Graduate Student Union at Binghamton University, invites submissions from any historical or disciplinary approaches that involve a literal or conceptual appropriation achieved through cutting and pasting.

    Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

    • Collage, bricolage, assemblage, montage
    • Authorship, plagiarism, imitation
    • Censorship and editing
    • Fragments / Fragmentation
    • Cultural traditions and historical change
    • Recontextualization
    • Sociopolitcal statements
    • Accumulation and composites of found objects
    • Invention or production through appropriation

    Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 250 words in length and may be sent by email, with a current graduate level CV, to (Attn: Proposal). We also welcome proposals for integrated panels. Panel organizers should describe the theme of the panel and send abstracts with names and affiliations of all participants along with current CVs. A panel should consist of no more than three papers, each twenty minutes in length.

    Deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015.

  • CFP: Dumpster Diving and Sustainability: Managing the Limited Resources of Culture (Princeton University, October 17-18, 2014

    Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Princeton University

    Submissions deadline: August 5, 2014.

    Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

    Keynote Speaker: Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford)

    “You can’t imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays. The things that scribblers write.” ― Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

    “Dumpster Diving and Sustainability: Managing the Limited Resources of Culture” is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to marginal and outmoded art in all of its manifestations and returns in Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian cultures. The conference aims at exploring our repeated turn to the afterlives of ‘bad’ or exhausted cultural forms as a way to cope with and interpret artistic and social changes.

    In his literary studies, Iurii Tynianov famously pointed out a particular tendency of literary evolution: a literary or artistic fact that appears worthless at one historical moment may, at another, become a productive element of an aesthetic order. Taking Tynianov’s observation as a point of our departure, we want to understand the overall function and impact of ‘bad art’ on contemporary artists and societies, as well as on our own disciplines, both as a fetishized avant-garde commodity and as a recontextualization of historical forms/norms.

    Our contention is that ‘bad art’ is a ubiquitous feature of artistic production with its own intrinsic laws. With this in mind, this conference proposes a critical interrogation of the ‘bad.’ The goal is not so much to deconstruct or vindicate ‘bad art’ but rather to acknowledge the ‘bad’ as an inalienable value that continues to sustain itself through various means of cultural recycling.

    We invite submissions from humanities and social science scholars. A short selection of sample topics below indicates some potential areas of inquiry:

    • On the Invention of Bad Writing (Vasilii Rozanov, Valentin Kataev)

    • Art as Commodity: Lubok, Feuilleton, Pulp

    • The Aesthetic Education of Men: The Prostitute as Guardian in Literature and Film (Crime and Punishment, Resurrection, Interdevochka, Wiktor Grodecki’s Czech Films)

    • Gastronomical Phenomenology (Mikhail Bakhtin, Soldier Chonkin, Soldier Švejk)

    • Author as ‘Holy Fool’ from Venedikt Erofeev to Kirill Medvedev

    • Authorship and Pastiche (Dmitry Prigov, Ilia Kabakov)

    • The Importance of Being Earnest: Gogol’s “Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends”

    • Serialized Novels, TV Series, and the Epic

    • Eurovision, Balkan Beats, and the Construction of National Identity in Post-Socialist Europe