REEEC Opportunities

REEEC Opportunities

  • Call for papers for a panel at the Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) (Bucharest, 26-30 June 2018)
    Politically charged artistic representations of the past in the Romanian public space
    This panel seeks to bring together researchers dealing with artistic representations of the past in Romania. The presentations can deal with the public, or state sponsored official memory as it is displayed in the public space in the form of monuments or statues. The missing memory, or the erasure of the Socialist Realist representations from the public space is one of the topics that could be tackled. The different memory conflicts, of the historical traumatic experiences and their artistic forms could represent a secondary theme. The alternative representations of the past, whether in the form of performative practices, or urban/street art forms, are also taken into account. How and what do the public squares, public buildings, and the cultural and educational spaces tell of the national past? How do nationalist and other ideologically centered representations of the past co-exist in contemporary (re)configurations? What roles play artistic representations in questioning the status-quo and/or the officialized memories of the past?
    Those interested should send a short abstract of 250 words until September the 23rd to Caterina Preda, Phd, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest,
  • CfP: Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop


    "Gender and Resistance in Europe"


    The GENDER and TRANSFORMATION: WOMEN in EUROPE Workshop-a project at New York University with support from the Network of East-West Women-invites speakers to submit proposals for Friday afternoon talks for the Spring semester at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.

         As usual, we are looking for speakers to discuss gender, sexuality, or women in Europe or Eurasia. For Spring 2018, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing

    o resistance to the many threats to gender equality and gender studies in Europe, such as
      -- "anti-genderism,"
      -- attempts to roll back gender equality policy and practice (such as on reproductive rights and gender violence),
      -- attacks on gender studies,
      -- gendered attacks on refugees and asylum seekers.
    o the relation of anti-women/anti-gender and anti-immigrant campaigns,
    o analysis of these movements, as part of right-wing populism, nationalism, or the global right, addressing such questions as
      -- How has the right organized its campaigns?
      -- What is the relation between the anti-immigrant and anti-gender campaigns in EE?
      -- In what ways has the history of fascism in Europe played a role in these developments?
           The workshop's focus is on the postcommunist countries of East, South, and Central Europe, and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic countries and Central Asia, and their relationship to Europe and the European Union. We are interested in papers on these issues in western European countries and Turkey as well. We are also interested in comparative accounts.
            Recent workshops have included such topics as critique of law faculties in Eastern Europe, women's protests in Poland against banning abortion completely, and anti-genderism in Germany, Moldova, Armenia, and Russia. Recent speakers have included Dubravka Ugre_i_, Katherine Verdery, Hana Havelkova, and Barbara Havelkova.
           The workshop is an informal and friendly group of about 20 feminist scholars, activists, and journalists who have been meeting for more than two decades and are knowledgeable about the region. This is the perfect space to present recent theoretical and/or critical work, empirical research, and critical and scholarly reflections on your activism.
           We offer a small honorarium. We regret that we cannot cover transportation expenses to New York City or offer assistance for visas or accommodations.

    To propose a talk, please e-mail the following to Nanette Funk (<>) and Sonia Jaffe Robbins (<>):

    o a title for your talk
    o an abstract of less than 200 words describing your proposed talk
    o a one-page curriculum vitae or resume.
    o your schedule clarifying which weeks or months you plan to be in or near New York City and would like to present

            All proposals are welcome from the region and experts from the U.S. or elsewhere, activists or scholars. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For more information, see

  • CfP: Reading Race in Cold War Cultural Internationalism

    Please note: *proposals are due no later than 9 am this Thursday, September 21st.* You can submit a proposal by visiting the following link: 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the panel or the submission process. I can be reached at 

    Kind Regards,
    Cate Reilly

    Assistant Professor of Literature 
    Program in Literature
    Duke University 
    Durham, NC 27708
    Ph. 919.668.6204 

    Reading Race in Cold War Cultural Internationalism
    An ACLA Seminar (UCLA, March 29-April 1, 2018)
    Organized by Cate I. Reilly, Duke University 

    This seminar looks at the intertwined Soviet and Eastern Bloc legacies on race, cultural solidarity, and geopolitics. It moves beyond the extensive body of prior scholarship on regional ethnic minorities within Central and Eastern Europe and related questions of religious conflict. The seminar instead focuses on how writers, artists, and filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe and across decolonizing regions during the Cold War, conceived of and negotiated race in the context of newfound, transnational aesthetic commitments. 

    The seminar asks: How did the epistemic effort to think internationally (by intellectuals from the USSR, GDR, Africa, and the Americas) interface with questions of racial identity? How did such concerns play out when the rough ideological alliances between the Eastern Bloc and emerging nations were challenged by writers and thinkers who were critical of the Soviet Union? In what ways did the early political framework of international solidarity in the USSR, conceived under the heading of the “Friendship of the Peoples,” contain a racialized dimension later played out in the global power struggles of the Cold War? How should frequent claims to racial equality in the Eastern Bloc be treated when occurring in the context of anti-imperialist (and anti-U.S.) propaganda? 

    The seminar invites literary-critical and interdisciplinary reflections on the conflicted history of race in Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, as situated against a backdrop of changing ideological and national alliances.  It pays specific attention to a gap within postcolonial theory related to Soviet ideologies and cultural influences. Building on recent conferences that have addressed the legacy of Bandung humanisms, “translating” race in Eurasia, and performances of difference in Central and Eastern Europe, it moves temporally forward from the abundance of research on the role of minorities in the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to: Eurasia’s place in postcolonial theory; literature and national autonomy movements of the Cold War; the conflicted relationship between the Communist and non-Communist intellectuals (Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Léopold Senghor, Cheikh Anta Diop, among others); negritude and internationalism; translation and the circulation of texts/media between Eastern Europe and Africa; the influence of Socialist realist literature on African writers. 

    Interested applicants should submit a 250-300 word proposal. 

  • 2018 CLS Program: Intensive Overseas Language and Cultural Immersion

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

    CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

    The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

    How to Apply

    The application for the 2018 CLS Program is now live. Apply online by November 15, 2017 for an opportunity to study abroad and learn a critical language!

    Languages Offered

    The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

    AzerbaijaniBanglaHindiIndonesianKoreanPunjabiSwahiliTurkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;

    Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;

    ChineseJapanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) 2018-2019 Fellowship Programs
    The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2018-2019 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada:  
    ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipend per month is $4,200.
    ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year.  Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.
    Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2017.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2018.
    For further information please see the ARIT webpage at