Central and Eastern Europe in World Politics after Versailles: Towards a New International History
The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian, German and Russian Empires at the end of the First World War brought to existence a curious geopolitical construction, usually known as ‘Central and Eastern Europe’. The countries in the region had loose similarities, including new independence in foreign policy, nation-state building, increasing tensions with minorities in regions once known for their toleration, and economic backwardness relative to the west. Their location between Germany and Russia pushed these newcomer states to consider collective security, but this did not prevent them from skirmishing among themselves. In some cases, these skirmishes revised borders set at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.
Since the beginning of the First World War the peoples and emerging states of Central and Eastern Europe had gained the interest of the west. Western influence, whether through trade, diplomacy, or cultural affairs, remained throughout the interwar period. At the same time, interwar Central and Eastern Europe left its own footprint in world politics, especially through the League of Nations. The League oversaw a tangled web of minorities treaties in the region that formed the basis for modern international human rights law, while League involvement in the economic reconstruction of Central and Eastern European states formed the origins of oversight later adopted by the International Monetary Fund. The conference seeks to provide a forum for discussion of new research on international history of Central and Eastern Europe, broadly defined. Archives are continually being opened and new documents discovered, while studies are reshaping the field to include humanitarian aid, changing diplomatic culture, minorities relations, the role of international law and internationalism, among other topics. The focus on transnational and world history and resulting stress on multilingual research are changing the focus on the nation-state in Central and Eastern European international history. Our conference intends to be topical but interdisciplinary: we welcome submissions from History, International Relations, and Law, and especially encourage submissions from postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. Possible topics include:
• Relations between Old and New Europe, including the importance of stereotypes, class, and diplomatic culture
• The formation of new epistemic communities with the advent of the League of Nations
• The legacy of diplomatic efforts in interwar Central and Eastern Europe for the post-1945 world order
• The role of the League of Nations in the economic reconstruction of the region, disputes over borders or minorities, or humanitarian aid.
Some funding may be available towards travel and accommodation costs.
Please send a 300-word proposal and a 1-2 page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 June 2013.
Conference Date is 4-5 October 2013.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC RECRUITMENT DIRECTOR
The Higher School of Economics (the HSE http://www.hse.ru/en/) is seeking
an innovative, collegial leader as the International Academic Recruitment
Director. The Director serves on the School’s leadership team and works
with the President, the provosts and the deans to carry out the mission of
the university. The Director represents the university to external
constituencies in a manner determined by the President. Based in Moscow,
Russia, the International Academic Recruitment Director, will be
responsible for developing and implementing strategies to recruit
professoriate for the HSE from throughout the world.
Please forward your CV to Elena Chernyshkova at
For a full description of the position, click on this link. http://illinois.edu/lb/article/3439/74400
Lecturer in Russian Cinema and Culture, University College LondonUCL School of Slavonic and East European StudiesLecturer in Russian Cinema and CultureFull Time: Grade 7 (£36,064 - £39,132 per annum) or Grade 8 (£40,216 - £47,441 per annum)The post holder will develop and enhance the School’s strengths in Russian cinema, with a possibility for bringing additional expertise in Central and East European cinema and/or film theory and/or visual culture more broadly. Candidates will conduct high quality research, teach at both BA and MA level, supervise PhD students and contribute generally to the administration of teaching programmes and the support of students.Key RequirementsThe successful candidate should hold, or be about to hold, a PhD in a relevant subject area. They will possess a strong research profile and demonstrable track record of international research excellence and publishing. The appointee should have the ability to construct and deliver research-led lecture courses on topics relevant to the needs of the School and possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.Latest time for the submission of applications 12th June 2013 at 12.00 noon. Interview date 4th July 2013.Further details and application form can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/index.php
19th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics in Chicago, 2014
The 19th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will take place at The University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA, April 25-27, 2014. Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2013
Acceptance Notification Date: 15 January 2014
The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, or folklore, including culture. Abstracts should be maximum one page, including examples and bibliography, 12-point font, at least 1" margins, and should not contain name(s) or affiliations(s) of the author(s).
Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to Meredith Clason (email@example.com). The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email. The abstract itself should have only the title.
Questions about the conference may be directed to Meredith Clason (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Russian Boom Was On: The Inter-Cultural Work of Translation
SAMLA Nov. 8-10, 2013 Atlanta, GA
Constance Garnetts 1912 translation of Dostoevsky is credited with sparking the Russian Fever in Great Britain, while Russias entry into the Great War as an ally set off the Russian Boom. Yet, an increasing fascination with the country, its culture, and its literature dates from the beginning of the 20th century and continues beyond the years of war and revolution.
This panel explores the background to the explosion of interest in Russian literature in both the United States and Great Britain through early 20th century translations from the Russian. The boom in translation of literary texts was a primary conduit for efforts to alter public opinion and national policy in both countries. It also served to reduce the isolation of Russia from the West. Suggested topics may include: the work of individual translators; the English-language translations of particular authors; publishing houses, small magazines, or editors that welcomed or encouraged translations from the Russian; cultural or political contexts or movements that spurred public interest.
Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers (indicating any equipment/technical requirements), and a brief biographical note by the deadline of 30 June 2013 to Marilyn Schwinn Smith via e-mail: email@example.com