Call for Papers: Migration as a narrative: Russian-speaking identities and communities in space and time International Conference

Migration as a narrative: Russian-speaking identities and communities in space and time International Conference

The University of Edinburgh, 18-19 June 2020

Migration is a constant feature of the current age of ‘liquid modernity’, transforming societies into a collection of diasporas (Bauman). Research in Russian speaking mobility offers a valuable contribution to both the theoretical and empirical aspects of migration and mobility studies. While Russian speakers have crossed state boundaries for centuries, the collapse of the Soviet Union has created an unprecedented environment for mobility and diasporic processes of Russophones, destabilising hegemonic relations between the centre and the periphery and producing emerging conditions including ‘beached diasporas’, ‘Global Russians’, ‘virtual Russophonia’, and ‘transnational Russian cultures’, to name but a few. Currently, the geography of Russian-speaking communities outside Russia is wider than ever with the overall population comparable in size to that of the Russian Federation.

Discourse perspectives have recently marked a theoretical shift in migration research. Mobility is intrinsically discursive as space, communities, identities and belonging are constructed in narratives – those produced by migrants and those about migrants. What do these stories – written and oral, visual and multimodal, fictional and real – tell us about Russian-speaking movers across the world? As the Russian speakers populate the ‘third space’ (Bhabha) of diasporic sites, and as these sites turn to the ‘zones of intense cutting-edge creativity’ (Karim), what are the discursive manifestations and articulations of this condition? And how do the current migration narratives of Russophones compare with those produced in other ‘waves’ of migration from Russia and the Soviet Union?

We invite proposals for individual papers from colleagues who use discourse-based approaches to Russophone communities outside the Russian Federation from a variety of disciplines in humanities and social sciences: sociolinguistics, (linguistic) anthropology, discourse studies, narrative studies, conversational analysis, literary and film studies, communication and media studies, socio-political disciplines and other areas. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV are to be submitted by no later than Tuesday 18 February 2020 to Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke


Abstracts by 18 February 2020
Responses to proposals by 28 February
Dates of the Conference 18-19 June 2020

There is no conference fee. Paper presenters will be offered free tea and coffee, lunch and a conference dinner.

Non-paper giving participants will be asked to contribute to coffee breaks and dinner.

We will be able to offer a modest contribution towards travel for three graduate students on a competitive basis.

2020 Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference

2020 Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference


Utopia and Dystopia in Russian Music








This conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies (IRMS) is hosted in Vipiteno under the auspices of the Orfeo Music Festival and the Municipality of Vipiteno. This year the arrival is scheduled for July 1 and departure on July 6 or later.

Scholars and students of Russian music from around the world are invited to submit paper proposals of new research in Russian music and panel discussion proposals. The committee will select papers of special interest for conference presentations and panel sessions. Papers are planned as 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions. The official languages of the conference are English and Russian (with provided English translation).


Ada Aynbinder (Tchaikovsky State Museum-Reserve, State Institute for Art Studies, Russia)

Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford, UK)

Olga Digonskaya (Shostakovich Archive, Russian National Museum of Music, Russia)

Emily Frey (Brandies University, USA)

Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University, UK)

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston – Downtown, USA; OMF, Italy)

Simon Morrison (Princeton University, USA)


March 1: 1) Deadline for 300-400-word abstract. Include title of proposed paper, the state of research field and the contribution of the paper to the field. 2) Your 100-word biography, digital head shot, name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and your contact information. Email to:

March 15: Paper acceptance notifications are sent out. The committee will finalize the decision on the papers included in the conference and will inform the contributors immediately thereafter.

March 20 – May 31: Registration is open on the website. Fees: $190 for 4 days & includes lunch, Early Registration $150 by 3/20, Student Registration available. Complete Registration Form.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Programs

Promoting academic exchanges between Poland and the United States has been the cornerstone of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s mission ever since its establishment nearly 100 years ago. Therefore, it gives us great pleasure to announce that applications for 2020-2021 edition of the Exchange Programs to Poland are now open to American students and researchers.


Learn Polish at the Jagiellonian University – one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world, dating back to the 14th century! Our scholarship includes a tuition fee waiver for one or two semesters of intensive Polish language program & a living expenses allowance.

ELIGIBILITY: US citizens, undergraduate sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

More information on this program can be found here.


Study full-time or conduct research at leading Polish universities and research institutions. The scholarship provides a stipend for housing and living expenses in Poland.

ELIGIBILITY: US citizens, graduate-level students, or university faculty members.

More information on these programs can be found here.

Kennan Institute: Title VIII Research and Summer Grant Applications Due

The Kennan Institute is holding the next round of competition for its Title VIII Research and Summer Grants. Detailed information about each grant is below, and more information about all opportunities can be found HERE.

Title VIII Research Grants – Deadline: January 31, 2020

Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Research proposals examining the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, the Caucasus, and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Title VIII Summer Research Grants – Deadline: January 31, 2020

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the summer research fellowship. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.  The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $7,000 for 2 months, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance.  Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this fellowship. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Please send all questions and application materials to

Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies

You are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian And East European Studies on 7-9 June 2020, Tartu, Estonia under the theme “Post-Socialist (dis)Orders”. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Prof Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia University) and by Dr Ayşe Zarakol (University of Cambridge).

The collapse of socialism was greeted both in the East and in the West as a return to civilization, a resumption of the normal course of history after the communist experiment. The general expectation was that after a period of transition, former socialist countries would become market democracies, rendering obsolete the very notion of Eastern Europe. Thirty years later, it is clear that the post-socialist world has developed as a complex hierarchy of geographic and social spaces, where diverse identities and historical legacies produce specific political, economic and cultural dynamics. Conference participants are invited to reflect on these challenges as they are faced by local communities and entire nations; comparative research focusing on the region and beyond is particularly encouraged. Please find full details of the Call at the conference website.

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. Inaugurated in June 2016, this forum brings together scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond. The Programme Committee will consider proposals addressing the above and related questions as well as other issues relevant to the development of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia from any disciplinary angle. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

Each paper proposal must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Panel and roundtable proposals should list all speakers, along with abstracts and, if available, information about the chair and the discussant (alternatively, these can be assigned by the Programme Committee). Please use this link to submit your proposal by 20 January 2020.

The 2020 Tartu Conference is organized by the Centre for EU–Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu, in cooperation with the PONARS Eurasia research network. Please find more information the conference website

Residence Grant 2020-2021 at the Center for Urban History (Lviv, Ukraine)

The Center for Urban History invites researchers of various fields in the humanities from different countries to apply for the 2020-2021 Residence Grant.

We welcome applications for research that offer broad interpretations of urban history as a discipline at the intersection of various approaches of humanities and social sciences. The chronological and geographical frames of the proposed research are limited to the 19th and 20th-century history of East and Central Europe.

We especially encourage historians, culture studies scholars, and anthropologists.

The program includes:
●        five one-month residence grants for young researchers, working on their PhD thesis or preparing them for publishing,
●        five two-week residence grants for advanced researchers,
●        three residencies on digital urban history in cooperation with the Lviv Interactive project, an online encyclopedia representing the history of Lviv through places and spaces

The Center offers
●        accommodation in the guest rooms of the Centre
●        a place for research at the office
●        shares access to its library resources, urban media arсhive, research works, scholarly contacts
●        provides an opportunity to present and discuss the preliminary results of the grantee’s project at the Center’s Urban seminar or public lectures.

Applications have to include:
●        Project Description (1000-2000 words)
●        Curriculum vitae
●        List of publications
●        Letter of recommendation for non-holders of PhD or relevant degree.

Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Please submit your application to the email