world, St. Petersburg State University's Faculty History would like to
issue a final call for papers for the international research conference
“Russian Statehood: The Authorities and Society during the Twentieth
Century” to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia on 30-31 May 2013.
idea builds off of the Faculty’s prior success hosting an international
conference in October 2010 dedicated to the study of late Stalinism and
the epoch of N.S. Khrushchev and it hopes to, within the parameters of
this future conference, continue its scientific dialogue with historians
from different countries who also study Russia’s contemporary history.
The creation and development of the Russian state remain
questions of great importance even as they have been studied in many
ways by Russian historians and their foreign colleagues. Already this
year (2012), the attention of scientific circles within the Russian
Federation has been drawn to the 1150th anniversary of the birth of the
Russian state. Now, research is set to continue in 2013—a meaningful
year if ever there was one for this area of knowledge. Four hundred
years ago began the rule of Romanovs which to significant extent
determined the particularities of Russia’s subsequent development as a
state. The year 2013 should also attract the attention of historians for
it was 100 years ago that a period of relatively stable growth ended
and the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution brought a new era of
development for Russia.
Organizing Committee invites you to take part in the discussion of
questions that remain hotly debated especially as the Russian Federation
continues to experience developments connected to the ongoing formation
of a new form of statehood. This conference has already received
support from the St. Petersburg City Government’s Committee for External
Ties as well as the B.N. Yeltsin Presidential Library. During the
conference’s proceedings, the Organizing Committee hopes to examine the
following “blocks” of problems:
1. Russia’s revolutions and wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries
2. Transformations of the political system, the economy, and society
3. Problems building a nation-state and the collapse of states
4. Issues involving culture including relationships between the intelligentsia, the
authorities, and the people
The language of the conference is Russian. Those scholars
selected to present at the conference may elect to have the Organizing
Committee translate their presentations from their language of choice to
Russian in the months prior to the conference’s taking place. The
articles off of which these presentations are based may also be
translated into Russian if they are selected for publication in a
conference compendium to appear at a later date.
The Organizing Committee plans to take upon itself the costs of
two-nights lodging plus breakfast for those scholars selected to
participate in the conference.
If you are
interested in participating, please send a short e-mail in English or
Russian explaining your presentation topic by 1 February 2013 to Dr.
Ludmila K. Riabova, Associate Professor of History, Istoricheskii
Fakul’tet (Otdel’ Istochnikovedeniia istorii Rossii),
Sankt-Peterburgskii Gosudarstvennyi Universitet, Mendeleevskaia Linia d.
5, g. Sankt-Peterburg, Rossiiskaia Federatsiia, 199034 (e-mail: email@example.com<mailto:l
The Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and East European Studies is offering a small number of highly competitive postdoctoral and doctoral fellowships in the field of Russian and East European Studies for the 2013-2014 academic year. These fellowships are offered to researchers across many disciplines in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences (broadly defined), and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.
Postdoctoral fellowships are offered to young scholars who have received their PhD degree no earlier than 2006 and no later than June 2013. Postdoctoral fellows will be awarded 92,500 NIS per year (equivalent to approximately $25,000). These grantees will be required to present two public lectures at their host institution during the fellowship year. In some cases, the fellowships will entail a teaching commitment at the host university.
The Partnership also offers fellowships for doctoral students who are registered in one of its partner universities (Bar-Ilan University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa) provided that the applicant commenced his/her degree no earlier than the 2005-2006 academic year. Doctoral fellows will receive a yearly stipend of 46,250 NIS (equivalent to approximately $12,500).
The fellows will be selected by an international academic committee and then placed in one of the partner universities. Fellows may apply for one additional year of funding.
Applicants are requested to submit their curriculum vitae (no longer than four pages), a detailed statement of current research interests (up to 2000 words), one writing sample (no longer than 25 pages) and two letters of recommendation (to be submitted directly by the recommenders by e-mail). All materials must be submitted in English and state clearly whether the application refers to a doctoral OR postdoctoral fellowship. In addition, applicants must state if they are applying for other sources of funding for the fellowship period.
Application deadline: January 27, 2013.
Please send application materials by e-mail in PDF/DOC/DOCX format to firstname.lastname@example.org with CC to email@example.com.
Subject: Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships in Russian and East European Studies
Deadline: Jan 12, 2013
The Medici Archive Project (Florence, Italy)
Online Paleography Course 2013
For the fourth consecutive year, the Medici Archive Project will offer
a 12-week Online Paleography Course. The course is designed to furnish
participants with basic skills for reading historical manuscript
materials from the late 15th-17th-century Tuscany. This course also
offers a general introduction to the nature of Italian archives. From
personal letters to the inventories and wills, the digitized documents
used to train the course’s participants in paleographic skills will
also expose them to a wide range of document types useful for scholarly
Enrollment will be limited to 20 students. Priority will be given to
graduate students, post-graduate scholars, and professionals with
relevant scholarly interests. Basic knowledge of Italian is required.
The course is taught in English.
The online course will be held from Monday, February 4 to Friday, April
26, 2013. The tuition for this course is US $ 500, payable by PayPal
To apply, send: 1. A brief letter of introduction explaining the
motivation for taking the course. 2. A curriculum vitae that details
linguistic aptitude and (if applicable) archival experience.All
materials should be sent to Dr. Elena Brizio, firstname.lastname@example.org by
January 12, 2013.
Florence, Italy, June 10 - 22, 2013
Deadline: May 1, 2013
The Medici Archive Project (Florence, Italy)
Seminar on Paleography and Archival Studies 2013
For the third consecutive year, the Medici Archive Project will be
offering a two-week intensive seminar on archival research especially
intended for advanced graduate students in Renaissance and early modern
studies. This seminar will be team-taught by current MAP staff. Course
participants will have the opportunity to work directly with original
documents and will visit a number of Florentine archives.
The seminar aims to teach scholars to navigate Italian archives (with
particular emphasis on Florentine collections), to examine in depth
various document typologies, to read the documents, to identify
paleographic conventions, and to apply this research to their scholarly
pursuits. Class-size is restricted to twelve, so that each participant
will receive personal guidance.
The seminar will run from Monday, June 10 to Saturday, June 22, 2013.
The tuition for this course is US $ 700, payable by PayPal upon
For further information, or to apply, contact Dr. Elena Brizio
[email@example.com]. To apply, please send a CV and a brief statement
explaining how this course will benefit your current research project
by May 1, 2013.
A Special Issue of THE EUROPEAN LEGACY
Guest Editors: Camil Ungureanu (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Lasse
Thomassen (Queen Mary, University of London)
This special issue is scheduled for late 2014.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
In recent years, leading philosophers, including Jürgen Habermas, Charles
Taylor, and or John D. Caputo, have criticized “old-style” secularism and
proposed instead a post-secular model for understanding the relation of
religion and democracy, faith and reason. There are however profound
theoretical and practical divergences in the post-secular models proposed.
First, what are the precise characteristics of post-secularism as a
philosophical alternative? In what sense could it be said to break with
secularism? Second, what are the practical political and legal
consequences of adhering a post-secular approach? From a critical
theoretical perspective, Habermas focuses on a revised concept of public
reason and deliberation in promoting an active interaction of democracy
and religion. From a hermeneutical perspective, Taylor’s recent work
centres on the new “conditions of belief” and the dilemmas inherent to
both religious and atheist experience. In contrast, Caputo and Richard
Kearney develop a Derridean aporetic understanding of the nexus of
democracy and religion, faith and reason, whereas Hent de Vries, William
Connolly and Simon Critchley reject Habermas’s rationalist approach and
propose a distinct understanding of post-secularism by focusing on
Schmit’‘s and Benjamin’s re-appropriation of the tenets of Saint Paul in
their political-theological works. Although these trends have been studied
to some extent, there has been no sustained attempt so far to subject them
to a comparative analysis that would more fully address the issue of
Our “Call for Papers” invites scholars to submit a study, with a
comparative dimension, that addresses both the philosophical import and
the practical-political effects of the post-secular alternative. The work
of the following authors will be at the centre of our proposed special
issue: Habermas, Taylor, Caputo, Critchley, Connolly, Gianni Vattimo,
Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben, and Jean-Luc Nancy.
Comparative studies that focus on various religious traditions (Christian,
Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Confucian, etc.) and theologians, and those that
focus on the public role of religion in democracy (e.g., Rawls, Weithman,
Wolterstorff) are particularly welcome.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Significance and varieties of post-secularism
- Open secularity, post-secularism or political theology?
- Deliberative post-secularism or political liberalism
- Post-secularism: religious imagination and practice (Christian, Islamic,
Hindu, Confucian, Buddhist, etc.)
- Discussion of (legal, moral or political) practical cases from a
- Is political theology useful for re-thinking democracy?
- Varieties of political theology today
- Re-thinking the legacy of Saint Paul
- Visions of sovereignty: between proceduralism and political theology
- Faith: religious? secular?
- Post-secularism and feminism
- The state of exception between deliberation and political decision
- Rethinking solidarity from a postsecular perspective
Deadline for submissions: 27 October 2013
Length of essay: 6,000 – 8,000 words, including notes. (For the
referencing style, please consult
Potential contributors are welcome to contact the editors to discuss their
Camil Ungureanu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lasse Thomassen (email@example.com)