CFA: Writing Across Boundaries Program

To integrate new research and perspectives from underrepresented regions and groups in English-language publishing outlets in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Arizona State University, and University of Amsterdam are inviting applications for their Writing Across Boundaries Program. Doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and other early career scholars from all disciplines in the arts and humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply. 

Established in 2022, the program introduces early career scholars based in, or originating from, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, to the academic journal publishing process. The Writing Across Boundaries Program seeks to provide an inclusive environment where authors engage each other in conversation about writing, editing, and preparing a manuscript for submission to an English-language, peer-reviewed professional journal. The overall goal of this program is to familiarize authors with different stages of developing a manuscript. These include: Identifying journals for publication;Interpreting submission guidelines and requirements;Working with drafts;Structuring effective arguments;Understanding the peer review process;Conducting revisions and incorporating feedback from reviewers;  Communicating with editors and editorial staff;Interpreting article acceptance and rejection notices.

Through informal conversations and hands-on workshops, participants will acquire tools to navigate the daunting and time consuming experience of publishing their research in a professional journal. The Writing Across Boundaries Program will be conducted virtually through Zoom. The project team will lead synchronous sessions in late January, April and June. The expectation is that participants will attend all these sessions and also be able to commit extended time to writing and revision in the Spring and/or Summer 2024. The program goal is for all participants to submit a revised and improved article to a journal by October 2024. 

Besides hearing from writing program instructors and moderators, journal editors and other subject-matter experts, participants will receive detailed feedback on their first draft; read and respond to their peers’ writing; and have access to office hours and troubleshooting sessions. Participants can apply for professional copy-editing/proofreading assistance in Fall 2024 on their submission-ready draft.

Application Requirements: Upload your resume or CVUpload an advanced draft of your manuscript [unpublished or not currently under review]. 6,000-8,000 words, with complete referencesUpload statement of purpose (400-500 words) on why you want to participate in the Writing Across Boundaries program and what your goals are for this manuscript.

Please complete the program application by Friday, October 6, 2023.

You can direct any questions to:

Program organizers:

Dmitry Tartakovsky (Slavic Review)

Harriet Murav (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Keith Brown (Arizona State University)

Eva Rogaar (U of Amsterdam)

Katherine Ashcraft (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Joe Lenkart (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

John Randolph (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)