WHAT’S NEW AT REEEC?

Fall 2018: Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Please check out a selection of courses offered in REEES for the Spring 2018 semester.

Call for Applications: Open Research Laboratory at Illinois / The Summer Research Laboratory
For over forty years, the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has provided scholars from around the world with the opportunity to work in our Library’s famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Summer Research Laboratory again this coming year, from June 11 to August 3, 2018. In addition, we are piloting a new program for scholars interested in visiting our campus during the academic year, from November 2017 to May 2018, called the Open Research Laboratory. We are still accepting applications for the Open Research Laboratory. Applications for the Summer Research Laboratory are still open with the funding deadline extended to March 31, 2018. For more information, please see the ORL website and the SRL website.

The Eurasian Migration System: A Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers (June 11-15, 2018)
The Eurasian Migration System is one of the most active global migration networks, including registered and unregistered labor migrants, recognized and unrecognized displaced populations, and victims of trafficking. On June 11-15, 2018, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be hosting a Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers interested in the many questions surrounding this region in motion. We encourage early career and experienced scholars to apply to join us for this Workshop, made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

Ralph T. Fisher Workshop: The Caucasus and Central Asia in Conversation: The Importance of Stories and Archives from the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery (June 15-16, 2018)
The Caucasus and Central Asia have often been understood through the lens of the Russian center, in terms of the categories that emerged from Moscow and St. Petersburg, and through the centralized archives and libraries that many scholars have used to study these regions. This workshop explores what can be gained—conceptually and methodologically—by centering the archives and stories from these regions. How can we transcend a history of the Caucasus and Central Asia that has defined these regions primarily in terms of their relationship with the Russian center? How do we create such histories without overemphasizing the centrality of the nation as a category of analysis? How can we write transnational and local histories that go beyond both the nation and the binary of center and periphery?

Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Workshop on Gender and Women in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922 (June 21-24, 2018)
A 3-day workshop organized by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) will coordinate the research of up to 15 scholars across a variety of fields for a planned publication to examine women’s gains and losses in the period as well as the influence of war and revolution on gender identity and representation, cultural mores surrounding public and sexual behavior, and creative expression by men and women. Such a study can provide unique and valuable insights for comparative work on the all-too-frequent periods of violence and conflict that have continued to affect women around the world in the century since the Great War. The research program thus addresses an important area of international policy relevance. This workshop is made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

REEEC Receives Competitive State Department Title VIII Grant
The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at Illinois is pleased to announce that it recently was awarded a $225,000 grant from the State Department’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

1917: Ten Days that shook the world/ 2017: Ten Days that shake the campus
A series of events during the 2017-2018 academic year that will bring together scholars from around the world, the nation, and the campus to analyze the Russian revolution of 1917 in a global context. Click on the link above for more information!

New Curriculum and Resources
For K-16 Educators, check out our online materials – we are constantly adding new resources!

Additional  Announcements


RECENT REEEC EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

REEEC Director John Randolph (center) with former REEEC Directors Mark Steinberg, Diane Koenker, David Cooper, and Donna Buchanan
REEEC Director John Randolph with visiting speaker Frank Karioris (Assistant Professor of Sociology, American University of Central Asia) and REEEC faculty member Mohammad Babadoost
REEEC New Directions Lecture speaker Elizabeth Dunn (Professor of Geography, Indiana University)
Kirill Makarenkov, director of the documentary film “The Wood Floaters”
Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library
Participants of the 2018 Ralph T. Fisher Workshop: The Caucasus and Central Asia in Conversation: The Importance of Stories and Archives from the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery
2018 Fisher Fellow Julia Leikin giving a REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture
Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Workshop on Gender and Women in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922
Summer Research Lab participant Sharyl Corrado (Associate Professor of History, Pepperdine University) giving a REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture