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 year, from June 10 to August 2, 2019. The SRL is open to all scholars with research interests in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Graduate students, academics, independent scholars, librarians, and government employees are encouraged to apply.
The deadline to apply for funding is February 11, 2019.


Note: The courses listed on the website are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see course explorer for additional classes.

New for 2018! International Outreach Travel Assistance

We are happy to be able to offer two travel grants this year. The first is a domestic conference travel grant (up to $350). Please see the website for additional information and the application, which is due by the last day of the month prior to travel.

Also new this year, we will be offering international travel grants to support international outreach and institutional linkage-building initiatives by REEEC-affiliated faculty. Please see the website for additional information regarding international travel guidelines and the application. The international travel application deadline is January 15, 2019.

New! Joint Program: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, M.A., and Library and Information Science, M.S.

This joint master’s degree includes a program of language and area studies courses leading to an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, as well as a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science. The joint degree matches area expertise with professional education, and prepares students for professional careers in all types of information organizations, including libraries.

The joint degree requires 56 credit hours divided between REEES and iSchool courses. A minimum GPA of 3.25 must be maintained throughout in order to remain in good academic standing.

For more information, please visit the program’s page at catalog.illinois.edu.

REEES + Global Informatics Certificate

We are happy to announce the new Global Informatics Certificate Program at UIUC, in partnership with Illinois Informatics. This program allows undergraduate students to declare an Informatics minor in addition to a major in REEES, and, upon completion, awards a Global Informatics Certificate, preparing students to enter a world “in which information technologies are ubiquitous, evolving, and global in scope.” This program combines the international knowledge and engagement of a REEES major with the computational tools and technical problem-solving of an Informatics minor.

The only additional coursework required for the certificate is a capstone project course, which pulls together knowledge and interests from both the major and the minor fields.

Please see the flier below for more information, including approved majors and degree requirements.

If you are interested, feel free to contact Maureen Marshall memarsh@illinois.edu (REEES) or Karin Readel kereadel@illinois.edu (Informatics).


REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Thornton Miller, “Agency and Access: The Soviet Performance of British Contemporary Music during the Early Cold War”

During the Cold War, elite musicians in the Soviet Union were able to use their positions in the cultural establishment to gain access to British contemporary music, and to perform it within the Soviet Union. This lecture focuses on the societal position of those musicians, which afforded them a considerable amount of agency. Moreover, this agency enabled them to circumvent the ideological, economic, and legal obstacles inherent in cultural exchange during the Cold War, and to defend these performances from the Soviet Ministry of Culture’s interventions. These musicians included Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Mikhail Chulaki of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and Dzhemal Dalgat of the Kirov Theater in Leningrad. As orchestral conductors, Dalgat and Rozhdestvensky used their considerable influence to promote the performance of foreign contemporary music, particularly the orchestral compositions of Benjamin Britten, within Leningrad and Moscow respectively. Also, Dalgat and Chulaki lobbied for the inclusion of Britten’s music into their respective theater’s general repertoire to be performed several times throughout the concert season along with the theater’s usual offerings that consisted of Tsarist Russian and Western classics and contemporaneous Soviet works. Up to that point, no living composer from a capitalist country had their works enter into the general repertoire in the Kirov and Bolshoi Theaters. Such Soviet performances of Britten’s music include the Kirov Theater premieres of Peter Grimes in 1965 and The Prince of the Pagodas in 1973, and the Bolshoi Theater premiere of A Midsummer’s Night Dream in 1965. The relationship between the Soviet Ministry of Culture and elite Soviet musicians cannot be described as a monolithic state repressing a powerless community of artists. Instead, their relations appeared to be more of a compromise: the ministry needed elite performers to promote socialism and demonstrate artistic excellence, and this need afforded the musicians some flexibility in shaping their artistic endeavors.

Thornton Miller is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing a doctoral minor in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. His dissertation research is on the professional agency of British and Soviet composers, concert agents, performers, and publishers in Anglo-Soviet cultural exchange, and he has recently returned from a 13-month research and language-study trip in England and Russia which was funded by the Fulbright, University of Illinois, and Arizona State University. Mr. Miller has presented his research in Austria, Russia, UK, and the US; contributed to Benjamin Britten Studies: An Inexplicit Art published by Boydell, is serving as an editor on the second volume of the Chronicle of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Life and Works to be published by DSCH in Moscow, and is preparing two articles for publication in the Russian journal Opera Musicologica and the South Korean collection Opera and Aesthetics.

New Curriculum and Resources
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Additional  Announcements


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