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).

Sociology Department Lecture: Cinzia Solari, “On the Shoulders of Grandmothers: Gender, Migration, and Post-Soviet Nation Building” (October 12, 2018)
In this talk, Professor Solari compares two Ukrainian grandmother-led migrations. These middle-aged and older women and some men, largely undocumented migrants, understand their migration from Ukraine to Italy as a post-Soviet exile to the “gulags”. In contrast, those from this same cohort in Ukraine who migrate to California understand their migration as an exodus to the “promised land”. In both instances, these migrant workers are performing cleaning and caring labor for the elderly. As Professor Solari delved deeper into the lives of these migrants, she found that the distinctions between “gulag” and promised land” blurred. Drawing on 160 interviews conducted mostly in Russian and two years of ethnographic fieldwork, she argues that only through the methodological and theoretical tools of a feminist global ethnography that necessarily requires research in the sending country as well as the receiving countries, can we answer questions such as: Why does babushka and not her adult children migrate? How is the Ukrainian nation-state being built transnationally? How does neoliberal capitalism get produced from the “bottom up”? And, what might be the implications for the redrawing of the map of Europe?

Turkish Conversation Table (October 18, 2018)
Interested in Turkish culture and language? Come to the Turkish Table! All levels are welcome!

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Obstacles of Development: 7th Annual Sociology of Development Conference (October 19-21, 2018)
Development investments and interventions should ultimately lead to self-sustaining solutions that are supported by local governments, institutions, and stakeholders. There are many obstacles to such development efforts, however, that occur at multiple scales and extend over varying periods of time. Local actors, national inequalities, and regional policies may impede change, just as longstanding elements in the international economic system could also serve as significant obstacles to development.
The purpose of the Seventh Annual Sociology of Development Conference is to identify and explore some of the many obstacles to development present in the world today. We are seeking thought-provoking presentations and engaging conversations on numerous topics from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, scales, and disciplines. The University of Illinois is pleased to provide development scholars with an outstanding venue to exchange ideas and to explore the essential features of development’s underlying challenges.
For more information and to view the preliminary program, please see https://socdev2018.sociology.illinois.edu/

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: Michael D. Kennedy, “Facts, Objects, and Visions in the Design of Globalizing Knowledge” (October 24th, 2018)
Since the 2015 publication of Globalizing Knowledge, Professor Kennedy has engaged in a number of global conversations with radically different scopes of imagination, principles of design, and visions of consequence in the articulation of transformative knowledge cultures. In this presentation, he will juxtapose three: a) a technocratic approach to governing the future, associated with the Oxford Martin Commission and Pascal Lamy http://www.feps-europe.eu/en/publications/details/547; b) the pragmatic imagination of ecosystemic design associated with the work of Ann Pendleton-Jullian and John Seely Brown http://www.pragmaticimagination.com/; and c) an AfroFuturism made popular by the cinematic debut of Black Panther and the more transgressive works of John Jennings, Stacey Robinson and others https://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Underground-Grimoire-Speculative-Discontent/dp/1941958788. This comparison illuminates radically different assumptions about innovation’s source. More importantly, it moves possibilities in the design of knowledge networks and their public effervescence by establishing a different sense of connection among facts, objects, and visions in the design of globalizing knowledge.

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

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