Turkish Conversation Table (September 20, 2018)

Interested in Turkish culture and language? Come to the Turkish Table! All levels are welcome!

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REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Amber Nickell (September 25, 2018)

Focusing on ethnic Germans and Jews from Southern Ukraine, this project seeks a better understanding of ethnic, religious, and national coexistence, confluence, and conflict in the territories trapped in between Germany and Russia—the region Timothy Snyder dubbed “the Bloodlands”—over the course of decades. These groups lived alongside one another in the region for over a century prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and they enjoyed normalized, relatively amicable, or at the least indifferent relationships with one another. However, like so many of the populations in the Bloodlands, ethnic Germans and Jews were caught in the violent social, economic, and political upheavals of the twentieth century. The imperial jockeying of Russia and Germany tore them asunder and pushed them together in profound ways. This project pursues a better understanding of these encounters, posing the following questions: How did inconsistent, unpredictable, and constantly shifting state and occupation policies towards and treatment of both groups shape the ways in which they viewed and treated one another? What impact did the ethnic, social, and geographic displacement caused by multiple regime changes have on relationships between the two groups? This event is free and open to the public.

REEEC Opening Reception (September 27th, 2018)
Please join REEEC as we celebrate the start of a new academic year and our successful Title VI and Title VIII grant applications! We will recognize new faculty and graduate students, and our 2018-2019 FLAS fellows. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

Turkish Conversation Table (October 4, 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 23rd, 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.

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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