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.

Call for Applications: The Eurasian Migration System: A Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers
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).

Call for Applications: Ralph T. Fisher Workshop: The Caucasus and Central Asia in Conversation: The Importance of Stories and Archives from the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery
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?

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


Fisher Fellow Ingrid Nordgaard gives her Noontime Scholars Lecture, “On the Frozen Sea: Exploring, Writing and Painting the Northern Frontier” (Summer 2017)
Stephanie Chung and Nadia Hoppe at the Urbana Fine Arts Center to teach students about Russia (Summer 2017)
FLAS Fellow Thornton Miller (PhD Candidate, Musicology) in St. Petersburg, Russia
1917-2017 Opening Gala reception at the Spurlock Museum (Fall 2017)
Vijay Prashad giving the CAS/MillerComm Lecture, “The Russian Revolution as the Mirror of Third World Aspirations” (Fall 2017)
Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library (Fall 2017)
Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman giving a Noontime Scholars Lecture, “Inside and Out: Landlords in Russia’s Revolutionary Period” (Fall 2017)
Boris Kolonitskii giving the 1917-2017 Fall Symposium keynote lecture, “100 Years Later: Memories of the Revolution in Contemporary Russia” (Fall 2017)
A faculty panel at the 1917-2017 Fall Symposium (Fall 2017)
Emilia Zankina giving a New Directions Lecture, “Theorizing Populism East and West” (Fall 2017)
Mark Steinberg and the History Now! class at the Art Institute’s exhibition “Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test” (Fall 2017)