The Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (SRL) opens on June 10 and continues through August 2. During this time, researchers visit Urbana-Champaign, enjoy convenient housing on the Illinois campus, and use the unparalleled research collections and databases offered by our University Library. A list of SRL programs can be found at https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/summer-research-laboratory/lab-programs/. A list of 2019 SRL Associates can be found at https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/summer-research-laboratory/associates-list/

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Emily Theobald, “‘Must They Wait Fifty Years?’: Penderecki’s Pittsburgh Overture (1967) and the Polish Avant-garde in Pittsburgh” (June 25, 2019, 12:00pm)

On June 30, 1968, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) premiered Krzysztof Penderecki’s Pittsburgh Overture on a large silver barge—the Point-Counterpoint— afloat at Point State Park the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In keeping with the music director’s commitment to disseminating innovative music for wind ensemble in an imaginative and intimate way, Penderecki’s commission brought the Polish musical avant-garde to the United States during an unlikely time in history. Relying on previously-unexamined archival materials including sketches, correspondences, and photographs, Emily traces the commission, planning, and compositional processes which made this waterway premiere possible in the context of the AWSO’s 1968 Festival of Poland. Further, Emily also considers the democratizing environment of the premiere event in 1960s industrial Pittsburgh, as well as the larger implications of this musical collaboration in the context of the Cold War.

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Ivo Strahilov, “Heritage ‘Deviations’: Ethnicity, Gender and Masquerade Practices in Contemporary Bulgaria” (July 10, 2019, 12:00pm)

In his presentation, Dr. Strahilov will examine two cases which question the normative canon of the masquerade, by transforming some of its elements into sign-vehicles of ethnic or gender selfrepresentation. The first example traces the consolidation of a whole Romani mummer group, while the other highlights the strategic redefinition of the tradition in queer terms by LGBTI activism. His lecture will argue that they both criticize, on a performative level, the exclusive concept of the nation and its supposedly homogeneous culture. In the light of Critical Heritage Studies, the presentation will discuss arising contestations of masquerade, seen as a continuous process where multiple social and political tensions arise.

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Additional  Announcements

Fall 2019 – Select Courses in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies


REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception. Carol Leff presenting the winner of the Yaro Skalnik Prize, Sydney Lazarus
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
Brooklyn-Babylon 2.23.2019
Julia Alekseyeva presenting her book at Youth Literature Festival
Youth Literature Festival
OzdinART: A New Form of EBRU (Turkish Art of Marbling)
OzdinART: A New Form of EBRU (Turkish Art of Marbling)
Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library
Slavic Story Time
Slavic Story Time
Thornton Miller. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Agency and Access: The Soviet Performance of British Contemporary Music during the Early Cold War”
Gabrielle Cornish. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Sounds Like Lenin: Noise and the Problems of Socialist Modernity”
Rosina Neginsky. Noontime Scholars Lecture Philosophy of Birth of Images in Mikhail Vrubel’s Works”
Matthew Klopfenstein. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Public Life through Public Death: Civic Activism, Media Spectacle, and Contested Spaces in the Funeral of Vera Komissarzhevskaia”
Stefan Paychev. Noontime Scholars Lecture “The Nature of the Ottoman City: Water, Space, and Place in Sofia, 1380s-1910s”
Alexander Markovic. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Performing Power: Romani Music and Affective Labor in Postsocialist Vranje, Serbia”
Robert Orttung. New Directions Lecture Lecture “Promoting Sustainability in Russia’s Arctic Circles”
Anna Ohanyan. New Directions Lecture “Lenin’s Revenge: Regional Fracture and Security (Dis)Order in Post-Communist Eurasia”
Lyudmila Parts. New Directions Lecture “‘Geography of the Russian Soul’: The Provinces and Post-Soviet Nationalism”
Jessie Labov. Joint Area Centers Lecture “The Politicization of Discipline in Central and Southeastern Europe: Humanities under Siege”