Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

REEEC at Illinois

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center is home to a wide variety of programs for members of the university community and the general public designed to expand understanding of and promote knowledge about Russia, and the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. REEEC receives major support for programming  and FLAS fellowships through the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI program, for which REEEC serves as a designated National Resource Center.

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Sonia Kelly

M.A. REEES/M.S. LIS Student Profile: Sonia Kelly

Sonia Kelly is a first-year student in the dual M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies/M.S. in Library and Information Science program and a 2023-2024 REEEC FLAS fellow, studying Russian. She also works with e-resources in the Main Library's Acquisitions and Cataloguing Services. Before coming to UIUC, Sonia received her B.A. in History (TESOL minor) jointly from the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews (Scotland), studied Russian in Daugavpils, Latvia, and worked in Washington, D.C. at an international education nonprofit.

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  • 2024-04-24 - We are pleased to announce that Meruyert (Mia) Alibi has joined our program as our new Title VIII Visiting Project Coordinator. Mia holds degrees in Finance and Management from the University of South Florida.  For the past two years, she served as a Project Manager at New Age Clinic, a medical firm in Astana, Kazakhstan, before moving to Champaign this past January. At REEEC...
  • 2024-04-22 - Open Research Laboratory and Summer Research Laboratory alumni publish articles, book chapters, and monographs that help shape the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Find below the 2023 publications that have resulted from research conducted at the Research Labs:   Barbara Allen Allen, Barbara. 2023. “Lenin and the Bolsheviks in 1917.” In ...
  • 2024-04-11 - Prof. Buchanan is one of fifteen talented scholars from Eastern Europe and North America convening for a two-week residency hosted by the American University in Bulgaria The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is proud to announce that Donna A. Buchanan will participate in the 2024 ...


SLAV 452: Kyiv: A Biography of a City

This course traces the historical, social, and artistic development of Kyiv as a city and as an idea from the medieval period to the present day. As we read a variety of literary works and watch several films in which Kyiv figures prominently, we will think about what makes up this city’s “text” and pay special attention to its frequently competing Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and Jewish versions. The course is conducted in English, and all the texts will be available in English translations.

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REES 200: Introduction to Russia and Eurasia

REES 200: Introduction to Russia and Eurasia

Eurasia, geographically between the “East” and the “West,” encompasses 11 time zones and over 100 different ethnic groups. Its multicultural complexity and political diversity over recent centuries have made it a rich source for the study of political, economic, and social change. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to key issues and themes that cross disciplines and are important for understanding the contemporary socio-politics of the region. As a class we will draw out these themes by examining major texts, novels, poems, film, and music that were not only impactful within their own genre, but whose influence has rippled throughout disciplines to become interdisciplinary. Major themes to be investigated include: regional interactions/geopolitics, socioeconomics, political action, subjectivity and alterity, identity, gender, and ethnicity & race.

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Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

BCS 115: South Slavic Cultures

Exploration of South Slavic cultures in the historically rich and complex region sometimes referred to as "the Balkans," focusing particularly on those groups found within the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Critical look at the traditional view of the region as the crossroads or the bridge between East and West, and at the term Balkanization which has become a pejorative term used to characterize fragmented, and self-defeating social systems.

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Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

SLAV 452/CWL 453: The Cinema of Poland

Post-WWII Poland has made an indelible contribution to world cinema. This class offers a close examination of the chief currents of modern Polish film including, but not limited to, the cinema of “the Polish School” of the late 1950s and 60s, works by experimental and avant-garde auteurs, satires and parodies of the late-socialist period, historical “large canvas” film, as well as more recent work that addresses the dramas, desires, and discontents of political transition and the aspirations and memory practices of post-communist society. A main focus will be on the oeuvre of Poland’s most recognized and prodigious filmmakers, including Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Roman Polanski, as well as the work of “Wajda’s children” – a generation of filmmakers that includes Agnieszka Holland, Paweł Pawlikowski, Xawery Zulawski, Jan Komasa, and Malgorzata Szumowska.

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