June 14-15, 2024

A Title VIII Research Training Workshop at the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The full workshop program can be found here.


Professor Anna Whittington (Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. Nataliia Laas (Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs)

Workshop agenda

The Russian war on Ukraine has raised the question of why the relations between the citizens and the state diverge greatly in different post-Soviet states. This research training workshop starts from the supposition that many of these differences stem from differentiated and unequal practices of citizenship in the late Soviet era. We seek to bring together scholars working across a wide geographic and temporal spectrum, illuminating both differences in the discourses and practices of citizenship and their evolution over time and space. Key themes include the relationship between center and “peripheries”; the tensions between citizenship as conceived by political and cultural elites and citizens; the formation of new rituals and practices to promote belonging; the transformation of citizenship practices at times of upheaval and uncertainty; and the varied and contested legacies of Soviet citizenship across the former Soviet Union.

This Research Training Workshop will take place as part of the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia hosted annually at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Summer Research Laboratory program at Illinois is funded by the U.S. Department of State, through its Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).  It is co-hosted each year by the Russian East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  REEEC and SRS also receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI program, for which REEEC serves as a designated National Resource Center.

All sessions and panels hosted by the Summer Research Laboratory are open to the public. Any interested SRL Associates are invited to attend if they are on campus.

All sessions and panels are to be held in room 210 in the Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801).