REEEC Director John Randolph (Associate Professor of History) and REEEC faculty affiliate Lilya Kaganovsky (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature) had contributed with their thought-provoking articles on Russian cultural performativity to the edited collection Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action, eds. Julie Buckler, Julie Cassiday, Boris Wolfson (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) which made its way to the list of the AATSEEL Book Prize Winners for 2020. The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) recently announced that Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action won the 2020 Best Edited Multi-Author Scholarly Volume. Randolph’s “Performing Obligation” and Kaganovsky’s “Vystuplenie i nakazanie: Performing Political Protest in Putin's Russia (Voina, Pussy Riot, Pavlensky)” are among twenty-seven essays included in this volume that give original contribution to the field. AATSEEL stated that this innovative volume "should inspire further studies of Russian culture from a boldly novel perspective that enables us to consider familiar works anew, thereby transforming our sense of them."

For more information about Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action and the AATSEEL Book Prize Winners for 2020, please see here.