Lab Programs


The Summer Research Lab (SRL) provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Library, the largest Slavic collection west of Washington, DC, and an opportunity for individual consultation with the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

Featured Workshops

The Eurasian Migration System: A Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers

June 11-15, 2018

Facilitators: Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Andrei Korobkov (Professor of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University), Laura Dean (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Milikin University)

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. In June 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).

At the workshop, researchers will have an opportunity to share work in progress, build networks, pinpoint potential partners for collaboration in the region, and gain knowledge of available data (state statistics and surveys) and legislation on migration related issues. Ethical and reporting issues related to migration research, generally and in Eurasia specifically, will serve as a core topical focus.

Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Workshop on Gender and Women in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922

Topic: Women and gender in Russia from the outbreak of World War I to the end of the Russian Civil War

Date: June 21-24, 2018

Facilitators: Adele Lindenmeyr (Professor of History and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University) and Melissa Stockdale (Professor of History, University of Oklahoma)

A 3-day workshop organized by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) will coordinate the research of up to 15 scholars across a variety of fields for a planned publication to examine women’s gains and losses in the period as well as the influence of war and revolution on gender identity and representation, cultural mores surrounding public and sexual behavior, and creative expression by men and women. Such a study can provide unique and valuable insights for comparative work on the all-too-frequent periods of violence and conflict that have continued to affect women around the world in the century since the Great War. The research program thus addresses an important area of international policy relevance. This workshop is 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).

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

Date: June 15-16, 2018

Facilitators: Eva Rogaar and Benjamin Bamberger (PhD Candidates in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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?


SRS Individualized Research Practicum

Consultation with a Slavic Reference Service Librarian for a personalized bibliographic session. For details and application procedures, see SRS Practicum.

Fisher Fellow Award (Click here for more details)

  • Graduate Student at dissertation stage or post-doctorate scholar (<5 years following PhD).
  • Available to attend SRL during June 2018

International Studies Research Lab (Click here for more details)

  • Current faculty or instructors at community colleges or minority-serving institutions
  • Available to attend SRL during July 8-20, 2018

Other SRL Programs

History and Culture Discussion Group

The Discussion Group on History and Culture offers Summer Research Lab participants an opportunity to discuss their work in a very informal setting, whether the project is at the beginning stages or closer to completion. All topics and time periods are welcome.

This summer’s group will meet on June 18-21, 3:00-5:00 PM, at a location TBD. All participants are welcome to attend, speak about their research projects, and even present a paper.

For more information, please contact Ann Kleimola at