Workshop Program

Media Culture in Balkan and Eurasian Muslim Communities

July 15-16, 2021

Workshop Schedule

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*Open to All VSRL Associates to Attend*

**Please contact REEEC at for additional information*** 


Thursday, July 15: 8 AM CDT to 12 PM CDT

Protocol: 20-30 minutes to speak, 20-30 minute discussion; 10 minute breaks between

  • 8:00-8:10: Welcome remarks: John Randolph, Director, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 8:10-9:00: Wendell Schwab, “Islam and Authority in Kazakhstani Media”
  • 9:00-9:10: Break
  • 9:10-9:50: Laura Olson, "Boundary-Setting within Bulgarian Muslim (Pomak) Social Media"
  • 9:50-10:00: Break
  • 10:00-10:50: Jeton Mehmeti, "Media Ethics in Content Creation in Kosovo"
  • 10:50-11:00: Break
  • 11:00-11:50: Ulan Bigozhin: “Islam, Sport, and Media in Kazakhstan”


Friday, July 16: 8 AM CDT to 12 PM CDT

Protocol: 20 minutes to speak, 20 minute discussion, 5 minute breaks between

  • 8:00-8:40: Ben DeDominicis: “The Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union and Bulgaria: Critiquing The New York Times 2019 Exposé of Corruption in the Common Agricultural Policy”
  • 8:45-9:25: Vanja Petricevic: “Framing Reconciliation after Conflict: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 9:30-10:10: Joseph Lenkart, U Illinois Librarian Presentation and Q&A
  • 10:15-10:55: Maria Hristova: “Post-Secular Russian Women’s Writing”
  • 11:00-12:00: Think Tank session: undergraduate students (Laura Olson Osterman and Del Schwab only)