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REEEC E-Weekly: January 25-29, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • January 27, 2:00-4:00 PM CST: Ver Vet Blaybn? (Who Will Remain?)
  • February 5, 1:00-2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Research: Russian Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries"
  • February 11, 12:00 PM CST: “Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Rule of Law in Europe"
  • February 12: 1:00-2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Research: Indigenous Perspectives"
  • Feb. 18, 4:00 PM CST: Save the Date! Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), "Europe's New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland"  

Opportunities

  • Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarship and Summer Grant Applications
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, UC-Davis
  • Language Instructors for 2021 - CESSI
  • CFP: 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference
  • Title VIII Fellowships at Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (University of Wisconsin) and Summer Language Workshop (Indiana University)
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements
 
 
 
 
 

Spring 2021 Courses with Russia, East Europe and Eurasia Content


Please find below a link to our list of Spring 2021 select courses with content on the REEES region. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and you may find additional courses in course explorer.

https://reeec.illinois.edu/news/2020-11-13/spring-2021-courses-russia-east-europe-and-eurasian-content

 
 
   
 
 

Faculty Achievements

We would like to recognize and congratulate the following REEEC-affiliated faculty members on their achievements:

  • Eda Derhemi (Teaching Associate Professor of French and Italian), along with Francesco Ferrari (PhD Candidate in French and Italian), was recognized for translating the Albanian novel "Miele sul Coltello" into Italian. They both won the competition for the Fund of the Translation from Albanian to a Foreign Language.
  • Harriet Murav (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature) has received an honorable mention from the MLA Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for her book David Bergelson’s Strange New World: Untimeliness and Futurity, published by Indiana University Press. The prize is awarded each even-numbered year and is given alternately to an outstanding translation of a Yiddish literary work and to an outstanding scholarly work in English in the field of Yiddish.
  • Valeria Sobol (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures) has been selected as LAS Dean's Distinguished Professorial Scholar for the academic year 2021-2022. Each year, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences awards those faculty that have shown exemplary scholarship and teaching amongst those being promoted to Professor. 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Virtual Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ver Vet Blaybn? (Who Will Remain?)

January 27, 2021
2:00-4:00 PM CST
Register here

The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies is honored to host three incredible speakers and one incredible film on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm Central US Time, over Zoom.

From 2-3pm, we will screen the film Ver Vet Blaybn? (Who Will Remain?) which traces the story of the amazing Yiddish poet Avraham Sutzkever. From 3-4pm, we will first hear from Sutzkever’s granddaughter Hadas Kalderon, then filmmaker Christa P. Whitney, and then Sutzkever scholar Justin Cammy. After these speakers, we will open up to Q & A from the audience.

Hadas Kalderon is the granddaughter of renowned poet Avraham Sutzkever. She is an actress, theatre maker, playwright and director who is currently serving as the Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre. Hadas is also an Associate Producer of the multiple award-winning documentary Black Honey, the Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutkever. Most recently, she served as Associate Producer of the film “Who Will Remain?”, about her journey to Vilnius, following her grandfather’s footsteps.

Christa P. Whitney is the director of the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, a growing collection of more than 1,000 in-depth video interviews about Yiddish language and culture with people of all ages and backgrounds. Originally from Northern California, she became interested in Yiddish while studying comparative literature at Smith College. She has studied Yiddish language at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute as well as the Yiddish Book Center. For the past ten years, she has traveled near and far in search of Yiddish stories, gaining skills in filmmaking, video production, and archival preservation along the way. Her latest documentary film, Ver Vet Blaybn? (Who Will Remain?) follows one woman’s journey to understand her grandfather, the Yiddish writer Avrom Sutzkever.

Justin Cammy is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and of World Literatures at Smith College. He is a literary and cultural historian with research and teaching interests in Yiddish literature and Eastern European Jewish history. He wrote the introduction to The Full Pomegranate (SUNY Press, 2019), a bilingual volume of Sutzkever poetry, and his translation of Sutzkever's Vilna Ghetto, first published in 1946, will appear later this year with McGill-Queens University Press.

Co-sponsored by: REEEC; Program in Jewish Culture & Society; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Research: Russian Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries"

Feb. 5, 1:00-2:30 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

Moderator: Bella Grigoryan, University of Pittsburgh

Presentations:

"On How to Choose One's Ancestors: James Joyce in Russian Literature"
José Vergara, Swarthmore College

"Russian Symbolism and the Racial Origins of 'Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky'"
Lindsay Ceballos, Lafayette College

This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

The series will comprise four segments: two pedagogy webinars; two lightning rounds on the experience of scholars of color in the field; and two roundtables featuring research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on racial minorities, concluding with a forum on the reception of the Black Lives Matter movement in our field. 

Spring 2021 sessions will take place on Fridays in February. For more information, please see https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

SPONSORS

Associate for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

“Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Rule of Law in Europe"

Feb. 11, 12:00 PM CST

Brown Bag Discussion in preparation for CMS Legal Studies Lecture by Kim Lane Scheppele on Feb. 18 at 4:00 PM CST

Kim Lane Scheppele will be giving a talk, “Europe’s New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland,” sponsored by REEEC and EUC as part of the Critical Methods Series on Legal Studies on Thursday, February 18, at 4pm Central Time. 

Please join us on Thursday, February 11, at 12pm Central Time for a brown-bag discussion, “Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Rule of Law in Europe,” in advance of this event. Professor Jessica Greenberg will facilitate the discussion based on selected readings. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are all welcome – please pass this invitation along to anyone who might be interested. 

To register, please contact Tabitha Cochran at tabithac@illinois.edu. We will send you a link to the Box folder containing the articles and the Zoom meeting information. 

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Indigenous Perspectives"

Feb. 12, 1:00-2:30 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

Moderator: Manduhai Buyandelger, MIT

Presentations:

"Big Noses, Angry Babushki, Mixed Messages: Racialized Expectations of Linguistic and Cultural Performance in Asian Russia"
Kathryn Graber, Indiana University, Bloomington

"Gender Articulations from Decolonial Indigenous Perspectives in the Russian and American Arctic"
Olga Ulturgasheva, University of Manchester

This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

The series will comprise four segments: two pedagogy webinars; two lightning rounds on the experience of scholars of color in the field; and two roundtables featuring research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on racial minorities, concluding with a forum on the reception of the Black Lives Matter movement in our field. 

Spring 2021 sessions will take place on Fridays in February. For more information, please see https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

SPONSORS

Associate for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Save the Date!

Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), “Europe's New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland"

Feb. 18
4:00 PM CST

Virtual Event - Register at https://go.illinois.edu/cms-kim-lane-scheppele

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world.   

This event is part of the REEEC Critical Methods Series in Legal Studies and co-sponsored by the European Union Center. 

 
 
 
 
 
Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 

Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarship and Summer Grant Applications

Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce its competitions for both the Title VIII Research Scholarship and the Title VIII Summer Grant. 

Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting 3 to 9 months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their careers (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply if they have successfully defended before taking residence. Research proposals examining the countries of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, and the Caucasus are eligible. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the Title VIII Summer Grant. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Given the current uncertainty due to the coronavirus and pandemic-related travel restrictions, we anticipate greater flexibility in the administration of fellowships. This may include the possibility of partial or fully remote work and delayed start dates for awarded fellows, contingent upon Wilson Center policies and grant requirements.

For more information, please see here. Please send all questions and application materials to kennan@wilsoncenter.org

 
   
 
 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, UC-Davis

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021 
Start Date: July 1, 2021

The Department of German & Russian at the University of California-Davis invites applications for a 2-year Visiting Assistant Professor. Research should focus on Russian literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, with a concentration in one or more of the following areas: prose, drama, visual culture, or poetry. A comparative or interdisciplinary approach, incorporating race and empire studies or gender studies, is particularly welcome. 

For more information and to apply, please see https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03938 

 
   
 
 

Language Instructors for 2021 - CESSI

DEADLINE: January 31, 2021

CREECA is now recruiting language instructors for CESSI 2021: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/508221/cessi-language-instructor  

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week intensive language institute that offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek languages annually from mid-June through mid-August. Courses in Azerbaijani or Kyrgyz may be added in summer 2021 if there is sufficient student interest. The 2021 CESSI program will be held from June 14 through August 6 and will be preceded by a staff orientation week from June 7-11, 2021. 

Language instructors will be responsible for participating in the CESSI staff orientation week activities as well as instructor meetings throughout the eight-week program. Under the supervision of the director of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI), instructors will prepare appropriate materials and deliver instruction in their assigned classes, hold office hours, and participate in teacher meetings. 

More information about CESSI can be found on the CESSI website: https://cessi.wisc.edu/ 

This appointment is for summer 2021 only. There is no presumption of reappointment. 

If you have any questions about CESSI or this position please feel free to email cessi@creeca.wisc.edu 

 
 
   
 
 

CFP: 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference 

April 15-18, 2021 / ONLINE CONFERENCE

The Midwest Slavic Association and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) at The Ohio State University announce the 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference. This year, the conference will be an online conference that will give participants the opportunity to present panels in live, virtual sessions or individual papers at virtual afternoon blogging/discussion sessions.

Proposals are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars from across the Midwest, the U.S., or overseas. Panels or papers may be on any topic related to the Eastern European and Eurasian regions and from any discipline. Please note that CSEES will not be forming panels this year; participants must either create their own panel or submit an individual paper.

Abstracts are due on February 1, 2021. 

For more information, please see https://u.osu.edu/mwsc2021/ 

 
 
   
 
 

Title VIII Fellowships at Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (University of Wisconsin) and Summer Language Workshop (Indiana University)

*Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI), University of Wisconsin

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program.  In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia.  Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome! CESSI typically offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional Central Eurasian languages (such as Azeri or Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest. 

Several funding opportunities exist for undergraduates and graduate students, researchers, and working professionals. Graduate students (including incoming students), post-baccalaureate researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. Note: this is a great opportunity for MA and PhD students to develop language skills before embarking on fieldwork. 

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2021.

For more information, please visit cessi.wisc.edu or contact cessi@creeca.wisc.edu 

*Summer Language Workshop, Indiana University

Since 1950, the Summer Language Workshop has enabled thousands of students and professionals to intensively study languages critical to academic research, economic development, human rights, diplomacy, national security, cultural exchange, scientific advancement, and other global issues. Go beyond the classroom to engage with language and culture through clubs, cooking demonstrations, conversation tables, research groups, music, dance, film nights, and more. Network with other language professionals through career events, guest speakers, and alumni presentations. Study in small classes with highly qualified instructors from around the globe.

Title VIII Fellowships provide tuition, fees, and room & board stipends for U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in the Summer Language Workshop. Title VIII Fellowships support online study, in-person study, and overseas study in the Workshop's programs in Zagreb and Samarkand. Overseas Fellowships include travel and study-abroad fees. The Workshop also offers a limited number of "portable" Title VIII Fellowships for the study of languages not available through Indiana or any other Title VIII summer program. Learn more about them here.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority goes to applicants who will further the program's mission to develop and maintain high-quality research and training programs critical to the national security of the United States and to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Funding for Russian is available only for participants who place into the 3rd-year course or higher. No prior study is required for other languages.

For more information, please see https://languageworkshop.indiana.edu/funding/title-viii.html 

 
 
   
 
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 
 
 

For a complete list of opportunities, please see our Opportunities page.