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REEEC E-Weekly: December 14-18, 2020
In This Issue

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • 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"  


  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian and Soviet History, Colby College
  • Outreach Program Coordinator, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
  • UCIS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • CFA, Junior Scholars Workshop 
  • Title VIII Fellowships at Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (University of Wisconsin) and Summer Language Workshop (Indiana University)
  • Other Opportunities

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.



Faculty Achievements

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

  • Lilya Kaganovsky (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature) joined The Russian Review as Associate Editor for Film and Media Studies.
  • Maria Todorova (Professor of History) has published a new book, The Lost World of Socialists at Europe's Margins: Imagining Utopia, 1870s-1920s (Bloomsbury, 2020).
  • Valeria Sobol (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures) has published a new book, Haunted Empire: Gothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny (NIU Press/Cornell, 2020), and won the Prize for the Best Article from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies for "'Tis Eighty Years Since: Panteleimon Kulish's Gothic Ukraine," Slavic Review 78, no. 3 (Summer 2019): 390-409.
Upcoming Virtual Events
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 - registration link forthcoming

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. 

Jessica Greenberg will lead a roundtable reading and discussion for faculty and graduate students in advance of the talk. If you are interested in participating, please email Tabbey Cochran (tabithac@illinois.edu). 


Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian and Soviet History, Colby College

Deadline: January 4, 2021

For more information, please see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=60537

The History Department at Colby College invites applications for a one-year replacement position for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian and Soviet history, to begin September 1, 2021.

The Department is a community of engaged teacher-scholars who teach a diverse array of courses  from surveys to specialized seminars grounded in our research. We are searching for a teacher-scholar with a focus on Russian and/or Soviet history. The candidate will teach four courses including two survey courses (one in Imperial Russian history, one in Soviet history). The two other courses might explore such themes as ethnicity, race, and nation; science, technology, and environment; sexuality and gender; or monarchy, autocracy, and authoritarianism. Ability to teach a topical intensive writing course for first-year students is an advantage. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who will bring to the classroom experiences, identities, ideas, and ways of engaging that will resonate with History’s, and Colby’s, increasingly diverse student body. We are searching for candidates with great potential to be innovative, effective, and inclusive teachers of history at Colby. In evaluating this potential, we will give particular weight to candidates who have successfully designed and taught their own courses. PhD preferred, but ABD will be considered if candidate will complete degree requirements before September 2021. The Colby History Department is committed to professional development and the future advancement of all its members.

Questions about this search should be directed to: historysearch@colby.edu



Outreach Program Coordinator, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Submit your application ASAP! 
Start Date: January 15, 2021

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin is hiring an Outreach Program Coordinator to implement all outreach activities and events for the Title VI National Resource Center grant, as well as Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) events and programming.

For more information and to apply, please see https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Outreach-Program-Coordinator_R_00011295-1


UCIS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

UCIS-Office of the Director - University of Pittsburgh - (20005484)

DEADLINE: December 15, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh is offering a postdoctoral fellowship in the arts and humanities to begin in August 2021 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. This fellowship is a non-renewable appointment that ends in July 2022. The Fellow will be expected to pursue their own scholarly work and participate in the academic and intellectual activities of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES), as well as the department with which they become affiliated.

The UCIS Postdoctoral Fellow will teach two courses during their appointment. The specific courses to be taught will be determined according to the fellow’s interests, the needs of their department, and REEES priorities. Fellows will additionally support REEES’s annual graduate and undergraduate student conferences and other Center outreach activities.

For more information, please see: https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=20005484&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York


CFA, Junior Scholars Workshop

May 24-25, 2021

The Working Group in Russian and East European Jewish Cultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite submissions for a Junior Scholar Workshop in Russian and East European Jewish Cultures, to be held via Zoom on May 24 and May 25, 2021. The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and early career scholars (up to five years after the PhD). Abstracts and papers should highlight the critical methodologies used in the work. Selected papers will be pre-circulated among the participants, to maximize opportunity for discussion. Note that circulation-ready papers will be due April 26. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with a panel of invited archivists and reference librarians in the field of Jewish and Slavic Studies. 

To be considered, please send your 400-word abstract and CV by Jan 15, 2021, to eavrutin@illinois.edu and hlmurav@illinois.edu. We will then inform participants who have been selected and ask you to develop a paper of no more than 8,000 words (excluding notes). Eligible participants will receive a modest honorarium for participating in the online two-day workshop.


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.