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REEEC E-Weekly: February 22-26, 2021

 
 
 
 

In This Issue

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Feb. 23, 12:00 PM CST: Lauren McCarthy (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "Citizen Oversight of the Legal System in Russia"
  • Feb. 25, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST: Doctoral Dissertation Workshop
  • Feb. 26, 1:00 - 2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series: "#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"
  • Feb. 28, 2:00 PM CST: Spurlock Sunday Family Program: Eastern European International Women's Day Celebration
  • March 2, 12:00 PM CST: Felix Cowan (University of Illinois), "Narratives of Backwardness and Modernization in the Late Imperial Russian Penny Press"
  • March 8, 3:30 - 5:00 PM CST: International Women's Day 2021: "13 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories"
  • Save the Date! March 18, 4:00 PM CST: Holly Case (Brown University), "The Noblesse Oblige of Megalomania: The Hungarian History of an Idea"

Opportunities

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, UC-Davis
  • HRI–Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Legal Humanities
  • CFP for the 53rd ASEEES Annual Convention
  • ASEEES Internship Grant Program
  • Visiting Lecturer and Coordinator of the Basic Language Program in Polish and Russian, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships
  • Vekich Scholarship
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Announcements

 
 
 
 
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The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) announced recently that Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action won the 2020 Best Edited Multi-Author Scholarly Volume. Both John Randolph (REEEC Director and Associate of History) and Lilya Kaganovsky (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature) had contributed essays to the work, of which AATSEEL stated "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.

 
   
 
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Virtual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

June 14 – August 8, 2021 

Priority Application Deadline: March 3, 2021 

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois are excited to announce a Call for Applications for the 48th annual Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) program. Traditionally, the SRL is an in-person event, with scholars receiving support to travel to Champaign-Urbana.  Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s SRL will be held as a Virtual SRL (VSRL), with REEEC and SRS working to support scholars through remote research assistance, virtual programming, professional development opportunities, and collections and database access. 

This year’s VSRL is made possible by generous support from the US Department of State, through its Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). 

WHAT THE LAB OFFERS: 

  • Designation as a REEEC Virtual Summer Research Laboratory Associate. 
  • Virtual research support for general and specialized queries throughout the Summer and beyond.  Associates may also request a personalized bibliographic session with the Slavic Reference Service through Zoom. 
  • Access to digital and database collections of our Library for an extended period. 
  • A free of charge duplication service for University of Illinois Library materials. Restricted to 15 pages per request and subject to copyright restrictions. 
  • Thematic and skill-building workshop events as well as opportunities to present and discuss work in progress. For a list of topics and dates, see below. A fuller abstract of these workshops may be found on our website
  • US citizens are eligible to apply for a $1000 Title VIII Research Award to support their research work. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

Applications to the VSRL are accepted through an online portal, found here

Applicants must provide a short narrative explaining their research project, and indicate how they will benefit from access to University of Illinois resources and participation in the VSRL. Researchers conducting policy-relevant research projects will be prioritized for Title VIII grant support. All applicants must also submit a short-form CV. US Citizens who are applying for research support must also provide a clearly formulated statement of policy relevance. 

FEATURED WORKSHOPS: 

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events

 
 
 
 
 
 

Lauren McCarthy (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "Citizen Oversight of the Legal System in Russia"

Feb. 23, 12:00 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

What role can citizens in authoritarian regimes play in exercising oversight of the legal system and ensuring accountability of legal actors? This project examines the variety ways that Russian citizens are involved in oversight, including: monitoring police, protests, and courts; educating ordinary citizens to provide legal representation for people or themselves in administrative and criminal cases; and encouraging exposure of misconduct with cell phone videos and social media. 

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate Lauren A. McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the relationship between law and society in Russia, police and law enforcement institutions, civilian oversight, and the issue of human trafficking. Her book, Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Use New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom published by Cornell University Press (2015) explores how Russian law enforcement agencies have implemented laws on human trafficking.

This event is a part of the REEEC VORL Brown Bag Series.

 
   
 
 
 

Doctoral Dissertation Workshop

Feb. 25, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

The Slavic Reference Service at UIUC invites you to attend their online Doctoral Dissertation Workshop on Feb. 25th from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.  This workshop will take place remotely over Zoom.
 
Topics include: Conducting a literature review, publishing, information management, writing in REEES, research support, peer mentoring, and research trips.

 
   
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"

Feb. 26, 1:00 - 2:30 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Moderators: Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College

Speakers:

  • Angéla Kóczé, Central European University
  • Diana Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge
  • Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University
  • Jakobi Williams, Indiana University, Bloomington

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 here.

SPONSORS

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

 
   
 
 
 

Spurlock Sunday Family Program: Eastern European International Women's Day Celebration

Feb. 28, 2:00 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

The Spurlock Museum and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois are hosting this free, family-friendly Zoom program. There will be crafts and short lessons on the Russian language, along with highlights from the Museum’s collection and a Russian story told by Spurlock's resident storyteller and assistant director of education, Kim Sheahan Sanford.

The first 25 families to register for the program will receive a goodie bag that contains instructions and materials for making paper flowers, a page with all of the Russian phrases taught at the program, materials to make International Women’s Day cards, and a sample of traditional Russian chocolates, which are eaten on the holiday. Though the program is free, registration is required.

 
   
 
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Felix Cowan (University of Illinois), "Narratives of Backwardness and Modernization in the Late Imperial Russian Penny Press"

March 2, 12:00 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

In the final years of the Russian Empire, debates over Russia's "backwardness" could be found throughout the public sphere. Russia's kopeck newspapers, the empire's most popular press outlets, regularly examined "backwardness" in comparative perspective, relating perceptions of Russian underdevelopment to perceptions of Western modernity in every aspect of life. In the process, they constructed a civilizational hierarchy and a fixed path of progress in which development depended on imitating Western modernity. In this talk Cowan, a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Illinois, will explore how late imperial Russia's kopeck newspapers constructed images of Russian backwardness and Western modernity— and how they instrumentalized those images to argue that Russia's future lay in imitating the West.

This event is part of the REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture Series.

 
   
 
 International Women's Day 2021
 

International Women's Day 2021: "13 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories"

March 8, 3:30 - 5:00 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8th.

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in collaboration with Humanities Research Institute hosts an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia.

Speakers will include:

  • Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Senator
  • Timothy Killeen, University of Illinois System President
  • Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation 
  • Maureen Marshall, REEEC
  • Steven Anderson, Social Work
  • Maimouna Barro, Center for the African Studies
  • Sulagna Chakraborty, Program in Ecology Evolution & Conservative Biology
  • Jerry Dávila, Illinois Global Institute
  • Sean Garrick, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Harley Johnson, Grainger College of Engineering
  • Wendy Rogers, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Lila Sharif, Asian American Studies
  • Rebecca Lee Smith, Epidemiolgy

This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and REEEC.

 
   
 
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Save the Date! Holly Case (Brown University), "The Noblesse Oblige of Megalomania: The Hungarian History of an Idea"

March 18, 4:00 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

During the Second World War, a Hungarian madman wrote to Tsar Boris of Bulgaria to ask for his eleven-year-old daughter's hand in marriage. The man explained that he had found a way to put an end to the Second World War such that both sides and all nations could emerge as victors. It was a perfectly mad idea, yet one that had preoccupied Hungarian politics since the nineteenth century. Did someone else really have to lose in order for Hungary to win, or vice versa? Case, a Professor of History at Brown University, will be exploring this topic in her talk on March 18. 

This event is a part of the REEEC New Directions Lecture Series.

 
 
 
 

Opportunities

 
 
 
 

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 here.

 
   
 

HRI–Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Legal Humanities

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Humanities Research Institute (HRI), with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Legal Humanities research group for the academic year 2021–22.

Legal humanities examines how the law, society, culture, politics, and economy are mutually constituted. It thus draws from a range of methodologies, including those dealing with representation (e.g., literary, cultural, and performance studies), history, philosophy, and sociological perspectives. Legal humanities understands the law as both reflecting and actively influencing societal values, aspirations, anxieties, biases, and notions of justice, examining how law constitutes and shapes the social world in which it is embedded. The HRI-Mellon Legal Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the multiple ways the law, broadly conceived, shapes human relations to each other and the places we live.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Colleen Murphy, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

CFP for the 53rd ASEEES Annual Convention

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The 2021 ASEEES convention invites approaches to diverse topics in the field and celebrates our various backgrounds, disciplines, and ways we create and propagate knowledge. Our studies of Eastern Europe and Eurasia have tended to be highly informed about class and economic questions, thanks largely to socialist scholars before and after the revolution, but these societies, their inhabitants and their discourses also bring other kinds of diversity: ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, and sexuality. These are often perceived differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe, which itself suggests possible approaches for study. Proposals from all disciplines and historical periods are welcome, and encouraged.

Deadline for all submissions (panels, papers, roundtables, lightning rounds) is March 1, 2021. For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

ASEEES Internship Grant Program

Deadline: March 8, 2021

ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program. This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside traditional academia, including not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations, business/trade councils, government, media, the arts, museums, publishers, and other sectors. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities (at least 25 work hours per week), lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee (intern) during their internship.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

Visiting Lecturer and Coordinator of the Basic Language Program in Polish and Russian, University of Illinois at Chicago

Application Deadline: March 8, 2021
Start Date: August 16, 2021

The Department of Polish, Russian & Lithuanian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for the position of Visiting Lecturer and Coordinator of the Basic Language Program in Polish and Russian. 9-month appointment, renewable on an annual basis with a start date of August 16, 2021. The position will teach two language courses per semester, in either Polish or Russian language, at the intermediate or advanced level. As BLP Coordinator, the Visiting Lecturer will work with, evaluate and modify the department’s existing, fully-developed curriculum of blended-format courses in Polish and Russian language at the beginning and intermediate levels. Responsibilities include orientation and supervision of graduate teaching assistants; student placement decisions; liaison with the Department Head and with BLP coordinators in the School of Literature, Cultural Studies and Linguistics; course scheduling; and coordination of the Polish and Russian language and film clubs.

Candidates should have a strong teaching record, a degree of MA or PhD, and research interests in Second Language Acquisition or a related field. Knowledge of both Polish and Russian languages is preferred; but candidates with fluency and teaching experience in one of the two languages will be considered. For fullest consideration, candidates should submit a letter of interest, a CV, and two letters of recommendation by March 8, 2021. Applications should be addressed to: Prof. Michal Markowski, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Polish, Russian & Lithuanian Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 601 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607, and should be submitted by email to: markowsk@uic.edu.

 
   
 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Application deadline: March 19, 2021

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

Students may request funding to support overseas research for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

For the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program, Illinois graduate students must apply through the Graduate College, and the Graduate College’s deadline is Friday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

Vekich Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the Vekich Scholarship, an award for students of the South Slavic language region. Up to three Vekich Scholars are named annually from among current UIUC students in the spring, following a simple essay competition. The scholarship will be in the form of a $1,000 scholarship (applied to the students' financial account).  

For the academic year 2021‐2022, two to three Vekich Scholars will be named. Submissions to the Vekich Scholarship competition are now being accepted. The only requirement is that recipient(s) must take one relevant course offered by the Slavic Department, preferably focused on the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language region, during the scholarship award period. Recipients must also pledge to serve as a good ambassador for the region and the University of Illinois. 

Competition Guidelines: 1) an essay of 300-500 words explaining the applicant's interest in, and future educational commitment to, the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language region. The essay should address how the applicant’s study of the region’s culture, language, and history will contribute to their future educational or career goals. 2) UIUC transcripts. Please include a cover sheet that lists your contact information (name, campus and home address, and email address), and email your essay and transcripts to Professor Peter Wright at: pqwrigh2@illinois.edu. The submission deadline is March 15, 2021.

 
   
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 

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