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REEEC E-Weekly: March 29 - April 2, 2021

 
 
 
 

In This Issue

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Upcoming iSEE & JACS Conference Events
  • April 6, 12:00 PM CDT: Alesia Sedziaka (Stetson University), “‘I am Doing This for the Sake of Love’: Citizen Mobilization for Fair Elections in Belarus”
  • April 6, 5:00 PM CDT: AsiaLENS: Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)
  • Apr 12 and 13, 6:00-7:30 PM CDT and 3:00-5:30 PM CDT: From Here Film Screening and From Here Film Screening & Q&A
  • Apr 20, 12:00 PM CDT: Regine Spector (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "The Political Lives of Dying Seas"
  • Apr 25, 1:30 PM CDT: Slavic Story Time

Opportunities

  • ASEEES Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
  • Vekich Scholarship *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at UW-Madison
  •  "Transformation Narratives Beyond Winners and Losers: Deep Stories in Central and Eastern Europe" Conference and Workshop
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University
  • ASEEES Summer Dissertation Writing Grant Program
  •  Fulbright Informational Events in April
  • U of I Job Opening - Graduate Research Assistant for Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events

 
 
 
 
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Upcoming iSEE & JACS Conference Events

Over a series of Zoom webinars (see schedule and speakers below), “The Future of Water” brings together a diverse group of researchers, educators, journalists, and activists to dive deeper into the topic. Our modified “teach-in” will introduce the Illinois campus and community to cutting-edge thinking from highly influential scholars on topics ranging from drought to the global politics of water to pollution, public health, and biodiversity. For more information, please go here. The JACS is co-sponsored by REEEC. 

Noon Tuesday, April 6: Marcus King; Password: 734664

Noon Wednesday, April 14: Book Talk With Catherine Coleman Flowers; Password: 930636

Noon Tuesday, April 20: Peter Gleick (MillerComm Lecture); register in advance 

Noon Friday, April 23: Joan Rose (MillerComm Lecture); register in advance

 
   
 
Alesia Sedziaka 
 

Alesia Sedziaka (Stetson University), “‘I am Doing This for the Sake of Love’: Citizen Mobilization for Fair Elections in Belarus”

Apr 6, 12:00 PM CDT

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The August 9, 2020 presidential election in Belarus was followed by mass protests and state terror. The electoral campaign led by women and bolstered by artificial intelligence technology saw unprecedented citizen mobilization despite extreme electoral manipulation. What conditions facilitated this uprising in a neo-Soviet authoritarian regime with strong control of the economy and society? Dr. Sedziaka will examine events, interviews, and campaign speeches collected over the course of the campaign to trace the process of civic mobilization.

Alesia Sedziaka is a Visiting Research Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stetson University and a Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate.

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

 
   
 
 Finding Yingying
 

AsiaLENS: Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)

Apr 6, 5:00 PM CDT

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An award winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family’s journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.

Jiayan “Jenny” Shi (director, producer, cinematographer) is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist who is passionate about social justice issues regarding people of color such as immigration, race, and crime. Shilin Sun (co-producer, cinematographer) is a cinematographer and producer based in Los Angeles. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the Film MFA program at the ArtCenter College of Design in 2018. Brent E. Huffman (producer) is an award-winning director, writer and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs.

The event is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum, Illinois Global Institute, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

 
   
 
From Here 
 

From Here Screening and Q&A

Film Screening: Apr 12, 6:00 - 7:30 PM CDT 

Film Screening and Q&A: Apr 13, 3:00 - 5:30 PM CDT

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REGISTER FOR FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN ADVANCE

Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves the stories of Tania, Miman, Sonny, and Akim—artists and activists raised in the Global North to parents from the Global South. The film accompanies them as they move from their 20’s into their 30’s, facing major turning points: fighting for citizenship, creating a family, surviving violence, and finding creative expression. Beautifully shot over the course of ten years, the film captures their struggle to define belonging for themselves in societies increasingly hostile to their existence.

On April 13, join director Christina Antonakos-Wallace and two of the film’s subjects, Sonny and Tania, for a panel discussion on the documentary "From Here." If you have already viewed the film in advance, you may also register for this event and join us in progress for the Q&A at 4:30 p.m.

 
   
 
 Regine Spector
 

Regine Spector (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "The Political Lives of Dying Seas"

Apr 20, 12:00 PM CDT

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As we witness the effects of anthropogenic climate change on our earth’s glaciers and ice sheets, The Political Lives of Dying Seas shifts our attention from rising sea levels, which have garnered significant attention, to shrinking and polluted inland seas. This comparative and multidisciplinary project investigates multiple seas understood to be experiencing various forms of death and revival in Eurasia by asking how people have produced knowledge about environmental changes related to East European and Eurasian seas over the last 50 years; what types of debates and understandings emerged as sea life began to change; and how people responded, including who adapted to, migrated from, and/or become active in saving seas.  

Regine A. Spector is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current research projects investigate local understandings of complex environmental and energy-related challenges related to rivers and seas in the U.S. and Eurasia. She is a Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate.

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

 
   
 
Slavic Story Time 
 

Slavic Story Time

Apr 25, 1:30 PM CDT

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Come listen to an Armenian tale and song, and then make a craft! Join us to hear the story Rooster Brother by Noony Hogrogrian.  Afterwards, we'll sing an Armenian lullaby and decorate our own craft roosters! For children of all ages and their caregivers.

Register for the program and pick up a craft kit with the supplies for the rooster craft.  Craft kits will be available starting Monday, April 5.  Come to the Library or call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment and ask for the Slavic Story Time Rooster Kit.

This program is co-sponsored by the Russian East European and Eurasian Center at UIUC and The Urbana Free Library.

 
 
 
 

Opportunities

 
 
 
 

ASEEES Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

Application deadline: April 1, 2021

ASEEES is offering research grants with a stipend of maximum $6,000, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline.  These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships.  The grant is for primary dissertation research. For more information on eligibility and the application process, please go here

 
   
 

Vekich Scholarship

Deadline *EXTENDED*: April 2, 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.

 
   
 

Postdoctoral Fellowship at UW-Madison

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who conduct research on contemporary Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. The fellowship is funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

The fellowship will commence September 2021 and run through August 2022. Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in hand prior to September 2021, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2016. For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

"Transformation Narratives Beyond Winners and Losers: Deep Stories in Central and Eastern Europe" Conference and Workshop

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Recently, liberal democratic governance has been seriously challenged by populist political actors. The rise of populism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) can be at least partially attributed to the post-communist transformation of the 1990. This transformative period has led not only to feelings of enthusiasm, excitement, and euphoria (Trnka 2012) but also constituted “cultural trauma” for the affected societies (Sztompka 2000), especially individuals and groups who experienced a status loss or decline of living standards. In popular and to some extent, scientific discourse (see e.g. Jarosz 2005) they are often described as the “losers” (in contrast to the “winners”) of the transformation. Being negatively affected by the systemic and economic transition is viewed as a key explanatory variable of the recent rise of populism in post-socialist societies in particular (see e.g. Ágh 2016; Minkenberg 2017), and populist support in general (see e.g. Kriesi et al. 2006; Norris & Inglehart 2019). To see more information, go here.

To apply for the conference (June 17), please submit an abstract of 250 words presenting your current research on the topic of the event tspmi@tspmi.vu.lt. For the workshop (June 18), please submit an extended abstract (1000 words) of a possible contribution to tspmi@tspmi.vu.lt.

 
   
 

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University

Application Deadline: April 14, 2021

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the East Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Historical Research at The Ohio State University invite applications for a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship. We seek an emerging scholar with proven interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary interests in East Asian and Slavic/East European Studies whose work connects to the Center for Historical Research’s theme of “Crisis, Uncertainty, and History: Trajectories and Experiences of Accelerated Change.” The fellowship carries a one course per semester teaching load (two courses over one year). The teaching duties are expected to include one graduate course and one undergraduate course that can employ various disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Applicants should have earned a PhD within the last three years (2018 or later). The start date of the position is negotiable but must be between June 1 and August 1, 2021. Review of applications will start April 15. This fellowship is made possible by Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme. For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

ASEEES Summer Dissertation Writing Grant Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

ASEEES is offering a limited number of grants, with a maximum stipend of $6,000, for the purposes of summer dissertation writing on any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. The writing grant program is directed at PhD students at US universities who do not qualify for the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant because they do not intend to conduct research in the region. Therefore, current or past recipients of the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grants are not eligible. Students may only receive ONE Summer Dissertation Writing Grant over the course of their graduate studies. 

These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been supported with fully-funded fellowships or grants. The recipients should use the summer grant period to focus on writing and not accept other major responsibilities, such as full-time work. For more information on eligibility and the application process, please go here.

 
   
 

Fulbright Informational Events in April

Priority Application Deadline: April 30, 2021 

This scholarship is for 1 year of study or research in any country where there's a Fulbright Commission. Some shorter term and English teaching programs are available. While most Fulbrights are available to any country in any discipline, there are also a number of discipline-specific awards offered. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen. For more information and for more session links, please go here.

Fulbright Scholarship Information Sessions:
Apr 6, 03:30 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE
Apr 14, 12:00 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE
Apr 21, 8:30 AM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Fulbright Personal Statement Writing Workshop:
Apr 15, 3:30 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Fulbright ETA Workshop:
Apr 23, 3:00 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Fulbright Research Workshop:
Apr 30, 03:00 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

 
   
 

U of I Job Opening - Graduate Assistant, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Application Deadline: Apr 10, 2021 at 5 PM CDT

The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will be offering one 33% Graduate Research Assistantship for the 2021-2022 academic year, with possible renewal for the 2022-2023 academic year. The start date for the position is mid-August 2021. The position is open to all Unit-affiliated graduate students; students who are not already affiliated with the Unit are welcome to affiliate prior to the deadline. Ideally, this position will last for two years, so students who will be completing their degrees or leaving campus before the academic year 2022-2023 are not eligible.

The ideal Unit assistant will be familiar with and interested in the Unit for Criticism and its programs and will have office experience, excellent organizational and communication skills, and computer literacy. Graphic design experience is desirable but not required, as is experience with conference or event organizing. The Unit for Criticism is a multidisciplinary program and welcomes applications from all disciplines.

To ensure full consideration, please email a CV and a letter of application detailing your qualifications to Susan Koshy (skoshy@illinois.edu) by Saturday, April 10 at 5pm.  Your CV should include 2 faculty references, though no written recommendation is required.

 
   
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 

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