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REEEC E-Weekly: March 8-12, 2021

 
 
 
 

In This Issue

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • March 8, 3:30 - 5:00 PM CST: International Women's Day 2021: "13 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories"
  • March 9, 12:00 - 1:30 PM CST: Race, Human Rights, and Populism in Poland: A Symposium
  • March 9, 12:00 PM CST: Yelena Severina (UCLA), “Theater for the Revolution: Tableaux Vivants in Early Soviet Russia"
  • March 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM CST: Maria Todorova (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "The Lost World of Socialists at Europe's Margins: Imagining Utopia, 1870s-1920s"
  • March 11, 12:00 PM CST: Larisa Kurtović (University of Ottawa), "A city on the water, without water: Politics of water infrastructures in postwar Sarajevo"
  • March 18, 4:00 PM CDT: Holly Case (Brown University), "The Noblesse Oblige of Megalomania: The Hungarian History of an Idea"
  • March 23, 12:00 PM CDT: Evgeny Grishin (Independent Scholar), “From the Age of Correction to the Age of Schism: Religious Dissent and the Language of Exclusion in Early Modern Russia"
  • 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)

Opportunities

  • 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
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at UW-Madison
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events

 
 
 
 
 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

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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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Race, Human Rights, and Populism in Poland: A Symposium

March 9, 12:00 - 1:30 PM CST

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Moderator:

George Gasyna, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Panelists:

  • John Connelly, Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
  • Konstanty Gebert, Journalist and Activist
  • Milada Vachudova, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Courtney Blackington, PhD Student in Comparative Politics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In the past thirty years, Poland has been taken as a bellwether for the political direction of East Central Europe. A country whose Solidarity movement, roundtable about a peaceful transition to multi-party rule, and elections in June 1989 helped end decades of Communist rule in the region, it was heralded as one of a small number of countries at the vanguard of an imagined inevitable transition to liberal democracy and a market economy. Indeed, Poland was part of the first wave of post-Communist countries to join the EU, and Poles quickly made themselves present in EU institutions (e.g. Donald Tusk) and the public life of some old member states (especially the UK). Today, however, Poland is being repeatedly rebuked (along with one-time democratic partner in the vanguard, Hungary) for violations of the generally liberal rule of law that define EU democratic norms. This different side of Poland must be explained at least in part with a historical, journalistic/activist, and political view of the ways in which populists have exploited the politics of difference, particularly regarding race, and leveraged deeper cultural ambivalences about pan-European ideas about human rights.

This symposium brings together a set of cross-disciplinary experts prepared to explore this contradiction in Poland as an erstwhile would-be vanguard of liberal democracy and now fulcrum for an illiberal turn. 

SPONSORS

  • Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 
   
 
 Yelena Severina
 

Yelena Severina (UCLA), “Theater for the Revolution: Tableaux Vivants in Early Soviet Russia"

March 9, 12:00 PM CST

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Translated from French as “living picture” (zhivaia kartina in Russian), performances of tableaux vivants commenced in Europe in the middle of the eighteenth century, emerged in the Russian Empire at the end of it, and reached the apex of their popularity during the nineteenth century. My talk will briefly cover their history but will focus on revolutionary tableaux of Early Soviet Russia. How was this form of symbolic expression used for entertainment, instruction, and promotion of political ideology? Why was it regarded as appropriate and effective for articulating state power? I will discuss parallels between imperial and Soviet tableaux, examine their interdisciplinary nature, and analyze this phenomenon’s role in Russia’s politics and culture.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate Yelena Severina is a Lecturer in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures at the University of California - Los Angeles.

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

 
   
 
Maria Todorova 
 

Maria Todorova (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "The Lost World of Socialists at Europe's Margins: Imagining Utopia, 1870s-1920s"

March 10, 10 - 11:30 AM CST

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Maria Todorova will talk about her latest book, The Lost World of Socialists at Europe’s Margins: Imagining Utopia, 1870s–1920s (Bloomsbury Academic 2020). She will discuss the ‘golden age’ of the socialist idea, exploring the period of the Second International. It will examine the promise for an alternative socialist utopia, moving beyond the traditional historiographical emphasis on ideology, into intersections of spaces, generations, genders, ideas and feelings, and different flows of historical time.

REEEC faculty affiliate Maria Todorova is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of History and primarily studies the Balkans region. 

 
   
 
 Lisa Kurtovic
 

Larisa Kurtović (University of Ottawa), "A city on the water, without water: Politics of water infrastructures in postwar Sarajevo"

Mar 11, 12:00 PM CST

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Over the last three years, the Bosnian capital Sarajevo has been experiencing frequent cutoffs in the water supply. Despite being a part of an effort to repair the city’s troubled and still state-owned waterworks, these shortages engendered bitter complaints and protests among residents of Sarajevo, many of whom remember well the water cutoffs that ordered life during 1992-5 Bosnian War. To understand the dense affective response generated by infrastructural breakdown, in this presentation, Dr. Larisa Kurtović draws on archival and ethnographic research focused on water procuring practices that punctuated everyday life during the 1992-1995 Siege of Sarajevo, and the ways in which memories of this suffering generate new political effects. She shows how Sarajevo’s troubled water supply system has become a powerful analogy for the disappointed dreams of a new future.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate Dr. Larisa Kurtović is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Ottawa. She is a political anthropologist who conducts research on activist politics, postsocialist transformation and the aftermath of international intervention in postwar Bosnia.

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

 
   
 
Holly Case 
 

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

March 18, 4:00 PM CST

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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.

 
   
 
 Evgeny Grishin
 

Evgeny Grishin (Independent Scholar), “From the Age of Correction to the Age of Schism: Religious Dissent and the Language of Exclusion in Early Modern Russia”

Mar 23, 12:00 PM CST

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Dr. Grishin is developing his dissertation into a book manuscript dedicated to the role of language in the identification and consequent persecution of religious dissent, specifically of Russian religious groups known collectively as the “Schism” (Raskol), or the Old Belief (staroverie). The book would attempt to change the scholarly conversation about the Old Belief/“Schism” altogether.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate Evgeny Grishin is a historian of Early Modern Russia with particular interests in language, religion, and materiality.

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

 
   
 
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 CST

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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 CST

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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.

 
 
 
 

Opportunities

 
 
 
 

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.

 
   
 

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.

 
   
 

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.

 
   
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 

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