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REEEC E-Weekly: September 28 - October 2, 2020
In This Issue

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Sept. 29, 1:00 PM CST: "Anatomy of a Successful Forgery: The Czech Manuscripts": David Cooper (University of Illinois)
  • Oct. 1, 10:00 AM CST: New Play Reading: Insulted. Belarus(sia) by Andrei Kureichik
  • Oct. 2, 11:00 AM CST: "The Volatile Market for Globalization": Arjun Appadurai (New York University)
  • Oct 2, 1:00 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series: Webinar - Teaching about Race and Racism: Your Syllabus 2.0"
  • Oct 7, 1:00 PM CST: “American Literary and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War: Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR”: Sarah Phillips (Indiana University)
  • Oct. 8, 4:00 PM CST: Virtual Roundtable: "Global Spread: COVID in the World”
  • Oct. 15, 4:00 PM CST: “From ‘Big Data’ Socialism to Digital Utopianism: Lessons from the Soviet Past for the Post-Covid-19 Future” Diana Kurkovsky West (Auburn University)
  • Oct. 23: "Illinois Global Institute Career Day"


  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Fellowships
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Other Opportunities Below
Upcoming Virtual Events

Area Studies Showcase Lecture Series: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

David Cooper (University of Illinois), "Anatomy of a Successful Forgery: The Czech Manuscripts"


Tuesday, Sept. 29
1:00 PM CST

Hosted on Zoom: Registration Link

For over five decades from the moment of their appearance in 1817 and 1818, the Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts were considered by the vast majority of the international scholarly community to be genuine monuments of medieval Czech literature. How were so many of the best minds of the period fooled for so long? Drawing on research for a monograph in-progress entitled “The Czech Manuscripts: Poetics, Faith, Scholarship,” this presentation will examine the qualities of the manuscripts themselves, both as physical and as literary objects, their effective use in the Czech cultural revival of the period, and the cultural and intellectual horizons of the period that made the manuscripts (seem) real.

David L. Cooper is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a specialist in both Czech and Russian literatures. 


New Play Reading: Insulted. Belarus(sia) by Andrei Kureichik

Oct. 1 at
10:00 AM CST

You are invited to an Illinois Theatre Zoom Reading for the UIUC community of the new play Insulted. Belarus(sia) by Andrei Kureichik about the current events taking place in Belarus. This reading is part of a worldwide reading of the play (by 50 organizations in 13 countries so far) in solidarity with the Belarusians fighting for democracy. #insultedbelarus #supportbelarustheatre.

Please arrive 5 minutes early, mute audio and video, hide non-participants, gallery view.

Please direct questions to Valleri Robinson at valleri2@illinois.edu.


The Global and Its Worlds Lecture: Arjun Appadurai (New York University), "The Volatile Market for Globalization"

Oct. 2nd at
11:00 AM CST

Zoom Registration: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xmnqv6B_RCOYbohevgT1Eg

Professor Arjun Appadurai of New York University will present a talk titled "The Volatile Market for Globalization." He will address recent debates about the rebirth of the nation-state in the era of pandemic disease, and about whether globalization is about to be rolled back or marginalized. 

Sponsor: Humanities Research Institute and the Illinois Global Institute


ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series: Webinar - Teaching about Race and Racism: Your Syllabus 2.0"

Oct. 2nd at
1:00 PM CST


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

Join us to hear from distinguished scholars and educators about methods for incorporating critical pedagogies of race into teaching about language, culture, history, and society in Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.

Anindita Banerjee, Cornell University

B. Amarilis Lugo de Fabritz, Howard University
Sunnie Rucker-Chang, University of Cincinnati

This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars and/or on communities of color to the center stage.


“American Literary and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War: Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR”, Sarah Phillips (Indiana University)

Oct 7 at 
1:00 PM CST   

Streamed Live on YouTube

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asian world region. Sarah Phillips is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.


REEEC; Davis Center at Harvard University; CEERES at University of Chicago; CREEES at University of Texas; CREES at University of Pittsburgh; CREECA at University of Wisconsin; REEI at Indiana University; IAUNRC at Indiana University; CSEES at Ohio State University; ISEEES at University of California


Virtual Roundtable: "Global Spread: COVID in the World”

Oct. 8 at
4:00 PM CST

Please join us on Thursday, October 8th, at 4:00 PM CST for a virtual roundtable discussion, "Global Spread: COVID in the World," on the effects of COVID around the world. Presented by Medical Humanities at Illinois.

Speakers include Professors Maimouna Barro (African Studies), Rini Bhattachyra (Comparative and World Literature), Shao Dan (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Jerry Davila (Illinois Global Institute), Linda Herrera (Education Policy), Emanuel Rota (European Union Center), Valeria Sobol (Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Robert Tierney (East Asian Languages and Cultures). 

For registration information, please contact Professor Stephanie Hilger (hilger@illinois.edu).  


“From ‘Big Data’ Socialism to Digital Utopianism: Lessons from the Soviet Past for the Post-Covid-19 Future” Diana Kurkovsky West (Auburn University)

Oct. 15 at
4:00 PM CST

Register at: https://go.illinois.edu/west-lecture

Can a society be governed by data? In the age of big data, we seem certain that it can and should be. Despite many decades of research exposing its blind spots and biases, data collection is more insidious than ever, while the Covid-19 pandemic has propelled our already computerized lives into a the digital stratosphere. Dr. West's lecture, based on her book project CyberSovietica: A History of Soviet Big Data Socialism and Digital Utopianism, takes up the question of big data from a historical vantage point. 

Diana Kurkovsky West received her Ph.D. from the Princeton University School of Architecture, and has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Human Culture at Northwestern University and Director of Science and Technology Studies Center at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. She is presently a Visiting Lecturer at Auburn University, where she teaches courses in History of Technology and Urban History. 

Save the Date!

Illinois Global Institute Career Day

Oct. 23rd 
More Information Coming Soon

Current and recent graduate students are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign language, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professors, professionals, and practitioners discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff.

Hosted by: Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Illinois Global Institute; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives


American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Fellowships

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020

More Information: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITFellowships.html

The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey for the 2021-2022 year.  Grants for tenures up to one academic year will be considered; applications for projects of shorter duration are also supported. ARIT offers research and study facilities as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities through its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.


Critical Language Scholarship

Summer 2021

Deadline: Nov. 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST

More Information: https://clscholarship.org/

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. The program includes Azerbaijani, Turkish, and Russian as offered languages. 


Other Opportunities Below


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