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Center E-News and Announcements

Call for Applications: 2020 Summer Research Laboratory DEADLINE FEBRUARY 10
The Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (SRL) invites applications for the upcoming 2020 session. This year's lab will open on June 15 and continue through August 9. During this time, we encourage researchers to visit Urbana-Champaign, enjoy convenient housing on the Urbana campus, and use the unparalleled research collections.

Spring 2020 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see course explorer for additional classes...[more

REEEC Winter Reception 2019
On Wednesday, December 11th, REEEC celebrated the end of the fall semester with the annual Winter Reception. This year, it took place in room 300 of the Levis Faculty Center, which was festively decorated with poinsettias. Students, faculty, staff, and family members gathered to partake of some delightful refreshments and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues...[more

Noontime Scholars Lecture with Anna Muller: "Negotiating Motherhood and Communism: Tonia Lechtman and the World of Letters, 1937-1945"
by Diana Sacilowski (PhD candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures)
When trying to understand the political events and ideological movements that have shaped history, breadth and comprehensiveness often take precedence in order to establish the "big picture". We look at the development of fascism, communism, and other major -isms in, for example, to come to a generalized understanding of Europe during the twentieth century...[more

Noontime Scholars Lecture with Diana Sacilowski: "(Un)Marking Jewish Identity in Late/Post Communist Polish Literature"
by Lizy Mostowski (PhD student, Comparative and World Literature)
The term Jew noticeably disappeared from Polish fiction primarily from the 80s and 90s. Diana Sacilowski (Ph.D. Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures) contended in a lecture on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, that this absence is not an act of silencing Jewish identity, but rather an act of texturing. Sacilowski traced the semantics of the "Żyd" or "Jew", or the noticeable and...[more]

When Blank Walls Are Not Blank Walls After All: Professor Christina Maranci Discusses Medieval Armenian Wall Paintings
by Helen Makhdoumian (PhD candidate, English)
When is a blank wall not blank at all? On November 7th, 2019, Professor Christina Maranci asked an interdisciplinary audience that question as part of her New Directions lecture titled "The Wall Paintings of Medieval Armenia: New Discoveries, New Problems, and New Possibilities". Professor Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art and Architectural History...[more

Noontime Scholars Lecture with Liridona Veliu: "#Balkanization: A Critical Study of Otherness through Twitter"
by Ethan Larson (PhD candidate, History)
"Balkanization" is something of a dirty word among Southeastern Europeanists. The B-Word, meaning to split something larger into smaller and mutually hostile components, has been criticized for stereotyping nationalist violence in a region that, historically, has behaved no worse than the rest of continental Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth century. This critique of the term...[more

Slavic Story Time
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center hosted a program called Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. The program is held once a semester and is aimed towards introducing young students in the Champaign-Urbana community to the countries and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia through a story, song...[more


Faculty and Student News 

US politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?
This is a re-post of an interview conducted by the Illinois News Bureau with REEEC faculty affiliate Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology). For the original interview, please see...[more

Robert Geraci's Article Published in The Journal of Modern History
REEEC faculty affiliate Robert Geraci (Research Associate Professor in the International and Area Studies Library) has published the article "Pragmatism and Prejudice: Revisiting the Origin of the Pale of Jewish Settlement and Its Historiography" in the December 2019 issue of....[more

Judith Pintar Named CITL Faculty Fellow
REEEC faculty affiliate Judith Pintar (Teaching Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences) has been named a Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) Faculty Fellow. The fellowship period lasts September 2019 to August 2020. The new program "draws upon...[more


Jobs and Opportunities

EUC/LAS GA Position, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Russian Studies (Social Sciences) - Yale University
Tenure-Track Position in Russian and Russian Literature - Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Visiting Lecturer in Russian - Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Visiting Assistant Professor of History (1 year), Russian/Soviet History - Colby College, Waterville, ME
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Russian Studies - University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO
American Councils Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)
ASEEES Internship Grant Program
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant (CHM)
Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program
ARISC Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship
Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Scholar Program
2020 Midwest Slavic Conference: Science (&) Fiction(s)
17th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA)
The 26th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference
The 12th Annual Romanian Studies Conference (Indiana University Bloomington, April 10-12, 2020)
Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
The University of Pittsburgh's Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute
American Councils Balkan Language Initiative
University of Wisconsin-Madison Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute

Please be aware that there are several great opportunities posted on the REEEC website that are not listed here. Use this link to click through the opportunities page for more information.


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: 104 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Email: reec@illinois.edu / Phone: 217-333-1244 / Fax: 217-333-1582
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