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REEEC E-Weekly: September 14-18, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

To help get the word out about REEEC programs and events this year, we're changing how we send out news. In the past, we have sent you monthly Center E-News newsletters with links to posts on our blog about events and announcements. Now we will send you center news and event announcements via an e-weekly newsletter. Every week on Monday morning, you will receive information about upcoming events and opportunities. If you have any questions or if you wish to add anything to a future e-weekly, please send us an email at reec@illinois.edu

Thank you, and happy reading! 


In This Issue

Upcoming Virtual Events

  • Sept. 15, 1:00 PM CST: "Imagining the Next Global Economy", Rawi Abdelal (Harvard Unviersity)
  • Sept 17, 4:00 PM CST: "Interrogating the Declining Significance of Pushkin's Blackness: Henry James, Ivan Turgenev, and Literary Nationalism": Emily Wang and Korey Garibaldi (University of Notre Dame)
  • Sept. 22, 1:00 PM CST: "The Caucasus: From Geopolitics to Geopoetics": Harsha Ram (University of California - Berkeley)
  • Sept. 29, 1:00 PM CST: "Anatomy of a Successful Forgery: The Czech Manuscripts": David Cooper (University of Illinois)
  • Oct. 8, 9:00 AM CST: 2020 Baltic Sea Region Forum


  • CFA: American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program
  • ARISC Survey on Virtual Programming
  • Other Opportunities Below
Upcoming Virtual Events

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

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asia world region. REEEC is one of the co-sponsoring centers.

Rawi Abdelal (Harvard University), "Imagining the Next Global Economy"

Tuesday, Sept. 15
1:00 PM CST

Hosted on Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies' YouTube page: https://youtu.be/1F1pyyDvF-4

Rawi Abdelal is the Herbert E. Johnson Professor of International Management at Harvard Business School and Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.



REEEC New Directions Lecture: Emily Wang and Korey Garibaldi, "Interrogating the Declining Significance of Pushkin's Blackness: Henry James, Ivan Turgenev, and Literary Nationalism"

Thursday, Sept. 17
4:00 PM CST

Hosted on Zoom: Registration Link

Though most scholarship on Pushkin’s reception in the United States focuses on twentieth-century African American literature, the origins of this encounter remain poorly understood. In fact, nineteenth-century commentators on both sides of the Atlantic were obsessed with Pushkin’s racial heritage—as both a Russian, and as a canonical European writer of African descent. This collaborative lecture (presented by a transatlantic historian of race and a Slavist) brings together little-remembered newspaper records, personal correspondence, and other texts—from the mid-1830s onwards—to recover how Pushkin was regarded as a black intellectual. 

Emily Wang is Assistant Professor of Russian and the University of Notre Dame. 

Korey Garibaldi is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. 


Area Studies Showcase Lecture Series: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Harsha Ram (University of California - Berkeley), "The Caucasus: From Geopolitics to Geopoetics"

Tuesday, Sept. 22
1:00 PM CST

Hosted on University of California - Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies' YouTube page: https://youtu.be/npqUgsP1aBQ

Harsha Ram is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of California - Berkeley.

Save the Date!

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. 


2020 Baltic Sea Region Forum

Thursday, Oct. 8
Hosted on Zoom

The Baltic Sea Region is home to nine countries that represent numerous cultures and societies. Through interdisciplinary scholarly discussions, the Slavic Reference Service seeks to highlight original research and facilitate thematic discussions on the countries of this world region. The forum theme for 2020 is Regional Security. The forum will be conducted through Zoom. We welcome scholars from around the world to participate in this event. You can register here.


CFA: American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program

This program provides full support for research in policy-relevant fields in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Individuals interested in applying should check the program website for more information and access to the online application. Please note that all American Councils Title VIII Fellowship Programs must take place between June 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The application deadline for Title VIII fellowships is October 1, 2020. All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline.


ARISC Survey on Virtual Programming

With conferences canceling or going virtual, and researchers unable to keep in touch with colleagues, scholars may be missing the energy and excitement of doing their research that such intellectually stimulating encounters can bring. ARISC is in a unique position to easily, virtually bring scholars together. Please take a moment to complete our survey and share your interests and preferences in virtual programming at https://forms.gle/igRTuVPEJcjWfLzV8.

With this survey, we hope to cast a broad net to all scholars interested in the South Caucasus across the globe. This survey is open to all South Caucasus scholars and the programming we develop based on your replies will help us create virtual spaces where scholars can forge deeper collaborations across disciplines.


Other Opportunities Below


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