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REEEC E-Weekly: February 1-5, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • February 5, 1:00-2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Research: Russian Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries"
  • February 11, 12:00 PM CST: “Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Rule of Law in Europe"
  • February 12: 1:00-2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Research: Indigenous Perspectives"
  • Feb. 18, 4:00 PM CST: Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), "Europe's New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland"
  • Feb. 19, 1:00-2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"

Opportunities

  • CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2022
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, UC-Davis
  • Lecturer of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University
  • CFP: 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference
  • Title VIII Fellowships at Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (University of Wisconsin) and Summer Language Workshop (Indiana University)
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements
 
 
 
 
 

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory

We would like to welcome our Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory (VORL) Associates! Over 100 scholars of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from all over the world are participating in our Virtual Open Research Laboratory from January 25 to May 5. Hosted by REEEC and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), the VORL provides long-distance library support for graduate and post-graduate level research on Central and East Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union. The VORL is funded in part by the US Department of State through its Title VIII Program, which aims to strengthen US expertise and policy-relevant knowledge about the REEES region. During the lab, the associates will have online access to the extensive holdings of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collection at the International and Area Studies Library and will receive research assistance from the SRS librarians. They are also invited to participate in REEEC virtual events and programming this semester, and we are happy to connect VORL associates and Illinois scholars.

To view a list of our VORL Associates and the titles of their research projects, please see https://reeec.illinois.edu/research/open-research-laboratory/spring-2021-associates

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Virtual Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Research: Russian Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries"

Feb. 5, 1:00-2:30 PM CST

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

Moderator: Bella Grigoryan, University of Pittsburgh

Presentations:

"On How to Choose One's Ancestors: James Joyce in Russian Literature"
José Vergara, Swarthmore College

"Russian Symbolism and the Racial Origins of 'Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky'"
Lindsay Ceballos, Lafayette College

This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

The series will comprise four segments: two pedagogy webinars; two lightning rounds on the experience of scholars of color in the field; and two roundtables featuring research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on racial minorities, concluding with a forum on the reception of the Black Lives Matter movement in our field. 

Spring 2021 sessions will take place on Fridays in February. For more information, please see https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

SPONSORS

Associate for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

“Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Rule of Law in Europe"

Feb. 11, 12:00 PM CST

Brown Bag Discussion in preparation for CMS Legal Studies Lecture by Kim Lane Scheppele on Feb. 18 at 4:00 PM CST

Kim Lane Scheppele will be giving a talk, “Europe’s New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland,” sponsored by REEEC and EUC as part of the Critical Methods Series on Legal Studies on Thursday, February 18, at 4pm Central Time. 

Please join us on Thursday, February 11, at 12pm Central Time for a brown-bag discussion, “Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Rule of Law in Europe,” in advance of this event. Professor Jessica Greenberg will facilitate the discussion based on selected readings. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are all welcome – please pass this invitation along to anyone who might be interested. 

To register, please contact Tabitha Cochran at tabithac@illinois.edu. We will send you a link to the Box folder containing the articles and the Zoom meeting information. 

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "New Directions in Indigenous Perspectives"

Feb. 12, 1:00-2:30 PM CST

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

Moderator: Manduhai Buyandelger, MIT

Presentations:

"Big Noses, Angry Babushki, Mixed Messages: Racialized Expectations of Linguistic and Cultural Performance in Asian Russia"
Kathryn Graber, Indiana University, Bloomington

"Gender Articulations from Decolonial Indigenous Perspectives in the Russian and American Arctic"
Olga Ulturgasheva, University of Manchester

This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

The series will comprise four segments: two pedagogy webinars; two lightning rounds on the experience of scholars of color in the field; and two roundtables featuring research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on racial minorities, concluding with a forum on the reception of the Black Lives Matter movement in our field. 

Spring 2021 sessions will take place on Fridays in February. For more information, please see https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

SPONSORS

Associate for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 
 
   
 
 

International Dissertation Research During the Pandemic: A Forum

Feb. 18, 12:00 PM CST

Registration

What pressures have graduate students faced while trying to conduct their international research in the past year? How can universities respond, and what lessons can we save for the future? Join us as graduate students and faculty reflect on these important questions, based on their experiences in the past year.

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Abosch (PhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Illinois)
  • Sanghoon Kim (PhD Candidate, Dept. of Political Science, Illinois)
  • Professor Alison K. Smith (Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Toronto)
  • Moderator: John Randolph (Director, REEEC)

Join us for short presentations followed by a discussion.

Sponsored by: Humanities Research Institute; REEEC

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), “Europe's New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland"

Feb. 18
4:00 PM CST

Virtual Event - Register at https://go.illinois.edu/cms-kim-lane-scheppele

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world.   

This event is part of the REEEC Critical Methods Series in Legal Studies and co-sponsored by the European Union Center. 

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"

Feb. 19, 1:00-2:30 PM CST

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

Moderator: Roman Utkin, Wesleyan University

Speakers:

  • Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University
  • Lauren Woodard, Yale University
  • Sean Roberts, George Washington University
  • Monika Bobako, Adam Mickiewicz University

This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

The series will comprise four segments: two pedagogy webinars; two lightning rounds on the experience of scholars of color in the field; and two roundtables featuring research by scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or on racial minorities, concluding with a forum on the reception of the Black Lives Matter movement in our field. 

Spring 2021 sessions will take place on Fridays in February. For more information, please see https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus 

SPONSORS

Associate for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 
 
 
 
 
Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 

CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2022

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is pleased to announce a call for applications for CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2022. For more information and to apply, please see here. The application deadline for both fellowships is February 15, 2021.

Bayduza Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Ukraine

Although all applications in fields associated with the humanities and social sciences will be considered, research proposals in the areas of identities, nationalism, regions, borders, social values, and historical politics and memory will be given preference.

To qualify, applicants must have received a PhD (or Candidate of Sciences degree from Ukraine or another post-Soviet country) within the past five years at the time of application. Applicants who are scheduled to receive their degree by the end of June 2021 are also eligible to apply, if they submit confirmatory documents. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the post-doctoral appointment at CIUS from 1 September 2021, but no later than 30 September 2021. In addition to working on a research project, the Bayduza Research Fellow will assist and participate in the overall program planning and activities of CIUS.

Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies

Offered under the auspices of its Holodomor Education and Research Consortium (HREC) for the academic year of 2021–22, the fellowship has been created to support the study of and expansion of knowledge about the Holodomor. Applications are welcome from scholars in various disciplines, including but not confined to history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and literature, as well as famine studies, genocide studies, and rural studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative projects will be considered.

Qualified applicants will have received a PhD (or Candidate of Sciences degree) within the past five years at the time of application. Applicants who are scheduled to receive their degree by the end of June 2021 are also eligible to apply, if they submit confirmatory documents. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the post-doctoral appointment at CIUS (University of Alberta) from 1 September 2021, and no later than 30 September 2021. In addition to working on a research project, the Temerty Fellow will assist and participate in the overall program planning and activities of HREC, including the organization of a workshop or conference in the area of her/his research.

 
   
 
 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, UC-Davis

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021 
Start Date: July 1, 2021

The Department of German & Russian at the University of California-Davis invites applications for a 2-year Visiting Assistant Professor. Research should focus on Russian literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, with a concentration in one or more of the following areas: prose, drama, visual culture, or poetry. A comparative or interdisciplinary approach, incorporating race and empire studies or gender studies, is particularly welcome. 

For more information and to apply, please see https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03938 

 
   
 
 

Lecturer of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

DEADLINE: February 15, 2021

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University invites applications from academic professionals with established records of scholarship for a Lecturer position for academic year 2021-2022. We are seeking a dynamic and imaginative scholar who would complement the research agenda of our present faculty, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, advise student independent work, and participate in the extracurricular activities of the Department. Responsibilities will also include holding weekly office hours and grading coursework. Position duty time will be based on student enrollments and departmental need.
 
Among the desirable areas of specialization are Russian cultural history, culture of the Russian diaspora, translation studies, contemporary literature, cinema/media studies, drama/theater/performance, critical gender and race studies.
 
Individuals must have a PhD in Russian literature / culture and teaching experience.
 
For fullest consideration, interested applicants should apply online here by no later than February 15, 2021.

 
 
   
 
 

CFP: 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference 

April 15-18, 2021 / ONLINE CONFERENCE

The Midwest Slavic Association and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) at The Ohio State University announce the 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference. This year, the conference will be an online conference that will give participants the opportunity to present panels in live, virtual sessions or individual papers at virtual afternoon blogging/discussion sessions.

Proposals are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars from across the Midwest, the U.S., or overseas. Panels or papers may be on any topic related to the Eastern European and Eurasian regions and from any discipline. Please note that CSEES will not be forming panels this year; participants must either create their own panel or submit an individual paper.

Abstracts are due on February 1, 2021. 

For more information, please see https://u.osu.edu/mwsc2021/ 

 
 
   
 
 

Title VIII Fellowships at Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (University of Wisconsin) and Summer Language Workshop (Indiana University)

*Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI), University of Wisconsin

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program.  In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia.  Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome! CESSI typically offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional Central Eurasian languages (such as Azeri or Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest. 

Several funding opportunities exist for undergraduates and graduate students, researchers, and working professionals. Graduate students (including incoming students), post-baccalaureate researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. Note: this is a great opportunity for MA and PhD students to develop language skills before embarking on fieldwork. 

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2021.

For more information, please visit cessi.wisc.edu or contact cessi@creeca.wisc.edu 

*Summer Language Workshop, Indiana University

Since 1950, the Summer Language Workshop has enabled thousands of students and professionals to intensively study languages critical to academic research, economic development, human rights, diplomacy, national security, cultural exchange, scientific advancement, and other global issues. Go beyond the classroom to engage with language and culture through clubs, cooking demonstrations, conversation tables, research groups, music, dance, film nights, and more. Network with other language professionals through career events, guest speakers, and alumni presentations. Study in small classes with highly qualified instructors from around the globe.

Title VIII Fellowships provide tuition, fees, and room & board stipends for U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in the Summer Language Workshop. Title VIII Fellowships support online study, in-person study, and overseas study in the Workshop's programs in Zagreb and Samarkand. Overseas Fellowships include travel and study-abroad fees. The Workshop also offers a limited number of "portable" Title VIII Fellowships for the study of languages not available through Indiana or any other Title VIII summer program. Learn more about them here.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority goes to applicants who will further the program's mission to develop and maintain high-quality research and training programs critical to the national security of the United States and to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Funding for Russian is available only for participants who place into the 3rd-year course or higher. No prior study is required for other languages.

For more information, please see https://languageworkshop.indiana.edu/funding/title-viii.html 

 
 
   
 
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 
 
 

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