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REEEC E-Weekly: March 22-26, 2021

 
 
 
 

In This Issue

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • 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)
  • Apr 12 and 13, 6:00-7:30 PM CDT and 3:00-5:30 PM CDT: From Here Film Screening and From Here Film Screening & Q&A

Opportunities

  • ASEEES Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
  • Vekich Scholarship *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at UW-Madison
  •  "Transformation Narratives Beyond Winners and Losers: Deep Stories in Central and Eastern Europe" Conference and Workshop
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University
  • ASEEES Summer Dissertation Writing Grant Program
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Announcements

 
 
 
 
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Last Week's Fulbright-Hays National Advocacy Day

We were proud to participate along with other colleagues from the Illinois Global Institute in advocacy for the US Department of Education Title VI/Fulbright-Hays funding! The delegation met with staffers from the offices of Representative Rodney Davis and other IL representatives and senators to discuss U of I's leadership in international education & foreign language programming, including the impacts of Title VI/Fulbright-Hays funding on campus & the broader community.

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events

 
 
 
 
 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 CDT

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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 CDT

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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 CDT

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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.

The event is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum, Illinois Global Institute, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

 
   
 
From Here 
 

From Here Screening and Q&A

Film Screening: Apr 12, 6:00 - 7:30 PM CDT 

Film Screening and Q&A: Apr 13, 3:00 - 5:30 PM CDT

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REGISTER FOR FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN ADVANCE

Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves the stories of Tania, Miman, Sonny, and Akim—artists and activists raised in the Global North to parents from the Global South. The film accompanies them as they move from their 20’s into their 30’s, facing major turning points: fighting for citizenship, creating a family, surviving violence, and finding creative expression. Beautifully shot over the course of ten years, the film captures their struggle to define belonging for themselves in societies increasingly hostile to their existence.

On April 13, join director Christina Antonakos-Wallace and two of the film’s subjects, Sonny and Tania, for a panel discussion on the documentary "From Here." If you have already viewed the film in advance, you may also register for this event and join us in progress for the Q&A at 4:30 p.m.

 
 
 
 

Opportunities

 
 
 
 

ASEEES Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

Application deadline: April 1, 2021

ASEEES is offering research grants with a stipend of maximum $6,000, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline.  These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships.  The grant is for primary dissertation research. For more information on eligibility and the application process, please go here

 
   
 

Vekich Scholarship

Deadline *EXTENDED*: April 2, 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.

 
   
 

"Transformation Narratives Beyond Winners and Losers: Deep Stories in Central and Eastern Europe" Conference and Workshop

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Recently, liberal democratic governance has been seriously challenged by populist political actors. The rise of populism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) can be at least partially attributed to the post-communist transformation of the 1990. This transformative period has led not only to feelings of enthusiasm, excitement, and euphoria (Trnka 2012) but also constituted “cultural trauma” for the affected societies (Sztompka 2000), especially individuals and groups who experienced a status loss or decline of living standards. In popular and to some extent, scientific discourse (see e.g. Jarosz 2005) they are often described as the “losers” (in contrast to the “winners”) of the transformation. Being negatively affected by the systemic and economic transition is viewed as a key explanatory variable of the recent rise of populism in post-socialist societies in particular (see e.g. Ágh 2016; Minkenberg 2017), and populist support in general (see e.g. Kriesi et al. 2006; Norris & Inglehart 2019). To see more information, go here.

To apply for the conference (June 17), please submit an abstract of 250 words presenting your current research on the topic of the event tspmi@tspmi.vu.lt. For the workshop (June 18), please submit an extended abstract (1000 words) of a possible contribution to tspmi@tspmi.vu.lt.

 

 
   
 

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.

 
   
 

ASEEES Summer Dissertation Writing Grant Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

ASEEES is offering a limited number of grants, with a maximum stipend of $6,000, for the purposes of summer dissertation writing on any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. The writing grant program is directed at PhD students at US universities who do not qualify for the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant because they do not intend to conduct research in the region. Therefore, current or past recipients of the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grants are not eligible. Students may only receive ONE Summer Dissertation Writing Grant over the course of their graduate studies. 

These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been supported with fully-funded fellowships or grants. The recipients should use the summer grant period to focus on writing and not accept other major responsibilities, such as full-time work. For more information on eligibility and the application process, please go here.

 

 
   
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 

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