‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌
Click here to see this online

REEEC E-Weekly: March 15-19, 2021


In This Issue


Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • March 18, 4:00 PM CDT: Holly Case (Brown University), "The Noblesse Oblige of Megalomania: The Hungarian History of an Idea"
  • 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


  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships
  • Vekich Scholarship
  • 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 Internship Grant Program *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
  • Other Opportunities



Slavic Review Winter 2020 Issue Now Available

The Winter 2020 issue of Slavic Review is now available online on Cambridge Core.  

Member Access: ASEEES regular and student members have access to Slavic Review, as well as its predecessor journals, on Cambridge Core via the ASEEES member site. Once on Cambridge Core, click on “Latest Issue” to read the Winter 2020 issue. If you are not a current member, please consider renewing your 2021 membership. Your institution may also provide access to Slavic Review through its institutional subscription. 

Print Copy: The print copy is being mailed out to all 2020 ASEEES regular and student members whose membership is not marked as “digital-only”.

Please contact your institution’s librarian and make sure your library subscribes to Slavic Review or request a subscription


Upcoming Virtual Events

Holly Case 

Holly Case (Brown University), "The Noblesse Oblige of Megalomania: The Hungarian History of an Idea"

March 18, 4:00 PM CDT


During the Second World War, a Hungarian madman wrote to Tsar Boris of Bulgaria to ask for his eleven-year-old daughter's hand in marriage. The man explained that he had found a way to put an end to the Second World War such that both sides and all nations could emerge as victors. It was a perfectly mad idea, yet one that had preoccupied Hungarian politics since the nineteenth century. Did someone else really have to lose in order for Hungary to win, or vice versa? Case, a Professor of History at Brown University, will be exploring this topic in her talk on March 18. 

This event is a part of the REEEC New Directions Lecture Series.

 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


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


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


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



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.




Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Application deadline: March 19, 2021

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

Students may request funding to support overseas research for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

For the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program, Illinois graduate students must apply through the Graduate College, and the Graduate College’s deadline is Friday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. For more information and how to apply, please see here.


Vekich Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 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 Internship Grant Program

Deadline: March 19, 2021

ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program. This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside traditional academia, including not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations, business/trade councils, government, media, the arts, museums, publishers, and other sectors. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities (at least 25 work hours per week), lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee (intern) during their internship.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.


Other Opportunities 


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