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REEEC E-Weekly: October 12-16, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Oct. 14, 1:00 PM CST:  “Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood”, Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University) 
  • Oct. 15, 4:00 PM CST: “From ‘Big Data’ Socialism to Digital Utopianism: Lessons from the Soviet Past for the Post-Covid-19 Future” Diana Kurkovsky West (Auburn University)
  • Oct. 16,2:00 PM CST: "ASEEES – Pitt Race in Focus Series: Lightning Round – Emerging Scholars of Color Abroad"
  • Oct. 16, 2:30 PM CST: "The Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: A Conversation"
  • Oct. 20, 3:30 PM CST: “How to Lose the Information War: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe" Nina Jankowicz (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
  • Oct. 21, 1:00 PM CST "Outsiders, Others, and Outcasts: Examining antiziganism and race-making in Albania" Chelsi Oheuri West (University of Texas - Austin)
  • Oct. 23: "Illinois Global Institute Career Day"
  • Oct. 27, 12:00 PM CST: "Are European Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Crisis?"
  • Nov. 4, 11, and 18, 6:00-8:30 PM CST: "75 Years After Hiroshima: A New Nuclear Arms Race?"
  • Nov. 12, 12:00 PM CST: "The New Speed of Politics: Technology and Sustainablity in the EU"

Opportunities

  • Program Coordinator at Melikian Center/Critical Languages Program at Arizona State University
  • Call for Proposals: 25th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
  • Other Opportunities Below
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Virtual Events
 
 
 
 
 

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

“Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood”, Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University) 

Oct. 14 at 
1:00 PM CST

Registration link: http://myumi.ch/dOD7V

Active aging programs that encourage older adults to practice health-promoting behaviors are proliferating worldwide. In Poland, the meanings and ideals of these programs have become caught up in the sociocultural and political-economic changes that have occurred during the lifetimes of the oldest generations—most visibly, the transition from socialism to capitalism. Yet practices of active aging resonate with older forms of activity in late life in ways that exceed these narratives of progress.

Jessica Robbins is an assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. 

 

 
 
   
 
 

REEEC New Directions Lecture

“From ‘Big Data’ Socialism to Digital Utopianism: Lessons from the Soviet Past for the Post-Covid-19 Future” Diana Kurkovsky West (Auburn University)


Oct. 15 at
4:00 PM CST

Register at: https://go.illinois.edu/west-lecture

Can a society be governed by data? In the age of big data, we seem certain that it can and should be. Despite many decades of research exposing its blind spots and biases, data collection is more insidious than ever, while the Covid-19 pandemic has propelled our already computerized lives into a the digital stratosphere. Dr. West's lecture, based on her book project CyberSovietica: A History of Soviet Big Data Socialism and Digital Utopianism, takes up the question of big data from a historical vantage point. 

Diana Kurkovsky West received her Ph.D. from the Princeton University School of Architecture, and has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Human Culture at Northwestern University and Director of Science and Technology Studies Center at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. She is presently a Visiting Lecturer at Auburn University, where she teaches courses in History of Technology and Urban History. 

 
 
   
 
 

ASEEES – Pitt Race in Focus Series: Lightning Round – Emerging Scholars of Color Abroad

Oct. 16 at 
1:00 PM CST

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

Join us to understand the particular challenges scholars of color encounter when going for research in our region, hear some personal advice, and learn what faculty, departments, and higher education institutions can do to better serve emerging scholars in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Moderator:
Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers:
Ioanida Costache, Stanford University
Alicia Hernandez-Strong, Yale University
Rafael Pablo Labanino, University of Konstanz
Alexa Tignall, University of California-Berkeley

This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

 
 
   
 
 

The Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: A Conversation

Oct. 16 at
2:00 PM CST

Please register at https://go.illinois.edu/conflict-in-nagorno-karabakh

Speakers: Anna Ohanyan (Stonehill College) and Erik Herron (West Virginia University)

Professors Ohanyan and Herron will address what is most important to know about the current conflict surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, and also how we should understand it in relation to larger patterns of conflict across the post-Soviet space (and the world more generally) today.

 
 
   
 
 

“How to Lose the Information War: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe", Nina Jankowicz (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

Oct. 20th at
3:30 PM CST

Zoom registration link: https://go.illinois.edu/jankowicz-lecture

Nina Jankowicz, an expert in online disinformation, studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict, and is a frequent radio and television commentator on disinformation and Russian and East European affairs.

 
 
   
 
 

Area Studies Showcase Lecture Series: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia: Chelsi Oheuri West (University of Texas – Austin), "Outsiders, Others, and Outcasts: Examining antiziganism and race-making in Albania"

Oct. 21 at
1:00 PM CST

Livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-hGLeKJIsg&feature=youtu.be

In this lecture, Professor Oheuri West explores the contours of antiziganism, conceptualized as racism and prejudice against Romani people groups, in Albania and the Balkan region. Part one of the presentation considers the theoretical framings of antiziganism and asks how analyses of antiblackness can allow scholars to think through contemporary manifestations of antiziganism in the Balkan region. Part two of the presentation explores whiteness in relation to antiziganism and antiblackness. In doing so, Professor Oheuri West draws attention to the ways that Albanians have been racialized and othered as outcasts and outsiders both within Europe and the Balkans, and asks how this broadly shapes our understandings of whiteness and regional racialization.  

Chelsi Oheuri West is Assistant Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. (Her photo is attached.)

 

 
 
   
 
 

Illinois Global Institute Career Day

Oct. 23rd 

For more information, please see https://igi.illinois.edu/career-day


Current and recent graduate students are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign language, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professors, professionals, and practitioners discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff.

Hosted by: Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Illinois Global Institute; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

 
 
   
 
 

"Are European Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Crisis?"

Oct. 27 at
12:00 PM CST

Register at https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuceugqzwuE9XDwjBrApVLqzNl_IHG_BFd

Join us for a roundtable and discussion about different challenges to human rights and rule of law in contemporary Europe. Our speakers will address cases in Hungary, Turkey, France, Germany, and at the European Court of Human Rights. This event is part of the REEEC Critical Methods Series in Legal Studies and will kick off a series of events that foreground and foster research on law and society in the REEEC area and beyond. 

 
 
   
 
 

75 Years After Hiroshima: A New Nuclear Arms Race?

Nov. 4, 11, and 18 at
6:00-8:30 PM CST

Nov. 4th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM: Hiroshima
Nov. 11th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM: New Challenges in Nuclear Arms Control
Nov. 18th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM: Future of the Nuclear Triad

Organized by: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS)

Cosponsored by: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Department of History; Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering; Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Thank you so much for your flexibility accommodating these fast-moving events!! If I have any additional updates (especially for the Oct. 16th event), I will let you know. We look forward to seeing the draft! Thank you very much again, and have a great weekend!

 

 
 
   
 
 

“The New Speed of Politics: Technology and Sustainability in the EU”

Nov. 12th at
12:00 PM CST

Registration Link Forthcoming

Countries of the European Union have collectively offered a leading global voice on the use of technology for local and planetary sustainability. This panel brings together two Former Members of the European Parliament with comparative experience in urban politics and corporate governance, from experience in the national politics of older and newer member states.

Speakers:

Hans-Olaf Henkel (Former President of IBM Germany 987 and President of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa) Benedek Jávor (Member of Dialogue for Hungary, part of the European Green Party)

Co-Sponsored by:

European Union Center; Center for Global Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

 
 
 
 
 
Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 

Program Coordinator at Melikian Center/Critical Languages Program at Arizona State University


The Melikian Center at ASU is currently hiring a program coordinator! The position involves a lot of work in support of our Critical Languages Program. Recent grads with a keen interest in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe, and the region's languages, are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, please see here.

 
 
   
 
 

Call for Proposals: 25th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Online
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute (Columbia University)
6-8 May 2021

https://www.asnconvention.com

**Proposal Deadline: 11 November 2020**

Proposals must be submitted to darel@uottawa.ca and darelasn2021@gmail.com.

The Association for the Study of Nationalities is proud to announce the return of its Annual Convention. The ASN 2021 Annual World Convention will take place entirely online on 6-8 May 2021. The ASN Annual World Convention welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, national identity, ethnicity, race, conflict and migration in regional sections of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe or cross-regional sections in nationalism studies and migration/diaspora studies.

 

 
 
   
 
 

Other Opportunities Below

 
 
 
 

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