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REEEC E-Weekly: February 15-19, 2021

 
 
 
 

In This Issue

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Feb. 18, 12:00 PM CST: International Dissertation Research During the Pandemic: A Forum
  • 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: "Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"
  • Feb. 23, 12:00 PM CST: Lauren McCarthy (University of Massachusetts Amherst), “Citizen Oversight of the Legal System in Russia”
  • Feb. 25, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST: Doctoral Dissertation Workshop
  • Feb. 26, 1:00 - 2:30 PM CST: ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series: "#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"
  • Feb. 28, 2:00 PM CST: Spurlock Sunday Family Program: Eastern European International Women's Day Celebration

Opportunities

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, UC-Davis
  • HRI–Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Legal Humanities
  • Visiting Lecturer(s) in Russian, Bates College
  • 2021 ASEEES Convention Theme
  • ASEEES Internship Grant Program
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Announcements

 
 
 
 
Dr. Richard Tempest 
 

Professor Richard Tempest (Slavic Languages and Literatures) spoke with the Illinois News Bureau about the recent arrest and two-year prison sentence of Russian political activist Alexei Navalny. In the featured story, "How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny affect opposition to Putin?" Dr. Tempest also discusses Navalny’s prison sentence and the massive protests staged across Russia since the news of his sentencing was released on February 2.

For the full article and more about Dr. Tempest, please see here.

 
   
 
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Virtual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

June 14 – August 8, 2021 

Priority Application Deadline: March 3, 2021 

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois are excited to announce a Call for Applications for the 48th annual Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) program. Traditionally, the SRL is an in-person event, with scholars receiving support to travel to Champaign-Urbana.  Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s SRL will be held as a Virtual SRL (VSRL), with REEEC and SRS working to support scholars through remote research assistance, virtual programming, professional development opportunities, and collections and database access. 

This year’s VSRL is made possible by generous support from the US Department of State, through its Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). 

WHAT THE LAB OFFERS: 

  • Designation as a REEEC Virtual Summer Research Laboratory Associate. 
  • Virtual research support for general and specialized queries throughout the Summer and beyond.  Associates may also request a personalized bibliographic session with the Slavic Reference Service through Zoom. 
  • Access to digital and database collections of our Library for an extended period. 
  • A free of charge duplication service for University of Illinois Library materials. Restricted to 15 pages per request and subject to copyright restrictions. 
  • Thematic and skill-building workshop events as well as opportunities to present and discuss work in progress. For a list of topics and dates, see below. A fuller abstract of these workshops may be found on our website
  • US citizens are eligible to apply for a $1000 Title VIII Research Award to support their research work. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

Applications to the VSRL are accepted through an online portal, found here

Applicants must provide a short narrative explaining their research project, and indicate how they will benefit from access to University of Illinois resources and participation in the VSRL. Researchers conducting policy-relevant research projects will be prioritized for Title VIII grant support. All applicants must also submit a short-form CV. US Citizens who are applying for research support must also provide a clearly formulated statement of policy relevance. 

FEATURED WORKSHOPS: 

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

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events

 
 
 
 

International Dissertation Research During the Pandemic: A Forum

Feb. 18, 12:00 PM CST

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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.

This event is sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and REEEC.

 
   
 
 
 

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

Feb. 18, 4:00 PM CST

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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

Moderators: 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 here

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

 
   
 
 
 

Lauren McCarthy (University of Massachusetts Amherst), “Citizen Oversight of the Legal System in Russia”

Feb. 23, 12:00 PM CST

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What role can citizens in authoritarian regimes play in exercising oversight of the legal system and ensuring accountability of legal actors? This project examines the variety ways that Russian citizens are involved in oversight, including: monitoring police, protests, and courts; educating ordinary citizens to provide legal representation for people or themselves in administrative and criminal cases; and encouraging exposure of misconduct with cell phone videos and social media. 

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate Lauren A. McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the relationship between law and society in Russia, police and law enforcement institutions, civilian oversight, and the issue of human trafficking. Her book, Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Use New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom published by Cornell University Press (2015) explores how Russian law enforcement agencies have implemented laws on human trafficking.

This event is a part of the REEEC VORL Brown Bag Series.

 
   
 
 
 

Doctoral Dissertation Workshop

Feb. 25, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

The Slavic Reference Service at UIUC invites you to attend our online Doctoral Dissertation Workshop on Feb. 25th from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.  This workshop will take place remotely over Zoom.
 
Topics include: Conducting a literature review, publishing, information management, writing in REEES, research support, peer mentoring, and research trips.

 
   
 
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series (Spring 2021): "#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia"

Feb. 26, 1:00 - 2:30 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Moderators: Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College

Speakers:

  • Angéla Kóczé, Central European University
  • Diana Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge
  • Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University
  • Jakobi Williams, Indiana University, Bloomington

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 here.

SPONSORS

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

 
   
 
 
 

Spurlock Sunday Family Program: Eastern European International Women's Day Celebration

Feb. 28, 2:00 PM CST

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

The Spurlock Museum and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois are hosting this free, family-friendly Zoom program. There will be crafts and short lessons on the Russian language, along with highlights from the Museum’s collection and a Russian story told by Spurlock's resident storyteller and assistant director of education, Kim Sheahan Sanford.

The first 25 families to register for the program will receive a goodie bag that contains instructions and materials for making paper flowers, a page with all of the Russian phrases taught at the program, materials to make International Women’s Day cards, and a sample of traditional Russian chocolates, which are eaten on the holiday. Though the program is free, registration is required.

 
   
 
 
 

Save the Date! International Women’s Day Event: “13 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories”

March 8, 2021 3:30 - 5:00pm

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International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8th.

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in collaboration with Humanities Research Institute hosts an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia.

Speakers will include:

  • Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Senator
  • Timothy Killeen, University of Illinois System President
  • Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation 
  • Maureen Marshall, REEEC
  • Steven Anderson, Social Work
  • Maimouna Barro, Center for the African Studies
  • Sulagna Chakraborty, Program in Ecology Evolution & Conservative Biology
  • Jerry Dávila, Illinois Global Institute
  • Sean Garrick, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Harley Johnson, Grainger College of Engineering
  • Wendy Rogers, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Lila Sharif, Asian American Studies
  • Rebecca Lee Smith, Epidemiolgy

This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and REEEC.

 
 
 
 

Opportunities

 
 
 
 

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 here.

 
   
 

HRI–Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Legal Humanities

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Humanities Research Institute (HRI), with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Legal Humanities research group for the academic year 2021–22.

Legal humanities examines how the law, society, culture, politics, and economy are mutually constituted. It thus draws from a range of methodologies, including those dealing with representation (e.g., literary, cultural, and performance studies), history, philosophy, and sociological perspectives. Legal humanities understands the law as both reflecting and actively influencing societal values, aspirations, anxieties, biases, and notions of justice, examining how law constitutes and shapes the social world in which it is embedded. The HRI-Mellon Legal Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the multiple ways the law, broadly conceived, shapes human relations to each other and the places we live.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Colleen Murphy, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.

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

 
   
 

Visiting Lecturer(s) in Russian, Bates College

Applications will be reviewed starting: February 20, 2021 

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Bates College, a private liberal arts college located in central Maine, invites applications for (2) two-year term visiting positions in Russian Studies to begin in Fall 2021. Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching underrepresented, first generation and marginalized students are encouraged to apply. Each position carries a four-course teaching load, including three courses in Russian language and one course in Russian history and culture taught in English. The positions entail teaching Russian language at all levels. The courses taught in English are expected to introduce undergraduates to key issues in Russian history and culture and contribute to the programs in European Studies, History and/or other disciplines. Preferred areas of specialization are the 20th and 21st centuries and a thematic focus on totalitarianism, ethnic and cultural diversity, or transregional connections (Eastern and Central Europe, Asia and Asia Minor, the Arctic, etc.).

For more information and how to apply, please see here. Review of applications will begin February 20, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

 
   
 

2021 ASEEES Convention Theme

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The 2021 ASEEES convention invites approaches to diverse topics in the field and celebrates our various backgrounds, disciplines, and ways we create and propagate knowledge. Our studies of Eastern Europe and Eurasia have tended to be highly informed about class and economic questions, thanks largely to socialist scholars before and after the revolution, but these societies, their inhabitants and their discourses also bring other kinds of diversity: ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, and sexuality. These are often perceived differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe, which itself suggests possible approaches for study. Proposals from all disciplines and historical periods are welcome, and encouraged.

Deadline for all submissions (panels, papers, roundtables, lightning rounds) is March 1, 2021. For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

ASEEES Internship Grant Program

Deadline: March 8, 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.

 
   
 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Application deadline: April 5, 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 more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 

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