Summer Research Laboratory


June 10 – August 2, 2019

Application Deadline: February 11, 2019


The Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (SRL) invites applications for the upcoming 2019 session. This year’s lab will open on June 10 and continue through August 2. During this time, we encourage researchers to visit Urbana-Champaign, enjoy convenient housing on the Illinois campus, and use the unparalleled research collections and databases offered by our University Library. The skilled librarians of our Slavic Reference Service will be available for consultations, to make sure that you not only find everything Illinois has to offer, but also identify the most important sources elsewhere. Thus, whether you are beginning a new project or finishing an old one, a visit to the SRL provides a great opportunity to get important work done.

Established over four decades ago, the SRL has from its inception sought to make first-class research resources available to the broadest possible community of scholars. Our top-five research Library holds one of North America’s largest collections of contemporary and historical materials on the REEES region, in a broad range of languages and formats. For generations, scholars preparing for fieldwork have found a visit to SRL an invaluable way to exhaust US-based resources so as to make more efficient plans for their visits to libraries and archives abroad. In addition, each year we host a range of discussion groups, conferences, and training workshops during the first month of our Lab. These allow Lab participants to learn more about ongoing research in a variety of disciplines and create networks for their own  professional development.

A pleasant college town in East Central Illinois, Urbana-Champaign offers a peaceful work environment for the summer. Its amenities include numerous restaurants, cafes, and breweries, a vibrant weekly farmer’s market, and excellent recreational facilities on campus. Bicyclers love to ride in the surrounding countryside, while hikers and kayakers have access to Kickapoo State Park, a riverine landscape that is about a 45 minute drive away. Chicago, one of the world’s great cities, is a little over two hours away by car, with daily trains and buses making the connection as well.

SRL applicants are also encouraged to consider studying an area language at Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop, located in nearby Bloomington, IN, whether immediately before or after their participation in the SRL. Funding in the form of Title VIII fellowships and other sources is available to eligible applicants. Those interested in overseas language study are particularly encouraged to pair SRL participation with an application for an IU Title VIII Portable Fellowship. More information and the application can be found at the Summer Language Workshop website.



  • Inexpensive housing in Presby Hall on the University of Illinois campus. Presby Hall offers private rooms connected to suites with shared bathrooms and kitchenettes; rooms with private bathrooms are also available at an additional cost.
  • Short-term grants in support of your visit, made possible by generous support by the Department of State’s Title VIII program (see below).
  • Full access to the physical and electronic collections of the University of Illinois Library.
  • Supporting use of the Library’s technological resources, including advanced scanning equipment for the making of digital copies of books, microfilm, and other resources.
  • Consultations with the Slavic Reference Service.
  • Workshops, film nights, and other opportunities to meet other scholars and researchers.
  • The help of REEEC staff and local scholars in answering logistical questions related to your stay.


Due to a change in funding for SRL, we have revised our grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Before submitting an application, please read the Grants page carefully. Please note that only U.S. citizens may apply for Title VIII housing and travel grants, and research stipends.

Housing Grants

Scholars participating in SRL may apply for up to 12 days of housing at Presby Hall at the shared rate (3-4 bedroom suite) of $46 per night.

Travel Grants

Scholars may apply for travel grants of up to $500 for their trip to Urbana-Champaign. Eligible expenses are restricted to travel to and from Champaign-Urbana. Award recipients must provide appropriate receipts to receive reimbursement.

Research Stipends

Scholars may apply for generous research stipends of up to $1000 for their trip to Urbana-Champaign. To be eligible for a research stipend, scholars must stay for at least 5 days.

Other Grants

A limited amount of funding may be available for international applicants.

Faculty and graduate students who are citizens of Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Serbia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan may consider applying to the Open Society Foundation’s Civil Society Scholar Awards to secure additional funding.

For programming information, click on Lab Programs in the right sidebar.


All applicants are required to submit an online application, a research proposal and, if applying for Title VIII funding, a clearly formulated statement of policy relevance. For more details on application requirements, please select the SRL Application tab in the right sidebar.

2019 SRL Application


  1. Do I have to attend all summer?
    No, the Summer Research Lab (SRL) is designed to be flexible. You may attend at any time while SRL is in session.
  2. I’m not sure how long I want to stay; how should I go about planning my stay at SRL?
    Err on the conservative side when deciding how long you wish to stay at SRL. It is always easier for us to add days to your account than subtract them. If a reimbursement needs to be made for your housing, we cannot simply refund your credit card, since the reimbursement process through the university can be lengthy. Please give REEEC at least one week’s notice if you decide to change your length of stay; otherwise, you will be charged any nights you don’t cancel well in advance of your departure.
  3. Is it difficult to acquire funding for SRL; how constrictive is the funding process?
    Funding for SRL is competitive. Eligible applicants with strong proposals are more likely to receive funding for their research.
  4. Isn’t SRL only for Humanistic Scholars and Historians? I need current periodicals and new publications, not archival material.
    SRL has resources for a wide range of scholars from many different fields and disciplines including but not limited to Law, Business, and STEM. The resources at Illinois are extensive, and include current periodicals and new publications. There are many items to which SRS provides access that are not available anywhere else in the US. Please see the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collection and Services page or the Slavic Reference Service page for additional information.
  5. Does SRL require me to participate in workshops or planned events?
    No, but SRL often provides extra programming for the benefit of the associates who come to use the resources at Illinois. None of the programs are required in order to attend SRL.
  6. Can I access any of the resources after I leave the lab?
    Yes! Often when scholars do research during the Summer Research Lab, they find more resources than they can fully investigate in one visit. The Slavic Reference Service librarians are very adept at loaning circulating items through Inter-Library Loan (ILL).
  7. Why should I visit, if SRS is willing to loan so much material via ILL?
    For graduate students, SRL is a great opportunity to develop good relationships with the Slavic librarians at the Slavic Reference Service. They are ready to use their specialized knowledge to help you do research on your dissertation or research project. SRS librarians will work with associates long after they leave SRL. Additionally, an in-person visit gives scholars the opportunity to access specialized materials that carry constraints due to particular governmental and copyright restrictions. Scholars who utilize SRL also have access to the main stacks at the University Library.
  8. Am I allowed to make digital copies of materials that I would like to take with me after I leave?
    Absolutely! Graduate students in the past have really appreciated the ability to create their own digital library of the resources acquired during SRL.
  9. Is SRL only for preliminary research, or does SRL have more in-depth resources that would cater to more specialized research?
    SRL can assist both preliminary and advanced stages of research. SRL also facilitates access to hard-to-find materials that are not located anywhere else in the US. This can be especially helpful to scholars who have done their preliminary work using more available resources.
  10. How should I pay for Housing and Parking charges?
    If possible, please pay your Housing and Parking charges when you arrive with a credit card or a check. After payment, any changes to your length of stay cannot be reimbursed to your account. REEEC must issue a check reimbursement that may take several weeks to process.
  11. What are the library hours for the Slavic Reference Service?
    Slavic Reference Service hours correspond to the Main Library hours of operations. These hours are determined shortly before the start of each session. SRL dates correspond with the University’s Summer Session 2. Please check the Library website at the beginning of June for a full schedule of Library hours. When planning your trip to SRL, please be aware that the library will be closed on July 4th and is open limited hours on weekends.
  12. Can I bring a guest?
    Yes. If staying in a room at Presby Hall, you will be asked to pay for the additional occupant. Guests may also access the library after registering with SRL and paying the registration fee.
  13. What kind of funding is available?
    This year, SRL applicants who are U.S. citizens are eligible for Title VIII grants. Housing grants are available for up to 12 days. The grants are intended for a shared three-four bedroom suite. If individuals desire a single suite, they are responsible for the additional fees. Travel grants are available for up to $500, depending on distance and type of travel. Preference will be given to those at the advanced level. All eligibility criteria specified on the grants page applies. The Fisher Fellow and Open Society Foundation’s Civil Society Scholar Awards are also available for participants. Please see their specific details to apply and determine eligibility.

Dubravka Ugrešić Visits Campus

Back during the first week of October, our campus was host to none other than the Croatian author Dubravka Ugrešić. REEEC and other university units organized three events in her honor, to celebrate her visit, her achievements, and her two most recent publications. These events included a live, conversational interview conducted by professor of anthropology Jessica Greenberg, an author’s reading and book-signing, and a writers’ workshop. I had the good fortune to attend both the interview and the book signing, where I picked up the publications that spurred the visit – Ugrešić’s new novel Fox, and the re-release of her essay collection, American Fictionary. The latter was originally published almost twenty-five years ago under the title Have a Nice Day: From the Balkan War to the American Dream. Indeed, the unique circumstances that led to its re-release was a topic that Ugrešić returned to again and again.

For a writer such as Ugrešić, whose very identity is swathed in layers of nationality and citizenship, and as such is inherently difficult to categorize, having a book re-issued is a rare occasion. It’s hard for her to find a readership, at least from the perspective of a traditional publisher. Her work is “niche” in countless ways, as she discussed in the interview with Greenberg. Rejected by much of the cultural elite in Croatia during the start of the war and rise of nationalism in the early ‘90s, she’s carved an intellectual space, and a home, for herself in Amsterdam. However, her language of choice when writing continues to be Croatian, her mother tongue, where she feels she can express herself best. This multifaceted intersection of identities, cultures, nations, and languages resonates deeply with her American readership, so much so that at times she even considers herself an American writer, since Americans seem to understand her so well. Or at least, we’ve come to understand her over the years.

During the talk, Ugrešić recounted how English-language publishers insisted on changing the title of her essay collection when it was originally translated. Whereas the title in Croatian had been Američki fikcionar, English publishers opted for a more sensational title, referencing both the strife in the Balkans and Ugrešić’s status as an outsider in the US reaching for culturally superficial ideals. In addition to this change, the author recounted how American reviewers seemed to chide her for the way she engaged with our culture in her essays, implying that she wasn’t “grateful enough” for all that the nation had supposedly given her. Times have changed, however, as is evident. The America of today stands at a precipice similar, though far from the same, to the one where Yugoslavia stood some thirty-odd years ago. The choices we, as Americans, make in the coming years will be definitive, and having Ugrešić’s complex perspective and insight in the form of her newly republished essays is invaluable.

What makes both Ugrešić’s writing and her entire demeanor so compelling is her subtle sense of humor. She has an incredible ability to wrap deeply held sorrows in ironic and nuanced observations of everyday life, where a humble bagel becomes a metaphor for stability, for New York – a snapshot of a time in her life when simple pleasures, smells, and commonplace adventures in a new city contrasted with the uncertainty in her motherland. In person, these subtleties become decidedly more cynical, as she waves aside any possibility for Croatia to bring itself out of its nationalist rut, citing the growing influence of the church, and a sense of anti-intellectualism among the populace and politicos. And yet, Ugrešić keeps going. She keeps writing, she keeps showing up. Hopefully, for all our sakes, she’ll keep doing so for a long time to come.




Alejandra-Isabel Otero Pires is a PhD candidate in Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marek Sroka, “Gifts from Abroad: American Library Association and the Post-World War II Reconstruction of Library Collections in Poland and Germany”

On December 4th, Professor Marek Sroka gave his Noontime Scholars Lecture titled: “Gifts from Abroad: American Library Association and the Post-World War II Reconstruction of Library Collections in Poland and Germany.” Marek Sroka is a Professor of Literature and Languages and a Central European Studies Librarian here at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.

Sroka gave a detailed picture of how World War II impacted library collections and academic institutions in Poland and Germany. Many collections were lost, destroyed by the Germans or Allied bombings, or stolen after the war. At the beginning of the war, Polish libraries were subject to “Germanization,” with the goal of turning them into centers of German intellectual work. At the end of the war, the Soviets removed collections from German libraries as a form of cultural war reparations. Between these incidents and bomb destruction, libraries and their collections were decimated.


The American Library Association, with help from organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, sought to rebuild library collections in these countries. The ALA believed that the fundamental restoration of intellectual activity throughout the world relied on the reconstruction of libraries. Representatives from the American Library Association visited these places and reported on the destruction and present needs. They aimed to build up libraries’ collections of journals and books. They developed a list of what publications should be sent, based on whether they were significant contributions to their field or recent developments in research. Many works were in English and while this made these works less accessible by the broader population, English was a popular language to learn in post-World War II Poland and Germany. The Rockefeller Foundation provided funding for special requests from institutions.

Overall, this program not only aided cultural reconstruction in the war-torn region, it also aided cultural relations between Poland, Germany, and the west. It also served as the building blocks of American cultural influence in this region, which played an important part in the Cold War.


Congratulations to REEEC-Affiliated Professors Greenberg and Pinkert, Conrad Humanities Scholars

We at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center would like to extend our congratulations to REEEC-affiliated professors Jessica Greenberg and Anke Pinkert for being named Conrad Humanities Scholars. These awards “are designed to support the work of exceptionally promising associate professors in humanities units within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.” The award itself, made possible by the patronage of Arlys Conrad, provides awardees with $5,000 yearly for up to five years.

According to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois, “A goal of the Conrad Humanities Professional Scholar Award is to recognize exceptional achievement in humanists between the initial promotion to associate professor through the promotion to professor, with the aim of enhancing retention of our strongest scholarly leaders.”

Dr. Jessica Greenberg is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. Her research interests include “Anthropology of democracy, legal anthropology, postsocialism, youth, social movements, revolution, Serbia/Balkans, Europe.” Her first book, After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia, was published by Stanford University Press in 2014. Dr. Greenberg is currently “working on a book that she hopes will reach broader audiences of people interested in human rights policy and practice. She will use the grant to support her projects and travel, though she’d like to eventually host events on campus to talk about human rights, rule of law, and democracy.”

Dr. Anke Pinkert is an Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include “Modern German culture, literature, and film; Holocaust studies; memory and affect; postcommunist transnational studies; Humanities as field, theory, and practice; educational philosophy; mass incarceration.” Her most recent book, Film and Memory in East Germany, was published in 2008 by Indiana University Press. Dr. Pinkert “plans to use the grant money to attend national and international conferences in the area of memory studies, community activism, and new directions in the humanities. She also hopes to train and mentor graduate students in research methods and archival work.”

For a detailed profile of all six Conrad Humanities Scholars, please visit

Call for Applications: The Open Research Laboratory at Illinois

The University of Illinois is pleased to announce a call for applications to the Open Research Laboratory (ORL). An expansion of Illinois’ renowned Summer Research Laboratory, the ORL program is aimed at scholars who wish to visit Urbana-Champaign any time between January 22 and May 10, 2019, in order to work in our Library’s famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The ORL is open to researchers from all fields at all stages of their work, from initial conception to final revision. It is a great opportunity to prepare for summer research, follow-up on summer research, or fit in research during the spring semester.
The deadline for applications is December 10, 2018.
Scholars participating in the Open Research Laboratory may apply for:
* up to 5 days of housing on campus;
* travel grants of up to $500 for their trip to Urbana-Champaign;
* research stipends
ORL Associates are also welcome to attend all campus programming and public talks at the Center during their stay. We are happy to introduce associates to local students and scholars, as well as to make arrangements for them to present their work in progress for discussion.
The ORL is supported by the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, which exists to support policy-relevant research on the region. ORL applicants are also encouraged to consider studying an area language at Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop, located in nearby Bloomington, IN, after their participation in the ORL. Those interested in overseas language study are particularly encouraged to pair ORL participation with an application for an IU Title VIII Portable Fellowship. More information on Indiana’s Title VIII funding opportunities, languages, and the application can be found at the Summer Language Workshop website.

Summer Spotlight: FLAS Fellow Rebecca Clendenen

As a third year PhD student, I am starting my language learning late, but it is a critical component to my research and therefore to my future. My University of Illinois campus in Chicago does not offer Turkish courses. In 2016-2017, I took a full year of Turkish at Northwestern through campus reciprocity agreements, but when I finished those courses, there were no others available. My only option was to travel for Turkish. In the Spring of 2018, I was frantically trying to figure out how I would be able to continue my language training in Turkey over the summer when I received my letter from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center on the Urbana-Champaign campus, that they were offering me funding through their Foreign Language and Area Studies grant. Not only was this grant sufficient to cover my living expenses over the summer, but the tuition funding was substantial enough to allow me to take what is known to be the best Turkish language program in Istanbul, at Bogazici University. In that moment I went from being a poor graduate student trying to piece things together just well enough to get the training I need to having institutional support and their vote of confidence. I took that night off and celebrated, but it took several days for the relief to fully sink in.
            I had been to Istanbul in the summer of 2017 as well, but my language skills were still marginal and I had not been able to push past my anxiety well enough to engage native speakers. This summer was different. I woke up every morning at 7am in an apartment that I shared with local Turkish college students, and I took the bus to the Bogazici campus. Once there, we were expected to speak exclusively in Turkish, at least as best as we could, and out of necessity but in this environment of support I gradually became comfortable communicating in Turkish. We had four lessons every day and then visiting speakers or cultural activities, and in these full days of study, I made friends that I hope will be a part of my life for the rest of my life. I went to Turkish folk music shows, traveled on the weekends to the coast or to Ankara, and I became really familiar and comfortable with Istanbul and with Turkish culture.
            Most importantly, my language skills have improved to the point where I can now begin my research. Over the summer I spent some time in the official state archives and was able to understand content well enough to utilize the sources as references. This year I will defend my dissertation proposal and begin my formal research. I am studying heritage politics and how historic agricultural landscapes of Turkey inform its national identity. Next summer I will continue my language instruction and begin ethnographic research in some of Turkey’s most ancient agricultural communities. I hope that my research will lead to popular and political recognition of agricultural heritage landscapes as valuable assets. In the future I would like to continue to do research in this field, but I would also like to engage directly in heritage politics and work with organizations advocating for the preservation of important cultural memories. In all of these ambitions, the funding I received from REEEC has given me a critical stepping stone in a place where before there were none.

Rebecca Clendenen is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Spring 2019 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region.
Please see course explorer for additional classes.

ARTH 491 KR: Topics in Art History, Russian Avant-Garde
Kristin Romberg
TR 11 am-12:20 pm, 316 Art and Design Building

What happens to art’s forms and institutions in a socialist society? What kind of patron is the working class, the public, or the state? Can art be revolutionary? If so, what does it look like, and where does it exert its power? In this course, we will look at the ways that artists strove to answer these questions in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution of 1917. Examining formations across a broad range of media—including painting and sculpture, mass festivals and monuments, theater, design, architecture, photography, and cinema—we will attempt to understand how art was redefined in terms of collective creativity, common spaces, and shared things.

BCS 115: South Slavic Cultures
Instructor TBA
TR 12:30-1:50 pm, 259 English Building

Exploration of South Slavic cultures in the historically rich and complex region sometimes referred to as “the Balkans,” focusing particularly on those groups found within the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Critical look at the traditional view of the region as the crossroads or the bridge between East and West, and at the term Balkanization which has become a pejorative term used to characterize fragmented, and self-defeating social systems.

CWL 254/GER 251: Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Context*
L. Johnson
Multiple sections

The Grimms’ Fairy Tales in Context Students read classical and little-known tales from the Grimms’ 19th-century collections, as well as earlier tales and other texts, focusing on how power, gender, race, class, and ecological issues play out in these surprisingly dense, meaningful, and very old stories. Why do we continue to tell these tales? Why do certain stories recur again and again, in Western and other cultures? The power of narrative is at the center of our lives, and of these tales, and by the end of the semester we will understand this power much better. This course fulfills General Education requirements in Literature and the Arts, and in Western and Comparative Culture.

CWL 273/JS 261: The Holocaust in Context*
S. Hilger
TR 9:30-10:50 am, 205 Gregory Hall

This course examines cultural representations of the Holocaust in a variety of postwar texts, including memoirs, poems, essays, memorials, documentary and feature film, to explore how Jewish and non-Jewish writers have dealt with issues of perpetration, survival, trauma, and memory in postwar German culture and beyond.

EURO 418/LING 418/PS 418/SLAV 418: Language and Minorities in Europe
Z. Fagyal
W 1-2:50 pm, 1060 Lincoln Hall

Survey of regional and immigrant minority language use and language policies in contemporary Europe. Focus on political and social issues, such as bilingual education, acculturation and assimilation, language loss and language maintenance in two immigrant languages, Turkish and Arabic/Berber, and four indigenous language families: Balto-Slavic with Estonian, Celtic, Romance with Basque, and Slavic with Hungarian. Taught in English.

EURO 502: The EU in a Global Context*
K. Kourtikakis
W 3-5:50 pm, 1112 Foreign Languages Building

European Union history, politics, law, culture and identity.

HIST 260: Russian History from Early Times to the Present: Experience, Imagination, and Power
Mark D. Steinberg
MWF 11-11:50 am, 1028 Lincoln Hall

The history of “Russia” (Rus, Muscovy, Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation) from medieval times to the present. Although an introductory “survey course,” my aim is for us to look beneath the surface of events to discover how individuals and groups experienced, interpreted, and made their own history. Most readings are primary texts, created at the time, so that we can listen to the past in its own voices as we try to understand, explain, and interpret. Three big interpretive questions are at the center of our exploration—experience (especially the experiences of everyday life); imagination (ways of thinking, feeling, seeing, and dreaming as expressed in ideas, ideologies, religion, and art); and power (rulers and their ideals as well as dissent and rebellion).

HIST 467: Eastern Europe
K. Hitchins
TR 9:30-10:50 am, 221 Gregory Hall

We shall examine the political, economic, and cultural history of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Albania from the end of the First World War to the present. Among topics receiving special attention will be the two decades between the World Wars as the culmination of a process of Europeanization and the time of debate among intellectuals about national identity and about the doctrines of liberalism, fascism, socialism, and communism; the Second World War; the four decades (ca 1945-1989) of the Communist era and the place of Eastern Europe in the Cold War between the West and the Soviet Union; and “the return to Europe” of our region after the fall of Communist regimes in 1989.

JS 252/HIST 252: The Holocaust
P. Fritzsche
MW 12-12:50 pm, 1092 Lincoln Hall

The purpose of this general education course is to provide students from all backgrounds with an introduction to the complex events in twentieth-century Europe now known as the Holocaust, and to explore the various interpretations that scholars have offered to attempt to explain the Holocaust as well as the global legacy of the Holocaust. We will examine perpetrators, bystanders, and victims, the role of anti-Semitism, the interaction of war and genocide, the relationships between German and other European actors, the responses of Jewish communities, and the memory of the Holocaust. There will be a midterm and a final, but the primary focus of the course will be on student engagement with the texts in three short papers spread out across the semester.

LAW 657: International Human Rights Law
Francis A. Boyle
Time TBA, Location TBA

Based primarily on a series of contemporary “real world” problems, the course introduces the student to the established and developing legal rules and procedures governing the protection of international human rights. Its thesis is that there exists a substantial body of substantive and procedural International Human Rights Law, and that lawyers, government officials, and concerned citizens should be familiar with the policies underlying this law and its enforcement, as well as with the potential it offers for improving the basic lot of human beings everywhere. Additionally, the course presupposes that the meaning of “human rights” is undergoing fundamental expansion, and therefore explores Marxist and Third World conceptions of human rights as well as those derived from the liberal West.

MUS 252 S: Ethnomusicology Performence Ensembles: Balkanalia
D. Buchanan
T 7-9:50 pm, 0061 Music Building

Instruction and experience in the performance of various non-Western and vernacular music tradition.

PS 391: Soviet & Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
C. Leff
MW 2-3:20 pm, 222 David Kinley Hall

Surveys Soviet and Post-Soviet foreign policy from 1917 to the present, with emphasis upon the forces shaping this policy; special attention to the interplay of ideology and national interest in policy formulation.

PS 397: Authoritarian Regimes*
X. Guo
TR 3:30-4:50 pm, 222 David Kinley Hall

Examines the various aspects of the politics in authoritarian regimes: their emergence and breakdown, the policy choices and institutions typically adopted, leadership change, and the theories that explain them. Historical case studies and statistical data will be used to examine real-world cases.

PS 546: Comparative Political Behavior*
D. Canache
M 3:30-5:50 pm, 404 David Kinley Hall

Examines the political behaviors and opinions of common citizens in dissimilar national contexts, focusing on the theoretical literature and empirical research on topics such as political participation, political culture and contention politics from a cross-national perspective.

REES 115/POL 115: Introduction to Polish Culture
G. Gasyna
MW 10:30-11:50 am, 125 David Kinley Hall

Introduction to Polish culture and literature from a broad historical perspective. Drawing on novels and plays, film, the visual arts, and works of historical research, the course provides students with the basic concepts, methodologies and theories of literary and cultural interpretation, with an emphasis on modern Polish culture (1800-2010) within a broader European context.

REES 201: Introduction to Eastern Europe
Instructor TBA
TR 12:30-1:50 pm, 204 Transportation Building

Interdisciplinary survey of Eastern Europe focusing mostly on the 20th century to the present, exploring issues of nationalism, socialism, post socialism and EU accession. Focuses on Central Europe and the Balkans, but also references the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. Students will learn about the region using perspectives and methodology from historical, economic, political, sociological and anthropological texts.

REES 477/SLAV 477/CWL 477: Post-Communist Fiction
David Cooper
W 2-3:50 pm, 325 Gregory Hall

Survey of the central and east European novel in the postcommunist period. Explores how fiction has responded to and creatively figured the period of the so-called “transition” to capitalism and the continuities and discontinuities in literary traditions in these societies, as well as the relevance of theories of postmodernism and postmodern literary analysis to these literatures.

RUSS 225: Russian Literature and Revolution
Richard Tempest
MWF 12:30-1:50 pm, 111 David Kinley Hall

Major works from 1900 to the present; futurism, modernism, Stalinism, post-modernism, and after; writers may include Mayakovsky, Babel, Olesha, Akhmatova, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya, and others; readings and discussion in English.

RUSS 260: Medicine & Russian Literature
Michael Finke
WF 1-3:20 pm, 1028 Lincoln Hall

Examines cultural significance of medicine and the figure of the physician, and understandings of illness and health, primarily in literature of Russia and the USSR from the 1860s to present. Asks what larger issues are at stake in the literary representation of medical practice by physicians and non-physicians alike in the Russian and Soviet contexts; investigates what medicine and literature offer each other, and the bearing on this of the latter’s formal, aesthetic qualities. Considers how medical practice is conditioned by the broader culture, how medical discourse, knowingly or unknowingly, ‘borrows’ from, is conditioned by, or otherwise reciprocally involved with other greater or peripheral discursive spheres. Reads fiction by leading literary figures who were physicians (Chekhov, Bulgakov, Veresaev, and Aksyonov); fiction by “lay” authors about doctors and medical practice (such as Solzhenitsyn); memoirs by physicians (tales of training and practice, apologies, denunciations); memoirs by patients; ‘real’ and fictional case histories; theoretical and methodological readings.

RUSS 323: Tolstoy
V. Sobol
TR 2-3:20 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

Introduction to the major works of Lev Tolstoy. No Russian required.

RUSS 523: Tolstoy
V. Sobol
TR 2-3:20 pm, T 3:30-4:20 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

Study of Tolstoy’s works in the original Russian, of their historical and philosophical context, and of current critical approaches to Tolstoy’s works.

SLAV 120: Russian & East European Folktales
David Cooper
TR 12-12:50 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

Introduction to Russian and East European folktales, focusing on folk beliefs, fairy tales, and folk narratives in Slavic languages from a comparative perspective, with an emphasis on methods of analysis and the role of gender.

SOC 488: Demographic Techniques
Cynthia Buckley
Time TBA, Location TBA

Through active engagement strategies, students are encouraged to master the basic definitions, formulas, and calculations procedures associated with basic demographic measures and projections. In exploring these measures and projection techniques in the areas of fertility, morbidity, mortality, migration and population aging we place special emphasis on patterns of racial and ethnic variations, linking issues back to concepts of social capital, family structure, region, education and wealth. Through mastery of the methods covered in this course students emerge with a significantly enhanced ability to understand, and quantify issues relating to population change. REEEC students are welcomed and will be provided with population data from the region for their assignments and projects.

SOC 596: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods*
Cynthia Buckley
Time TBA, Location TBA

This course examines the possibilities and problems associated with the integration of qualitative and qualitative research methodologies, providing participants with a “hands on” approach to data collection, evaluation, and analysis. Through individual and group assignments, we will gain experience with specific methodological approaches and ethical concerns, including familiarity with the basic epistemological challenges associated with qualitative and quantitative approaches, central issues in probability and non-probability sampling/case selection, basic survey and interview protocol construction, observational techniques, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and content analysis. A formal grant proposal will take the place of a formal research paper as the final project. Developing a detailed mixed methods research proposal enables participants to develop a basis for a portfolio writing sample, a future fellowship application, or the beginnings of your MA prospectus.

TURK 490: Special Topics in Turkish: Language and Culture in Turkey
A. Ozcan
TR 2-3:20 pm, 1046 Foreign Languages Building

Provides an opportunity to focus on various aspects of Turkish language, culture, and society.

YDSH 320/CWL 320/JS 320: Literary Responses to the Holocaust*
R. Harris
TR 12-1:50 pm, 170 Wohlers Hall

Holocaust on Screen surveys documentaries, feature films and short films from Europe, the United States and Israel. The films cover a wide array of cinematic representation, plot and genre to consider the divergent strategies employed to represent the past, and to engage the present.

Note: An asterisk indicates courses that may count towards a degree or FLAS requirement, but must be approved by the REEES advisor or FLAS coordinator.