Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center News

Job Announcement: Associate Director of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Published Date:July 2, 2015

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director. REEEC is a Title VI National Resource Center. The Associate Director will supervise and implement the Center's programs and projects; serve as the Co-PI for the Department of Education grant; and collaborate in establishing and reviewing policies of the Center. 

A Master's degree, strong organizational and communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously without supervision are required. Ph.D. in a humanities or social science discipline with a concentration in Russian, East European, or Eurasian Studies preferred.

For full description and requirements, please see here.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 17 July 2015. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Published Date: July 2, 2015

Call for Submissions! 2015 Yaro Skalnik Prize for the Best Student Essay

Published Date:April 29, 2015

Submission Deadline: May 6, 2015

REEEC invites submissions for the Yaro Skalnik Prize for the best undergraduate and graduate essays in Russian, East European, or Eurasian Studies at Illinois. The essay can be in any discipline as long as it deals with a relevant region. Each winner will receive a certificate and a cash prize.
Graduate Student Award: $250
Undergraduate Student Award: $150
Submission Guidelines
  • Written during the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2014.
  • Length: minimum of 10 pages for undergraduates; 15 pages for graduates.
  • Cover page with: name, UIN, degree program and major, course, and instructor.
  • Papers can be nominated by a faculty member or submitted directly by a student.
  • Dissertation and thesis chapters are not eligible.
Submit to:
Yaro Skalnik Prize
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
104 International Studies Building, MC-487
OR: Email Linda McCabe (

Published Date: April 29, 2015

Fall 2015 Course! ARTH 541: The Russian Avant-Garde

Published Date:April 22, 2015

ARTH 541: The Russian Avant-Garde
Kristin Romberg, Assistant Professor of Art History, School of Art+Design
Tuesday, 2:00-4:50pm

Interest in art produced in Russia between 1908 and 1930 has often been motivated by the particularities of its revolutionary political context, yet interpreted in terms of Western European notions of modernism. In this seminar, we will attempt to develop a more “glocal” understanding of the work by situating it in relation to ideas like Alexander Bogdanov’s tectonic systems theory, Mikhail Bakhtin’s aesthetics of answerability, Leon Trotsky’s perpetual revolution, and Aleksei Gastev’s scientific organization of labor, as well as familiar modernist aesthetic models, such as the avant-garde, medium-specific formalism, and the Gesamtkunstwerk.

Published Date: April 22, 2015

Call for Applications! 2015 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois

Published Date:January 27, 2015

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 15 until August 8. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

The deadline for grant funding is April 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

Published Date: January 27, 2015

Dostoevsky - Spring 2015 Course Offering

Published Date:January 12, 2015

Prof. Harriet Murav will teach the course Dostoevsky (RUSS 322 and RUSS 522). Dostoevsky’s Russia was beset by violent terrorism, political and economic uncertainty, religious fervor, and social experimentation. Dostoevsky grappled with the major questions of the modern era in a boldly experimental style. His characters and his novels debate a range of issues, including, criminality, sexuality, sin, and redemption. Politics and religious and ethnic tension are explicit themes of his works. He was a political radical as a young man, who was sentenced to death for crimes against the government, but was reprieved. By the end of his life he associated with right-wing government figures. He suffered epileptic seizures during which he experienced mystical ecstasy. He described himself as a child of his century, subject to doubt, and yet later proclaimed his belief in the resurrection of the body and eternal life. The Idiot (1869) is Dostoevsky’s portrait of a “wholly good man,” Demons (1871) is the opposite, a portrait of evil. Dostoevsky’s twin explorations of terrorism and capitalism are particularly timely in the early 21st century.

The graduate section, Russian 522, meets with Russian 322, plus an additional hour per week for a separate graduate section. Grad students read the English translation, and as much Russian as is fitting for each student’s level. A set of critical articles sets out the major issues in Dostoevsky studies today—Bakhtin is still relevant.

Published Date: January 12, 2015