Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center News
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).
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
Spring 2015 Course Offering:Dr. Steinberg: History 560 (Problems in Russian History): Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Russia, 1801-1917
Published Date:November 3, 2014
Published Date: November 3, 2014
International Human Rights Law - Spring 2015 Course
Published Date:October 9, 2014
Prof. Francis Boyle will teach a course on International Human Rights Law (LAW 657) for the spring 2015 semester. It will be open to graduate students affiliated with REEEC. The course studies established and developing legal rules and procedures governing the protection of international human rights, including Marxist and Third World, as well as Western, conceptions of those rights. 4 graduate hours. 3 professional hours.
Published Date: October 9, 2014
Strange World of Ritual Murder Conference Oct. 13-14
Published Date:September 30, 2014
Strange World of Ritual Murder: Culture, Politics, and Belief in Eastern Europe and Beyond
October 13-14, 2014
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
Organized by The Program in Jewish Culture and Society, University of Illinois
For more information and the full conference program, please see here.
Published Date: September 30, 2014