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2016 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum Announcement

Published Date:April 27, 2016


June 17-18, 2016

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Organized by: Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology) and Paul McNamara (Associate Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics)

For more information, key questions, a list of participants, and a library guide generously provided by the Slavic Reference Service, please follow this link.

Published Date: April 27, 2016

2016 Summer Research Lab

Published Date:April 27, 2016

2016 SUMMER RESEARCH LABORATORY ON RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE, AND EURASIA | Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center | University of Illinois

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 mid-June through the first week of August. 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).

For more information, please follow this link.

Published Date: April 27, 2016

Fall 2016 Course Offering: Introduction to Central Asia

Published Date:April 26, 2016

SOC 196, Introduction to Central Asia: Instructed by Prof. Cynthia Buckley. We focus on three overarching questions to structure our exploration of Central Asia. In the first section, we focus on approaches to the question, “What is Central Asia?” Comparing and contrasting how we identify the area historically and by familiarizing ourselves with the basic geography of the region and key social, cultural, political and economic issues. In the second section we will focus on the question, “How can we analyze the region sociologically?” highlighting issues of basic social theory and comparative analysis. The third section of the course turns to the question, “Why does Central Asia matter?”, providing participants with the opportunity to link what we have learned about the region and social theory into evaluating global issues concerning gender, human rights, citizenship, and civil society. MWF 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, Lincoln Hall 1002; "Flipped Friday" sessions (online)

Published Date: April 26, 2016

Fall 2016 Course Offering: Problems in Russian History

Published Date:April 25, 2016

HIST 560, Problems in Russian History: Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Russia, 1901-1917: Instructed by Prof. Mark Steinberg. Major themes in Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the revolution of 1917, especially the exercise and justifications of authority, intellectual and cultural trends, and social life and experience. Central to the course are questions of methodology and theory as well as of the interpretation of the Russian past. The emphasis is on examining new work and new approaches. Topics to be explored (which may evolve depending on student interest) include practices and representations of power, cultural construction and experience, the intelligentsia, cities, the province, peasants, civil society, gender, sex, religion, and empire. T 1:00-2:50 PM 318 Gregory Hall

Published Date: April 25, 2016

Fall 2016 Course Offering: Social Media and Global Change

Published Date:April 25, 2016

LIS 490, Social Media and Global Change: Instructed by Dr. Damian Duffy. This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. Topics may include the new social media, the politics and culture of the internet, hacktivism, cyber warfare, and mobile telephony and their role in the formation, dissemination, manipulation, and suppression of public opinion in Russia/Eurasia, the China/Pacific region, Central/South America, as well as Africa, Iran, and the Middle East. T/TR 9-11:20 AM

Published Date: April 25, 2016