Welcome to the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

The University of Chicago has been providing instruction in disciplines of the CEERES region continuously since 1903, when courses in Russian language and area studies first began. The center now known as CEERES has been in existence since 1965, and it continues to coordinate instruction and facilitate research about Russia/Eurasia and Eastern/Central Europe, including the Baltic States, Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia.

New Book edited by Tomasz Kamusella, Motoki Nomachi (Hokkaido University, CEERES Associate), and Catherine Gibson

The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities, and Borders edited by Tomasz Kamusella, Motoki Nomachi, and Catherine Gibson and Published by Palgrave Macmillan presents and analyzes the creation of languages across the Slavophone areas of the world and their deployment for political projects and identity building, mainly after 1989.

The Forward highlights Yiddish Studies at the University of Chicago

The Forward recently interviewed Senior Lecturer Sunny Yudkoff on Yiddish Studies at the University of Chicago.

CFP: 2016 SOYUZ Symposium (deadline extended to Dec. 1)

Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right?

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

University of Chicago

March 11-12, 2016


Keynote Address:

"A Sea of Difference?  Regime Collapse and Migrations from Albania to Italy, 1945-1992"

Apparatus - New Journal on Media Research of Central and Eastern Europe

The editorial team of the international research journal APPARATUS is pleased to announce its launch and the release of its first issue.


APPARATUS is a peer-reviewed online journal focused on film, media and digital cultures in Central and Eastern Europe. The main aim of the editorial team is to keep abreast with the practice of the leading international research periodicals.

Our basic editorial principles are:


New Memoir by Peter Dembowski

Memoirs Red and White: Poland, the War, and After by Peter F. Dembowski (Emeritus, Romance Languages & Literatures)

“Like the Polish flag, composed of two contrasting colors, red and white, my memoirs are cast in red and white. ‘Red’ treats largely my wartime life in Europe, life full of blood and death. My success in that part of my life was survival. ‘White’ represents my successful migration and peaceful life in America.” — from the Preface

Tara Zahra on Europe's Asylum Crisis

Tara Zahra (Department of History) has a new article out this week in Foreign Affairs The Return of No-Man's Land: Europe's Asylum Crisis and Historical Memory

New Faces in East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

Meet the new faculty and researchers on campus in 2015-2016 and follow the links below to check out their work on East Europe, Russia, and Eurasia!

Leah Feldman, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature - Twentieth century Russian and Azeri Turkic poetics and theatre; Marxist aesthetics; postcolonial theory; semiotics; narrative and translation theory.

Little Voices from Fukushima

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A screening and discussion with director Hitomi Kamanaka

Wednesday, October 7, 7-10 p.m.
The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, Joseph Regenstein Library S-102
Chicago, IL 60637

The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. Refreshments served.

The post-Chernobyl present: Fukushima’s future?

Pera Wirszup (1915-2015)

Wirszup was a resident mater and Lecturer in Russian in the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Chicago from 1980-1992

Pera Poswianksi was born in Wilno, Poland (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania). Her family owned a textile manufacturing business and were part of the vibrant Jewish community in the city.


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