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.

CEERES Faculty in the Press

UChicago Linguistics faculty members Salikoko Mufwene and Lenore Grenoble were quoted in recent article in Sapiens on the role of technology in preserving endangered languages.

CEERES Courses for Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Courses in

East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies


The Russian Empire

HIST13802, REES 13802

M/W/F 11:30-12:20

Faith Hillis



Congratulations to CEERES Director Susan Gal!

Susan Gal, Mae and Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor and Director of CEERES, was honored this year by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She was chosen by the Academy's Presidential Committee for Hungarian Science Abroad as the 2016 recipient of the Arany János Award for Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship. This is the first time this prize has been awarded to an American scholar.


NEW EXHIBIT - On the 100th Anniversary of Kafka's The Metamorphosis

Regenstein Library

Second Floor Reading Room

April -27 – June 30, 2016

"When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from disturbing dreams, he found himself transformed..." Into what sort of thing was Gregor transformed? Why? How did his family and the world react to this transformation? Some very few responses are presented from the enormous body of scholarship and artistic vizualizations that in the past 100 years, have made this story a gem of world literature.


Interview with Yaroslav Gorbachov on PRI's The World in Words

The most recent podcast from PRI's The World in Words features Yaroslav Gorbachov. The episode "Where did the Etruscans come from? The linguistic and genetic clues are piling up" and more can be found here.

Spring 2016 Courses in East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

Looking for a course for Spring 2016? Check out the attached list for the language and content based courses being offered next quarter in East European and Russian/Eurasian area at the University of Chicago.


Spring 2016 Courses in

East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies


Shamans and Epic Poets of Central Asia

ANTH 25906, NEHC 20766/30766, EEUR 20766/30766

W 12:00 - 3:00

Kagan Arik

Study CEERES Languages at the Summer Language Institute at the University of Chicago

The Summer Language Institute at the University of Chicago is offering the chance to study three CEERES regional languages in the upcoming Summer term:

·         Polish

·         Russian

·         Turkish

For more information about the SLI see their website.

You can find more information about the application process here.

FLAS Applications for Summer 2016 and AY 2016-17 are now live on UChicagoGRAD website

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2016-2017

Deadline: Monday, February 8 at 5pm

FLAS Fellowships are awards for graduate students concentrating in modern foreign language and international or area studies. In 2016-2017, UChicago is offering fellowships in five world areas: East Asia, East Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and South Asia (SA is offered in the academic year only). The FLAS program provides funding for study on campus during the academic year and on campus or elsewhere (domestically or abroad) during the summer.


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.


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