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.

CFP: 2016 SOYUZ Symposium (deadline Nov. 15)

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

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

University of Chicago

March 11-12, 2016


Call for Papers

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.

New book edited by Ben Whisenhunt (College of DuPage, CEERES Associate) and Norman E. Saul

New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations edited by William Benton Whisenhunt and Norman E. Saul and published by Routledge includes eighteen articles on Russian-American relations from an international roster of leading historians. Covering topics such as trade, diplomacy, art, war, public opinion, race, culture, and more, the essays show how the two nations related to one another across time from their first interactions as nations in the eighteenth century to now.

Georgi Gospodinov Reading, "The Physics of Sorrow"

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bulgarian author Georgi Gospodinov will read from his "quirky, compulsively readable" (New York Times) novel "The Physics of Sorrow", with Angelina Ilieva (University of Chicago, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures) 

September 17, 2015 at 6pm

The Seminary Co-op Bookstore

5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637


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