East From Chicago


About East From Chicago

This is “East from Chicago,” a multimedia blog covering events and issue related to Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Chicago.  The content of this blog is supervised by our editorial board in order to ensure sustained intellectual and stylistic quality. Our editorial board is made up of faculty from the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions and CEERES administrators.

If you would like submit a proposal for a post or if you have suggestions about future features please contact us via email (ceeres@uchicago.edu). 

If it isn’t broke: Regional Shipbuilding Traditions and Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean

If it isn’t broke: Regional Shipbuilding Traditions and Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean, an online seminar with Professor Paul Salay, Coe College. 

Dr. Salay applies the geo-spatial tools of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create a picture of the development and increasing complexity of maritime connectivity and transport from the Late Archaic to the Early Empire.

Date: January 27, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm (Istanbul, UTC + 3),11:00 am EST (New York).

Please Register here.  For more information, please see https://aritweb.org/events/ or write to aritevents@gmail.com.

Dear CEERES Friends and Associates,

As 2022 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the Center’s activities of the past few years, and also let you know how you might help to support the Center. As we reported in our welcome letter in October, CEERES was unfortunately not successful in our application for Title VI NRC and FLAS funding for the 2022-2026 cycle. As promised, we have continued to support the vital research, teaching, and events of our affiliated faculty and students. While we explore options for the futures, CEERES will continue to produce the same compelling programming that our community has come to expect.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for two positions of Preceptor in Russian Language. The appointments are expected to begin on July 1, 2022 with teaching beginning in Fall Semester 2022. The successful candidates will each be expected to teach five courses per year in the Russian Language Program, both independently and as part of a team, and be involved with coordination and training of graduate student teaching fellows.

The deadline for submissions is January 28, 2022. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated pre-existing institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination and inequality in societies across the world. Furthermore, continued campaigns against gender and LGBTQ equity in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, racism in the United States, and the social protest movements that arose in response to such exclusionary projects have reinforced calls for intersectional approaches in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (SEEES). Class, ethnicity and race, dis/ability, gender and sexuality, and other identity markers interweave to produce inequality differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe. Yet, it is these very differences that provide a rich ground for intellectual conversations in our field.

This episode of "Encounters with Polish Literature" celebrates the centennial of the birth of Stanisław Lem (1921-2006) in Lwów (today L’viv, Ukraine), one of Poland’s most popular writers. Host David A. Goldfarb is in conversation with Bożena Shallcross, Professor of Polish Language and Literature, Department of Slavic Language & Literatures.



Japan's Russia: Challenging the East-West Paradigm is a new volume from Cambria Press by Olga V. Solovieva, University of Chicago Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, and Sho Konishi, Oxford Unversity Associate Professor of Modern Japanese History. 

A welcome note to the new academic year from the CEERES director.