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). 

In recent years the University of Chicago has become home to a group of innovative young scholars—both faculty and PhD students—working on issues related to the modern construction of new cultural institutions, practices and histories in Central Eurasia. On 26-27 February 2016 the University hosted a major international conference designed to showcase their work and bring them into dialogue with leading senior scholars in the field, as well as with colleagues within the Committee for Central Eurasian Studies and from across the University.

On January 19, 2016, the Center for East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies hosted a roundtable discussion on Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. Specialists in Russian studies from the University of Chicago gathered to discuss the significance and place of her work in the current ideological debates in the Russian-speaking world. 

On 5 October 2015 the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies kicked off the 2015-2016 academic year with a panel discussion “Russia on the Brink? (Europe on Alert)” at the Neubauer Collegium, an institute for interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Chicago.

Spring 2021 - Welcome from the CEERES Director

Dear CEERES Friends and Associates,

While working from home has presented challenges for us all, we have been excited to be able to continue to offer a wide variety of virtual events and welcome a truly global audience to those events. As Spring quarter starts, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights from this year and give you a preview of what we have planned for the rest of the year. You can find the most up-to-date information at the CEERES events section of our website.

CEERES of Voices, our author series with the Seminary Co-op, has continued to be a success. You can catch up on past events in this series here. The series will continue throughout Spring quarter with a wide array of different books being highlighted. The first will be on Sunday, April 11 at 2pm, when we will welcome Kateřina Tučková, author of the novel Gerta, and Véronique Firkusny, who translated the novel. Cheryl Stephenson will be moderating the conversation. You can register here. We are also excited to be hosting Chad Bryant and our own Faith Hillis to discsuss their forthcoming books in May. More information on these and other events to come soon!

Virtual programming has also allowed us to bring together a wide array of scholars, journalists, activists, and other experts to speak on a key events that have been taking place in the CEERES region (Belarus, Nagorno-Karabkh). And if you were caught up in the American Presidential elections in November, we encourage you to take a look at Elena Gapova’s lecture The ‘Urban Revolution’ in Today’s Belarus and Why Women are Leading. This type of programing will continue with a roundtable on the current protests in Russia to take place in May. And on Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00 PM, we are looking forward to co-hosting with the Centers for East Asian Studies and Middles East Studies the roundtable: China, Russia, and the Global Politics of the COVID-19 Vaccines, moderated by CEERES Director Eugene Raikhel. You can register for that event here.

We hope to conclude our year with a return to our CEERES director’s lecture. Kate Brown, who was scheduled to give this lecture before the start of the pandemic last year, will be rescheduled when we can return to in person lectures. But keep an eye out for information about our Virtual Director’s lecture and more at the CEERES website.



Eugene Raikhel

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development

Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.


Esther Peters

Associate Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.