UIC SEE NEXT upcoming Fall 2018 events


Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year and to a new SEE NEXT season.
Please mark your calendars for the following SEE NEXT and SEE NEXT-related events scheduled for this Fall.
Feel free to invite your students and colleagues, as all our events are free and open to the public:


September 12
Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan str.
6-8 pm

Adam Walaszek, Professor of History, Jagiellonian University Poland now roundtable series: “Ferocious Enemies and Noble Heroes: Images of “us” and “them” in Polish-American textbooks (until 1930s)”
For more information please contact Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted at stauterh@uic.edu

September 27
Grant Hall 308
703 South Morgan St.
6-9 pm

Martin Nekola, Political scientist and historian, born and residing in Prague, Czech Republic, will give a talk “For the Freedom of Captive European Nations: Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America”
(more information on the talk will follow soon) Graduate students from UIC and/or other universities of Chicago area may volunteer to be discussants at this talk. Please contact me with self-nominations at mmogilne@uic.edu


October 2-9

Maxim Didenko, director and choreographer, comes to UIC within the provisions of the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation grant (http://prokhorovfund.com/), aimed at internationalizing Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet studies at UIC.

Maxim Didenko is one of the most interesting contemporary Russian theater directors. His performances have been repeatedly nominated for various awards, including Golden Mask, Golden Sophite, the Breakthrough, Sergey Kuryokhin Award, GQ etc. He received the Best Director Award for the performance “The Overcoat. Ballet” at the St. Petersburg Theater Award for Young Artists “The Breakthrough” 2014. Maxim Didenko is the recipient of the 2016 “Snob. Made in Russia” Award in the theatre category for his performance “Pasternak. My Sister – Life”; The Best Director Award for the performance “I am here” at the Inter-regional V festival-contest “New Siberian Transit”-2018. For more on Maxim Didenko and his performances see http://maximdidenko.org/en/category/news/

His visit to UIC is curated by Professor Julia Vaingurt and Professor Colleen McQuillen cmcquill@uic.edu

October 5
October 6-7

Maxim Didenko will be screening his play “The Earth”  http://maximdidenko.org/en/земля/<http://maximdidenko.org/en/%D0%B7%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%BB%D1%8F/>
followed by conversation with the audience (October 5, working language – English), and will give a two-day workshop “Body as a conductor of attention” (October 6-7, working language – English) for students and graduate students. Preliminary registration for the workshop is required. Please contact Colleen McQuillen (cmcquill@uic.edu) for details.
More information will follow soon.

October 22
UIC Institute for the Humanities, 6-8 pm

Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska, assistant professor at Jagiellonian University, will present on her current groundbreaking research on Polish Roma.
More information to follow.


November 15

UIC History department welcomes Professor Elena Marasinova, visiting scholar on the exchange program supported by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation grant.
Elena Marasinova, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Professor, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, comes to UIC to work on her comparative study of death penalty. Her most recent book came out in 2017: «Закон» и «Гражданин» в России второй половины XVIII века: очерки истории общественного сознания [“Law” and “Citizen” in the Late Eighteenth Century Russia: Essays on the History of Public Consciousness] (Moscow: NLO, 2017). See in English: “The Prayer of an Empress and the Death Penalty Moratorium in Eighteenth-Century Russia<https://www.hse.ru/mirror/pubs/share/213374551>,” The Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture (Special Issue). 2017; “Punishment by Penance in 18th-Century Russia<https://www.hse.ru/mirror/pubs/share/213373079>: Church Practices in the Service of the Secular State,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 2, no. 17 (2016): 305-332; “The Alexander Brückner archive and an unknown diary of the period of the Decembrist uprising<https://www.hse.ru/mirror/pubs/share/213373409>,” in Russia in the Age of the Enlightenment, Eds. E.Waegemans, M. Levitt (Groningen, 2015), 127-152.
You may contact Professor Marasinova in advance to set up an appointment at: lenamarassinova@gmail.com<mailto:lenamarassinova@gmail.com>

November 15
Institute for the Humanities
6-8 pm

Anna Muller, former curator of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk and now Assistant Professor at U of Michigan-Dearborn, will speak on her recently published book, If the Walls Could Speak: Inside a Women’s Prison in Communist Poland (Oxford 2018).

November 28,
University Hall room 950

Brownbag talk by Prof. Marasinova for the History Department faculty, friends and all interested: “Writing a History of the Capital Punishment in Russia (second part of the 18th century).”

November 29
Institute for the Humanities
6-8 pm

Conversation with Leonid Volkov, one of the most effective oppositional politicians in contemporary Russia and a most consistent opponent of the President Vladimir Putin. Currently, Leonid oversees all regional political operations of the Russia’s Future Party over Russia’s 11 time zones.
Leonid was campaign manager and chief of staff for Alexei Navalny’s 2013 mayoral campaign for Moscow, as well as Alexei Navalny’s attempt to get registered for the 2018 presidential election. He is a former deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma and the head of the central election committee of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council.  Leonid has over 20 years of experience as an IT professional, running and consulting several of Russia’s largest software firms. Together with Fyodor Krasheninnikov he published three editions of “The Cloud Democracy”, a book on how modern technology could re-shape and re-define democracy and elections.  Leonid is also founder of the Internet Protection Society, a NGO focused on internet freedom and digital rights in Russia.

Refreshments are served at all our events. A more detailed information on each of the talks and presentations will be duly circulated.
SEE NEXT is the place where all interested in Northern Eurasian and Eastern European history and culture can come together for interesting discussions and talks. The SEE NEXT UIC conveners are especially eager to see at our events graduate students from Chicagoland, who can greatly benefit from being exposed to new international scholarship in their fields and from learning firsthand about most interesting and important creative and political projects in the region that we study.