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About the CEERES eBulletin

The eBulletin is a weekly publication from the Center for Eastern European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago for those interested in a range of opportunities and events related to our areas of study. You can sign up for the eBulletin here or by emailing us here. If you have an event or opportunity you would like to see included in our eBulletin please submit it here.   


University Events

Join UChicagoGRAD for a virtual conversation with Elana Lopez, the Chief People Officer at Change.org, the world's largest social change platform. Elana will discuss her current role, her career journey, and her advice for other graduate students who are looking to enter the diverse field of social impact careers.

November 30 @ 1:00 PM CT via Zoom 

Local Events

Simon Miles tracks key events in US-Soviet relations in the first half of the 1980s. He argues that covert engagement gave way to overt conversation as both superpowers determined that open diplomacy was the best means of furthering their own, primarily competitive, goals. Miles narrates the history of these dramatic years, as President Ronald Reagan consistently applied a disciplined carrot-and-stick approach, reaching out to Moscow while at the same time excoriating the Soviet system and building up US military capabilities.

December 1 @ 11:30AM via Zoom

The Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic proclaims rule of law as one of the fundamental values. As in many other states, there are serious discrepancies between this ideal and realities on the ground. Kyrgyzstan’s law enforcement system is riddled with capacity deficit and corruption. While there is no properly functioning rule of law, there is a certain order understandable to its participants. It is composed of formal laws, mandates and institutions (police quarters, courts and prisons) and informal rules of the game and networks. The panel will discuss Kyrgyzstan’s law-enforcement system, its key features and the trajectory of its development. A special attention will be paid to current events and their implications.

December 4th @ 8AM via Zoom

An artist, ethnographer, and art collector, although Savitsky (1915–1984) was born in Kyiv, raised and educated in Moscow, and then spent more than 30 years of his life in the Karakalpak ASSR – a paradigmatic back of beyond of the Soviet “empire”. How can Savitsky’s peculiar life trajectory be explained, and what motivated him? How did this unorthodox museum become possible given the ban on avant-garde art? How could an individual create a new state museum on a whim? The very composition of the museum’s collection, which embraces seemingly incompatible Russian modernist paintings and “Oriental” and “primitive” Karakalpak artifacts, raises doubts about the intentionality of this unusual combination.

December 4 @ 12:00PM via Zoom

Fellowships and Funding

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews offers support for applications to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme on a competitive basis. The School hosts a vibrant research culture with internationally recognised expertise in its 8 language disciplines (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish) as well as in Comparative Literature. Areas of interest extend from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary, and include literature, history, visual culture, memory studies, performance studies, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and gender studies.

The deadline for applications to the School’s internal competition is Friday 11 December 2020.

The University of Pittsburgh is offering a postdoctoral fellowship in the arts and humanities to begin in August 2021 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. This fellowship is a non-renewable appointment that ends in July 2022. The Fellow will be expected to pursue their own scholarly work and participate in the academic and intellectual activities of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES), as well as the department with which they become affiliated.

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Job Postings

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will work with the regional director and program staff to manage the Endowment’s grants program for the Southeast European portfolio.  The APO will assist in the vetting of proposals and the monitoring and assessment of grants; draft analytical and descriptive material for internal and external offices; track political developments in Southeast Europe, with emphasis on Albania and Kosovo; and provide programmatic support to senior staff. 


The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will work with the regional director and program staff to manage the Endowment’s grants program for the Eastern European portfolio.  The APO will assist in the vetting of proposals and the monitoring and assessment of grants; draft analytical and descriptive material for internal and external offices; track political developments in Eastern Europe, with emphasis on Belarus; and provide programmatic support to senior staff. 


Academic Opportunities

A Workshop Series to help you decide whether graduate study in Slavic Studies at the University of Michigan is right for you. Tips and tricks on how to apply and what to expect during your time as a PhD student - with University of Michigan graduate students and faculty!

November 6, 12, 20 and December 4, 11 via Zoom  

Join the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program to learn more about the program held at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg University. We will be joined by several alumni who will share their experiences.

December 17 @ 10:00 AM CT via Zoom

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities with opportunities to participate in short-term seminars abroad to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each thematic seminar features educational lectures and interactive, cultural activities specifically designed for K-16 educators, including visits to local schools and organizations and meetings with education administrators, government officials, policymakers, teachers, and students. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new or to enhance cross-cultural curricula for use in their U.S. classrooms and school systems.

CFPs and Conferences

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held virtually at the University of Pittsburgh on March 18-21, 2021. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

Due: December 15, 2020

Our workshop welcomes interdisciplinary research focused on East Asia, such as History, EALC, Anthropology, and Political Science. In response to growing interest in transregional scholarship, we would also like to extend an invitation to scholars working on Asia more broadly, whether it be through Eastern bloc socialism, South Asian Pan-asianism, or something else. If you wish to workshop a paper this Winter, first priority will be given to those who let us know by December 21st. Please respond to this email with a provisional title, an abstract (no more than 250 words), and a sentence about the project type (seminar paper, chapter, article, etc). 

Due: December 21, 2020