ASEEES Online Conference -- Decolonization In Focus PANEL I. Decolonization: Why Does It Matter?


The Russian war in Ukraine has had innumerable impacts, from personal to political, local, national, and global. One of the many sea changes wrought by the war has been the reckoning within East European & Eurasian Studies over the outsized role Russia has played and continues to play in the field and what could and should be done about it. The invited panelists in this series will consider the relationships of power that have long dominated the region, how they have impacted the field of study, and what, if anything, could and should be done about it. The series will have six virtual panels featuring speakers from various disciplines and institutions. Panelists and participants will be encouraged to consider why decolonizing East European & Eurasian studies matters, how to implement concrete change in teaching, and how to conceive of the future of expertise within the field.


For further information on the sessions and the bios of all speakers, please follow the registration links for each session.


PANEL I. Decolonization: Why Does It Matter?

Friday, February 3, 2023, 121:30 pm EST




Tamar Shirinian, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee



Epp Annus, Lecturer, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University

Svitlana Biedarieva, Art Historian, Curator, and Artist, Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, and the Kyiv School of Economics

Marina Mogilner, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Chicago


Information on subsequent panels here:


PANEL I. Decolonization: Why Does It Matter?

PANEL II. Discourse and Decolonization: Perspectives from Outside the Anglophone Academy

PANEL III. Emerging Scholars on the State of the Field, Activism, and Advocacy

PANEL IV. Decolonization: Impact Beyond the Ivory Tower?

PANEL V. Syllabus Design and Critical Pedagogies in the Classroom: How Do We Teach Differently?

PANEL VI. The Future of SEEES Expertise: How Can We Anticipate Tomorrow’s Differences?