Resource: Publishing Consultation Service from Slavic Reference Service

The Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce our new Publishing Consultation Service.

The Slavic Reference Service is here to offer support and guidance through the publishing process for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scholars. Our new Publishing Consultation Service is available to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies scholars year-round. 

We can help with the following:

  • Identifying potential journals and publishers that are a good fit for your specific topic
  • One-on-one assistance with the peer review process
  • Offering tips and suggestions on transliteration systems and formatting references
  • Providing guidance on incorporating feedback from reviewers

What We Don’t Do:

  • Offer copyediting services
  • Offer translation services
  • Submit your article for you or contact publishers on your behalf

To schedule a consultation or learn more about our Publishing Consultation Service, please fill out our Publishing Consultation Service form. To learn more about our other services, including our duplication service and personalized bibliographic consultation sessions, please see our website or contact the Slavic Reference Service at

Resources: Latest Open Access Issue of Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

The latest Open Access issue of Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies has published! Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal.  

Sibirica is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro Collection!: 

Sibirica Volume 22, Issue 1 

Table of Contents 

The Spectrum of Intersectionality in the Arctic: From Discrimination to Diversity and Inclusion 
Jenanne Ferguson, Dina Abdel-Fattah, Doris Friedrich, Olivia Lee, and Sardana Nikolaeva 

Climate Justice and Intersectionality in the Arctic 
Doris Friedrich 

Removing Barriers to Science and the Outdoors for Teenage Youth and Early Career Professionals in the US Arctic and Beyond: An Expedition-Based Model 
Joanna Young, Sarah Clement, and Erin Pettit 

To “Lure On the Gentle Reader”: Approaching Historical Representations of Gender and Sexuality in the Arctic through Rockwell Kent’s Salamina 
Susan B. Vanek and Jette Rygaard 

Examining Gender Equality in Greenland in the Last Thirty Years: An Investigation through the Lens of the CEDAW Convention’s Examinations 
Siff Lund Kjærgaard 

The Impact of Extractivism on Indigenous Peoples: Social, Gender, and Economic Inequality 
Maria A. Pavlova and Nyurgun A. Leontiev 

Plurality of Activisms: Indigenous Women’s Collectives in Olenek District (Sakha Republic) 
The Indigenous Women’s Collectives of the Olenek Evenki National District (Sakha Republic) and Sardana Nikolaeva 

Día de Muertos in Alaska: Indigenous Practices Honoring Life and Death from Mexico to Alaska 
Itzel Zagal and Christina Edwin 

Border Digs in the Circumpolar North: Tracing Embodied Sites at the Intersection of Gender, Sexuality, and Race 
Jean Balestrery 

Book Reviews 
Spencer Abbe, Tayana Arakchaa, and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak 

Prof. Dev: Hemispheres at UT Austin K-12 Teacher Trainings

Hemispheres: The International Outreach Consortium at UT Austin will be hosting several K-12 Teacher Professional Development trainings this summer. Please see below for information on each of the sessions.

Summer Institute: Critical Literacy for Global Citizens

Wednesday June 7, 2023
9:00 am
RLP 1.302 B | Glickman Conference Center

Hemispheres Summer Institute 2023: From Global to Local: Strategies for Teaching About the World Through Migrations

Monday June 12, 2023
9:00 am
Glickman Conference Center, UT Austin

Teaching from Digital Archives Summer Institute June 20-23, 2023 – Presented by Hemispheres Consortium and UTeach Liberal Arts

Tuesday June 20, 2023
9:00 am

Resources: Russian Independent Media Archive

The Gagarin Center at Bard College is partnering with PEN America to launch the Russian Independent Media Archive (RIMA), a project that aims to preserve the last two decades of independent Russian journalism, an irreplaceable historical record at risk of erasure as Russian media outlets not aligned with the regime of President Vladimir Putin are shuttered and their reporters and editors are cast into exile. The project is inspired by Masha Gessen, Bard faculty member and trustee of PEN America, a nonprofit organization that works to defend free expression worldwide through the advancement of literature and human rights, and made possible with the support of Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust, advised by PEN America trustee Peter Barbey

Launched with the content from more than a dozen outlets and a half-million entries, the digital archive will include over 519,000 documents from more than 70 independent national, regional, investigative and cultural news outlets published since President Putin took office in 2000. The archive will make the journalism of this pivotal period accessible to the reporters, historians, political scientists and other researchers whose work counters propaganda-driven manipulation of Russia’s historical narrative. The archives may be viewed here.

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which contributes to archiving and securing data from Russian media and provides technical consultations, is also collaborating on the project. With the support of the Mass Media Defence Center, PEN America is entering into licensing agreements with participating outlets to protect their copyright while the archive serves as a secure home for the content. 

Global Diasporas Program

The Global Diasporas Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks to explore the transnational networks of diaspora communities through examination of their multifaceted identities across linguistic and cultural spaces. It is the goal of this program to engage with students, faculty, and scholarly groups from different academic training and backgrounds from around the world.

We are seeking collaborative partnerships with academic units, centers, and funding agencies at Illinois and beyond. Students, faculty, and early career scholars are welcome to join our group. The current website for the program is live and viewable at; future updates will be applied as new information is made available. Please send your questions about the program to Joseph Lenkart, Head of the Slavic Reference Service, at 

Resource: Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region: Sea Changes, Open Access Book

UCL Press is delighted to present an open access book that may be of interest to list subscribers: Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region: Sea Changes, by William Wheeler.     Download it free:     ******************************************* Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region Sea Changes by William Wheeler   Free download:   *******************************************   The Aral Sea is well known for its devastating regression over the second half of the twentieth century, and for its recent partial restoration. ‘Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region’ is the first book to explore what these monumental changes have meant to those living on the sea’s shores.   Following the fluctuating fortunes of the pre-Soviet, Soviet and post-Soviet fisheries, the book shows how the vast environmental changes the region has undergone cannot be disentangled from the transformations of Soviet socialism and postsocialism. This ethnographic perspective prompts a critical rethinking of the category of environmental disaster through which the region is predominantly known. Tracing how the sea’s retreat and partial return have been apprehended by diverse local actors in the former port of Aral’sk and surrounding fishing villages, as well as by scientists, bureaucrats and international development workers, William Wheeler draws out the multiple meanings environmental change acquires within different contexts. This study of how people make their lives amidst overlapping ecological and political-economic upheavals is rich in ethnographic detail that is both rooted in Soviet legacies and alive to the new transnational connections that are reshaping the region.   Offering a rigorous political ecology of Soviet socialism and after, the book is a major contribution to the nascent environmental anthropology of Central Asia. It will be of interest to environmental anthropologists, environmental historians, and scholars of all disciplines working on Central Asia and the former USSR.   Free download:     ———————- 

Resource: “The Bentham Brothers and Russia: The Imperial Russian Constitution and the St Petersburg Panopticon” Open Access Book

UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a new open access book that may be of interest to list subscribers: The Bentham Brothers and Russia: The Imperial Russian Constitution and the St Petersburg Panopticon by Roger Bartlett (UCL SSEES). Download it free:


The Bentham Brothers and Russia

The Imperial Russian Constitution and the St Petersburg Panopticon

Roger Bartlett

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CFA: Global Russian Academy

Deadline: February 28, 2023

The war in Ukraine and ongoing crackdown in Russia threaten to plunge Russian social sciences and humanities into a new isolation and wipe out over three decades of internationalization and transnational exchange.

To address these challenges, the Russian Global Academy helps the Russian academic diaspora to self-organize and maintain a degree of solidarity and cohesion. We aim to preserve Russian scholarly communities by supporting digital professional ecosystems and offering flexible solutions in a transition period.

A DC-based consortium of three universities (GWU, Georgetown, and American University), the Academy delivers short-term non-residential fellowships to Russian scholars in emigration, provides support for conference travel, and assists in editing and publishing scholarly work.

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