Resources: The Specter in the Present: Trauma and its Legacies in Eurasia

REEES’ at the University of Pittsburgh and the SRB Podcast Presents:

The Specter in the Present: Trauma and its Legacies in Eurasia

“Trauma has become a major signifier of our age,” Didier Fassin and Richard Rechtman declared in Empire of Trauma. Nowhere is this more evident than in Eastern Europe and former Soviet states. Trauma permeates the region: in social relations, politics, historical memory, national identity, geopolitics, and war. Moreover, scholars have increasingly turned to trauma as a social-historical manifestation and analytic.

REEES Fall 2022 series, The Specter in the Present: Trauma and its Legacies in Eurasia, will explore the place of trauma in Eurasia society in four interviews that pair scholars to discuss social and clinical trauma, victimhood, historical memory, and the politics of history in the region.

All events in this series will be held online.

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Seminars: NYC REE Studies Kruzhok

We are pleased to announce the (re-)launch of the New York area Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Kruzhok! Join us this fall on select Fridays at 12:30 pm via Zoom to workshop pre-circulated papers.

We invite researchers working on the history, politics, societies, cultures, economies, and/or environments of Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia to participate in this workshop. Not only are scholars from New York-based institutions welcome, but so are scholars from anywhere in the world. This includes independent scholars. 

Several years ago, there was a Balkan/Eastern European history Kruzhok in New York City, organized by CUNY Faculty and housed at Columbia’s Harriman Center. At different points, we had a good group of scholars and graduate students from Columbia, CUNY, New York University, and Rutgers. In order to rebuild interest in Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia and provide a forum for researchers to present their work for discussion, the time is ripe to restart the Kruzhok

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Resource: Ukraine Unlocked

Ukraine Unlocked is a weekly newsletter that provides a roundup of the country’s cultural, political, and economic developments. In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we are providing succinct updates about what is happening on the ground in Ukraine. The newsletter was created by two Fulbright Ukraine alumni who hope to provide students, professionals, and the casual reader with greater insight into Ukraine as its role on the global stage evolves throughout the 21st century.

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Free Online Course Lectures: “The Making of Modern Ukraine” (Yale University)

Dr. Timothy Snyder at Yale University is teaching a class on “The Making of Modern Ukraine” this semester. The lectures are being made available on a Youtube channel: the first one is here. They will continue to be published over the course of the autumn. If interested, the syllabus is available here: .

Early Slavic ESSA Travel Grant to ASEEES 2022

Deadline: July 15, 2022

The Graduate Student Travel Award Committee of the Early Slavic Studies Association is seeking applications for a $300 grant to assist with the travel expenses of a graduate student who will be presenting a paper in person in the early Slavic field at the National Convention of the ASEEES in Chicago in November 2022. Interested graduate students may find the application here

Applications are due by Friday, July 15, 2022.  Please submit the completed application form with a c.v. by email to the committee chair Dr. Tomasz Grusiecki,, and carbon-copy Dr. Jennifer Spock,, and Dr. Brian Boeck,

The winner will be notified by August 5.

Resource: Manhoff Archive

Major Martin J. Manhoff served as an assistant military attaché in the US embassy Moscow from 1952-54. During his time in the USSR, he took thousands of color slide photographs and shot over ninety minutes of 16mm color movies, including scenes of Stalin’s funeral. Several years after his death, the collection was discovered in several large cardboard boxes in his home, and after digitizing the collection, a series on Manhoff and his work was made for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 2017 that generated considerable international attention (

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Online Ukrainian Folklore Course

Dates: June 9- July 2, 2022

The Partnership for Russian, East European and Eurasian Folklore, a nonprofit dedicated to cultural exchange and the study of folklore, is honored to present an online course in Ukrainian folklore.

This course is a collaboration between two distinguished folklorists, Dr. Liudmila Ivaniikova (Kiev) and Dr. Yelena Minyonok (Moscow).  Dr. Ivaniikova will lecture in Ukrainian. Dr. Minyonok will deliver an introductory lecture in English and provide English translation for subsequent lectures.

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SRAS Study Abroad Info Sessions

Event Dates: April 7 and April 12, 2022

Please join SRAS info sessions to discuss your future study abroad program! We will go over funding and scholarship opportunities as well. 

SRAS is gearing up for summer programs in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Batumi, Georgia as well as online from Warsaw, Poland. We are also accepting applications for fall programs in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as well as Chisinau, Moldova. Both programs will include intensive Russian-language study as well local cultural and travel programs that will introduce students to the unique peoples, cultures, and identities of these locations. 

We will also have our Security and Society in the Information Age program in Warsaw, Poland this fall, a particularly pertinent program looking at European security and global security issues. 

With so many students now in our Bishkek location, we’ve taken the opportunity to update and expand our Vegan and Vegetarian Guide to Bishkek, our guide to Fitness, Training, Gyms, and Jogging in Bishkek, and several other resources, now all linked from our giant SRAS Guide to Living in Bishkek.

Elsewhere on our Family of Sites, we have new articles on the Kyrgyz State Opera and Ballet Theater, a profile of Turkmen poet Magtymguly Pyragy, and a book review of This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia.

Lastly, we are heartened to report that all our friends and colleagues at Novamova, our partner school in Ukraine, are still safe. If you would like to donate to help them, please click here

Resources: Russian Modernization – A New Paradigm

I would like to draw to your attention details of the book summarizing the results of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies. It is published by Routledge in our series Studies in Contemporary Russia and will come to open access in the next month.

Russian Modernization: A New Paradigm – 1st Edition – Markku Kivinen

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