Weekly Updates

February 19 - March 5, 2021

NEW Episode!
Conquering Nature in Sakhalin and the Arctic

Imperial expansion is as much about conquering nature as it is about subjugating people. The Russian state’s expansion to the edges of the Eurasian continent exemplifies the challenge of turning frozen and inhospitable land into livable space or converting lush landscapes into profit and prosperity. To get a better understanding of this process in some of the far reaches of Russia, I turned to two people, Sharyl Corrado and Paul Josephson, to talk about Sakhalin and the Arctic respectively and relationship between Russian imperial expansion and nature, and how environment was imagined and shaped in the process.


Paul Josephson, the author of 13 books, is professor of history at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, and visiting, part-time professor at Tomsk State University.  A historian of big science and technology, he conducted archival research in Arctic regions while working on his monograph, The Conquest of the Russian Arctic.  His most recent book, with Polity Press, is called Chicken: A History from Farmyard to Factory.  He is working now on a global nuclear environmental history.

Sharyl Corrado is Associate Professor of History and History Program Director at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  She has published articles on the environmental history and historical geography of the imperial Russian Far East in a variety of academic journals in English and Russian. She is also known within Russian Baptist circles for her research on Russian Baptist and Evangelical history, including a monograph published in Russian and an edited volume on East European Baptist History.  She is currently working on an annotated collection of letters written by a Red Cross sister serving in the Sakhalin Penal colony.


Call for Applications: Faculty Small Grants

REEES small grants are open on a rolling basis to all Pitt faculty working on topics related to our region. For more information on eligibility requirements and further details about the application process, please see the website. For any additional information, please contact Gina Peirce. Funding for successful proposals submitted in September – December must be spent by June 15, 2021.

Application deadline:  Rolling

**COVID-19 Advisory: At this time, the University of Pittsburgh is not allowing any non-essential travel by faculty, students, or staff on University business. Research, conference participation, and most other teaching-related travel qualifies as non-essential travel.

Call for Applications: Course Development Grants

REEES offers faculty small grants on a rolling basis for course development or language module development. Proposals are sought to enhance teaching on the cultures, languages, politics, economies and societies of Central/Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Russia and the former USSR. REEES faculty from all A&S departments and professional schools are eligible to apply. Funds may be requested to support a variety of activities. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition of special instructional materials (e.g., databases, monographs, periodicals, films or electronic media).
  • Bibliographic searches.
  • Payments to students for assistance with any aspect of course development. Note, however, that no payment may be given for any student work unless and until that arrangement has been approved by REEES, due to the possible complexities involved in paying students.

Application Deadline: Rolling

Apply here!

2021 Johns Hopkins Macksey Symposium for Undergraduate Students

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) encourages Pitt undergraduate students in the humanities to submit proposals focused on our world region to the 2021 Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium at Johns Hopkins University. If your proposals are accepted, REEES will cover the registration fee for up to 8 students.

The Macksey Symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. The organizers hope to have 400 participants this year. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations, the symposium will include a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring Johns Hopkins graduate students and faculty, as well as editors from Johns Hopkins University Press. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend. Attendees will also have the opportunity to work with student editors to revise their presentation into a journal-length presentation for our journal of proceedings, the Macksey Journal.

Application deadline: April 1

Virtual conference dates: April 24-25

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2022-2023

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2022-2023 competition is NOW OPEN. The Scholar Program offers diverse opportunities for U.S. academics, administrators, and professionals to teach, research, do professional projects and attend seminars abroad.

For information on the variety of scholarships available, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program online. 

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

ASEEES Internship Grant Program

ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program. This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside traditional academia, including not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations, business/trade councils, government, media, the arts, museums, publishers, and other sectors.

These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities (at least 25 work hours per week), lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee (intern) during their internship.


In order to be eligible one must:

  • be a recent graduate (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) or current graduate student in a degree-granting institution in the US or, if a US citizen, in a degree-granting institution anywhere in the world;
  • have specialized in Russian studies or be currently in a program specializing in Russian studies.
  • Undergraduates are not eligible.
  • ASEEES membership is not required at the time of application.     
Application Deadline: March 8, 2021, 11:59PM, Hawaii Time
Call for Submissions: AAUS 2019-2020 Article Prize, Book Prize, and Translation Prize Competition

American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the next round of the AAUS Book, Article, and Translation Prizes. For this round, works published in 2019 and 2020 are eligible (as long as they were not nominated last year, as each work can be considered for a prize only once).

Deadline for nominated works to be received by members of the prize committees has been EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 28, 2021.
New Pitt Law Course
International Topics - Study Abroad at Home

Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education has created a special opportunity for Pitt Law students that makes it possible to “study abroad at home” in these times when travel is restricted. 

International Topics - Study Abroad at Home is a one credit course that will be offered on Friday mornings for seven weeks beginning on March 5, 2021. 

Three Pitt Law professors (Brand, Curran, and Hamoudi) will team with three professors from the University of Belgrade and Pitt Law alum Dimitri Facaros (a US Army Judge Advocate and Training Officer at the  International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy) to provide sessions on the following topics:
  • International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Using Private International Law Rules in Transaction Planning
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Foreign Law in U.S. Courts
  • International Bankruptcy and Related Corporate Issues
  • Islamic Law in the International Legal Order
  • International Humanitarian Law

Most classes will meet at 9:00-11:00 a.m. on each Friday. The course will be for one (1) semester hour of credit at the University of Pittsburgh, with students joining the class from the University of Belgrade as well as other law faculties around the globe at which Pitt Law graduates are now teaching.  Each Pitt student will submit an informal one page of thoughts on each class, due 5:00 p.m. on the day before the next class; and a paper of at least 15 pages on a topic related to the course, due on the last day before final exams.

The course syllabus and further information are available on the course website.

You may register for Pitt Law credit by emailing Please reference course number LAW 5203- 33406 and include your name and PeopleSoft number in your registration email.

Upcoming Events
Creature Comforts: Animals, Zoos, and Exotic Trafficking in Eurasia

Join us for a live interview with Tracy McDonald (McMaster University) and Marianna Szczygielska (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).

The existential threat of climate change has inspired renewed intellectual engagement with the Anthropocene. Eurasian Studies are no exception to this trend. In the last decade, studies that grapple with the past, present, and potential future of the human-nature dialectic are on the uptick. These studies have forced us to reconsider intellectual and ideological paradigms, sources, mission, and role of scholar in society.

Nature’s Revenge: Ecology, Animals, and Waste in Eurasia seeks to bring some of this scholarship and activism to a wider public through a series of live-recorded interviews. The goal is to illuminate recent scholarship and complicate our understanding of the Eurasian Anthropocene and its place in our world.

Zoom, 12:00 pm EST, Tuesday, February 23, 2020
#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

While the Black Lives Matter Movement has revived global conversations about racism and systemic inequality, its reception in our region manifested not only in anti-racist solidarity protests but also in pro-nationalist activism, most notably in Russia. Join us to discuss whether the Black Lives Matter movement will have a lasting impact on the struggle against racism and for civil rights and social equality in our region.

Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College

Angéla Kóczé, Central European University
Diana Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge
Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University
Jakobi Williams, Indiana University, Bloomington

This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

Zoom, 2:00 pm EST, Friday, February 26, 2020

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