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April 16 - April 30, 2021
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Gogol's Town of N 

I’ve long wondered why so many great works of 19th century Russian literature are set in some anonymous, drab, and non-descript provincial town of “N”. We never know where “N” is or what makes it special. They also tend to be inhabited by a variety of lesser nobles, eccentrics, charlatans, obsequious bureaucrats, and bored, angst-ridden youth engaged in petty intrigues and performances. Thanks to Anne Lounsbery’s Life is Elsewhere, I now know that the literary trope of the provinces as homogeneous, static, and anonymous speaks to the location of cultural and political power in Russia. Power is in the center-Petersburg and Moscow—whereas the province is some godforsaken backwater. How space is organized in the literary imagination of writers like Gogol, Chekov, and Dostoevsky served as a meditation on Russia's provinciality to Europe. So, what did the provinces mean? How were they represented? And what does that say about Russian cultural identity? Here’s Anne Lounsbery with some answers.


Anne Lounsbery is a Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University.  She has published numerous articles on Russian and comparative literature and is the author of Thin Culture, High Art: Gogol, Hawthorne, and Authorship in Nineteenth-Century Russia and America. Her most recent book is Life Is Elsewhere: Symbolic Geography in the Russian Provinces, 1800–1917 published by Cornell University Press.


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 qualify 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

REEES-ASEEES Graduate Student Internship, Academic Year 2021-2022

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) are seeking a full-time Graduate Student Intern for the next academic year.

Please note that this position will be available pending the confirmation of funding.

Term of Appointment: August 16, 2021 – April 29, 2022

Salary: full tuition remission and $3,000 in stipend per semester

Hours: 15 hrs/week


1) Assist in the following ways with duties at REEES (7.5 hrs/week):

  • handling all calendar entries for REEES events and entering attendance data in the UCIS Calendar
  • assisting with the planning and implementation of lecture series, academic affairs events, and conferences
  • assisting with center publications and the promotion of events assisting as needed with other Center programs

2) For the remaining 7.5 hours per week, the Graduate Intern's responsibilities for the ASEEES portion of the position will include:

  • assisting with the coordination of the organization's nine book prizes
  • supporting the organization of the Annual Convention, particularly the scheduling of panel sessions
  • assisting the ASEEES Executive Director Lynda Park with researching various aspects related to the state of the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • supporting the Communications Coordinator in ASEEES social media activities
  • assisting with basic website editing

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, a short writing sample (approximately 3 to 5 pages), and email addresses and names for two references by Friday, April 30, 2021.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Academic or professional experience related to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and/or Eurasia.
  • Cannot hold a concurrent hourly student position
  • Enrolled in a University of Pittsburgh graduate program in the arts, humanities or social sciences; students enrolled in credentials offered by the University Center for International Studies preferred
  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Proactive approach to responsibilities, planning and project management. Ability to take initiative.
  • Experience in proofreading and light content editing
  • Excellent written, speaking and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team in an office environment where multitasking and high attention to detail are essential.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
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
Upcoming Events

Global Issues Through Literature:
“Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe” by Kapka Kassabova

This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided.

Zoom, 5:00 pm EST, Thursday, April 22, 2021

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