Weekly Updates

April 23 - May 7, 2021

2021 Russian Film Symposium

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is excited to announce the 2021 Russian Film Symposium (RFS). The virtual RFS kicks off with the screening of films in the documentary category on Friday, April 30th. View the full schedule of events below.


30 April: 11:00 am—1:30 pm

About Kira Stealthily О Кире украдкой
Irina Vasil'eva 
(2019), 77 min

Curator: Eve Barden (University of Pittsburgh)
Introduced by: Irina Vasil'eva (Art Director, Studio “Fishka-fil'm)
Respondent: Robert Clift (University of Pittsburgh)
Discussion Host: Eve Barden (University of Pittsburgh)

1 May: 11:00 am—1:30 pm

Exact Time Точное время
Tat'iana Stefanenko (2017) 26 min

Stasya is Me Стасяэто я
Stasia Granovskaia: (2020) 60 min

Curator: Dinara Garifullina (University of Pittsburgh)
Introduced by: Bella Grigoryan (University of Pittsburgh)
Respondent: Anastasia Kostina (Yale University)
Discussion Host: Dinara Garifullina (University of Pittsburgh)



7 May: 11:00 am—1:30 pm

Spice Boyz Спайс бойз
Vladimir Zinkevich
 (2019) 106 min

Curator: Denis Saltykov (University of Pittsburgh)
Introduced by: Jeffrey Sconce (Northwestern University)
Respondent: Adam Lowenstein (University of Pittsburgh)
Discussion Host: Denis Saltykov (University of Pittsburgh)

8 May: 11:00am—1:30pm

Ich-chi Иччи
Kostas Marsaans 
(2020) 87 min

Curator: Eva Ivanilova (University of Pittsburgh)
Introduced by: Marianna Skrybykina (producer) 
Respondent: Neepa Majumdar (University of Pittsburgh)
Discussion Host: Eva Ivanilova (University of Pittsburgh)



14 May: 11:00am—1:30pm

About Mother Про маму 
Dina Velikovskaia (2015) 7:20 min

How Much Does a Cloud Weigh? Сколько весит облако?
Nina Bisiarina 
(2018) 5:30 min

Bus Stop Остановка
Nina Bisiarina 
(2016) 7 min

Lucky Ticket Счастливый билет
Svetlana Adrianova 
(2019) 4:12 min

Once upon a Time There Was a House Жил-был дом
Svetlana Adrianova 
(2017) 5:09 min

Running after Wall Бег за стеной
 Liana Makaryan 
(2020) 9:58 min

Anna, Cat-and-Mouse Анна, кошки-мышки
Var'ia Iakovleva 
(2020) 5:27 min

A Very Lonely Rooster Очень одинокий петух
Leonid Shmel'kov
 (2015) 5:46 min

Lola the Living Potato Лола живая картошка
Leonid Shmel'kov 
(2018) 17:18 min

My Personal Moose Мой личный лось
Leonid Shmel'kov 
(2013) 16:31 min

Ties Узы
Dina Velikovskaia
 (2019) 7:39 min

Curator: Olga Blackledge (Bethany College)
Introduced by: Laura Pontieri 
Respondent: Michele Leigh (Southern Illinois University) 
Discussion Host: Olga Blackledge(Bethany College)

15 May : 11:00am—1:30pm

Hoffmaniada Гофманиада
Stanislav Sokolov
 (2018) 75 min

Curator: Olga Klimova (University of Pittsburgh)
Introduced by: Stanislav Sokolov (director, professor of animation at VGIK)
Respondent: Lora Mjolsness (University of California, Irvine)
Discussion Host: Olga Klimova (University of Pittsburgh)

NEW Episode!
Environmental Activism in Russia

This week’s podcast is the fifth and final event for Nature’s Revenge: Ecology, Animals, and Waste in Eurasia, the Spring 2021 Speakers’ Series at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. If you want to hear the entire series, go here.

Like elsewhere, there’s a growing environmental movement in Russia. Activists are not only concerned about the larger issues like climate change, but local ones—the preservation and development of ecologically sustainable urban and rural space, industrial waste and carbon pollution, and the human footprint on nature. And like other political movements in Russia, activists risk arrest, repression, and marginalization. To get a picture of environmental activism its focus, goals, tactics, and strategies, I talked to Konstantin Fokin and Angelina Davydova.


Angelina Davydova is an expert on international and Russian climate and environmental policies, civil society movements, and media. She is a director of a St. Petersburg-based NGO “Office of Environmental Information," based in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is also an environmental and climate journalist and regularly contributes to Russian and international media. Davydova has served as an observer with the UN climate negotiations (UNFCCC) since 2008 and is a member of Global Reference Group and World Future Council.

Konstantin Fokin is an entrepreneur, the CEO of the Russian National Business Angels Association, and a climate and environmental activist with Extinction Rebellion. Since 2016, he’s led or carried out more than 150 street actions, four hunger strikes, and has been arrested nineteen times that has resulted in seven jail sentences totally 81 days.

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
Officer Positions at GOSECA

Attention all Pitt Graduate students! GOSECA is currently seeking to fill three (3) officer positions for the 2021-2022 academic year:
  • Business manager
  • Historian
  • Social media manager
All Pitt graduate students in any academic discipline are eligible—as long as you have an interest in the regions of Russia, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Come spend the next academic year gaining experience planning film screenings, cultural events, a graduate student conference, and much more!

Elections will be held by survey next week (Wednesday, 4/28).

If you are interested in running as a candidate or if you want to be sure you’re actively registered as a member of GOSECA so that you can vote, please email using your official Pitt email address.
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 Graduate Student Essay Prize
Attention all graduate students! Consider participating in the 2021 ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize, which is awarded for an outstanding essay by a graduate student in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

The winner of the competition receives free roundtrip domestic airfare to and room at the ASEEES Annual Convention and an honorary ASEEES membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention.

View the complete rules of eligibility and nomination instructions.

Application deadline - June 15th, 2021


The ASEEES Exploring Career Diversity Conversation Series:
A Spring 2021 Pilot Program

Are you interested in learning about careers beyond academia? Are you curious how academic skills can be transferred into other professional sectors? Are you interested in learning about resources for job acquisition? ASEEES is pleased to announce the Exploring Career Diversity Conversation Series for graduate students or recent graduates who are interested in broadening their career horizons. The events provide a space for informal conversations in Zoom breakout rooms with professionals in career fields outside of academia or within academia outside the professoriate. This spring, ASEEES will offer five opportunities to join a career-focused Zoom discussion. More details about the sessions can be found below. 

Eligibility for participation: 

  • Be a student in or a recent graduate (degree received in the last five years) of an MA/PhD program 

  • Be a member of ASEEES. You may renew your membership for 2021 online if you have not already done so.

Participants may sign up to take part in any or all conversations. Please note: sessions will not be recorded. To register for one or more of these sessions, please click through to the Members' Site

This initiative is supported by the Committee for Careers beyond Academia.

Transferring Skills from Graduate Programs into the Professional World (Thursday, 29 April; 2:30-4PM Eastern)

Imani Crawford - Founder, Black Bread
Emily Elliott - Managing Editor, East Lansing Info
Eileen Kunkler - Assistant Director, CSEES, Ohio State University
Isabel Lane - Director, Boston College Prison Education Program
Nellie Manis - Program Manager, Critical Language Scholarship Program, American Councils for International Education
Dawn Seckler - Director of Development, Bridgeway Capital

Exploring Careers in Business and Consulting (Thursday, 6 May; 1:30-3PM Eastern)

Cheryl Berriman - Senior Business Manager, Boston Consulting Group
Yakov Feygin - Associate Director, Future of Capitalism, The Berggruen Institute
Daniel Peris - Senior Portfolio Manager, Federated Hermes
Elise Thorsen - Senior Open Source Analyst, Novetta

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites our BIPOC (black, Indigenous, and people of color) colleagues to participate in a two-year (2021-2022) pilot program, the ASEEES Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion. ASEEES recognizes that BIPOC scholars and students in our field have often experienced isolation and marginalization. The aim of this initiative is for ASEEES to provide structural support to create a community of BIPOC students, scholars, and professionals in the United States so that they can network, share their experiences and mentor each other.

We are pleased to offer complimentary two-year membership for 2021 and 2022 to eligible BIPOC students, scholars, and professionals who are working on topics in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia in or outside the academy or those who have an MA or PhD in the field but are working in unrelated areas or disciplines. Previous ASEEES members whose membership has lapsed are especially welcome to rejoin the Association at no cost in 2021 and 2022.

As part of the aim to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our field and provide professional benefits and support for our BIPOC members, we request that those participating in this initiative be willing to engage with other BIPOC students and colleagues in a designated online networking platform.

ASEEES thanks Douglas Smith and Stephanie Ellis-Smith for their generous gift to fund this initiative.

Eligibility requirements to receive complimentary two-year ASEEES membership:

  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, scholars, or non-academic professionals who identify as BIPOC who are studying or working in the field, or
  • Professionals who identify as BIPOC who have an MA or PhD in the field but are working in unrelated areas or disciplines
  • Permanently residing in the United States
  • Willingness to engage with other BIPOC members in an online network

Please indicate your interest by completing this short information form. If you have not created a profile in the ASEEES membership database, please do so by going here. This information is required in order for us to process your complimentary membership.

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