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CREECA Graduate Student Research Travel Awards


Application deadline: February 15, 2016


The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications from qualified graduate and professional school students for Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards of up to $4,000. The award amount must be justified by a budget; partial awards may be possible, taking into account students’ other sources of funding, and the number and quality of applications received. Finalists will be selected by the CREECA Administrative Council in March 2016.


All applicants must be masters, doctoral or professional school students in good standing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and international students.


Eligibility and Award Details:

To apply:

  1. Complete all fields on the online form available here.
  2. Upload to the application site a completed budget. Templates are available here.
  3. Upload to the application site a copy of your UW-Madison Student Record (e.g. grade report, available through MyUW).
  4. Applicants should arrange for one letter of recommendation to be sent from an advisor. It is the applicant's responsibility to request letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to "CREECA Summer Fieldwork Award Review Committee" and should be on letterhead and signed. Letters should be in PDF and sent as email attachments directly from the recommender to info@creeca.wisc.edu. Please put “CREECA Summer Fieldwork Award” in the Subject line.

Application Form



Spring 2016 Interdisciplinary Course on Eastern and Central Europe

MADISON (November 5, 2015) — In spring 2016, CREECA is sponsoring an exciting interdisciplinary course for undergraduates: “The Culture of Dissent in Czechoslovakia and Poland (1960s-1980s).” Cross-listed as Geography/History/Political Science/Slavic 254, this course will look at the dissident period in Czechoslovakia and Poland from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the lens of literature and film. One focus will be the “faces of dissent” — the stories of individuals involved in these movements. We will learn to view the pre-1989 culture of dissent not so much as an object of historical investigation, but as something relevant to our own lives that teaches us about ourselves. Lead instructor for the course is David Danaher, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature. “The Culture of Dissent” will also feature several guest speakers from UW-Madison and other universities.


Meets 2:30-3:45 on Tuesday/Thursday

Discussion section on Wednesday

Level: Elementary

Breadth: Humanities, Social Science


For more information, contact Professor David Danaher at dsdanaher@wisc.edu


Brenner Receives 2015 ASEEES Book Prize

MADISON (October 8, 2015) — Rachel Brenner, the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies in the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and a CREECA affiliate, has been awarded a 2015 USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Brenner received the award for her book The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers’ Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945. Published in June 2014 by Northwestern University Press, The Ethics of Witnessing delves into the diaries of five prominent Polish writers, exploring their varied reactions to the Holocaust. Through the firsthand accounts of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, Maria Dąbrowska, Aurelia Wyleżyńska, Zofia Nałkowska and Stanisław Rembek, Brenner examines the influence of humanist and nationalist ideologies and the limits of Enlightenment ethics when confronted with the reality of the Holocaust.

The University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies has been awarded annually since 2009 for “an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies.” The Prize is sponsored by USC’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and carries a cash award. As a Prize winner, Brenner will be recognized at the Annual ASEEES Convention in November 2015. ASEEES is the principal professional and scholarly organization for Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies.

CREECA extends its congratulations to Professor Brenner on this award!


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