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Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

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February 2019

Authoritarian Pluralism: Why Does the Chechen Government Promote Customary Law and Sharia?

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The presentation will uncover the logic of promotion of customary law and Sharia in Ramzan Kadyrov’s postwar Chechnya.

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Thinking for Speaking About Motion in Russian and English: An Eye-Tracking Study

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1418 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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This brownbag talk discusses research on the domain of motion to investigate the differences in how native speakers of English and Russian talk about motion and space and how they interrogate motion events not only verbally but also visually.

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Queering Polish-Russian Relations: Soviet Tops and Polish Bottoms

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Greig poster

This lecture examines Michał Witkowski’s 2005 critically acclaimed Lubiewo (Lovetown). Witkowski’s novel builds an ethnography of a lost era, permeated with nostalgia for socialist Poland and for the seemingly plentiful queer sexual encounters in parks and Soviet barracks. 

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March 2019

Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The talk will delve into the role of bazaars in the political economy and development of Central Asia.

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Space begins on Earth: Communications Satellites and Cold War History

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Drawing on US and Soviet diplomatic and technical archives, interviews, and marketing and training materials, this talk will explore what the history of communications satellite infrastructure can tell us about the Cold War and of the US-Soviet "space race."

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Workshop for Wisconsin Educators: Eastern Europe 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

March 16
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706
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This workshop will look at post-1989 transitions to a market economy, communist nostalgia, and other drivers behind the rise of populism we see today in countries like Germany, Poland, and Hungary.

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Red Allah’s Oil: Arts of the Revolution and the Energy of the Colonized

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Oil and Russia are usually invoked together in an isomorphic economic and political continuum. This talk offers a counter-narrative from a hitherto unexamined frontier of Russian literature and art in the heady years following the October Revolution.

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April 2019

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Beregovski Suite Concert

April 4 @ 7:00 pm
Morphy Hall – UW School of Music, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, 53706 United States
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Free

Join composer/violinist and the world's foremost klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals and jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer for a night of Ukrainian klezmer music performed with a contemporary spin. The performance will take place in Morphy Hall,…

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The Ukrainian Maidan Revolution

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The talk will analyze the state-society dialogue which took place during the Ukrainian Maidan revolution.

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Memories and Myths: The Personal and Political Impacts of the Siege of Leningrad

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The talk will explain how and why heroic story of Leningrad outlasted the state that promoted it.

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The Normative Foundations of Patronal Presidential Rule: Examples from Central Asia

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Patronage is often described as the 'glue' that binds Central Asian patronal presidents and elites, creating strong material incentives to uphold the political status quo.

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May 2019

CREECA Lecture by John Riordan

May 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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John Riordan - USAID Country Director in Uzbekistan

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