DECOLONIZATION IN FOCUS
The Russian war in Ukraine has had innumerable impacts, from personal to political, local, national, and global. One of the many sea changes wrought by the war has been the reckoning within East European & Eurasian Studies over the outsized role Russia has played and continues to play in the field and what could and should be done about it. The invited panelists in this series will consider the relationships of power that have long dominated the region, how they have impacted the field of study, and what, if anything, could and should be done about it. The series will have six virtual panels featuring speakers from various disciplines and institutions. Panelists and participants will be encouraged to consider why decolonizing East European & Eurasian studies matters, how to implement concrete change in teaching, and how to conceive of the future of expertise within the field.
For further information on the sessions and the bios of all speakers, please follow the registration links for each session.
PANEL I. Decolonization: Why Does It Matter?
Friday, February 3, 2023, 12 –1:30 pm EST
Tamar Shirinian, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee
Epp Annus, Lecturer, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University
Svitlana Biedarieva, Art Historian, Curator, and Artist, Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, and the Kyiv School of Economics
Marina Mogilner, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Chicago
PANEL II. Discourse and Decolonization: Perspectives from Outside the Anglophone Academy
Friday, February 10, 2023, 12 –1:30 pm EST
Vitaly Chernetsky, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas
President-Elect, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska, Associate Professor of Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
Botakoz Kassymbekova, Assistant Professor of History, University of Basel
Iryna Sklokina, Historian and Researcher, Lviv Center for Urban History
PANEL III. Emerging Scholars on the State of the Field, Activism, and Advocacy
Friday, February 24, 2023, 12 –1:30 pm EST
Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor, The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College
Amanda Zadorian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, Oberlin College
Mariia Shynkarenko, Ph.D. Candidate, New School for Social Research
Karolina Koziura, Ph.D. Candidate, New School for Social Research
PANEL IV. Decolonization: Impact Beyond the Ivory Tower?
Friday, March 3, 2023, 12 –1:30 pm EST
Douglas Rogers, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Yale University
Anna Arays, Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, Yale University
Fatima Tlis, Journalist, Voice of America
Erica Marat, Associate Professor and Chair, Regional and Analytical Studies Department, National Defense University
PANEL V. Syllabus Design and Critical Pedagogies in the Classroom: How Do We Teach Differently?
Friday, March 17, 2023, 12 –1:30 pm EST
Caress Schenk, Associate Professor of Political Science, Nazarbayev University
Shoshana Keller, Chair and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History, Director of Russian Studies, Hamilton College
Irina Roldugina, UCIS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
Louis Porter, Assistant Professor of History, Texas State University
PANEL VI. The Future of SEEES Expertise: How Can We Anticipate Tomorrow’s Differences?
Friday, March 31, 2023, 12 –1:30 pm EST
Juliet Johnson, Professor of Political Science, McGill University
President, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Ilya Gerasimov, Executive Director, Ab Imperio Quarterly, University of Illinois, Chicago
Ararat Osipian, Founding Fellow, New University in Exile Consortium, New York
Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria
This series was developed and executed by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, with support from the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies.
The following centers provided additional financial support:
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-MadisonCenter for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of KansasCenter for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of MichiganCenter for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at AustinCenter for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State UniversityCenter for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-Chapel HillInner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, BloomingtonInstitute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington