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This is a blog & news curator for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The purpose of the blogroll is gather a variety of news, information, and events related to the study of the region, particularly blog posts written by our members -- not necessarily to aggregate all the news of current events in the region. Posting does not indicate endorsement. ASEEES reserves the right to moderate all aspects of this blogroll. www.aseees.org
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2015 Annual Convention, Philadelphia | ASEEES

2015 Annual Convention, Philadelphia | ASEEES | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

47th ASEEES Annual Convention
Nov. 19-22, 2015
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown  


Theme: “Fact”


The call for proposals with submission info can be found at: www.aseees.org/convention/cfp  


The individual paper submissions deadline is Jan. 15, 2015.
The panel/roundtable/meeting submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2015

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Western Scholars Alarmed By Russian Deportations, Fines | RFERL

Western Scholars Alarmed By Russian Deportations, Fines | RFERL | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it
At least four Western scholars in Russia have been deported, fined, or threatened with these penalties over the past year due to alleged visa violations, unnerving many U.S. and European academic...
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Russian language barrier stumps UK | BBC

Russian language barrier stumps UK | BBC | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

A report by the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee has concluded a lack of Russian speakers in the Foreign Office left Britain's diplomats ill-equipped to anticipate the events in Ukraine.


According to the report, an absence of Slavonic know-how meant Britain had been unprepared for the most serious East-West tensions since the end of the Cold War.


The consequence: a drive to recruit Russian experts.

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it
Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.
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‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Zantovsky | NY Times

‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Zantovsky | NY Times | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

Marci Shore reviews Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovsky (Grove Press).


"The most successful part of this biography begins here; Zantovsky’s writing becomes more vivid when he is telling stories he actually witnessed as one of President Havel’s 'motley crew' of longhaired advisers, a team 'better qualified to run a theater than a presidential office.' When they arrived at Prague Castle, there were no cars, no computers, no staff. The naked emperor had fled, leaving locked doors and no keys."

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Dzhokhar Tsarnae​v was ‘black’ in Russia. Is he white in America? | The Washington Post

Dzhokhar Tsarnae​v was ‘black’ in Russia. Is he white in America? | The Washington Post | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Eliot Borenstein


Billngual speakers of Russian and English all recognize the disconnect between the terms “Caucasian” (i.e., “white”) and “Caucasian” (person from the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union); for Russian speakers, the two terms are functionally opposite. What, then, are “people of Caucasian nationality” (as the Russian bureaucratic phrase would have it)? Can their difference be mapped onto a grid of whiteness and non-whiteness?

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Why Russia's Future Leaders Will Not Transform the Regime | Foreign Affairs

Why Russia's Future Leaders Will Not Transform the Regime | Foreign Affairs | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

Sarah Mendelson reviews "No Illusions: The Voices of Russia’s Future Leaders" BY ELLEN MICKIEWICZ. Oxford University Press, 2014, 264 pp.

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Bulgaria’s Guerrilla Girl | Anthropology-News

Bulgaria’s Guerrilla Girl | Anthropology-News | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Kristen Ghodsee


Elena Lagadinova ranks among the most fascinating women in Bulgaria’s contemporary history. I first met her in the summer of 2010 when she was already eighty-years-old.  I was researching a book on state socialist women’s international activism at the United Nations, and I sought her out because she had led the Bulgarian delegation to the first UN World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975.  I had hoped to do one extended interview with her on Bulgaria’s role during the United Nations Decade for Women.  Instead, that one interview grew into hundreds of hours of conversation over the last five years.

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A Foot in the Door at a Small Liberal-Arts College | CHE

A Foot in the Door at a Small Liberal-Arts College | CHE | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

How do you prepare for a first-round interview? By: (a) carefully reading the job announcement, (b) carefully reading the website, and (c) engaging in mock interviews. Don’t skip any of those steps.

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How different are Russians and Americans, anyway? | The Washington Post

How different are Russians and Americans, anyway? | The Washington Post | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Rick Noack


Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama and politicians in both countries have been trading barbs for months as the countries' relations have plunged ever southward.


But what about the countries' citizens? Are they as at odds as their leaders' rhetoric suggests?


WorldViews delved into recent opinion polls conducted by the Pew Research Center and Gallup. Together, the data provide interesting insights into what Russians and Americans think about each other and themselves, how they differ in certain ways, and how they are similar when it comes to other aspects.

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Memory and Responsibility | PEN Atlas

Memory and Responsibility | PEN Atlas | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it
Having won the 2014 Jan Michalski Prize for Road to Donbass, Serhiy Zhadan writes for PEN Atlas about growing up in eastern Ukraine, a region now at war, and how love and attentiveness are the lessons of literature in a world of silence and oblivion.

Translated from the Ukranian by Boris Dralyuk

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The Habits of Highly Productive Writers | CHE

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers | CHE | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Rachel Toor

What are the personality traits and habits that help people crank out the pages? Here are a few that occur to me:


They reject the notion of "writer’s block" the way others shun gluten.

They don’t overtalk their projects.

They believe in themselves and their work.

They know that a lot of important stuff happens when they’re not "working."

They’re passionate about their projects. 

They know what they’re good at. 

They read a lot, and widely. 

They know how to finish a draft. 

They work on more than one thing at once. 

They leave off at a point where it will be easy to start again. 

They don’t let themselves off the hook.

They know there are no shortcuts, magic bullets, special exercises, or incantations.


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My Country of Origin? It’s Complicated | NY Times

My Country of Origin? It’s Complicated | NY Times | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Lev Golinkin

“Where are you from?” Americans ask when they hear me speak, and I never know what to say. “New Jersey” never works, probably because people from New Jersey don’t have Slavic accents and are not named Lev. “Russia” is good for about two seconds, until the inevitable “Which part of Russia?” follow-up. “Ukraine,” I sigh. “So aren’t you Ukrainian?”


Well, technically I’m from the Russian-speaking region of a Soviet Socialist republic that used to be part of a country that isn’t there anymore. It was called the Soviet Union, and you can still find it on old maps. “It’s complicated.”

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Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 12:58 PM

Its interesting to hear of someone like Lev from eastern Russia struggle and often times have to explain where exactly he's from. He isn't really sure what country to classify himself as. I guess that's how most people who migrate here from Europe may be experiencing. Its hard to say that you're from a specific nation when both of your parents derive from a different country and their grandparents from another. Its hard to identify with one and disregard the other. Though not explicitly, I sometimes struggle with the same identity crisis. Though I was born in Haiti and migrated to the US at the mere age of 7, I am sometimes classified with being an American native because of the way I speak my native tongue. Even though I know for a fact that my identity lies in the land of Haiti, I often times have to explain where my creole accent derive from.

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Gorbachev's Democracy Died With Boris Nemtsov | Moscow Times Opinion

Gorbachev's Democracy Died With Boris Nemtsov | Moscow Times Opinion | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Peter Holquist


The murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was a reminder — if anyone needed it — that the transition to democracy in Russia has failed.

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Nine ways to use language skills to get a job and boost your career | The Guardian

Nine ways to use language skills to get a job and boost your career | The Guardian | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it
Unsure of where your language learning may lead? From choosing the right degree to making your CV stand out, experts at our recent live chat share advice
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Visual Sources in Russian Archives | Dissertation Reviews

Visual Sources in Russian Archives | Dissertation Reviews | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Keating


Shortly before I left on the research stint of my Ph.D., hoping to mine the treasures of Russia’s archives for visual representations of imperial Central Asia, I sought advice as to where I might begin to look for such sources. Colleagues’ opinions varied from encouraging suggestions to doom-laden predictions of fruitless months ahead, and I arrived in Russia already feeling a little discouraged and largely perplexed about which scenario would present itself. My research eventually took me to four main archives in Russia: the Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA, St Petersburg); the Russian State Military-Historical Archive (RGVIA, Moscow); and the State Historical Museum (Moscow); the Central State Archive of Film, Photography and Sound Recordings (TsGAKFFD SPb, St Petersburg). What follows are my impressions from working in these institutions, with particular respect to using visual material.


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Don't Let the Transvestite Drive the Bus? | NYU Jordan Center

Don't Let the Transvestite Drive the Bus? | NYU Jordan Center | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Eliot Borenstein


Dear President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev,

I quit.

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Protest in the Age of Social Media | Medium

Protest in the Age of Social Media | Medium | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

by Joshua A. Tucker, Megan Metzger, Duncan Penfold-Brown, Richard Bonneau, John Jost, Jonathan Nagler

...it is almost impossible to think of a major political protest or upheaval occurring without social media being part of both the incident and the ensuing narrative. The Euromaidan protests, which culminated in the flight of President Yanukovych from Ukraine in late February 2014, are a case in point. Indeed, the Ukrainian Euromaidan protest movement may go down in history as the first truly successful social media uprising. Earlier movements labeled social media revolutions subsequently have been criticized for not having had much important activity on social media (Moldova, Arab Spring) or for having had a large social media presence but ultimately failing to make much of a long-term impact as a protest movement (Spain’s Los Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, Gezi Park in Turkey). In Ukraine, a government fell, a region was annexed, a civilian plane was shot down, and what some are calling a civil war continues to this day in the eastern part of the country. Clearly, the movement was consequential and, as we will show, social media usage was widespread and significant.

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Book review: ‘Stalin: Volume 1, Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928,’ by Stephen Kotkin | The Washington Post

Book review: ‘Stalin: Volume 1, Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928,’ by Stephen Kotkin | The Washington Post | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

Ronald Suny reviews Stephen Kotkin's "Stalin: Volume 1, Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928." Penguin Press. 949 pp.

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How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic | CHE

How to Curate Your Digital Identity  as an Academic | CHE | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Kelli Marshall


If you don’t manage your online presence, you are allowing search engines to create it for you.

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Central and South-Eastern Europe after the cancellation of South Stream | OSW

Central and South-Eastern Europe after the cancellation of South Stream | OSW | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By Marta Szpala


Russia's withdrawal from the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline has changed the situation on the gas market and has encouraged new dynamics in diversification projects in the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe. 

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‘Subtly Worded’ Brings Teffi to Non-Russian Readers | NY Times

‘Subtly Worded’ Brings Teffi to Non-Russian Readers | NY Times | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

By WILLIAM GRIMES


Teffi, Nicholas II’s favorite Russian author, will have a chance at a comeback with the publication in English of the anthology “Subtly Worded.”

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Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 12:49 PM

Its inspiring to see and hear of woman writer's of the 20th century be resuscitated and praised as a 20th century satirical writer. The work of women writers are often times left in the dust to wither away while much attention is given to male writers. Teffi was known as a humorous author, and if you were unable to understand her writing, you in a sense lacked a sense of humor. He work is being compared to the work of Colette or Dorothy Parker with a vulnerable side that represents the works of Davis Sedaris.

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Weather Man: Life at a Remote Russian Weather Station | The New Yorker

Weather Man: Life at a Remote Russian Weather Station | The New Yorker | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

A meteorologist lives alone at an isolated Arctic outpost, measuring the temperatures, the snowfall, and the winds.

Photographs by EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA
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Rich tapestry: highlights of Central Asian contemporary art revisited | Calvert Journal

Rich tapestry: highlights of Central Asian contemporary art revisited | Calvert Journal | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it
A selection of highlights from the Central Asian contemporary art scene
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Russian Miner Spends His Breaks Taking Photos Of Foxes In The Arctic Circle | Bored Panda

Russian Miner Spends His Breaks Taking Photos Of Foxes In The Arctic Circle | Bored Panda | Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll | Scoop.it

Russia's remote north-eastern Chukotka region is an inhospitable arctic tundra, but even in this brutal landscape, Russian photographer Ivan Kislov can find beautiful signs of life among the foxes that live and hunt here in the wild.


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