Slavic and Eurasian Studies

CREEES Professional Development Grants Awarded to Doctoral Students Presenting Original Research

Thu, January 17, 2019
CREEES Professional Development Grants Awarded to Doctoral Students Presenting Original Research
Vasilina Orlova (left) presenting on her panel at ASEEES this year

CREEES is proud to be able to award funds for professional development activities to UT undergraduate and graduate students studying our region


This fall CREEES awarded Professional Development Awards to doctoral students Vasilina Orlova (Anthropology), Peter Worger and Charalampos Minasidis (both History) for presenting their original research at academic conferences. 

Vasilina Orlova (PhD candidate, Anthropology) used her Professional Development Award to attend and present at the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annual conference in Boston this past December. There, she organized a panel called, "Politics of Belonging for Hybrid Identities: In the Shadow of the Soviet Sublime" with her colleague Alexandra Simonova (UC Berkeley). She also gave the presentation “Affective Infrastructures and Mobility: The Soviet Sublime, Post-Soviet Concrete, and Post-Post-Soviet Recursion,” in which she explained her term "affective infrastructures" for infrastructures that have a potential to generate affect (for example, affect of nostalgia). Orlova also gave a talk called, “‘I am a Little Poetess with a Huge Bow:’ Female Poets in Contemporary Russia,” on a roundtable devoted to, as she says, "women writers creating in the post-Soviet spaces." Orlova's dissertation is titled Moving Through Ruins of the Soviet Futures: Navigating Affective Infrastructures in Industrial Rurality of the Eastern Siberia.

Charalampos Minasidis (PhD candidate, History) participated in the "Balkan Worlds IV: The Great Ideas of the Balkans (18th-20th c.)" International Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece with the funding received from CREEES. He explains that, "Since 2012, the Balkan Worlds International Conferences have been developed into a hub by bringing together Balkanologists from around the world and by publishing high-quality collective volumes on the history of the Balkans. I had the opportunity to present there my research on 'Greek Citizen-Soldiers Responses to the “Great Idea”. Reimagining the Nation during the War Decade of 1912-1923,' which will be part of my dissertation under CREEES director, Dr. Mary Neuburger. At the conference, I managed to receive feedback by experts in the field and to meet archivists that introduced me to collections and archives that can prove essential for my project, such as the "Military Trials" collections at the Military Archives that were restricted until recently. The conference helped me defend and develop my ideas, which I will soon put into paper working on the specific chapter."

Peter Worger (PhD candidate, History) will present his research on "Eugenics of the Mind: Vladimir Bekhterev and the Soviet Experiment" later this month at the conference "Making the New Man: Scientific and Artistic Experiments in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, 1900-1939". He says, "The conference is run by the main authority in my field and will be extremely useful to make contacts in the country and with other scholars in my field." 
CREEES Professional Development Awards are available to students in all majors at UT Austin interested in professional development in the realm of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Awards are meant to help cover travel costs associated with competitive internships, job interviews, research/fieldwork, or presenting at academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Funding is provided from a series of sources, including the McWilliams Endowment for Russian Studies, the Polish Studies Endowment, the Texas Chair in Czech Studies endowment and the U.S. Department of State Title VI National Resources Center grant for Russian/East Europe.


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