Slavic and Eurasian Studies

CREEES Faculty and Students at ASEEES Conference in San Francisco

Tue, December 17, 2019
CREEES Faculty and Students at ASEEES Conference in San Francisco

CREEES faculty and students made a strong showing at this year’s Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference in November, presenting topics as varied as food and drink in the Post-Habsburg world (Dr. Mary Neuburger) and Eisenstein’s theory and film practice (Dr. Joan Neuberger). 

Dr. Vladislav Beronja took part in a discussion group entitled, “How Literature Believes in Yugoslavia,” and Dr. Thomas Garza continued his championing of diversity in the field with his talk, “Inclusivity and Representation in Teaching Slavic Languages and Culture,” as well as discussing the problem of belief and trust in the university societies in Russia, the US and Europe.  

One of our newest faculty additions, Dr. Maria Sidorkina, spoke on the Immortal Regiment, the yearly procession of Russian citizens meant to honor the Soviets who died during WWII, while Dr. Marina Alexandrova teamed up with Liberal Arts Honors student Nicholas Eastwood to present on the spiritualist medium Madame Blavatsky, a project that received funding through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. Dr. Oksana Lutsyshyna participated in a panel discussing something close to her heart--Underground Ukrainian poetry--as well as a discussion of the book Tango of Death by popular Ukrainian writer Yuriy Vynnychuk.

The student-run Slavic Connexion made its first appearance at ASEEES as well! Members of CREEES’ podcast crew took the opportunity to interview scholars gathered from around the world. Grad students Katie Yegorov-Crate, Lera Toropin, Cullan Bendig, and Samantha Farmer (pictured) received CREEES Student Professional Development funds to attend the annual conference as representatives of SlavX radio, and took the opportunity to interview scholars from Poland and the UK, as well as several academic institutions across the US. We look forward to hearing the resulting episodes as they’re released!

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