Events


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Sunday, February 24

East European Festival
Time:
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Yugoslav Nationality Room
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Join the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for the annual East European Festival on Sunday, February 24, from noon until 4:00pm in the Cathedral of Learning. Enjoy regional cuisine, a Russian tea ceremony, and other entertainment. We’ll also have a table with activities for the kids. Thank you to our co-sponsors, including the Yugoslav Nationality Room, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia, and our many student organizations.

Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday, February 26

Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Coffeehouse
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union, Assembly Room
Announced by:
African Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office and European Studies Center on behalf of Year of Pitt Global and Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Take a break from studying and enjoy kaffe and a kanelbullar in Swedish, njugu paak in Swahili, or gazoz in Turkish! Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center will teach you how to place your order in Hindi, Quechua, Irish, Persian, Greece, Hungary, Haiti, Vietnam, or Ethiopia and more! You will have chance to place your order at the Coffeehouse and enjoy drinks and snacks from around the world.

Check out the event on Facebook!

Thursday, February 28 to Friday, March 1

Career Toolkit Series: Student Career Networking Trip - Washington D.C.
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Global Studies is partnering with the African Studies Program and the Center for Russian and East European Studies to host the fourth annual career networking trip to Washington, D.C. Students meet with experts and alumni from government, non-profit, and for profit sectors to learn about career opportunities and challenges. Meetings will be organized by three themes:
* Diplomacy and Security
* Global Health
* Human Rights and Human Security

Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 2

Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Persuade and Coerce: (Mis)Information and Security in Eurasia
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia and GPSG
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

The nations of the Eurasian landmass have been on both the receiving and giving ends of kinetic and non-kinetic coercion long before fear spread of Russian Twitter bots. Powers both great and small in Eurasia have for centuries attempted to exert control over their neighbors and lands further across the globe.The United States’ 2016 presidential election made information warfare and cyber-security the topics of conversation in academic, policy, and security circles. However, persuasion and coercion have taken many forms from multimedia propaganda campaigns, spy wars, military interventions, special operations raids, and even manipulation of the supply of critical resources such as fossil fuels. While we hear about these tactics being used abroad, the tactics of persuasion and coercion have also been employed domestically by Eurasian states.

Thursday, March 7

Spies, Coups and National Liberation
Warsaw Pact Espionage in Africa
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Natalia Telepneva
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Department of Political Science
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

A live interview with Natalia Telepneva, University of Warwick

The Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellites were ideologically, materially, and geopolitically committed to aiding national liberation struggles in Africa during the Cold War. Communist states gave economic aid, provided weapons, and sent spies and military advisors. This live interview with Natalia Telepneva will explore the relationship between Soviet and Warsaw Pact policy and activities in African anti-colonial struggles, the role of espionage in the Cold War and the influence of Soviet and Warsaw Pact secret services on the development of state security in post-independent Africa.

Friday, March 22 to Saturday, March 23

Migrations of Culture
An Undergraduate Conference in Modern Languages
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Dr. Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Modern Language Department
Contact:
Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia
Contact Email:
mecchia@pitt.edu

Share your research with other undergraduate students! Get real feedback on a paper! Gain conference experience for work or graduate school! Interested? Then send an abstract to a biannual undergraduate research conference hosted by the Modern Languages Departments at the University of Pittsburgh on March 2223, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to mecchia@pitt.edu by January 5, 2019.

The papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual spaces linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives on the conflicts and opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions throughout the ages and in the contemporary world.

The language of the conference is English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian languages and cultures.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas, author of Race on Display in 20th and 21st Century France (University of Liverpool Press, 2016).

Topics could include:
▪ Multilingual societies and their conflicts ("language wars") and advantages
▪ Linguistic landscapes and their evolution
▪ Translation as a political tool ▪ Literatures of the diaspora
▪ Circulation of texts through multiple areas and in multiple languages
▪ Travel literature through the ages
▪ Exiles, migrants, and refugees
▪ Processes of acculturation
▪ The politics of cultural production
▪ Films and the problems of cultural translation

Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee staffed by undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified about acceptance by January 20 2019. All inquiries can be directed to Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia, at mecchia@pitt.edu.

Limited travel subsidies will be available!

Thursday, March 28

Peering Under the Rug: Sources of Information about Russia
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Mark Galeotti, Maxim Trukolyubov, Kevin Rothrock
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Political Science and Department of History
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Mark Galeotti, Senior Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute

Maxim Trudolyubov, Vedomosti, Kennan Institute

Kevin Rothrock, Meduza

A popular meme about Russian politics is that it’s like “bulldogs fighting under a rug.” Namely, it’s opaque, shadowy, full of rumors, and driven by conspiracies. This image have become more common in the West over Putin’s long reign, and intensified since Russia’s interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. Where can we turn for clearer vision given the supposed murkiness of Russian politics? This moderated roundtable discussion with Mark Galeotti, Maxim Trudolubov, and Kevin Rothrock will explore media and human sources of information about contemporary Russia and its many promises and roadblocks.

Friday, March 29 to Saturday, March 30

Symposium | Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at http://soyuz.americananthro.org/symposium/.

Tuesday, April 2

Shaping National Memory: Ukrainian Secret Police Archives and WWII
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Jared McBride
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Department of Political Science
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Jared McBride, University of California, Los Angeles

Following the Maidan Revolution, the Ukrainian government opened the former KGB archives after years of ambiguous policies. The impetus was mostly political: to show the Ukrainian nation as a victim of Russian/Soviet aggression and to valorize controversial Ukrainian nationalist movements. Former police archives, however, make for poor political props. This live interview with Jared McBride will discuss these archives, the ways scholarly work has often been at odds with the archive as a tool to remake civil society, and place of police archives in the larger contexts of post-Soviet Eastern Europe.

Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6

American Hungarian Educators Association - 44th Annual Conference
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

Friday, April 12

European & Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and GOSECA
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus. After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Thursday, April 18

The Stories Polish Secret Police Files Tell Us
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Anna Krakus
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Department of Political Science
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Anna Krakus, University of Southern California

Police files tend to catalog a suspect’s crime. Police files in communist countries, however, go much further and document a suspect’s biography. This was the case in Polish police files where genres of biography and criminal surveillance blurred, turning the cop into a kind of literary author. Communist police files, therefore, told stories—not just about the factual and fictive biographical characteristics of a subject, but also intimate aspects of their personal lives and relationships. This live interview with Anna Krakus will delve into the police as author and the ways police files reflected literary elements that intersected with literary genres found in communist Poland.

Friday, April 26

REEES Graduation Celebration
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
229 Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Students graduating in Spring and Summer 2019 from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures are invited with their families to join this ceremony celebrating the completion of their various degrees and credentials.

UCIS Graduation
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Ballroom/Dining Room
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Nationality Rooms, Office of International Services and Study Abroad Office