Events in UCIS

Sunday, March 21 until Sunday, March 28

(All day) Festival
Festival of the Egg
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with REES
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The Festival of the Egg is a family-oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions. Celebrate ethnic traditions from India, Romania, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. Celebrate with Easter Egg Decorating, Spring Traditions, Easter basket folklore, palm weaving, Easter customs, spring festival of colors, virtual market place and much more!

Friday, March 26

9:00 am Conference
24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference on March 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2021. At the conference, researchers can present their scholarly work related to social and public policy in Latin America.

Our team is focused on assuring a high-quality and open environment for the exchange of ideas and the improvement of works in progress. Following the multidisciplinary tradition of CLAS, we are interested in facilitating dialogue, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies across disciplines. In that spirit, we encourage the organization of panels around problems, rather than disciplines, and welcome submissions from the social sciences, arts, humanities, and cultural studies. We are particularly—but not exclusively—interested in the discussion of policy design, implementation, and impact in a wide array of areas, including:

Economic development; inequality and social inclusion; democratic governance and institutional change; human rights; health; education; LGBTQ and gender studies; ethnicity; race studies; environmental studies; urban development; violence and crime; conflict resolution; social movements and political parties; technological innovation; migration; political behavior; Latinx studies; elites; public administration and corruption; sustainability; innovation; and transparency.

The Program and Schedule of Events is now available - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/laspp/conference-schedule

For additional information, contact the organizers at laspp@pitt.edu.

11:00 am Workshop
Aging Under Socialism: Europe and Beyond
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Within about twenty years, the United States will pass a monumental threshold: this country will have more citizens over 65 than it does under the age of 18. Part of a massive demographic transition that is taking place across the Global North, the aging of the boomer generation will present challenges for retirement financing, healthcare, and political economy. Medical research has already pivoted towards this new reality; humanities-centered scholarship has begun focusing on aging as well.

This workshop hopes to bring historical thinking to bear further on this problem. While the history of old age is a growing field in the discipline, scholars have mostly examined aging in the context of Western capitalist societies. This workshop will bring together a number of early career academics and graduate students to discuss their research on old age under socialism. There has been a great deal of interest, in recent years, in how socialist societies imagined gender, healthcare, and the family. This is granting us a much fuller picture of these societies than what was possible during the Cold War, when analysis focused squarely on themes of political oppression and resistance. And yet we know next to nothing about the socialist style of aging: the imagination of age and the policy apparatus focusing on the elderly.

Dates and times: March 26 and April 2, 11am-2pm.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Language Tutoring
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Russian tutoring available for students by appointment.

Book your appointment here: https://calendly.com/katya-kovaleva/russian-language-tutoring

2:00 pm Lecture
Keynote Interview - Disability under Socialism: To be Seen, Helped, and Heard
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Disability activism developed in the second half of the twentieth century in a world divided by the Cold War. While the history of how Western activists learned to speak in the language of civil rights is well documented and publicly celebrated, the legacies of activists from the socialist countries have been largely erased after the collapse of the communist governments in 1989-1991.

In conversation with Sean Guillory, Maria Cristina Galmarini will offer a more complete and nuanced history of the international disability movement than existing Western-oriented narratives, thus stimulating a re-evaluation of the role of socialist-style, state-supported activism in the development of disability advocacy and social movements more broadly. By focusing on blind activists from the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic, she reveals that philosophies and practices from the socialist side shaped the historical course of global disability advocacy and provided a viable alternative to the approaches used in liberal democracies. Her critical evaluation of blind advocacy under socialism introduces debates over disability paradigms as a key issue in the history of Cold War Europe. It also changes the historiography of cultural diplomacy by complicating the able-bodied imagery on which we assume states relied during the Cold War.

Maria Cristina Galmarini is Associate Professor of History and Global Studies at William & Mary. In her teaching and research, she focuses on the history of disability under socialism. Her first book, The Right to Be Helped. Deviance, Entitlement, and the Soviet Moral Order (Northern Illinois University Press, 2016), addressed understandings of social rights among marginalized groups in the early revolutionary and Stalinist Soviet Union. She is currently working on a new project titled Ambassadors of Social Progress. A History of International Blind Activism During the Cold War.

REGISTER: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpdOCppzsiE91abSlRStELt6H4hWuHy1jm

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Meeting
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Join the Pitt German Club every Friday at 3PM to practice your German language skills and learn about different aspects of German culture!

Zoom ID: 950 0542 1812

3:00 pm Workshop
Transcultural Codicology on the Silk Road
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Central Eurasian Studies Society
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What was the nature of 'the book' on the Silk Road? How can we move beyond Eurocentric terminology toward an organically Eurasian codicology? This workshop introduces scholars to the study of manuscripts, posing fundamental questions about what we can learn from this field in a Eurasian context.

PLEASE NOTE that registrations are limited and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis for Ph.D. students and faculty who work on Eurasia and can meet the language prerequisites specific to each topic.

PREREQUISITE
Participants should have some facility in a relevant premodern language

INSTRUCTOR
Devin Fitzgerald
Curator of Rare Books and History of Printing
UCLA Library Special Collections

COLLABORATOR
Michelle McCoy
Assistant Professor
History of Art and Architecture
University of Pittsburgh

REGISTER HERE: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsdO-oqDsoGdac39Koc2n55PhgEyCcJTnz