REEES Reading Group

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Reading Group usually meets once monthly during the term. The group meets to discuss works in progress in history and other fields, usually dissertation chapters or drafts of articles. Members are graduate students and faculty in the Departments of History, Slavic Languages and Literature, Comparative Literature, Anthropology and Political Science. Meeting invitations are sent via e-mail and RSVPs are required.

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Upcoming Speakers

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Previous Speakers

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Ian MacMillen,  Lecturer, Yale University & Program Manager of REEESNe March 28, 2024, 5:30 pm | “Forgetting Out Loud”
Anne O’Donnell,  Assistant Professor, NYU March 07, 2024, 5:30 pm | “Power and Possession in the Russian Revolution”
Susanne Wengle, Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University

February 22, 2024, 5:30 pm | HQ Rm 131, first floor, 320 York St.

Russia’s War on Ukrainian Farms

Nataliia Laas, Henry Chauncey Jr.’57 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University December 7, 2023, 5:30 pm | “A Soviet Consumer Republic: Economic Citizenship and the Economy of Waste in the Post-WWII Soviet Union”
Nadieszda Kizenko,
Professor of History, University of Albany; Yale ISM Fellow
November 9, 2023, 5:30 pm |  ”On the intersection of women, devotional practice, and writing”
Nikolaus Graf Vitzthum,
History, Yale University
October 5, 2023, 6:00 pm | “Soviet-Ethiopian Relations”
Maksimas Milta,
European & Russian Studies, Yale University
May 11, 2023 | ”Snooker on a Pool Table: A Century of Russia’s Evasion of the US Sanctions”
Fiona Bell,
Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University
April 20, 2023 | “’If the Nobility Hadn’t Mated with These Horses…’: The Russian Peasant Woman and Eugenicist Erotics in Lev Tolstoy’s Late Fiction”
Michael Lo Piano,
History and Renaissance Studies, Yale University
March 30, 2023 | ”Early Renaissance Humanist Reception in Krakow”
Barbora Bartunkova
History of Art, Yale University
March 9, 2023 | ”Sites of Resistance: Antifascism and the Czechoslovak Avant-Garde”

Hiroaki Kuromiya,   Emeritus Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington

December 8, 2022 | “Stalin, Japan, and the Struggle for Supremacy over China, 1894–1945 and the broader question of colonialism in Russian and Soviet history”

Claire Roosien,  Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

February 3, 2020 | “I Dress in Silk and Velvet”: Women, Textiles, and the Textile-Text in 1930s Uzbekistan

Edyta Bojanowska,   Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

September 16, 2019 | “Orientalism in Tolstoy’s War and Peace”

Mindaugus Šapoka,   Yale University

March 4, 2019 | “Poland-Lithuania and the Great Northern War: What Did Peter and the Great Gain and Charles XII Lose with Their Polish Policy?”

Harvey GoldblattYale University

January 28, 2019 | “What Did the Chronicles Really Mean To Say? Revisiting the Laurentian and Hypatian Chronicle Accounts About the Raid of Prince Igor’ Svjatoslavič in 1185/1186”
Susan Smith-Peter, CUNY College of Staten Island November 12, 2018 | “Imagining Russian Regions: Subnational Identity and Civil Society in Nineteenth-Century Russia”
Nancy Kollmann, Stanford University October 1, 2018 | “Curating  Russia:  Adam  Olearius’  Images  of  Muscovy” 

Vladislav Rjeoutski,   Research Fellow, German Historical Institute in Moscow 

April 9, 2018 | ”Language Choice Among the High Ryussian Nobility: Education and Sociability (second half of the 18th-early 19th centuries)”

Ekaterina Boltunova, Associate Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow January 22, 2018 | “The Last King of Poland: The Coronation of Nicholas I in Warsaw in 1829 and Russian-Polish Historical Memory”

Sergei Antonov,  Assistant Professor, Yale University

September 18, 2017 | “The Contribution of Legal History to the Study of Russian History”
Christopher Miller, Associate Director, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University September 26, 2016 | “The Bureaucratic Bourgeoisie and the Soviet Union’s Loss of Faith in State-led Economic Development”

Nicole Jordan,   Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois

March 7, 2016 | “Bolimow-Bolgako, June 1915: The Experimental Poison Gas War in the East as Depicted in Malraux’s Les Noyers de l’Altenburg”

Igor Fedyukin
Director, Faculty of Humanities, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
February 15, 2016 | “Toward the Panopticon: School Building and “Observation” in Early Modern Russia”
Iryna Vushko, Assistant Professor of History, Hunter College November 2, 2015

Anna GraberYale University

September 28, 2015

Robert Frost,   Professor, University of Aberdeen

September 8, 2015 | “The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union”
Elli Stern, Associate Professor, Yale University December 1, 2014 | Schisimatics
Faith Hillis, Associate Professor, University of Chicago October 13, 2014 | “France, Russia, and the Global Imagination”
Bella Grigoryan, Yale University February 10, 2014 | ”Noble Subjects:A Political History of the Russian Novel, 1762-1881”
Jeremy Friedman, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University October 21, 2013 | “Free at Last, Now What: The Soviet and Chinese Attempts to Offer a Road-map for the Post-Colonial World”
John MacKay, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures;  Film and Media Studies, Yale University September 16, 2013 | “Allegory and Accommodation: Vertov’s Three Songs of Lenin (1934) as a Stalinist Film”
Jeremy King,  Professor of History, Mount Holyoke April 1, 2013 | “Who is Who? Separate but Equal in Austria, 1867-1914”
Jadwiga Bishkupska, Yale University February 18, 2013 | “Structures of Polish Political Resistance”
Kyrill Kunakhovich,  Princeton University November 5, 2012 | “American Diplomacy and Intelligence in Postwar Prague, 1945-1948”
Igor Lukes, Professor, Boston University September 24, 2012 | “On the Edge of the Cold War”
Iza Kalinowska-Blackwood,  Associate Professor, Stony Brook University April 30, 2012 | Discussion of Jan Potocki’s film ‘Saragossa Manuscript’ based on the book by Wojciech Has
David Moon, Professor, University of York February 27, 2012 | “Improving the Environment? Irrigating the Steppes in the Russian Empire”
Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University April 18, 2011 | “A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: Soviet Atheism, 1954-1971”
Tarik Amar, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University October 24, 2011 | “A Disturbed Silence: Discourse on the Holocaust in the Soviet West as an Anti-Site of Memory”
Rossen Djaglov, Yale University November 1, 2010 | “The End of the Affair: the Intelligentsia, the People, and Human Rights in the(ir Historical) Bloc”
Doug Rogers, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University September 27, 2010 | “The Oil Company and the
Crafts Fair: Space, Culture, and the Vanishing Everyday in Russia’s Oil Boom”
Molly Brunson, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Yale University April 26, 2010 | “On the Volga: Repin and the Creation of a Realist Picture”
Rachel Hoffman, Yale University April 5, 2010 | “Russian Émigrés in London, 1917-1928”

Laura Engelstein,   Professor, Yale University

February 22, 2010 | “Against the Grain: Russians in Defense of the Jews”
Yedida Kanfer, Yale University January 25, 2010 | “The Industrial Towers of Babel”
Faith Hillis, Yale University October 12, 2009 | “Imperialist Regionalism in the Russian Empire’s Southwestern Borderlands”
Eileen Kane,  Associate Professor, Connecticut College September 14, 2009 | “How Russia Became a Muslim Power: The Hajj, European Imperialism, and Global Rivalries”
Alison Frank,  Professor of History, Harvard University April 7, 2009 | “Imperial Trieste: When Urban History is International”
Sarah Cameron, Yale  University March 3, 2009 | “The Famine in Soviet Kazakhstan”
Bradley Abrams, Harriman Institute and Associate Professor, Columbia University January 27, 2009 | ”From Revisionism to Dissent: The Creation of Post-Marxism in Central Europe in the Wake of 1968”