Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies serves as the focal point at the University of California at Berkeley for students and faculty who conduct research and teaching on the geographic region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Currently the Institute has 45 core UCB faculty members and over 150 affiliated graduate students. Read more...

Application Pool for As-Needed Lecturers: R&C and/or Lower Division Literature and/or Language Courses

Please click the title for complete information about this posting and to apply.

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses, should a need arise, in Reading and Composition (R&C), and/or Lower-Division Literature/Culture course(s), with the possibility of also teaching Russian language courses. Depending on the needs of the department, the latter courses may include such topics as Twentieth-century Russian Literature or Great Russian Books.

The number of positions hired from this pool will vary from semester to semester, subject to the needs and budget of the Department, and in some semesters may be zero. When an instructor is hired, the position may range from 33% to 100% of full time, depending on the number of classes being taught. For any Fall 2015 needs, the initial review date will be May 15, 2015; applications received by this date will receive full consideration for the fall 2015 semester.

Applicants may be selected from this pool for two calendar years. This posting will remain open through April 17, 2017. Review dates will be updated as needed. (When a need arises for a Fall semester, the review date is typically in March, April or May; for a Spring semester, the review date is typically in October or November.)

Positions typically start at the beginning of the semester (in mid-January for Spring Semester; in mid-August for Fall Semester), and appointments may be renewable based on Department need, funding, and lecturer performance.

15th Annual Peter N. Kujachich Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies

EU Integration and Orthodox Christianity in Serbia: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5:45pm
Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus
Marija Brujic,
Research Associate, Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, Univerzitet u Beogradu

A major goal for Serbia's foreign policy since 2000 has been the country's integration into the EU. However, there has been a growing skepticism among the Serbian people about this objective. This ambivalence can be correlated not only with the recent economic crises in some EU countries but also with what are regarded as profound differences in cultural and religious values between Serbia and the EU. This is particularly significant since the majority of Serbia's population is adherents of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which is widely regarded as the defender of traditional values, as well as a staunch opponent of Kosovo's independence. Nevertheless, Brujic’s recent research based on a sample of Serbian Orthodox believers has shown that this controversy is far more nuanced and complex than it might otherwise appear on the surface.

Conference: The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 23-25, 2015
Thursday: 5:15-7:00pm, Heyns Room, Faculty Club
Friday and Saturday: 370 Dwinelle Hall
UC Berkeley Campus
Click here for more information.

Conference: Comintern Aesthetics

Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, 2015
223 Moses Hall
UC Berkeley Campus
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New Titles for Languages Courses offered by the Slavic Department

We want to let you know that some of the language courses offered through the Slavic Department have new department codes. In an effort to make it easier to find specific language courses we've changed the course codes to correspond more closely to the languages they represent.

For example, Elementary Russian was changed from SLAVIC 1 to RUSSIAN 1.

Even if you are not enrolled in a Slavic program, we encourage you to explore courses from these departments as a great way to fulfill your language, breadth or other requirements.

Courses offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures:
Armenian; Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian; Czech; Hungarian; Polish; Russian; and
Slavic Languages and Literatures (courses in literature and culture are offered under this general rubric)

The best way to find these courses in the Online Schedule of Classes is to search using the names above.

39th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference

on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Friday, March 6, 2015
The Faculty Club, Heyns Room
UC Berkeley Campus
9:30am - 5:30pm

Please click the link above to see details about this event. The event is free and open to the public.

ISEEES Fall 2014 Newsletter Available Online

We are pleased to present our Fall 2014 issue of the ISEEES newsletter, including an article by Edward W. Walker, Executive Director of the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies.

If you are interested in joining the ISEEES email listserv and receiving announcements about upcoming events and conferences, as well as notification of new podcasts and newsletters, send an email to: iseees [at] berkeley [dot] edu

30th Annual Colin Miller Lecture

Thirty Years on the Front Lines: a Diplomatic Career

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:15pm
Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library
UC Berkeley Campus
Cameron Munter, Pomona College

If you were not able to join us for the 30th Annual Colin Miller lecture, do not fret! You can now download the podcast of Ambassador Munter's talk here (hosted by the UC Berkeley channel on iTunes). ISEEES is very proud to have hosted Ambassador Munter, and his talk was definitely an interesting addition to our fall line-up. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Professor Gregory Grossman (1921-2014)

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Gregory Grossman (Economics), considered a towering figure in the study of the Soviet economy who shaped the thinking of generations of scholars, died on August 14, 2014, at the age of 93. He was an active member of the ISEEES community during his tenure at UC Berkeley and will be greatly missed by all those who came in contact with him. A full obituary can be found at the UC Berkeley News Center.

ISEEES Spring 2014 Newsletter Available Online

We are pleased to present our Spring 2014 issue of the ISEEES newsletter, including short pieces by Joy Neumeyer, Ph.D. student in the Department of History; Mark Keck-Szajbel, Ph.D. from the Department of History; and Bathsheba Demuth, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History.

If you are interested in joining the ISEEES email listserv and receiving announcements about upcoming events and conferences, as well as notification of new podcasts and newsletters, send an email to: iseees [at] berkeley [dot] edu

39th Educator Outreach Conference
"Liberalism & Its Discontents in Eastern Europe & Eurasia"

Click here to see the program.

You can now listen to the talks given at this year's Educator Outreach Conference: "Liberalism & Its Discontents in Eastern Europe & Eurasia." The conference is split into three parts: the morning session, the afternoon session, and the roundtable discussion. You will need iTunes in order to access the audio content. Please download it here if necessary.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Heyns Room, Faculty Club
UC Berkeley Campus

Morning Panel
“The Far Right in Russia and Ukraine," Andrei Tsygankov
Professor of Political Science and International Relations
San Francisco State University

“From Liberal to Illiberal Nationalism: the Case of Russia,” Gail Lapidus
Senior Fellow Emerita, Institute for International Studies
Stanford University

“Putin’s Transformation and What’s Behind It,” M. Steven Fish
Professor of Political Science
UC Berkeley

Afternoon Panel
“Liberalism in Post-Communist Romania: Parties and Public,” Paul Sum
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
University of North Dakota

“Liberalism and Democracy in Hungary,” Jason Wittenberg
Associate Professor of Political Science, Acting Director of ISEEES
UC Berkeley

Roundtable Discussion
“What is the Future of Liberalism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia?”

"Eurasian Geopolitics" Blog by Edward W. Walker

ISEEES' own Edward W. Walker has started his own blog to keep up with the affairs happening throughout Eurasia. Current entries have been focusing on the events in Ukraine. If you would like to read about Ukraine at greater depth, please click here to see what Professor Walker has to say about the situation.