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The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 15 until August 8. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

The deadline for grant funding is April 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.
Published Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015

Prof. Harriet Murav will teach the course Dostoevsky (RUSS 322 and RUSS 522). Dostoevsky’s Russia was beset by violent terrorism, political and economic uncertainty, religious fervor, and social experimentation. Dostoevsky grappled with the major questions of the modern era in a boldly experimental style. His characters and his novels debate a range of issues, including, criminality, sexuality, sin, and redemption. Politics and religious and ethnic tension are explicit themes of his works. He was a political radical as a young man, who was sentenced to death for crimes against the government, but was reprieved. By the end of his life he associated with right-wing government figures. He suffered epileptic seizures during which he experienced mystical ecstasy. He described himself as a child of his century, subject to doubt, and yet later proclaimed his belief in the resurrection of the body and eternal life. The Idiot (1869) is Dostoevsky’s portrait of a “wholly good man,” Demons (1871) is the opposite, a portrait of evil. Dostoevsky’s twin explorations of terrorism and capitalism are particularly timely in the early 21st century.

The graduate section, Russian 522, meets with Russian 322, plus an additional hour per week for a separate graduate section. Grad students read the English translation, and as much Russian as is fitting for each student’s level. A set of critical articles sets out the major issues in Dostoevsky studies today—Bakhtin is still relevant.

Published Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015
In the Spring Dr. Steinberg will be teaching History 560 (Problems in Russian History): Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Russia, 1801-1917. Major themes in the history and historiography of Russia from the early nineteenth century through the revolution of 1917. The course focuses on the exercise and justifications of authority, intellectual and cultural trends, and social life. Central to the course are questions of historical methodology and theory as well as of the interpretation of the Russian past. The emphasis is on examining new work and new approaches. Topics to be explored include practices and representations of power, the intelligentsia, the province, peasants, urban civil society, cultural trends, cities, sex, religion, empire, space, emotions, visualities.
Published Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2014
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