NewsNet Current Issues
NewsNet (ISSN 1074-3057), a newsletter of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, is published six times a year, in January, March, May, July, September, and November, and includes information about the field of Slavic, Russian, Central European, and Eurasian studies and is distributed to all ASEEES members.
March - The March 2023 issue of NewsNet is now available on ISSUU. To continue our year-long series, “De-colonizing Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies,” we are pleased to feature a transcribed conversation between Jessica Zychowicz and Grace Mahoney, during which they discuss curating the “I have a crisis for you”: Women Artists of Ukraine Respond to War exhibit at the University of Michigan. We are also proud to feature the final installment of Addis Mason’s interview with Allison Blakely, a spotlight on Elidor Mëhilli’s experience with the First Book Subvention program, and a reflection essay by De’Vonte Tinsley and Raneil Smith, two students who participated in Howard University’s REEES Think Tank (Advancing I.D.E.A.S. in REEES) program and presented at the ASEEES annual convention in 2022. Other features include 2023 ASEEES Prizes Call for Submissions, Call for Photos: Share your Summer Research Photos with NewsNet, and Directions in Disability Studies. Click here to read as a pdf.
January - The January 2023 issue of NewsNet is now available on ISSUU as a clickable, shareable format. It includes, “2022 President’s Address” by Joan Neuberger, “The (Sorry) State of the Field or Why Western Humanists Need to Listen in Silence and Solidarity” by Victoria Donovan, “An Interview with Allison Blakely: Part II” by Addis Mason, and the “Executive Director’s Annual Report 2022” by Lynda Park. Additionally, it includes 2022 ASEEES Donors, 75 years of ASEEES, Affiliate Prize Winners, Decolonization in Focus, and Member News. Click to read this issue as a PDF.
November - The November 2022 issue of NewsNet is now available on ISSUU as a clickable, shareable format. It includes, “Decolonizing Ukrainian Art History in Research and Teaching,” by Svitlana Biedarieva, “Language and Decolonization of Multilingual Education in Kazakhstan,” by Bridget Goodman, and “An Interview with Allison Blakely: Part I,” by Addis Mason. Additionally, we introduce the 2023 ASEEES Convention Theme, announce the new ASEEES Member Portal and change to Slavic Review, and congratulate First Book Subvention Winners along with our regular affiliate news, and personages. To read this as a pdf.
September - The September 2022 issue of NewsNet is now available on ISSUU as a clickable, shareable format. It includes, "Doubly De-colonizing the Syllabus." by Caress Schenk, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), "Notes toward Restructuring the Early Russian History Syllabus" by Shoshana Keller, Hamilton College, "Making Central Asia (and Other “Peripheries”) More Central" by Leora Eisenberg, Harvard University, and "Why I Traveled to Ukraine" by John C. Swanson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Additionally, we announce ASEEES prize winners and ASEEES travel grants, 2022 board election results, and share "Voices of Ukrainian Scholars" with our regular affiliate news, job postings, and personages. To read this as a pdf.
July - The July 2022 issue of NewsNet is now available on ISSUU as a clickable, shareable format. It includes the following articles: “Working Between Categories or How to Get Lost in Order to Be Found” by Sofia Dyak, Center for Urban History, Ukraine and Mayhill Fowler, Stetson University; “Nuremberg and Russia's War Against Ukraine” by Francine Hirsch, University of Wisconsin-Madison; “Elements in Soviet and Post-Soviet History: A Contribution to Decolonizing Soviet History” by Mark Edele, University of Melbourne and Rebecca Friedman, Florida International University. Additionally, we are pleased to feature a Spotlight on Russia.Post, the 2022 Cohen Tucker Dissertation Fellows, ASEEES Grant Recipients, and it is our pleasure to announce that the 2022 ASEEES Distinguished Contributions Award will be presented to Maria Todorova, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Along with our usual features: Affiliate Group News, Personages, and Publications. To read this as a PDF.
May - The May 2022 issue of NewsNet is now available on ISSUU as a clickable, shareable format. It includes the following articles: “'There is nothing there:’ Geopolitics and Temporality of Sovereignty,” by Neringa Klumbytė (Miami University of Ohio); “Psychomotor Aesthetics: An Interview with Ana Hedberg Olenina” by Thomas Seifrid (University of Southern California); “Ukraina – Jesteśmy з вами!: War in Ukraine and Warsaw Transformed” by Leah Valtin-Erwin (Indiana University Bloomington), along with our usual features: In Memoriam, Affiliate Group News, Personages, Institutional Member News, and Publications. Additionally, we included a Spotlight on Ukrainian Global University and three Member Spotlights, with links to over 100 other such profiles. To read it as a pdf
March - The March 2022 issue of NewsNet includes: "Over a River Strangely Rosy: Reading Poetry in Wartime," Joan Neuberger (University of Texas at Austin); ASEEES Statements on Russia’s War on Ukraine; "Full Historiographical Legitimacy to Ukraine," Andrii Portnov (European University Viadrina) and Tetiana Portnova (Dnipro National Historical Museum); "Exploring Career Diversity: A Successful Mentorship Experience," Sabina Amanbayeva (Oklahoma City University) and Nina Murray (U.S. Department of State); "Spotlight on PONARS: New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia," Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University); our usual features and Call for Nominations for 2022 ASEEES Prizes/Awards. To read this as a pdf
January - The January 2022 issue of NewsNet is the first issue produced in this new, interactive format. It includes: "The Implications of Our 2021 Theme: Diversity, Intersectionality, and Interdisciplinarity," by Sibelan Forrester (Swarthmore College); "Creative Horizons: Art in the Post-Soviet Era," by Kristen Ho (Arizona State University); "Five Minutes with Archie Brown, Winner of the 2021 Pushkin House Book Prize," by Andrew Jack (Financial Times); several reports on the organization and its programs, an advocacy statement related to the Memorial Society, acknowledgements of our generous annual donors and of the 2021 Affiliate Group prizes winners, and all of our usual features. To read it as a pdf
October - The October 2021 issue of NewsNet is now available. It includes “Russian Winemaking: Back to the Future?,” by Stephen V. Bittner (Sonoma State University); “The Making of a Modern Digital Archive,” by Julie Reines Chervinsky (Blavatnik Archive Foundation); “What Does Post-Socialism Taste Like?,” by Tyler Adkins (Princeton University.) We also congratulate the recipients of the 2021 ASEEES Prizes and announce the newly expanded 2022 Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Fellowships. As always, the NewsNet includes Personages, Publications, Institutional and Affiliate Group News, and In Memoriam. To read the version designed for tablets, phones, and other smaller devices, please click here.
August - The August 2021 issue of NewsNet is now available. It includes “US-Russian Relations, Nord Stream, Germany, and Ukraine,” by Margarita M. Balmaceda (Seton Hall University); Citation detailing the achievements of the 2021 ASEEES Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Award recipient, Don Raleigh; “Teaching the 1648 Moscow Uprising in 2020,” by E. Thomas Ewing (Virginia Tech); “SRAS: 25 Years of Innovation,” by Renee Stillings (SRAS); and a full listing of our many travel grant recipients As always, the NewsNet includes Personages, Publications, Institutional and Affiliate Group News, and In Memoriam. To read the version designed for tablets, phones, and other smaller devices, please click here.
June - The June 2021 issue of NewsNet is now available and includes: “Revisiting the ‘Contours of Race, Racialization, and Race-Making’ in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies,” by Elana Resnick, UC Santa Barbara, Sunnie Rucker-Chang, University of Cincinnati, and Chelsi West Ohueri, University of Texas, Austin; “Summing Up Poetry: A Case Against Packaging,” by Ainsley Morse, Dartmouth College; “Supporting Precarious Scholars in Eastern Europe: Addressing Barriers to Publishing in US & UK,” by Janine Holc, Loyola University Maryland; “New Lease on Life for Physiological Collectivism? Reading Bogdanov in the Time of COVID,” by Felix Helbing, University of Pittsburgh. Please join us in congratulating the 2021 ASEEES Dissertation Grant & Internship Grant Recipients as well as the 2021 ASEEES Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Recipients. As always, the NewsNet includes Personages, Publications, Institutional and Affiliate Group News, and In Memoriam. We’ve also shared a letter by the ASEEES Board President, Sibelan Forrester. To read the version designed for tablets, phones, and other smaller devices, please click here.
March —Includes excerpts from an interview with Eliot Borenstein (New York U) on his book, Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism (Cornell U Press, 2019), winner of the 2020 Vucinich Book Prize, by Diana Dukhanova (College of the Holy Cross); "Building a Network of Support for Undergraduate Students of Color Interested in REEES" by Amarilis Lugo de Fabritz (Howard U), Colleen Lucey (U of Arizona), Krista Goff (U of Miami), Kelly Knickmeier Cummings (Howard U); "Uncomfortable Conversations: On Preparing BIPOC University Students for Study in Russia" by Thomas Jesús Garza (University of Texas at Austin); and "'You’re doing it all wrong:' Course Revision and Planning in mid-career – True Confessions" by Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University). In addition, we have our usual features and the 2021 ASEEES Prizes Call for Submissions. For a version best viewed on tablets/phones/e-readers, click here.
January —“Rightward Populist Rebellion in East Central Europe: Anxieties, Proselytization, and the Rebirth of Mythical Thinking” by Jan Kubik (Rutgers University/University College London); “The 2020 Professor Purges in Retrospect: ASEEES Concerns & Advocacy Plans” by Rebecca Mitchell (Middlebury College) & Steven Seegel (University of Northern Colorado); “Finland Forgotten: A Historical Case of (Unconscious) Cognitive Bias?” by Malcolm L. G. Spencer; “Gaming Russian and Soviet History” by Barbara C. Allen (LaSalle University). Also in this issue, the 2020 Executive Director’s Report by Lynda Park, the full list of 2021 ASEEES Board of Directors & Committees, and the Affiliate Organizations’ 2020 Prize Winners, in addition to our usual features. For a version best viewed on tablets/phones/e-readers, click here.
Please see our Newsnet Archive for issues from August 2006 through 2020.