ASEEES Blog

Teaching the 1648 Moscow Uprising in 2020

In the summer of 2020, I faced two challenges as I prepared to teach my course on Russian history to Peter the Great in the fall semester: first, the need to transform a course normally taught in a classroom into a virtual format during Covid-19, and second, the need to respond to growing protests about racial injustice during summer 2020. Now, my memory of teaching pre-Petrine Russia in fall 2020 will always be associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, and the storming of the US Capitol.

SRAS: 25 Years of Innovation

The impact of COVID on study abroad and on SRAS is far-reaching. There was the rush to bring students home and the need to transition quickly to online studies so that they could complete their semesters while attending classes across multiple time zones. Then we found ourselves unable to send students abroad for more than a year. However, I think we were not alone in deciding to use this “down time” to organize systems and plan for the next term and what seemed like perhaps a new era in study abroad.

US-Russian Relations, Nord Stream, Germany, and Ukraine

Much has been written about the recent Geneva summit between Presidents Biden and Putin. What does it tell us about how relations with Russia have shifted since the change of administration in Washington? How does looking at that relationship from the broader perspective of US-European-Ukrainian relations help us gain a more nuanced understanding of the situation and the challenges moving forward?

New Lease on Life for Physiological Collectivism? Reading Bogdanov in the Time of COVID

My entry into low theory juxtaposes convalescent plasma as a prophylaxis against COVID-19 with Aleksandr Bogdanov’s 1920s blood transfusion experiments.

Summing Up Poetry: A Case Against Packaging 

During the pandemic year I worked on a couple of poetry-translation projects...Working on these books was extremely illuminating and rewarding, and they have been well received. F-Letter may have gotten more attention and press than any other translation project I have worked on. While I’m glad to have helped to bring this poetry to a global audience, I am ceaselessly bemused by a process that often involves marketing and politics as much as literature.

Revisiting the “Contours of Race, Racialization, and Race-Making” in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 

For this article, three of the roundtable participants, who work in the Balkans, reflect on their own research, their positionalities, and the significance of the roundtable to their scholarship, the field, and ASEEES as an organization.

“You’re doing it all wrong” Course Revision and Planning in mid-career – True Confessions

When I began reading and finding problems with what I was teaching...[I realized that] what was required to really fix and update my lectures was a wholesale rewriting, and rethinking, of not just the material, but how I approach the material.

Uncomfortable Conversations: On Preparing BIPOC University Students for Study in Russia

Preparation of BIPOC students to undertake study abroad demands a focused engagement of university personnel with students of color that involves a level of candor and truthfulness not usually sustained in orientation programs. For details...

Building a Network of Support for Undergraduate Students of Color Interested in REEES

This article explores the “Building a More Inclusive Future: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies” project and the future of this innovative undergraduate mentorship program.

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