Ellison Center News
Jarrett Basedow (MAIS REECAS 2009) is currently the country director for IREX Tajikistan, managing a variety of a civil society and education programs. IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development: www.irex.org.
Current REECAS MA student Julia Hon collaborated with Therese Svensson, a Fellow at the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) in Tbilisi, Georgia on the article “Attitudes Toward the West in the South Caucasus,” published in the February 2010 issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest. Much of CRRC’s survey data on the South Caucasus is available to the public – more information can be found here.
Claudia Jensen (Affiliate Faculty, Slavic L&L) recently published her book Musical Cultures in Seventeenth-Century Russia (Indiana University Press, 2009).
Professor Vlad Kaczynski (School of Marine Affairs, REECAS) has prepared a research paper on Russian Arctic Development as a part of recently developed study on the “Future of the Arctic” in cooperation with the Korean Maritime Institute of Seoul, Korea. Professor Tom Leschine was a PI of the project and School of Marine Affairs (SMA) graduate student Ian Brosnan significantly contributed to the paper discussing US, Canadian, Norwegian and Danish Arctic affairs. The team has received the continuing collaboration and support of Dr. Jongseong Ryu, a Korean Research Scientist in the SMA. Professor Kaczynski wrote the Russian component of the research project. A number of aspects of Arctic affairs are of growing significance for Russian domestic and foreign policy, including off-shore oil and gas exploitation, shipping, fisheries, population issues, oceanographic research and the law of the sea. The joint report is to be used by the Korean Parliament to decide on the future of Korean cooperative arrangements with all states adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.
Ellen Karm's (REECAS MA 2006) article “Environment and Energy: The Baltic Sea Gas Pipeline” has been included in an edited book entitled Contemporary Environmentalism in the Baltic States: From Phosphate Springs to 'Nordstream' (Routledge, 2010), which was published in March of this year.
Douglas Smith's (Affiliate Lecturer, REECAS) latest book The Pearl (Yale University Press, 2008) has just appeared in a French translation with Autrement in Paris as La Perle.
Simon Werrett (Associate Professor, History) recently published his article “Enlightenment in Russian Hands: The Inventions and Identity of Ivan Kulibin in Eighteenth-Century St. Petersburg,” in the journal History of Technology (Nov. 2009). His forthcoming book, Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), will appear in May 2010. It is a comparative history of relations between artists and scientists, told through the history of fireworks in St. Petersburg, London and Paris from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
Professor Glennys Young’s (History, JSIS) article "Emotsii, politika osparivaniia i obshchestvennaia pamiat': iz istorii Novocherkasskoi tragedii” ("Emotions, Contentious Politics, and Historical Memory: A Story from the Annals of the Novocherkassk Tragedy") will be included in the volume Rossiiskaia imperiia chuvstv: Podkhody k kul'turnoi istorii emotsii, ed. Jan Plamper, Schamma Schahadat, Marc Elie (Moscow: NLO, 2010). The volume will be published this spring, and is based on a conference held in Moscow in April 2008.