Ellison Center News
Jose Alaniz (Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures) is currently on sabbatical in Prague. He is researching and gathering materials for a book project on comics (graphic narratives) in the Czech lands. He gave two talks, "History in Czech Comics: Lucie Lomová’s Divoši" at the Institute for Czech Literature in Prague on November 8, 2011; and “Czech Comics Anthropology: Life and Story in 'Keva'” at the First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Alcala de Henares, Spain on November 11, 2011. He also has two recent publications: “Death, Bereavement and the Superhero Funeral” in The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times (Ed. Joseph Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012); and “Crowd Control: Anxiety of Effluence in Sokurov’s ‘Russian Ark’” in The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov (Ed. Birgit Beumers and Nancy Condee, London: I.B. Tauris, 2011).
Jacob Barr (BAIS 2010) was hired as a student affairs specialist to liaise between the Russian-speaking students at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. During the Cold War, the Marshall Center was the US Army Russian Institute, and since then has undergone a few changes but still strongly focuses on security issues of the Newly Independent States.
Robert Bedeski's (Affiliate Professor) book, co-edited with Niklas Swanstrom, “Eurasia's Ascent in Energy and Geopolitics: China, Russia, and Central Asia,” will be published in June of this year.
Zbigniew Bochniarz (Visiting Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs) visited the National Technical University of Ukraine - “Kiev Polytechnic Institute” (KPI) as a Fulbright Specialist. He is there to attend a joint program between the KPI and the Fulbright Scholar Program on sustainable development.
Jennifer Carroll (PhD Candidate, Anthropology) was recognized for her research article, “Addiction, Gender, and the Limits of Public Health Solutions to IV Drug Use in Ukraine,” by two groups of the Society for Medical Anthropology. She received the “Best Graduate Student Paper” prize from the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group, and an “Honorable Mention” from the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group. Her paper is based upon pilot dissertation research conducted in central Ukraine in 2010. The primary goal of this research was to explore how harm reduction professionals engage biomedical definitions of addiction. The findings reported in this paper provide evidence that the medicalization of addiction in Ukraine is highly gendered. Male addicts are perceived as ill and in need of medical intervention, whereas female drug users are believed to have turned to drugs simply to deal with personal or marital problems. This hinders women’s access to public health and HIV-prevention services for drug users by undercutting the classification of their drug use behavior as a medical disease. This paper, as well as more on Jennifer Carroll’s work, can be found here.
Gordana Crnkovic’s (Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures) book, “Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film: Fires, Foundations, Flourishes” was published by Continuum International Publishers this year. You can find more details here. She also gave a keynote address at the University of Wisconsin-Madison AATSEEL conference in October 2011, and will give a talk on Meša Selimović’s “Dervish and Death” at a conference on “Russian and East European Arts, World Stage," at the University of Oregon, Eugene in May 2012.
Brad Epperly (PhD Candidate, Political Science) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of South Carolina, starting in 2013. Next year, he will be a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His graduate study was supported by the Titus Ellison Fellowship for Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies (2005-2008), and multiple FLAS awards for Russian language study.
Barbara Henry’s (Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures) book, "Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin's Yiddish Drama," was published by University of Washington Press this month. A second book, co-edited with Joel Berkowitz, called "Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business," will be published in May, 2012, by Wayne State University Press. This volume came out of a conference that REECAS co-sponsored with Jewish Studies & the Slavic Department in May, 2006.
Vlad Kaczynski (Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs) delivered a series of guest seminars from October 21 to November 5 at the Zhejiang Ocean University in Zhoushan, China. His visit was under the aegis of the Fulbright Specialist Program managed by the US Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The lecture series on international marine affairs included presentation on “The Marine Policy of the Russian Federation” and attracted over one hundred graduate students and faculty. Chinese participants turned particular attention to the Russian Federation's marine resources and activities in the North Pacific and the Arctic Ocean, as well as to opportunities for cooperation between China and Russian Far East counterparts.
Steve Kerr (Professor, Department of Education) was recently named as a member of the Expert Council for the Russian "Skolkovo School" project. Skolkovo is intended to become "Russia's Silicon Valley" -- a high-tech complex west of Moscow that will serve as an innovation and development hub. Development of the Skolkovo School (with support from the Russian Ministry of Education and Microsoft) will provide a model for new directions in the Russian education system over the coming twenty years.
Austin Malloy (MAIS REECAS 2011) was offered an internship in February at Voice of America as a research assistant to James Brooke, the current Moscow bureau chief.
Scott Radnitz' (Assistant Professor, International Studies) essay, “Waiting for Spring,” was published in Foreign Policy Magazine's new Democracy Lab online. The latest issue of Democratization published his article, “Oil in the Family: Managing Presidential Succession in Azerbaijan.” Cornell University Press will publish his book, “Weapons of the Wealthy,” in paperback this summer. Radnitz also gave a talk at Arizona State University in March on his future project on identity in Georgia.
Catherine Mangum (MAIS REECAS 2012) will begin working at Sogeti Consulting, an international IT consulting firm, immediately following graduation. As a consultant, she will utilize her thesis research which focused on international technology development.
Douglas Smith’s (Affiliate Lecturer, International Studies) new book, "Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy," will be published in the autumn with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His last book, "The Pearl," appeared in Russian translation in 2011.
Andrew Stone (PhD candidate in History) published an article in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History this winter: ”'The Differences Were Only in the Details' : The Moral Equivalency of Stalinism and Nazism in Anatolii Bakanichev's Twelve Years Behind Barbed Wire" Kritika 13,1 (Winter 2012): 123-50.
Professor Emeritus Daniel Waugh continues to stave off senility by keeping very busy. In February he participated in a conference on early Eurasian nomads in Bonn. He then gave invited presentations at Oxford for the Cantemir Insititute (on his book project about foreign news in Muscovy) and for the Institute of Archaeology (on archaeology in Mongolia). He repeated the Muscovy talk at Jesus College in Cambridge. Back home in Seattle he is completing an essay on the “Great Game” in Central Asia in the period of the Russian Revolution. This spring he will be doing two presentations for the Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with their ikat exhibition of Central Asian textiles and a UW retirement association travelogue on Syria and Jordan.
Mark Weil (Founder of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent) was posthumously awarded the Prince Claus Award in 2011. He and the theatre directed productions that explored controversial topics covering religion, sexuality, and transitional identity between Uzbekistan and Imperial and then Soviet Russia. The Ilkhom Theatre has a deep relationship with the Drama department here at UW, and it runs a School of Drama that acts as the center of many international independent arts initiatives.
James West (Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures) was awarded an NEH Digital Initiatives Grant for $50,000 for development of a web interface to display the William Brumfield Collection of photographs of Russian architecture, and similar digital collections, in a way that will make it possible to integrate information from multiple image databases across the internet.
In the Summer of 2011, Titus Ellison Fellow Sarah Zaides (PhD Candidate, History) was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship through the US Department of State to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan. She spent 10 weeks in Amman at the American Center for Oriental Research, studying both Modern Standard Arabic as well as the Jordanian dialect. Zaides is researching the Soviet Union's cultural projects in the Middle East during the Cold War.