Ellison Center News
Robert Bedeski (Affiliate REECAS faculty) presented a lecture at University of British Columbia (Green College, October 29, 2012): “Lessons from Mongol State Formation: Chinggis Khan and Anthrocentric Security." He presented a talk at the Central/Inner Asian Studies Seminar (February 15, 2013): “Peace, Order, and Security: The Political Life of Chinggis Khan,” and a public lecture at the University of Victoria (March 15, 2013) “Chinggis Khan’s Quest for Security: Tribe, State and Empire.” He participated in a panel at the Association for Asian Studies in San Diego (March 23, 2013) commemorating the late Professor Chalmers Johnson (University of California), and the following week presented a paper at Glendon College (Toronto) on “Human Security and the South Korean ‘Miracle.’” On April 23 he presented a seminar at the Institute of Security and Development Policy in Stockholm, Sweden on “Reinventing Human Security: Lessons from Chinggis Khan’s Biography.” He is currently refining his ‘Theory of Anthrocentric Security’ using the biography of Chinggis Khan for illustration, and exploring possible differences between Asian and Euro-American values.
Indra Ekmanis (MAIS REECAS 2013) presented her research, “Judging the Book by its Cover? Latvian Integration Beyond the Headlines,” at the 19th Annual REECAS Northwest Conference. She has published a series of book reviews on current trends in Baltic Studies in Latvian literary journal Jaunā Gaitā. Indra will continue her research at UW in the fall in the Jackson School doctoral program.
Christi Anne Hofland (MAIS REECAS 2015) has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Russian in Ufa, Russia. She is one of approximately 610 U.S. students who received the scholarship and will spend the summer in intensive language institutes in one of 13 countries around the world. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Following CLS, she will continue studying Russian through a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the Ellison Center for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Talant Mawkanuli (Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization) co-authored (with Virginia Martin), “Nineteenth century Kazak correspondence with Russian authorities: Morphemic analysis and historical contextualization,” which was published in Journal of Turkic Languages, Vol.16 (1), 68-79, 2012. He also presented “Language Choice and Ethnolinguistic Vitality: the Case of Kazak Community” at China Colloquium, hosted by the China Studies Program in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington on April 18, 2013.
Nicholas Steiner (MAIS REECAS 2013) will be published in the spring 2013 edition of the Evans School Review. His paper is titled “Beyond Safeguards: Nuclear Threat Reduction in Kazakhstan and Impacts on Global Nonproliferation.” Nicholas’s research explores the evolution of the nuclear partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States. He discusses how bilateral cooperation between the two countries strengthens the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards system and sets the stage for Kazakhstan’s aspiring global nuclear leadership.
Amanda Swain (MAIS REECAS 1995) received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington in March 2013. Her dissertation, "A Death Transformed: The Political and Social Consequences of Romas Kalanta's Self-Immolation, Soviet Lithuania, May 1972," analyzed Soviet and post-Soviet interpretations of the suicide of a 19-year-old Lithuanian and the street demonstrations that followed his funeral. Dr. Swain is currently a part-time lecturer in the UW History Department.