The Seventeenth Annual

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

Northwest Conference

Saturday, April 16, 2011

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(coffee and registration opens at 9:15)
Thomson Hall
University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

Land and Humanity in

Russia, East Europe and Central Asia

Hosted by:

Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The 17th Annual REECAS-NW Conference will be held on Saturday, April 16th, 2011, at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus. The conference is organized by the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington.

We welcome students, faculty and staff from institutions of higher learning from throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as K-12 educators and the general public. Admission to the conference is free. Advance registration is required by April 10th, if you would like to order a box lunch. On the morning of the conference, you will need to confirm your registration and pay $13 for your lunch at the registration table on the 1st floor of Thomson Hall between 9:15am-9:45am. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided. The conference will be held in Thomson Hall on the UW-Seattle Campus. All conference participants are invited to attend a reception following the conference.

Below is some general information regarding the conference. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at

Register here (only required if you are ordering lunch):

  • Lunch options: Smoked Turkey with Havarti; Ham and Swiss; Roast Beef with Cheddar; Tomato Mozzarella & Avocado (v); Chicken Caesar Wrap; BBQ Chicken Salad; or Greek salad (v).
  • Payment of $13 is due the morning of the Conference;

Please note that if you would like to purchase a lunch, you must register by April 14th.

For further information or questions, please call The Ellison Center at (206) 543-4852 or email 

9:15am-9:45am REGISTRATION

10:00am-11:30am SESSION 1

Panel 1 A – Power and Periphery in the Multi-ethnic Empire: legacy and expansion

Chair: Elena Campbell, Assistant Professor, History Department, UW

Infrastructure and Empire: The development of the Russian railroads and its impacts on the Russian Empire 

Karl Starns, MAIS Candidate, REECAS, UW

Claiming the Pamiatnik: Transforming a National Monument into a Symbol of Local Identity in 1830’s Kazan

Eric Johnson, MA Candidate, Department of History, UW 

The Mongol impact on state formation in Russia: From polycentrism to subordination to hyper-centralism

Robert Bedeski, Affiliate Professor, REECAS, UW

Panel 1 B – Rights, Disputes and State Policy

Chair: Marta Mikkelsen, Assistant Director, Ellison Center, UW

Alternative dispute resolutions in the Republic of Belarus

Tatsiana Bialayeva, Visiting Scholar

Post-Soviet Courts and the Rights of Religious Minorities

Sophia Wilson, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UW

Stalin's Intellectual? Ilya Ehrenburg, the Jewish Question, and the State of Israel

Sarah Zaides, MA Student, Department of History, UW

11:30am-12:00am BREAK


Legacies of Soviet Health and Nuclear Policies 

Robert Smurr, Professor, Evergreen State College

Gender and Women in Central Asia

Diana Pearce, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, UW

1:45pm-3:15pm SESSION 2 

Panel 2 A – Balkan Narratives: Preserving the Past, Molding the Future

Chair: Bojan Belic, Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW

Building National Anxiety: Macedonia's 'Skopje 2014' Project

Sofia Harwell, MAIS/MPA Candidate, REECAS/Evans School, UW

Gender Equality in Kosovo: An Examination of 'Kanuni i Lekë Dukagjinit' Through a Feminist Lens

Elizabeth Zherka, MAIS Candidate, REECAS, UW 

The 1945 Post-war Massacres in Slovenia and the Politics of Memory

Andrew Mullins, MAIS Candidate, REECAS, UW 

Panel 2 B -Filtering Culture: Central Asia through Western eyes

Chair: Ilse Cirtautas, Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, UW

Reflections of A Soviet Kyrgyz Writer in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Alva Robinson, MA Candidate, NELC, UW

Sacred Space in the Pamirs through the Eyes of European Travelers

Jennifer Webster, PhD Student,  Department of History, UW

Ethnography or Fine Arts - Curatorial Approaches to Central Asian Art

Rosemary Carroll, MAIS Candidate, REECAS, UW

Panel 2 C – Authoring Perception and Crafting Identity

Chair: James Augerot, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW

The Interaction Between Visual in Linguistic Components in Russian TV Commercials

Veronika Egorova, PhD Candidate, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW

Liudmila Ulitskaia's Medea and her Children: Medea, Stalin, and the Limits of Tolerance

Mary Childs, PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, UW

The Bronze Soldier: Alternate Perceptions of History and Identity Crisis in Estonia

Henrik Strand, BA Candidate, JSIS/Slavic, UW

3:15pm-3:30pm BREAK

3:30pm-5:00pm SESSION 3

Panel 3A – Post-Soviet Energy and Security

Nathaniel S. Trumbull, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut

The Pertinence of the Hypothesis "Knowledge Based Economy in Azerbaijan": Case Study Oil Sector

Emin Aliev, Visiting Scholar, Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS-Gredeg

The Kharkiv Agreement and Black Sea Security

Derek Hom, MAIS Candidate, REECAS, UW

Cold Reality in the "Land of Fire" - Twenty Years of Geopolitical Wrestling around Azerbaijani Hydrocarbon Resources

Csaba Marosvari, MA Candidate, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Panel 3B – Inconvenient People, Awkward Places, and the Threatened Majority

Chair: Glennys Young, Associate Professor, Department of History, UW

Eastern Residues and Western Influences on Political Memory: An Analysis of Museums and Memorials in Prague and Bratislava

Sara Tomczuk, MA Candidate, Department of Sociology, UW

"The Streets are Yours, the Tenements Ours": The Changing Meanings of Urban Space in post-Holocaust Łódź

Travis Currit, PhD Candidate, Department of History, UW

Growing up Soviet?: History and Memory among the "Orphans of Stalin's Revolution"

Andrew Stone, PhD Candidate, Department of History, UW



The Ellison Center
REECAS Program
Box 353650
203B Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4852 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax