2022 REECAS Northwest Program

Conference Program

Please scroll down below the schedule overview for details on individual panels and presentations.


April 7 – Keynote Speech

Eliot Borenstein : 6:00 – 7:45

April 8 – Conference Panels and Plenary

Registration: 9:00 – 4:00, HUB 340

Session 1: 9:45 – 11:30

Lunch Break: 11:30 -12:00

Plenary: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Its Repercussions: 12:00 – 1:15, HUB 340

Session 2: 1:30 – 3:00

Session 3: 3:30 – 5:00

Reception: 5:00 – 6:00, HUB 340


April 7 – Keynote Speech

Eliot Borenstein, NYU

“Everybody Hates Russia” – On the Uses of Conspiracy Theory Under Putin

6:00 pm in Kane Hall Room 225 (Walker Ames Room)


April 8 – Conference Panels and Plenary

Session 1: 9:45 – 11:30

Panel 1A – Russian and East European Literature, HUB 238

Chair and Discussant: Michael Biggins, University of Washington

Jose Alaniz, University of Washington

The Knight in Panther’s Skin and the Rise of Georgian Comics

August Brereton, University of Oregon

Pnin In Mistranslation: Decoding Pnin As Émigré

Susana Fuentes, Independent Scholar, UERJ

Silences, gestures and spaces in Chekhov’s short-stories and The Seagull: nature as part of the scene and the contemporary world

Chutong Liu, University of Oregon

From the Opposite Side of Human Folly: Children on Dostoevsky’s Dystopian Earth

Svetlana Ostroverkhova, University of Washington

Children in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky


Panel 1B – Late Socialism and Its Aftermaths, HUB 307

Chair and Discussant: Laada Bilaniuk, University of Washington

Christopher Jones, University of Washington

Moscow Decisions To Invade: Comparisons Of 1979 (Afghanistan), 1980-81 (Poland), 1989 (Eastern Europe), and 2022 (Ukraine)

Samuel Kay, University of Washington

Enlisting Nature: Tactical Greening and Developmental Afforestation in Beijing

Ekaterina V. Klimenko, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences

The Church, the State and the Memory of the Great Patriotic War in “Russia – My History” Parks

Maria Taylor, University of Washington

Green Friend or Government Plant? Civic Engineering in the USSR

Benjamin Tromly, University of Puget Sound

From Exile to the Homeland: Russian Émigrés confront Perestroika and the New Russia


Lunch Break: 11:30 -12:00

Food is available in the HUB food court on the building’s lower level.


Plenary: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Its Repercussions: 12:00 – 1:15, HUB 340

Elena Bell, University of Washington

Laada Bilaniuk, University of Washington

Volodymyr Dubovyk, Mechnikov National University (Odesa, Ukraine)

Chris Jones, University of Washington

Scott Radnitz, University of Washington (moderator)


Session 2: 1:30 – 3:00

Panel 2A – New Approaches in Translation and Language Pedagogy, HUB 238

Chair and Discussant: Dominique Hoffman

Michael Biggins, Slavic Librarian and Affiliate Faculty in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington

East Central European Literature through the Sieve of U.S. Trade Publishing: Boris Pahor’s Necropolis

Ian Gwin, University of Washington

“No Trace:” Static Entropy between Finnish and Estonian Decadence

Alexey Kuznetsov, UW Language Learning Center and K-12 Educator

Resewing the Iron Curtain: Implications for Russians and Americans

Veronica Muskheli, University of Washington

Teaching Translation from Russian: Striking a Balance between Skills in Decoding and Encoding Phases


Panel 2B – The Geopolitics of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, HUB 307

Chair: Scott Montgomery

Discussants: Scott Montgomery and Chris Jones

Julie Emory, University of Washington

Tools and Tactics: The Use of Cybersecurity to Leverage Soft and Hard Power by Russia

Alisha Gajjar-Fleming, University of Victoria

“The Ukraine Crisis”: Reckoning With Hybrid Warfare in Western News Media and Geopolitics

Khrystyna Holynska, Pardee RAND Graduate School

“Enemies Accumulate”: A Thin Line between the Might and Inferiority in Russia’s Narrative on NATO

Scott Montgomery, University of Washington

Putin Off the Ritz: Global Energy Impacts and Implications of the Ukraine Crisis

Nathaniel Trumbull, University of Connecticut

A joint Russian and U.S. virtual 3-D photographic exhibit of our coastlines: An example of non-government environmental cooperation


Session 3: 3:30 – 5:00

Panel 3A – Legacies and Trauma, HUB 238

Chair and Discussant: Jose Alaniz, University of Washington

Danica Anderson, The Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural Collaboration

Balkan West Route Refugee & International Relations

Mary Childs, University of Washington

Women in Georgian Cinema: Resistance & Strength

Alexa Ryer, University of Washington

Bearing the Brunt: the Effect of COVID 19 on Estonia’s Russian Minority

Jonathan Tyshler, Independent Scholar

How a Soviet Past Influences the Present: Vaccine Hesitancy in the Russian-speaking Population Today


Panel 3B – Imperial and Early Bolshevik History, HUB 307

Chair and Discussant: Benjamin Tromly, University of Washington

Yasyn Abdullaev, UC Berkeley

Conspiracism in Alexandrine Russia: the Myth of Global Conspiracy and Political Rhetoric in the 1820s

Merim Baitimbetova, Pepperdine University

Soviet Industrialization, Economic Structure and Regional Integration in Central Asia: The Case of the Central Asian Union

Susan Baker, Independent Scholar

Pan-Slavism and the Eastern Crisis of 1875-1878

Nelli Manucharyan, The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

Peasants In Transition. Forms And Methods Of Peasant Resistance In Soviet Armenia In 1929- 1930s