REECAS Northwest Conference

REECAS Northwest, the annual ASEEES Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, welcomes students, faculty, independent scholars, and language educators from the United States and abroad.

REECAS Northwest, the annual ASEEES Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, welcomes students, faculty, independent scholars, and language educators from the United States and abroad.

REECAS Northwest 2023

The 29th Annual Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

April 20-April 22, 2023

University of Washington

Seattle, WA USA

THE 2023 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS NOW OPEN!

Deadline February 20, 2023!

 

About the Conference

2022 Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz speaking at the REECAS Northwest Conference

REECAS Northwest, the annual ASEEES Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, welcomes students, faculty, independent scholars, and language educators from the United States and abroad. Established in 1994, REECAS Northwest is an important annual event for scholars and students in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, with participant and partner universities from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. The interdisciplinary conference is organized by the University of Washington’s Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. Sometimes abbreviated as “REECAS NW”, the conference was recognized as the official ASEEES northwest regional conference by the ASEEES Board of Directors in 2017.

The conference hosts many panels on a variety of topics from a wide diversity of disciplines including political science, history, literature, linguistics, anthropology, culture, migration studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, film studies and more.

Papers on Russia and all the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are welcome, including the Uyghur region in China (Xinxiang and elsewhere).

There are no registration fees for REECAS Northwest conference participants or attendees.

Call for Proposals:

The REECAS Northwest Conference welcomes both individual paper proposals and also panel proposals. Please note that all conference participants must submit their  own proposals individually. 

Please see the conference paper and presentation guidelines.

To submit your proposal, please complete the below linked form, which requires a maximum 300 word paper abstract and your C.V. If you are requesting to be part of a pre-formed panel, please indicate that in the form. Individual submissions will be grouped into panels with a common theme. Your proposal submission serves as your conference registration, so there is no need to fill out an additional registration form.

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • Application Deadline (abstract and C.V.): February 20
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 1
  • Panels Announced: March 10
  • Final Papers to Chair: April 6

 

 

Keynote Speaker: Alexei Yurchak (UC Berkeley)

Lenin and the Sacred: Representing the Unrepresentable

Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 5:30 pm

The Soviet system was organized around the figure of “Lenin” – a figure that embodied the foundational and unquestionable Truth of the communist project. This figure stood outside of the Soviet political, legal and aesthetic language. Hence representing Lenin in external signs (linguistic, visuals, material) was challenging. To be successful, representations of Lenin had to be linked to his physical body. This talk will focus on the visual depictions of Lenin. How were these visuals connected to Lenin’s body? What does this connection tell us about the relation between the Sacred, the Material and the Sign in the Soviet and post-Soviet contexts?

Alexei Yurchak is a Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. His interests include political anthropology, linguistic anthropology, anthropology of science and anthropology of the image in the Soviet and post-Soviet contexts. He is the author of the award-winning book, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation. He is currently finishing a book on the political, scientific and aesthetic histories of Lenin’s body that has been maintained and displayed for a century in the Mausoleum in Moscow.

Conference Highlights: 

Coming in 2023!

Conference Program

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Audience Registration (Non-Presenter)

Coming in 2023!

Audience members (non-presenters) should use this below linked form to register for REECAS Northwest. (Presenting panelists are automatically registered with their paper submission and therefore do not need to register again separately.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER REGISTRATION (NON-PRESENTER)

Conference Hotel

Coming in 2023!

Event Venue, UW Campus, Parking, and Seattle Tips

The 2023 Keynote Speech and conference panels will take place in the HUB (Husky Union Building) on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

MORE INFO HERE

 

 

International Visas

Coming in 2023!

(Accepted proposals only) – If you require a letter of invitation to present at the conference, please complete the below form.

INVITATION LETTER FORM

 

Questions?

If you have questions not answered by this webpage, please contact reecasnw@uw.edu.