The 25th Annual

REECAS Northwest Conference

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

An ASEEES regional affiliate conference

April 26-27, 2019 | University of Washington
Seattle, WA

2019 Conference Theme: Disunion, Disaffection, and Dissent 

About the Conference

Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz introducing Russian historian Glennys Young as the REECAS NW Keynote Speaker in 2017.

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 and Canada. The interdisciplinary conference is organized by the University of Washington’s Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, which seeks to promote in-depth study of the many post-communist European and Eurasian sub-regions. Sometimes abbreviated as “REECAS NW”, the conference was recognized as a regional affiliate conference by the ASEEES Board of Directors in 2017.

The University of Washington’s soaring Suzzallo Library

REECAS Northwest conference organizers annually provide a conference theme, but papers on all topics are welcome and presenters need not feel bound to the conference theme. 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).

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Studies Program at the University of Washington, and we are particularly eager to welcome papers, panels, and round tables by scholars and students of Baltic Studies at the annual REECAS Northwest conference.

There are no registration fees for REECAS Northwest conference participants or attendees. This event is free and open to the general public to attend.


Keynote Speaker: Anastasia Edel, Author, New York Times contributor and New York Review of Books essayist – Friday, April 26

Raised in in southern Russia during the twilight years of the Soviet Union, Anastasia Edel graduated with a degree in English and German studies from Kubansky State University and worked as a fiction translator. A recipient of the British Government Chevening Award, she moved to England for postgraduate studies, and then to the US, earning her MFA in Writing from Pacific University.  She’s the author of  Russia, Putin’s Playground: Empire, Revolution and the New Tsar (Callisto Media, 2016). Her prose has appeared in the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Project Syndicate Quartz, and World Literature Today. She lives in San Francisco and teaches Russian culture and history at OLLI UC Berkeley.

Ms. Edel will speak on “The Hijacking of the Russian Mind“, a talk on the Kremlin’s manipulation of historical narrative during and after the Soviet Union.

For Anastasia Edel’s articles in the New York Review of Books, click here. To read her recent article in the New York Times click here. Learn more about her on her website.


Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: February 24 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
  • Acceptance Notification: March 4
  • Panels Announced: March 22
  • Final Papers to Panel Chairs: April 12

Call for Papers:

Please see the conference paper and presentation guidelines.

Presenters: To submit your paper proposal, please complete the below linked form, which requires a maximum 300 word paper abstract. Your proposal submission serves as your conference registration, so there is no need to fill out an additional registration form. If you are requesting to be part of a pre-assembled panel, please indicate that in the form. 

Please contact if you experience any technical problems submitting your paper proposal.

Call for Papers


Attendee Registration (Non-Presenter):

Non-presenting conference attendees (audience members) should use this below linked form to register for REECAS Northwest. REECAS Northwest is open to interested scholars, students, and the general public. Please register no later than 11:59 pm on April 22 by completing the below linked form.

Attendee Registration (Non-Presenter)

Logistics and Attendee Information:

REECAS Northwest 2019 will take place in the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. The Simpson Center is located in the Communications Building on the UW Seattle Campus.

International Visas

The University of Washington welcomes conference participants from around the world and can provide letters of invitation for accepted REECAS Northwest conference presenters. The University of Washington can only provide formal letters of invitation for accepted conference presenters. If you require a visa to visit the United States, please complete the below form only after you have been formally notified of the acceptance of your paper proposal. No action will be taken on invitation letters for conference applicants before papers are formally accepted and individual acceptances are communicated to applicants by the University of Washington’s Ellison Center. We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle.


Conference Program

Program Coming Soon


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