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

The 26th Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Northwest Conference
April 30-May 2, 2020, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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, 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, 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 an official ASEEES regional conference by the ASEEES Board of Directors in 2017.

The University of Washington’s soaring Suzzallo Library

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.

Conference Highlights:

Keynote Speech by Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, April 30 – Talk registration required. 

McFaul Keynote Registration

Michael McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He has authored several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller,  From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.

Currently, Dr. McFaul is the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, all at Stanford University.  He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post.

Dr. McFaul’s earlier books include Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective  (eds. with Kathryn Stoner); Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (with James Goldgeier); and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations between China, Russia, and the United States, and the relationship between democracy and development.

Please note: REECAS Northwest attendees must register for Ambassador McFaul’s talk separately from their conference registration. This talk is free of charge. 

Conference Program

Please check back in 2020 for the REECAS NW conference program

 

Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: March 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
  • Acceptance Notification: March 13, 2020
  • Panels Announced: March 24, 2020
  • Papers Due for Subsequent Distribution to Panel Chairs: April 20, 2020. (Presenters may continue to revise their papers in coordination with Panel Chairs.)

Call for Paper Proposals (Abstracts):

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 conference registration form. If you are requesting to be part of a pre-assembled panel, please indicate that in the form. 

The 2020 Call for Paper Proposals (abstracts) is open!

Call for Paper Proposals (Abstracts)

 

Audience Member Registration (Non-Presenter):

Non-presenting conference attendees (audience members) should use this below linked form to register for REECAS Northwest. Please register no later than 11:59 pm on April 21 by completing the below linked form.

2020 Audience Member (non-presenter) registration is open!

Audience Member Registration (Non-Presenter)

Conference Logistics and Attendee Information:

REECAS Northwest 2020 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. (For Uber or Lyft, the street address is “2023 King Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105”).

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.

VISA LETTER REQUESTS

Questions?

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