REECAS NW Past Conferences


From Symbolism to Security
Politics, Literature and Imagery in
Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia


The Nineteenth Annual
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
Northwest Conference

Saturday, April 27, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thomson Hall
University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

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

The 19th Annual REECAS-NW Conference will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 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 18th, if you would like to order a box lunch. On the morning of the conference, you will need to confirm your registration and pay $12 for your lunch at the registration table on the 1st floor of Thomson Hall between 9:30am-10:00am. 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

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

9:30am-10:00am COFFEE

10:00am-11:30am SESSION 1

Panel 1A – Image as Power: Iconography, Guerrilla Art and Secularism in Modernity

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

Soviet-Turkish Relations in the Interwar Period: Historiographical Trends and Opportunities
Taylor Zajicek, REECAS, UW

Unorthodox Icons: Icons and Iconography in Early Soviet Propaganda
Cyrus Rodgers, Slavic Department, UW

Guerilla Art in Modern Russia’s Protest Movements
Suzanne Skaar, REECAS, UW

Panel 1B – Power, Money and the State: Examining Economic Policy through the Ages

Chair: Scott Radnitz, Director, Ellison Center, UW

Public-Private Partnerships in Kazakhstan: An Evaluation of the Framework and Risks of Public-Private Partnerships
Ryan Dalrymple, REECAS, UW

Russia’s Forest Sector and International Trade in Forest Products: Export Taxes on Roundwood, Priority Investment Projects, and WTO Accession

Building Stalinism: The Institutional Origins of Soviet State Arbitration
Will Murg, Political Science Department, UW

11:30am-12:00pm BREAK/LUNCH

12:00 pm-1:30 pm (BROWN BAG) PLENARY SESSION

Searching for Security: the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Arctic
Chair: Scott Radnitz, Director, Ellison Center, UW

Volodymyr Dubovyk, Visiting Scholar, Odessa Mechnikov National University, Odessa, Ukraine

Scott Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

Vince Gallucci, Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, UW

1:30pm-1:45pm BREAK

1:45pm-3:15pm SESSION 2

Panel 2A – A Fool for Folklore: Irony Symbolism and Identity in Transition

Chair: Galya Diment, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW

Depicting the Trickster: Soviet Animation and Russian Folktales
Anatoliy Klots, Slavic Department, UW

Read all about it! The Origins of Muscovite Theater in Newspapers and Diplomatic Reports
Claudia Jensen, Slavic Department, UW

A New Post-Soviet Village Prose Tale: How Natalya Klucharyova’s A Year in Paradise Refers to Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s Matryona’s House
Veronica Muskheli, Slavic Department, UW

Panel 2B – Literature as Informer: History, Identity and the Story of Time

Chair: Maria Rewakowicz, Affiliate Faculty, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW

Understanding Ukrainian Foreign Relations through the literary Works of Yuri Andrukhovych
Christi Anne Hofland, REECAS, UW

History as a Co-author of Literature: Sofi Oksanen’s Purge
Liina-Ly Roos, UW

‘This Ugly Matter’: The Curious History of the Committee to Protect the Youth from Harmful Literature, Latvia 1926-1937
Aldis Purs, Scandinavian Studies, UW

Panel 2C – Cultural Circulation or Colonial Conquest: Russian Expansion into Central Asia in the 18th-20th Centuries

Chair: Elena Campbell, Professor, History, UW

Exploring the Frontiers of Tradition and Translation: Early Findings from the Textual Analysis of Pugachev-Era Documents
Eric Johnson, History Department, UW

The Tragedy of Colonialism – Tajik Phenomenon: the History of Tajiks at the Second Half of XIX – Beginning of XX Centuries
Inomjon Mamadaliev, History Department, UW

Towards an Historiography of the Millennium of Orthodoxy in Russia
David Wishard, REECAS, UW

3:15pm-3:30pm BREAK

3:30pm-5:00pm SESSION 3

Panel 3A –Deconstructing Development: New Frameworks and Approaches to Development Theory and Practice

Chair: Matthew Boyd, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW

Brokers Beyond Borders: Moldova’s Countertraffickers
Walker Frahm, Sociology Department, UW

Building Gendered Human Security Inside and Out: A Case Study in Post-Conflict Kosovo
Elizabeth Zherka, REECAS / Evans, UW

Modern Russian Reforms in Education: Challenges for the Future
Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, School of Education, Seattle Pacific University; ROSI

Panel 3B – Citizenship in the Baltics: Identity, Ethnicity, and Social Stratification

Chair: Guntis Smidchens, Baltic Studies, UW

Citizenship in Latvia: Does it Pay
Justin Paulsen, Evans / REECAS, UW

Judging the Book by its Cover: Latvian Integration Beyond the Headlines
Indra Ekmanis, REECAS, UW

Urban Multilingualism in Lithuania
Meiulte Ramoniene, Visiting Scholar, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Panel 3C – Poetry, Power, and Enlightenment

Chair: Jose Alaniz, Slavic Department, UW

Conviction and Irony in Timur Kibirov’s Religious “Songs and Nursery Rhymes”
Jamie Olson, English Department, Saint Martin’s University

The Encompassing of Opposites in Poems by Kruglov and Averintsev: Becoming the Dark, Becoming the Light, But Most of All, Becoming the Words
Lee Scheingold, Slavic Department, UW

The Representation of Soviet Poetry in Postwar Decade in the Literary Journal “Oktyabr”
Ekaterina Zamataeva, German and Russian Studies Department, University of Missouri, Columbia