REECAS NW Past Conferences


REECAS Northwest 2020

The 26th Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Northwest Conference

An ASEEES Regional Conference

Owing to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, the Ellison Center’s visiting speaker series marking the thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall served as the 2020 REECAS Northwest Conference.

Click below for recordings on Europe’s transformation after 1989 and emerging challenges for the REECAS region.



About REECAS Northwest

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

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.


Speaker Podcasts

Evgeniya Chirikova, Russian Environmental Activist


Dennis Deletant, Georgetown University – Ion Ratiu Visiting Professor of Romanian Studies


William Hill, Kennan Institute Global Fellow


Panel | The Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Russia


Conor O’Dwyer, University of Florida