REECAS NW Past Conferences


REECAS Northwest

The 28th Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Northwest Conference

April 7-8, 2022, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

About the Conference

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.

Conference Highlights:

Keynote Speaker: Eliot Borenstein (NYU) – Friday, April 7 at 6:00 PM

“Everybody Hates Russia” – On the Uses of Conspiracy Theory Under Putin

Eliot Borenstein is Professor of Russian & Slavic Studies and Senior Academic Convenor for the Global Network at New York University. He is the author of Men without Women: Masculinity and  Revolution in Russian Fiction, 1917-1929 2001 (AATSEEL book prize), Overkill: Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture (2008 AWSS book prize), Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism (2020 Wayne S. Vucinich brook prize and 2020 AATSEEL book prize), and Pussy Riot: Speaking Punk to Power (Bloomsbury, 2020). 

He has three books forthcoming: Marvel Comics in the 1970s: The World Inside Your Head (Cornell, 2022), Meanwhile, in Russia…: Russian Internet Memes and Viral Video  (Bloomsbury, 2022), and Soviet-Self-Hatred: The Secret Identities of Postsocialism (Cornell, 2023). He is now writing HBO’s The Leftovers: Mourning and Melancholy on Premium Cable and Unstuck in Time: On the Post-Soviet Uncanny.



Conference Program

Please click below to view the 2022 REECAS Northwest Conference Program.

REECAS Northwest Conference Program


Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • Abstract and C.V Deadline: March 13
  • Final Papers to Chair: March 25


Call for Papers (Abstracts):

The 2022 Call for Papers has now closed. Thank you for your submission.

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. 

Submit Abstract Here


Audience Member Registration (Non-Presenter)

Coming soon!

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.)

Audience Member Registration (Non-Presenter)


Event Venue, UW Campus, Parking, and Seattle Tips


The 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

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

Invitation Letter Form



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