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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, "Babylonian Tower," 2012.
[Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36]
Used by permission.
Source: http://yps.gallery/

Organizers

Marina Mogilner,  UIC History, Edward and Marianna Thaden Chair in Russian and East European Intellectual History
Keely Stauter-Halsted, History, Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies
Malgorzata Fidelis, History
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, The Crown Family Professor Of Jewish Studies, Northwestern Univ.
Jonathan Daly, History

This group brings together scholars who study history and culture of Eastern Europe and Northern Eurasia.  Invited speakers will frame particular cases within wider methodological, disciplinary, and geographical contexts relevant for a broad community of students of diversity, complex societies, imperial formations and postcoloniality.

Elissa Bemporad

Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust, Associate Professor of History, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

“The Pogroms of the Russian Civil War and the Soviet-Jewish Alliance”

March 6, 2019 from 6 -8 PM

The Revolution stormed through the cities and towns of the former Pale of Settlement, bringing to its Jews promises, hopes, enthusiasm, and empowerment. But the Revolution also brought fear and violence. It was this violence, which was unleashed throughout Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and into the Civil War of 1918-1921, that ultimately swayed the Jews to support the Bolshevik cause. The pervasiveness, extraordinary brutality, and unprecedented nature of the anti-Jewish pogroms that followed the Revolution shaped the relationship between Jews and the new Bolshevik power, sparking a Soviet-Jewish alliance. By exploring the tumultuous events in different regions of the Soviet territory, this talk will capture the Jewish response to the revolution, and reassess the role that violence played in the choices Jews made.

Elissa Bemporad  is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (2013), winner of the National Jewish Book Award, winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History. Her new book, entitled “Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets,” will be published with Oxford University Press in 2019. Elissa is also the co-editor of Women and Genocide: Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators (Indiana University Press, 2018). She has recently been a recipient of an NEH Fellowship and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Elissa’s projects in progress include research for a biography of Ester Frumkin.

Date(s): Wednesday, 3/6 6:00 PM to Wednesday, 3/6 8:00 PM
Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: lvavra@uic.edu
Phone:(312) 996-6354

Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska

February 14, 2019 from 4 – 6 PM

Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska
Assistant Professor, Intercultural Studies Institute, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

“The Roma Holocaust: Breaking Silence”

“The European Parliament is deeply concerned about the increase in anti-Gypsy attitudes, and therefore calls for more efforts to end discrimination, hate crimes and hate speech against the Roma people” – says the European Parliament’s resolution of April 15th, 2015, which recognizes August 2nd as the Day of the Roma Holocaust Remembrance. Four years earlier, in July 2011, the Polish Parliament established August 2nd as the Day of the Roma and Holocaust Remembrance. These very important initiatives show that the Roma genocide is no longer a forgotten page of history and has been recognized by important national and international institutions. In her talk, Professor Talewicz-Kwiatkowska will reconstruct the history of Roma Holocaust in Poland and discuss the story and implications of its acknowledgment and commemoration.

Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska holds a PhD in anthropology. Besides teaching at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, she works as an Academic Advisor for Memorial and Museum Auschwitz- Birkenau. She is a member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies and recipient of multiple prestigious awards and fellowships, including from the Gypsy Lore Society, the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and the Accountability Program at Columbia University, the Leadership Academy for Poland, a Fulbright scholarship (2015-2016) and the European Commission. Professor Talewicz-Kwiatkowska has published edited collections, a monograph (The influence of the EU funding on the social conditions of the Roma people in Poland. Kraków, 2013) and articles pertaining to the history and present conditions of Roma communities, perceptions of Roman, education about Roma history, Roma genocide during the WWII, and minorities’ rights in Poland.

Sponsored by the SEE NEXT Working Group and UIC Polish Studies

Date(s): Thursday, 2/14 4:00 PM to Thursday, 2/14 6:00 PM
Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: lvavra@uic.edu
Phone:(312) 996-6354

Kęstutis Kilinskas

Kęstutis Kilinskas, History Department, Vilnius University

“Building an army for a post-imperial state: generational conflict in the Lithuanian armed forces 1918 – 1926”

January 16, 2019 from 6-8 pm

How are new national armies built in post-imperial settings? This talk considers Lithuanian nation-building after the collapse of the Russian empire in the context of WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution. The Lithuanian lands were never mono-ethnic; there was not any precedent of “Lithuanian national” military force in the region and no clear strategic vision of Lithuania’s self-determination as a modern nation-state. Consequently, officers from different former empires, regions, nationalities, religious beliefs and social backgrounds joined the newly established Lithuanian military forces, bringing with them varying experiences, identities and expectations. This situation inevitably generated tensions and conflicts in the officers corps, led to the emergence of secret cells and ideological polarization, and eventually contributed to the coup d’etat of 1926. The talk focuses on the nature of the conflicts between the post-imperial military elites in the army of the newly created Lithuanian Republic.

Kęstutis Kilinskas is an Assistant Professor of History at Vilnius University’s History Department. His doctoral dissertation and relating publications examine the process of building a post-imperial army for the nationalizing Lithuanian state, offering a political history of post-imperial military elites in the Lithuanian Republic (1918-1940). His publications have appeared in Lithuanian and English in journals such as: Lithuanian Historical Studies, Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis, Archives of War and others.

Date(s): Wednesday, 1/16 6:00 PM to Wednesday, 1/16 8:00 PM
Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: lvavra@uic.edu
Phone:(312) 996-6354

Leonid Volkov

Leonid Volkov: “Russian Politics and the Strategy for Russian Opposition”

Leonid Volkov, Russia’s Future Party, regional politics coordinator; Cofounder & Chairman of Internet Protection Society

In his talk, Leonid Volkov reflects on the current political situation in Russia and on the strategy of the anti-Putin oppositional movement. He will answer questions from the audience about current Russian politics and possible parallels with the situation in the United States.

Leonid Volkov is a Russian politician of the Russia’s Future Party founded and presided by one of the most consistent and influential leaders of oppositional movement to the current political regime, Alexei Navalny. Leonid was campaign manager and chief of staff for Alexei Navalny’s 2013 Moscow mayoral election, as well as Alexei Navalny’s attempt to get registered for the 2018 presidential election. During this campaign he was arrested five times and spent 95 days in jail. After the sabotage of the campaign by the authorities, Volkov became the chief of staff of the “voters’ strike”. On June 12, 2017 together with his colleagues from another NGO associated with Navalny, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Volkov run the ten-hour Internet broadcasting of the all-Russian protest rallies against corruption organized by their movement. Currently, Leonid Volkov oversees all regional political operations of the Russia’s Future Party, across Russia’s 11 time zones. He is a former deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma and the head of the central election committee of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council (2012).  Leonid has over twenty years of experience as an IT professional, running and consulting several of Russia’s largest software companies. He is coauthor with Fyodor Krasheninnikov of The Cloud Democracy, a book on how modern technology could re-shape and re-define democracy and elections.  Leonid is also founder of the Internet Protection Society, a NGO focused on the Internet freedom and digital rights in Russia.

Date(s): Thursday, 11/29 6:00 PM to Thursday, 11/29 8:00 PM
Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: lvavra@uic.edu
Phone:(312) 996-6354

SEE NEXT Working Group Event

September 27, 2018 from 6-8 pm

703 South Morgan St., Grant Hall Room 308

Martin Nekola, Ph.D., Political Scientist and Historian

For The Freedom of Captive European Nations: Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America

The talk explores a poorly known story of the formation and development of organizations of political exiles from the countries of East-Central and South-East Europe in the USA in the early years of Cold War. This story is reconstructed based on a longtime research in both United States’ and European archives, that has revealed historical facts largely unknown to the students of the Cold War anti-communist movements in exile. The talk considers in a comparative perspective political organizations and individual representatives of the Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Romanian and other groups of exiles. Their role and standing within their movements will be explained and evaluated in the context of evolving international politics of the first decade of the Cold War (1946-1956).

Martin Nekola is a political scientist and historian, born and residing in Prague, Czech Republic. He received PhD in political science in 2012 from Charles University in Prague. His current research project is focused on the Czechoslovak Exile after 1948 and Czech communities in the USA. He is the author of three hundred articles and has published ten books in the past ten years. In the recent years, he was awarded many prestigious fellowships such as Fulbright research fellow at Columbia University, NY; Platzman research fellow, University of Chicago; Hoover Institution International scholar.

Date(s): Thursday, 9/27 6:00 PM to Thursday, 9/27 8:00 PM
Address: 703 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: lvavra@uic.edu
Phone:(312) 996-6354