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  • Opportunities: Post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    The University of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowships—one in the arts and humanities, and one in the social sciences and professional disciplines—to begin in September 2016 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet regions of Eurasia. These fellowships are designed to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers while simultaneously building their teaching records.

    The UCIS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian & East European Studies are for two years, renewable for an additional (third) year. Fellows will be expected to pursue their own scholarly work and participate in the academic and intellectual activities of UCIS and REES, as well as the department or professional school with which they are affiliated.

    Each of the UCIS/REES Fellows will teach one course in the first year, two in the second year, and two in the third year if the fellowship is extended. The specific courses to be taught will be determined according to fellows’ interests and the needs of their departments and REES. However, it is anticipated that each fellow will co-teach the interdisciplinary REES capstone course, through which undergraduate students undertake a major research project as part of the REES certificate program requirements, at least once during the fellowship period. Fellows will also be expected to support the Center’s annual graduate and undergraduate student conferences and other Center outreach activities.

    The annual stipend will be $40,000, plus benefits. The UCIS/REES Fellows are eligible to apply for REES Faculty Small Grants, up to $3,000 annually, to support their research agenda.

    Eligibility: We invite applications from qualified candidates in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional disciplines who have received the PhD or final professional degree from a university other than the University of Pittsburgh no earlier than December 2013. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from their department chair or advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. The fellowship may not begin before the candidate has actually received the PhD or equivalent final degree in a professional discipline. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose application is supported by an agreement from a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to serve as mentor for the candidate during the period of the fellowship.


  • CFP: “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium(University of Pittsburgh; April 1, 2016)

    On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES), the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence (ESC/EUCE), and the International Business Center (IBC) at the University of Pittsburgh will be sponsoring the annual “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pitt. Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, to discussants and an audience. Please encourage your outstanding undergraduate students to apply to participate in the Symposium. Limited travel grants are available to help defray travel expenses to Pittsburgh for accepted participants. The application form and further information can be found at

    1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 19, 2016.
    2) Selected students will be notified by February 2016.
    3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2016.
    4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on April 1, 2016.

    If you have any questions, please contact Gina Peirce, Assistant Director, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh

  • Exhibition: Yevgeniy Fiks: Andy Warhol and The Pittsburgh Labor Files (The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; October 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016)

    Seventh Floor Galleries
    The Andy Warhol Museum

    This installation is a collection of documents that afford various impressions of the left-wing political, economic, and artistic life in Pittsburgh, from the communist movements of the 1920s, to the union rallies of the 1930s, to the Red Scare of the 1950s. Installed as several boxes filled with archives collected by U.S.-based, Russian artist Yevgeniy Fiks, it comprises dozens of photographs, printouts, PDF files, and books, including a government’s report on communist activities in Pittsburgh, images of artworks by Andy Warhol’s art professors at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), and first-person accounts of race and labor relations.

    The pieces are displayed on the museum’s seventh floor, which presents the early decades of Warhol’s life, including an emphasis on his working-class, European immigrant family in depression-era Pittsburgh. This display does not contain any documents related to Warhol or his family, it does capture the persistent political strain of proletarian life in the city at that time. Though Warhol’s career after his arrival in New York City in 1949 has more in common with the rampant and entrepreneurial individualism of post-war America than the collectivization of socialist activism, this project presents various cultural waves that may have shaped and ultimately informed the artist’s diverse and complex history. He would later incorporate numerous symbols of communism, from his Mao and Hammer & Sickle portraits of the 1970s to his 1986 portraits of Lenin.

    Yevgeniy Fiks was born in Moscow in 1972 and has been living and working in New York since 1994. Fiks has produced many projects on the subject of the post-soviet dialogue in the West, for example, his project Lenin for Your Library?, in which he mailed Vladimir Lenin’s text “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” to 100 global corporations as a donation for their corporate libraries. His work has been exhibited widely, including at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; and Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon.