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Decolonization: Impact beyond the Ivory Tower?
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Please join us for a panel entitled Decolonization: Impact beyond the Ivory Tower?, part of the Decolonization In Focus series. This series, cosponsored by the Harriman Institute, was developed and executed by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, with support from the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies.

This event is online only.

Impact Beyond the Ivory Tower is the fourth panel of the Decolonization in Focus Series. This session will focus on how decolonization of Slavic studies is being considered and practiced by academic librarians, journalists and civil activists. What might we learn from practices in use outside the academy? Moderated by Douglas Rogers, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Yale University.

About the Series

The Russian war in Ukraine has had innumerable impacts, from personal to political, local, national, and global. One of the many sea changes wrought by the war has been the reckoning within Slavic/Russian & Eurasian Studies over the outsized role Russia has played and continues to play in the field and what could and should be done about it. The invited panelists in this series will consider the relationships of power that have long dominated the region, how they have impacted the field of study, and what, if anything, could and should be done about it.

The series will have six wide-ranging panels featuring speakers from various disciplines and institutions. Panelists and participants will be encouraged to consider why decolonizing Russian & Eurasian studies matters, how to implement concrete change in their classrooms, and how to conceive of the future of expertise within the field. All sessions will be convened using Zoom, live-streamed via YouTube, and recorded to be made available for later viewing.


  • Erica Marat, Associate Professor and Chair, Regional and Analytical Studies Department, College of International Security and Affairs (CISA), National Defense University
  • Fatima Tlis, Journalist, Voice of America
  • Anna Arays, Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, Yale University


Image: Oleg Petrasiuk, Ukraine


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