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Decolonization: Why Does It Matter?
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Please join the Harriman Institute for a panel entitled Decolonization: Why Does It Matter?, part of the Decolonization In Focus series. This series 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.

Decolonization: Why Does It Matter? is the first panel of the Decolonization In Focus series. This session will broach the question of why decolonizing Slavic studies is an important exercise and the impact it may have on scholars and the field more largely. Moderated by Tamar Shirinian, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.

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. In its third year, the In Focus series will focus on decolonizing Russian and Eurasian studies. The invited panelists 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 for later viewing.


  • Epp Annus, Lecturer, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University
  • Svitlana Biedarieva, Art Historian, Curator, and Artist, Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, and the Kyiv School of Economics
  • Marina Mogilner, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Chicago

Image: Oleg Petrasiuk, Ukraine


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