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Discourse and Decolonization: Perspectives from Outside the Anglophone Academy
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Please join the Harriman Institute for a panel entitled Discourse and Decolonization: Perspectives from Outside the Anglophone Academy, 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.

Discourse and Decolonization: Perspectives from Outside the Anglophone Academy is the second panel of the Decolonization in Focus Series. This session will explicitly consider the question of the decolonization of Slavic studies from the perspective of those outside the English-speaking world. How has Slavic studies been positioned historically outside the Anglophone academy and what practices and perspectives therein might be applied in the US? How are the conversations around decolonization being received by scholars outside North America? Moderated by Vitaly Chernetsky, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas.

About the Series

The Russian war in Ukraine has had innumerable impacts, from the personal to the 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 has 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.


  • Katarzyna Gorak-Sosnowska, Associate Professor of Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
  • Botakoz Kassymbekova, Assistant Professor of History, University of Basel
  • Irina Sklokina, Historian and Researcher, Lviv Center for Urban History

Image: Oleg Petrasiuk, Ukraine


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