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The Future of SEEES Expertise: How Can We Anticipate Tomorrow’s Differences?
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Please join us for a panel entitled The Future of SEEES Expertise: How Can We Anticipate Tomorrow’s Differences?, 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.

The Future of SEEES Expertise: How Can We Anticipate Tomorrow’s Differences? is the sixth and last panel of the Decolonization in Focus Series. This session will focus on how the future of SEEES expertise might be impacted by a sincere effort to decolonize Slavic studies. What role do scholars, faculty, administrators and students play in this process? How might it impact teaching, research and publications? Moderated by Juliet Johnson, Professor of Political Science, McGill University; President, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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 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.


  • Ilya Gerasimov, Executive Director, Ab Imperio Quarterly, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Ararat Osipian, Founding Fellow, New University in Exile Consortium, New York
  • Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria

Image: Oleg Petrasiuk, Ukraine

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