The Herbert J. Ellison Center Presents: The 21st Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Between East & West: Identity, Opportunity & Security in the Post-Communist World The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington is hosting a one-day interdisciplinary conference. This year REECAS NW will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA on May 2, 2015. We welcome students, faculty and staff from institutions of higher learning from throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as K-12 educators and the general public. Admission to the conference is free. Contributions are encouraged on area studies, literature, the fine arts, the environment, post-Soviet foreign policy, historical research, economics, national identity or any other relevant subjects. The conference will also feature a session for K-12 educators teaching area languages at the K-12 level.

Recent Submissions

  • The “Big Bang” of Pax Mongolica: The Political Legacy of Chinggis Khan– Empire, State or Mega-Tribe? 

    Bedeski, Robert (The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center, 2015-05-02)
    The relation between man and the state has occupied deliberations of philosophers since at least Plato and Aristotle. Man has physical substance - the state does not. So any link poses an ontological dilemma. The state ...
  • American cinema in the USSR and Post-Communist Russia: cultural influence in open and closed societies 

    Barber, Irina (The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center, 2015-05-02)
    In the period of complications and antagonism between countries and governments, public diplomacy and its cultural programs become crucial. And in this regard films can be a very powerful and discreet public diplomacy ...
  • On The Origins Of Divisions Plaguing Today’s Ukraine 

    Uzhva, Anastasiya F. (The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center, 2015-05-02)
    With this inquiry I attribute the causes of the divide in the east and west Ukraine to the historical composition, religious affiliations, and political interests of the Ukrainian people
  • Hellfire and Revolution: The Jews of Odessa and the Works of Isaac Babel 

    Cotton, Matthew (The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center, 2015-05-02)
    At the turn of the twentieth century, on the western shores of Russia’s Black Sea coast, there lay a city unlike any other Russian city. It was said that seven miles of hellfire surrounded the port, separating the city’s ...
  • Jewish Identity in the Russian Cinema of early 1990s 

    Klots, Anatoliy (The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center, 2015-05-02)
    Interest in all topics previously forbidden in the Soviet Union soared in the decade between 1988 and 1999. New films about Stalinism, purges, ethnic conflicts, youth subcultures, crime and corruption, often filled with ...
  • Use of Profanities in discourse between Russian speakers: Status and dominance in Svojness 

    Jarrett, Jenny (The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center, 2015-05-02)
    The use of profanity in discourse between Russian speakers creates inclusive and exclusive relationship in speech and formulates an array of social divisions. “The „polarity‟ of Russian styles of interaction might be ...