• 1.Another Miracle Needed: Hayek, Polanyi and the Future of Eurasia

    A talk by Chris Hann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology A talk by Chris Hann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Presented by the Council on European Studies and the Anthropology Depaertment of Yale University. October 3rd, 4PM, 10 Sachem Street, New Haven CT.

    Date
    , 3:00pm –
    Location
    Anthropology Department, Room 105 10 Sachem Street, New Haven CT
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 2.2013 Eurasia Program Dissertation Development Fellows Workshop

    …2013 Dissertation Development Fellows Workshop at Yale University On October 3-5, 2013 the ten 2013 Dissertation Development fellows will meet for a three day workshop at Yale University. The workshop is led by Professor Douglas Rogers, Associate Professor of Anthropolgy and member of the SSRC Eurasia Program Selection and Advisory Commiitte, and hosted by the European Studies Council at Yale University. Molly Brunson (Yale), Michael David-Fox (Georgetown), and Jessica Pisano (New School) will join the workshop as resource faculty. In addition, Chris Hann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, will give a keynote address. David Abramson, analyst at the U.S. Department of State, will join the workshop for a special session on reaching out the the policy community. Denise Mishiwiec and Daniella Sarnoff will attend the workshop representing the SSRC. More information on thios year's Dissertation Development Fellows can be found at http://forums.ssrc.org/engaging-eurasia/category/fellows/2013-fellows/.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 3.Quantitative Methods Webinar Series: Grantwriting to Support Quantitative Research in Eurasian Contexts

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    , 2:30pm –
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 4.Quantitative Methods Webinar Series: Collecting and Interpreting Retrospective Survey Data

    The Second Installment in our Quantative Methods in Eurasian Studies Webinar Series Social scientists often wish to analyze processes of change over time. However, collecting longitudinal data by revisiting the same survey respondents at multiple points in time is often logistically and financially unfeasible. An alternative is to collect retrospective data, by asking respondents to report on their pasts. Such methods are particularly of interest in post-Soviet contexts, where researchers may want to assess individual trajectories since the collapse of Soviet rule. This webinar will review methods for collecting and analyzing retrospective data, including: assessing what types of data can be reliable gathered retrospectively; designing questionnaires to gather such data efficiently and accurately; and matching statistical methods to the type of retrospective data available. Issues will be illustrated with two examples. The UN Generations and Gender Survey will be used to illustrate a standard approach to collecting retrospective demographic data. The Survey of Housing Experiences in Russia (a new survey currently being developed by the instructor) will illustrate the life history calendar approach, which employs visual aids and timelines to assist retrospective recall of housing conditions over the past twenty years.

    Date
    , 3:00pm –
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 5.SSRC Eurasia Program Webinar Series: Issues in Quantitative Methods in Eurasian Studies

    The SSRC Eurasia Program is pleased to announce the first installment in the new Webinar Series on Issues in Quantitative Methods in Eurasia Studies. Following on from the Eurasia Program’s two summer 2012 Workshops in Quantitative Methods, the SSRC will offer 4 online, interactive webinars aimed at increasing the quantitative skills of researchers of Eurasia. These webinars will be led by Dr. Jane Zavisca, associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona. In addition to a PhD in sociology, she has an MA and postdoctoral training in statistics. She has designed two original surveys in Russia, as well as worked with secondary surveys such as RLMS and GGS. December 10th, 2012 3PM EST To register, click here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/912107590 Understanding and Adjusting for Complex Sample Designs in the Eurasian Context This webinar will introduce the principles of and rationale for complex survey designs, provide an illustration of the steps involved in designing such a sample, and offer practical advice on how to identify and adjust for complex designs when performing statistical analysis. Examples and advice given will be tailored for the Eurasian context. Participants need only have a basic background in statistics (i.e. an introductory graduate-level course that covers simple linear regression). Most large-scale surveys employ complex sample designs, including multistage samples with clustering and/or stratification, and oversampling of subpopulations. Yet researchers routinely fail to correctly adjust for sample design when performing statistical analyses. Most graduate curricula in quantitative methods present statistical techniques that assume a simple random sample, as does statistical software by default. Incorrect assumptions can lead to incorrect estimates of both sample statistics (e.g. means, regression coefficients) and their standard errors.

    Date
    , 3:00pm –
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 6.SSRC Eurasia Program at the 2012 ASEEES Convention

    SSRC Eurasia Program Fellows and staff appeared on multiple panels at the 2012 Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies Annual Convention in New Orleans. The SSRC Eurasia Program organized a panel made up of participants in the 2011 Dissertation Development Workshop "Youth and Social Stability in Eurasia." Workshop alumni Nicole Butkovich Kraus and Jessica Mason presented papers and the roundtable discussion was chaired by SSRC Eurasia Program Coordinator Denise Mishiwiec. Kraus is also a current Dissertation Development Fellow. Denise Mishiwiec also presented on the panel "Funding Your Research: Funding Opportunities in the Field." In addition to the many SSRC Eurasia Program alumni at the conference, current Dissertation Development Fellows Krista Goff and Benjamin Raiklin, and Post-Doctoral Resarch Fellows Ora Jon Reuter and Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock presented their work at the conference.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 7.2012 Eurasia Program Fellowships Application Webinar

    The SSRC Eurasia Program held an online fellowship application webinar on Thursday, November 8th at 4PM EST to guide potential applicants through the application process for the two fellowships being offered by the program in 2012: Pre-Dissertation Awards and Dissertation Development Awards. The webinar included information on the SSRC Eurasia Program and the Title VIII Program, eligibility requirements for the two fellowships, the application components and online application system, and the selection process. General advice for writing successful fellowship applications was also included, with a focus on how to formulate an effective statement of policy relevance. The webinar also included a Q&A session.

    Date
    , 4:00pm –
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 8.Croosing Boundaries: Merging Eurasian Insights with the Study of Afghanistan

    Targeting graduate students and young scholars, this workshop explored the still relatively unknown political, social, economic, and cultural interactions between Eurasia and Afghanistan, in particular, possible linkages between studies of Afghanistan and the Central Asian regions of Eurasia. In July of 2012, the international community pledged $16 billion in aid over the next three years to assist with reconstruction and stabilization in Afghanistan. Persistent civil unrest, interethnic hostilities, a collapsed economic system, and corruption raise serious questions concerning Afghan stability and security. Can studies of social, cultural, and political change in Central Asia inform our understanding of the challenges facing Afghanistan over the coming decade? How might an improved understanding of sociopolitical change in Afghanistan contribute to our understanding of Eurasia generally and Central Asia specifically? “Crossing Boundaries” convened junior scholars interested in exploring the linkages between Central Asia and Afghanistan for an intensive workshop led by a group of interdisciplinary senior scholars. We welcomed scholars with a specific research focus on Eurasia with an interest in exploring the broader implications of their research in relation to Afghanistan, and scholars working on themes that cut across Afghanistan and Eurasia. The meeting provided opportunities to discuss current work, develop ideas for future projects, and solicit feedback from, and network with, fellow scholars interested in merging the study of Eurasia with that of Afghanistan. Professionalization sessions covering data availability, publishing strategies, grant writing, and navigating the job market were also included.

    Date
    October 31st
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 9.2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock Gives Lecture on Soviet Atheism

    The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia unleashed a confrontation between scientific atheism and traditional religions. Yet even with its embrace of secularization, the Soviet Union never became an officially atheist state or a society of mass atheism. While the Communist Party waged several aggressive ideological campaigns, most notably during Stalin's Cultural Revolution, it never managed to "overcome" religion. Indeed, as Dr. Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock argues, religion and believers continued to preoccupy the leadership until the Soviet Union's collapse. For Communists, the propagation of scientific atheism was not simply about the destruction of churches and the persecution of clergy; it was also about the creation of a Soviet "sacred space," filled with a distinct atheist cosmology. Communism, moreover, sought to create not just an enchanted public culture, a "political" religion, but also compelling private beliefs and rites that, by giving order and meaning to individual life, bound citizens to the state. Dr. Smolkin-Rothrock will tell the story of an unprecedented attempt to transform atheism into its opposite: a robust worldview with a coherent spiritual center. About the Sherman Lecture Series: Since 2002, the UNCW History Department has hosted an annual lecture series established to honor two life-long learners and friends of the department, Virginia and Derrick Sherman. Each spring, the department selection committee announces the topic of the upcoming lecture and conducts a national competition among junior scholars to select our Emerging Scholar. The lecturer visits campus during the third week of October and delivers a major lecture on the Thursday closest to United Nations Day. Each year, lecturers visit classes, provide interviews to the local press and meet with faculty. The Sherman lectures are published by the UNCW Publication Laboratory and distributed to UN Repository Libraries.

    Date
    , 6:30pm –
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 10.2012 Eurasia Program Dissertation Development Fellows Workshop

    …2012 Dissertation Development Fellows Workshop at Georgetown University The 10 2012 Dissertation Development fellows met for a theree day workshop at Georgetown University, and were joined by SSRC Selection and Advisory Committee members Angela Brintlinger, Michael David-Fox, Kathryn Hendely and Peter Holqist, as well as program staff Cynthia Buckley and Denise Mishiwiec.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 11.2009 Dissertation Fellow Jeremy Friedman Briefs State Department on Managing China’s Rise in the Developing World

    …2009 Dissertatin Fellow Jeremy Friedman gave a briefing to State Department officials in Washington DC on the nature of China’s challenge to the Soviet position in the developing world in the 1960s and 1970s, the Soviet response, and its potential lessons for the US in managing the geopolitical implications of China’s rise.The talk was followed by a lively Q&A session. Dr. Friedman received his PhD in History from Princeton University in 2011 and is the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, International Security Studies, at Yale University.

    Date
    , 9:00am –
    Location
    Department of State, Washington DC
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 12.SSRC Eurasia Program: Wisconsin Summer Workshops in Quantitative Methods

    THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, held two intensive, five-day, interdisciplinary workshops devoted to quantitative social science approaches to social, political, economic and cultural phenomena in Eurasia. The first workshop, held at the University of Wisonsin, included participants with intermediate to advanced quantitative research skills. Please see our website to see the full list of participants and faculty, as well as the workshop agendas.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 13.SSRC Eurasia Program Alumni on Panel at Open Society Institute

    On June 26th at 5:30PM, the Open Society Foundation will host a panel on former SSRC Euraisa Program Dissertation Fellow Alexander Cooley’s new book, Great Games, Local Rules, just published by Oxford University Press. Also on the panel is Stpehen Kotkin, SSRC Eurasia Program Alumnus and outgoing chair of the SSRC Eurasia Program Selction and Advisory Comittee.

    Date
    , 4:30pm –
    Location
    OSI-NY
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 14.SSRC Eurasia Program: Illinois Summer Workshops in Quantitative Methods

    THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, held two intensive, five-day, interdisciplinary workshops devoted to quantitative social science approaches to social, political, economic and cultural phenomena in Eurasia. The first workshop, held at the University of Illinois, included participants with beginner to intermediate quantitative research skills. Please see our website to see the full list of participants and faculty, as well as the workshop agendas.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 15.SSRC Eurasia Program Panel at Association for the Study of Nationalities

    Stemming from the Fal 2011 SSRC Eurasia Program Workshop "Youth and Social Stability in Eurasia," the Eurasia Program has organized the panel "Youth Perspectives on Multiculturalism in Eurasia" for the 2012 ASN Convention. Presenting their work will be: Nicole M. Butkovich Kraus, "Xenophobia among Russian Youth: Moving Forward or Looking Back?"; Everett Peachey, "International Educational Exchange and the Transformation of Eurasian Youth"; and Colin Johnson: "Demography and Immigration: A Xenophobic Outcome Inevitable?".

    Date
    , 10:20am –
    Location
    The Harriman Institiute, Columbia University
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 16.SSRC Eurasia Program at the 2011 ASEEES Annual Convention

    A number of Eurasia Program funded activities will be represented at this year’s upcoming Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Annual Convention in Washington D.C. 1. GLOBALIZATION AND GENDER IN EURASIA: panel discussion organized by 2010 SSRC Dissertation Development Workshop participants Erin Hofmann (University of Texas at Austin), Liliya Karimova (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Lauren Alicia McCarthy (University of Wisconsin-Madison)- Friday, November 18th 8:00AM 2. JUSTICE, HEGEMONY AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: VIEWS FROM EAST/CENTRAL EUROPE AND EURASIA: presentation of book manuscript by contributors to the SSRC Eurasia Program project on Social Movements (funded by the MacArthur Foundation)- Thursday, November 17th 3:00PM 3. FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCHERS AND STUDENTS: SSRC Eurasia Program staff will present on a panel devoted to funding opportunities for Eurasian Studies- Thursday, November 18th 5:00PM.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 17.Women in Central Asia 2011

    Panel presentation by 2010-2011 DDA Fellow Dr. Zhanara Nauruzbayeva The Harriman Institute and OASIES are pleased to invite you to a panel presentation that will discuss several issues facing women in Central Asia. The panel participants are: Nadira Artyk (Independent journalist, founder of Bilqa) "Bilqa: Empowering, inspiring, and educating Central Asian girls" Zhanara Nauruzbayeva (Harriman Institute, Columbia Univ.) "From Soviet to Post-Soviet Womanhood: Stories of Three Generations from Kazakshtan" Emily O'Dell (Dept. of Anthropology, Columbia Univ.) "Women and Sufi Shrine Visitation in Turkmenistan" This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Holly Myers at hem2134@columbia.edu.

    Date
    , 7:30pm –
    Location
    Columbia University 707 International Affairs Building
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 18.Exporting Revolution: Why Some Countries and Not Others Support Democracy Abroad

    A talk by 2010-2011 DSF Fellow Dr. Tsveta Petrova Tsveta Petrova will speak at a Comparative Politics Seminar, which is jointly sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Harriman Institute. Tsveta Petrova received her PhD from the Government Department at Cornell University. Her interests include comparative democracy and democratization, civil society, and transnational and international relations in the Euro-Atlantic space.

    Date
    , 11:15am –
    Location
    Columbia University 707 International Affairs Building
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 19.Association for the Study of Nationalities Meeting in Moscow

    Association for the Study of Nationalities Meeting in Moscow - September 29 - October 1, 2011. Call for papers currently available - http://nationalities.org/convention/european.asp.

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    Location
    Moscow.
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 20.Recalibrations: Marketization and the Social Relevance of Art in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

    A talk by 2010-2011 DDA Fellow Dr. Zhanara Nauruzbayeva Co-sponsored by Columbia University's Harriman Institute and Department of Anthropology - Scholarship on artistic production has connected discourses of creative autonomy to market forces. In Kazakhstan, however, the postsocialist liberalization of artistic production from the support and oversight provided by the Soviet state has produced the opposite: a discourse of the social relevance of art. During ethnographic field research in Almaty, Kazakhstan, I observed that many artists continued to emphasize the social significance of their work as documenting and transforming contemporary life, as well as representing Kazakhstan abroad. This emphasis on artists’ service to society evoked the Soviet-era discourse on art that vehemently criticized artists preoccupied with their creative autonomy. In this presentation, I suggest that this seeming vestige of the Soviet past demonstrates a recalibration of Soviet-era prestige for the purpose of generating private sponsorship. What emerges is a particular aesthetic, ethical, and economic regime where capitalist and socialist values intersect in complex and unexpected ways.

    Date
    , 3:10pm –
    Location
    Columbia University Room 963 Schermerhorn Extension
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 21.Public lecture by Professor Charles King

    Public lecture by Professor Charles King, Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, co-sponsored by SSRC Eurasia Program and Kennan Institute and hosted by the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (for directions and instructions on entering the Wilson Center see www.wilsoncenter.org/directions).

    Date
    , 3:30pm –
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 22.Association for the Study of Nationalities Annual Meeting 2011 - SSRC Panel

    Health and Addiction in Ukraine and Russia: Insights on Gender and Ethnicity (PANEL R13) -- This interdisciplinary panel brought together three papers examining the ways in which individual health status and health related behaviors are constructed and interpreted by states, societies and markets. The papers each stem from research supported by a Ford Foundation supported project to expand social science research in the Russian Federation on health and health related issues, coordinated by the Social Science Research Council. The core themes for the panel: identity, ethnicity, gender, stigma and adaptation, relate to well to the central theme of the 2011 ASN conference, “Charting the Nation between State and Society.”.

    Date
    , 10:30am –
    Program
    HIV/AIDS in the Russian Federation
    Meetings & Events
  • 23.Session on "Health and Addiction in the Russian Federation" at the ASN

    SSRC Eurasia Program sponsored session at the Association for the Study of Nationalities, to be held at Columbia University, April 14,15,16th. The panel, "Health and Addiction in the Russian Federation: Insights on Gender and Ethnicity", includes SSRC fellows Irina Denisova (NES, Moscow), Olga Bendina (Saratov State Technical University), and Svetlana Maximova (Altai State University). Supported by Ford Foundation funds.

    Date
    Location
    New York, NY
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 24.Session on "The Post-Soviet Space" at ISA

    SSRC Eurasia Program session at the International Studies Association annual meetings (Montreal March 17-20th), "The Post Soviet Space: Demographic versus Political Priorities: A Comparative Perspective", March 19th 10 AM. Supported by the National Science Foundation grant, “People Power and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System” (BCS-1105875).

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    Location
    Montreal, Quebec
    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 25.Fellow briefing, “Attitudes in Transition: War, Displacement and the Roots of Political Violence in Chechen Refugee Communities,”

    …2010 SSRC Dissertation Fellow Michael Dennis (Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Univ. of Texas, Austin) presented findings from his dissertation at the U.S. State Department. His talk, “Attitudes in Transition: War, Displacement and the Roots of Political Violence in Chechen Refugee Communities,” drew on years of fieldwork in the northern Caucasus and Chechen displacement centers.

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    Program
    Eurasia Program
    Meetings & Events