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CREECA Monthly

November 2015
Miri Arab madrassa
Miri Arab madrassa, Poi Kalyan, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
(Photo credit: Madina Djuraeva, Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction)
Simic at the Korbu Waterfall
Milan Simic Sends Notes from the Altai Republic

During summer 2015, Milan Simic spent four weeks in South Siberia, conducting research on the Altai language. Simic is a doctoral candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia. As part of his dissertation research, Simic examined the history of the Altai language and its dialects. Altai is a Turkic language spoken in South Siberia, primarily in Russia’s Altai Republic. Only about 70,000 of the roughly 200,000 citizens of the Altai Republic are native Altai speakers, Simic estimates.

“What you have in South Siberia is a very unique mix of different languages and dialects,” Simic observes. Six Altai dialects have emerged due to the geographic proximity of various languages... Read the full article

(Photo: courtesy Milan Simic)
Nicole Kontolefa performing "I Am Me"
Nicole Kontolefa Performs "I Am Me" at UW

On a rainy Friday in autumn, a woman stands at the base of Bascom Hill, yelling at pedestrians as they cross Park Street, “Чего вы смотрите тогда? Нечего смотреть вам!” Bewildered students pause briefly to ponder the tiny frame as she repeats in Russian, “[What are you looking at!? There’s nothing for you to see!]”

In this way, unwitting UW students became participants in Nicole Kontolefa’s performance of “Я это Я,” a monologue written by Russian playwright Alexandra Chichkanova. The play, whose title translates as “I Am Me,” is a monologue about identity... Read the full article

(Photo credit: Mitch Schwartz)
CREECA/UW-Madison Reception at ASEEES 2015! 
Heading to Philadelphia in November for ASEEES? CREECA at UW-Madison invites all UW alumni to gather with current and former faculty, students, and affiliates on Friday, November 20 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Palumbo South Room of Maggiano's Little Italy. Join us for delicious appetizers, cocktails, and conversation. Any questions? Please contact Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director (

Maggiano's is located at 1201 Filbert Street (12th and Filbert), a short walk from the ASEEES conference hotel.

Community Updates
Alfred Erich Senn (Emeritus) published an English translation of Alfonsas Eidintas' Antanas Smetona it jo apylanka. The translation is titled Antanas Smetona and his Lithuania.

Manon van de Water (Slavic Languages & Literature, Theatre & Drama) presented a lecture titled "The Life and Work of Natalia Ilinichna Sats" at the Conference of the Association of Musical Theatres in Moscow, Russia.

Gerald Mikkelson (B.S. 1959, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1971) presented a paper titled "Demise of Don Cossacks in Yury Trifonov's Prose" at the conference Theorizing Myth, Trauma and Memory in Central and East European Cultural Spaces in Lovran, Croatia.

Shock-Resistant Authoritarianism Poster
Thursday, December 3, 2015
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Natalia Forrat is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation is titled "Authoritarian Welfare State: Social Policy, Regime Resilience, and Infrastructural State Capacity in Putin's Russia." Her research interests include political sociology, social policy and political economy of authoritarianism, and post-communist countries. age all aspects of the Page including sending messages and publishing as the Page, creating ads, seeing which admin created a post or comment, viewing insights and assigning Page roles.

This lecture explains how social policy and the public sector contribute to authoritarian resilience in Russia. Forrat draws on the example of the 2012 Russian pre
sidential election to demonstrate how Putin's regime used schoolteachers to implement massive electoral fraud. See more here.
Environment, Power & the Soviet Arctic Poster
Thursday, December 10, 2015
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Andy Bruno is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Associate in Environmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. His research explores the environmental history of the Soviet Arctic. His first book, The Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History, will be published by Cambridge University Press in March 2016. 

This lecture explores the relationship between the Soviet Union and the Arctic environment. Using evidence from the Soviet industrialization of the Kola Peninsula, Bruno explains how environmental relations shaped the Soviet experience. While Soviet power remade nature, nature also remade Soviet power. See more

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