View this email in your browser

CREECA Monthly

October 2016
The Dragon Rehearsal
UW-Madison Theatre for Youth rehearsing The Dragon
(Photo credit: Mitch Schwartz)
The Dragon rehearsal
The Dragon Coming to Madison

A team of UW-Madison faculty and students is reviving Russian playwright Evgenii Shvarts’s 1943 play The Dragon. This staging, an English translation and adaptation of the Russian original, is the culmination of a longstanding vision of UW-Madison professor Manon van de Water.

The Dragon opens Tuesday, October 25 at the Fredric March Play Circle in the Memorial Union, running through Sunday, October 30... Read the full article

(Photo credit: Mitch Schwartz)
Image of "Катюша (Katyusha)"
From Pyramiden with Love

The 2016 Wisconsin Triennial features a short film set in the Russian settlement of Pyramiden. Stephen Hilyard’s Катюша (Katyusha) combines footage from the abandoned settlement and footage shot in Wisconsin to tell the story of a “gift stone” Hilyard discovered in the ghost town.

Pyramiden is, or was, the northernmost town in the world... Read the full article

(Image courtesy Stephen Hilyard)
CREECA/UW-Madison Reception at ASEEES 2016! 
Heading to DC in November for ASEEES? CREECA at UW-Madison invites all UW-Madison alumni to gather with current and former faculty, students, and affiliates on Friday, November 18 from 7:30-9:30 pm in the Cedar Room of Lebanese Taverna. Join us for delicious appetizers, cocktails, and "global conversations." Any questions? Please contact Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director (

Lebanese Taverna is located at 2641 Connecticut Ave NW, a short walk from the ASEEES conference hotel.

RSVP on Facebook!
Community Updates
Leonora Neville, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of history, published Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian (Oxford University Press). Neville also published "Why the Byzantines Wrote History” in Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies: Plenary Papers, edited by Smilja Marjaović-Dušanić.

CREECA welcomes Kelly Iacobazzi as its new Assistant Director for Operations. Kelly holds an M.A. in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Regional Studies from Harvard University. Her research at Harvard focused on nationalist political parties in Ukraine following the Euromaidan Revolution. Kelly has also worked in Prague, Czech Republic as an English copy editor for a local law firm.

Alex Gran (M.A. in REECAS 2016) has an internship with the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Gran is indexing and archiving Soviet documents from the Cold War in order to prepare them for future translation and publication.
Adeeb Khalid (Ph.D. in History 1993) was awarded the 2016 Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR (Cornell University Press). The prize is awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia in the field of history.

Congratulations to Catalina Munteanu, who successfully defended her dissertation in Forestry and Wildlife Ecology in May 2016. In her dissertation, Munteanu investigated how historic land uses affect contemporary environmental change in the context of the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe. She has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (Halle, Germany), where she continues her work on land use legacies. Munteanu is currently working on a project in Kazakhstan, investigating how Soviet land use affected steppe ecosystems and the saiga antelope habitat.
The Dragon Poster
October 21 - 30, 2016
Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union
What does fear look like when you aren’t allowed to show it? Isn’t the monster you know better than the monster you don’t? Set in a sleepy hamlet in a far off land, The Dragon is a story about what happens when a hero shows up to save a town from a monster when the people don’t want to be saved.

Based on the Russian fairy tale by Evgenii Shvarts, The Dragon is adapted and directed by Jen Plants, Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies & Creative Writing (Department of English) as part of a class overseen by Manon van de Water, Vilas-Phipps Distinguished Achievement Professor; Chair of Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic; and Director of Theatre for Youth for the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program. Find showtimes and ticket information
Discursive Balkan Geography Poster
Thursday, October 27, 2016
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Dušan Bjelić earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University in 1989, joining the University of Southern Maine faculty in 1990. His areas of interest are ethnomethodology, Balkan studies, and critical studies of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. His most recent work is Intoxication, Modernity, and Colonialism: Freud’s Industrial Unconscious, Benjamin's Hashish Mimesis (Palgrave, 2017).

Many scholars share a tacit understanding that, for outsiders, the Balkans “cannot be told apart or put together,” which ultimately causes Balkan differences to melt into sameness. This lecture explores how such liminal status contributes not only to Balkan identity, but also to how we resist the representational stability that Balkanism implies. Drawing on the work of Fleming and Foucault, Bjelić uses this lecture to explicate the paradoxes of the Balkans. See more

See the full event calendar here.

Make a Contribution to CREECA!

Every gift enables us to do something we could not otherwise have accomplished; whether it is support for undergraduate and graduate students, an additional lecture, or a course development grant.

Contribute to CREECA
The CREECA Community Fund, which is supported solely through the generosity of faculty and staff, allows CREECA to put together a variety of social events that strengthen our intellectual community.

Contribute to the CREECA Community Fund
Connect with CREECA!

 Tweet @UWCREECA| Find us on Facebook | Connect on LinkedIn |

Copyright © 2015 Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
210 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: (608) 262 3379


This email was sent to
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia · 210 Ingraham Hall · 1155 Observatory Drive · Madison, Wi 53706 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp