An interdivisional center which promotes the study of, and research about, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. There are four internal committees: the Committees on Balkan Studies, Studies of Caucasia, Russian Studies, and Central Asian Studies. The latter is a joint committee with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Containing over 588,500 volumes on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, including material from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences and in all of the vernacular languages of these geographic areas. The collections are especially strong in Slavic philology and linguistics, Russian and other Slavic literatures, history, economics, political science, geography, and the history of religions.
The Central Europe workshop (formerly Modern Europe and Russian Studies workshop) meets every other Tuesday afternoon throughout the school year. The workshop meets to read and discuss drafts of dissertation chapters by U Chicago students, as well as papers by outside scholars in relevant fields.
The Language Variation and Change Workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students and faculty to discuss the motivations and consequences of language change from diverse perspectives (incl. linguistic, historical, social, cognitive, and computational).
Founded in 1964, the Chicago-based ensemble, Balkanski Igri, was an outgrowth of the University of Chicago Folk Dancers and is dedicated to the research, teaching, and performance of the folk music and dance of all regions of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The ensemble also produces concerts and provides logistical and community outreach support for concerts of such major artists as Esma Redžepova the “Queen of Romani (‘Gypsy’) Music”, Boban Marković “Golden Trumpet of the Guca Festival,” Goran Bregović, Ivo Papazov, Teodosi Spasov and others. The Ensemble co-sponsors an annual Spring Festival each Spring the University of Chicago’s International House.
Resources in the Chicago Area
- Northwestern University
- Russian Poetry On-line
- Russian Drama On-line
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)