Patrick Domico (Musicology) was a summer fellow at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he conducted dissertation research.
Dima Kortukov (Political Science) is the recipient of a Davis Graduate Student Travel Grant in support of his travel to San Francisco for the 51stASEEES Annual Convention, where he will present his “1990 Parliamentary Elections and USSR Dissolution: The Cases of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia” in November, 2019. In early November he presented "Electoral Politics and National Identity in Post-Communist Europe" at 1989: Reconsidering the Nation and its Alternatives in Central & Eastern Europe, a conference held at the Nanovics Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame.
Szabolcs László (History) contributed a chapter entitled “The Anti-Political Vision. Post-1968 Theories of Dissent in Central Europe and Beyond” to the newly published volume Unsettled 1968 in the Troubled Present, edited by Aleksandra Konarzewska, Anna Nakai, and Michał Przeperski (Routledge, 2019). In June, he presented “Cultural Diplomacy and Cold War Interactions: Hungarian Participants at the Iowa International Writing Program” at the Cold War History Research Center International Student Conference organized by Corvinus University in Budapest and "Transnational Mediators in the Cold War: Cultural and Scholarly Relations between Communist Hungary and the U.S. (1960-1989)” at the ASEEES Summer Convention in Zagreb, Croatia.
Gheorge Pacurar is the recipient of a Davis Graduate Student Travel Grant in support of his travel to San Francisco for the 51st ASEEES Annual Convention, where he will present his “Orthodox Belief and the Making of Law in Interwar Romania” in November, 2019.
Elena Popa (Anthropology) presented "Travelling Nationalism: Romanians in France and the Roma-Romanian Conflation after 1989" at 1989: Reconsidering the Nation and its Alternatives in Central & Eastern Europe, a conference held at the Nanovics Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame.
Julia Riegel (History) gave an invited lecture entitled “Cultural Erasure, Cultural Endurance: Music in the Warsaw Ghetto” as part of Erasing Cultural Memory: Music and Discussion on the Impact of War, a program sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Stepan Serdiukov (History) authored "Contests over the Carceral Landscape: Space, Place, and Artifacts at the Manzanar National Historic Site" for the recently published edited collection Dark Tourism in the American West, edited by Jennifer Dawes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Natalia Shyplova-Saeed (Slavic) is now Reviews Editor for the newly formed network H-Ukraine.
Leah Valtin-Erwin (History) has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the competition for the Barbara Heldt Graduate Research Prize "From Shortage or Supermarket: Transformations in Grocery Shopping in Warsaw, Bucharest, and Berlin, 1980-2000." In November she presented "Crossing into the West, Bag in Hand: Plastic Shopping Bags and the Urban Post-Communist Shopper in Romania, Poland and East Germany, 1980-2000" at1989: Reconsidering the Nation and its Alternatives in Central & Eastern Europe, a conference held at the Nanovics Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame.
Nicolette van den Bogerd (Musicology) conducted pre-dissertation archival research in Poland, Israel, and France during the summer of 2019 as recipient of the Sara and Albert Reuben Fellowship for the Study of the Holocaust from the Borns Jewish Studies Program, as well as a Mellon pre-dissertation Grant, and a Grant-in-Aid of Research, both from the Russian and East European Institute. Nicolette visited Warsaw, Gdańsk, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Paris, accessing materials at Warsaw University’s Archive of Polish Composers, the Israeli Music Archive at Tel Aviv University, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. In July, Nicolette completed a four-week Polish language course at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, funded by the Polish National Agency of Academic Exchange. While in Lublin, she gave a guest lecture on national constructs in Chopin’s music. In January 2019, Nicolette was elected onto the board of the Jewish Studies and Music Group at the American Musicological Society.