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Climate and Society in Eurasia: Past, Present, and Future

Event Type
wifi event
Jun 28, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021   All Day
Originating Calendar
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Conference & Workshops

Co-moderators: Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois University) and Pey-Yi Chu (Pomona College)


Call for Participants

The Summer Research Laboratory of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites you to apply to the virtual workshop, "Climate and Society in Eurasia: Past, Present, and Future," taking place online from June 28 to July 2, 2021. We seek scholars whose work explores interactions between climate and society in Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia. What effects have historical climate fluctuations had on the peoples and cultures of these regions, and what are the current and future implications of rapidly advancing climate change? 


Projects might investigate such themes as migration, disaster preparedness, water and food security, environmental justice, sustainability, development, species and habitat degradation, and biodiversity loss. Our goal is to foster multifaceted and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding these and other climate-related concerns. We seek to build a community of scholars from a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to) history, anthropology, literary and cultural studies, geography, sociology, environmental studies, and political science.


The workshop follows upon an earlier meeting that took place as part of the 2020 Virtual Summer Research Laboratory. Building on those conversations, we will devote the bulk of the workshop to giving and receiving feedback on works-in-progress. The program will also include supplementary programming for sparking fresh perspectives on climate in Eurasia. The workshop will be moderated by Andy Bruno from Northern Illinois University ( and Pey-Yi Chu from Pomona College ( 


The due date for applications is March 3, 2021. Applicants who are US citizens conducting policy-relevant research can apply for a Title VIII Research Award to support their research work, which provides a $1000 stipend. Applications for funding will benefit from describing specifically how one might make use of the library resources available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


To apply for the workshop, submit an application to join the SRL through the website indicated below. A box on this form will allow you to indicate your interest in one or more of our workshops (including this one). In your research proposal, please describe how your interests relate to the workshop and what sort of work you would like to share with the group. In order to receive a Title VIII Research Award, you must be a US citizen and submit a Statement of Policy Relevance. For questions about the Summer Research Laboratory, funding, and information on other workshops, please see the main SRL page located here: summer research laboratory.


This workshop is made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

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