Volume 2, Issue I
June 2013
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Need Advice? Ask Aleksandra!


Not sure whom to ask your questions about navigating the treacherous waters of academia? Afraid that your adviser won't understand your worries about juggling personal and professional responsibilities? That your peers will judge you harshly when you fret about leaving your partner behind to do dissertation research abroad, or take up a job halfway across the country? Not sure whom to turn to for advice about what to wear for your job interview? Or how to handle that student with boundary issues? Aleksandra is here to help!


Women East-West is pleased to announce a new advice column: Ask Aleksandra. With more than two decades of experience in Slavic Studies and lots of chutzpah, she'll share with you her hard-won wisdom. Under a cloak of anonymity, you can safely ask Aleksandra anything you like and in doing so you'll help not just yourself but probably others as well who no doubt have the same questions. Please send your questions to [email protected], put "Ask Aleksandra" in the subject line, and watch for the first column in the next issue of Women East- West.

Nominations Sought for 2013 AWSS Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the work of a scholar in the field of Slavic Studies, who has also served as a mentor to female students/colleagues in this field. To nominate, please 1) write a letter detailing what your candidate for this award has achieved in Slavic Studies in terms of a) scholarship or other professional accomplishment and b) mentoring of female students/colleagues; 2) provide a short list of references with accompanying email addresses so that the committee can contact these referees discreetly for further information. The committee recommends that this list include both peers and students/staff. For a list of past Outstanding Achievement Award recipients, go to: http://www.awsshome.org/past-awards.html#achieve.

Please email your letter and list by September 15, 2013, to Karen Petrone (Chair) at: [email protected]; Choi Chatterjee at [email protected]; Adele Lindenmeyr at: [email protected].

AWSS Graduate Research Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is currently seeking nominations for the 2013 Graduate Research Prize. The Prize is awarded biennially to fund promising graduate level research in any field of Slavic/East European/Central Asian studies by a woman or on a topic in Women's or Gender Studies related to Slavic Studies/East Europe/Central Asia by either a woman or a man. Graduate students who are at any stage of master's or doctoral level research are eligible.


The grant can be used to support expenses related to completion of a dissertation, as well as travel, services, and/or materials. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. In addition to two letters of recommendation, please send a CV, a letter of application in which you outline how the money will be used and why it is necessary for progress on the project and, if appropriate, a list of archives and/or libraries or other research resources that you plan to use.


Completed submissions must be received by September 1, 2013  by the committee chairperson, Nicole Monnier (recommenders may send their letters as emails OR as email attachments) at [email protected].


PLEASE NOTE: The AWSS Graduate Research Prize is given ONLY biennially (that is, every two years, not twice per year!).

Society for Romanian Studies 2013 Graduate Student Essay Prize (Deadline: July 1, 2013)


 The Society for Romanian Studies is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize competition for an outstanding unpublished essay or thesis chapter written in English by a graduate student in any social science or humanities discipline on a Romanian subject.  The 2013 prize, consisting of $300, will be presented at the ASEEES National Convention in Boston.  The competition is open to current M.A. and doctoral students or to those who defended dissertations in the academic year 2012-2013.

2013 Mary Zirin Prize


See the AWSS website for more information about the 2013 Mary Zirin Prize, recognizing the achievements of independent scholars. Due date for Applications is September 1, 2013.

Book Reviews  


Rachel Margolis. A Partisan from Vilna. Translated by Jackson Piotrow. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2010. 520 pp. Index. Photographs. $25.00, paper.


Reviewed by:  Anika Walke, Washington University  in St. Louis


The English translation of Rachel Margolis' 2006 Russian memoir, A Partisan from Vilna, is an important contribution to studying the history of Lithuanian Jewry and the Holocaust in the German-occupied Soviet Union. The account also plays a crucial part in a harsh and ongoing debate about how to deal with the past in present-day Lithuania. Read More...


Women East-West welcomes reviews of recent books on women and gender in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The selection of books below includes those that are most easily obtainable by the book review editor. If you would like to review one of these books, please contact Betsy Jones Hemenway ([email protected]), who will then request a review copy from the publisher and send you the review guidelines. As always, we also invite reviews of other recent books, including those from the region that may not be readily available in the U.S.  Click here for list...
AWSS Research Notes


We are pleased to publish essays by two contributors in this issue of the newsletter's Research Notes column. Holly Porteous, a Ph.D. student at the University of Glasgow and a specialist on gender discourse, consumption, and the beauty industry in post-Soviet Russia, offers   "Some Reflections on Fieldwork in Russia"; Holly conducted fieldwork research in St. Petersburg and Nizhnii Novgorod in 2010-2011. From The Don State Technical University in Rostov-on-Don, historian and sociologist Olga M. Morozova provides us with a fascinating historical overview of research on women and gender in South Russia in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras (written in Russian).
Member News

Please send news of your accomplishments - articles, books, promotions, grants, etc. - to [email protected], with "Member News" in the subject line. We publish news after events have happened or publications have appeared. Include full bibliographic information for publications in whatever format is usual for your discipline. Let us know if you would like to include your email address with your news.


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Anindita Banerjee (Cornell University) published We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), which won the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies book prize for 2013.


Choi Chatterjee (California State University, Los Angeles) and Beth Holmgren (Duke University) recently published an edited volume of original essays that push the reset button on Russian-American relations. The Russian Experience: Americans Encountering the Enigma, 1890 to the Present (New York: Routledge, 2012) analyzes how American scholars, journal�ists, and artists experienced Russia/the Soviet Union over the last century. This may be the first history that examines how Americans' encounters with Russian/Soviet society shaped their representations of a Russian/Soviet "other" and its rela�tionship with an American "west." The volume also features articles by AWSS members Lisa Kirschenbaum (West Chester University), Beth Holmgren and Choi Chatterjee.


Claire Nolte (Manhattan College) published "Celebrating Slavic Prague: Festivals and the Urban Environment" in Bohemia:  Zeitschrift f�r Geschichte und Kultur der b�hmischen L�nder 52 (2012), no. 1: 37-54.


In 2012, Anna Novakov (Saint Mary's College of California) was a research fellow at The Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG), the University of California, Berkeley's critical feminist research center. During her fellowship, she published Talking Points: Conversations about Art, Gender and Public Space (San Francisco: Fibonacci Press, 2012) and Diplomatic Ties: Pavle Beljanski, Patronage and Serbian Women Artists (San Francisco: Fibonacci Press, 2012).


With Svetlana Adonyeva (St. Petersburg State University), Laura J. Olson (University of Colorado, Boulder)co-authoredThe Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise, which was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2013.


In the fall of 2012, Russian Studies in History published an issue on Soviet Masculinities that was edited and introduced by Amy E. Randall of Santa Clara University (Russian Studies in History 51, no. 2 [Fall 2012]: 1-97).