Christmas greetings 2017

The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies wishes you all merry Christmas and a happy new year. The past year has been exciting and intense. One of the major changes for us has been the fact that we have become a department. Becoming a department has brought about a series of internal modifications that allow us to continue our mission of conducting top-quality research in the realm of politics, economics, culture and social relations in Russia and the post-Soviet region.

During the past year we have hosted 19 guest researchers - a record high number compared to the previous years. Our guest researchers came from Lithuania, Russia, Italy, Belarus, Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Our seminars have been well-attended with many interesting discussions both with and between academics and practitioners. During the year we have organized five international conferences - "Gender Shifts and Resource Politics in the Arctic", "Russian World" and Other Imaginary Places: (Geo) Political Themes in Post-Soviet Science Fiction and Utopias "," The Gulag in the Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction "," Conservatism in the Post-Soviet Context: Ideology, Worldview, or Moral Choice ", and" Quo Vadis Ukraine: Taking Stock of a Quarter of Disappointment ".

During the spring term, our regular offices will be renovated, and we will temporarily move to the 4th floor on Gamla Torget 6. During the renovation phase that runs between February and June our seminar program will continue as before in the temporary premises. We will start the term on January 30 with a seminar entitled "Conflicts and memories. Remembering the past during political conflicts in the late medieval Livonia (modern day Latvia and Estonia) "with Dr. Gustavs Strenga from Latvia National Library. Seminar programme for the spring term will be published in the Calendar in mid-January.

We thank everyone for this year and look forward to a new successful year!