WCEE Staff and Scholars at Risk
CREES Director Elizabeth King (second from left) with guests at the CREES/WCEE reception


From November 30 through December 2, the staff, scholars, and directors of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) participated in the 55th annual convention of the Association of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Philadelphia. As silver sponsors of the conference, CREES and WCEE hosted a booth in the exhibit hall and showcased recent books by affiliated faculty, their latest initiatives, and information about fellowship opportunities.

WCEE Scholars at Risk Ukrainian Fellows Yurii Kaparulin, Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova, Anna Taranenko, and Kseniya Yurtayeva hosted the roundtable “Transformation of the International Security System in the Light of Russian Aggression against Ukraine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” at the conference.

CREES and WCEE also hosted an evening reception for U-M alumni, faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and friends of the centers. With more than 40 guests in attendance, CREES Director Elizabeth King and WCEE Director Geneviève Zubrzycki delivered remarks on key initiatives and programs.

To cap off a memorable convention, Professor Zubrzycki received the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland's Jewish Revival (Princeton University Press, 2022). The award is sponsored by ASEEES and the Stanford University Center for Russian and East European Studies and awarded annually for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences published in English.

The whole team at CREES and WCEE looks forward to future ASEEES conventions and new opportunities to connect with others in the field.