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

22.06 - 24.06.2020  
Champaign, IL, USA
Contact person:
Andy Bruno, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Summer Research Laboratory of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and the workshop "Climate and Society in Eurasia: Past, Present, and Future" have been postponed.

*Update from the organizers*

The workshop was originally planned to be held from 22-24 June 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Illinois has suspended all in-person summer programming on campus. It thus will not be possible to host the Lab in person this year. In consultation with colleagues and our program officer at the US Department of State, we are considering other options.  

Our goal, as always, remains to provide you with the most effective support in advancing your research on the REEES region. To that end, we are working with our colleagues at Illinois’ Slavic Reference Service to provide expanded virtual research support for this summer. We hope to pass along more details about that soon.


Information below was for the in-person Summer School. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.


The workshop will be moderated by Andy Bruno from Northern Illinois University (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Pey-Yi Chu from Pomona College (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Organizers 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.

The goal is to foster multifaceted and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding these and other climate-related concerns.

Organizers invite proposals for projects at various stages, from initial vision to drafting and revising. They also welcome applications from scholars with previous publications on the workshop's theme who are willing to share their experiences working on questions of climate from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences.


The workshop's program will consist of discussing common readings, giving and receiving feedback on projects-in-development, and pursuing independent research using the library resources of the University of Illinois. Organizers 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.

Applications and funding

The due date for applications is 10 February 2020. For more information on application procedures and to apply, please visit:

Applicants who are US citizens conducting policy-relevant research can apply for Title VIII funding to support their stay, which provides a $1000 stipend, up to $500 for travel expenses, and up to 12 days of on-campus housing.

There is also limited funding available for applicants who are not US citizens. 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.

Further information

Contact Andy Bruno: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.