Join the CUNY REEES Kruzhok on select Fridays to discuss new research in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies:

September 29 – Book talk with Megan Buskey, author of Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Returnwhich chronicles her family’s experience in Ukraine during and after World War II and their emigration to Cleveland from the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev era. Brigid O’Keeffe (Brooklyn College, CUNY), will serve as a discussant. This will be a hybrid event at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and online via Zoom.

October 13, 2:00 pmKenneth Yin (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY) discusses his research on the Dungan literature and culture of Central Asia.

October 27 – Yana Prymachenko (Princeton University and Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) shares a new comparative analysis of Soviet and Russian memory culture of the “Great Victory”.

November 17: Jane Sugarman (Graduate Center, CUNY) presents new research on musical activism in post-war Kosova.

December 1: Nicholas Boston (Lehman College, CUNY) presents new research on “The Amorous Migrant: Polish Gay Men in the United Kingdom, 2004-2020“. This will be a hybrid event at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and online via Zoom, with reception to follow.

All sessions meet virtually on Fridays at 12:30 pm unless otherwise specified.

Register for all online sessions via Zoom and RSVP to meet in person to

We invite researchers working on the history, politics, societies, and cultures of Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia, whether you are in the United States or abroad, to participate in this workshop. Not only are scholars from New York-based institutions welcome, but so are scholars from anywhere in the world. This includes independent scholars.

For most sessions, we will pre-circulate unpublished papers so that we can read them in advance and have a fruitful discussion with the authors. We hope this will help expand the horizons of our knowledge beyond our specializations and help authors develop their ideas.

Several years ago, there was a Balkan/Eastern European history Kruzhok in New York City, organized by CUNY Faculty and housed at Columbia’s Harriman Center. At different points, there was a good group of scholars from Columbia, CUNY, New York University, and Rutgers, as well as graduate students from those institutions. In order to rebuild interest in Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia and provide a forum for researchers to present their work for discussion, we restarted the Kruzhok.

The Kruzhok is coordinated by Mark Lewis (College of Staten Island/Graduate Center, CUNY), Lukasz Chielminski (Baruch College/CUNY Baccalaureate), and Merrill Sovner (EU Studies Center, Graduate Center, CUNY). They can be reached at

Review our past events during the Spring 2023 and Fall 2022 semesters.