The substantive focus of the Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) is on social, economic, and political change and the evolution of state-society relations. Our RSW members engage in collaborative research through workshops and conferences at IU and its international Gateways, share work in progress, address research problems and methodological challenges, exchange resources, and develop innovative teaching strategies to broaden student engagement with Russian studies. By complementing training in existing disciplinary studies and facilitating an international exchange of scholarship, the workshop plays a key role in developing cross-cultural dialogue and training the next generation of experts on all aspects of Russian politics and society.
We are affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute (REEI) at the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS). The workshop is based on the model of the Ostrom Workshop. The heart of our work is supporting graduate training and research collaboration, which we do when we support lectures, visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. We collaborate with OVPIA, the Department of International Studies, Borns Jewish Studies Program, the Summer Language Workshop, IU’s Berlin Gateway, and more. We also have a working relationship with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Support for this initiative was provided by a generous grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Indiana University is one of three universities that received this funding, the other two of which are the University of Wisconsin's Wisconsin Russia Project and Columbia University. RSW is also supportive of Carnegie Corporation's numerous other programs that advance and further develop Russian Studies, such as at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
To read more about the rich history of Russian studies at IU, see the Winter 2018 issue of IU International.
Credit for photos of snowy Siberia on this website thanks to Susan Crate.