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The 2020 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Research Workshop — Call for Applications

Media and Information Culture in Balkan and Eurasian Muslim Communities

Workshop Organizers:

Laura Olson Osterman (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Wendell Schwab (Penn State University)

Workshop Dates:

June 18-19, 2020

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2020


This workshop will explore recent changes in media, media literacy, communications, and publishing in contemporary Muslim communities across the East European and Eurasian region, and how these changes affect sociopolitical trends, personal beliefs and identities. We invite presentations on how media influences people and events, shapes ideology and behavior, instigates or quells political action, sustains diasporas of ethnicity and belief, propagates flows of knowledge, and contributes to the construction and mobilization of identity within these communities. We interpret “media” broadly to include news media, social media, internet media, cinema, and print media.

The workshop is a part of this year’s Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We welcome proposals from individuals working in various disciplines including but not limited to: anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, journalism, international relations, media studies, political science, sociology, and cinema studies. To apply for the workshop, submit an application to join the SRL through the website indicated below. The website will provide more information about the workshop, application procedures, and funding opportunities:

US citizens can apply for funding to support their stay at the Summer Research Laboratory, including a $1000 stipend, up to $500 for travel expenses, and up to 12 days of on-campus housing. Non-US citizens can also apply to the Laboratory and the Workshop, and we may have limited funding to offset travel; please inquire.

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