May 27, 2021

New name for CSEES reflects commitment to Eurasian studies

Angela Brintlinger, director, CSEEES

To better reflect its commitment to the study of Eurasia, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies has been renamed the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (CSEEES).

The CSEEES is an interdisciplinary leader whose mission is to advance teaching, learning and research about countries within the larger Central European, Eastern European, Southeast European and Eurasian regions, including the Caucasus region, as well as the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

“Our new identity aligns well with the interdisciplinary work we have initiated to advance education about these regions and reflects a national understanding of the importance of these post-Soviet states,” said Angela Brintlinger, director of the CSEEES. 

The center’s broadened scope has led to the introduction of an Uzbek language curriculum, 18 master’s theses and PhD dissertations written about the region, 46 FLAS Fellowships awarded for a Eurasian language and graduates who have received Fulbright grants to Eurasia, secured academic positions related to the region, and work in government and non-profits utilizing their expertise in Eurasian business and markets, diaspora and migrant and environmental issues, among others.

Since its establishment in 1965, the CSEEES has developed active affiliations with more than 90 faculty members over the years, which has expanded to include affiliate faculty with research and teaching that covers the region of Central Asia.

The CSEEES is a Title VI National Resource Center that seeds faculty positions and courses, sponsors lectures and conferences, brings visiting specialists from the region to campus, administers a Slavic and East European studies MA program, provides monies for library acquisitions, and awards FLAS fellowships to Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students. The center’s outreach beyond Ohio State includes teacher workshops, presentations at local schools, partner programs with other higher education institutions and area studies conferences.