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East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Background Information: East European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research are soliciting applications for the twenty fourth annual training seminar for junior scholars in East European studies, to be held during August, 2012. All domestic transportation, accommodation and meal costs will be covered by the sponsors.

Summer Research Opportunities in East European Studies

European Studies at the Wilson Center is offering two summer research programs in East European Studies:


East European Studies Summer Research Scholarships

Deadline: Applications for the Summer Research Scholarships must be received by March 1, 2012. Applicants will be notified approximately one month later.

A History of the Boycott: Economic Nationalism in Russian Poland, 1880-1914

“This history of Łódź is also a history of Russian imperialism,” noted Yedida Kanfer, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, at a 5 March 2012 Kennan Institute discussion. Kanfer examined the notions of economic nationalism and economic self-sufficiency as they developed in Russian Poland over the years 1880 through 1914. Specifically, the speaker examined those concepts through the prism of the city of Łódź, the ethnically diverse industrial center of Russian Poland.

Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

Marigold presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War’s last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed “Marigold,” that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966. The initiative failed, the war dragged on for another seven years, and this episode sank into history as an unresolved controversy.

Radio Free Europe: 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland

A conference, "Radio Free Europe 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland," convened in Wroclaw on December 6 under the sponsorship of the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski East European College, the Institute of History of Wroclaw University, the Ossolineum, and the Free Speech Association, under the patronage of Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland. Financial support was provided by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Institute of History.

Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1943-57


Historians have paid little attention to how Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to sway public opinion in post-World War II east European societies. In the process, according to Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives.