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2022 Election Results

The following candidates have been elected to the AATSEEL Executive Council:

President - William J. Comer (Portland State University)
Vice President - Anne Lounsbery (New York University)
Vice President - Amelia Glaser (UC San Diego)

We are grateful to all of the candidates for their willingness to serve the organization!


Statement Condemning Russian Destruction of Ukrainian Cultural Sites

The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) reiterates its condemnation of Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine, which has led to an enormous loss of life, disruption of the lives of millions of Ukrainians, and massive destruction of the country. Beyond the extraordinary loss of life and damage to innocent people’s well-being, however, we also condemn the ongoing harm being done by the Russian army to Ukrainian cultural sites and Ukrainian cultural identity. Since February, we have witnessed ongoing images of burning churches, burning libraries, schools and universities, theaters, and other Ukrainian cultural sites and institutions. Targeted attacks of artworks, monuments, and museums must be stopped immediately and the perpetrators held accountable for the destruction and loss of life.

The Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages condemns the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine as a direct violation of international law. As scholars of this region, we are appalled by the distortions of the situation circulated on Russian state media. We grieve for the victims of the ongoing attacks and for those killed over the past eight years. We stand with all those in Ukraine, Russia, and beyond who oppose this war.

Виконавча рада Американської асоціації викладачів слов'янських та східноєвропейських мов засуджує непровоковане російське вторгнення в Україну як пряме порушення міжнародного права. Як дослідники цього реґіону, ми в жаху від викривлень ситуації, що циркулюють в російських державних медіях. Ми сумуємо за жертвами атак, що тривають, і за загиблими впродовж останніх восьми років. Ми стоїмо разом з тими в Україні, Росії та решті світу, хто проти цієї війни.

Исполнительный комитет Американской ассоциации преподавателей славянских и восточноевропейских языков осуждает неспровоцированное вторжение России в Украину и рассматривает этот акт как прямое нарушение международного права. Как исследователи этого региона, мы возмущены искажением в освещении кризиса со стороны российских государственных СМИ. Мы скорбим о жертвах продолжающихся военных действий и чтим память погибших в конфликте за последние восемь лет. Мы поддерживаем всех тех в Украине, в России и за их пределами, кто выступает против этой войны.

Please see our joint statement with ASEEES and BASEES on our opposition to banning scholars based on citizenship.

AATSEEL Webinar: Doing Research in Impossible Times (and Places)

AATSEEL held a webinar on April 18th about approaches to conducting archival research in the face of current challenges. AATSEEL members can view a recording of the webinar.

Study in a Changing World: Study Abroad, Virtual Study Abroad, and Domestic Study of Slavic Languages in Summer 2022

AATSEEL held a webinar on March 15th about studying Slavic languages abroad, virtual alternatives to study abroad programming, and domestic intensive and immersion study for the coming summer and beyond. View the webinar recording, as well as a list of study abroad resources.

Virtual Teach-In—How Can We Teach Slavic Languages and Literatures During the War in Ukraine?

We would like to thank the panelists for our March 8th webinar on how to present Russian language and literature, Ukrainian language and literature, and the ongoing conflict, as well as how to discuss violence and trauma with young people: Vitaly Chernetsky (University of Kansas), Olga Klimova, (University of Pittsburgh), and Hilit Kletter (Stanford Medicine). View the recording of the session and a list of resources.


Read the AATSEEL statement in support of MSSES rector Sergey Zuev.

Read the AATSEEL statement concerning Russia's recent designation of Bard College as an "undesirable organization."

Read the AATSEEL statement concerning inclusive language in the Slavic language classroom and a monitored professional announcement list.

Memberships for 2022-2023 will expire on 30 June 2023: Click here if you would like to renew for the 2022-23 membership year.


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