Established as a consortium in 1984, The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies advances innovative use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia.  The Center’s core mission is to enhance contextual expertise and cultural awareness in the communities it serves, through partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders.

As an instructional unit, the Center sponsors the Critical Languages Institute, one of the largest summer training academies for intensive training in less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.

As a research unit, the Center draws on the expertise of over forty faculty affiliates, and partners with educational institutions in the US and the region to build programs of academic exchange, international development, and collaborative research.

The Melikian Center adopted its current name in late 2006, in recognition of the generous support of Gregory and Emma Melikian.

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October 15, 2019
Call for Papers: 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore

[Submission deadline extended*.]

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slav... more

Time: Location:
October 17, 2019

Professor Dunn addresses the question of how people displaced by war rebuild their lives in the dehumanizing space of a camp.  Her lecture is based on fieldwork in the Republic of Georgia following the 2008 war with Russia. 

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Time: 6:30 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Coor Hall, Room 120, 975 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe, AZ
October 22, 2019

Katarzyna Winiarska is a Polish public historian, nominee for the Polin Award, and curator of the Virtual Museum of the Jews in Białowieża. All her rich and varied work has a single goal: to recover and include the memory of local... more

Time: 6:00 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Barrett Theater in Vista del Sol, 701 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

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