About the Center
The Center for European and Eurasian Studies (CEES) promotes innovative teaching, research, and public education designed to increase knowledge of the languages, cultures, and societies of Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and the former Soviet republics.
We support teaching initiatives and the development of new area studies courses, prioritize instruction in less commonly taught languages, provide funding opportunities for students and faculty, bring together members of the UCLA and Los Angeles communities interested in Europe and Eurasia through academic and cultural events, and share new scholarship with K-12 educators through workshops and other teacher training activities.
History and focus
The Center was established in 1957 with a focus on Russian and East European Studies. Following the profound changes brought about by the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Center gradually broadened its geographical and intellectual scope. In 1993 it was reorganized as a center for European and Russian Studies, reflecting a shift in teaching and research toward an expanding and increasingly integrated Europe, and in 2002 it was renamed the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, reflecting an extension of its regional coverage to include all the former Soviet republics.
Drawing on the widely recognized expertise of our affiliated faculty and international visiting scholars, our programs focus on contemporary European and Eurasian developments, generating new insights and debates about issues such as Europe’s changing economic landscape and the implications of the Eurozone crisis; the political, social, cultural, and security dimensions of EU expansion; the legacies of post-Communist transitions; Turkey’s relationship to the EU; and shifting political dynamics in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
A US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center, CEES has a record of excellence in educating the university and broader communities, facilitating exchanges among specialists, and training the next generation of experts for academia, the private sector, and public service.
Teaching, research, and outreach programs
CEES supports teaching initiatives that expand and enhance instruction in less commonly taught languages and area studies. In addition to funding advanced instruction in languages such as Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, and Serbo-Croatian, CEES supports the UC Cooperative Distance Learning Initiative, which provides language instruction through videoconferences, significantly broadening the range of languages available to UC students. In collaboration with other departments and programs, CEES also sponsors interdisciplinary courses that expand regional and topical coverage in areas that UCLA seeks to develop.
CEES provides a range of funding opportunities to UCLA faculty and graduate students working on Europe and Eurasia. Faculty support includes funding for conferences, workshops, public lecture series, and short-term visiting scholars. Graduate students are awarded pre-dissertation and dissertation research fellowships, summer language study grants, and funding for conference travel. In addition, in the current Title VI grant cycle (2010-2014) UCLA graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for academic year and summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.
CEES educates the UCLA and greater Los Angeles communities about Europe and Eurasia through a variety of academic and cultural events. We organize public lectures, book talks, conferences, film screenings, concerts and other cultural events. Our varied program reaches broad cross-sections of the Los Angeles general public and serves a wide range of constituencies, from the academic to the business, media, government, and consular communities. We frequently partner with other area studies centers and with local institutions, and regularly cosponsor annual events such as the UCLA Human Rights Film Series and the Los Angeles South-East European Film Festival and Business Conference.
An important part of our community outreach effort is dedicated to sharing new scholarship on Europe and Eurasia with K-12 educators. Working primarily with the UCLA Center X’s History-Geography Project, we organize seminars, workshops, and other teacher training activities designed to enhance pedagogical strategies and strengthen curriculum development on European and Eurasian topics.