Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research
The Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) is a four-day seminar in which Ph.D. students receive training in conducting archival research. Although archival research is an integral part of many academic disciplines, it is virtually never taught at the graduate level. In an effort to address this deficiency, the George Washington University began the Summer Institute in 2003. SICAR welcomes Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history. In 2014, the Summer Institute continued to welcome participants from various disciplines including history, government and politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and public policy, as well as area and regional studies. Preference will be given to students who have defended their dissertation proposal and who are about to embark on archival research.
Details concerning the 2015 workshop are forthcoming. Applications should include the application form, as well as a two-page proposal indicating how the workshop is important for your dissertation research, one letter of recommendation (sent directly by the recommender), and a curriculum vitae. Please send applications via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line reading "SICAR application." GW will cover the cost of student accomodations in Washington and will generally help cover the cost of transportation. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
The Summer Institute is directed by the faculty of the GW Cold
War Group and researchers at both the National Security Archive
and the Cold War International History Project. It is part of the Program on Conducting Archival Research (POCAR). SICAR and POCAR are generously
funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Testimonials from previous participants
"Aside from all of the incredible insight into conducting
fieldwork, whether it is archival or even interview based,
SICAR provides a truly one-of a kind opportunity to network
with leading scholars and experts in the broad and very interdisciplinary
field of archival research. The contacts and scholar exchange
alone made this seminar truly exceptional… In our training
as academics (particularly my field of political science, there
is a glaring omission — how does one actually go about the business
of doing dissertation research. SICAR contributes
greatly to the fulfillment of this gap."
– Michele Leiby, Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of New Mexico
"The program was outstanding. It increased my awareness
of the archival opportunities for students working in international
history, and gave me the chance to network with historians
and scholars working in related fields."
– Charles Sharpe, Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Pennsylvania
"At SICAR, we learned everything from how to prepare,
plan and strategize archival research to filing for the release
of classified documents under the Freedom of Information Act…
But most importantly, the director of the program, Dr. Hope
Harrison, served as a mentor to all of us, often asking speakers
questions that we needed to answer but didn't know how to ask.
She also spent time with each participant during breaks and
meal times, made personal introductions to speakers relevant
to our fields, and offered her own research experiences and
advice… In short, SICAR's lessons will enhance my anthropological
research on torture, memory and transitional justice in Argentina.
SICAR is extremely well organized and provided a rich learning
experience. Every participant I spoke with felt the same way
about the program — we all were surprised by how much it exceeded
our expectations. (Who knew that archival research could be
so exciting and stimulating?!)"
–Rebekah Park, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, UCLA
Agendas from previous SICAR seminars
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Professor Robert Orttung quoted in Bloomberg article on 7/24 about recent Russian actions in Crimea.
Professor Harris Mylonas writes article in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Agreement that could Break Europe: Euroskeptics, Eurocritics, and Life after the Bailout."
Professor Harris Mylonas interviewed by TV2 Africa about Greece's recent 'no' vote.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes an article on Kazakhstan's World Religion Congress for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Professor Robert Orttung writes an article on Russia for Freedom House's annual "Nations in Transit" report.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes a book review of Dan Lainer-Vos's Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist bonds in the United States (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013) in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
Professor Harris Mylonas participates in H-Diplo and International Security Studies Forum roundtable on Adria Lawrence's "Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire." A PDF can be found here (Professor Mylonas's contribution can be found on pages 8 through 12).
Professor Robert Orttung writes op-ed "Why Autocrats Love FIFA?" for the Moscow Times.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes paper entitled "The 'Russian World' : Russia's Soft Power and Geopolitical Imagination."
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's interaction with far-right European groups in the most recent Russian Analytical Digest.
Professor Henry Hale co-authors piece on Russians' opinion of Ukraine in the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage.
Professor Marlene Laruelle interviewed by Steppe Dipatches on Central Asian states' relations with Russia and China.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Central Asian states' management of religion on Eurasianet.org.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes op-ed entitled "The Power of Soft Power in Kazakhstan" in the Monkey Cage blog of the Washington Post.
Professor Cory Welt is a guest editor (and co-authors the introduction) of a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism on Russian foreign policy.
Alexander Reisenbichler publishes an article on the creation of the Financial Stability Forum in the Review of International Political Economy.
Professor Kimberly Morgan and Alexander Reisenbichler (a former IERES PhD fellow) publish a chapter entitled "The German Labor Market: No Longer the Sick Man of Europe" in an e-book on the German economy. Other contributters include Peter Hall, Philippe Schmitter, and many others.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article on recent presidential elections in Uzbekistan on eucentralasia.eu.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article on US sanctions on Alexander Dugin in Foreign Affairs.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article on events in Greece in 2013 in the European Journal of Political Research.
Professors Marlene Laruelle draws attention to Kazakhstan's attitude toward the Eurasian Union and Sebastien Peyrouse analyzes Kyrgyzstan's prospects for accession therein in the most recent edition of the Russian Analytical Digest.
Professor Robert Orttung quoted in an article in Vice News about online tactics used by EU, NATO, and Russia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes a paper on the mythmaking of Novorossiya (available on Academia.edu).
Professor Robert Orttung and two undergraduate IERES students - Elizabeth Nelson and Anthony Livshen - write an article in the Washington Post on how Russia Today operates across different language platforms on Youtube to spread Kremlin messages about Ukraine.
Professor Eliot Sorel to lead panel on mental health in Bucharest from June 24 to June 27 as part of an international congress integrating primary care, mental care, and public health.
Professor Robert Orttung, together with students from GWU and the University of Chicago, publish an article on Russian television and the Internet.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and its Impact on Transforming Russian Nationalism Landscape" in Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives
Professor Cory Welt was quoted by the Voice of America on the implications of Ukraine’s Minsk II cease-fire agreement.