SEELANGS is the primary professional e-mail discussion list for the field of Slavic and East European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. At the time of its creation in 1991, SEELANGS was affiliated with the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). That affiliation is no longer official, but an AATSEEL representative serves on the SEELANGS Steering Committee, along with a representative from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). There are also many AATSEEL and ASEEES members subscribed to SEELANGS, including members of the Executive Council and other standing committees.
SEELANGS was hosted for its first 16 years on the LISTSERV server at the City University of New York (CUNY). In March 2007, the list moved to the LISTSERV server at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where it was hosted with the support of UA instructional technology and list owner Andrew Drozd. In 2021, the list moved to Indiana University, with a new set of list protocols in place, a steering committee composed of professionals from the field, and a newly moderated status.
SEELANGS exists to facilitate discussion of topics of interest to researchers, teachers, and students in the broad field of Slavic and East European languages and cultures, including, but not limited to, film, folklore, history, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, popular culture, religion, and translation. It also serves as a dissemination point for calls for papers, new publication announcements, funding opportunities, job postings, and more. Finally, the archives of the list, which have been preserved since 1991, have served as a research opportunity for several scholars interested in the history of the field and in changes of language use and disciplinary emphases over time. We welcome and encourage participation from a broad and diverse range of subscribers from across the world.
You can find more on the list, including guidelines and instructions for its use, at this website.
There are three ways to subscribe to SEELANGS:
- The most direct way to subscribe to the list is to send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email address from which the command is sent will become the subscription address.
- Another fairly direct way is to send an email to email@example.com with "SUBSCRIBE seelangs-l" (without the quotation marks) in the subject line. The body of the email should be kept empty, and the email address from which the command is sent will become the subscription address.
- A prospective subscriber can also write to the list owners at firstname.lastname@example.org with a request to subscribe. In this case, an owner/moderator will manually add the subscriber.
To search the SEELANGS archive, first log in on the IUB Mailing Lists site: https://list.indiana.edu/sympa/home. If you are affiliated with Indiana University, you can use the "IU Login" option; otherwise, select "Login Locally." If you have not already set up an account, you can do so here: https://list.indiana.edu/sympa/firstpasswd (make sure to enter the email address associated with your SEELANGS subscription). Once you have logged in, click on "My Lists" to see the mailing lists to which you are subscribed. Find "seelangs-l" and click on "Archives."