SEELANGS is an e-mail-based forum for nonreal-time communication over the Internet. Anyone who has an e-mail address capable of sending and receiving mail on the Internet may subscribe. It is an academic discussion list and is aimed primarily at teachers and students of Russian and other Slavic and East European languages and literatures. It exists to facilitate discussion of topics of interest to those people.
It works this way. A list member sends an e-mail message to the list address. The message, in turn, is distributed to all the list's subscribers. If someone responds to the message, the reply, too, is distributed to everyone on the list. In this manner, discussions ensue.
Because what is sent, or "posted," is distributed to the entire list membership, everyone benefits from the exchanges, even if they do not actively participate. Additionally, all posts are archived, enabling list members to search for and retrieve any prior post.
At the time of its creation in 1991, SEELANGS was affiliated with AATSEEL, The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. That affiliation is no longer official in any way, but there are many AATSEEL 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. All list archives were retained and can still be searched.
SEELANGS has been administered by list owner Alex Rudd since March 1993. Alex holds a B.A. in Russian and Soviet Studies from Cornell University. Although he left the world of Slavic studies many years ago, he continues to donate his time and energy in support of the list.
Alex is assisted in list administration by SEELANGS' original list owner, Robert Whittaker (Lehman College, City University of New York), and also by Darren Evans-Young, formerly the principal maintainer of the Alabama LISTSERV server. You should feel free to direct questions, comments, suggestions or criticisms to Alex, Robert and Darren at their list owners' address:
SEELANGS is made possible through the generosity of the University of Alabama.