International Association of Specialists on Russian America

The International Association of Specialists on Russian America (originally the "Joint Siberian-Alaskan Research Group on Russian America" / JSARGRA) was formed in Irkutsk in 2004 to facilitate communication and collaboration between Siberian and U.S. scholars interested in the study of Russian America. A set of goals were developed in 2004-2005 at roundtable discussions hosted by Russian scholars in Irkutsk. The location takes advantage of the close ties between Irkutsk and Russian America during the 18th and 19th centuries. IASRA membership is open to anyone interested in the study of Russian America. The name was changed from JSARGRA to IASRA by resolution and unanimous vote at the 3rd International Conference on Russian America in Irkutsk in 2007.

IASRA activities have been funded in part through grants from the the National Science Foundation ( # ARC-0620600 and ARC-0939789) and the Alaska International Education Foundation. Many Sponsors and Hosts, including the Alaska Historical Society and Taltsi Museum of Architecture and Ethnography, made the launching of JSARGRA and IASRA successful.

 IASRA Acting Officers / Board Members

 2010 ("4rth") International Conference on Russian America
Sitka, Alaska: August 19-21, 2010

Third International Conference on Russian America
Irkutsk Region: August 8-12, 2007

 Introduction & Summary of Activities: 2004-2010

  Irkutsk / History

  IASRA Goals

 Why IASRA?

  Sponsors & Hosts