Alexei Yurchak explains the importance of Lenin’s body, between form and bio-matter

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On October 9, 2015, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia welcomed Professor Alexei Yurchak from University of California Berkeley for a session of its Fall 2015 Colloquium Series. Yurchak, who was introduced by Jordan Center Director Yanni Kotsonis as “one of the few people who gave us an idiom to talk about the late Soviet and post-Soviet order,” presented a chapter from his current book project on the body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, titled “Where Did Lenin Go? Naked life of the leader and Soviet collapse.”

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Nancy Condee discusses the politics of seizure in Russian culture today

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On September 25, 2015, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia welcomed Professor Nancy Condee for its 2015 Distinguished Lecture. Condee, who teaches Slavic and film studies and serves as director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, delivered a talk titled “Property Rites: Russian Culture Today and the Politics of Seizure.”

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Mark Konecny shares unexpected history of Russian art in America

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On Sept. 18, 2015, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia welcomed Mark Konecny, Associate Director and Curator of the archives and library of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture, for the first installment of its Colloquium Series. During the event, titled “The Creation of a Market for Russian Art in America,” Konecny talked about his most recent endeavors: an exhibition of Russian artists who participated in the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and the establishment of a related digital humanities project.

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A Walk With(out) Svetlana


I write this homage to Svetlana Boym from afar. The news of Svetlana’s passing found me, as many of her friends, too abruptly and too far to pay our homage in person today. Mourning her at a distance is restless and isolating; it makes her death seem unreal.

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Cold Snap (Part II): Russian Film after Leviathan

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An auteurist orientation, therefore, is neither good nor bad, but it is certainly mismatched to an industry—especially during periods of robust growth—in which so-called “spectators’ cinema” [zritel’skoe kino] is in higher demand by producers.

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Teaching Race in Russia: Some Conclusions


I was giving the students a brief biography of Lorde and as soon as I said the phrase “black lesbian Feminist,” their eyes opened really wide. I don’t know if their reaction was to Lorde’s identity or to the fact that I was discussing it openly.

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Welcome to Ukrainian 101


Even as our textbook rejects so-called “Russified” grammar structures and vocabulary, it does not offer the word “zhid” as a proper term for “Jew.” I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who uses the term “zhid” as their go-to example of Ukrainian linguistic oppression. Ukrainians who lament the Russification of their language still use the term “yevrei.”

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