On May 12th, 2017 please join us for a lecture with Katharine Holt, University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The event is part of the Occasional series, sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.
Katharine Holt is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Russian at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her research interests include nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century Russian literature and culture; environmental humanities; empire studies; and Central Asian history. Her current book project, Writing the Russian Desert, 1881-1935, examines how the desert regions of Central Asia were represented in Russian literary works during the late imperial and early Soviet periods. Focusing on the Kara-Kum, the book investigates how the production of texts about the space changed as the Russian Empire gave way to the Soviet and Russian environmental discourse evolved. At the same time, the study illuminates how the literary inscription of Central Asia played a part in the Russo-Soviet project to materially transform the region—a project that had disastrous environmental consequences. Holt has also published on Andrei Platonov, Dzhambul Dzhabaev, Abulqasim Lahuti, Aleksandr Pushkin, and Danilo Kiš, and is at work on articles about Nikolai Tikhonov, Dziga Vertov, and Viktor Turin.
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Image: Nikolai Karazin’s painting Siege of Geok Tepe