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January 2020

Impeachment – From the Ukrainian Perspective

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
60 5th Avenue, Room 150
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for the second meeting of the 2019-2020 New York Russia Public Policy Seminar, a forum co-hosted by the Harriman Institute and New York University's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia! As the United States enters the next phase of the impeachment process, join our panel of experts as they consider what this means for Ukraine, Ukraine's relations with Russia, and Russia and Ukraine's relations with the U.S. moving forward. PANELISTS Oxana Shevel  Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University Olga…

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February 2020

Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

February 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
NYU Politics Department, 19 West 4th Street, Room 217
New York, NY 10012 United States
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Yellow Star, Red Star asks why Holocaust memory continues to be fraught – ignored, appropriated, or obfuscated - throughout Eastern Europe, the principal location of the Holocaust. As part of European Union accession process, Jelena Subotić shows, East European states were required to adopt, participate in and contribute to the already established Western narrative of the Holocaust. This has created anxiety and resentment in post-communist states, because this Holocaust memory has replaced the centrality of communist terror as the dominant…

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Ilya Kabakov and the Rubbish Heap of History

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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The current success of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as internationally renowned installation artists builds on Ilya Kabakov’s work in the Soviet Union. In this talk, Komaromi will explore Kabakov’s artistic relationship to both the Russian and Soviet cultural legacy and the western gaze. Specifically, she will show how Kabakov’s work with found “trash” objects in the 1980s is distinct from similar practices by Robert Rauschenberg and the artists of Arte Povera. Kabakov’s treatment of the theme of trash arose out…

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How to Make Precarious Russia Habitable – or, What Russians Want in Putin’s Fourth Term

February 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This talk is about ethnographic research Professor Morris carried out in ‘small town’ Russia and beyond since 2009. In this talk, Professor Morris will review the main ideas of his book Everyday Postsocialism: that even in contexts characterised by deindustrialisation, loss, and precarity, ordinary people do more than just ‘get by’ – they actively make their social environment habitable in numerous ways. Solidarities, networks and moral values inherited from the socialist period are important, but so too are ‘new’ phenomena like…

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March 2020

“Cloud in Pants” (A Video-poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky in Russian and English)

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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In 1915 Vladimir Mayakovsky shocked the Russian poetry scene with his epic poem "Cloud in Pants." One hundred years later Vadim Astrakhan has not only translated the poem into English in his trademark "modernizing / universalizing" fashion, but also put it on film.  In this film he recites the poem in both Russian and English against a vibrant and unique visual background that conveys the spirit of Russian Avant-garde.   Vadim Astrakhan is a translator and performer from New Jersey.  He is known for his…

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From Internationalism to Cosmopolitanism: Literature and Cinema between the Second and the Third World

March 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Would there have been a Third World without the Second? Perhaps, but it would have looked very different. Although most histories of these geopolitical blocs and their constituent societies and cultures are written in reference to the West, the interdependence of the Second and Third Worlds is evident not only from a common nomenclature but also from their near-simultaneous disappearance around 1990. From Internationalism to Postcolonialism addresses this historical blind spot by recounting the story of two Cold War-era cultural…

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The Late-Soviet Underground: (Re-)Collecting the Past

March 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place
New York, NY 10003 United States
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In this paper, Professor Morse argues for collecting—meaning collecting variously ephemeral “things” (words, poems, books, writers, traditions, ways of life), but also “collecting” as a mode of writing—as both a pathology and a creative mode typical of unofficial literature and art of the late Soviet period. She focuses on two late-Soviet writers: the poet and critic Vsevolod Nekrasov and the poet, critic, curator and émigré Kulturtraeger Konstantin Kuzminsky. Both Kuzminsky and Nekrasov were true “children of the Thaw” in their obsession with truth-telling, “straight talk” and bracing expose . Along the same lines, they also both…

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April 2020

Statuary Performances: Neo-Paganism and Memory in the American and Russian Far Right

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Whether it be of Robert E. Lee, Tsar Nicholas II, Huey Long or the head of the NKVD Feliks Dzerzhinsky, political statuary evokes a range of impassioned responses from groups as varied as the Proud Boys and Identity Evropa in the United States, and the Double-Headed Eagle and Izborsk Club in the Russian Federation. The ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017 protested the removal of an equestrian monument to Lee, and brought about the murder…

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The Bolsheviks and Postcolonial Sovereignty: Turkey and the Soviet Union at the Lausanne Conference

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Sovereignty - so central to the process of Decolonization across much of the Global South - was not a common term in the early language of Marxism-Leninism. The Bolsheviks pursued decolonization at home and developed national institutions for many of the non-Russian peoples of the former Russian Empire after 1917, but socialist federation subsumed minority sovereignties. Moscow's approach to the world abroad was similar - even as the Soviet capital became a center of global anti-imperialism, it was as the…

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