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November 2019

Collaborating with the Enemy? The Human Dynamics of Cross-Front Line Water Infrastructure in the War in Eastern Ukraine (2014-2019)

November 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has disrupted economic networks for millions of Ukrainians living near the war zone, a densely industrialized and urbanized region. They have had to adapt their livelihoods to the realities of a front line that shattered past routines such as trade routes, work commutes, access to health care facilities and schools. From this perspective, the local water distribution system is a partial exception.  As pipes and canals cannot be divided according to military positions, the water supply network…

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Thinking About a Future Russia Policy: Presidential Politics, Challenges and Issues

November 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Columbia University Davis Auditorium, Shapiro Center/CEPSR 4th Floor 530 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join us for the first 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 we examine how U.S. foreign policy towards Russia is likely to be approached by a future Democratic administration. The Trump administration has pursued a number of policies that have directly involved or had ramifications for U.S. relations with Russia, including U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, withdrawal from Syria,…

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The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects

November 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Above: Tanker senior sergeant E.P. Fёdorov eats in his tank, 1942. RGAKFD 0-57505. The Stuff of Soldiers uses everyday objects to tell the story of the Great Patriotic War as never before. Brandon Schechter attends to a diverse array of things—from spoons to tanks—to show how a wide array of citizens became soldiers, and how the provisioning of material goods separated soldiers from civilians. Through a fascinating examination of leaflets, proclamations, newspapers, manuals, letters to and from the front, diaries,…

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Theology of Terror: Vladimir Sharov’s Historiographic Metafiction

November 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

During Vladimir Sharov’s lifetime, his historical novels at first triggered heated discussions, serving as an example of postmodernist “blasphemous” treatment of Russian history; later they received important literary prizes; yet, they never belonged to the mainstream and enjoyed wide readership. However, after the writer’s untimely death, many literary authorities spoke about Sharov’s historiographic metafiction as one of the most powerful and original literary achievements of the last decades. Written from the 1980s to 2017, his novels present the millenarist discourse as the driving…

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From Gruyère to Gatchina: The Meanings of Cheese in Modern Russia

November 7, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Although Russia has an extensive tradition of dairy products including fresh cheese, ripened and aged cheeses were introduced from abroad at least by the seventeenth century, and they immediately took on all sorts of new meanings. Cheese was a commodity, an object of international trade. Cheese was the product of technology that Russians came to hope to master. And cheese was part of the world of taste and cultural change, finding its place on the tables of the elite and,…

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October 2019

Energy Aesthetics: Force, Flow, and Entropy in Russian Culture

October 25, 2019
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place
New York, NY 10003 United States
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In recent years, the topic of energy has gained increasing prominence in both public and scholarly discourse. Amidst ever-intensifying competition for global energy markets and mounting ecological crisis, the history of energy production and the emergence of related forms of thought and aesthetic representation have stimulated intense interest across the humanities. Co-sponsored by The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, the Dean for the Humanities, the Department of Anthropology, and the Environmental…

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The Great Chernobyl Acceleration

October 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In April 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded and sent upwards of 50 million curies into the surrounding environment. Working through archives, Brown encountered many contradictory accounts of the disaster and its effects. Realizing that though people and archives lie, trees probably don’t, she turned to scientists—biologists, foresters, physicians and physicists—to help her understand the ecology of the greater Chernobyl territories and the health effects that ensured. She learned working in the swampy territory around the blown plant that…

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Transparency and the Rule of Law: Preliminary Results From a Field Experiment in Ukraine

October 23, 2019 @ 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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Join us on October 23rd at the NYU Politics Department to hear from Northwestern Professor Jordan Gans-Morse! Professor Gans-Morse will report preliminary results from a field experiment examining a novel, bottom-up approach to improving judicial transparency: the videotaping of court hearings. Random assignment of pre-trial detention hearings in Kyiv city courts to videotaping by an Ukrainian non-governmental organization offers insights into whether increased transparency can improve key aspects of the rule of law, such as judges’ adherence to procedural rules…

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Kvas Patriotism in Russia: Cultural Problems, Cultural Myths

October 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In 1827 Russian poet Pyotr Vyazemsky (1792-1878) wrote in a letter from Paris: Many see patriotism as unqualified praise of everything that is your own. Turgot called this “servant patriotism,” du patriotisme d’antichambre. In our country we could call it “kvas patriotism." Why move false patriotism out of the antechamber and into the realm of food and drink? This invocation of kvas—that most Russian of thirst-quenching drinks—is not accidental, and the concept of kvas patriotism has continued…

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Historical Siberia: Works in Progress

October 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place
New York, NY 10003 United States
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This workshop will bring together scholars working on Siberia from different angles, and allow each writer to apply expertise and perspective to the others. The commentators are experts in one or another thematic aspect of the work. Convened by Professor Yanni Kotsonis, presenters will include David Darrow, Alberto Masoero, and Susan Smith-Peter. Ada Dialla, Igor Khristoforov, and Nathaniel Knight will serve as discussants. Participation in this event is by request or invitation. Please contact yanni.kotsonis@nyu.edu. 

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