Robert Bird discusses female subjectivity in socialist realist film



On December 11, 2015, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia welcomed Robert Bird for a colloquium entitled, “Synchrony and Matriarchy: Documenting Female Subjectivity in Dziga Vertov and Elizaveta Svilova’s documentary The Three Heroines (1939).” The talk focused on Vertov’s final independent film before World War II, which completed a trilogy of films about women in the USSR. Bird, an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, discussed female subjectivity in the context of socialist realism and the Stalinist era, drawing on a portion of his upcoming book manuscript about socialist realism as a model from 1932 to 1941.

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Day One of “Hegel to Russia and Back”: Master, Slave, Falling Stones and Russian Hegelians



April 12 marked the opening of the two-day conference “Hegel to Russia and Back,” sponsored by the Humanities Initiative, CUNY, and the Jordan Center. The very first panel, “Wrestling with Hegel: Three Encounters,” was led by Yanni Kotsonis (NYU), and included Irina Paperno (UC Berkeley), Jeff Love (Clemson University), and Katerina Clark (Yale University).

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