Ingrid Nordgaard

Nordgaard, Ingrid - Headshot (02.27.13)Ingrid Nordgaard is from 69.7° N, and grew up above the Arctic Circle in Norway. In 2013, she completed her Master of Arts in Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU, with a thesis on memory and intertextuality in Andrei Bely’s Petersburg.

Ingrid completed her Bachelor Degree in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 2010. She has also been studying at the Pomor State University in Arkhangelsk, and has attended language school at the Derzhavin Institute in St.Petersburg, Russia.

In the fall of 2010, Ingrid received a North2North scholarship and spent a semester as an exchange student at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In Fairbanks Ingrid focused on American-Russian relations, paying special attention to the Cold War Era, and modern Arctic issues. Her interests thus range across many different disciplines, yet her fascination with Russian culture and history always lies at the core.

In the spring of 2013, Ingrid was the Events Coordinator for the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.
Articles by Ingrid Nordgaard

Heroes and Zeros: Ded Moroz and Yuri Olesha

Who’s your hero: Yuri Olesha, Ded Moroz, or Tyler Durden?

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Gay Propaganda: Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You

The publication of Gay Propaganda is set to February next year, making it a provocative response to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Of Mice and Men: Why Animal Studies Matter

On Monday, May 6, the Jordan Center hosted the last event in this semester’s diasporas series. While our previous sessions have focused on human interaction in both politics, history, and literature, it was about time that we took a step towards our ultimate Other: the animal. Including a prolific panel consisting of Tracy McDonald (McMaster University), Thomas Fleischman (NYU), Karl Appuhn (NYU), and Dale Jamieson (NYU), the discussion that took place offered a worthy conclusion to the diaspora sessions.

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Making the Contingent Visible: Vertov and Kino-Pravda

On Friday, May 3, the Jordan Center had the honor of hosting Professor John MacKay (Yale University) for a presentation on his forthcoming book Dziga Vertov: Life and Work. MacKay presented many interesting perspectives on Vertov and Kino-Pravda, to an audience consisting of both Vertov specialist and those more uninitiated to Vertov’s cinematic universe.

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“The Russian Avant-Garde Goes Underground”

On Saturday, April 20, the Poets House hosted a panel discussion on the Russian Avant-Garde, co-sponsored by the Jordan Center. The panel consisted of Anthony Anemone, Polina Barskova, Ainsley Morse, Eugene Ostashevsky, Peter Scotto, Bela Shayevich, and Matvei Yankelevich, who all gave very interesting accounts of the works and philosophical thinking of Daniil Kharms, Vsevolod Nekrasov, Alexander Vvedensky, and other figures of the Russian avant-garde. Ranging from topics such as authorship, conceptualism, the challenges of translating, and objectification of language, the colloquium offered diverse and knowledgeable presentations to both academic experts and to those yet uninitiated into the absurd world of the Russian avant-garde.

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“Russian New York: The New Review”: Free Creativity, Free Thought!

On Monday, April 15, the Jordan Center hosted a movie night featuring the documentary “Russian New York: The New Review,” as part of the celebration of Russian-American History Month in New York. The documentary was made for the 70th anniversary of the famous intellectual journal The New Review, to which some of the most influential figures of the Russian emigre, including Ivan Bunin, Joseph Brodsky, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn contributed on regular basis. Director Alexandra Sviridova’s movie is both personal and informative, and manages to show the important role The New Review has played and still plays in the intellectual lives of Russians abroad.

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Day Two of “Hegel to Russia and Back”: Hegel Meets Marx, Lukacs, Soviet Art, and Kojève

On Saturday, April 13, day two of the conference “Hegel to Russia and Back,” sponsored by the Humanities Initiative, CUNY and the Jordan Center, took place at NYU. Again brilliant minds met to discuss Hegel’s encounter with and influence on Russia.

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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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Lost Opportunities and Newfound Possibilities: Awaiting a New Cold War or a New Generation

On Tuesday, April 9, the Jordan Center had the great honor of hosting some of the most distinguished experts of Russian-American relations, as Ambassador Jack Matlock, Senator Bill Bradley, Mr. Boris Jordan, and Professor Stephen Cohen shared perspectives on the relationship between the two countries during the last two decades. Coming from different backgrounds and disciplines, there was both optimism and pessimism to trace in each of the discussants’ approaches.

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“In Search of the Present Tense”: Soviet Factography and Collectivism

Sergei Tretyakov, perhaps the most prominent figure in the Soviet factographic movement, was the main hero during Devin Fore’s talk at the Jordan Center on Friday, April 5. Visiting from Princeton University, Fore shared aspects of his study All the Graphs: Soviet Factography and the Emergence of Avant-Garde Documentary with a number of engaged listeners. While Fore’s research outlines the emergence of Soviet factography from its very beginning, Friday’s discussion touched upon some of the broader issues related to Fore’s work.

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Spaces of Movement: Moving Away from the State or Moving the State

It was a lively and diverse symposium that took place on Friday, March 15, when the Jordan Center in cooperation with the Hagop Kevorkian Center brought together four prolific scholars to talk about diasporas and spaces of movements. Willard Sunderland (University of Cincinnati), Philippa Hetherington (Harvard University), Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (NYU), and Eliot Borenstein (NYU) made an excellent panel, and the participants were presented with new perspectives on both Russia and diasporic movements.

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Moving Ideas, Static Systems?

In cooperation with the Hagop Kevorkian Center, the Jordan Center recently hosted another symposium in our ongoing Diasporas Series. On Thursday, March 14, the theme was “The Movement of Ideas,” with special emphasis on the growing influence of neo-liberalism in former Soviet republics, and in Asia. Guest speakers included Gerry Easter (Boston College), Kanchan Chandra (NYU), Barbara G. Katz (NYU), Molly Nolan (NYU), and Steven Solnick (President, Warren Wilson College).

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“Film Ruins”: The Contingent Nature of Filmatic Authenticity

On Friday, March 1, Emma Hamilton, PhD student in Comparative Literature visited the Jordan Center Colloquium Series where she presented her ongoing dissertation project on films and ruins. Hamilton is at the early stages of her research and the colloquium participants came together to offer perspectives, advice, and expertise at a time when it is most useful. The discussion, like the project, was intriguing.

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Creating an Identity Discourse: The Ways of the Word

On Friday, February 15, the Jordan Center once again had the honor of hosting associate professor and historian Anna Krylova, this time for a colloquium on her newest research project: “Toward a History of the ‘Soviet’: The Franco Lingua of Soviet Modernity.” Not disregarding general Soviet history, Krylova’s focus is set on investigating how terms such as “Marxist,” “Soviet,” and “modernity” changed their connotations and meanings in Soviet society from the early 1920s to the late 1930s. Her work thus resonates within a vast range of scholarly disciplines.

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