Greetings from New York City and 19 University Place! As events unfold in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and across various negotiations with the United States and European leaders, the importance of a sophisticated, nuanced, and informed understanding of “all things Russia” has never been clearer.
Supporting the development of knowledge about “all things Russia” has always been our goal at the Jordan Center, and we are excited to be back with another packed schedule of events, providing you with a diverse array of knowledge and opinion for understanding Russia’s past, present, and future, in all its disciplinary and cultural manifestations. We are looking forward to thinking, questioning, and discussing with all of you this spring.
This past fall, we were thrilled to welcome NYU affiliates back to 19 University Place in person, though we were also so grateful to be able to continue to connect with our audience outside of New York through our new hybrid event structure. While we had hoped to continue that model for the entire spring semester, Omicron has gotten in the way and we will begin the semester with a return to fully remote programming. We are hopeful, though, that this will be temporary, and that before long we will have in person events, all of which will of course continue to be available on Zoom through our new high-tech hybrid set up at 19 University Place. Please check your email, our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and our website for developments.
We had an absolutely packed schedule of fascinating events this past fall, and are gearing up for an even busier spring! As always, you can watch recordings of all our past lectures on our YouTube Channel. We will kick off 2022 with a 19v seminar, “Sons of Moral Enlightenment: The Decembrist Generation and Russian Emotional Culture” with Stanislav Tarasov and Discussant Ludmilla Trigos, on January 26 at 12:30 pm. And on January 31 at 12:00 pm we will join our colleagues at the Harriman Institute for a Russia Public Policy panel on, “Crisis and Bargaining Over Ukraine: A New US-Russia Security Order?”.
In total, the Jordan Center will host 40 events this semester, including:
- “Moscow of the Plan/Moscow of the Shadows: Skyscrapers and Displacement during Late Stalinism” with Katherine Zubovich of the University at Buffalo, SUNY on February 28 at 1:00 pm ET
- “Why Was the Second World War Inevitable?” with Jonathan Haslam of Princeton University on March 3 at 10:00 am ET
- “Polarization and its (Dis)contents: Russian Activists’ Search for ‘Points of Contact’ in the Late Putin Era” with Maria Sidorkina of University of Texas at Austin on March 22 at 3:00 pm ET
- “Central Asia in World Literature” with journalist and writer Hamid Ismailov on March 31 at 3:00 pm ET
- “Sovereignty as Enlightenment Allegory” with Harsha Ram of the University of California, Berkeley on April 4 at 1:00 pm ET
- “The Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia” with Sarah Cameron of University of Maryland, College Park on April 14 at 12:00 pm ET
- “Technology and Blind Activism in Cold War Europe” with Maria Galmarini of William and Mary on April 18 at 12:30 pm ET
I’d also like to take this opportunity to reiterate how excited we have been to host this year’s Jordan Center Post-Doctoral Fellows, Emily Laskin (Literature) and Sasha de Vogel (Politics), and Nikolay Erofeev (History), who will join us in February. All three are hosting events and presenting their research at the Center this semester. Keep an eye on our website for more details.
If you haven’t yet spent time at the Jordan Center, now is the time to start thinking about our 2022-2023 fellowship opportunities! We are very excited to announce that this year, we will be offering a new fellowship for undergraduate and master’s students, the Jordan Center New York City Summer Fellowship in Support of Russia Related Internships and Research. Visit our website to learn more, and feel free to reach out with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sending out calls for applications soon.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that the Jordan Center blog, All The Russias, is always looking for pitches and submissions on “all things Russia”! Professor Maya Vinokour, blog editor, can be contacted directly at email@example.com. We welcome work on topics from all fields of academic inquiry relating to Russia.
If you appreciate the Jordan Center’s work and programming, online and in-person, consider making a financial contribution to help support our lectures, panels, fellowship programs, blog, and more. Details can be found on our website, and feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you all have a wonderful spring, and I look forward to seeing you at the Jordan Center!
Joshua A. Tucker