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Jordan Center MA Research Symposium

March 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia is excited to announce the second annual master’s research symposium and undergraduate research symposium!

The Master’s Research Symposium will feature presentations on a broad array of topics on panels chaired by leading scholars in the field. See the program below.

The symposium will be held in the Jordan Center at 19 University Place on the Second Floor. Non-NYU affiliates must RSVP to attend. This event will not be recorded or streamed on Zoom.


10:00 – 11:15 AM – Rearview Reflections and Rebel Replies: A Stirring Ride Through Soviet Scenes and Shakespearean Spoofs

  1. Olive Coles (Harvard University) – The Back Seat and The Backward Glance
  2. Pavel Savgira (University of California at Los Angeles) – Taxi Blues and the Disjunctive Moments of Late Soviet Reality
  3. Casandra Draudt (New York University) – To Whom Do the Cossacks Write?: Examining Ilya Repin’s Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks Between Ukraine and Russia
  4. Margaret Stafford (University of Arizona) – “We Will Name Him Ivan after You” 100 Minutes as Regressive Political Adaptation
  5. Meghan Cooper (New York University) – Framing Lear: A Parody of Shakespeare in Ivan Turgenev’s King Lear of the Steppes

Chair: Joan Neuberger 

11:15 – 11:20 AM – Break 

11:20 AM – 12:35 PM – Representing, Processing, and Waging War: Life After the Full-Scale Invasion 

  1. Mykhaylo Simanovskyy (University of Texas at Austin) – Navigating Wartime Communications: Multinational Corporations in the Russia-Ukraine War
  2. Iryna Tofan (New York University) – War on Display: Aesthetic Choices in Representation of War in Ukraine across American Museums and Art Institutions
  3. Elizabeth Crim (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Representing Generations of Violence against Women: Processing Trauma in the War-Time Works of Maria Siniakova and Dana Kavelina
  4. Tetiana Kotelnykova (Yale University) – Russian Propaganda in History Books in the Occupied Territories of Ukraine: Exploring Group Identification and Out-Group Hostility
  5. Meagan Saliashvili (New York University) – The Rise of the ‘Ortho Bros’

Chair: Olena Martynyuk

12:35 – 1:35 PM- Lunch & Experiences Panel

  1. Diana Avdeeva (University of Arizona) – Hop onto the Ark: How Russian Immigrants Unite and Help Each Other Abroad 
  2. Kristen Carranza (University of Missouri) – Going Beyond the Grand Tour: Exploring Politics and Society in Kyrgyzstan
  3. John Barton (Indiana University Bloomington) – Insights from Teaching English in Tajikistan

1:35 – 2:55 PM – Memories, Melodies, and Monuments: Historical Echoes and Erasures Across the 19th and 20th Centuries 

  1. Abby Latour (New York University) – New Counterrevolutionary Kitsch: Looking Back at Material Culture of the Early Russian 1990s
  2. Nikola Kajmakoski (Loyola University Chicago) – Consciousness, Displacement, and Hegemony: the ‘Macedonian Struggle’ Across the Nineteenth-Twentieth Centuries
  3. Maria Glukhova (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) – “Polyphonic” Places of Memory: Consolidation and Individualization of Remembrance in Kyrgyz Collective Memory Project
  4. Vesta Svendsen (Yeshiva University) – Urbicide, Erasure, and the Brest Fortress Hero Myth
  5. Hayate Murayama (University of California at Santa Barbara) – The Memories of Japanese Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union
  6. Hannah Stone (New York University) – Who Kills Whom? Examining Power, Passion, and Betrayal in Ukrainian Folk Ballads and Appalachian Murder Ballads

Chair: Maya Vinokour

Keynote: 2:55-3:55

Jennifer Wilson is a contributing writer at The New Yorker. Before that, she wrote for The New York Times Book Review. In 2023, she received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. Her reporting, commentary, and criticism have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Vulture, Bookforum, The Nation, The Paris Review, Frieze, Rest of World, Lux, and elsewhere. She has also appeared on podcasts like Time To Say Goodbye and the podcast of The New York Times Book Review. She received her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2014 from Princeton University, and frequently writes about the former Soviet Union. She teaches cultural reporting and criticism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

3:55-5:10 PM – Nomadic Notions and Utopian Unravelings: A Quest Through Post-Soviet Spaces

  1. Zuzanna Iwanejko (Columbia University) – Shifting Sanctuaries: Post-Soviet Sanatoria and Displaced Communities in Georgia
  2. Emily Hackett (Harvard University) – Utopia is Only Real Until It Becomes Inconvenient: The Two Phases of the Czechoslovak Labor Collective Interhelpo
  3. Sonya Gupta (Harvard University) – Chornobyl 35 Years Later: Exploring the Long-term Health Consequences and the Role of Migration
  4. Nicholas Pierce (University of Texas Austin) – Emptying the Plains: The Comanche and Kalmyk Nomads in the Shadow of Empire
  5. Daniel Thomas (Columbia University) – “With Russia forever!”: on the discourse and ideology of early post-Soviet Russian separatists in Donbas, 1989-2004

Chair: Anne O’Donnell


March 8
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


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