We are excited to announce a new weekly series of 15-minute informal virtual Zoom lectures about memes and viral video on the Russian Internet, presented by our very own Eliot Borenstein.
The first lecture on Friday, April 3rd, “Introduction: Getting Memes Wrong,” will provide background on meme theory and its relationship to the Internet, followed by a brief analysis of one popular Russian Internet meme.
Each lecture will be followed by a moderated, on-line discussion, as well as just more general chat for anyone who feels like staying on-line.
The lecture portion will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube.
Eliot Borenstein is a Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, Collegiate Professor at New York University, and Senior Academic Convenor for the Global Network. Educated at Oberlin College (B.A., 1988) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.A., 1989, Ph.D., 1993), Professor Borenstein was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (1993-95) before taking an appointment at NYU in 1995. His new book, Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism will soon be published by Cornell University Press; an earlier draft is available at plotsgainstrussia.oirg
Watch the event recap on YouTube here.