In Conversation with Yevgenia Albats: Sergei Guriev

New York, NY

Join us for the first in a series of conversations hosted by Jordan Center Distinguished Journalist in Residence Dr. Yevgenia Albats. Throughout the year, Dr. Albats will be joined by leading experts – journalists, researchers, foreign service officers, and more – in one-on-one, public conversations regarding the most pressing issues in our understanding of Russia […]

A Full-Value Ruble: The Promise of Prosperity in the Postwar Soviet Union (with Kristy Ironside)

New York, NY

Ironside will present a selection from her recently published monograph, which looks at how money, an ideologically problematic “vestige of capitalism” was mobilized by the Soviet state after the Second World War in the intertwined projects of recovering from the war’s damage and moving toward the promised abundance of communism. A "full-value ruble,” that is, one with […]

The Russian Soul and the Soviet Human in Modern Chinese Culture (with Pu Wang)

New York, NY

How did Russian-Soviet literature and culture shape Chinese modernity and especially dominate twentieth-century China’s cosmopolitan imaginations? Why does the so-called “Russian soul” – the Russian spirit or even the Russian ideology – continue to be influential in the contemporary Chinese consciousness in an age of China’s global rise (and Putin’s war in Ukraine)? Addressing such […]

The Many Faces of Tojixon Shodieva: Celebrity, Empire, and the Soviet Public in Central Asia (with Claire Roosien)

New York, NY

Tojixon Shodieva was the biggest celebrity in 1930s Soviet Uzbekistan. Her image as a hyper-productive Stakhanovite, a courageous activist, and the survivor of a traumatic past circulated through a wide array of mass media representations. As Shodieva became ensconced in narrative, film, and poetry, she became a Socialist Realist “positive hero” par excellence. This lecture […]

Intermarriage and the Friendship of Peoples: Ethnic Mixing in Soviet Central Asia (with Adrienne Edgar)

New York, NY

In marked contrast to its Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union celebrated mixed marriages among its diverse ethnic groups as a sign of the unbreakable friendship of peoples and the imminent emergence of a single “Soviet people.”  Yet the official Soviet view of ethnic nationality became increasingly primordial and even racialized beginning in the 1960s, […]

Making Sense of Privacy: Russia, 1780-1820 (with Victoria Frede-Montemayor)

New York, NY

The notion of privacy is integral to our common-sense understanding of human life in modern times. We tend to assume that a private life is something people desire and practice, whether as individuals or in small groups. Scholars have nevertheless struggled to reach consensus on the nature of privacy, a private life, or the private […]

Religion and Russia’s War in Ukraine (with Catherine Wanner)

New York, NY

The religious landscape in Ukraine has changed dramatically since the Russian invasion and these changes promise ripple effects throughout the region.  Religion is a powerful undercurrent in the war in Ukraine and beyond because it plays a key role in defining relatedness. Although religion has been weaponized and securitized to protect state sovereignty, these efforts must […]

Reforming child welfare in authoritarian Russia (with Meri Kulmala)

New York, NY

Dr. Kulmala will discuss child welfare reforms that have been on-going in Russia for the last decade. The reforms can be conceptualized as deinstitutionalization (DI) and they link the Russian child welfare system closely to the wider international trends of child rights-based child welfare systems. Based on extensive empirical research under two different research projects […]

The History of the Soviet Union as Black Comedy (with Sheila Fitzpatrick)

New York, NY

In this talk, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick will discuss the writing of her most recent book, Shortest History of the Soviet Union, and how current events – in this case, the Russian invasion of Ukraine – may affect approaches to the past. This event will be held in person for NYU affiliates only. Others will be able […]