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October 2021

Russian Relations with Central Asia and Afghanistan after U.S. Withdrawal

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for another virtual meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Seminar. This panel is co-hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the dramatic collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul has ushered in another period of Taliban rule. Regional powers and neighbors have been anticipating the U.S. exit for some time: Russia remains a critical player in the region and, even before the…

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Good for the Souls: A History of Confession in the Russian Empire (with Nadieszda Kizenko)

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this talk, Professor Nadieszda Kizenko will discuss her new book, Good for the Souls: A History of Confession in the Russian Empire, with Professor Anne Lounsbery. From the moment that Tsars as well as hierarchs realized that having their subjects go to confession could make them better citizens as well as better Christians, the sacrament of penance in the Russian empire became a political tool, a devotional exercise, a means of education, and a literary genre. It defined who…

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Literature and Reality (with Robert Chandler)

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In Vasily Grossman’s case, the boundary between literature and reality is unusually thin.  The figure of Viktor Shtrum, the nuclear physicist hero of Grossman’s two Stalingrad novels, is based on that of Lev Shtrum, a Jewish-Ukrainian nuclear physicist executed during the Purges.  The fictional Viktor Shtrum in turn prefigures the real Andrey Sakharov, an equally creative and free-thinking nuclear physicist.  Grossman’s fictional creation is not only a self-portrait, not only a way of memorializing an important teacher, but also something…

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State-Building as Lawfare: Custom, Sharia, and State Law in Post-War Chechnya (with Egor Lazarev)

October 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
NYU Department of Politics, 19 West 4th St., Room 101
New York, NY 10012 United States
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How does the state manage to impose the rules that regulate everyday life? This study explores state-building as lawfare – the use of state or non-state legal systems to achieve political, social, or economic goals. In particular, the talk will discuss how politicians and individuals navigate Russian state law, Sharia, and customary law in post-war Chechnya. The presentation will outline state-building both from above and from below by addressing two interrelated puzzles. First, why do local rulers tolerate and even promote…

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Reading in 19th-century Russia – A Presentation of “Reading Russia: A History of Reading in Modern Russia, vol. 2” (with Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena and Discussant Yukiko Tatsumi)

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar! While scholars of Russian culture generally pay great attention to the study of authors and texts, they sometimes neglect readers. Our volume, Reading Russia. A History of Reading in Modern Russia (Milano, Ledizioni, 2020, vol. 2, open access), is the attempt of an international team of scholars to describe the history of the relationship between Russians and their favorite books. Among the many metaphors used herein to describe reading – as a form of…

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Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (with Francine Hirsch)

October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Organized in the wake of World War Two by the victorious Allies, the Nuremberg Trials were intended to hold the Nazis to account for their crimes and to restore a sense of justice to a world devastated by violence. As Francine Hirsch reveals in her groundbreaking new book, a major piece of the Nuremberg story has routinely been left out: the critical role of the Soviet Union. Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg offers a startlingly new view of the International Military Tribunal and…

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September 2021

On Soviet Occidentalism, Empire, and Modernity (with Volodymyr Ryzhkovskyi)

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, “empire” and “modernity” have been proposed as particularly useful frameworks for the comparatively oriented and globally relevant research on Russia and the Soviet Union. Surprisingly enough, there was little exchange and cross-traffic between these two major clusters of innovation in the field of Russian and Soviet studies. By introducing the concept of Soviet Occidentalism, the talk aims to demonstrate the productivity of staging the encounter between the analytical paradigms of “empire” and “modernity,”…

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The Literary Fund and the Shaping of the Writer’s Profession in Russia in the Second Half of the 19th Century (with Mikhail Makeev and Discussant Helen Stuhr-Rommereim)

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar! Please note that this talk will be in Russian. Возникновение и работу «Общества для пособия нуждающимся литераторам и ученым» (Литературного фонда) традиционно рассматривают в аспекте благотворительности, как проявление и доказательства присущих русской литературе и отдельным ее представителям гуманности и милосердия. Полезным представляется, однако, и другой угол зрения на эту организацию: как на институт, возникший в результате фундаментальной трансформации поля литературы в России, формирования литератору как профессии. Изучение повседневной практики Литературного фонда позволяет увидеть, как…

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The Results of Russia’s 2021 Parliamentary Elections: How Should we Understand them?

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another virtual meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Seminar. This panel is co-hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Please join us for our first annual meeting of the Columbia-NYU Russia Public Policy series to discuss the results and importance of Russia’s Duma elections for parliament that were held on September 19,2021. The ruling United Russia party is widely expected to maintain its majority in Parliament, even though it…

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Falshfasad: Disavowed Infrastructure and Everyday Mate-realism in Wild Capitalist Moscow (with Michal Murawski, University College London)

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place
New York, NY 10003 United States
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How can an architectural or infrastructural project be “fake”? How, in particular, does the (un)reality of architecture play out in Putin-era Russia, a society which critics (both scholars and commentators) frequently caricature as suffused with “post-truth” artifice and devoid of substantive foundations? This article explores the above questions with primary reference to Zaryadye Park – nicknamed “Putin’s Paradise” by its detractors – an extravagant landscaping project-cum-multimedia attraction, designed by fashionable American architects and opened in the shadow of Moscow’s Kremlin…

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