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June 2021

Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Four – MMM: Marketing the Pyramid Scheme

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

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Four - MMM: Marketing the Pyramid Scheme The infamous MMM pyramid scheme flooded the airwaves in 1994, reeling in viewers with a series of commercials that cashed…

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State-Sponsored Hijacking and International Responses: The Political Challenge of the RyanAir Incident

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

Join us for another NYC Russia Public Policy Series panel! Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live. The New York-Russia Public Policy Series is co-hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. The forced landing of a Ryanair flight by Belarusian authorities and coerced detention of dissent journalist Roman Protasevich has spotlighted the practice of transnational repression: the targeting of political exiles and opposition figures abroad by authoritarians and their security…

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Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Three – Snickers: The Milk Chocolate Invader from Mars©

June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Three - Snickers: The Milk Chocolate Invader from Mars© When Snickers came to Russia, it was not just a chocolate bar; it was a verb. But what…

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19v Seminar Series: 19v Annual Collective Meeting and One-Year Jubilee

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

At one year after the official founding of 19v, the Working Group on 19th-Century Russian Culture, we are going to take a communal pause to reflect on the course of the last year, rest briefly on our laurels, and think together about the future. Please join us to share your comments, ideas, concerns, and to help us chart our plans for 2021-2022. All participants and fellow travelers are welcome! This event will be hosted virtually as a Zoom meeting.   

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May 2021

Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Two – Late Soviet Commercials and the Art of Bad Taste

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Two - Late Soviet Commercials and the Art of Bad Taste Imagine TV commercials produced with a sensibility halfway between David Lynch and John Waters, and you…

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Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture One – Soviet Commercials: Keeping Up with the Dzhonses

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays, starting on May 21st. Lecture One - Soviet Commercials: Keeping Up with the Dzhonses A look at the early years of Soviet television commercials. What were these commercials…

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Paying for Sex in the Late Russian Empire (with Siobhan Hearne and Discussant Colleen Lucey)

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar! In this talk, Siobhán Hearne will give an overview of her new book Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in Late Imperial Russia, before presenting her chapter that focuses specifically on men who paid for sex, a group that are often silent in histories of prostitution. The demand side of the commercial sex industry was supposed to be faceless. Unlike women registered as prostitutes on the Empire's system of state regulation, clients’ names and…

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NYC Russia Public Policy Series: New Tensions in Russia-Ukraine Relations: The Drivers and Politics Surrounding the 2021 Russian Troop Build-up

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The New York-Russia Public Policy Series is co-hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. After weeks of growing regional tensions as Russia amassed more than 100,000 troops next to Ukraine’s borders, on April 22, 2021, Russian defense officials ordered troops back to their bases, with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu commenting that the forces had “demonstrated their ability to provide a credible defense for the country.” What were the drivers behind this large Russian military…

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Ottoman “Frontiers” in Russia and the Indian Ocean

May 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

This panel will present new ways of understanding the borders and boundaries of the Ottoman Empire, specifically as they relate to Eurasia and the Indian Ocean. Dilyara Agisheva focuses on how the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Empire in 1783 generated new ruptures and entanglements with respect to the Crimean 'ulamā', the Ottoman state, and the Islamic community of the former Crimean khanate; Ömer Faruk Topal situates Eastern Arabia within the 19th-century Ottoman imperial context and demonstrates how the…

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‘A Brilliant Anomaly’: Nadezhda Durova/Aleksandr Aleksandrov’s Queer Autofiction (with Margarita Vaysman and Discussant Connor Doak)

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar! In Russia, the nineteenth-century writer Nadezhda Durova (1783-1866) is well-known as a cross-dressing ‘Cavalry Maiden’, a young noble woman who in 1806 left her home in provincial Russia and served, under the name Aleksandrov, as a cavalry officer during the Napoleonic wars. Outside of Russia, there has been in the last decade a sustained interest in Nadezhda Durova/Aleksandr Aleksandrov as one of the very few canonical genderqueer figures in Russian literary history who have…

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