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July 2020

Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Seventeen

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The final installment in the weekly series of informal virtual Zoom lectures about memes and viral videos on the Russian Internet, presented by our very own Eliot Borenstein. Please see below for the information you will need to join the meeting, or click the link above. Part Seventeen - Comrade Lenin and the Gang: Memes about Soviet Leaders Lenin lives, but he’s probably not too happy about it.  After deuces as the subjects of popular jokes, it should be no…

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Russian Electoral Interference: Present, Past, and Future

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Zoom for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Seminar. This panel is being co-hosted by Columbia University's Harriman Institute, the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, and the New York University Center for Social Media and Politics. In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, one of the most enduring stories has been the scale with which Russia exploited weaknesses in the digital information environment to interfere with foreign elections,…

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Women on the Market: The Dowerless Bride in 19th-Century Russia (with Colleen Lucey and Discussant Katherine Pickering Antonova)

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

Join us for another installment of the 19v Seminar Series! In this talk, Colleen Lucey will give a brief overview of her forthcoming book, Love for Sale: Representing Prostitution in Imperial Russia, before presenting her chapter on the figure of the dowerless bride in nineteenth-century literature and visual culture. She will be joined by her discussant, Katherine Pickering Antonova. Evocative of women’s objectification and their secondary social status, dowerless brides embodied the commodification of marriage and the belief every woman could…

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What Does the Stoned Fox Say?

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce a 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. 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 will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube. Lecture Sixteen: What Does the Stoned Fox Say? When a Welsh taxidermist put a stuffed fox on eBay in 2012, she…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Fifteen

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce a 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. 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 will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube. Part Fifteen: Peter the Great Memes (Guest Starring Shrek) Pushkin said that Peter the Great opened a “window to the West;”…

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The Mowing Scene in Anna Karenina and the Poetics of Labor at the Dawn of Russia’s Age of Capital (with Vadim Shneyder, Discussant: Yanni Kotsonis)

July 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another installment of the 19v Seminar Series! This talk will introduce Vadim Shneyder’s forthcoming book, Russia’s Capitalist Realism: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov (Northwestern University Press, 2020), an examination of how the Russian realist literary tradition responded to the dangers and possibilities posed by Russia’s industrial revolution. During the years of the Russian Empire’s tumultuous transition to capitalism, social problems became issues of literary form for writers trying to make sense of economic change. How to write characters whose…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Fourteen

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce a 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. 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 will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube. Part Fourteen: Conspiracy Memes, Guest Starring George Soros and Bill Gates All the nefarious conspirators trying to conquer, destroy, or…

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Russian Civil Society in the Time of COVID-19

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Zoom for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Seminar, a forum co-hosted by the Harriman Institute and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Russia’s restrictions of movement and extensive use of surveillance technologies during the coronavirus pandemic have raised concerns about possible damage to civil society and community organizing. Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted civil society development in Russia, or has this peculiar time drawn more attention to the need for citizen-run efforts…

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Alexander Ivanov: Painting, Desire, and the 19th-Century Male Nude (with Allison Leigh, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and discussant Molly Brunson, Yale)

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

Join us for another installment of the 19v Seminar Series! This week, Allison Leigh will describe the overall scope of her forthcoming book, Picturing Russia’s Men: Masculinity and Modernity in 19th-Century Painting, which investigates the discontent that arose among Russian men as they tried to negotiate the paradoxical prescriptions for masculinity that characterized the period. Professor Leigh will be joined by a discussant, Molly Brunson of Yale University. Picturing Russia’s Men takes a vital new approach to this topic by…

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June 2020

Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Thirteen

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce a 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. 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 will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube. Part Thirteen: Freaks of the Russian Internet All around the world, the Internet is merciless to people perceived as strange…

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