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January 2021

Fighting HIV/AIDS in Russia: Challenges, Successes, and Working in a Pandemic

January 13 @ 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. This panel will discuss the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Russia as well as the actions of both governmental and non-governmental institutions in promoting awareness about the disease and preventing its spread. Panelists from across the spectrum of disciplines, including public health experts, political scientists, activists, and…

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December 2020

Social Media and Xenophobia: Evidence from Russia (with Maria Petrova, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics)

December 16, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

In this talk, Professor Petrova will present her work on the causal effect of social media on ethnic hate crimes and xenophobic attitudes in Russia and the mechanisms underlying this effect, using quasi-exogenous variation in social media penetration across cities. Using a national survey experiment, her research finds evidence of a mechanism of persuasion: social media led individuals to hold more xenophobic attitudes. At the same time, stigma of expressing these attitudes went up rather than down. Her research also…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course (with Eliot Borenstein, Fridays at 2 EST)

December 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 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 portion will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube.   Lecture Two: The `Putin is a D**khead' Meme Though its origins are in a 2014 Ukrainian soccer…

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Poor Liza and Russia’s Sentimental Marketplace (with Kirill Ospovat)

December 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The talk will investigate links between narrative modes and visions of economy that defined Russian sentimentalism. While in English-language Russianist scholarship social aspects of sentimental fiction have been largely ignored, they occupy a central place both in Soviet-era studies and in contemporary interpretations of English and French sentimentalism. Through a close reading of Karamzin’s classic Poor Liza I will illuminate the constructions of “sentimental commerce” which aligned specific modes of subjectivity and spectatorship with visions of the market, debates on…

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Diffusion of Gender Norms: Evidence from Stalin’s Ethnic Deportations (with Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Paris School of Economics)

December 9, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

In this talk, Professor Zhuravskaya will discuss her forthcoming paper "Diffusion of Gender Norms: Evidence from Stalin's Ethnic Deportations", co-authored with Antonela Miho and Alexandra Jarotschkin. In this paper the scholars study horizontal between-group cultural transmission using a unique historical setting, which combines exogenous group exposure with no control over how and whether the representatives of different groups interact. Stalin’s ethnic deportations during WWII moved over 2 million people --- the majority of whom were ethnic Germans and Chechens ---…

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Belarus: Looking Forward and Looking Eastward

December 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Aliaksandr Herasimenka, postdoctoral researcher at the Computational Propaganda Project, University of Oxford
Olga Onuch, Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Manchester
Katsiaryna Shmatsina, Rethink.CEE fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
Gerard Toal, Professor of Government & International Affairs, Virginia Tech

Drawing on current and ongoing research, our distinguished panelists will discuss what the several months long movement may mean for the political future of Belarus, Russia, and other countries in the region.

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The Improbable Museum: Igor Savitsky’s Collection of Russian Avant-Garde and Karakalpak Art in Soviet Central Asia (with Zukhra Kasimova)

December 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Locked in by two deserts, Nukus became the capital city of the Karakalpak ASSR in 1932. It was here in Nukus in 1966 that Igor Savitsky created his unique museum of Karakalpak applied folk art and works of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde (said to be the second largest collection of Russian modernist art in the world). He also managed to secure state funding for it. An artist, ethnographer, and art collector, although Savitsky (1915–1984) was born in Kyiv, raised…

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Plotting the Family: A Comparative Approach to the Russian vs. English Novel, 1800-1880 (with Anna Berman and Discussant Barbara Alpern Engel)

December 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another installment of the 19v seminar series! Professor Berman’s talk explores how family structure shaped plot in the nineteenth-century Russian novel. Existing studies of family and plot—based largely on the English novel—assume a conservative function for the family, driven by the genealogical imperative (plots lead to marriages that will produce heirs). The Russian novel dismantles this assumption. Drawing on a wide range of historical sources and close reading of over 100 novels (roughly 50 Russian and 50 English), Berman…

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November 2020

Soviet and Post-Soviet Histories of Race

November 30, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Though “race” was never a category the Soviet authorities used much, their nationalities policy in the 1920s and support for interwar anti-colonial movements made the USSR probably the one country in the world that made anti-racism not only a domestic but an international priority and invested in it accordingly. Late Stalinism, with the collective punishment of whole peoples (and their accompanying racialization), with its antisemitic campaign, and open acknowledgement of Russians as “the first people” of the Union blunted this…

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Anonymous Was a Russian Woman at the Bar of Penance: Written Confessions ca. 1888-1908 (with Nadieszda Kizenko and Discussant Hilde Hoogenboom)

November 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another installment of the 19v seminar series! If there were ever a group that might be described as the silent majority, it is the barely literate women who went to confession in the Russian empire. Although Orthodox Christians of both sexes and all ages above seven were required to do this at least once a year, women in Russia (as elsewhere in Europe) tended to go more often than men. In theory the sacrament of penance was auricular…

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