Human-Non-Human Entanglements of Prediction in Permafrost-Bound Land (with Olga Ulturgasheva)

The intensification of ecological fragility and rapidity of environmental change in the Siberian Arctic questions adaptability and human capacity to predict and avert ecological disasters while pointing at potential limitations of available models for forecasting and mitigating environmental calamities. Given the bounded human capacity for predicting unpredictable, the challenge is to craft a tentative strategy […]

Masculinizing the Russian Elite: Metropolitan Filaret (Drozdov)’s Purge of Early Nineteenth-Century Society (with Kate Antonova and Discussant Marta Łukaszewicz)

Join us for another 19v seminar! Focusing on the decades-long persecution of Colonel A. P. Dubovitskii for his supposed ties to mystic Ekaterina Tatarinova, this paper traces the sources of the investigation to a fundamental divide in Church and state between Petersburg Metropolitan Serafim (Glagolevsky), Alexander I, and the generation that fought the Napoleonic wars, on […]

The Demand for Elections: How Voters React to the Cancellation of Local Elections in Russia (with Ora John Reuter)

NYU Department of Politics 19 West 4th St., Room 101, New York, NY

One feature of democratic decline in Russia has been the cancellation of regional and local elections. Over the past 15 years, most Russian cities have replaced their directly elected mayors with chief executives that are, de facto, appointed.  How do voters react to these reforms.?  Does the cancellation of elections affect their approval of the regime? […]

Feeling Stateless: Nomad Aesthetics and the Collapse of the Soviet Empire (with Leah Feldman)

As the post-Trump pandemic moment registers waves of intertwining political, social, economic and environmental crisis, it also echoes the long durée collapse of the Soviet empire. This talk attends to the ways in which the fall of the Soviet empire from the 1980s to the early 1990s rendered legible an imperial politics of difference and, […]

After the Biden-Putin Summit: The State of US-Russia Relations One Year into the Biden Administration

Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Series, co-hosted by the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Following the June presidential summit in Geneva with Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden commented that as "powerful and proud countries” the United States and […]

No Final Victories: How Reneging Affects Concessions to Low-Capacity Protest Campaigns in Moscow, Russia (with Sasha de Vogel)

New York, NY

Join us for the another installment of  our new joint lecture series with HSE University! This series will meet at least twice a semester, switching off monthly between speakers based at HSE in Moscow, and speakers based at NYU and other US institutions. When low-capacity protest campaigns are promised concessions by authoritarian governments, they have little […]

The Specificity of Russian Orientalism in Vasily Polenov’s ‘Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery’ (with Anastasia Loseva and Discussants Nadieszda Kizenko and Emily Laskin)

New York, NY

Join us for another 19v seminar! Please note that this event will be held in Russian.  The conception and execution of the picture “Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery” (Who among you is without sin?, 1887, State Russian Museum) can be seen as constituting the boundaries of a twenty-year period in the work of […]

Free Style: Democratic Virtue and the Capitalist Hustle on Russian TV in the Final Days of Perestroika (with Pavel Khazanov)

New York, NY

When murky grand history was unfolding on the streets of Moscow between December 1990 and August 1991, a parallel murky history was taking place in Moscow’s mass media circles, where the old Soviet behemoth of Gosteleradio was rapidly undergoing an evolution towards a post-Soviet market model. At this time, members of Perestroika’s most culturally impactful […]