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February 2021

“Red and Brown”: Left-Patriotism in Russia, its Ideology and Social Base, 1993-2021 (with Alexey Sakhnin)

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting.  "In the brief civil war that followed the collapse of the USSR, Boris Yeltsin's pro-Western government was opposed by a strange coalition that the neoliberal media called "the communofascists" or "the red- and-browns." These clichés were part of a campaign to discredit and de-humanize the resistance to the radical market reforms. But much of the opposition unexpectedly agreed with this ideological identification. The famous writer Alexander Prokhanov called his 1999…

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Turgenev’s Modern Pastoral: Peasants and the Struggle with Modernity in Russian Realism (with Jenny Flaherty, Discussant: Kirill Ospovat)

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another installment of the 19v seminar. This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting.  This talk will explore how the pastoralism of Notes from a Hunter neither ignores history nor gives up on the nostalgic dream of frozen time as it moves between poles of dynamism and repose and struggles with the relentless expectations of progress together with the complacency of self-acceptance. While characters battling against the past and dissatisfied with the present become the…

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Making an Anti-imperialist Empire: Revolutionary Russia and the Muslim World (with Norihiro Naganawa)

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting.  Professor Norihiro Naganawa will present on his ongoing book project, which explores early Soviet Russia’s engagement with Central Asia, Iran and the Red Sea through a biography of one Tatar revolutionary and Soviet diplomat, Karim Abdraufovich Khakimov (1890-1938). With Putin’s Russia returning to the Middle East against a backdrop of the collapse of Pax Americana that thrived since the Gulf War of 1991, Khakimov is now celebrated as a forerunner…

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How Pro-Government “Trolls” Influence Online Conversations in Russia (with Anton Sobolev)

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting.  In this talk, Dr. Anton Sobolev will unpack the technology of the Russian government propaganda and manipulation of online discussions, and establishes the causal effect of government interventions on the online behavior of social media users. Using a novel database on the activity of the state-sponsored online propagandists masquerading as ordinary citizens, the so-called “trolls”, he estimates the impact of troll interventions in online conversation by combining matching techniques with…

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Statuary Performances: Neo-Paganism and Memory in the American and Russian Far Right (with Alexandar Mihailovic)

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting.   Whether it be of Robert E. Lee, Tsar Nicholas II, Huey Long or the head of the NKVD Feliks Dzerzhinsky, political statuary evokes a range of impassioned responses from groups as varied as the Proud Boys and Identity Evropa in the United States, and the Double-Headed Eagle and Izborsk Club in the Russian Federation. The ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017 protested the removal…

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Painters, the Art Market, and Images of Female Beauty in Russia, 1830-1860 (with Margaret Samu)

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

This event will be held as a Zoom meeting: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/95227225002.   Russian painters of the mid-nineteenth century faced a difficult art market. Even the most talented of them—trained as history painters to produce large-scale canvases of biblical and historical subjects—found little demand for such works from the church or the state after finishing their training. Meanwhile, the number of artists was increasing. While major commissions were scarce, members of Russia’s elite and middling classes were ready to order portraits and…

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Ballet in the Cold War: The New York City Ballet’s 1962 Tour of the Soviet Union (with Anne Searcy)

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

This event will be held as a Zoom meeting: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/92920017194.  In October 1962, as the Cuban Missile Crisis raged, New York City Ballet (NYCB) toured the Soviet Union, performing seventeen ballets by George Balanchine. The tour was part of the Soviet-American cultural exchange, arranged by the governments of the US and USSR as part of their Cold War strategies. The NYCB tour has rightfully been hailed as a triumph, as Soviet audiences roared their approval. However, this artistic triumph has…

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Love and Revolution: Alexander Pushkin’s “Gabrieliad” and the Erotic Utopia of an American Socialist (with Ilya Vinitsky and Discussant Maksim Hanukai)

February 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us for another installment of the 19v Seminar Series! This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/99102207490.  In this talk, Professor Ilya Vinitsky, with discussant Maxim Hanukai, will focus on aesthetic and ideological implications of the first translation of the “Gabrieliad” (Гавриилиада, 1821) into English (and, for that matter, into any foreign language) by Max Eastman (1883-1969). Eastman was an American poet, novelist, essayist, socialist, feminist, friend of John Reed, and editor of left-wing modernist magazines…

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Navalny and the Kremlin: Politics and Protest in Russia

February 1 @ 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. Register for the Zoom webinar: http://bit.ly/3cm5Qsh. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3prucEK.  The arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny has generated a political crisis in Russia. Upon his arrest, Navalny’s allies released a video investigation into alleged corruption by President Vladimir Putin and his allies and mobilized…

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January 2021

Russian Realism of the 19th Century (with Ilya Kliger, Kirill Ospovat, Margarita Vaysman, and Alexei Vdovin)

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

Join us for another installation of the 19v seminar series! Russian Realism of the 19th Century: Society, Knowledge, Narrative. Edited by M. Vaysman, A. Vdovin, I. Kliger, K. Ospovat Русский реализм XIX века: Общество, знание, повествование. Сборник статей; под ред. М. Вайсман, А. Вдовина, И. Клигера, К. Осповата. Compromised by the conflicted legacy of Soviet literary criticism, research on Russian realism almost came to a stand-still after 1991. New methodologies and cutting edge critical theories, eagerly explored in the fields…

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