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June 2020

19v Seminar Series: What is the 19th Century?

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are excited to announce the launch of the 19v Seminar Series! Please join us on Zoom Wednesday, June 24 at 12 pm EST, for the first seminar: an interdisciplinary roundtable on “What Is The 19th Century?” with panelists Alex Martin (University of Notre Dame), Rosalind Polly Blakesley (Cambridge), and Luba Golburt (Berkeley). The panel will be moderated by Sara Dickinson (Università di Genova). This event kicks off the 19v Seminar Series with reflections on what our object of study really is: When does the century begin and when does it end? Where can or…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Twelve

June 19 @ 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 Twelve: Take That, Elon Musk? In Russia eccentric billionaire inventor and investor Elon Musk is more than just an…

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Russia’s New Tools of Influence in Africa

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us 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. Over recent years, Russia has played an increasingly active role in influencing the domestic politics of African countries, including Central African Republic, Madagascar and Libya. Russia's influence activities have grown in their intensity and range, from mounting online social media campaigns, to soliciting economic contracts and even conducting security operations. This new range of activities…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Eleven

June 12 @ 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 Eleven: Black Lives Matter and the Problem of Russian Racist Memes Those looking for racial sensitivity and a nuanced…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course, Part Ten

June 5 @ 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 Ten: Hating Greta Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg became a media sensation in 2018, inevitably making her a…

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An Online Event Introducing 19v: A Working Group on 19th-Century Russian Culture

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom on June 3rd for an introduction to 19v, a new collective aimed at bringing together scholars who work on 19th-century Russian culture, literature, and the arts! The event will feature scholarly presentations by 19v collaborators followed by an open discussion where all participants will be invited to explore avenues for further collaboration. NYU Professor Anne Lounsbery will open discussion by explaining the motivation behind the project and laying out the initiatives that 19v has planned for…

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May 2020

Little Big: The Band That Wants to Eat Your Brain (Part Nine of Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course)

May 29 @ 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 Nine - Little Big: The Band That Wants to Eat Your Brain Founded in 2013, “Little Big” makes music that…

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Life Is Elsewhere: Symbolic Geography in the Russian Provinces, 1800–1917 (with Anne Lounsbery, NYU Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies)

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us on Zoom for a virtual lecture with NYU Professor Anne Lounsbery, in which she will discuss her new book Life is Elsewhere: Symbolic Geography in Russian Literature, 1800-1917. In Life Is Elsewhere, Anne Lounsbery shows how nineteenth-century Russian literature created an imaginary place called "the provinces"—a place at once homogeneous, static, anonymous, and symbolically opposed to Petersburg and Moscow. Lounsbery looks at a wide range of texts, both canonical and lesser-known, in order to explain why the trope has exercised…

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Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce a new 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, where you can find all the lectures in this series. Lecture Eight - Zhdun:  The Dutch Blob that Ate the Russian Internet…

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For Whom the Bot Tolls: How Pro-Government Bots Fight Domestic Opposition in Russia (with Denis Stukal, University of Sydney)

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abundant anecdotal evidence suggests that Russia has employed new digital technologies known as social media bots to facilitate its policies abroad. However, relatively little is known about the use of these technologies in Russian domestic politics. In this talk, Denis Stukal, Assistant Professor of Data Analytics in Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia will discuss Russian-language Twitter bots in the context of Russian domestic politics. We are going to start with a general discussion of what Russian bots…

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