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March 2021

Sputnik V and Russia’s New Vaccine Politics: Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions

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

Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live. 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. Vladimir Putin’s announcement in August 2020 that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine—Sputnik V—generated much fanfare domestically but was initially met with skepticism among expert global scientific communities. Now, with more published…

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The Faceted Chamber and the Meanings of Restoration in the 19th Century (with Wendy Salmond)

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In 1882, the interior of one of the Moscow Kremlin’s oldest structures, the Faceted Palace, received a total makeover to mark the upcoming coronation of Alexander III. Described as a “restoration,” the project entailed the complete repainting of frescoes whitewashed over in the Petrine period and known only through a written description. Peasant painters from Palekh were commissioned to reconstruct the iconographic program in a style that combined traditional icon painting with current academic norms of spatial realism. Now considered…

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The 40th Anniversary of the Leningrad Rock Club, with Joanna Stingray

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for an exciting conversation with Joanna Stingray, hosted by Mikhail Danilin of NYU Russian and Slavic Studies! This event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting. Released in September 2020, Joanna Stingray’s inspiring and poetic memoir Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground introduces Western audiences to the legendary musicians of Soviet rock through her improbable Cold War heroics as a young New Wave musician who, in 1985, produced Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the…

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Away from Moscow: Cinema of and in Russia’s Regions (with Birgit Beumers)

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

In the last five years, Russia has seen a sharp rise in the number of films produced by regional film studios, as well as of films that choose for a shooting location not just a provincial setting, but remote places (for example, Filipp Yuriev’s Whaler Boy, 2020). This led, on the one hand, to an upturn in film production in the autonomous republics, particularly Yakutia (Sakha), Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, but also to a nation-wide (and international) awareness of such films.…

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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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