On Soviet Occidentalism, Empire, and Modernity (with Volodymyr Ryzhkovskyi)

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, “empire” and “modernity” have been proposed as particularly useful frameworks for the comparatively oriented and globally relevant research on Russia and the Soviet Union. Surprisingly enough, there was little exchange and cross-traffic between these two major clusters of innovation in the field of Russian and Soviet studies. By […]

Reading in 19th-century Russia – A Presentation of “Reading Russia: A History of Reading in Modern Russia, vol. 2” (with Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena and Discussant Yukiko Tatsumi)

Join us for another 19v seminar! While scholars of Russian culture generally pay great attention to the study of authors and texts, they sometimes neglect readers. Our volume, Reading Russia. A History of Reading in Modern Russia (Milano, Ledizioni, 2020, vol. 2, open access), is the attempt of an international team of scholars to describe […]

State-Building as Lawfare: Custom, Sharia, and State Law in Post-War Chechnya (with Egor Lazarev)

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

How does the state manage to impose the rules that regulate everyday life? This study explores state-building as lawfare – the use of state or non-state legal systems to achieve political, social, or economic goals. In particular, the talk will discuss how politicians and individuals navigate Russian state law, Sharia, and customary law in post-war […]

Literature and Reality (with Robert Chandler)

In Vasily Grossman’s case, the boundary between literature and reality is unusually thin.  The figure of Viktor Shtrum, the nuclear physicist hero of Grossman’s two Stalingrad novels, is based on that of Lev Shtrum, a Jewish-Ukrainian nuclear physicist executed during the Purges.  The fictional Viktor Shtrum in turn prefigures the real Andrey Sakharov, an equally […]

Good for the Souls: A History of Confession in the Russian Empire (with Nadieszda Kizenko)

In this talk, Professor Nadieszda Kizenko will discuss her new book, Good for the Souls: A History of Confession in the Russian Empire, with Professor Anne Lounsbery. From the moment that Tsars as well as hierarchs realized that having their subjects go to confession could make them better citizens as well as better Christians, the […]

Russian Relations with Central Asia and Afghanistan after U.S. Withdrawal

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. The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the dramatic collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul has ushered in another period of Taliban rule. […]

The Palgrave Handbook of Russian Thought Book Presentation (with Marina Bykova and Lina Steiner and Discussants Anne Eakin Moss, Caryl Emerson, and Mikhail Epstein)

Join us for another 19v seminar! Edited by Marina Bykova, Michael Forster, and Lina Steiner, the Palgrave Handbook of Russian Thought provides an in-depth survey of major figures, currents, and developments in Russian and Soviet intellectual history. It brings together a wide range of leading scholars from Europe, Russia, and North America to reveal the […]

Lamas, Leaders, and Lay Believers: A History of Buddhists in Russia (with Melissa Chakars)

This talk will explore how Buddhism came to exist in the Russian Empire by examining the three peoples who are commonly cited as Russia’s traditional practitioners of the religion: the Kalmyks, Buryats, and Tuvans. It will provide comparisons in regards to how the Kalmyks, Buryats, and Tuvans adopted Buddhism, as well as explore the primary […]

Tolstoy’s Orphans (with David Herman)

Orphanhood is a key to Tolstoy's fiction – almost invisible yet obsessively present and at the core of his thinking.  Though his best known protagonists are all grown orphans, people raised without maternal warmth, the question is always broached and quickly dropped.  This strange pattern seems at first probably incidental, at most a narrative-opening convenience […]