Russia’s Rogue Rulers: Trials for Embezzlement and Corruption in Post-Reform Courts, 1866-1882 (with Sergei Antonov and Discussant Steven Nafziger)

New York, NY

Join us for another 19v seminar! The most spectacular public trials in post-reform Russia were for non-violent crimes like fraud and embezzlement, which are typically committed by wealthy and privileged persons. Focusing on the case of Fedor Melnitskii, the treasurer of the Imperial Orphanage in Moscow, who was accused of stealing a suitcase with 17 […]

Central Asia in World Literature (with Hamid Ismailov)

New York, NY

Uzbek-British writer and journalist Hamid Ismailov’s work spans the end of the Soviet period and the entry of the former Soviet republics into a globalized, post-Cold War world. In this talk, Ismailov will speak about these themes in his own work, which tracks Central Asia’s role in a changing global political and literary scene. The […]

Rewriting Leskov: On Three Adaptations of “Lefty” («Сказ о тульском косом левше и стальной блохе,» 1881) (with Maya Kucherskaya)

New York, NY

Join us for an event co-hosted by the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies and the 19v collective:  “The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea” is among Leskov’s most famous and most ambiguous works. After reconstructing the story’s elusive main idea, this talk will review several striking episodes in the 20th- […]

The Birth of a Ukrainian Political Nation and President Zelensky as Ukrainian, Jew and Statesman (with Vladislav Davidzon)

Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia 19 University Place, New York, NY

The War in Ukraine was supposed to last 72 hours according to the projections of American intelligence services. In effect it has gone for a month, with the Ukrainians refusing to surrender to the forces of an overwhelming military foe arrayed against them. President Volodymyr Zelensky found himself in the midst of world historical situation […]

The Lenin Dilemma: Are Cooperatives Made to Build Socialism or Capitalism? (with Anna Safronova)

New York, NY

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, in Tsarist Russia, as well as in other industrialised countries, cooperatives were, alongside collectivism, claimed to be an alternative to private enterprises. This lecture examines how these cooperatives, once a tool against capitalism, were progressively integrated as a major instrument of the Soviet regime. It explores […]

Understanding Moscow’s Foreign Policy: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Dilemmas (with Sergey Radchenko)

New York, NY

In this talk, Sergey Radchenko will explore the underlying motivations of Soviet and Russian foreign policies. Drawing on recently declassified documents, he will explain the relationship between Soviet foreign policy and domestic legitimacy, and trace continuities in Moscow’s policymaking between the Cold War and the present day. Sergey Radchenko is the Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor […]

Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in the Streets (with Alexis Lerner)

New York, NY

Graffiti is an effective tool for expressing political discontent and circumventing censorship, especially in autocratic and censored states. Dr. Alexis Lerner spent a decade walking the alleyways and underpasses of the post-Soviet region and post communist Europe, from Berlin and Minsk to Tbilisi and Vladivostok. During that time, she immersed herself in daily life, first […]

Representing Ruins and the Imperial Imaginary (with Louise McReynolds)

New York, NY

Representations of archeological artefacts are themselves a unique source of information, independent of the excavations they portray. Visuals that circulate to a broad audience through a variety of media, they inspire emotions among viewers through their aesthetic allure. Ruins, the remnants of past civilizations still standing as testaments to their endurance, held special appeal as […]

Comintern Aesthetics: Book Roundtable on Interwar-era Soviet Literary Internationalism (with Katerina Clark, Edward Tyerman, Amelia Glaser, and Steven S. Lee)

New York, NY

Over the last two years, four book-length reconstructions of the pre-WWII Socialist Republic of Letters have come out, which have collectively shifted the emphasis away from the Republic's more familiar centers of Paris, Berlin, and New York and towards its lesser-documented but vital (often "Eastern") networks: Katerina Clark, Eurasia without Borders (Harvard UP, Dec. 2021) Edward […]

Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity (with Katherine Bowers and Kate Holland and Discussants Chloe Papadopoulos and Robin Feuer Miller)

New York, NY

Join us for another 19v seminar! Marking the bicentenary of Dostoevsky’s birth, the volume Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity (University of Toronto Press, 2021) takes the writer’s art – specifically the tension between experience and formal representation – as its central theme. While many critical approaches to Dostoevsky’s works are concerned with spiritual and philosophical […]