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March 2021

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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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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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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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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Botanical Illustration as a Source for Studying Imperial Russia (with Christine Ruane, Discussant: Richard Wortman)

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another installment of the 19v Seminar Series! The territorial expansion of the Russian Empire (1700-1917) brought about new forms of administration, a new official language, new foods, and even new ways of dress.  In recent years a number of scholars have helped us understand Russia’s imperial project by analyzing government documents, memoirs, travelogues, and other print media to give voice to the daily experiences of Russians and non-Russians as they negotiated their way in this imperial space. …

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Comics of the New Europe

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this talk, José Alaniz (University of Washington) and Martha Kuhlman (Bryant University) and Biz Nijdam (University of British Columbia) will discuss the recently published edited collection Comics of the New Europe. This edited collection offers insights into the comics cultures of a number of post-socialist countries including the former East Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine. A new generation of cartoonists is reexamining and reevaluating not only their respective comics traditions but…

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Russian Society and Cybercrime During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Disasters have become repeatedly capitalized on by various criminals for their profit. Cybercriminals are not unique in this regard, and have activated their attacks at an unprecedented scale during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fraudsters take advantage of widely spread fear, public uncertainty, and the significant amount of time that individuals hover on the Internet. As with many other states, Russia has experienced a rise in cybercrime. This research discusses cybercrime statistics, new types of attacks, and targets. To understand the intensity…

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The Late-Soviet Underground: (Re-)Collecting the Past (with Ainsley Morse, Dartmouth College)

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 19 University Place
New York, NY 10003 United States
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In this talk Professor Ainsley Morse will present a paper which argues for collecting—meaning collecting variously ephemeral “things” (words, poems, books, writers, traditions, ways of life), but also “collecting” as a mode of writing—as both a pathology and a creative mode typical of unofficial literature and art of the late Soviet period. She will focus on two late-Soviet writers: the poet and critic Vsevolod Nekrasov and the poet, critic, curator and émigré Kulturtraeger Konstantin Kuzminsky. Both Kuzminsky and Nekrasov were true “children of the Thaw” in their obsession with truth-telling, “straight talk” and bracing expose .…

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Three Merchant Men Who Longed for Love and How They Fared: Stories of Sentiment from Marriage, Household and Home in Modern Russia (with Barbara Alpern Engel, Discussant: Bella Grigoryan)

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

Join us for another 19v seminar! Based on her forthcoming book, Marriage, Household and Home in Modern Russia: from Peter the Great to Putin (Bloomsbury Academic), Barbara Alpern Engel will explore the diffusion of sentimental ideas beyond the noble elites that comprised their initial audience.  From the reign of Catherine the Great through the first half of the nineteenth century if not later, she contends, those ideas rendered elite standing contingent on a person’s behavior, values, ideals and feelings, as…

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Sovereignty and the Conquest of Self: Empire as Enlightenment Allegory (with Harsha Ram)

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Russian literary representations of the Caucasus didn’t begin with Pushkin. Gavrila Derzhavin’s “On the return of Count Zubov from Persia” (1797) and Vasilii Narezhnyi’s Black Year, or the Mountain Princes (1816-17) merit our attention as exemplary texts of the Russian Enlightenment. Offering the earliest Russian accounts of the natural and human diversity of the Caucasus, both texts also explore the nature and limits of political sovereignty in the context of eighteenth-century absolutism. My lecture will explore alpine landscape, alongside an…

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April 2021

Women, Feminists, and Other Poets: A Series of Readings and Conversations

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This April, the Jordan Center will host 6 contemporary Russian poets for a series of readings and conversations. With a view to the recent anthology F-Letter: New Russian Feminist Poetry (isolarii, 2020), this series probes the recent history of women writing poetry in Russian. Whether explicitly feminist or otherwise, women have been prominent, if not dominant voices in Russian-language poetry for the past several decades. This series explores the power of language and its role in society, bringing together writing women of various generations and backgrounds to talk about their work, each other,…

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Women, Feminists, and Other Poets: A Series of Readings and Conversations

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For the second installment of "Women, Feminists, and Other Poets: A Series of Readings and Conversations," the Jordan Center will host Nastya Denisova, Kit Eginton, Anna Glazova, and Alex Niemi. With a view to the recent anthology F-Letter: New Russian Feminist Poetry (isolarii, 2020), this series of readings and conversations probes the recent history of women writing poetry in Russian. Whether explicitly feminist or otherwise, women have been prominent, if not dominant voices in Russian-language poetry for the past several decades. This series…

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Women, Feminists, and Other Poets: A Series of Readings and Conversations

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For the third installment of "Women, Feminists, and Other Poets: A Series of Readings and Conversations," the Jordan Center will host Oksana Vasyakina, Elena Fanailova, and Stephanie Sandler. With a view to the recent anthology F-Letter: New Russian Feminist Poetry (isolarii, 2020), this series of readings and conversations probes the recent history of women writing poetry in Russian. Whether explicitly feminist or otherwise, women have been prominent, if not dominant voices in Russian-language poetry for the past several decades. This series explores the…

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