“Radiant Futures” conference brings Soviet science fiction and fantasy out of the periphery

On April 8, 2016, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia hosted a conference entitled “Radiant Futures: Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction.” The conference was convened by Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies and Collegiate Professor at New York University, and it featured a varied lineup of speakers from the literary field. In his introduction, Borenstein said that the idea behind the conference was to gather a group of people who have been thinking about nauchnaya fantastika (scientific fantasy) from a scholarly and non-scholarly perspective, particularly given the peripheral role this genre usually plays in the academic context.

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Spaces of Movement: Moving Away from the State or Moving the State

It was a lively and diverse symposium that took place on Friday, March 15, when the Jordan Center in cooperation with the Hagop Kevorkian Center brought together four prolific scholars to talk about diasporas and spaces of movements. Willard Sunderland (University of Cincinnati), Philippa Hetherington (Harvard University), Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (NYU), and Eliot Borenstein (NYU) made an excellent panel, and the participants were presented with new perspectives on both Russia and diasporic movements.

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Digital Slavists, Unite?

Marijeta Bozovic is an Assistant Professor of Russian & Eurasian Studies at Colgate University.

Dear colleagues and comrades,

This blog-post grows from a group discussion that began over Facebook, and includes input from Eliot Borenstein, Serguei Oushakine, Kevin Platt, Katie Holt, Bella Grigoryan, Maksim Hanukai, Rossen Djagalov, Jesse Labov, and Roman Utkin.

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