A panel discussion moderated by Sarah Phillips and featuring distinguished visiting scholar Maria Lipman, Lee A. Feinstein, Emma Gilligan and Regina Smyth. GISB Auditorium; reception to follow.
Dr. David Abramson, an analyst at the US Department of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and IU Anthropology PhD, will visit to discuss his career and what it takes to be an anthropologist at the State Department. He recently completed a year of sabbatical leave as a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Public Policy Scholar working on transnational trends in Islamic education and their impact on the future of Islam in Central Asia.
SOYUZ Symposium: "Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity: On Matters of Method in Postsocialist Cultural Studies"-
“Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity: On Matters of Method in Postsocialist Cultural Studies”
“The Political Economy of Contemporary Autocracy”Panel Discussion featuring Konstantin Sonin (University of Chicago), Scott Gehlbach (University of Wisconsin), and Armando Razo (Indiana University).
Former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia on the National Security Council Staff. Prior to joining the NSC Staff, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia in the Office of International Security Affairs (ISA) from May 2009 to July 2012. GA 4067
Telebridge Discussion: “Nationalism in non-democratic regimes: Elites, the public and institutions in Putin’s Russia”-
Thomas Wonder will present his work, “Nationalism in non-democratic regimes: Elites, the public and institutions in Putin's Russia.”
The successor to REEI's annual Roundtable on Postcommunism, “China, Russia, and the World” is a series of annual symposia that focus on the engagement (economic, cultural, political) of China and Russia with particular regions of the world. This year's symposium will address Chinese and Russian involvements in Central Asia, exploring the consequences of these involvements for the region and tracing the motivations that have shaped the nature of relations between the Central Asian states, Russia, and China, from the Cold War into the present.
In Defamiliarized Sketches of the Soviet Cuban Imaginary, Jacqueline Loss examines a selection of Cuban photography, film and narrative that defamiliarizes spectators and readers from an already memorialized inventory of the Soviet Cuban imaginary. While Alejandro González, Ábel Arcos Soto and Carlos Machado Quintela take their lead from an older cohort of creators who lived through the fantasy of Soviet-Cuban friendship, Loss argues that what makes these young artists' work so exceptional is the self-conscious frame through which they evoke the Soviet-Cuban friendship as a construction—elaborated through meticulous and repetitive attention, that often lost sight of the reality of individuals’ lives in the present.
Film screenng with an introduction by the filmmaker, Mikhail Fishman.
This two-day event will feature leading Russian journalists and media experts: Andrey Soldatov, Mikhail Fishman, Aleksander Gorbachev and Sergey Parkhomenko and US-based scholars Sarah Oates and Marlene LaRuelle.
Andrei Soldatov is author of The Red Web: The Struggle between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries.
RSW Public Lecture: “Everyday Postsocialism: Ethnographic Approaches to Studying Contemporary Russia”-
Jeremy Morris, Associate Professor of Global Studies, Aarhus Univeristy, DenmarkThis discussion will explore life in a former monotown in Kaluga oblast with an ethnographic lens. New forms of socioeconomic relations have emerged in a dialogue with the past which blue-collar workers use to make these monotowns habitable. Professor Morris' work contributes to the emerging second generation of literature on postsocialism on the 'normalisation' of crisis and the signifi cance of globalizing currents. (RSW/REEI)
Jeremy Morris and Brian Edwards discussion on framing area studies, transcending boundaries of region, transnational connections and localized phenomena as it pertains to American and Russian studies. Part of the Critical Area Studies in a Global Era (CASGE) initiative
Telebridge Discussion: “Wilhelm Von Humboldt and Berlin University: A new Look at the Origin of the Humboldt Myth”-
Oleg Morozov, “Wilhelm Von Humboldt and Berlin University: A new Look at the Origin of the Humboldt Myth,” Center for University Studies in HSE (Moscow) at the Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI).