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Friday, February 16, 2018

Anatoly Pinsky (Ph.D., History, 2011) Publishes Edited Volume, После Сталина

Anatoly Pinsky, Associate Professor, Department of History, European University of St. Petersburg, published the edited volume, Posle Stalina: pozdnesovetskaia sub"ektivnost' (1953-1985) [After Stalin: Subjectivity in the Late Soviet Union (1953-1985)] (Saint Petersburg: Izdatel'stvo Evropeiskogo universiteta v Sankt-Peterburge, 2018).

Posle Stalina examines the post-Stalin fate of the Soviet project to create a “New Person.” The volume demonstrates that the project in fact became more important after Stalin, as the Soviet leadership sought mechanisms of control other than terror. This development led to the growth of the state and witnessed the emergence of a fascinating paradox: the post-Stalin subject, while enmeshed in stronger state institutions, became a more creative, autonomous agent. Posle Stalina argues that this new autonomy was a result not simply of the absence of terror, but of a historical conjuncture that privileged the new, the unofficial, and the unfinished, and phenomena such as youth, amateur performance, and the literary fragment.

The volume includes articles by leading scholars from Russia, Europe, and the United States.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Noble Subjects by Bella Grigoryan Published in Studies of the Harriman Institute

 Bella Grigoryan (Ph.D. Slavic, 2011) is the author of Noble Subjects: The Russian Novel and the Gentry, 1762–1861, published by Northern Illinois University Press. The book, which appears in Studies of the Harriman Institute,  was awarded the Harriman Institute's inaugural First Book Subvention Grant. 
From the publisher's website:

“In this highly original, well-researched study, Grigoryan explores the problematic status of the Russian nobility as citizens in an autocratic state as it was articulated in various journalistic, fictional, and nonfictional texts, while offering fresh interpretations of Russian literary works. This is a rare case of a truly balanced interdisciplinary work that makes an equal contribution to the fields of history and literary studies.” —Valeria Sobol, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Relations between the Russian nobility and the state underwent a dynamic transformation during the roughly one hundred-year period encompassing the reign of Catherine II (1762–1796) and ending with the Great Reforms initiated by Alexander II. This period also saw the gradual appearance, by the early decades of the nineteenth century, of a novelistic tradition that depicted the Russian society of its day. In Noble Subjects, Bella Grigoryan examines the rise of the Russian novel in relation to the political, legal, and social definitions that accrued to the nobility as an estate, urging readers to rethink the cultural and political origins of the genre.

By examining works by Novikov, Karamzin, Pushkin, Bulgarin, Gogol, Goncharov, Aksakov, and Tolstoy alongside a selection of extra-literary sources (including mainstream periodicals, farming treatises, and domestic and conduct manuals), Grigoryan establishes links between the rise of the Russian novel and a broad-ranging interest in the figure of the male landowner in Russian public discourse. Noble Subjects traces the routes by which the rhetorical construction of the male landowner as an imperial subject and citizen produced a contested site of political, socio-cultural, and affective investment in the Russian cultural imagination. This interdisciplinary study reveals how the Russian novel developed, in part, as a carrier of a masculine domestic ideology. It will appeal to scholars and students of Russian history and literature.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Volume of Studies and Sketches on the Work of Anna Frajlich

The proceedings of the 2016 conference held on the work of Polish poet Anna Frajlich (Lecturer in Polish Emerita) have been published in Kraków. The volume, entitled I Am Here / I Inhabit My Own Life. Studies and Sketches about the Work of Anna Frajlich (Tu jestem / zamieszkuję własne życie. Studia i szkice o twórczości Anny Frajilch), the opening lines of a poem by Frajlich, is edited by Wojciiech Ligęza and Jolanta Pasterska. In addition to the three dozen articles by scholars from Poland, Europe and the U.S., the volume also includes selected artworks based on Frajlich's poetry which were on exhibit at the conference. The volume was published with the support of the Jagiellonian University (Kraków) and the University of Rzeszów, the sponsors of the 2016 conference.




Saturday, February 10, 2018

Eurasianet Reports on Harriman Kyrgyz Diaspora Event

In November 2017, the Harriman Institute and the Kyrgyz-American Foundation hosted an academic roundtable discussion on the issues facing the Kyrgyz diaspora in the United States; the event also featured Kyrgyz music, dance and cuisine. Read and watch a video about the event on

 *Photograph: Nurmira Salimbaeva-Greenberg playing the komuz, a traditional Kyrgyz instrument, during the Kyrgyz American cultural event co-hosted by Columbia University's Harriman Institute and the Kyrgyz American Foundation on November 17, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Levin/Kyrgyz American Foundation)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Max de Haldevang (MARS-REERS '16) Interviews Ksenia Sobchak

Harriman alum Max de Haldevang, geopolitics reporter for Quartz, interviewed Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak after her talk at the Harriman Institute on February 9, 2018.