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Tropes of Subversion Symposium
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Please join the Harriman Institute for a symposium: Tropes of Subversion. Organized by Tatiana EfremovaYulia Kim, and Venya Gushchin.


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

10:00 AM | Opening Remarks


10:15 AM | Panel 1: Reclaiming and Rebranding

Chair: Yulia Kim

Discussant: Ilya Vinitsky (Princeton)

  • Zachary Deming (Columbia), Parquet Paralogies: Plot, Pragmatics, and Lyric Subjectivity in the Late Verse of E.A. Baratynsky
  • Venya Gushchin (Columbia), Zabolotsky and Stalin’s Linguistic Turn: Between Orthodoxy and Subversion
  • Kevin Platt (University of Pennsylvania), Arbitrage and Soul: Art and Contraband from New York to Moscow


12:10 PM | Panel 2: Masking and Queering

Chair: Tatiana Efremova

Discussant: Elena Alexander Prokhorovy (William and Mary)

  • Serguei Oushakine (Princeton), You Can Leave Your Mask on: Practicing Diplopia in Soviet Comedy
  • Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois Chicago), An Ethic of Weakness in Larisa Shepitko’s “The Ascent”
  • Alexey Shvyrkov (Columbia), “This is Not My Progress:” Postcolonial Critique in Snail on the Slope


2:00 PM | Lunch

3:00 PM | Identification and Overidentification

Chair: Venya Gushchin

Discussant: Yuri Leving (Princeton)

  • Tatiana Krasilnikova (Columbia), Overidentification on the Other Side of Ideology: How Propagandistic Art Subverts Itself
  • Eliot Borenstein (New York University), The Soviet Superposition: The “Citizens of the USSR” Movement in the 21st Century
  • Alexander and Elena Prokhorovy (William and Mary), Keeping Public Space Free in the Age of Repression: Anti-War Street Art and Its Digital Archive by Aleksandra Arkhipova


5:00 PM | Keynote Lecture

  • Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia), Trickster-Trope Revisited