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Book Talk. I Must Be A Fool by Anna Klepikova

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Please join us for an event in our Work of Care in Russia speaker series, a talk with Anna Klepikova, author of I Must Be A Fool (European University Press, 2018). Moderated by Svetlana Borodina (Harriman Institute).


Anna Klepikova is Dean and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the European University at St. Petersburg. Klepikova’s research interests include disability studies, anthropology of disability, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, anthropological aspects of alternative and extended communication, healing and magical services in modern Russia.




The Work of Care in Russia

This speaker series, organized by Svetlana Borodina and co-sponsored by the IU Russian Studies Workshop, will explore how Soviet and post-Soviet Russian care workers have been sustaining lives, and why sometimes their efforts hurt rather than heal. Our speakers include historians and anthropologists who will discuss the global and domestic pressures and victories of post/socialist care work in Russia. We invite you to learn about the controversial work of Soviet defectologists, the operations of the notorious system of institutionalized care for disabled people in contemporary Russia, the labors of traditional Buryat healers, the mental health care industry, and the addiction treatment sector of Russian health care.

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