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  • CFP: Princeton Conjunction- 2016 "Imperial Reverb: Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism (Princeton; May 13-15, 2016)

    In a 2001 issue of the journal PMLA, David Chioni Moore asked: “Is the Post- in Postcolonial the Post- in Post-Soviet?”Answers to this important question have come in many forms during the last fifteen years, and the tentative equation between the two has also been significantly extended: post-Soviet and postcolonial are routinely lumped together with postmodernist, and post-totalitarian; just as the “soviet” has with the “colonial.” Yet these “posts” did not sit comfortably together; their apparent family resemblance has not yet merged into a productive and convincing framework either for analyzing socialism as a form of colonial practice or for understanding post-soviet as post-colonial.

    We welcome historically grounded and ethnographically engaged submissions from scholars interested in analyzing the postcolonial transfiguration of the communist past. Please send your abstract (300 words) and a short CV (up to 2 pages) to Serguei Oushakine, the Chair of the Program Committee at by January 20, 2016.

    Those selected to give presentations at the conference will be contacted in early February 2016. Final papers will be due no later than April 15, and they will be posted on the conference website. Pending funding, subsidies for graduate students and participants from the overseas may be available.

  • Lecture Series: Russian Realism Revisited (Princeton University; October 6, 2015 - April 12, 2016)

    Lecture Series: Russian Realism Revisited (Princeton University; October 6, 2015 - April 12, 2016)

    2016 Lecture Series
    Russian Realism Revisited

    Organized by Katherine Hill Reischl
    Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

    Taking 19th-century literary realism in Russia as point of departure, this lecture series reconsiders the complex problem of mimesis across media: literature, painting, photography, film and beyond. The subjects of the lectures range from 19th-century painting to Socialist Realism to post-Socialist space, as the collected interdisciplinary scholars illuminate both the universal problem of representation and the specificity of artistic realism in the Eastern European context.


    Time: 4:30 p.m.
    Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall

    Tuesday, October 6
    Realism and Socialist Realism in Soviet Cinema
    Elizabeth Papazian, University of Maryland, College Park

    Tuesday, November 10
    Everythingism 2113/2013/1913, Etc.
    Matthew Jesse Jackson, University of Chicago

    Tuesday, December 1
    Vasily Surikov and Russian Painting’s Point of View
    Molly Brunson, Yale University

    Tuesday, February 9
    Lure or Decoy? Komar and Melamid’s ‘Apelles Ziablov’ (1972) and the Impossibility of Abstraction
    Jane Sharp, Rutgers University

    Tuesday, March 1
    The Senses and Mimesis in Early Soviet Cinema
    Emma Widdis, University of Cambridge

    Tuesday, March 29
    Fin de siecle Socialist Realism: Aesthetics of Socialism in Eastern Europe and the USSR After Stalin
    Evgeny Dobrenko, The University of Sheffield

    Tuesday, April 12
    Teaching the Real: What is Didactic About Realism?
    Sven Spieker, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Comparative Literature Department, the Council of the Humanities, the University Center for Human Values, the Program in European Cultural Studies, and the Program in Media and Modernity.