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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.