Conceptualizing the Human in Slavic and Eurasian Culture

An Interdisciplinary Conference at Princeton University

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Conference Schedule

All Panels, Keynote, and Roundtable will be held in East Pyne 010

FRIDAY October 18th

Breakfast: 9:00 am

9:20 am: Brief welcome address

First panel: Soviet Humanism (9:30 am – 11:00 am)

Laura Brown, Pennsylvania State: “Stravinsky and the Sounds of Human Emotion: A Musical Study of the Human Characteristics of the Puppet Petrushka.”

Brian Droitcour, NYU: “Shakespeare for Stalin: Restaging Humanism with Romeo and Juliet

Pavel Khazanov, U Penn: “Pulling a Fast One on the World: Happiness and Ethics in Andrei Platonov’s Happy Moscow

Chair: Victoria Juharyan, Princeton

Discussant: Robert Bird, U Chicago

– 30-minute Break  –

Second panel: Political Subjectivity (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

Andru Chiorean, University of Nottingham: “Re-Writing the New Man: Censorship and Censors in Postwar Romania, 1948-1955”

Julian Gantt, CUNY Graduate Center: “Oil, Infrastructure, and Personhood in Postwar Azerbaijan”

Philip Gleissner, Princeton: “Jiří Kratochvil’s Fictionalized 1950s: Subjective Re-Appropriation of History and the Construction of Stories”

Chair: Cate Reilly, Princeton

Discussant: Serguei Oushakine, Princeton

– 1 ½-Hour Lunch Break  –

Third Panel: Personhood in Russian Thought (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)

Alexandre Gontchar, Harvard: “Language as a Means of Production: The Adventures of Sensuous Particular in the Land of the Universal”

Maya Larson, University of Oregon: “Why Does the Rusalka Have to Die?: Gippius’ Critique of Necrotheology in Sacred Blood

Keith Walmsley, University of St. Andrews: “The Conceptualization of the Human in the Works of Aleksandr Vel’tman”

Chair: David Hock, Princeton

Discussant: Randall Poole, College of St. Scholastica

– One-Hour Coffee Break –

Keynote: Mikhail Iampolski, NYU: 5:00 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

SATURDAY October 19

Breakfast: 9:00 am

Fourth panel: Humans in Space and Time (9:30 am – 11:00 am)

Ryan Allen, Cal State LA: “’Time Takes on Flesh’ in Béla Tarr’s Turin Horse

Lidia Levkovitch, Rutgers: “The Zhungle Book: Place, Body and Language in Iurii Buida’s Story Cycle Zhungli

Matthew Mangold, Rutgers: “Between Literature and Medicine: Observing People and Place in Sakhalin Island

Chair: Natalia Klimova, Princeton

Discussant: Julie Buckler, Harvard

– 30-minute Break  –

Fifth panel: Humans and Other Animals (11:30 am –1:00 pm)

Geoff Cebula, Princeton: “Mne zhalko chto ia ne zver’:  ‘Other Animals’ in Oberiu Poetry”

Matthew Sutton, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: “The Wild Animal’s Metamorphosis”

Abigail Weil, Harvard: “On the Origin of the Specious: Monkey Business with Hašek and Kafka”

Chair: Elizabeth Stern, Princeton

Discussant: Anindita Banerjee, Cornell

– One-Hour Lunch Break –

Roundtable (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Moderator: Devin Fore, Princeton