Conceptualizing the Human in Slavic and Eurasian Culture

An Interdisciplinary Conference at Princeton University

Schedule of Events

“Conceptualizing the Human” 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, Immortality and the Problem of Ethics in Andrei Platonov’s Happy Moscow

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: Censors and Censorship in Stalinist Romania, 1948-1955”

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

Philip Gleissner, Princeton: “Totalitarian Repression or Carnivalesque Game?: Jiří Kratochvil’s Experience of the Czechoslovak Repressions in the 1950s”

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 Tomb of Reification: The Problem of the Human in Andrei Platonov’s The Foundation Pit

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 Human in the Writings of A. F. Vel’tman”

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 the 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: “People and Place in Chekhov’s Sakhalin Island

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”: Animals as Objects of Sorrow and Longing in Oberiu Poetry”

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

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

Discussant: Anindita Banerjee, Cornell

– One-Hour Lunch Break –

Roundtable (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Moderator: Devin Fore, Princeton


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