Please enjoy our latest CEERES interview, with researcher and curator Greg de Cuir Jr.! He discusses the Yugoslav Black Wave with Meghanne Barker.
Independent researcher and curator Greg de Cuir Jr. (DPhil, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade) focuses on the history of kino clubs in the former Yugoslavia. These institutional spaces were where nonprofessionals could gather and exercise a common ‘kino-enthusiasm’ for film viewing and production. Kino clubs were state-funded by Socialist Yugoslavia, part of a larger initiative to spread technological cultures throughout the populace, and birthed a new wave of filmmakers who transformed Yugoslav as well as European and international film culture.
Meghanne Barker is a Collegiate Assistant Professor in Social Sciences and a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. She is a linguistic anthropologist whose research examines intersections of play, performance, materiality, and childhood in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Barker received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is currently developing this research into two book projects. First, an ethnographic monograph, Animating Childhood in Almaty, shows the role of everyday enactments of ideal childhood, family, and home for preschool-aged children growing up in a temporary, state-run home. In her second book project, Puppets of the State, Barker expands her historical investigation of the vast network of Soviet-era, state-run puppet theaters and their contemporary legacy, examining puppets’ roles in socializing young citizens and in international campaigns of soft power through tours and festivals.
Please enjoy “Imagining Utopia: The Lost World of European Socialists at Europe’s Margin,” featuring Maria Todorova!
Maria Todorova is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of History and Center of Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches and researches the history of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Ottoman Empire in the modern period.
Her book Imagining the Balkans (1997), reinvigorated the field of Balkan/Southeast European studies and continues to provide the paradigm for the field. Maria Todorova’s new book is devoted to the ‘golden age’ of the socialist idea, surveying the period of the Second International. It examines the promise for an alternative socialist utopia, moving beyond traditional historiographical emphasis on ideology, into intersections of spaces, generations, genders, ideas and feelings, and different flows of historical time.
This lecture took place on February 27, 2020 at 5pm in the Social Sciences Tea Room at the University of Chicago.
Please enjoy our latest CEERES video: a discussion with emigree theater creators in Chicago. This panel discussion features Yasen Peyankov, Zlatomir Moldovanski, Natasha Djukic, and Zeljko Djukic. Recorded on April 30, 2019, University of Chicago. Sponsored by CEERES, the Committee on Theater and Performance, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Please enjoy our latest CEERES of Voices author interview!
Meghanne Barker (University of Chicago) interviews Michał Murawski (University College London) about his new book, “The Palace Complex.”
The Palace of Culture and Science is a massive Stalinist skyscraper that was ‘gifted’ to Warsaw by the Soviet Union in 1955. Locals joke that their city suffers from a ‘Palace of Culture complex.’ In his book, Michał Murawski traces the skyscraper’s powerful impact on twenty-first-century Warsaw; on its architectural and urban landscape; on its political, ideological, and cultural lives; and on the bodies and minds of its inhabitants. The Palace Complex explores the many factors that allow Warsaw’s Palace to endure as a still-socialist building in a post-socialist city.
Michał Murawski is an anthropologist of architecture and art based at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where he is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Critical Area Studies.
Meghanne Barker is a linguistic anthropologist whose research examines intersections of play, performance, media, and politics in postsocialist Kazakhstan and Southeast Europe.
Please enjoy our latest CEERES of Voices interview with Tomas Matza, author of the new book Shock Therapy.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia witnessed a dramatic increase in psychotherapeutic options, which promoted social connection while advancing new forms of
capitalist subjectivity amid often wrenching social and economic transformations. In Shock Therapy Tomas Matza provides an ethnography of post-Soviet Saint Petersburg,
following psychotherapists, psychologists, and their clients as they navigate the challenges of post-Soviet life.
Please enjoy the latest CEERES of Voices interview with Ben Whisenhunt (College of DuPage) about American memoirs of the Russian Revolution, published by Slavica Publishers at Indiana University. Discussed in this interview are John Reed’s “Ten Days that Shook the World” and “Through the Russian Revolution” by Albert Rhys Williams. The interlocutor is William Nickell (University of Chicago).
A conversation between Angelina Ilieva, Lecturer at the University of Chicago in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and actor Yasen Payenkov. Yasen Peyankov was born and raised in Bulgaria where he graduated from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. Since his arrival In Chicago in 1990 he co-founded the European Repertory Company in 1992 and has worked as an actor in some of the finest theatres in the city—Steppenwolf, Goodman, Court, Next, American Theatre, and many others. His role as Greenspan in Morning Star at Steppenwolf earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Please enjoy the latest interview in our ongoing program, A CEERES of Voices, with author Keith Gessen.
Keith Gessen is an American Russian-born author who teaches journalism at Columbia University in New York. He discusses his second novel, “A Terrible Country,” with Robert Bird, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.
Please enjoy the latest video in our interview series with authors and creators, A CEERES of Voices.
Katherine M.H. Reischl is an Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Russian literature, art, and culture, with particular attention paid to the relationship between text and image. Her first book, “Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors,” explores the intersection of photography and writing in the texts of author-photographers including Lev Tolstoy, Leonid Andreev, Maksimilian Voloshin, Mikhail Prishvin, Sergei Tretiakov, Ilya Ehrenburg, Ilya Ilf, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vladimir Nabokov.
Reischl’s interlocutor in this video is William Nickell, chairperson of UChicago’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.