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March 2018

Joan Titus, ‘Dmitry Shostakovich and Mainstream Soviet Cinema’

March 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Dmitry Shostakovich’s long and impressive career in film scoring from 1929 to 1971 uniquely positioned him to participate in the cultural politics of cinema, and allow him a space where he could hone his skill as a film composer. As the first designated “film composer” in 1929, he built a career in film scoring that matured during high Stalinism and beyond. In this time, in collaboration with directors such as Grigory Kozintsev, Sergey Gerasimov, the Vasilyev brothers and Aleksandr Dovzhenko,…

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April 2018

Georgiy Kasianov, ‘Politics of History in the 1980s-2000s: The ‘New Europe’ and Ukraine’

April 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This presentation will offer an overview of ideas in Georgiy Kasianov’s most recently completed research project on misuse of history and ‘historical memory’ in ideological debates in East Europe. Kasianov will also introduce his current work in progress, Image of the Other: The Past and the Present (Ukraine, Poland, Russia). Kasianov, a visiting Fulbright Scholar, is the chair of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of History of Ukraine in Kyiv, and a professor at the National University ‘Kyiv Mohyla…

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Catherine Evtuhov, ‘Elizabethan ‘Intermezzo’: Shaping the Russian Empire in the Mid-18th Century’

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Unlike Peter I and Catherine II, Empress Elizabeth is not known for her imperial strategy. Yet, her reign witnessed important developments in all of the empire’s border regions, from the annexation of a piece of Finland as a result of the Treaty of Åbo (1743) to the encounter with the Bashkirs, linked to intensive industrial development in the Urals. This paper will attempt an overview of Elizabeth’s empire, both from the perspective of key issues in the border areas and from that of imperial policy. Crucial processes…

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