A Protest Letter in Support of the Central European University

This open letter has been prepared by the directors of centers for East European, Russian, and Eurasian studies, among whom are anthropologists Susan Gal (University of Chicago) and Sarah D. Phillips (Indiana University). The AAA’s statement on the plight of Central European University can be found here. Dear European Parliament, European Commission and Government of […]

Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity

16th Annual Soyuz Symposium, Indiana University Bloomington, March 4-6, 2017 This year the annual conference of the Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies focused on methodological challenges in the social sciences. Drawing on the legacy of research in socialist and postsocialist contexts, the participants of the Symposium discussed ways to contribute to contemporary debates […]

Relics of the Future

The sociotechnical functions of secondhand trams in Romanian cities. This post is the first in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. The tram on line 39 in Galați, Romania rumbles past a block of communist-era apartment buildings, festooned with an advertisement for mineral water. While the advertisement is a […]

Roma and Romanian Migrants in France

This post is the third in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe In the summer of 2016, during my fieldwork with Romanian migrants in France, I received a public Facebook invitation to visit an organization aiding homeless persons in the Paris region. Before I could reply, an acquaintance of […]

Transnational Motorways

The secondhand car trade in a country of emigration. This post is the second in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania and the unofficial capital of Transylvania, is well known for its vibrant arts scene, including edgy galleries and hip music and film […]

Making Sense of Post-Election US Realities through Post-Soviet Studies

On the morning after the US presidential elections, I met with students in the political anthropology course I am teaching this semester at a small liberal arts college in rural Vermont. It had been the first election for all of us: my students’ because of their recently reached voting age; mine because of my recently […]