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 […]

Tactical Kinship

Boots, Gloves, and the Intimacy of War Oksana describes the discomfort of the large heavy boots as if the feet that went into them were her own. Her care for her father, a man three decades her senior, is daughterly, and motherly, and yet also gruesome. Eighteen-year-old Oksana and her father are displaced people from […]

25th Annual SOYUZ Symposium: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right

University of Chicago, March 11-13, 2016 Crisis inspires the re-examination of existing knowledge. For postsocialist studies, the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe, and its reverberations in sociopolitical spheres, has pushed researchers to take fresh looks at old questions: how are identities manifested and negotiated? What is ‘otherness,’ and how is it embedded, nested, and […]