Agents of Humor?

Students in Russia and Ukraine address global politics through local comedy Kostya, brow wrinkling, ended his call and told the team of rehearsing students, “Vova said he heard something about it, but nothing is for certain.” Newspapers had reported that Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko planned to ban vKontakte (Russian: “in contact”), Ukraine’s most popular social […]

Book Conversation with Mike McGovern

An Interview Regarding “A Socialist Peace?” Larisa Kurtovic interviews Mike McGovern about his new book, A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country (2017, University of Chicago Press). To start, please tell us a little bit about this book, its central arguments, and the impetus for writing it. The book starts […]

Class Politics and Romania’s “White Revolution”

The color white embodied exclusionary middle-class aspirations to moral governance and virtuous citizenship. Romania’s “White Revolution” (January–­­February 2017), the most recent episode of East European color-branded uprisings, earned its nickname on the night of February 6, when a sea ­of smartphone flashlights lit up Bucharest’s Victoriei Square, the seat of the government. This performance, turned […]

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 […]