Thursday, October 18, 2007

CONF.- The (Re)Making of Identity in Russia Today, Columbia Univ., Oct. 18-20

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CONF.- The (Re)Making of Identity in Russia Today, Columbia Univ., Oct. 18-20

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Agents and Agencies: The (Re)Making of Identity in Russia Today

Thursday - Saturday, October 18 - 20, 2007

Venue: Thursday - Room 1501 International Affairs Building;
Friday and Saturday - Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center

Organizers: The Harriman Institute of Columbia University and ISE
(Information. Scholarship. Education.) Center (Russia)


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Location: Room 1501 International Affairs Building

10:00 - 12:00 Group Identity: From Oppositions to Diversity

Chair: Tatiana Smoliarova, Columbia University
Tatiana Leonidovna Kaminkaya, Novgorod University
"Implied Group Identities in Contemporary Periodicals: The Linguistic /
Rhetorical Aspect"
Joan Chevalier, US Naval Academy, Annapolis
"Identity and Ethnos in the Periphery of the Russian Federation [on
Tuvan identity]"
Tatiana Dmitrievna Venediktova, Moscow University
"Post-Soviet Jeremiade, or Discourse of Cultural Decay in the Russian
Discussant: Boris Gasparov, Columbia University

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:30 Identity and Mass Culture

Chair: Valentina Izmirlieva, Columbia University
Tatiana Vladimirovna Vorontsova, ISE-Center, Moscow
"The Users of Cyrillic LiveJournal: Authorial Characters as the Social
Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Harriman Institute/Barnard College
"Jane Austen on Russian Language Blogs"
Discussant: Serguei Oushakine, Princeton University

3:00 - 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 - 6:00 Nonverbal Communication and Visual Representations of

Chair: Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier, Columbia University
Ruslan Kukharenko, Committee for the Preservation of the Monuments and
the Cultural Heritage, Kiev
"The Rise and Fall of Monuments: The Visualized Change of Russia's Image
in Post-Colonial Space"
Alisa Yurievna Prudnikova, Ural University, Yekaterinburg
"Contemporary Art in the Urals: In search of a Slip-Away Regional
Discussant: Christina Kiaer, Northwestern University

Friday, October 19, 2007

Location: Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center

10:00 - 12:00 Identity as Process

Chair: Boris Gasparov, Columbia University
Leokadia Mixailovna Drobizheva, Institute of Sociology, Moscow
"Civic, Regional, and Local Identity: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow"
Padma Desai, Columbia University
"The Search for Identity: Where is Russia Heading?"
Discussant: Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:30 Identity and Ethnicity

Chair: Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona
Elise Giuliano, University of Miami
"Ethnicity and the Absence of Mobilization"
Sergey Glebov, Smith College
"The Lives of Tygyn: Native History, Imperial Memory, and Contested
Identities on Russia's North-Eastern Frontier"
Yulia Nikolaevna Pinigina, Irkutsk MION
"University as an Ethnic Project: The Case of Buryat State University's
Subsidiary at Bokhan"
Discussant: Andrei Kortunov, New Eurasia Foundation, Moscow

4:00 - 6:00 Ideology of Discourses and Discourses of Ideology

Chair: Alan Timberlake, Columbia University
Galina Ivanovna Zvereva, Russian University of the Humanities, Moscow
"Discourse as the Vehicle of Identity: Recent High School Textbooks of
National History"
Antonina Berezovenko, Fordham University
"Discourses of Power: Linguistic Profiles of Leaders of Today's Russia"
Brenda Connors, Naval War College, Newport
"Decoding the Nonverbal Communicative Style of Vladimir Putin"
Boris Gasparov, Columbia University
"Soviet - Mock-Soviet - Non-Soviet: The Evolution of Newspaper Language
in 1990s-2000s"
Discussant: Alexander Motyl, Rutgers University

6:30 - 7:30 Keynote Address
Yoshiko Herrera, University of Wisconsin
"Identity as a Variable: Defining and Measuring Social Identities in

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Location: Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center

10:00 - 12:00 Facets of Civic Identities

Chair: Catharine Nepomnyashchy
Sergei Nikolaevich Astapov, Rostov-on-the-Don University
"The Confessionalism and Cultural Components of Religious Identity"
Nadezhda Yurievna Kravchenko, Saratov University
"The Process of Formation of Civic Identity in the Saratov Region"
Serguei Oushakine, Princeton University
"From Ethnic Trauma to Ethnic Vitalism: Narratives of Victimhood and
Resistance in Russian Social Sciences"
Discussant: Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 - 4:00 Identity: Past, Present, and Future

Chair: Jane Burbank, NYU
Sergei Leonidovich Kropotov, Ural University, Yekaterinburg
"From the "Holy Land" with an Industrial Heritage to "Disneyland" with
Shopping Malls: Double Identity of the Russian Frontier"
Artem Yurievich Rykun, Tomsk University
"The Clever Town People Identity: Figures, Factors, and Futures"
Doug Blum, Providence College
"National Identity and Globalization: Youth, State, and Society in
Post-Soviet Eurasia"
Discussant: Keith Darden, Yale

4:00 - 6:00 Global Discussion

Co-chairs: Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Harriman Institute / Barnard
College, and Andrei Kortunov, ISE-Center, Moscow
Timothy J. Colton, Harvard University
Steven Kotkin, Princeton University

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