Individual Sessions

Friday, April 16


1:00PM EST – History

2:00PM EST – Linguistics

3:00PM EST – Social Sciences

4:00PM EST – Literature, Culture, and Film

How the Individual Sessions Will Work

Each disciplinary session will have a dedicated Zoom meeting room for their discussion. Participants can access the page for the Zoom meeting rooms here, it is the same page where the videos and papers are posted. At the beginning of each session, a member of CSEES staff will be present to call the session to order and have participants introduce themselves. Then participants can breakup into smaller breakout rooms for discussions. There will not be a moderator or discussant to direct the conversation!

We realize that this is a bit of an unusual format but our goal is to use the time to foster discussion, not formal presentations. To that end, below we have created suggested subgroups for each disciplinary session to group similar topics together to encourage networking and discussions among individuals working on similar research.

1:00PM EST – History

 Balkan History and Identities

  • “We Are Not Sheep!”: Making a Border and the Politics of Ethnicity in Epirus, 1912-1913″, Christopher Kinley, Ohio State University, graduate student
  • “We Are Not Turks, but Descendants of the Pelasgians: Categories, Culture, and the Muslim Cams during the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange (1921-1928)”, Lediona Shahollari, University of Michigan, graduate student
  • “Postwar Ljubljana: Elite Transformation after First World War”, Irena Selišnik and Ana Cergol Paradiž, University of Ljubljana, faculty

Byzantine and Medieval Russian Texts

  • “Byzantine Demons in Ohrid: Creating a Slavic Antichrist”, Shawn McAvoy, Patrick Henry Community College, faculty
  • “Rereading Dracula as a Warning: Dark Humor and Political Philosophy in Fyodor Kuritsyn’s 1486 Skazanie o Drakule Voevode“, Stephan Sveshnikov, Saint Petersburg State University, graduate student
  • “Writing on the Knees (kolennoe pismo) in Medieval and Early Modern Russia”, Anna Belova, Saint Petersburg State University, graduate student

Early Soviet History

  • “Participation and Hierarchy in the State Grain Monopoly: Layered Responses to the Poor 1917 Harvest, Penza”, Peter Fraunholtz, Northeastern University, faculty
  • “American Protestantism and Russian Orthodoxy in Early Soviet Russia”, August Hagemann, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduate student
  • “Socialist Internationalist Education in the Soviet Union, 1965-1975”, Liana Kirillova, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, graduate student
  • “Red Army Veterans and Rural Elections in the 1920s Soviet Countryside”, Thomas Stevens, University of Pennsylvania, graduate student

Imperial Russia

  • “Off to the Train! Off to the Dacha! US Diplomats about Summer Vacations in the Russian Empire”, Svetlana Paulson, Southern Arkansas University, faculty
  • “The Town the Sitka Kwaan Built: Trade between the Tlingit and the Tsarist Empire in Novo-Arkhangel’sk, 1820-1830”, Michael Kraemer, Ohio State University, graduate student
  • “Variations on the Russian Imperial Idea: Land and People in Hunting Publications”, Mollie Cavender, Ohio State University, faculty

Military History

  • “The Polish Military During the Interwar Year: Myths, Misinformation, Reality”, Jacek Czarnecki, The City University of New York, faculty
  • “The Turbulent 1560s: Public Activity of the Petty East European Nobility”, Uladzimir Padalinski, Belarusian State University, faculty
  • “Why the Soviets Slept”, William Zadeskey, Ohio State University, graduate student

Understanding and Interpreting Socialism: Texts, Memories, and Sources

  • “Why Did Socialism Fail?”, Brian Porter-Szűcs, University of Michigan, faculty
  • “‘This dream, and the note it gave rise to’: The Historicity of Modal Historicism”, Heidi Goulding, Kellogg Community College, faculty

Institutional and Ideological Challenges in late Socialist and Post-1989 Periods

  • “Bulgarian Libraries After the Fall of Communism – A Tale of Resilience and Growth”, Stefka Tzanova, The City University of New York, faculty
  • “The Motherland Recalls: The Fall and Rise of the Kutaisi Glory Memorial”, Schuyler Neuhauser, independent scholar

2:00PM EST – Linguistics

  • “From Fiction to Reality: Sociolinguistic Situation of Montenegro and Montenegrin Language as Linguistic Reality”, Ljiljana Duraskovic, University of Pittsburgh, faculty
  • “Between the Censorship and the Interpretation: Translations of American Texts in the Inostrannaia Literatura in the Late 1970s”, Georgii Korotkov, independent scholar

3:00PM EST – Social Sciences

Foreign Policy

  • “Evolution of  Washington’s Strategic Goals in the Countries of Central Asia”, Zabikhulla Saipov, independent scholar
  • “Navigating States’ Interests in the EU’s Sanctions Policy: A Case Study of the Ukraine Crisis”, Nathan Kornfeind, Lafayette College, undergraduate student
  • “Russia’s Re-Entry into the Afghan Arena”, Dinoj Upadhyay and Athar Zafar, independent scholars
  • “The Demilitarization of Kaliningrad”, Helen McHenry, Ohio State University, undergraduate student

Governance Challenges in the Digital Age

  • “Investigating Economic Cyber-espionage in the Visegrád Four (V4) Countries”, Federica Cristani, Institute of International Relations in Prague, senior researcher
  • “Slovakia: Nationalist Propaganda and Disinformation Now & Then”, Jakub Šimkovič, University of Edinburgh, graduate student

Identity Formation

  • “Magzhan Zhumabaev and the Everlasting Bleeding Heart Of A Distant Brother”, Sureyya Yigit, New Vision University, faculty
  • “‘Do I Have a Motherland?’: Expressions of Udmurt Identity from the 1980s to Today”, Quentin Swaryczewski, Indiana University, graduate student
  • “Desire or Dejection? Russia’s Longing Gaze Cast toward the Hagia Sophia”, Mateusz Ferens, University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduate student
  • “West-Russism, Litvinism, and Aleksandr Lukashenko’s Hybrid Nationalist Rhetoric”, Marika Olijar, University of Pittsburgh, undergraduate student

Relationships, Communities, and Politics

  • “Fictive Kinship among Nationalist Politicians: State Capture through Kumstvo”, Keith Doubt, Wittenberg University, faculty
  • “Friendship Patterns as a Tool of both Integration and Community Building? The Preferences of the Russian Speakers in Switzerland in Terms of Friendship”, Léa Moreau, Université de Genève, graduate student

Russian and Ukrainian Domestic Politics

  • “The Rise of Populism in Contemporary Ukraine”, Jaro Bilocerkowycz, University of Dayton, faculty
  • “Assessment of Some Threats to Political Stability in Ukraine and Russian Federation 2035 on the Basis of a Simulation Model”, Mykola Polovyi, Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University, faculty

4:00PM EST – Literature, Culture, and Film

19th and 20th Century Russian Writers

  • “‘Manuscripts Don’t Burn’: A History of the Creation of Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov”, Natalie Guingrich, University of Maryland, undergraduate student
  • “The Voices of Grief: Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem as Lament for Female Victims of the Great Terror”, Oksana Husieva, University of Kansas, graduate student
  • “Tolstoy’s Realism: A Vehicle for His Pluralism”, Ayesha Suhail, independent scholar
  • “S. Bulgakov’s Dostoevsky“, Elizabeth Blake, Saint Louis University, faculty
  • “Vladimir Mayakovsky and Socialism in the USSR – A Critical Reading of The Bedbug and The Bathhouse“, Pedro Réquio, independent scholar


  • “Disidentification in Recent LGBTQ+ Polish Protest Art”, Ela Przybyło, Illinois State University, faculty
  • “Revolutionary Labor: Communism, Femininity, and Craft in Natalya Danko’s Woman Worker Embroidering a Banner“, Sydney Givens, Kent State University, graduate student
  • “The Intertwining of Neoclassicism and Romanticism in Karl Briullov’s Depictions of Women”, Kaytlynn Wintermute, Wright State University, undergraduate student
  • “The Scythian Stag in Contemporary Arts and Craft: Tuva and Abroad”, Katherine Leung, independent scholar

Children’s Literature and Literacy

  • “How Children Taught Adults to Be Good Communists: The Pedagogy of Revolution and the Revolutionary Pedagogy in the Works of Arkady Gaidar”, Victoria Buyanovskaya, University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduate student
  • “Narrative Strategies and Memory in Contemporary Russian Children’s Literature (The Raven’s Children by Yulia Yakovleva and Sugar Child by Olga Gromova)”, Sylwia Kamińska-Maciąg, University of Wrocław, faculty


  • “A Surviving Camera: Precarious Choreographies between Zagreb and Columbus”, Marjana Krajac, Ohio State University, graduate student
  • “Eurydice Undead: Balkan ‘feminine’ and Theo Angelopolous’ Ulysses’ Gaze“, Niko Lazetic, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, graduate student

Publications as Cultural Tools

  • “Ethnic Working-Class Tastes vs. Cultural Leaders’ Agenda in the 1930s”, Tim Pogačar, Bowling Green State University, faculty
  • “The Rise of Voronezh: The Journal Pod’em and the Literary Making of the Black Earth Region”, Philip Gleissner, Ohio State University, faculty
  • “Translation Strategies of Russian-Language News Media: Meduza’s Coverage of the Russian Constitutional Reform”, Ekaterina Tikhonyuk, Ohio State University, graduate student

Reception of Western Writers

  • “‘Watch Out! Here Comes Pipes!’: Soviet and Russian Press Responses to the Works and Career of Richard Pipes, 1958-2018”, James Brown, University of Northumbria, graduate student
  • “Metropolitan Greetings: Allen Ginsberg behind the Iron Curtain”, Michael Breger, Stanford University, graduate student

Science Fiction

  • “The Moscow Metro in Post-Soviet Science Fiction: From Omon Ra to Metro 2033“, Philip Decker, Princeton University, graduate student
  • “Collectives of Titans and Lonely Demiurges: Forging Nature in Early Platonov’s Science Fiction Tales”, Monica Puglia, Sassari University, graduate student
  • “From ‘Thingism’ to New Class Thing: ‘Re-education’ of the Material World in Early Soviet Science Fiction”, Marsel Khamitov, University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduate student
  • “The Scenography of Science Fiction”, Dan Matthews, The Ohio State University, faculty

Texts, Memory Studies, and Interpretations

  • “Black Humor under Stalin: What’s the Point?”, Alex Adams, Miami University, undergraduate student
  • “Witchcraft Past and Present: The History of the Memory of Magical Practice in Eastern Europe”, Sasha Stott, Indiana University, graduate student
  • “Ukrainian Literary Metamodernism: Formation of the Phenomenon in the National Socio-cultural Space”, Tetiana Grebeniuk, Zaporizhzhia State Medical University, faculty