“Slavic DH: Samizdat and Alternative History” : Ann Komaromi
Centre for Comparative Literature
University of Toronto
“Slavic DH: Samizdat and Alternative History”
Alan Liu wrote about the changing job for humanists. He said: “Where once the job of literature and the arts was creativity, now, in an age of total innovation, I think it must be history.” Slavic scholars who treat the Soviet period may have a special perspective on history, its distortion and its recovery. Ann Komaromi will talk about how uncensored publication in “samizdat” facilitated the recovery of history in the Soviet Union. How may that work be related to our own mission as digital humanists? What might we recover of lost or marginalized history, and how could DH projects help bridge the divide between institutionalized history and grass-roots or citizen-led efforts?
(Samizdat copy of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, organized by Georgian dissident Zviad Gamsakhurdia.)