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Serguei Alex Oushakine
As an anthropologist who works in the humanities, I focus primarily on practices of cultural production and consumption. In particular, I am interested in exploring cultural recycling and retrofitting, and I have published extensively on aphasia, nostalgia, pastiches, reconstructions and imitations in contemporary Russian culture. I also study emotions. In my published work, I have analyzed the politics of pity, the patriotism of despair, and different forms of totalitarian (and less totalitarian) laughter.
My new research runs along two lines. I am becoming more engaged in the intellectual legacy of Russian radical modernism of the 1920s. This means, first of all, formalism and constructivism, but also includes productivism and faktography. I have forthcoming three-volume anthology The Formal Method (Формальный метод: Антология русского модернизма. Moscow-Ekaterinburg, 2016) that I edited as my first major step in this line of work. The second thematic focus of my research is on contemporary postcolonial theories, which I use to understand literature and visual arts that are taking shape in newly independent states. I have conducted extended fieldwork in Minsk and Bishkek to examine how post-Soviet states understand their own new national cultures.
I have edited or co-edited volumes on masculinity, family, and trauma. Also, I curated special clusters of essays on jokes and satire; cinematic emotions; objects of affection; eastern European intelligentsia; and postsocialist urbanism.
In 2009-2010, I published two co-edited volumes. Травма:Пункты[Trauma:Points], edited with Elena Trubina, includes thirty essays on history, ethnography, and theory of trauma written by authors from Canada, Great Britain, France, Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA. The second volume, In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia(co-edited with Costica Bradatan) presents thirteen essays that explore a link between Communism and intellectual production. In 2009-2010, I conducted my fieldwork in Minsk (Belarus) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) for my new book on postcolonialism in Eurasia. At the moment, I am preparing for publication a major anthology of Russian Formalists and Constructivists (in Russian).
Between Heaven and Hell: Myths and Memories of Siberia
Socialism with a Human Face: Daily Life under the Soviet Regime
The Future Is Now: Revolution and Utopia in Early Soviet Culture
(Co-taught with Devin Fore, German Department).
Value Added: Exchanges, Markets, Morality
Revolutionary Minds: Framing Russia’s Upheavals
Money: Equivalent, Value, and Symbol
Language and Subjectivity: Theories of Formation
Readings in Critical Theory (Co-taught with Nick Nesbitt, French Dept.)
Family as a Genre
Worlds of Form: Russian Formalists and Constructivists
From Ethnographic Fieldwork to Ethnographic Text
Communist Modernity: The Politics and Culture of Soviet Utopia
Totalitarian Laughter: Images – Sounds – Performers. A Special issue of Russian Literature co-edited by Serguei A. Oushakine and Dennis Ioffe. 2013, Vol. 74, Issues 1–2.