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An Interview With Marie Yovanovitch
April 14, 2022

Interview Conducted by Danielle Ranucci

 

On April 12, alumna Marie Yovanovitch visited Princeton to speak about her new memoir, Lessons From the Edge in an event sponsored by the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

The Slavic Department and the Program in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies express solidarity with Ukraine
Feb. 28, 2022

In 1908, in response to the senseless slaughter of peasants by tsarist authorities, Leo Tolstoy wrote “I cannot be silent!” We cannot stay silent now. The war in Ukraine is an assault against the human values of justice and freedom. This is a war against the historic friendship and shared cultural legacy of the Ukrainian and Russian peoples…

Congratulations Liza Mankovskaya for a succesful FPO!
Feb. 28, 2022

The dissertation is entitled, "Under Construction: Time, Space and Embodied Work in Soviet Narratives About Construction Post-Stalin".

Congratulations!

Medical Storyworlds: Health, Illness, and Bodies in Russian and European Literature - 2/23 @6pm - livestream panel
Jan. 31, 2022

Elena Fratto, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Harriet Murav, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Jacob Emery, Indiana University Bloomington

Though often seen as scientific or objective, medicine has a fundamentally narrative aspect. Much like how an author constructs meaning around fictional…

КАК СДЕЛАН «НОС»: СТИЛИСТИЧЕСКИЙ И КРИТИЧЕСКИЙ КОММЕНТАРИЙ К ПОВЕСТИ Н. В. ГОГОЛЯ.
Jan. 24, 2022

КАК СДЕЛАН «НОС»: СТИЛИСТИЧЕСКИЙ И КРИТИЧЕСКИЙ КОММЕНТАРИЙ К ПОВЕСТИ Н. В. ГОГОЛЯ. 

“В этой книге повесть «Нос» предстает с неожиданной стороны. Ксана Бланк анализирует многочисленные примеры языковой игры Гоголя, в первую очередь деформации идиом и актуализации их буквальных значений, и…

Faculty Author Q&A: Elena Fratto on “Medical Storyworlds”
Jan. 14, 2022

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Elena Fratto is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She has received Humanities Council Magic Grants for Innovation to develop team-taught medical humanities courses and…

Pushkin not Putin: Depoliticizing the Russian language
Nov. 22, 2021

See the article in the Daily Princetonian by Genrietta Churbanova about the Slavic Department at Princeton University!

https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2021/11/russian-language-depo…

 

Professor Elena Fratto publishes “Medical Storyworlds: Health, Illness, and Bodies in Russian and European Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
Nov. 2, 2021

Congratulations Professor Fratto!

Though often seen as scientific or objective, medicine has a fundamentally narrative aspect. Much like how an author constructs meaning around fictional events, a doctor or patient narrates the course of an illness and treatment. In what ways have literary and medical storytelling intersected with and…

October 28th Kruzhok: Elena Fratto - "Metabolic Modernities"
Oct. 29, 2021

A wonderful turnout for Kruzhok where Professor Elena Fratto discussed, "Metabolic Modernities"

Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies trip to The Metropolitan Opera for Boris Godunov performance
Oct. 13, 2021

The Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies sponsored a trip to The Metropolitan Opera to see a matinee performance of Boris Godunov on Saturday, October 9th.

A wonderful time was had by all!

The First Meeting of Slavic Kruzhok: Professor Morrison’s “Overture”
Sept. 24, 2021

The Slavic Department once again partners with the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies for Kruzhok!

September 23, 2021.

 

 

The Slavic Department welcomes back students and faculty in person for AY 2022!
Sept. 13, 2021

Welcome back reception for students, faculty and staff on Friday, September 10th, 2011.

Victoria Juharyan is appointed a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Russian and German at UC Davis
Sept. 3, 2021

Victoria Juharyan has been appointed a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Russian and German at UC Davis. She was formerly a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh, a visiting assistant professor of Russian and a graduate school instructor at Davis School…

Natalia Plagmann accepts a teaching position at the University of Colorado Boulder
Aug. 18, 2021

Natalia Plagmann will join the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado Boulder as an Assistant Teaching Professor this Fall. At CU Boulder, she will be teaching courses in Russian language, literature, and culture.

Congratulations, Natalia!

Gabriella Ferrari publishes article in the Russian Review
July 13, 2021

Click here for link to article: (Dis)play: Paper Showrooms of Soviet Labor

Congratulations, Gabriella!

Gabriella Ferrari publishes article in Novoe Literaturnoe Obozreniie
June 3, 2021

Gabriella Ferrari publishes her article on the work of the contemporary Russian artist Irina Nakhova in Novoe Literaturnoe Obozreniie. 

The article can be found

Lev Nikulin accepts position at Swarthmore College
May 11, 2021

Lev Nikulin will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Swarthmore College for the academic year 2021-2022. Congratulations, Lev!

Congratulations to Lidia Tripiccione, winner of the ASEEES Dissertation grant!
May 6, 2021

Information about this grant can be found on the ASEEES website

Final Public Oral for David Hock - Monday April 19@10am EST
April 14, 2021

The Graduate School hereby authorizes the department to conduct the Final Public Oral Examination of:

David Hock

Monday, 4/19/2021 at 10:00 AM (EST)

"From a Space Out of Time: Russian Poetry and Aesthetic Ideology after the Soviet Union"

Laura Matthews recieves Graduate School Teaching Award!
April 7, 2021

Congratulations, Laura!

Ksana Blank publishes “The Nose”: A Stylistic and Critical Companion to Nikolai Gogol’s Story
Feb. 1, 2021
“The Nose”: A Stylistic and Critical Companion to Nikolai Gogol’s Story

This literary guide leads students with advanced knowledge of Russian as well as experienced scholars through the text of Nikolai Gogol’s absurdist masterpiece “The Nose.” Part I focuses on numerous instances of the writer’s wordplay, which is meant to…

Nikolai Alekseevich Bogomolov dies at age 69
Nov. 22, 2020

With great sadness, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures announces the passing of Nikolai Alekseevich Bogomolov, one of the greatest literary scholars of our time. Nikolai Alekseevich passed away on 20 November 2020 in Moscow at the age of 69, a victim of the coronavirus.

Since 1994 Nikolai Alekseevich was the chair of…

Congratulations to Olga Hasty for Best Book award!
Nov. 9, 2020

Olga Peters Hasty’s How Women Must Write: Inventing the Russian Woman Poet (Northwestern University Press, 2019) is the 2020 recipient of the Association of Women in Slavic Studies Barbara Heldt Prize for Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's and Gender Studies.

Congratulations to Michael Wachtel on his Festschrift!
Oct. 5, 2020

"In his 'Defense of Poetry,' Shelley wrote that "it is impossible to read the compositions of the most celebrated writers of the present day without being startled with the electric life which burns within their words. They measure the circumference and sound the depths of human nature with a comprehensive and all-penetrating spirit, and they…

NEW: Ilya Vinitsky. War and Pestilence: The Epidemiological Motif in L. N. Tolstoy’s Historical Epic
March 29, 2020

Ilya Vinitsky. War and Pestilence: The Epidemiological Motif in L. N. Tolstoy’s Historical Epic

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Congratulations to recent Ph.D.s Lindsay Ceballos and Emily Wang!
March 2, 2020

Congratulations to recent Ph.D.s Lindsay Ceballos (Lafayette College) and Emily Wang (Notre Dame), who have both been awarded fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year from the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS).

 

 

Russian Language Table
Feb. 5, 2020

The spring semester Russian Table will meet at Rockefeller College on Wednesdays at 6:30pm with grad student Eva Troje.

Congratulations Doctor Lev Nikulin!
Jan. 16, 2020
Lev Nikulin successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Fear Obscured: The Apophatic Horror of Nikolai Gogol" on Wednesday, January 15th. Lev will spend the spring semester at Princeton as a lecturer teaching a new course entitled, "Horror…
Students in the fall urban studies research seminar visit Moscow
Dec. 17, 2019

Students in the fall urban studies research seminar delved into historical accounts, literary works, art and film that captured the communities and landmarks of two cities — New York and Moscow. During fall break, the class traveled to Moscow. Pictured: The group visits Red Square, with the famous landmark of St. Basil’s Cathedral, now a museum…

Congratulations to Michael Wachtel and Philip Gleissner for publication of a new book!
May 16, 2019

Vjačeslav Ivanov und seine deutschsprachigen Verleger: Eine Chronik in Briefen. Berlin: Peter Lang Verlag, 2019.

 

 

Slavic major Leora Eisenberg is the recipient of the first place prize for her Slavic Junior Paper in the Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal!
April 15, 2019

Slavic major Leora Eisenberg is the recipient of the first place prize for her Slavic Junior Paper in the Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal.

Congratulations, Leora!

Professor Ilya Vinitsky has received a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship!
April 10, 2019

For the period of the 2019-2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, Ilya Vinitsky will work on his new research project on the cultural biography and political imagination of Ivan Narodny, a Russian-Estonian-American “revolutionist,” arms dealer, journalist, writer, art critic and promoter. The “founder” of the “United States of Russia” and the author of…

Serguei Oushakine receives 2019 AATSEEL prize for “Distinguished Contribution to the Profession”
Feb. 13, 2019

The Slavic Department congratulates Serguei Oushakine for receiving the 2019 AATSEEL prize for “Distinguished Contribution to the Profession”

Congratulations Serguei!

Herman S. Ermolaev, Slavic Professor Emeritus, dies at the age of 94
Feb. 7, 2019

Herman Ermolaev — known to his colleagues as “German Sergeevich” — passed away on January 6, 2019 at the age of 94. Herman had an extraordinary life; he experienced many of the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century and made them the focus of his voluminous scholarship.

            Herman was born in Tomsk, Siberia, in 1924, but…

Russian Language Table
Feb. 6, 2019

The spring semester Russian Table will meet at Wilson College on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 PM.

Congratulations Doctor Massimo Balloni!
Feb. 5, 2019

Massimo Balloni successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "For and Encyclopedia of the Living: Collective Creativity and the Early Soviet Novel" on Monday, January 28th. Massimo will spend the spring semester at Princeton as a Postgraduate Research Assistant.

Count of Sardinia: Dmitrii Khvostov and Russian Culture (by Ilya Vinitsky) receives a 2018 Marc Raeff's Book Prize
Dec. 10, 2018

Ilya Vinitsky's book Count of Sardinia: Dmitrii Khvostov and Russian Culture (Moscow: NLO, 2017) received a 2018 Marc Raeff's Book Prize of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association. The prize is awarded "for a publication that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for understanding Imperial Russia during the long…

ASEEES Spotlight: Katherine Hill Reischl
Nov. 30, 2018

Asst. Professor Katherine M.H. Reishel is featured in the current ASEEES Spotlight.

When did you first develop an interest in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies?

My interest in Slavic studies began with stumbling upon a used copy of Anna Karenina,…

"Digitally Mapping Eastern Europe."
Sept. 27, 2018

In late August, eight Princeton scholars - undergraduates, grad students, faculty and staff - spent a week in the town of Marburg, Germany attending an intensive workshop on digital mapping. “Digitally Mapping Eastern Europe,” co-hosted by Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities, the

ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program - Fiona Bell, class of 2018
Sept. 17, 2018

The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is designed to facilitate and establish a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project…

Philip Gleissner to become Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University
July 18, 2018

After the successful Final Public Oral of his dissertation, "Through Thick and Thin: The Social Life of Journals under Late Socialism" on July 13th 2018, Phil will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University in September.

Congratulations, Phil!

Explore Heritage Russian at Princeton!
March 13, 2018

Click here for information on Heritage Russian language courses, and see if they are right for you.

Russian Language Table
Feb. 7, 2018
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The Russian Table will meet at Wilson College on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 PM.

Charles "Mackey" Swank accepts AATSEEL award for best translation!
Feb. 5, 2018

Charles "Mackey" Swank accepts AATSEEL award for best translation!

Congratulations Mackey!

Gor, Gennady; Maksimov Dmitry; Rudakov, Sergey; Sterligov, Vldimir; Zaltsman, Pavel. Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad. Ed. Polina Barskova. New York: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016. Translated by Anand Dibble, Ben…

Slavic PhD candidate Victoria Juharyan 's successful FPO defense - Monday, January 29th
Feb. 1, 2018

Congratulations Victoria!

The dissertation is entitled, "The Cognitive Value of Love in Tolstoy: a Study in Aesthetics"

 

Letters and Dreams: A senior thesis performance
Jan. 8, 2018

Fiona Bell’s Senior thesis performance: January 11th, 12th and 13th – Whitman Theater

Letters and Dreams tells the story of two female Russian poets, Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva, who began their careers performing in the cafés of Imperial Russia. As the 20th century unfolds, their relationship evolves through a series…

PIIRS Global Seminar - Moscow: Culture, History, Politics
Nov. 1, 2016
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About the Seminar:

Moscow, Russia: June 10 - July 22, 2017

This seminar explores the history, culture and politics of Moscow, a metropolis of 12 million that is at once the capital of the Russian Federation and a state of its own, distinct from the rest of the country and the world. Moscow is Russia, even as it stands apart. Its…

Introducing 5 New Faculty Members. Welcome to Princeton!
July 1, 2016
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We are pleased to introduce 5 new faces into the Slavic Department for the new academic year. They are: Ilya Vinitsky (Professor), Irina Sandomirskaja  (Visiting Professor), Elena Fratto (Assistant Professor), 

Alisa Ballard to be Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University
May 1, 2016
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Alisa Ballard has accepted a position as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University, beginning in August 2016. She will defend her dissertation, The Actor's Consciousness in Russian Modernist Philosophy of Theater, on July 13. In fall 2016 she will be teaching "Masterpieces…

Emily Wang to be Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Southern California
May 1, 2016
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Beginning this August, Emily Wang will be a member of the inaugural cohort Postdoctoral Fellows in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Southern California. She will also be affiliated with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research focuses on Russian literature from the nineteenth and twentieth…

Denis Zhernokleyev to be new lecturer at Vanderbilt University
May 1, 2016
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Denis Zhernokleyev will be starting as a lecturer at Vanderbilt University in the fall.

Congratulations, Denis!

Michael Wachtel receives Behrman Award for the Humanities
May 1, 2016
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Michael Wachtel, professor of Slavic languages and Literatures and department chair since 2011, has been on the Princeton faculty since 1990. He is also affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature.

Wachtel is an authority on Russian poetry from…

Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy (Graduate Student Conference)
Oct. 1, 2015
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Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy (Graduate Student Conference)

Event date: Friday, October 16, - Saturday October 17

Event location: McCormick 106

Website: insearchoflostsynergy.wordpress.com

Class of 2015 Slavic Graduates
May 1, 2015
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Congratulations to our (very stylish) class of 2015 Slavic Language and Literature graduates!

From left to right: Claudia Kelley, Morgan Nelson, Marcos Cisneros, Robin Palmer, Jake Robertson

(not pictured: Fabiola Pina)

Russian Masterworks: Music and Poetry Classics - Thursday March 19th and Sunday March 22nd
Feb. 1, 2015
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Post-Concert Poetry Reading with Slavic Graduate Student Victoria Juharyan!

 

Dr. Henry Robert Hedrick, 1st Princeton University Slavic Ph.D (1966)
Oct. 1, 2014
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Dr. Henry Robert Hedrick, the first person ever to be awarded the Ph.D in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton in 1966 visits the Department. Dr. Hedrick's dissertation title was "The poetry of Derzhavin". Pictured are Professor and chair Michael Wachtel, Dr. Hedrick, Professor Caryl Emerson and Professor Ellen Chances.

Dr…

Kat Hill Reischl (Ph.D. University of Chicago) joins the Slavic department faculty in fall 2014.
April 1, 2014
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Kat Hill Reischl (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is delighted to be joining the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor in Fall 2014. Her areas of expertise include 20th century Russian/Soviet literature and art, the history of photography, and media theory. In the coming year, she will be teaching Photography and…

Slavic Professor Serguei A. Oushakine is recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2014
April 1, 2014
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JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

2014 Fellows - United States and Canada
Since 1925 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has annually offered Fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields. This year, after considering the recommendations of panels and juries consisting of hundreds of…