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February 2019

Carolina Seminar • Regionalism, Local Government, and the First Months of White Rule in Ekaterinburg, August-November 1918

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dakota Irvin will discuss a chapter of his dissertation, which looks at the febrile experience of state building on the local level during the Russian Civil War. The chapter examines attempts by anti-Bolshevik forces (Whites) in Ekaterinburg to reconstruct a functioning system of local government after eight months of Bolshevik rule and the “dictatorship of the proletariat.” Specifically, it focuses on the efforts by liberal Lev Krol’, who founded the Regional Provisional Government of the Urals, dedicated to establishing a…

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Russia’s Domestic Politics: Why is the Struggle Growing and What’s Next?

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Vladimir Putin won his reelection in March 2018 with a convincing margin, but now his regime is facing some the most difficult domestic challenges in the last twenty years. Why is that happening? How will Russian political elite resolve the succession issue? And what are the opportunities for the opposition in this changing environment? Leonid Volkov, chief of staff for Alexei Navalny, Russia’s main opposition leader, will address these questions in a broader context of Russia's domestic politics and its…

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March 2019

Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Carolina Seminar • Aeroflot’s Passengers Enter the Soviet Jet Age

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Like their counterparts in the West, Soviet citizens experienced the jet age in the air and on the ground. They walked through newly built, modernist terminals and boarded Tupolev and Ilyushin jets that dramatically shortened travel times—not a small change in a country with the world’s largest landmass. They complained about Aeroflot’s shortcomings from delayed flights and lost baggage to refund policies and getting bumped. And they consumed a steady stream of news and advertisements, as well as fiction and…

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Carolina Seminar • Anti-Religious Improvisation: The Separation of Church and State in Bolshevik Prison Camps

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Bolshevik regime that took power in 1917 aimed to construct a Marxist-Leninist version of socialism. The exigencies of civil war, the reality of being an unpopular workers' party in a largely agrarian country, and the uncertainties inherent in putting into praxis an untested ideology resulted in governing policies and practices that were often improvisational and contradictory in nature. This presentation explores the intersection of two such contradictions, concerning religion and imprisonment, by examining how Bolshevik penal authorities approached the…

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April 2019

Visegrad Talk • Universities as Elevators: Education and Migration of Human Capital in Slovakia

April 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Since 1990 there has been a sharp rise in the Slovak higher education sector. The number of students has increased fourfold, the number of universities has doubled, and new universities have been established in smaller towns. Despite this trend, Slovakia still faces emigration of the university-educated population. This has negative implications for the country's future economic development. This talk will address the key drivers of today's "brain drain" in the region, while analyzing the impact of individual characteristics, family background,…

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Hacks, Trolls, and Fake News: What’s Russia Got To Do With It?

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion examining media disinformation and manipulation strategies that have been attributed to and orchestrated by Russia vis-á-vis the U.S. and Ukraine. The panelists will address Russian Twitter bots, the state of media and journalism in contemporary Russia, and the mediated participation of non-state actors in the Russia-Ukraine conflict (pro-Russia/pro-Ukraine hacker collectives, etc.). Participants: Deen Freelon (UNC-CH), Vasily Gatov (University of Southern California), and Tanya Lokot (Dublin City University). Erinn Whitaker (CSEEES Fellow) will moderate the discussion. …

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Carolina Seminar • American Networks of the Czechoslovak Dissent in the 1970s and 1980s

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation will explore the American networks of Eastern European dissidents by highlighting interactions (and competition) with other important activist causes in the 1970s and 80s, such as human rights activism in general and more specifically the anti-apartheid movement and movement of international solidarity with the victims of Latin America’s military dictatorships. While examining how the “narrative strategies” of American dissident activists and journalists had informed Eastern European dissidents, Dr. Petra James will specifically address the coverage of dissident activities…

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Socially Mediated Visibility and Augmented Witnessing in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Protest

April 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ukraine's Euromaidan protest in 2013-2014 was a spectacular event that attracted significant media and public attention, due in no small part to the extensive use of social media by protesters. In this talk, based on ethnographic research conducted during and after the protest, Dr. Tanya Lokot will focus on how the protest's visibility and the witnessing practices of its participants were mediated by networked technologies such as Facebook and Twitter. Crucially, socially mediated witnessing of protests like Euromaidan provided for a "bottom-up" making…

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Visegrad Talk • Social Sciences and “Socialist Life Style” in Czechoslovakia 1968-1989

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Although Stalinist ideologues and artists highlighted the idea of “new socialist man” in the 1950s, and reform communist scholars critically explored the issues of consumerism and leisure under socialism in the 60s, it was a “consolidated” sociology after 1968 that made “socialist life style” a crucial research topic in social sciences and humanities. The research agenda was rigidly ideological, highlighting sharp dichotomies between socialist and capitalist societies while aiming to contribute to welfare and cultural policies of Czechoslovakia after the…

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