Theodora Patrona teaches literary courses at the School of English of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as special teaching fellow. She has published extensively on Greek American and Italian American literature and film, and regularly reviews for journals and sites abroad. Dr Patrona is the author of Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late Twentieth Century Greek American and Italian American Literature(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017), and coeditor of Redirecting Ethnic Singularity: Italian Americans and Greek Americans in Conversation (Fordham University Press, 2022). Dr Patrona is currently working on two projects, co-editing a volume on the unchartered cultural contribution of Greek American women and another one on the concept of the father in Italian American culture.
Sponsored By: The REEES Program at the Yale MacMillan Center and the Yale Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
After the full-scale Russian invasion, researchers in Ukraine – among many other things – were forced to reconsider their professional practices. The urgency of response to unprecedented events combined with the need to navigate numerous vulnerabilities, respond to ethical challenges, and follow principles of academic compliance. Natalia Otrishchenko will address all of these issues based on the experience of the international documentation initiative “24/02/22, 5 am,” launched in early March 2022 to document the war’s everydayness through personal stories of internally displaced people and volunteers.
Natalia Otrishchenko is a research fellow at the Center for Urban History in Lviv and an associate researcher at the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (2015, Institute of Sociology, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). Since March 2022, Natalia has led the Ukrainian team within the “24/02/22, 5 am” international documentation initiative. This Fall, she is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, Columbia University. Natalia is interested in qualitative research methods, oral history, as well as urban sociology, spatial and social transformations after state socialism.
EVENT #2: SWEET RUINS: INFRASTRUCTURES OF THE SOCIALIST ANTHROPOCENE | Thursday, December 8, 2022, 12:00pm ET
DR. MAJA FOWKES AND DR. REUBEN FOWKES
ART HISTORIANS, CURATORS AND CO-DIRECTORS OF THE POSTSOCIALIST ART CENTRE (PACT), THE UCL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES
Sweet Ruins: Infrastructures of the Socialist Anthropocene
The hollowed-out spaces of derelict sugar factories documented by Slovak artist Ilona Németh in the project Eastern Sugar (2018-21) register the social impact of deindustrialization and symbolize the broken promises of the post-communist transition. The demise of the East European sugar industry also raises questions about the disappearance of the culture, lifestyles, as well as attitudes and practices towards the natural world, that grew up alongside socialist infrastructures. What can be learned from the ruins of sugar factories about the distinctive socialist path through the Anthropocene and what parallels can be drawn between the rise and fall of northern sugar beet and the social and environmental histories of southern sugar cane?
Dr. Maja Fowkes and Dr. Reuben Fowkes are art historians, curators and co-directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies. Their publications include Art and Climate Change (Thames & Hudson, 2022), Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (Thames & Hudson, 2020) and Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar (Sternberg Press, 2021). Recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions “Colliding Epistemes” at Bozar Brussels (2022) and “Potential Agrarianisms” at Kunsthalle Bratislava (2021). Their research on the “Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts” is supported by a UKRI Frontier Research grant.
Virtual/Zoom Register: https://bit.ly/3EWmtcD
Robert Braun, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Political Science, University of California - Berkeley
Professor Braun’s research focuses on civil society and intergroup relationships in times of social upheaval and has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the Annual Review of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society and Social Forces. His first book “Protectors of Pluralism” tries to explain why some local communities step up to protect victims of mass persecution while others refrain from doing so and is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. his second book project, “Bogeymen”, traces the evolution of fear in Central Europe throughout the 19th and 20th century by studying the spread of frightful figures in children’s stories.
Professor Briggs is an expert on U.S. and international child welfare policy and on transnational and transracial adoption. Briggs’ most recent book, Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press, 2020), examines the 400-year-old history of the United States’ use of taking children from marginalized communities—from the taking of Black and Native children during America’s founding to the Donald Trump’s policy of family separation for Central American migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border—as a violent tool for political ends.
HISTORIAN AND CURATOR, ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS / TALLINN UNIVERSITY
“DE-PROVINCIALIZING ENVIRONMENTALISM IN EASTERN EUROPEAN ART (HISTORY): THE CASE OF SOVIET ESTONIA”
ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF VIDEO & FILM, E-FLUX
“ANTHROPOCENE VISUALITY IN TIMES AFTER NATURE: A CASE STUDY OF ‘ACID FOREST’”
VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGIST, UNIVERSITY OF BERN
“TUNING SOLARIS: FROM THE DARKNESS OF A SHOPPING MALL TOWARDS POST-HUMANIST CINEMA”
Linda Kaljundi is a historian and curator, Professor of Cultural history at Estonian Academy of Arts and Senior Research Fellow at Tallinn University in the framework of the research project “Estonian environmentalism in the long twentieth century”. She has published and edited a number of texts on medieval and early modern history and historiography, cultural memory and nation building in the Baltic region, as well as the history of environment and scientific illustration. In addition, she has curated exhibitions examining the role of visual culture in the constructions of identity, memory, and colonialism. She also is a member of KAJAK, Estonian Centre for Environmental History.
Lukas Brasiskis is an associate curator of film at e-flux. He holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University and is an adjunct lecturer at NYU and CUNY/Brooklyn College. His scholarly and curatorial interests include eco-media and eco-film (with a focus on the potentials and limitations of mediation of the ecological crisis), world cinema within and beyond the modernist canon, histories of experimental film, aesthetics and infrastructures of the artists’ moving-image and intersections between cinema and contemporary art worlds
Pavel Borecký (Prague, 1986) is a social anthropologist, audiovisual ethnographer and film curator. His latest films “Solaris” (2015) and “In the Devil’s Garden” (2018) focused on Estonia’s consumption culture and decolonisation in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, respectively. In 2020, Pavel finished the feature ecographic documentary on the unfolding water crisis in Jordan. “Living Water” later travelled to film festivals such as Ji.hlava, Movies that Matter, DokuFest, Visions du Réel and CPH:DOX.
Virtual/Zoom Registration: https://bit.ly/VisionsOfEcology3
On November 9, 2022, please join the Fortunoff Archive, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the Baltic Studies Program for The Shoah in Lithuania: A Different Approach; New Insights, presented by Dr. Christoph Dieckmann (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute). Timothy Snyder (Richard C. Levin Professor of History and faculty advisor to the Fortunoff Archive) will introduce the program and Bradley Woodworth (Baltic Studies Program Manager) will provide comments.
About 420,000 people were murdered during the German occupation of Lithuania 1941-1944. Almost half of the victims were Jews, close to 200,000 from Lithuania in the borders of 1941 and 5,800 Jews from Germany, Austria and France. About 170,000 Soviet Prisoners of War were shot and starved, mostly during the first nine months of occupation. Dieckmann takes a new look at the relation between warfare, occupation policy and mass crimes. Working with hardly-known German and Lithuanian sources, the context of decisions for mass crimes and the Shoah might become both more complicated and clearer.
Dr. Christoph Dieckmann is the William Rosenberg Senior Scholar at the Fortunoff Video Archive. He taught Modern European History at Keele University, United Kingdom, researched Yiddish historiography of the Russian Civil War at the Fritz Bauer Institut in Frankfurt am Main, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern on the project “Sounds of anti-Jewish Persecution.” At present he is teaching – mostly via Zoom – at Haifa University in the Weiss-Livnat International Program of Holocaust Studies. His study Deutsche Besatzungspolitik in Litauen 1941-1944 [German Occupation Policy in Lithuania 1941-1944] was published in 2011 and was awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research in 2012. He co-edited the Deskcalendar Heinrich Himmlers 1941/42 (Hamburg 1999), and has published on ghettos (2009) and the impact of German warfare on mass crimes (2015). His latest publications include 2021’s How Did It Happen? Understanding the Holocaust Lithuanian with author Ruta Vanagaite, based on a series of talks with Dieckmann on the common history of Germany and Lithuania in Europe during the Shoah. In spring 2022, Dieckmann and Arkadi Zeltser edited Distrust, Animosity, Solidarity, a book by Yad Vashem Publications on the relation of Jews and Non-Jews during the Shoah in the Soviet Union.
The European Studies Council and the Yale REEES Program present Gabriella Safran, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies, Stanford University, on
“The Idea of a Fundamental Opposition between Russia and “the West”: Literature, Politics, Nineteenth-Century Listening”
Location: HQ Rm 107, 320 York St.
Bio: Gabriella Safran teaches in the Slavic Department at Stanford, where she is the Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies. She is a specialist in late imperial Russian and Yiddish literatures, folklore, and lexicography. Her recent books include Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-sky (Harvard, 2010), the co-edited volume The Whole World in a Book: Dictionaries in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford, 2019), and Recording Russia: Trying to Listen in the Nineteenth Century (Cornell, 2022). She is now working on a new project about the transnational rise of the notion of Jewish voice as comical.
The EU Studies Program welcomes Secretary-General Klaus Welle, of the European Parliament to Yale University to present on “Europe and the War in Ukraine: Russia’s Intent and Impacts on the EU System and Transatlantic Relations”
In person: Luce Hall, Rm 202, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
Virtual Registration/Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/YaleEUNov1
Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament, will talk about the politics of Russia’s war on Ukraine - looking why President Putin launched the war, what he hopes to achieve both in Europe and in shifting the wider geopolitical balance, how the war is changing the policies and institutions of the European Union, and what the implications are for the future of Transatlantic relations. After opening remarks, he will be happy to take questions on the Ukraine war and other aspects of contemporary European politics.
Klaus Welle has been Secretary General of the European Parliament, a key administrative post in the European Union political system in Brussels , since 2009. He previously served as chief of staff to the President of the European Parliament, as Director General for EU Internal Policies in the Parliament’s administration, and as Secretary General successively of the (center-right) European People’s Party (EPP) transnational political party and of the EPP political group in the European Parliament. Mr Welle started his career as a banker and then became head of European and foreign policy at the headquarters of the CDU party in Germany, working closely with then Chancellor Helmut Kohl. He is also a visiting professor in European politics at KU Leuven University in Belgium.
This lecture is generously supported by: George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture Fund in International Studies at the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Co-Sponsored by the Yale MacMillan Center’s Program on EU Studies and the European Studies Council
This event is postponed when the author can resume her tour in the US again.
The European Studies Council at the Yale MacMillan Center presents Reading Ukraine: New Ukrainian Books Presentation Series.
In Conversation with Marianna Kiyanovska, Award-winning Ukrainian writer, translator, literary scholar, public figure, and Marta Kuzma, Professor of Art, Yale University on ‘The Voices of Babyn Yar’
In person: Horchow Hall, GM Room, 55 Hillhouse Ave.
Virtual Registration/Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/YaleUkraineBooks11-18
Co-Sponsored by: International Security Studies | Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Program | Ukrainian House | Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures | Yale Translation Initiative
With this collection of stirring poems the award-winning Ukrainian poet honors the victims of the Holocaust by writing their stories of horror, death, and survival in their own imagined voices. Artful and carefully intoned, the poems convey the experiences of ordinary civilians going through unbearable events leading to the massacre at Kyiv’s Babyn Yar from a first-person perspective to an effect that is simultaneously immersive and estranging. While conceived as a tribute to the fallen, the book raises difficult questions about memory, responsibility, and commemoration of those who had witnessed an evil that verges on the unspeakable. Translated by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky
Bio: Marianna Kiyanovska, Award-winning Ukrainian writer, translator, literary scholar, and public figure whose works have been translated into eighteen languages. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, prose, and literary translation. A winner of the Vilenica International Literary Festival and the CEI Fellowship (2007), she was also awarded the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture in Poland (2013). In 2020, she was recognized with the prestigious Taras Shevchenko Prize for The Voices of Babyn Yar.