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Conference Program: ALL THINGS LIVING AND NOT -An Interdisciplinary Conference on Non-Anthropocentric Perspectives in Slavic Studies!

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Non-Anthropocentric Perspectives in Slavic Studies
Conference Program
Columbia University
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2017
Things 1: The Vibrancy of Soviet Matter
NARIMAN SKAKOV – The Soviet Empire of Things: “Post-Formalist” Viktor Shklovsky on Matter and Commodities
TYLER ADKINS – “You Can’t Eat a Toyota”: Encounters with the (Post-)Soviet Thing-System
JULIANE FURST – Soviet Hippie Materiality, or Why Hippie Things and Late Socialism Were Made for Each Other
YULIA KARPOVA – Portraits of Things and Bioplasticity: Materialities of 1970s Soviet Decorative Art
Environment 1: New Vitalisms
Stream leader: JANE COSTLOW
MIEKA ERLEY – A Theory for the Post-Anthropocene? Soviet Vitalism and the New Materialism
ALEKSANDRA JACH – Naturecultures and the Avant-garde
ALEKSANDRA TATARSKY – Macaroni Cosmos and Pickle Politics
Bodies 1: (Bodily) Limits
Stream leader: OXANA TIMOFEEVA
JULIA VAINGURT – Unwholesome copies in Karel Capek’s RUR and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
ELENA FRATTO – Narrative Agency and the Pituitary Gland: Metabolic Storytelling in Mikhail Bulgakov’s “Heart of a Dog”
CHRISTOPHER CAES – Dying to See: Historical Trauma and the Posthuman in Zdzisław Beksiński
ANNA FISHZON – Animation and the Posthuman: Trauma, Queer Failure, and Creative Anthropomorphism in the Stagnation Era
5:00–6:30 PM – Keynote: EWA DOMANSKA – Ecological Humanities

Things 2: Affect and Things
VLADIMIR AND MARINA ABASHEV – “A piercing pity for the tin box in a waste patch…”: The Appeal of Things and the Human Response in Russian Culture
IRINA SCHULZKI – The Gesture of Things in the Films of Kira Muratova
SAMUEL NOVAK – Maria Janion and Object-Oriented Philosophy
Environment 2: Critical Ecologies
Stream leader: JANE COSTLOW
CATHY POPKIN – People Trees
COLLEEN MCQUILLEN – The Political Ecology of Coal Mining: from Historical to Vital Materialism in Aleksandr Kuprin’s Donbass Stories
LEONE MUSGRAVE – The Non-Human, the Anthropogenic, and the Autogenic in a Moment of Human Crisis: The North Caucasus Environment in Revolution and Civil War
Bodies 2: Extra-Human Socialities
Stream leader: OXANA TIMOFEEVA
LORRAINE WEEKES – Cyborg Body Politic: Estonian Data Embassies and the Immortal Nation
DIANA MINCYTE – Cows in Transition: Nature, State, and Animal Subjectivity in the 20th-Century Baltics
SERHII TERESHCHENKO – Cities against Humans: Life in the Abandoned Cities of Chornobyl’s Zone
Round-table Wrap-up with Stream Leaders and Keynote
Moderator: ELIZA ROSE


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