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Luke Fidler Receives $200 Jury Award
from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies

The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Luke Fidler as the recipient of the $200 Jury Prize from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 9th issue.

Vestnik encourages students to study any subject related to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Vestnik also encourages students to develop original ideas on their subject matter and to back those ideas with solid arguments and evidence drawn from original research.

In his work entitled "The Conscript and the Commander: The Pictorial Tradition in Sokurov’s Confession," Mr. Fidler examines in concise detail how techniques from painting and creative cinematography helped to turn a Russian documentary of military life in post-Soviet Russia into a captivating artistic film. Drawing from several established methodologies, and using concrete examples from the film, he describes the complex thought and matrix of influences that created this particular piece of art and how cinematography can hold the viewer's interest through an otherwise unorthodox (plotless) film.  

The Vestnik Editorial Board applauds Luke Fidler, currently an undergraduate at Reed College (USA), for describing complex material in a concise and accessible manner.

The board thanks also thanks the other contributors of this ninth issue of Vestnik, including Jeremy Bervoets, Ekaterina Hansen, Travis Vincent, and Samantha Danfora and Caitlin Jebens, for their hard work in working with the board and each other to revise and improve their papers to create this issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies.

The Call for Papers for our tenth issue will be announced shortly.

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