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THE NEWSLETTER >> SEPTEMBER, 2013 - POST-SOVIET NATIONALISM, SOVIET CULTURE

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadline for Spring, 2014: October 31, 2013!

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The loss of national identity was just one problem faced by the former inhabitants of the Soviet Union after the country's fall. All of the newly created states were multiethnic. In most, ethnicities that had once been minorities within the USSR found themselves the majority in their new states.

These "titular ethnicities" quickly sought to solidify their linguistic and cultural rights, citing decades of what many considered oppression by the Russian-majority Soviet state. The new wave of nationalism caused panic for many minorities, as they feared even greater repression of their own rights under the new states.

The resulting struggles aggravated – and were aggravated by – numerous other problems facing these post-collapse states: pensions, savings, and even health care in many areas vanished; new national borders cut transportation networks and separated families; national economies faltered or failed. The result was fierce political competition, deadlock, or, in the worst but not uncommon cases, civil war and extended "frozen conflicts."

This new, joint issue of The SRAS Newsletter and Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, presents new, extraordinary student research into these and other issues: nationalism and national identity in Russia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine, as well as research into the Soviet culture that preceded their independence. You'll also find our usual installments on modern Russian culture, a focus on sexual minorities in Russia, a Russian MiniLesson on post-Soviet back-to-school traditions, and information on new books and other important current events. 

We hope you will find this issue interesting and informative. Share it with your friends, classmates, and colleagues if you do!

 

In this month's newsletter:

- National Identity   - Programs   -  Koroche!
- Language and Culture     - Books
Primary Documents

 

Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by December 20, 2013.

Vestnik - Issue 14, Winter, 2013
In this, its fourteenth issue, Vestnik brings you a articles on Soviet culture and the post-Soviet search for identity.


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- Feature: National Identity -

Navalny: Modern Liberal Nationalism
Alexey Navalny's platform for his recent run for Mayor of Moscow has been translated by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Caroline Barrow.

Russia's "Gay Propaganda" Law
Russia's recent law on "homosexual propaganda" has been translated by SRAS graduate Erin Decker and presented with an informative introduction.

An Oral Account of Yurt Making in Kyzyl-Too, Kyrgyzstan
Yurt construction is now a healthy expression of national identity and a growing source of revenue for Kyrgyzstan, SRAS graduate Gabrielle Randall writes.

Rodina: A Returning Force for Russian Nationalism
Once one of Russia's strongest nationalist parties, Rodina is returning to Russian politics. SRAS Home and Abroad Scholars have joined forces to translate their new platform and write a new, informative history of the party.

Ukraine's Party of Regions
Ukraine's Party of Regions is criticized as pro-Russian and even as supportive of Russian nationalists in Ukraine. Read their platform in a new translation by SRAS graduate Jordan Bryant and a new history of the party by SRAS graduate Michael Smetzer.

Yulia Tymoshenko: Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party
The Batkivshchyna political platform mixes populist social programs, criticisms of capitalism and corruption, and Ukrainian nationalist zeal. SRAS graduate Jordan Bryant has translated that platform and SRAS graduate Michael Smetzer has provided a new, conscise history of the party.

Related Vestnik Articles:

Vestnik: Nationalist Thought in Contemporary Russia
Chris Dunnett, a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University, compares the Russian nationalism of late-20th century novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn with that of the modern, influential political scientist Alexander Dugin.

Vestnik: Romanian Nationalism in Moldova
SRAS graduate Marin Ekstrom, a junior at the College of St. Scholastica, explores the rise and fall of Romanian nationalism in Moldova from 1988–1994.

Vestnik: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban
Abigail Stowe-Thurston, a sophomore at Macalester College, writes of the ethical implications of the American adoption ban that some argue is, in part, another manifestation of Russia's resurgent nationalism. 


- Programs - 

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will critically consider the modern problems of governance that face multiethnic states. Students will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience they gain on the ground in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia.

Russian Studies Abroad
Intense language study and cultural immersion are combined with courses in history, politics, literature, and economics. Students will gain wider, fuller, first-hand perspectives on Russia for future careers in government, business, or academics.

The Russians: A Developmental History of a National Psyche
The Russians is an innovative course that explores the Russian mindset, historical experience, and world view through Russian culture. Students will analyze books and films, experience the banya and the dacha, and meet Russians to discuss life in modern Russia.

Moscow: New SRAS Video!
Moscow is Russia's Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. Students interested in business and politics will find the contacts they can make in Moscow to be invaluable to their future careers.

- Russian as a Second Language
- Research Travel Services
- Funding for Study in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan
- Faculty Led Travel to Russia
- The Link Between Foreign Languages and STEM Fields


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5 
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Enrolling in Elementary School
Our back-to-school Mini-Lesson looks at starting elementary school in Russia!

Teaching Via Teleconference
Andrea Lanoux of Connecticut College has helped develop a new course by teleconference in which students in Connecticut learned with - and from - Russian students in St. Petersburg. This article details her experience. For those going to the ASEEES National Convention in Boston this year, look for her roundtable, "Digital Spaces East-West: Journals, Blogs, and Educational Projects" on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

VESTNIK: The Control of Semantic Space
Ethan McKown, a senior at the University of Montana, explains how Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog (1925) challenge the Stalinist vision of controlled cultural space.

VESTNIK: How and Why Did the Focus of Samizdat Shift?
SRAS graduate Rina Hay, now a graduate student at Oxford University, shows how the samizdat movement changed throughout its history and what it can tell us about the wider context of Soviet society.

VESTNIK: The Paradoxes of Vladimir Mayakovsky
Elizabeth Dacquisto, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, shows how the collective legacy of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky has been influenced by fact and fiction from various sources.

- 28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand
- Of Sand and Fur: To What Degree is Assimilation Possible? 


 Never Too Many Books!

Holy_Russia The Orthodox Church and Russian Nationalism Before the Revolution

Russian_Foreign_Policy Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity

4th_Political_Theory Dugin, largely unknown in the West, is influential with Russian policy makers.

CommunismWhy Communism Did Not Collapse
Ukrainian_textbook Ukrainian through its Living Culture: Advanced Level Language Texbook

Formaion_Soviet_Union The Formaion of the Soviet Union: Communism and Nationalism, 1917-1923


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- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

How Painful was the Soviet Union's Collapse?
"Young people tend to forget that the Soviet Union existed, that the Soviet Union was a real entity, and we have not given enough thought to how painful its collapse was. Maybe not for certain groups, but certainly for people who really thought they were citizens of this country and then suddenly they were thrown off, to drift away at sea, not knowing where they were heading, and with much fewer opportunities in many cases."

Russia Will Help Syria in Case of External Aggression
A military action against Syria will have a highly deplorable impact on international security at large, Putin emphasized.

Russia Lobbies For Syria to Handover Chemical Weapons
Syria said it welcomed a Russian proposal that it hand over chemical weapons to be destroyed, without saying whether it would comply, as opponents of a military strike against Syria leapt at the chance for another delay to possible U.S. attack.

Collapse of Health Care after the Collapse of the USSR
The collapse of the USSR had profound consequences for the lives of those living in the newly independent countries that emerged in 1991. These consequences are still being felt, over two decades later.  

Priorities of Russia's G20 presidency in 2013
The core objective of the Russian Presidency is to concentrate the efforts of G20 - forum of the world's largest economies - on developing a set of measures aimed at boosting sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and jobs creation around the world. 

Other Scholars: LGBT Studies in Russia
This issue of NewsNet is a PDF of 5.4 MB. The article on LGBT studies in Russia starts on page five.

Gay Expats Experience Hardships, and Joys, of Russia
Five LGBT foreigners with long-term experience living in Russia talk about what it's actually like to be an LGBT foreigner in Russia.

Foreigners May Be Allowed 3-day Visa-free Stays in Russia
The Government Legislative Commission has approved a draft law aimed at lowering visa barriers that hinder the development of inbound tourism to Russia, said the press service of the Russian Council of Ministers.


SRAS Travel
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Slavic Review 1961-2013
Archive of Slavic Review, publication of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.

Sochi: Seven Story Lines You Might Have Missed
While the rest of the world seems to be focused on a threatened boycott of the Winter Olympics, there are a number of other developments in Sochi that could make the 2014 Winter Olympics one of the most memorable ever.

 

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